Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today declared that his ministry will not allow anti-racism NGO Negara-Ku to register as an organisation under its current name.
Ahmad Zahid said the movement led by former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan and national laureate A Samad Said has yet to apply for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
“Even if it were to apply for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS), the name Negara-Ku is not suitable because it belongs to Malaysia.
“Negara-Ku refers to the song Negaraku which is recognised as the national anthem under Section 2 of the National Anthem Act 1968. (more…)
Ahmad Mustapha Hassan
I remember that during my childhood days in Alor Star, Kedah, Ramadan was always the month when Muslims were forbidden to openly eat in public. The enforcers from the religious department would go around arresting those who broke this rule. Muslim eating shops were forbidden to open before three in the afternoon while non-Muslim restaurants were free to operate as usual.
In those days, we were more or less forced to fast as there were then no fast food outlets like KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and the like. At home there was definitely no food at all. There were no fridges, microwave ovens or such other amenities as found today where food could be stored and then reheated to be eaten anytime. (more…)
The DAP has grown into a dominant political force in Malaysia. Yet it is unable to win over most of the Malays. What is wrong with its strategy?
DAP enjoys wide support among the Chinese and it has made all the right moves over the years to keep this cache of votes.
But it is not all hunky dory in the party. The DAP has not been able to gain the Malay ground, and therein lies its problems. It is building up as one big headache for party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
As results of the last two general elections show, although the DAP prevailed in Penang, it could not help its two partners, PKR and PAS, deliver the Malay-majority seats. Barisan Nasional’s lynchpin Umno took 10 out of the 40 state seats in the 13th general election, regaining most of what it had before the nation went to the polls. (more…)
PKR’s Rafizi Ramli (pic) today hit out at the Selangor government over the failed water restructuring plan, questioning the need for the administration to compensate concessionaires Syabas and Puncak Niaga with RM1.63 billion to acquire them although both companies are almost bankrupt.
The Pandan MP claimed that Selangor had increased the compensation to both the concessionaires, owned by Umno crony Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, by RM568 million in March from its original offer RM1.07 billion in February.
In addition, the government would also take over the RM4.06 debt under the Puncak Niaga group, which includes Syabas which handles the water pipe system and water processing plant Puncak Niaga. (more…)
Soo Wern Jun
It is no longer essential to excel in the Chinese language, even if you are studying in a Chinese medium school. At least, this is what the trend shows.
According to a recent analytical report carried by a vernacular newspaper, the number of students who sat for the Chinese Language paper in the SPM in 2013 declined further from 2012 – from 50,279 to 48,781, a drop of 1,498 or nearly 30%. Apart from this decline in interest, there is also a drop in the number of top scorers. Only 1% of them scored A , compared with 2% for other languages offered under SPM.
The report cited the case of an elite secondary school where 666 candidates sat for the Chinese Language paper. Of those, 18 scored A and 86 scored A-. There were none in the A category. (more…)
Malaysiakini’s news report ‘Union wants hijab option for Muslim MAS crew’ and the request by National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia for female crew of Malaysia Airlines to be “given the option to observe Muslim dress code” begs for analysis.
A “hijab option” is not the same as “Muslim dress code”. The latter is problematic in its various implications. A dress code is like a uniform at work. Comply or face disciplinary action.
Why is this hijab option open only to females I ask? Consider if a male crew member wants to spot a beard, collar-length hair, headgear with a long flowing shift, open-toe sandals or decides that green is the right colour for his spiritual dress option. (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
The crisis of replacing Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim resulted from the internal struggle of PKR has brought chaos for more than six months since the Kajang by-election was staged in January this year. Yesterday, the abdication move has entered a crucial phase and it seems hard for Khalid to defend his post.
The PKR needs to seek DAP’s and PAS’ views before replacing Khalid and the two parties have expressed their stands at a Pakatan Rakyat meeting. The parties agreed in principle to replace Khalid with PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar and everything should be settled after Hari Raya celebrations. (more…)
Chua Tong Ka
At one time we had Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and we said it was insufficient. So we studied, revamped and upgraded ACA to Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
We went to Hongkong to copy its model. We have people from the Independent Commission Against Corruption from Hongkong coming here to comment and praise sky-high our newly-formed MACC.
We put in more resources, more personnel and formed numerous Oversight Committees within MACC to ensure its effectiveness. MACC was hailed as the new dawn of Malaysia’s fight against corruption. Hope was high and expectation pulsating. (more…)
The government expects to earn an additional revenue of RM3 billion in the first year the Goods and Services Tax (GST) introduction starting April next year, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said.
