Hornbill Unleashed

November 19, 2013

Listen, learn and do no harm

Jeswan Kaur

The Barisan Nasional government, state rulers and bigots refuse to listen and learn on the Allah issue

First God was ‘put on trial. Then came the politicising of  to whom God or Allah ‘belongs’ to. And despite there being sufficient proof that shows Allah is not exclusive to the Malays, the truth has been hard to digest by zealots who continue to stake claim on ‘Allah’.

The country’s leaders and the judiciary remain adamant that only Muslims can utter the word ‘Allah’. (more…)

November 3, 2013

Why are Malays obsessed with SUPREMACY? Is it brainwashing or their own insecurity?

Why are Malays obsessed with SUPREMACY? Is it brainwashing or their own insecurity?Christopher Fernandez

The great UMNO assembly has come to a conclusion and the winners and losers are now known to all. But are Malays, and especially UMNO, satisfied with the circus show that reeked of another plethora of race-bashing and the absurd belief of subscribing to “ketuanan Melayu” or Malay supremacy?

Why are the Malays obsessed with being supreme over the minorities in the country? Are they being brainwashed by their leaders or is it just their bad nature, a sort of defense mechanism and sick insecurity to wish to rub it into the faces of the other races?

Tough questions although the answers are not difficult to find. (more…)

October 30, 2013

7 YRS ON, Altantuya’s bigwig killers stay elusive to the law but we all know who they are!

7 YRS ON, Altantuya's bigwig killers stay elusive to the law but we all know who they are!KP Chee

Despite a detailed confession of pre-meditated murder from Sirul Azhar bin Haji Umar (IC No: RF12559) recorded in Police Report No: 7380/06 on 9 November 2006 at 1635 hrs by Inspector Nom Phot a/l Prack Dit, the Court of Appeal on August 23rd this year decided to let both Sirul Azhar and his instigator Capt. Azilah Hadri walk free.

It has been established that Capt. Azilah Hadri was from the elite UTK (Special Operations Unit of the Royal Malaysian Police) and had served as personal bodyguard to then defence minister and deputy prime minister Najib Razak. He was summoned by Najib’s ADC and security chief, DSP Musa Safri, after Abdul Razak Baginda reported to his close friend and biggest client Najib Razak, that he was being harassed relentlessly by a very determined Mongolian woman demanding her share of a RM540 million kickback from a top secret French submarine deal. (more…)

October 23, 2013

Playing God, the Umno way?

Charles Santiago

The only person who does not seem to be observing what’s happening in the country is Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Malaysia seems to have developed a mania for negative publicity. The latest is of course the recent court ruling, banning non-Muslims from using the word Allah.

Or that’s what I understood until some cabinet ministers mouthed confusing statements, saying the ban is only binding on non-Muslims in West Malaysia. Then others joined the chorus by adding it was only meant for the Catholic publication, The Herald. (more…)

STOP BULLYING Christians: Take Allah ban to MUSLIM WORLD & see what they say… IF YOU DARE!

 Umno, STOP BULLYING Christians: Take Allah ban to MUSLIM WORLD & see what they say... IF YOU DARE!J. D. Lovrenciear

Who in the world – Muslim and non-Muslim faiths included, has not expressed shock and serious concern over Malaysia’s stand on the ‘Allah’ word?

The world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia, has taken a firm objection as seen from the respected Daily there, the Jakarta Post. Even the bedrock of Islam, the UAE, has expressed no support for Malaysia’s position on making the ‘Allah’ word exclusive for Malaysian Muslims.

But our Attorney General, hot on the heels of a national and global reaction and condemnation of the verdict, has warned all Malaysians that questioning and expressing concerns over the Appeal Court’s verdict dangerously hinges on contempt of court. (more…)

October 18, 2013

After the Allah decision, Putrajaya in futile bid to salvage Malaysia

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with Christian leaders during Christmas last year. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 17, 2013.

THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with Christian leaders during Christmas last year. 

