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October 15, 2014

Has any Bible been burnt? BN MP scorches critics

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After coming under fire for remaining silent on Putrajaya’s inaction against Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn the Bible, a vexed Sabah BN MP demanded that the opposition cite instances where the holy book was torched.

“During the general election, (the opposition) showed pictures where a vote for BN equals to a burnt Bible, but now look, are there any burnt Bibles?

“Tell me, have any been burnt?” demanded Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan) who interjected when Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Bandar Kuching) was debating the budget speech in Parliament. (more…)

‘Too rich for BR1M, too poor for income tax cuts’

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Mkini

Budget 2015 has reinforced the middle income squeeze as it emphasises the fact that such households will bear the brunt of the goods and services tax (GST), a state-owned think tank says.

Penang Institute said this because, yet again, households earning between RM55,000 and RM100,000 a year are deemed too rich for welfare aid, but barely benefit from income tax cuts.

“Middle income households will neither receive Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia nor benefit much from tax cuts; but will have to pay GST. Consequently, they will end up having less cash – approximately RM708 per annum,” it said. (more…)

Why punish the children, Mr PM?

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Education gap wideningLim Teck Ghee

The unveiling of the latest budget and its aftermath has been notable for two developments, which seem to epitomise the racial bias of Barisan Nasional and the state system which it controls, as well as revealing of the racist character of the country’s major stakeholders.

The first was the disclosure of an allocation of RM50 million each to Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina and Tamil as compared with the allocation of RM450 million to Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (SK).

No doubt, the two mother tongue medium schools have a smaller pupil population than the national school medium and should not have expected to receive the same quantum of funding. (more…)

‘Nancy owes nation an apology’

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The storm surrounding Minister Nancy Shukri will not end until she faces up to reality that neither common sense nor the law can accept her reasons for not charging Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali, said a veteran opposition leader.

“Have Malaysian lawlessness reach a stage where the threat to commit crime, subversion or even terrorism can be justified on the ground of defending the sanctity of any religion or the constitution?” asked DAP’s Lim Kit Siang.

He said the minister, in charge of law, still owed Parliament and the nation a full apology for her “shocking reply and subsequent explanation”. (more…)

Rise of a new ‘ketua umum’ in PKR

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TERENCE NETTO@Mkini

PKR declined the opportunity to bridge the gulf between its factions ahead of a possible jailing of party supremo Anwar Ibrahim, whose Sodomy II appeal is set for hearing at the apex court on Oct 28.

Instead of choosing to unite the party after an embarrassingly dishevelled and long drawn-out internal election process, PKR on Sunday opted to deepen the cleavages within by appointing partisan leaders to key positions.

This myopia would be the more debilitating should Anwar lose his appeal in the Federal Court against his conviction for sodomy at the Court of Appeal last March. (more…)

Agong, heads of state exempted from GST

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Mkini

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the heads of state will exempted from paying the goods and services tax (GST) on all items except petroleum, according to a list gazetted by the government yesterday.

Known as the Goods and Services Tax (Relief) Order 2014, the 42-page document spells out a list of groups and individuals, the goods and services that they may import or purchase without being charged the GST, and the conditions imposed.

This relief is in addition to two other lists gazetted by the government, which list the items that are GST-exempt and items that are zero-rated. (more…)

Kuching MP caught in Bible crossfire

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Chong Chieng Jen300Joe Fernandez

He also lauded the Sarawak government’s firm stand against federal agencies from Peninsula Malaysia making attempts to convert Christians in the state to Islam.

Chong Chieng Jen was interrupted several times by Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs in Parliament on Tues when debating the Budget speech.

Putatan MP Marcus Mojigoh wanted the Opposition to produce proof that the Bible had been burnt. (more…)

Zaid: M’sian leaders fear Muslims becoming clever

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Traveling back more than 2,000 years, former minister Zaid Ibrahim has likened the current situation in Malaysia to Athens, where its rulers condemned Socrates to death for promoting dangerous ideas amongst the youth.

Socrates, he said, was only asking the Athenians to pose questions.

Similarly, he argued that Muslims in Malaysia are not allowed to listen to contrarian views because they might learn to ask questions.

“What pathetic and selfish leaders we have,” he said in a blog posting today. (more…)

October 14, 2014

Borneo Highway’s RM5bil extra for Umno cronies?

