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October 14, 2015

Anti-dam Baram tribes to stage world indigenous summit

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The Baram tribes people, still buoyed by the Sarawak government’s July decision for a moratorium on the proposed mega hydroelectric dam in their area, will mark the second year of their resistance with a world summit that will see indigenous people from all over the world come to the state to show solidarity for their cause.

The tribes will hold a five-day “solidarity and sharing experience” event they have dubbed the World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers (Wiser Baram 2015) which starts on October 20 and culminates with a conference in Miri city on October 24.

Their guests will include indigenous people and environmentalists from the Amazon rainforest of South America – Brazil, Honduras, Chile – and neighbours, the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, as well as from the US and Australia. (more…)

Tragic if Mandarin replaces local dialects as lingua franca!

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The lingua franca of a land is “a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different”.

For as long as one can remember, the lingua franca in most parts of Sarawak had been Hokkien, much used and common among all the different dialect-speaking Chinese, as well as some Malays and Indians throughout the state.

In Sabah it was Hakka, and in some places like Sibu, it was Foochow, and in Miri, Cantonese was very popular for a time.

Today, all that is gone. Everyone it would seem, who’s aged 40 and below, and if they are of Chinese origin, speaks only Mandarin. For those between 12 and 25, it can be said that 90 per cent of them do not even speak their own dialects! (more…)

DAP focuses on Sibu in bid to take Bawang Assan from BN

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Sarawak DAP is giving its full attention to Sibu in the coming state election, as it has an “unfinished” task there.

This is an obvious reference to the state seat of Bawang Assan, the only state seat in Sibu that has eluded DAP in the last state election.

The other state seats in Bandar Sibu are Dudong, Bukit Assek and Pahlawan.

While DAP won Dudong, Bukit Assek and Pahlawan in the last state election, and even won the two parliamentary seats of Lanang and Sibu in the 2013 general election, the state seat of Bawang Assan was won by Wong Soon Koh, who contested and won on a Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) ticket. (more…)

Federal govt urhed to build coastal highway in Sarawak

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Julaihi (seated third right in front horizontal row) with the villagers and sub-district officials.The federal government should seriously consider constructing a coastal highway across the state.

Assistant Minister of Rural Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi, in making this call, said people living in coastal areas had been yearning for a such project to be undertaken.

“With the construction of Pan Borneo Highway, it is also necessary for the (federal) government to give serious attention to the construction of coastal highway that would positively impact people living in coastal areas,” he said during a recent ‘leader meets people’ session at Kampung Belimbing Besi here. (more…)

STU chief: Teach all subjects in English

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Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) is advocating English to be the medium of instruction for all subjects, not only for Mathematics and Science.

STU president Jisin Nyud said Bahasa Malaysia should be taught as a subject. Jisin said while STU supported Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s push for the state to have its own education system and to teach Mathematics and Science in English, it felt English ought to be the medium of instruction for all subjects.

“STU supports CM’s suggestion on autonomy in education because it is in the Malaysia Agreement, signed in 1963. If we can handle it in the 50s, 60s and 70s, what difference does it make now? It is plausible. (more…)

Toll hikes due to failed privatisation policies, broken promises

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The toll hikes to be implmented on Thursday are the result of the BN government’s “failed privatisation policies and broken promises”, says DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua.

“Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s promise to Malaysians in BN’s 2013 election manifesto that there will be a “gradual reduction of intra-city tolls” in the five years after the election is nothing but an empty promise to win votes,” Pua said in a statement today.

BN’s privatisation policies and the awarding of highway concessions to crony companies without open tenders being called have also failed, he said.

The people have been tricked into accepting the toll concession scheme as these projects were initially masked via lower toll rates, said Pua, who is the MP for Petaling Jaya Utara. (more…)

Don’t neglect the middle-income group

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The ill-timed but largely successful Bersih 4 rally has brought forth an emerging and unlikely political voice from the middle class. For the first time, middle-class urban Malaysia – who has previously chosen to do its talking through the ballot – resorted to taking to the streets to be heard.

