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September 3, 2015

NAJIB IS FINISHED: A NEW UNITY CABINET & TRANSITION PM BECKONS

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FINALLY, NAJIB IS FINISHED: A NEW UNITY CABINET & TRANSITION PM BECKONSDespite the bravado, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s days as Prime Minister are numbered. Last weekend’s massive Bersih 4 demonstrations are only the latest and most public expressions of citizens’ disgust and contempt for him and his ilk.

I hope Najib is spared the ignominious fate of many corrupt Third World leaders. The visceral hatred for him not just as a leader but also a person is palpable.

The sentiment is worse for his obscenely ostentatious wife. Judging by the extraordinarily tight security around him these days, Najib too is aware of this. (more…)

Rewcastle-Brown lashes back – Melanyi cooking up stories!

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Sarawak Report founder and editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown today launched a scathing attack on former Sarawak Tribune journalist Lester Melanyi, accusing him of concocting stories.

“Lester is fabricating stories around people he has met in passing or known for a short while, people whose names he can’t even remember property,” she said in an email message to Theantdaily.

Rewcastle-Brown was reacting to Melanyi’s allegation at a press conference early today that a Sarawak minister was one of the local “powerful people” funding her for her news portal operations. (more…)

Sarawak Report’s ‘Amy’ rubbishes Lester Melanyi’s claims

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A Sarawak Report staff identified by former Sarawak Tribune journalist Lester Melanyi as ‘Amy Whitefield’ has rubbished his allegations made at a press conference today.

Melanyi had claimed at a press conference hosted by Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin president Ramesh Rao earlier today that ‘Amy’ had recordings of conversations between former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, involving attempts to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Reporters attending the press conference

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Sarawak minister one of those who funded Sarawak Report?

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A former journalist has made an explosive revelation claiming that a Sarawak minister had funded Sarawak Report founder and editor Rewcastle-Brown for the news portal’s operations.

Lester Melanyi, who was previously with the Sarawak-based Sarawak Tribune, revealed this at a press conference today called by Ramesh Rao, the president of NGO Pertubuhan Minda dan Social Prihatin.

Mainstream newspapers and portals had reported Melanyi as claiming that some local “powerful people” were financing the Sarawak Report editor. He had challenged her to name the funders of the news portal. (more…)

Najib secure but Malaysia bruised after global anti-graft group rebuke, say analysts

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Wan Saiful Wan Jan of Ideas joins other other analysts in saying that there will be no impact on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib's position in government despite the statements from international critics at anti-corruption conference being held in Putrajaya this week. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 3, 2015.Najib Razak will survive Transparency International’s (TI) scathing call for answers on the RM2.6 billion in his personal bank accounts, although damage will be done on his image and the nation’s as well, analysts said.

Putrajaya and its institutions still suffered from a trust deficit and this in the long run, will affect Malaysia’s economic prowess and governance, they added.

Wan Saiful Wan Jan said if the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government does not address the problems the country is facing today, they would have an adverse impact on the nation. (more…)

Leaders turning Malaysia to lowest of low, says Rafidah

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Last weekend’s Bersih 4 rally was a manifestation of unhappiness over the state of affairs in Malaysia, especially issues such as 1MDB and a donation of RM2.6 billion deposited into the prime minister’s bank accounts. A former Umno minister warns that leaders should not allow issues to fester. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 2, 2015.Malaysia will end up a country without good governance and with rampant corruption if the powers that be do not address real issues that were being voiced out by the people, outspoken former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said.

In a Facebook post today, she said the authorities seemed to be turning a deaf ear to the unhappiness expressed over these issues, which she described as “having to do with integrity and public trust, governance and money politics”.

“Is no one listening to the grouses of the public! The messages are not at all registering where they should. Some people seem to be in denial… Either that or perhaps they think the voices we are hearing don’t matter,” the former international trade and industry minister said. (more…)

From donation to disrupting probe, Najib’s actions suspicious, say international critics

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Ana Maria Gomes, a lawmaker from Portugal, says Najib must do the patriotic and decent thing like in any real democracy and step down while being investigated. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, September 3, 2015.While Umno leaders continue to insist that the US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) donated to Datuk Seri Najib Razak is not unusual, international speakers at a global anti-graft conference said the entire affair was suspicious and required action.

