Hornbill Unleashed

April 26, 2017

Sarawak govt proposes abolishment of cabotage policy

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said he and the state Cabinet ministers viewed the repeal of the cabotage policy as among the ways to lessen the price of goods in Sarawak. ― Bernama picThe Sarawak government has proposed to the federal government to abolish the cabotage policy which requires all goods to enter the state through Port Klang.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said he and the state Cabinet ministers viewed the repeal of the policy as among the ways to lessen the price of goods in Sarawak.

He said, the move would also ease efforts to develop the state’s basic infrastructure as the construction material also needed to be imported and sent through Port Klang.

“Each imported item needs to go through Port Klang. It was suitable before because of the absence of volume due to lack of international trade. However, Sarawak now has established international trade and the time has come for the abolishment of the (cabotage) policy, which will enable foreign ships to come to the state. (more…)

Sarawak issues stop-work order against quarry company after BN protest

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Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan says the quarry licence was issued in the 1980s and was renewed in 2006. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak Land and Survey Department has issued a stop-work order against a quarry operating within the Dered Krian National Park in Bau district, after 150 villagers led by two state Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers held a protest at the site yesterday.

Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the stop-work order took effect today.

“We will review the quarry licence, and if necessary, we will revoke it,” he told Malay Mail Online.

Awang Tengah, who had earlier chaired the State Cabinet Committee on Performance and Service Delivery Transformation meeting at the State Operations Centre, said the quarry licence was issued in the 1980s and renewed in 2006. (more…)

Bersih: More suspect new voters found in marginal seats

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Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Maria Chin says that the discovery of suspect new voters strengthened the group’s suspicion of a ‘political attempt’ to influence the 14th general election results. — Picture by Saw Siow FengMore suspect new voters have been discovered in constituencies won by the Opposition with slim majority in the last general election, Bersih 2.0 alleged today.

The polsl reform group said its investigation found a highly suspicious transfer of a significant number of voters in the Bukit Katil federal seat and one of its state constituencies, Bukit Baru, in Malacca.

Bersih 2.0 co-chairman Maria Chin told reporters here that the discovery strengthened the group’s suspicion of a “political attempt” to influence the 14th general election results to favour the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

“These figures are significantly higher than the average number of new voters in other areas, giving rise to the likelihood of a deliberate and coordinated effort to influence the likely electoral result for the two affected constituencies,” she said. (more…)

‘Raja Bomoh’ says sorry, admits wrongdoing in fake rituals

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Ibrahim first attracted international attention with his antics during Malaysia’s Flight MH370 crisis. — Reuters pic Self-declared “Raja Bomoh” Ibrahim Mat Zain today gave up his title as Shaman King and apologised to Muslims worldwide over his controversial rituals which he claimed was merely an act.

Ibrahim, who attracted international attention with his antics during Malaysia’s Flight MH370 crisis and diplomatic row with North Korea, claimed that he was ordered to put on the act.

Ibrahim, however, said he could not disclose the identity of those who had given him the orders to conduct the rituals that were purportedly only aimed at creating a merry situation.

“Now I no longer want to be known by the title Raja Bomoh and regret all my past actions. I apologise to all Muslims in Malaysia and in the world,” he was quoted as saying by local daily Utusan Malaysia’s portal Utusan Online. (more…)

Survey: GE14 a race between BN, Pakatan with PAS the biggest loser

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A survey found that in the event of a three-way contest between Umno, Pakatan Harapan parties and PAS, voters would likely choose the Malay ruling party. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengThe next general election will see Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan battle it out as PAS is unlikely to win voter support in the event of a three-cornered fight, a survey by big data analytics outfit Invoke shows.

The survey which polled 10,000 Malaysian voters across the country found that in the event of a three-way contest between Umno, Pakatan Harapan parties (PKR, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and Amanah) and PAS, voters would likely choose the Malay ruling party.

Malay Mail Online managed to obtain the final figures of the survey, which also showed that PKR came in second as a party preferred by voters, after Umno.

The survey also indicates that newer Opposition parties like PPBM and Amanah have overtaken PAS in terms of national voter support. (more…)

Bersih claims 32 voters under one roof in opposition seat

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Bukit-Katil,-PAS,-Bukit-BaruElectoral group Bersih 2.0 today claimed there is a case of 32 phantom voters staying in the same house in the Bukit Baru state seat in Malacca.

Outreach officer Chan Tsu Chong told a press conference at Bersih 2.0’s office here, that a corner lot house in Jalan SJ1, Taman Saujana Putra, Bukit Katil was registered as the residential address of 32 voters.

“We discovered the supplementary electoral roll for last quarter of 2016 where it was listed 32 people have the same home address,” he said, adding the Bersih 2.0 team went to the house over the weekend to verify the matter.

