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February 23, 2018

GE14: PKR Baram submits three names as candidate

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Image result for The Baram branch of Parti Keadilan RakyatThe Baram branch of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has submitted three names to its state and federal headquarters to be considered as the party’s candidate for Baram in the next parliamentary election.

“We have three shortlisted candidates (for Baram) for GE14 (14th general election). All names have been submitted to state and national (PKR) leadership,” PKR Baram chairman Roland Engan said.

However when asked about the shortlisted names, he expressed his apology stating: ‘They are not for public knowledge.”

Roland also expressed his confidence that Baram voters would be supporting PKR this time – in the last parliamentary polls, Roland lost narrowly to Barisan Nasional (BN)’s Anyi Ngau, who garnered 9,182 votes against Roland’s 8,988 votes. (more…)

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Pipe-laying for Sarawak water grid system in two years’ time, says state minister

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Rundie (centre) said much of the state’s water problems, especially in the rural areas, are related to the poor distribution system. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe massive laying of pipes for the state water grid system will begin in two years’ time, Datuk Seri Stephen Rundie said today.

The move will start after the state Ministry of Utilities and State Planning Unit completes fine-tuning the master plan and the desktop study.

He said work on the grid system, which is expected to cost billions, is expected to be completed over a period of 15 years.

Stephen said as the amount involved is huge, the state government has to earn more money to make sure that the grid system is completed, but he said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg has assured him that money should not a problem for the grid system. (more…)

Bersih tells govt: Give ‘teeth’ to MACC to fight graft

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AFP picBersih 2.0, the electoral reforms coalition, has called on the government to give the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) powers to prosecute graft cases.

Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said that MACC had frequently investigated cases of corruption only to “hit a dead end as the attorney-general allows the files on his desk to collect dust”.

“MACC’s powers need to be upgraded to avoid being a toothless tiger. Otherwise, Malaysia will continue to slide into the abyss of corruption,” Maria said in a statement today.

She made the call after global anti-corruption body Transparency International (TI) released its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) that showed Malaysia had slid a further seven places compared to the year before. (more…)

After five years, activist Adam Adli acquitted of sedition charge

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Social activist Adam Adli is pictured at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya on February 22, 2018. — Picture by Azinuddin GhazaliSocial activist Adam Adli has today been freed of a sedition charge over a speech in 2013 in which he was said to have called for a change of government through undemocratic means.

A three-man bench in the Court of Appeal acquitted and discharged the case on the grounds of multiple misdirections of the law during the Sessions and High Courts verdicts.

“The defendant was convicted under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948, but was later called to enter his defence under Section 3(a), 3(c), 3(d), and 3(e).

“This acute misdirection of the law had caused the conviction to become unsafe, as the charge is not related to the offence,” said Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh who headed the panel. (more…)

In Shariah trial, Ezra Zaid gets to see books seized six years ago

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Ezra is pictured outside the courtroom at the Shariah Subordinate Court in Petaling Jaya on February 22, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaMohd Ezra Mohd Zaid today finally sighted the books that the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) seized six year ago from his publishing company ZI Publications Sdn Bhd.At the first day of his trial at the Shariah courts, Ezra managed to catch a glimpse of the 180 copies of the book published by his firm in May 2012.

“Today was the first time I saw those books that got seized six years ago, so when the books came in, I kind of got a little excited actually because I haven’t seen these books in like six years,” he told Malay Mail, regarding the books that were carted into the Shariah court as evidence.

“When the ban was rescinded, I think most of the books were sold then, so these are the only ones left, I think,” he said when met after the court hearing.

Ezra is facing a charge under Section 16(1)(a) of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Selangor) Enactment 1995 as the director and main shareholder of ZI Publications for allegedly publishing the Bahasa Malaysia version of Irshad Manji’s book with the title “Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta” and with contents purportedly contrary to Islamic law in terms of faith. (more…)

Sabah Bersih: Why are voters registered so far from their homes?

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bersih-5Sabah Bersih 2.0 has received six complaints from first-time voters who alleged they were registered in areas that are not according to the addresses listed in their MyKad.

Sabah Bersih 2.0 vice-chairperson Beverly Joeman told reporters here today that two of the voters found they had been registered to vote in the Api Api state constituency although their MyKad lists them as residing in Kota Marudu and Papar.

“I have checked their allegations and confirmed the matter.

“I don’t know how it happened or why the Election Commission (EC) allowed them to be registered in a state constituency that is far from their listed addresses. (more…)

Now, PPBM sues the Registrar of Societies

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PPBM secretary-general Shaharudin Md Salleh (third from right) filed the suit, naming the RoS as the sole defendant. Yesterday, Pakatan Harapan (PH) took the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to court. Today, PH component party PPBM filed a suit accusing the RoS of failing to exercise its duty under the law with regards to the party.

The move is an attempt to preempt any move by the RoS to deregister the party.

