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February 23, 2017

See wants Sarawak to take 49 per cent stake in gas block

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Image result for see chee howChief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and his state administration are urged to seriously consider taking up the 49 per cent stake in the SK316 offshore gas block which Petronas is planning to sell.

According to Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, it was recently reported that Petronas wanted to sell a large stake in this prized upstream gas project to raise cash and cut development costs.

As reported in a national daily, the stake may include a combination of the producing NC3 gas field in SK316 block, the potential development of the Kasawari field in the same block and other exploration acreage in Block SK316.

“I would be very disappointed if Petronas did not offer Sarawak the option to purchase the stake that it intends to sell. But since the intention is now revealed, I urge the state government to immediately negotiate with Petronas to purchase this stake which includes the producing NC3 gas field currently feeding our LNG9 export project,” See told The Borneo Post yesterday. (more…)

PKR veep taken aback by KGBS chief’s statement

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Voon Shiak NiPKR Women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni is shocked to read Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union (KGBS) president Ahmad Malie’s statement calling on Sarawakians to remain calm over the decision by the state Education Department to bring in teachers from Peninsular Malaysia to fill the vacancies in primary and secondary schools in the state.

In the statement, Ahmad also said the move was actually for the best interest of Sarawak.

He was quoted as saying: “Everyone should realise that reaching the 90:10 ratio of local teachers versus Peninsular teachers cannot be achieved overnight. It will take some time.”

“I wish to remind Ahmad to note the statement from the Education Department in year 2015 that the department, in proceeding with the plan for the transition towards realising the 90:10 ratio of local to Peninsula teachers in Sarawak by 2018, has actually projected that 15 per cent of teachers from Peninsula would be transferred out of Sarawak in 2016, 20 per cent in 2017 and 25 per cent in 2018 as a step forward to materialise the same. (more…)

Amnesty: Malaysia still lagging on rights issues

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Protesters sit on the road at Jalan Ampang during the Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur November 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaMalaysia has not made progress on various human rights areas, Amnesty International (AI) said in its annual report on the country released today.

The group highlighted six problem areas for the country: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, arbitrary arrests and detentions, police and security forces, refugees and asylum seekers and death penalty.

“The persistent crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression and the lack of police accountability in Malaysia are among the major concerns raised in the Amnesty International Report 2016/2017 released today.

“In 2016, repressive acts such as the Sedition Act 1948 and the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 were repeatedly used to silence government critics who were harassed, intimidated and often detained, constant with the trend we see within Southeast Asia on threats towards the region’s Human Rights Defenders,” AI Malaysia executive director K. Shamini Darshni said at the launch of the report here. (more…)

BiSingai community holds forum on NCR

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Henry (seated centre), Tenewi (seated left) and Granda (seated right) during a photo-call with other participants of the forum on Feb 18.The BiSingai community on Feb 18 held a forum on native customary rights (NCR) land to resolve a few issues as well as to inform the public how important their NCR ‘Pimu’ung’ is to the community.

The forum also aimed to compile a resolution for submission to the state government, said event organising secretary Gines Ruwia, who is also the spokesperson for the forum.

In his keynote address, Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep said the BiSingai attached great value to their ‘Pimu’ung’ which their ancestors since time immemorial had protected with valour.

One of the speakers, Datuk John Tenewi Nuek, said their resolution must incorporate words describing how strongly the community attached great importance to this NCR. (more…)

Education Ministry aims for all schools to be disabled-friendly by 2020

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Mahdzir said there were currently 76,166 disabled students at selected schools nationwide. — Reuters picThe Education Ministry has targeted that by 2020, schools nationwide be upgraded with facilities for the disabled, says minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

Thus, he hoped more private companies would come forward to collaborate with the ministry in providing such facilities for students with special needs.

“The ministry itself takes the responsibility of providing the facilities (to the disabled) at new schools, but we need strategic partners to fund for old schools,” he said.

Mahdzir was speaking to reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the ministry and RHB Foundation here today. (more…)

Ex-Chief Secretary to lead probe on Bank Negara forex losses in 90s

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TThe Prime Minister’s Office in a statement today said the terms of reference of the Special Task Force were to conduct a preliminary investigation related to BNM’s losses in speculative activities for foreign currency transactions. — Reuters piche Cabinet has appointed former chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan as chairman of the Special Task Force to carry out preliminary investigations into the losses involving foreign currency transactions by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) in the 1990s.

The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement today, said the terms of reference of the Special Task Force were to conduct a preliminary investigation related to BNM’s losses in speculative activities for foreign currency transactions.

In addition, it is also to determine the actual losses and whether there was any procedural and financial administration misconduct, and the extent of subsequent cover-ups.

