Hornbill Unleashed

July 20, 2017

Reveal progress on Sarawak’s push for autonomy, govt told

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see-sarawak-1Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How says the government must reveal the progress of the state’s push for autonomy and devolution of powers from Putrajaya.

In a statement today, he acknowledged Sarawak’s achievements over the past year, especially the establishment of the state’s education ministry which he called “the most significant progress”.

This was despite 70% of Sarawak’s 1,454 schools being categorised as “dilapidated and in need of immediate attention”.

He added that Sarawak Education Minister Michael Manyin was focused on resolving the problem of dilapidated schools and improving English proficiency among schoolchildren. (more…)

Reveal progress of Sarawak’s push for autonomy, devolution of powers at 722 Sarawak Day — Rep

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is urged to reveal the progress of Sarawak’s achievement in the push for autonomy and devolution of powers from Putrajaya, at the 722 Sarawak Day celebration this Saturday (July 22).

According to Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, who is state PKR vice chairman, Sarawakians are eagerly wanting to know how Sarawak has benefited from any success over the past one year, whether they have more control and jurisdiction over Sarawak’s natural resources, whether they have more administrative, legislative and fiscal power over the destiny of Sarawak, that the living standard of all Sarawakians has improved.

He said the 722 Sarawak Day should not be just another public holiday; it should be the most important day for Sarawak. However, he said its significance is measured by the realisation and success of Sarawak in exercising autonomous powers over matters in Sarawak, with Sarawakians benefitting in real terms. (more…)

Will Dr Sim be able to fulfill all planned projects, PKR man asks

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Image result for Jeffrey Mok pkrPKR Stampin branch youth deputy chairman Jeffery Mok is skeptical that Batu Kawah assemblyman Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian will be able to deliver all the development projects lined up for the area during his tenure.

Mok was referring to Dr Sim’s recent statement advising land owners in the constituency not to sell their land as it would be more valuable in view of the development projects lined up for the area.

He said among the projects planned for Batu Kawah were Batu Kawah Lagoon, Riverbank Park, police station, fire station, 1Malaysia Clinic and affordable houses that are highly anticipated and welcomed by the people of Batu Kawah.

“It would be a bonus if all of the above proposed developments can be realised in the future. The question here is how long would it take for work on any of the above development projects to complete? (more…)

Two French execs indicted for graft over Scorpene sale

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French investigators have indicted two former top executives with corruption over alleged kickbacks from the 2002 sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to Malaysia, according to sources close to the long-running inquiry.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today that the two are Phillippe Japiot, former chairperson of French naval dockyards unit DCNI and Jean-Paul Perrier (in photo above), former chief executive of the French defence and electronics giant Thales.

It also reported that one of the sources said Japiot has also been indicted for “abuse of social assets” and Perrier for “complicity in the abuse of social assets.

The investigation was launched in 2010, after a complaint was filed by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) in France in November 2009. (more…)

PKR Youth wants MACC, police to reopen Scorpene probe

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Image result for Scorpene probePKR Youth wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and police to reopen investigations into Malaysia’s 2002 purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines from a French defence company.

“Failure of the MACC and police to investigate and take appropriate legal action on the Scorpene submarine scandal will cause the image and integrity of the agencies to be sullied, and cause people to lose faith (in those agencies),” PKR Youth deputy chief Afif Bahardin said in a statement today.

It was reported today that French investigators had indicted two former top executives with corruption over alleged kickbacks from the sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to Malaysia.

This followed an investigation launched in 2010, after a complaint was filed by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) in France in November 2009. (more…)

Sarawak govt increases funds to address mental health problems

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said the state has increased its allocation for mental health promotions and activities. — Bernama picThe Sarawak government has increased its allocation to the state Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood for mental health promotions and activities, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said it would involve an appropriate allocation of budget for all aspects of mental health promotion, especially among schoolchildren in building their resilience.

“This will help to improve mental health and to reduce suicidal behaviour in the development plans for our state,” he told reporters after opening the 29th World Congress of The International Association For Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the 21st Malaysian Conference of Psychological Medicine (MCPM) at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

The chief minister said the government was particularly concerned about the impact of mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and alcohol and drug abuse since these were important contributors to suicide. (more…)

Sarawak confirms fifth rabies victim in Serian

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Sarawak Veterinary Services Department personnel putting down a puppy showing symptoms of being infected by rabies virus in Kampung Lebor, Gedong, Serian, July 5, 2017. — Bernama picA 52-year-old man has become the fifth victim of rabies in the infected district of Serian in Sarawak.

Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today it was confirmed on July 18 that the man, from Kampung Remun, had contracted the disease.

