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January 6, 2018

Selangor challenges redelineation exercise, again

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azmin-ecThe Selangor government is once again trying to stop the ongoing redelineation exercise through another legal challenge.

This new challenge comes less than a month after the Court of Appeal lifted a stay order preventing the Election Commission (EC) from redrawing the electoral boundaries in Selangor.

In an application for a judicial review filed on Friday, the PKR-led state government also sought an injunction to stop the EC from conducting the local inquiry, pending the outcome of their application.

The state government named the EC, its chairman Hashim Abdullah and Selangor EC director Ikmalrudin Ishak as respondents. (more…)

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School renovation, restoration projects for Sarawak to kick off next month

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The first phase of school renovation and restoration projects across the state will commence next month, discloses Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

The minister, who also heads the programme’s taskforce for Sarawak, said at a press conference yesterday that a total of RM1 billion had been allocated for projects under Budget 2018.

“The Public Works Department (JKR) and the Education Department will implement the projects, while I monitor the two agencies involved in this programme. I will personally monitor how the budget is used for the programme,” he said, adding that there are 130 schools in the state would be up for renovation under the programme’s first phase.

He said the works on these schools would incorporate the Industrialised Building System (IBS) permitted by the JKR, and all companies with expertise in IBS should bid for projects under the programme. (more…)

Sarawak Veterinary Service Dept lodges police report over threatening comments on Facebook

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Dev noted that despite the good intentions of the Facebook page to save the strays, it appeared to be inciting violence among some fans of the page. — Bernama picThe Sarawak Veterinary Services Department lodged a police report yesterday against several comments which appeared in a Facebook page championing stray dogs.

State CID chief, Datuk Dev Kumar said the police viewed the comments and found some of them to be criminal in nature.

He said a Facebook account holder suggested killing veterinary services personnel involved in operations to catch stray dogs while another suggested setting up a road block to release captured strays and use extreme measures to prevent the operation.

“The police are not amused with the threats issued against public servants entrusted to do their job in accordance with the law,” he said in a statement here today. (more…)

January 5, 2018

See urges state govt to pursue RM1 bln allocation to repair dilapidated schools

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Image result for See Chee HowThe deplorable infrastructure facilities in schools in Sarawak, together with other factors including lack of qualified teachers and resources, has led to Sarawak being rooted at the bottom in terms of ranking based on the average overall student passes in public examinations in the country.

Highlighting this alarming fact, Party Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak vice chairman See Chee How has urged the state government to vigorously pursue with Putrajaya for the disbursement of the RM1 billion allocation under Budget 2018 for the state to repair dilapidated schools before the Parliament is dissolved this year.

“Sarawak is ranked number 13th in the country in terms of public examination results,” he said, pointing out that a rich, conducive and enabling learning and teaching environment was essential to nurturing children.

The poor infrastructure coupled with the lack of teaching and learning resources led to a less competitive learning environment, he added, played a big role in preventing students to do well and excel. (more…)

Sarawak told to ask Putrajaya for RM500m to fix dilapidated schools before GE14

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See, speaking to reporters at a press conference, says the disbursement of the allocation after the general election could cause delay in the repair works of the critically dilapidated schools. ― Picture by Sulok TawieAn Opposition lawmaker has told the Sarawak government today to remind Putrajaya to immediately pay out this year’s RM500 million allocation for critically dilapidated schools here before the 14th general elections (GE14) is called.

PKR’s Batu Lintang state lawmaker See Chee How claimed that any disbursement of the allocation after the election could cause delay in repairing these schools.

“Therefore, it is imperative that the state government vigorously pursue Putrajaya for the disbursement of the RM500 million before the Dewan Rakyat is dissolved,” he told reporters.

He also pointed out that school building and construction projects will need time to be planned and for completion. (more…)

PH Sarawak to put faith in youth for GE14

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak plans to field more young people in the forthcoming general election.

PH Sarawak Youth Committee election director Simon Siah of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) revealed there is a high probability that youths will be fielded in a few seats.

“Our target is to have stronger youth participation and representation in politics, not only to stand in the next election but also in the future,” he told a press conference at PKR headquarters here yesterday.

The press conference was held to unveil PH Sarawak Youth Committee’s line-up which is headed by Mordi Bimol of Democratic Action Party (DAP) and assisted by deputies Abdul Raafidin Majidi (PKR) and Fadillah Sabali (Amanah). (more…)

Over 1,000 schools to start 2018’s DLP next week

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Kamalanathan (left) said that the ministry has decided to make the pilot DLP programme a permanent feature of the education system after it was well received by the public. — Picture by Opalyn MokA total of 1,303 schools nationwide will be implementing the Dual Language Programme (DLP) this year, the Education Ministry said today.

