Hornbill Unleashed

September 27, 2016

Anwar best person to lead country, survey shows

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AnwarThe people of Selangor believe Anwar Ibrahim is still the “most suitable” person to lead the country despite the former opposition leader languishing in prison.

According to a survey by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE), about 30 per cent of 1,761 registered voters in all of the state’s 56 constituencies preferred Anwar over all other opposition figures.

This included, Anwar’s one time mentor former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad (24 per cent), sacked Umno deputy president and current president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Muhyiddin Yassin (17 per cent), DAP leader Lim Kit Siang (15 per cent) and PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang (14 per cent).

Explaining the results, IDE’s Deputy Chairman Mohammad Redzuan Othman said Anwar topped the chart as his “aura and influence” were still strong in Selangor. (more…)

Penans appeal for basic amenities, preschool

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Gerawat (sixth from right) and entourage at Long Balau. The Penans in Ulu Seridan are appealing to the government to provide them with basic amenities and preschool facilities for their children.

Among their requests are clean piped-water, 24-hour power supply, telephone connectivity and repairs to schools and longhouses.

Mulu assemblyman Dato Gerawat Gala, during his visit to remote Penan settlements in the interior of Baram, was inundated with requests from his constituents. During his four-day journey, beginning Sept 22, he travelled to Long Balau in Ulu Seridan on the first day to meet Penans from three settlements.

The journey included a three-hour drive on treacherous logging roads. He was accompanied by new Long Lama District Officer Baru Tai, Penghulu Freddy Abun and longhouse chief (KK) Lagang Tipung of Long Seridan. (more…)

The question for Umno come redelineation

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The recent Electoral Commission exercise in redelineation has not only raised eyebrows. It has also sparked an unprecedented uproar from all quarters including from BN parties. The only visibly quiet exception has been Umno.

Umno Vice President, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has argued that “How is this a strategy by Barisan Nasional if even I as Umno’s vice-president don’t know what the EC is doing?”.

Judging from the comments of some low level BN leaders, we probably can give the benefit of the doubt to BN parties and Hisham that they have been kept in the dark on the proposed boundary changes affecting 12 parliamentary and 34 state seats. But can other Umno leaders – especially the top two – publicly make a similar declaration as Hishammuddin has done to dispel fears that the EC is not acting as Umno’s handmaiden in stealing the next election for the party in various key states if not nationally? (more…)

Altantuya’s family gets private firm to serve documents on Oz-based killer

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Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said the civil lawsuit by Altantuya’s family against her two convicted killers will come up again on October 26 for case management. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe family of murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu has engaged a private company to serve court documents to one of her two convicted killers who is currently in Australia, their lawyer said today.

Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said the civil lawsuit by Altantuya’s family against her two convicted killers will come up again on October 26 for case management, as their application to amend their statement of claim has yet to be served on ex-police commando Sirul Azhar Umar.

“We have engaged a private process server firm in Sydney for this as the Foreign Ministry here failed to do so. We hope the said documents will be delivered by the next case management date,” he said.

Last month, Ramkarpal said Altantuya’s family had waited for close to a year since they acted on the court’s instructions to hand over the necessary court documents to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, which was supposed to serve the documents on Sirul Azhar through the ministry’s consulate and processes in Sydney. (more…)

Vehicle that hit Kevin Morais’ car is mine, tailor says

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File photo showing members of the PDRM forensics team inspecting the badly burnt car, suspected to be owned by Kevin Morais, in Hutan Melintang on September 6, 2015. — Bernama picThe four-wheel-drive vehicle which rammed into the car driven by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais whose body was found in a cemented drum, belongs to a tailor, the High Court was told today.

The tailor, S.Yogeswari, 37, said the black Mitsubishi Triton with registration number PEP 1135, belonged to her, but was used by a man known as Rajendran, who is her worker’s husband.

She said she had two cars, namely the Triton and a Perodua Kembara, but she had only used the Kembara, while Rajendran used the Triton.

The 37th witness said this during the examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Saiful Edris Zainuddin, at the Kevin Morais murder trial which entered its 25th day today. (more…)

The damning of all PTPTN borrowers

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The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) says that it is always open for negotiations with borrowers with difficulties in making repayments, which include negotiations for restructuring of loans, opening the state and branch PTPTN offices, operating on weekends and after office hours for some branch offices and providing online payment services.

When saying the above,  PTPTN must ensure that there are officers who would actually pick up the phone instead of blindly making claims.