The task force will then submit recommendations and suggestions to the government on further action to be taken, including the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry, if necessary, based on the results of the investigation, said the statement. (more…)

Lawyer withdraws from KL Bar election team, cites clash with principles

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Screengrab of Amir Bahari from his campaign video for the KL Bar election that will be held on Feb 23, 2017. — Picture via YouTube/Amir BahariLawyer Muhamad Izwan Ishak has pulled out from being part of a team campaigning for the KL Bar committee election tomorrow, saying that issues of race and religion should not be used for such a platform.

Muhamad Izwan, 25, today told Malay Mail Online that he pulled out from Amir Bahari’s team last Saturday after receiving a full briefing and will now be attending the KL Bar’s annual general meeting (AGM) tomorrow as a voter instead.

“My main reason for the withdrawal is because I cannot agree on the manifesto that has been discussed by Mr Amir Bahari,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today, adding that he will no longer be standing for elections this year. (more…)

Students can apply for 1Malaysia book vouchers from today, says minister

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Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the new method of giving out aid would be coordinated by the Domestic Trade Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry through its agency, Bank Rakyat. — file pictureA total of 1.3 million pre-university and institutions of higher learning students nationwide can now apply for the 1Malaysia Book Voucher (BB1M) worth RM250 which will be debited to the 1Malaysia Student Discount Card (KADS1M).

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the new method of giving out aid would be coordinated by the Domestic Trade Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry through its agency, Bank Rakyat.

“Through a study it was found that Bank Rakyat offered the best system and for this reason the bank was selected to supply the cards to the students,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters at the Higher Education Minister Keeping In Touch programme with student leaders of public universities, private higher learning institutions, polytechnics and community colleges and later handed KADS1M to student representatives at Universiti Malaya here today.

Also present were his deputy Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching and KPDNKK secretary-general Datuk Seri Jamil Salleh.


Source : @ Bernama


GST, subsidy rationalisation implementation was the right decision, says PM

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The PM said the implementation of the GST was the right step, driven by ‘political will and courage’. — Bernama picThe government’s bold step in implementing a structural change, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and subsidy rationalisation, was the right decision as it managed to increase the country’s revenue, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

“The achievement did not come easily as the government had to make a difficult and challenging decision,” Najib, who is also finance minister, said at a ceremony to pay tribute to the dedication of Treasury’ staff for the years 2015 and 2016, here today.

The prime minister said the implementation of the GST was the right step, driven by “political will and courage” and it was proven right as India and Saudi Arabia had expressed their interest to do likewise.

“The two countries will follow our steps. India will be implementing the GST in April next year with the highest GST rate of 23 per cent and Saudi Arabia will also be implementing the GST for the first time. (more…)

Government gets nod to fight landmark decision on Sedition Act

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The Court of Appeal had in November 2016 ruled in favour of PKR’s Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei’s constitutional challenge against a Sedition Act provision. Picture taken February 22, 2017. — Picture by Ida LimThe Federal Court today allowed the federal government to proceed with its appeal against a landmark decision that struck down a Sedition Act provision as unconstitutional.

The judges granted leave after PKR politician Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei’s lead counsel, Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, informed the judges that they were not objecting to the government’s bid at this stage and would instead challenge it during the hearing proper.

“At hearing of appeal… we reserve the right to argue that first two questions do not require an answer and third question should be answered in our favour,” Gopal told the judges.

The government of Malaysia — who was represented by Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali — submitted three questions of law for the Federal Court to decide on. (more…)

February 22, 2017

Nancy: Design thinking key to better public service

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Genovasi Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Lee Yew Meng. — Malay Mail picPublic servants must be equipped with design thinking skills which would allow them to provide more efficient service.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said civil servants should utilise the millions of ringgit being allocated annually to them by undergoing specialised training in this area.

She said only 28 per cent of the Malaysian workforce was highly skilled, which was 12 per cent off from the government’s target of 40 per cent.

“In tandem with the government’s efforts to raise the income level of the people from the medium to high-income bracket, which is the New Economic Model, it is necessary for at least 40 per cent of workforce to equip themselves with technical, professional and managerial skills,” she told reporters during a visit to the nation’s first and only design thinking school, Genovasi Malaysia, here yesterday. (more…)

Najib: Malaysia holds firm to principles in probe into Kim Jong-nam’s death

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaking at Dewan Seri Negeri, Wisma Darul Aman in Alor Star, February 11, 2017. — Bernama picNajib Razak said today Malaysia is not a pawn of any country and will hold firm to its principles in investigating the death of Kim Jong-nam, the elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He said that as a sovereign country, Malaysia would not be pressured or bullied into any form of action that is not deemed correct.

“As I said before, we have had good relations with North Korea all this while, and we have no reason to paint with a negative brush in terms of the image of North Korea, and we are very objective.

