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August 27, 2014

NGO: MPOB colluding with palm oil firms

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak Natives Customary Rights Land Network (Tahabas) has accused Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) of not only of suppressing the rights of the native oil palm growers, but also protecting the giant oil palm companies in land disputes.

Tahabas said that the board sides with companies who “illegally” occupy native customary rights (NCR) land, some of which have been declared as such by the courts.

“The MPOB even accused them of being thieves because they do not have licence to sell fresh oil palm fruit bunches (FFB),” said Tahabas president Ramould Siew in a statement. (more…)

PKR, DAP sticking to Wan Azizah as sole MB candidate

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PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail remains the sole Selangor menteri besar candidate, say PKR and DAP today. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 26, 2014.TMI

PKR and DAP are standing by their decision to nominate only Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the Selangor menteri besar candidate, despite the Selangor Sultan’s decree that each party in Pakatan Rakyat submit three names to him.
They said the sultan had last year accepted Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as the sole candidate for the MB’s post, despite similarly requesting more than one nominee.

“Because of that, PKR and DAP uphold the sultan’s decree and will present Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah’s candidacy ‎for the sultan’s consideration, in line with the convention practised by PR in 2013, as she has the support of at least 30 assemblymen,” the two parties said in a joint statement today. (more…)

Nik Nazmi a Selangor MB candidate after sultan demands more names, says source

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PKR youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is said to be a possible third candidate for the post of Selangor menteri besar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 27, 2014.ZULKIFLI SULONG

PKR and DAP might insist that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is their only choice as Selangor Menteri Besar but there is a growing belief that newly-elected youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad could take the post after the state ruler decreed that each party within Pakatan Rakyat (PR) propose more than two names for the post.

A PKR source said Nik Nazmi’s name surfaced as the third candidate – alongside party president Dr Wan Azizah and deputy president Azmin Ali – before the results of the PKR Youth elections were announced on August 21.

“Nik Nazmi is now the most senior ‎PKR member among the Selangor assemblymen after he won the position recently. So it is very fitting for him to be chosen as the third candidate,” a source told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

MB Khalid and MACC reach out-of-court settlement

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The suit filed by Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim against Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed and the government was settled out of court in Kuala Lumpur today.

Abdul Khalid had sued the two parties for allegedly implying that he had misused his position in his personal capacity and public office.

High Court Judge Hue Siew Kheng recorded the settlement in chambers in the presence of Senior Federal Counsel Zureen Elina Mohd Dom, who represented Abu Kassim and the government, and Abdul Khalid’s lawyer, K Muralidharan. (more…)

PAS nudges Pakatan to brink of destruction?

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Ram Anand

PAS’ statement yesterday that its party representatives would not sign statutory declarations supporting Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new Selangor menteri besar has once again ruffled feathers and caused unhappiness among its Pakatan Rakyat partners.

In a central committee meeting yesterday, PAS decided to leave the appointment to the Selangor ruler, dampening PKR’s ambition to present a strong case to the sultan to approve Wan Azizah.

Under increasing pressure from its conservative faction, and from PKR that had wanted the support letters, PAS chose the middle path and refrained from making any significant decisions. (more…)

What has happened to Rafizi Ramli?

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NATHANIEL TAN

Yesterday I likened Malaysian politics to acid that eats away at personal integrity.

Sadly, it seems to display the qualities of rabies as well, the symptoms of which include: anxiety, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, hallucinations, and delirium.

Nothing is sadder than seeing people with sincere hearts and great ideas eventually dragged down to and sullied by the muddy mire of politics.

I remember when Rafizi Ramli first left his career in Petronas and Pharmaniaga to join politics in the aftermath of the opposition’s sudden victory in GE 12. (more…)

Discretion of the monarch in choice of MB

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The resignation of Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (left) has partially resolved the question of who will helm the state. It remains to be seen who the sultan will appoint as Khalid's successor. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 26, 2014. state leader crisisGURDIAL SINGH NIJAR

The Selangor menteri besar imbroglio has been decisively solved by His Royal Highness, but only partially – with the resignation of the incumbent MB.

