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July 28, 2014

What changes will a new Selangor MB bring?

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DR KUA KIA SOONG

The news at the moment is all abuzz about the drama of changing the Selangor memberi besar. This has come about apparently because the current menteri besar  has turned rogue and reneged on some Pakatan Rakyat principles.

While the Pakatan leadership is working overtime to see how it can execute the “Kajang Move”, it may be worth the while for the people of Selangor, especially civil society, to ask the prospective MB what policies she will deliver that are different from those of the current MB.

Politicians may be more particular about “dia mahu kerusi” (democracy?), but the people are more concerned about the issues in Selangor, not about the personalities jostling for power. (more…)

Orang Ulu want Jabu out as Sarawak Deputy CM

Dukau Papau

Orang Ulu communities and non-governmental organisations that oppose the construction of the Baram Dam have demanded that the resignation of Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu anak Numpang.

“This is because Jabu (left) does not understand the plight of the native communities affected by the construction of dams. He can’t even understand the plight and miseries of the people affected by the Bakun and Murum dams,” Save Rivers Network Sarawak chairperson Peter Kallang said.

“He wants to force the native communities of Baram to accept the proposed construction of the Baram Dam. (more…)

Pakatan in self-destruct mode over Selangor MB issue, say PAS leaders

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AMIN ISKANDARPakatan Rakyat leaders putting on a united front earlier this year. The coalition is heading for a break-up after Hari Raya over the contentious issue of replacing the current Selangor menteri besar with Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (centre). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 28, 2014.

The three-party opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat is heading for a break-up after Hari Raya Aidilfitri because of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s support for embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, which goes against the stand of the pact’s leadership council, a PAS insider said.

The party leader, who had attended last Wednesday’s meeting which agreed to the removal of Khalid, said PAS’s meeting on August 10 was expected to be a fiery affair, and would see a clash between supporters of the two-term MB and those who respect PKR’s decision to replace him.

“Looks like Pakatan might split up after Hari Raya. I see strong signs pointing towards that. Hadi has gone against the decision reached at both PAS’s and the Pakatan presidential council meeting which he did not attend,” said the leader who spoke on condition of anonymity. (more…)

DAP warns coalition could break up over Selangor MB issue

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Lim Guan Eng says Pakatan Rakyat risks breaking up if PAS continues to ignore the wishes of its coalition partners. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 27, 2014.LOOI SUE-CHERN

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the refusal of component party PAS to respect and adhere to views agreed together could lead to the break up of the coalition.

“If the decisions we have achieved together in the Pakatan highest leadership council is dismissed just like that by one party, the survival and credibility of Pakatan will continue to be undermined,” he said in a statement in conjunction with Hari Raya.

The Penang chief minister said the biggest issue after Aidilfitri celebrations was whether the two-party system could survive in Malaysia. (more…)

Anwar believes Pakatan will hold as cracks appear

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PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim has broken his silence over the internal strife within Pakatan Rakyat over the Selangor crisis, stating that he believed the coalition will remain, based on its past consensus building approach.

This comes amid a warning by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng that Pakatan Rakyat may break up over PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s insistence to retain Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor Menteri Besar.

“I believe the spirit of consensus will remain within Pakatan Rakyat to bring change and generate a sustainable economic growth that is more concerned about the people,” he said in a brief three-paragraph statement today. (more…)

In MB tussle, leave politics to the professionals

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NEIL KHOR

With the decision by PAS president Hadi Awang to support Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, the era of amateur politics that began with the 2008 general elections has finally come to an end.

In April 2008, the weak leadership of the Barisan Nasional led by Abdullah Badawi saw record losses at the general elections. It ushered in a period of much public attention and enthusiasm for local politics. A group of amateurs comprising idealists and middle-class do-gooders actually got elected. Even a socialist got elected!

The BN government reeling from a massive loss of support tried everything to win over the electorate especially in urban areas. 1Malaysia and Pemandu were twin policies and agencies set up to give more “space” to the public and to unite Malaysians under the BN leadership. (more…)

Selangor MB thanks PAS leaders for support, apologises for leadership crisis

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Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim thanks PAS leaders for their support, and apologises to the people of Selangor for the political wrangling that has marred the Ramadhan. – July 27, 2014.LEE SHI-IAN

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim thanked PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob for their support and confidence in him, and apologised to the rakyat of Selangor for the turmoil over his position as Selangor mentri besar.

