Hornbill Unleashed

August 28, 2015

Take pride in attending Bersih 4.0, See tells rally participants

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See (seated, centre) and other state PKR leaders in a photo call during the press conference yesterday.All Sarawakians attending the Bersih 4.0 gathering in Kuching this Saturday will be proud that they have participated in an event that will change the nation.

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said Bersih 4.0 is a people’s movement calling for the rise of all Malaysians for a clean and fair election, good governance, saving the country’s economy and freedom of expression.

“It is foreseeable that this Bersih 4.0 will draw record crowd, but as the leaders of the civil movement like Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Maria Chin Abdullah had made clear, this peaceful gathering is not a protest but it is a pledge of the people to work towards these four main thrusts of Bersih 4.0,” he said in a press conference here yesterday. (more…)

Why every patriotic Malaysian should participate in Bersih 4

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I know that many people are afraid of confrontation and the possibility of violence, the fear of the unknown, the fear of disrupting our lives.

Some have argued over the futility of Bersih rallies but they are wrong, because the groundswell is growing ever bigger and more powerful. The world and yes, even our detractors, our intimidators are listening and they fear us more than we do them!

There are enough naysayers who believe that being placid and non-provocative is the safest path in our humdrum lives – just pray for karma, divine intervention and trust in our own spiritual supreme being, our god and the inherent “goodness” of our leaders. Vote them out at the next election if we disagree with their wayward governance, we say. Stay the peace, don’t provoke the unknown, the possible retribution. (more…)

This weekend, stand up for our country

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The stage is set for Bersih 4.

Many Malaysians have been waiting for this, and now it is coming at a poignant moment in our nation’s history – our confrontation with a corrupt system concretised vividly in the form of a man who has received an astronomical amount of money that he shouldn’t have but is abusing the nation’s institutions and bending the nation’s laws to exonerate himself and persecute people who are investigating his alleged transgression, a man who is using his supreme power to save his own skin and deceive the public.

This is a moment we have never experienced before. At no time in our history has a single person in the highest office of the land drawn so many Malaysians together to go against him. (more…)

BARU BIAN: SUPPORT BERSIH 4 FOR OUR COUNTRY’S SAKE

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Malaysia is in deep trouble after years of mismanagement and corruption under BN rule. All Malaysians should go out to support Bersih 4 this weekend, whether in KL, Kuching or KK, or indeed in any other city around the world to register our dissatisfaction over the way our country is being run. The demands of Bersih 4 for clean and fair elections, good governance, saving the country’s economy and freedom of expression, are consistent with PKR’s struggles. These demands should resonate with all right thinking Malaysians here and abroad.

It is our duty as loyal and patriotic citizens to speak up against lawlessness and corruption, and we must not be misled by those who say otherwise. Loyalty to the country requires us to stand up against a government that has lost its moral compass and that is led by politicians mired in corruption scandals which have earned our country worldwide notoriety. (more…)

August 27, 2015

A call to gather in solidarity with Bersih 4 this weekend

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santiago,bersihGeorge Orwell wrote that if liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

The weekend Bersih 4 rally is about the space for Malaysians to come together to make their demands for free and fair elections, a transparent government, the right to demonstrate, the strengthening of the parliamentary democracy system and saving the national economy so it is heard, loud and clear, by the government.

And to do so even if the government is not prepared to hear these legitimate demands or respect the rakyat’s inherent right to dissent. (more…)

Bar sets up legal team, hotline to help those arrested during Bersih 4

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President of the Malaysian Bar, Steven Thiru, says the 'urgent arrest team' can be reached via SMS anytime during and after the rally. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 25, 2015.The Bar Council has set up a team of lawyers to provide legal assistance to anyone likely to be arrested by police during the Bersih 4 rally, its president Steven Thiru said today.

He said rally-goers can send their details including their name, identity card number and the police station they are taken to (if known) via the short messaging system to two phone numbers provided.

The contact numbers are 018-321 1506 and 011-1214 0877.

