Hornbill Unleashed

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.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


 

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

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

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…)

Once again, BN ignores legitimate non-Muslim rights

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The withdrawal by BN of the important Section 88A clause which guards against unilateral religious conversion of a child by one parent in the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act (Amendment) Bill, ignores legitimate non-Muslim rights and favours a hardline stance more in consonance with PAS’ Islam.

It is symptomatic of an increasingly blatant shift of BN towards a more extreme positioning in favour of perceived Malay-Muslim “rights”, even when the secular Federal Constitution confers no such rights on Malays or Muslims.

It means that Umno, which basically makes strategy in BN and largely ignores other BN constituents as the latest event clearly shows, is shifting more towards appealing to Malay votes, even at the expense of alienating non-Muslims.

That’s a desperate as well as a dangerous approach when nearly two-fifths of the population is non-Muslim and Malays form about half of the population – you do need substantial non-Malay support as well. In the 2008 general election, mainly Hindu Indians, traditionally BN supporters but formed a mere 7 percent of the population, solidly voted opposition (by some estimates over 80 percent) and helped swing many seats. (more…)

To raise, or not to raise, the August flags

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As I was watering the plants in my father’s garden today, I took a glance around our compound and gasped upon noticing the absence of our favourite August flags.

For as long as I can remember, August has always been a special month in my parents’ home.

Before the month even began, my mother would take out both flags – Jalur Gemilang and the Penang flag – from the cupboard and give them a good wash by hand with some extra doses of fabric softener.

Once dried, Mum would then get the flags neatly ironed before passing them to Dad, who was in charge of making sure the flags danced in the air for the entire Merdeka month.

I remember those days when I used to be Dad’s assistant, standing and watching the flags being raised from a distance. (more…)

Journalists are not purveyors of fake news

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Two weeks ago, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang criticised reporters who questioned him about his place of birth. Pertubuhan Minda Sosial Prihatin alleged that Lim’s Wikipedia page stated that he had arrived in Malaya in 1957 but that information was erased 12 days ago. And of course, Malaysian reporters sought some clarification from Lim.

If only the reporters had done their homework, they wouldn’t have incurred the wrath of Lim, a former reporter himself. “I was a reporter before and if the story is trash, I will investigate first. So investigate before posing the question, otherwise it will reflect on you and your newspaper,” he lectured the media.

But weren’t the reporters aware that anyone can write or amend Wikipedia entries, except in limited cases where editing is restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism. (more…)

Fears over next polls as ‘cowardly’ attack on Mahathir condemned

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zaid-ibrahim-1Fears have been expressed over the next national polls after violence broke out at a dialogue attended by Dr Mahathir Mohamad today, when a chemical projectile was thrown as the former prime minister spoke to hundreds who packed a hall in Shah Alam.

“Is this a prelude to a suspension of the 14th general election?” asked a shocked Zaid Ibrahim, after pandaemonium erupted at the Nothing to Hide forum organised by PPBM Youth at the Dewan Raja Muda Musa in Shah Alam.

Soon after a projectile was thrown in Mahathir’s direction as he answered a participant’s question, PPBM members rushed on to the stage to protect the 92-year-old chairman of PPBM and Pakatan Harapan.

There has been no confirmation of any injuries, although PPBM Youth head Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said at least one volunteer was hurt after he was hit with a chair. (more…)

PKR launches app to ‘detect’ phantom voters

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PKR has launched an Android app called Spera, which it claims can help voters detect whether there are phantom voters in their polling districts.

PKR elections director Nurul Izzah Anwar said using the app, voters can report any suspicions they have about phantom voters, and the app would then cross-check the information provided using the latest electoral roll.

“The system will send a notification for phantom voters, repeat voters, and voters who have passed away by checking the data in Spera,” Nurul Izzah told Malaysiakini when contacted.

Spera, which was launched yesterday, can be downloaded for free via the Google Play store.

In a statement yesterday, the PKR vice-president said the app was developed to foil the Election Commission, whom she accused of cheating in the general election process.

She predicted that the upcoming general election would be the “dirtiest” one yet.

“Spera is important in giving a chance to all Malaysians to be involved in the ‘war’ against the EC and Umno-BN regime,” she said.


