Hornbill Unleashed

June 22, 2017

Our young need to learn how to die

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Related imageLife is hard, living is hard. Thus it is not surprising that radical terror groups so easily seduce young people with the promise of a glorious death.

Why live, burdened with the weariness of work, bills and meanness “honest toil” brings? Suicide bombers are promised an end to that drudgery as well as a means to leave their mark, quite literally, on the world.

“Suck it up, life is hard, deal with it” is the mantra often professed by the older and apparently wiser among us.

Thing is, the world is not what it was and the future is truly terrifying.

On one hand, we have the promise of space travel but alas, it is just a pastime for the rich. (more…)

Pujut rep’s lawyer puzzled over speaker’s notice of appeal

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Wong-King-Wei-asfiaPujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon’s lawyer is very puzzled.

The legal team yesterday received a notice of appeal from State Legislative Assembly Speaker Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar against the Kuching High Court’s decision to reinstate Dr Ting as Pujut assemblyman.

However, Asfia not only named Dr Ting, but also Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Wong Soon Koh, the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) and the Election Commission (EC) as respondents.

One of the lawyers, Wong King Wei, told The Borneo Post: “It looks very strange in the sense that Asfia brought the appeal not only against Dr Ting, but also Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, the EC and DUN. As a speaker, you brought an appeal against the DUN, so what is the implication? I’m not sure. (more…)

DAP claims constitutional crisis brewing in Sarawak, seeks emergency assembly meeting

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Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the emergency meeting would give the state assembly the authority to file an appeal against the court’s ruling. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen urged Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg to convene an emergency meeting of the Sarawak state assembly following the High Court ruling on the Pujut seat.

Chong noted that Sarawak Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar had named the state legislative assembly as one of the respondents in his appeal against the court ruling, saying it amounted to a “constitutional crisis”.

“When the Speaker has named the legislative body as one of the respondents in the appeal against the High Court’s ruling to reinstate Dr Ting’s post as the Pujut state assemblyman, he can no longer act as head of the legislative body,” Chong told reporters after delivering a copy of his letter to the chief minister to the Speaker’s office.

“With the Speaker taking action against the state assembly itself, then definitely the House is surely facing constitutional crisis,” the Kota Sentosa state assemblyman added. (more…)

Harapan should commit to the game they decided to play

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“The only politician ever to have entered parliament with honourable intentions, was Guy Fawkes.” ― Terry Deary

Because Pakatan – what is it called now? – has decided to play the Umno game instead of rewriting the rules of the game, it is pointless worrying about the possible power former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad would wield in the coalition that is facing off against Umno in the next general election.

As I argued the former prime minister plays for keeps and if removing, the current Umno grand poohbah is the main goal than the former prime minister who has resuscitated the floundering opposition has to be given free rein in the possible destruction of Umno. That is the only tactical play.

My columns as some have argued, well that should be mocked, is apparently the antithesis of strategic thinking, what with all this talk about principles, egalitarianism and burrowing into the past so we do not make the same mistakes in the future. (more…)

Putrajaya forms RCI on forex scandal, decades later

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The cabinet today agreed to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the 1980s foreign exchange scandal involving Bank Negara Malaysia.

The special task force investigating the matter formed in February, submitted its report today.

“The report showed a prima facie case on the losses suffered by Bank Negara in the 1980s and 1990s.

“The RCI will enable a more detailed and holistic investigation according to the law and using the immunity provided under Act 119,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

It said the RCI is hoped to “unravel the issue which has shrouded the nation for 23 years”. (more…)

What if Muslims wanted to end Umno’s rule in M’sia?​​​​​​​

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“Every accommodation of Muslim demands leads to a sense of euphoria and a conviction that Allah is on their side. They see every act of appeasement as an invitation to make fresh demands.”

– Ayaan Hirsi Ali, ‘Infidel’

Maybe it is just me but sometimes I want the opposition to win the upcoming general elections not because of the corruption or systemic racism or bureaucratic incompetency but rather because I won’t have to read the dumbest most embarrassing comments coming out the ruling coalition, like the ones most often spewed by Umno information chief Annuar Musa.