“The urgent arrest team will try to contact the arrested person and to arrange legal assistance as quickly as possible,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

August 26, 2015

Time to ‘Bersih’ this weekend

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I congratulate Malaysiakini for winning another award confirming it as the people’s choice for professional and credible media in a place of manipulated news, censorship and outright lies.

The win serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle of Malaysians against the political tyranny and moral lapse of a nation, and its leadership cast adrift.

Malaysiakini is exceptional because it has not followed the compliant media pack in vending official propaganda (albeit it now carries more government news than before) but stuck to the bold publication of the truth that the power stewards of the country don’t want people to know.

It is what an independent and responsible newspaper does but few do in Malaysia. (more…)

Bersih 4.0 gets green light from Sarawak police

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song Kheng Hai (Custom)Unlike the response from their peers in the in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, Bersih 4.0 Kuching rally has been given the green light.

Kuching police chief Assistant Commissioner Roslan Bek Ahmad said they were allowing the rally to go on and would facilitate what was needed on that day.

“We have spoken with the organisers and they seemed to be on the same page as we are. We want the rally to be carried out in order so it would not disrupt the peace in the city and create problem for others.” (more…)

August 30, 2015

Umno lawyer: Anina will be kicked out of party for suit

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 Umno legal advisor Hafarizam Harun said party member Anina Saaduddin who had sued Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today, supposedly to recover US$650 million of the party’s funds, will automatically lose her membership.

This, he said, is due to Clause 20.7 of the Umno constitution which states that any party member who brings party affairs to the court will immediately lose their membership.

According to Sin Chew Daily, Hafarizam (photo) said the Umno headquarters had yet to be served the documents. (more…)

This time, the joke was on Senior Minister James Masing

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That wise scholar philosopher Confucius says, don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.

A bit of a mouthful, that one. But we know it means don’t f*** with me if you don’t want to be f***ed yourself.

Actually it takes a while for me to get used to using the four-letter word. I am still uncomfortable with it, but it is so widely in use among our young nowadays that if you use it well, the message is so much clearer – as in mine above. I guess.

The bard says don’t’ throw stone if you are staying in a glass house. (more…)

Interpol rejects M’sian cops’ red notice bid on Clare

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 Interpol has rejected Malaysian police’s request to issue a red notice against Sarawak Report editor-in-chief Clare Rewcastle Brown.

A red notice is akin to an international arrest warrant where member states are informed about an individual wanted for extradition.

In a letter to UK-based NGO Fair Trials International, Interpol secretary-general Jurgen Stock confirmed that the his organisation had rejected Malaysia’s request. (more…)

Sultan targets Umno rep, Nazri in ‘warning’ to politicians

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 Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar issued a warning to all politicians, zeroing in on Umno Kempas assemblyperson Tengku Putra Haron Aminulrashid and minister Nazri Abdul Aziz.

The monarch reminded politicians not to intervene in palace affairs or make statements linked to the palace.

The sultan said this in response to certain politicians who made remarks that sounded arrogant. (more…)

August 29, 2015

Will Adenan be ‘Bujang Berani’ and turn up at Bersih rally?

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What is uppermost in the minds of Malaysians, especially in Sarawak, now is the forthcoming Bersih 4 peaceful gathering this Saturday in major cities including Kuching.

In Kuching, it is scheduled to be held at the Song Kheng Hai Ground beginning at 2pm.

Similar gatherings are also expected to be held in several cities around the world.

For Kuching, this rally is not only supposed to be the biggest ever to be seen in any town in the state organised by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), but it is also to be of historic and great political significance. (more…)

Uphold the Sarawak way, CM tells Bersih 4

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The Sarawak government has given the green light for Bersih 4 to hold its planned assembly at the Song Kheng Hai field tomorrow.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has however advised the participants to uphold the Sarawak way of doing things – smoothly and peacefully.

He said the government had offered the Song Kheng Hai field and the State Stadium for Bersih organisers to hold the assembly, and they chose the Song Kheng Hai field. (more…)

In Merdeka message, Anwar urges Malaysians to ‘save Malaysia’

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Former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says Malaysians must do their part to save the country from the current ‘crisis of governability’. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 28, 2015.Jailed former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has made an impassioned plea to all Malaysians to take the country’s current state of affairs into their own hands to “save Malaysia from the systemic crisis of governability”.

