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February 20, 2017

Act 355 rally not right as it’s politically motivated – Dr M

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Contrary to the organisers’ denials, Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he viewed PAS’ Act 355 rally yesterday as being politically-motivated.

Mahathir said while the crowd had prayed for proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355) to be passed in Parliament, the organisers’ real intentions are still questionable.

“In Islam your intention is very important. If the intention (of the rally) was to win in the 14th general elections, that is wrong.

“If the intention was to uphold Islam, that is good. (more…)

PAS-PKR ties are solid, says Iskandar

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PAS vice-president Iskandar Abdul Samad said the Islamist party’s relationship with PKR is still strong.

He said there was no discussion to review the co-operation at the recent PAS central committee meeting.

“No one said anything about cutting ties with PKR,” Iskandar, who is also Selangor executive council member, said.

“Discussions are normal, we can discuss many things but PAS’ relationship with PKR now is very strong. PAS has a strong relationship with the state government. There is no problem,” he told reporters at PKR’s Chinese New Year event in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

CFM condemns pastor’s abduction

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Pastor Raymond Koh (pic) was reportedly abducted by a group of masked men along Jalan Bahagia between 10.30am and 10.45am last Monday. — Picture via FacebookThe Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) today condemned the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh, saying that religious leaders should be spared from attacks or intimidation.

CFM chairman Rev Eu Hong Seng, in a statement, also said that CFM was praying for the success of the authorities in trying to locate Koh.

“The work of people of faith in such communities must be free from threats of violence and intimidation.

“We pray for the success of law enforcement and investigating officers to locate the missing pastor and bring him to safety,” he said.

Koh was reportedly abducted by a group of masked men along Jalan Bahagia between 10.30am and 10.45am last Monday.

Koh’s wife said her husband, who is founder of a group called Harapan Komuniti that was started over 10 years ago, had no known enemies.

The family of the pastor has since offered RM10,000 as reward to anyone with information on his whereabouts.


Source : @ Malay Mail Online


Crime Prevention Foundation wants stricter enforcement of Child Act 2001

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Children play in a fountain during a hot and sunny day in this file picture taken on July 31, 2014. Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation calls for the government to ensure stricter enforcement of the Child Act 2001. — Reuters picThe government should ensure stricter enforcement of the Child Act 2001 including taking action against parents who allow their underage children to roam outside the house during the wee hours.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Datuk Kamarudin Md Ali said MCPF wanted such firm action not only after a tragedy had happened as allowing children to go out without supervision would put them at risks.

“There are laws to charge irresponsible parents who neglect their children especially when something untoward happened, but I think it is time to act against parents who allow their children to be out of the house at inappropriate hours.

“In England, underage children are under curfew and not allowed out of the house without parents’ permission,” he told reporters after a Crime Prevention event organised by MCPF and police here today. (more…)

My name is Mujahidin, I am a Muslim and I reject Hadi’s bill

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mujahidin-ruu355I am a Muslim. I am far from a perfect Muslim but I believe in Allah.

Maybe many will question why I reject Abdul Hadi Awang’s proposed amendments to Act 355. If I am a Muslim, aren’t I compelled to accept shariah law?

My first response is that this is not Allah’s law. It is a man-made law. It does not state in the Quran and hadiths that punishments is paid in ringgit or any currency for that matter.

There is no summons or punishment prescribed in shariah, What is prescribed is compensation in place of Qisas (law of retaliation). So my question is where does the punishment of paying a fine come from? (more…)

Khalwat law, the reliable trouble maker

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tangkap-khalwat1The only significant lesson the moral police force has given us in recent memory is that we need neither itself nor the law against khalwat that it so zealously upholds.

That zeal killed a man last year. More recently, the basic Islamic principle against invasion of privacy was violated when our religious police barged in on a married couple.

The recent case involves Mohd Ridhuan Giman and his wife. According to Ridhuan, he told the officers from the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) not to go into the room because his wife was not decently dressed, but a male officer went in anyway. Ridhuan’s lawyer alleged that other male officers followed and watched as the woman got herself dressed.

After last year’s incident, in which a man fell to his death trying to escape a khalwat raid, the press carried a slew of reports that quoted Islamic scholars as saying that both the Quran and the Prophet frowned upon invasion of privacy. (more…)

Blood has got no religion at National Blood Centre

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blood-donorThere is no segregation in the donation and transfer of blood according to race or religion, says the National Blood Centre.

In a statement to FMT, the centre said because there wasn’t any segregation, it didn’t separate blood donated by Muslim and non-Muslims.

