Hornbill Unleashed

July 26, 2017

See asks why Sharifah Hasidah silent on London trip outcome

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The conspicuous silence by Assistant Minister of Law, Federal-State Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali after the ‘fact finding mission’ to London is distressing and unacceptable, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

“As a matter of course, all Sarawakians are curious and have high expectations over the research study trip overseas for the assistant minister to study the various laws that have been passed in Parliament and that have been found to infringe Sarawak’s rights,” See told a press conference here yesterday.

“I was hopeful that some fruitful findings would be revealed as we celebrated Sarawak Day last weekend. Unfortunately, there was no revelation of any positive finding or progress.”

See, who is state PKR vice-chairman, said the meeting and discussion with the federal government on the restoration of Sarawak’s autonomy and devolution of powers to Sarawak had been put on hold after the demise of former Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem. (more…)

Expunge the term ‘bumiputera’

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What has “bumiputeraism” done for the Malay, apart from giving him a sense of entitlement and make him lord it over the other Malaysians who are not Malay?

The so-called “bumiputeras” could make a real difference in Malaysia, but labelling people, “bumiputera”, is not the way forward. After 60 years of sleepwalking, of which 40 were spent living in denial, Malaysians need to wake up. The term “bumiputera” needs to be consigned to the history books, immediately.

If the people want another reason to reassure them that “bumiputeraism” is wrong, and misleading, they need only look at the Orang Asli, and think, “Why are they, the original settlers of the peninsula, not considered ‘bumiputera’?” The Malays are as pendatang as the non-Malays whom the nationalist Malays like to denigrate.

The word “bumiputera” is synonymous with privilege and division. It manifests itself in racism. It is divisive. It is unfair. It creates a lot of angst and builds resentment. (more…)

Malaysians do forget easily

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Dr Mahathir Mohamed recited a sajak (poem) entitled ‘Melayu Mudah Lupa’ (Malays forget easily) at the 2001 Umno General Assembly. After 16 years, is it still appropriate or does one word need to be changed?

Replacing “Malays” with the “Malaysians” would better describe how events and scandals of yesteryears have been consigned to the burial grounds and entombed.

But even the dead can be awakened for political expediency. After 30 years, the ghost of the foreign exchange market (forex) losses, said to run into billions of ringgit, has arisen from the grave – with hopes of it demonising the leading opposition figure, Mahathir.

So, a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) has been set up and will soon start the proceedings, in the hope of establishing a host of facts. (more…)

Sabah, Sarawak law bodies voice concerns over CJ’s extended tenure

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The Sabah Law Society (SLS) and the Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) today jointly expressed concerns over the extended tenure of chief justice Md Raus Sharif and that of the president of Court of Appeal (PCA) Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.

The two organisations are the equivalent to the Malaysian Bar which operates in Peninsular Malaysia.

SLS president Brenndon Keith Soh and AAS president Ranbir Singh Sangla said they did not doubt the capability of Raus and Zulkefli, but questioned the timing and mode of their extensions.

They noted that Article 125(1) of the Federal Constitution states “a judge of the Federal Court shall hold office until he attains the age of 66 years or such later time, not being later than six months after he attains that age, as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may approve.” (more…)

SUPP exists for Sarawakians — Dr Sim

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The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) exists for the people of Sarawak and would continue fighting for their welfare and interests.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is also SUPP president, said the party which was set up 58 years ago, still exists because of the support given by the people.

“Join SUPP for Sarawak and the future of Sarawak, not for personal gain. Don’t wait until opposition is weak. Take initiatives to work for the party and the people now. Contribute as (much as) you can, according to your abilities.

“SUPP members should stay strong – continue fighting for the party and also strive towards a stronger Sarawak,” he spoke at SUPP Pending’s 33rd anniversary dinner here on Monday.

On the opposition, Dr Sim who is also SUPP Pending chairman, viewed their leaders as ‘actors’ – those who talk a lot, deceive people and attack SUPP but do not perform as the people’s representatives. (more…)

Building Trusan Dam contrary to Adenan’s wish — Save Rivers

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Save Rivers is not agreeable to the decision to proceed with the construction of the Trusan Dam as recently announced by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, saying it is contrary to what was announced by his predecessor the late Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem.

