Sarawak PKR reminded Sarawakians today that it was during the chief ministership of Abdul Rahman Yakub that the rights of the state as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement were surrendered to the federal government.
“Do you know that Sarawak lost its rights during the chief ministership of Rahman (right in photo)? Seventeen of our rights in the 18-point agreement were given to the federal government on a silver plate.
“The only thing he did not give up was the control on immigration,” Sarawak PKR information chief Vernon Kedit said today. (more…)
Ahmad Fadli KC
Sarawak governor’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today escaped contempt of court proceedings brought by his former wife Shahnaz A Majid.
Syariah High Court judge Azzeman Omar delivered his verdict after hearing Bekir’s explanation.
This follows the court’s order for Bekir to pay more than RM900,000 as interim child maintenance for the couple’s only son.
“The court accepts the justification of the respondent and the committal application (for contempt of court) is rejected,” Justice Azzeman said. (more…)
The by-election for the Balingian state seat in Sarawak, which was vacated by former Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud on Feb 28 to enable him to become state governor the following day, has been set for March 29, one week after the Kajang by-election.
Nominations for the polls, which will be country’s fourth by-election since the last general elections in May 2013, will take place on March 17, providing a 12-day campaigning period, the Election Commission (EC) chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusoff announced today. (more…)
Small-holders in Sarawak earn RM227 per hectare a month and it is “grossly unfair and unreasonable” to deny them market access, says Malaysian Palm Oil Council.
The Malaysian oil palm industry has denied that it contributes to deforestation, saying that “it is the least” to be worried about.
Blaming international NGO campaigns with western vested interests, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) chief executive officer Yusof Basiron said the industry was more and more focused on sustainability.
“It (sustainability) is to be perceived as a challenge faced by the Malaysian oil palm industry today. (more…)
A leading Sabah politician has warned Putrajaya to fulfil the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 or allow Sabah and Sarawak to go their separate ways from the Malay peninsula.
STAR Sabah chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic) said Sabah and Sarawak are among the poorest states in the country and marginalised in development allocations.
“The downgrading of Sabah and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th states in Malaysia is contrary to what was intended in 1963 as equal partners. (more…)
Governance and Transparency Minister Paul Low said today that he saw no reason to stop Abdul Taib Mahmud from becoming state governor after 33 years as chief minister, despite allegations against him for corruption and abuse of power.
In the week before he resigned as Sarawak’s chief minister, two NGOs and a news weekly alleged that he had used his position to enrich his family. Taib has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
Low also said that he sided with the GE13 voters, who found no fault with Taib. (more…)
With one single bold announcement Taib Mahmud turned Malaysian politics on its head and broke the hidden agenda to “isolate” Sabah from Sarawak.
Taib Mahmud set the “benchmark”, to paraphrase Sabah’s Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, for his brave rejection of Umno from Sarawak and to uphold the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Within days of his bold announcement at the PBB Supreme Council meeting last month, political players, observers and analysts knew a historic moment had occured in Borneo. (more…)
Hafiz Yatim & Ahmad Fadli KC
While thousands of Christians in Malaysia pray and fast in the holy season of Lent which begins today, Ash Wednesday, they also wait with bated breath for the Federal Court hearing of the Catholic Church’s appeal over the use of the word ‘Allah’.
Likewise, Malay Muslim pressure groups such as Perkasa, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) and Jalur Tiga (Jati) are expected to converge at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya – the home of the country’s highest court – to call on the judges to uphold the appellate court decision.
Lawyers for the archbishop of the Catholic Church are hoping to gain leave (permission) to appeal the Court of Appeal’s controversialdecision last October barring the church from using ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its The Herald weekly. (more…)
The Federal Court today heard that the home minister has to enforce the ban on Catholic weekly The Herald in order not to bypass the powers of the rulers.
The argument was put forth by lawyer Mubashir Mansor, who was representing the Selangor, Johor, Malacca, Federal Territory and Kedah religious councils.
He said this in explaining that the home minister cannot go against the Malay rulers, as some of the states have legislation barring use of the word ‘Allah’ among non-Muslims. (more…)
The PBB Supreme Council is expected to meet soon to decide on the candidate for Balingian.
Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s is not short on wit and humour. When announcing his state line up to the media yesterday he was like a gleeful fisherman reeling in his catch.
He started by telling an expectant media that he had dropped a minister from the line-up.
Having caught their attention he reeled the group in with a casual: “I would like to tell you that I have dropped one minister…and he is (Tan Sri Datuk Amar) Adenan Satem. (more…)
In communication theory, ‘noise’ is defined as anything that causes disturbance to a message sent out from a messenger to a targeted listener.
