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August 22, 2014

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

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See Chee HowDukau Papau

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

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

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

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

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From left: Najib, Mahathir and AbdullahHazlan Zakaria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Longer tenure for timber licence

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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

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

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

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

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

Time for all to condemn Islamic State for their violence

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

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

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

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

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

August 21, 2014

Act against racism and religious bigots before it is too late

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Ng Kee Seng

If the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) is trying to turn Malaysia into a regional militant state, then it is doing a hell of a great job.

If that is not BN-Umno’s intention, then it had better seize control of the situation and act against racism and religious bigots who are bent on destabilising national unity.

Peace-loving Malaysians have remained sane and calm because they value peace and harmony for a prosperous Malaysia. (more…)

Oh, Pakatan – what has become of you?

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gender-segregationNatesan Visnu

A year after 2013, the leaders who we trusted with our votes have betrayed the very essence of morality and public trust.

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” – Charles Bukowski

gender-segregationThe 2013 general election was a waste of people’s time.

It was a meaningless election fuelled by big words – “Reformasi”, “Ubah”, “Ini Kalilah”, and long streams of propaganda that promised to be a true revolution. (more…)

Time to change the FPTP system?

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MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

Many of us are familiar with the Malaysian electoral system of first past the post. We have had this system since independence and it’s seems to be stuck with us for life. It is about time to re-evaluate the electoral system for what it is worth. Many critics have viewed this system as anti-democratic and produces distorted results.What is the First Past The Post system?

Under the First Past The Post (FPTP), voting takes place in single-member constituencies. Voters put a cross in a box next to their chosen candidate and the candidate with the most votes in the constituency wins. This system works on the basic concept of ‘winner takes all’, where each constituency is represented by only one elected member/representative. (more…)

Nurul vs Utusan defamation case settled out of court

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Bernama

The defamation suit filed by Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar against Utusan Group editor-in-chief Abdul Aziz Ishak and Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad concerning her statement on religious freedom for Malays, was solved today after the two parties reached the out-of-court settlement.

High Court Judge Hue Siew Kheng recorded her consent judgment in chambers in the presence of Abdul Aziz’s counsel Wan Azmir Wan Majid and Nurul Izzah’s lawyer Azhana Mohd Khairuddin.

Speaking to reporters later, Wan Azmir said both the plaintiff and defendants agreed to solve the case without admission of liability. (more…)

Najib holds tongue on Dr M, again

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Mkini

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak chose the path of silence again when asked by reporters to respond to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s scathing criticism against him.

Asked on Mahathir’s claim that he is “worse” than fifth prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the PM just smiled and walked away.

This is the second time he has refused to comment on Mahathir’s attack.

The day before, he told reporters that he will respond at the next available time, fulfilling Mahathir’s criticism that Najib (left) too often chooses to keep quiet and is “soft” on critical issues. (more…)

Timber companies will soon have to toe the line

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timber sarawakNeesha Sangara

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma says that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability

Timber companies in the state must obtain internationally recognised forest management certification by 2017.

World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) in a statement said that it is 100 per cent in support of Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem’s proposal that timber companies must get international certification.

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma said that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability. (more…)

Merdeka: What will our resolution be?

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merdekaJD Lovrenciear

The future of our nation looks bleak unless visionary, virtuous leaders take the lead and work for the people, not power and money.

Malaysia is facing hard times. We fight a battle not with a foreign enemy but with ourselves.

Not only did the nation witness and mourn for the many lives either lost or unaccounted for in two separate aeronautical tragedies this year, the people continue to bear the brunt of deep divisiveness within and between political parties.

The most recent hammering of Prime Minister Najib Razak by Mahathir Mohamad has been met with divisive statements from supporters on both sides. (more…)

August 20, 2014

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Turns on Najib

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John Berthelsen

The emperor, Mahathir says, has no clothes.

