Hornbill Unleashed

April 25, 2015

Learn from East M’sia, Ku Nan tells protesters

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Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor has urged protesters against a church in Petaling Jaya on Sunday to emulate Sabah and Sarawak in forging ties between different religious communities.

“You know, they should follow what is happening in Sabah and Sarawak. Church and a mosque can exist side-by-side.

“During Friday prayers, the church will open the parking lots for Muslims to park their cars in the church.

“On Sunday, the mosque will open their gates for people going to church to park their cars. (more…)

Will snap polls save Najib from Dr M’s jaws?

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Since Dr Mahathir Mohamad embarked on his tirade against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, a string of Umno leaders have come out to pledge support for their embattled president.

Even those who disagree with him on issues such as the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) have remained silent or put their views across in a subtle manner.

So it came as a surprise when Umno lawmaker Nur Jazlan (photo) proposed that Najib seek a new mandate in snap nationwide polls.

He said this would allow the prime minister to “cleanse” himself, his family and administration of the very negative perception cast on them. (more…)

Umno sec-gen dismisses claims of ‘get Najib’ plot

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Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has dismissed claims that there was a plot among Umno Youth leaders to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

He also urged bloggers making these allegations to be god-fearing and not spread malicious rumours.

“How can you believe blogs? You know, sometimes blogs lie. They have different agenda.

“I talked to (Umno deputy youth chief Khairul) Azwan, he told me no such thing, (what he said) was spinned in a different way,” Tengku Adnan told Malaysiakini when contacted. (more…)

Enough evidence to probe PM’s wealth

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There are enough evidence to support an investigation on the wealth of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s family, Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said today.

This follows an adviser of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) who yesterday said a probe cannot be conducted based on a mere suspicion.

The New York Times has stated in their article dated Feb 8 this year that they have obtained invoices and other documents showing millions of dollars in jewellery ordered for (prime minister’s wife) Rosmah Mansor in Hong Kong in 2008 and 2009. (more…)

The Dr M-Najib feud according to MJ’s hits

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Charlie Chaplin once said: “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy in long-shot.”

This is similar to bloopers that depict hilarious incidents accompanied by rib-tickling narratives and musical scores.

For the audience and narrator – it is the long-shot. But to the individuals involved in these misadventures – it is the close-up.

It seems that Nazir Razak (below left) has been viewing his brother’s political conundrum from a distant vantage point and this apparently motivated him to post an image of Michael Jackson with the title of his hit number ‘You Are Not Alone’ on Instagram. (more…)

Dissolving Parliament will spell the end of Umno, BN, says Perkasa

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Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali has warned Umno and Barisan Nasional that Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed's suggestion to dissolve Parliament will not go well for the party. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 24, 2015.Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) will pay a heavy price if the party agrees with Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s view that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should dissolve the Parliament to pave the way for a snap election.

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali, in issuing the warning to Umno members today, said that a snap election would only bring defeat to BN and Umno due to the many ongoing and unresolved issues faced by the people.

“It is not wrong for Najib to dissolve the Dewan Rakyat. But in my opinion, if such a move is taken right now, Umno will be ‘bungkus’ (finished) and BN will ‘jalan’ (come to an end),” he told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

Najib: The old must give way to the young

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said the old must make way for the young when the time comes for the latter to be independent.

Though he mentioned his daughter’s recent marriage and lamented how difficult it was for him to let her go, Najib also appeared to be referring to Dr Mahathir Mohamad, especially since he raised the former premier’s Vision 2020.

“It is normal for the old to want to protect the young. But when it is time to let go the young to make them independent, then let them go,” he said in his blog today. (more…)

Church waits for written approval from Azmin to restore cross

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The corner shoplot in Taman Medan which houses the church that became the focus of a protest when it affixed a cross on the front portion of its building. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 24, 2015.

The Taman Medan church that was forced to remove a cross from its building during a protest will only put it up again after it gets a written approval from Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Lawyer Derek Fernandez said the church took this stand as it feared for the safety of its representatives and parishioners.

“The church will seek the assistance from MBPJ as well as the police when they put up the cross again to avoid any untoward incident,” said Fernandez when met at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters today.

