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June 1, 2016

Baru: People come last for ‘me first’ elite

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baru-bian_sarawak_rakyat_600_1Sarawak PKR Chief Baru Bian, in a “Gayu Guru, Gerai Nyamai” message — Iban for Wishing you a Happy Gawai Dayak — said his thoughts this June 1 are on the state of the nation, not so much on the Harvest Festival.

Foremost, said Baru who is also Ba’ Kelalan Assemblyman, “is the scandalous plundering of the country’s wealth by the ruling elite with no apparent consequences”.

Then, he added, there was the huge inequality in income and unequal distribution of wealth in the country.

The recent exposure of inequality in the civil service in Sarawak was still being debated in the social media, said Baru, in pointing out a third factor. “There’s so much unhappiness and discontentment among Sarawakians that the civil service does not reflect the demography of the state.” (more…)

A RM1.5m Bentley and the spirit of Gawai

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One of the traditions of the natives of Sarawak is the ‘gotong-royong’, which is the customary concept of working together and helping one another to finish their farming activities in the village.

The Lun Bawang call this ‘ngumum’; the concept of working together, which is practised so that every family unit/bilek in the village is able to complete their respective farming activities in time and none is burdened to finish the work on their own.

This concept also inculcates the spirit of working together and supporting one another when in need so that every one is happy, and can expect a good harvest at the end of the farming period.

Thanks to ‘ngumum’, no one has to beg for food and no one is in need, and the villagers look forward together to celebrating a good harvest or ‘bergawai’ (celebration). (more…)

BN partners must reach consensus on Hadi’s Bill, Sabah-based minister says

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File picture shows Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau (centre) speaking at a press conference in Putrajaya on December 17, 2015. — Picture by Boo Su-LynA federal minister insisted today that Barisan Nasional’s (BN) component partners must achieve consensus on Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s bid in Parliament to upgrade the powers of the Shariah courts before the PAS president’s Bill is put to a vote.

Datuk Seri Madius Tangau, who is Sabah’s United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) acting president and the science, technology and innovation federal minister, said this was necessary to allow the coalition to move forward as a united front.

“UPKO has always held true to the principle of ‘setia kawan’ in BN. And we believe that a consensus decision, after hearing the opinions of each party which represent the various races in Malaysia, to be the best approach.

“We must continue and protect this practice and principle so that we can overcome any challenges together as one people,” he said when speaking to the media at the state-level Tadau Kaamatan celebration at the Hongkod Koisaan, Penampang. (more…)

Urgent need for a reform agenda to save Malaysia

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Gerakan Selamatkan Malaysia (GSM) is deeply concerned by recent developments involving the multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal which continue to tarnish the reputation and credibility of Malaysia.

These include:

Closure of the 143-year old Swiss BSI Bank and initiation of criminal proceedings by the Monetary Authority of Singapore due to breaches of anti-money laundering regulations linked to the 1MDB case.

* Suppression of a Bank Negara Malaysia letter, dated April 6 2016, by Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Hasan Ariffin. This letter confirmed that Good Star Limited was owned by Low Taek Jho (also known as Jho Low), and not Petrosaudi International. The document substantiated Wall Street Journal’s allegation “that out of the US$1.83 billion investment 1MDB carried out with Petrosaudi International Limited, at least US$1.03 billion have been directly misappropriated to Good Star Limited”. (more…)

SO WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN PKR?

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From strength to strength: Azmin giving a speech during the PKR congress in November last year at the Ideal Convention Centre in Shah Alam. He has become increasingly powerful within the party.The Selangor Mentri Besar’s position is said to be cursed. Almost everyone who helmed the state’s hot seat has had to face early ends to their tenures with some having to leave office over scandals or in disgrace.

The state’s 14th mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had to go after PKR sacked him from the party for reasons still unclear to many.

Now, it may appear that Datuk Seri Azmin Ali could be staring at the same fate after some of his PKR comrades took allegations of sex and money in his administration to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Is this an excuse to roll Azmin out and replace him with someone else from the party?

Apparently yes, say sources close to PKR, adding that there is a general fear that Azmin is slowly taking control of the party. (more…)

Why are Malays dominating S’wak civil service, asks DAP

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Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen wants answers to the purported lopsided racial representation in the state civil service.

Chong’s demand comes as it was reported by The Borneo Post that Malays constitute 54 percent of the total 1,478 state civil servants while the Dayak constitute to only half of that, at 28 percent, and the Chinese at 17 percent.

“The revelation of the racial composition in the state civil service is shocking,” Chong said in a statement yesterday.

“That explains the reason why, a few years back, when I submitted a question seeking the racial composition of the state civil service in the state assembly, the speaker rejected my question on grounds that it touches on a sensitive issue.”

