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August 2, 2014

Selangor, the acid test for Pakatan

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selangor_pakatan_300Joe Chandler

With the crisis in Selangor coming to a head, can the Pakatan leadership survive?

It’s refreshing to see a real political problem hit the opposition coalition.

If nothing else, it provides us the opportunity to observe how the coalition will address it and show the world that common sense and political reality can co-exist in promoting the good values this nation badly needs.

It is also interesting to analyse this problem from different perspectives as it allows us to see if the opposition has what it takes to drive reform in the direction we all want. (more…)

Selangor MB crisis a test for Pakatan

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Sin Chew Daily

The Selangor menteri besar crisis is not just a battle for the state’s top post, but also a test to see whether Pakatan Rakyat can sustain as a political coalition.

The mainstream voices within PKR take it as the ruling party of Selangor while Pakatan Rakyat has tacitly agreed to leave it to the PKR to decide on the candidate for the menteri besar post. Therefore, it should be PKR’s right to replace the menteri besar and choose the candidate.

It is also the approach insisted by the PKR since it staged the Kajang by-election. Despite the plan did not go so well, it did not hinder its wishes. They have just changed the candidate from PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah. (more…)

Should Selangor be used as a stepping stone to Putrajaya?

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The effort by Khalid Ibrahim to take over the water concessionaires, which the state government had privatised in the early 1990s, became his biggest ‘battle’ during his first term as MB. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 1, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

The effort by Khalid Ibrahim to take over the water concessionaires, which the state government had privatised in the early 1990s, became his biggest ‘battle’ during his first term as MB. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 1, 2014.Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim recently questioned the intention of Pakatan Rakyat to use the state as a stepping stone to Putrajaya. He said this move “does not fulfil the needs of the people in Selangor”. For that, Khalid proposed that the opposition get a “new mandate from the people” in the next election to implement the Putrajaya project through Selangor.

Khalid’s statement was made either as an excuse for him to keep holding on to the MB’s position or out of political naivety. Whatever the rationale behind the statement, Selangor and other Pakatan-led states are important as a showcase of the opposition’s ability to govern and manage the people’s affairs based on a new mould that it claimed at every election. (more…)

Let history books reflect historical facts

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education-classroom-japanSin Chew Daily

The education sector has paid close attention to the new History textbook for Standard Four pupils which allegedly contain serious deviations.

The United Chinese School Teachers’ Association (Jiao Zong) has met relevant officials on the matter and hoped to convince them to rectify the deviations through exchanges and communications and from the perspective of History education, so that we can have a textbook that can truly reflect historical truth, as well as the real national conditions of Malaysia.

According to the latest reports, however, the Textbook Division of the Education Ministry will still be using the existing History textbook for Standard Four pupils next year and not amend its content. Instead, only mistranslated words will be corrected before reprinting. (more…)

Don’t let Umno have the last laugh, Perak Pakatan youth tell leaders

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Pakatan Rakyat leaders (from right) Lim Kit Siang (DAP), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR), Mohammad Sabu (PAS) need to remember the spirit of the coalition in Perak back in 2008, say the state's Pakatan youth leaders.- The Malaysian Insider pic, August 1, 2014.TMI

Pakatan Rakyat leaders (from right) Lim Kit Siang (DAP), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR), Mohammad Sabu (PAS) need to remember the spirit of the coalition in Perak back in 2008, say the state’s Pakatan youth leaders.

Perak Pakatan Rakyat youth leaders today made an impassioned plea to the opposition coalition not to fall into the trap set up by its political enemies by breaking up, following revelations from a leaked WhatsApp chat that there were talks among PAS leaders on the possibility of leaving the pact.

Instead, the youth leaders said Pakatan members must unite and stand strong, adding it was time to prove that they had the political will to overcome the crisis and challenges facing them. (more…)

Pray for peace of Jerusalem

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pray for jerusalemTan Eng Bee

The world is saddened by the death and destruction in Gaza with casualties rising every hour.

Almost 1,400 Palestinians have died and 7,000 injured, while on the Israeli side, nearly 60 are dead.

Israel is recalling 16,000 reservists to beef up its force while the Palestinians will continue to fire thousands of rockets to Israel at the same time.

