Towards the end of last year, the government caused an uproar when it announced plans to bring in 12,000 Bangladeshi workers to work in oil palm plantations in the state because so many locals were without jobs.
Furthermore, too many crimes and social problems involving foreigners were happening across the state.
Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian, for instance, urged the state government to be very cautious and stringent in importing foreign workers.
He said Human Resources Minister Richard Riot’s statement that only 2.1 million out of 6.7 million foreign workers in the country have permits exposed Malaysia’s inability to handle the influx of foreigners. (more…)
Within less than three hours of a post made featuring a photograph of a sign in a Kuching 4-star hotel, the Grand Margherita, on a Facebook page, Sarawak Public Feedback, it had garnered 142 comments and 28 Likes.
The sign on the counter of the Grand Margherita Cafeteria and the Riverside Majestic Hotel’s Cafe Majestic across the road for their Ramadan Buffet spread read, “As a matter of respect, throughout the Ramadan period, all are advised to dine at the same time as Muslim guests breaking the fast.”
Every single comment reacted to the sign in disbelief; it’s unthinkable that such a notice can actually be found in Sarawak. (more…)
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s repeated “false claims” on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) are hurting both the government-owned firm and the wider economy, 1MDB said in a statement today.
1MDB added that the former prime minister had continued to reiterate that the state investment arm’s funds were lost or unaccounted for, despite its numerous statements countering his claims.
“Such allegations and misleading statements by Tun (Dr) Mahathir and certain opposition politicians, significantly impacts the ability of 1MDB, a 100% government owned company, to conduct its ongoing business and causes damage to the wider economy. (more…)
1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has denied Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s claims that US$1.9 billion (RM7.2 billion) went missing through its joint venture with PetroSaudi International.
Instead, 1MDB said it had ultimately received US$2.318 billion of fund units after investing US1.83 billion cash with the oil services and production company – a gain of US$488 million over time, it said.
“Further to an earlier joint venture arrangement in 2009, 1MDB invested US$1.83 billion cash in murabaha notes issued by JV Co, a company that, by then, was 100% owned by PetroSaudi following the termination of the joint venture in March 2010,” said 1MDB in a statement. (more…)
Putrajaya logic: When all methods of convincing the rakyat or silencing questions to an arising issue fails, drag religion into it.
That’s how you explain Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom’s recent remark in reminding Muslims not to abuse social media and become keyboard warriors in spreading slander on the 1MDB issue.
News reports quoted him as warning that spreading of false news by Muslims would reduce the deeds gained by them when fasting, as what is spread via the social media would last forever on the web. (more…)
Malaysians owe the Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar a debt of eternal gratitude, for he has resolved a mystery that has been vexing thinking Malaysians for a week – the allegations of about 1MDB “tampered email” which surfaced after the arrest of Swiss national and former PetroSaudi International (PSI) IT executive, Xavier Andre Justo, at a house in Koh Samui, Thailand, on June 22.
Type in “1MDB tampered email” in Google search and there will be scores of news reports about the allegations about “tampered email” associated with the 1MDB scandal – all a week-old vintage after Justo’s arrest.
For months and years since the surfacing of the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal, nobody had ever raised the issue of “tampered email”. (more…)
Anyone who’s surprised at Prime Minister Najib Razak being implicated in a scandal at this point in time is either delusional or has absolutely no access to any kind of information whatsoever. Malaysians are beginning to fall into some kind of exasperated apathy, just waiting for the announcement that Mahathir Mohamad has managed to oust Najib so that we can go one week without a scandal of some sort hitting the news.
Our Prime Minister has the gall to claim that the media twisted the statement given by Mara’s Annuar Musa. You can hear the statement in a video right here on FMT, where Annuar, in response to a query, very clearly admits that the Prime Minister approved the deal as a matter of procedure, which catapulted Mara right into the middle of an Australian investigation into international bribery and money laundering involving the purchase of a Melbourne property called Dudley House. (more…)
Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) allegedly paid RM27 million above market rates for another Australian property, the National Oversight and Whistle-blowers (NOW) said today.
This comes just a week after Australian paper The Age said the agency paid RM14 million above market rates for Dudley International House with senior officials pocketing the amount.
