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July 25, 2017

Trusan dam project against Adenan’s no-mega dams policy, says NGO

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Peter-KallangSave Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) has deplored chief minister Abang Johari Openg’s revelation that the state would proceed with the Trusan dam project, saying it contradicted with the policy of his predecessor, the late Adenan Satem.

In a statement today, the NGO reminded Abang Johari, who took office after Adenan passed away in January, that the previous chief minister had said that there was no need for big dams in the state.

It also pointed out that Abang Johari had reportedly said after being sworn in that he would continue Adenan’s legacy while looking ahead for a new economic model to achieve Sarawak’s aspiration to be the leading state in Malaysia by 2030.

“But building another mega dam does not seem to be consistent with Adenan’s policy,” it said.

“The modern international trend is for small-scale and green power sources which have minimum impact on the environment and the ecosystem,” it added. (more…)

17,844 pets vaccinated to curb rabies outbreak in Sarawak

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A Sarawak Veterinary Department officer vaccinating a cat against rabies in Kampung Lebor, Gedong Serian, July 5, 2017. — Bernama picThe Sarawak Veterinary Services Department (JPVS) have vaccinated a total of 17,844 pets to curb the spread of the rabies outbreak.

The Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) secretariat, in a statement, today said that dogs made the highest number of animals vaccinated with a total number of 10,204, followed by cats (7,595) and 45 of other animals.

The total number included 3,604 dogs vaccinated at the Mile 7 basketball court near here from 10am to 4pm today, the statement said.

The secretariat also said so far the JPVS had carried out 109 awareness campaigns on rabies outbreak in villages and schools in the affected areas, attended by 21,411 participants. (more…)

Bisayas want their NCR land planted with oil palm on commercial scale

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Image result for native customary rights (NCR) landThe Bisaya community needs development which is comprehensive and also progressive on their native customary rights (NCR) land in Bukit Ladan-Bukit Malau.

Bukit Ladan-Bukit Malau Area Development Committee (ADC) chairman John Rassin Silah said they would like an oil palm plantation on a commercial scale to be carried out on the land to benefit the community.

“The development of the NCR land should not only be viewed only from the aspect of generating income, as landowners would benefit from land security (via land title) and accessibility to the land once it is developed.

“Besides, this project will also create more job opportunities for the locals especially the Bisaya community and this will eventually help boost their economy,” said Rassin during a dialogue at Dewan Masyarakat Kampung Bidang in Limbang recently. (more…)

Ex-judge: Malanjum can assume top post only if CJ declines

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gopal-sri-ram-1The current Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum can only be elevated if Chief Justice Raus Sharif declines to remain in office from Aug 3, a retired judge said.

Gopal Sri Ram said the Judicial Appointments Commission could propose to the Conference of Rulers to then appoint Malanjum to the top judicial post.

“It is a simple process,” he said, adding that Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin could be acting chief justice until Sept 27 for Malanjum’s elevation to be finalised.

The other option, he said, was for the court to declare Raus’ appointment as unconstitutional, in which case a fresh appointment has to be made. (more…)

Why vote for the opposition?

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Where’s your messiah now?”

– Billy Crystal

Two pieces on Malaysiakini caught my attention. The first by regular contributor Zan Azlee – ‘Will my daughter be a racist if she goes to national school?’ – and the second by Julian Tan – ‘Why I had to travel halfway across the globe for university’.

No, this piece is not about our education system, although it is interesting to note that the reason why Julian Tan felt he needed to pursue he dreams elsewhere is exactly the fear Zan Azlee has about what his child could turn into. This is about a system that has failed us, and at this point of time when the opposition and its supporters have embraced “pragmatism”, there seems to be no real change in sight. (more…)

Oil royalty: Apex court to decide whether questions of law can be heard

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The Federal Court will decide whether 14 questions of law posed by the PAS-led Kelantan government, which had filed a suit against Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and the government regarding the oil royalty issue, can be heard at the High Court.

This comes after Petronas and the government were today granted leave by a three-member Federal Court bench, led by Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif, to decide on three questions posed by Petronas on the issue of whether the Kelantan government’s questions could be posed.

An earlier apex court bench had allowed six questions from the oil conglomerate and three more from the court to be determined by the High Court after ordering that the trial be conducted on questions of law rather than the hearing of witnesses.

“We are unanimous in granting leave to Petronas and the government on this matter. No order is made as to costs,” said Justice Md Raus. (more…)

Why Umno is afraid of Pakatan Harapan

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When “Jho Low”, a petulant Chinese boy disowned by the whole of the Chinese community in Malaysia, is allegedly hidden from open sight, something is wrong. The boy is a clear baggage. A walking neon light of corruption and malfeasance.

