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January 23, 2017

No hope for opposition in Adenan’s former seat, say academics

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jeniri-sarawak-1Sarawak opposition parties won’t stand a chance at winning the upcoming Tanjung Datu by-election, according to political analysts.

They were responding to an earlier report where Reform leader Lina Soo said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu’s (PBB) call for a “no-contest” in the by-election was contrary to democratic principles.

Speaking to FMT, associate professor Dr Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) said that opposition parties can expect to lose heavily if they decide to contest in the by-election.

“Tanjung Datu is a PBB stronghold and a rural seat too. The opposition has a slim chance of winning.” (more…)

Abang Johari: English to remain Sarawak’s second official language

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Citing English as the universal language, Abang Johari said English was widely used at international conferences. — Bernama picChief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said he will continue the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s policy to make English as the second official language in Sarawak.

“Our education system is still open, we in Sarawak, our English is still good. That is why the late Tok Nan has mentioned that besides Bahasa Malaysia, English is the official language of Sarawak.

“As your new chief minister, I also pursue that policy, the English will be the second language in Sarawak,” he said in his speech at the ‘Save SMK St Teresa’s Nite’ function here last night.

Also present were his wife, Datin Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) St Teresa principal Mary John and St Teresa board of management chairman Wong Mee King. (more…)

Empiang Jabu keeping her PBB Wanita chief post, for now

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empiang-2Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) women’s chief Empiang Jabu has said she will not follow her husband’s move in relinquishing a senior party leadership role for now.

In a surprise announcement Saturday, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said that long-time party leader Alfred Jabu Numpang would be stepping down as PBB deputy president.

Abang Johari had said he was only informed of Jabu’s decision at the party’s supreme council meeting.

Empiang, 72, said she was also taken aback by her husband’s move.

“Well, I was surprised at his decision. But it was a good decision as he is no longer directly or actively involved in politics, and he is giving way to the younger people who are already in the cabinet,” Empiang said. (more…)

Sarawak to propose to federal govt to introduce technical, academic streams from Form One

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SMK (P) Raja Zarina is pictured in Port Klang in this file picture taken on March 14, 2014. The Sarawak state government will propose to the federal government on having different streams — technical and academic — for students as early as Form One. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat IsaThe Sarawak state government will propose to the federal government on having different streams — technical and academic — for students as early as Form One.

Assistant Minister in the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office, Datuk Len Talif Salleh said this was to determine the students’ future directions, as Sarawak planned to produce 1.3 million skilled workers by 2030.

“We’re putting this proposal to the federal government and there shouldn’t be any changes once it is implemented,” he told reporters at an event, here, last night.

Len also said that the implementation of the proposal must be consistent as it would take time to show its effectiveness.

A lot of parents had realised the importance and job opportunities in the technical and vocational field, he added.

Source : @ Bernama Online

Adenan’s English policy to continue

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Sereni (third left) hands over the mock cheque to Wong witnessed by Abang Johari (centre). Also seen from second left are Hasidah, Jumaani and Mary. - Photo by Muhammad Rais SanusiSarawak will continue to make English its second official language, said newly-minted Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said he would adhere to his predecessor Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s policy of promoting English as the state’s official language.

“Our education system is still open. In Sarawak, our English is still good. That’s why the late Tok Nan (Adenan) had mentioned that English, apart from Bahasa Malaysia, is also the official language in Sarawak. I also pursue that policy,” he said at the ‘Save SMK St. Teresa’s Nite’ at Riverside Majestic Hotel here last Saturday.

Pointing out that conferences across the globe were mostly conducted in English, Abang Johari said participants who could neither understand nor speak English would be isolated. (more…)

UniKL will not recognise UEC for admission, says Ismail Sabri

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Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri denied that UniKL would accept the UEC certificate. — Picture by K.E. OoiUniversiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) has no plans to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) for admission to the varsity, said Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He  said this was because the certificate was not in tandem with the national education philosophy, which required passing in Bahasa Melayu and History for students to further studies at government institutions of higher learning.

He said despite UniKL’s status as a private institution of higher learning (IPTS), the varsity was now wholly-owned by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) which still upheld the national education philosophy.

“Although the Higher Education Ministry has allowed IPTS to take in students based on (their) UEC results since 2004, that doesn’t mean we (UniKL) must adhere…We have a choice…We will not take in students based on the certificate,” he said. (more…)

Mahathir to PAS: Time’s up

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mahathir-pas-6The time is up for PAS to make a decision on forming an electoral pact with the opposition, said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“We have made a decision, the time is up and we will decide in a PPBM supreme council meeting soon,” Mahathir was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini in an event organised by PAS splinter party Amanah in Ampang last night.

