Hornbill Unleashed

November 27, 2015

What orang Malaya don’t understand

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The gulf between Peninsular Malaysia and the so-called east Malaysia extends beyond the 1,200km of South China Sea waters separating them. Beyond this span lies a much more significant detachment, with Sabahans and Sarawakians having a value system far removed from that of their peninsular counterparts.

What is deemed crucial to Peninsular Malaysians may be of lesser importance to those in the east as their priorities are different. Similarly, what our fellow citizens in the two Borneo states cherish most may not be our first concern.

Of all the political and social predilections shown by Peninsular Malaysians or orang Malaya, the most peculiar to them is the emphasis placed on race and religion. While racists exist on both sides of the South China Sea, the more vocal and prominent of them are on the shores of the peninsula. (more…)

Recruitment of English teachers from India deferred for now

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The recruitment of trained English teachers from India will be deferred for now, Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid said.

“We deferred this programme for the time being. So I will comment on this next year,” he replied when asked by a reporter to comment on the recruitment of English teachers from India.

He added that this deferment does not only apply to English teachers from India, but from other places as well, including from Cambridge, United Kingdom.

This was during a press conference after he attended the prize giving ceremony of the Young Entrepreneurs Innovation Programme in Kuala Lumpur today (26.11.2015). (more…)

Still waiting to be briefed on dilapidated Sarawak schools

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Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid has declined to comment on the finding that 85.5 percent of Sarawak school buildings are in disrepair until he gets a full briefing from his officers later today.

“Today, they will give me a full briefing. So I can’t answer that yet.

“I’m waiting for a briefing from officers of the ministry this afternoon,” Mahdzir said at a press conference after he attended the prize-giving ceremony of the Young Entrepreneurs Innovation Programme in Kuala Lumpur today.

He does not know the details of the dilapidated Sarawak school buildings, he added.

On Tuesday, the Auditor-General’s Report 2014 revealed that a shocking 85.5 percent of schools in Sarawak are in a state of disrepair. (more…)

Listening to our students for a change

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When I was 13, my entire class was reprimanded by the teacher for coming in late. In the midst of her tirade, the teacher asked, “Why did you do it?”

I put up my hand and offered an explanation; this only served to incense her even further and I was singled out for an extended bout of scolding.

I learnt a few things that day; how one should respond to a rhetorical question – which is to say, not at all – and the value of shutting up.

Last Saturday, 30 students around Malaysia gathered for a roundtable session so that we (everyone else around Malaysia; that is) would find out exactly what it is our students wanted from us.

Most of the students came from underperforming schools and I was pleasantly surprised to hear what they had to say. (more…)

Malaysia must not become an extreme Islamic state!

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It is very sad to read and see the many negative development and happenings in the country. It is also most depressing when the Number Two in the country started to make very biased and uncalled for remarks by asking one ethnic community to come together and defend their religion.

As the Number Two in the country, he should show more statesmanlike behaviour and stop uttering remarks concerning the unity of just one ethnic community. He should understand that he does not represent only one community. He represents all Malaysians. He was elected by Malaysians, not only by this single community.

He should show concern for all and to all religions in the country. What he had done will encourage extremism among this community. Sad but this seems to be the caliber of politicians in power at the moment! (more…)

Democratic debate needed to realign state’s energy future

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Listening is a skill. It’s more than just hearing someone else talk, it’s a casting aside of the ego to allow one to sincerely care about what another has to say.

Last week, the decision made by Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem to shelf the controversial 1200mw Baram Dam project due to massive protests launched by indigenous communities in the state who feared losing their land and livelihood portrays him as a leader who listens to the plight of the people.

The move was also lauded by many conservationists and at its forefront is the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF).

The Swiss-based group welcomed this courageous and clear-sighted decision and calls on the Sarawak government to pursue the reformulation of its energy policies based on the development needs of the rural communities and 21st Century sustainability criteria. (more…)

Najib’s Political Mess

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These are tiring times for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Najib has so far managed to stay in power despite the flurry of attacks on his leadership. Political debacles have almost cost Najib his primeirship and the popularity of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN). Facing the prospect of losing the people’s mandate in the 2018 general election, Najib is racing against time to regain public trust and confidence.

