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December 8, 2016

Act on overloaded lorries, authorities told

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Heavy vehicles plying Jalan Samarakan in Tatau, which are allegedly damaging the road.The relevant authorities have been urged to act on the overloaded lorries plying Jalan Samarakan in Tatau as these heavy vehicles are badly damaging the road and posing danger to other road users.

Assistant Minister for Arts and Culture Datuk John Sikie Tayai in making the call yesterday, lamented that the road was riddled with potholes which were not easily visible at night and on rainy days.

He also voiced concern over the anticipated surge in traffic volume along that stretch of road as people return to their respective home towns for the Christmas holiday and urged the relevant authorities to speedily improve the road’s condition.

“Jalan Samarakan in Tatau has been badly damaged because of the heavy and overloaded trucks carrying logs and also overloaded lorries carrying sand from Kuala Kelebu in Tatau to Bintulu. (more…)

Sarawak’s natural beauty is a filmmaker’s haven, says DCM

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Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg says Sarawak’s unspoilt seafront, jungles and caves provide the perfect unique setting for movie makers. ― Bernama picSarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg is seeking to sell the hornbill state’s lush environment as a “natural studio” to filmmakers.

Johari who is also in charge of state tourism, arts and culture said Sarawak’s unspoilt seafront, jungles and caves provide the perfect unique setting for movie makers, The Borneo Post reported today.

“Recently, I visited a Bollywood studio in India… it was small due to space constraints in Mumbai and we in Sarawak can offer a natural studio which is unique and beautiful. Apart from that, we have a lot of natural talent,” the state minister was quoted saying.

“Sarawak, and Miri in particular, is rich in culture and heritage such as that of the Chinese, Malay and the natives including the oriental. If we can converge these cultures or create cross cultural conversation, we can promote peace globally through films,” he added. (more…)

Sarawakian native landowners routinely face threats from thugs, UN rapporteur told

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Peter John Jaban represents SADIA in submitting the report to the UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture courtesy of Peter John JabanFrustrated at the lack of action, several local groups have complained to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association about the fear and harassment that Sarawakian natives are routinely subject to in the defence of their property.

In a report submitted yesterday, Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA), Save Rivers Network (SRN) and Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia (JOAS) told of native landowners who have been threatened with arrest and even bodily harm by thugs while erecting blockades from encroaching plantation and logging companies.

“These blockades are routinely dispersed by the police or by gangsters employed by the resource extraction companies who act with impunity,” they said in the report sighted by Malay Mail Online.

SADIA was represented by Peter John Jaban and Karen Shepherd, JOAS by Thomas Jalong and Save Rivers by Mark Bujang in submitting the  report to the UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

‘Save St Teresa Run’ to raise funds to rebuild gutted school hall

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The school hall that was destroyed by fire on Oct 27.SMK St Teresa and the Old Teresians’ Association (OTA) with the assistance of Revolution Run Borneo will be holding a charity run at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Building on Jan 8.

According to a press statement, the run themed ‘Save St Teresa Run’ is the first of a series of fundraising events planned for next year, proceeds to go towards rebuilding the school hall destroyed by fire on Oct 27 this year.

Organisers are hoping to attract at least 3,000 participants and raise RM50,000 from this charity run. So far, 670 runners have registered for the event to be graced by the Chief Minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu and Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education and Family Development Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

There will be two categories in the run – the 3km and 8km – which are to be flagged off at 7am and 6.45am respectively. (more…)

SakSaMa expects ‘autonomy on demand’ for Sabah, Sarawak

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sabah-sarawak-putrajayaA newly-formed Borneo-based opposition alliance believes it is not necessary to fall back on “constitutional documents on the Malaysia concept” to push for autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak.

“The struggle for autonomy must be waged within the context of the return of rule of law,” said SakSaMa communications secretary Sheila Fea in an interview.

She said any part of any country in the world could push for autonomy for any number of reasons.

Politics, she said, was about restructuring the distribution of political power and restructuring the allocation of resources.

“This approach is good enough to push for autonomy,” said Sheila. “Most of the revenue and resources of Sabah and Sarawak are going to Putrajaya.” (more…)

Najib to visit Kuching, Miri on Dec 18

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to open the RM211-million Batang Sadong Bridge. — Picture courtesy of ChiatYang Ng/Google MapNajib Razak is scheduled to make a one-day visit to Kuching and Miri on Dec 18.

A statement issued today by the State Protocol and Public Relations Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department said Najib is expected to open the RM211-million Batang Sadong Bridge near here in the morning.

