The Malaysian Bar welcomes the recent urging by the prime minister for all Malaysians not to pay heed to the extremist elements in Malaysia.
The prime minister has succinctly identified the dangers, for Malaysia and Malaysians, of pandering to these elements, describing their actions as wrong and tending to destroy the trust between races.
He has warned that we must not let these instigators overpower us. (more…)
The last time opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim called for a national dialogue in which all political parties participate, his proposition contained in a Merdeka Day commemorative speech elicited the disdain of BN leaders.
The latter are not likely to react with similar alacrity and comparable derision to a renewal of that proposal made yesterday by Anwar after a Pakatan Rakyat leadership council meeting in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak needs to change ways and start doing the right things to ease the burden of the people, otherwise BN will risk losing the next general election, former journalist and prominent blogger Abdul Kadir Jasin said in his latest blogpost.
The former New Straits Times (NST) chief listed out three scenarios for the future leadership of Najib, and said that if Najib does not change, he risks being removed from his position, or BN risks losing the elections if Najib continues without changing his ways. (more…)
- Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing
Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing is supportive of the idea to establish a dedicated court to handle the increasing number of native customary rights (NCR) land cases.
The land development minister described as ‘excellent’ the idea that was highlighted by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum on January 17 as NCR land cases must not be allowed to drag for years. (more…)
LOLROTF – laughing out loud and rolling on the floor.
That is how I felt like doing when some people think they can advise Najib. To do what? To pronounce the Islamic terms correctly? To turn off the lights in the house so that the bill will not be RM6000 a day? To save water bill? To stop using kangkung as reference?
Sometime ago, a prominent former finance minister told me, Najib is beyond advice. Why should he listen to his underlings? He pays them. His only credit is the fact that he is the son of a former much-loved PM. That was what he resorted to – his last line of defence when Umno delegates attacked his hare-brained 1Malaysia and New Economic Model. (more…)
Putrajaya’s appeal before the Federal Court in the high-profile murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu may have hit a snag as one of the two policemen acquitted of the crime has reportedly gone missing, say sources.
Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar walked out a free man after his appeal against the High Court conviction was set aside last August.
Since then, the policeman has not contacted his lead counsel Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, who represented him during trial and in the Court of Appeal, the sources said. (more…)
Sarawak PKR today criticised Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah for wanting Malaysia to adopt China’s harsh laws on the social media.
State PKR information bureau chief said it is dangerous for Abdul Karim to suggest adopting the harsh cyber laws of China.
“Is he inferring that Malaysia should be like China, a communist and totalitarian government that implements harsh laws on its people? (more…)
Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, the son of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, holds between RM636 million to RM1.055 billion in palm oil plantations in Sarawak.
This was disclosed by accountant Andrew Heng, who was the second witness brought by his former wife Shahnaz A Majid.
Heng told the Syariah High Court that there are four out of 49 companies in which Mahmud (left) holds a stake that involve oil palm plantations. (more…)
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An Indonesian court has found the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies within Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and orangutans can be found living together in the wild.
The court ordered the company to pay 114.3 billion rupiah (US$9.4 million) in compensation and 251.7 billion rupiah (US$20.8 million) to restore the affected areas of forest.
Tripa burning in 2012. (Photo by Paul Hilton/ SOCP/YEL)
The case was brought against PT Kallista Alam by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment. (more…)
A special court has to be set up immediately to solve the dilemma Dayak landowners face over the grabbing of their native customary rights (NCR) land by the Sarawak government, Sarawak PKR said today.
NCR land cases have increased alarmingly every year as a result of disputes between native land owners and the state government, PKR Lubok Antu Division chairperson Nicholas Bawin said.
“Up to now, there are more than 400 NCR land cases pending hearing in the High Court and more are coming as the landowners have no way to settle their disputes with the government, other than through the court. (more…)
Sarawak PKR has expressed regret that Yang di-Pertuan Agong has been ill-advised on the decree he issued that non-Muslims of Sabah and Sarawak are banned from uttering the word ‘Allah’, despite knowing full well that the two states are secular.
“It is most unfortunate that he has been ill-advised,” Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said in response to the decree by the Agong.
This decree was actually made by Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah in his capacity as the Sultan of Kedah. (more…)
There is a new anti-graft watchdog in town, and its focus is on public institutions such as the judiciary and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Known by its acronym C4, the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism is co-founded by human rights activist Cynthia Gabriel, part of the team from seasoned rights group Suaram who raised issues about Malaysia’s submarine purchase from France.
Gabriel told The Malaysian Insider recently that scrutinising the judiciary and MACC will form part of C4′s efforts to strengthen public institutions to ensure the corrupt are held accountable. (more…)
Good grief! A volcanic island in the exact shape of cartoon character Snoopy has emerged in the sea near Japan. But Snoopy is copyright. God’s going to get into BIG trouble.