Source : Malaysiakini


 

Slippers thrown at Dr M’s direction; chairs and flares fly at ‘Nothing to Hide 2’

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The “Nothing to Hide 2” forum organised by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) descended into pandemonium after unidentified persons threw slippers at the direction of party’s chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Bersatu had invited Najib Abdul Razak to debate Mahathir at the Shah Alam function but with the prime minister not expected to attend, it was initially a one-sided affair.

The event, at Dewan Raja Muda Musa, got off to a slow start with Mahathir launching his usual salvos against Najib but something appeared amiss during the question-and-answer session as several confrontational questions were hurled at Mahathir.

While Mahathir was answering a question on the Memali tragedy in Baling, slippers were suddenly hurled at his direction.

The situation quickly escalated as Bersatu supporters were riled by the incident and attempted to confront the suspected provocateurs. (more…)

Education Minister: No need to bring bullying cases to ministry

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Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said cases of bullying in schools should be resolved by the school concerned. — Picture by Saw Siow FengCases of bullying in schools should be resolved by the school concerned, the District Education office or the State Education Department, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today.

He said there was no need to send such cases to the ministry to be settled.

“What is important is for the school, the District Education Office (PPD) the State Education Department (JPN) to be firm, even if to a stage of expelling the student, there is no need to say sorry or to apologise, “ he told reporters after opening the Padang Besar Umno divisional delegates conference here today.

Likewise, he said, the setting up of a special unit to address the problem was also unnecessary as the existing procedures were adequate, while the school, PPD and JPN have the power to made decisions on the matter,’ he said. (more…)

Arul Kanda unfit to head Khazanah after disastrous record at 1MDB

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Malaysians were shocked to read the report on Thursday that Arul Kanda is one of the candidates being considered for the post of managing director of Khazanah Nasional.

It was reported by The Malaysian Insight that “a selection panel has been formed to look through the candidates who can take over from Azman (Mokhtar) whose contract expires in two years” and Arul Kanda is one of two outsiders being considered.

After the disastrous and disgraceful record at the debt-ridden 1MDB since his appointment in January 2015, Arul Kanda should be automatically disqualified from even consideration at the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

The latest catastrophe is the failure of 1MDB to fulfil its settlement obligations with Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC) in a timely matter. Despite claiming since April 24 this year that its repayment to IPIC would be fulfilled via the “monetisation” of 1MDB’s investment ‘units’ last known to be held in Singapore, IPIC had to twice extend the deadline for the first instalment payment scheduled on 31 July 2017. (more…)

August 13, 2017

MA63 focus for opposition’s GE14 manifesto in Sabah

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ma63-sabah-sarawakAll Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties in Sabah have agreed that the state’s right under the historic Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will be the focus of its special manifesto for the state in the next general election (GE14).

PH’s presidential council had previously been reported as saying that it wanted to formulate a manifesto specifically for the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

The coalition’s chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it was focusing on the two East Malaysian states and had discussed them at length during a meeting earlier.

“We have already submitted our request and highlighted all our problems and we are positive that Sabah and Sarawak will get a better deal. (more…)

Sarawak govt demands at least 30pc from tourism tax

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Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Sarawak should get 30 per cent from the tourism tax imposed in the state. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak has demanded that the state should get its fair share from the tourism tax, which is nothing less than 30 per cent from the collected amount.

Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth, and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that the amount of tax collected must be shared equally by the three regions (Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia).

“We want a larger revenue to be given back to Sarawak; we want at least 30 per cent or more from the amount collected,” he added.

Abdul Karim said this when asked by reporters on the latest development with regards to the tourism tax which will be imposed effective September 1, whereby foreigners would be charged RM10 per room per night. (more…)

Stop twisting facts, lawyer tells BN over latest DoJ action

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Dont't twist and turn legal issues merely for dishonest propaganda, says Haniff. Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla has told the government to stop denying the latest development on the 1MDB-related US$540 million forfeiture lawsuit by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Bloomberg had reported that court filings by the DoJ on Thursday showed that it was escalating its probe into a criminal one, in a worldwide effort to track how much of the money that was raised by 1MDB for development projects was used to pay for various assets.

“The government of Najib Razak should stop spinning and twisting the facts without finding out the actual legal position of the DoJ’s latest actions.