The 1.48-km-long bridge spanning the Sadong River is in the Batang Sadong parliamentary constituency of Datuk Nancy Shukri, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Najib is also scheduled to go to Miri where he will launch eight more packages of the ongoing Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project at the Eastwood Valley Country Club.

The statement said the Prime Minister was also expected to witness the signing of 10 work packages by contractors and hand over to them contract documents, letters of award and letters of intent.

Najib will be accompanied by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof on the visits.

Source : The Borneo Post Online

BR1M recipients need to comply with new requirement

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Image result for br1m1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) recipients will need to comply with a new requirement of submitting personal documents to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) when updating their personal particulars.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Women’s national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni said she discovered the new requirement when PKR members helped recipients to update their personal information for BR1M next year.

“The BR1M recipients are required to update their personal data yearly even though they have received it in previous years. For this year, the status of BR1M recipients must be supported with personal documents.

“For example, if a recipient has become a widow or widower, he or she needs to submit the death certificate of his or her deceased wife or husband to IRB. As for single parents or divorcees and those who have remarried, the BR1M recipients need to submit their divorce documents and marriage certificate to the IRB. All these need to be done within seven days after their data is updated online,” she told a press conference here yesterday. (more…)

Malaysia joins Indonesia, Brunei as worst regional freedom of thought offenders in 2016

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Malaysia joins Muslim-majority neighbours Indonesia and Brunei, which were similarly ranked as the worst freedom of thought offenders in the Southeast Asian region. — AFP picMalaysia has been rated as “grave violators” of the rights and treatment of the non-religious in this year’s Freedom of Thought Report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).

The country joins Muslim-majority neighbours Indonesia and Brunei, which were similarly ranked as the worst offenders in the Southeast Asian region.

“Malaysia rates very badly for freedom of thought and expression, with ethnic Malays subjected to strict state controls over an enforced, homogenous religious identity, including mandatory Shariah laws, and in two states hudud enactments mandating death for ‘apostasy’,” said the report published this week.

In March 2015, Kelantan passed the amendment to its so-called hudud law, the Syariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment (Kelantan) 1993 which prescribed jail for an apostate to repent, and execution if repentance is impossible. (more…)

Federal Court to decide on Dec 14 on Anwar’s application to set aside sodomy conviction

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File picture shows Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (second from right) being escorted by police personnel into court, in Kuala Lumpur, May 15, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow FengDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will know on Dec 14 whether the Federal Court will allow or dismiss his application for a review of its decision upholding his conviction and sentence by the Court of Appeal for sodomy.

Anwar is seeking to set aside his conviction, after having been found guilty of sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31, and the five-year sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal on March 7, 2014.

The Federal Court is set to deliver its decision on that day on Anwar’s application to review the decision of a previous panel of the Federal Court.

One of Anwar’s lawyers, Latheefa Koya, informed the media that the Deputy Registrar of the Federal Court, in a letter to Tetuan Daim & Gamany dated Dec 5, informed that the Federal Court would give its decision on Dec 14, at 9am. (more…)

December 7, 2016

See Chee How wants probe on timber licences

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See (right) gesturing during the press conference. He is accompanied by (from left) PKR women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni and his personal assistant Jeffery Mok.Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem has been urged to call for an independent inquiry to inquire and verify on the standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance of the 251 Occupational Ticket (OT) licences and Letter of Authority (LA) which were issued since he assumed the office of the Chief Minister and Resource Planning and Environment Minister.

In making the call, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said the dearth of a mechanism to check the abuse of authority and power to issue timber licences coupled with the failure to take action against those who had flouted the laws and breached their fiduciary duties as civil servants and community leaders were causing the state to lose its valuable timber resources and revenues.

“It appears that some senior officers in the ministry have been issuing timber licences (in OTs and LAs) without the knowledge of the ministers, in defiance of the ministerial directives or evading and sidestepping the directives,” See told a press conference here yesterday. (more…)

See agrees lawyers earn credit hours to get their PC renewed

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Image result for See Chee HowBatu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How welcomes the suggestion by Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum for local lawyers to earn credit hours from various advocacy seminars to get their practising certificate (PC) renewed.

“I agree (with Malanjum’s suggestion). It is a good thing and I think everybody will agree because we are learning all the time. There are a lot of new things that we (can) learn,” he said during a press conference here yesterday.

