Hornbill Unleashed

August 30, 2016

Stop micromanaging bus operators

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Under the Urban Public Transport National Key Result Area (UPT NKRA), the Interim Stage Bus Support Fund (ISBSF) was set up in January 2012 with an allocation of RM400 million to help stage bus operators run non-profitable routes for the benefit of the rakyat.

Funding will continue in 2016 but bus companies have only received payment for January as low oil prices have greatly impacted Petronas’ profits, which is the single largest source of Malaysian government revenue.

Last year, Petronas recorded after-tax profit of RM21 billion, 56 percent lower than in 2014, and dropped further to 60 percent for the first quarter of this year.

In January, the Government revised the 2016 Budget by cutting down RM4 billion in operating expenditure and RM5 billion in development expenditure. (more…)

August 29, 2016

PKR Baram proposes four names as its candidate for GE14

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Image result for Baram has proposed four names as its candidate for Baram parliamentary constituency in the 14th General ElectionParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Baram has proposed four names as its candidate for Baram parliamentary constituency in the 14th General Election (14th GE).

The four are the branch chairman, lawyer Roland Engan, secretary Dennis Along, its Women’s Bureau head Catherine Jok and treasurer Lorna Lirang.

Dennis when contacted yesterday said the names were proposed by party members who attended the annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday and  would be handed over to the party’s state and central leadership.

“The proposal will be handed over to the top leadership which will make the decision on who will become the candidate for Baram,” he said here yesterday. (more…)

Urgent: An independent anti-graft body

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

The Recent spate of arrests by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) may indicate that the commission is not afraid to go after ‘big fishes’.

However, the question is if MACC is doing enough to fight graft.

It has been argued that Putrajaya should set up a new and independent body to effectively combat corruption in the country, otherwise MACC’s might just remain an ‘intimidator’ at best.

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) executive director Cynthia Gabriel says that the recent crackdown on graft in the public administration system is very much wanting. (more…)

Interfaith group wants law reform on conversion of children

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

lawAn interfaith group wants the bill to amend the Law Reform (Marriaged and Divorce) Act 1976 (LRA) to be more specific in addressing disputes involving children, when it comes to cases involving a spouse in a civil marriage who converts to Islam.

Such amendments must especially take care of disputes when a child, or children, in such a case as mentioned above, is converted without the consent of both parents, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) said, Malay Mail Online reported today.

According to the group, in his announcement on the legal reforms last week, Prime Minister Najib Razak did not specifically mention that the bill to be tabled in Parliament in October will deal with the issue of unilateral conversion of minors.

“Thus, the MCCBCHST would like to enquire whether the Cabinet will abide by its April 2009 decision that both parents must consent before a child of a civil marriage could be converted to another religion,” MCCBCHST said in a statement today. (more…)

Interfaith group: Divorce law reforms welcomed, but what about unilateral child conversions?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

MCCBCHST wanted the government to amend the law to address the root cause of disputes where children are converted without both parents’ consent. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPutrajaya’s planned legal reforms for divorce cases involving non-Muslims and Muslim converts is a good move, but root causes of disputes involving children must also be addressed, an interfaith group said today.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) said that the law amendments must also address the root cause of disputes where children are converted without both parents’ consent.

The group pointed out that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his announcement of the planned legal reforms last week had not mentioned if the issue of unilateral conversion of minors will be addressed.

“Thus, the MCCBCHST would like to enquire whether the Cabinet will abide by its April 2009 decision that both parents must consent before a child of civil marriage could be converted to another religion,” the MCCBCHST said in a statement today as it explained why it was welcoming the prime minister’s remarks with caution. (more…)

TangkapMO1 to continue with ‘Jelajah Mahasiswa’ roadshow

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

The Tangkap Malaysian Official 1 rally organisers today said they would continue to hold briefing sessions for all public and private university students on current issues related to state investor 1MDB.

Group spokesperson, Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof, said the first session was expected to be held at her own campus – Universiti Malaya – once the current semester starts on Sept 5.

“We will start with my own campus and we hope that the briefing can be held on the campus itself.

“If I can’t even enter my own campus (to conduct the briefing), then I really don’t know what to say,” Anis Syafiqah told reporters when met after TangkapMO1’s press conference at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

The hypocrisy of debt and politics

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Last week, the National Fund for Higher Education (PTPTN) announced it would not meet its collection target of RM26 billion for this year. Instead, it may only manage to collect roughly one third — a measly RM8 billion — for 2016.

Reacting to this, PTPTN has said it will not be able to give full loans to those furthering their studies next year, limiting their loans to 95 per cent for public universities and 85 per cent for those going to private institutes in 2017.