I want to reflect on this rhetorical question about when the azan is no more the Muslim call to prayer, but instead may be considered ‘noise’.
Three years ago, in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, some legal-minded person conscious of such ‘noise’ made a formal complaint about the loud-speaker at a mosque being too loud. (more…)
Never in the history of Malaysia has a head of a state acknowledged that Umno is NOT as good as it advertises itself to be.
Taib Mahmud stepped down as the Chief Minister of Sarawak after holding the reign for 33 long years. He outlasted Mahathir Mohammad, as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, by more than a decade.
His length as CM speaks volumes of the politician who stayed in office longer than any other leaders in Malaysia and his insight into Umno’s character. (more…)
The Catholic church in Malaysia has received overwhelming support from Christian groups around the world, with regards to the right to use ‘Allah’ in its weekly publication, Herald.
Support for the Catholic church continues to pour in from all over the world as it faces the highest court in the country to ask for leave to appeal the ban of the word Allah in its weekly publication, Herald.
Several international groups of different church denominations have come together to express their solidarity and support for the Catholic Church as it prepares to continue its seven-year tussle over the Arabic word for God. (more…)
Lok Wing Kong
English is today entrenched as a global language. Research shows that 1 in 4 of the world’s population speaks English (25% of 7 billion or 1.75 billion). About 380 million people speak it as their first language and more than 1.35 billion people speak it as their second language.
English has official status in at least 75 countries with a more than 2 billion population. China alone has about 500 million people who speak English fluently as their second language. Its widespread use in practically all aspects of life and the work place is unquestionable. The use of English as the main international language in business communications, IT, academic conferences, advertising, travel, airports, air traffic control, education, science and technology, journalism, pop music, diplomacy, sports and as an “official” language in international events equates it as a sine qua non of progress, power and modernity. (more…)
The Federal Court will hear the Catholic Church’s application for leave to appeal tomorrow.
It could be all over for Malaysia’s Catholic Church tomorrow in its fight over the right to use the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its weekly publication, Herald.
The Federal Court will hear whether the church’s application for leave to appeal ought to be given, five months after the Court of Appeal had ruled that the home minister was right in prohibiting the use of the word in the Herald. (more…)
Malaysiakini’s editor-in-chief Steven Gan shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with Home Minister Zahid Hamidi, just like two old friends who had bumped into each other at the local kopitiam; but behind the smile and Zahid’s “truce”, should Gan watch out for the knife to be plunged into Malaysiakini’s back?
The two met when Malaysiakini won the award for Social Media Excellence at the World Bloggers and Social Media Awards 2014 ceremony, held in Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 26, 2014, when Zahid had presented the trophies.
Zahid’s bonhomie contrasted deeply with his maiden speech, on being made home minister, in May 2013. That was when he warned, that he would monitor “every word, every sentence, every paragraph and every news item in Malaysiakini”. (more…)
First public appearance of Taib’s son, Sulaiman, has spawned rumours of him standing in Balingian.
Prodigal son, Sulaiman ‘s unexpected presence on Friday to welcome his father Taib Mahmud’s return from Kuala Lumpur as Sarawak’s new Governor has fired up the rumour mill here.
Speculations are divided over whether his return is linked to Balingian or the Taib business empire.
Of the two sons – the other is Mahmud Bekir – Sulaiman was his father’s ‘chosen one’ until he went AWOL in 2010 following his mother’s death. (more…)
Meanwhile the post of second DCM, which was once held by ex-SUPP president George Chan, remains empty
New Chief Minister Adenan Satem has retained his predecessor’s men in his state Cabinet.
Although there were speculations that Adenan would be making changes, no amendments was seen this morning as the state’s eight full ministers and 19 assistant ministers took their oaths before Governor Taib Mahmud.
Also present during the ceremony at the State Legislative Assembly were Speaker Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and State Secretary Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani. (more…)
The Tired Eye
Born and raised in Sarawak, The Eye does not understand how racial and religious tension in the peninsula has come to a stage where there is now a suggestion to do away with the “race” column in identification documents.
The Eye does not understand why people cannot be proud of their respective ethnicities and yet celebrate the differences that make up this country, together in peace and harmony.
The recent suggestion by a federal minister, Joseph Kurup, to remove the need to state a person’s race on official forms seems to have received support from the National Unity Consultative Council and ordinary Malaysians. (more…)
Lim Sue Goan
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the government would unveil the “national reconciliation solutions” over the next few months, but will such solutions dispel the various conflicts now standing the way of interracial relationship in the country?
