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May 23, 2017

CM: Petronas seeking partners to develop SK316

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Image result for Abang Johari Tun OpengPETRONAS is seeking capable and reliable partners to explore the potential for oil and gas in the SK316 offshore region, revealed Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He assured Sarawakians that Petronas has consulted the state government on the matter.

“It is a very deep new area and secondly, you need new technology where Petronas also has no such technology.

“So what Petronas does is to invite other countries which have the technology because the area has a lot of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and sulphur content. So the moment you extract (oil and gas) you need to put in CO2.

“So you need a partner who has the technology. We have been consulted on this matter,” Abang Johari clarified to the media after his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday. (more…)

CM: Cabotage exemption to facilitate international trade

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Image result for Abang Johari Tun OpengSarawak’s exemption from the cabotage policy which takes effect from June 1 will allow the state to become a trading hub and be able to trade directly with other nations.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said cabotage policies are used by nations to consolidate international shipping trade through one port for ease of control as well as for the efficiency of domestic transportation and logistics.

“It is usually envisaged that domestic transportation and logistics is by way of road and rail. In the case of Sarawak which is separated from Port Klang by the sea, the conventional idea of cabotage does not apply simply because there is no efficient transportation between Port Klang and Kuching, for example.

“In the case of Sarawak, which became part of Malaysia not by natural geographical proximity but for political reasons, it is correct for us to pursue Sarawak-centric policies which therefore require that international shipping should be allowed directly into the main port or ports of Sarawak,” he said when winding up his maiden speech as Chief Minister at the 18th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday. (more…)

Sarawak approves Non-Islamic Affairs Unit structure

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Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, in his winding up speech in the state assembly, says the Non-Islamic Affairs Unit is now recruiting staff of various grades. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak State Cabinet has approved the structure of the new Non-Islamic Affairs Unit in the Chief Minister’s Office.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the unit, headed by a full-time director, is full-fledged, equivalent in status with other units in the Chief Minister’s Department.

“We are now in the process of recruiting staff to fill all the approved posts,” he said, adding that a total of 17 new posts of various grades for 2017 were approved for the unit.

Winding the debate in the state legislative assembly here, he said the unit, since its formation, has already received eight land applications for the construction of various non-Islamic religious institutions. Another 30 applications for funding of both the construction and maintenance of buildings have been processed by the unit. (more…)

Sarawak to fund LRT project

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg (in front) says the proposed public transport system will be an integrated one, with LRT as the core. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak state government said today it will finance the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project covering Kuching, Samarahan and Serian without direct funding from the federal government.

“The cost of the proposed LRT has not been finalised yet,” Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said in his winding up speech in the state legislative assembly today.

He said the full public transport system covering the three divisions will be an integrated one, with the LRT as the core and complemented by the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), taxis and cars.

He stressed that the key benefit of building a proper public transport system was lower cost of living, with affordable housing combined with cheap public transport. (more…)

Sarawak still negotiating with Petronas on increase in oil royalty, CM says

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The chief minister said the government was actively negotiating with Petronas on the details of the shareholders agreement for a 10 per cent equity in the MLNG Plant Train 9, besides working for a larger equity in MLNG 2 plant. — AFP picSarawak has not abandoned its negotiation with Petronas for a 20 per cent increase in oil royalty, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said today.

In his winding up speech at the 18th Sarawak legislative Assembly sitting here, he said now the time is unfavourable for the negotiation as the price of oil is low and production cost very competitive.

“Under such a situation, we have to manage this with care,” he said.

Meantime, he said in lieu of the loyalty increase, he had decided that the state would continue to pursue interests in the development of the oil and gas industry in the state. (more…)

Bakun dam now officially belongs to Sarawak

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Image result for The Bakun hydroelectric powerThe Bakun hydroelectric power (HEP) dam is now officially owned by the state government after the first instalment was paid recently, revealed Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He added that the official ceremony to hand over the biggest dam in South East Asia will be done after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“The ownership (of Bakun HEP Dam) has been finalised after we paid the first instalment recently,” Abang Johari told the media after his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday.

He added that the total cost of acquiring the mammoth project was RM2.5 billion in cash and RM5.6 billion in net debt outstanding as at the end of December 2016. (more…)

Sarawak to use Big Data next year

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Abang Johari wants the government servers to be linked so that non-personal and non-sensitive data can be shared and made accessible to the general public. — Bernama picThe Sarawak state government announced today that it would utilise Big Data by the first quarter of next year.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari said Big Data will represent “a small but first step in its journey of a thousand miles” in the development of the state’s digital economy.

“Therefore, the Big Data will become a new strategic asset for Sarawak in the years to come,” he said.