He was there to accompany the church representative who was called by the police to assist in their investigation into the protest. (more…)

April 24, 2015

1MDB’s proposal for RM12.6 billion smelter in Sarawak falls through

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1Malaysia Development Bhd’s move to set up a multi-billion ringgit aluminium smelter in Sarawak has fallen through. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 23, 2015.

The proposal for troubled investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to set up an RM12.6 billion aluminium smelter in Sarawak’s Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) in Bintulu has fallen through.

The Sarawak state assembly was told today that the proposal, made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on June 17, 2011, to set up the plant in a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi-based Mubahala Development Company, would not materialise.

It was reported that the prime minister had made the proposal under a strategic cooperation during the visit of United Arab Emirates’ crown prince Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan. (more…)

Nazir: Earlier 1MDB issue cleared up, the better

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CIMB Group Chairperson Nazir Razak today said that the earlier the 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) issue is cleared up, the better it would be for the rakyat.
“It’s also important for us to put the elephant in the room behind us. This whole 1MDB issue, the earlier it is cleared up, the better for everyone.

“When issues are not cleared up, people tend to expect the worse,” he said.

Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the Invest Malaysia 2015 forum in Kuala Lumpur, Nazir (pix, below) also expressed disappointment with 1MDB’s absence at event.

He confirmed that the debt-ridden state investor had been officially invited invited for the annual event. (more…)

I am not alone, Najib sings back

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak simply couldn’t resist taking a dig at his current number one critic Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his keynote address at Invest Malaysia 2015 today.
Najib in his speech mentioned how “certain quarters” had said that it could be lonely in telling the truth.

“There has been some talk lately in Malaysia about how it can be lonely in telling the truth,” said Najib at the event in Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

“Well, I can tell you that I don’t feel lonely standing here today.” (more…)

Dr M does 1MDB maths, says RM27bil missing

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad took on the arduous task of calculating the purchases made by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) through its RM42 billion loan and claimed that some RM27 billion is still unaccounted for.

“These are all the purchases known. They add up to RM14.7 billion. So there is approximately RM27 billion left.

“More than US$1 billion was said to be paid to Petro Saudi without verification as to the value of this company or its assets. (more…)

Baru: New Forest Bill nonsensical and impractical

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The Bill states that the Sarawak Government would gazette any notification to extinguish NCR rights.

Opposition Leader Baru Bian has described the Forest Bill 2015, passed by the Sarawak Assembly on Wednesday, as oppression of the Orang Asal.

It does not take into consideration, he added, that the Orang Asal often live in the deep interior where the government gazette doesn’t reach them and where there are no newspapers. “This Bill is nonsensical and impractical,” he fumed. “Many Orang Asal are even illiterate.”

“Even if the Orang Asal come down to the District Office, perhaps once a year, how do you expect them to read if they are illiterate? Even many of their relatives are illiterate.” (more…)

Najib’s men can no longer help him, says Rais

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been under attack from many quarters over issues such as 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, April 23, 2015.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak must take drastic measures to revamp his administration style, Umno veteran Tan Sri Rais Yatim said today, adding that the prime minister could no longer rely on the people surrounding him.

The former minister (pic, right) told Astro Awani that Malaysians remained dissatisfied with the answers given to them on the controversies surrounding Najib.

“The people surrounding Najib can no longer help him. In fact, one vice-president is already calling for change,” the special advisor to the government on Social and Cultural Affairs was quoted as saying. (more…)

Seasoned politician strengthens group’s lobby for Bukit Semuja

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Seasoned opposition figure Sylvester Belayong Jayang is throwing his weight behind a Barisan Nasional lobby group in the proposed new state seat of Bukit Semuja, one of 11 created in the latest delineation exercise for Sarawak.

Sylvester, a failed candidate in two elections, the 2008 parliamentary election and the 2011 state election, said he has decided to shed his opposition streak to ensure a “clean start” for Bukit Semuja as a new seat.

He said he has opted to join a Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) lobby group led by former five-term Tarat and Kedup assemblyman Frederick Bayoi Manggie, who has come out of retirement to help stamp PBB’s claims over Bukit Semuja. (more…)

A GST jolt at the ‘chap fan’ stall

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Well here I was at the ‘chap fan’ (Chinese mixed rise, err, rice) stall one blistering Saturday after the introduction of the much dreaded goods and services tax or GST which was going to send prices of goods higher – how much higher was the question.

