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November 19, 2013

Stay out of Sarawak, Perkasa warned

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Dukau Papau

Rejecting Perkasa’s plan to establish a chapter in Sarawak, several people have said they do not want society in the state to be influenced by the Malay rights NGO’s ‘racist and anti-Christian stance’.

Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali announced the intention yesterday, after the Sabah chapter was set up with a purported membership of 45,000.

The Malay right-wing movement is headed by former Pasir Mas MP Ibrahim Ali (left), who has been widely reviled for his “burn the Bible” remark and threat to wage a “holy war” against Christians. (more…)

Umno young guns straining ties between Putrajaya and Sarawak, says James Masing

Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing  urged young Umno leaders to relearn the history of Malaysia. - November 17, 2013.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing urged young Umno leaders to relearn the history of Malaysia.

Sarawak’s outspoken Land Development Minister, Tan Sri Dr James Masing, has accused young federal leaders, particularly those from Umno, of causing friction between Putrajaya and the state government.

He said their lack of understanding of the Malaysia Agreement and how the federation was formed, makes them think that they are the masters and leaders from Sarawak and Sabah should be subservient to them. (more…)

Listen, learn and do no harm

Jeswan Kaur

The Barisan Nasional government, state rulers and bigots refuse to listen and learn on the Allah issue

First God was ‘put on trial. Then came the politicising of  to whom God or Allah ‘belongs’ to. And despite there being sufficient proof that shows Allah is not exclusive to the Malays, the truth has been hard to digest by zealots who continue to stake claim on ‘Allah’.

The country’s leaders and the judiciary remain adamant that only Muslims can utter the word ‘Allah’. (more…)

UK parliament told of ‘Allah’ ban

Winston Way

MP Tom Greatrex voiced his concern for the East Malaysian Christians.

Malaysia’s perceived prejudice against Christians in the country was heard in UK Parliament recently.

The mover of the debate, MP Fiona Bruce voiced her profound alarm at the increasing level of persecution of Christians in a number of Muslim countries across the world mostly due to the whipping up of religious hatred by politically motivated groups. (more…)

November 18, 2013

Dayaks Pay For Sarawak’s Education, But How Do They Benefit?

Dayaks Pay For Sarawak’s Education, But How Do They Benefit?

Sarawak Report

The term ‘Dayak’ has been pronounced a non-word by state ordinance, on the basis that the tribal people of Sarawak should no longer be encouraged to think of themselves as a nation, but only as groups to be divided and ruled.

Yet, how else to collectively describe the native people, who are surrendering up their vast natural resources to enrich West Malayisan leaders and their agents in Sarawak (Taib Mahmud and his BN cronies)? (more…)

Revoke timber licence at once, urge village chiefs

Dukau Papau

Who are those behind the issuance of a timber extraction licence for Mount Sadong located along the Baki-Riih Road in Serian about 40km from Kuching?

Is it the Forest Department or Sarawak Timber Development Corporation? Or is any minister involved? These are the questions 26 angry Bidayuh chiefs are asking.

Irrespective of the identities of those involved, the chiefs led by Temenggong Robert Sulis Ridu are demanding that the licence be revoked at once, failing which they and their ‘anembiak‘ (followers) will be forced to organsise a big protest against the exploitation of Mount Sadong, (more…)

Good Muslim, bad Muslim

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TARIQ RAMADAN 

Tariq Ramadan argues for a new understanding of what it means to be a “moderate” Muslim.

The dust from the collapse of the twin towers had hardly settled on 11 September 2001 when the febrile search began for “moderate Muslims”, people who would provide answers, who would distance themselves from this outrage and condemn the violent acts of “Muslim extremists”, “Islamic fundamentalists” and “Islamists”. Two distinct categories of Muslim rapidly emerged: the “good” and the “bad”; the “moderates”, “liberals” and “secularists” versus the “fundamentalists”, the “extremists” and the “Islamists”. (more…)

Monkey show in Parliament?

