Hornbill Unleashed

April 22, 2015

‘Will Sirul be paid to finger Najib for Dr M?’

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As Dr Mahathir Mohamad continues to rain criticism on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, a pro-Umno website has speculated what could be in store next.

Previously, MYKMU.net, which has been highly critical of Mahathir since he launched a broadside on Najib, predicted that the former premier might train his guns on Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor.

Yesterday, Mahathir mentioned Rosmah for the first time.

And now, an article in MyKMU wonders if Mahathir would up the ante with Sirul Azhar Umar, the former police commando convicted of murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu. (more…)

‘Lavish’ theme for Tempo ahead of Najib visit

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Two days ahead of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s scheduled working visit to Indonesia, a magazine in the republic has published an article on the lavish lifestyle of the Malaysian leader and his wife Rosmah Mansor.

In its special edition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Asia-Africa Conference, the Tempo report contained excerpts from Malaysian and international articles on this issue.

Among others, it cited The New York Times report on Feb 8, which mentioned Rosmah’s penchant for expensive handbags and jewellery. (more…)

Is Islam so weak it requires a protest?

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Our Islamic faith cannot be so weak that it requires its followers to protest over a crucifix.

Being a Muslim majority country, with Islam as the official religion, also does not give us a license to urge the removal of a cross which was placed on top of a shophouse.

It is not a good act prohibiting others from practising their own faith. It certainly violates Article 11 of the Federal Constitution regarding freedom of religion.

While I do not deny their rights to protest, as part of the constitutional right of freedom of assembly, the action of demonstrating against another religion or its symbol is unwarranted. (more…)

Vell Paari: Get rid of ‘cross junctions’ too

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Convert all ‘cross junctions’ into roundabouts, said MIC leader S Vell Paari, who expressed bewilderment over the protest in Taman Medan.

He argued that the Works Ministry must immediately look into this since the protesters claimed that the presence of a cross could hurt their feelings and sway Muslim youths.

Apart from this, Vell Paari said the protesters should also demand that schools no longer teach mathematics as the “+” symbol is similar to a cross.

“Their children should only be taught subtraction, multiplication and division. Unless we can substitute the addition symbol with something else. (more…)

Is Muhyiddin reprising his role as Brutus?

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When Najib Razak first became prime minister, he did so not by democratic election but with the help of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who deposed the then sitting Umno president cum premier Abdullah Badawi.

However, he kept his hands clean by recruiting fellow conspirators who plunged the daggers, figuratively of course, into Abdullah’s back.

Much like Casca, the chief conspirators against Julius Caesar – as told in William Shakespeare’s play named after the ancient Roman dictator that retold the historical tale – collected allies to do the dirty deed with him. (more…)

IGP warns against playing up ‘cross’ issue

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khalid bakar warningInspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar has cautioned the public against making an issue of religious and racial sensitivities.

“I urge all parties, including the media, not to blow this issue out of proportion…it is related to religion and race, and is very sensitive.

“If we all intentionally play up this issue, it will not benefit anyone,” he said in a media conference after witnessing a pinning-of-the-rank ceremony and handing-over of duties of the narcotics criminal investigation department (JSJN) director here today. (more…)

Cabinet orders police probe on church protesters, says Najib

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Taman Medan protesters will be investigated by the police. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 21, 2015.

The Cabinet today agreed that police must investigate the protest by a group of residents against a church in Taman Medan, and warned that action could be taken under the law.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that the Sedition Act or other existing laws could be used against the protesters.

“The protesters should have discussed with the church, instead of taking actions that have created worry and restlessness in this multi-racial country.

“Police will investigate the group that protested in Taman Medan. If they are found to have violated any laws, action can be taken under the Sedition Act or other laws,” Najib said in a statement this evening. (more…)

Goods and Services Tax a nightmare for contractors

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In a few days, the full brunt of the goods and services tax (GST) regime will hit all and sundry.

