State PKR chairman Baru Bian maintains that the amendment of the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction Act 1965) (Act 355) is introduction of Hudud law in essence no matter how it is called.
He said Sarawakian politicians should not just accept that the amendment of Act 355 was not Hudud just because Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said it was not.
“Whatever names you call it, it is Hudud in all forms and in essence. They are now trying to say that it is not Hudud to get the support from the component parties,” Baru told The Borneo Post yesterday.
The Ba Kelalan state assemblyman said state PKR’s stance remained the same and there was no wavering. (more…)
THE Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (MIDT) is proposing construction of Sarawak Expressway or the Second Trunk Road which runs from Sibu to Kuching, between current coastal road and the Pan Borneo Highway.
According to its minister, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing who brought up the proposal at the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday, the road which is expected to cost RM5 billion would reduce travelling distance from Sibu to Kuching by 200km.
“It means you and I can save our travelling from Kuching to Sibu or vice-versa by at least two to two-and-a-half hours,” said Masing when delivering his winding-up speech. (more…)
Sarawak Energy Bhd remains committed to supporting the education of the Penans in Belaga and those affected by the Murum HEP by contributing to the Bakun Charitable Trust for the second year.
Its chief executive officer (CEO) Sharbini Suhaili presented a cheque for RM200,000 to the chairman of Bakun Charitable Trust who is also Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing at his office in the State Legislative Assembly building here yesterday.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between SEB and Bakun Charitable Trust last year to provide further education support for the Penans in Belaga District, especially those directly affected by the newly-completed Murum HEP.
The MoU defines how a special education fund worth RM200,000 annually, parked under the Bakun Charitable Trust, will be utilised to support the education needs of the Penans. (more…)
The future of 531 families staying in the oldest low-cost housing flats here is not assured despite the state vesting the land in the care of the Kuching South Municipal Council (MBKS).
Padungan DAP assemblyman Wong King Wei said families staying on the 14-acre land in the city’s Golden Triangle still risked being evicted in the future as ownership of the land remained in a technical limbo.
He said the current state government’s guarantee for the residents to stay on may not preclude future city development.
“This is the worrying part. This land is a legacy left behind by the British government for the poor here. (more…)
A Bar Council member told Putrajaya today that abusing security legislation will cause other countries to doubt Malaysia’s reliability in the global fight against terrorism.
Bar Council human rights committee co-chair Andrew Khoo pointed out that in cases like the detention of activist Maria Chin Abdullah under an anti-terrorism law, the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), the Bersih 2.0 chief’s activities would not constitute terrorism or a national security threat in other nations, but an ordinary expression of one’s fundamental liberties.
“I think it’s very, very dangerous to misuse national security and counter terrorism legislation.
“It raises deep and serious questions about our sincerity as a genuine partner in the global war against terrorism,” Khoo told a forum organised by the Bar Council titled “Sosma: The new ISA?”. (more…)
Finally, one perceptive and intrepid Muslim legislator has pointed out the obvious: that the back and forth over PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or Act 355 is simply a political ploy by PAS and BN so that they can claim to be the real champions of Islam.
In the latest development, Hadi, on the last day of the current Parliament sitting, has again tabled and deferred his motion, citing the need to allow time for it to be studied. This was similarly done on the last day of the May Parliament sitting.
According to Salor state assembly person Husam Musa the action indicates that Hadi’s motion will only be debated after the 14th general election. It also explains why the Government had initially prioritised the motion when it was first tabled but now has allowed it to be deferred to what Husam sees is an “equilibrium point” that is beneficial to PAS, Umno and BN component parties.
Husam’s analysis makes sense. (more…)
Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) wants to cross-examine the home ministry on its affidavits on the church’s lawsuit regarding the seizure of its religious books.
SIB lawyer Bobby Chew said they will be filing an application on the cross-examination.
“We have not finalised the contents we want them to explain in court,” he said. “We will inform the court on Dec 14 on the matter.”
