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August 6, 2014

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…)

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…)

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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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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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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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…)

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…)

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…)

  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

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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…)

Avoidably bitter footnote to Karpal’s legacy

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TERENCE NETTO

Karpal Singh Deo has been dead for three and half months now, his passing lamented in a plethora of encomiums to his career and eulogies on his life. All justified of course.

The advocacy of the ‘Tiger of Jelutong’ in a court of law and in the premier arena of the country – Parliament – is said to be sorely missed by hypothetical clients questing after justice and legions of citizens hungering for an egalitarian Malaysia.

But there’s this bit of wisdom about the devil being in the details that now comes to spoil things, including the Deo legacy which underwent an understandable amount of posthumous inflation by reason of the tragic circumstances of his passing and the void it is said to have left in the Malaysian opposition’s advocacy of exigent causes. (more…)

Never a dull day in Pakatan’s trial by fire

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khalid_azizah_300Ishmael Lim

The chaos in Selangor is keeping the nation waiting with bated breath as PAS decides the fate of Pakatan and the future of Selangorians.

A lot can be said about Malaysian politics. Dramatic, hypocritical, dishonest and dirty are adjectives that instantly spring to mind, but what it surely isn’t is `dull’.

Selangor watchers have been on tenterhooks since de-facto PR leader Anwar Ibrahim, proposed the candidacy of Dr.Wan Azizah to replace incumbent Menteri Besar (MB), Khalid Ibrahim.

Nothing sinister in this since Wan Azizah is the president of PKR, and state assemblywoman for Kajang, which makes her eligible. But let us not forget that she is also the wife of Anwar. (more…)

How we will be doomed as a nation

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DR AZLY RAHMAN

Over this Ramadan I had these thoughts on local and global events unfolding:

If we do not come together, look at ourselves, where we came from as a people, what we have become, and where we want to go.

Within the last few years we have been experiencing unusual phenomena pointing out to social, political, and religious turmoil – all these exacerbated and sped up and even made viral by high-speed cybernetic technologies. These phenomena take on a truly global and globalising character, thrusting this one ‘pastoral, peaceful, and pristine’ nation into the world arena of both fame and infamy.

From mystery to tragedy – this is the theme where are at now in the two incidences of the Malaysia Airlines flights we are still grappling with, as a nation new to problems of such magnitude. (more…)

August 2, 2014

Selangor, the acid test for Pakatan

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selangor_pakatan_300Joe Chandler

With the crisis in Selangor coming to a head, can the Pakatan leadership survive?

It’s refreshing to see a real political problem hit the opposition coalition.

If nothing else, it provides us the opportunity to observe how the coalition will address it and show the world that common sense and political reality can co-exist in promoting the good values this nation badly needs.

It is also interesting to analyse this problem from different perspectives as it allows us to see if the opposition has what it takes to drive reform in the direction we all want. (more…)

Should Selangor be used as a stepping stone to Putrajaya?

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The effort by Khalid Ibrahim to take over the water concessionaires, which the state government had privatised in the early 1990s, became his biggest ‘battle’ during his first term as MB. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 1, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

The effort by Khalid Ibrahim to take over the water concessionaires, which the state government had privatised in the early 1990s, became his biggest ‘battle’ during his first term as MB. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 1, 2014.Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim recently questioned the intention of Pakatan Rakyat to use the state as a stepping stone to Putrajaya. He said this move “does not fulfil the needs of the people in Selangor”. For that, Khalid proposed that the opposition get a “new mandate from the people” in the next election to implement the Putrajaya project through Selangor.

Khalid’s statement was made either as an excuse for him to keep holding on to the MB’s position or out of political naivety. Whatever the rationale behind the statement, Selangor and other Pakatan-led states are important as a showcase of the opposition’s ability to govern and manage the people’s affairs based on a new mould that it claimed at every election. (more…)

Let history books reflect historical facts

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education-classroom-japanSin Chew Daily

The education sector has paid close attention to the new History textbook for Standard Four pupils which allegedly contain serious deviations.