When that happened, the 34-hour street protest was unfortunately racialised by political opportunists. This regrettably blinded a big section of our society to this watershed moment for the country when we witnessed a newfound voice that has been comparatively taciturn and reticent until lately. (more…)

Toll hike suicidal, says Pakatan Harapan

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Najib Razak’s decision to increase the toll rates on 18 highways has been called a ‘suicidal move’ by Pakatan Harapan, amidst a weakening economic situation.

Foreign investors were pulling out billions of ringgit from their investments in Malaysia because they have lost confidence, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said today.

“At this juncture, Malaysia has to rely increasingly, more and more, on domestic consumption, which depends on the disposable income of every household,” Rafizi said.

However, the series of events that have taken place this year have reduced the rakyat’s buying power, he said at a joint press conference with DAP and Amanah. (more…)

1MDB – rogues skip free, heroes pilloried

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Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Matthias Chang were charged yesterday for committing offences under Section 124 L of the Penal Code which reads:

‘Whoever attempts to commit sabotage or does any act preparatory thereto shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to fifteen years.’

The word ‘sabotage’, which is fundamental to any cha (more…)

Police still probing 1MDB, waiting for audit dept report

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Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has denied the police have stopped their investigations into 1MDB.

He said the police are waiting for the Auditor-General’s Department to complete their probe, which is expected to be wrapped up in three to four months.

“We are still conducting investigations as we received many reports,” he told a press conference after an event in Kuala Lumpur.

He added the latest update he received was on Bank Negara Malaysia’s approvals to 1MDB. (more…)

Rulers’ statement – new impetus for the motion against PM?

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Until the rulers came out with a statement urging the 1MDB issue to be resolved quickly on Oct 6, most of us thought that the prospect of Prime Minister Najib Razak getting ousted through a vote of no confidence in Parliament was losing steam.

While some may not think that the strongly-worded statement by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Syed Danial was really significant given the heavy involvement of most of our royal houses in business and finance, what happened next was quite significant.

The one that particularly caught the attention was the order to repatriate the RM7.5 billion transfer made by 1MDB back into the country. It was made by Bank Negara Malaysia and it was issued after the Attorney-General’s Chambers once again cleared any wrongdoing on the part of the investment agency created by the prime minister. (more…)

Don’t drag us into politics, IGP responds to Dr M

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Do not drag the police into the nation’s political situation, said inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.

“Don’t drag us into politics. We do not interfere with political matters.

“Our task is to only investigate based on the reports lodged. Political statements… We do not wish to intervene,” he told reporters after an event in Kuala Lumpur today.

Khalid was asked to respond to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s criticism regarding the arrest of Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang. (more…)

1MDB officials can be charged if BNM letter genuine

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1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy has been urged to confirm if a Bank Negara Malaysia letter revealed by whistleblower site Sarawak Report is also genuine, saying it could help the attorney-general bring charges to the company's senior officers. – Reuters pic, October 13, 2015.DAP has urged 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to confirm if it breached Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) overseas funds transfer regulations, following the company’s confirmation that minutes of a board meeting revealed by whistleblower site Sarawak Report were authentic.

DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua said that Sarawak Report has since published BNM’s letter of authorisation to 1MDB dated September 29, 2009, to transfer and invest US$1 billion in a joint venture with PetroSaudi Development Limited.

He said the letter granted permission for 1MDB to acquire 40% of 1MDB-PetroSaudi Limited on the basis of particular information provided by 1MDB in its application, which included: (more…)

Bank Negara did not seek clarification on 1MDB remittances, says A-G

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Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali says Bank Negara Malaysia did not seek clarification over 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) remittances. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, October 13, 2015.The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) today explained its decision to clear 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) of making inaccurate declarations related to overseas investments, saying that Bank Negara Malaysia had not sought enough information from the firm to show that it had broken the law.

Neither did Bank Negara direct Deutsche Bank Malaysia Bhd to advise 1MDB to revert to the central bank for a review of the remittance permission granted, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said today.

Speaking at a press conference, the A-G said this clearly showed that there was no further information requested by Bank Negara at the material time. (more…)

Real affirmation action plans should cover all races

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Malaysia has become a rarity rather than the norm in so far as affirmative action for its people is concerned as only the Malay race and others who are grouped or termed as “Bumiputeras” are accorded the right to benefit from the affirmative action programme run by the BN government.

