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September 21, 2014

Why Hadi’s speech is bad news for Pakatan

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Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's winding-up speech at the 60th PAS muktamar yesterday contrasted with the tone of his opening speech and showed a lot of anger. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, September 21, 2014.SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

What surprised many observers and reporters familiar with Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang was how angry the PAS president was in his speech.
That anger, just like the content of his speech, does not bode well for PAS and the Pakatan Rakyat coalition in Selangor.

Three days ago, Hadi’s policy speech was filled with openness and benevolence towards all, his supporters and his critics.

In contrast, his remarks at the end of a fractious assembly yesterday was about how he would ensure that PAS follow its own tune when dealing with policy and governance issues even though it is part of a coalition. (more…)

Lawyer Edmund Bon gives statement over sedition

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Mkini

Lawyer Edmund Bon has given his statement to the police over his sedition probe and the session went pleasantly, said his law firm.

Bon’s lawyer, Amer Hamzah, said the investigation was carried out by a police officer from the Kepala Batas police headquarters.

“The statement was recorded in less than an hour and was conducted in a pleasant manner as the police officer was willing to come all the way here.

“Bon was questioned on his statement made in the article published by The Malaysian Insider,” said Amer. (more…)

Azizah still top choice as PKR discusses Plan B

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Mkini

A source from PKR has denied rumours that the party has agreed with the appointment of PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as the new Selangor menteri besar.

The party’s top leaders in a meeting last night only discussed a possible scenario if the Selangor sultan really intends Azmin to be the menteri besar.

“In the meeting last night, we reiterated the decision made before this, which is for party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to become the menteri besar,” said a PKR supreme council member. (more…)

Did Azmin get Anwar’s green light?

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azmin300Ishmael Lim

If the opposition leader would only backtrack to keep the MBship within PKR, we may see some sanity return.<

Unsubstantiated reports of an eleventh hour development within PKR appears to have given the local grapevine a new twist. The rumour mill has been supercharged with the news that Azmin Ali has received the seal of approval from opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim to vie for the Selangor Menteri Besar’s (MB) post.

If at all true, it would be a last ditch attempt to avert a deeper crisis by keeping the coveted post within PKR. It would indicate that PKR bigwigs have decided to take a more compliant stance and backtrack on their insistence that the palace should accept Wan Azizah’s sole candidacy for the post of MB. (more…)

Sarawak BN leader wants those who distort history charged with sedition

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DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sawawak minister Datuk Seri Dr James Masing (pic) has suggested that Putrajaya slap sedition charges on those who made Sarawakians and Sabahans angry by distorting history and stating wrong historical facts on the formation of Malaysia.

“Not on the aggrieved who retaliated for being wrongly done,” the Sarawak Land Development Minister added, referring to people in both states who are unhappy with state-federal relations after 51 years and have swayed between pushing Putrajaya to live up to the terms of the Malaysia Agreement and calling for secession and independence.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had, on Malaysia Day in Miri, warned those pushing for secession of Sarawak and Sabah from Malaysia “to be prepared to face the full force of the law”. (more…)

Exams Syndicate officials reassigned, not suspended, says ministry sec-gen

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Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (left) showing the media how UPSR exam papers are sealed before being sent to schools on September 12, as Na'imah watches, just hours before Muhyiddin announced the suspension. - The Malaysian Insider pic, September 20, 2014.TMI

Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (left) showing the media how UPSR exam papers are sealed before being sent to schools on September 12, as Na’imah watches, just hours before Muhyiddin announced the suspension.

The two senior Examinations Syndicate officials whom Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said were suspended on September 12, over the UPSR exam paper leaks, have only been reassigned, Bernama reported today.The Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad clarified that Examinations Syndicate director Dr Na’imah Ishak and the deputy director of operations Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh had not been suspended from duty, saying “they are not being punished”.

