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October 20, 2017

DAP to bring matter of non-issuance of titles to DUN sitting

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DAP will bring the non-issuance of titles to house buyers, particularly low cost housing projects and flats after several years of been purchased, to the attention of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) in the coming sitting.

State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said this is to enable the house buyers to get the get the titles as soon as possible.

“We (DAP) will definitely raise the problem of non-issuance of titles in the coming DUN sitting with the hope to allow the house buyers to get the title as soon as possible,” Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP, told a press conference at DAP headquarters today.

Also present were several house buyers who have yet to get their titles.

According to Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, many housing projects including flats under Housing Development Corporation (HDC) have not been issued with titles after several years of selling the units. (more…)

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MACC arrests Shafie Apdal

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Darell Leiking (centre) urging supporters to remain calm in the wake of Shafie’s arrest. ― Picture by Julia ChanThe Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today arrested Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal as part of their investigation into the alleged embezzlement of rural development funds estimated at RM1.5 billion.

The Parti Warisan Sabah president, who turns 60 tomorrow, was detained by graft investigators after three-and-a-half hours of interrogation at the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission office headquarters here.

An MACC source confirmed the arrest via Whatsapp but declined to comment further.

Warisan deputy chief commissioner Darell Leiking confirmed the arrest and said Shafie was accepting of the process and the arrest. (more…)

Re-introduce local council elections — Siah

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Image result for Simon SiahParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Bandar Kuching branch chairman Simon Siah has proposed that the state government take the initiative to be the first in the country to implement local council elections every two years.

He said local council elections are timely since local councils, currently under the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, headed by Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, and the Chief Minister’s Department, which is by SUPP Kuching vice-chairman Peter Pui’s own admission have been ‘so ineffective’.

“If the mayor or chairman proves ineffective in catching up with the development in Kuching, then Kuchingites such as Pui himself can vote him out or even contest to be a mayor himself.

“Kuching in the past had a vibrant democratic local council whereby the mayor was elected by the public.

“The power of the councils ought to be decentralised so the public can choose for themselves those who can hear their daily complaints such as flash floods and traffic jams,” he said in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

Putrajaya’s ‘Allah’ ban penalises BM-speaking Christians, lawyer claims

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Lawyer Lim Heng Seng pointed out that the word ‘Allah’ had been used for hundreds of years by generations of BM-speaking Christians natives in Sabah and Sarawak, the Orang Asli in peninsular Malaysia and also the Baba and Nyonya community. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayThe federal government’s 1986 ban on the word “Allah” in non-Muslim publications punishes Malaysian Christians who complied with the education policy prioritising Bahasa Malaysia as the national language, the High Court heard today.Lim Heng Seng, the lead counsel for his BM-speaking Sarawakian Bumiputera Christian client Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill, argued that the national education policy was so “successful” that the younger generation of local Christians have been using Bahasa Malaysia in all areas of their lives, including religious worship.

“And yet they say no, you followed our policy but now we penalise you for faithfully and loyally following our policy.

“You are so well-versed in BM, you use it in your worship, but we say you can’t by taking away the word ‘Allah’,” he said in court when describing the message that was being sent out with the government ban on “Allah” for non-Muslim publications.

He pointed out that the word “Allah” had been used for hundreds of years by generations of BM-speaking Christians among natives in Sabah and Sarawak, the Orang Asli in peninsular Malaysia and also the Baba and Nyonya community. (more…)

In Bumiputera Christian’s constitutional challenge, court told ‘Allah’ not exclusive to Islam

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Church leaders with some of the lawyers for Sarawakian Bumiputera Christian Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill and some of the lawyers who held watching briefs. ― Picture by Ida LimThe Arabic word “Allah” is not exclusive to Islam and is not a copyrighted word that non-Muslim communities cannot use, the High Court was told today.

Lim Heng Seng, the lead counsel for his Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Bumiputera Christian client Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill, refuted the claims by a Home Ministry official and two expert witnesses for the government that both the Federal Constitution and the al-Quran states that the word “Allah” is exclusive to Islam.

“With all respect, nothing in the Federal Constitution says ‘Allah’ is exclusive to Islam, neither is there in the al-Quran,” he told the High Court.

“We also have views of experts not only locally in Malaysia, but also international experts that say ‘Allah’ is not exclusive to Islam and that while Christians and Muslims have different understanding of ‘Allah’, there is no claim to exclusivity,” he said. (more…)

‘Committee to meet on court ruling next week’

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The Federal Court’s decision on Oct 13 which ruled that native customary rights (NCR) land could not be returned to the native owners once converted to lease-of-state land, will be in discussed by the Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau (PMPG) Committee when it meets next week.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said this is a new issue which needs to be considered and addressed by the committee before it can come up with recommendations to the state government.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, he said the committee, in fact, had its first meeting on the issue a few days ago during which the facts of the case were presented to him.