In a statement, the ministry said approval has been given to an additional 88 schools to carry out the programme and that classes for the 2018 cohort will commence on Sunday, January 7 for schools in Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan and Johor.

Meanwhile, DLP classes for other states will begin on Monday, January 8.

It said while existing classes at the 1,215 schools may carry on as usual, new classes for 2018 will only be made available to Standard 1 and Form 1 students. (more…)

Pakatan confirms will announce PM candidate after Sunday’s convention

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Tun Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the press after Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council meeting at Menara Yayasan Selangor January 4, 2018. ― Picture by Hari AnggaraPakatan Harapan (PH) said today that the Opposition coalition’s prime minister candidate will be announced following its second convention this Sunday.

PH chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted that announcing such a candidate after the elections would be too late and may impact the pact negatively.

“To announce it after the elections would be too late [and have negative impact] so it must be before that,” Dr Mahathir told reporters, refusing to comment further.

Malay Mail first reported last month that PH parties are finalising a proposal to announce its candidate for prime minister at its convention on January 7. (more…)

Anwar asks Putrajaya not to contest suit to restore royal assent for laws

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Anwar said his lawsuit to undo the constitutional amendments from the Mahathir administration would restore the Malay Rulers' role of being a control mechanism to the government's authority. — Picture by KE OoiPowers for the Yang diPertuan Agong to approve laws passed by Parliament are necessary to preserve Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Pakatan Harapan and PKR de facto leader said his lawsuit to undo the constitutional amendments from the Mahathir administration would restore the Malay Rulers’ role of being a control mechanism to the government’s authority.

“The restoration of the mandatory requirement of the Royal Assent is imperative to maintain the constitutional balance between the elected government and our hereditary monarchy,” he said in a statement.

The former deputy prime minister reminded the ruling Barisan Nasional that it regularly asserts to be defenders of the Malay Rulers, and urged the coalition to demonstrate this by not challenging his legal action. (more…)

PBDSB to support PKR’s Ali Biju in Saratok — Cobbold

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Cobbold John Lusoi was elected the new president of PBDS Baru, July 30, 2016. ― Picture by Sulok TawieParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) will not field a candidate for the Saratok parliamentary seat in the coming 14th General Election (GE14).

According to PBDSB president Cobbold John, the party will instead support Ali Biju who is expected to contest the seat as a PKR candidate.

Cobbold pointed out that Ali is not only a Dayak, but a very capable leader who champions the rights of Dayaks in the state.

“He is a person who is vocal in championing the rights of the Dayak people. If he is elected as Saratok MP, he will be the voice of the Dayak people who are not satisfied with the policies of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government,” he told reporters yesterday. (more…)

January 4, 2018

Don’t like BR1M? Then don’t take it, PM suggests

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak says BR1M is still in demand and well accepted by the public. ― Picture by Miera ZulyanaMalaysians can skip receiving cash aid under the federal government’s 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) programme if they do not like such a move, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Najib said BR1M is still in demand and well accepted by the public, relating his recent visit to an Inland Revenue Board branch in Seremban, where he said many were there not to pay tax, but to check if their names were listed in the BR1M recipients list.

“Furthermore we have done surveys and many people like BR1M. Furthermore, if you don’t want BR1M, don’t take BR1M.

“If you don’t like BR1M, if you criticise BR1M, don’t take BR1M,” he said in an interview broadcasted on television channels nationwide tonight. (more…)

December 31, 2017

Sarawak declares 27th rabies-infected area

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File picture shows Sarawak Veterinary Services Department personnel putting down a puppy showing symptoms of being infected by rabies virus in Kampung Lebor, Gedong, Serian, July 5, 2017. — Bernama picAnother rabies-infected area has been declared in Sarawak, bringing the total to 27 areas so far.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee in a statement said Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who is also the committee’s chairman had declared SMK Julau No 1 in Julau, Sarikei division as the latest area with rabies outbreak.

“As the village area is out of the 10km radius from the nearest infected area, it was declared as the latest and new rabies-infected area.

Serian division recorded 20 rabies-infected areas, the highest in the state followed by Kuching (4) and one each in Samarahan, Sri Aman and Sarikei divisions. (more…)

Attributing high cost of goods only to CP ‘too simplistic’ – Chong

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A written reply from the state government to a question on the effect of the abolishment of Cabotage Policy (CP) has refuted the statements made by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in May.

Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen said the chief minister announced on May 7 that the abolishment of CP would be ‘a good news for consumers’, as headlined by The Borneo Post.

“The chief minister said when the CP was abolished effective June 1, foreign vessels calling in Sarawak would increase; thereby reducing the cost of goods in Sarawak, which should be good news for consumers.

