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August 22, 2014

‘Nothing to be proud of in Petronas’ 10pct offer’

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See Chee HowDukau Papau

Sarawak PKR today warned Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem that he should not be too happy to accept the offer of 10 percent equity in the Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas Fourth Plant (MLNG 4) as the state government could be hoodwinked by Petronas.

“The 10 percent is merely an investment, but is blown out to hoodwink the state government and the general Sarawakian public into believing that Petronas is being generous to Sarawak.

“Sarawak should not settle for less than what the Sarawakians deserved, and the minute we settle for less, we get even lesser,” said Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How (right) when commenting on Adenan’s statement that Petronas is offering Sarawak 10 percent in MLNG 4. (more…)

Longer tenure for timber licence

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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

CM says this will ensure logging operators obtain Sustainable Forest Management certification

Tenure for the timber licence can be extended up to 60 years from the date of issuance as the state encourages timber players to practise sustainable forest management.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem said the long term timber concession will become an incentive for logging operators to obtain Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification.

He said one of the conditions that would be imposed is that licence operators should incorporate the requirement for certification within three years from the date of approval. Failure to comply with the condition shall cause the licence to be terminated. (more…)

August 21, 2014

Sarawak ‘invited tender’ projects smack of graft

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak DAP has expressed concern that the construction of the RM150 million Samarahan Bridge will be given to a crony company through an ‘invited tender’ process, as was done in three other multi-million ringgit projects.

“The Finance Ministry should not award the proposed bridge project to a crony company through an ‘invited tender’ process, but award it by the ‘open tender’ process,” Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said.

Chong said this in reference to an advertisement in local newspapers last Saturday on the proposed bridge.

The Finance Ministry has in the past withdrawn the ‘open tender’ process after scores of applications had been received from contractors and changed it to an ‘invited tender’ process, where only 10 listed crony companies are invited to tender, he said. (more…)

Act against racism and religious bigots before it is too late

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Ng Kee Seng

If the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) is trying to turn Malaysia into a regional militant state, then it is doing a hell of a great job.

If that is not BN-Umno’s intention, then it had better seize control of the situation and act against racism and religious bigots who are bent on destabilising national unity.

Peace-loving Malaysians have remained sane and calm because they value peace and harmony for a prosperous Malaysia. (more…)

Oh, Pakatan – what has become of you?

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gender-segregationNatesan Visnu

A year after 2013, the leaders who we trusted with our votes have betrayed the very essence of morality and public trust.

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” – Charles Bukowski

gender-segregationThe 2013 general election was a waste of people’s time.

It was a meaningless election fuelled by big words – “Reformasi”, “Ubah”, “Ini Kalilah”, and long streams of propaganda that promised to be a true revolution. (more…)

Time to change the FPTP system?

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MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

Many of us are familiar with the Malaysian electoral system of first past the post. We have had this system since independence and it’s seems to be stuck with us for life. It is about time to re-evaluate the electoral system for what it is worth. Many critics have viewed this system as anti-democratic and produces distorted results.What is the First Past The Post system?

Under the First Past The Post (FPTP), voting takes place in single-member constituencies. Voters put a cross in a box next to their chosen candidate and the candidate with the most votes in the constituency wins. This system works on the basic concept of ‘winner takes all’, where each constituency is represented by only one elected member/representative. (more…)

Timber companies will soon have to toe the line

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timber sarawakNeesha Sangara

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma says that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability

Timber companies in the state must obtain internationally recognised forest management certification by 2017.

World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) in a statement said that it is 100 per cent in support of Sarawak Chief Minister, Adenan Satem’s proposal that timber companies must get international certification.

WWF-Malaysia CEO Dionysus Sharma said that this step ensures a win-win solution for both environmental and industrial needs in the move towards sustainability. (more…)

August 20, 2014

Native oil palm growers hit by MPOB order

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Dukau Papau

The directive from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to mills in the Sarawak not to accept fresh oil palm bunches (FFB) from smallholders, especially those from estates in dispute, will cause thousands of native landowners to suffer heavy financial losses.

