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July 25, 2014

Time for Parliament reform

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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…)

On women leaders

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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…)

Sarawak PKR chief paints dismal picture of Sarawak

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baru bian sarawakJoe Fernandez

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…)

Najib must prove his mettle

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Selena Taynajib

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…)

Harsh Islamic Law Loses Momentum in Malaysia

Hudud 2Our Correspondent

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…)

July 24, 2014

Expert: Sultan has no say in choice of MB

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Mkini

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…)

Malaysia has failed Sarawak, says Baru Bian

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Mkini

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…)

Selangor risks snap polls if Khalid ousted, say lawyers

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VThe 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. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 23, 2014.. ANBALAGAN

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…)

Judges must validate decisions in cases involving constitutional issues, say lawyers

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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. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Shafiq, July 23, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

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…)

Pakatan’s 7-point proposal for Sabah, Sarawak

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Mkini

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…)

Hudud row threatens to split Pakatan in Sarawak

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Anna Chidambar

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…)

Najib playing his cards right

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Mkini

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…)

July 23, 2014

‘All Sarawak parties must make stand on hudud’

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Mkini

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…)

‘Stop the dam, we live here, we’ll die here’

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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…)

What the Quran says about Jews and Christians

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e9f9b-ancient-macedonia_exhibition_02Ro Waseem

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…)

Ex-CJ: Islam under threat in DAP-ruled Penang

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Mkini

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…)

July 22, 2014

MH17: The bad, the ugly, and the good

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V Shuman

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…)

Sarawak DAP threatens to pull out of coalition

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Sarawak PakatanJoe Fernandez

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…)

Transparency, not politics, for MH17

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Hudud 2Jim Long

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…)

High Court orders return of CDs containing the word ‘Allah’ to Melanau clerk

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 Malaysian Insider pic by Shafiq Safiee, July 21, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

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…)

Pakatan lawmakers admit plunge in support in Selangor ‘worse than expected

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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…)

No country for these children

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Children who obtained their birth certificates with the assistance of NGOs such as DHRAA MalaysiaRaphael Wong

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…)

Court orders return of confiscated Christian CDs

Hafiz Yatim

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…)

July 21, 2014

Sarawak DAP on Pakatan boycott over hudud

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Dukau Papau

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…)

10-point confessions of polygamists

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Mariam Mokhtar

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…)

Baram villagers witness first hand proof of empty promises

Anna Chidambar

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…)

July 19, 2014

A declaration in support of Negara-Ku

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yin and yangConcerned Malaysians

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…)

Accountability, honour and dignity

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Vincent LimRoh Moo-hyun

I am indebted to many people and have caused a great burden to be placed upon them. I can’t fathom the countless agonies down the road and the rest of my life would only be a burden for others.

“I am unable to do anything because of poor health. Do not be too sad. Isn’t life and death all a part of nature? Do not be sorry. Do not feel resentment towards anyone. It is fate. Cremate me and leave me only a small tombstone near home. I have thought of this for a long time.”

With the above purported suicide note to his people, the ninth President of the Republic of Korea Roh Moo-hyun, aged 62, apparently jumped to his death from a 150-feet cliff near his home village of Bongha on the morning of May 23, 2009. (more…)

July 18, 2014

‘Invited tender’ process to enrich cronies, says DAP

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak DAP believes that  the ‘secret’ conversion of two road projects  between Kapit and Kanowit worth RM100 million each from the ‘open tender’ process to that of ‘invited tender’ process  by the Finance Ministry is to enrich the crony companies of certain Sarawakian politicians.

It is known to the public that 10 of the companies have been listed; and six of them are said to be closely related to PBB politicians.

In a letter to the Finance Ministry, Sarawak DAP chief and MP for Bandar Kuching Chong Chieng Jen demanded to know the names of those chosen or invited to tender for the two road projects, and the reasons they were so selected. (more…)

Road bullies come in all shapes, sizes and sexes

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V Shuman

What comes to your mind at the mention of road bullies?

You would probably imagine an aggressive, brawny man covered in tattoos, in a souped-up car or superbike, intimidating a motorist who has found himself/herself at the receiving end of his wrath.