Resignation of the MB implies as well the resignation of the entire executive committee.

The question of dissolving the Selangor assembly and calling for snap elections is no longer a live issue.

All that remains now is for the sultan to appoint a new MB. (more…)

Who’s ‘qualified’ to be MB?

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menteri besar300Roslan Bistamam

Adat istiadat will be the guide to what will happen next.

Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim had an audience with the Sultan of Selangor and indicated that in light of the current developments he would like to tender his resignation.

The Sultan took note of Khalid’s request but deferred the acceptance of his resignation (meaning, did not accept the resignation yet) until a new MB has been decided.

According to the Articles of the Selangor State Constitution, the Sultan has the absolute powers to use his discretion in the appointment of an MB who in his opinion may most likely command the confidence or trust of the majority in the state assembly. (more…)

Sedition dragnet continues – Rayer is next

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DAP assemblyperson RSN Rayer, who incensed Umno with his “celaka” (damn), remark, is to be charged with sedition tomorrow.

According to DAP legal bureau head Gobind Singh Deo, the Seri Delima representative would be charged in a sessions court in Penang tomorrow.

“We believe it will be over the same matter for which he was to be charged earlier,” Gobind said in reference to the police probe into the “celaka” remark.

“Rayer received a call from the police this morning, asking him to be present in court tomorrow morning,” he added. (more…)

Pakatan a pact waiting to be torn asunder?

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Pakatan Rakyat came into being in 2008 consisting of three parties with very divergent goals. DAP was a long standing political party that was able to weather the Malaysian political storm and whose leaders had and have been consistently harassed, detained, arrested and charged numerous times with various offences, especially under the once infamous and draconian Internal Security Act. Now the Sedition Act is being used against them.

DAP stands for a secular state.

PAS was an offshoot of the original Umno religious wing. The group wanted to establish an Islamic state in Malaysia and currently hopes to implement the Islamic “hudud” law if it comes into power. (more…)

Royal twist dims Wan Azizah’s bid

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Malaysiakini Team

After the infamous ‘Kajang Move’ failed to install Anwar Ibrahim as the next Selangor menteri besar, PKR insisted that his wife and party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail helms the state.

Agreeing to this, DAP also threw its weight behind Wan Azizah while the Pakatan Rakyat leadership endorsed it later.

But PAS, which initially backed Wan Azizah and her deputy Azmin Ali, had yesterday refused to ink statutory declarations pledging support for the PKR president.

Amid intense criticism, PAS denied it had made a “U-turn” and chose to term its decision as a “roundabout” instead. (more…)

August 26, 2014

Heated PAS meeting as lawmakers snub Hadi’s choice for Selangor MB

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PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang faces objections from his own party men over his proposal that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali's name be submitted as a candidate for the Selangor Menteri Besar's post. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 26, 2014.AMIN ISKANDAR

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yesterday saw his own party men rebel against him when 13 of his Selangor assemblymen rejected his choice of Selangor menteri besar – PKR deputy president Azmin Ali – during a central committee meeting, a week after they decided on proposing two names for the job.

The meeting saw Hanipa Maidin, the Islamist party’s Sepang MP, and Hadi in a heated exchange over moves to get PAS support Azmin for the top state post over PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, said sources.

“There was tension as Hanipa questioned the move to support Azmin as 30 other lawmakers have already expressed support for Dr Wan Azizah. Hanipa wanted to know who else would support Azmin,” one source told The Malaysian Insider, adding no answer was given to that question. (more…)

Bruno Manser honoured on his 60th birthday

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Bruno Manser, who was Sarawak’s most wanted man in the 1990s  and went missing in the tropical rainforests inhabited by the Penan community in the Upper Baram area has been a rare honour.

A team of Swiss scientists have named two recently discovered  animal species in the tropical rainforests of Borneo after Manser.

The Natural History Museum of Berne, Switzerland, made the announcement today, on the occasion of Manser’s 60th birthday.

