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August 3, 2015

PBB in perfect health for now, poser is after Adenan

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There is a general feeling among Sarawakians that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) will win big in the next state election and continue to be the backbone of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in Sarawak for the next five year term.

If there is dissident voice in the party, it is a muted one and not likely to cause the kind of split that fellow BN component members Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) have both gone through. Not yet.

For now, PBB president and Chief Minister Adenan Satem is riding on a high that to be seen out of line in PBB would stand out like a sore thumb and inviting trouble. (more…)

Not represented in Cabinet: Twice spurn SPDP cries foul

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They are seething with anger – Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin Yassin and so many others. Over Prime Minister Najib Razak’s handling of 1MDB, of course.

The list of angry people got longer after he announced his reshuffled Cabinet, leaving Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) completely out.

Fuming SPDP Youth issued a statement questioning Najib’s omission of their MPs in two Cabinet reshuffles thus far.

“Does PM still remember that SPDP obtained a 100% win in the last GE? (more…)

Sim: Sarawak wants fair share after years of marginalisation

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Theantdaily caught up with SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian in Kuala Lumpur recently and managed to get his views on Sarawak and Sarawakians’ growing discontentment and disillusionment about Malaysia.

This is what he had to say.

“Over the years, Sarawak has been marginalised. Instead of being one of four partners in the Malaysian Federation, Sarawak has become just one of thirteen states.

“We are not one of thirteen. We should not be treated this way. We should be one of four entities as we originally thought we would be in 1963.” (more…)

Najib orders end to ‘trial by social media’

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najib_Social-media_600The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, which regulates use of the Internet, has been ordered to streamline laws and step up enforcement to check dissemination of slander on social media.

The prime minister, Najib Razak, said here that slander on social media should be checked, otherwise it would alter the people’s thinking and create a situation where there was a “trial by social media”.

He said: “When faced with trial by social media, we, as members of the administration, will be declared guilty before trial. But when it comes to the opposition, it will all be considered defamation, not considered as the truth. Is this not weird?” (more…)

Najib stepson’s production firm files harassment suit in US

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A Hollywood production company owned by Datuk Seri Najib Razak's stepson, Riza Aziz, has filed a suit with the US federal court against anonymous defendants, claiming that its computer systems were hacked and that its employees were harassed through emails and threatening phone calls. – August 2, 2015.A Hollywood production company owned by Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s stepson has filed a suit with the US federal court against anonymous defendants, claiming that it has been “harassed” by unknown persons, reported entertainment site Deadline Hollywood.

The US-based site said Red Granite Pictures filed the complaint on July 29 after claiming that its computer systems were illegally accessed and that its employees were harassed through unwanted emails and threatening phone calls.

“Upon information and belief, on an unknown date prior to July 10, 2015, Defendants unlawfully and without permission obtained access to Plaintiff’s computer systems, (more…)

Is the 10 sen reduction in petrol prices justified?

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Malaysians can breathe a sigh of relief as petrol and diesel prices for the month of August have gone down by 10sen. The government set RON95 petrol at RM2.05 per litre, RON97 petrol at RM2.45 per litre (inclusive of 6% GST) and diesel at RM1.95 – all three down by 10sen.

The lower pump prices is in tandem with the fall in crude oil prices in July that is now priced at US$52.82 per barrel on July 31. July was not a good month for oil producers as it is still plagued with a glut in supply and a slowdown in China’s economy thus contributing to the lower prices. (more…)

1MDB didn’t use government funds, able to clear debt, deputy prime minister says

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi speaks during a press conference at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur, July 31, 2015. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has never used any funds from the government for its deals and is also fully capable of repaying all its debts, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.

In an interview with Malay daily Berita Harian published today, the newly-appointed deputy prime minister explained from the perspective of a person “involved in the banking sector” that 1MDB has plenty of assets which enables it to remain solvent despite having loans from various banks. (more…)

I don’t want ‘yes men’, emulate opposition in backing leaders, says Najib

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak wants Umno members to be like opposition supporters in backing their leaders regardless of circumstances. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, August 2, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today asked Umno members to take a leaf from the opposition supporters in backing their leaders regardless of circumstances, while insisting that he does not want to be surrounded with mere “yes men”.

