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March 1, 2017

Sarawak keen to turn Bintulu into gas industry hub

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said the oil and gas industry should be centralised in Bintulu as its infrastructure and surroundings were feasible to cater to the industrial needs. ― Bernama picThe Sarawak government is striving to turn Bintulu into a gas industry hub, says Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg.

“We have brought up this (proposal) to the federal government (in our quest) to seek the cooperation of Petronas into making Bintulu a gas hub.

“If Pengerang (Johor) can become a refinery hub, we want Sarawak (Bintulu) to be the gas hub, and I have indicated this to Petronas,” he said.

He was speaking at the 1,000,000 Manhours Milestone Without Any Lost Time Injury for the EPC Kinabalu Re-Development Project Ceremony at Muara Tebas here today. (more…)

PKR sec-gen explains PPBM’s absence from Opposition seat talk

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PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic) said both PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and vice-president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman were initially scheduled to join the talks but bowed out because they were not ready. — Picture by Choo Choy MayParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) representatives did not join in Pakatan Harapan’s discussion today on electoral seat allocations because they haven’t “finished their homework”, according to Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

The PKR secretary-general said both PPBM deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and vice-president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman were initially scheduled to join the talks but bowed out because they were not ready.

“I was informed that they (Pribumi) have not finished their homework on the seats they want to contest.

“We understand they need more time as they are still a new party,” Saifuddin Nasution was quoted saying by The Star daily on its website. (more…)

Lead prayers to bring blessings to country, university don tells political leaders

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Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia’s deputy vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan said daily prayers led by Muslim politicians can bring blessings to the country as congregational prayers is important in Islam. — Reuters picMuslim politicians should head the performance of daily prayers with their subordinates to show leadership by example, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia’s deputy vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan said today.

Speaking at the Islamic Consultative Council’s (MPI) multaqa, or conference, on education and social sectors, the professor said such religious deeds can bring blessings to the country as congregational prayers is important in Islam.

“As a leader, one must be the ‘imam’ in prayers,” he said while presenting a paper on the role spiritual and moral education to produce pious leaders.

“I am confident many of you understand the role that the ‘imam’ plays. When one leads a prayers, it will bring God’s blessings.” (more…)

LGBT ‘work of the Devil’, Muslim convert lecturer says in conference

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Farid Ravi Abdullah claimed that Muslims turn LGBT because they are suffering from a spiritual void— Facebook picA Kolej Universiti Islam Selangor (Kuis) lecturer claimed today that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture is caused by Satan to trick and lead humans astray.

Muslim convert Mohd Farid Ravi Abdullah said in the Islamic Consultative Council’s (MPI) multaqa, or conference, on education and social sectors that the LGBT have been confused by the Devil to think that they are born with “souls opposite to their genders”.

“Islam has not once admitted that gay and lesbian are human nature, but it is the Satan’s activity to deceive and mislead humans,” the Kuis Research Management Centre director wrote in his paper.

The ethnic Indian lecturer was presenting on the topic of Malay-Muslim socio-cultures in the social cluster plenary session. (more…)

London-based firm conducts valuation of Felda assets

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Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad said the accredited firm was now in the initial stage of conducting the valuation of Felda assets which had been earmarked for sale as announced recently. ― Bernama picThe Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has appointed a London-based firm to carry out valuation of its assets and properties in the UK capital.

Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad said the accredited firm was now in the initial stage of conducting the valuation of Felda assets which had been earmarked for sale as announced recently.

“Once the valuation is done, the sale of the assets will be done via open tender which will be announced later.”

He said this to reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Felda and Open University Malaysia (OUM) here today. (more…)

Contractor detained to assist probe over corruption, property scam in Johor

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Six people were previously detained over an alleged land corruption case in Johor. — Picture courtesy of the MACCThe Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have detained a contractor to assist in the probe into alleged corruption and property scam in Johor.

According to a source, the 46-year-old man was detained at his home at 9.45am today.

The source said the suspect was the seventh individual detained so far pertaining to the cases and that the MACC had also seized several documents from him to facilitate further investigations.

Johor Bahru Magistrate’s Court had also issued a seven-day remand order against the man to facilitate the investigations under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009. (more…)

February 28, 2017

Singapore court upholds death penalty, life sentence for Sarawakian duo behind 2010 Kallang slashings

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The apex court in Singapore threw out cross-appeals for the 2010 Kallang slashing case today, noting that the sentences for Micheal Anak Garing and Tony Anak Imba were appropriate. — AFP picThe apex court threw out cross-appeals for the 2010 Kallang slashing case today, noting that the sentences for Micheal Anak Garing and Tony Anak Imba were appropriate, given their roles in the brazen robbery spree that left one construction worker dead and three others severely injured.

