Khoo Kay Peng
It is too early for leaders and supporters of Pakatan Rakyat to feel overly jubilant over the results of PAS’ latest party elections. Mohamad Sabu had successfully defended his deputy president position against his challenger, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik, with a 98-vote majority or barely 9 per cent of the total votes.
Mohamad, who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, is seen as a strong supporter of PAS’ liaison with both the DAP and PKR. Mat Sabu shares cordial relationships with top leaders of both parties and he is seen as the leader of a pro-Pakatan faction within his party.
Electoral reforms watchdog Bersih urged the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to consider ordering the Election Commission leadership to step down since they have lost public confidence.
In a bid to intensify its call for the Election Commission’s (EC) leadership to step down, Bersih 2.0 launched a petition today seeking the Yang di-Pertuan Agong intervene in rectifying the issue.
The petition wants the head of state to consider ordering the seven EC commissioners, who Bersih claim do not enjoy public confidence, as required under the Federal Constitution, to resign. (more…)
The recent call for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to go for the PKR presidency is loaded with political implications for the party election taking place in a few months’ time.
Timing is so important in politics and the Selangor Mentri Besar’s timing has been way out. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is still battling the political storm kicked up by the sensational jump in salaries for the Selangor assemblymen.
The general election is almost six months behind us where the narratives of Malaysian politics have been defined.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) may have won the popular vote in the last election, leading some to believe that the opposition coalition is owed a moral mandate. However, under a first-past-the-post electoral system, the game is about winning seats, not aggregate votes.
PAS has ruled Kelantan for many years in the social and cultural contexts of the state and has shown it understands the aspirations of the Kelantanese. (more…)
Who are we to judge? People make mistakes. If we could measure the amount of mistakes committed by people, I believe the number would be infinity. But that is not the point, the argument always on what is the damage caused by the mistake.
I have committed many mistakes that I wish I could go back in time to fix it. But life does not work that way, our existence continues on the very mistake we always wish we have not done in the first place. (more…)
The bad economists present their errors/fallacies to the people better than the good economists present their logic and truths.
Almost everything we do involves economics. Why do people have to earn a living? Why do people have to buy and sell? Why do some people like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale earn more than cashiers or cleaners? What determines the price of a Pizza, or Mee Kolok? Whenever people have to deal with money or prices, people are talking about economics. (more…)
The government tries to cover the fact that it is broke but all its explanations are flimsy and faulty.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has recently mentioned that GST (Goods and Services Tax) was a more equitable taxation system and the additional revenue would allow the government to finance future developments.
He also said that the current taxation system was not efficient as only 1.34 million workers out of 14 million workers paid income tax.
This picture taken last month shows banners proclaiming dissatisfaction with the Baram dam project.
Sarawak is bullying its indigenous people with a compensation package that has been called “a joke” for those who have been displaced by a dam project in Malaysia’s largest state, an activist told The Malaysian Insider.
Peter Kallang, chairman of Save Sarawak Rivers, trashed the package which Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said “is probably among the best in the world”. (more…)
The three women in London who were imprisoned as slaves have much in common with the Malaysian rakyat. Their escape plan was hatched in secrecy but their story, which is slowly unfolding, has shocked the world. It is doubtful if many Malaysians realise the similarities between themselves and these three women.
For the past 30 years, the women were forced to serve a married couple from India and Tanzania. The oldest woman was a 69-year-old Malaysian who was denied medical treatment when she suffered a stroke, another was a 59-year-old Irish woman, and the youngest was a 30-year-old, who grew up in this family. (more…)
Sin Chew Daily
Following the hike of petrol and diesel prices recently, white sugar subsidies have been removed and the 6% GST is to be implemented from 2015. Besides, electricity tariff will also be increased by 5% to 10% from early next year although the actual margin is yet to be decided by the Cabinet.
Before we can even become a high income country, we have to first bear the brunt of skyrocketing prices. (more…)
No, I am not asking if celebrating the quintessentially American celebration is halal or haram for Muslims. There is no question of the importance, the value, and the beauty of this secular day of remembering a day of showing the year’s gratitude, albeit the contentious history of it. The only question is whether to pardon or not to pardon a turkey.
No, I have been thinking of what fatwas are right till today: Thanksgiving Day. I have been coming up with tens of my “personal fatwas” for own consumption after thinking that many of the fatwas I have come across, produced even by “Islamic clerics and scholars” do not make sense nor appeal to my critical sensibility. I hope to produce more. See here for samples. (more…)
Malaysians must wonder why Aishah is considered safe but Chin Peng’s ashes are deemed a national threat
Two people with a shared ideology – communism. Both Malaysians, both radicals. Both have spent the past 30 years living outside Malaysia. Both were educated locally, one at the Methodist run Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) in Perak, the other at the Tengku Khursiah College in Negri Sembilan.
