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August 15, 2014

Democracy under siege

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 Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is no longer the Selangor menteri besar as he does not command the majority support of the state assembly, says constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas . – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 14, 2014.Lim Mun Fah

After getting the blessing from Selangor Sultan to become the unprecedented “partyless” MB, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was not contented with just that. He decisively axed six of his executive councillors from PKR and DAP in a move that took the entire country by storm.

The political tempest has gone to an extent that democracy and public opinions are no longer of any relevance.

Democracy is a good thing. Unfortunately the political situation in Selangor has developed into one that any dirty trick will be fully exploited without a second thought in order to accomplish the motive. Those involved are cracking their heads to conceive plans that will exterminate the rivals, never for the well-being of the people of Selangor. (more…)

‘No assembly meeting needed to replace Khalid’

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A state assembly meeting is not needed to be held as long as Pakatan Rakyat can provide clear evidence that it has the majority in the Selangor government.

Universiti Malaya law lecturer Gurdial Singh Nijar said that the statutory declarations will be sufficient.

“It may be supplemented, if necessary, with a meeting by the sultan with the state assemblypersons,” he said.

As such, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim must resign if the majority is established, said Gurdial. (more…)

MB crisis: All eyes now on palace and PAS

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Even though PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail claimed a majority in the state assembly earlier today following the support of two PAS representatives, there are still major hurdles that she and her party need to clear with the Selangor palace and PAS.

The relationship between Wan Azizah as well as PKR and the Selangor palace and PAS would come under increasing scrutiny over the next few days, which could decide the fate of the state’s leadership.

Central to this is whether PKR and its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim would be willing to submit a second candidate for the MB post. (more…)

PKR, DAP S’gor councillors keep their jobs

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The Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) has decided to keep the services of PKR and DAP councillors across the state, despite Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim sacking six PKR and DAP exco members from his line-up.

Selangor exco member Halimah Ali confirmed the decision to the media earlier today.

“Yes, all councillors remain,” she said.

Councillor quotas which are yet to be filled will be opened to civilians through advertisements in the mass media soon. (more…)

Based on Perak crisis ruling, Khalid is no longer MB, says lawyer

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 Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is no longer the Selangor menteri besar as he does not command the majority support of the state assembly, says constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas . – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 14, 2014.TMI

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is no longer the Selangor menteri besar as he does not command the majority support of the state assembly, says constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas .

The office of the Selangor menteri besar is now is deemed vacant after Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had refused to resign, despite losing the majority support of the state assembly, a constitutional lawyer said.

Constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas said based on the principles established in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court ruling of the Nizar vs Zambry case, the Selangor sultan should appoint Kajang assemblywoman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new menteri besar. (more…)

PAS: We reject Azizah, but not due to gender

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PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali has denied claims that PAS is rejecting PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar because she is a woman.

Asked if this was the reason, he said: “No, no, not because of gender.”

“We have informed PKR (of our reasons to reject) but it is not on gender. I won’t disclose (the reason),” he said.

He said this when met after the PAS political bureau meeting at the party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur tonight. (more…)

PAS still on the fence about Wan Azizah as Selangor MB

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PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali speaks during a press conference at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today. – The Malaysian Insider by Afif Abd Halim, August 14, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

PAS is still undecided on whether it accepted Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new Selangor menteri besar (MB), despite allies PKR and DAP backing her as a replacement to embattled Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali would not say whether the Islamist party, whose leaders are still part of Khalid’s administration, accepted or rejected Dr Wan Azizah, who is also PKR president.

“I cannot answer that question,” said Mustafa, after chairing the party’s political bureau meeting at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. (more…)

PKR should dissolve itself for losing the plot ???

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Never in the history of any major political party in Malaysia have there been such infantile happenings like what is going on now in PKR. Once the party is made to be a one-man show whereby PKR is Anwar Ibrahim and Anwar Ibrahim is PKR, the party comes to a virtual standstill. This stagnation had resulted in the party having zero political ideology and also very blur in what its political mission and goals are.

It is sickening to see what is taking place in Pakatan Rakyat. It was supposed to be the alternative to the already bankrupt BN, but it is showing signs of immaturity. The bickering among the coalition partners had been off and on and is making all those who support this coalition getting frustrated, annoyed and very disappointed and also very much disillusioned. (more…)

August 14, 2014

PKR, DAP local councillors may face sack

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PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat has raised concerns that PKR and DAP members appointed to local councils in Selangor could be axed following the sacking of five PKR and DAP executive council members.

