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October 15, 2017

Kassim Ahmad: As ever, the iconoclast

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Much of the encomia for Kassim Ahmad, who died at the age of 84 in Kulim yesterday, spoke of his courage in the face of repression of his beliefs.

Kassim exemplified Ernest Hemingway’s definition of courage as grace under pressure. He was serene in facing the waves of hostile reaction to his beliefs – save in one instance.

This was when he blamed Anwar Ibrahim for forestalling the evolution of a debate he wanted with critics of his book, “Hadis: Satu Penilaian Semula” (Hadith: A Re-evaluation).

Kassim had wanted the book, which was banned shortly after its publication in 1986, to evoke a debate on the arguments he had adduced for making the Quran – and not the Hadith – as the principal source of Islamic faith and jurisprudence. (more…)

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A solemn declaration by citizen Nades

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I, R NADESWARAN [I/C NO: 510421-10-****], ordinary resident in Petaling Jaya in the state of Selangor, hereby solemnly and sincerely affirm and say as follows:

I will support the current prime minister (hereafter referred to as PM) and his party – the Barisan Nasional (hereafter referred to as BN) – and urge and encourage right-thinking Malaysians to do the same in the 14th General Election which is due. This is subject to the PM and the BN making concerted efforts to fulfil the following conditions, which in turn will bring about a better and more prosperous Malaysia:

1) The PM, his ministers and the government must stop treating Malaysians as fools by making all kinds of statements which more often than not, appear like a page from Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The continued blabbering of untruths and half-truths will further erode whatever is left of the people’s confidence in the system; (more…)

Sarawak DCM urged to act over native land issue

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PBDS president Cobbold John Lusoi said the DCM has not made any apparent progress in addressing the matter, either in proposing new laws or amendments to existing ones. ― Picture by Sulok TawieParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS Baru) expressed its disappointment at Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah today for his delay in resolving issues related to native customary rights (NCR) land.

PBDS president Cobbold John Lusoi said since Uggah’s appointment as the NCR land taskforce chairman early this year, the latter has met with Dayak elders familiar with local customs as well as lawyers involved with the NCR land cases.

Despite this, he said the DCM has not made any apparent progress in addressing the matter, either in proposing new laws or amendments to existing ones.

“I hope he will do something before the Dayak lose more of their NCR land through complex court processes, like what had happened at the Federal Court yesterday,” he told Malay Mail Online. (more…)

M’sia education hub or dud?

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“Two weeks ago, I was preparing the questions for the final semester exams when I was summoned to the president’s office. He said: ‘Make sure all the students pass.’ I thought nothing of it although at the back of my mind, I knew what he had in mind.

“A week later, I told my class of 28 that there would be a special revision class before the exam. Attendance was poor. One third of them were absent but nevertheless, I went to on to discuss the eight questions I had prepared. They were only required to answer any four.

“On exam day, only 13 turned up to sit for their paper. Two days later, I sat down to mark the scripts. Only eight passed.

“I was again summoned to president’s office where I was told that I had defied instructions. If they don’t pass, I was told, they can’t go to third year and they will drop out.
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Make Malaysia sane again

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How did we get to a point where Islamic preachers are openly insulting non-Muslims as filthy and immoral?

Now there have to be separate laundrettes, separate trolleys in supermarkets, separate elevators, and perhaps one day, groups demanding non-Muslim teachers not be around Muslim children for fear that their filthy hands and unclean breath and the forbidden and un-Islamic things they touch will somehow come in contact with the children.

All this in the name of understanding the true meaning of najis or filth, of the mugahlazzahmukfaffafah, and mutawasitah – the categories of faecal matter as classified in Islam.

I am glad I grew up in the days when my most cherished teachers were Malaysians of many races – those honest, clean, pristine, and peaceful souls – of Chinese, Indian, Iban, Kadazan, Sikh, and Malay origin. (more…)

October 14, 2017

Federal Court rules native land cannot be restored after lease conversion

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Lawyer See Chee How (second right) with headman Nyutan Jami (right) and land rights activist Nicholas Bawin after the Federal Court has delivered its judgment in Kuching October 13, 2017. —Picture by Sulok TawieNative customary rights (NCR) land cannot be returned to the native owners once converted to Lease of State Land, the Federal Court ruled today.

“The effect of this conversion is that the disputed lands are no longer provisional leases but a lease proper and are entitled to the protection of Section 132 of the Sarawak Land Code, which title stands good against the whole world,” Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Shariff said his written judgment.

The judgment read out by Federal Court deputy registrar Edwin Paramjothy  Michael Muniandy here was on a case brought by headman Nyutan Jami, Ganga Guma and Langga Kama representing 183 villagers who sued the Land Custody and Development Board, Nirwana Muhibbah Sdn Bhd and state government.