“They have not been suspended. They have been assigned other duties unrelated to the Examinations Syndicate to enable the independent committee to carry out its investigations,” Bernama quoted Madinah as saying in a press conference in Putrajaya. (more…)

Sabah Christians ‘mamangkis’ for fair and just principles

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Joe Leong

After a three-day “Mamangkis” prayer meeting over the Malaysia Day holidays, Christian groups in Sabah are united in calling on the government to restore just, fair and democratic principles of governance as envisaged by those who framed the Federal Constitution and by the founding fathers of the Federation of Malaysia.

In a 30-point joint declaration, they took note that the proliferation of oppressive laws that violates our fundamental civil liberties continues unabated, declaring that the legislative, executive and the judiciary arms of the government must take urgent measures to remove such offensive laws and selective prosecutions.

“Mamangkis” is an old war cry used by ancestors of Kadazan and Dusun tribes to rally warriors for battle. The latest “mamangkis” cry was heard at the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association building in Penampang, on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu. It is one of a series organised by Perdaduan Anak Negeri (PAN), or the Native Solidarity of Sabah, since December last year making the “mamangkis” a clarion call for Christian revival. (more…)

Hadi calls pro-Azizah PAS state reps ‘lackeys’

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After two full days of tense debates at the 60th PAS muktamar, most party leaders today adopted a conciliatory tone in their winding-up speeches.

However, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who was the last to speak, turned the heat back up, describing two of the party’s Selangor state assemblypersons as “lackeys”.

Hadi, in his final speech at the muktamar, accused PKR of “stealing” and “buying” two of its assemblypersons, making it possible for the party along with DAP to claim a commanding majority in the Selangor state assembly. (more…)

September 20, 2014

Lawyers to march against Sedition Act

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Alyaa Azhar

The Malaysian Bar has passed a motion to organise a peaceful protest against the recent spate of arrests under the Sedition Act.

Proposed by the Bar Council, it was passed after debate during the Bar’s extraordinary general meeting at Wisma MCA today.

The motion was triggered by the flurry of arrests under the Act, which saw politicians, activists and a law lecturer being charged for making allegedly seditious remarks.

Bar Council president Christopher Leong (right) said that the motion was passed with an overwhelming vote of 701 to 13.

He also commende the high turnout of 986 members today, he said. (more…)

Address terrorism, not flimsy sedition

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Azly Rahman

‘Dewan ulama delegate pays tribute to slain militant, saying he was a martyr’ – The Malaysian Insider

That was what I read yesterday –  a most dangerous symbolic act Malaysia is seeing from an influential political party- the romanticising of diabolism, and if a political party can do this, imagine what we will be facing in these immediate years to come – home grown ISIS!

We ought to be afraid and to be very afraid – when the modus operandi of ISIS is to strike global fear through the broadcasting of beheadings, rape, mayhem, murder. My question to the government is, what are you going to do about this celebration of martyrdom and diabolism? (more…)

As public schools and exams fumble, international schools rise

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Sonia Ramachandran

There were only 21 international schools in Malaysia in 2010. Today there are 99 such schools with 23 more licences already issued by the Education Ministry.

Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was quoted as saying the number of international schools in Malaysia has nearly doubled since 2006, which has surpassed the target of 87 international schools in Malaysia by 2020 set by the government.

Although Malaysians students enrolled in international schools still reportedly stands at a paltry 0.4 per cent or almost 20,000 of the total 5,250,732 enrolled in 2013, the figure was still an increase of almost one per cent from the year before. (more…)

Rich getting richer, poor getting poorer! Can this be reversed?

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Ng Kee Seng

History is testimony to the many upheavals and falls of nations due to poverty and inequitable distribution of wealth.

The Arab Spring is just one but many of such pitfalls of nations that fail to address and check the widening of the haves and have not’s.

They say, nothing is far more dangerous and destructive than a nation of hungry societies.

It is with this in mind that the Sept 17 Malay Mail report titled “M’sia ‘UNEQUAL & POLARISED’ – economist warns” should be taken seriously by the federal government. (more…)

Scottish independence and Malaysia

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Josh Hong

The ‘No’ camp in the Scottish referendum on independence is heading for a convincing victory, and there may be another decade at least before the nationalists would toy with the idea of complete sovereignty for Scotland.