They told The Malaysian Insider that it was in the country’s best interests for the prime minister to disclose how he came to receive the money, and the possible strings attached to it.

They noted that if similar cases happened in other countries, when found out, the politicians were either charged or left office. (more…)

Swiss freeze millions in bank accounts linked to 1MDB

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The Swiss authorities say today they had frozen assets amounting to several tens of millions of US dollars in several bank accounts belonging to those linked to 1MDB. – Reuters file pic, September 2, 2015.Swiss authorities said today they had frozen funds in Swiss banks amid a probe into people linked to Malaysia’s troubled state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.

“The Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland (OAG) has frozen assets amounting to several tens of millions of US dollars on Swiss bank accounts,” an OAG spokesman said by email in response to an enquiry.

“At this early stage of the procedure, the OAG is analysing and consolidating evidence. The OAG is already in contact with the Malaysian authorities. (more…)

Where did we go wrong?

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“I wish the FRU beat the shit out of the Bersih participants, especially the Chinese,” I heard a friend say last Saturday.

I was dumbstruck when I heard him say those words. I was upset, frustrated and angry. I mean how could anyone with a sane mind wish harm upon others who are merely voicing their dissatisfaction?

“Do you support corruption?” I asked him.
“No,” he answered.
“So why are you against those protesting corruption?” I continued.
“I’m not. I am against those who are putting up a fake fight. This is their propaganda to take over the country,” he insisted.
“Whose propaganda?” I knew what he meant but needed to hear it from him.
“The Chinese.” (more…)

We refuse to answer questions on rally, donation, say Bersih after meeting cops

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Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah (centre) speaking to the media outside Bukit Aman today. She says any answer on the use of RM2.4 million in donation will only be given in court. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, September 2, 2015.Police today questioned seven organisers of the Bersih 4 rally over the two-day demonstration last weekend, asking them about planning and execution details, as well as the RM2.4 million in public donations they had received.

Chairman of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah, said police had also asked them about the contents of their media statement issued on July 29, about the launch of the rally on August 14 and details of each committee member.

“They asked us about the rally itself, how we managed it, how we dispersed the people at the end of the rally and how we organised our volunteers,” she told reporters after meeting with the police at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today.

“We, however, exercised our rights not to answer many of the questions, including about the donation. We will answer them in court if we are charged.” (more…)

Poetic stand: Anina vows to keep fighting

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Former Umno member Anina Saadudin has vowed to keep struggling despite losing her party membership for filing a lawsuit against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

In a poem published on Facebook this morning, the ex-Langkawi Wanita Umno member states that as long as God wills her to be alive, she will continue fighting for the beloved motherland.

Anina, 40, penned that she is even the prospect of death would not deter her from the quest to safeguard the dignity of “religion, race and country”. (more…)

Will Umno get another huge donation to win in next polls, asks Dr Mahathir

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asks if Umno will get another huge donation to win the next general election. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 1, 2015.Tun Dr Mahathir today asked Umno leaders where they would get another huge donation to win the next general election if they believed Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the RM2.6 billion from a Middle Eastern donor was to help the ruling coalition stay in power at the last polls.

In his latest blog posting today, Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister again rubbished the claims by Najib and his followers that the money was a “donation”, noting that they have yet to even identify him.

“Najib and his followers have always claimed that the RM2.6 billion is a donation. But they never introduced the donor, the source of his wealth, the form of the money, the banks involved in the transfers and other details,” he said in the post.

“Actually, this claim is nonsensical.” (more…)

‘What about those who defile opposition leaders’ photos?’

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The police have been urged not to practise double standards by investigating only those who stomped on the pictures of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur.

Why were the police doing so, asked DAP Seri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer asked, when they had failed to act against those in Umno who had breached the law in even worse ways.

Rayer said police had also detained and questioned performance artist Bilqis Hijjaz for releasing seven yellow balloons with the words ‘democracy’, ‘justice’ and ‘free media’ at an event in Kuala Lumpur attended by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on Monday. (more…)

S’wak4S’wakians tells Adenan to ditch Najib

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sarawak,adena,jibbySarawak4Sarawakians (S4S), breaking its silence on the matter, would like to bring to the Sarawak Government’s attention that the people are generally unhappy with Chief Minister Adenan Satem openly pledging support for embattled Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. “The move by the Chief Minister has created great discontent among the people.”

“Adenan should remember that the Prime Minister lacks credibility and has lost the confidence of the people.”