The SIB lawsuit will be heard on Feb 20 next year.
SIB’s lawsuit initially began as a judicial review but has since been converted to an originating summons.
The change followed the Court of Appeal commenting on the judicial review being in doubt as the government had returned its religious books in January 2008.
The judicial review was filed by SIB to challenge the government’s seizure of its religious books.
Source : Ho Kit Yen@FMT Reporters Online
There will be no more talk of Sabah and Sarawak’s secession from Malaysia. It is not going to happen, Prime Minister Najib Razak said today.
“If it is something we did, which clearly violated the agreement and took away the rights of the people of Sarawak and Sabah, then we will make amends.
“Any amendment to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 must not go against the Federal Constitution,” he told The Sun Daily today.
Najib also told non-Muslims not to concern themselves with Hadi’s Bill, which seeks to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to enhance the powers of the shariah courts. (more…)
Najib Razak has blown the “war horn” for the party to get ready for the 14th General Elections.
Party leaders who attended the closed-door presidential briefing of this year’s Umno annual general assembly said Najib had instructed the party machinery to begin the groundwork immediately.
“He told us to be prepared. He wanted us to make early preparations for the general election.
“We don’t know when but the war horn had been blown for Umno to be ready for the polls,” Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters after attending the briefing at Putra World Trade Centre here. (more…)
Singaporeans have been sharing their exam results and current careers, in an effort to fight stigma over “mediocre” scores.
BBC News reported that the results of the high-stakes primary school leaving exam, which students sit aged 12, came out last week.
The test determines a child’s path in the competitive school system and has become a source of stress for many.
But a call for people to share stories to show how exams don’t need to decide your future has sparked an outpouring. (more…)
The High Court here ruled today against hearing a habeas corpus application from Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah against her 10-day detention without trial following her release a day earlier.
High Court judicial commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan said he had yesterday received a letter from the Home Ministry’s legal adviser, which stated that Maria has been released and that the government will not be filing affidavit or court documents to respond to the case.
“The court is also not in position to decide on merits of application as the full facts are not before the court, as no affidavit in reply was filed by the respondent.
“Therefore the application for the habeas corpus writ that was filed by the applicant in this case has been dismissed,” Nordin said in a packed courtroom this afternoon, adding that he will decide on the legal costs later. (more…)
The police have called the production crew of Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera for questioning over its exclusive documentary last week exposing an alleged baby-selling syndicate in Malaysia.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim told a news conference in Putrajaya today that the sale of babies in the country as not as simple as depicted in the documentary and added that authorities needed to verify the allegations in order to take action.
“We do not deny that such cases have occurred before, but it is not rampant. It occurred three years ago; the culprits have been arrested and the babies have also been rescued.
“We need more information, such as on whether the babies were adopted or used for other purposes like sexual crimes, trade or sale of organs,” she was quoted saying in Putrajaya by The News Straits Times on its website. (more…)
Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor succeeded in their appeals today to strike out a defence of fair comment by PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli and an online news portal owner in their defamation lawsuit over oil subsidy.
A three-man bench chaired by Justice Datuk Rohana Yusof unanimously allowed the appeals by Najib and Rosmah after the court agreed with the issues raised by their counsel during submissions yesterday.
The court set today to deliver its decision after hearing submissions yesterday.
The other two judges on the panel were Tan Sri Idrus Harun and Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan. (more…)
The Kelantan’s PAS government will soon have blood on their hands, more than the dried blood they already have for still having hundreds of flood victims still staying in tents and makeshift huts after the great flood two years back.
The government of mullahs, who spew nothing but wrath of God on their people, has unleashed the police and Forestry Department officers on the Orang Asli who are merely defending their land from loggers. With this action, the government has lost every bit of humanity that they profess to have.
Nine Orang Asli have been arrested at press time.
