Thiru Jr Karasu
“Protests that start through non-violent persuasion should not be treated as illegal civil resistance campaigns. A high-handed approach to resolving protests is counter-productive and only strengthens the resolve to continue.”
Once upon a time, I underwent a compulsory 25-day survival course in Singapore’s Pulau Ubin as part of an airline cadetship programme. Unlike the wishy-washy survival packages today where participations get hot lunches and power showers, that one was exhausting and guaranteed to shed blood.
The most challenging part was a five-night solo stay in the jungle. There was no tent, no flashlight, no weapons, insect repellants or toilet tissue. Every man had to find his own water, forage his own food or make his own kill. (more…)
Not so long ago I read a book with the title ‘Crisis in the Muslim Mind’ by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman, who is rector at Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Petaling Jaya. He was writing about what he sees as the Muslim world facing some form of crisis. I am paraphrasing this title for this current writing as I, too, feel that the Malay-Muslim community is facing some form of crisis as I shall narrate below.
This crisis surfaced when former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad conducted a public forum by asking Kassim Ahmad to revive the latter’s views and opinions on the Quran and its link with the Hadith. (more…)
Adenan echoes Taib warning that Malayan political parties are undesirable in Sarawak and their entry would be against the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement
Newly installed Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has reiterated his predecessor Taib Mahmud’s stand that Umno will never be welcome in the state.
“We cannot allow Umno to land in Sarawak because we don’t need the party to come,” he is said to have told Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) supreme council members as well as it youth and women’s wing leaders on Monday. (more…)
Senior corporate lawyer Tan Sri Cecil Abraham is being investigated by a three-man Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board (ASDB) committee for professional misconduct for allegedly preparing a statutory declaration (SD) for the late private investigator P. Balasubramaniam (pic), who was not his client.
The contentious SD was to counter Bala’s first sworn statement which had incriminated Datuk Seri Najib Razak and several other personalities in relation to the 2006 murder of Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Sources told The Malaysian Insider the ASDB decided to hold the proceedings after finding there was a sufficient prima facie case against the lawyer for professional misconduct. (more…)
Small-holders in Sarawak earn RM227 per hectare a month and it is “grossly unfair and unreasonable” to deny them market access, says Malaysian Palm Oil Council.
The Malaysian oil palm industry has denied that it contributes to deforestation, saying that “it is the least” to be worried about.
Blaming international NGO campaigns with western vested interests, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) chief executive officer Yusof Basiron said the industry was more and more focused on sustainability.
“It (sustainability) is to be perceived as a challenge faced by the Malaysian oil palm industry today. (more…)
Hafiz Yatim & Ahmad Fadli KC
While thousands of Christians in Malaysia pray and fast in the holy season of Lent which begins today, Ash Wednesday, they also wait with bated breath for the Federal Court hearing of the Catholic Church’s appeal over the use of the word ‘Allah’.
Likewise, Malay Muslim pressure groups such as Perkasa, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) and Jalur Tiga (Jati) are expected to converge at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya – the home of the country’s highest court – to call on the judges to uphold the appellate court decision.
Lawyers for the archbishop of the Catholic Church are hoping to gain leave (permission) to appeal the Court of Appeal’s controversialdecision last October barring the church from using ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its The Herald weekly. (more…)
The Federal Court today heard that the home minister has to enforce the ban on Catholic weekly The Herald in order not to bypass the powers of the rulers.
The argument was put forth by lawyer Mubashir Mansor, who was representing the Selangor, Johor, Malacca, Federal Territory and Kedah religious councils.
He said this in explaining that the home minister cannot go against the Malay rulers, as some of the states have legislation barring use of the word ‘Allah’ among non-Muslims. (more…)
Baru (left) being briefed by the teachers about the flood problem at SK Siang-Siang.
The construction of SK Long Sukang new building is abandoned due to the contractor’s financial problem.
The Education Ministry is urged to seriously look into all the problems faced by rural schools in the state, especially with the RM1 billion allocated by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently.
Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian said The Borneo Post’s revelation yesterday on the lack of clean water supply and poorly built teachers’ quarters at SMK Tinjar in Lapok, was proof that many rural schools in the state were in ‘pathetic’ condition and in need of urgent action from the ministry. (more…)
The Malaysian Bar welcomes the recent urging by the prime minister for all Malaysians not to pay heed to the extremist elements in Malaysia.
The prime minister has succinctly identified the dangers, for Malaysia and Malaysians, of pandering to these elements, describing their actions as wrong and tending to destroy the trust between races.
He has warned that we must not let these instigators overpower us. (more…)
The Sarawak state opposition has urged Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to go on a tour of some of the state’s rural primary schools to see for himself how the children are coping without water supply to the schools.
