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May 26, 2017

Voon: Emulate Selangor govt in creating more job opportunities

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The government should emulate the success of the Pakatan Harapan-led Selangor government in creating about half of the total new jobs nationwide from 2014 to 2016.

In citing statistics from the Department of Statistics, PKR Women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni said the Selangor government had successfully created 305,300 new jobs from 2014 to 2016, which is nearly half of the country’s total employment increase in the same period. Additionally, she said employment in Selangor rose from 2,912,300 jobs in 2014 to 3,217,600 in 2016.

In stressing that more jobs would also be created for women, Voon said the engagement of women in Selangor’s workforce had also risen from 40.3 per cent of the state workforce in 2014 to 41.7 per cent in 2016.

In comparison, Voon said statistics from the Ministry of Education this year revealed that only 53 per cent of the 273,373 graduates in 2015 were employed within six months of graduation, while 24 per cent were unemployed . (more…)

Bill Kayong murder trial: Ruling June 6

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The four men including one with the title Datuk, charged with the murder of social activist Bill Kayong on June 21, 2016 at the traffic light intersection near E-Mart Supermarket in Tudan, Miri-Kuala Baram Bypass, will know their fate when the High Court makes its ruling on June 6.

Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, 46, Chin Wui Ching, 51, and Lie Chang Loon, 38, were charged with abetting Mohamad Fitri Pauz, 30, an offence punishable under Section 109 read together with Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carry the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

High Court Judge Ravinthran N Paramaguru presided over the case whereby 28 prosecution witnesses including investigating officer ASP Lee Chee Keat have been called to testify since March 7, 2017.

Ravinthran said after having deliberated on the oral submission, the prosecution only focussed on the first accused (Mohamad Fitri) and had not implicated the three accused in abetting Mohamad Fitri. (more…)

May 25, 2017

How Najib plans to win

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Najib (Abdul Razak) is fully aware of the dire consequences to him if he loses. He will therefore leave no stone unturned in his effort to get the votes for the 14th General Election. He knows the possibility of losing even in his constituency of Pekan. In 1999 he won only by 241 votes and that also by hijacking votes of soldiers encamped in other constituencies.

For some time now he is striving to starve the opposition of funds.

Elections are costly. Posters, flags and buntings need a lot of money. Literally hundreds of thousands of these have to be produced. They will cost millions. The workers must be paid allowances, fed nasi lemak and bottled drinks. There will be tens of thousands of them. At two bottles a day, 30,000 to 40,000 of bottle will be drunk.

Then the vehicles have to be rented or borrowed. Fuel would have to be paid for. (more…)

What drove Mat Over … over the edge?

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The slapping incident is probably going to be something much talked and written about in the next few days. It is not just because it something quite sensational (it’s between a semi-famous actor and a factory-line film producer after all!), but also quite apt in context.

It began when film producer David Teo was given the microphone to ask a question to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who was having a Transformasi Nasional 20150 (TN50) town hall meet with members of the Malaysian entertainment industry.

Before proceeding to his question, Teo criticised the moderator, actor Rosyam Nor, for only selecting those at the front of the stage rather than paying attention to the crowd all around.

Then, right as he was about to begin his question by reciting a poem, actor Sulaiman Yassin (aka Mat Over), walked from the side of the stage and attempted to give Teo a slap, which landed on the producer’s arm. (more…)

Ultimately military loyalty is to the people of M’sia

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“If you feel that strongly about something, you have an obligation to try and change my mind.”

– Aaron Sorkin

While some armed forces personnel – active and retired – have nothing but vitriol for my writings for Malaysiakini, I am glad to report on an anecdotal level at least, there has been far more support – most often qualified – for what I write amongst serving and retired members of our security services.

Anecdotal levels are of course cold comfort when the reality is that most people would rather not say anything unless cloaked in anonymity and people often confuse the echo chambers they live in as the “real world”, which is unfortunately far more complicated and diverse than what they read online. (more…)

MACC tells critics to be patient over crackdown on corrupt politicians

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Refuting accusations of double standards, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Dzulkifli Ahmad reiterated his promise to net corrupt politicians and urged critics to be patient.

“There is no issue of ‘pilih kasih‘ (favouritism), it’s about timing. If we take action straightaway, then that’s favouritism,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Dzulkifli was responding to criticism over his previous statement that MACC would act against corrupt politicians after the next general election to avoid the arrests being used as political fodder.

DAP vice president Teresa Kok argued that MACC should not be concerned about political backlash while PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said Dzulkifli’s stand indicated that the commission accorded special treatment to politicians. (more…)

Politicians should not play the rigged religious game

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“The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”

– Mark Twain

About this Hannah Yeoh fiasco, where do I begin? A good place to start would be the PAS research centre challenge to the DAP to respond to Iain Buchanan’s book ‘Sang Nila Utama and the Lion of Judah: Dominionism and Christian Zionism in Malaysia’.