“Malaysia will stand firm. We will be guided by the principles of the rule of law to find out the truth because the crime was committed in Malaysia,” he said at a press conference after officiating at the 1Malaysia Training Scheme (SL1M) Central Zone Open Interview Programme 2017 here today.


Source : @ Bernama


Follow the Sarawak, Sabah way of unity, minister urges

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Tan Sri Joseph Kurup says creating a united Malaysia will take time. ― Malay Mail picSociety should remain steadfast, shoulder-to-shoulder, to ensure religious bigotry, racism, and extremism are never allowed to fester, says Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.

As Malaysia looks forward to its 60th Merdeka anniversary, the Minister in Prime Minister’s Department shared his views and vision in an exclusive interview with Malay Mail’s Ida Nadirah Ibrahim.

Q: Why is it difficult for the people in Peninsular Malaysia to adopt the Sarawak formula, where the people seem more united despite their racial diversity?

A: Sarawak and Sabah are a glimpse of the future — the role model for unity, harmony and opportunity. The people are united despite their differences. We appreciate the uniqueness of our society and our readiness and acceptance of one another’s cultures. (more…)

Malaysia should aim for top 20 ranking in Global Inovation Index

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Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri wants the public today to stop talks on ‘unhealthy’ negative issues. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaMalaysia should set a target to raise its ranking in the Global Innovation Index from 35th place in 2016 to be among the top 20, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

She said the ministry preferred to aim higher as international perception improved, subsequently, Malaysian products would become more marketable.

The minister said the immediate target was to boost Malaysian capabilities, to generate innovation and work together to make innovation part of the local culture.

“Whether it is a medium or long-term target, the raising of innovation is always an ongoing process that will continue well into the future. (more…)

Extremism, racial unity among issues debated at TN50 Dialogue

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi spoke at the 2050 National Transformation Dialogue (TN50) held in Nilai last night. ― Bernama picEducation, economy, religious institutions, racial unity and religious extremists were the top issues at the 2050 National Transformation Dialogue (TN50) between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and youths here last night.

The dialogue, chaired by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi, started at 8.30pm, with the Deputy Prime Minister answering directly questions from the participants at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM).

Religious extremism and radicalism was raised by singer and missionary Hafiz Hamidun who expressed fears that the technological sophistication currently could worsen the situation due to misuse.

Meanwhile, another participant Rahmat Ikhsan Mohd Sofyan said the Gathering 355 held in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday could create create two groups, namely, religious extremists and liberals. (more…)

Sarawak Chinese schools to get land with better economic value

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Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg (right) says the Sarawak government will exchange a piece of land allotted to the state’s private Chinese schools for a piece with better economic value. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak government will exchange a 2,000-hectare land allotted to the state’s private Chinese schools for a piece with better economic value, its Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said.

Abang Johari added that the land swap had been promised by his predecessor Tan Sri Adenan Satem before his death, The Borneo Post reported today.

“Tok Nan had approved a land of 2,000 hectares to the Sarawak Private Chinese Secondary Schools Charitable Trust for them to develop the land and earn income which can be used to manage Chinese schools.

“But apparently, the land is quite far and inaccessible so they have appealed to Tok Nan and he had agreed to this prior to his demise,” Abang Johari was quoted telling reporters in Kuching after attending a Chinese association anniversary dinner on Sunday. (more…)

February 21, 2017

Voon takes SEB to task over frequent power outage

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Image result for Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) voon shiak niSarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has been urged to prevent power outage in the state that has become a common problem of late.

In taking SEB to task for the frequent occurrence of massive power outages, PKR Women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni said these dreaded occurrence of electricity outages were taxing the people’s patience as it had caused inconveniences and losses to them.

“Power outage cannot be allowed to happen at all as too much losses are at stake for the public and consumers. There goes the unresolved question, who is going to compensate for the losses and damages suffered?,” she asked yesterday.

Voon was commenting on the power outage which occurred at 6.26pm on Sunday, which was due to a double circuit tripping of the 275kV Selangau-Kemena transmission line. Major areas affected were parts of Kuching, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Mukah and Sibu. (more…)

What is Sinar Project and why we should care if it lives or dies

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Sinar Project coordinator Khairil Yusof and programme manager Tan Sze Ming at their workspace in Subang Jaya February 12, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaLocated on the sixth floor of a building, the only thing distinguishing Sinar Project’s front door from the other nondescript grey doors on this long corridor are the myriad feisty stickers ― in support of net neutrality, privacy, free press and speech ― on it.

Inside, you are immediately greeted by shelves of computer programming textbooks ― from Java to Rails. On the desks its members share are scattered Nanoblock toys and a giant 3D puzzle of Moscow’s St Basil Cathedral.