“How it is possible for over 30 people stay in a house and we want to know whether they are residence of this parliamentary and state constituency,” he said. (more…)

C4: Disclose source of US$1.2 billion payment to IPIC

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cythia-ipic-1The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) wants the government to disclose where it will source the US$1.2 billion (RM5.25 billion) to settle its debt with Abu Dhabi-based International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel said Malaysians are worried that taxpayers’ money would be used in the settlement between IPIC and 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), both national companies under the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia respectively.

She said Prime Minister Najib Razak needed to immediately clarify the settlement without further delay.

She said Malaysians have every right to get answers to controversies involving loss of public funds which are causing mounting financial instability in the country.

“We have a right to know and a right to be assured that the rising cost of living isn’t going to get worse because of blatant abuse and mismanagement,” she said in a statement today. (more…)

Group bids to drop voting age to 18

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Calling themselves Undi18, the six youths kicked off a signature campaign last Saturday to generate support for their call to give young Malaysians a bigger say in the country’s direction. — Picture by Saw Siow FengA group of youths have started a campaign to lower the eligible voting age from 21 to 18 years old, saying young adults were the largest age group in the country.

Calling themselves Undi18, the six youths kicked off a signature campaign last Saturday to generate support for their call to give young Malaysians a bigger say in the country’s direction.

“As of now, we have several hundred signatories for the petition, but ideally, we are looking at between 5,000 and 10,000 petitioners in the next five months before we submit it to the Prime Minister’s Office,” director of Undi18, Tharmelinggem Pillai told Malay Mail Online.

Although conceding it was unlikely that an amendment to Article 119(1) of the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age can be done in time for the next general election, he said the group was hoping for this to occur by the 15th general election. (more…)

Invoke study finds love is not mutual among Pakatan Harapan supporters

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According to an Invoke survey by PKR MP Rafizi Ramli, Pakatan Harapan parties cannot assume the undivided support from their allies. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Pakatan Harapan parties cannot assume the undivided support from their allies, according to a survey by PKR MP Rafizi Ramli’s Invoke Centre for Policy Initiatives (I-CPI).

The poll found that DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia support was least transferrable inside the pact, with just 61.4 per cent of DAP supporters willing to vote for the new Pakatan Harapan entrant, although support going the other way was higher, at 69.8 per cent.

The situation was similar with PKR and Amanah, with only 61 per cent of the former party’s supporters saying they would vote for the latter party, whereas more than four in five of the Islamist party’s supporters would vote for PKR.

“This shows a clear disparity in votes transferability because if you are a PKR supporter, it doesn’t mean you will vote in an Amanah candidate,” PKR’s Rafizi Ramli told a news conference. (more…)

Apology not accepted, Watson tells TV3 and others

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Watson-Nyambek_tv_show_600Watson Nyambek has refused to accept the apology from local television station TV3, the producers of a TV programme and its presenter over the insult made against his father and himself, the Borneo Post reported.

Representatives from TV3, Primeworks Studios CEO Ahmad Izham Omar and presenter Azizul Ammar Abu Hassan made the personal apology to the former national sprinter at a meeting at the Grand Palace Hotel in Miri, Sarawak, yesterday.

However, they were rebuffed with Watson telling them: “I do not accept your apology.”

“I cannot say anything more on this because I am really mad and disappointed as I cannot accept the actions made by the TV host (presenter). (more…)

Education Ministry intensifies activities to prevent drug abuse among students

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Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said the activities to curb drug abuse in schools would focus on high-risk areas identified by the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK). — Picture by Zuraneeza ZulkifliThe Education Ministry, with the cooperation of government agencies and non-governmental organisations, is intensifying activities to curb drug abuse among school students.

Its deputy minister, Datuk P. Kamalanathan, said the activities would focus on high-risk areas identified by the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK).

“The Education Ministry is serious in implementing drug prevention education among students in all schools, implicitly and explicitly, in and outside classrooms,” he said when wrapping-up the debate on the royal speech on behalf of the ministry in the Dewan Negara here today.

He said early intervention measures were also carried out on students with high-risk of getting involved with drug abuse. (more…)

Sarawak sets up new agency to oversee development of Upper Rajang

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Abang Johari said the Upper Rajang Development Authority (Urda), set up under Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) Ordinance 2006 (4b), covers an area of 38,000 square kilometres, which is one-third the size of Sarawak. — Bernama picChief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg today announces the setting up of a new state agency to look into the development of Kapit Division and some part of Bintulu.

He said the Upper Rajang Development Authority (Urda), set up under Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) Ordinance 2006 (4b), covers an area of 38,000 square kilometres, which is one-third the size of Sarawak.

Making the announcement at a press conference after visiting the Kapit Development Exhibition at Kapit Civic Centre here today during his first working visit to the division after he became the chief minister more than 100 days ago, he said Urda was important to ensure people in the rural areas could enjoy the development implemented by the government.

