Ba’Kelalan, the state constituency held by Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian, is expected to be on BN’s radar in the coming state election.
Apart from being a stumbling block in Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s (PBB’s) bid to take over the seat, Baru has also refused to join PBB.
Five months ago, Chief Minister Adenan Satem, who is PBB president, invited Baru to join the state BN so that he could help his Lun Bawang community to progress.
Adenan had said the PKR chief was in the wrong “crowd”. (more…)
Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) prime mover Peter John has made the right decision in distancing himself and the movement from a group of people claiming association with S4S and planning to contest in the coming state election.
S4S must not be allowed to be hijacked by the group that calls itself Calon Independent Alliance (CIA).
S4S belongs to all Sarawakians irrespective of their political affiliation. You could be a member of any one of the political parties, be it in the Barisan Nasional (BN) or the Opposition, but if you believe in the struggle to recover the lost rights of Sarawakians as per the Malaysia Agreement 1963, S4S is for you. (more…)
The Bersih 4 rally has been making headlines for the past few days with the crowd in KL swelling to a record number reportedly at 500,000 over the weekend and unprecedented numbers of people willing to stretch it out for 34 hours and sleep on the streets to protest against the corrupt regime as well as demand free and fair elections, among others.
This commands great pride for me and many other Malaysians who are sick and tired of how corruption and bad governance has wrecked our country. I as a Sarawakian have seen and experienced how corruption and money politics have ravaged our state and oppressed our people. (more…)
In their message to mark Merdeka Day, Catholic bishops in Malaysia have made the observation that the democratic voice of dissent in the country is being stifled, ironically on the grounds that it is against parliamentary democracy.
“Human rights, freedom of expression and the liberty of the social media are increasingly subject to severe restrictions by administrative actions,” said the Most Rev Julian Leow Beng Kim, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
“These cumulative events coupled with the lack of check and balance by the relevant institutions and the disregard of basic fundamental liberties, have generated much disquiet and anxiety among the general public,” he said. (more…)
The issue uppermost in the minds of protesters at the Bersih 4 overnight rallies on August 29 and 30 in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, said rights activist Daniel John Jambun, was the kingmaker status of Sabah and Sarawak in Putrajaya since 2008. “We lost the veto power in Parliament after Singapore left the Federation in 1965. The MPs from Borneo were neutralised and marginalised and became worse than useless in the Malaysian Parliament. We suffered so much until 2008.”
“We had to wait until the political tsunami in the peninsula in 2008 to achieve a new status, kingmaker, in the formation of the Federal Government in Putrajaya.” (more…)
Rizal, a 45-year-old private sector employee, decided to go to his regular pharmacy to get a cream, which he had been using for the last five years, for his skin condition.
However, on this occasion, he was told by the pharmacist that the cream, which he had previously no trouble getting, was out of stock.
When he casually asked about the arrival of the new shipment, Rizal was shocked to learn from the pharmacist that there is a high possibility that the cream will no longer be available. (more…)
The recently concluded Bersih 4 rally highlighted several points worthy of attention.
Firstly, the majority of participants at the rally were urban Chinese.
Used to be known as non-confrontational, these Chinese, many of them from the middle class group, obviously took courage from previous Bersih rallies to participate in this peaceful rally.
Tackling one’s problem via street rallies have definitely not been a Chinese way of finding solutions with negotiations via political parties always being the traditional practice in the past. (more…)
Warned that she will be billed RM65,000 for the mess in the aftermath of the mammoth Bersih 4 rally last weekend, organiser Maria Chin Abdullah said today that cleaning the streets was the responsibility of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
The chairman of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 said she had yet to receive any cleaning bill but voiced her disappointment with the government for sticking her with the payment.
“We haven’t receive anything yet but it’ll be disappointing if it comes because it is the duty of DBKL to clean up and our volunteers tried our best to clean up as much as possible,” she told Malay Mail Online over the phone when contacted. (more…)
In the past few months, we have read reports on hijacking activities in the busy Straits of Malacca.
In the past few days, there have been other hijackings in and around the country, just not in the high seas.
The latest hijackings have been the handy work of opportunistic politicians who rode on the sea of yellow to promote their political agendas at what should have been apolitical gatherings.
Even before the Bersih 4 gatherings could begin, P (more…)
Malaysia’s deteriorating currency position – reflected in the ringgit’s sharp depreciation, falling foreign exchange reserves and shrinking current account surplus – could force Fitch Ratings to restore the negative outlook attached to the country’s credit rating, it said this week.