In the lawsuit filed at the High Court registry, PPBM claimed the RoS did not adhere to provisions in the Societies’ Act in handling complaints related to PPBM. It also claimed the RoS had issued various statements related to allegations that the two-year-old party had violated its constitution.

The RoS, it said, was not only being seen as threatening PPBM but also causing confusion and uneasiness among the public. (more…)

Ku Nan: Umno’s submitted list of GE14 candidates to PM

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Tengku Adnan said the list also comprised a balanced mix of young and experienced candidates. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaUmno has submitted its list of potential candidates for the 14th General Election (GE14) to party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said party secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He said Najib and party vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is also carrying out the duties of deputy party president were in the midst of meeting all Umno division chiefs to finalise the list of candidates.

“This is to ensure that the candidates are favoured by the people, not merely the choice of a particular party or individual,” said Tengku Adnan, who is also Federal Territories Minister when met at the half-price fish sales programme organised by Putrajaya Umno here today.

Tengku Adnan said the list also comprised a balanced mix of young and experienced candidates. (more…)

February 22, 2018

‘Step up efforts in containing rabies, improve medical facilities’

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Image result for see chee howThe Sarawak Disaster Management Committee and Sarawak State Health Department are urged to step up their efforts in containing rabies in Sarawak and to improve medical facilities to combat rabies and other infectious diseases.

In making the call, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How noted that since July 1 last year, 30 localities in five divisions in Sarawak, namely Serian, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Kuching and Sarikei, were found to be rabies positive.

Late in January, a 59-year-old man, from Jalan Batu Kawa – Matang succumbed to rabies encephalitis. He was the seventh victim of the rabies outbreak, raising the death toll to 6. These had prompted the State Disaster Management Committee to issue a notification that all dogs in the whole state are required to be vaccinated against rabies earlier this month, he added. (more…)

See calls on authorities to step up efforts in containing rabies

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Image result for see chee howThe Sarawak Disaster Management Committee and state Health Department have been urged to step up their efforts in containing rabies in Sarawak and to improve the state’s medical facilities to combat rabies and other infectious diseases in hospitals.

In making the call, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How noted that since July 1 last year, 30 localities in five divisions in Sarawak; namely Serian, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Kuching and Sarikei were found to be rabies positive.

Late in January, a 59-year-old man from Jalan Batu Kawa-Matang succumbed to rabies encephalitis.

He was the seventh victim of the rabies outbreak, raising the death toll to six.

This had prompted the State Disaster Management Committee to issue a notification that all dogs in the whole state should be vaccinated against rabies earlier this month, he added. (more…)

Court allows EC’s bid to halt lawsuit over voters in uncompleted army camp

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Lawyers Gobind Singh Deo (left) and Michelle Ng represented 48 Segamat voters who had challenged the registration of 949 voters at an uncompleted army camp, February 21, 2018. — Picture by Zuraneeza ZulkifliThe Election Commission (EC) today succeeded in effectively putting a stop to a lawsuit challenging the registration of 949 voters at an allegedly uncompleted army camp in Segamat.

Court of Appeal judge Tan Sri Idrus Harun said the appellate court decided to reverse a High Court ruling last month that allowed 48 Segamat voters to proceed with a lawsuit on the 949 voters.

“This is a unanimous decision… We are satisfied that there are merits in this appeal. We therefore allow this application and set aside the order of the High Court and make no order as to costs,” said Idrus, who chaired the panel of judges in this case.

The other two judges on the three-man Court of Appeal panel today were Datuk Kamardin Hashim and Datuk Zaleha Yusof. (more…)

Ex-judge: Court not using power it has over EC

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gopal-1A retired judge said the courts can act to remedy an injustice to voters if the Election Commission (EC) has exceeded its authority.

Gopal Sri Ram said the EC was a creation of the Federal Constitution and the Federal Court had overlooked the wide powers conferred on courts by Paragraph 1 of the Schedule to the Courts of Judicature Act 1964.

“In my respectful view, the Federal Court overlooked the provision. That paragraph was taken from the Indian Federal Constitution.

“The Indian Supreme Court had said time and again that these powers enabled the court to remedy any injustice wherever it is found.” (more…)

Pakatan leaders file lawsuit against RoS over registration application

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(from right) Chief of information PKR, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Pakatan Harapan General Secretary, Saifuddin Abdullah and Chairman of the legal bureau DAP, Gobind Singh Deo at Duta court to file a civil suit against the RoS. — Picture Shafwan ZaidonFive Pakatan Harapan leaders today filed a civil suit to compel the courts to instruct the Registrar of Society (RoS) to respond to the coalition’s registration application

Speaking to reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo said that the Opposition pact has given more than enough time for the RoS to respond to their queries.

He said PH had no other choice but to resort to this decision after its latest attempt, a letter dated February 6 to RoS, also went unanswered.

