Hornbill Unleashed

May 25, 2015

S’wak, too, absorbs GST for local gov’t services

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Sarawak will absorb the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for local authorities and government services in the state, said Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

He said the move was part of the state government’s efforts to lighten the burden of the people in the state but did not say when it would be implemented.

Adenan said the GST was outside his jurisdiction as it came under the Federal Government.

He said the state government was aware that the GST had caused the price of various goods in the state to increase, thus becoming a burden on the people. (more…)

Wide support won’t last forever, veteran newsman tells Najib

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Veteran journalist, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, warns the support for the prime minister will not last forever. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 24, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak may enjoy strong support now but a veteran newsman today warned that it would not last forever.

Referring to recent events attended by Najib in his home state of Pahang featuring a sea of supporters, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin said the backing he has been getting of late was temporary and could disappear just as swiftly.

“The PM may still have wide support among the people as well as Umno members.

“The sea of people waving the Pahang flags is a proof. And don’t forget he has the support of the monarch of Pahang too.” he said, in reference to Najib’s declaration yesterday that he had the support of the state’s Sultan. (more…)

Alone – If our political situation was a film

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The best stories are from real life.

The 2013 film, ‘The Butler’, which was produced and directed by Lee Daniels, was inspired by real life.

It was co-starred by Oprah Winfrey who earned a Bafta – the British equivalent of an Academy Award – nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, for her portrayal of the wife of the black White House butler named Eugene Allen.

Allen served the Oval Office from the Eisenhower to the Reagan administrations – before and after the civil rights movement. (more…)

SOS: Is there a plan in 11th Malaysia Plan?

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In a recent BN-controlled newspaper, the following headline screamed out for attention: “There is continuity in all Malaysia Plans, says Najib”. The prime minister further argued that claims that policies in each Malaysia Plan is disconnected from the other are not true, said the prime minister.

Yes, we agree – there is continuity. There is continuity in the unwillingness to put a full stop to the NEP policy. There is continuity in the massive corruption that accompanies every Malaysian Plan.

This has happened especially since the 1980s when the practice of giving out large contracts and concessions without competitive open tenders became institutionalised under former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s version of “crony capitalism”. (more…)

Ministry: Najib didn’t lie, we amended the reply

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The Finance Ministry clarified that it amended a written reply in Parliament over 1Malaysia Development Bhd to “avoid confusion”.

The clarification comes after former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad accused Finance Minister and PM Najib Abdul Razak of being a “liar” over the matter.

“The Finance Ministry amended the original written reply issued on March 10 to avoid confusion on the financial position of 1Malaysia Development Bhd at BSI Singapore in accordance with Parliamen requirements. (more…)

Disclose compensation in automated traffic enforcement fiasco, says lawmaker

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Many summonses issued under the Automated Enforcement System are still not settled. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 24, 2015.Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng wants the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to look into the compensation that was paid to two private operators of the controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES).

He said that it was crucial that the PAC investigate the matter as it is of public interest.

“The public has the right to know how much the government has paid to the contractors. If the PAC can investigate the cost overrun of klia 2, then they should be able to look into the AES,” he said at a press conference at the Segambut DAP Service Centre.

Lim was commenting on the compensation that was paid to concessionaires Tegap Sdn Bhd and Ates Sdn Bhd, who were given the contract to install and operate 300 speed cameras nationwide under the AES. (more…)

Najib won’t quit over ‘one person’

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Prime Minister Najib Razak has finally dug his heels in and addressed calls for him to step down directly, reportedly saying he will not do so on account of “one person”.

According to English daily The Star today that frontpaged the headlines ‘I will not quit’, the embattled PM speaking in Kuantan yesterday, claimed he had the support of the people and was not prepared to cave in to calls for him to go.

“Just because one person is demanding it, I have to step down? I will not,” The Star reported him saying during a support rally at the Kuantan Air Force Base. (more…)

Dr M: Najib’s ‘lie’ on 1MDB a criminal act

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Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad today accused Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of lying about the whereabouts of 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s US$1.103 billion (RM3.97 billion) in funds, stating that there could be possible criminal wrongdoing.

He added that such an offence is punishable by up to three years in jail under the Penal Code.

“It is saddening that I can no longer avoid from saying that the prime minister lied,” he said in a blog posting today.

