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May 17, 2017

MCMC steps up defence against WannaCry cyberattack

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Salleh said MCMC had not received any official report on the cyber attack in the country. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has stepped up the national cyber defence and security system to check the Ransomware WannaCry cyber attacks that hit the world last Friday, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said MCMC had not received any official report on the cyber attack in the country although there had been some media reports on these.

“Right now, we have yet to receive any report of the threat but we have been informed through the media that there have been 10 reports of such attacks in the country,” he said to reporters after attending ‘An Evening with Artistes’ organised by the Inland Revenue Board in cooperation with the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas).

The National Security Council had detected the Ransomware Wannacry cyber attack threat around the world. The virus prevents access to data in the computer that it attacks. (more…)

PKR instructs reps to resign from all Kelantan council posts

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Dr Wan Azizah said the message has already been conveyed to the president of the Kelantan State Leadership Council. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPKR has ordered all of its representatives in Kelantan to resign from their positions in the state’s local councils.

This comes amid calls for Selangor PAS state executive councillors to resign from their posts after the Islamist party formally cut ties with PKR last week.

PKR president and Opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the message has already been conveyed to the president of the Kelantan State Leadership Council.

“PKR has made a decision that all political appointments in Kelantan to resign from their respective posts effective immediately,” she told reporters outside the PKR headquarters tonight. (more…)

May 13, 2017

Motion on citizens-initiated referendum voted down

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The motion on citizens-initiated referendum which is a direct democracy based on a Swiss model tabled by See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang), was put to vote but only nine members agreed and 58 disagreed to grant leave for his motion to be debated.

It was one of six private members’ motions tabled on the second day of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting yesterday.

The other five motions, four from DAP and one from PKR, were dismissed by Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar.

They were brought up by David Wong Kee Woan (DAP-Pelawan), Chiew Chiu Sing (DAP-Tanjong Batu), Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) and Wong King Wei (DAP-Padawan). (more…)

EC waiting to hear from Sarawak Speaker on status of Pujut assemblyman

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The Sarawak state assembly today disqualified Dr Ting as assemblyman for Pujut at the state assembly sitting. — File picThe Election Commission (EC) is waiting for official notification from Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar on the status of Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon who was disqualified today.

EC Chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said for the moment the commission only knew about the disqualification of the DAP elected representative, who allegedly had dual citizenship, from the mass media.

Mohd Hashim said the EC would only take further action on the matter after receiving official notification, he said in a statement today.

The Sarawak state assembly today disqualified Dr Ting as assemblyman for Pujut at the state assembly sitting after Sarawak Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh tabled a resolution to disqualify him.


Source : @ Bernama Online


Wong: Motion against Dr Ting unpleasant but unavoidable

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Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh says he was duty bound to move the motion to disqualify Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday.

Wong said that Dr Ting’s dual citizenship and the declaration of his bankruptcy in Australia must be brought up in the DUN as it is a breach of the constitution for him to be elected a state assemblyman.

Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil who seconded the motion concurred with Wong on the ground to disqualify Dr Ting.

“We felt duty bound to bring the a matter up in the august House.  It was an unpleasant duty which we have to do. (more…)

DUN revokes Dr Ting’s membership

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Dr Ting Tiong ChoonTHE State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday resolved to unseat Dr Ting Tiong Choon (DAP-Pujut) following an overwhelming 70 votes from Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblymen in favour of a ministerial motion tabled by Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh who sought to disqualify Dr Ting as an elected representative.

Only 10 DUN members, from DAP and PKR, voted against the motion.

Wong who is the Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce moved the motion under Standing Order 23(1)(a). The motion was read together with Standing Order 32(2), Standing Order 40(10) and Article 17(1)(g) of the State Constitution.

“Article 17(1)(g) of the State of Sarawak Constitution states that a person is disqualified from being elected as a member of Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) if he has voluntarily acquired citizenship of or exercised rights of citizenship in or has made declaration of allegiance to any country outside the Federation of Malaysia. (more…)

DAP can file injunction to stop Dr Ting’s disqualification

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The by-election in Pujut following the disqualification of Dr Ting Tiong Choon (DAP) as the elected representative in the constituency can still be stopped through a court injunction.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pointed out that State Legislative Council (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar said that DAP can file an injunction to stop the by-election.

“As it is now, a decision (to disqualify Dr Ting) as an elected representative has been made and it is up to Election Commission to decide on the date of the by election if there is a letter from the Speaker (DUN) Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar to say that the seat is already vacant by virtue of it being voted in DUN. (more…)

DAP rep sacked from Sarawak assembly after Aussie citizenship claim

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Dr Ting Tiong Choon (right) with Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen and Sarawak DAP deputy chairman Chiew Chiu Sing (left) in Kuching May 12, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieDAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon is now no longer the state assemblyman for Pujut, after a motion to strip his membership was tabled in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly today by state minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.

