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April 25, 2014

Losing in the battle with Satan

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Mahsa Amiri

The topics of democracy, liberalism, human rights are not new in contemporary Malaysia. However, with almost every discussion some new points are promoted or strengthened at one of the contesting sides.

Remarkably, promotion of the debates does not reduce the power with which polarisation between conservative and moderate ideas is going on.

It also seems that all the terms that according to conservative minds pertain to the Western Satan tend to be put into one basket. (more…)

Check extremism instead of just warning of its danger

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Sonia Ramachandran

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup is spot on when he said “racial and religious bigotry spun by certain intolerant groups is threatening national unity and integration.”

The irony of his statement is that one such group is right-wing Malay outfit Perkasa, which the government has funded.

The government had recently acknowledged it gave “some allocation” to Perkasa three months after the group said it received help from government agencies for several of its programmes. (more…)

All eyes on redrawing of electoral boundaries

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The Heat Team

The Barisan Nasional (BN) took 60% of the parliamentary seats in the last general election – and went ahead to form the federal government – although only 47% of the voters gave them the aye. Although this is legitimate under the first-past-the-post parliamentary system, it nevertheless outraged the majority.

For a while after the May 2013 elections, this was the big debate. Gerrymandering and malapportionment, once words that few people used and even fewer understood, were suddenly in vogue as they were cited as reasons for the controversial win. (more…)

Places of worship may be regulated

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B Nantha Kumar and G Vinod

The Federal Territories Minister says this move is to preserve their places of worship.

The government is looking at laws to regulate non-Muslims’ places of worship in the Federal Territories.

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor held a meeting with several MPs from both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat at the Parliament yesterday to discuss the proposal further. (more…)

April 24, 2014

Our concept of ‘state’ within constitution

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KJ JOHN

What is a ‘state’ in this new federation, after our 1963 federal constitution? I believe there is some lack of clarity and therefore the so-called ‘state’ can be variously interpreted both as the Malay states of the federation of the peninsula and the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak.

In some provisions, it appears to only refer to the 11 constituent states of the older Federation of the Malay states, and yet in others it specifically refers to Sarawak and Sabah as the original four partners of the newer Federation of Malaysia; inclusive of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak.

Which is which and why is it not so clearly defined? Conceptually, it would not be difficult to understand the differences by using the concept of, ‘units of analysis’. For example, Malaysia, the nation-state recognised by the United Nations, is the largest group within what we call ‘home or our nation-state’. We are but one of the ‘Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu’. (more…)

Vernacular schools have existed since pre-Merdeka, so what’s the problem?

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theantdaily team

He not only doesn’t like “huge” statues being built at places of worship for non-Muslims but he also does not want Tamil or Chinese schools to exist anymore.

Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah seems to enjoy courting controversy with his statements. His recent remark on vernacular schools has hit a raw nerve as the subject is close to the hearts of the Chinese and Indian communities.

Mohd Noor was reported to have called for the abolition of vernacular schools, saying that Mandarin and Tamil could be taught at national schools instead. (more…)

No GST on salmon and lobster

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Selena Tay

Blame frivolous government spending for the nation’s financial woes, not the subsidies for the people.

The federal government has announced that the GST (Goods & Services Tax) will not burden the poor. Really?

This columnist finds it difficult to believe when various types of salmon and lobster are exempted from GST while canned sardines, baked beans and instant noodles will bear the full brunt of the GST.

The food products given the GST waiver include Pacific salmon, Atlantic salmon and Danube salmon while the lobsters are Norway lobster and rock lobster. Trout, crayfish and oysters too are among the food products to be given the GST waiver. (more…)

What next in Anwar sodomy II?

Kim Quek

Despite 85 pages of rhetoric, the Court of Appeal’s written judgment (the “Judgment”) convicting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy has failed to establish the only corroborative evidence of the charge – the DNA evidence.

This is a case of one man’s word against another, with no eyewitness to the incident.

Without establishing the DNA evidence beyond reasonable doubt, the Court of Appeal has no business to overturn the High Court judgment acquitting Anwar on ground of doubtful integrity of the DNA samples. (more…)

On the impracticalities of hudud in Malaysia

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Nicolei

Islamic leaders have been saying that non-Muslims will accept hudud if they can understand the beauty of hudud, and so efforts should be made to explain hudud properly to non-Muslims.