“The last 10 days of Ramadan normally consist of matters related to worship, but instead, it has been consumed by political wrangling,” Khalid said.

“I also apologise to the rakyat of Selangor, especially Muslims, for this issue over my position which has been sensationalised throughout this holy month. (more…)

Hadi’s support for Khalid is his view, not the party’s, says Mat Sabu

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PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu told The Malaysian Insider that party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's support for Selangor Menteri Besar is his stand and does not reflect the party’s position. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 26, 2014.JAMILAH KAMARUDIN

Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s support for embattled Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is his view and not the party’s official stand, says PAS’s deputy president.

Mohamad Sabu, or Mat Sabu, told The Malaysian Insider today that PAS will only make an official stand on Khalid’s position as Selangor menteri besar after the Hari Raya celebrations.

“A meeting is scheduled to be held on August 10 to discuss Khalid’s position and we will see what happens after that.

“Let us wait and see what the outcome of the meeting on August 10 is. The meeting may be brought forward or held after the Hari Raya festivities.” (more…)

Insights into MP Khalid’s proposal which incurs the Sultan’s wrath

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Sultan Sharafudin Idris ShahDr Abdul Aziz Bari

Reports on the Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafudin Idris Shah expressing his displeasure with Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad hit the front page of most Umno-owned dailies on July 16.

The Sultan was reportedly upset by the PAS MP’s suggestion made more than a month ago to take away the enforcement powers of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais). Following that the police, as confirmed by IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar on July 17, launched an investigation under the sedition law.

That came as a shock to me as the second term Shah Alam MP did not say anything about the Sultan’s powers as the head of the Islamic religion in Selangor. He was merely making a suggestion that the powers of the religious council be taken away through an amendment at the Selangor State Assembly. (more…)

‘Unmitigated disaster’ looms for PKR

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TERENCE NETTO

With him digging his heels in for the long haul, Pakatan Rakyat will discover that the remaining time on Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s watch may well turn out as Chandra Muzaffar predicted an Anwar Ibrahim premiership would: an “unmitigated disaster.”

That apocalyptic prediction, aired with days to go before General Election 12 (GE12) in March 2008, made the flesh of the then rapidly coalescing opposition to Umno-BN creep horribly.

Never mind that the former deputy president of PKR’s precursor, Parti Keadilan Nasional, had quit — in circumstances more to do with ego than with principle – after a few years of residence in the party he had helped found in 1999. (more…)

Anwar, time to throw in the towel

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AnwarIbrahim-355Jasmine Wong

With Hadi and Nik Aziz firmly behind Khalid as Menteri Besar, looks like Anwar’s been hung out to dry.

The long spell of drought we are experiencing these past months pretty much mirrors the long spell of drought Anwar’s camp has been experiencing in their many failed attempts to wrest control of the Selangor Menteri Besar’s (MB) post from Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

Deftly avoiding the brickbats hurled at him like a Matrix warrior, Khalid has been happily going about his business, keeping his head down while strategically strengthening ties with the Palace and holding quiet talks with his ally, PAS’ president Abdul Hadi Awang, to keep the snarling hounds at bay. (more…)

Khalid knows ‘Kajang move’ was done to replace him, says Anwar

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TMI Taken during the election campaign for the Kajang by-election, this photo shows Khalid (left) with Anwar (centre) and Azmin Ali. Anwar confirms that Khalid was aware his days were numbered as Selangor MB since March. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 27, 2014.

Taken during the election campaign for the Kajang by-election, this photo shows Khalid (left) with Anwar (centre) and Azmin Ali. Anwar confirms that Khalid was aware his days were numbered as Selangor MB since March.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the decision to change the Selangor Menteri Besar was finalised by PKR in March when the “Kajang move” was initiated and expressed confidence the cooperation within the Pakatan Rakyat pact will continue amidst talk of a break up.