Mahathir’s confirmation came in response to Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) lecturer Maszlee Malik, who had earlier questioned PPBM’s ongoing negotiations with PAS, as well as the party’s plans to join Pakatan Harapan.

The former premier then reiterated that it is no longer a probability for PPBM to join Pakatan Harapan, but a matter of eventuality.

“If possible, we want all five parties to be in one coalition. But sadly, PAS has a stance which has made it difficult in the unification process,” he said adding that PAS had previously insisted that it will never cooperate with the DAP and Amanah. (more…)

Harapan vows to recognise UEC if it wins GE14

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Pakatan Harapan said it will recognise the United Examination Certificate (UEC) if it comes to power following the next general election.

The opposition coalition’s chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah said this is consistent with its predecessor Pakatan Rakyat’s stand on the matter.

“That was why Universiti Selangor (Unisel), which is owned by the Selangor government and led by a PKR menteri besar, has already recognised UEC,” Saifuddin said at a DAP event in Bentong.

This comes after MCA Youth urged Selangor to withdraw Unisel’s recognition of the UEC amid claims that Harapan ally Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Muhyiddin Yassin said UEC should not be recognised. (more…)

January 22, 2017

The Big Shoes of Adenan Satem

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Image result for Fairland Sarawak“I LOVE Sarawak and I want the people of Sarawak to love and care for Sarawak as much as I do.”

The 5th Chief Minister of Sarawak had left this Fairland Sarawak with those parting words.

In his three-year reign, “Sarawak” and “Sarawakians” had meant much more to the people of Sarawak and the world at large than the last 53 years.

This Fairland and her people were on his mind until his last breath.

Correspondingly, the name “Adenan Satem” was carved in the hearts of all Sarawakians. (more…)

RM38b allocated for Sabah, Sarawak’s development

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak has emphasised on development as ‘a must’ for Sabah and Sarawak in all aspects including infrastructure, in line with the Malaysian Agreement 1963. — Bernama picSabah and Sarawak have been allocated a substantial RM38 billion for the next five years because Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants both states to progress on par with the peninsula.

Sabah Finance Assistant Minister Datuk Ramlee Marahaban said the Prime Minister emphasised on development as “a must” for Sabah and Sarawak in all aspects including infrastructure, in line with the Malaysian Agreement 1963.

“Barisan Nasional led by the prime minister had implemented numerous projects that benefitted the people in Sabah and Sarawak, such as the Pan Borneo Highway.

“Sabah and Sarawak will continue to receive a lot more development impact which can narrow the income and social gap between the people in both states and the peninsula,” he told reporters.

He said this when asked to comment on the National Transformation 2050 aspired by Najib, after launching a community policing programme and crime prevention campaign in conjunction with Chinese New Year 2017 here today.

Source : @ Bernama Online

Landowners unhappy with longhouse chiefs’ intent to develop land

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Laja showing the map covering the area belonging to the inhabitants in Ulu Ngemah.The action of a group of longhouse chiefs who applied for a provisional lease (PL) to enable them to cooperate with a company to carry out certain project in Ulu Ngemah, Kanowit has displeased the landowners in the area.

A representative of the Ulu Ngemah residents, Thomas Laja Besi said the action of the longhouses chiefs was made known last week when they reapplied for PL after a previous attempt failed.

“They make use of the longhouse chaplain’s position to apply for PL because they want to carry out certain project on the estimated 9,000 hectares of land inherited from our forefathers in Ulu Ngemah for personal profit.

“We are not happy and protest against the action of these longhouse chiefs involved,” he told a press conference here yesterday. (more…)

UniKL recognises UEC as entry qualification, says MARA chairman

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Tan Sri Annuar Musa says UniKL recognises the Unified Examinations Certificate as an entry qualification to its university. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaMajlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa today clarified that the Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC) is recognised by Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) as an entry qualification to its university.

Although UniKL is under MARA, he said it is a private higher learning institution which has received approval from the Higher Education Ministry to accept applications from UEC holders.

“Many overlooked this and thought UniKL is a public university because it is under MARA, when in fact it is a private institution of higher learning.

“I have checked UniKL policies and indeed we are allowed to accept graduates of UEC and other international certification such as O-Level,” he said to reporters after visiting the Permai Learning Center in Ampang. (more…)

Reason for palm oil shortage: Only 1 factory in west Sabah

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Hamzah-ZainudinThe shortage of cooking oil-repackaging factories in western Sabah has become one of the reasons for the delay in the distribution of cooking oil supply to the markets in the area.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hamzah Zainudin said only one cooking oil-repackaging factory could be found in western Sabah, namely in Kota Kinabalu, compared to 24 factories found in eastern Sabah, especially in Sandakan and Tawau.