I do not know what kind of a research centre this is because Lim Kit Siang did respond to the allegations that the book put forward in a speech at the DAP National Retreat’s party transformational debate in 2016. Here is the response from part of the speech –

“There are allegations that a meeting was held in Penang to formulate the objective of a Christian Malaysia, there are people who put up a picture of the DAP as an evangelical party, there is a new book entitled ‘Sang Nila Utama and the Lion of Judah’ which is very serious and wicked attack that there is a conspiracy in the country to evangelise Malaysia, and the DAP is somehow part of it. (more…)

The ‘not so talented’ TalentCorp?<

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On June 1, Shareen Shariza Abdul Ghani of Talent Corporation (TalentCorp) Malaysia will have spent one year in her role as CEO. She succeeded Johan Mahmood Merican, who spent five years as TalentCorp’s CEO.

TalentCorp was formed in 2011, and it received RM65 million to entice Malaysians to return home. In 2014, Johan expressed disappointment that despite various incentives, including tax exemptions on the cars that applicants imported into Malaysia, only 2,500 of the 1,000,000 overseas Malaysians had returned. The cost of enticing them is an eye-watering RM26,000 per person.

Either the incentives provided are worthless, or the Cambridge-educated Johan was ineffective as CEO, or applicants wanted something of substance to add to the value of their families’ lives back home.

At the time of Johan’s outburst over TalentCorp’s failure to attract more Malaysians, one political cynic said, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it will still be a pig. You can wrap fresh belacan in a fresh piece of paper, but it will stink to high heaven when you open the parcel. (more…)

Used your own money for GE13? Your family must be rich, Nazri tells Shafie Apdal

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Nazri said that all Barisan Nasional MPs received RM10,000 to pay the Election Commission as deposit to contest in GE13, and a RM200,000 cheque for expenses from nominations to polling day. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaDatuk Seri Shafie Apdal and his family must be very “rich” if he claims he was not a beneficiary of the controversial RM2.6 billion donation received by the prime minister in the last general election, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said today.

Nazri pointed out that it would have been extremely expensive for the former Umno vice-president to have forked out his own money for use in Election 2013, being not only the Semporna MP but also an Umno division chief.

“Perhaps Shafie is rich, his family is rich… word is that he even has a house in London. Maybe he does not need the money (for elections) but I need it, I am not rich like him,” the tourism and culture minister told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

Nazri was responding to the Parti Warisan Sabah president’s remarks denying having received any money from 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) while still in Umno, or being a beneficiary of any donation received by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. (more…)

Trial period before decision

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Image result for The Cabotage policyThe Cabotage policy is to be exempted for six months before a decision is made on whether the policy should be abolished or maintained.

According to Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, the federal government is exempting cabotage policy for Sarawak and Sabah for six months.

“It is an exemption of cabotage policy for a period of six months by the federal government and not total abolishment of the policy in Sarawak.”

“Within the six months, Sarawak will gauge the situation without cabotage policy to see if it works.  If it does, then the cabotage policy will be abolished.  Otherwise, the policy might be here to stay,” Masing told The Borneo Post yesterday. (more…)

Three key reasons why Harapan should name PM candidate

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Opposition parties in Malaysia have a very small margin of error. One mistake can be catastrophic, especially when they’re up against the well-funded BN machinery which has the backing of the state media and institutions.

When the playing field is uneven, moral courage and bravery are needed to challenge the injustice.

If Anwar Ibrahim were out of prison, Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for prime minister would be fairly obvious. Unfortunately, Najib Abdul Razak has successfully eliminated the obvious pick for the main opposition coalition.

The imprisonment of Anwar Ibrahim was meant to put the opposition in disarray. Pakatan Harapan should not dance to Najib’s tune; instead, they should do the unexpected. (more…)

Education Ministry reviewing approval criteria for international school license

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Malaysia’s education sector has been identified as a key export area by the National Export Council. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Ministry of Education is reviewing the approval criteria in approving new international school licences to ensure that the quality of education is not compromised in the setting up of international schools, according to the National Transformation Programme Annual Report 2016 which was released yesterday.

It said that Malaysia had so far been successful in attracting the establishment of international schools with a current count of 116 international schools against a target of 87 by 2020.

In this regard, more effort needs to be taken to increase enrolment into these schools to meet the 75,000 students target.

“International schools were advised to market themselves by establishing unique selling propositions or adjusting their fee structure to encourage additional enrolment,” it said. (more…)

Do all roads have to lead to China?

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The problem with one belt, one road (OBOR) is that all roads and belts lead to China and therefore it is little more than a thinly disguised grand design to ensure Chinese hegemony over all of Asia, including some of the less developed countries on the fringes of Europe.

It is not some benevolent project to benefit most of Asia and parts of Europe, but a plan using Chinese financial muscle and prowess in infrastructure development and manufacturing to make nations – many of them run by incompetent, corrupt leaderships – economically and financially dependent on China.