One became a leader albeit of a banned organisation and disappeared into the Malayan jungle, whilst the other disappeared into the back-streets of London into oblivion. (more…)
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) is deeply troubled to read statements made by the former Election Commission (EC) chair, Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, upon publicly declaring his membership in Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa).
According to news reports, during his time in the Election Commission as secretary and chairperson, three redelineation exercises “ensured Malays remained in power”.
Rashid further stated, “We did it in a proper way. Not illegally. The people who lost in the past general elections claimed that we did it wrong. But if we did, how did Barisan Nasional lose to the opposition in Kelantan, Penang and Selangor?” (more…)
Meanwhile the membership of the 108 who announced their resignation from PKR Saratok is ‘suspect’ said Sarawak party chief Baru Bian.
The recent announcements of 108 allegedly Sarawak PKR members quiting the party to join Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) is not a reflection of ’trouble’ within, said its Krian assemblyman Ali Biju.
Ali said none of the those who left held any significant positions in the party at divisional level. (more…)
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (right) should remember that many people in his state are struggling under a mountain of household debt and are lucky if they get a 10% salary hike a year, which is way below that of the Selangor assemblymen.
When lawmakers vote to reward themselves with more pay, what message does that give to the electorate, especially when the state government has been frugal with money in the past five years? (more…)
In recent years, Putrajaya and the Church have been at loggerheads over several issues, the most contentious of this being the right to use the term ‘Allah’.
The issue, which saw the fire-bombing of several churches, was later brought before the court, which eventually decided in favour of the government.
In a statement released today, Sabah Council of Churches president Bishop Thomas Tsen urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to urgently rein in extremism. (more…)
One thing is clear now. It has become increasingly difficult for many in Sabah and Sarawak to comprehend the political stonewalling of the effort to review the current status of the two Borneo states with respect to the Malaysia Agreement.
There is a general consensus among them that this reluctance to debate the matter will not do the people and nation any good in the long run.
Thus far, efforts to raise the matter in parliament and the Sarawak Legislative Assembly have not been fruitful as the emergency motions to review the 50-year-old agreement have been dismissed on the ground that they were “not urgent”.
He said Sarawak ‘enjoyed’ autonomy in culture, politics and economy and the question of whether or not “we can stand alone as a country should not arise”.
Sarawak’s position in the federation of Malaysia is a stale, old issue that is needless to be questioned anymore, says Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.
He said most of the conditions set during the process of forming Malaysia 50 years ago had been met and proven by the development achieved by the state all this while. (more…)
The state government’s perimeter survey exercise of native customary rights (NCR) land will only be carried out on temuda (farmed land).
Confirming this, Special Functions Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem told the Assembly that he was aware of complaints by some quarters against this.
“That is true and it is consistent with the decision of the Federal Court that only land which has been cultivated and occupied continuously is NCR land. (more…)
Ignoring a federal minister’s call not to discuss the Malaysia Agreement, a BN member has accepted a challenge to debate the issue on social media.
A senior council member of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) party has agreed to an open debate with self-professed Sarawak nationalist groups on the formation of Malaysia despite a warning by a federal level deputy minister not to do so.
PBB supreme council member Idris Buang has accepted a social media open debate challenge made to him by several Facebook groups on the suggestion that Sarawak and Sabah should pull of Malaysia. (more…)
Let’s keep our emotions intact. Remember, history has shown ineffectual leaders eventually get hurled out of their positions. There is no possibility for injustice to prevail longer than it should.
However, sometimes with these injustices, new leaders learn what it requires to be honest and to be known as an ethical leader.
Prime Minister Najib Razak and his team has set a new benchmark for a government that is corrupt, wasteful and arrogant. They have shown a well-etched portrait of a poorly run and lackadaisical government. (more…)
The Star Online
Native customary rights (NCR) land came under scrutiny in the Assembly, with the Government and Opposition at odds over its definition.
Special Functions Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem reiterated the government’s position that NCR land was confined to temuda, or farmed land.
He said the government respected and followed the Federal Court judgement in the case of Bisi Jinggot in July this year, which decided that NCR could be acquired by two modes, namely clearing untitled virgin jungle to create temuda and the other by receiving the temuda as a gift or inheritance.