He said in a website post that the man had been bitten by a dog in early May and that he developed what is believed to be symptoms of the disease on July 11 and was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital

The man is the fifth person in Serian to have contracted rabies. Four people have died of the disease.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


Good governance agenda launched ahead of GE14

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A five-point “good governance agenda” was launched today by the Governance, Integrity, Accountability and Transparency (GIAT) coalition, with hopes that parties on both sides of the political divide will adopt them into their 14th general election (GE14) manifestos.

The five points are:

  • Endorse legislation that will affirm the independence of institutions, most importantly the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
  • Enact a national Freedom of Information (FOI) law, review the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA) and adopt open data principles.
  • Require by law that all cabinet ministers, members of parliament, elected officials and senior public officials to publicly declare their assets.
  • Implement the practice of budget and expenditure transparency at all levels of government, including participatory budgeting and monitoring mechanisms.
  • Require by law that all political parties publicly declare all forms of income and expenditure.


Appeal on Maria Chin’s Bersih 4 success to be heard on Oct 11

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Image result for Maria Chin's Bersih 4The Federal Court has fixed Oct 11 to hear and decide if it has jurisdiction over the prosecution’s appeal against the striking out of the Peaceful Assembly Act charge against Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah for the Bersih 4 rally.

This follows an objection made by Maria’s lawyers, led by M Puravalen and Shahid Adli Kamarudin, that since the matter came from the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur, the apex court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

DPP Hamdan Hamzah said the apex court has jurisdiction because it involves a constitutional matter.

The five-member bench led by Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif then fixed the date for hearing on whether the High Court in Kuala Lumpur had acted in its revisionary role or otherwise. (more…)

‘Legal team to find out objective of MA63’

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The legal team from Sarawak sent to London will focus on the objective of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Cobbold Commission Report besides researching any references related to the state’s rights under MA63.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg revealed this at the Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering organised by Islamic Welfare Trust Board of Limbang (Lakil) and Islamic Welfare Trust Board of Lawas (LaKHIL) that was held here on Tuesday.

He said in upholding the rights of Sarawak in Malaysia, the uppermost consideration is adherence to the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement and the Constitution.

“In any agreement, there is always the u (more…)

Economist: M’sia poised to become Asean, China economic corridor

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Image result for Economist: M'sia poised to become Asean, China economic corridorMalaysia, with its strong economic fundamentals and strategic geographical location, is expected to become an important economic corridor for Asean and China over the next five years, said IQI Group Holdings chief economist, Shan Saeed.

He said Malaysia’s economy which remained resilient despite global economic challenges, helped improve foreign investor confidence in the country.

“With our positive gross domestic product (GDP) growth, the economy is growing at a very steady pace and continues to attract foreign investments, especially from China.

“It is known that foreign investors only invest in countries with a booming economy, strong demographics and productive people,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) Third National Economic Summit yesterday. (more…)

Suaram hails indictments in French Scorpene probe

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suaram-Sevan-Doraisamy-scorpene-malaysia-1Human rights NGO Suaram, which in 2009 filed a suit against a French defence company over irregularities in the sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to Malaysia, today welcomed the French investigators’ decision to indict two former top executives involved in the deal.

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said that after such a long time without any development in the case, the NGO was cheered by the latest news.

“We have waited a long time. This is definitely what we have been hoping for, if the case proceeds. Malaysians have the right to know what happened,” he told FMT.

French news agency AFP, in a report today quoting sources, said French investigators charged two company executives involved in the sale of the Scorpene submarines costing US$1.1 billion to Malaysia in 2002. (more…)

GE14 will be mother of all elections

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najib-anwar-mahathirThe next general election is setting out to be the most interesting ever because, for the first time, a former prime minister and a former deputy prime minister are teaming up to take down a ruling prime minister.

The nation’s longest serving prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has joined hands with his former deputy prime minister-turned nemesis-turned friend, Anwar Ibrahim, to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Najib is Umno president, Mahathir was Umno president and Anwar was Umno deputy president.

A report in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) says the 14th General Election will be all the more interesting because the wives of all three are active in politics. (more…)

Rejecting Najib’s overtures towards Indian Muslims

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Islam is an emancipating religion. It seeks to liberate minds and bodies from the shackles of the old order. Blessed are those who use Islam to free themselves from the chains of slavery.

It is not the place here to speak about the various versions of servitude in India. It is more appropriate to talk about how Indians born and bred in Malaysia, through time, have found their liberation here.

If Dr Mahathir Mohamad is held up as a model of emancipation, with his father being a stern headmaster in Kedah, he has shown the extent to which a hardworking and diligent man can reach the pinnacles of power: the premiership.

