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September 26, 2014

Pakatan, like Umno, is irrelevant in Sarawak

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Jimmy Adit

West Malaysian politics has gone haywire and Sarawakians are watching and fast learning how dirty their politics is.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a bitter man who is disappointed with many things.

Perhaps he is also disappointed at himself because he is no longer leading the country. And it is clear that he is more disappointed by what he sees as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s inability to empower the Malays. Enough.

He wants Najib and Umno to empower the Malays more than PKR and PAS can.

If he (Dr M) were Najib, Umno would not be at such a low and the Malays reduced to enthusiastic beneficiaries of largesse and alms like BR1M. (more…)

Anwar wants Azmin out

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Azmin-lagiRoslan Bistamam

The PKR supremo is laying the groundwork for a vote of no confidence.

The talk in social media is that Anwar Ibrahim had planned for Azmin Ali to be appointed the Selangor MB all along and that Wan Azizah Ismail’s nomination was merely to camouflage his real intentions.

That is probably wishful thinking on the part of the Pakatan Rakyat supporters in denial mode, who cannot accept the fact that Anwar failed to get his way with the palace. (more…)

Only Utusan has total freedom, says Marina Mahathir

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Activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir today said only Utusan has the freedom to stir things up. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 25, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir today took a dig at Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia, saying that the daily enjoys absolute freedom unlike other newspapers which do not have such a privilege.

“Utusan has the freedom to stir up things,” said the eldest daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in her speech at the International Malaysia Law Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

She was speaking at a session titled “Freedom from Fear – Is it a Basic Human Right?” when she made the reference to Utusan Malaysia, which had been slapped with numerous suits for its reports. (more…)

Taibs Get RM150m Contract For Museum About Themselves!

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Taibs Get RM150m Contract For Museum About Themselves!

Sarawak Report

Fresh from his lavish ‘Birthday Celebration’ the vainglorious Governor and de facto Sarawak ruler, Taib Mahmud, has sanctioned the construction of a new museum, dedicated to himself.

As the Borneo Post explained it:

 “the museum will showcase the sacrifices of past and present leaders of Sarawak, including all heads of state and chief ministers…… especially Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud”.

After all, Taib has been in office all of the 50 years since independence, 33 of them as Chief Minister. (more…)

September 25, 2014

Sarawak PKR chief says it too, Azmin’s appointment flawed

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

The appointment of Mohamed Azmin Ali as the 15th Menteri Besar of Selangor “appears not to have been in accordance with the legal provisions”, Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) said today, echoing the view of constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas.

Thomas, who spoke at the International Malaysia Law Conference in Kuala Lumpur had said that the appointment was flawed as it went through a selection process.

Baru said though he noted “there has been some give and take from all parties involved” to break the impasse in the state’s menteri besar crisis, he hoped that it would not create a precedent in future. (more…)

The Ibans: Party loyalists with giant-sized egos

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Jimmy adit

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a frustrated man. He is frustrated because the Malays – of course he means the West Malaysian Malays – have not responded proactively to his race-based affirmative programmes as per the New Economic Policy that was started in 1971.

He defended the policy throughout his tenure as prime minister from 1983 to 2003 because he strongly believed that it was key to narrowing the socio-economic gap between the largely urban Chinese and the rural Malays.

But today the socio-economic divide probably frightens the former prime minister because if he isn’t he would not be damning the Malays, describing them as lazy and dishonest. (more…)

Azmin’s appointment as Selangor MB is flawed, says lawyer

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Azmin’s appointment as Selangor menteri besar is flawed as he went through a selection process, says constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 24, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Azmin’s appointment as Selangor menteri besar is flawed as he went through a selection process, says constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas.

The appointment of Mohamed Azmin Ali as Selangor menteri besar (MB) was flawed as he went through a selection process, constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas told the International Malaysia Law Conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

“What happened in Selangor was absolutely wrong,” the lawyer said in reply to a question from the floor.

About 700 delegates, including foreigners, are attending the three-day meeting organised by the Malaysian Bar. (more…)

‘Reform constitution to avoid future MB crisis’

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Mkini

A day after Azmin Ali was sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar following a protracted saga, a PKR leader has asked him to ensure that such a crisis does not recur.