“(Deputy Chief Minister) Tan Sri James Masing will be the chairman of Urda while (Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister) Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi will be his deputy,” he said. (more…)

April 25, 2017

Two key reasons why Harapan will win GE14

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In the 13th general election (GE13), Umno-BN suffered a major setback when they lost the popular vote and seven additional parliament seats. The opposition under Pakatan Rakyat was successful in making inroads into some of BN’s strongholds.

About four years later, we see a new political landscape in Malaysia. While PAS leaves Pakatan Rakyat, Umno-BN is complicit to one of the world’s largest money-laundering scandals. 1MDB is not the only high-profiled corruption case which is dragging Umno down.

We have the Sabah Watergate scandal, the Youth and Sports Ministry RM100 million scandal, The Johor Umno corruption scandals which involve a state exco member and another which involves the Youth chief of an Umno division (too many corruption scandals for me to list down).

A trust deficit ensues and Umno-BN’s popularity is at a steady decline. The polls now indicate that Umno is at the 40 percent mark, the lowest it has ever received since independence. Let’s not forget that polling numbers for the government are usually lower than what’s recorded. This is due to voter’s ‘fear’ of revealing their support for the opposition. (more…)

Report: China maintains ‘near-constant’ patrols near Sarawak shoals

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Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessels are maintaining near-constant patrols in waters that are claimed by Malaysia, according to a report.

The report – which tracked ship movements near Luconia Shoals from Dec 30 last year to Feb 26 this year – said at least three CCG vessels and one Royal Malaysian Navy vessel had patrolled the area over the period.

It said the CCG ship Zhongguo Haijing 3306 was on patrol until at least Jan 6. From Jan 12 until around Feb 3, it was replaced by the Zhongguo Haijing 3501. The Zhongguo Haijing 3402 patrolled the area from Feb 15 onwards.

“During that time, only one Malaysian government vessel, the Royal Malaysian Navy’s KD Selangor, patrolled the shoals from Jan 22 to Jan 29. (more…)

Totally fake and on the take

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That, to me, pretty concisely sums up the Umno/BN regime and the compelling reasons why Malaysians in all their diversity need to unite to remove this curse from the country they claim to love.

But unfortunately, as demonstrated by Umno/BN’s fake ‘win’ of a majority of seats in the 13th general election despite its loss of the overall majority of votes, the very fakery and on-the-takery that render the regime such a curse are also what keep it alive.

Fake Umno/BN election ‘success’, for example, depends not only on the drawing of fake electoral boundaries by the regime’s fake electoral commission, but also on enough citizens being either willing to take bribes to vote for the highest bidder, or else so patently and pathetically fake as to not bother to register or turn up to vote at all.

Similarly, the survival of Umno/BN’s fake ‘news’ media depend not only on such constitution-faking laws as the unconstitutionally-oppressive Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the transparency-killing Official Secrets Act 1972, but on the cooperation of countless fake ‘journalists’ corruptly taking salaries in return for their support of the regime in the form of lies, spin, self-censorship or outright silence. (more…)

For English medium, let Sabah run its own schools, minister told

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Sabah DAP has urged the federal government to decentralise education to allow the implementation of English medium schools in the state, as proposed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Welcoming the Sabah Umno leader’s proposal, DAP’s Seri Tanjong assemblyperson Chan Foong Hin said it is not feasible unless the state’s powers in education is reinstated.

“I absolutely agree with (Rahman’s) every reason to re-establish English-medium government schools in Sabah, as mastery of English is a way to make human capital more productive and competitive.

“However, it’s not about whether the general public agrees or not with his proposal, it’s about how to implement this proposal… (more…)

Sarawak government wants end to cabotage policy

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johariThe Sarawak government has proposed to the federal government to abolish the cabotage policy which requires all goods to enter the state through Port Klang.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said he and the state cabinet viewed the repeal of the policy as among the ways to lessen the price of goods in Sarawak.

He said, the move would also ease efforts to develop the state’s basic infrastructure as construction material also needed to be imported and sent through Port Klang.

“Each imported item needs to go through Port Klang. It was suitable before because of the absence of volume due to lack of international trade. (more…)

Fake news and those who propagate them

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Deception and propaganda are highly influential tools political movements and warfare. These elements are developed with one purpose in mind – to manipulate public opinion.

Carl von Clausewitz, a Prussian general and influential military theorist stated aptly in his book ‘Vom Kriege (On War)’, “War is nothing but a continuation of politics with the admixture of other means”, if you were to consider a broader definition of war as something that goes beyond military strength and artillery, the word could figuratively signify a more sinister embodiment of the present political warfare we now face.

The recent US Presidential election introduced global citizens to the term ‘fake news’; lies thinly veiled as news – a phenomenon that is nothing new and is as old as civilisation itself. Donald J Trump’s victory in the presidential election had the entire world focus on the deluge of false information and fictitious stories, particularly on social media, which many thought played a central role in his success.

For centuries, politics relied on more than just mere data and facts; it was and still is driven by ideological frameworks where interpretations of certain information are seen to be crucial elements that can make or break any socio-political structure. (more…)

So, what is so bad about renting a house instead of owning one?