When Gani Patail and Zeti Akhtar Aziz, and even Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission head Abu Kassim Mohamed were relieved of their investigative responsibilities in 2015, another inconsistency surfaced. None of them has been allowed to speak.

From “Nothing to Hide”, all of a sudden the script of the Barisan Nasional has morphed into “Let’s Hide Everything”. Even the final findings of the Auditor-General’s Report were immediately classified. Why? Vested interest has obviously been the main reason.

Indeed, when MO1, widely acknowledged by his own minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan as the prime minister of Malaysia in a BBC interview, such acknowledgement, it goes without saying, suggests the start of a possible mutiny in Umno. Enough is enough, the party has fingered him out. Still, nothing happened. (more…)

Defending Dr M, the father of Malaysia’s modern transportation

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Since Najib Abdul Razak launched his very own “Kajang Move”, UMNO has been consistently attacking Mahathir’s legacy in revolutionising the Malaysia’s public transportation network.

I find it odd since the so-called “Mahathir’s Public Transportation Cronyism” took place under the Umno-led government.

If Mahathir was truly a liability to Malaysia, why did Umno use the LRT, ERL, KLIA, Monorail etc as political capital during past elections?

If  Mahathir’s legacy was truly a failure, why didn’t the Umno-led government do anything at that point in time?

Heck, many ministers today were in Mahathir’s cabinet at that time. From people like Najib to Hishammuddin Hussein. (more…)

When delusional politicos speak in the real world

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When delusional politicos speak in the real worldREALLY?

Does Reezal Merican really expect Malaysians to believe that the Najib administration will revoke the citizenship of Low Taek Jho if it is proven that the prime minister’s best pal is also a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis?

Under Malaysian law, it is an offence for a citizen to have dual citizenship.

It is an open secret that Low became a citizen of the Caribbean island under some kind of express arrangement. Despite all its pretence, Putrajaya is aware of this fact.

But Reezal has to play his part in the giant government charade, so he said: “There is no preferential treatment for anybody. Anyone with dual citizenship will have to face action,” (more…)

Harapan submits draft of its constitution to ROS

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Pakatan Harapan has submitted a draft of its constitution to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) today, said its chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said the draft was submitted online at the request of the ROS.

According to Mahathir, several Harapan leaders would be meeting the ROS on the draft at 3.30pm this afternoon.

“We hope there are no problems. We are prepared to make amendments if required to do so,” he told a press conference in Parliament.

Apart from this, Mahathir said the opposition coalition has also formed an election committee comprising the election chiefs of the respective parties. (more…)

Azalina: Allegation of gov’t cover-up of 1MDB ‘utterly baseless’

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said today described the latest accusations levelled by the opposition that the government was trying to cover up the 1MDB scandal as “utterly baseless”.

In a statement, Azalina, who is in charge of parliamentary affairs, said allegations that none of the 1MDB-related questions was answered in Dewan Rakyat today, were untrue.

“In the first day of the fifth Parliamentary sitting, there were four questions about 1MDB, from Petaling Jaya Utara, Kelana Jaya, Seremban and Segambut (lawmakers), which were listed on the Order Paper.

“The questions which were not listed on the Order Paper may be under the jurisdiction of the court, or against the Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Orders. The act of the opposition to blow up this issue only shows they have run out of ideas to voice out in the Parliament. The opposition should, by right, give precedence to issues that concern people under their respective constituencies, and not recycle the same old issues,” she said. (more…)

Zaid urges opposition to nominate Malanjum as CJ

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zaid-malanjunFormer de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim today urged opposition lawmakers including Barisan Nasional MPs from Sabah and Sarawak to nominate Richard Malanjum for the position of chief justice, following the controversy surrounding the government’s extension to Raus Sharif to remain in the top judicial post.

Zaid said the senior judge was the most suitable candidate for the post, adding that his ethnic background should not come in the way.

“Richard Malanjum is an exemplary judge deserving the highest post,” said Zaid.

“He must not be bypassed because he is a Christian, or because he is not a Malay.”

Zaid’s call comes a week after Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said Parliament should urge Prime Minister Najib Razak to advise the Agong to appoint Malanjum as the next Chief Justice of the Federal Court. (more…)

Economists: Malaysia on track to become high-income nation

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Malaysia has achieved significant milestones through well laid out initiatives under the National Transformation Programme (NTP) towards becoming a high-income nation and was now on an upside bias in meeting the goal, say economists.

MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd’s Chief Economist Kamaruddin Mohd Nor said economic diversification through various National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) and Entry Point Projects (EPPs) had proved fruitful in catapulting Malaysia towards high-income nation status.

He also said Gross National Income (GNI) at end-2016 stood at US$10,010 compared to US$8,230 in 2010, and 18.5 percent lower against the estimated high-income target of US$12,272 by 2020.