He said the additional revenue was expected to increase to RM9 billion in the second year of the GST implementation and the extra income would be spent for the benefit of the people.
The GST is expected to expand the economy by 0.3 per cent, while reducing hidden economy or incidence of tax evasion by 15 per cent, he told reporters after visiting the Kubah Ria Retail Complex here today. (more…)
Undeterred by the strong opposition from Malay and Muslim groups in the peninsula, newly-formed civil society movement Negara-Ku is spreading its wings to East Malaysia.
They will take their message of unity and hope to Sabah and Sarawak where they also hope to tell East Malaysians what the Malaysia Agreement was intended to do for them.
Negara-Ku, a coalition of NGOs launched two weeks ago, had roped in former vice-chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Tan Sri Simon Sipaun (pic), as one of its patrons to achieve its objective of peace and unity. (more…)
The Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel) survey which showed Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was losing support in Selangor proves its former director did not bring bias to the centre’s research and that his sacking was uncalled for, say analysts.
They also said Putrajaya gained nothing from the hasty and unwarranted removal of Professor Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman (pic, right), and it only proved that Barisan Nasional (BN), especially Umno, treated public universities as their spheres of influence.
Independent pollster Ibrahim Suffian said UMcedel had done a good job under Redzuan, and that his sacking was uncalled for. (more…)
The Malay Mail
The Chinese would have labelled the punishment of road bully Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin as “racist” were she of their ethnicity, claimed Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin.
In a blog post yesterday, the former information minister noted there were no complaints of racism in the Kuantan incident that involved a Malay woman and an elderly Chinese man.
Instead, he said all had expressed their sympathy towards the elderly victim, Sim Siak Heong, and derided his attacker better known as Kiki. (more…)
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has to stand down as Menteri Besar of Selangor if he applies the three criteria set by the Sultan of Selangor for administering the country’s richest state to himself.
Khalid (pic) said the sultan reminded him that the state must be run in a trustworthy, firm and responsible manner.
Of the three, let’s assume that being trustworthy is the most important.
Someone who is trustworthy is someone deserving of trust and confidence, and able to be relied on to be honest. You get a better sense of the moral value attached to the word trustworthy by looking at its synonyms. (more…)
GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah. It is for the elected representatives to decide who is most likely to command the assembly’s confidence. While the Sultan should not take a role in that process, he must be satisfied that the majority no longer support the incumbent MB.
Frequently asked questions on the powers of the Sultan if a menteri besar (MB) is shown to have lost the confidence of the majority of the State Assembly under the Selangor State Constitution.
Q. If a sitting MB loses the confidence of the majority of the legislative assembly, what happens?
Then he must tender his resignation together with the members of the State Executive Council. (more…)
MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH
In 2011, Malaysians were promised by the Najib Abdul Razak administration that there will be “functional and inclusive democracy”, which he solemnly declared in his Malaysia Day message.
However, making the Parliament function and inclusive is an uphill task and only rarely exciting. One such rare instance was the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code in 2004, where parliamentarians went round the country soliciting views and debating with the public.
The other time was by the Select Committee on National Unity and National Service. Since 2004, we have not experienced any such consultations. (more…)
Dr SK Teoh
For those who are not sure whether a woman can become Menteri Besar, let us remember the number of women who have been elected as President or Prime Minister not only in the world but even in Asia.
Even in Muslim countries, Benazir Bhutto had been twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan. Bangladesh had two women Prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wajed. Indonesia has seen Megawati Sukarno as President of the largest Muslim country in the world.
Other women leaders in Asia have included Indira Gandhi who was the Indian Prime Minister twice over span of 16 years, Sirimavo Bandaraniake and then her daughter Chandrika Kumaratunga who were Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka, Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were Presidents of Philippines, Yingluck Shinawatra was Prime Minister of Thailand and Park Geun-hye President of South Korea. (more…)
Baru Bian said that the two Borneo nations had been “left to languish in the doldrums and their wealth used to fund the peninsula”.
Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) Chief Baru Bian painted a pessimistic picture in conjunction with the 51st Independence Day celebrations of Sarawak yesterday.
“It is clear that after 51 years, what the Cobbold Commission report warned has come to pass and Tunku’s vision has failed to materialise,” he said.