He’s done it before. Fly to Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and you’ll see that the islands of Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug form a perfect smiley face, despite the fact that the round smiley is a logo developed by a US insurance company in 1963. In the Spratly Islands, near the Philippines, God made an island in the exact shape of a boomerang – without asking Australian aboriginals for permission.
Having long experience of copyright problems, I can tell you that such incidents trigger an exchange of letters as follows. (more…)
PKR blames the racial and religious problems in Malaysia especially in the peninsula, on Umno’s political dominance for the past 50 years, said its director of strategy director Rafizi Ramli.
“The racial and religious problems we have today are a result of Umno’s doings over the past 50 years,” he said at a media conference.Sarawak, he said, could teach Umno a thing or two on religious tolerance and racial harmony.
His colleague Elizabeth Wong (left), a Selangor executive councilor, added that Umno had lost “everything” in Selangor and thus neededs to resort to racial and religious issues to win the state back. (more…)
As Voltaire, the great French scourge of superstitions and sundry other stupidities famously proclaimed: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him”.And sure enough, God has been invented so many times both before and since Voltaire’s time, and in so many guises, genders, versions and even perversions that you’d have to be superhuman to keep up with them all.
Small wonder, then, that a political regime as sub-normal as Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional is finding the whole concept too complex for words. (more…)
The police’s intention to probe the ‘Red Pencil Protest’ by the media fraternity on Jan 4 is unnecessary and based merely on “trivial technicalities”, said the organisers.
Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm) said they were ready to cooperate with the police on any investigations.
“However, after our protest was carried out peacefully and without any untoward incident, we feel that the investigation (if it is initiated) is only based on trivial technical reasons.
“Police are using a procedural excuse that we did not provide the 10-day notification before the Red Pencil Protest as required under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA),” said a Geramm spokesperson Radzi Razak in a statement today. (more…)
Lim Sue Goan
Instead of a new start, the new year is chaotic, indicating that 2014 is going to be a chaotic, difficult and depressing year.
It is chaotic because political leaders lack the ability to act decisively and they seem to have forgotten their commitments to the people. For instance, the seventh National Key Results Areas (NKRA) is a commitment to solve rising cost of living but the government has so far failed to curb price hikes. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also proposed the “national reconciliation” moderation advocacy but more disputes have been derived instead. (more…)
The proposal made by Karpal Singh for a full bench to hear the appeal made by The Herald-Catholic church to the Federal Court bears reference.
It is unlikely that a full bench will ensure an outcome acceptable to all and put the issue to rest, and everyone live happily ever after.
Let us first assume that all the judges sitting will be free of any influence and adjudicate fairly. The word ‘influence’ is, of course, loaded with meanings. (more…)
The nation’s top cop must explain the double standards of the police in investigating Catholic priest Father Lawrence Andrew and Perak mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang (pic) said today.
The Gelang Patah MP said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was clearly practising double standards in both cases.
On January 3, Harussani had issued a fatwa (edict) declaring it halal (permissible) to spill the blood of the participants of an anti-price hike rally held on New Year’s Eve. (more…)
Shahnaz A Majid told the Kuala Lumpur Syariah High Court today that she did not know that her former husband, who is the Sarawak chief minister’s son, was married to an Australian woman in 1999.
Shahnaz, 50, during cross-examination by lawyer Saadiah Din representing Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, was quizzed on whether she knew the woman called Louise Aida Hiley was her former husband’s wife.
Abu Bekir was said to have brought Hiley to his sister’s wedding in that year.
“I did not know it then, whether my husband was married before they attended the wedding. (more…)
The indigenous language radio station Radio Free Sarawak broke the news today that the community of Murum Penan, resettled by Sarawak Energy, are making emergency calls to say they are now cut off by the dam’s rising waters and running out of food supplies.It was the same day that it emerged that the Norwegian CEO, who has made much of his role in allegedly transforming and improving the lives of the natives of Sarawak, will leave at the end of his current contract later this year.
The Environment and native rights group, the Bruno Manser Fund, revealed the news of Mr Torstein Dale Sjotveit’s departure in a press release late afternoon: (more…)
Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian. says Thursday’s high-handed aggressive raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia’s premises is a confirmation of what he has been warning about all along – that the religious authorities would use The Herald judgment to extend their insidious and strangling tentacles on other aspects of Christian and non-Muslim practices.
“So much for the PM’s and other BN politicians’ assurances that the Court of Appeal’s flawed judgment would only apply to the contents of The Herald,” he said when commenting on the Selangor Islamic authorities’ the raid.
Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing urged Christians intending to carry out their Sunday worship obligations this weekend to “prayerfully use this fraught moment to make themselves true channels of peace.”