“This is a commendable achievement, as between 2010 and 2016, Malaysia had narrowed the gap towards the high-income target from 33 percent to 18 percent. (more…)

Pakatan plans rally against Putrajaya in October

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Mahathir said the mass rally will be held on October 14. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPakatan Harapan will hold a mass rally in October to protest against what they described as a “kleptocratic” administration.

Leaders from the pact said the rally, to be held at Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya, will be the culmination of a nationwide campaign against the government, particularly on issues relating to the alleged mismanagement of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

“We are launching a campaign entitled ‘Love Malaysia, Destroy Kleptocracy’ which will take place (for the next two months) and we shall hold a mass rally on October 14,” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the pact’s chairman, told reporters in Parliament building here.

Pakatan Haparan leaders claimed the campaign’s first two ceramah events in Penaga, Penang, and Shah Alam, Selangor, received overwhelming public response. (more…)

Pakatan Harapan submits final draft of constitution to RoS

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Pakatan Harapan's representatives are scheduled to meet with the RoS this evening to deliberate on the matter. — Picture by Kamles KumarPakatan Harapan has submitted the final draft of its constitution to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) , leaders from the federal opposition bloc announced today.

Its chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said the pact representatives are scheduled to meet with the RoS this evening to deliberate on the matter.

“We have submitted the final draft of our constitution just as demanded by the RoS today and we will meet them later this evening,” Dr Mahathir told reporters in Parliament here.

“I hope there will be no problems but suppose amendments are needed we shall comply,” he added. (more…)

PSM expected to lock horns with Harapan in GE 14

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Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is expected to lock horns with Pakatan Harapan in the next general election.

This was revealed today by the party’s central committee member S Arutchelvan.

He was commenting on former Otai Reformasi 1998 secretary Abdul Razak Ismail’s decision to contest against Harapan parties under a PSM ticket due to his disagreement with Dr Mahathir Mohamad leading the opposition coalition.

Speaking to Malaysiakini, Arutchelvan stressed that it is not PSM’s mission to contest against Harapan.

“Our mission is to stand in the election,” he added. (more…)

No preferential treatment if Jho Low holds dual citizenship

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Businessman Low Taek Jho, who is better known as Jho Low, will have to face the law if it is true that he has dual citizenship, as this is not allowed under the Federal Constitution.

Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican was quoted by The Malaysian Insight as saying that nobody would get special treatment in the matter.

“There is no preferential treatment for anybody. Anyone with dual citizenship will have to face action, according to the law provided by the constitution.

“We will wait for the report from the custodial ministry, which is the Home Ministry,” Reezal Merican said yesterday. (more…)

Over 30 Opposition MPs demand debate after 1MDB questions rejected

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DAP’s Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, whose question on the status of investigations on 1MDB and the SRC International Sdn Bhd cases and the action to be taken was turned down, said that the Speaker’s role should be reviewed. — Picture by Choo Choy MayOver 30 federal lawmakers from the federal Opposition today said their parliamentary questions on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and related issues have been rejected.

The MPs also want a guarantee that there will be a debate in Parliament after they submit a parliamentary motion on the same issues.

DAP’s Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, whose question on the status of investigations on 1MDB and the SRC International Sdn Bhd cases and the action to be taken was turned down, agreed that the Speaker’s role should be reviewed.

“What is the Speaker’s role? His role as Speaker is to facilitate debate in Parliament, these questions are to be answered in written replies,” he told reporters, adding that it would have been a “golden opportunity” for the prime minister to address the questions in Parliament. (more…)

Reply to Hadi Awang’s open letter

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Dear PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang,

This is my response to your open letter to Malaysians. Truth be told it was either responding to your open letter or answering Fa Abdul’s question as to why people have sex in public. The more I thought about it – your open letter that is and not Fa Abdul’s question – the more I realised that I really do not know much about why people have sex in public because whenever I read the news, I read of religious officials breaking down doors to arrest people for having sex in private. But I digress.

Now I know what you are thinking. S Thayaparan is one of those enemies of Islam as evidenced by the numerous articles he writes about Islam and your honourable person. I can understand that. Sometimes, I ask myself why I write about Islam when there are so many other issues to write about.

Everyone else seems obsessed with 1MDB but clearly, you, like I, are not. You could say that your honourable self and I are the few people who actually care how Islam is practised in this country and not about large-scale corruption that seems to be taking place in a country, which depending on who you ask, is an “Islamic state”. (more…)

July 24, 2017

EC may have shot its own foot in admitting to destroying electoral rolls

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The decision made by the Court of Appeal on Thursday, 20th of July, 2017 to set aside the High Court order for the Election Commission (EC) to provide the Selangor government information on 136,272 registered voters without proper addresses may seem like a setback for those seeking to put a stop to the ongoing delimitation exercise.