The plan will be one which showcases the more friendly face of China to the developing world after the ugly posturing in the South China Sea where it made artificial islands to bolster its military presence, openly and defiantly threatening other countries which had claims in the same areas.

But many leaders of some 65 countries which lie in the area covered by OBOR are salivating at the prospect of multibillion dollar projects into their country, seduced by all the attendant opportunities for money-making it entails through easy financing, over-pricing, corruption and patronage. It is manna from the Heavenly Kingdom! (more…)

TIME’s opinion poll not relevant to Malaysian politics, minister says

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TIME magazine in its report published on its website today had included Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in its list of five world leaders who the publication claimed are less popular than Donald Trump. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa The TIME magazine’s opinion poll is not relevant to Malaysian politics, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

He also stressed that the opinion poll by TIME would not really sway public opinion as those who support the opposition, or otherwise, are not going to shift their position just because it said United States (US) President Donald Trump is more popular than Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak outside his home constituency, the the town of Pekan in the state of Pahang.

“How did TIME conduct this opinion poll? How many respondents were polled and where do these respondents live?

“Is TIME saying that Najib and the other four world leaders are less popular than Trump in Terengganu and Kelantan (two Malaysian states) or in New York City?,” he questioned on his blog, sskeruak.blogspot.my, tonight. (more…)

May 24, 2017

Time names Najib in list of ‘least popular’ leaders

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najib-timeIt would have been quite a distinction to have been compared with the president of the United States of America under most US administrations in the past, but nowadays, such a comparison would be cringeworthy for any world leader.

Hence, Time magazine putting up a list of five world leaders and calling them “less popular” than US President Donald Trump would not be a proud moment for any national leader.

Unfortunately for Prime Minister Najib Razak, he has been included into this “exclusive club” by Time, along with Nicolas Maduro (President of Venezuela), Jacob Zuma (President, South Africa), Michel Temer (President, Brazil) and Alexis Tsipras (Prime Minister, Greece).

The most glaring similarity between Najib and Trump would be on the issue of the popular vote. (more…)

Trial period before decision

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Abang-JohariThe Cabotage policy is to be exempted for six months before a decision is made on whether the policy should be abolished or maintained.

According to Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, the federal government is exempting cabotage policy for Sarawak and Sabah for six months.

“It is an exemption of cabotage policy for a period of six months by the federal government and not total abolishment of the policy in Sarawak.”

“Within the six months, Sarawak will gauge the situation without cabotage policy to see if it works.  If it does, then the cabotage policy will be abolished.  Otherwise, the policy might be here to stay,” Masing told The Borneo Post yesterday.

He said this latest decision was made due to two main reasons.  Firstly, the abolishment would deprive local shipping companies of business and secondly, for security reason. (more…)

Sarawak minister served legal notice to apologise for claiming DAP rep a bankrupt

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Counsel Wong King Wei showing a copy of Letter of Demand addressed to International Trade and E-Commerce Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh at a press conference, May 23, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh was today served with a Letter of Demand (LoD) asking him to publicly retract his statement alleging that the former Pujut state lawmaker Dr Ting Tiong Choon was a bankrupt.

The United People’s Party (UPP) president was also asked to tender an unqualified public apology to Dr Ting within seven days from today, failing which legal action will be initiated against him.

Speaking to reporters, Dr Ting’s counsel Wong King Wei said the LoD was hand delivered to Wong’s ministerial office at Bangunan Baitulmakmur, Medan Jaya, Petra Jaya, this morning.

“Datuk Wong must retract his defamatory statement and tender an unqualified public apology based on the terms and conditions agreeable to both parties,” he said, adding his client will not seek damages if the minister agrees to retract his statement and tender public apology within the seven days starting today until May 29. (more…)

Sarawak puts on hold oil royalty hike talks

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abang-johari-oil-plant-1The Sarawak government, pledging to pursue its request for higher oil and gas royalty, has put on hold further talks with Putrajaya until global crude oil prices recover, Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said today.

“I have to take cognisance of the fact that we are negotiating during an unfavourable environment when the price of oil is low and the cost of production is competitive,” he told the state assembly.

However, he pledged the state would continue the negotiations, which were started by his predecessor with Petronas.

In 2014, the state BN, led by the late Adenan Satem, had supported a motion, originally tabled by Sarawak DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen, calling for the oil royalty paid by Petronas to the state to be increased from the existing 5% to 20%. (more…)

Zaid criticises judge over Maria Chin’s travel ban decision

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zaid-maria-chinZaid Ibrahim has criticised the lack of common sense applied by the High Court judge in the review of the home minister’s and immigration department director-general’s decision to ban Maria Chin Abdullah from travelling overseas.

Referring to the decision on May 18 by judge Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad, the former de facto law minister said he was disappointed with the outcome.

“I have always thought a good judge is someone whose decisions are based on 90% common sense and 10% on applying correct legal principles. Here the judge failed the first part of the formula.