Steven Sim

Something strange happened in Parliament.

In the morning, Minister Nancy Shukri tabled a motion to suspend Padang Serai Member of Parliament (MP) N. Surendran from Parliament for six months for insulting Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.

Surendran was on the previous day ejected from the Dewan Rakyat for refusing to back off from debating on the demolition of the 101-year old Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

November 17, 2013

NST apology: How the mighty have fallen!

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Kua Kia Soong

The French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre once quipped:“Better a good journalist than a poor assassin.”

The unprecedented abject apology by the NST today on its third page shows it has indeed been a poor assassin. The apology acknowledges the NST’s shockingly low standard of journalism, which has deteriorated far below that of the colonial times when it used to command a certain degree of credibility despite being an Establishment paper. Today it has sunk to a level of being the ruling party’s media assassin. And a poor assassin at that! (more…)

Angry villagers will not surrender land to Baram dam

Dukau Papau

Angry villagers of Kampung Na’ah and Long Kesseh Ulu Baram, who accused Penghulu Ajang Wan and 13 other community leaders of ‘selling’ their ancestral lands against their will to Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), the owner of the proposed Baram dam, have lodged a police report with a view to initiating legal action against them.

The Kayan and Kenyah communities have three legal options open to them – one under the Kayan/Kenyah Adat and the other two under the Native Court Rules 1993 and the civil court, said Abun Sui Anyit (left), a human rights lawyer.

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World Christian leaders voice concern over Allah ruling

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Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) general secretary Reverend Dr Herman Shastri said Christian leaders at a world assemby in South Korea were concerned the Allah ruling and the inteference by the state in the decision-making process of religious groups. - The Malaysian Insider pic, November 16, 2013.JENNIFER GOMEZ

Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) general secretary Reverend Dr Herman Shastri said Christian leaders at a world assemby in South Korea were concerned the Allah ruling and the inteference by the state in the decision-making process of religious groups.

Christian leaders from around the world, who congregated in South Korea last week, expressed concern over the controversial Allah ruling, saying the decision had increased religious tension in Malaysia.

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Concern rises Allah ban is Umno’s SINISTER PLOY but it may lead to a M’sia without Sarawak

Concern rises Allah ban is Umno's SINISTER PLOY but it may lead to a M'sia without S'wakChristopher Fernandez, Stan Lee

Now that the issue of restricting or prohibiting the Catholic weekly newspaper “The Herald” from using the word Allah is set to go to the apex court in the country, there are more puzzling questions that have arisen over what is seen as a “non-issue” that now threatens to disrupt and divide the fabric of the nation.

How on earth and for what good reason should this issue drag on and become a protracted crisis when it should not have erupted at all in the first place? While the home ministry has the right to impose restrictions and prohibitions on a publication if it is deemed necessary, in this event it appears to have gone overboard.

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S’gor Sultan’s ‘order’ on Allah: DOES IT APPLY TO NON-MUSLIMS?

S'gor Sultan's 'order' on Allah: DOES IT APPLY TO NON-MUSLIMS?Bob Teoh

The statement by Selangor Royal Council secretary Hanafisah Jais yesterday that the use of the word ‘Allah’ in the Bible and in the Bahasa Malaysia edition of the Catholic Herald be stopped immediately needs urgent clarification as it raises concern over the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion.

Hanafisah is reported to have said the statement was released after the Selangor Sultan consulted the Selangor Royal Council on Monday.

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November 16, 2013

PPSMI good policy but riddled with implementation flaws

Sonia Ramachandran

The teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) was abolished in July 2009, six years after the policy was implemented.

The PPSMI was replaced by the “Upholding Bahasa Malaysia and Strengthening English” (MBMMBI) policy that critics say was made to appease Malay conservatives and nationalists ahead of the general election.

Now, the very man behind the introduction of the PPSMI policy, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is appealing for the return of the policy.