“The RoS ought to respond to our application. As a creature of statute, the RoS is duty bound to consider the application of this nature. (more…)

PH files order against RoS, wants early hearing

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Shahruddin3Pakatan Harapan has filed an application for various orders against the Registrar of Societies (RoS) in a bid to compel the agency to respond to PH on its registration application.

DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh said the order was filed by PH chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution, Amanah deputy secretary-general Abang Ahmad Kerdee Abang Masagus and PPBM secretary-general Shahruddin Salleh.

“It is our contention that the RoS ought to reply or respond to our filed application but there has been no response until now.

“We take the view that RoS, as a creature of statute, is duty-bound to consider applications of this nature, just like any application from political parties for their registration. (more…)

Abang Johari: Don’t let outside political parties decide Sarawak’s future

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abang-johari-sarawakNo political party from outside Sarawak, including Umno, can determine the future of the state, said Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

He said only the state-based parties led by Sarawakians themselves could decide and set the direction as to where the state would head to.

“We must be united. Only Sarawak leaders can determine the future of Sarawak. Only Sarawakians, nobody else,” he said at a Chinese New Year celebration organised by the United Chinese Associations (UCA) Sibu here last night.

Opposition parties such as the DAP and PKR, he said, were irrelevant as far as Sarawak was concerned. (more…)

Bersih condemns EC for adding 9 new categories of postal voters

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postal-voteElectoral reforms coalition Bersih 2.0 has questioned the addition of nine categories of postal voters, accusing the authorities of “quietly gazetting” them last year without justifying why they are considered eligible to vote remotely.

Bersih said the latest move by the Election Commission (EC) is also a step back from the target of abolishing postal voting, and to replace it with advance voting a day before polling day.

“There is no excuse for the EC to extend postal voting to such large and unjustifiable categories,” the group said in a statement today, adding that the 2018 budget allows for postal voting to be replaced with advance voting.

On Monday, the EC said it was ready to receive applications from civil servants who would like to vote through postal voting if their employers confirmed that they were needed to be on duty on polling day. (more…)

Claiming abuse, Bersih 2.0 wants domestic postal votes abolished

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Polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 has taken issue with the Election Commission’s decision to open postal voting domestically to a select group of civil servants. Picture shows ballot boxes from the Pengkalan Kubor by-election being brought to the counting centre at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dato Biji Wangsa, September 25, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Election Commission’s (EC) decision to open postal voting domestically to a select group of civil servants has been condemned by the polls watchdog Bersih 2.0 today.

The group then demanded for the outright abolishment of the postal voting, presenting six reasons behind their stance, one of it being the lack of monitoring and transparency which in turn allowed it to be abused and misused.

Bersih 2.0 claimed there was a lack of clarity with dubious eligibility of postal voters, and a shortage of security measures during storage and transportation of the ballot boxes, rendering it vulnerable to tampering.

It also pointed out the lack of access of polling and counting agents, the short notice given to candidates, and the absence of enforcement to ensure voters do not appear twice as postal and advance voters as among the issues. (more…)

Pakatan Harapan denies seat swap

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Pakatan Harapan has denied that there will be a swap between PKR and DAP on the Miri and Stampin parliamentary seats.

It also said seat allocation is under the prerogative of its state leaders, Chong Chieng Jen (DAP), Baru Bian (PKR) and Fidzuan Zaidi (Amanah).

“As far as I am concerned, DAP has stated clearly that we will maintain the status quo in seat allocation which is based on 2013 general election.

“This formula has been agreed to by all party leaders in Pakatan Harapan Sarawak. This means that DAP will be contesting in the Stampin parliamentary seat and there should be no doubt on that,” special assistant to Pakatan Harapan Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, who is also DAP Sarawak Socialist Youth publicity secretary, Abdul Aziz, said. (more…)

Check before spreading fake news on social media, says Prime Minister’s Office

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The Prime Minister’s Office has urged the public to check the authenticity of news they received through social media before spreading it to other people. — AFP picThe Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has urged the public to check the authenticity of news they received through social media before spreading it to other people.

The spreading of fake news is a social ill that could be detrimental not only to individuals, but also to the nation as a whole, according to the statement issued by the PMO today.

“The government is in the midst of formulating a law to address this social ill to enable the relevant authorities to take appropriate action against the perpetrators,” the statement said.

The statement also said that the PMO had taken note of the fake news involving the government and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak which had gone viral and being circulated widely on social media.


Bernama


 

Amnesty International: Fahmi Reza’s guilty verdict a violation of human rights

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Graphic artist Fahmi Reza (right) arriving at the Ipoh sessions court accompanied by his lawyer Syahredzan Johan January 4, 2018. — Picture by Marcus PheongAmnesty International Malaysia today questioned the Ipoh Sessions Court’s decision to punish graphic artist Fahmi Reza for posting a clown sketch of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak online, calling it another crackdown on dissent by the authorities.

“Amnesty International Malaysia is deeply concerned by the Ipoh Sessions Court’s verdict yesterday on Fahmi Reza’s case. He was sentenced to one month’s jail and fined RM30,000 for posting a caricature of a national leader on social media.