This morning, The Star reported that the police and Forestry Department officers have moved into the blockade area set up by the orang asli protesting against logging activities in Gua Musang. (more…)
Rights group Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) said the police is trying to tarnish its work for women and marginalised communities with its raid yesterday.
The group added there was nothing secretive about its work and it has always been transparent about its activities.
“Our efforts toward securing equality and democracy for all, especially for women and marginalised communities, is out there for the world to see.
“EMPOWER condemns in the strongest terms the attempts to tarnish our work,” president Janarthani Arumugam said in a statement here. (more…)
Putrajaya is missing out on opportunities to widen its tax base further, according to an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report that found tax-to-GDP, or gross domestic product, ratio to be far below that of its member countries.
In the OECD’s “Revenue Statistics in Asian Countries 2016” report, it said that Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia all recorded less than the OECD average of tax income that was 34.2 per cent of GDP in 2014.
Despite what the report’s title suggests, the data terminates at 2014.
Malaysia’s total tax revenue for the year in which it introduced the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was 15.9 per cent of the size of its entire economy. (more…)
Putrajaya must clearly define the limits of the anti-terror law, Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), and Section 124(c) of the Penal Code, which relates to activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, said Maria Chin Abdullah.
The Bersih 2.0 chairman pointed out that she is seeking those explanations not because she was detained under Sosma, but simply because Putrajaya owes this to the people.
Speaking to reporters after the hearing of her habeas corpus application in the KL High Court today, Maria questioned if Sosma will now be used on NGOs and other individuals.
“They really owe the public an explanation on Sosma. It is not just about my case; we see that it is affecting Empower. (more…)
Beginning June 2018, all new models of passenger cars marketed in the country must be equipped with the electronic stability control (ESC) mechanism, says Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.
Describing ESC as the most cost-effective life-saving device at present, he said studies from all over the world also showed that ESC could prevent at least 40% of deaths in loss-of-control crashes.
“As we know, Malaysia is a tropical country, rains all the time, roads are quite slippery, while police investigations show more than 45% of fatal incidents are caused by instability or inability to control the car.
“So, we need a stable car. This new gadget, ESC, can further reduce risk of collision by allowing significantly better manoeuvring control during critical situations,” he told a press conference after launching “Stop the Crash” at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) here today. (more…)
The police said today they have not ruled out the possibility of re-arresting activist Maria Chin Abdullah under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 over the Bersih 5 rally.
News reports quoted Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar as saying that the PAA investigation against the head of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0, which organised the street demonstration on November 19, was separate from the ongoing investigation under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
“We will detain her if necessary,” Khalid was quoted saying by New Straits Times Online.
He added that the police have gathered enough information on Maria after she was released yesterday, 10 days since she was detained under Sosma on November 18. (more…)
The Malaysian Bar has expressed concern over police conducting raids on the premises of Bersih and Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti (Empower) without the presence of lawyers.
Its president, Steven Thiru, said Bersih and Empower office bearers and staff were entitled to the assistance of lawyers as police were only conducting investigations and not making arrests.
“We feel their constitutional rights have been breached by denying the presence of counsel when police were in their premises,” he said at a forum titled “Security Offences (Special Measures Act) 2012 (Sosma): The new ISA?”
Steven said by denying the presence of lawyers, police were suggesting that counsel was an obstruction to justice. (more…)
The Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung’s (GPMS) call to urge our Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak to not give recognition to the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) indicates a self-proclaimed conservative mindset. Instead, recognition of the UEC will reflect the spirit of treating the languages of all ethnic groups’ evenly.
In fact GPMS should adopt an open attitude or else it will be eliminated by the education community, not to mention that the Teachers’ Training Colleges have accepted applications by UEC holders from Chinese Independent High School, and now only local public universities have yet to recognise the UEC. So far, UEC recognition has not encountered any problems in getting recognition by private universities or Teachers’ Training Colleges nationwide.
