Hornbill Unleashed

September 25, 2017

Dr M ready to reach out to BN’s anchor in Sarawak

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Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad indicated that he was prepared to reach out to Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB), which is instrumental to BN’s hold in Sarawak.

“I would like to talk to them. Whether they would like to talk to me or not, I don’t know.

“Everybody seems to be very shy nowadays. Last time I came, people can greet me, but now it’s a little restrained,” he told a press conference after arriving at Kuching International Airport at 4.50pm.

Mahathir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairperson, was asked to respond to speculation that he will try to rope in PBB if the opposition was unable to win enough parliamentary seats in Sarawak to form the federal government in the next general election.

BN controls 25 out of 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak and more than half of those, or 14, are held by PBB. (more…)

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Mahathir: M’sia peaceful until crook, thief and robber came along

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Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad said relatively speaking, Malaysia was a peaceful country until a “crook, thief and robber” showed up.

Mahathir said Malaysians love their country as it gave the people a good life, although it is true that we may not be so close as to go hugging one another.

He said Malaysians live in peace and harmony compared to countries in the Middle East like Iraq, Syria or Yemen, where the same ethnic groups are at war, killing one another.

“But even though we have our differences, we do not riot and kill each other; we have many races and tribes yet we are very peaceful,” he told a crowd of 3,000 at the ‘Sayangi Malaysia, Hapuskan Kleptokrasi” hosted by the DAP in Penang last night. (more…)

Seeking new deal, Dr M pins S’wak rights woes on Najib and father

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A day before Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s arrival in Sarawak, the state’s minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told Sawakians that it was during the former prime minister’s stewardship of 22 years that the state’s rights were eroded.

However, Mahathir still received a rockstar welcome with around 10,000 people showing up at a ceramah in Kuching where Pakatan Harapan unveiled its “New Deal, New Hope” manifesto for Sarawak.

Addressing the crowd doing his almost hour-long speech, Mahathir took aim at the Petroleum Development Act 1974, which was seen as the point where East Malaysia gave up its petroleum rights to the federal government in exchange for a meagre five percent royalty payment.

“In 1974, when the Petroleum Development Act was passed, I was not the prime minister.

“Supposedly, it was said that I was responsible but that is not right. The records are in the hansard. (more…)

Anwar wants us to step out of his shadow, says Nurul Izzah

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For almost two decades, Anwar Ibrahim has been the opposition’s bedrock, a political titan who had cast a long shadow over those opposed to BN.

It is a shadow that his party PKR has struggled to step out of, even in his long absence due to imprisonment over sodomy charges.

Reverence for Anwar had even stymied Pakatan Harapan at one point, with PKR’s insistence on giving him a top position and delaying the formation of the coalition’s leadership lineup for weeks.

Still, he remains highly regarded, with many still deferring to his judgement or invoking his name in their struggles.

But as the 14th general election (GE14) looms, Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah feels that it is time for the opposition to step into the light. (more…)

Kit Siang tells Sarawak to walk the talk on M’sia Agreement

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The Sarawak government must uphold the Malaysia Agreement allowing citizens to enter the state for political activities, if the state hopes for its rights to be similarly upheld under the same agreement.

“It is very clearly set out that legitimate political activity is permissible, that there should not be any banning of any Malaysians from West Malaysia who come for legitimate political activities,” said DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.

To continue to ban Pakatan Harapan leaders would be a violation of Malaysia Agreement 1963, and the Sarawak government must set an example (so as) to get full respect and the restoration of the rights in the agreement.”

The Gelang Patah MP was speaking to reporters after his arrival at Kuching International Airport this afternoon. Unlike several PKR leaders who were turned away yesterday, Lim was not barred from entering the state. (more…)

September 24, 2017

Barring Dr M from entering Sarawak would be a ‘mortal sin’

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At long last, former premier and Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be stepping onto Sarawak soil again. He is scheduled to speak at a Pakatan Harapan event in Kuching on Sept 24.

Mahathir’s visit this time is significant as he is visiting the Hornbill State for the first time as a leader of the opposition.

In the past, I paid little or no attention to Mahathir’s visit to my home state when he was prime minister. Those were normal, ordinary events – yeah, what is so extraordinary about a prime minister visiting a state within his own country? Like many others, Sarawakians or not, I must honestly concede that I didn’t really care when Mahathir came a-visiting.

This time, however, I care. Why? I had wanted to arrange a Mahathir visit to Sarawak since late last year. No, my intention was not political. I would be inviting him under the auspices of my NGO, the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS). (more…)

Abdul Karim’s knowledge in history lacking, says PH Sarawak man

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Image result for ‘Most of Sarawak’s rights enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) were taken away when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister’.Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak publicity chief Vernon Kedit disagrees with Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah for saying: ‘Most of Sarawak’s rights enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) were taken away when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister’.

