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January 19, 2017

EC using ‘backdoor’ to change boundaries, says think tank

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Wong-Chin-HuatA think tank has slammed the Election Commission for changing the polling districts of voters, resulting in many now having to cast their votes in different constituencies.

Political and social analyst Dr Wong Chin Huat, from the Penang Institute, said instead of redrawing the boundaries of constituencies, the EC is changing polling districts.

“The change is made to the polling district boundary within the constituency. It is a purely administrative exercise.

“People cannot file objections over this, only a judicial review,” he said, describing the exercise as a “backdoor” way to change the boundaries. (more…)

Police question former Bersih 2.0 treasurer over foreign funding

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Masjaliza-Hamzah_600Former Bersih 2.0 treasurer Masjaliza Hamzah was questioned by police today as investigations into the alleged foreign funding for the electoral watchdog widened.

Called in as a witness, Masjaliza’s statement was recorded at the Federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman this afternoon.

Masjaliza later told reporters that it was a brief session and that all questions were related to Bersih 2.0, its accounts and links to George Soros, referring to the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

“I did not answer any question,” she said, adding that she was simply exercising her rights under Section 122(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code. (more…)

Pundits cast doubt on PAS inclusion under PPBM’s proposed Barisan Rakyat

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Muhyiddin said a new coalition covering all opposition parties with the tentative name of Barisan Rakyat could be formed to oppose the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. — Picture by Marcus PheongHopes for a cohesive electoral pact among the opposition are dim as analysts predict that PAS is unlikely to join other opposition parties under the new coalition Barisan Rakyat mooted by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

Oh Ei Sun said the proposed Barisan Rakyat would have to at least replace the existing opposition Pakatan Harapan to have any chance, but pointed out the unlikelihood given the animosity between some of the major parties.

“I don’t think BR can be an umbrella for DAP and PAS due to ideological differences. Nor can it be a vessel to accommodate Amanah and PAS due to their political enmity.

“PPBM can try, but I don’t think it would yield much success. In any case PAS nowadays is more akin to a ruling coalition member, having expressed many agreements on the government’s policy proposals,” the adjunct senior fellow at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday. (more…)

Now, Terengganu Islamic enforcers say may nab unmarried couples in cars too

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Terengganu Religious Affairs Department said implementing the anti-vice operation dubbed Ops Bonceng for other vehicles would be different, admitting that religious officers would not be able to observe Muslims in cars. — File picUnder media spotlight for arresting unmarried Muslims couples riding motorcycles together, Terengganu Islamic authorities admitted today that it is considering extending the enforcement to passengers in other vehicles, such as cars.

Despite that, Terengganu Religious Affairs Department (JHEAT) said implementing the anti-vice operation dubbed Ops Bonceng for other vehicles would be different, admitting that religious officers would not be able to observe Muslims in cars.

“There are suggestions to extend [the operation] but we have to see first how Ops Bonceng is being handled,” JHEAT’s chief assistant commissioner (enforcement) Nik Zulhaiza Ismail told Malay Mail Online’s sister publication ProjekMMO.

“We cannot just implement [checking non-mahram] riding in cars together [like in Ops Bonceng] because the enforcers’ eyes cannot see what happens.” (more…)

Anwar’s bid to challenge Pardons Board decision goes to Federal Court

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A three-member bench led by Justice Datuk Rohana Yusuf ruled that questions of law posed by Anwar regarding the justiciability of the Pardons Board’s decision should be heard by the Federal Court. — Picture by KE OoiPKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s attempt to challenge the Pardons Board following the rejection of his royal pardon application will be brought before the Federal Court, the Court of Appeal ruled today.

A three-member bench led by Justice Datuk Rohana Yusuf ruled that questions of law posed by Anwar regarding the justiciability of the Pardons Board’s decision should be heard by the Federal Court, the highest court in the country.

The court also set aside the High Court’s dismissal of Anwar’s leave application to challenge the Pardons Board’s decision pending the Federal Court hearing on the questions of law.

The Federal Court will now decide if the decision of a Pardons Board can be challenged in court, Anwar’s lawyer N Surendran said today following the decision. (more…)

Zaid predicts ‘Malay Tsunami’ will drown Najib in GE14

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Political and economic pundits appear united in their prediction that the opposition will not be able to seize federal power in the 14th general election, with some even claiming BN will restore the two-thirds parliamentary majority that has eluded the ruling coalition in the last two general elections.

However, former law minister Zaid Ibrahim criticised the analysts for not having faith in Malaysian voters, and offered a counter prediction on GE14.

“There will be such a huge Malay tsunami against the BN that (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak) and company won’t even know what hit them,” Zaid said in a blog posting.