Several weeks back, I tried calling the PTPTN officer to enquire on how to make repayment via the Employee’s Provident Fund (EPF) but no one picked up my call.

After calling at least 10 numbers or more, I decided to call the Kuala Lumpur branch general manager to enquire about the repayment process. (more…)

Muslim group defends need for second halal logo

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ikiam-jakim-halalA Muslim NGO defended the need for a second halal logo, stressing it was to cater to Muslims who were still doubtful about the products they purchased.

Malaysian Institute of International Islamic Cooperation (Ikiam) Chairman Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the introduction of the second logo was because some Muslims were skeptical over products already certified “halal”, hence the second logo would allay such fears.

Zahidi, who is Padang Besar (Perlis) Umno division chief, is also the chairman of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) which announced last Saturday that it was partnering Ikiam in launching a new halal logo for companies that were owned by Muslims.

The announcement generated a lot of controversy with even Muslim groups and religious leaders criticising the move. (more…)

Emulate Selangor’s freedom of information law, C4 tells Penang

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Penang Institute’s Freedom of Information forum discusses the Freedom of Information (FOI) laws of Penang and Selangor, September 27, 2016. — Pix by KE OoiPenang should review its Freedom of Information (FOI) law to follow Selangor’s implementation, said Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) founding director Cynthia Gabriel.

“We found the enactment in Selangor was much better and (while) the enactment was not great, but between the two, Selangor was better,” she said during a FOI forum organised by Penang Institute here.

Among others, she noted that Penang’s definition of the CAT (competency, accountability and transparency) principles was unclear, unlike Selangor.

She also said Selangor’s version has an information officer that will attend to requests.

Selangor also has exceptions that were limited and specific, but this was more expansive in Penang. (more…)


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PARDON me for this lengthy article but I feel that it is necessary to refresh our memory of the two major recessions that we had gone through in 1986 and 1997-98 respectively. It may also be helpful to students of economic, finance and politics.

Although these crises were caused by different factors, the swift and decisive handling by the government had limited their effects on the country and its people.

The 1986 crisis was caused by the collapsed of commodities prices all at the same time. This is the curse of dependency on commodities. Demand and hence prices could fall suddenly, resulting in crisis.

On the other hand the 1997/98 recession was financial in nature. It was triggered mainly by the private sector borrowing heavily in the US dollars. When speculators attacked Asian currencies, many private sector companies became insolvent. (more…)

Survey shows Pakatan popular with 59pc of voters

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Institut Darul Ehsan’s Prof Dato’ Dr. Mohammad Redzuan Othman speaking during a press conference in Shah Alam September 27, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaVoter approval of Pakatan Harapan in Selangor is at 59 per cent, according to a survey conducted by think tank Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE).

This compared favourably to Barisan Nasional’s 29 per cent. Twelve per cent of respondents were undecided.

“The support for Pakatan did drop significantly to 35 per cent when Pakatan Rakyat broke up, but now the support has increased again,” IDE deputy chairman Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman said, referring to Pakatan’s approval ratings from 2011 till this year.

Despite the demise of the pact, PAS, DAP and PKR maintained their alliance in Selangor to keep the state government intact. (more…)

Sarawak Yang diPertua Negeri opens RM4.1b Murum Dam in Belaga

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Picture shows the Murum Hydroelectric Dam, about 200 kilometres away in Murum in interior Belaga, Sarawak. — Bernama picSarawak Energy Berhad’s (SEB) largest hydropower construction project, the Murum Hydroelectric Dam, about 200 kilometres away in Murum in interior Belaga, was officially declared open today.

Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud declared open the RM4.1 billion dam capable of supplying up to 944MW of “sustainable, renewable and affordable” energy for the state.

Abdul Taib was joined by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, SEB chairman Datuk Amar Hamed Sepawi and its chief executive officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit and others at the function held at the plant site.

Also present were state cabinet ministers, elected federal and state representatives, government officials, community leaders, residents of the Murum Resettlement Area (for about 1,400 people affected by the project) and other invited guests. (more…)

Analyst: Early GE14 to avoid a stronger PPBM

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Ooi-Kee-Beng-bersatu-1Najib Razak may be inclined to call for an early general election (GE14) in light of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) formation, a political analyst with a Singapore think tank said yesterday.

According to Ooi Kee Beng, PPBM, led by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, may look like further dividing the Malay votes but they instead pose a more real threat to Umno than Amanah, which did reasonably well in twin by-elections held in June.