After months of behind-the-scenes criticism, Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has publicly withdrawn his support for the current premier, Najib Tun Razak, likening Najib to the fable of the emperor with no clothes.

Mahathir delivered a blistering verdict on his blog, Che Det, in Malay language, citing a litany of sins on the part of Najib, who came to power in April of 2009 – after Mahathir led a successful months-long charge to get rid of his own successor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. As the story unfolds, Najib is overseas on a controversial holiday in the Cote d’Azur, Sardinia, Rome, London and other waypoints. (more…)

The trouble with Wan Azizah is…

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

The people who doubt Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s suitability as Selangor menteri besar (MB) and who claim that Malaysia is not ready to accept a woman to govern either the state, or the nation, are wrong. Step forward, the self-appointed ‘First Lady of Malaysia’ (FLOM), Rosmah Mansor.

In the past, many people, especially those from Umno Baru, despised the FLOM because they believe that she was masquerading as the FLOM when she was really the prime minister. Najib Abdul Razak, they said, is her proxy. So, are the critics of Wan Azizah afraid that the top echelons of political power will become too crowded with women? So, who are the groups which are sabotaging Wan Azizah?

Many people claim they want change, but when faced with opportunity for change, which is to have Wan Azizah as the MB, they develop cold feet. They fear uncharted waters. Dr Wan Azizah is not unfit to be MB, but Malaysians are afraid of change. (more…)

The high cost of getting high

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Mariam Mokhtar

What do these have in common? In early August, two British medical students were fatally stabbed in the centre of Kuching by four men. Earlier this year, two teenage girls were raped by about 30 men in a disused hut in a village in Kelantan. In 2010, a mother and daughter were scarred for life after an attacker poured acid over them. In Terengganu, in August 2010, a man in his thirties abandoned his centenarian wife, Wook Kundor, despite promising that he would care for her. Earlier this year, a lorry driver allegedly veered into the path of the car which carried Karpal Singh, killing him.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The feature which links these crimes is men who were high on drugs. (more…)

Symmetrical characters, parallel fates

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Terence Netto

Now that the cat has sprung out of the bag and is dashing about among a wider public, the only news would be if anyone has died of shock from the revelation that Dr Mahathir Mohamad has withdrawn support for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

After months of premonitory sniping at the premier by his satraps, notably A Kadir Jasin and Zainuddin Maidin (left), the man himself has come out in the open with a formal declaration of hostilities.

There is no more cogent example of déjà vu nor self-parody than the producer himself reiterating he is about to re-start a familiar business – the demolition of a sitting PM. (more…)

August 19, 2014

The high cost of getting high

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Mariam Mokhtar

What do these have in common? In early August, two British medical students were fatally stabbed in the centre of Kuching by four men. Earlier this year, two teenage girls were raped by about 30 men in a disused hut in a village in Kelantan. In 2010, a mother and daughter were scarred for life after an attacker poured acid over them. In Terengganu, in August 2010, a man in his thirties abandoned his centenarian wife, Wook Kundor, despite promising that he would care for her. Earlier this year, a lorry driver allegedly veered into the path of the car which carried Karpal Singh, killing him.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The feature which links these crimes is men who were high on drugs.

Drug-related crimes and substance abuse are worsening in Malaysia. So, what percentage of crimes, especially violent crimes, was carried out by people under the influence of drugs? Three per cent? Eight per cent? Thirty per cent? Or eighty per cent? (more…)

Dr M’s antipathy towards Najib festering for months, say his men

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s word still carries weight in Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must respond wisely to the former’s criticism of his administration. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 19, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s word still carries weight in Umno and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must respond wisely to the former’s criticism of his administration.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s antipathy towards Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has simmered for the past four months, say those who know the long-serving former prime minister, adding that it was a matter of time before it blew out in the open.