But part of the argument used by the federal counsel – namely that the EC had discarded the records of these voters from the electoral rolls used in the 1994 and 2003 delimitation exercise – may come back to haunt it.

The Selangor government can still appeal the Court of Appeal judgment at the Federal Court. But even if it loses the appeal at the apex court, the judicial review filed by the Selangor government against the EC will still have to be heard at the High Court (proceedings were postponed while waiting for the Court of Appeal’s decision stated above).

Recall that in December 2016, the High Court granted leave to the Selangor state government for its judicial review challenging the constitutionality of the ongoing delimitation exercise, which started on the 15th of September, 2016. (more…)

Two more rabies infected areas declared in S’wak

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The Sarawak state disaster management committee (JPBN) today declared another two rabies infected areas in Kampung Entubuh, Tebedu and Mile 5, Jalan Semeba, Kuching.

The decision was made by Deputy Chief Minister and JBBN chairman Amar Douglas Uggah Embas following a discussion with Sarawak local government and housing minister Sim Kui Hian at the Hornbill Skyways Sdn Bhd hangar here today.

“This brings the total to 20 rabies infected areas in which dogs are found to be rabies positive in Sarawak, JPBN secretariat said in a statement here.

The statement added in Serian, the rabies infected areas are in Kampung Krait, Kampung Paon Rimu, Kampung Paon Rimu Bakung, Kampung Remun, Kampung Lebor, Kampung Saroban, Kampung Tangga, Kampung Ampungan, Kampung Mentong Berawan, Kampung Mentong Silaga, Kampung Engkabang, Kampung Tampek Sumpas, Kampung Rasau, Siburan Bazaar, Serian Town and Mile 45, Kuching-Sri Aman Road.

In Tebedu, the areas are at Kampung Temong Mura and Kampung Entubuh while in Sri Aman at Rumah Janta Punggu Mawang and Kuching at Mile 5, Jalan Semeba.

Source : Malaysiakini by Bernama

Sarawak wise to join Malaysia, says Abang Johari

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abang-johariSarawak made a wise decision when it agreed to become a party to the formation of Malaysia, after signing the Malaysia Agreement in July 1963 in London.

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg said after July 22, 1963, Sarawak proved to the world that they could rule by themselves, and did not need the assistance of people from London.

He said it was fortunate that Sarawak did not gain independence through war and bloodshed, but by negotiation, as the British knew that their days as a colonial power were numbered and that they must give up their possessions as promised by the Third Rajah Charles Brooke in 1941.

“There was some resistance at first, but in the end, they were very accommodating and we parted as friends and not as enemies with the British, and we are good friends with the British until today,” he said in his speech at the Sarawak Day celebrations at the Kuching Waterfront here today. (more…)

‘Pan Borneo Highway, Trusan Dam projects will boost devt’ in northern S’wak’

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Construction of the Pan Borneo Highway and the Trusan Dam is set to boost economic activities and social growth in northern Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said it is also hoped that the Pan Borneo Highway will be connected to the 30km Temburong bridge which is still under construction by the Brunei Darussalam government.

“The northern part of Sarawak has a very bright potential with these two projects,” said Abang Johari at a ‘Badudun Aidilfitri’ event at Dewan Hikmah here yesterday, jointly organised by Pertubuhan Kebajikan Dangsanak Limbang Kuching and Persatuan Anak Jati Lawas.

The idea of aligning the Pan Borneo Highway to connect Limbang-Temburong bridge, he added, was agreed to by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who is also Bukit Sari assemblyman. (more…)

Sarawak made a wise decision 54 years ago — Abang Johari

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Image result for Abang JohariSarawak made a wise decision 54 years ago and had proved to the world that it could rule itself, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“Looking back, we cannot but say that we have made a wise decision. After July 22 (1963), we have proven to the world that we can rule ourselves – we do not need assistance from the people in London to tell us what to do,” he said in his speech during the Sarawak Day 2017 celebration at Kuching Waterfront yesterday, where Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib were present.

Abang Johari, who attended the celebration with his wife Datin Amar Dato’ Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, said it was fortunate that Sarawak did not gain its independence through ‘war and bloodshed’, but by ‘negotiating at the conference table’.

“The British knew that their days as a colonial power were numbered and that they must give up their possessions as promised by the Third Rajah, Charles Brooke in 1941. (more…)

‘Proficiency in BM, English still a top priority for Sarawakians’

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Image result for Proficiency in BM, EnglishChildren are highly encouraged to master as many languages as they can, but the emphasis must still be on having good command of English apart from the national language, Bahasa Malaysia.

According to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, mastering the English language is one way for the children to secure a brighter future, particularly when it comes to seeking jobs.