The United Chinese School Teachers’ Association (Jiao Zong) has met relevant officials on the matter and hoped to convince them to rectify the deviations through exchanges and communications and from the perspective of History education, so that we can have a textbook that can truly reflect historical truth, as well as the real national conditions of Malaysia.

According to the latest reports, however, the Textbook Division of the Education Ministry will still be using the existing History textbook for Standard Four pupils next year and not amend its content. Instead, only mistranslated words will be corrected before reprinting. (more…)

Pray for peace of Jerusalem

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pray for jerusalemTan Eng Bee

The world is saddened by the death and destruction in Gaza with casualties rising every hour.

Almost 1,400 Palestinians have died and 7,000 injured, while on the Israeli side, nearly 60 are dead.

Israel is recalling 16,000 reservists to beef up its force while the Palestinians will continue to fire thousands of rockets to Israel at the same time.

The Israelis and the Palestinians are engaging in a war which is totally necessary if only they could see eye to eye and to resolve their issues amicably in the light of the Jews are there to stay but the Palestinians want them annihilated or exterminated. (more…)

August 1, 2014

Najib must leave “no stone unturned”, in Malaysia

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Mariam Mokhtar

At his first press conference for MH17 which had crashed in eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak vowed to establish the cause of the disaster and punish the perpetrators. He said, “No stone will be left unturned…”

His detractors groaned, “Haven’t we heard this before? The phrase is synonymous with cover-ups, lies and deceit.”

The cynics were alluding to 2009, when Najib raised the hopes of the family of Teoh Beng Hock, the murdered political aide, with the promise that in the investigation, “No stone will be left unturned.” The family’s expectations were dashed when they were denied justice. (more…)

Najib, Pak Lah and Mahathir also named in banknote graft case, says WikiLeaks

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Mahathir (2nd left) and Najib are both named in the injunction obtained by the Australian government which bars Australian media from reporting on a case involving the payment of bribes to secure currency printing contracts in Malaysia. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 30, 2014.TMI

Mahathir (2nd left) and Najib are both named in the injunction obtained by the Australian government which bars Australian media from reporting on a case involving the payment of bribes to secure currency printing contracts in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his two predecessors and several former ministers have been named in the gag order obtained by the Australian government that censors the media there from reporting about a multi-million dollar corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, whistleblower website WikiLeaks revealed on 30-07-2014.

The case involves the Reserve Bank of Australia’s subsidiary companies Securency and Note Printing Australia. (more…)

Why the delay in charging ex-Umno aide with graft, lawyers ask A-G

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Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is also public prosecutor, has a moral duty to explain to the public if he had decided to drop charges against two individuals linked to the ruling elite, say lawyers. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 31, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is also public prosecutor, has a moral duty to explain to the public if he had decided to drop charges against two individuals linked to the ruling elite, say lawyers.

It has been almost six months since the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission completed its probe into a former political secretary accused of misappropriating RM1.1 million from three foundations set up to help the poor.
Investigators handed over the file to the Attorney-General’s Chambers but from then until today, there has been no word on the case, leading several lawyers to question why.The lawyers said any delay in prosecuting any individual would cast serious aspersion on the government’s efforts to combat corruption among those linked to the ruling elite.The lawyers said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who is also public prosecutor, was not legally bound but had a moral duty to explain to the public if he had decided to drop charges against the individuals.

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The Malay revisited

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Karina Bahrin

Every day, it seems we push the envelope further. First, cow heads were paraded in front of Hindu temples. Then, Bibles were seized. Now the Chinese are being accused of being “trespassers” in this land.

I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing. Our nation is finally undergoing the long overdue psychotherapy it should have braved up to when Malaya was first formed. We are finally gathering courage to confront the elephant in the room.