But whether it would have an effect on Najib both as Umno president and his ability to govern the country remains to be seen, they said, noting that Najib was too well entrenched in the Malay party for anyone to challenge him. (more…)

Dr Mahathir withdraws support for Najib government

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would criticise Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration even if it meant opening himself up to abuse. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 18, 2014.TMI

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lashed out at Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration, saying he was withdrawing his support for Najib as his criticism had fallen on deaf ears.

“I have tried to give my views to him directly, which are also the views of many people who have met me,” wrote Dr Mahathir today on his popular blog, chedet.cc.

“I have no choice but to withdraw my support. This has not been effective so I have to criticise,” he said, adding that Najib was no better than his predecessor, Tun Abdullah Badawi. (more…)

Kpg Lebor Serian’s NCR landowners feel ‘discriminated’

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Borneo Post

Some villagers in Kampong Lebor Serian are crying foul over Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)’s decision to suspend their smallholder farmers’ licence to sell oil palm fresh fruit bunches (FFB).

According to one of the land owners, Jengga Jeli, on July 26 this year, he received a showcause letter from MPOB demanding an explanation why his smallerholder farmers’ licence should not be suspended or revoked for allegedly stealing FFB from a joint-venture (JV) company, TH Pelita.

The villagers of Kampung Lebor had won their case at the Kuching High Court and, subsequently, at the Court of Appeal that the disputed NCR land belonged to Kampung Lebor villagers. (more…)

Selangor crisis exposes brittle ties inside Pakatan, say analysts

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PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) greets PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, as secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali looks on, during a meeting among Pakatan Rakyat leaders in Subang Jaya, yesterday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 18, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (right) greets PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, as secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali looks on, during a meeting among Pakatan Rakyat leaders in Subang Jaya, yesterday.

The Selangor Menteri Besar crisis may soon be over, but what caused it to drag on and become messy, would likely cause more crises like it to blow up between the three ideologically distinct Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties, analysts say.

Just like the crisis over the Islamic penal code or hudud in April, the Selangor MB crisis is a symptom of how the internal struggle in PAS is getting in the way of better cohesion in PR. (more…)

What has race got to do with being a true Malaysian?

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Mike Tan

There never will be a true Malaysian, so says former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

A recent Bernama report stated that Mahathir believed that a true Malaysian would never exist as long as people continued to hang on to their own identity, culture and language.

He said that the situation was different in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand as “There, the people of various races, languages and cultures accepted one identity for the sake of the nation and their future.” (more…)

August 18, 2014

We know ‘bin’ doesn’t mean Muslim, Sabah NRD says of wrongful conversion claims

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Dusing reiterated his call on the NRD to rectify cases of Bumiputera Christians with 'bin' or 'binti' in their names being wrongly classified as Muslims in their MyKads. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaJulia Chan

The Sabah branch of the National Registration Department (NRD) today denied it had wrongly categorised Christians here as Muslims, insisting the changes were made after verifying records of the applicants.

Disputing the complaints raised by Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah on behalf of 162 locals, Sabah NRD deputy director Adrian Allan Richard said the department was aware that the use of “bin” or “binti” in Sabahan names does not necessarily mean the person is Muslim.

As such, the department would not automatically “convert” their religion to Islam without checking their records. (more…)

NGOs must remain non-partisan

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JOSIE FERNANDEZ

With rapid socio-economic development and access to education, Malaysians are now more aware of their individual and collective rights. This has resulted in the growth of a vibrant civil society in Malaysia, despite a number of restrictive laws.

NGOs play critical roles as watchdogs of good governance, democracy, human rights, environment and many other issues.

In demanding greater accountability of government, NGOs have consistently raised questions about power, transparency, participation and democracy. (more…)

Sarawak native group takes minister to task for being sidelined

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

An Orang Asal think tank, the Dayak Informal Group (DIG), has taken the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office to task for dismissing its concern over an alleged marginalisation of the community in certain departments and agencies.

Richard Lias, a DIG spokesperson, said that the denial made by the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman (pic) was not enough to put the issue to rest.