Earlier in 2015, an expose revealed a controversial 2.6 billion ringgit (US$700 million) ‘donation’ into Najib’s personal account. This was initially attributed to Najib siphoning funds from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s state-owned development company. Najib appeared on television to answer questions from critics and gave point-by-point rebuttals to the 1MDB controversy. But these have failed to assuage public dissatisfaction. (more…)

Did BNM know about RM2.6b donation?

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Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported that the equivalent of some RM2.6 billion was deposited into the accounts of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak at AmBank and AmIslamic Bank.
After some hemming and hawing, it eventually came to pass that the transfers were admitted and they were termed as ‘political donations’ by an unnamed person from the Middle East, by which token they have been justified by many top politicians in and out of the government.

The Wall Street Journal had reported these transfers of US$700 million into the accounts, most of which came from a single transfer from Falcon Private Bank of Singapore.

Falcon’s website says that since 2009, the Swiss-based private bank, founded in Zurich in 1965 as Ueberseebank and renamed as AIG Private Bank in 1998, is owned by the International Petroleum Investment Co, an arm of the Abu Dhabi government. (more…)

Pesaka sent show-cause letter over red shirt rally

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The Youth and Sports Ministry has sent a letter to the National Silat Federation (Pesaka) asking for explanation on why they organised the Sept 16 red shirt rally.

“We have sent them a letter, I don’t have an exact date but it was very recently,” Deputy Youth and Sports Minister M Saravanan told reporters at the parliament lobby today.

He said they have yet to get a reply, and will inform the media when they get one.

Previously in a written parliamentary reply, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Pesaka risks being deregistered if they are found to have violated laws under the Sports Development Act 1997 for organising a politically-motivated rally.

Khairy had said the person in charge can be jailed up to six months. (more…)

Umno not for one member, remember Najib’s call for reform, asks Shafie

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Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal said the party did not belong to a single member and reminded of when party president Najib Abdul Razak called for the party to reform.

He made the reminder in response to Najib’s surprise announcement to bar Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin from speaking at the opening of the party’s wings’ annual general assembly next month.

“Not long ago, the party president did voice out and called for Umno to reform; every member at the grassroots had to change for the sake of change to ensure that Umno is always relevant with the times, is able to attract youths, and the like.

“But unfortunately, the process of renewal is incomplete and (but) it cannot only happen at the lower levels. (more…)

‘1MDB issues have no impact on fiscal policy’

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Issues pertaining to 1MDB have no impact on the national fiscal policy because the government investment firm’s debts guaranteed by the government only amounted to RM5.8 billion, according to the Finance Ministry.

It said in a written reply circulated in the Dewan Rakyat today that the government would ensure that 1MDB focused on efforts to consolidate its financial position, including resolving issues related to cash flow.

The ministry said the main issue of 1MDB now was the mismatch between the inflow from business operations and asset sales and outflow of principal and debt interest payments. (more…)

PSM: Arrest Najib, Mustapa for sedition over TPPA

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PSM wants Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed to be investigated under the Sedition Act over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

Its Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj said the duo’s actions in negotiating the TPPA insults the judiciary.

“The handling of clauses on industry state dispute between foreign investors and the country makes it seem that Mustapa and his team of negotiators are saying that the Malaysian judiciary is not competent enough to handle disputes brought by foreign investors.

“This is an insult to the judiciary,” he told reporters after lodging a report against the duo at the Sentul district police headquarters . (more…)

Suhakam: Review all criminal laws on death penalty

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The death penalty undermines human dignity and violates the right to life.

On this sole premise, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) welcomed the recent announcement by the Attorney-General of Malaysia that he will propose to take necessary steps to abolish the mandatory imposition of the death penalty for drug related offences to allow judges to have the power to dispense discretion in all drug trafficking and related cases.

