Sin Chew Daily
Malaysia has moved up a notch to 53rd out of 177 countries this year in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
It is a little progress but its does not mean a significant improvement in anti-corruption efforts. To be a bit stricter, Malaysia is just on the passing edge by scoring 50 out of 100.
Fifty points is a middle line, meaning we have done half right, but the other half has been done wrong, or has not yet been done. (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
It is that time of the year end when global or international ratings or assessments start making its rounds in the media.
No matter how one spins a story, the statistics and figures don’t lie. Just call a spade a spade, nothing else.
For Malaysia, it is the same annual “shame” with the release of the Programme for International Assessment (Pisa) results. (more…)
The much-extended term of the Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Tun Salahuddin Barieng, expires in December and given that he is already in his nineties, the talk in Kuching is that the head of state will finally retire for good (he served a single four-year term in the late 1970s before being recalled by Taib). In recent years, Salahuddin had been given less than the customary four-year term extensions and the commonly-held view as to why this is so is that he is a useful seat-warmer until Taib himself is ready to retire from politics and move into the Astana, a feat last performed by Taib’s own predecessor as chief minister, Tun Rahman Ya’kub who replaced Salahuddin when the latter’s first term ended in 1981.
A source says Taib is now ready to hand over the reins of state power to one of his key ministers, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan. If this proves to be correct, it will be a major disappointment for another ministerial contender, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg who, as one of two deputy presidents in the ruling Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), outranks Tengah in seniority. (more…)
PAS Youth Sarawak today claimed there are discrepancies between their findings and that of the 2012 Auditor General Report on the status of at least 16 school projects in the state.
PAS Youth Sarawak deputy chief Zharudin Narudin cited SK Telagus Jerok in Simunjan as example, saying they found it to be only 62.6% completed whereas the Auditor-General’s report states it was 100% completed and the school has been handed by the contractor to the ministry of education.
Demanding an explanation from the ministry on the alleged discrepancy, Zharudin said another school they inspected, SK Beladin in Betong division, was only 40% completed according to their assessment while the report stated it was 96.6% completed by the end of last year. (more…)
I am putting on hold Part II of my column on Fatwa production and writing about neo-Malaya’s tale of cultural barbarism in the case of the demolition of one of the main temples of Lembah Bujang.
As if the story of the harassment on fellow columnist Mariam Mokhtar by the Malaysian chief of police had not annoyed me enough of the nature of ridiculousness this beloved nation of ours continue to be plagued with, we have uncovered this archaeological scandal.
My support for Mariam and her writings that will always illuminate and never aggravate nor meant to instigate. I have high regard for her clear sense and understanding of freedom of expression lacking even in Malaysian academia these days. (more…)
I fully agree on the statement made by the Home Minister that Malaysians who badmouth their own country are sabotaging foreign direct investment (FDI) and deserve to be branded as “traitors”.
The loss in terms of foreign income or future revenue and its spin-offs will definitely be more. These are the standard justifications given when mega projects are being promoted especially when it is a cornerstone project in Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
In a Platts report on 19 August, 2013, it was reported that Taiwan’s Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co (KKPTC) has scrapped plans to set up an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Pengerang, Johor due to poor project economics. (more…)
The Federal Court has fixed Feb 24 next year to hear the Catholic Church’s leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision on the Allah issue.
This was confirmed this evening by one of the lawyers for the Catholic Church, Annou Xavier (left).
The case management on the matter was held today, after the church applied for an earlier date to hear its application for leave to appeal the Court of Appeal judgment delivered on Oct 14. (more…)
‘Why would a company awarded a contract worth RM142 million be compensated RM88 million when the government has stopped the contract, ask opposition MPs.
Opposition MPs today flayed the federal government for paying an exorbitant RM88 million compensation to a company involved in the failed RazakSAT I satellite program, despite the contract being only worth RM142.8 million.
Pan Northern Air Services (PNAS) was awarded a 10 year contract to conduct remote sensing, a type of imaging technology, for an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. (more…)
The prime minister has come under fire for blaming the opposition for allegedly losing RM40 billion in investments in a Rapid petroleum refinery project in Pengerang, Johor.
Several Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs said the accusation by Datuk Seri Najib Razak during his policy speech at the Umno general assembly in Kuala Lumpur today, was “baseless” and “absurd”.
Najib claimed that PR’s campaign to stop the project cost Malaysia RM40 billion in lost investments, accusing the opposition coalition of putting politics above the country’s welfare. (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
The theme “The Politics of Moderation Accommodates and Balances Competing Principles That Leads to Peace and Stability” of the two-day Umno International Forum held in conjunction with the party’s general assembly carries a significant meaning.
