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December 15, 2017

DTTG: Solve PMPG issue to prevent another Bill Kayong-like tragedy

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Dayak Think Tank Group (DTTG) is urging the state government to immediately resolve the ‘pemakai menoa’ and ‘pulau galau’ (PMPG) issue to prevent a repeat of the tragedy which befell land rights activist Bill Kayong.

“The murder of Bill Kayong brings a worrying message, especially to the indigenous people. It is understood that Bill was killed because he dared to defend the rights of indigenous people of Sarawak and their lands from being invaded and seized, said DTTG Miri women’s wing head Christina Kelit yesterday.

Prosecutors, she pointed out, had failed to bring the mastermind behind the murder of the former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Miri branch secretary to justice.

“The High Court’s decision to release three individuals suspected to be involved in the murder of Bill raised the anger and dissatisfaction of many parties, some of whom mocked the country’s judicial system,” she added. (more…)

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Sarawak dissatisfied with decision to drop three core events from Sukma 2018

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Image result for Malaysia Games sukmaSarawak Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan has expressed disappointment over the decision by the Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) to drop three core sports events from the Malaysia Games (Sukma) 2018 in Perak.

He said the decision to drop the three core events, namely sepak takraw, weightlifting and teakwondo,

could give a tremendous impact especially on the team or states that had spent a lot in their preparation for Sukma 2018.

“The most significant impact is on the athletes of the three events who have been training hard to ensure they are selected to represent their respective states as well as for states which have hired coaches to build up their teams. (more…)

December 13, 2017

Cops to call up Dr M over ‘Bugis’ remark

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a Pakatan Harapan ceramah at Dewan Sri Siantan in Selayang May 22, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe police will call up Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to record his statement that was alleged to have insulted the Bugis community, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

He said the police needed some time to complete the investigation on the case and hoped that it could be resolved as soon as possible.

“This depends on the requirement of the investigating officer, but we are certain he (Dr Mahathir) will be called. If I say in the near future, you have to give us time. We will resolve it as soon as possible,” he told reporters after opening the 29th Annual Conference of the Malaysian Auxiliary Police, here today.

Dr Mahathir, in his speech at the assembly organised by the opposition parties in Petaling Jaya on Oct 14 tried to link the descendants of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as possibly originating from the Bugis pirates. (more…)

If Jakim defames you, lodge police reports and sue, G25 tells NGOs

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Datuk Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin speaking during the 6th Civil Rights Award Prize Giving Ceremony and Dinner at KLSCAH, Kuala Lumpur on Decmeber 12, 2017. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaG25 spokesperson Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin urged today non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who have been defamed by religious agencies to file lawsuits and complaints with the police.

Speaking during her keynote address at the 6th Civil Society Award ceremony here today, in which she addressed Malaysia’s status as a secular state, Noor Farida highlighted that religious authorities have been singling out organisations that are labelled as having “liberal Muslim” ideologies.

“Any NGO that have [sic] been defamed by Malaysian Islamic Strategic Research Institute (IKSIM) and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and others — lodge a police report for criminal defamation and sue them for defamation,” said Noor Farida, whose G25 group comprises former senior civil servants and promotes moderation.

In her speech, she claimed that federal religious agencies were “sowing seeds of discord and disharmony” in Malaysia due to their strict interpretation of Islam and their opposition to any Islamic or intellectual discourse. (more…)

Chong stands by statement Fong submitted MA63, IGC Report have no legal force

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State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen stands by his recent statement that state legal counsel Dato Sri JC Fong, while representing the state government, in his submission to the Federal Court in the recent case of Keruntum Sdn Bhd vs Sarawak state government, had said that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Inter-Governmental Committee 1962 (IGC Report) had no legal force in the country.

He said he had read Fong’s submission which he claimed stated as follows: ‘28(1) The IGC in its Report at paragraph 26(4) did NOT impose a mandatory requirement that where the Federal Court is hearing or disposing an appeal origination (sic) from a Borneo State, the FC Appeal Panel must have a ‘Judge with Bornean judicial experience’; (2) The said recommendation was never and still has not been implemented by the Governments of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak in accordance with the provisions of Article VIII of the Malaysia Agreement or by any express provisions of the Federal Constitution. Neither has the said recommendation been incorporated into any laws relating to the powers, jurisdiction and procedures or rules of the Courts in Malaysia such as the Courts of Judicature Act, 1964; (3) By reasons herein above, the applicant has no legal rights to enforce or implement the said recommendation to have a Judge with Bornean judicial experience to hear and decide on its appeal which originated from Sarawak.’ (more…)

Fong, Chong on collision course

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State legal counsel Dato Sri JC Fong said state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen could not find the words ‘Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report has no legal force in Malaysia’ in his written submission delivered to the Federal Court on Aug 15 in the case of Keruntum Sdn Bhd vs Sarawak Government and two others.