Suhakam chairman Hasmy Agam said in a statement that the commission believes that this positive development will bring Malaysia’s position on the issue closer in line with many countries that have in recent years abolished the mandatory death sentence.
He explained that Suhakam, in 2012, welcomed this proposal following an announcement by the then de facto Law Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, and reiterates that the death penalty undermines human dignity and violates the right to life. (more…)

Shafie: Allow Muhyiddin to deliver winding up speech at Umno AGM

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Umno vice president Shafie Apdal said he hoped party deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin will still be allowed to deliver his winding up speech at the Umno general assembly, set to take place from Dec 8 to 12.

He said this in response to Umno president Najib Abdul Razak who raised eyebrows when he announced on Tuesday a break from tradition, where the deputy president will not be allowed to officiate the party’s wings annual general assembly and deliver his opening speech.

“At the very least, shouldn’t the deputy president along with the Umno vice-presidents be allowed to speak during the winding up?

“I am confident that the Umno grassroots want to listen, observe, and evaluate everything said by the leadership, including wings’ chief, vice-presidents, the deputy president, as well as the president. (more…)

Nurul Izzah sues IGP, Ismail Sabri for defamation

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PKR Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar has filed defamation suits against inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar and Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The duo allegedly linked Nurul Izzah to treasonous acts for meeting self-styled Sulu princess Jacel Kiram in the Philippines.

The suits were filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.

The MP is seeking aggravated and general damages from the two.

“I cannot bear being called a traitor, at a time when I am completely innocent,” she told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur Court complex lobby. (more…)

Nurul to give statement tomorrow over meeting with Jacel

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Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar is to give a statement to the police tomorrow on her meeting with Jacel H Kiram, daughter of the late leader of the Sulu terrorist group that attacked Sabah in 2013, said inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.

He said Nurul Izzah had to explain the meeting as Jacel was a spokesperson of the late leader of the Sulu terrorist group, Jamalul Kiram III, during the Lahad Datu incident two years ago.

“We have contacted her (Nurul Izzah) and her lawyer and she has agreed to give the statement on Friday. We have to know why she was there.

“This is because I have to answer to the families of the security forces who were killed during the attack on Lahad Datu,” he said. (more…)

Sabah approves motion to bar Nurul Izzah, Tian Chua

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The Sabah state legislative assembly has passed a special motion to bar PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar and Tian Chua from entering the state.

The Star reported that the special motion was passed over Nurul Izzah’s meeting with self-styled Sulu princess Jacel H Kiram in Manila earlier this month.

Tian Chua has been accused of masterminding the meeting.

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Raymond Tan had tabled the special motion to censure the two MPs as the meeting was seen as an affront to the sovereignty of the state.

Jacel’s father, Jamalul Kiram III, had ordered his younger brother Agbimuddin Kiram to lead an armed intrusion into Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu, Sabah, in February 2013. (more…)

IGP wants Twitter user arrested for linking Najib, Rosmah to murders

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Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar wants a Twitter user arrested over 'seditious' posting. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 26, 2015.Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has ordered the arrest of a social media user who allegedly linked the statutory declaration (SD) by the brother of murdered deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife.

“PCIRC @PDRMsia, kesan dan tahan penama dibawah ini kerana menghasut,” Khalid said through his Twitter handle ?@KBAB51, with a screen grab of the said posting. (Track and arrest the Twitter user below for sedition)

The offending post on Twitter was allegedly made by a Faisal Rohban who listed out several high-profile deaths and linked them to Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. (more…)

NSC to study external threats in Google Maps, Waze, says deputy minister

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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will brief the National Security Council (NSC) on social applications like Google Maps and Waze associated with external threats. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, November 26, 2015.The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would advise the National Security Council (NSC) on social applications associated with external threats, Parliament was told today.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said this was because issues related to external threats, even via social media and online, were under the purview of the NSC.

“If there is any external threat as a result of the use of the social application like Google Maps and Waze for location search which the data have been provided by external parties, NSC should view the matter as a whole.