To avert such situations in future, PKR supreme council member Gooi Hsiao Leung said Azmin must include “constitutional reform” on his list of important issues to tackle.

The Alor Setar MP said the state constitution must better define the role of constitutional monarchy in order to avoid “confusion” that has reigned during the crisis. (more…)

Khalid departs with two indelible black marks

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khalidKoon Yew Yin

Refusing to step down and refusing to speak up against gender inequality has tainted Khalid’s time as the MB.

The inevitable exit of Khalid Ibrahim from the Selangor Menteri Besar’s (MB) post marks the end of a turbulent and sorry phase in our country’s political history.

In his last official address, the outgoing political leader told his audience of state civil servants to ignore the political drama and to let politicians do war with one another. He also stated that their drama will eventually become a joke.

Perhaps Khalid was not aware of the supreme irony of his statements. The consensus of informed judgement among non-politicians as well as from professionals in the legal fraternity including from academia is that it was Khalid himself who brought about the needless drama. Many will also see Khalid as the biggest joker as well as the principle villain in this wayang kulit. (more…)

Make interfaith dialogue about the common good, not heaven or hell, forum told

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PAS Research Centre executive director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad says dialogues between people of different faiths is the way to debunk the paranoia and siege mentality held by some religions. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 25, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

PAS Research Centre executive director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad says dialogues between people of different faiths is the way to debunk the paranoia and siege mentality held by some religions.

Muslims and followers of all religions must engage with each other, not to discuss who goes to heaven or hell, but on common issues that concern all citizens, a PAS leader said at an interfaith forum.

Dialogue between people of different faiths is the way to debunk the paranoia and siege mentality held by some religions, which are counter-productive to nation-building, said PAS Research Centre executive director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad. (more…)

A dangerous precedent in Selangor

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P GUNASEGARAM

Most legal authorities and previous judgments on such issues are clear on one thing – the sultan/governor/Agong must choose the candidate who is most likely to command the support of the majority of the state assembly or Parliament for the post of menteri besar/chief minister/prime minister.

And where it is clear that a single candidate commands that majority support, there is no need for the titular head of state to ask for any other names to be nominated but he has to follow the constitutional duty of endorsing the candidate who legally commands the majority support.

This is what a constitutional monarchy is about, where the the head of state lies above politics, does not interfere in the administration of the state, and whose only role here is an important, non-partisan one of ensuring the person who commands the support of the majority of the assembly is the chosen one. (more…)

What Westminster system discretion means

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Abdul Aziz Bar

Given what has happened in Selangor, it is perhaps instructive for us to go through the law and practice that regulate the appointment of, as well as the change in, a government.

Both the federal and state levels of government in Malaysia practice the Westminster mode of governance. As some of the states in the federation do not have hereditary monarchs, we actually have some little republics – namely Malacca, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak – within the same system.

Such is indeed an interesting subject for study. That, notwithstanding the powers given to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the rulers and the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, when it comes to appointing government, are actually the same. (more…)

Expert: Even Queen Elizabeth can’t choose PM

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Mkini

No ruler, not even Queen Elizabeth II, has the power to select the prime minister under the Westminster parliamentary system, says senior lawyer Tommy Thomas.

Using the British political crisis in 1990 and 1991 as an example, Thomas said, the Conservative Party wanted to get rid of Margaret Thatcher and John Major was appointed to replace her to lead the party.

And still, the ruler did not intervene and appointed Major as the next prime minister. (more…)

Can Najib continue to be wishy-washy on IS in the UN?

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Ng Kee Seng

The United States (US) and partner nations are carrying out the first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria, the Pentagon announced in Washington today.

With ongoing operations, the air strikes mark the opening of a new, far more complicated front in a battle against the militants, Reuters reported.

The Pentagon has confirmed that the US and unspecified partner nations were carrying out the first air strikes against IS targets in Syria, opening up a new, more complicated front against the militants. (more…)

‘Constitutional matters should be settled quickly’

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Mkini

Senior lawyer and constitutional expert, Cyrus Das has proposed that there be direct access for constitutional matters to be referred directly to the Federal Court.

He says this is practised in India where they have specialised constitutional courts to handle controversial cases.