The warning comes a week after rival Moody’s Investors Service said clouds were gathering over its positive outlook on Malaysia’s A3 rating because of political risks, weak commodity prices and the threat posed by China’s economic slowdown.
Fitch said recent political uncertainty was in line with Malaysia’s relatively weak governance ranking. (more…)
The Malaysian public may have to fork out up to RM3.5 billion if the government goes ahead with its plan to purchase a French manufactured warship meant for Russia, according to PKR Secretary-General Rafizi Ramli.
Speaking at a press conference today, Rafizi said the cost of constructing the Mistral class warship was estimated at USD600 million in 2012.
Taking inflation into account, he said, the cost today would be USD650 million, which would translate to RM2.6 billion at the current exchange rate. (more…)
Police have called up seven members of the Bersih steering committee and secretariat over last weekend’s 34-hour rally, which Putrajaya had earlier said was illegal.
Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh said he and six others had been told to go to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman tomorrow where they would be investigated for concealing design to commit offence, attempt to commit activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy and unlawful assembly, charges under Sections 120, 124C and 141 of the Penal Code.
“We were called up and told this morning at 10.30am. We have five lawyers who will accompany us tomorrow,” he said. (more…)
Anina Saaduddin who shot into the spotlight for her vocal criticism and lawsuit against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been given the boot from Umno, the Malay ruling party’s executives confirmed today.
Rumours of her expulsion spread after a letter signed by Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor emerged on social media earlier today; however, the letter was dated September 2, which raised doubts as to its veracity.
“Yes, she was sacked,” Tengku Adnan told Malay Mail Online in a text message.
However, he did not elaborate on the reason for her termination. (more…)
The hundreds of thousands who attended the Bersih 4 rallies in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching did so peacefully and did not get into trouble with the authorities.
They will resume their lives, with fond memories of the gatherings, knowing they have exercised their rights and made their voices heard.
The same however cannot be said for overseas Malaysians who took part in the Bersih 4 gatherings around the world, including cities like London, New York, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.
Putrajaya has set its sights on these participants. (more…)
Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 might go on the offensive by filing suits against the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and home minister for acting beyond their authority to suppress the Bersih 4 rally.
Its steering committee, in a statement today, said they were in consultation with lawyers on potential legal action against both parties.
It said several attempts had been made to ensure the rally would not happen, including MCMC’s move to block Bersih 2.0’s website since August 27. (more…)
A Wanita Umno member who filed a suit against party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and party executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh was sacked from the party today.
The dismissal letter, which has been making rounds on social media. – September 1, 2015.Anina Saadudin, who on Friday filed a suit against Najib to account for the chronology of events involving RM2.6 billion channelled into his personal bank accounts, is officially no longer the Langkawi Wanita Umno leader.
The dismissal letter which went viral on social media today stated that action was taken against her under Article 20.7 of the Umno Constitution for bringing the party to court. (more…)
Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin today denied an anti-Umno message falsely attributed to the state’s sultan.
The message, circulated on social media, carried Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Iskandar’s picture with the caption: “The Umno government needs to stop fooling the rakyat through excuses and deceit”.
Mohamed Khaled said the Johor sultan had strongly denied making such a statement, according to Oriental Daily.
“His highness asked me to convey this message and I will also seek legal counsel to take action against those who spread these rumours,” he was quoted as saying.
Mohamed Khaled said the fake message appear to be an attempt at undermining the relationship between the state government and monarch.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak has warned that former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s bid to bring down Prime Minister Najib Abul Razak would also mean the downfall of the government.
He said this in reference to Mahathir’s call for BN MPs to join forces with the opposition for a vote of no-confidence against Najib.
“That is why in other countries when a vote of no-confidence is passed against any prime minister, the newspapers report about the government falling, not about the prime minister falling. (more…)
So it has happened – Interpol has officially rejected Malaysia’s request to “red-flag” Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.
The move by Interpol would have been anticipated by many straight-thinking Malaysians, which only our poor authorities did not see coming.
Recent news reports say the secretary-general of the global police organisation, Jurgen Stock, had in a letter to London based NGO Fair Trials International, informed about the rejection. (more…)
Former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan has expressed concern over the incidents which transpired during Bersih 4 over the weekend.
He criticised protesters who stomped on an image of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
Though he agreed that Malaysians have the right to express their discontent, he however emphasised on the need to be responsible in a multiracial and multireligious nation.
“We do not wish to see a recurrence of what happened in the past,” Musa told Malaysiakini in reference to the May 13, 1969 race riots. (more…)
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked Umno and Barisan Nasional component party members of Parliament to support a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership.
Writing in his blog today, the country’s longest serving prime minister again reminded BN lawmakers that a successful no-confidence vote which resulted in Najib’s ouster would not topple the federal government.