I have no problem with religious laws per se. For example zakat for the poor is noble. So I respectfully invite Muslim scholars and ordinary Muslims alike to explain the following and explain how my perceptions of the hudud laws are wrong. Please note I am not attacking Islamic laws per se, but respectfully ask for their “dakwah” explanation.

Under hudud laws, murder is a capital punishment, yet if the victim’s family is agreeable for the murderer to pay “diyah”, or blood money, to compensate the family, the murderer can escape the mandatory death sentence. (more…)

Accelerated Anwar Case Seen as Insult to US

John Berthelsen

Numerous opposition figures also under intense court pressure as Obama heads to KL

Malaysian prosecutors are expected to ask the country’s highest court this Friday to increase the prison sentence meted out to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was judged guilty by an appellate court last month on sodomy charges.

The case is being taken to the Federal Court just two days before the arrival of US President Barack Obama on a state visit, an action seen as an insult to Washington. (more…)

Can Noah be banned for being un-Islamic?

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One of the posters for the filmDing Jo-Ann

AS Russell Crowe himself anticipated, the film Noah has been banned in Malaysia, where about 60% of the population are officially Muslim. The film portrays Noah, mentioned in both the Bible and the Quran, carrying out his God-given task of building a giant boat to save a sampling of humans and animals.

In citing reasons for the ban, Film Censorship Board chairperson Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said it was “un-Islamic for anyone to act out any characters of a prophet”.

But can a movie be legally banned in Malaysia on the basis that it is un-Islamic? What is the appropriate criteria to apply when restricting freedom of expression, which is a constitutionally guaranteed fundamental liberty? (more…)

April 23, 2014

The ugly Umno Baru Muslim

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

Some cynics claim that the crocodile tears shed by Karpal Singh’s former political foes, and their equally effusive tributes, sound insincere.

Perhaps, but their actions cannot be as bad as the disgusting behaviour of the Umno Baru Malays, who have heaped shame on respectful Muslims and at the same time, made ordinary Malaysians bristle with disgust. Karpal’s tragic death has brought out the best and the worst in people.

Umno Baru Muslims are crass and crude. They are intolerant and indelicate. They do not know the meaning of honour and values. They are champions of hypocrisy.

Who are they? (more…)

No rest for putra pests

DEAN JOHNS

It’s becoming increasingly and excitingly evident these days that perennial campaign by the members, cronies and supporters of the criminal BN regime to pose as the ‘defenders’ of Islam, the Malay people, the Malaysian constitution and even Malaysia itself is, as always, nothing but a cynical sham.

Or, in other words, a preposterous scam by a coterie of poisonous self-styled putras to cling to power for the sole purpose of feathering their nests at the expense of the rest.

And especially at the expense of Malaysia’s brightest and best, as currently following the tragic death of legal tiger, political titan and towering and tireless opponent of all that’s rotten about the BN regime, Karpal Singh. (more…)

Different but equally significant

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Karpal SinghWinston Way

The late Karpal Singh and former Sarawak deputy Chief Minister Dustan Endawie are highly contrasting characters who have each earned their place in Malaysian politics.

When Malaysia’s political stalwart Karpal Singh died in a road accident last Thursday, few realized that he was the second great politician to have passed within a week.

While Karpal was distinguished throughout Malaysia and even internationally,  former deputy chief minister Dunstan Endawie Enchana, was mostly known and remembered in Sarawak.

Karpal was an active politician at the time of his tragic death, while Endawie had retired from political life decades ago. (more…)

Can Islam be used to subjugate the rights of non-Muslims?

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Khoo Kay Peng

In the case of S Deepa versus Izwan Abdullah over the custody of their two children Sharmila, 9, and Mithran, 6, who were converted to Islam without her knowledge in April last year, it is clear that the authorities have acted in bad faith for the failure to act against Izwan for kidnapping his son from his ex-wife after she was granted legal custody of their children.

It is understandable why the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has come under fire for his reluctance to enforce the civil court’s decision and arrest Izwan for his offence.

Khalid’s refusal to act cannot be taken lightly. His decision is going to have a deep repercussion on the police force. It is putting the force, the enforcers of law and order, into a constitutional jeopardy. Since independence, it is clear that the Federal Constitution is the supreme law of the land and the civil courts act as an important balance of power in a parliamentary democracy. (more…)

The Coroner’s Court is old wine in new bottle

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Eric Paulsen

Imagine my surprise when I read Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri’s sudden announcement of the commencement of the Coroner’s Court to replace the inquest system (New Straits Times, April 3, 2014 – “Nancy: Coroner’s Court starts April 15”) when there was no consultation with the Malaysian Bar or civil society on a much needed reform and controversial issue.