However, Chong argued, the issue itself was not sensitive. Rather, the fact that it was the policy implemented by the Sarawak BN that had turned it into a sensitive issue. (more…)

M’sian market see exodus of foreign funds as 1MDB scandal escalates

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The Malaysian stock market is seeing an exodus of foreign funds as the 1MDB scandal escalates, according to Bloomberg.

“Foreign funds are making a dash for the exit as international probes related to troubled 1MDB widen into one of the worst global financial scandals.

“Overseas investors have pulled money from Malaysian stocks for a fifth straight week following the longest buying spree in two years.

“The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index is the only decliner among major developing peers in Southeast Asia in 2016,” it said.

It cited MIDF Amanah Investment Bank which said foreign investors sold a net RM3.9 billion of Malaysian shares in the five weeks from the end of April. (more…)

A-G confirmed 1MDB report found in Rafizi’s blog, witness says

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Mohd Rafizi, 39, who is PKR vice-president and secretary-general, is accused of illegally possessing page 98 of 1MDB Audited Report, which is an offence under the OSA. — Picture by Choo Choy May A witness told the Sessions Court here today that Tan Sri Ambrin Buang confirmed that an audit report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) uploaded on the blog of Pandan MP Mohd Rafizi Ramli was the same as a copy of the 1MDB final report owned by the Auditor-General.

National Audit Department deputy audit director Nor Salwani Muhammad@Mat, 49, said the confirmation was made by her and Ambrin on April 4 after seeing on a sharing site a portion of the report in her Facebook page on March 28.

“As soon as I saw the news feed in my Facebook page, I opened the blog URL link under the name of Rafizi Ramli and I suspected the posting in the blog was related to 1MDB final report.

“After reading the entire posting in the blog, I found the issue raised and displayed was part of the 1MDB final audited report including page 98 which was uploaded in the blog,” she said on the first day of Mohd Rafizi’s trial who is  accused of owning and exposing official documents on the 1MDB audited report. (more…)

Just a few rotan lashes more?

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The latest news that Parliament will soon be debating the private member bill tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355 comes as no surprise.

Of no surprise too is the declaration of PAS Youth Chief, Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz that the party will use the hudud issue to campaign in the upcoming by-elections. Nik Abduh also disclosed Umno had cooperated with Pas without which the Private Member’s Bill would not have been slated for debate as it was the last item on the Parliament’s Order Paper.

The responses of other Malay leaders has been predictable too. According to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, the ‘fast-tracking’ of the controversial bill is proof of the Barisan government’s openness and commitment to parliamentary reforms.

Few people in the country are convinced that the present government is committed to any kind of reform except that which serves its purpose of perpetuating its rule indefinitely. (more…)

Will Rafizi’s doing blow up PKR?

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Opportunistic politicians and disillusioned supporters are the main reasons why PKR secretary general Rafizi Ramli had had to expose the party to MACC, says an MP from PKR.

PKR Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen says the party President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had said that PKR has zero tolerance to corruption.

“It is a very timely reminder to PKR leaders to regain the Reformasi spirit and not yield to the corruption of incumbency.

“Since Anwar’s (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) incarceration, we have had a lot of mis-steps. Allegations of corruption and abuse of power have surfaced, political mis-directions leading to three-cornered-fights in Sarawak, going over board promoting Dr Mahathir (Tun Mahathir Mohamad) and a deep unwillingness to push forward Pakatan Harapan’s agenda are some of these problems. (more…)

Hudud bill: Wasn’t Tiong Lai informed earlier by Najib?

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I am prepared to meet with MCA president and Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai to find out whether it is true that Prime Minister Najib Razak never told him beforehand about the ministerial motion by Azalina Othman Said, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, in Parliament after lunch-break on Thursday to give priority to PAS president Awang Hadi’s hudud private member’s bill motion.

However, if Najib had told him beforehand about Azalina’s motion, Liow should explain what he had done to stop Azalina from proceeding with the motion, which not only violated the Cabinet decision the previous week but also the consensus of the Barisan Nasional leadership in March last year.

Liow’s professed ignorance of Azalina’s motion is a great political mystery, as a day earlier on Wednesday, a minister and head of a Barisan Nasional component party from Sabah had written an urgent letter to Najib expressing the opposition of the MPs of his party to any proposal to prioritise Hadi’s hudud private members’ bill motion. (more…)

Hudud Bill just a distraction from Good Star, Jho Low’s baby

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What do you do when you want to bury bad news? You cover the bad news with more bad news.

In this case, the exposure of the news that Good Star Limited, is owned by Jho Low, and is not a subsidiary of PetroSaudi, was explosive.

Why did an individual, in particular a close friend of Prime Minister Najib Razak, receive taxpayers’ money meant for investment?

So what happens next? A panicky and desperate government tries to hide this bad news. Out comes the Hudud Bill, and we are distracted, because hudud will affect out lives.

