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September 17, 2014

Painful to be part of M’sia, say Borneo leaders

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Dukau Papau

The Federation of Malaysia is meaningless if Sabah continues to be “occupied” by “Malayan” government officers and federal agencies, said Borneo Heritage Foundation chairperson (BHF) Jeffrey Kitingan.

“The over-presence and overbearing dominance of the federal ministries, departments and agencies showed that Sabah is just a ‘colony’ of Malaya in the name of the federal government,” he said in his Malaysia Day message at the Batu Sumpah, Keningau.

“Sabah is slowly becoming a Malay unitary state of Malaya. Where is the partnership that we have been promised at the time of the formation of Malaysia?” asked Jeffrey, who is also the Bingkor Assemblyman. (more…)

Sedition spree brightens Pakatan’s Putrajaya bid

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Dukau Papau

As more face action under the Sedition Act, DAP’s MP for Puchong Gobind Singh Deo has a message to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

By Gobind’s reckoning, the more people arrested under the Sedition Act, the greater the chances of Pakatan Rakyat replacing the BN government  at Putrajaya.

“Let me remind Najib, when you use this law (Sedition Act) to frighten the people, when you use this law to suppress them, the stronger they become and the more they stand up against you,” he said at a  DAP dinner in Kuching last night. (more…)

Malaysia at 51: Dreaming our way forward

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Hazlan Zakaria

National celebrations are supposed to be happy occasions like the stuff of dreams, but as Malaysia Day is celebrated today, I only feel nightmarish apprehension after what happened during Merdeka Day on the 31st of last month.

The day we remember our independence was marred by the arrest of the Penang PPS crime prevention volunteers after marching in the state level parade no less, as well as the start of what has been labeled as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “sedition spree”.

A dragnet that saw lawyers, academicians, activists, reporters, preachers and opposition politicians persecuted under the British imperial remnant that is the Sedition Act which ironically Najib had promised to repeal on the eve of Malaysia Day 2012. (more…)

Dr M’s recalcitrant children

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

The Malays will be around, with or without Umno Baru, but the converse does not hold true. Malays do not need Umno Baru, but if Umno Baru were to lose the support of ordinary Malays, the party would cease to exist. Without Umno Baru, the Malays would thrive. Umno Baru is like a poison to the Malays. Day in, day out they are inundated with the emotional baggage of race, religion and royalty.The outburst last week by former PM Mahathir Mohamad should be considered a betrayal. Mahathir rewards the people on whose backs he rose to absolute power by insulting them.

He pushed affirmative action policies, which slowly eroded Malaysia. Behind the backs of ordinary Malays, Mahathir handsomely rewarded select Malays and non-Malays, whom he deemed worthy of his favours. He killed off the aspirations of many generations of Malaysians. Disillusioned by the lack of leadership many left, never to return. (more…)

Shut Mahathir up

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DEAN JOHNS

As long as the BN regime maintains the Sedition Act, by rights it should be used against former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad before anybody else. Not just for his patronage and support of race-hate groups like Perkasa, but for his repeated racist rants like his latest against Malays.

Who the hell does he think he is to brand millions of people of a particular ethnicity, or indeed any ethnicity, as “lazy”, shameless and lacking in integrity?

And who do his accomplices the Umno/BN regime think they are to try and silence critics and opposition figures with their accursed Sedition Act, but fail to employ it to shut Mahathir up? (more…)

50 years plus, East is east and West is west

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Jimmy Adit

East and West Malaysia are drifting apart at a frightening rate as one after another contentious issues drive a wedge right into the heart of a nation separated by the South China Sea.

Oil royalty, Malaysia Agreement, Allah issue, confiscated Bibles and National Day on Aug 31 have all created a political storm and the South China Sea has become a wall of angry waters.

This is unfortunate because, for a nation geographically divided, when contentious issues are accentuated, they have the tendency to further polarise. (more…)

On Malaysia Day, to remember our ideals and rights

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Today is a reminder to all Malaysians to love our country and to work together for a better Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 16, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Today is Malaysia Day, and in the words of our founding father, “The great day we have long awaited has come at last – the birth of Malaysia.

