Hornbill Unleashed

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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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


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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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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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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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.


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.


‘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.


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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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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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


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


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…)

‘Sabah, Sarawak free to leave federation’

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Zainal Ajamain

The issue of secession was not included in the IGC report because “any State voluntarily entering a federation had an intrinsic right to secede at will”.

The view put forth by  a constitution expert and a former Law professor from the International Islamic University recently is arguable.

The professor claimed that Sabah and Sarawak cannot leave Malaysia because of Article 2 of the Malaysia Constitution.

Well this Article was never amended ever since it was written into the Constitution which means that this Article was there when Singapore was “expelled” as he claimed from Malaysia in 1965. (more…)

Anwar’s conviction and BN’s future

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anwar ibrahimCT Ali

How long do we have to wait to see what BN will forfeit for their immediate gain of putting their political nemesis away?

I say that for Umno there is no honor in the conviction of Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy. It brings shame not to Anwar but to Umno for by this act of hubris.

Umno now earns for itself the contempt and disgust of the electorates to whom it is beholden for its right to govern.

In the decades past this BN government knows that every deed they do for our nation, every nefarious activity they do to advance the cause of their political entities and for personal gain have been put into the public domain to be perused, used and abuse by the public as they deem fit. (more…)

Anwar’s guilty verdict will backfire on Barisan, say analysts

Pakatan Rakyat leaders at a convention which was held in Shah Alam yesterday. Analysts predict the coalition will receive a boost in its support base following Anwar's conviction for sodomy. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, March 9, 2014.LOOI SUE-CHERN AND ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Pakatan Rakyat leaders at a convention which was held in Shah Alam yesterday. Analysts predict the coalition will receive a boost in its support base following Anwar’s conviction for sodomy.

The Court of Appeal’s conviction of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy and the five-year jail sentence meted out to him just four days before the Kajang by-election campaigning kicks off will result in a public backlash against Barisan Nasional (BN), political analysts said.

Professor Ahmad Atory Hussain, a political science lecturer from Universiti Sains Malaysia said the latest development was likely to deliver Pakatan Rakyat (PR) a bigger win in the state seat this time. (more…)

March 10, 2014

Mahathir and his game

tun dr mahathir mohammadKoon Yew Yin

Can the non-Malays be blamed for Mokhzani Mahathir’s low position in wealthiest Malaysians list?

Every few days or so, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, our former prime minister, comes out with a new story lamenting the loss of Malay and Muslim power and complaining how it is in fact the non-Malays or non-Muslims who are the ones that are really running the country.

There are many variants of this argument that he comes out with, such as that the DAP is running the show in Pakatan Rakyat; or that PKR and PAS leaders have sold out to the DAP; or that the Christians have an ulterior motive in raising the Allah issue, and are to be blamed for the rise in tension and resentment in the country. (more…)

Judicial process and timing in Anwar’s case implies persecution not prosecution, says Bar Council

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The charge against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the manner in which his appeal was handled fuels the perception that the opposition leader was persecuted and not prosecuted, the Bar Council said.

Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong (pic) said that in the first place, the archaic provision under the Penal Code which criminalises sodomy and oral sex should never have been brought against Anwar.

“The case has unnecessarily taken up judicial time and public funds, and has muddied the waters of our justice system.

“We also have grave misgivings with respect to the manner and timing in which the appeal was handled, especially over the way in which mitigation and sentencing proceeded,” Leong said. (more…)

New era of repression

Kim Quek

The transgression of justice with which the Court of Appeal had summarily convicted and jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the charge of sodomy on March 7 will go down as one of the most shameful episodes in Malaysia’s judicial history.

The court has not only regurgitated the falsehood spewed by the prosecutor lock, stock and barrel, but rushed through to overturn a solid High Court decision and passed a five-year jail sentence in lightning speed, against all established judicial norms and common decency.

In doing so, it has shown the entire world how hopelessly servile our judiciary is to its political masters.. (more…)

March 9, 2014

Understanding Protests

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Thiru Jr Karasu

“Protests that start through non-violent persuasion should not be treated as illegal civil resistance campaigns. A high-handed approach to resolving protests is counter-productive and only strengthens the resolve to continue.”

Once upon a time, I underwent a compulsory 25-day survival course in Singapore’s Pulau Ubin as part of an airline cadetship programme. Unlike the wishy-washy survival packages today where participations get hot lunches and power showers, that one was exhausting and guaranteed to shed blood.

The most challenging part was a five-night solo stay in the jungle. There was no tent, no flashlight, no weapons, insect repellants or toilet tissue. Every man had to find his own water, forage his own food or make his own kill. (more…)

The rise of the hate mongers, a misguided group

Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Malaysia, after more than half a century as an independent and sovereign country, has now moved backwards into the dark ages. This is so because of the claim of superiority by a small group among the Malay/Muslim community. This misguided group feels that they are actually the masters in this country and wrongly believe that they are superior to all the other citizens.

