Sex education is not available in our schools despite the baby dumping and teenage pregnancies, but last week, teachers, parents and students were horrified. In an unprecedented move, an Umno Baru lawyer took the initiative to introduce sex education to schools and the nation.
The new sexpert is Muhammad Shafee Abdullah. His day job was that of the Chief Prosecutor in Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy II trial. Shafee’s commitment to Umno Baru prompted him to volunteer his services and embark on a grueling nationwide lecture circuit loosely dubbed the ‘1Malaysia Pornographic Trail’ (1MPT).
Despite his denials, Shafee is acknowledged to be a dedicated Umno Baru member, and some of his party members have alleged that he aspires to be the next Attorney-General. To prove his loyalty, Shafee has given a pledge – that his contribution to nation-building will be to talk about ‘Sex Education, Umno Baru style’. (more…)
Australia’s Immigration Department said that it has not ruled out the possibility of convicted murderer Sirul Azhar Umar giving tell-all television interviews provided proper application processes were met.
“Generally, the department does not facilitate interviews within detention facilities for operational reasons,” a spokesperson for Immigration minister, Peter Dutton, told Australia’s The Agenewspaper.
The unnamed spokesperson was reported yesterday to have said that the department has not approved any television interviews with Sirul, a 43-year-old police commando who has been sentenced to death in Malaysia and is currently held at Sydney’s Villawood detention centre. (more…)
Malaysia has the worst electoral boundaries in the world and among the worst set of election laws, the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) found.
This places Malaysia among countries with ‘low electoral integrity‘ ranking 114 out of 127 nations surveyed along with the likes of Angola, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and Egypt, EIP’s 2014 report said.
It trails far behind neighbour Indonesia, which ranks 51st for its presidential elections. The Philippines and Thailand rank 91st and 88th place respectively.
Malaysia was dragged down by its score for voting boundaries, where it scored 28 out of 100 – the worst in the world. The average global score was 64. (more…)
‘THE Hundred-Foot Journey’ by Richard C Morais – courtesy of a good-books friend, is a wonderful novel.
Don’t read this book if you are hungry. You might eat it – quite an appropriate opinion from an award-winning screenwriter.
Indeed, it was spicy fish curry Machli Ka Salan in olden West Bombay from the first page when the character of this book, Hassan, was born, right to the end when he puts his final touch to the dessert Arte Au Vin en route to his elevation to the uppermost echelons of French haute cuisine.
Plates and baskets of food literally sprang from the pages as readers took the journey with Hassan, across the continents. (more…)
I thought the Chinese New Year celebration this year should be more meaningful than the CNY of many years past and taken by the leaders of this country as an opportunity to not only enhance relationships between multiracial Malaysians but also to assure all Malaysians, especially Malaysians of Chinese descent, that the Year of the Goat marks the government’s position that no Malaysians are ‘pendatang’.
Unfortunately, that’s just wishful thinking because Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak probably doesn’t see that assurance as of any importance, although one would think, after such tumultuous year in the Year of the Horse with a lot of Chinese bashing by Najib’s own people, this year would make a perfect chance to do a spring cleaning, so to speak. (more…)
The media was told not to cover or write about the talk tonight by senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah at Permatang Pauh, the constituency of jailed Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Shafee, who led the Sodomy II prosecution team, is on a roadshow to talk about the case.
The event tonight is organised by a pro-Umno NGO Kelab Warisan Mutiara Pulau Pinang.
The organiser of the talk dubbed ‘Sejenak bersama TS Shafee Abdullah’ told reporters to leave the hall at the Seberang Perai Politeknik before the talk began. (more…)
“Planes vanishing and crashing. A Muslim extremist country and terrorist hiding spot. Filthy and unsanitary public toilets.” These are three most negative things that Helen Lund Kjelin heard about Malaysia.
Kjelin was planning a trip to Malaysia and came across numerous stories and anecdotes about how terrible the country is.
“I have heard many stories about Malaysia, mostly from tourists and mostly bad. They cautioned all travellers who are thinking about visiting Malaysia to think really hard. The mass media portrayal of the country is just as undesirable,” she told Theantdaily. (more…)
While you fight your political games at the top, the struggling rakyat feel rather left out of the equation.
