MOHAMED HANIPA MAIDIN
March 12, 2014
Alfian ZM Tahir
Bersih says EC must involve the public in its re-delineation of electoral boundaries.
Speaking to FMT, Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah alleged that the commission had a record of always disregarding objections from the public in its delineation exercises.
She proposed that it changes its procedure by formally consulting the public prior to the next exercise. (more…)
March 11, 2014
How long do we have to wait to see what BN will forfeit for their immediate gain of putting their political nemesis away?
Umno now earns for itself the contempt and disgust of the electorates to whom it is beholden for its right to govern.
In the decades past this BN government knows that every deed they do for our nation, every nefarious activity they do to advance the cause of their political entities and for personal gain have been put into the public domain to be perused, used and abuse by the public as they deem fit. (more…)
LOOI SUE-CHERN AND ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH
Pakatan Rakyat leaders at a convention which was held in Shah Alam yesterday. Analysts predict the coalition will receive a boost in its support base following Anwar’s conviction for sodomy.
The Court of Appeal’s conviction of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy and the five-year jail sentence meted out to him just four days before the Kajang by-election campaigning kicks off will result in a public backlash against Barisan Nasional (BN), political analysts said.
Professor Ahmad Atory Hussain, a political science lecturer from Universiti Sains Malaysia said the latest development was likely to deliver Pakatan Rakyat (PR) a bigger win in the state seat this time. (more…)
March 10, 2014
Polls reform group Bersih 2.0 said it will hit the streets with yet another mammoth rally if the Election Commission does not heed demands on the redelineation process expected to be launched in Parliament next year.
Until then, Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah (left) said, the coalition’s Delineation Action and Research Team (Dart) will be spearhead objections at each constituency while the coalition will continue to pressure the EC via the media.
“If all this fails, and they (EC) really don’t want to listen to us because they have a different agenda, then (Bersih 4.0 rally) is inevitable,” she toldMalaysiakini after Dart’s national launch today. (more…)
For nearly 16 years now, Malaysian politics has been stuck in skullduggery just because one influential and popular individual by the name of Anwar Ibrahim was – and is – determined to challenge Umno’s hegemony embodied by Mahathir Mohamad’s autocracy.
The sodomy issue is like a sword of Damocles that hangs forever over Anwar’s head. When he was acquitted for the first time over Sodomy II back in January 2012, some were quick to attribute the verdict to a restoration of judicial integrity. How premature the conclusion was, I would say.
Although there have been cases where justice was seen to be done, including a series of decisions against Umno mouthpieces such as Utusan Malaysia and TV3, it would seem that the judiciary remains very much beholden to the powers-that-be whenever the latter’s ultimate authority is severely challenged. (more…)
Koon Yew Yin
Can the non-Malays be blamed for Mokhzani Mahathir’s low position in wealthiest Malaysians list?
There are many variants of this argument that he comes out with, such as that the DAP is running the show in Pakatan Rakyat; or that PKR and PAS leaders have sold out to the DAP; or that the Christians have an ulterior motive in raising the Allah issue, and are to be blamed for the rise in tension and resentment in the country. (more…)
PKR today announced party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as its new candidate for the Kajang by-election.
Wan Azizah will replace her husband Anwar Ibrahim, the PKR de facto leader, who was initially the party’s candidate for the by-election, but is now disqualified from contesting following his five-year jail sentence for sodomy handed on Friday.
This was announced by Anwar at a press conference in Kajang this afternoon, who temporarily remains a free man after being granted a stay of execution by the Court of Appeal.
The charge against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the manner in which his appeal was handled fuels the perception that the opposition leader was persecuted and not prosecuted, the Bar Council said.
Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong (pic) said that in the first place, the archaic provision under the Penal Code which criminalises sodomy and oral sex should never have been brought against Anwar.
“The case has unnecessarily taken up judicial time and public funds, and has muddied the waters of our justice system.