In the motion, the state international trade and e-commerce minister said Dr Ting is no longer qualified, claiming he had acquired an Australian citizenship, registered as a voter there, and pledged allegiance to a country outside the federation of Malaysia.

“Therefore, under Article 17(1)(g) of the State Constitution, he is not a fit and proper person to be a member of the august House,” Soon said.

The House voted 70 in favour and 10 against the motion. (more…)

Uproar in Sarawak assembly as DAP rep disqualified

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Wong-Soon-Ko_ting-tiong_600The disqualification of DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman saw a fiery exchange between representatives from Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition at the Sarawak State Assembly this morning.

State minister Wong Soon Koh (Sarawak United People’s Party-Bawang Assam) traded barbs with opposition legislators during his speech in tabling a motion to dismiss Ting for allegedly holding dual Australian-Malaysian citizenship.

“Now I ask the member of Pujut: did you acquire Australian citizenship? No, you answer me! You answer that! You answer it! Yes or no?” Wong said.

Ting replied: “Would you ask any other members of this house whether they are citizens of other countries?” (more…)

Unprecedented dismissal of lawmaker: Sarawak DAP to mount legal challenge

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Chong-Chieng-Jen-Dr-Ting-Tiong-ChoonDAP is considering legal options after an unprecedented resolution was passed in the Sarawak state assembly today to disqualify its Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon for acquiring Australian citizenship, which he later renounced.

“We will look into the legality of it (but) to challenge the decision made in the assembly is a hurdle,” state DAP leader Chong Chieng Jen told a press conference. He was flanked by leaders from DAP and Pakatan Harapan ally, PKR.

“There is a provision in the law that says proceedings of the assembly cannot be challenged. That’s what you call immunity. Whether you can get the court to decide on the constitutionality of the (disqualification) is another hurdle – you may not even get there,” he said.

Dr Ting was dismissed as an elected representative under Article 17(1)(g) of the state constitution for voluntarily acquiring citizenship outside Malaysia. (more…)

Pujut constituency vacant after Dr Ting’s disqualification

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TImage result for Dr Ting Tiong ChoonHE Pujut state constituency is vacant after DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon was voted out of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) yesterday.

The DUN secretariat will issue a notice on the disqualification of Dr Ting to the Election Commission (EC), which will then proceed with a by-election.

According to the election laws of Malaysia, the by-election for any seat that falls vacant has to be called within 60 days.

EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said in a press statement yesterday the commission is still waiting for a formal notice from DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar on the disqualification of Dr Ting. (more…)

Sarawak assembly rejects bid for referendum

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Sarawak Speaker Datuk Asfia Awang Nasar had put the application to vote after it was submitted by PKR’s Batu Lintang representative See Chee How. — Picture by Saw Siow FengAn Opposition lawmaker’s application for leave to table the Citizens-Initiated Referendum Bill in the Sarawak assembly failed after 58 Barisan Nasional assemblymen voted against it today.

Sarawak Speaker Datuk Asfia Awang Nasar had put the application to vote after it was submitted by PKR’s Batu Lintang representative See Chee How.

The Speaker said the application contravened Article 24(7) of the state constitution that states that no Bill or amendment from any ordinary member involving expenditures from the Consolidated Fund may be allowed, except from members of the state Cabinet.

“The proposed Bill on referendum involves expenditures from the Consolidated Fund,” he said, adding that conducting the referendum and appointment of officers to conduct the referendum requires funding. (more…)

In Al Jazeera interview, Wan Azizah says OK with being PM ‘seat warmer’ for Anwar

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In an interview with Al Jazeera, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic) said that she would willingly make way for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim once he is free and able to return to active politics if the Pakatan Harapan pact wins the 14th general elections. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she doesn’t mind holding the prime ministership temporarily until her husband and the Opposition party’s real leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is released from jail.

In an interview with Al Jazeera on its Upfront programme, the parliamentary Opposition Leader added that she would willingly make way for Anwar once he is free and able to return to active politics if the Pakatan Harapan pact wins the 14th general elections due next year.

“I don’t mind, yes,” Dr Wan Azizah said when asked if she is accepting to the idea of being a “seat warmer” for Anwar, who is currently serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy.

“Because I think frankly he is a better leader. He is a better administrator. He’s the better guy for the job. Why not?” she said when asked why she would settle to become a “proxy” for Anwar. (more…)

What’s so immoral about porn stars?