Malanjum said he hoped to make the ruling compulsory by 2018, adding he would have to deliberate the matter with both the attorney-generals (AGs) of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the Sabah Law Association and Advocates’ Association of Sarawak before arriving at a final decision. (more…)

Lawyers to earn credit hours before renewing PC

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Richard delivers his opening address.Local lawyers may have to earn credit hours from various advocacy seminars to get their practising certificate (PC) renewed.

Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum said he hoped to make the ruling compulsory by 2018.

He said he would have to deliberate the matter with both the Attorney Generals (AGs) of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the Sabah Law Association and Advocates’ Association of Sarawak before arriving at a final decision.

“It is still in discussion stage. I need to speak to the state AGs first and the associations. After that we will formulate the rules. Maybe 2018, we can refine it. (more…)

Baru: BN should not put words into our mouths

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BImage result for see chee how sarawak aduna Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian has reminded Barisan Nasional (BN) ministers not to put words into opposition members’ mouth by saying that they agreed with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s stand because nobody said anything during his winding-up address.

Baru, who is state PKR chairman, said he took exception, particularly to the statement by Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh that the opposition had agreed with the chief minister’s stand on reclaiming the state’s rights because nobody said anything during his winding-up address.

“A seasoned BN-man should not presume to know the minds of those who prefer independent and inquiring thinking to perpetually towing the BN line. Being quiet during the CM’s winding-up speech does not mean we agreed with everything he said. That is true of the other Ministers too. (more…)

Sarawak will again deliver in the GE14 — Soon Koh

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Image result for Wong Soon KohSarawak will again deliver a resounding victory to Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), especially if the federal government can fulfil the promises made during the May state election.

According to Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, fulfilling the promises would be crucial, he said in response to being asked to comment on political analysts’ view that BN will retain power in GE14.

“I believe that is particularly (true) in Sarawak; I can’t comment on Semenanjung (Malaysia). As far as Sarawak is concerned, I am sure BN will have the majority particularly, if the federal government can honour, can deliver all the promises during our (last) state election.

“I hope the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and all the ministers who came to help with our state election, and who have promised the projects and programmes can fulfil them in time for the GE14 – that will help us a lot. If that is done – of course, I think Sarawak again will deliver a resounding victory to BN,” Wong, who is Bawang Assan assemblyman and UPP president said. (more…)

Zaid fails in bid to refer his case to High Court

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Zaid-Ibrahim_law_60012Former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim failed to transfer his case to the High Court to determine the constitutionality of a criminal charge.

Sessions Court judge Zaman Mohd Noor dismissed Zaid’s application to challenge the validity of section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA).

The court fixed Feb 21, 2017 for the trial to resume.

Zaid said he will appeal against the dismissal.

“The judge ruled in chambers on Tuesday that he does not have the power to determine my application,” said Zaid in updating the media. (more…)

Sarawak BNBBC on how state can remain ‘fixed deposit’ for BN

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Abdullah-SaidolSarawak Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Abdullah Saidol has cautioned that Sarawak will not remain an electoral “fixed deposit” state if the ruling coalition’s promises are not fulfilled.

Putting the federal government on notice, Abdullah, who is also Semop assemblyman, said: “The federal government’s promises must be fullfilled.”

Speaking at the BNBBC dinner Abdullah said: “It should not assume that Sarawak will remain a ‘fixed deposit’ state even if it doesn’t keep its promises.”

The Borneo Post quoted him as saying that the the federal government should also give positive feedback on its negotiations with the state government, (more…)

Get out of S’wak before offering autonomy, Soo tells DAP

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Lina-SooSarawak Reform Party (Reform) president Lina Soo has dismissed Lim Guan Eng’s offer of autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak as mere “lip service”, Borneo Post reported.

She called for the Penang chief minister to back his words with the right action by first pulling his party out from the state.

“If Lim Guan Eng is sincere, he should observe Sarawak and Sabah’s autonomous political rights by pulling his party out and let local parties fight Barisan Nasional in the two states,” Soo was quoted as saying by the Sarawak-based daily.

She was referring to the DAP secretary-general’s speech at the party’s national conference on Sunday, where Lim promised greater autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak, as well as proposed a new federalism.

Logging licence report erroneous, says Sarawak govt

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Sapuan-AhmadThe Sarawak government has clarified a newspaper report that said the state’s forest department has continued to issue logging licences despite a public directive by Chief Minister Adenan Satem that all such licences had been halted.

On Sunday, The Borneo Post reported that the Sarawak forest department continued to issue new logging permits, called the OT (Occupation Ticket) licences and LA (Letter Of Authority) despite an assurance by Chief Minister Adenan Satem at the state assembly in November 2014 that logging licences would no longer be issued to curb corruption and illegal logging.