The federal opposition leader said Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim was well aware of the planned change in leadership. (more…)

Jesters for justice

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DEAN JOHNS

What with the shooting down of flight MH17, the Israeli counter-offensive against Hamas in the Gaza strip, the impending famine caused by the civil war in South Sudan, ongoing civil conflicts in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, and the revelation that most of the schoolgirls kidnapped months ago by Boka Haram have yet to be rescued by the Nigerian government, there hasn’t been a lot to laugh about this past week or two.

In fact the world news has been so unremittingly grim and depressing, and has called so overwhelmingly on our funds of sorrow for the dead and sympathy for the bereaved, as to bring fresh dimensions of meaning to that chilling term often employed by charities for a slump in donor generosity during such times as these, ‘compassion fatigue’.

So it has been a bit of a relief to find a chuckle or two, however grim and cynical, wherever we can. And there has been plenty of them going around. (more…)

Remove Khalid move sputters on Nik Aziz’s ‘No’

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TERENCE NETTO

Can we take it that because the word of the Mursyidul Am (spiritual leader) of PAS nearly enjoys the sanctity of holy writ, Nik Aziz Nik Mat’s demurral over the PKR attempt to remove Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim means the move is dead in the water?

Without PAS’s support the PKR attempt, though backed by its Pakatan Rakyat partner DAP, is hobbled and, if persisted in, risks the break-up of the six-year-old opposition coalition, as Lim Guan Eng has warned.

After PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had the day before yesterday announced he saw no good reason why Khalid should be removed as Selangor MB – despite a slew of other high-ranking PAS leaders having earlier endorsed the move – it only remained for the spiritual leader of the party to state his stand for the rest of Pakatan to know what effectively is the PAS position. (more…)

July 27, 2014

DAP out of Sarawak Pakatan will benefit BN

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR has warned that should DAP pull out of the state Pakatan Rakyat (PR) over the proposed implementation of hudud by PAS in Kelantan, it will benefit the state Barisan Nasional.

The warning was sounded by state PKR chairperson Baru Bian in response to the DAP threat.

Last Sunday the state DAP had said that if Sarawak’s PKR and PAS did not decide their stand on the intention of the Islamic party PAS to introduce hudud in Kelantan, it will quit the coalition.

Baru, who is Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson, said that there was widespread anxiety and anger among  PR supporters and members that the coalition looked like being on the verge of collapse with th  DAP threat. (more…)

PKR insists Pakatan’s decision that Khalid must go as Selangor MB

TMI

PKR will stick to Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) decision that Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim must step aside as Selangor Menteri Besar and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the top choice for the post, its secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said today.

PKR’s insistence on following the PR leadership council decision came after PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang publicly backed Khalid to keep the top job in the country’s wealthiest state.

Saifuddin said all three parties in the coalition respected the decision by its leadership council earlier this week. (more…)

The Malay dilemma

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The DAP has been able to win over the Chinese, but has been less successful with the MalaysIan McIntyre

The DAP has grown into a dominant political force in Malaysia. Yet it is unable to win over most of the Malays. What is wrong with its strategy?

DAP enjoys wide support among the Chinese and it has made all the right moves over the years to keep this cache of votes.

But it is not all hunky dory in the party. The DAP has not been able to gain the Malay ground, and therein lies its problems. It is building up as one big headache for party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

As results of the last two general elections show, although the DAP prevailed in Penang, it could not help its two partners, PKR and PAS, deliver the Malay-majority seats. Barisan Nasional’s lynchpin Umno took 10 out of the 40 state seats in the 13th general election, regaining most of what it had before the nation went to the polls. (more…)

Rafizi questions Selangor’s hefty payout to bankrupt water concessionaires

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TMI

PKR’s Rafizi Ramli (pic) today hit out at the Selangor government over the failed water restructuring plan, questioning the need for the administration to compensate concessionaires Syabas and Puncak Niaga with RM1.63 billion to acquire them although both companies are almost bankrupt.

The Pandan MP claimed that Selangor had increased the compensation to both the concessionaires, owned by Umno crony Tan Sri Rozali Ismail, by RM568 million in March from its original offer RM1.07 billion in February.