“Swee Meng always has to tinker with something,” Sinar Project’s co-ordinator Khairil Yusof said apologetically, referring to the group’s chief technologist and his long-time friend.

But they are not all toys. One particular miniature gizmo is actually a circuit to measure the office’s air quality, which the group hopes can be a prototype for a network of data-gathering monitors placed across the country. (more…)

Willie continues helping villagers despite election setbacks

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Willie (right) helping out to change the roofing and trusses of the paddy machine house in Kpg Kamas over the weekend.PKR Puncak Borneo branch chairman Willie Mongin, 41 has always tried his best in rendering his service to his people in Puncak Borneo despite losing in previous elections.

After joining politics for 10 years, Willie together with his committee members had been involved in many projects to bring better livelihood to the people in the area.

His latest project was held over the weekend at Kpg Kamas, Ulu Padawan where he with the assistance from his branch committee members and villagers helped change the roofing and trusses of the paddy machine house in the village.

“I’m still moving around even though I lost (in the past elections). I’m passionate in helping the people in my area and in fact, I have never stopped rendering my service since joining politics,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Willie started his political career in 2007 by joining PKR. Besides helming PKR Puncak Borneo Branch, he is also a member of PKR state leadership council and has been entrusted to head the state PKR registration of voters and members committee.


Source : @ Borneo Post Online


Rapelson now eyes Gedong seat in next state election

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Rapelson Richart HamitThe heavy defeat he suffered in the Tanjong Datu by-election did not deter physically-challenged Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) candidate, Rapelson Richart Hamit, from continuing on with his politics.

Rapelson yesterday said he is now eyeing Gedong and is confident of using the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) ticket to contest against the mighty Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next state election.

He lost badly to BN candidate Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu in Tanjong Datu on Feb 18 when securing only 130 votes against Jamilah’s 6,573 votes, causing him to lose his deposit.

In the May 7 state election last year, he lost to BN candidate Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais for the newly created seat of Gedong when polling only 699 votes. Naroden won the contest by garnering 6,064 votes. Rapelson stood as an Amanah candidate then. (more…)

Family ups reward for safe return of missing pastor

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Image result for Raymond Koh Keng JooThe reward for information leading to the safe return of missing pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo has been raised to RM100,000 from the initial offer of RM10,000.

In a statement, Koh’s family hoped that the reward would help in efforts at finding Koh and his safe return.

“Our family is grateful and touched that concerned well-wishers have stepped up to increase the reward money offered,” said Susanna Liew, the pastor’s wife.

Koh was reportedly abducted on Feb 13 between 10.30 and 10.45 am while he was driving a silver-coloured 1990 model Honda Accord (ST 5515 D) along Jalan SS4B/10, Petaling Jaya, Selangor – about 400 metres after the Caltex petrol station off the LDP Expressway. (more…)

Bishops urge Catholics to be aware of challenges to their faith

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Image result for Hadi’s BillThe Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia issued a statement on Feb 17, calling all Catholics to be aware of the adverse explicit and implicit consequences brought about by a rapidly changing world which is “deeply affected by rising secularism, individualism, religious fundamentalism, communalism and even materialism”.

“The birth of our country was premised on the fact that we are a multi-religious and multicultural nation and that freedom of religion or belief should be fully respected and guaranteed. However, in more recent times, changing trends, both internationally and locally, have sometimes made the expressions of faith far more challenging.”

“We are at a point of our nation’s history where the freedom to practise our faith we once enjoyed and the Church, as an important player for nation building, seem to have been disregarded.” (more…)

Prime minister is not a public official, court told

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Hafarizam-HarunLawyers for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is facing a suit over claims of abuse of power in office, have argued their client is not a public official within the meaning of the Federal Constitution.

Lawyer Mohamed Hafarizam Harun said Article 132 (3) (a) states that politicians are excluded as public officials.

He said officials in the public service were civil servants in the states and in Putrajaya, members of the armed forces, judicial and legal services, policemen and those in the education services.

Hafarizam said the interpretation provision in Article 160 (2) further states that a member of the administration in Putrajaya is meant to be a person holding the office of minister, deputy minister, parliamentary secretary or political secretary. (more…)

If you police the erotic, you eroticise the policing

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JImage result for khalwatAWI’s botched raid on a married couple was all the rage last week. There’s something about Malay couples checking in to budget hotels which drives our revered religious enforcers up the wall and, unfortunately, through doors.

Concerns have been raised from a religious and judicial perspective and well they should. Last week’s incident was a special feature because it showed the lengths to which these guardians of pre-marital proximity will go.

We certainly hope that sound Islamic theology and constitutional law won’t suffer the same fate as marriage certificates.