In his Merdeka Day message, released by his lawyers and uploaded on his blog, Anwar urged Malaysians to support tomorrow’s Bersih rally to stem the country’s decline in the “voyage for democracy and rule of law”.

“There is a tide in our affairs which, unless we seize it, will see our voyage for democracy and rule of law in shallows and in misery. This is the rising tide of corruption and electoral fraud; financial malfeasance; arrogance of power and transgression; and judicial impropriety! (more…)

‘Umno’ sues Najib to retrieve chunk of RM2.6b

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Things are heating up in Umno, as a member who claims to represent the party has filed a suit against its president Najib Abdul Razak to reclaim a portion of the RM2.6 billion alleged party donations said to have left the country.

A large portion of the funds, which The Wall Street Journal had exposed was deposited into Najib’s personal accounts, were allegedly transferred to Singapore two years ago.

Langkawi Umno’s Anina Saauddin (photo) named Najib and Umno executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusof as defendants in the suit filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry this morning. (more…)

Don’t chop down the tree….

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sekolah,malaysiaI wrote an article a couple of weeks ago entitled “I am Muslim, I don’t have a ticket to heaven.” It was shared more than 7700 times and received many mixed comments. My intent in writing the piece was to highlight how our words and actions can cause racial divisiveness and to get Muslim parents to take note of what is being taught in our schools especially in agama classes. Certain quarters however took it as an opportunity to bash public schools while stressing the need to have more vernacular schools.

This article is written for them.

Our national education system isn’t perfect – I agree. It lacks the ingredients needed to give our children a wholesome education. By wholesome I mean a system that builds their intellectual capabilities, enhances critical thinking, develops problem solving skills, instils discipline and fills their hearts with empathy for others. (more…)

You can’t stop information from spreading, says tech expert after MCMC ban

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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) announcement of its intended crackdown on information regarding this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally, which a tech expert says is unfeasible. – Facebook screenshot, August 28, 2015.The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would need infrastructure at the level of China’s firewall if it intended to effectively stem any information regarding the Bersih 4 rally, a technology expert said following the commission’s move to block websites promoting or sharing information about the rally.

Sinar Project co-founder Khairil Yusof told The Malaysian Insider that MCMC’s move would end up having the same impact as its local access block on whistle-blower site Sarawak Report, which many Malaysians eventually found ways to circumvent.

“It will be no different than the Sarawak Report block, and Malaysians have become aware of the ways of circumventing such blocks,” he said. (more…)

From behind bars, Anwar calls for Bersih 4 support

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From behind bars, former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has called on the people to throw their support for this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally.

In a statement released through PKR, the jailed leader said this was the moral duty of all Malaysians amid several crises plaguing the nation.

“There is a tide in our affairs which, unless we seize it, will see our voyage for democracy and rule of law in the shallows and in miseries.

“This is the rising tide of corruption and electoral fraud; financial malfeasance; arrogance of power and transgression and judicial impropriety. (more…)

Umno folk should get out of comfort zone, urges Zahid

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All Umno leaders from the divisional to the grassroots level were today reminded to get out of their comfort zone and not be carried away by their position to the extent of forgetting their obligations to the party.

Umno vice-president Zahid Hamidi said leaders who had been chosen by the grassroots should realise that their big responsibility after the Umno elections last year was to ensure that Barisan Nasional (BN) remained in power after the 14th general election.

“We need to reflect on the mistakes we have made. Allah wants to test us as we are in a too-comfortable zone. We have forgotten the promises we made before we became division leaders, elected representatives or ministers. We don’t care for the people who had helped us before… let’s return to the right path.” (more…)

Thanks for opening our eyes, Suara Bumiputera tells Ambiga

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A NGO championing for the future of the bumiputera has expressed gratitude to former Bersih chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Chairperson Zulkarnain Mahdar said this is because Ambiga made the NGO realise about the importance of rising up to make demands.

