Hornbill Unleashed

December 1, 2015

PKR move to achieve civil service Borneonisation

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Up to 90% of the education sector and heads of Federal departments in the state should comprise Sarawakians by 2018, says Sarawak PKR.

Towards this end, its chairman Baru Bian plans to table a motion in the upcoming State Legislative Assembly sitting urging the state government to take steps to achieve Borneonisation and equal ethnic parity share in the state civil service.

Baru, who is Ba’Kelalan assemblyman, said Sarawakians were currently under-represented in Federal public services in the state.

He noted that Borneonisation of public services in the state was an objective of the Federation of Malaysia as stated in the Inter-Governmental Committee Report 1962 and recognised in the Malaysia Agreement 1963. (more…)

BN ticket possible only if Wong, Mawan & Co. return home

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The leaders of Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) and United People’s Party (UPP) should take the advice of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dr James Masing.

On Nov 23, in Kanowit during the launch of the Kanowit Festival, Masing had asked Teras and UPP to consider rejoining their former parties, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

“To me the solution is simple. If UPP and Teras want to contest in the seats under the Barisan Nasional (BN) symbol, they must return to SUPP and SPDP.

“It is either to join the parties which you have come from before or use your own symbols and not take a ride on BN’s popularity,” Masing was quoted as saying. (more…)

Previous BN govts to be blamed for the loss of our rights

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Who should be blamed for the loss of Sarawak’s special rights which are enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement and in the Federal Constitution?

The majority of Sarawakians are likely to point their fingers at the previous state Barisan governments – right from the second chief minister Tawi Sli (1966 to 1970), the third chief Minister Abdul Rahman Yakub (1970 to March 1981) and chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud (March 1981 to February 2014).

Under these three chief ministers, Sarawak lost almost all its rights in the Malaysia Agreement.

Tawi Sli was the weakest of the three chief ministers. It was the federal secretary, Harun Arifin, who controlled the state government by virtue of the fact that he was appointed chairman of the state security committee (SOC). (more…)

Education Minister backs Sarawak Chief Minister over lack of English proficiency

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Mahdzir Khalid (L) (2)Malaysians need to improve their English proficiency, especially the younger generation, so that they can compete at the global stage, says Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

Mahdzir said the ministry would carry on with efforts aimed at improving English proficiency in the nation.

“We will introduce a Dual Language Programme, where schools have an option to teach Mathematics, Science and other skills-related subjects in English,” said Mahdzir after launching SK Matu Baru’s new building at Kampung Bintawa here.

Mahdzir said 300 schools nationwide were ready to take up the programme in the coming school term next year. (more…)

TPPA on labour – sugar coating on bitter medicine

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There has been much confusion among trade unionists and opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on whether to support the TPPA in view of Chapter 19, the Chapter on Labour, and the agreed side letters on US-Malaysia Labour Consistency Plan within the agreement.

For trade unionists, most of the provisions in the Labour Chapter, and especially the side letter between Minister Mustapa Mohamed and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman, should be welcomed with open arms, as finally the Malaysian government would be “forced” to comply with many of the demands that trade unions and civil society organisations have been fighting for all these years.

We cannot deny that the US has just “made an offer we cannot refuse” to Malaysian workers through the TPPA, as it would greatly uplift their rights and the rights of migrant workers as well, which have been trampled upon all these years. Among the savoury items in the agreement are; (more…)

Aliran echoes UN, calls for Anwar’s release

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Aliran has passed wide-ranging resolutions during its 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday in Penang. It includes one on releasing jailed de facto Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. The Resolution noted that freedom for Anwar would be in line with the recommendation by a UN Working Group that “his imprisonment was arbitrary” and that he was denied a fair trial and then jailed for political reasons.

“There’s a grave lack of independence of the judiciary and the credibility of the Attorney-General’s Office and the police are plummetting. They are supposed to uphold the rule of law.”