The Israelis and the Palestinians are engaging in a war which is totally necessary if only they could see eye to eye and to resolve their issues amicably in the light of the Jews are there to stay but the Palestinians want them annihilated or exterminated. (more…)

August 1, 2014

Najib must leave “no stone unturned”, in Malaysia

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Mariam Mokhtar

At his first press conference for MH17 which had crashed in eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak vowed to establish the cause of the disaster and punish the perpetrators. He said, “No stone will be left unturned…”

His detractors groaned, “Haven’t we heard this before? The phrase is synonymous with cover-ups, lies and deceit.”

The cynics were alluding to 2009, when Najib raised the hopes of the family of Teoh Beng Hock, the murdered political aide, with the promise that in the investigation, “No stone will be left unturned.” The family’s expectations were dashed when they were denied justice. (more…)

Najib, Pak Lah and Mahathir also named in banknote graft case, says WikiLeaks

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Mahathir (2nd left) and Najib are both named in the injunction obtained by the Australian government which bars Australian media from reporting on a case involving the payment of bribes to secure currency printing contracts in Malaysia. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 30, 2014.TMI

Mahathir (2nd left) and Najib are both named in the injunction obtained by the Australian government which bars Australian media from reporting on a case involving the payment of bribes to secure currency printing contracts in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his two predecessors and several former ministers have been named in the gag order obtained by the Australian government that censors the media there from reporting about a multi-million dollar corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, whistleblower website WikiLeaks revealed on 30-07-2014.

The case involves the Reserve Bank of Australia’s subsidiary companies Securency and Note Printing Australia. (more…)

Why the delay in charging ex-Umno aide with graft, lawyers ask A-G

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Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is also public prosecutor, has a moral duty to explain to the public if he had decided to drop charges against two individuals linked to the ruling elite, say lawyers. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 31, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is also public prosecutor, has a moral duty to explain to the public if he had decided to drop charges against two individuals linked to the ruling elite, say lawyers.

It has been almost six months since the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission completed its probe into a former political secretary accused of misappropriating RM1.1 million from three foundations set up to help the poor.
Investigators handed over the file to the Attorney-General’s Chambers but from then until today, there has been no word on the case, leading several lawyers to question why.The lawyers said any delay in prosecuting any individual would cast serious aspersion on the government’s efforts to combat corruption among those linked to the ruling elite.The lawyers said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is also public prosecutor, was not legally bound but had a moral duty to explain to the public if he had decided to drop charges against the individuals.

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The Malay revisited

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Karina Bahrin

Every day, it seems we push the envelope further. First, cow heads were paraded in front of Hindu temples. Then, Bibles were seized. Now the Chinese are being accused of being “trespassers” in this land.

I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing. Our nation is finally undergoing the long overdue psychotherapy it should have braved up to when Malaya was first formed. We are finally gathering courage to confront the elephant in the room.

Our nation’s harmony has always been a fragile thing. Perhaps the reasons it has held up the last 57 years is that the majority of this country is a fairly homogenous Muslim lot and everyone else on the periphery understands the wisdom of not rattling the giant. (more…)

Stop giving state land to crony firms, Adenan told

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Dukau Papau

DAP today urged Chief Minister Adenan Satem to stop immediately the alienation of 263.6 acres of state land in Batu Kawah, Kuching, to a company it said is owned by leaders of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).The land should instead be used for affordable housing, with the construction of flats equipped with full recreational facilities and two primary schools, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said today.

DAP is concerned the land, worth about RM400 million, is in the process of being alienated  to a company owned by PBB leaders.

“We don’t want yet another plot of state land to be alienated to a crony company,” said Chong, who is the MP for Bandar Kuching and assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa. (more…)

Solution or implosion for Pakatan?

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Ian McIntyre

In the months after PAS was decisively defeated by Umno in the 2004 general election, a sense of unison was shaping up among the ulama, technocrats and young leaders in the Islamist party.

In Kelantan, this upstart movement was helmed by the technocrats of Datuk Husam Musa (an economist by training) and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (a Kedahan lawyer practising there).