“We are grateful to Ambiga because her demands made us realise it is time for the bumiputera to make demands to the government,” he told reporters. (more…)

Gov’t bans wearing of Bersih 4 T-shirts

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 It is now illegal to wear a Bersih 4 T-shirt after the government this evening officially gazetted them as “undesirable” items.

According to the order issued by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, any yellow clothing which carried the word ‘Bersih 4’ and any printed material and pamphlet which leads to Bersih 4 are now illegal.

The materials were included into a schedule of prohibited items.

“The printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution or possession of the publication described in the Schedule which is likely to be prejudicial to public order, likely to be prejudicial to security, likely to be contrary to any law and likely to be prejudicial to national interest are absolutely prohibited throughout Malaysia,” read the order. (more…)

Let’s claim our most fundamental right

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malaysia,undiHuman beings are not infallible and because leaders are humans, or at least because we think they are, we can’t expect only saints or sages to be walking down the corridors of power. We have to expect that some elected leaders will be greedy for power and wealth, others will choose to hold on to power at all costs and still others will make errors of judgment. This is not my main concern, though it is still important.

My main concern is not so much whether or not our PM Najib Tun Razak will resign but whether we can salvage our political system so that we have a system with the foresight and the hindsight to correct mistakes, and correct them in time. (more…)

KJ: Umno Youth did not pressure me to make a stand on Najib

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Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin denies the report that he was pressured to make a stand to support Umno president Najib Abdul Razak at the youth exco meeting earlier this week.

“Were you at the meeting? I was at the meeting. It didn’t happen,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.

Earlier today, a source told Malaysiakini that pro-Najib factions within Umno Youth are pressuring Khairy to make a stand on whether or not he supports Najib. (more…)

Losses aside, business operators back Bersih

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In the run up to Bersih 4 this weekend, the government has been discouraging people from participating due to a slew of reasons, including it will hurt businesses in the city.

Business operators nearby Dataran Merdeka where protesters will converge were less than enthusiastic about being put under the spotlight, but those who were willing to speak to the media concurred that their business may be affected.

Despite this, the operators told Malaysiakini they didn’t mind if the massive rally affected them for a day or two. (more…)

By jingo he tries to stay, but by legit he’ll have to go

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After weeks of trying to ward off the Bersih march planned for this weekend by sniping at it through proxies, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has reached for the jingo card to illegitimise the march.

Weeks of his silence on the matter betokened an attitude of watching the pros and cons of a fluid situation to see how he can exploit evolving matters to his advantage.

When developments on the issue did not furnish him this opportunity, Najib has reached for the card that Dr Samuel Johnson, trenchant foe of political and other types of cant, said is the last refuge of scoundrels: patriotism. (more…)

Bar tells Putrajaya to uphold freedom of information

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Bar Council president Steven Thiru has urged Putrajaya to uphold the freedom of information after the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission restricted access to websites promoting the Bersih 4 rally. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 28, 2015. The Malaysian Bar has urged Putrajaya to uphold the freedom of information, following the state Internet regulator’s move to restrict access to websites that promote the Bersih 4 rally.

Its president, Steven Thiru, said the move was a misuse of regulatory powers by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) if it restricted access to websites that allegedly promote, spread information, and encourage the public to participate in the rally.

He said this was because MCMC’s decision was following an earlier statement by the Home Affairs Ministry that “Bersih 4.0” was not a registered body. (more…)

Decolonising the Malaysian media

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In the aftermath of the colonial empires, the mass media, and in particular television, were touted as a modern, technologically-driven means to help develop the new nation-states by transmitting and educating the people in terms of language, values, and knowledge.

This ‘transmission model’, sees the audience as passive recipients of media messages where – if the message is constructed properly – the people of the nation will assimilate these messages into their lives.

For states intent on closely controlling their population, this approach has two fundamental flaws. (more…)

I am not alone, says Umno woman after suing Najib

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Langkawi Umno Wanita leader Anina Saaduddin says she is disappointed at party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s disregard for her criticism. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, August 28, 2015.An Umno Wanita member who filed a suit against the ruling party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and party executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh says she has the support of other Umno members.