For contractors, it will be a nightmare come April 1. Pri­marily, they will have a tough time juggling with cash flow and this is unavoidable when the credit terms given by the suppliers are often much shorter than the payment terms offered by the clients.

That aside, right away they have to bear with an increased workload, additional cost of GST compliance and potential tax risks from any slip-ups in computing the taxable amount.

While welcoming GST as a good fiscal move, the industry’s concerns are manifold. (more…)

Standing up against tyranny of the majority

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This isn’t a commentary about how the actions of a group of Malays in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya on Sunday is un-Islamic.

This is not about another Muslim reeling in embarrassment or anger over the protesters’ antics because really, I don’t need to join the growing chorus of apologetic Muslims.

It is not that piece, not because I don’t think what happened on Sunday was acceptable. In fact, I think the protestors were off their heads and are deplorable. (more…)

‘AG’s silence could have affected Anwar’s pardon’

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Former Kuala Lumpur CID chief, Mat Zain Ibrahim lodged a police report against Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail on Sunday, for not disclosing to the Royal Pardons Board that he is under investigation in relation to the Anwar Ibrahim sodomy II conviction.

Mat Zain, in his report sighted by Malaysiakini, alleges Gani had hid this fact to the board which met on March 16 and rejected Anwar’s application for clemency. It was chaired by the Agung, Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah.

“Gani hid that he is being investigated following reports I lodged in Dec 2013, and following the order to investigate (OTI) issued by the Attorney General Chambers on Jan 3, 2014,” the former top cop said in his police report. (more…)

Khalid shoots down sedition confusion

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Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar has refused to comment on conflicting statements if the Taman Medan protest on Sunday was seditious.

“I have said it (yesterday), I don’t want to repeat myself,” he said.

Khalid promised the police would investigate any reports on the protest, but repeatedly shot down queries on which section it would be investigated.

“We will investigate all reports, I’ve said this five times already,” he said before ending the press conference. (more…)

PM ticks off protesters, issues sedition warning

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has ticked off the protesters who demanded a church to remove a cross and said the police would investigate the incident.

He said the protesters can be hauled up under the Sedition Act 1948 if their action is deemed to have breached the legislation, which was recently fortified to tackle issues pertaining to race and religion.

“The Sedition Act is to ensure peace and harmony between the races and safeguards all religions and races,” he added in a statement.

Najib said the people must abide by the law and respect the practice of other religions as enshrined in the federal constitution. (more…)

Removal of cross may be seen as erosion of religious freedom

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Malaysia is one of the unique countries in the world where Islam is recognised as the nation’s official religion but where other religions are allowed to be practised freely.

This freedom also includes the construction of the houses of worship along with the religious symbols.

For example, Hindu temples would have their carvings, statues and the ornate gopurams (the monumental towers above the entrance of the temple) while the Buddhists temples would have statues of Buddha, pagodas and stupas.

For churches, there would almost always be a cross at the façade of the building. (more…)

Muhyiddin stresses on importance of truth

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Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin delivered a speech today which repeatedly emphasised on the need to speak the truth.

Before presenting the ITBM-PENA-BH II Literature Awards at his official residence in Putrajaya, he quoted a poem by national laureate Muhammad Salleh titled “berkata-katalah” (speak).

“This poem reminds me of the Quranic verse from surah al-Isra’.

“The verse advises us to speak with kind words and the truth,” he said. (more…)

Exco: No need permit, return cross to its place

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The Selangor government has advised the Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya church to return the cross to its place.

The Community of Praise Petaling Jaya church removed the cross from outside its building after a protest by local Muslims last Sunday.

Since 2008, places of worship can operate in commercial units without permits, as long as the state committee on non-Islam affairs is notified, executive council (exco) member Elizabeth Wong said.

“We have advised the church to return the cross to its origin site to stop this precedent of mob rule by politically-aligned extremists,” she said in a statement. (more…)

April 21, 2015

WHY ENGLISH, AND NOT MALAY OR CHINESE

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Ideally, we should be a trilingual nation where we are proficient in English, Malay and Chinese

What makes one school perceivably ‘bad’, another ‘good’, and the other ‘excellent’? Besides the obvious indicators – exam results and school facilities – it’s the teachers’ pedagogy working effectively with the bundle of attributes and aptitudes that the pupils bring to class.