He added that the state government’s database now is still small, but should be provided with sufficient capacity to grow with the digital economy.

The computer-savvy chief minister said in the digital world, “opening up” means that data of the government, industries and private individuals is synchronised to provide new information useful for the public. (more…)

17 new posts of various grades approved for Non-Islamic Affairs Unit, to be headed by a director

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THE state cabinet has approved the creation of 17 new posts of various grades for the Non-Islamic Affairs Unit this year.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the full-fledged unit, equivalent in status with other Units in the Chief Minister’s Department is headed by a director.

“Now, we are in the process of recruiting the staff to fill all the approved posts,” Uggah, who is the minister-in-charge of the Unit said in his ministerial winding up speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday.

According to him, the main function of the new unit includes to evaluate, propose and formulate policies, laws and regulations with regard to Non-Islamic religious affairs in the state. (more…)

Why won’t PPBM back Anwar for PM? Because he can’t be, say analysts

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Pictures of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is seen behind a replica of a prison cell, symbolising the free Anwar Ibrahim campaign during the 12th PKR National Congress in Shah Alam May 21, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leaders’ refusal to endorse the jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be prime minister is simple pragmatism, according to political analysts.

While there are legal gymnastics that make it possible for the PKR de facto leader to become prime minister in the event Pakatan Harapan wins federal power, they said the implausibility made it pointless to contemplate.

Anwar is serving the third year of his five-year sentence for sodomy. Without a royal pardon or an early release, he is just under eight years away from eligibility to stand for an election, which he must first win in order to by PM.

“In the current political situation, it is impossible for Anwar to be PM. PPBM knows this,” Universiti Utara Malaysia associate professor Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani told Malay Mail Online when contacted. (more…)

May 22, 2017

See supports efforts to encourage usage of English in schools

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Image result for see chee howBatu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has expressed appreciation and support for Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin for announcing the first reform step to encourage usage of English in all schools by displaying English language signboards and notices alongside the Bahasa Malaysia ones.

According to See, exposure to the language will certainly encourage its usage and learning in the schools.

“I hope that everybody in the society will contribute to make the study and learning of English language amongst our Sarawakian students a success. The parents, siblings, teachers and everyone have a role to play to give encouragements.

“All the businesses in Sarawak should and may contribute by, through their CSR (corporate social responsibility) programmes, donating English reading books to school libraries and subscribing English language newspapers to schools nearby, according to their capacities, regularly,” he said yesterday. (more…)

Rafizi: Here’s how PKR will make Anwar PM

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PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli speaks at PKR National Congress in Shah Alam May 21, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPKR’s Rafizi Ramli outlined today how his party planned to make Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the prime minister even though the PKR de facto leader is currently incarcerated.

The party vice president explained that if Pakatan Harapan takes over the government, the bloc would first make current parliamentary Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail interim prime minister, which has been agreed by the DAP and Parti Amanah Negara.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is PKR president and Anwar’s wife, would then help her spouse to be released from prison and a by-election would be held to make Anwar a Member of Parliament, and subsequently PM, Rafizi explained.

“People say PKR is delusional in claiming Anwar is PM when he is still sitting behind bars but it is possible. (more…)

May 21, 2017

The Borneo Post helps students in Sebuyau improve English proficiency

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Several schools in Sebuyau have benefitted from the Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme, using The Borneo Post as a learning tool to improve English proficiency among students.

According to Sebuyau assemblyman Datuk Julaihi Narawi, many students in the area have improved in their command of the English language since the NIE programme was introduced by him last year.

Under the programme, Julaihi subscribes The Borneo Post for all the 19 primary schools and a secondary school in Sebuyau constituency under his minor rural project (MRP) grant.

“I have found out and was also informed that the NIE programme has benefited the school children in the constituency, to improve their level of English proficiency…so such programme will continue this year,” Julaihi, who is Assistant Minister of Coastal Roads, said yesterday at a Teacher’s Day celebration for Sebangan Zone, at SK Haji Bujang, Sebangan here. (more…)

Towards English proficiency

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Sarawak will see its first reform in education with a shift in policy to promote greater usage of English in schools.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong announced yesterday bi-lingual signboards in Bahasa Malaysia and English, including English translation of the Rukun Negara, will be installed in all schools throughout Sarawak.

Manyin, who was appointed to the post two weeks ago, said the move was to familiarise students and even their parents with the English language, so that they would be more interested to learn and eventually master this global lingua franca.