The newspaper report, entitled “Directive on timber licences flouted?”, said that as of Jan 12, 2016, a total of 102 OT and LA licences had been issued in the state.

The report cited Sarawak Forest director Sapuan Ahmad as providing the figures during a departmental briefing. (more…)

PKR not surprised by federal govt taking over Syariah Bill

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Image result for see chee how sarawak adunParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak was not surprised by Umno-led federal government’s move to take over tabling the Private Member’s Bill to propose to empower the Syariah Court in meting out criminal punishments from PAS.

Its chairman Baru Bian said it appeared that to Umno, the only way to push Sarawak BN over the edge is to adopt the Bill as their own, for Sarawak BN have always shown themselves to be compliant followers of Umno/BN.

He charged that Umno will definitely play the ‘duty/guilt’ mind games with the Muslim BN leaders to support the Bill in its new form.

“Let us be clear about it – Umno is desperate to latch on to PAS grassroots votes due to the eroding support from its vote bank. (more…)

PKR: New rules complicate BR1M application process

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Voon-Shiak-NiNew rules are complicating new applications for the government welfare payout Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), says PKR Wanita national vice-chief Voon Shiak Ni.

She said thousands of people were swarming its service centres to enquire about their applications this month and hoped BR1M will improve its services.

BR1M service centres are open for new applications from Dec 4 to 31. The money is to be paid from January.

Voon said the new rules had made the application process unnecessarily difficult.

“We are helping people to update their data for the BR1M aid and we observe there are new requirements that have not been announced. (more…)

S4S: Sarawak should control its own resources

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S4SSarawak 4 Sarawakians (S4S) says the state should be given more rights to its resources as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

The group’s spokesperson, Fong Pau Teck, revealed S4S would be sending a memorandum asking the British government to ensure Putrajaya abides by the treaty.

“On Aug 27, 1976, the Malaysian government unilaterally amended the federal constitution to regroup the Federation of Malaysia into 13 states as opposed to the original three territories of Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah as per the Malaysia Agreement.

“This reduced the political status of Sarawak and Sabah from being two of three equal component territories to two of thirteen components of the Federation. This is a clear breach of the agreement.” (more…)

Minos lauds Adenan for opting for diplomacy

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Image result for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri AdenanChief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan must be commended for opting for diplomacy rather than confrontation to reclaim Sarawak’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

Veteran politician Dato Peter Minos said confrontation is good only between adversaries but not among friends and partners, since confrontation often ended in bad feelings or even in bad blood.

“But of course nobody is stopped from barking and shouting, even posturing, for we have freedom and democracy.

But we cannot put much hope on that strategy of confrontation and adversarial politics, not least in a federation,” said Minos, a former deputy information chief of State Barisan Nasional lynchin Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB). (more…)

Now, Kedah Umno man accuses Dr M of insulting Prophet Muhammad

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (right) is pictured sitting next to DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang at the DAP National Conference 2016 in Shah Alam, December 4, 2016. — Picture by Saw Siow FengA Kedah Umno Youth leader demanded Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad apologise to all Muslims for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad at the recent DAP convention.

Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin also claimed that the former prime minister had previously insulted hudud and made fun of the Prophet’s beard.

“Dr Mahathir should not only apologise to all Muslims for this insolence, but should recite his ‘istighfar’ in addition to the ‘shahada’ because there might have been idolatry,” Shaiful Hazizy said in a statement.

“Istighfar” refers to the recitation to seek forgiveness from God, while “shahadah” is the proclamation of Muslims declaring belief in the oneness of God and accepting Muhammad as His prophet. (more…)

Volunteer group lends a hand to stateless disabled Penans

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Wan with one of the disabled villagers from Long Lamam.Welfare group Hope Place Kuching (Hope) has urged several physically challenged villagers from Long Lamam in Baram to seek assistance from the State Welfare Department with regards to their stateless status immediately.

Without a MyKad, they lose out on the many types of assistance offered by the government, said Hope founder Kelvin Wan.

On Friday, Hope visited Miri Welfare Department just to pursue the matter on behalf of the stateless villagers.

“The main reason of paying the officers the visit on Dec 2 is to help the disabled in Long Lamam to submit their application forms. (more…)

Paulsen: New political donation law will hurt civil societies

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eric-1Lawyer Eric Paulsen is worried the Political Donations and Expenditure Act (PDEA), if it comes into effect, will be used to clamp down on civil societies.

