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August 24, 2017

Discussion over London documents

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A discussion will be held among state Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties on declassified documents found recently by the Sarawak legal team in London before the matter is brought to Putrajaya for further discussions concerning the state’s autonomy.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said at the moment, the state government did not “necessarily have to go directly to the Prime Minister”.

“We have to discuss among ourselves first together with our BN component parties and see what is the direction we have to take.

“After that, then I will discuss with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak because this issue is very delicate and we must build up the rapport,” he told a press conference after officiating the Business Excellence Seminar & Forum 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday. (more…)

‘PKR must decide once and for all how to approach PAS issue’

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rafizi-pas-pkr1PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has advised the party to decide once and for all how to approach the matter of continued cooperation with PAS.

Responding to the resignation of Selayang MP William Leong Jee Keen from the party’s political bureau over PKR-PAS talks, Rafizi said he could understand Leong’s frustrations.

He said PKR needed to explore the issue internally, adding that Pakatan Harapan (PH) should also look at coming to a decision on it.

“I respect that decision,” he said, referring to Leong’s resignation.

“We saw it coming. It is unfortunate that he tendered his resignation from the bureau, as membership there is a privilege. (more…)

Rafizi loses OSA appeal, jail sentence upheld

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The High Court judge set aside Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli’s conviction for possessing of a part of the 1MDB Audit Report, but upheld his second conviction for disclosing contents of the report to the public via a media conference in March 2016. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli lost his appeal bid against an 18-month jail sentence under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) at the High Court here today, casting a shadow on his eligibility to contest the next general elections.

High Court judge Datuk Azman Abdullah set aside Rafizi’s conviction for possessing of a part of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) Audit Report, but upheld his second conviction for disclosing contents of the report to the public via a media conference in March 2016.

Despite one of the two convictions being set aside, the PKR lawmaker will still face a 18-month jail sentence as the previous two convictions were ordered to be served concurrently in previous Sessions Court ruling.

However, the judge granted a stay of execution pending an appeal to the Court of Appeal, with Rafizi’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo confirming that the final appeal bid will be lodged today, and that requests will also be made for expedited hearing. (more…)

Sarawak BN pow-wow on London findings before meeting PM

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg, flanked by Malaysia Productivity Corporation chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim (left) and MPC board director Datuk Abdul Karim Abang Openg, says he does not foresee any problems cropping up in the meeting with theDatuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said today the state Barisan Nasional (BN) will need to discuss indepth the legal team’s London findings on the Malaysia Agreement before any meeting with Putrajaya for future talks on Sarawak rights.

The Sarawak chief minister added that other state BN leaders have yet to know the full extent of the findings and will need to discuss the state government’s next direction after studying the documents related to the hornbill state before the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

“We have not discussed the documents yet,” he told reporters after opening the Business Excellence Seminar and Forum 2017 here.

Abang Johari said the documents contained delicate issues which needed to be studied thoroughly. (more…)

PKR MP quits political bureau in protest over PAS overtures

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Selayang MP William Leong explained that he could not accept the party’s willingness to negotiate seats to avoid three-corner fights in the 14th general elections. — Picture by Saw Siow FengSelayang MP William Leong has quit PKR’s political bureau after disagreeing with the party’s decision to negotiate electoral seats with PAS.

He said he had submitted a letter of resignation to party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Monday.

Leong explained that he could not accept the party’s willingness to negotiate seats to avoid three-corner fights in the 14th general elections when PAS leaders themselves were seen hostile towards Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties.

“I think it is inevitable for three-corner fights and it’s time to concentrate and prepare for it, not to renegotiate. (more…)

August 23, 2017

Idris Jala not in Petros board, but Medan is

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idris-medanIdris Jala, the chief executive officer of Pemandu Associates, has not been approached to sit on the five-member board of newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak (Petros).

The Borneo Post reported that he had replied in the negative when asked by newsmen whether he had been approached to be on the board.

He said this at the launch of the International Conference on Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Sarawak 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching yesterday.

The Borneo Post had earlier speculated that Idris and chief executive officer of Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd, Mohammad Medan Abdullah were among the possible professionals who might sit on the board of Petros. (more…)

Merdeka isn’t ours, say East Malaysian activists

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Zainal is irked that some politicians and the KL-centric entertainment industry do not seem to see Sabah and Sarawak as equal to Peninsular Malaysia.In case you haven’t noticed, there’s yet another music video about harmonious living in Malaysia.

The new video, produced for the 60th Merdeka celebration and featuring characters named Ali, Ah Kao and Muthu, showcases the musical talents of Namewee, Aniq and David Arumugam. Those who have watched it on YouTube and like it have praised it with such words as “heart warming”, “lovely” and “beautiful” .

