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April 16, 2014

In aftermath of Jais raid, Bible society moves to KL seeking better protection

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JENNIFER GOMEZ

The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) will move its operations out of Selangor to Kuala Lumpur, a federal territory, following the raid by the state’s Islamic Religious Department (Jais) on January 2, 2014.

BSM president Lee Min Choon (pic) said today that move is needed as Putrajaya offers better protection to religious minorities. He also said that Putrajaya upheld the Cabinet’s 10-point solution to the Allah row by not disrupting the distribution of its Bible shipments.

Last January’s raid saw the seizure of some 300 Bahasa Malaysia and Iban-language Bibles from its premises in Damansara, Selangor. (more…)

Bible Society to dodge Jais with move to KL

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Mkini

The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) is to move its base to Kuala Lumpur to avoid the reach of the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais).On Jan 2, Jais seized 320 copies of the Malay and Iban language Bible from its premises in Petaling Jaya, but these have yet to be returned.

BSM, which has maintained that the Bible was only for distribution to non-Muslims, said in a statement today that it hopes the move will end the harassment from Jais.

“Apart from the change of our base, it will be business as usual for BSM. However, we will no longer be importing the Bible through Port Klang, but will ship (the) BM Bible directly to (Sabah and Sarawak) where most of the readers are,” BSM president Lee Min Choon (leftt) said. (more…)

Don’t compel children to learn English

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File picture shows the silhouette of a student with a graduation cap during a diploma ceremony at the John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentMedecci Lineil

I must admit I am also bothered when Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) and Sarawak Sovereignty Movement (SSM) called for the reinstatement of English as the medium in schools in Sarawak.

Not only that, SSM also called the state government to pass a resolution at the next state assembly sitting to make the use of the English language as compulsory.

If this is the case, then it is an offence if children refuse to speak English in schools. Who knows in future these groups want the government to mandate English must be spoken in every household in Sarawak and to punish those who do otherwise? (more…)

April 15, 2014

Now, Muslim group complains of Malay language in Easter pageant

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

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

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

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

A radical revamp of our education system

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education21-e1368490842654Idris Jala

The Education Blueprint is comprehensive but implementation is key

I WAS probably luckier than most kids who grew up in rural Malaysia. My father was both my teacher and the village school headmaster, which meant learning was not just confined to school. Classes continued at home too.

He instilled in me a strong learning discipline and impressed upon us the importance of education. Without a doubt I believe it was education that lifted the lives of many of my classmates out of poverty in remote Bario. Education has the capacity to profoundly impact lives. This is why I continue to advocate its importance and believe that a nation must allocate as much resources as possible to this area. (more…)

Can Sabah and S’wak secede?

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Vidal Yudin Weil

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

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

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

(2) Sabah and Sarawak cannot secede from Malaysia;

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

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

PKRSabah-SarawakWong Chin Huat 

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

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

Parliament must act on overlapping jurisdiction

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Tan Keng Liang

I refer to the recent controversy involving the case of S. Deepa who was granted custody of her two children by the Seremban High Court last Tuesday.

The Shariah Court had earlier given custody of the children to her former husband, Izwan Abdullah.

Subsequently, her former husband took one of their children despite the recent custodial order by the High Court.

On the matter, the Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said police were unable to act on the matter because of the conflicting decision by the High Court and the Shariah Court. (more…)

Divert military spending to human development

Kua Kia Soong

Today, April 14 marks the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), an initiative coordinated by the International Peace Bureau in Geneva.

On this day, more than a hundred organisations across the globe focus their attention on raising awareness about the waste of precious resources on military spending. This date is chosen because it coincides with the release of the annual report for 2013 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri).

These latest statistics by Sipri for 2013 show that military spending continues to fall in the West but rises everywhere else. World military expenditure totalled US$1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9% in real terms since 2012. The fall in the global total comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, while military spending in the rest of the world excluding the USA increased by 1.8%. (more…)

The seductiveness of Ketuanan Melayu

MARIAM MOKHTAR

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

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

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

In the name of God, go

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DEAN JOHNS

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

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

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

Motion to review Malaysia Agreement submitted

Dukau Papau

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

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

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

Don’t follow Umno’s racial profiling, Adenan told

Dukau Papau

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem should cease and desist from his inclination towards the racial profiling practised by the Umno-dominated BN in Peninsular Malaysia, says state PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How.

