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August 11, 2014

Anti-dam protesters dig in at blockades as leave deadline passes

Natives protesting against the Baram dam and manning the blockade at Long Kesseh rest outside their quarters during a break in their watch. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 7, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Natives protesting against the Baram dam and manning the blockade at Long Kesseh rest outside their quarters during a break in their watch.

Natives protesting against the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam have begun to fortify their positions at the blockades they set up to thwart its construction as the deadline for them to leave the area lapsed on Sunday.

Despite rumours that “the police and forest officers are coming” to dismantle the blockades, the number of people manning it has reportedly increased tenfold from the usual 10 to more than 100.

“We are not in favour of violence but we will do all it takes to defend our land,” Peter Kallang, chairman of Save Sarawak Rivers Network, or known as Save Rivers, told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

In Islamic activism rethink, violence or democracy?

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Amika Wardana

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), what is now self-proclaimed as the Islamic State (IS), has sparked wide public attention, particularly after the release of a video that went viral on the Internet calling on Indonesian jihadists and sympathizers to join the cause.

For Muslim activists in Indonesia the recent development ignites a contemporary dilemma related to their strategies to achieve the goal to (re-)Islamise society. They will be forced to choose between exercising violence, both physical and psychological, as successfully exemplified, at least temporary, by Isil, or adopting a democratic way through participation in the country’s political system, which has given them rather unsatisfying results so far — at least since the 1998 reforms. (more…)

When even RM12,000 a month isn’t enough to get by in Malaysia

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A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, December 29, 2013.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER TEAM

A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner.

How much does it take to have a decent life in Malaysia? That has been the top question in the country in the past few years and a greater concern in 2014 as electricity rates and transport costs go up and subsidies go down.

While Putrajaya talks up proposals to help the people mitigate rising prices with cost of living labs and possibly even more targeted subsidies, most Malaysians are looking at the prospect of expenditure exceeding their monthly salaries.

One of them is Caroline Wong, who believes her combined household income of RM12,000 is not enough to sustain a living in Penang, famed for its beaches as much as it electronics manufacturing sector. (more…)

August 10, 2014

Don’t expect sacked Khalid to go down without a fight

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Hazlan Zakaria

The Selangor MB saga took another dramatic turn today when the PKR leadership council sacked Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from the party.

News portals started reporting news of Khalid’s sacking at about 6pm just as the PKR meeting ended.

So why was Khalid sacked? Because he refused to step down as the state’s chief executive officer, as the top reasoning went.

The decision to sack the MB was said to be unanimous after the three-hour meeting which was attended by all members of the party’s leadership council except Khalid. (more…)

Keep sultan out, let state reps decide

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WONG CHIN HUAT

In resolving any crisis, we must bear in mind the bigger picture so that we will not create a bigger crisis in resolving a smaller one. We must understand how the system works and not to miss the wood for the trees because of our indulgence in technicalities.

In the brewing Selangor MB crisis, we must then ask: what is our political system? What should we aim to protect in resolving the crisis, as institutions should not be simply bended just to keep or sack a person.

The answer to the first question is that we are a parliamentarian system by virtue of being a constitutional monarchy. The answers to the second question then become very clear too: (more…)

Over 3,000 Punans without clean water

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A total of 161 Punan families, comprising over 3,000 villagers, at Punan Bah, Belaga have been without clean water for consumption and domestic use for two weeks.

The village is located about two and half hours by express boat from here.

“Two weeks now since the end of July, not even a drop of rain and our gravity feed water pipe is all dried up. We are facing a very severe and acute crisis of no clean water for consumption as well as domestic purposes like bathing and cooking,” said Kapit District Council Councillor Melai Alang, who resides in Punan Bah. (more…)

August 9, 2014

Sarawak PKR worries over Selangor MB crisis

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR members and supporters are concerned that the controversy surrounding Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim may have a bearing on the performance of Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat in the coming state election.

Their concerns have been conveyed to state PKR chief Baru Bian (right).

Said a PKR divisional leader who did not wish to be named: “The people are getting fed-up with the internal bickering in PKR and the spats between PKR and its partner PAS.

“Some are even angry with what is going on as they have high hopes Pakatan will one day form the federal government. (more…)

Let Ambiga judge if Khalid is dirty, says Arul

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Mkini

The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) said today that although it took no sides in the Selangor menteri besar tussle, it recommends that PKR lets a neutral party like Pak Samad Said or Ambiga Sreenevasan judge if Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is corrupt.

PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan said with so many versions of the “Kajang Move” being circulated, it was hard for the public to discern whether it was just Khalid being a recalcitrant or indeed there was a power struggle going on within PKR.

“For me, this is an internal power struggle that has now been turned into an issue of bribery and integrity. (more…)

Why East Malaysians are unhappy

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asli sabah bnJoe Fernandez

A scholar says federating with the Malayan Federation has not worked out for the two Borneo states.<

Federating with the Malayan Federation in 1963 has not worked out for Sabah and Sarawak for a number of reasons and is causing much unhappiness in the two Borneo Nations.

This is the thesis statement in a presentation by Monash University lecturer James Chin at the Borneo Research Council Conference in Kota Kinabalu recently.

The 20/18 Points, safeguards for Sabah and Sarawak rights, “did not work out (in practice), causing the people to feel they were cheated”, said Chin. “Even government statistics show the high poverty levels in these states, especially Sabah.” (more…)

Religious leaders must sow seeds of respect and tolerance

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Sonia Ramachandran

At a time when an Islamic religious preacher is asking those of his faith to not even witness celebrations that have become tourism attractions, such as Thaipusam, another Hindu prayer ritual in Malacca has gained international attention.

An amateur video of special prayers held at Sri Pratiyangaraa Devi Sakhti Beddam Temple in Taman Ria, Jasin in Malacca involving a king cobra has gone viral.

On July 29, the video had also reportedly been broadcast by India’s Survana News of Karnataka in its prime time news which was later shared by other TV stations in India. (more…)

Sarawak opposition blamed for BN’s failures

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Dukau Papau

For the past 50 years, the Sarawak BN government has been neglecting development in the state constituency of Ba’Kelalan (N70), which comes under the Lawas parliamentary constituency, even though it has been a BN stronghold.

All BN elected representatives are given allocations to develop their constituencies, but Ba’Kelalan has been neglected despite the people crying for development all this while.

And for these failures, the BN is now blaming the opposition. (more…)

PR has Biblical reminder for BN

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baru bian sarawakWinston Way

Baru Bian would very much like to retire to his village in the highlands and BN could perhaps hasten his departure by implementing certain suggestions he had in mind.

Ba’Kelalan state assemblyman Baru Bian has advised his opponent in the last state election, Nelson Balang Rining, that “man does not live by bread alone” in response to the latter urging voters to return the seat to the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) if they want development in the area.

“There are more important things in life than mere projects and development,” said Baru in referring to principles and the dignity of the people. (more…)

August 8, 2014

Not registering five million new voters worrying

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voting-msiaSteven Choong

The BN administration is dragging its feet in implementing any proper mechanism to register new voters in time for the country’s 14th General Election.

The Election Commission (EC) has just announced that they have received a total of 40,715 applications for registration as voters during the voter registration exercise in the second quarter of this year from April to June.

Of the total, 31,998 applications were for registration of new voters while 8,717 were for a change of address for the voting centre.

The first quarter of 2014 saw only 11,565 new voters registered. (more…)

Who is a good Malaysian woman?

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A digital potrait by J. Redza speaks volumes despite its simplicityJacqueline Ann Surin

A digital potrait by J. Redza speaks volumes despite its simplicity

When I was growing up, I was told many things about what constituted being good. Good girls didn’t shout or whistle in public. Good girls should sit and walk in a particular way. Good girls also did the housework. As a teenager, my parish priest said that because I kissed a boy, I had to do penance by saying 10 decades of the rosary. I imagine that if I had confessed to kissing a girl, the penance would have been much heavier. I was also told that if I was menstruating, I was unclean even if in cathecism, I was told God had made me, and that all good things come from God. (more…)

Politics of smoke and mirrors

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anwar-khalid-kajang-685x320Ishmael Lim

There is method in the Selangor madness.

A foreign observer trying to fathom the workings of Malaysian politics would be hard pressed to understand what is going on right now in the state of Selangor.

You may be forgiven if you thought that state constitutional rules and statute books would provide sufficient sign-posting for the removal of a Menteri Besar, and you would be correct, but only to an extent.

