Hornbill Unleashed

February 5, 2016

What, PAS? Contesting 11 seats but only want to win one!

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The Tunku Mahkota of Johor had stated that the federal Cabinet should be trimmed in order to rid the nation of some ministers who are considered a “joke”.

Many Malaysians will agree with the Johor Crown Prince for indeed, the present Cabinet is over-bloated and some of its members are “unfit” to be ministers. In the prince’s words, they are mere “jokers”.

But many politicians outside the BN could also be described as jokers. Many do make a lot of illogical and contradictory statements, like the recent remarks on the coming Sarawak elections from a senior PAS leader, Mustafa Ali. (more…)

MB Azmin Ali claims he was humiliated at Kuching Airport

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Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali has claimed that he was humiliated at the Kuching International Airport by Immigration officers when he arrived in the state capital last Sunday.

He said that as he came through the common arrival hall, they asked for his identity card as if they did not recognise him.

If that was not enough, they also asked him to wait while they checked with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) whether to allow him in or not.

CMO is the authority which issues orders to bar some Malayan opposition leaders from entering Sarawak. (more…)

Will DAP’s go-rural drive turn out to be a misadventure?

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Sarawak DAP’s prized assets are the urban voters especially in seats now held by its assemblymen and parliamentarians.

If today it thinks it will still be able to retain those seats and perhaps even win a couple more come the 11th Sarawak Election, it has every right to feel that way given its rising graph – from just one in 2001 to six in 2006 and 12 in 2011.

But DAP could very well stumble in 2016 for at least three reasons. One, if it can’t agree to work with PKR; two, if it spreads itself too thinly in its eagerness to accommodate the clamour of its new found Dayak partners to capture the Dayak heartland; and three, if it takes lightly Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s winning ways even as Pakatan Harapan (Coalition of Hope) looks more like ‘pakatan hancur’, a coalition that’s falling apart. (more…)

12 nations including Malaysia seal TPPA trade deal

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Twelve countries including Malaysia have finally signed the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Auckland today which is set to expand markets, reduce tariffs and promote freer trade.

International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed signed the comprehensive 21st century pact pact for Malaysia that represents nearly 40 percent of global gross domestic product worth US$30 trillion (RM124.7 trillion).

The signing of the TPPA in Auckland is the culmination of five years and 19 rounds of tough negotiations. (more…)

TPPA good for Felda, better returns for settlers

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Malaysia’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) provides a great opportunity for Felda to further expand its market overseas, particularly in Latin America, its chairperson Mohd Isa Abdul Samad said.

Brushing aside a claim that by joining the TPPA, Malaysia is surrendering its sovereignty to the US, he said, “This is not true at all. As Felda has a factory in the US, does it mean that we had colonised America? No.

“Instead, under the TPPA, we can further expand our market. We’ve started making plans to expand into Latin America,” he said at the launch of the Felda Raja Alias 1’s Family Literacy Centre in Jempol near Kuala Pilah today. (more…)

EPF: Contributors can expect ‘respectable dividend’ for 2015

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The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will declare respectable dividend for 2015, says deputy chief executive officer (investment) Mohamad Nasir Ab Latif.

The announcement will be made after the Chinese New Year, he told reporters at a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur today.

However, he was tight-lipped on the exact quantum.

The EPF had previously declared a higher dividend of 6.75 percent for 2014, against 6.35 percent announced for 2013.


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Mukhriz ouster just numbers game, nothing to do with Najib, says minister 

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Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir leaving Wisma Darul Aman in Alor Star, Kedah yesterday. A Cabinet member says the removal of the menteri besar is not related to the prime minister. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, February 4, 2016.Kedah’s change of menteri besar, which saw the son of retired statesman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ousted, has nothing to do with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, a minister said today.

Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir was replaced simply because he lost the confidence of the majority of state assemblymen.

“Politics is a game of numbers. If we don’t have the support of important parties in the political and government structure, we can’t function as a menteri besar.

“It has nothing to do with the prime minister,” Rahman, the minister of urban well being, housing and local government told the media in Kuala Selangor today. (more…)

A-G’s decision on Najib has little impact on suit against Ling, say lawyers

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A few lawyers say the attorney-general's decision to not prosecute Datuk Seri Najib Razak does not affect his defamation suit against a former MCA president. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 4, 2016.Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision not to frame charges against Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any criminal wrongdoing over alleged financial scandals has little impact over the prime minister’s defamation suit against former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, lawyers said.