Paulsen, who is also Lawyers for Liberty executive director, claimed it would be “extremely” difficult for civil societies that deal with “hard hitting” issues such as free and fair elections, deaths in custody, and freedom of the media to raise funds locally.

“If the PDEA draft were to come in, we could expect it to cause a lot of difficulties to NGOs that rely on funders,” he said.

He believed that there was nothing wrong in receiving funding but what mattered was how the money was used. (more…)

Election agent fined for locking ballot boxes

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Azahari-IsmaiA PAS election agent has been fined RM5,000 for locking nine ballot boxes after an advance voting session at an army camp in Port Dickson in the last general election.

A three-man Court of Appeal bench, led by Wira Mohtarudin Baki, in allowing the Election Commission’s (EC) appeal, said there was merit in the case.

The bench also increased the fine imposed on Azahari Ismail after a cross appeal by the public prosecutor.

“I hope this type of things will not happen again,” Mohtarudin said.

Azahari was charged under Section 3 (1) (i) of the Election Offences Act 1954. (more…)

Minister: Only Muslim Rohingya should get UNHCR cards

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Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the National Security Council needs to ensure that UNHCR cards were only issued to ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees in Malaysia. — Reuters picIssuing of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) card to Myanmar nationals needed to be reviewed, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said this was to ensure that the card was only issued to ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees in this country.

“I urge that the (National) Security Council look again at the card issued by the UNHCR which should be issued to the Rohingyas,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, here, today.

Shahidan said he was worried if some of the UNHCR card holders were also involved in committing atrocities against the ethnic Rohingyas in the Rakhine region of Myanmar.

He also said that the United Nations should investigate on Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing the carnage to go on in Rakhine State.

“She (Aung San Suu Kyi) should remember and see whether she qualified to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I did not expect that she who had purportedly fought for human rights, has allowed the killings and other atrocities to occur in her own backyard,” he added.

Source : Bernama Online

Going bald for a charitable cause

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Very few stories about teenagers helping their community, are reported. So, who would have thought that a trip to Australia, and visiting the various attractions, would have inspired a teenager to be creative and think of a project to stimulate awareness of children with special needs?

This year, teenagers from the i-Innovative Gavel Club, decided to do something different to raise funds for a charity. Led by the president, 16-year-old Lea Ng Yong Ru, they decided to raise money for children with special needs, so that they would not be excluded from the experiences, which most other children enjoy.

In the interview below, Lea, who is also a keen musician, and plays trumpet in her school band and the Kinta wind orchestra, outlines the reasons for the club’s theme, which is society’s acceptance of body imperfections. She said that the people who offered to go bald, had their hair cut, at the Ipoh parade, on Sunday 20th November. (more…)

Ministry announces improved scores in global student assessment

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Datuk Dr Amin Senin said scores in mathematics, science and reading by Malaysian students were close to the 493 average recorded by nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. — Malay Mail picMalaysians students registered better scores in mathematics, science and reading according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Education Ministry announced today.

“For scientific knowledge, the score obtained is 443 points, an increase of 23 points compared to the 2012 PISA in which 420 points were obtained.

“For literary abilities, the score obtained is 431, which is an increase of 33 points compared to 398 in 2012.

“For mathematics, the score obtained is 446 points, which is an increase of 25 points, compared to the 2012 PISA whereby the score was 420,” deputy director-general, Datuk Dr Amin Senin told a special press conference here. (more…)

Putrajaya can probe political NGOs’ foreign funding, Jazlan tells UN rep

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Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed says that the authorities have the right to investigate such foreign-funded groups if they carry out ‘political activities’, such as political rallies. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa A United Nations (UN) representative “jumped the gun” when he said civil society should not be criminalised for receiving foreign funding, deputy home minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said.

Nur Jazlan asserted that the authorities have the right to investigate such foreign-funded groups if they carry out “political activities”, such as political rallies.

“The UN rapporteur is jumping the gun on allegations of criminalising NGOs,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday, noting that the government is merely carrying out investigations.

Yesterday, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to peaceful assembly and association Maina Kiai said Putrajaya should not criminalise civil society organisations for receiving foreign funding when businesses and governments also have such funding sources. (more…)

Prisons dept: We never allowed Anwar to call press conference

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Hassan-Sakimon_anwar_6001The Prisons Department did not allow former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to call a press conference while in court as claimed by a news portal, said Prisons Department deputy director-general (Security and Corrections) Hassan Sakimon.

He said an evaluation of the video clip carried by the portal found that Anwar spoke to the press while being escorted out after the end of proceedings at the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Syariah Appeals Court here yesterday.