The culture of politics elsewhere may be complex. But in Malaysia, it can be stupefying or downright illogical. People in the know will attest that in all of the chaos and madness, there is order and method. (more…)

Azizah: Stay positive, Pakatan still M’sia’s hope

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Mkini

Stay positive and remember that we represent the people’s hope for change, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail told all Pakatan Rakyat members today.

In a statement addressed to the Pakatan “family”, she urged all politicians to stop bickering and come together to ponder on the aspirations of Malaysians, who gave the opposition parties up to 52 percent of the popular vote in last year’s 13th general election (GE13).

“The people are hoping for a more positive political situation, one that is more progressive, based on values and intelligence. (more…)

August 7, 2014

Rafizi: Removing Khalid worth risk of losing S’gor

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Mkini

PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli has admitted that there is a risk of Pakatan Rakyat losing Selangor should the state face a snap election as a result of the ongoing menteri besar crisis.

However, Rafizi believes that “defending principles is worth losing a government”.

“If we lose the state government, so be it. Because we cannot abuse the trust that the rakyat had given us,” Rafizi  told reporters after a forum held on the issue at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall last night.

During the question-and-answer session, Rafizi explained that it was difficult to change the menteri besar because “out of all the 44 assemblypersons, none (MB candidates) are unanimously accepted by all the parties in the opposition bloc”. (more…)

Time to bury ghost of May 13

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Yeoh Guan Jin

Former senior police officer Datuk Zaman Khan Rahim Khan should be commended for lodging a police report against Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy for allegedly making seditious remarks.

Ramasamy is alleged to have uttered the words: “Don’t just talk. All the time talking about May 13. Bring-lah May 13. This will be the first time the government starts May 13”.

May 13, the date all of us want to forget but will always remember, is taboo in Malaysia. Any reference to this day in our history is met with anger, consternation and even fear of a recurrence.

Unfortunately, it has also become a favourite rallying cry for political leaders, chiefly those from or associated with Umno, out to garner support from the Malay masses. (more…)

Khalid risking the sack from PKR over Selangor MB tussle, says party insider

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V. ANBALAGANTan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who joined PKR in 2006, could now face the sack for disregarding party directive. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 7, 2014.

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is staring at the possibility of being sacked from his party, making it untenable for him to remain as the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB), says a party insider.

He told The Malaysian Insider that PKR’s disciplinary board would investigate allegations against the second-term MB and recommend its findings and the appropriate punishment to the central committee.

“Looking at the present scenario, Khalid is very likely to be sacked from the party for gross insubordination.” the source said about the Port Klang assemblyman and Bandar Tun Razak MP.

“He will still remain the menteri besar, but as an independent. It would cause collateral damage to PAS if the party accepted him into their fold,” he added. (more…)

Deepak seeks to strike out suit by PI Bala’s widow

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Controversial carpet dealer Deepak Jaikishian filed an application in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today to strike out the suit filed by the widow of the late private investigator P Balasubramaniam.

This was confirmed to Malaysiakiniby lawyer Americk Sidhu who is appearing for the widow, A Santamil Selvi, and her three children.

The matter came-up for case management before deputy registrar Norfauzani Mohd Nordin today.

Santamil Selvi and the children filed the RM1.9 million suit on June 11, alleging conspiracy by nine defendants they named for using unlawful means or unlawful acts to cause injury or damage against them and the late Balasubramaniam. (more…)

PKR wants full briefing on Bengoh dam

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Bengoh DamJoe Fernandez

The RM310 million dam project delay is due to payment disputes between the contractor and the JKR, not the Bidayuhs or the Opposition, says PKR.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) wants Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem to call for a full briefing by the various government departments and the contractor involved in the RM310 million dam project in Bengoh, delayed since 2010, “to apportion blame”.

“It is wrong to keep blaming the Bidayuhs or the Opposition for the delay,” said PKR Vice-Chairman See Chee How who is also the legal advisor to some of the affected Orang Asal. (more…)

August 6, 2014

‘Fresh election in Selangor will see end of Pakatan’

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Alyaa Azhar

Pakatan Rakyat will be destroyed if Selangor has to go through a fresh state-level election.

Penang Institute fellow Wong Chin Huat believes this would be the case, not on grounds that the rakyat will vote for the BN, but rather because most people will not be bothered to vote.

“Then you will also have a third party, who will come and split the votes and as such, you will have BN back in power,” Wong (right) said.