S4S Organizing Chairman Peter John Jaban warned that Adenan risked alienating the people by being not in touch with them on how they looked at Najib in the light of various controversies and scandals which have bogged down his administration. “Najib has not been found guilty so far on anything because he’s preventing the authorities concerned from finding him guilty.”

“As far as the people are concerned, the Prime Minister was already guilty unless he can prove his innocence.” (more…)

Ariff : The world saw Najib through Bersih 4

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arif,najibRaub MP Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz felt compelled to take to his blog and question Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak trivializing the Bersih 4 rallies over the weekend as made up of shallow minded people. “That is the grossest understatement.”

“We must not forget the other Bersih rallies in 70 cities around the world. They raised awareness around the world. The whole world saw the real Najib Abdul Razak. He is the Cash is King Man. Have cash will buy loyalty.”

Najib’s loyal sycophants and underlings condemned the biggest pro-democracy gathering in Malaysia, he noted. “Some ministers pooh-poohed the gathering. I saw business at the Pasar Seni was brisk. Those selling drinks made a lot of business.”

“Those selling T-shirts also did roaring business. The petty traders outside of the Bersih march orbit of course cannot enjoy the business spill over. But a seller of T-shirts in Ampang sold more than 70,000 T-shirts at RM20 each.” (more…)

Discard narrow and shallow politics, which harms nation!

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From what is taking place in this country currently, every single thing has been politicised. Even the celebration for Aug 31 had been turned into an issue. The Penang state government was facing a boycott of the celebration from the Ministry of Education, the police and also the armed forces.

It was all because of the theme of the celebration. The federal government insisted that the Penang state government must use the theme which had been produced by the federal government. So when the state government relented, all those who had threatened to boycott the state-held celebration made a U-turn and attended and participated in the celebration that was held.

All these happenings are undeniably petty and childish. Threats have become the ultimate weapon in resolving issues. Such things have never happened before. (more…)

If joining rallies is stupid, what about militancy?

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“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”

So said the late American author Edward Abbey once.

This sounds like something we are currently facing at “home” – a large number of people gathering to protest against a government which they say, has gone rogue.

To the pro-Bersih crowd, what they do is patriotism. To those in the administration (and their children), rallying against the government is something “stupid.”

One such opinion was voiced out by Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, the daughter of Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, through a Facebook posting on Monday. (more…)

Muhyiddin welcomed home by ‘I am not a yes man’ team

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Muhyiddin-Yassin,-I-am-not-a-yes-manAbout 100 Umno members from Johor, wearing black T-shirts with Muhyiddin Yassin’s portrait on the front and the quote “I am not a yes man” at the back, welcomed the former deputy prime minister home at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 8.30am today.
Muhyiddin who arrived at Gate 4 KLIA had just touched down after a two-week vacation in Australia with his wife Norainee Abdul Rahman.

When approached by the media for comments, Muhyiddin simply smiled and gestured “no” with his hand.

According to one supporter present, the group arrived at Nilai yesterday and stayed the night there before making their way to KLIA this morning. (more…)

Prevention of Terrorism Act is now in force

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Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced late last night that the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota) officially has come into effect, from Sept 1.

Zahid said the enforcement of Pota was in line with the tabling of the White Paper by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on Nov 26, 2014, titled ‘Towards Handling the Threat of the Islamic State Militant Group’, in the Dewan Rakyat.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said subsequently, the government had tabled the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Act 769) in Parliament during its March 2015 session, which could be enforced by the authorities in ensuring that no individual escaped from any legal action if they were involved in acts of violence. (more…)

Sacked from Umno, defiant Anina says struggle not over

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Anina Saadudin remains defiant after her sacking from Umno yesterday for taking the party president to court over his RM2.6 billion. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 2, 2015.Despite being sacked from the party, former Langkawi Umno member Anina Saadudin said her struggle in Umno was far from over.

“The struggle is not over, but will be settled by the will of Allah.

“My spirits are at the highest possible, I will not move back even one step,” she told The Malaysian Insider.

Last Friday, Anina filed a suit against party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh, to account for the chronology of events involving RM2.6 billion channelled into Najib’s personal bank account.