“We also have grave misgivings with respect to the manner and timing in which the appeal was handled, especially over the way in which mitigation and sentencing proceeded,” Leong said. (more…)
The transgression of justice with which the Court of Appeal had summarily convicted and jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the charge of sodomy on March 7 will go down as one of the most shameful episodes in Malaysia’s judicial history.
The court has not only regurgitated the falsehood spewed by the prosecutor lock, stock and barrel, but rushed through to overturn a solid High Court decision and passed a five-year jail sentence in lightning speed, against all established judicial norms and common decency.
In doing so, it has shown the entire world how hopelessly servile our judiciary is to its political masters.. (more…)
March 9, 2014
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…)
Ahmad Mustapha Hassan
Malaysia, after more than half a century as an independent and sovereign country, has now moved backwards into the dark ages. This is so because of the claim of superiority by a small group among the Malay/Muslim community. This misguided group feels that they are actually the masters in this country and wrongly believe that they are superior to all the other citizens.
The majority of the Malays do not subscribe to the misguided notions of this small wayward group.
They are filled with hate and nothing else. They have nightmares during the day that they are being threatened by groups that want to annihilate their religion and their community. (more…)
March 7, 2014
Sarawak PKR reminded Sarawakians today that it was during the chief ministership of Abdul Rahman Yakub that the rights of the state as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement were surrendered to the federal government.
“Do you know that Sarawak lost its rights during the chief ministership of Rahman (right in photo)? Seventeen of our rights in the 18-point agreement were given to the federal government on a silver plate.
“The only thing he did not give up was the control on immigration,” Sarawak PKR information chief Vernon Kedit said today. (more…)
March 6, 2014
If Barisan Nasional (BN) is trying very hard to lose elections, then it is doing a damn good job.
When will its leaders learn that the use of intimidation and threats just does not work anymore in a more informed and educated society.
This is no more the 60s or the 18th century! It is the digital world of the 21st century!
Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi was quoted by the media on March 1: “The government does not need to give any development allocation to Kajang unless BN wins.” (more…)
Two key Pakatan Rakyat leaders of two of the richest states in the peninsula – Selangor and Penang – have been photographed with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in official events within a week.
Are the events just coincidence or a prelude to a historic national reconciliation, both socially and politically, slowly but subtly engineered by 1Malaysia Najib?
If the “agreements or understandings” are no coincidence, then there is hope for Malaysians to see Najib transformed into a prime minister for all Malaysians. (more…)
March 5, 2014
Pakatan must rejuvenate after losing momentum, direction, focus and purpose post-GE13.
As everyone knows, the key to solving a problem is first of all to acknowledge that there is a problem. Once that is clear, then everyone can work together towards solving the problem before it becomes unsolvable.
Now the reason why this columnist senses that there is a problem is because Pakatan seems to lack direction and purpose after the GE13 defeat. (more…)
March 3, 2014
Time Magazine, which came under scrutiny last week for an article depicting the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Najib Razak apparent failure to deal with race relations and growing religious intolerance, will have to watch its columns.
The international weekly is said to be under ongoing scrutiny, with the matter of the article written by Zoher Abdoolcarim still under investigation by a unit tasked to monitor foreign publications at the Home Ministry.
A source said a handler at the ministry is preparing a report that will be submitted to the Ketua Setiausaha (Chief Secretary) of the ministry, soon and it is only then a decision will be taken on Time article. (more…)
A local English paper dated Feb 25 reported Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin as saying that “the government will consider the suggestion and make a decision soon” in its write-up under the title of ‘Decision on ‘race’ in govt forms soon’.
The suggestion in question was mooted by Unity and National Integration Minister Joseph Kurup with the purpose of improving race relations in order to enhance national unity.
He added that government policies should not consider a person’s race and therefore race identification was not necessary in official documents. (more…)
February 27, 2014
Reverend Father Andrew says the Herald’s circulation is controlled and sent only to Catholic churches.
The Catholic Church has once again reiterated that its weekly newspaper, Herald, is a “controlled” publication, meant only for distribution in Catholic churches, dismissing Putrajaya’s allegation that it is widely circulated.