“BN will not fall after Najib is removed. BN is still the party with the majority,” he said in his popular Chedet blog today. (more…)
In accordance with its statutory mandate, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) monitored the Bersih 4 peaceful assembly and at the outset, wishes to commend the authorities, in particular the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for their professional conduct in facilitating the assemblies, as well as the organisers and participants in ensuring successful and harmonious assemblies in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu on August 29 and 30, 2015.
This in the commission’s view is testament that such assemblies can be held without untoward incidents if there is proper planning and cooperation among all parties concerned. (more…)
Malaysia is reviewing a proposal from France to buy Rafale fighter jets but any decision would depend on how affordable the aircraft are, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.
Malaysia, which wants to replace its fleet of Russian MiG-29 fighters, is said to be looking at the Rafale, Boeing’s F/A-18, Swedish firm Saab’s Gripen and the Eurofighter Typhoon.
French manufacturer Dassault Aviation, which builds the Rafale, is said to be in talks with Malaysia to supply 16 of the multi-role combat jets. (more…)
Just two days after a mammoth rally calling for institutional reforms and the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over corruption allegations over a RM2.6 billion donation, Transparency International (TI) announced today that Southeast Asia’s third largest economy is facing a serious corruption crisis.
With members from over 100 countries, the non-governmental world anti-corruption organisation said it is seeking a strong commitment from the Malaysian government in three key areas.
“Malaysia is facing a major corruption crisis,” TI said in a brief statement issued after its annual membership meeting in Putrajaya. (more…)
The deputy prime minister’s daughter, Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, today defended her earlier criticism against those who attended the Bersih 4 rally, saying that as a Malaysian citizen, she, too, has the right to speak out.
In a series of posts on her Instagram account, Nurulhidayah hit out at her detractors, who had slammed her for calling Bersih supporters “stupid”.
“If I were snobbish or proud, I would not be friends with people I don’t know,” she said, referring to the many followers she had attained since her rant against the rally.
“I am not your MP nor assemblyman. I am a Malaysian citizen who also has a right to speak up. I have only spoken up once compared with all of you who have loudly become God to punish others.” (more…)
The policeman who was accused of throwing firecrackers during the Bersih 4 rally last Sunday was actually helping to nab the actual culprits, the police has said.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad was responding to rally organiser Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Thomas Fann’s claims that a man carrying a police identification card had allegedly hurled the firecrackers.
“The policeman was identifying himself to the protesters by showing his ID,” Zainuddin was quoted saying by The Star Online. (more…)
It will be left to the police to determine whether to take action against former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for attending the Bersih 4 rally over the weekend, said Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
He said the police had been given the responsibility to handle matters pertaining to the rally which they had declared illegal.
“That is his (Dr Mahathir’s) right to do it (attend the rally), but now we leave it to the police to take action,” Nur Jazlan told reporters after attending a briefing at the Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service Centre (MYXpats) in Kuala Lumpur today.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Wahid Omar was also present at the event. —- Bernama
The global anti-corruption movement Transparency International (TI) today declared that Malaysia is now facing a major corruption crisis.
Following its annual membership meeting in Putrajaya today, it urged the government to ensure that the MACC can act independently without political interference.
It demanded that all corruption investigations be independently investigated, and followed through with prosecution and punishment regardless of who is implicated.
“Malaysia is facing a major corruption crisis. The Transparency International movement seeks a strong and clear commitment from the government of Malaysia to ensure (that these demands are met) […] (more…)
Umno legal advisor Hafarizam Harun said party member Anina Saaduddin who had sued Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today, supposedly to recover US$650 million of the party’s funds, will automatically lose her membership.
This, he said, is due to Clause 20.7 of the Umno constitution which states that any party member who brings party affairs to the court will immediately lose their membership.
According to Sin Chew Daily, Hafarizam (photo) said the Umno headquarters had yet to be served the documents. (more…)
Interpol has rejected Malaysian police’s request to issue a red notice against Sarawak Report editor-in-chief Clare Rewcastle Brown.
A red notice is akin to an international arrest warrant where member states are informed about an individual wanted for extradition.
In a letter to UK-based NGO Fair Trials International, Interpol secretary-general Jurgen Stock confirmed that the his organisation had rejected Malaysia’s request. (more…)
That wise scholar philosopher Confucius says, don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.
A bit of a mouthful, that one. But we know it means don’t f*** with me if you don’t want to be f***ed yourself.
Actually it takes a while for me to get used to using the four-letter word. I am still uncomfortable with it, but it is so widely in use among our young nowadays that if you use it well, the message is so much clearer – as in mine above. I guess.