Both were well connected — Husam due to his association with the now ailing party spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat while Takiyuddin was previously part of a top-notch legal firm (founded by former foreign minister Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail). (more…)

Probe role of M’sian PMs in banknote graft case

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CYNTHIA GABRIEL

The Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4), is profoundly appalled at the revelations by WikiLeaks on a gag order and super injunction invoked by the Australian government on a multi-million dollar international banknote graft case, involving the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), with no less than three generations of Malaysian prime ministers mentioned.

This case came to light following leaks on Australia’s gag order on allegations of multi-million dollar inducements to officials in Malaysia and other countries made by subsidiaries of RBA, Securency and Note Printing Australia, in the supply of RM5 polymer notes. (more…)

A PAS fallout in Pakatan is win-win for Umno and MB Khalid

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Ng Kee Seng

The current political “turmoil” or “fracas” in Selangor is a replay of what happened to PAS in Kelantan in 1977.

The Umno-led Barisan Nasional’s (BN) political scheming in 1977 through an emergency led to a 12-year Umno emergency rule in Kelantan.

However, the Kelantanese sent Umno packing in the 1990 general election, giving their mandate to PAS and the now defunct Semangat 46 that was led by Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

The 1977 power grab was executed by the brute Umno federal force after PAS decided to quit the BN coalition. Umno of course refused to give up the oil-rich state. (more…)

Abdullah was a better leader than Najib, say ex-Umno minister and DAP

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Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (centre), who is seen here with non-Muslim religious leaders during an inter-faith prayer session for missing MAS flight MH370 in KLIA in March, was praised for his firm stand against the religious extremism that is prevalent in Najib's reign as prime minister. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 30, 2014.EILEEN NG and QUEK YIING HUEY

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (centre), who is seen here with non-Muslim religious leaders during an inter-faith prayer session for missing MAS flight MH370 in KLIA in March, was praised for his firm stand against the religious extremism that is prevalent in Najib’s reign as prime minister

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was a stronger leader than Datuk Seri Najib Razak because the former had a clear agenda for reform, a DAP lawmaker and an ex-Umno minister said at a book launch today.

In describing Abdullah, who is popularly known as Pak Lah, as “sincere”, Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong said although the former prime minister failed to implement his reforms, he at least had a clear agenda which could set the benchmark on how the nation can improve and move forward. (more…)

July 31, 2014

Jabu rapped for ignorance of water shortages

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak has been hit hard by El Nino weather phenomenon causing severe water shortages, in the state but Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, who is chairperson of the state Disaster Relief Committee, is taking the situation very lightly.He has come under fire from Sarawak PKR for his apparent lack of understanding of the severe impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon on the people and his lack of initiative to address the problems.

Several quarters have also called on the deputy chief minister to resign from the cabinet for his failure to solve the water crisis in his own constituency of Layar.

“As chairperson of the committee, Jabu appears not to comprehend the severe impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon. Instead, he gave instructions for the distribution of bottled drinking water and for cloud seeding.
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Selangor PKR, doing a fine job of crushing dreams

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selangor_pr_300W. Fernandez

After pledging to effect political reform, all PKR has succeeded in doing in Selangor is plunge it into chaos, making it the laughing stock of the nation.

Dear PKR leaders,

I am a Selangor resident who unashamedly and proudly voted for PKR in the last two general elections.

I voted for reforms, a better Selangor and a “new Malaysia” after being sick and tired of the UMNO brand of politics.

Today after six years, my fellow voters in Selangor will agree that many of us are disillusioned with the state of affairs both in Selangor and within PKR. (more…)

Anwar says no indication of Pakatan breaking up

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Mkini 

There is no indication of a break-up in Pakatan Rakyat following PAS’ resistance to remove Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, insists PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.His communication with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who wants Khalid to remain as menteri besar, was still open and that he had earlier sent his “Selamat Hari Raya” greetings to Hadi and wished him well, Anwar said today.

He does not see any indication of a break-up of the Pakatan coalition, but Anwar did acknowledge misunderstanding over the issue within Pakatan.

The misunderstanding included “comments from the lower rungs that are not appropriate”, Anwar said when met in Permatang Nibong, Seberang Jaya. (more…)

Youth chief: PAS can’t deny it’s in crisis

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Mkini

As cracks grow between PAS and its Pakatan Rakyat allies, PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat became the first senior leader to acknowledge that the Islamist party has a crisis on its hands and cannot be in denial about it.Suhaizan called on the PAS leadership to immediately convene a central committee meeting to discuss the recent developments as the scheduled meeting on August 10 was “too late”.