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BN’s footloose attitude worrying

Jeswan Kaur 

In Malaysia, history has a way of repeating itself, that too at the whims and fancies of the ruling government.

The country’s leadership has proven its penchant for extravaganza, with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and deputy Muhyiddin Yassin wasting away millions on renting and maintaining private jets.

If spoiling the country’s top most seven VVIPs is not bad enough, the federal government between 2010 and 2012 gladly wasted US$25.2 million (RM80.53 million) for rental, RM16.515 million for maintenance and RM3.32 million on improvement of the VVIP jets. (more…)

November 15, 2013

Police form taskforce for Melikin case

Surik Anak MuntaiJonathan Chia

The state police have formed a taskforce to investigate in detail the complaints of those involved in the Melikin case.

Deputy state police commissioner Datuk Law Hong Soon said the taskforce is headed by state Criminal Investigation Department head Datuk Pahlawan Zulkifli Hassan.

“We received many complaints from the public on the (Melikin) case, especially in Serian. (more…)

On Fridays, political sermons force Pak Samad to Masjid India

National laureate Datuk A. Samad Said (pic) has been attending Friday prayers at Masjid India and is not bothered by the fact that the sermons are preached in Tamil. For him, not understanding them provides respite as sermons have turned too political for his liking. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, November 15, 2013. HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK

National laureate Datuk A. Samad Said (pic) has been attending Friday prayers at Masjid India and is not bothered by the fact that the sermons are preached in Tamil. For him, not understanding them provides respite as sermons have turned too political for his liking.

Islam’s holiest day Friday is where Muslims perform a weekly communal prayer and listen to sermons to guide their life. But for the past two weeks, national laureate Datuk A. Samad Said has been attending the Friday prayers at Masjid India in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur where the sermon is preached in Tamil. (more…)

Bakun’s Sg Asap re-settlers sue govt

Winston Way

The natives want the government to pay interest on delayed payment of compensation.

Residents of the Bakun Resettlement Scheme (BRS) in Sungai Asap and Sungai Koyan in Belaga, Kapit have filed a suit against the Sarawak government for failing to pay interest on the compensation for the loss of their original longhouses.

They named the Kapit Land and Survey Department superintendent and the Sarawak government as the first and second defendants. (more…)

Remove crimes, not the graffiti

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Sin Chew

Two murals by the same artist have different fate.

The mural “Little Children On A Bicycle” in Penang by Lithaunian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic was featured in a post on British national daily The Guardian website as one of the world’s 15 best murals, gaining fame for Zacharevic, as well as Penang.

The graffiti depicting a snatch-theft crime in Johor Bahru, however, has triggered a controversy. The general public and netizens hailed the work for creatively reflecting the reality while the authority denouncing it for destroying the city’s image and ordered it to be removed. (more…)

Marina to take legal action against Isma

K Pragalath

SIS’ Marina Mahathir is initiating legal action against Isma to put the record straight as to where she stands with Comango.

Sisters in Islam (SIS) board member Marina Mahathir will be sending a letter of demand to Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) soon to retract their accusations; but she was short of revealing when the letter will be sent.

“My lawyers will be sending out letter of demand first with time frame. If they don’t comply, then we go to the next step,” she said in an email correspondence. (more…)

Sarawak church SNUBS Najib’s hazy Allah assurance, hints of Taib’s support, wants CLARITY

S'wak church SNUBS Najib's hazy Allah assurance, hints of Taib's support, wants CLARITYBolly Lapok

The Bumiputera Church will continue to use the word “Allah” as it is the fundamental to all aspects of our profession and practice of our Christian faith.

As we have heard from the public forum today, and has been stated numerous times to the media by church leaders from both East and Peninsula Malaysia, the word “Allah” has been used or spoken by the native communities of Sarawak and Sabah for generations. “Allah” has been used long before the formation of Malaysia and is part of our native language. It is used in all aspects of Christian faith and practice by Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Christian and other native speaking including in services, prayers praise, liturgy, worship and religious education. As such, it is reasonable to expect that the word also be used in our Christian publications and multi-media resources.

