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September 19, 2014

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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Mkini

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…)

Dr Mahathir fears Barisan will lose GE14 under Najib

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said during a meeting with several non-governmental organisations that he was afraid Barisan Nasional would lose the next general election if Datuk Seri Najib Razak continued as prime minister. – Facebook pic, September 16, 2014.MUZLIZA MUSTAFA

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has told a Malay non-governmental organisation of his fear that Barisan Nasional (BN) will lose in the next general election if Datuk Seri Najib Razak continues as prime minister.

Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, the president of Ikhlas, an NGO representing Malay traders and small businesses, said they met the former prime minister for a dialogue lasting more than an hour in which Dr Mahathir talked about BN’s future under Najib’s leadership.

“Tun (Dr) Mahathir was quite clear on this. He is firm in his stand that he is not in favour of PM. He said BN may lose GE14 if Najib continues to rule,” Ridzuan told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

Embracing unity with open heart

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Mike Tan

“What’s the use of knocking on a door when we know it’s never going to open?”

I overheard these words uttered by a young girl to her father once. She was having a heart-to-heart talk with her father about her stepmother. Her stepmother was ill-treating her, yet her father kept insisting that she try her best to win her stepmother’s heart.

In his words, “to knock on the door of her heart” till she was welcomed in.

As Malaysia Day comes around, those words came to mind again. It’s a hard truth, but it’s got to be said – I can understand how that girl feels. (more…)

September 16, 2014

51 years of Malaysia, and where are we?

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NORMAN GOH

Sept 16, will mark the  nation’s 51st anniversary of the formation of the Federation of Malaysia, by way of an agreement to form a ‘united nation’ of four entities – Peninsular Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.The island republic left us in 1965. Or, as some would insist, was expelled in that year.

More than half a century ago, our forefathers fought tirelessly to gain independence for Malaya, which was achieved back in 1957. And then came independence from British colonial rule for Sabah and Sarawak, which in 1963 joined with Malaya and Singapore to form Malaysia.

What have we become today? (more…)

Sarawak and the federation

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1963-9-16PROFESSOR MICHAEL LEIGH

ONCE the Sarawak Alliance had secured a clear majority of seats in the Council Negri, the next questions were who would form the cabinet, who would be the chief minister and who the governor.

Each of the successful parties had their own idea as to who should lead, as did the colonial authorities and the Malayan Alliance leaders.

Abdul Rahman Yakub was amongst those Barisan Rakyat Jati Sarawak (BARJASA) members favoured by Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Ghazali Shafie. However, electoral law had required candidates to stand in the council districts in which they resided. (more…)

Sarawakians ‘confused’ over Merdeka Day

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Joe Fernandez

People in Sarawak feel that Aug 31 is not their day of independence.

Sarawakians on both sides of the divide are unanimous that Aug 31, the common day for Sabah and the peninsula, is not their Hari Merdeka (Independence Day).

Otherwise, they appear divided on what should be seen as their independence day.

The Sarawak Government, for the first time in 50 years, recognised July 22 as Sarawak’s Independence Day, which then Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud referred to as Liberation Day. (more…)

Have we wasted 51 years in nation building?

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nation_300Zainnal Ajamain

For five decades, Sabahans and Sarawakians have been taken for granted and their development forgotten.

In theory democracy is an appealing idea. In practice it is far from perfect.

There are people who take the cynical stand that democracy is the tyranny of the majority. In fact, that is what the people in Sabah and Sarawak have suffered in our quest to build a nation for 51 years.

The Malaysia project was never a merger of states into a complete country but a work in progress towards the building of a federation called Malaysia. This was what our founding fathers believed in and what we have been made to believe for 51 years. (more…)

UPSR fiasco, Dr M whacks 1MDB but where’s PM Najib?

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Mahathir (right) and Najib, who is on an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan at the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev

Ng Kee Seng

Where is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak now?

According to national news agency Bernama, Najib is on an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan at the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev.

This is the first official visit by the PM to Azerbaijan.