There is irrationality and irony in the Cabinet’s decision that the word Allah can be used in worship and in the Bahasa Malaysia bibles in Sabah and Sarawak – because one cannot compartmentalise religion by regions.

Nor can the Cabinet override the court’s decision.

Or the fact that the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, the Herald, is actually meant for East Malaysians where most of the Catholics speak and read the national language more than anywhere else in the country. (more…)

September 17, 2013

Najib: We’ll never leave Sabah and Sarawak behind

Bernama

As Malaysia marks the 50th year since its formation, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today vowed that the development of Sabah and Sarawak, the first and third most poorest state in terms average household income, is the nation’s priority.

In his Malaysia Day message, he said that this, however, does not mean that the two Borneo states were ever sidelined by the federal administration.

“As prime minister, I have always strived to ensure that equal development for all states…. Our efforts to develop Sabah and Sarawak’s economy will always be the government’s priority. (more…)

September 14, 2013

Sarawak a special place for Brookes

Bernama

Anthony Brooke, the last white rajah will have his wishes fulfilled when his remains are privately interred at the Brooke family graveyard, beside Fort Margherita in Kuching.

Sarawak will always be a special place for the Brooke family but for the widow of the last ‘white’ Rajah Muda, Gita, the state has an extra special place in her heart.

Gita is the wife of the late Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke. Anthony who died in 2011 was the last of the Brooke clan to rule Sarawak before it was ceded to the British Crown after the Second World War. (more…)

August 18, 2013

Unity and the media

Rom Nain

Events leading up to GE13 in May and since have once again led to the Malaysian mainstream media coming under the spotlight.

Disgust has rightly been expressed by many who allege lopsided and unethical coverage of the elections by newspapers like Utusan Malaysia and television stations like TV3 and, following that, equally unethical coverage of certain, often non-Malay and non-Muslim, communities.

On the other hand, there have been a few who have expressed belief that other mainstream media, especially some local English language dailies, appear to have become ‘bolder’ since the elections. (more…)

July 29, 2013

Scorpene broker: Altantuya never part of the deal

Mkini

The architect of the Scorpene deal, Jasbir Singh Chahl, says murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu was never an interpreter for the submarine deal, nor was she ever involved in the contract.

In an interview published by New Straits Times today, Jasbir said whatever affair Altantuya had with defence analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, a central figure in the deal, was a personal matter.

“His dealings with her had nothing to do with the Scorpene deal. It’s unfortunate that it (the affair) coincided with our (submarine deal) timeline.

“Abdul Razak was the only common denominator in this. He was the only link, and a tenuous one, at best,” Jasbir is quoted as saying. (more…)

July 22, 2013

Happy birthday, Sarawak!

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Wong Chin Huat

Today is the 50th anniversary of Sarawak’s independence from Britain. Well, some may argue that Sarawak never made a declaration of independence, unlike Singapore and Sabah, both of which declared their independence from Britain officially on August 31, 1963 when the formation of Malaysia was postponed.

What happened on July 22, 1963 was the swearing in of Sarawak’s first Chief Minister Stephen Kalong Ningkan and his ministers. While the UK did not relinquish her claim on Sarawak’s sovereignty until 56 days later, i.e. September 16, July 22 1963 was nevertheless a great day for Sarawak.

For centuries, Sarawak had been a property that changed hands from the Brunei Sultanate to the Brooke Family to the Japanese Army and then to the English crown. For the first time in its history, on this day 50 years ago, Sarawak had a government that her people could call their own. (more…)

April 27, 2013

Winds of change

Rabble rousing … Anwar Ibrahim on the hustings in Kuala Lumpur.Mark Baker

Mark Baker

Anwar Ibrahim once seemed a certainty to rule Malaysia. Then came his arrest and imprisonment. Now, with his party shaking up the establishment, is he set to finally fulfil his ambition? By Mark Baker.