Each time Anwar was escorted to court, he said the officers escorting him would often be blocked by pressmen and members of the public, which made it possible for oral interaction to happen. This was beyond the control of the department.

“The existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) are enlisted to ensure escorting of all convicts, including Anwar, are implemented with safety as the top priority,” he said in a statement here. (more…)

PKR: Don’t rush high-speed rail project

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high-speed-rail-terminusPKR has urged Putrajaya to wait for Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) to complete its electric train service (ETS) between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru before going ahead with its high-speed rail project (HSR).

The party’s strategic director Sim Tze Tzin cautioned that rushing the HSR, which leads back and forth between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, could result in a waste of billions of ringgit.

“According to economists, the HSR requires 140 million trips a year to ‘break even’. This is equivalent to 384,000 trips per day.

“The population of Malaysia, Singapore and tourists are not sufficient to meet that demand,” he said in a statement today.

Sim claimed that though the HSR was faster than the ETS, the difference in travel time only translated to between 60 and 90 minutes. (more…)

CEO Faculty Programme gives students exposure to real-world lessons, says education minister

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Image result for Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris JusohThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Faculty Programme has given opportunities for students to understand and have a better perspective on the guest speaker’s particular field, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the programme, which enables the CEOs to share their insights and experiences with students in lecture halls, could help give them a real-world life experience from a position of someone who has been in the industry.

“The major benefits of the programme is the enhancement of the students’ educational experience as they get a chance to understand the day-to-day operation of a major organisation.

“This is important because it will show the differences between the things the students learn from textbooks and in classes from the real industry,” he told reporters after Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s (UTM) Leadership Lecture Series here today. (more…)

Buddhist monks lead protest against Najib in Yangon

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Najib-protest-in-YangonAbout 100 people, including monks, participated in a protest rally against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Mahabandoola Park in downtown Yangon yesterday, the Myanmar Times reported.

They had demanded that Myanmar’s foreign affairs ministry and the Asean grouping rebuke Najib for “not upholding Asean values”.

The protest was led by the Myanmar National Monk Union (Yangon), with its secretary U Thu Satetta saying that the group “cannot accept that they insult our nationality”.

“We will do everything we can, either protesting or sending out signed requests, because we do not want to give even an inch of our country.

“We cannot accept the fact that they insult our nationality, so even if we need to take up arms, we might do so,” he was quoted as saying by the Myanmar daily. (more…)

MACC hopes to win 80pc of people’s confidence within a year

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MACC deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil spreaking during the Semarak Integrity Programme in Putrajaya, November 15, 2016. — Bernama picThe Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is confident of commanding 80 per cent of the people’s trust and confidence as early as next year by effectively fighting corruption.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (Prevention), Datuk Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil said, this was expected to be achieved earlier than the previous target following the commission’s ongoing efforts to combat corruption, regardless of rank and position.

“Public confidence in the MACC continued to increase from 65.8 per cent last year to 73 per cent this year.

“This is a good improvement and we are confident of surpassing the 80 per cent international standard level.

“We hope to achieve this as soon as possible, perhaps in a year,” he told reporters after the launch of the Eastern Zone-level Anti-Corruption Awareness Campaign at the Temerloh Rest and Recreation area (eastbound), here, today.

It was launched by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Source : Bernama Online

Ti: What happens to a non-Muslim if he sells alcohol to a Muslim?

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ti-lian-kerBarisan Nasional must clearly state whether shariah enforcement officers can arrest and detain non-Muslims during a raid before agreeing to amend Act 355 to strengthen the powers of shariah courts.

MCA spokesman Ti Lian Ker asked what would happen to a non-Muslim who sold alcohol to a Muslim.

“Will he be fined?

“What happens when a Muslim man is nabbed in bed with a non-Muslim woman?What happens to her then?”

Ti, who is the party’s religious harmony bureau chairman, pointed out that the prime minister had repeatedly assured non-Muslims that the proposed amendments to Act 355 — or the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 — would not affect them and they would not be applied to non-Muslims. (more…)

Now, LFL under probe over Soros funding

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Eric Paulsen (pictured second right) of Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) has been summoned by the police to give his statement over funding from US billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF). — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaAfter electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 and the Bar Council, the police are now investigating Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) to ascertain if it also received funds from US billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Eric Paulsen of LFL and three others from Bersih 2.0 were summoned to the Bukit Aman to give their statements over the matter today.

According to lawyer R. Sivarasa, the police did not specify the purpose of questioning LFL.