In Muslim-led countries, Muslim politicians have this go-to strategy whenever they are in trouble. That is, blame Uncle Sam. When Muslim potentates’ stolen loot is intercepted by interested parties – blame Uncle Sam. When they have been caught with their pants around their ankles – blame Uncle Sam. When they mismanage their economies – blame Uncle Sam. When domestic insurgencies erupt because of tyrannical rule – blame Uncle Sam. (more…)

Impose tourism tax only on foreigners, says budget hotel body

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mybha-1The Malaysia Budget Hotel Association (MyBHA) has praised the government for thinking about exempting hotels rated three stars and below from the tourism tax.

MyBHA president PK Leong said it was “a one-step improvement over the old proposal”.

Alternatively, he suggested that the government consider taxing only foreign tourists, and not locals.

Today, Treasury secretary-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah was reported as saying that locals staying at hotels rated three stars and below might be exempted from the new tourism tax. (more…)

DAP MP: Why not protest at US embassy over DOJ filing?

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DAP lawmaker Lim Lip Eng today questioned why there was no protest at the United States embassy in Kuala Lumpur following the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) latest civil forfeiture suit filing to recover assets believed to have been acquired using funds misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

Lim was commenting on Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan who had urged the DOJ to reveal the complainants behind the suit.

Rahman had also said that he believes the complainants were Malaysians who have an agenda to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The Segambut MP, however, said Rahman was only making accusations without doing anything about it. (more…)

Umno, BN the ones panicking over DoJ suit, says PKR

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wong-chen--doj-1It’s Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians, not the people, who are panicking over the latest civil lawsuit lodged by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) concerning 1MDB, says Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen.

“So I will disagree with Azalina (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said). Normal people are not panicking.

“Instead, I think Umno and BN politicians are panicking,” he told FMT.

“This is clear because it’s been almost six days now since the DoJ’s latest lawsuit, and the majority of prominent cabinet members have not made any public statement.” (more…)

Human Rights Foundation urges Agong to free Anwar

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International advocacy group Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has written a letter to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, asking him to free jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The New York-based NGO claimed there had been political meddling in Anwar’s Sodomy II court case, citing allegations that lead prosecutor Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had been paid RM9.5 million by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“We respectfully urge Your Majesty to recognise the undeniable political meddling in Anwar’s case, order him to be released from prison, and clear him of his conviction.

“These seriously questionable payments to Shafee from Najib, compounded with the fundamental lack of evidence in support of Anwar’s conviction, show that Anwar’s political opposition aimed to strip him of his political standing and damage his reputation permanently,” HRF wrote in the letter dated yesterday. (more…)

Cabinet didn’t approve GST on 60 food items, says second finance minister

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Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani (pic) said Rafizi Ramli’s remarks on the GST expansion on popular food items were baseless. — Bernama picSecond Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani rebutted today a claim that that Parliament had approved an expansion list of 60 food items to come under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

PKR MP Rafizi Ramli had cited from Hansard records to support his allegation in a statement yesterday, and had demanded the minister apologise to the Customs Department which was blamed for reportedly confirming the GST expansion on popular food items like beehoon, koay teow and laksa noodles among others effective July 1.

“Rafizi is wrong. None of the 60 food items was tabled in Parliament. In fact, it was never approved by the Cabinet.

“Even the Customs Director-General wasn’t aware of the gazette being uploaded on the Customs website,” Johari told Malay Mail Online in a WhatsApp text message when contacted for response. (more…)

Gov’t may exempt tourism tax on three-star hotels and below for locals

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Malaysians may be exempted from paying the tourism tax for their accommodation in three-star hotels and those rated below.

Secretary-general of Treasury at the Ministry of Finance, Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said the government is studying the possibility of exempting locals from paying the hotel surcharge.

He, however, said the exemption of the tourism tax is only restricted to three-star hotels and those that are below that rating.

“We are studying this and it will be announced later,” he said when attending an event at Subang. (more…)

PKR Youth tells Mahathir not to stand in GE14

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Afif-Bahardin_mahathir_undi_600PKR Youth wants former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to assure everyone that he will not contest in the next general election or offer himself as prime minister-designate.

PKR deputy youth chief Dr Afif Bahardin wants the veteran leader to make way for “vigour, charisma and new blood”.

Dr Afif said PKR Youth had the highest respect for Dr Mahathir for joining the opposition pact, but felt it was better for the “next generation” to take over Putrajaya.

