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November 23, 2014

3 killed, at least 11 injured in Sarawak coal mine explosion

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TMI

Three people died and at least 11 others were injured in a coal mine explosion near Selantik, Sri Aman, Sarawak, today, a Bernama report citing the Fire and Rescue Department said.

Assistant director (operations) Farhan Sufyan Borhan said the incident occurred about 11am and the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

He said the bodies of all three killed in the incident had been sent to the Sri Aman hospital, about 194km from Kuching. (more…)

The rich enjoys more subsidies than the poor, says Khazanah report

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A study by Khazanah Research Institute shows that those driving luxury cars are enjoying more fuel subsidies than those riding motorcycles. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 23, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

A study by Khazanah Research Institute shows that those driving luxury cars are enjoying more fuel subsidies than those riding motorcycles

A high-income BMW owner enjoys as much as four times the amount of petrol subsidies that is received by a low-wage earner who rides a motorcycle.According to a recent study by the Khazanah Research Institute, the rich actually enjoyed 80% of total fuel subsidies that went to Malaysian households in 2013.

The figures highlight how skewed the blanket fuel subsidy system is in Malaysia as the public adjusts to the announcement that the scheme will end on December 1. (more…)

Ban on these Islamic words primitive and counter-productive

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Sonia Ramachandran

In my line of work, there are many times I have called certain personalities to interview them where I would politely address them as “Tuan Haji”, acknowledging the fact that the said individual has performed the Haj.

I had been told that that was the polite and respectful thing to do.

Being a non-Muslim, I may no longer be able to do so as “Haji” seems to be one of the words that non-Muslims are prohibited from using. (more…)

 Worried by possibilities, Sarawak grapples with foreign labour

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Jimmy Adit

Last month, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem said the government has agreed to bring in 12,000 Bangladeshi workers for Sarawak’s plantations.

And then last week, the minister said Malaysians should not take lightly the influx of foreign workers as the latter might be able to control the country’s economy if continued to be given the opportunity.

Following that, PKR’s Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian, addressing the press after a State Legislative Assembly sitting, urged the state government to be cautious and stringent in importing foreign workers. (more…)

Transparency is key to float system on RON95, diesel

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petrol minyakBernama

ACCCIM says this is to ensure implementation of subsidy rationalisation programme is on the right track.

The Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) has urged the government to adopt a clear and transparent managed float system for RON95 and diesel.

President Lim Kok Cheong said the system should include publicising the calculation mechanism of fuel prices and its mode of adjustment, as well as the contingency measures to be taken by the government in the future, if global crude oil prices go up. (more…)

I don’t like people using ‘pendatang’, says Adenan

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adenan satimBERNAMA

Sawarak CM says BN must choose moderation over fanaticism and extremism which has become more prevalent in recent years.

The moderate approach and consensus building among Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties must he maintained because these have been the main factors for the BN’s continued success in administering the country since independence, said Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

He said this was important because lately there were extremist movements which if left unchecked could destroy the multi-racial harmony the country has enjoyed all this while. (more…)

Adenan: Let us unite to fight extremism

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 Joseph Tawie

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has urged the majority of Malaysians to be united and speak up against extremism as the country cannot afford to have extremists given its diversity in terms of race, culture and religion.Speaking at a Barisan Nasional youth retreat dinner in Kuching last night, Adenan said that the country could become a worse place not because the minority did not do enough, but the majority did nothing.

“Malaysians could not afford to be extremists given our diversity in terms of race, culture and religion.  We have to be assertive for moderation in this country because it is proven that moderate approaches in politics have sustained us for the last two or three generations,” he said. (more…)

Landmark victory as Sarawak natives win more time to challenge land grab

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Sarawak native landowners have often complained that they are only made aware that their land had been turned over to loggers or developers when land-clearing begins. – flickr pic, November 19, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak native landowners have often complained that they are only made aware that their land had been turned over to loggers or developers when land-clearing begins.

Tribal communities won a landmark legal victory with a Federal Court ruling that now allows them to challenge public authorities in land disputes using a writ of summons.

This requires persons to appear in court to answer complaints, a move that buys appellants precious time in establishing their case. (more…)

‘Is graft out of Sarawak’s list of enemies?’

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Joseph Tawie

Sarawak DAP today hit back at Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang for saying the party is the number one enemy of the state’s progress.