NOW director and PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said today, according to documents obtained by the watchdog, Mara Inc paid A$31 million for 333 Exhibition Street in March 2013, just six months after an unknown company bought the same property for A$22 million in October 2012. (more…)
The negotiations between 1MDB and the International Petroleum Invest Company (IPIC) following a binding term sheet are still ongoing, 1MDB said in a statement today.
These discussions include what assets 1MDB will transfer to IPIC as part of their deal and once that has been decided, 1MDB will reveal the information to the public.
The statement further explained that the binding term sheet executed with IPIC was a key component of the 1MDB rationalisation plan as announced on May 29. (more…)
I just read a posting online about what Ridhuan Tee has said and I think a response is needed.
How a person who has displayed such intellect and yet gets the publicity given him beats me.
I was astounded to see that he has a Bachelors and Masters degree from UKM.
He is shown to have a Phd from UPM. Well, two universities have just dropped off my radar for respectability. (more…)
Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) in Australia calls on Australian authorities to investigate and take firm action against Malaysian officials allegedly involved in money laundering and bribery schemes in Australia.
It was alleged last week that a Malaysian government agency, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), which was created in 1965 with the noble aim of helping the rural poor in Malaysia had utilised shelf companies registered in different countries including the British Virgin Islands, which was among the Caribbean tax havens blacklisted by the European Union last week, to purchase properties in Melbourne. (more…)
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s continuous allegations against 1MDB are causing damage to the Malaysian economy, a statement issued by 1MDB today said.
Not only that, it is also hindering 1MDB from conducting their ongoing businesses, the statement read.
It added that although there were ongoing investigations by the Public Accounts Committee, Mahathir continues to repeat the same questions and falsely claim that 1MDB funds were ‘lost’ or ‘unaccounted for’ without providing any evidence.
“Such allegations and misleading statements by Mahathir and certain opposition politician significantly impacts the ability of 1MDB, a 100 percent government-owned company, to conduct its ongoing business and causes damage to the wider economy.
One of the most popular ceremonies carried out by government agencies and performed by politicians in the state is earth breaking of projects especially in the rural areas.
These symbolic commencements of projects were usually held when elections were near with the candidate for the constituency in which the projects were to be implemented very visible during the function.
One such site is the Opar Rural Growth Centre (RGC) in Bau where the earth breaking ceremony had been performed at least twice but till today the area of the proposed project remains an empty ground. (more…)
When I came across a Facebook posting of a journalist friend saying rumours were abound that the police and the Road Transport Department would be mounting operations to remove Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) stickers from vehicles, I was not happy.
I thought, “What right to do they have to do that?”
Thankfully, the police have decided not to go through with this.
My argument is that if Sarawak is not for Sarawakians, then for who is this state for?
For the Bangladeshis? For the Talibans? For Boko Haram? For the Devil? (more…)
The Sarawak CM has accepted 8,000 signatures from Orang Asal against mega dams.
Batu Lintang Assemblyman See Chee How has expressed cautious optimism that “Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem can be persuaded to drop plans to build 12 mega dams or more in the state”. These dams involve moving out thousands of Orang Asal and the flooding of their ancestral lands.
The plans for the dams were initiated by Adenan’s predecessor, Taib Mahmud.
For starters, said See, “Adenan had accepted more than 8,000 signatures collected by the NGO Save Rivers from people opposed to the construction of a RM4 billion dam on the Baram River”. Taib, in contrast, had refused to accept such signatures, and preferred not to know the reality on the ground. (more…)
Sarawak’s 11th state election, which can be held anytime between now and June next year, will be a political watershed for a state that has begun to realise it no longer can accept being treated as one of Malaysia’s 13 states.
Sarawakians will be going to the election with a message for Putrajaya that the central government must recognise that Malaysia is a nation made up of three equal partners – Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak.
For Adenan Satem, however, this can only mean he will emerge from the polls either as a stronger or much weaker chief minister, depending on what he is willing to do in the next few months. (more…)
Once the nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo, the Penan are now eco-warriors fighting to protect their jungle home.
The rainforest was taking its toll. With humidity hovering around 100%, I was trying to keep up with our fleet-footed guide as I played a jungle version of whack-a-mole, flicking lecherous leeches off my rubber shoes with a salt-tipped stick. A stream of sweat poured off my chin to the damp forest floor below.