“In a warm spirit of joy and hope, 10 million people of many races in all the states of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah now join hands in freedom and unity.

“We do so because we know that we have come together through our own free will and desire in the true spirit of brotherhood and love of freedom,” Tunku Abdul Rahman had said on September 16, 1963. (more…)

HAPPY 51ST BIRTHDAY MALAYSIA!!!

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Vernon Kedit

51 years ago, on 16 september, MALAYSIA was formed. Four independent countries came together to form a new FEDERATION called Malaysia. Malaysia is not a country, it is a Federation of countries and this is clearly stated in the FEDERAL Constitution.

The four independent countries that formed the Federation on 16th September, 1963 were Sarawak, Sabah, Singapore and the Federated States of Malaya. All four nations held equal number of parliamentary seats in the new Parliament, to ensure that all four nations in the Federation enjoyed equal status and no one nation could rule over the other. The British safeguarded the democratic rights of the Borneo nations through equal sharing of parliamentary seats.

Singapore was later expelled by an Act of Parliament. HOWEVER, UMNO, with the quiet support of Sarawakian and Sabahan leaders, ‘colonised’ Sarawak and Sabah by not sharing with us the parliamentary seats which were vacated by Singapore when it left the Federation. By absorbing the seats vacated by Singapore, UMNO in Malaya acquired majority seats, leaving Sarawak and Sabah with less seats than Malaya. This meant that Malaya could override Sarawak or Sabah in Parliament.
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Ambiga: Judiciary can stop abuse of Sedition Act

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Alyaa Azhar

The judiciary is the only institution which can stop the abuse of the Sedition Act, said former Bar Council president S Ambiga.

“It is the only institution that stands between the people and those abusing power,” she added.

She also pointed out that lawyer Edmund Bon, who is under investigation for sedition, was merely offering his legal opinion when he said non-Muslims were not subjected to fatwas.

“I agree with his opinion. You may think it is wrong, but it is his view and it was a legal opinion,” said Ambiga, who was one of the guest speakers at the launch of the Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) last night. (more…)

Dr Mahathir fears Barisan will lose GE14 under Najib

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said during a meeting with several non-governmental organisations that he was afraid Barisan Nasional would lose the next general election if Datuk Seri Najib Razak continued as prime minister. – Facebook pic, September 16, 2014.MUZLIZA MUSTAFA

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has told a Malay non-governmental organisation of his fear that Barisan Nasional (BN) will lose in the next general election if Datuk Seri Najib Razak continues as prime minister.

Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, the president of Ikhlas, an NGO representing Malay traders and small businesses, said they met the former prime minister for a dialogue lasting more than an hour in which Dr Mahathir talked about BN’s future under Najib’s leadership.

“Tun (Dr) Mahathir was quite clear on this. He is firm in his stand that he is not in favour of PM. He said BN may lose GE14 if Najib continues to rule,” Ridzuan told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

Embracing unity with open heart

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Mike Tan

“What’s the use of knocking on a door when we know it’s never going to open?”

I overheard these words uttered by a young girl to her father once. She was having a heart-to-heart talk with her father about her stepmother. Her stepmother was ill-treating her, yet her father kept insisting that she try her best to win her stepmother’s heart.

In his words, “to knock on the door of her heart” till she was welcomed in.

As Malaysia Day comes around, those words came to mind again. It’s a hard truth, but it’s got to be said – I can understand how that girl feels. (more…)

September 16, 2014

51 years of Malaysia, and where are we?

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NORMAN GOH

Sept 16, will mark the  nation’s 51st anniversary of the formation of the Federation of Malaysia, by way of an agreement to form a ‘united nation’ of four entities – Peninsular Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.The island republic left us in 1965. Or, as some would insist, was expelled in that year.