Anina declined to comment when asked if she was upset over her sacking from Umno, and instead recited a poem about how it was the will of God that she was born a Malay and a Malaysian. (more…)

DAP S’wak queries Bersih on Najib’s resignation

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Nicholas-Mujah,-najib,-Chong-Chieng-JenDAP Sarawak Chief Chong Chieng Jen has demanded to know why the Bersih 4 Kuching committee Chairman, Nicholas Mujah, and Opposition leaders in the state have avoided calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak who has lost the confidence of the people in the wake of a spate of financial and other scandals. “Being Mr Nice Guy on Najib, trying to please everybody including Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak, was not the right thing to do under the circumstances when we have to save the nation.”

“DAP was the only party in Sarawak to call for Najib’s resignation,” claimed Chong who was apparently unaware that Sarawak4Sarawakians, an NGO on Sarawak rights, had urged Chief Minister Adenan Satem on Monday to drop his backing for Najib as Prime Minister. “We want to tell the police that it’s not against the law to call for Najib’s resignation.” (more…)

Bersih’s demands reinforced by presence of Dr M at rally

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Mahathir,-M-Kula-Segaran,-bersih42The presence of Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the two-day Bersih 4 rally held over the weekend has strengthened the urgency for the demands put forth by Bersih 2.0 and forced Prime Minister Najib Razak to address them, said the DAP on Wednesday.

“The presence of former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir has further strengthened the Bersih demands.

“Current Prime Minister Najib Razak cannot avoid the Bersih demands although he is trying to do so,” said DAP’s national vice-chairman M Kula Segaran, who is also MP for Ipoh Barat.

Following the rally that was held, Kula has now urged the Barisan Nasional (BN) Federal Government to set up a high-level committee to discuss Bersih’s demands immediately. (more…)

WHO PAID THE MONEY AND WHY? Message to the corrupt – Your days of impunity are numbered

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Jose Ugaz speaking at IACCSpeech by José Ugaz, 2 September 2015 – 16th IACC, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Minister Paul Low, Deputy Chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,

Mr. Akere Muna, head of the IACC council,

Mr. Akhbar Satar, president of TI Malaysia:

Let me first thank the IACC for bringing so many people together as part of our great global movement to tackle corruption.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for hosting the conference with the IACC. (more…)

Bung sees May 13 spectre in Bersih ‘brooms’

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Umno supreme council member Bung Moktar Radin has likened the ‘brooms’ that appeared during Bersih 4 to the May 13, 1969 racial riots.

“If the Malays don’t come to their senses this is what will happen. Our race will be ‘swept away’ by other races,” he tweeted.

The tweet was accompanied by a photo of a broom allegedly held up days before the May 13 rally ‘to sweep the Malays’ following the 1969 general election, shown together with brooms held up by protesters at the recent Bersih 4 demonstration.

The controversial MP’s remarks comes hours after inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said some incidents during the rally, such as stepping on a photo of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, could spark racial tension. (more…)

Kadir: The direction of Merdeka ship uncertain

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Kadir-Jasin,-najib,-malaysiaIf the sails are hoisted, unfurled and flying in the wind, observed a former veteran newsman, the anchor should be drawn as well. “If not the ship will be marooned and the sails torn.”

“If the captain is not careful, the ship will sink.”

The Merdeka ship of state, he added, appears to sail but its course was not smooth. “The passengers experience giddiness, they are vomiting, not certain of the ship’s direction, the crew members have to be bribed by the captain to keep their loyalty, and they have to be followed the whole day long, lest they abandon their stations and jump overboard from the pinisi (a traditional vessel used by the Bugis and the Makkasar people)” (more…)

Malaysia must explain US$700 million donation, says international anti-graft group

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The 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference is taking place in Putrajaya from today until Friday. The Transparency International president Jose Ugaz has made a veiled reference to the prime minister's role in the 1MDB scandal. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, September 2, 2015.Malaysia must provide answers on the US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) transferred to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s accounts, Transparency International told an international anti-corruption conference in Putrajaya today.

Its president, Jose Ugaz, said Malaysia’s commitment towards fighting corruption cannot be taken seriously as long as it did not explain who paid the money, why, and what happened to it.

“We want to see more progress (from Malaysia) but that cannot happen while there are unanswered questions about the US$700 million that made its way into the prime minister’s personal bank account,” said Ugaz at the opening ceremony of the 16th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC). (more…)

Anwar confident new party can strengthen opposition

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Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) may be a splinter party of PAS but former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim believes it will strengthen the national opposition, together with PKR, PAS and DAP.