“The losses can run into the millions of ringgit that these helpless farmers have invested in their lands,” Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (Brimas) executive director Mark Bujang said today.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of oil palm estates are now in dispute between native landowners and joint-venture companies that are taking them over. (more…)

Adenan indicates early state election

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Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

CM tells BN elected reps to deliver promises by year end, prepare for state election

In an indication that the state election could be close, Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem directs Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen to deliver all their promises to the people and resolve local issues by the end of the year.

Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Abdullah Saidol said Adenan feared delay in deliveries and broken promises could tarnish the image of the state BN’s credibility and affect the chances of its candidates in the next state election. (more…)

Will Pakatan create another crisis?

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Lim Sue Goan

After one big round by PAS, it’s all back to the Pakatan Rakyat supreme council’s resolution made on July 23 on PKR president Wan Azizah taking over as the new Selangor menteri besar.

From lending full support to Khalid Ibrahim, the conservatives in PAS made a dramatic U-turn to confirm their stay within the People’s Pact while agreeing on the one and only nominee for the MB’s post. It is believed they have adopted a softer stance now for fear the party would experience a fatal split because of this incident.

The liberals within PAS were busy voicing up during the past few days. For instance, the party’s vice president Husam Musa said his party should not go down sinking with Khalid now that he was no longer a representative from Pakatan Rakyat while accusing Khalid of manipulating PAS. (more…)

The high cost of getting high

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Mariam Mokhtar

What do these have in common? In early August, two British medical students were fatally stabbed in the centre of Kuching by four men. Earlier this year, two teenage girls were raped by about 30 men in a disused hut in a village in Kelantan. In 2010, a mother and daughter were scarred for life after an attacker poured acid over them. In Terengganu, in August 2010, a man in his thirties abandoned his centenarian wife, Wook Kundor, despite promising that he would care for her. Earlier this year, a lorry driver allegedly veered into the path of the car which carried Karpal Singh, killing him.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The feature which links these crimes is men who were high on drugs. (more…)

Salleh calls on authorities to monitor agitators promoting separation of Sabah from Malaysia

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sskmBernama

Sabah State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said yesterday called on the relevant authorities to monitor the activity of certain individuals and groups who are using social media platforms to incite people to separate Sabah from Malaysia.

Salleh, who is also Usukan assemblyman, said such an extreme ideology spread by those quarters via Facebook and Twitter should be monitored and controlled as it was dangerous and could shake the country’s stability and safety. (more…)

BARAM DAM BLOCKADE DAY 300

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DAY 300 – “No Consent To Proceed”!Sarawak Report

Grass roots campaigners and International NGOs joined forces in Kuala Lumpur today to ram home the realities about the Baram Dam, pet project of Taib Mahmud.
In summary, they pointed out the plan has no legal right to proceed and flies in the face of a long list of legal obligations that the Sarawak State Government has been doing its level best to ignore.
Baram is just the first of 12 proposed new dams to be built under Taib’s SCORE plan and it would inundate 400 square kilometers of jungle and displace 20,000 people.

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August 19, 2014

Dr Mahathir withdraws support for Najib government

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would criticise Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration even if it meant opening himself up to abuse. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 18, 2014.TMI

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lashed out at Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration, saying he was withdrawing his support for Najib as his criticism had fallen on deaf ears.

“I have tried to give my views to him directly, which are also the views of many people who have met me,” wrote Dr Mahathir today on his popular blog, chedet.cc.

“I have no choice but to withdraw my support. This has not been effective so I have to criticise,” he said, adding that Najib was no better than his predecessor, Tun Abdullah Badawi. (more…)

Kpg Lebor Serian’s NCR landowners feel ‘discriminated’

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Borneo Post

Some villagers in Kampong Lebor Serian are crying foul over Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)’s decision to suspend their smallholder farmers’ licence to sell oil palm fresh fruit bunches (FFB).

According to one of the land owners, Jengga Jeli, on July 26 this year, he received a showcause letter from MPOB demanding an explanation why his smallerholder farmers’ licence should not be suspended or revoked for allegedly stealing FFB from a joint-venture (JV) company, TH Pelita.