Alluding to assurances of safety provided by the police in Selangor where assorted Muslim groups have threatened to stage protests against Christians for using the word ‘Allah’ in their Bahasa Malaysia rituals, the head of the Catholic Church in the Melaka-Johor diocese advised Christians to go about their obligations of worship “persevering in prayer and patient in tribulation.” (more…)
With New Year messages calling for unity still fresh in our minds, let us translate them into action.
THIS has not been the best of starts to the new year.
Apart from anything else, it has been an exceptionally rainy beginning.
The sun has made only fleeting appearances over the past week or so and the wet weather shows little sign of letting up. (more…)
Sarawak’s Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic) today lambasted gutless federal leaders whom he said are tip-toeing around the Allah issue with an unsound policy apparently aiming “to appease everyone”.
“Leaders (in the federal cabinet) must be brave enough to take the bull by the horns and decide once and for all which set of religious laws Malaysians must abide by.
“We must take the bull by the horn and tell the bull who is boss,” Masing, an outspoken and fierce critic of the federal government’s stand on the Allah issue, said when reacting to the Selangor Islamic Religious department (Jais) raid on the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) where 300 copies of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia and Iban were carted away. (more…)
The Bible Society of Malaysia president Lee Min Choon appealed for calm.
The Selangor Islamic authorities do not have the authority to raid the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM), said the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM).
Saying they were alarmed by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (Jais) raid today on BSM where they confiscated over 300 Bibles in Malay and Iban, CCM general-secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri said that the Federal Constitution guaranteed the right of religious communities in the country to freely profess and administer their affairs. (more…)
A hawker stall in Lebuh Chulia, George Town. Penang is known as a foodies’ heaven but the state is one of the most expensive places to live in for an average wage-earner.
How much does it take to have a decent life in Malaysia? That has been the top question in the country in the past few years and a greater concern in 2014 as electricity rates and transport costs go up and subsidies go down.
While Putrajaya talks up proposals to help the people mitigate rising prices with cost of living labs and possibly even more targeted subsidies, most Malaysians are looking at the prospect of expenditure exceeding their monthly salaries. (more…)
Lim Sue Goan
2013 is tapering to an end soon. Over the past one year, we have seen minor improvements, stagnation or even regression in many important areas in this country while getting ourselves amused by a good deal of ridiculous things.
Sin Chew Daily recently unveiled a list of ten most ridiculous things in Malaysia for 2013, including school principal marketing “clever pills,” oil leakage from factory resulting in major water supply disruption in Klang Valley, the delible indelible ink used in GE13, etc.
Such absurdities could have been arising from administrative irregularities or could also be from power abuse. For example, a national school principal has forced the students to buy “clever pills” out of power abuse. (more…)
The increasing clampdown on newspapers calls for a rethink on how we run newspapers. Our role is to inform readers on matters that matter to them. How else can we hope to have a nation of thinking citizens who make decisions on an informed basis? I say it’s time to free the press; not by piecemeal efforts but by a bold initiative.
The naysayers say it can’t be done. Why not? Our neighbours, the Philippines and Indonesia, did it with the stroke of the pen following the fall of Marcos and Suharto. Some say this is because freedom is in their blood. Please don’t tell me we don’t have this rare blood type. (more…)
Malaysia is more powerful than any other country on earth. Elsewhere, governments seek the protection of Allah. Here, the government seeks to protect Allah.
And the Christmas season is the time we see this protectionism and pattern warfare again. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak “the Moderate” has called for a truce on this matter.
Since the Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Najib’s government, Najib’s truce call is practically to ask the Catholic Church – and the Christian community at large – to give up their right to use the word Allah. (more…)
A banner with the word ‘Allah’ on it, was reportedly ordered by the police to be taken down at the Gempuru Besai Raban Kristian Jaku Iban Malaysia gathering at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Friday.
Organisers of the four-day gathering, that began on Thursday and attracted about 7,000 people, were baffled when the security chief of the convention centre relayed the police order to remove the banner. The organisers said that no one from the police met with them personally. (more…)
Of late, the Sarawak state education system has been under constant fire with issues ranging from lack of basic facilities, insufficient teachers due to high rate of transfers, accessibility, and connectivity.
In terms of social and economic implications, the state’s inadequate education system has become a major concern especially when education authorities have gone on record acknowledging that dilapidated schools in rural Sarawak are very common.
Now to add to rural school woes is that only two rural schools in Sarawak have been categorised as excellent while 110 are average and 12 have been categorised as below average. (more…)
The rise in living costs is the result of the government’s economic mismanagement, including perhaps BN’s overspending for GE13
Christmas is less than two weeks away, but for this columnist it is a time for juggling bills instead of singing Jingle Bells. What with the Chinese New Year coming about a month after Christmas, expenses are heavy and there is the usual flurry of end-of-the-year bills to be paid.