He said PKR Youth respected its de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim for staying out of contention for the post of prime minister if Pakatan Harapan (PH) were to win the 14th general election, but expressed sadness nevertheless. (more…)

In Kelantan, Pakatan Harapan quietly firms up GE14 offensive against PAS

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To many in Amanah, former PAS vice-president and Salor assemblyman Datuk Husam Musa’s entry into the two-year-old Opposition party gave it the credibility needed to pose an actual challenge to the ruling Kelantan PAS government.— Picture by Saw Siow FengWhile Pakatan Harapan’s central leadership remains embroiled in a squabble over official posts, its Kelantan counterpart is quietly finalising an action plan to win the traditional PAS stronghold in the next general election.

The “Kelantan Pakatan Harapan presidential council” had its first official meeting last Thursday, where five delegates each from Amanah, PKR, and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) attended and agreed on a working framework heading into the 14th national polls.

Past attempts to formalise the coalition’s state leadership were unsuccessful as PKR still had a working relationship with PAS. This changed, however, when PAS officially cut ties with PKR during its annual muktamar.

“It was difficult before this, but now since PKR has instructed all of its representatives in Kelantan to resign from their positions in the state’s local councils, things are much more fluid, straightforward, we can move on,” Kelantan Amanah chairman Datuk Wan Rahim Wan Abdullah told Malay Mail Online when contacted. (more…)

DoJ says its court filings based on reasonable facts

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DOJ-1MDBThe United States Department of Justice (DoJ) said whatever information it has released regarding its 1Malaysia Development Bhd civil lawsuits are based on details that it believes can be upheld in court.

However, it also cautioned that one should not draw any conclusions about the guilt or innocence of anyone simply because they had been named in the documents.

The DoJ told Malaysiakini via email: “The law requires we allege sufficiently detailed facts to establish a reasonable belief that we will prevail at trial.

“This means we have to allege enough facts to show a reasonable belief that United States money laundering and other criminal laws were violated and that the subject assets were involved in or traceable to these illegal transactions. (more…)

DAP dares Rahman to report ‘complainant’ behind DoJ suit

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lim-lip-eng-rahman-dahlan-doj-1Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng has challenged the government to file the necessary reports following allegations made by a minister that the complainant behind the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) civil suit has a hidden agenda.

Lim urged Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Rahman Dahlan to prove that the DoJ was working with a Malaysian complainant, with an agenda to topple the government.

“Rahman believes that the complainant of the civil suit is Malaysian and that the DoJ is working with that individual.

“So, I give them 24 hours to lodge the necessary report to prove their allegations,” Lim said at a press conference today, adding that Rahman’s allegation was serious and required the DoJ to disclose the information of the complainant. (more…)

June 21, 2017

Baru baffled by on-and-off decision on GST

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The fiasco with the on-and-off Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 60 items is just another sign of a nation that is sinking into the abyss of ruin, said state PKR chairman Baru Bian.

The Ba Kelalan assemblyman noted that the Customs Department had announced the tax and after heated condemnation on social media, the decision was reversed by the Finance Ministry on the same day on Monday.

“The Second Finance Minister (Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani) claimed that the approval of the Cabinet had not been sought. Now it appears that the decision was mooted at the last Dewan Rakyat session.

“Do the ministers know what is actually going on in this country? Do they care what is happening to the rakyat (people) and the burdens they bear?” Baru said to The Borneo Post yesterday. (more…)

Is Najib’s ‘no more statements on DOJ’ an admission of wrongdoing?

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DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has urged the cabinet to establish whether Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s statement that he will no longer issue statements in relation to the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil forfeiture suits against 1MDB-linked assets was an admission of wrongdoing.

He said the cabinet should also take the necessary action to clear “Malaysia’s infamy and ignominy of being regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy”.

“The cabinet, at its first meeting tomorrow after the updated and expanded DOJ kleptocratic actions against 1MDB-linked assets, must establish whether Najib’s ‘no more statements on DOJ’ is a ‘mea culpa’ admission of the multi-billion dollar 1MDB kleptocratic money-laundering scandal,” said Lim in a statement today. (more…)

Minister says DoJ handling of lawsuits ‘unbecoming’

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Abdul Rahman stressed that he was not criticising the US agency for its action, but said it could have been presented in a less controversial manner. — Bernama picThe manner in which the US Justice Department (DoJ) announced its lawsuits to seize assets allegedly linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) suggests partiality in its action, a minister asserted today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan further said the department’s latest series of actions appeared motivated by politics rather than the law.