He said this at a forum last night on the on-going menteri besar crisis in Selangor, and then went on to cite the 1977 crisis in Kelantan. (more…)

MB crisis will not ruin Pakatan, assures Anwar

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Anwar Ibrahim

Much has been said over the past weeks on the possible break-up of Pakatan Rakyat particularly on account of the friction between PKR and PAS over the choice of Menteri Besar for Selangor.

Let me reiterate my position: Pakatan Rakyat will not break up because of the choice of MB but it can and it will break up if any of its component parties compromises on its core principles, of integrity, transparency and accountability in government.

It was on these principles that Pakatan Rakyat was formed to provide an alternative choice of government for the people, the very principles that the BN government have violated for the past five decades of power. (more…)

Law expert: Sultan needs to call state polls in S’gor

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Constitutional expert Prof Abdul Aziz Bari said today it will be difficult for Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to appoint a new menteri besar for the state on grounds that incumbent Khalid Ibrahim has been accused of integrity issues by his own party members.

Aziz said the sultan risks being accused of “favouring” one of the conflicting parties if he chooses to exercise his discretion to appoint a new government, and thus a state election would be the best way to resolve the problem.

“It is just difficult for the sultan to appoint a new menteri besar in this scenario. It is difficult to see who is having majority support in the House. (more…)

Umno lawyer helped Khalid settle RM67 million debt with Bank Islam, says PKR

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PKR has issued a report with six reasons the party wants Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to quit as Selangor menteri besar, among them the fortuitous settlement of his debt with Bank Islam and his handling of issues such as water rationing and the seizure of Bibles. – TMI pic, August 5, 2014.MD IZWAN

PKR has issued a report with six reasons the party wants Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to quit as Selangor menteri besar, among them the fortuitous settlement of his debt with Bank Islam and his handling of issues such as water rationing and the seizure of Bibles.

The person behind the settlement of Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s RM66.67 million debt with Bank Islam is former Umno lawyer Tan Sri Rashid Manaf, PKR revealed today.

This was mentioned following the release of a report describing six reasons PKR wants Khalid to quit his post as menteri besar of Malaysia’s wealthiest state. (more…)

Tough for PAS if snap polls called in Selangor, says lawmaker

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PAS will face a tough time retaining its seats in Selangor if snap polls are called to resolve the current menteri besar issue. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 5, 2014.DIYANA IBRAHIM

PAS will face a tough time retaining its seats in Selangor if snap polls are called to resolve the current menteri besar issue.

PAS will face a tough time retaining its seats if snap polls are called in Selangor to resolve the current menteri besar issue, said one of the party’s lawmakers.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said such a situation might arise because the Islamist party was now seen as supporting embattled Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to continue helming the country’s richest state. (more…)

We are Malay-Muslims, we are entitled

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Syahredzan Johan

During the holy month, are Malay-Muslims entitled to better rights than others?

So you are fasting. The sun is bearing down on you, your stomach is growling and your throat is parched. It is only 12.30 in the afternoon; you still have hours to go before you may break your fast. All of a sudden, a non-Muslim person appears before you, enjoying an icy cold can of your favourite cola. He looks like he is savouring the cola. You could imagine the sensation of that very same cola filling your throat with diabetes-inducing caffeine goodness. So you flare up. How dare this person drink in front of you? Does he have no respect for the holy month of Ramadhan, to be wantonly quenching his thirst in full view of Muslims? Does he not know that Muslims form the majority of this country and therefore must be respected? (more…)

PKR’s dossier on Khalid no longer a Pakatan issue

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Kua Kia Soong

After PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution’s expose of a 40-page dossier “detailing alleged wrongdoings and questionable practices” of Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the melodrama over the MB’s replacement is now every Malaysian’s business.

It is no longer a Pakatan Rakyat sitcom that seems to drag interminably in the Malaysian media.

First, we demand that the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) start immediate investigations into these alleged questionable practices of the MB by looking into Saifuddin’s 40-page dossier. (more…)

August 5, 2014

Azizah: What’s wrong with me listening to Anwar?

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Mkini

If PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim can act as a consultant for foreign goverments, then why shouldn’t a Selangor menteri besar listen to his advice?

This was PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s argument in response to those who say that if she is appointed Selangor MB, she will only be her husband Anwar’s puppet.

“Some people say I am Anwar’s puppet but Anwar is the advisor and he has all the experience (so) why can’t I listen to him? (more…)

PKR: Azizah is the only one for MB, no one else

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Mkini

PKR insisted today that its president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the one and only candidate to replace Selangor Menteri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and that there is no other alternative.

PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said this in response to reports that party deputy president Azmin Ali or Ijok assemblyperson Idris Ahmad may be a compromise candidate to replace Khalid.

“Azmin Ali was at the political bureau meeting last night and he, too, agreed with the party’s decision to nominate Wan Azizah as the only candidate (to become menteri besar). (more…)

Mujahid: Pakatan still Malaysia’s best option

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Mkini

Mujahid Yusof Rawa believes that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition is still the best platform for the continuation of mature politics.

The PAS Parit Buntar MP also stressed that mature politics is badly needed for change in the country, in the journey leading to new politics.

Admitting, however, that Pakatan has some problems in carrying out this ambition, Mujahid said he could not imagine a Malaysia without Pakatan Rakyat. (more…)

PKR cites ‘integrity issues’ to drop Khalid as MB

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PKR stepped up its push today for the replacement of Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as the Selangor menteri besar, raising suspicions on the integrity of the former corporate figure.

Party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution charged that Khalid’s integrity had “become doubtful” following his RM66 million out-of-court loan settlement with Bank Islam.

Since the settlement earlier this year, reported to be at a “much lower” figure than the actual amount, Saifuddin said, there have been a series of business transactions with a particular company, worth millions of ringgit, that Khalid has not properly explained. (more…)

Causeway toll hike is ‘penny wise, pound foolish’, says Sarawak minister

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Thousands of Malaysians make their way into Singapore daily for work. The recent toll hike announced by Putrajaya has been criticised by both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat politicians. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 4, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Thousands of Malaysians make their way into Singapore daily for work. The recent toll hike announced by Putrajaya has been criticised by both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat politicians.

Putrajaya was not looking at the bigger picture when it decided on the astronomical toll hike at the Johor Causeway, said a Sarawak minister, in questioning the decision that has caused hardship to Malaysians working in Singapore.

Sarawak Land Development Minister, Tan Sri Dr James Masing, said the toll hike by Putrajaya was akin to the saying “penny wise, pound foolish”.

He said the country stands to gain more by giving Malaysians who work in Singapore easy access to the island republic. (more…)

PKR to explain move to oust Khalid to Pakatan leaders

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Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is at the centre of a political storm in the state, following his party's move to oust him. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 4, 2014.  EILEEN NG

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is at the centre of a political storm in the state, following his party’s move to oust him. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 4, 2014.PKR will explain to top Pakatan Rakyat leaders its reasons for removing Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, following the political imbroglio and the fallout from the long-drawn crisis.

The 50-plus-page report, which also addressed questions of the integrity of the two-term MB, will be distributed tomorrow, said PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Among others, the note touched on Khalid’s RM66.67 million debt settlement with Bank Islam, which was settled out of court, as well as sale of land to developer Eco World at below-market rate. (more…)

Sacking of Khalid discussed at PKR meeting

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Abdul Khalid Ibrahim may be sacked as a PKR member if he continues to cling on to his Selangor menteri besar post, a party insider said today.

The possible sacking of Khalid from the party was discussed at the PKR political bureau meeting at its headquarters in Tropicana, Petaling Jaya, last night, the source said.

“Although we see this as one of the ways to make Khalid vacate the post, it will look bad on the party,” the source told Malaysiakini on condition of anonymity. (more…)

August 4, 2014

Can a lone ranger run a government?

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Dr Wong Chin Huat

That really depends on what sport you play.

Boxing vs Football

For football, the epic 7-1 victory of a solid German team over a bunch of Brazilian football stars in the recent World Cup semi-finals is the best case in point. But if you play badminton singles, what team spirit do you really need? You don’t have a team mate to start with.

But even individual sports rely on team, just that we don’t see it. Consider boxing. We only see two boxers fighting in the ring, but behind them there is a substantial support team: trainer, promoter, manager, cutman, second.  http://how-to-box.com/content/building-your-boxing-team (more…)

Is ‘Kiki the road bully’ the victim or a vixen?

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KikiMariam Mokhtar

Viewing the YouTube clip of 30-year-old Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin, also known as Kiki, reacting to her new Peugeot 208 being bumped by Sim Siak Heong, 68, was like watching a bull going at a red rag. In two-and-a-half minutes, Siti did her reputation more damage than was done to her car’s bumper.