This narrative of harmony among Malays, Chinese and Indians has been appearing regularly in Merdeka advertisements through the years, but it is one that a Sabah activist objects to, saying it does not give the true Malaysian story.

“It’s sickening,” said Zainal Ajamain, who campaigns for strict observance of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement.

“Every year, Sabahans and Sarawakians have the Malayan narrative of Merdeka shoved down our throats. It’s as if Malaysia consists only of Malays, Chinese and Indians. (more…)

Ting sues Sarawak minister, publisher over bankrupt claim

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Ting-Tiong-Choon_Wong-Soon-Koh_borneopost_600Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon is suing Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Wong Soon Koh and the publisher of the Borneo Post over allegations that he was a bankrupt in Australia.

According to The Malay Mail Online, Ting’s lawyer Wong King Wei said the DAP representative had filed a defamation suit over Soon Koh’s allegation which was published in the Borneo Post on May 16 under the headline “Chong diverting attention from the main issue”.

“As a result of the publication of the defamatory words, the plaintiff has suffered serious injury to his personal and professional reputation as a medical doctor and state assemblyman,” King Wei was quoted as saying.

Ting is reportedly seeking unspecified damages from Soon Koh and Borneo Post Sdn Bhd, as well as a court restraint on the respondents from repeating the statement. (more…)

Pujut rep sues Sarawak minister, publisher over bankrupt claim

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Wong King Wei (left), with Dr TingTiong Choon (centre) and DAP’s secretary Alan Ling at a press conference.in Kuching, August 22, 2017. Wong says that as a result of the publication of the defamatory words, the plaintiff has suffered serious injury to his personal and professional reputation. — Picture by SulokTawiePujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon has filed a defamation lawsuit against Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh and the publisher of a regional newspaper over allegations he was made a bankrupt in Australia.

Dr Ting, whom the High Court reinstated as lawmaker following his disqualification by the state assembly, claimed that the allegation was injurious to him and is seeking unspecified damages from the two.

He is also asking that the court restrain the respondents from repeating the statement.

The suit, e-filed by Messrs King Wei & Co Advocates on behalf of Dr Ting this afternoon, named Borneo Post Sdn Bhd, the publisher and printer of the Borneo Post, as the second respondent. (more…)

August 22, 2017

As forex RCI starts, BNM requests for closed-door inquiry, cites OSA material

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Image result for As forex RCI starts, BNM requests for closed-door inquiry, cites OSA materiaThe Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into Malaysia’s foreign exchange losses scandal started today with a request from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) for the inquiry to be held behind closed doors due to the confidential nature of some of its reports.

Lawyer for BNM Datuk Tan Hock Chuan said several reports that were involved in the investigations have been designated as under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and might implicate the witnesses called to testify.

He also said two of the witness who were from BNM have not been granted immunity and could be charged in the future.

“Two witness from BNM have no immunity for criminal action to breach the OSA. (more…)

Dewan Negara passes Act 164 (Amendment) Bill, says Azalina

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Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) amendment provided the opportunity for Muslim converts to dissolve their marriages through civil proceedings. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017 which is aimed at amending the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 or (Act 164) does not deny the power of the Syariah courts against those who embrace Islam or converts.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the amendment only provided the opportunity for converts to dissolve their marriages through civil proceedings, as the existing provision did not apply to them.

“Apart from that, the marriage of a person prior to him/her embracing Islam under Act 164 should also be dissolved under the same act.

“Hence, the question of the power of the Syariah court been taken away with the amendment of the Bill, does not arise,” she said when winding up the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017 at the Dewan Negara here today.

The bill was then approved by the Dewan Negara. (more…)

RCI: BNM lost RM31.5b between 1991 and 1994

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawyers, (from left) Sivarasa Rasiah, Gurdial Singh Nijar and Mohamed Haniff Khatri, outside the Court of Appeal during the RCI on BNM 1990s Forex Losses second hearing at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, August 21, 2017. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaThe Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) today disclosed that approximately RM31.5 billion was lost from Bank Negara Malaysia during Malaysia’s foreign exchange losses scandal in the early 1990s.

The commission’s chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said the amount was concluded based on statements given by several BNM employees during the proceedings today.

“We have made a finding today that BNM lost RM31.5 billion between 1991 and 1994,” he said in today’s inquiry, held at the Palace of Justice court complex here.

Among those who testified today include BNM’s former deputy governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid, Datuk Ahmad Hizzad Baharuddin and Abdul Aziz Abdul Manap. (more…)

RCI ‘concludes’ Bank Negara lost RM31.5b, to probe who wanted figure hidden

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The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) has “concluded” that Bank Negara’s foreign exchange (forex) losses amounted to at least RM31.5 billion between 1991 and 1994, announced the commission’s chairperson Mohd Sidek Hassan.