I smiled as I looked over the more than 50 dishes laid out for us, anything from an array of vegetables to soup, fish to meat, soybean concoctions, roasted, braised, fried – you name it, it was there. A half-hundred of mouth-watering, delectable dishes. And they are cheap.

There are few places that you can have things so cheap: two fish/meat dishes plus a vegetable for RM6. Now, that’s a bargain right, even if it is a suburb of KL/Klang; Setia Alam to be precise. Heck, prices here are the same as in KL anyway. (more…)

Is it ‘open season’ in Umno now?

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With Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak taking a jabback at his mentor Dr Mahathir Mohamad today in saying “I am not alone”, will it result in open season for the tussle of power in Umno?

Certainly Najib is facing the toughest test in his sixth year of leading Malaysia, following criticisms of his policies and actions. This is coupled with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax earlier this month, which is facing teething problems, amidst simmering unhappiness from those feeling the pinch.

Ironically, the PM’s biggest threat does not come from the opposition Pakatan Rakyat but like his predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his staunchest critic is from within Umno, namely Mahathir. (more…)

Najib called the shots in 1MDB, says Dr M

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Najib Abdul Razak may have repeatedly stressed that he is only an adviser to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) but Dr Mahathir Mohamad has insisted the prime minister is responsible for calling the shots in the debt-ridden firm.

The former premier said it was unlikely that the management of 1MDB dared to defy the company’s adviser, who is also the finance minister.

He added that whatever Najib “advised” was ultimately a directive.

“It is inexcusable that the management which is appointed by the prime minister would reject his advice. (more…)

Umno portal: Youth leaders plotting PM’s ouster?

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A pro-Umno website has claimed that Umno Youth leaders could be attempting to plot the ouster of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

However, the wing’s exco member Arman Azha Abu Hanifah, who was named as one of the conspirators, dismissed this.

According to MYKMU.net, a meeting was held last night where Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun “attempted to influence” Johor Umno Youth division leaders to go against Najib.

The meeting was attended by Arman as well as other Umno Youth exco members Syamsul Baharin Putra Ahmad Shibi, Sheikh Ahmad Nafiq Sheik A Rahman and Mohamed Shafri Abd Aziz. (more…)

Sarawak DCM’s son, Gerald Jabu, co-owns crashed chopper firm

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Gerald Rentap Jabu as director and shareholder of Solaire Sdn Berhad (Solaire), the operator of the ill-fated helicopter that crashed on April 4 and killed guests home-bound from the wedding of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s daughter, is news.

It is news because Gerald is the surviving half of Solaire; the other half was the pilot of the helicopter, American Clifford Fournier.

With Fournier dead, director and 50 per cent shareholder Gerald could very well turn out to be Solaire’s main actor in the ongoing investigations into the tragedy that killed six people – former minister and Najib’s confidante Jamaluddin Jarjis, Kedah businessman Robert Tan, a private secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Azlin Alias, Aidana Baizeva, bodyguard Raskan and Fournier. (more…)

Mahathir on porn and ‘good luck’ Najib

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad is on the warpath against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak but chose to be diplomatic in his trademark cynical manner when quizzed on the latter’s jab at him earlier this morning.

“Good luck to him. I wish him well,” the former premier told reporters at the sidelines of a forum in Kuala Lumpur.

He was responding to Najib’s speech at InvestMalaysia 2015 today, where the prime minister took a swipe at Mahathir’s claim of being alone in seeking the truth.

During his speech at the social media forum earlier, the doctor-turned-politician spoke on various issues ranging from calling for a change in leadership, pornography and teenagers growing new “appendages” (more…)

The third force

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There is an increasing disconnect between the citizen and the politicians in power. Their lack in terms of the popular vote at the last general election underlines this reality.

Despite their poor performance, there has been no soul searching nor any attempts to make a difference. On the other hand there is perhaps a glee and confidence that with continued gerrymandering they would be able to hang on to power.