“However, the ministry is working with related agencies to advise the NSC in terms of social media and communications,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim (BN-Kuala Selangor) in the Dewan Rakyat . (more…)

Cops to question Morais’ brother on murder-charge sheet ‘link’

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The police will record a statement from a younger brother of slain deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais over an allegation the murder was linked to a charge sheet being prepared in the Attorney-General’s Chambers against a senior government official.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said the sibling, Charles Suresh, was reported to have specific information on the murder.

“When he (Charles) said ‘a crime has been committed’, he must explain to us (police) because we need to investigate the allegation.

“We will contact his lawyer, Americk Sidhu as he had also issued a statement on the allegation, together with Charles. So, we will be calling (Americk) to help in the investigations,” he said. (more…)

AGM – Umno yet to decide whether to invite Dr M

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The Umno supreme council has yet to decide whether to invite its former president Dr Mahathir Mohamad to the upcoming party general assembly, secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor said today.

According to a Berita Harian report which quoted him, he said the matter will be discussed in the near future.

Personally, I think Tun may not come. Lately, he has been lambasting the party quite often.

In any case, we’ll wait and see […] whether to invite or not,” he said at a press conference at Kuala Lumpur City Hall . (more…)

Azalina, a bigger Cabinet is not necessarily a better one

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Bigger is not necessarily better.

Can someone point that out to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman?

This is after she attempted to justify the nation’s bloated Cabinet with what could be considered “unjustifiable” reasons.

Azalina was quoted in news reports saying that the number of ministers and deputy ministers in the Cabinet is based on current needs and is the prerogative of the prime minister.

“Each minister has a specific portfolio, and the appointment of ministers and deputy ministers for each ministry is made to suit their current needs and expectations,” she told Parliament, in a written reply to Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP-Beruas) . (more…)

RM1b allocation for Jakim not a waste, says deputy minister

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Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki today hit out at the claim by Zaid Ibrahim that the RM1 billion allocation for the Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) was a waste.

The allocation, he said, was instead relevant to pay, for instance, the allowances for almost 15,000 imam, about 34,000 Quran and Fardhu Ain (Kafa) teachers, and 4,000 takmir teachers nationwide.

“In fact, the amount allocated by Jakim to pay the allowances was insufficient as the role played by these religious leaders, especially the imam, has become increasingly challenging besides having to face the rising cost of living currently.

“Claims that Jakim is wasting funds or poorly managing the allocation of nearly RM1 billion are baseless,” he told reporters after the opening of the state-level ‘Religious Teachers, Mosque Officials and Mosque Committees Forum’, in Melaka today (26.11.2015). (more…)

Vernacular schools don’t hinder national unity, Dewan Rakyat told

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Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon is defending Chinese national-type primary schools, saying they are not obstructing national unity. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 26, 2015. There is no truth to claims that Sekolah Jenis Kebangasaan Cina (SJKC) or Chinese national-type primary schools are an obstacle to national unity, said Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

He told the Dewan Rakyat today that this was easily proven as about 15% of SJKC students were non-Chinese.

“SJKC is the preferred choice of other races, so there is no issue of SJKC being an obstacle to national unity,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Dr Lee Boon Chye (PKR-Gopeng) in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

Who is Charles Suresh Morais?

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Until yesterday evening, perhaps only those in the business circles knew who Charles Suresh Morais, a Malaysian living in the United States, is.

But following his explosive statutory declaration (SD) regarding his late brother, the major player in the hotel industry has now become a household name.

Charles had alleged a conspiracy in the murder of former senior deputy public prosecutor Kevin Anthony Morais, whom he claimed was working on a case involving the prime minister and his wife.

The Altanta-based businessman also claimed to be in possession of a pen drive with details of the cases his brother was working on. (more…)

M’sian bonds rise as 1MDB default risk drops

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Malaysian bond yields fell to the lowest level since August and the cost of insuring the debt against default declined as planned sales of land and power assets by a state-owned company improved investor confidence.