He said one could not deny the importance of learning English as many countries identify competency in that language as key to opening the doors to education and training, employment prospects, as well as to global trade, commerce and industries.

“How can we survive in the world nowadays if we do not understand or realise the importance of mastering the (English) language? Parents should start realising this now,” he said at a dinner hosted by the Malay community of Kampung Siol Kandis in a hotel here on Saturday. (more…)

Shahrir says Felda to be managed with integrity

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Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad has pledged to ensure that the agency is managed with integrity. ― Foto BernamaFelda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad has pledged to ensure that the agency is managed with integrity and to focus on bringing progress to the settlers.

Shahrir said  although he was only appointed as Felda chairman in January, he was well versed in Felda’s management as he was the political secretary to prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the founder of Felda.

“I want to bring back the aspirations and the original values so that the integrity and focus is practised to bring Felda to a higher level,” he said at Felda Settlers Day national celebration at Dataran Putrajaya today, which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The launch is the highlight of the celebration which began on Friday. It was attended by Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and more than 25,000 Felda settlers.

Shahrir said the original values include the collaboration between the administrators and the settlers who which have brought much success to Felda.

“This resulted in land reform and brought the majority of the population out of poverty.  All of us must be involved so that the goal of contributing to the economic strength of Felda and the country can be achieved.”

Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama

Never take Sarawak Day for granted, Sarawakians reminded

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Sarawakians should not take the Sarawak Day celebration for granted as the fight for full recognition under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is still in its beginning.

Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) spokesperson and activist Peter John Jaban said over the last three years, the state has seen enormous positive steps – from the establishment of a homegrown taskforce to address the issues involving stateless individuals, to the announcement of a team heading for London to examine the state’s legal position under MA63.

“We still face problems with finance from the federal government – from oil revenues, tourism tax to stamp duty; we still face attacks against our religious freedom; our cultural uniqueness is still being ignored, in view of a recent announcement stating that police personnel would be banned from having tattoos,” said Peter, who was one of the speakers at a peaceful gathering at Sarawak Museum ground here yesterday. (more…)

Kedah Umno liaison chief confident of ‘Chinese tsunami’ in GE14

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‘DOJ pursuing assets worth RM70,000 to each Felda household’

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The special incentive of RM5,000 each for each Federal Land Authority (Felda) settler household is a third the windfall announced just before the 13th general election, thanks to the scandals plaguing the country, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said.

He estimated that if the US$1.7 billion worth of 1MDB-linked assets on the US Department of Justice (DOJ) seizure list were liquidated and distributed to the 94,956 Felda families, they would receive about RM70,000 each.

“There are too many scandals in the country which directly affect the livelihood of Malaysians, whether it be the 1MDB scandal which had given the country the international infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy, or the equally monstrous Felda and FGV scandals,” he said in a statement today.

As such, he said Pakatan Harapan MPs will raise the issue during the Dewan Rakyat sitting tomorrow to seek transparency on why the “goodies” announced for Felda families in the lead up to GE14 pales in comparison to that doled out before the election in 2013. (more…)

The bumiputera conundrum – an elaborate deception

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The Malaysian government is caught in a conundrum over the Indian Muslim community claiming ‘bumiputera’ status.

This is because the term ‘bumiputera’ does not exist in the federal constitution. It was an elaborate plan thought up by the new state capitalists in Umno after 1970 for the ideological purpose of using the New Economic Policy (NEP) for their own agenda.

The constitution merely mentions the “special position” (not rights!) of Malays and the natives of Sabah and Sarawak. A ‘Malay’ is defined in the constitution as someone who is Muslim, speaks Malay habitually and practises Malay culture. If the former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whose father was Indian, can claim Malay privileges, there seems no reason why Indian Muslims cannot claim similar ‘Malay’ privileges.

Transformation of affirmative action based on race (more…)

Harapan finalising constitution, plans to register next week

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Pakatan Harapan has yet to submit its registration to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) as it is still finalising the coalition’s constitution.

“The final draft of the Harapan constitution will be ready by next week. We will submit the registration soon (after),” PKR vice-president Tian Chua told Malaysiakini when contacted.

Harapan leaders say they expect to register the coalition when the constitution is completed.

“Next week. We’ll let you know when exactly,” DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke told Malaysiakini. (more…)

Zahid: BN expects defeat in urban seats

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Zahid said that even though seats like Seputeh and Bukit Bintang cannot be won by Umno in the next general elections, the party machinery should still support the respective BN candidates. — Picture by Saw Siow FengBarisan Nasional (BN) has given up on several urban seats, including the Bukit Bintang and Seputeh constituencies in Kuala Lumpur which are DAP strongholds, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

The party vice president said even if Umno placed its secretary general, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, against Seputeh incumbent Teresa Kok, the latter would still win the seat.