“Perhaps, the minister is forgetful or perhaps he chooses to forget – worse still, perhaps he is not so conversant with history and historical facts,” said Vernon.

“Allow me to respectfully remind the good minister the following facts.

“The most significant erosion of Sarawak’s rights was the amendment to Article 1(2), which was among 48 amendments to the Federal Constitution under a Bill tabled by then-prime minister Datuk Hussein Onn on July 12, 1976, and was passed on July 13, 1976. (more…)

PKR rep grabbed from event and ejected from Sarawak

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Despite protests by Sarawak PKR vice chairman See Chee How (pic) and other state party leaders, officers proceeded to bring Kuala Sepetang state assemblywoman Chua Yee Ling to the Miri Airport. — Picture by Sulok TawiePKR’s Kuala Sepetang state assemblywoman Chua Yee Ling was picked up at a dinner organised by Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) in Miri tonight and directly deported back to Kuala Lumpur by the state Immigration officials.

“She left Miri Airport on a 9.30pm AirAsia flight,” Sarawak PKR Youth deputy head Simon Siah told Malay Mail Online tonight.

Siah said Chua was addressing the dinner at the Miri Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club when Immigration officers came and told her that she was not allowed to be in Sarawak.

Despite protests by Sarawak PKR vice chairman See Chee How and other state party leaders, Siah said the officers proceeded to bring Chua to the Miri Airport. (more…)

‘Outcome of London mission to be known at right time’

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Image result for MA63The outcome of the fact-finding mission on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) to London will be revealed at the right time.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg assured that he would pursue his predecessor Tok Nan’s call that the Sarawak’s right contained in MA63 would be given back to Sarawak.

“That is why I sent a team to London to search and study any references related to Sarawak’s right under the Malaysia Agreement.

“But I can’t reveal the outcome today. I will reveal it at the right time. Even though the opposition asked me to reveal, I say no.

“I will only reveal it at the right time because there is also something in my hand,” he said at the launch of Tasik Biru Festival here yesterday. (more…)

State to replace up to 260 dilapidated schools

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Image result for The state government is going to replace between 250 and 260 dilapidated schools in Sarawak within two years.The state government is going to replace between 250 and 260 dilapidated schools in Sarawak within two years.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the construction of new schools is part of a special catch-up plan to improve the quality of education in Sarawak.

He said the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research under Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong recently held a workshop attended by all education officers in the state.

“So they have identified the schools, some of them have to be merged because of low enrolment. But even then we will still have to build between 250 and 260 schools within two years. (more…)

Nurul cancels trip after Zuraida, Hee turned away

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Image result for pink diamond miri pkr dinnerParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has decided not to come here yesterday evening after National Women chief Zuraida Kamaruddin who is also Ampang MP and Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian were refused entry into the state when they arrived here from Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Nurul was scheduled to arrive at 7pm to attend the Pink Diamond dinner organised by PKR but called off her trip for fear of being turned away like Zuraida and Hee .

Zuraida was stopped by Immigration officers upon her arrival around 2pm at Miri Airport from Kuala Lumpur on board an AirAsia flight. She was asked to return to Kuala Lumpur on the next available flight.

The PKR Woman chief was supposed to launch State Pakatan Harapan Women Council during the dinner at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club here. (more…)

Most of Sarawak’s rights eroded under Dr M’s era – Karim

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Most of Sarawak’s rights enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) were taken away when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, in saying this, said it was good to see the former premier coming back to Sarawak and meet the people for he had hardly done so in the past.

“Malaysia is a democratic country and its citizens are free to move around the country without restriction, as long as they abide by the law,” he said in a press statement issued yesterday.

Abdul Karim was commenting about Dr Mahathir’s first visit to Sarawak as leader of the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan tomorrow. (more…)

Sarawak CM says won’t slam door on Dr M

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Dr Mahathir is scheduled to arrive in Kuching at 4.45pm tomorrow. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is free to enter Sarawak, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said today.

He said he will not stop the Pakatan Harapan chairman or other Opposition leaders from entering the state, and explained that only extremists such as Umno’s Datuk Jamal Yunos and Perkasa’s Datuk Ibrahim Ali were not welcome.

“If they want to come, let them come,” he said to reporters, referring to Dr Mahathir as well as other national opposition leaders such as Lim Kit Siang and Dr Hatta Ramli who are scheduled to attend a political gathering in Kuching tomorrow night.