Baru Bian cited Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaya’s first Prime Minister as saying, “one of the principal objectives in forming Malaysia was to further the economic development of the Borneo Territories so that their standards of living and technical skills might be raised, and a firm basis provided for accelerated growth”. (more…)
He must be firm in seeking justice for the victims of the MH17 tragedy and in tackling problems at home.
We must commend Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for a job well done in obtaining the black boxes of MH17 and getting the remains of the victims to be handed over to representatives of the Netherlands.
Still, he must ensure that the perpetrators of this atrocity be punished for their crime and he must ask the United Nations to act against them.
World leaders such as Britain’s David Cameron and the Netherlands Mark Rutte have issued strong statements against Russia and Najib must do likewise. (more…)
Amputation and stoning disappear into a committee
It is beginning to look like the issue of implementing seventh-century Islamic law requiring the amputation of limbs and stoning of adulterers has crested in Malaysia and is receding.
The issue attracted widespread concern among human rights groups and the international investing community as well as within the country itself, with Chinese, Indians and other minorities loudly objecting to any attempts to enact such a law, not only because they deemed it as barbaric, but because they fear it would spread from Muslims to wider segments of the population. (more…)
Zionist-Hamas issue leads many of us in to emotional judgement that most of us would not be able to see things from different angles.
Not only are we full of hatred and biased view of being so unilateral, but we are playing and poking around with religions and sentiments that affect not only people in the middle east, but many people around the globe.
To me, I rather choose not to put the blame on one of the two nations nor did I see religion should be one of the major influences for me to be on one side of the parties involved. (more…)
The Selangor sultan has no say when the majority party has decided on the choice of menteri besar, constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari said today.
This, Aziz said, was what happened in Sarawak when Abdul Taib Mahmud was replaced by Adenan Satem as chief minister, or even when Najib Abdul Razak replaced Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as prime minister.
“The role of the palace in these occasions was ceremonial and formal. One must understand that the term ‘discretion’ used by the state constitution, refers to situations when there is no clear choice of candidate,” Aziz said when commenting on the present Selangor quandary following the uncertainty of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s position as memteri besar. (more…)
Sarawak and her people have not benefitted from the Federation of Malaysia in terms of development, economic activities, education, prosperity, justice, fairness and equality.
Instead, the federation has brought more misery, poverty, marginalisation, curbed religious freedom, and caused more suffering due to racial and religious discrimination, said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian.
He said this when addressing a gathering to celebrate Sarawak’s 51st anniversary of independence yesterday.
“Fifty-one years on, it is clear that what the Cobbold Commission Report had warned about has come to pass. (more…)
The PKR supreme council on Monday endorsed Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar, completing the ‘Kajang move’ to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but the latter has remained defiant, saying he will serve out his second term as MB.
A snap election is possible in Selangor if Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is defeated in a no-confidence vote in the state legislative assembly for defying his party’s move to replace him, say constitutional lawyers.
They said the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, could use his royal prerogative if Khalid made a request to the ruler to dissolve the assembly based on provisions in the state constitution and legal precedence. (more…)
The legal team in the case brought by Sarawakian Jill Ireland against the Home Minister and the government may appeal the case despite getting a favourable decision on Monday, in order to get a firm judgment on the outstanding constitutional issue over Ireland’s right to practise her faith.
Judges will be seen as abdicating their duties when they refuse to make decisions as requested by litigants, especially in high profile public interest cases, lawyers said.
Citing the recent High Court decision in the Jill Ireland case, lawyers said litigants looked upon competent legal minds in the judiciary to enlighten them when it touched on their constitutional rights. (more…)
Fake posters of PKR’s newly-proposed menteri besar of Selangor, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, taking her oath at the Indra Kayangan palace in Shah Alam are already making their rounds.
Such acts will only further infuriate embattled incumbent Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who seems bent on keeping his job despite his boss, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, proposing Wan Azizah, his wife, takes over.
Other than invoking official procedures to cling to his post, Khalid will find it a battle to stay on in the remaining days as he has virtually no support from his own comrades. (more…)
A seven-point proposal for Sabah and Sarawak, to be adopted when Pakatan Rakyat forms the federal government in Putrajaya, has been proposed by parliamentary opposition leader and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
The proposal will, Anwar told Sarawakians at a hotel in Kuching yesterday, restore their rights under the Malaysia Agreement, as well as recognise the two states as equal partners in the federation.