Rabble rousing … Anwar Ibrahim on the hustings in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Austral Press

It’s nearing midnight in Penang. In a park surrounded by decaying concrete apartment blocks, a swelling crowd waits patiently amid the sticky heat and pungent aromas of food stalls, traffic fumes and open drains. This is a poor Malay neighbourhood, but there are Chinese and Indians here, too, a representative cross-section of multiracial Malaysia. (more…)

April 26, 2013

People or party? Wooing civil servants

Bridget Welsh

In caretaker Premier Najib Abdul Razak’s political targeting, one group has received special attention – civil servants. Why would those in the heart of government garner such special focus for an election? The reality is that in Malaysia’s close electoral races, civil servants can be decisive in shaping the final tallies. This is one of the groups that I will be highlighting as decisive in this campaign.

Over the past few years Najib’s administration has worked to stem the erosion of support from his traditional base of government employees with mixed results.

A decisive constituency (more…)

Malaysia’s GE13 too close to call – former US ambassador

Malaysia's GE13 too close to call - former US ambassadorJohn Malott

Malaysia’s 13th General Elections on May 5 will be the most important — and the most hard-fought — in Malaysian history. The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its coalition partners have ruled the nation since its independence in 1957. But now, for the first time in history, the Malaysian opposition is united and strong, and it believes it has a real chance of coming to power.

And also for the first time, UMNO, as well as those who have benefited politically and economically from their connections to the ruling party, fear that the voters might reject their party and the system that have governed the country continuously for over five decades. (more…)

April 25, 2013

Vote for the right person

KJ John

I asked a niece, “Do you know the candidates who are standing in your constituency?” The real reason for my question was to know if they, the younger generation, was aware that in most locations, every citizen registered to vote had to make two choices? The only exceptions are in the Federal Territories and the state of Sarawak.

In Sarawak it is because they had their state elections about two years ago and in the Federal Territories because we are not democratic enough to offer a local issues concerns of residents a choice.

In the FT, I believe, they should be given a choice of who represents us in the City Hall governance based on the “number of precincts under the jurisdiction of the City Council in cases of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and some equitable criterion for the case of Labuan. But, alas, that may only happen when we can some have real change in the leadership of Putrajaya. (more…)

Taib not keen to talk about retirement

Kow Gah Chie

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud was non-committal over a retirement date, despite promising in April 2011 to step down in two years.

Met at a function in Sibu today, Taib was asked about his retirement plans, to which he replied with another question.

“You want me to retire? When are you going to retire? You tell me,” he said. “I decide when is the best time to leave.”

Throughout the Sarawak state legislative assembly election campaign in 2011, Taib was dogged with the question of when he would step down which was a major campaign issue for Pakatan Rakyat. (more…)

BN must be destroyed VIII

Dean Johns

In little more than a week from now, Najib Abdul Razak will be faced with the fact that he and his phoney 1Malaysia have finally lost Malaysia, and the vast majority of Malaysians will be congratulating themselves on having won their beloved country back.

Because even if BN manages to steal back into power by hook or its customary crook, it will be living on borrowed – or rather bought – time, and surviving only in fear and dread of how even more urgently than ever the people will want to see it destroyed. (more…)

March 22, 2013

Singapore denies claims it facilitates tax evasion

Today Online 

Screenshot of one of the scenes in the video clip where a lawyer made a claim that Singapore facilitates tax evasion in Malaysia.SINGAPORE, March 22 — The Singapore government has rubbished claims made in an online video about corrupt land deals in Sarawak, in which a lawyer alleged that the island facilitates tax evasion in Malaysia by withholding information requested by the Malaysian government.

In response to media queries, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said last night that the claims are “simply false”.