In a press statement yesterday, Peter Kallang, the chairman of SAVE Rivers, referred to a report in The Borneo Post on July 22 this year titled ‘Trusan Dam project to proceed as planned’, which quoted Abang Johari as saying the 100/200MW Trusan Dam in Lawas will be built after the completion of the 1295MW Baleh Dam in Kapit.

However, Kallang said in an interview with Channel News Asia in May 2016, Adenan had said the Baram Dam was scrapped as he had examined the matter, and there was no need to have another big dam.

He also said Adenan had mentioned: “We can have mini dams and so on, but not big dams especially when we don’t supply (power) to West Malaysia anymore.” (more…)

Stop causing panic about Putrajaya’s handling of rabies outbreak, Sarawak MPs told

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Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said that both his Ministry and the Veterinary Department has enough rabies vaccine stockpile for both humans and animals. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaHealth Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam today urged opposition lawmakers from Sarawak to stop causing “panic” and creating a negative perception about Putrajaya’s handling of the rabies outbreak in the state.

After a couple of DAP MPs questioned the Health Ministry over an alleged lack of vaccine in the state, Subramaniam said the lawmakers should stop using the outbreak for political expediency and instead cooperate with the relevant authorities.

Subramaniam said that both his Ministry and the Veterinary Department has enough vaccine stockpile for both humans and animals.

Therefore, he added that the issue of vaccine shortage does not arise.

“We had brought about 8,000 vials (of vaccine) to Sarawak and so far only 2,000 of them were used,” he told reporters during a press conference at Parliament today. (more…)

Najib’s RM1.6b wooing of Felda settlers wrong

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Prime Minister Najib Razak’s six incentives (see table below) worth at least RM1.6 billion announced on Sunday besides being morally reprehensible for blatantly wooing Felda voters using government funds, may even constitute as bribery under the Election Offences Act.

Najib announced these incentives at a politically charged speechcommemorating 61 years of Felda in Putrajaya where he said the support of the Felda community resulted in the government remaining in power. “We will definitely defend Putrajaya,” he shouted to scattered applause, and apparently referring to the opposition, “… Don’t dream and don’t trumpet your wishes that the Felda community does not support the government.”

And Najib made political capital too at the event by reminding the 20,000-25,000 settlers present there that it was his father, Abdul Razak, who was behind Felda and launched it in 1956, 61 years ago.

Most of the Felda incentives represent write-off of debts (RM947 million) while the remaining RM652 million represent grants, of which RM167 million will be paid over five years. (more…)

Sarawak DCM says to review effectiveness of rabies control measures

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A Sarawak Veterinary Department officer vaccinating a cat against rabies in Kampung Lebor, Gedong Serian, July 5, 2017. — Bernama picThe Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee will review the existing control measures being implemented to curb the spread of the rabies outbreak to ensure their effectiveness, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Uggah, who is also the committee chairman, said the activities were held by carrying out vaccination on ground zero and the surrounding areas within a 10-kilometre radius from the infected areas and transporting wild dogs out of these areas.

“Yesterday I met with Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister) and Veterinary Services Department director-general (Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam) to look at the strategies being undertaken at present.

“Together we were looking at and planning how to move forward and the main objective is to contain and eliminate this disease as soon as possible,” he told a media conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya here today. (more…)

Sarawak-West Kalimantan to begin rabies vaccination, ban animal exports at border

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Uggah said 402 new cases of dog bites have been reported in Sarawak. ― Picture by Sulok TawieA special joint committee set up by Sarawak and West Kalimantan on the prevention and control of the spread of rabies today adopted six steps to contain the outbreak of the disease.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said that the committee has agreed to set up a joint cooperation under the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asia Growth Area) to enable meetings to be held when the need arises.

“The joint committee also agreed to conduct joint vaccination within the Immune Belt at the border areas,” he said in a statement released to the press.

Uggah, who is also the state minister of modernisation of agriculture, native land and regional development, said that both sides have agreed to upgrade their awareness promotion on rabies along the border areas and that such promotion be in Bahasa Malaysia and Indonesia. (more…)

Ministry working on blueprint for special needs education

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Chong said the blueprint was discussed during his meeting with the special needs education department. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Education Ministry is in the midst of preparing a blueprint on special needs education, including for the deaf.