“We are studying the matter, and we will have another meeting on the issue next week,” he said when met by the media after representing Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the official opening of International Biomass Conference (IBCM) 2017 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching. (more…)

Lawyer: Muslims testified no confusion or public disorder from Christians’ ‘Allah’ use

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Lim was arguing that the Home Ministry’s ban of the word 'Allah' in Christian publications through a 1986 circular was unconstitutional and unlawful. ― File piclocal Malay-Muslims had separately testified that there was no confusion and no threat to public order arising from the use of the Arabic word “Allah” by the local Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Christian community, the court was told today.

Lawyer Lim Heng Seng, the lead counsel for his BM-speaking Sarawakian Bumiputera Christian client Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill, referred to lawyer Syahredzan Johan’s 2014 sworn testimony that he had not been confused as a Muslim by the use of “Allah” by the Christian and Sikh communities.

“He says that his Islamic faith has not been threatened, affected or confused or influenced by his Christian and Sikh friends’ practice of their religion notwithstanding their use of the word “Allah” by them,” he told the court today, noting that the government has not denied or furnish evidence to counter the affidavit by Syahredzan that was filed three years ago.

Lim was arguing that the Home Ministry’s ban of the word “Allah” in Christian publications through a 1986 circular was unconstitutional and unlawful, asserting that it had breached the Federal Constitution’s guarantee of the rights of religious freedom and non-discrimination to all Malaysians. (more…)

Pemakai Menoa, Pulau Galau Committee to meet next week on Fed Court ruling

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The Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau (PMPG) Committee will meet next week to discuss the Oct 13 Federal Court’s ruling that landowners cannot reclaim their native customary rights (NCR) land, which was under provisional lease, after it has been converted into lease-of-state land.

The decision had resulted in NCR landowners in Kampung Lebor, Jalan Gedong, Serian getting entitled to compensations and damages for infringement or extinguishment of NCR right as provided for under the Sarawak Land Code.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the committee had its first initital meeting on this issue, which he described as a new issue, few days ago during which the facts of the case were presented to him.

“We are studying the matter, and we will have a meeting on the issue next week,” he told reporters here today after representing Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at the official opening of International Biomass Conference 2017 (IBCM) at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching. (more…)

GE14: BN may not have enough safe seats to stay in power

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Putrajaya-BNBarisan Nasional (BN) may not be able to retain Putrajaya in the upcoming general election (GE14) as its number of safe seats still falls short of the total needed for a simple majority, a political scientist warns.

Marzuki Mohamad, who is an associate professor at the International Islamic University Malaysia, said despite BN’s history of electoral victories, only 100 out of 222 parliamentary seats could be considered safe for the ruling coalition.

“Unless Prime Minister Najib Razak can turn the remaining seats into safe seats for BN, calling for a general election now will be a bit risky for him,” he said in an analysis carried by New Mandala today.

Realistically speaking, Marzuki said, Umno only has a sure chance of winning in 57 out of 165 parliamentary constituencies in the peninsula. (more…)

Johor to unseat Sarawak as second-largest state economy

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Johor Johor is expected to become Malaysia’s second-largest state economy within a few years, pushing Sarawak into third place.

Selangor, with a GDP of RM251.5 billion occupies the top slot, while Sarawak’s GDP was RM108.7 billion last year. Johor’s GDP was RM104.4 billion.

Johor’s economy has been growing at a rate faster than that of Malaysia as a whole since 2011, except for 2013 when the rates mirrored each other. Last year, Johor’s 5.7% growth rate was higher than those of Malaysia’s other 12 states.

According to a Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) report, this was largely due to prices of properties and goods being cheaper in Johor than in neighbouring Singapore, resulting in Malaysians staying in Johor and working in Singapore and Singaporeans coming to Johor for weekend shopping. (more…)

October 18, 2017

Baru: PBDSB making misleading remarks for political mileage

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State Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian has refuted Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) president Cobbold John’s statement that PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had expressed support for the implementation of hudud, which indirectly showed Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s support for the Islamic state concept.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said the statement by Cobbold was either made out of ignorance or in malice.

“Cobbold John should check his facts before trying to mislead people by putting words in the mouths of others. He should know that one of the reasons Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) left the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition was PKR’s firm stand against the RUU355 hudud bill introduced by (Marang MP) Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament, which is yet to be debated.

“Datuk Seri Wan Azizah had said that it is the right of any MP to submit a bill but she had also said on many more occasions that PKR MPs will vote against the bill if it is debated and put to the vote,” Baru said in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

Not possible to make Malaysia an Islamic state, Sarawak BN tells Umno

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Datuk Sebastian Ting says SUPP and Sarawakians do not agree for Malaysia to become an Islamic state, October 17, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) said today it is not possible to make Malaysia a full-fledged Islamic state, refuting remarks made by an Umno leader.

The Barisan Nasional component party’s secretary general Datuk Sebastian Ting said that such a change will require radical amendments to many provisions of the Federal Constitution such as two-thirds majorities in both Houses, consent of the Conference of Rulers and consent of the Governors of both Sarawak and Sabah.