When power slipped from his hands between 2003 and 2016, Mahathir did not give in or up. He returned to his core principles, forming strategic and horizontal alliances with Pakatan Harapan de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, even the Democratic Action Party, and Amanah, all of whom had been his nemesis before, to create a common front to save Malaysia. (more…)

Mahdzir: Education Ministry did not instruct school to give students two days off

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Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid opens Kepong Umno delegates' meeting, August 23, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow FengEducation Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the notice issued by a secondary school informing that students had been given a two-day break because their teachers were away for a General Election briefing, was not a directive from the ministry.

Commenting on the notice which announced that remove class students in both morning and afternoon sessions were given leave on July 18 and 19, Mahdzir said it was the school that made the decision.

The notice allegedly issued by a school in Ampang, Selangor went viral on social media recently.

He said it was normal for teachers to attend briefings by the Election Commission, Local Authorities, Municipal Council or District Education Office (PPD).

“We will conduct an internal investigation, but definitely such instructions are not allowed,” he said when met at the ministry’s Aidilfitri do here today.

Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and several cabinet ministers.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


Zaid warns Najib may invoke NSC Act

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Zaid-Ibrahim_najib_nsc_600Zaid Ibrahim has a warning for his Pakatan Harapan colleagues: Beware the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016.

Calling it a weapon that no one else has, the former minister said Prime Minister Najib Razak may use it if the results of the next general election (GE14) do not favour him and Umno.

“The prime minister has already said that he would do whatever it takes to defend the country, the Malay race and Islam.

“I read that to mean that he considers himself and Umno as indispensable, and that he is the sole defender of the country, the Malay race and Islam,” Zaid said in a blog posting today, asking PH leaders to consider a possible scenario, so as to be better prepared in such an eventuality. (more…)

We will see RoS in court if they don’t want to meet us

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DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng said tonight that before any action is taken by the party following RoS’ letter, they would like to meet the body, which has been unfruitful so far. — Picture by K.E. OoiThe DAP has threatened to sue the Registrar of Societies (RoS) if the body still refuses to meet them over the party re-elections.

The Opposition party’s Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng said tonight that before any action is taken by the party following RoS’ letter, they would like to meet the body, which has been unfruitful so far.

“There are currently several options available to the DAP, including holding the re-election under protest as well as mounting a legal challenge against the decision of the RoS.

“In the mean time we will make efforts to meet with the RoS to discuss the way forward. However the efforts to meet the Registrar so far has been unsuccessful,” he said in a press conference tonight at the party headquarters. (more…)

On guard for rabies, Penang bans dogs from Perak and Sarawak

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Afif urged dog owners in Penang to ensure their pets are adequately vaccinated. — Picture by KE OoiPenang is on high alert to prevent the spread of rabies to the state and has banned the entry of dogs from Perak and Sarawak.

The Penang Veterinary Service Department (DVS) will also conduct roadblocks to stop the transportation of dogs from Perak into Penang.

“Penang doesn’t have any new rabies cases since the outbreak in 2015 and by September this year, we would be declared rabies free,” state executive councillor Dr Afif Bahardin said.

The agriculture, agro-based industry and rural development and health committee chairman told a press conference that the DVS took 32 samples from dogs this year and all tested negative for rabies so far. (more…)

Survey finds one in every three students thinks corruption is okay

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A survey on Students’ Perception of Corruption found that one in every three local university students thinks that receiving a present in the form of money, goods or service in return for services rendered is not corruption. — Reuters pic
A survey on Students’ Perception of Corruption carried out by the Integrity Institute of Malaysia (IIM) reveals that one in every three local university students thinks that receiving a present in the form of money, goods or service in return for services rendered is not corruption.

In fact, 20.6 per cent of the survey respondents consider direct involvement in the process of appointing family members to fill vacancies in their department is a permissible act.

IIM president and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Anis Yusal Yusoff said 28.1 per cent of the respondents thought that it was not an offence for them to take company-owned properties or items, including pen drives, printer ink or papers for personal use.

He said 37.3 per cent of the respondents assumed that submitting claims for fully-sponsored outstation duties was not wrong.

“The findings from the survey, if used as a yardstick, require us to review what values ​​are being taught and sowed amongst these students,” he said in a press statement, here today.

Dr Anis Yusal said the findings of the survey should not be underestimated and should be given due attention so that future generations can take on better responsibilities.

“We are worried that the students with the above-mentioned views have been influenced by the wrong role models,” he said.

“If these findings are the perception of corruption among the students, how are we to bank on those who are not students?” he said, drawing attention that they are also the future hope of the country and the driving force of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

A total of 402 respondents were involved in the survey, 33.1 per cent of whom were from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (47.5 per cent), Universiti Teknologi MARA (15.9 per cent) and other universities (3.5 per cent).

Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


Cinema chain, Hollywood studio ‘insulated’ from China curbs on parent Wanda

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Image result for Dalian Wanda GroupCinema chain AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc and Hollywood studio Legendary Entertainment said their businesses were insulated from curbs imposed by Chinese regulators on overseas spending by parent firm Dalian Wanda Group.

Chinese banks have been told to stop providing funding for several of Wanda’s overseas acquisitions as Beijing looks to curb the conglomerate’s offshore buying spree, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The move comes amid the introduction of broader restrictions on Chinese conglomerates moving funds abroad. Wanda, controlled by one of China’s richest men, Wang Jianlin, is one of the several highly acquisitive Chinese companies that have expanded aggressively overseas into areas beyond their original business.

AMC said, however, that four deals for cinema chains completed between 2015 and earlier this year were fully paid for by the firm’s own funds and loans from US-based banks. (more…)

Scorpene: Apandi urged to cooperate with French investigators

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Cynthia-Gabriel-_apandi-ali_Scorpene_600Anti-graft activist Cynthia Gabriel today called on Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali to offer his full cooperation to French investigators who have charged two former top executives in a probe into alleged kickbacks from the 2002 US$1.1 billion sale of two Scorpene submarines to Malaysia.

Cynthia, who leads the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), said the 15-year-old Scorpene case could be solved speedily if Putrajaya gave its cooperation.

Apandi, she said, should abide by the United Nations Convention Against Corruption which Malaysia had signed.

“The convention provides for its signatories to cooperate to stamp out cross-border corruption,” she told FMT. (more…)

Anwar says will offer facts for BNM forex RCI

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said as the finance ministry tasked with the scandal at that time, he will offer his full cooperation towards the RCI. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPakatan Harapan de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today welcomed the formation of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the foreign exchange losses suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in the 1980s and 1990s.

Anwar said as the finance ministry tasked with the scandal at that time, he will offer his full cooperation towards the RCI.

“My reminder is for it to not be a political bogeyman to attack certain foes, especially Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“I will provide all facts transparently, but will not be dragged to be manipulated in a political arena,” Anwar said in a statement.

The scandal was among the biggest when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister but remained unresolved till he resigned in October 2003.

Pakatan Harapan leaders had last month accused the formation of the RCI as a political ploy against Dr Mahathir, who has now been named the pact’s chairman.

Yesterday, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V formally assented to the RCI effective July 15, under the Commissions of Enquiry Act 1950, or Act 119.

Petronas chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan who headed the special task force on the scandal was named as the RCI’s chairman.

Source : The Malay Mail Online


Storm brewing over Dr M as Pakatan chairman

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A newspaper reported that pockets of Anwar supporters continue to reject Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) over his past transgressions and were angered by his selection to lead the federal Opposition pact. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaDiscontent over Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s appointment as Pakatan Harapan chairman is causing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s loyalists to consider breaking off from the pact, according to a report today.

The Star newspaper reported that pockets of Anwar supporters continue to reject Dr Mahathir over his past transgressions and were angered by his selection to lead the federal Opposition pact.

Despite the purported “reconciliation” between Dr Mahathir and Anwar whom he sacked as his deputy in 1998, the newspaper said that hardcore supporters of the latter felt betrayed by the former prime minister’ rise to power in Pakatan Harapan.

Among these are members of the Otai Reformis group that continue to hold on to the “anger” of Anwar’s sacking in 1998, as many of them were detained by authorities in the security crackdown that ensued. (more…)

Special committee to be set up to empower Shariah courts

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Islamic affairs minister Datuk Sri Jamil Khir Baharom said a special committee will be set up with the involvement of Islamic religious councils of each state to empower the Shariah Court. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
A special committee will be set up with the involvement of Islamic religious councils of each state to empower the Shariah Court, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

He said the proposal to form the committee would be tabled to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak soon.

“Among the suggestions are to upgrade the Shariah Court from a three-tier system to five, which comprises a Middle Court and a High Court of Appeal which is also known as the Syariah Appeal Council.

“The upgrade of the Shariah Court will also involve an increase in its staff,” Jamil Khir told reporters after a one-hour meeting with Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob at the Kota Darul Naim Complex here today. (more…)

July 19, 2017

Giving schoolchildren a lighter load to carry

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The issue of heavy schoolbags is one that affects many schoolchildren. Complaints have been made to school principals, but while there has been a lot of discussion, implementation is often found wanting.

In the case of my son’s school, two parents had in fact, volunteered to put together a comprehensive report and submitted it to the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). A consultant was also invited to provide a solution, and her quotation submitted.

After three months of silence, when pressure was finally exerted by the state education department, both the school’s headmistress and PTA committee scurried all over to ask for both report and quotation again.