“Being so far away from the supplier has become one of the reasons for the delay in the distribution of cooking oil supply to the western Sabah areas, not because of insufficient supply.

“Based on calculations, the quota of cooking oil supply in Sabah is sufficient,” he told reporters after checking the prices of goods at a supermarket here today.

Also present was Sabah Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Jainab Ahmad Ayid.

Hamzah said a suitable mechanism would be identified soon to expedite the distribution of cooking oil supply to western Sabah.

Source : @ Bernama Online

Think tank predicts Chinese Malaysian population may drop below 20pc by 2030

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According to the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli), Chinese Malaysian population may drop below 20per cent by 2030. ― Picture by Choo Choy May
Malaysia’s ethnic Chinese will form less than 20 per cent of the total population in just 13 more years if their emigrating trend and low birth rates continues, according to the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli).

“If the migration trend continues to 2030, Malaysian Chinese would only account for only 19.6 per cent of the population,” its COO Ng Yeen Seen was quoted saying in an interview with news portal Free Malaysia Today published today.

According to the report, ethnic Chinese was over one-third of the local population in 1957 or 37.2 per cent. The figure fell to 24 per cent or just under a quarter four years ago.

And two years ago, the number of Chinese Malaysians contracted further to 21.4 per cent, just over six million. (more…)

Abang Johari: No Umno in Sarawak as long as I’m CM

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Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg (fourth right) with leaders of the state Barisan Nasional component parties displaying their solidarity, January 21, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg reiterated today his predecessor’s pledge to bar entry to Umno, its peninsula-based Barisan Nasional (BN) partner, for as long as he is in office.

Abang Johari said he has conveyed the message directly to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Umno president and federal BN chairman.

“I told the prime minister that we do not want Umno to come to Sarawak,” Abang Johari who is also president of the state BN lynchpin, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), told reporters after chairing a state BN supreme council meeting here.

“I have mentioned this to the prime minister that for as long as I am the chief minister I will not allow Umno to come to Sarawak,” he added. (more…)

Warisan: Let’s talk about common manifesto before seats

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shafie-afdalOpposition parties in Sabah must first talk about sharing a common manifesto and a set of policies before commencing talks on seats for the upcoming polls.

Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal likened the union of opposition parties in Sabah under one coalition to a marriage.

“It’s like getting married. If we want to get married, we have to find out whether we can connect with the girl.

“What’s the point if you are just going to fight all the time after marriage? (more…)

January 21, 2017

Religious classes suspended to facilitate probe into allegation

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Image result for Kafa teacher who allegedly forced six pupils to stripA school in Miri has suspended its Quran and Fardu Ain (Kafa) classes in order to investigate the case of a Kafa teacher who allegedly forced six pupils to strip.Minister of Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said the headmaster, who is conducting the investigation, had already interviewed the teacher – who is a local – pupils, parents and Kafa supervisor.

“The case has been investigated and the solution that was conveyed to me last night (Thursday) by the headmaster is that no Kafa classes are to be conducted until after Chinese New Year,” she said when contacted yesterday.

She was commenting on the case where the pupils were allegedly made to strip for being noisy during a Kafa class on Jan 17, which resulted in angry parents turning up at the school to demand answers. (more…)

Longhouse residents block road in NCR land dispute

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The police dismantle the boom gate.Several longhouse residents at Rantau Panjang near here used logs to block a road running through a 12-acre piece of land they claim is their NCR land on Thursday morning.

The police went there about 6pm to remove the ‘roadblock’ in the presence of Sibu deputy police chief Superintendent Martin Koo and Sibu CID head DSP Yeoh Chun Shyan.

It is believed that the police had earlier advised the residents to dismantle the blockade but to no avail.

Sibu police chief ACP Saiful Bahri in confirming the incident, said his men were monitoring the situation. After the police removed the blockade Toni Nyanau, 36, a longhouse resident lodged a police report about 7pm over the incident.

Meanwhile, it is said that the dispute over of land encroachment had been on since 1998, with a number of police reports lodged against those the local residents claim were trespassers.

Land owners also claimed that a road had been illegally constructed along the boundary of their land, and that five companies had daily access to their plantations in the vicinity.

Source : @ The Borneo Post Online

Abang Jo shouldn’t hold so many portfolios’

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peter-john_Abang-Johari_600A leader from the pro-autonomy advocacy group Sarawak For Sarawakians (S4S) has predicted a state cabinet reshuffle is “inevitable”.

S4S spokesperson Peter John Jaban said Chief Minister Abang Johari Abang Openg cannot hold so many portfolios himself.

The Sarawak cabinet remains unchanged after a swearing-in ceremony at the state assembly yesterday.

