Don’t expect Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to patch up with his nemesis, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad – the man who sacked him from his deputy premier’s post and accused him of homosexuality 16 years ago.
“What is there to reconcile? What is the issue – is it democracy, freedom, judicial independence, the Internal Security Act (ISA), sedition?” asked Anwar in an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini.
Anwar, 67, is just days away from the possibility of being jailed for the second time on charges of sodomy, dubbed as Sodomy II. (more…)
After four arrests and a battery of charges under the Sedition Act, social activist Ali Abd Jalil has fled to Sweden to seek asylum.
Ali said this in a Facebook posting citing fear for his own safety.
“Now I am in Sweden, looking for asylum.
“The Malaysian government and sultan treat me like rubbish. (more…)
In a little while, we will all know whether Anwar Ibrahim will go to jail for the second time and forfeit his position as a duly elected Member of Parliament and as Opposition leader for the second time.
But this is not about Anwar. It’s about us.
The difference the judgment makes is whether we will continue to sink deeper into the cesspool of hopelessness, despair, and fear as a nation, or will we dare to begin to dream of a better Malaysia, a country we can all proudly call home. (more…)
Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing said he is ckeptical of the Health Ministry’s finding that only one in 100 Malaysians suffers from schizophrenia because of the penchant for fomenting the illness at the national level.
“You take the Islamic State’s recruits in Malaysia and the Special Branch finding that these conscripts have been told to wipe out the non-Muslims – a threat like that is dismissed by the inspector general of police as so much talk with no follow-through yet in action,” said the head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese as preamble for the point he sought to make. (more…)
Dr Abdul Aziz Bari
It was no surprise that the statement by de facto law minister Nancy Shukri on Ibrahim Ali in parliament recently has created an uproar. Given that the Najib Administration has been flip-flopping on the abolition of the sedition law, one should not be too surprised the way Nancy defended the threat made by the Perkasa chief to burn the Malay language Bible. In any case it was not the first time that a statement by the minister in charge of the same portfolio had invited public backlash.
Somehow Nancy made further blunders along the way. On Oct 18, for example, Nancy said she would not interfere with the Attorney-General’s power to decide on Ibrahim. Of course, she would not. Indeed Nancy cannot do anything about the matter as the Constitution has been very clear on it: the power to decide whether or not to prosecute lies with the AG as stated in Article 145(3). That is why even the court cannot do anything about it. The fact remains that the AG is the principal legal advisor to the government. He or she is also the chief public prosecutor. (more…)
Religious groups fear Halloween will weaken the identities of Muslim youth.
Muslim groups are feeling a chill running down their spines over Halloween, a frivolous Western-inspired festival gaining popularity in Malaysia.
According to a report in Sinar Harian Online, Muslim residents in Negeri Sembilan have voiced their concerns over the decision of an international school to allow a celebration of Halloween with their students, including those who are Muslim.
The groups made their concerns known after spotting banners promoting the Halloween bash at the international school there. (more…)
It appears that no one wanted the Security Council seat.
That a small nation like Malaysia could secure one of the non-permanent seats in the UN Security Council for two years is a sign of the troubled times we live in rather than an indication of Putrajaya’s international influence.
The voting was by a significant 187 ayes against a token five nays. It appears that no one wanted the UNSC seat. In October last year, Saudi Arabia refused to accept a UNSC seat, accusing the UN of “double standards”. (more…)
Few would doubt that the outcome of the final appeal of Anwar Ibrahim on Oct 28 and 29 against his sodomy conviction will be decided by politics, not by law.
More specifically, the court’s verdict will likely be determined by Umno’s political considerations on the impact of such final judgment.
Two main factors will decide Anwar’s fate. The first is Umno’s answer to this question: Will the jailing of Anwar be a net gain for Umno’s political survival? (more…)
I see that some Malaysian sportsperson has highlighted the ‘bad’ in badminton by failing a doping test, and that Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has been desperately trying to dupe the fans into believing that it’s all a terrible mistake.