After all, it is an important issue for the Scots to decide. The fact that the London government had agreed to resolve the dispute by putting it to a vote and letting those residing in Scotland determine their own future with the United Kingdom is highly significant.

Yes, only the Scottish residents had the right to vote in the referendum and those of Scottish descent residing elsewhere – be it in England, Wales or Ireland – were excluded, signifying that the country is heading towards a civic rather than ethnic nationalism. As long as you are there in Scotland as a taxpayer and a resident, you are entitled to your democratic right. Your ethnic origin and religion simply do not matter. (more…)

What Wan Azizah consensus? It takes three to tango in Pakatan

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Wan AzizahHazlan Zakaria

It boggles my mind that to this day, months after the Selangor MB crisis was triggered by PKR strategist Rafizi Ramli’s ubiquitous Kajang Move, people still say that PAS went against Pakatan Rakyat consensus in not agreeing to Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to take on the post of Menteri Besar.

It is funny to read news reports and listen to DAP and PKR leaders, and indeed some of those in PAS itself talking about it in that way.

Especially since it is obvious that the decision wanting the PKR president to fill the MB seat was made exclusively by the party before telling their apparent partners in Pakatan that this is the way it shall be.

This after the arbitrary Kajang Move which was also sprung on their surprised Pakatan partners. (more…)

The Herald files for review of ‘Allah’ decision

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Hafiz Yatim

Catholic weekly The Herald has filed for a review of the Federal Court’s controversial decision not to grant the Catholic Church’s Archbishop leave (permission) to appeal the  ‘Allah’ ban on the  publication.

One of the lawyers, Benjamin Dawson, said they are raising three main grounds in their application.

The firm, Fernandez and Selvarajah, the solicitors in the case, filed the application at 3.30pm yesterday.

On June 23, a seven- member panel headed by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria in a slim 4 to 3 decision disallowed The Herald‘s application to appeal the Court of Appeal decision reinstating the ban. (more…)

Bar vows sedition protest march sooner than later

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Leong speaking to the media at the press conference following the Extraordinary General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur today. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 19, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

A peaceful walk by lawyers to protest the Sedition Act will take place soon, following the overwhelming approval by members of the the Malaysian Bar Council of a resolution to repeal the law, its chairman Christopher Leong said.

“A deadline of three or six months is too long. The walk will happen soon,” he told reporters after chairing the Bar’s EGM at Wisma MCA in Jalan Ampang today.

Leong said the council needed to look into logistics like venue and time to enforce the resolution.

This will be the third walk organised in the last seven years. (more…)

Is PAS like ants in one’s pants?

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pas supportersSelena Tay

We are seeing Pakatan Rakyat implode right before our eyes, and PAS is taking the blame for it.

Although the structure of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) is still intact and the three component parties of PKR, PAS and DAP are still very much part of the alliance, the spirit of the coalition is lost.

They lack cohesion and their leaders are on silent mode regarding pressing matters of public interest.

Where is the voice of the opposition in reminding the government to be accountable for the many issues facing us today? Issues like the haze, dengue, and the two Malaysians abducted off the coast of Sabah, just to name a few. (more…)

Adam Adli gets 12 months’ jail for sedition

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Abdul Hafiz Yatim

The Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur has jailed former student leader Adam Adli Abdul Halim to 12 months, having found him guilty of sedition.

The court found Adam Adli’s testimony to be a bare denial.

The Sessions Court Judge Mat Ghani Abdullah said that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Adam Adli was accused of making the seditious statement during a post-elections ceramah at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, urging the toppling of the Umno and BN government. (more…)

Hopeful for Azizah, PKR seeks audience with ruler

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PKR will seek an audience with the Selangor sultan ahead of plans for a new menteri besar to be sworn-in next Tuesday.

Still pinning hopes that party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be chosen, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said that the audience is sought as Wan Azizah still commands majority support of the Selangor legislative assembly.

“PKR is seeking an audience with the sultan to seek his advice, seeing that the majority support (for Wan Azizah) is clear and unchanged.

