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August 29, 2014

Barisan must own up to sedition charges against Pakatan, says DAP

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TMI

Barisan Nasional component parties and Cabinet ministers must be held accountable for the sedition charges being slapped on Pakatan Rakyat leaders, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said.

He said it was not just Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who must be held responsible for this “new despotism” in Malaysia.

“The BN component parties and leaders must either dissociate themselves from the democratic regressions or must be held whether as principals or as having aided and abetted in the New Despotism,” said Lim in a statement. (more…)

Sabah churches to skip N-Day celebrations

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Bob Teoh

Churches in Sabah are skipping this year’s National Day celebrations and are making Aug 31 a day of prayer to “Remember Sabah our homeland” instead.

The move to celebrate Sabah’s independence on this day 51 years ago is made on the wake of increasing unhappiness with Putrajaya over the ‘Allah’ issue and Islamisation, land rights and security issues, and the inundation of foreigners who have been given residence and citizenship, among the many issues confronting the Land Below the Wind. (more…)

August 28, 2014

Dr M only happy when ‘Dr Mahathir clone’ takes over Putrajaya, says Musa Hitam

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Tun Musa Hitam has shared his scathing assessment of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whom he says has never stopped feeling unhappy with any sitting leader since leaving public office in 2003.LEE SHI-IAN AND MD IZWAN

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not be satisfied until there is a clone of himself in the seat of power, says Tun Musa Hitam, in reference to the former prime minister’s latest outburst against the Najib administration.

Musa, who was deputy prime minister from 1981 to 1986, said Dr Mahathir had never stopped feeling unhappy with any sitting leader since leaving public office in 2003.

“He will only be satisfied if there is a Mahathir clone who becomes the top leader in Malaysia,” Musa told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview this week. (more…)

Sarawak’s logging roads can encircle the earth twice

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logging-460_885679cPamela Victor

A new study also shows Sarawak has only 11 per cent of primary forests left.

A shocking report from the Bruno Manser Fund shows the combined length of Sarawak’s primary logging roads is 88,111km, more than twice that of the Earth’s circumference.

The data which includes only primary logging and plantation roads was obtained from satellite images posted on the Bruno Manser Fund’s Sarawak Geoportal.

The satellite images also show the extent of deforestation in Sarawak, that has left the state with only 11 per cent of primary forest, a far cry from the 84 per cent the government claims remain in pristine condition. (more…)

Merdeka musings

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MERDEKA DAY 2012Chua Tong Ka

It is time we looked at the root causes of our frustration, disharmony and extremism.

In a few days, we will be celebrating yet another Hari Merdeka.

As I contemplate this event, I can’t help but feel a sense of despondency over the state of this nation.

Behind the endless religious bigotry, racial intolerance, poor economic management, and political rivalry and shenanigans, is a tattered national ethos with flawed decision-making. (more…)

Sarawak wants higher oil royalty

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sarwakoil300Joe Fernandez

At the same time, Sarawak wants to participate in the oil and gas industry, “not just stand and stare”.

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has confirmed that he will seek an upward revision to the present 5 per cent oil royalty “to spur its development under the 12th Malaysia Plan”.

He disclosed that the Sarawak government was still engaged in talks with the Federal government and Petronas, the national oil corporation, on the quantum of increase.

“We are not satisfied with the present five per cent,” he reiterated in a statement after an Aidilfitri gathering in Sebuya near here yesterday. (more…)

Should the Agong decide the next PM?

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Wong Chin Huat

The question posed by the Selangor constitutional crisis to all Malaysians is not about who is the best candidate for Selangor, or even whether a woman can be a head of government, but this: should the head of state be given the power to pick the head of government?

Specifically, should the Yang di-Pertuan Agong be given the power to choose the next prime minister of Malaysia after the 14th general election (GE14)?

In the 13th general election (GE13), 51 percent of Malaysians found that their votes could not put their favourite prime ministerial candidate in power, as a result of the Election Commission’s amazing work in malapportionment and gerrymandering of constituencies. (more…)

No legal requirement to request for more names to appoint MB, say legal experts

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Pakatan Rakyat has submitted PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as candidate for the Selangor menteri besar, but the Selangor sultan has requested the submission of more names before a decision is made. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 27, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

The sultan of Selangor will be seen as acting outside the state constitution for requesting more names when it is clear that the majority of assemblymen support Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as menteri besar, constitutional law experts and a lawyer said.