In addition, the government would also take over the RM4.06 debt under the Puncak Niaga group, which includes Syabas which handles the water pipe system and water processing plant Puncak Niaga. (more…)

Dress matters in the workplace

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SALBIAH AHMAD

Malaysiakini’s news report ‘Union wants hijab option for Muslim MAS crew’ and the request by National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia for female crew of Malaysia Airlines to be “given the option to observe Muslim dress code” begs for analysis.

A “hijab option” is not the same as “Muslim dress code”. The latter is problematic in its various implications. A dress code is like a uniform at work. Comply or face disciplinary action.

Why is this hijab option open only to females I ask? Consider if a male crew member wants to spot a beard, collar-length hair, headgear with a long flowing shift, open-toe sandals or decides that green is the right colour for his spiritual dress option. (more…)

Selangor MB crisis reaches climax

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Sin Chew Daily

The crisis of replacing Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim resulted from the internal struggle of PKR has brought chaos for more than six months since the Kajang by-election was staged in January this year. Yesterday, the abdication move has entered a crucial phase and it seems hard for Khalid to defend his post.

The PKR needs to seek DAP’s and PAS’ views before replacing Khalid and the two parties have expressed their stands at a Pakatan Rakyat meeting. The parties agreed in principle to replace Khalid with PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar and everything should be settled after Hari Raya celebrations. (more…)

July 26, 2014

Fighting graft, Malaysian style

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Chua Tong Ka

At one time we had Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and we said it was insufficient. So we studied, revamped and upgraded ACA to Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

We went to Hongkong to copy its model. We have people from the Independent Commission Against Corruption from Hongkong coming here to comment and praise sky-high our newly-formed MACC.

We put in more resources, more personnel and formed numerous Oversight Committees within MACC to ensure its effectiveness. MACC was hailed as the new dawn of Malaysia’s fight against corruption. Hope was high and expectation pulsating. (more…)

Negara-Ku to spread wings to East Malaysia, ropes in former Suhakam vice-chair

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EILEEN NG

Undeterred by the strong opposition from Malay and Muslim groups in the peninsula, newly-formed civil society movement Negara-Ku is spreading its wings to East Malaysia.

They will take their message of unity and hope to Sabah and Sarawak where they also hope to tell East Malaysians what the Malaysia Agreement was intended to do for them.

Negara-Ku, a coalition of NGOs launched two weeks ago, had roped in former vice-chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Tan Sri Simon Sipaun (pic), as one of its patrons to achieve its objective of peace and unity. (more…)

Going by Selangor ruler’s criteria, Khalid should quit as MB

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THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has to stand down as Menteri Besar of Selangor if he applies the three criteria set by the Sultan of Selangor for administering the country’s richest state to himself.

Khalid (pic) said the sultan reminded him that the state must be run in a trustworthy, firm and responsible manner.

Of the three, let’s assume that being trustworthy is the most important.

Someone who is trustworthy is someone deserving of trust and confidence, and able to be relied on to be honest. You get a better sense of the moral value attached to the word trustworthy by looking at its synonyms. (more…)

July 25, 2014

Time for Parliament reform

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MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

In 2011, Malaysians were promised by the Najib Abdul Razak administration that there will be “functional and inclusive democracy”, which he solemnly declared in his Malaysia Day message.

However, making the Parliament function and inclusive is an uphill task and only rarely exciting. One such rare instance was the Parliamentary Select Committee on the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code in 2004, where parliamentarians went round the country soliciting views and debating with the public.

The other time was by the Select Committee on National Unity and National Service. Since 2004, we have not experienced any such consultations. (more…)

On women leaders

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Dr SK Teoh

For those who are not sure whether a woman can become Menteri Besar, let us remember the number of women who have been elected as President or Prime Minister not only in the world but even in Asia.

Even in Muslim countries, Benazir Bhutto had been twice elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan. Bangladesh had two women Prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wajed. Indonesia has seen Megawati Sukarno as President of the largest Muslim country in the world.