The primary function of any inquiries of deaths irrespective of what they are called – whether Coroner’s Court or Inquest is to independently inquire into how, when and where the person died and deliver the finding and verdict. (more…)

Time for parliamentary select committees to scrutinise the government

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Viktor Wong

When the Auditor-General’s (AG) Report was released recently, it again exposed how government ministries, departments, agencies as well as government-linked companies (GLCs) embarked on many kinds of multi-million ringgit projects and procurements that resulted in wastage of public funds.

In most cases, there were no clues as to where the money ended up.

It has become a yearly affair and efforts by the AG to curb all this mismanagement within the government have been in vain. What went wrong actually? The AG’s report has been tabled in Parliament and debated by the MPs every year, and yet nobody could decide how these financial fiascos should be stopped once and for all. (more…)

Campaigns, sloganeering will not stop graft; stern action will

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V Shuman

To the perpetual optimists, Malaysians can look forward to a drastic drop in corruption now that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has done a three-kilometre “Anti-Corruption Run: Do not give, do not accept”.

Seriously, what does the premier hope to achieve by attending an event that everyone knows is just pomp and glamour, and would not meet its intended goal in the long run? (pun intended).

How is 3,000 people running while pledging “don’t give, don’t take” going to overcome corruption, which has been plaguing the nation for years? (more…)

Hudud: Mind your own business is still the best policy

Ng Kee Seng

When you point a finger, there are three fingers pointing back to you. This is infinite wisdom.

Since Merdeka in 1957, Malaysians of different faiths have been doing just that to one another over “Hukum Hudud” or the implementation of hudud laws.

Non-Muslim politicians, especially those from DAP, MCA and Gerakan, have been fiercely voicing objections against hudud.

Both sides of the political divide and Malaysians of different faiths claim to be championing freedom of speech and religion. (more…)

April 21, 2014

Najib must stand up against all forms of extremism

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Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not a popular leader these days or is he? In fact, the prime minister’s popularity rating has remained stagnant at a low 52 per cent over the first three months of this year, according to a Merdeka Center report.

In its yearly evaluation on Najib’s leadership which the centre recently released, Naijb’s public image is not something to be proud of.

Asked to comment on the report, former Transparency International Malaysia president Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam said: “I think most people who are neutral or non-partisan would like the prime minister to be more firm and intolerant towards extremism and unfairness.” (more…)

April 20, 2014

Misery awaits Malaysians with ‘business as usual’ government administration

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Ng Kee Seng

Two recent revelations by the Auditor-General’s Annual Report and alleged abuse of government grants are neither new nor shocking.

What is of immediate concern is how long more can such abuse in financial management be sustained?

For years, the AG’s reports have been revealing abuse and mismanagement of public funds but no significant action had been taken, especially those involving hundreds of millions of ringgit linking to high officials.

In short, the AG has been highlighting the country’s annual bleeding of its coffers. (more…)

Easter and the age of heroic leadership

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Jennie M. Xue

Easter is approaching, a special day for Christians worldwide. It is the day that Jesus Christ was resurrected three days after his crucifixion at the Calvary. Jesus was the ultimate activist, who defended the poor, the sick and the weak. His exemplary leadership has inspired billions of people worldwide for more than 2,000 years.

Today, Christ’s heroic leadership has been the model of Pope Francis’s leadership.

His face was on the covers of Time and Rolling Stone magazines. He was Time’s 2013 Person of the Year. It seemed that Pope Francis has won people’s hearts, regardless of their religious affiliations. He has bridged Christianity with the world. (more…)

More seats will check gerrymandering, says opposition

(From left) Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Bridget Welsh, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and PAS election director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli at the forum titled ‘Legislative seat increase: should we have larger Parliament and assemblies?’ at the Bar Council today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, April 19, 2014.EILEEN NG

(From left) Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Bridget Welsh, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and PAS election director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli at the forum titled ‘Legislative seat increase: should we have larger Parliament and assemblies?’ at the Bar Council today. 

While Pakatan Rakyat supports the creation of more parliamentary seats in the next redelineation exercise as a means to check malapportionment, academics and non-governmental organisations have warned that it will not necessarily improve the quality of elected representatives.

