Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution could be amended if there’s a strong motion from Sarawak that will compel the Federal government to table a Bill on the matter in Parliament, Batu Lintang Assemblyman See Chee How said at a press conference yesterday.
He was referring to the status of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
See said that if there’s no such Bill pushed through by the government, then any MP can put in a Private Member’s Bill on the amendment, The Borneo Post reported today.
If the Sarawak Assembly reaches a unanimous motion on the matter, and Putrajaya does nothing, then the Sarawak government can no longer continue to support the Federal government, added See who is Sarawak PKR vice-chairman and a lawyer. (more…)
We are inching ever closer towards the dawn of a nanny-state, with the latest proposal from the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Rohani Abdul Karim, who wants to make parenting courses compulsory.
Alarmed by the increasing numbers of child abuse cases in Malaysia, she said that forcing prospective parents to attend parenting courses, would reduce child abuse cases and compel parents to act more responsibly.
We already have marriage courses, for prospective couples, but are the courses effective? Has a study been made? Have they helped reduce domestic violence? Have they stopped husbands who cannot cope with the upkeep of one family, leaving their wives for younger models, or irresponsible fathers who do not wish to have a role in the upbringing of their children?
Rohani’s remarks were made after photos of a schoolgirl, in Lagoon Perdana, Bandar Sunway, went viral on social media. The eight-year-old girl’s mother, had chained her to a pillar, for refusing to go to school. The girl has been medically examined and will receive counselling. Was the girl bullied at school? (more…)
Sarawak police have detained the main suspect believed to be involved in a murder case which had occurred at an oil palm plantation in Ulu Sungai Arip, Balingian, Mukah on Monday.
Sarawak Police Commissioner Mazlan Mansor said in a press statement the main suspect, a 54-year old, was apprehended at a longhouse in Sungai Arip at about 2.30pm on Thursday.
The arrest was carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Mukah and police headquarters in Kuching, the Borneo Post reported.
According to the police, the suspect brought them to a bush where the suspected murder weapon, a shotgun, was recovered.
“The weapon is believed to have been used to shoot the victim on Monday (Oct 24). We have classified the case as solved,” Mazlan was quoted as saying. (more…)
Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) will fight for the state’s rights in a manner that does not offend Putrajaya, says state BN Secretary-General Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.
According to a Borneo Post Online report, Rundi, who is the state Minister of Public Utilities, said the Sarawak government would achieve its goals in a lawful and responsible manner.
He was commenting on the statement by Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) spokesperson Peter John Jaban, who called on Sarawakian lawmakers on both sides of the divide to establish a bipartisan committee to drive the issue of Sarawak’s autonomy.
In a press statement yesterday, S4S spokesperson Peter John Jaban asked for an end to party politicking over the autonomy issue and the establishment of a bipartisan committee to drive it forward. (more…)
The Magistrate’s Court here today rejected an application by the police for a remand order against nine suspects who were detained in connection with the Balingian murder case.
Magistrate Zuriani Ali Musa rejected the application submitted by ASP Lee Chee Keat on grounds that the nine suspects could assist in the ongoing investigations.
The nine suspects, aged between 19 and 45, surrendered themselves at the Miri police station yesterday. They are represented by lawyer Ranbhir Singh Sangha.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department head Dev Kumar said 22 suspects were in police custody at the moment to facilitate investigation of the case. (more…)
There is a need for awareness among the urban populace that providing basic amenities to the rural areas is not just the government’s responsibility, says Ong Boon Keong.
The founder of NGO Lightup Borneo, which aims to bring 24/7 electricity supply to the rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak through the use of microhydro power, noted that one of the biggest challenges to doing so is the assumption that it is the government’s problem.
“The real factor that stalls installations (of microhydro setups) is the people’s ignorance of this problem, or the way people look at the relevance of providing basic amenities. They may assume that it is the government’s fault.
“The biggest challenge is in the recognition of the need of this basic amenity for the rural community. Some people think that the service should be provided solely by the government. (more…)
Sarawak is in danger of not achieving its target of having 90 per cent local teachers in the state by 2018 after it was announced that three teaching colleges will be closed down, state officials said.
Minister for Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Fatimah Abdullah , who also oversees education in Sarawak, complained she was not consulted on the closure which will leave IPG Batu Lintang as the only full-fledged teachers’ training college in the state.
Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Miri, IPG Rejang and IPG Samarahan are the three colleges in Sarawak which will be closed down as announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak in his Budget 2017 speech last week.