What happened to other ‘enemies’ of the state – for example, corruption, cronyism, illegal logging and illegal cyber gambling, asks DAP vice-chairperson Leon Jimat Donald.

“Have these vices been relegated so far down to a point where they have no significance in the state’s list of enemies?” Donald asked. (more…)

Giving hope, touching lives

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Medecci Lineil

Private charity is very much alive in Kuching, Sarawak and it’s growing to compensate for government failures and government-created hardships.

The sacrifice and generosity of thousands of Kuching people supporting the cause of voluntary organisations and informal groups is preserving market benevolence to help one another.

This man is a prime example. He has dedicated his life to putting the needs of others before his own regardless of what he is dealing with. (more…)

SPDP declares war on Teras in Sarawak polls

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Joseph Tawie

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president Tiong King Sing has declared that Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) is the ‘horrible enemy’ of his party in the coming state election.

“Teras is going to be our horrible enemy in the eight state seats that SPDP will be contesting,” he told Malaysiakini today.

The seats are Tasik Biru, Pakan, Meluan, Krian, Bekenu, Marudi, Ba’Kelalan and Batu Danau.

Five of them are in the hands of Teras while two – Krian and Ba’Kelalan – are held by Sarawak PKR. Meluan is held by the Sarawak Workers Party. (more…)

November 22, 2014

BN on the brain

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DEAN JOHNS

In case anybody noticed last week’s absence of my column fromMalaysiakini, my excuse if not justification is that I had to rush to complete my final university assignment of the year. An essay, as it happens, on the raving misogyny that infests the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).

This strikes me as somewhat paradoxical, in view of the fact that one of my principal original aims in returning to academia was to regain the use of my brain after too many years of reading and writing about Malaysia’s mind-blowingly mad, bad BN regime.

Yet here I’ve found myself slaving away over Nietzsche, the very man whose manic writings about sex, race, power and supremacy have been appropriated, perverted and employed to propagandise every group of fascist goons from the Nazis to Barisan Nasional. (more…)

For the low-income group, life on instalment plans is hand-to-mouth living

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Nathan says he knows he is paying more when he buys on instalment plans but he has no choice. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, November 22, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

Nathan says he knows he is paying more when he buys on instalment plans but he has no choice.

Nathan, a labourer pouring and smoothening bitumen on roads, has never had a holiday, not even to the nearest beach. After paying all the bills and setting some money aside for savings, there is little left for recreation.

The 37-year-old is one of many Malaysians in the lower-income group who are stuck in the “ansuran mudah scourge” (easy payment schemes) as it is called in a Khazanah Research Institute report on household incomes and spending. (more…)

Subsidies cut for RON95 and diesel from December 1

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Fuel subsidies for RON95 petrol and diesel will be scrapped starting December 1. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 21, 2014.TMI

Fuel subsidies for RON95 petrol and diesel will be scrapped starting December 1

Fuel subsidies for RON95 petrol and diesel will be scrapped from December 1, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek announced this afternoon.

The retail price for these two fuels will be decided by a “managed float”, he told a press conference in Putrajaya.

Hasan said fuel prices would be determined on a monthly average price, which will be announced at the end of each month for the following month. (more…)

November 20, 2014

RM5 million seizure as Sarawak steps up war on illegal logging

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Adenan promises to get tough on illegal logging as 'it is corruption' and promises that any report made to the Forest Department on illegal logging will receive a response. - The Malaysian Insider pic, November 19, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

As Sarawak shifts up a gear in its war on illegal logging, the state’s forestry authorities today announced one of its largest seizures of 22,306 illegally felled logs worth about RM5.5 million in Bintulu.

At the same time, the state government is also considering imposing heavier penalties for illegal logging and smuggling of timber, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem told state legislators. (more…)

Ban on Allah in Herald a matter of national security, says A-G

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V.ANBALAGAN

The Home Minister’s ban on the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia section of Catholic publication, Herald, was premised on national security as it raises sensitive religious issues, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said.He said the prohibition was done in accordance with provisions in the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and subsidiary legislation.

“‘National security’ – that was the issue the government was concerned with. It had nothing to do with freedom of religion. It was only concerned with national security,” Gani said in a keynote address at a recent legal conference. (more…)

‘Sarawak deputy CM still living in 1990s’

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Joseph Tawie

Kota Sentosa assemblyperson Chong Chieng Jen today accused Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang of living in the era of the 1990s for constantly raising issues that happened in that era despite so many rebuttals by DAP.”Obviously, Jabu has not progressed. He is still living in the era of 1996,” said Chong, who is Sarawak DAP chief.