To expect a change through the electoral process when all things are stacked against the voter shows how skewed the present system is. Our only hope remains in the possibility of a “third force”, a group of people who will give leadership to a new and inclusive future. (more…)

More than RM1.8 bil moved, says Sarawak Report in latest Jho Low exposé

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Sarawak Report's latest exposé reports that Low Taek Jho transferred over RM1.8 billion from one bank account to another in Singapore. He allegedly siphoned off US$700 million from 1MDB in 2009. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 23, 2015.

Good Star Limited, the firm of Low Taek Jho that allegedly siphoned off millions from 1Malaysia Development Berhad in 2009, was found to have transferred over US$500 million (RM1.8 billion) to one of the businessman’s bank accounts at BSI Bank Limited in Singapore from 2011 to 2012, said whistleblower site Sarawak Report.

Citing documents from the republic’s monetary authorities, it said the account was under the name of Abu Dhabi-Kuwait-Malaysia Investment Corporation (ADKMIC), of which Low, also known as Jho Low, was listed as the beneficial owner.

ADKMIC was the name of the company Low fronted in July 2008, which had previously engaged in the buy-up of a 53% shareholding in the Utama Banking Group (UBG), a company controlled by Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family, the report added. (more…)

Let’s just have a good laugh and move on peacefully

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In the midst of all the outrage against the Taman Medan cross protest, one man has decided to try a different approach – to laugh at the silliness of the entire affair.

Ridiculing the protesters, which ironically was sparked by outrage as well, MIC leader Vell Paari cited a few absurd examples, including converting all cross junctions to roundabouts, banning mathematics due to the “ ” symbol and not using the lower case “t”. All items listed bear a resemblance to the offending cross, and as such, should be equally offensive to the protesters.

Vell Paari’s remarks might be viewed as mocking, but he was quick to emphasise that it was not directed at Muslims, but the few who were narrow-minded. (more…)

April 23, 2015

GST AFFECTS ALL – MUSLIMS AND NON-MUSLIMS

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The support shown towards the #Kita Lawan anti-GST rallies has revealed the rakyat’s unhappiness with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s administration for being obstinate and proceeding to implement the GST which replaces the sales and services tax.

While the rakyat is forced to shoulder the burden of having to pay extra for goods and services consumed, Putrajaya has adopted the “denial syndrome” and is pretending that all is well vis-à-vis GST and that the people are not reacting negatively to it.

At least that is the position taken by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, with its Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek claiming that the people have understood and accepted the GST. (more…)

Whither rule of law in Selangor?

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Reverting to my 1Bangsa Malaysia series, I have recently been challenged by my book editor that I should try writing a consistent and integrated thesis but which is not necessarily a grand theory.  But for those interested in my grand theory notion, please read the preface to my book.

The 1Bangsa of Malaysians is only possible when there is national integration with constitutional integrity. My argument is quite simple. There can be no 1Bangsa of Malaysians if we do not have a similar shared vision about life and our common space issues; and consequently agree on principles requisite for good behaviour and right conduct in our public spaces. I am assuming we want and are ready to address that original shared vision and related challenges by 2020. (more…)

Another Umno lawmaker says Najib must answer Dr Mahathir

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Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan states the case for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to answer the allegations brought up by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 22, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak must immediately answer allegations raised by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, another Umno lawmaker said today, noting that the failure of the prime minister to do so would be detrimental to the party.

Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who is also Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, said today that Najib should not put off answering Dr Mahathir’s questions or simply try to ignore it till the next general election.

“Najib has to answer the questions soon otherwise the future of the party will be affected,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)

Stop insulting me and my faith

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christian-muslim_600In all the years I have spent talking and writing about those who are continuously oppressed all over the world, not once had I realised the severity of the oppression that my own people face.

It is not the same sort of horridness and we are not close to killing each other.

But an injustice is an injustice, is an injustice.

Having perks for being Malay is one thing (let’s save that bit for a different day), but blatantly protesting the rights of our fellow brothers of not only the Abrahamic Faith but our nation, is truly beyond the bounds of comprehension. (more…)

PKR think tank finds Sedition Act revisions ‘tailor-made’ to target opposition

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A PKR think tank finds the Sedition Act amendments passed by Dewan Rakyat recently tailored to restrict dissenting voices and opposition politicians. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 21, 2015.