The Resolutions, among others, also called on the government to quickly complete the investigation into the twin mega scandals, the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6 billion political “donation” controversy; and further called for the Sedition Act, Sosma, Pota and other coercive laws to be abolished. (more…)

Three-cornered fights are Opposition’s Achilles’ heel

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pas-pkr-dapBy now it is clear that even with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) financial scandal, Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s campaign against Prime Minister Najib Razak, the pain of the Goods and Services Tax and numerous alleged incidences of corruption, abuse and mismanagement of the economy by the government, it still does not mean that the next general election will be won by the Opposition coalition.

This is not to say that we should under-estimate the average Malaysian’s disillusionment with, and distrust of, Umno and its partner parties in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. Even the most ignorant of Umno members, are fully aware of how division chiefs enrich themselves with fat contracts, scholarships for their children including jobs in the civil service for relatives and friends, etc. (more…)

Photo won’t lead to intrusion, weak border control will

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When Najib Razak shook hands with his Isreali counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, scores of Malaysians criticised him. Similarly, when photos of Najib seated beside self-proclaimed sultan of Sulu, Ismail Kiram, surfaced, he drew flak from Malaysians.

Let’s also not forget how Malaysians responded over photos of the Sulu sultanate’s entourage appearing as invited guests at a recent Umno General Assembly.

In the most recent case involving PKR Vice-President Nurul Izzah, she received her share of criticisms from Malaysians for her photo with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of Jamalul Kiram III.

But how the government and opposition dealt with their political foes is worth considering. (more…)

Shahbudin: After Pagoh, Najib will move against Muhyiddin

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A political analyst has ventured in his latest blog posting that Umno President and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak would have no choice eventually but to move against his deputy in the party, Muhyiddin Yassin, who he reckons has become a burden and continues to create difficulties for him by raising the twin mega scandals, the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6 billion political donation “controversy” in his (Najib’s) personal banking accounts. “A day before the Umno General Assembly, this time on December 10, the Supreme Council is supposed to meet.”

“It’s believed that Muhyiddin will either be suspended during this meeting to prevent him speaking as the Deputy President during the closing of the meeting or he may even be sacked from the party.” (more…)

Nancy: No deadline for 1MDB investigations

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nancy-shukriNo specified deadline has been set for the completion of investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) currently being conducted by a special task force, Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Nancy Shukri said today.

“There is no deadline given for the completion of this investigation as the case involves many witnesses and documents abroad,” she said in a written Parliamentary reply.

She said this in response to Jelebu MP Zainuddin Ismail, who had earlier requested for the Prime Minister’s department to state the current status of the 1MDB investigation.

According to the written reply, the 1MDB special task force was still in the process of its investigations that could only be wrapped-up once statements from all witnesses and relevant documents were obtained.

“Once the investigations by the special task force is completed, its findings will be presented to the Attorney-General (Mohamed Apandi Ali) for further action,” she said.

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How the opposition can win the next election

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By now it is clear that the 1MDB financial scandal, Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s campaign against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, the pain from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and numerous examples of corruption, abuse and mismanagement of the economy and governance are not going to win the next election for the opposition coalition.

This is not to say that we should underestimate the average Malaysian’s disillusionment with, and distrust of, Umno and its partner parties in the ruling BN coalition.

Even the most simpleton Umno member is fully aware of how the ketua bahagian have enriched themselves with fat contracts, scholarships for their children, jobs in the civil service for their relatives and friends, etc. (more…)

UPP gives up on reconciling with SUPP before Sarawak polls

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UPP president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh (left) with Datuk Dr Jerip Susil at a press conference on Nov 30, 2015, in Kuching. Wong says he can conclude that Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is disappointed that his initiative for a UPP-SUPP patch up has not materialise. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe United People’s Party (UPP) abandoned hopes of reconciliation with bitter rival Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) today, one day before the deadline set by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem for them to do so.

UPP president Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh who announced this today also blamed the rival party for the failure, citing a resolution adopted at a recent SUPP annual general meeting to ban any negotiation over seats with UPP.

“Any SUPP leader, including the president himself, will be referred to the disciplinary committee if they come and meet with us,” he said.