More than half a century ago, our forefathers fought tirelessly to gain independence for Malaya, which was achieved back in 1957. And then came independence from British colonial rule for Sabah and Sarawak, which in 1963 joined with Malaya and Singapore to form Malaysia.

What have we become today? (more…)

Sarawak and the federation

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1963-9-16PROFESSOR MICHAEL LEIGH

ONCE the Sarawak Alliance had secured a clear majority of seats in the Council Negri, the next questions were who would form the cabinet, who would be the chief minister and who the governor.

Each of the successful parties had their own idea as to who should lead, as did the colonial authorities and the Malayan Alliance leaders.

Abdul Rahman Yakub was amongst those Barisan Rakyat Jati Sarawak (BARJASA) members favoured by Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Ghazali Shafie. However, electoral law had required candidates to stand in the council districts in which they resided. (more…)

Sarawakians ‘confused’ over Merdeka Day

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Joe Fernandez

People in Sarawak feel that Aug 31 is not their day of independence.

Sarawakians on both sides of the divide are unanimous that Aug 31, the common day for Sabah and the peninsula, is not their Hari Merdeka (Independence Day).

Otherwise, they appear divided on what should be seen as their independence day.

The Sarawak Government, for the first time in 50 years, recognised July 22 as Sarawak’s Independence Day, which then Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud referred to as Liberation Day. (more…)

Have we wasted 51 years in nation building?

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nation_300Zainnal Ajamain

For five decades, Sabahans and Sarawakians have been taken for granted and their development forgotten.

In theory democracy is an appealing idea. In practice it is far from perfect.

There are people who take the cynical stand that democracy is the tyranny of the majority. In fact, that is what the people in Sabah and Sarawak have suffered in our quest to build a nation for 51 years.

The Malaysia project was never a merger of states into a complete country but a work in progress towards the building of a federation called Malaysia. This was what our founding fathers believed in and what we have been made to believe for 51 years. (more…)

UPSR fiasco, Dr M whacks 1MDB but where’s PM Najib?

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Mahathir (right) and Najib, who is on an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan at the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev

Ng Kee Seng

Where is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak now?

According to national news agency Bernama, Najib is on an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan at the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev.

This is the first official visit by the PM to Azerbaijan.

During the visit, Najib will be accorded an official welcoming ceremony followed by a four-eye meeting with the president, a bilateral meeting between Malaysia and Azerbaijan and an official reception hosted by the president. (more…)

CM Adenan needs another magic formula

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Jimmy Adit

In case you are not in the know, the Sarawak state government today is being run on a Barisan Nasional (BN)-Plus formula.

State BN chairman and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem offered no reason or explanation when he made this announcement to the press after chairing Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council meeting late last month.

But what his party and state BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said to the press afterwards should be telling enough, which was to enable current ministers who are not in BN to remain in Adenan’s Cabinet.

In fact, BN-Plus is a political necessity, both for Adenan and BN national chairman Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. (more…)

The shaky Pakatan alliance

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PAS and PKR/DAP are enemies fighting a common enemy, Umno. The true nature of the relationship will emerge if they take over Putrajaya.

When it was revealed that PAS member Mohd Lotfi Ariffin had gone to Syria to fight for IS (Islamic State), he was immediately sacked from the party because, according to PAS, the party does not support terrorism.

But now that Lotfi has been killed in action, some senior PAS leaders—Mahfuz Omar and Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, in particular—are singing his praises. (more…)

September 15, 2014

In Malaysia, Putrajaya’s household income statistics strays far from reality

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Putrajaya says Malaysia's average monthly household income has gone up but has purchasing power also increased?  HERIDAN MAHAVERA

Putrajaya says Malaysia’s average monthly household income has gone up but has purchasing power also increased?
It may sound fantastic that Malaysia’s average monthly household income has gone up 18% to RM5,900 in 2014 from two years ago but economists say averages do not really tell whether Malaysians are better off than before.

A closer look at this figure, which was announced by Putrajaya on September 8, and how it is calculated, reveals that it can be misleading, economists told The Malaysian Insider.