And then there is word going round that the price of RON95 petrol will soon be increased again, perhaps at the end of this month or next month or February the latest. The increase will be between 10 sen and 30 sen. (more…)
Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam (pic) retired last week after reaching age 75, unable to see through another appeal to Malaysia’s highest court against a government ban on Catholics using the Arabic word Allah to describe God.
Pope Francis accepted Pakiam’s resignation as he had reached the age limit, the official Vatican website reported on Friday. But it did not name a successor for the priest who turned 75 on December 6.
In 2007, Pakiam filed for a judicial review after the church’s weekly, Herald, was ordered to stop using Allah in its Bahasa Malaysia edition by the Home Ministry. (more…)
A banner bearing the word ‘Allah’ was asked by police to be brought down at a gathering of some 6,000 Iban Christians at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Friday.
“The participants were surprised. We were embarrassed,” said Patrick Sibat organising secretary of the gathering which was put together by the Gempuru Besai Kristian Jaku Iban (GBKJI).
He added that they complied with the directive as it came, according to the police, ‘from the top’.
“It was even more embarrassing for us when observers from Christian natives groups from Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, India, Mongolia and Taiwan witnessed the whole thing”, he said. (more…)
Of late I’ve been receiving harsh retorts and brickbats from some Malays. They are upset with my views about Umno policies, especially my argument that Malays don’t need special attention or preferences to empower them or to make them successful. They say I am ungrateful since Umno made me rich.
The thrust of my argument is that Malays just need fair policies, right attitudes and a good work ethic. We need a government that gives us fair and equal opportunities to do well. In fact, I think the present preferential policies are too arbitrary and will make Malays fail at their endeavours – with the exception of a lucky few, of course. (more…)
Pakatan must realise that Umno is a formidable opponent with deep pockets, large armies and an uncanny ability to go into the elections with all the positives stacked in their favour.
“Based on present redelineation, Pakatan Rakyat should aim to win 135 parliamentary seats in GE14 to capture Putrajaya, with PKR, PAS and DAP each winning 45 seats and a parliamentary majority of 48.
“The performance of the Pakatan parties in the 2008 and 2013 GEs have shown that the three component parties have their basic strengths. (more…)
Ng Kee Seng
The “blood money” issue which was raised by then Bukit Gantang MP Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin before the 13th general election (GE13) is making its rounds again in Facebook.
Who can blame the people from regularly raising the matter when the Malaysian government has refused to clarify the issue beyond doubt?
Nizar had then claimed that some RM207 billion was paid by Tokyo to the Malaysian government for victims of the Death Railway, an ambitious project by the Japanese imperial government to link Thailand and Burma by rail through the use of forced labour. (more…)
Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers have hit out at Putrajaya for its failure to rein in illicit money outflow, with one demanding that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak give up his Finance Minister’s post for his failure to stem the tide.
They also said the report by anti-graft watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI), which revealed that RM174 billion was siphoned out of the country in 2011, making Malaysia the fourth largest exporter of illicit capital that year after Russia, China and India, was justified given the country’s “exceptional performance as world champion of corruption”. (more…)
Sarawak SMKs fare below nation’s average education standard due to insufficient funds and delays in processing requests for development and maintenance of schools.
PKR spokesperson Boniface Willy Tumek fears that allocation of the education budget for Sarawak is insufficient and urges that autonomy be accorded to the State’s Education department.
The Ministry of Education’s (MoE) insufficient allocation to the Sarawak state education department result in school maintenance delays and inadequate care being given to the student’s welfare. (more…)
The amount of money illegally siphoned out of the country in 2011 made Malaysia the fourth largest exporter of illicit capital that year, said anti-graft watchdog Global Financial Integrity.
About RM174 billion was illegally siphoned out of Malaysia in 2011, making the country the fourth largest exporter of illicit capital that year after Russia, China and India, said anti-graft watchdog Global Financial Integrity (GFI).
The Washington-based research and advocacy organisation said crime, corruption, and tax evasion drained US$946.7 billion (RM3.05 trillion) from the developing world in 2011, up more than 13.7% from 2010 – when illicit financial outflows totalled US$832.4 billion. (more…)
In a much-awaited speech on the reform of higher education in Muslim societies, Anwar Ibrahim disagreed with the popular notion among Muslims that western education is devoid of an ethical and moral dimension.
Anwar said this notion, widely disseminated in Islamic intellectual circles, has been a hindrance to the development of Muslims, particularly in the scientific and technical spheres.
“.. [T]here is a general perception among the discourse of many Muslim scholars that Western education and philosophy is secular and bereft of an ethical and moral dimension. To my mind, this is unfounded,” declared Anwar in a keynote address to a symposium organised by the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in Washington DC on Monday. (more…)