Herald editor Reverend Father Lawrence Andrew brushed aside Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala’s claims that the newspaper’s “potentially wide circulation” could make it a tool of Christian propagation. (more…)
February 26, 2014
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…)
February 17, 2014
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim greeting members of the congregation at the Holy Family church in Kajang yesterday.
Malaysians learnt a few things over a rather hot weekend, from opposition leaders who reached out to all, to ordinary Malaysians preaching harmony and the few troublemakers who appear to incite trouble.
Some might still think opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is a political chameleon but his visit to a Kajang church yesterday proved one thing – he was willing to take the bull by the horns and reach out to all Malaysians irrespective of their faith. (more…)
February 14, 2014
J. D. Lovrenciear
Anwar Ibrahim has no right to be a leader. So reports Bernama.
According to Bernama news, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad a once-upon-a-time prime minister of Malaysia said that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) – a rising star of prime ministerial hope for many, has no right to be a leader.
With the Tun’s latest nightmare tantrum addition, the rakyat will now keep wondering since when did this edit come into place on the Malaysian political landscape. (more…)
Dr Abdul Aziz Bari
Many people have questioned the rationale for the setting up of the Syariah or religious police. Some like former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad doubted its necessity, saying doing religious duties and rituals should be a matter of faith rather than due to compulsion.
Some others, such as former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan, have raised the issue of the competence of the police force to deal with Syariah law, saying that they should first be trained in that law and this was just too much. Therefore, Musa argued, the police should focus on combating crime. (more…)
Ex-Catholic Maximus Johnity Ongkili, a member and preacher of the Borneo Evangelical Mission and therefore a non-Catholic, has stirred a hornet’s nest by saying that the Catholic weekly Herald should not have gone to the Court on Allah.
He may have dug his political grave in Kota Marudu unless support from the Borneo Evangelical Mission alone is enough to save his political career and future. (more…)
February 13, 2014
The temperature was close to sizzling. So I decided to remain indoors and seek respite from boredom in the realm of online videos. Then I chanced upon an epic scene.
The hero flips a cigarette into the air, whips out a pistol, points it upwards, and fires without looking. The bullet ignites the cigarette, which he then catches between his lips with ease.
For the uninitiated, this might lead to a stabbing pain in the chest medical practitioners refer to as myocardial infraction. But for the rest of us, this is Rajnikanth! The reigning superstar of Indian cinema, whose outlandish celluloid antics have defied logic and the laws of physics for decades. (more…)
Any leader who has been entrusted to govern the country will need to demonstrate that he is in total control of the government and that he has the full backing of his own political party.
He has to show that he has the qualities to be the leader. He has to be decisive and he has to act promptly to avert any untoward incidents that would harm the people.
He has to have a vision and a goal to achieve. His full concentration should be on the welfare of the people and their future well-being. This is especially so when the country is moving towards achieving fully developed status. (more…)
Lim Kit Siang speaks during ‘Legasi Bapa Kemerdekaan – Tunku Abdul Rahman’ at New Era University College in Kajang, Selangor, yesterday.
The veteran DAP politician said Tunku would want to see a united country, something which is contrary today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, February 11, 2014.Had Tunku Abdul Rahman been still around, he would have been disappointed with the elements that are trying to divide Malaysia and its people. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s plans to become Governor of Sarawak may have hit a snag.
The constitution of Sarawak does not allow anyone who is engaged in commercial enterprises or benefits from them to be either chief minister or head of state.
However, Taib has so far sidestepped the state’s constitutional strictures by not being directly linked to any of the multiple commercial enterprises he is accused of running.
According to Article 2 (2) of the Sarawak constitution, the State Governor “shall not hold any office of profit and shall not actively engage in any commercial enterprise.” (more…)
If this is the ‘transition’ plan, then there is a likelihood that Mahmud Abu Bekir will be Sarawak CM post-2021 state elections.