The legal experts said Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders and its assemblymen had acted within the law in standing firm with Dr Wan Azizah as their only candidate.

Associate Professor Dr Azmi Sharom of the University of Malaya law faculty said the state constitution stated that the ruler shall appoint an MB, a member of the legislative assembly, who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority assemblymen. (more…)

Leave if you aren’t happy with Pakatan, Khalid Samad tells PAS members

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LEE SHI-IAN

PAS members who want the Islamist party to leave Pakatan Rakyat (PR) should leave the party, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said today.

Khalid (pic), who is a PAS central committee member, said if members felt that the party was better off without Pakatan, then they should leave and join Umno.

“Once these members leave, only then PAS will be able to become an effective member of Pakatan Rakyat,” Khalid told a press conference at his service centre in Shah Alam. (more…)

Palace gives PAS, DAP and PKR a week for more MB candidates

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Sultan Selangor's private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani said letters were sent to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to submit at least two more names for the menteri besar position. – The Malaysian Insider file pic,  August 27, 2014. LEE SHI-IAN

The Selangor palace has given the three Pakatan Rakyat component parties a week to submit at least two names for the position of menteri besar, the ruler’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani said today.

He said letters were sent to PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and they would have to reply by September 3.

PKR and DAP had earlier nominated Kajang assemblyman Wan Azizah, for the post.

On August 14, 29 assemblymen, including two from PAS signed statutory declarations in support of Dr Wan Azizah. (more…)

PAS to submit more than one name for Selangor MB

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PAS will stick to submitting more than one name for the Selangor menteri besar post, a decision that runs counter to the Pakatan Rakyat presidential council who has agreed to nominate only PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 27, 2014.DIYANA IBRAHIM

PAS is standing by its decision to submit more than one name for the Selangor menteri besar position, in defiance of the Pakatan Rakyat presidential council and its decision to nominate only Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the post.

‎PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said the party was bound to its central committee’s decision on August 17 to nominate two candidates.‎

“PAS’s stance to submit more than one name is a fact known to the public,” he told The Malaysian Insider today. (more…)

Straight-A student’s dreams crushed by cancelled scholarship

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James Sivalingam

Despite acing his A-levels, Jason Lee will not have the opportunity to receive an overseas JPA scholarship following the about-turn by the Education Ministry.

After forking out almost RM35,000 to pursue his A-Levels instead of STPM, Jason Lee was crushed to learn that the overseas JPA scholarships were non-existent.

Speaking exclusively to FMT, the former Chong Hwa High School student said that upon hearing that the Education Ministry was accepting scholarship applications for non-bursary students, that is, students who did not obtain 9A+ in their SPM results, he enrolled into Methodist College Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

State in crisis, nation in extremis

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Terence Netto

For Pakatan Rakyat the Khalid Ibrahim saga has become a rent garment – the more they fuss with it the worse the tear becomes.

The issue begs closure; regnant confusion in the Attorney-General’s Chambers over the distinction between legitimate criticism and seditious speech has now become the most ominous threat to fundamental liberties.

Pakatan Rakyat ought to be concerned with the latter menace. Unchecked, it will wipe out the gains the federal opposition has made since the seminal general election of March 2008. (more…)

August 27, 2014

NGO: MPOB colluding with palm oil firms

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak Natives Customary Rights Land Network (Tahabas) has accused Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) of not only of suppressing the rights of the native oil palm growers, but also protecting the giant oil palm companies in land disputes.

Tahabas said that the board sides with companies who “illegally” occupy native customary rights (NCR) land, some of which have been declared as such by the courts.

“The MPOB even accused them of being thieves because they do not have licence to sell fresh oil palm fruit bunches (FFB),” said Tahabas president Ramould Siew in a statement. (more…)

PKR, DAP sticking to Wan Azizah as sole MB candidate

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PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail remains the sole Selangor menteri besar candidate, say PKR and DAP today. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 26, 2014.TMI

PKR and DAP are standing by their decision to nominate only Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the Selangor menteri besar candidate, despite the Selangor Sultan’s decree that each party in Pakatan Rakyat submit three names to him.
They said the sultan had last year accepted Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as the sole candidate for the MB’s post, despite similarly requesting more than one nominee.