“Malay voters do not answer questionnaires. They do not want BN and Umno operators to cause them problems, so they pretend that they support Umno – but change is in the air. A huge swing of voters to the opposition is in the offing and we will have a new government after GE14,” he added. (more…)

Court says Anwar can challenge Pardons Board’s decision

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anwar-makhamahAnwar Ibrahim and his family members today won the right to appear before the Federal Court to determine whether the Pardons Board’s decision making process could be subjected to judicial scrutiny.

A three-man Court of Appeal bench led by Rohana Yusof said two questions of law posed by the appellants need to be argued before the apex court now, following an amendment to the Federal Constitution in 1994.

“We find the appellants had met the requirement under Section 84 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 to refer the questions before the Federal Court,” Rohana said of the unanimous ruling.

The bench then set aside the decision of the High Court last year to decline the appellants leave for judicial review and also its refusal to refer the questions straight to the Federal Court. (more…)

NGOs want authorities to take safety measures against sex offenders

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Huckle, pictured in Kuala Lumpur, admitted to 71 offences against children aged between six months and 12 years and was handed 22 life sentences last year. — Malay Mail picThe authorities have been urged to keep an eye on Malaysians, especially sex crime offenders who have been convicted abroad.

Women’s Aid Organisation of Malaysia spokesperson Tan Heang-Lee urged the government to set up a sex offender registry and a tracking mechanism to ensure these offenders would not repeat their criminal activities when they returned.

Several parties had called recently for the setting up a sex offender registry which will enable authorities to monitor the movement of sex offenders.

This came following the revelation of paedophile Richard Huckle, who had sexually assaulted 23 children and babies here, as well as children in Cambodia for almost a decade. (more…)

Kit Siang: No place for 1MDB-deniers in opposition

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Lim Kit Siang says there is no place in the opposition alliance for those who do not see the seriousness of the 1MDB scandal and its negative impact on the country.

“Malaysians should have no truck with such sheep in wolves’ clothing,” said Lim in a statement today.

Such sheep in wolves’ clothing, he explained, are those in the opposition who do not see anything wrong with Malaysia being regarded worldwide as a “global kleptocracy”.

There are those who still want more proof that “MO1”, who was mentioned 36 times in the US Department of Justice’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, or want more evidence about the multi-billion dollar 1MDB global financial scandal. (more…)

Hanging out a goat’s head to sell dog meat

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I think we shouldn’t let go of the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) debate yet. The issue is just too controversial to be allowed to continue on its present course. This nation cannot let this monster grow further.

BR1M may not be strictly bribery, but it is not a welfare programme either. Let’s not be pretentious, BR1M is a populist measure.

It is a programme that buys time for the government. It is a programme that camouflages the inability of the government and the failure of our economic system to provide the people with a decent living despite them working full-time.

If a welfare programme has become almost ‘universal’, what does that tell us? (more…)

January 18, 2017

Jet, mansions figure in $232m court battle

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An Auckland courtroom will on Friday become a battleground over Manhattan penthouses and a private jet amid allegations that they are the proceeds of a globe-spanning mega-fraud.

The High Court at Auckland is set down to hear a request from relatives of controversial Malaysian financier Jho Low who oppose the seizure of assets worth $230 million alleged by the United States Department of Justice to be the proceeds of crime.

US court filings said the relatives are beneficiaries of a number of New Zealand trusts that are claimed to directly own a number assets caught up the probe of a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund known as 1MDB.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in July when the DoJ first filed its seizure claims that $5 billion had been misappropriated from the Malaysian state with payments by 1MDB diverted into private Swiss bank accounts and then laundered into artwork, Hollywood films and real estate. (more…)

Ringgit free-falling in Bolehland

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Malaysia’s ringgit is set for a further skid after skirting an historic low of RM4.50 versus the US dollar at the start of the New Year.

While there remains strong support at this psychological level, the culmination of stimuli strongly suggests the market will break through the floor in coming months.

No money, no honey

The first and the foremost of which is that the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the Malaysian central bank, doesn’t have the adequate reserves to scare off the 800 pound gorillas that swing around the forex markets.

With reserves of just under US$100 billion, there is a real risk of a double jeopardy where being forced to sit on the sidelines allows market forces a free-hand to sell and short-sell at will; or alternatively that any persistent attempt at intervention will deplete reserves to dangerously low levels – both scenarios thereby sparking off more panic amongst holders of the ringgit Malaysia. (more…)

Jais’ land grab for mega mosque illegal, appellate court declares

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The Court of Appeal has declared Jais' acquisition of a 26-acre parcel of land to build a mosque as illegal, Rosli said. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaIn a landmark ruling today, the Court of Appeal declared the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (Jais) compulsory acquisition of a private company’s 26-acre land to build a purported “mega mosque” as unlawful and invalid.