“What Nik Hasmat basically said was that when Parliament enacts an ‘ouster clause’ in the Immigration Act, which prevents aggrieved citizens from challenging the travel ban, the courts can do nothing,” Zaid said in a blog posting today. (more…)

Azmin explains why jailed Anwar is still PKR’s choice for PM

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PKR has been facing flak, including its allies, for insisting on Anwar being prime minister if the federal Pakatan Harapan Opposition pact takes Putrajaya in the next general elections. — Picture by KE OoiPKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is still the party’s prime minister-designate despite his incarceration because he represents the country’s aspiration, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said tonight.

“Anwar is the symbol of oppression. Anwar’s freedom is the people’s freedom. That has been our position,” the PKR deputy president told reporters after his party’s political bureau met at its headquarters here.

PKR has been facing flak, including its allies, for insisting on Anwar being prime minister if the federal Pakatan Harapan Opposition pact takes Putrajaya in the next general elections due by mid next year.

At its recent congress over the weekend, the party’s vice-president Rafizi Ramli explained how to realise its plan, saying its party president and Anwar’s wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, would be interim PM and work towards Anwar being pardoned and released from prison.

Then a by-election would be held for Anwar to be PM a month or two after Dr Wan Azizah takes the post.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by KAMLES KUMAR


Suhakam, Amnesty urge stay for two Malaysians scheduled to hang tomorrow

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Shamini said the lack of transparency around executions in Malaysia is a violation of international law and standards. — Picture by Siow Saw FengWith just hours to go, two human rights bodies are hoping the government will grant a reprieve for two Malaysians on death row at the Sungai Buloh Prison are to executed by 6am tomorrow.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM) pleaded with Putrajaya to suspend the execution order for Yong Kar Mun, 48, who was sentenced to death in 2009 for armed robbery.

AIM added that it was newly made aware that a second inmate, on death row the last 20 years for murder, will also be hanged at the same time tomorrow morning. It added that no further details about the man’s identity, age or history have been made available.

“The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) expresses deep regret over reports of the impending execution of Mr Yong Kar Mun who was sentenced to death under section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 which carries the mandatory death penalty, read together with section 37 of the Penal Code. (more…)

PM: Putrajaya’s bold steps in 2016 has borne fruit in face of criticism

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Najib said that 2016 was the most challenging year for his administration, but the government had proven itself by persisting with carrying out the National Transformation Programme. — Reuters picNajib Razak tonight said his government’s bold steps to implement certain policies last year, including the unpopular Good and Services Tax (GST) and subsidy rationalisation exercises, have produced results.

He added that 2016 was the most challenging year for his administration, but the government had proven itself by persisting with carrying out the National Transformation Programme (NTP).

“The basis here is, my friends, Malaysians. This government has taken many bold actions, even tough decisions to achieve Malaysia’s goal of becoming a high income, advanced economy.

“The measures taken include the removal of subsidies, dependence on oil revenue, rationalising subsidies and the introduction of GST, are now delivering huge dividends to the people and the country,” Najib said at the unveiling of the NTP Annual Report 2016 during a special State of the Union event here. (more…)

Grow up, think tank tells PKR

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wan-saiful-pkr-1The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), a private think tank, pulled no punches today, telling PKR to grow up and realise that the prime minister’s post is not something it can play around with.

IDEAS CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan said PKR could not choose to have someone to “warm the seat” while waiting for its preferred candidate as prime minister.

“It is irresponsible to propose PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the next interim prime minister.

“Even Wan Azizah said she is not good enough for the position,” he told the media after attending an education conference here. (more…)

Idris Jala says Putrajaya on track to achieving fiscal balance by 2020

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Idris said that Pemandu is also carefully managing Putrajaya's debt-to-GDP ratio. — Picture by Saw Siow FengMalaysia’s fiscal deficit had dropped to 3.1 per cent last year and the government is on track to achieving its target of a fiscal balance by the year 2020, Pemandu Associate Sdn Bhd chief executive said today.

Datuk Seri Idris Jala added that the country’s fiscal position has improved compared to 2009 when the deficit was at 6.7 per cent back in 2009.

“We were clear that we wanted to ensure growth did not come at the expense of the government’s fiscal position. We have reduced the fiscal deficit from 6.7 per cent in 2009 to 3.1 per cent in 2016.

“Here, the government maintains its target of achieving its target of fiscal balance by 2020,” he said in the National Transformation Programme (NTP) Annual Report 2016 released today. (more…)

Why won’t PPBM back Anwar for PM? Because he can’t be, say analysts

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Pictures of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is seen behind a replica of a prison cell, symbolising the free Anwar Ibrahim campaign during the 12th PKR National Congress in Shah Alam May 21, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leaders’ refusal to endorse the jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be prime minister is simple pragmatism, according to political analysts.