Sabah and Sarawak deserve more than what they were now receiving, he said at a function to mark Sarawak’s 51st independence anniversary, which was yesterday, July 22. (more…)
So the Sarawak DAP wants to get out of Pakatan Rakyat if PAS insists on working with the federal government to implement hudud in Kelantan.
Making this strong stand last week, its chairman Chong Chieng Jen explained that if hudud was implemented, Sarawak would also be affected because all federal government departments at the state level would then have to comply with Syariah law in their administration.
But Chong did not stop there. He also lashed out at the non-committal stance of the Sarawak PKR on the matter and warned that the recent meeting between Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Jamil Khir Baharom had revealed that there was no need to amend the Federal Constitution to allow for implementation of hudud in Kelantan. (more…)
While the world was busy preparing statements and meeting the press to slam Russia, it was the prime minister of a developing country with a population of 29 million who (1) established contact with Alexander Borodai, who is in command of the crash site (2) secured the bodies and the black boxes (3) received permission to access the crash site with safety guaranteed for the independent international investigators.
I wonder if the wife of the politician from Penang who used the words “scary and useless” to describe Malaysia (she apologised) has anything else to say now.
There were two comments in Twitter that caught my attention – YB Liew Chin Tong and Datuk Mazri Muhammad. (more…)
Sarawak DAP today cautioned non-Muslims in Malaysia, especially those in Sarawak, about a paper presented by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) that says hudud can be implemented in the country without the Federal Constitution being amended.
Once hudud is adopted by the government, the Jakim paper says, it would apply to all Malaysians irrespective of their race or religious belief, it said.
Jakim comes under the Prime Minister’s Department.
“Hudud is not suitable for Sarawak,” Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said. (more…)
The Borneo Post
Ask Long San folk about the proposed Baram Hydroelectricity (HEP) dam project and the majority of them will tell you they are strongly against it
Anti-dam banners hung outside Long San villagers’ houses.
In fact, many houses in the village in Long San are seen hanging banners bearing the message ‘Stop the Dam’. Some are written in Malay — ‘Kami Tidak Mahu Baram Dam’, which is meant to send a message to the government that they are against its construction.
Local activist and former Marudi Councillor Anthony Lawai Karing, 74, when met by the BAT IV team yesterday, claimed 90 per cent of the villagers from 17 villages affected by the proposed dam project were unhappy with it. (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
Of course the Barisan Nasional-controlled mainstream print and electronic media would go to town with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report on July 20 titled “Flight 17 Gives Malaysia’s Najib a Second Chance to Show Leadership”.
Now, to all those who are quick to slam critics and those who questioned the authorities, especially MAS, on the MH17 tragedy, who’s trying to gain political mileage on the death of 298 people?
If BN and its subservient media think the report will enhance Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s image, carry on with the naivety. (more…)
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has outlined a seven-point plan if Pakatan Rakyat captured Putrajaya, focusing on ties between the federal and state governments, particularly between Sabah and Sarawak.
The opposition leader said priority is the current federal-state arrangement to share petroleum wealth.
In the revamp, petroleum-producing states would be given a better say in how Petronas is managed, he said.
This would be by appointing a director each from Sarawak, Sabah and the other petroleum-producing states to the national oil company’s board. (more…)
A common misconception about the Quran is that it promotes hatred of Jews and Christians, and asks Muslims to not be friends with them.
Strangely, instead of voicing out against such a misrepresentation of verse 5:51 (which contains the commandment), some Muslims actually revel in quoting this verse as a means of feeling superior, perhaps. Who needs enemies, when you have such believers? But I guess, that’s the karma of blindly following religious figures.
Here’s the much quoted verse: (more…)
Former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad has highlighted the problems faced by Muslims in Penang, which he warned could spread if left unchecked.
Among others, he said a former Penang mufti told him that it was difficult to secure allocations for Islamic activities in the state as various religious groups wanted their fair share.
“If this is not stopped, it will spread to the whole of Malaysia. Maybe Islamic programmes will have to be shared with other religions.
“Government departments and campuses may be required to not only prepare surau but also churches, gurdwara and temples,” he added. (more…)
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has denied DAP Sarawak’s claim that he has been keeping silent on the hudud issue in Pakatan Rakyat.
Anwar said on the latest occasion, he had touched on the issue at a forum held at the Royal Selangor Club on July 9.
“Contrary to DAP Sarawak’s statement, I already spoke about the matter two weeks ago,” he said.