At present, cases are filed at the High Court and they have to progressively make their way to the Court of Appeal and then the Federal Court, which is the apex court.

This is a process which could take several years. (more…)

September 24, 2014

A judge who deserves our contempt

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Mariam Mokhtar

In his latest attack on the non-Malays, former Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad disputed the role of the non-Malays in gaining independence for Malaya. He alleged that the Malays were the only people who demanded, and truly fought for the country’s independence.

Why did Hamid encapsulate centuries of history into one sentence and denigrate the non-Malays? What is his real reason for making this remark?

Perhaps, the answer lies in the Malay youth. Forget the thuggish Mat Rempits or the pampered offspring of royalty, including the children of the nouveau royalty – the Umno-Baruputra élite. They only demand more of the excesses to which they have been accustomed. They have no boundaries in life. They are not like ordinary people, who have to work for a living. (more…)

Anwar latest target of sedition dragnet

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Mkini

The Sedition Act crackdown continues with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim being the latest to be investigated over remarks uttered three years ago.

According to PKR legal adviser Latheefa Koya, the probe concerns a speech he delivered during a political rally in Gombak.

Newly appointed Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali was also investigated over the same issue.

“Azmin’s statement had already been taken in 2011, but looks like they (the police and the authorities) are re-opening the case,” said Latheefa . (more…)

Can ‘AA’ be pride of the rakyat?

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ZAKIAH KOYA

Before he was even named for the Selangor menteri besar post, many had questioned PKR deputy president Azmin Ali’s loyalty.

Would he remain loyal to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim after accepting the post? After all he had been chosen over party’s president and Anwar’s wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Many had also asked if power would feed Azmin’s greed when he is the menteri besar.

The problem with Azmin is his ‘Mr Arrogant’ style, the snobbish behaviour he tends to put on when he speaks to those who do not know him. Due to this, Azmin has never been much liked by those who meet him the first, second or third time. (more…)

With Azmin as MB, the failure of PKR’s Kajang Move, say analysts

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Rafizi Ramli, now the PKR vice-president, is the chief architect of the Kajang Move which sought to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim with Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 23, 2014.EILEEN NG

Rafizi Ramli, now the PKR vice-president, is the chief architect of the Kajang Move which sought to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim with Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

PKR’s “Kajang Move” has failed, say analysts, pointing out the complicated political manoeuvre was to remove Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and ensure his political foe Azmin Ali denied the top post in the country’s wealthiest state.

But that did not happen. (more…)

PAS reactionaries strike back

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BRIDGET WELSHB

With emotional outbursts, walkouts and contradictory statements, PAS’ 60th muktamar last week was more of a confrontation rather than a celebration.With the PAS president referring to the Islamic party’s Pakatan Rakyat partners as “minor enemies” and its members who stood with ally PKR as “lackeys”, it has become evident that PAS under the leadership of Abdul Hadi Awang appears to be no longer a party that can be trusted to listen to the people and work with other parties to bring change to Malaysia.

There is a sense of betrayal among the public, whose hopes have been dashed by a reactionary faction of conservative ulama within PAS who think they are the ‘chosen ones’ – many of whom who have acted in a manner that is neither in keeping with their religious values nor reflects wisdom. (more…)

Documentary tells of Penan struggle amid threat of deforestation

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TMI

A British filmmaker has released a documentary based on the life and trials of the Penan tribe in Sarawak, to coincide with the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations in New York.

The 30-minute video by Ross Harrison was released with the support of Swiss-based rainforest advocacy group Bruno Manser Fund, a strong critic of former Sarawak chief minister, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Harrison spent six weeks last year living with the Penang tribe in making the documentary, “Sunset Over Selungo”, named after a remote river in the state. (more…)

Affirming parliamentary democracy in Selangor

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Bersih 2.0

While we understand the regrettable difficulties experienced by all parties in dealing with the Selangor crisis, Bersih 2.0 reiterates our principled stand on the appointment of the Selangor Menteri Besar, that the head of government must be nominated by and accountable to the majority party/coalition support as per Westminster constitutional norms that underline our Constitution.