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Joseph Tawie

Sarawak DAP sees the cost overrun for the Pan Borneo Highway project by RM5 billion – even before the project kicks off – as funds being reserved for the Umno/BN cronies.”It indicates that a ‘leopard never changes its spots’. Umno remains Umno. Corruption remains corruption, and at the end of the day, it just widens the tax-based collection.

“It means more burden for the rakyat and more taxes for them to pay for the BN’s cronies,” Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen  said when commenting on 2015 budget presented by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak last Friday.

Najib, who is also finance minister, announced when presenting Budget 2015 in Parliament that the Pan Borneo Highway project is estimated to cost RM27 billion. The cost announced in Parliament last year was RM22 billion.

“Why the RM5 billion more when the road has already been shortened by 238km? (more…)

Sarawak’s side of Budget 2015

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Jimmy Adit

There are always two sides to a coin, and in the case of Budget 2015 coin, there is the pros side and there is the cons side.

The pros side is what you see; the cons side needs more than a little effort to see why the budget is not quite what it seems.

Let’s see the pros side first, I mean what is in store for Sarawak.

We now know that RM27 billion has been allocated for the 1,663km Pan-Borneo Highway — 936km in Sarawak and 727km in Sabah. (more…)

Economic growth and survival

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Lim Mun Fah

The national budget is an important report crucial to the national economic plan. It tells us where the government would earn revenues from in the coming year and where it would spend the money.

However, the boring data and economic terms in the eloquent Budget are not easily understood by laymen like you and me.It requires professionals to explain to us before we can fathom the motives behind it.Looking at the views of all parities, the following points are the highlights drawing concerns: it would be the 18th consecutive years to have budget deficit. (more…)

‘Budget shows KJ’s power, may become DPM’

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Mkini

A veteran newsman has outlined the possibility of Khairy Jamaluddin rising up the ranks swiftly to become deputy prime minister.

Referring to the rise in allocation in the 2015 budget for the Youth and Sports Ministry, A Kadir Jasin said this reflected the Umno Youth chief’s growing influence and power.

It was reported that Khairy’s ministry received a whopping RM1 billion compared to RM700 million in the previous budget.

Kadir said should Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak be forced to retire before the next general election, his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and current home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would take over the top two posts. (more…)

Vernacular education caught in BN’s political crossfire

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Cindi Loo

Another day, another war of words between leaders of the same national coalition about vernacular schools, and the people are treated to another endless cycle of tirade that produces mere negativity and no concrete solution.

Petaling Jaya Utara Umno division deputy chief Mohamad Azli Mohamed Saad kick-started this latest round with a comment that appeared in Utusan Malaysia, and put forward the idea that vernacular schools should be discussed in the party’s general assembly next month.

He suggested that the concept of vernacular schools should be placed under the government or be abolished as it is not conducive to national unity, and that there are opposition elements involved that could cultivate anti-establishment feelings. (more…)

‘IGP, AG come clean on meet with Malay leaders’

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Anjulie Ngan

Anti-Sedition Act movement Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) has demanded the Attorney General (AG) Gani Patail and Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar to come clean.It requests they explain to the public the meeting with 60 Malay leaders, including heads of Umno divisions, on Aug 14.

 “According to Suaram’s documentation, only six cases of investigation and four cases of prosecution (under the Sedition Act) pre-dated the meeting.
“The spike of cases of investigation and prosecution raises questions and concerns whether the AG and IGP are now acting as political tools of Umno division leaders,” said GHAH spokesperson Yap Swee Seng, of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram).

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‘Nancy Shukri should quit as de facto law minister’

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Joseph Tawie

As criticism against Sarawak MP and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri mounts, Sarawak PKR has urged her to resign from the cabinet as she has failed to protect the rights of Malaysians.

“She was entrusted to protect the rights of Malaysians, but she has now joined the list of ministers who are ministers for the BN and Muslims foremost,” said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian of the defacto law minister.

“I hope that Nancy will try to redeem herself by apologising to all Malaysians for her poor judgment and tender her resignation for failing us,” said Baru who is the Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson. (more…)

Fanaticism begins at home

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JOSH HONG

Terry Jones, the infamous anti-Islam pastor from Florida, was arrested by the American police on Sept 11 last year when he was on his way to burn 2,988 copies of the Quran.