Mohd Sidek, who heads the six-member RCI, claimed that the figure had been purportedly concealed from Bank Negara’s reports.

“We have to find out who was responsible for asking it to be hidden,” he said after the first day of hearing into the losses which incurred during Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s tenure as prime minister.

However, Mahathir’s counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla voiced his protest.

Speaking to reporters later, Haniff claimed that Sidek, who also headed the special task force to investigate the losses, made an “unnecessary conclusion”. (more…)

Forex RCI: Bank Negara fails to stop OSA documents being revealed

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Bank Negara’s bid to prevent documents classified as Official Secrets Act (OSA) from being exposed to the public hits a brick wall.

This is after the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Bank Negara’s foreign exchange (forex) losses refused to accept the bank’s argument on this matter.

During hearing today, Bank Negara’s counsel Tan Hock Chuan argued that both the audit and accounting losses reports were classified under the OSA.

“The owner of the document should treat them and the information contained (in them) as official secrets. It’s not open to anyone who regards it as otherwise,” he insisted. (more…)

August 21, 2017

Baru welcomes Sarawak corporation’s legal move against him

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Baru-Bian-hdcSarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian has welcomed the state Housing Development Corporation’s (HDC) announcement that they are likely to take legal action against him for allegedly distorting facts in the Auditor-General’s (AG) Report 2016 that has “aggravated the image of the HDC.”

“I fully welcome this novel initiative by the chairman (of HDC), as the trial will provide full opportunity for all parties to delve deeply into the facts of the matter and examine in full the details of the unsatisfactory findings of the A-G in the report,” the Ba’ Kelalan assemblyman said in a statement today.

HDC chairman Abang Abdul Rauf Abang Zen was quoted by Borneo Post Online today as saying that the corporation would likely take action against two opposition parties for making certain claims.

“They have quoted from the A-G report but the facts have been distorted, which has aggravated the image of the HDC and caused misunderstanding among the public,” he said yesterday. (more…)

State PKR ready for possible legal action

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The State Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is ready to face a possible legal suit against the party filed by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

HDC had announced on Friday that it might take legal action against two opposition parties for allegedly distorting facts in the Auditor-General’s Report 2016.

“I fully welcome this novel initiative by the HDC chairman, as the trial will provide full opportunity for all parties to delve deeply into the facts of the matter and examine in full the details of the unsatisfactory findings of the AG in the report,” state PKR chairman Baru Bian told reporters yesterday.

“We may be presented with the chance for better and further particulars of each instance of unsatisfactory findings.” (more…)

HDC may file legal suit over alleged distortion of facts in AG Report 2016

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Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is likely to take legal action against two opposition parties, which it claims to have distorted the facts concerning the corporation in the Auditor-General’s Report 2016.

HDC chairman Datuk Dr Abang Abdul Rauf Abang Zen said he would submit a private motion during the board of directors meeting next month regarding this matter.

“We will hold a full board meeting in September, where I will submit a private motion to the board to sue two opposition parties.

“They (opposition parties) have quoted from the AG Report but the facts have been distorted, which has aggravated the image of HDC and caused misunderstanding among the public,” he spoke during a press conference at the HDC in Wisma Sultan Tengah here yesterday, where HDC chief executive officer Mohd Asman Ahmad was also present. (more…)

Think tank: Two scenarios for Umno in GE14

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undi_umno_kpru_600A think tank says the outcome of the 14th general election (GE14) will be largely determined by how many parliamentary seats Umno loses due to the split within the party that resulted in the formation of PPBM.

Political Studies for Change (KPRU) pointed out that whenever Umno faced a split of “meaningful” proportions – resulting in some leaving the party – its Malay votes would drop and its parliamentary seats would be reduced.

KPRU executive director Ooi Heng said this was the case before the 1990 general election, when Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah parted ways with Dr Mahathir Mohamad and left Umno to form Semangat 46. As a result, the number of parliamentary seats won by Umno that year dropped from 83 in 1986 to 71 in 1990.

Similarly, Umno’s parliamentary seats saw a dip in the 1999 general election after Anwar Ibrahim was sacked (resulting in the formation Parti Keadilan Nasional) dropping by 17 seats from 89 in 1995 to 72 in 1999. (more…)

Wanted: A govt that leads, not one playing for political points

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Wanted: A govt that leads, not one playing for political pointsHOT on the heels of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the foreign exchange losses of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) nearly 30 years ago, Putrajaya is now looking at a royal panel to look into the Memali incident.