We maintain that the sanctity of Westminster parliamentary democracy, the very basis of constitutional monarchy, must be upheld at all times. The authority of the ruling party/coalition over the government must be firmly established to ensure responsible governments. (more…)

Sarawakians the poorest in Malaysia

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More than 100,000 register under the e-Kasih programme.

Going by the figures for the e-Kasih programme to combat poverty, Sarawak has taken over Sabah as the state with the largest number of poor people in Malaysia. More than 100,000 people registered under the programme so far this month.

The candid admission comes from the Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development, Fatimah Abdullah.

“A total of 102,549 people have since registered for the e-Kasih programme,” she said after chairing a meeting on the eradication of poverty here yesterday. (more…)

Adenan : See if teaching of Science, Mathematics in English a right move

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Georgette Tan

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem has called for resolutions on environmental education and whether the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English is a move in the right direction at the opening ceremony of the 16th International Organisation of Science and Technology Education (Ioste) Symposium Borneo 2014.

The symposium, which began yesterday and will run until this Saturday, focuses on the theme ‘Science and Technology Education (STE) for Sustainable Development, Citizen Empowerment and Societal Transformation’.

In his speech, read by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Promotion of Technical Education) Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Adenan encouraged delegates to share their experiences in teaching and learning Science and Mathematics in their own countries with the participants from 18 countries. (more…)

Life is set to Get So Tough (GST)

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GSTChristopher Fernandez

The stage is being set for a hard, harsh life for Malaysians.

Life for Malaysians is expected to get tougher once the Goods and Services Tax comes into effect in 2015.

If Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders would just send their scouts to conduct casual conversations with people like me, they will find that the going is already tough for many Malaysians.

While the government takes care of civil servants when the cost of living increases, those employed outside the public sector work long and hard for pittance. (more…)

September 23, 2014

An open letter to Azmin Ali, Menteri Besar of Selangor

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Mohamed Azmin Ali, the PKR deputy president, is expected to be sworn in as the new Selangor menteri besar today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 23, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Dear Azmin Ali,Selangor gets a new menteri besar today in you and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) gets to continue running the country’s wealthiest state after a messy nine months of politicking that has left people wondering why it even happened.

How different will you be from the previous occupant of the office in Shah Alam, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim?

You cut your teeth in politics, serving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from early in the PKR de facto chief’s political career, while Khalid has been a corporate man for most of his life and burst into the political limelight in the 2008 general election.

In the past six years, we have seen Khalid turn from political greenhorn to a man who shook his own party and coalition, sacked his allies, made deals after years of rejecting them, and hurt PR from the inside. (more…)

Selangor sailing into uncharted waters

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WONG CHIN HUAT

From 1959 till today, Selangor has been a state-level constitutional monarchy within the Federation of Malaysia.This mean its government is parliamentary: the voters elect the lawmakers, and the lawmakers – indirectly through political parties – nominate the head of government who then picks his/her executive team, all of whom are to be officially appointed by the head of state.

The parliamentary system therefore produces a “responsible government” by having the head of government and his/her government to the legislature, which has a fixed maximum term, and is in turn answerable to the voters.

In other words, there is a simple and straightforward chain of responsibility, between the voters, the voters, the lawmakers and the government. (more…)

PKR disappointed by palace’s treatment of Wan Azizah

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PKR has expressed extreme regret over the Selangor palace's treatment of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's nomination as Selangor menteri besar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 22, 2014.ANISAH SHUKRY

PKR has expressed extreme regret over the Selangor palace’s treatment of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s nomination as Selangor menteri besar.

PKR today said it felt “extreme regret” over the Selangor palace’s treatment of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s nomination as Selangor menteri besar (MB).

It said the palace’s ‎appointment of the new Selangor MB, Mohamed Azmin Ali, had tainted the constitutional monarch system and was not in line with the state constitution and the principle of parliamentary democracy. (more…)

Fixing our broken education system

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muridsekolahScott Ng

The good news is that the Education Ministry seems to be trying to replicate some of Finland’s policies.

Education has taken on many forms throughout the world, and there are diverse schools of thought on the form that is most effective. However, two countries seem to define the apex of education in the world – South Korea and Finland.