“To attribute the high cost of goods to just CP is taking a too simplistic view of economic issues in Sarawak. And the answer to a question I asked in the last DUN (State Legislative Assembly) sitting supported what I had said before – that the abolishment of CP would not reduce the prices of goods. Even before the abolishment of CP, foreign vessels carrying cargoes were allowed to call at ports in Sarawak,” he said at a press conference held in the state Democratic Action Party (DAP) headquarters here yesterday. (more…)

Bite samples of three strays from Matang rabies-positive

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Results of two dog bite samples taken from three strays at Taman Jutaria and Taman Dahlia in Matang here tested positive for rabies.

The secretariat of the State Disaster Management Committee said in a press statement issued yesterday that the cases were confirmed by the state Veterinary Services Department after receiving the samples through FAT and PCR tests.

“As both dogs tested positive for rabies, Taman Jutaria and Taman Dahlia in Matang have been declared as rabies-infected areas.

“Another stray from Mile 14, Kuching-Serian Road was declared rabies-free, and was culled, while a bat caught at Kampung Batu Bedang, Jalan Mongkos, Serian was confirmed free from rabbies too,” the statement said. (more…)

2017: Rabies outbreak

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THE rabies outbreak in Sarawak is not over yet since it was declared by the Health Ministry on July 1. The public are continuously reminded to take all necessary precautions to prevent themselves from being bitten by dogs.

On July 4, two young siblings – six-year-old Monica Mazlan and her four-year-old brother Jackson Mazlan – from Kampung Sungai Paun Sungai Rimu passed away at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) after their life support system was removed.

The third victim Alicesa Lorenna Nody, seven, from Kampung Lebor Serian was pronounced dead on July 13.

The fourth victim, Florancesia Edward, aged five, died of rabies encephalomyelitis on July 17. She was reportedly bitten on the left hand by a dog at Kampung Seroban – located within a 10km radius from the area where the three earlier cases were detected – late May. (more…)

Dr M: Saying ‘sorry’ doesn’t mean I was wrong

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad is greeted by party members during Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s first Anuual General Assembly in Shah Alam, December 2017. — Picture by Azneal IshakDespite apologising earlier today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified that it did not necessarily mean that he was admitting to any wrongdoing during his tenure as prime minister.

The 93-year-old said the apology was more of a general statement to ensure no parties were offended during his opening speech at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) annual general assembly today.

“It is in our custom as a Malay to apologise. Whether I admit if I done wrong or not is a different matter.

“We always must be humble and apologise if I offended anyone,” he told reporters in a press conference here today.

The PPBM chairman earlier today made a general apology during his keynote speech and said it is normal for humans to make mistakes. (more…)

Where will Dr M contest GE14? Langkawi, Kubang Pasu or Putrajaya?

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Tun Dr Mahathir Muhammad delivers his speech during Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s first annual general meeting in Shah Alam December 30, 2017. ― Picture by Azneal IshakTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will most likely be contesting in the next general elections.

The former prime minister said his party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has identified three constituencies where he would stand a good chance of winning.

“I may contest and I may contest in any one of three different constituencies. They are telling me that I have a good chance of winning in Langkawi, Kubang Pasu and Putrajaya.

“So be ready for that,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at a press conference today after PPBM’s annual general assembly.

The PPBM chairman has been touted by various quarters as Pakatan Harapan’s most suitable candidate to be prime minister candidate if they take over Putrajaya. (more…)

December 30, 2017

Reform needs more than a PM change, PKR says

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In a statement, PKR communications direct Fahmi Fadzil said it takes more than changing a prime minister to deliver reform within Malaysia. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPKR clarified today that the party had only requested space to discuss and achieve consensus over Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) prime minister candidate, following a media report claiming it had put caveats on accepting Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In a statement, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said it takes more than changing a prime minister (PM) to deliver reform within Malaysia.

“The main issue here is to defend the reform agenda that must happen in this country, not just by changing the current prime minister, but with a thorough reform,” he said.

Fahmi said the party’s de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had himself called on its leadership to first negotiate with all parties, including civil societies, in order to dispel the view that PH is hasty when it comes to the matter. (more…)

Set timeframe for return of Sarawak’s rights, DAP lawmaker urges

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Yong (left) said the state's leaders should set a timeframe for Putrajaya to return rights that have been eroded or surrendered over the years. — Picture by Sulok TawieDAP’s Pending state lawmaker Violet Yong has asked Sarawak government leaders to stop stirring public sentiments over reclaiming the state’s rights from Putrajaya.

She said the leaders should instead set a timeframe for Putrajaya to return these rights that have been eroded or surrendered over the years.

“It is no use talking about the Sarawak autonomy issue all the time when you do not set the timeframe,” Yong told reporters.

