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July 31, 2014

Jabu rapped for ignorance of water shortages

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak has been hit hard by El Nino weather phenomenon causing severe water shortages, in the state but Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, who is chairperson of the state Disaster Relief Committee, is taking the situation very lightly.He has come under fire from Sarawak PKR for his apparent lack of understanding of the severe impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon on the people and his lack of initiative to address the problems.

Several quarters have also called on the deputy chief minister to resign from the cabinet for his failure to solve the water crisis in his own constituency of Layar.

“As chairperson of the committee, Jabu appears not to comprehend the severe impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon. Instead, he gave instructions for the distribution of bottled drinking water and for cloud seeding.
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Anwar says no indication of Pakatan breaking up

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There is no indication of a break-up in Pakatan Rakyat following PAS’ resistance to remove Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, insists PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.His communication with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who wants Khalid to remain as menteri besar, was still open and that he had earlier sent his “Selamat Hari Raya” greetings to Hadi and wished him well, Anwar said today.

He does not see any indication of a break-up of the Pakatan coalition, but Anwar did acknowledge misunderstanding over the issue within Pakatan.

The misunderstanding included “comments from the lower rungs that are not appropriate”, Anwar said when met in Permatang Nibong, Seberang Jaya. (more…)

Youth chief: PAS can’t deny it’s in crisis

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As cracks grow between PAS and its Pakatan Rakyat allies, PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat became the first senior leader to acknowledge that the Islamist party has a crisis on its hands and cannot be in denial about it.Suhaizan called on the PAS leadership to immediately convene a central committee meeting to discuss the recent developments as the scheduled meeting on August 10 was “too late”.

“PAS cannot hide and be in a denial syndrome. The fact is PAS is in a serious crisis now.

“Malaysians are watching how PAS manages its internal problem. I am confident with the PAS leadership’s wisdom PAS can overcome the problem it is facing,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Now Tiong ready to work with PRS

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Datuk Seri Tiong King SingJoe Fernandez

Merger talks were called off just as abruptly after rumours began circulating that “a certain personality” was against the idea.

SPDP Interim President Tiong King Sing has declared that he has a more positive feeling now and confirmed speculation that he was ready to work with PRS in any way that could strengthen both parties.

He stopped short of saying that both parties would resume merger talks. However, he expressed support for the merger idea, “contrary to allegations by certain quarters”.

“I was accused of blocking the merger after some people said that SPDP and PRS couldn’t merge because of me,” fumed Tiong who is also Bintulu MP. “It seems that when something goes wrong, it’s always Tiong’s fault.” (more…)

PAS infighting could benefit the nation

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Since the 13th general election, cracks have begun showing in PAS’ direction- where overtures of forming a unity government with BN and implementing hudud law in Kelantan had been heard at regular intervals.But is this a problem that has cropped up only after the election?

Fact is, PAS has long been divided into two factions. The underlying theme for the first faction, which generally referred to as the pro-unity government faction, is that PAS is a direct “replacement” of Umno on the Malay ground.

The other faction is contained by “progressives”, politicians who believe PAS should serve “everybody” in the country as a mainstream political party. (more…)

Pakatan won’t break up over Selangor crisis, says ‘optimistic’ Anwar

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LOOI SUE-CHERNDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Pakatan Rakyat has endured so much and will not break up over the Selangor menteri besar issue. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 30, 2014.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Pakatan Rakyat has endured so much and will not break up over the Selangor menteri besar issue.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today played down fears of a Pakatan Rakyat break-up, saying the views of grassroots leaders in Islamist party PAS were not its official stand.”I know the attitude of the leaders like (PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul) Hadi Awang. He is very committed to PR.

“So I am optimistic,” Anwar said in Permatang Pauh today. (more…)

PAS leader downplays controversial chat

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Mkini

PAS central committee member and Research Centre executive director Dzulkefly Ahmad today downplayed the controversial WhatsApp conversation between PAS central committee members which was leaked out yesterday.