“What he did was to take only selective passages of my submission and put his own spin on these passages to assert that ‘the ordinary meaning of such statements is that the recommendation in the IGC Report which is part of the MA63 has no legal force’.

“Despite his spinning, what he now claimed is different from his original allegation that I submitted ‘MA63 and IGC Report had no legal force in Malaysia’ and I supported ‘the contravention of MA63’,” Fong told The Borneo Post yesterday.

He gave Chong a week to respond and if he failed to do so, the DAP chairman must then issue a public correction and apology, failing which Fong said he would sue for defamation. (more…)

S4S an expression of love for one’s homeland — Co-founder

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Image result for Sarawak for SarawakianSarawak for Sarawakian (S4S) co-founder Erick Chin says there is nothing wrong with the ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ slogan, which is a call to express their love for their homeland.

Speaking at a forum, ‘Road to Referendum’ at Pustaka Miri recently in conjunction with World Human Rights Day, Chin said S4S’ intention and love for Sarawak, had been twisted and misunderstood, and worst, wrongly interpreted by certain parties.

“S4S is similar to the Malaysia for Malaysians slogan. Its main intention is to protect the rights of Sarawakians and not to offend anyone,” he said.

Chin expressed his disappointment over the twisted fact. (more…)

New books: English teachers must know what to teach, says PAGE

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Noor-Azimah-Rahim-English-teachers-must-know-what-to-teach-1The Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) has urged the education ministry to ensure all necessary guidance is given for English teachers to use the new imported textbooks.

Speaking to FMT, PAGE chairperson Noor Azimah Rahim said she is currently puzzled as to whether teachers know how to teach the new syllabus.

“We do not know if the teachers are being guided or not.

“But we hope the ministry would be accountable for ensuring teachers are capable of guiding students to use these new textbooks.

“I am sure in selecting these books, there must have been some kind of consultation. (more…)

Proposal for Kuching City to have only one mayor raised

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Yayasan 1Malaysia has proposed that the City of Kuching should be unified under one mayor. — Reuters file picThe proposal that Kuching City has only one mayor is among matters raised at the two-day City of Unity workshop organised by the Yayasan 1Malaysia (Y1M) or 1Malaysia Foundation which ended today.

Y1M chairman Prof Dr Chandra Muzaffar said personally he felt the proposal should be given attention and studied in-depth as it would certainly face certain challenges to be implemented.

He said the issue was inevitable as the existence of two mayors for one city was quite strange and the same issue was raised by several groups during the workshop.

The issue would definitely be raised when the Y1M presents a motion to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) for Kuching to be recognised as a City of Unity, he said. (more…)

Portuguese community has until New Year to relocate Christ statue

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File picture shows the Christ the Redeemer statue at Corcovado hill in Rio De Janeiro. — AFP picThe Melaka state government has given a reprieve until the New Year celebration to dismantle the ‘Christ the Redeemer’ replica, built at the Portuguese Square in Ujong Pasir, here.

State Transport, Project Rehabilitation and International Trade Committee chairman, Datuk Lim Ban Hong said the reprieve given to the Kampung Portugis Development and Security Committee (JKKK) was decided at the recent state executive council meeting.

“I received a letter of appeal from JKKK Kampung Portugis in November, asking the state government to reconsider the dismantling of the statue and the reprieve is given for the good of the state government and the villagers,” he told reporters after the Melaka Syariah Lawyers Accreditation ceremony here today.

Also present were Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Melaka Chief Syariah Judge Datuk Mohd Radzi Abd Latif. (more…)

Dr M denies Pakatan nominated him as PM candidate

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad denied Pakatan Harapan (PH) would appoint him as prime minister should it win GE14. — File picture by Miera ZulyanaTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad denied today reports that claimed Pakatan Harapan (PH) would appoint him as prime minister should it win the 14th general elections.

The PH chairman and Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister said his coalition did not make a final decision on the issue during its retreat earlier this month.

“They have not nominated me yet and there was no decision made during the retreat,” news portal Malaysiakini quoted him as telling a press conference.

“If people are desperate and cannot find anybody else (for the post), then maybe this 92-year-old can become a candidate,” he said.

News portal The Malaysian Insight had reported, quoting anonymous sources, that PH had decided to appoint Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leader Dr Mahathir and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the “interim” prime minister and deputy prime minister respectively.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


 

December 12, 2017

Beware, your Facebook postings are monitored

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Firstly, I must thank Steven Gan, editor-in-chief of Malaysiakini, for giving me the opportunity to write and share my thoughts on current issues with readers.

For Steven, a veteran journo and a hard-working colleague in the news world, and those of us who are supposed to be seasoned enough to understand the rules of the game in the media industry, we still have to constantly remind ourselves of the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over our heads.