The denial came two days after the video by non-governmental organisation Global Witness, which was posted on YouTube on Monday, showed investigators posing as foreign investors interested in buying land in Sarawak as they recorded snippets of their conversations with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri AbdulTaib Mahmud’s cousins and lawyers. (more…)

March 4, 2013

Understanding the Sabah dispute

Artemio V Panganiban

To understand (1) the claim of the Sultan of Sulu over Sabah, (2) the standoff in Lahad Datu town in Sabah, (3) the stand-down admonition of President Aquino directing the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III led by his brother Datu Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram to withdraw and return peacefully to the Philippines, and (4) the enforcement actions of the Malaysian authorities that sadly resulted in death and injury, I think it is best to begin by discussing the concepts of sovereignty and ownership.

Sovereignty is the perpetual and absolute power of a state (not of an individual) to command obedience within its territory. This power is manifested through the state’s constitution and laws, and is enforced by governmental agencies and officials. When needed, the state’s military and police forces can be called to back this enforcement. (more…)

January 2, 2013

Muslims, Christians, the Word Allah and the Bible

 Anas Zubedy, via e-mail

Here we go again… Every now and then, this matter will see the light of day. This time around, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng brought it up in his Christmas message. I personally agree with his sentiment. We should all share the word Allah and make it the universal name for God. As far as the Quran is concerned, this verse explains the universality of Allah clearly.

They are those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right, – (for no cause except that they say, “our Lord is Allah”. Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause); – for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will) – Quran 22:40 (more…)

December 24, 2012

Educators baffled by plan to ship in English teachers from India

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Zurairi AR

PAGE believes reintroducing PPSMI will do more for students than the proposed Indian tutors.

Putrajaya’s plan to import Indians to teach English in national schools appears to be meeting resistance from educators who doubt the government’s idea will help Malaysian students master the language.

Local English-language teachers and an education reform group polled by The Malaysian Insider voiced concern over what they saw as a short-term solution they said would unlikely benefit a multiracial class whose learning could be further hampered by coaches speaking in an unfamiliar accent. (more…)

November 26, 2012

SAVE OUR COUNTRY: Open letter to all Malaysians

SAVE OUR COUNTRY: Open letter to all MalaysiansYeo Yang Poh

Dear Fellow Malaysians

It is true that there are things that we Malaysians should be proud of, and be thankful for. It is equally true that many things are not well in our country. They have not been well for some time now.

Matters of safety and security, price hikes, education, issues of equal opportunities and equal treatment, constriction of various forms of freedom, marginalization of several segments of society, the failing justice system, corruption in the public sector, the rising denial syndromes, the arrogance of wrongdoers nourished by their repeated ability to get off scot-free, and the numbness of the public reaction towards misdeeds and the lack of accountability, just to describe a few. (more…)

Since when is calling for clean polls INTERFERENCE, Aussie Senator jibes back at NERVOUS Najib

Nick XenophonSince when is calling for clean polls INTERFERENCE, Aussie Senator jibes back at NERVOUS Najib

Independent Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, said Malaysian media reports that Australia was seeking to interfere in Malaysia’s elections are a “complete misrepresentation, fabrication and distortion of the true position.”

Senator Xenophon was handed a personal letter from Malaysian Opposition Leader, Anwar Ibrahim, in Kuala Lumpur last week to hand to Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

The letter sought assistance from Australia for Malaysia’s forthcoming general elections to reflect the “true will of the Malaysian people”, Senator Xenophon said. (more…)

November 23, 2012

‘HK chief prosecutor’s statement damning’

Teoh El Sen

Kevin Zervos has indicated that there was a conspiracy to cover up the RM40 million “political donations” case by Malaysian authorities, says PKR’s strategic director.

The statement yesterday by Hong Kong’s chief public prosecutor points to a conspiracy by Malaysian authorities to cover up and halt investigations against Sabah chief minister Musa Aman and timber tycoon Michael Chia over the RM40 million “political donations” case, claimed PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli today.