“There are people who say that I want yes men. No, I don’t want yes men. But I don’t want ‘no’ men outside there. You want to say ‘no’ to me, do it behind closed doors,” Najib said at the Hulu Selangor Umno AGM today.

The Umno president said that the opposition supporters do not give up on their leaders and back their leaders at all cost, in an obvious reference to PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. (more…)

Najib wants MCMC laws strengthened to fight ‘unfair trial by social media’

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak says that Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission legislation needs to be improved in order to 'rectify' a trend of 'trial by social media.' – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 2, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today said that Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) legislation needs to be improved in order to “rectify” a trend of “trial by social media”, which he said only benefit the opposition.

Najib told delegates, while officiating the Hulu Selangor Umno AGM today, that his party, Umno, is being badly affected by the ongoing trend where everyone related to the administration was “perceived to be guilty until proven innocent”.

“This is not fair. When any news comes out about the opposition, people think it’s not true. When any news is spread about us, people immediately think it’s true,” he said. (more…)

Bersih can proceed with rally but must follow all laws, KL police chief says

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Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah says the Bersih 4 rally will be held on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu from August 29, 2pm to August 30. ― File picPoll reform watchdog Bersih 2.0 need fear no crackdown on its planned rally next month to demand Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation as prime minister as long as it follows all laws, city police chief Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa has promised.

The police will even help smoothen the process for participants if the group’s representatives go through the proper channels, Tajudidin said.

“They can do it as long as it is done according to and with respect to the law. We don’t have a problem,” he told Malay Mail Online when approached last night during the police Raya open house celebration in Sungai Besi.

“In fact we can help facilitate the rally if they write a letter in. As I said, just do it properly,” the senior policeman added. (more…)

Malaysia ready for change, imprisoned Anwar writes in WSJ amid 1MDB scandal

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Imprisoned Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says although tough times are expected ahead for Malaysians, the country’s growing opposition cannot be silenced. ― File picWith the Najib administration facing even more pressure now to explain the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has seized the opportunity to rally his supporters, saying although tough times are expected ahead for Malaysians, the country’s growing opposition cannot be silenced.

Anwar, who was given the opportunity to pen an Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal(WSJ), the international daily now facing the possibility of lawsuit by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said Malaysia is ready for the change long-trumpeted by the federal opposition, one that he claimed would see a return to the underpinnings of the Federal Constitution. (more…)

Was Muhyiddin’s dismissal his very own intentional ploy?

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It has been a few days since the Cabinet reshuffle. And looking at how Muhyiddin Yassin had skillfully played the noble victim and Umno-Malay champion, soaking up the limelight like a hungry black hole, I do wonder if the DPM intentionally provoked his dismissal from the Cabinet.

Belying his all smiling, “I accept” the PM’s decision speech and his declaration of loyalty to the party and leadership still, could this be exactly what he wanted?

Is this something he had planned all along? (more…)

Come clean on funding, opposition told

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The people will get clearer information when the proposal to revive the ruling that political parties disclose the sources of their funds is implemented, said Umno supreme council member Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

He said the move must be carried out by each party in the country so as to dispel any negative assumptions and regain the confidence of the people.

Abdul Rahman who is also BN strategic communications director, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had mentioned the revival of the ruling, and it was now up to the opposition parties to take up the challenge. (more…)

Nur Jazlan: Zahid sold me on deputy minister’s post

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Newly appointed Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed has revealed that it was Umno vice president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who had sold him on the post.

He said he had initially turned down the job because it would be difficult, but Zahid, who is now deputy prime minister and home minister, managed to convince him to take up the offer.

“It is true that initially I had turned it down… because the task as deputy home minister is a heavy responsibility in addition to requiring patience, tenacity, and vision. (more…)

‘Save Najib, save Umno or save Malaysia?’

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It has been a roller-coaster month which Malaysians had not have the misfortune to experience before.