Abang Johari currently has direct authority over the ministries of finance and economic planning; resource planning and environment; housing and urbanisation; and tourism, arts and culture. (more…)

Jho Low’s kin allowed to replace trustee in bid to fight US$370mil asset seizure

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A judge has allowed a controversial Malaysian businessman and his family to take control of trusts in New Zealand as they seek to fight the seizure of assets worth US$370 million.

In December, relatives of a Malaysian businessman with ties to Hollywood, who has also been accused of money laundering, said they would launch a bid in a New Zealand court to protect his assets from being seized by the United States.

Four relatives of Low Taek Jho have filed court actions in New Zealand and the Cayman Islands to have real estate and other assets transferred to a new trustee.

The assets of Low Taek Jho – known as Jho Low – were being seized as part of an investigation into the scandal-tainted 1MDB fund, from which the US Department of Justice alleged more than US$3.5 billion (NZ$4.9 billion) was misappropriated. (more…)

‘Illegal for RTD to haul traffic offenders straight to court’

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jpj_law_600 The Road Transport Department (RTD) must have Parliament amend the law before it thinks about hauling traffic offenders to court.

Lawyers say nowhere in the Road Transport Act does it say the RTD has the right to drag offenders to court for traffic crimes when they can be fined.

They say if RTD wants to prosecute offenders for a traffic offence, the law has first to be amended to redefine which offences can be compounded and which cannot.

RTD director-general Nadzri Siron was reported to have told New Straits Times that the RTD would be hauling traffic offenders straight to court under its Chinese New Year operations if they committed seven particular road offences. (more…)

Ethnic flavour as EC redraws election boundaries in Selangor

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persempadanan-semulaThe Election Commission (EC) has drawn up more Malay majority state seats in the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government under its proposed delineation exercise, the High Court heard today.

Counsel Cyrus Das said 30 Malay predominant seats were suggested, compared to 17 currently.

“This is the result of gerrymandering and the malapportionment exercise which are against guidelines established in the Federal Constitution,” he said.

Das is appearing for the Selangor government and Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali in a judicial review application to challenge the EC’s delineation exercise. He said Chinese majority seats had gone up from five to eight. (more…)

TN50 not needed, we are already tops, in kleptocracy

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It should be a great start for the launching of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) journey with the first town hall dialogue of the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak with 500 youths at the Chancellor Hall in Universiti Malaya and telecast live to the nation.

But anybody following the TN50 launch live from their homes and offices would have realized that there is something missing in the air of the prime minister’s dialogue – detracting from the event’s authenticity, bona fides and relevance.

What was wrong and missing about the TN dialogue was brought to the fore when the prime minister in his ending remarks called on the youths to ensure that Malaysia get into the world’s top 20 nations.

But Najib had achieved what all the five previous prime ministers – Tunku Abdul Rahman, Abdul Razak Hussein, Hussein Onn, Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Abdullah Badawi – have failed to do. That is, getting Malaysia into the world’s top 20 nations, joining the club of global kleptocracy in a short span of five to six years.

No one has come out in support of the ‘kapcai’ ban

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The Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor wants to ban small capacity motorcycles, or ‘kapcais’, from entering the Kuala Lumpur city centre. The three main reasons that he gives for the suggestion is that it would eliminate carbon emissions, reduce crime and lessen congestion in the city.

But of course, the suggestion that is being mooted by the minister comes across as too off the cuff and without any valid research and basis. Basically, his idea is just based on stereotypical and generalised thinking. It is also very elitist and shows that he is probably out of touch with reality.

Firstly, his suggestion ignores the fact that there is a significant number of people who aren’t as privileged and cannot afford to own cars. Hence, a kapcai is the most affordable mode of transportation for them to enter the city to earn a living.

The minister probably can’t see it from the perspective of blue-collared workers who rely on the cheapest and most convenient mode of transportation. Purchasing a car is not only expensive, the petrol and toll charges to enter the city can be quite a sum, too. Ministers, of course, are chauffeur-driven with police outriders everywhere they go. (more…)

Don’t practise selective prosecution, Jais and Mais told

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Wan-Anwar-Wan-Ibrahim-timbalanDon’t practise selective prosecution, Selangor’s Islamic authorities were told after Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad was fined for teaching Islam without credentials.

The Amanah legal bureau, in a statement today, questioned why neither the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) nor the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) had taken action against those who had clearly used religion as the background for their political speeches.

This, said Amanah’s legal bureau deputy chairman Wan Anwar Wan Ibrahim, has been going on in various mosques and surau in Selangor.

“We urge Mais and Jais to take action against preachers who have ignored the rules regarding the need for credentials.