She also asked the leaders to specify the state’s rights which have been eroded over the last 54 years.

Yong, who is also the state DAP’s organising secretary, noted that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, and SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian had raised the issue on the state’s rights at the recent SUPP’s triennial delegates convention.

Yong also urged Putrajaya to increase the oil royalty to Sarawak from the present 5 per cent to 20 per cent.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Sulok Tawie


 

Rep unhappy over no funding for English-medium schools

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Image result for Rep unhappy over no funding for English-medium schoolsBandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen has expressed his regrets over the decision by the state government for the proposed setting up of private schools with English language as the medium of instructions.

He said he was informed that there was no plan by the state government to fund this proposal.

Chong, who is Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman, said the decision was not in line with the wish of former chief minister, Pehin Sri Adenan Satem.

“He (Adenan) had put a lot of emphasis on the importance of English language and even called for English as the medium of instructions in schools. However, his wish is now gone together with his passing,” said Chong at a press conference here yesterday. (more…)

Price of goods in Sarawak still high despite cabotage policy, DAP man says

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Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen (right) said the prices of goods in the state had gone up despite the exemption of the Cabotage Policy, December 29, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe exemption of the cabotage policy to Sarawak this year has failed to reduce the prices of consumer goods, DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen said today.

He said Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg was among the state ministers who had called for the abolition of the policy which had required all imported goods to enter Sarawak through Port Klang, which was aimed at reducing their prices.

“To claim that the abolition of the policy would reduce the prices of goods is taking a too simplistic view of the economy and showing an ignorance of the practical aspects of the economic situation,” Chong told reporters.

“Six months on, the prices of general goods have not gone down, but up,” the Sarawak DAP chairman said, adding that he had supported the abolition of the policy, but stressed that it would not help to bring down the prices of goods in Sarawak.

Apart from Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan were also exempted from the policy beginning June 1 this year after calls from leaders from Sarawak and Sabah for its abolition to enable foreign vessels to make calls at ports of the two Borneo states.

Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa state assemblyman, said 1,208 foreign vessels made calls to Sarawak ports between June and September this year compared to 1,357 recorded in the corresponding period last year.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Sulok Tawie


 

Malaysia not beholden to anybody over 1MDB issue, Johari says

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1MDB had reportedly made the final settlement of US$602.7 million in debt obligations to IPIC, by divesting its stake in two companies to buyers linked to Chinese state-owned enterprises. — Reuters picMalaysia is not beholden to anybody with regard to 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) debt settlement, says Second Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.“We are not beholden to anybody,” he told reporters when asked whether Chinese firms had helped in the repayment of 1MDB’s debt to Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

According to a Singapore’s Straits Times report, 1MDB had made the final settlement of US$602.7 million in debt obligations to IPIC, by divesting its stake in two companies to buyers linked to Chinese state-owned enterprises.

The payment, the second tranche of a US$1.2 billion loan IPIC extended in July 2015 to the troubled 1MDB, was made on Dec 22, ahead of the end-December deadline that both parties agreed to in early April this year, the report added.

The payment made was in pursuant to the settlement deed with Minister of Finance (Inc) Malaysia and IPIC.

Asked to confirm the report, Johari said the matter should be directed to Treasury Secretary-General, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

“I am not aware of it.You can ask Irwan Serigar as he is Chairman of 1MDB ,” he said to reporters after the launch of the new ePerolehan here today.


Source : The FMT Online by Bernama


 

EPF contributors advised to be wary of fraudulent syndicates

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Zaharuddin advised contributors who wished to invest not to use up all their savings but start with a small amount to avoid incurring a huge loss if the investment turns out to be fraudulent. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaEmployees Provident Fund (EPF) contributors are advised to be more cautious of syndicates, which attempt to dupe them into withdrawing money from their savings, and to equip themselves with knowledge on financial management.

Islamic finance consultant Zaharuddin Abdul Rahman said syndicates were getting smarter, and had introduced a new technique of using fake agreements to convince contributors to invest or make withdrawals.

“I suggest that contributors who wish to invest get second, third, and fourth opinions. Previously, the syndicates used to meet people they contact at random and coax them with various promises and sweet talk. To win the confidence of those who wish to invest in their schemes, they offer gifts to show that they will definitely be able to get the promised returns.

“Now, they are using a new technique. Besides the gifts, the latest technique is to use contract documents. If there is a contract, the public may think it’s ‘okay’ (legitimate). However, when it is brought to the bank or the EPF, the document is found to be false and poses problems for the contributors,” he told Bernama. (more…)

Zahid gives assurance on Chinese schools

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi meeting students during the handing over of school equipment at SJK (C) Chong San, Bagan Sungai Burung, in Bagan Datuk, December 29, 2017. — Bernama picDeputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today gave the assurance that no National Type Chinese School (SJKC) in the country would be shut down, even if their enrolment was low.