“PKR will continue to respect His Majesty’s sovereign position and the Selangor constitution,” he said in a statement late Friday. (more…)

September 19, 2014

All signs point to Azmin as next MB

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Mkini

Come next week, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali could be sworn in as the menteri besar of Selangor, replacing his political nemesis Khalid Ibrahim.

When PAS first proposed him and amid rife speculation that the palace does not favour PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, it was predicted that he would be the dark horse to emerge victorious.

Even Bernama, in its report regarding the swearing-in ceremony next Tuesday, also mentioned Azmin as the palace’s choice but the sultan’s private secretary Mohamad Munir Bani refused to confirm this. (more…)

New Selangor MB to be sworn in next Tuesday

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A new Selangor menteri besar will be sworn in next Tuesday and while Pakatan Rakyat leaders claim to be in the dark as to who the person is, the speculation mill has gone into overdrive.

Contacted this afternoon, the sultan’s private secretary Mohamad Munir Bani confirmed that the state would have a new MB next week and invitation cards to the swearing-in ceremony have been sent out.

Munir, however, was tightlipped on the identity of the new menteri besar or which party the person is from.

According to an invitation card sighted by Malaysiakini, the swearing-in ceremony would be held at the Alam Shah palace in Klang at 10am. (more…)

S’gor crisis all Anwar’s fault, survey finds

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Selangor residents generally agree that PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim is responsible for the political crisis in Selangor.

Political analyst, associate professor Ismail Sualman said in a study conducted in 20 state constituencies in Selangor, 2,138 respondents felt that the Kajang by-election in March, which was intentionally started by PKR, was the cause of the crisis.

“The study conducted among others in Semenyih, Damansara and Sekinchan, showed that 44.5 per cent of the respondents agreed that Anwar engineered the Kajang by-election, or ‘Kajang Move’, to change the Selangor menteri besar. (more…)

Is Rafizi confirming PKR jockeying for Selangor MB post?

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Hazlan Zakaria

Despite denials of jockeying by hopefuls to try and be named as Selangor MB candidate by the party, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli seems to have confirmed the possibility of such acts when he said that the party was trying to protect the Selangor palace from unseemly lobbying when they only submitted one name to be considered.

Just last week, PKR issued a press release denying a source based report that elements within its party has been sending smoke signals to the Selangor palace to curry for position as MB candidate.

The denial seems to be the new media strategy for PKR to congenially engage with the media by naming journalists and their articles for the whole world to see. Some in the media see this as a form of naming and shaming which is tantamount to an attempt at intimidating reporters. (more…)

What SUPP must do to stay relevant?

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From left: Former SUPP president Peter Chin, Najib and AdenanTheantdaily team

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), plagued with internal strife and little support from Sarawakians, received a major boost recently from the highest level with a pledge of backing from Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The prime minister told SUPP leaders that he and Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem would continue to stand by them. But the endorsement, delivered at the party’s triennial delegates’ conference, was accompanied by a friendly warning that they must conceive concrete plans to deliver real change for the people. Only then can they win over the hearts and minds of Sarawakians. (more…)

It’s about who commands the majority in Selangor, nothing else

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Dr Wan Azizah is the only state assemblyperson with the required majority support in the Selangor state assembly. - The Malaysian Insider pic, September 18, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

The issue in Selangor is simple. At stake is that any Menteri Besar (MB) should have the support of the majority of state assemblymen.

At this point in time, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim does not. And no one else except PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who has 29 statutory declarations to back her up.

These assemblymen are representatives of the rakyat, and are the majority in the 56-seat state legislature. (more…)

PKR: Sedition arrests affecting Malaysia’s image

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Malaysia Sedition ActDukau Papau

Sarawak PKR has warned the government its usage of the Sedition Act to arrest politicians, lawyers, academicians, journalists and social activists who do not agree with the government will worsen Malaysia’s image as a moderate Muslim-majority country.

“It will further worsen our reputation and image because the issue of the use of the word ‘Allah’ also has a direct impact on the right of expression,” Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said today.

The Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson was commenting on a statement by the Office of the United High Commission for Human Rights, which expressed concern over what it sees as a rise in the persecution of peaceful expressions in Malaysia. (more…)

Muhyiddin fears Malay mindset change could cut Umno’s support in GE14

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Muhyiddin at the openig of the Putrajaya Umno delegates meeting today. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 18, 2014.JAMILAH KAMARUDIN

Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) expressed worry tonight that the changing mindset among the majority Malays will cut the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) popular vote in the next general election, and the ruling coalition could lose power in the future.The deputy prime minister also said that Umno’s easy period has gone by and the party now has to face the challenges of a changing mindset among the Malay community.

“The terrible losses in Selangor was not only unexpected but also sad.

“Johor used to be Umno’s fortress but in the last general elections, the fortress was breached, 18 seats fell, that has never happened in history,” Muhyiddin said when opening the Putrajaya Umno division meeting in Putrajaya tonight. (more…)

Does Hadi know something we don’t? Or is he going for broke?

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Tan Jooi Long

More than one month after PKR sacked Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, the now partyless assemblyman remains menteri besar of the crown-jewel state of Selangor.

As PKR, DAP and PAS go back and forth with the Palace over who will replace him, Khalid inked a so-called master agreement with Putrajaya that obliged the cash-rich state to spend RM7.45 billion to take over three of the four companies which manage the state’s water resources.

To all intents and purposes, the recalcitrant moneybags does not seem to be on his way out anytime soon.

Not if PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has his way. So, does Hadi know something we don’t? (more…)

Is Pakatan serious or not about Putrajaya?

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KhalidTheantdaily team

No matter which side you are on and whichever way you look at it, the Selangor MB drama has turned into a farce. One can’t help but think that the problem is, to a very large extent, of Pakatan’s own making.

The principal culprit is of course, PAS, though PKR is not entirely blameless.

After the 2008 general election which the newly established opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat surprisingly won in Selangor, there was consensus among the coalition partners that PKR should take the lead and the MB post in the state. This arrangement remained unchanged after GE13 last year. While the people are not privy to the exact agreement reached, one could make an educated guess that PKR decided who should be the MB. (more…)

No more empty promises on dams, say Orang Ulu

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Dukau Papau

The Sarawak government has been accused of flooding the Orang Ulu community with empty promises and lies in order to gain their support for the construction of the multimillion ringgit Baram Dam.

“The government is taking advantage of the people’s lack of knowledge on the adverse effects of the Baram Dam in order to proceed with the project.

“They have been flooding us with empty promises and lies,” said Tanjung Tepalit headman James Nyurang, when asked about statements of support for the dam from Penghulu Paul Kalang, Lihan Ding and Ngau Anyie. (more…)

Don’t say I control Najib, quips Rosmah

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Concerned over negative talk about her, prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor has decided not to share her views on managing the country with her husband.

Instead, she said at the launch of the book ‘Guide to Malaysia’ in Kuala Lumpur today, she said that she now only shares her views with friends.

“Sometimes I tell my friend, I don’t tell my husband (because then) you all will say: ‘Ah, Rosmah is controlling Najib’. (more…)

September 18, 2014

Haron Din wants ties with Pakatan reviewed

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Mkini

PAS deputy spiritual leader Haron Din suggests that the party’s Ulama Council reviews its ‘tahaluf siasi’ (cooperation) with Pakatan Rakyat, given the “critical political situation” currently.In view of this, Haron suggested, the party’s Dewan Ulama reviews or fine-tunes its “tahalluf siyasi” or political cooperation with Pakatan, given the current “critical political situation”.

In his opening speech at the PAS Ulama muktamar in Johor Baru, Haron  said the party’s political cooperation with Pakatan needed to be re-looked, since the syura council, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and party members, were being subjected to “slander” on a daily basis.

“(Cooperation) was built on the advice of the ulama, who have conditions and principles that need to be adhered to. (more…)

Al Jazeera sedition report not censored

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Malaysia Sedition ActAnjulie Ngan

The Al Jazeera programme on Malaysia’s sedition crackdown is not a victim of censorship.

A source from the Middle Eastern satellite TV station said that this is despite part two of the program missing from the alloted time slot yesterday.