Hudud is really a non-issue, but for a brief moment, we talk about hudud and forget about Good Star and the 1MDB scandal. (more…)

Equality still a far-off Malaysian dream

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With his protest art and philosophical musings on politics, Fahmi Reza may well be the most important youth activist in contemporary Malaysia. While his message that all politicians are crooked may not be welcome by political parties, it is a reflection of the prevalent attitude among the youth of the country. He is especially articulate when his beliefs are challenged.

Recently, Fahmi conducted a Twitter survey to find out whether the Malay community was willing to accept a non-Malay as Prime Minister. The findings are as interesting as they are disheartening. Out of 1,344 respondents, 39% said they could accept such a situation, while 31% said it was fine as long as the PM was a Muslim. The remaining 30% rejected the idea altogether.

The results are startlingly similar to those of a recent survey by the Centre for a Better Tomorrow. Half of the 60% of respondents who claimed they were not racist confessed that they would never vote for a non-Muslim PM.

It’s interesting that one can claim to be “not racist” and yet accept a system that bars people of certain races from rising to the highest office in the land. (more…)

Group wants rights of Sabahans under MA63 restored

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Sabah has always been rich in natural resources and bio-diversity. We have fertile agricultural land, forestry, fisheries and minerals. Our land is God endowed and its development should be done responsibly for the sustainable prosperity of its people. Today however, our abundance in natural resources is not reflected in our economic growth and the standard of living of our people.

Fifty-three years have passed since the Malaysia Agreement 1963 was signed by five nations – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore – each as an equal partner in the new Federation of Malaysia. This is an International Treaty registered in the United Nations (Treaty Series No. 10760) in accordance with Resolution 1541 (XV) principle 9 of the United Nations General Assembly. This document together with the record of negotiations leading to the conclusion of the same in the Cobbold Commission Report and Report of the Inter-Governmental Committee 1962 (“the IGC Report”), is constant and remains the legal basis for the existence of Malaysia.

As explained by A. J. Stockwell in his book entitled, ‘Malaysia’: (more…)

Selamat Hari Gawai Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai

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May 31, 2016

Set up Royal Commission on Malaysia Agreement 1963

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The month of Tadau Ka’amatan or Harvest Festival this year has not been as carefree as in recent past, with a dark shadow casting over both Sabah and Sarawak.

This shadow is highlighted by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of national unity, Joseph Kurup, when in a most uncharacteristic warning going against his very portfolio of national unity, he cautioned Putrajaya that Sabahans and Sarawakians may demand to split from Peninsular Malaysia if the proposed amendments to Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 are passed in Parliament.

What is most sad is that the ministerial motion to give priority to PAS president Hadi Awang’s private member’s bill motion on Thursday was proposed without the consent of the other non-Umno parties in the 14-party Barisan Nasional coalition; the seconder of the ministerial motion is a Sabahan deputy minister. (more…)

Johor crown prince praised for ‘democratic’ stand

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Constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari has heaped praise on Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim who had asked police not to arrest those who criticise him.

He said the prince’s call to the police was not a sign of weakness.

“Indeed, it is a signal of strength and willingness to be open and transparent. Above all, it is democratic,” Abdul Aziz told Malaysiakini.

Admitting that this does not carry anything in law as the power rests with the police and the attorney-general, the crown prince, however, had pioneered a good move and Abdul Aziz is of the opinion that it is something that should be emulated by other royals. (more…)

Bujang Valley: M’sians misled on Unesco criteria

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Hindraf takes objection to the unfounded claim by Prof Mokhtar Saidin, Universiti Sains Malaysia Centre for Global Archaeological Research director that:

• Bujang Valley stands no chance of being gazetted by Unesco because there is no scientific research to date to verify that the temple ruins were Hindu or Buddhist;

• Animism, rather than Hinduism or Buddhism, was the dominant form of worship in the Bujang Valley more than 2,500 years ago.

Hindraf suspects Prof Mokhtar is promoting and promoting the larger agenda of hidden hands to rewrite the history of Malaysia and erase the truth from the minds of Malaysians on the rich heritage of Hindu Buddhist culture that existed in prehistoric Malaya. (more…)

Dividing 1MDB’s billions to all voters

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Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has achieved world-class notice for Malaysia which none of the five previous Prime Ministers, including his father Tun Razak, had ever done in five decades – international notoriety as one of world’s top countries infamous for global corruption.

Wherever one goes in the world, Malaysia is now equated with the notorious and infamous RM55 billion 1MDB scandal – which has been described last week by the international financial news agency, Bloomberg, as one of the “world’s biggest financial scandals”.

Everybody knows that the RM55 billion 1MDB scandal is huge, but how huge is it?