“PAS cannot hide and be in a denial syndrome. The fact is PAS is in a serious crisis now.

“Malaysians are watching how PAS manages its internal problem. I am confident with the PAS leadership’s wisdom PAS can overcome the problem it is facing,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Now Tiong ready to work with PRS

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Datuk Seri Tiong King SingJoe Fernandez

Merger talks were called off just as abruptly after rumours began circulating that “a certain personality” was against the idea.

SPDP Interim President Tiong King Sing has declared that he has a more positive feeling now and confirmed speculation that he was ready to work with PRS in any way that could strengthen both parties.

He stopped short of saying that both parties would resume merger talks. However, he expressed support for the merger idea, “contrary to allegations by certain quarters”.

“I was accused of blocking the merger after some people said that SPDP and PRS couldn’t merge because of me,” fumed Tiong who is also Bintulu MP. “It seems that when something goes wrong, it’s always Tiong’s fault.” (more…)

PAS infighting could benefit the nation

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Mkini

Since the 13th general election, cracks have begun showing in PAS’ direction- where overtures of forming a unity government with BN and implementing hudud law in Kelantan had been heard at regular intervals.But is this a problem that has cropped up only after the election?

Fact is, PAS has long been divided into two factions. The underlying theme for the first faction, which generally referred to as the pro-unity government faction, is that PAS is a direct “replacement” of Umno on the Malay ground.

The other faction is contained by “progressives”, politicians who believe PAS should serve “everybody” in the country as a mainstream political party. (more…)

Pakatan won’t break up over Selangor crisis, says ‘optimistic’ Anwar

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LOOI SUE-CHERNDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Pakatan Rakyat has endured so much and will not break up over the Selangor menteri besar issue. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 30, 2014.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Pakatan Rakyat has endured so much and will not break up over the Selangor menteri besar issue.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today played down fears of a Pakatan Rakyat break-up, saying the views of grassroots leaders in Islamist party PAS were not its official stand.”I know the attitude of the leaders like (PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul) Hadi Awang. He is very committed to PR.

“So I am optimistic,” Anwar said in Permatang Pauh today. (more…)

PAS leader downplays controversial chat

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Mkini

PAS central committee member and Research Centre executive director Dzulkefly Ahmad today downplayed the controversial WhatsApp conversation between PAS central committee members which was leaked out yesterday.

He claimed that the remarks made by Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki was his “personal opinion” and does not represent the party.

“What Zuhdi proposed was his personal opinion, communicated through social media and is informal in nature,” the former Kuala Selangor MP said in a statement. (more…)

Voters will abandon Pakatan over MB crisis, PAS stand, say analysts

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Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s insistence on staying on as Selangor menteri besar is prolonging a political crisis in the country’s richest state. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 30, 2014.EILEEN NG

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s insistence on staying on as Selangor menteri besar is prolonging a political crisis in the country’s richest state. 

The Selangor menteri besar crisis, compounded by the racist tone from a PAS leader which came to light from a leaked WhatsApp message, will result in voters abandoning the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, said political analysts.With Pakatan seemingly unable to keep its act together, observers said it would not be a surprise if it was “game over” for the three-party coalition as the protracted crisis was a turn-off for many voters.

But, political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said, Barisan Nasional would not benefit from the crisis with voters still distrustful of it. (more…)

No need to register Negara-ku, it’s not a threat to national security, say lawyers

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A 2012 High Court ruling declared unregistered electoral reform group Bersih 2.0. a legal entity, saying that it was not a threat to national security, public order and morality. Now, Negara-Ku may rely on the same argument to function despite the Home Ministry declaring it an illegal entity. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 30, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

A 2012 High Court ruling declared unregistered electoral reform group Bersih 2.0. a legal entity, saying that it was not a threat to national security, public order and morality. Now, Negara-Ku may rely on the same argument to function despite the Home Ministry declaring it an illegal entity.

Any unregistered society can function as long it is not a threat to national security, public order and morality, said lawyers in response to the Home Ministry’s announcement that new people’s movement, Negara-Ku, is illegal.They said just because the society was unregistered, it must not be equated with an illegal entity and this had been affirmed in a 2012 High Court ruling brought by electoral reform group, Bersih 2.0.