Many countries also recognise UEC holders and even offer them scholarships. In addition, the UEC curriculum fulfils international standards and is recognised by many foreign renowned universities. Therefore GPSM’s rhetoric is unfounded without valid ground. (more…)
Borneo rights activists in Sabah and Sarawak want former Sabah chief minister Harris Salleh to seek a Declaration in the Federal Court on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“Harris is not the court. Only the court can declare on MA63,” Daniel John Jambun said, speaking on behalf of rights activists in Borneo.
He added that the law is not just about the letter but the spirit too.
“That’s Rule of Law, that’s democracy. Rule by Law is not law at all but dictatorship.”
Peter John Jaban, who echoed Jambun, cautioned Harris against continuing to issue “errorneous” statements in the media on MA63. (more…)
Malaysia Airline’s newly-launched Penang-Kuching direct flight will basically tap into the business and leisure markets in the two states and beyond.
“We see potential in the route due to high traffic for business-related travels within the region,” said Alias Suut, Malaysia Airlines Berhad’s (MAB) assistant manager sales (Brunei and Sarawak).
The primary target on the route, he added in a statement in Borneo Post, were premium customers i.e. corporate flights.
“However, we are not discounting the tourism and leisure segment.”
He was commenting on a MAB business-to-business (B2B) session in Penang over the weekend. (more…)
Najib Razak said claims that Malaysia will be bankrupt and become a failed state were only political attacks which were not supported by facts and verified.
In fending off these claims, Najib who is also Finance Minister, said the claims made by a small group of people were politically motivated.
He said the people had to be smarter by analysing the facts and statements made by parties without vested interests such as the ratings agencies, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.
“This is what we must explain to the people, that they cannot believe what is not supported by statements and facts, and more importantly, the statements and facts must come from people without vested interests. (more…)
Freed from solitary confinement at last, Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah turned up at Dataran Merdeka here tonight to thank Malaysians for their unwavering support.
The 60-year old insisted that her detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) was unlawful and credited her supporters for their nightly protest as the reason for her release after 10 days.
“I was released because of all of you and your support. Thank you, thank you all. My detention is illegal and a violation of my rights.
“It is meant to frighten and cow us down so that we don’t have the rally but the people have become brave,” she told the crowd of people there whose spirit did not appear to have been dampened by the rain. (more…)
DAP’s M Kulasegaran is standing up to PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, who has threatened to derail the bill to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976.
Takiyuddin was reported to have said this was in retaliation for non-Muslim interference in PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355)
“I am astounded Takiyuddin still does not understand that Parliament is not the place for his archaic barter system.
“Every MP elected should represent and serve all constituents, regardless of race, religion, gender, etc. (more…)
Did Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi say PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Court has nothing to do with hudud law?
All major news media reported him as saying so in his news conference after meeting Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem in Kuching on Thursday.
If it’s nothing to do with hudud, then why did Adenan, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, component leaders of the ruling coalition and non-Muslim leaders in the opposition reacted as they did to the Bill?
Adenan, in his capacity as the state Barisan Nasional chief, had earlier in the week instructed all state BN MPs, including Muslim lawmakers, to oppose the Bill if it is read for the second time in Parliament. (more…)
While no longer held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), Maria Chin Abdullah disclosed today that she is still not free from police investigations.
The Bersih 2.0 chairman confirmed her release from the controversial security law after being detained 10 days without trial, but told news portal Malaysiakini she wasn’t sure what to expect next.
“They took a statement [from me] and said they will release me. They also said a different set of investigations will carry on,” she was quoted saying.
Maria said she was questioned again today before her release regarding Bersih 2.0’s funding and claimed the police were dissatisfied with her response. (more…)
The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) supports the proposal by the Education Ministry to abolish Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).
Its president, Kamarozaman Abd Razak said the decision was made at the union’s council meeting today.
“NUTP supports the proposal by the ministry on the condition that they refer the matter to us first.
“The ministry has to involve us in the discussion, including when conducting the study on the matter,” he told a media conference after the meeting here.