As a start, he said the bi-lingual signboards would be installed in three schools in Serian Division namely SMK Taee, SMK Tebakang and SMK Tebedu next month before moving to other schools across the state. (more…)

Sarawak DCM: Putrajaya to study if cabotage policy lift will reduce prices

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Tan Sri Dr James Masing said the Transport Ministry will conduct a review six months after the cabotage exemption has taken effect, to determine whether it leads to cheaper goods in Sabah and Sarawak. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Transport Ministry will conduct a study on whether the removal of the cabotage policy from Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will lead to cheaper goods in Sarawak, the state’s deputy chief minister said today.

Tan Sri Dr James Masing said the review will be conducted six months after the cabotage exemption takes effect on June 1 this year.

“There are other claims to say that the exemption of the policy would not lead to lower prices of imported goods to Sarawak, then there has to be some other reasons why it is so,” he said, explaining the need to conduct a detailed study.

Winding the debate in the state legislative assembly, Masing, who is also the state minister of infrastructure development and transportation, suggested there could be other cost factors within the transportation chain that the government might have overlooked that would not lead to lower prices of imported goods in the state, even with the policy exemption in force. (more…)

Rep proposes students speak in English in school

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Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep proposes that students in all schools in Bau speak in English.

He said this was because the command of English among students in schools is worrying, so getting them to communicate in English in the school compound will help turn things around.

“We want to encourage the use of English, and in Bau, we want the District Education Office to put this into action. English is important as it allows graduates to get a job – the first question during a job interview is ‘Can you communicate in English?’,” Henry said at Bau District Chung Hua Cluster Teachers’ Day dinner on Friday.

Most correspondence including in government departments are in English, he observed.

Meanwhile, he mentioned Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin’s statement during winding-up at the Dewan Undangan sitting on Friday that the state government had proposed to the federal government to solve the problem of 960 dilapidated schools in the state. (more…)

New initiative of NCR land surveying in Sarawak a success

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The new initiative of the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land surveying has proven to be a success after 769,421ha of land have been perimeter-surveyed in 480 areas in the state.

According to Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resource Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, from the number, 402 areas of 619,761ha have been gazetted as Bumiputera Communal Reserve (Agriculture) under Section 6 of the State Land Code. He told the august House during his winding-up speech yesterday that the new  initiative of NCR surveying programme, which was implemented from October 2010 to April 2017, was done in two phases.

The first phase involved the process of identifying or differentiating between valid NCR land and government land.

The second phase involved the process of surveying gazetted lands via measuring individual lots so that title deeds can be published under Section 18 of the State Land Code. (more…)

Resign over ‘shabby’ dressing remark, PKR Wanita tells FT minister

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PKR Wanita chief Zuraida speaking during the PKR Youth and Wanita Congress at Dewan Sivik MBPJ, May 19, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPKR women demanded today the resignation of Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor whom they condemned for linking sexual harassment to the way women dressed.

In a staged demonstration at the end of the party wing’s congress here, more than 50 delegates held up placards directed at the Umno and Barisan Nasional coalition secretary-general who was recently reported to have advised women to dress shabbily to avoid being sexually harassed.

“This is what we call a shabby minister,” PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said in closing the meet.

Zuraida also challenged the Umno women’s wing to “stand up” to Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan.

“Don’t they feel embarrassed?” she asked.

Led by Zuraida, the PKR delegates then chanted “Reject Ku Nan” and “Ku Nan resign” while holding placards.

Chair of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah who was a guest at the congress also criticised Ku Nan during her speech earlier today, saying his remarks showed a lack of understanding as to what gender equality and respecting women means.


Source :  @ The Malay Mail Onlineby RAM ANAND


Checking citizenship status of electoral candidates not EC’s job, says chairman

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Election Commission chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.said the checking of the citizenship status of electoral candidates did not come under its jurisdiction. — File picture by by Choo Choy MayThe Election Commission said today checking the citizenship status of electoral candidates does not come under its jurisdiction and that the onus is on the political parties which selects the candidates to verify that.

“It is not our duty to look into the citizenship status. Our job is to conduct an election once the speaker of a legislative assembly notifies the EC of vacant seats,” said EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.

However, the EC would also abide by the decision of a court of law that decided on the status of a seat, he said to reporters at the launch of a voter registration exercise at Pasar Borneo here.

Mohd Hashim also hit out at certain quarters which alleged that the EC’s outreach programmes were politically motivated. (more…)

Students propose free education, employment opportunities during TN50 dialogue

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Image result for Free educationFree education and more employment opportunities are some of the aspirations proposed by students during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) Dialogue series with students of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) last night.

UiTM Law Faculty student Siti Nur Atikah Syed Ahmadi proposed a free education system that would open opportunity to all Malaysians to be educated and to prevent dropout.