Latest rumour linked to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Balingian seat has thrown up his son Mahmud Abu Bekir as a likely contender.
The speculation also has it Mahmud will not takeover as CM as yet. (more…)
Sarawak’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is prevented “by the law” from revealing the identity of the individual who is to succeed Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Wanita PBB secretary Nancy Shukri, also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of law, said the Sarawak constitution stipulates the need for the state governor to first consent to the candidate.
“We are not trying to keep it secret but legal processes need to be adhered to. We know he (Abdul Taib) has somebody in mind but we cannot mention it,” she told reporters today. (more…)
February 12, 2014
Could PBB senior vice-president Awang Tengah Ali Hassan be the choice of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud when he retires at the end of this month, considering Taib’s parting call for “Sarawak must be led by Sarawakians” as an indication?
Political observers believe Awang Tengah fits the bill as he is known to be anti-Umno, has a strong personality and has been groomed by Taib to handle Sarawak’s multi-billion ringgit ministries, such as the Public Utilities Ministry, the Industrial Development Ministry and the Resource Planning and Environment Ministry. (more…)
The nation is saddened by the deplorable antics by a group of men who claim themselves to belong to some Islamic NGOs.
The act of slaughtering the chickens and smearing the blood on a banner depicting Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, DAP Member of Parliament Teresa Kok and PKR state assemblyperson Lee Khai Loon, is an insult to all Malaysians.
Such an act simply does not augur well with the qualities of being a good Muslim and a citizen of this country. It surely does not represent the good values in Malay culture. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will meet the state governor over his resignation this Saturday.
“Not yet, on the 15th (of February),” Taib told journalists when met at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching this evening.
Yesterday, he said he would submit his resignation when he meets the governor. (more…)
I am writing this as I contemplate the fate of our country while resting after being involved in a nasty accident last week. I feel very sorry that my wife’s car, Dr Kamsiah’s black beauty, is now a total wreck and we are not sure how long the adjusters will assess the loss as a total loss or whether it has to be repaired.
I hope the insurance company and its adjusters would be kind to my wife and I by not prolonging the painful process of making an insurance claim. The positive thing from that accident was that the driver of the other car, a non-Muslim Chinese and I, a Malay Muslim, did not have a quarrel. We resolved matters in the manner that accidents are resolved. We showed care and compassion for each other to ensure that neither of us suffered grievous bodily injury. We were civil despite our different race and religion even in those tense moments. We behaved as how civil people behave. We behaved like we are one people, like true Malaysians. (more…)
PBB senior vice-president Awang Tengah Ali Hasan has denied that the 11th Sarawak election is looming after an election security briefing this morning.
“This (discussion) is normal, held from time to time, and not unusual. It does not necessarily mean an election will be held,” Awang Tengah told a press conference in Kuching this evening. (more…)
As Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic) prepares to step down after 33 years at the helm, the Anglican Church in the state has come out to commend him for his bold stand on the Allah controversy and hoped his successor will do the same.
Southeast Asia’s Anglican Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok today expressed hope that Taib’s successor will maintain the spirit of inclusiveness which Sarawak has enjoyed under Taib.
“The Anglican church in Sarawak commends Taib for his bold and unambiguous stand on the Allah controversy. (more…)
Our enemy is hiding where we don’t think to look. He is not assembled at the border for an invasion, nor is he waiting on the high seas to land on our unguarded beaches.
The enemy comprises the leaders and members of our administration who claim legitimacy to rule, simply because they have successfully rigged the polls. Their obsession with power means that we are at their mercy. The enemy within is more dangerous than any foreign invader. (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…)
It is mere assumption and a bad intention to claim that Umno will spread its wings to Sarawak with the eminent retirement of its Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Umno vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal said today that it was not Umno’s agenda for Taib to retire so that the party could enter the state.
Speaking to the media after inspecting the construction work on the second phase of the Kapit/Song/Kanowit Road project in Kapit, he said it was the opposition’s assumption that he (Taib) was forced to retire. (more…)
It is good that Multimedia and Communications Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek finally described the video produced by DAP opposition member of parliament Teresa Kok as “nauseating and disgusting”.