“Instead, the government must be transparent by providing the facts to counter the allegation and prove its sincerity and honesty. (more…)

Consistency in politics – Khalid’s last lap

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Nathaniel Tan

Khalid Ibrahim’s latest statement clearly signals that he is ready to pass the baton, as soon as a new menteri besar is agreed upon by all relevant parties, and all the relevant procedures have been followed.There is some debate as to what those procedures are, and whether a dissolution of the state assembly will be necessitated. I suppose that depends, at least in part, on whether Pakatan Rakyat can agree on a new menteri besar.

I have withheld comment on Khalid’s moves since he was sacked from PKR, in order to wait for major events to play out. I think now is a good time to try and understand why he did what he did, and what is next for him.

I cannot persuade those who will read this as justification. Over this last week, I have thought long and hard about such individuals, and have penned a carefully considered response. (more…)

Facebook and the Selangor crown prince

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Bob Teoh

Just the other day my Pinoy friend, Chito Del Fierro Delavega, Facebooked me from Manila about a shocker of a scandal surrounding the crown prince of Selangor.

“Is this true Uncle Bob?” he asked me about a sensational story alleging the prince had converted to Catholicism.

This is a story the mainstream media will never ever touch in Malaysia. Although there is no lèse majesté law in the country, unlike in Thailand, anything on the monarchy is strictly off limits in Malaysia.

Rookie journalists learn this from Day 1. But not so with the social or new media. Nothing is off limits, although they tread gingerly on such egg shells. (more…)

August 16, 2014

Use GST revenue to uplift the poor

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gst_flag_300x200Selena Tay

Since the GST will affect the poor, the money collected should be channelled into programmes to benefit the community.

The full list of goods to be given the Goods and Services Tax (GST) waiver announced by Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah in June should be known this month.

While the Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers have touted GST as a regressive tax, others have countered by claiming that this method of taxation is fair and responsible because the more you consume the more you will be taxed.

Even if that is the case, the poor and the low-income group will be unable to escape being taxed after GST is imposed on April 1 next year. (more…)

Villagers won’t move out from dam area

Bengoh damWinston Way

Bidayuh villagers affected by the Bengoh dam project will not move out from their customary land and will not accept any compensation from the Sarawak government.

Residents of three Bidayuh villages affected by the Bengoh dam project said the government has no right to evict them because it is customary land and belonged to the natives.

The villagers from Kampung Rejoi Nyegol, Kampung Bojong Siting and Kampung Sait-Muk Ayun said the land could not be used for business.

Villagers’ representative Tawet Anak Sanyok said the affected villagers had the right to live on their own customary land. (more…)

August 15, 2014

PAS grassroots want to stay with Pakatan, but will follow leadership

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The PAS leadership will decide on Sunday whether to back embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and the decision could spell the end of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 15, 2014.ANISAH SHUKRY

Despite their convictions that PAS must stay in Pakatan Rakyat (PR), grassroots leaders of the Islamist party say they will yield to their leaders’ decision on the menteri besar impasse in Selangor that threatens to break up the pact.

The PAS leadership remained non-committal last night on whether Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim should make way for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, beyond saying that it was not a gender issue.

“We do not want to be with Umno. We want PAS to remain loyal to PR. We have been together for a long time, we are comfortable working with PKR and DAP,” PAS Subang commissioner Mesni Mohd Dahlan told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

MB crisis: All eyes now on palace and PAS

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Mkini

Even though PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail claimed a majority in the state assembly earlier today following the support of two PAS representatives, there are still major hurdles that she and her party need to clear with the Selangor palace and PAS.

The relationship between Wan Azizah as well as PKR and the Selangor palace and PAS would come under increasing scrutiny over the next few days, which could decide the fate of the state’s leadership.

Central to this is whether PKR and its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim would be willing to submit a second candidate for the MB post. (more…)

PKR should dissolve itself for losing the plot ???