“We are confused because no arrests and no charges were filed against those preachers, unlike what has happened to Khalid.” (more…)

Do we deserve the gov’t that we have?

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The announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that Malaysia would be providing Rohingyas in the country with training in semi-skilled areas should be welcomed by all. In fact, it is long overdue.

As of now, UNHCR Malaysia has registered more than 150,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, the majority of whom are from Myanmar. Since Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 refugee convention, these people are not permitted to work legally.

Although most are able to find employment in the informal sector, and the Malaysian authorities are generally tolerant of their presence, it is not without risk and danger, especially abuse, exploitation, as well as arbitrary arrest and detention. (more…)

Bid by student activists to declare PAA unconstitutional fails

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pelajarThe Court of Appeal today struck out a bid by four student activists against a High Court’s refusal of their application to declare the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA) unconstitutional.

A three-man bench chaired by Court of Appeal president Md Raus Sharif also ordered the trial of the case of Muhammad Safwan Anang, Ehsan Bukharee Badarul Hisham, Adam Adli Abd Halim and Muhamed Bukhary Mohamed Sofian to continue at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.

“I don’t think we (the panel) should encourage all these things (applications), you will have your day in court, let the trial proceed,” said Justice Md Raus, who presided over the appeal with Justices Zakaria Sam and Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham.

The four had appealed against the High Court decision on May 23, 2016 which dismissed their application to declare Section 4(2)(c) and 4(3) of the PAA over participating in an assembly in a prohibited place, to be unconstitutional and to refer the constitutional issues to the Federal Court. (more…)

Is #TN50 another decoy like ‘1Malaysia’?

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When Najib Abdul Razak first proposed the creation of a nation state through 1Malaysia in 2010, I was one of the first persons to compliment him for his audacity in embracing national unity despite coming from a race-based party.

I thought it was an honest signal that we were going to transition into a new era of politics. One of unity and good governance. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. We saw race-baiting optimised for one’s political interest. We were home to the most complex money-laundering scandal in human history. In summary, Najib’s administration worked in opposition to the ideals of 1Malaysia.

Regardless, the slogan was used in almost every speech made by a government representative. It became a nationwide phenomenon with buildings imprinted with its logo, schools forced to debate and discuss about it and public policies coated with the 1Malaysia ideals. (more…)

Does a Malay tsunami trump Chinese foreigners?

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“What happens if fully rational politicians compete for the support of irrational voters – specifically, voters with irrational beliefs about the effects of various policies? It is a recipe for mendacity.”

– Bryan Caplan (The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies)

Whether you believe that the Forest City project and other “Chinese” deals are a good thing for Malaysia depends entirely on how bad you want to dethrone Chairman Najib. Is some money from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) bailing out this regime? Definitely.

Is all PRC money bailing out this regime? This depends if you believe if the Communist Party of China (CPC) is going to turn Malaysia into some kind of protectorate like back in the good ole days of the Ming dynasty. That is the Chinese dynasty and not the Emperor from Flash Gordon. (more…)

Why we must stand up against Hadi’s Bill

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Image result for Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s BillIf we fear that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) may irrevocably change our beloved country, then we must stand up against the Bill in a united show of protest.

It’s not enough to merely issue press statements as our voices are scattered.

PAS knows that there is significant opposition to Hadi’s Bill, which is why they themselves are organising a mass rally on February 18 to gather support for the Bill, even though the prime minister himself has announced that the government will take over the proposed legislation.

Likewise, if we Malaysians across race and religion feel strongly against Hadi’s Bill which threatens to alter the secular structure of our country, then we must mobilise ourselves and express our opposition on a single, visible platform.

Proponents claim that Hadi’s Bill is not about hudud, conveniently ignoring history when PAS has always wanted to amend Act 355 and even the Federal Constitution to allow it to implement hudud in Kelantan. (more…)

Selangor lists six ‘supersized’ seats as examples of EC’s alleged gerrymandering

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A motorist passes a row of Barisan Nasional and PAS flags during the run up to the Sungai Limau by-election at Sungai Kering in Sungai Limau, Kedah, October 31, 2013. — Picture by KE Ooi
The Selangor government claimed it is the most affected state by the Election Commission’s (EC) proposed redelineation, listing six constituencies that it said have been “supersized” in attempted gerrymandering and malapportionment.

In a judicial review today, Selangor government’s lead counsel Datuk Cyrus Das named Petaling Jaya Utara, Serdang, Klang, Petaling Jaya Selatan, Kelana Jaya, and Kota Raja as the seats affected.

He claimed the redrawn boundaries violate Section 2(c), Part 1 of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution, which stipulates the need for constituencies to have “approximately equal” number of voter distribution.