The board and Nirwana are the registered co-proprietors of Lot 2 Block 6, Lot 166 Block 5 and Lot 7 Block 3, all of Melikin Land District, under the provisional leases issued by the state government that were later converted to Lease of State land. (more…)

No title rectification for NCR land once lease given – Federal Court

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The Federal Court today ruled that the High Court cannot order for the rectification of title to exclude native customary rights (NCR) land from the lease that has already been given.

Counsel See Chee How, who was present in court, told reporters that “all that the Court can order is compensation for that area that has proven to be NCR over the lease given”.

“It is a mistake by the government to give this lease. So go by the extinguishment and compensation, that’s it.

“It has been deemed extinguished and they will pay compensation,” he said after Deputy Registrar of Federal Court Edwin Paramjothy Michael Muniandy delivered the judgment.

When asked for further explanation, he said that once a lease is issued over the area, the success of proving the existence of NCR does not entitle the NCR land owners to that part of the land. (more…)

PH: Increased penalty for late registration of birth exorbitant

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Image result for teo Nie Ching, who is also Kulai MP,The increase in fine from RM50 to RM1,000 for parents who fail to register their children within 60 days after their birth is exorbitant, and may increase the number of stateless children in the country.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) Women’s wing secretary Teo Nie Ching, who is also Kulai MP, said the registration of births is no doubt very important but National Registration Department (NRD) must first conduct a study to find out reasons behind the late registration.

“Was it (because of) laziness, irresponsibility, illiteracy or poverty? If illiteracy and/or poverty are the reasons behind the late registration, imposing a higher penalty is not going to solve the problem,” she said in a press statement received here yesterday.

Teo was responding to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s recent announcement in Kluang that parents who failed to register their children within 60 days after birth would be fined RM1,000 compared with only RM50 previously. (more…)

Lawyer: EC’s ‘minimalist’ document lacks info to help voters object redelineation

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For voters to even be able to know how the EC’s redelineation exercise would change the boundaries of their electoral constituencies, they would have to supplement it with information that they have to personally obtain such as the electoral roll and from local authorities, Ambiga said. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Election Commission (EC) does not provide voters with sufficient information in its “minimalist” document outlining its proposed redrawing of voting boundaries, a lawyer said today.

Lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, who represented the Selangor government today in its challenge of the EC’s redelineation bid, pointed out the difficulties an “ordinary voter” would face in using the document alone to file an objection within the one-month deadline.

“And in one month, they have to look at this minimalist document and lodge an objection…This we submit is woefully inadequate information,” she told the High Court, adding that this goes against the right to information.

She was referring to the EC’s 2016 notice and proposed recommendations for the redelineation of electoral boundaries in states in peninsular Malaysia, including Selangor. (more…)

What is your stand on PAS-Umno pact, Baru asks state BN components

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Related imageState PKR chairman Baru Bian has asked whether other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in Sarawak welcome the purported pact between Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and United Malay National Organisation (Umno)?

“It was interesting to note the reaction of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah to reports of Umno’s overture to PAS in forming a pact.

“The anticipated pact has been the subject of speculation for many months and now it is confirmed that Umno has given the green light to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to negotiate with PAS, with Abdul Karim welcoming the news, saying it will strengthen BN in the coming election.

“What intrigues me most is how the other BN component parties in Sarawak view this development in national politics,” he said in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

Documents from London mission a ‘red herring’, claims Chong

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The state government’s reluctance to disclose the documents from its London mission goes to show that the trip – although done in the name of ‘enhancing Sarawak’s position to negotiate for more autonomy – is a total waste of taxpayers’ money, claims DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

According to him, all the talk about using the historical documents to help Sarawak reclaim its rights is just ‘beating around the bush… a red herring’ by the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) government to cover up its failure to obtain more autonomy for the state.

“Not only has Sarawak not made any headway in the demand for more autonomy, but its rights are still continuously eroded by the federal government amidst all the ‘autonomy’ talks,” he told reporters at a press conference in DAP headquarters here yesterday.

Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman, said in July this year, the Parliament passed two Bills – ‘The Access to Biological Resources and Benefits Sharing Bill, 2017’ and ‘Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill 2017’ – which effectively took away Sarawak’s exclusive power over its forest biological resources and port management, respectively. (more…)

Agong accepts report on forex probe

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Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V accepting the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s (RCI ) report on the probe into Bank Negara Malaysia’s foreign exchange losses, from RCI chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan at Istana Negara, October 13, 2017. — Bernama picYang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V today accepted the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s (RCI ) report on the probe into the Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) massive foreign exchange (forex) losses in the 1990s.The 400-page report was presented to His Majesty by the RCI chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan at the Istana Negara this evening.