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Never in the history of any major political party in Malaysia have there been such infantile happenings like what is going on now in PKR. Once the party is made to be a one-man show whereby PKR is Anwar Ibrahim and Anwar Ibrahim is PKR, the party comes to a virtual standstill. This stagnation had resulted in the party having zero political ideology and also very blur in what its political mission and goals are.

It is sickening to see what is taking place in Pakatan Rakyat. It was supposed to be the alternative to the already bankrupt BN, but it is showing signs of immaturity. The bickering among the coalition partners had been off and on and is making all those who support this coalition getting frustrated, annoyed and very disappointed and also very much disillusioned. (more…)

August 14, 2014

Delineation and seats increase (Part II)

MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

Presently, there are 222 seats with Sabah having 25; Sarawak 31; Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya 13; and the 11 states in peninsula Malaysia, 153. On Feb 23, 2014, the Election Commission (EC) has hinted at a possibility of seats increase in several states, where its chairperson has declared a possible increment of between 15 and 20 percent in Selangor, Johor, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah, among others. (The Star Online)

But how does the EC decide on the number of seats for each state? What is their basis?

Inter-state malapportionment (more…)

Sarawak villagers regain NCR land after seven-year battle

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Dukau Papau

It took the residents of Kampung Spaoh, Gedong, Kampung Menat Ili, and Kampung Menat Ulu, Gedong in Sarawak seven years to win the return of 5010 acres of native customary rights (NCR) land after a long and expensive court battle against the state government.

They spent sleepless nights worrying that their NCR land might have been lost forever after the government leased it to three companies.

“But now, they can rest as the High Court yesterday declared that they have native customary rights over the land,” said their lawyer See Chee How (centre in photo).

However, that is the first hurdle crossed as the government may appeal against the decision. (more…)

One vote for Khalid is one vote for Umno

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IMG-20140814-WA005Sherilyn Goh

At the height of the menteri besar crisis, Selangor Umno chairperson Noh Omar, being the opportunist that he is, has so excitedly jumped on the bandwagon of condemning PKR by claiming to have known of Khalid’s wrongdoings all along.

Ironically, just after his master subsequently issued commands for all of Umno’s assemblypersons to throw their unconditional support behind Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim should a vote of no-confidence against the now independent MB be called for in the state legislative assembly, Noh Omar deferentially obliged, of course.

Same goes for their MCA colleagues who are ready to call for a press conference to censure PKR and Pakatan for Khalid’s wrongdoings on the very same day the commands were issued. They have no choice but to relent on an opportunity to score political brownie points. Poor MCA somehow has to remain irrelevant and bow down to their political masters as always, and like their Umno counterparts, to speak and act against their conscience. (more…)

Singai Bidayuh civilisation faces wipe-out threat

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Dukau Papau

Some 16,800 people of Singai Bidayuh origin are worried that the bedrock of their heritage and civilisation as well as their livelihood embedded in some 3,000 acres of forest around Mount Blassan are now under a serious threat of being wiped out by a crony company.

Twelve village chiefs representing the people have lodged a police report and have written to Chief Minister Adenan Satem to stop the company from clearing their forest for an oil palm plantation.

So far officers from the Forest Department and Land and Survey Department have visited the area following their complaint. (more…)

August 13, 2014

After ‘Allah’ ban, Sabah Christians demand return of religious freedom

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Sabah Christians are demanding that Putrajaya return their religious freedom to them, after the Federal Court ruled against the Catholic Church in using ‘Allah’ in its weekly, Herald. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 9, 2014.TMI

Sabah Christians, declaring that their faith is under siege, want Putrajaya to return their religious freedom to them, following the Federal Court ruling in June denying the Catholic church leave to appeal against the “Allah” ban on its weekly, Herald.

Continuing their “mamangkis” war cry against the threat to their Christian faith, they deemed the Allah ban an attack against the people’s constitutional right to practise their religion without hindrance.