“The case has not been brought to court yet but you have statements alluding to certain facts of the case. It is still being investigated. If investigation still going on, why conclude so fast?

“The manner in which they present case is unbecoming and unusual. It was heavy handed. The language used was very heavy handed,” he told reporters in a press conference today. (more…)

Sarawak must be well connected to keep up with change

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Sarawak definitely has seen rapid development over the last five decades but let’s not forget that the world and technology are evolving faster than preparedness.

After two weeks on the road, BAT7 has seen the good, the bad and the ugly.

You know, I know and we all know that time has changed and Sarawak must keep up with the change. The thing is that we think we have all the time, but we don’t.

The government deserves a pat on the back for doing a great job in developing the biggest state in the country, but to keep up with change, we need to work faster than the speed we are moving now, bearing in mind that we cannot recover the time that has passed. (more…)

From Najib with love

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Najib (Abdul Razak), if one had the privilege to meet him before, exudes gentle calmness. The problem starts there too: nice doesn’t cut it.

By allowing 1MDB to wallow in squalor, without any punishment, Jho Low and his ilks are now sunbathing in the Caribbean, enjoying the billions that they fleeced from the country and the people.

To the degree Najib exercised any authority, as he did when he removed the entire board of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation 2012, he ended up passing the reins of leadership to Saifuddin Abdullah before gifting it to Nasharuddin Mat Isa.

The latter hasn’t done much at GMMF as the world knows, and his clueless on how to promote moderation when his own party PAS is fixated on hudud (i.e. Islamic criminal laws), without nary an idea of the larger objectives of Maqasid Al Shariah, which emphasize the importance of expanding the goals of shariah to keep up with the evolving world. (more…)

Dr Ting’s lawyer puzzled why Soon Koh, DUN and EC named as respondents in Notice Of Appeal

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Image result for Wong King Wei, a lawyer in Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon legal team, has confirmed receiving the Notice of Appeal from State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar yesterday.Wong King Wei, a lawyer in Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon’s legal team, has confirmed receiving the Notice of Appeal from State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar yesterday.

However, King Wei said he found the Notice of Appeal looking ‘very strange’ because besides Dr Ting, the appellant (Asfia) had also named International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) and the Election Commission (EC) as the respondents.

“It looks very strange in the sense that Asfia brought the appeal not only against Dr Ting, but also Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, the EC and DUN. As a speaker, you brought an appeal against the Dewan (DUN), so what is the implication? I’m not sure.

“I would say that it is very strange in legal practice for a Speaker to bring an appeal against his fellow defendants in the High Court,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday when asked on whether he had received the Notice of Appeal filed by Asfia. (more…)

DUN to appeal Pujut case

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Image result for constitutional authority of legislature, judiciaryThe State Legislative Assembly (DUN) will appeal to the Court of Appeal against Kuching High Court’s judgement last Saturday on Dr Ting Tiong Choon’s membership in the august House as it would be in the interest of the state.

According to Assistant Minister for Law, State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, there is a need to determine with a greater degree of clarity the precise boundaries of constitutional authority between the two branches of the government; namely the legislature (DUN) and the judiciary which is essential for a functional democracy.

“The High Court has decided that the Dewan (DUN) has acted outside its constitutional limits when passing the motion to disqualify the Member for Pujut despite the provisions of Article 19(1) of the State Constitution which declared that such a decision of the Dewan is final.

“Thus a more authoritative judicial determination from a higher court of this important matter is essential on the issue (more…)

Sarawak Speaker challenges court decision restoring Pujut rep

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DAP's Dr Ting Tiong Choon (in red) is all smiles after the High Court ruled that the Sarawak state legislative assembly is not a competent forum to disqualify him as the member for Pujut. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar has filed an appeal against the High Court ruling that reinstated DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon’s post as Pujut assemblyman.

His lawyer, Shankar Ram Asnani, confirmed the filing of the appeal.

“I don’t want to say anything about this appeal, (but) we have filed the appeal today,” Shankar told Malay Mail Online when asked whether he also applied for a certificate of urgency to expedite the hearing.