“Because of that, PKR and DAP uphold the sultan’s decree and will present Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah’s candidacy ‎for the sultan’s consideration, in line with the convention practised by PR in 2013, as she has the support of at least 30 assemblymen,” the two parties said in a joint statement today. (more…)

Nik Nazmi a Selangor MB candidate after sultan demands more names, says source

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PKR youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is said to be a possible third candidate for the post of Selangor menteri besar. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 27, 2014.ZULKIFLI SULONG

PKR and DAP might insist that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is their only choice as Selangor Menteri Besar but there is a growing belief that newly-elected youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad could take the post after the state ruler decreed that each party within Pakatan Rakyat (PR) propose more than two names for the post.

A PKR source said Nik Nazmi’s name surfaced as the third candidate – alongside party president Dr Wan Azizah and deputy president Azmin Ali – before the results of the PKR Youth elections were announced on August 21.

“Nik Nazmi is now the most senior ‎PKR member among the Selangor assemblymen after he won the position recently. So it is very fitting for him to be chosen as the third candidate,” a source told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

MB Khalid and MACC reach out-of-court settlement

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The suit filed by Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim against Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed and the government was settled out of court in Kuala Lumpur today.

Abdul Khalid had sued the two parties for allegedly implying that he had misused his position in his personal capacity and public office.

High Court Judge Hue Siew Kheng recorded the settlement in chambers in the presence of Senior Federal Counsel Zureen Elina Mohd Dom, who represented Abu Kassim and the government, and Abdul Khalid’s lawyer, K Muralidharan. (more…)

PAS nudges Pakatan to brink of destruction?

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Ram Anand

PAS’ statement yesterday that its party representatives would not sign statutory declarations supporting Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new Selangor menteri besar has once again ruffled feathers and caused unhappiness among its Pakatan Rakyat partners.

In a central committee meeting yesterday, PAS decided to leave the appointment to the Selangor ruler, dampening PKR’s ambition to present a strong case to the sultan to approve Wan Azizah.

Under increasing pressure from its conservative faction, and from PKR that had wanted the support letters, PAS chose the middle path and refrained from making any significant decisions. (more…)

What has happened to Rafizi Ramli?

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NATHANIEL TAN

Yesterday I likened Malaysian politics to acid that eats away at personal integrity.

Sadly, it seems to display the qualities of rabies as well, the symptoms of which include: anxiety, confusion, agitation, abnormal behavior, paranoia, terror, hallucinations, and delirium.

Nothing is sadder than seeing people with sincere hearts and great ideas eventually dragged down to and sullied by the muddy mire of politics.

I remember when Rafizi Ramli first left his career in Petronas and Pharmaniaga to join politics in the aftermath of the opposition’s sudden victory in GE 12. (more…)

Discretion of the monarch in choice of MB

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The resignation of Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (left) has partially resolved the question of who will helm the state. It remains to be seen who the sultan will appoint as Khalid's successor. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 26, 2014. state leader crisisGURDIAL SINGH NIJAR

The Selangor menteri besar imbroglio has been decisively solved by His Royal Highness, but only partially – with the resignation of the incumbent MB.

Resignation of the MB implies as well the resignation of the entire executive committee.

The question of dissolving the Selangor assembly and calling for snap elections is no longer a live issue.

All that remains now is for the sultan to appoint a new MB. (more…)

Who’s ‘qualified’ to be MB?

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menteri besar300Roslan Bistamam

Adat istiadat will be the guide to what will happen next.

Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim had an audience with the Sultan of Selangor and indicated that in light of the current developments he would like to tender his resignation.

The Sultan took note of Khalid’s request but deferred the acceptance of his resignation (meaning, did not accept the resignation yet) until a new MB has been decided.

According to the Articles of the Selangor State Constitution, the Sultan has the absolute powers to use his discretion in the appointment of an MB who in his opinion may most likely command the confidence or trust of the majority in the state assembly. (more…)

Sedition dragnet continues – Rayer is next

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DAP assemblyperson RSN Rayer, who incensed Umno with his “celaka” (damn), remark, is to be charged with sedition tomorrow.

According to DAP legal bureau head Gobind Singh Deo, the Seri Delima representative would be charged in a sessions court in Penang tomorrow.

“We believe it will be over the same matter for which he was to be charged earlier,” Gobind said in reference to the police probe into the “celaka” remark.

“Rayer received a call from the police this morning, asking him to be present in court tomorrow morning,” he added. (more…)

Pakatan a pact waiting to be torn asunder?