In a global education league table, measured by student performance in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) survey and many other studies, South Korea tops the charts. Finland, while it ranks fifth in the PISA survey, tops all European countries. Numbers 2, 3 and 4 are all Asian countries. (more…)

New party with new ideas but can it deliver?

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Ian McIntyre

As Pakatan Rakyat slugs it out over who should replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as the Selangor menteri besar, a small group of ex-grassroots leaders from the same alliance has quietly worked to form their own party.

Aptly, it is called the “People’s Alternative Party” (PAP), and the group decided to come into the open on the auspicious day of Sept 16 (Malaysia Day) to declare their existence.

Apparently, they have travelled throughout the country to seek support in the past eight months, and as a result, 25 relatively unknown individuals have come forward to join the pro-tem steering committee to form the backbone of the party. (more…)

Pakatan lacks team spirit to succeed!

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Pakatan Rakyat that came into being to contest the 12th General Election lacked team spirit and the three opposition parties that formed the pact were never team players. Their only common agenda was to defeat the Umno Baru/BN coalition. They had no long range goals and did not know what was in their minds.

It was easy to defeat the Umno Baru/BN coalition in 2008 as the people were already getting disgusted with the mismanagement and corruption practised by this national coalition which had been administering the government since the country achieved independence.

Having been too long in power they were over-confident and felt that power could never be taken away from them. In that eye-opener election they lost five states to the new grouping of PKR, PAS and DAP. That showed the extent of how the voters felt about the misadministration of the country by Umno Baru/BN. (more…)

There’s no need to leak exam papers and bleed students

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Jimmy Adit

Although Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) and Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers’ Union (KGBS) are worried that the leaked Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) papers could tarnish the image of teachers, parents in the state remain confident in the honesty and integrity of the local teaching community.

These parents speak highly of the state’s teachers, saying those whom they have the opportunity to work with have shown a high standard of professionalism.

“It just so happened that some people thought they could make money out of a bad act like stealing copies of the examination papers and selling these to students. These are people with criminal minds. Not many teachers have this sort of mentality,” says social worker and businessman Awang Reduan Awang Idi. (more…)

Farewell Khalid, it’s been a good show

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Radzi Razak

I first met Abdul Khalid Ibrahim during his 2008 general election campaign for the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat. And, honestly, I found him and his speech boring.

Many of the constituents ignored him as well since they were unable to comprehend his stuttered speech.

I was still a college student at that time, and was given five minutes to interview him. This changed my perception about the man.

Although I forgot what we talked about, I still remember that he was much clearer and more convincing during one-to-one meetings as compared to when speaking in front of a crowd. (more…)

Budget 2015 focuses on growth, cost of living

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Bernama

The 2015 Budget will focus on stimulating economic growth, improving the fiscal position and addressing rising cost of living, Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said.

He said the three aspects would be given priorities in the budget in line with the 6.3 percent economic growth recorded in the first six months of the year.

“The budget is not prepared on an ad hoc basis. We’ll ensure that there is continuity from the previous, current to future budgets. (more…)

‘Charge those distorting on formation of Malaysia’

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Dukau Papau

State Reform Party of Sabah (Star Sabah) supports the urging by senior Sarawak minister James Masing that those who distort facts on the formation of Malaysia be charged under the Sedition Act.

It is better to do this, instead of threatening to arrest Sabah and Sarawak nationalists who are fighting for their rights, Star Sabah leader Jeffrey Kitingan said yesterday.

“We support such proposals to charge those who distort history with sedition,” Jeffrey said when commenting on a statement made by Masing, who is land development minister and president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak, the second biggest party in the state. (more…)

A judge who deserves our contempt

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(Right): HamidMariam Mokhtar

In his latest attack on the non-Malays, former Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad disputed the role of the non-Malays in gaining independence for Malaya. He alleged that the Malays were the only people who demanded, and truly fought for the country’s independence.

Why did Hamid encapsulate centuries of history into one sentence and denigrate the non-Malays? What is his real reason for making this remark?

Perhaps, the answer lies in the Malay youth. Forget the thuggish Mat Rempits or the pampered offspring of royalty, including the children of the nouveau royalty – the Umno-Baruputra élite. They only demand more of the excesses to which they have been accustomed. They have no boundaries in life. They are not like ordinary people, who have to work for a living. (more…)

We unite, therefore we protest

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Khoo Ying Hooi

Lawyers don’t march every day. But if they march, then something must be very wrong. That was what the then-chairman of the Bar Council Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said during the “Walk for Justice” by the lawyers in 2007.