Other women leaders in Asia have included Indira Gandhi who was the Indian Prime Minister twice over span of 16 years, Sirimavo Bandaraniake and then her daughter Chandrika Kumaratunga who were Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka, Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were Presidents of Philippines, Yingluck Shinawatra was Prime Minister of Thailand and Park Geun-hye President of South Korea. (more…)

Najib must prove his mettle

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Selena Taynajib

He must be firm in seeking justice for the victims of the MH17 tragedy and in tackling problems at home.

We must commend Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for a job well done in obtaining the black boxes of MH17 and getting the remains of the victims to be handed over to representatives of the Netherlands.

Still, he must ensure that the perpetrators of this atrocity be punished for their crime and he must ask the United Nations to act against them.

World leaders such as Britain’s David Cameron and the Netherlands Mark Rutte have issued strong statements against Russia and Najib must do likewise. (more…)

Harsh Islamic Law Loses Momentum in Malaysia

Hudud 2Our Correspondent

Amputation and stoning disappear into a committee

It is beginning to look like the issue of implementing seventh-century Islamic law requiring the amputation of limbs and stoning of adulterers has crested in Malaysia and is receding.

The issue attracted widespread concern among human rights groups and the international investing community as well as within the country itself, with Chinese, Indians and other minorities loudly objecting to any attempts to enact such a law, not only because they deemed it as barbaric, but because they fear it would spread from Muslims to wider segments of the population. (more…)

July 24, 2014

Expert: Sultan has no say in choice of MB

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The Selangor sultan has no say when the majority party has decided on the choice of menteri besar,  constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari said today.

This, Aziz said, was what happened in Sarawak when Abdul Taib Mahmud was replaced by Adenan Satem as chief minister, or even when Najib Abdul Razak replaced Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as prime minister.

“The role of the palace in these occasions was ceremonial and formal. One must understand that the term ‘discretion’ used by the state constitution, refers to situations when there is no clear choice of candidate,” Aziz said when commenting on the present Selangor quandary following the uncertainty of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s position as memteri besar. (more…)

Selangor risks snap polls if Khalid ousted, say lawyers

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VThe PKR supreme council on Monday endorsed Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar, completing the ‘Kajang move’ to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but the latter has remained defiant, saying he will serve out his second term as MB. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 23, 2014.. ANBALAGAN

The PKR supreme council on Monday endorsed Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar, completing the ‘Kajang move’ to replace Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, but the latter has remained defiant, saying he will serve out his second term as MB.

A snap election is possible in Selangor if Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is defeated in a no-confidence vote in the state legislative assembly for defying his party’s move to replace him, say constitutional lawyers.

They said the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, could use his royal prerogative if Khalid made a request to the ruler to dissolve the assembly based on provisions in the state constitution and legal precedence. (more…)

‘MB Azizah’ a compromise between warring factions

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Mkini

Fake posters of PKR’s newly-proposed menteri besar of Selangor, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, taking her oath at the Indra Kayangan palace in Shah Alam are already making their rounds.

Such acts will only further infuriate embattled incumbent Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, who seems bent on keeping his job despite his boss, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, proposing Wan Azizah, his wife, takes over.

Other than invoking official procedures to cling to his  post, Khalid will find it a battle to stay on in the remaining days as he has virtually no support from his own comrades. (more…)

July 23, 2014

Can Najib be expected to show competent leadership?

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Ng Kee Seng

Of course the Barisan Nasional-controlled mainstream print and electronic media would go to town with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report on July 20 titled “Flight 17 Gives Malaysia’s Najib a Second Chance to Show Leadership”.

Now, to all those who are quick to slam critics and those who questioned the authorities, especially MAS, on the MH17 tragedy, who’s trying to gain political mileage on the death of 298 people?

If BN and its subservient media think the report will enhance Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s image, carry on with the naivety. (more…)

Sabah, Sarawak top on Anwar’s revamp plan if Pakatan captures Putrajaya

DESMOND DAVIDSON

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has outlined a seven-point plan if Pakatan Rakyat captured Putrajaya, focusing on ties between the federal and state governments, particularly between Sabah and Sarawak.

The opposition leader said priority is the current federal-state arrangement to share petroleum wealth.

In the revamp, petroleum-producing states would be given a better say in how Petronas is managed, he said.