The bard says don’t’ throw stone if you are staying in a glass house. (more…)
Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar issued a warning to all politicians, zeroing in on Umno Kempas assemblyperson Tengku Putra Haron Aminulrashid and minister Nazri Abdul Aziz.
The monarch reminded politicians not to intervene in palace affairs or make statements linked to the palace.
The sultan said this in response to certain politicians who made remarks that sounded arrogant. (more…)
What is uppermost in the minds of Malaysians, especially in Sarawak, now is the forthcoming Bersih 4 peaceful gathering this Saturday in major cities including Kuching.
In Kuching, it is scheduled to be held at the Song Kheng Hai Ground beginning at 2pm.
Similar gatherings are also expected to be held in several cities around the world.
For Kuching, this rally is not only supposed to be the biggest ever to be seen in any town in the state organised by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), but it is also to be of historic and great political significance. (more…)
The Sarawak government has given the green light for Bersih 4 to hold its planned assembly at the Song Kheng Hai field tomorrow.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has however advised the participants to uphold the Sarawak way of doing things – smoothly and peacefully.
He said the government had offered the Song Kheng Hai field and the State Stadium for Bersih organisers to hold the assembly, and they chose the Song Kheng Hai field. (more…)
Jailed former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has made an impassioned plea to all Malaysians to take the country’s current state of affairs into their own hands to “save Malaysia from the systemic crisis of governability”.
In his Merdeka Day message, released by his lawyers and uploaded on his blog, Anwar urged Malaysians to support tomorrow’s Bersih rally to stem the country’s decline in the “voyage for democracy and rule of law”.
“There is a tide in our affairs which, unless we seize it, will see our voyage for democracy and rule of law in shallows and in misery. This is the rising tide of corruption and electoral fraud; financial malfeasance; arrogance of power and transgression; and judicial impropriety! (more…)
Things are heating up in Umno, as a member who claims to represent the party has filed a suit against its president Najib Abdul Razak to reclaim a portion of the RM2.6 billion alleged party donations said to have left the country.
A large portion of the funds, which The Wall Street Journal had exposed was deposited into Najib’s personal accounts, were allegedly transferred to Singapore two years ago.
Langkawi Umno’s Anina Saauddin (photo) named Najib and Umno executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusof as defendants in the suit filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry this morning. (more…)
I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago entitled “I am Muslim, I don’t have a ticket to heaven.” It was shared more than 7700 times and received many mixed comments. My intent in writing the piece was to highlight how our words and actions can cause racial divisiveness and to get Muslim parents to take note of what is being taught in our schools especially in agama classes. Certain quarters however took it as an opportunity to bash public schools while stressing the need to have more vernacular schools.
This article is written for them.
Our national education system isn’t perfect – I agree. It lacks the ingredients needed to give our children a wholesome education. By wholesome I mean a system that builds their intellectual capabilities, enhances critical thinking, develops problem solving skills, instils discipline and fills their hearts with empathy for others. (more…)
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would need infrastructure at the level of China’s firewall if it intended to effectively stem any information regarding the Bersih 4 rally, a technology expert said following the commission’s move to block websites promoting or sharing information about the rally.
Sinar Project co-founder Khairil Yusof told The Malaysian Insider that MCMC’s move would end up having the same impact as its local access block on whistle-blower site Sarawak Report, which many Malaysians eventually found ways to circumvent.
“It will be no different than the Sarawak Report block, and Malaysians have become aware of the ways of circumventing such blocks,” he said. (more…)
From behind bars, former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has called on the people to throw their support for this weekend’s Bersih 4 rally.
In a statement released through PKR, the jailed leader said this was the moral duty of all Malaysians amid several crises plaguing the nation.
“There is a tide in our affairs which, unless we seize it, will see our voyage for democracy and rule of law in the shallows and in miseries.
“This is the rising tide of corruption and electoral fraud; financial malfeasance; arrogance of power and transgression and judicial impropriety. (more…)
All Umno leaders from the divisional to the grassroots level were today reminded to get out of their comfort zone and not be carried away by their position to the extent of forgetting their obligations to the party.
Umno vice-president Zahid Hamidi said leaders who had been chosen by the grassroots should realise that their big responsibility after the Umno elections last year was to ensure that Barisan Nasional (BN) remained in power after the 14th general election.
“We need to reflect on the mistakes we have made. Allah wants to test us as we are in a too-comfortable zone. We have forgotten the promises we made before we became division leaders, elected representatives or ministers. We don’t care for the people who had helped us before… let’s return to the right path.” (more…)
A NGO championing for the future of the bumiputera has expressed gratitude to former Bersih chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan.