Not that there’s anything new about this sort of state of affairs. For decades, the BN regime has been systematically doping the Malaysian people with such opiates as racism, religionism, jingoism and hand-outs, and simultaneously duping them with massive doses of official falsehood and fake news. (more…)
A banner put up by natives warning contractors against trespassing their customary land, among the barricades at the site of the Baram dam in Sarawak.
The deadline yesterday for anti-Baram dam protestors in northern Sarawak to remove their blockade of a logging road passed without any incident, as natives marked the first anniversary of their protest against the mega project that will flood their ancestral lands. (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s statement that Malaysians are the best monitors of police misconduct is both laughable and insulting to the rakyat’s intelligence.
Khalid’s performance, thus far, does not show that he is competent. Public perception is that the IGP is a tool of his political masters and has no fear for the law.
He can even refuse to abide by a court ruling and get away with it.
His lame excuse on religious custodial cases is that he is unable to act as there are contradicting rulings by the civil and syariah courts. (more…)
Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar today reminded police not to protect and abet any party involved in illegal logging activities in Sarawak.
He said the police must maintain the integrity and reputation of the department as well as look out for their own safety.
According to him, Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem was serious in addressing the issue of illegal logging in Sarawak as it had caused the state to lose hundreds of millions of ringgit. (more…)
Early this week, Indonesia just swore in a new president with no links to the Suharto regime, military or traditional elite amidst much hope and expectation. It has been 16 years since the country began the painful process of democratisation, and while the future is fraught with challenges and even the risk of democratic regression, the Indonesians can still look back and congratulate themselves on the nation’s courage of the nation to dream, and dream boldly.
Najib Abdul Razak, too, was in Jakarta to witness the swearing-in ceremony, sitting down also for a friendly chat with Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi (at microphone), thereafter. But the differences between the two men cannot be overstated. (more…)
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) recent swoop on illegal logging in Sarawak has left its government red faced after claiming that the activity makes up a miniscule part of the industry, says a DAP state assemblyperson. Chan Foong Hin pointed out that the Sarawak government in 2012 hadclaimed that illegal activities only comprise 0.01 percent of RM731 million in revenue collected from logging. “How much actually 0.01 percent of the RM731 million? It’s only RM73,100. How could illegal logging losses in Sarawak jump sharply to at least RM100 million per year within five years time? (more…)
The Sarawak Workers Party (SWP), one of the state’s smallest political parties which started life as a “Barisan Nasional-friendly” when it was formed two years ago, has applied to join Pakatan Rakyat.The move, described by some as “buying political survival”, was not unexpected as SWP had made its intention known in January after it has been rebuffed in its attempts to join the BN since before the 13th general election.In a letter dated October 22 and addressed to the heads of the three state PR parties, SWP president Larry Sng stated it was the “party’s intention to collaborate with PR Sarawak” and the decision was unanimously reached at their party’s recent annual general meeting in Sibu.
“Our party members subscribe to the ideology of PR and believe in strengthening a two-party system in Malaysia.” (more…)
SHERIDAN MAHAVERA AND MD IZWAN
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is humble about the role he played in bringing together the three parties in Pakatan Rakyat, and says he does not believe he is the ‘glue’ to hold the coalition together.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim believes that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would survive even if he returns to prison, saying this has been proven by what transpired within the coalition after the Selangor menteri besar (MB) crisis.
Speaking to The Malaysian Insider yesterday, Anwar pointed out that PR was able to form a state government with PAS, DAP and PKR even though PAS had broken ranks throughout the impasse. (more…)
Dusit Jaul PhD has done all the right things in the most proactive manner.
Through Sarawak Dayak Graduates’ Association (SDGA), which he heads, Dr Dusit works with some of the best Dayak brains to study issues affecting the community. Group findings therein reached are brought to the attention of the relevant authorities in hopes that the issues are given due attention.