During the visit, Najib will be accorded an official welcoming ceremony followed by a four-eye meeting with the president, a bilateral meeting between Malaysia and Azerbaijan and an official reception hosted by the president. (more…)

CM Adenan needs another magic formula

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Jimmy Adit

In case you are not in the know, the Sarawak state government today is being run on a Barisan Nasional (BN)-Plus formula.

State BN chairman and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem offered no reason or explanation when he made this announcement to the press after chairing Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council meeting late last month.

But what his party and state BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said to the press afterwards should be telling enough, which was to enable current ministers who are not in BN to remain in Adenan’s Cabinet.

In fact, BN-Plus is a political necessity, both for Adenan and BN national chairman Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. (more…)

The shaky Pakatan alliance

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PAS and PKR/DAP are enemies fighting a common enemy, Umno. The true nature of the relationship will emerge if they take over Putrajaya.

When it was revealed that PAS member Mohd Lotfi Ariffin had gone to Syria to fight for IS (Islamic State), he was immediately sacked from the party because, according to PAS, the party does not support terrorism.

But now that Lotfi has been killed in action, some senior PAS leaders—Mahfuz Omar and Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, in particular—are singing his praises. (more…)

September 15, 2014

In Malaysia, Putrajaya’s household income statistics strays far from reality

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Putrajaya says Malaysia's average monthly household income has gone up but has purchasing power also increased?  HERIDAN MAHAVERA

Putrajaya says Malaysia’s average monthly household income has gone up but has purchasing power also increased?
It may sound fantastic that Malaysia’s average monthly household income has gone up 18% to RM5,900 in 2014 from two years ago but economists say averages do not really tell whether Malaysians are better off than before.

A closer look at this figure, which was announced by Putrajaya on September 8, and how it is calculated, reveals that it can be misleading, economists told The Malaysian Insider.

The statistics does not reflect whether Malaysians are earning more in their jobs, they said. It also does not show how much goods and services their money can buy. (more…)

  Level playing field wanted for women lawyers

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Kathleen Tan

Little did Meera Samanther, lawyer and president of the Association of Women Lawyers Malaysia (AWL), know that her catch-up session with good friend and former lawyer Sheena Gurbakash in 2011 would culminate in a study on the working conditions of lawyers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor three years later.

Their decision to commission this study was the result of a brainstorming session organised by AWL for women lawyers, where both Meera and Sheena heard the personal accounts of young women lawyers who had either heard of or experienced sexual harassment or gender discrimination at the workplace.

Instead of focusing solely on sexual harassment, Meera says AWL broadened the survey to include the working conditions of both men and women lawyers, and gender concerns and issues faced within the legal profession, to get a balanced picture of perceptions surrounding gender discrimination and bias. (more…)

Sedition probe on lawyer will shape Malaysia’s future, says BN leader

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Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing says lawyer Edmund Bon was stating legal facts and should not be charged with sedition. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 14, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing says lawyer Edmund Bon was stating legal facts and should not be charged with sedition.

Putrajaya’s pursuit of lawyer Edmund Bon under the Sedition Act will decide the direction Malaysia takes as a nation, says a key Barisan Nasional (BN) leader in Sarawak.The government has gone on a blitz of investigating and charging a number of politicians and an academic with sedition in the past month and ahead of the country’s 51st year as Malaysia.

“I am interested to know the outcome of the investigation and if Bon will be charged,” outspoken Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing told The Malaysian Insider in Sarawak state capital city Kuching. (more…)

East Malaysians and corrupt politicians are equally culpable

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Mariam Mokhtar

The academics who are responsible for writing the history of Malaysia are better suited to work in the kitchen. Being expert at cooking the books, the tripe they feed us, is not history, but just a record of Umno’s, Umno-Baru’s and Islam’s milestones. Nothing else matters.

As a test, how many Sarawakians, or Malaysians, are aware that Sarawak achieved its independence from the British on 22 July 1963? Every schoolchild knows that 31 August celebrates the independence of the Federated Sates of Malaya from the British, but do they realise the significance of 16 September 1963?