“Sarawakians, no matter their race or ethnicity, should live as one. We must make the most of our potentials in our diverse society and contribute towards the greatness of this beautiful state.

“To be a Sarawakian, and even more so as a leader, we should reject racial profiling in politics,” said See (left), who is the Batu Lintang assemblyperson. (more…)

April 10, 2014

Hudud and the basic structure doctrine in constitutional law

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Art Harun

Not many people know about this piece of history of our country.

Allow me to recount this so that this passage of our history would not just fade away from the recesses of our memory.

The Malaysia Agreement was signed on July 9, 1963 between the Federation of Malaya, the United Kingdom, Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore. Under this agreement, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak would federate with the existing 11 states of the Federation of Malaya to form Malaysia with effect from September 16, 1963.

That is common knowledge. (more…)

Is the Umno-led BN government really weak?

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Ng Kee Seng

A survey that found the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) weak in handling the economy after the 13th general election (GE13) is both an understatement and inadequate.

The survey, commissioned by news portal Malaysian Insider (MI), shows that more than half the 1,005 respondents polled described BN’s performance after GE13 as “very weak” and 45 per cent felt Umno fared just as poorly.

The survey is an understatement because the ruling BN is still as powerful as ever. It can do whatever it wants with impunity. (more…)

A-G: Defence Ministry wasted medical equipment

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Alyaa Azhar

The Auditor-General’s report notes that a large quantity of disposable medical supplies at the Tuanku Mizan military hospital had expired.

The 2013 Auditor-General’s report revealed that there was wastage in medical equipment purchased by the Defence Ministry for the Armed Forces personnel use.

“Procurement through direct purchase was not satisfactory due to the non-compliance with procedures and regulations in force,” the report stated.

“Some purchased equipment were not used optimally and some are still not used yet.” (more…)

Wan Junaidi: Why should I apologise or resign?

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wan-junaidiFMT Staff

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

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

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

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

Uninformed incompetence

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KJ JOHN

How is it an entire world, with about 26 countries, all super-technologies and brightest brains deployed, cannot find a Boeing 777 flight that went off-course? How is it also that having deployed three teams of accounting experts, and all due processes being followed religiously, a registrar of societies member cannot find nor explain the loss of about RM800,000 from their annual accounts?

How is it then a ministry which claims to have all due processes publicly recorded, with a fancy website and customer enquiry formats, cannot keep a basic promise of service delivery made on their website? What really is the problem in all these cases?

Limited problem-analysis (more…)

A depressing Auditor General’s Report 2013

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Ramon Navaratnam

Given the national sadness over the fate of MH370, the first series of the forthright Auditor General’s Report 2013 is a welcome, yet a depressing one too.

The Auditor General`s Report also causes us additional concern and anxiety over the poor standards of governance in our burdened conscience and country!

Nevertheless the new auditor’s reporting system and its innovative dashboard (report card), are fully appreciated, as it is the first time it is presented to Parliament in three separate parts, three times a year. (more…)

April 9, 2014

Make English compulsory, Adenan

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adenan satem murid sekolahWinston Way

A Sarawak Sovereignty Movement spokesperson said the state should no longer cower to a national education policy that aims to ‘Malaynise’ Sarawak.

A Sarawak NGO wants Chief Minister Adenan Satem to pass a resolution at the next State Legislative Assembly sitting making the use of English language in schools obligatory.

Sarawak Sovereignty Movement (SSM) spokesperson, Morshidi Abdul Rahman said it is the only way to stall the further decline of the language among children in Sarawak and Sabah. (more…)

A Saif-Nurul-Rafizi combo is unwise

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TERENCE NETTO

The formal announcement today that incumbent secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, and director of strategy Rafizi Ramli are banding together to contest in the PKR polls sends out the wrong signal to the party’s half-a-million members.

Of these 50 percent are Malays, 25 percent are Indian Malaysians, and the remainder are almost equally divided between Chinese Malaysians and the ethnicities of Sabah and Sarawak.

The Saifuddin-Nurul-Rafizi combo for the PKR polls scheduled for late April-early May is unwise because of the impression it helps reinforce that PKR is a Malay-dominant party, whereas its composition suggests it is multi-racial and its goal of a more egalitarian polity is reliant for its realisation on the country shedding its obsession with race. (more…)

Sarawak for Sarawakian kleptocrats

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Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud bersama Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dalam majlis Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) di Kuching, tahun lalu. Gambar fail.

