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September 30, 2014

Mahathir: Umno lacks guts to criticise its leaders

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Mkini

Umno needs to be reformed so that it can criticise its leaders more courageously, said former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.

At present, the former Umno president claimed that the party’s culture is to support its leaders without question.

“Yes, because the leader must be told about other views. A leader cannot just do whatever he likes,” he told reporters in Putrajaya.

Mahathir said this when asked to comment on former New Straiuts Times(NST) group editor-in-chief A Kadir Jasin’s statement that Umno is too weak to oust its current president Najib Abdul Razak. (more…)

UPP happy with BN Plus Formula

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SARAWAK BNJoe Fernandez

The Barisan Nasional has already declared that it would only field winnable candidates in the next state election due in 2016.

SIBU: The United People’s Party (UPP) sees its place in the Sarawak Government assured under the Barisan Nasional (BN) Plus Formula after a meeting in Putrajaya last week with Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Pro tem chairman of UPP Wong Soon Koh said in a statement that there were 40 party leaders with him when he met with the Home Minister.

According to him, it was a courtesy call to thank Zahid for registering UPP as a political party. (more…)

As Azmin takes over, what legacy has Khalid left behind?

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Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was a popular menteri besar, especially with many of Selangor's civil servants. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 29, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was a popular menteri besar, especially with many of Selangor’s civil servants.

To get an idea of how popular and refreshing Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s initial administration was, all you had to do was go to the countless ceremonies everywhere in Selangor where residents got land titles and lease renewals for only RM1,000.

The programme was how Selangor residents, particularly in rural areas, got to witness the kind of leadership and governance that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) wants to offer this country, and how better it was compared to Barisan Nasional (BN). (more…)

Don’t give crumbs to the Dayak, gov’t told

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Mkini

Were the Dayak community, who constitute about 50 percent of Sarawak’s population, forcibly handed over by the British colonial government to another master through the formation of Malaysia?

“This is the question often asked by the Dayak, as to whether they have been transferred from one colonial master to another.“This is natural given the predicament they are today, in after 51 years in the federation of Malaysia,” the Dayak National Congress (DNC) said in a statement yesterday.

The DNC is an influential non-governmental organisation, with its membership made up of retired army and police officers, retired civil servants, businessmen, activists and other like-minded people from the community. (more…)

Tighter security for UPSR exams, resit not optional, says Education Ministry

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Members of parent groups such as the Parent-Action Group for Education (PAGE) have slammed the Education Ministry over the UPSR leaks and asked that the resit be scrapped. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 29, 2014.TMI

Members of parent groups such as the Parent-Action Group for Education (PAGE) have slammed the Education Ministry over the UPSR leaks and asked that the resit be scrapped.

The Education Ministry has assured that there will be tighter security when some 500,000 UPSR pupils resit the examination papers tomorrow, while stressing that the pupils have no option and will have to resit the four papers.

Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said that fewer people were involved in preparations for the resit of the UPSR examination in a bid to tighten security of the papers. (more…)

Kajang Lessons 1: Feudalism cannot defeat feudalism

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NATHANIEL TAN

The Kajang Move has come to a close, whether or not the Selangor crisis continues.

The outcome has caused many to deride Anwar Ibrahim and Rafizi Ramli for making their own worst nightmare a reality – the ascendancy of the individual most likely to end their political careers.

I think this is not however the time to gloat or kick people when they are down. Whatever their mistakes, including the ones that led directly to their own downfall, there is no doubt that Anwar and team have played a significant role in Malaysian politics.

I think the wiser thing to do at this point is reflect on the Kajang Move as a whole, and try our best to learn the lessons that it teaches. (more…)

Sabah and Sarawak, better together in Malaysia?

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Wong Chin Huat

Last Thursday, Scotland voted by a clear margin 55.3% to 44.7% in her independence referendum to affirm the unionists’ vision: Scotland and the rest of the UK are “better together”.

If given a choice, will Sabah and Sarawak say the same, “we and Malaya are better together”?

To me, that perhaps explains the paranoia of some Malayan politicians amid the growing cries for separatism and independence, or even just autonomy, from the other shore of South China Sea.