Chong  was commenting on remarks by Jabu during his debate on his ministry that DAP had ‘oppressed and suppressed’ the natives from participating in the BN poverty eradication programmes through an oil palm joint-venture in Kanowit. (more…)

Sarawak reduces electricity tariffs

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Joseph Tawie

Chief Minister Adenan Satem today announced that the state government will revise downward electricity tariffs for all domestic customers in the state effective from January 1, 2015.

For this purpose, the state government has carefully designed the tariff revision to provide the greatest assistance to low income customers, he said in his winding debate speech at the state assembly. (more…)

The Malays let down their own side

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Mariam Mokhtar

The Malay is an enigma. He claims to know Islam, but when his brethren is threatened, he refuses to speak out. He fears the mob will hound him, even though neither he nor the person he would like to protect, have done anything wrong.

When a preacher tells him of a shortcut to heaven, he is all ears. His morbid fascination with the afterlife makes him forget his moral obligations and his responsibilities to his fellow man, because he believes that his life on earth is to prepare him for the afterlife; but at what cost?

He would rather not use his brain to think, especially when it concerns moral issues. He would rather some other body does his thinking for him, perhaps, the ulama or the government. The gift which God gave him, his brain, lies idle because he is fixated on the afterlife more than life on earth. His siege mentality is reinforced by the Umno-Baru government, so that he feels helpless without the government to tell him what to do. (more…)

Specific laws, policies needed to avoid conflict from unilateral conversion, says lawyer

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ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Paulsen said that the current conflict in the cases of unilateral conversions by a single parent who had converted, were not the result ot inter-racial or inter-religious marriages, as the couples were married under civil law first and had their children while in a civil union. - The Malaysian Insider pic, November 2014.Paulsen said that the current conflict in the cases of unilateral conversions by a single parent who had converted, were not the result ot inter-racial or inter-religious marriages, as the couples were married under civil law first and had their children while in a civil union. 

A human rights lawyer today reiterated that clear-cut laws and policies are needed to resolve issues arising from unilateral conversions and custody problems when one spouse converts to Islam. (more…)

November 19, 2014

Yes Adenan, time to rope in the timber robbers

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Francis Paul Siah

The elderly man currently bedridden at the Normah Medical Specialist Centre in Kuching – Sarawak’s most powerful politician in the 70’s – was the one who played a major role in bolstering, allegedly haphazardly at times, the timber industry in the state.

Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub, who was Sarawak’s chief minister from 1970 to 1981, started issuing logging licences to almost anyone who needed one – at a price, of course. In today’s lingo, it’s “gua tolong lu, lu tolong gua” kind of understanding. (more…)

Moderation is wisdom, not weakness

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Sin Chew Daily

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup called on the silent majority of the country to come forward and preach moderation, peace and toleration, to fight and declare war against extremism.

Coincidentally, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin also hopes that more people can come forward, speak for moderation, and not to retreat even if being attacked by opposition voices.

When religious extremism and racism are still rampantly advocated in the country, the appeal made by Joseph and Khairy is an encouraging sign, as well as a wake-up call for deep reflection. (more…)

Probe claims in ‘Money Logging’ book, CM urged

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Joseph Tawie

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has been urged to investigate claims made in the book ‘Money Logging’ as part as his stance against corruption in the timber industry.PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian said that an impartial probe on the evidences provided in the book by Swiss author Lukas Straumann is in order so the state’s name is not tainted globally.

“The scale of corruption exposed is the reason that Sarawak is one of the poorest states in Malaysia despite being wealthy in natural resources. (more…)

Sarawak Energy: NGOs have ulterior motives

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Mkini

Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has dismissed a planned protest by rights groups against the firm’s “greenwashing” of mega dam projects in Sarawak, as a bid to discredit the state government.

It said the the demonstration planned at the SEB-sponsored ‘Energy for Tomorrow’ tonight is a “cheap stunt” with ulterior motives.

“The same NGOs have been protesting and manipulating information with the intention of gaining international sympathy and support. (more…)

After Adenan’s timber warning, PKR wants allegations in book probed

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) today appealed to Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to order a thorough and impartial investigation into the “shocking allegations and evidence” revealed in the book authored by Bruno Manser Fund executive director Lukas Straussman.