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A view of condominiums near Subang, near LDP. A condo costs RM500,000 on average in the Klang Valley. — Picture by Saw Siow FengWhen Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani proposed long-term rental as one of the solutions to the country’s housing quandary, the idea drew so much flak from the public that the Umno federal lawmaker was forced to retract the suggestion.

After all, how can anyone even consider permanent rent as an option in a culture that deems home ownership the pinnacle of financial security; Malaysians generally believe owning property is a sign of maturity and success and rent is, more or less, stupid since money will go into paying for something that will not become yours at the end.

Yet policymakers, private institutions and even aspiring home owners around the world have warmed up to the idea of long-term rent as the global housing market becomes increasingly unaffordable for the average worker.

In the US, for example, households that rent jumped from 36.1 per cent in 2006 to over 42 per cent in 2014 while home ownership continues to decline, according to a report by Trulia, a real estate website that monitors the housing and rental market. (more…)

IPIC and 1MDB reach settlement, to pay US$1.2b by year-end

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International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and Malaysia have reached a settlement after a year-long arbitration process involving billions.

According to filings to the London Stock Exchange, IPIC said that it will receive US$1.2 billion in two equal payments on July 31 and Dec 31.

The agreement is conditional on the Arbitration Tribunal in London making a “consent award” by May 31.

The filing indicates that the settlement involved only part of the total US$6.5 billion sought by IPIC, the remainder of which is believed to be subject to further negotiations.

“The parties have also agreed to enter into good faith discussions in relation to payments made by 1MDB Group to certain entities,” read the filing. (more…)

Reps lead demo against quarry in national park

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About 150 people comprising community leaders, councillors and leaders of local NGOs from Tasik Biru, Serembu and neighbouring Opar led by two elected representatives from Bau district – Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep and Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh – held a peaceful protest against a quarry operating in a national park near yesterday.

The Dered Krian National Park is known for its limestone forest, caves and mountains as one of the state’s newest national parks.

The protesters called for a review of the licence issued to that company.

They argued that such activities pose not just the threat of pollution, but also destroy historical significance and disrupt efforts to make the site a tourism product as the caves of the national park has many endemic species of flora and fauna.

Henry said the national park holds significant value not just for the people of Bau but the whole of Sarawak as the caves there hold historical and archeological secrets waiting to be discovered. (more…)

The real issue with the Zairil-Dyana ‘scandal’

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“What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bees and he told me about the butcher and my wife.”

– Rodney Dangerfield

“What do you think of this whole Zairil-Dyana Sofya scandal?” a Malaysiakini subscriber asked in a recent email. To be honest, I am sent so many mails featuring politicians exposing their junk that I have lost track of who is supposedly screwing who.

I know for sure that Umno screws the rakyat on a regular basis and it would seem that Pakatan would like to get into the action thereby making it a three-way affair for the poor rakyat but to be honest, the private affairs of politicians do not concern me.

Let me qualify that. It does not concern me so long as they do not make their private lives part of their agenda or engage in the kind of gutter politics that politicians resort to when demonising their political rivals by using the private lives of their opponents. (more…)

Maza puts the spotlight on the forgotten Indians

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Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but when a supposedly learned religious man makes an ‘incorrect’ analysis of another faith, the damage he causes is worse than if the remarks had come from an ignorant oaf.

Of all the muftis in Malaysia, the one from Perlis, Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin (Maza), was considered the most progressive and respected, whose insights resonated with many Malaysians.

His views on Act 355 were applauded when he said that this ruse was just another political ploy by PAS and Umno Baru. He disagreed with the use of khalwat squads to test people’s morality. He said that non-Muslims had a right to use the word ‘Allah’.

Maza opposed forced conversions of children, when one parent decided to convert to Islam. He blasted the syariah courts for taking years to reach a decision on divorce cases. He courted controversy when he said that religion should not be forced on Muslims. (more…)

High-income goal not possible under BN, says Zaid

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zaid-1Zaid Ibrahim believes that Malaysia will not become a high-income country under Barisan Nasional (BN), but instead remain a country of low wages for most of the rakyat because “Najib and Co do not care for the people, but only for mega projects”.

Zaid, who is a lawyer, questioned the lack of policies and plans by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration to help the people handle the high cost of living and rising food prices as well as to improve basic amenities for the poor.

“Najib’s only focus is fast trains, large ports, massive shopping complexes, and military spending.

“With poor governance, chronic corruption and lack of transparency, our cost of living will never come down to an acceptable level,” he said, adding that the only way to solve the problems of the rakyat was by replacing the current leaders. (more…)

Good news on NCR land issues to be announced soon

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The state government is expected to announce some good news on pemakai menoa and pulau galau soon.

This follows the announcement by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas that the state government is doing its best to solve issues related to NCR land.

“The state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has decided to give a protocol solution to address the NCR land issues faced by the people.