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Pakatan Rakyat came into being in 2008 consisting of three parties with very divergent goals. DAP was a long standing political party that was able to weather the Malaysian political storm and whose leaders had and have been consistently harassed, detained, arrested and charged numerous times with various offences, especially under the once infamous and draconian Internal Security Act. Now the Sedition Act is being used against them.

DAP stands for a secular state.

PAS was an offshoot of the original Umno religious wing. The group wanted to establish an Islamic state in Malaysia and currently hopes to implement the Islamic “hudud” law if it comes into power. (more…)

Royal twist dims Wan Azizah’s bid

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Malaysiakini Team

After the infamous ‘Kajang Move’ failed to install Anwar Ibrahim as the next Selangor menteri besar, PKR insisted that his wife and party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail helms the state.

Agreeing to this, DAP also threw its weight behind Wan Azizah while the Pakatan Rakyat leadership endorsed it later.

But PAS, which initially backed Wan Azizah and her deputy Azmin Ali, had yesterday refused to ink statutory declarations pledging support for the PKR president.

Amid intense criticism, PAS denied it had made a “U-turn” and chose to term its decision as a “roundabout” instead. (more…)

August 26, 2014

Heated PAS meeting as lawmakers snub Hadi’s choice for Selangor MB

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PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang faces objections from his own party men over his proposal that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali's name be submitted as a candidate for the Selangor Menteri Besar's post. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 26, 2014.AMIN ISKANDAR

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yesterday saw his own party men rebel against him when 13 of his Selangor assemblymen rejected his choice of Selangor menteri besar – PKR deputy president Azmin Ali – during a central committee meeting, a week after they decided on proposing two names for the job.

The meeting saw Hanipa Maidin, the Islamist party’s Sepang MP, and Hadi in a heated exchange over moves to get PAS support Azmin for the top state post over PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, said sources.

“There was tension as Hanipa questioned the move to support Azmin as 30 other lawmakers have already expressed support for Dr Wan Azizah. Hanipa wanted to know who else would support Azmin,” one source told The Malaysian Insider, adding no answer was given to that question. (more…)

Bruno Manser honoured on his 60th birthday

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Bruno Manser, who was Sarawak’s most wanted man in the 1990s  and went missing in the tropical rainforests inhabited by the Penan community in the Upper Baram area has been a rare honour.

A team of Swiss scientists have named two recently discovered  animal species in the tropical rainforests of Borneo after Manser.

The Natural History Museum of Berne, Switzerland, made the announcement today, on the occasion of Manser’s 60th birthday. (more…)

PAS MP to be charged with sedition

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PAS’s Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad is expected to be charged with sedition tomorrow, joining a growing list of opposition politicians facing the same.
It is believed that he will be charged over his remarks on the Selangor sultan and the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais).

“I am being called to go to court tomorrow. They are going to charge me under the Sedition Act,” he told reporters in Pandamaran tonight.

The MP was informed by the police via text message earlier this evening. (more…)

‘Islamisation’ of Christian bin, binti

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John Joseph

NRD has lost the files of 162 cases of Sabah Christians with “bin” and “binti” in their names classified as Islam in their MyKad.

The National Registration Department (NRD) has been urged to act quickly to dispel the notion that Islamisation of Christian bin and binti in Sabah was an unwritten “state policy”.

Upko Vice-President Siringan Gubat said that many people in Sabah are beginning to compare it with the illegal immigrant problem in the state which still hasn’t been settled. (more…)

Who will command ‘confidence of the majority’?

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GURDIAL SINGH NIJARThirty Selangor state assemblymen have declared their support for Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (seated, second left). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 25, 2014.

The Selangor Constitution obliges the Sultan to appoint as the menteri besar “a member of the State Legislative Assembly who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly”, according to Article 53(2)(a).

Thirty of the 56 members of the Assembly have already sworn on oath a declaration that they support Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. This constitutes 53.5% of the members of the Assembly – a clear majority, and in any event a majority that is higher than that which led the Sultan of Perak to appoint an MB on the basis that he commanded the majority.

This exercise of discretion was accepted by the Federal Court in the Perak case (Nizar v Zambry). (more…)

BN will win cheers but lose power, says Khairy

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Absolute loyalty is outdated and it is wrong to force civil servants to support the ruling Barisan Nasional, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Noting that his view would not be accepted by the “conservatives”, he pointed out there is no point in demanding support when it is just a charade that would not translate into votes.