“His sentence is yet another example of the continued crackdown on dissent by the Malaysian authorities,” Gwen Lee, Interim Executive Director of Amnesty International Malaysia said in a statement.

Lee said it was “absurd” for Fahmi to face jail time and a fine over a “cartoon drawing”, and urged Malaysian authorities to stop persecuting human rights defenders and government critics. (more…)

Pakatan Harapan Youth submit memorandum to RoS

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PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the memorandum was submitted because PPBM and Pakatan Harapan did not want to miss the opportunity to contest in the 14th General Election. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa The Pakatan Harapan Youth today submitted a memorandum to the Registrar of Societies (RoS) regarding issues faced by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) as well as to request the approval for registering the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the memorandum was submitted because PPBM and Pakatan Harapan did not want to miss the opportunity to contest in the 14th General Election.

“PPBM wants to know what can be done to resolve this issue faced by PPBM all this while. The election is getting nearer,” he said.

DAP Youth chief Wong Kah Woh claimed that there was no excuse for RoS to delay the application to register Pakatan Harapan, as currently, only one of the parties, namely PPBM, was being investigated by RoS.


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PH to take RoS to court over registration delay

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mahathir-pc-ph-1Pakatan Harapan (PH) said it would take the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to court this Thursday, close to seven months after the coalition applied to become a legal entity.

PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the legal action would compel RoS to respond on the status of its application submitted on July 24 last year.

“We still have not received any response from RoS. When we ask them, they do not answer at all.

“We cannot say they have rejected, because they have not, but again we cannot use anything (logo) because we do not have any approval,” he said at a press conference at the PPBM office today.. (more…)

February 21, 2018

Abang Johari: Don’t let outside political parties decide Sarawak’s future

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abang-johari-sarawakNo political party from outside Sarawak, including Umno, can determine the future of the state, said Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

He said only the state-based parties led by Sarawakians themselves could decide and set the direction as to where the state would head to.

“We must be united. Only Sarawak leaders can determine the future of Sarawak. Only Sarawakians, nobody else,” he said at a Chinese New Year celebration organised by the United Chinese Associations (UCA) Sibu here last night.

Opposition parties such as the DAP and PKR, he said, were irrelevant as far as Sarawak was concerned. (more…)

DAP and PKR to swap Miri and Stampin?

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak is targeting to win at least eight parliamentary seats in the coming general election (GE14), with marginal seats of Baram and Saratok high on the wanted list.

“We have six in the bag; realistically our target is getting two more from Sarawak to deliver eight for Pakatan Harapan. Sabah can deliver 10 while in Peninsular Malaysia the realistic figure is between 95 and 155 seats,” Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak election director Baharuddin Dato Mokhsen told The Borneo Post.

The six seats are Miri, Sibu, Lanang, Sarikei, Bandar Kuching and Stampin. Baharuddin admitted that retaining all the six seats would be a tall order for Pakatan Harapan as Barisan Nasional (BN) would be fielding the best available candidates in Miri and Stampin.

“I heard Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) will be fielding its president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian in Stampin to challenge incumbent Julian Tan. Same goes to Miri where our sole MP from Sarawak, Dr Michael Teo will be facing SUPP secretary-general Datuk Sebastian Ting or SUPP publicity chief cum Miri mayor Adam Yii,” he said. (more…)

CM: Sarawak BN must win Opposition seats to push for state rights

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg (centre) speaks to reporters, says Petronas must comply with the state law, February 11, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Barisan Nasional component parties must try to at least recapture a few seats from the Opposition if not all the 31 parliamentary seats in the coming 14th General Election.

This is to enable the state government to exert its power in asserting Sarawak’s right in oil and gas, part of the state’s effort to recover its rights and power under the Malaysian Agreement 1963.

“We must be strong in parliament. We must try as far as possible to get 31 seats. If we cannot get 31 seats, at least we recapture a few seats from the DAP,” said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said winning the seats was no longer in the interest of all the component parties namely Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), Party Rakyat Sarawak and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) but in the interest of the people of Sarawak. (more…)

EC to provide better facilities for disabled

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Elections Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng Election Commission (EC) will provide better facilities for the disabled during the 14th general election (GE14) so that they can cast their votes with confidence and transparency.

EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said among the improvements included allowing family members or reliable persons to help them during polling.

He said election staff would also help the disabled to get to the polling centres while wheelchairs would be provided for the elderly or disabled voters.

“Disabled voters will always be given priority at polling centres by the EC,” he said in a statement here today.

He was commenting on the request by the Damai Disabled Person Association of Malaysia (DAMAI) for the EC to provide more disabled-friendly polling facilities.

Mohd Hashim said the EC would look into and take appropriate action on the recommendations made by Damai on the additional facilities.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


 

February 20, 2018

DCM calls for all-out support for MA63 talks

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All parties from both political divides in Sarawak should join forces to gain the ‘full-house’ support to get better deals for greater autonomy under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak president, said a strong voice from all 31 parliamentary seats would be the best hope for the state to regain its lost rights.