“On this concern, a committee, Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau (PMPG) Committee, has been formed to find ways to resolve the controversial issue concerning these two land categories,” he stated when officiating at the Pre-Launch Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2017 dinner at Meritz Hotel here on Saturday.

Uggah, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Economy, is the chairman of the PMPG committee. (more…)

April 24, 2017

Petronas can afford to increase oil royalty payment to Sarawak, state rep claims

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Batu Lintang state assemblyman See Chee How said Petronas could afford to increase its oil royalty payment to Sarawak. — Picture by Saw Siow FengBatu Lintang state assemblyman See Chee How said today Petronas could afford to increase the oil royalty payment to Sarawak from the present 5 per cent as it has made good profit after tax in 2016, despite a slump in the crude oil price in the international market.

He said Petronas’ after-tax profit has grown 12 per cent to RM23.5 billion for the year 2016, from the RM20.9 billion in 2015.

“Based on the after-tax profit, I see no reason why Petronas cannot increase the royalty payment to Sarawak,” he said when presenting a paper on the Territorial Sovereignty and Rights to Resources at the Sarawak’s Rights and Referendum public forum here.

See, who is also Sarawak PKR vice chairman, said he disagreed with Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg that Sarawak would go slow on asking the federal government and Petronas to increase the oil royalty from 5 per cent to 20 per cent on grounds of low price of crude oil in the international market. (more…)

See: Give CM time to explain his pursuit of Sarawak’s rights

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Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How says the Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg should be given ample time to answers questions on how he will pursue more sovereign rights for Sarawak.

The chief minister is expected to answer questions on the issue at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting next month.

“May 22 will be the final day of DUN sitting, which will be the winding-up for him (Abang Johari). So let’s hear from him on that day because (so far) he has not covered anything on Territorial Sea Act (TSA) 2012 and not much on Petronas and other issues.

“I’m sure a lot of ADUNs (assemblymen) are going to ask a lot of questions, which he (Abang Johari) said he would give an answer at the coming DUN session. So let’s give him until May 22,” he said when met by reporters after the ‘Sarawak Rights’ forum at Kenyalang Theatre here yesterday. (more…)

Good news on NCR land issues to be announced soon

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The state government is expected to announce some good news on pemakai menoa and pulau galau soon.

This follows the announcement by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas that the state government is doing its best to solve issues related to NCR land.

“The state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has decided to give a protocol solution to address the NCR land issues faced by the people.

“On this concern, a committee, Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau (PMPG) Committee, has been formed to find ways to resolve the controversial issue concerning these two land categories,” he stated when officiating at the Pre-Launch Gawai Dayak Bazaar 2017 dinner at Meritz Hotel here on Saturday. (more…)

So, what is so bad about renting a house instead of owning one?

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A view of condominiums near Subang, near LDP. A condo costs RM500,000 on average in the Klang Valley. — Picture by Saw Siow FengWhen Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani proposed long-term rental as one of the solutions to the country’s housing quandary, the idea drew so much flak from the public that the Umno federal lawmaker was forced to retract the suggestion.

After all, how can anyone even consider permanent rent as an option in a culture that deems home ownership the pinnacle of financial security; Malaysians generally believe owning property is a sign of maturity and success and rent is, more or less, stupid since money will go into paying for something that will not become yours at the end.

Yet policymakers, private institutions and even aspiring home owners around the world have warmed up to the idea of long-term rent as the global housing market becomes increasingly unaffordable for the average worker.

In the US, for example, households that rent jumped from 36.1 per cent in 2006 to over 42 per cent in 2014 while home ownership continues to decline, according to a report by Trulia, a real estate website that monitors the housing and rental market. (more…)

Shariah bill unconstitutional, Sabah and Sarawak PKR assert

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Christina-Liew-barubianPKR leaders in Sabah and Sarawak have reiterated their stand against PAS’ move to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355.

In a joint statement today, Sabah PKR chairperson Christina Liew and Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had the right to table the bill. However, they added, that was the extent of their agreement on the matter.

“We are opposed to the bill in its current form as it is clearly a means to pave the way for hudud law to be imposed, which would in effect be introducing a dual criminal justice system,” they said.

Arguing that this was in violation of the Federal Constitution, the duo said PKR in Sabah and Sarawak was not convinced that Act 355, if passed, would not be enforced on non-Muslims. (more…)

High Court orders 9,300 hectare area at Pos Belatim, Gua Musang, to remain as Orang Asli customary land

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Members of the Standing Committee on Customary Land at Pos Belatim celebrated after the Kota Baru High Court ruling that a land area of 9,300 hectares in Kelantan remains as Orang Asli customary land, April 23, 2017. — Bernama pic The High Court here today ruled that an area covering 9,300 hectares at Pos Belatim, Gua Musang, should remain as Orang Asli customary land.

When handing down the decision, Judge Datuk Zainal Azman Ab Aziz also revoked an agreement signed by the Kelantan government to develop a 1,000 site in the area for the “Ladang Rakyat” project.