Recently, Malaysian rapper Namewee, no stranger to controversy, questioned whether his blood and organs could only be donated to non-Muslims as he was a non-Muslim who ate non-halal food like pork.

His question came in the wake of the confiscation of paint brushes made from pig tissue. (more…)

Trust and governance

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malaysia_rakyat_decy_6001 (1)Does a government require the trust of its people? To some extent all systems are predicated on some form of trust in order to work. We trust that the EPF will disburse our retirement savings when we get too old to work. We trust that licensed restaurants are hygienic enough to assure that we don’t get sick from the food they serve. We trust that the pieces of paper we keep in our wallet are worth the monetary values printed on them.

So what is the weight that trust holds for the government?

A recent Edelman Malaysia survey found that only 37% of the people polled trusted the government, down 2% from the trust level reported last year. Astonishingly enough, even US President Donald Trump has higher approval ratings.

If we go by democratic logic, low trust ratings should translate into lower voter turnouts and harder fought political victories. However, through a tradition of gerrymandering, this factor can be mitigated by having politicians choose their voters instead of the other way around. (more…)

Pundits: ‘Himpunan 355’ turnout shows poor national support for PAS

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Supporters attend the PAS-led Himpunan 355 rally at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur February 18, 2017. — Reuters picThe smaller than expected crowd size at the “Himpunan 355” rally shows that PAS will have difficulties acting as the third bloc in the next general election, political observers said.

Because only about 20,000 people attended the rally to support a Shariah Bill as opposed to the 300,000 target, analysts said this indicated that PAS lacked supporters at the national level.

“The Bill is a bread and butter issue and if PAS had failed to attract the numbers it predicted, it shows that they lack supporters in the urban areas,” Faisal Hazis, associate professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, told Malay Mail Online.

Faizal said although PAS may seem like the “largest Malay influential party”, it did not have a balance in political views as it did before with DAP and PKR under the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat. (more…)

Dr M: Kit Siang can be PM only if Malays want him

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The Malays are the ultimate decision makers on whether DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang can be prime minister, said Parti Pribumi Bersatu chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

At a ceramah in Balik Pulau, Penang last night, Mahathir said that for now, it was impossible for Lim to be prime minister because DAP was a “small party”.

“There are talks that if Umno falls, Lim will be prime minister,” Mahathir told the 1,500 strong crowd at the Bersatu organised ceramah.

“(But) DAP is only a small party and (his premiership) can only happen if Malays want it.” (more…)

Mahathir open to probe if same applies to Najib

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Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was willing to cooperate with the newly-formed task force to investigate Bank Negara’s losses at the foreign exchange market in the 1990s.

This was on condition that authorities apply the same level of scrutiny on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s handling of the 1MDB controversy, he said.

“The police and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission can come to meet me. I can answer. They can ask.

“(They) can even charge me in court. But charge Najib as well,” he said when met at a PKR function in Bandar Tun Razak today. (more…)

5.7pc dividend rate announced by EPF good enough

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said 5.7 per cent dividend rate announced by the Employees Provident Fund (KWSP) for 2016 is good enough given the challenging conditions in the global economy last year. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe 5.70 per cent dividend rate announced by the Employees Provident Fund (KWSP) for 2016 is good enough given the challenging conditions in the global economy last year, which has caused many countries to record slow economic growth.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the economic uncertainty and changes of policies and leadership in Europe, United States and other countries had also affected global investments.

“Alhamdulillah, EPF has announced a dividend rate of 5.70 per cent with total payout amounting to RM37.08 billion for its contributors for 2016.

“Congratulations to all EPF staff for ensuring good returns from its investments for better retirement benefits of the contributors,” he said in latest blog posting today.

Yesterday, the EPF declared a dividend rate of 5.70 per cent for 2016 with the total payout amounting to RM37.08 billion.

The dividend payout for 2016 is higher than the payout amount in 2014 even though the dividend rate declared then was higher at 6.75 per cent.


Source : @ Bernama


MACC ready to probe claims of corruption, abuse of power in SEA Games supply tender

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The MACC will investigate claims that there were elements of corruption and abuse of power in the tender exercise for the supply of equipment for gymnastics events for the 2017 SEA Games. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will investigate News reports that the tender exercise for the supply of gymnastics equipment for the 2017 SEA Games had elements of corruption and abuse of power.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will investigate claims that there were elements of corruption and abuse of power in the tender exercise for the supply of equipment for gymnastics events for the 2017 SEA Games.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said the MACC was currently studying details and gathering information about the claims.