The government has issued an ultimatum to civil servants to service their PTPTN debts on pain of being terminated from work. Subsequently, lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar issued a statement that this was unfair, even going so far as to link it to the debts of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

On the Umno side, a junior youth member says that the PTPTN was driving our youths to bankruptcy — yet another far-fetched accusation. (more…)

Animal feed or not, BR1M must go on

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

If there is one thing and one thing alone the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should be applauded for, it will be BR1M.

Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia is perhaps the best solution of returning what is taken from the rakyat to the rakyat and Najib is right in saying it is “not animal feed”.

And when we say “animal feed” here, it means “animal feed”, not “dedak” – which connotates that once fed, the animal will only wait for its next feed from you.

As intelligent as our former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad was politically, even he did not come up with this idea during his time. Even at the end of his tenure after 22 years, when he was accused of big time cronyism and nepotism, Mahathir did not think up of such an idea. (more…)

Stop being hypocritical, Syed Saddiq slams Umno

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Umno leaders should stop being hypocritical when criticising others, says Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) pro tem committee member Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“This statement is not to support anyone, but to ask several Umno members, and whoever who feels slighted, to stop being hypocritical.

“When (former prime minister) Dr Mahathir Mohamad made his statements about Bangsa Johor, many people criticised him as if they have been upholding the constitutional monarchy system in Malaysia all this while,” Syed Saddiq said in a statement last night.

However, in a series of questions aimed at Umno, he pointed out that Umno has not even upheld the constitutional monarchy system all this while. (more…)

What is next in Malaysian politics?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

The state of our politics today is not healthy – it’s divisive, sordid and unbefitting a country with fast MRTs and skyscrapers.

We spend a lot of time hurling abuses at one another, and on a daily basis we hear of propaganda, personal attacks, allegations of wrongdoing and the endless lodging of police reports.

In fact, in our so-called democracy, there is no place for civilised discourse or for constructive ideas that can be useful for the country.

All we hear from this bungling and incompetent dictatorship is talk about enemies coming from everywhere to attack us, thus justifying our new emergency laws. Our prime minister has entrenched a framework, through which he and his successor will be able to do as they please. (more…)

Disclose in full changes to marriage, divorce laws, say lawyers

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Goh-Siu-LinThe bill to amend the Law Reform (Marriaged and Divorce) Act 1976 (LRA) must be made available for all relevant parties to view and to give feedback, the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) said.

The bill to be tabled in the October Parliamentary sitting was announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak last Thursday.

In a statement released today, AWL President Goh Siu Lin said Najib’s announcement on the proposed announcements were welcome but there should be full disclosure as to the contents of the bill.

“It has been reported in the media that the proposed amendments to the LRA are intended to resolve the conflict of jurisdiction in divorce and child custody cases that arises when there is a unilateral conversion by one spouse of a civil marriage. (more…)

Court of Appeal allows Bersih 2.0’s appeal, quashes T-shirt ban

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Bersih 4 rally participants brave the rain as they listen to speeches in downtown Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Court of Appeal today allowed Bersih 2.0’s appeal against the High Court’s rejection of their lawsuit challenging the Home Minister’s ban on Bersih 4 rally T-shirts last year, and quashed the ban at the same time.

The panel led by Justice Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh said they agreed with lawyer Edmund Bon’s submission, adding the Home Minister’s order for the ban was “unreasonable.”

“The order is unreasonable. We agreed with the submission… we allowed the appeal,” Mohd Zawawi said in the courtroom here.

The High Court on February rejected Bersih 2.0’s challenge to the Home Minister’s ban of the Bersih 4 T-shirt, saying the order was within the ministry’s jurisdiction. (more…)

Bersih: This fight is for more than just T-shirts

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Supporters buy the yellow Bersih 4 T-shirts from the Bersih 2.0 Petaling Jaya office, August 25, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Bersih 2.0 today described the restoration of its lawsuit against a government ban on yellow T-shirts associated with the electoral reform group as a win for Malaysians’ rights and liberties.

In a brief statement posted on the group’s Facebook page, Bersih 2.0 said it had set off to contest the Home Ministry’s prohibition of the T-shirts for reasons beyond the right to don the apparel.

“We fight not because it’s just a T-shirt. We are fighting because we are against an arrogant regime who thinks they can use their powers as they like.

“Today, the T-shirt is a small victory for our freedom and rights. We must continue fighting for a better Malaysia,” the group said. (more…)

Felda Global Ventures posts 35 percent rise in profit

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Felda Global Ventures, the world’s third-largest palm plantation operator, reported a 35 percent rise in second-quarter earnings, supported by stronger crude palm oil production following measures to boost fruit yields.