PAS election director Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli said the opposition pact was agreeable to having more seats, but that would depend on the redelineation plan proposed by the Election Commission (EC). (more…)

April 18, 2014

Muslims not encouraged to use ‘RIP’, says National Fatwa Council

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Mourners paying respect to the late Karpal Singh at his house in Jalan Utama, Penang, today. The National Fatwa Council says Muslims should not use the phrase ‘Rest in Peace’ (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, April 17, 2014.MOHD FARHAN DARWIS

Mourners paying respect to the late Karpal Singh at his house in Jalan Utama, Penang, today. The National Fatwa Council says Muslims should not use the phrase ‘Rest in Peace’ (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations.

Following the death of Karpal Singh and the outpouring of grief, Muslims were reminded by the National Fatwa Council today that they were not encouraged to use the phrase “Rest in Peace” (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations.

In a statement issued on its website, www.e-fatwa.gov.my, the National Fatwa Council said Muslims could express their condolences to non-Muslim families. (more…)

April 17, 2014

Enough of politics and start leading country

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img-mansharesbreadwithneedyshutterstock_171948830617.jpg_item_largeVisnu Natesan

We have lost the plot in the search for a better country.

Our society has become pessimistic without much thoughts or critical thinking. Many disagree for the sake of disagreeing.

Many argue for the sake of arguing. Many oppose for the sake of opposing. We are accumulating madness without intellect.

We are accumulating hatred instead of empathy. Negativity has taken the figurative role and as days pass by nothing much could be done. Day by day, we are becoming what most civilization fear off, backward-thinking society. (more…)

Seremban church says council directive to use Malay banners, not about propagating faith

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The banner that a Muslim non-governmental organisation found so offensive in Seremban. – Pic courtesy of Isma, April 16, 2014. JENNIFER GOMEZ

The banner that a Muslim non-governmental organisation found so offensive in Seremban.

A Pentecostal church in Seremban said it was following the law to put banners in Bahasa Malaysia to promote an Easter musical, a language that a Muslim rights group believed should not be used by non-Muslims in Malaysia.

Agape Community Church assistant pastor Tan Szet Anne said their promotional material for the annual Easter musical was in Bahasa Malaysia because of a directive by the Seremban city council that banners and posters must be in the national language.

“We have been organising this musical to commemorate Easter with a musical every two years for the past 20 years and there was never an issue. (more…)

Media a problem in democracy? 

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The decline of newspapers is a problem for democracy and for an informed public.Ignatius Haryanto

Maybe in the next five to 10 years many local and foreign observers will look at Indonesia’s 2014 elections as one of the most celebrated tales in the country’s media history.

Both conventional and social media hosted much discussion and criticism, as political parties used the media for their campaign platforms as well as using social media for campaigning.

Among the contestants of the 2014 general elections, three figures are media owners who also lead political parties: presidential candidates Surya Paloh of the NasDem Party and Aburizal Bakrie of the Golkar Party and vice presidential hopeful Hary Tanoesoedibjo of the Hanura Party. (more…)

When Civil Court and Syariah Court collides

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68ce2-courtJimmy Puah

It is a cardinal rule of law, that all laws enacted should be clear and unambiguous in terms. The reasoning for this is that everyone should know their legal rights and when not to step out of the legal boundary.

It is for this reason that especially in criminal law, great effort is made to scrutinise every wording of an Act.

The recent custodial dispute involving S. Deepa and Izwan Abdullah has brought this issue to the forefront.

The significance of this case not only highlights the need for certainty in law but it also examines the legal quandary involving rights of Muslims and non-Muslims when their legal rights cross path. (more…)

‘We do not instigate natives’

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peter-kallang-Baram-DamWinston Way

Save Rivers Sarawak said they only provide Baram blockaders with legal advice and connections with lawyers, NGOs and other protesting communities.

An NGO here has denied accusations that they are instigating Baram natives into prolonging blockades which they began last year in a bid to stop preparatory works on the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam in the Miri Division.

“What do they mean we are instigating these people? We do not instigate anyone. If some people encroach into their (the natives’) lands, then those should be illegal acts. (more…)

April 16, 2014

The meltdown of Malaysian institutions

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There was a time Malaysia's civil service was the envy of many, playing an important role in the country's rapid industrialisation. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 15, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

There was a time Malaysia’s civil service was the envy of many, playing an important role in the country’s rapid industrialisation.