Our guide Sia Ngedao and I waited for my two trekking companions who, unaccustomed to the humidity, were bringing up the rear. Pele, a heavily bearded Swedish man who looked like a giant, had been intermittently freaking out over anything to do with sweat and bugs, while his girlfriend, Lisa, calmed him down with her serene demeanour. (more…)
Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem may just scrap the state’s plan to build more mega hydroelectric dams in the state after listening to experts on alternative energy sources on Saturday.
A delegation comprising Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) director Prof Dr Daniel M Kammen, Green Empowerment Borneo Programme manager Gabriel Wynn, Save Sarawak Rivers Network chairman Peter Kallang and Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How briefed the chief minister at his residence here.
After the one-hour meeting, which included a presentation by Kammen on the benefits of using renewable energy such as solar, wind, sustainable biomass and micro-hydro in place of mega hydro-dams, the delegation had a feeling the Adenan administration would ‘seriously rethink’ its policy to build more mega dams. (more…)
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has warned that cowardly leaders are dangerous and went on to stress the need for integrity in leadership.
Tunku Ismail’s message was premised on the teachings of his grandfather – the late Sultan Iskandar – who taught him that the supreme quality of leadership is integrity, which he believed to be a rare commodity.
“He also said that a cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men and that one of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency. (more…)
CIMB chairperson, Nazir Razak today made an allusive post ‘Truth Next Exit’ on Instagram today, taken from the cover of a book by Michelle M Paiva adding “he hoped so”.
The youngest brother of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was referring to the self-help book titled ‘Truth, Next Exit: No Excuses Scripture as your Personal Trainer and Life Coach’.
He further commented: “Our institutions must get us there quickly. Malaysians feeling truth deprived – depressing and divisive. After truth we can find reconciliation.” (more…)
Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar is known to be an outspoken advocate of English-medium education. Meeting with scholarship recipients recently, he asked them point blank whether their English fluency was good enough for them to deserve the awards. He is also fond of equating the English language to the US dollar, saying “it’s accepted everywhere and used everywhere, even in countries where the people don’t speak English well.”
English advances and unites
Q: Tuanku, in your address at the opening of the Johor State Legislative Assembly recently, you suggested that Malaysia should adopt Singapore’s education policy that uses English as a medium of instruction, especially to forge unity. Could you elaborate? (more…)
A ROUNDTABLE discussion on “Religion and Human Rights” was organised by the Islamic Renaissance Front on June 14. Regrettably, most media reports ignored the main speeches and sensationalised some questions and answers in such a way that it appeared to be an exercise in religious authority bashing.
In fact, it was a thought-provoking deliberation on many themes, one prominent one being whether Islam permits independent thought, reason and reflection.
Religion and reason: On this issue, Surah 20:114 of the Holy Quran must be noted. “O my Lord, advance me in knowledge”. The very first revelation to Prophet Muhammad reads: “Recite: In the name of thy Lord who created man from a clot. Recite: And thy Lord is the most generous Who taught by the pen, taught man that which he knew not.” (96:1-5). (more…)
Whistleblower website Sarawak Report have demanded that Protection Group International (PGI) confirm if they were quoted accurately by Malaysia’s press.
The website’s lawyer Reed Smith had urged PGI to confirm if theNew Straits Times report dated June 23, 2015 had attributed a “wholly accurate and unedited quotation” by the firm’s staff.
“If it is not, please confirm the precise respects in which the quote is inaccurate and/or has been edited and provide full details of any omitted text, the identity of the ‘expert from PGI’ who gave the quote referred to if such a quote was given. (more…)
What are the assets that UAE’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) will receive in exchange for taking over 1MDB’s loans, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants to know.
“Curiously no mention is made of what the 1MDB assets are, which will belong to IPIC.
“What are the possible assets? If the power plants or the land, it would mean that these assets no longer belong to 1MDB to sell.
“So, how will 1MDB recover the RM42 billion it had borrowed?,” Mahathir asked in his latest blog posting. (more…)
Yesterday’s 5–4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage will undoubtedly go down as one of the most momentous moments in U.S. history — on par with women’s right to vote, abolishing Jim Crow laws, and Roe vs. Wade. Not since the civil rights movement has there been a topic so divisive in our country.
But with this change comes an opportunity, on both sides, to be arbiters of the one thing both sides claim is important to them — LOVE.