“SUPP and the majority of Sarawakians will also never agree to convert Malaysia into an Islamic state because it is not in our best interest,” he said when responding to comments made by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki three days ago.

Ting, who is also the Piasau state assemblyman, reminded Asyraf that when Sarawak and Sabah agreed to the formation of Malaysia in 1963, the founding leaders of the two Borneo states made it very clear during the negotiation that Malaysia would be a secular state. (more…)

Road to moderation and the middle path

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I knew that my recent question about Bangsa Johor was nothing but a rhetorical question, but the response was simply overwhelming with 3,400 shares on Facebook.

I wonder how many people would have read the article, but people I know, have given me a very positive response. For that, I am grateful.

I must say, that that question came to me as an inspiration from above and nothing more than that.

As writers, we sometimes need more refreshing inspirations to provoke people to think.

In fact, on the same day, the Sultan of Selangor’s revoking of Zamihan Mat Zin’s accreditation also went viral on social media. (more…)

Umno-PAS electoral pact good for BN — Mawan

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Saratok MP Tan Sri William Mawan supports Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in his capacity as Umno president to negotiate with PAS leaders over an electoral pact.

He reasoned that this political plan would strengthen Umno, in particular and BN, in general.

“The Umno-PAS electoral pact is initiated to strengthen Umno. If Umno is strong then BN is also strong, and so too will be the smaller parties within the BN family. The impact of this pact will be felt at the federal level. By the same token, if Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is strong then the state BN will also be strong,” said Mawan when met here yesterday.

Mawan added that Najib, a seasoned politician, would not be sitting down when the opposition from all sides, is trying its very best to topple the BN. (more…)

CEO’s decision to leave unexpected, says Malaysia Airlines

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peter-bellew-mas-1Malaysia Airlines says its chief executive officer Peter Bellew’s decision to leave after just over a year with the organisation and rejoin former employer Ryanair, was “unexpected”.

The national airline said in a statement that its board of directors would meet and an announcement on the matter would be made in due course.

“Our operations and services continue as normal and our commitment and priority are our customers.

“The turnaround of Malaysia Airlines remains on track and on schedule as per the MAS Recovery Plan,” the statement said.

RyanAir Holdings PLC had said in a statement that Bellew would rejoin the company as its chief operations officer. (more…)

Suhakam: Budget 2018 must address problems of refugees, detention centres

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razali-suhakam-1The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) wants the upcoming Budget 2018 to include adequate provisions to ensure that the welfare of refugees and the requirements for proper running of detention centres are met.

Its chairman Razali Ismail said the annual financial plan scheduled to be tabled by Prime Minister Najib Razak in the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 23 must be a human rights-based national budget, encompassing economic, social and cultural rights.

“The national budget is core to the country’s national policy and planning, and the government must manifest clear commitment to various aspects of the realisation of human rights in this budget,” he said.

In a statement today, he said there must be adequate financial resources to fund the provision of refugee and asylum seeker assistance. (more…)

In lawsuit, Malaysian Bar wants top judges removed over ‘unconstitutional’ appointments

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Malaysian Bar president George Varughese (pictured) confirmed that a lawsuit has filed seeking the removal of two of the country’s highest-ranking judges, claiming that they were unconstitutionally appointed. — File picture by Choo Choy MayThe Malaysian Bar has filed a lawsuit to seek the courts’ removal of two of the country’s highest-ranking judges, claiming that the duo were unconstitutionally appointed as Chief Justice and Court of Appeal president.

George Varughese, the Malaysian Bar’s president, confirmed today that the legal suit was filed on October 10 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court against Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif and his immediate predecessor Tun Arifin Zakaria, as well as Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.

In a statement, Varughese said this lawsuit followed a resolution adopted by the Malaysian Bar — a professional body representing all lawyers in peninsular Malaysia — during its extraordinary general meeting on August 3.

He said the Malaysian Bar was seeking several court orders in this lawsuit, including a declaration that Arifin’s advice on March 30 while he was still the Chief Justice to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for Md Raus and Zulkefli to be appointed as additional judges to the Federal Court was “unconstitutional and void”. (more…)

Amin Senin is new education director-general

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Amin-SeninAmin Senin has been appointed director-general of education, a post he will assume on Oct 19, the chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa announced today.

The appointment of Amin, 57, who was education deputy director-general (Teaching Professionalism Development Sector) was to replace Khair Mohamad Yusof.

In a statement, Ali said the appointment of Amin was based on his leadership, qualification, experience and competency, particularly in teaching and education development.

He began his 33-year civil service career in education on October 1, 1984.

Amin has also held the posts of director of Aminuddin Baki Institute and deputy rector of the Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia.

Ali also expressed his appreciation for Khair’s contribution and service of over 35 years in the civil service.


Source : The FMT Online by Bernama


 

Lawyers want draft law on ‘political funding’ made public

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eric-paulsenLawyers for Liberty has expressed concern over the proposed Political Donations and Expenditure legislation that seeks to regulate “political funding”.

The NGO said little was known about its contents other than the bits and pieces reported in the press.