This article, however, hopes to take a different route; I wish to highlight some concerns (of such raids) from a libidinal angle. For instance, what is the impact of these anti-khalwat swoops on the sexual constellations of those involved? How do such marauding actions push or slam into the erotic buttons of both the enforcers and the (allegedly) guilty ones? (more…)

Better land for Chinese schools

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Abang Johari (third right) presents the cheque to Wee (third left) while Wong (second right), Dr Sim (fourth left), Fu (right) and others look on. — Photo by Muhammad Rais SanusiThe state government has agreed to swap the 2,000-hectare land allocated to Sarawak Private Chinese Secondary Schools Charitable Trust with a piece of land that has more economic value.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said this was in view of the appeal made by the board of trustees to the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem recently.

“‘Tok Nan (Adenan) had approved a land of 2,000 hectares to the Sarawak Private Chinese Secondary Schools Charitable Trust for them to develop the land and earn income which can be used to manage Chinese schools.

“But apparently, the land is quite far and inaccessible so they have appealed to Tok Nan and he had agreed to this prior to his demise,” he told reporters when met after gracing The Federation of Chinese Associations, Kuching, Samarahan & Serian Divisions, Sarawak 2017 Chinese New Year cum 38th anniversary dinner at a hotel here on Sunday. (more…)

What have they got against Muslim women?

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If Malay women are like marionettes whose actions must be controlled by others, then Muslim men are like martinets, the strict disciplinarians who demand that others adhere to their rigid rules.

Have you noticed that new edicts about control are almost always directed at Muslim women? How often do you ever hear about men being warned to act properly?

Women are told: Cover your head. Cover your aurat. Stop dreaming about being a beauty queen, gymnast or ballerina. Avoid gazing directly into men’s eyes. Stop wearing jeans, use a purdah. Don’t ride kapcais (small motorbikes), with men. Don’t breed dogs.

Every insecure Muslim man and organisation treats the Muslim woman as if she were a brainless, sexual object, whose main role in life is to breed more Muslims. How often are Muslim men told to stop objectifying women? Are they taught to respect women? (more…)

In-depth study needed on Dego Ride, says Nancy Shukri

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nancy-degoThe government does not want to be hasty in banning the Dego Ride service, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

She said although the motorcycle ride-hailing service was seen as an innovative approach in the public transport industry, an in-depth study about it should be done before any decision could be made.

“The Cabinet has neither agreed nor disagreed with it (Dego Ride) because we don’t have any laws or regulations pertaining to the service.

“We have to study the market pressure on Dego Ride, just like we did on Uber, because it (Dego Ride) has been seen as diversifying the options for users, besides creating a platform for the B40 group to earn extra income,” she told reporters after opening the Express Bus Transformation Laboratory here today. (more…)

Borneo vote shows Najib base still strong in key Malaysia state

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak seen here with the late Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem in Serian March 13, 2016. — Bernama pic A largely uncontested by-election in Sarawak reaffirmed the strength of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s base in a key Malaysian state, showing the challenges his opponents face to defeat him in the next general election.

Jamilah Anu, the widow of popular former Chief Minister Adenan Satem, easily won Saturday’s vote to fill a local assembly seat in Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states on Borneo island. It had been left vacant by the death of her husband in January, and major national opposition parties chose not to contest out of respect.

That’s good news for Najib, who has weathered more than a year of scandals and is weighing the right time to call the next federal election due by mid-2018. Sarawak and neighbouring Sabah accounted for about a third of his Barisan Nasional coalition’s seats in the last general election, and signs of waning support there would boost the opposition’s chances of taking power for the first time since independence in 1957.
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Mahathir, Muhyiddin won’t testify in Anwar’s defamation suit

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r-sivarasa-anwar-sueDr Mahathir Mohamad and Muhyiddin Yassin will not feature as witnesses for Anwar Ibrahim in the RM100 million defamation suit against Khairy Jamaluddin.

Anwar’s counsel R Sivarasa said the former prime minister and deputy prime minister were not required as witnesses after the evaluation of existing evidence presented in court.

“We are confident Anwar can prove his case against Khairy with the testimonies of three other witnesses,” he told reporters after the day’s proceedings.

Sivarasa said High Court judge Azizul Azmi Adnan had been informed via letter last week that the plaintiff had decided not to call Mahathir and Muhyiddin. (more…)

PM says will consider mediation council to address religious conflicts

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks during the National Peace and Harmony banquet event in Kuala Lumpur February 20, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy May Najib Razak said today he will weigh a proposal by a Christian group to set up a mediation council to resolve matters related to religious indifferences in the country.

The prime minister however said more details were needed before he could take the Christians for Peace and Harmony in Malaysia’s (CPHM) proposal further.