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Don’t be silent, Archbishop tells Christians

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Winston Way

Southeast Asia’s Anglican Archbishop Bolly Lapok said non-Muslims need to ‘hear and see more than just a display of ad hoc benevolence by the Malaysian government’.

A high-ranking church leader has urged non-Muslims and Christians in particular “not to be silent” and reminded the government that these communities want ‘a tangible commitment’ on the assurance of freedom of religion. (more…)

Right to use “Allah” among Sarawak churches’ three requests to Putrajaya

Members of a church congregation. Lawyers have warned that the October 14 ruling by the Court of Appeal applies to Christians nationwide. - The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 13, 2013.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Members of a church congregation. Lawyers have warned that the October 14 ruling by the Court of Appeal applies to Christians nationwide. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 13, 2013.Sarawak churches have urged Putrajaya to show more commitment to religious freedom in Sabah and Sarawak in a three-point request unveiled at a forum in Kuching today.

According to the three-point request, read by Association of Churches Sarawak chairman Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok to more than 1,000 people at the forum, Putrajaya should: (more…)

Bid to debate M’sia Agreement rejected

P Ramani

Deputy Speaker Ismail Mohamad considered the motion to debate the 18/20 points “not urgent”.

Parliament today rejected a motion to establish a Special Committee comprising experts and MPs to review the 20/18 points and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 involving Sabah and Sarawak.

Deputy Speaker Ismail Mohamad rejected the motion on the grounds that the issue was “not urgent” and did not require urgent debating. (more…)

November 14, 2013

Teachers take to Facebook to protest poor system

Hafiz Yatim

Following the government’s broken promises to alleviate the clerical work burden of primary school teachers, a number of them have set up a Facebook page demanding the Education Ministry to implement improvements or to scrap their burden.

Their complaint is on the evaluation-based school system or Sistem Pengurusan Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah (SPPBS) implemented in 2011, under which teachers will have to key-in the details and examination results of their pupils. (more…)

Misery in Murum

Alfian ZM Tahir

  • Displaced Penans say they are thirsty, hungry and have no protection from severe weather.

Three hundred Penan families displaced by the ongoing construction of Murum Dam are living in desperate circumstances as they battle for justice.

They have no access to clean water and decent food, and their tents, constructed from tree branches and tarpaulin, are ineffective against heavy rain. (more…)

Impudent Surendran faces the sack

Terence Netto

Today Padang Serai MP N Surendran will join an illustrious group comprising Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong), Anwar Ibrahim (Permatang Pauh), Azmin Ali (Gombak) and R Sivarasa (Subang) as MPs who have been suspended from Parliament for a period of six months.

Gobind, Anwar, Azmin and Sivarasa incurred this penalty in the course of the 12th Parliament. If Surendran is suspended today he will the 13th’s first such casualty.

A motion for Surendran’s suspension will be proposed today by a member of the cabal – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department – that has grown so corpulent it is draining a whopping RM7.2 billion since 2009, about which members of the House should properly be in high dudgeon rather than choose to divert their attention to secure the esteem of erstwhile speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia. (more…)

Villagers block roads to Baram dam site, want heavy machinery removed

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A group of native villagers who have been protesting against the Baram dam today demanded that Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) keep its word and remove the heavy machinery at the dam site now that the three-week grace period has lapsed.

Peter Kallang, chairman of non-governmental organisation Save Sarawak Rivers (SAVE), said six natives from among the hundreds of villagers who blocked the access road leading to the dam site, handed the letter to SEB. (more…)

Protesting Penans claim police were drunk

William Mangor

A Penan lawyer-cum-activist has called on the IGP and the federal government to intervene in the Murum issue.

MURUM: Penan protestors mounting blockades at the Murum Dam site here claimed policemen who intimidated and harassed them were drunk.