“I don’t force anyone to support my party. Yes, of course, I would want them to support my party, but it is better for them to support it voluntarily.

“What is the use of asking them to cheer and brandish banners of support if it is all just an act?” he asked in a Facebook posting. (more…)

PKR fighting its own demons

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Mkini

PKR CONGRESS Probably for the first time in a PKR congress, the discussion was not about policies or about bashing the BN federal government as they have done so often in the past.

The three-day congress that concluded yesterday, if anything, reflects the tumultuous eight months that the party had gone through, pretty much since the onset of 2014.

Most of the discussions, be it from their senior leaders to their delegates, reflected the simmering tension within the party, probably encapsulated by de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s 40-minute speech in closing the congress, where he seemed to issue reprimand after reprimand to the party members. (more…)

Adenan misleading Sarawakians on oil royalty

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Joe Fernandez

DAP Sarawak says 20 per cent oil royalty and stakes in gas projects are two separate issues.

Sarawak DAP has warned the people that Chief Minister Adenan Satem is trying to pull wool over their eyes by linking a measly 10 per cent stake in various gas projects, the latest being in MLNG.4, with the 20 per cent oil royalty demand.

Sarawak DAP Chief and DAP National vice-chairman Chong Chieng Jen urged Adenan to come clean on his recent talks with Petronas on the oil issue.

“The 20 per cent oil royalty and the stakes in gas projects are separate issues,” said Chong. (more…)

Grief and relief

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DEAN JOHNS

As sincerely as we may all share in the collective sadness on Malaysia’s official day of mourning (Friday) for 20 of the victims of the MH17 atrocity, let us not let our tears blind us to the fact that our feelings are ever entirely altruistic.

Even the great ‘sentimentalist’ philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) conceded that the “sympathy” he saw as such a fundamental facet of human nature and binding force in human society seldom extends far beyond our perceived personal, local sectarian or other self-interests.

In all honesty, therefore, while feeling true compassion for the MH17 victims and their loved ones, we should acknowledge and forgive ourselves for the fact that our grief is accompanied by relief that it happened to them, not us. (more…)

What are the criteria for male MBs?

MARIAM MOKHTAR

Najib Abdul Razak’s latest slogan ‘Endless Possibilities’ only applies to men. In Najib’s Malaysia, women face ‘Endless Objections’. The latest victim is Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Her plan to become the first woman menteri besar for Selangor is being thwarted by Umno Baru and the critics in her own coalition.

In patriarchal Malaysia, women must prove themselves more than most men, and obstacles are deliberately put in their way. Many women know that if they put their minds to it, they can achieve whatever they desire. Have the people who question Wan Azizah’s suitability, applied the same rigorous standards to MBs in other states? Unsurprisingly, MBs in the opposition-held states of Selangor, and Penang are subjected to intense scrutiny. (more…)

Losing the best people in PKR

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Nathaniel Tan

If Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is a good man, why has there not been a single leader in his party who has stood up for him?

This is a reasonable question, given that in these last few months, literally not a single PKR top leader has come out to say: I support Khalid.

There are two very obvious potential scenarios that explain this state of affairs.

The first, propagated by the likes of Rafizi Ramli , is that Khalid is in fact corrupt, and all PKR leaders realise this truth. (more…)

August 25, 2014

Malaysians, just how much do your know about Asean?

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Cindi Loo

On the 47th Asean Day held in Malaysia on Aug 19, the Malaysian government or its representatives sitting on the Asean panel could have seized the opportunity to highlight promotions when the country takes over as chairman of the regional bloc next year.

Malaysia is about to embark on an important milestone of seeing the 10-member countries converging into a single market in the form of the Asean Economic Community by Dec 31, 2015, yet its immediate concern was that of an ill-informed group of Malaysian citizens who do not understand the true meaning of its place in the region.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin was quoted by Bernama as saying the government would implement aggressive outreach programmes to raise awareness among Malaysians after a survey showed that Malaysians have the lowest level of awareness on Asean among the member countries. (more…)

The reality and hyperbole of high-income Malaysia by 2020

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Government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala had said yesterday that the gross national income per capita had been climbing steadily. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 24, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala had said yesterday that the gross national income per capita had been climbing steadily.

According to government efficiency agency chief Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Malaysia is on track to achieve its high-income target of US$15,000 (RM47,414) by 2020, if not sooner, as a result of the policies under the National Transformation Programme (NTP).