Unless you go in from politics, it is not going to be that easy to fix the problem.
Ethnic differences have widened by the day in the manipulative hands of irresponsible quarters. Even the PM himself is concerned about this, writing in his blog that we need not reprimand these racist extremists as we only need to ignore them and deny them of any chance of promoting or recognizing their ill-intentioned ideas. (more…)
I have a friendly educational suggestion for Islamic-coalition organisations such as Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) that are still in need of a platform to base their well-intentioned struggles. I am sure that these groups want the best from all Malaysians – to promote peaceful dialogue.
Of late the debate between ‘liberalism’ and ‘Islam’ seem to be raging; one I believe can be reframed to eliminate the dark aura of antagonism and chart a peaceful path through education. (more…)
When a group of Malaysians staged a protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), some derided them as being misguided, thinking that Malaysia should not oppose a so-called trade pact that might spell the end of privileges given to bumiputera companies and thereby raise the country’s competitiveness.
However, similar demonstrations also took place in American and Canadian cities with a view to putting pressure on Washington and Ottawa not to sign the TPPA which could eventually undermine domestic businesses. (more…)
This week, as Sydney prepares to celebrate its annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, it has been amusing in a grotesque sort of way to witness the weird and unholy alliances sexual bigots are finding themselves around the world.
Or to put this another way, it’s been hilarious to see such otherwise wildly incompatible heterosexuals as Christians in Arizona and Uganda and Muslims in Malaysia, inspired by such widely heterotextual sources as the Bible and the Quran, simultaneously engaging in a veritable orgy of homophobia. (more…)
There was a slight pause called by Najib between Taib Mahmud’s resignation as Chief Minister of Sarawak and his accession as the Governor (Yang di-Pertua Negeri) of Sarawak.
The delay gave us some hope. Would Najib take this opportunity to cut off the “untouchable” Taib Mahmud once and for all and take this benefiting political token, or will he concede (yet again)?
This was not much of a surprise. Najib never dared anyway.
“I’ve got things in proper sequence” – Taib (more…)
The state was never good in business. However, capitalists could not stand alone. They need a good partner, and the state happened to be their target. To argue simply, those who largely benefitted from state policy were the ones who fought against intervention from the state. But, it is a major contradiction. Free-marketers claim they are always against the monopoly from the state. However, history never lies.
The birth of neo-liberalism, was in fact, created through state policy. One argues that it needs political will. So, agree or not, the state (as a political order) would be the last bastion of neo-liberalism. To paraphrase Marx in this context seems reliable : “History first begins as tragedy, repeats itself as farce”. (more…)
The Borneo Post
The Balingian by-election will be an interesting barometer to gauge PKR strength in the next state general election.
State PKR chief Baru Bian said the Balingian by-election will determine whether there was support for the change in guard (of the state Barisan Nasional leaders) and secondly it can gauge the change in the support of the people for the present government, especially in the context of the rising cost of living.
“The increase in the price of goods will be the main issue and we will be taking the issue to the ground and it will be very interesting,” he told reporters at a press conference after the party’s state liaison committee’s final meeting here yesterday. (more…)
Sarawak’s new chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (pic) has yet to officially step into his office on the 22nd floor of Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching, but there are already more expectations of him.
Those who think Adenan won’t stay long and is only a seat-warmer for “someone else”, do not expect much from the 70-year-old, who has a pacemaker.
But opposition lawmakers hope Adenan would be “more clean” than his predecessor, someone they could work with and who would make an effort to clean up what they claimed to be “a corruption tainted administration”. (more…)
With the dismal performance in the 2011 state election still fresh in their minds, PKR Sarawak is realistic but hopeful when it comes to their chances in the soon-to-be-called by-election for Balingian, a coastal Malay-Melanau majority state seat.
“We admit and we concede we are the underdogs,” state PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) told a media conference after chairing the party’s state leadership meeting in Kuching, today.
“(The Balingian seat) is probably one of the toughest Barisan Nasional seats (to win). (more…)
A local English paper dated Feb 25 reported Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as saying that “the government will consider the suggestion and make a decision soon” in its write-up under the title of ‘Decision on ‘race’ in govt forms soon’.
The suggestion in question was mooted by Unity and National Integration Minister Joseph Kurup with the purpose of improving race relations in order to enhance national unity.
He added that government policies should not consider a person’s race and therefore race identification was not necessary in official documents. (more…)
Catholic Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing described MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa’s opinion that silence was not an option for PAS if Christians continue to be vilified in Malaysia as “remarkable by the standards of a Malaysian politician; extraordinary when you consider he’s a Muslim one.”
