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August 14, 2017

Slippers thrown at Dr M’s direction; chairs and flares fly at ‘Nothing to Hide 2’

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The “Nothing to Hide 2” forum organised by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) descended into pandemonium after unidentified persons threw slippers at the direction of party’s chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Bersatu had invited Najib Abdul Razak to debate Mahathir at the Shah Alam function but with the prime minister not expected to attend, it was initially a one-sided affair.

The event, at Dewan Raja Muda Musa, got off to a slow start with Mahathir launching his usual salvos against Najib but something appeared amiss during the question-and-answer session as several confrontational questions were hurled at Mahathir.

While Mahathir was answering a question on the Memali tragedy in Baling, slippers were suddenly hurled at his direction.

The situation quickly escalated as Bersatu supporters were riled by the incident and attempted to confront the suspected provocateurs. (more…)

Education Minister: No need to bring bullying cases to ministry

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Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said cases of bullying in schools should be resolved by the school concerned. — Picture by Saw Siow FengCases of bullying in schools should be resolved by the school concerned, the District Education office or the State Education Department, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today.

He said there was no need to send such cases to the ministry to be settled.

“What is important is for the school, the District Education Office (PPD) the State Education Department (JPN) to be firm, even if to a stage of expelling the student, there is no need to say sorry or to apologise, “ he told reporters after opening the Padang Besar Umno divisional delegates conference here today.

Likewise, he said, the setting up of a special unit to address the problem was also unnecessary as the existing procedures were adequate, while the school, PPD and JPN have the power to made decisions on the matter,’ he said. (more…)

Arul Kanda unfit to head Khazanah after disastrous record at 1MDB

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Malaysians were shocked to read the report on Thursday that Arul Kanda is one of the candidates being considered for the post of managing director of Khazanah Nasional.

It was reported by The Malaysian Insight that “a selection panel has been formed to look through the candidates who can take over from Azman (Mokhtar) whose contract expires in two years” and Arul Kanda is one of two outsiders being considered.

After the disastrous and disgraceful record at the debt-ridden 1MDB since his appointment in January 2015, Arul Kanda should be automatically disqualified from even consideration at the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

The latest catastrophe is the failure of 1MDB to fulfil its settlement obligations with Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC) in a timely matter. Despite claiming since April 24 this year that its repayment to IPIC would be fulfilled via the “monetisation” of 1MDB’s investment ‘units’ last known to be held in Singapore, IPIC had to twice extend the deadline for the first instalment payment scheduled on 31 July 2017. (more…)

August 13, 2017

MA63 focus for opposition’s GE14 manifesto in Sabah

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ma63-sabah-sarawakAll Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties in Sabah have agreed that the state’s right under the historic Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will be the focus of its special manifesto for the state in the next general election (GE14).

PH’s presidential council had previously been reported as saying that it wanted to formulate a manifesto specifically for the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

The coalition’s chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it was focusing on the two East Malaysian states and had discussed them at length during a meeting earlier.

“We have already submitted our request and highlighted all our problems and we are positive that Sabah and Sarawak will get a better deal. (more…)

Sarawak govt demands at least 30pc from tourism tax

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Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Sarawak should get 30 per cent from the tourism tax imposed in the state. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak has demanded that the state should get its fair share from the tourism tax, which is nothing less than 30 per cent from the collected amount.

Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth, and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that the amount of tax collected must be shared equally by the three regions (Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia).

“We want a larger revenue to be given back to Sarawak; we want at least 30 per cent or more from the amount collected,” he added.

Abdul Karim said this when asked by reporters on the latest development with regards to the tourism tax which will be imposed effective September 1, whereby foreigners would be charged RM10 per room per night. (more…)

Stop twisting facts, lawyer tells BN over latest DoJ action

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Dont't twist and turn legal issues merely for dishonest propaganda, says Haniff. Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla has told the government to stop denying the latest development on the 1MDB-related US$540 million forfeiture lawsuit by the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Bloomberg had reported that court filings by the DoJ on Thursday showed that it was escalating its probe into a criminal one, in a worldwide effort to track how much of the money that was raised by 1MDB for development projects was used to pay for various assets.

“The government of Najib Razak should stop spinning and twisting the facts without finding out the actual legal position of the DoJ’s latest actions.

“A responsible government is not expected to twist and turn legal issues merely for its dishonest propaganda,” Haniff told FMT. (more…)

August 11, 2017

Sim Kheng Boon appointed CEO of Development Bank of Sarawak

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The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) today announced the appointment of Sim Kheng Boon as the chief executive officer of the newly-formed Sarawak Development Bank Bhd (DBOS) effective Aug 1.

Following the appointment of the CEO and other the professionals in his core team, DBOS will be ready to commence operations by Jan 1, 2018, a statement from the CMO read.