He said he did not know whether Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, the Sarawak assembly or Election Commission will file their own appeals. (more…)

Minister challenges DoJ to prove latest 1MDB allegations in court

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Liow said the problems with 1MDB have been clearly articulated, such as poor business model, weak management or governance and excessive reliance on debt. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe United States’ Department of Justice (DoJ) must prove its latest allegations relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) in a competent court of law, otherwise it will remain inconclusive, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said Malaysia has conducted multiple investigations into 1MDB as evidenced by the detailed report produced by the bipartisan Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which was in turn based on the findings of the Auditor-General’s Department.

He said in addition, Bank Negara Malaysia had also conducted an investigation and subsequently imposed fine on 1MDB.

“The police are continuing their investigation independently, without fear and favour. (more…)

Rafizi: Johari should apologise to Customs after blaming it for GST move

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PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli says the decision to collect GST comes from the Finance ministry and could only be implemented by the Customs Department. ―Picture by Saw Siow FengSecond Finance Minister Datuk Johari Ghani should apologise to every staff in the Royal Malaysian Customs for solely blaming the department over the recent Goods and Sales Tax (GST) announcement, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said today.

Rafizi said the proposal had come from Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Othman Aziz in the previous parliamentary session and was originally from Finance and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, citing Parliamentary records.

“It is very irresponsible to blame the Customs whenever a government’s decision to collect GST was objected by the people,” the Pandan MP said.

“This is because, the decision to collect GST comes from the Finance Ministry and could only be implemented by the Customs Department.” (more…)

What’s in DOJ’s third and latest bombshell?

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With the latest batch of court filings, the US Department of Justice has raised the amount it seeks to recover from 1MDB-related misconduct to nearly US$1.7 billion (RM7.3 billion).

It claimed that the sum represents a portion of the over US$4.5 billion (RM19.3 billion) that were allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB, and then routed through the US financial system.

While Malaysians are still reeling from the shock of the DOJ bombshell, this instalment of KiniGuide will take a step back and see what the US law enforcement agency has in store in its third batch of 1MDB-related civil forfeiture suits.

Third batch of lawsuits? What did I miss? (more…)

Dr M: PKR mistrust an obstacle to Pakatan registration

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Despite repeated criticism for his refusal to discount a return to being prime minister should the opposition pact win the general election, Dr Mahathir repeated his offer again in the interview. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaTun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed that former political rival PKR’s suspicions of him are hampering the registration of Pakatan Harapan as a formal coalition.

According to a Channel News Asia report, the former prime minister said the level of mistrust was such that the Opposition parties were even having trouble deciding on what his position should be in the pact.

“(I think some of them) worry, they distrust… they feel like I’m still in the show, hijacking the party ― this kind of thinking,” he was quoted in the Channel News Asia report.

“I offered to back down. I said I will have no role at all except that (when) you ask me to give talks.” (more…)

Pujut appeal to clarify boundary of separation of powers, Sarawak assistant minister says

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DAP's Dr Ting Tiong Choon (in red) is all smiles after the High Court has ruled that the Sarawak state legislative assembly is not a competent forum to disqualify him as the member for Pujut. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak’s assistant law minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali sought to explain today the state speaker’s appeal against a High Court ruling that overrode its disqualification of Dr Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman.

She said the appeal had to be done to determine with a greater degree of clarity the precise boundaries of constitutional authority between the State Legislative Assembly and the judiciary which is essential for a functional democracy.

Sharifah noted the High Court decided that the state assembly had gone beyond its constitutional limits when it approved the motion to disqualify Dr Ting despite the provisions of Article 19(1) of the State Constitution.

“That provisions have declared that such a decision of the state assembly to disqualify the member is final,” she said when referring to the judge Datuk Douglas Primus Sikayun’s ruling that the state assembly was not a competent forum to decide the membership of any state assemblyman. (more…)

Annuar: DOJ conspiring to end Muslim rule in M’sia

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The US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) pursuit of 1MDB assets was part of a conspiracy to meddle in Malaysia’s affairs because the country had a Muslim-led government, said Umno information chief Annuar Musa.

“With the 14th general election to be called this August, September or October, they, or specifically the DOJ are collaborating with those seeking power to once again launch a preemptive strike to change the regime through a secret, careful and effective planning.

“They don’t need the truth, the burden of proof and need not follow the rule of law of the target country.

“It is sufficient to make a complaint, accusations, insinuation and create the perception of instability in the country,” he said in a statement. (more…)

Why implicate ‘Rosmah’ if no plans to seize diamonds, minister asks DOJ

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan has criticised the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) for implying that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s wife had committed a wrongdoing.