Nine teaching colleges nationwide would be converted into polytechnic and vocational colleges. (more…)
The Opposition needs to increase their presence in the rural areas if they want to see electoral gains, says Ong Boon Keong.
The activist and founder of NGO Lightup Borneo said the main reason rural communities have been supporting the ruling party is due to the Opposition’s relative lack of real presence in those areas.
“The rural folks have been supporting the ruling party which has led to them being taking for granted. They (the ruling party) don’t seem to feel that they need to fight for rural votes.
“This is because the Opposition does not put enough pressure on the government. They cannot, or do not want to challenge the government, especially when they don’t deliver on their promises,” Ong told FMT. (more…)
Pakatan Harapan’s Alternative Budget has clearly failed to consider several important areas, particularly, education, health care, women and youth development. In planning for the national Budget, Pakatan did not fully consider whether their proposed policies were really operable and sustainable for economic development.
Pakatan’s constant criticism after the Prime Minister had tabled Budget 2017, alleging that the national economy will fall into a crisis and so on are purely alarmist sputtering. These criticisms are aimed at creating a negative outlook against the ruling BN coalition’s governance of the country are inappropriate. On the contrary, Pakatan’s Alternative Budget holds no foresight, its contents are empty.
Pakatan’s Buku Jingga had promised to provide free education to the rakyat. However, whether it is to charge a minimum fee at public universities, all providing free education to all schools in the different states, Pakatan’s Alternative Budget does not mention about any free education policy. (more…)
Najib Razak while insisting that he has not deviated from his struggle, which is developing the nation, took a swipe at a “91-year-old leader” who has accused him of not fulfilling his responsibilities.
Najib said in a blog post today that in his 40-years serving the people, he strove to improve the nation through various initiatives including setting up the Urban Transformation Centre and developing public transport infrastructure such as the MRT, LRT and BRT.
The “91-year old leader”, meanwhile, he noted, fought for independence.
While Najib did not name the leader, it was clear he was alluding to Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who he added, in recent times has been instigating the public to go against him (Najib). (more…)
A businessman and his wife pleaded not guilty and claimed trial at the Sessions Court here today to 15 counts of involvement in money laundering amounting to RM4 million.
Ahmad Shahabudin Talib, 36, was charged with 10 counts of the alleged offences involving RM3.7 million, while his wife, Ummi Salwanis Harun, 32, was charged with five counts of the alleged offences involving RM300,000.
Ahmad Shahabudin was alleged to have received the money that had been illegally deposited into the bank account of his company Perniagaan Omega Point, and to have used the money to repay his Amanah Saham Bumiputera loan and to purchase a luxury vehicle, a Toyota Vellfire.
Ummi Salwanis, on the other hand, was alleged to have committed the offence by taking an illegal deposit to settle her National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan and keeping it in her personal savings account. (more…)
The organisers of Bersih 5.0 deliberately do not follow the rules under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 because they want to attract world attention, says Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said the organisers wanted to show the world that the local authorities here were supposedly restricting the rights of the people to free speech and assembly.
“My advice is to follow the rules under the Act, why is that so difficult? They (Bersih) like it if we use the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) to bring out the water cannons, they like it that way.
“Our country has laws, it is not a ‘cowboy’ state…if they (the organisers) stick to their decision to break the law, then be ready to face the consequences,” he told a press conference held today. (more…)
The Petronas video is titled “I am Muniandy”. Two tough-looking Indian men are seen in the vicinity of low cost flats covering the scar on one’s face with a bandana and another carrying a bag full of hard tools, as every other race watch them suspiciously.
They then jump on a motorbike and buy more tools such as fence cutters. They then creep into a house. There, they surprise a woman and it is later shown that they were actually there to clean up an old folks’ home, in time for Deepavali celebrations.
Another Deepavali greeting video which had gone viral was put together by Hindu NGOs ” embarking on nationwide Campaign called Alcohol Free Deepavalli Celebration 2015 with full support of Ministry of Health, Malaysia Hindu Sangam and Majlis Belia Msia”.
Titled “Paati oh Paati”, it shows youths who got drunk on Deepavali, only to be beaten up by their ‘bad-ass grandmother’. (more…)
The National Special Operations Force (NSOF) was a hot topic on social media, albeit for the wrong reasons after netizens noticed that the agency’s motto used English that was well, less than ‘accurate’.