“At the end of the day, the punishment must fit the crime. We are satisfied that the death penalty is warranted for (Micheal) given his savage use of the parang on deceased. The same, however, cannot be said for (Tony’s) involvement in the attack on the deceased… our decision in this regard rests on a very fine balance,” said Judge of Appeal Chao Hick Tin, delivering the three-man court’s decision.

Micheal, 28, and three others from his hometown in Sarawak, Malaysia, carried out four violent robberies from the late night of May 29, 2010 to the early hours of the next day in Kallang. (more…)

The Malay denial

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Hadi Awang, the PAS president, refers to some Muslims as “lost sheep”; ironically. this is a Christian metaphor. Hadi could be known as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

Religious men have ‘corrupted’ the Malay mind, so that he is unable to accept any hard truths.

When you tell Malay parents to practice family planning, they will say, “Children are a gift from God”. When you tell the Malay that driving recklessly may cause an accident, he will say, “If it is God’s will, then so be it”.

What a pity that the hadith, “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim”, which when combined with the opportunity to correct one’s sins and mistakes to improve oneself, is lost on the Malay. Why are so many Malays recalcitrant? (more…)

Activist: Must we send wedding videos to government censors now?

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Pusat Komas director Anna Har (second from right) criticised the selective prosecution of human rights activist Lena Hendry (second from left) and called for the latter’s unconditional release, February 27, 2017. — Picture by Ida Lim/MMOHuman rights group Pusat Komas criticised today the criminalisation of a documentary screening, asking if censorship laws also covered other content like wedding videos.

Pusat Komas director Anna Har slammed the government’s seemingly arbitrary prosecution which resulted in an activist’s conviction for screening a documentary without approval from government censors, saying that such action curtails the work of human rights groups that rely on films and videos to get their message across.

“What does this mean now? Nobody can make films? Everybody who makes a wedding video have to send to our dear censors? That means they won’t be able to sleep for the next ten years,” she said in a press conference here to seek the government’s unconditional release of activist Lena Hendry.

Har later went out to say that activists campaigning for Lena’s release from the criminal conviction are mulling a “day of action”. (more…)

Strengthening strata title law

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Abang Johari (back row, fourth left) together with Fadillah (back row, centre), Morshidi (back row, fourth right), Naroden (back row, third right), Talib (back row, right), Dr Abdul Rahman (back row, second right), Hamid (back row, third left) and others giving the thumbs-up during a group photo with new Taman Sri Maya house owners. — Photo by Tan Song WeiSarawak’s housing industry is in for a big change as the state government is currently in talks to amend the Strata Title Ordinance and introduce a new law concerning strata titles by this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, in revealing this, said the current strata title law, which is under the State Land Code Management Corporation, was not stringent enough, particularly in today’s housing industry scenario.

“Right now, we don’t have a law that can control the development of ‘Small Office Home Office’ (Soho) and when there is no law or ordinance for this, how are we going to determine if it is residential or commercial?” he told a press conference after officiating the Taman Sri Maya Housing Project at Pasir Pandak near here yesterday.

He cited Vivacity as an example of development that comprises a residential section as well as a shopping mall. (more…)

PKR to reformasi supporters: Set aside your feelings for Dr M

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Shaharuddin-BadaruddinPKR has urged is supporters “to swallow their anger” for Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the sake of winning Putrajaya.

The party’s vice-president, Prof Shaharuddin Badaruddin, and Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said that the “reformasi” supporters should move on especially since Anwar Ibrahim  Mahathir’s protege turned arch nemesis  has come to terms with the former prime minister.

“I am sure there are those who cannot forgive (Mahathir) and you can’t force them to do so. It must happen naturally,” Shaharuddin said when met after attending a forum in Unisel, here, today.

He said it was understandable what the “reformasi” supporters felt but it was necessary for them to set their feelings aside if they wanted to beat the Barisan Nasional in the coming general election. (more…)

G25: Downsize civil service now, don’t wait for financial crisis

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G25 member Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Kassim says the VSS should be implemented on civil servants whose functions have been made redundant by technology. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengG25 urged the government today to immediately plan a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) for the bloated civil service instead of waiting for a financial crisis that would affect public servants worse.