He questioned the need for making the implication when the department did not intend to seize the 28 jewellery items, which included a pink diamond necklace valued at US$27.3 million.

During a press conference in Cyberjaya, Rahman mentioned Rosmah Mansor by name when quizzed if the DOJ civil forfeiture suit last Thursday had unfairly targeted the prime minister’s wife.

The DOJ suit, on the other hand, had referred to the person for whom businessman Jho Low had purchased the jewellery items for as the wife of Malaysian Official 1 (MO1). (more…)

Rafizi’s ‘forgo voting’ suggestion shocks Bersih

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Electoral reforms pressure group Bersih has expressed shock over PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s proposal for voters in opposition strongholds to forgo voting and instead become polling and counting agents (Paca) in marginal seats.

“It is not his call to decide for voters. Voters should never be taken for granted, whether it be in seats with large or small majorities.

“Every citizen should take the constitutional right to vote seriously, especially in the coming elections,” said Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah in a statement today.

Earlier today, Rafizi urged voters in opposition strongholds to volunteer as Paca with the expectation that they would be deployed in marginal seats. (more…)

Petrol station operators claim served termination notice without cause

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PPIM Chief Activist Datuk Nadzmi Johan said attempts by the operators to meet and discuss with the company management was ignored. — Reuters picFifteen petrol station operators today claimed that an international petroleum company had served them termination notice without cause, causing them to suffer loss of income from their business of more than 15 years.

According to one operator, Fauziah Ahmad Fadzil, 47, the notice which she received on May 31, only stated that they were given 30 days to vacate and return the station to the company on July 17.

She said the “insensitive” move by the international petroleum company had caused her and 14 other operators to lose more than RM2 million each which they had invested in the business.

“We want to know why the petrol stations that we have been operating all this while have been given a termination notice when we have worked hard to conduct our businesses well, and in fact, there are some of us who have obtained high marks in the customer service auditing session. (more…)

The hunt for Jho Low’s mega yacht – The Equanimity

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Of all the allegedly 1MDB-linked assets sought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), nothing stands out more than Jho Low’s mega yacht, The Equanimity.

By passenger yacht standards, The Equanimity is huge. It is about 300 feet, or almost 90 meters, in length and weighs 3,000 tonnes. Some enthusiast websites claim that the vessel can carry 28 crew members and 18 guests.

One website, superyachtfan.com, claims that the vessel is the 54th largest yacht in existence.

The Equanimity is definitely hard to miss, but where is it? (more…)

Special court to handle child sexual crimes to be launched

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The establishment of a special court to handle cases of child sex crime is proof of the government’s effort to address the problem and provide a holistic protection for children.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is scheduled to open the court at the federal government’s administrative centre in Putrajaya this Thursday.

The setting up of the court is in tandem with the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 that was passed by Parliament last April.

Statistics by the Social Welfare Department showed that 5,779 cases of sexual abuse on children were recorded from 2010 until 2015 with an average of 963 cases a year, while the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) recorded 2,759 rape cases, incest (412 cases), molest (1,423 cases) and unnatural sex (422 cases) between 2015 and 2016, involving victims aged 18 and below. (more…)

Dr M: It will be churlish not to accept PM post if…

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The Malaysian political landscape has never been short on bizarre twists.

For example, at the age of 92, Dr Mahathir Mohamad did the unthinkable – he became an opposition leader and shared the same table with his former staunch adversaries to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

In another unprecedented twist, the nonagenarian is now being touted as the possible prime ministerial candidate if the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan wins the next general election.

In an interview with Channel News Asia, Mahathir, who was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, said he has no interest in assuming the post again. (more…)

DOJ probe on-going, expect more to come

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed that the investigation into funds allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB is still ongoing.

A representative from the department, however, declined to comment further about the nature of the investigation, including “whether the investigation is criminal or what its scope may be”.

Nevertheless, as the probe is ongoing, the DOJ is therefore expected to make further announcements if it finds additional evidence of wrongdoing in the matter.

Meanwhile, the representative also confirmed that the DOJ was not seeking to seize jewellery purchased by or for the “wife of Malaysian Official 1 (MO1)”, who was mentioned in the latest filing. (more…)

Invoke: BN support fell by nearly a quarter at PM’s Pekan seat

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The level of support for BN in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s constituency of Pekan had fallen by nearly a quarter, according to a study by the PKR-linked NGO Invoke.