Langkawi Umno Wanita leader Anina Saaduddin who filed a suit against Najib to account for the chronology of events involving the RM2.6 billion channelled into his personal bank accounts said she was doing it for party members.

Anina who created a stir when she attacked Najib at her Langkawi Wanita division meeting earlier this month said she was disappointed that Najib had not heeded her grievances against him. (more…)

Economist: Bersih may fuel no-confidence vote against Najib

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While current plans to gather enough BN and opposition MPs in a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak appear unlikely, this may change after the Bersih 4 rally this weekend, according to The Economist.

The internationally reputable magazine noted that while all avenues to oust Najib appear to have been blocked, the only path left is a no-confidence vote where a bi-partisan technocratic government will then replace Najib’s adminisration.

“One possible candidate for prime minister is Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (photo), an elder statesman popular among business leaders. (more…)

It takes more than ‘one man’ to change our beloved nation

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Whether out on the streets this weekend or within four walls of the Dewan Rakyat in October, it will take a lot more than just removing one man to drag Malaysia out of the current socio-economic crisis.Panellists at the “Protes Rakyat atau Dewan Rakyat” forum on Aug 27 all concurred that the key to lasting change still lies in an overall reform of democratic institutions.

The panellists comprise Center for a Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) co-president Gan Ping Sieu, Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) CEO Saifuddin Abdullah, veteran newsman A Kadir Jasir and Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah. (more…)

Home Ministry bans yellow clothing, ‘Bersih 4’ words

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A screengrab of the government gazette banning yellow clothing, as well as clothes with the words 'Bersih 4,' and also printed material connected to the rally that is set to take place tomorrow and Sunday in Kuala Lumpur and other cities. – August 28, 2015.Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has banned the use of yellow with the words Bersih 4 in whatever form ahead of the rally in three Malaysian cities tomorrow.

A government gazette signed by the minister yesterday and which came into effect today states that the order was made under the Printing, Presses and Publications Act 1984.

The Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No. 22) Order 2015 lists as “absolutely prohibited throughout Malaysia” the following items:

“Any yellow coloured clothing and which contains the words ‘Bersih 4′” and “Any other printed material and pamphlet which leads to Bersih 4 rally”. (more…)

The future of Umno depends on Nur Jazlan

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Young and aspiring, Nur Jazlan Mohamed is to be watched. Already the deputy home minister, Nur Jazlan stands a good chance to move up, but whether he will win back the support of the country’s younger generation, and earn sufficient respect to lead the country, depends on how he performs this weekend.

He has scored well when he was the public accounts committee (PAC) chairperson, until he was suddenly made a deputy minister.

We can all understand that this was as a result of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak being perceived as having attempted to derail all investigations into these alleged corrupt practices. The young Jazlan was too ambitious that he was prepared to let go of his role in the PAC, despite his earlier promise that his priority was to complete the investigation. (more…)

Learn from ‘brave’ Dr M’s aides, Najib’s advisers told

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s advisers should learn from those who advise Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is not afraid of meeting the public.

Khairul Anwar Rahmat, the organiser of the botched Nothing2Hide forum in June, said this in connection with Mahathir’s talk in Pasir Gudang, Johor this Saturday.

“Some of Najib’s advisers who stopped him at the last minute from attending the Nothing2Hide dialogue in PWTC have to learn from the maturity of those advising Mahathir, who is brave enough to face the public. (more…)

August 28, 2015

Taking part in Bersih 4 rally within civil servant’s rights: CM

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Also present at the launch were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu (left) and State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Ghani (second left).The state government will not bar its civil servants from participating in the Bersih 4.0 rally this weekend.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the right to participate in the two-day rally was within the individuals rights, as long as they did not violate any rules and conditions stipulated by the police.