The two new species are a spider of the goblin spider genus (right) Aposphragisma, named Aposphragisma brunomanseri, and the Murud black slender toad, Ansonia vidua. (more…)

PAS MP to be charged with sedition

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PAS’s Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad is expected to be charged with sedition tomorrow, joining a growing list of opposition politicians facing the same.
It is believed that he will be charged over his remarks on the Selangor sultan and the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais).

“I am being called to go to court tomorrow. They are going to charge me under the Sedition Act,” he told reporters in Pandamaran tonight.

The MP was informed by the police via text message earlier this evening. (more…)

‘Islamisation’ of Christian bin, binti

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John Joseph

NRD has lost the files of 162 cases of Sabah Christians with “bin” and “binti” in their names classified as Islam in their MyKad.

The National Registration Department (NRD) has been urged to act quickly to dispel the notion that Islamisation of Christian bin and binti in Sabah was an unwritten “state policy”.

Upko Vice-President Siringan Gubat said that many people in Sabah are beginning to compare it with the illegal immigrant problem in the state which still hasn’t been settled. (more…)

Who will command ‘confidence of the majority’?

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GURDIAL SINGH NIJARThirty Selangor state assemblymen have declared their support for Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (seated, second left). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 25, 2014.

The Selangor Constitution obliges the Sultan to appoint as the menteri besar “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”, according to Article 53(2)(a).

Thirty of the 56 members of the Assembly have already sworn on oath a declaration that they support Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. This constitutes 53.5% of the members of the Assembly – a clear majority, and in any event a majority that is higher than that which led the Sultan of Perak to appoint an MB on the basis that he commanded the majority.

This exercise of discretion was accepted by the Federal Court in the Perak case (Nizar v Zambry). (more…)

BN will win cheers but lose power, says Khairy

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Absolute loyalty is outdated and it is wrong to force civil servants to support the ruling Barisan Nasional, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Noting that his view would not be accepted by the “conservatives”, he pointed out there is no point in demanding support when it is just a charade that would not translate into votes.

“I don’t force anyone to support my party. Yes, of course, I would want them to support my party, but it is better for them to support it voluntarily.

“What is the use of asking them to cheer and brandish banners of support if it is all just an act?” he asked in a Facebook posting. (more…)

PKR fighting its own demons

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PKR CONGRESS Probably for the first time in a PKR congress, the discussion was not about policies or about bashing the BN federal government as they have done so often in the past.

The three-day congress that concluded yesterday, if anything, reflects the tumultuous eight months that the party had gone through, pretty much since the onset of 2014.

Most of the discussions, be it from their senior leaders to their delegates, reflected the simmering tension within the party, probably encapsulated by de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s 40-minute speech in closing the congress, where he seemed to issue reprimand after reprimand to the party members. (more…)

Adenan misleading Sarawakians on oil royalty

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Joe Fernandez

DAP Sarawak says 20 per cent oil royalty and stakes in gas projects are two separate issues.

Sarawak DAP has warned the people that Chief Minister Adenan Satem is trying to pull wool over their eyes by linking a measly 10 per cent stake in various gas projects, the latest being in MLNG.4, with the 20 per cent oil royalty demand.

Sarawak DAP Chief and DAP National vice-chairman Chong Chieng Jen urged Adenan to come clean on his recent talks with Petronas on the oil issue.

“The 20 per cent oil royalty and the stakes in gas projects are separate issues,” said Chong. (more…)

Grief and relief

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DEAN JOHNS

As sincerely as we may all share in the collective sadness on Malaysia’s official day of mourning (Friday) for 20 of the victims of the MH17 atrocity, let us not let our tears blind us to the fact that our feelings are ever entirely altruistic.

Even the great ‘sentimentalist’ philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) conceded that the “sympathy” he saw as such a fundamental facet of human nature and binding force in human society seldom extends far beyond our perceived personal, local sectarian or other self-interests.

In all honesty, therefore, while feeling true compassion for the MH17 victims and their loved ones, we should acknowledge and forgive ourselves for the fact that our grief is accompanied by relief that it happened to them, not us. (more…)

What are the criteria for male MBs?