While there are legal gymnastics that make it possible for the PKR de facto leader to become prime minister in the event Pakatan Harapan wins federal power, they said the implausibility made it pointless to contemplate.

Anwar is serving the third year of his five-year sentence for sodomy. Without a royal pardon or an early release, he is just under eight years away from eligibility to stand for an election, which he must first win in order to be PM.

“In the current political situation, it is impossible for Anwar to be PM. PPBM knows this,” Universiti Utara Malaysia associate professor Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani told Malay Mail Online when contacted. (more…)

May 23, 2017

CM: Petronas seeking partners to develop SK316

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Image result for Abang Johari Tun OpengPETRONAS is seeking capable and reliable partners to explore the potential for oil and gas in the SK316 offshore region, revealed Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He assured Sarawakians that Petronas has consulted the state government on the matter.

“It is a very deep new area and secondly, you need new technology where Petronas also has no such technology.

“So what Petronas does is to invite other countries which have the technology because the area has a lot of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and sulphur content. So the moment you extract (oil and gas) you need to put in CO2.

“So you need a partner who has the technology. We have been consulted on this matter,” Abang Johari clarified to the media after his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday. (more…)

CM: Cabotage exemption to facilitate international trade

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Image result for Abang Johari Tun OpengSarawak’s exemption from the cabotage policy which takes effect from June 1 will allow the state to become a trading hub and be able to trade directly with other nations.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said cabotage policies are used by nations to consolidate international shipping trade through one port for ease of control as well as for the efficiency of domestic transportation and logistics.

“It is usually envisaged that domestic transportation and logistics is by way of road and rail. In the case of Sarawak which is separated from Port Klang by the sea, the conventional idea of cabotage does not apply simply because there is no efficient transportation between Port Klang and Kuching, for example.

“In the case of Sarawak, which became part of Malaysia not by natural geographical proximity but for political reasons, it is correct for us to pursue Sarawak-centric policies which therefore require that international shipping should be allowed directly into the main port or ports of Sarawak,” he said when winding up his maiden speech as Chief Minister at the 18th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday. (more…)

Sarawak approves Non-Islamic Affairs Unit structure

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Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, in his winding up speech in the state assembly, says the Non-Islamic Affairs Unit is now recruiting staff of various grades. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak State Cabinet has approved the structure of the new Non-Islamic Affairs Unit in the Chief Minister’s Office.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the unit, headed by a full-time director, is full-fledged, equivalent in status with other units in the Chief Minister’s Department.

“We are now in the process of recruiting staff to fill all the approved posts,” he said, adding that a total of 17 new posts of various grades for 2017 were approved for the unit.

Winding the debate in the state legislative assembly here, he said the unit, since its formation, has already received eight land applications for the construction of various non-Islamic religious institutions. Another 30 applications for funding of both the construction and maintenance of buildings have been processed by the unit. (more…)

Sarawak to fund LRT project

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg (in front) says the proposed public transport system will be an integrated one, with LRT as the core. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak state government said today it will finance the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project covering Kuching, Samarahan and Serian without direct funding from the federal government.

“The cost of the proposed LRT has not been finalised yet,” Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said in his winding up speech in the state legislative assembly today.

He said the full public transport system covering the three divisions will be an integrated one, with the LRT as the core and complemented by the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), taxis and cars.

He stressed that the key benefit of building a proper public transport system was lower cost of living, with affordable housing combined with cheap public transport. (more…)

Sarawak still negotiating with Petronas on increase in oil royalty, CM says

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The chief minister said the government was actively negotiating with Petronas on the details of the shareholders agreement for a 10 per cent equity in the MLNG Plant Train 9, besides working for a larger equity in MLNG 2 plant. — AFP picSarawak has not abandoned its negotiation with Petronas for a 20 per cent increase in oil royalty, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said today.

In his winding up speech at the 18th Sarawak legislative Assembly sitting here, he said now the time is unfavourable for the negotiation as the price of oil is low and production cost very competitive.

“Under such a situation, we have to manage this with care,” he said.

Meantime, he said in lieu of the loyalty increase, he had decided that the state would continue to pursue interests in the development of the oil and gas industry in the state. (more…)

Bakun dam now officially belongs to Sarawak

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Image result for The Bakun hydroelectric powerThe Bakun hydroelectric power (HEP) dam is now officially owned by the state government after the first instalment was paid recently, revealed Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He added that the official ceremony to hand over the biggest dam in South East Asia will be done after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“The ownership (of Bakun HEP Dam) has been finalised after we paid the first instalment recently,” Abang Johari told the media after his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday.

He added that the total cost of acquiring the mammoth project was RM2.5 billion in cash and RM5.6 billion in net debt outstanding as at the end of December 2016. (more…)

Sarawak to use Big Data next year

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Abang Johari wants the government servers to be linked so that non-personal and non-sensitive data can be shared and made accessible to the general public. — Bernama picThe Sarawak state government announced today that it would utilise Big Data by the first quarter of next year.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari said Big Data will represent “a small but first step in its journey of a thousand miles” in the development of the state’s digital economy.