Many, including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, retweeted a picture of a closeup of the NSOF crest and pointed out that the motto “Speed and Accurate” was grammatically wrong.
Khairy said it should either be “Speed and Accuracy” or “Fast and Accurate”.
“But not this,” he wrote before sharing the picture. (more…)
A study by the Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) shows that less than 10 per cent of Indian children, who are born to parents who either never went to school or dropped out at primary school, are able to go the full distance themselves in getting tertiary education.
This is the lowest ratio from among the three principal communities in the country – Bumiputera, Chinese and Indian.
By comparison, about 35 per cent of Bumiputera children, who are born to parents who either never went to school or dropped out at primary school, make the grade to receive tertiary education, while the ratio is about 40 per cent for Chinese children who grew up under the same circumstances.
This is reflected in the report entitled Climbing The Ladder: Socio-economic Mobility in Malaysia, which was released by KRI today. (more…)
Road Transport Department director-general Datuk Nadzri Siron disclosed that there are 18.8 million registered vehicles and 14 million drivers in the country, and his department is conducting a campaign to get 1.2 million Malaysians without driving licences to apply for them.
Last year, a total of 6,700 fatal accidents were recorded with 62 per cent of them involving motorcyclists. Of the total number, some 30 per cent involved school students.
If we wish to ensure the public and next generation of Malaysians possess attitudes and practices that prioritise road safety and compliance with the law, then it has to start with education in schools and continue through colleges and universities.
Those who failed to observe safety and compliance with the law are not educated, regardless of the academic qualifications they may have obtained. (more…)
Datuk Jamal Yunos claimed last night that over 300,000 people have pledged to join the Red Shirts movement to rally against Bersih 2.0 supporters during their fifth mega rally planned on November 19.
The Sungai Besar Umno chief who leads the movement reportedly said that his supporters would be three times as large compared to the crowd that the polls watchdog group managed to pull in Bersih 4 rally last year.
“We will not hesitate to do anything to stop the Bersih rally. For me, our struggle will continue even if we are bathed in blood,” Jamal was quoted saying by news portal Malaysiakini at a press conference at Selangor Umno headquarters last night.
Malaysiakini reported that Jamal has previously claimed that the “blood” he mentioned refers to the red-colour shirts worn by his supporters rather than literally. (more…)
Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders are all hypocrites for continuing to support Prime Minister Najib Razak despite being fully aware of his wrongdoings, said Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In a blog post today, the 91-year-old former prime minister said BN leaders were only trying to fool themselves and others by citing Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision that Najib did no wrong in relation to the huge amount of debts incurred by state investment firm 1MDB.
“Their excuse that Najib has not been found guilty is baseless. They are being hypocrites.
“They know the public prosecutor who is obstructing legal processes, is wrong,” Mahathir said, adding that it was unfortunate that these “hypocritical” MPs and community leaders continue to support Najib. (more…)
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Air Operations director Brig-Gen Datuk Rosni Aziz and six flight crew members left Subang Air Base at 10.30am in an Agusta Westland (AW 139) helicopter and arrived at Tioman Island Airport an hour later on Tuesday.
After picking up 60 pints of blood for delivery to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru, the helicopter landed at the Senai International Airport at 3pm. The mission was dubbed a mercy flight.
While the effort was noble, such use of national asset was unnecessary. It would have been more efficient to rally the people to donate blood at the Sultan Aminah Hospital or have it sent from the nearest hospitals.
When this is not possible in a small island or town in desperate need of blood and MMEA had come to the rescue, it may then be described as a mercy flight.
If residents of Tioman Island had responded to donate blood for patients of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in their hour of need, the action is certainly laudable.
In any case, every organisation worth its salt must have contingency plans in place to manage crisis well, and not resort to ad hoc or impromptu actions.
Source : Y S Chan@The Heat Malaysia Online
Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan accuses Bersih of trying to “topple“ the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, which he uses as justification to blacklist government-linked companies (GLCs) and even law firmsthat support the polls reform group.
The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department listed five examples to prove that Bersih is a “tool for the opposition”, such as their leaders speaking at opposition events, asking the prime minister to step down and inviting Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who’s been charged with corruption, to launch their Penang road shows.
We already know that Bersih is pro-opposition. What Rahman Dahlan says is nothing new.
They were pro-opposition right from the start at their inaugural rally in 2007, where PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang submitted a memorandum of election reform demands to the Palace. (Yes, Hadi was there and there were even shouts of “Allahuakbar” and “Reformasi” during the demonstration). (more…)
Fastfood chain company Ninja Joe violated a law on halal food when it named one of its pork burgers “P. Ramly”, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) has said.
