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August 21, 2014

Fight to use ‘Allah’ among Christians not over, says church’s lawyer

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In June, the Federal Court dismissed the Catholic church's application for appeal, citing that the Court of Appeal was right in its decision to ban the word ‘Allah’ in the Herald. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 21, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Malaysia’s Catholic Church will continue its fight to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, Herald, when it files a review application next week to set aside the Federal Court’s dismissal of its application to appeal the ban, one of its lawyers said.

The lawyer told The Malaysian Insider that the church’s review application, which could be filed as early as Monday, will also seek a new bench to rehear the leave application.

“We are compelled to file this application due to serious errors of law in the majority judgment,” the lawyer told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

Sultan’s discretion in choice of MB and constitutional practice

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JENNIFER GOMEZ

The recent Federal Court case decision in the Perak MB crisis leaves the Selangor Sultan little choice, but to appoint Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to replace Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor menteri besar, a law professor said today.

Universiti Malaya’s Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar added that although Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had personal discretion under the Selangor Constitution to select the MB, it clearly laid out the criteria for him to exercise that discretion.

“He must appoint a member of the State Legislative Assembly “who in His judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly”‘ as stated under Article 53(2)(a), Gurdial said. (more…)

Sarawak ‘invited tender’ projects smack of graft

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak DAP has expressed concern that the construction of the RM150 million Samarahan Bridge will be given to a crony company through an ‘invited tender’ process, as was done in three other multi-million ringgit projects.

“The Finance Ministry should not award the proposed bridge project to a crony company through an ‘invited tender’ process, but award it by the ‘open tender’ process,” Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said.

Chong said this in reference to an advertisement in local newspapers last Saturday on the proposed bridge.

The Finance Ministry has in the past withdrawn the ‘open tender’ process after scores of applications had been received from contractors and changed it to an ‘invited tender’ process, where only 10 listed crony companies are invited to tender, he said. (more…)

Khalid should allow smooth transition of power to preserve his integrity

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Alyaa Alhadjri

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s personal quest to defend his “integrity” has left the state in limbo since early this month but it is still not too late for him to salvage his reputation as a relatively well-liked politician.

The obvious thing for Khalid to do would be to accede to calls for his resignation but he was instead quoted by online portal The Malaysian Insider yesterday (Aug 19) as “apologising” to the people of Selangor for indirectly dragging them into his ongoing political crisis with Pakatan Rakyat.

“I am sorry for the spotlight that has been put on you. For me, it is not a problem because I chose to be a politician … so I must face it. (more…)

PAS leader: Dissolving assembly ‘pure nonsense’

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Talk of dissolving the Selangor state assembly is “irresponsible” and “pure nonsense”, according to PAS central working committee member Mohamed Hanipa Maidin.

He said this is because Kajang assemblyperson Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail clearly has the majority support.

Hanipa added that the situation would have been different if Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim asked for the sultan’s consent to dissolve the assembly before PAS representatives Hasnul Baharuddin (Morib) and Saari Sungib (Hulu Kelang) broke ranks with their party on Aug 14 to back Wan Azizah.

Prior to that, he said the assembly was in chaos and it would have been legal for the sultan to consent to its dissolution. (more…)

Act against racism and religious bigots before it is too late

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Ng Kee Seng

If the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) is trying to turn Malaysia into a regional militant state, then it is doing a hell of a great job.

If that is not BN-Umno’s intention, then it had better seize control of the situation and act against racism and religious bigots who are bent on destabilising national unity.

Peace-loving Malaysians have remained sane and calm because they value peace and harmony for a prosperous Malaysia. (more…)

Oh, Pakatan – what has become of you?

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gender-segregationNatesan Visnu

A year after 2013, the leaders who we trusted with our votes have betrayed the very essence of morality and public trust.

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” – Charles Bukowski

gender-segregationThe 2013 general election was a waste of people’s time.

It was a meaningless election fuelled by big words – “Reformasi”, “Ubah”, “Ini Kalilah”, and long streams of propaganda that promised to be a true revolution. (more…)

Time to change the FPTP system?