“Even if we put Ku Nan in Seputeh but the one who will win it is Teresa Kok. But he is now the Federal Territories Minister because he still has a seat in the city area,” Zahid said during his speech while officiating the Bukit Bintang Umno meet today.

The deputy prime minister explained that federal seats like Bukit Bintang and Seputeh are of an urban Chinese majority voter base that is hard for Umno to penetrate. (more…)

Khairy: BN prepared to face anyone in GE14

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Umno Youth Head Khairy Jamaluddin said the BN is not afraid to face anyone in GE14. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Barisan Nasional (BN) is not afraid to face anyone in the upcoming general election, said Umno Youth Head Khairy Jamaluddin.

In this regard, he said, the perception that the problem between the DAP and the Registrar of Societies (RoS) was a ploy by the BN to declare the party illegal was totally incorrect.

“BN does not need to disqualify or deregister anyone in order to win. This is nothing to do with BN,”

“This is the problem that arose from the early election by the DAP. To say that this is an effort to disqualify the DAP because we don’t want to face the party is a misperception,” he told reporters after officially opening the Kepala Batas Umno Delegates Conference, here today. (more…)

NRD awaits Wisma Putra’s reply on Jho Low’s alleged dual citizenship

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The National Registration Department (NRD) is waiting for Wisma Putra’s feedback on the allegation that Penang-born tycoon Low Taek Jho held dual nationalities in Malaysia and in St Kitts and Nevis.

NRD director-general Mohd Yazid Ramli said his department had written to the Foreign Ministry to obtain relevant information from the tiny Caribbean island state.

“We wrote to Wisma Putra to obtain information, so far no reply,” he told Malaysiakini.

“If he (Low) indeed carries dual citizenship, we have to get proof, be it (a photocopy of his) passport or letter from the authority there (St Kitts and Nevis),” he said.

Low, who is better known as Jho Low, again came into the limelight after the June 15 lawsuits filed by US Department of Justice (DOJ), which revealed that he held both Malaysian and St Kitts and Nevis passports. (more…)

GE14: Mahathir says he may take on Najib in Pekan

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mahathir-najib-ge14Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today, that if he has to, he will consider contesting in the next general election (GE14).

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman however, stressed that if he were to contest, it has to be in a seat that he knew he could win.

And he is not ruling out Prime Minister Najib Razak’s stronghold of Pekan.

“If I were to contest, I must find a seat I can win, but I don’t know which seat I can win at the moment.

“There are a lot of people who do not like me. And well, if there is no other candidate, I have to contest… be it in Pekan or anywhere. But must win lah. (more…)

July 23, 2017

The plight of undocumented migrant workers in M’sia

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Undocumented migrant workers are subject to harassment from the authorities. Instead of being detained for not having a valid visa or work permit, extortion is common.

Their employers also take advantage of them, by exploiting their services. At any point in time, they can be reported to the police.

So, who is to blame? They enter the country without the proper documents, but the employers use them as their “slaves”.

One reason why the Immigration Department had launched Ops Mega E-Card is to help employers register these undocumented immigrant workers. (more…)

Three captains in Harapan are better than none

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If Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is right in saying that three captains in Pakatan Harapan (PH) are bound to cause the opposition coalition to sink, the question is: How?

Zahid’s explanation was not compelling. He said when three captains want a ship to sail in three different directions, the ship will meet its end.

That analogy is only correct if the three captains are refusing to yield even when there is an iceberg in front. The iceberg is, of course, the increased cost of living and the massive corruption scandals which have refused to relent.

The root causes are the mismanagement of the economy through corruption, malfeasance and abuse of power, and the imposition of the six percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all transactions. (more…)

July 22, 2017

Why do people have sex in public?

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I was standing on the balcony of my apartment in SS2, Petaling Jaya, last week, sipping my hot coffee when I almost spurted it out upon seeing a couple humping each other on the stairway of the opposite flat.

The man was naked from the waist down and the woman was in her baju kurungwith her skirt lifted up.

When I spoke to my children about it, they were not surprised. Apparently, similar incidents happen every now and then in our neighbouring block.

People behaving friskily in their respective units; making-out sessions; men and women walking around in their undergarments – all done in well-lit rooms on the lower floors with all the windows wide open, ready for public viewing.

Recollecting the infamous incident at Bangsar South not too long ago where a couple were caught indulging in sexual intercourse out on their balcony in broad daylight, I suppose this kind of indecent behaviour is not really as shocking as we think it is. (more…)

Can and should vernacular schools be abolished?

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Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar opened an old can of worms when he asked at a question-and-answer session whether “anyone in politics dared abolish vernacular schools, even if it was a popular proposition to promote unity in the country”.

