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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…)

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…)

Sarawakians the poorest in Malaysia

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Dewan-Undangan-Negeri-Sarawak-720x479Liam Rentap

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…)

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…)

September 21, 2014

Why Hadi’s speech is bad news for Pakatan

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Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's winding-up speech at the 60th PAS muktamar yesterday contrasted with the tone of his opening speech and showed a lot of anger. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, September 21, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

What surprised many observers and reporters familiar with Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was how angry the PAS president was in his speech.
That anger, just like the content of his speech, does not bode well for PAS and the Pakatan Rakyat coalition in Selangor.

Three days ago, Hadi’s policy speech was filled with openness and benevolence towards all, his supporters and his critics.

In contrast, his remarks at the end of a fractious assembly yesterday was about how he would ensure that PAS follow its own tune when dealing with policy and governance issues even though it is part of a coalition. (more…)

Lawyer Edmund Bon gives statement over sedition

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Mkini

Lawyer Edmund Bon has given his statement to the police over his sedition probe and the session went pleasantly, said his law firm.

Bon’s lawyer, Amer Hamzah, said the investigation was carried out by a police officer from the Kepala Batas police headquarters.

“The statement was recorded in less than an hour and was conducted in a pleasant manner as the police officer was willing to come all the way here.

“Bon was questioned on his statement made in the article published by The Malaysian Insider,” said Amer. (more…)

Azizah still top choice as PKR discusses Plan B

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Mkini

A source from PKR has denied rumours that the party has agreed with the appointment of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as the new Selangor menteri besar.

The party’s top leaders in a meeting last night only discussed a possible scenario if the Selangor sultan really intends Azmin to be the menteri besar.

“In the meeting last night, we reiterated the decision made before this, which is for party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to become the menteri besar,” said a PKR supreme council member. (more…)

Did Azmin get Anwar’s green light?

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azmin300Ishmael Lim

If the opposition leader would only backtrack to keep the MBship within PKR, we may see some sanity return.

Unsubstantiated reports of an eleventh hour development within PKR appears to have given the local grapevine a new twist. The rumour mill has been supercharged with the news that Azmin Ali has received the seal of approval from opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim to vie for the Selangor Menteri Besar’s (MB) post.

If at all true, it would be a last ditch attempt to avert a deeper crisis by keeping the coveted post within PKR. It would indicate that PKR bigwigs have decided to take a more compliant stance and backtrack on their insistence that the palace should accept Wan Azizah’s sole candidacy for the post of MB. (more…)

Sarawak BN leader wants those who distort history charged with sedition

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sawawak minister Datuk Seri Dr James Masing (pic) has suggested that Putrajaya slap sedition charges on those who made Sarawakians and Sabahans angry by distorting history and stating wrong historical facts on the formation of Malaysia.

“Not on the aggrieved who retaliated for being wrongly done,” the Sarawak Land Development Minister added, referring to people in both states who are unhappy with state-federal relations after 51 years and have swayed between pushing Putrajaya to live up to the terms of the Malaysia Agreement and calling for secession and independence.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had, on Malaysia Day in Miri, warned those pushing for secession of Sarawak and Sabah from Malaysia “to be prepared to face the full force of the law”. (more…)

Exams Syndicate officials reassigned, not suspended, says ministry sec-gen

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Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (left) showing the media how UPSR exam papers are sealed before being sent to schools on September 12, as Na'imah watches, just hours before Muhyiddin announced the suspension. - The Malaysian Insider pic, September 20, 2014.TMI

Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (left) showing the media how UPSR exam papers are sealed before being sent to schools on September 12, as Na’imah watches, just hours before Muhyiddin announced the suspension.

The two senior Examinations Syndicate officials whom Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said were suspended on September 12, over the UPSR exam paper leaks, have only been reassigned, Bernama reported today.The Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad clarified that Examinations Syndicate director Dr Na’imah Ishak and the deputy director of operations Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh had not been suspended from duty, saying “they are not being punished”.

“They have not been suspended. They have been assigned other duties unrelated to the Examinations Syndicate to enable the independent committee to carry out its investigations,” Bernama quoted Madinah as saying in a press conference in Putrajaya. (more…)

Sabah Christians ‘mamangkis’ for fair and just principles

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Joe Leong

After a three-day “Mamangkis” prayer meeting over the Malaysia Day holidays, Christian groups in Sabah are united in calling on the government to restore just, fair and democratic principles of governance as envisaged by those who framed the Federal Constitution and by the founding fathers of the Federation of Malaysia.

In a 30-point joint declaration, they took note that the proliferation of oppressive laws that violates our fundamental civil liberties continues unabated, declaring that the legislative, executive and the judiciary arms of the government must take urgent measures to remove such offensive laws and selective prosecutions.

“Mamangkis” is an old war cry used by ancestors of Kadazan and Dusun tribes to rally warriors for battle. The latest “mamangkis” cry was heard at the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association building in Penampang, on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu. It is one of a series organised by Perdaduan Anak Negeri (PAN), or the Native Solidarity of Sabah, since December last year making the “mamangkis” a clarion call for Christian revival. (more…)

Hadi calls pro-Azizah PAS state reps ‘lackeys’

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Mkini

After two full days of tense debates at the 60th PAS muktamar, most party leaders today adopted a conciliatory tone in their winding-up speeches.

However, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who was the last to speak, turned the heat back up, describing two of the party’s Selangor state assemblypersons as “lackeys”.

Hadi, in his final speech at the muktamar, accused PKR of “stealing” and “buying” two of its assemblypersons, making it possible for the party along with DAP to claim a commanding majority in the Selangor state assembly. (more…)

September 20, 2014

Lawyers to march against Sedition Act

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Alyaa Azhar

The Malaysian Bar has passed a motion to organise a peaceful protest against the recent spate of arrests under the Sedition Act.

Proposed by the Bar Council, it was passed after debate during the Bar’s extraordinary general meeting at Wisma MCA today.

The motion was triggered by the flurry of arrests under the Act, which saw politicians, activists and a law lecturer being charged for making allegedly seditious remarks.

Bar Council president Christopher Leong (right) said that the motion was passed with an overwhelming vote of 701 to 13.

He also commende the high turnout of 986 members today, he said. (more…)

Address terrorism, not flimsy sedition

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Azly Rahman

‘Dewan ulama delegate pays tribute to slain militant, saying he was a martyr’ – The Malaysian Insider

That was what I read yesterday –  a most dangerous symbolic act Malaysia is seeing from an influential political party- the romanticising of diabolism, and if a political party can do this, imagine what we will be facing in these immediate years to come – home grown ISIS!

We ought to be afraid and to be very afraid – when the modus operandi of ISIS is to strike global fear through the broadcasting of beheadings, rape, mayhem, murder. My question to the government is, what are you going to do about this celebration of martyrdom and diabolism? (more…)

Rich getting richer, poor getting poorer! Can this be reversed?

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Ng Kee Seng

History is testimony to the many upheavals and falls of nations due to poverty and inequitable distribution of wealth.

The Arab Spring is just one but many of such pitfalls of nations that fail to address and check the widening of the haves and have not’s.

They say, nothing is far more dangerous and destructive than a nation of hungry societies.

It is with this in mind that the Sept 17 Malay Mail report titled “M’sia ‘UNEQUAL & POLARISED’ – economist warns” should be taken seriously by the federal government. (more…)

Scottish independence and Malaysia

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Josh Hong

The ‘No’ camp in the Scottish referendum on independence is heading for a convincing victory, and there may be another decade at least before the nationalists would toy with the idea of complete sovereignty for Scotland.

After all, it is an important issue for the Scots to decide. The fact that the London government had agreed to resolve the dispute by putting it to a vote and letting those residing in Scotland determine their own future with the United Kingdom is highly significant.

Yes, only the Scottish residents had the right to vote in the referendum and those of Scottish descent residing elsewhere – be it in England, Wales or Ireland – were excluded, signifying that the country is heading towards a civic rather than ethnic nationalism. As long as you are there in Scotland as a taxpayer and a resident, you are entitled to your democratic right. Your ethnic origin and religion simply do not matter. (more…)

As public schools and exams fumble, international schools rise

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Sonia Ramachandran

There were only 21 international schools in Malaysia in 2010. Today there are 99 such schools with 23 more licences already issued by the Education Ministry.

Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was quoted as saying the number of international schools in Malaysia has nearly doubled since 2006, which has surpassed the target of 87 international schools in Malaysia by 2020 set by the government.

Although Malaysians students enrolled in international schools still reportedly stands at a paltry 0.4 per cent or almost 20,000 of the total 5,250,732 enrolled in 2013, the figure was still an increase of almost one per cent from the year before. (more…)

What Wan Azizah consensus? It takes three to tango in Pakatan

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Wan AzizahHazlan Zakaria

It boggles my mind that to this day, months after the Selangor MB crisis was triggered by PKR strategist Rafizi Ramli’s ubiquitous Kajang Move, people still say that PAS went against Pakatan Rakyat consensus in not agreeing to Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to take on the post of Menteri Besar.

It is funny to read news reports and listen to DAP and PKR leaders, and indeed some of those in PAS itself talking about it in that way.

Especially since it is obvious that the decision wanting the PKR president to fill the MB seat was made exclusively by the party before telling their apparent partners in Pakatan that this is the way it shall be.

This after the arbitrary Kajang Move which was also sprung on their surprised Pakatan partners. (more…)

The Herald files for review of ‘Allah’ decision

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Hafiz Yatim

Catholic weekly The Herald has filed for a review of the Federal Court’s controversial decision not to grant the Catholic Church’s Archbishop leave (permission) to appeal the  ‘Allah’ ban on the  publication.

One of the lawyers, Benjamin Dawson, said they are raising three main grounds in their application.

The firm, Fernandez and Selvarajah, the solicitors in the case, filed the application at 3.30pm yesterday.

On June 23, a seven- member panel headed by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria in a slim 4 to 3 decision disallowed The Herald‘s application to appeal the Court of Appeal decision reinstating the ban. (more…)

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