“A responsible government is not expected to twist and turn legal issues merely for its dishonest propaganda,” Haniff told FMT. (more…)

August 11, 2017

Sim Kheng Boon appointed CEO of Development Bank of Sarawak

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The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) today announced the appointment of Sim Kheng Boon as the chief executive officer of the newly-formed Sarawak Development Bank Bhd (DBOS) effective Aug 1.

Following the appointment of the CEO and other the professionals in his core team, DBOS will be ready to commence operations by Jan 1, 2018, a statement from the CMO read.

Sim will be fully supported by the Board of DBOS comprising of its chairman and State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and members Sharkawi Alis, Christopher Adrian and Datu Laura Lee Ngien Hion.

Sim is a Sarawakian who graduated with a Degree of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He is also an associate member of Asian Institute of Chartered Banker. (more…)

Who are the pioneering 5?

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg announced on Tuesday morning members of the board of the newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak Sdn Bhd (Petros), Sarawak’s own oil and gas company, which would comprise five Sarawakians who were previously with Petronas and Shell.

Later in the afternoon he met the MA63 research team to London among whom is a lawyer who has served in various key positions in Petronas, Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, CEO of Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd.

Taking the cue from Abang Johari’s statement that the five-member Petros board would comprise Sarawakians who have served in the oil and gas industry one time or another, The Borneo Post made an educated guess that with his credentials, Medan would be one of the ‘Pioneering Five’.

Speaking to The Borneo Post Adventure Team (BAT) in Bintulu in June, Medan said he had a ‘considerably lengthy’ meeting with the chief minister. Asked what he thought of setting up Sarawak’s own oil and gas company he confidently replied: ‘It’s good for Sarawak’. (more…)

CM: Sarawak legal team found substantive never-seen-before documents on Malaysia’s formation

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Sarawak’s State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali led a team to London to scour for documents related to the formation of Malaysia. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe legal team despatched to London has unearthed new and substantive documents written by the UK government to the United Nations concerning Sarawak and the formation of Malaysia, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg announced today.

He said some of the documents have never been seen before, adding that the legal team will brief him further about their findings later today.

“[The documents] seem to be very good. They must be so because they must be substantive,” he told reporters here after opening an International Conference on Language Studies organised by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

Abang Johari said the findings were important because they were communications between the UK government and the UN prior to the formation of Malaysia in 1963. (more…)

DAP lodges MACC report over Sarawak HDC funds

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Dr Kelvin Yii (right), the special assistant of Bandar Kuching Member of Parliament said funds amounting to millions of ringgit belonging to the Housing Development Corporation were suspiciously paid out to contractors. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe DAP today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over suspicious payments involving millions of ringgit from funds belonging to state-owned Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

“I urge MACC to begin immediate investigation into suspicious payments as stated in the recently published 2016 Auditor-General (AG) Report,” Bandar Kuching member of parliament Chong Chieng Jen’s special assistant Dr Kelvin Yii today told reporters after lodging the report at the state MACC headquarters here.

He said the anti-graft agency should centre its investigation on the payment of RM2.88 million to two contractors for alleged non-existent repainting job of 12 public housing units in Miri.

He said there was also an advance payment of RM16.06 million for Package 1 and Package 2 of the Jalan Utama upgrading project in Sibu without authorisation, resulting in the government incurring interest charges of RM1.77 million. (more…)

Petros board formed, members all Sarawakians

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The board of the newly formed Petros, Sarawak’s own oil and gas company, is made up of five Sarawakians who have retired from Petronas and Shell.
Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg highlighted this yesterday as he brushed aside rumours that Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) chief executive officer (CEO) Sharbini Suhaili might be appointed to the top position.

“No, he is the CEO of energy. We have formed Petros and appointed the board. For a start, we have five members. They are all Sarawakians who have retired from Petronas and Shell,” he told reporters after opening the International Conference on Language Studies (ICLS 2017) at Riverside Majestic Hotel here.

“We will work together to find the best person with experience to be appointed the CEO. The board will decide later,” he assured.

Most importantly, he pointed out, was forming and registering the company with the board first in order to look after Sarawak’s interest in the oil and gas sector. (more…)

Declassified documents will help Sarawak in case for autonomy, state government says

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Sarawak’s Law, State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali has already briefed the Sarawak Chief Minister on the trip's outcome. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe recently declassified documents found by the Sarawak state legal team in London will add strength to its position in the discussions with Putrajaya on the matter of state autonomy.