The statistics does not reflect whether Malaysians are earning more in their jobs, they said. It also does not show how much goods and services their money can buy. (more…)

  Level playing field wanted for women lawyers

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Kathleen Tan

Little did Meera Samanther, lawyer and president of the Association of Women Lawyers Malaysia (AWL), know that her catch-up session with good friend and former lawyer Sheena Gurbakash in 2011 would culminate in a study on the working conditions of lawyers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor three years later.

Their decision to commission this study was the result of a brainstorming session organised by AWL for women lawyers, where both Meera and Sheena heard the personal accounts of young women lawyers who had either heard of or experienced sexual harassment or gender discrimination at the workplace.

Instead of focusing solely on sexual harassment, Meera says AWL broadened the survey to include the working conditions of both men and women lawyers, and gender concerns and issues faced within the legal profession, to get a balanced picture of perceptions surrounding gender discrimination and bias. (more…)

Sedition probe on lawyer will shape Malaysia’s future, says BN leader

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Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing says lawyer Edmund Bon was stating legal facts and should not be charged with sedition. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 14, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing says lawyer Edmund Bon was stating legal facts and should not be charged with sedition.

Putrajaya’s pursuit of lawyer Edmund Bon under the Sedition Act will decide the direction Malaysia takes as a nation, says a key Barisan Nasional (BN) leader in Sarawak.The government has gone on a blitz of investigating and charging a number of politicians and an academic with sedition in the past month and ahead of the country’s 51st year as Malaysia.

“I am interested to know the outcome of the investigation and if Bon will be charged,” outspoken Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing told The Malaysian Insider in Sarawak state capital city Kuching. (more…)

East Malaysians and corrupt politicians are equally culpable

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Mariam Mokhtar

The academics who are responsible for writing the history of Malaysia are better suited to work in the kitchen. Being expert at cooking the books, the tripe they feed us, is not history, but just a record of Umno’s, Umno-Baru’s and Islam’s milestones. Nothing else matters.

As a test, how many Sarawakians, or Malaysians, are aware that Sarawak achieved its independence from the British on 22 July 1963? Every schoolchild knows that 31 August celebrates the independence of the Federated Sates of Malaya from the British, but do they realise the significance of 16 September 1963?

Some people are convinced that the rising discontent amongst East Malaysians is because Putrajaya has ignored their needs. (more…)

Find the root cause of problem first

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Lim Sue Goan

The UPSR exam paper leaks have undoubtedly put the country in shame. Someone must be held responsible and punished for this scandal in order to answer to the parents of 473,175 candidates.The thing is, this whole issue has been caused by human negligence, but our deputy prime minister cum education minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said the leaks have been a smear tactic targeting him.

If exam paper leaks were an ill-intentioned ploy, then the ministry and police should make an effort to single out the perpetrators.

Although exam paper leaks have occurred regularly over the past two decades, we have yet to hear any similar accusation from any minister or senior government official. (more…)

Teachers arrested following UPSR leaks probe, say police

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Idris Jusoh at the press conference on Friday showing how the UPSR exam papers are sealed and delivered to schools. Police have now made a breakthrough in their investigations into the leaks.- The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 14, 2014.LEE SHI-IAN

Idris Jusoh at the press conference on Friday showing how the UPSR exam papers are sealed and delivered to schools. Police have now made a breakthrough in their investigations into the leaks.

Four teachers have been arrested by police in connection with the leakage of UPSR examination papers which has affected more than 470,000 students.

City Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Gan Kong Meng confirmed the arrests of the four, aged between 30 and 54.

The four teachers, three men and a woman, were arrested this afternoon at different locations in Parit Buntar (Perak) and Penang. (more…)

Sedition rap has turned Malaysia into a police state, says Ambiga

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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan believes Putrajaya has lost its right to call Malaysia a democratic country after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon LEE SHI-IAN

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan believes Putrajaya has lost its right to call Malaysia a democratic country after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon.