“The MACC will investigate and study the details of the claims before taking any action,” he told Bernama.

Yesterday, Bernama reported that according to a reliable source, an internal investigation found that the elements of corruption and abuse of power existed in the application for the tender.

Malaysia will be hosting the 2017 SEA Games from August 19 to 31, in conjunction with the 60th Independence Day of the country.


Source : @ Bernama


Political will, not rationale needed in civil service reforms

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Penjawat-AwamWith all due respect to Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, I do not think the World Bank’s help is needed to rectify problems in Malaysia’s civil service. I am referring to his call for a panel to review civil service efficiency in the country.

I believe there is a sufficient number of existing government servants as well as those who have retired who know the “ins and outs” of the civil service. Asking the World Bank to get involved will only complicate matters.

The problems we face in the civil service today are not due to efficiency or productivity since our civil service evolved and expanded without these two considerations to begin with.

When we created or expanded departments and agencies, the primary reason was “empire building” and political, not so much to provide services or to perform economic functions. When we recruited more people into the civil service, the primary reason was employment creation, not because there were tasks waiting to be performed. (more…)

Ong says Tanjong Datu by-election win proof of people’s confidence in BN

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MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan hoped the BN win in Sarawak would be emulated by other states in facing the coming general election. — Picture by Siow Feng SawThe Barisan Nasional (BN)’s victory in yesterday’s Tanjong Datu state by-election is proof of the people’s confidence in the BN government and its development agenda, said MCA secretary general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.

Ong, who is also Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister, hoped the BN win in Sarawak would be emulated by other states in facing the coming general election.

He was speaking to reporters after attending the Chinese New Year celebration organised by the Perak MCA Women, which was also attended by its chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie here today.

BN candidate Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, who is Adenan’s widow, won with a majority of 6,443 votes, defeating Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru candidate Rapelson Richard Hamit and Star candidate Johnny Aput, who lost their deposits.

The by-election was held following the death of its incumbent, Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who was also Sarawak fifth Chief Minister, due to heart complications on Jan 11 at the Sarawak Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan.


Source : @ Bernama


February 19, 2017

Activists: Tell MPs to oppose Hadi Bill or risk losing GE14 votes

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Activist Haris Ibrahim urged Malaysians to take the private member's Bill seriously, noting that it only needs a simple majority in Parliament to be voted through by federal lawmakers. ― Pictures by Ida LimMalaysians should pressure lawmakers as their elected representatives to vote against the PAS president’s controversial Bill for harsher punishments for Shariah offences, activists said today.

Activist Haris Ibrahim urged Malaysians to take the private member’s Bill seriously, noting that it only needs a simple majority in Parliament to be voted through by federal lawmakers.

“Go to your Muslim opposition MPs, particularly from PKR, go in numbers to their operations room, bring the media with you and ask them to pledge openly that they will vote down the Bill. No smses, no emails, these guys are shameless and so we need to confront them openly on this issue, take ownership. (more…)

PM: More progress in store for Tanjong Datu after BN win

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Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu (third left) defeated two candidates, namely Johnny Aput from the Sarawak Reform Party (STAR) and Rapelson Richard Hamit of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru in the Tanjong Datu by-election. ― Bernama picPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is confident that Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu from Barisan Nasional, who won the Tanjong Datu by-election today, will bring in more progress and continous development to the constituency.

Commenting on her landslide victory, he said Jamilah was now the best person to continue the legacy left by her late husband Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who was the incumbent and Sarawak’s fifth chief minister.

“Congratulations to BN candidate Puan Sri Jamilah Anu who was elected by the Tanjong Datu voters to be their assemblyman. Long live Barisan!,” Najib said via his Facebook and Twitter accounts tonight.

Jamilah defeated two candidates, namely Johnny Aput from the Sarawak Reform Party (STAR) and Rapelson Richard Hamit of Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) Baru in the by-election. (more…)

Reducing leakages in the delivery of affirmative action

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I confess I must be quite obtuse, being simply still unable to understand why making the Rukunegara the preamble to the constitution would change anything. Dr Chandra Muzaffar also kindly confirms that he, Dr Tan Chee Khoon and others have “pushed for a greater emphasis on need”, that it has been espoused by a number of individuals and groups since the 1950s and that such an approach also resonates with Islam.

All well and good.

But what has come of all those efforts? The best of intentions and efforts are sadly, worth absolutely nothing if no result or minuscule results are produced. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Having admitted being quite unsuccessful in making substantive changes, a new tack is taken, that of incorporating the Rukunegara into the constitution. As confessed, I am still at a loss how this will now work. (more…)

Some vice activities should not be reported, celebrity preacher says

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PAS suporters gather at Padang Merbok during the PAS-led Himpunan 355 rally in Kuala Lumpur February 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow FengDo Muslims have an obligation to report on all vice activities they witness to religious authorities? No, according to a celebrity preacher.