The issues are many – higher education opportunities, knowledge empowerment, information dissemination and Dayak participation in the civil service at both the state and federal levels. (more…)
Whether banned or otherwise, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will still deliver his speech at Universiti Malaya (UM) on the eve of his sodomy charge appeal hearing.
And this is despite his alma mater claiming that it will never allow the programme to go on.
In an interview with Malaysiakini today, Anwar said he had not been told by the university that he was banned from delivering his speech on Monday.
“I will still go (even if I am banned). What right do they have to ban me? I was invited by the highest student body in UM. By 9pm, I’ll be at UM.” (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
Gerakan is absolutely right in suspending its Johor delegate Tan Lai Soon for three years for saying Malays were immigrants.
That was also what Umno did when it suspended then Bukit Bendera Umno chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail in 2008 for three years for describing Malaysian citizens of Chinese descent as “pendatang” (immigrants).
Whether the remarks uttered by Tan are true or based on facts is immaterial.
Just because the Malays are calling non-Malay Malaysians pendatang does not give others the right to utter the same. (more…)
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s emphasis on the bumiputera agenda during Budget 2015 is not because it’s a racist government, said Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan.
This is to address the bumiputera population which is set to increase to 70 percent in 2020.
The government feels that only if bumiputeras advance, can Malaysia develop, he explained.
“We do not have the intention of being racist. We do not want this issue to arise,” he said. (more…)
MH370 An association representing the families of passengers and crew onboard Flight MH370 today questioned whether the concealment of the flight’s full cargo manifest is a conspiracy.
MH370 had disappeared without trace in March on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with over 200 onboard.
“We urge the authorities to make a full release of all cargo carried onboard MH370, stating clearly what was in the cargo hold,” read the statement by Voice370. (more…)
Starting June next year, the purchase of RON95 petrol for those in the high-income bracket will be according to market prices, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan (pic).
He said the mechanism and methods of implementation were being finalised by the Finance Ministry and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry either through the use of MyKad or other cards.
“They will pay the cost of RON95 according to market prices. For example if the price is RM2.58 sen, then it is RM2.58 sen,” he told a news conference after presenting a talk on the goods and services tax (GST) for senior officers of the Regional and Rural Development Ministry and its agencies in Bangi today. (more…)
Sarawak BN leaders yesterday spoke out against labelling Malaysians ‘pendatang’ (immigrant), urging Umno to follow Gerakan’s lead in taking action against members who do the same.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak chief James Masing said the move showed Gerakan “walked the talk”.
“Gerakan walks the talk and big parties within Barisan Nasional such as Umno must also do the same thing,” Masing told The Borneo Post yesterday. (more…)
Using Orang Asal as nominees, public companies do not show these shady transactions in their annual reports.
Gaps in the law are allowing foreigners, including Chinese nationals, to get their hands on native customary rights (NCR) land in Sabah by using illiterate and ignorant Orang Asal as nominees and trustees on paper.
Peninsula-based public-listed companies do not disclose these “shady transactions” in their annual reports because they are not required to do so, said the latest Selvarajasomiah blog post. (more…)
Sarawak CM says school system should celebrate our diversity and unite us culturally and academically.
In the midst of calls by some quarters in Umno to abolish vernacular schools, chief minister of Sarawak Adenan Satem spoke out that he is all for a multi stream educational system in Malaysia instead.
Saying he was astonished at the drastic call to observe a single stream system in West Malaysia, Adenan added that it was sufficient that English and Bahasa Malaysia be taught in Chinese schools. (more…)
Ethno-religious reporting is critical to understanding the socio-political fabric of Malaysia but it is circumscribed by draconian laws, principally the Sedition Act 1948, like a millstone around the necks of editors and any discussion of race and religion is immediately stifled.
This piece of anachronistic legislation was introduced by the departing British colonial masters and has since been preserved in pristine condition as a prior restraint to free speech by the current regime to ensure that the media remains servile apologists for the establishment.