The scale of corruption exposed in the 300-page book, titled Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia, was the reason “that Sarawak is one of the poorest states in Malaysia despite being wealthy in natural resources”, Baru said, in support of Adenan’s new tough stand on corruption and illegal logging. (more…)

Adenan speaks out against graft, now the need for action

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Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s warning to timber companies in Sarawak went against the norm of what many Barisan Nasional ministers would do in tackling problems. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 18, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

It is a rare day when a Barisan Nasional (BN) leader speaks honestly, without fear or favour and hits all the right buttons. And how we crave for such leaders?

Not surprisingly, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has grabbed headlines with the major spanking he gave enforcement officials in the state and the warning he issued to timber companies.

He discarded the usual caution and told his audience of the rich, famous and connected that corruption in the state was bad, “vowing to put the fear of God into the people who are dishonest.” (more…)

CM denies accusing timber tycoons of graft

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Joseph Tawie

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem clarified today  that he had never accused six timber tycoons and their companies of corruption, as is widely reported in the media today.

The six timber companies are KTS Holding, RH Forest Corporation Sdn Bhd, Samling Shin Yang Group, Ta Ann Group and WTK Holding.

All these companies yesterday signed a ‘corporate integrity pledge’ which was witnessed by the chief minister. (more…)

Adenan must walk the talk, says NGO

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Mkini

As Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem had issued a strong warning against the six big timber tycoons in the state to sign the integrity pledge, the Save Sarawak Rivers Network hopes that Adenan can “walk the talk” by tackling the illegal logging activities.

Save Sarawak Rivers Network chairperson Peter Kallang said that Adenan must change the timber industry of Sarawak following his stern words.

“I hope that the chief minister will really walk his talk, which is welcomed to change the timber industry itself,” Peter told a press conference today. (more…)

November 18, 2014

The Incredible Sulk of Pakatan Rakyat

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PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang remains vague on the issue of his attendance at Pakatan Rakyat leadership meetings. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 17, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang remains vague on the issue of his attendance at Pakatan Rakyat leadership meetings.

How else can one describe PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang these days except by calling him the Incredible Sulk?

Since the Selangor menteri besar imbroglio, the party president has been less friendly with his colleagues in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and has been absent from key leadership meetings. (more…)

Judge sees red with Taib’s son’s absence

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Mkini

Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab today ticked off Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib and his lawyer Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar for their non-attendance.

The session this morning was fixed for cross-examination of the Sarawak governor’s son.

Today’s proceedings was attended by Mahmud’s ex wife Shahnaz A. Majid, her lawyer and Mahmud’s lawyer Saadiah Din. (more…)

S’wak ministers to sign integrity pledge soon

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adenan satemBERNAMA

Chief minister says state government is serious in combating corruption, particularly in timber industry.

All Sarawak ministers and assistant ministers would make their integrity pledge against corrupt practices in due time, Chief Minister Adenan Satem said today.

He said his plan was to start requiring all officers and staff of the state government departments and statutory bodies to sign the integrity pledge first before extending this requirement to all the state cabinet members. (more…)

Read my lips, we want equality

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JIMMY ADIT

There is no telling how many Sarawakians out there truly want to see the state leave Malaysia.

It could be many. Or it could be just a few. But what is certain is in this age of Information Technology, people get informed with so much ease and those with a common cause or goal to fight for, coordinate their actions and efforts better.

The Internet has indeed helped to amplify the voice of this group of Sarawakians to a level loud enough to attract attention and raise some concerns. (more…)

CM warns timber tycoons: Don’t mess with me

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Mkini

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem issued a stern warning at a gathering of timber tycoons today, telling them “not to mess with him”.

Adenan, who took over as chief minister in March, is quoted in The Star Online as issuing this warning when asking the six big timber tycoons in the state to sign an integrity pledge.

According to the site, the six companies are KTS Group of Companies, Rimbunan Hijau, Samling, Shin Yang, Ta Ann and WTK Holdings Bhd. (more…)

Nothing difficult about returning Bibles, except saying sorry

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Neither Azmin nor the Selangor religious authorities returning the Bibles yesterday gave any regard to the fact that the holy books were taken illegally from the Bible Society of Malaysia in the first place. - November 15, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Neither Azmin nor the Selangor religious authorities returning the Bibles yesterday gave any regard to the fact that the holy books were taken illegally from the Bible Society of Malaysia in the first place.