The agency’s communications officer Nurhamizah Othman said Jais had the authority to conduct inspection on companies or any business premises deemed to have violated Section 4(1) of the Trade Descriptions (Certification and Marking of Halal) Order 2011 — even if they belonged to non-Muslims.
Section 4(1) of the Order states that no food or product shall be deemed halal or usable or consumable by followers of Islam unless they have been authorised by the relevant agencies; and if it has been marked with the halal logo.
“The premise owner was found guilty of violating Section 4(1) of the Act because they offered to supply food that can mislead, create misrepresentation or falsely give the impression that the food was halal or can be consumed by a Muslim,” she told Malay Mail Online. (more…)
Women have a lesser chance of increasing their pay over time, Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) found in its latest study on socio-economic mobility in Malaysia.
According to the study, which compared adult Malaysians’ socio-economic stature to that of their parents when the latter were younger, women find it harder to move up the income structure than men.
“Women are less upwardly mobile than men. Policies focusing on removing gender barriers and encouraging higher female participation in the labour market should be continued,” said the report titled “Climbing the Ladder: Socio-Economic in Malaysia”.
Among those born to the bottom 40 per cent income category parents, their female children are 3.6 times less likely to be move upward than males, it said. (more…)
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin revealed classified information from Cabinet meetings when he spoke in Parliament this month, according to Malay NGO Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM).
The group today filed a report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters against the former deputy prime minister, in which it urged authorities to investigate him under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
“On October 26, he broke the OSA while revealing all government secrets regarding 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB),” read the report lodged by JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah and sighted by Malay Mail Online.
It also alleged that Muhyiddin did the same during a political speech he made on October 1.
“It also has elements of sedition,” Azwanddin added in his report.
For the October 1 speech, Azwanddin also accused Muhyiddin of committing criminal defamation as listed under Section 499 of the Penal Code.
Source : RAM ANAND@The Malay Mail Online
Sending the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) to audit the National Oversight & Whistleblowers Centre (NOW) is an unusual move, PKR lawmaker Rafizi Ramli said, questioning if this was some sort of political harassment.
Rafizi, who was summoned today to the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) to submit NOW’s financial records for auditing, said it was highly unusual given SSM’s typical purview.
“It is not usual for them to rate companies on accounting records. I’ve never heard of this before.
“Usually they focus on secretarial and CBT, like the memorandum of articles and so on, if you do something you are not supposed to do. (more…)
Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How regards the motion that will be tabled during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting next month on reclaiming Sarawak’s rights as very significant, as it will be sending a strong message to the federal government.
He said he was very happy that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem had announced that the state government would be tabling the motion.
Earlier, Ba Kelalan assemblyman and state PKR chairman Baru Bian had announced that he would be tabling a motion to propose for the state to make a stand to reverse the amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution in 1976 that downgraded Sarawak to a mere state.
“Let’s wait and see because we don’t know what is the content of the (state government’s motion). Of course, if it concerns the integrity of the territory, rights of Sarawak in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), to implement the promises under the Inter-Government Committee (IGC) Report and the Cobbold Commission recommendations, we will give full support to them,” See told a press conference here yesterday. (more…)
The High Court here today set five days, from Feb 20 to 24 next year to hear an originating summons filed by the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Church over the right to use the word “Allah” in its religious publications and materials.
Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah fixed the dates in chambers when the matter came up for mention.
Lawyer Lim Seng Heng, represented the church and its president, Reverend Datuk Jerry W.A Dusing @ Jerry W. Patel, while senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan acted on behalf of the Home Ministry and the government.
Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, representing the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP), who was present as ‘amicus curiae’, when met by reporters said the court also set Nov 29 for case management. (more…)
The police will soon receive a notice from Bersih 2.0 on its upcoming rally on Nov 19, says the electoral watchdog chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.
She was responding to an earlier remark made by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar, who said that the Bersih 5 rally is a no-go unless its organisers send a notice prior to their scheduled gathering.
Speaking at a press conference, Maria said contrary to Khalid’s statement, Bersih 2.0 had always submitted notices in all of its past rallies, including Bersih 2, Bersih 3, Bersih 4, but all were instead rejected by the police.