Lawyer Rosli Dahlan, who represented the private landowner United Allied Empire Sdn Bhd (UAE) that had accused the Selangor Islamic body of abuse of power for the alleged land grab, said today’s ruling meant that the land will have to be returned to his client.

“The Court of Appeal has declared the acquisition of 26 acres to build a mosque as an illegal acquisition; it is mala fide, it is not genuine,” he told reporters when met here after the decision was delivered, using the legal term for “in bad faith”.

Landmark ruling (more…)

EC to meet Thursday on Tanjong Datu by-election

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spr-hashimThe Election Commission will be holding a meeting on Thursday on the by-election for the Tanjong Datu state seat in Sarawak, vacated by the death of former chief minister Adenan Satem.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the EC’s headquarters here at 9.30am.

EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah said it had been officially notified of the vacancy by Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Speaker Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar.

He said the meeting would discuss important matters like the dates for nomination, early voting, polling day and the electoral roll to be used.

“The meeting will also discuss other preparations that are necessary to conduct the by-election,” he said in statement here today. (more…)

Adenan’s death spawns 43 police reports, 6 arrests

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Mazlan-Mansor_polis_600Six individuals have been called in by police over defamatory comments about the late chief minister, as the week of official mourning for the death of Adenan Satem draws to a close today.

Sarawak police commissioner Mazlan Mansor said the six arrests were made following 43 police reports filed in Sarawak after Adenan’s death last Wednesday.

“I have warned against relying on these devices (social media) for selfish purposes, as we would not be able to help ourselves, and we would end up spreading lies regarding certain individuals,” said Mazlan today at the monthly Sarawak police contingent gathering.

He warned that police would investigate every report and then decide whether charges would be filed.

“I would like to warn again not to play or joke around sensitive matters. The police are always watching,” he said. (more…)

Deputy minister commends 13-year-old boy who lodged police report against Guan Eng

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Image result for The brave action of a teenager who lodged a police report against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan EngThe brave action of a teenager who lodged a police report against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for issuing misleading statement regarding the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355) has been deemed as highly commendable.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said this was because at the tender age of 13, Ahmad Ali Abdul Karim proved that he had better understanding of the law.

“(Lim) Guan Eng should feel embarrassed when the 13-year-old boy shows that he has better understanding of the Federal Constitution.

“Well done Ahmad Ali!” he told reporters after attending a get-together event and a briefing on current issues at Universiti Teknologi Mara Raub, here today. (more…)

Wan Junaidi: Ban lorries instead of ‘kapcai’

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Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar disagrees with the proposal to ban ‘kapcai’ motorcycles (50cc to 150cc) from downtown Kuala Lumpur to reduce carbon emissions.

“The pollution is little from something this small. Only big (vehicles) contribute to the pollution.

“(Banning) small vehicles, I don’t know. The big lorries should be banned instead,” Wan Junaidi told a press conference after attending the ministry’s monthly assembly this morning.

Wan Junaidi’s remark was in response to his cabinet colleague Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s proposal to ban ‘kapcai’ from entering the city centre. (more…)

Mahathir says willing to risk being arrested for lese majeste

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mahathir-sultan-johorSaying he risks being accused of lese majeste, Dr Mahathir Mohamad today rebutted the criticism of Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar against him.

In repeating his objection to China citizens buying up properties in Malaysia, especially Johor’s proposed Forest City development, Dr Mahathir said: “I hope that in responding to HRH’s challenge I will not be arrested and jailed without trial.”

The former prime minister said: “Let all transactions be transpa­rent. Publish all documents about the investments, the number of workers, their home countries, the buyers, the banks which finance and all expatriation of funds. Do this honestly. No hiding.

“So let the truly international Transparency International examine the exposed official documents. Let the people see the documents to prove their genuineness.” (more…)

Felda to sell off London hotel, unprofitable offshore assets

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Newly-appointed Felda chairperson Shahrir Samad said the agency will liquidate a hotel it owns in London to generate more cash.

He added that the present hospitality asset did not give large returns and did not have any sentimental value for the people in this country.

“(We) have other assets in the United Kingdom. It (the hotel) is not an asset that we feel sentimental about, if it involves hotels that give job opportunities to Felda settlers, that can improve local economies in the country, those we will preserve and hope they prosper, we will not easily let go.