I am an ordinary Malaysian. I come from a lower middle class family. Although I take special interest in the political climate of our nation, it is meaningless in my day to day affairs.
I am curious about Altantuya’s murder. I am confused about Anwar Ibrahim’s prosecution. I am worried about PAS-DAP bickering over hudud. I am sad over the demise of Nik Aziz.
However, being curious, confused, worried and sad over the happenings around us doesn’t put food on the table nor does it ease the burden of our daily life. (more…)
Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong said the 100 lawyers who demanded his resignation over his remarks on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction should raise the matter at the Bar’s annual general meeting (AGM) to be held next month.
“They should attend the AGM where many of our fellow members will be present and raise it there,” Leong said in a text message, in response to the demand by the group that he tender an unconditional public apology to the judiciary and the public.
The lawyers said they would take all necessary steps to ensure Leong resigned from his post immediately and to have the Attorney-General (A-G) bring contempt proceedings against him. (more…)
Sarawak PKR today registered its strongest objection on what it said was the Election Commission’s rush to hold local inquiries on the new electoral boundary proposed in the state’s redelineation exercise.The party’s state vice-chairman, See Chee How (pic) said there were no written notices in the media and that complainants were only informed by phone.
“No written notices (in the mass media). They (the EC) just called by phone to ask the complainants to pick up their letters (which stated the date, time and venue of the inquiry) from the EC head office (at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar) in Simpang Tiga,” he told reporters at the party’s Chinese New Year open house at its Batu Tiga bazaar headquarters. (more…)
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should relinquish Malaysia’s seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as well as its current Asean chairmanship if he failed to stop the crackdown on opposition leaders and activists, PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar said today.
The Lembah Pantai MP said the government, instead of showing moral authority as it took over the Asean chairmanship this year, was targeting opposition-linked individuals using the archaic Sedition Act, while others escaped punishment despite racially provocative statements.
“As a member of the United Nations and currently sitting on the Security Council, we find it shameful that Malaysia can continue to wilfully taint the rule of law through selective prosecution and investigations that seemingly favour the government,” said Nurul Izzah, who is also the PKR vice-president, said in a statement. (more…)
CM says Sarawak is home for everybody of all races and divide and rule tactics will not be used.
Chinese in Sarawak must no longer be regarded as pendatang (immigrants) declared Chief Minister Adenan Satem in his Chinese New Year address,
“We cannot have divide and rule tactics… Sarawak is for everybody and Sarawak is big enough for everybody,” said Adenan.
He said the forefathers of the Sarawak Chinese community who came from China could be called immigrants but not the present generation, The Star Online reported. (more…)
A report has surfaced on how Jude Pereira, the investigating officer in the Sodomy II case, had been asked to make a public statement alleging a conspiracy against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Those mentioned to be involved were MyWatch chairperson R Sri Sanjeevan and former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan, who once served as the crime watchdog’s patron.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Musa confirmed that he had met Pereira just before the last general election in 2013 at the former police chief’s house in Petaling Jaya. (more…)
A reform-questing politician striving against great odds must allow the worst of what he has to face pass through his soul, as if he is grinding sausage.
With Anwar Ibrahim (left), now in his third spell of incarceration in a near 50-year political career, the buffer against the shrivelling effects of the grind is reading.
A peripatetic life on the hustings and at endless meetings the last eight years could not have afforded him much time for this solitary pursuit, save perhaps in cars and planes – provided he was not trying to catch up on sleep – that transported him to the events of a hectic and harried schedule. (more…)
Even among alleged experts in Chinese astrology, opinion appears to be a bit woolly as to whether 2015 is the Year of the Sheep, the Goat, or the Ram.
But whatever, here’s wishing a hearty Gong Xi Fa Cai to all my fellow creatures of goodwill, and as beastly a year as possible to all those of ill-will.
It has certainly started on a baad note for many of the latter, with heightening determination to hunting-down of such predators as Isis and Boko Haram, and increasing global attacks on Malaysia’s BN regime for its countless beastly acts. (more…)
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak should not be unduly worried over former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar’s claims that those who had the motive to want Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu dead were still at large.