I myself cannot fully envisage how astronomical is RM55 billion and I believe that 99% of Malaysians cannot imagine how huge is RM55 billion! (more…)

Sarawak might witness new political landscape

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If the applications of the nine state assemblymen (including one state assemblywomen) to join Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) are approved, Sarawak might witness a new political landscape with PBB emerging as the dominant party.

The nine are Rosey Yunus (Bekenu), Paulus Ngumbang (Batu Danau), William Mawan Ikom (Pakan), Jerip Jusil (Mambong), Ranum Mina (Opar), Johnical Rayong (Engkilili), Miro Simuh (Serembu), John Ilus (Bukit Semuja) and Gerawat Gala (Mulu).

Rosey, Paulus and Mawan were from the now defunct Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) which was a splinter party from Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP). Jerip, Mina and Johnical are from United People’s Party (UPP), a breakaway party from Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) while Miro, John and Gerawat are former PBB members. All the nine had resigned from their respective parties to contest as BN direct candidates. (more…)

Politicians and their ‘wayang’

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Threats and dares to quit the Cabinet by MCA members mean nothing if they are not thinking about leaving Barisan Nasional (BN) for good.

It started with Kedah MCA Kedah state executive councillor Datuk Dr Leong Yong Kong, and then followed by Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Datuk Wee Ka Siong – respectively saying that they will quit the party and quit the Cabinet.

Are they simply putting up a shadow play to prove to the Chinese community that they are fighting for the Chinese, or merely “sacrificing” their dignity to be part of BN’s greater political ploy?

It is all a game by Umno to draw the voters away from PAS and Amanah, says Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) secretary general Ser Choon Ing. (more…)

Closure of 1MDB-linked Swiss bank in S’pore viewed with deep concern

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Two recent developments relating to 1MDB has the Citizens’ Declaration secretariat deeply concerned, said its secretary, Kamarudin Jaffar, today.

One is the closure of the Swiss BSI Bank and initiation of criminal proceedings by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, due to breaches of anti-money laundering regulations there, linked to 1MDB.

The other is the suppression of a Bank Negara letter dated April 6, 2016, by the Public Accounts committee chairperson.

Kamarudin Jaffar added these developments would only tarnish Malaysia’s reputation and credibility.

“This letter confirmed that Good Star Limited was owned by Low Taek Jho (also known as Jho Low), and not Petrosaudi International. (more…)

No compromise. MCA is united against Hudud Bill!

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I am apprehensive about the wide-ranging political and social repercussions as a result of the Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act tabled by Marang MP Abdul Hadi Awang in the Dewan Rakyat.

Despite our diversity of cultures and beliefs, Malaysia had enjoyed peace and stability due to the rule of law and the moderate stand long taken by our forefathers. However, it is clear that with the tabling of such a law, we are entering uncharted waters with the potential to divide our nation along religious lines.

Even as I am now overseas recuperating from a medical treatment, I continue to stand together with MCA president Liow Tiong Lai. Together we have had in-depth discussions and analyses about the implications of the Bill. We believe that the Bill will undermine the basic structure of our Federal Constitution and pave the way for subversion of our secular governance system. (more…)

A glimpse into life under hudud

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You know an election is looming in Peninsular Malaysia, because the hudud issue has popped up  again. PAS Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz has admitted that PAS and Umno are working together for their mutual benefit. The naïve think that this mutual benefit is for the betterment and welfare of Muslims. No! The mutual benefit is political.

No one trusts either PAS or Umno. PAS is a spent force and Umno is tainted by corruption. No non-Malays would vote for PAS.

PAS can only survive if it does secret deals with Umno. From time to time, PAS must yield to its master, and the up-coming by-elections is one such time.

What is the hudud punishment for corruption? If hudud is so good, why can’t PAS or any mullah, answer this simple question? (more…)

May 30, 2016

Local Sabah, Sarawak opposition parties plan ‘Grand Alliance’

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philip amongSeveral opposition parties in Sabah and Sarawak, including reportedly two Peninsular Malaysia-based parties, may decide to come together to form a “grand alliance” to take on the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Borneo states and in the peninsula.

At the same time, the ‘Grand Alliance’ wants to stop the “parti parti Malaya” from monopolising politics in Borneo.

Phillip Among, who heads the Malaysian United People’s Party (MUPP), disclosed this in a telephone call to set the record straight on widespread speculation on the grand alliance in the social media especially in WhatsApp groups.

“We want to make it clear that we would not be BN-friendly as whispered along the political grapevine and as unkindly alleged in the social media,” said Among who was once a key aide to Sabah opposition strongman Jeffrey Kitingan. “It”s a lie that we would be sponsored by BN.” (more…)

No need to threaten, just quit, Perkasa tells non-Muslim ministers

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Perkasa's Islamic affairs bureau Dr Amini Amir Abdullah accused the trio of meddling with Islamic matters as none of them were Muslim, — Reuters picMalay nationalist group Perkasa challenged today the presidents of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) non-Muslim component parties to resign from the government immediately if they disagreed with the Shariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Chairman of the non-government organisation’s Islamic affairs bureau Dr Amini Amir Abdullah singled out MCA’s Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Gerakan’s Datuk Mah Siew Keong and MIC’s Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam and denounced their resignation pledges as a “threat to the Malaysian government”.