We are painfully aware that no matter how careful and meticulous we might be in editing copies before they are published, others could still find fault with us later. And oftentimes, it would be for some strange reasons which we find difficult or impossible to comprehend.

Even if we are genuinely independent with absolutely no political affiliation whatsoever, there will still be groups who just cannot or refuse to believe us. They will come up with all kinds of allegations and accusations to clamp down hard on us. (more…)

Anwar’s lawyer wants to meet Najib, Zahid for early release

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Anwar’s lawyer wants to meet Najib, Zahid for early releaseANWAR IBRAHIM should be released early and his lawyer Kimberley Motley hopes to discuss the matter with Prime Minister Najib Razak and his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamid.

Motley said 70-year-old political detainee Anwar should be released earlier as he should not have been jailed in the first place.

“I hope to meet them (Najib and Zahid) to discuss an early release considering the Anwar’s health.

“He deserves to be released unconditionally. He is in hospital because of an accident. He was imprisoned without good reason,” said Motley at the PKR head office in Tropicana today. (more…)

Selangor MB: Sultan’s caution about race-baiting wise, timely

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Azmin also asked the Sultan’s forgiveness for any slights and failings as the state’s MB, noting that his mandate was about to expire. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaSultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s warning for politicians not to use race and religion as campaign fodder for the general election was a necessary reminder, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said today.

The Selangor Ruler issued the warning in an interview with The Star newspaper last week, when he also criticised Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over a slur against the Bugis community.

“Your Highness’s guidance that no parties should play up sensitive issues is extremely appropriate, and must be respected and embraced by all,” Azmin said in his speech.

“The Sultan is always wise and puts the welfare of the public close to his heart. Thank Allah that Selangor has been blessed with a Sultan who is so caring.” (more…)

Zaid asks ‘brave’ Azmin to help him explain tweet about Selangor Sultan

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Datuk Zaid Ibrahim speaks at an interview at his home in Petaling Jaya on February 17, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow FengDatuk Zaid Ibrahim responded to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s call for the former minister to explain tweets deemed insulting to the Sultan of Selangor by urging the Selangor mentri besar to accompany him in doing so.

The DAP member wrote on his blog to say that since Azmin saw a need for the former to answer to the public, his ally should help him to convince the people that his tweets were not meant to insult the state Ruler.

“The mentri besar of Selangor said I have a responsibility to explain my two-line tweet to the people. I will, but he must come along. He fully understands my tweet and the circumstances and context it was made in, so he can join me on a road show.

“He is a brave man, because in doing so he might upset the Ruler. That’s probably why no one has come out openly talking about the issue,” Zaid wrote. (more…)

Fadillah says to focus on what have been agreed to in Malaysia Agreement

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Fadillah said the ministry welcomed the ban proposed by the Malaysian Highway Authorities. — Picture by Nazerul RamliThere should be no further divergent remarks but focus on what Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has agreed with the chief ministers of Sabah and Sarawak on the federal government’s readiness to restore the rights of the two states under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63), said Parti Pesaka Bersatu Bumiputera (PBB) Youth chief Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

Fadillah, who is also Works Minister, said this was important so that all parties could move forward.

He said what was discussed by Sarawak’s fifth Chief Minister, the Tan Sri Adenan Satem with the federal leadership previously was being continued by current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Dr Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We still remain in Malaysia, but at the same time what we want is that what is enshrined in the agreement and provided for under the constitution is returned to Sarawak, that is all,” he told reporters after launching the “We Are Smart Consumers” programme at the PBB Service Centre in Samariang, here today. (more…)

What punishment does Zaid Ibrahim deserve?

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I suppose Zaid Ibrahim is a little short on friends these days, in his own words no less.

I’m not the most natural candidate for such an honour, as the eminent lawyer and I have not always seen eye to eye in this land of the written word.

A long time ago, he took the time to write one of the most amusingly critical articles focused on me – the words he chose were unforgettable, and never fails to amuse my family at the dinner table.

In any case, Zaid has found himself at the centre of quite a lot of attention these past few days, after some choice words directed at the sultan of Selangor. (more…)

Dr Mahathir returns Selangor royal awards

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Dr Mahathir returns Selangor royal awardsDR Mahathir Mohamad has returned two awards he had received from the sultan of Selangor, including the highest order awarded by the state, sources said.

Both were returned last Thursday. They were handed over to a senior officer at the office of the sultan of Selangor at Istana Bukit Kayangan in Shah Alam, a source told The Malaysian Insight.

“The reason is clear,” said another source when asked why the former prime minister-turned-opposition leader returned the awards. He did not elaborate.