They said Ling, a former transport minister, needed only a lower standard of proof and the defence of justification to get the suit dismissed.

Lawyer Ang Hean Leng said Apandi’s decision did not have much impact on Ling’s defence in the civil case. (more…)

Oil and gas workers prefer pay cut to losing job, says survey

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Oil and gas companies in Malaysia, including state-owned Petronas, have announced cost-cutting measures including staff retrenchment in the wake of the global oil slump. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 4, 2016.Fifty-one per cent of employees in the oil and gas sector in Malaysia would rather take pay cuts than lose their jobs, global professional recruiting group Hays said.

It found in its November survey last year, which covered 178 countries, that most oil and gas companies were also planning on keeping headcount low and were also struggling to retain existing staff.

The survey, covering 28,000 respondents and 4,000 employers in the industry, found that 32% of respondents said they had been laid off or made redundant, and 93% of employers said they had made some level of headcount reductions over the past 12 months.

Among those who lost their jobs or were made redundant, 72% were considering looking for work outside the industry, a move that could cause a brain drain within the sector and potentially lead to shortage of skill challenges in the future when the market picked up again. (more…)

Is Tabung Haji paying dividends with profit or reserves, asks Amanah

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Amanah has raised concerns over the source of Tabung Haji's dividend and bonus payments to its depositors for the year 2015. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, February 4, 2016.Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) today said Lembaga Tabung Haji should reveal the source for its dividend and bonus for the year 2015, saying it should not be dipping into its reserves following Bank Negara Malaysia’s warning that they were in the red.

Amanah vice-president Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said Tabung Haji needed to convince Malaysians that the dividends were paid using the profit it earned, and not its reserves.

“The basic question is not answered. How can they pay bonuses when they have been paying more in dividends than the profit they have earned?

“We want Tabung Haji to reveal how it paid out its dividends,” he told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

They wanted to change the PM, not the MB

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Is Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Razak one step closer to eliminating former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s camp by getting rid of his son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, as Kedah mentri besar?

It will foolhardy to think this strengthens Najib’s chances of staying on as prime minister and party president since another of Mahathir’s men is down.

Or is the removal of Mukhriz from a powerful position in the political scene merely a temporary victory for Najib? Kedah has much power struggle – be it within Umno or with PAS. (more…)

What’s the truth if there is ‘misinformation’ on claims?

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Amidst being battered by international allegations of corruption on a grand scale, Prime Minister Najib Razak appears as secure as ever.

Perhaps it is true that he has been rightly vindicated from wild allegations purportedly by some sinister characters from some equally sinister aims.

Perhaps the return ‘donation’ from the Saudi Royal family is true. Perhaps the claims against 1MDB have been trumped up to unseat him. And yet, he seems unfazed — maybe because he believes to be in the right.

But, no one knows the truth. (more…)

Only 15pct of Malaysians recycle, says minister

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Awareness in reducing waste through recycling and reuse is still low among Malaysians, said Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

He said only 15 percent of waste was recycled despite the government introducing the waste segregation programme.

Thus, he said, there was a need to change the people’s lifestyle and mindset in reducing consumption and increase recycling to conserve the environment.

Speaking to reporters after attending a briefing at the Bukit Tagar sanitary landfill in Bestari Jaya near Kuala Selangor today, he said there was a need to educate the people on the importance of recycling waste. (more…)

Tabung Haji will keep, develop TRX land, says chairman

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Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (fourth left) seen during Tabung Haji's announcement of its dividends at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, February 4, 2016. Lembaga Tabung Haji will not sell the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) land it bought from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), but will develop it instead, the pilgrimage fund’s chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said today.

The 0.64ha plot was now worth RM250 million, he said.

The controversial purchase, which Tabung Haji made for RM188 million in April last year, raised eyebrows because it was 43 times the price 1MDB paid for it when the state-owned investment firm acquired it from the government four years earlier.

Azeez said Tabung Haji subsidiary TH Properties would be in charge of developing the land for a residential apartment project. (more…)

Survey: One in three O&G workers worldwide have lost jobs

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One in every three oil and gas industry employees worldwide lost their jobs in the past 12 months as plunging oil prices dragged economies down, a survey by employment agency Hays has found.

The survey on 28,000 workers in 28 countries showed a whopping 93 percent of employers saying they have had to cut down on staff in the past year.