The chief minister, who spoke to reporters after officiating the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bau district office building, was asked to respond to the concern expressed by Sarawak Pakatan Harapan chairman Chong Chieng Jen yesterday. (more…)

Abang Johari coy over Dr M’s entry into the state

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The state government has yet to confirm if Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be allowed into Sarawak today.

The former prime minister is expected to speak during the opposition alliance’s event here tonight.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg did not give a clear cut answer on whether the former prime minister would be allowed to enter the state when speaking to reporters after launching the Tasik Biru Festival.

“If they want to come, let them come. We see tomorrow. If they are around then it is okay,” he said.

This will be Dr Mahathir’s first visit to Sarawak in his capacity as Pakatan Harapan chairman. (more…)

Dr M will most likely be allowed to enter Sarawak

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The state government will most likely allow Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to enter Sarawak.

The former Prime Minister is expected to attend and give a talk during the Pakatan Harapan Sarawak programme scheduled to be held at the Everrise supermarket carpark at BDC here tomorrow (Sunday) from 7pm to 10.30pm.

It will be Tun Mahathir’s first visit to Sarawak in his capacity as the chairman of Pakatan Harapan.

When asked if the state government would ban Dr Mahathir from entering, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said there were certain “extremist views” that the state government would not allow to be brought into Sarawak. (more…)

Sarawak is hoping for over RM30 billion investment from China

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Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (second left) shaking hands with head of Fujian delegation Liang Jiangyong during the courtesy call on September 22, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak is hoping for over RM30 billion investment from China this year, with the single biggest investment the RM13 billion in the steel industry in Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu.Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the state government has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with China-based company, Hebei Xinwuan Steel Group, for the proposed steel project.

“The company is currently conducting a feasibility study on the proposed steel industry,” he told reporters here today after receiving a courtesy call from a business delegation from China’s Fujian Province.

The Chinese delegation was led by Liang Jianyong, a member of the standing committee and secretary general of the Communist Party of China’s Fujian provincial committee.

Earlier in his speech to the Chinese delegation, Awang Tengah, who is also state minister of industrial and entrepreneur development, said Sarawak has remained the top three most popular investment destinations in Malaysia for Chinese companies. (more…)

‘Don’t deny Sabahans, Sarawakians constitutional right to vote’

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ramon-navaratnam_bersih_600A prominent former civil servant has thrown his support behind the call by Bersih 2.0 for the Election Commission (EC) to implement advanced voting for East Malaysian voters living in the peninsula and West Malaysians living in Sabah and Sarawak

Ramon Navaratnam, who is chairman of the Asli Center of Public Policy Studies, said such a move by the EC would be welcomed by most Malaysians as well.

“It’s about their constitutional right to vote. Why should we deny this precious right just because of some outdated regulations insisting that Sabahan and Sarawakians in Peninsular Malaysia have to return to their homes in Sabah and Sarawak to vote.

“Why can’t we give them the same privilege as emergency workers, police, army and media personnel, to vote before the actual polling date,” Ramon said.

On Thursday, Bersih launched a campaign calling for the EC to ease the voting process, highlighting the plight of over 150,000 registered voters from Sabah and Sarawak living in Peninsular Malaysia. (more…)

Mahathir to address claims he eroded Sarawak’s rights

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Vernon-Kedit-3Sarawak Pakatan Harapan (PH) has gone on the offensive against Barisan Nasional (BN), to deflect allegations that Dr Mahathir Mohamad was instrumental in eroding the state’s rights when he was prime minister, ahead of the PH chairman’s visit to Kuching.

Its publicity chief Vernon Kedit today accused Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the largest component in the ruling state BN, as well as prime ministers from Umno before and after Mahathir for allowing the state’s powers to be curtailed.

“It is PBB and all its parliamentarians past and present, and the chief ministers who were at the helm when these erosions occurred with their full consent who should really apologise to Sarawakians for being in league with Umno in leading Barisan Nasional Sarawak to erode Sarawak’s rights,” he said.

“Historical facts cannot be spun or denied and the Malaysian Parliament’s Hansard is clear for all to peruse,” he added in a statement. (more…)

PKR Wanita chief says expelled by Sarawak

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PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin was barred from entering Sarawak today. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPKR Wanita head Zuraida Kamaruddin said she was denied entry into Sarawak today, hours after Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg vowed not to bar Opposition leaders from the state.

Zuraida said she was detained at the Miri airport at about 2pm today, and failed to negotiate her way past Immigration officials.