“PPBM has the clear tactical goal of enticing Umno’s middle rank to defect, and the numbers who jump ship do not have to be big for sufficient parliamentary seats to go to the opposition.

“It therefore makes good sense for Barisan Nasional (BN) not to take chances and instead plan for early elections to pre-empt any momentum that PPBM might be expected to gain,” Ooi wrote in Singapore’s Straits Times yesterday, suggesting that this is also supported by the growing sentiment that the PAS leadership is more willing than ever to negotiate with BN. (more…)

US suit withdrawal: Matthias slams Salleh on YouTube

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Matthias-Chang_Salleh-Keruak_600Prominent lawyer Matthias Chang has slammed federal minister Salleh Said Keruak in a video, using a combination of Islamic phrases and curses.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Chang, who was the former political secretary to former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, appeared to lash out at Salleh over the latter’s comments about the withdrawal of civil suits pertaining to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in the United States.

The US suit was filed on Aug 11 by Chang and Salor Assemblyman Husam Musa.

Speaking from his rostrum, emblazoned with the words “Prioritise Allah Not Najib, Prioritise Allah Not Umno”, Chang launched a tirade against the communications and multimedia minister. (more…)

Survey: Selangor voters prefer Hishammuddin over Zahid for PM

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Hishammuddin-Hussein,-Ahmad-Zahid-Hamidi,-Khairy-Jamaluddin,-Selangor,-survey.Selangorians prefer Hishammuddin Hussein over Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to succeed Najib Razak as the nation’s number one, a survey has revealed.

According to a poll by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE), 32 per cent of the 1,761 respondents in the state favoured the Umno vice-president. Zahid and the party’s Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin bagged 31 per cent and 28 per cent of the votes respectively. The survey was conducted between Aug 26 and Aug 30.

Umno Information Chief Annuar Musa and Umno Supreme Council Member Mustapa Mohamed scored the lowest with 4 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.

“Hishammuddin scored the highest among Malay and Chinese voters with 33 per cent for each race. Only 26 per cent of the Indian voters surveyed expressed preference for him. (more…)

Our true Malaysian faces

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The faces of Malaysia in China singing Chinese songs and amazing the Chinese worldwide are not Chinese at all.

They are the faces of true Malaysians, who do not identify themselves with any race because of what their parents are, what the DNAs are or what their MyKad says.

Shila Amzah first opened the doors when she won the top prize in the show in Asian Wave in 2012.

Now, the ages have gotten younger and even those who do not speak Chinese or not listen to Chinese songs can only be astounded and amazed by the vocal abilities of Lee Pei Ling, 15, and Adinda Tasya Mansor, 11, in singing the songs in Chinese, a language which is not easy to master when singing. (more…)

Bersih 2.0 slams voter registration cash incentive

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Maria-ChinIt is wrong for any MP to resort to offering cash incentives to lure youngsters to register as voters, says electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.

Chin was responding to a recent campaign headed by a PKR-linked NGO Invoke, where Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli had pledged RM300,000 of his personal savings to assist the campaign.

“I think it is very pathetic for an NGO to go through such lengths to ensure that youngsters register as voters,” she said, adding that she disagreed with Invoke’s move to attract prospective voters with cash incentives.

“Personally, I don’t quite agree with that because people should voluntarily register. This is your right and the general elections only takes place once in five years.” (more…)

Khairuddin mum on move to DAP or PKR

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PKR,-DAP,-Khairuddin-Abu-Hassan,-Muhyiddin,-Mahathir,-PPBMFormer Umno leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan is tight-lipped on claims that he is set to join either DAP or PKR in the near future.

Earlier today, FMT reported that a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) party insider claimed Khairuddin, a staunch supporter of PPBM Chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was set to join either DAP or PKR.

This, the insider claimed, was because Khairuddin had been repelled by the leadership style of PPBM protem president Muhyiddin Yassin.

When contacted on the claims, Khairuddin, the former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief, simply told FMT “no comment”. When pressed for an answer, he said, “anything is possible in politics and I will issue a statement in due time.” (more…)

Anwar ahead of Dr M as most popular opposition figure in Selangor

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File picture shows Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad meeting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the first time after 18 years in Kuala Lumpur, September 5, 2016. — Picture courtesy of Lawyers for LibertyImprisoned PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim remains the most popular Opposition personality among Selangor voters, a survey by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) has found.

Anwar’s approval rating among five Opposition personalities was 30 per cent, while former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad received a 24 per cent approval rating.

Anwar is serving a five-year prison sentence following his 2015 conviction for sodomy.