Political will

It takes a lot of political will to push for a paradigm shift. In some schools, where there has been heavy investment in digital boards, textbooks can be easily scanned and converted into portable document files (PDFs) that can be used on the digital boards. (more…)

Public flogging replaces ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ slogan

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“There must have been a moment, at the beginning, were we could have said – no. But somehow we missed it.”

– Tom Stoppard, ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’

When Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says that the amended enactment allowing for (amongst other things) public whipping in Kelantan only affects Muslims, it is yet again another falsehood told by the state to non-Muslims in this country.

There is empirical evidence – something I know that some Muslims frown upon – which collaborates the fact that anything concerning Islam in this country affects every single citizen in this country. Furthermore, there is ample evidence that the minions of Umno are exempt from the harsh glare of Islamic laws which is not the reality for every other Muslim in this country.

While corruption scandals will never be investigated and wrongdoers subjected to public canings, there will be hundreds of Muslims who will be subjected to such public humiliations for “crimes” that ultimately do not affect the country as the crimes committed by the political elites and rich Muslim cabals. (more…)

Kit Siang: Push for Richard Malanjum to be next chief justice

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richard-malanjum-lim-kit-siang-sabah-1Veteran DAP politician Lim Kit Siang has called on the 10 Cabinet ministers and 57 MPs from Sabah and Sarawak to lobby for Richard Malanjum to be the next chief justice.

He says in a blog post that the elected representatives of these two states should not lose the opportunity of having a first-time chief justice who hails from Sabah and Sarawak .

The Prime Minister’s Office recently announced that the tenures of Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal President Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin had been extended. They were due to go on mandatory retirement on Aug 3 and Sept 27, respectively.

Saying the tenure extensions were unconstitutional and detrimental to the cause of nation-building, Lim adds it will be an even more glaring injustice if the elected representatives of Sabah and Sarawak were to bypass “the opportunity to appoint the first chief justice from Sabah and Sarawak in the person of Tan Sri Richard Malanjum”. (more…)

S4S to hold public talk as part of Sarawak Day do

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The Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) movement will be holding a public talk at Paramount Hotel, Sibu in conjunction with Sarawak Day on July 22, starting 1.30pm.

Activist Lina Soo said that she and four other speakers would discuss and explore multiple important topics with regards to the history on the formation of Malaysia and factors contributing to nation-building.

“I will be speaking on ‘Sarawak Secrets From the British Documents’ based on my research at the British National Archives,” she told a press conference here yesterday.

Other speakers will be an academician and Cambridge-trained social anthropologist Dr Awang Hasmadi Awang Mois who will speak on ‘Cultural and Religious Factors in Nation Building’, lawyer Patrick Uren on ‘MA63 and Income Disequilibrium between Malaya and Sarawak’; activist Dzulfiqar Yeu who is popularly known as Bengkor and one of the founders of S4S, on ‘Decolonisation and Self-Determination’, and activist Jarau Ajan of Pertubuhan Anak Dayak Sarawak (Peranak). (more…)

‘King’s birthday paid public holiday for workers’

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richard-riotThe government has dictated that employers must regard Sept 9, the official birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhamad V, as a paid public holiday for their workers.

Human Resources Minister Richard Riot Jaem said the provision was contained in Section 60D (1)(a) of the Employment Act 1955, Section 103(1)(a) of the Labour Ordinance (Sabah chapter 67) and Section 104 (1)(a) of the Labour Ordinance (Sarawak chapter 76).

In a statement here today, he said when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s birthday falls on a public holiday, then the following day should be a paid holiday as a replacement.

Nevertheless, for Sarawak which had declared Sept 9 as the birthday of its Yang di-Pertua Negeri, he said no additional public holiday would be given.

The government has agreed to amend the king’s official birthday from July 29 to Sept 9.

“Non-compliance with the law is an offence which carries a fine of not more than RM10,000 under Section 99A of the Employment Act 1955; Section 130M of the Labour Ordinance (Sabah Chapter 67); and Labour Ordinance (Sarawak Chapter 76),” said Riot.

Source : FMT Online by Bernama


We are all ‘Chainese’

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Like so many famous rhetorical flourishes that come to be regarded as self-evident truths, French philosopher, and writer Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s ringing declaration that “man is born free, and is everywhere in chains” is, on careful consideration, ridiculous.

In fact, the reality is entirely the opposite. We are all born in chains – chains of genetic inheritance, of infantile ignorance and impotence, and of the familial, physical, cultural, political and other environmental circumstances in which we find ourselves – and can either submit to being constrained by such chains or struggle against them to try and set ourselves as free as possible.

And this state of affairs seems to me to be nowhere more evident than in China, or what I prefer to think of as “Chaina”, on the grounds that its people have been enchained throughout history by an endless series of dismal dictatorships.