“My aspiration is to have free education, especially in higher education by 2050, as implemented by other developed countries and for the government to provide suitable employment opportunities,” she said during a TN50 dialogue which was held with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri and attended by 1,200 UiTM students here.

Siti Nur Atikah’s aspiration was one of several that were proposed by the students, apart from increasing Internet speed as achieved in developed countries, high living standards, public transportation and public safety.

“All these aspirations are collected and will be refined … whichever that viable we will implement them according to TN50 aspirations,” said Nancy to reporters after the dialogue session.

She added that thus far, more than 30,000 aspirations were collected through a series of dialogues held across the country involving various target groups.


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Zuraida to leave post as PKR Wanita chief, deputy to take over

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Zuraida Kamaruddin announced her resignation during her policy speech at the PKR Wanita congress here today. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPKR Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin is stepping down from her post as PKR Wanita chief, and will be replaced by her deputy Haniza Talha.

Zuraida announced her resignation during her policy speech at the PKR Wanita congress here today.

“The time has come for me to hand over the duty of fighting for the rights of women to my deputy Haniza Talha,” she said at the end of her policy speech.

Haniza is a two-term state assemblyman for Taman Medan in Selangor.

Zuraida said she will hand over responsibilities to Haniza gradually and has opted not to defend her position in the next party polls.

However, she denied that her decision was related to the graft probe against her special officer and former Ampang PKR Youth Chief, Datuk Adam Rosly.

“No, nothing to do with that,” Zuraida said when asked if the investigation against Adam had influenced her decision.

She also said that she has not decided yet if she will contest a post at the PKR central leadership after this.


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May 19, 2017

See salutes Abang Johari for continuing Adenan’s legacy

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SImage result for see chee howee Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) has commended Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg for declaring his determination to continue the legacy of his predecessor.

See said it can be seen from Abang Johari’s new cabinet line-up which is according to what he envisages Sarawak to be in the future as well as to prepare and organise his administration for global socio-economic and political trends and opportunities.

“The elevation and mounting emphasis on education, oil and gas, energy development, digital economy, international trade and e-commerce development, native land development, urban public transportation and the setting up of the State Ombudsman are indicative of his directions to re-engineer the state’s governance and that deserves our due recognition and support.

“The message is clear: The march for Sarawak’s economic and civil political rights is on,” he said when debating the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday. (more…)

See hopes state leadership will uphold freedom of the press

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See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) is hopeful that former Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s legacy in upholding freedom of the press will also be the hallmark of the new administration under the helm of Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

See, when debating the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday, said he was particularly concerned with this aspect of civil rights of which Adenan had always, in his administration and practice, advocated and defended but this civil right is always precarious and chanced upon circumstances and the will and pleasure of another leader.

He recalled attending the Kenyalang Journalism Awards held in Kuching two years ago, where Adenan was the guest-of- honour.

Adenan, in his speech, encouraged the media to be daring in exposing truth and injustice in society in their reports, so that “members of society will ‘wake up’ rather than be mere bystanders, and inspire them be more proactive towards issues”. (more…)

Citizens-Initiated Referendum not confined to direct democracy — See Chee How

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Image result for see chee howIT is wrong to say that only countries practising direct democracy like Switzerland has Citizens-Initiated Referendum, says See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang).

He pointed out that countries like the US, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the Philippines are practising representative democracy like Malaysia, adding that in these countries they have Citizens-Initiated Referendum .

“The ‘Citizens-Initiated Referendum’ is being used by most countries practising a representative style of parliamentary democracy to complement representative democracy and strengthen it, lobbying and mobilising our citizens to participate in major decision-making,” he said when debating the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday.

See, who tabled the Citizens-Initiated Referendum Bill during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting last Friday, reminded the state administration that while Parliamentary democracy may not be perfect, it is the best there is. (more…)

Many projects not done despite promises, says Krian rep

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ALI Biju (PKR-Krian) has expressed concern that there are still many infrastructure and basic amenity projects in his area that have yet to be implemented despite being promised by ministers from the ruling government.

According to him, it is frustrating that the response from the ministries was either “still waiting for allocation or in the planning process”.

“Why approve the projects when the budget is insufficient? The local residents will surely feel cheated if the ‘approved projects’ are not implemented as soon as possible,” he said when debating on the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday.

To prove his point, Ali cited several road upgrading projects that had long been announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other ministers since April last year which had not been done. (more…)

Chong questions RM60 mln allocation for KRAs

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Chong Chieng Jen speaking during the DUN session.Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) raised his doubts about an approved allocation of RM60 million for 13 Key Result Areas (KRAs) projects as announced by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in his winding up speech today.

Chong also wondered why the Mulu National Park, which is a world heritage site, was not included in the KRAs, adding that the UNESCO-listed site was underutilised.

