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July 29, 2014

Netizens lash out at PAS over divisive Selangor MB issue

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The issue of Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor MB has become the biggest threat to the stability of Pakatan Rakyat and its control of the state it has ruled since 2008. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 28, 2014.ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Netizens are angry with PAS over their resistance to removing Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor menteri besar, with many calling for the Islamist party to leave Pakatan Rakyat.

Others hit out at the loosely-held coalition over the “mess” in Selangor, saying that PR was bound to lose Malaysia’s richest state to Barisan Nasional if it did not resolve the matter soon.

“This may be a blessing in disguise – Purging Pakatan of those whose vision is too small and doesn’t include Putrajaya, @MengoYee tweeted, referring to Islamic party PAS.

@kcwai said: “So, Hadi is willing to lose Sgor to BN in GE14 despite calls to remove Khalid as MB, just like how PAS lost Kedah?” (more…)

M’sian oil palm linked to disgraced PR firm


Disgraced UK-based FBC Media, a firm accused of producing fluff content on major television networks under the guise of genuine programmes for those who would pay, had purportedly also offered its services to the government backed Malaysian Oil Palm Council (Mpoc).

This is according to whistleblower site Sarawak Report which released what is said is “a dossier of damning proposals” made by the discredited FBC Media to Mpoc to improve Malaysia’s tarnished oil palm industry image.

“It confirms the strategy of ‘greenwash’ to deliberately mislead the world’s public about the true nature of this massive agribusiness, which is tearing up the Borneo jungle and displacing its inhabitants. (more…)

M’SIA NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY: Under Umno or PAS, Islamization will bring nation’s DESTRUCTION

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Christopher Fernandez

What is spewing now is that Malaysia is not an Islamic state, neither is it a secular state but a state where Islam is the official religion. This is what Islamic supremacists, Parti PAS, is saying.

What does Malay supremacists UMNO have to say, Islam is the official religion and Malaysia is an Islamic state although nowhere in the Federal Constitution drawn up by the founding fathers of the nation is there an idea, implied or otherwise, that the nation is an Islamic state.

Obviously the ground on this stance is shifting and it looks inevitable that in a matter of years the possibility of Malaysia becoming a true blue Islamic state is very evident. (more…)

No gain in claiming racial superiority

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Claiming racial superiority by putting down other races will only bring ruin, destruction and hinder progress.

There have been many instances of racist comments uttered against the Chinese for no apparent reason, which is unacceptable as we have come a long way since Independence on August 31, 1957.

Do those uttering racist comments against the Chinese still harbour hatred against the community for some incomprehensible reason?

Have these racists forgotten that the Chinese together with the Malays and Indians helped build this nation? (more…)

Dishonourable of Khalid to cling on to MB post, say DAP leaders

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Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (right) has defied his party and Pakatan Rakyat partners by refusing to give up the Selangor menteri besar post in favour of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (centre). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 29, 2014. EILEEN NG

Senior DAP leaders have voiced their concerns over Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s insistence on remaining in his post as Selangor menteri besar, saying it is inappropriate for him to stay on when he has lost the support of his own party, PKR, and its partners in Pakatan Rakyat.

The DAP leaders, who requested anonymity because they were not authorised to speak about this issue, said they were tired of Khalid’s “authoritarian” leadership and his insistence on serving out his term in office, especially having known since March that he would be replaced.

“It is dishonourable of him to insist on staying despite losing the confidence of his party and the majority of the Pakatan pact,” said a DAP leader with knowledge of Khalid’s way of doing things. (more…)

Deja vu, PAS doing to PKR what Umno did to PAS

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He refuses to resign and his party, which dominates the state assembly, passes a vote of no-confidence against him. Twenty assemblymen from his party vote him out, but 14 other assemblymen from its partners in the coalition walk out in protest as they disagreed with his ousting.

But the menteri besar still refuses to resign and wants to dissolve the state assembly for fresh elections to be held. Chaos ensues and an emergency is declared.

No, this is not Selangor 2014, but Kelantan 1977.