He ordered the Kelantan government and the State Land and Mines Department, who were named the respondents, to carry out a mapping of the area, and gave them a month from today to do so.

He also ordered the respondents to pay costs of RM50,000 to the three plaintiffs, Rosli Along, Angah Along and Hassan Alang. (more…)

April 22, 2017

Despite Anwar’s stand, Sabah, S’wak PKR reject Hadi’s bill outright

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PKR’s Sabah and Sarawak branches said the only agreement they have with the statements on the PAS president’s private member’s bill is that it is his right to table it.

“We refer to the various statements issued by our PKR leaders concurring with (PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim in ‘respecting the rights’ of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to table the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

“These statements have been received negatively in Sabah and Sarawak and misconstrued by some in that we in PKR support the said bill.

“We agree that Hadi Awang, or indeed any MP, has the right to table a bill, but that is the extent of our agreement,” PKR Sabah chief Christina Liew and PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian said in a joint statement today. (more…)

April 20, 2017

DAP: Oil royalty decision is with cabinet, not Petronas

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Chong-Chieng-Jen-sarawak-petronasSarawak BN backbencher chairman Abdullah Saidol chose the wrong target to issue his demand for a higher oil royalty, says state DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen today.

He said the decision-making body on Sarawak’s oil royalty was the federal cabinet, not the national oil firm.

In a statement yesterday, Abdullah warned Petronas it should show a “more convincing level of seriousness when treating Sarawak’s demands” for a higher oil royalty.

“There are many remarks, though I’m not sure whether they are true or not, about senior officials in Petronas who ridicule our issues with Petronas. If Petronas continues to behave or act without a sign of respect for us, why should we be too lenient with them?” the Semop assemblyman had stated. (more…)

Go after Putrajaya instead of Petronas for oil royalty raise, Sarawak BN told

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Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, at a press conference, showing a published statement by Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club expressing its anger at Petronas, April 19, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) is barking up the wrong tree by directing its anger at Petronas on the slow negotiation process in raising the state royalty oil payments, an Opposition lawmaker said today.

Instead, Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen said the BNBBC should seek out an explanation from the federal government for dragging its feet in getting Sarawak a 20 per cent cut instead of the present 5 per cent.

“The BNBBC, therefore, is barking at the wrong mountain because it is expressing its anger at Petronas, not at the federal government,” he said, responding to BNBBC chairman Abdullah Saidol’s reported criticism against the national oil company.

Abdullah, who is also the state lawmaker for Semop, had demanded Petronas show a “more convincing level of seriousness when treating Sarawak’s demand”. (more…)

Sarawak to Zakir Naik: You’re not welcome

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James-Jemut-Masing-zakirnaikLeaders from both sides of the political divide in Sarawak do not want controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is sought by India for alleged money-laundering investigations, in the multi-religious state.

Deputy Chief Minister James Jemut Masing said Naik’s permanent residence (PR) issued by the federal government five years ago would not shield him from having his movements in Malaysia restricted.

“The PR doesn’t make Naik immune to being banned as an unwanted person. We have banned Malaysian legislators from (entering) Sarawak before,” he said.

Naik has yet to be officially banned from entering Sarawak, which has autonomous power in immigration matters.

The state has a unique demographic make-up, with Christians forming the majority and Muslims comprising less than a quarter of the population. (more…)

Petronas treating Sarawak’s demand seriously – Morshidi

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State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani believes that Petronas is treating Sarawak’s demand seriously.

In fact, said Morshidi who is a Petronas board member, the national oil corporation is responding well to Sarawak’s demand.

“They (Petronas) are responding well to Sarawak’s demand but like what Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said, the process needs a lot of discussions and negotiations and all that. It is not so simple,” he told reporters here yesterday.

He added that the state government had already made a commitment and would follow through on this issue. (more…)

In new economic roadmap, PM seeks to boost Bumi welfare, income

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks during the Bumiputera 2.0 Economic Transformation event in Kuala Lumpur April 19, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launched the second edition of the Bumiputera Economic Transformation Roadmap to improve the wellbeing and income levels of the country’s largest ethnic community.

Najib stressed that efforts to uplift the Bumiputera community should extend past economic measures, when introducing the roadmap dubbed “Transformasi Kesejahteraan Bumiputera” or Bumiputera Wellbeing Transformation.

“More important and going further, this Bumiputera Wellbeing Transformation, will cover all aspects of wellbeing such as education, health, social and culture, living in comfortable and dynamic environment,” he said to a 1,500-strong crowd at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here.

Najib listed out five key transformations for the Bumiputera community under the roadmap, including a shift from only measuring the community’s absolute stake in the economy. (more…)

C4: Amend MACC Act to probe ‘unusual’ wealth

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cynthiaThe Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act amended to strengthen the commission’s powers to investigate corrupt practices, especially possession of unusual or unexplained wealth.