There appears to be a renewed vigour these days to look into all the incidents that happened during the Mahathir administration that lasted  22 years. Would it have anything to do with the fact that Dr Mahathir Mohamad is now a political foe to the current government?

Or is it to account for all that has happened during the reign of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government, which continues to rule Malaysia? But only the Mahathir years, of course.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minster Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday eloquently put it that the law must be upheld and the responsible party held accountable. (more…)

It’s the Malays who insult their rulers, says TMJ

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tmj_melayu_600The crown prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today slammed certain Malays for being “vindictive” and insulting the royal institution.

In a Facebook post today, he took to task those who questioned his absence at the 2017 SEA Games currently being held in Kuala Lumpur.

Tunku Ismail, better known as TMJ, highlighted his contributions to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), the Johor Sultan’s recent gift of RM4 million to FAM and his meetings with Astro to finalise the sponsorship for participating teams in the Malaysia League.

“My fellow Malays, although you may feel the need to discredit someone, there’s no need to compare me to individuals who only show up at stadiums but choose to not give a single cent to help football in this country. (more…)

In next GE, Kit Siang predicts PH to win Perak with 39 seats

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Veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang (left) has predicted Pakatan Harapan will be able to win over Perak in the coming 14th general election. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPakatan Harapan stands a very strong chance of winning Perak in the general election should the coalition face three-cornered fights in all 59 seats in the state against Barisan Nasional and PAS, Lim Kit Siang said.

The veteran DAP leader predicts PH to secure 39 seats and BN taking the remaining with PAS winning none if the Opposition pact receives 10 per cent swing in the Malay vote along with 5 per cent more non-Malay support.

“It is not an easy task to bring about a swing of votes from Barisan Nasional in the 13GE to the Pakatan Harapan in the 14GE, but all patriotic Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or even politics, must unite to save Malaysia from becoming a failed and rogue state for the sake of our children and children’s children,” he said in a statement.

The Gelang Patah MP said the Opposition was at its strongest currently after the formation of the PH.

For BN to win, Lim said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should have called for an election just after the 2016’s Sarawak state election when the latter’s party appeared to be stronger.

Now, he said BN has missed the “golden opportunity” to take on a supposedly stronger Opposition front.


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Petronas invests RM140 billion to develop O&G sector in Sarawak

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As the custodian of the nation’s oil and gas (O&G) resources, Petronas is committed to work together with the state government to support its growth aspirations.

Part of this commitment includes contributing to the state’s socio-economic development as a long-term value driver.

Petronas president and Group CEO Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said Petronas has so far invested RM140 billion in the development of Sarawak’s O&G sector.

“We are also pleased to be actively involved in developing local capabilities. To date, 420 Sarawakian companies are registered as Petronas vendors.

“In addition, I’m proud to share that we have nearly 5,000 Sarawakians working for Petronas here in Sarawak, as well as across its global operations,” he said at the contract signing ceremony between Brooke Dockyard and Petronas Carigala Sdn Bhd here yesterday. (more…)

November GE14 date bad for many reasons, says academic

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Awang-Azman-Pawi-general-election14-ge14-1The next general election will not be held in November following the tabling of Budget 2018 by Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Dewan Rakyat, and it has nothing to do with any negative economic sentiment.

This was the opinion of Universiti Malaya lecturer Awang Azman Pawi, who said it would simply be too soon after the Oct 27 budget announcement for Najib to make such a move, as many have speculated.

“Some are of the view that there would be an announcement of at least a month’s bonus for civil servants. Numerous development projects for 2018 will also be announced in order to attract more voters.

“However, this view is not very accurate, as the budget still needs to be debated before being passed by the MPs. The next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat will be from Oct 23 to Nov 30. (more…)

August 18, 2017

‘When will our leaders speak up against violence?’

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maria-chin-1The nation is watching as the culture of pre-election violence gains a foothold in the country, and yet the government continues to pretend that such problems don’t exist, says Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.

She said the silence of those leading the country was not only deafening, but would result in the prosperity of violence towards those who dared to stand up for what they believed in.

“We have never in our Malaysian history experienced this kind of violence. We are now, because the top leadership does not say anything.

“The Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must take a drastic and bold stand to stop the violence we are witnessing,” she told FMT.

Maria was responding to an FMT report this evening on the assault against Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy. (more…)

Voon: High number of incest cases reported shocking

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Image result for Voon Shiak NiThe shocking number of incest cases reported over the past few months calls for the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to take serious action in addressing the issue.

PKR women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni said incest would be even more cruel to the victim, especially if those involved were children, if society allowed ‘rape in the family’ to continue to happen within the confines of a family.

“We would like to urge the ministry to work on measures to raise public awareness on incest rape and to facilitate more open talks and discussions on the issue in order to empower our society to battle this social ill.