That is like Manchester United football team coach Louis Van Gaal predicting his team will win the English Premier League this year as a result of his player buys and tactics. (more…)

Do Sabah and Sarawak really want to leave Malaysia?

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Prof James Chin believes that the movement for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia is real but disguises itself as secession is treason under the law. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 23, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Two prominent East Malaysian politicians have attempted to play down the desire expressed by some people for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia, but an academic and expert on the subject says the sentiment is fuelling an actual movement 51 years after the country was formed.

The politicians, Sarawak Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr James Masing and Sabah federal lawmaker Darell Leiking, claimed that the desire was more of a sentiment rather than an actual movement.

Leiking, who is Penampang MP, said the desire among young Sabahans for Sabah to secede is an accumulation of anger at how they have been treated by the Peninsula-based federal government. (more…)

Native Christians ‘converted’ by state policy

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Bob Teoh

When Juinah binti Paulus, a native Christian, went to the National Registration Department (NRD) to get her new identity card, the NRD changed her religious identity to Islam without her knowledge nor consent.

This is not unusual. Many native or bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak with bin (son of) or binti (daughter of) in their names, are automatically classified as Muslims in their identity cards, known as MyKad. Once this is done there is virtually no remedy, except to wait in an administrative purgatory.

Christians and non-Muslims consider this as backdoor conversion or “MyKad Islamisation”.

The NRD denies this is done as a government policy whenever it is confronted and put the blame on “technical glitches”. (more…)

Did Sarawak really negotiate oil, gas royalty hike?

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Dukau Papau

Has Chief Minister Adenan Satem failed in his effort to negotiate with Petronas for the 20% increase in oil and gas royalty?

The question was came from  Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen after reading Adenan’s  statement that the state has been offered 10% equity by Petronas in Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas 4 (MLNG 4).

In announcing the offer recently, Adenan (left) said that this was the result of the State’s negotiation with Petronas to hike up the oil and gas royalty to 20%

Chong who is MP for Bandar Kuching and State Assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa warned the chief minister not to link the 10% equity with the 20% increase in oil gas royalty that the State has been asking for. (more…)

In the battle for Umno’s soul, money talks louder, not Dr M

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THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERThere is a sense in Umno that every passing day brings them nearer to losing power. And, therefore, for many of the party's leaders what is most important is securing economic security for themselves. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 25, 2014.

One day soon, it will be remembered that the great Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – the slayer of deputy prime ministers and a prime minister – was finally defeated not by an individual but by RM.

Ringgit Malaysia.

The former prime minister’s biggest miscalculation in withdrawing his support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was in believing that Umno members are followers of men or ideals. Or that they are even concerned about the downward spiral of Malaysia.

They are not. And have not been for decades. (more…)

Don’t be ‘pound foolish’, DAP tells Adnan

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has been told not be ‘pennywise pound foolish’ by being veered from the 20 percent oil and gas royalty demand with the offer of 10 percent equity participation by Petronas in Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas 4 (MLNG 4).

In saying this, the Opposition leader of Sarawak, Chong Chieng Jen, advised the BN state government to hold firm to the unanimous decision of the Dewan Undangan Negeri in passing the resolution to press for 20 percent oil and gas royalty for Sarawak.

“The Sarawak Government should not be so content with the 10 percent share in MLNG 4 and treat it as a substitute for 20 percent oil and gas royalty,” said Chong,  the Sarawak DAP chief and the state assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa. (more…)

Kelantan by-election ‘a litmus test’ for Pakatan

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Mkini

Pakatan Rakyat needs to use the coming  by-election to prove that the coalition is still strong despite friction between PAS and PKR over the Selangor menteri besar crisis.

“The by-election is an important platform for Pakatan to recover its image in the eyes of the rakyat, especially in convincing them to stay with Pakatan,” Perak PAS Youth election director Mohd Fakhrulrazi Mohd Mokhtar said today. (more…)

Now ex-Perak MB Nizar faces criminal charges over 2012 speech

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V. ANBALAGAN

Former Perak menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (pic) will be charged with criminal defamation tomorrow for allegedly making disparaging remarks against Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the defence forces in 2012.His lawyer Fitri Asmuni said Nizar had been ordered to be present in a Sessions Court tomorrow morning.”The police issued a warrant of arrest against Nizar at the state PAS headquarters before a state Pakatan Rakyat (PR) meeting last Friday. He was instructed to be in court at 9am,” Fitri told The Malaysian Insider.Nizar is alleged to have committed the offence at Taman Desa Pakatan in Ipoh between 9pm and midnight on April 23, 2012.