“I leave it to the own individual’s concern. It is up to them to decide for themselves,” he told reporters when met after launching the Chief Minister’s Office National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang Campaign 2015 at Wisma Bapa Malaysia today. (more…)

Sensational US$650m suit filed for Umno against Najib

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najib,-umno,-lawsuitThe time for posturing by Prime Minister Najib Razak may now well have passed after a sensational legal suit was filed on Umno’s behalf against him in the Kuala Lumpur High Court this morning in respect of the controversial RM2.6 billion donation.

The lawsuit accuses the party president of having committed a fraud on its members by his receipt of the gargantuan sum in March 2013 and his subsequent use of it without the party’s knowledge.

Alleging that he had breached the Umno constitution, the provisions of the Societies Act, 1966 and his common law duties as trustee, the suit seeks as its primary relief the repayment by Najib of US$650 million which he is alleged to have spirited out to a Singapore bank account not owned by Umno. (more…)

Bersih website blocked ahead of rally?

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After its warning yesterday, Bersih’s website has reportedly been blocked from internet access starting late last evening.

Users on certain service providers have reported being unable to access http://www.bersih.org, which has returned an ‘Error 404’ page indicating the site is inaccessible.

The move follows the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) warning yesterday that all sites “promoting” the rally planned for this weekend to call for Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign,will be blocked claiming the “websites could threaten national stability”. (more…)

‘Red shirts’ cancel showdown with Bersih 4 this weekend

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The red-shirted anti-Bersih group has called of their march just hours after defiantly vowing to go ahead with their protest against the Bersih 4 rally this weekend.

The decision was made after the group’s leader, – Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Mohd Yunos (photo) – met Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajuddin Mohd Isa and Dang Wangi police chief Zainol Abu Samah this evening.

“We had our statements taken by the police and discussed with the Kuala Lumpur CPO and the Dang Wangi OCPD. (more…)

PBB’s arrogance can have undesirable effects on BN

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Chief Minister Adenan Satem, who is the state Barisan Nasional chairman, is determined to secure his five-year term, so much so that he wants to field only “winnable” candidates in the coming state election.

He ignored the protest of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), which is a member of the state BN, when he announced that the five incumbent assemblymen now in Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) will defend their seats which SPDP claims to be their traditional seats.

The five incumbent assemblymen won the seats while they were still SPDP members. But now they have formed Teras after a protracted crisis in SPDP. Teras is not a member of the BN coalition, but Adenan believes the new party can deliver the five seats. (more…)

Haze, haze, haze, and more haze engulfs Sarawak

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The long dry spell is what native farmers, shifting cultivators in particular, need to turn vegetation in their padi farm plots into tinder before they set them alight.

Every year at this time, Sarawak would be engulfed in thick smoke because of their burning activities.

In recent years, however, the smoke has grown thicker and the air more unhealthy because plantations also resort to burning to clear the land.

While the authorities aren’t really particular about the burning activities of padi farmers, they are continuously monitoring the plantations who are prohibited from clearing land by open burning, to reduce the haze – yes, haze they call it nowadays – and so keep the air quality level healthy. (more…)

Anguished kin supportive of detained activists

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Following the arrest of 17 Kin say youth should speak up, not be silenced.and activists outside Parliament on Tuesday night, several of their supporters and family members have been keeping vigil outside the Jinjang police detention centre.

Most of the family members were unwilling to talk to the press. For those who did, they wanted the public to know their detained kin are good people.

The father of Universiti Sains Malaysia student Lee Chung Lun said he felt “hurt” that his son was detained, but stressed he supported his son’s endeavour.

“All my life, I’ve never been in a cell. But my son, who has always shown good behaviour, has been remanded for three days. (more…)

Prove it if you met the RM2.6 billion donor, Dr Mahathir tells Zahid

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claims he met with the Middle Eastern family who donated Rm2.6 billion into the accounts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 26, 2015. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must prove that the Middle Eastern donor who gave RM2.6 billion to Datuk Seri Najib Razak had huge sums of money to give away to Malaysia and other countries, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He urged the deputy prime minister to reveal the source of the money, the nature of the donor’s business and his bank details.

“Zahid says he has seen the Arab who gave the money. Then let him give proof that this Arab has huge sums of money to give away to Malaysia and many other countries. Which countries?