“Perkasa welcomes anyone who doesn’t respect Muslim rights and Islam as the religion of the federation to resign from the government.

“Only those who respect the foundation of the Federal Constitution and the majority need be in government,” he said in a statement. (more…)

DAP, listen! Listen! Listen!

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DAP is at a crossroad – they must make a decision to maintain Penang and its traditional Chinese votes at the expense of Putrajaya, or try to win Federal Government with fellow opposition parties in the next GE at the expense of the stability it enjoys in Penang currently.

If the goal is to secure its traditional Chinese and urban voters, then it makes sense for DAP to continue what it is doing- championing Chinese issues.

However, if it decides to set its sight on Putrajaya in GE14, then it must move beyond its traditional approach and work together with Amanah,PKR and even possibly Pas.

Umno the main party of the ruling coalition is the master at dividing and conquering, and DAP should minimise itself from falling flat-faced into its trap. (more…)

More young drinkers with free flow of liquor

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Groups say young children should not have easy access to alcohol as it could lead to bigger problems in the long run. — Malay Mail picAlcohol consumption among schoolgoing children is a growing trend as these youngsters have easy access to such drinks.

From convenience stores to the neighbourhood bar, teenagers do not seem to have a problem gaining access to a cold bottle of beer at their convenience.

Suriana Welfare Society for Children chairman James Nayagam said the trend would only lead to teens struggling with alcoholism into their adulthood.

James, who has 35 years’ experience dealing with juveniles and troubled youths, said he had come across children as young as 13 consuming alcohol. (more…)

Hudud will affect all M’sians, not just Muslims

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Over the last few days, we have read and heard so many statements that PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s Hudud Bill will not affect non-Muslims on both sides of the political divide.

Such remarks are absurd. The key concerns are about its legal and constitutional aspects, not race or religion.

If the hudud of PAS is allowed to be implemented, it will have serious implications, affecting all Malaysians including non-Muslims.

There will be inequality of laws and this is clearly disallowed by Article 8 of the federal constitution.

More importantly, the supreme law does not allow other legislation to encroach into the offences provided in the federal law i.e. the Penal Code. (more…)

Dr Subra: MIC EGM approves polls to be held after GE14

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Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the EGM held today was valid and followed the rules and constitution of the party. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe MIC’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held here today approved the party polls to he held after the 14th General Election (GE14).

GE14 is due to be held in 2018.

MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the delegates also agreed to give the mandate and powers to the party’s Central Working Committee (CWC) to decide on the status of members who lost their membership, in line with the provisions of MIC’s constitution.

Commenting on the action of some 50 supporters of former MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel who caused a commotion outside while the EGM was going on, Dr Subramaniam said the EGM  held today was valid and followed the rules and constitution of the party.

Meanwhile, former MIC treasurer-general Datuk R. Ramanan claimed that he was invited but was not allowed to join the EGM.

The three-hour EGM also saw issues concerning the Indian community like education, job opportunities and unilateral conversions hotly debated by the delegates.


Bernama


Analysts: ‘Hudud’ Bill fast-tracking shows Umno real decision-maker

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PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe surprise fast-tracking of PAS’ so-called hudud Bill in Parliament shows that it is Umno that will decide if Islamic criminal law becomes a reality in Malaysia, and not opposition parties like PAS, political analysts say.

Pundits said the controversial Bill would never have made in in Parliament without Umno’s approval, but added that it was unlikely that the ruling Malay party was serious about pushing for the private member’s Bill moved by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to be debated and passed.

“Nothing goes through Parliament without Umno being behind it, or without it being part of some Umno strategy. That is the reality of Malaysian politics,” Dr Ooi Kee Beng of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Yusof Ishak Institute toldMalay Mail Online.

“For the hardcore hudud supporters within PAS, hudud seems to be their sole issue. This makes them vulnerable to the political machinations of other parties, especially Umno,” he added. (more…)

‘Compulsory’ for Muslims to support Shariah amendments, AGC Shariah adviser says

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Shariah court punishments are currently limited to jail terms not exceeding three years, or whipping of not more than six strokes, or fines of not more than RM5,000. — AFP picMuslims are obliged to support the proposed amendments to Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, Shariah adviser to the Attorney-General’s Chamber Tan Sri Sheikh Ghazali Abdul Rahman said.

He asserted that the proposal to impose harsher penalties on Muslims is not new as discussions have been held for decades, Malay daily Berita Harian reported today.