“It looks like there is no hope for us to reconcile, ahead of the state polls next year.” (more…)

RM2.6b reply and what to expect as Parliament sitting ends

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In the past 21 days of the last Parliament session for 2015, stunts like the “Where is RM2.6 billion” placards and the “cari makan” joke by Public Accounts Committee chief Hasan Ariffin have coloured media coverage of the national legislative proceedings.

Malaysians also keenly followed the first round of voting for the national budget, where Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Abdul Razak survived the attempt to signal no confidence in him by voting down Budget 2016.

With just one week to go for the final session of the parliamentary sitting for this year, four crucial items on the list make for an exciting four days ahead from today.

Final vote – third reading of Budget (more…)

Possible toll hike for PLUS highways next year, every 3 years till 2038

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Putrajaya says PLUS can increase toll rates on its highways every three years until 2038. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 30, 2015.
Projek Lebuhraya Usahasama Bhd (PLUS) is entitled to increase toll rates on highways under its concession by 5% every three years from next year, Putrajaya said today.

The hikes will last until its concession period ends in 2038, Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said today.

She clarified this with reporters after answering a supplementary question in the Dewan Rakyat from Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari (BN-Setiawangsa), who asked if an extended concession period meant there would be no toll hikes until 2038.

“Based on the supplementary concession agreement signed in November 2011, the government and PLUS agreed not to increase toll rates for five years between 2011 and 2015. (more…)

Questioning Charles Morais’s counsel an assault on lawyer-client privilege, says group

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Lawyers For Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen says the government must ensure that international standards concerning lawyer-client privileges are respected. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 30, 2015.A lawyers’ advocate group has expressed concern over a police plan to question lawyer Americk Sidhu over his client Charles Morais’s statutory declaration claim that the murder of his brother, former deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais, was linked with his prosecution work.

Lawyers For Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen said investigating lawyers representing clients was a serious assault on the independence of the Bar and the fundamental principle of lawyer-client privilege.

“It is basic that all communications and consultations between lawyers and their clients within their professional relationships are confidential and privileged,” he said in a statement.

Paulsen said lawyers should not be identified with their clients or their client’s causes as a result of discharging their functions. (more…)

Ex-Malaysian diplomat pleads guilty to New Zealand indecent assault

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Mohammed Rizalman Ismail as seen in court in Wellington in October last year, after he was extradited from Malaysia to face sexual assault charges. – AFP file pic, November 30, 2015.A former Malaysian diplomat pleaded guilty today to the indecent assault of a New Zealand woman, with a court hearing he burst into her bedroom naked from the waist down.

Mohammed Rizalman Ismail was a military attache at Malaysia’s Wellington high commission when the incident happened last year, and the case caused outrage when he fled to his homeland citing diplomatic immunity.

Rizalman was eventually extradited to face the New Zealand courts and had pleaded not guilty to attempted rape and burglary.

But with his trial due to start Monday, the original charges were dismissed when the 39-year-old admitted one count of indecent assault against Wellington woman Tania Billingsley. (more…)

DAP-like slogan, RM2.6b, S’pore stooge and more: Doctor’s diagnosis

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In an open letter penned to Umno grassroots leaders ahead of the party annual general assembly, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has cited a list of what ails the current president.

He also reiterated his claim that Umno now belongs to Najib Abdul Razak and noted how loyalty at present is to the president, no longer the party, race or nation.

Mahathir, who led Umno for 22 years, is hoping his diagnosis would convince grassroots leaders to heed his call to oust the president before the next general election.

According to 90-year-old former premier, Najib suffers from: (more…)

BN lawmaker proposes a communist museum

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A BN lawmaker has suggested the government build communist museum in Gerik so the younger generations will not be influenced into believing that the communists had contributed to the nation’s independence.

“We know that a group of people had tried to twist the facts in that they claimed the communists were fighters of national independence,” Hasbullah Osman (BN-Gerik) told the Dewan Rakyat today.

He, however, said this was not true as the communists had left a legacy of violence particularly in Gerik. (more…)

Blind support for Najib will see Umno fall, Dr Mahathir tells grassroots

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged Umno grassroots to not support the party president blindly as it could spell an end for the party. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 30, 2015.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today published an open letter to Umno members and grassroots leaders, warning them that supporting party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak could mean the end of Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general election.