“Not many Malaysians work at the London hotel,” he said at a press conference at Menara Felda today. (more…)

Rafizi: Shahrir evading facts by rubbishing my maths

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PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said Felda chairperson Shahrir Samad was being evasive by dismissing the numbers he provided with regard to Felda Global Ventures (FGV).

“He continues to evade by rubbishing the numbers I put forward even though those numbers are based on official reports.

“He also claimed that FGV’s delisting on the Bursa was a speculation I came up with, even though he was the one who cleverly revealed his four priorities as Felda chairperson, which was published on the front page of Berita Harian.

“One of those priorities was Felda’s delisting,” Rafizi said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)

Pua sues PM for ‘misfeasance in public office’

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lawmaker Tony Pua has filed a misfeasance in public office suit against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the government in relation to 1MDB.

The application was filed with the High Court in Kuala Lumpur yesterday by the firm Messrs Thomas Philip, and a copy was sighted by Malaysiakini today.

Pua, who is also DAP national publicity secretary, is seeking a declaration that Najib had committed misfeasance in public office. He is also seeking another declaration that Najib abused his public office to personally benefit from 1MDB funds.

It is understood that this case is fixed for mention on Feb 16.

Following this, Pua is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages to be assessed by the court. (more…)

Kedah Umno pledges to maintain BN victory in GE14

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) chatting with the people at the Kuala Ketil public field in Baling, January 17, 2017. Also seen is Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Basha Md Hanipah. — Bernama picKedah Umno has pledged to ensure the state remains under Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming general election (GE).

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, who is also state Umno liaison chairman said he would ensure the entire machinery worked extra hard to ensure a BN victory in the GE.

“The people of Kedah are of different races and this unity must be intensified in the general election, we will defend the Kedah Government and the Federal Government,” he said at the prime minister-people programme in Padang Awam Kuala Ketil here today.

Ahmad Bashah added the blessings enjoyed today, were the result of struggles and sacrifices of past leaders although there were those who denied it for the sake of personal interest. (more…)

Najib: What is the better alternative to GST?

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najib-razak-gstNajib Razak has insisted the GST would see a financially “healthier” Malaysia, days after a former prime minister vowed to abolish the controversial tax should the opposition come to power.

Likening the goods and services tax (GST) implemented in 2015 to a bitter but effective pill for the economy, the prime minister went on to urge opponents of the 6% tax to “give it a rest” as the GST has contributed RM40 billion in revenue to the government’s coffers.

“It is okay to have differences of opinion but please give us a better alternative than what we are doing today.

“What is a better alternative? Sales and services tax? That will not be enough. (more…)

Paragraph 13(1)(b) of Schedule 6 of the Income Tax Act 1967 gazetted

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Image result for religious institutions to be exempted from income taxParagraph 13(1)(b) of Schedule 6 of the Income Tax Act 1967 which provides for incomes of religious institutions to be exempted from income tax that was passed by Parliament under the Finance Act 2017 (Act 785) was given the royal assent on Jan 9, and gazetted on Jan 16.

A senior tax consultant, who told The Borneo Post this yesterday, said such clause would come into effect from year of assessment 2017 and subsequent years of assessment.

With this approval, the new approved Paragraph 13(1)(b) reads as follows: “a religious institution or organisation in respect of any contribution received for charitable purposes in the basis year for a year of assessment provided such institution or organisation is not operated or conducted primarily for profit and is established in Malaysia exclusively for the purpose of religious worship or the advancement of religion.” (more…)

Those earning up to RM15k can now buy PR1MA houses

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Najib Abdul Razak today announced two policy changes to enable more people to own a house under the 1Malaysia People’s Housing (PR1MA) programme.

Najib said the two changes to the PR1MA policy were raising the household income eligibility from RM10,000 to RM15,000, and shortening the moratoriam on house sale and rental from 10 years to five years.

“The eligibility income level increase to RM15,000 is to enable more people to own a PR1MA house, apart from the measure of shortening the moratorium period.

“These are all measures taken by the government which is very committed to enabling people, especially the target group, to own a PR1MA house,” he said at a press conference after a PR1MA@Kedah Community celebration event at PR1MA Residency Puteri Jaya 1 in Sungai Petani today. (more…)

Mixed reactions to licence plate microchip proposal

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Image result for The proposal to embed microchips in vehicle licence platesThe proposal to embed microchips in vehicle licence plates has received mixed reactions from the public.

Wong Yu Boon said the move would ensure drivers do not indiscriminately modify their vehicles, which could endanger themselves and others.

“Some car owners will place a higher horsepower engine into a smaller car and drive as if they are on a race track and if the microchip is installed, the authorities will be able to detect the changes done by the driver,” he said.