Putrajaya’s amendments to the Sedition Act is tailored to bring down opposition leaders and dissenting voices of civil society, Institut Rakyat today said, adding that such measures were to help the federal government to consolidate its authority and single-party rule.

Yin Shao Loong, director of the PKR think-tank, said that the government has had a “well-established” track record of abusing sedition and anti-terrorism legislation to suppress activists, politicians, students, academics, preachers and even comedians.

“The 2015 amendments to the Sedition Act are clearly tailored to those dissenting voices investigated or charged since 2013. Institut Rakyat finds at least seven instances of such tailoring to stiffen penalties, restrictions, and liability for recent cases of sedition,” he said. (more…)

Ambiga: Redelineation will lead to dirty GE14

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The 14th general election could be as “dirty” as 13th polls due to the ongoing redelineation process, former electoral watchdog Bersih chief Ambiga Sreenevasan said.

This is because the Election Commission is carrying on with the process without first addressing the Electoral Integrity Project’s (EIP) findings that Malaysia’s polls boundaries are the worst in the world, she said.

Speaking at the Asean People’s Forum 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, she said the 13th general election in 2013 was the “dirtiest” in the country’s history. (more…)

Helicopter investigations are spinning out of control

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The helicopter crash on April 4, which killed all six on board, has raised more questions than have been answered. The weather was fine, the aircraft in good condition and there appeared to be nothing untoward.

Preliminary investigations threw up several contradictions: A witness saw an explosion, but the authorities claim the black box indicates none. An investigator suspects an explosion, but the bodies show no signs of an explosion. A witness saw the plane nose-dive, but the data was inconclusive.

Is everything in Malaysia contradictory or are the investigations shoddy? Is it any wonder that we mistrust all official reports. (more…)

Protest over crosses would never occur in East M’sia

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Think Tank urges Putrajaya to look to Sabah and Sarawak for solutions to challenges posed by race and religious issues.

After visiting Sabah and Sarawak, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan said he could not imagine protests like the one that took place against a church in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya, on Sunday happening on the other side of the South China Sea.

“Such protests like the Taman Medan incident stem from a feeling of insecurity that is unjustifiable,” said Wan. “I just hope the diseases in the peninsula will not be exported to the two states in Borneo and that the positive values from Sabah and Sarawak can be brought to the peninsular part of the country.” (more…)

Keeping a credible testimony

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It is advisable to evaluate the company you keep and who represents you

RENAISSANCE philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli once wrote that the effectiveness of a ruler can be ascertained by the intelligence of people who surround him.

A simpler way to put it may be found in the Bible’s Book of Proverbs, “A man is known by the company he keeps”.

What it basically means is this: We need to be careful with who we hang out with, who we allow to represent us and who we’ve appointed to speak for us. (more…)

Is being “moderate” the right way to move forward?

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Recently, my friends invited me along for a young adult forum organised in a church that would focus on creating a “moderate Ma­laysia”, and its guest speakers were social activists Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Azrul Mohd Khalib.

The topic sounded questionable to me, not because I was against the idea of moderation, or maybe I am. I thought, assuming these urban middle and upper middle class folks were extending the invite to their friends and peers, wouldn’t this forum be as useful as preaching to the choir? I was glad to be proven wrong two hours later.

There was a huge turn-out, although there seemed to be more “old adults” than “young adults”, which made me wonder if my generation simply cares less, or if it was a particularly happening Friday night that I’m missing out on. (more…)

To be born with a tempurung stuck on one’s head

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The product of 58 years of Umno Baru rule, in which billions of ringgit were poured into education, was seen last Sunday. Some Malays demonstrated in front of a church in Petaling Jaya. They felt threatened by the cross, which was located on the church’s roof. They also feared that their youth would be influenced.

You will have heard the expression, “To be born with a silver spoon in the mouth”. In Malaysia, a newly-minted expression has been formed; “to be born with a tempurung (coconut shell) stuck solid on one’s head”, in other words, to be born ignorant and stupid.

The thick shell of the tempurung is impervious to outside stimuli. Information and ideas cannot flow into the Umno Baru Malay brain. The Umno Baru Malay is stuck in a world of his own making, and because of his black heart, he will drag others down to his level. (more…)

CRISIS IN RACIAL DIVERSITY

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There are many churches throughout the country, all with crosses displayed proudly on their buildings.