The teachers’ pedagogy, language of learning, and students’ make-up are implied in the school’s name. For instance, Chung Hwa Confucian High School and St Xavier’s Institution in Penang; SJK Puay Chai and Catholic High School in Petaling Jaya. Or even SJK(T) Thambosamy Pillai in Sentul and International Islamic School in Gombak. (more…)

SPDP names its Sarawak election candidates

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Even though the state election is only due a year away, Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) has named its candidates, with a warning to the state BN leadership not to “disturb” its list, as was done in previous elections.

Under the BN agreement and understanding, SPDP has been given eight seats to contest – Tasik Biru, Pakan, Meluan, Krian, Bekenu, Marudi, Batu Danau and Ba’Kelalan.

“Except for Bekenu and Batu Danau, the party supreme council meeting has endorsed the names of candidates for the six seats,” SPDP president Tiong King Sing said after chairing the meeting at its headquarters in Kuching yesterday afternoon. (more…)

The final nail in the Malay coffin

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The latest Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) directive to censor concerts, sums up the quality of the men who run it. This is what happens to organisations which lack appeal, which have no worthy policies, and with no outstanding workers. The only way they can make themselves relevant, is by having gimmicks.

Jakim is manned by people with too much time on their hands and who use the hours between 8am and 4pm to think of ways to spoil other people’s enjoyment. It is highly likely that their daydreaming includes the 72 virgins waiting for them in the after-life.

Jakim’s speciality gimmicks are to issue ‘bans’. Bans give it power over the people. Its equivalent, in political parties, is Umno Baru. Umno Baru’s gimmicks are handouts, like Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), and the packs of rice and milk powder, just before an election. (more…)

Bullies and the practice of superficial Islam

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gereja lagiTaman Medan, Shah Alam, did not show the best of Islam by any means.

If anything, it showed how miseducated the Malaysian Malay community can be.

To the 50 people in Taman Medan, if seeing a cross on a building is enough to shake your faith, I suggest you go to a mosque or surau and pray for your weak belief.

Instead, you were advised by some to take to the streets and bully the church into taking the cross down.

I am deeply angered by this stupidity. This lack of logic is tantamount to saying that hudud be applied to these 50 and the death sentence be dealt out. (more…)

IGP says church protest not seditious

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The protest calling for the removal of a cross from a church building did not breach the Sedition Act 1948, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar says.

“We don’t see any form of sedition because it did not touch religion, it did not touch the Christian faith.

“The local residents were protesting against the location of the church.

“You must be careful in this aspect. Don’t link this to something that involves the Christian faith,” Khalid told reporters. (more…)

Najib’s brother posts Michael Jackson’s ‘You are not alone’ photo on social media

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CIMB Group chairman Datuk Nazir Razak's posting of a photo of Michael Jackson and the title of the song 'You are not alone'  on his Instagram account is seen as having a hidden meaning following comments made by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at a forum yesterday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.

Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, the brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, yesterday posted a photograph of singer Michael Jackson with the title of his song “You are not alone” on his Instagram account.

The banker included the caption, “Now appearing in Malaysian politics,” in what was an apparent reference to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s speech at an anti-war forum yesterday.

Muhyiddin had said yesterday that Dr Mahathir was not alone in speaking the truth, even as the former prime minister continues to draw flak from Umno for criticising Najib and his administration. (more…)

More power not resources key to anti-corruption success

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Newly appointed Indonesian National Police (Polri) chief General Badrodin Haiti has pledged his readiness to increase the number of investigators for the republic’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Online portal Tempo.co on April 17 reported Badrodin as saying the move will help to improve “synergy” among law enforcement agencies to eradicate corruption.