The legislation is currently being drafted by the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (Integriti) and is expected to be completed soon.

“It is completely unacceptable and shocking that such an important legislation with wide ranging repercussions on the political and possibly civil society landscape, is being drafted surreptitiously and without any consultation with the relevant stakeholders. (more…)

October 17, 2017

Baru to Masing: Which laws to amend?

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Image result for Baru BianState Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian is supportive to amendments of laws to protect and preserve native customary rights (NCR) over land in Sarawak, but questions which laws are to be amended to protect this right.

“Of course, we agree to (the) amendments of any laws that would protect and preserve the NCR over land in Sarawak. The question is ‘which laws to amend’ to protect this right,” he said in response to a statement by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, who had suggested that laws which are not fair should be amended so that justice and fairness can prevail.

Masing made the remarks following the Federal Court’s ruling last week on an NCR land case brought by Tuai Rumah Nyutan Jami, Ganga Guma and Langga Kama, who represented 183 landowners from Serian, who had sued the Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA), Nirwana Muhibbah Sdn Bhd and the state government. (more…)

Tamil school teacher ordered to enter defence over UPSR exam leak

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Image result for Tamil school teacher ordered to enter defence over UPSR exam leakA Tamil school teacher was ordered by the Court of Appeal today to enter his defence for unauthorised possession of images of the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) examination papers in his mobile phone in 2014.

A three-man bench comprising Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh, Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi and Datuk Kamardin Hashim, in a unanimous decision, overturned the acquittal of P. Murugan, 36.

“We are of the opinion that there is merit to the prosecution’s appeal. We think the Sessions Court judge erred in acquitting and discharging Murugan,” Justice Mohd Zawawi said.

He then fixed Oct 24 for mention of the case at the Seremban Sessions Court before a new judge. (more…)

Court refuses church’s bid, says govt’s reasons for ‘Allah’ ban classified under OSA

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Lawyer Annou Xavier, who represented the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah church, confirmed that the court had dismissed his client's application for discovery of documents. ― Pictures by Ida LimThe High Court today rejected a Sabah church’s bid to find out why the government banned the word “Allah” in non-Muslims’ publications, saying such government information is classified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972.Lawyer Annou Xavier, who represented the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Sabah church, confirmed that the court had dismissed his client’s application for discovery of documents.

“One of the reasons is because it is classified as Official Secrets Act (OSA), so the government has classified it as OSA and the document will not be released,” he told reporters after the decision was delivered in chambers by High Court judge Datuk Nor Bee Ariffin.

“The other reason is because the court finds it is not necessary for the documents to be disclosed under judicial review application,” he added. (more…)

‘Postpone NCR court cases pending results of PMPG Committee study’

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Image result for Wellie Henry MajangDayak Think Tank Group (DTTG) wants the state government to postpone all native customary rights (NCR) cases in court until the Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau (PMPG) Committee has obtained results from their so-called in-depth studies.

Its founder Wellie Henry Majang said this was to ensure that Dayaks involved in the NCR claims received complete justice.

“There is no point for their lives to be ‘killed’ in court where the law was created in favour of the capitalist.

“If the effort to amend the Sarawak Land Code was implemented, it would be good news to all Dayaks in Sarawak,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Wellie revealed that based on information received by DTTG, there were about 400 cases involving thousands of families (land owners) which had yet to be settled in court. (more…)

Nik Nazmi: AG maliciously prosecuted me again under invalid PAA law

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PKR lawmaker Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad accused the former Attorney-General of having launched a malicious prosecution against him. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaFormer Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had launched a malicious prosecution against PKR lawmaker Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad by using a law which was invalid, the latter said today.

Nik Nazmi, 35, claimed that the Attorney-General’s Chambers’ second charge against him under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 was due to his status as an opposition politician.

“I was prosecuted for the second time through the Second Charge because I am a Keadilan politician even though there were other rallies that do not comply with PAA 2012, but those rallies’ organisers were not prosecuted at all because they are related to or are supporters or members of Umno or Barisan Nasional,” the PKR Youth chief said in his witness statement submitted in court today.

Nik Nazmi, who is also a Selangor state executive councillor, said the second charge was also despite the Petaling Jaya City Council having granted approval for the use of the MBPJ stadium in Kelana Jaya for a May 8, 2013 rally that was carried out peacefully. (more…)

‘Pass- out challenge’ banned in schools, says education minister

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Image result for Pass- out challenge malaysiaThe ‘pass-out challenge’, a game which involves applying enormous pressure to the chest until the person is rendered unconscious, is banned in all schools with immediate effect, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today.

He said action would be taken against anyone playing the game in school.

Further instruction would be issued to the teachers in-charge of students’ affairs and hostel wardens to take action against those playing the game, he said.

He told reporters this after opening the Fifth Malindo International Counselling Seminar at the Islamic education Campus of the Teachers’ Education Institute here today. (more…)

Survey shows average Malaysian sleeps with air-con on but wants to use solar power

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A survey revealed that Malaysians’ desire to conserve electricity conflicts with their love for air-conditioning. — Reuters file picA survey on how Malaysians use electricity unearthed some interesting facts about us.For example, we like clean clothes as more than 53 per cent of the 7,688 surveyed said they do laundry more than twice in one week.