On Saturday, the Home Ministry said Negara-Ku was illegal as the Registrar of Societies (RoS) had not received any application from the group to register it as a body. (more…)

PKR leaders seek Nik Aziz help in Selangor crisis

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The crisis is in Selangor but the action in the last day or so has been at the modest home of Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat in Kelantan as PKR leaders look to the PAS spiritual leader to save the opposition coalition from breaking up.

Yesterday, beleaguered Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim visited Nik Aziz and today, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail is expected at the PAS leader’s home.

Pakatan Rakyat is at a crossroads following the Selangor menteri besar issue and the leaked WhatsApp message calling for the Islamist party to break away from PR. (more…)

Chaos if Teras is admitted into BN, warns SPDP

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Dukau Papau

In yet another warning to the leaders of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) not to admit Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) into the Sarawak BN fold, the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) said there will be chaos if this is done.

The warning came from SPDP acting president Tiong King Sing, who referred to a statement by Teras president William Ikom that he would discuss his party’s application to join BN with Chief Minister and state BN chairperson Adenan Satem after Hari Raya.

Although Tiong, who is the MP for Bintulu did not specifically mention Adenan and PBB in his strongly worded statement, it was obvious that he was referring to PBB, which is the backbone of the state BN and the state government. (more…)

July 30, 2014

Will ‘Allah’ swing votes in Sabah, Sarawak this time?

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The ‘Allah’ issue is seen almost as an exclusively peninsula problem by Sabah and Sarawak folk but there are rumblings that a country should not have two sets of rules for its citizens. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 29, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON AND SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

For all the hysteria surrounding the word “Allah” and whether non-Muslims can use it, the conflict almost never affects the people who use it the most.

About two-thirds of Malaysia’s 2.9 million Christians are in Sabah and Sarawak. Today, they still use “Allah” in their church services.

Sabah and Sarawak folk speak of the controversy as if it is a tale that happens in a strange land whose inhabitants are perplexingly different from them.

Despite the fact that Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula are one country. (more…)

Raya address by PM – the constitutional anomaly

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Dr Abdul Aziz Bari From left: Najib, Rosmah and Queen Elizabeth II

It has been the practice that the prime minister makes his Hari Raya address through RTM on the eve of the celebration. This has been the case since the days of Tunku Abdul Rahman who became the chief minister after the first general elections in 1955. When Datuk Seri Najib Razak assumed the office in 2009 he even brought along his wife to appear on the big screen.

It was not known why Tunku started the practice. For one thing the celebration is part of the Islamic religion: it is celebrated at the conclusion of the month-long fasting for the Muslims. The prime minister is not the head of Islam for the federation. Neither is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. (more…)

PAS man tells ‘dictator’ Anwar to retire

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Mkini

Just a day before his controversial messages in instant messaging application WhatsApp were leaked online, PAS’ Research Centre operations director Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki had launched a tirade against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on social media.

Branding Anwar a “dictator” for the way he operates Pakatan Rakyat, Zuhdi also, among others, expressed his Hari Raya wish that Anwar would retire.

“I wish Eidul Fitri al-Mubarak to Anwar Ibrahim, with the sincere hope that you retire from politics, too many Malaysians from all walks of life are being dragged into your personal agenda,” he wrote on the eve of Hari Raya on his Facebook page. (more…)

Time yet for consensus to prevail – for MB’s exit

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Terence Netto

A week is a long time in politics, former British prime minister Harold Wilson famously remarked.

It’s less than a fortnight to the PAS central committee meeting that will finalise the party’s stance on the move to remove Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

Wilson’s musing on the passage of time on political events was to point up its effect as a solvent rather more than as coagulant.

Time, as the wily survivor of many daunting wrangles in a faction-ridden British Labour Party in the 1960s was saying, has a bracing effect on political stances that at the outset may look more likely to bring disaster than relief. (more…)

PAS moves to distance party from viral WhatsApp text

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PAS Research Centre operations director Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki is at the centre of a political storm after suggesting that PAS leave the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and join forces with Umno to govern Selangor. – Facebook pic, July 29, 2014.TMI

PAS Research Centre operations director Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki is at the centre of a political storm after suggesting that PAS leave the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and join forces with Umno to govern Selangor.