“Therefore, the Big Data will become a new strategic asset for Sarawak in the years to come,” he said.

He added that the state government’s database now is still small, but should be provided with sufficient capacity to grow with the digital economy.

The computer-savvy chief minister said in the digital world, “opening up” means that data of the government, industries and private individuals is synchronised to provide new information useful for the public. (more…)

17 new posts of various grades approved for Non-Islamic Affairs Unit, to be headed by a director

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THE state cabinet has approved the creation of 17 new posts of various grades for the Non-Islamic Affairs Unit this year.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the full-fledged unit, equivalent in status with other Units in the Chief Minister’s Department is headed by a director.

“Now, we are in the process of recruiting the staff to fill all the approved posts,” Uggah, who is the minister-in-charge of the Unit said in his ministerial winding up speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday.

According to him, the main function of the new unit includes to evaluate, propose and formulate policies, laws and regulations with regard to Non-Islamic religious affairs in the state. (more…)

Why won’t PPBM back Anwar for PM? Because he can’t be, say analysts

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Pictures of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is seen behind a replica of a prison cell, symbolising the free Anwar Ibrahim campaign during the 12th PKR National Congress in Shah Alam May 21, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaParti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leaders’ refusal to endorse the jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be prime minister is simple pragmatism, according to political analysts.

While there are legal gymnastics that make it possible for the PKR de facto leader to become prime minister in the event Pakatan Harapan wins federal power, they said the implausibility made it pointless to contemplate.

Anwar is serving the third year of his five-year sentence for sodomy. Without a royal pardon or an early release, he is just under eight years away from eligibility to stand for an election, which he must first win in order to by PM.

“In the current political situation, it is impossible for Anwar to be PM. PPBM knows this,” Universiti Utara Malaysia associate professor Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani told Malay Mail Online when contacted. (more…)

May 22, 2017

See supports efforts to encourage usage of English in schools

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Image result for see chee howBatu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has expressed appreciation and support for Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin for announcing the first reform step to encourage usage of English in all schools by displaying English language signboards and notices alongside the Bahasa Malaysia ones.

According to See, exposure to the language will certainly encourage its usage and learning in the schools.

“I hope that everybody in the society will contribute to make the study and learning of English language amongst our Sarawakian students a success. The parents, siblings, teachers and everyone have a role to play to give encouragements.

“All the businesses in Sarawak should and may contribute by, through their CSR (corporate social responsibility) programmes, donating English reading books to school libraries and subscribing English language newspapers to schools nearby, according to their capacities, regularly,” he said yesterday. (more…)

Rafizi: Here’s how PKR will make Anwar PM

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PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli speaks at PKR National Congress in Shah Alam May 21, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPKR’s Rafizi Ramli outlined today how his party planned to make Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim the prime minister even though the PKR de facto leader is currently incarcerated.

The party vice president explained that if Pakatan Harapan takes over the government, the bloc would first make current parliamentary Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail interim prime minister, which has been agreed by the DAP and Parti Amanah Negara.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is PKR president and Anwar’s wife, would then help her spouse to be released from prison and a by-election would be held to make Anwar a Member of Parliament, and subsequently PM, Rafizi explained.

“People say PKR is delusional in claiming Anwar is PM when he is still sitting behind bars but it is possible. (more…)

May 21, 2017

The Borneo Post helps students in Sebuyau improve English proficiency

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Several schools in Sebuyau have benefitted from the Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme, using The Borneo Post as a learning tool to improve English proficiency among students.

According to Sebuyau assemblyman Datuk Julaihi Narawi, many students in the area have improved in their command of the English language since the NIE programme was introduced by him last year.

Under the programme, Julaihi subscribes The Borneo Post for all the 19 primary schools and a secondary school in Sebuyau constituency under his minor rural project (MRP) grant.

“I have found out and was also informed that the NIE programme has benefited the school children in the constituency, to improve their level of English proficiency…so such programme will continue this year,” Julaihi, who is Assistant Minister of Coastal Roads, said yesterday at a Teacher’s Day celebration for Sebangan Zone, at SK Haji Bujang, Sebangan here. (more…)

Towards English proficiency

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Sarawak will see its first reform in education with a shift in policy to promote greater usage of English in schools.

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong announced yesterday bi-lingual signboards in Bahasa Malaysia and English, including English translation of the Rukun Negara, will be installed in all schools throughout Sarawak.

Manyin, who was appointed to the post two weeks ago, said the move was to familiarise students and even their parents with the English language, so that they would be more interested to learn and eventually master this global lingua franca.