“We also urge the ministry to look into this heinous crime and encourage victims to come forward to seek help,” she said yesterday. (more…)

Sarawak Energy now in control of Malaysia’s largest dam

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Sarawak Energy Berhad now has assumed control over the 2,400-megawatt Bakun Dam with the signing of the Share Sale Agreement today — Picture courtesy of Sarawak Energy BerhadThe acquisition of Bakun Dam by state-owned power supplier Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) from Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd (SHSB) was completed today with the signing and close-out of items detailed in the Share Sale Agreement (SSA).

Following this, SEB assumes control of SHSB, the owner and operator of Bakun Hydroelectric Plant (HEP).

“I am pleased to announce that we now own the 2,400-megawatts (MW) Bakun dam, the largest hydropower plant in the country,” SEB’s group chief executive officer Sharbini Suhaili said this evening.

He said the signing of the SSA allows SEB to consolidate power production, enabling it to have full ownership and operatorship of all major electricity generation facilities in Sarawak. (more…)

Hearing for Dr M’s bid to cancel chief justice’s extension on Oct 24

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Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif receives his instrument of appointment from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Bilik Singgahsana Kecil, Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Picture released August 5, 2017. ― Bernama picTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawsuit effectively seeking the revocation of Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif’s reappointment as the Chief Justice will be heard on October 24, his lawyer said today.

Dr Mahathir’s lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said the government is expected to raise an objection to the lawsuit.

“They would be saying we have not crossed the threshold to direct the prime minister to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in order to revoke or terminate the extension of Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif,” he told reporters after case management before High Court judge Datuk Kamaludin Md Said.

Datuk Amarjeet Singh, who heads the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ civil division, confirmed that he would be raising the preliminary objection that Dr Mahathir had not crossed the legal threshold required to proceed with the lawsuit.

The three respondents named in Dr Mahathir’s application for leave for judicial review are Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the federal government, and Raus. (more…)

Disaster insurance scheme to be rolled out nationwide, minister says

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Shahidan said the commencement of the scheme would involve 100,000 heads of households in flood risk areas nationwide. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaA Disaster Insurance Scheme to protect flood victims will be implemented soon after the Cabinet’s approval for implementation on Aug 11.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the commencement of the scheme would involve 100,000 heads of households in flood risk areas nationwide which would be identified by the Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK).

“The scheme is to provide coverage to disaster victims via insurance coverage which is a result of the co-operation of the government and insurance companies.

“Every participant will only be charged RM10 while the rest of the cost is borne by the government with a compensation value of RM1,000,” he told a media conference after chairing the Disaster Operation Preparation Meeting at Parliament building today.

Also present was National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) director-general Datuk Abd Rashid Harun.


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Dr M insists wasn’t a dictator

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that the federal Opposition parties would not have embraced him as their new leader if he had been a dictator. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today insisted his voluntary resignation from power and the elections during his time precluded him from being a “dictator”.

Despite the Pakatan Harapan chairman’s insistence that holding polls meant he could not be a dictator, he appeared to suggest this defence did not apply to the “the current one”.

“Dictators often do not hold elections, or if they do they would win 99 per cent of the votes,” he wrote on his blog today.

“I resign voluntarily. I was not succeeded by my son but by party leaders who immediately tried to get the party and their governments to go against me,” Dr Mahathir said.

He also claimed that the federal Opposition parties would not have embraced him as their new leader if he had been a dictator, ignoring the fact that some among his new allies had called him “dictator” prior to his latest resignation from Umno. (more…)

Suhakam: Human rights defenders do not protect criminals

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razali-ismail-suhakam-4The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has put forth a definition of human rights defenders, two days after the deputy prime minister called them “wolves in sheep’s clothing who protect criminals”.

Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail said such individuals were people who work towards the realisation of rights and freedoms contained in the Federal Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights instruments through non-violent means.

“The efforts of human rights defenders contribute to positive societal change and play an important role in the establishment of the rule of law.

“They certainly cannot be said to be defending crime syndicates and criminals,” he said in a statement today.

On Tuesday, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had slammed those who objected to the amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) passed in the Dewan Rakyat last week. (more…)

August 17, 2017

Baru: Violence at ‘Nothing to Hide’ forum portends trouble for the country

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The violence that occurred at the ‘Nothing To Hide’ forum on Sunday is a sign of troubled times ahead for this country, said state PKR chairman Baru Bian.

According to him, there is a noticeable decline in law and order in this country without any seeming corresponding increase in vigilance and action by the police.

