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September 16, 2014

51 years of Malaysia, and where are we?

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NORMAN GOH

Sept 16, will mark the  nation’s 51st anniversary of the formation of the Federation of Malaysia, by way of an agreement to form a ‘united nation’ of four entities – Peninsular Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.The island republic left us in 1965. Or, as some would insist, was expelled in that year.

More than half a century ago, our forefathers fought tirelessly to gain independence for Malaya, which was achieved back in 1957. And then came independence from British colonial rule for Sabah and Sarawak, which in 1963 joined with Malaya and Singapore to form Malaysia.

What have we become today? (more…)

Sarawak and the federation

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1963-9-16PROFESSOR MICHAEL LEIGH

ONCE the Sarawak Alliance had secured a clear majority of seats in the Council Negri, the next questions were who would form the cabinet, who would be the chief minister and who the governor.

Each of the successful parties had their own idea as to who should lead, as did the colonial authorities and the Malayan Alliance leaders.

Abdul Rahman Yakub was amongst those Barisan Rakyat Jati Sarawak (BARJASA) members favoured by Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Ghazali Shafie. However, electoral law had required candidates to stand in the council districts in which they resided. (more…)

Sarawakians ‘confused’ over Merdeka Day

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Joe Fernandez

People in Sarawak feel that Aug 31 is not their day of independence.

Sarawakians on both sides of the divide are unanimous that Aug 31, the common day for Sabah and the peninsula, is not their Hari Merdeka (Independence Day).

Otherwise, they appear divided on what should be seen as their independence day.

The Sarawak Government, for the first time in 50 years, recognised July 22 as Sarawak’s Independence Day, which then Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud referred to as Liberation Day. (more…)

Have we wasted 51 years in nation building?

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nation_300Zainnal Ajamain

For five decades, Sabahans and Sarawakians have been taken for granted and their development forgotten.

In theory democracy is an appealing idea. In practice it is far from perfect.

There are people who take the cynical stand that democracy is the tyranny of the majority. In fact, that is what the people in Sabah and Sarawak have suffered in our quest to build a nation for 51 years.

The Malaysia project was never a merger of states into a complete country but a work in progress towards the building of a federation called Malaysia. This was what our founding fathers believed in and what we have been made to believe for 51 years. (more…)

UPSR fiasco, Dr M whacks 1MDB but where’s PM Najib?

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Mahathir (right) and Najib, who is on an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan at the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev

Ng Kee Seng

Where is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak now?

According to national news agency Bernama, Najib is on an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan at the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev.

This is the first official visit by the PM to Azerbaijan.

During the visit, Najib will be accorded an official welcoming ceremony followed by a four-eye meeting with the president, a bilateral meeting between Malaysia and Azerbaijan and an official reception hosted by the president. (more…)

CM Adenan needs another magic formula

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Jimmy Adit

In case you are not in the know, the Sarawak state government today is being run on a Barisan Nasional (BN)-Plus formula.

State BN chairman and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem offered no reason or explanation when he made this announcement to the press after chairing Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council meeting late last month.

But what his party and state BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said to the press afterwards should be telling enough, which was to enable current ministers who are not in BN to remain in Adenan’s Cabinet.

In fact, BN-Plus is a political necessity, both for Adenan and BN national chairman Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. (more…)

The shaky Pakatan alliance

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PAS and PKR/DAP are enemies fighting a common enemy, Umno. The true nature of the relationship will emerge if they take over Putrajaya.

When it was revealed that PAS member Mohd Lotfi Ariffin had gone to Syria to fight for IS (Islamic State), he was immediately sacked from the party because, according to PAS, the party does not support terrorism.

But now that Lotfi has been killed in action, some senior PAS leaders—Mahfuz Omar and Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, in particular—are singing his praises. (more…)

September 15, 2014

In Malaysia, Putrajaya’s household income statistics strays far from reality

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Putrajaya says Malaysia's average monthly household income has gone up but has purchasing power also increased?  HERIDAN MAHAVERA

Putrajaya says Malaysia’s average monthly household income has gone up but has purchasing power also increased?
It may sound fantastic that Malaysia’s average monthly household income has gone up 18% to RM5,900 in 2014 from two years ago but economists say averages do not really tell whether Malaysians are better off than before.