“Ha3 I am deported from Miri @AzminAli,” she wrote on Twitter, tagging the account of PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

Pakatan Harapan will hold a political gathering at Taman BDC in Kuching tomorrow night, and Abang Johari earlier pledged to allow the pact’s leaders such as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Lim Kit Siang, and Dr Hatta Ramli to enter Sarawak and attend.

He further said Sarawak only did not welcome extremists. (more…)

PKR rep evicted from S’wak after Immigration, police gatecrash dinner

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Kuala Sepetang assemblyperson Chua Yee Ling has been evicted from Sarawak.

Chua was in Miri for a PKR dinner tonight, when Immigration and police officers gatecrashed the event held at the Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club.

Footage streamed from the Perak representative’s Facebook page showed her being escorted out of the venue accompanied by the officers.

Chua was calm throughout the eviction, saying she would co-operate.

“You are just doing your job, but I wonder why,” she is heard telling the Immigration officer. (more…)

Tian Chua: Barring opposition politicians from Sarawak ‘ridiculous’

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tian-chua-1PKR vice-president Tian Chua has blasted the Sarawak government for barring three of the party’s lawmakers in Peninsular Malaysia from entering the state after they arrived there today.

Describing the move as “ridiculous and hysterical”, he questioned the rationale for the prohibition, saying the trio – Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian and Kuala Sepetang state assemblywoman Chua Yee Ling – were rightfully representing the interests of the citizens.

“It is abusing the process of immigration. How can we be denied entry just like that? We are representing the people,” he said, stressing that the politicians presented no danger to the state.

“What is the security threat that any of us pose to Sarawak? There is no justification,” he added on Saturday. (more…)

September 22, 2017

Sarawak not selling power to Peninsular Malaysia — Abg Jo

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The state government will not sell electricity from Bakun dam to Peninsular Malaysia, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said he had decided that the electricity from Bakun be used for the state and partly sold to West Kalimantan as what was being done at present.

“As far as the energy (from Bakun) is concerned, I have decided that we want to consume it (the energy) for our own, and perhaps we just want to sell it to our neighbour, like what we are doing now – selling it to Pontianak in West Kalimantan.

“The state government will not sell the electricity power to Peninsular Malaysia because laying undersea cable will be very costly and the other problem is leakage,” he told a press conference yesterday. (more…)

Sabah opposition leader Lajim out of bankruptcy, but loses party presidency for now

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Datuk Lajim Ukin (front right) was declared bankrupt for a week. — Picture by Julia ChanAfter a week of being declared bankrupt, Sabah opposition leader Datuk Lajim Ukin has cleared his outstanding debt of RM185,000 and the status has been lifted as of today.

Lajim was also forced to vacate the position of Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president, and can only be reinstated after the party’s annual general meeting next month.

“As for my Klias state seat, I leave that up to the State Assembly speaker to decide,” he said.

Lajim said that the bankrupt status was due to an “oversight”, and came from a car loan with CIMB Bank that he had entrusted a friend to continue paying. (more…)

Harapan confident can win four more parliamentary seats

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Image result for Pakatan Harapan SarawakPakatan Harapan Sarawak is confident of capturing four more Barisan Nasional (BN) seats this coming general election (GE14).

Its chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the four seats would be additional to the six existing seats held by the opposition.

“We don’t want to reveal which four seats yet but it will be in the rural and suburban areas, which we feel are ‘unsafe’ for BN,” he told a press conference at the DAP headquarters here yesterday.

It was attended by Pakatan Harapan Sarawak information chief Vernon Kedit, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong and Stampin MP Julian Tan.

Chong, who is also chairman of state Democratic Action Party (DAP), expressed confidence that Pakatan could capture the seats because of people’s dissatisfaction. (more…)

Allegation that Sabah churches prefer opposition is ‘destructive criticism’

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rahim-church-sabah-1The Sabah BN Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) has dismissed an allegation that churches prefer the opposition pact to BN, saying such an opinion is extremely destructive.

Speaking to FMT, Sabah BNBBC chairman Abdul Rahim Ismail said the statement implied that BN is unwelcoming of Christians, hence the churches’ support for the opposition.

“This cannot be further from the truth. BN’s concept is never race-based. One can just look at the component parties. We are not racist and we are not anti-religion,” he said.

Rahim was commenting on a statement by a UUM academician, Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, who made this allegation based on three books written by opposition politicians, who happened to be Christians, on political issues and Christian affairs in the country. (more…)

Tun Dr Mahathir to give talk on Pakatan Harapan programme this Sunday

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Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is expected to attend and give a talk at the Pakatan Harapan Sarawak programme this Sunday from 7pm to 10.30pm.