Rafizi said it also gives an impression that the Malaysian authorities – either the Attorney-General’s chambers, the MACC or both – had supplied inaccurate information to Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), and in turn had tarnished the investigations. (more…)

November 22, 2012

Religion, politics and ‘idiocrats’

KJ John

WCW’s comments make us infamous! Usually, to any Western-trained political conservative, anytime a Christian sits on the same side of a table with a Muslim, it is for them a timebomb ready to go off! Why?I have no choice but to respond to Wong Chun Wai’s (WCW) column in The Sunday Star as published in Malaysia Today with the title, ‘Keep faith out of politics’. My reason: Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI) was a co-organiser of the Islamic State Dialogue, together with the Islamic Renaissance Front.

For most such people, first and foremost, words are simply political tools to be deployed for their political purposes or expediency! Let me quote one example: (more…)

November 16, 2012

Sustainable Development: Is Malaysia doing enough?

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Lonely Moai statues against a backdrop of desolate landscape. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons.)JJ TAN 

Consider this – the Easter Island, home to a remote civilisation that has long since died out, its barren landscape watched over by ancient stone statues. Whether they were gods or guardians, we may never know, and it doesn’t matter now. It wasn’t always like this, the island was once covered in trees and flourishing bird colonies. Within a span of 400 years, the trees and birds were gone – harvested to extinction.

And the people soon followed.

The Moai statues of the Easter Island with their sad stories left a deep mark in my mind. It is not the image of starvation and death from overexploitation that haunts me. It is the thought about how the occupants of such a remote island failed to sustain their civilization that serves as a grim reminder. If a civilization on a small island that must have been so aware of their isolation couldn’t achieve sustainability, how will we who live on this vast island called Earth fare better? (more…)

November 15, 2012

A question of faith

Dina Zaman

I have been mulling over the same question over the past two months: Is Islam the topic of discourse overdone, and do we need another conversation about it?

Covering Islam and Muslims is not for the faint-hearted. Especially if you are a Muslim woman writing in a Muslim country, and have not been schooled in religious studies, and looks like everything that is the opposite of what a Muslimah should be.

Once upon a time, I wrote a book, which was really a compilation of articles I wrote for Malaysiakini.com, titled I Am Muslim. It was written and published when I was in my 30s. (more…)

October 16, 2012

Sabah rights: ‘Stop lying, Najib’

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Calvin Kabaron

Najib Tun Razak should learn to view Malaysia and the federal government from the perspective of Sabahans and not as an Umno leader, says opposition STAR.

The State Reform Party (STAR) is stunned by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s claim that Sabah’s rights and autonomy have not been usurped by the federal government and that they remain intact.

The party’s Sabah chapter chairman, Jeffrey Kitingan, said the prime minister was either ignorant or being crafty by claiming Sabah’s rights had not been diminished in any way after the formation of Malaysia in 1963. (more…)

October 9, 2012

Minimum Wage Policy: BN’s election bait but is the timing & quantum correct?

Sam Chee KongMinimum Wage Policy: BN's election bait but is the timing & quantum correct?

Due to the scarcity of resources such as labor, it is common for the government to at times intervene in the markets with the objective to prevent prices from rising and dropping too much from the equilibrium price. The Government can influence the market supply and demand through setting the price floors and price ceilings in the market.
An example of price ceiling will be the rent controls on housing. By imposition of the rent control, the government hope to provide affordable housing for the lower income group. Similarly the imposition of minimum wage is another form of setting the price floor. This will help prevent wages from going below a certain level set by the government. The Government hope that such a move will help alleviate the income and also ease the burden of the lower income group.

October 3, 2012

Petronas, Singapore’s Keppel in talks for Pengerang power plant

TMI

Pengerang residents take part in a protest against Petronas’s RAPID project, September 30, 2012.

State oil firm Petronas is negotiating with Singapore’s Keppel Corp for a gas-powered energy plant in Pengerang, Johor that may supply electricity to the island state, The Straits Times reported today.

According to the Singapore daily, Keppel may get a 30 per cent stake in the 1,200MW plant that will be part of Petronas’s Refinery and Petrochemicals Development (RAPID) project in Pengerang.