1MDB is finalising the sale of a property project in Kuala Lumpur known as Bandar Malaysia and will clear its debt by the end of the year, New Straits Timesreported today, citing 1MDB president Arul Kanda. The investment company, which has come under scrutiny from lawmakers for accumulating around RM42 billion of debt in less than five years and for almost defaulting on a loan, agreed to dispose of its power assets to China General Nuclear Corp on Monday for RM9.83 billion.

The yield on the bonds due 2020 fell 0.4 basis points to 3.68 percent, the lowest since Aug 4, as of 10.43am in Kuala Lumpur, prices from Bursa Malaysia show. The yield has dropped 10 basis points since Monday. The cost to insure Malaysia’s sovereign debt using five-year credit-default swaps declined five basis point to a 10-week low of 172 yesterday, according to CMA data. (more…)

TPPA not the only factor in drug price hikes

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On an expanse of green turf, under the sunny skies of Hawaii, the most powerful man in the Western world, Barack Obama, contemplates the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). He seldom golfs alone, one may speculate, and that day was no different.

His golfing companion that day was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The two men were on a golf diplomacy mission, probably to broker better terms for the TPPA, and it was hard at the time to say what the outcome of the highly secretive and controversial trade agreement would be.

Last week, Obama arrived to Kuala Lumpur for the Asean Summit, and it was the second time he’d arrived at our shores. In fact, Obama is the first US president to have come to Malaysia in 40 years.

At the Asean meet, Obama spoke of the TPPA, of transparency, of accountability and the importance to stamp out corruption once and for all. (more…)

Sarawak DAP rep to seek state assembly review of Malaysia Agreement, Federal Constitution

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State Opposition leader Chong Chieng Jen (left) says the real autonomy for Sarawak is to have the power to collect revenue to finance and implement state policies. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Opposition Leader Chong Chieng Jen today notified the state legislative assembly of a motion requesting the formation of a special committee to review the terms laid in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement when it sits next month.

The state DAP lawmaker also wants the committee to review the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, which covers federal and state powers.

“The committee should consist of not less than five state legislators whose tasks will be to review the agreement and the Constitution on the devolution of autonomous powers in education, health care, internal security and taxation to the state government,” he said. (more…)

November 26, 2015

Rope in ex-teachers to bolster Sarawak’s policy on English, Adenan told

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Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian urged the state’s chief minister to allocate funds for hiring retired English language teachers to raise the proficiency of the language. — File picSarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem should allocate funds to hire retired English language teachers to raise the proficiency of the language and reinforce his administration’s commitment towards the language, said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian.

He said this was the practical approach to help the students master the language, in line with the state government’s endorsement of English as one of Sarawak’s official tongues.

“These teachers have years of experiences specialising in teaching English, so, I call on the chief minister to re-engage them with their salaries and allowances to be borne by the State government,” the Ba’kelalan state lawmaker told reporters. (more…)

I’m just being practical in English usage, says Adenan

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Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem said he was being practical in the state’s emphasis on English as an official language alongside Bahasa Malaysia, adding that “if we do not have a control of English, the country would be left behind”.

“I’m just being practical, that’s all. You cannot deny English is the international language,” he said, adding that he did not think the use of English would sow discord.

“I don’t think so. If we don’t go along with that (English), we will be left behind,” he was quoted as saying by the Boreno Post today (25.11.2015).

Adenan was commenting on concerns expressed by Social and Cultural Affairs adviser, Rais Yatim, that the use of English would undermine the use of BM and called on Sarawak to reconsider it as it might sow seeds of discords among the people. (more…)

‘Report on defective schools no surprise’

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Baru Bian Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian, is not surprised at the Auditor-General’s report on the ‘serious defects’ in more than a quarter of the schools in Sarawak.

“In fact, nobody in Sarawak is surprised. I have visited all the 12 schools in my constituency and all but one are in serious disrepair. At every State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, I bring up this distressing problem but it appears that there is no real effort on the federal government’s part to address these problems,” he said in a press conference, here, yesterday.