These politicians simply do not have the confidence that Sabahans and Sarawakians will think they have a better future within Malaysia than if they leave. Perhaps these politicians themselves don’t believe in that possibility. (more…)

Selangor exco portfolios may determine PAS’s future in Pakatan

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Speculation is rife that PAS's run-ins with its Pakatan Rakyat partners may result in smaller role for the party in the Selangor government. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 29, 2014.TMI

Speculation is rife that PAS’s run-ins with its Pakatan Rakyat partners may result in smaller role for the party in the Selangor government.

The three PAS state executive council (exco) members in Selangor are expected to be assigned their portfolios today, in what will likely decide the Islamist party’s future in the state government amid speculation that its excos would be given less important roles.

A senior PAS leader said the party’s future in Pakatan Rakyat now hinges on the allocation of exco portfolios to its three exco members in the state administration led by Menteri Besar Mohamaed Azmin Ali. (more…)

September 29, 2014

Anwar: MB to expose those getting millions

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Susan Loone

New Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali has been asked to expose the list of companies and individuals benefiting millions of ringgits from the water deal signed by his predecessor Khalid Ibrahim, before he left his post on Sept 22.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim said in the interest of transparency, Selangorians should know who is benefitting from these huge contracts worth hundreds of millions of ringgit.

Anwar said Azmin had been told to list the individuals or shareholders behind the companies.

“I do not care if people are profiting from the deal but who is paying for it? It is the Selangor rakyat,” he said, when met after the anti-Sedition Act ceramah in Seberang Jaya last night. (more…)

Rakyat or EC not mature enough for live telecast?

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Hazlan Zakaria

The job of the Election Commission (EC) is to ensure the smooth running of the election process and not to measure how mature the rakyat, political parties and candidates are nor is it the EC’s mandate to worry more about its public image then electoral transparency.

According to Article 113 of the Federal Constitution, it is charged to “conduct elections to the House of Representatives and the Legislative Assemblies of the States and prepare and revise electoral rolls for such elections”.

For if maturity is the true gauge, I can name quite a few politicians that should have been rejected from being candidates and some parties which are just a waste of time to put their logos on the ballot. (more…)

‘Frog’ is for politicians and ‘corruption’ is for government

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Hazlan Zakaria

While it should have been clear from the get go as something that is just mere common sense, a legal precedent has been set two days ago that it is okay to call a politician who jumped between parties a “frog” or “political frog”.

At the moment I read that, the line by Patrick Teoh playing a judge in the 1998 Hollywood movie set in Malaysia Return to Paradise echoed in my mind.

“My faith in humanity has been restored,” his character said after witnessing the real offender in a drug case returning to Malaysia to face trial after his friend was left holding the bag so to speak and facing a possible death penalty. (more…)

With one misstep after another, Education Ministry seems a roadblock to excellence

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The Education Ministry's decision to disallow colleges from taking in students using their SPM forecast results has drawn flak from parents and lawmakers. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 29, 2014.ANISAH SHUKRY

The Education Ministry’s decision to disallow colleges from taking in students using their SPM forecast results has drawn flak from parents and lawmakers.

Less than a month after the UPSR leaks fiasco, parents are again furious with the Ministry of Education – this time over its shock decision to bar Form Five students from applying for pre-university programmes using forecast results of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

Parent groups said the ministry was preventing students from wanting to excel, and without giving any reason for it. (more…)

Re-sit of UPSR papers to preserve integrity, says exam board

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All these UPSR candidates will join their fellow Primary 6 students in having to go back to school on September 30 and October 9 to re-sit at least 3 of the subjects. - The Malaysian Insider pic, September 28, 2014.Bernama

All these UPSR candidates will join their fellow Primary 6 students in having to go back to school on September 30 and October 9 to re-sit at least 3 of the subjects.

The re-sit of Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) papers for four subjects which was leaked must be held to preserve the credibility and integrity of the examination.

The Malaysian Examinations Board (MEB) said the move was made after receiving the views of several quarters related to the re-sit of the Science, English, Mathematics and Tamil subjects. (more…)

No place for Sedition Act if we are to be a progressive democracy, say lawyers

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Mukhriz's comment asking those against the Sedition Act to prove its weaknesses has come under fire from lawyers. - The Malaysian Insider pic, September 28, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Mukhriz’s comment asking those against the Sedition Act to prove its weaknesses has come under fire from lawyers.