“I have paid attention to the 13 KRAs and I didn’t hear any promotions for Mulu Caves. And I think RM60 million is highly insufficient,” he said when seeking a point of clarification from Karim, who was then reading out his winding up speech.

In a response, Karim said Mulu National Park “is definitely a world tourist destination, something which we should be proud of.” (more…)

‘Federal govt yet to address issue of dual citizenship’

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The federal government has yet to properly address the dual citizenship issue as it is against the law of the country.

PKR women national vice- president Voon Shiak Ni said while dual-citizenship is against Article 24 (1) of the Federal Constitution, it is not uncommon to find an individual with dual citizenship in the country.

She recalled that state PKR vice-chairman See Chee How had raised the issue of dual citizenship in 2011 when the party made a shocking finding that the daughter of a prominent figure in the state holds dual citizenship.

“She possesses a Canadian citizenship and yet still holds the status of a Malaysian and to make the matter worse is that she is also still a registered voter in Sarawak,” Voon said yesterday.

At that time, she said PKR had asked the Home Ministry to investigate the case. (more…)

Sarawak minister denies having Australian PR

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Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian denied claims that he was a permanent resident of Australia. — Picture by Sulok TawieLocal Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian denied today claims that he was a permanent resident of Australia.

“I reiterate I have never acquired citizenship in Australia nor sworn allegiance to any country other than Malaysia,” he said when winding the debate in the state legislative assembly.

Dr Sim, who is also Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president, said he was never a permanent resident of Australia when he contested the state elections in 2011 and 2016 and the general elections in 2013.

He said he had to clear his name against the insinuations by Opposition lawmakers during the debate on a motion to disqualify DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon as the Pujut lawmaker for acquiring an Australian citizenship. (more…)

Maria Chin fails to challenge Immigration DG’s travel ban

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Maria Chin Abdullah failed in her bid to challenge the Immigration director-general’s decision to bar her from travelling abroad after her judicial review application was dismissed. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe High Court today dismissed the judicial review application by Bersih Electoral Reform Movement and Bersih 2.0 chairman, Maria Chin Abdullah to challenge the Immigration director-general’s (DG) decision of barring her from travelling abroad.

Justice Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad in her judgment said that Maria’s application had become academic in nature, and that the decisions by the Immigration director-general and home minister in imposing the travel ban were not reviewable.

The judge also said that during the judicial review application being heard in court, the travel ban on Maria was lifted on May 17, 2016, two days after she was denied entry.

“This renders the application academic,” she said. (more…)

Amendment to Employment Act 1955 will be tabled in Parliament in January

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The amendment to the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) is aimed at making it compulsory for employers to provide accommodation facilities for foreign workers. — Malay Mail picThe amendment to the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265), which among others, is aimed at making it compulsory for employers to provide accommodation facilities for foreign workers, is expected to be tabled in Parliament next January.

Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem said a detailed working paper on the issue of foreign workers’ accommodation had already been made by the ministry and presented to a committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“It has been agreed to and approved by the committee. Although, it has been approved, it can only be enforced after being approved by Parliament. We hope that the act, which we are working on, will be tabled and approved in January 2018. (more…)

Attack on Hannah Yeoh puts education in spotlight, Kit Siang claims

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Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh was accused by a Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer of proselytizing her Christian faith through her autobiography. — File picture by Saw Siow FengDAP’s Lim Kit Siang today questioned if the Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer accused of trying to incite religious strife by making false allegations against Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh is fit to teach in a multiracial public university.

The Gelang Patah MP said public universities are meant to foster racial unity and they should not tolerate someone like Kamarul Zaman Yusof, whom Lim said was attempting to preach hate by falsely accusing Yeoh of spreading a Christian agenda.

“Kamarul Zaman Yusof’s false and malicious police report against..Hannah Yeoh, accusing her of proselytization of Muslims with the publication of her autobiography “Being Hannah”, raises the question whether he is fit and proper to be a lecturer of plural Malaysia’s public universities,” LIm said in a statement.

He added that Kamarul’s actions also reflected the government’s failure in nation-building process, and that it must be corrected immediately. (more…)

NGOs demand apology from filmmaker David Teo

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A scuffle ensues in front of prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre, left) during a Transformasi Nasional session with the country’s entertainers at the Seri Perdana complex, Putrajaya on May 17, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaSeveral Malay groups demanded today that Datuk David Teo apologise, via “live” channels, for his allegedly rude behaviour to the prime minister at a forum even though the film producer was assaulted there.