“Apart from that, the authorities will know if the car is stolen or using a different number plate for criminal activities. This will also eliminate vehicle theft, and detect unlicensed and uninsured vehicles.”
(more…)

Court to hear S’gor’s bid to cross-examine EC chief on Feb 7

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The Selangor government is applying to cross-examine Election Commission (EC) chairperson Mohd Hashim Abdullah in its legal suit on the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in the state.

Senior federal counsel Azizan Md Arshad told reporters that Judicial Commissioner of the High Court, Azizul Azmi Adnan, set Feb 7 to hear the state government’s application.

He said the Selangor government is seeking to cross-examine the EC chairperson on the issue of 136,272 voters without addresses.

He said the court had also fixed this Friday to hear the application for a judicial review filed by the state government, represented by Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, to challenge the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in Selangor by the EC. (more…)

People in power targeted by liberals, anti-Illuminati forum told

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Muafakat vice-president A. Karim Omar speaking during a seminar titled ‘Agenda Jahat Illuminati’ in Putrajaya, January 17, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaLiberals are targeting powerful people in the government, an activist from a Muslim group claimed today at a forum against liberalism and the so-called Illuminati here.

A. Karim Omar, the vice-president of Muslim group Muafakat, expressed concern over the supposed rise of liberalism here, with liberal groups allegedly receiving large funds to hold their activities.

“It is at various levels, their focus is people who have positions, inside the government or those who are not part of the government, inside the government or the opposition, inside the Selangor state government and the state’s opposition.

“For me liberalism is at a worrying level,” he said in a questions-and-answers session at the forum, without giving further details. (more…)

January 17, 2017

Sarawak to dedicate 46-acre park to Adenan Satem’s memory

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Adenan who rose to popularity among Sarawakians over his efforts to reclaim state rights, died last Wednesday at age 72, after just about three years in office. ― Bernama picThe Sarawak government will be building a park on a 46-acre parcel of land in Kuching, to be dedicated to the memory of the late Sarawak chief minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

The Borneo Post quoted Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang, saying that the proposal for the park was brought to Adenan prior to the state election last year.

Lo added that the MPP had then received a letter from the Land and Survey Department granting the approval for the park, within just a month after the meeting with Adenan.

“I am now even more determined to protect this piece of land and to develop it into a park, just like what he would have envisaged,” Lo, who is also Batu Kitang assemblyman was quoted saying, referring to Adenan. (more…)

Does price reflect sincerity?

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Ting said though local orders have declined, there has been a notable increase in purchases by customers from Brunei.Gifting hampers to family, relatives, friends and business acquaintances is seen as a friendly gesture to maintain good relations.
However, how much does the price of a Chinese New Year gift hamper truly reflect a giver’s sincerity?

Sin Yean Yean who wraps hampers as a freelancer told The Borneo Post that the price range for hampers usually reflects the current economy and one’s budget.

“During Chinese New Year, my customers specify which items are to be included in the hampers they’d like to give to their friends and business acquaintances. (more…)

Cast aside differences

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adenan-logo-newcoverDeputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called on all Sarawakians to work together in developing Sarawak.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the grave of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem at Samariang Muslim cemetery here yesterday, Ahmad Zahid believed that the last thing Sarawakians needed was to have differences with one another.

“We can’t have differences between us – we have to move forward. I think we need to work together to develop Sarawak, not only among BN (Barisan Nasional) component members. I would like to appeal to all parties besides BN to also work together to develop Sarawak,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said he could only come here yesterday because he was in China for a working visit when Adenan – the state’s fifth chief minister – passed away last Wednesday. (more…)

‘Absurd of UM to punish students for 1MDB placards’

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UMANY A Universiti Malaya (UM) student group has condemned the university for taking disciplinary action against its students for holding placards during a 1MDB town hall meeting last year.

At a town hall meeting last October, while 1MDB group executive director and president Arul Kanda Kandasamy was addressing university students, four UM students held placards displaying “Students want answers” and “1MDB – We want answers”.

University of Malaya Association of New Youth (Umany) president Kon Hua En said there was no basis for action against the students as they did not cause public disorder.

“UM deemed displaying placards to be detrimental to public order and to be promoting disorder. (more…)

EPF withdrawals for computer purchases may resume

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lee-kwsp-komputer A proposal to resume Employees Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawals for computer purchases under the second account will be brought up for discussion at the Finance Ministry level as it was beneficial to the people.

Deputy Finance Minister II Lee Chee Leong said, “Every year, the ministry makes budget preparations for the following year and we go all around meeting with the relevant sectors to gather ideas and suggestions.