“Amanah will further strengthen the national opposition, together with PKR, PAS, DAP. And we will expand this cooperation to other committed NGOs that share our common objectives.

“The focus now is to offer the rakyat a viable alternative, based on rule of law and democratic values,” the jailed PKR de facto leader said in a statement conveyed through his lawyers, which was released late last night. (more…)

Anwar welcomes former nemesis Dr M presence at Bersih

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Jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim welcomed news of his former nemesis Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s presence at the Bersih 4 rally last weekend.

“I welcome the presence of Tun Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah who also joined the Bersih 4 gathering,” he said in a note to his lawyers from prison.

The message was released through PKR this morning.

Anwar, who is also PKR de facto leader, congratulated the hundreds of thousands participants at the rally.

“It was a very big success and gives an important focus to Bersih’s legitimate demands. (more…)

Of “Stupid Work” and Rights Awareness

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Source | FacebookOf “Stupid Work” and Rights Awareness: An Open Letter to All Malaysians

Oh my. What have you done, child?

Social media has been going abuzz with the recent comments of our deputy prime minister’s daughter regarding the Bersih 4 rally, and unfortunately there’s nothing pleasant about it.

In a Facebook rant, she remarked that the act of participating in the rally was a “waste of time” and that it was simply “stupid work,” and that it would be more patriotic for the Bersih supporters to join the army instead, as she questioned their sanity in joining the rally.

She also added: (more…)

September 2, 2015

Spurned PBB all out to bring Baru down in Ba’Kelalan

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Ba’Kelalan, the state constituency held by Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian, is expected to be on BN’s radar in the coming state election.

Apart from being a stumbling block in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s (PBB’s) bid to take over  the seat, Baru has also refused to join PBB.

Five months ago, Chief Minister Adenan Satem, who is  PBB president, invited Baru to join the state BN so that he could help his Lun Bawang community to progress.

Adenan had said the PKR chief was in the wrong “crowd”. (more…)

S4S is apolitical and wants no part of DAP reject’s CIA

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Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) prime mover Peter John has made the right decision in distancing himself and the movement from a group of people claiming association with S4S and planning to contest in the coming state election.

S4S must not be allowed to be hijacked by the group that calls itself Calon Independent Alliance (CIA).

S4S belongs to all Sarawakians irrespective of their political affiliation. You could be a member of any one of the political parties, be it in the Barisan Nasional (BN) or the Opposition, but if you believe in the struggle to recover the lost rights of Sarawakians as per the Malaysia Agreement 1963, S4S is for you. (more…)

The Sarawak Bersih 4 fiasco 

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The Bersih 4 rally has been making headlines for the past few days with the crowd in KL swelling to a record number reportedly at 500,000 over the weekend and unprecedented numbers of people willing to stretch it out for 34 hours and sleep on the streets to protest against the corrupt regime as well as demand free and fair elections, among others.

This commands great pride for me and many other Malaysians who are sick and tired of how corruption and bad governance has wrecked our country. I as a Sarawakian have seen and experienced how corruption and money politics have ravaged our state and oppressed our people. (more…)

Catholic bishops: Democratic voice of dissent stifled

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In their message to mark Merdeka Day, Catholic bishops in Malaysia have made the observation that the democratic voice of dissent in the country is being stifled, ironically on the grounds that it is against parliamentary democracy.

“Human rights, freedom of expression and the liberty of the social media are increasingly subject to severe restrictions by administrative actions,” said the Most Rev Julian Leow Beng Kim, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

“These cumulative events coupled with the lack of check and balance by the relevant institutions and the disregard of basic fundamental liberties, have generated much disquiet and anxiety among the general public,” he said. (more…)

Bopim: Retain Sabah, Sarawak kingmaker status

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jambun,najibThe issue uppermost in the minds of protesters at the Bersih 4 overnight rallies on August 29 and 30 in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, said rights activist Daniel John Jambun, was the kingmaker status of Sabah and Sarawak in Putrajaya since 2008. “We lost the veto power in Parliament after Singapore left the Federation in 1965. The MPs from Borneo were neutralised and marginalised and became worse than useless in the Malaysian Parliament. We suffered so much until 2008.”