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MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

Many of us are familiar with the Malaysian electoral system of first past the post. We have had this system since independence and it’s seems to be stuck with us for life. It is about time to re-evaluate the electoral system for what it is worth. Many critics have viewed this system as anti-democratic and produces distorted results.What is the First Past The Post system?

Under the First Past The Post (FPTP), voting takes place in single-member constituencies. Voters put a cross in a box next to their chosen candidate and the candidate with the most votes in the constituency wins. This system works on the basic concept of ‘winner takes all’, where each constituency is represented by only one elected member/representative. (more…)

Nurul vs Utusan defamation case settled out of court

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Bernama

The defamation suit filed by Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar against Utusan Group editor-in-chief Abdul Aziz Ishak and Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad concerning her statement on religious freedom for Malays, was solved today after the two parties reached the out-of-court settlement.

High Court Judge Hue Siew Kheng recorded her consent judgment in chambers in the presence of Abdul Aziz’s counsel Wan Azmir Wan Majid and Nurul Izzah’s lawyer Azhana Mohd Khairuddin.

Speaking to reporters later, Wan Azmir said both the plaintiff and defendants agreed to solve the case without admission of liability. (more…)

Najib holds tongue on Dr M, again

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Mkini

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak chose the path of silence again when asked by reporters to respond to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s scathing criticism against him.

Asked on Mahathir’s claim that he is “worse” than fifth prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the PM just smiled and walked away.

This is the second time he has refused to comment on Mahathir’s attack.

The day before, he told reporters that he will respond at the next available time, fulfilling Mahathir’s criticism that Najib (left) too often chooses to keep quiet and is “soft” on critical issues. (more…)

Timber companies will soon have to toe the line

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timber sarawakNeesha Sangara

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma says that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability

Timber companies in the state must obtain internationally recognised forest management certification by 2017.

World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) in a statement said that it is 100 per cent in support of Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem’s proposal that timber companies must get international certification.

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma said that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability. (more…)

Merdeka: What will our resolution be?

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merdekaJD Lovrenciear

The future of our nation looks bleak unless visionary, virtuous leaders take the lead and work for the people, not power and money.

Malaysia is facing hard times. We fight a battle not with a foreign enemy but with ourselves.

Not only did the nation witness and mourn for the many lives either lost or unaccounted for in two separate aeronautical tragedies this year, the people continue to bear the brunt of deep divisiveness within and between political parties.

The most recent hammering of Prime Minister Najib Razak by Mahathir Mohamad has been met with divisive statements from supporters on both sides. (more…)

August 20, 2014

Native oil palm growers hit by MPOB order

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Dukau Papau

The directive from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to mills in the Sarawak not to accept fresh oil palm bunches (FFB) from smallholders, especially those from estates in dispute, will cause thousands of native landowners to suffer heavy financial losses.

“The losses can run into the millions of ringgit that these helpless farmers have invested in their lands,” Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (Brimas) executive director Mark Bujang said today.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of oil palm estates are now in dispute between native landowners and joint-venture companies that are taking them over. (more…)

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Turns on Najib

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John Berthelsen

The emperor, Mahathir says, has no clothes.

After months of behind-the-scenes criticism, Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has publicly withdrawn his support for the current premier, Najib Tun Razak, likening Najib to the fable of the emperor with no clothes.

Mahathir delivered a blistering verdict on his blog, Che Det, in Malay language, citing a litany of sins on the part of Najib, who came to power in April of 2009 – after Mahathir led a successful months-long charge to get rid of his own successor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. As the story unfolds, Najib is overseas on a controversial holiday in the Cote d’Azur, Sardinia, Rome, London and other waypoints. (more…)

The trouble with Wan Azizah is…

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

The people who doubt Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s suitability as Selangor menteri besar (MB) and who claim that Malaysia is not ready to accept a woman to govern either the state, or the nation, are wrong. Step forward, the self-appointed ‘First Lady of Malaysia’ (FLOM), Rosmah Mansor.