As a start, he said the bi-lingual signboards would be installed in three schools in Serian Division namely SMK Taee, SMK Tebakang and SMK Tebedu next month before moving to other schools across the state. (more…)

Sarawak DCM: Putrajaya to study if cabotage policy lift will reduce prices

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Tan Sri Dr James Masing said the Transport Ministry will conduct a review six months after the cabotage exemption has taken effect, to determine whether it leads to cheaper goods in Sabah and Sarawak. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Transport Ministry will conduct a study on whether the removal of the cabotage policy from Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will lead to cheaper goods in Sarawak, the state’s deputy chief minister said today.

Tan Sri Dr James Masing said the review will be conducted six months after the cabotage exemption takes effect on June 1 this year.

“There are other claims to say that the exemption of the policy would not lead to lower prices of imported goods to Sarawak, then there has to be some other reasons why it is so,” he said, explaining the need to conduct a detailed study.

Winding the debate in the state legislative assembly, Masing, who is also the state minister of infrastructure development and transportation, suggested there could be other cost factors within the transportation chain that the government might have overlooked that would not lead to lower prices of imported goods in the state, even with the policy exemption in force. (more…)

Rep proposes students speak in English in school

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Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep proposes that students in all schools in Bau speak in English.

He said this was because the command of English among students in schools is worrying, so getting them to communicate in English in the school compound will help turn things around.

“We want to encourage the use of English, and in Bau, we want the District Education Office to put this into action. English is important as it allows graduates to get a job – the first question during a job interview is ‘Can you communicate in English?’,” Henry said at Bau District Chung Hua Cluster Teachers’ Day dinner on Friday.

Most correspondence including in government departments are in English, he observed.

Meanwhile, he mentioned Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin’s statement during winding-up at the Dewan Undangan sitting on Friday that the state government had proposed to the federal government to solve the problem of 960 dilapidated schools in the state. (more…)

New initiative of NCR land surveying in Sarawak a success

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The new initiative of the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land surveying has proven to be a success after 769,421ha of land have been perimeter-surveyed in 480 areas in the state.

According to Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resource Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, from the number, 402 areas of 619,761ha have been gazetted as Bumiputera Communal Reserve (Agriculture) under Section 6 of the State Land Code. He told the august House during his winding-up speech yesterday that the new  initiative of NCR surveying programme, which was implemented from October 2010 to April 2017, was done in two phases.

The first phase involved the process of identifying or differentiating between valid NCR land and government land.

The second phase involved the process of surveying gazetted lands via measuring individual lots so that title deeds can be published under Section 18 of the State Land Code. (more…)

Resign over ‘shabby’ dressing remark, PKR Wanita tells FT minister

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PKR Wanita chief Zuraida speaking during the PKR Youth and Wanita Congress at Dewan Sivik MBPJ, May 19, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPKR women demanded today the resignation of Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor whom they condemned for linking sexual harassment to the way women dressed.

In a staged demonstration at the end of the party wing’s congress here, more than 50 delegates held up placards directed at the Umno and Barisan Nasional coalition secretary-general who was recently reported to have advised women to dress shabbily to avoid being sexually harassed.

“This is what we call a shabby minister,” PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin said in closing the meet.

Zuraida also challenged the Umno women’s wing to “stand up” to Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan.

“Don’t they feel embarrassed?” she asked.

Led by Zuraida, the PKR delegates then chanted “Reject Ku Nan” and “Ku Nan resign” while holding placards.

Chair of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah who was a guest at the congress also criticised Ku Nan during her speech earlier today, saying his remarks showed a lack of understanding as to what gender equality and respecting women means.


Source :  @ The Malay Mail Onlineby RAM ANAND


Checking citizenship status of electoral candidates not EC’s job, says chairman

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Election Commission chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.said the checking of the citizenship status of electoral candidates did not come under its jurisdiction. — File picture by by Choo Choy MayThe Election Commission said today checking the citizenship status of electoral candidates does not come under its jurisdiction and that the onus is on the political parties which selects the candidates to verify that.

“It is not our duty to look into the citizenship status. Our job is to conduct an election once the speaker of a legislative assembly notifies the EC of vacant seats,” said EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah.

However, the EC would also abide by the decision of a court of law that decided on the status of a seat, he said to reporters at the launch of a voter registration exercise at Pasar Borneo here.

Mohd Hashim also hit out at certain quarters which alleged that the EC’s outreach programmes were politically motivated. (more…)

Students propose free education, employment opportunities during TN50 dialogue

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Image result for Free educationFree education and more employment opportunities are some of the aspirations proposed by students during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) Dialogue series with students of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) last night.

UiTM Law Faculty student Siti Nur Atikah Syed Ahmadi proposed a free education system that would open opportunity to all Malaysians to be educated and to prevent dropout.

“My aspiration is to have free education, especially in higher education by 2050, as implemented by other developed countries and for the government to provide suitable employment opportunities,” she said during a TN50 dialogue which was held with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri and attended by 1,200 UiTM students here.

Siti Nur Atikah’s aspiration was one of several that were proposed by the students, apart from increasing Internet speed as achieved in developed countries, high living standards, public transportation and public safety.