Brewin Edward Emprang

By history, the states of Sabah and Sarawak are enjoying many privileges. Restricting people from entering the states for no sensible reason is one of them.

However, there are those who still think that Sarawak should leave the Federation as the state is allegedly being treated less equal than other states in the Peninsula.

If so, with all due respect, the question is, is secession necessary in that regard? The onus is on those people to explain that there is a need for Sarawak to secede willy-nilly from the federation. (more…)

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

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V. ANBALAGAN

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

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

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

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

BN, Umno weak in handling the economy after GE13, survey shows

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Barisan Nasional had a grand launching of its manifesto for the May 5 general election last year, but a new survey shows most Malaysians think it has failed to keep its election pledges. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 9, 2014.LEE SHI-IAN

Barisan Nasional had a grand launching of its manifesto for the May 5 general election last year, but a new survey shows most Malaysians think it has failed to keep its election pledges.

Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) have been floundering since the general election last May, with a new survey showing that more Malaysians are describing their performance as “very weak” especially in handling the national economy.

More than half 1,005 respondents polled in a survey commissioned  by The Malaysian Insider described BN’s performance since the 13th general election as “very weak” while 45% felt its lynchpin party Umno fared as poorly. (more…)

An open letter to all SPM school-leavers

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Nadilla Jamil

I want to believe that I am in the position to write you this letter. I was almost bombed (metaphor intended) by my Tok Busu as I went to a few public and boarding schools.

Then, after SPM, I first registered at Kedah Matriculation College in Changlun but I ended up graduating from UiTM Kuantan in 2008.

I was an undergraduate at UPM Serdang for a month, a TESL undergraduate at UiTM Shah Alam for a year before realising what I really wanted to be in the next 30 years (God willing, if I could live that long).

So I quit UiTM and I completed my bachelor’s degree at IIUM after two-and-a-half years. (more…)

Sarawak teachers,parents want English-based system

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Pelajar SekolahWinston Way

Sarawak Teachers Union says performance by Malaysian students in universities have declined since the system changed to the Malay language.

Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) has also called for the re-instatement of English as a medium in schools in the state.

STU president Jisid Nyud said the previous English education system applied in Sarawak was more successful than the current Malay-based national education policy.

Nyud was commenting on calls by a Sarawak NGO for Chief Minister Adenan Satem to pass a resolution in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly to make the English language obligatory in the schools in the state. (more…)

April 8, 2014

Petronas not ‘legal owner’ of Sabah, Sarawak waters

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Zainal Ajamain

It is unconstitutional to use Act 750, as it was passed and gazetted two months after the legal requirement had lapsed.

The Emergency Proclamation which was lifted on Nov 23, 2011 and the legal requirement for six months lapsed on May 24, 2012.

By May, 2014, twenty-four months would have lapsed.

A full two years of non-activity on the part of the state government of Sabah and Sarawak is appalling.

As at May 24, 2012 Petronas is no longer the “legal owner” of the Sabah and Sarawak territorial waters. (more…)

Selangor MCA breaks ranks with Barisan, says against Bible confiscation

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

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

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

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

Students decry UM’s bar on lecture by Ambiga

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Aidila Razak

Students from Malaysia’s oldest university today submitted a memorandum to parliamentarians over what they believe to be academic interference in Universiti Malaya (UM).

This followed UM’s refusal to allow veteran lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan to speak at the Law Faculty’s Law Career Convention.

Ambiga, a former Bar Council president, was to speak on public interest litigation.

UM allegedly allowed the Law Society to invite Ambiga if a “pro-government” speaker was also invited but retracted this approval at the last minute on Mar 27. (more…)

Rote learning isn’t necessarily a bad thing

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empty classroomArran Hamilton

Thinking skills is always a good thing but be mindful of the danger that it can completely crowd out factual learning.

Rote learning gets a lot of attention in Malaysia from the media, employers, parents and the Education Ministry.

Most of this is negative and it hones in on examples of students in government schools dutifully transcribing text from blackboards, like human photocopiers.
There is also quite a bit of empirical data that suggests that practice is fairly widespread in the nation’s schools.