He was referring to Najib’s parliamentary reply on March 10 where he said the amount had been fully redeemed in the form of cash and is now kept at BSI Bank Limited Singapore. (more…)

May 24, 2015

‘Publicise SEIA studies on dams’

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem must immediately instruct Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) and Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) to publicise the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) studies conducted on the Baleh Dam and the Baleh hydro electric power (HEP) project, as well as undertake public consultation process before allowing works to commence on the dam project.

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, who made the call, said owing to the close proximity of Bakun and Murum dams to the proposed Baleh dam, the chief minister should also direct that seismological studies be carried out to assess the impact of the dam and the safety and security of the huge population living below the dams, from Belaga and Kapit down to the mouth of Batang Rajang. (more…)

Masing can laugh even as Mat Jenin dreams his Umno dreams

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Someone claiming to be an Umno pro-tem branch secretary-general challenging Dr James Masing to a debate?

And of all places, the guy wants it to be held at Padang Merdeka! All because Masing does not favour Sarawakians in Johor joining Johor Umno. Masing thinks it could be Umno’s subtle way of finding a footing in Sarawak.

But for a little known so-called Umno pro-tem branch secretary-general in Sarawak to demand a debate with Masing, the president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Senior Minister and Minister of Land Development? It’s the kind of joke I have not heard in quite a while, and Masing must be laughing in his sleep. (more…)

11MP goals based on flawed foundations

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The just released Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP) strives to inspire, cajole and rally us toward 2020. I have no problem in general with slogans, catchphrases, cheerleading, or even a dash of hyperbole. The document has to contain some of that.

However, the mandate to tug at our hearts does not give licence to toy with the facts.

This 11MP handles some data in a bizarre, anomalous manner. The most prominent of 11MP’s six multidimensional goals rests on flawed foundations.

And it is difficult to believe that errors and confusions – of a most rudimentary nature – are committed innocently. (more…)

Slow recruitment to blame for nurses’ shortage in Sarawak hospitals

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International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated around the world on the May 12 every year to mark the contributions nurses make to society.

Nurses and teachers belong to a very special group of people whose functions and duties are highly sought after, who are dedicated to their craft and are usually more often than not underpaid and overworked.

Nurses in Sarawak have been extremely unhappy of late as they have questioned the authorities on why is it that there is an acute shortage of nurses in the public sector (i.e. government hospitals and clinics), and yet there are thousands of jobless graduates waiting in the wings to be employed. (more…)

‘Sack president’ – Did Umno members cheer?

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The video recording of Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s speech at a closed-door Umno event has been making waves, primarily because he wanted the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) directors axed and investigated.

However, there is a second issue concerning claims that a sizeable number of the 400 Umno members present at the Janda Baik function cheered when a call rang out for party president Najib Abdul Razak to be sacked.

Malaysiakini checked with three Umno division leaders who attended the event but only one confirmed that it happened while another was unsure. (more…)

Former S’gor MB mulls leaving PAS

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Former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib is considering leaving PAS, if the party no longer cares about its non-Muslim support base.

He told a forum that the present leadership has neglected the approach of the late Nik Aziz Nik Mat, who was loved and respected by everyone regardless of religion and race.

“We want religious people such as Allahyarham Nik Aziz (photo) as leaders.

“Everyone loves him. The Buddhists love him, Hindus love him […] Now I see it is no longer like that. (more…)

PAS leaders who only know how to read Quran not fit as PM, says Mat Taib

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Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib says he is losing interest in PAS because emerging party leaders appeared to be not in touch with real world issues. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 23, 2015.Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said he is beginning to lose interest in PAS because emerging leaders in the Islamist party appeared to be not in touch with real world issues.

Speaking at a forum in Petaling Jaya today, Muhammad, who is also known as Mat Taib, said of late, he noticed there was the so-called ulama (clergy) coming back from the Middle East who wanted to become leaders in the party.

“They can memorise the Quran and Hadith but when we ask them to explain about 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd), they say they don’t really understand the issue. (more…)

Sultan and people support me, I will stay, says Najib

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najib,sultanUmno president Najib Razak said today the confidence in him and the support of the people gave him the courage to continue despite the pressure lately.

Najib said the feedback gathered from visits to several states recently gave him confidence that the people would continue to support his leadership.