Millions of Malaysians have spent their entire lives in the captivity of Umno-Baru and the Barisan Nasional (BN), and they do not know any other type of government. They are not used to anything different, so they would be confused if they were given the smallest amount of extra freedom.
Enslaved Malaysians only accept things which are familiar. Just imagine how difficult it is for them to grasp some of the most important aspects of everyday life, such as the rule of law, democracy, human rights and equality.
Bersih says the recent statement by the former EC chairman further damages the commission’s credibility in conduction elections.
Bersih 2.0 has reiterated its call to the Election Commission (EC) to stop its redelineation exercise until the electoral rolls have been cleaned and the whole leadership of the EC stepped down.
The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections was responding to a recent report confirming that the former EC chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, has joined Perkasa. (more…)
Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has stepped forward to explain the urgency behind his failed emergency motion in the state legislative assembly last week to discuss Sarawak’s status in Malaysia.
“The most obvious point is the Allah issue (the ruling of the Court of Appeal) and the stand taken by the federal cabinet,” the Kota Sentosa assemblyman told theantdaily.
“That itself is an erosion of our freedom of religion, with respect to not only the Malaysia Agreement but also the 10-point Agreement.
The Borneo Post
State PKR secretary general See Chee How calls on the state government to organise a series of public forums throughout the state to gather the opinions of the public with regards to the Malaysia Agreement.
“It will be useful for the general public to be enlightened on this agreement,” See told The Borneo Post.
He thanked Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Tan Sri Dr James Masing who is Land Development Minister “for reminding” the federal government of the Malaysia Agreement. (more…)
Rainforest dwellers protesting the dam projects Source: SAVE Rivers
In the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo, rainforest dwellers are speaking out against the government’s plans to build twelve mega-dams that would destroy their homes and livelihoods. The indigenous Penan people have occupied several of the building sites. Please voice your opposition to the dams to Swiss multinational ABB:
ABB, a Swiss-Swedish engineering group, has been involved in the construction of several dams in the rainforests of Borneo since 2009. Twelve massive hydroelectric plants are planned in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Together, they would submerge more than 1,600 km² of rainforest.
Malaysia will still face bankruptcy even after the goods and services tax (GST) is implemented if corruption and wastage are not addressed first, Pakatan Rakyat MPs said today.
PKR’s Rafizi Ramli, DAP’s Tony Pua and PAS’s Khalid Samad cautioned that the GST was not a “miracle drug” to fix the nation’s finances.
They were responding to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s statement yesterday that the GST had to be implemented in order to avoid bankruptcy. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic, left) has stood his ground and said that the state government will not pay an extra sen to the 100 Penan families displaced by the Murum hydroelectric dam project.
Describing their cash demands as “outrageous”, Taib said the government will not budge and pointed out that the demands “would be rejected anywhere in the world”.
The 100 Penan families, who have set up a blockade on the access road to the dam site, are demanding RM500,000 compensation for each family while the state government is only prepared to pay RM15,000 per family. (more…)
Khoo Kay Peng
If Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is planning to conduct a cabinet reshuffle by year-end and after the conclusion of the MCA party elections, he should give priority to those who understand the importance of perception and public relations.
Najib’s legacy is not going to be determined by just how well he can survive as Umno’s president. His legacy is going to be measured by how successful he can regain the support of urban folks. They are going to be the barometer that helps to measure Najib’s performance as the prime minister and the head of his administration.
Sin Chew Daily
The number of Chinese school students has rapidly surged in recent years while the number of staff members in Chinese independent schools has also increased from 4,530 to 5,176 in eight years. However, these schools are still facing exacerbating teacher shortage problem. This year, they lack 164 teachers.
Teacher shortage and fast turnover are problems and worries commonly faced by Chinese independent schools. And the reasons behind the problems involve the management mechanism of the schools, as well as the welfare of teachers. (more…)
Tan Jooi Long
A grand total of five politicians have been charged with corruption since 2010. That’s right. Just five in four long years.
Ridhuan Tee Abdullah was promoted from lecturer to professor at the National Defence University although repeatedly accused of plagiarism. You heard right. Promoted despite being accused repeatedly.
A total of 565,000 MyKad have been reported lost or stolen. That’s right. Out of that, 165,000 MyKad went missing in the last four years alone.
Analysts have been spewing their take on the GST. But, is this tax a necessity in keeping the country afloat?
The much maligned goods and services tax (GST) is seen as a necessary evil by many experts who do not have to worry about the little dent it will make in their pockets, while they overlook the real implications of such a taxing method on the ordinary folks’ wallet.