IDE polled the popularity of five Opposition figures, with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang coming in last with only a 14 per cent of the votes. (more…)

BN could win S’gor if no snap polls, warns Amanah

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Khalid-SamadAmanah has warned that the Selangor government could fall in the next election if the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation exercise is carried out and PAS refuses to cooperate with Pakatan Harapan.

Amanah Communications Director Khalid Samad claimed that studies the party had carried out showed that it would only be wise to reject the idea of snap polls in Selangor if there is a guarantee that either one of these factors would not take place.

“Therefore, Amanah is calling for a presidential meeting with all Pakatan Harapan component parties to discuss whether or not there was such a guarantee.

“Amanah is of the view that if there is no guarantee that one of these possibilities will not occur, then it is only rational that Selangor carries out snap elections in order to thwart the evil plan carried out by the EC which has allowed itself to become a tool for BN to continue oppressing the rakyat,” Khalid, who is also the MP for Shah Alam said at a press conference in his office here today. (more…)

Rafizi’s cash prize an insult to youths

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The opposition has always cried foul of the ruling coalition dangling carrots to get the voters to vote for them. The ruling coalition in return has said that the benefits are the people’s rights returned to them.

Now, the opposition people themselves have decided to beat the ruling coalition at its game: by dangling, not quietly and not carrots, cash prizes to motivate unregistered youth voters to get to the electoral roll.

It is almost akin to leading the dog to its dinner plate by tying a bone on a string.

Malaysiakini reported recently that PKR-linked NGO Invoke is dangling a cash prize to motivate some four million unregistered youth voters to get on the electoral roll. (more…)

Condom question in PT3 trial exam paper upsets netizens

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condom,-education-ministry,-pt3-trial-exam,-form-3-students,-school,-social-media,-science-subject,-condom-salesThe answer to a question on condoms being sold openly, in a Form 3 PT3 trial exam paper, has people on social media voicing their outrage.

The photo of the exam paper with the question and the ensuing answer given by a student was first posted on Facebook yesterday. It has since been shared by thousands of Malaysians on social media.

The main complaint from among people on social media was that the student had written a factually correct answer on a question, but it was marked wrong instead.

The paper is for the Science subject from the PT3 trial exam which was said to have taken place recently. (more…)

September 26, 2016

Save Rivers slams S’wak govt for approving Baleh Dam

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PETER-KALLANG_save-rivers_600A pro-environment group called for the Sarawak government to stop its obsession with mega dams if it really cares about the economy, environment and especially, its people.

In a statement entitled “Sarawak must invest in alternative energy”, Save Rivers Chairman Peter NJ Kallang said the Sarawak Government’s green light for the Baleh Dam was appalling.

“Mega dams are obsolete and destructive. That’s why thousands of dams are being dismantled in developed countries.

“They recognise ugly facts,” he said.

He added that mega dams are being removed because their negative effects far outweigh the “fictional” benefits. (more…)

These families are ‘middle-income’ earners, but why can’t they save?

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Many Malaysians are struggling to save enough for the future despite earning comfortably above the national average household income. — AFP file picNurjehan Mohamed, 37 and her husband Aref Omar, 39 have a joint monthly income of RM8,000 a month which puts them comfortably above the national average household income of RM6,141, according to data from Khazanah Research Institute (KRI).

Yet, they are struggling to save more than RM100 a month despite only having one child who hasn’t started school.

Both Nurjehan, who is a senior public relations executive and Aref, a journalist, work in KL while they live in Serdang so they spend quite a bit on their daily commute.

Half their monthly earnings is spent on a combination of their utility bills, insurance for the three of them, repayment on Nurjehan’s Perodua Alza car loan and financing renovation work to their three-bedroom condo. (more…)

Friends of Sarawak Museum eager for more volunteers

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Guests posing in front of the fort during the Garden Tea Party with FoSM. — Photos by Georgette TanFriends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) is eager to welcome more willing hands and creative minds to help out with their upcoming heritage projects.

FoSM President Rebecca D’Cruz said that in January next year, they would launch their Three-Year Strategic Plan and to continue their work of the last four years, which consisted, among others, of organising public talks and events.

“Our members also helped document and research information related to the textile museum and Chinese History Museum,” she said, adding her thanks to The Brooke Trust director Jason Desmond Anthony Brooke and his team for creating a new heritage product for Kuching.