The Sedition Act must be removed from the statute book as it unfairly punishes individuals whose thoughts are against the views of the establishment, lawyers said.

The law is also the anti-thesis of democracy, rule of law, justice and human rights, they said in response to Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s statement yesterday that those who were for repeal of the Sedition Act had yet to explain its weaknesses. (more…)

What not to do in Malaysia…

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Never question Putrajaya, remember the government is always right. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 28, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Now that we know that it is a chargeable offence to refer to a cop as a monkey in a Facebook post or Twitter feed, here is a list of other out-of-bound markers for Malaysians and visitors to Malaysia, Truly Seditious.

* Never vent your anger on any social media platform against a policeman who stops you and then proceeds to ask for RM to let you off for speeding.

Why? Because it is a bigger offence to call a uniformed officer an inappropriate name than it is to burst a spleen talking about corruption.

So remember, refer to cops as Boss, Tuan, even Datuk. (more…)

Highway to heaven or to hell for Azmin in Selangor?

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Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

While highways usually help travellers to arrive at their destinations after they are built, in the case of Selangor Pakatan and their shiny new menteri besar, how they handle the issue of new highway constructions versus protests by the public may determine the outcome of their survival as the powers that be.

Public outcry over possible adverse environmental impact of poorly planned highway projects seem to have fallen on deaf ears as Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof announced that the authorities will go ahead with several new highways with construction set to begin next year, despite ongoing protests. (more…)

Courts slammed for aiding ‘punishment’ of Ali Jalil

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Mkini

The judiciary has been blasted for not stopping the government from allegedly “punishing” activist Ali Abd Jalil with repeated arrests.

Ali was arrested for the fourth time yesterday immediately following his release at the Johor Baru Magistrate’s Court, after the police secured an additional three-day remand.

“It is clear that the multiple remands have been done in bad faith in order to punish Ali rather than any bona fide attempt at investigation. (more…)

September 28, 2014

My anti-BN booster

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DEAN JOHNS

After eight years of rashly exposing myself to BN disease, the deadly plague of political germs and parasites so chronically and so far incurably plaguing Malaysia, I am pretty sure I am immune to it by now.

But, on the principle that it can’t hurt to play doubly safe, I’m in the process of boosting my resistance to BN’s festering democracy with some massive protective doses of Sydney’s second annual Festival of Democracy.

Staged by the Sydney University-based Sydney Democracy Network, the Festival is featuring the first ever exhibition of paintings by exiled pro-democracy Chinese artist-activist Wang Xu entitled ‘The Silenced: From 1957 until Today’, and four days of presentations and symposia on topics such as ‘Power, People and Democracy’, ‘The Case for Deliberative Democracy’, ‘Zombie Democracy’, ‘The New Despotisms’, and ‘Religion, Hate Spin and Democracy’. (more…)

Dayak place in the sun

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artJoe Fernandez

The onus is on the Sarawak and Federal Governments to do something about the Dayak plight in Malaysia.

Dayaks are increasingly coming around to the view that Malaysia in Borneo was a bad British idea degenerating into a situation where they have exchanged one colonial master for another.

They want the Sarawak and Federal Governments to ensure that they as a nation in Borneo have a place in the Malaysian sun before they decide that “enough is enough”.

“Putrajaya should drop its empty rhetoric that there’s a place for everyone in the Malaysian sun,” said the Dayak National Congress (DNC) in a statement on the 51st anniversary of the Federation of Sabah and Sarawak with the peninsula. (more…)

Parents mull skipping UPSR test resit, want pupils absolved

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Parents say it is unfair to ask pupils to resit the UPSR papers that were leaked as this will cause them additional stress and trauma. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 27, 2014.ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Parents say it is unfair to ask pupils to resit the UPSR papers that were leaked as this will cause them additional stress and trauma.

Several parent groups are asking for their children to be exempted from resitting leaked USPR test papers, saying it places unnecessary pressure and causes them stress and trauma.

The parents said the pupils should not be penalised for not retaking the papers and wanted to know if the score of the original test would be used. The authorities have ordered a resit for Science, English, Mathematics and Tamil test papers.