“The commission has presented to His Majesty the report which was prepared over the past three months.

“His Majesty will later take it to the attention of the government. I have also explained all the findings and it is now up to the government to decide further action,” Mohd Sidek told reporters at the Istana Negara.

Earlier, Mohd Sidek, along with other members of the RCI, had an audience with Sultan Muhammad V, which lasted over an hour. (more…)

Why ban sources of knowledge?

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Faisal-Tehrani_bukuA social activist who advocates the reading habit has decried the recent banning of books, saying he agrees with novelist Faisal Tehrani that it brings shame to the country.

Ahmad Sukri Shahrom, who runs weekly activities for the Buku Jalanan Perak book movement, told FMT he regarded all books as sources of knowledge and he therefore saw no meaning in labels that authorities attach to them, such as “right wing” and “left wing”.

He was referring to the government’s description of the banned books as threats to the nation because they allegedly contain left-wing ideas.

Faisal Tehrani, the author of several banned books, recently said he found it strange that the government had decided to continue with its censorship policy even as the National Book Council was lobbying for Kuala Lumpur to be declared Unesco’s World Book Capital for 2020. (more…)

Village chiefs wondering why their allowance not raised

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Image result for Village chiefs in sarawak wondering why their allowance not raisedVillage chiefs (Ketua Kaum) in the state are wondering why they are still receiving RM800 per month, whereas their counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia have been getting RM900 per month since January this year.

According to a source from the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, under the 2017 Budget, all the 16,000 community leaders throughout the country should be getting RM900 starting from January this year as it was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also Minister of Finance, during his Budget announcement last year.

“This is a peculiar issue which we hope the state administration can address soon as the community leaders in Sarawak have been asking why there is a difference of RM100 between the allowance of village chiefs in West Malaysia and in Sarawak,” the source told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Currently, many village chiefs are complaining that their allowance is below the maximum wage of RM920 per month, and that the RM800 is rather low for them to carry out their duties for the people. (more…)

Court says Pua has no standing to sue Najib over 1MDB

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The High Court said DAP MP Tony Pua (pic) lacked legal standing to pursue the action against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Malaysian government today succeeded in their application to strike out a suit filed by Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee for misfeasance in handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Datin Faizah Jamaludin allowed the applications by Najib and the government after ruling that Pua had no locus standi to file the action against them.

Faizah in her judgment said the court found that the plaintiff (Pua) had not established on the face of his pleadings that he has sufficient legal rights or interest to bring a claim against Najib for the tort of misfeasance in public office.

“Monies used by the Minister of Finance Inc to subscribe to the shares of 1MDB does not in itself amount to dissipation or misappropriation of tax payers’ monies. (more…)

Students brainwashed into political apathy?

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Anis-Syafiqah_polatical_sekolah_600A student activist has attributed Malaysian youths’ disinterest in politics to indoctrination, underexposure and a culture of fear.

Speaking to FMT, Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof said school textbooks were filled with the achievements of one political party only and they would ignore views that had even a hint of opposing the official narrative.

Likewise, she said, students at public universities would hear only one side of political debates.

Among those who had become aware of the political realities from their own reading or contact with activists, she added, many were fearful of the consequences of revealing that they had such awareness. (more…)

October 13, 2017

Clare files defence, counter claim against Hadi

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Rewcastle-Brown_Abdul-Hadi-Awang_600Clare Rewcastle Brown has filed her defence in response to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s defamation suit against the editor of the whistleblower website, Sarawak Report.

She also revealed that a counter-claim had been filed against Hadi.

“The defence and counterclaim were filed in the UK High Court this afternoon,” she told FMT in an e-mail.

Clare, who did not provide details, said the filing includes a summary of the lengthy full document.

Last week, in updating FMT on the suit, Clare said she would file her defence very soon. (more…)

‘Sarawak, Sabah equally concerned on non-adherence to MA63’

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Related imageBoth Sarawak and Sabah are equally concerned on the non-adherence to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), says Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.

“Both Sarawak and Sabah are equally concerned on non-adherence to MA63. This was expressed by both leaders. Our concern is for the betterment of Malaysia as a nation, so that the federation stays strong and united in the years to come,” Masing said after receiving a courtesy call by Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Anifah Aman at his office here yesterday.

Masing who is also PRS president, said the two of them also expressed confidence that both states would be able to deliver for the BN in the upcoming 14th general election (GE14).

“Both Sarawak and Sabah expressed confidence in retaining BN seats comes GE14,” he said.

Anifah is the younger brother of Sabah’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman. Both brothers are Umno supreme council members. Anifah is also chairman of the steering committee on devolution of power for Sabah while Sarawak is represented by Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Seri Nancy Sukri.