At the launch of the mamangkis gathering in Papar today, Sabah Catholic archbishop John Wong said the nation was being confronted with an unprecedented threat to the Christian faith. (more…)

August 12, 2014

NCR ruling is ‘head intact, body from waist severed’

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Mkini

The judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Chung in a packed courtroom on Friday Aug 8 at the Bintulu High Court was received with mixed feelings by the people of Long Bangan in the district of Belaga. They consider the judgment as ‘head we get but the body from waist to toes was severed’ and given to aliens.

The judge held that only the cultivated land also known as ‘temuda’ created before Jan 1, 1958, which the plaintiffs had successfully proven, can constitute native customary rights (NCR) land. Although the judge did not specifically mention that pulau galau (reserved forest) and pemakai menoa(longhouse territorial domain) did not form an integral part of NCR land, he omitted discussing the issue. (more…)

Expert: A pity S’gor ruler didn’t end MB debacle

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It is a pity that the Selangor palace did not end the confusion on the status of the state menteri besar, said constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari today.

He was commenting on the ruler giving his consent to Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to continue as menteri besar despite the latter being sacked by PKR.

Aziz said Selangor ruler Sharafuddin Idris Shah could have asked for Khalid’s claim that he still commands majority support in the state assembly to be put to test. (more…)

As crisis deepens, could Azmin enter the fray?

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As the crisis deepens over the Selangor menteri besar position, the chances of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, who has long eyed the post, might still be alive despite his party nominating Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as their new MB candidate.

Azmin, who has had been one of the earliest critics of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s administration, could still have PAS’ backing to become the new MB.

This is following revelations that PAS is ready to withdraw its support for Khalid to stay on as MB – but while requesting for PKR to submit a different name as MB candidate. (more…)

Malaysia’s education: Can it get worse?

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A significant number of parents have opted to send their children to international schools where standards are higherLim Teck Ghee

In the past few months, we have had a stream of negative news focusing on our educational institutions and system. The latest, relating to the forced dismissal of a university academic from his position as director of a research centre in Universiti Malaya, has led to Tun Musa Hitam lending his voice to the demand by many quarters for the Education Ministry to investigate the allegation of political interference in the running of the university and to clarify the matter to the public.

According to the former deputy prime minister, the government should not be defensive and “bash” those who criticise it, nor should it keep silent over these accusations. (more…)

Name those who support you, Ambiga urges MB

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Former Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan has called on Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to name those who support him.

This is in response to Khalid’s announcement that Selangor’s Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah consented to Khalid staying on as MB.

“Tan Sri, in the interests of the people of Selangor, please name those in the (state legislative) assembly whose support you say you have,” she said in a tweet to Khalid. (more…)

August 11, 2014

Anti-dam protesters dig in at blockades as leave deadline passes

Natives protesting against the Baram dam and manning the blockade at Long Kesseh rest outside their quarters during a break in their watch. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 7, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Natives protesting against the Baram dam and manning the blockade at Long Kesseh rest outside their quarters during a break in their watch.

Natives protesting against the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam have begun to fortify their positions at the blockades they set up to thwart its construction as the deadline for them to leave the area lapsed on Sunday.

Despite rumours that “the police and forest officers are coming” to dismantle the blockades, the number of people manning it has reportedly increased tenfold from the usual 10 to more than 100.

“We are not in favour of violence but we will do all it takes to defend our land,” Peter Kallang, chairman of Save Sarawak Rivers Network, or known as Save Rivers, told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

In Islamic activism rethink, violence or democracy?

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Amika Wardana

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), what is now self-proclaimed as the Islamic State (IS), has sparked wide public attention, particularly after the release of a video that went viral on the Internet calling on Indonesian jihadists and sympathizers to join the cause.