The Malaysian producer stuck to previous guidance for palm oil prices to remain solid for the rest of the year, averaging RM2,400 to RM2,600 a tonne on restocking in China and Indian demand for November’s Deepavali festival, but said palm could spike as high as RM2,900.

Palm oil is facing a production squeeze this year due to the ongoing effects of a crop-damaging El Nino weather event, which brings hot, dry weather to Southeast Asia and lowers fruit yields.

 “Rising commodity prices have provided optimism to the plantation’s earnings outlook and we are in a good position to take advantage of the general tightness in supply,” Felda Global chief executive Zakaria Arshad said in a statement.

(more…)

Call to drop cases against those having Bersih T-shirts

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

maria-chin-bersihBersih 2.0 Chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has expressed the hope that all cases against individuals who have Bersih 4 T-shirts and other materials would be dropped.

“People were arrested because they were wearing Bersih 4 shirts,” she said after winning Bersih 2.0’s appeal at the Court of Appeal over the Home Minister’s ban on its T-shirts and other material. “The cases should be dropped given Monday’s ruling.”

Earlier, the Court of Appeal allowed Bersih 2.0 to quash the Home Minister’s decision to ban Bersih 4 materials.

Chin recalled the NGO waited for a year to get the decision.

“Today marks the first anniversary of the Bersih 4.0 rally and we will carry on,” she said. “The Bersih 4 T-shirts are a symbol of democracy.”

“The people have to fight for the right to assemble.”

Lawyer for Bersih 2.0, New Sin Yew, added that whoever has a Bersih 4 T-shirt should not be afraid.

“The order was now invalid,” said New. “The police cannot use the Minister’s order to arrest anyone.”


Ho Kit Yen


 

Tunku remains pride of 131-year-old Bangkok school

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Debsirin-di-Krungkasaem-Road,-PomphrapDebsirin School in Krungkasaem Road, Pomphrap, in the Thai capital city of Bangkok, has been in existence for 131 years since its opening in 1885 by the then King of Siam, Rama V, or King Chulalongkorn.

Considered among the premier schools in Thailand, its contribution to the kingdom is immense as it has produced five prime ministers and more than 70 Cabinet members, besides military leaders and other dignitaries.

Among the five prime ministers the school has produced was Malaysia’s first prime minister and its “Father of Independence”, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.

“Tunku Abdul Rahman had entered Debsirin School in 1913 at the age of 10 and spent two years there before returning to Kedah in 1915,” said the chairman of the Kedah branch of the Malaysian Historical Society, Wan Shamsudin Mohd Yusof, who led a delegation to Bangkok recently. (more…)

Serve all, Christians told as hate, terror, bigotry cast pall on Merdeka

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

In a statement today, the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) urged Malaysian Christians not to lose heart and succumb to hopelessness. — Picture by Choo Choy MayCounting down to Merdeka just two days away, local churches urged Christians here to cast aside their trepidation and work to help fellow Malaysians regardless of their ethnic and social backgrounds to restore peace and prosperity.

In a statement today, the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) remarked that a climate of fear was spreading through the country in the wake of the recent terrorism strike by Islamist extremists against a pub in Puchong, Selangor and other “deliberate” acts of discrimination and hate that seek to erode the people’s civil liberties.

It did not specify the acts, but urged Malaysian Christians not to lose heart and succumb to hopelessness but instead do their part to repair the wounds inflicted on society by getting together and performing acts that celebrate the country’s diversity, keeping with the spirit of Merdeka that also signalled the country’s independence from colonial Britain on August 31, 59 years ago. (more…)

August 28, 2016

Petronas agreement too little too slow, says PKR

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:03 PM

See-Chee-HowFederal government concessions to provide better employment opportunities for Sarawakians in Petronas operations come “too little too slow”, according to Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How.

In a statement issued today, See congratulated the state government for the outcome of negotiations with the Federal Government and Petronas but called for greater efforts to reclaim what “belonged” to Sarawakians in the first place.

He applauded the working plan to increase the number of Sarawakians employed by Petronas by 2020, but regretted the lack of agreement on a Sarawakian as general manager of Petronas operations in the state.

He said Sarawak had many capable candidates to fill the position. (more…)

Sarawak says ‘not in picture’ over Petronas’ oil production share with foreign firms

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Satem repeatedly said he did not have any knowledge of the matter when questioned about Block SK410B yesterday. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Sarawak government said it is in the dark about Petronas’ production sharing contracts (PSCs) award to Thai and Kuwaiti companies to jointly explore a block of petroleum resource off the state’s coast.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem repeatedly said he did not have any knowledge of the matter when questioned about Block SK410B, said to be located in shallow waters off the state’s coast, The Borneo Post reported today.