“It is not so much about the number of votes but how it is distributed to ensure proper element of representation. (more…)

A better education syllabus please, Mr Prime Minister

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NajibThe Malaysian education syllabus must be more flexible in order to produce a generation that can easily adapt to ever-changing work demands, a participant told Prime Minister Najib Razak during a town hall session on the National Transformation 50 (TN50) Plan at Universiti Malaya last night.

She said Putrajaya also needed to look into revamping the education syllabus so it would be more industrial-oriented.

In acknowledging the need for such changes, Najib who was there for a social engagement with the public, said there was also the need to emphasise on thinking skills and prepare the younger generation for jobs that did not yet exist.

“It is a challenge. We want more data specialists and data professionals,” he said. (more…)

Pollster: Rafizi’s survey paints rosy picture but it’s a thorny path ahead

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The survey by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s Invoke Centre for Policy Initiatives (I-CPI) painted a positive picture for Pakatan Harapan, but omitted certain realities, says pollster Ibrahim Suffian.

“He (Rafizi) talked about what they (Harapan) needed in order to win, but then there are the things he did not say, which is the status quo.

“It’s omitting the elephant-sized reality that Pakatan Harapan cannot win over enough Malays to challenge BN,” Ibrahim (photo) told Malaysiakini today.

This reality had already played out during the double by-elections last year, in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar, he said, and the I-CPI survey results mirrored what happened in the by-elections. (more…)

January 20, 2017

No let-up in pursuit of state’s rights – CM

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Image result for Abang Johari Tun OpengChief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg gave his assurance yesterday that the state government will pursue the matter of devolution of power to Sarawak with the federal government.

Giving his first press conference since he was sworn in as the sixth Chief Minister of Sarawak last Friday following the demise of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, he said the state would continue to negotiate with the federal government, especially Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, on the rights of Sarawak brought up by Adenan.

“I will pursue the devolution of power. I am very fortunate because I was in the main committee in the process of the negotiation for devolution of power. Therefore, I will continue with what has been negotiated on various subjects within the context of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Malaysian Constitution,” he said after the swearing-in of the new state cabinet at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here yesterday. (more…)

By-election: PKR to meet next week

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Image result for PKR SarawakPKR Sarawak will meet next week to discuss their position with regards to the Tanjung Datu by-election.

Its chairman Baru Bian said a statement would be issued after consultation with the party’s local leaders and a consensus reached.

“We note the announcement today (yesterday) of the nomination and polling dates for the Tanjung Datu by-election to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of former chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced Feb 18 as the by-election for Tanjung Datu. Nomination of candidates will be held on Feb 4, while early voting will take place on Feb 12. (more…)

PBB to decide Tanjong Datu by-election candidate this week

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Aband Jo said he does not know how many potential candidates will be submitted to the supreme council for consideration. — Picture by Sulok TawieParti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) will name its candidate for the Tanjong Datu state by-election at its supreme council meeting this Saturday, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg said today.

However, the PBB acting president said he does not know how many potential candidates are under consideration by the supreme council.

“Yes, we will decide on the name of the candidate at the meeting,” he told reporters after witnessing the swearing of state ministers and assistant ministers by the Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at the State Assembly Building here.

Among those widely mentioned as potential candidates are Puan Seri Jamilah Anu, the wife of the late Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, and their two sons, Abdul Aziz and Azizul Annuar. (more…)

BN/PBB hopes Tanjung Datu by-election uncontested

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Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman HamzahAssistant minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hopes to see Barisan Nasional (BN) and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) win Tanjung Datu uncontested in the Feb 18 by-election.

He said winning the seat — which is vacant following the demise of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem — uncontested “is a very good way to finish it off.”

The Assistant Minister for Housing said: “From what we have seen since the passing of Datuk Patinggi (Adenan), you can see he is very much loved by the people.”

“We know it is democracy and that anybody can contest. But then as a sign of last farewell for his area, we’d love to see (BN-PBB) win uncontested,” he said when met by reporters after the swearing-in ceremony at the State Legislative Assembly Complex here yesterday. (more…)

New CM says no to Umno

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Image result for Abang Johari Tun OpengChief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has given his assurance that Umno will not enter Sarawak.

“As long as I am the chief minister and leader of Sarawak I will not allow Umno to come in,” he told a packed press conference after the swearing-in of the state cabinet and assistant ministers at the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday.

His assurance was a relief to Sarawakians who feared he might let Umno enter the state after he took over the helm of the state government.