In the past, many people, especially those from Umno Baru, despised the FLOM because they believe that she was masquerading as the FLOM when she was really the prime minister. Najib Abdul Razak, they said, is her proxy. So, are the critics of Wan Azizah afraid that the top echelons of political power will become too crowded with women? So, who are the groups which are sabotaging Wan Azizah?

Many people claim they want change, but when faced with opportunity for change, which is to have Wan Azizah as the MB, they develop cold feet. They fear uncharted waters. Dr Wan Azizah is not unfit to be MB, but Malaysians are afraid of change. (more…)

Adenan indicates early state election

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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

CM tells BN elected reps to deliver promises by year end, prepare for state election

In an indication that the state election could be close, Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem directs Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen to deliver all their promises to the people and resolve local issues by the end of the year.

Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Abdullah Saidol said Adenan feared delay in deliveries and broken promises could tarnish the image of the state BN’s credibility and affect the chances of its candidates in the next state election. (more…)

Will Pakatan create another crisis?

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Lim Sue Goan

After one big round by PAS, it’s all back to the Pakatan Rakyat supreme council’s resolution made on July 23 on PKR president Wan Azizah taking over as the new Selangor menteri besar.

From lending full support to Khalid Ibrahim, the conservatives in PAS made a dramatic U-turn to confirm their stay within the People’s Pact while agreeing on the one and only nominee for the MB’s post. It is believed they have adopted a softer stance now for fear the party would experience a fatal split because of this incident.

The liberals within PAS were busy voicing up during the past few days. For instance, the party’s vice president Husam Musa said his party should not go down sinking with Khalid now that he was no longer a representative from Pakatan Rakyat while accusing Khalid of manipulating PAS. (more…)

The high cost of getting high

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Mariam Mokhtar

What do these have in common? In early August, two British medical students were fatally stabbed in the centre of Kuching by four men. Earlier this year, two teenage girls were raped by about 30 men in a disused hut in a village in Kelantan. In 2010, a mother and daughter were scarred for life after an attacker poured acid over them. In Terengganu, in August 2010, a man in his thirties abandoned his centenarian wife, Wook Kundor, despite promising that he would care for her. Earlier this year, a lorry driver allegedly veered into the path of the car which carried Karpal Singh, killing him.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The feature which links these crimes is men who were high on drugs. (more…)

Salleh calls on authorities to monitor agitators promoting separation of Sabah from Malaysia

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Sabah State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said yesterday called on the relevant authorities to monitor the activity of certain individuals and groups who are using social media platforms to incite people to separate Sabah from Malaysia.

Salleh, who is also Usukan assemblyman, said such an extreme ideology spread by those quarters via Facebook and Twitter should be monitored and controlled as it was dangerous and could shake the country’s stability and safety. (more…)

BARAM DAM BLOCKADE DAY 300

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DAY 300 – “No Consent To Proceed”!Sarawak Report

Grass roots campaigners and International NGOs joined forces in Kuala Lumpur today to ram home the realities about the Baram Dam, pet project of Taib Mahmud.
In summary, they pointed out the plan has no legal right to proceed and flies in the face of a long list of legal obligations that the Sarawak State Government has been doing its level best to ignore.
Baram is just the first of 12 proposed new dams to be built under Taib’s SCORE plan and it would inundate 400 square kilometers of jungle and displace 20,000 people.

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Najib’s Cabinet must not skirt issues raised by Dr M

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Yesterday, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (left) defended Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s record as prime minister, saying the latter had succeeded where US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin had failed on handling the remains of flight MH17. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 20, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been the Malaysian prime minister for more than five years now but going by what his Cabinet colleagues say, the Pekan MP’s only success is handling the flight MH17 incident.

His cousin, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, said as much when defending Najib against stinging criticism from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister, who stepped down in 2003.

Hishammuddin cited accomplishments, such as the handling of the remains from the MH17 incident, saying Najib succeeded where US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin had failed. (more…)

Symmetrical characters, parallel fates

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Terence Netto

Now that the cat has sprung out of the bag and is dashing about among a wider public, the only news would be if anyone has died of shock from the revelation that Dr Mahathir Mohamad has withdrawn support for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

After months of premonitory sniping at the premier by his satraps, notably A Kadir Jasin and Zainuddin Maidin (left), the man himself has come out in the open with a formal declaration of hostilities.