I must congratulate the minister for being one of the first few to realise how the rakyat feel about the current government which he represents.
Let me give just a few examples what is really ‘nauseating and disgusting’. (more…)
As widely reported by the media, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud’s parting words in what was supposed to be his last time chairing the state Barisan Nasional (BN) meeting were “Sarawak for Sarawakians”.
It remains to be seen whether this means that the wealth and lordship of Sarawak ultimately go to Sarawakians or it means tyranny by the familiar instead of by those across the South China Sea. (more…)
February 11, 2014
Winston Way and William Mangor
Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s nearest indication of a date was when he jokingly said he would “get a full month’s salary for February”.
On both counts Sarawakians and sympathizers were again left wanting on specifics. (more…)
The Education Ministry has no plans to replace the school based assessment (SBA) system with the matriculation system in secondary schools, according to Education deputy minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.
She said a number of issues had to be considered before the matriculation system could be implemented.
“We do not have any plans but as an educator, I am optimistic about seeing some progress although we have to weigh the factors prior to any development. (more…)
They say gentlemen (and ladies, presumably) never discuss religion or politics. The reason for this is ostensibly that passions and obstinacy would be ignited to the point of friendship and courtesy being thrown out the window.
Discussions about politics and other high-profile subjects in Malaysia certainly seem to go that way. It has become a habit of ours to make personal attacks and attempt to demolish the credibility of a person making an argument, rather than address the arguments themselves.
I cannot say for sure if I, in all my years of commenting, have not been guilty of such things. I can only say that for now, I hope to stay as far away as I can from that kind of unproductive engagement. (more…)
Michael Xavier, via e-mail
In recent times, we have observed the confounding and baffling plummet of social decency in the political realm. Malaysian politics have spiraled out of control appearing to head for the edge in no time.
Reading the news these days cannot but cause one to experience insecurity, hatred and fear all at the same time. The government of the day seems to be straightening deck chairs on the titanic and that is either by resorting to conceited silence at the least or passing preposterous remarks at the worst in the backdrop of failing to address key and central issues affecting the common man effectively and vividly. (more…)
The Lunar New Year celebrations last week ushered in the Year of the Horse, in which former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad may hope for some good fortunes, given that Chinese Malaysians used to refer to him rather fondly as Lao Ma, or Old Horse, based on the Chinese transliteration of his name. (These days, however, the nickname has come to be synonymous with racism and bigotry.)
As he is busy attending open houses across the country, it is quite certain that, his mind sharp as ever, the ex-premier has not lost sight of the political changes on the ground. We must not forget that the Pakatan-administered state of Perak fell to Umno exactly five years ago through treachery and conspiracy as, rather inauspiciously, many were lulled into a false sense of security during the Lunar New Year break. (more…)
Parliamentary Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he will be vying for the PKR presidency in the party’s election in May.
On his daughter Nurul Izzah’s political future, Anwar says, “Let her go through the process to make it to the top.”
Anwar also explains why he is going for the presidency. The following is the second and final part of his exclusive interview with theantdaily. (more…)
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s approval rating has slipped to the lowest since assuming office.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s standing is in tatters with P. Waytha Moorthy’s resignation as deputy minister over unfulfilled promises made to the Indian community before Election 2013.
Those close to the Hindraf chief say he felt that the prime minister’s word counts for little, quite similar to the 10-point solution for the Malay Bible that Najib now says is subject to state Islamic laws. (more…)
Lim Sue Goan
Perhaps Malaysian motorists should be thankful to Kajang. If not because of the by-election, the government might not consider applying a brake on the imminent toll hikes on 15 expressways at a compensation cost of RM400 million.
Once again we see that politics is above everything. Prior to this, a minister has said toll hikes were essentially inevitable or the country’s economy would be ruined. But with the by-election, politics will now take the driver’s seat and the finances could be fixed later. (more…)