“It is compulsory for Muslims to support the Shariah Court amendments that it be widened for punishments of adultery, qazaf (making false accusation of zina or illicit sex), consuming alcohol and apostasy involving Muslims.

“These amendments were a long time coming together with the late Prof Ahmad Ibrahim,” he was quoted as saying. (more…)

When an ADUN allegedly beats up…

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The case of a deputy speaker of Kedah state assembly allegedly publicly beating up someone in the middle of a busy street and in broad daylight, is a fickle one, for both sides are telling completely different versions, and many of us may have spent much time playing the video on repeat to know who is telling the truth.

On May 15, at 5pm, Alif Adam claimed in his police report that he was driving out of Aman Central shopping mall to the Lebuhraya Darul Aman when a black Toyota Harrier stopped on the left lane and honked at him.

“The driver of the Harrier in his 20s wound his window down and shouted ‘Kenapa? Kenapa? Hang tak kenal lagi aku siapa (What’s up? You have yet to know who I am)’, and told me to get down from my car,” he said. (more…)

The rule of law from Tan Koon Swan’s MPHB to 1MDB

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Tan Koon Swan, a Puchong hawker’s son, rose to become president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) after a stint as General Manager of Genting Highlands Berhad. He owned and led many companies.

In 1986, in Singapore, Koon Swan pleaded guilty to a charge of abetting in Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) of funds belonging to Pan Electric Holdings. When convicted, he resigned as MCA president. He paid a fine of SG$500,000 and spent 18 months in jail.

Koon Swan, who indirectly owned a 30% stake in Pan El, was accused of abetting in illegal fund transfers into Pan El, including from Multi Purpose Holdings Bhd. (MPHB), a commercial venture of MCA.

Pan El collapsed in 1985, with debts totalling SG$480 million. Overnight, its 5,500 shareholders found their shares worthless. The stock markets of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur had to close for three days. (more…)

We took a chance on our secular state

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Malaysia didn’t become an Islamic state because then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared it as such in 2001. His declaration didn’t change the country from a secular state which is expressed in the Federal Constitution, although this has been debated.

The argument whether it is an Islamic state now is academic because it is still secular in practice despite its dual legal system of civil and shariah courts.

It is only an Islamic state when all its systems, laws and regulations — including the dispensation of justice and maintenance of law and order — are based on the application of shariah.

The late Tok Guru, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, hit the nail on the head when he said:  “You can talk all you want.  You can declare a piece of wood to be gold, or a wheelbarrow as a Mercedez, but in reality, nothing has changed. (more…)

Mukhriz and me: Had I really wanted to promote my son…

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1 Najib’s henchmen are fond of saying that I want to remove Najib as prime minister because he did not promote my son, Mukhriz, to be prime minister. Journalists, local and foreign, also asked the same question.

2 I know whatever explanation I make will not stop Najib’s men from repeating this allegation to divert attention from Najib’s wrongdoings.

3 If I had wanted to I could when I was prime minister and president of Umno promote Mukhriz as a leader of Umno. But I did not even allow my sons to contest for office in Umno or to become candidates in elections.

4 But Mukhriz could not even become a member of Umno because the Kubang Pasu division of which I was head, refused to accept him. It was after Umno Hq directed the division that he was admitted as a member, just before I retired. (more…)

Hudud motion: The greater winner was Najib, not Hadi

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It is generally thought that the winner for the unprecedented hudud motion in Parliament on May 26 was the PAS president, Hadi Awang when in fact the greater winner was the prime minister, Najib Razak, who never appeared in Parliament for the past two weeks.

When Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said stood up in Parliament after lunch to move a minister’s motion to give priority to Hadi’s private member’s bill motion on hudud, she was not doing Hadi’s bidding but carrying out Najib’s directive.

Although PAS leaders are gloating at their political “coup” to get Hadi’s hudud motion presented to the House, it came to nought, for Hadi backed off from a debate and a vote, and the result is that Parliament had not given leave to Hadi to present a private member’s bill to amend Act 355 to amend the syariah court’s jurisdiction. (more…)

No hidden agenda to make Mukhriz the PM

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s henchmen are fond of saying that I want to remove Najib as Prime Minister is because he did not promote my son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, to be Prime Minister. Journalists, local and foreign, also asked the same question.

I know whatever explanation I make will not stop Najib’s men from repeating this allegation to divert attention from Najib’s wrongdoings.

If I had wanted to I could when I was Prime Minister and President of Umno promote Mukhriz as a leader of Umno. But I did not even allow my sons to contest for office in Umno or to become candidates in elections.