Penan activist cum lawyer Abun Sui Anyit said based on ground reports from the blockade site, the police officers stationed in the area were allegedly being provided alcohol by the dam’s main contractors Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB). (more…)

Sarawak natives deserve social justice

Alyaa Azhar

Save Rivers chairperson Peter Kallang claims that police had stopped the supply of food, water, medicine from entering Murum.

Social justice must be meted out to the thousands of indigenous community in Sarawak who have reportedly been at the receiving end of the state’s ambitious project to develop 12 dams to support its Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (SCORE) aim.

Alluding to reports of poor and inadequate compensations to native communities who have suffered grave losses as a result of the Batang Ai, Bakun, Baram and Murum dam projects, Sibu-based NGO, Ideal, has called on all Malaysians to back calls for social justice. (more…)

Churches in Sarawak want Putrajaya’s commitment

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Mkini

The Association of Churches Sarawak has urged Putrajaya to show more commitment to recognising religious freedom in Sabah and Sarawak.

The group’s chairperson Archbishop Bolly Lapok said thus far, Putrajaya hads only displayed “ad hoc benevolence” whenever religious freedom cropped up.

“We need tangible commitments from the authorities to respect and uphold the freedom of religion, guaranteed by the federal Cconstitution as the supreme law of the nation,” Lapok said in a statement today. (more…)

Let’s unite to support dam blockades in Sarawak

Kua Kia Soong

If the income generated by the dams is below what is predicted, we will have to step in and pay back the loans that were provided to Sarawak Energy Berhad.

What have the blockades by the Sarawak indigenous people against the mega dams to do with West Malaysian tax payers?

Aside from solidarity with the indigenous peoples whose native customary lands have been taken over for the construction of the mega dams and the destruction of more of our rainforest heritage, there is plenty for Malaysian tax payers to worry about. (more…)

Stop the vendetta against Chinese

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Selena Tay

If the Sungai Limau results do indicate that the Chinese are going back to supporting BN, why is the BN government still harbouring a vindictive streak against the Chinese?

A cooking gas supplier mentioned that from this year onwards, new licences will not be issued to the Chinese to supply cooking gas. The old licence holders can still renew their license, though.

Commenting on this, PAS Pokok Sena MP, Mahfuz Omar said that “the government is obviously persecuting the Chinese for supporting Pakatan Rakyat in the 13th general election and at the same time denying it when questioned by the foreign correspondents.” (more…)

SHOWDOWN ‘ALLAH’: Church files appeal but will its bid be blocked by Najib, Muslim ultras?

SHOWDOWN 'ALLAH': Church files appeal but will its bid be blocked by Najib, Muslim ultras?Maria Begum

The Catholic Church has applied for leave to appeal to Federal Court to overturn a controversial ruling that deemed the word Allah was exclusive to Muslims; and hence barring its weekly publication, the Herald, as well as other non-Muslims from using the word to refer to God.

The confusing and contentious ruling laid down last month by a 3-member all Malay-Muslim Court of Appeal panel has stirred unprecedented criticism and ridicule for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno-BN government, from both domestic and international sources.

Slammed all round

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Parliament rejects motion to review Sabah, Sarawak agreements

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EILEEN NG

The agreements were drafted for the incorporation of Sabah and Sarawak into Malaysia in 1963.

Deputy speaker Ismail Mohamed said although the motion is definite and of public interest, it was rejected as it was not urgent.

Darell, however, said a review was due since the agreement was 50 years old, and that several incidences merited such a motion. (more…)

November 13, 2013

Do You Believe Your Eyes And Ears Or SEB?

Do You Believe Your Eyes And Ears Or SEB?

Sarawak Report

Sarawak Energy made a great presentation to the United Nations in Geneva last month, boasting about their plans to resettle the Penan, after forcing them from their homeland in Murum to make way for the latest controversial dam project.