There was a time when Malaysia was known for its institutions – a civil service that facilitated rapid development from an agrarian economy to an industrialised one, a judiciary that was held in high esteem of the Commonwealth, and a military that defeated a communist insurgency.

Today, more than 50 years as a nation spanning from Perlis to Sabah, we see ineptitude and incompetency, a complete meltdown of Malaysian institutions. (more…)

April 15, 2014

Now, Muslim group complains of Malay language in Easter pageant

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Today’s allegation also appears to be a broadening of the Muslim claims of proselytisation against its followers that was so far premised on the Christian use of specific Arabic words and phrases. — file picture The Malay Mail

Today’s allegation also appears to be a broadening of the Muslim claims of proselytisation against its followers that was so far premised on the Christian use of specific Arabic words and phrases.

Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) today accused a Seremban church of seeking to proselytise to non-Christians by using Bahasa Malaysia for an Easter pageant.

Claiming that the national language was not commonly used by the Chinese and Indians the group asserted were the main races who practise Christianity, it said the decision to use Bahasa Malaysia was suspicious. (more…)

Can Sabah and S’wak secede?

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Vidal Yudin Weil

This article is intended for those who think Malaysia or rather Malaya owns Sabah and Sarawak.

Once again I am writing about Abdul Rahman Dahlan, the Kota Belud MP who was reported on Feb 17, 2014 in the mainstream media to have cited the 20-Points and said the following:

(1) It is seditious and treasonous to suggest that both Sabah and Sarawak secede from the Federation of Malaysia;

(2) Sabah and Sarawak cannot secede from Malaysia;

(3) Secession is not a solution to the woes of Sabah and Sarawak. (more…)

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: The real purpose of Sarawak and Sabah’s immigration controls

PKRSabah-SarawakWong Chin Huat 

TNG: What is the original intention of the Malaysia Agreements to give Sarawak and Sabah autonomy over their immigration and to determine who can or cannot enter these states?RECENTLY, just before the Balingian by-election, four Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) national leaders were denied entry into Sarawak. In the past, other opposition politicians and civil society activists have also been denied entry into the state in the run-up to elections. Dr Wong Chin Huat, who is among those banned from entering Sarawak, tells The Nut Graph the original purpose behind giving Sabah and Sarawak autonomy over their immigration controls, how this power is being abused, and whether it’s feasible to maintain such laws.

This power for Sabah and Sarawak is provided for under Section 66 of the Immigration Act. The onus is on a person to prove his or her right to enter the states. If you do not belong to either state, or are not a member of the federal or state government, a judge of the superior courts, or a federal or state civil servant, then your right to entry depends on whether you are given a pass by the state government. (more…)

The seductiveness of Ketuanan Melayu

MARIAM MOKHTAR

It is not only the non-Malays who are part of the brain drain. Despite the affirmative action policies, Malays are increasingly reluctant to return to Malaysia.

Johan Merican (left), the CEO of TalentCorp is wasting his time being part of Najib Abdul Razak’s masterplan to attract Malaysians home. The Cambridge graduate is wasting his talent by being aligned with Najib and Umno Baru. Can he not see and feel that he is sinking in quicksand? If he does not get out of there soon, he will be engulfed.

Last week, Johan expressed frustration that despite the various incentives, including tax exemptions on the cars that the applicants import into Malaysia, only 2,500 of the 1,000,000 overseas Malaysians have returned home. (more…)

In the name of God, go

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DEAN JOHNS

As you may or may not recall, in my column last week I made the blindingly obvious point that Malaysia’s perennially crooked, incompetent and thus altogether pathetic apology for a government should get real or get out.

But I also realistically conceded that the Barisan Nasional gangster-regime will never so much as consider getting real, let alone getting out, as long as there is anything left for it and its cronies to steal.

A dismal truth that has been even more pressingly and depressingly evident in the week since, due to fresh revelations of BN’s stealing on regardless, as in robbing the rakyat blind as ever, and no sign whatever that it has any intention of stealing away as in getting lost. (more…)

Motion to review Malaysia Agreement submitted

Dukau Papau

Sabah’s maverick opposition assemblyman Jeffrey Kitingan will submit a Private Member’s Bill and three motions at the forthcoming sitting of the State Assembly beginning from April 14, 2014.