Putrajaya has lost the moral ground and the right to call Malaysia a democratic country, after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon, said Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.”What democracy is Putrajaya preaching and talking about if lawyers cannot even give their opinion?” she said when contacted.

“Putrajaya is treating ordinary citizens very badly, and these people are not even criminals. In my view, the sedition charges should not even have been brought.”

Ambiga, who is a former Bar Council chair and the patron of Negara-Ku, said Putrajaya has succeeded in turning Malaysia into a police state overnight after the sedition probe against Bon, adding that the administration appeared to have gone mad. (more…)

Scholar sees weak political culture as the root of a faceless Malaysia

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Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Institute for Malaysian and International Studies believes a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions are the cause for national disharmony. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 13, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute for Malaysian and International Studies believes a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions are the cause for national disharmony.

Malaysians are finding themselves at odds with each other due to a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions, an academic said today.Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute for Malaysian and International Studies said the problem was the weak political culture, where politicians do not care about how the public perceive them, even when they appear to be inconsistent. (more…)

The UPSR leak stained by greed

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upsr5300Ishmael Lim

This perennial problem of exam papers being leaked has been an obstinate stain that refuses to be cleaned.

When news of the second leak in the UPSR examinations came to light last Thursday evening, the public’s earlier sense of worry and disappointment must surely have turned into anger and disbelief.

The sitting for the Science exam was cancelled when it was found that the leaked paper was circulated over the social media “WhatsApp” but the discovery of the leak in the English paper came too late as the students had already taken that exam.

Now with the English paper and Science paper being compromised, the Ministry of Education has rescheduled the re-sitting of the English paper for September 30 when the Science paper is also to be taken. (more…)

Issues galore but Negara-ku patron sees hope for a united Malaysia

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JENNIFER GOMEZ

As the nation celebrates Malaysia Day tomorrow, over two weeks after marking 57 years of Merdeka, Sabahan Tan Sri Simon Sipaun (pic) has mixed feelings – nostalgia for the ease of life of his youth half a century ago and cautious optimism for Malaysia going forward.To him, the people of Sabah have never really experienced the true meaning of Independence and the status of a sovereign state, even as talk of secession festers among some.

The former state secretary of Sabah, now 76, and a patron of people’s movement Negara-ku, also reminisced about the days of North Borneo (which was renamed Sabah), when there was no talk of Malay supremacy or confusion over the use of the word Allah by Christians.

Sabah, together with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak, formally formed the Federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963. Singapore left two years later. (more…)

Dr Mahathir defends ‘Malays are lazy’ remark, says they prefer to be Mat Rempit

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Tun Dr Mahahthir Mohamad says although the Malays are given places in institutions of higher learning, they do not make full use of their time to study. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 14, 2014.TMI

Tun Dr Mahahthir Mohamad says although the Malays are given places in institutions of higher learning, they do not make full use of their time to study

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended his criticism of Malays, admitting that he was ashamed that they had been left behind by the forward-thinking Chinese community.Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister said the Malays were still lazy, citing the gender imbalance at institutions of higher learning where the majority was women.

“The Malays are lazy, they are not interested in studying and revising. If we go to the universities, 70% of the students are women, where are the men?” (more…)

September 14, 2014

Mahathir puts spanner in ‘sedition’ stakes

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Terence Netto

In April 1982, days before the 6th general election, Mohd Asri Muda, the then PAS president, was asked about his assessment of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had been in office as the fourth prime minister of the country some nine months.

Asri, himself a shrewd observer of political events and the people who shape them, offered the view that one could predict the behaviour and reaction of the first three prime ministers – Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein, and Hussein Onn.

He said the new man at the helm of the country was going to be different from his predecessors in that he would not be predictable.

The PAS chief was speaking in the immediate aftermath of a rather startling development. (more…)

Hurting someone’s feelings is not a crime

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Sonia Randhawa

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that the courts sentenced Chow Mun Fai to the maximum jail sentence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

According to reports, the Facebook user had pleaded guilty to making disparaging remarks about Islam through an offensive Hari Raya greeting.