He urged the four remaining exco members – all from PAS – to block any move on this front.

“I understand there is a bid to sack all local councillors from PKR and DAP not due to competency issues but because of the latest policy of (Menteri Besar) Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

“I urge Selangor PAS not to support this proposal (as) we are concerned that this split (in Pakatan) will spread to the grassroots,” he said in Facebook posting yesterday. (more…)

Delineation and seats increase (Part II)

MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

Presently, there are 222 seats with Sabah having 25; Sarawak 31; Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya 13; and the 11 states in peninsula Malaysia, 153. On Feb 23, 2014, the Election Commission (EC) has hinted at a possibility of seats increase in several states, where its chairperson has declared a possible increment of between 15 and 20 percent in Selangor, Johor, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah, among others. (The Star Online)

But how does the EC decide on the number of seats for each state? What is their basis?

Inter-state malapportionment (more…)

PAS won’t form unity government with Khalid, Barisan, says leader

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If PAS decides to cooperate with Umno and embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to form a unity government, it will involve a lengthy process, including approval from the Shura Council and a special congress or muktamar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 14, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

PAS will not form a Selangor unity government with Umno under Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, a senior PAS leader said, ahead of the Islamist party’s central committee meeting on Sunday.

He also ruled out any possibility that the crucial weekend meeting would see PAS leaders calling for a unity government, even if its members wished to side with the embattled Selangor menteri besar.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said that even if the meeting decided that PAS should cooperate with Umno, it would involve a lengthy process, including approval from the Shura Council and a special congress or muktamar. (more…)

Sarawak villagers regain NCR land after seven-year battle

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Dukau Papau

It took the residents of Kampung Spaoh, Gedong, Kampung Menat Ili, and Kampung Menat Ulu, Gedong in Sarawak seven years to win the return of 5010 acres of native customary rights (NCR) land after a long and expensive court battle against the state government.

They spent sleepless nights worrying that their NCR land might have been lost forever after the government leased it to three companies.

“But now, they can rest as the High Court yesterday declared that they have native customary rights over the land,” said their lawyer See Chee How (centre in photo).

However, that is the first hurdle crossed as the government may appeal against the decision. (more…)

PAS-Umno gov’t in S’gor may bring extremism

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Dukau Papau

The intention of Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to form his own government to rule Selangor with PAS and Umno will not merely lead to the implementation of hudud that PAS has been talking about.

It will also encourage more religious extremists and racial bigots to come forward, especially those PAS and Umno leaders who are known to be religious extremists and racial bigots, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) chairperson James Masing has said.

“Following the sacking of PKR and DAP members of the Selangor State Executive Council, and Khalid’s intention to form his government with elected representatives from PAS and Umno, we are worried about extremists in both parties getting together. (more…)

One vote for Khalid is one vote for Umno

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IMG-20140814-WA005Sherilyn Goh

At the height of the menteri besar crisis, Selangor Umno chairperson Noh Omar, being the opportunist that he is, has so excitedly jumped on the bandwagon of condemning PKR by claiming to have known of Khalid’s wrongdoings all along.

Ironically, just after his master subsequently issued commands for all of Umno’s assemblypersons to throw their unconditional support behind Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim should a vote of no-confidence against the now independent MB be called for in the state legislative assembly, Noh Omar deferentially obliged, of course.

Same goes for their MCA colleagues who are ready to call for a press conference to censure PKR and Pakatan for Khalid’s wrongdoings on the very same day the commands were issued. They have no choice but to relent on an opportunity to score political brownie points. Poor MCA somehow has to remain irrelevant and bow down to their political masters as always, and like their Umno counterparts, to speak and act against their conscience. (more…)

Singai Bidayuh civilisation faces wipe-out threat

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Dukau Papau

Some 16,800 people of Singai Bidayuh origin are worried that the bedrock of their heritage and civilisation as well as their livelihood embedded in some 3,000 acres of forest around Mount Blassan are now under a serious threat of being wiped out by a crony company.

Twelve village chiefs representing the people have lodged a police report and have written to Chief Minister Adenan Satem to stop the company from clearing their forest for an oil palm plantation.