He said the union’s decision was made to reduce pressure on teachers, as well as to change the perception of some members of the public who regarded “A” as a benchmark to gauge the quality of a student. (more…)
The Court of Appeal today allowed Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua to reinstate two paragraphs and exhibits in his affidavit to strike out Prime Minister Najib Razak’s defamation suit over 1MDB.
“There is merit in the appellant’s (Pua) case. We allow the appeal,” said Justice Rohana Yusof, who led a three-man bench.
Pua’s lawyer Aliff Benjamin Suhaimi told reporters the reinstatement of the paragraphs would set the stage for the High Court to hear his client’s bid to strike out Najib’s suit.
Pua has taken the position that Najib cannot sue him in his capacity as a public officer. (more…)
At the Parliament lobby on Nov 15, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai announced that the Cabinet has fixed fines at RM150 under the Automated Enforcement System (AES).
The rate is also applicable for old summonses. AES was first introduced in 2012 and some 1.6 million summonses remain unpaid.
He warned those who failed to pay will be blacklisted by the Road Transport Department (RTD) and barred from renewing their driving licence and road tax.
Lawyers were quick to point out that such punitive action was not provided under the law, only to say that motorists must be produced in court for the legal process to take its course. (more…)
Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah expects to be arrested again by the authorities under a different act, but maintained it would not shake her spirit.
“I hope we will continue our struggle. But they (police) will investigate me again and it will be the same issue as when I was detained under Sosma.
“They will continue this investigation. I don’t know what will happen to me next. But whatever happens to me, I hope we will continue our work in our struggle and to abolish Sosma.”
Maria will attend a habeas corpus hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in Jalan Duta. (more…)
Archbishop Emeritus Anthony Soter Fernandez, 84, was officially installed as the first Cardinal of Malaysia last Saturday (November 19).
The installation was made by Pope Francis during an event called, “Consistory” at St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican and marked a historical milestone for Malaysia and its one million Catholic community.
Malaysia’s first ambassador to The Holy See, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, in a statement, said the installation was an elevation of one of Malaysia’s own to the College of Cardinals which marked the ‘coming of age’ of Catholicism in the country.
“Coming hot on the heels of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Holy See and Malaysia as well as the setting up of the country’s embassy at Vatican City. (more…)
Economic conditions play a large part in attracting voters to right-wing political narratives, according to political analyst Faisal S Hazis of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Speaking to FMT, he noted that the swing to the right was happening not only in Malaysia but also many other parts of the world, including advanced countries like the United States and countries at the other end of the economic spectrum, such as Myanmar.
“This phenomenon has a lot to do with economics, with the fact that there’s been one recession after another and with the expansion of the gap between rich and poor,” he said.
Speaking of Malaysia, he said the swing became clear after the 2013 general election. (more…)
Prime Minister Najib Razak says it is too early to conclude on the effects of the policies of United States President-elect Donald J. Trump on the global economy, including Malaysia.
He said Trump might have realised that some of his statements or plans mentioned during the election campaign could not be realised because implementation would cause negative reaction from others.
“Trump is thinking about what he will do when he officially gets into office in January 2017,” he said in the question-and-answer programme in conjunction with the Umno General Assembly 2016 here today.
Najib said despite the uncertain economy, the global community should not jump to conclusions on what would happen but wait until Trump starts his term as the president.
He said such political developments were a normal democratic process which happens in many countries, not only in the United States, but also in Europe.
Source : FMT Reporters Online
What does it say when a group riots and attacks an elected Member of Parliament in the compound of the august house, gets a remand to be kept for four days and the police frees them all only after one night?
What does it say when police say that they are investigating the group of people, one who is a son of an MP, for rioting, but allow them to walk free without being charged?
What does it say when the august house is defamed and authorities are saying they will do something about – Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan said that he will – and yet they do not seem to be doing anything?