The villagers of Kampung Lebor had won their case at the Kuching High Court and, subsequently, at the Court of Appeal that the disputed NCR land belonged to Kampung Lebor villagers. (more…)

What has race got to do with being a true Malaysian?

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Mike Tan

There never will be a true Malaysian, so says former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

A recent Bernama report stated that Mahathir believed that a true Malaysian would never exist as long as people continued to hang on to their own identity, culture and language.

He said that the situation was different in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand as “There, the people of various races, languages and cultures accepted one identity for the sake of the nation and their future.” (more…)

August 18, 2014

We know ‘bin’ doesn’t mean Muslim, Sabah NRD says of wrongful conversion claims

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Dusing reiterated his call on the NRD to rectify cases of Bumiputera Christians with 'bin' or 'binti' in their names being wrongly classified as Muslims in their MyKads. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaJulia Chan

The Sabah branch of the National Registration Department (NRD) today denied it had wrongly categorised Christians here as Muslims, insisting the changes were made after verifying records of the applicants.

Disputing the complaints raised by Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah on behalf of 162 locals, Sabah NRD deputy director Adrian Allan Richard said the department was aware that the use of “bin” or “binti” in Sabahan names does not necessarily mean the person is Muslim.

As such, the department would not automatically “convert” their religion to Islam without checking their records. (more…)

NGOs must remain non-partisan

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JOSIE FERNANDEZ

With rapid socio-economic development and access to education, Malaysians are now more aware of their individual and collective rights. This has resulted in the growth of a vibrant civil society in Malaysia, despite a number of restrictive laws.

NGOs play critical roles as watchdogs of good governance, democracy, human rights, environment and many other issues.

In demanding greater accountability of government, NGOs have consistently raised questions about power, transparency, participation and democracy. (more…)

Sarawak native group takes minister to task for being sidelined

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

An Orang Asal think tank, the Dayak Informal Group (DIG), has taken the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office to task for dismissing its concern over an alleged marginalisation of the community in certain departments and agencies.

Richard Lias, a DIG spokesperson, said that the denial made by the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman (pic) was not enough to put the issue to rest.

“Instead, the government must be transparent by providing the facts to counter the allegation and prove its sincerity and honesty. (more…)

August 16, 2014

Villagers won’t move out from dam area

Bengoh damWinston Way

Bidayuh villagers affected by the Bengoh dam project will not move out from their customary land and will not accept any compensation from the Sarawak government.

Residents of three Bidayuh villages affected by the Bengoh dam project said the government has no right to evict them because it is customary land and belonged to the natives.

The villagers from Kampung Rejoi Nyegol, Kampung Bojong Siting and Kampung Sait-Muk Ayun said the land could not be used for business.

Villagers’ representative Tawet Anak Sanyok said the affected villagers had the right to live on their own customary land. (more…)

Lawas town now ‘den’ for illegal activities

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Dukau Papau

State assemblyperson for Ba’Kelalan Baru Bian is worried that a small town like Lawas, with a population of some 30,000, has turned into a den for drug activities and illegal on-line gambling, attracting students, civil servants and police personnel.

It seems that the authorities are not bothered about it.”The situation has now become very ‘tero’ (serious).

“I was told there are more than 30 illegal centres for gambling on line, and they as parents are worried that their school-going children are involved,” he said.

These centres are mushrooming in the town, and even in residential areas with  many civil servants being  declared bankrupt from the gambling habit, said Baru, who is Sarawak PKR chief. (more…)

August 14, 2014

Delineation and seats increase (Part II)

MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

Presently, there are 222 seats with Sabah having 25; Sarawak 31; Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya 13; and the 11 states in peninsula Malaysia, 153. On Feb 23, 2014, the Election Commission (EC) has hinted at a possibility of seats increase in several states, where its chairperson has declared a possible increment of between 15 and 20 percent in Selangor, Johor, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah, among others. (The Star Online)

But how does the EC decide on the number of seats for each state? What is their basis?