Baru, who is state PKR chairman, said millions had been spent drawing up a fancy Education Blueprint for 2013-2025 which gave itself lofty ideals or ‘shifts’, one of which was ‘Ensure 100 per cent of schools meet basic infrastructure requirements by 2015, starting with Sabah and Sarawak’. (more…)

Ubah begins with changing ourselves

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When photos of the “Welcome To The President of the USA Barack Obama” signboard went viral. Scores of social media users, mostly English speakers, condemned the error.

Instead of admitting there was a minor mistake, the defenders of the administration instead pointed out that these English-speaking social media users are “dua kali lima”. One asked me: “Cina sampai sekarang tak fasih bahasa lagi. Tak malu ke?”

This is like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Razak reminding each other of the need for fair play and doing the right thing. Cute and adorable, right?

To these fellows, please drill this in your head: This is a very poor and lousy argument. In fact, it is not even an argument to begin with. (more…)

Tiong fortifies SPDP’s claim on Marudi with RM1.5m allocation

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In the past – can’t quite remember exactly when, but it was very, very long ago – folk couldn’t help envying those coming in helicopters.

They loved the sight and sound of helicopters because they came with medicine or to airlift the sick and the dying.

Or, sometimes they just gave some lucky folk a free ride!

Many times they came just to throw down sweets and candies to us pupils.

Of course all too frequently, the teachers had more sweets and candies than us, which is okay, because they had children like us who loved candies. (more…)

Unsung hero Adenan will lift Sarawak out of the doldrums

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Adenan Satem, the chief minister of Sarawak, is an unsung hero, not just for Sarawak but for all of Malaysia. He has defied the Umno Baru puppet handlers, in Putrajaya, and forged ahead with his latest plan to make English an official language of Sarawak, in addition to Bahasa Malaysia.

As expected, the architects responsible for racial and religious division in Malaysia, came out of the woodwork to criticise Adenan.

Besides being attacked by Perkasa, one particular critic was the former minister for Information, Communications and Culture, Rais Yatim, who is the current Social and Cultural Affairs Adviser to the government. (more…)

Sarawak has the right to use English as an official language

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The official language of the country is Bahasa Malaysia but there is no restriction by the federal government for Sarawak to use English as one of its official languages.

Unlike her East Malaysian neighbour Sabah who gave up that right when it signed it away in 1971, Sarawak had never signed an ordinance to use only Bahasa Malaysia in official correspondence.

Chief Minister Adenan Satem must be the most popular politician in the state for taking this strong stance on the usage and acceptance of English in official correspondence with the government.

In short, he is saying that there is nothing wrong in using more than one official language. (more…)

When English language teachers don’t know English

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Teachers with bad English are instructing Malaysian students how to write, read and speak in English resulting in the poor level of proficiency in the language among school-leavers. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 25, 2015.Reports of Malaysian students with poor English and graduates unable to land jobs due to poor speaking skills in the language are by now familiar.

But what about the teachers, whose grammar and pronunciation mistakes are still remembered years after by their former students?

Fatimah (not her real name), still vividly recalls the numerous errors her English language teachers made when she was still in school.

Each time she and her classmates stood up to greet their teacher, he would reply, “Good morning. Everyone sits (sic) down”.

Another teacher kept pronouncing “poem” wrong, while another corrected her sentence “the window shattered into a hundred pieces”, to “the window shattered into hundred pieces”. (more…)

Nobody can silence me, says Muhyiddin

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Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin remains unfazed over the decision which prevents him from officiating at the party wings’ joint general assembly next month.

The Pagoh lawmaker vowed that his lips cannot be sealed.

“Nobody can silence me,” he said in a statement regarding the Umno supreme council’s decision for the respective wings’ chief to officiate at the annual meets.

Muhyiddin said for the past six years as deputy president, he delivered his address to the Wanita, Youth and Puteri Umno delegates who come from all over the nation.

“It is the most important speech to party members in the hope that Umno remains strong in facing the challenges ahead. (more…)

‘Kevin worked on PM and wife’s case, initials on charge sheet’

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The alleged draft charge sheet against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak released by whistleblower site Sarawak Report had carried the initials of the late deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais, claimed his brother.