MARIAM MOKHTAR

Najib Abdul Razak’s latest slogan ‘Endless Possibilities’ only applies to men. In Najib’s Malaysia, women face ‘Endless Objections’. The latest victim is Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Her plan to become the first woman menteri besar for Selangor is being thwarted by Umno Baru and the critics in her own coalition.

In patriarchal Malaysia, women must prove themselves more than most men, and obstacles are deliberately put in their way. Many women know that if they put their minds to it, they can achieve whatever they desire. Have the people who question Wan Azizah’s suitability, applied the same rigorous standards to MBs in other states? Unsurprisingly, MBs in the opposition-held states of Selangor, and Penang are subjected to intense scrutiny. (more…)

Losing the best people in PKR

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Nathaniel Tan

If Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is a good man, why has there not been a single leader in his party who has stood up for him?

This is a reasonable question, given that in these last few months, literally not a single PKR top leader has come out to say: I support Khalid.

There are two very obvious potential scenarios that explain this state of affairs.

The first, propagated by the likes of Rafizi Ramli , is that Khalid is in fact corrupt, and all PKR leaders realise this truth. (more…)

August 25, 2014

Malaysians, just how much do your know about Asean?

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Cindi Loo

On the 47th Asean Day held in Malaysia on Aug 19, the Malaysian government or its representatives sitting on the Asean panel could have seized the opportunity to highlight promotions when the country takes over as chairman of the regional bloc next year.

Malaysia is about to embark on an important milestone of seeing the 10-member countries converging into a single market in the form of the Asean Economic Community by Dec 31, 2015, yet its immediate concern was that of an ill-informed group of Malaysian citizens who do not understand the true meaning of its place in the region.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin was quoted by Bernama as saying the government would implement aggressive outreach programmes to raise awareness among Malaysians after a survey showed that Malaysians have the lowest level of awareness on Asean among the member countries. (more…)

The reality and hyperbole of high-income Malaysia by 2020

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Government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala had said yesterday that the gross national income per capita had been climbing steadily. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 24, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala had said yesterday that the gross national income per capita had been climbing steadily.

According to government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Malaysia is on track to achieve its high-income target of US$15,000 (RM47,414) by 2020, if not sooner, as a result of the policies under the National Transformation Programme (NTP).

That is like Manchester United football team coach Louis Van Gaal predicting his team will win the English Premier League this year as a result of his player buys and tactics. (more…)

Do Sabah and Sarawak really want to leave Malaysia?

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Prof James Chin believes that the movement for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia is real but disguises itself as secession is treason under the law. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 23, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Two prominent East Malaysian politicians have attempted to play down the desire expressed by some people for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia, but an academic and expert on the subject says the sentiment is fuelling an actual movement 51 years after the country was formed.

The politicians, Sarawak Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr James Masing and Sabah federal lawmaker Darell Leiking, claimed that the desire was more of a sentiment rather than an actual movement.

Leiking, who is Penampang MP, said the desire among young Sabahans for Sabah to secede is an accumulation of anger at how they have been treated by the Peninsula-based federal government. (more…)

Native Christians ‘converted’ by state policy

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Bob Teoh

When Juinah binti Paulus, a native Christian, went to the National Registration Department (NRD) to get her new identity card, the NRD changed her religious identity to Islam without her knowledge nor consent.

This is not unusual. Many native or bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak with bin (son of) or binti (daughter of) in their names, are automatically classified as Muslims in their identity cards, known as MyKad. Once this is done there is virtually no remedy, except to wait in an administrative purgatory.

Christians and non-Muslims consider this as backdoor conversion or “MyKad Islamisation”.

The NRD denies this is done as a government policy whenever it is confronted and put the blame on “technical glitches”. (more…)

Did Sarawak really negotiate oil, gas royalty hike?

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Dukau Papau

Has Chief Minister Adenan Satem failed in his effort to negotiate with Petronas for the 20% increase in oil and gas royalty?