He said this stand of the federal government was reflected in the continued operation of 454 SJKC which had an enrolment of 150 pupils or less.

“The government has also never marginalised the 1,298 SJKC in the country.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the government has approved 10 new SJKC in the country, the construction of which will begin next year. (more…)

GE14 does not need to wait for completion of redelination, says EC chief

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Election Commission chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said that the next general election can be held at any time without the need for the redelination exercise to be completed. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Election Commission has said that the next general election can be held at any time without the need for the redelination exercise to be completed.

Star Online reported that EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah told reporters this on the sidelines of the public inquiry for Selangor voters to raise their objections regarding the redelineation exercise.

“Our duty is to complete the report and submit it to the Prime Minister,’’ Mohd Hashim was quoted as saying.

He added that prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has the discretion to decide when to table the report in Parliament.

Mohd Hashim also said the exercise was delayed by several issues such as the protest and subsequent legal action filed by Selangor that has claimed that it will alter the boundary lines and shift voter demographics drastically.


Source : The Malay Mail Online


 

Childhood education group lauds scrapping education streaming

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Education director-general Datuk Amin Senin was reported said that there was a directive from the ministry that students would no longer be placed in classes according to academic achievements. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC) has praised Putrajaya today for doing away with streaming of students according to academic results.

The non-governmental organisation praised the Education Ministry for the directive which is to be implemented in 2019 as a “farsighted” step forward in moving away from an academic based education system.

“This directive will take away the competitiveness among schools to get higher academic achievements. Instead they can compete on Inclusiveness or Caring as their key performance index (KPI),” NECIC said in a statement today.

The council also stressed that parents should not be worried about their children’s education being disrupted as the new system would actually help to improve overall learning. (more…)

December 29, 2017

The difference between sensitivity and intolerance

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Image result for intoleranceLet’s get this right.

There’s a difference between being sensitive and being intolerant. The former goes with respect, manners and forms the building blocks of a great country.

The latter, however, goes together with ignorance, stupidity and are, well, prerequisites to the creation of ISIS.

Not having the number 4 on lifts, floor levels, apartment addresses is being culturally sensitive. Not passing wind in public — that’s also being sensitive and respectful to those who have a sense of smell.

Similarly, not eating in front of fasting Muslims during Ramadan, or serving beef at functions attended by Malaysians. (more…)

Najib’s assurance of restoring state’s right a blackmail — Dr Yii

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Image result for Najib’s assurance of restoring state’s right a blackmail — Dr YiiNajib Tun Razak’s recent assurance on restoring Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) on the condition of no talks of Sarawak seceding from Malaysia and Sarawakians must support Barisan Nasional (BN) has been termed as a ‘blackmail’.

The prime minister’s statement made during the closing of Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) triennial delegates conference last Saturday is even described as disrespecting Sarawakians and MA63.

“In his (Najib) address, he held the people of Sarawak to ransom claiming he will only restore Sarawak’s rights under MA63 on the condition that there are no talks of secession from Malaysia and that Sarawakians must support BN.

“This is an outright blackmail and a disrespect to the people of Sarawak as well as the principle of the international agreement,” said Dr Kelvin Yii, a special assistant to Bandar Kuching MP and state Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen, in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

DAP not eyeing Miri seat — Chong

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SImage result for dap pkr sarawaktate Democratic Action Party (DAP) has dismissed speculations it is vying for the Miri parliamentary seat.

Its chairman Chong Chieng Jen said whatever news reports claiming that DAP members are eyeing Miri, are baseless.

He said the party would not spoil the trust and collaboration between DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) by doing this.

“DAP has never said it wants to contest in Miri. PKR will still be contesting there.

“Rumours are merely rumours and the wise does not buy rumours. We will not jeopardise our collaboration with PKR,” he said in response to a question posed during a press conference here yesterday. (more…)

PKR Women: Why the extension of postal voters?

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Image result for Voon Shiak NiParti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Women is seeking clarification from the Election Commission (EC) on the identity of security and health personnel it referred to as new postal voters.

Its national vice chairman Voon Shiak Ni said the EC should clarify the matter as soon as possible for it to be seen as transparent and supporting a fair and clean electoral process.

“The extension of postal voters category is defeating the purpose of democratic electoral system as it is a move by the EC to help Barisan Nasional (BN) to hold on to power after the next general election.”

EC director-general Datuk Seri Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim announced recently that firemen on duty during the upcoming general election would be allowed to cast their ballots via postal voting. The EC has also extended postal voting to all ‘security and health personnel’.