There is no more cogent example of déjà vu nor self-parody than the producer himself reiterating he is about to re-start a familiar business – the demolition of a sitting PM. (more…)

August 19, 2014

Who says a woman cannot be a BETTER MB!

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Stephen Ng

There is only one word that can describe embattled Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim after he was sacked by his party, PKR over a number of issues.

The main reason, as I see it, is his defiance against the party. Having been such a senior corporate man, Khalid should know that defiance is not acceptable, whether in a commercial or a political organisation.

He had sacked the six Pakatan State Exco for the same reasons, although it was done in a more abrupt manner. Most of us who are watching the entire drama cannot help but ask why Khalid is so desperate as to cling on to the post that was given to him. (more…)

After Kajang move, comes Mahathir’s move?

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RK ANAND

When the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim bruised his administration’s reputation, he had handpicked Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was regarded as a pious man and nicknamed “Mr Clean”, to be his number two and successor.

But when Abdullah, bolstered by the biggest ever victory for BN in his inaugural general election as prime minister in 2004, decided to deviate from the charted course and carve a legacy for himself, Dr Mahathir Mohamad became livid.

He resolved to take “Mr Clean” to the cleaners. The dagger was unsheathed and plunged into the jugular. (more…)

The high cost of getting high

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Mariam Mokhtar

What do these have in common? In early August, two British medical students were fatally stabbed in the centre of Kuching by four men. Earlier this year, two teenage girls were raped by about 30 men in a disused hut in a village in Kelantan. In 2010, a mother and daughter were scarred for life after an attacker poured acid over them. In Terengganu, in August 2010, a man in his thirties abandoned his centenarian wife, Wook Kundor, despite promising that he would care for her. Earlier this year, a lorry driver allegedly veered into the path of the car which carried Karpal Singh, killing him.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The feature which links these crimes is men who were high on drugs.

Drug-related crimes and substance abuse are worsening in Malaysia. So, what percentage of crimes, especially violent crimes, was carried out by people under the influence of drugs? Three per cent? Eight per cent? Thirty per cent? Or eighty per cent? (more…)

Dr M’s antipathy towards Najib festering for months, say his men

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s word still carries weight in Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must respond wisely to the former’s criticism of his administration. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 19, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s word still carries weight in Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must respond wisely to the former’s criticism of his administration.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s antipathy towards Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has simmered for the past four months, say those who know the long-serving former prime minister, adding that it was a matter of time before it blew out in the open.

But whether it would have an effect on Najib both as Umno president and his ability to govern the country remains to be seen, they said, noting that Najib was too well entrenched in the Malay party for anyone to challenge him. (more…)

‘Constitution defied if palace rejects Azizah’

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Ram Anand

A rejection by the Selangor palace to the nomination of Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the next Menteri Besar of Selangor would be akin to “setting the present constitution aside”, constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari told Malaysiakini today.

He also said that such a move would be tantamount to bringing the state back to pre-independence days, when the MB was a “personal appointee” of the state ruler and was not answerable to the state assembly, which is the system today.

He said that the moment there is a “clear candidate” for the MB post the palace no longer has discretion on the matter. (more…)

Pakatan must start moving forward in Selangor now

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Alyaa AlhadjriPAS members outside the headquarters calling for “solidarity”

Now that top PAS leaders have withdrawn the party’s support for embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the next step would be to ensure that their decision is respected by all members, regardless of individual sentiments on the final choice for his successor.

This would be the only way forward for Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor unless snap polls are called to resolve the political imbroglio.

PAS news organ Harakahdaily today quoted party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as saying that the Syura Ulama Council, the party’s highest decision making body, had previously endorsed Khalid to remain in his position, over plans to replace him with PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, because he was at the time still a PKR member. (more…)

Dr Mahathir withdraws support for Najib government

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would criticise Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration even if it meant opening himself up to abuse. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 18, 2014.TMI

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lashed out at Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration, saying he was withdrawing his support for Najib as his criticism had fallen on deaf ears.