G25 member Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Kassim, who is also former secretary-general of the Finance Ministry, said the VSS should be implemented on civil servants whose functions have been made redundant by technology.

“If it takes some years for the government to recover the heavy expenditure of the separation scheme, then it is worth it,” Mohd Sheriff said in a statement.

“We can hope that with smaller government, the economy as a whole will become more efficient and with dynamism and growth in private sector activities, the government will collect more taxes to recover the cost of separation scheme. (more…)

High Court upholds acquittal of former Mosti sec-gen on corruption charges

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Former Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) secretary-general Datuk Abdul Hanan Alang Endut is seen in Shah Alam today after the High Court upheld his acquittal on 10 counts of corruption. — Bernama picIt was a relief for former Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Hanan Alang Endut when the High Court here today upheld his acquittal on 10 counts of corruption, involving RM59,390.60.

This followed a decision by Judge Datuk Abdul Halim Aman in dismissing an appeal by the prosecution against a Sessions Court’s decision in acquitting and discharged Abdul Hanan, 65, of all the charges, without calling for his defence.

He ruled that the appeal by the prosecution had no merit.

In the judgment, Abdul Halim said he was satisfied with the findings of the Sessions Court and hence, should be upheld. (more…)

Best to retire quietly, PM’s aide tells ‘old tiger’ Dr M

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Datuk Seri Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad said in recent months, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been making “embarrassing” about-turns on many issues he once insisted were correct. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaHailed as an “Asian tiger” in his prime, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should now do himself and the country a favour by embracing retirement quietly in his old age, the press secretary to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Datuk Seri Tengku Sarifuddin Tengku Ahmad chided the former leader for running down his own country for personal gain in his latest blog post when the latter wrongly claimed Malaysia to be among the top 10 most corrupt countries in the world.

“In fact, in Transparency International’s latest list, Malaysia is the 55th LEAST corrupt country in the world,” Tengku Sarifuddin pointed out in a statement.

“So Mahathir is either lying, or he can no longer understand what is fact and what is fabricated,” he added. (more…)

Zaid now says what he didn’t when Dr M took on royals in ’93

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Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s vitriolic remarks last week regarding a politician has prompted former law minister Zaid Ibrahim to take a stroll down memory lane.

Though the ruler did not mention names, it was obvious that his guns were trained on Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In a blog posting today, Zaid recounted how he had failed to further his political fortunes when given the chance to address the Umno general assembly in 1993.

Twenty-four years later, the former minister revealed what he had intended to mention in his speech then, but had toned down at the eleventh hour. (more…)

Suhakam praises cops for rescuing 18 from forced labour

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traffickingMalaysia is obliged to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in the country under international law.

Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said this was so as Malaysia was a signatory to the ILO Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 1999 (No 182).

It said this in response to news reports of the rescue of 18 people, including seven children, forced to work at an oil palm plantation in Hulu Perak.

While commending the police for their efforts, Suhakam wanted more to be done to dismantle more such human trafficking syndicates operating in the country. (more…)

February 27, 2017

PKR slams Ismail Sabri for ‘racist’ comments

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baru-bian-ismailSarawak PKR has condemned comments by Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob that the civil service would be curtailed should the opposition become the ruling government.

Sarawak PKR leader Baru Bian condemned Ismail’s comments, calling it “shockingly racist”.

“The tone of his remarks is shockingly racist and aimed at dividing the community along ethnic lines and to invoke fear and resentment among the races,” Baru said in a statement today.

He was referring to comments attributed to the minister at the ministry’s Excellent Service Award ceremony at Pullman Hotel in Kuching on Thursday. (more…)

GE14 may be held middle of the year, minister hints

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ismail-sabriThe general election may be held in the middle of the year, Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob hinted yesterday.

“I don’t know the date of the general election but I believe it will be called soon, maybe in May, June, July or August,” he said when speaking at the Rural and Regional Development Ministry’s Excellent Service Award ceremony at Pullman Hotel here.

The Borneo Post quoted him as saying he expected the Sarawak Barisan Nasional to secure at least 29 of the 31 parliamentary seats in the state in GE14.

“Based on previous track records and analysing the trend in Sarawak, BN will not only be maintained (as government of the day) but Sarawak will contribute immensely to the victory of BN in the general election,” The Borneo Post quoted him as saying. (more…)

SUPP, PBS say will vote against Hadi’s Bill

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According to a report, SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian (pic) said that its sole parliamentarian, Datuk Seri Richard Riot, has been instructed to vote against the private member’s Bill to amend Act 355. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) said they will reject a PAS Bill to enhance Shariah punishments as it was unconstitutional.