PAS has moved to diffuse tension over a controversial WhatsApp message from a central committee member, saying that the message outlining a scenario for it in Selangor if it left Pakatan Rakyat was not the party’s stand.

Its Research Centre executive director, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, said Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki’s opinion in the WhatsApp message, which has gone viral, was not backed up by the centre’s findings. (more…)

Sleeping with the enemy

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

Hari Raya wouldn’t be Hari Raya without ketupat, lemang and rendang … and until recently, heart-wrenching adverts from filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad.

Similarly, Malaysian politics would be unrecognisable, without the stomach turning politicians, race and religious tension, royalty, ‘U-turns’, sex, sexism, ‘animal farm’, frogs … and the Malaysian rakyat. The rakyat, which sways between coma and gullibility.

Some Malaysians cannot even contemplate change. They believe that the country is stuck in a political rut, from which recovery seems hopeless; but what if Malaysians were to use their imagination? Think of the impossible. For instance, think of what would happen if Najib Abdul Razak and Anwar Ibrahim were to be marooned on a desert island. (more…)

Mawan: I’m not prepared to die, no way man

Dukau Papau

The newly elected president of Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) William Mawan Ikom is prepared to “to lock horns” with any BN party which opposes Teras’ entry into the ruling coalition.

“Teras is prepared to do whatever is necessary to ensure its survival and for that we are prepared to lock horns with Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) in the coming state election, if that is what we need to do,” he said.

“What is it that you are not prepared to do, if that is the only way to survive? I am not prepared to die… no way man,” he said at a media conference. (more…)

Gaza? What about the pains of others?

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JOSH HONG

A Palestinian man once asked me, how would you, as a Christian, feel if it was the Christians that were being persecuted today?

I replied, “First of all, Christians are indeed being persecuted, in Iraq, Iran and perhaps in Syria right now. So there is no ‘were’ but ‘are’; secondly, I wrote extensively against the war in Iraq in 2003 although many churches around the world rallied behind George W Bush on the invasion at the time.

“I refused to allow my personal faith to cloud my view of global affairs. After all, when human lives are threatened, it does not matter if one is Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, atheist or any other.” (more…)

A Muslim would not tell lies

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Ravinder Singh

Former chief justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad, as High Court judge in the 1990s, is alleged to have remarked that “as a Muslim he would not tell lies” when accepting a Malay man’s claim that his signature as guarantor was forged by a third party and acquitting him.

It was the case of a bank suing two business partners, a Malay and an Indian, who were the guarantors for a loan. The same defence of forgery made by the Indian man was rejected.

This was recently revealed by retired Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram, two days after Hamid made a racist speech at a buka puasa event, accusing the Penang government of being anti-Islam and anti-Muslim by not providing funds for Islamic religious purposes in the state. (more…)

‘Pakatan heading for split over MB crisis’

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Balik Pulau Member of Parliament Dr Hilmi Yahaya did not dismiss the possibility of Pakatan Rakyat breaking-up over the Selangor menteri besar crisis.

He said there were already signs of a split within PAS when a majority of the party members expressed support for Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to stay on as menteri besar while there were some who were not in favour of the majority’s decision.

The most apparent difference in opinion of PAS leaders emerged when PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang expressed his support for Khalid (right, in picture) to remain as menteri besar but his deputy Mat Sabtu and the party’s Information chief Mahfuz Omar openly supported a decision made by the Pakatan presidential council to replace Khalid. (more…)

Hadi, how many more like Zuhdi are there?

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Mkini

PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli (below) has called on PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to disclose how many other top PAS leadership share the “race-based and anti-democratic” views of its central committee member Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki.

This comes in the wake of several damning messages by Zuhdi, part of a conversation in a PAS central committee Whatsappmobile messaging group which was leaked, in which he floated the suggestion of PAS teaming up with Umno in Selangor and at the expense of non-Muslims. (more…)

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

Mkini

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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peace300Selena Tay

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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"PKR’sTHE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

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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Mkini

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

EILEEN NG

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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Dukau Papau

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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DR KUA KIA SOONG

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…)

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