“In this case, it is still early in terms of preparing the budget for next year, but we will bring it up anyway to the finance ministry,” he told reporters after opening an event at IT Mall@Tasek Square, here, yesterday.

Lee will also discuss with his ministry the request to change the 1Malaysia Book Voucher (BB1M) to the 1Malaysia Book and IT Voucher. (more…)

No more ‘kap chai’ bikes in KL?

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Tengku Adnan Mansor said that the government may prohibit 'kap chais' and other commuters from driving into the capital city once public transportation reaches a more reasonable price. — File picThe government is considering banning underbone motorcycles, known locally as the “kap chai”, from entering Kuala Lumpur as part of its effort to reduce carbon emission.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor was quoted by The Star as saying that the government may prohibit these motorcycles and other commuters from driving into the capital city once public transportation reaches a more reasonable price.

“During the day, the population [in the city] increases to between five and seven million because workers commute to work,” he said at the launch of the Kibar Bendera Wilayah Persekutuan campaign yesterday.

“Many cities do not allow ‘kap chai’ to come in. But studies have shown that a lot of people still need them because they are poor and can’t afford [other modes of transport] as their salaries are low. (more…)

Sultan Ibrahim: Stop putting personal interests ahead of nation

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sultan-johor-mahathirJohor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar says Dr Mahathir Mohamad is putting his political interests above that of Malaysian interests, particularly those of Johor, The Star reported in an exclusive interview with the state monarch.

“Enough is enough. I have so far restrained myself from commenting on the controversy on Forest City generated by Dr Mahathir and his supporters.

“I did not wish to intervene in politics but I have to set the record straight as the facts have been twisted by people with twisted minds and intentions,” the Johor ruler said.

Admitting to being “deeply offended and hurt” by the political spin used by certain politicians against mainland Chinese investments in the state, the ruler said if left unchecked, the comments by the former prime minister would drive away investors. (more…)

Saifuddin: Why Opposition parties need a new coalition beyond Pakatan

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Saifuddin said that asking Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Warisan Sabah to be a part of Pakatan Harapan might give the wrong impression that the federal Opposition pact was trying to exert dominance over the newer parties. — File picOpposition parties need to form a new coalition as joining Pakatan Harapan will create the impression that the latter is controlling newer parties, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said.

The Pakatan Harapan chief secretary said that asking Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Warisan Sabah to be a part of Pakatan Harapan might give the wrong impression that the federal Opposition pact was trying to exert dominance over the newer parties.

“We want to form an Opposition coalition of equals…asking PPBM and Warisan to join Pakatan Harapan would make Pakatan Harapan be seen as dominating,” Saifuddin told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

He was responding to PPBM’s suggestion that Opposition parties band together under the name “Barisan Rakyat” (People’s Front), and that they use a single symbol and manifesto, as well as avoid fielding multiple candidates for the 14th general election. (more…)

‘Insulting modesty’ law only meant for sex crimes, Tian Chua’s lawyer says

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In the incident at Armada Hotel, PKR lawmaker Chua Tian Chang (pic) was said to have used swear words towards Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Glenn A. Sinappah in a bid to retrieve his handphone. — Picture by Saw Siow FengSection 509 of the Penal Code that criminalises insulting one’s modesty only applies to sexual offences, PKR lawmaker Chua Tian Chang’s lawyer argued today at the Sessions Court here.

Latheefa Koya also argued that the prosecution had failed to prove that Chua, who was charged under Section 509, had intended to insult the male officer in question, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Glenn A. Sinappah.

“Firstly, we will bring to court to show that Section 509, under which is the accusation is brought upon our client, must only be used in cases of molest or sexual misconduct.

“The whole object of Section 509 is to deal with cases where the nature of the offence lies in molest or sexual misconduct. (more…)

No change to current types of withdrawal, says EPF

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As of now, there are no changes to the current types of withdrawals, EPF said in a statement. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has yet to receive any proposal to reactivate the withdrawal for computer purchases from the second account.

As of now, there are no changes to the current types of withdrawals, said EPF in a statement to clarify several news reports which carried the remarks by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong on the proposal to resume the withdrawal facility.

The earlier Computer Purchase Withdrawal Scheme, which was introduced in 2001, had to be discontinued in August 2002 following cases of abuse upon discovering the intended withdrawals were not used to purchase a computer.

“EPF would like to stress that the savings are to fund members’ retirement with the pre-retirement withdrawal facilities being introduced to cover basic needs such as buying a house, paying for medical expenses and education,” it added.


Source : @ Bernama Online


DAP: No GST, toll if Pakatan takes Putrajaya

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guan-eng3The opposition will scrap GST and toll collections on the North-South Expressway (PLUS) and the first Penang bridge if it takes over Putrajaya, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said yesterday.