In a statutory declaration (SD) today, Charles Suresh Morais said when he saw the charge sheet that appeared on the website on July 30, he recognised his brother’s initials.

“After having looked at the (two-page) draft charge sheet once again, I noticed that one of them was amended and initialled.

“After studying that particular charge sheet in detail, I noticed that the initial next to the amendment made was that of my brother, Kevin. I am familiar with his signature and his initials,” he said in the SD. (more…)

Hushing-up Muhyiddin? Khairy says ‘no’, Zahid chuckles

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Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has denied there are attempts to seal the lips of any individual with regard to the party’s upcoming annual general assembly.

He was commenting on whether the supreme council’s decision for Umno Youth, Wanita and Puteri chiefs to officiate at their respective assemblies was an attempt to silence deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin.

“There is no intention to silence anyone.

“It’s just that we think it would be more fitting for the assemblies to be officiated by their own respective chiefs,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur . (more…)

Share murdered DPP’s secrets with us, says IGP

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Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has asked Kevin Anthony Morais’ brother to provide the details contained in a pen drive on the investigations which the deputy public prosecutor was working on prior to his murder.

“I suggest he share the contents with us for action to be taken.

“We can’t act if we have no knowledge about the late Kevin’s secrets,” he told Malaysiakini.

The police chief also stated that refusing to disclose a criminal act amounted to an offence.

“If he (the brother) knows that a certain offence has been committed but refuses to disclose it, he commits an offence as well,” he added. (more…)

Muhyiddin: What sin have I committed?

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muhyiddin-najibUmno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin has expressed his sadness at being denied the chance to deliver his “most important’ speech to members of Umno’s various wings, now that the party has decided the respective leaders would officiate at the openings of the meetings themselves.

Expressing his feelings about this new development that flies in the face of Umno tradition, Muhyiddin asked what big mistake had he committed to warrant his being denied the opportunity to deliver his speeches as he had done in the past.

“What sin have I committed towards the party so much so that the annual tradition of having the deputy president deliver his speech is denied me this year,” he wrote in a statement posted on Facebook.

He also asked whether Umno was afraid that he may say something in his speeches that would erode the confidence of the younger generation in their leader. (more…)

I won’t be silenced, Muhyiddin says after Umno’s move to stop speeches

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Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin vows to keep speaking for what is right despite the party’s move to bar him from officiating the wings’ assemblies next month. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 25, 2015. Barred from speaking in next month’s Umno General Assembly, deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today said he would not be silenced by anyone and vowed to continue speaking for what was right.

In a Facebook post, he questioned the decision to stop the practice of having the Umno deputy president speak at the assemblies of the Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings that was announced by Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak last night.

Muhyiddin, who is also former deputy prime minister, said he wondered if this decision was made because certain parties were fearful about what he might say in front of the youth during the assembly.

“While I respect the decision of the supreme council, I also want to remind them that in a free and independent nation, no one can silence me. I will continue to talk about what is right. (more…)

Lies, IGP says of claim he summoned Kevin on links to Najadi murder

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Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar has dismissed a claim he summoned former deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais about the presence of the latter’s brother at a murder scene.

This was in reference to Kevin’s younger brother Richard Dilaan Morais and the murder of Ambank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi.

The claim was made in a statutory declaration (SD) by Charles Suresh Morais, another younger brother of Kevin.

“It’s a total lie. He’d better show some proof,” Khalid told Malaysiakini. (more…)

Minister still awaiting report on SPM moral paper

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Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid said he is still waiting for the official report from the Examination Board regarding the Moral Education paper in this year’s SPM.

Declining to comment, he said he needs to get the official report first before he answers any questions on this issue.

“I can’t answer because I need to have the official report first before I answer.

“Now I have only read (about this) from the news, but the report is not with me yet.