A closer look at this figure, which was announced by Putrajaya on September 8, and how it is calculated, reveals that it can be misleading, economists told The Malaysian Insider.

The statistics does not reflect whether Malaysians are earning more in their jobs, they said. It also does not show how much goods and services their money can buy. (more…)

  Level playing field wanted for women lawyers

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Kathleen Tan

Little did Meera Samanther, lawyer and president of the Association of Women Lawyers Malaysia (AWL), know that her catch-up session with good friend and former lawyer Sheena Gurbakash in 2011 would culminate in a study on the working conditions of lawyers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor three years later.

Their decision to commission this study was the result of a brainstorming session organised by AWL for women lawyers, where both Meera and Sheena heard the personal accounts of young women lawyers who had either heard of or experienced sexual harassment or gender discrimination at the workplace.

Instead of focusing solely on sexual harassment, Meera says AWL broadened the survey to include the working conditions of both men and women lawyers, and gender concerns and issues faced within the legal profession, to get a balanced picture of perceptions surrounding gender discrimination and bias. (more…)

Sedition probe on lawyer will shape Malaysia’s future, says BN leader

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Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing says lawyer Edmund Bon was stating legal facts and should not be charged with sedition. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 14, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing says lawyer Edmund Bon was stating legal facts and should not be charged with sedition.

Putrajaya’s pursuit of lawyer Edmund Bon under the Sedition Act will decide the direction Malaysia takes as a nation, says a key Barisan Nasional (BN) leader in Sarawak.The government has gone on a blitz of investigating and charging a number of politicians and an academic with sedition in the past month and ahead of the country’s 51st year as Malaysia.

“I am interested to know the outcome of the investigation and if Bon will be charged,” outspoken Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing told The Malaysian Insider in Sarawak state capital city Kuching. (more…)

  East Malaysians and corrupt politicians are equally culpable

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Mariam Mokhtar

The academics who are responsible for writing the history of Malaysia are better suited to work in the kitchen. Being expert at cooking the books, the tripe they feed us, is not history, but just a record of Umno’s, Umno-Baru’s and Islam’s milestones. Nothing else matters.

As a test, how many Sarawakians, or Malaysians, are aware that Sarawak achieved its independence from the British on 22 July 1963? Every schoolchild knows that 31 August celebrates the independence of the Federated Sates of Malaya from the British, but do they realise the significance of 16 September 1963?

Some people are convinced that the rising discontent amongst East Malaysians is because Putrajaya has ignored their needs. (more…)

Find the root cause of problem first

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Lim Sue Goan

The UPSR exam paper leaks have undoubtedly put the country in shame. Someone must be held responsible and punished for this scandal in order to answer to the parents of 473,175 candidates.The thing is, this whole issue has been caused by human negligence, but our deputy prime minister cum education minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said the leaks have been a smear tactic targeting him.

If exam paper leaks were an ill-intentioned ploy, then the ministry and police should make an effort to single out the perpetrators.

Although exam paper leaks have occurred regularly over the past two decades, we have yet to hear any similar accusation from any minister or senior government official. (more…)

Teachers arrested following UPSR leaks probe, say police

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Idris Jusoh at the press conference on Friday showing how the UPSR exam papers are sealed and delivered to schools. Police have now made a breakthrough in their investigations into the leaks.- The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 14, 2014.LEE SHI-IAN

Idris Jusoh at the press conference on Friday showing how the UPSR exam papers are sealed and delivered to schools. Police have now made a breakthrough in their investigations into the leaks.

Four teachers have been arrested by police in connection with the leakage of UPSR examination papers which has affected more than 470,000 students.

City Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Gan Kong Meng confirmed the arrests of the four, aged between 30 and 54.

The four teachers, three men and a woman, were arrested this afternoon at different locations in Parit Buntar (Perak) and Penang. (more…)

Sedition rap has turned Malaysia into a police state, says Ambiga

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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan believes Putrajaya has lost its right to call Malaysia a democratic country after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon LEE SHI-IAN

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan believes Putrajaya has lost its right to call Malaysia a democratic country after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon.

Putrajaya has lost the moral ground and the right to call Malaysia a democratic country, after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon, said Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.”What democracy is Putrajaya preaching and talking about if lawyers cannot even give their opinion?” she said when contacted.

“Putrajaya is treating ordinary citizens very badly, and these people are not even criminals. In my view, the sedition charges should not even have been brought.”