It began with the explosive Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report alleging that government investigators had discovered US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) deposited into prime minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts in AmBank in March 2013 just before the 13th general election.

Najib had not denied this but repeatedly declared he had never taken funds for personal gain. (more…)

Rewcastle: Jakim is Najib’s tool to mislead Malaysians

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Rewcastlet_najib_jakim_600It was demeaning to Malaysians for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to suggest that a few articles written by “one foreign white woman” could seriously undermine the power and authority of the state, according to Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown. “What has undermined Malaysia and was now threatening to ‘topple’ things was the canker of unrestrained corruption which has eaten away at the authority of the state, the government’s moral authority and legitimacy,” she wrote today in a response to criticism by the prime minister.

She said the immediate danger was from “the so-called Islamic Development Department” (Jakim) and accused it of usurping Islam by turning Friday sermons in mosques into a propaganda tool for the government. “The religion is being used to convince Muslims that foreigners are insulting Malaysia and its leaders,” she wrote. (more…)

Muhyiddin and Johor royals: photo makes waves

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sultan-johor_muhyiddin_600The Facebook page of the Johor state football team created more political waves today by featuring a group photograph of ousted deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin with the Johor royal family.

The photograph was evidently taken today, when Muhyiddin spent a hour in an audience with Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar to discuss current affairs after being summoned to the palace.

It showed the Sultan and his consort, Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofia, with Muhyiddin and his wife Norainee Abdul Rahman. With them were Johore menteri besar Khaled Nordin and the crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim. (more…)

Velvet gloves come off

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Umno’s backbone: Despite a super hectic day, Najib and Dr Ahmad Zahid (second from right) turned up at Shahrizat’s (left) Hari Raya open house along with Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Dr Ahmad Zahid’s wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis (right) and other Wanita Umno exco members.IT was late afternoon by the time the Prime Minister showed up at Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil’s Hari Raya open house in Damansara Heights.

It was still crowded because many of the guests had lingered on when they heard that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was coming.

Najib often wears red for Wanita Umno dos and he stood out in his crimson batik shirt. His face seemed rather flushed although the day had cooled down and someone joked that it must be the political temperature out there.

It had been a super stressful day – he had just sacked Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and also brought the axe down on long-time loyalist Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who had turned against him. (more…)

Zahid: We’ll support Annuar or anyone else for PAC

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Zahid-Hamid_annuar-musa_600New deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamid appeared to give a hint of approval today to former Mara chairman Annuar Musa as a candidate for the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee.

“If Tan Sri Annuar Musa is appointed, we will give our endorsement for his appointment, and he is truly qualified. But if other people or personality (is appointed), we will also give our support,” he told reporters at Kepong Wanita Umno’s delegates meeting today.

Annuar would be a controversial choice for chairmanship of the committee, which is parliament’s watchdog on government spending. (more…)

August 2, 2015

Maintain support for Najib, urges Zahid

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Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged Umno members to maintain their support for and loyalty to the leadership of Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Abdul Razak.

He said certain quarters, particularly the opposition, often tried to sow the seeds of hatred towards Umno and the BN government.

“At times like this, we should not abandon the ship when it has been hit by a wave. We have to stay together. This is our pledge and commitment,” he said. (more…)

‘Umno allows trust account under president’s name’

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The Umno constitution provides for the party president to have a trust account on behalf of the party, said Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

He said it was not only Najib Razak who had a trust account on behalf of Umno but also the previous Umno presidents.

“I wish to inform that the Umno constitution provides for the party president to have a trust account on behalf of the party.

“It is not impossible or surprising if the (current) Umno president and previous presidents have a trust account for the party,” he told reporters after opening the Kubang Pasu Umno Youth delegates meeting in Kubang Pasu today. (more…)

Najib downplays 1MDB crisis, says people’s basic needs more important

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak speaks during the opening ceremony of Umno Malacca, Bandar Hilir, Melaka. Foof, shelter and education are more pressing concerns for the people than 1MDB, says the PM. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, August 1, 2015.The people’s needs are much more important than alleged scandals involving 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the prime minister said today as he met the Umno grassroots in Malacca.