The survey conducted by CILISOS.MY also showed that we still think we can outsmart robbers by leaving the lights on when we go out. Yes, 58.9 per cent of those surveyed admitted to still practising this.

And while most Malaysians — a whopping 75.3 per cent — say they want to start using solar power, about 46 per cent say they must sleep with the air-conditioners on every night. Even when it is not hot.

Also 37.8 per cent of Malaysian men do not want to be caught with a phone that is low on battery power so they charge their phones overnight. Every night.About half of those surveyed have no idea what the main source of Malaysia’s energy is and most — 69.9 per cent — think it is good enough to turn off the power but leave devices or appliances plugged in. (more…)

October 16, 2017

Statement on BN govt aiming to turn Malaysia into Islamic state alarming – Baru Bian

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SImage result for Baru Biantate PKR chairman Baru Bian is perturbed and disappointed by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki’s statement describing the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s efforts at strengthening Islam as evidence that it would not backslide from its responsibility to turn the country into an Islamic state.

According to Baru, this was the clearest statement yet on the federal government’s stance on making Malaysia an Islamic state despite all evidence that the country was formed on the understanding that it would be a secular nation.

“Needless to say, (Datuk Asyraf) Wajdi’s statement is a flagrant contravention of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement by which Sarawak merged with Sabah, Malaya and Singapore to form the Malaysian nation,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Asyraf Wajdi was reported in a news portal on Saturday as saying that “development of Islam in the country, which is being strengthened from time to time, is a clear signal that the BN government is not shirking its responsibility to make Malaysia an Islamic state.” (more…)

I am a Sarawakian and I am ‘bodoh’

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Orang Sarawak bukan bodoh, kata ketua menterinya” (The people of Sarawak are not fools, says Sarawak chief minister) was the header in many Bahasa Malaysia newspapers and news portals a week ago.

This proud and oft-repeated remark came from Chief Minister Abang Johari Abang Openg at a town hall session with some 5,000 Sarawakian diasporas in the peninsula, as he took a swipe at former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is now chairperson of the opposition Pakatan Harapan.

Oh really, Sarawakians are not fools? Well, maybe not most of the time. But I will be honest. As a Sarawakian, I have to admit, almost grudgingly, that I have been a fool at times – made some stupid decisions not beneficial to my home state and fellow Sarawakians and am now living in remorse and regret over them. (more…)

Govt recognises ‘pemakai menoa’, ‘pulau galau’

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The state government has recognised ‘pemakai menoa’ and ‘pulau galau’ as native customary rights (NCR) land, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

However, there must be a right definition to ensure that it is acceptable to all, he adds.

“(Pehin Sri Tan Sri) Adenan (Satem) and I recognise pemakai menoa and pulau galau but there must be a definition. So we have to find a right definition,” he said when declaring open Sarawak United National Youths Organisation (Saberkas) tri-annual general assembly at Kuching Hilton yesterday.

“If we want to amend the Land Code, it must be consistent. If our law is wrong, how do (you expect) people to recognise our law? If it’s (the law) not acceptable by all, then this is not a law. We cannot have the law of the jungle.” (more…)

‘Borneo to be well-connected by roads’

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Local and international bikers can indulge in adventurous rides when the island of Borneo is well connected by road in the next five to 10 years, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

In Sarawak, he said the small town of Kapit would be connected to Sibu by ‘first class’ road and the Katibas Bridge which will be completed next year.

“In the next few years, Kapit will be linked to Baleh where we will have a dam. From there one can go to Belaga and straight to Bintulu.

“When this network of roads open up Sarawak, bikers can enjoy the ride, passing through the various communities like the Iban and the Orang Ulu to experience the culture of our ethnic races along the way,” he said at the Kuching International Bike Week (KIBW) 2017 gala dinner held at a leading hotel here last Saturday. (more…)

A conversation with a public school teacher

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I received a text message from a reader the other day. It said, “Hi Fa, my name is Daniel and I am a teacher in Terengganu. I would like you to help me highlight an issue which teachers like me face every day”. We soon got into a very interesting conversation.

“People often talk about how screwed up our education system is, and they usually have a tendency to identify teachers as part of the problematic system. But not many know the truth about the issues we teachers face in school,” Daniel said.

“Enlighten me, please,” I replied.

Daniel explained that it isn’t just students who are left unmotivated by the education system in the country, it’s also the teachers.

“Take me for example. I am the kind of teacher who likes to challenge my students, so I tend to plan a lot of activities for them. (more…)

Baru: S’wak BN must repudiate federal commitment on Islamic state

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Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian urged Sarawak BN to waste no time in repudiating the statement of a deputy minister that the federal BN is committed to establishing an Islamic state in Malaysia.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki was reported by news portal Free Malaysia Today as saying the BN government’s efforts at strengthening Islam from time to time was evidence it would not backslide from its responsibility to turn the country into an Islamic state.