“There are about 12,000 firemen nationwide and to extend the category of postal voters to security and health personnel would mean an additional hundreds of thousands of postal votes if the security personnel is to include Rela (People’s Voluntary Corps) members on-duty.

“The most recent statistics show there are about three million Rela members nationwide,” Voon said.


Source : The Borneo Post Online


 

The only wish for 2018

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Image result for corruption, nepotism,The single biggest problem in our country is not corruption, nepotism, gangland executions or movie-star tantrums. It’s the normalisation of identity politics in our everyday lives. We Malaysians, by large, reduce events, acts, scandals and relationships to the demographical qualities of the persons involved.

X did Y because he or she is a C, and not a M. Or the other way around. It is not about what X stands for, because what X stands for is apparently already self-evident because he or she is a M and not a C. Or the other way around.

It’s not because what Y means. It can’t be. What Y is has very little relevance, as little as X’s history, achievements and friendships, for instance. It is and always will be a fact that X did Y because he or she is a C, and not a M. Or the other way around.

We can’t love each other as long as we believe our identities define us far more than our personalities and choices. We are likelier to hate each other more when our identities supersede our nationality and is presented as reality. (more…)

Home Ministry bans Zaid Ibrahim’s book ‘Assalamualaikum’

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The Federal Government gazette on Datuk Zaid Ibrahim's book was dated December 19, and was signed by the Home Minister on December 4. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Home Ministry has banned a book written by DAP politician and former de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim two years ago, The Star reported today.

The Federal Government gazette on the book titled Assalamualaikum: Observations on the Islamisation of Malaysia was dated December 19, and was signed by the Home Minister on December 4.

The order said the 2015 book is “likely to be prejudicial to public order as well as public interest and is likely to alarm public opinion”.

The 203-page paperback was published by ZI Publications Sdn Bhd, and bookstore MPH described it as covering the nature, origins, and the meaning behind rising political Islamisation in the country over the last few decades. (more…)

‘Still no strata titles for HDC flats built from 1997 to 2005’

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A total of 11,236 units of affordable flats completed by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) from 1997 to 2005 have still not been issued strata titles.

This was revealed in a written reply from the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) to Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen.

Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, Chong said he received the written answer on Wednesday to a question he posed during the DUN sitting last month.

Based on the reply, the delay on the issuance of strata titles was due to non-compliance on the approved plan by the contractors and illegal extension by flat owners, he said. (more…)

Why no strata titles after 12 years? Sarawak MP asks

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Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen (left) speaking to reporters in Kuching December 28, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Opposition lawmaker Chong Chieng Jen questioned the government today over the delay in issuing strata titles for 14 affordable state-built flats completed in 2005.

He said the 14 flats with 11,236 units in total and developed by the state-owned Housing Development Corporation (HDC) between 1997 and 2005 should have been issued strata titles three years after completion.

“The delay in issuing the strata titles to the buyers is totally unacceptable,” he told reporters here.

The state DAP leader said the homebuyers would face complicated legal issues if their properties do not have strata titles, including difficulty in selling their properties, adding that the names of the homebuyers as well as the developers would appear as equitable owners in the land registry record. (more…)

Report: Chinese firms came to 1MDB’s rescue

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Divestment of 1MDB assets to companies from China helped raised funds to repay a US$602.7 million debt to Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) by year-end, according to Singapore’s Straits Times.

The report, citing sources, said 1MDB sold financial instruments and stakes by two 1MDB-related entities which held land in northern Penang and around Port Klang.

“Malaysian government officials declined to identify the buyers in the real estate transactions but one financial executive close to the situation said that the equity interests in the 1MDB real estate entities were acquired by ‘concerns ultimately controlled by Chinese state-owned enterprises’.

“The executive declined to elaborate,” read the report. Malaysiakini is unable to independently verify such claims. (more…)

December 28, 2017

Will Sarawak be BN’s ‘fixed deposit’ again?

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I’m not sure who actually coined the term “fixed deposit states,” which classes Sabah and Sarawak as BN’s most secured states, sure to deliver the necessary seats to ensure the ruling coalition’s victory.

Was it current Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak or one of his two predecessors, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or Dr Mahathir Mohamad? Or one of the leaders in the two East Malaysian states?

Regardless, the “fixed deposit states” tag is somewhat demeaning to opposition supporters in Sabah and Sarawak.

Actually, all Sabahans and Sarawakians should feel insulted when they are called “fixed deposits,” because it means they will never change. They will keep on voting for BN, as if unconsciously, till kingdom come, which is what the “fixed deposit” tag seems to imply. (more…)

Najib’s ‘two conditions’ for Sarawak are beyond the pale

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So Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has set two conditions for Sarawakians if they want their rights returned.