This followed news that PKR Youth chief Adam Rosly had been arrested and remanded to assist investigations into allegations of his “unusual wealth”.

However, C4 pointed out that he was being investigated under the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, not the MACC Act.

This was because Section 36 of the MACC Act does not make possessing unusual or unexplained wealth an offence, executive director Cynthia Gabriel said in a statement today.

“While Section 36 of the MACC Act empowers MACC to obtain information in relation to any property held or acquired by an individual, the power is however limited in its reach as it has to be in connection with an offence provided for under the MACC Act.”

Cynthia added that the inability to explain unusual wealth that does not tally with a person’s known or declared source of income was enough to trigger a probe into the commission of an offence.

She urged that Section 36 of the MACC Act be strengthened to allow investigations into unusual or unexplained wealth instead of making such probes dependant on the commission of an offence under the act.

“This move is fundamental to strengthen MACC’s important role to address and deal with corruption, especially those in public office and in higher echelons of power,” she said, adding that such legislation already existed in Hong Kong.

She also called for the enactment of comprehensive asset declaration laws which would aid in tracking the wealth status of public officials and preventing conflict of interest and illegal gains.


Source : @ FMT Onlinez


16pc of students willing to accept bribes, MACC study shows

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The study also found 18.2 per cent of the students were prepared to give bribes to avoid action, an increase of 0.8 per cent from 17.4 per cent in 2015. — Reuters picAbout 16 per cent of students in high institutions of learning (IPT) are willing to accept bribes if they have the opportunity and power to do so, says Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Datuk Shamsun Bahrin Mohd Jamil.

He said the figure was obtained from a Corruption Prevention Action Effectiveness Perception Study among students by MACC last year but he did not divulge the number of students involved in the study.

“The figure is worrying because only 10.7 per cent of the students in 2015 and 11.3 per cent in 2014 had stated their willingness to receive bribes,” he told a media conference after the signing of a Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR) at  Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) level at the university campus here today.

A total 15 UniMAP deans and department heads signed and swore the IBR headed by vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal and witnessed by Perlis MACC director, Yaacob Angah. (more…)

With the rise of fake news, Najib warns against ‘lies’ about Malaysia

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak labelled those trying to say that FDI led to the country selling its sovereignty as ‘critics with little knowledge of economics’. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaFar from being a failed state, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia is a thriving country that attracts huge investments and has been acclaimed by global institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for the reforms undertaken.

The prime minister vowed that in efforts to bring more foreign direct investment (FDI) to the country, he would never jeopardise Malaysia’s sovereignty.

He labelled those trying to say that FDI led to the country selling ts sovereignty as ‘critics with little knowledge of economics’.

“To say so is pure ignorance and betrays a complete lack of understanding of how trade between nations benefits all parties, especially the people. I will never give up an inch of our sovereignty. Ever,” he said. (more…)

MACC to interview Shafie Apdal over Sabah Water scandal

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Former minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal is now president of the Sabah Heritage Party, a Sabah-based opposition party. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengFormer minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was asked by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to provide a statement on the RM3.3 billion corruption scandal at the Sabah Water Department.

The agency said Shafie’s statement was relevant as the alleged corruption occurred during his time as rural and regional development minister.

Shafie was dropped from the Cabinet in 2015 and subsequently resigned from Umno. He is now president of the Sabah Heritage Party, a Sabah-based opposition party.

“I am ready to collaborate with MACC,” the Semporna MP was quoted as saying by the Star Online news portal. (more…)

April 19, 2017

Block sale of gas stake, PKR tells Sarawak

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See-Chee-How-petronas-sarawakPKR has told the Sarawak government to take Petronas to court if it’s true that the company is selling off a stake in an upstream gas project.

Reacting to a fresh report that Petronas was seeking to sell the SK316 offshore gas block, Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How said oil and gas found within Sarawak’s boundaries belonged to the state.

Recently, Reuters, quoting sources, reported that Petronas had started pitching the sale of the block for an estimated US$1 billion (RM4.4 billion). The potential bidders, according to the report, include Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil Corp, PTT Exploration and Production and Japanese firms.

“The rights of the state are very clear, be it in the Federal Constitution or Sarawak laws,” said See, who is a lawyer. (more…)

Sarawak mulls LRT for Kuching, Samarahan and Serian

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abg-johari-trainA light rail transit (LRT) system, connecting Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions, could materialise by 2020, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Abang Openg said.

He said the LRT system was being studied for inclusion in the public transport plan to solve traffic congestion in the three divisions as their total population had reached one million.

“We are now surveying the route.The study will take six months.

“After that, we will find the right technology and the right partner.

“Since we already have the power from the Bakun dam, we can use electric train technology,” he told a press conference after witnessing the signing of a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Sarawak’s methanol and methanol derivatives project here today. (more…)

Stop gagging us!