Currently, the BN in Sarawak controls 25 out of the 31 parliamentary seats while Sabah BN controls 21 out of the 25 seats.


Source : The Borneo Post Online


 

Nur Jazlan: Sabah, Sarawak exempt from fine for late birth registrations

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Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed reminded parents of the importance of registering their babies in the two-month time period to avoid complications. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa The increased fine of RM1,000 for delays in registering new births is only applicable to peninsular states, clarified Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.For Sabah and Sarawak, he said the Births and Deaths Registration Ordinance 1951 (CAP 123 for Sabah and CAP 10 for Sarawak) will be used instead.

The Births and Deaths Registration and Adoption Act (Act 299) will consequently not be applied to the two Borneo states, he explained.

However, he reminded parents of the importance of registering their babies in the two-month time period to avoid complications.

“This matter (registering babies) is important. An example of a complication that could arise from this is the immunisation and vaccination jabs for babies in the first six months,” he was quoted as saying in Berita Harian. (more…)

RCI on BNM forex losses to present report to Agong today

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The logo of Bank Negara Malaysia is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur June 30, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) which convened to investigate into the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) foreign exchange losses, will present its report to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong today evening.

The RCI secretary in a notice released today said commission chairman Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan would meet the King at Istana Negara between 5pm and 6pm.

On July 15 this year, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong approved the formation of the RCI to enquire into losses incurred by Bank Negara Malaysia due to foreign exchange dealings in the 1990’s based on the Commissions of Enquiry Act.

The RCI’s five-man panel headed by Mohd Sidek convened for eight days from Aug 21 and concluded on Sept 19 after calling 25 witnesses. (more…)

Minister: Malaysia’s anti-nuke stance will boost case for atomic power

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Nancy pointed out that Malaysia had signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which imposes a total ban on nuclear arms, on the first day it was opened for signature. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaMalaysia’s rejection of nuclear weapons will add credibility to future bids by the country to safely adopt nuclear energy, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said today.The minister pointed out that Malaysia had signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which imposes a total ban on nuclear arms, on the first day it was opened for signature at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, United States, last September 20.

“Malaysia’s long and strong position on the abolition of nuclear weapons will enhance our national credibility for a peaceful, safe and secure utilisation of nuclear energy and nuclear science and technology,” Nancy told Malay Mail Online.

The minister’s remarks came after Malay Mail Online reported that a Malaysian activist, Datuk Dr Ronald McCoy, was one of the founding members of a global grassroots movement, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

“We are proud to commend our fellow Malaysian, Datuk Dr Ronald McCoy, as one of the founding members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) that recently won the 2017 Nobel Prize,” Nancy said. (more…)

London visit documents to be discussed at Sarawak assembly meeting

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Sharifah-Hasidah-sarawak The findings of the team that went to London to collect documents pertaining to the formation of Malaysia will be discussed at the next Sarawak State Legislative Assembly meeting.

Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said that was the best forum to discuss the contents of documents related to safeguarding the special interests of Sarawak obtained from London in July.

In a press statement, she said it would not be in the interest of the state to hold public discussions on the documents right now.

Sharifah Hasidah was responding to a statement by Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen that he could not understand the silence on the matter almost three months after the London visit. He had asked if it had been a waste of taxpayer money. (more…)

New minimum wage to be announced next year

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Riot said the National Wages Consultative Council (MGPN) had started making plans to review the Minimum Wages Order 2016 to allow the government to determine the new minimum wages rate. — Bernama picA new minimum wage for Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will be announced next year, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Richard Riot Jaem.

The move will close the minimum wage gap for the private sector whereby it is RM1,000 in Peninsular Malaysia, and RM920 for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, he said.

Riot said the National Wages Consultative Council (MGPN) had started making plans to review the Minimum Wages Order 2016 to allow the government to determine the new minimum wages rate in line with the country’s current socio-economic development.

“We know that the minimum wages order must be reviewed at least once in two years. The review will look at the ability of the employer to pay the minimum wage which is a responsibility that is very challenging to ensure that the minimum wage policy meets all objectives. (more…)

Education minister: 60,000 teachers yet to be registered as voters

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Mahdzir urged the remaining 60,000 or 14 per cent to enroll themselves to fulfill their responsibilities as voters in the coming general election. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Education Ministry has confirmed that 365,500, or 86 per cent of 425,000 teachers nationwide have been registered as voters with the Election Commission (EC).

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said he urged the remaining 60,000 or 14 per cent to enroll themselves to fulfill their responsibilities as voters in the coming general election.

He said although there were no legal actions imposed on those who did not register as voters, teachers as role models should take on the great responsibility.