“It’s a really stinking situation,” state PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) said after returning from a weekend visit to his rural constituency of Ba Kelalan where he said some of the schools in the Lawas–Tinjar areas have had no piped water “for years”.
He said what he knew could probably be only the “tip of the iceberg” with more schools experiencing the same fate. (more…)
The Federal Court will hear the Catholic Church’s application for leave to appeal tomorrow.
It could be all over for Malaysia’s Catholic Church tomorrow in its fight over the right to use the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its weekly publication, Herald.
The Federal Court will hear whether the church’s application for leave to appeal ought to be given, five months after the Court of Appeal had ruled that the home minister was right in prohibiting the use of the word in the Herald. (more…)
Malaysiakini’s editor-in-chief Steven Gan shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with Home Minister Zahid Hamidi, just like two old friends who had bumped into each other at the local kopitiam; but behind the smile and Zahid’s “truce”, should Gan watch out for the knife to be plunged into Malaysiakini’s back?
The two met when Malaysiakini won the award for Social Media Excellence at the World Bloggers and Social Media Awards 2014 ceremony, held in Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 26, 2014, when Zahid had presented the trophies.
Zahid’s bonhomie contrasted deeply with his maiden speech, on being made home minister, in May 2013. That was when he warned, that he would monitor “every word, every sentence, every paragraph and every news item in Malaysiakini”. (more…)
Lim Sue Goan
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the government would unveil the “national reconciliation solutions” over the next few months, but will such solutions dispel the various conflicts now standing the way of interracial relationship in the country?
Unless you go in from politics, it is not going to be that easy to fix the problem.
Ethnic differences have widened by the day in the manipulative hands of irresponsible quarters. Even the PM himself is concerned about this, writing in his blog that we need not reprimand these racist extremists as we only need to ignore them and deny them of any chance of promoting or recognizing their ill-intentioned ideas. (more…)
John R. Malott
Like other friends of Malaysia overseas, I have followed the controversy over the use of the word “Allah” with interest, but also with great concern. For I believe that this issue, if left unchecked, has the potential to tear Malaysia and the dream of “Bangsa Malaysia” apart.
While there are racial and religious issues in every society, what makes the situation in Malaysia different is that it is the government that has condoned and even provoked these tensions for its own political purposes.
For years, UMNO justified its existence by saying that the Malays are under threat, and that only UMNO could defend “the Malay race”. (more…)
I refer to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s well-meaning advice to “just ignore extremists”.
With due respect sir, there are many Malaysians who will sincerely agree with me that that is not the way to deal with extremists.
Their inflammatory statements and worse still, their dangerously provocative and evil acts, based on racial and religious hatred, must instead be nipped in the bud! (more…)
The interactive Sarawak Geoportal includes an overview of concessions granted for logging and palm-oil plantations as well as raw data on the rapid deforestation in the state.
Switzerland-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) has launched a new interactive internet-based geoportal that would help track use and misuse of any land in Sarawak.
The site has Sarawak’s confidential official maps, detailed information on land use changes and rainforest destruction in Malaysia’s largest state, said BMF director, Lukas Straumann. (more…)
Amendments must be made to the PBS to lessen the burden on students and teenagers, says PAGE.
The school-based assessment (PBS) system can still operate in schools, but it should be tweaked so as not to burden either teachers or students, said education lobby group Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE).
PAGE chairman Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said the PBS’s objectives were good as it aimed to remove rote learning and an exam-centric system by allowing students to gain marks through other means besides the end-of-year exams. (more…)
Idris Jala’s defence of the cabinet’s position over the ‘Allah-Alkitab’ crisis and the 10-point solution is untenable because it is fundamentally flawed. Although he made it clear that this is his personal opinion, Idris is basically defending the cabinet over an indefensible policy.
The cabinet’s 10-point solution of 2011 is flawed because it is essentially a one country, two laws policy. This is both wrong and unacceptable.
The 10-point solution was imposed unilaterally by the cabinet, although discussions with some church leaders were held behind closed doors. The immediate response of the umbrella body, the Christian Federation of Malaysia, was to reject the solution. (more…)
Lim Mun Fah
I am not complacent about the race I belong to, how brilliant its culture is, how ancient its history is and how great the achievements it made.
Of course, I love my race, love its good and bad. I hail its advantages while tolerating its shortcomings.
I hold the same attitude towards religion.
Most of the time, I do not mind the different racial and religious identities with others. What annoys me is man-made racial and religious discrepancies, as well as misunderstandings and conflicts caused by racial and religious prejudice. (more…)
Malaysia’s multicultural fabric seems fraying but ordinary folk are not raising to the bait of some people who appear to want this country to go up in smoke. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 25, 2014.It appears to be no coincidence.
Since the severed head of a cow was paraded through the streets in August 2009 to protest against the relocation of a Hindu temple in Shah Alam, Selangor, there has been a constant attempt to spark race and religious clashes in Malaysia.