Sim will be fully supported by the Board of DBOS comprising of its chairman and State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and members Sharkawi Alis, Christopher Adrian and Datu Laura Lee Ngien Hion.

Sim is a Sarawakian who graduated with a Degree of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He is also an associate member of Asian Institute of Chartered Banker. (more…)

Who are the pioneering 5?

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg announced on Tuesday morning members of the board of the newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak Sdn Bhd (Petros), Sarawak’s own oil and gas company, which would comprise five Sarawakians who were previously with Petronas and Shell.

Later in the afternoon he met the MA63 research team to London among whom is a lawyer who has served in various key positions in Petronas, Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, CEO of Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd.

Taking the cue from Abang Johari’s statement that the five-member Petros board would comprise Sarawakians who have served in the oil and gas industry one time or another, The Borneo Post made an educated guess that with his credentials, Medan would be one of the ‘Pioneering Five’.

Speaking to The Borneo Post Adventure Team (BAT) in Bintulu in June, Medan said he had a ‘considerably lengthy’ meeting with the chief minister. Asked what he thought of setting up Sarawak’s own oil and gas company he confidently replied: ‘It’s good for Sarawak’. (more…)

CM: Sarawak legal team found substantive never-seen-before documents on Malaysia’s formation

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Sarawak’s State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali led a team to London to scour for documents related to the formation of Malaysia. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe legal team despatched to London has unearthed new and substantive documents written by the UK government to the United Nations concerning Sarawak and the formation of Malaysia, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg announced today.

He said some of the documents have never been seen before, adding that the legal team will brief him further about their findings later today.

“[The documents] seem to be very good. They must be so because they must be substantive,” he told reporters here after opening an International Conference on Language Studies organised by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

Abang Johari said the findings were important because they were communications between the UK government and the UN prior to the formation of Malaysia in 1963. (more…)

DAP lodges MACC report over Sarawak HDC funds

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Dr Kelvin Yii (right), the special assistant of Bandar Kuching Member of Parliament said funds amounting to millions of ringgit belonging to the Housing Development Corporation were suspiciously paid out to contractors. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe DAP today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over suspicious payments involving millions of ringgit from funds belonging to state-owned Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

“I urge MACC to begin immediate investigation into suspicious payments as stated in the recently published 2016 Auditor-General (AG) Report,” Bandar Kuching member of parliament Chong Chieng Jen’s special assistant Dr Kelvin Yii today told reporters after lodging the report at the state MACC headquarters here.

He said the anti-graft agency should centre its investigation on the payment of RM2.88 million to two contractors for alleged non-existent repainting job of 12 public housing units in Miri.

He said there was also an advance payment of RM16.06 million for Package 1 and Package 2 of the Jalan Utama upgrading project in Sibu without authorisation, resulting in the government incurring interest charges of RM1.77 million. (more…)

Petros board formed, members all Sarawakians

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The board of the newly formed Petros, Sarawak’s own oil and gas company, is made up of five Sarawakians who have retired from Petronas and Shell.
Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg highlighted this yesterday as he brushed aside rumours that Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) chief executive officer (CEO) Sharbini Suhaili might be appointed to the top position.

“No, he is the CEO of energy. We have formed Petros and appointed the board. For a start, we have five members. They are all Sarawakians who have retired from Petronas and Shell,” he told reporters after opening the International Conference on Language Studies (ICLS 2017) at Riverside Majestic Hotel here.

“We will work together to find the best person with experience to be appointed the CEO. The board will decide later,” he assured.

Most importantly, he pointed out, was forming and registering the company with the board first in order to look after Sarawak’s interest in the oil and gas sector. (more…)

Declassified documents will help Sarawak in case for autonomy, state government says

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Sarawak’s Law, State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali has already briefed the Sarawak Chief Minister on the trip's outcome. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe recently declassified documents found by the Sarawak state legal team in London will add strength to its position in the discussions with Putrajaya on the matter of state autonomy.

“The state government is studying these documents to ascertain the basis for the recommendations contained in the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report of the constitutional safeguards for Sarawak,” team leader Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said in a statement.

She said the state government wants to see what further action needs to be taken in order to have the safeguards fully implemented under Article VIII of the Malaysia Agreement, if they had not been already incorporated in the Federal Constitution or by executive, legislative or other action since Malaysia Day.

She had earlier briefed Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg on the outcome of the London trip. (more…)

Sim Kheng Boon named CEO of Sarawak Development Bank

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Sim-Kheng-Boon--1The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office today announced the appointment of Sim Kheng Boon as chief executive officer of the newly-formed Sarawak Development Bank Bhd (DBOS).

In a statement today, it said DBOS would be ready to commence operations by Jan 1, 2018, following the appointment of Sim and others in its core team.