It is because after the general election in May, Umno has showed a tendency towards rightist ideology. The pace of transformation plans stressing on diversity has been slowed down while the policy to strengthen Bumiputera’s economy was emphasised. (more…)
Pelita Mukah Sebakong Sago Plantation, the brainchild of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, has incurred a loss of RM58.74 million since 2005, revealed the Auditor-General Report 2012.
According to the report, which covered a period between March and May 2013, the management of the plantation is unsatisfactory, and this contributed to the continued losses for the company for the past three years.
It cited other reasons such as poor maintenance of the plantation resulting in the sizes of the sago trees not being compatible with the age and buying machinery and other chemicals which are not according to the needs and financial procedures. (more…)
A British MP has described the recent Allah issue in Malaysia and calls for Islamic Affairs officers to be armed as a ‘dangerous’ path
Just weeks before Christmas, the alleged persecution of Christians in Malaysia, was again raised in the UK parliament as part of a debate on Christians around the world, with an MP urging its government to look at the right to practice ones’ religion as a human rights issue.
Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP, Tom Greatrex, noted recent worrying signs of such persecution especially in view of Malaysia being “an important” and “strategic” Commonwealth partner for the UK. (more…)
What’s so difficult in giving us greater participation in decision making positions in government? asks Temerloh Wanita delegate Juhanis Abdul Aziz.
Wanita delegates want at least 30% participation in decision making positions and for more roles to be given, either in government or GLCs.
Temerloh Umno delegate, Juhanis Abdul Aziz, told party president Najib Tun Razak not to be ‘Mr Arrogant’ and deny Wanita leaders greater roles in the government. (more…)
Alarmed by the poor ranking for Malaysia in an international students’ test, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar urged a new bi-partisan approach to reform the country’s education system.
A bi-partisan parliamentary select committee should be tasked to look into improving Malaysia’s education system, Nurul Izzah said in a statement today.
At the same time, the Lembah Pantai MP added, a National Education Council comprising politicians, academicians and other stakeholders should also be formed to study this issue.
The Special Branch, or better known as the SB, is an intelligence unit of the Royal Malaysia Police. The SB is tasked with acquiring and developing intelligence on internal and external threats to our nation’s security and public order.
Apart from dealing with security intelligence, the SB’s other tasks are to gather reports related to political security on behalf of the Barisan Nasional government, like activities run by politicians, political parties and some selected NGOs; establishing profiles on political leaders from branch, division, state and national levels; monitoring leaders of NGOs and activists; monitoring political situation as well as gathering information on the people’s sentiment towards major issues, public policies and the current government. (more…)
Many Malaysians love you. The comments from your readers say it all – and you have many fans and admirers because you write for the people.
One with the pseudonym ‘My Opinion’ wrote: ‘Mariam Mokhtar … I fell in love with your intelligence’.
And who should doubt you are the intelligent reader’s ‘poster girl’.
What is in your mind and heart wins us over when you express your thoughts and feelings in plain, simple and well-crafted English and in a tempered and polite manner if at times justifiably directed at those who deserve rebuke. (more…)
Based on World Bank data, Malaysia’s average annual increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) between 2004 and 2011 was 4.88 percent. According to National Energy Balance 2011, average annual increase in primary energy demand is 4.1 percent and the average annual electricity demand increase between 2004 and 2011 was 4.88 percent.
This evidently shows that Malaysia’s GDP growth is heavily dependent on energy and that it is not a very sustainable and healthy growth.
The government has been neglecting energy efficiency for decades. In the 10th Malaysia Plan, the government pledged to increase its commitment to energy efficiency and stronger governance of the electricity industry to increase productivity as well as efficiency. (more…)
The issue of money politics in Umno has been seen as a long-standing issue, admitted by its former president Dr Mahathir Mohamad and several of the party’s former top-ranking members.
Even though he had rarely been seen admitting money politics in the open, current party president Najib Abdul Razak is understood to want money politics to be reduced, better yet be eradicated completely.
Several delegates told Malaysiakini that Najib touched on the chapter of money politics in the president’s briefing to delegates last night.
He is understood to have said that the practice of money politics discourages professionals from joining the party. (more…)
Corruption is the core for the rot in the country in every aspect. The BN government via its agencies have knowingly tolerated many illegals here and sheltered their businesses too.
If there is one country in this part of the world an illegal would love to be in, it is Malaysia. The government of Malaysia has unsurpassed flexibility in accepting them without much fuss.