“We had to wait until the political tsunami in the peninsula in 2008 to achieve a new status, kingmaker, in the formation of the Federal Government in Putrajaya.” (more…)

Sliding ringgit affects all, even if we don’t deal in USD

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Rizal, a 45-year-old private sector employee, decided to go to his regular pharmacy to get a cream, which he had been using for the last five years, for his skin condition.

However, on this occasion, he was told by the pharmacist that the cream, which he had previously no trouble getting, was out of stock.

When he casually asked about the arrival of the new shipment, Rizal was shocked to learn from the pharmacist that there is a high possibility that the cream will no longer be available. (more…)

Urban Malaysian Chinese drive home a message through rally

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The recently concluded Bersih 4 rally highlighted several points worthy of attention.

Firstly, the majority of participants at the rally were urban Chinese.

Used to be known as non-confrontational, these Chinese, many of them from the middle class group, obviously took courage from previous Bersih rallies to participate in this peaceful rally.

Tackling one’s problem via street rallies have definitely not been a Chinese way of finding solutions with negotiations via political parties always being the traditional practice in the past. (more…)

We did our best, but it’s really your job to clean up city streets, Bersih 2.0 chief tells DBKL

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Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) wants to bill Bersih 4 rally organisers for the cleaning bill estimated at RM65,000. — File picWarned that she will be billed RM65,000 for the mess in the aftermath of the mammoth Bersih 4 rally last weekend, organiser Maria Chin Abdullah said today that cleaning the streets was the responsibility of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

The chairman of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 said she had yet to receive any cleaning bill but voiced her disappointment with the government for sticking her with the payment.

“We haven’t receive anything yet but it’ll be disappointing if it comes because it is the duty of DBKL to clean up and our volunteers tried our best to clean up as much as possible,” she told Malay Mail Online over the phone when contacted. (more…)

Get this clear – Bersih 4 not meant as a political platform

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In the past few months, we have read reports on hijacking activities in the busy Straits of Malacca.

In the past few days, there have been other hijackings in and around the country, just not in the high seas.

The latest hijackings have been the handy work of opportunistic politicians who rode on the sea of yellow to promote their political agendas at what should have been apolitical gatherings.

Even before the Bersih 4 gatherings could begin, P (more…)

Fitch warns of downgrade risk in M’sia’s rating outlook

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Malaysia’s deteriorating currency position – reflected in the ringgit’s sharp depreciation, falling foreign exchange reserves and shrinking current account surplus – could force Fitch Ratings to restore the negative outlook attached to the country’s credit rating, it said this week.

The warning comes a week after rival Moody’s Investors Service said clouds were gathering over its positive outlook on Malaysia’s A3 rating because of political risks, weak commodity prices and the threat posed by China’s economic slowdown.

Fitch said recent political uncertainty was in line with Malaysia’s relatively weak governance ranking. (more…)

Malaysia to pay RM3.5b for French warship

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Rafizi-Ramli,-Mistral-class-warship3The Malaysian public may have to fork out up to RM3.5 billion if the government goes ahead with its plan to purchase a French manufactured warship meant for Russia, according to PKR Secretary-General Rafizi Ramli.

Speaking at a press conference today, Rafizi said the cost of constructing the Mistral class warship was estimated at USD600 million in 2012.

Taking inflation into account, he said, the cost today would be USD650 million, which would translate to RM2.6 billion at the current exchange rate. (more…)

Police to question Bersih 4 rally organisers today

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Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and six others have been called up over last weekend’s Bersih 4 rally. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 1, 2015.Police have called up seven members of the Bersih steering committee and secretariat over last weekend’s 34-hour rally, which Putrajaya had earlier said was illegal.

Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh said he and six others had been told to go to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman tomorrow where they would be investigated for concealing design to commit offence, attempt to commit activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy and unlawful assembly, charges under Sections 120, 124C and 141 of the Penal Code.

“We were called up and told this morning at 10.30am. We have five lawyers who will accompany us tomorrow,” he said. (more…)

Umno expels Langkawi woman rep for suing Najib, party executive secretary confirms

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Umno executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh today confirmed that Langkawi Wanita Umno chief Anina Saaduddin (pic) has been sacked from the party. — Picture by Choo Choy MaAnina Saaduddin who shot into the spotlight for her vocal criticism and lawsuit against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been given the boot from Umno, the Malay ruling party’s executives confirmed today.

Rumours of her expulsion spread after a letter signed by Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor emerged on social media earlier today; however, the letter was dated September 2, which raised doubts as to its veracity.