As J Herbert Atschull points out in his book, Agents of Power “the powerful has never been comfortable with a free press.” He discusses this in the context of the free press model in the US. In the Malaysian context, the press must be heavily shackled to keep the dictatorship comfortable. (more…)
What is it like to be interrogated round-the-clock for a marathon 44 hours in the infamous Kamunting detention centre? And what should you do or say?
These are the questions answered in the book by PAS man and former Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee Saari Sungib.
In his preface, fellow ex-ISA detainee Syed Husin Ali said the book ‘Derita Penjara Tanpa Bicara: Kisah Kekejaman Akta Zalim’ (Detention Without Trial: The Ugly Side of the Draconian Law) is a “manual” on how to survive imprisonment without trial. (more…)
Sarawak DAP today criticised Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem for saying that electricity and water tariffs will only be cut if the state gets an increase in oil and gas royalty.According to Sarawak DAP, Sarawak power provider Syarikat Sesco Bhd “can afford to lower tariff by 30 percent” even without the oil royalty boost.
The state is currently negotiating with the federal government and Petronas over the increase of oil and gas royalty from five to 20 percent as requested by the State assembly in May this year.
“I urge the state government not to find excuses to delay the lowering of the electricity tariff in Sarawak especially in light of the escalating costs of living and to help ease the financial burden of the people, especially when it can afford,” said Bandar Kuching MP. (more…)
The blockade against the Baram Dam construction at kilometre 15 of Jalan Samling has been re-erected hours after it was dismantled by the authorities to access to loggers, locals claim.
According to protester Johannes Luhat, about 50 police and 10 Forestry Department personnel accompanied by logging company representatives dismantled the blockade to allow the loggers in.
However, the villagers manage to raise a new barricade and struck a deal with the Forestry Department to allow a three-day grace period before further action. (more…)
“Our home has been frequently invaded by monkeys who seem to have quickly made themselves at home, they would launch themselves off our cabinets onto the bed, shrieking with delight and would wander into the bathroom to help themselves to the toothbrushes, toiletries and medicine cabinet,” Anne Raj of Bangsar told theantdaily.
“We were surprised to find two monkeys perched in front of our refrigerator helping themselves to the leftover food from the day before and one perched on our kitchen counter going through our cabinets and helping itself to the cereal boxes when we came home from work one day,” said Sue Lee of Kota Damansara. (more…)
As debate rages on whether last Sunday’s dog-patting event contravenes the Shafee Muslim school of thought, a prominent scholar posits that it is not compulsory for Muslims to only follow one mazhab (school of thought).
In a Facebook posting yesterday, former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin(below) cites Syrian scholar Wahba Zuhayli that Muslims can “switch between schools” as he or she deems fit.
“Wahba said: “According to the majority of ulama, it is not compulsory to follow only one particular imam (jurist) in solving all problems. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem says his government will help all Chinese schools in the state. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 22, 2014.The Sarawak government is committed in efforts to help Chinese private schools in the state, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today.
He regarded the call by certain quarters for the schools to be closed as “stupid talk”, saying that the school enrolment also included children from other races in Sarawak.
Today, he presented a cheque for RM3 million to the Sarawak United Association of Private Chinese Secondary School Management Board, to be distributed to the 14 Chinese private schools in the state. (more…)
Natives protesting against the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam in Sarawak claimed that authorities have dismantled their year-long blockade, forcing them to set up another one at the same site hours later in order to prevent the construction of the dam.
The blockade, set up at KM15 of Jalan Samling, Baram, was dismantled yesterday by about 50 police personnel from the General Operation Force (GOF), 10 Forestry Department officers and “a handful” of loggers from the logging company M.M. Golden and Autorich Sdn Bhd, the natives said.
The natives then confronted the men dismantling the blockade, to thwart them from entering the area. (more…)
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has urged Pakatan Rakyat to use a survey showing that support has risen for Pakatan to recover from “self-inflicted wounds” sustained in the Selangor MB crisis.
This, he said, can only be done if all three component parties adhere to the agreed upon common policy framework, and work on a basis consensus.