PAS information chief and Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar who said this, added it was surprsing that the prime minister would react to Sirul’s recent statement as ‘only those who ate chili would feel its spiciness’.
Mahfuz (left) said the although Sirul said he had acted under instructions with regards to the Altantuya murder, he did not name any individuals when he said that he had allegedly received orders to kill the Mongolian. (more…)
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has made quite a revelation on how he will solve the problem posed by his so-called Barisan-Plus government and the allocation of seats among the state component parties – and their two pro-BN friends, before the state election, due by June next year.
To recap, his Barisan-Plus government came about when his ministers and assistant ministers left their respective parties to form Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) and United People’s Party (UPP).
Adenan has continued to retain them in his Cabinet despite the fact that Teras and UPP are not members of the state BN that today comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP). (more…)
Blogger Aspan Alias says he believes Najib did offer Anwar the post of Deputy Prime Minister.
In speculating over whether or not Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak did offer Anwar Ibrahim the job of being his deputy, it is more sensible to believe Nurul Izzah Anwar’s claim than to accept Khairy Jamaluddin’s dismissal of it, according to a blogger’s analysis.
Aspan Alias says one may reasonably assume that Anwar would confide in his daughter, but it would be rather far-fetched to think that Najib would confide in Khairy. (more…)
Malaysian authorities at a special press conference yesterday announced they were submitting to the Guinness Book of World Records for initiating the most number of seditious cases in the world on a per capita basis.
The authorities also informed media representatives that, besides the per capita record, Malaysia was also going for the record for the most number of categories in which sedition charges could be levelled.
Although constitutional and legal constraints stood in the way of extending the country’s record, its leading legal official was confident that it can easily be overcome. (more…)
In stark contrast to the massive rallies and Reformasi protests of the late nineties, the incarceration of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim last week failed to inspire Malaysians to take to the streets and support for the opposition leader is lukewarm at best.
Demonstrations outside the Sogo departmental store and the Sungai Buloh prison attracted far smaller crowds than when Anwar was first arrested in 1998, culminating in weekly street protests in Kuala Lumpur.
Political analysts said this was because the public no longer felt demonstrations would affect change, and that they have more pressing concerns than the PKR de facto chief’s imprisonment. (more…)
Lim Kit Siang says Altantuya’s murderer has exposed the “feet of clay” of the IGP, AG, Judiciary and PM.
Fugitive and former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar, in one fell swoop, has exposed the “feet of clay” of the pillars of the country viz. the Inspector-General of Police, the Attorney-General, the Judiciary and the Prime Minister on the 2006 Altantuya Shaariibuu murder case.
The whole world is now witnessing this fact, said DAP elder statesman Lim Kit Siang, in commenting on statements attributed to Sirul in Australia.
The fugitive, held at the Villawood immigration detention centre in Sydney since January 21 after an Interpol red notice, is still maintaining that he acted under orders and was being made into a scapegoat. (more…)
Fugitive former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar has claimed that he was only convicted of killing Mongolian model Altantuya Sharibuu based on circumstantial evidence, saying there were no witnesses to the crime nine years ago.
Speaking to news portal Malaysiakini, Sirul said that he had never admitted to killing Altantuya, and instead, insisted that he was being made a scapegoat.
“There are no witnesses to the murder until today. All this is based on circumstantial evidence linking me (to the murder),” he was quoted as saying.
“I understand that circumstantial evidence is not strong as direct evidence.” (more…)
After quite a hectic schedule meeting Sarawak state leaders, announcing project funds in the millions, assuring of a better future for state education, and giving more promises even though many past promises have yet to be fulfilled, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was given a grand send-off by several big-wigs of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) on Feb 13.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem was there to personally see him board the plane to Putrajaya.
And with Adenan his two deputies, Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang and Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg. Both men are also Adenan’s No. 2 in PBB. (more…)
An education activist today urged schools and institutes of higher learning in the country to warn students of the danger of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), following the latest arrest of a teenage girl over her involvement in the militant group yesterday.
Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, who heads Parent Action Group for Education Malaysia (PAGE), said students must be told that Isis did not represent true Islamic teachings.