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Related imageFormer adult film actress Maria Ozawa seemed to have caused quite a stir when she visited KL for a holiday, so much so that a lecturer said that such excitement indicated an erosion in Eastern and Islamic values.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia lecturer Kamarulzaman Yusof reportedly told Muslims to look up to “more moral actors” instead of respecting those involved in “immoral activities.”

What is so immoral about pornographic actors or people who work in the sex industry? They are merely trying to make a living, just like all of us.

There is no difference between women and men who act in pornographic films and those in conventional movies. And just like the Oscars, the adult entertainment industry has its own awards ceremony — the AVN Awards — that recognises the best in porn. One just involves sex and the other doesn’t. (more…)

EC redelineation in Melaka halted pending judicial review

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In a statement, electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 welcomed the decision, but said the suspension should not be limited to the state. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe High Court today suspended the Election Commission’s (EC) electoral boundary redrawing in Melaka until the judicial review filed against the exercise there is completed.

High Court judge Datuk Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera then set June 14 for the judicial review.

Leave for the review was granted on May 3. The application was filed by seven voters represented by Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

In a statement, electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 welcomed the decision, but said the suspension should not be limited to the state.

“However, as much as Bersih 2.0 rejoices at the court decision in Melaka today, we had hoped that the court would grant the seven plaintiffs a stay of the proceedings for the entire country as it is unprecedented for the EC (more…)

Opposition upset over decision to disqualify Dr Ting from DUN

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MEMBERS of the opposition expressed their disappointment with the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) in what they claim as the ‘abuse of power by the august House, the abuse of the court’s decision and disrespect of democracy’ with regard to the unseating of Dr Ting Tiong Choon (DAP-Pujut) from the assembly.

Yesterday, the august House voted in favour of International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh’s motion, which sought to disqualify Dr Ting as an elected representative.

Opposition leaders Chong Chieng Jen (DAP-Kota Sentosa) and Baru Bian (PKR-Ba Kelalan) said yesterday was a ‘sad day’ for Sarawak and its people.

“It’s tantamount to the DUN taking the law into its own hands instead of leaving it for the court to decide,” he told a press conference held after the morning session of the DUN sitting yesterday. (more…)

May 12, 2017

Deadline set for GE14 seat talks, but is Pakatan ready to take on PAS?

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Khalid Samad says Pakatan Harapan's election strategy will be to shape the GE14 contest as choice between the Opposition pact and Barisan Nasional, as PAS will most likely not have enough seats on its own to become a ‘government.’ — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe four Pakatan Harapan parties have established a timeframe to conclude seat negotiations for the general election that is rumoured to be held this year, ahead of schedule.

Malay Mail Online understands there are also plans underway to distribute the seats PAS had contested in Election 2013 to Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), as the Islamist party has made it clear it wants nothing to do with Pakatan Harapan.

But the issue of seat negotiations, expected to conclude after Hari Raya in June, will likely be a complicated affair due to PKR and PPBM’s refusal to write off PAS entirely as an ally.

DAP and Amanah feel Pakatan Harapan should forge ahead and conclude seat negotiations within the pact and other allies like Parti Warisan Sabah as soon as possible, and leave PAS out of the equation. (more…)

Taib expresses confidence in Sarawak CM’s ‘fine’ ties with Putrajaya

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Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem (left) is pictured with Head of State Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud during the Sarawak State Assembly’s opening ceremony at Bangunan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak Baru June 8, 2016. — Bernama picSarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg’s “fine relationship” with federal leaders will smoothen the path for the return of state rights, its Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said today.

“I am confident that the fine relationship will give space for him to continue with the efforts to fight for the rights and interest of Sarawak at the federal level,” Taib, who is the head of the Borneo state, said in his opening speech at the state legislative assembly meeting here.

Abang Johari, 66, took over as chief minister earlier this year after Tan Sri Adenan Satem, 72, died died of heart failure on January 11.

Adenan had been vocal in pressing Putrajaya to return autonomous rights on a number of issues to Sarawak since taking over the office from Taib, who was the previous chief minister, in 2014. (more…)

Budget cuts threaten Orang Ulu lifeline

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Sections of the road to Bario which are now damaged and needing immediate repair as the road is now not passable to four-wheel-drive vehicles.A number of Kelabit, Penan and other Orang Ulu communities are in a precarious situation as two stretches of road in Mulu constituency are badly damaged and several broken bridges unrepaired following the drying up of Public Works Department (JKR) coffers for road maintenance.

Many communities along the Long Banga-Bario road have been cut off while those living along the Long Jegan-Long Loyang road are also at risk.