Ustaz Azhar Idrus told attendees of the PAS-led Himpunan 355 here, that they must weigh in many factors before telling on someone whom they have seen, or suspect of being involved in vice activities.

“We must first see the mistakes and the individuals who committed them. There are some things that we cannot report, and there are those which we can report. Examples of the ones we can report is when we know of someone who is indulging in activities which is left unreported, it would harm the public.

“If such activities cause someone to lose their property, causes someone to lose their lives. Now that we must report. For example if we know where a group of killers are staying. We know where they live, where they are renting a house and kill many people. Now that we have to report. (more…)

How lucky! Malay Muslims don’t need to think

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We Malay Muslims are definitely a weak bunch of people. We are easily confused, influenced and manipulated, hence, we are constantly taken advantaged and conned by others. Maybe that’s why we constantly need others to help do our thinking for us.

We are lucky to have authorities such as the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) and other non-governmental organisations like the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) and Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) who constantly have our backs.

They are always helping us, low-intellect and irrational Malay Muslims, to lead our lives the proper way. For without them, we would probably be in archaic and primitive existence. Much like our ancestors who lived in caves. (more…)

EPF declares 5.7pc dividend for 2016, total payout RM37.08b

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Image result for EPFThe Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has declared a 5.7 per cent dividend for 2016, with the total payout amounting to RM37.08 billion, a commendable achievement in view of the much tougher market environment.

Chairman Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said the EPF is pleased it has been able to consistently exceed its two strategic investment targets of at least 2.5 per cent nominal dividend on a yearly basis and at least 2.0 per cent real dividend on a rolling three-year basis.

In 2015, the EPF declared a 6.4 per cent dividend.

“As a retirement savings fund, the EPF always emphasises on sustainability of returns over the long term horizon as opposed to short term gains. (more…)

Freeze on timber licences has not been lifted – CM

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Abang Johari (sixth left) and his wife Datin Amar Datuk Jumaani Tuanku Bujang join ACCCIS president Hu Yu Siong (seventh left) and committee members for a toast at the Chinese New Year dinner.The state has not lifted the freeze on timber licences that was put in place by former Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg clarified that there was some misunderstanding over his announcement on Thursday regarding the issuance of short-term timber licences through tender.

“They thought I have decided to ‘un-freeze’ the frozen licences. No, they stay that way.

“Tok Nan had frozen those timber licenses and we will continue the freeze,” he said at the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Sarawak (ACCCIS) Chinese New Year dinner on Friday.
(more…)

Siti Kasim: Malays most oppressed in Malaysia

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siti-kassim-jakim-lgbt-1Malays are currently the most oppressed group in Malaysia and if PAS’ proposed amendments to the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) are implemented, the situation will only get worse, says Siti Kasim.

The lawyer-cum-activist also “corrected” PAS’ statement that the shariah laws are God’s law.

“As a Malay, I am the most oppressed. We are told what to wear, what to drink, what to eat and even how to think. Every aspect of our life, we are told what to do.

“If it’s truly God’s law, I will not go against it. But I know for sure that this is not God’s law, this is Hadi’s law,” she said, in reference to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang. (more…)

Don’t contest in GE14 if you think country is secular, Muslim academic says

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People pray at Padang Merbok during the PAS-led Himpunan 355 rally in Kuala Lumpur February 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow FengPeople who believe that Malaysia is a secular nation should not be allowed to contest in the upcoming general election, a Muslim academic said today.

“We must defend Islam. The devils (hantu-hantu) who feel that our country is secular, make sure that in the 14th general election, we throw away all these devils from the Parliament.

“Anyone who feels this country is a secular nation have no right to contest in the next general election,” Prof Datuk Mahamad Nader Disa said in his speech at the Himpunan 355 today.

Mahamad said that the country’s Federal Constitution also does not mention Malaysia as a secular nation. (more…)

Yes, Malaysians are a tolerant people…

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“The difference between fundamentalists and moderates – and certainly the difference between all ‘extremists’ and moderates – is the degree to which they see political and military action to be intrinsic to the practice of their faith. In any case, people who believe that Islam must inform every dimension of human existence, including politics and law, are now generally called not ‘fundamentalists’ or ‘extremists’ but, rather, ‘Islamists’.”