Food, shelter and education were more important priorities for the people, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said, and 1MDB was not the most important thing.

“What do the people want? Food on the table, shelter, a halal living, schools and education for their children. These are what we should be focusing on. (more…)

Najib says Qatar, China interested in 1MDB assets

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Prime Minister Najib Razak said Qatar and China have expressed an interest in the assets of debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), state news agency Bernama reported on Saturday.

1MDB, the centre of several investigations over graft and its management of funds, is seeking to offload assets parked under its power unit Edra Global Energy Bhd, and sell developmental rights in its high-profile property projects.

Najib said Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had indicated that the Qatar Investment Authority was keen to view 1MDB assets and purchase land in its Bandar Malaysia project. (more…)

Najib: Three million Umno members support me

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said today he would not step down as the Umno president because three million party members were firmly behind him.

He said that as an individual elected through democratic principles based on the new party constitution, he should be given room to serve Umno and the people well.

“With the strong support of Umno, I will not bow to the demand of one person to step down because three million Umno members are with me. I am not arrogant but I was elected (as the Umno president), so do not stop me from doing my best (for the people).

“There is talk that I was not wise to have discarded the quota system for the presidential election, but I want our party to be more inclusive, more democratic. So, I left it to the Umno members to decide,” Najib (photo) said when opening the Kota Melaka Umno division delegates meeting in Bandar Hilir, Malacca. (more…)

‘Muhyiddin may face Umno discipline for leaked video’

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Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin may face disciplinary action for his statement that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak admitted to claims that RM2.6 billion was deposited into his private bank accounts.

Umno supreme council member Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said this in reference to a leaked video of Muhyiddin who made the statement at his residence after being dropped as deputy prime minister.

Muhyiddin had said that prior to being jettisoned from the cabinet, he had confronted Najib about the claim, to which the prime minister admitted to it and claimed the funds came from the middle east. (more…)

Special Branch raids deputy public prosecutor’s office at MACC for 1MDB documents

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Special Branch officers raid the office of MACC deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairy, taking documents related to the probe into 1MDB. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 2, 2015.Special Branch officers spent two hours raiding the office of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairy last night, taking documents related to investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), sources from the anti-graft agency said.

Sazilee, who is on secondment to MACC from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), was arrested yesterday in connection with allegations that money from a government-linked company went to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal accounts.

It was learnt that Special Branch, the police’s intelligence unit, went to Sazilee’s office at MACC’s Special Operations division in Precinct 3, Putrajaya, where they seized documents and a laptop. (more…)

MACC and AGC arrests linked to info leak

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Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar today said the arrest of a deputy public prosecutor and a former advisor from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as well as an officer of the Attorney-General’s Chambers was in relation to the leaking of information.

“The investigation also focused on the leaking of the government’s official information which have been misused by certain quarters,” he said.

Khalid named the three arrested as former MACC advisor Rashpal Singh Jeswant Singh, MACC deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi and the special task force’s secretariat head of administration and finance Jessica Gurmeet Kaur Nashattar Singh. (more…)

Any politician free to accept overseas funds

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Politicians from the government or opposition are free to accept financial aid or contribution from abroad as long as there are no laws that prevent or regulate the entry of political funds into the country.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said said Malaysia was not like certain countries that had special regulations to prevent politicians from receiving funds from supporters.

“So now if we want to talk about Barisan Nasional (accepting political funds), I would like to inform that even many opposition parties also received (funds). (more…)

A kitten called ‘cincin’ in the cabinet

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A LEARNED friend called and enthusiastically fired his shot: “Name me the new Minister of Education?”

I had just gone through the list not more than 30 minutes ago, and made a note to remember his name. But it just did not stick!

“OK, you win. Please enlighten me,” I replied, not wanting to stress my brain cells on the name of somebody who could be anybody.