Baram is estimated to have a population of 70,000 consisting of Kenyahs, Kayans, Kelabits, Ibans, Penans and Berawans scattered across 387 settlements and longhouses.

Mulu assemblyman and State Legislative Assembly deputy speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala is calling for immediate action to be taken on the Long Banga-Bario and Long Jegan-Long Loyang stretches, saying the lack of road repairs is causing misery to the people. (more…)

S4S members gather to show support for See’s CIR proposal

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Around 40 members of the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) group assembled at the Kuching Waterfront here yesterday to express their support to Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How’s Citizens Initiated Referendum (CIR) proposal to be moved in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN).

Just across the Sarawak River from the Kuching Waterfront members of the august House assembled for the opening ceremony of the 18th sitting.

According to S4S leader, Peter John Jaban, their members held the gathering since early morning but had to cut it short and immediately left from the place when the rain came.

“It was not a protest but a gathering to show support for YB Chee How in tabling the Sarawak citizens initiated referendum (CIR). When it started to rain, they (S4S members) all left to take shelter,” he said more in jest.

He said he was not at the gathering as he was outstation. However, he was updated by one of the coordinators about it. He thanked S4S members for taking the initiative to remind fellow Sarawakians about the urgent need for the CIR.

The eight-day DUN sitting began yesterday with the usual practices of the opening ceremony and the Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s opening address.

Sarawak has 82 lawmakers.


Source : @ The Borneo Post Online


‘Cabotage policy exemption to reduce rural-urban price difference’

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The exemption of cabotage policy for East Malaysia will help to reduce the price difference of goods in rural and urban areas.

Minister of Works Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said rural folk in particular should see price reductions once the exemption takes effect on June 1.

“As there will be reduction in the transportation costs, the price of the goods will be more reasonable to Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan, especially involving delivery costs to the rural area.

“The decision was made by the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) after research was done on the policy and it will surely benefit the people in East Malaysia,” he said after handing over government grants to various organisations in Petra Jaya yesterday. (more…)

Padungan rep to table motion on Sarawak Public Transport Consultative Committee

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Image result for Wong King WeiPadungan assemblyman Wong King Wei will table a motion in the State Legislative Assembly proposing to set up a Sarawak Public Transport Consultative Committee (SPTCC).

According to the DAP law-maker, the proposed committee’s role is to advise the state government on the design of a Public Transport Master Plan.

He stressed through a press statement yesterday the importance of comprehensive planning in developing public transport and cautioned against implementing any capricious plan.

Wong submitted his motion to the DUN secretariat on April 30. (more…)

Forget PAS, keep focus on winning GE14, says PKR

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afif-pas-1A PKR leader has called on all parties in the opposition to concentrate on the prize of forming the next federal government despite PAS’ insistence on breaking up with PKR today.

PKR Youth deputy chief Dr Afif Bahardin said despite the “invalid” reasons for breaking up given by PAS, the fight for reforms in the administration must carry on.

“We know for a fact there are some PAS leaders who are keen to work with us.

“On our part, we just have to continue with our current mandate. What is important is to seek a new mandate form the people in the next general election. (more…)

Petrol station operators must be more creative to boost income, advises minister

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A pump attendant washes a windscreen at a Petronas petrol station outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2, 2016. ― Reuters picPetrol station operators are urged to be more creative by having other complementary businesses at their petrol stations to obtain a bigger profit from the business conducted.

Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said they could not just depend on the sale of fuels but must seek out other methods to boost their income.

“It is up to the petrol station operators to find alternatives to make more profits and not only depend on profit from the sale of fuels. It is their own creativity to do something by operating a petrol station not merely for petrol but also to carry out other business activities.

“For example, a petrol station in my village in Perak is thriving because it also has other businesses such as a cafe, dhoby, car wash and numerous other services,” he told reporters at the Companies Act 2016 Awareness Programme for Malaysian Retailer Chains Association (MRCA) and Association of Small and Medium Entreprises (SME) here today. (more…)

CM: Emphasis on R&D to move Sarawak forward

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Image result for Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun OpengSarawak needs to leapfrog into the future through a holistic policy which has been laid down to ensure the vision can be achieved, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the setting up of the Ministry of Science and Technology Research, for example, would propel Sarawak into the future.

“We are going to emphasise on research and development (R&D) with the setting up of the Ministry of Science and Technology Research. But whether we can achieve the goal of Vision 2020, it all depends on various factors because it is very subjective.