Sim, 62, will be supported by the DBOS board comprising chairman Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and members Sharkawi Alis, Christopher Adrian and Laura Lee Ngien Hion.

Sim, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial industry, graduated with a Degree in Commerce (Hons) from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Sarawakian is also an associate member of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers. (more…)

Zaid files for review, wants AG’s case reheard without CJ

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Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has filed an application for review over the Federal Court’s dismissal of his appeal for leave to challenge attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision not to prosecute Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over the 1MDB scandal.

Zaid seeks to set aside the July 28 decision made by a three-member panel chaired by Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif, and have the case reheard by a new panel.

The application was filed at the Federal Court registry this morning.

In the former minister’s affidavit supporting the application, he cited that he had instructed his lawyers to inform the Federal Court registrar in attendance on July 28 that Justice Raus should be recused. (more…)

School’s policy of separate cups for Muslims and non-Muslims draws ire

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cawanA policy of segregating drinking cups in a primary school in Selangor has threatened to spark yet another controversy involving the treatment of non-Muslim students in government schools.

FMT’s visit to Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Puteri in Hulu Langat showed that cups placed next to a drinking water dispenser at one of the school’s blocks were labelled “Muslim” and “non-Muslim”.

School authorities refused to comment when asked for a response, but a canteen worker said, on condition of anonymity, that the practice began last year under the school’s principal, who has since been transferred after a four-year tenure.

Attempts to get comments from the education ministry, including Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan, also failed. (more…)

August 10, 2017

PKR welcomes set-up of Petros by Sarawak govt

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See-Chee-How_sarawak_oil_600Sarawak PKR has welcomed the establishment of Petros to drive the state’s direct participation in the extraction and development of petroleum and gas resources in Sarawak.

State PKR vice chairman See Chee How, who gave Petros the thumbs-up, urged the state-owned entity to assume control over the awarding of production sharing contracts in the remaining areas with oil and gas potentials, onshore and offshore, within Sarawak’s borders.

“The petroleum resources are depleting and we have already been deprived of this wealth for the past five decades.

“We must manage and develop whatever petroleum resources zealously to ensure that the wealth generated from now on is not only beneficial to us but sustainable for future generations of Sarawakians,” he said in a statement today.

He also advised the state government to administer Petros as a sovereign wealth fund answerable to the Sarawak Legislative Assembly. (more…)

Petros a welcomed step – See Chee How

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The unprecedented step taken by the state administration to incorporate Petros, a Sarawakian wholly-owned oil and gas company, as a vehicle to actively participate in the extraction and development of Sarawak’s oil and gas is most welcomed by all Sarawakians, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman, said Petros should be a sovereign wealth fund which is a Sarawak-owned investment fund which is answerable to the Sarawak Legislative Assembly.

“The Sarawak administration must first assert and assume control over the awarding of production sharing contracts (PSC) over those remaining blocks or fields of oil and gas potentials onshore and offshore within the territorial boundary of Sarawak.

“A sovereign wealth fund which is answerable to the Sarawak Legislative Assembly will ensure that the entity maintains its characteristic of maximising long-term return from the resource wealth for the future generations of Sarawak while establishing a strongly responsible and accountable institution that distinguish and prevent it from a state-owned fund which runs into the problem like 1MDB,” See told a press conference here today. (more…)

Setting up Petros a good move — See Chee How

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Sarawak to resolve shortage of tourist guides

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Karim-Rahman-sarawak-2The Sarawak tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports ministry will try to resolve the shortage of trained and registered tourist guides in the state.

The assurance came from its minister, Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who said Sarawak needed more trained tourist guides to handle the state’s growing tourism industry.

“I have yet to go into the details of the problem but I was made to understand that we are facing a shortage of tourist guides,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.

He said in order for the state tourism industry to thrive, it needed good tourist guides to explain places of interest to tourists.

“We do not want tourists to be cheated by those so-called tourist guides. (more…)

CM: Sarawak oil company equal with Petronas

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg, speaking to reporters, says that the Petros board will decide on the appointment of chief executive officer. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) will have the same status as national oil company Petronas in the exploration of oil and gas resources in the state, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said today

“Petros will be an investor and will work with Petronas, particularly in the upstream activities,” he said after opening an International Conference on Language Studies organised by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here.

He said Sarawak must have its own vehicle in the exploration of oil and gas resources found in its territorial waters.

He said there is already something on the pipeline, which he and Petronas president and group chief executive officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin will announce later for Petros and Petronas. (more…)

PKR calls for Rohani to be replaced

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PKR has called for Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim to be replaced.

According to its women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni, Rohani is unfit to be a minister-in-charge of women affairs, after the minister said that the 12-year-old girl who married the man convicted of raping her in Sabah is doing well.