A recent Unesco survey found that 60% of Malaysian students claimed to have teachers that stressed rote learning and 40% indicated that the predominant teaching style was to copy text from the board. (more…)

‘Wake-up slumbering MPs, state A-Gs’

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Zainnal Ajamain

If there are no discussions, it is probably because the respective governments are already in the process of making secret deals with the elite in Malaya over oil rights.

The Malaysia Territorial Sea Act 2012 was tabled and passed in June 2012.

Where were Sabah and Sarawak’s 56 MP from both side of the political divide?

How is it that these MPs from Sabah and Sarawak did not notice when Act 750 was passed?

Were these MPs representing Sabah and Sarawak or were they decorations in parliament? (more…)

Mystery Thickens Over Missing Millions Meant For Schools

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Mystery Thickens Over Missing Millions Meant For Schools

Sarawak report

The company cited as the vehicle for SUPP leader Peter Chin’s pre-election plan to build 15 Sarawak schools has categorically denied any involvement in the project.

The KL based developer See Hoy Chan has told Sarawak Report that it had no knowledge of the RM559million proposal, which was rushed through and approved by the PM and Deputy PM’s offices in the weeks just before the election.

Details revealed in our original expose cited a list of 15 badly needed schools in Sarawak and Peter Chin recommended the consortium One BU Redha Services, comprising the Taib crony company Redha Services and One BU Sdn Bhd to build them. (more…)

The anomaly of the immigration powers for Sabah and Sarawak

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Dr Abdul Aziz Bari

A number of people have come up to me and questioned the privilege given to Sabah and Sarawak to retain immigration authority: they found it awkward to find such a provision in a federation like Malaysia.

Their apprehension is understandable. In a world where countries, for example in the European Union, have essentially done away with such a provision, here we still have people who are stuck in the old mode. The more so when the power was invoked to insulate the powers that be rather than to really protect the general public.

In recent weeks certain politicians from Pakatan Rakyat have been deported from Sarawak, the latest being PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifudin Nasution Ismail and the party’s MPs, Tian Chua and Rafizi Ramli. And that was not the first time. (more…)

April 7, 2014

Sack Wan Junaidi

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FMT

Prime Minister Najib Razak should find a “smarter and capable” replacement for Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who has been described as “ignorant” and “insensitive”

Sabah PKR has called for Prime Minsiter Najib Tun Razak to replace Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar for his ignorance and insensitive demeanor.

State deputy chairman Christina Liew said Wan Junaidi’s latest suggestion that island resort operators cease operations because the government could not secure Sabah seas, is not only insensitive but detrimental to the image of the country. (more…)

Forging a Malaysian nation needs positive actions and not just mere words!

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia concept was loudly splashed all over when he took over the reins of power. But it has remained an empty slogan. This is so because nothing positive has been put in place to make that a reality. It has now become very stale and has stayed rusted in the background.

Now, Umno Baru’s partner which remains empty of ideas jumped back into the old cliché in the hope of getting some support, especially in the wake of the Kajang by- election.

Its defeated candidate Chew Mei Fun desperately begged during the campaign that MCA needed at least 30% Chinese votes in the by-election to prove that the community wanted the party to be in the cabinet. She claimed that without that level of support, it would be difficult for the MCA to fight for Chinese interests. (more…)

The social enterprise way to fight the effects of inequality

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img-mansharesbreadwithneedyshutterstock_171948830617.jpg_item_largeRahman Hussin

While the number of hardcore poor may have gone down in the past decade but today, as a nation, we face a different challenge all together.

The rate of urbanisation and modernisation gave birth to a growing middle class and also urban poor. Together with modernisation, we saw communities being pushed to the outer limits of the cities; many are being pressured into working 2 or 3 jobs to sustain living in the city. As a result, we are now witnessing the rise of cities defined not by its quality but its inequality.

Joseph Stieglitz in his opinion piece on October 13, 2013, posits that inequality is a choice; a choice that we as a nation must consciously decide on and we as a nation have to get together to address this issue. Inequality whether economic or social has been credited as the root causes of social ills such as low literacy rate, poverty in both children and adult and also high criminal tendency among others. (more…)

Sabah abduction: What conspiracy?

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Najib Petronas BorneoG Vinod

Najib should blame his administration for the kidnapping in Sabah instead of “certain quarters” out to spoil Malaysia’s ties with China.

