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April 28, 2017

Hadi sues Sarawak Report editor in London

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PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan holds up a document detailing the lawsuit against Sarawak Report editor, Claire Rewcastle-Brown during a press conference in Alor Setar April 27, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang filed a defamation lawsuit against Sarawak Report editor Claire Rewcastle-Brown in London last week.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan revealed today that the suit was filed by Hadi in his personal capacity at the High Court of Justice in London on April 21 against Rewcastle-Brown, who is also based there.

The suit is over a Sarawak Report article last year claiming that PAS leaders received funds linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Hadi is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages and an injunction preventing Rewcastle-Brown from repeating the allegations. (more…)

Highway leads to land disputes

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Enforcement officers knocking down the concrete and steel fencing of Paran’s house.Construction of the Pan Borneo Highway is causing ‘bitter land disputes’ as events are unfolding on the ground.

One of the sub-contractors for the project here is having sleepless nights as he may not be able to complete his work on time due to the never-ending land dispute.

The contractor, who only wanted to be known as Lim, said he was tasked for the construction of a 2-km stretch from KM597.6 to KM599.6 of Batang Buluh-Batang Balingian Road.

He said the six-month construction works, which began last December, was caught in a land dispute during the initial stage of the works.

He said the first land dispute caused two of his excavators to be set on fire. (more…)

Can Mahathir be trusted?

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“It’s not forgetting that heals. It’s remembering.”

– Amy Greene in ‘Bloodroot’

QUESTION TIME | How easily we forget.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the one who tore Umno apart, six years after he became prime minister in 1981 when a bruising battle saw him win the Umno presidential elections against challenger Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah by the narrowest margin ever. But he did much worse than that.

When Razaleigh challenged the election results and the courts declared it illegal, he did not respect the law and hold a new election. Instead, he set up a new Umno, Umno Baru, using the power of incumbency to force officialdom to facilitate the transfer of assets to Umno Baru from the old, original Umno. (more…)

Malay quotas an insult for the opposition

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“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

– Noël Coward, ‘Blithe Spirit’

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said, “Just as there is a perception of discrimination amongst other communities, we also feel that maybe we are not that good because other communities are saying that, ‘Hey, you are here only because of the quota’.”

A couple of points so that we are all clear on a few issues involving this statement. Firstly, discrimination that the other communities feel is not a “perception”, it is a reality sustained by nebulous concepts such as the “social contract”, distortions of the constitution and of course, the “ketuanan Melayu” ideology, which is the foundation of establishment – Umno and opposition – Malay politics. (more…)

10 ways to fight rising cost of living

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A more careful examination of statistics shows that rising inflation is not entirely due to higher prices of fuel as oil prices recover but also due to rises in the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages, a major concern for the man on the street.

Inflation has been climbing this year, rising to an eight-year high of 5.1 percent in March (see chart) compared to prices a year ago. The Department of Statistics (DOS) attributed this to a 23 percent increase in transport costs but these account only for 13 percent of total costs in the consumer price index or CPI which measures inflation.

But consider this from the DOS report: “The index for Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages which accounted for 30.2 percent in the CPI weights, increased 4.1 percent in March 2017.

“The increase was fuelled by the food sub-group which comprised Oils and Fats (+38.8 percent), Fish & Seafood (+5.2 percent), Vegetables (+4.8 percent), Meat (+3.7 percent) and Fruits (+3.7 percent). (more…)

PAS to apply new Shariah punishments in states it takes in GE14

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Nik Abduh urged the Islamist party's youth wing to help realise Hadi's ambition for PAS to rule five states and win 40 parliamentary seats in the next election. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPAS will introduce higher Shariah sentencing limits in the five states the party aims to control after the next general election, PAS Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said today.

Nik Abduh said this was also contingent, however, on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill being passed by Parliament.

He then urged the Islamist party’s youth wing to help realise Hadi’s ambition for PAS to rule five states and win 40 parliamentary seats in the next election.

“If it is fated that Act 355 is passed in Parliament, and PAS manages to rule five states in GE14, we actually have the powers to amend Shariah enactments at the state levels,” Nik Abduh said during his opening speech at the PAS Youth Muktamar here today. (more…)

BN: Zero-rating GST hurts government, businesses

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Barisan Nasional accused Pakatan Harapan of moving Malaysia backwards with their plan to increase corporate taxes and to dismantle the consumption tax. — Bernama picThe government and businesses will have to continue bearing administrative expenses related to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) even if it is zero-rated, Barisan Nasional (BN) said today.