“… it was a long pause, surely trying to search the name on Internet. It was his turn to feel embarrassed. Obviously, he laughed too hard and the name slipped his mind. (more…)

August 1, 2015

Everyone will be heard

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11800512_885576068162620_1488406742449755193_nChief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem has assured that he is willing to listen to all parties before making any decision on whether to go ahead with the mammoth Baram Dam project.

Adenan said this after noting a group of around 500 Baram Dam protestors led by Peter Kallang waiting for him to arrive for the laying of the foundation stone for the Long Lama Bridge in Lower Baram here yesterday, and later holding a peaceful rally at the event.

“You are welcome to our company here. You are exercising your democratic right to express your opinion. I don’t want the issue of Baram Dam to be the issue that breaks the unity and solidarity among the community in Baram,” he told the group. (more…)

Timing of survey reason behind Adenan’s high rating

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20130623_PKR_Batu_Lintang_See_Chee_How_840_560_100State PKR vice chairman See Chee How has attributed the result of a public survey that saw Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem enjoyed 74 per cent approval rating from Sarawakians to a very opportune time when the chief minister declared he was serious about combating corruption in the state.

“The survey was conducted by Merdeka Centre between April 10 and 24, this year, which was coincidentally the time when Adenan initiated actions against illegal logging.

“We also had State Legislative Assembly sitting during that time, where he made many speeches about tackling corruption and even summoned the logging companies, including the big six companies for discussion. (more…)

Bengoh Dam to be impounded next Jan

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The Bengoh Dam will be impounded by January next year, revealed Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Currently, he said there were still minor works being carried out in the reservoir area such as the removal of biomass and piping works.

“The Bengoh Dam is expected to be impounded by January next year as there are still minor works to be done especially the removal of biomass,” Awang Tengah told The Borneo Post at the Chief Minister’s Department Hari Raya Open House at the old State Legislative Assembly Complex here on Monday. (more…)

PKR welcomes Adenan’s willingness to listen

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11800601_885576001495960_3649927018005203238_nParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Baram has welcomed Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s readiness to listen to all parties before deciding on the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam project.

However, PKR Baram chairman Roland Engan questioned Adenan’s sincerity.

“With due respect to the Chief Minster, who is also the Minister of Resource Planning and Environment, the acquisition of land and the extinguishment of Native Customary Rights for the building of Baram HEP reservoir under Section 5(3) and 5(4) of the Land Code on 22-12-2015 was a drastic decision unilaterally made by him to proceed with Baram Dam,” Roland told a press conference yesterday. (more…)

Rail has potential to make Borneo the new Australia

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Practically every other week, there is news of people and businesses from either side of the border separating Sar­awak from West Kalimantan wanting to forge greater formal relations.

Just the past week, it was reported that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Dayak National Congress (DNC) and the Ulu Kapuas District Iban Association as a way to further bond kinship and business ties between peoples sharing common ethnic and cultural heritage even as they are divided by an international border.

“The Iban Dayaks in Kalimantan have managed to preserve the origi­nality of their traditions and cultures. (more…)

CM praised for willingness to listen to those affected by Baram Dam project

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11760215_885576128162614_8714360737209805135_nThe leader of Sarawak anti-dams network has expressed his appreciation to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem for the latter’s willingness to listen to the voices of those affected by the building of Baram hydroelectricity project (HEP).

“I appreciate what the chief minister has done. This is a big change compared to the past administration,” Save Rivers Sarawak chairman Peter Kallang told The Borneo Post yesterday.

However on Adenan’s call to remove the blockades against HEP works being carried out in Baram, Kallang said he could not commit on calling off all those that had been set up by the affected communities since Oct 23, 2013. (more…)

Join Bersih rally with eyes wide open

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Those attending the Bersih 4.0 rally should know that there is always the possibility of provocateurs.

Those who want to attend the Bersih 4.0 should go with their eyes wide open, even after the authorities have said they will give their cooperation to ensure the rally proceeds smoothly.