This is part of a larger downtrend in support for BN in the 52 parliamentary constituencies that host Felda settlements, according to the study, which found that support had fallen in 45 of those seats.

Invoke coordinator Rafizi Ramli said Pekan is the second worst hit among the 52 seats, which saw support for the ruling coalition fall by 23.94 percent compared to the 13th general election results.

“While I know Najib doesn’t like this, this is the reality now: Anything and everything that goes wrong in this country will be blamed on Najib. (more…)

Harapan Youth GE14 manifesto offers ‘new deal’ for Sabah, Sarawak

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As part of its joint 14th general election manifesto for Sabah and Sarawak, the Pakatan Harapan youth wing leaders today proposed that the two states should be given more autonomy via decentralisation of powers and an equal share of tax distribution.

Describing the offer as a “new deal” for the two states, DAP national youth chief Wong Kah Woh said the Pakatan Harapan Youth has proposed that 50 percent of all taxes collected from each state should be returned to state coffers.

“This is an important step towards honouring the spirit of Malaysia Agreement 1963 and to uplift the economy and living standards of both regions, especially in the rural areas, in the shortest available time,” said the Canning state-assemblyperson during a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Among others, Wong referred to the latest row over the implementation of the tourism tax, after a Sarawak minister had cited the Malaysia Agreement to request for a deferment from the federal government. (more…)

Bersatu Youth: Talk about pink diamond when you ‘balik kampung’

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Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth Wing begs Malaysians to keep the controversial issue of US$ 27.3 million jewellery bought for the wife of Malaysian Offical 1 (MO1) during the entire Hari Raya celebration.

“I beg the young people and the youth to share the story with their grandparents and parents when they go home for Hari Raya celebration.

“If you want to defend the wife of MO1, defend her then, if you want to show the truth, then show it. But, the discussion must be brought up on a daily basis during the Hari Raya celebration,” said Bersatu Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“This is not about politics, this is about the country and the future of our children,” he said in a press conference today. (more…)

Appellate court postpones redelineation hearings against EC

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The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today postponed both the Selangor government and the Malacca residents’ cases against the Election Commission (EC) on their redelineation exercise, after concerns were raised about the expediting of the cases.

This decision came after Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif supposedly gave direct instructions to fix the hearing dates for both cases today.

The new hearing dates are July 18 for the Malacca residents’ case and July 20 for the Selangor government case.

The counsel for the Selangor government and the Malacca residents, Ambiga Sreenevasan, is handling another case in the Kuala Lumpur High Court today. (more…)

Bersatu Youth exco wants MACC to probe Dr M, Mukhriz

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A Bersatu Youth leader today lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against party chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his son, Bersatu deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir.

Youth wing executive council member Mohamad Taufik Abas wants the anti-graft body to probe Mahathir for abuse of power linked to multi-million ringgit government project in 2003, the New Straits Times reported.

Mohamad Taufik alleged that Mahathir, who was then prime minister and finance minister, approved a RM214.4 million tender to Opcom Sdn Bhd owned by Mukhriz to supply fibre optic cables to Telekom Malaysia Bhd.

Malaysiakini has contacted Mukhriz and Mahathir’s aide for a response. (more…)

Forgo voting and help at marginal seats, Rafizi tells voters

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In a plea for volunteers to help deter electoral fraud, Pandan MP Mohd Rafizi Ramli has urged voters in opposition strongholds to forgo voting on polling day and become polling agents and counting agents (Paca) at marginal seats instead.

He said opposition strongholds such Pandan and Seputeh have a majority of some 20,000 to 30,000 votes and are unassailable to BN even if the coalition had brought in tens of thousands of phantom voters.

“I speak to my voters in Pandan – I see people from Pandan here – to the voters in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, and to the voters in Pakatan Harapan strongholds such as major cities.

“I hereby encourage you to make the decision not to vote in the upcoming election, and instead become a Paca posted outstation… (more…)

After U-turn, Putrajaya told to pledge against reviving GST expansion

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PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has asked Putrajaya to pledge against reviving the plan to expand the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to 60 additional food items, which was abruptly scrapped less than a day after its announcement following public outcry.

Nurul Izzah expressed concern that the U-turn yesterday was only a postponement and not a cancellation, in view of the 14th general election that is due to be held by next year.