“So put forward your suggestions but the more important question is who to put in the council,” he said at the National Peace and Harmony banquet event here.

The dinner was organised by CPHM and attended by leaders of various groups of faith. (more…)

Lawyers: Najib not a public officer, but member of administration

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is not a public officer or part of Malaysia’s public services as he is a member of the administration, his lawyers told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.

The lawyers are applying to strike out a suit of misfeasance in public office and breach of fiduciary duty by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and two others against Najib in relation to 1MDB and his other actions.

The prime minister’s lead counsel Cecil Abraham told this to Justice Abu Bakar Jais in chambers and cited Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution which stated that a member of the administration as defined under the Section 3 of the Interpretation Act is a person holding office as minister, deputy minister, parliamentary secretary or political secretary. (more…)

MACC nabs Johor Islamic enforcers for graft

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The Johor branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today detained two senior officers of the Johor State Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ) suspected of being involved in corruption and abuse of power for personal gain.

One of them is the principal assistant director, while the other, an assistant officer, of the JAINJ Syariah Law Division.

The two men, aged 55 and 40, were detained at 4.30 pm when they arrive at the Johor MACC office to give statements on their cases.

According to a source, the duo were alleged to have abused their positions by approving permits to organise Islamic pre-marriage courses without going through proper procedures. (more…)

The cycling tragedy is far from over

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cycling-johorWhen reading these three articles: “Call to ban underage youth from late night loitering in city”; “You can’t fault the state for cycling tragedy”; and “Stop blaming us, say parents of cycling tragedy victims”, I can’t help but feel a sense of indignation and disappointment.

Typical of knee jerk reactions, I am sure there will be lots of accusations, suggestions and discussions in the next few days on how to tackle the problem of teenagers cycling and loitering along our highways and city roads in the wee hours of the morning.

But I sincerely hope the discussions will not end in the same way as those about the fatal bus accidents on our highways. These series of discussions typically last for a week or two before everything reverts to “normal”. (more…)

Hadi’s Bill ‘beyond us’, BN-friendly Christian group says

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Wong said that CPHM had held over 20 programmes to bridge religious groups of various beliefs since the group's inception in June 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy MayA Christian group linked to Barisan Nasional refused further comments today on a private member’s Bill calling for harsher Shariah punishments, amid concerns by other groups of the faith.

Christians for Peace and Harmony in Malaysia (CPHM) chairman Rev Wong Kim Kong said there should be a mediator to resolve the conflict but distanced himself when asked if CPHM could be the one in the matter of the Shariah Bill.

“This is beyond us… It is very political,” he told a news conference here.

Wong had earlier said that CPHM had held over 20 programmes to bridge religious groups of various beliefs since the group’s inception in June 2015. (more…)

Kit Siang’s birthday wish is for Malaysians to be ‘more Malaysian’

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Lim said the Johor traffic accident, where eight Malay teenage cyclists died when a car driven by a Chinese woman rammed into them, was not a racial incident. — Picture by K.E.OoiDAP’s Lim Kit Siang wished for Malaysians to be “more Malaysian” as he turned 76 today.

The DAP parliamentary leader said the Johor traffic accident, where eight Malay teenage cyclists died when a car driven by a Chinese woman rammed into them, was not a racial incident, nor was the death of S. Balamurugan in police custody an Indian problem, the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) a Chinese problem, or the grievances of Felda settlers a Malay issue.

“Malaysia must make the next quantum leap in Malaysian nation-building with more Malaysians trying to be Malaysians in their thinking, outlook and responses regardless of race, religion, region or culture,” Lim said in a statement. (more…)

Bersih: Correct Johor menteri besar’s ‘dubious’ voter details

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maria-chin-khaled-nordinElectoral reform group Bersih 2.0 says the “dubious” voter details of Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin must be corrected, following submissions by the state Pakatan Harapan yesterday of hundreds of suspicious voter details.

According to Johor Pakatan Harapan, Khaled’s voter details list his address as that of his office, not his residence – where 13 other voters, including his son, Akmal Saufi, are also registered.

Khaled reportedly changed the address on his MyKad to his office address last year.

In a statement issued today, Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah called the move “an outright manipulation of the electoral roll and obvious abuse of power”. (more…)

Lawyer: Najib not a public officer, cannot be sued for abuse of power

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Najib's lawyer Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun said that Najib was a member of the administration and that Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution excluded members of the administration to be in the public services. — File picThe High Court here today heard that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and two others cannot claim that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his capacity as a public officer has committed tort of misfeasance in public office pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)’s funds.

Najib’s lawyer Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun said this was because Najib was a member of the administration and that Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution excluded members of the administration to be in the public services.