This would be by appointing a director each from Sarawak, Sabah and the other petroleum-producing states to the national oil company’s board. (more…)

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

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Mkini

Former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad has highlighted the problems faced by Muslims in Penang, which he warned could spread if left unchecked.

Among others, he said a former Penang mufti told him that it was difficult to secure allocations for Islamic activities in the state as various religious groups wanted their fair share.

“If this is not stopped, it will spread to the whole of Malaysia. Maybe Islamic programmes will have to be shared with other religions.

“Government departments and campuses may be required to not only prepare surau but also churches, gurdwara and temples,” he added. (more…)

Anwar denies keeping mum on hudud

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Mkini

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has denied DAP Sarawak’s claim that he has been keeping silent on the hudud issue in Pakatan Rakyat.

Anwar said on the latest occasion, he had touched on the issue at a forum held at the Royal Selangor Club on July 9.

“Contrary to DAP Sarawak’s statement, I already spoke about the matter two weeks ago,” he said.

“It was related to justice for all, regardless of their race or religion. I made specific reference to the hudud issue in Kelantan,” Anwar said at the PKR headquarters last night. (more…)

July 22, 2014

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

Lawyer for Jill Ireland,  Annou Xavier (left), and a representative from the Bible Society Malaysia, Alfred Tais, at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on June 30, 2014. Ireland is seeking the return of CDs containing the word 'Allah', which were confiscated in 2008. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Shafiq Safiee, July 21, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

Lawyer for Jill Ireland, Annou Xavier (left), and a representative from the Bible Society Malaysia, Alfred Tais, at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on June 30, 2014.

Ireland is seeking the return of CDs containing the word ‘Allah’, which were confiscated in 2008.

The High Court today ordered the return of eight Christian CDs containing the word “Allah” which the Home Ministry had confiscated from Jill Ireland at the then Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang in 2008.

Judge Datuk Zaleha Yusof while ordering the return of the CDs to the Melanau clerk did not set a time frame for it to be complied.However‎, she did not make any ruling on the constitutional issue on whether Christians had the right to use the word “Allah” in their worship.Ireland’s lawyer Annou Xavier said that they would decide on the next course of action after the CDS were returned. (more…)

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

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EILEEN NG AND ZULKIFLI SULONG

Alarm bells have sounded for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders following a recent survey which revealed plunging public support for the coalition in Selangor, with some conceding that the outcome was worse than expected.

While acknowledging that the pact expected support to go down, Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua (pic) nevertheless said he did not expect the results to be so critical.

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, meanwhile, urged the opposition pact not to be in denial anymore but to accept the results of the survey which was conducted by Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel). (more…)

Court orders return of confiscated Christian CDs

Hafiz Yatim

The Kuala Lumpur High Court has ordered the Home Ministry and government to return the eight Christian religious CDs with the word “Allah” that it seized from Sarawakian Christian Jill Ireland in May 2008.

However, Justice Zaleha Yusof declined to rule on the constitutional prayers under Article 8, 11, sought by Jill.

Justice Zaleha ruled that the senior authorised officer from the Customs Department, Suzana Muin, who issued the seizure order, had acted illegally in withholding the CDs as such powers lie with the home minister. (more…)

July 21, 2014

Bung a boon for Umno

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JOSH HONG

So, Najib Abdul Razak finally ticked off Umno backbencher Bung Moktar Radin over the latter’s salute via Twitter to Adolf Hitler following Germany’s stunning World Cup victory over Brazil, stating that it was “unacceptable and wrong” and the Kinabatangan MP should withdraw it. And we know what Bung did thereafter: he offered a lukewarm apology that ended with a self-congratulation: Long Live Bung, effectively snubbing Najib.

While many rushed to shower praises on Najib for taking on Bung the loose cannon, lest not forget the man himself has long been known for more than gaffes: sexism, racism and an utter lack of respect for others.

Bung shot to national fame with his notorious ‘bocor’ remarks back in 2007 when he ridiculed Fong Poh Kuan by saying, “Mana ada bocor? Batu Gajah pun bocor tiap-tiap bulan juga” (Where is the leak? Batu Gajah leaks every month, too), when the then-Batu Gajah MP was taking the government to task over a leaky parliament roof. (more…)

July 19, 2014

Now ‘salam’ a No No for non-Muslims in Malaysia?