The menteri besar is not Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from PKR but Datuk Mohamad Nasir from PAS. (more…)

Leaked PAS message: Team up with Umno in S’gor

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A leaked screenshot of a conversation on the instant messaging application WhatsApp has inadvertently revealed that PAS central committee leaders have been actively discussing possible scenarios of leaving Pakatan Rakyat.

In what is probably the biggest hint to date that the threat of Pakatan disintegrating is true, the screenshot circulated on Facebook showed central committee member Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki discussing teaming up with Umno.

Zuhdi, a lecturer, outlined a scenario on how PAS could defect from Pakatan and later form a simple majority government in the Selangor state assembly with the help of Umno, while keeping Khalid Ibrahim as Menteri Besar. (more…)

Alfred Jabu under fire for water shortage woes

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Dukau Papau

Betong town and scores of longhouses and Malay villages in the Layar constituency have been hit hard by water shortage due to the prolonged dry weather but Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang doesn’t think so.On TV3 on Thursday, he denied there were water woes in his constituency.

His denial had not only shocked longhouse folk and villagers, but also angered them, with some demanding that he should step down as deputy chief minister and as their elected representative.

Jabu has been deputy chief minister and their elected representative for the past 40 years.

Last week the Orang Ulu communities in Baram demanded that Jabu should resign from the cabinet as he had failed to help the Dayaks in terms of business opportunities and development. (more…)

Pakatan doomed if Selangor MB crisis not resolved, say analysts


Political analysts have agreed with the pessimism expressed by both DAP and PAS on the prospects of Pakatan Rakyat surviving the Selangor menteri besar crisis, adding that the continued squabbles between the three-party opposition pact on the issue have also raised questions whether they have the chops to govern the country, given their oft-repeated mantra of taking over Putrajaya.

Respected independent pollster Ibrahim Suffian (pic) warns that if Pakatan cannot get its act together and present a united front, then the issue of who can govern Malaysia’s richest state can potentially tear the coalition apart.

“If they cannot agree on the candidacy of the next mentri besar, I think it will be difficult for Pakatan to survive. (more…)

Don’t overlook Dayaks, S’wak CM told

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Newly formed Dayak Informal Group (DIG) called on Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem to ‘clean’ his government which he inherited from the former chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, who had allegedly neglected the Dayak communities in terms of development, business opportunities and civil service appointments.

“The state government should be more serious on inclusiveness. There is a place for every Sarawakian in Sarawak if it’s not just a issue that state leaders preach, but actually implement,”  said DIG spokesman Dusit Jaul.

He added the Dayak community would very much  like to contribute more meaningfully towards the state development. But in the present situation, they cannot play a more important role as they are on the fringe. (more…)

July 28, 2014

Towards a genuine fraternity between Christians and Muslims

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HU rayaThe Vatican

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

It gives us great joy to offer you our heartfelt congratulations and good wishes on the occasion of Aidilfitri at the conclusion of Ramadan, a month dedicated to fasting, prayer and helping the poor.

Last year, the first year of his ministry, Pope Francis personally signed the Message addressed to you on the occasion of Aidilfitri. On another occasion,he also called you “our brothers and sisters” (Angelus, 11 August 2013).

We all can recognize the full significance of these words. In fact, Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters in the one human family, created by the One God. (more…)

What changes will a new Selangor MB bring?

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The news at the moment is all abuzz about the drama of changing the Selangor memberi besar. This has come about apparently because the current menteri besar  has turned rogue and reneged on some Pakatan Rakyat principles.

While the Pakatan leadership is working overtime to see how it can execute the “Kajang Move”, it may be worth the while for the people of Selangor, especially civil society, to ask the prospective MB what policies she will deliver that are different from those of the current MB.

Politicians may be more particular about “dia mahu kerusi” (democracy?), but the people are more concerned about the issues in Selangor, not about the personalities jostling for power. (more…)

Orang Ulu want Jabu out as Sarawak Deputy CM

Dukau Papau

Orang Ulu communities and non-governmental organisations that oppose the construction of the Baram Dam have demanded that the resignation of Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu anak Numpang.