“Mobs seem to be widely available for hire for as low as RM50 to cause trouble and create tensions in the public arena. Perhaps we should not be surprised by this latest incident as the opposition’s events have been increasingly subjected to this sort of violent disruption by paid thugs,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

“It was reported that the culprits responsible for the violence were apprehended by members of Bersatu, who handed them over to the police. The question needs to be asked where the police were and why they were not at hand to deal with the situation. This does not engender any confidence in the public that the police will protect all citizens equally where the situation of need arises.” (more…)

Sarawak Energy now in control of Malaysia’s largest dam

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Sarawak Energy Berhad now has assumed control over the 2,400-megawatt Bakun Dam with the signing of the Share Sale Agreement today — Picture courtesy of Sarawak Energy BerhadThe acquisition of Bakun Dam by state-owned power supplier Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) from Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd (SHSB) was completed today with the signing and close-out of items detailed in the Share Sale Agreement (SSA).Following this, SEB  assumes  control of SHSB, the owner and operator of Bakun Hydroelectric Plant (HEP).

“I am pleased to announce that we now own the 2,400-megawatts (MW) Bakun dam, the largest hydropower plant in the country,” SEB’s group chief executive officer Sharbini Suhaili said this evening.

He said the signing of the SSA allows SEB to consolidate power production, enabling it to have full ownership and operatorship of all major electricity generation facilities in Sarawak.

The SSA to acquire Bakun Dam for RM2.5 billion was completed at Sarawak Hidro’s office in Selangor today in the presence of representatives from all parties involved. (more…)

Report: Sirul appeals Aussie gov’t not to reject protection visa

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Fugitive ex-commando Sirul Azhar Umar has reportedly made an appeal to Australian authorities not to reject his application for a protection visa, as he would be executed if he is deported to Malaysia.

According to daily The Australian, Sirul’s lawyers made the appeal after the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said it would likely reject the visa application as the former cop had committed a “serious non-political crime” before entering Australia.

The report said Sirul’s lawyers had until Monday to provide evidence to support his claims that he was being made a political scapegoat.

Sirul fled to Australia shortly before the Federal Court overturned his acquittal for the killing of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, and reinstated a previous death sentence. (more…)

Violence at forum sign of troubled times – Baru

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The violence that occurred at the ‘Nothing To Hide’ forum on Sunday is a sign of troubled times ahead for this country, said state PKR chairman Baru Bian.

He noted there is a noticeable decline in law and order in this country without any seeming corresponding increase in vigilance and action by the police.

“Mobs seem to be widely available for hire for as low as RM50 to cause trouble and create tensions in the public arena. Perhaps we should not be surprised by this latest incident as the Opposition’s events have been increasingly subjected to this sort of violent disruption by paid thugs.

“It was reported that the culprits responsible for the violence were apprehended by members of Bersatu, who handed them over to the police. The question needs to be asked where the police were and why they were not at hand to deal with the situation. This does not engender any confidence in the public that the police will protect all citizens equally where the situation of need arises,” he said in a press statement today. (more…)

State police gearing up for 14th general election

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The state police according to Police Commissioner Datuk Amer Awal are now preparing for the coming 14th general election (GE14).

He said the state police were now assessing their human resources, communications assets and logistics as part of early preparation in order to avoid any last-minute rush.

He added that assessment was crucial for budgeting aspects to allow them to seek further allocation for maintenance and upgrading of facilities.

“My job is to prepare my personnel. We are always prepared, we are just waiting for the signal for the election to be held,” he told a press conference at Kuching District police headquarters yesterday. (more…)

Explain tourism tax to Sarawak, Sabah, Nazri told

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Minister of Tourism and Culture Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has been asked to explain the mechanism of the tourism tax to the Sarawak and Sabah state governments.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state governments of East Malaysia deserve an explanation from him.

“Is it so difficult for Nazri to go to Sabah and Sarawak and explain the mechanism of how this tourism tax is to be shared? He is most welcome to visit Sarawak to do it,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Abdul Karim said by right Nazri should explain to the two state governments, or at least to their chief ministers, why Sarawak and Sabah are being treated like other states when it comes to the division of tourism tax proceeds. (more…)

State completes takeover of Bakun

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The state government acquired the Bakun hydroelectric power (HEP) plant from the federal government through the take-over of Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd (SHSB) by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) yesterday.

The deal was closed with signing and close-out of items detailed in the Share Sale Agreement (SSA) between SEB and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) .

According to Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (SEB) chief executive officer Sharbini Suhaili, the agreement was signed in Kuala Lumpur between SEB and Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani representing MoF.

Following this, Sarawak Energy will assume control of SHSB, the owner and operator of Bakun Hydroelectric Power plant.