The Malaysian Insight has attempted to obtain confirmation from the sultan’s private secretary, Mohamad Munir Bani, but at the time of publication, he has not replied to messages sent via WhatsApp. (more…)

Dr Siti Hasmah also returns Selangor royal awards

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Dr Siti Hasmah also returns Selangor royal awardsFOLLOWING her husband Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali has also returned two royal awards to the Selangor Palace, said a spokesperson from the former prime minister’s office.

The source told The Malaysian Insight that the two awards were returned last Thursday.

Dr Mahathir had also returned the awards last Thursday.

“The two awards that were returned were SPMS and DPMS,” said the spokesperson.

Dr Siti Hasmah was awarded the DPMS by the Selangor palace in 1983 and the SPMS in 1994. (more…)

Allow observers to monitor GE14, lawyers’ group urges EC

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eric-paulsen-sprThe Election Commission (EC) should allow local and foreign monitors to observe the conduct of the 14th general election if it is to regain public confidence, a lawyers’ advocacy group said.

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen said the conduct of free and fair elections had been in doubt as Malaysia is ranked 142nd out of 158 countries in terms of electoral integrity in a recent research paper.

“The EC must allow local and foreign observers to monitor the polls and to make an independent assessment,” he told FMT.

Paulsen said this in response to Human Rights Commission of Malaysia chairman Razali Ismail who announced that the local body would monitor the polls which must be held by August next year. (more…)

Why no RCI on Bank Negara’s loss of RM160 billion reserves, says Dr Mahathir

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Why no RCI on Bank Negara’s loss of RM160 billion reserves, says Dr MahathirDR Mahathir Mohamad has accused Putrajaya of “discrimination” over its pursuit of Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) forex losses which occurred under his administration when the central bank had lost more between 2013 and 2015 due to the ringgit’s fall.

The former prime minister, now heading the opposition Pakatan Harapan, asked why Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration was more concerned about the forex losses of RM31.5 billion some 30 years ago, when the amount of international reserves lost in the three-year period recently was larger at US$39.6 billion or RM160 billion.

“Why did he (Najib) initiate a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to find if there was any wrongdoing in the losses of the funds which has happened 30 years ago? There is there is no proof the money was stolen.

“These funds were lost because of the forex transactions by BNM to manage the country reserves. (more…)

December 11, 2017

A new-look SGH in three years’ time

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The critical facilities at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) will be upgraded and more parking spaces will be created in three years’ time.

Once completed, the upgraded SGH will have a day-care and diagnostic centre (DCODC), two multi-storey carpark complexes, a medi-hotel and canteen.

Designed with improved amenities and capacity, the new buildings and facilities would help to ease the current congestion, said Asaljuru Weida Sdn Bhd (AWSB) project director Jason Ng.

Ng said the DCODC would house seven operating theatres (OTs), a daycare consultation and surgery, Endoscopy Suite, as well as consolidated central laboratories. (more…)

Members of Sarawak BN component parties united in restoring state’s rights – Asfia

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Members of Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties are on a united front in fighting for the restoration of the state’s rights as accorded in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) permanent chairman Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.

Sarawak BN component parties are PBB, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP).

Asfia, who is State Legislative Assembly (DUN) speaker, said the position of Sarawak has been explained by the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“Any further elaboration may complicate and confuse the issue, we stand by what the CM had categorically said and we stand by what the dewan (DUN) had passed by way of motion. No further comment,” he told reporters after presenting financial assistance to the committee of various mosques and suraus at Masjid Darul Hana here today. (more…)

Fadillah says to focus on what have been agreed to in Malaysia Agreement

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Fadillah said the ministry welcomed the ban proposed by the Malaysian Highway Authorities. — Picture by Nazerul RamliThere should be no further divergent remarks but focus on what Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has agreed with the chief ministers of Sabah and Sarawak on the federal government’s readiness to restore the rights of the two states under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63), said Parti Pesaka Bersatu Bumiputera (PBB) Youth chief Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

Fadillah, who is also Works Minister, said this was important so that all parties could move forward.

He said what was discussed by Sarawak’s fifth Chief Minister, the Tan Sri Adenan Satem with the federal leadership previously was being continued by current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Dr Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We still remain in Malaysia, but at the same time what we want is that what is enshrined in the agreement and provided for under the constitution is returned to Sarawak, that is all,” he told reporters after launching the “We Are Smart Consumers” programme at the PBB Service Centre in Samariang, here today. (more…)

See Chee How : Vital for PH to win many seats in Sarawak for it to take over Parliament

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Sarawak must deliver sufficient seats for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 14th general election (GE14) to be able to take over Parliament.

Sarawak PKR election director See Chee How, who stated this, said it is important for PH to win many seats in Sarawak as it will determine the future of the opposition pact including getting back the rights of Sarawak from the federal government.