The former prime minister urged them not to remain blindly loyal to Najib to the detriment of the country, even though they might be rewarded for doing so.

“Supporting Najib may bring rewards to certain people, but when BN loses, all the rewards will be lost.

“In contrast, if Najib stepped down as Umno president and prime minister, it is highly likely Umno will return to its glory and BN will win the 14th general election,” he wrote on his blog chedet.cc. (more…)

Sultan of Johor: A wise and tolerant Muslim leader

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Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar is a wise and tolerant Muslim leader. He is clearly a man of peace who only wants the best for his subjects and his home state.

The sultan has been in the news in recent months for saying all the right things.

A few days ago, he ordered all shops selling vaping products in Johor to close by Jan 1. Many can agree with his decision, except those involved in the vaping industry of course.

Yesterday (Nov 29) the sultan declared that there should be no issue if Muslims join their friends of other faiths in celebrating their festivals. (more…)

Nine months on, instructions on ‘burn Quran’ probe still not out

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The Attorney-General’s (AG) Chambers has yet to act in over nine months since it received police investigation papers on Baling Wanita Umno chief Mashitah Ibrahim, who had alleged that certain Chinese had burned the Quran.

“The probe was conducted following a police report lodged on Dec 5, 2014 under section 505(b) of the Penal Code, an offence that involved a statement against public order.

“The probe was concluded and sent to the AG’s Chamber on Feb 5 and (the police) are waiting for further instructions,” said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in his capacity as home minister.

Mashitah stands to receive a maximum of two years jail sentence and a fine if charged under the said provision. (more…)

‘Up to Najib to decide if Muhyiddin can give AGM wind-up speech’

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The Umno secretary-general is leaving it to the party president and supreme council members to decide whether deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin will deliver the winding-up speech at the Umno general assembly this time around.

Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, however, said it was not stated in the party constitution that the deputy president must make the winding-up speech as was usually done previously.

“One person (party president) only is enough… but it depends on the president and the MT (supreme council)… I am merely the secretary-general,” he told reporters after opening the National Convention on the Social Wellbeing of the Urban Community: ‘Towards Strengthening the People Oriented Agenda’ in Kuala Lumpur today (30.11.2015). (more…)

1MDB, Umno leaders to blame for falling support, says Muhyiddin

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Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin addressing a special gathering organised by the Pagoh division in Johor, yesterday. The former deputy PM says Umno is on the brink of losing Putrajaya if the problems he blamed on the present leadership are not solved. – Facebook pic, November 30, 2015.Malay support for Umno has fallen to 30%, and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin blamed this on the party’s leadership and the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Malaysiakini reported the Umno deputy president as saying that the community’s support for the Malay ruling party usually hovered above 50%, based on a Merdeka Center survey.

“However of late it has dwindled to 30%.

“Similarly, the (percentage of) people satisfied with the present economic situation is only at 17% and there are 78% who are not satisfied with the present state.

“The level of Chinese support for the government has also dwindled from 13% in the last general election to only 5% at present. (more…)

Dr M pens ‘get rid of Najib’ open letter ahead of Umno meet

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who helmed Umno for more than two decades, has penned an open letter urging grassroots leaders to reject the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Mahathir’s first open letter against a prime minister was in 1969, addressed to first premier Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

With the possibility of BN defeat looming today, he said Umno grassroots must reject Najib before the next general election.

“Reject his leadership before GE14 so that Umno would be safe and be able to win the election to remain as a fair government to all,” he added in the letter posted on his blog. (more…)

PAC to get final Auditor-General report on 1MDB next month

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TPAC chief Datuk Hasan Arifin says the committee is expecting the final report from the Auditor-General on December 17. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 30, 2015.he final report by the Auditor-General on state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is expected to be handed over to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on December 17.

PAC chief Datuk Hasan Arifin said this in a statement today after the bipartisan committee continued its questioning of former 1MDB chief executive Datuk Shahrol Halmi today.

He said that Shahrol gave satisfactory cooperation and answered all questions posed to him.