Borneo Post Online reported SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian as saying that its sole parliamentarian, Datuk Seri Richard Riot, has been instructed to vote against PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill to amend Act 355, while PBS reportedly made its stand again at a supreme council meeting yesterday.

“Our position is unchanged. It shows the importance of having a strong BN Sarawak, in line with the instruction made by the late chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem last year for all Sarawak BN MPs to vote against Act 355 if it comes to voting in the Parliament,” Dr Sim was quoted as saying.

PBS president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, meanwhile, reportedly said that his party’s decision to reject the Bill was final. (more…)

CM: Sarawak’s negotiations on Malaysia Agreement at second stage

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Without deliberating on details, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg reportedly said that talks with Putrajaya were currently looking at financial aspects. — Picture by Sulok TawieNegotiations to rewrite the Malaysia Agreement 1963 to give Sarawak greater autonomy are now in the second phase, the state government said.

Without deliberating on details, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg reportedly said that talks with Putrajaya were currently looking at financial aspects.

“Now we are at the second stage, which is more on finance. If agreed, the negotiation will proceed to the technical aspect that is under the point of law, constitution and Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he was quoted as saying in The Borneo Post Online.

Abang Johari refused to divulge details for fear that they may be misconstrued and affect the ongoing negotiations. (more…)

Putrajaya allocated RM565m for Chinese primary schools since 2009, minister says

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Wee said there are 1,298 SJKC nationwide, including 884 government aided (SBK) SJKC which have benefited from the financial assistance. — File picThe government had allocated RM565 million under the Economic Stimulus Package in aid to National-Type Chinese Primary Schools (SJKC) since 2009.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said there are 1,298 SJKC nationwide, including 884 government aided (SBK) SJKC which have benefited from the financial assistance.

“In Johor, from 2009 to 2016, the overall aid received by government-aided SJKC was RM69.1 million, which mainly focused on the maintenance of school infrastructure.

“The government is giving priority to school buildings that need to be repaired, especially involving maintenance to ensure the comfort of students attending these schools,” he told reporters after a cheque presentation ceremony by the Education Ministry for government assisted SJKC in Johor, here today. (more…)

Racist comments of Ismail Sabri should be condemned — Baru

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362f4-baru2bbian2bkerusi2bpilihanraya2bpakatan2bharapan2bsarawakThe racist comments made by Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob should be condemned, said state PKR chairman Baru Bian.

Baru was referring to the statement made by Ismail Sabri on Feb 23, here, who asked if Malaysians want to keep the present government who can safeguard the rights of Bumiputeras or a Democratic Action Party (DAP)-led government that emphasises on equality of all races.

Ismail Sabri, who is an Umno minister, also said that the ruling government is taking good care of the Bumiputeras especially with policies protecting their rights and privileges but without hindering or limiting other races from becoming successful in the country.

“Or a government by others who will deny Bumiputera rights? Of the two options, I think we have no choice … if we want to maintain Bumiputera rights, we have to maintain the BN government,” Ismail Sabri added. (more…)

Why was Pastor Koh kidnapped?

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Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the state (attributed to James Jesus Angleton).”

– Umberto Eco, ‘Numero zero’

Around the same time a North Korean dictator’s half-brother was assassinated, a Malaysian was abducted. Now I am not implying that there is any connection but when Big News ask me to look here, I am one of those people who are more interested in looking there.

I have no idea why Raymond Koh Keng Joo was kidnapped. Indeed, at the time of writing, no form of financial motive has been discovered. Indeed, the only money that has been offered is a reward by the family for information leading to his release. (more…)

Who is Anwar in GE14?

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It is common that political parties competing in an election make clear who will lead their government following a victory. He then leads the election, represents the vision and commitments of his party; and he is held accountable to implement policies according to his election promises when he comes into office.

Therefore, it is the desire of the voters to know, prior to the 14th general election (GE14), who will be leading the country should the opposition front wins, for he would determine the fate of the rakyat in the near future.

Who takes the lead in GE14? Difference in opinions cloud the opposition front regarding the leader in GE14 and the PM candidate, however the views of the Pakatan Harapan component parties remains unanimous.