In Malaysia, this is not always the case. Here, road bullies come in all shapes and sizes, and do not discriminate sexes.

It could very well be a petite, headscarf-wearing woman who, while armed with a steering lock, unleashes her fury on a motorist who had accidentally knocked into her spanking new ride. (more…)

Malaysia must demand international action

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Josie Fernandez

We grieve for the loss of lives, we grieve with the families of those whose lives have been cut short in MAS flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur .

We grieve for this nation .

The global media is showing charred bodies, Malaysian passports, parts of the plane and providing eyewitness reports of journalists such as “Many of the bodies were still in their seat belts and still attached to pieces of the plane,” @stavernise at the scene of the #MH17 crash. New York Times quoted in the Guardian at 1.30am. (more…)

Wong and three ex-SUPP leaders form new party

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Dukau Papau

Former Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) deputy secretary-general and local government and community development minister Wong Soon Koh announced this afternoon that he and three other state assemblypersons have formed a new party – the United People’s Party (UPP).

The party was registered on July 14, 2014, and the three assemblypersons who teamed up with Wong are Jerip Susil (Bengoh), Ranum Mina (Opar) and Johnichal Rayong (Engkilili).

On May 15, 2014, Wong (left) and the three elected representatives announced that they were joining Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras). (more…)

Radio stations take a beating in social media for giving road bully airtime

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V Shuman

Looks like the head honcho of Astro Radio networks has some explaining to do.

Not only explaining, but a lot of damage control measures will come in handy, as they have pissed off thousands of listeners and netizens in general by giving air time to a road bully aka Kiki Kamaruddin.

The woman was interviewed on both Era FM and English stations Hitz.FM for “her side of the story”. She became notorious and much hated after a video of her brandishing a steering lock and bullying an elderly motorist who had accidentally knocked into her Peugeot 208 went viral.

Both radio stations are run by local satellite provider Astro, under their radio wing. (more…)

New KL Archbishop has heavy cross to carry

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From left: Pakiam and JulianFrancis Paul Siah

On July 3, I joined my fellow Catholics in welcoming news of the appointment of Rev Father Julian Leow as the new Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

The post has been vacant following the retirement of Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam eight months ago. Pakiam is required by canon law to step down as head of an archdiocese upon reaching 75.

Julian’s appointment by Pope Francis was announced by the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino. The embargoed July 3 press release carried a Vatican City dateline, attesting to its importance and supreme hierarchy of the Catholic Church. (more…)

Deplorable lives of those evicted for Sarawak dams

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Dukau Papau

Ethnic communities in Sarawak are hardening themselves to oppose the further construction of hydro-electric power (HEP) dams in the state after witnessing the miserable conditions that those moved out for the Bakun and Murum dams live in.Recently, 175 people from the Kenyah, Kayan, Penan and other ethnic communities visited the Bakum Dam resettlement area at Sungai Asap and the Murum Dam resettlement at Tegulang and were shocked by deplorable conditions there.

The broken promises made to the communities resettled there has further hardened their anti-dam fight, Save Rivers Network Sarawak (Save Rivers) chairperson Peter Kallang said today.

The two-day visit from July 13, organised by Save Rivers, was to enable those from the Baram Dam development area to see for themselves the resettlement areas and listen to the experiences of those forced to make way for the two HEP dams at Bakun and Murum, Peter said. (more…)

July 17, 2014

Only Malay-Muslims can save Malaysia’s pluralism

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Chinese MuslimWong Chin Huat

Traditionally, pluralism in Malaysia is advocated by the ethno-religious minorities and only tolerated by the majority.

For pluralism to survive and thrive, this pattern must change: the main task of defending pluralism must lie with the Malay-Muslims.

The disappearing minorities’ ‘veto power’

Minorities – non-Malays, non-Muslims and/or non-Bumiputeras – should accept this cruel reality that their defence for pluralism may not matter much for the future of a plural Malaysia. (more…)

Enough of warnings to armed militants, time to shoot to kill

Ng Kee Seng

To all the murderous armed militants and terrorists who have been raiding Sabah’s tourism eastern shores unabated for years, don’t say you have not been warned.