This is because the authorities have clamped down on other rallies before, and there will be provocateurs joining in as well again. Furthermore, this will be the first massive overnight rally in the country, says a lawyer. (more…)

Rosmah denies ‘out to nail Zeti’ article

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Rosmah Mansor has denied an article published in the Asia Sentinel which claimed that the prime minister’s wife is seeking to oust Bank Negara governor Zeti Akthar Aziz.

“The insinuations and allegations are made with the intention to injure the reputation of Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor in her personal capacity and (as) the wife of the prime minister.

“Words used by Mr (John) Berthelsen (author of the article) are adversarial in nature as those misinformed ‘facts’ are highly skewed to connote and create a negative perception of Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor as the postings are in the public domain,” read a statement issued by the law firm Messrs Noorhajran Mohd Noor. (more…)

‘RETIREMENT PACKAGE’ ? — ZETI IN DANGER

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Prime Minister Najib Razak’s controversial wife, Rosmah Mansor, is trying to drive another powerful woman, internationally respected Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, out of the central bank, according to knowledgeable sources in Kuala Lumpur.

Rosmah is said to be enraged over leaks of her personal financial details. She also fears that Zeti has detailed information on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. scandal that could bring down the government and the prime minister. Insiders say Rosmah, a lightning rod for criticism over her lavish spending, is the field marshal directing the defense of her beleaguered husband’s government. (more…)

Current education policies unchanged, says minister

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Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid says current education policies will be retained. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, July 31, 2015.The Education Ministry will maintain the existing education policies, but will make some modifications if required, said its newly appointed minister, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid today.

He said although the existing policy would be maintained, there were issues that needed to be addressed, including with respect to the increased work load for teachers recently.

“From time to time, we will improve the policies (education) but that does not mean when an Education Minister is changed, everything will change.” (more…)

Rosmah’s lawyer denies allegations in Asia Sentinel article

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Datin Rosmah Mansor's lawyer denies allegations made in an Asia Sentinel article, saying they are malicious lies. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 31, 2015.A law firm acting for Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor today denied the allegations against her client in an Asia Sentinel article posted yesterday titled “Malaysian PM’s wife seeks central bank governor’s ouster” by John Berthelsen.

The legal firm representing the prime minister’s wife, Messrs Noorhajran Mohd Noor in a statement, said the allegations were deemed damning and damaging to Rosmah’s reputation.

“The insinuations and allegations are made with the intention to injure the reputation of Rosmah in her personal capacity and also as the wife to the prime minister. (more…)

Malaysian PM’s Wife Seeks Central Bank Governor’s Ouster

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Malaysian PM’s Wife Seeks Central Bank Governor’s OusterKonfrontasi

Two powerful women take center stage in spreading scandal as government clings to power

Prime Minister Najib Razak’s controversial wife, Rosmah Mansor, is trying to drive another powerful woman, internationally respected Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, out of the central bank,  according to knowledgeable sources in Kuala Lumpur.

Rosmah is said to be enraged over leaks of her personal financial details. She also fears that Zeti has detailed information on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. (more…)

Article on Sultans getting involved in politics lands Aziz Bari in hot water

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Constitutional expert Prof Aziz Bari is being investigated under the Sedition Act for an article on Sultans being involved in politics. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, July 31, 2015.Constitutional expert Prof Aziz Bari was hauled up under the Sedition Act for an article in which he argued that Sultans should not get involved in politics or in the affairs of their respective state governments.

Aziz’s lawyer Zulhazmi Shariff said his client was called up by police to give a statement today under Section 4 (1) of the Act.

This was in relation to the article Aziz penned titled “Rulers flexing muscle in several states unhealthy” which was published on May 7 in news portal Malaysiakini. (more…)

Bersih activist Mandeep Singh latest to be arrested

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Bersih 2.0 activist Mandeep Singh (centre) is the third person to be arrested today after two youth activists earlier this afternoon. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, July 31, 2015.Bersih 2.0 activist Mandeep Singh was the third person to be arrested today after two youth activists earlier this afternoon.

His lawyer Honey Tan said he was arrested at the Petaling police station at Jalan Klang Lama under Section 124(b) of the Penal Code, which pertains to activities that are detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

Tan said according to police, Mandeep’s arrest was in relation to statements made at a press conference, but it is not clear which of his statements were being investigated. (more…)

Who needs enemies when you have clueless ministers?