Even as they were biting their nails trying to make sense of the MH370 crisis, Malaysians received another shock on Wednesday with news that armed men had abducted two foreign nationals from a holiday island in Sabah.

The two women, one from China and the other from the Philippines, were hauled out of a hotel in Pulau Singamata and bundled into a boat that sped off into the open sea.

Tourists are scared out of their wits, security forces are baffled, and Najib Tun Razak ordered immediate action by enforcement agencies. That was indeed the prime ministerly thing to do and he should have stopped there. (more…)

April 6, 2014

‘Get real or get out’

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DEAN JOHNS

If current events are a message for Malaysia’s BN regime from fate, karma, God, Allah or whatever else anyone chooses to call the alleged almighty, “get real or get out” seems to me to pretty accurately express the gist of it.

In this, ironically ‘Visit Malaysia’ year, it seems that all the righteous spirits of the universe have accepted the invitation with a vengeance, and have arrived not so much to revel in the country’s Truly Asian delights, but to restore its former and future beauty by ridding it of its disgusting government.

But so far, despite the gutting it’s getting, this gang of BN goons and buffoons is still hanging around like grim death or the proverbial ghost at the party, and showing not a glimmer of intention to get real, or even a single sign of knowing or caring what ‘real’ might possibly signify. (more…)

‘Yes men’ must know that one can love the country without loving the gov’t

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V Shuman

It has happened again. Yet another small mind has crawled out of the woodwork to call for “traitors” who criticise the country (read the ruling coalition) overseas, to have their citizenships revoked.

Such calls have become a norm lately, with everyone from leaders of the country to NGOs, spouting the nonsense towards anyone who “dares” to question acts by the ruling coalition.

These so-called leaders often equate dissatisfaction against the ruling coalition, to insulting the country. But they are unable to dissect the huge difference between the two. One can love the country, without loving the government. (more…)

Top MACC officer rebuts MP Ko’s criticism

Mustafar Ali

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which was established on Jan 1, 2009 as the sole anti-corruption agency that is independent, transparent and professional as signified in the ‘Aspiration of MACC’, requires the support from everyone to ensure the vision, mission and objectives of its establishment are achieved.

The support may be through collaborations and support in the noble effort to combat and eradicate the crime of corruption, or in terms of financial support from the government.

As an agency that is persistently working towards carrying out various operations and prevention activities, as well as constantly reinforcing its capability, MACC needs sufficient budget and financial allocations. (more…)

Non-Muslims have no right to question implementation of hudud, says Isma

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LOOI SUE-CHERN

Non-Muslims have no right to question the right of Muslims to implement shariah laws in the country, said non-governmental organisation Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma).

Its president Ustaz Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman (pic) said Malaysia has been a sovereign land for Islam and the Malay race since ages ago.

“Non-Muslims have their right to politics so they can speak up for the interest of their respective races.

“But there is a limit to that,” he said in a statement posted on the Isma website today. (more…)

Is government trying to take people for a ride to benefit cronies?

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Ng Kee Seng

As Malaysians struggle daily to make ends meet amid rising costs of living and the country is in a terrible MH370 crisis that is going to be costly, a minister is still trying to take citizens for a ride.

Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof told Parliament on April 2 that it would cost RM400 billion to reacquire all the tolled highways in Malaysia.

How the hell Putrajaya arrived at that figure is just mind boggling. Contrast that to the country’s unofficial federal debt of RM800 billion, isn’t it amazingly ridiculous? (more…)

Zaid losing the plot

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JOSH HONG

Acutely aware that Pakatan Rakyat is full of rotten apples and characters obsessed with ambitions, I have long remained silent despite the series of public spats between the opposition camp and Zaid Ibrahim since they fell out. Sometimes, the tit-for-tits between the two are so trivial and ridiculous that one wonders how Malaysians have been able to put up with childish politicians for so long.

Having said that, the former law minister did win my respect when he resigned from the government in protest at the blatant use of the Internal Security Act back in September 2009. But that was then, and this is now. How sad it is to know that the once feisty leader is fast becoming a national joke himself. (more…)

Remarks on Petronas’s role in the country

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petronas logoTengku Razaleigh Hamzah

I am honoured at having been invited by Anas Alam Faizli to launch his book, “Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians”, a collection of essays reflecting his thoughts on energy, the economy and education of our beloved country. I applaud Anas for his intellectual discipline to pursue writing which demands mental toughness, quiet tenacity and absolute patience. Indeed, he deserves our admiration.