To Christians (more…)
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has dismissed suggestions that 1MDB’s critics owe Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak an apology following the arrest of a former executive in PetroSaudi International Ltd.
Mahathir said that the fundamental issue surrounding 1MDB’s controversial joint-venture with PetroSaudi was the return of USD1.9 billion in funds after the deal went sour.
In a posting on his blog today, Mahathir said Najib had told Parliament that 1MDB had loaned USD1.9 billion to PetroSaudi’s subsidiary to reduce the risk on its equity holding.
“Giving a loan to a JV partner who was found unsuitable as a JV partner would increase the risk, not reduce it. (more…)
Institutions in Malaysia must uncover the truth as the lack of it was causing people to be divided, prominent banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak said today on his Instagram account.
His post was not specific but comes at a time when the government is under pressure over current issues such as debt scandals involving 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and Majlis Amanah Rakyat’s (Mara) overpriced purchase of property in Melbourne.
Nazir, who is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s brother, said that without the truth, such issues would divide Malaysians, and only once all the facts were known, could reconciliation take place. (more…)
Lennora Putit: Missionary schools have long been in existence throughout some states in Malaysia. Sabah and Sarawak are no exception to that. In my humble opinion, having a physical feature to indicate the Christianity roots of these founding schools is fine actually.
What matters most is our own ingrained respective faiths when we sail through our phases of education, be it in schools, home and the society that we live in.
Coming from a missionary kindergarten and school – St Teresa, many years ago in my beautiful hometown – has actually been one of the most prominent factors towards being a tolerant and just person that I am today. (more…)
Umno’s split decision to postpone party polls until the next general election (which must be held by mid-2018) is telling indeed.
Yes, the party constitution allows it. And yes, two previous party presidents and prime ministers did the same. But that still does not make it right or proper for a party that practises democracy.
Thirty-one of the 190 divisions certainly think the party polls, to elect the youth, wanita, puteri and central committee officials, including vice-presidents, deputy president and president, should go on. Therein lies Umno’s dilemma.
As a democratic party, as affirmed by party chief Najib Razak when he announced the decision on Friday night, Umno should embrace dissent and healthy opposition. A party of yes-men and women will lead to ruin. (more…)
Activists opposing the construction of mega hydroelectric dams in Sarawak believe Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem is rethinking the policy to build a dozen or so of such dams.
PKR Sarawak vice-chairman See Chee How said he believes there is now a “serious rethinking” of the policy following Adenan’s request for case studies of the the state’s proposed mega dam projects made by the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) of the University of California in Berkeley.
He had also personally accepted the more than 8,000 signatures of people who are opposed to the construction of the dam on the Baram River collected by the non-governmental organisation Save Rivers Sarawak in a signature campaign that started last year. (more…)
The arrest of former PetroSaudi International director Xavier Andre Justo appears planned, as if to clear Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s name, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said today.
Zainuddin, who is populary known as Zam, said there were some disputable sequence of events in how the arrest was highlighted in the pro-government English daily, New Straits Times (NST).
“All this points to a plan to bring the NST reporter to Bangkok to cover the news on Just. NST was the only local media that went there. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has put on hold plans to build a 1,000 megawatt (MW) dams in Baram to give himself time to go through studies by international dam and environmental experts, a local NGO leader said today.
Sarawak SAVE Rivers Network Chairman Peter Kallang said Adenan had personally requested for more expert studies on dams before deciding on whether construction of the Baram dam will proceed.
“We feel that the current dams are sufficient to meet the demands. We have told him that mega dams do not benefit the rural communities,” he said. (more…)
The resignation of the Nothing2Hide organiser Khairul Anwar Rahmat from his posts in Umno is a blow to the ruling party’s rejuvenation, said a DAP man.
Sheikh Omar Ali, who works with Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong, described Khairul Anwar as a moderate, progressive leader, whose decision to quit was disappointing.
In a statement today, Sheikh Omar retold of how the then Johor Umno vice youth chief had resolved a tiff between Umno and DAP, after Liew was chased out of a Ramdan bazaar by Umno members. (more…)
The Orang Asal should have been given a national development blueprint of their own in the 11th Malaysia Plan said a Sarawakian economist, adding that piecemeal measures listed in the plan are inadequate for helping the community who are among the poorest Malaysians.