“I hope that Miri people will come and assist us PKR and PH and make sure the party deliver an opposition MP in Miri,” See said during the launching of the PKR election machinery at PKR Miri office yesterday.

Present were Miri member of Parliament Dr Teo Yu Keng, Sarawak PKR women chief Voon Shiak Ni and PKR Miri members. (more…)

Do not doubt talks on MA63

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No party or individual should raise issues concerning the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) negotiations, particularly between Sarawak and Putrajaya, because the talks have already started and achieved several consensuses.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said this is because Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had publicly declared that he would restore the rights of Sarawak and Sabah according to MA63 on several occasions, the latest during the latter’s winding-up speech at the Umno general assembly in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Furthermore, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had also repeatedly stressed that he would continue the legacy of the late former chief minister, Pehin Sri Tan Sri Adenan Satem, in fighting for the rights of Sarawak, Fadillah pointed out.

“We ought to focus on what has been agreed and find a solution towards how we are going to move forward so that Sarawak, even though is fighting for its rights, will still remain in Malaysia,” he told reporters when met after officiating the ‘Kami Pengguna Bijak’ (We are Smart Consumers’) Programme at PBB Samariang Constituency Service Centre here yesterday. (more…)

Three things we learnt from: The Umno general assembly 2017 and its preparation for GE14

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks during the 71st Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre, December 7, 2017. ― Bernama picUmno held its annual general assembly this year with one clear goal in mind — winning the 14th general elections, and winning it big.Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Abdul Razak delivered a fiery policy speech last Thursday, one that outlined in clear terms what he expected of the party machinery, and how he wants them to fight.

But ultimately his speech also provided a window into the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman’s current mindset: what his worries were and where his confidence is.

If the 2013 polls was “the mother of all elections” for Najib, in his own words, the one to be held soon will be “the father of all elections” simply because the Umno president will have to confront a beefier Opposition alliance, now chaired by the man who had served as prime minister for 22 long years, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Malay Mail explains below the three main key themes driving Umno’s election preparation, and the sentiment prevalent among delegates at the 2017 Umno AGM: (more…)

GE14: Don’t be over-confident, Abdul Karim tells PH Sarawak

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Image result for Abdul Karim Rahman HamzahTourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has advised Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak to not be over-confident with regard to its outlook for the next parliamentary election.

He made this remark when prompted for comments on PH Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s announcement on Saturday that the opposition coalition was confident of winning at least 10 parliamentary seats in the next polls.

“YB Chong may say that Pakatan Harapan is confident of winning at least 10 parliamentary seats in the next GE (general election).

“It’s always good to make prediction, but the final say is from the ‘rakyat’ (people) and voters,” he said, pointing out that PH Sarawak might lose more seats than the ones they won in the 13th general election (GE13). The voters are getting smarter – they know who can fare and look after them better”. (more…)

Suhakam to monitor GE14 integrity

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Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said the human rights commission would monitor the 14th general election to ensure the process is in accordance with democratic standards. — File picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said today it will monitor the 14th general election to ensure the process is in accordance with democratic standards.

In conjunction with International Human Rights Day, Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail raised several pertinent matters related to the state of human rights in the country and said that monitoring the election will be one of its roles to fulfil people’s rights.

“Suhakam will be monitoring closely how it (the elections) will be conducted on the premise that democracy must exist with election integrity,” he said in a statement.

Razali added that there were many aspects and challenges to human rights which Putrajaya has yet to address. (more…)

December 10, 2017

Pakatan Harapan condemns ‘threat’ of stern action against slogan users

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak condemned Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s recent statement that the government would take stern action against those attempting to instigate the people using the slogans ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ and ‘Sabah for Sabahans’.

According to PH chairman and state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen, PH viewed Ahmad Zahid’s statement as a threat, and called on Sarawak Barisan Nasional (Sarawak BN) to stand against Umno’s oppression of Sarawak.

He also commented that such slogan was endorsed by Sarawak BN during the 2016 state election and it had helped obtain some votes for BN as well.

“However, now that the “Sarawak for Sarawakians” slogan works against BN due to the reluctance on the part of BN to devolve power to the state, the BN government attempts to criminalise the slogan. (more…)

Pakatan Harapan Sarawak confident of winning ten seats in 14th general election

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Image result for Pakatan Harapan (PH) SarawakPakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak says they are confident of winning 10 seats in the state during the forthcoming 14th general election.

PH Sarawak chairman and state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen would not reveal the seats but said the number was based on studies done by PH Sarawak.

“This announcement is made based on the feedback we got from the people.

“We have also finalised the decision on who (or which party under PH) will contest in all of the seats here in the state come the next general election,” he said at a press conference held at the DAP Sarawak Headquarters, Kuching yesterday. (more…)

Sarawak DCM reminds PBB not to rest on laurels

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Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said PBB is now the BN party with the most seats in the Dewan Rakyat after Umno. ― Picture by Sulok TawieParti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB) must continue its hard work to keep the Barisan Nasional (BN) in power at the coming 14th general elections, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said today.