Our nation’s harmony has always been a fragile thing. Perhaps the reasons it has held up the last 57 years is that the majority of this country is a fairly homogenous Muslim lot and everyone else on the periphery understands the wisdom of not rattling the giant. (more…)

Stop giving state land to crony firms, Adenan told

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Dukau Papau

DAP today urged Chief Minister Adenan Satem to stop immediately the alienation of 263.6 acres of state land in Batu Kawah, Kuching, to a company it said is owned by leaders of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).The land should instead be used for affordable housing, with the construction of flats equipped with full recreational facilities and two primary schools, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said today.

DAP is concerned the land, worth about RM400 million, is in the process of being alienated  to a company owned by PBB leaders.

“We don’t want yet another plot of state land to be alienated to a crony company,” said Chong, who is the MP for Bandar Kuching and assemblyperson for Kota Sentosa. (more…)

Solution or implosion for Pakatan?

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Leaders of Pakatan Rakyat

Ian McIntyre

In the months after PAS was decisively defeated by Umno in the 2004 general election, a sense of unison was shaping up among the ulama, technocrats and young leaders in the Islamist party.

In Kelantan, this upstart movement was helmed by the technocrats of Datuk Husam Musa (an economist by training) and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (a Kedahan lawyer practising there).

Both were well connected — Husam due to his association with the now ailing party spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat while Takiyuddin was previously part of a top-notch legal firm (founded by former foreign minister Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail). (more…)

Probe role of M’sian PMs in banknote graft case

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CYNTHIA GABRIEL

The Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4), is profoundly appalled at the revelations by WikiLeaks on a gag order and super injunction invoked by the Australian government on a multi-million dollar international banknote graft case, involving the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), with no less than three generations of Malaysian prime ministers mentioned.

This case came to light following leaks on Australia’s gag order on allegations of multi-million dollar inducements to officials in Malaysia and other countries made by subsidiaries of RBA, Securency and Note Printing Australia, in the supply of RM5 polymer notes. (more…)

A PAS fallout in Pakatan is win-win for Umno and MB Khalid

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Ng Kee Seng

The current political “turmoil” or “fracas” in Selangor is a replay of what happened to PAS in Kelantan in 1977.

The Umno-led Barisan Nasional’s (BN) political scheming in 1977 through an emergency led to a 12-year Umno emergency rule in Kelantan.

However, the Kelantanese sent Umno packing in the 1990 general election, giving their mandate to PAS and the now defunct Semangat 46 that was led by Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

The 1977 power grab was executed by the brute Umno federal force after PAS decided to quit the BN coalition. Umno of course refused to give up the oil-rich state. (more…)

Abdullah was a better leader than Najib, say ex-Umno minister and DAP

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Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (centre), who is seen here with non-Muslim religious leaders during an inter-faith prayer session for missing MAS flight MH370 in KLIA in March, was praised for his firm stand against the religious extremism that is prevalent in Najib's reign as prime minister. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 30, 2014.EILEEN NG and QUEK YIING HUEY

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (centre), who is seen here with non-Muslim religious leaders during an inter-faith prayer session for missing MAS flight MH370 in KLIA in March, was praised for his firm stand against the religious extremism that is prevalent in Najib’s reign as prime minister

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was a stronger leader than Datuk Seri Najib Razak because the former had a clear agenda for reform, a DAP lawmaker and an ex-Umno minister said at a book launch today.

In describing Abdullah, who is popularly known as Pak Lah, as “sincere”, Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong said although the former prime minister failed to implement his reforms, he at least had a clear agenda which could set the benchmark on how the nation can improve and move forward. (more…)

July 31, 2014

Jabu rapped for ignorance of water shortages

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak has been hit hard by El Nino weather phenomenon causing severe water shortages, in the state but Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, who is chairperson of the state Disaster Relief Committee, is taking the situation very lightly.He has come under fire from Sarawak PKR for his apparent lack of understanding of the severe impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon on the people and his lack of initiative to address the problems.