He told this to the press after Najib’s lead counsel Tan Sri Cecil Abraham completed his submissions in chambers before Judge Abu Bakar Jais.

The court today heard submissions on Najib’s application to strike out the lawsuit against him by Dr Mahathir, 90, former Batu Kawan Umno vice chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, 54, and former Langkawi Wanita Umno member Anina Saadudin, 41. (more…)

Anwar equates Kajang move with Mukhriz’s removal

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Jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today equated Umno’s removal of Mukhriz Mahathir as Kedah menteri besar with PKR’s Kajang move in 2014.

Cross-examined by lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah appearing for Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, Anwar admitted that Kajang move was meant to make him Selangor MB, as it was mooted by party leadership to bring change in the state by replacing then MB Khalid Ibrahim.

He said it was then decided that someone senior would replace Khalid, and the move was then facilitated by replacing then Kajang assemblyperson Lee Chin Cheh, who accepted the change and allowed the replacement.

Shafee: The initial intention was to put you as candidate, but this did not happen? (more…)

Dr M says Najib cheated, prompting Salleh’s ridicule

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Mahathir,-Najib,-BN,-Umno,-PAS,-election,-cheat,-1999,-PekanFormer prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has alleged that Prime Minister Najib Razak cheated in order to win the Pekan parliament seat in 1999.

The allegation, made in a speech at Balik Pulau on Saturday, drew a retort from Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, who said Mahathir was “scraping the bottom of the barrel” to find something with which to paint Najib as an unworthy prime minister.

Mahathir, speaking at a rally organised by his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, said: “Najib will cheat. In 1999, when he almost lost in Pekan, he resorted to bringing in Orang Asli people and soldiers, and they were forced to support him. As a result, he won with just 200 votes.” (more…)

Zaid: Forex losses aside, hold inquiry on Altantuya murder

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Zaid Ibrahim believes that a public inquiry into the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu would be more useful as opposed to setting up a task force to investigate Bank Negara’s foreign exchange losses, which occurred more than two decades ago.

The former law minister Zaid Ibrahim also questioned Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s silence on the forex issue until now.

“Did he register unhappiness over the losses and ask for a public inquiry (in the past)?

“He took office in 2009, or seven years ago, and in all the time since then he did not say a word about the forex losses either – until now. If it was such an important issue for the country then surely he would have acted sooner,” he added in a blog posting. (more…)

Madinah replaces Ambrin Buang as new auditor-general

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Education Ministry former chief secretary Madinah Mohamad will takeover from Ambrin Buang as auditor-general beginning Tuesday.

Chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa said Madinah was appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“The government records its highest gratitude and thanks to Ambrin for his service since his appointment as auditor-general on Feb 23, 2006, especially his efforts in transforming and restructuring the government’s auditing system and reinforcing its financial management systems,” said Ali in a statement.

Madinah retired as chief secretary of the Education Ministry last year. Prior to that, she had also held the same position at the Science, Innovation and Technology Ministry.

Ambrin had introduced the tabling of audit reports three times a year, from the previous practice of only once a year.

He was also in charge of the 2015 federal audit on troubled state investment firm 1MDB. The report for the audit was later classified as an official secret.


Source : @ Malaysiakini


EC already preparing for GE14 — Chairman

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Image result for The Election Commission malaysia pru14The Election Commission (EC) is laying ground works, including preparing the budget, for the 14th General Election (GE14).

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah told The Borneo Post yesterday that the commission is now looking into the details of the GE14 budget, which will be made known to the public after the dissolution of Parliament.

“We will ensure that all expenditure is necessary for the GE14 to be smoothly conducted and it will be a prudent budget,” he said. On talks of a snap GE14, Mohd Hashim said such rumours had been around since 2015.

“The EC does not know when GE14 will be before the dissolution of the parliament. Only after the parliament is dissolved will EC meet to determine related important dates. (more…)

When just being a Muslim is not enough

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doa-alquranAt my first school assembly when we were about to recite a doa, the kid beside me slapped my hand down and said, “Engkau bukan Islam, tak boleh doa.”

I didn’t look Muslim enough apparently. Muslims didn’t have my nose and my skin tone.

Later, still in primary school, I was laughed at because I couldn’t read the Quran. I had to write the sounds down using the alphabet and memorise it so I could pass off as reading the Quran:- (more…)

February 20, 2017

Fadillah believes federal govt will recognise UEC

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Fadillah (eighth left), Fazzrudin (seventh left) and others at the simple launch of the dinner. — Photo by Hiew Man ChienWorks Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof believes that Putrajaya will eventually make Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) —the credential held by students of Chinese independent schools — to be recognised throughout the country.

He said he supported the move of the Education Ministry and United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia to conduct detailed studies on the potential of full UEC recognition.