Assoc Prof Dr Madeline Berma said the lack of specific initiatives for Orang Asal communities in Peninsular and East Malaysia would hurt the 11MP’s aim of lifting the incomes of the Bottom 40% (B40) of households.
This is because a majority of Orang Asal communities in the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak are at the bottom of the B40, said Berma, an economist with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). (more…)
DAP today asked why Majlis Amanah Raya’s (Mara) chairman only revealed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s objection to the institution’s controversial Australian property buy some 48 hours after saying the Economic Council (EC) chaired by Najib had approved it.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said Mara chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa should explain how he could have made such a “colossal mistake” by implying that the prime minister had approved the deal two days ago.
“Was Annuar wrongly briefed? And, if so, would the Mara officer responsible for misleading him be penalised?” Lim said in a statement today in response to Annuar’s latest remarks today that Najib had opposed the plan to purchase the Melbourne apartment block that is now the subject of a corruption investigation. (more…)
Umno’s elections which was scheduled for next year will be postponed 18 months to allow the party to focus on strengthening Barisan Nasional (BN) ahead of the 14th general election, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.
The Umno president told a press conference after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting today that the postponement was “not unusual” and had been done during his predecessors’ time.
“After discussing this thoroughly, the supreme council decided that the election scheduled for 2016 will be postponed for 18 months, in accordance to Article 10.16 of the party constitution that gives the supreme council the right to postpone the election at the supreme council, areas and divisions. (more…)
You don’t have to be Albert Einstein to know that priority is not exactly Putrajaya’s forte.
Our beloved government is notorious for chasing after a mouse that runs off with a chunk of cheese placed on the dining table, while ignoring the other mice vigorously chewing through the legs of the very same table.
Time and again we have seen Putrajaya putting all its might behind an issue that does not really concern the rakyat, conveniently putting aside issues that need immediate addressing.
This has happened again.
A political analyst has taken to his blog to venture the theory that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad may have given up on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak ever vacating the premiership peacefully, i.e. before his term ends, and may have decided that it was best that his fate be left in the hands of the people come GE14 in 2018.
Shahbudin Husin attributes Mahathir’s change in strategy to his statements in the past few days including one where he dismissed the role of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to bring the curtains down on the Najib Administration given its lopsided structure in favour of the Barisan Nasional (BN). “He noted that there are already moves to expel Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua from the PAC. That’s disheartening.” (more…)
The public spat between Najib Razak and Dr Mahathir Mohamad has now received a touch of glamour and sex appeal, with a second “artiste” throwing her weight behind Mahathir.
Mixing showbusiness and politics can be a double edged sword. In Hollywood, film stars are like royalty and Washington politicians including American presidents tend to fraternise with celebrities to add panache (and attract donations) to an otherwise dull political scene. The same cannot be said of Malaysia.
Malaysiakini quoted actress Rozita Che Wan, popularly called Che Ta, who said she was a fan of Mahathir, who in her opinion had “sacrificed and contributed much towards Malaysia. (more…)
Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) demise following months of strained ties among parties in the opposition coalition does not give Barisan Nasional the upper hand with voters, analysts say.
At the same time, they note the opposition’s uphill task to regain the trust of voters who have lost faith in them over their bickering in the past few months.
In fact, PR or a new coalition, could recover from their troubles as long as they find a credible party to replace PAS, said Professor James Chin, director of Asia Institute in University of Tasmania.
“Most people do not make up their minds on how they will vote until the last minute. So PR or its new body has time to recover. (more…)
As sincere as 1MDB seemingly is in its explanation of its “RM42 billion debt backed by RM51 billion of assets”, its honesty is perhaps best served with providing its own facts and evidence to its own claims-based defence.
Only this will truly silence those who dare to try and besmirch and despoil the virginal and unsullied reputation of this maiden firm advised by our very own much respected and reputable Prime Minister Najib Razak himself, no less.
Not only should it provide detailed reports and advice provided to it by independent valuers that it claimed assisted in its decision to purchase the RM51 billion in assets, it should also list down in detail all of its expenditures and where the assets are at the moment. (more…)
Let’s talk about stereotypes. And in this regard most Sarawakians on this side of the South China Sea have heard it all.