Pakatan Harapan Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the programme has been scheduled at the carpark of Everrise supermarket at BDC here.

“This will be Tun Mahathir’s first visit to Sarawak in his capacity as the chairman of Pakatan Harapan,” he told a press conference held at DAP headquarters here yesterday.

“Tun Mahathir has visited Sarawak many times when he was the prime minister but it will be his first as the leader of the opposition coalition,” he said. (more…)

Academic challenges bishop’s claim church is non-partisan

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uum-churchAn academician with Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, has challenged a claim by Sabah Council of Churches (SCC) president Bishop Melter Jiki Tais that the church is non-partisan.

“If the church is non-partisan, why did the church and its senior leaders involve themselves directly in the launching of books by top leaders of PKR and DAP?” Kamarul asked in a statement today.

He said he was referring to the launching of PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian’s book entitled “The Long Awakening” and DAP Selangor vice chairman Hannah Yeoh’s “Becoming Hannah”.

Besides the two book launches, he said a discourse on the topic “Christians and Nation-Building” was held at the City Discipleship Presbyterian Church in Subang Jaya, Selangor, on Aug 24. (more…)

Petra Jaya Hospital contractor gets LAD for project delay

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Public Works Department (PWD) has imposed Liquidated Ascertained Damages (LAD) on the contractor of Petra Jaya Hospital at a rate of RM89,506.85 per day starting from June 10 this year until completion of the project.

The construction of Petra Jaya Hospital was supposed to be completed by June 9 this year as per contract. However, the contractor has failed to meet the completion date and to date, the amount of LAD imposed on the contractor is RM9,219,205.55 (103 days).

Due to the continuous failure to complete the project, PWD issued ‘Notis Untuk Tujuan Penamatan’ to the contractor on August 7 this year.

The contractor responded with the commitment to complete the project by June 30, 2018.

On Aug 10, the National Development Projects Intervention Committee (NDPIC) decided that the contractor be allowed to continue and complete the work by June 30, 2018. (more…)

‘Church leaders must be non-partisan or risk dividing people’

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Cornelius-Piong-catholic-church-keningau-1The Catholic Church has always been non-partisan when it comes to politics but this does not mean the leaders cannot talk about current developments, said a Catholic prelate.

Keningau Diocese Bishop Cornelius Piong told FMT the church’s clergymen act as the leaders who unite the faithful under their guardianship.

“This is why, in my opinion, a priest cannot afford to side with any political party.

“If he does that, if he supports one particular party, what about the parishioners who are not supporters of that party?” (more…)

Malaysia Airlines says open to options with Boeing despite recent MoU

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Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew said the new widebody aircrafts will help propel the service of the national carrier further into a premier airline. — Reuters picMalaysia Airlines Bhd said today that its recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acquire 16 new jets from American manufacturer Boeing is still optional.

The national carrier also explained that funding for aircraft are planned on a sale-and-operating leaseback or simple operational lease, following media reports yesterday that the company will not be using its own funds for the purchase.

“We would like to reiterate that as of now, we have a firm order of 25 Boeing 737 aircraft with everything else being optional,” it said in a statement.

“The options, as well as a variety of other arrangements including the recent MoU with Boeing, will allow us to have some flexibility in deciding which aircraft suits our operational environment best.” (more…)

Sarawak Museum to close until 2020 for restoration

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The famed Sarawak Museum building, built in 1891, will be closed for 30 months. — Picture courtesy of the State Museum Department.The Sarawak Museum, the oldest in the Borneo, will close for about 30 months for restoration works to its building and century-old artefacts, Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Openg announced today.

“It will be closed from October this year and will be open to public in early 2020,” he told reporters at a press conference.

He said the historic and gazetted museum building, built in 1891, urgently needed restoration, rewiring, and upgrades.

Its regularly-faulty air conditioning units were also beyond repair while its roof was leaking in several areas, he added.

The Sarawak Museum was founded during the reign of Sarawak’s second White Rajah, Sir Charles Brooke, on the encouragement of a prominent British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, who had then been collecting specimens in the state. (more…)

Minimum wage hike will backfire on job market, say experts

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Shamsuddin: Many employers are not hiring at the moment.In light of concerns repeatedly expressed by youth today, that their salaries aren’t enough to cope with the rising cost of living, some quarters have suggested raising the starting salary for graduates as well as the minimum wage.

Industry and economic experts, however, say this would actually backfire on the job market as some businesses may reduce their workforce to cope with the inevitable increase in their operating costs.

Malaysian Employers’ Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said most companies are already “up to their noses” in terms of managing the costs of operating their businesses.