This should immediately lead to swift questions such as: “Why are Malaysian Chinese and Indians excluded from the affirmative action programme? Why the bias and prejudice as the Chinese and Indians in this country are also Malaysian citizens?

But those who ask these questions are simplistic in their approach and fail to realise how and why affirmative action is only being given to the Bumiputeras in the aftermath of the May 13, 1969 race riots that caused the ouster of Tunku Abdul Rahman as the founding prime minister of Malaysia. (more…)

1MDB told to come clean on ‘illegal funds transfer’

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1MDB president and executive director Arul Kanda must come clean if the state-owned fund breached Bank Negara conditions on the transfer of funds overseas, a DAP lawmaker insists.

Referring to a copy of Bank Negara’s Sept 29, 2009, letter of authorisation that was uploaded to whistleblower website Sarawak Report on Sunday, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua urged Arul to confirm if the document was genuine.

It was reported that the central bank had issued the letter of authorisation for 1MDB to transfer and invest US$1 billion in a joint venture with PetroSaudi International Ltd or acquire a 40 percent stake in the joint venture on the basis of particular information provided by 1MDB in its application. (more…)

In 1MDB black hole, things can’t stay business-as-usual

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Two things are for sure after the royal decree was issued last week, which will leave Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak with no other option but to resign.

For this reason, I believe, he is now checkmated. The game is over, although Najib may still try to hang on to his office with the help of his men.

The first is that the newly-minted attorney-general Apandi Ali can no longer hold the fort by telling the people and their Royal Highnesses that the special task force set up to investigate 1MDB was never disbanded.

In his final speech, outgoing MACC deputy commissioner (management and professionalism) Zakaria Jaafar had claimed that the task force had not met since MACC director-general Abu Kassim Mohamed returned from overseas. (more…)

Khairuddin withdraws habeas corpus challenge to Sosma detention

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Former Umno leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan has withdrawn his habeas corpus application to challenge his detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act.

His lawyer, Mohd Hanif Khatri Abdulla, said this is because his charge under section 124L of the Penal Code yesterday, had rendered the legal challenge academic in law.

“But we are not giving up… We will file a motion today to determine whether Section 124L falls under Sosma.

“If it does not, then both Khairuddin and Matthias Chang can be granted bail,” Mohd Hanif told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday. (more…)

Court rejects Home Ministry’s move to stop Edge publication

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The Kuala Lumpur High Court refused to allow Putrajaya stop The Edge from resuming its two publications pending the outcome of the government's appeal. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 13, 2015.The Kuala Lumpur High Court today dismissed the Home Ministry’s application to stop The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily from resuming publication, pending the outcome of its appeal.

Senior federal counsel Alice Loke Yee Ching said judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad ruled that there was no special circumstances to grant the stay.

“The judge said the publisher must not be deprived of the fruit of their successful litigation,” she told reporters outside the court room in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

Don’t use toll hike to raise prices of goods, traders told

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hamzah-zainudinTraders should not use the toll rate hike as an excuse to increase the prices of goods as it only involves certain highways in the Klang Valley, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hamzah Zainuddin.

He said the toll hikes were to enable the government to provide more assistance and facilities for the people in the future.

“The hikes do not involve all highways, but only those in the urban area,” he told reporters after the pre-launch of the 2015 National Consumers Day and Love Made in Malaysia Campaign here today.

“How many lorries use these highways? So, why do they (traders) want to raise prices?” he asked.

Several main highway concessionaires in the Klang Valley had announced hikes in toll rates of between 10 sen and RM6 effective Thursday.



Appealing S’wak re-delineation at apex court vital: lawyer

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Senior counsel Cyrus Das today warned that leave (permission) to appeal should be granted in the Sarawak re-delineation case at the Federal Court as it involves constitutional issues affecting voters and future exercises which would be conducted in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia soon.

He said it involves voters’ rights, with regard to being properly informed through a notice from the Election Commission that in the coming state elections, they may vote in another constituency and polling centre.