He claimed that the remarks made by Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki was his “personal opinion” and does not represent the party.

“What Zuhdi proposed was his personal opinion, communicated through social media and is informal in nature,” the former Kuala Selangor MP said in a statement. (more…)

Voters will abandon Pakatan over MB crisis, PAS stand, say analysts

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Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s insistence on staying on as Selangor menteri besar is prolonging a political crisis in the country’s richest state. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 30, 2014.EILEEN NG

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s insistence on staying on as Selangor menteri besar is prolonging a political crisis in the country’s richest state. 

The Selangor menteri besar crisis, compounded by the racist tone from a PAS leader which came to light from a leaked WhatsApp message, will result in voters abandoning the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, said political analysts.With Pakatan seemingly unable to keep its act together, observers said it would not be a surprise if it was “game over” for the three-party coalition as the protracted crisis was a turn-off for many voters.

But, political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said, Barisan Nasional would not benefit from the crisis with voters still distrustful of it. (more…)

No need to register Negara-ku, it’s not a threat to national security, say lawyers

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A 2012 High Court ruling declared unregistered electoral reform group Bersih 2.0. a legal entity, saying that it was not a threat to national security, public order and morality. Now, Negara-Ku may rely on the same argument to function despite the Home Ministry declaring it an illegal entity. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 30, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

A 2012 High Court ruling declared unregistered electoral reform group Bersih 2.0. a legal entity, saying that it was not a threat to national security, public order and morality. Now, Negara-Ku may rely on the same argument to function despite the Home Ministry declaring it an illegal entity.

Any unregistered society can function as long it is not a threat to national security, public order and morality, said lawyers in response to the Home Ministry’s announcement that new people’s movement, Negara-Ku, is illegal.They said just because the society was unregistered, it must not be equated with an illegal entity and this had been affirmed in a 2012 High Court ruling brought by electoral reform group, Bersih 2.0.

On Saturday, the Home Ministry said Negara-Ku was illegal as the Registrar of Societies (RoS) had not received any application from the group to register it as a body. (more…)

PKR leaders seek Nik Aziz help in Selangor crisis

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TMI

The crisis is in Selangor but the action in the last day or so has been at the modest home of Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat in Kelantan as PKR leaders look to the PAS spiritual leader to save the opposition coalition from breaking up.

Yesterday, beleaguered Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim visited Nik Aziz and today, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail is expected at the PAS leader’s home.

Pakatan Rakyat is at a crossroads following the Selangor menteri besar issue and the leaked WhatsApp message calling for the Islamist party to break away from PR. (more…)

Chaos if Teras is admitted into BN, warns SPDP

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Dukau Papau

In yet another warning to the leaders of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) not to admit Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) into the Sarawak BN fold, the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) said there will be chaos if this is done.

The warning came from SPDP acting president Tiong King Sing, who referred to a statement by Teras president William Ikom that he would discuss his party’s application to join BN with Chief Minister and state BN chairperson Adenan Satem after Hari Raya.

Although Tiong, who is the MP for Bintulu did not specifically mention Adenan and PBB in his strongly worded statement, it was obvious that he was referring to PBB, which is the backbone of the state BN and the state government. (more…)

July 30, 2014

Will ‘Allah’ swing votes in Sabah, Sarawak this time?

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The ‘Allah’ issue is seen almost as an exclusively peninsula problem by Sabah and Sarawak folk but there are rumblings that a country should not have two sets of rules for its citizens. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 29, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON AND SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

For all the hysteria surrounding the word “Allah” and whether non-Muslims can use it, the conflict almost never affects the people who use it the most.

About two-thirds of Malaysia’s 2.9 million Christians are in Sabah and Sarawak. Today, they still use “Allah” in their church services.

Sabah and Sarawak folk speak of the controversy as if it is a tale that happens in a strange land whose inhabitants are perplexingly different from them.