The influx of illegal migrants largely dates back to the hey days of Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he initiated his pet projects, namely the development of the KLIA, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya and Twin Towers. (more…)
A young Penan mother and her baby leaving their old longhouse at Long Tangau to their new resettlement village at Metalun last Sunday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, December 3, 2013.The 77-day Penan blockade of the Murum hydroelectric dam has been lifted, following an extra RM8,000 offered to each family.
The end of the blockade was announced yesterday by one of the state’s Native Customary Rights (NCR) land lawyers, Abun Sui Anyit.
Anyit, who is also offering legal assistance to the protesting Penans, said they had been “strong-armed by the state government into accepting a token compensation package”. (more…)
According to their lawyer, the Penans were forced into accepting a RM23,000 compensation per family, RM8,000 more than the previous offer.
MURUM: The Penans here have been forced to concede defeat and abandon their blockades after 77 days as impoundment of the contentious Murum Dam continued.
According to villagers, flooding will soon drown their longhouses, logging roads and bridges, completely destroying their lives and livelihood. (more…)
Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has resigned as adviser to national oil company Petronas Berhad, effective on December 1.
It is a major step that many observers say marks the end of an era of ‘Mahathirism’ or the brand of authoritarian and corrupt governance propped up by racism-tinged politics that he has been accused of promulgating.
However, given Mahathir’s dominating personality, few really expect him to truly retire and sit at home even though he has hinted that Father Time may be starting to catch up with him.
Putrajaya had no chance to overturn Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s cheating conviction as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) gave evidence that he was not cheated, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail revealed today.
The Attorney General said that, furthermore, Dr Ling’s acquittal at the High Court was made based on the finding of facts.
“It was going to be difficult to set aside the conviction if we had appealed because the main witness felt he was not cheated. Dr Ling was freed based on the finding of facts and not the law,” Abdul Gani told reporters at his office breaking his silence on why he did not appeal the case. (more…)
This week, all eyes and ears will be on the Umno General Assembly. I have no doubt that many far-reaching proposals, especially those dealing with how to bring about more economic prosperity and security for the Bumiputera, will be tabled and discussed.
Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Razak will probably give a firm undertaking that Malays and other Bumiputera will be “taken care of” by the party, and that the “great Malay race” will emerge from the shadows of the past despite the unending attempts of various enemies to deprive them of their rightful place in the country. Expect a soul stirring speech from the Prime Minister.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Gani (front) tries to convey the message that it is business at usual at the AGC. – The Malaysian Insider pic, December 3, 2013.Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail met journalists yesterday to discuss two issues – a rape case involving a teenage bride, and the decision by the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) not to appeal former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s acquittal in the cheating case.
But the top government lawyer did not address the pink elephant in the room – the allegations of corruption against him by retired police investigator Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim. (more…)
Jean Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683) was a French politician who served under King Louis XIV. He was the protagonist who made France the dominant economic power in Europe in the 17th century.
Colbert once said that “the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing”. This saying has been the main premise of Colbert ‘s successful tax reforms in France.
Adam Smith, another great economic philosopher and proponent of capitalism, outlined four requirements of a sound tax system, which Smith termed as the Canon of Taxation in his famous book, “The Wealth of Nations”. The four requirements are: (more…)
“We did not ask you white men to come here. The Great Spirit gave us this country as a home. You had yours. We did not interfere with you. The Great Spirit gave us plenty of land to live on, and buffalo, deer, antelope and other game. But you have come here, you are taking my land from me, you are killing off our game, so it is hard for us to live. Now, you tell us to work for a living, but the Great Spirit did not make us to work, but to live by hunting. You white men can work if you want to. We do not interfere with you, and again you say why do you not become civilized? We do not want your civilization! We would live as our fathers did, and their fathers before them.” – Crazy Horse of the Sioux tribe (more…)
- Time for Pakatan to pack it in on Anwar?
Why the opposition doesn’t deserve to take over the federal government
The last general election is almost six months behind us, in which the narratives of Malaysian politics have been defined. The Pakatan Rakyat may have won the popular vote, leading some to believe that the opposition coalition is owed a moral mandate. However under a “first past the post” electoral system, the game is about winning seats, not aggregate votes. (more…)
Koon Yew Yin
The National Unity Consultative Council Council, if it wants to be taken seriously, should include the civil service as one of the areas of examination
To say that the newly established National Unity Consultative Council has been greeted with a big yawn by the public is too kind. Feedback so far especially over the uncensored internet has ranged from scepticism – “a political wayang” to the dismissive – “a waste of taxpayers’ money and time” and “expect NUCC to go the way of the 1Malaysia slogan”. (more…)
IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar should refrain from threatening people who criticise him.
He has threatened Mariam Mokhtar with criminal prosecution, in particular sedition, for her post entitled “One ideology, two reactions”.