“The whole community, including those living in rural areas, think that teachers are not only pillars of guidance for students, but their views are also sought by adults. (more…)

Court orders Najib, Zahid to file defence for breach of oaths

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najib_law_zahid_600Prime Minister Najib Razak and his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi have been ordered to file their defence by Oct 27 for allegedly violating their constitutional oaths.

Former Umno leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan’s lawyer Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar said High Court deputy registrar M Pavani had also ordered the duo to file their applications to strike out his client’s suit by Nov 10.

“The counsel appearing for Najib and Zahid informed Pavani that he had yet to obtain instruction on the striking out but the court gave a timeline to file the papers,” Syed Iskandar told reporters.

Lawyer Yazid Mustaqim Roslan appeared for Najib and Zahid. (more…)

Najib, Zahid ordered to file defence over violations of oath

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The High Court in Kuala Lumpur instructed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to file their defence in Khairuddin Abu Hassan’s suit over violating their oaths of office.

The direction was made by High Court deputy registrar M Pavani following case management today.

Pavani also instructed Najib and Zahid to file their applications to strike out the suit, should they choose to do so, before Nov 10.

The case management will be heard before High Court judge Ahmad Zaidee Ibrahim on Nov 15.

Khairuddin was represented by Syed Iskandar Syed Jaafar Al Mahdzar, while the prime minister and his deputy were represented by Yazid Mustaqim. (more…)

UPSR questions too tough? Education ministry disagrees

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chong-upsrThe education ministry has denied allegations that questions for the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) are too difficult for a 12-year-old.

Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said the current education system was based on higher thinking levels.

“The critics are adults who do not follow the current curriculum.

“If they did, then they would know that it was not that difficult. (more…)

October 12, 2017

PKR rep urges Putrajaya to exempt Sabah, Sarawak from late birth registration fine

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Rahimah suggested that the government improve its education and awareness programmes on the importance of registering births. — AFP picSabah PKR Wanita chief Rahimah Majid accused Putrajaya today of taking the “easy way out” and penalising parents in two Borneo states who were late in registering the births of their children.

The PKR Kudat division chief said the move to penalise parents by raising the RM50 fine “2,000 per cent” to RM1,000 is “ill-conceived-and-oppressive” on Sabahans and Sarawakians who live deep in the interior and are economically-challenged too.

“The government must take into consideration the unique situation of Sabah and Sarawak where infrastructure development is still far lagging behind, as compared to peninsular Malaysia.

“That is the main reason behind the high number of late birth registrations in the two states ― as a majority of the rural villagers were just too poor to afford the transportation cost to go to the nearest town to register the birth of their children,” she said in a statement. (more…)

Lack of action after London visit over Sarawak’s rights questioned

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Chong-Chieng-Jen_ma63_sarawak_600An opposition leader is puzzled over the silence of the state government on the status of its fight for Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), three months after a legal team was sent to London to get evidence.

State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen asked if the state government had wasted money on sending 10 individuals to London to look for documents leading to the formation of Malaysia.

“All the hoo-haa about going to London has added no extra edge to Sarawak’s fight for autonomy except extra holidays for those involved at the expense of the tax payers’ money.

“Nothing has come up from the whole thing except for the technical committee,” The Borneo Post quoted Chong as telling a press conference here. (more…)

Is Islamophobia slowly creeping into Malaysian society?

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Haniff-KhatriWhile going through the reports published by the alternative media yesterday, my attention was drawn to a report published by FMT (Sept 23, 2017) titled “Flora Damansara man must be investigated, says lawyer”, in which a previous FMT report (Sept 23) titled “Problems abound at Flora Damansara, says residents’ rep”, which also contained an uploaded video of the related issue, was the subject matter of the comment by Sankara Nair, a fellow member of the Malaysian Bar.

It is never my intention in any way to unnecessarily render a differing view to a fellow member of the Malaysian Bar. However, I am compelled to do so on this issue, simply because, of late, I find that there has emerged a concerning trend among certain members of our society that any view or issue which centres around general morality or common good of the society, is alarmingly responded to as if it is due to over emphasis of Islamic values “forced” unto the general members of our society.

In simple language, something like the frightening Islamophobia among the Western countries post-9/11. (more…)

Only 1 workbook for each subject, says education ministry

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Chong-Sin-WoonThe education ministry has reminded schools to only allow one workbook for each subject for students in Year Four to Six.

Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon said this was due to complaints from parents that the list of workbooks for the next year was usually given out at the end of the year.

“I told the ministry to look into this since the issue has long existed, especially in national-type schools.

“The use of workbooks during teaching is not right since the ministry’s textbooks are sufficient,” he told a press conference here today. (more…)

Maria Chin remains free, government loses appeal

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Maria-Chin-Abdullah_law_baru600The Federal Court today declined to hear the government’s appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal to acquit Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah for an offence under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA).