“There was no assurance by the BN-Umno regime that the cancellation is permanent, or whether it is only temporary until after the 14th general election.

“This was on top of the possibility that the GST may be increased by eight to 10 percent if BN-Umno can garner a strong mandate or a hypothetical two-thirds majority in the 14th general election,” the Lembah Pantai MP said in a statement today. (more…)

Hamzah: Weekly fuel price announcements to remain

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Hamzah said the new formula to determine the fuel prices was still being studied. — Bernama picThe ceiling prices for petrol and diesel will be announced every week as is currently being implemented, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

However, he said the new formula to determine the fuel prices aimed at stabilising the national oil industry was still being studied.

Hamzah said he had met with the oil industry players to discuss the formula to ensure that it would not disadvantage any party.

“There are people who want the announcement to be made from weekly to monthly. No, the system that we have right now will remain,” he told a press conference after the ministry’s monthly assembly here today. (more…)

June 20, 2017

Here’s why the US DOJ opted for civil action instead

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The United States Department of Justice’s third filing in the 1MDB civil forfeiture lawsuit has prompted Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to challenge the department to press criminal charges against those they claim were involved in the crime of money laundering and siphoning cash from 1MBD.

This has been a sticking point for those casting doubt over the action, who also argue the lack of criminal proceedings show that no crime had in fact been committed.

So why is the DOJ opting for civil action and not criminal proceedings?

This question is not new and was also posed to then United States attorney-general Loretta Lynch during a press conference about the action in 2016, while a Kiniguide on the matter was compiled by Malaysiakini days after. (more…)

Sarawak Speaker challenges court decision restoring Pujut rep

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DAP's Dr Ting Tiong Choon (in red) is all smiles after the High Court ruled that the Sarawak state legislative assembly is not a competent forum to disqualify him as the member for Pujut. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Speaker Datuk Amar Asfia Awang Nassar has filed an appeal against the High Court ruling that reinstated DAP’s Dr Ting Tiong Choon’s post as Pujut assemblyman.

His lawyer, Shankar Ram Asnani, confirmed the filing of the appeal.

“I don’t want to say anything about this appeal, (but) we have filed the appeal today,” Shankar told Malay Mail Online when asked whether he also applied for a certificate of urgency to expedite the hearing.

He said he did not know whether Sarawak International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh, the Sarawak assembly or Election Commission will file their own appeals.

Wong, who is also the Bawang Assan state assemblyman and United People’s Party (UPP) president, could not be reached for an answer whether he has instructed his lawyer Gladys Lee to file an appeal. (more…)

DUN Speaker files appeal against High Court decision on Pujut seat

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Image result for Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang NassarState Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, through lawyer Shankar Ram, filed an appeal yesterday against the High Court’s decision to reinstate Dr Ting Tiong Choon as Pujut assemblyman.

When contacted yesterday, Shankar said he and several other counsels filed the notice of appeal at the Court Registry at 3.30pm, adding he was instructed by his client (Asfia) to do so. Shankar also said he did not know if or when the other respondents will file their own appeals.

When contacted International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said he would be filing a notice of appeal soon adding that he would leave it the State Attorney General. The Second Minister of Finance is also Bawang Assan assemblyman and United People’s Party (UPP) president. Other interested parties who may be following suit are the DUN and the Election Commission (EC). (more…)

No more statements on DOJ, says Najib

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak will no longer be issuing statements in relation to the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) latest civil forfeiture suit filing.

In a press conference today, Najib was asked to comment on Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein who had slammed the DOJ for its latest suit.

Najib, however, said “many” statements have been issued and that he had issued a statement on the matter through the Prime Minister’s Office.

Asked when he was planning to sue the DOJ, Najib responded by asking who was going to do so. (more…)

Connecting the dots on the DOJ mystery thriller

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Honestly, I see no logic in arguments raised yesterday by Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) case. Why should he challenge the DOJ to press charges if they have proof of wrongdoing in the 1MDB affair?

The DOJ will not be bothered by such a challenged (they may think it is coming from a minion), as they deal with facts, and not politics.

In fact, it took so long before the DOJ named Malaysian Official 1’s wife. So, when they have concrete evidence and the MO1 leaves office, they would surely go after MO1 and his wife to recover all that is paid for using money believed to be from 1MDB.

The dots (more…)

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