Now that the Malaysian navy has been given the shoot-on-sight Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Malaysians expect to see a significant drop in such raids that challenge the sovereignty of Malaysia.

Alas, Sabahans can heave a sigh of relief and possibly sleep more soundly now that the federal government is taking the armed intrusions seriously. (more…)

‘Prices just keep rising’

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price_up_300Selena Tay

The economic situation for the ordinary people is certainly not improving.

price_up_300The increase from 3.00% to 3.25% of the OPR (Overnight Policy Rate) on July 10 means that one has to pay higher interest on servicing one’s personal loans, housing and car loans and credit card payments.

Former Kuala Selangor MP who is now the Executive Director of the PAS Research Centre, Dr.Dzulkefly Ahmad is of the view that the situation will further burden the ordinary rakyat. (more…)

Malaysians not ready for hudud, survey finds

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The latest survey by Merdeka Center found that some 58% of Malay Muslim respondents say the country is not ready for hudud. –  The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 16, 2014.TMI

The latest survey by Merdeka Center found that some 58% of Malay Muslim respondents say the country is not ready for hudud.

A majority of Malaysians are not ready for Islamic penal code, or hudud, to be implemented in the country, a survey by Merdeka Center for Opinion Research has found.

The survey, carried out among Peninsula Malaysia voters, saw 58% of Malays, 59% Chinese and 61% Indians agreeing that Malaysia was not yet prepared for the law.

“The survey found that only 25% of the total respondents and 30% of Malay respondents believe that the country is ready for hudud laws implementation at this time,” Merdeka Center said in its release today. (more…)

Gender issue should not bar Azizah from becoming MB

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From left: Wan Azizah and KhalidAlyaa Alhadjri

Why shouldn’t PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail be the next Selangor menteri besar to replace the embattled Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim?

If at all there is any valid reason, certainly it should have nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman, as claimed by Umno legal advisor Mohd Hafarizam Harun.

To imply that a woman may face obstacles to hold a public office due to biological differences because of her gender is certainly discriminatory, demeaning and could be seen as a desperate attempt to exercise traditional male dominance. (more…)

Petronas taken to task for not informing residents of clean-up

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Inset: Baru at the Petronas briefing in Lawas on 24 June 2014Anna Chidambar

The ongoing massive clean-up and repair by Petronas along the entire stretch of the 600km interstate Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline (SSGP) is giving folks on the Miri-Bintulu border the jitters after the fire incident over a month ago.

Many residents were worried when they witnessed huge plumes of whitish gas fumes shooting up into the air from several points of the pipeline project not far from Bintulu town on July 12.

Amateur video footage lasting 30 seconds showed a motorist filming a big column of gas shooting into the air some 500m from KM72 Bintulu-Miri portion of the Pan Borneo Highway. (more…)

Time’s ripe for woman MB

wan_azizah_300Baradan Kuppusamy

And Wan Azizah is eminently qualified, despite what an Umno lawyer has said.

Menses or no menses, PKR President Dr.Wan Azizah Ismail is eminently qualified to become the next Menteri Besar of Selangor, provided the Pakatan Rakyat coalition is willing to change horses midway.

In giving his opinion that a woman, because she menstruates, could not do the job, Umno lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun was saying that Dr.Wan Azizah was automatically disqualified.

His statement was designed to embarrass her. (more…)

Najib’s lack of commitment to change justifies Asianomics report

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NajibKhoo Kay Peng

It is not surprising that the Asianomics Country Report has painted an unflattering outlook for Malaysia. It has reserved a sharper and critical assessment of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership. The report stated that “the prime minister has displayed a puzzling inability to take action; content, it seems, just to stay in power after his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition kept the government after 13th general election.”

Of course, supporters of the prime minister are going to raise doubts about the profile and credentials of Asianomics Limited, founded by Dr Jim Walker, as a respectable and credible research institute. A check on the Internet has revealed that Walker was a chief economist at CLSA, an independent brokerage and investment group based in Hong Kong. The company provides equity broking and execution services, corporate finance and asset management services to global corporate and institutional clients. (more…)

Does the Malaysian Parliament need reform?