“This is because Jabu (left) does not understand the plight of the native communities affected by the construction of dams. He can’t even understand the plight and miseries of the people affected by the Bakun and Murum dams,” Save Rivers Network Sarawak chairperson Peter Kallang said.

“He wants to force the native communities of Baram to accept the proposed construction of the Baram Dam. (more…)

Pakatan in self-destruct mode over Selangor MB issue, say PAS leaders

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AMIN ISKANDARPakatan Rakyat leaders putting on a united front earlier this year. The coalition is heading for a break-up after Hari Raya over the contentious issue of replacing the current Selangor menteri besar with Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (centre). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 28, 2014.

The three-party opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat is heading for a break-up after Hari Raya Aidilfitri because of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s support for embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, which goes against the stand of the pact’s leadership council, a PAS insider said.

The party leader, who had attended last Wednesday’s meeting which agreed to the removal of Khalid, said PAS’s meeting on August 10 was expected to be a fiery affair, and would see a clash between supporters of the two-term MB and those who respect PKR’s decision to replace him.

“Looks like Pakatan might split up after Hari Raya. I see strong signs pointing towards that. Hadi has gone against the decision reached at both PAS’s and the Pakatan presidential council meeting which he did not attend,” said the leader who spoke on condition of anonymity. (more…)

DAP warns coalition could break up over Selangor MB issue

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Lim Guan Eng says Pakatan Rakyat risks breaking up if PAS continues to ignore the wishes of its coalition partners. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 27, 2014.LOOI SUE-CHERN

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the refusal of component party PAS to respect and adhere to views agreed together could lead to the break up of the coalition.

“If the decisions we have achieved together in the Pakatan highest leadership council is dismissed just like that by one party, the survival and credibility of Pakatan will continue to be undermined,” he said in a statement in conjunction with Hari Raya.

The Penang chief minister said the biggest issue after Aidilfitri celebrations was whether the two-party system could survive in Malaysia. (more…)

Anwar believes Pakatan will hold as cracks appear

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PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim has broken his silence over the internal strife within Pakatan Rakyat over the Selangor crisis, stating that he believed the coalition will remain, based on its past consensus building approach.

This comes amid a warning by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng that Pakatan Rakyat may break up over PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s insistence to retain Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Menteri Besar.

“I believe the spirit of consensus will remain within Pakatan Rakyat to bring change and generate a sustainable economic growth that is more concerned about the people,” he said in a brief three-paragraph statement today. (more…)

In MB tussle, leave politics to the professionals

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With the decision by PAS president Hadi Awang to support Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, the era of amateur politics that began with the 2008 general elections has finally come to an end.

In April 2008, the weak leadership of the Barisan Nasional led by Abdullah Badawi saw record losses at the general elections. It ushered in a period of much public attention and enthusiasm for local politics. A group of amateurs comprising idealists and middle-class do-gooders actually got elected. Even a socialist got elected!

The BN government reeling from a massive loss of support tried everything to win over the electorate especially in urban areas. 1Malaysia and Pemandu were twin policies and agencies set up to give more “space” to the public and to unite Malaysians under the BN leadership. (more…)

Selangor MB thanks PAS leaders for support, apologises for leadership crisis

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Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim thanks PAS leaders for their support, and apologises to the people of Selangor for the political wrangling that has marred the Ramadhan. – July 27, 2014.LEE SHI-IAN

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim thanked PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob for their support and confidence in him, and apologised to the rakyat of Selangor for the turmoil over his position as Selangor mentri besar.

“The last 10 days of Ramadan normally consist of matters related to worship, but instead, it has been consumed by political wrangling,” Khalid said.

“I also apologise to the rakyat of Selangor, especially Muslims, for this issue over my position which has been sensationalised throughout this holy month. (more…)

Hadi’s support for Khalid is his view, not the party’s, says Mat Sabu

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PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu told The Malaysian Insider that party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's support for Selangor Menteri Besar is his stand and does not reflect the party’s position. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 26, 2014.JAMILAH KAMARUDIN

Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s support for embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is his view and not the party’s official stand, says PAS’s deputy president.