Hasan added that all PAC members got the opportunity to question the former CEO on all aspects of 1MDB’s administrative management. (more…)

November 30, 2015

What a stand! Telang Usan rep signs own ‘death warrant’

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Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau is one legislator who chooses to be blind, deaf and dumb to the tide of sentiment that’s gripping the state now.

Sarawakians want Sarawakians to teach in Sarawak schools because they believe there are so many Sarawakians being posted all over the country, very often against their will, while schools at home are made to accept Malayans.

Yet most of the Malayans are unhappy about their Sarawak posting, much like Sarawakians are unhappy to be asked to teach in states like Kelantan, Perlis, Terengganu and Pahang.

Malayans want to go home. They can’t adapt to the environment, the culture and the practices of the Sarawak natives. (more…)

Constitution states English remains Sarawak’s official language

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5449The Acts of Parliament are not automatically extended in every case to Sabah and Sarawak as the State Assemblies in the two Borneo nations must also give their consent.

English has always been the official language of Sarawak as provided for under Article 161(1) and (2) of the Federal Constitution and Article 2(c ) of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). The MPs from both Sabah and Sarawak also have the right to speak in English in Parliament.

The Acts of Parliament are not automatically extended in every case to Sabah and Sarawak as the State Assemblies in the two Borneo nations must also give their consent.

Again, if the Constitution states that English is the official language of Sarawak, it’s also because the National Language Act has not been extended to the state. This is surprising, or not surprising, considering that Abdul Rahman Ya’kub, later Sarawak Chief Minister and Governor, was at one time the Federal Education Minister. Abdul Rahman, now late, was the maternal uncle of current Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud who was previously Chief Minister for 33 years, having succeeded the former who headed the state government for ten years. (more…)

The prevention of child abuse and rape, begins at home

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It is a story that leaves one seething with rage, but it also makes one confused and extremely disappointed that the religious bodies and politicians, continue to fail young children, especially the girls.

On Nov 25, it was reported that police arrested a man, in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan, for allegedly raping his 11-year-old sister-in-law, and forcing his 14-year-old wife to record his depravity.

The video, which was believed to have been made by the rapist, to sell to others, was posted on Whatsapp. The rapist is a 35-year-old unemployed man who wanted to earn some easy money. He persuaded his wife, who is allegedly mentally challenged, to record the sexual act. (more…)

Malaysia’s ‘terrorist’ regime

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On the face of it, I was entirely justified in not coming up with my regular column calumnising the BN regime last week. On my deadline day, Friday, first I had to sit a final anthropology exam, and then spent the rest of the day barely surviving a 42-degree heatwave.

But in actual fact I was simply lost for words. Utterly dumbstruck in the face of the tragic mess in the eternally muddled so-called Middle East, and global outrage and confusion in response to terrorist attacks in Lebanon, Paris and Mali.

And my sense of speechless confusion has been vastly increased since by Turkey’s shooting-down of a Russian fighter-bomber, and the UAE’s recruiting and training of South American mercenaries to throw into the civil war in Yemen. (more…)

All key leaders in Sarawak should openly back Adenan

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One can count on one’s fingers on one hand the number of leaders from the Sarawak BN who have publicly voiced their support for Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s stand on English.

Why should that be the case? Shouldn’t he at least be getting the full and undivided support from all the Sarawak parties concerned, especially from his very own PBB (Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu).

That hasn’t been the case, strangely enough.

It’s really quite puzzling to say the least – and one may ask ‘Why not?’ (more…)

Amanah all for one-on-one fights in next GE

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Amanah has welcomed PKR deputy president Mohd Azmin Ali’s statement that Pakatan Harapan should work towards ensuring one-to-one fights in the next general election.

However, it condemned PAS for supposedly using PKR in a bid to keep Amanah from standing in seats PAS is keen to contest

“Amanah wishes to voice its protest against PAS’ attempt to use PKR to stop Amanah from contesting. Such a parochial, closed, and anti-democratic attitude from PAS, is among the reasons why Amanah was formed.