Calling themselves Gerakan Memartabatkan Pejuang Negara (GMPN), the group members also urged the Communications and Multimedia Ministry to “take action” against the Metrowealth Pictures (MIG) CEO if he refused to heed their demands.

When asked what action they were seeking, GMPN head Major (right) Razali Zakaria said he would leave the matter to the discretion of the authorities concerned.

“The incident happened live, so he must also apologise live. His previous apology on the spot does not cut it. It was mere lip service,” Razali told reporters in a press conference outside Teo’s office here. (more…)

May 17, 2017

Ministry takes note of See’s suggestion on DID playing direct role

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THE suggestion by See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) for the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) to play a more direct role in the planning permission stage in the State Planning Authority (SPA) will be given due consideration.

Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil said his ministry would take note of See’s suggestion and would bring it up to the relevant authorities for their consideration. Penguang said this during the question-and-answer session at the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday.

See, when presenting his supplementary questions, said the DID should be directly involved and play a bigger role in the planning permission stage in SPA considering that they have the technical expertise.

“Based on the guideline, at the technical planning permission stage, DID’s advice and comments have to be conveyed to the SPA through the Land and Survey Department,” he added. (more…)

Cyber gambling still abound in Lawas — Baru

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Image result for baru bian sarawak dewan undangan negeriCyber gambling centres are still operating in Lawas despite the occasional reported raids on such places.

In stating this when debating on the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday, Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan) said there appears to be an enforcement issue here.

“Can the minister concerned please inform this Dewan (State Legislative Assembly) of the number of arrests made, cases prosecuted and convicted in Lawas during the past year? What measures are being taken to continuously monitor the town for such activities and to shut these places down?”

On telecommunication infrastructure, Baru said whilst the people of Ba Kelalan are thankful to the telecommunication companies for constructing the telecommunications tower in Long Semadoh, the network has been down for the last two months, resulting in a loss of communication for the people. (more…)

Supplementary Supply (2016) Bill passed

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The State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday passed the Supplementary Supply (2016) Bill, 2017 for the first supplementary estimates of ordinary expenditure, 2016 comprising an additional sum of RM189,312,700.

Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh tabled the Bill which was seconded by Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin.

“This additional expenditure is to meet the cost of various services incurred by various ministries and departments for which funds were not provided for or insufficiently provided for in the 2016 estimates,” said Wong when tabling the Bill yesterday.

He also noted that for the first supplementary estimates of development expenditure, 2016, there were 25 sub activities and 58 sub-sub activities for which additional provisions were required. (more…)

Sarawak says can’t cut off logging completely, will kill over 100,000 jobs

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File picture shows trucks carrying away timber in the upper Baram region of Sarawak on July 20, 2010. — AFP picWith RM5.9 billion in foreign exchange earnings at stake, the Sarawak government cannot afford to completely and suddenly stop logging activities in the state.

Assistant Minister of Uban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh reaffirmed today the state government’s commitment to having a sustainable forest, but said taking drastic measures would disrupt the state’s socio-economic activities.

“The state government has to take a holistic approach and does not want to take drastic steps that would disrupt the socio-economic activities of the people,” he said in the state legislative assembly here.

He said the timber industry contributed to about RM5.9 billion in foreign exchange earnings through the exports of timber and timber products last year while the state government collected about RM550 million from royalty, cess and premium. (more…)

A Sarawak education system blueprint for the 21st century

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Image result for our schooling system and educational culture are still of the industrial ageIT is timely that education in Sarawak is now under a dedicated ministry. As Sarawak heads towards a digital economy, rapid technological advancements will outpace our organisations and human development.

Despite recent tweaks, our schooling system and educational culture are still of the industrial age, meant for producing mass literacy and assembly line workers, not the knowledge workers of a developed state. Our state education system requires nothing short of a revolution for it to power Sarawak’s coming economic transformation.

In the 19th century factory model of education, schools consist of long rows of classrooms occupied by students sorted by age. Every 30 minutes a bell rings and students are taught a subject unrelated to the previous one. Every student receives the same facts at the same time to remember for the same exam. The system is controlled by a central command that issue policies to make it run efficiently. The goal is to produce large numbers of similar workers for farms or factories, with only a small number needed for higher positions. (more…)

Sarawak Speaker informs EC of Pujut vacancy

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Sarawak State Assembly Datuk Asfia Awang Nasar says he has informed the Election Commission of a vacancy in Pujut after the sacking of Dr Ting Tiong Choon as the state assemblyman, May 16, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Speaker Datuk Asfia Awang Nasar has officially notified the Election Commission (EC) that the Pujut seat is vacant following the disqualification of DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon.

The EC must now take the necessary steps pursuant to Article 21(5) of the Sarawak Constitution, he said.