A five-man bench chaired by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum said the Federal Court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“The case started in the Sessions Court and it must end in the Court of Appeal,” he said.

On Sept 7 last year, the Court of Appeal allowed Bersih 4 rally organiser Maria’s appeal to strike out the charge of failure to give a 10-day notice prior to the event in 2015. (more…)

Pakatan must promise to sack EC chair, says Maria Chin

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maria-forum-1Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has called for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to promise to sack Election Commission (EC) chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah if it comes to power.

Speaking at a forum entitled “Political Persecution Continues” at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall today, Maria said Hashim had failed to realise the EC’s true purpose, citing in particular the controversial redelineation exercise.

“We must strengthen institutions such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the EC because currently, they are not doing their work,” she said.

The forum was held in solidarity with PKR vice-president Tian Chua, who was recently arrested for refusing to obey a police order to leave a restricted area following the Bersih 3 rally in 2012. (more…)

Uggah: Committee still working on definition of two NCR land categories

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Image result for Douglas Uggah EmbasThe Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau (PMPG) Committee is still working on an acceptable exact definition of the two categories of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said there would be a single definition acceptable and recognised to cover all ethnic groups.

“We have some interesting proposals from various parties through meetings held by the stakeholders, so we are studying them in depth at the moment,” he told a press conference yesterday.

“The proposals include using the term ‘territorial domain’, we may not use Pemakai Menoa,” added Uggah, who chairs the committee. (more…)

October 11, 2017

CM: Sarawak to set up new department to manage protected areas

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File picture shows the limestone pinnacles of Mount Api at Gunung Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak. — wiki picChief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today the state government is placing higher conservation priority of its protected areas and wildlife with the establishment of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.“The formation of the new department will lead to a more coordinated, focused and adequately manned to meet the challenges of managing Sarawak’s protected areas and its wildlife more effectively and efficiently,” he said in a speech

The speech was read at the opening of the regional forum on strengthening, diversifying and financing for protected areas, by his deputy Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

The chief minister said the state government has allocated RM43 million under the 11th Malaysia Plan for the development of national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, adding that the amount does not include the RM10 million annual operational expenditure.

Abang Johari said under the state’s land use policy, the state government has set a goal of one million hectares to be gazetted as national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries by 2020. (more…)

Suhakam to hold public inquiry over missing pastors, activists

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Susanna Liew Sow Yoke, wife of abducted Pastor Raymond Koh at the solidarity vigil by civil societies over four abduction victims over the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will hold public hearings on the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife Ruth Hilmi.The inquiry will seek to determine whether the missing people are victims of “enforced disappearances” or “involuntary disappearances in breach or breaches of the criminal and/or civil law and/or applicable human rights laws”.

The inquiry will be chaired by Datuk Mah Weng Kwai as chairman and assisted by Prof Datuk Aishah Bidin and Dr. Nik Salida Suhaila Nik Saleh.

The panel will also seek to learn how such breaches occurred and the parties responsible.

It will also evaluate whether the Royal Malaysia Police took adequate steps to investigate the alleged breaches, and recommend measures or guidelines to ensure it will not happen again.

To date, the commission have recorded 35 statements from witnesses for all cases and the inquiry is seeking answers to the disappearances.

The hearings will be held at Suhakam’s office on October 19, 20 and 30, and November 2,3,13,14,15,15 & 17.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


 

Chief Justice: Judicial reforms successful thus far, but far from over

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Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif said he would continue to push for judicial reforms, particularly the disposing of backlogged court cases. ― Malay Mail picThe judicial reforms instituted in 2009 under the stewardship of ex-Chief Justice Tun Zaki Mohamed Azmi has borne fruit, Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif said today pointing at a more systematic management of the courts now.However, Raus said that the job is not yet done and he would continue to push and oversee further improvements, particularly the disposing of backlogged court cases.

“No doubt we have made good progress thus far. But reform is a continuous process. In short term, our immediate concern is the disposal of old cases which are one-year-old or more,” he said.

Raus said that at present, 96 per cent of court cases are being disposed within a nine-month period, labelling the achievement as a milestone in the country’s judicial history and even outdoing Singapore, which imposes an 18-month period.

The success, Raus said, had also received accolades from the World Bank in its 2011 report, in which the organisation recommended that the judiciaries of other nations to follow the Malaysian model. (more…)

Villagers in shock upon learning their properties still on mining leases

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Members of some 200 households in Kampung Skiat Lama and Kampung Skiat Baru in Bau District are shocked upon finding out that their houses and farm land are sitting on mining leases.

According to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak vice-chairman Boniface Willy Tumek, around 1,300 villagers are still struggling to come to terms with the fact that they are basically ‘squatters’ on the land, which has been occupied since the early 1900s – one that they have, for all these years, assumed to be theirs.