So far officers from the Forest Department and Land and Survey Department have visited the area following their complaint. (more…)

August 13, 2014

Khalid more powerful now after exco sackings, lawyers say

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Late yesterday evening, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim announced he had sacked all six excos from PKR and DAP on grounds that they refused to cooperate with him as Selangor mentri besar. — Picture by Choo Choy MayJOSEPH SIPALAN

Late yesterday evening, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim announced he had sacked all six excos from PKR and DAP on grounds that they refused to cooperate with him as Selangor mentri besar.

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s sacking of six executive councillors (exco) from PKR and DAP yesterday was a shrewd manoeuvre by the embattled leader to one-up his opponents and tighten his grip on the Selangor mentri besar post, lawyers said.

Constitutional law experts following developments in the Selangor crisis noted that with his detractors removed from government, Khalid now has more power to exercise his will from within the state administration without being answerable to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leadership. (more…)

Constitutional crisis in Selangor

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Lim Sue Goan

Even though Khalid Ibrahim has been sacked by PKR, the Selangor Sultan has granted him consent to continue to serve as menteri besar, much to the frustration of both PKR and DAP.

As if that is not enough, Khalid can always exercise his power as the MB to replace exco members who do not support him, or bar PKR and DAP from using the state’s resources, among other things.

Under the state constitution, the party-less Khalid can still be BN unless a motion of no confidence is tabled against him in the state legislative assembly, or PKR and DAP can prove to the Sultan that Khalid has lost the support of half the elected reps. However, the state assembly will only convene in November, while both parties have yet to secure more than half of elected reps’ support. (more…)

After ‘Allah’ ban, Sabah Christians demand return of religious freedom

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Sabah Christians are demanding that Putrajaya return their religious freedom to them, after the Federal Court ruled against the Catholic Church in using ‘Allah’ in its weekly, Herald. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 9, 2014.TMI

Sabah Christians, declaring that their faith is under siege, want Putrajaya to return their religious freedom to them, following the Federal Court ruling in June denying the Catholic church leave to appeal against the “Allah” ban on its weekly, Herald.

Continuing their “mamangkis” war cry against the threat to their Christian faith, they deemed the Allah ban an attack against the people’s constitutional right to practise their religion without hindrance.

At the launch of the mamangkis gathering in Papar today, Sabah Catholic archbishop John Wong said the nation was being confronted with an unprecedented threat to the Christian faith. (more…)

Game over! Khalid sacks all DAP, PKR excos

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khaild fired300Puteri Sabira

With the termination of all six excos, the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor has effectively collapsed.

SHAH ALAM: In a stunning showdown with Pakatan, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim sacked all DAP and PKR executive counsillors with the issuance of a termination letter to each of them.

The exco members terminated are Datuk Teng Chang Khim, V. Ganabatirau and Ean Yong Hian Wah from DAP and Elizabeth Wong, Dr Daroyah Alwi and Rodziah Ismail from PKR. (more…)

Will sultan’s decision backfire on Khalid?

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Stephen Ng

I beg to differ with most other people’s opinion, in that I believe today’s outcome from Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s meeting with the sultan of Selangor will only backfire on his credibility as a person even further.

The entire saga, seen from the eyes of the public, will also not reflect well on the menteri besar himself as the state leader and along with him, the people and the parties who are still trying to force their way to defend the post.

In my opinion, he is simply being played out by his own craze for power or unless there are still jobs left undone, which we may only be able to discover in months to come. (more…)

MB fracas a case of pots and kettles calling each other black

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Hazlan Zakaria

If there ever was an audition for a real life improvised sketch to demonstrate the saying that “two wrongs do not make a right”, the Selangor MB fracas between independent Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his former party PKR is probably spot on to claim the role.

Something that is true for Khalid’s reactions to the provocations against him, as well as PKR’s political intrigues in the matter and indeed the responses from fellow Pakatan Rakyat parties PAS and DAP to the fracas.

This was probably illustrated perfectly by two friends and former colleagues who wrote on the matter, almost in concert in opposite of each other. One in a nuanced opinion piece for a news portal and another on a strident status published on social media. (more…)

In Selangor impasse, is PAS spoiling to be kicked out of PR?

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PKR and DAP leaders with the sacked Selangor exco members yesterday. The Pakatan Rakyat coalition is set to implode if the third partner – PAS – refuses to back the other two parties in the ongoing Selangor menteri besar saga. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 13, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang needs a big favour from PKR and DAP. One last favour.