As a Muslim, Kiki should have realised that during Ramadhan, Muslims should exercise restraint; instead, Kiki released a tirade after snatching Sim’s car keys, then bashed his car several times with a steering lock.

One pensioner who saw the clip of Kiki said, “Apa guna dia (Siti) puasa kalau maki hamun, tunjuk perangai macam penyamun? Ramadhan, bulan yang maha suci? (What is the point of (Siti) fasting if she is abusive and acts like a bandit.  Ramadhan is the holiest month (in the Islamic calendar))” (more…)

Marina urges concern for all facing oppression, regardless of race, religion

TMIMarina, seen here at a gathering promoting peace and moderation at Bangsar Village in March, wants Malaysians to stand up with her against oppression affecting people of all races and religions, around the world. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 3, 2014.

Social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir has spoken out against the show of support by many Malaysians only for the Palestinian people, while ignoring acts of oppression in other parts of the world, Bernama reported today.

Explaining that Malaysians must be concerned about violence and oppression in the world regardless of religion, race or country, Marina said although what was happening in Gaza now was most saddening, the oppression occurring in other countries should also not be forgotten because humans were the creation of God and all were equally important.

She urged Malaysians to be concerned about the oppression taking place in Palestine, Syria, Sri Lanka and elsewhere based on fundamental rights and humanity and not based on religion or race. (more…)

  Banknote scandal: Gag order to cover up a serious crime?

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Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

As a developed nation, Australia should take the lead in upholding the principles of good governance instead of behaving like other non-developed countries which are adept at clamping down on accountability and transparency.

This was the stance taken by former Transparency International Malaysia president Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam over the multi-million-dollar banknote scandal involving the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) subsidiary companies Securency and Note Printing Australia as reported by whistleblower Wikileaks.

According to Wikileaks, Malaysian, Indonesian and Vietnamese politicians were allegedly involved in the scandal. Three of Malaysia’s previous and current prime ministers were also named. They are Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. (more…)

Khalid should leave like a gentleman

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khalid300V. Thomas

Khalid must realise that despite doing a sterling job in building Selangor’s coffers, he has many black marks in his report card as well.

Khalid Ibrahim should gracefully give up the Selangor Menteri Besar’s (MB) post in order to prevent the unthinkable – a snap election that could effectively end Pakatan’s rule in Selangor, a state it has governed since 2008.

Pakatan has already given Khalid six years (one full term plus one year) to administer Malaysia’s wealthiest state and his name will forever be etched in Selangor’s illustrious list of MBs, who have since Merdeka, developed and transformed the state into what it is today. (more…)

Khalid must step down if he loses his party’s confidence

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Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

Much has been made of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s “innocence” and good management of Selangor by those who are resisting moves to replace him as the menteri besar.

Khalid himself seems adamant at staying on at all costs despite his party PKR having endorsed PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as his replacement.

Although PKR and DAP have decided that Khalid should go in the interests of Pakatan Rakyat, the former corporate player insists on serving out his full term as MB.

Khalid could have been emboldened by expression of support from some PAS leaders and even his fans in Pakatan’s rival, Umno. (more…)

Pakatan at a crossroad

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Lim Sue Goan

It is highly likely for Pakatan Rakyat to repeat its history of separation in 2001. If this were eventually to become a reality, democracy would invariably suffer a major setback in this country.

Although it is not easy to split the opposition pact now that the three component parties have tasted some sweetness of power, a burning point could be all it takes to bring it to knees, and this could be another election (Sarawak state election) that would attest to the fact that the voters are beginning to forsake Pakatan, forcing DAP and PKR to make really painful choices.

Judging from the current situation, it has become a real challenge for Pakatan to woo back the middle voters who are beginning to swing away from it. Among the factors, Pakatan leaders are fast losing their fighting spirit while PAS inches closer towards conservatism and accentuated conflicts among the three parties. (more…)

Baram dam issue could turn ‘messy and explosive’

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Dukau Papau

Save Rivers Network Sarawak warns that the construction of the Baram dam is going to be a very explosive and messy issue if the State government of Sarawak disregards the rights of the native communities, said its chairperson Peter Kallang.