One analyst attempting to coax the people into believing that the GST would be the downfall of the ruling party said: “Putrajaya’s contentious plan to roll out a consumption tax system in 2015 could give the opposition the perfect campaign fodder.” (more…)
Senior Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan claims the compensation demanded by the Penans is unreasonable and illogical.
The Sarawak government claims it has “not finalised” the implementation of the Baram project and has urged the communities not to listen to rumours and be unduly worried.
Public Utilities Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said feasibility studies were still underway but no decision have been made. (more…)
The question of what defines Native Customary Rights (NCR) land was hotly debated at the Sarawak legislative assembly today with two of the state’s sharpest legal minds in the state – Minister with Special Functions Tan Sri Adenan Satem and leading NCR land lawyer, Baru Bian (pic) – sparring one another.
Adenan, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s troubleshooter and “fireman” on contentious issues, told the assembly that the government’s position on what is NCR is confined to the “temuda” – land that the natives had cleared, farmed and occupied continuously. (more…)
Lok Wing Kong
Former de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is spot on when he pointed out that Chinese Malaysians pay the most taxes in the country.
But he stopped short in saying that the Chinese Malaysians have been getting the worst deal in the country in many fields, be it education, banking licenses, businesses and more.
Why is this the case? Why does the Government keep on introducing policies that do not benefit non-Malays? (more…)
In the last two general elections, I voted for Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, I campaigned privately and publicly with and for Pakatan. Nonetheless, I am not a member of any party and do not find a need to join one.
Having worked hard to influence and support the realisation of this two-party democracy in Malaysia over the last decade, I now want to move into a more neutral mode because the truth and reality of a two-party system is being evolved and can soon be realised. (more…)
Lisa J. Ariffin
Those who pay to further their studies will value education more than those who receive free scholarships, says minister.
Those who pay to further their studies in tertiary institutions will value education more than those who receive it for free, Deputy Education Minister Mary Yap opined today.
Yap made this statement when disclosing measures taken by the government to overcome the outstanding debt of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) at the moment. (more…)
Alfian ZM Tahir
Prime Minister Najib must come clean in explaining the true financial situation of the country; and not hide behind the GST.
Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli has urged Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to clarify on the country’s financial position, and further described that the government can no longer hide the reality that it was now facing fiscal downfall.
The PKR strategy director then questioned the reversal made by the Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan during yesterday’s parliament session when he said that Malaysia was still stable economically despite Najib mentioning that Malaysia was facing bankruptcy just a day earlier. (more…)
Koon Yew Yin
This should be our policy – history as a non-core, non-compulsory subject with no ulterior political or other agenda or objective or as an elective subject.
The recent policy decision to make history a compulsory pass for SPM students ranks as one of the most ill-conceived and irresponsible measure ever introduced into the Malaysian educational system since we gained our independence.
According to the Second Education Minister Idris Jusoh, the move is an effort toward teaching students to become good citizens. (more…)
Finally, Prime Minister Najib Razak has admitted it. The spectre of bankruptcy does dog Malaysia.
This frightening prospect was first exposed by Minister in the Prime MInister’s Department Idris Jala, who in 2010 had warned that Malaysia could go belly-up by as early as 2019, which ironically is one year ahead of the Umno-BN government’s 2020 deadline for the country to reach ‘developed nation’ status. (more…)
A global coalition of NGOs want image-conscious Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to act immediately and protect victimised Penans.
An international coalition of 29 NGOs are aiming to shame Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak into acting on calls for him to intervene and stop the continued mistreatment of displaced Penans in the Murum hydro-power project site.
US-based The Borneo Project, said it will deliver to Malaysian embassies worldwide signed complaints against the “intimidation, threat, arrest, detention and criminalisation of Penans seeking justice against their forced displacement.” (more…)
If the 2008 general election results had not been a “political tsunami” for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat chief Baru Bian (pic) would probably be teaching the Bible today at the seminary for which he had long planned.
BN’s loss of five states – Selangor, Kelantan, Kedah, Perak and Penang – as well as its two-thirds majority in Parliament, stopped the 55-year-old Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) pastor’s son dead in the tracks, as he took stock of the new political landscape unravelling before him. (more…)
Malaysia should reverse a ban on a Christian newspaper using the word Allah to refer to God, a UN official said today about a decision that fanned religious tension in the mainly Muslim country.
Malaysia’s second highest court ruled in October that the Catholic weekly, Herald, could not use the word Allah to refer to God, in a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension in the majority Muslim country.