“I don’t know about this matter, so cannot make any comments,” he told a news conference in Kuching yesterday, even after being informed that Thailand’s PTTEP HK Offshore Ltd and Kuwait’s Kufpec Malaysia Sdn Bhd would hold 42.5 per cent respectively, while Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd would hold only 15 per cent of the PSC.

The award was reportedly inked on July 21. (more…)

Power to the people of inland Sarawak

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

im-sarawak00While many of us take electricity supply to homes and offices for granted, many living in the interior regions of Sarawak aren’t so lucky.

An example would be residents in Julau, located just south of Sibu – it takes 5 hours via a logging road to get to the village of Rh Suing Ensan in Ulu Kemalih district.

“For many years, we were dependent on individual diesel generators that cost each family between RM250 to RM350 a month for only three to four hours of electricity a night,” said village head Tuai Rumah Suing Ensan.

“That, coupled with the transportation cost of the diesel, was very costly for us.” (more…)

Sarawak agrees on 7 points in meeting with Putrajaya, Petronas

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Total number of Sarawakians in Petronas outside Sarawak src=Putrajaya and Petronas have agreed to appoint State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani as a member of the Board of Directors of Petronas.

This was one of the seven points mutually agreed to during a meeting between Putrajaya, Petronas and the state government on the hiring policy of Petronas in Sarawak on Friday.

The meeting, which took place at the Prime Minister’s Office, was attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Petronas chief executive officer Datuk Wan Zulkifli Wan Ariffin and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

“SS (State Secretary) is to represent us. I believe our SS once worked for Petronas,” Adenan told a news conference at the VIP holding room of Hornbill Skyways, which was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Morshidi.

When prompted, Adenan said Morshidi worked for Petronas in 1980. (more…)

Adenan says not aware of PSC award by Petronas

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Adenan (centre) speaks at the news conference. Flanking him are Uggah (left) and Morshidi. — Photo by Muhammad Rais SanusiChief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said he is in the dark with regard to the award of production sharing contract (PSC) for exploring Block SK410B in shallow waters off the coast of Sarawak.

“I don’t know about that,” he said during a press conference yesterday when asked to comment on the issue recently raised by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How.

Also with him at the conference was Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who was seen informing Adenan: “We are not in the picture.”

Repeating what Uggah told him, Adenan reiterated: “I don’t know. I don’t know. Sorry, I don’t know about it.” (more…)

Najib’s Mystery Millions Caught in US Seizure?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Najib’s Mystery Millions Caught in US Seizure?Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak may have lost a huge chunk of the fabled US$681 million that was allegedly steered to him from the scandal-plagued 1Malaysia Development Bhd fund, according to sources in Kuala Lumpur.  The money appears to have been used to acquire a major part of the estimated US$1 billion in assets seized by the US government in July, the sources said.

From the first, mystery has surrounded the US$681 million, which was deposited in Najib’s personal bank account in Ambank in Kuala Lumpur in early 2013, just before the general election, from the Singapore branch of Swiss Falcon Private Bank, owned by the Abu Dhabi fund Aabar, and another Swiss institution, Tanore Finance Group.

For months after the transactions were made public, Najib – who acknowledged the receipt but said the money was a “donation” – and a series of surrogates said it had come from a shifting variety of sources although the prime minister’s allies generally settled on a mysterious Saudi Arabian Sheikh. (more…)

Three things we learnt from: #TangkapMO1 rally

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof speaks to participants near Dataran Merdeka, or Independence Square, during a march to call for the arrest of ‘Malaysian Official 1’ in Kuala Lumpur, August 27, 2016. ― Reuters picNearly 1,000 Malaysians braved the scorching heat today to joined the #TangkapMO1 rally at the heart of the city.

Despite not getting approval from Kuala Lumpur City Hall, the student-led rally saw crowds from all walks of life gathering in numbers at Masjid Negara and the Sogo shopping complex before marching to Dataran Merdeka.

The #TangkapMO1 rally was aimed at pressuring authorities to take action against the so-called “Malaysian Official 1”, an unnamed high-ranking government official with authority over 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

The protest went on peacefully despite a few minor scuffles that broke out here and there, including one bizarre incident of supporters trying to block a public bus. (more…)

As Merdeka looms, poll shows M’sians worried about economy, security

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

“I’m proud to be a Malaysian.” This is what Malaysians proudly said in a nationwide survey on patriotism held during the run-up to the 59th independence anniversary next Wednesday.

In the same telephone survey conducted by KajiDATA Research, the 1,000 respondents from different ethnic, religious, age groups, education and income level were also cautious of the country’s economic and security outlook.