The deal will also be the first investment involving a Singapore firm in Malaysia’s domestically dominated power sector. (more…)

September 20, 2012

Singapore’s success a REAL WARNING to Malaysians, especially Sabahans & Sarawakians!

Daniel John JambunSpore’s success a REAL WARNING to M'sians, especially Sabahans & S'wakians!

The latest report which says that Singapore is the wealthiest nation in the world by GDP per capita, beating out Norway, the U.S., Hong Kong and Switzerland, has further embarrassed our own country, Malaysia, which is Singapore’s closest neighbour and economic rival.

This report is especially painful for Malaysia because we know Singapore started off as an island of fishing villages with no natural resources. It survived and prospered as an entrepot (a trading post where merchandise can be imported and exported without paying import duties), and imported raw materials for its needs, industries and exported processed products to the world.

It is still buying nearly everything from other countries, mainly Malaysia, including sand, water, oil, vegetable, fruits, to name just a few. (more…)

September 19, 2012

Two popular request ignored in the Education Blueprint 2013-2025

Toh Boo Huat

The just released Education Blueprint was touted to be very comprehensive as it took into account the views and desires of Malaysians who were given opportunities to provide input during dialogues held in major towns across the country.

However, if the responses and loud cheers from large section of the crowd during the dialogues are any indication of popular support and demands by the people, then two such requests are missing in the blueprint i.e. calls for Science and Mathematics be taught in English and, for a non-politician Education Minister. (more…)

September 16, 2012

THE KUCHING DECLARATION

THE KUCHING DECLARATION

LEST WE FORGET, AND LEST ALL THE PEOPLES OF OUR GREAT NATION OF MALAYSIA FORGET, WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, DO ONCE AGAIN FIRMLY, RESOLUTELY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY PLEDGE AND PROMISE BEFORE THE WHOLE NATION OF MALAYSIA AS OUR WITNESSES, ON THIS HISTORIC DAY THE 16TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2012, IN THE CITY OF KUCHING, AND ON BEHALF OF OUR RESPECTIVE PARTIES AND PAKATAN RAKYAT AS A WHOLE, THAT WHEN WE FORM THE NEXT GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA, PAKATAN RAKYAT WILL HONOUR ALL ITS PLEDGES AND PROMISES TO THE PEOPLES OF MALAYSIA.

WE WILL HONOURABLY EXECUTE ALL THE POLICIES SET FORTH IN THE BUKU JINGGA SO THAT MALAYSIA WILL ONCE AGAIN BE A GREAT NATION, HER PEOPLES PROSPEROUS, HER FUTURE SECURE AND PEACEFUL, AND HER NAME CELEBRATED BY ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD.
WE WILL HONOUR THE SPIRIT OF THE MALAYSIA AGREEMENT OF 1963 WHICH OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT THEIR HANDS TO, AND AS A SIGN OF OUR DEEP COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLES OF SARAWAK AND SABAH, CONSISTENT WITH DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND JUSTICE FOR ALL MALAYSIANS, IN PARTICULAR: (more…)

September 15, 2012

When will Sabah and Sarawak become Malaysia’s real king makers?

Sim Kwang Yang

Tomorrow is Malaysia Day, 16 of September, on this day Malaysian commemorating the 49 anniversary of Sarawak and Sabah independence through forming Malaysia with Singapore and the Malayan Federation.

There are more people nowadays talking about the meaning of this date.  And also about the 20 point agreement signed in a joint memorandum 49 years ago.

We all know that Sarawak and Sabah have had a raw deal from 49 years of Malaysian independence.  The thing to think about is how to reverse this trend. (more…)

August 27, 2012

IMPACT OF BN’S ‘DEVIL’ POLITICS: M’sia most bankruptcies, S’pore world’s richest!

IMPACT OF BN'S 'DEVIL' POLITICS: M'sia most bankruptcies, S'pore world's richest!