“Yes, she was sacked,” Tengku Adnan told Malay Mail Online in a text message.

However, he did not elaborate on the reason for her termination. (more…)

Absurd to take action against overseas Bersih 4 participants

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The hundreds of thousands who attended the Bersih 4 rallies in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching did so peacefully and did not get into trouble with the authorities.

They will resume their lives, with fond memories of the gatherings, knowing they have exercised their rights and made their voices heard.

The same however cannot be said for overseas Malaysians who took part in the Bersih 4 gatherings around the world, including cities like London, New York, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.

Putrajaya has set its sights on these participants. (more…)

Bersih mulls suing MCMC, Zahid over moves to block rally

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Seven members of the Bersih 2.0 steering committee have been asked to present themselves at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman tomorrow over last weekend’s Bersih 4 rally. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 1, 2015.Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 might go on the offensive by filing suits against the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and home minister for acting beyond their authority to suppress the Bersih 4 rally.

Its steering committee, in a statement today, said they were in consultation with lawyers on potential legal action against both parties.

It said several attempts had been made to ensure the rally would not happen, including MCMC’s move to block Bersih 2.0’s website since August 27. (more…)

Umno woman who filed suit against Najib sacked from party

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Langkawi Umno Wanita leader Anina Saadudin had sued party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak over RM2.6 billion found in his personal bank accounts. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 1, 2015.A Wanita Umno member who filed a suit against party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and party executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh was sacked from the party today.

The dismissal letter, which has been making rounds on social media. – September 1, 2015.Anina Saadudin, who on Friday filed a suit against Najib to account for the chronology of events involving RM2.6 billion channelled into his personal bank accounts, is officially no longer the Langkawi Wanita Umno leader.

The dismissal letter which went viral on social media today stated that action was taken against her under Article 20.7 of the Umno Constitution for bringing the party to court. (more…)

MB denies Johor sultan made anti-Umno remark

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Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin today denied an anti-Umno message falsely attributed to the state’s sultan.

The message, circulated on social media, carried Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Iskandar’s picture with the caption: “The Umno government needs to stop fooling the rakyat through excuses and deceit”.

Mohamed Khaled said the Johor sultan had strongly denied making such a statement, according to Oriental Daily.

“His highness asked me to convey this message and I will also seek legal counsel to take action against those who spread these rumours,” he was quoted as saying.

Mohamed Khaled said the fake message appear to be an attempt at undermining the relationship between the state government and monarch.

Salleh: Dr M’s bid to remove Najib will bring down gov’t too

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Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak has warned that former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s bid to bring down Prime Minister Najib Abul Razak would also mean the downfall of the government.

He said this in reference to Mahathir’s call for BN MPs to join forces with the opposition for a vote of no-confidence against Najib.

“That is why in other countries when a vote of no-confidence is passed against any prime minister, the newspapers report about the government falling, not about the prime minister falling. (more…)

Interpol refuses to red-flag Clare Brown, now what?

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So it has happened – Interpol has officially rejected Malaysia’s request to “red-flag” Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

The move by Interpol would have been anticipated by many straight-thinking Malaysians, which only our poor authorities did not see coming.

Recent news reports say the secretary-general of the global police organisation, Jurgen Stock, had in a letter to London based NGO Fair Trials International, informed about the rejection. (more…)

Don’t let racial conflict ruin this nation, ex-IGP

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Former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan has expressed concern over the incidents which transpired during Bersih 4 over the weekend.

He criticised protesters who stomped on an image of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.

Though he agreed that Malaysians have the right to express their discontent, he however emphasised on the need to be responsible in a multiracial and multireligious nation.

“We do not wish to see a recurrence of what happened in the past,” Musa told Malaysiakini in reference to the May 13, 1969 race riots. (more…)

Najib out doesn’t mean BN out, Dr Mahathir tells MPs

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the country will suffer as long as Datuk Seri Najib Razak remains in power. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, September 1, 2015.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked Umno and Barisan Nasional component party members of Parliament to support a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership.

Writing in his blog today, the country’s longest serving prime minister again reminded BN lawmakers that a successful no-confidence vote which resulted in Najib’s ouster would not topple the federal government.

“BN will not fall after Najib is removed. BN is still the party with the majority,” he said in his popular Chedet blog today. (more…)

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