Both DAP and Amanah declared their opinion openly in strong support of Anwar Ibrahim as the PM candidate during the 2016 Pakatan Harapan Convention. Such meticulous decisions are made after much consideration of the sentiments of their supporters. (more…)

You don’t ask a plumber to do a doctor’s job

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“What is happening in Malaysia?” a friend asked me recently. He rattled off news reports of the daylight killings and kidnappings and so on.

I said, “You meant to ask, ‘What is happening to Malaysia, didn’t you?’”

He looked at me with a wry grin that spoke volumes for what was in his mind, about what’s not right in the country of his birth for which he showed an uncanny concern but unmistakable consternation despite having lived abroad for many years.

The recent appointment of a non-accountant to the very important post of auditor-general gives another clue to the country’s slippery slide. Has the government made another serious political faux pas that some may call another blunder in making the appointment? (more…)

Agong calls on Malaysia, Saudi to respond to challenges facing Muslims together

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman (centre) stands next to Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (second from right) and Malaysia's Sultan Muhammad V (second from left) during a welcoming ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 26, 2017. — Reuters picMalaysia and Saudi Arabia, as active members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, have been urged to jointly seek ways to address a host of challenges blighting the Muslim world.

The call was made by Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V in his address at the state banquet in honour of the visiting King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia here, tonight.

The event at Istana Negara or National Palace was part of Day 1 of King Salman’s itinerary as he embarked on a four-day state visit to Malaysia, his first since ascending the throne on Jan 23, 2015.

In welcoming the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his entourage to Malaysia, Sultan Muhammad V noted that Kuala Lumpur and Riyadh were on the same page over the need to find solutions to issues affecting the ummah. (more…)

System used for BR1M distribution should be reviewed, Nazri says

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Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said the huge turnout of BR1M recipients at the event proved that the initiative taken by the government help the people was well-received. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe system used in the distribution of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) should be reviewed to avoid the long wait by recipients for the payment, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

A such, he said, he would propose to the cabinet the use of coupons with serial numbers by BR1M recipients.

“This will make easier for recipients as they can change the coupons for cash,” he told a media conference at the BR1M presentation ceremony to 1,500 recipients in the Padang Rengas parliamentary constituency here today.

Mohamed Nazri, who is Padang Rengas Member of Parliament, said the huge turnout of BR1M recipients at the event proved that the initiative taken by the government help the people was well-received.

He said it proved wrong the claim by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that BRIM is a form of corruption.

“If they (recipients) think that BR1M is corruption, they would not have come to take it,” he added.


Source : @ Bernama


No logging licences issued at Tasik Chini

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wan-junaidi-forestNo logging licenses have been issued in the permanent forest reserve, tourism reserve or state land near Tasik Chini in Pahang.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said only two iron mines, located about five kilometres from Tasik Chini, were still active with the approval of the state government in 2010.

Referring to a newspaper article on Tasik Chini, which said the lake was dying, he said aerial image of the surrounding areas taken in 2013, show the areas cleared did not reflect the latest status of the lake.

Tasik Chini is recognised as a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. (more…)

Suspects allegedly converted Bumi to non-Bumi houses in Johor graft case

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Azam confirmed that MACC was investigating the existence of fraud in the change of status of houses from Bumiputera to non-Bumiputera. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa Six men including the son and special officer of a Johor civil servant were detained on suspicion of corruption and misappropriation, by changing the status of Bumiputera houses to non-Bumiputera.

A source said the activity was believed to have been done since 2013, involving several developers in Johor, which had denied qualified Bumiputera buyers from buying Bumiputera housing units.

“The change in status was done to houses with Bumiputera status to non-Bumiputera status because the prices of the houses will then shoot up.

“This will benefit the developers and those involved in the activity but at the expenses of those seeking to own homes,” he told Bernama today. (more…)

February 26, 2017

Catholics pray for single legal system, end to corruption

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Among other issues plaguing the nation, Catholics nationwide yesterday prayed to uphold a single system of law in the country, one that is in compliance with the federal constitution.

While hudud was not mentioned, the prayer comes at a time when PAS and the ruling government is seen to be keen to implement their interpretation of the Islamic penal code, sparking fears of creating a multi-track legal system or disenfranchising non-Muslims.

They were also told to reject corruption in whatever form and pray for more transparency and accountability in the country’s financial management.

Across the country last night Catholic churches in the six dioceses all over Malaysia gathered in their respective dioceses to make a stand on their faith in simultaneous prayers from 7.30pm to 10pm. (more…)

DAP, Amanah deny seat negotiations finalised in S’gor

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Parti Amanah Negara has dismissed news reports that Pakatan Harapan and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia have finalised their seat negotiations in Selangor without PAS.