The Private Member’s Bill is the proposed Constitution of Sabah (Amendment) Bill 2014 which proposes an amendment to restore the position of the Head of State of Sabah, Yang Dipertua Negeri back to its original Yang Dipertua Negara.

The first motion is on Petroleum Development Act 1974, of which the second part deals with the authority of the then chief minister of Sabah, who signed the Petroleum Agreement with Petronas on June 14, 1976. (more…)

April 10, 2014

Wan Junaidi: Why should I apologise or resign?

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wan-junaidiFMT Staff

The Deputy Home Minister stood by his statement adding that his remark was taken out of context.

Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tunku Jaafar who’s been on the receiving end of verbal lashings for his callous remark following the kidnapping of two foreign nationals from Singamata Reef Resort in Semporna has defended his  statement.

“Why should I apologise or resign? They do not know the context of my statement,” he said in defense to calls from the opposition and BN MPs in Sabah for him to resign or apologise.

Wan Junaidi had reported said the all island resorts off Sabah should cease operations because the police and military could not assure customers’ safety. (more…)

April 9, 2014

High Court overrides Syariah Court, orders custody of Muslim children to their Hindu mother

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V. ANBALAGAN

The High Court in Seremban today ordered that custody of two children who were converted to Islam be given to their Hindu mother.

Judge Datuk Zabariah Mohd allowed the custody application by S. Deepa in chambers.

Zabariah also allowed Deepa’s application to dissolve her civil marriage as the husband Izwan Abdullah had converted to Islam.

The High Court decision overrides a Syariah Court order early last year that granted custody of the children to Izwan who became a Muslim in April last year. (more…)

April 8, 2014

Selangor MCA breaks ranks with Barisan, says against Bible confiscation

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On January 2, a team of Jais officers and two policemen went to the Bible Society of Malaysia’s office in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya, and carted away more than 300 copies of the Alkitab and Bup Kudus. Selangor has informed BSM that it should write to the attorney general for the return of the Bibles. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 8, 2014.DIYANA IBRAHIM

On January 2, a team of Jais officers and two policemen went to the Bible Society of Malaysia’s office in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya, and carted away more than 300 copies of the Alkitab and Bup Kudus. Selangor has informed BSM that it should write to the attorney general for the return of the Bibles.

On January 2, a team of Jais officers and two policemen went to the Bible Society of Malaysia’s office in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya, and carted away more than 300 copies of the Alkitab and Bup Kudus. Selangor has informed BSM that it should write to the attorney general for the return of the Bibles.

Selangor MCA has reiterated its opposition to the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) seizing Bibles in the state, expressing shock that the state Barisan Nasional (BN) yesterday announced its support for the seizure of the Alkitab and Bup Kudus. (more…)

April 2, 2014

Judges dancing to tune of Umno

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Anwar-Ibrahim-2011-mantan-PMAnwar Ibrahim

It has to take one stupid, perverse and farcical court to agree with another stupid, perverse and farcical court.

Talking about political winds, it appears that lately, the Malaysian judiciary, particularly the judges of the superior courts, are caught in the whirlwind and are frantically racing against each other to please the powers that be of the day.

In the frenzy to curry favours from their political overlords, these minions have stopped at nothing to ensure that they will be the first to reach the finish line.

Pots of gold await the backscratchers and lackeys. And where financial gratification may appear a tad blatant, there’s always elevation to the higher rungs of office to whet the appetite. (more…)

April 1, 2014

Oil royalty: New mechanism needed

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Bernama

Federal Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan also asked if state governments were willing to accept a smaller developments in exchange for higher oil royalties.

Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Abdul Rahman Dahlan said an all-encompassing and comprehensive discussion is needed if the issue on the proposed increase of Sabah’s oil royalty is brought up.

Abdul Rahman who is also Umno Supreme Council member said as a local leader of Sabah, he agreed on principle with the suggestion to increase the oil royalty but at the same time, various aspects had to be discussed and ironed out.

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Time for Sabah and Sarawak to twist federal government’s arm?

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theantdaily team

Talk of Sabah and Sarawak being shortchanged by the federal government is not new. Nevertheless, calls for the two states to demand a better deal from the federal government seem to be gaining momentum.

But has anybody thought of using the two Borneo states’ electoral strength now to twist the arm of the federal government?

Maverick politician Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan certainly has. He challenged the state governments of Sabah and Sarawak to seize the opportunity to force the federal government to concede to the 20% royalty the people in the two states are demanding.