Despite the fact that Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula are one country. (more…)

Raya address by PM – the constitutional anomaly

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Dr Abdul Aziz Bari From left: Najib, Rosmah and Queen Elizabeth II

It has been the practice that the prime minister makes his Hari Raya address through RTM on the eve of the celebration. This has been the case since the days of Tunku Abdul Rahman who became the chief minister after the first general elections in 1955. When Datuk Seri Najib Razak assumed the office in 2009 he even brought along his wife to appear on the big screen.

It was not known why Tunku started the practice. For one thing the celebration is part of the Islamic religion: it is celebrated at the conclusion of the month-long fasting for the Muslims. The prime minister is not the head of Islam for the federation. Neither is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. (more…)

PAS man tells ‘dictator’ Anwar to retire

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Just a day before his controversial messages in instant messaging application WhatsApp were leaked online, PAS’ Research Centre operations director Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki had launched a tirade against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on social media.

Branding Anwar a “dictator” for the way he operates Pakatan Rakyat, Zuhdi also, among others, expressed his Hari Raya wish that Anwar would retire.

“I wish Eidul Fitri al-Mubarak to Anwar Ibrahim, with the sincere hope that you retire from politics, too many Malaysians from all walks of life are being dragged into your personal agenda,” he wrote on the eve of Hari Raya on his Facebook page. (more…)

Time yet for consensus to prevail – for MB’s exit

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Terence Netto

A week is a long time in politics, former British prime minister Harold Wilson famously remarked.

It’s less than a fortnight to the PAS central committee meeting that will finalise the party’s stance on the move to remove Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

Wilson’s musing on the passage of time on political events was to point up its effect as a solvent rather more than as coagulant.

Time, as the wily survivor of many daunting wrangles in a faction-ridden British Labour Party in the 1960s was saying, has a bracing effect on political stances that at the outset may look more likely to bring disaster than relief. (more…)

PAS moves to distance party from viral WhatsApp text

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PAS Research Centre operations director Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki is at the centre of a political storm after suggesting that PAS leave the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and join forces with Umno to govern Selangor. – Facebook pic, July 29, 2014.TMI

PAS Research Centre operations director Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki is at the centre of a political storm after suggesting that PAS leave the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and join forces with Umno to govern Selangor.

PAS has moved to diffuse tension over a controversial WhatsApp message from a central committee member, saying that the message outlining a scenario for it in Selangor if it left Pakatan Rakyat was not the party’s stand.

Its Research Centre executive director, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, said Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki’s opinion in the WhatsApp message, which has gone viral, was not backed up by the centre’s findings. (more…)

Sleeping with the enemy

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

Hari Raya wouldn’t be Hari Raya without ketupat, lemang and rendang … and until recently, heart-wrenching adverts from filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad.

Similarly, Malaysian politics would be unrecognisable, without the stomach turning politicians, race and religious tension, royalty, ‘U-turns’, sex, sexism, ‘animal farm’, frogs … and the Malaysian rakyat. The rakyat, which sways between coma and gullibility.

Some Malaysians cannot even contemplate change. They believe that the country is stuck in a political rut, from which recovery seems hopeless; but what if Malaysians were to use their imagination? Think of the impossible. For instance, think of what would happen if Najib Abdul Razak and Anwar Ibrahim were to be marooned on a desert island. (more…)

Mawan: I’m not prepared to die, no way man

Dukau Papau

The newly elected president of Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) William Mawan Ikom is prepared to “to lock horns” with any BN party which opposes Teras’ entry into the ruling coalition.

“Teras is prepared to do whatever is necessary to ensure its survival and for that we are prepared to lock horns with Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) in the coming state election, if that is what we need to do,” he said.

“What is it that you are not prepared to do, if that is the only way to survive? I am not prepared to die… no way man,” he said at a media conference. (more…)

Gaza? What about the pains of others?