“We have always given notice, but they have always refused our notices. For Bersih 4, we submitted a letter to the IGP himself and he was the first we wrote to. (more…)
Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah announced today that Dataran Merdeka will again be the main venue for the electoral watchdog’s upcoming Bersih 5 rally.
“The location will be Dataran Merdeka,” Chin said in a one-line reply when asked if the movement has finalised the venue for its nationwide rally.
Chin said that Bersih 2.0 is in the midst of applying for permission from the police to allow the movement to use the venue.
“For the upcoming one as well, we will submit to the police. Obviously we will do that,” she said. (more…)
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah will have to deal with a previous charge of organising a gathering last year without police approval, even as she attempts to hold the Bersih 5 rally on Nov 19.
This latest development came about after Putrajaya filed an appeal to the Federal Court to reverse the finding of the Court of Appeal that struck out the charge against her for failing to give a 10-day notice to police last year.
“I was informed that the prosecution filed the appeal just two days after the Court of Appeal ruling,” she told FMT.
On Sept 7, the three-man Court of Appeal bench led by Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat in allowing Chin’s appeal, said any law, including court judgments, could not be applied retrospectively. (more…)
Sixteen rat and cockroach-infested eateries in the Klang Valley were ordered to be closed for two weeks in March. They had rat droppings and cockroaches in their kitchens.
The problem seems to be worsening now with people spotting rats in shopping malls where these premises are supposedly more sterile than wet markets.
The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) said there was an estimated 4.4 million rats in Kuala Lumpur. That was in 2010. Imagine the current figures as the rodents breed at an amazing rate.
The most recent case was at bakery franchise Komugi Bakery Malaysia where a customer spotted a rat on a tray of freshly baked bread in its Mid Valley outlet. (more…)
Malaysian Prime Minster Najib Razak heads to China next week to build closer ties and seek investment, which may further dent US aims in Southeast Asia after a push by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to bolster China ties.
Najib is travelling to China with dozens of government leaders and business people. In a statement on Wednesday, he said Malaysia was committed to strengthening its friendship with China and pushing ties to “new highs.”
“We will be signing many new agreements and understandings that will elevate the relationship between our two nations to even greater heights,” the prime minister said.
The Oct 31-Nov 6 visit comes days after Duterte’s Beijing trip, where he declared a “separation” with old ally the United States and said he had “realigned” with China. (more…)
Sarawak 4 Sarawakians (S4S) has urged lawmakers in the state to work together on restoring Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to its pre-13 July, 1976 status.
S4S Spokesman, Peter John Jaban, pointed out in a statement that Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem had taken the most decisive step on Article 1(2) so far. The opposition should not differ with the Sarawak Government on the issue, stressed the human rights advocate.
“Adenan is not acting in the Sarawak Assembly, as charged by Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen in (a report in) Malaysiakini on Wednesday,” said Jaban.
He was referring to a proposed motion on Article 1(2) in the Sarawak Assembly.
The motion seeks to restore the status of Sarawak (and Sabah) as equal partners of Malaya in the Federation of Malaysia. (more…)
A woman was taken into police custody after photographs of a schoolgirl chained to a parking lot pole went viral on the social media yesterday. The woman is believed to be the child’s mother.
The mother was said to have chained the girl’s right leg to a pole at the parking lot of her apartment at Sunway Perdana because the child refused to attend her Mandarin class.
According to a Facebook posting, the father of the child didn’t intervene although he was around when the girl was chained to the pole. Onlookers were said to have kept their distance and took photographs instead of going to the girl’s aid.
“What the hell was the photographer thinking?” a woman commented on the posting. “To achieve more likes and comments? (more…)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) should immediately withdraw the disciplinary proceedings against its third-year law undergraduate Asheeq Ali for participating in the #TangkapMO1 rally in August.
Taking disciplinary action against Asheeq goes against the spirit of the 2012 amendments to the University and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA).
The amendments to the UUCA were proposed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak in 2011 as part of his broad initiatives to reinvigorate public universities. This includes doing away with decades-old restrictions against political expression and participation for university students in Malaysia.
However, by referring Asheeq to UKM’s internal disciplinary board, purportedly for bringing disrepute to the varsity, UKM has gone against the spirit of openness encapsulated by the amendments to the Act, which was passed by the Malaysian Parliament in 2012. (more…)
Police will not allow the Bersih 5 rally on November 19 unless the organisers send a notice on their scheduled gathering.