“Just request for any number of investigators. We (Polri) will fulfill it,” Badrodin reportedly said at the Indonesian Presidential Palace in Jakarta. (more…)

After protest against cross, Muslim group to contest legality of church next, Umno man says

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It is a norm for churches to usually display crosses outside their buildings. File photo shows the Church of St Anne in Port Klang, Selangor. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Muslim NGO that led yesterday’s protest against a church in Taman Medan may next take issue with whether it had the permit to operate in the Malay-populated area, Umno leader Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar said.

Abdullah, who is Taman Lindungan Jaya Umno branch chief, confirmed today that the NGO will seek the necessary information from the local council.

“The next move is this, we want to know if the church has the authority to operate and we will be meeting with the necessary authorities in Petaling Jaya to clarify this. (more…)

Church protest sign of extremism setting in, says Malaysian Bar

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President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru warns that the absence of moderation and intolerance are signs that extremism is on the rise in the country. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.The protest over a cross on a building in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya which houses a church, is a sign that extremism is setting in the country, The Malaysian Bar said today.

President of The Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru said this incident also demonstrated a worrying lack of understanding and an absence of moderation.

“Intolerance and the absence of moderation deny civil liberties and are usually seen as indicators of a deterioration of the rule of law,” he said in a statement. (more…)

‘IGP dishonourable to absolve own brother’

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Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar should not have made any comments on the protest outside a church on Sunday since it involved his brother, Klang MP Charles Santiago.

Instead, Khalid did a “dishonourable” thing by absolving both his brother Abdullah Abu Bakar and other protestors demanding the church remove its cross sign, of sedition, Charles said.

“I thought I have heard and seen it all, but Malaysia’s top cop’s rationale that the church protest is not seditious, as it did not touch the Christian faith is ludicrous, to say the least […] (more…)

Why Dr M should contest the Rompin by-election but won’t

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It sounds like an impossible idea, but former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad should consider contesting the Rompin by-election as an independent candidate.

Doing so would show that he is willing to do whatever it takes to save Umno from a humiliating defeat in the next general election.

Mahathir was previously quoted as saying, “We are faced with this choice: either you remove a prime minister who has failed and who will lead to Umno losing the next election, or you take your chance that if he goes off we may be able to revive Umno.” (more…)

Zahid says church protest seditious

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Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has deemed the protest against a church to be seditious, differing with Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.

“Of course! Yes, yes, yes!” the minister said when asked by reporters today if the protest was seditious.

“I am very colour-blind. The police are very colour blind. Action has to be taken or will be taken against them,” he added.

To another question, Zahid confirmed that disciplinary action would be taken against Umno members who took part in the protest. (more…)

Acquittal of teachers in UPSR leak not binding on similar trials, says lawyer

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Lawyer M. Kula Segaran (third from left) speaking to supporters of the accused P. Uma Mageswari (second right) outside the Kuala Kangsar Sessions Court today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ista Kyra, April 20, 2015.

The acquittal by the Seremban Sessions Court of two teachers who were charged over leaked UPSR examination papers is not necessarily binding over the trial of another school teacher being charged in Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh, for unauthorised possession of the exam papers last year, lawyer M. Kula Segaran said today.

Kula Segaran, who is representing P. Uma Mageswari, 28, from SJKT Keruh in Pengkalan Hulu, said both courts were considered as having equal jurisdiction.

“However, it is considered persuasive due to both cases having more or less similar facts. (more…)

Has religious intolerance reached a new level in Malaysia?

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“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”

So said Lebanese-American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran once.

Perhaps it is time someone hammered this idea into the thick skulls of religious bigots currently wreaking havoc in the country.

It is safe to say that religious paranoia in the country is currently at its peak. (more…)

‘GST neither discouraged nor encouraged’

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The National Fatwa Council has once again declared that it is ‘harus’ (neither discouraged nor encouraged) for the government to collect the goods and services tax (GST).

Its chairperson Abd Shukor Husin said the council did not deny that there were less fortunate people in the country and as such pointed out that the collection of tax would help the poor.