D’Cruz was speaking at the Garden Tea Party organised by FoSM, which was held in the inner courtyard of Fort Margherita. (more…)

Penans’ interest in Murum to be taken care of — Liwan

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Image result for Penans’ interest in MurumThe construction of the Murum hydroelectric power (HEP) dam will not be successfully implemented without the cooperation of all parties, especially the Penans in the area, said Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang.

Liwan, who is also Assistant Minister for River Transportation and Safety, said the Penans were able to accept the development project well after efforts, including ongoing information on the need to implement it was disseminated to the community.

He said the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) also played a role in the successful relocation of the Penans to two resettlement areas, Tegulang and Metalum which were completed.

Together with SEB and Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chuk Pai Ugon, a strategy had been drafted to transform the lifestyle of the Penans, involving the Murum HEP. (more…)

Efforts to track down Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang ongoing — CP

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Image result for fugitive businessman Datuk Stephen Lee Chee KiangThe state police has stressed that efforts to track down fugitive businessman Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, the alleged mastermind in the murder of PKR activist Bill Kayong, is ongoing via Interpol Malaysia.

In a statement issued yesterday, State Police Commissioner Datuk Mazlan Mansor said police would not stop in their attempts to pursue Lee, who is currently believed to be in Australia, as well as another still-at-large individual implicated in the murder.

“State police wishes to confirm that efforts are underway through Interpol Malaysia to track down Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, who is now overseas.

“Our efforts will not cease until Datuk Stephen Lee and another still-at-large suspect are brought to face justice,” he said. (more…)

Brooke Gallery opens at Fort Margherita

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Abang Johari (centre) looks on as Jason and Ipoi exchange mementos at the opening of the Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita opposite the Kuching Waterfront. — photos by Jeffrey Mostapha The iconic Fort Margherita, which now has been turned into Brooke Gallery, opened its doors to the public yesterday after it was officiated by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

A collaboration between the State Museum Department, Tourism Cultural and Heritage Sarawak and the Brooke Trust, the gallery showcases belongings from the Brooke family and artefacts during their time as the White Rajah.

With items provided by the Brooke Trust itself and also the Museum Department, the project received volunteer support from the state, United Kingdom and also Australia.

Abang Johari in his speech at the opening said the gallery serves as a reminder to the newer generation of Sarawak’s history, a period where it was ruled by the Brooke family. (more…)

Sarawak to consider Selangor as model for non-Islamic affairs agency

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Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (pictured) said the state government wanted to place its non-Muslim affairs unit on a firm footing before it started operating. — File picSarawak will study how Selangor handles non-Muslim affairs for guidance on the east Malaysian state’s proposed Non-Islamic Religious Affairs Unit, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today.

Uggah also said the draft of the organisational structure for the agency was being finalised.

“The state government wants to see the unit on a firm footing before it starts operating before year end,” he said when asked to comment on the status of the unit that was announced three months ago.

Uggah explained that Selangor was chosen as a possible model as the state has a unit to deal with non-Islamic religious matters. (more…)

Curtin Baram Project begins new phase

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Three main areas of research, conducted by Curtin University in Baram and the sea offshore Miri. — Photos by Curtin Sarawak and Cecilia SmanCurtin University is actively conducting research in the Baram Region to ascertain the status and the underlying mechanisms operating within the ecosystem.

The research project titled Curtin Baram Project is an integrated series of studies, covering some 24,000 square kilometres of the Baram region from the highlands to the Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park (MSCRNP) offshore Miri.

Several teams of researchers from Curtin University are currently conducting studies in different parts of the region.

According to Professor Clem Kuek, director of the Curtin Sarawak Research Institute (CSRI) and Curtin University Sarawak’s dean of Research & Development, the data collected in all the studies within the Curtin Baram Project will have lasting value, providing reference points for research-informed management of the ecosystem of the peoples in the region. (more…)

Group protests opening of Brooke Gallery

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The demonstrators outside the gallery compound.Anak Warisan Sarawak (Awas) held a peaceful protest outside the compound of Fort Margherita yesterday against the opening ceremony of the Brooke Gallery.

Group leader Yusuf Jaili claimed Awas, which consists of several associations, opposed the opening as it glorified the Brooke legacy.

“No states or countries in the world would build a gallery specially to showcase those who had invaded them,” he claimed.

Yusuf called on Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who officiated at the opening, and the Brooke Trust to close the gallery.

He also presented a memorandum to Abang Johari on the issue.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari pointed out that the gallery did not seek to glorify the Brookes.