Inter-state malapportionment (more…)

Sarawak villagers regain NCR land after seven-year battle

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Dukau Papau

It took the residents of Kampung Spaoh, Gedong, Kampung Menat Ili, and Kampung Menat Ulu, Gedong in Sarawak seven years to win the return of 5010 acres of native customary rights (NCR) land after a long and expensive court battle against the state government.

They spent sleepless nights worrying that their NCR land might have been lost forever after the government leased it to three companies.

“But now, they can rest as the High Court yesterday declared that they have native customary rights over the land,” said their lawyer See Chee How (centre in photo).

However, that is the first hurdle crossed as the government may appeal against the decision. (more…)

PAS-Umno gov’t in S’gor may bring extremism

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Dukau Papau

The intention of Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to form his own government to rule Selangor with PAS and Umno will not merely lead to the implementation of hudud that PAS has been talking about.

It will also encourage more religious extremists and racial bigots to come forward, especially those PAS and Umno leaders who are known to be religious extremists and racial bigots, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) chairperson James Masing has said.

“Following the sacking of PKR and DAP members of the Selangor State Executive Council, and Khalid’s intention to form his government with elected representatives from PAS and Umno, we are worried about extremists in both parties getting together. (more…)

August 13, 2014

After ‘Allah’ ban, Sabah Christians demand return of religious freedom

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Sabah Christians are demanding that Putrajaya return their religious freedom to them, after the Federal Court ruled against the Catholic Church in using ‘Allah’ in its weekly, Herald. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 9, 2014.TMI

Sabah Christians, declaring that their faith is under siege, want Putrajaya to return their religious freedom to them, following the Federal Court ruling in June denying the Catholic church leave to appeal against the “Allah” ban on its weekly, Herald.

Continuing their “mamangkis” war cry against the threat to their Christian faith, they deemed the Allah ban an attack against the people’s constitutional right to practise their religion without hindrance.

At the launch of the mamangkis gathering in Papar today, Sabah Catholic archbishop John Wong said the nation was being confronted with an unprecedented threat to the Christian faith. (more…)

Game over! Khalid sacks all DAP, PKR excos

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khaild fired300Puteri Sabira

With the termination of all six excos, the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor has effectively collapsed.

SHAH ALAM: In a stunning showdown with Pakatan, Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim sacked all DAP and PKR executive counsillors with the issuance of a termination letter to each of them.

The exco members terminated are Datuk Teng Chang Khim, V. Ganabatirau and Ean Yong Hian Wah from DAP and Elizabeth Wong, Dr Daroyah Alwi and Rodziah Ismail from PKR. (more…)

MB fracas a case of pots and kettles calling each other black

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Hazlan Zakaria

If there ever was an audition for a real life improvised sketch to demonstrate the saying that “two wrongs do not make a right”, the Selangor MB fracas between independent Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and his former party PKR is probably spot on to claim the role.

Something that is true for Khalid’s reactions to the provocations against him, as well as PKR’s political intrigues in the matter and indeed the responses from fellow Pakatan Rakyat parties PAS and DAP to the fracas.

This was probably illustrated perfectly by two friends and former colleagues who wrote on the matter, almost in concert in opposite of each other. One in a nuanced opinion piece for a news portal and another on a strident status published on social media. (more…)

In Selangor impasse, is PAS spoiling to be kicked out of PR?

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PKR and DAP leaders with the sacked Selangor exco members yesterday. The Pakatan Rakyat coalition is set to implode if the third partner – PAS – refuses to back the other two parties in the ongoing Selangor menteri besar saga. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 13, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang needs a big favour from PKR and DAP. One last favour.

He needs their leaders to conclude that they have reached a point of no return with him and his hardliners and cut all remaining ties with PAS.

In short, the PAS president needs his one-time political allies to kick the Islamist party out of Pakatan Rakyat (PR). (more…)

Expert says MB has no power to sack exco

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Mkini

Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim does not have the power to sack state executive council members with “immediate effect”, says law professor Gurdial Singh Nijar.

This, Gurdial said, is because the exco members hold their office at the pleasure of the Selangor ruler, as stipulated in Article 53(7) of the state constitution.