That did not work. This year, it was a banner that was mysteriously hung outside churches in Penang that proclaimed Jesus Christ was the son of Allah. (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
Malaysians are in double jeopardy. They not only have a government that rubbishes the “rule of law” (nomocracy), but they also have to contend with no “rule of justice”.
The government is making Malaysia look more and more ridiculous to the world by the day. And who will have to pay for the Umno-led Barisan Nasional’s folly? All Malaysians except the “filthy rich”.
Why? Because no investor, both domestic and foreign, will want to risk putting their money in a country where there is no justice and fair play. Jungle laws are no more tenable. (more…)
A week after he resigned as deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, P Waythamoorthy told the Indian Malaysian community that he was sorry he had been unable to help them improve their lives.
Why did he not apologise to the rest of the rakyat, too? It was partly Waythamoorthy’s treachery which deprived Malaysians of the best opportunity to change the government in GE13.
We were disgusted that he could even contemplate forming an alliance with Najib Abdul Razak, let alone complete the deal. Was he just naïve, or was he just another pompous and reckless wannabe politician? It would be pointless telling Waythamoorthy, ‘We told you so!’. (more…)
Christian missionaries have been spotted in Pinggiran USJ in Subang Jaya distributing Bahasa Malaysia leaflets on the religion, says a blogger who is questioning their motives.
Abdul Karim Omar, who is also Muafakat Malaysia secretary-general, makes this claim in two different postings dated Jan 17 and Feb 21 in his blog akarimomar.wordpress.com.
In the Feb 21 posting, Karim says two foreigners were spotted distributing the BM leaflets in USJ, Selangor. (more…)
The 10-point solution outlined by the cabinet in 2011 does not contradict various state enactments outlawing use of the Bible for propagation, and the Court of Appeal’s decision on the ‘Allah’ ban, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Idris Jala.
While noting that the issue is highly sensitive, Idris (left), in his opinion piece published by Kinibiz today, explained that the 10-point fix does not condone non-Muslims propagating non-Islamic faiths to Muslims. (more…)
Outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is expected to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Shah Mu’adzam on Friday to receive his credentials as the seventh Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri.
Bernama has learned that the audience will be held at Istana Negara at 3pm and Taib will return to Kuching on the same day.
In a statement today, the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Department said the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri would be given a rousing reception at the Kuching International Airport at 8pm on his return from Kuala Lumpur. (more…)
Sarawak currently has about 1,287 inmates in its six prisons state-wide, director of the state Prison Department, Abdul Kadir Rais said in Sibu today.
Of the number, 25 percent are foreigners, he told reporters after presenting a paper at a crime prevention briefing session with 600 secondary students and the National Service Training camp participants from the Bumimas and Junaco Park Camps, at the Civic Centre.
The one-day function was organised by the state branch of the Malaysian Anti-Crime Foundation (Yayasan Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia). (more…)
The difference between the violent chimpanzees and the peace-loving bonobos appears to be linked to the role of their females.
I’VE just watched a fascinating lecture on whether animals have morals. In various laboratory experiments, it’s been shown that capuchin monkeys and dogs do care about how their friends feel.
If they see a friend in pain, they will try and comfort them.
If they see that getting a food reward means that their friend will suffer from an electric shock, they will forego food rather than subject their friend to such pain. (more…)
Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, one of the two unpicked potential candidates to be Sarawak’s next Chief Minister, spoke at length during a press conference on Thursday but he revealed very little insight.
The typically wisecracking Johari began the press conference at 10.15am by reading out from a statement.
The long-serving politician pledged full support to the incoming Chief Minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
His statement ended with a Malay poem: “Struggle is about sacrifice. Positions and ranks are not priority. The rakyat’s well being is our dream”. (more…)
Sources at JKR claim there is “not enough” water to supply to the outskirts of Betong town.
For the past one and a half years, the water supply in the outskirts of Betong, Layar and Engkili has been irregular and ‘available’ only when a complaint is lodged with the Public Works Department (JKR).
But according to a frustrated cafe owner Albert Yee their numerous complaints have fallen on deaf ears. (more…)
Malaysians must band together for a “peaceful resistance” against ongoing racial and religious strife facing the country, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (pic) said last night when recalling founding prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman’s legacy for Malaysia.
The former co-chair of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 said those who want to fight racism and bigotry must unite and stand together with the oppressed. Malaysia’s political mercury spiked in the past few months with a church attacked with a firebomb over the Allah issue and threats against an opposition lawmaker over a satirical video clip. (more…)
WOW! Riza Aziz’s Secret Beverly Hills Mansion HOLLYWOOD EXCLUSIVE
Instant movie mogul, Red Granite’s Riza Aziz, has purchased a secret Hollywood mansion in the most expensive part of Beverly Hills overlooking LA.