He said Pakatan Harapan, if given the chance to control the federal government, would undertake both measures to ease the people’s financial burden.

Guan Eng said the 6% GST had contributed to higher living cost for the people, instead of “saving Malaysia” as Prime Minister Najib Razak had claimed.

He also said people should not have to keep paying toll on PLUS, which had cost RM5.9 billion to build, since the concessionaire had already collected toll worth RM37.4 billion over the past three decades. (more…)

Why no speedy action against BN leaders, asks Guan Eng

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Lim-Guan-EngUnder probe for sedition, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today questioned why “speedy” action was not taken against BN leaders when reports were lodged against them.

He said this followed the latest “speedy investigation by the police” on Jan 13 against him under the Sedition Act, based on a Nov 24 police report.

This raised serious concerns that police and other enforcement agencies were “merely political tools for the BN federal government to shield pro-BN leaders who committed wrongdoings” and to destroy opposition leaders.

“The BN federal government can only rebut such negative perception by taking quick action against those who made threats against the safety and even lives of Malaysians who have the courage to oppose BN’s unjust and cruel policies,” Lim said in a statement. (more…)

January 16, 2017

Police probing Sarawak Facebook page’s racial slur

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Police are looking for the person responsible for a posting on the Sarawak Update Facebook page that allegedly insulted a Sarawak Minister and contained a racial slur. — Reuters picSarawak Police have requested the administrator of a Facebook account, Sarawak Update to come forward to assist them over a recent posting.

State Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said a police report was lodged by an individual at Mukah Police Station at 5.40pm yesterday for a posting by Sarawak Update allegedly insulting a Sarawak Minister and contained a racial slur.

“Sarawak Police have commenced investigations on this posting by Sarawak Update under the Penal Code and Communications and Multimedia Act.

“It is unclear at the moment who among the Sarawak Update administrators uploaded that status but from the comments by followers of the page, it is clear that the posting has drawn the ire of many,” he said in a statement here today.

He said alternatively, the person who uploaded that status should own up and come forward to assist in the police investigation.


Source : @ Bernama Online


PKR hopes Abang Jo will pursue religious freedom, NCR land issues

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0fed2-ali-biju-baru-bian-see-chee-howThe state Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is optimistic that new Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg will maintain Sarawakians’ right to freedom of religion as championed by the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

In congratulating Abang Johari on his appointment as the new chief minister, state PKR chairman Baru Bian said he was also hopeful that Abang Johari would pursue the native customary rights (NCR) land issue that had been burdening the native communities.

“We call upon him, as one of his first acts in office, to ensure that the Land Code is amended to incorporate the concept of pemakai menoa and pulau galau as NCR land.

“This will be a very meaningful and momentous start to his role as Chief Minister of Sarawak, and signal to the people that he truly has their interests at heart,” he said. (more…)

State PKR leaders to meet on Tanjung Datu by-election

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SImage result for pkr leader sarawaktate PKR leaders will meet soon to discuss on whether the party will be contesting in the Tanjung Datu by-election.

This was revealed by state PKR chairman Baru Bian when asked to comment on whether the party would contest in the by-election following the sudden demise of Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem who was the assemblyman for the constituency.

“The state PKR leaders will meet soon and after that I will make a public statement,” he told The Borneo Post when contacted yesterday.

The Election Commission must call for a by-election for Tanjung Datu within 90 days from the date of notification on its vacancy in accordance with the provisions of Article 21(5) of the Sarawak Constitution. (more…)

Dr M: Opposition will use single logo, manifesto in GE14

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaking at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) launch held at Stadium Melawati in Shah Alam January 14, 2017. ― Pix by Saw Siow FengThe federal Opposition will use a single symbol and avoid fielding multiple candidates for each seat in the 14th general election, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

Noting that Opposition parties had previously failed to unseat the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition due to lack of unity, Dr Mahathir said the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) which he chairs will be part of a new Opposition coalition that will be more united than ever before.

“We, the Opposition coalition, will use one symbol, one manifesto and place only one candidate in each ‘kawasan’ (constituency).

“All component parties will support this one candidate. There will not be any candidates that will represent our coalition party,” he said in a speech last night, which was greeted with cries of “Hidup Tun” (Long live Tun!). (more…)

Women are always asking for it, right?

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saree-1Apparently I’m in trouble, again. Turns out, that I had somehow foolishly assumed that how a woman chooses to dress herself is entirely her prerogative but evidently it is not. I, along with innumerable other women in this country, were taken to task last week and issued a stringent warning to be careful in choosing our attire or face physical retribution. Because you know, we’re always asking for it, right?