Awang Tengah who is also the party’s acting deputy president reminded delegates at the Samariang division’s annual general assembly here that that PBB is the backbone of the state BN and could not afford to be complacent.

“We won all the 14 parliamentary seats we contested in the 2013 general election and we won all the 39 seats we contested in last year’s state election due to the hard work of our members,” he said.

He said the party had also consistently made a clean sweep of all the electoral seats it contested in since the 1990s. (more…)

DPM’s statement a threat — PH chief

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak has condemned the statement made by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the government would take stern action against those attempting to instigate the people through the slogans ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ and ‘Sabah for Sabahans’.

According to PH Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, the coalition views such statement as a threat.

Moreover, Chong said the slogan (Sarawak for Sarawakians) was endorsed by the state Barisan Nasional (BN) during the state election last year, which, to an extent, helped obtain some votes for BN as well.

“However, now that the ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ slogan works against the BN due to the reluctance on the part of the BN to devolve power to Sarawak, the BN-led government attempts to criminalise the (usage of the) slogan.
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December 9, 2017

Federal Court: Sabah, Sarawak cannot depend on 1962 report to enforce rights

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Zulkefli-Ahmad-sabah-sarawakThe Federal Court has held that Sabah and Sarawak cannot rely on the 1962 Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Malaysia Report if the proposals are not given effect by the Malaysia Agreement, parliament or the Executive.

Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin also said there was no necessity to have judges from both territories as a member of a Federal Court bench when it heard appeals from these states.

Zulkefli, who delivered the landmark judgment yesterday, said this in dismissing a review application by Sarawak timber company Keruntum Sdn Bhd.

The firm wanted the apex court to review its decision made in March this year that the Sarawak government was correct to revoke its 25-year licence to extract timber. (more…)

Sabah, Sarawak judges ‘need not sit’ in cases related to the two states

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In a judgment that may raise the eyebrows of the Sabah and Sarawak people, the Federal Court ruled yesterday that judges hearing cases from Sabah and Sarawak need not be from the two states.

A five-member bench of the court ruled that Paragraph 26 (4) of the Inter-governmental Committee Report 1962 (IGC) that cites “a judge with Borneo judicial experience” referred to judicial officers from the subordinate courts, High Court, the Court of Appeal and Federal Court when these courts sit in Sabah and Sarawak.

With this decision, it is not necessary that the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, in this case Justice Richard Malanjum, should sit in any case in the Federal Court that originates from the two states that joined Malaysia in 1963, as long as the judge or judges on the panel sit either in Kuching or Kota Kinabalu. (more…)

Police disperse ‘unlawful’ S4S demo

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A peaceful demonstration by Sarawak For Sarawakians (S4S) was dispersed by the police after the members congregated for about half an hour in the vicinity of Darul Hana bridge at Square Tower in the Kuching Waterfront yesterday.

Kuching City Police chief ACP Abang Ahmad Abang Julai who called off the demonstration personally said it had to be stopped as the organiser did not have a permit.

“We informed the demonstrators to disperse as they are obstructing the busy road in the area and they immediately abided by our instruction to do so,” he told The Borneo Post when met at the venue yesterday.

Abang Ahmad said that the police will take action against the organiser as it is unlawful to demonstrate without a proper permit in a public place. (more…)

Bengoh dam water safe, not contaminated – Dr Rundi

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Image result for Dato Sri Dr Stephen RundiWater from the Bengoh Dam is not contaminated and is safe for consumption.

Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi said Kuching Water Board (KWB) has been monitoring the quality of the raw water from Bengoh Dam very closely since February last year.

He added that raw water samples from the dam reservoir are sent regularly on a monthly basis to the Department of Chemistry for compliance tests.

The tests include those for microbiology, heavy metals including lead, and biocides which encompass pesticides, insecticides and weedicides.

“For raw water, the samples are taken from the bottom, middle and top levels of the dam. The average values ​​lead content in the raw water in 2017 at these three levels are 0.001mg/l, 0.001mg/l and 0.001mg/l respectively. (more…)

Analyst: Najib missed chance to clarify stand on Malaysia Agreement 1963

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Awang-Azman-Pawi-najib-razak-ma63-malaysia-1A political analyst said Prime Minister Najib Razak would have scored points if he had used his keynote speech at the Umno general assembly to resolve a controversy over the status of Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian federation.

Awang Azman Pawi of Universiti Malaya said the issue was of great significance to Umno because of the party’s presence in Sabah.

He was referring to reports that Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia had said Sabah and Sarawak were equal in stature with the states of West Malaysia and that rights bestowed on them under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) had not been eroded.