“The reaffirmation of these two basic principles of Pakatan will take the coalition to greater heights while their denial will dispatch Pakatan to the dustbin of history,” he said in a statement today. (more…)
In ordinary life, it is argued that one generation is about 30 years. Therefore, me being already 60 plus, and my dad being 90 plus, and my grandchild being a week old; I need to now to look at life issues from a 4G perspective, especially to address lack of transparency in good governance at the level of local government. But, why do I frame it as a 4th generational model of moral corruption?
It is simple. In 1955 my father was elected a town councillor for Sungai Petani. Elections were held for local councils then. I was already five years old and vaguely remember many people coming to visit my dad and they always talked about “approval” for development projects. (more…)
A new paper by a United Nations senior economist has shown damning evidence that Malaysia joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will not be overtly beneficial for domestic value added trade, and may in fact prove detrimental to certain industries.In her report, Rashmi Banga of the Unit of Economic Cooperation and Integration among Developing Countries (ECIDC) said that Malaysia will have an unfavourable balance of trade (BOT, defined as exports minus imports) of negative US$300 million per annum, roughly RM900 million per annum, specifically to the US.
This means that while our government insists that the TPPA is an agreement where the “benefits outweigh costs” and is quoted telling the media such, it is a half-truth. (more…)
Those who wrecked the earlier blockade vow to be back in three days to re-enact their act.
Orang Asal protesters against the proposed Baram Dam erected a new blockade in Long Kesseh village at KM 15 Jalan Samling to replace a year-old one demolished Tuesday morning by police, Forestry Department officers and loggers seeking access to the timber in the area. There’s another blockade within the same vicinity which was left untouched.
Apparently, those who wrecked the earlier blockade vowed to be back in three days to re-enact their act. (more…)
will be a crowded field soon enough. At least this is what many people expect to see in the legal fraternity with liberalisation.
The legal service, once the exclusive domain of Malaysian lawyers – essentially those who have been admitted to the Malaysian Bar – will now accept lawyers from other countries. Foreign law firms will also be allowed to set up branches in Malaysia.
This has been made possible with several amendments to the Legal Profession Act in 2012 and 2013 as well as the passage and enforcement of the Legal Profession (Licensing of International Partnerships and Qualified Foreign Law Firms and Registration of Foreign Lawyers) Rules 2014. (more…)
Hindus and Christians, together with those of other religious beliefs in the country have been living together in great harmony and tolerance ever since Malaysia was born. In fact, long before the multi-racial and multi-religious citizens of this nation became Malaysians.
Unfortunately in recent years, the religious tolerance and racial harmony have been threatened by a small group of bigots and racists.
Perhaps a humble Kerling villager by the name of Jamil Mohd Yusof, 76, summed up best the sad situation today when he said that Malaysians have lost that loving feeling. (more…)
Dr Asri feels Muslims should not come to shallow conclusions based on a narrow view on what constitutes ‘najis’, when there are wider implications of such interpreatation that can affect many jobs that people do. Touching a dog is not “haram” (forbidden) although the animal is categorised as “najis” (unclean), says Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin. To conclude that it is “haram” was an over-simplification of the Islamic teachings, the former Perlis mufti added. (more…)
Some 12,000 Bangladeshi workers will be recruited to work at various sectors in Sarawak, said Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia AKM Atiqur Rahman.
He said this followed a request from Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister Richard Riot to the Bangladesh Government to send 12,000 skilled and semi-skilled workers to work at the various sectors in Sarawak, during his recent visit to Bangladesh.
“The request will be finalised during a meeting between Malaysia, Bangladesh and the Sarawak government on Nov 5 in Kuala Lumpur,” he told a press conference in Kuching today.
Crowded classrooms and hostels, double-sessions, dilapidated buildings, too few toilets and washrooms, lack of conveniences like ceiling fans (forget about air-conditioners for now) and staff rooms with tables and chairs that belong to no one because they are used by just any one – that’s how most Sarawak’s rural schools look like.