“They lament how the government, which they have been staunchly supporting for many, many years allow this gross injustice to befall them,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Boniface, who is also PKR Mas Gading branch chairman, said following the inquiries forwarded to the Land and Survey Department by the party on the villagers’ behalf, it is found that the mining leases have indeed been approved for the land upon which these two villages are sited. (more…)

Government’s deafening silence on London trip questioned

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The state government’s deafening silence three months after a legal team was sent to London to study the state’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is being questioned.

The state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said 10 individuals which included Assistant Minister of Law, State-federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali and state legal advisor Dato Sri JC Fong went to London to look for documents leading to the formation of Malaysia about three months ago.

“Nothing has come up from the whole thing except for the technical committee,” Chong told a press conference here yesterday.

Noting that all documents leading to the formation of Malaysia were no longer classified under Official Secrets Act and were now open to the public, Chong said it therefore did not serve any purpose for the government to be ‘so secretive’ about the documents they collected from London.

“Anyway, I have here the whole book (British Documents on the End of Empire) published by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the University of London. I have it here with me (the book) which contains (among others) 227 correspondence leading to the formation of Malaysia from the time of Lord Cobbold to the Prime Minister Harold McMillan of Britain, to Tunku Abdul Rahman and even to Lee Kuan Yew. The book contains all the correspondents including telegram exchanges that ultimately led to the formation of Malaysia. (more…)

October 10, 2017

DBOS one of central issues to be raised in coming DUN sitting — See Chee How

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Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has put Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the state government on notice that matters pertaining to the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) will be one of the central issues to be raised in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting scheduled to commence on Nov 8.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman, opined that it is important for DBOS and the state government to be transparent and accountable to the people considering that the bank is state-owned and it is laden with many heavy and important duties even though it is expected to commence operation by Jan 1 next year.

“Since its establishment, the deafening silence of DBOS is troubling many concerned Sarawakians. The chief executive officer (CEO) Sim Kheng Boon has yet to make a public statement since his appointment and neither has there been any DBOS statement revealing its preparation or readiness for the scheduled operation. (more…)

Baru ‘amused’ by those compelled to defend being flown on military aircraft

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State PKR chairman Baru Bian finds it ‘amusing’ that a group of community leaders should feel compelled to defend Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing’s miscalculation in sending 160 of them in a military plane to Putrajaya to pledge support to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

In acknowledging that Temenggong Wilfred Billy Panyau is entitled to his opinion that it was not disrespectful to be flown in a military aircraft instead of flying commercial, Baru said Wilfred is only speaking for himself when he said he was happy to be treated like that.

“However, Wilfred cannot claim to speak for all ex-servicemen. He and his other community headmen friends may be doing fine, having been appointed headmen and getting allowances from the government, but what about the other retired servicemen who have not been so lucky?

“It had been reported in 2012 that 60 per cent of ex-servicemen live in poverty and are struggling to make ends meet. What does Wilfred have to say about these 60 per cent? Are they being taken good care of by the government?” queried the Ba Kelalan assemblyman in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

Sarawak mulls using federal loans to offset school repairs bill

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Second Minister of Finance Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh (2nd right) said the suggestion needs further study. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak Cabinet has discussed a suggestion to use soft loans from the federal government to offset the costs of repairing or replacing dilapidated, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said today.

He said the suggestion raised by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg needed further study as it involves accounting procedures.

“The chief minister has said that the state government would repair schools first, and if the federal is unable to pay us, then we will contra,” Wong told reporters on the sidelines of the 4th Sarawak Business and Investment summit here.

He expressed hope this would not be necessary, as he believed that the federal government will fund the repairs and construction. (more…)

Private sector spending, exports to lift Sarawak economy by 4pc this year

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Abang Johari said Sarawak ranked among the top four investment destinations in Malaysia in the last nine years. — Reuters picSarawak’s economy is expected to grow by 4 per cent this year against the 3.2 per cent last year, its Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today.

He said the positive growth will be mainly driven by the expansion in the private sector expenditure and exports while services and manufacturing sector will continue be the key drivers of growth.

Abang Johari, who is also the state finance and economic planning minister, said Sarawak’s nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has expanded from RM119.1 billion in 2015 to RM121.4 billion last year while the GDP per capita has jumped from RM44,100 to RM44,300 for the same period.

“The number of employed has increased from one million in 2015 to 1.2 million last year,” he said in his speech at the opening of 4th Sarawak Business and Investment Summit organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute here. (more…)

PKR leader proposes council for technopreneurs to share ideas

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Image result for Willie MonginThe International Trade and E-Commerce Ministry has been urged to form an E-Commerce and Information Technology Council which will be a platform for technopreneurs in the state to share ideas, besides encouraging people to participate in E-Commerce.