Azman said Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg’s critcism of Pandikar Amin had indicated the importance of a reaction from Najib. The chief minister had said the people of Sarawak cared only about what the prime minister had to say on the matter. (more…)

The US DOJ’s rebuke on 1MDB

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is one of the most fiercely independent institutions in the country.

It even launched an investigation into the sitting presidency of Donald Trump, this by way of appointing special counsel and former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Robert Mueller to investigate Trump’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the outcome of the US presidential election in 2016.

As this is being written, the dragnet has tightened to capture the likes of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, who was briefly the national security advisor to President Trump. In fact, Flynn had actually admitted lying to FBI investigators.

Trump himself is struggling against his most recent trigger-happy tweet in which he tried to distance himself from Flynn, which in turn could lead to a possible “obstruction of justice” probe.
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Should celebrities comment on politics?

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As Season two of Netflix-original series “The Crown” approaches, we in Malaysia find ourselves reflecting on the meaning of a constitutional monarchy alongside the question of whether celebrities should be allowed or encouraged to have a say in Malaysian politics.

Let’s start with the celebrities who have been speaking out on politics lately, including, but not least, Nur Fathia LatiffSheila Majid and Adibah Noor.

Another individual not in this category, but who theoretically fits is Azwan Ali – though he is arguably a former celebrity.

I think the right position on what celebrities should or shouldn’t say is clear: they should be able to say whatever they want, subject to the same consequences as the rest of us. (more…)

‘MA63, IGC Report set up terms for three sovereign states to form Malaysia’

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Image result for Datu Dr Penguang ManggilThe Malaysia Agreement (MA63) and Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report are documents that set up the terms and conditions in which three sovereign states have agreed to form the Federation of Malaysia, said Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.

The three sovereign states had agreed to form the Federation of Malaysia with an understanding that there will be guarantee within the Federal Constitution to protect their respective rights and privileges.

Singapore, which also signed, later left the Federation.

Penguang, who is also Marudi state assemblyman, said he participated in the debate on MA63 in the last DUN sitting and had the opportunity to examine some of the relevant documents including MA63 and the IGC Report. (more…)

Cops probing Jerusalem protest under Peaceful Assembly Act

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Protesters shout slogans and wave the Palestine flag during a protest near the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur against US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 8, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe police confirmed today that it has kicked off investigations against a rally in front of the United States embassy in the capital earlier today protesting Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Sinar Harian quoted Wangsa Maju police chief Supt Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sarif as confirming that the rally is being investigated under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012.

“We will open investigation papers and probe according to the PAA after receiving police reports,” he reportedly said.

Mohamad Roy also did not discount the possibility of the police calling up several political leaders who attended the rally.

Among those who spearheaded the rally were Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, one of the wing’s executive committee members Datuk Armand Azha Abu Hanifah, and representatives from Islamist party PAS and other NGOs such as Malay rights group Perkasa.

The protest, which was held after the Muslim Friday prayers today saw several effigies of Trump burned, with protesters holding up anti-Zionist and pro-Palestine placards.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


 

Thousands of Muslims in Malaysia, Indonesia protest against Trump’s Jerusalem plan

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Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin speaks during a protest in front of the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur December 8, 2017. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaThousands of protesters in Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia joined rallies today to condemn Washington’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as authorities tightened security outside US embassies.

Leaders in both Asian countries have joined a global chorus of voices condemning US President Donald Trump’s move.

Several thousand protesters, some shouting anti-US slogans and burning an effigy of Trump, gathered in front of the American embassy in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

In Indonesia, hundreds of protesters mostly clad in white were arriving outside the US embassy in Jakarta, capital of the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country. Some wore checkered scarves and waved Palestinian flags, while others shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest). (more…)

Bersih urges opposition-held states to modify electoral system

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Electoral watchdog Bersih has urged opposition-held Selangor, Penang and Kelantan to introduce “Non-Constituency Seats” (NCS) alongside existing constituency seats, in order to modify the electoral system at the state level.

The NCS system allocates seats to political parties based on their share of votes, as opposed to how winners are decided by simple majority in the present First Past The Post (FPTP) system.

NCS resembles party-list seats in countries using the Party-List Proportional Representation (List-PR) electoral system, in which a constituency elects many representatives, voters vote for parties, and seats are allocated according to vote share.

“It is constitutionally possible for the states especially Selangor, Penang and Kelantan to introduce NCS as an interim measure.

“In particular, Bersih calls upon the Selangor state government to implement the NCS before the 14th general election (GE14),” Bersih said in a statement. (more…)

No contest against Najib, Zahid; Hisham made Umno senior VP

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The motion to ensure the top two positions are uncontested in the next party polls was proposed by the Youth wing and tabled at Umno’s 71st general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here today. ― Bernama picIn a unanimous vote, Umno decided to disallow contests for the party’s two top positions at its next internal elections, effectively keeping Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as president and deputy president respectively.