“We have studied differing views of scholars, therefore we say that collecting the GST is ‘harus’ on several conditions,” Shukor (left) said in a press conference today.

Among the conditions are that the government must be committed in upholding Islamic syariat, in need of financial resources and the taxes must be spent for the public good and not on vices. (more…)

Mahathir raises ‘lavish’ Rosmah in latest salvo

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Since launching a series of attacks against Najib Abdul Razak, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has for the first time roped in the prime minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor.

“There are many things about his (Najib’s) personal behaviour that I thought were not right.

“But I was prepared to overlook them, including his and his wife’s lavish lifestyles,” Mahathir said in his latest blog post. (more…)

April 20, 2015

The old British Colony flag is really more than just a flag

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Wonder if the police in Sibu in central Sarawak have found out why the old Sarawak flag was flown in the town for several days earlier in the month.

My guess, and I hope I am right, is that there was nothing sinister about the whole thing other than wanting to see something of a rarity waving in the wind.

It sure attracted a lot of attention among town folk, some curious while others probably found it quite offensive.

And that was how the British Colony era flag found its way into the pages of a local paper, where it attracted a bigger audience and elicited more reactions, until the local police said, “We are watching first. If there is a motive to break the law, we shall act.” (more…)

Locals protest outside church building, say cross ‘challenging Islam’

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Some residents of Taman Medan in Petaling Jaya deem the presence of a cross on a shophouse building near their homes as 'challenging Islam' and a possible influence on their youths. – Wikipedia file pic, April 19, 2015.About 50 residents gathered outside a new church in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya today to demand that the cross affixed to the house of worship be removed as it was “challenging Islam”, The Star Online reported today.

According to the news portal, the locals demonstrated peacefully during the church service at 10am for the cross to be taken down.

The protesters said the presence of a cross in a Muslim-majority area posed a challenge to the religion and could sway the faith of the youth, The Star Online reported. (more…)

Malaysia is very sorely in need of true leadership

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At mid-point between general elections, things have become worse. Despite the fact that Barisan Nasional effectively lost the popular vote in the last GE, we now live under a regime that seemingly has even less regard than before for the rule of law or any modicum of fairness in dealing with criticism against it. If recent events are any indication, I think our leaders have gone into the bunker and decided to cut off communication with the real world.

What is left behind are their renegade units, rogue commandoes who assume they possess the mantle of immunity in spouting increasingly ludicrous statements that have made our news headlines a global mockery.

But here’s the thing that actually confounds me. After living outside the nexus of power that is our capital city for nigh on three years, I have serious doubts about the accuracy of our ruling party’s assumptions about the Malay heartland. (more…)

FBI hits legal roadblock in Paul Phua gambling case

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A US court has ruled that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) violated the rights of Malaysian citizen Paul Phua, 50, when it used a ruse to obtain evidence against him for running an illegal gambling operation.

“The (US) government violated the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights” against unreasonable searches and seizures”, US District Judge Andrew Gordon’s said in his ruling which was reported by Associated Press (AP).

The report said the ruling therefore throws out evidence collected by the FBI against Paul Phua at his luxury villa at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. (more…)

PKR blames Umno for church protest

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PKR’s Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian has accused Umno of perpetrating the protest against a church to demand the removal of its cross in Taman Medan, Petaling Jaya this morning.

“The people who protested claimed themselves to be residents but all of them were Umno members,” he told a ceramah in Taman Medan tonight.

Hee said those at the protest were Umno leaders from the Petaling Jaya Selatan division.

“Who were present? The secretary, the former Petaling Jaya Selatan Umno wanita chief who was also a candidate for the Taman Medan state seat and also other Umno division leaders,” he said. (more…)

Don’t panic over Sedition Act, says ex-judge

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Amidst a flurry of criticisms by several prominent lawyers against the Sedition Act at the 2015 Karpal Singh Forum in Penang yesterday, former Appeals Court judge Mahadev Shankar told the audience not to panic.
Mahadev said the real test of whether the amendments to the Act – which were passed in Parliament last week – can be enforced is when a case is brought to court.