He needs their leaders to conclude that they have reached a point of no return with him and his hardliners and cut all remaining ties with PAS.

In short, the PAS president needs his one-time political allies to kick the Islamist party out of Pakatan Rakyat (PR). (more…)

Expert says MB has no power to sack exco

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Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim does not have the power to sack state executive council members with “immediate effect”, says law professor Gurdial Singh Nijar.

This, Gurdial said, is because the exco members hold their office at the pleasure of the Selangor ruler, as stipulated in Article 53(7) of the state constitution.

“First, only the sultan can dismiss the exco members. The menteri besar can recommend, but the recommendation may or may not be accepted. (more…)

PAS rep urges party to join Pakatan against MB

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A Selangor PAS elected representative tonight became the first of the 15 in the party to take a stand against Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Hulu Kelang assemblyperson Saari Sungib, however, stressed that the stand he is taking is to “side with Pakatan Rakyat”.

“Two (out of three) Pakatan parties have taken a stand to reject Khalid. I feel that this is a reasonable stand to take and PAS should take the same stand,” Saari told Malaysiakini. (more…)

August 12, 2014

NCR ruling is ‘head intact, body from waist severed’

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The judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Chung in a packed courtroom on Friday Aug 8 at the Bintulu High Court was received with mixed feelings by the people of Long Bangan in the district of Belaga. They consider the judgment as ‘head we get but the body from waist to toes was severed’ and given to aliens.

The judge held that only the cultivated land also known as ‘temuda’ created before Jan 1, 1958, which the plaintiffs had successfully proven, can constitute native customary rights (NCR) land. Although the judge did not specifically mention that pulau galau (reserved forest) and pemakai menoa(longhouse territorial domain) did not form an integral part of NCR land, he omitted discussing the issue. (more…)

Expert: A pity S’gor ruler didn’t end MB debacle

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It is a pity that the Selangor palace did not end the confusion on the status of the state menteri besar, said constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari today.

He was commenting on the ruler giving his consent to Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to continue as menteri besar despite the latter being sacked by PKR.

Aziz said Selangor ruler Sharafuddin Idris Shah could have asked for Khalid’s claim that he still commands majority support in the state assembly to be put to test. (more…)

What Khalid sacking means in law

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Gurdial Singh Nijar

The sacking of Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from membership of his own political party – PKR – has brought to the forefront several constitutional issues.

First, the MB was appointed from the party – or in this case a coalition of parties (Pakatan Rakyat) – on the basis that he commanded the confidence of the majority of the coalition. If this ‘command of the confidence’ is clear then, by convention, the sultan is obliged to appoint such a person as the MB.

By the same token, if the extant MB ceases to command the confidence of his coalition party, then he can no longer continue to remain as MB. He must resign, failing which he may be removed by the sultan in the exercise of powers under exceptional circumstances. (more…)

Most Selangor Pakatan reps have signed sworn statements backing Wan Azizah for MB

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THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERIt is understood that at least 32 Selangor assemblymen from Pakatan Rakyat have backed Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the Menteri Besar post. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 12, 2014.

At least 32 Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) assemblymen have signed sworn statements citing their loss of confidence in Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and pledging support for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to take over as the Selangor Menteri Besar.

All 15 DAP, four PAS and 13 PKR reps have signed the statements in support of Dr Wan Azizah, raising serious questions on Khalid’s assertion before the Sultan of Selangor yesterday that he has the support of the majority of the state assembly.

Sources from DAP and PAS also told The Malaysian Insider that with the sworn statements, it is puzzling how Khalid still claimed to have the majority support of the assemblymen. There are 56 seats in the legislative assembly. (more…)

S’gor crisis will determine if Pakatan a serious contender for Putrajaya

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KhalidKhoo Kay Peng

The way Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim acted in defiance against his party’s directive to step down and the personal attacks mounted by his party leaders against him are embarrassing and damaging to both parties.

It is an obvious act of disrespect to the people of Selangor, especially to the voters who had supported Pakatan Rakyat overwhelmingly in the last two general elections.