Some people are convinced that the rising discontent amongst East Malaysians is because Putrajaya has ignored their needs. (more…)

Find the root cause of problem first

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Lim Sue Goan

The UPSR exam paper leaks have undoubtedly put the country in shame. Someone must be held responsible and punished for this scandal in order to answer to the parents of 473,175 candidates.The thing is, this whole issue has been caused by human negligence, but our deputy prime minister cum education minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said the leaks have been a smear tactic targeting him.

If exam paper leaks were an ill-intentioned ploy, then the ministry and police should make an effort to single out the perpetrators.

Although exam paper leaks have occurred regularly over the past two decades, we have yet to hear any similar accusation from any minister or senior government official. (more…)

Teachers arrested following UPSR leaks probe, say police

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Idris Jusoh at the press conference on Friday showing how the UPSR exam papers are sealed and delivered to schools. Police have now made a breakthrough in their investigations into the leaks.- The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 14, 2014.LEE SHI-IAN

Idris Jusoh at the press conference on Friday showing how the UPSR exam papers are sealed and delivered to schools. Police have now made a breakthrough in their investigations into the leaks.

Four teachers have been arrested by police in connection with the leakage of UPSR examination papers which has affected more than 470,000 students.

City Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Gan Kong Meng confirmed the arrests of the four, aged between 30 and 54.

The four teachers, three men and a woman, were arrested this afternoon at different locations in Parit Buntar (Perak) and Penang. (more…)

Sedition rap has turned Malaysia into a police state, says Ambiga

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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan believes Putrajaya has lost its right to call Malaysia a democratic country after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon LEE SHI-IAN

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan believes Putrajaya has lost its right to call Malaysia a democratic country after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon.

Putrajaya has lost the moral ground and the right to call Malaysia a democratic country, after the sedition probe against lawyer Edmund Bon, said Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.”What democracy is Putrajaya preaching and talking about if lawyers cannot even give their opinion?” she said when contacted.

“Putrajaya is treating ordinary citizens very badly, and these people are not even criminals. In my view, the sedition charges should not even have been brought.”

Ambiga, who is a former Bar Council chair and the patron of Negara-Ku, said Putrajaya has succeeded in turning Malaysia into a police state overnight after the sedition probe against Bon, adding that the administration appeared to have gone mad. (more…)

Scholar sees weak political culture as the root of a faceless Malaysia

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Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Institute for Malaysian and International Studies believes a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions are the cause for national disharmony. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 13, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute for Malaysian and International Studies believes a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions are the cause for national disharmony.

Malaysians are finding themselves at odds with each other due to a lack of trust in the country’s politicians and public institutions, an academic said today.Dr Helen Ting of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute for Malaysian and International Studies said the problem was the weak political culture, where politicians do not care about how the public perceive them, even when they appear to be inconsistent. (more…)

The UPSR leak stained by greed

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upsr5300Ishmael Lim

This perennial problem of exam papers being leaked has been an obstinate stain that refuses to be cleaned.

When news of the second leak in the UPSR examinations came to light last Thursday evening, the public’s earlier sense of worry and disappointment must surely have turned into anger and disbelief.

The sitting for the Science exam was cancelled when it was found that the leaked paper was circulated over the social media “WhatsApp” but the discovery of the leak in the English paper came too late as the students had already taken that exam.

Now with the English paper and Science paper being compromised, the Ministry of Education has rescheduled the re-sitting of the English paper for September 30 when the Science paper is also to be taken. (more…)

Issues galore but Negara-ku patron sees hope for a united Malaysia

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JENNIFER GOMEZ

As the nation celebrates Malaysia Day tomorrow, over two weeks after marking 57 years of Merdeka, Sabahan Tan Sri Simon Sipaun (pic) has mixed feelings – nostalgia for the ease of life of his youth half a century ago and cautious optimism for Malaysia going forward.To him, the people of Sabah have never really experienced the true meaning of Independence and the status of a sovereign state, even as talk of secession festers among some.

The former state secretary of Sabah, now 76, and a patron of people’s movement Negara-ku, also reminisced about the days of North Borneo (which was renamed Sabah), when there was no talk of Malay supremacy or confusion over the use of the word Allah by Christians.