“What will they do to students who don’t want to resit?” asked Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education (MAGPIE) chairman Mak Chee Kin. (more…)

Walk the talk, social media users tell Najib over his UN speech

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had urged the United Nations to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance. – Reuters pic, September 27, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

Barely hours after Datuk Seri Najib Razak condemned the Islamic State militants (Isis) and religious extremism at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, social media users were quick to remind the prime minister to practise what he preached at home.

Twitter user Nash, using the handle @nash_71, did not mince his words when he posted: “@NajibRazak such a pity your words and deeds dont (sic) match where it matters most… at HOME… Malaysia… cld hv (could have) been known a great statesman.”

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen also hit out at the PM’s remarks at the UN assembly, by tweeting: “@NajibRazak says the right thing at UN but fails miserably back in Msia – Umno, Isma, Perkasa, Utusan, Jakim, Jais extremism for all to see.” (more…)

Winners and losers in the Selangor saga

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Ram Anand

With the swearing in of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as the new Selangor menteri besar on Tuesday, a curtain comes down on an infamous political move for which the consequences had dragged on for more than eight months.It was called, at the height of its popularity, the ‘Kajang move’.

It was the easiest way one could coin a political manoeuvring that had such far-reaching implications.

The plan for the Kajang move was to consciously trigger the resignation of Kajang assemblyperson Lee Chin Cheh to force a by-election and then have PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim contest in the seat, and if he wins, become the Selangor MB. (more…)

DAP and PKR must review Hadi-led PAS status in Pakatan

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Ng Kee Seng

PAS’ wider majority loss in Pengkalan Kubor clearly shows party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang must step down as the leader of the Islamist party.

If he refuses to resign, then PAS’ political future is extremely bleak as Hadi is solely responsible for incurring the wrath of Pakatan Rakyat supporters.

There is no excuse for PAS to lose Pengkalan Kubor by a bigger majority simply because it is also in control of the state government machinery. (more…)

September 27, 2014

Penan are not our tools, say NGOs

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Dukau Papau

Was the recent visit of Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Rural Development Alfred Jabu anak Numpang to the upper reaches of Baram River by helicopter ‘official’ or to fish for Malaysia’s most expensive fish – the empurau.

This is what Save Rivers Sarawak Network (Save Rivers) demands to know.

“Based on ground reports and from timber workers, Jabu seemed to enjoy fishing for the empurau,” Save Rivers chairperson Peter Kallang (left) said today.

The empurau in the Kuching market, fetches between RM600 and RM800 per kilogramme. (more…)

Selangor group backs state constitution reform

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Mkini

A pro-democracy group, Kembalikan Selangorku, has supported calls for Pakatan Rakyat to reform the state’s constitution for democratic principles to prevail, citing the example of the appointment of the menteri besar.

“We criticise Pakatan Rakyat for deserting democratic principles and switching its support from PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to her deputy Azmin Ali in a very short period.

“The action of Pakatan Rakyat silently endorsed intervention of the monarchy in appointment of menteri besar,” the NGO said in a statement today. (more…)

Baru lauds CM’s stand on Maths, Science

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Jonathan Chia,

Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian is very encouraged by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s statement that Mathematics and Science should be taught in English.

Baru, who is state PKR chairman, said he supported Adenan’s statement as he believed that globally, the sources of reference and materials for both subjects were mostly available in English.

“I think we would gain much if the subjects are taught in English,” he said, adding that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was correct to implement the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English. (more…)

Sedition Act: the one law to rule them all?

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Government leaders say the Sedition Act is necessary to prevent chaos and maintain harmony in Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 26, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

In his own words, Senator Datuk Paul Low went to the lion’s den yesterday and bravely defended the government line about the necessity of the Sedition Act to prevent chaos in Malaysia.

“Some are insecure while others are aggressive. How do you maintain harmony?” he said in response to a question by former Bar Council chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, at the International Malaysia Law Conference in Kuala Lumpur on whether the colonial-era law should be repealed.

Low, who was with four others in a panel discussion, also refuted allegations that the government was trying to instil fear or prevent people from being critical of the establishment. (more…)

What Malaysians may expect from Budget 2015

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Ramon Navaratnam

Once again, we all look forward to the annual Budget and the secrets it will unfold, and any goodies that we can get.

As usual, Malaysians will want to know what is it for them, as individuals and for their families.