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Sonia Ramachandran

When you visit the homes of Malaysian Muslims, it is almost always a tradition for the parents to call their children to “salam” their guests, where the hand of the guest is lifted and kissed by the child, denoting respect.

It is seen as a lovely and respectful gesture, but there is now an edict by a controversial Ustaz saying this tradition cannot be performed by Muslim students towards their non-Muslim teachers.

In his book, “Anda Bertanya, Ustaz Azhar Idrus Menjawab Berkenaan Permasalahan Umat”, Azhar writes that it is “haram” for Muslims to kiss the hand of those who are “kafir” (infidels) as it is a sign of lowering oneself to them and that Islam cannot be lower than other religions as all other religions are “batil dan bakal ke neraka” (false and heading for hell). (more…)

Accountability, honour and dignity

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Vincent LimRoh Moo-hyun

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

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

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

July 17, 2014

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

Ng Kee Seng

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

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

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

Gender issue should not bar Azizah from becoming MB

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From left: Wan Azizah and KhalidAlyaa Alhadjri

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

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

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

Najib’s lack of commitment to change justifies Asianomics report

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NajibKhoo Kay Peng

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

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

Time’s ripe for woman MB

wan_azizah_300Baradan Kuppusamy

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

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

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

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

Does the Malaysian Parliament need reform?

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88887-malaysiabumiputeradebateRama Ramanathan

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

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

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

July 16, 2014

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

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Natisah (left) and FirdausMariam Mokhtar

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

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

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

Three high-profile deaths that continue to haunt M’sians

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(From left): Altantuya and Teoh Beng HockNg Kee Seng

There are three high-profile deaths in Malaysia that stubbornly refuse to go away or be forgotten as long as there is no justice served.

The international image of Malaysia as a just and civilised country has been in jeopardy since 2006 and it would be a folly for the ruling government to think that the high-profile cases will just disappear over time.

The three cases are: (more…)

Where are the prolific women politicians?

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Rita Jong

Indira Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Gloria Arroyo and Megawarti Sukarnoputra. These are the names of some powerhouses who once held the most important jobs in their respective Asian countries; and yes, they are women.

Having been an independent nation for 57 years, Malaysia has done wonders in the area of education as there are more women university graduates than men today. And yet, women’s voices are a mere squeak in Parliament and state assemblies. And they are not expected to become a roar anytime soon.

The late Tun Fatimah Hashim was the first women to hold a Cabinet post – the Welfare Ministry – in 1969, 12 years after the nation’s independence. Seven years later, Tan Sri Aishah Ghani was made Minister of Social Affairs. In 1980, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz came into the picture, breaking into the male dominion of the Public Works portfolio, eventually becoming the Minister of International Trade and Industry, another post normally held by the men. She held that portfolio for more than a decade, earning respect from her peers around the world. (more…)

July 14, 2014

Of money laundering and lack of enforcement zeal

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Ng Kee Seng

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) proudly and diligently announced in a June 30 media statement that Dewan Negara has passed the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill (AMLATFA).

What’s with the excitement, BNM? When the bill is gazetted into law, is BNM set to recover Malaysia’s illicit capital flight which has surpassed RM1.2 trillion amidst dark clouds?

Is the central bank implying that it had failed to keep in check the country’s illicit capital flight effectively because of lack of enforcement power and law to deal with money laundering operatives? (more…)

July 7, 2014

Fixing 1Malaysia

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DEAN JOHNS

Forget the World Cup. It’s so much more exciting to follow the fortunes of BN’s 1Malaysia team in its bid for the world title of Worst Cock-up.

It has certainly scored some major coups in this competition lately, even in the footballing field. Under the leadership of Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia has now sunk to an unprecedented number 142 in the Fifa rankings and is fast headed further down.

While at the same time it is truly 1Malaysia in the contest for supremacy in the match-fixing area, with Free Malaysia Today quoting one of the world’s foremost experts in this arena, Canadian author and academic Declan Hill, as declaring that “if there was a gold medal for football match fixing, Malaysia would win it.” (more…)

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