The BN strategic communications team accused Pakatan Harapan of moving Malaysia backwards with their plan to increase corporate taxes and to dismantle the consumption tax, saying that other countries were doing the opposite.

“Malaysia will then make history as the first and only country in the world which has a GST system set at 0%.

“The world will laugh at us for having a tax system that will burden the government and businesses with administrative duties and expenses but has no tax revenue for the government,” said the BN strategic communications team in a statement.

The ruling coalition pointed out that while the GST has been introduced, the sales and services taxes were abolished, while corporate and personal income taxes were reduced.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claimed yesterday that it was more cost-effective to retain the GST, but at a zero rate, as much has been spent to implement it.


Source :   @ Malay Mail Online


 

PAS ulama wing accepts motion to break alliance with PKR

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PAS members are pictured at the 58th Dewan Pemuda PAS Muktamar in Alor Setar April 27, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPAS’ ulama wing has accepted a motion to sever ties with PKR.

The motion was tabled by Negri Sembilan PAS delegate Mohd Husainy Hussain and supported by another delegate.

However the motion will first be deliberated by the party’s highest decision-making body, the Syura Council, before any decision is to be made.

There is no timeline as to when the Syura Council will meet to discuss the motion, but the panel could be forced to hasten the deliberation should other wings pass a similar motion.

During the tabling of the motion, Mohd Hussainy said it was time for the party leadership to take a strong stand against PKR. (more…)

‘Set guidelines for students to bring gadgets to school’

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Guidelines must be in place for students to adhere to should the government decide to allow students to bring to school electronic gadgets, such as smart phone, tablet and laptop.

Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said this is crucial to ensure there is no abuse.

However, he acknowledged that the electronic gadgets can help improve the learning process as students can easily access information from such devices.

“With the aid of information technology, it will also be easier for students to understand what are being taught in the classroom. However, strict guidelines must be in place for the students to adhere to if the government decides to implement the plan. (more…)

Review citizenship granted to 1.75 million non-Malays from 1957 to 1970, Malay group says

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Bertindak secretariat head Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz said that the group would be challenging the citizenship of 1.75 million Malaysians granted between 1957 and 1970. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengA newly formed Malay-Muslim movement today said that it would be challenging the citizenship of 1.75 million Malaysians granted between 1957 and 1970.

This is following uproar over the government’s move to grant permanent residency to controversial Salafist preacher Dr Zakir Naik, as revealed by deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi this month.

Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz, the secretariat head for Barisan Bertindak Melayu Islam (Bertindak) alleged that the granting of the said status had violated the stipulated terms under the Federal Constitution, warranting a review.

“The secretariat in the meeting had agreed to consider few legal actions which we have been weighing and refining to be executed. (more…)

Minister: WhatsApp group admin may face action if members spread false news

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Datuk Jailani Johari says legal action may be taken against WhatsApp group administrators who fail to curb the spread of false information among members. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe proposal to impose legal action on WhatsApp group administrators is aimed at ensuring they are more responsible in controlling the activities of their group members said Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari.

Defending his statement on the proposal which had been reported, Jailani, however, said it depended on the approval of the Attorney-general as to whether legal action was appropriate against group administrators who failed to curb the spread of false information among members.

“Responsible administrators will definitely screen and not spread false news indiscriminately for the sake of feeling grand and proud which do not bring any benefit or good,” he said.

He said offences on social media or related to the internet was not only under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 but also involves laws under the jurisdiction of the police such as the Sedition Act 1948, Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 and the Penal Code. (more…)

Corporal punishment must stop, Suhakam tells govt after schoolboy dies

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Razali insisted on mandatory background checks for all school hires and expressed disbelief that there are no legal procedures for schools to check on potential staff before they are allowed to work with children. — Picture by Saw Siow FengOutraged by the death of 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi yesterday, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wants the government to abolish corporal punishment in schools.

Its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail reminded the government that corporal punishments violate the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) because the violent measures damage a child physically, mentally and emotionally.

“This tragic case is a horrendous reminder to the Government that corporal punishment in schools must be eliminated because any form of physical violence against a child negatively impacts on the enjoyment of the child’s many other rights and aspects of the child’s development including his/her psychological, health, education and social status,” he said in a statement today.

Malaysia ratified the CRC in 1995. (more…)

Democracy – ‘Melayu-style’?

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The word ‘Malay’ is an English etymological word and not a ‘Melayu’ one. I do not think I am wrong; unless some linguist tells me so from the field of hermeneutics as to why.