“Rohani may say that we misunderstood her in some way but her reply to a question from an MP that ‘the girl is doing well’ is sending a wrong message to the society.

“Our question is how many times of blunder can we allow her to go on as a women minister. If she cannot be firm, bold and brave then we think that she should be replaced,” a disappointed Voon told a press conference here today.

Rohani’s ministry on Tuesday issue a statement clarifying that offering to marry rape victims will not prevent convicted rapists from serving their sentences.

Voon also questioned why the federal government reappointed her as a Women, Family and Community Development Minister in the 2015 Cabinet reshuffle.

“We don’t know why the federal government reappointed her when the most sensational issue of Penan rape cases were not addressed during her first term after she promised to do so as soon as possible in 2013,” she said.


Source : The Borneo Post Online


Sarawak lawyers’ group to make stand on judges’ appointments

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judge-Raus-Sharif-Advocates-Association-of-SarawakThe Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) is to also take a stand on the two top judicial officers who were appointed as additional judges to remain in their administrative posts.

Its president, Ranbir Singh Sangha, said the AAS would hold an extraordinary delegates’ conference in Kuching on Aug 28 to determine the next course of action.

“We will put forward several options for the delegates’ consideration and this includes whether the AAS should file legal action in court,” he said.

Ranbir said the other choice would be to join the Sabah Law Society (SLS) and the peninsular-based Malaysian Bar to initiate a law suit against relevant parties.

He said the AAS would not lobby its members from the four branches in Bintulu, Miri, Sibu and Kuching to take specific action or boycott Chief Justice Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin. (more…)

Government can still run well without GST — Voon

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Scrapping the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is not a problem if the government of the day practises good governance and zero-tolerance against corruption, said PKR Women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni.

Voon was responding to critics from BN who asked how the nation could survive without GST, after Pakatan Harapan (PH) had pledged to do away with GST within the first 100 days upon taking over Putrajaya, besides introducing a two-term limit for the prime minister’s post.

“We need to remind them that our nation survived 58 years without GST. GST was only introduced two years ago by (Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) when the national debt escalated with the financial crisis fuelled by the 1MDB scandal,” she told a press conference here yesterday, referring to the Prime Minister.

Voon recalled that last year, Najib, in one of his media statements, was quoted as saying that more people had accepted the fact that GST had saved the nation from suffering a serious financial crisis as what happened in Greece and that without GST, Malaysia’s economy would be bleak. (more…)

Village in Sarawak declared as rabies-infected area

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File picture shows a Sarawak Veterinary Department officer vaccinating a cat against rabies in Kampung Lebor, Gedong, Serian, July 5, 2017. — Bernama picKampung Kula, an Iban village in Serian Division, was today declared by the state disaster management committee (SDMC) as rabies-infected area after a seven-year old boy was confirmed to have been infected by rabies virus.

The order was signed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas in his capacity as the committee chairman.

“With the latest order, there are now 23 areas in Sarawak which have been declared as rabies-infected,” SDMC said in a statement.

The boy is now in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit of the Sarawak General Hospital.

He was reported to have been bitten by a village dog on June 17 and has received three dosages of anti-rabies virus vaccine at the Serian District Hospital on July 21, 24 and 28. (more…)

Nancy: Govt ‘agropolitan’ projects to spur rural economy

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nancy-shukri-1Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri has expressed confidence that the government’s initiative to systematically develop “agropolitan” plantations in rural areas will help local communities in remote areas gain effective new economic opportunities.

The Batang Sadong MP said projects such as the “Ladang Sejahtera” oil palm estate development in the constituency would not only help raise people’s incomes above the poverty line but also provide a sustainable and planned commercial activity for them.

It would also spur the improvement of infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water supply in the surrounding areas, she added.

“This project is an initiative by the federal government to eliminate rural poverty through increase in income, quality of life and continued efforts to catalyse development in outlying areas,” she said. (more…)

CM: Sarawak legal team found substantive never-seen-before documents on Malaysia’s formation

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Sarawak’s State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali led a team to London to scour for documents related to the formation of Malaysia. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe legal team despatched to London has unearthed new and substantive documents written by the UK government to the United Nations concerning Sarawak and the formation of Malaysia, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg announced today.

He said some of the documents have never been seen before, adding that the legal team will brief him further about their findings later today.

“[The documents] seem to be very good. They must be so because they must be substantive,” he told reporters here after opening an International Conference on Language Studies organised by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

Abang Johari said the findings were important because they were communications between the UK government and the UN prior to the formation of Malaysia in 1963. (more…)

Petros board formed, members all Sarawakians

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The board of the newly formed Petros, Sarawak’s own oil and gas company, is made up of five Sarawakians who have retired from Petronas and Shell.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg highlighted this yesterday as he brushed aside rumours that Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) chief executive officer (CEO) Sharbini Suhaili might be appointed to the top position.