Prior to that, Jones had generated much controversy with his outrageous antics.

Earlier this week, a defiant Jones appeared in a court in Polk County wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘NUKE ISIS’ on it.

That’s his right.

The most important thing is that he has been compelled to face the legal consequences for his Islamophobic behaviour. (more…)

Borneo Oil’s gold mining gambit raises eyebrows

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Ooi Chia Shen

Borneo Oil Bhd’s foray into the oil and gas (O&G) sector has been rather disappointing for the company and its shareholders over the past few years. As such, it comes as no surprise that the company’s latest move into gold mining has yet to win over the sceptics who see it as a high-risk venture that could potentially backfire.

The company’s O&G business, formerly known as Sugarbun Bhd, has been bleeding in recent years and it was somewhat of a surprise that it finally registered a small profit for its latest quarter. Whether it signals a turnaround or is just another false dawn remains to be seen.

Borneo Oil has caught investors’ attention of late as it is undertaking corporate exercises involving par val­ue reduction, private placement and adjustment to its warrant price. (more…)

Rafizi wants Putrajaya to use vehicle tax gains to cover fuel subsidy

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ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Rafizi, speaking at a press conference in Parliament today, wants the Putrajaya to use the revenue from vehicle tax to cover the fuel subsidy, instead of raising the price of RON95 and diesel. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 13, 2014.Rafizi, speaking at a press conference in Parliament today, wants the Putrajaya to use the revenue from vehicle tax to cover the fuel subsidy, instead of raising the price of RON95 and diesel.

PKR’s Rafizi Ramli has taken Putrajaya to task for hiking up the fuel price by 20 sen recently despite collecting more than RM17 billion in numerous types of vehicle taxes, which is more than enough to offset the fuel subsidy.

He said Putrajaya was trying to tell the public that the fuel subsidies were such a burden to its finances that it had to remove them to increase its income.

“It’s as if the government is saying that it has to take the money from elsewhere and subsidise fuel for the people. (more…)

Rosmah and her RM711 million budget

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Rosmah PermataFMT Reporters

Deputy Finance Minister slams PKR for falsehoods regarding budget allocation for Rosmah’s Permata NGO.

Speaking in defence of the PM’s wife Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan vehemently denied that Rosmah benefitted in any way from the budget allocation of RM711 million to Permata.

“Rosmah did not get a single sen from Permata,” Ahmad said in parliament today.

He added that the RM711 million allocation was also inaccurate as the money was intended for all pre-school education programmes and Permata only received a portion of that sum. (more…)

Najib, are you a prime minister for all Malaysians?

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Najib (centre) during his address at the MCA annual general assembly on Oct 12

Ng Kee Seng

Is Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak a prime minister for all Malaysians or only for Barisan Nasional, Umno and himself?

All peace-loving Malaysians are baffled and shocked by what Najib uttered at the MCA annual general assembly on Sunday.
For racial and religious bigots to utter what he said is expected. But from a prime minister?
Najib told the Chinese community not to make demands if they were not with BN is both disgusting and disrespectful to freedom of speech, choice and the federal constitution.

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Ibrahim: Bible-burning call only for Muslim parents

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Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali has defended his statement calling on Muslims to burn the Bible, by saying that it was only directed to Muslim parents whose children were allegedly given the holy book.

“When a reporter asked me of Perkasa’s stand (on the alleged Bible distribution at a school in Penang), I suggested that move (to seize and burn the Bible) so that the children will not be confused and their faith undermined.

“I was only referring to the Bahasa Malaysia bible which has the word ‘Allah’ in it, which was distributed at the school. I was not referring to all bibles,” he was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia today. (more…)

October 13, 2014

Play ball or save credibility, ex-law minister Zaid tells Nancy

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Former cabinet member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim says de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri has been given the unpleasant task of explaining why Putrajaya will not act against Datuk Ibrahim Ali. The latter had called for the burning of Malay Bibles containing the word 'Allah'. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 11, 2014.TMI

De facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri was given the task of making unpopular statements on behalf of the government, and she did so in order to remain a minister, former cabinet member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who resigned from government on principle, said in his latest blog post.

Nancy, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, was not entirely to blame for her statement explaining why Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali was not charged for threatening to burn Malay Bibles, but she was also “playing ball”, said Zaid, a former de facto law minister in the Barisan Nasional government.