“There is no censorship. The updated package (or Part 2) of the programme simply fell through the cracks,” the source told Malaysiakini this evening.

He said this when asked about word that an Al Jazeera programme that showcased a live interview with a guest from Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the current crackdown political and other personalities on sedition charges in Malaysia was pulled out for censorship. (more…)

PAS must know this: Malaysia is not a theocracy

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PAS Youth members collecting donations for fallen Malaysian jihadist in Syria, Mohd Lotfi Ariffin, during the PAS Youth wing muktamar in Kota Tinggi, Johor today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, September 17, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Malaysia is not a theocracy and never will be one. And the sooner the PAS hardliners understand that reality, the better for all.

The problem is, of course, they don’t seem to get it.

The PAS Dewan Ulama believes that its vision of an Islamic state will be acceptable to all. It wasn’t acceptable in 1951 when the clerics left Umno before Malaya achieved Merdeka and it still isn’t acceptable in 2014 when Malaya together with Sabah and Sarawak now make up Malaysia.

And if that doesn’t even impress the conservative puritans who form the Dewan Ulama, how about this fact: PAS has yet to win a state or federal seat in Sabah or Sarawak until now. (more…)

PAS at risk over Hadi’s MB volte-face, warns Mujahid

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PAS central committee member Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa says PAS must not disappoint the public who have placed their trust in the Islamist party by flip-flopping on its ‘PAS for all’ commitment. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 18, 2014.JAMILAH KAMARUDIN

PAS central committee member Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa says PAS must not disappoint the public who have placed their trust in the Islamist party by flip-flopping on its ‘PAS for all’ commitment.

As PAS begins its annual assembly today, central committee member Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa warned that president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s failure to defend the Islamist party’s tahaluf siyasi or spirit of cooperation with its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) allies, DAP and PKR, by refusing to acknowledge Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the Selangor menteri besar candidate may backfire.

Mujahid said unlike previous party chiefs, such as Yusof Rawa and Datuk Fadzil Mohd Noor, Hadi appeared no longer able to cooperate with PR, especially in overcoming the Selangor MB impasse. (more…)

Pakatan Rakyat coalition no longer exists in Selangor

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 pakatanRoslan Bistamam

With PAS and PKR/DAP taking opposite and irrevocable stands on the Menteri Besar issue, the coalition no longer exists.

PAS has reiterated its stand regarding the removal of Khalid Ibrahim as the Selangor Menteri Besar and his proposed replacement with Wan Azizah Ismail.

PAS wants Khalid retained and will not accept Wan Azizah.

PKR has also reiterated its stand that it wants Wan Azizah to take over as the Selangor MB and that it is not going to propose three names or more as commanded by the Selangor Palace. (more…)

Sabah churches move off secession clamour

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Bob Teoh

Sabah churches today distanced themselves from the ongoing clamour on secession from Peninsular Malaysia, but they want the federal government to address a litany of grievances that have been raised over the years.Key issues they want tackled are religious freedom and human rights, which we outlined in  in a Malaysia Day message termed as their “Kota Kinabalu Declaration”.

The clamour for Sabah and Sarawak to pull out of Malaysia has refused to die down, especially in social media, and grew louder in the run-up to the yesterday’s Malaysia Day celebrationss despite threats by the authorities to use draconian laws on them, including the Sedition Act. (more…)

Constitutionality of Sedition Act challenged

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Adrian Wong

Universiti Malaya law lecturer Azmi Sharom, who has been charged under the Sedition Act, filed an application today challenging the constitutionality of the law from the period of colonial rule.”This is an application by Azmi for an order that the sessions court refers the constitutionality of Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 to be determined by the High Court.

“Azmi is also seeking an order, in consequence thereof, for the charges against him to be stayed and/or struck out,” his lawyer Gobind Singh Deo (right) told journalists after filing the application at Jalan Duta Court Complex.