This is most unbecoming of Khalid. There is no need to resort to bullying people who criticise. He should also not abuse his position by issuing threats against them. As IGP he has no business to focus attacks on individuals who question him. (more…)
As Murum natives continue to fight the ongoing impoundment of the hydroelectric dam there, natives in Baram are protesting the construction of another dam in their area.
According to Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, to date, at least 350 natives have camped out in two locations in Baram for 40 nights to protest the proposed dam.
Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, he said the camps are in “sordid” condition but the natives refuse to budge for fear of the “poor treatment” of the natives of Bakun and Murum will happen to them. (more…)
Unintended consequences of SCORE? This village at Long Busang was flooded last week. Campaigners suspect problems down stream at the Bakun Dam were responsible.
Yes, Taib Mahmud is genuinely outraged that the Penan want to secure their future with a proper compensation for the destruction of their homes and livelihoods.
He has ripped out their forests and flooded their villages and put them in a barren, abandoned plantation, miles and miles and miles from anywhere …. and he is outraged they are complaining. (more…)
Tan Jooi Long
One week can sometimes be too long in politics, and the past seven days have just been awful for Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Umno.
Whichever way one looks at it, the prime minister and party president has woken up to bad news one bleak day after another worse day.
Political developments have been generally positive for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat, and definitely negative for Najib, Umno and his Barisan Nasional government. (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
Post-May 5 general election (GE13), political developments and the many “wayang kulit” (shadow play), like the spat featuring Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibahim in the recently concluded 59th PAS “muktamar” (assembly), show that all is not well for the coalition despite securing 52% of the popular vote in the last national polls.
The defections of Pakatan political “frogs” in Sabah and the Penang PAS threat to pull out of the state Pakatan is slowly, but surely, eroding public confidence in the Pakatan leadership.
Ahmad Fadzly Esa
The recent 12-year End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) policy proposal has created an uproar among Malaysians.
Owners of passenger cars were very unhappy for they already had to purchase their vehicles at exorbitant prices, with many having to obtain a nine-year loan tenure.
Used car dealers were also outraged by the proposal as they felt that if it were to be implemented, their business would be severely impacted. (more…)
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar says police will go after writers who pose ‘seditious’ material on alternative websites.
A columnist vowed to continue giving her opinions despite “crude threats” from the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar over her piece decrying Putrajaya’s treatment of two Malaysian-born communists.
Mariam Mokhtar said she felt that Khalid’s warning was a misguided attempt to silence the public rather than being aimed at her. (more…)
A simple sentence/clause can clearly illustrate how these academicians are being controlled and their intelligence subdued. It takes us to deconstruct the clause and analyse what kind of ‘truth’ it embodies and how the ‘truth-force’ operates in the learning environment, to understand how thought-control operates.
The clause I am referring to is from the now infamous Surat Akujanji (Pledge of Loyalty) for ‘government servants’. Let us inquire into the genealogy of the production of the clause, how it is used to dishonour the university, and how the academicians are being silenced and stupefied by it. (more…)
Khoo Kay Peng
It is too early for leaders and supporters of Pakatan Rakyat to feel overly jubilant over the results of PAS’ latest party elections. Mohamad Sabu had successfully defended his deputy president position against his challenger, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik, with a 98-vote majority or barely 9 per cent of the total votes.
Mohamad, who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, is seen as a strong supporter of PAS’ liaison with both the DAP and PKR. Mat Sabu shares cordial relationships with top leaders of both parties and he is seen as the leader of a pro-Pakatan faction within his party.
Electoral reforms watchdog Bersih urged the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to consider ordering the Election Commission leadership to step down since they have lost public confidence.
In a bid to intensify its call for the Election Commission’s (EC) leadership to step down, Bersih 2.0 launched a petition today seeking the Yang di-Pertuan Agong intervene in rectifying the issue.
The petition wants the head of state to consider ordering the seven EC commissioners, who Bersih claim do not enjoy public confidence, as required under the Federal Constitution, to resign. (more…)
The recent call for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to go for the PKR presidency is loaded with political implications for the party election taking place in a few months’ time.
Timing is so important in politics and the Selangor Mentri Besar’s timing has been way out. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is still battling the political storm kicked up by the sensational jump in salaries for the Selangor assemblymen.
The general election is almost six months behind us where the narratives of Malaysian politics have been defined.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) may have won the popular vote in the last election, leading some to believe that the opposition coalition is owed a moral mandate. However, under a first-past-the-post electoral system, the game is about winning seats, not aggregate votes.
PAS has ruled Kelantan for many years in the social and cultural contexts of the state and has shown it understands the aspirations of the Kelantanese. (more…)