“We are gathered here today (at RMAF Kuantan air base) with about 12,000 people, in fact we can gather 20,000 or even 40,000, after all in Tawau (Sabah), we saw 40,000 people while in Johor 15,000 people turned up. I know figures are not everything but I can see the sincerity of all of you present. We will win because we work together and when we believe in our leaders, the party will get stronger but when we fight among ourselves, God will take away our power,” he said. (more…)

Survey: PM, BR1M, 1MDB failed to woo voters

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s leadership, Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) and 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) did not manage to woo Permatang Pauh voters.

Sixty-three percent of respondents in a survey conducted by Selangor government’s think-tank Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) replied with “no” when asked whether Najib’s leadership managed to push for support for BN in the May 7 by-election.

Only 25 percent out of the 1,075 respondents replied “yes” while 12 percent of those surveyed were unsure.

IDE deputy chairperson Mohammad Redzuan Othman said Najib was proven to be unpopular in the by-election especially when there were no pictures of him on BN’s posters. (more…)

‘I didn’t say Rosmah is stupid, why is aide prickly?’

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Former minister Zaid Ibrahim questioned why Rosmah Mansor’s aide insisted that he should accept Rosmah as a “smart and brave woman” when he wasn’t aiming at her at all.

His blog post listed the characteristics that a prime minister’s wife should have.

The ex-de facto law minister said he was not dismissing Rosmah’s contribution to the country in any sense.

“Why is he (Rosmah’s aide) raising all this? I never said that Rosmah is stupid.

“I only suggested in my blog that a prime minister’s wife should not live lavishly. Why so touchy?” the former minister said at a press conference today. (more…)

Shadow cabinet an idea, but it’s not the right time

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The idea of a shadow cabinet has been around for nearly as long as the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat’s, now seven-year existence.

This is too short a gestation period for this idea to be birthed: Pakatan’s overall ideological incoherence and the factional tensions and fissures within two (PKR and PAS) of its three components prevent the coalition from attaining the critical mass that would make a shadow cabinet a logical step in its maturation.

We have only just got used to the idea that there can be an opposition coalition with enough popular support to successively deny the ruling coalition a two-thirds majority in Parliament. (more…)

Najib: Traders raise prices, I get the blame

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najib,brim,gstThe action of some traders who exploited the Goods and Services Tax has burdened the people when the tax system was implemented on April 1, said prime minister Najib Razak.

He said the traders should have reduced the prices after Sales and Services Tax was abolished but they did not do so and instead took the opportunity to raise prices by 6% using the GST as an excuse.

“The GST issue is caused by traders, these traders are evil, they are not responsible.

“It is not the government, we have other policies. When traders exploit the situation, the people blame the government and prime minister,” he said. (more…)

Najib + 1MDB = Bad

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Contrary to what the title suggests, this article has nothing to do with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak or 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

It is a bait for BN cybertroopers who are apparently under instruction to flood the “comments” section in Malaysiakini articles that mention the prime minister or his comatose brainchild.

In the social media era, employing a team of people to push forth an agenda is a common practice among political parties, where cybertroops are trained to attack and defend as and when required.

Unfortunately, the cybertroopers who are airing their views with regard to Najib and 1MDB are inflicting more harm than good on their paymasters. (more…)

Is Najib fighting his battle alone despite the open support?

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The gathering of almost all the heads of Umno Baru divisions recently came out in support of their president Najib Razak. The Umno Baru youths also carried him on their shoulders to show how ardent their support was for their leader.

And in Sabah recently, it was reported that about 40,000 attended a gathering to show their undivided support to the prime minster.

That would definitely create confidence on the part of the PM who is at the moment besieged by various accusations. (more…)

Marina Mahathir: Malaysia undergoing ‘Arab colonialism’

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Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir speaks to Malay Mail Online in Kuala Lumpur May 22, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow FengDatin Paduka Marina Mahathir has criticised the “Arabisation” of Islam in Malaysia amid the institutionalisation and growing conservatism of the faith here.

The social activist pointed out that that it is very difficult to find traditional “baju Melayu” for women during Hari Raya as Arab attire like kaftans, which are long tunics, became more popular instead over the years.

“This is just Arabisation. Our culture — it’s colonialism, Arab colonialism,” Marina told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview here.