“History is still history and we cannot erase them from us. Whether it is valid or not, I leave it to experts and historians to decide,” he said.

He urged the group members to think rationally and use an intellectual approach in their decisions.

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The scars which Mahathir left

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Former PM, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a shrewd and wily, politician.

For 22 years, he ruled Malaysia with an iron fist. He knows the Malays, inside out. He is aware of their character flaws and strong points. He knows them better than they know themselves.

He may have left office, but the young, many of whom know very little about his tenure, revere him.

They gaze adoringly at the Petronas Twin Towers and wax lyrical about him.

The kampung folk are grateful that they can afford their kapchais or their Protons. When Mahathir goes on a walkabout, in a village, people rush up to him, to kiss his hand. (more…)

Mega dams bring more harm than good, says SAVE Rivers chief

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Image result for Peter KallangThe Save Sarawak Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) views the decision by the state government to carry on with the Baleh dam project is ‘appalling’.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) chairman Peter Kallang stressed that if the state government cared for the well-being of the people, such obsession with mega dam projects must stop.

“These dams are obsolete and destructive — thousands of dams are being dismantled in developed countries, which have recognised the ugly facts (about dam development). Sarawak ought to start investing in alternative energy now,” he said in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

Is it right to publicise a hostage plea?

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The media is a very powerful tool and as much as media may want to be popular, it is very important that it remains cautious of the issue it is writing on all the time.

Journalists and editors must always remember there are repercussions for everything that is published and sometimes it can be fatal to the sources.

Case in point is the exclusive report by The Star today in which the journalists had spoken personally to the hostages being held at ransom in Jolo, Philippines.

The Star reported today that an SOS message has been sent out by a Malaysian hostage held by Abu Sayyaf, pleading for help as he has been starving and beaten up. (more…)

So? Is Najib going to hand over power to Zahid? Should he?

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Najib Abdul Razak is expected to call for snap elections as early as March next year.

So what? Does this mean that Najib will step down and hand over the reins to his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, before or after the polls?

That is why Zahid is at the United Nations General Assembly instead of Najib, right?

Long story short, as has been pointed out time and again, no, Najib is not going to step down.

Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown does not think he will quit, and neither do analysts. (more…)

When plastic barriers are not enough…

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Company supervisor Izwan Isa, 39, and his four-year-old daughter Nurzulaikha Izwan were killed in the tragedy yesterday when a racing go-kart smashed plastic barriers and plunged onto the spectators by the side.

The wife and son also suffered serious injuries.

The family of four were part of the crowd watching Educational Innovation of Motorsports and Automotive Race (EIMARace), held near the Sukpa Complex in Indera Mahkota, Kuantan.

The race, was jointly- organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and the Pahang state government through Tourism Pahang, and participated by 51 teams from the country’s public and private universities. (more…)

S4S: Brooke Dynasty era should be recognized as Sarawakian

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jabun-s4sSarawak for Sarawakians (S4S), an NGO, called for the true history of the country to be taught to avoid protests like that which happened on Saturday during the opening of the Brooke Gallery in Kuching.

It wants Sarawak to have autonomy in education so that history can be taught in the homeland based on the truth and not collective amnesia driven by politics.

The protests by a group, “Anak Warisan Sarawak”, made inaccurate claims about Sarawak history in objecting to the opening of the Brooke Gallery, said S4S spokespersons Peter John Jaban and Karen Shepherd in a statement.

They stressed the Brooke Dynasty era should be recognized for their ability to see the value of the people of Sarawak, whether leaders, craftsman or others. (more…)

Consumer groups: New halal logo may confuse Muslims

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Women pay their bills at a wet market in Shah Alam outside Kuala Lumpur January 22, 2014. — Reuters picThe proposed new halal logo for Muslim-made products may encourage the use of false logos and raise doubts on whether such items are genuinely permissible for Muslims, local consumer groups said today.

Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association (Fomca) deputy president Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman said the Malaysia International Institute of Islamic Cooperation (Ikiam) should not go ahead with issuing the new halal logo, as it is against current laws on halal certification.

He pointed out that the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) and state Islamic departments — which are given the sole mandate by the government under local laws to issue halal certificates — use a “standard halal logo”.

“Why should Ikiam come out with own halal logo? There should be only one halal logo for the country. (more…)

1MDB scandal is quite damaging, concedes Nazir

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In an interview with the magazine Euromoney, CIMB bank chairperson Nazir Razak shares his views on the 1MDB scandal and being dragged into the imbroglio.