Mohamad Sabu, or Mat Sabu, told The Malaysian Insider today that PAS will only make an official stand on Khalid’s position as Selangor menteri besar after the Hari Raya celebrations.

“A meeting is scheduled to be held on August 10 to discuss Khalid’s position and we will see what happens after that.

“Let us wait and see what the outcome of the meeting on August 10 is. The meeting may be brought forward or held after the Hari Raya festivities.” (more…)

Insights into MP Khalid’s proposal which incurs the Sultan’s wrath

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Sultan Sharafudin Idris ShahDr Abdul Aziz Bari

Reports on the Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah expressing his displeasure with Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad hit the front page of most Umno-owned dailies on July 16.

The Sultan was reportedly upset by the PAS MP’s suggestion made more than a month ago to take away the enforcement powers of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais). Following that the police, as confirmed by IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar on July 17, launched an investigation under the sedition law.

That came as a shock to me as the second term Shah Alam MP did not say anything about the Sultan’s powers as the head of the Islamic religion in Selangor. He was merely making a suggestion that the powers of the religious council be taken away through an amendment at the Selangor State Assembly. (more…)

‘Unmitigated disaster’ looms for PKR

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With him digging his heels in for the long haul, Pakatan Rakyat will discover that the remaining time on Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s watch may well turn out as Chandra Muzaffar predicted an Anwar Ibrahim premiership would: an “unmitigated disaster.”

That apocalyptic prediction, aired with days to go before General Election 12 (GE12) in March 2008, made the flesh of the then rapidly coalescing opposition to Umno-BN creep horribly.

Never mind that the former deputy president of PKR’s precursor, Parti Keadilan Nasional, had quit — in circumstances more to do with ego than with principle – after a few years of residence in the party he had helped found in 1999. (more…)

Anwar, time to throw in the towel

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AnwarIbrahim-355Jasmine Wong

With Hadi and Nik Aziz firmly behind Khalid as Menteri Besar, looks like Anwar’s been hung out to dry.

The long spell of drought we are experiencing these past months pretty much mirrors the long spell of drought Anwar’s camp has been experiencing in their many failed attempts to wrest control of the Selangor Menteri Besar’s (MB) post from Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Deftly avoiding the brickbats hurled at him like a Matrix warrior, Khalid has been happily going about his business, keeping his head down while strategically strengthening ties with the Palace and holding quiet talks with his ally, PAS’ president Abdul Hadi Awang, to keep the snarling hounds at bay. (more…)

Khalid knows ‘Kajang move’ was done to replace him, says Anwar

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TMI Taken during the election campaign for the Kajang by-election, this photo shows Khalid (left) with Anwar (centre) and Azmin Ali. Anwar confirms that Khalid was aware his days were numbered as Selangor MB since March. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 27, 2014.

Taken during the election campaign for the Kajang by-election, this photo shows Khalid (left) with Anwar (centre) and Azmin Ali. Anwar confirms that Khalid was aware his days were numbered as Selangor MB since March.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the decision to change the Selangor Menteri Besar was finalised by PKR in March when the “Kajang move” was initiated and expressed confidence the cooperation within the Pakatan Rakyat pact will continue amidst talk of a break up.

The federal opposition leader said Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was well aware of the planned change in leadership. (more…)

Jesters for justice

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What with the shooting down of flight MH17, the Israeli counter-offensive against Hamas in the Gaza strip, the impending famine caused by the civil war in South Sudan, ongoing civil conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, and the revelation that most of the schoolgirls kidnapped months ago by Boka Haram have yet to be rescued by the Nigerian government, there hasn’t been a lot to laugh about this past week or two.

In fact the world news has been so unremittingly grim and depressing, and has called so overwhelmingly on our funds of sorrow for the dead and sympathy for the bereaved, as to bring fresh dimensions of meaning to that chilling term often employed by charities for a slump in donor generosity during such times as these, ‘compassion fatigue’.