Therefore, my conclusive argument is that Malaya, and Malaysia, are both at root, English words; exactly as it is with the original language of our Federal Constitution. The Colonials did not negotiate and agree, negotiate terms, phrases, and concerns, in the Melayu language.

Therefore, for one example, when a retired Chief Judge after 10 years of retirement suddenly finds wisdom from his faith concerns, and speaks non-sense from his interpretive view and logic of Islamic thought and life; he demonstrated complete ignorance about our constitutional history.

In fact, The Star did publish my protest about the same as a letter to the editor. Please find it here. (more…)

Zairil-Dyana ‘fake photos’ will cost DAP in GE14, pundits predict

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Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari has said the latest photos of him with his party colleague is a political campaign to discredit them and the DAP in the run-up to the general elections. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaDespite repeated denials, political analysts foresee the DAP paying dearly at the next polls over the latest intimate photos purportedly of its two rising Malay-Muslim stars.

With the clock already ticking away to the 14th general elections that must be called by June next year, the lack of a formal complaint with either the police or the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will continue to shadow the careers of Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari and Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud, a member of the party’s Youth wing, for the next few months.

“If it is not them in the photos, they should lodge a police report and sue those spreading these fake photos, otherwise the public will think it is them and this will lead to dwindling support in the 14th general election,” Jeniri Amir told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

However, the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak associate professor does not believe the latest photo scandal will snuff the political careers of either Zairil or Dyana Sofya, who made her electoral debut at the 2014 parliamentary by-election in Teluk Intan, Perak. (more…)

BN: Opposition sabotaging economy, untrue Malaysians have to bail out 1MDB

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Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan accused the federal opposition of wanting to continue undermining the country’s economy instead of welcoming the recent announcement of 1MDB reaching a settlement with IPIC. — Picture by Saw Siow FungThe federal opposition has been attempting to sabotage the country’s economy with untrue allegations such as the claim that Malaysians would have to bail out 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Barisan Nasional (BN) leader claimed today.

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, BN’s strategic communications director, accused the federal opposition of wanting to continue undermining the country’s economy instead of welcoming the recent announcement of 1MDB reaching a settlement with Abu Dhabi fund International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

“Now they are trying to distract the rakyat by spreading more lies, such as suggesting that Malaysian taxpayers will have to bail-out 1MDB and make US$6 billion (RM26 billion) in payments.

“This is absolutely not true and detracts from the fact that 1MDB’s fund unit’s assets worth up to US$2.5 billion have been monetised and a significant milestone has been achieved towards the completion of 1MDB’s rationalisation plan that started almost two years ago,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

April 27, 2017

What’s happening to us Malaysians?

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stress-malaysiaAs a young child growing up in an emerging town in Perak, I recall being surrounded by a supportive, close-knit and value-oriented community. Easy-going conversations with fellow Kamparians sparked bright moments, as smiles were carved all around.

As the young ones roamed around with friends, neighbours and community members monitored their activities, always ready to approach and advise in case improper or dangerous activities were suspected of being conducted. At schools, teachers paid close attention to the behaviour of students. I vividly remember an episode where my Mathematics teacher publicly advocated to the whole class to always show appreciation to people by saying ‘thank you’.

Today, the world, and Malaysia especially, has changed tremendously. In terms of technology, comfort and accessibility, we may claim that we have progressed. But how consistent have we been in maintaining our value orientation? Five to 10 years ago, there was an emphasis on highlighting the Eastern hospitality and values in Malaysia to attract the attention of investors and tourists alike. Yet today, the situation is worsening. Although government agencies, NGOs and the media are trying their best to ensure we display the nurtured values, the public mindset has shifted, as observed in our environment. (more…)

Sarawak leaders unite behind call to end cabotage policy

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Lee-Kim-Shin-Awag-Tengah-Lina-SooLeaders from across the political divide have expressed support for Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg’s call to abolish the cabotage policy.

In a live interview with RTM on Monday night, Abang Johari had said it was time to rescind the policy, which requires all goods to enter the state through Port Klang. This causes an increase in the cost of imported goods due to the extra transportation and handling costs.

“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,” Abang Johari said.

“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…)

Kuching LRT: DAP says it may prove impractical

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Nation_Topnews_4DAP says the proposed light rail transit (LRT) system to service Kuching and surrounding towns would cost an exorbitant sum and would prove impractical.

Padungan DAP assemblyman Wong King Wei said he did not wish to dampen Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg’s enthusiasm for the LRT project but highlighted a number of practical concerns to the chief minister.