The question was came from  Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen after reading Adenan’s  statement that the state has been offered 10% equity by Petronas in Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas 4 (MLNG 4).

In announcing the offer recently, Adenan (left) said that this was the result of the State’s negotiation with Petronas to hike up the oil and gas royalty to 20%

Chong who is MP for Bandar Kuching and State Assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa warned the chief minister not to link the 10% equity with the 20% increase in oil gas royalty that the State has been asking for. (more…)

In the battle for Umno’s soul, money talks louder, not Dr M

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THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERThere is a sense in Umno that every passing day brings them nearer to losing power. And, therefore, for many of the party's leaders what is most important is securing economic security for themselves. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 25, 2014.

One day soon, it will be remembered that the great Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – the slayer of deputy prime ministers and a prime minister – was finally defeated not by an individual but by RM.

Ringgit Malaysia.

The former prime minister’s biggest miscalculation in withdrawing his support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was in believing that Umno members are followers of men or ideals. Or that they are even concerned about the downward spiral of Malaysia.

They are not. And have not been for decades. (more…)

Don’t be ‘pound foolish’, DAP tells Adnan

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has been told not be ‘pennywise pound foolish’ by being veered from the 20 percent oil and gas royalty demand with the offer of 10 percent equity participation by Petronas in Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas 4 (MLNG 4).

In saying this, the Opposition leader of Sarawak, Chong Chieng Jen, advised the BN state government to hold firm to the unanimous decision of the Dewan Undangan Negeri in passing the resolution to press for 20 percent oil and gas royalty for Sarawak.

“The Sarawak Government should not be so content with the 10 percent share in MLNG 4 and treat it as a substitute for 20 percent oil and gas royalty,” said Chong,  the Sarawak DAP chief and the state assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa. (more…)

Kelantan by-election ‘a litmus test’ for Pakatan

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Mkini

Pakatan Rakyat needs to use the coming  by-election to prove that the coalition is still strong despite friction between PAS and PKR over the Selangor menteri besar crisis.

“The by-election is an important platform for Pakatan to recover its image in the eyes of the rakyat, especially in convincing them to stay with Pakatan,” Perak PAS Youth election director Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar said today. (more…)

Now ex-Perak MB Nizar faces criminal charges over 2012 speech

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V. ANBALAGAN

Former Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (pic) will be charged with criminal defamation tomorrow for allegedly making disparaging remarks against Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the defence forces in 2012.His lawyer Fitri Asmuni said Nizar had been ordered to be present in a Sessions Court tomorrow morning.”The police issued a warrant of arrest against Nizar at the state PAS headquarters before a state Pakatan Rakyat (PR) meeting last Friday. He was instructed to be in court at 9am,” Fitri told The Malaysian Insider.Nizar is alleged to have committed the offence at Taman Desa Pakatan in Ipoh between 9pm and midnight on April 23, 2012.

The current state opposition leader is said to have made the remarks during the run-up to the 2013 general election campaign.

The arrest warrant stated that a report was made against Nizar’s speech by an officer identified only as Major General Datuk Abdul Aziz three days after the alleged incident. (more…)

August 22, 2014

‘Nothing to be proud of in Petronas’ 10pct offer’

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See Chee HowDukau Papau

Sarawak PKR today warned Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem that he should not be too happy to accept the offer of 10 percent equity in the Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas Fourth Plant (MLNG 4) as the state government could be hoodwinked by Petronas.

“The 10 percent is merely an investment, but is blown out to hoodwink the state government and the general Sarawakian public into believing that Petronas is being generous to Sarawak.

“Sarawak should not settle for less than what the Sarawakians deserved, and the minute we settle for less, we get even lesser,” said Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How (right) when commenting on Adenan’s statement that Petronas is offering Sarawak 10 percent in MLNG 4. (more…)

Mahathir’s Case Against Najib Detailed

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John Berthelsen

Now see here, Najib

Former premier lists specific reasons for his withdrawal of support for serving PM

As long as two to three months before former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad publicly attacked his successor, Najib Tun Razak, through his blog, the former premier sent Najib a letter bristling with a list of demands to change his ways.