Published in its September issue, the article’s writer noted how two days before the meeting with Nazir, a brother of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, the United States Department of Justice filed a civil suit in relation to alleged abuse of 1MDB funds.

“When you agree to an interview, you don’t imagine what’s going to happen two days beforehand,” Nazir had told the writer, who claimed that the banker honoured the interview against the advice of his communications advisers, “three of whom joined us in the room with a barrage of notebooks and tape recorders”.

Responding to a question on the impact of the 1MDB scandal on Malaysia at an international level, Nazir conceded that it has never been harder to represent Malaysia than it is now. (more…)

Mukhriz: Sympathy won’t get me through GE14

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Mukhriz-MahathirMukhriz Mahathir admits that many people in Kedah have accepted Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) out of sympathy over his removal as the Kedah mentri besar earlier this year.

As a result, he believes that PPBM must first prove it is capable of forming a government that protects the interest of the people.

“I cannot bank on sympathy alone to get me through the 14th General Election,” Mukhriz was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian.

In February, Mukhriz resigned as the Kedah MB, following a leadership crisis that plagued the state for two weeks. (more…)

Proficiency in English language vital — Abg Jo

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Abang Johari receives a ‘Child Care Handbook’ from a little girl. With them on stage are (from left) Sharifah Hasidah, Juma’ani,Fatimah and Adi.Mastering the English language is important as it is the primary language of global trade and commerce.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said English was also the lingua franca of business, science and technology.

“We need people with good English not only for business dealings with foreigners but also to promote tourism,” he said at the closing of the 11th Pre-School Education Convention here yesterday.

Abang Johari told those present that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem gave strong emphasis to the English language because he was aware of its immense importance. (more…)

Lawyers: MOH shouldn’t consult Fatwa Council on abortion in Zika cases

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A four-month-old baby born with microcephaly is held by his mother in front of their house in Olinda, near Recife, Brazil, February 11, 2016. — Reuters picThe Ministry of Health is abdicating its responsibility by referring to the National Fatwa Council for guidelines on abortions in Zika cases, the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) said today.

The women’s lawyers group said there was no basis for the ministry to consult the National Fatwa Council as the law does not require a religious body to give their opinion and pointed out that matters relating to Islam are confined to personal law and doctrines, according to the Federal Constitution.

“Given that the risks associated with Zika infections in individual pregnancies can only be determined by a medical practitioner’s professional judgment on the matter, the move by the Ministry of Health is an abdication of responsibilities and creates a bad precedent for future cases involving pregnancy risks.

“It is important to be mindful of the legislation and reproductive rights of the woman, so as to prevent resort to unsafe abortions,” AWL treasurer Daniella Zulkifili said in a statement. (more…)

PKR: Anwar didn’t bring in Wahhabism

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dr-muhamad-nur-manutyPKR has denied allegations that former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim was responsible for bringing in the Wahhabi school of Islam to Malaysia.

“There’s no connection whatsoever.

“Who is actually obsessed about this Wahhabism, Asyaari, Maturidi and Sunnis?

“This wasn’t an issue back then; we are only hearing of it now,” PKR’s Dr Muhammad Nur Manuty told FMT.

The head of PKR’s Bureau for Religious Understanding was responding to an interview given by controversial activist-cum-lawyer Siti Kasim to a news portal yesterday. (more…)

After joining Pribumi, Anina drops suit over RM2.6b against Najib

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The Court of Appeal was initially scheduled to hear today Anina Saadudin’s (right) appeal against the High Court’s December decision to strike out her lawsuit against Najib and Umno public officer Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh. — Picture by Choo Choy MaFormer Umno member Anina Saadudin has withdrawn her lawsuit against Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak to demand the return of a portion of a RM2.6 billion amount to the party, lawyers have confirmed.

Anina’s lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said his client had filed a notice of withdrawal on September 22 to drop her appeal at the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal was initially scheduled to hear today Anina’s appeal against the High Court’s December decision to strike out her lawsuit against Najib and Umno public officer Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh.

“The date has been taken out by the court because withdrawal was done on September 22,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today. (more…)

CIMB chief has constant worries about politics-business ties

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CIMB bank chairperson Nazir Razak has admitted that he never ceases to worry about the ominous links between Malaysian politics and the state of the country’s economy.

In an interview with Euromoney magazine, Nazir was asked for comment on one of his many cryptic Instagram postings – alluding to his fears for Malaysia’s future.

“Yes, I’m worried,” he is quoted in the interview titled “CIMB’s Nazir battling Malaysia’s demons” published in the September issue ofEuromoney.