– Sam Harris

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak described (an example of) the beauty of Malaysia as the Chinese waiting (uncomplaining) for Muslim potentates while they prayed when an official function was about to begin. This really sums up the concept of “moderation” in this country. The non-Malays/Muslims do not complain and indeed make pacts with Islamists, and life carries on as usual as long as there is money to be made. (more…)

February 18, 2017

Report: Riza Aziz contests DOJ seizures, claims innocence

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Prime Minister Najib Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz is contesting the US government’s attempt to seize real estate properties allegedly bought with funds embezzled from 1MDB.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that in the filing last week, Riza claimed he is an “innocent owner” of the said assets.

In demanding a dismissal of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil forfeiture suits, Riza’s lawyer Matthew Schwartz said the US government had failed to include “essential details” about the supposed crimes.

“The alleged beneficial owner of the claimant (and therefore the defendant property), Riza Aziz, is neither alleged to have participated in any transactions involving 1MDB nor even to have knowledge of any transactions involving 1MDB – let alone knowledge of any supposed misappropriation. (more…)

ROSE to launch voter registration drive for 14th General Election

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A poster of ROSE’ voter registration driveRise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE), a local citizens action group working on voter empowerment and free and fair election, will launch a voter registration drive for the 14th General Election.

“We are starting the 2017 voter registration drives with the hope that more Sarawakians will be able to participate in the upcoming general election. We will set up a booth at Lao Fu Zi Kopitiam in Stutong (next to Unaco Supermarket) from 9am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

“Our service booth  will then go to  Kuching Sentral on Feb 25 and 26 (11am-7pm) and subsequently every last Saturday and Sunday of each month until further notice,” a ROSE spokesperson Geoffrey Tang stated in a press statement received here recently.

He urged all members of the public to inform or bring friends and family members to these locations. (more…)

Rain could affect Tanjong Datu poll turnout, EC says

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Rain forecasted to fall on the polling day for the Tanjong Datu by-election tomorrow could affect voter out, Election Commission chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said today.

“Our target of a 75 per cent turn out is just a target to encourage the people to cast their votes, and whether we can reach that target depends on many factors,” he told reporters at the Dewan Masyarakat Lundu here after witnessing the handing over of ballot boxes to the 25 presiding officers for the 25 polling centres.

Over the last one week, there have been daily occurrence of rain falling in Kuching Division, covering Tanjong Datu.

Hashim said the commission is hoping to turn out  to beat the 70.10 per cent  recorded for Tanjong Datu in the May 7, 2016 state election. (more…)

Alleged misuse of RM200 million: Azmin to help with MACC probe

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azmin-ali_bn_sprm_selangor_600The Selangor state government will give its full cooperation in the investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the alleged misappropriation of funds, involving RM200 million, from the state’s Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE).

Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said the state government always adhered to the principles of transparency and accountability and accepted all complaints.

“Everybody can see it is impossible for Selangor to be at this height now, with higher reserves and strong financial management, if there is corruption and power abuse.”

He was met by reporters after opening the Smart Trak programme on the campaign to reduce the use of plastic bags and polystyrene containers, organised by the Klanag Municipal Council (MPK) and KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd here today. (more…)

Open letter to MPs on Hadi’s Bill

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Image result for Open letter to MPs on Hadi’s BillDear YB,

You probably have a million things going on, dealing with constituents who have seemingly endless problems, party politics and figuring out how to retain your seat in the next general election.

The last thing you want is a hot potato like PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or Act 355, landing in your lap.

But it will likely be tabled in Parliament next month and you’ll be forced to deal with it. How shall you vote then?

If you’re a Muslim, you may feel obliged to vote “Yes”, even if you privately think that it’s not really necessary to increase the scope of Shariah punishments. After all, no one has shown any statistics on the trend of Shariah offences over the past several years, nor has Hadi proven how harsher punishments can deter religious offences. (more…)

Short-term timber licensing via tender risk being abused — PKR Women vice-chief

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Voon Shiak NiParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) wants Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to review immediately his decision on the issuance of short-term timber licences via open tender, in that such policy could be open to abuse.

PKR Women national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni expressed her disappointment over the announcement by Abang Johari.

“This move is a mockery to and contradicts with the vision and mission of the late (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri) Adenan (Satem).

“We observe that such short-term licences are subject to extension – it is vague and (can) easily be subjected to abuse. Is the new chief minister trying to open the floodgates again for unscrupulous illegal logging activities?” she said in a statement yesterday. (more…)

Stop gazing at the crystal ball to see the next PM

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Every day, we hear predictions about who will become the opposition prime minister, if the opposition coalition were to win GE14.