Mahathir’s irritation has sputtered behind the scenes since before the disastrous May 2013 general election, in which the ruling Barisan Nasional lost the popular vote for the first time in 44 years although it retained its majority in parliament via gerrymandering. Since that time, bloggers deployed by Mahathir have made general attacks on the sitting prime minister, who took office in 2009 with Mahathir’s approval. (more…)

Legacy of rule: The stumbling block to Malaysia’s future

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From left: Najib, Mahathir and AbdullahHazlan Zakaria

There are things to say about legacies of leadership and how they enrich and define the nations where former leaders trudge, though perhaps in Malaysia, it is unfortunate that the legacies of rule are but stumbling blocks to a greater nation.

Those who led nations years ago at times will leave behind defining principles or are bound within the histories with their charm, character or contributions, mostly these would help to bind countries together as legacies of a shared past.

Former Indonesian president Sukarno for one, seen via Indonesian eyes bore a legacy which was essential to defining their independence and shaped their identity. (more…)

Dr M’s words have made impact across nation, ex-minister warns Najib

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The former Utusan Malaysia editor-in-chief Zainuddin feels it is not too late for Najib to 'admit his mistakes and right the wrongs' in his administration. - The Malaysian Insider pic, August 21, 2014.TMI

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should look beyond the flattering news articles about him and instead focus on the huge impact Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s withdrawal of support has wrought on the country, a former minister said.

Ex-information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said that the former prime minister’s criticisms again Najib and his administration had spread like a wave through all corners of society.

“Behind the support plastered across newspapers today after Dr Mahathir rejected him, Najib must obtain a valid and truthful report on how great the wave blown by Dr Mahathir is. (more…)

Longer tenure for timber licence

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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

CM says this will ensure logging operators obtain Sustainable Forest Management certification

Tenure for the timber licence can be extended up to 60 years from the date of issuance as the state encourages timber players to practise sustainable forest management.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem said the long term timber concession will become an incentive for logging operators to obtain Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification.

He said one of the conditions that would be imposed is that licence operators should incorporate the requirement for certification within three years from the date of approval. Failure to comply with the condition shall cause the licence to be terminated. (more…)

Time for all to condemn Islamic State for their violence

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THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERIslamic State fighters in Syria are seen here with confiscated cigarettes to be burnt last month. The group's brand of extremism and atrocities against fellow Muslims in the name of Islam has only been condemned by two Muslim leaders, Dr Mahathir and Indonesian president Susilo Bambang. - Reuters pic, August 21, 2014.

Thus far, only two global Muslim leaders have come out to condemn the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) – or Islamic State (IS), as they call themselves now – for their violence and large-scale slaughter in both the Middle East countries.

Former Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Dr Mahathir condemned the group four days ago, saying it has misinterpreted Islam which is a religion of peace.

“There is no place for violence in Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and some people have wrongly interpreted the religion,” Dr Mahathir told reporters after a youth forum in Putrajaya. (more…)

Indications rife MB to seek dissolution

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Radzi Razak

With the Selangor sultan cutting short his overseas trip, speculation that the state assembly will be dissolved continues to gain traction.

All eyes are now on the palace, to see if there will be a royal twist to the protracted saga when embattled Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has an audience with the ruler.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source close to Khalid told Malaysiakini that dissolution is one of the main options available to resolve the political crisis. (more…)

‘MBgate will hurt Pakatan in polls, but win expected’

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Kamles Kumar

The Selangor menteri besar crisis will “dent” Pakatan Rakyat’s chances should a snap election be called, but the coalition will still win, says a DAP assemblyperson.

Bukit Gasing assemblyperson Rajiv Rishyakaran believes that if at all it comes down to a snap election, Pakatan Rakyat would be able to top it once again.

“If there is a snap election, we will still prevail. Pakatan will win but it won’t as much as before,” Rajiv
told a press conference today. (more…)

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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Mkini

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…)

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