But Mukhriz could not even become a member of Umno because the Kubang Pasu division of which I was head, refused to accept him. It was after Umno HQ directed the division that he was admitted as a member, just before I retired. (more…)

May 29, 2016

Asean at a crossroads – why we need to talk about girls’ rights

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Asia is a restless continent. Its economies have grown and transformed at a giddying pace, reshaping the social and physical landscape in ways that could barely have been imagined only three decades ago. The Asean countries in particular are experiencing a period of dramatic change, collectively becoming the world’s seventh-largest economy by 2011.

Now, as their economies integrate further, bringing the certainty of further growth and social change, it seems timely to ask what sort of region will emerge from the next phase of transformation.

In many ways this will remain a conversation about economics, but for me the social and economic position of girls lies at the heart of how the region secures a prosperous and stable future for itself. The language of girls’ rights might seem out of place here, but enabling girls to learn, lead, decide and thrive will be critical to Asean’s continuing success.

Big opportunities, greater challenges (more…)

Baru: MPs sworn to defend Federal Constitution, not hudud

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baru-bian_parliment_law_600The Federal Constitution was intended to be the supreme law of the land, reminded Sarawak PKR Chief Baru Bian in a statement. “MPs must ensure that it remains so.”

If the effect of a Bill in Parliament was to enable the implementation of hudud, he warned, then all MPs must rise up to their sworn duty to protect the Federal Constitution by voting against the Bill.

He noted that debate on the Private Member’s Bill by Hadi Awang, to enable the implementation of hudud, had been deferred to the next Parliamentary sitting.

He urged all MPs from Sarawak to seriously look at the ramifications of the bill. “They must vote against it if it violates the Federal Constitution and the secular status of Malaysia,” said Baru who is also Ba’ Kelalan Assemblyman. (more…)

Sabah, Sarawak lawmakers united in opposing hudud bill

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james-masing_sarawak_sabah_hudud_600Five political parties across the political divide in Sabah and Sarawak have stated their opposition to the hudud bill introduced in Parliament last Thursday by PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Masing spoke up for many when he told local media that the Hadi Bill appears to be an attempt to introduce hudud “bit by bit” into Malaysian society. “PRS does not agree,” added Masing in a Borneo Post report. “The bill will lead to the creation of precedents and encroachments into the legal system.”

He argued that the hudud bill, if allowed, will one day affect non-Muslims as well.

Masing had previously said that PRS, which has six MPs, would vote against the hudud bill if introduced in Parliament. (more…)

Vivian Lee and a hard-hearted society

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Vivian Lee has squandered life’s early opportunities. Her choices in life have made it unnecessarily tough for her and her family. She is paying a high price for being a free spirit and has suffered the backlash from a society that cannot accept her deviant behaviour and would not compromise on her public defiance of conventionality.

She is estranged from her family, deserted by her accomplice Alvin Tan, and at 27, she is going to prison for six months over a foolish and unacceptable greeting featuring the “bak kut teh” pork dish during Ramadan.

What Lee did was wrong, but she has been ostracised by society long before her sentence. Many of us refused to look beyond the sexual deviant she has become to be known as. No one wanted to look beyond the smut and into the real person.

We rejected her for refusing to conform to conventional behaviour and her bizarre pursuit of unorthodox sexual gratifications. She is deemed an embarrassment by her family, race and society for trading sex partners and for being willing to seen in coitus by all and sundry on the Internet. (more…)

BN’s Sarawak landslide win led to Hadi’s Bill green light

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DAP's Lim Kit Siang, May 23, 2014. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaBarisan Nasional’s (BN) decision to fast-track a Bill on Shariah court is a result of the confidence the ruling coalition derived from its landslide victory in the Sarawak poll, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang claimed today.

Lim alleged that BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak could disregard the feelings of other component parties after a tremendous swing of Chinese support to the ruling coalition in the Sarawak state election which concluded recently.

“Barisan Nasional’s overwhelming victory in the May 7 Sarawak state election was the reason why the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, could give the green light to the PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang to prioritise his hudud private member’s Bill motion in Parliament on Thursday.

“Najib could act in disregard of the views of the other Barisan Nasional component parties and leaders apart from Umno because Najib believes that there is a a swing-back of support of the Chinese voters to BN in the Sarawak state election,” Lim said in a statement. (more…)

Passport privilege: So, I must always praise Najib overseas

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1 And now Najib’s censorship will be exported. Foreign media must be put under control the way the Malaysian media is controlled. All reports must be in praise of 1MDB, Petro Saudi, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Island, the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s private account, the RM2.3 billion which has been returned, the sacking of party members and leaders who failed to praise all the above etc. etc. etc.

2 How is the foreign censorship and control to be done? Simple. The passports are a privilege. Deprive Malaysians of this privilege.