The survey was conducted in November 2015, amid falling oil prices, which have continued to tumble.

The outlook for 2016 does not seem brighter, the seventh annual Oil and Gas Salary Guide survey by Hays Oil and Gas showed. (more…)

Papagomo claims ‘saviour’ as video of him hitting man goes viral

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Well-known pro-Umno blogger Papagomo today said he was defending the honour of four women, including his two sisters, when he hit a blue-collar worker from Pakistan in a video which has since gone viral.

“As a brother, I have to take my own actions and teach the man who committed sexual harassment […]

“I lined up the workers and I asked my sister and her friend to identify the man who sexually harassed them.

“So you can see that I didn’t do anything before checking and I used a just process to determine the sex offender,” he said in a Facebook post accompanying the video, uploaded onto his account ‘Sir Azri’. (more…)

Rizalman guilty of indecent assault, nine months’ home detention

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Former defence attaché Muhammad Rizalman Ismail has been sentenced to nine months’ home detention after being found guilty of indecently assaulting Wellington woman Tania Billingsley.

According to NZ Herald, the Wellington High Court heard submissions from both defence lawyer Dr Donald Stevens, QC, and Crown prosecutor Grant Burston.

The Crown had reportedly accepted that Rizalman was eligible for home detention. In New Zealand, home detention requires an offender to remain at an approved residence at all times and be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (more…)

Mukhriz episode points to Umno’s greedy political culture, says Rafidah

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Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz says there is an increasing tendency of Umno leaders trying to bring down one another in their greed for power. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 4, 2016.Umno veteran Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said her party’s political putsch to replace the Kedah menteri besar was a reflection of current political culture of “toppling one another”.

The former Wanita Umno chief asked if “toppling others to grab whatever position being eyed” had become the norm after Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir Mahathir was ousted by Kedah Umno leaders.

She said such a culture had divided people rather than promoting unity and common good.

“Some people seem to be subscribing to… a political culture of self interest. (more…)

February 4, 2016

DAP looks resigned to seat-sharing talks in Sarawak

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Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian (fourth left) seen announcing the party’s candidates for the Sarawak elections in this picture dated January 31, 2016. DAP is trying to negotiate with PKR in a seat-sharing concept that will require PKR to give up seats for DAP in its move to break out of Chinese-majority strongholds. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 3, 2016. Even though negotiations between the opposition’s two biggest parties – DAP and PKR – for seats in the Sarawak elections are still ongoing, DAP seems resigned to accept that PKR will not give up seats it contested in the 2011 election and which DAP now wants.

They are mainly sub-urban Dayak seats which DAP wants to win in its attempt to break-out of its urban Chinese strongholds.

“So be it, if it fails,” Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said today when reacting to PKR having named candidates to seats reportedly still on the negotiating table.

“Then we will have no choice but to take them on three-cornered fight (with the Barisan Nasional candidate). (more…)

Adenan’s baffling polls date ‘proposal’

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Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem made a boo-boo at PBB Satok branch’s pre-election seminar when he revealed April 30 might be polling day.

On stage, he said “maybe” nomination day would be April 18, with 12 days of campaigning. Swamped by reporters off stage, he backtracked slightly, saying the dates were just his proposals to the Election Commission (EC).

That was around 10pm last Friday.

By 7am the next day, state EC director Datuk Takun Sunggah had granted me an interview, saying only the EC could determine the dates.

When I asked Takun if he was surprised by Adenan’s disclosure, he replied: “Well, it is his way. But to us, the official (announcement) will come from the EC.” (more…)

Politics in Sarawak is unlike politics in Malaya!

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politics is probably more matured and more exciting compared to the rest of Malaysia. I say this for a few reasons, the first being that from the beginning Sarawakians realised that politics here couldn’t be based on race alone.

The proof is that all political parties, even PAS’s chapter, are in-fact multi-racial parties. Yes some are dominated by a particular race but that is because ‘birds of a feather flock together’.

The second is that from the beginning, Sarawakians only had Sarawakian parties representing them in the government and opposition until the entry of DAP and now PKR, PAS and PAN. (more…)

Mahathir: Winning Malaysian election doesn’t cost billions

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Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not buy the narrative that the RM2.6 billion (US$681 million) donation made to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was for election spending.

Having led the BN to victory in five general elections, Mahathir said it does not take that much money to win a general election in Malaysia.