“No, he is the CEO of energy. We have formed Petros and appointed the board. For a start, we have five members. They are all Sarawakians who have retired from Petronas and Shell,” he told reporters after opening the International Conference on Language Studies (ICLS 2017) at Riverside Majestic Hotel here.

“We will work together to find the best person with experience to be appointed the CEO. The board will decide later,” he assured. (more…)

Declassified documents will help Sarawak in case for autonomy, state government says

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Sarawak’s Law, State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali has already briefed the Sarawak Chief Minister on the trip's outcome. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe recently declassified documents found by the Sarawak state legal team in London will add strength to its position in the discussions with Putrajaya on the matter of state autonomy.

“The state government is studying these documents to ascertain the basis for the recommendations contained in the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report of the constitutional safeguards for Sarawak,” team leader Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said in a statement.

She said the state government wants to see what further action needs to be taken in order to have the safeguards fully implemented under Article VIII of the Malaysia Agreement, if they had not been already incorporated in the Federal Constitution or by executive, legislative or other action since Malaysia Day.

She had earlier briefed Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg on the outcome of the London trip. (more…)

Marriage amendment Bill passed despite heated debate on unilateral child conversion clause

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Azalina called on Muslim converts to not ‘hide behind Shariah court judges’ in the name of Islam, but to divorce their spouses responsibly in the civil court. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayA Barisan Nasional (BN) MP has joined Opposition leaders in demanding that Putrajaya reinstate the clause banning unilateral child conversions in the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017.

In his speech in Parliament last night, MCA’s Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Wee Jeck Seng called on Putrajaya to consider reinstating Section 88A, pointing out that the problems arising from unilateral conversions would not end without the clause.

“Generally we know that the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017 does not have any changes except the new Section 88A being aborted.

“I propose that the opinion of the child concerned be included during consideration in the civil courts, especially the religion of the children, in the best interest of the child,” he added. (more…)

Dr M sues to revoke duo’s appointment as forex scandal RCI members

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has sued the government in a bid to stop two individuals from being part of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) panel on Bank Negara’s foreign exchange losses. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today sued the government in a bid to stop two individuals from being part of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) panel, claiming that they were “disqualified” and that this was necessary to prevent prejudice.

In court documents sighted by Malay Mail Online, Dr Mahathir asked for the Kuala Lumpur High Court to order the quashing of the RCI panel’s decision yesterday to not disqualify the duo from sitting on the panel.

The two panel members referred to by Dr Mahathir are the panel’s chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and fellow commissioner Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon.

Dr Mahathir today also sought a court order to compel the government of Malaysia to immediately advise the Yang Di-pertuan Agong in accordance with the Federal Constitution’s Articles 40(1) and 40(1A) to revoke or terminate the latter’s consent for the duo’s appointment to the RCI panel. (more…)

August 9, 2017

Baru: Withdrawal of Bill to prevent child conversion another major flip-flop

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The sudden removal of Section 88A of the bill to amend the Law Reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act, which is scheduled to be read a second time in this parliamentary sitting, is another slap in the face for people of non-Muslim faiths.

State PKR chairman Baru Bian, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said there had been hope at the end of a dark tunnel for many that this Bill would see an end to the unilateral conversion of minor children of other faiths to Islam, but true to Barisan Nasional (BN) practice, there has been yet another major flip-flop on the Bill.

“The de facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said was reported to have expressed hope that this development would be seen in a positive light to preserve harmony in Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society.

“How is it possible that this last minute flip-flop by the BN can be seen in a positive light?” he said in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

August 7, 2017

PKR women’s chief granted entry, hopes more opposition members allowed into state

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Thankful for being not barred from entering Sarawak, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin hopes that the state government will allow more opposition leaders from Peninsular Malaysia to enter the state.

Besides Zuraida, other PKR leaders who were allowed to enter Sarawak on Saturday were its vice-president and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar. Both leaders were previously among a number of opposition leaders from the peninsula who were barred from entering the state.

“I hope the state government will be more democratic this time around and allow (those) from the (Peninsular Malaysia) opposition parties to have free entry into Sarawak to undertake our legitimate political activities. I believe that we also can bring in some valuable changes to Sarawak,” she told a press conference here yesterday.

Zuraida stressed that the PKR central leadership fully supports Sarawak’s autonomy. (more…)

PKR women’s chief granted entry, hopes more opposition members allowed into state

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Thankful for being not barred from entering Sarawak, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin hopes that the state government will allow more opposition leaders from Peninsular Malaysia to enter the state.

Besides Zuraida, other PKR leaders who were allowed to enter Sarawak on Saturday were its vice-president and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar. Both leaders were previously among a number of opposition leaders from the peninsula who were barred from entering the state.