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88887-malaysiabumiputeradebateRama Ramanathan

What’s Parliament supposed to do? How many Malaysians can answer that question by speaking non-stop for one minute? Can you? Where should you look for a good answer?

When I say “Member of Parliament,” whose picture comes into your mind? What is he or she doing? Where is he or she doing it? Does the scene occur during election season or after? Do you know how your MP measures up against other MPs’? What tasks should fill an MP’s waking hours?

I looked at the website of the Parliament of Malaysia to see if there is a description of an MP’s roles and responsibilities. I could not locate anything. So, I turned to the British Parliament. (more…)

Who really ‘scores’ in Sarawak’s industrialisation plans?

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The Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy, or SCORE, stretches from Tanjung Manis  in the south to Samalaju in the north of Sarawak.– Map courtesy www.recoda.com.my, July 17, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON AND SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Carved out of what was once lush jungle on the north eastern shore of Sarawak, is a town that its politicians claim will transform Malaysia’s largest but poorer state’s economy, and place it on par with the country’s wealthiest states.

Called Samalaju, the town will have some of the biggest heavy industry factories and smelters Sarawak and the rest of Malaysia in what is the biggest draw so far for investors in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy (SCORE) – the master plan to industrialise Sarawak.

But the people this grand plan is supposed to help – native villagers miles from it and local businesses around Samalaju – seriously doubt the government’s narrative. (more…)

July 16, 2014

No, I’m not leaving PKR, says Khalid

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“At first I was photographed with (Prime Minister) Najib and then I was photographed with (PKR de facto leader) Anwar.

“And then I also took photos with (PAS president) Abdul Hadi. So based on the photos alone, I have joined many parties,” said Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in rubbishing talk that he is defecting from PKR, according to a SelangorKini report today.

Previously, a photograph of Khalid with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was circulated online and this sparked speculation that he was defecting to Umno. (more…)

‘Najib short-changing Sabah, Sarawak’

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Joe FernandezSee Chee How

PKR has challenged Najib to reveal the allocations granted and received by Sarawak and Sabah, the BN’s ‘fixed deposit’ states, through federal ministries and agencies.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak has pointed out that based on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s statement in Kota Kinabalu on Saturday, he has conceded that the federal government has been short-changing Sabah and Sarawak.

PKR has urged Barisan Nasional (BN) parties in the two states to take a firm stand towards Putrajaya on the matter. (more…)

Change polls system, not just processes

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MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

At the lecture organised by Bersih 2.0, Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (Proham) and Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last Sunday, University of Glasgow’s Prof Sarah Birch, an international leading expert on electoral malpractice, one common question struck many members of the audience – is it time now to change the electoral system and not just the electoral process?

The comparison in the electoral systems brought up by Prof Birch was interesting and one which has been of interest, too, for our Malaysian academicians. So how do we decide which system is appropriate for Malaysia? (more…)

What are Malaysia’s goals?

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87fec-poor9Hafidz Baharom

Of late, I’ve been feeling that we as a nation have become lethargic, and truth be told, Malaysia is in need of some introspection. This is plainly because we have no goals that anyone can see us achieving as a nation.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says that there needs to be a measure to everything, for us to know that we are headed in the right direction.

It is taught in Islam that if we do not grow better from one day to the next, then surely we have wasted our time. And mind you, Malaysia is wasting time and running out of it fast. (more…)

What’s wrong with us? It’s always the woman’s fault

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Natisah (left) and FirdausMariam Mokhtar

Malaysia appears to be a sexist nation. We have forgotten that bringing up a child is not just the mother’s responsibility.

Muhammad Firdaus Dullah, a 15-year-old with cerebral palsy, was found in a deplorable condition, in the storeroom of a flat in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. Firdaus’ mother was blamed for his neglect, but few questioned the role of Firdaus’ biological father, or his stepdad.

Crude comments ranged from Firdaus’ mother being only interested in “making babies”, then absolving herself from the responsibility of looking after her child. Others said that as a mother, she should have known how to look after her son. (more…)

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