The current state opposition leader is said to have made the remarks during the run-up to the 2013 general election campaign.

The arrest warrant stated that a report was made against Nizar’s speech by an officer identified only as Major General Datuk Abdul Aziz three days after the alleged incident. (more…)

August 22, 2014

‘Nothing to be proud of in Petronas’ 10pct offer’

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See Chee HowDukau Papau

Sarawak PKR today warned Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem that he should not be too happy to accept the offer of 10 percent equity in the Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas Fourth Plant (MLNG 4) as the state government could be hoodwinked by Petronas.

“The 10 percent is merely an investment, but is blown out to hoodwink the state government and the general Sarawakian public into believing that Petronas is being generous to Sarawak.

“Sarawak should not settle for less than what the Sarawakians deserved, and the minute we settle for less, we get even lesser,” said Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How (right) when commenting on Adenan’s statement that Petronas is offering Sarawak 10 percent in MLNG 4. (more…)

Mahathir’s Case Against Najib Detailed

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John Berthelsen

Now see here, Najib

Former premier lists specific reasons for his withdrawal of support for serving PM

As long as two to three months before former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad publicly attacked his successor, Najib Tun Razak, through his blog, the former premier sent Najib a letter bristling with a list of demands to change his ways.

Mahathir’s irritation has sputtered behind the scenes since before the disastrous May 2013 general election, in which the ruling Barisan Nasional lost the popular vote for the first time in 44 years although it retained its majority in parliament via gerrymandering. Since that time, bloggers deployed by Mahathir have made general attacks on the sitting prime minister, who took office in 2009 with Mahathir’s approval. (more…)

Legacy of rule: The stumbling block to Malaysia’s future

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From left: Najib, Mahathir and AbdullahHazlan Zakaria

There are things to say about legacies of leadership and how they enrich and define the nations where former leaders trudge, though perhaps in Malaysia, it is unfortunate that the legacies of rule are but stumbling blocks to a greater nation.

Those who led nations years ago at times will leave behind defining principles or are bound within the histories with their charm, character or contributions, mostly these would help to bind countries together as legacies of a shared past.

Former Indonesian president Sukarno for one, seen via Indonesian eyes bore a legacy which was essential to defining their independence and shaped their identity. (more…)

Dr M’s words have made impact across nation, ex-minister warns Najib

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The former Utusan Malaysia editor-in-chief Zainuddin feels it is not too late for Najib to 'admit his mistakes and right the wrongs' in his administration. - The Malaysian Insider pic, August 21, 2014.TMI

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should look beyond the flattering news articles about him and instead focus on the huge impact Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s withdrawal of support has wrought on the country, a former minister said.

Ex-information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said that the former prime minister’s criticisms again Najib and his administration had spread like a wave through all corners of society.

“Behind the support plastered across newspapers today after Dr Mahathir rejected him, Najib must obtain a valid and truthful report on how great the wave blown by Dr Mahathir is. (more…)

Longer tenure for timber licence

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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

CM says this will ensure logging operators obtain Sustainable Forest Management certification

Tenure for the timber licence can be extended up to 60 years from the date of issuance as the state encourages timber players to practise sustainable forest management.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem said the long term timber concession will become an incentive for logging operators to obtain Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification.

He said one of the conditions that would be imposed is that licence operators should incorporate the requirement for certification within three years from the date of approval. Failure to comply with the condition shall cause the licence to be terminated. (more…)

Time for all to condemn Islamic State for their violence

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THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERIslamic State fighters in Syria are seen here with confiscated cigarettes to be burnt last month. The group's brand of extremism and atrocities against fellow Muslims in the name of Islam has only been condemned by two Muslim leaders, Dr Mahathir and Indonesian president Susilo Bambang. - Reuters pic, August 21, 2014.

Thus far, only two global Muslim leaders have come out to condemn the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) – or Islamic State (IS), as they call themselves now – for their violence and large-scale slaughter in both the Middle East countries.

Former Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Dr Mahathir condemned the group four days ago, saying it has misinterpreted Islam which is a religion of peace.

“There is no place for violence in Islam. Islam is a religion of peace and some people have wrongly interpreted the religion,” Dr Mahathir told reporters after a youth forum in Putrajaya. (more…)

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