So it has been a bit of a relief to find a chuckle or two, however grim and cynical, wherever we can. And there has been plenty of them going around. (more…)

Remove Khalid move sputters on Nik Aziz’s ‘No’

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Can we take it that because the word of the Mursyidul Am (spiritual leader) of PAS nearly enjoys the sanctity of holy writ, Nik Aziz Nik Mat’s demurral over the PKR attempt to remove Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim means the move is dead in the water?

Without PAS’s support the PKR attempt, though backed by its Pakatan Rakyat partner DAP, is hobbled and, if persisted in, risks the break-up of the six-year-old opposition coalition, as Lim Guan Eng has warned.

After PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had the day before yesterday announced he saw no good reason why Khalid should be removed as Selangor MB – despite a slew of other high-ranking PAS leaders having earlier endorsed the move – it only remained for the spiritual leader of the party to state his stand for the rest of Pakatan to know what effectively is the PAS position. (more…)

July 27, 2014

DAP out of Sarawak Pakatan will benefit BN

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Sarawak PKR has warned that should DAP pull out of the state Pakatan Rakyat (PR) over the proposed implementation of hudud by PAS in Kelantan, it will benefit the state Barisan Nasional.

The warning was sounded by state PKR chairperson Baru Bian in response to the DAP threat.

Last Sunday the state DAP had said that if Sarawak’s PKR and PAS did not decide their stand on the intention of the Islamic party PAS to introduce hudud in Kelantan, it will quit the coalition.

Baru, who is Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson, said that there was widespread anxiety and anger among  PR supporters and members that the coalition looked like being on the verge of collapse with th  DAP threat. (more…)

PKR insists Pakatan’s decision that Khalid must go as Selangor MB


PKR will stick to Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) decision that Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim must step aside as Selangor Menteri Besar and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the top choice for the post, its secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said today.

PKR’s insistence on following the PR leadership council decision came after PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang publicly backed Khalid to keep the top job in the country’s wealthiest state.

Saifuddin said all three parties in the coalition respected the decision by its leadership council earlier this week. (more…)

Zahid will not allow Negara-Ku to register

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Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today declared that his ministry will not allow anti-racism NGO Negara-Ku to register as an organisation under its current name.

Ahmad Zahid said the movement led by former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan and national laureate A Samad Said has yet to apply for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

“Even if it were to apply for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS), the name Negara-Ku is not suitable because it belongs to Malaysia.

“Negara-Ku refers to the song Negaraku which is recognised as the national anthem under Section 2 of the National Anthem Act 1968. (more…)

The policing of Muslims! An evaluation

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

I remember that during my childhood days in Alor Star, Kedah, Ramadan was always the month when Muslims were forbidden to openly eat in public. The enforcers from the religious department would go around arresting those who broke this rule. Muslim eating shops were forbidden to open before three in the afternoon while non-Muslim restaurants were free to operate as usual.

In those days, we were more or less forced to fast as there were then no fast food outlets like KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and the like. At home there was definitely no food at all. There were no fridges, microwave ovens or such other amenities as found today where food could be stored and then reheated to be eaten anytime. (more…)

The Malay dilemma

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The DAP has been able to win over the Chinese, but has been less successful with the MalaysIan McIntyre

The DAP has grown into a dominant political force in Malaysia. Yet it is unable to win over most of the Malays. What is wrong with its strategy?

DAP enjoys wide support among the Chinese and it has made all the right moves over the years to keep this cache of votes.

But it is not all hunky dory in the party. The DAP has not been able to gain the Malay ground, and therein lies its problems. It is building up as one big headache for party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

As results of the last two general elections show, although the DAP prevailed in Penang, it could not help its two partners, PKR and PAS, deliver the Malay-majority seats. Barisan Nasional’s lynchpin Umno took 10 out of the 40 state seats in the 13th general election, regaining most of what it had before the nation went to the polls. (more…)

Rafizi questions Selangor’s hefty payout to bankrupt water concessionaires

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PKR’s Rafizi Ramli (pic) today hit out at the Selangor government over the failed water restructuring plan, questioning the need for the administration to compensate concessionaires Syabas and Puncak Niaga with RM1.63 billion to acquire them although both companies are almost bankrupt.