It seemed they were going to be moved from a deprived existence (true, especially since Taib took their forest) and placed into a modern settlement with schools, clinics, training, lands, comfortable accommodation and a great compensation package!

As SEB’s statement to the UN put it: (more…)

Apologise for making a fuss over Allah issue, PAS tells Putrajaya

MD IZWAN 

PAS has demanded that Putrajaya apologise to Muslims for creating an issue over the use of the word Allah by Christians in Malaysia.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said statements by government officials have only increased religious tension in the country,  following the Court of Appeal’s ruling on October 14 upholding the Home Ministry’s ban on the use of the word Allah by Catholic weekly, Herald.

Mahfuz also took umbrage on the way Putrajaya attempted to blame PAS by claiming that the Islamic party supported the non-Muslims’ demand to use the word. (more…)

Why the silence over actions of Islamic extremist groups?

Cecilia Jeyanthi Victor

Insensitive religious remarks made in the last few months have reignited racial hatred and threatened to tear apart the fabric of national unity.

Why is the government keeping silent over the actions of the Islamic extremist groups that could harm the feelings of the different races?

Academic and political scientist Dr Chandra Muzaffar believed the government was not keeping silent nor was it encouraging NGOs such as Perkasa and Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) to cast racial slurs at a time when the country’s peace is tested over the “Allah” controversy. (more…)

CHOGM – Acid test for Najib

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K Arumugam

Our prime minister has so much to gain by not going than to commit a crime of attending CHOGM in Colombo later this week.

If our prime minister steps on the soil of Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) later this week, he will be committing one costly political blunder.

It will surely earn the displeasure of the Malaysian Tamils who had supported him in the last election. In a larger context Najib Tun Razak will be seen to have duped larger minorities within Malaysia for trading humanity and human dignity with hegemonic sovereignty that acted with impunity. (more…)

Stop bickering like fools

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N. Armo

A protest will be held in Putrajaya if the Kuala Lumpur City Hall does not restore and beautify the Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple, said the MIC, adding that it will never compromise on matters relating to the Hindu religion and Indian community.

The last I read on the issue of the Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple, MIC wanted to hold a protest in Putrajaya if the Kuala Lumpur City Hall does not restore and beautify the temple. I believe that we should actually organise English lessons to help educate our Federal
Territories Minister and our MIC heroes. (more…)

“Middle and low-income earners will be hardest hit by GST”

LOOI SUE-CHERN

The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will, in the long run, bring about higher wages but low and middle-income wage earners will have to brace themselves until that happens.

Chartered accountant Ooi Kok Seng said only the rich, like those earning RM400,000 and above annually, would not be too affected by the new 6% tax.

He said those earning over RM400,000 a year and who are in the top tier tax bracket of 24%, would still have RM7,200 in tax savings. (more…)

Catholic Church files for leave to appeal

Bernama

The Catholic Church has filed an application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court the decision of the Court of Appeal which had allowed the government’s appeal to ban its weekly publication The Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God.

Benjamin Dawson, one of the counsels representing the church, said they had filed the application at the Federal Court registry yesterday.

“The church has raised 26 questions of law in the leave application to appeal to the Federal Court,” he told Bernama when contacted today. (more…)

November 12, 2013

Sarawak logging company ordered to stop operations for causing pollution

PKR’s  See Chee How said there is a dispute between landowners and the two companies. 17 of the 18 villages have filed their case at the Kuching High Court. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 12, 2013.

DESMOND DAVIDSON

PKR’s See Chee How said there is a dispute between landowners and the two companies. 17 of the 18 villages have filed their case at the Kuching High Court.

One of the two logging companies in dispute with native customary rights (NCR) land owners over log extractions has been ordered by the Sarawak government to stop operations.

The company is alleged to have engaged thugs and gangsters to settle the disputes, but the suspension was for flouting the Forest Department’s guidelines and procedures on extracting timber. (more…)

Torstein Should Apologise To Penan!