The majority of the Malays do not subscribe to the misguided notions of this small wayward group.

They are filled with hate and nothing else. They have nightmares during the day that they are being threatened by groups that want to annihilate their religion and their community. (more…)

March 8, 2014

Perkasa is not for majority of Malaysians, neither is bigotry a virtue of national unity

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Ng Kee Seng

Two commentaries titled “Jihad in Malaysia: For Allah or Melayu?” (theantdaily) and “Two brands of Malaysian unity: moderation versus bigotry” (Malaysian Insider) captured my attention.

Both writers touched on the same subject – the rise of bigots who are out to disunite Malaysians for their own selfish agenda.

However, I beg to add to their views to give them more “depth” or clarity, calling a spade a spade.

Firstly, the heading “Jihad in Malaysia: For Allah or Melayu?” would upset liberal or moderate Malays, however you choose to describe Muslims who subscribe to tolerance, peace and unity. (more…)

If you hate Umno, you’ve got to love the Malays!

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Dr Wong Chin Huat

Many people don’t realise an important fact about Umno: they have many faithful supporters amongst the non-Malays.

No, I am not talking about their non-Malay cronies. I am talking about non-Malays who may themselves vote against Umno or BN, but for every anti-Umno or anti-BN vote they cast or mobilise, they over-compensate by delivering a few pro-Umno or pro-BN votes.

Confused? The logic is actually very simple, though counter-intuitive. (more…)

March 7, 2014

‘LYNCH THAT CHINESE’ : Show of racism to cow non-Muslims, while Dr M’s daughter offers ALLAH excuses


Marina Mahathir holds a placard during the ‘Flashmob for Peace’ gathering in Kuala Lumpur today.

A stark contrast from the scene 35 kilometres away, a small group of people held up placards today with messages such as “God is one” and “We are brothers and sisters” in the centre of a shopping mall, and handed out purple balloons and flowers. All smiles, with no shouting at all.

The two groups, though with very different agendas, were expecting the Federal Court’s decision on whether the Catholic Church has grounds to appeal the Court of Appeal’s ruling, which overturned a High Court ruling from 2009 allowing the Catholic paper, Herald, to use the word “Allah” as a constitutional right. (more…)

Fulfil Malaysia Agreement or let Borneo states free, says Jeffrey Kitingan

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A leading Sabah politician has warned Putrajaya to fulfil the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 or allow Sabah and Sarawak to go their separate ways from the Malay peninsula.

STAR Sabah chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic) said Sabah and Sarawak are among the poorest states in the country and marginalised in development allocations.

“The downgrading of Sabah and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th states in Malaysia is contrary to what was intended in 1963 as equal partners. (more…)

Malaysian varsities again fail to be placed in global higher education survey


Malaysian universities have failed yet again to feature in the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings released today, a sign that local varsities are losing ground to not only top universities in the world, but to those within Southeast Asia.

Malaysia had never been featured on the list, which was into its fourth year, despite Putrajaya’s goals to make Malaysia an education hub for the region and attract some 200,000 students to local universities by 2020.

Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin previously said that Malaysia has one of the best education systems in the world – better than United States, Britain and Germany. (more…)

March 6, 2014

CHICKEN FOREVER? Top judges, yet ALLAH decision can be postponed ‘INDEFINITELY’

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CHICKEN FOREVER? Top judges, yet ALLAH decision can be postponed 'INDEFINITELY'


The Federal Court today postponed indefinitely a decision whether it will allow the Catholic Church to appeal a lower court ruling preventing a Catholic newspaper from using the word “Allah” to refer to God.

As an unruly crowd gathered outside the country’ highest court to await the decision, a seven-man panel headed by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria listened to arguments from both sides before postponing its ruling to a yet-to-be-determined date.

During the hearing, the lawyer for the Catholic Church said that the publication in question, Herald, had been circulating for 14 years without disrupting public order. (more…)

Church: ‘Allah’ has been used since 18th century

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Hafiz Yatim & Ahmad Fadli KC

While thousands of Christians in Malaysia pray and fast in the holy season of Lent which begins today, Ash Wednesday, they also wait with bated breath for the Federal Court hearing of the Catholic Church’s appeal over the use of the word ‘Allah’.

Likewise, Malay Muslim pressure groups such as Perkasa, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) and Jalur Tiga (Jati) are expected to converge at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya – the home of the country’s highest court – to call on the judges to uphold the appellate court decision.

Lawyers for the archbishop of the Catholic Church are hoping to gain leave (permission) to appeal the Court of Appeal’s controversialdecision last October barring the church from using ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its The Herald weekly. (more…)

Lawyer: Minister cannot bypass rulers over Allah

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The Federal Court today heard that the home minister has to enforce the ban on Catholic weekly The Herald in order not to bypass the powers of the rulers.