The Pandan MP claimed that Selangor had increased the compensation to both the concessionaires, owned by Umno crony Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, by RM568 million in March from its original offer RM1.07 billion in February.

In addition, the government would also take over the RM4.06 debt under the Puncak Niaga group, which includes Syabas which handles the water pipe system and water processing plant Puncak Niaga. (more…)

Chinese language neglected in Malaysia?

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Soo Wern JunStudents in Chinese schools find the sylabbus difficult to grasp after the PMR level

It is no longer essential to excel in the Chinese language, even if you are studying in a Chinese medium school. At least, this is what the trend shows.

According to a recent analytical report carried by a vernacular newspaper, the number of students who sat for the Chinese Language paper in the SPM in 2013 declined further from 2012 – from 50,279 to 48,781, a drop of 1,498 or nearly 30%. Apart from this decline in interest, there is also a drop in the number of top scorers. Only 1% of them scored A , compared with 2% for other languages offered under SPM.

The report cited the case of an elite secondary school where 666 candidates sat for the Chinese Language paper. Of those, 18 scored A and 86 scored A-. There were none in the A category. (more…)

Dress matters in the workplace

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Malaysiakini’s news report ‘Union wants hijab option for Muslim MAS crew’ and the request by National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia for female crew of Malaysia Airlines to be “given the option to observe Muslim dress code” begs for analysis.

A “hijab option” is not the same as “Muslim dress code”. The latter is problematic in its various implications. A dress code is like a uniform at work. Comply or face disciplinary action.

Why is this hijab option open only to females I ask? Consider if a male crew member wants to spot a beard, collar-length hair, headgear with a long flowing shift, open-toe sandals or decides that green is the right colour for his spiritual dress option. (more…)

Selangor MB crisis reaches climax

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Sin Chew Daily

The crisis of replacing Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim resulted from the internal struggle of PKR has brought chaos for more than six months since the Kajang by-election was staged in January this year. Yesterday, the abdication move has entered a crucial phase and it seems hard for Khalid to defend his post.

The PKR needs to seek DAP’s and PAS’ views before replacing Khalid and the two parties have expressed their stands at a Pakatan Rakyat meeting. The parties agreed in principle to replace Khalid with PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar and everything should be settled after Hari Raya celebrations. (more…)

July 26, 2014

Fighting graft, Malaysian style

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Chua Tong Ka

At one time we had Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and we said it was insufficient. So we studied, revamped and upgraded ACA to Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

We went to Hongkong to copy its model. We have people from the Independent Commission Against Corruption from Hongkong coming here to comment and praise sky-high our newly-formed MACC.

We put in more resources, more personnel and formed numerous Oversight Committees within MACC to ensure its effectiveness. MACC was hailed as the new dawn of Malaysia’s fight against corruption. Hope was high and expectation pulsating. (more…)

GST to generate additional RM3b in first year, Maslan says

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The government expects to earn an additional revenue of RM3 billion in the first year the Goods and Services Tax (GST) introduction starting April next year, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said.

He said the additional revenue was expected to increase to RM9 billion in the second year of the GST implementation and the extra income would be spent for the benefit of the people.

The GST is expected to expand the economy by 0.3 per cent, while reducing hidden economy or incidence of tax evasion by 15 per cent, he told reporters after visiting the Kubah Ria Retail Complex here today. (more…)

Negara-Ku to spread wings to East Malaysia, ropes in former Suhakam vice-chair

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Undeterred by the strong opposition from Malay and Muslim groups in the peninsula, newly-formed civil society movement Negara-Ku is spreading its wings to East Malaysia.

They will take their message of unity and hope to Sabah and Sarawak where they also hope to tell East Malaysians what the Malaysia Agreement was intended to do for them.