“I have tried to give my views to him directly, which are also the views of many people who have met me,” wrote Dr Mahathir today on his popular blog, chedet.cc.

“I have no choice but to withdraw my support. This has not been effective so I have to criticise,” he said, adding that Najib was no better than his predecessor, Tun Abdullah Badawi. (more…)

Kpg Lebor Serian’s NCR landowners feel ‘discriminated’

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Borneo Post

Some villagers in Kampong Lebor Serian are crying foul over Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)’s decision to suspend their smallholder farmers’ licence to sell oil palm fresh fruit bunches (FFB).

According to one of the land owners, Jengga Jeli, on July 26 this year, he received a showcause letter from MPOB demanding an explanation why his smallerholder farmers’ licence should not be suspended or revoked for allegedly stealing FFB from a joint-venture (JV) company, TH Pelita.

The villagers of Kampung Lebor had won their case at the Kuching High Court and, subsequently, at the Court of Appeal that the disputed NCR land belonged to Kampung Lebor villagers. (more…)

Selangor crisis exposes brittle ties inside Pakatan, say analysts

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PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) greets PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, as secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali looks on, during a meeting among Pakatan Rakyat leaders in Subang Jaya, yesterday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 18, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) greets PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, as secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali looks on, during a meeting among Pakatan Rakyat leaders in Subang Jaya, yesterday.

The Selangor Menteri Besar crisis may soon be over, but what caused it to drag on and become messy, would likely cause more crises like it to blow up between the three ideologically distinct Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties, analysts say.

Just like the crisis over the Islamic penal code or hudud in April, the Selangor MB crisis is a symptom of how the internal struggle in PAS is getting in the way of better cohesion in PR. (more…)

The Selangor MB impasse: winners and losers

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The Selangor menteri besar crisis appears to be ending, but the ramifications will continue as players emerge from the political stalemate. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 18, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

The Selangor menteri besar crisis appears to be ending, but the ramifications will continue as players emerge from the political stalemate.

So now that PAS has come around to accept that Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim needs to be removed as the Selangor menteri besar, it is safe to conclude that the long-drawn and painful Selangor crisis is nearly over.

But the fallout from this saga will haunt the players for some time. The Malaysian Insider looks at who has emerged well or with its image soiled from the political stalemate in the country’s richest state. (more…)

Mahathir: Najib soft and silent on critical issues

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Nigel Aw

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is “soft” and often silent on important issues in the country, says former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This, he explained, is among the reasons for his stinging blog posting criticising Najib (right) this morning.

“He is too soft and many other things… Sometimes he does not respond, he just stays quiet.

“When there are problems he also does not take action,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur tonight.

However, Mahathir said he was not asking Najib to step down but was merely airing his displeasure. (more…)

What has race got to do with being a true Malaysian?

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Mike Tan

There never will be a true Malaysian, so says former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

A recent Bernama report stated that Mahathir believed that a true Malaysian would never exist as long as people continued to hang on to their own identity, culture and language.

He said that the situation was different in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand as “There, the people of various races, languages and cultures accepted one identity for the sake of the nation and their future.” (more…)

August 18, 2014

We know ‘bin’ doesn’t mean Muslim, Sabah NRD says of wrongful conversion claims

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Dusing reiterated his call on the NRD to rectify cases of Bumiputera Christians with 'bin' or 'binti' in their names being wrongly classified as Muslims in their MyKads. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaJulia Chan

The Sabah branch of the National Registration Department (NRD) today denied it had wrongly categorised Christians here as Muslims, insisting the changes were made after verifying records of the applicants.

Disputing the complaints raised by Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah on behalf of 162 locals, Sabah NRD deputy director Adrian Allan Richard said the department was aware that the use of “bin” or “binti” in Sabahan names does not necessarily mean the person is Muslim.