“So if I answer just like that, it’s not nice,” Mahdzir told reporters after he officiated at the International Book Expo 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

Suhakam wants definition of marital rape to be clarified

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Suhakam acting chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee wants Putrajaya to clarify marital rape under the Penal Code. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 25, 2015.The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has urged Putrajaya to amend the the exception to marital rape from the definition of rape stated in the Penal Code.

“This is to reflect the reality of sexual abuse suffered by women, either they are married or not,” acting Suhakam chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee said.

She said rape committed by a spouse was as disgusting as rape committed by an unknown person.

The Asean Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women also urged its members to take initiatives to eliminate all forms of discriminations against women and to improve existing laws relating to the issue, she said.

“Suhakam is in the opinion that despite having too many developments and initiatives in tackling gender-based violence issues, the cases of violence against women still persist in Malaysia,” she said in a statement today in conjunction with the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women.

– Bernama

Najib: Use imagination to make unimaginable income

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Najib Abdul Razak has revealed the secret recipe to making huge profits instead of drawing the same income on a monthly basis.

According to him, when a person becomes an entrepreneur who thinks out of the box and exploits online opportunities, then there is no limit to what can be achieved.

He also said those who are not their own bosses can expect the same wages.

“But if we manage to become entrepreneurs who use the internet, then like what the Whites say, ‘the sky is the limit’, there is no limit.

“The limit depends on our imagination to achieve the amount of income that is even hard for us to imagine,” he said. (more…)

Hope no one removes Khairy from politics, Zahid jokes

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Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamid has expressed hope that no one would try to remove Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin from politics.

“I hope no one will menerjunkan (remove) him from politics,” he said jokingly.

Speaking at the conferment of honorary and affiliate ranks on young leaders through the Kesatria Muda Keselamatan today, Zahid praised Khairy who has proven that he is not a mere honorary official.

“He was commissioned, he himself went for the courses.

“He was willing to jump from certain heights,” said Zahid, commenting on the training needed to be endured. (more…)

Are the PKR five sending a message to the Penang govt?

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Is there a message when five PKR state assemblymen abstained from voting during a house vote on a motion on land reclamation that was brought by an Umno legislator at the Penang State Assembly?

Did they fully understand their actions or did they misinterpret the system?

Malaysia follows the Westminster system where members of the House vote as a team. To ensure this, a monitor known as Whip enforces party line although in certain rare circumstances the Whip may be relaxed and allow members to vote based on individual conscience – free voting or conscience vote.

Those supporting the reclamation land motion might have used the term free voting or conscience vote too loosely. (more…)

Does DAP only favour those living in urban areas?

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The recent plight faced by PKR Penanti assemblywoman Dr Norlela Ariffin, who broke down in tears during a sitting of the Penang state assembly, raises the question whether the DAP truly cares for its constituents.

Last week, Norlela was overcome with emotion after begging for state funds to resolve problems faced by Malay villagers which she represents.

“I am so sad … DAP is supposed to be a social democratic party that listens… I spoke for an hour and the only one who listened was Padang Kota,” she said, referring to local government, traffic management and flood mitigation exco Chow Kon Yeow.”

She lamented that she had been waiting for the winding-up speeches for replies to the issues she had raised regarding the woes that include infrastructure for homestay programmes, lack of infrastructure like roads, frequent flooding, illegal factories, as well as the lack of proper jetties for fishermen. (more…)

Women’s dress code debate takes centrestage

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Dress codes once again became the heated topic in the Dewan Rakyat today when Teo Nie Ching (DAP-Kulai) urged the Health Ministry to instruct public hospitals and clinics to give treatment regardless of what the patient and family members wore.

Speaking during the debate on Budget 2016 at the committee stage, Teo raised incidents of female visitors and patients not being allowed to enter hospitals or being refused treatment by the authorities.

She urged the ministry to issue a memorandum to convey the government’s stand that all patients would be treated regardles of how they dress.

It was previously reported that a two-year-old boy was allegedly denied treatment at two government clinics and a hospital in Kulai because his mother and aunt were wearing pants that were deemed too short. (more…)

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