Several quarters have also called on the deputy chief minister to resign from the cabinet for his failure to solve the water crisis in his own constituency of Layar.

“As chairperson of the committee, Jabu appears not to comprehend the severe impact of the El Nino weather phenomenon. Instead, he gave instructions for the distribution of bottled drinking water and for cloud seeding.
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Anwar says no indication of Pakatan breaking up

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Mkini 

There is no indication of a break-up in Pakatan Rakyat following PAS’ resistance to remove Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, insists PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.His communication with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, who wants Khalid to remain as menteri besar, was still open and that he had earlier sent his “Selamat Hari Raya” greetings to Hadi and wished him well, Anwar said today.

He does not see any indication of a break-up of the Pakatan coalition, but Anwar did acknowledge misunderstanding over the issue within Pakatan.

The misunderstanding included “comments from the lower rungs that are not appropriate”, Anwar said when met in Permatang Nibong, Seberang Jaya. (more…)

Youth chief: PAS can’t deny it’s in crisis

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Mkini

As cracks grow between PAS and its Pakatan Rakyat allies, PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat became the first senior leader to acknowledge that the Islamist party has a crisis on its hands and cannot be in denial about it.Suhaizan called on the PAS leadership to immediately convene a central committee meeting to discuss the recent developments as the scheduled meeting on August 10 was “too late”.

“PAS cannot hide and be in a denial syndrome. The fact is PAS is in a serious crisis now.

“Malaysians are watching how PAS manages its internal problem. I am confident with the PAS leadership’s wisdom PAS can overcome the problem it is facing,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Now Tiong ready to work with PRS

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Datuk Seri Tiong King SingJoe Fernandez

Merger talks were called off just as abruptly after rumours began circulating that “a certain personality” was against the idea.

SPDP Interim President Tiong King Sing has declared that he has a more positive feeling now and confirmed speculation that he was ready to work with PRS in any way that could strengthen both parties.

He stopped short of saying that both parties would resume merger talks. However, he expressed support for the merger idea, “contrary to allegations by certain quarters”.

“I was accused of blocking the merger after some people said that SPDP and PRS couldn’t merge because of me,” fumed Tiong who is also Bintulu MP. “It seems that when something goes wrong, it’s always Tiong’s fault.” (more…)

PAS infighting could benefit the nation

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Mkini

Since the 13th general election, cracks have begun showing in PAS’ direction- where overtures of forming a unity government with BN and implementing hudud law in Kelantan had been heard at regular intervals.But is this a problem that has cropped up only after the election?

Fact is, PAS has long been divided into two factions. The underlying theme for the first faction, which generally referred to as the pro-unity government faction, is that PAS is a direct “replacement” of Umno on the Malay ground.

The other faction is contained by “progressives”, politicians who believe PAS should serve “everybody” in the country as a mainstream political party. (more…)

Pakatan won’t break up over Selangor crisis, says ‘optimistic’ Anwar

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LOOI SUE-CHERNDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Pakatan Rakyat has endured so much and will not break up over the Selangor menteri besar issue. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 30, 2014.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Pakatan Rakyat has endured so much and will not break up over the Selangor menteri besar issue.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today played down fears of a Pakatan Rakyat break-up, saying the views of grassroots leaders in Islamist party PAS were not its official stand.”I know the attitude of the leaders like (PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul) Hadi Awang. He is very committed to PR.

“So I am optimistic,” Anwar said in Permatang Pauh today. (more…)

PAS leader downplays controversial chat

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Mkini

PAS central committee member and Research Centre executive director Dzulkefly Ahmad today downplayed the controversial WhatsApp conversation between PAS central committee members which was leaked out yesterday.

He claimed that the remarks made by Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki was his “personal opinion” and does not represent the party.

“What Zuhdi proposed was his personal opinion, communicated through social media and is informal in nature,” the former Kuala Selangor MP said in a statement. (more…)

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