The argument was put forth by lawyer Mubashir Mansor, who was representing the Selangor, Johor, Malacca, Federal Territory and Kedah religious councils.

He said this in explaining that the home minister cannot go against the Malay rulers, as some of the states have legislation barring use of the word ‘Allah’ among non-Muslims. (more…)

What is ‘noise’?

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KJ John

In communication theory, ‘noise’ is defined as anything that causes disturbance to a message sent out from a messenger to a targeted listener.

I want to reflect on this rhetorical question about when the azan is no more the Muslim call to prayer, but instead may be considered ‘noise’.

Three years ago, in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, some legal-minded person conscious of such ‘noise’ made a formal complaint about the loud-speaker at a mosque being too loud. (more…)

Stand up against ethnic and religious extremists

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Christopher Leong

The Malaysian Bar welcomes the recent urging by the prime minister for all Malaysians not to pay heed to the extremist elements in Malaysia.
The prime minister has succinctly identified the dangers, for Malaysia and Malaysians, of pandering to these elements, describing their actions as wrong and tending to destroy the trust between races.  
He has warned that we must not let these instigators overpower us. (more…)

March 5, 2014

Ahead of Allah court case, support for Catholic church pours in

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The Catholic church in Malaysia has received overwhelming support from Christian groups around the world, with regards to the right to use 'Allah' in its weekly publication, Herald. - The Malaysian Insider pic, March 4, 2014.ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

The Catholic church in Malaysia has received overwhelming support from Christian groups around the world, with regards to the right to use ‘Allah’ in its weekly publication, Herald.

Support for the Catholic church continues to pour in from all over the world as it faces the highest court in the country to ask for leave to appeal the ban of the word Allah in its weekly publication, Herald.

Several international groups of different church denominations have come together to express their solidarity and support for the Catholic Church as it prepares to continue its seven-year tussle over the Arabic word for God. (more…)

PKR wants Muhyiddin to personally see ‘stinking situation’ of rural schools in Sarawak

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The Sarawak state opposition has urged Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to go on a tour of some of the state’s rural primary schools to see for himself how the children are coping without water supply to the schools.

“It’s a really stinking situation,” state PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) said after returning from a weekend visit to his rural constituency of Ba Kelalan where he said some of the schools in the Lawas–Tinjar areas have had no piped water “for years”.

He said what he knew could probably be only the “tip of the iceberg” with more schools experiencing the same fate. (more…)

English proficiency of our graduates

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Lok Wing Kong

English is today entrenched as a global language. Research shows that 1 in 4 of the world’s population speaks English (25% of 7 billion or 1.75 billion). About 380 million people speak it as their first language and more than 1.35 billion people speak it as their second language.

English has official status in at least 75 countries with a more than 2 billion population. China alone has about 500 million people who speak English fluently as their second language. Its widespread use in practically all aspects of life and the work place is unquestionable. The use of English as the main international language in business communications, IT, academic conferences, advertising, travel, airports, air traffic control, education, science and technology, journalism, pop music, diplomacy, sports and as an “official” language in international events equates it as a sine qua non of progress, power and modernity. (more…)

Allah issue hangs in the balance as Christians begin observing their most holy season

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The Federal Court will hear the Catholic Church's application for leave to appeal tomorrow. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 4, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

The Federal Court will hear the Catholic Church’s application for leave to appeal tomorrow.

It could be all over for Malaysia’s Catholic Church tomorrow in its fight over the right to use the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its weekly publication, Herald.

The Federal Court will hear whether the church’s application for leave to appeal ought to be given, five months after the Court of Appeal had ruled that the home minister was right in prohibiting the use of the word in the Herald. (more…)

‘Graduates fail to secure jobs due to poor command of English’

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The Borneo Post

Poor command of the English language, inability to communicate and lack of self confidence are among factors why local graduates are unemployable.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abd Wahid Omar said a solution must be found to tackle the problem to ensure graduates do not remain jobless in the future.

The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan had said poor command of the language among fresh graduates lists as one of the top grouses of employers. (more…)

An uneasy truce or is Zahid spinning?

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Malaysiakini’s editor-in-chief Steven Gan shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with Home Minister Zahid Hamidi, just like two old friends who had bumped into each other at the local kopitiam; but behind the smile and Zahid’s “truce”, should Gan watch out for the knife to be plunged into Malaysiakini’s back?

The two met when Malaysiakini won the award for Social Media Excellence at the World Bloggers and Social Media Awards 2014 ceremony, held in Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 26, 2014, when Zahid had presented the trophies.

Zahid’s bonhomie contrasted deeply with his maiden speech, on being made home minister, in May 2013. That was when he warned, that he would monitor “every word, every sentence, every paragraph and every news item in Malaysiakini”. (more…)

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