Chow’s remarks on Facebook were undoubtedly crass and insensitive, and constitute a crime under Section 233.

However, the breadth of Section 233 makes it an offence to post offensive content with the intention to “annoy” another person. (more…)

Who’s threatening S’pore’s ‘national security’?

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Tan Wah Piow

How very strange. Despite the billions spent on military hardware to protect the island state, Singapore is apparently so fragile that it has to to ban an internationally acclaimed 70-minute film featuring interviews with exiles in order to “protect the national security and stability of Singapore”.

Before I venture further, allow me to declare my interests. I am one of the six who is featured in Tan Pin Pin’s ‘To Singapore, With Love’; and therefore by implication, is alleged to have undermined the “national security” of Singapore.

My views of past events which led to my exile in London, and my current views on the PAP are already in the public domain. (more…)

Support indigenous rights at UN level, gov’t urged

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JOAS

The government has been urged to support the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous People (WCIP), so as to improve the conditions of Malaysia’s indigenous people.According to Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), the document is currently being drafted and is the result of consultations with the UN General Assembly president from June to August this year.

The outcome document will have an impact on the Sept 22 and 23 UN General Assembly.

It added that it is imperative for Malaysia to support it, in order to fulfill its human rights obligations after adopting the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDrip). (more…)

September 13, 2014

Wan Azizah must act more like PKR president, not Anwar’s wife

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Alyaa Alhadjri

For a woman to be seen as “knowing her place” should rightly be taken as an insult to her character but this is not so in the case of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

At least, that was this writer’s personal impression of Wan Azizah during theantdaily’s first (and only) interview while she was preparing to run in the Kajang by-election earlier this year, one that triggered the ongoing crisis in Selangor and once again propelled her into mainstream politics.

While remaining true to her soft-spoken character, Wan Azizah had appeared confident and ready to take on the challenge of becoming the new Selangor menteri besar, as the ‘Kajang Move’ was meant to be. (more…)

Is the return of Mahathirism the antidote for Umno’s dilemma?

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Khoo Kay Peng

It looks like Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reform initiatives are going to take a few more steps backward if the use of Sedition Act against several politicians, activists, reporters and academicians is seen as a reaction against the criticism of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that his government has gone weak on the repeal of the Internal Security Act and the Restricted Residence Act.

It is not a coincidence that some of them, especially law professor Dr Azmi Sharom, were charged with making seditious statements from as far back as 2009. It is unlikely that the charges were made without the knowledge and tacit support of the Prime Minister’s Office. (more…)

Will reports be lodged over Dr M’s ‘Malays are lazy’?

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Mkini

So will right-wing Malay groups make a beeline outside police stations to file a battery of reports against Dr Mahathir Mohamad?

What about the self-appointed defender of the Malays, Ibrahim Ali? What is the Perkasa chief’s take on the scathing indictment of his race by the movement’s patron?

And will Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) chief Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman sound the clarion call?

Last but not least, will the identity crisis suffering Ridhuan Tee Abdullah pen a vitriolic response to these “ultra kiasu” comments in his weekly newspaper column? (more…)

It’s gross incompetence! Time for Muhyiddin to crack the whip over UPSR leaks

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Muhyiddin giving words of encouragement to 83 UPSR students at Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 16 (2) on Sept 9. Also present is the school’s principal, Nik Sabariah Nik Jaafar (third, right)

Ng Kee Seng

It must be the Education Ministry’s worst examination leak ever in history.

Two Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination papers, Science and English, have been confirmed leaked. A third, the Mathematics paper, is now being exposed as also been leaked.

The ministry might as well postpone the whole UPSR examination as the leaks are being exposed and counting.

National news agency Bernama reported the ministry today announcing that Year 6 pupils would have to resit their UPSR English paper following another leak. They had sat for the paper this morning. (more…)

UPSR leak fiasco: Will the culprits face action?