Here is a question to Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali: why was it such a difficult decision to return property that was wrongfully taken from someone else?

A day after the Bahasa Malaysia and Iban-language Bibles were returned by Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais) to a group of Christians from Sarawak, Azmin said that it was a bold decision and a difficult one to make for all those involved. (more…)

Let the rod do the talking

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Jimmy Adit

The social media is abuzz with cases of students bullying their schoolmates. Some of these cases are so violent that one could hardly believe they were committed by children so early in their lives.

Even more disheartening is seeing girls beating up, kicking and slapping other girls when you thought being girls they should be, well as girls should be – young, tender and loveable.

When violence of this nature happens in the classroom or the school toilet or canteen, there is something definitely wrong somewhere. The school system needs a serious relook. (more…)

Anti-Baram dam villagers hold protest in Miri

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Joseph Tawie

While some 70 villagers who are against the construction of the Baram dam are manning a barricade to stop workers from entering the area in Ulu Baram, another group of 60 Baram villagers held a protest in Miri yesterday against the construction of the controversial dam.

The demonstration was carried out in front of the Forestry Department Office at Pelita Tunku in the city centre. Most of the protesters are Baram folk based in Miri.

Joined by members of Gerakan Anak Sarawak (Gasak) or Sarawak People Movement, the villagers later handed over a memorandum to the Miri Division Forest Department and the Miri Police Department. (more…)

Building schools for all Malaysians?

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DR AZLY RAHMAN

I am hoping that either the Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat will take up the idea of this new brand of schooling to propel to country into a new era of educational reform as we approach 2015.

The initiative should be started by the Selangor government run by Pakatan to showcase what the BN regime has not been able to do in meeting the schooling and human capital needs of the 21st century, as well as for national unity. I have been writing about this model for years and have even proposed to educational leaders from both governmental camps. I call this initiative Akademie Renaissance (AR) Schools and would like to see it come to fruition in my lifetime. (more…)

Online Alkitab: How does Mais plan to restrict them?

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K Pragalath

So the 321 Bahasa Malaysia and Iban language Bibles have finally been returned after a 10-month delay but in the process the Selangor Islamic authority has remained disrespectful and unapologetic which runs contrary to Islam.

The Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais) returned the Bibles last week to a group of Christians from Sarawak with two conditions.

One, the Bible Society of Malaysia, from whom the Bibles were seized, is not allowed to distribute the Bibles containing the word “Allah” in Selangor. (more…)

November 15, 2014

Small is better, says ex-minister on Sarawak’s mega dam projects

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DESMOND DAVIDSONFormer energy, green technology and water minister, Tan Sri Peter Chin said the trend now is to build smaller dams which are more efficient. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 14, 2014.

Former energy, green technology and water minister, Tan Sri Peter Chin said the trend now is to build smaller dams which are more efficient. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 14, 2014.A former minister from Sarawak has questioned the state government’s plan to build a series of large hydroelectric dams in its quest to be a developed and industrialised state by 2030.

“Do we really need large dams? Why can’t we design smaller ones that are not damaging to the environment,” asked former energy, green technology and water minister, Tan Sri Peter Chin, in his closing address at the Sarawak Business Summit in Kuching, yesterday. (more…)

Bible seizure: Don’t let it happen again

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Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

Tan Sri Dr James Masing doesn’t want to hear of another Bible-seizing incident.

“I don’t want to see or even hear of another incident involving the seizure of our Bibles. Don’t let it happen again,” the outspoken Land Development Minister from Sarawak told theantdaily.

He was commenting on the return of the seized Bibles today to the Association of Churches in Sarawak which signalled an end to the religious saga that hogged the nation since January this year. (more…)

Taking a leaf from the colonial masters!

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

The curbing on civil liberties, human rights and freedom of thought by the Umno Baru government is worse than what was done by the British colonialists. In facing the tide of nationalism that was rising in all its colonies after the Pacific War, the British introduced various draconian acts to curb this phenomenon. They failed miserably.

Nationalism was on the rise then and all colonial subjects demanded that the British grant them political freedom. So was it in the case of then British Malaya. (more…)

DAP’s ‘lover’s quarrel’ saga with PAS continues

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Hadi (left) and Lim

 Hazlan Zakaria

They say that love is blind and on a honeymoon there are no non-pleasant brides and grooms, for the euphoria of chemical-electrical synapses makes all things good.