The said act is unconstitutional, Gobind argued, on the grounds:

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Leaked UPSR papers: Exam results must not become an obsession

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Lokman MustafaPolice escorting the four individuals taken into custody over the UPSR leak to the magistrate’s court in Putrajaya on Sept 15 to obtain a remand order

The leaked Primary School Evaluation Test (UPSR) papers is a very serious matter indeed. Something is just not right with our education system. And the Education Ministry has a lot of work to do on this front.

However, it is gratifying to note that swift action has been taken in light of the recent incident. Two senior ministry officers have been suspended and police have also obtained a four-day remand order against a headmaster, two teachers and an insurance agent in connection with the leak.

On Sept 11, the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate announced that Science papers 018, 028 and 038 of UPSR which were originally scheduled for that day have been postponed to Sept 30 due to leakage. (Science Paper 018 is for national schools while 028 and 039 are for Chinese vernacular and Tamil vernacular schools respectively). (more…)

A voice in the wilderness

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zaid300Koon Yew Yin

Thank you Zaid Ibrahim, for exposing the political hypocrisy of our PM and other Umno leaders.

The latest assault on DAP and PKR, from the Prime Minister (PM) himself, concerns their “loyalty” to the Sultan of Selangor.

This cheap political trick to question the loyalty of opposition parties should not come from a PM. In a democracy anyone who has a public duty has to be accountable for his actions.

Instead of talking to the people about the complexities of democracy and how constitutional monarchs and political leaders should conduct themselves, the PM took the lazy route of inflaming the feelings of the Malays by suggesting PKR and DAP would not protect the Malay rulers and their religion. (more…)

Ex-MB: Keep calm and give sultan more names

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Mkini

Former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib has called on Pakatan Rakyat parties to submit more names to the palace with regard to the MB post.

The former Umno man, who is now with PAS, said if the palace wanted more names, then this must be done immediately.

“All three parties must calm down and immediately send more names for consideration,” Muhammad said.

Speaking at a forum on the Selangor MB crisis at the Karangkraf headquarters in Shah Alam, he argued that PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is “overqualified” for the post. (more…)

September 17, 2014

Painful to be part of M’sia, say Borneo leaders

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Dukau Papau

The Federation of Malaysia is meaningless if Sabah continues to be “occupied” by “Malayan” government officers and federal agencies, said Borneo Heritage Foundation chairperson (BHF) Jeffrey Kitingan.

“The over-presence and overbearing dominance of the federal ministries, departments and agencies showed that Sabah is just a ‘colony’ of Malaya in the name of the federal government,” he said in his Malaysia Day message at the Batu Sumpah, Keningau.

“Sabah is slowly becoming a Malay unitary state of Malaya. Where is the partnership that we have been promised at the time of the formation of Malaysia?” asked Jeffrey, who is also the Bingkor Assemblyman. (more…)

Sedition spree brightens Pakatan’s Putrajaya bid

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Dukau Papau

As more face action under the Sedition Act, DAP’s MP for Puchong Gobind Singh Deo has a message to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

By Gobind’s reckoning, the more people arrested under the Sedition Act, the greater the chances of Pakatan Rakyat replacing the BN government  at Putrajaya.

“Let me remind Najib, when you use this law (Sedition Act) to frighten the people, when you use this law to suppress them, the stronger they become and the more they stand up against you,” he said at a  DAP dinner in Kuching last night. (more…)

Malaysia at 51: Dreaming our way forward

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Hazlan Zakaria

National celebrations are supposed to be happy occasions like the stuff of dreams, but as Malaysia Day is celebrated today, I only feel nightmarish apprehension after what happened during Merdeka Day on the 31st of last month.

The day we remember our independence was marred by the arrest of the Penang PPS crime prevention volunteers after marching in the state level parade no less, as well as the start of what has been labeled as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “sedition spree”.

A dragnet that saw lawyers, academicians, activists, reporters, preachers and opposition politicians persecuted under the British imperial remnant that is the Sedition Act which ironically Najib had promised to repeal on the eve of Malaysia Day 2012. (more…)

Dr M’s recalcitrant children

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MARIAM MOKHTAR

The Malays will be around, with or without Umno Baru, but the converse does not hold true. Malays do not need Umno Baru, but if Umno Baru were to lose the support of ordinary Malays, the party would cease to exist. Without Umno Baru, the Malays would thrive. Umno Baru is like a poison to the Malays. Day in, day out they are inundated with the emotional baggage of race, religion and royalty.The outburst last week by former PM Mahathir Mohamad should be considered a betrayal. Mahathir rewards the people on whose backs he rose to absolute power by insulting them.