“The claim that US$700 million (sic) was for fighting the Islamic State here is not credible because Najib openly claimed that it was for Umno to win the election in 2013.

“Winning elections in Malaysia does not require billions of ringgit,” Mahathir said on his blog today. (more…)

Mahathir may have been Najib if…

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Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed  and many Malaysians may believe that the only way to end the ongoing crisis in Malaysia is to bring Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak down.

Unfortunately, that will not happen as Najib will remain in office for as long as he wishes, thanks to Mahathir’s legacy.

Prior to 1988, the Malaysian judiciary had become increasingly independent, even earning praises from abroad. This all ended in 1988 when matters went head to head with none other than Mahathir himself. The eventual sacking of  former Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia Tun Salleh Abbas and two other Supreme Court (now known as the Federal Court) judges would spell the end of a glorious era. (more…)

Even 46 M’sians are in. So what lies behind suicide bombing?

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Many among us wonder as to why and what lies behind the will of 46 Malaysians who have joined Daesh militant groups in Syria and are awaiting eagerly to become ‘suicide bombers’?

Bukit Aman counter-terrorism division principal assistant director Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay revealed that it has become the latest trend for Malaysians who are there because they want to be religious ‘martyrs’ and enter ‘Heaven’ instantaneously.

Some people use the term suicide bombers very loosely. They choose a path that is supposedly in the name of jihad but the reality is there is no easy or ‘express’ way to get into heaven, a Islamic preacher, who declined being named, said.

“Even Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) faced various tests imposed by Allah SWT.” (more…)

Apandi owes it to Najib, says Dr Mahathir

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali owes his position to Datuk Seri Najib Razak and this is why the attorney-general will not provide his Swiss counterpart any incriminating evidence on the prime minister. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, February 3, 2016.Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali owes his position to Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as the prime minister appointed him through “false representation made to the King”, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

The former prime minister wrote on his blog today that this was why Apandi was not likely to provide his Swiss counterpart with any incriminating evidence on the prime minister.

“The current A-G, with whom the Swiss A-G seeks cooperation, was appointed by the PM through false representation made to the King.

“This means the A-G owes to the PM his position. Can he be expected to charge the person to whom he owes his position? Knowing his predecessor was dismissed for trying to do the same, the new A-G is not likely to prefer a charge against the PM. (more…)

PJ mall takes down CNY wish for Najib to ‘jatuh longkang’

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The management of Atria Shopping Gallery in Petaling Jaya took down a Chinese New Year wish put up by its patrons, which it said could be “defamatory” against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The notes put up as part of the mall’s ‘Wishing Cards’ programme included wishes that the PM would step down or that he and his wife Rosmah Mansor would jatuh longkang (fall into a drain).

“It is not enough for Najib to fall into the drain. Najib and Rosmah must fall into the drain,” the note said. (more…)

Malaysian police raise the bar with Smart lock-up system

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Bukit Aman management director Datuk Pahlawan Zulkifli Abdullah speaks about PDRM's Smart lock-up system at the Jinjang Central Lock-up in Kuala Lumpur today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, February 3, 2016.Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) are the first in Asia to develop and employ a lock-up system with Self-Monitoring Analytics Reporting Technology (Smart).

Bukit Aman management director Datuk Pahlawan Zulkifli Abdullah said the award-winning system would help police respond efficiently to lock-up situations.

“The lock-up is a part of the police institution and its security is important so that the inmates and police sentries’ safety is secured,” he said at a press conference at the Jinjang Central Lock-up in Kuala Lumpur today.

The system developed by the National Research and Development Agency (Mimos) and the PDRM’s Department of Strategic Resources and Technology is able to monitor the lock-ups and recognise incidents that are causes for alarm. (more…)

Muhyiddin: Mukhriz ouster marks end of leaders acting for rakyat

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Mukhriz Mahathir’s ouster as Kedah menteri besar marks the end of an era where the people can trust leaders to act in their interest, said Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin.

“Gone are the days where we trust the leadership to make decisions based on the will of the people.

“It seems that in this recent political episode, the will of the few triumphed over what the majority of the rakyat desires,” he said in a Facebook posting tonight.