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‘Petronas, Putrajaya have no rights in Borneo waters’

Najib Petronas BorneoWinston Way

Pakar secretary-general Zainnal Ajamain claims that when premier Najib Razak lifted the Emergency proclaimation on Nov 23, 2011, three governing laws ceased to have any effect on Sabah and Sarawak.

All the oil and gas in the territorial waters of Sabah and Sarawak belong to the respective state governments and not Petronas, claims Parti Kerjasama Rakyat Sabah (Pakar) secretary general Zainnal Ajamain.

Zainnal, who is one of the six plaintiffs who took Petronas and the Sabah State Government to court in Sep 25, 2012 also asserted that 100% of the offshore petroleum and gas found in Sabah and Sarawak territorial waters actually belong to the people in Sabah and Sarawak.

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March 19, 2014

No place for racist comments

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Dr Amar Singh

I am appalled by the callous statement made by a person who has the distinction of being appointed our Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Wan Junaidi.

It is reported in the media today that this Minister believes that non-Malays are likely to be more accepting of statutory rape in children.

In response to a question in Parliament as to why there is a low incidence of reported cases of sexual abuse among non-Malays, he is quoted as saying: “This doesn’t mean the cases mostly involve Malays. Because Malays are culturally more sensitive about its youth so there are more police reports about it. Non-Malays are maybe more accepting about it so the margin (is lower).” (more…)

March 18, 2014

M’sia in world’s top three for cronyism, study finds

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Mkini

Malaysia has once again made world news for the wrong reasons, coming third in The Economist‘s crony capitalism index for 2014.

Topping the list was Hong Kong followed by Russia,  United Kingdom business weekly said in a report last Saturday.

According to the report, all three have held the same positions since the last study in 2007. (more…)

March 12, 2014

Noise in the judiciary?

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KJ JOHN

My last column asked the rhetorical question as to what is ‘noise’ as defined within communication theory. Noise is any interruption or interference that distorts the message intended from the message owner to the intended message recipient. I then went on to reflect on various noises in our lived environment; including some related to governance within the Islamic and Christian faiths in Malaysia.

This column now asks an even more pointed and rhetorical question: Is there too much noise in the Malaysian judiciary; our so-called third arm for good governance?  Why do I ask this question? I have three simple but good reasons: (more…)

‘Socso education loan scheme a scam?’

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kuliah PERKESOAlyaa Azhar

The Social Security Organisation should simplify education loan application process to assist invalid pensioners, laments disappointed applicant.

The Social Security Organisation (Socso) education loan scheme has been criticised for its excessive bureaucratic system resulting in almost no takers for the loan.

Socso invalid pensioner Muhammad Muthaiah Abdullah told FMT today that he has still not received an education loan for his son despite having submitted the application six months ago. (more…)

Stop mocking democracy, EC told

SPR ELECTIONAlfian ZM Tahir

Bersih says EC must involve the public in its re-delineation of electoral boundaries.

The Election Commission (EC) will retain its image as a mocker of democracy if it does not take account of public feedback in the coming re-delineation of electoral boundaries, says election watchdog Bersih.

Speaking to FMT, Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah alleged that the commission had a record of always disregarding objections from the public in its delineation exercises.

She proposed that it changes its procedure by formally consulting the public prior to the next exercise. (more…)

The reality of inflation

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Price HikesMedecci Lineil 

Bank Negara, Majlis Profesor Negara and mainstream economists have been saying to the general public that there is little inflation in the economy given the measurement by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the one tool which says will better reflect true inflation.

They define the inflation merely as rising prices. The politicians meanwhile talk so much about inflation and high cost of living today with little understanding of what they are

Only Austrian economics can explain correctly what inflation is Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) explained inflation in his essay: (more…)

March 11, 2014

Justice not seen to be served in Sodomy II

CHRISTOPHER LEONG

The Malaysian Bar is deeply troubled by the conviction and sentence to five years’ imprisonment of PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim by the Court of Appeal, for what was essentially consensual sex between two adults.

Anwar Ibrahim was convicted and sentenced under section 377B, read with section 377A, of the Penal Code.

Section 377A of the Penal Code criminalises sodomy and oral sex (fellatio). Section 377B provides that whosoever voluntarily commits the acts described in section 377A shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years, and shall also be liable to whipping. (more…)

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