He expressed optimism about the current situation as judges always looked at the concerns of both sides of a case, to come up with solutions.

“If this matter (sedition) comes to court, if I am sitting there, I would tell the prosecutor – you may think this is seditious but convince me that it is,” said the retired judge. (more…)

I left when I still had support, says Dr M

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says today he resigned from running the country even there was support for him. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, April 19, 2015.

In another round of attack aimed at Datuk Seri Najib Razak, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said it is better to step down when one no longer has support of the majority.

He reminded Najib, the prime minister, that the support he was getting from various quarters at the moment was “not real”.

“When one feels that one has no more support, it is better to go,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an international forum on criminalising war in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

April 19, 2015

Even a military junta can do better than Malaysia!

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Since Merdeka 1957, Malaysia has transformed from an agricultural to a manufacturing economy.

Although the transformation was successful, the management of the country’s wealth is most disappointing, to say the least.

Despite being blessed with vast natural resources, including oil and gas, Malaysia today is in debt to the tune of RM800 billion or more.

And the federal debt is growing at a turbo-charged mode and heading closer to a trillion-ringgit.

The economic and financial experts from both sides of the political divide may beg to differ from this scribe, that’s okay. Malaysians are entitled to freely voice their views and thoughts. (more…)

Dr M is after Najib over 1MDB, not crooked bridge

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Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said his main beef with Prime Minister Najib Razak is over the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and not the crooked bridge to Singapore that was shelved by Putrajaya.

“I wrote about 1MDB but people say ‘Oh, he is unhappy not with 1MDB but with the crooked bridge.

“I don’t advocate the removal of a prime minister because he is too afraid of Singapore to build a crooked bridge,” Mahathir was quoted as saying by The Star Online today. (more…)

‘If Zahid can get Paul Phua, why not Jho Low?’

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If Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi knows enough to vouch for Macau-based alleged gambling kingpin Paul Phua, then it wouldn’t be too difficult for him to track down Jho Low who is believed to be in Hong Kong.

Veteran journalist A Kadir Jasin made the sarcastic proposal, following Umno Youth’s demand for Jho Low to be investigated over his involvement in the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“If Ahmad Zahid seems to know the internationally wanted alleged gambling kingpin Phua Wei Seng or Paul Phua well enough to vouch for him in a letter to the FBI… (more…)

Expect Dr M to launch phase two of ‘Get Najib’

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It commenced with a blistering burst on April 2, where the harbinger of doom foretold that the offspring of the second prime minister would put Umno in a political casket.

Since then, he has unleashed a torrent of unflattering words against Najib Abdul Razak, which included the latter being diagnosed with a virus far more debilitating and lethal than the one his somnambulant predecessor infected Umno with.

Clearly there is no greater insult to a leader than this.

Najib has been tap dancing around the litany of criticisms and accusations, appearing on television to plead his case to the people but pointedly avoiding addressing certain pertinent questions raised by his mentor-turned-nemesis. (more…)

New open letter by 40 urges Putrajaya to restore moderation

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Putrajaya should recommit the nation to 10 universal values, such as trust, responsibility and honourable behaviour, which make Malaysia a moderate country, says an open letter. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 19, 2015.

Another group of Malaysians, including prominent former civil servants and leaders, have signed an open letter urging Putrajaya to recommit to 10 universal values which make Malaysia a moderate country.

The letter signed by 40 individuals said the values – trust, responsibility, honesty, dedication, moderation, diligence, discipline, cooperation, honourable behaviour and thanksgiving – were introduced in 1982 by the government to inculcate universal Islamic values.

The letter comes five months after a group of 25 prominent Malays (G25) issued an open letter calling for a rational dialogue on Islam, which has drawn widespread support from many quarters. (more…)

Don’t be cowed by fear of sedition, say lawyers

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Senior lawyers, acknowledging a climate of fear brought about by police action under the Sedition Act, have called on the people not to be cowed and to continue speaking up for their rights.