In case anyone is wondering why the sports minister is engaging in this dialogue, remember that he was given the task of coming up with TN50, a plan to transform the future of Malaysia during the period 2020-2050.

There are two parts that need to be answered here. First, how is it possible to abolish vernacular schools, and also by extension religious schools, so that there is only a single educational system in the country which is taught in the language the government decides and a curriculum it sets?

Two, is it really desirable at this stage to ban vernacular schools? (more…)

Journalism and the coming general election

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In the run-up to the 2008 general election, the GE12, the daily chatter in the newsroom of my newspaper was invariably about voting for the incumbent ruling coalition or the opposition.

Out of curiosity, I asked one young reporter, who was usually the most animated, about the forthcoming polls: “Have you registered as a voter?” To my utter shock she had not. It’s almost like a practising vegan offering me a new recipe for cooking tandoori chicken.

“Then you are not qualified to write about elections,” I told her. End of argument. Her jaws dropped and she said no more. Maybe because I said the right thing. I don’t know. But she remains my good friend till today.

There are some who see the role of journalism as supporting the status quo and the establishment. To do anything else would be a sin. After all, their rice bowls depend on it. On the flipside, there are yet others who would do the exact opposite. That again would also be a sin. That would be too self-righteous and equally biased. (more…)

Sarawak seeks deferment of tourism tax

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Sarawak seeks deferment of tourism taxSARAWAK wants the federal tourism tax to be deferred until next year, the Borneo Post reported Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg as saying.

This is because tour agents and hotels have secured bookings and payment for packages into early 2018.

“Give us time, till early next year. Then, we can implement the tourism tax,” said Abang Johari in Samarahan, without giving a deadline.

The tax, passed in Parliament earlier this year, will see both local and foreign tourists being charged a levy for accommodation. It was originally slated to come into effect on July 1, but has been postponed to August 1.

Sabah and Sarawak, however, have agreed to put a hold on the tax until an implementation mechanism is developed. (more…)

Sarawak, Indonesian consulate forming joint committee to tackle rabies outbreak

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Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas says the formation of the joint committee is very essential as it acts as a venue to exchange information on all contagious diseases from both sides of the border. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak and the Indonesia consulate-general here have agreed to form a joint committee to tackle the spread of rabies from West Kalimantan into Sarawak, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between a delegation from Sarawak which he led with the Indonesian consulate general led by its head of mission Jahar Gultom.

Uggah said details of the tasks to be undertaken by the joint committee are being worked out.

“We have asked the joint committee to come up with the details by this Monday,” he said when contacted by Malay Mail Online.

He said the formation of the joint committee is very essential as it acts as a venue to exchange information on all contagious diseases from both sides of the border. (more…)

Malaysia’s turning point

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Liew-Chin-Tong-malaysia-turning-pointWhen the dust settles after the next general election, especially if a Pakatan Harapan (PH) government is installed, history is likely to mark July 14, 2017 as the turning point that made the difference.

A press conference was held at 12.30am on July 14 at the PKR headquarters. PH unveiled its symbol, leadership line-up and initial policy platforms.

The historical moment could be experienced in many ways. It was the end of a four-hour meeting; the joyous conclusion of months of agony on how to effectively consolidate PPBM with the existing PH parties, namely PKR, DAP and Amanah; and the grand reconciliation of an acrimonious two-decade political battle between Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and the forces aligned with them.

Now BN can be defeated

Regardless, a new air prevails everywhere. There is a sudden surge of hope that Prime Minister Najib Razak, Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) can now be defeated. (more…)

Sarawak to go ahead with the construction of Trusan dam

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg (centre) with his wife Datuk Amar Juma'ani Tuanku Bujang (second left), Tan Sri Dr James Masing and Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi (right) cutting a cake at the Hari Raya gathering, July 21,2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak state government will proceed with building the Trusan dam in Limbang Division after the completion of the Baleh dam in Kapit Division, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said today.

He said unlike other mega dams in Sarawak which are only generating electricity, the proposed Trusan dam will supply both electricity and water once it is completed.

“The Trusan dam will not supply electricity and water to northern Sarawak, but we will also supply these two commodities to our neighbours Brunei and Sabah,” he said at the Hari Raya gathering organised by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) here.

However, the chief minister did not provide details on the proposed Trusan dam, except to say that SEB would undertake its construction.

“In other words, the revenue stream of the Trusan dam will be endless,” he said. (more…)

KJ: Is there political courage to abolish vernacular schools?

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Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar today questioned whether anyone in politics dared abolish vernacular schools, even if it was a popular proposition to promote unity in the country.

“To abolish vernacular schools, who has the political courage to do that?

“It’s an ideal because you want to have everybody going to the same school as an element of unity… but it’s a tough one.