“Christian bashing has become a sport for miscreants from among the media and political class over the last few years, so Mujahid’s assurance that to his party silence is not an option is a pronouncement of historic moment,” remarked the head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese. (more…)
Taib Mahmud’s triumphant return to Sarawak as the new governor was marked by his son, Sulaiman’s first public appearance in years, and the non-attendance by a former CM contender
Controversy-ridden Abdul Taib Mahmud arrived here last night as Sarawak’s new governor and was greeted by a 500-strong waiting crowd including family members, the state Cabinet and senior government officials.
Earlier yesterday, Taib received his instrument of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)
After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath before chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the state legislative assembly
Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as chief minister of Sarawak after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak today, marking another historical milestone for the state.
The ceremony began at 11.00am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang Dipertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. (more…)
With Adenan Satem’s appointment as Sarawak’s new chief minister, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has been quick to urge him to resolve three issues affecting the state.
They are: getting higher oil and gas royalties, abolishing the cabotage policy, and poverty eradication.
“If Adenan can resolve these three major issues for Sarawak, his era will be a more significant one than the longest serving Chief Minister in Malaysian history,” he said in a statement today, referring to Adenan’s predecessor Abdul Taib Mahmud. (more…)
PAS leaders will continue to reach out to Christians because silence is not an option when the country is faced with ongoing religious controversies, said the party’s ambassador of peace Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
Mujahid explained he has been continuously visiting churches because he refuses to keep silent when certain quarters are creating chaos and disharmony in society.
“We in PAS do not want to keep silent in a situation where the country is being destroyed by those who do not have knowledge,” said Mujahid (left) at a dialogue with non-Muslims at the Christ of the King Catholic Church in Sungai Petani yesterday. (more…)
The World Council of Churches has thrown its supports behind the Catholic church as it heads to the Federal Court on March 5, to defend its use of the word ‘Allah’ in the Malay section of Herald.
Just days before the Catholic church resumes it battle to use the word “Allah” at the Federal Court, the World Council of Churches (WCC) has thrown its support behind the Malaysian church, and described its resolution as an important milestone in interfaith relations.
The WCC, which represents more than 345 churches in 110 countries, said it stood in solidarity and in support of the church as it prepared to face the court on March 5. (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
There are signs showing that different racial groups have been heading towards different directions in terms of politics and religion after the 2008 and 2013 general elections. Under the influence of extreme remarks from politicians, national unity is now facing a crisis of split decisions, making the future of the country worrisome.
To address the crisis, the government has put forward a national reconciliation plan, including setting up bi-partisan committees to discuss issues affecting national unity. However, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang has rejected to participate in the discussion on the plan, adding variables into the move to quell politicisation practices. As Duke University Professor Donald Horowitz said, all reconciliation plans could be implemented only with the coordination and discussion involving politicians from different political parties and national reconciliation might not be achieved if the confrontation between the ruling and alternative coalitions in our country continues. (more…)
Outgoing CM Taib Mahmud’s expressed view of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) will relieve CM Adenan Satem of having to make a decision.
If there was any possibility of a future for Sarawak’s oldest Chinese party, SUPP, it ended yesterday when its ‘patron’ Taib Mahmud stepped down Chief Mnister.
The state’s longest serving chief minister Taib’s parting words of wisdom to Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) was to close-shop or alternatively re-unite under a new party. (more…)
He succeeds Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office ended yesterday.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, today presented Taib Mahmud with the instrument of appointment as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak, at the Istana Negara here.
The ceremony took place at the Small Throne Hall and was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem. (more…)
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah today presented Abdul Taib Mahmud with the instrument of appointment as the new Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak at the Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.
The ceremony took place at the Small Throne Hall and was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the new Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem.
Abdul Taib – who stepped down as the Sarawak CM effective today after almost 33 years in office – takes office tomorrow as the seventh Yang di-Pertua Negri of Sarawak, succeeding Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office ended today. (more…)
Incoming CM Adenan Satem will be deciding whether or not to have a by-election in Balingian constituency.
Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has resigned as assemblyman for Balingian.
This was confirmed today by Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Speaker Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar during a press coneference.
Asfia said the letter was dated Feb 26 and is effective from tomorrow. (more…)
New corruption questions have emerged over the role of Taib Mahmud and son in a waste disposal deal with German firm
The evidence is piling up against soon-to-be governor, Taib Mahmud.
In a last ditch attempt to thwart Taib’s ascent to the ‘throne’, UK-based Global Witness, which was responsible for an incriminating covert video on business dealings by the Taib family, has released documents of more corrupt practices. (more…)