A Yazid Othman, KajiDATA Research’s business consultant, noted that the survey was to gauge how far Malaysians were proud of their country, their immediate concerns and their knowledge on the independence figures and dates through a carefully prepared set of questions and supervised by KajiDATA’s adviser Professor Dr Syed Arabi Idid.

Right from the outset the survey indicated the majority of Malaysians (77.2 percent) knew who was Malaysia’s first leader – Chief Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman – and the year the nation achieved independence 1957 (84.3 percent). (more…)

Shoving patriotism down our throats

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

What exactly does the word “patriotism” mean? According to most dictionaries, patriotism is a sense of emotional attachment to one’s homeland. To put it simply, it means national pride.

The Cambridge English Dictionary states that it is “the feeling of loving your country more than any other and being proud of it”.

Others have also viewed this word as showing devotion to one’s country;  concern for its defence; wellbeing and future.

It is with this idea of patriotism in mind that I refer to the intention of the Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s (SJMC) threat to penalise businesses which do not fly the Jalur Gemilang. (more…)

Throw the book at developers and safety officers

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

doshAfter decades existence, it has not dawned on DOSH (the department of occupational safety and health) that strict enforcement is the best form of education about the law.

So long as loss of limb and life does not affect the profits, jobs and liberty of the people responsible, so long will the carnage continue, as it may be cheaper to pay out compensation than to spend on ensuring a high standard of safety.

There should never be a set time-table for rotational safety inspections. This modus operandi produces unreliable, even false, results. Inspections should at all times be random and unannounced. Any non compliance with safety laws can only be discovered by genuine, truly surprise checks. (more…)

As property market dives, real estate agents struggle to stay afloat

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

MIEA chairman Erick Kho says real estate agents must re-evaluate their service and property listings to stay afloat. ― Picture courtesy of MIEAReal estate agents are struggling to keep their business going as both primary and secondary property markets took a further dip in the first quarter of the year.

While developers are able to throw in “freebies” such as discounts and special schemes for new properties, real estate agents are finding it hard to compete with such stiff competition, especially for sub-sale properties.

A real estate agent who only wanted to be known as Michael said he has opted to be a driver for ride-sharing service Grab to keep up with his financial commitments every month.

“In 2012, I was doing very well and I could make five figures almost each month as my property listings in Bangsar, Damansara and some parts of Johor and Ipoh were doing great. (more…)

G25: Make both parents consent to child conversion

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

g25The G25 Group of former senior civil servants has called for the Federal Constitution to be amended to state clearly that both parents should be required to consent to the conversion of a child.

G25 also urged the Federal Government to restore the words “ibu bapa” in the Bahasa Malaysia (BM) version of the constitution and pointed out that the 2002 edition of the BM version had used “ibu atau bapa” for the word “parent”.

In a statement today, the group implied that the constitution had been been amended – without a formal amendment passed by Parliament – in changing the meaning of the word “parent” as used in the BM version of the constitution.

G25 said: “Clearly, for the word ‘ibu bapa’ to be changed to ‘ibu atau bapa’ would require an amendment to the Federal Constitution. But from what could be ascertained, there has been no such amendment.” (more…)

After Sarawak’s success, SAPP wants Sabah deal with Petronas

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Melanie-ChiaThe Sabah state government has been urged to urgently negotiate with the Federal Government and Petronas for the same type of concessions obtained by Sarawak.

Melanie Chia, deputy president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), said Sabah should also demand that a Sabahan to be appointed to the Petronas board of directors, ensure more Sabahans are employed at all levels and the state allowed to take part in production sharing contracts.

Her statement came in response to Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s announcement yesterday of an agreement with the Federal Government and Petronas on seven major issues. (more…)

What if an older man marries a teenager?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

When 18-year-old sales assistant Mohd Sufie married 42-year-old Dayang Sopiah Gusti, a single mother of five, it made the news. Newspapers find it newsworthy to publish the story due to the age difference of the couple, which makes the bride 24 years older than the groom.

On top of that, Dayang Sopiah has five children. That means young Mohd Sufie is marrying into a big immediate family. The couple met during volleyball match in May and last week, they solemnised their marriage at Kuala Penyu in Sabah.

Since families of the bride and groom had given their blessings, they are looking forward to their lives together with much hope.

“Since getting to know her, she has always been concerned about me. I told my family that I wanted to marry her,” Utusan Malaysia quoted Mohd Sufie as saying. “It does not matter what others say. I would surely do the best to take care of my wife.” (more…)

To counter IS, do not label Muslims

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

In trying to counter terrorism and the notorious Islamic State (IS), it is very, very irresponsible of the authorities, the so called clerics and the media to divide Muslims by labelling them.

Be they Sunni, Syiah or Wahhabi, Salafi or whatever ‘ee’, they are Muslims and none have condoned what the IS is doing.