“First, only the sultan can dismiss the exco members. The menteri besar can recommend, but the recommendation may or may not be accepted. (more…)

PAS rep urges party to join Pakatan against MB

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Mkini

A Selangor PAS elected representative tonight became the first of the 15 in the party to take a stand against Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Hulu Kelang assemblyperson Saari Sungib, however, stressed that the stand he is taking is to “side with Pakatan Rakyat”.

“Two (out of three) Pakatan parties have taken a stand to reject Khalid. I feel that this is a reasonable stand to take and PAS should take the same stand,” Saari told Malaysiakini. (more…)

Will sultan’s decision backfire on Khalid?

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Stephen Ng

I beg to differ with most other people’s opinion, in that I believe today’s outcome from Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s meeting with the sultan of Selangor will only backfire on his credibility as a person even further.

The entire saga, seen from the eyes of the public, will also not reflect well on the menteri besar himself as the state leader and along with him, the people and the parties who are still trying to force their way to defend the post.

In my opinion, he is simply being played out by his own craze for power or unless there are still jobs left undone, which we may only be able to discover in months to come. (more…)

August 12, 2014

NCR ruling is ‘head intact, body from waist severed’

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Mkini

The judgment delivered by Justice Stephen Chung in a packed courtroom on Friday Aug 8 at the Bintulu High Court was received with mixed feelings by the people of Long Bangan in the district of Belaga. They consider the judgment as ‘head we get but the body from waist to toes was severed’ and given to aliens.

The judge held that only the cultivated land also known as ‘temuda’ created before Jan 1, 1958, which the plaintiffs had successfully proven, can constitute native customary rights (NCR) land. Although the judge did not specifically mention that pulau galau (reserved forest) and pemakai menoa(longhouse territorial domain) did not form an integral part of NCR land, he omitted discussing the issue. (more…)

What Khalid sacking means in law

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Gurdial Singh Nijar

The sacking of Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from membership of his own political party – PKR – has brought to the forefront several constitutional issues.

First, the MB was appointed from the party – or in this case a coalition of parties (Pakatan Rakyat) – on the basis that he commanded the confidence of the majority of the coalition. If this ‘command of the confidence’ is clear then, by convention, the sultan is obliged to appoint such a person as the MB.

By the same token, if the extant MB ceases to command the confidence of his coalition party, then he can no longer continue to remain as MB. He must resign, failing which he may be removed by the sultan in the exercise of powers under exceptional circumstances. (more…)

Malaysia’s education: Can it get worse?

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A significant number of parents have opted to send their children to international schools where standards are higherLim Teck Ghee

In the past few months, we have had a stream of negative news focusing on our educational institutions and system. The latest, relating to the forced dismissal of a university academic from his position as director of a research centre in Universiti Malaya, has led to Tun Musa Hitam lending his voice to the demand by many quarters for the Education Ministry to investigate the allegation of political interference in the running of the university and to clarify the matter to the public.

According to the former deputy prime minister, the government should not be defensive and “bash” those who criticise it, nor should it keep silent over these accusations. (more…)

August 11, 2014

Anti-dam protesters dig in at blockades as leave deadline passes

Natives protesting against the Baram dam and manning the blockade at Long Kesseh rest outside their quarters during a break in their watch. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 7, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Natives protesting against the Baram dam and manning the blockade at Long Kesseh rest outside their quarters during a break in their watch.

Natives protesting against the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam have begun to fortify their positions at the blockades they set up to thwart its construction as the deadline for them to leave the area lapsed on Sunday.

Despite rumours that “the police and forest officers are coming” to dismantle the blockades, the number of people manning it has reportedly increased tenfold from the usual 10 to more than 100.

“We are not in favour of violence but we will do all it takes to defend our land,” Peter Kallang, chairman of Save Sarawak Rivers Network, or known as Save Rivers, told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

In Islamic activism rethink, violence or democracy?

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Amika Wardana

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), what is now self-proclaimed as the Islamic State (IS), has sparked wide public attention, particularly after the release of a video that went viral on the Internet calling on Indonesian jihadists and sympathizers to join the cause.