“It was related to justice for all, regardless of their race or religion. I made specific reference to the hudud issue in Kelantan,” Anwar said at the PKR headquarters last night. (more…)
The MH17 tragedy has struck the heart of world citizens like a gentle violent string being played out with a machete.
No matter who we are and which part of the world we are from, we all share the anguish felt by those who lost their loved ones on the flight, which happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The aftermath of this heart-wrenching episode can be summarised into three aspects — the bad, the ugly, and the good (not necessarily in order because the good is the last thing one expects from such a dark tragedy). (more…)
PKR and PAS express shock and surprise at DAP Sarawak’s unilateral move over hudud.
PAS and PKR today took exception to a DAP statement threatening to pull out of Sarawak PR over PAS’ cooperation with the Federal government over hudud.
The DAP is proposing a resolution that it will refrain from holding or participating in any event organised under the name of PR or PAS in Sarawak because of this cooperation.
DAP is angry that PAS is working with the Federal government to implement hudud in Kelantan.
It is unhappy that working with the Federal government is against the PR common manifesto. (more…)
I believe it is no exaggeration to say that the recent downing of flight MH17 on July 17 has been a tragedy of unspeakable proportions. People from all over the world are right to be utterly outraged.
By now, we would all know that fingers have been pointing. While the parties in the Ukraine conflict continue to deny any involvement and blame the other, it is definitely impossible that Russia, Ukraine, the Ukrainians fighting against the Kiev government or even the United States all had nothing to do with it. Someone is definitely culpable and should face justice for the horrendous evil it has committed.
As we demand a most transparent investigation into this incident, we should also bear in mind that right from the beginning of this incident, certain parties were pinning the blame on others before any investigation was launched or evidence verified. (more…)
Lawyer for Jill Ireland, Annou Xavier (left), and a representative from the Bible Society Malaysia, Alfred Tais, at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on June 30, 2014.
Ireland is seeking the return of CDs containing the word ‘Allah’, which were confiscated in 2008.
The High Court today ordered the return of eight Christian CDs containing the word “Allah” which the Home Ministry had confiscated from Jill Ireland at the then Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang in 2008.
Judge Datuk Zaleha Yusof while ordering the return of the CDs to the Melanau clerk did not set a time frame for it to be complied.However, she did not make any ruling on the constitutional issue on whether Christians had the right to use the word “Allah” in their worship.Ireland’s lawyer Annou Xavier said that they would decide on the next course of action after the CDS were returned. (more…)
EILEEN NG AND ZULKIFLI SULONG
Alarm bells have sounded for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders following a recent survey which revealed plunging public support for the coalition in Selangor, with some conceding that the outcome was worse than expected.
While acknowledging that the pact expected support to go down, Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua (pic) nevertheless said he did not expect the results to be so critical.
PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, meanwhile, urged the opposition pact not to be in denial anymore but to accept the results of the survey which was conducted by Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel). (more…)
Children who obtained their birth certificates with the assistance of NGOs such as DHRAA Malaysia
They live and walk among us, but yet, they do not belong here, or anywhere else. Their only fault? They do not have the necessary documentation to prove their identity, and by extension, their nationality.
These are the stateless people and by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) estimates, there are about 12 million of them around the world. Given that any effort to map out these people is virtually impossible, this figure is just our best guess. The UNHCR believes that almost half of them are children. (more…)
The Kuala Lumpur High Court has ordered the Home Ministry and government to return the eight Christian religious CDs with the word “Allah” that it seized from Sarawakian Christian Jill Ireland in May 2008.
However, Justice Zaleha Yusof declined to rule on the constitutional prayers under Article 8, 11, sought by Jill.
Justice Zaleha ruled that the senior authorised officer from the Customs Department, Suzana Muin, who issued the seizure order, had acted illegally in withholding the CDs as such powers lie with the home minister. (more…)
Disagreement between supporters of former Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) president William Mawan Ikom and supporters of former Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) deputy secretary-general Wong Soon Koh as to who should lead the Dayak-based party Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) is said to have led Wong and three other elected representatives aligned to him to form their own party – United People’s Party (UPP).
However, Mawan, who is Social Development Minister, and Wong, who is Local Government and Community Development Minister, strongly denied this at a joint press conference yesterday.
Mawan, Wong and eight other state assemblypersons resigned from their respective parties on May 15, 2014 due to internal problems in SPDP and SUPP and joined the newly-formed Teras. (more…)
Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat may be on the verge of breaking up with Sarawak DAP issuing an ultimatum that it will pull out of the coalition if PAS insists of working with the federal government for the implementation of hudud law in Kelantan.