Every sane Muslim, who believes in Allah and his Prophet Muhammad, and practises the core values of Islam, will never agree to what the IS is preaching and doing, for at the basic root of Islam, before one can even label oneself as Sunni, Wahhabi, Salafi, Syiah, one is first and foremost a human being with humanity.

And no human being with humanity would sit the throat of another, rape, loot, plunder, wreak havoc and claim that only they will go to heaven when they have blown up women and children.
(more…)

Anyone can claim to be Jesus Christ

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Fake prophets are a dime a dozen in many staunchly religious societies. These charlatans try to push off their personal prophecies as words from the Almighty. However, some of these self-proclaimed prophets have followers, some of them in sizeable numbers.

They are very persuasive and they easily deceive those who are not well-informed and are lacking in spiritual discernment. Sadly in most cases, they have great control over their followers, who readily part with their hard-earned money. Some followers surrender more than cash to these cheats.

Anyone who dares to challenge the validity of any religion would be courting trouble not just with the authorities but society on a whole. Faith requires total and unwavering devotion. The fear of eternal retributions is strong enough to ensure total obedience.

Then there are countless cults throughout the world led by fake prophets. Our police announced that they have arrested a man who claimed to be Jesus Christ and threatened to kill the Prime Minister and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP). (more…)

Dr M: Najib’s dad worked with opposition – so why can’t I work with DAP?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad addressed criticism of his cooperation with DAP, pointing out that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s father too had forged an alliance with the opposition.

Speaking at a ceramah in Kota Bharu last night, Mahathir made reference to then prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein’s efforts to unite the Alliance and opposition after the 1969 racial riots, resulting in the creation of BN in 1973.

Abdul Razak’s olive branch to the opposition included the DAP, which declined to join the new coalition.

“Some people have asked me, how can I work with (DAP’s) Lim Kit Siang when I fiercely condemned him in the past and he did the same to me. (more…)

Mahathir: Umno must go, not just Najib

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

mahathir-najib-umnoIt is no longer enough to remove Najib Razak from power, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. Umno itself must be defeated.

The former premier, speaking at a ceramah in Kota Bharu last night, said he was disappointed with Umno’s condition.

Umno leaders were no longer proper leaders; they feared to speak up and would only follow orders, he told the Sinar Harian newspaper.

“This party (Umno) has to be defeated and we need a new party that is stronger than Umno. I loved Umno, that was why I was with Umno for a long time,” he said. (more…)

See Chee How compliments Adenan, state govt on breakthrough in talks with Petronas

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:03 AM

Image result for See Chee HowBatu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How appreciates the good efforts of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem and the state government in their negotiations with the federal government and Petronas.

See, who is state PKR vice-chairman, also congratulated the state administration for the breakthrough in the negotiations, particularly in securing more favourable employment opportunities for Sarawakians in Petronas operations in Sarawak.

“I must put on record my appreciation to the good efforts of the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem and the state government and congratulate the state administration for the breakthrough in the negotiation with the federal government and Petronas, particularly in securing more favourable employment opportunities for Sarawakians in Petronas’ operations in Sarawak, but I still think that the concession by Putrajaya is still ‘too little too slow’,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

“This is a collective feat of all Sarawakians, with many concerned groups and individuals standing up to the national oil company, expressing their opinions and asserting the State’s rights and interests. Hence, all Sarawakians can applaud ourselves for the modest achievement so far.” (more…)

Christians join in prayers for the nation

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:02 AM

(From right) Ha, Uggah, Bolly, Justin, and Jahar at the ACS Joint National Day 2016 Service. More than 1,000 Christians from various denominations attended the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) Joint National Day Prayer Service 2016 at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre here on Thursday.

The annual event was hosted by the Anglican Church, under the chairmanship of the Very Revd Michael Buma Galami, Dean of Kuching.

ACS chairman Revd Dr Justin Wan, who is Borneo Evangelical Mission (SIB) president, gave the welcoming speech and led the opening prayer.

The raising of the Jalur Gemilang was performed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, while the state flag was raised by Deputy State Secretary Datu Jaul Samion. (more…)

Sarawak reaches amicable agreement with Putrajaya on Petronas employment issue

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:02 AM

Image result for Sarawak reaches amicable agreement with Putrajaya on Petronas employment issueThe Sarawak government and Putrajaya reached amicable agreements with regard to Petronas employment issues following a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (Aug 26).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani will represent Sarawak as a member of the board of directors of Petronas.

“The 192 posts now vacant are to be advertised in local papers and to be filled by Sarawakians. Petronas is to consult the state government if no Sarawakian is suitable for the job,” Adenan announced at a news conferences at the VIP holding room of Hornbill Skyways here today (Aug 27).