Negara-Ku, a coalition of NGOs launched two weeks ago, had roped in former vice-chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Tan Sri Simon Sipaun (pic), as one of its patrons to achieve its objective of peace and unity. (more…)

In Selangor crisis poll, analysts find unjust sacking of UM research chief

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The Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel) survey which showed Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was losing support in Selangor proves its former director did not bring bias to the centre’s research and that his sacking was uncalled for, say analysts.

They also said Putrajaya gained nothing from the hasty and unwarranted removal of Professor Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman (pic, right), and it only proved that Barisan Nasional (BN), especially Umno, treated public universities as their spheres of influence.

Independent pollster Ibrahim Suffian said UMcedel had done a good job under Redzuan, and that his sacking was uncalled for. (more…)

Chinese would claim racism if punished road bully were one of their own, says former minister

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The Malay MailSiti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin arrives at the Kuantan police headquarters to record her statement over the road rage incident, July 17, 2014. — Bernama pic

The Chinese would have labelled the punishment of road bully Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin as “racist” were she of their ethnicity, claimed Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin.

In a blog post yesterday, the former information minister noted there were no complaints of racism in the Kuantan incident that involved a Malay woman and an elderly Chinese man.

Instead, he said all had expressed their sympathy towards the elderly victim, Sim Siak Heong, and derided his attacker better known as Kiki. (more…)

Going by Selangor ruler’s criteria, Khalid should quit as MB

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Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has to stand down as Menteri Besar of Selangor if he applies the three criteria set by the Sultan of Selangor for administering the country’s richest state to himself.

Khalid (pic) said the sultan reminded him that the state must be run in a trustworthy, firm and responsible manner.

Of the three, let’s assume that being trustworthy is the most important.

Someone who is trustworthy is someone deserving of trust and confidence, and able to be relied on to be honest. You get a better sense of the moral value attached to the word trustworthy by looking at its synonyms. (more…)

The Sultan’s powers and the Menteri Besar

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The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. It is for the elected representatives to decide who is most likely to command the assembly’s confidence. While the Sultan should not take a role in that process, he must be satisfied that the majority no longer support the incumbent MB. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 24, 2014.GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR

The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. It is for the elected representatives to decide who is most likely to command the assembly’s confidence. While the Sultan should not take a role in that process, he must be satisfied that the majority no longer support the incumbent MB.

Frequently asked questions on the powers of the Sultan if a menteri besar (MB) is shown to have lost the confidence of the majority of the State Assembly under the Selangor State Constitution.

Q. If a sitting MB loses the confidence of the majority of the legislative assembly, what happens?
Then he must tender his resignation together with the members of the State Executive Council. (more…)

July 25, 2014

Time for Parliament reform

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In 2011, Malaysians were promised by the Najib Abdul Razak administration that there will be “functional and inclusive democracy”, which he solemnly declared in his Malaysia Day message.

However, making the Parliament function and inclusive is an uphill task and only rarely exciting. One such rare instance was the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code in 2004, where parliamentarians went round the country soliciting views and debating with the public.

The other time was by the Select Committee on National Unity and National Service. Since 2004, we have not experienced any such consultations. (more…)

On women leaders

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Dr SK Teoh

For those who are not sure whether a woman can become Menteri Besar, let us remember the number of women who have been elected as President or Prime Minister not only in the world but even in Asia.

Even in Muslim countries, Benazir Bhutto had been twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan. Bangladesh had two women Prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wajed. Indonesia has seen Megawati Sukarno as President of the largest Muslim country in the world.

Other women leaders in Asia have included Indira Gandhi who was the Indian Prime Minister twice over span of 16 years, Sirimavo Bandaraniake and then her daughter Chandrika Kumaratunga who were Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka, Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were Presidents of Philippines, Yingluck Shinawatra was Prime Minister of Thailand and Park Geun-hye President of South Korea. (more…)

Sarawak PKR chief paints dismal picture of Sarawak

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baru bian sarawakJoe Fernandez

Baru Bian said that the two Borneo nations had been “left to languish in the doldrums and their wealth used to fund the peninsula”.

Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Chief Baru Bian painted a pessimistic picture in conjunction with the 51st Independence Day celebrations of Sarawak yesterday.

“It is clear that after 51 years, what the Cobbold Commission report warned has come to pass and Tunku’s vision has failed to materialise,” he said.

Baru Bian cited Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaya’s first Prime Minister as saying, “one of the principal objectives in forming Malaysia was to further the economic development of the Borneo Territories so that their standards of living and technical skills might be raised, and a firm basis provided for accelerated growth”. (more…)

Najib must prove his mettle

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Selena Taynajib

He must be firm in seeking justice for the victims of the MH17 tragedy and in tackling problems at home.

We must commend Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for a job well done in obtaining the black boxes of MH17 and getting the remains of the victims to be handed over to representatives of the Netherlands.

Still, he must ensure that the perpetrators of this atrocity be punished for their crime and he must ask the United Nations to act against them.

World leaders such as Britain’s David Cameron and the Netherlands Mark Rutte have issued strong statements against Russia and Najib must do likewise. (more…)

Harsh Islamic Law Loses Momentum in Malaysia

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Amputation and stoning disappear into a committee

It is beginning to look like the issue of implementing seventh-century Islamic law requiring the amputation of limbs and stoning of adulterers has crested in Malaysia and is receding.

The issue attracted widespread concern among human rights groups and the international investing community as well as within the country itself, with Chinese, Indians and other minorities loudly objecting to any attempts to enact such a law, not only because they deemed it as barbaric, but because they fear it would spread from Muslims to wider segments of the population. (more…)

July 24, 2014

I have a clear stand over the brouhaha.

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wake upKim Destiny

Zionist-Hamas issue leads many of us in to emotional judgement that most of us would not be able to see things from different angles.

Not only are we full of hatred and biased view of being so unilateral, but we are playing and poking around with religions and sentiments that affect not only people in the middle east, but many people around the globe.

To me, I rather choose not to put the blame on one of the two nations nor did I see religion should be one of the major influences for me to be on one side of the parties involved. (more…)

Expert: Sultan has no say in choice of MB

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The Selangor sultan has no say when the majority party has decided on the choice of menteri besar,  constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari said today.

This, Aziz said, was what happened in Sarawak when Abdul Taib Mahmud was replaced by Adenan Satem as chief minister, or even when Najib Abdul Razak replaced Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as prime minister.

“The role of the palace in these occasions was ceremonial and formal. One must understand that the term ‘discretion’ used by the state constitution, refers to situations when there is no clear choice of candidate,” Aziz said when commenting on the present Selangor quandary following the uncertainty of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s position as memteri besar. (more…)

Malaysia has failed Sarawak, says Baru Bian

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Sarawak and her people have not benefitted from the Federation of Malaysia in terms of development, economic activities, education, prosperity, justice, fairness and equality.

Instead, the federation has brought more misery, poverty, marginalisation, curbed religious freedom, and caused more suffering due to racial and religious discrimination, said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian.

He said this when addressing a gathering to celebrate Sarawak’s 51st anniversary of independence yesterday.

“Fifty-one years on, it is clear that what the Cobbold Commission Report had warned about has come to pass. (more…)

Selangor risks snap polls if Khalid ousted, say lawyers

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VThe PKR supreme council on Monday endorsed Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar, completing the ‘Kajang move’ to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but the latter has remained defiant, saying he will serve out his second term as MB. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 23, 2014.. ANBALAGAN

The PKR supreme council on Monday endorsed Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar, completing the ‘Kajang move’ to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but the latter has remained defiant, saying he will serve out his second term as MB.

A snap election is possible in Selangor if Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is defeated in a no-confidence vote in the state legislative assembly for defying his party’s move to replace him, say constitutional lawyers.

They said the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, could use his royal prerogative if Khalid made a request to the ruler to dissolve the assembly based on provisions in the state constitution and legal precedence. (more…)

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