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JOSH HONG

A Palestinian man once asked me, how would you, as a Christian, feel if it was the Christians that were being persecuted today?

I replied, “First of all, Christians are indeed being persecuted, in Iraq, Iran and perhaps in Syria right now. So there is no ‘were’ but ‘are’; secondly, I wrote extensively against the war in Iraq in 2003 although many churches around the world rallied behind George W Bush on the invasion at the time.

“I refused to allow my personal faith to cloud my view of global affairs. After all, when human lives are threatened, it does not matter if one is Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, atheist or any other.” (more…)

A Muslim would not tell lies

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Ravinder Singh

Former chief justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad, as High Court judge in the 1990s, is alleged to have remarked that “as a Muslim he would not tell lies” when accepting a Malay man’s claim that his signature as guarantor was forged by a third party and acquitting him.

It was the case of a bank suing two business partners, a Malay and an Indian, who were the guarantors for a loan. The same defence of forgery made by the Indian man was rejected.

This was recently revealed by retired Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram, two days after Hamid made a racist speech at a buka puasa event, accusing the Penang government of being anti-Islam and anti-Muslim by not providing funds for Islamic religious purposes in the state. (more…)

‘Pakatan heading for split over MB crisis’

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Bernama

Balik Pulau Member of Parliament Dr Hilmi Yahaya did not dismiss the possibility of Pakatan Rakyat breaking-up over the Selangor menteri besar crisis.

He said there were already signs of a split within PAS when a majority of the party members expressed support for Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to stay on as menteri besar while there were some who were not in favour of the majority’s decision.

The most apparent difference in opinion of PAS leaders emerged when PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang expressed his support for Khalid (right, in picture) to remain as menteri besar but his deputy Mat Sabtu and the party’s Information chief Mahfuz Omar openly supported a decision made by the Pakatan presidential council to replace Khalid. (more…)

Hadi, how many more like Zuhdi are there?

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Mkini

PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli (below) has called on PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to disclose how many other top PAS leadership share the “race-based and anti-democratic” views of its central committee member Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki.

This comes in the wake of several damning messages by Zuhdi, part of a conversation in a PAS central committee Whatsappmobile messaging group which was leaked, in which he floated the suggestion of PAS teaming up with Umno in Selangor and at the expense of non-Muslims. (more…)

July 29, 2014

Netizens lash out at PAS over divisive Selangor MB issue

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The issue of Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor MB has become the biggest threat to the stability of Pakatan Rakyat and its control of the state it has ruled since 2008. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 28, 2014.ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Netizens are angry with PAS over their resistance to removing Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor menteri besar, with many calling for the Islamist party to leave Pakatan Rakyat.

Others hit out at the loosely-held coalition over the “mess” in Selangor, saying that PR was bound to lose Malaysia’s richest state to Barisan Nasional if it did not resolve the matter soon.

“This may be a blessing in disguise – Purging Pakatan of those whose vision is too small and doesn’t include Putrajaya, @MengoYee tweeted, referring to Islamic party PAS.

@kcwai said: “So, Hadi is willing to lose Sgor to BN in GE14 despite calls to remove Khalid as MB, just like how PAS lost Kedah?” (more…)

M’sian oil palm linked to disgraced PR firm

Mkini

Disgraced UK-based FBC Media, a firm accused of producing fluff content on major television networks under the guise of genuine programmes for those who would pay, had purportedly also offered its services to the government backed Malaysian Oil Palm Council (Mpoc).

This is according to whistleblower site Sarawak Report which released what is said is “a dossier of damning proposals” made by the discredited FBC Media to Mpoc to improve Malaysia’s tarnished oil palm industry image.