“I am pleased to announce that we now own the 2,400MW Bakun HEP, the largest hydropower plant in the country. This achievement was made possible through our Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg’s strong leadership and support. (more…)

August 15, 2017

Anwar: MACC probe in Penang reasonable

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Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh leaving the court in George Town August 14, 2016. — Picture by KE OoiPKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has backed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its investigation into an illegal factory in Penang.

While Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan earlier criticised the MACC over the matter, the imprisoned former deputy prime minister pointed out that the agency has also taken decisive action in the cases of Felda Global Ventures and the Sabah Water Department.

“As such, in the case of the illegal factory and resultant pollution being protested by residents in Sungai Lembu, Penang, the MACC’s action was reasonable.

“However, we are concerned that the move to obtain information from (state exco) Phee Boon Poh was excessive, including his remand,” Anwar said in a statement. (more…)

Anwar: Government must protect Dr M’s right to free speech

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed that the police did not take action when stones were thrown and shattered the windows of a bus that he was riding during the 13th general election. — Picture by Choo Choy MayDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim urged the government today to protect the right to freedom of speech, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s, after the latter’s forum was disrupted by violence.

The PKR de facto leader claimed that the police did not take action when stones were thrown and shattered the windows of a bus that he was riding during the 13th general election.

“I wish to refer to Tun Mahathir’s ceramah yesterday that was interrupted by several rioters. Such incidents are feared to rise ahead of the 14th general election.

“The government is responsible to ensure that the right and freedom to express opinions, including Tun Mahathir’s, must be protected,” Anwar said in a statement. (more…)

Court rejects appeal to review EC’s redelineation exercise

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melaka-spr-1Two opposition MPs from Ipoh have again failed to convince the court to hear their complaints that the Election Commission’s (EC) current redelineation of their constituencies is against Federal Constitution guidelines.

A three-man Court of Appeal led by Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh today dismissed Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran and Ipoh Timor MP Thomas Su Keong Siong’s appeal, ruling that the court was not the right forum to hear their judicial review application.

“After a careful deliberation, we have reached a unanimous decision that the redelineation exercise is not amenable to judicial review,” Justice Zawawi said.

He said the court was bound by a Federal Court decision that the EC’s recommendations in such an exercise had no legal effect. (more…)

More to come, Anwar expects spike in violence in GE run-up

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Anwar-IbrahimPakatan Harapan de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim today predicted a spike in the type of violence that took place yesterday at a PPBM forum, saying the government was duty-bound to ensure people are free to air their views.

“Such incidents will escalate in the run-up to the 14th general election,” the jailed leader said in a statement, a day after projectiles were thrown at PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad during a forum in Shah Alam.

Police yesterday arrested three youths aged between 17 and 19, after they were detained by PPBM members at the Nothing to Hide forum yesterday.

The forum ended abruptly after missiles, including one laced with chemicals, were hurled at Mahathir who had just finished answering a question from the floor. (more…)

Azmin: Little chance of BN winning over voters in Selangor

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Azmin-AliSelangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has dismissed Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor’s comment that Barisan Nasional could win back Selangor if BN can identify its weaknesses from previous elections.

Mocking the Umno secretary-general for his remark on the reasons BN lost the richest state in Malaysia in the last two general elections, Azmin said he didn’t think BN had the ability to change voters’ minds.

“I am not confident that they can convince Selangor voters in the short term period based on how they have gone about on their explanation on issues such as 1MDB,” Azmin said.

Tengku Adnan, who is more popularly known as Ku Nan, was reported to have said yesterday that BN’s loss in Selangor in 2008 was former menteri besar Dr Khir Toyo’s fault. (more…)

Attack on the 92-year-old strengthens our resolve

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Yesterday’s unprovoked attack against a 92-year-old man, who was speaking at Bersatu’s “Nothing to Hide 2.0” event, did more harm to the instigators than it did to Bersatu and Pakatan Harapan.

The nonagenarian is the former prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The reason he was targeted is no coincidence. He was deliberately singled out, because he still commands a loyal following amongst many Malaysians, in particular, the Malays.

The more he speaks, the more Umno-Baru die-hard supporters may “see the light”. So, of course, he has to be silenced.

The more Mahathir reaches out to ordinary Malaysians, the more the extremists will be put under pressure. Their motto is probably, “Stop Mahathir, reinstate the status quo of fear.”

The most revealing aspect of the attack is that it has reaffirmed our suspicions, that someone, or some people, are afraid of Mahathir. Such is their desperation that there were prepared to harm him. (more…)

‘Political thuggery goes all the way back to Dr M’s rule’

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Suaram condemns the political thuggery displayed by provocateurs at the ‘Nothing to Hide’ forum where the former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was speaking. Such anti-democratic behaviour has no place in Malaysian democracy.

At the same time, Malaysians know that such political thuggery is not new to Malaysian politics. In fact, it goes way back to the time when Mahathir was the prime minister.