Das cited the experience faced by his client Bukit Lintang assemblyperson See Chee How who had to buy the electoral roll for RM4,500 and noticed that the EC had moved 6,500 voters out of his constituency. (more…)

Bank Negara mustn’t make 1MDB its whipping boy: AG

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1MDB cannot be faulted for any alleged offence investigated by Bank Negara Malaysia if the central bank did not seek the clarifications it needed, attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali said today.

“If Bank Negara Malaysia does not request for certain or specific information, how could 1MDB be faulted as it has filled up the form as required and responded to the queries made?” Apandi (photo) asked during a press conference at Putrajaya today.

He said this in reference to the decision of the Attorney-General’s Chambers to close Bank Negara’s investigation into 1MDB under Part 1 (4)(b) of the Fifth Schedule of the Exchange Control Act. (more…)

Suhakam stomping mad over Sosma arrests

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The National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) is livid over the recent arrests under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), calling them “flagrant constitutional violations”.

Its acting chairperson Khaw Lake Tee said this is a direct breach of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s 2011 guarantee that “no individual will be arrested merely on the point of political ideology”.

The arrests also contravene section 4(3) of the Act which states that “no person shall be arrested and detained for his political belief and political, Khaw, a retired law professor said.

“As such, the commission is most indignant at such widespread and flagrant constitutional violations and is deeply concerned that preventive detention, terrorism and security laws are being misused to suppress political expression and dissent,” she said. (more…)

Work with Dr M and Co to save M’sia, Pakatan Harapan told

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Pakatan Harapan should extend a conditional cooperation with Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his team to save the nation from the current political and economic turmoil, said Amanah Youth national chief Sany Hamzam.

“The terms of this cooperation should be within the scope of saving the country, with the strong condition that Mahathir not repeat the political tyranny that was his legacy when he ruled the country for 22 years previously,” he added in a statement today.

Sany said this maturity in politics without emotional interference must be used to stop the people’s suffering.

“A discussion towards this (cooperation) should start since the people cannot afford to shoulder burden after burden under Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration. (more…)

‘No hidden hands in 1MDB case, only uncooperative witnesses’

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An outgoing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy commissioner has dismissed speculation that there are hidden hands hiding guilty parties in the 1MDB case.

MACC deputy commissioner (management and professionalism) Zakaria Jaffar said there was usually a simpler explanation.

“In the 30 over years I have served as a graft buster, there has never been hidden hands.

“What usually happens though is that the witnesses to the case don’t come forward, and cooperate with us,” he said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)

Umno minister targets Zeti for painting 1MDB as guilty

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A government minister has taken aim at Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz for giving the impression that 1MDB had violated the Exchange Control Act 1953.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan claimed that this was despite it not being the case.

“So it seems 1MDB did comply with Bank Negara’s requirements.

“Why did the Bank Negara governor give us the impression that 1MDB broke Bank Negara rules and regulations?” he said in a Twitter post today. (more…)

Show of force by former BN big wigs still can’t force Najib out, analysts say

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad flanked by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (left) and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. The former strongman led several veteran Umno and BN big wigs yesterday to voice out against the Najib government's silencing of dissent. But analysts doubt even this show of force could oust Datuk Seri Najib Razak. – Reuters pic, October 13, 2015.The press conference by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and other senior Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders certainly looked impressive, but analysts doubt it can galvanise Umno members to oust Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Beyond their condemnation of Putrajaya’s use of a new security law against critics and concerns over the state of the nation, the leaders had also openly drawn a clear line against Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“The immediate impact of the press conference is limited,” said pollster Ibrahim Suffian.


October 13, 2015

Striking a delicate balance in the use of land in Sarawak

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For a state as big as Sarawak, the subject of land use or indeed its lack of use is still a very sensitive subject.

If one were to take a drive along the Pan-Borneo Highway starting from Sematan right through to the Sarawak-Brunei border of Lawas, the most striking enormity from a visitor’s point of view along the way are the massive empty plots of land and jungle.

For a population of 2.619 million (2013 figures) and a land mass of 48,050 sq miles the state of Sarawak compares favourably with the entire Malay peninsular of 24 million people and a land mass of 51,000 sq miles. (more…)

Time our leaders heed that we are ‘Dayak’, not ‘lain-lain’

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The Dayaks are confused.