“We may even overtake other states because it’s all about speed,” Abang Johari told the media after the opening of the First Session of the Second Term of the State Legislative Assembly sitting by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, yesterday. (more…)

Najib encourages Malaysians to be entrepreneurs

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The PM said such a move will not only generate income, but also create job opportunities for others. — Bernama picPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has encouraged Malaysians to take up entrepreneurship as it can not only generate income, but also create job opportunities for others.

He said the government wanted Malaysia to continue progressing, particularly from the social and economic aspects.

“In reaching this goal, we want to see a community comprising people who are versatile or ‘all-rounders’, he said his speech at the launch of the Njoi Application here today.

The text of his speech was read by Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak. (more…)

PAS officially cuts off PKR

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File picture shows PAS Spiritual Leader and head of the Syura Council, Tuan Guru Haji Hashim Jasin. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPAS formally ended cooperation with PKR today, with the Islamist party’s powerful Syura Council deciding this was necessary to defend its Islamic agenda.

In a statement, the Syura Council accused PKR of breaking the terms of its conditional cooperation with PAS. The two parties had retained a working relationship despite the demise of the Pakatan Rakyat pact.

It said PKR failed to support PAS’s Islamic agenda such as the private members’ Bill to enhance the Shariah sentencing, attacked the Islamist party and made hurtful accusations.

The Syura Council also accused PKR of betraying PAS by working with parties allegedly working to unseat the Kelantan government. It also alleged that PKR attacked the Islamist party during the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections last year. (more…)

May 11, 2017

LRT for Kuching: Abang Johari vows to carry on

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johari-lrt-kuching-1Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg says he is determined to press ahead with his plan to construct a light rail transit (LRT) system despite criticism by the opposition that there are cheaper alternatives to improving public transportation in the state.

Abang Johari has proposed to link Kuching, Serian and Samarahan with a railway system using zero emission electric vehicles.

“People have said that I am daydreaming.

“God willing, when I set my mind to something I will not withdraw (from it),” Abang Johari told guests at the 45th anniversary dinner of the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) here last night. (more…)

Abg Johari vows to deliver promises

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg says he will prove his critics wrong by delivering all the projects that he proposed during his first 100 days in office.

He especially lashed out at the state DAP for calling him ‘hot air’.

“DAP called me a hot air. Never mind. Just wait for the next three years. You will see if it’s a hot air or not.

“Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he wanted to build the LRT (Light Rapid Transit) in Penang, promising the people, but until today there is still nothing.

“This is because he has no money. He may think we are using the federal money, but it’s not. We have our way of doing do it,” he said at the closing of the Parliamentarian Seminar here yesterday. (more…)

Eight-day State Assembly sitting starts today

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The first meeting of the second term of the 18th State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today will start with an inspection of the guard of honour comprising 105 officers from the 11th Battalion General Operations Force (GOF) by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

After that, the Head of State will deliver his address for the first sitting of the assembly this year.

This sitting is expected to be a special one for Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg who will be gracing the eight-day sitting in his capacity as Sarawak’s new chief minister

The sitting, which will be presided by DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, will see the tabling of the Supplementary Supply (2016) Bill 2017 tomorrow by Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, with the first reading tomorrow followed by the second and third readings on May 16. (more…)

Deadline set for GE14 seat talks, but is Pakatan ready to take on PAS?

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Khalid Samad says Pakatan Harapan's election strategy will be to shape the GE14 contest as choice between the Opposition pact and Barisan Nasional, as PAS will most likely not have enough seats on its own to become a ‘government.’ — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe four Pakatan Harapan parties have established a timeframe to conclude seat negotiations for the general election that is rumoured to be held this year, ahead of schedule.

Malay Mail Online understands there are also plans underway to distribute the seats PAS had contested in Election 2013 to Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), as the Islamist party has made it clear it wants nothing to do with Pakatan Harapan.

But the issue of seat negotiations, expected to conclude after Hari Raya in June, will likely be a complicated affair due to PKR and PPBM’s refusal to write off PAS entirely as an ally.

DAP and Amanah feel Pakatan Harapan should forge ahead and conclude seat negotiations within the pact and other allies like Parti Warisan Sabah as soon as possible, and leave PAS out of the equation. (more…)

Muhyiddin top choice for PM post in PPBM survey, Dr M comes second

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According to a survey, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the top choice for the next prime minister. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaFormer Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the most popular choice for the next prime minister, according to a new study conducted by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) released today.

In the study titled “What Malaysians Want?” conducted between mid to late last year, Muhyiddin had a 37.3 per cent approval rate among 3,000 respondents nationwide.

PPBM, for which Muhyiddin is now president, was yet to be formed officially at the time of the survey.

PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed came in second at 35.9 per cent. He was formerly prime minister of 22 years, retiring in October 2003. (more…)

Interfaith harmony important for nation’s future, says Najib

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) attending the National Wesak Day Tea Party at Samadhi Temple, in Shah Alam, May 10, 2017. — Bernama picMalaysia’s future depends on continued political and social stability which, in turn, hinges on interfaith harmony among Malaysians, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

He noted that the existence of interfaith harmony was premised on mutual understanding and mutual respect.

“This is among the intrinsic values that we need to propagate and strengthen,” he said at a tea reception marking national Wesak Day celebration here today.

Najib said the country’s founding fathers and all the others had not only laid the foundation of the constitution but also the values and political basis for generations of Malaysians after them to forge interfaith harmony. (more…)

‘Court shouldn’t rely on written laws in striking out Dr M’s suit against PM’

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The High Court should not have relied on written legislation or the Federal Constitution in its decision to strike out the misfeasance in public office suit filed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and two others against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

According to president of the Malaysian Bar George Varughese explained that tort of misfeasance in public office is derived from British common law, which is unwritten but fully applicable in Malaysia.

“The action was therefore not brought under the Federal Constitution or any written legislation, and the High Court should therefore not have relied on either of these in determining whether the prime minister is a public officer.

“The nature of the powers of the office of the prime minister ought to have been examined to determine whether that office qualifies as a public office under common law,” said Varughese in a statement today. (more…)

May 10, 2017

GE14 will be the dirtiest, says Nurul Izzah

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izzahThe next general election (GE14) will be the dirtiest in Malaysian history because of the Election Commission’s (EC) failure to properly manage the voter objection process which will deprive many voters of their right to vote, says Nurul Izzah Anwar.

The PKR vice-president said the objection process has forced affected voters to wait up to six months before having their names included in the electoral rolls.

“Even then, there is no guarantee, if the affected voters do not show up to challenge any objection lodged against them,” she added.

The process works this way: When an objection is lodged against a voter, the EC will issue a letter requiring the voter to turn up for a hearing to argue their case for inclusion in the rolls. If the voter fails to make an appearance, then their name is struck off the register. (more…)

Idris Jala: Other countries can learn from Pemandu

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Datuk Sri Idris Jala (centre) speaks during the launch of the Pemandu Assessment Report at Sasana Kijang in Kuala Lumpur May 9, 2017. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPemandu Associate Sdn Bhd CEO Datuk Seri Idris Jala proudly proclaimed today that other countries can learn from the government-linked firm’s experiences in driving the public sector forward.

He cited from the World Bank report titled “Driving Performance from the Center: Malaysia’s Experience with Pemandu” which noted the success and challenges faced by Pemandu in managing a country’s transformation performance and goals.

“This report is to essentially share the lessons that other countries can learn from us. It also points out the challenges that exists in other countries.

“They can learn from Pemandu’s experiences, its successes and challenges so it can be better in their delivery units,” Idris told reporters. (more…)

PBDSB to contest in 17 Dayak-majority seats this GE14

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Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) will contest in at least 17 seats in the coming 14th general election, which are all Dayak majority areas.

The seats are Puncak Borneo, Mas Gading, Serian, Sri Aman, Betong, Lubok Antu, Bintulu, Limbang, Lawas, Mukah, Baram, Kapit, Hulu Rajang, Selangau, Julau, Saratok and Kanowit.

Its president, Cobbold John Lusoi, told a press conference here yesterday that all the candidates had been identified but their identity would be announced before Gawai.

“The candidates, two of them women, have been identified and their names will be announced at a suitable date before Gawai. (more…)

Bersih: EC’s ‘act of sabotage’ making electoral roll worse

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bersih-2-spr-1Bersih 2.0 has accused the Election Commission (EC) of making the electoral roll worse instead of clearing it up by refusing to give copies of the draft supplementary roll for the first quarter of this year.

The electoral watchdog claimed the move, which would favour the ruling party, was no less than an act of sabotage.

“This will be the first time that the EC is not giving political parties the soft copy of the draft; nor would political parties be able to buy the hard copy,” its steering committee said in a statement today.

“The EC did not give any reason for its decision, merely saying that it suffices for interested parties to view the roll at the 960 designated places across the country.” (more…)

End of the road for Haris Ibrahim’s challenge against EC

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Activist and lawyer Haris Ibrahim’s attempts to get the courts to compel the Election Commission to provide details on how it reaches or makes a decision to redelineate state and federal electoral constituencies have come to a disappointing end.

This came with Federal Court, led by the top three judges in the country, ruling today that it is not proper for it to grant leave or permission for Haris to challenge the decisions of the Court of Appeal and the High Court on his challenge.