Ever since the May 13 riots of 1969, the spectre of ‘May 13’ violence has been used in official propaganda as a threat against any potential challenge to the status quo, whether related to the civil rights of the non-Bumiputras or as a direct challenge to the ruling coalition in a general election.

For example, during Mahathir’s rule in 1987, Umno Youth organized a rally at the Jalan Raja Muda Stadium in Kuala Lumpur at which racist and seditious slogans were carried in banners which read: “May 13 has begun”, “Soak the keris in Chinese blood”. (more…)

August 14, 2017

Why hunt down the atheists?

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Atheist Club? Atheist Republic? Is that a band from California, after Linkin Park and Nirvana? Or a new name for a brand of Chinese-made jeans? I know One Republic is a brand of clothing and True Religion is a pair of cool jeans. Only true believers wear them.

And for the atheist, there is always the question when they die:

All dressed up and nowhere to go?

And what does it mean to believe in Nothing? When we live in a world in which we cannot escape from Somethingness?

Seriously folks, this is a serious matter in Malaysia, today and yesterday, at least. Another distraction from the issue of 1MDB and who allegedly stole the money, and who killed Altantuya and who masterminded the tragedy. (more…)

Muslims converts do not suffer; the law will not permit this

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“If you are a Muslim and you know that it’s un-Islamic and you are not voicing it out, you have done a great injustice and that is haram.”

– Jihad for Justice chairperson Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim

COMMENT | PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan uttered the most odious defence of his religion here in Malaysia when he claimed “for the last 10 to 20 years, the ‘muallaf’ (Muslim converts) also suffered. It is the same thing” (as M Indira Gandhi). Really? Of course, he does not explain how their suffering is the same.

Let us take these examples, which are demonstrative of the worst excesses of the state and the state-sanctioned religion which has caused distress in countless non-Muslim lives. (more…)

How can a child who married her rapist be ‘doing fine’?

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Imagine you have a 12-year-old daughter.

Imagine receiving a phone call at your workplace and being informed by your daughter’s caretaker that she is in trouble. Would you drop everything and head home at once, or would you ask the caretaker to wait until you return home because you are too “busy” at work?

Imagine reaching home some eight hours after receiving the phone call, and being told that your daughter who had left in the morning to go to school has not returned home in the evening.

Imagine having your neighbour’s daughter inform you that a man your daughter had befriended on Facebook three months ago had raped her inside a car. Would you rush to the police station in an attempt to find her, or would you wait for your daughter to return home, not knowing when that would be? (more…)

RM500 mln financing facility for Bumiputera firms in Pan Borneo Highway project

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A RM500-million financing facility has been established to facilitate credit guarantees and financing for Bumiputera companies undertaking sub-contract packages in the Pan Borneo Highway project.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the special arrangement involved the collaboration between four leading institutions; namely RHB Islamic Bank Berhad, SME Bank, Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC) and Skim Jaminan Pembiayaan Perniagaan Berhad (SJPP) with the Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju).

He pointed out that SJPP and CGC would respectively provide government and credit guarantees to assist Bumiputera sub-contractors obtain commercial financing from SME Bank and RHB Islamic Bank Berhad.

“This programme is expected to assist the involvement of qualified Bumiputera contractors in the Pan Borneo Highway project. (more…)

Preventing potential bad parents from being parents

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Being a parent is not an easy job because it’s not something that you can take classes for before becoming one. You can get advice from existing parents but everyone knows that each individual child (and parent) is different.

I have two daughters, and to be honest, as much as I have prepared myself and to have expectations to the kind of parent I want to be, basically, I am still winging it for the most parts. But of course, winging it with proper preparation.

So, when news of parents who abuse their children crops up, I find it unfathomable as to how they could such things. The ‘monster dad’ who has been arrested and charged with sodomising and raping his teenage daughter more than 200 times is unbelievable.

News reports described how his charge sheet was so long that it took several hours to read and that the court for sexual crimes against children had to operate past usual hours so all the charges could be read fully. (more…)

Selangor’s success under Azmin Ali

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At a time of political turmoil, Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali was tasked with the uphill battle of uniting the Selangor government despite the falling out with PAS and the emergence of two new parties aligned with Pakatan Harapan.

Fast forward three years into the future, and Selangor now sits strongly as one of the best-performing states in Malaysia.

According to the Auditor-General’s Report 2016, Selangor owes the federal government a meagre sum of RM14.67 million. This is in stark contrast to Pahang, which owes the federal government a sum of RM1.087 billion.

This is a sign of health and proper management. Being able to drag in foreign direct investment while keeping debt levels low is also something to cheer about. (more…)

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