For Muslim activists in Indonesia the recent development ignites a contemporary dilemma related to their strategies to achieve the goal to (re-)Islamise society. They will be forced to choose between exercising violence, both physical and psychological, as successfully exemplified, at least temporary, by Isil, or adopting a democratic way through participation in the country’s political system, which has given them rather unsatisfying results so far — at least since the 1998 reforms. (more…)

When even RM12,000 a month isn’t enough to get by in Malaysia

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A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, December 29, 2013.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER TEAM

A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner.

How much does it take to have a decent life in Malaysia? That has been the top question in the country in the past few years and a greater concern in 2014 as electricity rates and transport costs go up and subsidies go down.

While Putrajaya talks up proposals to help the people mitigate rising prices with cost of living labs and possibly even more targeted subsidies, most Malaysians are looking at the prospect of expenditure exceeding their monthly salaries.

One of them is Caroline Wong, who believes her combined household income of RM12,000 is not enough to sustain a living in Penang, famed for its beaches as much as it electronics manufacturing sector. (more…)

August 10, 2014

Don’t expect sacked Khalid to go down without a fight

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Hazlan Zakaria

The Selangor MB saga took another dramatic turn today when the PKR leadership council sacked Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from the party.

News portals started reporting news of Khalid’s sacking at about 6pm just as the PKR meeting ended.

So why was Khalid sacked? Because he refused to step down as the state’s chief executive officer, as the top reasoning went.

The decision to sack the MB was said to be unanimous after the three-hour meeting which was attended by all members of the party’s leadership council except Khalid. (more…)

Keep sultan out, let state reps decide

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WONG CHIN HUAT

In resolving any crisis, we must bear in mind the bigger picture so that we will not create a bigger crisis in resolving a smaller one. We must understand how the system works and not to miss the wood for the trees because of our indulgence in technicalities.

In the brewing Selangor MB crisis, we must then ask: what is our political system? What should we aim to protect in resolving the crisis, as institutions should not be simply bended just to keep or sack a person.

The answer to the first question is that we are a parliamentarian system by virtue of being a constitutional monarchy. The answers to the second question then become very clear too: (more…)

Over 3,000 Punans without clean water

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theborneopost.com

A total of 161 Punan families, comprising over 3,000 villagers, at Punan Bah, Belaga have been without clean water for consumption and domestic use for two weeks.

The village is located about two and half hours by express boat from here.

“Two weeks now since the end of July, not even a drop of rain and our gravity feed water pipe is all dried up. We are facing a very severe and acute crisis of no clean water for consumption as well as domestic purposes like bathing and cooking,” said Kapit District Council Councillor Melai Alang, who resides in Punan Bah. (more…)

August 9, 2014

Sarawak PKR worries over Selangor MB crisis

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR members and supporters are concerned that the controversy surrounding Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim may have a bearing on the performance of Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat in the coming state election.

Their concerns have been conveyed to state PKR chief Baru Bian (right).

Said a PKR divisional leader who did not wish to be named: “The people are getting fed-up with the internal bickering in PKR and the spats between PKR and its partner PAS.

“Some are even angry with what is going on as they have high hopes Pakatan will one day form the federal government. (more…)

Let Ambiga judge if Khalid is dirty, says Arul

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Mkini

The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) said today that although it took no sides in the Selangor menteri besar tussle, it recommends that PKR lets a neutral party like Pak Samad Said or Ambiga Sreenevasan judge if Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is corrupt.

PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan said with so many versions of the “Kajang Move” being circulated, it was hard for the public to discern whether it was just Khalid being a recalcitrant or indeed there was a power struggle going on within PKR.

“For me, this is an internal power struggle that has now been turned into an issue of bribery and integrity. (more…)

Why East Malaysians are unhappy

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asli sabah bnJoe Fernandez

A scholar says federating with the Malayan Federation has not worked out for the two Borneo states.<

Federating with the Malayan Federation in 1963 has not worked out for Sabah and Sarawak for a number of reasons and is causing much unhappiness in the two Borneo Nations.

This is the thesis statement in a presentation by Monash University lecturer James Chin at the Borneo Research Council Conference in Kota Kinabalu recently.