“This is not a proper case for us to answer the questions (of law proposed). Get a better case,” Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif said, in obvious reference to other existing challenges to the EC’s delimitation exercise, in dismissing Haris’ appeal.

The other two judges were Court of Appeal President Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Ma’arop. (more…)

Sarawak raises hill timber charge 6,250pc

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg (seated centre) with Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (left) at the closing of a parliamentarian seminar, May 9, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak will increase the cess payment for hill timber from 80 sen to RM50 per cubic metre starting July 1, Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Taliff Salleh explained today.

“We are looking at RM200 million to RM300 million collection under the new rate, compared to about RM15 million under the present rate,” he said, adding that the state government needs a lot of money for education fund.

He said the chief minister was unhappy with timber companies who have reneged on their promises to plant certain species of trees on areas previously logged.

Instead, half of the 300,000 hectares in planted forests were the result of the state government’s efforts. (more…)

May 9, 2017

CM hopes scrapping of cabotage policy will reduce cost of goods

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Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is hopeful that the abolishment of cabotage policy as announced by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will reduce the cost of goods and help weather the rising cost of living in Sarawak.

“We thank the Prime Minister (Najib) for deciding to abolish cabotage policy that will hopefully reduce cost implication because it avoids double handling.

“I know a certain sector is not happy but we have to consider the needs of the consumers. Hopefully it will reduce the cost and will help weather the rising cost of living,” he told reporters after chairing a state Barisan Nasional pre-council meeting here yesterday.

The State Legislative Assembly sitting this time will be held from May 11 to 22. Najib yesterday announced in Sabah that the cabotage policy that limits the shipment of goods from Peninsular Malaysia to Sarawak and Sabah to only Malaysian-flagged ships would cease by June 1. (more…)

Sarawak IRB launches second ‘Ops Kutip’ this year

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Sarawak IRB director Ramlot Keli said the arrears involved 61 companies with taxes amounting to RM10,433,100.42 and 410 cases involving tax payers other than companies with taxes totalling RM11,831,464.58. — Reuters picThe Sarawak Inland Revenue Board (IRB) today launched its second ‘Ops Kutip’ operation this year to collect arrears in taxes estimated at RM22.26 million.

Its director, Ramlot Keli, said a total of 63 staff were involved in the operation which covered Kuching City, Petra Jaya, Pending, Tabuan Jaya BDC, Batu Kawa, Batu 7, Kota Samarahan, Penrissen, Padawan, Siburan, Serian, Sri Aman, Engkilili, Betong and Seratok.

Ramlot said the arrears involved 61 companies with taxes amounting to RM10,433,100.42 and 410 cases involving tax payers other than companies (such as private businesses) with taxes totalling RM11,831,464.58.

Ramlot revealed the statistics at the launch of the operation here today.

The programme is conducted simultaneously with a national programme held today and tomorrow throughout the country.


Source : @ Bernama Online


Chong calls for control of Sesco’s discretion in charging arrears

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Image result for Chong Chieng JenThe state government must step in to curb the discretion of Sesco in charging arrears, said state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

Citing a recent meter-tampering case where the Kuching Sessions Court made a historic judgment against the power supply company, he said he took up the case where his client Bong was under-charged an amount of RM11,668.30 for the 36 months prior to the change of electricity meter at his house.

“His family’s monthly electricity bills before and after the change of the said meter remained at approximately RM70 per month. No charge after the said meter was replaced with a new meter.

“Bong appealed to Sesco but to no avail. I helped to write the letter to Sesco to argue Bong’s case but my appeal was also reject. Sesco went further to threatened to disconnect electricity supply to his house,” he told a press conference at state DAP headquarters yesterday. (more…)

Malaysians shipping jobs halved with cabotage removal, Sarawak MP claims

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Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen speaking to reporters, says no good reason to abolish the Cabotage policy, May 8, 2017. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak lawmaker Chong Chieng Jen believes the negatives will far outweigh the positive economic impact in removing the 30-year-old cabotage policy for East Malaysia.

The Bandar Kuching MP claimed about 50 per cent of the 3,000 locals working in the shipping industry and as forwarding agents will likely lose their jobs within the year once the exemption, announced to take effect from June 1, is fully implemented.

“Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg is ignorant of what are happening on the ground as far as the shipping industry is concerned when he called for the abolition of the policy,” Chong told reporters here today.

He said he supported a call made by the Sarawak and Sabah Ship-owners Association and Sarawak Shipping Association yesterday for the government to review its decision to exempt Sabah, Sarawak and the federal territory of Labuan from the cabotage policy introduced in the 1980s. (more…)

Cabotage policy good for Sarawak – Chong

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Image result for Chong Chieng JenChief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg’s advocacy of abolishing the cabotage policy shows that he is ignorant of how the policy can affect Sarawak’s shipping industry, claims state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen claimed.