“At the moment I don’t see either side (of the political divide) doing this,” Khairy said during the TN50x session organised by Petronas staff in Kuala Lumpur today.

TN50x sessions are privately organised offshoots of Putrajaya’s ongoing Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) dialogue sessions, which provide a platform for the public to state their aspirations for 2050. (more…)

Sarawak moves to shield Sri Aman after rabies-positive dog found there

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There have been a total of 516 cases of dog bites reported in Sarawak since April, with the state declaring 18 areas as outbreak areas. — Reuters pic The Sarawak Health Department has started rabies control activities in Sri Aman, Sarawak after a dog was detected to be rabies positive in the Punggu Mawang there.

It’s local daily, The Borneo Post reported the State Disaster Management Committee secretariat saying 26 cases of dog bites were reported in Sri Aman alone yesterday.

The number of cases is almost similar to Serian, which reported 29 cases of dog bites yesterday. Serian has already been declared as a rabies outbreak area.

There have been a total of 516 cases of dog bites reported in the state since April, with the state declaring 18 areas as outbreak areas.

The rabies outbreak in Sarawak has so far claimed four lives. A fifth case was also reported yesterday.

In a separate news article, The Borneo Post also reported 13 individuals have died from rabies in Kalimantan Barat, the Indonesian region bordering Serian in Sarawak, since July 11.

Source : The Malay Mail Online


An attack on the royalty from behind a mask of anonymity

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He first turned heads in July last year by asserting that there was an American conspiracy to defraud 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). His attack came after then US attorney-general Loretta Lynch’s press conference on Department of Justice (DOJ) made public its findings on 1MDB.

He gave a one-on-one interview with the national news agency Bernama’s Azman Ujang where he made a host of other statements which were subsequently pooh-poohed by legal luminaries. Claiming to be a lawyer from Brisbane, he also appeared on Bernama television with former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Aziz Ibrahim and continued his tirade against the DOJ.

After a year’s hiatus, he has apparently returned, re-emerged with an allegedly nom de plume, but this time with a difference. Instead of DOJ and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s detractors, he has turned his attention on the royalty.

Over the past five days, he has twice attacked the royal households, Johor specifically. These verbal doses transcend all acceptable boundaries of fair comment. To ignore them as academic or journalistic pieces would do injustice to the many of who cherish not to misuse or abuse the little freedom that is left. (more…)

Why no rabies vaccine? Sarawak asks Putrajaya amid outbreak

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The Sarawak Health Department is now working to control the spread of rabies in Sri Aman. — Picture by Marcus Pheong
The Sarawak government wants Putrajaya to explain the unavailability of rabies vaccine in the state following the outbreak in Serian, which has since claimed four lives.

Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said he has sent a query to the Ministry of Health, and promised to raise the matter in Parliament if he doesn’t get a satisfactory answer soon, The Borneo Post reported today.

“I can’t answer you, the ministry has to respond. I have already sent them the questionnaire,” Dr Sim was quoted saying.

The outbreak has so far claimed four lives and a fifth person is currently at the Sarawak General Hospital.

Dr Sim was reported saying the man was given three doses of the rabies vaccine before his condition became critical. (more…)

Sabah, Sarawak lawyers to declare stand on CJ extension

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Sabah, Sarawak lawyers to declare stand on CJ extensionLAWYERS from Sabah and Sarawak will make their stand known on the government’s decision to extend the tenure of the chief justice and the Court of Appeal president, Free Malaysia Today reports.

A central committee, representing lawyers from Sabah and Sarawak, will meet tomorrow, said Ranbir Singh Sangha, president of the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak.

Sabah Law Association president Brenndon Keith Soh also told FMT that a decision “in due course”.

Sarawak lawyers are expected to meet with their peninsula counterpart, the Malaysian Bar Council, later this month to further discuss the issue. (more…)

Umnoputra, not bumi status, is holy grail of Malay politics

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“When one treats people with benevolence, justice, and righteousness, and reposes confidence in them, the army will be united in mind and all will be happy to serve their leaders.”

– Sun Tzu, ‘The Art of War’

What exactly does “bumiputera” status mean? Recent polls suggest that most Malays identify themselves as Muslim first – which would make a certain opposition leader who considers himself “Malay” first an outlier – which basically means that religion as opposed to race has become the defining concept of supremacy in this country.

Just last year, the Peranakan Chinese community hoped to achieve “bumi” status. As reported in the press, Ronald Gan, the chairperson of the Baba and Nyonya Association of Malaysia, in dismissing the perception that all the community wanted was “privileges”, claimed – “We are not interested in that, we just want recognition because we are already living a Malay lifestyle.” The aspiration of this community was supported by none other than Chief Minister Idris Haron. (more…)

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