“The Isis issue seems to be getting worse and more widespread, so we must prevent youths from getting involved, while schools and adults must explain to them the actual activities of the Isis. (more…)
Sirul Azhar Umar must reveal what he knows before an investigation can be launched, said former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan.
“The police cannot investigate if he just threatens to do so. It is like he wants to say but doesn’t say,” he told Malaysiakini.
However, Musa said Sirul should disclose under whose orders he acted and the people whom he claims had a motive to kill Altantuya Shaariibuu but are still free. (more…)
The first day of the Chinese New Year is rocked not by deafening fireworks but by the Malaysian prime minister – rather, by what he uttered.
As reported, the prime minister was gracing a Chinese New Year reception hosted by MCA in Kuala Lumpur.
A Malaysiakini journalist is said to have asked for his response to the claim by former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar (who is now detained by Australian authorities) that he (Sirul) acted under orders in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. (more…)
The Federal Court has sentenced him to death, but former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar said that he never admitted to murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu.
In a telephone conversation with Malaysiakini, he maintained that he had acted under orders and was being made a scapegoat.
“There are no witnesses to the murder until today. All this is based on circumstantial evidence linking me (to the murder). (more…)
Kuching High Court Judge Yew Jen Yie this afternoon granted leave to Sarawak PKR’s application for a judicial review to declare null and void the current redelineation exercise by the Election Commission to increase the state seats of the Sarawak Assembly from 71 to 82.
Sarawak PKR Vice-chairperson See Chee How who represented his party, said that the court had rejected three preliminary objections raised by the respondents and the state government – that the plaintiffs had no local standi, the application was premature and the court has no jurisdiction to hear the application.
The court also found that the application was not frivolous whether there was a lack of particulars in the disclosure of the notice or whether there were sufficient details in the notice. These would be litigated at a later hearing. (more…)
PKR has been granted its leave application for a judicial review of the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation exercise in Sarawak.
Kuching High Court judge Yew Jen Kie in her decision in chambers today also gave the EC two weeks to file its affidavit in opposition to the PKR’s allegations and set March 19 for further mention.
The February 2 application was filed by the opposition party’s state assemblyman for Batu Lintang See Chee How, and a voter in Ulu Baram named Pauls Baya.
See, who represented himself and Baya, said the three preliminary objections the EC and the state government raised to block the application were all thrown out by the court. (more…)
A week ago, the New York Times featured a front-page articleabout 33-year-old tycoon Jho Low, a member of Malaysia’s new rich with close ties to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s family.
The article looked into Low’s purchase of million-dollar properties in New York City, which was later sold to Riza Aziz, the son of Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor from another marriage.
Naturally, the journalists involved in the story dug into the source of wealth of Najib’s family, given that Najib is a career politician, holding various offices since he was 23, beginning as the Pekan MP. (more…)
The people must not only free Anwar, they must free the nation from the shackles of tyranny.
Anwar Ibrahim will not be forgotten. What he stood for and fought for will not be forgotten. The injustice and abuse that was inflicted on him will not be forgotten.
If anything, all this will be remembered and kept alive. And someone will pay for it, there is no doubt about it.
Whether inside or outside of prison, Anwar will be a force to be reckoned with. (more…)
The Internet has been abuzz with debates over Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s Feb 6 statement at a joint press conference he held with visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Najib had said that the Sarawak government has agreed to set up an Indonesian school in the state, similar to 50 such schools already established in Sabah.
“We agreed that schools be set up for the children of migrant workers from Indonesia. The Sarawak government has agreed to establish such schools. (more…)
Former attorney-general Abu Talib Othman said during his time and before that, prosecutors did not “advertise” themselves in the media.
However, he noted that senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is seen as doing so by giving interviews to the media following the successful conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for Sodomy II on Feb 10.
“Yes, he (Shafee) seems to have been good at doing that – ‘advertising’ himself (since winning),” he laughed when asked.
He was referring to the interviews given by the senior lawyer to the mainstream media namely the New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia recently. (more…)
Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, who has been detained in Australia, said today he was under orders to kill Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu. But the ‘real’ murderers are still free.
In a Malaysiakini interview today, the former police commando said he was also contemplating to ‘tell all’ concerning the gruesome murder nine years ago.