Speaking to reporters this morning, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said he is “fed up” of reminding the steering committee to submit the notice “everyday”, and yet, “they don’t want to listen”.
According to Khalid, the Red Shirts, who are conducting a counter rally to Bersih 5, submitted a notice for their gathering two days ago.
“There is a process. They (Bersih) must get ‘tuan punya kebenaran, tuan punya tempat (consent of the owner)…they must obey the law and at least, give notice.” (more…)
The large cut in the Budget 2017 allocation for monitoring and enforcement activities will inevitably jeopardise the Department of Environment’s (DOE) operations, warned Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming.
“It won’t be able to effectively monitor the illegal dumping of pollutants, for example, into rivers,” he said in a statement.
At a time when the rivers are increasingly vulnerable, he stressed, the DoE budget should be increased by 30 per cent.
“I was shocked to learn the allocation has been cut from RM105 million in 2016 to RM76.5 million for 2017,” he said. “This is a reduction of RM28.5 million or a 27 per cent cut.” (more…)
Malaysian lawmakers have been harping on the need for an exemplary democratic process as one practised by the Western countries yet they themselves do not behave in a manner that would be deemed appropriate in western parliaments, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia today.
“We always say we are a democratic country so we should emulate how other democratic countries, how the House of Commons operate. We like to quote that, but we don’t act like the lawmakers we refer to.
“In the British House of Commons, no MP has ever walked out during the tabling of a budget, never,” he told a press conference at the parliament reception room here.
His statement appeared to be directed at the Opposition lawmakers who walked out of the August House halfway through Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Budget 2017 speech last Friday. (more…)
These days, the rate in which news stories are propagated is amazing, thanks to the proliferation of both 24-hour broadcasting as well as the Internet. Although newsprint is still somewhat alive, it has been severely affected by online sources, most especially thanks to the speed in which happenings can be shared.
Despite the fact that indiscriminate sharing is rampant and there are many calls for people to be careful with what they disseminate – either for the sake of veracity or for security – people do tend to hit the “Share” button after merely reading the headline.
Considering that Malaysians make gossip their number one form of social activity involving two or more people – more so than food and/or sex – it really becomes challenging for many, particularly the government, when it comes to dealing with information overflow.
Unfortunately, the level of tattling and scandalmongering has become so normalised in our society that people often don’t stop to think if their actions are necessary – or even good. (more…)
A new judge will hear the defamation suit by Bersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah against Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos.
Melissa Sasidaran, Chin’s lawyer, said they received a letter from the High Court registry saying that Justice Zaki Abdul Wahab had been assigned to hear the slander suit.
He takes over from Justice S Nantha Balan.
“Plaintiff and defendant have to appear on November 1 before deputy registrar (Norfauzani Mohd Nordin),” the letter read.
The letter added the decision to change the trial judge was a directive from Federal Court judge Justice Azahar Mohamed. (more…)
Bersih 2.0 needs to be more restrained and ignore the Red Shirts’ provocation as the former is a widely-accepted mass movement now, says Kadir Jasin.
“Bersih already has the sympathy of the Malaysian public, and it needs to be more magnanimous at this stage,” the former group editor-in-chief of the New Straits Times Press said in an interview with Radio Bangsar Utama last night.
“Bersih’s integrity and wisdom need to be greater. Just keep repeating the message of your struggle. That is better than confronting and attempting to answer the provocations of every critical party.”
This follows the recent series of scuffles between the Red Shirts and Bersih at a number of Bersih 5’s convoy locations promoting the latter’s cause since the beginning of October. (more…)
Bersih 2.0 today claimed that the backing it has received from the Malay community, who were largely absent in last year’s Bersih 4 rally, is encouraging.
Its treasurer Thomas Fann also hoped that the support the group has witnessed in the convoys leading up to Bersih 5, scheduled to be held on Nov 19, will lead to a good turnout.
“When we drove by villages and honked, many recognised us and showed their support by waving back and honking. The support is there,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.
Fann was asked to comment on whether the Malay community would turn up for the rally next month after PAS said it would sit this one out again, like they did last year. (more…)
PAS’s participation is not vital to the success of Bersih 5, according to its organisers who said the Islamist party was not the representative of the Malay community.
In a press conference at its office here, Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Thomas Fann said that the electoral watchdog believes it has already secured the backing of the Malay community via its own campaigns.
“It is regrettable that PAS chose not to support our demands for clean election, clean government and all the five demands. But nonetheless, we have to recognise that PAS does not represent all Malays.