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In Malaysia, there is a little nondescript object, made of wood, about six inches long, which acts as a powerful weapon against the bigots. Running the length of this six-inch long cylindrical object is a piece of lead. Just like the lead in the core of a bullet. This powerful weapon is called a pencil. It can be as lethal as the gun and bullet.

The pencil can inflict much damage, especially when it portrays the truth. Usually, the people who have the most to lose will try to punish the person with the pencil and metaphorically ‘gag’ him in one way or another. The people who do not like to be contradicted often attempt to stop others from expressing their opinions, which are in direct conflict with their own.

Last week, Malaysia had its own mini-Charlie Hebdo moment when the Chinese newspaper, Nanyang Siang Pau, published a cartoon called the ‘Monkey Act’. It depicted the PAS president, Abdul Hadi Awang, and the speaker of Parliament, Pandikar Amin Mulia, as two monkeys on a tree. Nowhere is the expression, “a picture paints a thousand words” more apt than this. No wonder PAS was upset. (more…)

Liberalism a threat only to the kind of Islam tyrants preach

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I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

– Barry M Goldwater

When “religious adviser” in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdullah Md Zin claims that “liberalism” is as big a threat to Islam as radicalism and terrorism, it has to make any rational person wonder what kind of advice is he giving the scandal-prone prime minister.

Let us take this howler of “reasoning”, for example. He defines liberals as those who “… bring different views, which while interesting, end up disregarding Islam.” So now, he has defined liberals, but then what about those radicals and terrorists who are a threat to Islam? Are they too not bringing different views to Islam? (more…)

What does developing Malays and Islam mean?

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“The framers of our Constitution firmly believed that a republican government could not endure without intelligence and education generally diffused among the people. The Father of his Country, in his Farewell Address, uses this language: Promote, then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.”

– Ulysses S Grant

The only reason why I am not writing about hate preacher Zakir Naik is because Stephen Ng’s excellent piece on the fugitive should be required reading for those interested in the fact that Malaysia is fast becoming a mecca for Islamists seeking shelter from the trouble they start outside Malaysia.

Two statements made by the current Umno grand poobah are worth investigating – for me at least – because those statements are true but not for the reasons the prime minister thinks they are. (more…)

‘Address water supply disruptions caused by power outage’

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Image result for Boniface Willy TumekThe Kuching Water Board (KWB) has been asked to come up with effective contingency action plans to address water supply disruptions in the city due to power outages.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) state vice-chairman Boniface Willy Tumek suggested KWB install a generator set with auto-charger functions, which allow for automatic changes from AC power to generator and vice-versa.

“The regular water disruptions have become a source of much frustration as they usually occur during times when water supply is most needed for cooking, cleaning and bathing. And the disruption that is longer than 30 minutes can cause toilets to be in a very unpleasant state,” he said yesterday.

According to the PKR Mas Gading chairman, certain areas in Kuching experienced an almost four-hour disruption in water supply on Monday. (more…)

Lawyer in obstructing police case insists he was intimidated

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Image result for Lawyer Simon SiahLawyer Simon Siah has insisted that Mukah police had intimidated him when he was representing his clients, who were arrested for allegedly obstructing police in carrying out their duties.

Siah said he had identified himself and gave a name card to the officer recording the statement on Monday.

“I had even informed Insp Firdaus and Insp Afiq who were doing the remand earlier in the morning, that I was the lawyer in charge for all the four detainees. Before one of my clients’ statements was taken, I informed the officer who was taking the statement for permission. I was granted such permission until he went and approached his superior, the supposedly (Mukah CID chief ASP) Peter Yong,” he said yesterday.

Siah said the officers initially did not ask him to leave but had asked him to give a witness statement first before he could accompany his client when he (client) gave his statement. (more…)

Can the Malaysian Police enter your house without a warrant?

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B131We have seen it too many times on TV. The police knocks on the door, the occupant opens the door, the police says they would like to enter, and the occupant asks “Do you have a warrant?”. If the police does not have one, they usually leave, if they do have a warrant, they enter the house, and do what is necessary.

So if this happens to you in Malaysia, must you let the police into your house? Or, if they don’t have a warrant, can they still legally enter your house regardless?

Our Federal Constitution affords certain rights to the people in regards to privacy and property. Basically, the government (or other people) cannot simply interfere with your privacy or property without the backing of the law. Generally, the PDRM wouldn’t be trying to enter your house unless there is a very good reason to. This means that their authority to search your house, whether with or without a warrant, depends on the situation at hand. (more…)

Rafizi: Who are the 17 recipients of SRC-linked funds?

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PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has questioned who are the 17 recipients who allegedly received funds linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

He based this on a document displayed by attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali when he cleared Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of wrongdoing in January last year.

“Even though there has been various news and investigation with regard to the fund flows involving 1MDB and SRC International Sdn Bhd, there has been no information to date on the 17 recipients who received the funds which originated from the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP).

“Who were those who received these funds? Why did they receive them? Why were they receiving funds from the prime minister? (more…)

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