From flashing our tantalising kneecaps in public hospitals, to seducing society with our bare arms in public service departments, to daring to win medals in the SEA Games for gymnastics whilst dressed in leotards, us women just continue to go on the offensive with our clothing. Thankfully, someone always seems to appear just in time to remind us of our subordinate position and whip us back into shape.

The latest female transgression to cause an absolute furore, involves the seemingly innocent saree blouse, which has been discovered this week to actually be a vile, dreadful threat to society. Truth be told, it has never once occurred to me that the garment in question might actually qualify as a legitimate quandary. But then again, what do I know? I’m just a woman. We are not really known for pondering upon such deep and perplexing complexities such as the propriety of saree blouses. We’re just really superficial like that. (more…)

Adenan’s wife to stand for election in his seat?

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jamilah-anu-sarawak-1 Philanthropist Jamilah Anu may be in the running for the Tanjung Datu state seat left vacant by the death of Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem, her husband.

This is according to a source within the state’s administration, who said her name was proposed to the leaders of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the party led by Adenan since 2014.

“Jamilah is the leading candidate because of many reasons, one of which is that she is a familiar face to the constituents,” the source told FMT.

If that happens, Jamilah would be the third woman within the span of one year to contest for a seat left vacant by a death of a husband. (more…)

Finance Ministry mulls resuming EPF withdrawal for computer purchase

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Deputy Minister of Finance II Datuk Lee Chee Leong said he would be bringing up a proposal to resume EPF withdrawals for computer purchase. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa A proposal to resume Employees Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawal for computer purchase under the second account will be brought for discussion at the Finance Ministry level.

Deputy Finance Minister II Datuk Lee Chee Leong said he would be bringing the matter up for discussion as it was very beneficial to the people.

“Every year, the ministry makes budget preparations for the following year and we go all round meeting with the relevant sectors to gather ideas and suggestions.

“In this case, it is still early in terms of preparing the budget for next year but we will bring it up anyway to the Finance Ministry,” he told reporters after opening an IT, Books and Shoes exhibition and launching of the OPPO R9S smart phone at IT Mall@Tasek Square, here, today. (more…)

Pakatan’s long road to GE14

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Ge14-pakatanThe problem of PAS weighs ever more heavily on the Pakatan-PPBM alliance as talk of an early election gathers momentum. PAS, while ideologically opposed to the more pragmatic and secular world views of its former partners, has more supporters among rural voters than any other opposition party, making it an instant consideration in any opposition strategy to ensure one-on-one fights against BN.

The logic for many of those trying to woo PAS back into the opposition fold is that it is far better to unify the Malay votes for PKR, Amanah, PPBM and PAS than to split them between the opposition alliance and the Islamist party and thereby give Umno candidates the advantage.

PAS has put much time into engendering loyalty in the heartlands and in its membership. As such it can be a powerful electoral ally. Hence Umno’s courtship dance with it. Umno knows it is stuck with its elitis (more…)

Saifuddin: Why Opposition parties need a new coalition beyond Pakatan

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Saifuddin said that asking Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Warisan Sabah to be a part of Pakatan Harapan might give the wrong impression that the federal Opposition pact was trying to exert dominance over the newer parties. — File picOpposition parties need to form a new coalition as joining Pakatan Harapan will create the impression that the latter is controlling newer parties, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said.

The Pakatan Harapan chief secretary said that asking Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Warisan Sabah to be a part of Pakatan Harapan might give the wrong impression that the federal Opposition pact was trying to exert dominance over the newer parties.

“We want to form an Opposition coalition of equals…asking PPBM and Warisan to join Pakatan Harapan would make Pakatan Harapan be seen as dominating,” Saifuddin told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

He was responding to PPBM’s suggestion that Opposition parties band together under the name “Barisan Rakyat” (People’s Front), and that they use a single symbol and manifesto, as well as avoid fielding multiple candidates for the 14th general election. (more…)

Who cares about Malaysia?

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This is the question that fellow Australians most frequently ask me, and indeed that I frustratedly keep asking myself, about why I keep writing about Malaysian politics.

And it gets more difficult every week to come up with a convincing reply.

Back when I started in 2006, however, my motives seemed as simply and plausibly explicable to others as they were clear in my own mind.

My main motivation, as I recall explaining in the introduction I wrote for the my first book of collected columns, ‘Mad about Malaysia’, was to make some meaningful contribution to the country that my wife, daughter, extended family and a great many good friends and valued colleagues called home, and in which, though a foreigner, I was temporarily welcome to work. (more…)

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