“The state government is studying these documents to ascertain the basis for the recommendations contained in the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report of the constitutional safeguards for Sarawak,” team leader Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said in a statement.

She said the state government wants to see what further action needs to be taken in order to have the safeguards fully implemented under Article VIII of the Malaysia Agreement, if they had not been already incorporated in the Federal Constitution or by executive, legislative or other action since Malaysia Day.

She had earlier briefed Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg on the outcome of the London trip. (more…)

Sim Kheng Boon named CEO of Sarawak Development Bank

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Sim-Kheng-Boon--1The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office today announced the appointment of Sim Kheng Boon as chief executive officer of the newly-formed Sarawak Development Bank Bhd (DBOS).

In a statement today, it said DBOS would be ready to commence operations by Jan 1, 2018, following the appointment of Sim and others in its core team.

Sim, 62, will be supported by the DBOS board comprising chairman Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and members Sharkawi Alis, Christopher Adrian and Laura Lee Ngien Hion.

Sim, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial industry, graduated with a Degree in Commerce (Hons) from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Sarawakian is also an associate member of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. (more…)

Zaid files for review, wants AG’s case reheard without CJ

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Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has filed an application for review over the Federal Court’s dismissal of his appeal for leave to challenge attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision not to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over the 1MDB scandal.

Zaid seeks to set aside the July 28 decision made by a three-member panel chaired by Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif, and have the case reheard by a new panel.

The application was filed at the Federal Court registry this morning.

In the former minister’s affidavit supporting the application, he cited that he had instructed his lawyers to inform the Federal Court registrar in attendance on July 28 that Justice Raus should be recused. (more…)

School’s policy of separate cups for Muslims and non-Muslims draws ire

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cawanA policy of segregating drinking cups in a primary school in Selangor has threatened to spark yet another controversy involving the treatment of non-Muslim students in government schools.

FMT’s visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Puteri in Hulu Langat showed that cups placed next to a drinking water dispenser at one of the school’s blocks were labelled “Muslim” and “non-Muslim”.

School authorities refused to comment when asked for a response, but a canteen worker said, on condition of anonymity, that the practice began last year under the school’s principal, who has since been transferred after a four-year tenure.

Attempts to get comments from the education ministry, including Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan, also failed. (more…)

August 10, 2017

PKR welcomes set-up of Petros by Sarawak govt

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See-Chee-How_sarawak_oil_600Sarawak PKR has welcomed the establishment of Petros to drive the state’s direct participation in the extraction and development of petroleum and gas resources in Sarawak.

State PKR vice chairman See Chee How, who gave Petros the thumbs-up, urged the state-owned entity to assume control over the awarding of production sharing contracts in the remaining areas with oil and gas potentials, onshore and offshore, within Sarawak’s borders.

“The petroleum resources are depleting and we have already been deprived of this wealth for the past five decades.

“We must manage and develop whatever petroleum resources zealously to ensure that the wealth generated from now on is not only beneficial to us but sustainable for future generations of Sarawakians,” he said in a statement today.

He also advised the state government to administer Petros as a sovereign wealth fund answerable to the Sarawak Legislative Assembly. (more…)

Petros a welcomed step – See Chee How

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The unprecedented step taken by the state administration to incorporate Petros, a Sarawakian wholly-owned oil and gas company, as a vehicle to actively participate in the extraction and development of Sarawak’s oil and gas is most welcomed by all Sarawakians, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman, said Petros should be a sovereign wealth fund which is a Sarawak-owned investment fund which is answerable to the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.

“The Sarawak administration must first assert and assume control over the awarding of production sharing contracts (PSC) over those remaining blocks or fields of oil and gas potentials onshore and offshore within the territorial boundary of Sarawak.

“A sovereign wealth fund which is answerable to the Sarawak Legislative Assembly will ensure that the entity maintains its characteristic of maximising long-term return from the resource wealth for the future generations of Sarawak while establishing a strongly responsible and accountable institution that distinguish and prevent it from a state-owned fund which runs into the problem like 1MDB,” See told a press conference here today. (more…)

Setting up Petros a good move — See Chee How

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