“I hope the state government will be more democratic this time around and allow (those) from the (Peninsular Malaysia) opposition parties to have free entry into Sarawak to undertake our legitimate political activities. I believe that we also can bring in some valuable changes to Sarawak,” she told a press conference here yesterday.

Zuraida stressed that the PKR central leadership fully supports Sarawak’s autonomy. (more…)

Baru: I merely cited Auditor-General’s Report

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State PKR chairman Baru Bian said he was merely citing the findings of the Auditor-General (AG)’s Report in his statement to the press without going into the specifics that the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) had paid RM2.88 million to two contractors for paint jobs which were never done.

The Ba Kelalan assemblyman said at no time did he utter any names of persons or companies named in the report.

“I have been falsely accused of tarnishing a nameless company and an equally nameless contractor, and I cannot even sue for defamation as they do not have the honour and the courage to own up to their identities. This is cowardice at its worst,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Baru was responding to thesundaypost’s report in which an unnamed contractor accused him of not checking the facts before making allegations against the contractor’s company. (more…)

Allow more opposition leaders into the state to do their job – PKR women’s chief

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Thankful for being allowed to enter Sarawak, PKR women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin hopes that the state government will allow more opposition leaders from Peninsular Malaysia to freely enter Sarawak.

Besides Zuraida, other PKR leader who were allowed to enter Sarawak on Saturday was its vice president and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar. Both leaders were previously among the opposition leaders from Peninsular Malaysia who were barred from entering the state.

“I hope the state government will be more democratic this time around and allow those from opposition parties to enter Sarawak to undertake our legitimate political activities. I believe that we also can bring in some valuable changes to Sarawak,” she told a press conference here when met at Kuching International Airport today.

Zuraida stressed that the PKR central leadership fully supports Sarawak’s autonomy. (more…)

Putrajaya to decide if cabotage should return after one-year trial

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File picture shows a container yard at North Port in Port Klang. — Reuters picThe Ministry of Transport (MoT) will review whether or not to continue exempting Sabah, Sarawak and the federal territory of Labuan from the cabotage policy after a one-year trial period.

The Borneo Post reported that Putrajaya will observe the decision’s impact first, after a discussion by Sarawak Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transport with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai on Friday.

Those present at the discussion included Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing, Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi, and Assistant Minister of Transportation.

In May, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the cabotage exemption for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan starting June 1. (more…)

‘Clare lost pre-trial case as London court trusts Malaysian system’

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americk-sidhu-1A London court ruling last week has given credence that a foreigner can still enforce a judgment here as the Malaysian legal system is still intact.

This was the outcome in Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown’s failure to impose upon the trial judge and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to place a higher security as costs before Hadi’s defamation suit commences.

Lawyer Americk Sidhu said the court at this juncture was not convinced with Rewcastle Brown’s fear that she might have difficulty enforcing the judgment for costs which may be a substantial amount.

“The court there is not persuaded to believe that she could not enforce the judgment on grounds there may be political manipulation in the Malaysian judicial process,” he said. (more…)

No names mentioned, so who is accusing who – Baru Bian

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State PKR chairman Baru Bian said he was merely citing the findings of the Auditor-General’s (AG’s) Report in his statement to the press without going into the specifics that the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) had paid RM2.88 million to two contractors for paint jobs which was never done.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said at no time did he utter any names of persons or companies named in the report.

“I have been falsely accused of tarnishing a nameless company and an equally nameless contractor, and I cannot even sue for defamation as they do not have the honour and the courage to own up to their identities. This is cowardice at its worst,” he told a press conference here today.

Baru was responding to The Borneo Post today in which an unnamed contractor accused him of not checking the facts before making allegations against the company. (more…)

Finally allowed into Sarawak, PKR MP pleads entry for other banned leaders

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PKR national women chief Zuraida Kamaruddin (centre) said her entry ban to Sarawak had been lifted the previous day. Here, she is flanked by Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian (left) and PKR national women's vice-chief Voon Shiak Ni, at a press conference in Kuching, August 6, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawiePKR national women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin urged today Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg to lift the state ban against other federal Opposition leaders.

The Ampang MP who has been blacklisted from entering the hornbill state since 2013 was finally allowed in yesterday afternoon.

“I hope the state government will be more democratic this time around and allow us from the opposition parties to have a free entry to Sarawak to undertake our legitimate political activities,” she told reporters before leaving for the national capital today.

Zuraida said the federal PKR fully supports Sarawak’s autonomy over immigration control and reclaiming back state’s rights from Putrajaya. (more…)

Sarawak to be raised to its rightful position if Pakatan wins polls, says Nurul

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Sarawak to be raised to its rightful position if Pakatan wins polls, says NurulPAKATAN Harapan will elevate Sarawak to its rightful position as an equal partner in the federation of Malaysia and accede to its other rights demands if the coalition wins the general election.