Mostly imperial dictatorships, of course, but currently one led by a Communist Party as dictatorial as any emperor could possibly be, and so deceptive as to try and pass itself off as the “People’s’ Republic of China” into the bargain. (more…)

Three areas declared as new rabies infected areas

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Three areas – Siburan town, Kampung Temong Mura in Tebedu and Rumah Janta Punggu Mawang in Sri Aman – were declared new rabies-infected areas yesterday.

According to a statement from the State Disaster Management Committee, an integrated operation organised by Minister of Local Government and Housing and State Veterinary Services Department is being carried out at Kota Sentosa, Kota Padawan and Siburan, after Siburan was declared a rabies infected area.

The statement also said no new cases were reported.

It further said areas within 10km from Kampung Ampungan, Kampung Mentong Berawan, Kampung Mentong Silaga, Kampung Engkabang, Kampung Tampek Sumpas, Kampung Rasau, Bandar Serian and 45th Mile Kuching-Sri Aman road were still rabies positive areas. (more…)

Diamonds are not forever, my lady

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I am back from a hiatus. So, excuse me while I rant as Jimi Hendrix excuses himself kissing the sky!

So, what the hell are Malaysians going to do about the story of the Singapore banker jailed for 54 months for a crime related to the global fiasco called 1MDB?

Get four witnesses to go after those in Malaysia? Public caning in Kelantan then? Or just a slap on the diamond-studded hands? Or let “divine justice” take its course and human intervention on a mass rakyat scale step aside?

This is the nature of Malaysia’s “Islamic state”. Let the polluters, deforesters, and plunderers go. Silence the people with free haj tickets, and install public caning for those petty crimes, to show commitment to Islam “yang syumul”.

The Enlightenment guru Jean-Jacques Rousseau was right about religion – of the religion of man and the state. They tame the spirit differently. (more…)

A different approach to develop Sarawak

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The state government will continue to develop the state like what has been implemented by the previous chief minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem and also carry the task entrusted by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“I have a different approach to develop the state and within 100 days of me at the helm, all the necessary things have been implemented to improve the state’s economy.

“The economy should be developed holistically with the existing resources and add value to the resources,” he said at the Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri gathering organised by Bintulu Islamic Welfare Trust Board and PBB Jepak at Parkcity Everly Hotel here yesterday.

Present were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Amar Dato Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip and wife Datin Dr Zaliha Abdullah, Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi,  Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women and Family Childhood Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, Samalaju assemblyman Majang Renggi, Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon, Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari, and director of Islamic Education Bureau of Sarawak Islamic Council Datu Dr Adi Badiozaman Tuah. (more…)

Najib more tolerant than Dr M on rights, says Sarawak activist

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Rights activist Lina Soo explaining to reporters on the implication of amending Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution that reduced Sarawak's status as one equal partner to Malaya to one of the 13 states in the Federation of Malaysia, July 18, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok Tawie.Sarawakians seeking the return of their rights may be shackled if Pakatan Harapan takes over Putrajaya at the next elections, activist Lina Soo warned today.

She claimed that a Pakatan Harapan federal government under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not hesitate to detain those who dare speak out in favour of returning the rights of the Borneo states as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement (MA) 1963.

“During his time as the prime minister, we dared not talk about our rights out of fear that we would be detained under the Internal Security Act,” she told a press conference here.

She cited as examples the detention of Sabahan politician Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan and a few other Sabahans under the Internal Security Act (ISA) ― now abolished ― when they talked about Sabah’s rights. (more…)

Umno should just ban all non-Malay political parties

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“A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.”

– Henry A Wallace

Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak claimed “the opposition coalition can never match BN, which has a track record of cooperation between the different ethnic groups and tolerance between its leaders, without compromising party principles”. This brings us to the question of what exactly are Umno’s principles.

We know from the National Civics Bureau (Biro Tatanegara, BTN) courses that Umno’s principles are an unholy brew of racial supremacy, religious bigotry and corporatism that was endorsed by a compliant Malaysian polity, resulting in a cascade of religious and racial issues that compromised every facet of government. With the ouster of the charismatic, jailed political prisoner – Anwar Ibrahim – from the Umno fold, the contemporary Umno narrative is one of loss of power and influence by attrition.polity, resulting in a cascade of religious and racial issues that compromised every facet of government. With the ouster of the charismatic, jailed political prisoner – Anwar Ibrahim – from the Umno fold, the contemporary Umno narrative is one of loss of power and influence by attrition. (more…)

A future where electricity is supplied by Petronas?

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For many Malaysians, the country’s electricity supply and Tenaga Nasional Bhd have become synonymous with each other.

This is in part due to the restrictive nature of the power industry, where the only alternative is independent power producers, some of which have been accused of receiving preferential treatment, an arrangement that has upset TNB executives.

But the vision of a liberalised energy market, which could even see Petronas supplying electricity, may possibly be a way forward.