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Sonia Ramachandran

The almost half-a-million Primary Six students sitting for the Primary School Evaluation Test (UPSR) examination seem to have been hit by a stroke of bad luck.

Not only do they have to sit again for their science paper which was leaked via social media, they now have to re-sit for their English papers as well.

Unlike the science paper however, these poor students have already sat for the English examination and now have to re-sit the paper on Sept 30, together with their science paper. (more…)

Sedition blitz ‘persecution’, not prosecution, says former A-G

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Former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman says charging someone with sedition is not something to be taken lightly as it affects the accused. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 12, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman says charging someone with sedition is not something to be taken lightly as it affects the accused.

The barrage of sedition charges against opposition lawmakers and others comes across as persecution, not prosecution, says Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, who took a swipe at the Attorney-General for reviewing the cases after charges were framed.Talib, a former A-G, said it was unusual for Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is also public prosecutor, to first frame charges and later, decide to review them.

“You must do justice by prosecution and not persecution,” Talib told The Malaysian Insider in a special interview in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. (more…)

‘Kiasu’ parents, pupils fuelling exam leaks, say 2 Barisan parties

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Almost 500,000 pupils nationwide are sitting the UPSR exam which is supposed to end today except that it has been hit by leaks in the Science and English papers. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 12, 2014. EILEEN NG

Almost 500,000 pupils nationwide are sitting the UPSR exam which is supposed to end today except that it has been hit by leaks in the Science and English papers.

Demands from parents and students in the chase for straight As and those who fulfil such requests for money are the main causes for the current leak of UPSR Science and English exam papers that has affected nearly 500,000 pupils, say two Barisan Nasional (BN) parties.Both MCA and Gerakan also pointed the finger at tuition centres which are cashing in on the demand by roping in teachers involved in preparing the questions to give tips or insights into “spotting questions” to pupils, which at times are too similar to the questions in the examination.

MCA education consultative committee deputy chief Chong Sin Woon said such corruption was shameful. (more…)

Year 6 pupils discouraged after UPSR exam leaks, say parents

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Year 6 pupils have been told that they have to resit two UPSR papers at the end of the month.  – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 12, 2014. ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Year 6 pupils have been told that they have to resit two UPSR papers at the end of the month.

Fuming parents have said that the leaks in two examination papers have left their children bitterly discouraged and demotivated as they had been looking forward to finishing their Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) exams following a year of studying.Family plans and holidays have been cancelled, they say, after the Education Ministry decided to postpone the Science paper and let the majority of nearly 500,000 pupils retake two English papers after they discovered the leaks – the first for national examinations at the primary school level.

“She’s very disappointed. She had worked very hard as did her friends from school. She keeps asking me why did this happen. What do I tell her?” said a mother, who only wanted to be known as Rachel. (more…)

September 12, 2014

Politicians tend to gab about and end up as the joker

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From left: Anwar, Lim and MohamadNg Kee Seng

The ability or propensity to talk big is certainly not a virtue of a wise leader.

And Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan is one who does it without knowing others are having the last laugh.

Remember when Mohamad, at the height of the Selangor water crisis in April, offered to sell 20 million gallons of water daily.

However, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim turned down Negri Sembilan’s offer to sell treated water because it was not sufficient to overcome the bigger and rich state’s water crisis. (more…)

Dr M rues ‘lazy’ Malays, cites naked Japanese

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Ram Anand

Mahathir Mohamad has delivered a scathing indictment on the Malays, calling them “lazy” and lamenting that he failed to change them despite attempting to do so for two decades.

To illustrate his point, the former prime minister, who helmed the nation for 22 years, cited the Japanese as an example, but in a rather bizarre manner.

Accusing the Malays of not being ashamed of failure, Mahathir said: “You see the Japanese, they have a lot of shame, not ashamed of being naked, but shamed of failure. If they fail to fulfill a duty, they commit suicide (during the war era).”

“Of course they do not do this anymore, but this drive had led to them to rebuild the country that lost badly in war,” he added. (more…)

There’s no more room for hypocrisy in politics

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Cindi Loo

There are many ways for political leaders to motivate their supporters to continue fighting for their party’s cause but sometimes, these “motivations” come with the price of insulting the intelligence of others.