“She wants to remain a minister and she is prepared to play ball, and to do what is asked of her. (more…)

Lessons that Nancy Shukri is teaching Malaysians

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De facto law minister Nancy Shukri says her statement on why the Attorney-General Chambers will not prosecute Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali over his threat to burn Malay Bibles has been taken out of context. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 10, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

De facto law minister Nancy Shukri says her statement on why the Attorney-General Chambers will not prosecute Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali over his threat to burn Malay Bibles has been taken out of context.Yes, no one should get angry with Nancy Shukri for the written parliamentary reply for the lack of action against Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn Malay Bibles.

It was not her decision. Her job as the de facto law minister is merely to answer questions related to law, some of which are directed at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

But here’s what we can learn from the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in her statement last night over the outrage caused Putrajaya’s decision not to prosecute Ibrahim. (more…)

Do we still need a race-based budget?

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Ramon Navaratnam300James Sivalingam

A prominent economist says Budget 2015 was crafted to make everyone happy, but falls short on addressing structural economic issues.

Economist Ramon Navaratnam believes Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak tries too hard to give Malaysia a people-friendly budget and does it at the expense of addressing key structural economic issues.

Navaratnam, a former Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance, said in an interview with FMT that Budget 2015′s emphasis on Malay and Bumiputera policies, in particular, was no longer necessary now that Malaysia was moving towards developed nation status. (more…)

Nancy Shukri’s conscience on Article 11(4)

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Ravinder Singh

Nancy Shukri can’t be so naïve as not to know that no Malaysian laws permit any individual to defend his religion by encouraging people to burn the holy books of other religions. So for her to defend such a call by the president of Perkasa is outrageous to say the least.

She confounds the outrageousness by stating that the spirit of Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution allows for this.

Are we supposed to believe her just because she speaks with ministerial authority? Are we being told that ministers are infallible and must not be questioned? (more…)

National Budget neglects Sarawak

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sarawakJoe Fernandez

Kuching MP Chong says it is a very unhealthy lopsided Budget

The Democratic Action Party Sarawak (DAP) sees Budget 2015 neglecting the development agenda, continuing to leave Sarawak in the doldrums, while at the same time pampering the bloated civil service and underlining that political power would remain over-centralized.

“Only RM 50.5 billion, or 18.4 per cent, of the 2015 Budget goes for development expenditure,” said Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen. “This is a very unhealthy lopsided Budget.” (more…)

Who are the bullies and who are the bullied?

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UMNO ISMA PERKASAKoon Yew Yin

Only an independent study will put the issue of Malays bullied by non-Malays or vice-versa to rest for good.

Not satisfied with labelling the non-Malays, especially Chinese, as “intruders” brought over by the British to oppress the Malays, Isma is now putting forward the argument that Malays have been subjected to bullying by non-Malays since the colonial period and that the bullying continues today.

“Who are the bullied and who are the bullies” is a question asked by Mohd Zul Fahmi, a self annointed analyst of the country’s history and constitution who, just like his Isma colleague, Abdullah Zaik Abd. Rahman, is blaming all the ills of the country and the problems of the Malay/Muslim community on the non-Malays. (more…)

October 12, 2014

Resign to redeem yourself, Sarawak PKR tells Nancy Shukri

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Law minister Nancy Shukri should resign from the Cabinet for exercising poor judgement in letting through a parliamentary reply that regarded Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn Malay bibles as a defence of Islam, Sarawak PKR said today.

Its chief Baru Bian (pic) said Nancy, a minister in the Prime Minister’s Deparmtment should “redeem herself” this way, adding that she should also apologise to all Malaysians.

“An elected representative who chooses not to engage her mind in basic critical analysis of what is right and decent, and instead allows herself to be a used as an apologist for pathetic religious extremists does not deserve to hold office as a minister,” Baru said.

Baru, a lawyer, said that Nancy was now perceived to be defending extremists, referring to Ibrahim who is Perkasa president. (more…)

What Chinese schools mean to Sarawak

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Jimmy Adit

It looks like the Umno-led government of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is under increasing pressure from inside forces that keep piling up new issues of national interest over so many unresolved ones.

The ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by other religions other than Islam, the Bible seizures and the host of sedition-related arrests are but the antithesis of 1Malaysia, and as if these are not enough, some Umno guys now want Chinese vernacular schools abolished.

Their reason, Chinese schools are being used by the opposition to breed racial and anti-government sentiments. (more…)

Budget an eyewash, no help to workers, says trade union group

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V. ANBALAGAN

Some seven million private sector workers who earn less than RM3,000 a month are no better off under Budget 2015 as it does not adequately address their financial concerns, the Malaysian Trade Union Congress said today.

Expressing disappointment with the budget proposals tabled by the prime minister yesterday, its secretary-general N.Gopal Kishnam said the umbrella body for trade unions had expected Datuk Seri Najib Razak to advise private sector employers to pay monthly cost of living allowance to workers.

“It was done in the 1970s when Najib’s father Tun Abdul Razak was the prime minister and later, employers absorbed the allowance as part of the salary package,” he told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

Can Adenan stop Umno’s influence in Sarawak?

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Joseph Tawie @Mkini

Can the state Barisan Nasional under Chief Minister Adenan Satem ensure the safety of Sarawakians from the threat of Umno extremism?

This question was posed by Sarawak DAP Youth chief Wong King Wei at a media conference today when commenting on the inability of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri to do anything against Ibrahim Ali who threatened to burn the Malay language Bible.

“Chief Minister Adenan Satem has loudly declared that the state would not allow Umno to come to Sarawak to expand its politics of extremism,” Wong said. (more…)

So, you can break the law in defence of religion? Nancy

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NancyNg Kee Seng

It sure looks like all Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders are “political eunuchs” when it comes to defending the rights of Malaysians.

They not only utter silly feeble statements to justify their continued political presence, they would also not hesitate to justify being discriminated and bullied.

About the most obnoxious statement yet to come from a BN leader to defend racists and religious bigots is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri. (more…)

‘Brace for hard times’ is an understatement for Malaysians!

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Ng Kee Seng

It was revealed in parliament on Oct 7 that some two million Malaysian families survive on less than RM3,000 a month.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar proudly told the Dewan that the country’s average household income may have risen by some 10 per cent in the last five years but there are still two million families living on less than RM3,000 a month.

“Although the (federal) government believes we are on track, it is still not comfortable,” The Star online quoted Wahid as saying in reply to a question from Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim (BN-Kuala Selangor). (more…)

When a minister is just a messenger, not a leader

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Woman under fire... Nancy Shukri's action in submitting a written reply in Parliament, which she claimed was based on information given by the police and the Attorney-General over the Ibrahim Ali bible-burning threat, has been criticised by the opposition as well as NGOs. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 11, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Woman under fire… Nancy Shukri’s action in submitting a written reply in Parliament, which she claimed was based on information given by the police and the Attorney-General over the Ibrahim Ali bible-burning threat, has been criticised by the opposition as well as NGOs.

Cabinet Minister Nancy Shukri gave a written reply in Parliament this week over the government’s inaction on Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn bibles.

It was a written reply because the question by Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak did not make to Question Time when Parliament convened this week. (more…)

Nancy tries to douse fire over Bible-burning row

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri has hit back at her critics for supposedly condoning Perkasa’s urging last year to burn the Malay language Bible.

“I never said that. You better check your facts before making such remark,” she tweeted today to former deputy minister Saifuddin Abdullah and Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang.

Tan tweeted two days ago: “I just can’t believe a minister would claim there is nothing wrong with a threat to burn Bibles with the word ‘Allah’, because it is merely defending Islam.” (more…)

Struggling grads told to ikat perut, MPs look for pay rise

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Shahidan (left)

Hazlan Zakaria

It seems the idea that there is only one Malaysia may be flawed and there is indeed two or even as some would say it 15 Malaysia’s, in standards or even the way things are looked at. Selective sympathy if not prosecution.

While fresh graduates are told to suck it up and reduce spending instead of complaining that starting salaries are not enough amidst higher living costs, a minister defended a proposed pay hike for MPs explaining that he himself has to tighten his belt these days.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim reportedly lamented that looking after a constituency is not cheap and amidst rising costs, compensation for elected representatives should be hiked up or risk tripping them from doing their duties. (more…)

More for spying than fighting crime in budget

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Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim has criticised the government’s growing budget for the police Special Branch (SB), which among others conducts surveillance on the opposition instead of fighting crime.