They include the return of all the state rights Putrajaya had taken or eroded in the last 54 years, and increase oil and gas royalty from the current 5% to 20%, as the state had demanded.

This assurance was given by PKR Vice-President Nurul Izzah Anwar at a “teh tarik & borak santai” (tea and chat) session in Kuching this morning where youths sounded fears that Dr Mahathir Mohamed, if he becomes prime minister again, may choose to pick up the policies he left off when he stepped down in 2003.

“Equal partners? Definitely. It’s not an issue. We’ll give the autonomy to Sarawak and Sabah,” Nurul said.   (more…)

Raus says reappointment as CJ ‘unprecedented’ but constitutional

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Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif receives his instrument of appointment from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Bilik Singgahsana Kecil, Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Picture released August 5, 2017. ― Bernama picTan Sri Raus Sharif said today his reappointment as chief justice was “unprecedented”, but insisted that it is still constitutional, according to a Malaysiakini news report.

“Yeah, as far as we are concerned (our appointments are constitutional)… but of course, this is unprecedented,” Md Raus reportedly said at a press conference at the Palace of Justice In Putrajaya today.

Md Raus was quoted saying that there were bound to be differing views on an issue especially if something took place for the first time.

He was responding to criticisms of his and Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin’s appointments as chief justice and Court of Appeal president beyond their age limit.

The Malaysian Bar has slammed the reappointments, calling it not only unconstitutional, but unprecedented.

The Bar said Malaysia cannot afford another constitutional debacle after the 1988 crisis, and has urged the two to instead decline the appointments in order to uphold the Federal Constitution.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


 

Hishammuddin calls for probe against Dr M and family’s wealth

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Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pictured) said the MACC should investigate Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his family over their riches accumulated over the 22 years while he was prime minister. — Bernama picTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his family should be investigated over their riches accumulated over the 22 years while he was prime minister, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.

Hishammuddin who is also defence minister said the retired leader-turned-government critic had not been an angel while in power, Malay daily Utusan Malaysia reported on its website.

“Don’t let us just dance to their rhythm. Tun Mahathir should also be investigated [on his and his family’s wealth],” he was quoted telling reporters after officiating at the Kangar Umno delegates conference in the Perlis capital earlier.

Hishammuddin was also reported saying it was improper to investigate claims made against a person while the one who made the allegation was spared. (more…)

Zahid got rich from business but not worth RM230m, Nazri says

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Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s assets were earned through legitimate business dealings when he gave up his political post. ― Bernama picDatuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi may be rich, but his assets were earned through legitimate business dealings when he gave up his political post, according to Umno colleague Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

Nazri is the latest Umno supreme council member defend Ahmad Zahid following former president-turned-critic Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remark that the Malay ruling party’s second-in-command and current deputy prime minister was worth RM230 million.

“The deputy prime minister got his wealth when he gave up his position as a political secretary, and concentrated on his business.

“But even then, his wealth did not reach RM230 million. If others can become rich in carrying out businesses, what is wrong if he did so,” Nazri was quoted by The Star Online as telling reporters after opening the Padang Rengas Umno delegates meeting in Perak today. (more…)

August 6, 2017

Please don’t burden our children with book loads!

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Complaints about burdening our children with unnecessarily heavy book loads have been persistent for a long time.

However, the Ministry of Education has sadly not solved the burdens and pain of the book overload that our poor children are forced to bear, every day!

Let’s put ourselves in our children’s shoes. We will quickly realise that going to school is a heavy burden that we literally carry every day – physically and psychology. This goes against their daily well-being and the simple satisfaction of happily going to school, as we did!

ence it’s no wonder that we have more indiscipline and frustration in our schools today! All this leads to more truancy, absenteeism and even bullying in our schools! (more…)

Lodge a report if there is proof of corruption, Selangor tells PSM rep

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Abdul Razak Ismail. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Selangor government said today it takes issues of integrity and corruption very seriously, amid an allegation that abuse of power is becoming rampant in the state under the present administration.

“Selangor takes issues of integrity and corruption very seriously. Anyone with knowledge of wrongdoing should report it without delay to the relevant authorities,” Yin Shao Loong, strategic communications director from the Selangor Mentri Besar’s Office told Malay Mail Online.

He was referring to a claim by Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) member Abdul Razak Ismail that corruption and abuse of power is becoming “rampant” in Selangor.

“Failure to do so could impede the course of justice.” the Selangor state government official added. (more…)

London courts accept Hadi’s deposit offer in suit against SR editor

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Samsuri-Mokhtar-Hadi-ClareThe London courts have allowed PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang to pay a deposit of RM80,000 as security, in the event he loses a civil suit he filed against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown, his political secretary said today.

Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said the decision was made following a case management hearing on Aug 2 attended by the lawyers from the legal firm of Carter-Ruck and barrister Jacob Dean, who are representing Hadi.

He said the hearing was held to determine an attempt by Rewcastle Brown to force Hadi to deposit money with the court in the event he loses and has to pay her legal costs. He said she estimated these to be around £800,000 (RM4.47 million) for the whole hearing till completion.

He said the court accepted Hadi’s offer to pay RM80,000.

“Carter-Ruck successfully argued, assisted by a legal opinion from a law expert in Malaysia, that there exists well-established laws between the UK and Malaysia that allows for CRB (Rewcastle Brown) to claim the costs through the law courts in Malaysia, incurring a cost of not more than RM80,000,” Ahmad said in a statement. (more…)

CJ extension a ‘black mark’ in judiciary’s history, Anwar says

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the country’s constitution ‘clearly’ did not allow for the appointments of both Raus and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin as the Court of Appeal president. — AFP picThe extension of Tan Sri Raus Sharif as the Chief Justice despite objections from the legal fraternity yesterday was a “black mark” in the history of the judiciary, PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.

In a statement, the jailed former Opposition leader said that the country’s constitution “clearly” did not allow for the appointments of both Raus and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin as the Court of Appeal president.

Both Raus and Zulkefli had their tenures extended by three years after being appointed as additional judges at the Federal Court.

As a result of the appointment, they would both continue in their roles as the top judicial office holders in the country well past the mandatory retirement age for judges, which is 66 years old. (more…)

August 5, 2017

Malaysian Bar denies snubbing all judges, just Raus and Zulkefli

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Malaysian Bar president George Varughese said the resolution urging lawyers to avoid socialising with the Chief Justice and Court of Appeal president is limited to those two individuals. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Malaysian Bar’s resolution urging lawyers to avoid socialising with the Chief Justice and Court of Appeal president is limited to those two individuals.

It said this when clarifying reports on its extraordinary general meeting yesterday that suggested the social boycott extended to all judges.

“Please note that resolution (F) explicitly names the two persons to whom the resolution applies.

“The resolution DOES NOT apply to the entire Judiciary,” Malaysian Bar president George Varughese said in a statement.

One of the eight resolutions agreed upon was for the Malaysian Bar to resolve to not invite Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif and Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin for any of its social functions as long as they remain in their current positions beyond their constitutional retirement age of 66 years and six months, and to encourage all lawyers to refrain from inviting the two officials to their social events or accepting their invitations.

The Malaysian Bar also resolved to sue over the duo’s extended tenures that it said were unconstitutional.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


 

Royal inquiry on BNM forex losses starts Tuesday

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The Royal Commission of Inquiry examining Bank Negara’s foreign exchange losses during Tun Dr Mahathir’s administration will take place at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. — wiki picThe Royal Commission of Inquiry examining the central bank’s foreign exchange losses from the Mahathir administration will convene on Tuesday.

The commission announced this today while confirming the membership of its panel.

It was previously announced that former Chief Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, who headed the special task force (STF) on the scandal, would chair the commission.

Other members of the RCI included High Court judge Datuk Kamaludin Md Said, Bursa Malaysia chief executive Datuk Seri Tajuddin Atan, Special Taskforce to Facilitate Business (Pemudah) co-chairman Tan Sri Saw Choo Boon, and Malaysian Institute of Accountants member Pushpanathan S. A. Kanagarayar.

The proceedings will take place at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya and is open to the public.

The RCI was announced on June 21 following the STF’s preliminary investigation on claims that Bank Negara Malaysia racked up US$10 billion in foreign exchange losses during the early 1990s.

The scandal was among the biggest from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s time as prime minister.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


 

Suhakam: Need for freedom of information law alongside OSA

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Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) chief Tan Sri Razali Ismail said that transparency can be achieved with the introduction of a freedom of information law alongside the Official Secrets Act (OSA). — Picture by Saw Siow FengHuman Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) believes that transparency can be achieved with the introduction of a freedom of information law alongside the Official Secrets Act (OSA)

By so doing, Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said both laws would be able to act as checks and balances between the government and society and also in ensuring that transparency and national security were jointly protected.

In his opening remarks during the “Round Table Discussion on Access to Information in Malaysia” here today he noted that the need for information to be freely accessible was vital to create a transparent and open society.

“While the government has a need to protect some types of information which may have a bearing on national security for example, this must not be used as an excuse to prohibit the sharing of information and lack of transparency on the part of the government,” he said.

Rather, transparency between the government and society should be the norm and the restriction of access to such information should be exercised reasonably, he added.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


 

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