“PAS needs to understand that all parties, including Amanah, has the right to contest wherever it wants,” said Amanah communications director Khalid Abd Samad in a statement. (more…)

DAP: S’wak Gov’t owes ‘foreigners’ RM9.25b

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chong,adeban-satemThe Sarawak Government has “foreign” debt totalling USD 2,202.21 million or USD2.2 billion (RM9.25 billion at RM4.20 : USD1), 55 per cent of which are for interest payments and forex losses, warned Kota Sentosa Assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen in a statement. “Chief Minister Adenan Satem must give full details on how these loans were spent, instead of hiding behind general statements.”

“By financing so-called projects through these offshore loans, the state government needs to be answerable to the State Assembly on the specifics.”

Chong has questions: To whom were these offshore loans paid? What are the projects involved? Has any open tenders been called for the award of these projects? Are these projects over-priced? How is the progress of these projects? (more…)

Police to summon Charles Morais’s lawyer over 1MDB allegations

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Police will be calling Americk Sidhu to give a statement over allegation his client, Charles Morais, made after the death of his brother. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 29, 2015.Lawyer Americk Sidhu will be called soon to give his statement over the claims made by his client, Charles Suresh Morais, said the Inspector-General of Police today.

Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Americk should explain the various claims made by Charles over the death of his elder brother, deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais.

“We will be calling him (Americk) tomorrow or the day after to record his statement. He (Charles’s lawyer) must be responsible for what he (client) has done.”

Yesterday, police comfirmed that Charles had fled overseas on Thursday after making various allegations over his brother’s death.

Recently, the social media and news portals reported on Charles making the allegations, including Kevin being involved in the probe into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad case.

The body of Kevin, 55, was found in a drum filled with concrete at Persiaran Subang Mewah, Subang Jaya on September 16 after he was reported missing on September 4.

– Bernama


G25 calls for audit on Jakim accounts

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G25 wants to ensure Jakim's activities do not intrude into the private lives of Muslims. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 29, 2015.The G25 moderates group of prominent Malays and retired civil servants has urged for an audit on the Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) accounts, and also said it would launch its own in-depth study on the department.

In a statement tonight, the group said its study on Jakim was aimed at “reaffirming the place of Islam in the country’s constitutional democracy”.

It said it had raised concerns to the prime minister last year about Jakim exceeding its limits as permitted by the Federal Constitution.

The group added that its study also wanted to ensure that Jakim did not “intrude into the private lives of Muslims” in the country. (more…)

We’ve broken even on debts, 1MDB rebuts Dr Mahathir

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1MDB says it has received RM2 billion cash dividends over time thoughout its ownership of the power assets which were recently sold to a Chinese firm. – AFP pic, November 29, 2015.1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has broken even on its investment with the help of the sale of its power assets, the state-owned investment first said today in response to the latest criticism by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

It said besides its sale of Edra Global Energy Bhd and its subsidiaries to achieve debt reduction of up to RM17 billion, the state investor has also received RM2 billion cash dividends over time thoughout its ownership of the power assets.

“Accordingly, 1MDB has essentially ‘broke even’ on its investment, through an international tender process, despite having to sell its assets whilst under sustained and misleading attacks from the opposition and Tun Mahathir himself,” the Finance Ministry-owned firm said in a statement. (more…)

Calling Najib ‘national disgrace’, youth says many too scared to criticise PM, Umno

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Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman says he was once a staunch supporter of Datuk Seri Najib Razak until the 1MDB scandal surfaced earlier this year. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 29, 2015.One of Asia’s top debaters, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who raised eyebrows recently when he denounced Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a “national disgrace”, said the remarks were the culmination of his views on several issues plaguing Najib’s administration and leadership.

Citing the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal, the “misuse” of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), intimidation of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission investigating a former 1MDB subsidiary as reasons for his remarks, Syed Saddiq said it was also on behalf of many too scared to speak out against the “unfairness”.

“A lot of my friends in Umno are genuinely scared to speak up because they fear party discipline and that is terrible. (more…)

Muhyiddin: I cannot bear the sin if I remain quiet

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Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin said he voiced his concerns on 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion deposited in Premier Najib Abdul Razak’s account to the cabinet because it was also the concern of the people and the Pagoh division.