He said there were three concerns regarding the proposed LRT system — the lack of a public transport blueprint; the lack of support, such as buses and taxis to service the LRT stations; and the feasibility of using LRT for long-distance travel.

“Over the past 20 years, the state government has conducted at least three studies related to the issue of public transport in Sarawak, but with no concrete action or plan. (more…)

1MDB-IPIC deal does little to alleviate uncertainties in Malaysia

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Christian-de-Guzman-moodyMalaysian state fund 1MDB’s agreement to resolve a debt dispute with Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) may lift market sentiment, but uncertainty on how it will settle bond payments poses a lingering risk, Moody’s said on Wednesday.

1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and IPIC struck a conditional deal on Monday, under which 1MDB agreed to pay US$1.2 billion.

IPIC had guaranteed bonds issued by 1MDB. Now the fund and the Ministry of Finance Incorporated agreed with IPIC to assume responsibility for all future interest and principal payments for two bonds worth US$3.5 billion in total.

“It doesn’t really change our picture – it’s neither credit positive nor credit negative,” Christian de Guzman, a Singapore-based senior credit officer at Moody’s Investors Service told reporters at a Moody’s event in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

BN: Opposition sabotaging economy, untrue Malaysians have to bail out 1MDB

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Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan accused the federal opposition of wanting to continue undermining the country’s economy instead of welcoming the recent announcement of 1MDB reaching a settlement with IPIC. — Picture by Saw Siow FungThe federal opposition has been attempting to sabotage the country’s economy with untrue allegations such as the claim that Malaysians would have to bail out 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Barisan Nasional (BN) leader claimed today.

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, BN’s strategic communications director, accused the federal opposition of wanting to continue undermining the country’s economy instead of welcoming the recent announcement of 1MDB reaching a settlement with Abu Dhabi fund International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

“Now they are trying to distract the rakyat by spreading more lies, such as suggesting that Malaysian taxpayers will have to bail-out 1MDB and make US$6 billion (RM26 billion) in payments.

“This is absolutely not true and detracts from the fact that 1MDB’s fund unit’s assets worth up to US$2.5 billion have been monetised and a significant milestone has been achieved towards the completion of 1MDB’s rationalisation plan that started almost two years ago,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Anwar: Panel declined my request for documents

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Anwar explained that the moment he assumed the position as finance minister, the Treasury’s chief secretary Tan Sri Zain Azraai Zainal Abidin raised matters concerning forex trading by BNM. — Picture by KE OoiPKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he chose to cooperate with the special task force investigating Bank Negara Malaysia’s foreign exchange losses suffered in the 1990s as he was pleased with its chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and his committee.

In a statement yesterday, the former deputy prime minister said he had during the hearing last Thursday explained:

► The moment he assumed the position as finance minister, the Treasury’s chief secretary Tan Sri Zain Azraai Zainal Abidin raised matters concerning forex trading by BNM.

“Since 1989, the American Treasury, Bank of England and International Monetary Fund had raised their concerns on BNM’s role in such trading,” Anwar said.

► During a briefing, former BNM governor Tan Sri Jaafar Hussein stressed the central bank’s role was valid and it was to strenghten the ringgit’s position in the market. (more…)

‘Where did money paid by 1MDB go?’ asks Mahathir

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mahathir-1mdbDr Mahathir Mohamad today poured cold water on the announcement by International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) that they had resolved a debt dispute.

The former prime minister, who has been one of the state investment arm’s fiercest critics, said the agreement between the two entities did not resolve anything as it seemed that 1MDB had settled its debt twice.

“The money was transferred to IPIC via Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (BVI), which IPIC claims is not its subsidiary.

“1MDB paid money to a fake company (syarikat palsu). Now it has to pay the actual company, so we lose money twice (kita rugi dua kali),” he said at a press conference here this evening. (more…)

NGOs call for solution to ‘stateless children’

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stateless-childThree failed attempts to get an identity card have left a Sarawak-born student in a quandary over her desire to pursue higher education abroad.

Riana Mae Christopher Bakar, 19, who wants to be a lawyer, has turned to the media to highlight her plight.

She said although her father is local, her mother is a Filipina. As a result, her birth certificate was stamped “Bukan Warganegara”, or non-citizen.

To add to her dilemma, her parents failed to register their marriage before she was born.

“Since I was 12, I have been trying to get an identity card, but my three applications were not approved,” she lamented. (more…)

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…)

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