Christopher Fernandez

About fifty years ago, the tiny island-state of Singapore was part and parcel of Malaysia, but has over the years emerged as a country with a per capita Gross Domestic Product of US$56,532 (RM175, 250) as of 2010, which measured by their purchasing power parity, has beaten Norway, the United States and Hong Kong to make Singaporeans the richest people on earth.

This “transformation” or “reformation” in Singapore from a squalid backwater compares in contrast with a 55-year mandate exclusively given to Barisan Nasional to develop Malaysia over a longer period with the nation nowhere being near to even be considered for developed status. (more…)

August 10, 2012

Going for gold: proud to be Malaysian?

Pak Bui

We are proud of Pandelela Rinong Pamg, a 19 year old Bidayuh girl, for winning Sarawak’s first ever Olympic medal, taking bronze in the 10m individual platform diving event. We hope the happy girl is not forced to campaign for Najib and Taib in the upcoming general elections.

We are also proud of the sporting achievements of Lee Chong Wei, the most successful Olympian in our country’s history. He is also the only Malaysian badminton player to have been world number one for more than a couple of weeks, since the rankings system began a quarter of a century ago. He truly deserves our respect for his achievements on the court.

He has been a great ambassador for the game: talented, amiable, hardworking, mostly adept at avoiding conflict, humble, if a little diffident – and easily manipulated. In this sense, he is perhaps typical of many ordinary Malaysians like you and me. (more…)

July 28, 2012

Reprimand Najib, Bersih tells EC

G Vinod

PM telling Selangorians to vote “the right government” to resolve water issue is tantamount to political campaigning, says Samad Said.

Bersih co-chairman A Samad Said wants the Election Commission (EC) to reprimand Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for campaigning before Parliament is dissolved.

Samad said that Najib’s statement urging Selangor voters to “choose the right government” to resolve the state’s water issue was clear-cut political campaigning for the general election.

“The EC should reprimand the prime minister. How can you allow Najib to say such things when election is not even called for yet?” asked Samad. (more…)

THE END IS NEAR: Najib’s rating falls again, now only 64%, while BN PLUNGES to 42%

Stan LeeTHE END IS NEAR: Najib's rating falls again, now only 64%, while BN PLUNGES to 42%

It looks like political rivals from the Pakatan Rakyat may be right about embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak being in a panic mode after seeing the latest internal surveys conducted by his party.

According to Pakatan leaders, these had shown a downhill slide in public support for Najib and his government, prompting him to hint of holding the 13th general election after the Hari Raya celebrations instead of waiting until early next year when the results of the Budget 2013, due to be tabled on Sept 28, filter through.

This appears to have been borne out by an independent survey released by the Merdeka Centre on Thursday that showed Najib’s rating falling another 1 percentage point in June to 64%. When compared to the 71% rating held by his predecessor Abdullah Badawi just prior to the 2008 general election, it becomes clear that Najib’s performance has been even more disastrous than thought. (more…)

June 26, 2012

Najib defends takeover of women’s ministry post

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Hazlan Zakaria

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has defended himself for assuming the mantle of women, family and community development minister, instead of appointing a woman parliamentarian to the portfolio.

“This is only temporary. When we win the next election, we will put a woman minister in my place,” he told the Dewan Rakyat this morning during Question Time.

More important than who the minister is, he said, are the running of the ministry’s programmes and their effectiveness in improving the situation of women and other constituents. (more…)

October 15, 2011

Najib’s Hamlet-like polls quandary

Terence Netto

“To call’ or ‘Not to call’ – Prime Minister Najib Razak appears to be in a Hamlet-like predicament with regard to the 13th general election.

Former prime minister and recurrent gadfly Dr Mahathir Mohamad seems resolute on this advice: Najib should go the full distance of predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s mandate, obtained in March 2008 which only expires five years hence.

But time is not on the present officeholder’s side.