“I have informed the EC chairman by way of a letter dated today, May 16, 2017, with regards to the disqualification of Dr Ting Tiong Choon as a member for Pujut whereby the seat is now vacant,” he told reporters today,” Asfia said.

Dr Ting was removed as the Pujut assemblyman on May 12 after 70 Barisan Nasional representatives voted in support of a motion to disqualify him, while 10 Opposition lawmakers rejected it. (more…)

Dual citizenship holders will lose Malaysian citizenship, says Zahid

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Zahid cited the Malaysian Constitution which states that a Malaysian will lose his or her citizenship if he or she were to apply to become a citizen of another country.A Malaysian will automatically lose his Malaysian citizenship if he is found to have dual citizenship, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said this was stated in the Malaysian Constitution whereby a Malaysian would lose his or her citizenship if he or she were to apply to become a citizen of another country.

“We have to look at the laws of our country, especially the highest legislation which is the Federal Constitution that only recognises one citizenship for Malaysians.

“If any Malaysian has dual citizenship, he or she will automatically lose the Malaysian citizenship, what more if he or she had applied to be a citizen of another country,” he said when asked to comment on the Sarawak Legislative Assembly disqualifying Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon of DAP for allegedly having Australian citizenship as well. (more…)

Baru: Step up efforts to identify, arrest drug bosses

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Image result for Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan)THE authorities must step up efforts to identify and arrest drug bosses and their major dealers in the war against drugs.

In making this call, Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan) said the revelation by the National Anti Drugs Agency three weeks ago that 23 out of 99 students at four schools in Lawas tested positive for drugs in a random urine test might have come as a shock to many, but was not a surprise to the people of Lawas and the surrounding villages.

“It certainly is not a surprise for me, as I have been talking about this problem in almost every DUN session since 2011,” Baru, who is also state PKR chairman, said  yesterday.

In stating that the drug problem is now widespread in schools and villages in Lawas, Baru is thankful that the authorities have finally acknowledged the seriousness of the drug abuse problem in Lawas. (more…)

MCMC steps up defence against WannaCry cyberattack

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Salleh said MCMC had not received any official report on the cyber attack in the country. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has stepped up the national cyber defence and security system to check the Ransomware WannaCry cyber attacks that hit the world last Friday, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said MCMC had not received any official report on the cyber attack in the country although there had been some media reports on these.

“Right now, we have yet to receive any report of the threat but we have been informed through the media that there have been 10 reports of such attacks in the country,” he said to reporters after attending ‘An Evening with Artistes’ organised by the Inland Revenue Board in cooperation with the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas).

The National Security Council had detected the Ransomware Wannacry cyber attack threat around the world. The virus prevents access to data in the computer that it attacks. (more…)

PKR instructs reps to resign from all Kelantan council posts

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Dr Wan Azizah said the message has already been conveyed to the president of the Kelantan State Leadership Council. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPKR has ordered all of its representatives in Kelantan to resign from their positions in the state’s local councils.

This comes amid calls for Selangor PAS state executive councillors to resign from their posts after the Islamist party formally cut ties with PKR last week.

PKR president and Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the message has already been conveyed to the president of the Kelantan State Leadership Council.

“PKR has made a decision that all political appointments in Kelantan to resign from their respective posts effective immediately,” she told reporters outside the PKR headquarters tonight. (more…)

May 13, 2017

Motion on citizens-initiated referendum voted down

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The motion on citizens-initiated referendum which is a direct democracy based on a Swiss model tabled by See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang), was put to vote but only nine members agreed and 58 disagreed to grant leave for his motion to be debated.

It was one of six private members’ motions tabled on the second day of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday.

The other five motions, four from DAP and one from PKR, were dismissed by Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar.

They were brought up by David Wong Kee Woan (DAP-Pelawan), Chiew Chiu Sing (DAP-Tanjong Batu), Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) and Wong King Wei (DAP-Padawan). (more…)

EC waiting to hear from Sarawak Speaker on status of Pujut assemblyman

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The Sarawak state assembly today disqualified Dr Ting as assemblyman for Pujut at the state assembly sitting. — File picThe Election Commission (EC) is waiting for official notification from Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar on the status of Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon who was disqualified today.

EC Chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said for the moment the commission only knew about the disqualification of the DAP elected representative, who allegedly had dual citizenship, from the mass media.

Mohd Hashim said the EC would only take further action on the matter after receiving official notification, he said in a statement today.

The Sarawak state assembly today disqualified Dr Ting as assemblyman for Pujut at the state assembly sitting after Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh tabled a resolution to disqualify him.


Source : @ Bernama Online


Wong: Motion against Dr Ting unpleasant but unavoidable

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Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh says he was duty bound to move the motion to disqualify Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday.