Torstein Should Apologise To Penan!

Sarawak Report

On November 7th, the Norwegian head of Sarawak Energy took great care to make his accusations against the Penan tribespeople at the Murum Dam blockade as public as possible, by insisting on broadcasting them in full on our site.

In an email to the Swiss NGO BMF, which he copied into our comments section, he claimed that these families had been extorting money from members of the public, by setting up a toll on the public road. (more…)

Child marriage in whose best interests?

Tamil Selvan Ramis

Tradition is often cited to justify child marriages. But often, the main reason for doing so is financial hardship. However, the solution to this is education and sound career for the girls.

When asked which of these is the most detrimental to a person’s well-being – cigarette, alcohol, or in a bad marriage, it is no surprise that most of the married people would reply, “bad marriage.”

Joke aside, our Malaysian government was wise in making it illegal for individuals under age 18 to purchase cigarette and alcohol but not so for Muslims marrying a girl under age 18. (more…)

BN despises bumis

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azlanMariam Mokhtar

BN ministers must think the bumiputras are stupid and not worthy of respect. Nancy Shukri, the de facto law minister, said that she defended pro-bumiputra policies because without them, social problems would be created when bumis, who are lagging behind, would resort to theft when they have no money.

First. She insults bumiputras by insinuating that they have no self-respect or dignity, and have no compunction about stealing. (more…)

Malaysia’s poor performance in upholding human rights

Ganeshwaran Kana

The Malaysian government has always been a vocal voice in international arena, slamming foreign governments for their failures in championing human rights. Malaysia has also stood tall amongst its other “peers” in advocating for a non-aligned, peaceful and moderate world for all.

Malaysia has had its firm stand against the encroachment of the Palestinian territory by the Israeli forces, the United States’ military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq, under the premise of “War on Terror” and even against the Apartheid regime of South Africa prior to the blacks’ disenfranchisement in 1994. Why, the articulate former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad even initiated an international tribunal to prosecute Tony Blair and George Bush Jr. for war crimes. (more…)

‘Greedy’ Umno’s lopsided budget for Sarawak

Awang Abdillah

In 2014, Sarawak is expected to contribute over RM76 billion towards Petronas and the federal government’s coffers; in return Prime Minister Najib has offered RM2 billion.

The federal government has been operating on straight deficit budgets since 1998. The latest budget for 2014 as announced on Oct 25 is no different.

Throughout this period there has been no undertaking to adopt fiscal reforms to attain surplus budgets resulting in accumulative national debt to the tune of about RM520 billion as of end June 2013, as reported by the Finance Ministry. (more…)

NEW FORMULA needed for federal & state relations

NEW FORMULA needed for federal & state relations - Raja Nazrin

Raja Nazrin

To introduce a new political order, there is a need for a formula on the relations and orientation between the federal and state governments, notes the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.

He said the move was important so as not to convolute civil servants in carrying out their duties and ensure the people were not made victims in political disputes.

According to him, civil servants faced the dilemma of fulfilling their responsibilities and balanced their allegiance between the state and federal authorities, especially those located in states controlled by a political party, different from the federal government. (more…)

Everything Is ‘Relative’ in Sarawak – The Answer To The Melikin Mystery? EXCLUSIVE!

Everything Is ‘Relative’ in Sarawak – The Answer To The Melikin Mystery? EXCLUSIVE!

Sarawak Report

Sarawak Report can reveal that Sarawak’s biggest on-going crime mystery has a relative answer.

That is to say, the Serian District Police Chief, Mohd Jamali Umi, turns out to be a close relative of the Planning Minister Awang Tengah, who controls one of the companies controversially  logging the area of Melikin.

Numerous insiders have now confirmed that Jamali is none other than Tengah’s brother in law (their wives are sisters), a fact that was believed to be unknown to fellow BN politician James Masing when he launched a federal enquiry into the whole mysterious matter last Friday. (more…)

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