Ambiga, who is a former Bar Council chair and the patron of Negara-Ku, said Putrajaya has succeeded in turning Malaysia into a police state overnight after the sedition probe against Bon, adding that the administration appeared to have gone mad. (more…)

Scholar sees weak political culture as the root of a faceless Malaysia

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Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Institute for Malaysian and International Studies believes a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions are the cause for national disharmony. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 13, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute for Malaysian and International Studies believes a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions are the cause for national disharmony.

Malaysians are finding themselves at odds with each other due to a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions, an academic said today.Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute for Malaysian and International Studies said the problem was the weak political culture, where politicians do not care about how the public perceive them, even when they appear to be inconsistent. (more…)

The UPSR leak stained by greed

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upsr5300Ishmael Lim

This perennial problem of exam papers being leaked has been an obstinate stain that refuses to be cleaned.

When news of the second leak in the UPSR examinations came to light last Thursday evening, the public’s earlier sense of worry and disappointment must surely have turned into anger and disbelief.

The sitting for the Science exam was cancelled when it was found that the leaked paper was circulated over the social media “WhatsApp” but the discovery of the leak in the English paper came too late as the students had already taken that exam.

Now with the English paper and Science paper being compromised, the Ministry of Education has rescheduled the re-sitting of the English paper for September 30 when the Science paper is also to be taken. (more…)

Issues galore but Negara-ku patron sees hope for a united Malaysia

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JENNIFER GOMEZ

As the nation celebrates Malaysia Day tomorrow, over two weeks after marking 57 years of Merdeka, Sabahan Tan Sri Simon Sipaun (pic) has mixed feelings – nostalgia for the ease of life of his youth half a century ago and cautious optimism for Malaysia going forward.To him, the people of Sabah have never really experienced the true meaning of Independence and the status of a sovereign state, even as talk of secession festers among some.

The former state secretary of Sabah, now 76, and a patron of people’s movement Negara-ku, also reminisced about the days of North Borneo (which was renamed Sabah), when there was no talk of Malay supremacy or confusion over the use of the word Allah by Christians.

Sabah, together with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak, formally formed the Federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963. Singapore left two years later. (more…)

Dr Mahathir defends ‘Malays are lazy’ remark, says they prefer to be Mat Rempit

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Tun Dr Mahahthir Mohamad says although the Malays are given places in institutions of higher learning, they do not make full use of their time to study. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 14, 2014.TMI

Tun Dr Mahahthir Mohamad says although the Malays are given places in institutions of higher learning, they do not make full use of their time to study

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended his criticism of Malays, admitting that he was ashamed that they had been left behind by the forward-thinking Chinese community.Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister said the Malays were still lazy, citing the gender imbalance at institutions of higher learning where the majority was women.

“The Malays are lazy, they are not interested in studying and revising. If we go to the universities, 70% of the students are women, where are the men?” (more…)

September 14, 2014

Mahathir puts spanner in ‘sedition’ stakes

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Terence Netto

In April 1982, days before the 6th general election, Mohd Asri Muda, the then PAS president, was asked about his assessment of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had been in office as the fourth prime minister of the country some nine months.

Asri, himself a shrewd observer of political events and the people who shape them, offered the view that one could predict the behaviour and reaction of the first three prime ministers – Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein, and Hussein Onn.

He said the new man at the helm of the country was going to be different from his predecessors in that he would not be predictable.

The PAS chief was speaking in the immediate aftermath of a rather startling development. (more…)

Hurting someone’s feelings is not a crime

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Sonia Randhawa

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that the courts sentenced Chow Mun Fai to the maximum jail sentence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

According to reports, the Facebook user had pleaded guilty to making disparaging remarks about Islam through an offensive Hari Raya greeting.

Chow’s remarks on Facebook were undoubtedly crass and insensitive, and constitute a crime under Section 233.

However, the breadth of Section 233 makes it an offence to post offensive content with the intention to “annoy” another person. (more…)

Who’s threatening S’pore’s ‘national security’?

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Tan Wah Piow

How very strange. Despite the billions spent on military hardware to protect the island state, Singapore is apparently so fragile that it has to to ban an internationally acclaimed 70-minute film featuring interviews with exiles in order to “protect the national security and stability of Singapore”.