A swarm of potentially hostile factors – mounting fiscal debt, the worsening global economic situation, not to mention such inconveniences as the investigation in France into irregularities in arms procurement by Malaysia – combine to darken the outlook for Najib’s longevity of tenure. (more…)

July 2, 2009

If you can’t beat them…

By Sim Kwang Yang

I received in my email the following excellent article by Bernice Low on the battle in the Internet world in Malaysia.  The object of her attention is the newly launched net portal the Malaysian Mirror, for which I write a weekly column.  Naturally, I feel the irony of  the situation, me – a die hard anti-BN man writing for Ong Tee Kiat the MCA President to further the cause of the BN, if her speculation and assumptions turn out to be true. We will see.

If you can’t beat them…

…join em. And that’s what the MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) is going to do, it would seem.

According to a news report on the Malaysianinsider.com, the MCA is going into the online news game. A friend in the media line confirmed that hiring is ongoing for the Malaysian Mirror, the name that has been chosen for the new newsportal. A search on MYNIC shows that the domain name Malaysianmirror.com.my is available. A search on WHOIS, however, shows the top-level domain (TLD) name Malaysianmirror.com to be unavailable. It was recently purchased on March 3, 2009, and is registered to a Web domain hosting firm in (ironically) Penang.
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May 1, 2009

Crime, Punishment and Torture

By Pak Bui

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My car window was smashed by a man on a motorcycle, outside a coffee shop at dusk, one evening. A passerby gave chase on his motorcycle and saw the thief’s licence plate, but the thief escaped. I went to the central police station to make a report. The policewoman on duty wrote the thief’s licence plate number down. Then she asked “Jadi, mengapa mahu buat laporan ni?” I explained patiently that I wanted to prevent future crimes.

I was referred to another police station. The detectives on duty there were nothing like the intelligent, glamorous types we see on television. An elderly man’s bag had been stolen while he was practising tai chi. One detective joked the old man should have used some other martial art to stop the thief. My tour of the stations, in my car with newly improved ventilation, took three hours. The report came to nothing: the licence plate was a fake.

Violent crimes increasing nationwide

Violent crime rates, of far more concern than a broken car window, are increasing. Even in Sarawak, traditionally a tranquil place, most people know someone whose bag has been snatched, or whose house has been broken into, or who has been robbed.

Crime rates have long been on the rise, too, in Peninsular Malaysia. Last month, in Cheras, Selangor, a young woman was abducted at noon in front of a bank, and bundled into a Honda CR-V, while her husband sat waiting in a car. The woman was released five hours later. No ransom was mentioned in the Star newspaper report. District police chief, Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Amir Mohd Hashim, was quoted as saying “We do not have much information yet but we will make some arrests soon.” Perhaps a lack of information is no obstacle to making arrests in Cheras: the police might simply round up the usual suspects.

Crime statistics are malleable (more…)

April 8, 2009

Kampong Vs Urbanites in Malaysia – Same same but different

By John Riwang

Immediately after last year’s March 8 parliamentary election results came out, my good friend from Ipoh called and yelled at me on the phone “What the hell is wrong with you guys?!” Five states in Semenanjung Malaysia – including my friend’s home state of Perak – decided to opt for change by installing the new Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government. For the first time in almost 40 years, the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) lost a 2/3rd majority in the election. Imagine, all those below 40 years old only know about BN this and BN that.

Sarawakians as spoilers?

My friend was referring to the ‘political tsunami’ that never hit Sarawak’s shores on that fateful March 8. BN retained 30 of the 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak and thus, saved the national BN from further humiliation.

I remained silent after my friend’s outburst, thinking of all kinds of excuses to say to him. But nothing came out. Quietly, I asked myself “What the hell is wrong with us?” It’s as if Malaysia’s political fairy tale was single-handedly spoiled by us, Sarawakians. If indeed our nation’s history is a fairy tale that should end with a “living-happily-ever-after” page, then it really is a poorly written fairy tale. Or more like a badly written suspense novel.

This is my simple take on the March 8 ‘political tsunami’. (more…)

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