What does it say when the minister in charge of the security of Parliament says that he will check who sponsored the group into the Parliament compound and yet, days after, there is no mention of who the sponsor is? (more…)
Police this afternoon raided the office of the women’s rights group, Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti (Empower), in Section 4, Petaling Jaya for investigations into activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy and under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
Empower member and lawyer Honey Tan Lay Ean told FMT that this was the exact procedure police had used when they arrested Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah after they raided the Bersih office on Nov 18.
Empower, which was also founded by Chin, is an advocacy group aimed at encouraging female participation in the political process.
The women’s rights group had previously shared an office with Bersih 2.0, before relocating last year. (more…)
Despite being released from a 10-day detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), Maria Chin Abdullah said she still remained under police investigation.
According to a report by Malaysiakini, the Bersih 2.0 chairperson said she was not sure what to expect next.
“They took a statement (from me) and said they will release me. They also said a different set of investigations will carry on.
“(I’m) no longer (being probed) under Sosma, but I am not sure what they are going to do. I just don’t know,” she was quoted as saying by the news portal. (more…)
“#BebasMaria is now #MariaBebas!” screamed the tweets, as Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah was freed today in a most unexpected fashion.
After 10 days of being held under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), her release came one day before her habeas corpus hearing.
Her family or lawyers had no knowledge of where she was being held – only that she was in solitary detention.
The habeas corpus would determine if she is to be produced in court to certify her well being and right to be detained. (more…)
How ironic it is that many Malaysians are now being threatened for taking actions that are “detrimental to parliamentary democracy.” Actually, they are the very people who are struggling for democracy and political freedom.
As someone who follows developments in Malaysia closely, I believe that the greatest threat to parliamentary democracy in Malaysia today is Prime Minister Najib Razak, and the head of the national police force that he controls, Khalid Abu Bakar.
It is Najib and Khalid who actually should be investigated for violating Section 124B of the Penal Code.
Najib wants to stay in power, no matter what. For any politician, that is understandable.
For whatever reason, Khalid has chosen to be Najib’s lackey. He is ready to do Najib’s bidding and deploy his police force in wilful violation of the law and the fundamental guarantees of Malaysia’s constitution.
The amendment to Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) will affect the fundamentals of the Federal Constitution which were agreed to by the partners (Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah) that founded Malaysia in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing said no matter how PAS president and Marang MP Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang tried to ‘dress’, ‘dilute’ or ‘tone down’ the amendment to the ‘Hudud law’, the substance is the same, that is changing the Federal Constitution.
“Hadi is the same man of July, 2002 when he tabled the Hudud Bill in Terengganu. He is the same man tabling the Hudud amendment Bill in 2016. Whatever he says will not make any difference. It is the same wine but in different bottle,” Masing, who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president said when contacted yesterday.
On Thursday, Hadi tabled an amended version of his ‘Hudud Bill’ in Parliament but asked that all debates be deferred to the session in March next year. (more…)
Aaron Sim, a student at Nexus International School of Malaysia, has been selected for the 2017 High School Honours Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. He will perform clarinet in February with them. Participation in one of the five Honours Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.
Earlier this year, Sim auditioned for the Honours Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honours Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in his application and audition recording.
Sim will join other performers from all 49 United States, Guam, two Canadian provinces, and a number of foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement. (more…)
In Japan, the history of the atomic bomb dropping on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is never taught in schools. Justifications of not teaching such an important event vary from not wanting future generations to bear the burden of their elders to even a matter of Japanese pride ingrained in their culture.
To the same end, Malaysian history tends to tell us to vilify everyone – from the British residents all the way to the Japanese and the communist insurgency. But more so, every May we are reminded of the breakdown in ethnic relations among Malaysians in 1969.
And every year, the threat is made to tell people to shut up and not question the government or even the pro-government mob mentality. As one relative told me, there is a good reason the Brits adopted the Malay word ‘amok’ into the Oxford Dictionary.