Both Amanah communications director Khalid Samad and Selangor DAP chairperson Tony Pua said Harapan and Bersatu have yet to negotiate seat allocations for the 22 parliamentary seats and 56 state seats in the state.

“This (speculation) is very dubious. I believe this is BN’s propaganda to upset PAS and to drive the final nail into the coffin over the negotiation between Pakatan Harapan and PAS,” Khalid told Malaysiakini.

The best scenario for BN would be to join force with PAS in the coming general election to reclaim Selangor, he said, while the second best for BN would be three-cornered fights between BN, PAS and Harapan or Bersatu. (more…)

BR1M applicants will know outcome soon, PM says

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak. — AFP picNajib Razak said the outcome of the application of the 3,123,950 recipients of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) who have yet to receive the aid, or whose status are still in the process, is expected to be known on February 28.

“To those who have yet to receive the BRIM payment or their status are still in the process, totalling 3,123,950, the process of their BR1M application is expected to be ready on February 28.

“To those who have received BR1M, I hope it is spent prudently, Insya-Allah,” he said in his latest Facebook posting.

The BR1M payout through vouchers began on Feb 18, with the money credited to the accounts of recipients from February 22.

For this year, BR1M will be paid out three times, in February, June and August.


Source : @ Bernama


Sarawak CM wants SUPP to be strong, able to unite Chinese

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PBB president and Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg (centre), flanked by Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan seen in this file picture, January 21, 2017. ― PicturThe Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) ought to be seen as a united and strong party representing the Chinese community in Sarawak, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

As the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, he hoped the BN component party could unite the Chinese community in the state and win all the seats it will contest in 14th general election.

He said failing to do so would mean SUPP failed in uniting the Chinese community.

“Once the community is united, people will respect and listen to the community’s voice,” said Abang Johari at a Chinese New Year gathering organised by the Federation of Kuching Division Chinese Community Association here last night. (more…)

MACC detains three military camp supervisors for alleged corruption

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The MACC Office in Putrajaya, August 6, 2015. — file pictureThe Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained three military camp supervisors for alleged involvement in corruption over maintenance tenders at several states.

The suspects aged between 33 and 43, were picked up at the Kuantan MACC office at 6.50pm yesterday when they turned up to have their statements recorded.

According to sources close to the investigation, the suspects had served as supervisors at three camps, namely in Kota Baru, Kelantan; Kuantan, Pahang; and Kluang, Johor.

“Investigations revealed ‘middlemen’ were involved in the approval process of the maintenance tenders worth almost RM50,000. (more…)

Abduction of pastor: Cops check links to 2011 death threat

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Abdul-Samah-Mat_Raymond-Koh-Keng-JooPolice are checking whether the recent abduction of a pastor here had any links with a death threat he received in 2011.

In that incident, pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo received a bullet, which was sent to his home.

Selangor police chief Commissioner Abdul Samah Mat said today police were studying whether the two cases were connected and were following up some leads in the case, Star Online reported.

Koh had lodged a police report about the death threat, which happened after the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) conducted a raid on a thanksgiving and fund-raising dinner organised by Harapan Komuniti. (more…)

Johor prince: Stop turning cycle accident into race issue

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Tunku-Idris-Sultan-Ibrahim_johor_basikal_600 A Johor prince has come out strongly against those taking a racist angle in the death of eight cyclists in an accident on Feb 18.

Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim criticised those encouraging others to gather and protest against the driver involved in the accident.

In an Instagram post, he urged Johoreans to stop turning the incident into a racial issue.

“Is this how civilised Johoreans behave?

“Stop playing the blame game,” he wrote. (more…)

MACC seizes 21 cars, arrests six over Johor land scandal

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Six people were detained over an alleged land corruption case in Johor. — Picture courtesy of the MACCThe Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency (MACC) has seized 21 luxury cars and arrested six people over an alleged land corruption case in Johor.

The agency’s deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said the individuals involved were arrested in several locations around Johor Baru in a simultaneous operation last night.

“In the operation, MACC also confiscated 21 cars, five high powered motorcycles, around RM500,000 in cash as well as foreign currency and documents that can help the operation,” he said in a statement today.