But once it ends, let’s say six years down the road after the “tsunami” honeymoon or initial anti-BN-working-together love affair, beauty fades and the once cute and adorable peculiarities became annoying and goddammit distracting.

So has it been for the Pakatan Rakyat pair of DAP and PAS and their public tiff in the media, like too-long married celebs at the tail end of a high profile and strained relationship. (more…)

Will rule of law stand if Sedition Act declared unconstitutional?

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Hazlan Zakaria

Even if the Sedition Act or elements of the dreaded law is struck down by the courts as unconstitutional, as things stand, I don’t think it will immediately return the rule of law to our beloved land.

Though it would be a big step in the hard trudging road to that promised tomorrow.

The judicial review of the Sedition Act by UM law professor Asmi Sharom before the Federal Court is a landmark question over the constitutionality of the law, which has brought new hope to opponents of the draconian legislation and put on tenterhooks its champions who judge it a necessary tool to keep Malaysia under control and controlled by the powers that be. (more…)

Sarawak Christians ooze praise, but still uneasy, over Bible release

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

Christian leaders in Sarawak lauded the return of Malay- and Iban-language Bibles seized by the Selangor Islamic Department (Jais) from The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) in January, but remained uneasy over the condition set for their release.

The Bibles were released today to the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS), instead of the peninsula-based BSM, on the condition that they were for distribution and use in Sarawak only. (more…)

Ending the Bible grab with no apologies, but a warning

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The Selangor Islamic Religious Council failed to issue an apology after returning the seized Malay- and Iban-language Bibles, but issued a warning instead that they were not to be distributed in Selangor. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 14, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

The Selangor Islamic Religious Council failed to issue an apology after returning the seized Malay- and Iban-language Bibles, but issued a warning instead that they were not to be distributed in Selangor.

Christians in Sarawak should be grateful, one supposes, now that Selangor has returned 351 copies of Malay- and Iban-language Bibles that were seized more than 10 months ago. (more…)

November 14, 2014

The auditor’s report and arrogance

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Lim Mun Fah

The Auditor-General’s Office has indeed accumulated for itself quite some level of respect and popularity in recent years through its many jaw-dropping revelations, although it has yet to fully shed its “toothless tiger” public image. Its annual reports have been seen by Malaysians as a sharp blade for the anti-corruption agency.

But this time the A-G’s Office appears to have shown its blade at the wrong target, hitting out controversially at the Fabulous Food 1Malaysia carnival, raising the irk of particularly the Chinese community of this country. (more…)

‘Create constitutional court above civil, syariah’

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Mkini

Law expert Abdul Aziz Bari has proposed the formation of a constitutional court that will be above the civil and syariah courts to resolve any lingering disputes.

The Universiti Selangor (Unisel) academician suggested this in response to a call by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom for the formation of a Syariah Federal Court. (more…)

Reconsider building of 12 more dams, Sarawak told

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Joseph Tawie

The state government under Chief Minister Adenan Satem should re-consider its plans to build 12 more dams in the state, nine of these being large dams, because they will only enrich its cronies.Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson Baru Bian said during the debate of the 2015 Sarawak Budget yesterday that the Bakun Dam was supposed to produce sufficient power for the needs of the state and for industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy (Score).

“It appears that the government is determined to build dams and invite foreign investors to establish industries here by offering attractive rates. (more…)

Tourism players see red over non-halal food ban

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Mkini

The Tourism and Culture Ministry’s move to bar the serving of non-halal food at the Fabulous Food 1Malaysia (FF1M) 2014 has raised the ire of tourism players.

With this move, they suggested, the ministry should change the event name from ‘Fabulous Food 1Malaysia’ to ‘Halal Food Festival’ to portray the ‘halal only’ limitation.

Some also disagreed with the ministry’s way in handling the controversy, suggesting that two separate venues can be used to serve the halal and non-halal food. (more…)

Alfred Jabu rapped for poor rural growth centres

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Joseph Tawie

Deputy Sarawak Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang, who is also the minister for rural development, should be disciplined and held responsible if it is true that six out of eight rural growth centres under his ministry have failed.”The authorities should examine why these centres are a failure, and if it is found out that they have failed, then the minister involved must take full responsibility,” Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson Baru Bian said.Baru,  who is Sarawak PKR chief, said this in reference to the latest series in the Auditor General’s Report 2013, which called on the Sarawak government to restudy the implementation plan for rural  growth centre (RGC) programmes in line with  the current development. (more…)

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