The opposition politicians, just like the public, are falling into a trap, like goats to the slaughter. Any candidate they propose would be easily shot down by Umno Baru.

There are many issues to tackle, like the abuse of Islam, which is used by both Umno Baru and PAS to drive a wedge between the people. There is also the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the high cost of living, a lack of affordable housing, and poor public transport.

If only the opposition would stop their ‘PM’ crystal-ball gazing, and focus on resolving these issues. (more…)

Can Zaid make DAP more convivial to Malays?

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“We love lovable gadflies and mavericks. These however do not translate into political substance sufficient in turn to give power to Zaid.”

– Sakmongkol AK47

[For the record, I was at Zaid Ibrahim’s press conference as a private citizen and not representing any news organisation when he announced he had joined the DAP.]

People who dismiss former law minister Zaid Ibrahim as a political opportunist and political has-been are just parroting the stereotype that Zaid unfortunately has done little to dispel.

While I think there is validity in questioning how much he can help pull in the ‘Malay’ vote, this meme that Zaid desperately wants to be part of the political establishment does not stand up to scrutiny. Here is a man who has done everything to alienate the political establishment by espousing views that are anathema to mainstream Malaysian politics. (more…)

Hardline Islamist group claims Hadi’s Bill to uphold ‘Allah’s law’ not Shariah-compliant

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Hizbut Tahrir supporters are seen waving the Islamist group’s flag. Hizbut Tahrir Malaysia claims that Hadi's Bill to uphold ‘Allah’s law’ is not Shariah compliant. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaIslamist group Hizbut Tahrir Malaysia (HT-M) has rebuffed PAS’ bid to strengthen the Shariah courts through a legislative amendment, saying the parliamentary route to uphold God’s law is wrong.

The local chapter of the international hardline group seeking to create a global caliphate argued that divine laws cannot be debated or passed by a secular system that relies on a majority vote and would end up belittling Islam.

“The parliamentary and democratic route is prepared by a secular system, and is not a Shariah-compliant path to uphold Allah’s law.

“Through this un-Islamic system humans have usurped God’s right as the maker of laws and this is haram, and can corrupt one’s faith. How can Allah’s law be subject to the approval of humans before it is enacted?” the group said in a posting on their website yesterday. (more…)

EPF expected to declare ‘realistic dividend’

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The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is expected to declare a realistic dividend for 2016 this weekend that will be commensurate with prevailing market conditions for funds.

Weaknesses in equities market and a low series of commodity prices have cast a shadow of gloom for businesses which will be reflected in their “not so encouraging dividend payouts”.

The EPF was not spared either, in tune with other large institutional funds which failed to get the same kind of returns as before, as the direction of the economy too has not changed much since the global turmoil in 2008.

Nevertheless, Malaysia’s premier retirement savings fund is still committed to its target of delivering real dividend of at least two percent above the inflation rate over a three-year rolling period, to the relief of members. (more…)

PAS says three-way fight’s a near certainty in GE14

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Nik Mohamad Abduh said PAS’ decision to lead the third block has caused DAP, PKR, Amanah and PPBM to attack it. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa PAS Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Aziz said the remark by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he will not beg PAS to join Pakatan Harapan (PH) has drawn the battle lines in the 14th General Election (GE14).

“A three-cornered fight in Malaysian politics is almost a certainty. Gagasan Sejahtera (GS) comprising PAS and Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) will emerge as the third block to give Malaysians a choice.

“Gagasan Sejahtera will come up against Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH),” he said on his Facebook page yesterday.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang told reporters after a talk at Masjid Rusila, Kuala Terengganu, today that PAS will not cooperate with PPBM if the party continues its ties with the DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

Nik Mohamad Abduh said PAS’ decision to lead the third block caused the DAP, PKR, Amanah and PPBM to attack PAS and claimed it is a BN ally.


Source : @ Bernama Online


Poll: Anwar, Hadi neck-and-neck among S’gor Malays, Kit Siang gets 1pct

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Anwar Ibrahim remains a relevant political force, according to a survey by Selangor government think-tank Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) on who is the best candidate to helm Malaysia.

However, with regard to Malay respondents, the jailed former opposition leader was neck-and-neck with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.

Out of the 2,018 respondents comprising Selangor voters of all races, 36 percent picked Anwar as the best person to lead Malaysia towards becoming a respected nation.