Two incidents occurred in the last week that shows just how far Umno supporters are willing to go to keep their power. (more…)
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) being part of the Opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan, will be decided at a meeting expected to be held next week.
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president, Salahuddin Ayub said PPBM joining the pact would strengthen Pakatan Harapan which comprised DAP, PKR and Amanah.
“I hope Pakatan Harapan can hold the meeting as soon as possible so that the main agenda, that is, approving PPBM’s presence in the Pakatan Harapan big family,” he told reporters after opening Amanah’s first Annual Convention, here, today.
He was commenting on the reported statement by PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the new party’s wish to join Pakatan Harapan. (more…)
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed dismissed today a news report alleging that Indian televangelist Dr Zakir Naik has been given Malaysian citizenship.
“Not true,” Nur Jazlan told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
“There are many processes to follow and it takes decades to become a citizen,” he added.
Nur Jazlan also told The Star Online that Malaysia does not automatically confer citizenship on anybody, unless said person is born in the country to Malaysian parents.
The Pulai MP said he did not think that Dr Zakir would want to apply for Malaysian citizenship. (more…)
Barisan Nasional (BN) will evaluate its candidates for the 14th general elections (GE14) using a “new and tough” system that has failed even top leaders from its component parties, Prime Minister revealed today.
The BN chairman said the system had been used in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections, in addition to the Sarawak state election, and had proved its effectiveness with component party Umno.
“If you don’t meet the minimum criteria, you will not even be considered, period,” Najib, who is also Umno president, told English daily Sunday Star in an interview.
“That makes it easier for me as president of the party. If they didn’t pass, it is not because of me but because of merit. (more…)
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) said today it is unaffected after DAP did not invite it to the Opposition party’s national conference.
PPBM vice-president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir was reported by Sinar Harian as saying today that it was “okay” for the Umno splinter party to be excluded.
“It is okay if we are not invited. We are not a Pakatan Harapan partner. We wouldn’t want to sulk for not being invited,” he was quoted as saying.
It was reported that only Pakatan component parties PKR and Parti Amanah Negara would be invited for DAP’s event next week. The pact has yet to decide whether to accept PPBM into its fold. (more…)
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has reiterated the party’s objection to Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 amendment or commonly referred to as Hadi’s Bill. He says there are contrasting reports on MCA’s stand on the Bill.
“MCA remains firmly opposed to any Bill, which it believes to run counter of the spirit and letter of our Federal Constitution. As Hadi’s Bill now stands, we regard it to be in such a position,” he says in a statement issued today.
“Our opposition has nothing to do with the fact that it is deemed an ‘Islamic” Bill’. We deny categorically that we oppose Islamic-type enactments. It has never been in our agenda.
“The Syariah Courts Act 355 has been in existence for 51 years and MCA has never once touched on this enactment in any form or manner.” (more…)
A report by Indian news outfit Hindustan Times claimed today that controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik has been given Malaysian citizenship, complicating investigation on his terror links by Indian authorities.
The report cited unnamed Dr Zakir’s representatives as confirming the matter, claiming that the citizenship had come as a “package” together with his “Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award he received from Malaysia in 2013.
“It is the state policy of Malaysia to offer citizenship to the awardees of the highest civilian honour of their land. Naik is now a Malaysian citizen too,” the representative told the New Delhi-based Hindustan Times.
Malay Mail Online is in the process of verifying the information with both Malaysian and Indian authorities. (more…)
Najib Razak said today he had just made a phone call to United States president-elect Donald Trump to reestablish their relationship.
Najib said he congratulated the billionaire on his victory, and the two have agreed to strengthen the ties between Malaysia and the US.
“Great to reconnect with president-elect Donald J. Trump following his outstanding win. Earlier today, we had a very warm and productive telephone conversation,” Najib said on his official Facebook page.
“Amongst other matters, we talked about economic growth in the US and Malaysia. I congratulated him on his election victory, and we agreed to further strengthen US-Malaysia ties.” (more…)