What Ambiga said was right. Unfortunately after seven years, lawyers once again have no option but to march again.

Why are people prepared to protest or march for a cause?

It is a question that has intrigued not only the academic community but also the general public.

The heart of every protest originates from grievances. It could be feelings of injustice, inequality or relative deprivation. (more…)

A big helping hand

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Cindy Lai

Retired politician ‘adopts’ 9 Penan students who may have to stop schooling as their parents are too poor

The plight of a group of Penan students who have to travel some 300km from the deep interior of Baram to a government boarding school in Marudi for their education has caught the attention of former Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim.

Going to school for these students entailed days of walking through jungle trails, bumpy rides in vans that have been converted into private taxis and ride down river in a passenger boat.

However, there is one insurmountable obstacle standing between them and schooling – money. (more…)

Follow Sarawak leaders in fighting for rights, Jeffrey tells Sabah BN

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Jeffrey Kitingan urges Sabah Barisan Nasional leaders to show more patriotism towards Sabah and Sabahans, instead of to Putrajaya. - The Malaysian Insider pic, September 21, 2014.MUZLIZA MUSTAFA

Sabah Umno leaders should emulate their Barisan Nasional (BN) colleagues in Sarawak who are doing a better job fighting for their state’s rights under their respective Malaysia Agreements, said the head of opposition Sabah State Reform Party (STAR) Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

He said it was time for Sabah Umno and BN leaders to “prove themselves as national patriots” by protecting the rights and interests of Sabah and Sabahans in accordance with the formation of Malaysia.

“Sabah Umno BN leaders have largely remained inelegantly silent on the basis of the formation of Malaysia. Those who have spoken are nothing more than parrots repeating the lines and the lies of the federal leaders,” Kitingan said in a statement today. (more…)

The Malay crab mentality

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

What have these states in common – Terengganu, Perak and Kedah? They were once opposition-held states, each with a PAS menteri besar (MB). Selangor which currently has a PKR MB, may soon follow.

The story of these states is one of betrayal, misplaced trust and missed opportunities. Events in these states showed that one person thought he was more important than his party, and worst of all, the people who elected him to office.

First, the story of tin, in Perak. Former PM Mahathir Mohamad attempted to corner the tin market on the London exchange in 1981, and because of one man’s folly, Perak, one of the richest states in Malaysia, became one of its poorest. (more…)

After MB impasse, snap polls could be death for Pakatan, say analysts

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While PAS may be wiped out in any snap polls in Selangor, DAP and PKR may also lose some seats if the Islamist party decides to contest in their seats. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 22, 2014.EILEEN NG

While PAS may be wiped out in any snap polls in Selangor, DAP and PKR may also lose some seats if the Islamist party decides to contest in their seats.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is in danger of not only losing Selangor in possible state polls, but of breaking up if PAS accepts the Selangor menteri besar (MB) post, analysts say.

If the Selangor Sultan does appoint a PAS assemblyman tomorrow, a snap election could be triggered by a no-confidence vote when the legislative assembly holds its next sitting in November. (more…)

September 22, 2014

Fair Land Sarawak’s legacy lives on

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Adenan (2nd from left) and Taib (3rd from left)Jimmy Adit

Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem do seem to click well in more ways than one.

If Taib is confident Adenan will continue with those development policies he had started when he was chief minister, it has to be because he has had the assurance of his successor.

So confident is he that, speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Tokuyama Polycrystalline Silicon Factory at Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) in Bintulu, Thursday, Taib said: “I can assure Tokuyama that we have taken our job very seriously, so seriously that you cannot see the difference between the government led by me and the government led by the new chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.” (more…)

UPSR leak arrests are swift, but what about ‘plugging’ the bigger leaks?

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V Shuman

If you have been following the news on the recent UPSR paper leaks, you would have noticed that our authorities had acted extremely swift and effectively in rounding up the suspects behind the fiasco.