He deserves our respect given that Malaysians are notoriously apathetic to reading, let alone writing. I respectfully submit that we do not write enough, both fiction and otherwise in comparison to, say, our sprawling archipelagic neighbour to the south. It is in this context that our author deserves our commendation – my commendation in particular – for a task well done, even though the themes are serious and difficult. Well done, Anas. (more…)

Giving sanctity to unholy contracts?

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P GUNASEGARAM

The Oxford Dictionary defines sanctity as this: “The state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly”. In terms of contracts then, that begs the question of what contracts are holy, sacred and saintly and whether the term “sanctity” is being used in vain by those who want to preserve them.

At a time when the taps of some seven million people in the KL/Klang Valley area are running dry for two days and then are on for two days and dire forecasts are being made for the coming months, one can be forgiven for thinking that at least some contracts which contribute to this sad state of  affairs are unholy and therefore not to be sanctified. (more…)

April 5, 2014

Patronage, cronyism must end to remove rent seekers, says Ku Li

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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah at the launch of the book ‘Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians’ in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The Umno lawmaker says Malaysians must start demanding that politics be practised with a high level of integrity. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, April 4, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah at the launch of the book ‘Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysians’ in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The Umno lawmaker says Malaysians must start demanding that politics be practised with a high level of integrity.

Malaysians must have the will to stop political patronage and cronyism in order to cut off the rent seekers, former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said last night.

However, there would be difficulties in doing that, the Umno veteran lawmaker said of the issues that had been at the centre of criticism in Malaysia the past two decades. (more…)

Worrying state of our nation

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Economy-Malaysia-300x202CT Ali

Our people, our businesses and our government are fueling growth by unsustainable borrowing.

On the economic front Malaysia is in crisis. Cars and houses are literally burying Malaysians under a sea of debt.

Easy credit and low lending rates from our banks mean that our household debt to GDP has been growing at a rate of 12 percent annually since 2008 – making Malaysia household debt to GDP ratio at 83 percent, Southeast Asia’s highest.

Forty-seven percent of Malaysians are now in “serious debts” having to spend 30 percent of their gross income paying for their car, house and credit card debts. (more…)

Justify the need for new radar system

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Military Radar

Kua Kia Soong

The public is given an impression that the Malaysian military’s radar capability is inadequate.

As the Global Day against Military Spending (GDAMS, April 14, 2014) approaches, it is wise for Malaysian taxpayers to scrutinise the next big budget military procurement of the government’s.

Apart from the multi-role combat aircraft and other multi-million weapons of war the Defence Ministry plans to acquire, the Defence Minister and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein is now talking about “a need to strengthen the nation’s military assets” following the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. (more…)

Malaysia Government Approval Dives

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Our Correspondent

Respected poll says a plurality thinks the country is going in the wrong direction

Malaysia’s government, beset with inflation, political infighting, faltering attempts to find a missing airliner and other problems, continues to face serious headwinds in public opinion, with only 38 percent of the electorate saying the country is going in the right direction against 49 percent who say it’s not, according to the latest poll by the respected Merdeka Center polling organization.

The poll of more than 1,000 voters across the country was taken between March 7 and March 20. It found that at least 15 percent of voters said the country was going “strongly in the wrong direction,” primarily because of rising costs from the termination of subsidies last year for a wide variety of consumer goods including sugar, gasoline and electricity in an effort to corral the government’s fiscal debt, which had come close to 55 percent of gross domestic product. (more…)

Of Marxist media theory and MH370

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Azly Rahman

Thinking of the still missing Malaysian airplane, contemplating on a Marxist theory of informational diffusion, I came up with these random notes on media oligopoly I am sharing in this week’s column:

Information wants to be free and wishes to leave the shackle of control and the kingdom of officialdom.

Marx once said that whoever owns the means of production owns/controls (re: Vladimir Lenin’s classic essay on ‘commanding heights’,) and control the production of consciousness, and further controls the evolution of the act of knowing and the contents of what is to be known because what is known is produced as artifacts with politics of control structuring them. (more…)

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