Before I venture further, allow me to declare my interests. I am one of the six who is featured in Tan Pin Pin’s ‘To Singapore, With Love’; and therefore by implication, is alleged to have undermined the “national security” of Singapore.

My views of past events which led to my exile in London, and my current views on the PAP are already in the public domain. (more…)

Support indigenous rights at UN level, gov’t urged

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The government has been urged to support the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous People (WCIP), so as to improve the conditions of Malaysia’s indigenous people.According to Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), the document is currently being drafted and is the result of consultations with the UN General Assembly president from June to August this year.

The outcome document will have an impact on the Sept 22 and 23 UN General Assembly.

It added that it is imperative for Malaysia to support it, in order to fulfill its human rights obligations after adopting the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDrip). (more…)

September 13, 2014

Wan Azizah must act more like PKR president, not Anwar’s wife

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Alyaa Alhadjri

For a woman to be seen as “knowing her place” should rightly be taken as an insult to her character but this is not so in the case of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

At least, that was this writer’s personal impression of Wan Azizah during theantdaily’s first (and only) interview while she was preparing to run in the Kajang by-election earlier this year, one that triggered the ongoing crisis in Selangor and once again propelled her into mainstream politics.

While remaining true to her soft-spoken character, Wan Azizah had appeared confident and ready to take on the challenge of becoming the new Selangor menteri besar, as the ‘Kajang Move’ was meant to be. (more…)

Is the return of Mahathirism the antidote for Umno’s dilemma?

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Khoo Kay Peng

It looks like Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reform initiatives are going to take a few more steps backward if the use of Sedition Act against several politicians, activists, reporters and academicians is seen as a reaction against the criticism of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that his government has gone weak on the repeal of the Internal Security Act and the Restricted Residence Act.

It is not a coincidence that some of them, especially law professor Dr Azmi Sharom, were charged with making seditious statements from as far back as 2009. It is unlikely that the charges were made without the knowledge and tacit support of the Prime Minister’s Office. (more…)

Will reports be lodged over Dr M’s ‘Malays are lazy’?

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Mkini

So will right-wing Malay groups make a beeline outside police stations to file a battery of reports against Dr Mahathir Mohamad?

What about the self-appointed defender of the Malays, Ibrahim Ali? What is the Perkasa chief’s take on the scathing indictment of his race by the movement’s patron?

And will Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) chief Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman sound the clarion call?

Last but not least, will the identity crisis suffering Ridhuan Tee Abdullah pen a vitriolic response to these “ultra kiasu” comments in his weekly newspaper column? (more…)

It’s gross incompetence! Time for Muhyiddin to crack the whip over UPSR leaks

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Muhyiddin giving words of encouragement to 83 UPSR students at Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 16 (2) on Sept 9. Also present is the school’s principal, Nik Sabariah Nik Jaafar (third, right)

Ng Kee Seng

It must be the Education Ministry’s worst examination leak ever in history.

Two Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination papers, Science and English, have been confirmed leaked. A third, the Mathematics paper, is now being exposed as also been leaked.

The ministry might as well postpone the whole UPSR examination as the leaks are being exposed and counting.

National news agency Bernama reported the ministry today announcing that Year 6 pupils would have to resit their UPSR English paper following another leak. They had sat for the paper this morning. (more…)

UPSR leak fiasco: Will the culprits face action?

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Sonia Ramachandran

The almost half-a-million Primary Six students sitting for the Primary School Evaluation Test (UPSR) examination seem to have been hit by a stroke of bad luck.

Not only do they have to sit again for their science paper which was leaked via social media, they now have to re-sit for their English papers as well.

Unlike the science paper however, these poor students have already sat for the English examination and now have to re-sit the paper on Sept 30, together with their science paper. (more…)

Sedition blitz ‘persecution’, not prosecution, says former A-G

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Former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman says charging someone with sedition is not something to be taken lightly as it affects the accused. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 12, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman says charging someone with sedition is not something to be taken lightly as it affects the accused.

The barrage of sedition charges against opposition lawmakers and others comes across as persecution, not prosecution, says Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, who took a swipe at the Attorney-General for reviewing the cases after charges were framed.Talib, a former A-G, said it was unusual for Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is also public prosecutor, to first frame charges and later, decide to review them.