Any further increase, especially one that is mandatory, may prove to be too difficult for them to cope with, he said. (more…)

G25 questions PAS’ promise Islamic laws won’t affect non-Muslims

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johan-G25A member of the G25 group of prominent Malays today questioned PAS’ assurances that the enforcement of Islamic laws would not affect non-Muslims, following the party’s objection to the Better Beer Festival 2017.

Johan Ariffin, who is the former deputy director of the Sabah Foundation, pointed out that when promoting PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill to strengthen the shariah courts, the party leaders had told the public that the legislation would only affect Muslims.

“PAS and other Islamist leaders have assured the public time and time again that non-Muslims will not be affected by hudud or fatwas.

“They assured those concerned that it will only apply to Muslims.

“But this kind of overreach will definitely affect our image as a moderate Muslim nation, and will drive away tourists and investors to our country,” he said to FMT. (more…)

Bersih starts campaign for advance voting reforms

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Maria Chin Abdullah (centre) speaks to members of the media about Bersih’s new campaign in Petaling Jaya September 21, 2017. — Picture by Choo Choy MayElectoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 today started a campaign to push for Sabahans and Sarawakians who are working in peninsular Malaysia to be included as part of the advance voting system introduced in the 13th general elections.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said that the cost involved for East Malaysians travelling back on Election Day, and also for West Malaysians travelling who are working in Sabah and Sarawak to travel back is too expensive.

“These difficulties result in lower voter turnout and the effective disenfranchisement of a large number of voters. In fact, the voter turnout in the 13th general election for Sabah and Sarawak was lower than the rest of the country,” she said during a press conference here.

The group also wants the advance voting system to be changed to a day before nationwide balloting in order to prevent issues involving storage and transferring of the ballots, which led to allegations of tampering in the last elections. (more…)

Malaysian churches urged to help crisis-struck Rohingya

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Rohingya refugees wait for food near Kutupalong refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Ukhia September 6, 2017. Council of Churches of Malaysia today urged all Christians to contribute to help the Rohingyas. — Reuters picAn umbrella group representing Malaysia’s Protestant churches urged all Christians today to contribute financially to help the Muslim majority Rohingya.

Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) general secretary Reverend Herman Shastri also expressed support for Putrajaya’s assistance and collaboration with the United Nations for the Rohingya who have been forcefully displaced from their Myanmar homeland.

“CCM appeals to the churches in our country to hold the plight of the Rohingya people in their prayers and to contribute generously.

“The CCM (also) supports every attempt by the Government of Malaysia, working in cooperation with the United Nations, and the Government of Myanmar, to protect, defend and restore the security of those displaced and their eventual safe return in conditions of dignity and peace,” he said in a statement.

Herman added that authorities must grant full and unrestricted access to international reliefs to aid the tens of thousands of Muslims who have been subjected to violence in the Buddhist-dominated South-east Asian country.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


 

Bersih pushes advanced voting for Sabah, Sarawak voters

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maria-chin-abdullah-bersih20-sabah-sarawakElectoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has urged the authorities to implement advanced voting for East Malaysian voters living in the peninsula and West Malaysians living in Sabah and Sarawak.

Speaking at a press conference at the launch of Bersih’s campaign today, chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said there were over 150,000 registered voters from Sabah and Sarawak living in Peninsular Malaysia.

“Each election, these voters must spend hundreds of ringgit and find time to make the journey back to their home constituencies in order to vote,” she told reporters at the Bersih headquarters here.

Allowing them to become advanced voters like the police and army personnel would help boost voter turnout and allow the government and the Election Commission (EC) to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the voting rights of all in the lead-up to the 14th general election (GE14), she said. (more…)

September 21, 2017

Rhetoric on MA63 misses the real issue

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

The continuing rhetoric and polemics on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in Borneo, with an occasional response from Putrajaya, misses the real issue in Sabah and Sarawak: decolonisation.

Bingkor assemblyperson Jeffrey Kitingan, a longtime Borneo rights advocate, has called for a new MA63, where Sabah and Sarawak will be equal partners with Malaya in the Federation of Malaysia.

This doesn’t quite jell with the definition of “Federation” in Article 160 of the Federal Constitution. The “Federation” is defined in the article as that based on the Federation of Malaya Independence Act 1957. It reinforces the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement 1948.

On July 13, 1976, Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution was amended to read that Sabah and Sarawak would be states, the 12th and 13th, in the Malayan Federation, now known as Malaysia. (more…)

Sex, beer and our social ills

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“I don’t have a drinking problem ‘cept when I can’t get a drink.” 
― Tom Waits

The cancellation of Better Beer Festival 2017 has nothing to do with social ills or any of that other claptrap that Islamists claim is destroying the moral and social fabric of this country.