According to the Federal Expenditure Estimate 2015 (FEE), Sim said, the budget for the SB swelled by 12 percent or RM47 million while the Criminal Investigation Department’s budget only grew by 2.5 percent or RM13.1 million.

“The SB, which is often criticised as a political unit of the police that spies on members and supporters of the opposition, is given much more focus than the CID, which is the unit for combatting crime,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Bishop: Ibrahim Ali crossed a red line

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Catholic bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing said Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn Malay-language bibles containing the term ‘Allah’ had crossed a red line and the government’s refusal to hold the Perkasa chief to account had shot its cases of sedition against other putative transgressors to pieces.“Sedition as I understand it is an incitement to something violent and disruptive of peace,” said the head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese.

“Threatening to burn the sacred scripture of religions is as incendiary a call as you could get in multi-religious country,” argued the Jesuit-trained prelate.

“The government’s explanation that Ibrahim had given vent to that incitement in defence of Islam is warped logic. You don’t defend your religion by urging that the sacred books of others ought to be consigned to the flames,” he expatiated. (more…)

Real obstacle to national unity – Ketuanan Umno

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WONG CHIN HUAT

The greatest obstacle to national unity in Malaysia is not the existence of various linguistic streams of schools, but Umno’s ‘one-party state’ mentality, which might be called Ketuanan Umno.

This mentality leads some Umno leaders to equate their party to the nation, seeing opposition to or even criticism of the Umno/BN government as disloyalty to the country, and democratic choices as manifestation of national disunity.

If in the past, Chinese schools get attacked vaguely for undermining national unity, this time its “crime” was made plain and simple by Umno’s Petaling Jaya Utara deputy division chief Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad: promoting “racism and anti-establishment sentiments.” (more…)

When pigs walked upright, wore clothes and…flew

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Haris Ibrahim

No criminal action against Ibrahim Ali for calling on Muslims to seize and burn copies of the Holy Bible.

No action against Federal Territories Umno Youth chief, Mohd Razlan Muhammad Rafii, for threatening to burn down the DAP headquarters

No action against Petaling Jaya Utara Umno deputy division chief, Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad, for demanding that all vernacular schools be closed.

All this no-action business takes me back some 37 years to my English Literature class. (more…)

October 11, 2014

Budget 2015 at a glance

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on 10-10-2014 unveiled details of Budget 2015 ahead of what is expected to be a tougher year for ordinary Malaysians.

The budget comes amid further subsidy cuts on petrol and diesel at the beginning of this month and the anticipated implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will come into force next April.

Najib, who is also finance minister, arrived in Parliament in an orange baju Melayu and began addressing the house at 4.05pm.

“This is my sixth budget since I assumed leadership of the administration, and the country’s 56th budget. The 2015 Budget completes the ten Malaysia Plans,” starts the PM. (more…)

Budget 2015 fails to address billion-ringgit leakages, says Anwar

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Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Budget 2015 contains the same announcements as previous budgets. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, October 10, 2014.ANISAH SHUKRY AND ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Budget 2015 contains the same announcements as previous budgets.

Budget 2015 failed to address the billions of ringgit in leakages by the government, opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, adding that this would have a dangerous effect on the economy as the public grappled with rising living costs.

Instead, Budget 2015 was peppered with the same announcements that had been repeated for the past six to seven years, said the de facto PKR chief.

“As usual, this budget repeated several earlier announcements. Like the pan-Borneo highway, that (has been repeated) for six or seven years,” said Anwar when met at the Parliament lobby today. (more…)

Nearly half a century of failure in understanding “simple-minded” Penans

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(Right): Alfred JabuJimmy Adit

Did you know that every time a minister or the local YB visited their areas, the Penans would set up blockades to their settlements?

“Setting up blockades will not help their cause. How will the government develop their areas if blockades are set up everywhere?” asked Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu last week.

The Penans have been warned they will be left behind if they continue to run away from the government.

Of course Jabu knows the “simple-minded” Penans are just innocent victims of instigation, which is why “the government does not blame them”. (more…)

‘Islam isn’t defended with threats to burn Bible’

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Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim slammed the authorities today for defending Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn the Bible by claiming that it was meant to defend Islam.

Anwar stressed that Islam would never condone any such behaviour.