Mukhriz was this morning forced to resign as Kedah menteri besar after an Umno faction loyal to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak succeeded in ousting him. (more…)

I was removed for criticising Najib over 1MDB, RM2.6 billion, says Mukhriz

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​Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir bids farewell to a member of his staff as he leaves his office in Alor Setar, this morning. The first-term Kedah MB says his removal was due to his criticism of the prime minister. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, February 3, 2016.Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir says he was removed as Kedah menteri besar because of his criticism of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and RM2.6 billion donation.

Mukhriz told a press conference in Wisma Darul Aman today that those were the real reasons Umno no longer wanted him to lead the state.

“The real reason this action was taken against me was because of the criticism I voiced out against the prime minister, just as he admitted himself.

“The criticism refers to the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6 billion donation and the burden of living costs on the people due to the GST,” he said, shortly after announcing his resignation as menteri besar. (more…)

Mukhriz resigned after losing majority support, says PMO

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Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir with his mother, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, at the Kepala Batas airport today. Mukhriz stepped down as Kedah menteri besar today after losing the support of Barisan Nasional assemblymen. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, February 3, 2016.Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir was forced to resign as Kedah menteri besar because he lost the majority support of the assemblymen, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said today, amid social media backlash over his ouster.

The PMO said there was a lack of confidence in Mukhriz’s leadership as Kedah Umno chief and menteri besar, and his preparation for the 14th general election.

“Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir had to resign as Kedah menteri besar because he lost the support of the majority of his state assemblymen.

“This was due to a lack of confidence in his leadership, both as menteri besar and state party leader, and concerns that better preparations were needed to retain Kedah in the 14th general election,” PMO said in a statement.
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Dr M doubtful AG will work with Swiss counterpart

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Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is doubtful that attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali will meaningfully cooperate with the Swiss attorney-general’s office in its investigation into 1MDB.

Mahathir said this was because Apandi in his current post was at the behest of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, whom he recently cleared of any wrongdoing in two other cases.

“The current AG, with whom the Swiss AG seeks cooperation with, was appointed by the PM through false representation made to the king. This means the AG owes his position to the PM. (more…)

Now I’m free to speak my mind, says Mukhriz

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Former Kedah menteri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir talks to his supporters upon arriving at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang today. He says he will be more vocal on party matters as he no longer holds public office. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, February 3, 2016. Hours after announcing his resignation as Kedah menteri besar, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir today said he was now free to speak his mind and expose any wrongdoing committed by the leadership.

“I am free. I have no government position, so I can say whatever I want,” Mukhriz told reporters upon arrival at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

He said this when asked whether he would be more vocal, following his resignation, in criticising the party leadership.

“I only want to speak out on matters important to the party. So if the leaders commit any wrongdoing, I believe they should be exposed.” (more…)

‘Stop ridiculing Bashah, he holds SPM qualification’

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Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) representative Lokman Noor Adam has come to the defence of newly-appointed Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah in refuting claims that the latter only has Sijil Rendah Pelajaran (SRP) qualification.

“Actually, he does not only have SRP qualification but is also a Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holder,” said Lokman on his Facebook page today.

Hitting out at ousted former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir’s supporters, Lokman said slander against Bashah will only humiliate Mukhriz himself.

“This is because this means that a majority of Kedah state assemblypersons are more confident of a (supposed) SRP leaver than Mukhriz who studied in Japan and America.” (more…)

Convent Light Street School: Simple in virtue, steadfast in duty

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They came from afar, across land and sea, to educate poor girls.

The Convent Light Street School, modestly nestled along Lebuh Light, proudly declares its motto to passers-by: “Simple in Virtue, Steadfast in Duty”.

This motto and the school’s name are reminders of the pioneering nuns who founded the oldest girls’ school in Malaysia.

Meet the Sisters of Infant Jesus.

Convent Light Street and its sister institutions, including Convent Green Lane in Penang and Convent Bukit Nanas in Kuala Lumpur, are now fully integrated into the Malaysian national education system. (more…)

Talk now arises that Mukhriz will be expelled from Umno

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Following his resignation as Kedah menteri besar, there is now speculation that Mukhriz Mahathir will also be expelled from Umno.

This may or may not become a reality – but at least Mukhriz has the sympathy of pro-Najib Umno blog MyKMU on the matter.

A recent posting on the blog says those who support Mukhriz should not be too worried about his future if Mukhriz is purged from Umno.

As the son of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, if he doesn’t ‘waste’ this ‘aura’, it would not be impossible for him to become the president of Umno one day, and thus the prime minister, noted the unnamed writer. (more…)

Ministry disputes claim that Najib ‘Asia’s worst finance minister 2016’

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Under Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership, the economy expanded from 1.9% in 2009 to 6% in 2014. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 3, 2016.

Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew from RM528 billion in 2009 to RM877 billion in 2015 through various initiatives under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) under Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership.

The economy expanded from 1.9% in 2009 to 6% in 2014 amid the global economic slowdown and other challenges.

The Ministry of Finance (MoF), in a statement today, took FinanceAsia e-magazine to task for its article titled “Najib Razak: Asia’s Worst Finance Minister 2016”.

The MoF said it was unethical for the e-magazine to make a judgment based on developments within 12 months. (more…)

So when is Najib quitting, social media users ask after Mukhriz steps down

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Social media users are asking why Datuk Seri Najib Razak remains as prime minister despite being embroiled in a number of financial scandals. – AFP pic, February 3, 2016.Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s resignation as Kedah menteri besar today prompted social media users to ask when would Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak step down as well.

As “Kedah MB” began trending in Twitter, Malaysians took to the microblogging site to express their disappointment over Mukhriz’s fate.

They said the people have lost support in Najib, yet he remained in power while a leader, such as Mukhriz, whom they said enjoyed public support, was axed.

“The people wanted a change in PM, but the Kedah MB was changed instead. Yet another disappointment,” tweeted Wee Su Lin (@sulinwee). (more…)

Let’s sack career politicians

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Just ask a teenager about his ambition, and he will probably say, “To be a politician”.

His reasons are very simple. He wants to get fabulously wealthy, drive the latest fast cars, sport the latest designer watches and clothes, travel first class, live in a respectable part of town, and have many girls. Working hard and having an education are low priorities.

This is where our government has let our youth down. There was once a time, when people entered politics to make a difference to the lives of his community, local industry, or the oppressed.

In the last three decades, politics has become a route to getting rich quick and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. By association with the powerful, a politician, on the right side of the political divide, can escape scot-free, after he commits a crime. (more…)

About donations, tobacco, Formula 1 and a deficit of truth

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Who does not like a donation? Churches, mosques, temples, schools and charities could not function without them.

Donations are like ganja to political parties. They get addicted and want more. So, who in their right mind would return a donation?

Corporations exist to make a profit, but they also hide an ulterior motive. To curry favour. To influence policy. The person who claims that they do not need the money is a liar.

Money talks, wherever you are in the world. Businesses and wealthy individuals do not give away, their hard-earned cash, for nothing. (more…)

MP: Malay rulers preparing for battle, our saviours

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

The palace intervention in the Kedah MB crisis may be a sign of more things to come from the Malay rulers as they take on a more active role in the country’s governance, Kuala Terengganu MP Raja Bahrin Shah said.

“The Kedah palace played a very positive proactive role in handling the Kedah menteri besar saga to ensure proper procedures were observed and the interests of the rakyat served,” he said in a statement today.

He noted that the Kedah crisis was but only the latest episode in the resurgence of the royals asserting their role in Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy. (more…)

Mukhriz’s resignation – PM wants disciplined, united team

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

Mukhriz Mahathir had to resign as Kedah menteri because he lost the support of the majority of his state assemblypersons, read a brief statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

“This was due to a lack of confidence in his leadership, both as menteri besar and state party leader, and concerns that better preparations were needed to retain Kedah in the 14th general election.

“The prime minister believes the party and government must be disciplined and work together as a united team to combat the economic and security challenges Malaysia currently faces, and to deliver on the promises made in the last general election when BN was given a mandate by the people. (more…)

February 3, 2016

Envoy rebuts Financial Times’ ‘disastrous’ Najib article

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

The Malaysian high commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland has disputed an article in the Financial Times critical of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

In a letter published on the Financial Times website, Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi defended Najib’s track record.

“Many Malaysians are puzzled by your newspaper’s recent attack on the record of our prime minister and the suggestion that his leadership of Malaysia has been ‘disastrous’.

“This runs counter to the real, tangible progress that has been made since the prime minister assumed office in 2009,” Ahmad Rasidi said. (more…)

Will DAP’s Chong move from Sentosa to Batu Kawah?

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

While announcing DAP’s five candidates for the Chinese majority seats in Sarawak’s southern region, the party’s state chairman Chong Chieng Jen purposely left two seats vacant – Batu Kitang and Sentosa.