The press conference was the first by Abang Johari since he was sworn in as the sixth chief minister of Sarawak last Friday following the demise of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem. (more…)

Adenan’s successor vows ‘no let up’ in reclaiming Sarawak rights

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New Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg (right), with his deputy Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, speaking to reporters after the swearing of state Cabinet Ministers, January 19, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak will not stop pressing Putrajaya for its rights under the Malaysia Agreement, state Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg said today.

Abang Johari pledged to continue his predecessor Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s autonomy initiatives and said the state Cabinet members will work as a team.

“There will be no let up in our negotiations to reclaim our rights from the federal government,” he told reporters after the swearing in of state ministers and assistant ministers by the Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at the State Legislative Assembly building here.

“We will pursue with the federal government, especially with the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, on the devolution of power to the state,” he added. (more…)

Putrajaya loses final bid to claim compensation from Bersih over damages

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A Federal Court panel today reportedly dismissed Putrajaya’'s application for leave to appeal a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal in Bersih 2.0's favour. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe federal government today lost its final bid to sue electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 for property damages during the latter’s third mega rally in 2012.

A Federal Court panel today dismissed Putrajaya’s application for leave to appeal a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal in Bersih 2.0’s favour and did not give an order on costs.

The panel was chaired by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and also composed of judges Tan Sri Hasan Lah and Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin.

“We won the Bersih 3 case, for the third time. Judge threw out the application, no more appeals. Done and dusted,” the group said on its official Twitter account. (more…)

Despite minister’s remarks, dress code controversy lives on

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A man carrying a baby walks past a sign enforcing a dress code, outside a government building in Kuala Lumpur, July 15, 2015. Former banker Jude Hazzim’s wife was allegedly confronted by security at the Seremban Land and District Office last month due to her attire. — Reuters picAnother incident of dress codes at government agencies has occurred, just a little over a year after a federal minister said these should not be enforced on visitors.

The latest occurrence was at the Seremban Land and District Office last month, when former banker Jude Hazzim’s wife was allegedly confronted by security due to her attire.

Jude said she informed him that she was reprimanded over her sleeveless blouse and jeans, after which he went to confront the security personnel.

He said they then ignored the security personnel over the matter, and proceeded to the office to complete their transactions. (more…)

UM candlelight vigil tonight for undergrads caught in disciplinary action over rallies

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Anis Syafiqah said students will hold a candlelight vigil to show support for undergraduates facing disciplinary action from their universities over their participation in rallies. — Picture by Ida LimStudents will hold a candlelight vigil tonight to show support for 13 undergraduates who are facing disciplinary action from their universities over their participation in peaceful rallies.

Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof, chairman of student group Kesatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia, told Malay Mail Online that the vigil outside Universiti Malaya’s Kuala Lumpur entrance at 8pm tonight is intended to be in “solidarity” with these students.

“Yes, show of solidarity to all that have been called up and have been taken action on. Now there is already 13 of them,” she said when contacted today.

According to Anis Syafiqah, the list of undergraduates hauled up for disciplinary action so far include four from UM and one from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) over a Tangkap MO1 peaceful assembly, a student from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) over a Tangkap MO1 rally and the Bersih 5 rally last year. (more…)

Bad economy won’t help Pakatan do better in GE14, analysts say

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Political analysts say the Opposition will need to redouble its efforts to win over rural support. — Picture by Saw Siow FengPakatan Harapan is unlikely to enlarge their voter support for the 14th general election by tapping concerns over the dull economy and weaker ringgit alone, analysts said.

Faisal Hazis from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia said one of the reasons that Election 2008 and Election 2013 saw tight competition between the federal Opposition and the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) was due to Malaysians feeling the economic pinch amid rising living costs.

But he noted that Malaysia’s relatively low unemployment rate and inflation rate meant its economic squeeze was not as severe as countries in the Middle East which experienced uprisings. Instead, he believes that such economic concerns would, like the previous two elections, only turn the urban voters away from BN.

“Economy is still a factor but more a factor in urban areas, not so much in rural areas, although people are increasingly affected by the economic squeeze,” the associate professor told Malay Mail Online when contacted. (more…)

This is why Umno always has the advantage

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“An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.”

– Albert Einstein

There are only two kinds of politicians. The first, the kind who knows what is really going on and wants to profit from it and the second, who knows what is really going on and wants to change it. Please do not assume that the former is Umno/BN and the latter is the opposition. That would be a mistake.

I have to admit, of late I find myself estranged from mainstream oppositional politics. I have really no interest in the 1MDB corruption scandal because I know that we are already a “global kleptocracy” (have been for some time ) and that the Umno hegemon is doing everything in its power to retain its death grip on Malaysia. (more…)

Shameful injustice

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What is the cost of one human life? What if the person is an Islamic State (IS) terrorist? Does his life cost any less? What if the person is a Palestinian? What about an Israeli? Are there different rules of human value for different peoples? What would be that basis? Would it be colour or ethnicity or looks or brains? What then do we humanly mean by rule of law, in any state; is it not more like, all men are brothers, but some are more equal than others?