The proposal was made during a Transformasi Nasional 2050 ‘X’ (TN50x) dialogue with young professionals from the national oil company, hosted by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. (more…)

Wan Azizah: Harapan to continue making decisions by consensus

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Pakatan Harapan will continue its decision-making model based on consensus, despite a change in its leadership structure, said opposition leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

“We are (maintaining the) consensus (model),” said the newly minted Harapan president at Kajang today.

She was responding to criticisms and questions raised about who in the coalition’s top three positions – de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad, or herself – would call the shots when an issue arises.

Wan Azizah also slammed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over his joke on Twitter, saying the new Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) MRT line would help those in Kajang to visit people in Sungai Buloh in a convenient and comfortable manner. (more…)

Sarawak Development Bank may take off in January

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sarawak-bank-1The proposed Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) may get off the ground as early as Jan 1 next year.

The Sarawak government is likely to inject about RM3 billion from its reserves to kick-start its operations, according to a report in The Edge. Approval for the money injection is expected to come at the next state assembly sitting, probably in October or November.

The Edge reported that of the RM3 billion, RM1 billion would be used as paid-up capital and the balance as a deposit by the state government.

“This means the state government will earn interest income, most likely 4% to 5% per year (from its deposit in the bank),” one source told The Edge. (more…)

Welfare officers will be empowered to protect domestic violence victims, minister says

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Rohani said the EPO would provide protection to domestic violence victims by preventing the perpetrator from hurting the victim, inciting others to commit domestic violence or the perpetrator from entering a safe place, shelter, residence, joint residence or alternative residence. — Picture by Choo Choy MaySome 1,600 Welfare Department (JKM) officers will be empowered to issue an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) to provide immediate protection to victims of domestic violence, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.

She said it was among five reforms included in the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017 which was expected to be tabled for the second and third readings in Dewan Rakyat at the next Parliamentary sitting.

Through the amendment, she said, authorised officers are empowered by JKM director-general to issue ex-parte temporary order effective for one week to protect domestic violence victims during a state of emergency.

“Currently all JKM officers are in the midst or have undergone the relevant course. The ministry wants all JKM officers in the field to be well-trained,” she told reporters at a briefing session on the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017 to media practitioners here today. (more…)

BNM: Access to financing not main issue for affordable housing

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If the issue of affordable housing is to be resolved, all parties must be clear on the root cause of the matter and honestly strive to help those affected by it, says Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

BNM said in a statement this is with reference to media reports on calls to review the housing loan criteria for potential buyers of affordable houses.

“The comments made by some parties have caused confusion and were not based on facts and accurate information,” it said, adding that eligible home buyers will continue to have access to financing.

BNM said in the first five months of 2017, RM40 billion in housing loans were approved to more than 152,000 borrowers, and three- quarters of them were first-time house buyers. (more…)

Bersih welcomes halt on EC’s map proposal for Melaka

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bersih-2-spr-1Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has welcomed the Melaka High Court’s decision to issue a stay order on the local inquiry proceedings for the revised redelineation proposal by the Election Commission (EC) pending the conclusion of the judicial review.

Calling it a “highly significant development”, Bersih said there was a “severe inequality of voters” among constituencies in the same state, and boundaries drawn that do not maintain local ties.

“These are being proposed by the EC in favour of the ruling party in many constituencies, as revealed by Bersih 2.0 and other research groups working on this issue.”

In a statement today, the steering committee added that a serious case of malapportionment could mean that the outcome of an election would be decided even before it was called. (more…)

King consents to formation of RCI on BNM forex losses

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PMO-bnm-1Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has given his consent to the formation of a royal commission of inquiry to investigate the foreign currency transaction losses suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) during the 1990s, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

In a statement today, the PMO said the formation of the commission was done according to the Commission of Inquiry Act 1950 (Act 119) and had taken effect from July 15, 2017.

In line with the provisions under the act, Sultan Muhammad V has also consented to the appointment of Petronas chairman Mohd Sidek Hassan as the commission’s chairman.

The commission will have the power and jurisdiction to: (more…)

Now, Dr M says will back Anwar for PM if it’s the ‘people’s choice’

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PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaking during a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya, July 18, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaAfter days of vacillating, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he would support jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for prime minister if the people wished it so.

“If that is the people’s choice, why not?” Dr Mahathir said during a press conference here.

He also said that he stood by his previous assessment that Anwar was unfit to be prime minister, but said that his opinion only applied to the “prevailing circumstances of that time”.

“I might change my mind again next year,” he quipped.