The ultimatum to leave the coalition was discussed at the meeting of State DAP committee in Sibu yesterday after it heard reports of PAS Kelantan meeting with the federal government for the implementation of hudud law in the state.
“That the decision of Kelantan PAS to work together with the federal government for the implementation of the hudud law is not only against the common manifesto of Pakatan Rakyat…but also against the fundamental principle and the spirit of the federal constitution and the Malaysia agreement,” Sarawak DAP said in a statement. (more…)
Good news for men, and even more work for women! Despite an increase in population, from 23.5 million in 2000 to 30 million in 2013, the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim said that a “baby bonus” scheme may soon be introduced to address the declining fertility rate in women.
Rohani blamed this drop on women delaying marriage, women entering higher education, women going to work and the high cost of bringing up children.
Will the “baby bonus” create a scramble to make babies and therefore, exacerbate the issues raised in a 2010 study on polygamous marriages? This study exposed the unfair treatment of wives by husbands. (more…)
Reports that the Sarawak state government has unofficially given the “green light” for the construction of the controversial RM4 billion hydroelectric power (HEP) Baram Dam have not deterred villagers at the anti-dam blockade in Long Lama who are adamant at staying put.
The Long Lama blockade was set up by the Baram Protection Action Committee (BPAC) about nine months ago on Oct 23, 2013 as a sign that the villagers were against the HEP dam project to be sited between Long Naah and Long Kesseh some 200km inland from Miri City.
When strong rumours spread that Baram Dam had received the green light, 170 Baram villagers paid a visit to the resettlement areas of Sungai Asap and Tegulang and Matalun in the Belaga District in mid-July to listen to the experiences of those who had resettled making the way for the Bakun and Murum dams. (more…)
Sarawak PKR today questioned the legality of the construction of a multi-billion ringgit Marina Park City project in Miri by Samling Group, which is closely linked to those in political power.
It also accused some Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) leaders of being involved in the project, which has become a very ‘hot’ issue in the city.
“Documents made available to our Miri MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng indicate that the original planning and engineering approvals will take away the existing approved car parks at Jalan Sri Dagang or the Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre,” state PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How said. (more…)
So, Najib Abdul Razak finally ticked off Umno backbencher Bung Moktar Radin over the latter’s salute via Twitter to Adolf Hitler following Germany’s stunning World Cup victory over Brazil, stating that it was “unacceptable and wrong” and the Kinabatangan MP should withdraw it. And we know what Bung did thereafter: he offered a lukewarm apology that ended with a self-congratulation: Long Live Bung, effectively snubbing Najib.
While many rushed to shower praises on Najib for taking on Bung the loose cannon, lest not forget the man himself has long been known for more than gaffes: sexism, racism and an utter lack of respect for others.
Bung shot to national fame with his notorious ‘bocor’ remarks back in 2007 when he ridiculed Fong Poh Kuan by saying, “Mana ada bocor? Batu Gajah pun bocor tiap-tiap bulan juga” (Where is the leak? Batu Gajah leaks every month, too), when the then-Batu Gajah MP was taking the government to task over a leaky parliament roof. (more…)
We, concerned Malaysians, take note and fully concur with the Negara-Ku Charter launched by the people’s movement to heal the nation and to restore hope for our shared common future.
We are in the midst of epochal challenges and changes in which all Malaysians must stand together to fight the forces of racial bigotry and religious extremism.
To safeguard our fragile multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural unity, we must resist those who seek to destroy Malaysia and what it stands for which are the principles contained in the Constitution and in the Malaysia Agreement of 1963. (more…)
When you visit the homes of Malaysian Muslims, it is almost always a tradition for the parents to call their children to “salam” their guests, where the hand of the guest is lifted and kissed by the child, denoting respect.
It is seen as a lovely and respectful gesture, but there is now an edict by a controversial Ustaz saying this tradition cannot be performed by Muslim students towards their non-Muslim teachers.
In his book, “Anda Bertanya, Ustaz Azhar Idrus Menjawab Berkenaan Permasalahan Umat”, Azhar writes that it is “haram” for Muslims to kiss the hand of those who are “kafir” (infidels) as it is a sign of lowering oneself to them and that Islam cannot be lower than other religions as all other religions are “batil dan bakal ke neraka” (false and heading for hell). (more…)