“What is the source of this money? What business does he do? What is the name of the bank he uses? (more…)

Open Letter to Najib

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Najib-Razak-david-_3392712b“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”– Eugene V Debs

Dear Prime Minister,

The late great American journalist, Edward R. Murrow, said, “No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.” Here in Malaysia, the ordinary Rakyat have ceased to be your accomplices.

In the GE-13, you lost the popular vote and were denied two-third majority in Parliament. If you were to hold an election today, I do believe you would lose, or barely win and only because, as former Bersih chairperson Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan said in her New York Times op-ed piece, “Once again, the people of Malaysia risk being cheated out of an election.” (more…)

Umno Youth pressuring KJ to support Najib?

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Pro-Najib factions within Umno Youth are pressuring their chief Khairy Jamaluddin to make a stand on whether or not he supports the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

According to a source within the Youth wing, four Umno Youth exco members demanded that Khairy make a stand at the wing’s meeting yesterday.

“They demanded that Khairy state what is his stand, whether he is for Najib or against.

“This upset Khairy, who said he couldn’t make such a statement. So he made a compromise, which he announced at yesterday’s press conference,” the source told Malaysiakini on condition of anonymity. (more…)

Will Najib survive the weekend?

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najib,surviveIt was only in June that Idris Jala, whose term as senator and minister ended yesterday, defended Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration in an open letter to Bloomberg, an opinion piece on Forbes notes. Yet now, rightly or wrongly, Malaysians lament his poor leadership and have placed all the nations woes at his feet.

Najib’s and Idris’ defence of the Malaysian economy may be correct, yet both men also know that despite all the evidence, the majority of Malaysians still think little of the prime minister, his administration and the country’s performance.

His fatal mistake was to belatedly admit receiving US$700 million from a foreign donor on Umno’s behalf, the opinion suggests. That has turned a significant portion of his own supporters against him. (more…)

Economic panel will do little to soothe markets, say critics

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The special economic committee will propose immediate and medium-term measures to strengthen the economy, after reviewing concerns about the ringgit and the stock market. However, Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz is absent from its line-up. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 27, 2015. Malaysia’s bid to restore investor confidence with an economic task force including top bankers is insufficient given questions about a troubled state fund and the absence of the central bank chief from the team, analysts said.

The special economic committee, announced yesterday by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, will propose immediate and medium-term measures to strengthen the economy, after reviewing concerns about the ringgit and the stock market.

Najib has been embroiled in a political storm amid graft and financial mismanagement allegations at debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), whose advisory board he chairs. (more…)

Saifuddin: Students’ own right to attend Bersih 4

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Former higher education deputy minister Saifuddin Abdullah has chastised universities for barring their students from attending the Bersih 4 rally.

He lamented the heads of some universities are behaving like Umno leaders, and said that it would be within the rights of students to attend the rally as long as they are peaceful.

“Some university leaders are acting like Umno leaders. That’s very unfortunate. You don’t have to make a statement that you bar students from attending Bersih 4.

“It is really up to them (the students). It is their right to attend. (more…)

Street protest, no-confidence vote can’t unseat Najib, says ex-editor

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Datuk A. Kadir Jasin says Datuk Seri Najib Razak has built an exclusive circle around him and would not easily give up his post. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, August 27, 2015.Veteran journalist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin last night said he believed Datuk Seri Najib Razak will remain in power till the next general election, and that neither street rallies nor attempts to hold a vote of no confidence against him would force the prime minister out of office.

The former group editor-in-chief of the News Straits Times said he was pessimistic because Malaysia was in a situation where the prime minister did not need the people’s support.

“If our purpose this weekend is to overthrow Najib, it will not happen. Street protest will not change Najib because if he wants to resign, he would have done so,” Kadir said in reference to the two-day Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, which will also be held in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. (more…)

Ambiga: Leaders dish out garbage, Bersih gives hope

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Electoral watchdog Bersih is no stranger to holding rallies, with tens of thousands of Malaysians having heeded its clarion call and taken to the streets in the past.