“You must do justice by prosecution and not persecution,” Talib told The Malaysian Insider in a special interview in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. (more…)

‘Kiasu’ parents, pupils fuelling exam leaks, say 2 Barisan parties

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Almost 500,000 pupils nationwide are sitting the UPSR exam which is supposed to end today except that it has been hit by leaks in the Science and English papers. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 12, 2014. EILEEN NG

Almost 500,000 pupils nationwide are sitting the UPSR exam which is supposed to end today except that it has been hit by leaks in the Science and English papers.

Demands from parents and students in the chase for straight As and those who fulfil such requests for money are the main causes for the current leak of UPSR Science and English exam papers that has affected nearly 500,000 pupils, say two Barisan Nasional (BN) parties.Both MCA and Gerakan also pointed the finger at tuition centres which are cashing in on the demand by roping in teachers involved in preparing the questions to give tips or insights into “spotting questions” to pupils, which at times are too similar to the questions in the examination.

MCA education consultative committee deputy chief Chong Sin Woon said such corruption was shameful. (more…)

Year 6 pupils discouraged after UPSR exam leaks, say parents

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Year 6 pupils have been told that they have to resit two UPSR papers at the end of the month.  – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 12, 2014. ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Year 6 pupils have been told that they have to resit two UPSR papers at the end of the month.

Fuming parents have said that the leaks in two examination papers have left their children bitterly discouraged and demotivated as they had been looking forward to finishing their Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) exams following a year of studying.Family plans and holidays have been cancelled, they say, after the Education Ministry decided to postpone the Science paper and let the majority of nearly 500,000 pupils retake two English papers after they discovered the leaks – the first for national examinations at the primary school level.

“She’s very disappointed. She had worked very hard as did her friends from school. She keeps asking me why did this happen. What do I tell her?” said a mother, who only wanted to be known as Rachel. (more…)

September 12, 2014

Politicians tend to gab about and end up as the joker

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From left: Anwar, Lim and MohamadNg Kee Seng

The ability or propensity to talk big is certainly not a virtue of a wise leader.

And Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan is one who does it without knowing others are having the last laugh.

Remember when Mohamad, at the height of the Selangor water crisis in April, offered to sell 20 million gallons of water daily.

However, Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim turned down Negri Sembilan’s offer to sell treated water because it was not sufficient to overcome the bigger and rich state’s water crisis. (more…)

Dr M rues ‘lazy’ Malays, cites naked Japanese

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Ram Anand

Mahathir Mohamad has delivered a scathing indictment on the Malays, calling them “lazy” and lamenting that he failed to change them despite attempting to do so for two decades.

To illustrate his point, the former prime minister, who helmed the nation for 22 years, cited the Japanese as an example, but in a rather bizarre manner.

Accusing the Malays of not being ashamed of failure, Mahathir said: “You see the Japanese, they have a lot of shame, not ashamed of being naked, but shamed of failure. If they fail to fulfill a duty, they commit suicide (during the war era).”

“Of course they do not do this anymore, but this drive had led to them to rebuild the country that lost badly in war,” he added. (more…)

There’s no more room for hypocrisy in politics

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Cindi Loo

There are many ways for political leaders to motivate their supporters to continue fighting for their party’s cause but sometimes, these “motivations” come with the price of insulting the intelligence of others.

Those who are in a habit of doing it, as Malaysians struggle to move forward to embrace a more open democracy, must wake up and realise that hypocrisy causes confusion and mayhem as rivals get emboldened.

Political leaders have been caught uttering statements that are meant to motivate their party members but marring their own image as national leaders for all Malaysians. (more…)

In another salvo, Dr M takes stab at 1MDB

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Mkini

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Prime Minister Najib Razak, has expressed concern that Malaysia would not be able to repay the massive debts accumulated by state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).He pointed out that despite Malaysia’s oil profits, the government has been running at a budget deficit for years.

“The money for 1MDB is not from the country’s surplus. It is a debt. Billions of ringgit in debt that is added to the already-high national debt.

“The national debt must be paid. If not, we will be bankrupt like Argentina. A country that has been facing a deficit every year could not possibly pay off a debt this big,” he wrote in his blog today. (more…)

Selangor MB fiasco: Should we go back to square one …

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Wan Azizah (inset left) and Khalid

Theantdaily team

It makes sense that PKR and DAP nominated Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the post of menteri besar of Selangor. This is because she commands the support of the majority in the state legislative assembly.