Asyraf Wajdi’s (photo) remarks were made at a town hall meeting held by Umno information chief Annuar Musa in Kota Bharu last Friday.

“This is the clearest statement yet on the federal government’s stance on making Malaysia an Islamic state. (more…)

Sarawak infra project to be completed in May 2018

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Image result for baram road in sarawakThe Institut Kemajuan Desa (Infra) project here, will enhance the government’s efforts to improve professionalism among village leaders in Sarawak.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said when completed in May 2018, the Infra main blocks costing RM44.8 million, could accommodate 250 people at any one time.

“About 52 per cent of the Infra project has been completed,” he said at a media conference during a visit of Sarawak INFRA project, here today.

When completed, the Sarawak Infra will become the country’s second Infra after the Infra in Bangi, Selangor.

Ismail said his ministry is in talks over a piece of land with the Sabah government with a view to build the country’s third Infra project in the state.

INFRA, which is a training institution under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, is responsible for ensuring the development of rural human capital through training and research.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


 

Teachers are not to be blamed, so who are?

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My fellow columnist Fa Abdul has put together such a beautiful piece on the plight of teachers these days.

By giving the illustration of one Daniel (name changed, I presume), Fa Abdul has hit the bull’s eye, and with this, I hope it is time for officers from both the Education Ministry and the State Education Departments under it to wake up.

In particular, it is time for all three – present Minister of Education Mahdzir Khalid (photo), and his two deputies, P Kalamanathan and Chong Sin Woon – to wake up. The Education Ministry has been helmed by politicians who are merely fond of implementing the “touch-and-go” policy.

The real issues are not being dealt with. A change or relaxation in a certain policy is done based on who has the louder voice. Or, as Daniel rightly pointed out: After some time, Malaysians are “falling back on their old ways”. (more…)

Education Malaysia Global Services ready to work with police on visa abuse, says COO

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File picture shows the biometric fingerprint scanner being used for security screening at the immigration counter in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), May 17, 2016. EMGS said it will cooperate with police on the issue of student visa abuse. — Bernama picThe Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) will co-operate with the Royal Malaysia Police on the issue of abusing student visa which pose a serious threat to national security.

Its chief operations officer Prof Datuk Dr Rujhan Mustafa said EMGS viewed the matter seriously and would ensure Malaysia’s integrity as an international education hub was preserved.

“There are several processes and screening involved in the processing of international student pass including continuous co-operation between the agencies involved in the exchange of information to determine the effectiveness of student management.

“Among aspects screened before receiving any recommendation from EMGS for approval of student pass by the Immigrant Department of Malaysia is that every course offered to international students must obtain full accreditation from the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA),” he said in a statement today.

Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun was reported as saying that police had detected the existence of a syndicate bringing in Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) to Malaysia through various methods, including by using student visas, following the detention of 48 suspects.

Rujhan said EMGS would conduct a detailed review on individuals involved in such activities after receiving details from the police and welcomed the effort of institutions of higher learning to always monitor their students and report any unlawful activities.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


 

Bukit Assek rep calls on state govt to reject ‘Islamic state’ stand

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Image result for Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene ChangBukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Chang has echoed Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian’s call for the state government to reject the federal Barisan Nasional’s (BN) stand to make Malaysia an Islamic state.

In a press statement yesterday, she said the federal government’s intention appeared to be confirmed by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, in a report by a news portal on Saturday.

She said Sarawak BN must speak out to the federal government as well as to Sarawakians to allay the fears of people of other faiths, especially Christians who are the majority in the state.

“The state government has to remember the 18 points which our forefathers had the wisdom to lay out as conditions before Sarawak agreed to form Malaysia with Malaya, Sabah (then known as North Borneo) and Singapore. (more…)

Come join me instead, Khalid Ibrahim tells ex-Selangor MBs

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 Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has invited three former Selangor mentris besar to join him for any good cause for the benefit of the people. — Picture by Choo Choy MayTan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has invited three former Selangor mentris besar to join him for any good cause for the benefit of the people.Khalid, who is current Selangor MB Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s predecessor, said he would not bring himself to support a party just for the sake of doing so, adding that leaders should view politics beyond a party.

“I am willing to work with Umno or these three MBs if it is for a good cause like fighting against corruption or returning water rights to the people.

“And if that is the case, I will invite the MBs to join me together with PAS,” he said at a fundraising event for PAS’ election drive.

Former Umno Selangor MB Tan Sri Abu Hassan Omar had claimed that Khalid would join him, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib dan Dr Mohd Khir Toyo to help Barisan Nasional (BN) win Selangor from Pakatan Harapan. (more…)

Amend laws that are disadvantageous to NCR land owners – Masing

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Laws are designed for the betterment of human beings, if they don’t achieve that end, then the laws are wrong and should be amended, stressed Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing.