The episode, which is slowly turning into a tardy soap opera, reflects a lack of understanding of the electoral process. Public office is not a private property and hereditary right. To a person assuming a public office, it comes with a duty to serve the public and the state. (more…)

Both sides must show their numbers in Selangor

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Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim with the sultan of Selangor yesterday. Khalid says he has been asked to stay on as the menteri besar by the sultan because he has the support of the state assembly. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 11, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Today, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that he has been asked to stay on as the menteri besar of Selangor by the sultan because he has the support of the state assembly.

Did he show the sultan any legal proof of this so-called support? Did the sultan just accept a simple assertion as the truth?

Show us your numbers.

PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and other leaders say that the majority of the 56 seat assembly have no confidence in Khalid and want him removed as the MB. Is this a fact or spin? (more…)

As crisis deepens, could Azmin enter the fray?

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As the crisis deepens over the Selangor menteri besar position, the chances of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, who has long eyed the post, might still be alive despite his party nominating Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as their new MB candidate.

Azmin, who has had been one of the earliest critics of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s administration, could still have PAS’ backing to become the new MB.

This is following revelations that PAS is ready to withdraw its support for Khalid to stay on as MB – but while requesting for PKR to submit a different name as MB candidate. (more…)

Selangor without government after Khalid’s sacking, says law expert

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A view of the Selangor state secretariat building (left) which houses the office of the Menteri Besar, in Shah Alam. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 11, 2014.MD IZWAN

As the Selangor Sultan meets with his advisors today to deliberate on the menteri besar issue, the reality of Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s sacking from PKR is that it has rendered the state without a functioning government, warned a constitutional law expert.<

Dr Abdul Aziz Bari said the executive councillors have ceased to function with Khalid’s expulsion from PKR, likening the situation to the dismissal or resignation of a prime minister.

“According to the law, when a menteri besar – similar to a prime minister – is dismissed, so is his exco or cabinet,” Aziz told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

Malaysia’s education: Can it get worse?

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A significant number of parents have opted to send their children to international schools where standards are higherLim Teck Ghee

In the past few months, we have had a stream of negative news focusing on our educational institutions and system. The latest, relating to the forced dismissal of a university academic from his position as director of a research centre in Universiti Malaya, has led to Tun Musa Hitam lending his voice to the demand by many quarters for the Education Ministry to investigate the allegation of political interference in the running of the university and to clarify the matter to the public.

According to the former deputy prime minister, the government should not be defensive and “bash” those who criticise it, nor should it keep silent over these accusations. (more…)

Khalid must resign and stop the drama in Selangor

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Tan Eng Bee

With the sacking of Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from PKR and the sultan’s consent to allow him to continue as menteri besar in the short term, the stage is set for a showdown in the state political arena which will affect directly the state of Selangor and indirectly the nation.

Though the decision to sack Khalid will pave the way for his eventual resignation, Khalid is adamant in not wanting to resign and leave gracefully.

Selangor is once again a battleground for political greats wanting their respective objectives fulfilled. (more…)

Name those who support you, Ambiga urges MB

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Former Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan has called on Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to name those who support him.

This is in response to Khalid’s announcement that Selangor’s Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah consented to Khalid staying on as MB.

“Tan Sri, in the interests of the people of Selangor, please name those in the (state legislative) assembly whose support you say you have,” she said in a tweet to Khalid. (more…)

‘Check!’ Embattled MB Khalid tells Anwar

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(From left): Khalid and AnwarHazlan Zakaria

Malaysia’s first independent state chief executive, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, pulled off a master move in his chess game against PKR today when he secured the support of the Selangor Sultan for him to remain in office despite being sacked by the party.

It would seem that PKR’s strategic director is not the only grandmaster with political strategies flowing out of his pores, as Khalid, who admitted that he is no true-blue politician, seems to be quite adroit and adept at it too despite playing catch-up.

This throws a spanner in the works of plans by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to replace Khalid with his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, with him busy going around getting the support of Pakatan allies DAP and PAS in forcing Khalid to step down. (more…)

August 11, 2014

What’s up, Pakatan?

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Datuk Saifuddin NasutionSHAHANAAZ HABIB

PKR is going all out to remove Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as the Selangor MB. But PAS one of its key partners in Pakatan Rakyat is opposing the move to replace Khalid with Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is the PKR president and newly elected Kajang assemblyman.

On Saturday, PKR sacked Khalid from the party. In this interview with The Star, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution gives the party’s reasons why Khalid must go even if this causes friction in Pakatan with PKR and DAP on one side and PAS on the other. He is certain that if Khalid remains as MB, Pakatan will lose the state in the next general election.