They may not be interested so much in the macro issues like the budget deficit, the national debt, the balance of payments, or even the gross national product. Bank Negara’s latest estimate that Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) could exceed 5.5% this year will not impress the low-income groups. They will ask, who benefits most from higher growth, the rich or the poor?

But, the recent rise in the overnight policy rate to 3.25% and the prospects of the interest rates going higher can cause problems to their borrowing to go up, and inflationary pressure to firm up. So Budget 2015 will have to strike the balance with higher economic growth and price stability. (more…)

Fair trial in sedition cases a misnomer, say lawyers

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V. ANBALAGANLaw lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom flanked by lawyers Gobind Singh Deo (left) Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, in court to challenge the constitutionality of the Sedition Act, yesterday. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Raiezal, September 26, 2014.

Sedition law creates an uneven playing field as the courts’ narrow interpretation of the law almost always favoured the prosecution, lawyers say.

They expressed alarm by the lower standard of proof required in sedition cases, and over judges accepting submissions by the prosecution before imposing jail terms, even on first offenders.

As such, the lawyers told The Malaysian Insider that it was imperative that judges interpret federal laws like the Sedition Act with the Federal Constitution, in particular Article 10, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression. (more…)

September 26, 2014

Baru Bian sounds clarion call for unity in Sarawak

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Terence Netto

The resolution of the Selangor crisis has brought the need for PKR to close ranks and switch its focus to issues of ultimate and recurrent import.

The ultimate issue was PKR’s perennial focus on justice, and, said PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian, the readiness for the coming Sarawak state elections should be given attention.

“PKR should use this – hopefully, ended and over – phase of internecine feuding within the party and with the Pakatan Rakyat coalition over the Selangor menteri besar issue to gain insight for tougher battles to come,” said Baru, who is renowned in the state for legal fights waged over native customary rights. (more…)

Arrest Dr M for sedition? Dream on Malaysians!

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From left: Khalid and MahathirNg Kee Seng

The grand old man of Malaysian politics, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has challenged the police to arrest him if he has committed sedition.

What now Mr Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar?

According to a Sept 24 Malaysiakini report, Mahathir said that he had no qualms being arrested if he had broken the law.

He was commenting on a police report lodged by DAP’s Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, accusing the former premier of sedition.

“I can quote many more extreme statements by everybody, but I don’t want to do that. As a politician, I don’t expect people to please me all the time but (to) condemn …,” he said. (more…)

Parliaments for Sabah, Sarawak

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sabah-sarawak-flagJohn Joseph

Jimmy Wong pushes for equal partnership for Sabah and Sarawak with the peninsular and for greater decentralisation and devolution.

Kota Kinabalu MP Jimmy Wong Sze Phin has called on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, in the wake of a Referendum in Scotland, to emulate his British counterpart David Cameron in handling differences in a civilised and democratic way.

There was no resort in Britain, as in Malaysia, to archaic laws like the Sedition Act to stamp out dissent.

“Scotland should be taken as an example to honour the federal system for Sabah and Sarawak,” said Wong who is also the DAP Sabah chairman in a statement. “Let’s debate federalism in Malaysia and the future of Sabah and Sarawak during the coming parliament session.” (more…)

PBB eyes clean sweep in polls

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PBBJohn Joseph

Douglas Uggah says the party will keep championing important causes so that the people can live a better quality of life.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the backbone of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak, is confident that it can retain all its 35 state seats at the next state election to be held by mid-2016.

However, this expectation hinges on the party resolving issues on Native Customary Rights (NCR), dealing with rising communalism in the state and various other issues facing specific groups.

PBB vice-president Douglas Uggah sketched this scenario in a statement after a party seminar here yesterday. (more…)

Who needs lawyers? For some legal work, you may soon be able to do it yourself

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Edmund Bon speaks to Malay Mail Online at his office in Kuala Lumpur on September 18. — Picture by Saw Siow FengBOO SU-LYN

Dread going to the lawyers for a simple sales-and-purchase agreement? Ever wish you could divorce your spouse from the comfort of your living room? If so, then you’re in luck.

A lawyer is attempting to make his profession “obsolete” — in certain matters — by developing template agreements and apps that people can use themselves instead of relying on lawyers to handle property purchases, divorces, or the preparation of wills.