This conclusion is based on the statutory declarations signed by 30 state legislators. Simple arithmetic tells us that 30 out of 56 is a majority. This very fact logically also means that any other state assemblyperson can at most command the confidence of only 26 members.

Now, one thing must be made very clear. The state legislators were exercising their right provided under the State Constitution – choosing democratically who should be their head of government. (more…)

Education NGOs say ministry has lost credibility after UPSR leaks

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Founding member and chairperson of PAGE Noor Azimah calls the UPSR exam leaks 'horrifying'. - The Malaysian Insider pic, September 11, 2014.EILEEN NG

The Education Ministry has lost credibility following the leak of the UPSR Science and English papers involving nearly 500,000 Year 6 pupils, say educationists.

In describing the incidents as “horrifying”, Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chair Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said this also devalues the UPSR examination.

“It has no value anymore. If the papers are so easily leaked, there must be something wrong with the ministry, with the security,” she said. (more…)

I have failed as Malays know no shame, says Dr M

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Dr Mahathir at the launch of the book 'Wahai Melayu' by Anas Zubedy (left) in Petaling Jaya today. The former PM feels that he has not achieved his goals for the Malays despite being in power for 22 years. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 11, 2014.LEE SHI-IAN

Dr Mahathir at the launch of the book ‘Wahai Melayu’ by Anas Zubedy (left) in Petaling Jaya today. The former PM feels that he has not achieved his goals for the Malays despite being in power for 22 years.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lamented that he failed in his 22 years in power as the Malays did not feel ashamed when they failed, whether in examinations or in life.”I spent 22 years trying to change the Malays, trying to alter the perception that they were lazy, I failed,” Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister said today.

His comments came after the Education Ministry revealed that two examination papers for a national primary school test had been leaked, forcing nearly 500,000 pupils to resit the papers on September 30. (more…)

Is the return of Mahathirism the antidote for Umno’s dilemma?

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MahathirKhoo Kay Peng

It looks like Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reform initiatives are going to take a few more steps backward if the use of Sedition Act against several politicians, activists, reporters and academicians is seen as a reaction against the criticism of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that his government has gone weak on the repeal of the Internal Security Act and the Restricted Residence Act.

It is not a coincidence that some of them, especially law professor Dr Azmi Sharom, were charged with making seditious statements from as far back as 2009. It is unlikely that the charges were made without the knowledge and tacit support of the Prime Minister’s Office. (more…)

MCMC helps police hunt down UPSR leak

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Over 470,000 year six pupils nationwide who were scheduled to sit for their UPSR Science exam today have been re-scheduled to take the exam on 30 September following a leak of the papers over the Internet.

There was a leak in the English papers too. Pupils have to resit the papers also on Sept 30.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is helping the police hunt down the source of the leak after a report was lodged in Putrajaya. (more…)

Mahathir thinks Malays are a dishonest bunch

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After spending 22 years trying to change the Malay mindset, Mahathir says they are still dishonest, lazy and lack integrity.

In a no holds barred message at a book launch, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he found it hard to trust Malays because they lacked a sense of honesty and integrity.

Mahathir said, “Malays think nothing of taking money that is not theirs. I have seen it with my own eyes. They also struggle to manage their finances well or with any degree of honesty.” (more…)

Where is the contingency plan for exam leakage?

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David Foo

The country is once again reeling from yet another leak in a public exam question paper.

Yes, leakage of public exam question papers is nothing new to Malaysia Boleh, and I will not allude to similar incidents outside of Malaysia.

My point for today, not that I support such mishandling of classified documents, is, given that the Examinations Syndicate and the Ministry of Education are very experienced in this sort of happening, they must surely be prepared for the eventuality. (more…)

Vintage Dr Mahathir rolls back the years

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Wenger Khairy

I just had the opportunity to view Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad give an impromptu press conference to a swarm of reporters eager for a soundbite from the grand old man. And in true Dr Mahathir fashion, he did not disappoint.

Carefully choosing his words when egged on by the Malaysiakini reporters, then giving the newshounds a bonanza by declaring that those who seek the death penalty for the Sedition Act should try it themselves.