“Kaftans are easy to wear. But what happened to our tradition, culture, everything? It’s lost,” she lamented, pointing out that Malay women below 50 generally do not know how to tie the ‘baju kurung’ skirt so that it falls into pleats and makes it easier to walk in. (more…)

Mkini survey: Household expenses up with GST

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Average household expenditure in the first month with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rose by up to 21 percent in some categories, according to Malaysiakini readers who participated in the portal’s GST survey last month.

Respondents were told to enter their expenditure levels for nine categories before the GST, and to do so again a month after GST was implemented, to measure the impact of the new tax on their daily lives.

The government earlier claimed the GST would bring down the price of a long list of goods and services arguing that at six percent, it is lower than the previous sales and service taxes levied on most goods. (more…)

New SOPs, old mindsets 

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Inevitably, the 10-point agreement which was signed by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in the lead-up to the last general election was nothing but a gimmick to win the hearts of the Christian voters.

Najib did the same with one of the Hindraf leaders, P Waythamoorthy, in which he was given a deputy minister post while his brother P Uthayakumar was in jail, but within a short span, even Waythamoorthy saw that Umno’s mentality was simply impregnable.

Recently, a video clip by Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem went viral, showing him strongly condemning “Umno from the peninsular” whose leaders are fond of calling the Chinese “pendatang” (immigrants). It has brought some cheers to his audience during a Chinese New Year event this year – the election is round the corner – in Sarawak. (more…)

Najib not getting grassroots support, says former deputy minister

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Former Umno supreme council member Datuk Dr Affifuddin Omar says grassroots leaders are not supportive of the prime minister. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 23, 2015.

The signs are not looking very good for Datuk Seri Najib Razak, a former Umno supreme council member said today, adding that the support the prime minister has been getting so far is not from grassroots leaders.

Speaking at forum titled “In Search for a New Malaysian Leader”, Datuk Dr Affifuddin Omar said this was evident going by what Umno grassroots leaders had to say during the recently concluded Rompin and Permatang Pauh by-elections.

“The ones voicing their support is mostly division heads, but on the ground, the signs are not looking very good, as seen in Rompin and Permatang Pauh recently.” (more…)

May 23, 2015

Anti-graft agency says will unfreeze accounts under probe if salaries affected

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MACC says frozen accounts in recent sweep against illegal logging in East Malaysia can be released on humanitarian grounds. – Pic courtesy of MACC, May 22, 2015.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it could partially unfreeze some of the thousands of accounts under its operation against illegal logging and smuggling in Sarawak and Sabah, if the companies under probe can give reasonable justifications why they needed access to their accounts.

These could be the need to meet operational costs or pay staff salaries, the commission’s deputy director (operations), Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, said in a statement today.He defended the commission’s move to freeze accounts of companies suspected of involvement in illegal logging, bribery, as well as tax evasion in Sarawak, and in the smuggling of cigarettes and alcohol and the abuse of the diesel subsidy in Sabah. (more…)

CFM rejects new rules mooted for Alkitab

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The government has been told to stop adding more restrictions on the distribution of the Malay language Bible or Alkitab, and to enforce the cabinet’s 10-point solution, which was introduced in 2011.

Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) today lamented the increasing limitations on religious freedom in the country, citing the recent cross protest in Taman Medan, Selangor, last month (picture below) and the controversies surrounding the Alkitab.

“Worse, it is now proposed that the import of the Alkitab be subject to newly-announced administrative requirements and procedures in Sabah and Sarawak, albeit in draft form for discussion. (more…)

Two men, one objective

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zunar,saidZunar, in fighting against the culture of fear, continues the work left unfinished by former Utusan editor Said Zahari.

Two Malays, one 87 years old, the other 53. Their birthdays are within days of one another. Both are Taureans and both live by the pen. You know Zunar, Malaysia’s satirical cartoonist, who was recently given a platform at the United Nations in Geneva to make everyone aware how the culture of fear, imposed by Umno-Baru, strikes at Malaysians.

Very few of the current generation of Malaysians would have heard of Said Zahari, a veteran journalist who was once the chief editor of Utusan Melayu, the first Malay-owned newspaper, started by Yusuf Ishak. Yusuf later became the first President of Singapore. (more…)

Sacking 1MDB board may stifle probe, says Umno minister

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Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan believes sacking the entire board of 1Malaysia Development Bhd may not help in the investigation of debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 22, 2015. There is no point sacking the entire board of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to take responsibility for the firms’ massive debts as it might slow the ongoing probe into the troubled firm’s dealings, an Umno minister said today.

Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the call by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to have the 1MDB board sacked was understandable so as to calm public anxiety over the issue, but added that such a move would not help in uncovering the truth.”Naturally the first thing the new CEO and the new board members will be asking is more time to understand the issues at hand. How could they answer questions if they didn’t know the head and tail of the issue. (more…)

Can ‘on-grid’ race in rural Sarawak benefit Pakatan?

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PKR flags and a ‘Selamat Datai’ welcome sign the Pelepok longhouse, near Betong, on April 26, 2015. Rural communities are slowing weaning themselves from voting Barisan Nasional which considers Sarawak its ‘fixed deposit’. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, May 20, 2015.In two earlier articles, The Malaysian Insider featured an Iban longhouse and a Bidayuh village which obtained electricity for themselves using mini-hydroelectric dams instead of depending on the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government. Their stories illustrate the dominant narrative in Sarawak politics, where voters in the interior areas are often told that their livelihood and success can only be provided by voting for BN. In this final instalment, SHERIDAN MAHAVERA looks at moves by opposition parties to provide basic infrastructure to rural communities, and whether this is enough for it to win more votes.

Prospective Sarawak PKR candidate Vernon Aji Kedit is in a “race” against the state Barisan Nasional (BN) to get an Iban longhouse deep in the jungles stable, cheap electricity. (more…)

Cops want A-G to review Peaceful Assembly Act

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Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Tajudin Md Isa says the police now have to work harder as the notice period for the Peaceful Assembly Act is no longer required for assemblies. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 23, 2015.After the spate of arrests under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) which drew widespread condemnation, police have now admitted that the controversial legislation needs to be reviewed.

This is especially so after the Court of Appeal, in the case against PKR youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, ruled that Section 9(5) of the Act, demanding that a 10-day prior notice be submitted before a public assembly, was unconstitutional.

Nik Nazmi was initially charged with organising the “Black 505″ rally at Kelana Jaya on May 8, 2013, shortly after the 13th general elections, without submitting a 10-day prior notice to the police. (more…)

Man up and see the real you, ‘man in the mirror’

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Excuse me. Have you looked in the mirror lately?

That man staring back at you.

That is the face of a man who have no qualms about ‘slamming’ others while being blind to his own role in the problems he raised.

Though as a writer, I was reminded again and again that one can only ‘slam’ doors and not people.

That aside, in this case, that man is a reflection of Umno Supreme Council member Mohd Puad Zarkashi and I wonder whether he has any shame in doing so?  (more…)

Minister: Sack 1MDB board as last option

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Cabinet minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan has expressed disagreement with Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s urging that the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) board of directors be sacked.

Termination should only be used as a last option should the board of directors refuse to give evidence to the auditor-general and Public Accounts Committee (PAC), said Abdul Rahman in a press release today.

“While I agree with Muhyiddin that immediate removal of the CEO and the board members could calm the public’s anxiety over this issue, I am not that sure if the decision would help us expedite our quest to find the truth. (more…)

Dirty old men with itchy fingers don’t belong in Malaysia

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Can young girls be allowed to grow up without being preyed upon by perverted old men in Malaysia?

As Malaysians struggle to comprehend how an old man in Sibu could impregnate a teenage girl with his semen-covered fingers, another old man has been caught for molesting a six-year old girl in Penang. He – like his Sibu counterpart – allegedly inserted his fingers into the girl’s private parts.

What’s most shocking about the whole incident was that no action was taken until a press conference was held to highlight the molestation. A police report lodged on April 21 seemingly languished in limbo while the 67-year-old man roamed free. (more…)

The inevitable fall of Barisan Nasional

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They say all good things must come to an end. I wonder why not enough emphasis is given to the other end of the spectrum where all bad things, too, come to an end.

Throughout history, we have seen how evil regimes, however mighty and strong they may be for a period of time, eventually come crumbling down. And interestingly enough, it is almost always the case where the crumble is due to internal squabbles within that particular regime, incompetence, irrational behaviour and of course greed.