“The police just said it was in relation with the recent raid at the Bersih’s office and maybe they are trying to connect the dots to see if LFL is trying to overthrow the government in undemocratic ways,” he told reporters outside the police headquarters. (more…)

‘I never met Altantuya, but was accused of her murder’

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najib-altantuya.Umno President Najib Razak mocked the opposition today, claiming they had a tendency to link him to high profile murders, including that of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu.

Najib said opposition parties were fond of spreading lies about him, not because of who he was, but because of the position he held.

“Every time there is a murder, I must be involved in it.

“Even when it concerns someone I don’t know. I have never met Altantuya, but I was accused of her murder. (more…)

November 30, 2016

Baru insists Act 355 amendment is Hudud

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Image result for baru bianState PKR chairman Baru Bian maintains that the amendment of the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction Act 1965) (Act 355) is introduction of Hudud law in essence no matter how it is called.

He said Sarawakian politicians should not just accept that the amendment of Act 355 was not Hudud just because Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said it was not.

“Whatever names you call it, it is Hudud in all forms and in essence. They are now trying to say that it is not Hudud to get the support from the component parties,” Baru told The Borneo Post yesterday.

The Ba Kelalan state assemblyman said state PKR’s stance remained the same and there was no wavering. (more…)

Second Trunk Road, highway proposed

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Masing showing the route of the proposed Sarawak Expressway and Sebuyau/Sri Aman/Betong Road.

THE Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (MIDT) is proposing construction of Sarawak Expressway or the Second Trunk Road which runs from Sibu to Kuching, between current coastal road and the Pan Borneo Highway.

According to its minister, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing who brought up the proposal at the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday, the road which is expected to cost RM5 billion would reduce travelling distance from Sibu to Kuching by 200km.

“It means you and I can save our travelling from Kuching to Sibu or vice-versa by at least two to two-and-a-half hours,” said Masing when delivering his winding-up speech. (more…)

SEB committed to supporting education of Penans in Belaga

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Sharbini (sixth right) presents a cheque to Masing while Nyabong (third left), Liwan (fourth left) and others look on. Sarawak Energy Bhd remains committed to supporting the education of the Penans in Belaga and those affected by the Murum HEP by contributing to the Bakun Charitable Trust for the second year.

Its chief executive officer (CEO) Sharbini Suhaili presented a cheque for RM200,000 to the chairman of Bakun Charitable Trust who is also Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing at his office in the State Legislative Assembly building here yesterday.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between SEB and Bakun Charitable Trust last year to provide further education support for the Penans in Belaga District, especially those directly affected by the newly-completed Murum HEP.

The MoU defines how a special education fund worth RM200,000 annually, parked under the Bakun Charitable Trust, will be utilised to support the education needs of the Penans. (more…)

Rep wants guarantee for poor Kuching flat residents

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wong-king-wei__sarawak_flat_600The future of 531 families staying in the oldest low-cost housing flats here is not assured despite the state vesting the land in the care of the Kuching South Municipal Council (MBKS).

Padungan DAP assemblyman Wong King Wei said families staying on the 14-acre land in the city’s Golden Triangle still risked being evicted in the future as ownership of the land remained in a technical limbo.

He said the current state government’s guarantee for the residents to stay on may not preclude future city development.

“This is the worrying part. This land is a legacy left behind by the British government for the poor here. (more…)

Lawyer: Abusing security laws hurts Malaysia’s image in war against terrorism

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The Bar Council had a small candlelight vigil outside their premises to protest against Sosma after a forum, November 29, 2016. Andrew Khoo is pictured in the centre. ― Picture by Boo Su-LynA Bar Council member told Putrajaya today that abusing security legislation will cause other countries to doubt Malaysia’s reliability in the global fight against terrorism.

Bar Council human rights committee co-chair Andrew Khoo pointed out that in cases like the detention of activist Maria Chin Abdullah under an anti-terrorism law, the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), the Bersih 2.0 chief’s activities would not constitute terrorism or a national security threat in other nations, but an ordinary expression of one’s fundamental liberties.

“I think it’s very, very dangerous to misuse national security and counter terrorism legislation.

“It raises deep and serious questions about our sincerity as a genuine partner in the global war against terrorism,” Khoo told a forum organised by the Bar Council titled “Sosma: The new ISA?”. (more…)

Hadi, PM tango on Syariah Amendment Bill

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Finally, one perceptive and intrepid Muslim legislator has pointed out the obvious: that the back and forth over PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s motion to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or Act 355 is simply a political ploy by PAS and BN so that they can claim to be the real champions of Islam.