Among those detained is a special officer to a Johor government servant, his son, a lawyer, two developers and a civilian who have been remanded for seven days, the MACC said. (more…)

Christians raise concerns over pastor’s disappearance

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Coming in the wake of the hudud bill tabled before Parliament, the mysterious disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh have raised concerns among the minority Christians in Malaysia.

The first foreign agency to respond to the news was ‘Voice of Persecuted Christians’, known under its portal name as Release International. It claimed Koh’s abduction was because of his church work.

Release International also claimed another pastor and his wife, who have not been named, went missing a month ago. Local Christian chat groups have identified this couple but police have neither denied nor confirmed it.

The UK-based Christian watch group pointed out that “Pastor Raymond … had previously received threats from jihadists.” (more…)

Catholics in Miri pray for a peaceful, glorious nation

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Bishop Richard (centre) with Fr. Philip (right) and Fr. Joseph (left) conducting the Mass. Hundreds of Catholics here braved the downpour on Friday night to join their brethens nationwide for the simultaneous Malaysian Catholic Bishops’ National Day of Prayer for a peaceful and glorious nation.

In Miri City, the prayer services (Mass and Holy Hour) were held at St Joseph Cathedral, Carmelite Monastery’s Chapel and Church of Mater Dei Lutong, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Roman Catholic Bishop of Miri Diocese, Bishop Richard Ng, led the prayer at the cathedral and was assisted by Fr. Philip Empalah and visiting Fr. Joseph Periera from Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

As part of his homily, Bishop Richard also read the pastoral letter from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia on the need for such prayers. (more…)

Abang Johari tells SUPP to woo S’wak Chinese ahead of GE14

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The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) ought to be seen as a united and strong party representing the Chinese community in Sarawak, said Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

As the Sarawak BN chairperson, he hoped the BN component party could unite the Chinese community in the state and win all the seats it will contest in 14th general election.

He said failing to do so would mean SUPP failed in uniting the Chinese community.

“Once the community is united, people will respect and listen to the community’s voice,” said Abang Johari at a Chinese New Year gathering organised by the Federation of Kuching Division Chinese Community Association in Kuching last night. (more…)

‘Dr Mahathir is not a reformist,’ declare reformasi diehards

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mahathir_refomasi_600Dr Mahathir Mohamad may have gone out of his way to extend an olive branch to his former critics, the reformasi diehards, by coming to their gathering today.

But his plea for the reformists to let bygones be bygones, appeared to be unsuccessful as his name was included in their resolutions proposed at the “Konvensyen Reformis” here this afternoon.

Resolution No. 6 states that Mahathir is not a reformist.

“And this convention is not a forum requesting for his views on the reformation agenda,” said the reformists, right before the event concluded. (more…)

DAP MP decries Lena Hendry’s conviction

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The conviction of Pusat Komas programme coordinator Lena Hendry for her role in screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war is uncalled for, said a DAP MP.

“The conviction of Lena Hendry does not make sense in today’s world where atrocities in any part of the world could be instantly accessed through various media outlets or mobile phone,” argued Ipoh Barat parliamentarian M Kulasegaran in a statement,

In this context, he said that censorship of reality is “foolish and incomprehensible” when the truth is practically out there for anyone with a phone.

The Malaysian government that is elected by its citizens should respect the freedom of its citizens to be in solidarity with oppressed communities around the world. (more…)

Let bygones be bygones, Mahathir tells reformasi diehards

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mahathir_anwar_refpmasi_600The man at the centre of angry street protests in Kuala Lumpur some two decades ago today addressed a gathering of his former critics, urging them to let bygones be bygones.

“Can we let go of the past?” Dr Mahathir Mohamad asked some 200 people gathered at a convention of “reformasi” supporters here today.

Reformasi is the movement led by jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to press for political reforms and for the ouster of then prime minister Mahathir, following his dramatic sacking from the Cabinet in September 1998 after a fallout with Mahathir.

It triggered some of the largest anti-government protests in Malaysia since independence, with scores of protesters arrested during their weekend rallies in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

Hadi’s Bill will fail if MPs reject it

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PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said if the proposal was not supported by the majority of MPs, the amendments would not be able to be implemented despite support from the public. ― file pictureAll 135 Muslim members of parliament (MP) have been urged to support the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), in the best interest of Islam and Muslims in the country.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said if the proposal was not supported by the majority of MPs, the amendments would not be able to be implemented despite support from the public.

“It is our hope that all 135 members of parliament from different political parties realise that the amendment is for the sake of Islam and not their political parties.