“The discussion has come to a stage whereby the Chinese school association has to include some syllabuses from the national type schools in their Chinese independent schools.

“The federal government will recognise UEC once this has been ironed out,” he told a Lunar New Year dinner organised by 14 associations in Matang area here that was held last Saturday. (more…)

Sarawak disaster management committee says claims of worsening flood situation false

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Image result for Sarawak disaster management committeeThe Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (JPBNS) has denied claims that the flood situation is worsening in Long Busang, Belaga in Kapit Division.

JPBNS secretariat chief Major Ismail Mahedin said images of Long Busang inundated by flood that went viral in Facebook and other social media today was false as an inspection of the area was already conducted.

“Kapit Resident Joseph Belayong has contacted the JPBNS secretariat at 2.20pm and after he (Joseph) made an inspection of the area by helicopter, it was found that such claims were false,” he said in a statement here today.

So far, he said, based on reports received from the operations room, the water level in Long Busang was receding and the armed forces would go there by boat to send the necessary aid.

He said the river trip by longboat from Bintulu to Long Busang takes eight hours while from Kapit to Long Busang is six hours.


Source : @ Bernama


Missing pastor’s wife offers RM10,000 reward

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Image result for Raymond Koh Keng JooThe family of pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, who was recently abducted in Petaling Jaya, Selangor is offering a reward of up to RM10,000 for any information on his whereabouts.

“I would like to appeal to those who have taken my husband to return him safe and unharmed to me and my children. I would also like to appeal to any eyewitnesses to come forward.

“I would also like to offer a reward amounting to a maximum of RM10,000 for information leading to the rescue of my dear husband,” said Koh’s wife Susanna Liew Sow Yoke in a recent statement following the abduction of Koh on Feb 13.

The wife and family appealed to individuals who hold information about Koh’s whereabouts to contact Koh’s son Jonathan at 011-3973 2670 via WhatsApp. (more…)

Civil service needs MAS-like turnaround

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putrajaya_awam_600When Second Finance Minister Johari Abdul Ghani spoke of Malaysia’s bloated civil service, he didn’t say anything most of us did not already suspect. What we want to know most of all is what the government will do about it.

Do you remember Christoph Mueller, who was brought in from Germany to prevent MAS from going bankrupt?

One of Mueller’s first tasks was to ascertain the number of middle managers in the airline. We’re told that he asked Khazanah Nasional Berhad, MAS’s owner, for the figure. Apparently, no one in Khazanah had a clue.

Mueller was unable to formulate a survival plan until he knew the size of middle management and the exact nature of the chain of command. (more…)

CFM: Pastor’s abduction a grave concern

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The Christian Federation of Malaysia has expressed deep concern over the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh last Monday.

“We understand that Koh works with the communities and all people who are in need.

“The work of people of faith in such communities must be free from threats of violence and intimidation,” said CFM chairperson Rev Eu Hong Seng in a statement today.

Eu said that the CFM was praying for the success of the police in locating Koh and for the abductors to release the pastor unharmed. (more…)

Uggah: Tanjung Datu by-election outcome a vote of confidence for Abang Johari

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Datuk Amar Douglas said Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic) succeeded in delivering the message that he would continue the legacy of the late Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and implement all the projects planned in the constituency. — Bernama picThe outcome of the Tanjong Datu by-election is a vote of confidence from the people of the constituency towards the leadership of Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg as Sarawak’s sixth chief minister.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas said Abang Johari succeeded in delivering the message that he would continue the legacy of the late Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and implement all the projects planned in the constituency.

Uggah, who is also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president, said the show of overwhelming support for Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu in the by-election also proved the people of Tanjong Datu had faith in the Barisan Nasonal (BN) government.

“It proved that the decision to field her to continue Tok Nan (Adenan)’s great work, had the fullest support from the majority of Tanjong Datu populace. “I am very confident Datuk Amar Jamilah will be able to serve and bring greater development for the people of Tanjong Datu,” said Uggah. (more…)

Minister assures Chinese schools of government’s assistance

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Image result for Chinese schools of government assistanceThe government does not neglect Chinese schools as evidenced by the allocation of funds, assistance and facilities to these institutions.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri assured that the hard work by former Chief Minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem in helping Chinese school would be continued by his successor.

“Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who replaces Adenan will continue what has been left behind.

“Abang Johari had pledge RM1 million annually and up to RM10 million for the next five years if he is given the mandate for another five years,” she said.

Nancy, who is also Batang Sadong MP said this at a Chinese New Year dinner hosted by the Chung Hua Simunjan Management board yesterday.

She urged the school management board to fully utilise what has been given by the government.

At the function, Nancy presented RM30,000 grant to upgrade the facilities at the school.


Source : @ Borneo Post Online


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