He told The Borneo Post this when commenting on the Federal Court judgment that Native Customary Rights (NCR) land cannot be returned to the native owners once converted to Lease of State Land.

According to Masing: “Laws are made by men, therefore, men can amend them so that justice and fairness can prevail.”

Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Shariff said in his written judgment that “the effect of this conversion is that the disputed lands are no longer provisional leases but a lease proper and are entitled to the protection of Section 132 of the Sarawak Land Code, whose title stands good against the whole world.” (more…)

October 15, 2017

Improve Land Code to protect NCR landowners — PKR Puncak Borneo

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The state government is urged to improve the current Sarawak Land Code to better protect the rights of the native customary rights (NCR) landowners.

PKR Puncak Borneo chairman Willie Mongin said this is needed due to the Federal Court’s decision last Friday which ruled that landowners could not reclaim their NCR land, which was under provisional lease, after it had been converted into lease-of-state land.

Willie said as a Dayak, he is worried the ruling could set a precedent for future court cases involving NCR land.

“To me, the Federal Court’s decision is the darkest episode for the Dayaks, especially NCR landowners. What we worry now is that, it could set a precedent for future court cases,” he told a press conference here yesterday. (more…)

I am a pendatang and proud of it

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When Prime Minister Najib Razak claimed to be a Bugis warrior whose ancestors came from Sulawesi, Indonesia, he admitted that his forefathers migrated here and were immigrants. In other words, according to the use of the term by politicians from his party, he is a ‘pendatang’ or immigrant, no matter that generations of his family were Malaysian.

If that were true, it means his father, Malaysia’s second prime minister, also was Bugis and therefore a pendatang. So would be Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman who has Siamese origins, third prime minister Hussein Onn who has Turkish blood and fourth prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who has Indian origins. Fifth prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has Chinese blood.

That makes all our prime ministers pendatang – which means we pendatang are in good company – or bad – depending on your point of view. (more…)

The only Malaysian who can save Malaysia

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The Malaysian Special Branch is one of the most effective in the world. Its main role is intelligence gathering and the analysis of the information, for use by other government departments.

Predictions of the Special Branch about voting patterns are highly respected. However, recently it was unable to tell Najib Abdul Razak and his cabinet the lie of the land, and how the rakyat will vote in the 14th general election (GE14). That does not augur well for the prime minister, who must call GE14 soon.

We are a divided nation, with Malays pitted against non-Malays, Muslims against non-Muslims, and East Malaysians against peninsular Malaysians. Fracture lines also exist within the communities, for example among the Malays.

The saying “Divide and conquer” has been used by successive Malaysian governments. Despite Najib’s boasts that the economy is doing well, and that everything is under control, he has delayed calling GE14? Why? (more…)

No Malaysian dream to home ownership

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When I joined the workforce in 2000, my salary as a fresh graduate was slightly above RM2,000 a month when I worked as a journalist at The Sun. I found it a fair wage since I had zero work experience, and back then, low starting salaries wasn’t a big issue.

Of course, it is today because if you ask around in most industries in the country, the starting salary for fresh graduates has not changed. Ask a new journalist and they will most probably tell you that their salary is around RM2,000 too.

The only difference is that this is 2017 – almost 20 years after I started working. So it would seem quite unbelievable that the starting salary has not changed after almost two decades when the cost of living has been steadily rising.

Within five years of working and saving up, I managed to buy a car, one low-cost apartment and one medium-cost apartment. An average medium-cost 1,200-square-foot apartment in Kuala Lumpur at that time was selling for around RM250,000. (more…)

Kassim Ahmad: As ever, the iconoclast

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Much of the encomia for Kassim Ahmad, who died at the age of 84 in Kulim yesterday, spoke of his courage in the face of repression of his beliefs.

Kassim exemplified Ernest Hemingway’s definition of courage as grace under pressure. He was serene in facing the waves of hostile reaction to his beliefs – save in one instance.

This was when he blamed Anwar Ibrahim for forestalling the evolution of a debate he wanted with critics of his book, “Hadis: Satu Penilaian Semula” (Hadith: A Re-evaluation).

Kassim had wanted the book, which was banned shortly after its publication in 1986, to evoke a debate on the arguments he had adduced for making the Quran – and not the Hadith – as the principal source of Islamic faith and jurisprudence. (more…)

A solemn declaration by citizen Nades

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I, R NADESWARAN [I/C NO: 510421-10-****], ordinary resident in Petaling Jaya in the state of Selangor, hereby solemnly and sincerely affirm and say as follows:

I will support the current prime minister (hereafter referred to as PM) and his party – the Barisan Nasional (hereafter referred to as BN) – and urge and encourage right-thinking Malaysians to do the same in the 14th General Election which is due. This is subject to the PM and the BN making concerted efforts to fulfil the following conditions, which in turn will bring about a better and more prosperous Malaysia:

1) The PM, his ministers and the government must stop treating Malaysians as fools by making all kinds of statements which more often than not, appear like a page from Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The continued blabbering of untruths and half-truths will further erode whatever is left of the people’s confidence in the system; (more…)

Sarawak DCM urged to act over native land issue

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PBDS president Cobbold John Lusoi said the DCM has not made any apparent progress in addressing the matter, either in proposing new laws or amendments to existing ones. ― Picture by Sulok TawieParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS Baru) expressed its disappointment at Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah today for his delay in resolving issues related to native customary rights (NCR) land.