The warning was issued following an ultimatum given by the director of forests that the native customary rights (NCR) landowners of Long Keseh and Na’ah must dismantle the blockade at KM15 Long Keseh, Baram

It was erected to resist the construction of the dam. (more…)

August 3, 2014

Sabah, S’wak want UK inquiry similar to HK

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british_sabah_sarawak_300Joe Fernandez

The British Parliament’s inquiry on Hong Kong has sparked renewed interest in Sabah and Sarawak for a similar one on the Malaysia Agreement.

Sabah and Sarawak activists want the British Parliament to hold an inquiry on the Malaysia Agreement (MA63) signed on July 9, 1963, similar to the one on Hong Kong now, 30 years after the territory was returned to China.

A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report on July 25 stated that the British Parliament had begun an inquiry: “The UK’s relations with Hong Kong: 30 years after the Joint Declaration;” an agreement signed in 1984 between the UK and China for the return of Hong Kong. (more…)

Implement an Anti-Racism Act urgently

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SARAVANAN

Dear Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar
I would like to remind Mr PM and the IGP that Malaysia got independence by the mutual understanding of three races. All three races should be treated equally by the Malaysian government. Tunku Abdul Rahman and Abdul Razak Hussein requested and assured the Reid Commission that the Malay special positions would be implemented “only for 15 years, between 1957 and 1972, and after that all citizens shall be treated with equal status”.

The Umno-led government later manipulated and colluded with the British to make the provisions in Article 153, which govern the Malay special position, which are against the submissions and undertakings of the Reid Commission.

The country’s citizens and the world are watching how every case has been manipulated and delayed to act in favour of one race. Favouring wrongdoers is not a religious act nor constitutional law. (more…)

Khalid Ibrahim the ‘popular’ outsider

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WONG CHIN HUAT

Some interesting questions to ask in the Selangor MB fiasco include: Why is Khalid Ibrahim so popular outside PKR/Pakatan Rakyat and so isolated within PKR/Pakatan? Does his unpopularity within the party contribute to his popularity outside the party?

Is there a public’s deep distrust of political parties which benefits Khalid amongst both some opinion leaders and even ordinary people?

I suspect the answers to the last two questions are affirmative. What we are witnessing may be a legitimacy crisis of political parties amongst the middle ground voters. (more…)

PR looking for alternative candidate for MB post, says source

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Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail may not be replacing Tan Sri Khalid Adul Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor menteri besar after all, a top Pakatan leader said today. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 2, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail may not be replacing Tan Sri Khalid Adul Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor menteri besar after all, a top Pakatan leader said today.

In what is seen as a move to placate all parties in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) over the Selangor menteri besar crisis, efforts are now being made to find an alternative to Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the top post, a top PR leader has revealed.

A PKR candidate has been identified, but he cannot be named until a consensus is reached between the parties in the coalition.

The source told The Malaysian Insider that PKR deputy president Azmin Ali’s name was also brought up but was rejected by most of the PAS leadership. (more…)

Why bother with delineation?

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MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH

Electoral delineation or delimitation in Malaysia is a highly politicised exercise as the end result is about which parties get their political position strengthened or weakened.

One stark example is the result of a 2002 delineation exercise that contributed to Barisan Nasional (BN)’s thumping majority of 199 seats out of 219 seats (90.9 percent) and a popular vote at 63.9 percent. This means BN got 142 percent of their rightful share.

Violation of the ‘one person, one vote, one value’ principle (more…)

Banknote graft injunction to protect senior leaders, says Australian government

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Employees from the Reserve Bank of Australia’s subsidiary companies – Securency and Note Printing Australia – were alleged to have bribed foreign officials in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam from 1999 to 2004 to win banknote printing contracts. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 2, 2014.TMI

A superinjunction obtained by the Australian government in the banknote scandal was the best way to protect senior political figures from disparaging remarks, the Australian embassy in Indonesia said.

In a statement, the embassy said the naming of prominent Southeast Asian leaders in the order last week does not imply any wrongdoing on their part.

“The orders are to prevent publication of information which could suggest the involvement in corruption of senior political figures in the region. (more…)

Pakatan leaders vow to strengthen troubled pact

Mkini

Top Pakatan Rakyat leaders today pledged the strengthen the opposition coalition amid strains within its component parties, which are at odds over whether to replace Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

In a joint statement today, it said the rise of Pakatan was a product of the rakyat’s support and the coalition will work to ensure that its members remain together.

“The spirit of understanding and camaraderie in Pakatan Rakyat is the basis of its strength and integrity to bring political, social and economic change and reform in this beloved country. (more…)

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