They are asking why Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Douglas Uggah Embas and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Entulu Belaun are sitting on their recommendation that the term “lain-lain” be changed to the word “Dayak” in government official forms.

Why are these two ministers not submitting their recommendation, which was given to them nine months ago, to the federal cabinet? (more…)

UPP, Teras will be history if they use their own symbols

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It’s easy to see why Wong Soon Koh is such a confused person nowadays.

United People’s Party (UPP), which he leads, is not a member of Barisan Nasional (BN) but he is a minister in Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s BN Plus government.

The dividing line is razor thin, any man in his position, being neither here nor there but everywhere, would tend to overlook the fact that he is only a minister in the BN Plus government, which does not make him a member of BN.

To be a member of BN you have to belong to a party that’s a component of BN. (more…)

Who needs Najib’s organs?

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 Surely the most laughable incident in this typically ludicrous week in Barisan Nasional’s Malaysia was Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s pledge to donate his organs.

This latest ploy to save his political skin was enough to make one’s head spin.

With a flurry of questions, the most obvious of which is whether his organ donation pledge has any more truth in it than the flagrantly false Election Integrity Pledge he signed before he gerrymandered, lied, stole and bribed himself and his Umno/BN accomplices back into office in 2013.

Similarly bleeding obvious is the question of why on earth he would try and divert attention from the ongoing scandal surrounding the RM2.6 ‘donation’ he allegedly received from some Middle Eastern benefactor by using the very word ‘donation’? (more…)

Lawyer to seek instruction on Ling from ‘busy’ Najib

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Lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun said he will seek instructions from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak since former MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik has responded legally that he would not apologise.

‎This comes after the seven-day deadline following a legal letter of demand issued by Hafarizam’s (photo) firm last week expires today.

“I will have to seek instructions from client.

“PM is away and also very busy with budget preparations as the tabling of the budget is this Oct 23,” he said in a text response to Malaysiakini. (more…)

BN veterans join Dr Mahathir in 1MDB battle

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad together with Barisan Nasional leaders at a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation today. Dr Mahathir and the BN leaders are denouncing the detentions of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) critics Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Matthias Chang. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 12, 2015.Several Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders joined Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today to speak out against the detention of two men linked to the former prime minister in a campaign against debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Among them were Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, party vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Gua Musang Umno chief Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, former Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Sanusi Junid and former MCA president Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat.

Dr Mahathir is holding a press conference now at the Perdana Leadership Foundation on the fate of his former aide, lawyer Matthias Chang and Umno man Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

Both were charged at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today with attempting to sabotage Malaysia’s economy and the financial and banking system.

Is it too much to ask of judges to safeguard our liberties?

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There is a Malay proverb that says “Hendak seribu daya, tidak hendak seribu dalih”. Simply translated: where there’s a will, there’s a way.

There are always ways for us to justify something we want to do just as there are ways for us to justify not doing something.

That was my reaction when, in the space of 10 days, I heard the Federal Court make two decisions.

One involved ZI Publications and the other concerned Azmi Sharom’s case, but in both instances the top two judges, Arifin Zakaria and Md Raus Sharif, could have decided to defend fundamental liberties without difficulty. (more…)

Big dilemma for MCA leadership

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When smart people started asking questions, those in leadership at MCA could only shiver and shudder.

The delegates who stood up to speak represented the voices of the grassroots supporters and the Chinese community at large.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had once again rubbed salt into the wound when he told the MCA delegates: “We cannot do it alone. The Malays cannot do it alone, and the Chinese cannot do it alone.”

Earlier when the red shirt supporters led by Sungai Besar Umno division leader Jamal Mohd Yunos called the Chinese “Cina Babi”, Najib did nothing to reprimand or discipline them; instead, Najib praised the red shirt rally as being peaceful. (more…)

Umno’s system has failed grassroots, says Ku Li

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Veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (centre) says today the party needs a new system which allowed members to have proper representation. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, October 12, 2015.Umno’s current system has failed its members whose voices are drowned out by the leadership, veteran party leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said today.

The party needed a new system which allowed members to have proper representation so that their voices could be heard.