In making the call, PKR Puncak Borneo branch chairman Willie Mongin suggested that as a way to encourage more people to participate in E-Commerce, the state government should give grants to technopreneurs to establish an ‘incubator’.

“Even better, the government can have a huge data centre like a small Silicon Valley in Sarawak to encourage our technopreneurs to participate and offer more services to the consumers,” he said in a press conference here on Monday.

Willie, who is a technopreneur himself, said the E-Commerce and Information Technology Council can also invite experts from outside the country to discuss and formulate a strategy on how to bring Sarawak’s digital economy to the next level. (more…)

PM, CM meet to discuss solution to state’s dilapidated schools

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Putrajaya yesterday to deliberate on fast-tracking the solution to dilapidated schools in Sarawak.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan disclosed this to journalists after representing the Chief Minister to launch the 4th Sarawak Business and Investment Summit at a leading hotel here yesterday.

Awang Tengah, also Second Minister for Urban Development and Natural Resources, said the Chief Minister would announce the outcome of the meeting later.

“One of the things that they have to discuss is on issues with regard to the (dilapidated) schools, and how to fast track the development. But I’m not going to talk about the mechanism or how. The most important thing is to make sure that all dilapidated schools can be rebuilt or to be repaired,” he said. (more…)

October 7, 2017

Suhakam to launch public inquiry on missing pastors

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Raymond Koh’s wife, Susanna Liew, addresses a crowd at a candlelight vigil outside the Selangor police headquarters in Shah Alam in March. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will organise a 10-day public inquiry to determine the whereabouts of several missing individuals, to determine if the cases are “enforced disappearances”.

The commission’s chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said in a statement the inquiry would be held on several dates this month and November over the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth, and social activist Amri Che Mat.

“To date Suhakam has recorded 35 statements from witnesses for all cases and the inquiry process is meant to answer questions, and to shine light on the situation.

“We seek to determine if these cases meet the criteria as defined under the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances. (more…)

Submissions for 2nd session of 18th DUN by Oct 20

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The second meeting for the second session of the 18th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting will be held from Nov 8 to 17 at the DUN Complex here.

In a notice sent out to all assemblypersons, DUN secretary Semawi Mohamad stated that all state assembly persons could submit no more than 10 questions to be answered orally during the sitting.

“A written notice containing the questions must be personally signed by the assemblyperson and submitted to me latest on or before Oct 20 (office hours),” Semawi stated in the notice seen by The Borneo Post.

He also stated that the submission of the written notice containing questions through fax or email must be followed with submission of the original copy as soon as possible.


Source : The Borneo Post Online


No problem with Umno flags in school, says education minister

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A news portal reported recently that a school in Putrajaya flew Umno flags and made Umno-themed edibles for an event. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThere is no issue with the usage of Umno flags in an event at a primary school in Putrajaya, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said today.

The Umno supreme council member was quoted by national newswire Bernama as saying that the event featuring Umno flags in Sekolah Kebangsaan Presint 14 was not political in nature and just a homage to the political parties that helped to achieve independence for Malaysia.

“Our country is independent because of Umno’s struggle that was aided by MCA and MIC. This can be seen when Tunku Abdul Rahman, who was Umno president at that time, visited London to gain independence,” Mahdzir said today.

The minister added that independence day was being politicised by the Opposition.

News portal Malaysiakini reported recently that the school in Putrajaya flew Umno flags and even made Umno-themed edibles for the event.

The event was brushed off by the principal and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor — who officiated the event — as a normal occurrence.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


October 6, 2017

State PKR reps among several groups to make courtesy call on Uggah

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Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas yesterday received several courtesy calls, including one from members of the opposition.

The opposition members were state Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders – Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How and Krian assemblyman Ali Biju – who met with Uggah at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya here.

Welcoming the visitors was Assistant Minister of Native Land Development Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn.

Apart from the state PKR group, State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Deputy Speaker Dato Gerawat Gala, Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) head Datu Dr Ngenang Janggu, and Majlis Adat Istiadat Sarawak council head Datu Ganie Ugay also met up with Uggah. (more…)

Revised National Harmony Bill proposes counselling for hate speech

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the draft National Harmony Bill would include counselling for offenders who make hate speech. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe government is redrafting the National Harmony Bill to include counselling for offenders who make hate speech, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said today.

The minister in charge of national unity said that his department was not shelving the Bill, but it was in the process of redrafting the bill after three previous recommended drafts were rejected by the government.

“We have to put national unity in mind and provide counselling for those who were making discriminatory speech.

“They can still be corrected. If they commit an act against the law however, they will still be dealt by different bodies. Our function is to foster national unity, not punish,” he said. (more…)

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