As such, the department would not automatically “convert” their religion to Islam without checking their records. (more…)

NGOs must remain non-partisan

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JOSIE FERNANDEZ

With rapid socio-economic development and access to education, Malaysians are now more aware of their individual and collective rights. This has resulted in the growth of a vibrant civil society in Malaysia, despite a number of restrictive laws.

NGOs play critical roles as watchdogs of good governance, democracy, human rights, environment and many other issues.

In demanding greater accountability of government, NGOs have consistently raised questions about power, transparency, participation and democracy. (more…)

Sarawak native group takes minister to task for being sidelined

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

An Orang Asal think tank, the Dayak Informal Group (DIG), has taken the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office to task for dismissing its concern over an alleged marginalisation of the community in certain departments and agencies.

Richard Lias, a DIG spokesperson, said that the denial made by the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman (pic) was not enough to put the issue to rest.

“Instead, the government must be transparent by providing the facts to counter the allegation and prove its sincerity and honesty. (more…)

PAS’ double nomination puts PKR in a bind

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Ram Anand

PAS’ decision to back both PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her deputy Azmin Ali to become the new menteri besar of Selangor has put PKR in a quandary.

For weeks, PKR has insisted that Wan Azizah is their sole candidate for the post while PAS threw their weight behind the now independent MB Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Now that PAS has finally decided in favour of Pakatan Rakyat and the coalition is on the verge of finding a consensus that has eluded them thus far, it remains to be seen if PKR would be willing to make concessions or would it still insist on a sole candidate. (more…)

Noose tightens on MB Khalid but will he surrender?

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Alyaa Alhadjri

PAS today effectively sealed Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s fate by withdrawing support for him but it’s still anybody’s guess whether he will step down voluntarily.

The PAS central committee decided to support its Pakatan Rakyat partners PKR and DAP’s decision to replace Khalid, but suggested that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali be nominated alongside PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for consideration for the post.

What seemed a way out of the crisis turned complicated again just a few hours later when the Pakatan leadership council decided to stick to nominating only Wan Azizah for the post. (more…)

Consistency in politics – Khalid’s last lap

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Nathaniel Tan

Khalid Ibrahim’s latest statement clearly signals that he is ready to pass the baton, as soon as a new menteri besar is agreed upon by all relevant parties, and all the relevant procedures have been followed.There is some debate as to what those procedures are, and whether a dissolution of the state assembly will be necessitated. I suppose that depends, at least in part, on whether Pakatan Rakyat can agree on a new menteri besar.

I have withheld comment on Khalid’s moves since he was sacked from PKR, in order to wait for major events to play out. I think now is a good time to try and understand why he did what he did, and what is next for him.

I cannot persuade those who will read this as justification. Over this last week, I have thought long and hard about such individuals, and have penned a carefully considered response. (more…)

Facebook and the Selangor crown prince

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Bob Teoh

Just the other day my Pinoy friend, Chito Del Fierro Delavega, Facebooked me from Manila about a shocker of a scandal surrounding the crown prince of Selangor.

“Is this true Uncle Bob?” he asked me about a sensational story alleging the prince had converted to Catholicism.

This is a story the mainstream media will never ever touch in Malaysia. Although there is no lèse majesté law in the country, unlike in Thailand, anything on the monarchy is strictly off limits in Malaysia.

Rookie journalists learn this from Day 1. But not so with the social or new media. Nothing is off limits, although they tread gingerly on such egg shells. (more…)

August 17, 2014

‘Contradictory for Pakatan to use SD to oust MB’

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Nigel Aw

It would be inconsistent of Pakatan Rakyat to oust Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim through statutory declarations (SDs), said lawyer New Sin Yew.

New, who is from Bon Advocates which is representing Abdul Khalid, said Pakatan was the one opposing to such a move when BN took over Perak in 2009 by presenting SDs to the state’s sultan to prove their majority support.

“In 2009 during the Perak crisis, Pakatan’s stance was that they needed to go through a vote of no confidence (in the state assembly) and the lost of support should not be determined through SDs which was done by BN. (more…)

Sultan has legal duty to stop Khalid’s frolic

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Mkini

The Selangor Sultan has a legal duty to intervene in Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s refusal to bow out despite PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail having proved her majority support in the state assembly.