“Malaysian politics has a much bigger connection to the economy and to business than in many other countries. (more…)

Make two-term limit for Penang CM your legacy, Guan Eng told

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A Penang DAP backbencher has urged Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pictured) to set an example by implementing the two-term limit on the position of chief minister. — File picLim Guan Eng should take the lead in implementing the two-term limit on the position of Penang chief minister, DAP assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu has said.

Teh, who is Tanjung Bungah assemblyman, also called for same limits for the position of Prime Minister and Mentri Besar.

“The two-term limit can prevent misuse of power. I appeal to DAP to take the lead starting from Penang.

“I appeal to DAP sec-gen Lim Guan Eng to take the lead, with his position as a chief minister, to make this his legacy in political reform,” The Star Online quoted Teh as saying at a news conference. (more…)

Right time to invest in Uber?

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In April 2005, Accel Partners paid US$12.7 million (RM52.3 million) for a 15 per cent stake in Facebook. By 2012, the start-up was valued at US$83.5 billion. It was US$367.5 billion as on Sept 23 this year.

In a span of 11 years, the US$12.7 million investment had grown 4,340 times to more than US$55 billion.

In 2011, Uber was valued at U$60 million and speculative investors are pushing it past US$70 billion, which will be 1,166 times more than five years ago.

Malaysia’s Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP) recently invested US$30 million in Uber, which is equivalent to 0.04 per cent of US$70 billion. (more…)

Follow law in redelineation disputes, Maria tells EC

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Maria-ChinThe Election Commission (EC) must strictly follow the law over any disputes pertaining to the redelineation proposal it has announced, and not bow to pressure from political parties, Maria Chin Abdullah said today.

Referring to a statement from Barisan Nasional Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, the Bersih 2.0 chief said the EC has to only follow provisions in the Federal Constitution on the current delineation exercise.

“The EC must go through due process as provided in the constitution unless there are somethings before the court,” Chin said, adding that only voters, state governments and local governments can voice objections against the redelineation exercise.

Tengku Adnan said yesterday that the BN would be holding a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the redelineation exercise recommended by the EC. (more…)

M’sian banks brace for profit hits as O&G firms restructure debt

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Malaysian lenders are bracing for a hit to profits this year as they bump up provisions for sour loans to the local oil and gas (O&G) services sector that has been battered by the slump in energy prices and cutbacks in projects.

The problem mirrors pain playing out in neighbouring Singapore, where the collapse of oilfield services firm Swiber Holdings Ltd has stoked concerns about the size of the city state’s biggest lender DBS Group Holdings’ exposure to the industry.

Last month, Malaysia’s Perisai Petroleum Teknologi, an offshore oil and gas services provider, said it was aiming to renegotiate terms with bondholders on a S$125 million (US$92 million) bond.

A day later, Malaysia’s biggest bank Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) reported a tripling in loan provisions that was partly responsible for a 27 percent decline in second-quarter net profit – further fanning concern about the sector. (more…)

September 25, 2016

Sexual abuse of minors too easy now

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At the moment, the lackasidical attitude of the authorities and the community with regard to sexual abuse of minors have turned Malaysia into a country where one can sexually abuse minors and get away with a mere slap on the hand.  Richard Huckle got away with it and it was the British who uncovered it, much shame heaped on Malaysian authorities.

Under the present laws, the victims become further victimised when reports are made, when they are the ones taken into custody in the name of protection.

If we check the welfare homes, we will find victims of incest cases being placed there while their relatives who violated them being allowed scot free, some not even charged.

Some of them are placed there when they show rebellious sexual behaviour and this rebellion which is actually brought upon due to the incest are stated as the reason they need to be cooped up. (more…)

PKR ‘saddened’ but understands Leiking’s decision to quit, Saifuddin says

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PKR leader and Pakatan Harapan secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah says despite quitting, Darell Leiking will continue the fight against Barisan Nasional. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng PKR has admitted it is saddened by its vice-president Darell Leiking’s decision to quit the national opposition party but understands his reasons for doing so, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said today.

According to the PKR leader and Pakatan Harapan secretary-general, Leiking has pledged to continue the fight against Barisan Nasional (BN) despite quitting.

This, Saifuddin explained, means there will be opportunities for Pakatan Harapan to work with the party Leiking will join as a part of a coalition bloc, especially in Sabah.

“I don’t think it is a blessing. PKR is saddened with him leaving. But we have an understanding. (more…)

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