Whilst watching the PC, one could only reminisce to a period 12 years ago when Dr Mahathir ruled the roost and where millions of citizens glued intently to the 8 o’clock news to see him deliver the law to belligerent government agencies, ministers or even other national leaders. (more…)

Dr Mahathir denies hinting at Najib to resign

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Dr Mahathir has given his strongest rebuke in years to the Malay population in a speech at the launch of a book called '#Wahai Melayu' in Petaling Jaya today. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 11, 2014.TMI

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has denied ever asking or implying that Datuk Seri Najib Razak should resign as Prime Minister (PM).

The former PM explained this to media at the launching of the book “#Wahai Melayu”, written by Anas Zubedy, in Petaling Jaya today, Bernama reported.

His denial came in response to a report in a news portal yesterday that quoted him as saying that he will resign if appointed prime minister again. (more…)

Second UPSR paper leaked in two days

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Bernama

Following the detection of the leak of the Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Science papers yesterday, the Education Ministry today announced the leak of the English papers.

Second Education Minister Idris Jusoh said the English papers 014/1 and 014/2 (Papers 1 and 2) were found to have leaked, too, and they would have to resit the papers.

The leak was confirmed at 11am today after the ministry was notified last night that the question papers had been circulated widely on the social media, he said. (more…)

Mahathir worried Malays are tempting fate

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad is concerned that the Malays are now tempting fate by rejecting the efforts to elevate the community, such as the New Economic Policy (NEP).The former premier also believes that history would judge the country’s leadership for pursuing the policy.

Mahathir had mentioned this in the foreword penned for the book titled #Wahai Melayu, which he is slated to launch this afternoon.

The book is authored by businessman Anas Zubedy, with the theme centred around the phrase that “Allah will not change the fate of Malays, if they do not wish to change themselves.” (more…)

An open letter to UPSR students

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Nadilla Jamil

I know that you can’t do much to these grown ups’ wrongdoing that have caused hullabaloos. I know they have made you to re-sit for at least two exam papers and extended the torturing days. I saw some of your pictures published online! Some of you were crying. I’ve tried to be in your shoes. Well I sat for UPSR too, 13 years ago. And somehow, I feel like sharing what I would tell my 12-year-old self if I could go back in time.

The six years spent at school since you were seven should never be about passing exams.

Never ever underestimate yourself. (more…)

September 11, 2014

Splinters don’t last in our politics

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TERENCE NETTO

Splinter parties haven’t prospered in Malaysian politics.

From the Independence of Malaya Party (IMP) of Onn Jaafar in the 1950s to Semangat 46 of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s doing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, splinters of mainline parties glitter on the political firmament for some years before waning into oblivion.

This is a good thing.

A short shelf life for splinters works to discourage the discontented in mainline parties; they would otherwise be tempted to form their own parties at the merest furrow in their brow. (more…)

SUPP wants rebels sacked

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Both Wong and Jerip have since formed their own party, the United People’s Party (UPP), which is not a member of the ruling coalition.

The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) has issued a statement calling on Chief Minister Adenan Satem to sack Wong Soon Koh and Jerip Susil from the Sarawak Government.

The statement said the duo won their seats on BN-SUPP tickets in the 2011 state election and have since been sacked from the party. (more…)

Damn the dam protest in front of KLCC

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PHOTO GALLERY  About 100 protesters held a peaceful demonstration against the building of mega dams across Malaysia in front of KLCC towers today.

The protesters with banners and placards condemning dams, said they represent various communities from Sarawak, Sabah, peninsular Malaysia and including Indonesia.

Some of the protesters said that they took part in the protest to send a message to the delegates who are currently attending the two day Asean Power Week conference starting today at KLCC. (more…)

Hartal, a word that can still shake the country

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Students and lecturers of Universiti Malaya are expected to join in a hartal today, to protest the prosecution of law lecturer Azmi Sharom under the Sedition Act. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 10, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Students and lecturers of Universiti Malaya are expected to join in a hartal today, to protest the prosecution of law lecturer Azmi Sharom under the Sedition Act.

The last time someone called for a “hartal” or a strike, it shut down Penang in November 1967. Twenty years earlier, the all-Malaya hartal shut down the whole Malay peninsula.Shops, restaurants, cinemas and offices were closed. There were also no buses, lorries and taxis on the roads and no one showed up for work at ports, plantations and tin mines that formed the economic backbone of Malaya then.

Unlike a typical rally, a hartal, which is a Gujerati word signifying the closing down of businesses, rarely happens. (more…)

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