“I support Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, as the Chief Minister, to unite Barisan Nasional (BN) and if the opposition thinks that we are doing the right thing, they should come together and act as one. A full house is the best way for us to negotiate on our lost rights. We should fight for Sarawak regardless of our political affiliation,” Masing said yesterday, pointing out that since the Bumiputera-based parties are moving towards the right direction, it is now up to the Chinese-based parties to follow suit.

“I thought I know the Chinese political mentality but somehow, I got it all wrong. If the Chinese are not getting together, who are we to tell them? They have 5,000 years of history; the Dayaks have very little – the most… only 500 years of history behind us. (more…)

EC must do much more to eliminate electoral fraud – See

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The Election Commission (EC) must do much more than the ‘finger massage’ procedure to avoid and eliminate electoral fraud.

In pointing this out, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said the irregularities and improprieties in the conducts of the EC had yielded a negative public perception on the coming general election despite the recent clarification of EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah on the ‘finger massage’ procedure.

“The refusal of the EC to engage with the citizens’ initiated election watchdog organisations in the country and the international observers has cast doubts on the integrity and commitments of the purportedly independent EC to conduct a free and fair election,” he said in a statement here today.

Of late, Hashim had clarified that the ‘finger massage’ procedure involved the inspection of the voter’s index finger before dipping into the supposedly indelible ink is nothing new, as that was practised and used in the 2016 state election. (more…)

Do more than just ‘finger massage’, See urges EC

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Image result for Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee HowThe Election Commission (EC) must consult organisations that act as election watchdogs before submitting the constituency delineation proposal to Parliament for approval.

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, who pointed this out yesterday, said the EC must engage more efforts than the ‘finger massage’ procedure to ensure every election is conducted in a clean and fair manner.

“The irregularities and improprieties in the conducts of the EC had yielded a negative public perception on the coming general election and the EC must do much more to avoid and eliminate electoral frauds.

“The refusal of the EC to engage with the citizens’ initiated election watchdog organisations in the country and the international observers has cast doubts on the integrity and commitments of the purportedly independent EC to conduct a free and fair election,” he said in a press statement. (more…)

Sesco: Attempted cable theft caused 20-minute power outage in Sarawak

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Sesco chief executive officer Lau Kim Swee was quoted in the statement as saying that the incident was another attempt of cable theft which showed that the thieves were getting bolder every day. — Picture by Thomson Reuters Foundation Investigations by Syarikat Sesco Bhd, the Sarawak Energy’s operations arm, found that the 20-minute power outage in several parts of Petrajaya here last Friday was caused by attempted cable theft that resulted in severely damaged cables.

Sarawak Energy in a statement said two 33kV underground cables from Matang to Astana 33kV substation, near Bulatan Datuk Temenggong Abang Kipali’s construction site were found cut, which resulted in the outage at around 10pm to Astana and the surrounding areas, Semariang and parts of Santubong, on the Chinese New Year day.

Swift action from SESCO’s technical team, however, managed to restore supply to all affected areas in less than 20 minutes via other 33KV substations, and the fault locating and repair works took almost 15 hours to complete due to the extensive damage. (more…)

February 15, 2018

Be a good ‘watchdog’ to guard autonomous rights and power – See

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The Year of the Dog should inspire all Sarawakians to be a good watchdog in guarding our autonomous rights and power even more zealously, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman, said the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has made a good start by citing Schedule 9, List I Federal List Item 8(j) in the Federal Constitution to assert Sarawak’s sovereign rights to the issuance of permits and licences for prospecting of mines, mining leases for the development of mineral resources and state categorically that all companies, including Petronas, need to comply with our Ordinances in carrying out their petroleum development activities.

“I am heartened by his statement and if I recall correctly, he is the first Sarawak chief minister to raise this crucial constitutional provision as one of the underpinning foundation to assert our autonomous rights and power. (more…)

Taib: Chinese community plays role to prosper Sarawak

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Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said the Chinese community has been able to harness the various economic activities in the country with the other races to prosper the country. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Chinese community has been playing its role in the development of country through hard work and cooperation with the other races coupled with good policy guidance from the government.

The Yang Dipertua of Sarawak, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said the community has been able to harness the various economic activities in the country with the other races to prosper the country.

“The people have been able to enjoy the fruits of hard work and the success of each community, through their well organised and successful commercial endeavours. The Chinese, for example, has been able to bring to Sarawak in a wide spectrum of business ventures,” he said.

“As we can see, Sarawak has a more orderly distribution of employment opportunities and closer relationship among all the races,” he said in his Chinese New Year message here today. (more…)

EC introduces ‘finger massage’ procedure to avoid fraud in GE14

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The Election Commission will introduce a ‘finger massage’ procedure in the 14th General Election to avoid any fraud during the polls. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Election Commission (EC) will introduce a ‘finger massage’ procedure in the 14th General Election to avoid any fraud during the polls.