“The party system has failed. Now it seems to be dominated by the voices of the leaders rather than grassroots level, there’s a big difference so because of that, I think it has failed. (more…)

Haul up opposition if seeking Najib’s ouster is a crime, says ex-minister

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Tan Sri Sanusi Junid seen speaking to the press together with other veterans of ruling coalition Barisan Nasional today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, October 12, 2015.Putrajaya should arrest opposition politicians under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 if attempts to remove the government are criminal, says Tan Sri Sanusi Junid.

The former minister today said Putrajaya’s actions gave an impression that attempting to remove Najib, and not the government itself, was the crime.

“I have been observing this issue. When someone tries to remove the prime minister, it becomes terrorism or sabotage,” he said.

Sanusi was speaking at a press conference with other veteran Barisan Nasional leaders condemning the use of the act to detain lawyer Matthias Chang and former Umno leader Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, both vocal critics of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). (more…)

Have the TPPA negotiators failed Malaysians?

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The recent statement by Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya seems to indicate that he just woke up from a coma. The Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has been going back and forth between the Malaysian and US negotiators, plus 10 more countries, over the last five years.

However, the Health Ministry has chosen to voice its concerns over the patent period, after the trade deal has been concluded. The agreed text is currently undergoing legal scrubbing and awaits national ratifications from respective participating ccountries.

The text will only be made publicly available in a month. (more…)

The ‘naivety’ or ‘essentialism’ of Singapore’s diplomat

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Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large, who is a retired permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and currently a Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Policy Studies, Bilahari Kausikan, seems to have caught the attention of Malaysians, particularly, those from the DAP for the wrong reasons.

His recent 3,000-word article entitled “Singapore is not island” which appeared on Oct 6, 2015, in the The Straits Times (Singapore) seems to have elicited critical comments from the DAP leaders.

In his article, Bilahari said that the Chinese in Malaysia are delusional in that they continue to miss the point that Malays would not give up their political dominance at any costs. And if there is Chinese challenge to Malay political power, there is possibility that Umno would combine with PAS to defend Malay rights. (more…)

Khairuddin, Chang charged for sabotaging economy

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khairuddin,mathias-changKhairuddin Abu Hassan and Matthias Chang were charged on Monday with “sabotaging the banking and financial services’ of Malaysia”.

Magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin has set October 26 for re-mention of the case involving Khairuddin, the sacked Umno Batu Kawan deputy divisional chief and his lawyer Chang and to sanction if the charge was under Sosma. She did not decide if the case was to be transferred to the High Court.

Both of them face charges under Section 124L of the Penal Code for sabotage, read together with Section 34 of the same Act. They were said to have committed the “act” in various countries such as France, England, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore between June 28 and August 26. (more…)

Suing for the sake of suing

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Malaysians today seem to have lost the ability to offer or accept an apology. The very nature of our defamation laws inherited from the British may have allowed for the current tendency of individuals resorting to clear their name through the judiciary.

Constitutional lawyer Fahri Azzat says the Malaysian system recognises every individual has a good reputation to begin with.

“This is unlike the American system where the defamation threshold is so high that most people do not even bother to file defamation cases like those in Malaysia,” he says, citing as example the 2007 case of Malaysiakini vs former Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. (more…)

Clampdown on dissent counter-productive, says Rafidah

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Former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz says questioning actions of leaders and making police reports on issues by those seeking answers should not be treated as undermining the country. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 12, 2015.Umno veteran Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has raised concern over the lack of tolerance towards dissent, at a time when there are issues plaguing and worrying the people.

The former international trade and industry minister wrote on her Facebook page about the spate of arrests lately, including against those who made police reports over irregularities and those accused of “dropping balloons from above”.

“Without going into each individual case, it is clear that there is now widespread concern about intolerance of any dissent from anyone or any quarter. (more…)

Zeti: Risks to slowing growth outweigh inflation concerns

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Malaysia’s growth faces greater risks from a slowdown in the world economy than inflation, central bank governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz said.

The threat of faster inflation will abate after the first quarter of 2016 and interest rates at current levels are supportive of growth, Zeti said in an interview in Lima, Peru yesterday.