“This shows how sentiments involving Anwar are still strong,” IDE deputy chairperson Mohammad Redzuan Otham told a press conference in Shah Alam after presenting the findings. (more…)

PKR to continue working with PAS to topple BN

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tian-chua_pas_pkr_600PKR has stressed it will continue working with PAS to ensure opposition parties are able to topple BN come the 14th general election (GE14).

PKR vice-president Tian Chua said the opposition’s main goal was to deny BN a victory.

“PKR’s cooperation with PAS will continue.

“We will continue efforts to ensure all opposition parties cooperate to have one on one fights in the coming elections,” he said after visiting the family of S Balamurugan, 44, who died on Feb 8 while in police custody. (more…)

Postponement of SPM 2016 results should not be questioned, education deputy D-G says

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Khairil Awang said the ministry’s effort in maintaining integrity and observing the standard operating procedures should be better appreciated. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe decision by the Education Ministry to postpone the announcement of the 2016 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) results to should not be questioned by any quarters.

Its deputy director-general (Education Development and Policy) Datuk Seri Khairil Awang said all parties should instead appreciate the ministry’s effort in maintaining integrity and observing the standard operating procedures.

“What is important is not the date, but the integrity of the results,” he told reporters after launching three books at the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) building here today.

Also present was DBP director-general Datuk Abdul Adzis Abas. (more…)

NGO takes demand for oil royalty to Petronas HQ

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Royalti Kelantan today submitted a memorandum at the Petronas headquarters, urging the national oil company not to deprive Kelantan of the state’s rightful royalty from oil obtained from the state.

Some 10 activists, led by Royalti Kelantan president Nazri Deraman, gathered outside the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, which was heavily guarded.

Petronas sought to engage with the group and sent its strategic communications officer Intan Razak to receive the memorandum.

The officer also handed the protesters Petronas goodie bags. (more…)

BR1M 2017 to be paid out tomorrow

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Najib also said that 2,782,799 people will get RM1,200 in BR1M aid, 243,434 will get RM900 while 2,127,005 will receive RM450. — Bernama picPayment for this year’s 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) in voucher form will be made from tomorrow (Feb 18).

In a statement here today, the Finance Ministry said direct debit payment would be made into the bank accounts of the recipients concerned from Feb 22.

For BR1M recipients who have not provided information about their bank accounts, the vouchers will be sent by post to their home address and can be cashed at any Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) branch.

Members of the public who have enquiries or want to check on their BR1M status can call the help hotline at 1-800-88-2716. (more…)

‘I’ll do something fans will never forget’

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A lot of people have asked me, “Tunku what were you thinking when you decided to contest for the FAM presidency.” Some have even said, “FAM is a bad organisation, what are you doing?”

My answer to that is, FAM is not a bad organisation, FAM is a good organisation, but is currently run by the wrong people. Let us not forget that FAM needs a leader who is born to serve the people. People with the will to continue to serve football for the people.

FAM does not need people who are hungry for power and pretends to serve the people when in fact, they are only serving their own personal interests and benefits. This is a wonderful organisation and it’s sad that it is being completely destroyed by these irresponsible people.

I think it is premature to speak about my intentions and visions. Nonetheless, all would be revealed very soon. There is no point of telling people now and in the end I end up losing. (more…)

Bersih wants UMS to drop disciplinary action against duo

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Bersih is urging Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to drop disciplinary proceedings against two students who had participated in the Bersih 5 rally last year.

“Bersih is extremely disappointed to hear that UMS is following in the footsteps of Universiti Malaya by threatening disciplinary action against two of its students, Mukmin Nantang and Nurul Aqilah Muhammad Zainuzi, for their participation in the Bersih 5 rally last year.

“Bersih strongly urges UMS to stop all disciplinary proceedings against Mukmin and Nurul Aqilah – if not to recognise their rights and freedoms guaranteed by Article 10 of the Federal Constitution, then to preserve the university’s reputation as a proper education institution,” it said in a statement today.

The Bersih steering committee said UMS should instead defend the students’ rights to participate in the democratic process. (more…)

Time to redress race and religion

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In recent times, Malaysian society has regressed into a shadow of what our founding mothers and fathers envisioned. The steady but slow decline into the abyss of polarisation has resulted in overwhelming suspicion of each other and our increasing unwillingness to accept diversity.

How can we accept diversity when leaders in Putrajaya – who ought to show good examples, are simply too busy doing everything else but governing this nation?

For the past few months, we find ourselves in situations that test our loyalty, patience and understanding. Issues ranging from political opinions (Bersih, ‘Muslim ban’, Dr Mahathir Mohamad) to religious matters (halal cake, Act 355, pig bristle brushes,) display one thing in common – Malaysians are no longer able to carry legitimate opinions any more because the ability to carry rational discourse is simply lacking.