Chairperson Zulkarnain Mahdar said this is because Ambiga made the NGO realise about the importance of rising up to make demands.
“We are grateful to Ambiga because her demands made us realise it is time for the bumiputera to make demands to the government,” he told reporters. (more…)
It is now illegal to wear a Bersih 4 T-shirt after the government this evening officially gazetted them as “undesirable” items.
According to the order issued by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, any yellow clothing which carried the word ‘Bersih 4’ and any printed material and pamphlet which leads to Bersih 4 are now illegal.
The materials were included into a schedule of prohibited items.
“The printing, importation, production, reproduction, publishing, sale, issue, circulation, distribution or possession of the publication described in the Schedule which is likely to be prejudicial to public order, likely to be prejudicial to security, likely to be contrary to any law and likely to be prejudicial to national interest are absolutely prohibited throughout Malaysia,” read the order. (more…)
Human beings are not infallible and because leaders are humans, or at least because we think they are, we can’t expect only saints or sages to be walking down the corridors of power. We have to expect that some elected leaders will be greedy for power and wealth, others will choose to hold on to power at all costs and still others will make errors of judgment. This is not my main concern, though it is still important.
My main concern is not so much whether or not our PM Najib Tun Razak will resign but whether we can salvage our political system so that we have a system with the foresight and the hindsight to correct mistakes, and correct them in time. (more…)
Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin denies the report that he was pressured to make a stand to support Umno president Najib Abdul Razak at the youth exco meeting earlier this week.
“Were you at the meeting? I was at the meeting. It didn’t happen,” he told a press conference in Putrajaya today.
Earlier today, a source told Malaysiakini that pro-Najib factions within Umno Youth are pressuring Khairy to make a stand on whether or not he supports Najib. (more…)
In the run up to Bersih 4 this weekend, the government has been discouraging people from participating due to a slew of reasons, including it will hurt businesses in the city.
Business operators nearby Dataran Merdeka where protesters will converge were less than enthusiastic about being put under the spotlight, but those who were willing to speak to the media concurred that their business may be affected.
Despite this, the operators told Malaysiakini they didn’t mind if the massive rally affected them for a day or two. (more…)
After weeks of trying to ward off the Bersih march planned for this weekend by sniping at it through proxies, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has reached for the jingo card to illegitimise the march.
Weeks of his silence on the matter betokened an attitude of watching the pros and cons of a fluid situation to see how he can exploit evolving matters to his advantage.
When developments on the issue did not furnish him this opportunity, Najib has reached for the card that Dr Samuel Johnson, trenchant foe of political and other types of cant, said is the last refuge of scoundrels: patriotism. (more…)
The Malaysian Bar has urged Putrajaya to uphold the freedom of information, following the state Internet regulator’s move to restrict access to websites that promote the Bersih 4 rally.
Its president, Steven Thiru, said the move was a misuse of regulatory powers by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) if it restricted access to websites that allegedly promote, spread information, and encourage the public to participate in the rally.
He said this was because MCMC’s decision was following an earlier statement by the Home Affairs Ministry that “Bersih 4.0” was not a registered body. (more…)
In the aftermath of the colonial empires, the mass media, and in particular television, were touted as a modern, technologically-driven means to help develop the new nation-states by transmitting and educating the people in terms of language, values, and knowledge.
This ‘transmission model’, sees the audience as passive recipients of media messages where – if the message is constructed properly – the people of the nation will assimilate these messages into their lives.
For states intent on closely controlling their population, this approach has two fundamental flaws. (more…)
An Umno Wanita member who filed a suit against the ruling party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and party executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh says she has the support of other Umno members.
Langkawi Umno Wanita leader Anina Saaduddin who filed a suit against Najib to account for the chronology of events involving the RM2.6 billion channelled into his personal bank accounts said she was doing it for party members.
Anina who created a stir when she attacked Najib at her Langkawi Wanita division meeting earlier this month said she was disappointed that Najib had not heeded her grievances against him. (more…)
Whether out on the streets this weekend or within four walls of the Dewan Rakyat in October, it will take a lot more than just removing one man to drag Malaysia out of the current socio-economic crisis.Panellists at the “Protes Rakyat atau Dewan Rakyat” forum on Aug 27 all concurred that the key to lasting change still lies in an overall reform of democratic institutions.
The panellists comprise Center for a Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) co-president Gan Ping Sieu, Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) CEO Saifuddin Abdullah, veteran newsman A Kadir Jasir and Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah. (more…)