Malaysia used to promote itself as a nation where there is “unity in diversity”. Today, that racial mix has become a drawback that is even turning into a crisis.

Time and again, the non-Muslims in Malaysia have had their religious practices undermined and they have had to live with claims that their places of worship – particularly churches – could have a negative influence on young Muslims. (more…)

1MDB gave false documents to Singapore’s BSI Bank, says Sarawak Report

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DAP lawmaker Tony Pua made new revelations today stating that electricity prices in Malaysia will see a major increase to help the government bail out 1MDB 'through a series of favoured power deal concessions'. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 22, 2015.

Whistleblower site Sarawak Report revealed today that debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) gave false bank statements pertaining to its subsidiary’s accounts to the Singapore branch of BSI Bank.

It said it was passed “disturbing evidence” showing that BSI Bank had dismissed documents supplied by 1MDB relating to the accounts for Brazen Sky Limited in Singapore.

“The documents were supplied to various authorities by 1MDB’s CEO Arul Kanda and purported to show Brazen Sky’s statement of accounts in November 2014.

“However, the Swiss private bank has told the Singapore authorities that the document did not originate from them and does not represent a true account of the assets of the 1MDB subsidiary,” Sarawak Report said in an article on its site today. (more…)

Under Najib, Muslims getting out of hand, says ex-minister

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Datuk Zaid Ibrahim says the Federal Territories mufti's recent comments on the GST shows that Muslims have lost 'all sense of fairness', thinking only of themselves and yet call themselves 'good Muslims'. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 21, 2015.

Former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has described Muslims in Malaysia as getting “far out of hand” under the administration of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Commenting on the Federal Territories mufti’s suggestion that Muslims be exempt from the goods and services tax (GST) because they are already paying zakat, Zaid, in his blog posting said, Muslims had lost all sense of fairness.

“Muslims have lost the capacity to discern even the slightest idea of fairness. The idea that the burden of taxation should be shared equally by all citizens for the benefit of all citizens is not acceptable to them,” wrote Zaid. (more…)

April 22, 2015

Sarawakians don’t tear down, but build houses of worship

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The difference is stark.

In Malaya, the National Fatwa Council has decreed in 2005 that Muslims are prohibited from attending Christmas celebrations if there are “Christian symbols” on display, such as Christmas trees, Santa Claus-like red attires and Christmas carols.

Two years later in 2007, the same council decreed that Muslims cannot greet non-Muslims during their festivities if the greetings involve issues of faith or recognise that other religions are of equal position with Islam. (more…)

Please don’t use Dayaks as pawns

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Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen has indeed raised some very interesting points about the awarding of the Pan Borneo Highway to Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU), a Sarawak-based company.

If what he said about LBU – that it was formed in early 2011 solely for the purpose of the project and had zero construction or any trading record – is true, Malaysians, Sarawakians in particular, sure want to know on what basis LBU was entrusted and mandated by the federal government to plan, organise and undertake the construction of RM27 billion project.

LBU’s appointment is a non-issue if it is there only to manage the project, as against subcontracting it like any main contractors often do. (more…)

MBPJ: Church has no permit as place of worship

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The church which was the subject of a protest on Sunday did not make any application to use a business premise as a place of worship.

According to PJ City Council (MBPJ) public relations officer Zainun Zakaria, anyone planning to turn a commercial premise to a place of worship must apply for approval from the government.

“They did not make any application,” she told Malaysiakini today.

However, this was later contradicted by Selangor executive council (exco) member Elizabeth Wong who said since 2008, Selangor policy is that non-Muslim places of worships do not need a permit to operate in commercial units. (more…)

‘Will Sirul be paid to finger Najib for Dr M?’

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As Dr Mahathir Mohamad continues to rain criticism on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, a pro-Umno website has speculated what could be in store next.

Previously, MYKMU.net, which has been highly critical of Mahathir since he launched a broadside on Najib, predicted that the former premier might train his guns on Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor.

Yesterday, Mahathir mentioned Rosmah for the first time.