PBDS president Cobbold John Lusoi said since Uggah’s appointment as the NCR land taskforce chairman early this year, the latter has met with Dayak elders familiar with local customs as well as lawyers involved with the NCR land cases.

Despite this, he said the DCM has not made any apparent progress in addressing the matter, either in proposing new laws or amendments to existing ones.

“I hope he will do something before the Dayak lose more of their NCR land through complex court processes, like what had happened at the Federal Court yesterday,” he told Malay Mail Online. (more…)

M’sia education hub or dud?

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“Two weeks ago, I was preparing the questions for the final semester exams when I was summoned to the president’s office. He said: ‘Make sure all the students pass.’ I thought nothing of it although at the back of my mind, I knew what he had in mind.

“A week later, I told my class of 28 that there would be a special revision class before the exam. Attendance was poor. One third of them were absent but nevertheless, I went to on to discuss the eight questions I had prepared. They were only required to answer any four.

“On exam day, only 13 turned up to sit for their paper. Two days later, I sat down to mark the scripts. Only eight passed.

“I was again summoned to president’s office where I was told that I had defied instructions. If they don’t pass, I was told, they can’t go to third year and they will drop out.
(more…)

Make Malaysia sane again

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How did we get to a point where Islamic preachers are openly insulting non-Muslims as filthy and immoral?

Now there have to be separate laundrettes, separate trolleys in supermarkets, separate elevators, and perhaps one day, groups demanding non-Muslim teachers not be around Muslim children for fear that their filthy hands and unclean breath and the forbidden and un-Islamic things they touch will somehow come in contact with the children.

All this in the name of understanding the true meaning of najis or filth, of the mugahlazzahmukfaffafah, and mutawasitah – the categories of faecal matter as classified in Islam.

I am glad I grew up in the days when my most cherished teachers were Malaysians of many races – those honest, clean, pristine, and peaceful souls – of Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan, Sikh, and Malay origin. (more…)

October 14, 2017

Federal Court rules native land cannot be restored after lease conversion

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Lawyer See Chee How (second right) with headman Nyutan Jami (right) and land rights activist Nicholas Bawin after the Federal Court has delivered its judgment in Kuching October 13, 2017. —Picture by Sulok TawieNative customary rights (NCR) land cannot be returned to the native owners once converted to Lease of State Land, the Federal Court ruled today.

“The effect of this conversion is that the disputed lands are no longer provisional leases but a lease proper and are entitled to the protection of Section 132 of the Sarawak Land Code, which title stands good against the whole world,” Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Shariff said his written judgment.

The judgment read out by Federal Court deputy registrar Edwin Paramjothy  Michael Muniandy here was on a case brought by headman Nyutan Jami, Ganga Guma and Langga Kama representing 183 villagers who sued the Land Custody and Development Board, Nirwana Muhibbah Sdn Bhd and state government.

The board and Nirwana are the registered co-proprietors of Lot 2 Block 6, Lot 166 Block 5 and Lot 7 Block 3, all of Melikin Land District, under the provisional leases issued by the state government that were later converted to Lease of State land. (more…)

No title rectification for NCR land once lease given – Federal Court

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The Federal Court today ruled that the High Court cannot order for the rectification of title to exclude native customary rights (NCR) land from the lease that has already been given.

Counsel See Chee How, who was present in court, told reporters that “all that the Court can order is compensation for that area that has proven to be NCR over the lease given”.

“It is a mistake by the government to give this lease. So go by the extinguishment and compensation, that’s it.

“It has been deemed extinguished and they will pay compensation,” he said after Deputy Registrar of Federal Court Edwin Paramjothy Michael Muniandy delivered the judgment.

When asked for further explanation, he said that once a lease is issued over the area, the success of proving the existence of NCR does not entitle the NCR land owners to that part of the land. (more…)

PH: Increased penalty for late registration of birth exorbitant

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Image result for teo Nie Ching, who is also Kulai MP,The increase in fine from RM50 to RM1,000 for parents who fail to register their children within 60 days after their birth is exorbitant, and may increase the number of stateless children in the country.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) Women’s wing secretary Teo Nie Ching, who is also Kulai MP, said the registration of births is no doubt very important but National Registration Department (NRD) must first conduct a study to find out reasons behind the late registration.

“Was it (because of) laziness, irresponsibility, illiteracy or poverty? If illiteracy and/or poverty are the reasons behind the late registration, imposing a higher penalty is not going to solve the problem,” she said in a press statement received here yesterday.

Teo was responding to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s recent announcement in Kluang that parents who failed to register their children within 60 days after birth would be fined RM1,000 compared with only RM50 previously. (more…)

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