This has everything to do with robbing people of their choices. When Amanah’s Bukit Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud uses Prohibitionist-era arguments as a “moderate” stance against speaking out for freedom of choice, it demonstrates that when it comes to freedom of choice and religion, the latter always wins.

Apparently, alcohol and smoking are evil but collecting taxes on them is good. Using those taxes to fund or reward religious schools that are safety hazards and contribute to the death of 21 children is good. Using such taxes from other such “Islam”-defined social ills to subsidise religious pilgrimages is good. (more…)

Miri MP leaves fate to PKR, won’t give in to other PH parties

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The member of Parliament for Miri, Dr Teo Yu Keng, is leaving it to his party PKR to decide whether he should defend his seat in the coming 14th general election (GE14).

However, he said the seat must be defended by PKR and not to be given to any other Pakatan Harapan (PH) party to contest, saying: “As an incumbent I will not give up the seat easily to any other Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties to contest”.

“Every day, I go out to meet the people with PKR members including the Dayak Think Tank Group to assist fire victims, help in repairing houses of needy people, funeral arrangement and so on,” he said when met by The Borneo Post.

Present were Miri Dayak Think Tank Group chairman Elias Lipi, its vice chairman Philip Asry and Peter Bong, a senior PKR leader in Miri. (more…)

Umno quashes rumours of Selangor coup

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Abdul Rahman said that it was 'pointless' to engineer a political coup in Selangor so close to the 14th general election. — Bernama picUmno has denied claims that Selangor PKR and PAS assemblymen were to follow Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib in joining the Malay nationalist party, ending speculation on the matter.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said that it was “pointless” to engineer a political coup in Selangor so close to the 14th general election, and that mass defections had never been discussed during the party’s leadership meetings.

“There is no reason to have a political coup at this juncture, when the general election is just months way. This is speculation.

“There announcement on Sunday was just to announce Mat Taib’s return to Umno, nothing else,” he told Malay Mail Online. (more…)

Nurul Izzah honours Reformasi on anniversary of first Anwar arrest

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izzah-reformasi-1PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has renewed her pledge to the Reformasi movement on the day that marks the 19th anniversary of her father, Anwar Ibrahim’s dramatic arrest.

Nurul Izzah, who is Lembah Pantai MP, told FMT in a statement that the mere fact that Reformasi is still going strong having been adopted in today’s political agenda has made her father and her family’s sacrifices worthwhile.

“The tragic events that marked our lives, as well as the lives of many others on Sept 20, 1998, have given much justification to the need to check the abusive excesses of the executive, and ensure the primacy of the rule of law.

“These realisations gave birth to Reformasi, which has finally gained resonance and meaning, seen through the policies and pledges made by Pakatan Harapan (PH), including by political players who earlier negated the need for political reforms in this country,” she said. (more…)

Sabah church seeks basis for ‘Allah’ ban, but govt says it’s a ‘secret’

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Lawyer Lim Heng Seng argued that it was necessary for the government to reveal information relating to its original ban in 1986 on the word ‘Allah’ in non-Muslim publications. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayA Sabah church today asked the courts to order the government to disclose documents showing why it had banned non-Muslims from using the Arabic word “Allah”, but the government objected by saying such documents were classified as “official secrets”.

Lim Heng Seng, the lead counsel for the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah church, argued that it was necessary for the government to reveal information relating to its original ban in 1986 on the word “Allah” in non-Muslim publications.

Noting that the Home Ministry had cited the 1986 government circular after its 2007 seizure of SIB Sabah’s Christian education, Lim said this initial ban was the “root” behind recurring problems faced by local Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Christians who have been using the word “Allah” for hundreds of years.

He described the situation as akin to the “Sword of Damocles” hanging over Malaysian churches’ head, where the 31-year-old ban was not always enforced but would from time to time be used by “little Napoleons” for seizures that would later be reversed after brought to the attention of senior officials like the prime minister or ministers. (more…)

Police have completed 1MDB probe, says IGP

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The police have concluded their investigations into 1MDB and there are no new developments, pending any further instruction issued, inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said.

Fuzi told reporters in Kelantan today that any such instruction, if issued, would come from the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) or from the federal cabinet.

“No, no. We have no need (to investigate further), as the investigation has been completed.

“Unless we have further instructions from the PAC or cabinet on this matter,” Fuzi said at a press conference after officiating PDRM’s Innovation Day at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan in Kota Baru. (more…)

Suhakam to probe reclaimed land project

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(From left) Zulkifli, Razali and Joseph at the site where construction of apartments are under way on reclaimed land. — Picture by Loghun Kumaran The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will be probing into reclamation works in Teluk Muroh, about 10km from here.