And now, an article in MyKMU wonders if Mahathir would up the ante with Sirul Azhar Umar, the former police commando convicted of murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu. (more…)

‘Lavish’ theme for Tempo ahead of Najib visit

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Two days ahead of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s scheduled working visit to Indonesia, a magazine in the republic has published an article on the lavish lifestyle of the Malaysian leader and his wife Rosmah Mansor.

In its special edition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference, the Tempo report contained excerpts from Malaysian and international articles on this issue.

Among others, it cited The New York Times report on Feb 8, which mentioned Rosmah’s penchant for expensive handbags and jewellery. (more…)

Is Islam so weak it requires a protest?

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Our Islamic faith cannot be so weak that it requires its followers to protest over a crucifix.

Being a Muslim majority country, with Islam as the official religion, also does not give us a license to urge the removal of a cross which was placed on top of a shophouse.

It is not a good act prohibiting others from practising their own faith. It certainly violates Article 11 of the Federal Constitution regarding freedom of religion.

While I do not deny their rights to protest, as part of the constitutional right of freedom of assembly, the action of demonstrating against another religion or its symbol is unwarranted. (more…)

Vell Paari: Get rid of ‘cross junctions’ too

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Convert all ‘cross junctions’ into roundabouts, said MIC leader S Vell Paari, who expressed bewilderment over the protest in Taman Medan.

He argued that the Works Ministry must immediately look into this since the protesters claimed that the presence of a cross could hurt their feelings and sway Muslim youths.

Apart from this, Vell Paari said the protesters should also demand that schools no longer teach mathematics as the “+” symbol is similar to a cross.

“Their children should only be taught subtraction, multiplication and division. Unless we can substitute the addition symbol with something else. (more…)

Is Muhyiddin reprising his role as Brutus?

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When Najib Razak first became prime minister, he did so not by democratic election but with the help of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who deposed the then sitting Umno president cum premier Abdullah Badawi.

However, he kept his hands clean by recruiting fellow conspirators who plunged the daggers, figuratively of course, into Abdullah’s back.

Much like Casca, the chief conspirators against Julius Caesar – as told in William Shakespeare’s play named after the ancient Roman dictator that retold the historical tale – collected allies to do the dirty deed with him. (more…)

IGP warns against playing up ‘cross’ issue

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khalid bakar warningInspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar has cautioned the public against making an issue of religious and racial sensitivities.

“I urge all parties, including the media, not to blow this issue out of proportion…it is related to religion and race, and is very sensitive.

“If we all intentionally play up this issue, it will not benefit anyone,” he said in a media conference after witnessing a pinning-of-the-rank ceremony and handing-over of duties of the narcotics criminal investigation department (JSJN) director here today. (more…)

Cabinet orders police probe on church protesters, says Najib

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Taman Medan protesters will be investigated by the police. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 21, 2015.

The Cabinet today agreed that police must investigate the protest by a group of residents against a church in Taman Medan, and warned that action could be taken under the law.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that the Sedition Act or other existing laws could be used against the protesters.

“The protesters should have discussed with the church, instead of taking actions that have created worry and restlessness in this multi-racial country.

“Police will investigate the group that protested in Taman Medan. If they are found to have violated any laws, action can be taken under the Sedition Act or other laws,” Najib said in a statement this evening. (more…)

Goods and Services Tax a nightmare for contractors

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In a few days, the full brunt of the goods and services tax (GST) regime will hit all and sundry.

For contractors, it will be a nightmare come April 1. Pri­marily, they will have a tough time juggling with cash flow and this is unavoidable when the credit terms given by the suppliers are often much shorter than the payment terms offered by the clients.

That aside, right away they have to bear with an increased workload, additional cost of GST compliance and potential tax risks from any slip-ups in computing the taxable amount.

While welcoming GST as a good fiscal move, the industry’s concerns are manifold. (more…)

Standing up against tyranny of the majority

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This isn’t a commentary about how the actions of a group of Malays in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya on Sunday is un-Islamic.

This is not about another Muslim reeling in embarrassment or anger over the protesters’ antics because really, I don’t need to join the growing chorus of apologetic Muslims.

It is not that piece, not because I don’t think what happened on Sunday was acceptable. In fact, I think the protestors were off their heads and are deplorable. (more…)

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