Former Bar Council presidents Christopher Leong and Ambiga Sreenevasan both said the people should not be forced into self-censorship.

Speaking at the Penang Bar’s inaugural Karpal Singh Forum on human rights today, they said it was important to continue to call out the government on its use of the law.

Current Bar president Steven Thiru, a panellist at the forum, said even senior lawyers were fearful of whether their remarks would be considered seditious. Senior lawyer V Sithambaram said that never before, in 36 years of practice, had he felt hesitant to speak his mind, especially at communal events. (more…)

Muhyiddin, are you our next prime minister?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

Will Muhyiddin Yassin become the fifth or will he, against all odds, reach the summit to be the seventh prime minister of Malaysia?

The list of DPMs who could have been prime ministers but did not make it for various reasons is an impressive one – Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, Musa Hitam, Abdul Ghafar Baba, and Anwar Ibrahim.

The ones who succeeded were Abdul Razak, Hussein Onn, Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and Mohd Najib Razak.

As the spat between Najib and Dr Mahathir Mohamad dominates the news nowadays, Muhyiddin seems to be saying very little. But surely he must be pondering his next move. (more…)

Why I believe Najib will eventually step down

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

While Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak may receive public pledges of loyalty from within his own camp in Umno, I believe his days are numbered.

This being his sixth year as the sixth prime minister of Malaysia may see him stepping down by October in short, his sixth month this year. Someone has cleverly suggested the numbers in one of the articles that I read.

Although I was initially not convinced, when both celebrities Siti Nurhaliza and Rozita Che Wan whipped up their support for Dr Mahathir Mohamad, it became apparent that this may well be the end of Najib’s era in power. (more…)

Landmark: High Court jurisdiction over Native Court

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

sarawak courtDistrict Native Court held the appellant does not have the right to be heard in the Native Court because she used to be Chinese.

The Court of Appeal, chaired by Mohd Hishamudin bin Mohd Yunus and comprising David Wong Dak Wah and Umi Kalthum binti Abdul Majid, has unanimously allowed an appeal in a landmark decision. It held that the High Court has jurisdiction over the Native Court in the context of judicial review applications.

In the first ever case of its kind in Sarawak, the Court of Appeal decided that the civil court has the power to review decisions of the Native Court. (more…)

Sarawak PAS unaffected by DAP’s quitting

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

pas_dap_sarawak_600PAS says DAP has more to lose than them in the coming state election since some past victories were dependent on PAS’s supporters.

Sarawak DAP’s action to quit the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will not affect PAS in facing the coming Sarawak state election, said Sarawak PAS Commissioner Adam Ahid.

He said the pact with DAP all this while had not resulted in PAS winning any seats in previous elections while several of DAP’s victories in Sarawak were helped by PAS’s supporters. (more…)

Drop sedition charges if not wrong to criticise Putrajaya, says Ambiga

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

Former BAR council president Datuk Ambiga seen during The Karpal Singh Forum 2015 at Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town, Penang on April 18, 2015. -The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, April 18, 2015.

With the removal of the provision in the Sedition Act 1948 that made criticising the government an offence under the law, activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said pending charges against those who criticised the administration should be dropped.

The former Bar Council president said many were facing sedition charges for purportedly criticising Putrajaya, including the judiciary, over various judgments.

To show that it was genuine, Putrajaya should drop the charges against these people, she said at this morning’s “The Karpal Singh Forum 2015” in George Town organised by the Penang Bar Committee. (more…)

Reformist Chief Minister?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 6:45 AM

” Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”

“I AM so sorry about this. But I must file this private member’s motion to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance.” I had to run into the Secretariat of the State Assembly because the clock in Dr Andrew’s car showed 4.18pm when we arrived at the majestic legislative building.

“Ah … don’t worry, there is still time. We will be working late again today. Let me get it acknowledged at the administrative department,” said a staff member in the Secretariat. The staff may have been amused with the elected representative running in with his slippers but they offered customary courteous smiles. (more…)

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