Below is the full interview: (more…)

Anti-dam protesters dig in at blockades as leave deadline passes

Natives protesting against the Baram dam and manning the blockade at Long Kesseh rest outside their quarters during a break in their watch. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 7, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Natives protesting against the Baram dam and manning the blockade at Long Kesseh rest outside their quarters during a break in their watch.

Natives protesting against the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam have begun to fortify their positions at the blockades they set up to thwart its construction as the deadline for them to leave the area lapsed on Sunday.

Despite rumours that “the police and forest officers are coming” to dismantle the blockades, the number of people manning it has reportedly increased tenfold from the usual 10 to more than 100.

“We are not in favour of violence but we will do all it takes to defend our land,” Peter Kallang, chairman of Save Sarawak Rivers Network, or known as Save Rivers, told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

In Islamic activism rethink, violence or democracy?

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Amika Wardana

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), what is now self-proclaimed as the Islamic State (IS), has sparked wide public attention, particularly after the release of a video that went viral on the Internet calling on Indonesian jihadists and sympathizers to join the cause.

For Muslim activists in Indonesia the recent development ignites a contemporary dilemma related to their strategies to achieve the goal to (re-)Islamise society. They will be forced to choose between exercising violence, both physical and psychological, as successfully exemplified, at least temporary, by Isil, or adopting a democratic way through participation in the country’s political system, which has given them rather unsatisfying results so far — at least since the 1998 reforms. (more…)

When even RM12,000 a month isn’t enough to get by in Malaysia

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A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, December 29, 2013.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER TEAM

A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner.

How much does it take to have a decent life in Malaysia? That has been the top question in the country in the past few years and a greater concern in 2014 as electricity rates and transport costs go up and subsidies go down.

While Putrajaya talks up proposals to help the people mitigate rising prices with cost of living labs and possibly even more targeted subsidies, most Malaysians are looking at the prospect of expenditure exceeding their monthly salaries.

One of them is Caroline Wong, who believes her combined household income of RM12,000 is not enough to sustain a living in Penang, famed for its beaches as much as it electronics manufacturing sector. (more…)

A tale of two Pakatan mentri besar

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Koon Yew Yin

When the political history of Malaysia for this period is written I am sure that special attention will be given to the role of two state political chiefs – the Mentri Besar of Selangor, Khalid Ibrahim and his Pakatan counterpart in Perak, Nizar Jamaludin and their role in handling the political crisis that emerged during their tenure.

Firstly it should be noted that both Mentri Besar helped make political history in that they and their Pakatan Rakyat colleagues captured power in the two prized states from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Secondly, much was expected of them in not only providing leadership that would be a change from the corrupt and anaemic state governments that preceded them but also in helping the coalition government of Pakatan become a serious contender for national power. (more…)

August 10, 2014

Will DAP hand Selangor to Umno

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DAP002Roslan Bistamam

If all the current Exco members resign, Khalid may have to offer their jobs to Umno.

DAP’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting today will most likely discuss Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s sacking from PKR. The only course of action open to DAP would be for its three Exco members to resign because it is untenable for them to serve under a non-Pakatan Rakyat Menteri Besar.

We can expect the same from the three PKR Exco members. And if PKR and DAP put pressure on PAS, then the four PAS Exco members may also resign. (more…)

Khalid still has MB job, but near impossible to work

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The Selangor state secretariat building in Shah Alam which houses the office of the Menteri Besar. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's sacking from PKR yesterday means it is impossible for him to play his role. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 10, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

The Selangor state secretariat building in Shah Alam which houses the office of the Menteri Besar. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s sacking from PKR yesterday means it is impossible for him to play his role.

Legally, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is still the Selangor Menteri Besar despite PKR’s decision to sack him from the party yesterday. But it will be almost impossible for him to function as the state’s chief executive.

Analysts and politicians say this is because PKR’s decision yesterday has taken away all political and moral authority for Khalid to govern.

But yesterday’s quick and unanimous decision would not just impact Khalid. (more…)

Will Khalid dissolve the assembly tomorrow?

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Mkini

Following the sacking of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from PKR, the burning question is what’s next for the now party-less Selangor menteri besar.

Lawyer and constitution expert Syahredzan Johan said Abdul Khalid’s sacking has no bearing on his position as menteri besar as long as he continues to command majority support in the state assembly.