EC General Election Academy Registrar, Nik Aminudin Nik Shahar Shah said through the new procedure, clerks working at the polling station would examine voters’ fingers more carefully to ensure they did not wear gloves or had ink stains on them.

“The clerk on duty will wear gloves to check the fingers of the voters before they are allowed to dip their finger in the indelible ink bottle, and this is the measure we have taken as now there are many artificial finger gloves.

“At the same time, it is to further improve the procedures in the voting process to prevent any fraud,” he told Bernama when met after a briefing held at the RTM Auditorium here, today. (more…)

Gong Xi Fa Chai!!!

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Image result for Gong Xi Fa Chai!!!When we were young, we ate and gossiped our way through as many Chinese New Year (CNY) open houses and collected as many ang-pows as possible.

Today, age and health problems have crept up with us, and we must restrict our eating and drinking to reasonable levels. Gone are the days of ‘yam senging’ till we slid to the floor in a stupor. With various financial commitments, few can afford to join the others in the back room for a spot of gambling.

Who does not look forward to CNY? The CNY open house is one of those unique things which only Malaysians can truly savour, and I was spoilt for choice during my childhood. Being Malay did not stop us from looking forward to CNY, with the same eagerness as every Chinese child. Unsurprisingly, my ideal CNY spread would include dishes from the different races.

The first CNY open house the family would visit was the neighbour living opposite. Food was plentiful and our neighbours respected our dietary requirements by showing which foods were halal and which were not. We ate off the same plates and drank from the same glasses as everyone else. (more…)

February 13, 2018

Another area declared rabies-infected in Sarawak

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Douglas-Uggah-Embas_rabies_600Kampung Gawang Empili in Simunjan has been declared the latest rabies-infected area, raising to 30 the number of places in Sarawak affected by the disease.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, in a statement today, said Deputy Chief Minister and chairman of the committee Douglas Uggah Embas made the announcement.

“As the village is outside the 10km radius of territory declared rabies-infected, it is the 30th rabies-infected area in Sarawak,” it said.

The Serian Division had the most number of rabies-infected areas at 21, followed by Kuching (four), Samarahan (three) and Sri Aman and Sarikei (one each).

“People who have been bitten by dogs are advised to immediately get attention at any health facility.

“The people are also advised to avoid getting bitten by animals, especially dogs,” the committee said.

So far, six of seven people diagnosed with rabies have died in Sarawak since the disease was detected last year.


Source : The FMT Online by Bernama


 

Zunar gets leave to challenge home minister’s order on book ban

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Cartoonist Zunar's application was allowed by the High Court. — Picture by Choo Choy MayCartoonist Zunar was granted leave by the High Court here today to initiate proceeding for a judicial review on the Home Minister’s order in banning, as well as sale and publication his book, Sapuman: Man of Steal.

Judge Datin Azizah Nawawi allowed the application by Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque, in chambers in the presence of his lawyer N. Surendran and senior federal counsel Mazlifah Ayob, who acted on behalf of the Home Minister and the government, as respondents.

Surendran, when met by reporters, said the court allowed the application as there was no objection by the senior federal counsel.

The court set Feb 27 for case management, he said. (more…)

‘Imperfect’ Pakatan is best bet to save Malaysia

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Image result for sunscreen lotionThis is not a commercial advertisement for sunscreen lotion but it is about my thoughts leading up to the 14th General Elections.

True story. My daughter came home from school looking so tanned. I asked if she had played under the sun. She told me the fire alarm went off (supposedly a fire drill) and they had to gather in the school field under the hot sun. I asked again “Why didn’t you use the sunscreen lotion I bought for you inside your school bag?!?”

My daughter, clearly frustrated with my logic exclaimed “It’s a fire mommy!!! How can I find time to put my lotion?!”.

I couldn’t get her sentence out of my mind. Some Malaysians express their disgust at the “far from perfect” opposition coalition’s choice or strategy to win the coming elections. “How can you propose a 90yo man to be Prime Minister again? Don’t you have anyone apart from Lim Kit Siang leading the DAP? Rafizi shouldn’t say this, Wan Azizah shouldn’t say that. How different is Bersatu? Amanah should not demand for so many seats and the list goes on and on…”. (more…)

Federal Court dismisses UM’s leave to appeal against students

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A three-man bench led by Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif in a unanimous decision affirmed the Court of Appeal's ruling after hearing submissions from UM's lawyer Datuk Muhammad Adam Abdullah and the students' counsel Edmund Bon. — Reuters picThe Federal Court today dismissed the bid by University of Malaya (UM)’s Students Disciplinary Committee and four others to overturn the appellate court’s ruling last October, in favour of five former UM students.

A three-man bench led by Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif in a unanimous decision affirmed the Court of Appeal’s ruling after hearing submissions from UM’s lawyer Datuk Muhammad Adam Abdullah and the students’ counsel Edmund Bon.