Those in the far-flung interiors fare even worst. What can you expect, when there is no electricity, no piped water, but just some structures called classrooms?
Yes, in the towns and cities the schools are far better off, of course. In terms of infrastructure and facilities, rather the opposite in fact. But not all is rosy even here. (more…)
Dr Abdul Aziz
The law is expected to be blind to race and gender; something that obviously underlines equality. And that is why some say that Article 8 of the Federal Constitution – which guarantees equal protection of the law – is actually the bedrock of our basic law.
This is indeed a sound proposition given that such is also central to the notion of rule of law. Hence our abhorrence to selective prosecution which obviously runs counter to the notion of equality that is so central in any legal or constitutional systems.
It goes without saying that equality goes hand in hand with the idea of justice. Of course, the two are not interchangeable but nonetheless the former may be the prelude for the latter. In fact in some circumstances, justice is nothing but equality. (more…)
If Malaysians would stop complaining and reflect a little, they’ll realise how lucky they are to be under BN rule.
Some Malaysians, especially opposition supporters, need to go for a reality check. They seem to always have a bone to pick with our time tested government policies. Can’t they see that these polices are the reason we have such wonderful racial and religious harmony, the best education system in the world and such prosperity that the government keeps increasing the BR1M handouts?
If they are not complaining about corruption and cronyism, they are protesting against the Sedition Act, GST and petrol hikes while forever accusing the Federal Government of mismanagement and extravagance, offering as “proof” the ridiculous allegation that the Prime Minister and his wife waste public funds to finance their jet-setting ways. Talk about envy and jealousy! How can you call them “public funds” when the money comes from the budget allocation to the Prime Minister’s Department? It’s for the Prime Minister’s household to use as it pleases. (more…)
Wong Chin Huat
The rise of communal exclusivism among the Malay-Muslims may not be so much because of ideational shifts than because of the deeply-rooted anxiety over the uncertainty in the post-New Economic Policy Malaysia.
And this calls for an alternative to “state partiality” as a solution to “socio-economic inequality”, a core idea in Malaya/Malaysia’s nation-building.
The inevitable rise of communal exclusivism (more…)
The time has come for the country to implement a single stream school system for the sake of unity, says Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
His statement echoed urgings by several Malay NGOs to abandon the vernacular school system which they claim keep communities in their ethnic bubbles in favour of a single national education system.
“Forget which country you came from because today we are Malaysians,” Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia reported him saying. (more…)
Najib Abdul Razak and Umno Baru were denied an early Deepavali present when opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim dismissed all talk of going into exile, in London.
Just imagine the headlines in Utusan Malaysia and TV3 if Anwar had chosen exile: ‘Coward Anwar seeks exile to escape jail’, ‘Exile proves Anwar’s guilt’, ‘Anwar abandons followers, lives in luxury in London’, ‘We told you so; Anwar is scared to face the truth’.
When he was interviewed by The Daily Telegraph, Anwar expressed no plans to form a government in exile, in London, despite unsuccessful attempts by his friends to convince him to stay. He admitted the strain placed on his family. He was sanguine about reform.
Lim today hit out at Nancy Shukri for evading responsibility in the Ibrahim Ali Bible-burning controversy.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri cannot run and hide from her responsibility over the Datuk Ibrahim Ali Bible-burning controversy, DAP said.Secretary-general Lim Guan Eng took the embattled de facto law minister to task today for saying she had only read out the decision of the police and Attorney-General in her parliamentary reply on why Ibrahim was not charged with sedition.
“That is ridiculous. She is a minister but she said she was only following what the civil servant said. (more…)
The police should revisit their own suggestion to set up an Independent Police Integrity Commission (IPIC), the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel (CCPP) says.
In addition, it said the police Integrity Department and Disciplinary Division should be expanded into an Internal Affairs Division that “has more teeth”.
“We are very satisfied with the explanations given by the police on their efforts to combat graft. We feel that the police have taken many initiatives and made many efforts on issues involving misconduct and others. (more…)