“It is just, I should say, the Umno position or the minister’s position. It (burning the Bible) has never been condoned or tolerated (in Islam).

“In fact, my understanding of Islam is we must respect all religious beliefs and of course, religious texts,” he told journalists at the Parliament lobby this morning. (more…)

Nancy’s answer is unconstitutional

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STEPHEN NG

No matter how Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri wriggles herself about, trying to explain the attorney-general’s decision not to prosecute Ibrahim Ali over the threat to burn the Bible, Nancy’s official answer to Parliament in writing simply shows her lack of credibility as a cabinet minister.

What is worse is that her answer is, in fact, unconstitutional and lacking in substance.

At worse, it is nothing but a ‘Talk Down Your Throat’ or just another whitewashing of the long list of ‘sins’ committed by the Barisan Nasional government. (more…)

Bersih against new seats, not under current rules

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Increasing the number of parliamentary and state assembly seats by the Election Commission in its current re-delineation exercise, which is expected to come soon, will go against the people’s interests, says the coalition for electoral reform, Bersih.

“There are huge ramifications to this, from facilitating more gerrymandering and malapportionment to undermining parliamentary efficiency and further burdening the national budget in terms of salaries and other perks for elected representatives.

“Each time the seats increase, it is actually the BN that will get the landslide victory. We do not want that political agenda to happen again this time, ” Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah told a press conference in Petaling Jaya today. (more…)

Dismissal of ‘burn Bible’ urging angers Christians

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The Christian Federation of Malaysia has expressed “outrage” over the government’s announcement that a threat to burn the Bible is not a crime as it was in defence of Islam.

In a strongly-worded statement, CFM chairperson Eu Hong Seng (below, right) said the move gives a “carte blanche or free rein” to Muslim extremists to continue issuing such threats, either to Christians or followers of any other religion.

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said in a written reply to Parliament said that Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali will not be prosecuted for calling on Muslims to “seize” and “burn” the Malay-language Bible. (more…)

Fuel subsidy cut: A viable solution or desperate measure?

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Khoo Kay Peng 

It is odd that the federal government suddenly announced a 20 sen increase to RON95 and diesel prices on Oct 2 as global oil prices were at their lowest in three years. The announcement was made abruptly. Previous increases or subsidy cuts were made after earlier reminders were given to consumers.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak defended his move to cut subsidies by rationalising that it is for the economic wellbeing of the nation in the long run. He revealed that the subsidies for petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas were about RM24 billion last year.

He added that without the reduction of subsidies the government might not have enough funds to cover expenses, including salaries and allowances. He lamented that the subsidies are supposed to benefit the people but foreign tourists and workers, illegal immigrants and also the rich are enjoying it as well. (more…)

Christians say not prosecuting Ibrahim Ali gives carte blanche to extremists

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Ibrahim Ali had called for copies of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia, using the word ‘Allah’ to be burned. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 9, 2014.TMI

Ibrahim Ali had called for copies of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia, using the word ‘Allah’ to be burned.

Malaysia’s main Christian group today expressed outrage over Putrajaya’s inaction to prosecute Datuk Ibrahim Ali for his threat to burn Bibles, saying it gave carte blanche to extremists to threaten Christianity and other religions.

“The Christian Federation of Malaysia on behalf of Christians in Malaysia is outraged at the fact that threats to burn our Holy Bible are considered an act in defence of Islam.

“The CFM feels strongly that this position is irresponsible as it gives carte blanche or free rein to other extremists to do likewise, not just to Christians but to any other religious community that is not Muslim,” the CFM said in a statement today. (more…)

Urgent reforms needed to improve ‘rubber stamp’ Parliament

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Surendran (right)
Alyaa Alhadjri

“If you don’t see each other, you will miss each other. But when you do see each other, you fight!,” my mother said this morning, while staring forlornly at the two shiny red and blue fighting fish swimming in their bowls, fins aflare.

And just like the fishes separated by a white card in between two bowls, Padang Serai MP N Surendran may similarly miss (rindu) ‘fighting’ with Barisan Nasional (BN) parliamentarians as the Dewan Rakyat convenes its final session for this year.
The mere sight of an ‘opponent’ (or a potential mate) will cause the fishes to flare its fins in agitation but they must be in the same container to start attacking one another.

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