“It confirms the strategy of ‘greenwash’ to deliberately mislead the world’s public about the true nature of this massive agribusiness, which is tearing up the Borneo jungle and displacing its inhabitants. (more…)

M’SIA NO LONGER A DEMOCRACY: Under Umno or PAS, Islamization will bring nation’s DESTRUCTION

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Christopher Fernandez

What is spewing now is that Malaysia is not an Islamic state, neither is it a secular state but a state where Islam is the official religion. This is what Islamic supremacists, Parti PAS, is saying.

What does Malay supremacists UMNO have to say, Islam is the official religion and Malaysia is an Islamic state although nowhere in the Federal Constitution drawn up by the founding fathers of the nation is there an idea, implied or otherwise, that the nation is an Islamic state.

Obviously the ground on this stance is shifting and it looks inevitable that in a matter of years the possibility of Malaysia becoming a true blue Islamic state is very evident. (more…)

No gain in claiming racial superiority

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peace300Selena Tay

Claiming racial superiority by putting down other races will only bring ruin, destruction and hinder progress.

There have been many instances of racist comments uttered against the Chinese for no apparent reason, which is unacceptable as we have come a long way since Independence on August 31, 1957.

Do those uttering racist comments against the Chinese still harbour hatred against the community for some incomprehensible reason?

Have these racists forgotten that the Chinese together with the Malays and Indians helped build this nation? (more…)

Dishonourable of Khalid to cling on to MB post, say DAP leaders

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Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (right) has defied his party and Pakatan Rakyat partners by refusing to give up the Selangor menteri besar post in favour of Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (centre). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 29, 2014. EILEEN NG

Senior DAP leaders have voiced their concerns over Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s insistence on remaining in his post as Selangor menteri besar, saying it is inappropriate for him to stay on when he has lost the support of his own party, PKR, and its partners in Pakatan Rakyat.

The DAP leaders, who requested anonymity because they were not authorised to speak about this issue, said they were tired of Khalid’s “authoritarian” leadership and his insistence on serving out his term in office, especially having known since March that he would be replaced.

“It is dishonourable of him to insist on staying despite losing the confidence of his party and the majority of the Pakatan pact,” said a DAP leader with knowledge of Khalid’s way of doing things. (more…)

Deja vu, PAS doing to PKR what Umno did to PAS

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"PKR’sTHE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

He refuses to resign and his party, which dominates the state assembly, passes a vote of no-confidence against him. Twenty assemblymen from his party vote him out, but 14 other assemblymen from its partners in the coalition walk out in protest as they disagreed with his ousting.

But the menteri besar still refuses to resign and wants to dissolve the state assembly for fresh elections to be held. Chaos ensues and an emergency is declared.

No, this is not Selangor 2014, but Kelantan 1977.

The menteri besar is not Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from PKR but Datuk Mohamad Nasir from PAS. (more…)

Leaked PAS message: Team up with Umno in S’gor

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A leaked screenshot of a conversation on the instant messaging application WhatsApp has inadvertently revealed that PAS central committee leaders have been actively discussing possible scenarios of leaving Pakatan Rakyat.

In what is probably the biggest hint to date that the threat of Pakatan disintegrating is true, the screenshot circulated on Facebook showed central committee member Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki discussing teaming up with Umno.

Zuhdi, a lecturer, outlined a scenario on how PAS could defect from Pakatan and later form a simple majority government in the Selangor state assembly with the help of Umno, while keeping Khalid Ibrahim as Menteri Besar. (more…)

Alfred Jabu under fire for water shortage woes

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Betong town and scores of longhouses and Malay villages in the Layar constituency have been hit hard by water shortage due to the prolonged dry weather but Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang doesn’t think so.On TV3 on Thursday, he denied there were water woes in his constituency.

His denial had not only shocked longhouse folk and villagers, but also angered them, with some demanding that he should step down as deputy chief minister and as their elected representative.

Jabu has been deputy chief minister and their elected representative for the past 40 years.