For Muslim activists in Indonesia the recent development ignites a contemporary dilemma related to their strategies to achieve the goal to (re-)Islamise society. They will be forced to choose between exercising violence, both physical and psychological, as successfully exemplified, at least temporary, by Isil, or adopting a democratic way through participation in the country’s political system, which has given them rather unsatisfying results so far — at least since the 1998 reforms. (more…)

When even RM12,000 a month isn’t enough to get by in Malaysia

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A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, December 29, 2013.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER TEAM

A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner.

How much does it take to have a decent life in Malaysia? That has been the top question in the country in the past few years and a greater concern in 2014 as electricity rates and transport costs go up and subsidies go down.

While Putrajaya talks up proposals to help the people mitigate rising prices with cost of living labs and possibly even more targeted subsidies, most Malaysians are looking at the prospect of expenditure exceeding their monthly salaries.

One of them is Caroline Wong, who believes her combined household income of RM12,000 is not enough to sustain a living in Penang, famed for its beaches as much as it electronics manufacturing sector. (more…)

A tale of two Pakatan mentri besar

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Koon Yew Yin

When the political history of Malaysia for this period is written I am sure that special attention will be given to the role of two state political chiefs – the Mentri Besar of Selangor, Khalid Ibrahim and his Pakatan counterpart in Perak, Nizar Jamaludin and their role in handling the political crisis that emerged during their tenure.

Firstly it should be noted that both Mentri Besar helped make political history in that they and their Pakatan Rakyat colleagues captured power in the two prized states from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Secondly, much was expected of them in not only providing leadership that would be a change from the corrupt and anaemic state governments that preceded them but also in helping the coalition government of Pakatan become a serious contender for national power. (more…)

August 10, 2014

Khalid has to give up post, it’s not heirloom, says ex-Selangor MB

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Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib told embattled Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that he should let go of his position as MB as he had been rejected by his party. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 9, 2014.MD IZWAN

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has to step down as Selangor menteri besar (MB) as he has been rejected by his party, said former MB Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib.

“I feel that when PKR has made a decision to remove him, he (Khalid) should obey.

“Conventionally, that is the understanding in a coalition,” Muhammad, who is also known as Mat Taib, told The Malaysian Insider.

He was the Selangor MB from August 1986 to April 1997 when he was still with Umno. He joined PAS before the 13th general election last year. (more…)

Khalid’s PKR sacking reminiscent of Anwar’s Umno expulsion

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Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s sacking as a PKR member today slightly resembles party de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s expulsion from Umno nearly 16 years ago.

But Khalid (pic) remains Selangor Menteri Besar despite being fired from PKR for defying party orders to make way for party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Anwar was fired as deputy prime minister from the Mahathir government on September 2, 1998 after a fall-out and accusations of abusing power plus a sodomy charge.

A day later, the Umno supreme council met and sacked Anwar from the party. The sacking led to 17 days of Reformasi protests in a cross-country campaign led by Anwar himself. (more…)

Over 3,000 Punans without clean water

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A total of 161 Punan families, comprising over 3,000 villagers, at Punan Bah, Belaga have been without clean water for consumption and domestic use for two weeks.

The village is located about two and half hours by express boat from here.

“Two weeks now since the end of July, not even a drop of rain and our gravity feed water pipe is all dried up. We are facing a very severe and acute crisis of no clean water for consumption as well as domestic purposes like bathing and cooking,” said Kapit District Council Councillor Melai Alang, who resides in Punan Bah. (more…)

August 9, 2014

Sultan ‘duty-bound’ to right menteri besar crisis

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Abdul Aziz Bari

Things are getting more confused by the day, especially when there are reports that the Azmin Ali camp in PKR disagrees with the nomination of party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new menteri besar of Selangor.

This was evident from what happened during the press conference  called by the Selangor PKR deputy chief and MP for Ampang, Zuraida Kamarudin, on Wednesday.

So, apart from the insistence of PAS that Abdul Khalid Ibrahim be retained as menteri besar, one can clearly see cracks developing among PKR assemblypersons. (more…)

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