Edmund Bon explained that documents such as sales and purchase (S&P) agreements for property purchases, uncontested wills and probate, accident claims, divorce petitions as well as mitigation and bail in criminal cases are not as complicated as imagined. (more…)

Sarawak not bowing to new threat on its oil palm policy, says Masing

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak will not bow to any threats from multinational companies over its palm oil policy after another multinational company has declared it would reconsider buying crude palm oil (CPO) planted in the state’s deforestated areas, declared its Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic).

“Sarawak will continue to cultivate on its land and make it productive for its people in a sustainable manner,” Masing said in reaction to the statement made by the president and chief executive officer of the American privately-held multinational Cargill Incorporated, David W. MacLennan, who insinuated in his interview with CNN on Wednesday that as deforestation is the main cause of climate change, Cargill would reconsider buying CPO from deforestated areas.”I am disturbed by the statement,” Masing said. (more…)

‘Making English must pass subject not enough’

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Samuel Aubrey

PBB veteran Dato Peter Minos does not think making English a compulsory pass subject for students is sufficient to increase proficiency in the language.

He stated that until and unless it is made a medium of instruction from primary to tertiary level, one cannot speak and write in English well because it is a tough language to master.

“Even that (making English as a medium of instruction) is not sufficient – English must be spoken at home and workplaces. Teaching English on a piecemeal and ad hoc basis, as done now, will not work and will not make graduates proficient in English. It is now for the policy-makers to re-think and make a new decision,” he said yesterday. (more…)

EC denies it will table motion on delineation

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mkini

The Election Commission (EC) has denied a claim by a PKR MP that it would be tabling a motion on delineation in Parliament.

PKR’s Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Sin had said earlier today that he expected the EC to table a motion for an electoral delineation exercise when Parliament reconvenes next month.

But EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof dismissed the claim.

“Not true,” he told Malaysiakinitoday when asked if the EC would table such a motion. (more…)

Is Pakatan Rakyat Sarawak breaking up?

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Dukau Papau

Is Pakatan Rakyat in Sarawak breaking up?

This appears to be so after DAP issued its Pakatan Rakyat partners in Sarawak an ultimatum on July 21 this year, threatening to quit the coalition if PAS and PKR refused to declare their stand on the implementation of hudud in Malaysia.

While Sarawak Pakatan chief Baru Bian did declare PKR’s stand on the issue, not only outside as well as in the state assembly, PAS refused to do so. In fact PAS is said to be not bothered if DAP quits the coalition.

Now, three months have passed since the ultimatum was issued, and the situation in Sarawak Pakatan is very quiet. (more…)

Azmin is the new Selangor MB. End of Pakatan crisis?

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File picture of Sultan Sharafuddin at the opening of the State Assembly in Shah Alam. Second and third right are Azmin and Wan AzizahAlyaa Alhadjri

While the appointment of Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali as the new Selangor menteri besar today may end the political impasse in Selangor, it is undeniable that the “damage has been done” to Pakatan Rakyat and work must be done to control its impact and ensure survival of the three-party coalition.

Yesterday morning started with all concerned parties remaining tight-lipped over the candidate to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but all signs started pointing towards Azmin later in the day, culminating in him obtaining the full backing from his own party, as well as from PAS and DAP very late in the day.

The PKR deputy president will be sworn in to office during a ceremony at Istana Alam Shah, Klang, this morning. (more…)

Pakatan, like Umno, is irrelevant in Sarawak

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Jimmy Adit

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

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

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

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

Anwar wants Azmin out

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Azmin-lagiRoslan Bistamam

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

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

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

Only Utusan has total freedom, says Marina Mahathir

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

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

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

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

Taibs Get RM150m Contract For Museum About Themselves!

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Taibs Get RM150m Contract For Museum About Themselves!

Sarawak Report

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

As the Borneo Post explained it:

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

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

September 25, 2014

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

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

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

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

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

The Ibans: Party loyalists with giant-sized egos

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Jimmy adit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Reform constitution to avoid future MB crisis’

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

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

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

Khalid departs with two indelible black marks

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khalidKoon Yew Yin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A dangerous precedent in Selangor

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P GUNASEGARAM

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

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

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

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