Hornbill Unleashed

November 14, 2012

Mindsets must change

Nicole Tan Lee Koo

Malaysia needs leaders such as Nurul Izzah in order to progress, lest we stay in the Middle Ages’ mentality.

I read with much excitement the current debacle over Nurul Izzah Anwar’s statement that there should be no compulsion in religion and that it applies to Muslims as well.

Nurul Izzah is right in saying that all Malaysians, including Malays, have the right of freedom of religion, that is freedom to choose their own religion. This is a basic fundamental right as enshrined in Article 11 of the Federal Constitution. (more…)


Apostasy, compulsion, and Nurul’s point

Anisah Shukry

The PKR vice-president said last week that religious freedom is for everyone, even Muslims and Malays. Well, here are the facts to prove she has a point.

Yet again, Umno as well as the likes of Ibrahim Ali and Nasharudin Mat Isa have resorted to misusing Islam to discredit a member of the opposition bloc.

According to a transcript provided by Malaysiakini, Nurul Izzah Anwar said at a forum last weekend that “…there is no compulsion in religion… How can anyone really say, ‘sorry, this only applies to non-Malays.’ It has to apply equally.” (more…)

Apostasy tango – it’s not Nurul but Pak Lah you should GRILL!

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SLAP IN THE FACE FOR UMNO: Apostasy tango - it's not Nurul but Pak Lah you shd GRILL!

Maria Begum

It looks like the last laugh may be on the “pompous and hypocritical” Umno leaders and if so, “serves them right”.

According to PKR leaders who have borne the brunt of a concerted media attack, Umno’s latest and last ditch strategy was to try to deflect attention from the slew of corruption scandals surrounding their own bigwigs such as Prime Minister Najib Razak’s French Scorpenes trial, Minister Nazri Aziz and his son’s controversial use of a Hummer vehicle as well as Wanita Umno Shahrizat Jalil’s RM250 million NFC scandal.

But the plan failed. Despite the prolonged media assault, Umno and Utusan could not shake the Pakatan Rakyat opposition front nor could they dent public support for their main target – PKR vice president Nurul Izzah – with the allegations that she was encouraging apostasy when she remarked at a recent forum that: (more…)

James Masing tells clean energy activists to ‘stop breathing’

Bakun dam during construction. Photo by: Mohamad Shoox.mongabay

Bakun dam during construction. Photo by: Mohamad Shoox.

A top minister in the Malaysian state of Sarawak has told activists campaigning for cleaner energy to ‘stop breathing’, reportsThe Borneo Post.

“I would like to throw a challenge at them (critics) on two fronts,” Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing told the newspaper. “Firstly, please provide us with the best source of alternative power besides fossil fuel, and secondly, they have to stop breathing if they criticize just for the sake of criticizing.” (more…)

Looking inside the ‘Automatic Enrichment Scandal’

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Koon Yew Yin

Slowly but surely, the ugly side of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) is emerging and it looks like that the enrichment of a small group has been cleverly camouflaged in the name of public interest.

Fortunately, this time around the scope for undeserved enrichment is so overwhelming and the disregard for prudent principles of transparency and accountability so obvious that even some Umno leaders are protesting.

These late protestors from BN are way behind the curve on the issue and are jumping on the bandwagon of opposition political and public protest to prevent damage to their own election prospects but it is an indicator of how unacceptable the current AES proposal is. (more…)

Rush for ‘who-wants-to-be-a-candidate’

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Thomas Pi

The highly popular ‘who wants to be a millionaire’ television concept has taken a political twist in Sabah.

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, the younger brother of Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, once said something about “lucrative positions” in the Cabinet. He was naively confirming what many surmised.

So it is hardly surprising that scores of Sabahans want to be contestants in the upcoming 13th general election and some may even be forgiven for considering a new group as organisers of Sabah’s version of “who wants to be a millionaire” with an election slant. (more…)

Bruno Manser Fund takes Malaysian money-laundering case to the Swiss Federal Criminal Court

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Bruno Manser Fund (BMF)

The Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) and 255 Malaysian citizens ask to be admitted as private plaintiffs to an ongoing money-laundering case against Swiss bank UBS – Malaysian government and judiciary accused of “state failure“ and “collusion“ with UBS customers Musa bin Aman and Michael Chia

(BELLINZONA, SWITZERLAND) Swiss NGO, the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), and 255 citizens from the Malaysian state of Sabah are asking the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona to be admitted as private plaintiffs in an ongoing criminal case against Swiss bank UBS. The case has been opened by the Swiss Attorney General on 29 August 2012, following a criminal complaint by the Bruno Manser Fund. UBS is accused of having laundered over 90 million US dollars on behalf of Musa bin Aman, Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah, and his nominee Michael Chia. (more…)

Ultra-extravagant lifestyles of the Umno elite: PERCEPTION OR REAL?

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Moaz Nair

Ultra-extravagant lifestyles of the Umno elite: PERCEPTION OR REAL?

Ask at random any voter on UMNO and Barisan leaders, the response would likely be that the leaders are highly extravagant, arrogant, corrupt, abusive, repressive and oppressive.

Voters are not oblivious to that fact that the government has wasted millions upon millions of public funds through lavishness, inefficiency and corruption, including the award of inflated contracts to cronies. UMNO-controlled Barisan has earned this infamous repute since Najib Abdul Razak took over as Prime Minister in April 2009.

Revelling in luxury

Blame not the rakyat for this impression and discernment. But could this sensation be due to mere perception or reality? To most voters, the government’s poor record under Najib’s administration is no more a matter of opinion but a reality. (more…)

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