Those who are in a habit of doing it, as Malaysians struggle to move forward to embrace a more open democracy, must wake up and realise that hypocrisy causes confusion and mayhem as rivals get emboldened.

Political leaders have been caught uttering statements that are meant to motivate their party members but marring their own image as national leaders for all Malaysians. (more…)

In another salvo, Dr M takes stab at 1MDB

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Prime Minister Najib Razak, has expressed concern that Malaysia would not be able to repay the massive debts accumulated by state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).He pointed out that despite Malaysia’s oil profits, the government has been running at a budget deficit for years.

“The money for 1MDB is not from the country’s surplus. It is a debt. Billions of ringgit in debt that is added to the already-high national debt.

“The national debt must be paid. If not, we will be bankrupt like Argentina. A country that has been facing a deficit every year could not possibly pay off a debt this big,” he wrote in his blog today. (more…)

Selangor MB fiasco: Should we go back to square one …

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Wan Azizah (inset left) and Khalid

Theantdaily team

It makes sense that PKR and DAP nominated Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the post of menteri besar of Selangor. This is because she commands the support of the majority in the state legislative assembly.

This conclusion is based on the statutory declarations signed by 30 state legislators. Simple arithmetic tells us that 30 out of 56 is a majority. This very fact logically also means that any other state assemblyperson can at most command the confidence of only 26 members.

Now, one thing must be made very clear. The state legislators were exercising their right provided under the State Constitution – choosing democratically who should be their head of government. (more…)

Education NGOs say ministry has lost credibility after UPSR leaks

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Founding member and chairperson of PAGE Noor Azimah calls the UPSR exam leaks 'horrifying'. - The Malaysian Insider pic, September 11, 2014.EILEEN NG

The Education Ministry has lost credibility following the leak of the UPSR Science and English papers involving nearly 500,000 Year 6 pupils, say educationists.

In describing the incidents as “horrifying”, Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chair Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said this also devalues the UPSR examination.

“It has no value anymore. If the papers are so easily leaked, there must be something wrong with the ministry, with the security,” she said. (more…)

I have failed as Malays know no shame, says Dr M

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Dr Mahathir at the launch of the book 'Wahai Melayu' by Anas Zubedy (left) in Petaling Jaya today. The former PM feels that he has not achieved his goals for the Malays despite being in power for 22 years. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 11, 2014.LEE SHI-IAN

Dr Mahathir at the launch of the book ‘Wahai Melayu’ by Anas Zubedy (left) in Petaling Jaya today. The former PM feels that he has not achieved his goals for the Malays despite being in power for 22 years.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lamented that he failed in his 22 years in power as the Malays did not feel ashamed when they failed, whether in examinations or in life.”I spent 22 years trying to change the Malays, trying to alter the perception that they were lazy, I failed,” Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister said today.

His comments came after the Education Ministry revealed that two examination papers for a national primary school test had been leaked, forcing nearly 500,000 pupils to resit the papers on September 30. (more…)

Mahathir thinks Malays are a dishonest bunch

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After spending 22 years trying to change the Malay mindset, Mahathir says they are still dishonest, lazy and lack integrity.

In a no holds barred message at a book launch, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he found it hard to trust Malays because they lacked a sense of honesty and integrity.

Mahathir said, “Malays think nothing of taking money that is not theirs. I have seen it with my own eyes. They also struggle to manage their finances well or with any degree of honesty.” (more…)

MCMC helps police hunt down UPSR leak

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upsrleaked300Ishmael Lim

Over 470,000 year six pupils nationwide who were scheduled to sit for their UPSR Science exam today have been re-scheduled to take the exam on 30 September following a leak of the papers over the Internet.

There was a leak in the English papers too. Pupils have to resit the papers also on Sept 30.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is helping the police hunt down the source of the leak after a report was lodged in Putrajaya. (more…)

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