For this, he was sacked as deputy prime minister, he said at a gathering to show solidarity with him at Pagoh today.

He is now he prepared to face the sack as deputy president of Umno and party member, he added.

However he questioned if his actions were against the party constitution or what he did was a crime. (more…)

Umno is now Najib’s party, says Mahathir

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Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has lamented how Umno is now merely a party belonging to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

He was commenting on suggestions that he should be sacked together with former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Never mind, he has a right to sack (me) even though there is no reason to do so, because he is in power,” he said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

Mahathir added that this was therefore an abuse of power.

The outspoken Najib critic stressed that as an Umno member, he has the right to voice out his views. (more…)

Dr M: No comment if Anwar should be released from jail

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who used to be former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s biggest enemy, has refused to comment whether the latter should be released from prison or otherwise.

He was asked to comment on the statement made by one of his biggest supporters, former Umno Batu Kawan division chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan, who said that he will support any efforts to free Anwar from jail.

“That’s his opinion,” Mahathir merely said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur .

Meanwhile, Mahathir said he was not in the know of alleged efforts to mend the ties between him and Anwar. (more…)

Why is it wrong to question a leader, asks pro-Muhyiddin rally

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When has questioning a leader considered an offence, asked an Umno leader at a thousand strong gathering in Pagoh today in solidarity with embattled party deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.

Umno Pagoh branch leader Samad Ariffin asked what sin Muhyiddin had committed that the party Number 2 is not being allowed to officiate the party wings’ annual general meetings this year.

Samad added he has heard that even the winding up speeches by the party leaders would also be scrapped and deferred until next year.

“We are gathered here and not being paid to voice support for Muhyiddin, come what may,” he said. (more…)

1MDB says critics wrong; it broke even on Edra sale

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The state investment company 1MDB said it had managed to break even on the sale of its stake in Edra Global Energy Bhd, despite suggestions on contrary by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The company said in Edra’s sale to the China state-owned China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN), 1MDB would receive RM7.43 billion.

In addition, it said, GGN Group will be taking over Edra’s debts worth RM7.43 billion.

“Accordingly, through cash receipts and debt transfer, 1MDB will achieve debt reduction of up to RM17 billion, which is well within the anticipated RM16 billion to RM18 billion range per the rationalisation plan,” it said in a statement. (more…)

Minister: Do you want 1MDB to go bankrupt?

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Damned if it does, and damned if it doesn’t – Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak mused whether people would rather see 1MDB bankrupt instead.

He said some quarters are unhappy that the state investment company borrowed billions of ringgit for its investments and want the debt settled to mitigate its consequences, which the company has been trying to do.

At the same time, however, these people are also unhappy when local companies such as TNB expressed interest in buying 1MDB’s assets, and deemed this to be a “bailout”, he said.

When a foreign investor steps in, he said, people slammed the move as a “betrayal” due to foreign involvement, and criticised the sale price as being too low. (more…)

Prepared for the worst, Muhyiddin says cannot bear sin of keeping quiet

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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says he is prepared to lose his position after speaking against 1MDB and the prime minister's political donation. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 29, 2015.Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today said he was prepared to lose his position and even his party membership for speaking up on alleged wrongdoing in 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion deposited into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s account, Malaysiakini reported.

The news portal quoted the former deputy prime minister in saying that he could not “bear the sin” of keeping quiet over such matters, which the people were also concerned about.

He told a crowd at a solidarity gathering in his constituency of Pagoh, in Johor today, that he was sacked as the deputy prime minister, for voicing concerns about 1MDB, Najib’s brainchild, and the political donation. (more…)

November 29, 2015

Putrajaya can still sabotage Adenan’s English language move

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Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s decision to make English the second language in the state is popular but Putrajaya can put an end to such a move by invoking the national language policy. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 28, 2015.While many Sarawak folk support the decision of Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to make English the second language in the state, some have questioned its feasibility given that education is under the purview of the federal government.

Ordinary Sarawak folk and politicians alike have also asked what steps Adenan was taking to implement the decision.