Gross domestic product will increase about 5 percent this year, and the expansion will be in the same range in 2016 should risks to global growth not materialise. (more…)

Our reputation in tatters because of 1MDB, says Muhyiddin

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Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says in Pagoh today even foreigners are concerned about the state of the affairs in the country. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, October 12, 2015.Malaysia’s integrity has taken a beating as a result of controversies related to state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told his constituents in Pagoh, Johor, today.

He said Malaysians were ashamed to admit their nationality after issues surrounding 1MDB had grabbed the international spotlight.

“I don’t think it was fair but I do understand why,” said Muhyiddin at a meeting of village heads in Pagoh today.

“I was in Indonesia recently as I was there for my golf charity function and someone quite prominent contacted me and wanted to meet. (more…)

Gov’t to use state funds to lift stocks, rules out forex intervention

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Malaysia will use its state funds to put a floor under the country’s battered stock market, though currency intervention and interest rate hikes are ruled out as tools to keep sharp falls in the ringgit in check, its deputy finance minister said.

The world’s second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas has been hit by the collapse in global crude prices that added to the pains of an economy grappling with mounting household debt.

Foreign investors have trimmed exposure to Malaysia, causing its stock and bond prices to tank. Its currency, down 16 percent this year, remains vulnerable to further falls against the dollar as the US Federal Reserve eyes raising interest rates. (more…)

Review MACC findings on SRC, RM2.6 billion, urges retiring anti-graft officer

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Datuk Seri Zakaria Jaffar seen at a farewell ceremony for his retirement at the MACC Academy in Kuala Lumpur today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ahmad Muslim, October 12, 2015.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s probe into SRC International Sdn Bhd and the RM2.6 billion funds transfer must be reviewed by a panel consisting of various agencies, says the anti-graft body’s outgoing deputy chief commissioner.

Datuk Seri Zakaria Jaffar, who retires today, suggested the attorney-general (A-G) form a panel of representatives to assess the findings of the MACC’s probe into these cases.

He added that it was important to maintain public confidence towards high-profile investigations. (more…)

Malaysia’s ‘most powerful’ person under probe, says MACC

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Outgoing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Zakaria Jaffar says MACC is probing into SRC International Sdn Bhd without naming names. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ahmad Muslim, October 12, 2015.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is in the midst of investigating the most powerful person in the country, says outgoing deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Zakaria Jaffar.

He said this person was investigated in relation to Finance Ministry-owned firm SRC International Sdn Bhd, and a sum of money worth RM2.6 billion.

“We are faced with an investigation that involves the most powerful person in the country,” he said today in his retirement speech at the MACC Academy in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)

How did 1MDB execs conduct major deals without approval?

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My question now to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) Board of Directors is why did it allow 1MDB executives to conduct major transactions without the prior knowledge or approval of the board?

The latest exposé by Sarawak Report was the minutes of the 1MDB Board of Directors Meeting held on Jan 12, 2015.

1MDB president Arul Kanda has confirmed the minutes as genuine, although he denied that he lied to the Board of Directors, saying that he merely “miscommunicated”.

I have written last Saturday that Arul Kanda clearly lied, and not just merely “miscommunicated” the issue of 1MDB’s redemption of the US$2.318 billion investment from Cayman Islands. (more…)

Najib Razak at risk of isolation amid Malaysian corruption scandal

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Malaysia’s prime minister Najib RazakMalaysia is a country in turmoil. The country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, is alleged to have performed daylight robbery with the depositing of $700m (£456m) into his personal bank account.

The FBI and police in Hong Kong have launched investigations as the worst crisis of Najib’s career unfolds. Swiss authorities have frozen millions of dollars in bank accounts linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the state development fund at the centre of the corruption allegations.

And now the nation’s powerful sultans have broken both their silence and their non-political stance to call for a swift investigation into 1MBD. (more…)

October 12, 2015

Decentralising the education system for the benefit of all

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Discussions on how our education system has failed our youth is well documented. One basic cause is that every time a new minister takes over the portfolio, the policy changes.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, acutely aware of the effects this flip-flopping has had on the younger gen­eration, now wants autonomy in education for Sarawakians.

One of his gripes is that there is not enough focus on the contributions of the ethnic groups of Sarawak and Sabah in History lessons. He wants this to change.

Adenan also cautions against side-lining English as a subject. (more…)

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