In a report appearing in The Star on Dec 24, the prime minister was quoted as saying that Putrajaya had no problem discussing devolution of power and returning all eroded constitutional rights to Sarawak, provided that those in the state met two conditions.

“Firstly, there should be no talk of secession. The second red line is that the people must support BN.

“If you support BN, why shouldn’t I give back those rights, which have been knowingly or unknowingly taken from Sarawak?” Najib told a Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) delegates conference. (more…)

Sarawak CM approves RM50m allocation for Menjawah-Belaga road upgrade

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Abang Johari said all future Jiwa Murni road projects should be converted to PWD’s R1 standard or single lane after one year of completion. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg today gave immediate approval to a RM50 million allocation for the upgrading of the first phase of the Menjawah-Belaga road, following urgent calls from residents.

The 38-kilometre road, which branches off from Bintulu-Bakun road, became impassable to traffic after certain sections collapsed due to landslides following heavy rains over the past few weeks.

According to the state Public Works Department (PWD), the total cost of upgrading the road is estimated at RM86 million.

“The remaining RM36 million will be made available later in a long-term solution to improve the road,” Abang Johari said in a Christmas gathering in Belaga town. (more…)

Felda land issue won’t affect GE14, minister says

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A general view of the Kuala Lumpur Vertical City (KLVC) development in Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaMinister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said today the Felda land issue in Jalan Semarak will not impact votes in the next general election.

Speaking to reporters at the outskirts of the Federal Territories Christmas Open House today, Shahidan remained confident of voter support but did not disclose why.

“I don’t think the (Felda Jalan Semarak) issue will have any negative impact on the General Elections,” he told reporters, adding that Barisan Nasional’s election machinery is prepped and ready to face the Opposition.

Last week, Felda was reportedly at risk of losing its strategically located plot of land in Jalan Semarak worth at least RM200 million following a “dubious deal” in 2015. (more…)

Nik Nazmi awarded RM230,000 in lawsuit against ex-AG over malicious prosecution

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Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the High Court had ordered that he be paid RM100,000 in general damages, RM80,000 in aggravated damages and RM50,000 in exemplary damages, as well as RM10,000 in legal costs and interest until the full settlement of these figures by those sued. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaNik Nazmi Nik Ahmad today was awarded RM230,000 in compensation after winning a lawsuit against the government and former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail over his alleged malicious prosecution.

Nik Nazmi, the federal Opposition Pakatan Harapan youth chief, said the High Court had ordered that he be paid RM100,000 in general damages, RM80,000 in aggravated damages and RM50,000 in exemplary damages, as well as RM10,000 in legal costs and interest until the full settlement of these figures by those sued.

“Thank God that today I was informed by my lawyer, Syahredzan Johan that Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim has allowed my claim against former Attorney-General of Malaysia, Abdul Gani Patail and the Malaysian government on grounds of malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Analyst: Pakatan Harapan has no chance in Sarawak

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jeniri-ph-sarawak-1Sarawak will remain an uphill battle for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the next general election (GE14) with the opposition unlikely to make any gains, according to a political analyst.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s (Unimas) associate professor Dr Jeniri Amir said he believes the results of the next general election would be no different to the last.

“The best the opposition can expect is to maintain its 2013 performance,” he said, referring to the six parliamentary seats that PH parties have – DAP (5) and PKR (1) – against Barisan Nasional’s (BN) 25.

He added that the worst case scenario is PH seeing similar results as last year’s state election, where they lost even the seats thought to be their strongholds. (more…)

BN goes into high gear for GE14

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bNThe year 2017 has seen the country’s political landscape go into election mode with the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) showing a strong determination and desire to retain power in the country.

Despite the emergence of new parties challenging Umno and BN’s ability to stay ahead of the 14th general election (GE14) which is expected to be held next year, the strong solidarity among the members revealed that the ruling coalition was more confident to face the election war.

Being the BN’s backbone party, Umno, which just held its general assembly earlier this month, the last before GE14, is now highly charged and all geared up after the election siren and war drums were sounded by the party leadership.

During the five-day general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre, Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Razak succeeded in instilling confidence in the minds of the delegates that Umno would face the election as a strong, credible party. (more…)

December 24, 2017

Najib wants dispute between SUPP and UPP to be resolved before GE14

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) at the closing of the SUPP 24th Triennial Delegates Conference in Kuching December 23, 2017. ― Bernama picNajib Razak said he is leaving it to Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg to sort out the conflicts between Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and its breakaway United People’s Party (UPP).

The Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman said he wanted the quarrel settled before the upcoming 14th General Elections (GE14), and resolved once and for all.

“We have a formula, but I am sure the chief minister also has a formula to resolve the conflicts,” he said when closing SUPP triennial delegates convention here.