Recently, a court in Israel found a soldier “guilty of manslaughter, rather than murder”. I do not know the full facts of the case, nor am I really too interested in specifics, but suffice to know that I heard three versions of news reports on the matter; from Al Jazeera, BBC and CNN. To me, it was a simple case story of an act of cold-blooded murder.

All three channels spoke of “obvious and willing killing of the injured Palestinian with a shot through his forehead by that lone soldier”. It was a military court in Israel that found him guilty of manslaughter but my question is, why was it reframed as “manslaughter” when it was obvious that the criminally-convicted soldier knew that the Palestinian was already badly injured and “essentially captured”? (more…)

Malaysia does not need a miracle, it needs a functional opposition

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“Justice can sleep for years and awaken when it is least expected. A miracle is nothing more than dormant justice from another time arriving to compensate those it has cruelly abandoned. Whoever knows this is willing to suffer, for he knows that nothing is in vain.”

– Mark Helprin (Winter’s Tale)

While I have always been sceptical of anything that comes out of the Penang Institute, I thought Ooi Kok Hin’s article in the Diplomat hit the target but missed the bullseye. I have argued in various pieces that ultimately what would bring down the Umno house of cards is an economic calamity brought upon by “ketuanan economics” and not any stratagems that the opposition comes up with.

I began the year by saying – “No matter how the government spins it, the economy is in bad shape. And when it gets bad enough, when the money runs out and when political bromides from either side isn’t enough to fill empty bellies, people on their own accord will take to the streets.” (more…)

January 19, 2017

Enforcement, not more laws

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Najib Abdul Razak has the King Midas’ touch and whatever he handles turns to gold. He used the proceeds from the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA) and turned it into a money spinner, called the 1MDB.

Although it brought the rakyat little good and a lifetime of debt, Najib has profited most from 1MDB. It allegedly helped him achieve a ‘win’ in GE13 and maintained his power in Umno Baru.

Despite worldwide condemnation of Malaysian human rights abuses and widespread corruption, the protestations of a former PM, Mahathir Mohamad, and several senior former Umno Baru politicians, Najib is still ‘king’ of the pack and appears invincible.

Like other Malaysians, Najib tends to do things for money. Or prestige. Or power, but rarely for altruistic reasons. The prime minister is supposed to be leader of a multicultural nation, but he is only vocal on Malay matters. When the occasion demands, he will fight for the rights of Muslims, forgetting that the nation has people belonging to many faiths. (more…)

Voon questions powers of PAC to prevent public fund leakages

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Voon Shiak NiParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni questioned the extent of the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) powers and responsibility in curbing the leakage of public funds in the country which is increasingly frustrating the public.

Voon, who is PKR Stampin branch vice-chairperson, pointed out that people were frustrated to see incidents of leakages reported year after year, including in the implementation of development projects.

“Leakage of public funds is a national problem that eats into the coffers. As a result of this, it strips the people of and compromises the projects which are meant for them,” she said in a press statement yesterday.

Citing an example, Voon said it was frustrating to read the news about Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Samad who admitted that there were ‘leakages’ in Felda. (more…)

Adenan, the ‘Tuan Lawyer’ who loves hunting and angling

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Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem passed away on January 11 due to heart complications. — File picWhenever close friends of the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem were told that ‘Tuan Lawyer’ was visting Sematan, they instantly knew what they had to do.

They would start making preparations to provide food and water as supplies for outdoor pursuits such as mousedeer hunting, angling or netting fish with Adenan in various areas such as Simunsam, Telok Serabang, Pulau Talang Talang or beaches around Sematan.

Sharing his experience with this writer, Sematan Pemanca (community leader) Bujang Zally Man, 74, said the late Adenan indulged in those activities even before serving as the Tanjong Datu state assemblyman.

His love for such pursuits continued when Adenan was elected as the Tanjong Datu in 2006. (more…)

Analysts: Chinese deputy CM in new S’wak cabinet unlikely

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Speculation on whether Sarawak will have a Chinese deputy chief minister has been pooh-poohed by analysts.

University of Tasmania’s James Chin said the expectations that newly-minted Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg would make such a move were unrealistic.

“It will be a minor reshuffle. Abang Johari likely to keep the same formula where PBB will get two deputy chief minister posts.

“The Chinese community is being unrealistic when it wants the deputy chief minister post. The fact is the majority of Chinese voters still supported the opposition in last year’s state elections,” Chin told Malaysiakini. (more…)

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