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The recent cabinet reshuffle sought to strengthen the country’s leadership with the dropping of 1MDB critics to make way for “team players”.

Surely, by taking vocal critics out of the equation, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s new “Dream Team” would present a more solid and unified defence against scathing attacks from politicians, media outlets and the public.

However, this does not seem to be the case especially when the team includes clueless ministers who are poor defenders of the government.

An example of such a minister would be Kota Belud’s Abdul Rahman Dahlan. (more…)

Paul Low vows to ‘protect’ task force members

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As the special task force investigating 1MDB comes under attack, with allegations that it was out to overthrow the government, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low promised to defend its members.

The special task force, comprising the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Bank Negara, is also investigating claims that RM2.6 billion was deposited into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal bank accounts.

“I was brought into the federal cabinet specifically to promote good governance and to strengthen transparency and accountability in the government. (more…)

Najib has lost the MORAL AUTHORITY to govern

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Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin has concluded that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has succeeded in clinging on to power following his series of manoeuvres in the past week.

He said this in reference to Najib’s move to purge his 1MDB critics from the cabinet as well as the co-opting of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members into the government as well as the sacking of attorney-general (AG) Abdul Gani Patail on Tuesday.

“His executive powers is more solid as his critics in Umno and the government have been ousted or silenced with the post of minister or deputy minister,” said Kadir in a blog posting today. (more…)

ocus should be on Najib and his ministers, not me, says Ambiga

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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan says the police investigation against her is a diversion, drawing focus away from the real issue. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, July 31, 2015.National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan today said the “swift” action by the police in calling her for questioning is a “diversion” to draw the public focus away from the real issue.

Ambiga has been on the police radar after she allegedly called on the public to take to the streets to air their unhappiness about the current happenings in the country, at a press conference, following the sacking of former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday.

Ambiga, who is being investigated by police under Section 124C for activities that undermine parliamentary democracy, said she was dumbfounded by the investigation against her. (more…)

Johor Umno Youth leaders quit over axed DPM

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Signs of turmoil in Umno have emerged in the wake of Muhyiddin Yassin’s removal as deputy prime minister.

Two Umno Youth leaders from Muhyiddin’s home state of Johor resigned from their positions today, with one of them accusing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of betrayal.

Both Asrul Esreen Mohd Salleh and Saiful Zakry Ripin were Tenggara Umno Youth division committee members.

In a scathing statement, Esreen said he quit because the top leadership has veered far from the original struggle of Umno. (more…)

Civil society tells Cameron of 1MDB, racial and religious woes in Malaysia

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1MDB debts were among the issues brought to British PM David Cameron's attention during his visit to Malaysia yesterday. – Reuters pic, July 31, 2015.Corruption issues, 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) debts, racism and religious intolerance were among the concerns raised by Malaysian civil society to British Prime Minister David Cameron at a meeting yesterday.

The meeting, organised by the British High Commission in Malaysia, was held with prominent leaders of civil society that included National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, spokesperson of the group of prominent Malays (G25) Datuk Noor Faridah Ariffin and Malaysia Bar president Steven Thiru. (more…)

The scandal in Malaysia 

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In 1971, more than forty years before the world would turn its attention to the top 1% and the problem of income inequality, Malaysia embarked on one of history’s boldest and most noble of experiments to reduce social disparity. Malaysia’s New Economic Policy or NEP would seek to “eradicate poverty for all” and “eliminate identification of race by economic function and geographic location”. This polity was setting out to solve the massive problem of injustice and inequality that other societies much more mature continued to struggle with.

Malaysia was a democracy that hewed the rule of law. The NEP would be Malaysia’s key political driver. Over the decades that followed, the NEP’s mantra would serve as backdrop to almost all political discourse in the country. NEP-themed policies would, among much else, flesh out the concept of Bumiputera – an ethnic-driven formulation of native peoples in Malaysia. (more…)

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