Sarawak Report has established that 36 year old Mr Aziz, who earlier spent some three years working in London for HSBC, purchased 912 N Hillcrest Road for $17.5million in September 2010.
The property sprawls over 11,500 square feet and has 5 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. It looks out over an enormous swimming pool and views of West Hollywood. (more…)
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An Indonesian court has found the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies within Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and orangutans can be found living together in the wild.
The court ordered the company to pay 114.3 billion rupiah (US$9.4 million) in compensation and 251.7 billion rupiah (US$20.8 million) to restore the affected areas of forest.
Tripa burning in 2012. (Photo by Paul Hilton/ SOCP/YEL)
The case was brought against PT Kallista Alam by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment. (more…)
A special court has to be set up immediately to solve the dilemma Dayak landowners face over the grabbing of their native customary rights (NCR) land by the Sarawak government, Sarawak PKR said today.
NCR land cases have increased alarmingly every year as a result of disputes between native land owners and the state government, PKR Lubok Antu Division chairperson Nicholas Bawin said.
“Up to now, there are more than 400 NCR land cases pending hearing in the High Court and more are coming as the landowners have no way to settle their disputes with the government, other than through the court. (more…)
Against a backdrop of Selangor religious authorities preparing to clampdown on non-muslim’s use of Allah, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today questioned Christian motives for “annoying others” with their insistence on using the Arabic word to refer to God.
The country’s longest-serving prime minister said the Arabic term for God was only a common usage among Christians in Sabah and Sarawak.
“All this while, we have never quarrelled about this because they (Christians in the peninsula) never use the word, so why irritate other people, it won’t hurt them not to use the word Allah. (more…)
There is little Putrajaya does when cries of human rights abuse and the trampling of democracy reverberate.
‘When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.’ -Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid hero and former South African president.
From the ‘mysterious’ deaths of detainees while in police custody to the cover-ups of deaths implicating government agencies, the central government led by the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has done its best to bury the ‘rights’ of its people as deep as possible. (more…)
Native landowners from as far as Simunjan, Sebangan, Lundu and Sri Aman displayed a united stand at a rally in Kuching today.
They urged Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to return lands that have been grabbed, to respect the rights of the natives on land and respect the decision of the courts on the definition of native customary rights (NCR) land.
They also want the state government to cease immediately the construction of mega dams as well as to stop exploiting the state’s resources. (more…)
The crowd at Padang Merdeka in Kuching today, to protest the Sarawak state government’s acquisition of customary lands.
Hundreds of Sarawak native customary rights (NCR) landowners staged rallies across Sarawak today to protest the state government’s alleged forced acquisition of their land.
They also demanded that the BN-led government respect their rights to determine how their land should be developed.
The demonstrations in conjunction with Human Rights Day today were held in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and also in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. (more…)
Today is Human Rights Day and it is on this date that in 1950 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”.
In the last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland last October on which Malaysia was under review, the Malaysian Government in its opening speech declared its commitment to the protection and promotion of Human Rights in the country. (more…)
As Murum natives continue to fight the ongoing impoundment of the hydroelectric dam there, natives in Baram are protesting the construction of another dam in their area.
According to Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, to date, at least 350 natives have camped out in two locations in Baram for 40 nights to protest the proposed dam.
Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby, he said the camps are in “sordid” condition but the natives refuse to budge for fear of the “poor treatment” of the natives of Bakun and Murum will happen to them. (more…)
In Malaysia, history has a way of repeating itself, that too at the whims and fancies of the ruling government.
The country’s leadership has proven its penchant for extravaganza, with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and deputy Muhyiddin Yassin wasting away millions on renting and maintaining private jets.
If spoiling the country’s top most seven VVIPs is not bad enough, the federal government between 2010 and 2012 gladly wasted US$25.2 million (RM80.53 million) for rental, RM16.515 million for maintenance and RM3.32 million on improvement of the VVIP jets. (more…)
The natives want the government to pay interest on delayed payment of compensation.
Residents of the Bakun Resettlement Scheme (BRS) in Sungai Asap and Sungai Koyan in Belaga, Kapit have filed a suit against the Sarawak government for failing to pay interest on the compensation for the loss of their original longhouses.
They named the Kapit Land and Survey Department superintendent and the Sarawak government as the first and second defendants. (more…)
Members of a church congregation. Lawyers have warned that the October 14 ruling by the Court of Appeal applies to Christians nationwide. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 13, 2013.Sarawak churches have urged Putrajaya to show more commitment to religious freedom in Sabah and Sarawak in a three-point request unveiled at a forum in Kuching today.
According to the three-point request, read by Association of Churches Sarawak chairman Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok to more than 1,000 people at the forum, Putrajaya should: (more…)