He pushed affirmative action policies, which slowly eroded Malaysia. Behind the backs of ordinary Malays, Mahathir handsomely rewarded select Malays and non-Malays, whom he deemed worthy of his favours. He killed off the aspirations of many generations of Malaysians. Disillusioned by the lack of leadership many left, never to return. (more…)

Shut Mahathir up

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DEAN JOHNS

As long as the BN regime maintains the Sedition Act, by rights it should be used against former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad before anybody else. Not just for his patronage and support of race-hate groups like Perkasa, but for his repeated racist rants like his latest against Malays.

Who the hell does he think he is to brand millions of people of a particular ethnicity, or indeed any ethnicity, as “lazy”, shameless and lacking in integrity?

And who do his accomplices the Umno/BN regime think they are to try and silence critics and opposition figures with their accursed Sedition Act, but fail to employ it to shut Mahathir up? (more…)

50 years plus, East is east and West is west

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Jimmy Adit

East and West Malaysia are drifting apart at a frightening rate as one after another contentious issues drive a wedge right into the heart of a nation separated by the South China Sea.

Oil royalty, Malaysia Agreement, Allah issue, confiscated Bibles and National Day on Aug 31 have all created a political storm and the South China Sea has become a wall of angry waters.

This is unfortunate because, for a nation geographically divided, when contentious issues are accentuated, they have the tendency to further polarise. (more…)

On Malaysia Day, to remember our ideals and rights

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Today is a reminder to all Malaysians to love our country and to work together for a better Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 16, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Today is Malaysia Day, and in the words of our founding father, “The great day we have long awaited has come at last – the birth of Malaysia.

“In a warm spirit of joy and hope, 10 million people of many races in all the states of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah now join hands in freedom and unity.

“We do so because we know that we have come together through our own free will and desire in the true spirit of brotherhood and love of freedom,” Tunku Abdul Rahman had said on September 16, 1963. (more…)

HAPPY 51ST BIRTHDAY MALAYSIA!!!

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Vernon Kedit

51 years ago, on 16 september, MALAYSIA was formed. Four independent countries came together to form a new FEDERATION called Malaysia. Malaysia is not a country, it is a Federation of countries and this is clearly stated in the FEDERAL Constitution.

The four independent countries that formed the Federation on 16th September, 1963 were Sarawak, Sabah, Singapore and the Federated States of Malaya. All four nations held equal number of parliamentary seats in the new Parliament, to ensure that all four nations in the Federation enjoyed equal status and no one nation could rule over the other. The British safeguarded the democratic rights of the Borneo nations through equal sharing of parliamentary seats.

Singapore was later expelled by an Act of Parliament. HOWEVER, UMNO, with the quiet support of Sarawakian and Sabahan leaders, ‘colonised’ Sarawak and Sabah by not sharing with us the parliamentary seats which were vacated by Singapore when it left the Federation. By absorbing the seats vacated by Singapore, UMNO in Malaya acquired majority seats, leaving Sarawak and Sabah with less seats than Malaya. This meant that Malaya could override Sarawak or Sabah in Parliament.
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Ambiga: Judiciary can stop abuse of Sedition Act

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Alyaa Azhar

The judiciary is the only institution which can stop the abuse of the Sedition Act, said former Bar Council president S Ambiga.

“It is the only institution that stands between the people and those abusing power,” she added.

She also pointed out that lawyer Edmund Bon, who is under investigation for sedition, was merely offering his legal opinion when he said non-Muslims were not subjected to fatwas.

“I agree with his opinion. You may think it is wrong, but it is his view and it was a legal opinion,” said Ambiga, who was one of the guest speakers at the launch of the Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) last night. (more…)

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