3 Take away their passports if they fail to praise Najib when speaking to the foreign media. It is totally and absolutely the democratic thing to do. All democracies in the world take away the passports of their citizens if they tell the foreign media anything bad about their leaders. Malaysians, under Najib’s democracy must do the same.
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Malaysia second most… Google this

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Is it sad when you type in ‘Malaysia second most’ on your web search engine and the next word prompted by the search engine is the ‘corrupt’. Google Suggest or Autocomplete are based on are all real searches that have been done by other people as well as your search history.

Why is our country associated with corruption, so much so that the top search results on the Internet include links to articles on Malaysia rated as second most corrupt country in the world?

Fighting corruption starts at the top. It would be an impossible battle to win if the fight against corruption does not include those who walk the corridors of power — ministers, member of parliaments, assemblymen and people of similar ranks who are decision makers.

Of late, there has been a spike in media reports on allegations of corruption, not just involving those in high office but across the entire spectrum of those in power. Even those who had previously been steadfast in the battle against graft had been dragged into some of these allegations. (more…)

Making sure no stepping on Chinese toes

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With Chinese support deemed a possible game changer in the Malay majority parliamentary constituencies of Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar, it is crucial that politicians be cautious and not end up like the Sarawak Election – blaming their defeat on low voter turnout.

A veteran politician and former MCA member Datuk Lee Hwa Beng says the two by-elections would be surrounded by religious issues more than racial.

“PAS’ hudud bill will push the Chinese community off but the introduction of the bill by Azalina (Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said) an Umno MP, will not push the Chinese votes to Umno.

“Depending on which party is representing Pakatan Harapan, the Chinese won’t vote PAS but will support Amanah (Parti Amanah Negara) with DAP urging,” says Lee, confidently. (more…)

Sarawak DAP urges PBB to take lead in fight against Hadi’s Bill

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Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen (left), with Stampin MP Julian Tan, speaking at a press conference calling for opposition against the Bill tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament, May 28, 2016. — Picture by Sulok TawieParti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the linchpin party of Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN), was urged today to lead the fight to oppose amendments to the Shariah court proposed by Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament this week.

According to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, only PBB can send a strong message to Putrajaya that Sarawak strongly opposes the implementation of the controversial Islamic law of hudud, since it holds 14 parliamentary seats and 40 state seats.

“All this while, PBB leaders and MPs have been keeping quiet on the hudud law to be implemented in Kelantan while other state BN parties have been making noises.

“They should make a stand on the Bill, now that it has been tabled in Parliament,”  the Bandar Kuching MP told a press conference here. (more…)

In placing OSA on Good Star, Najib skews moral compass

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The Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak himself announced after the Umno supreme council meeting yesterday, that the new Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim had lodged a police report against The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for revealing a letter purportedly from Bank Negara to Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Hasan Ariffin.

Najib did not explain whether the Bank Negara governor had lodged the police report against WSJ on his instructions, but it would be very sad day in the history of Bank Negara Malaysia indeed if the greatest concern of the new BNM governor is not the global investigation and crackdown on 1MDB money-laundering and corruption allegations, but whether WSJ had committed an offence under the OSA.

He has lost the moral compass to be premier when he is not concerned whether Good Star Limited was the genesis of the RM55 billion 1MDB global financial scandal and fraud against Malaysia and 30 million Malaysians, but only whether WSJ had committed an OSA offence in revealing Good Star Limited was in fact owned by Penang billionaire Jho Low. (more…)

Singapore court revokes bail decision for ex-BSI wealth manager

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A former wealth manager of troubled Swiss private bank BSI was denied bail by the Singapore High Court today and will await his trial in prison for two of the nine charges that are part of the city-state’s investigations into money laundering.

The case is related to illicit money transfers linked to 1MDB, which is being investigated by at least six jurisdictions.

Judge Chan Seng Onn said the prosecution and defence should try to expedite the trial for the two offences of perverting the course of justice.

The prosecution had challenged the S$600,000 (about RM1.7 million) bail granted by a district judge for Yeo Jiawei, a 33-year-old Singaporean who is facing charges including forgery and money laundering. He has already served more than 40 days in remand. (more…)

Analysts: ‘Hudud’ Bill fast-tracking shows Umno real decision-maker

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PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe surprise fast-tracking of PAS’ so-called hudud Bill in Parliament shows that it is Umno that will decide if Islamic criminal law becomes a reality in Malaysia, and not opposition parties like PAS, political analysts say.

Pundits said the controversial Bill would never have made in in Parliament without Umno’s approval, but added that it was unlikely that the ruling Malay party was serious about pushing for the private member’s Bill moved by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to be debated and passed.

“Nothing goes through Parliament without Umno being behind it, or without it being part of some Umno strategy. That is the reality of Malaysian politics,” Dr Ooi Kee Beng of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Yusof Ishak Institute toldMalay Mail Online.

“For the hardcore hudud supporters within PAS, hudud seems to be their sole issue. This makes them vulnerable to the political machinations of other parties, especially Umno,” he added. (more…)

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