Wong said that Dr Ting’s dual citizenship and the declaration of his bankruptcy in Australia must be brought up in the DUN as it is a breach of the constitution for him to be elected a state assemblyman.

Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil who seconded the motion concurred with Wong on the ground to disqualify Dr Ting.

“We felt duty bound to bring the a matter up in the august House.  It was an unpleasant duty which we have to do. (more…)

DUN revokes Dr Ting’s membership

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Dr Ting Tiong ChoonTHE State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday resolved to unseat Dr Ting Tiong Choon (DAP-Pujut) following an overwhelming 70 votes from Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen in favour of a ministerial motion tabled by Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh who sought to disqualify Dr Ting as an elected representative.

Only 10 DUN members, from DAP and PKR, voted against the motion.

Wong who is the Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce moved the motion under Standing Order 23(1)(a). The motion was read together with Standing Order 32(2), Standing Order 40(10) and Article 17(1)(g) of the State Constitution.

“Article 17(1)(g) of the State of Sarawak Constitution states that a person is disqualified from being elected as a member of Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) if he has voluntarily acquired citizenship of or exercised rights of citizenship in or has made declaration of allegiance to any country outside the Federation of Malaysia. (more…)

DAP can file injunction to stop Dr Ting’s disqualification

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The by-election in Pujut following the disqualification of Dr Ting Tiong Choon (DAP) as the elected representative in the constituency can still be stopped through a court injunction.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pointed out that State Legislative Council (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar said that DAP can file an injunction to stop the by-election.

“As it is now, a decision (to disqualify Dr Ting) as an elected representative has been made and it is up to Election Commission to decide on the date of the by election if there is a letter from the Speaker (DUN) Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar to say that the seat is already vacant by virtue of it being voted in DUN. (more…)

DAP rep sacked from Sarawak assembly after Aussie citizenship claim

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Dr Ting Tiong Choon (right) with Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen and Sarawak DAP deputy chairman Chiew Chiu Sing (left) in Kuching May 12, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieDAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon is now no longer the state assemblyman for Pujut, after a motion to strip his membership was tabled in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly today by state minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

In the motion, the state international trade and e-commerce minister said Dr Ting is no longer qualified, claiming he had acquired an Australian citizenship, registered as a voter there, and pledged allegiance to a country outside the federation of Malaysia.

“Therefore, under Article 17(1)(g) of the State Constitution, he is not a fit and proper person to be a member of the august House,” Soon said.

The House voted 70 in favour and 10 against the motion. (more…)

Uproar in Sarawak assembly as DAP rep disqualified

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Wong-Soon-Ko_ting-tiong_600The disqualification of DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman saw a fiery exchange between representatives from Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition at the Sarawak State Assembly this morning.

State minister Wong Soon Koh (Sarawak United People’s Party-Bawang Assam) traded barbs with opposition legislators during his speech in tabling a motion to dismiss Ting for allegedly holding dual Australian-Malaysian citizenship.

“Now I ask the member of Pujut: did you acquire Australian citizenship? No, you answer me! You answer that! You answer it! Yes or no?” Wong said.

Ting replied: “Would you ask any other members of this house whether they are citizens of other countries?” (more…)

Unprecedented dismissal of lawmaker: Sarawak DAP to mount legal challenge

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Chong-Chieng-Jen-Dr-Ting-Tiong-ChoonDAP is considering legal options after an unprecedented resolution was passed in the Sarawak state assembly today to disqualify its Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon for acquiring Australian citizenship, which he later renounced.

“We will look into the legality of it (but) to challenge the decision made in the assembly is a hurdle,” state DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen told a press conference. He was flanked by leaders from DAP and Pakatan Harapan ally, PKR.

“There is a provision in the law that says proceedings of the assembly cannot be challenged. That’s what you call immunity. Whether you can get the court to decide on the constitutionality of the (disqualification) is another hurdle – you may not even get there,” he said.

Dr Ting was dismissed as an elected representative under Article 17(1)(g) of the state constitution for voluntarily acquiring citizenship outside Malaysia. (more…)

Pujut constituency vacant after Dr Ting’s disqualification

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TImage result for Dr Ting Tiong ChoonHE Pujut state constituency is vacant after DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon was voted out of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday.

The DUN secretariat will issue a notice on the disqualification of Dr Ting to the Election Commission (EC), which will then proceed with a by-election.

According to the election laws of Malaysia, the by-election for any seat that falls vacant has to be called within 60 days.

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said in a press statement yesterday the commission is still waiting for a formal notice from DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar on the disqualification of Dr Ting. (more…)

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