“This issue crosses political boundaries, so I urge all Muslim MPs to understand their responsibilities, as this (proposal) will fail if only the people want it, while they (MPs) reject it.” (more…)

Bullies can face up to six months’ suspension from school

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A school gang leader would be suspended from school for six months if found guilty of bullying, said Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid.

He said the punishment would be imposed after it was decided yesterday that the state education department, district education office and schools’ management could handle bullying cases happening in schools.

“After a disciplinary committee has conducted its investigation and there are evidence of wrongdoings, the gang leader will face a six-month suspension while his accomplices will be suspended for two months.”

He said this to reporters after a ‘Dialogue with Minister of Education’ session at Aimst University in Sungai Petani which was attended by about 1,700 teachers from all over Kedah. (more…)

February 25, 2017

Former Sarawak politician Larry Sng to make a comeback

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Larry-Sng_sarawak_6001 Former Sarawak Workers Party president Larry Sng has admitted that it is only a matter of time before he returns to politics, although he has stopped shy of confirming if he will rejoin the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before I return to politics. I don’t discount the possibility of joining a party or getting myself involved again,” Larry told FMT, adding that an announcement would be made soon.

Sin Chew Daily recently reported there was speculation Larry would be interested in playing a role in BN.

Larry, 36, is the son of Sng Chee Hua, former deputy president of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak. (more…)

Anwar never planned to unseat Mahathir, Azmin tells court

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azmin-aliAnwar Ibrahim never had the intention of toppling Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Umno president some 20 years ago, the High Court was told today.

Anwar’s former private secretary Mohamed Azmin Ali said, instead, it was Anwar’s political enemies who hatched plans to remove his former boss from the party and government.

“Anwar’s political opponents were unhappy with his meteoric rise in politics and his quest to bring about change.

“They wanted to remove him to achieve their own agenda,” Azmin said when testifying for Anwar who has filed a RM100 million defamation suit against Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin. (more…)

Police report lodged over fake petition to review Malaysia agreement

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The Sarawak chief minister’s press secretary Ambrose Cheng today lodged a police report over a Facebook post claiming that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to accept a petition from Sarawak seeking a review of the Malaysia Agreement 1963. — AFP picThe Sarawak chief minister’s press secretary Ambrose Cheng today lodged a police report over a Facebook post claiming that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to accept a petition from Sarawak seeking a review of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

According to The Star Online, Cheng lodged the report at the Gita police station to deny that Sarawak CM Datuk Amar Abang Johari had divulged any information on a supposed petition for a review of the Malaysia Agreement.

“The posting is not true and we leave it to the police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to investigate the matter,” Cheng was quoted saying.

The news report said the Facebook post by “Aman Shah” also alleged that the Sarawak Legislative Assembly unanimously agreed to the review and that the petition was supported by 630,000 Sarawakians.


Source : @ Malay Mail Online


Lawyer lodges complaint over Siti Kasim’s video of KL Bar AGM speech

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Screengrab of Amir Bahari from his campaign video for the KL Bar election. He has lodged a complaint against a fellow lawyer over the Facebook posting of a video made at the KL Bar’s AGM. — Picture via YouTube/Amir BahariA lawyer today lodged a complaint with the Malaysian Bar over fellow lawyer Siti Kasim’s Facebook posting of a video of a speech made at the Kuala Lumpur Bar’s annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday.

Mohd Amir Sharil Bahari Md Noor, otherwise known as just Amir Bahari, said Siti should not have recorded the video and posted it online, likening it to court proceedings where snapping photos and recording videos is disallowed.

“I lodged a Bar Council report against her, because it contravenes the Legal Profession Act,” the lawyer who was one of the candidates for the KL Bar chairman post told Malay Mail Online today.

In his complaint sighted by Malay Mail Online, Amir Bahari urged for investigations to be initiated as he believed Siti’s actions amounted to a breach of the LPA’s Section 76(2). (more…)

Rights body to help Sabah Christians with ‘Islam’ MyKads

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A human rights advocate said today that many Christians in Sabah were holding MyKads which listed them as Muslim.

Daniel John Jambun, who heads the UK-based Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (Bopim), said his organisation planned to help these people.

Jambun cited the latest example of Julitah Bahiau who is trying to get the National Registration Department (JPN) to change her son’s religion from Islam to Christian on the birth certificate.

She told local media that she had applied for her son Aryton Verlando’s birth certificate on time in 2010 but when she received the birth certificate it identified him as a Muslim. (more…)

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