The students comprised former Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya (PMUM) president Fahmi Zainol and his then committee members Safwan Shamsuddin, Adam Fistival Wilfrid, Haw Yu Hong and Khairol Najib Hashim, who graduated in 2016 and 2017.

They were found guilty by the university of involvement in a talk featuring Anwar Ibrahim in October 2014. (more…)

February 12, 2018

Don’t praise Najib just yet, says See

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Image result for see chee how imagesChief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the Sarawak state government should stop singing praises of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when nothing material and definite with regards Sarawak’s autonomous rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and devolution of power to Sarawak is delivered from Putrajaya, or they may risk losing support of Sarawakians for their candidates in Sarawak, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

See was commenting on Abang Johari’s statement at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) convention on Saturday, officiated by Najib, that the latter (Najib) had done a lot for Sarawak and that Sarawakians should be grateful for it and return the favour.

“The promise by Najib that the power and the rights of the people in Sarawak taken away ‘by design or inadvertently’ will be returned to Sarawak has turned stale.

“It has gone backward because the Prime Minister has a new promise that a high-level committee at the federal level would be established to negotiate with Sarawak on outstanding rights issues under the MA63. (more…)

See to CM: Don’t praise Najib yet, the ‘ship’ is still in the dock at Putrajaya

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Image result for see chee how imagesThe Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Sarawak state government should stop singing praises for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when nothing material and definite with regards Sarawak’s autonomous rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and devolution of power to Sarawak is delivered from Putrajaya, or they may risk losing support of Sarawakians for their candidates in Sarawak, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

“The promise by Najib that the power and the rights of the people in Sarawak taken away ‘by design or inadvertently’ will be returned to Sarawak has turned stale.

“It has gone backward because the Prime Minister has a new promise that a high-level committee at the federal level would be established to negotiate with Sarawak on outstanding rights issues under the MA63. (more…)

‘We’re on the same side’, Ambiga tells #UndiRosak

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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told #UndiRosak proponents today that they were similar to those who wanted a change of government. — Picture by Miera ZulyanaFormer Bersih 2.0 chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told #UndiRosak proponents today that they were similar to those who wanted a change of government.

However, Ambiga said that it was still voting which would bring about real change.

“We are actually on the same side. We are not on the opposing side because you decide the system, we decide the system too. We say, you must vote to change the system. You say, we don’t vote to change [the] system.

“So it’s just a difference in our approach,” she said at the launch of Bersih 2.0’s “Satukan Tenaga, Kalahkan Penipuan” [Unite, Defeat Deceit] campaign here today. (more…)

February 11, 2018

Putrajaya to form high-level committee on Sarawak’s rights too, Najib says

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (fourth from right) and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg (third from right) waving the Barisan Nasional and PBB flags at the opening of the PBB Triennial Delegates Convention in Kuching February 10, 2018. — Picture by Sulok Tawie The federal government will form a high-level committee to discuss with Sarawak the return of the state’s rights, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Speaking at the 14th Triennial Delegates Convention of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) at the Borneo Convention Centre here, the prime minister said the decision was to match the move by the state government.

“So Abang Jo, don’t worry. If the state has established a high-level committee, we will also establish one at the federal,” he said, referring to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.

Abang Johari, in his speech earlier, had said that the state government had formed a high-level committee headed by his three deputies Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Tan Sri James Masing, and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan. (more…)

PBB will rally behind PM in GE14 – Abang Johari

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said today that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) will rally behind Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the next general election.

Abang Johari, who is state Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and PBB president, said Najib had done a lot for Sarawak and Sarawakians ought to return the favour.

He said Najib had, among others, approved the Pan Borneo Highway project for Sarawak as well as allocated fund of RM1 billion to repair and rebuild dilapidated schools in Sarawak and RM500 million to enhance Internet connectivity across the state.

“Come the election, we have no option but to support Datuk Seri Najib and we want him to continue to be the prime minister,” he said at the opening ceremony for the 14th PBB Convention. (more…)

Will you continue race-based policies, activist asks BN, PH

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kua-kia-soong_BN_PAKATAN_600A vocal critic of both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (HP) has challenged the coalitions to state if race-based preference and discrimination will continue to be a government policy if they win the next general election.

Former opposition MP and human rights activist Kua Kia Soong said the coalitions should also state a deadline in ending such a policy, describing it as the biggest impediment to national unity.

Kua said both BN and PH were made up of race-based political parties to gain votes and popularity.

He singled out PPBM, describing the Umno splinter party as a “race-pure” party competing to champion the Malays.

“Consequently, none of the political parties in either of the two coalitions have raised the question of when the racially discriminatory New Economic Policy, that was scheduled to end in 1990, will end,” said Kua, who is also advisor to rights group Suaram. (more…)

Najib: I’m a good friend of Sarawak

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) with Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg pose for a group picture with PBB members after the opening of PBB's14th Triennial Delegates Convention in Kuching February 10, 2018. ― Picture by Sulok TawieNajib Razak today assured Sarawakians that he is always supportive of Sarawak in its development programmes, citing proof that he has been visiting the state for 59 times since becoming prime minister in 2009.