The motion to ensure the top two positions are uncontested in the next party polls was proposed by the Youth wing and tabled at Umno’s 71st general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.

Ahmad Zahid is currently acting deputy president but will be formally hold the post if he is nominated at the party election next year.

Umno has delayed its party elections to the end of 2018, to take place after the 14th general elections which also due by August next year. (more…)

December 8, 2017

‘Zahid’s statement shows federal govt not taking MA63 seriously’

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Image result for See Chee HowDeputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s recent statement that the government would take stern action against those attempting to instigate the people using the slogans ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ and ‘Sabah for Sabahans’ only goes to show that the federal government is not serious when it comes to matters that are close to the heart of East Malaysians such as the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), devolution of power and Sarawak autonomy.

State PKR vice chairman See Chee How said the statement only contradicted what Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said in Penampang, Sabah recently, where he assured Sabahans and Sarawakians not to worry if they wanted to talk about issues such as MA63.

“He said that he will not put those who spoke openly about MA63 under ISA (Internal Security Act). This was the assurance he made at the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) 32nd annual congress last month. So for Zahid to claim otherwise, it only shows that the federal government is not sincere in their promise when it was stated that they allow the people to state openly about MA63, devolution of power and Sarawak autonomy,” he told a press conference at the party’s headquarters here yesterday. (more…)

Najib beats war drums at pre-GE14 Umno meet, silent on 1MDB

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Najib Abdul Razak went on the offensive during his policy speech at Umno’s 71st annual meet, the last before the 14th General Election.

Exuding confidence, Najib, who is also Umno president, opened fire on his political adversaries and primed supporters for the impending election.

Conspicuously absent, however, were issues which could betray signs of weakness, such as the 1MDB scandal, which continues to haunt his administration and make news around the globe.

Similar to his speech at the previous Umno assembly, Najib sought to frighten the Malay electorate with the prospect of the opposition coming into power, especially the predominantly-Chinese DAP. (more…)

Court sets Feb 14 for decision on judicial review against CJ’s appointment

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The High Court fixed Feb 14, 2018 for decision of a judicial review application filed against the appointment of Tun Md Raus Sharif as Chief Justice and additional Federal Court judge. ― Malay Mail picThe High Court today fixed Feb 14 for decision of a judicial review application filed by Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) assistant secretary Abang Ahmad Kerdee Abang Masagus, against the appointment of Tun Md Raus Sharif as Chief Justice and additional Federal Court judge.

Judge Datin Azizah Nawawi fixed the date in chambers after hearing the arguments of lawyer Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, representing Abang Ahmad Kerdee and senior federal counsel Suzana Atan and Shamsul Bolhassan who acted on behalf of Md Raus as the respondent.

Mohamed Hanipa, when met by reporters, said the respondent objected to his client’s application on the grounds that the application had no locus standi and could not be reviewed in court as Md Raus was appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

The lawyer said his argument was the court had the jurisdiction to hear the application and that apart from the party, Malaysian citizens too had the constitutional right to file the review. (more…)

MP all for amendment to Land Code

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Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi hopes that the state government will be able to table the amendment to the Sarawak Land Ordinance on ‘pulau galau’ and ‘pemakai menoa’ during the next State Legislative Assembly sitting.

He said he would be very happy if the land ordinance is amended so that those who have legitimate claims would get what is supposed to be theirs.

“I as a Dayak and an Iban know about ‘pulau galau’ and ‘pemakai menoa’. Even though the Federal Court has made a decision, I believe the Court may have made the decision based on what was laid before it.

“But as far as I am concerned, ‘pulau galau’ and ‘pemakai menoa’ are indeed what we as Dayak are entitled to. It is our tradition that has been passed on and still practised to this day,” he stressed. (more…)

Opposition parties support CM’s stand on MA63

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Opposition parties here support Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s stand on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

According to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Miri chief Dr Michael Teo, both his party and the Democratic Action Party (DAP) are firmly behind Abang Johari on the issue.

“We Sarawakians, regardless of the party ideology, BN (Barisan Nasional) or the opposition, will support Abang Johari on the matter involving Sarawak’s interests, especially MA63,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

“We, PKR and DAP, are solidly behind Abang Jo and hope he accepts the challenge made by (Parliament Speaker Tan Sri) Pandikar (Amin Mulia).”

Pandikar had recently called for an open debate on MA63.

“Since Abang Johari has the support of Sarawakians regardless of political ideology, he should accept the challenge for the debate and state his points so that Pandikar will use extra caution when commenting on our interests,” added Dr Teo.


Source : The Borneo Post Online


 

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