“All these aspirations are collected and will be refined … whichever that viable we will implement them according to TN50 aspirations,” said Nancy to reporters after the dialogue session.

She added that thus far, more than 30,000 aspirations were collected through a series of dialogues held across the country involving various target groups.


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Zuraida to leave post as PKR Wanita chief, deputy to take over

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Zuraida Kamaruddin announced her resignation during her policy speech at the PKR Wanita congress here today. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPKR Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin is stepping down from her post as PKR Wanita chief, and will be replaced by her deputy Haniza Talha.

Zuraida announced her resignation during her policy speech at the PKR Wanita congress here today.

“The time has come for me to hand over the duty of fighting for the rights of women to my deputy Haniza Talha,” she said at the end of her policy speech.

Haniza is a two-term state assemblyman for Taman Medan in Selangor.

Zuraida said she will hand over responsibilities to Haniza gradually and has opted not to defend her position in the next party polls.

However, she denied that her decision was related to the graft probe against her special officer and former Ampang PKR Youth Chief, Datuk Adam Rosly.

“No, nothing to do with that,” Zuraida said when asked if the investigation against Adam had influenced her decision.

She also said that she has not decided yet if she will contest a post at the PKR central leadership after this.


Source :  @ The Malay Mail Online by RAM ANAND


 

May 19, 2017

See salutes Abang Johari for continuing Adenan’s legacy

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SImage result for see chee howee Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) has commended Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg for declaring his determination to continue the legacy of his predecessor.

See said it can be seen from Abang Johari’s new cabinet line-up which is according to what he envisages Sarawak to be in the future as well as to prepare and organise his administration for global socio-economic and political trends and opportunities.

“The elevation and mounting emphasis on education, oil and gas, energy development, digital economy, international trade and e-commerce development, native land development, urban public transportation and the setting up of the State Ombudsman are indicative of his directions to re-engineer the state’s governance and that deserves our due recognition and support.

“The message is clear: The march for Sarawak’s economic and civil political rights is on,” he said when debating the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday. (more…)

See hopes state leadership will uphold freedom of the press

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See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang) is hopeful that former Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s legacy in upholding freedom of the press will also be the hallmark of the new administration under the helm of Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

See, when debating the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday, said he was particularly concerned with this aspect of civil rights of which Adenan had always, in his administration and practice, advocated and defended but this civil right is always precarious and chanced upon circumstances and the will and pleasure of another leader.

He recalled attending the Kenyalang Journalism Awards held in Kuching two years ago, where Adenan was the guest-of- honour.

Adenan, in his speech, encouraged the media to be daring in exposing truth and injustice in society in their reports, so that “members of society will ‘wake up’ rather than be mere bystanders, and inspire them be more proactive towards issues”. (more…)

Citizens-Initiated Referendum not confined to direct democracy — See Chee How

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Image result for see chee howIT is wrong to say that only countries practising direct democracy like Switzerland has Citizens-Initiated Referendum, says See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang).

He pointed out that countries like the US, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the Philippines are practising representative democracy like Malaysia, adding that in these countries they have Citizens-Initiated Referendum .

“The ‘Citizens-Initiated Referendum’ is being used by most countries practising a representative style of parliamentary democracy to complement representative democracy and strengthen it, lobbying and mobilising our citizens to participate in major decision-making,” he said when debating the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday.

See, who tabled the Citizens-Initiated Referendum Bill during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting last Friday, reminded the state administration that while Parliamentary democracy may not be perfect, it is the best there is. (more…)

Many projects not done despite promises, says Krian rep

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ALI Biju (PKR-Krian) has expressed concern that there are still many infrastructure and basic amenity projects in his area that have yet to be implemented despite being promised by ministers from the ruling government.

According to him, it is frustrating that the response from the ministries was either “still waiting for allocation or in the planning process”.

“Why approve the projects when the budget is insufficient? The local residents will surely feel cheated if the ‘approved projects’ are not implemented as soon as possible,” he said when debating on the Yang di-Pertua Negeri’s address during the DUN sitting yesterday.

To prove his point, Ali cited several road upgrading projects that had long been announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and other ministers since April last year which had not been done. (more…)

Chong questions RM60 mln allocation for KRAs

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Chong Chieng Jen speaking during the DUN session.Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) raised his doubts about an approved allocation of RM60 million for 13 Key Result Areas (KRAs) projects as announced by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in his winding up speech today.

Chong also wondered why the Mulu National Park, which is a world heritage site, was not included in the KRAs, adding that the UNESCO-listed site was underutilised.

“I have paid attention to the 13 KRAs and I didn’t hear any promotions for Mulu Caves. And I think RM60 million is highly insufficient,” he said when seeking a point of clarification from Karim, who was then reading out his winding up speech.

In a response, Karim said Mulu National Park “is definitely a world tourist destination, something which we should be proud of.” (more…)

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