“I was under orders. The important people with motive (to murder Altantuya Shaariibuu) are still free.
“It is not like I do not love the police (force) or the country, but I acted under orders,” he told Malaysiakini. (more…)
Sirul Azhar Umar claims he acted under orders.
Sentenced to hang for the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, former police commando Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar is now contemplating revealing all.
Sirul, who left the country for Australia before the Federal Court verdict, said several Australian television stations had approached him for a tell all interview, Malaysiakini reported.
“I haven’t decided (on whether) to do the interview,” he said, while confirming that he was giving it serious thought all the same. (more…)
After fleeing to Australia to escape the hangman’s noose, former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar is now mulling answering the biggest riddle in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder – why did he and Azilah Hadri shoot dead the Mongolian woman and blow up her remains with explosives?
In a recent telephone conversation with Malaysiakini, Sirul (right) disclosed that several Australian media have requested for a “tell all” interview with him.
“I haven’t decided (on whether) to do the interview,” he said.
Asked if he would be prepared to spill the beans should he proceed with the interview, the former policeman replied, “Yes, I am seriously considering the possibility.” (more…)
Saiful Bukhari Azlan must be furious. Instead of moving on, after the final verdict of Sodomy II, he is now forced to face added scrutiny.
Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong noted “glaring anomalies” in Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s case. Experts claim that Saiful should also be charged under Section 377b, the same charge which the Federal Court levelled against Anwar. The Attorney-General now treads a legal and political minefield.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng has lodged a police report against Saiful, and requested that the police unveil any elements of complicity, adding, “If not, then this is a victimless case.” (more…)
Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail should be sacked for abusing his powers by ‘hiding’ an Order to Investigate (OTI) on lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and continued to appoint the latter as a prosecutor in the Sodomy II appeal of Anwar Ibrahim, a former top cop says.Former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim filed a police report on Feb 7, three days before Anwar’s conviction, urging Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to exercise his authority over Gani.
Mat Zain said Najib should set up a tribunal to impeach Gani from the AG’s post, as former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad acted to remove ex-chief judge Salleh Abbas.
In his police report, Mat Zain asked why Gani continued to appoint Shafee to head the prosecuting team for Anwar’s Sodomy II appeal, despite the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) itself having signed the OTI dated Jan 3, 2014. (more…)
As Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s pet investment vehicle 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) continues to struggle to keep afloat financially, more and more doubts and questions unfold.
Although 1MDB’s new president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy had announced that its RM2 billion had been settled on Feb 13, six days before bankers triggered a default, more queries have emerged.
The media has been reporting the past week that tycoon Tan Sri T Ananda Krishnan (AK) is possibly the white knight to grant a loan to help 1MDB service its mounting debts. (more…)
Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria has warned that action will be taken against those who undermine the credibility of the judiciary.
The top judicial officer was speaking generally about the attacks on the judiciary in his speech, but commented that the unfounded criticisms through the social media had been made in a forum held recently.
In view of this, he urged the public not to make “unfounded criticisms” against the judiciary on the social media as this would undermine the administration of justice. (more…)
Just the day before the Federal Court upheld the guilty verdict for Anwar Ibrahim and sentenced him to five years’ jail, Mahathir Mohamad told the media that Malaysia “is a democratic country”, and that ‘if people want Lim Kit Siang to be the prime minister, the constitution does not prevent him even though he is a Chinese”.Yes, nothing in the constitution that bars any rightful Malaysian citizen from assuming the highest political office in the country, theoretically and legally speaking. However, having witnessed what has happened to Anwar and his family over the last 17 years, would anyone in his or her right mind earnestly believe Malaysia is indeed so free and democratic that he or she can rise to the top job safely and on merit?
Not when one is not part of the traditional elite within Umno. Then again, one does not need to make it on merit if one is in Umno’s good books. (more…)
Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria has denied fleeing the courtroom when opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim launched a scathing attack on him and four other judges when the Federal Court upheld the latter’s conviction.”Whenever I feel it is not fair, I leave or adjourn the hearing to cool off the atmosphere. I ‘bukan cabut‘ (did not flee),” he told reporters in Putrajaya.