The 20/18 Points, safeguards for Sabah and Sarawak rights, “did not work out (in practice), causing the people to feel they were cheated”, said Chin. “Even government statistics show the high poverty levels in these states, especially Sabah.” (more…)

Religious leaders must sow seeds of respect and tolerance

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Sonia Ramachandran

At a time when an Islamic religious preacher is asking those of his faith to not even witness celebrations that have become tourism attractions, such as Thaipusam, another Hindu prayer ritual in Malacca has gained international attention.

An amateur video of special prayers held at Sri Pratiyangaraa Devi Sakhti Beddam Temple in Taman Ria, Jasin in Malacca involving a king cobra has gone viral.

On July 29, the video had also reportedly been broadcast by India’s Survana News of Karnataka in its prime time news which was later shared by other TV stations in India. (more…)

Sarawak opposition blamed for BN’s failures

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Dukau Papau

For the past 50 years, the Sarawak BN government has been neglecting development in the state constituency of Ba’Kelalan (N70), which comes under the Lawas parliamentary constituency, even though it has been a BN stronghold.

All BN elected representatives are given allocations to develop their constituencies, but Ba’Kelalan has been neglected despite the people crying for development all this while.

And for these failures, the BN is now blaming the opposition. (more…)

PR has Biblical reminder for BN

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baru bian sarawakWinston Way

Baru Bian would very much like to retire to his village in the highlands and BN could perhaps hasten his departure by implementing certain suggestions he had in mind.

Ba’Kelalan state assemblyman Baru Bian has advised his opponent in the last state election, Nelson Balang Rining, that “man does not live by bread alone” in response to the latter urging voters to return the seat to the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) if they want development in the area.

“There are more important things in life than mere projects and development,” said Baru in referring to principles and the dignity of the people. (more…)

August 8, 2014

Not registering five million new voters worrying

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voting-msiaSteven Choong

The BN administration is dragging its feet in implementing any proper mechanism to register new voters in time for the country’s 14th General Election.

The Election Commission (EC) has just announced that they have received a total of 40,715 applications for registration as voters during the voter registration exercise in the second quarter of this year from April to June.

Of the total, 31,998 applications were for registration of new voters while 8,717 were for a change of address for the voting centre.

The first quarter of 2014 saw only 11,565 new voters registered. (more…)

Who is a good Malaysian woman?

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A digital potrait by J. Redza speaks volumes despite its simplicityJacqueline Ann Surin

A digital potrait by J. Redza speaks volumes despite its simplicity

When I was growing up, I was told many things about what constituted being good. Good girls didn’t shout or whistle in public. Good girls should sit and walk in a particular way. Good girls also did the housework. As a teenager, my parish priest said that because I kissed a boy, I had to do penance by saying 10 decades of the rosary. I imagine that if I had confessed to kissing a girl, the penance would have been much heavier. I was also told that if I was menstruating, I was unclean even if in cathecism, I was told God had made me, and that all good things come from God. (more…)

Politics of smoke and mirrors

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anwar-khalid-kajang-685x320Ishmael Lim

There is method in the Selangor madness.

A foreign observer trying to fathom the workings of Malaysian politics would be hard pressed to understand what is going on right now in the state of Selangor.

You may be forgiven if you thought that state constitutional rules and statute books would provide sufficient sign-posting for the removal of a Menteri Besar, and you would be correct, but only to an extent.

The culture of politics elsewhere may be complex. But in Malaysia, it can be stupefying or downright illogical. People in the know will attest that in all of the chaos and madness, there is order and method. (more…)

Azizah: Stay positive, Pakatan still M’sia’s hope

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Mkini

Stay positive and remember that we represent the people’s hope for change, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail told all Pakatan Rakyat members today.

In a statement addressed to the Pakatan “family”, she urged all politicians to stop bickering and come together to ponder on the aspirations of Malaysians, who gave the opposition parties up to 52 percent of the popular vote in last year’s 13th general election (GE13).

“The people are hoping for a more positive political situation, one that is more progressive, based on values and intelligence. (more…)

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