Therefore it is expected in the next few days, Pakatan Rakyat will move to win over its 43 state assemblypersons, including Abdul Khalid’s loyalists.

When Pakatan is confident it has the numbers to oust Abdul Khalid, Syahredzan said one option is to move a motion of no confidence against the menteri besar in the state assembly. (more…)

Don’t expect sacked Khalid to go down without a fight

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Hazlan Zakaria

The Selangor MB saga took another dramatic turn today when the PKR leadership council sacked Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from the party.

News portals started reporting news of Khalid’s sacking at about 6pm just as the PKR meeting ended.

So why was Khalid sacked? Because he refused to step down as the state’s chief executive officer, as the top reasoning went.

The decision to sack the MB was said to be unanimous after the three-hour meeting which was attended by all members of the party’s leadership council except Khalid. (more…)

Keep sultan out, let state reps decide

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WONG CHIN HUAT

In resolving any crisis, we must bear in mind the bigger picture so that we will not create a bigger crisis in resolving a smaller one. We must understand how the system works and not to miss the wood for the trees because of our indulgence in technicalities.

In the brewing Selangor MB crisis, we must then ask: what is our political system? What should we aim to protect in resolving the crisis, as institutions should not be simply bended just to keep or sack a person.

The answer to the first question is that we are a parliamentarian system by virtue of being a constitutional monarchy. The answers to the second question then become very clear too: (more…)

Drive to get all S’gor Pakatan reps to sign pledge

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Kow Gah Chie

PKR is seeking all 43 Pakatan Rakyat elected state representatives in Selangor to pledge that they have lost confidence in Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s leadership.

The move spearheaded by Selangor PKR is aimed at ousting Khalid, who has been adamant in holding on to his post, said Selayang MP and PKR treasurer William Leong.

All PKR assemblypersons in Selangor have been instructed to sign a statutory declaration swearing that they have lost confidence in Khalid and will back Kajang assemblyperson Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new MB.

“This was announced by Selangor PKR deputy chief Zuraida Kamaruddin when she chaired a meeting (two days ago),” said the lawyer, who drafted the statutory declaration with the help of a few party colleagues. (more…)

Khalid’s sacking reminds Wan Azizah of 1998

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Wan Azizah at the ceramah tonight in Shah Alam, explaining how she would be able to take on the role of Selangor MB. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, August 9, 2014.ANISAH SHUKRY

Wan Azizah at the ceramah tonight in Shah Alam, explaining how she would be able to take on the role of Selangor MB.

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s expulsion from PKR today has brought back painful memories for party president Datuk Sri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who told residents of Shah Alam tonight that she was reminded of her own husband’s sacking in 1998.

“I was asking myself, and I was thinking back to the year 1998, when my husband (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) was sacked after Independence on August 31, which triggered a political situation which I would never have imagined,” said Dr Wan Azizah in a ceramah tonight.“In September, 1998, I could not sleep. Our house was besieged, surrounded three times. We went through that, and the rakyat rose up to fight the injustice. I came forward to demand justice.”Anwar was fired as deputy prime minister from the Mahathir government on September 2, 1998 after a fall-out and accusations of abusing power plus a sodomy charge.  A day later, the Umno supreme council met and sacked Anwar from the party.

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What is a leader without his followers or supporters?

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How does one become the head of a government? And when one does, does one forget the people who supported you and voted you into public office?

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (pic), the beleaguered incumbent Selangor Menteri Besar, believes that state government matters are separate from the party and he does not need to explain his actions to the party or rather, he is beyond the party’s scrutiny.

So, who is he answerable to? To the state ruler? To the people who elected him directly in Port Klang or to the people who voted for his Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition or to those who had confidence in him as menteri besar? (more…)

Khalid has to give up post, it’s not heirloom, says ex-Selangor MB

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Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib told embattled Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that he should let go of his position as MB as he had been rejected by his party. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 9, 2014.MD IZWAN

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has to step down as Selangor menteri besar (MB) as he has been rejected by his party, said former MB Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

“I feel that when PKR has made a decision to remove him, he (Khalid) should obey.

“Conventionally, that is the understanding in a coalition,” Muhammad, who is also known as Mat Taib, told The Malaysian Insider.

He was the Selangor MB from August 1986 to April 1997 when he was still with Umno. He joined PAS before the 13th general election last year. (more…)

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