“We believe that from the ground, the response from the Malays when we go to the ground has been very encouraging,” Fann said. (more…)
Malaysian Crime Watch Task Force (MyWatch) chairman Datuk R.Sri Sanjeevan was charged in the Sessions Court here today with making insulting remarks on his Facebook account against Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
However, he pleaded not guilty after the charge was read out before judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh.
Sanjeevan, 32, who is a businessman, was charged with knowingly using a network service application through his Facebook to create and initiate the transmission of insulting remarks at Khalid with intent to annoy another person’s feeling at 1.48 pm last September 3.
The charge, under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, provides a fine of up to RM50,000, or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, and shall also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction. (more…)
The High Court has converted the judicial review application by Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) into an originating summons. The judicial review was on the seizure of its books with the term Allah.
Lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla, acting for the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Maiwp), disclosed this after meeting Justice Hanipah Farikullah in chambers on Thursday.
“The court is exercising its’ discretion to dispose the case in an efficient and expedient manner,” he said. “It has changed the mood of legal challenge into an originating summons.”
Haniff said so far there were no instructions from Maiwp whether it would appeal against an appeals court’s order on its status in the judicial review. (more…)
Baru Bian warned that by ignoring legitimate NCR claims over Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau, and with land authorities issuing leases and provisional leases over NCR land, the government was setting the ground for potential disputes between native landowners and companies.
The Sarawak Government has only recognised Temuda as NCR land.
Temuda is cultivated land near a longhouse, Pemakai Menoa is land further away, and Pulau Galau refers to a communal forest.
“The government also fails to respond swiftly when disputes arise over NCR claims,” added Baru in his latest blog posting. (more…)
The Election Commission (EC) has started hearing objections to the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries in Sabah.
Commission Chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah chaired the first hearing that was also attended by four other members, according to a report in The Star on Wednesday.
The EC has proposed 13 new state constituencies for Sabah.
The proposal adds an additional state seat to the parliamentary constituencies of Kudat, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, Tuaran, Sepanggar, Putatan, Papar, Pensiangan, Beluran, Libaran, Kinabatangan Silam and Kalabakan.
However, there are no changes to the parliamentary seats. (more…)
Is it right to name a pork burger after one of our national icons? The person or persons behind the name must not have thought it through enough. Surely, they would have sensed that the name would rile up opinions and spark controversy.
There is a dearth of communal respect in our society if we don’t take the feelings of others into consideration. Is common sense in short supply or on a tight ration?
There can be no justification for such a name. It is only understandable if certain quarters feel disrespected by the name of the pork burger from a restaurant chain called Ninja Joe. The local burger joint has outlets in Petaling Jaya, Klang, Seremban and Singapore.
The non-halal fast food chain introduced the ‘P. Ramly’ burger on Aug 31, with promotional posters clearly indicating the burger’s ingredients which include a “juicy pork patty wrapped in an omelette”. (more…)
A maintenance audit should be carried out on periodically on all public buildings to ensure safety, the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) said today.
This was among the group’s suggestions made for the government to consider after the deadly fire at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) in Johor Baru which claimed six lives yesterday.
“IEM believes that a maintenance audit be carried out on a periodic basis on all public building to ensure the functionality of all the facilities. This is especially crucial in cases where the buildings are old and dilapidated,” IEM president Tan Yean Chin called said in a statement.
IEM also voiced its willingness to provide the necessary technical expertise and independent advice to authorities in reviewing the guidelines required to prevent similar accidents from recurring. (more…)
The High Court here today adjourned the hearing of Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s judicial review application to challenge the classification of the Auditor-General’s Report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as official secret on Nov 18.
Justice Datuk Hanipah Farikullah set the date in chambers after senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan told the court that the respondents only received the documents on the application on Monday.
The SFC when met said the court also fixed Nov 3 for case management.
Azmin’s application filed on Aug 15 was initially fixed for hearing today. (more…)
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing said today he will step down soon from his post as he has already been in politics for a long time.
“I don’t want to hold onto power when I am on a wheelchair,” the 69-year Deputy Chief Minister told reporters after witnessing the signing of oath of secrecy by five appointed PRS officials here today.
He said he is getting old and has been in active politics since 1983 when he contested in the state elections on a Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak’s ticket in Baleh.
At last Sunday’s triennial delegates conference (TDC), Masing was elected unopposed as PRS president, which he has held since the party was formed in 2004. (more…)