As night follows day, governments of the day will eventually change. It is only natural. The reason for this is very clear. It is simply because the people, over time, come to realise that a particular government, and its manner of administration, is no more suitable with the current times. (more…)

‘Forget 11MP, all eyes on the now public Umno war’

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The war between the factions of Umno president Najib Abdul Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin has now exploded into the public sphere.

This was can no longer be kept an internal secret, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said today.

With the grassroots leaders aligned to either faction firing openly against the two leaders, the political power war in the country’s biggest party has now escalated sharply.

The latest salvos fired were by Umno Cheras division chief Syed Ali Alhabshee who backed Muhyiddin’s call to sack the 1MDB board members, and Special Affairs Department (Jasa) director-general Mohd Puad Zarkashi, who slammed Muhyiddin for alleged laziness in implementing his education portfolio  duties, Lim noted. (more…)

May 22, 2015

Beyond Kliktivism ” Forum: Let us work together! “

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photo 1Rise of Sarawak Efforts (R.O.S.E.) organized its inaugural public forum entitled “Beyond Kliktivism” on the evening of 18th May 2015 at the H. I. P. Café, Kuching. It had a very good turnout of about 85 persons mostly the young and from different backgrounds but all urbanites.

I was there as a volunteer with ROSE to assist in books and tee-shirt sales. Laura, the volunteer in charge of registration had made great efforts in contacting and reminding those who had pre-registered for the event to come on time and so they did! There was an excited buzz as the arriving crowd helped themselves to refreshment of lovely cheesecakes, chocolate cakes and bruschetas, accompanied by coffee and tea. One could sense the camaraderie of strangers and friends alike coming together in a such a socio-politico set-up. (more…)

Nothing wrong with Tabung Haji TRX land purchase, but…

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In itself, the purchase of the Tun Razak EXchange (TRX) land by pilgrimage fund Tabung Haji is probably not technically wrong nor questionable on the surface, though there might be questions on the business-side viability of the transaction.

After all it is standard practice for the company to invest in real estate and properties, as per Islamic requirements on commerce which must be in tangible goods or services.

And real estate development does give high returns to firms that invest in them, especially in high-yield projects like TRX, though observers have warned of a property glut in the Malaysian market. (more…)

Assistant minister with RM4 mil stashed should resign

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‘Ops Gergaji’ is really quite something, eh.

For Sarawak, ‘Ops Gergaji’ is easily the first of its kind, and it has already uncovered suspicious money in the hundreds of million.

Close to RM600 million, in fact, and about RM4 million of this is in the bank accounts of an assistant minister, who, even if he were to save every single sen of his monthly salary for a full five-year term, would not hit the RM4 million mark.

There has got to be an explanation how so much money had found its way into the assistant minister’s accounts, which the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has frozen while he is being investigated for corruption and possible abuse of power. (more…)

EC: AGC to decide on High Court redelineation order

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Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof,spr,sarawakThe Election Commission (EC) is leaving it to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to appeal against the Kuching High Court decision ordering the EC to republish its notice to redraw the Sarawak electoral boundaries.

EC chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said today the EC’s next move would be dependent upon the decision of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, whether it wanted to appeal or not.

The EC respected the decision of the court made on May 15 when Judge Yew Jen Kie ordered the EC to republish its notice on the redelineation of electoral boundaries in Sarawak by adhering to provisions in the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution. (more…)

This is Said Zahari: Patriotic, powerful and principled

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Today, few Malaysians and Singaporeans know that among them stands a Malay, who is of great stature.

Said Zahari may have been born a Singaporean, but his actions in defending the freedom of the press, promoting Malay intellectualism, upholding the highest principles and showing courage in the course of his duties, have largely been ignored by historians.

Today, Malays like Said Zahari are rare but when he was younger, there were many Malays who were not afraid of making a stand, who were courageous in the line of duty, who steadfastly defended their fellow human beings and who were not afraid of the truth. Today, very few Malays measure up to the man whom we call Said Zahari, or simply Pak Said. (more…)

Call emergency Umno MT meeting, Zam urges

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An emergency Umno supreme council meeting must be called as soon as possible to confirm the loyalty of council members for Umno president Najib Abdul Razak, former Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin said.

This is necessary after Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin’s remarks on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which casts doubts on the loyalty pledge made by Umno leaders for Najib, he said.