“I want the matter to be resolved before GE14. When we go to war, we must go to war as a solid front,” Najib added. (more…)

Sarawak’s Petros questioned after Japanese firm gets Miri gas field

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Questions have been raised as to the role and functions of Sarawak’s state oil and gas company Petros, after national firm Petronas awarded a gas field off the coast of Miri to a Japanese group.

Kelvin Yii, an aide to Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen, said Petronas’ move was an exploitation of the state’s resources.

“The rights of oil and gas has been given to a foreign company over our resources, rather than the said state-owned Petros that was said to propel us into the position to harness our own resources,” Yii said in a statement.

Yii wants Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg – who set up Petros – to explain whether the state government was consulted on the move and it the state exerted its rights. (more…)

Hype over MA63 debate fizzles out following no-show by Pandikar

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Image result for Pandikar AminThe highly-anticipated debate on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA 63) between State Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia did not materialise yesterday as the latter failed to turn up.

There was no sight of Pandikar by 2pm – the time the debate was supposed to commence.

There were disappointed faces among the 100 people who turned up at Grand Continental Hotel yesterday to watch the debate.

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru) president John Cobbold Lusoi, who was among them, said the absence of Pandikar was an indication that he was ‘scared’.

“His (Pandikar’s) failure to turn up shows that he is scared to face Lina (Soo) in the debate,” he pointed out. (more…)

Najib reiterates commitment to restore Sarawak’s rights under MA63

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Image result for Najib Tun RazakNajib Tun Razak has reiterated his commitment to restore Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“If we have deliberately and inadvertently taken what were yours (belong to Sarawak), we will return them.

“We are willing to return what are yours under the MA63 because I believe that to be a stronger Malaysia, you must recognise the rights of the people in Sarawak,” he said at the closing of Sarawak United people’s Party (SUPP) triennial delegates conference (TDC) here yesterday.

Najib, however, warned there is a red line not to cross – no talks of secession from Malaysia and Sarawakians must support Barisan Nasional (BN).

“If you support BN why should I not be giving you more rights? It is good for the country. (more…)

Chong may counter sue Fong over statements regarding MA63, ICG

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 State Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen says there is a very high chance he will counter sue state legal counsel Dato Sri JC Fong.

Chong and Fong were recently in a furore over the submission for the case of Keruntum Sdn Bhd vs State Government of Sarawak over the part on ‘the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Inter-Government Committee (ICG) Report had no legal force in Malaysia’.

“I have received the statement of claim from JC Fong and had instructed my lawyer to handle it. There is a very high chance and likelihood I’ll be suing him back,” he told a press conference yesterday.

“There will be a counter claim against him (Fong) for certain statements that he has made against me on the same issue,” he added. (more…)

Najib pledges commitment to make Sarawak stronger by restoring MA63 rights

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Najib Tun Razak has pledged his commitment to make Sarawak stronger for a better Malaysia, and if restoring Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) can make Sarawak stronger, he would do it.

“If we have deliberately and inadvertently taken what were yours (belong to Sarawak), we will return them.

“We are willing to return what are yours under the MA63 because I believe that to be a stronger Malaysia you must recognize the rights of the people in Sarawak,” he said at the closing of Sarawak United people’s Party (SUPP) triennial delegates conference (TDC) here today.

Najib, however, warned there were two red lines to toe – no talks of secession from Malaysia and Sarawakians must support Barisan Nasional (BN). (more…)

Three wise women display the true spirit of Christmas

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On Wednesday, I went for a quick lunch at a popular nasi kandar outlet in Petaling Jaya. It was there that I had the most heart-warming experience and certainly a very joyous start to Christmas this year.

The restaurant was packed and in walked three young women who asked whether they could share my table. Of course, I welcomed them.

In the course of our conversation, I learned that they were university students working on an assignment for a charity project during the year-end semester break.

They were fine-spirited, well-mannered and chatty young people. I had a most interesting and meaningful chat with them, never mind that they were strangers. In fact, I think they were the best lunch companions one could ask for. (more…)

DAP questions the encroachment into Sarawak’s sea territory, DAP asks

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Sarawak sea territory has been encroached on for five years and six months and its natural resources taken away since the Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA 2012) was implemented in accordance with interpretations of the Act by the federal government or Umno.

State Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen pointed out two different interpretations to the Act now, and that so long as the conflicting interpretations of the law were not settled urgently, the people of Sarawak would stand to lose.

“Umno’s interpretation is that the law does not need the consent of the state government because it does not seek to amend the boundary of Sarawak’s territory.

“The other interpretation by the late (Pehin Sri) Adenan Satem is that the law affects the territory boundary of Sarawak and therefore for the law to be passed in accordance with our Constitution, the federal government must first seek the consent of the state government,” he explained in a press conference yesterday. (more…)

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