Expressing differing views are often seen as an act of abandoning one’s principles and betraying one’s race (or in most cases, these days, religious beliefs); those who speak out are immediately ostracised and demonised. (more…)

Child sex abuse: Why justice is not served

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Madeleine-Yong-1Child victims of sexual abuse often find it difficult to get justice because the legal process is too burdensome, says an organisation combating sexual abuse against children.

Madeleine Yong, founder of Protect and Save the Children, said the law required too much evidence to be presented before a suspect could be prosecuted.

“You need forensic evidence, which is already hard to get, and then you need corroborative evidence too,” she said. “Those are the two things the authorities look for, and it’s often impossible to get both.

“We’ve had so many cases with forensic evidence, and yet they didn’t manage to go through.” (more…)

Khalwat arrest of married couple shows JAWI spares no one, lawyer says

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Lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff (right) explains why his clients are suing JAWI over a wrongful khalwat raid and arrest as well as privacy breach. ― Picture by Ida LimThe Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department’s (JAWI) forceful and humiliating arrest of a married couple for the Islamic offence of khalwat or close proximity could befall anyone, their lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff said today.

He added that the Muslim husband-and-wife were pursuing justice against their wrongful detention through the courts to prevent a repeat of the Islamic authority’s power abuse, especially after they showed proof of their marriage.

The lawyer explained that his clients, Mohd Ridhuan Giman and Siti Sarah Maulad Abdullah showed JAWI enforcers a picture of their marriage certificate when their budget hotel room was raided last month and presented the original later the same day.

“What is most disappointing to me personally is when the original copy of the marriage certificate had already been presented at JAWI’s office the same night, but [JAWI] still refused to accept it as firm evidence of the valid marriage ties,” Yusfarizal told reporters at the court complex here after filing the couple’s lawsuit. (more…)

Why DAP, PKR grassroots are now rooting for Dr M

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's alliance with the Opposition has triggered public scepticism due to the fact that the former prime minister was once the fiercest rival to heads of both parties, and had been responsible for the imprisonment of several key leaders like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng. — Picture by Saw Siow FengWhile top leaders in both DAP and PKR are now openly warm towards former nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), sentiments lower in the ranks are less clear.

Dr Mahathir’s alliance with the federal Opposition has triggered public scepticism due to the fact that the former prime minister was once the fiercest rival to heads of both parties, and had been responsible for the imprisonment of several key leaders like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng.

The purported discontent was also cited as the reason for the departure of one federal and three Malacca state lawmakers from DAP this week.

Following decades of accusations, insults and harsh exchanges, the former prime minister is now a central figure in the Opposition’s campaign for the next general election, and is regularly featured in many PKR, DAP and Amanah ceramahs throughout the country. (more…)

Rafizi: Isa Samad soon to be Felda scapegoat

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PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli today claimed that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has a trick up his sleeve regarding the issues Felda is facing.

This trick, Rafizi claims, involving making a scapegoat out of former Felda chairperson Isa Samad, to retain Umno-BN’s votes in the upcoming general election.

“We’ve seen two, three steps towards the trick.

“First, when Isa Samad’s service was terminated and replaced with Shahrir Samad, we can already tell that this is heading towards putting the blame on Isa.

“If Umno-BN can show that they have good intentions and Shahrir is good and this was all Isa’s fault, he (Najib) can perform a ‘magic trick’. (more…)

February 17, 2017

Sarawak still opposed to Shariah Bill, new CM says

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg (centre) with his deputy Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (left) and Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan at a press conference, February 16, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg renewed today the state government’s rejection of a federal Bill to strengthen the Shariah courts’ punitive powers.

His predecessor Tan Sri Adenan Satem had previously directed all Sarawak MPs not to vote for the proposed amendment to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 as it was not in line with the Federal Constitution.

“I have given an assurance before and as far as we are concerned, we will not support the Bill. That has been our stand and we have not changed it.

“That is the stand of Tok Nan before and we will follow that stand,” Abang Jo told reporters after chairing the state Cabinet meeting here. (more…)

New S’wak CM allows open tenders for short-term timber licenses

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Newly-minted Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has allowed the issuance of short-term timber licences in the state through a tender process.

Abang Johari, who came to power after Adenan Satem’s death last month, said this was to ensure transparent issuance of the licences.

“Short-term timber licences are only issued for state land forest which have been approved for development and Native Customary Land (NCL) Development Area and Native Communal Reserve that shall undergo development.

“These licences shall be issued by open tender,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

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