“It is clear that Muhyiddin is with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in that they do not want Najib to wait for the Auditor-General’s report on 1MDB and instead want the 1MDB board of directors to be sacked and investigated by the police,” he said in his blog today. (more…)

PKR leaders to file injunction against Tabung Haji, EPF and KWAP to stop 1MDB investments

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PKR lawmaker Rafizi Ramli will file an injunction against government-linked agencies, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Lembaga Tabung Haji, to stop them from investing in troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and its subsidiaries. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 21, 2015.PKR lawmaker Rafizi Ramli will file an injunction against government-linked agencies, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Lembaga Tabung Haji, to stop them from investing in troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and its subsidiaries.

The PKR secretary-general said he would file the injunction next Friday as a depositor in both the EPF and the pilgrims’ savings fund.

Besides these two agencies, Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) had also invested in 1MDB and its subsidiaries.

Rafizi said two other PKR leaders, Sungai Petani federal lawmaker Datuk Johari Abdul and former Machang MP Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, would file an injunction against KWAP. (more…)

Muhyiddin stands by statement on 1MDB, calling its board to be sacked

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Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin makes no apologies for his statement against 1MDB made in a leaked video. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 21, 2015.Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today stood by his statement that the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) board should be sacked, after a video of his speech at an Umno gathering last week was leaked online.

He told a press conference in Parliament today that he had shared his opinion in a closed-door meeting and that it was done to help his peers understand the situation better.

“That was my view, which I made at a closed-door gathering during a political course organised by the training bureau. (more…)

But Najib sits on top of 1MDB board, PAS tells DPM

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As Finance Minister, the 1Malaysia Development Bhd buck stops at Najib Abdul Razak, and so he should be sacked along with the state investment firm’s board of directors, PAS said.

PAS vice president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said this after a video of Muhyiddin calling for the sacking of 1MDB board members uploaded online made waves today.

“Muhyiddin’s move to blame the 1MDB board of directors without linking Najib is Umno’s short cut to find a scapegoat. (more…)

Unimpressive 5-year plan: More wheel greasing than final polish

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This much anticipated 11th Malaysia plan or RMK11 as it is referred to by its Malay acronym was tabled before Parliament by Prime Minister Najib Razak with much ado and too much aplomb from backbenchers, ministers and members of the PM’s family.

Billed as the final stretch for Malaysia to sprint into developed nation status as planned in Vision 2020, it however did nothing to excite the mind except perhaps with the variety of bullish words used than substance delivered.

The use of the words was perhaps highlighted by BN Hulu Selangor MP P Kamalanathan in his tweet on the word “clouds” that he said showcase concepts and words used in RMK11. (more…)

DPM’s 1MDB quit call falls on a deaf Najib

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Muhyiddin Yassin has lamented that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak did not heed his call to sack the 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) board of directors.

The deputy prime minister also wanted the ailing firm’s top management to be probed by the police.

“I told the prime minister, sack all those guys, the board (of directors) of 1MDB.

“They should be sacked since because of them, the prime minister has to shoulder the burden. Yet, they have not been sacked,” he said in a video uploaded on YouTube by former New Straits Times editor Firdaus Abdullah. (more…)

Sacking 1MDB board changes nothing, buck stops with Najib, says PKR

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PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli says the deputy prime minister’s call to sack the 1MDB board is futile as it does not resolve the firm's issues. – The Malaysia Insider filepic, May 21, 2015.The buck for 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) woes eventually stops with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the PKR said today, amid calls by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to sack the company’s board.

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said sacking the management does not resolve the problems faced by the strategic investment firm which is saddled with a RM42 billion debt.”As Najib would have been involved in all the major decisions in 1MDB, sacking the board does not solve anything,” Rafzi told The Malaysian Insider today.

Najib is chairman of 1MDB’s advisory board. (more…)

Flawed system leaves many ‘Florence Nightingales’ in the lurch

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When news of thousands of trained nurses with diploma and even degree qualifications in Sarawak made the headlines on May 17, once again the country’s education system comes under fire.

Just last year, it dawned on Sarawakians that they actually had education graduates in the hundreds who were qualified to teach, but remained jobless because the system says it only accepts those from government universities and colleges.

They, unfortunately graduated from a private university, and while they were forced to take up jobs – often low-paying ones – outside their training, many schools continue to face teacher shortage. (more…)

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