“The hard evidence put up by Wan Azizah has virtually rendered Khalid’s hold on office illegal,” said constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari .

On top of the supposed illegality of Khalid’s office, the legal eagle said another problem has arisen: “An illegal government contemplating dissolution (of the state assembly)”. (more…)

Khalid may dissolve assembly to end crisis

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Mkini

Pressured to resign following declaration of no confidence by the majority of Selangor assemblypersons, Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim now says that dissolution may be an option.

However, Bernama reported that the menteri besar says such matters “need to be discussed with the sultan first”.

The national news agency said the MB declined to reveal if he had discussed the matter with the four remaining executive council (exco) members. (more…)

Assembly looking at ways to gauge support for Khalid, says source

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Normally, the menteri besar advises the ruler to convene the state assembly – but the situation in Selangor is complicated as Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim himself is the subject of removal from office. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 16, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

The Selangor assembly is studying various options available to call for an emergency meeting to determine whether Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim commands the confidence of the majority of assemblymen, a source said.

The source, who is familiar with the state constitution and standing orders, said under normal circumstances it was the menteri besar who advised the ruler to convene the assembly meeting.

“In this case, the MB who is supposed to communicate with the ruler is the subject matter of removal from office. We have read and interpreted the constitution and standing orders together with case laws,” he told The Malaysian Insider, speaking on condition of anonymity. (more…)

Will the court rulings on Perak ‘power grab’ be allowed to apply in Selangor?

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Ng Kee Seng

Only in Malaysia or Bolehland (if you prefer sarcasm) can a lone independent elected representative hold a 56-member state legislative assembly in limbo.

After being nominated by PKR and Pakatan Rakyat to helm Selangor for a second term after the 13th General Election (GE13) last year, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was sacked by PKR for challenging his party’s decision to replace him.

Whether the decision was right or wrong is another story. PKR, like any other political party, certainly has the right to initiate leadership change without outside interference. (more…)

Inconsistent of Pakatan to use SD to oust MB

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Mkini

It would be inconsistent of Pakatan Rakyat to oust Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim through statutory declarations (SD), says lawyer New Sin Yew.

New, who is from Bon Advocates, representing Abdul Khalid, said Pakatan opposed such a move when BN took over Perak in 2009 by presenting SDs to prove their  majority support to the state’s sultan.

“In 2009 during the Perak crisis, Pakatan’s stance was that they needed to go through a vote of no confidence (in the state assembly) and the loss of support should not be determined through SDs which was done by BN. (more…)

Khalid complains to ROS, PKR risks deregistration

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Mkini

Embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has filed a complaint with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) against PKR for booting him out the party.

According to Utusan Malaysia, the complaint was filed through Bon Advocates, asking that the ROS to probe whether PKR’s disciplinary committee and central leadership council had violated the party’s consitutition in doing so.

If the ROS finds that PKR had indeed violated its constitution, the party risks deregistration, claimed Utusan. (more…)

Stop hiding behind sultan, S’gor MB told

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Mkini

Abdul Khalid Ibrahim should stop hiding behind the state monarch in his bid to cling on as Selangor Menteri Besar, said DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.

Lim was responding to Khalid’s rebuttal for his critics who have accused the MB of misleading the sultan to write to the monarch themselves on the mater.

This is in reference to Khalid’s Aug 11 audience with the Selangor sultan where he obtained consent to stay on as menteri besar after claiming he still had majority support in the state assembly. (more…)

Perak crisis showed the other means to oust an MB

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The Selangor state assembly will only convene its next session in November. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 16, 2014.GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR

According to Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s lawyer, there are only two ways to get the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) to resign — either by tabling a no-confidence motion in the state assembly or by holding a meeting with the palace.

The next scheduled meeting of the state assembly is in November.

The MB’s lawyer states: “My client’s view is that if they say they have the numbers, call for a vote of no confidence”; and that “the ball is now in Dr Wan Azizah’s court, as it is PKR that is trying to affect the status quo”. (more…)

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