He said he has visited 129 places throughout the breadth and length of Malaysia’s biggest state, the most by any previous prime ministers, and allocated billions of ringgit of development fund, including the RM15 billion for Pan Borneo Highway.

 “[Therefore], in the context of Sarawak, you don’t have to worry. I am a good friend of Sarawak,” he said at the opening of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) 14th Triennial Delegates Convention at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here.

(more…)

February 10, 2018

Sarawak CM reveals warning to timber companies to pay increased premium

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This is the first time the chief minister, who is also PBB president. revealed the warning he issued to timber companies to pay more in timber premium, effective July 1, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg revealed today he had threatened to withdraw licenses of timber companies if they did not agree with the state government’s decision to raise timber premium from 80 sen to RM50 per cubic metre.

He said he had asked owners of timber companies to pay more and they had agreed.

“I told them if they didn’t agree, then their licenses would be withdrawn because we know the market prices of logs,” Abang Johari said at the joint opening of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) Youth and Women movements’ 14th Triennial Delegates Convention at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here.

This is the first time the chief minister, who is also PBB president. revealed the warning he issued to timber companies to pay more in timber premium, effective July 1, 2018. (more…)

Bar: Indira’s ruling not against Islam’s status, but Ummah free to challenge

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Varughese insisted the decision does not change the fact that Islam is the religion of the federation, as stipulated in Article 3 of the Federal Constitution. — Picture by Azneal IshakThe Malaysian Bar stressed today that the Federal Court’s landmark decision on M. Indira Gandhi’s case was correct and does not contravene the status of Islam as the religion of the federation.

Bar president George Varughese however said any organisation is free to file a judicial review against the Federal Court’s decision, after Muslim coalition Ummah announced its intention to do so.

“But that does not mean the decision was wrong, as the Federal Court’s reasoning and grounds given have been commented upon and appreciated not only by the lawyers in practice but also people from academia and also the judiciary itself.

“The decision gave precedence to the Federal Constitution and also takes into account the welfare of the children, in coming to that decision,” he said during the opening of the bar’s new building here today. (more…)

February 9, 2018

Sarawak questions law that gives Petronas power over oil production

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petronas-sarawakIf Sarawak succeeds in its fight to get back its rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 from the federal government, there is likely to be a seismic change in the way Petronas operates there and the share of oil revenue that Sarawak gets.

If its territorial waters are extended back to 12 nautical miles, from three now, it may get the power to issue licences for mining leases for oil production. This would mean that Petronas, which now basically dictates oil and gas activities, may just have to apply for such licences to work in Sarawak waters.

According to a report in The Edge Weekly, for over four decades, the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) has been the bedrock of Malaysia’s oil and gas landscape. The PDA created Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).

Now, the Sarawak government is agitating for changes so that it enjoys the rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963, including a better share of oil and gas revenue mined in Sarawak waters. (more…)

February 8, 2018

A crime is a crime, BN reps say after ‘whistleblower’ Rafizi’s jail sentence

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Earlier today, the Sessions Court found PKR lawmaker Rafizi guilty of violating Section 97(1) of the BAFIA and sentenced him to two-and-a-half-years in jail. — Picture by Azneal IshakMP Rafizi Ramli’s 30-months jail sentence for exposing confidential banking data on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) and its chairman is a reminder that there are legal limits to justice crusaders, Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians said today.

Umno MP for Pulai Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the law is clear and those who break it must pay the penalty.

“Let this be a firm reminder that there is no immunity from prosecution for criminal acts whether one is a member of the public or an elected representative.

“Holding office does not mean that you have a mandate to break the law to push this kind of ‘justice’. Such behaviour is unbecoming of an MP,” he told Malay Mail when contacted. (more…)

In ‘bin Abdullah’ case, lawyer claims appellate court ‘lost the plot’, swayed by emotions

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Lawyer Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah, who represented the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAIJ), accused the Court of Appeal of ignoring the importance of Islam in Malaysia's constitutional setup and of appealing to emotions by focusing attention on the 'poor child'. Picture by Azinuddin GhazaliThe Court of Appeal “lost the plot” when delivering its landmark ruling in the high-profile “bin Abdullah” case and was swayed by emotions, a lawyer for the Johor religious authorities claimed today.

Lawyer Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah, who represented the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAIJ) who had intervened in the case, accused the Court of Appeal of ignoring the importance of Islam in Malaysia’s constitutional setup and of appealing to emotions by focusing attention on the “poor child”.

“What the court has sought to do is set aside tenets or Islamic law in pursuit of an imaginary equalisation or sympathetic treatment of the child.

“We all come to this world subject to various forces and unfairness. We have to take it as it is,” he told the Federal Court. (more…)

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