To give credit where it’s due, the arrests are commendable, as the leaks had caused unnecessary headaches and pain to various groups of people, ranging from students to parents, as well as educationists.

However, looking at the photos being splashed in the media of the suspects being taken into custody or being remanded, you can be forgiven for mistaking them for hardcore criminals who had committed a series of gruesome murders. (more…)

Sisters wake up, stand up for your gender

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Wan-Azizah

Tota

Women hold up half the sky and Malaysian women have tremendous political power and clout.

I am not interested in the political circus being played out in Selangor over the appointment of the Menteri Besar. But I am concerned about the gender issue that has cropped up with regard to the candidacy of Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, the president of PKR, for the post of Menteri Besar of Selangor.

Many forces – defeated, discredited, disgraced and discarded politicians, misogynists, the corrupt, parasites with power and those living in sin – have all had their two-cent worth of say as to why Wan Azizah should not be appointed MB. (more…)

Muktamar fails to heal PAS, death knell for Pakatan

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Nigel Aw

As the veils came down yesterday on what could have been a significant 60th PAS muktamar for the Islamic party’s political expansion beyond its traditional east coast heartland, delegates were instead left with the real peril of Pakatan Rakyat’s disintegration that will threaten to undo its electoral inroads.

The historic muktamar, organised for the first time in Umno’s birthplace of Johor, was intended as a message to BN that its reign since independence is nigh.

Pakatan in the 2013 general election made unprecedented gains in the Umno fortress, gaining 18 seats in the 56-member state assembly, giving the state a real opposition for the first time. (more…)

PAS still shocked by Hadi’s ‘barua’ speech

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Koya

Before the muktamar, PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang had heated up the fire, and the water in the PAS cauldron over the Selangor menteri besar saga was already boiling.Then the muktamar started on Thursday. and just when they expected the hot water to jump out of the pot and scald the party, Hadi’s presidential speech seemed to have somewhat cooled things down.

What many do not know is that that the president’s speech had gone through many fire fighters before it was presented.

In fact, some parts were written by Erdogan factions, who had been at odds with Hadi, while the rest was written by other central committtee members. (more…)

Wan Azizah remains our sole choice for MB, says PKR

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TMI

PKR has dismissed all news and speculations that its de facto head Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has agreed or compromised on any other person to be the new Selangor Menteri Besar besides Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

In a statement today, party secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic) said the decision to have Dr Wan Azizah, who is PKR president and Kajang assembly member, as agreed upon at the political bureau meeting last week, has not changed.

He said any news that pre-supposes that Anwar has verbally agreed and has reached a compromise on any other person and other such news are inaccurate. (more…)

What if Wan Azizah becomes MB?

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wan azizahIskandar Dzulkarnain

The repercussions would be so great as to change the course of Malaysian politics permanently.

Malaysians, and not just Selangorians, are waiting with bated breath for the biggest news to hit the nation in recent times. Who will be the next Menteri Besar of Malaysia’s richest state?

Despite all the half-baked census, many people secretly harbour the wish that Wan Azizah should be given the coveted post, but sadly she has only a 33% chance. With so many negative vibes in the last few days that the post would go to a man, it may be even less. (more…)

‘Parliamentary democracy will collapse’

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Mkini

The parliamentary democracy system in Malaysia will “collapse” if the majority party is unable to choose its own nominee for the Selangor menteri besar position, warned electoral watchdog Bersih today.

Its chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said if an “unelected body” chooses the head of government, the nation’s future after the 14th general election will be uncertain.

“Bersih 2.0 calls upon all parties to respect the rules of the game, enshrined not only in the established Westminster constitutional conventions, but also explicitly in Selangor state constitution which stipulates that any assemblyperson must ‘command the confidence of the majority of the members of the assembly’. (more…)

Who commands majority support?

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GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR

From all accounts it appears that the Selangor palace has shortlisted three potential candidates for the post of the next Selangor menteri besar (MB), to bring to a close the crisis that has been raging for these several weeks past.

The question on everyone’s lips is, will the crisis be finally resolved?

More importantly, are we about to witness the reordering of the fundamental construct on which our Constitution is based?

These questions are raised in the context of the fact that none of the three candidates, on the face of it, have thus far been shown to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the legislative assembly. (more…)

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