Last week the Orang Ulu communities in Baram demanded that Jabu should resign from the cabinet as he had failed to help the Dayaks in terms of business opportunities and development. (more…)

Pakatan doomed if Selangor MB crisis not resolved, say analysts

EILEEN NG

Political analysts have agreed with the pessimism expressed by both DAP and PAS on the prospects of Pakatan Rakyat surviving the Selangor menteri besar crisis, adding that the continued squabbles between the three-party opposition pact on the issue have also raised questions whether they have the chops to govern the country, given their oft-repeated mantra of taking over Putrajaya.

Respected independent pollster Ibrahim Suffian (pic) warns that if Pakatan cannot get its act together and present a united front, then the issue of who can govern Malaysia’s richest state can potentially tear the coalition apart.

“If they cannot agree on the candidacy of the next mentri besar, I think it will be difficult for Pakatan to survive. (more…)

Don’t overlook Dayaks, S’wak CM told

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Dukau Papau

Newly formed Dayak Informal Group (DIG) called on Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem to ‘clean’ his government which he inherited from the former chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, who had allegedly neglected the Dayak communities in terms of development, business opportunities and civil service appointments.

“The state government should be more serious on inclusiveness. There is a place for every Sarawakian in Sarawak if it’s not just a issue that state leaders preach, but actually implement,”  said DIG spokesman Dusit Jaul.

He added the Dayak community would very much  like to contribute more meaningfully towards the state development. But in the present situation, they cannot play a more important role as they are on the fringe. (more…)

July 28, 2014

Towards a genuine fraternity between Christians and Muslims

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HU rayaThe Vatican

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,

It gives us great joy to offer you our heartfelt congratulations and good wishes on the occasion of Aidilfitri at the conclusion of Ramadan, a month dedicated to fasting, prayer and helping the poor.

Last year, the first year of his ministry, Pope Francis personally signed the Message addressed to you on the occasion of Aidilfitri. On another occasion,he also called you “our brothers and sisters” (Angelus, 11 August 2013).

We all can recognize the full significance of these words. In fact, Christians and Muslims are brothers and sisters in the one human family, created by the One God. (more…)

What changes will a new Selangor MB bring?

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DR KUA KIA SOONG

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

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

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

Orang Ulu want Jabu out as Sarawak Deputy CM

Dukau Papau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DAP warns coalition could break up over Selangor MB issue

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

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

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

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

In MB tussle, leave politics to the professionals

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NEIL KHOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sultan Sharafudin Idris ShahDr Abdul Aziz Bari

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

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

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

‘Unmitigated disaster’ looms for PKR

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TERENCE NETTO

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

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

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

Anwar, time to throw in the towel

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AnwarIbrahim-355Jasmine Wong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesters for justice

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DEAN JOHNS

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

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

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

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

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TERENCE NETTO

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

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

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

July 27, 2014

DAP out of Sarawak Pakatan will benefit BN

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Dukau Papau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zahid will not allow Negara-Ku to register

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Mkini

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today declared that his ministry will not allow anti-racism NGO Negara-Ku to register as an organisation under its current name.

Ahmad Zahid said the movement led by former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan and national laureate A Samad Said has yet to apply for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

“Even if it were to apply for registration with the Registrar of Societies (ROS), the name Negara-Ku is not suitable because it belongs to Malaysia.

“Negara-Ku refers to the song Negaraku which is recognised as the national anthem under Section 2 of the National Anthem Act 1968. (more…)

The policing of Muslims! An evaluation

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

I remember that during my childhood days in Alor Star, Kedah, Ramadan was always the month when Muslims were forbidden to openly eat in public. The enforcers from the religious department would go around arresting those who broke this rule. Muslim eating shops were forbidden to open before three in the afternoon while non-Muslim restaurants were free to operate as usual.

In those days, we were more or less forced to fast as there were then no fast food outlets like KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and the like. At home there was definitely no food at all. There were no fridges, microwave ovens or such other amenities as found today where food could be stored and then reheated to be eaten anytime. (more…)

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