“He is detached from reality and ignorant of the effect of the cabotage policy as far as it affects Sarawak’s shipping industry,” he told a press conference at state DAP headquarters here yesterday.

Chong cited a statement by the Association of Owners of Ships and Forwarding Agents, which called for the government to review the decision to abolish the cabotage policy, stating that DAP Sarawak also sided with the association.

“Basically, the cabotage policy is a policy whereby foreign shipping agents and ships are restricted to one or two ports in the country and as far as transfer of cargos within the country, it has to be done by local ships or shipping agents. (more…)

Felda already fighting corruption internally, Shahrir tells NGOs

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Chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Samad said Felda is already working with the MACC to battle corruption within the organisation. ― Bernama picThe Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has already taken measures to fight corruption within the organisation, its chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Samad said today.

He was responding to two non-government organisations that teamed up yesterday to sign a Memorandum of Understanding aimed to fight corruption in Felda.

“We are already working with MACC, and we have already done pledges of integrity with MACC and also protection for whistleblowers,” he told reporters here, referring to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

He labelled the actions of Anak, an NGO for the children of Felda settlers, and Hisbah Centre for Reform in signing the MoU as “syok sendiri” or self-gratification. (more…)

Malaysian employee engagement among worst in Asia, says study

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Aon’s 2017 Trends in Global Employee Engagement Report found that employee engagement levels in Malaysia had fallen by two percentage points to 59 per cent.Malaysian employees were less inclined to recommend their company to others and admitted to contributing less in their work, a survey on employee engagement revealed today.

According to the latest study by Aon’s 2017 Trends in Global Employee Engagement Report, employee engagement levels in Malaysia fell by two percentage points to 59 per cent last year, the same as Singapore, making employees in Malaysia among the least engaged among major Asian markets.

Employee engagement scores for India were 69 per cent, followed by China (67 per cent), Thailand (65 per cent), Philippines (65 per cent) and Indonesia (61 per cent), according to the survey by the global professional services firm.

As the perception scores fell across all employee groups in Malaysia, the scrutiny, the report said, was now on the senior leadership and how they were to navigate companies into making difficult business decisions. (more…)

‘Was cabotage policy abolished to prepare for snap polls?’

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Junz-WongWarisan vice-president Junz Wong wants the authorities to explain how the move to abolish the cabotage policy for East Malaysia and Labuan will be implemented.

Although he welcomed Najib Razak’s announcement yesterday, Wong, who is also Likas assemblyman, said either the prime minister or Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai must explain the exact mechanism involved.

Otherwise, he said, the announcement that the policy would be scrapped by June 1 would only be a “fairy tale” if it was not accompanied by the necessary legislative amendments.

“Which law or act needs to be amended to achieve the objective? (more…)

Rafizi and portal journalists asked to tender open apology

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PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has been asked to apologise for an allegation that has since been disproved. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe chairman of the programme ‘Malaysia Berselawat’, Datuk Syed Mehdhar Syed Abdullah has urged PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli and a journalist from a news portal to tender an open apology to him to clear his name following the allegation and wrong report made by both individuals.

This followed the claim made by Rafizi last Tuesday which alleged that the Chairman of Al-Abrar Foundation had received RM5 million through the personal account of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and indirectly linked him as the chairman of the foundation.

Clarifying the matter, Syed Mehdhar denied that he had ever held the post of chairman of the foundation as alleged by both individuals.

“I was only appointed as chairman of the programme ‘Malaysia Berselawat’ by Yayasan Al-Abrar for the purpose of running, managing and ensuring the smooth running of the programme launched at the Stadium Bukit Jalil, on Dec 7 2013. (more…)

Mustapa denies Malaysian economy to crash by September

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Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed today denied an allegation that the Malaysian economy will crash by September. — Bernama picInternational Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed has denied an allegation that the Malaysian economy will crash by September.

He dismissed it as an unfounded claim and a rumour as the country was preparing for the 14th general election.

Mustapa said so far, no one could make an accurate projection of the economy despite global volatility.

“What is certain, the world’s economy (and that of Malaysia) is improving. We achieved record high trade in the first quarter of this year, growing 23 per cent, the highest since 2010,” he said after officiating the Jeli Polytechnic’s fourth convocation here today.

Jeli Polytechnic Director Wan Azlan Wan Ismail was present.

A total of 136 students received diplomas in aquaculture and agrotechnology at the ceremony.


Source : @ Bernama Online


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