But the movement is not without sceptics and critics, the latter being ruling politicians and those aligned to them, who never fail to recycle the same script of Bersih wanting to topple the government through undemocratic means and that it is a marionette of the opposition.

The critics, on the other hand, remain pessimistic as to what the rallies can achieve and therefore refrain from participating, claiming that since no significant change would come about in the aftermath, there is no need to risk arrest or be subject to tear gas and chemical-laced water that potentially wait Bersih participants. (more…)

Najib, avoid a ‘cold war’ with the folk

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I walked into a café at Mont Kiara recently, and there a group of chauffeur-driven rich men’s wives were having their cup of coffee.

I happened to overhear part of the conversation about them going down to the streets of Kuala Lumpur for Bersih 4.

One of them was overheard saying, “Me? I have ordered my Bersih gear a long time ago!” Impressive, indeed! I was told that a few of them even carry titles of ‘Puan Sri’.

It appears that the upcoming Bersih 4 rally this weekend has picked up so much momentum compared to the last one in 2012, and by now, Najib Abdul Razak should realise that his days as prime minister are numbered. (more…)

Internationally, it’s game over for Najib

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Ever since he became prime minister in 2009, Najib Razak cut a very impressive swath overseas.

Armed with his impeccable English, a product of his British education, and dressed immaculately in his elegant bespoke British suits, Najib talked a good game. He traveled the world and spoke of how he wanted to reform Malaysia’s political and economic systems and transform his nation into a model for the world.

He spoke at the United Nations time and again of a Global Movement of Moderates, of which Malaysia would be the leader. He spoke of Malaysia as a tolerant nation that respected all religions and races.

In contrast to former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whose trips were primarily to Third World nations, Najib actively courted the United States and European nations – the lands of Mahathir’s dreaded “orang putih.” (more…)

Let’s BERSIH with dignity and discipline

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Bersih-4The great labour leader and civil rights activist, Caesar Chavez, once said, “When you have people together who believe in something very strongly – whether it’s religion or politics or unions – things happen.”

And things will happen when we come together on 29 August and, in one voice demand to be heard. Our demands ─ clean elections, a clean government, the right to protest, the strengthening of parliamentary democracy and the saving of Malaysia’s economy ─ are just and deserve to be heard!

We have reached a stage when we have to collectively take action for the common good of the nation. The existing system and institutions meant to serve the larger public interest have failed as evident by the recent harassment of investigators attempting to get to the bottom of the corruption scandal that has gripped the nation. (more…)

August 27, 2015

Bersih spokeswoman labels Masing ‘racist’, prejudiced

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karen,jamesBersih 4 Kuching spokeswoman Karen Shepherd, an Orang Asal with a British father from the days of the white rajahs and later British colonial rule, has expressed dismay that Senior Sarawak Minister James Masing attacked her in Bernama, the national news agency, on August 26 in “racist” terms by referring to her complexion and concluding that she was a foreigner interfering in the affairs of Sarawak and Malaysia. “Masing is being prejudiced. The Eurasians have contributed a lot to Sarawak.”

“They include the children of the deputy state secretary and the former state secretary, the nephews of the current Chief Minister, the children of the former Deputy Chief Minister, and the children of the former Director of Immigration and the children of the present Governor.” (more…)

British envoy happy Sarawak mega dam projects on hold, says report

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British high commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell (centre) speaking to Chevening scholars at the pre-departure briefing and reception held at the British High Commision last week. She is on an offiicial visit to Sarawak this week. – Pic courtest of the British High Commission, August 26, 2015.Lamenting on the massive devastation of Sarawak’s rainforest over the past 40 years, the British high commissioner to Malaysia is pleased with assurances that mega hydroelectric power projects will be reviewed.

Speaking exclusively to The Borneo Post on Monday, Vicki Treadell said Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has given the assurance that his administration will review the implementation of such projects in the state.

“Your chief minister said he’s going to put it (building of mega dams) on hold, and he wants to review it. And I think that’s a good thing, to make a proper economic analysis. Certainly I go by what he said,” Treadell told The Borneo Post. (more…)

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