The reclamation project, which began last year, drew the ire of fishermen who claimed that it would destroy the environment and their source of income.

Gabungan Selamatkan Pantai Warisan Teluk Muroh, led by its pro-tem chairman Zulkifli Hamid, claimed that the fishermen were not consulted before the reclamation project began.

They also said the reclamation project has dramatically reduced the supply of shellfish in the area for about 117 Teluk Muroh fishermen. (more…)

Church is non-partisan, says Sabah Council of Churches

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Bishop-Melter-Jiki-Tais_church_sabah_60Sabah Council of Churches (SCC) president Bishop Melter Jiki Tais has refuted claims that the church is pro-opposition.

Melter was quoted by the Borneo Post as saying that he had recently been told of “unfounded” and “unjust” remarks that the church was pro-opposition.

“As a religious body, the church is non-partisan and will continue to exist as non-partisan. I wish to assure Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman, and the Sabah state government that the church is not anti-government or pro-opposition,” he was quoted as saying.

He acknowledged, however, that some church members might belong to opposition parties or the ruling coalition. (more…)

Apex court allows EC to pose three questions in voters’ suit

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The challenge mounted by three Hulu Selangor voters on the Election Commission’s (EC) recent redelineation exercise will take longer than expected, as the Federal Court allowed the commission to pose three questions of law.

The three voters – P Maradeveran, Zahar Rusuli, and Yong Chan Hee – found themselves part of the Kuala Kubu Bharu state constituency after the EC’s redelineation exercise, having previously been registered in Batang Kali.

They filed suit in October last year, claiming that the EC had exceeded its powers under Section 7(2) of the Elections Act 1958 by shifting voters across state constituency boundaries without their knowledge.

A three-member bench, led by Justice Ahmad Ma’arop, said it unanimously allowed leave to the EC and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for the questions be posed, including one on an ouster clause regarding Section 9A of the Elections Act 1958. (more…)

Lawyer Siti Kasim demands Hadi, HarakahDaily say sorry over alleged defamation

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Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim has asked for a sum paid in lieu of damages to her reputation. — Picture by Choo Choy MaySiti Kasim has sent a letter of demand to Islamist party PAS’ president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and its online mouthpiece HarakahDaily over reports deemed defamatory to the lawyer.

In a copy of the letter dated yesterday sighted by Malay Mail Online, the two parties were given 48 hours to publish an apology and retract the offending articles 24 hours later, failing which she would proceeed with legal action.

“When they make public accusations against an individual and a woman like me relating to religious matters it can also be dangerous to my personal safety because today there are many extremists who are willing to act violently against people with whom they do not agree.

“People who make unfounded accusations should be held responsible for their actions,” Siti told Malay Mail Online. (more…)

Sabah opposition leader risks losing seat over bankruptcy

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Sabah opposition leader Lajim Ukin risks losing his Klias state seat over a bankruptcy notice linked to an outstanding debt amount of RM160,951.81 with a local bank, according to a local Sabah daily.

The Daily Express reported that another local daily had published an Insolvency Department notice attributed to Sabah director Monica Linsua yesterday, raising questions over Lajim’s eligibility to retain his seat.

The notice reportedly said that any payments owed by the Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president to CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd should first be paid to the department, following a Sept 14 court order on his bankruptcy status.

The court order was issued in line with a High Court judgment on Oct 26 last year. (more…)

Let them be ‘syok sendiri’, Mat Taib says of opposition’s mocking

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Former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib is unfazed at the opposition mocking his re-entry to Umno.

“Let them be syok sendiri (be full of themselves),” he said in a text message to Malaysiakini when asked to respond to the reaction to him rejoining Umno.

“He who laughs first, laughs last (sic),” he added.

Muhammad had in 2013 quit Umno to join PAS and later joined PKR in 2015.

He became the topic of jokes amongst the opposition, which had expected a major setback when Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak summoned top Umno leaders from across the country for an “important announcement” in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday. (more…)

False claims hinder perimeter surveys

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Owners of native customary rights land are reminded not to let greed overcome them when asking for their land to be surveyed under the new perimeter survey initiative.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said they should not make false claims over the boundary of their lands, which had become one of the major factors that hindered the process of perimeter survey.

“If the proof of land is authentic, the authority will have no problem to approve it but there are those who are greedy and want their land to be surveyed beyond the original boundary.

“This will lead to conflict among the land owners and thus slow down issuance of official documents. (more…)

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