He was trying to create an impression that he might move from Sentosa to Batu Kitang while young Abdul Aziz Isa, the Petra Jaya DAP youth chief could fit into his shoes in Sentosa.

Well, I’m willing to bet my last dollar that Chong will not move anywhere. He will stay put in his comfort zone in Sentosa while his young lieutenant will be sent to spoil the votes in Batu Kitang. (more…)

Why Dayak professionals join DAP, reject BN parties

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

Isn’t it surprising that another group of Dayak professionals recently signed up with the DAP? After all, the DAP has been branded by BN as a “Chinese party, chauvinistic and dangerous”.

There are those who ask what they would gain by joining DAP.

Some even suggest they should instead join any of the ruling parties particularly PBB or even PRS, if they want a “comfortable life”.

They say that in PBB there are a lot of business opportunities, government contracts, and political positions in the government such as political secretaries, directors and members of board of directors in government-linked companies. Look at those who are in PBB now. (more…)

Survival of Sarawak’s oldest party rests with the Chinese

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

The end of the Chinese lunar calendar is near and the community is besieged by one perennial question. Can they put their trust back in SUPP?

The Sarawak political landscape has dramatically changed with CM Adenan Satem’s over 45 people-friendly policies. The government of the day is as popular as can be the state election approaches.

The Chinese community has been impressed time and time again with the performance of the new administration. His statements like “cina bukan pendatang”, “Allah can be used by Christians”, “restrict racial and religious bigots”, and the recognition of Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) are all very popular among the Chinese but will this translate into votes come polling day? (more…)

RM2.6 bil may have solved JPA’s problems

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

The flip-flopping by the Public Service Department (JPA) has not only sent students and parents on a wild goose chase but has also crushed the dreams of many students who have planned their career paths ahead.

In 2008, the JPA announced that all Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) students who have scored 9A’s and above would be given scholarships to do their Form 6 and matriculation studies.

The Chief Secretary to the Government then also said that these students would also be sponsored for their undergraduate degree at a local university and if they managed to get a place in an Ivy League university or its equivalent, they would also be sponsored. (more…)

Mukhriz needs BN support to remain as MB, says law lecturer

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

A law expert says Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir can't run his government without the support of Barisan Nasional assemblymen. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, February 2, 2016.The Kedah Regency Council’s meeting with state opposition assemblymen this afternoon over the menteri besar matter is unprecedented because it is the Barisan Nasional (BN) legislators who will determine whether Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir can lead the state effectively, law professor Gurdial Singh Nijar said.

The Universiti Malaya law faculty member said the BN assemblymen, who, including Mukhriz, total 21 out of 36 in the state assembly, were crucial in deciding whether Mukhriz had the confidence of the majority of assemblymen.

“How is he (Mukhriz) going to run the BN government without the support of the assemblymen from his party or coalition?” Gurdial told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

‘Top students kept at home but local varsities get budget cuts’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Top scorers doubly suffer in the government’s decision to cut the number of Public Service Department scholarships for overseas studies, the Malaysian Progressives in Australia (MPOZ) group said.

Not only are these students deprived of studying at top universities abroad, their next option – local public varsities – are faced with budget cuts of more than RM2 billion, MPOZ said in a statement today.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak last week announced that PSD scholarships and bursaries are now limited to studies in local universities only. (more…)

Mukhriz to resign today?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Kedah is abuzz with late night speculation that menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir is on his way out.

Berita Harian reported that Mukhriz will be holding a press conference at 10am regarding the Kedah palace’s decision on his menteri besar status.

The Malay daily also said that press had been alerted by the state secretariat to get ready for a press conference at a yet to be determined time.

Oriental Daily meanwhile reported that Mukhriz has agreed to tender his resignation. (more…)

Mukhriz to quit as MB today after losing majority support

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is expected to resign as Kedah menteri besar on Wednesday after losing majority support in the state assembly. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 3, 2016.The brief Kedah leadership tussle is at an end as first-term Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is expected to quit the post later today after losing majority support in the state assembly.

It is understood the state Regency Council has informed Mukhriz that he does not have majority support of the Kedah assemblymen and will have to resign from the top state job.

“The state Regency Council is satisfied this evening that Mukhriz has lost the confidence of the majority of the Kedah assemblymen,” a source had told The Malaysian Insider after attending a Barisan Nasional (BN) meeting in Grand Alora Hotel in state capital Alor Star. (more…)

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