Its deputy minister, Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the blueprint was discussed during his meeting with the special needs education department.

“Among the ‘vision’ for the deaf would be having a recognised degree course in sign language education in local universities, deaf education classrooms in every state and a grading system for qualified sign language translators, he said.

“It is only fair for Malaysia to be called a developed nation when the country addresses the needs of the less privileged, the disadvantaged and the marginalised. Most importantly, people with special needs have to be well represented in the hospitals, and in the judiciary and legislative system.” (more…)

Malaysian students lack confidence to speak up, use English, says IDEAS founder

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Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin Tuanku Muhriz said Malaysian students were still not confident enough to speak up, particularly in English. — Picture by Saw Siow FengStudents across the country are still unable or unwilling to speak at all, let alone in English, according to the Institute For Democracy And Economic Affairs (IDEAS).

Its founding president Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin Tuanku Muhriz said based on his observation during speaking engagements at educational institutions including government secondary schools, as well as public and private universities, Malaysian students were still not confident enough to speak up, particularly in English.

“In general, when I try to engage them (students) in matters of great importance, for example what it means to have independent check and balance institutions and how these institutions are supposed to work…it’s not just the content of their knowledge that is of concern, but also the way they express themselves about these institutions and concepts.

“These are problems that can persist throughout the entire education journey of a young Malaysian citizen. Often identity politics in the form of racial and religious polarisation can make that journey even more fractured and make national cohesion ever more difficult,” he said at the annual English Speaking Union of Malaysia (ESU Malaysia) luncheon talk held here, today. (more…)

Four questions on 1MDB lined up in Parliament, Azalina tells Opposition

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Azalina said the complaints were inaccurate as there were already four questions from Opposition MPs on the matter already listed in the Order Paper. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayMinister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said refuted Opposition MPs’ claim today that their parliamentary questions on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and related issues were rejected.

According to the minister in charge of Parliamentary affairs, the complaints were inaccurate as there were already four questions from Opposition MPs on the matter already listed in the Order Paper.

“At the first day of the fifth Dewan Rakyat session, there were four questions on 1MDB from Petaling Jaya Utara, Kelana Jaya, Seremban and Segambut listed in the Order Paper,” the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said in a statement.

A check by Malay Mail Online confirmed that the questions from the four DAP and PKR MPs were listed in today’s Order Paper. (more…)

Minister hints at new law against stalkers

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Rohani assured federal lawmakers however that she was engaging with activists on having an anti-stalking law and that she too desired to have stalking criminalised. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengA new law criminalising stalking may be introduced in the future, but the Penal Code will need to be amended beforehand, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said today.

The women, family and community development minister pointed out that stalking is currently not a crime in Malaysia, but added that amendments to the Domestic Violence Act would criminalise elements of stalking.

“In short, the act of stalking itself is not domestic violence, but if it reaches the level of threatening the safety of victims or communicating in a way that insults the modesty of the victim, it is domestic violence.

“However, the government will always follow developments related to stalking and will consider to make it a crime in the nearest future,” she said in her wind-up speech this evening on a Bill to amend the Domestic Violence Act. (more…)

Customs Dept rejects GST claims by Selangor local councils worth over RM36m

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Subromaniam said the Customs acted against the claims after finding that the 12 PBTs failed to fully account for the GST for taxable supplies. — Picture by Ahmad ZamzahuriThe Customs Department could not proceed with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) claims estimated to exceed RM36 million made by 12 local authorities (PBTs) in Selangor because of doubts in the returns submitted.

Denying that the Customs Department deliberately did not want to pay the GST claims, Customs director-general Datuk Seri T. Subromaniam said the Customs acted against the claims after finding that the 12 PBTs failed to fully account for the GST for taxable supplies.

The PBTs were also found claiming for items not eligible for claims such as claiming for passenger vehicles for PBT’s use categorised as ‘block input tax’ which was not permitted by law even if GST was charged upon purchase, he said.

Subromaniam explained under the provision of the law, the department reserves the right to withhold payment of any claims if there are any doubts or doubtful statements in the declaration forms submitted. (more…)

After cohabiting query, minister confirms Domestic Violence Act only protects married couples

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Rohani said those unmarried victims of home violence could seek recourse under the Penal Code. — Picture by Zuraneeza ZulkifliThe Domestic Violence Act will only protect victims who are legally wedded and not cohabiting couples who suffer abuse at their lover’s’ hands, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim confirmed today.