The top judicial officer also said that he did not hear what the PKR de facto leader said. (more…)
The Federal Court has dismissed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal against his conviction and five-year jail sentence for sodomising his former aide, which would effectively bring the axe down on his political career and ambitions.
But is this the end of Anwar’s legal recourse to prevent him from being incarcerated and save his political future?
Lawyer, adjunct professor and author Datuk Baljit Singh Sidhu, who is also a member of the Bar Council Criminal Law Committee, told Theantdaily that Anwar’s only legal course of action now would be to file a judicial review before the Federal Court. (more…)
Another group of Malaysians has penned an open letter to Datuk Seri Najib Razak calling for an end to extremism, this time by 58 former students of St John’s Institution in Kuala Lumpur, where the prime minister himself had studied.
The alumni of the renowned mission school from the class of 1975 urged the country’s leadership to take a strong position against racism, religious bigotry and extremism, and themselves pledged to “always walk on the path of moderation”.
“As patriotic citizens we will not allow any form of destructive extremism, divisiveness and racial or religious turmoil to be planted in our country. (more…)
Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria has issued a stern warning to the public that appropriate action will be taken against those who tarnish the image and dignity of the judiciary.
His warning came in the wake of criticisms levelled at the judiciary after the Federal Court last week upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal in finding Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim guilty of sodomy.
Arifin said the judiciary was open to criticism but will not tolerate unfounded allegation in the social media and at public forums. (more…)
There is clearly no such thing as ‘natural’ justice. Most creatures are condemned to living under the law of the jungle, in which might is right and only the fittest, fattest, fastest or fiercest survive. And in any case life inevitably ends in a death sentence.A patently unfair situation from we humans who have devised two ingenious ways to try and escape. First a system of earthly justice designed to make things more equitable for us all in this life, and secondly a concept of ‘heavenly’ judgment to reward virtue, punish vice and thus even things up in some great hereafter.
But both kinds of justice appear to have failed in Malaysia this past week. Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, otherwise affectionately known as Tok Guru, the ‘spiritual’ leader of PAS and longtime menteri besar of Kelantan, sadly died at the age of 84. (more…)
Besides being critical of the Najib administration, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is seen not to have lost his sense of humour when he recently mentioned that he would want to be the prime minister again if he has a chance.
One of things he would want to do is to bring back the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI).
PPSMI is something he brought to the nation while in his last year as the PM. (more…)
For decades, we were conned into thinking that the job of the agriculture and agro-based industries minister was to manage Malaysian agriculture. It is not! The job of the so-called agriculture minister is to spread government propaganda. Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak should rename Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the propaganda minister, and not the agriculture minister.Ismail’s ministerial task is to manage the massive vote bank provided by the rural people of Malaysia. Rural Malaysians make up the final piece in the ‘4-Rs’, the pillars of Umno Baru which comprises race, religion, royalty and rural folk.
When Ismail made his racist remarks about boycotting Chinese traders, Najib refused to punish him, because Ismail was doing a good job, alienating the rural people from the urban population as well as making Malays suspicious of their Chinese neighbours.
Most people imagine that the agriculture minister is not an attractive post, as the portfolio conjures up images of dirt-streaked farmers wading in muddy fields, and sun-baked, weather-beaten fishermen struggling to land their catch. (more…)
The uproar over the controversial Maktab Sains Rendah Mara (MRSM) ‘additional rules’ and the posting of Malayan teachers to the state without due consideration for Sarawakains hardly died down and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was already in Kuching, clearly hoping to head off a possible worsening situation.
Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, came with all the available panacea – possible increase in the intake percentage of not only qualified Sarawakians but also the “not so qualified” ones to be trained as teachers, to look at all Sarawak applicants case-by-case and more funding for the development of education – technical education included – in the state. (more…)
The Baling incident of 1974 when the local people demonstrated due to the sharp fall in rubber prices had propelled Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim into the limelight. As a student leader then, he led a large number of university students to Baling and Sik to support the demonstrators who were very poor people dependent on rubber for their livelihood.
Tun Abdul Razak, the then prime minster, was most unhappy at the involvement of students in this incident. He had ordered the education minister to take stern action against the perpetrators who had organised the students’ participation in the demonstration.
Overnight, Anwar had become a hero to the people of Baling and Sik. (more…)