British publication The Guardian recently reported Dr Mahathir as supporting Anwar to become the next prime minister, but the former denied backing Anwar to the local media. (more…)

Muhyiddin warns of PTPTN depletion if trainee teachers allowances scraped

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The education ministry’s suggestion to do away with allowances for trainee teachers, thereby forcing them to loan from the National Higher Education Loan Fund (PTPTN) is bad news for the fund which is already facing depletion, said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin, who was once education minister, said the proposed policy will not only burden trainee teachers but increase competition among those needing PTPTN funds, which is already reducing the maximum loan amount to students by 5 to 15 percent since 2014.

“When the trainee teachers are asked to loan from PTPTN, there will be competition between students who turned to PTPTN because they failed to obtain a scholarship and the trainee teachers who will also be forced to loan (for their allowances) from the same fund.

“My worry is a portion of them will not get approval from PTPTN even though they have the qualifications,” said Muhyiddin. (more…)

Court allows EC’s appeal against 7 voters in Melaka

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ec-gavel-court-votersThe Court of Appeal today allowed an appeal by the Election Commission (EC) against a High Court order which gave leave to seven voters in Melaka to challenge the on-going redelineation exercise.

A three-man bench chaired by Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, unanimously ruled in favour of the EC, which was represented by Amerjeet Singh.

She did not provide any grounds and made no order as to costs.

Ambiga Sreenevesan represented the seven voters.

The appellate court had fixed today to hear the appeal, with both Amerjeet and Ambiga giving submissions before the bench. (more…)

New immigration control system will help M’sia’s bid for US visa waiver

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Putrajaya will introduce a new immigration control system by 2021 which would help Malaysia’s bid to qualify for the US’ visa waiver programme (VWP), said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The National Immigration Control System, or Skin according to its Malay acronym, will integrate all existing immigration systems, said Zahid according to Bernama.

Zahid said the Skin project would be undertaken by Prestariang Skin Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Pestariang Bhd. According to Pestariang’s website, the company is an IT firm and is the exclusive Microsoft distributor to the federal government.

According to Zahid, the deal will not involve government funds and would reduce spending by the home ministry and immigration department. (more…)

‘GST collects billions, so why tourism tax for RM90 million?’

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Junz-Wong-nazri-aziz-tourism-hotel-checkin-1Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) says Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz’s latest remarks about the tourism tax leave more questions than answers.

Yesterday, Nazri said the tourism tax was meant to plug the deficit in the ministry’s advertising spending budget due to the massive cut in the tourism promotion budget from RM200 million to RM110 million this year.

Nazri also said the depreciation of the ringgit had made promoting Malaysia overseas more expensive.

“Just two years ago, when the ringgit fell to its lowest value in 17 years, Nazri said the depreciation of the ringgit was good for tourism. (more…)

Ask me anything at ‘Nothing to Hide’ forum, Dr M tells Najib

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mahathir_nothing_600Dr Mahathir Mohamad has invited Najib Razak to a discussion on how he enriched his children as well as how the prime minister had RM2.6 billion in his personal accounts.

Mahathir said he and Najib had missed the chance to do so during the 2015 “Nothing to Hide” forum, which was cancelled by police due to security concerns.

“We can address all the allegations that have been made against me. I feel this is a good platform to state the truth,” Mahathir told a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here today.

“Najib should attend too and answer questions or throw allegations at me.

“Don’t let it be like the first ‘Nothing to Hide’ forum though, where he didn’t show up because of an alleged riot, which didn’t actually occur,” Mahathir said. (more…)

Putrajaya announces forex RCI members, terms of reference

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The government has announced the composition of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into Bank Negara’s foreign exchange (forex) losses, which among others will recommend the appropriate action to be taken against those found to be directly or indirectly involved.

The RCI has been given a three-month time frame to complete its task and submit a report to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the six-member team would be headed by the former chief secretary to the government Mohd Sidek Hassan, who would serve as the commission’s chairperson.

Mohd Sidek, who is the chairperson of Petronas, also headed the special task force into the forex losses to determine if there were attempts to cover-up as well as to mislead cabinet and parliament on the matter. (more…)

Questions about Najib’s China policy

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The latest reports from China show that real estate developer Dalian Wanda Group, headed by Wang Jianlin, ostensibly the richest man in China, is in a hurry to sell more than 76 hotels that it owns to raise US$9.3 billion.

Indeed, South China Morning Post reported that “Wanda will sell 76 hotels under its eponymous brand, along with 91 percent equity in 13 theme parks and projects classified as culture and tourism to Sun Hongbin’s Sunac China for 63 billion yuan (US$9.3 billion), according to an announcement on the seller’s website.

“The sale includes the US$6 billion Harbin Wanda City, the resort featuring the world’s biggest indoor ski slope that opened two weeks ago.”

While Wanda has found a buyer in China, this raised the question if Wanda is “Wandan”, which in Chinese means “finished”, “kaput”, or “all done in”. (more…)

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