Also with him at the conference were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Morshidi.

Adenan said Petronas would provide up to 50 places for Sarawakians to do undergraduate studies at University Technology Petronas. (more…)

Sarawak to review nearly 600 jobs occupied by non-locals in Petronas

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:02 AM

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (centre), speaking to reporters, says 192 vacant posts must be filled by Sarawakians, Aug 27, 2016. — Picture by Sulok TawieAmid its controversial work permit moratorium, the Sarawak government announced today it will review the 586 positions currently occupied by non-locals in oil and gas giant Petronas.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said a sub-committee will be formed to ensure that Sarawakians will be given priority to be employed by the firm.

“A subcommittee, headed by State Secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Ghani will review the issuance of the work permits to these non-locals and some applications from non-locals which are being frozen,” he told reporters at the Hornbill Skyways Hangar here upon returning from the federal capital.

Adenan confirmed that the issue of non-locals working with Petronas in Sarawak was one of the points discussed with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Petronas chief executive officer Datuk Wan Zulkfili Wan Ariffin in Putrajaya yesterday. (more…)

More Petronas exec jobs for Sarawakians

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:02 AM

Sarawak, Petronas, Adenan Satem, workers, retrenchSarawakians are to fill 95 per cent of non-executive positions in Petronas activities in the state by 2020, Chief Minister Adenan Satem said today.

Sarawakians will also fill 75 per cent of executive positions, and 60 per cent of managerial and management positions by that time.

Adenan said the state government would now consider lifting a freeze on work permits and review all 586 positions for which work permits are sought, to ensure that Sarawakians are given priority in filling the posts.

The state has been at loggerheads with Petronas over the number of Sarawakians employed by Petronas, and froze the issuing of work permits, which are required by Malaysians from outside Sarawak as well as foreign nationals. (more…)

Global uproar overturns burkini ban

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

It is a victory for common sense and human rights, and a defeat for bigotry, when France’s highest administrative court overturns the burkini ban in 25 French towns and cities. Global uproar over the unjust ruling has led to the removal of the prohibition which was imposed in the name of secularism.

In its Friday ruling, the court said burkini ban insulted “fundamental freedoms” such as the “freedom to come and go, the freedom of conscience and personal liberty.”

The ban prohibited Muslim women from wearing full-bodied bathing suits designed to respect traditional codes of modesty on the beach. If not for the international outrage, the blatant institutionalised Islamophobic rule would have remained in place.

The international community reacted by ridiculing the ban. They shared photos nuns frolicking on the beach and motorcyclists in full gear having a sun tan. Cartoonists poked fun at it with their caricatures while columnists worldwide pointed out the unjust ban was against personal liberty, which is a founding principle of the French republic. (more…)

Tangkap MO1 Demo: Student movement rises

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

The rally has long been in the works and only recently, it has gathered momentum and despite many being skeptical over whether it will actually take place in the present political climate, the Tangkap Malaysian Official 1 (Tangkap MO1) rally happened today on the streets of the capital.

And it did gather quite a crowd of students, a crowd which always tried to be vocal but had been suppressed due to the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 (UUCA), which controls students from being politically active.

(The UUCA was amended only recently to allow students to hold positions in both political parties and campus organisations, even then with terms and conditions.)

The Tangkap MO1 rally idea was initiated and organised by undergraduates – young faces which have never been in the limelight before. Some dubbed it as the rally by ordinary students.
(more…)

We took to the streets for Malaysia, says #TangkapMO1 rally organiser

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof speaks to participants near Dataran Merdeka, during a march to call for the arrest of ‘Malaysian Official 1’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia August 27, 2016. ― Reuters picThe students have taken to the streets today to defend Malaysia and its citizens from so-called unscrupulous leaders, the face of the #TangkapMO1 rally Anis Syafiqah Mohd Yusof said today.

In her speech towards the end of the tertiary students-led public protest here, the pint-sized activist said she worried about the future generation of Malaysia if the issue remains unsolved by the authorities.

“If we didn’t take it to the roads today, I am fearful that our children, the future generation will sleep on the roads.

“I’m not here to fight for my future, but the future and generation of Malaysians,” Anis said to roaring cheers from the hundreds of protesters. (more…)

Gender quota and electoral system

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

Sixty five years ago, the First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) electoral system was first introduced to Malaysia with Malaya’s first municipal election in George Town.  The choice was not surprising – like most former British colonies, we just followed the footstep of our colonial master.

But does FPTP suit us?

Sixty five years later, a conference is finally held – most fittingly in George Town – to revisit the electoral system. The organisers are Penang Women Development Corporation and Penang Institute.