Among others, we are uneducated folk who live in either longhouses or treehouses. We ride sampans to work. We are generally poor and wear just loincloths (pro tip: it’s called sirat in Iban) as we go about our daily blowpipe-a-squirrel-for-breakfast routine.
There are many more. It can be funny, especially in well-aimed banter among friends. In some situations it is helpful ― certain assumptions make it easier to begin understanding someone from a different background.
But over time, it gets old. And infuriating. Because often these stereotypes are not true and devolve into negative stereotyping. And when repeated by people who seem to genuinely believe they are, you have to wonder what planet they live on. (more…)
Articles appearing in the column of Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) chief executive Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah in Sin Chew Daily have been highly inspirational, in particular for his analysis of the dilemma of Malay leaders from the angle of a Malay politician.
Saifuddin categorised the dilemma into three portions: global scope, future developments and a pluralistic political philosophy.
He offered a few points for pondering: the positioning of the Malay race, how to tackle the third wave of democratisation, the siege syndrome, and the fact that neither Barisan Nasional (BN) nor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was able to consolidate pluralistic political philosophies. (more…)
The “urine” remark uttered by a teacher during a school assembly in Kedah has irked many Malaysians. Nothing happened to the senior assistant and a deputy minister even defended her actions.This is one example of the uncouth behaviour of some and of all people, someone who is an educator. Unfortunately, their unwarranted acts have not created uneasiness among our government leaders. They have managed to bypass all legal actions and they have become even more arrogant in their activities.
They must surely be in one way or another connected to the ruling group.
They can act brazenly and nothing happens to them. They show disrespect to other religions and yet they demand others to show respect to theirs.
Schools do have canteens and it is only proper for a teacher to advise the non-Muslim students to take their meals or drinks in this area of the school. The very principle of fasting is to overcome all challenges and if a simple act like this caused uncontrollable anger, then it is best not to fast. (more…)
The controversies surrounding dam-related disasters are occupying the minds of many in Sibu again, following the recent 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Ranau, Sabah.
The unprecedented tragic incident on June 5 killed 18 people on the slopes of Mt Kinabalu and caused substantial damage to properties.
When the authorities began building the gigantic Bakun Dam in the 1990s, many people living in villages and towns downstream rose up against its construction for fear of one day becoming victims of any dam-related accidents.
There was an “exodus” of rich and financially-capable Sibu residents to where they believed were safer grounds. They starting buying residential properties in cities like Kuching and Miri, thus directly pushing up property prices in these cities almost instantly. (more…)
Several Malaysians were behind the alleged tampering of documents and emails taken from PetroSaudi International about its deal with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in a report by The Star Online today.
As such, some could be extradited to Bangkok, where Thai police are holding former PetroSaudi executive Xavier Andre Justo who is being investigated for fabrication of information and blackmail against the oil company which had a joint-venture deal with 1MDB in 2009.
The Star Online reported Zahid as saying that Malaysian individuals were believed to have asked Justo to tamper with certain facts before leaking the information to Sarawak Report. This was apparently revealed by Justo, a Swiss national, during interrogation by Thai police. (more…)
Ramadan this year, as in years past, was eagerly awaited by Muslims around the world.
Since the first eve of the holy month, mosques in Malaysia were crowded even before it’s time for Isyak prayer with devoted Muslims waiting for Tarawih prayer which took place afterwards.
In Shah Alam, the congregation overflowed to the outside of several mosques and suraus.
The old and the young, luxury car owners and scooter riders, some decked out in jubah while others wore baju melayu or T-shirts, were all there.
Ramadan is indeed a glorious moon for Muslims, as always. (more…)
Majlis Amanah Rakyat’s (Mara) overpriced purchase of an apartment block in Melbourne, Australia, is typical of “Malaysian generosity”, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed said today.
In his usual acerbic manner, the former prime minister said Malaysians would often overpay for their goods.”It is our culture that we buy anything. We are generous. We overpay them.
“When I go to the shop to buy items, I hand over RM10 and say, ‘keep the change’,” Dr Mahathir told a press conference after attending a buka puasa event with Perkasa in Kampung Baru.
Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on a report by Australian newspaper The Age that a “top” Mara officer, senior official and former politician had allegedly spent millions of government funds to buy an apartment block in Melbourne in a property scam. (more…)