In the latest development, Hadi, on the last day of the current Parliament sitting, has again tabled and deferred his motion, citing the need to allow time for it to be studied. This was similarly done on the last day of the May Parliament sitting.

According to Salor state assembly person Husam Musa the action indicates that Hadi’s motion will only be debated after the 14th general election. It also explains why the Government had initially prioritised the motion when it was first tabled but now has allowed it to be deferred to what Husam sees is an “equilibrium point” that is beneficial to PAS, Umno and BN component parties.

Husam’s analysis makes sense. (more…)

Borneo Church wants to grill home ministry on affidavits

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sib_law_600Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) wants to cross-examine the home ministry on its affidavits on the church’s lawsuit regarding the seizure of its religious books.

SIB lawyer Bobby Chew said they will be filing an application on the cross-examination.

“We have not finalised the contents we want them to explain in court,” he said. “We will inform the court on Dec 14 on the matter.”

The SIB lawsuit will be heard on Feb 20 next year.

SIB’s lawsuit initially began as a judicial review but has since been converted to an originating summons.

The change followed the Court of Appeal commenting on the judicial review being in doubt as the government had returned its religious books in January 2008.

The judicial review was filed by SIB to challenge the government’s seizure of its religious books.

Source : Ho Kit Yen@FMT Reporters Online

No more talk of leaving, Najib tells Sabah, Sarawak

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najibs-sabah-sarawak-1There will be no more talk of Sabah and Sarawak’s secession from Malaysia. It is not going to happen, Prime Minister Najib Razak said today.

“If it is something we did, which clearly violated the agreement and took away the rights of the people of Sarawak and Sabah, then we will make amends.

“Any amendment to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 must not go against the Federal Constitution,” he told The Sun Daily today.

Najib also told non-Muslims not to concern themselves with Hadi’s Bill, which seeks to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 to enhance the powers of the shariah courts. (more…)

As AGM kicks off, Umno told to prepare for GE14

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak tells Umno to prepare for the 14th general elections. ― Reuters picNajib Razak has blown the “war horn” for the party to get ready for the 14th General Elections.

Party leaders who attended the closed-door presidential briefing of this year’s Umno annual general assembly said Najib had instructed the party machinery to begin the groundwork immediately.

“He told us to be prepared. He wanted us to make early preparations for the general election.

“We don’t know when but the war horn had been blown for Umno to be ready for the polls,” Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin told reporters after attending the briefing at Putra World Trade Centre here. (more…)

Singaporeans share grades to fight kiasu

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Singaporeans have been sharing their exam results and current careers, in an effort to fight stigma over “mediocre” scores.

BBC News reported that the results of the high-stakes primary school leaving exam, which students sit aged 12, came out last week.

The test determines a child’s path in the competitive school system and has become a source of stress for many.

But a call for people to share stories to show how exams don’t need to decide your future has sparked an outpouring. (more…)

Maria fails to get Sosma challenge heard at High Court

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Maria Chin Abdullah and Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan are pictured after the former was released from detention on November 28, 2016. — Picture via Twiiter.com/Ambiga_SThe High Court here ruled today against hearing a habeas corpus application from Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah against her 10-day detention without trial following her release a day earlier.

High Court judicial commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan said he had yesterday received a letter from the Home Ministry’s legal adviser, which stated that Maria has been released and that the government will not be filing affidavit or court documents to respond to the case.

“The court is also not in position to decide on merits of application as the full facts are not before the court, as no affidavit in reply was filed by the respondent.

“Therefore the application for the habeas corpus writ that was filed by the applicant in this case has been dismissed,” Nordin said in a packed courtroom this afternoon, adding that he will decide on the legal costs later. (more…)

Al Jazeera crew summoned for questioning after expose on baby-selling ring

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Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim today said that the sale of babies in the country as not as simple as depicted in the Al Jazeera documentary and that authorities needed to verify the allegations in order to take action. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayThe police have called the production crew of Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera for questioning over its exclusive documentary last week exposing an alleged baby-selling syndicate in Malaysia.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim told a news conference in Putrajaya today that the sale of babies in the country as not as simple as depicted in the documentary and added that authorities needed to verify the allegations in order to take action.

“We do not deny that such cases have occurred before, but it is not rampant. It occurred three years ago; the culprits have been arrested and the babies have also been rescued.

“We need more information, such as on whether the babies were adopted or used for other purposes like sexual crimes, trade or sale of organs,” she was quoted saying in Putrajaya by The News Straits Times on its website. (more…)

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