The aim of this conference is to advance women’s representation in electoral politics. Malaysia’s record is appalling – only 10.8% of parliamentarians and 11.5% of state assemblypersons are women.

As of June 1, 2016, we rank 150th out of 191 countries/regions surveyed by the International Parliamentary Union. http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/arc/classif010616.htm (more…)

Najib: NSC Act for national security, not personal design

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

najib-nsc-act-2Prime Minister Najib Razak today stressed that the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 which came into effect recently was for the security of the country and not for personal ends.

“I had emphasised that the decision I took when introducing the NSC Act 2016 was for the security of the country,” he said in his latest posting on Facebook and Twitter today.

Najib said he also highlighted the matter when opening the Cameron Highlands Umno division delegates’ meeting this morning.

The NSC Act 2016, Najib said, was to protect the nation from threats and not as alleged by some parties to be purportedly implemented for his own interest. (more…)

Minister: Sexual abuse allegations ‘unfair’ to Kazim Elias

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said making sexual abuse allegations against Datuk Mohammad Kazim Elias was unfair because it would only give a bad impression on the preacher and the school, Maahad Tahfiz Darul Baraqah. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe people should cease making allegations of sexual abuse in connection with a religious school owned by Datuk Mohammad Kazim Elias as it was unfair to the celebrity preacher, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

He said such allegations would only give a bad impression on the preacher and the school, Maahad Tahfiz Darul Baraqah.

“Let the police complete their investigations into the case,” he told reporters after opening the Beruas Umno delegates meeting here today.

Claims that several new students of the school were implicated in a sexual assault (sodomy), had recently gone viral in social media.

Mohammad Kazim has lodged a police report over the allegations.

Earlier, Mahdzir, who is also Umno Supreme Council member said in his speech he was confident that Umno had its own strength to face the 14th General Election despite the many challenges.

“As the people have also pledged to support the leadership of Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, I urge everyone to continue the fight,” he added.


Bernama


We will protest until justice is served, #TangkapMO1 rally-goers say

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

Student activists shout slogans as they prepare to march towards Dataran Merdeka, or Independence Square, to call for the arrest of ‘Malaysian Official 1’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia August 27, 2016. ― Reuters picYouths, mainly college and university undergraduates at the #TangkapMO1 rally today vowed to remain persistent in what they called pursuit for justice amid the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Several students polled by Malay Mail Online today at the sidelines of the rally said they will not hesitate to take their frustration to the streets again should no action be taken against the so-called “Malaysian Official 1”.

Electrical engineering undergraduate Sharan Raj, 23, said the most important point of the rally today was to let the authorities feel the pressure from the public, especially the students.

“Malaysian authorities would have felt the pressure by now. Whether they arrest MO1 or not is another question, but this will raise more awareness. (more…)

M’sian becomes first infected by Zika virus in S’pore

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

Zika viruA Malaysian woman is believed to be the first patient infected by the locally-transmitted Zika virus in Singapore.

The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) which have been informed of the Zika virus infection said as the 47-year-old had not travelled to Zika-affected areas recently, she was likely to have been infected in the republic.

She resides at Block 102, Aljunied Crescent and works in Singapore.

“MOH and NEA are working together to carry out vector control and testing of residents in that area with fever and rashes, so as to reduce the risk of further spread,” said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong in a statement today. (more…)

TangkapMO1 organiser in quick escape after rally

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

The “Tangkap Malaysian Official 1” rally today ended shortly after 4.30pm, but the lead organiser, Anis Syafiqah, made a quick escape before the media could get to her.

The reason was unknown although a source speaking on condition of anonymity said it was part of the plan, as a precaution against possible arrests.

This is so as the rally organisers were already warned by police that no permission had been granted for rally-goers to gather at the square.

The rally which lasted almost three hours had a better turnout than expected, with 2,000 participants, far surpassing the few hundred that critics were expecting.

One person who failed to show up despite his presence being touted by others, was former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad. (more…)

When our Ais Kosong becomes Teh Tarik…

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 7:01 AM

We Malaysians love our food, and we do not care if the stall or restaurant is non-hygienic. For many of us, we keep to the motto: What we don’t know won’t hurt us.

We do not care if the eatery is dumping its waste into the drains below it, or its sinks are clogged, or the plain fact, only one pail is being used to wash and rinse the plates.

Our main concern is that our bellies get filled with yummy food, never mind if in the process, the grease and waste from our eateries are clogging our drains and murdering our rivers slowly.

Studies on the water quality under the River of Life project identified food waste as the main pollutant in eight rivers flowing through Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, reported The Star. (more…)

« Previous PageNext Page »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 516 other followers