Sabah, together with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak, formally formed the Federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963. Singapore left two years later. (more…)

Dr Mahathir defends ‘Malays are lazy’ remark, says they prefer to be Mat Rempit

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Tun Dr Mahahthir Mohamad says although the Malays are given places in institutions of higher learning, they do not make full use of their time to study. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 14, 2014.TMI

Tun Dr Mahahthir Mohamad says although the Malays are given places in institutions of higher learning, they do not make full use of their time to study

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended his criticism of Malays, admitting that he was ashamed that they had been left behind by the forward-thinking Chinese community.Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister said the Malays were still lazy, citing the gender imbalance at institutions of higher learning where the majority was women.

“The Malays are lazy, they are not interested in studying and revising. If we go to the universities, 70% of the students are women, where are the men?” (more…)

September 14, 2014

Mahathir puts spanner in ‘sedition’ stakes

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Terence Netto

In April 1982, days before the 6th general election, Mohd Asri Muda, the then PAS president, was asked about his assessment of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had been in office as the fourth prime minister of the country some nine months.

Asri, himself a shrewd observer of political events and the people who shape them, offered the view that one could predict the behaviour and reaction of the first three prime ministers – Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein, and Hussein Onn.

He said the new man at the helm of the country was going to be different from his predecessors in that he would not be predictable.

The PAS chief was speaking in the immediate aftermath of a rather startling development. (more…)

Hurting someone’s feelings is not a crime

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Sonia Randhawa

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is concerned that the courts sentenced Chow Mun Fai to the maximum jail sentence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

According to reports, the Facebook user had pleaded guilty to making disparaging remarks about Islam through an offensive Hari Raya greeting.

Chow’s remarks on Facebook were undoubtedly crass and insensitive, and constitute a crime under Section 233.

However, the breadth of Section 233 makes it an offence to post offensive content with the intention to “annoy” another person. (more…)

Who’s threatening S’pore’s ‘national security’?

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Tan Wah Piow

How very strange. Despite the billions spent on military hardware to protect the island state, Singapore is apparently so fragile that it has to to ban an internationally acclaimed 70-minute film featuring interviews with exiles in order to “protect the national security and stability of Singapore”.

Before I venture further, allow me to declare my interests. I am one of the six who is featured in Tan Pin Pin’s ‘To Singapore, With Love’; and therefore by implication, is alleged to have undermined the “national security” of Singapore.

My views of past events which led to my exile in London, and my current views on the PAP are already in the public domain. (more…)

Support indigenous rights at UN level, gov’t urged

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JOAS

The government has been urged to support the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous People (WCIP), so as to improve the conditions of Malaysia’s indigenous people.According to Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), the document is currently being drafted and is the result of consultations with the UN General Assembly president from June to August this year.

The outcome document will have an impact on the Sept 22 and 23 UN General Assembly.

It added that it is imperative for Malaysia to support it, in order to fulfill its human rights obligations after adopting the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDrip). (more…)

September 13, 2014

Wan Azizah must act more like PKR president, not Anwar’s wife

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Wan Azizah

Alyaa Alhadjri

For a woman to be seen as “knowing her place” should rightly be taken as an insult to her character but this is not so in the case of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

At least, that was this writer’s personal impression of Wan Azizah during theantdaily’s first (and only) interview while she was preparing to run in the Kajang by-election earlier this year, one that triggered the ongoing crisis in Selangor and once again propelled her into mainstream politics.

While remaining true to her soft-spoken character, Wan Azizah had appeared confident and ready to take on the challenge of becoming the new Selangor menteri besar, as the ‘Kajang Move’ was meant to be. (more…)

Is the return of Mahathirism the antidote for Umno’s dilemma?

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Khoo Kay Peng

It looks like Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reform initiatives are going to take a few more steps backward if the use of Sedition Act against several politicians, activists, reporters and academicians is seen as a reaction against the criticism of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that his government has gone weak on the repeal of the Internal Security Act and the Restricted Residence Act.

It is not a coincidence that some of them, especially law professor Dr Azmi Sharom, were charged with making seditious statements from as far back as 2009. It is unlikely that the charges were made without the knowledge and tacit support of the Prime Minister’s Office. (more…)

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