Among the many messages on social media on the Sarawak chief minister’s decision, one Facebook posting by Nyoheu Regem Ferdinand said: “Without changes in the education system, the use of English for inter-governmental communication will not benefit society in any way.

“How will our SMK (secondary school) educated civil servants cope?” (more…)

A true multiracial party will rule one day, just not now

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“I believe a real multiracial party can represent the people of Sarawak – just that it will not happen in my time. I think youngsters today would see it become a reality during their time in the future.” – Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem

That future will be a long, long time away – until there is genuine trust among Sarawakians of different races and religions, until inequalities in the socio-economic and political life of the people are fairly addressed, until there is little grounds for suspicions, and until everyone sees himself as an active player and partner equal in the prosperity game.

That’s going to take a lot of effort, and seeing how the big boys of Malaysian politics – Umno drawing its strength from the Malays, MIC Indians, MCA Chinese – the little boys, meaning the rest, including members of the ruling coalition in Sarawak, can only hope to get a slice of the cake if they play the game the masters play. (more…)

‘Overzealous politicians to blame for poor English’

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The marked deterioration in the standard of English among Malaysians is due to overzealous politicians who change education policies to suit their personal agenda.

In a no holds barred interview with The Borneo Post yesterday, Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom said the situation has gone from bad to worse until policy makers now do not know where to begin to revive the level of English in schools.

“English was butchered because some people want to realise their personal agenda in their political adventure. The situation is so bad now that we have come to a point where we do not know where to begin in reviving usage of English,” he said. (more…)

‘Move on English language a practical one to take’

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Prof Datuk Khairuddin Abdul HamidAcademicians have joined the voices supporting the call by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem for English to be used as one of the state’s official languages apart from Bahasa Melayu (BM).

University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (UniMY) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Khairuddin Abdul Hamid said it was just a matter of practicality to expand one’s prowess to master major languages for the very survival of the nation, in view of stiff competition due to globalisation.

“Let’s be practical — we have to expand our perspective as Malaysia is a small country with only 30 million people. We have to look at Asean, then the Asia-Pacific region and then, at the whole world to expand our economy. But how can we achieve it if we are so narrow in our approach and perspective?

“So basically, besides having the right mind-set, we must also be able to master major languages such as English and Mandarin. By mastering these two, our future generation would be able to compete in the global workforce,” the professor told The Borneo Post. (more…)

Fairland Sarawak, we will never cease to honour thee

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Fair land Sarawak we will never cease to honour thee,

And with our loyal sons defend your Liberty,

From your high forest hills down to the open sea,

May freedom ever reign, men live in unity,

Proudly our flag flies high above our country strong and free,

Long may our people live in peace and harmony.

The above lyrics of our original State Anthem must be ringing in Uncle Chong’s ears for him to defiantly proclaim – “I am one hundred percent behind Sarawak and will always be proud to be a Sarawakian!” (more…)

Will Adenan Satem drop out or pass with flying colours?

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Not since 1974, when the Education Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, drove his ideas through Cabinet, have Malaysians witnessed such a tangled mess concerning our children’s education and future.

Malaysian parents, with children of school-going age, have difficult choices to make. Public versus private schools. Malaysian or international schools. Vernacular or sekolah kebangsaan. Religious schools, boarding schools, private tuition or home schooling.

Recently, Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem made a leap of faith to introduce English as an official language in Sarawak, because he said, “I am just being realistic, as English is a language used in commerce, science and technology among the international community. If you don’t speak English, you will be left behind.” (more…)

Saifuddin to resolve seat claims between PKR, DAP in Sarawak polls

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PKR member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has been given the job of mediating between interested opposition parties in the upcoming Sarawak elections. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ahmad Muslim, November 28, 2015.Newly minted PKR member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has been tasked with resolving competing seat claims between opposition parties in the upcoming Sarawak elections, said party vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar.

This is so that opposition parties will be able to maintain straight contests with Sarawak Barisan Nasional and have the best chance of winning in the regional polls expected early next year.

The announcement followed reports of disagreements between Sarawak DAP and PKR, two of the state’s largest opposition parties, over who will contest 82 local seats which will be up for grabs. (more…)

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