The women, family and community development minister said those unmarried victims of home violence could instead seek recourse under the Penal Code.

“The protection under this Act only applies to couples of de facto husband and wife, which is those who have gone through the marriage ceremony; this Act does not apply to couples that don’t have marriage ties even though they have intimate relations.

“Although these couples are not protected under this Act, reports on the perpetrator’s violence can be lodged by the victim and the perpetrator can be punished under the Penal Code such as Section 323 and Section 324 and so on,” she said in the Dewan Rakyat.

Rohani expressed concern over the “effectiveness” of the Domestic Violence Act if the definition of households became too wide. (more…)

Study: Teens don’t find smoking fun, but do it out of ‘boredom’

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The study conducted on 143 teenagers around Kuala Lumpur showed that majority viewed smoking as something normal. — Reuters picMany teenagers continue smoking even though they do not find it enjoyable and know it could harm others.

They persist in the dangerous and wasteful habit because of inane reasons like “boredom” and needing it to “hang out with friends”.

Such were the findings of a study by National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) as revealed by the society’s smoking cessation specialist Swinder Jit Jag Singh.

Some even blame the bad habit on stress, but cited ludicrous reasons as the source of their stress. This includes the inability to buy the latest gadgets such as the iPhone, she told Bernama in an interview, recently.

The study conducted on 143 teenagers around Kuala Lumpur showed that majority viewed smoking as something normal. Many think nothing of it and thus even have the audacity to smoke in front of their school gates. (more…)

After Malaysian Bar, Sabah and Sarawak lawyers question extension of CJ’s tenure

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Md Raus is to remain as Chief Justice for three more years following his appointment as an additional judge of the Federal Court while Zulkefli, who was appointed as an additional judge of the Federal Court, will remain Court of Appeal president for two more years. — Bernama picLawyers in Sabah and Sarawak have followed their peninsula counterparts in raising constitutional questions on the appointment of the country’s two top judges and urged the judges in question to reconsider accepting the posts.

Sabah Law Society (SLS) president Brenndon Keith Soh and the Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) president Ranbir Singh Sangla suggested that extending the tenure of both Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif as Chief Justice and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as Court of Appeal president was unconstitutional and presented a negative image of the country’s judiciary.

They said they did not doubt the characters and capabilities of the two nor the constitutional powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“However, it is clear that the timing and mode of the appointments and or the extensions certainly gives rise to the various issues raised above in this statement and specifically on the public perception and confidence in the judiciary,” Soh and Ranbir said in a joint statement today. (more…)

July 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

17,844 pets vaccinated to curb rabies outbreak in Sarawak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why vote for the opposition?

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Where’s your messiah now?”

– Billy Crystal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Umno is afraid of Pakatan Harapan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When delusional politicos speak in the real world

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When delusional politicos speak in the real worldREALLY?

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

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

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

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

Harapan submits draft of its constitution to ROS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zaid urges opposition to nominate Malanjum as CJ

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

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

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

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

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

Economists: Malaysia on track to become high-income nation

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

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

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

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

Pakatan plans rally against Putrajaya in October

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

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

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

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

Pakatan Harapan submits final draft of constitution to RoS

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

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

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

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

PSM expected to lock horns with Harapan in GE 14

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

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

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

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

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

No preferential treatment if Jho Low holds dual citizenship

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

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

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

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

Over 30 Opposition MPs demand debate after 1MDB questions rejected

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

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

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

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

Reply to Hadi Awang’s open letter

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Dear PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang,

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

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

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

July 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Two more rabies infected areas declared in S’wak

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

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

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

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

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


Source : Malaysiakini by Bernama


Sarawak wise to join Malaysia, says Abang Johari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarawak made a wise decision 54 years ago — Abang Johari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shahrir says Felda to be managed with integrity

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

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

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

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

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

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


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


Never take Sarawak Day for granted, Sarawakians reminded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The bumiputera conundrum – an elaborate deception

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

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

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

Transformation of affirmative action based on race (more…)

Harapan finalising constitution, plans to register next week

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

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

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

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

Zahid: BN expects defeat in urban seats

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

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

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

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

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