PAS has until end of the year to join the Pakatan Harapan pact or be counted as a nemesis allied with Barisan Nasional (BN), Penang Amanah chief Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa said today.
“If they don’t want to join us, we will consider them as allies of Barisan Nasional because any parties that are not aligned with us will be seen as benefiting BN,” he told a press conference at the Penang Digital Library here.
Mujahid also said Pakatan Harapan is optimistic that new Umno splinter Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) will be part of their alliance by then.
“We will be having the Pakatan Harapan presidential meeting on December 14 so we will wait for a decision from Bersatu then and we feel it will be a positive decision from them,” he said, referring to PPBM. (more…)
Electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 will sue broadcast station TV3 for defamation over allegations of RM3.2 billion funding by US billionaire George Soros, the group’s chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said today.
Maria said TV3 had run news reports on the claim without attributing the allegation to anyone.
“We have already put in a letter of demand and TV3 has refused to apologise and retract, so we are proceeding with the legal case,” she told reporters here.
Maria said TV3 had made the defamatory claim “every day” on its prime-time slot Buletin Utama before her group’s Bersih 5 rally on November 19, adding that the broadcaster did not seek Bersih 2.0’s comments for the report.
Malaysia is looking at alternatives to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if the mega trade pact does not materialise.
Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said among the options the country was looking at included engaging with countries it has no trade agreements through bilateral trade pacts or to pursue the TPP without the US.
“Some countries have talked about it openly (to pursue TPP). The other option is bilateral. Mexico is a big and important country. For example, Petroliam Nasional Bhd has just got two oil exploration blocks off the Gulf of Mexico.
“A few Malaysian companies are already in Mexico and Canada. That is certainly an option that we are looking at as we are pro-free trade agreements (FTAs) and we have one with Turkey which is doing well. (more…)
Female participation in leadership roles both in local public and private sectors were low, a forum on human rights revealed today.
Zainah Anwar, director of the Musawah global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, said a study conducted this year placed Malaysia 106 out of 144 countries, behind many Asean countries.
“A study in 2011 meanwhile showed that of the 57 per cent of women graduated that year, only 11 per cent made it to the mid to senior management position while five and seven per cent made it to the CEO and members of board levels respectively.
“This is a serious loss in talent,” she said. (more…)
Chinese investment in Johor was part of a global trend, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said today in further rebuttal to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim that an influx of Chinese nationals in the state was imminent.
The Johor mentri besar said the former prime minister should understand the importance of foreign investment given that the latter had flown the world over during his time in power to persuade countries and nations to pump funds into Malaysia.
Khaled added that China has become an economic powerhouse with a large middle class that has a strong appetite for property all over the globe.
“This is a global phenomenon and it behoves all parties, particularly the private sector, to attract investment from China, and specifically to Johor. More so when Johor is just next to Singapore,” he said in a statement. (more…)
Former Bersih 2.0 chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan is the latest activist to be quizzed by police in relation to funds received from US billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundation (OSF).
Ambiga, who was accompanied by lawyer N. Surendran was investigated under the Section 124C of the Penal Code, which covers the “attempt to commit an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy.”
She was called in her capacity as the former Bersih 2.0 chairman. She held the post from November 2010 until November 2013.
“Many NGOs have been dragged in. It’s really an all-out attack on the NGOs,” she told reporters at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman after being questioned by the police for more than one hour. (more…)
Malays should stand up for their rights against “vague” khalwat laws that allow Islamic religious officers to conduct raids that breach their privacy, former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said today.
The one-time de facto law minister claimed that the Islamic law that penalises close proximity between Muslim couples of opposite genders has been abused by religious enforcers to collect large amounts in fine from couples involved would rather pay up than get embroiled in the lengthy process of the Shariah courts.
“If Malays want to protect their dignity from being abused by sex enforcers, they should unite and oppose khalwat law. It’s vague, arbitrary and subject to abuse.
“Malays need to drop their misplaced feeling of shame and then mount a legal challenge. They should tell the religious department to stop harassing couples,” he wrote in his blog. (more…)
Malay Mail Online assistant news editor Boo Su-Lyn was today recognised for “extraordinary reporting on human rights issues” by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).
She received the prize at the commission’s 2016 Human Rights Awards at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations that was also attended by Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Paul Low.
In her acceptance speech, Boo urged Malaysians to vigorously defend their rights and encourage others to follow suit.
“When the powers that be push us, we do not give up, we push back harder and we continue to fight for rights until we break the wheel of tyranny,” she said. (more…)
The relevant authorities have been urged to act on the overloaded lorries plying Jalan Samarakan in Tatau as these heavy vehicles are badly damaging the road and posing danger to other road users.
Assistant Minister for Arts and Culture Datuk John Sikie Tayai in making the call yesterday, lamented that the road was riddled with potholes which were not easily visible at night and on rainy days.
He also voiced concern over the anticipated surge in traffic volume along that stretch of road as people return to their respective home towns for the Christmas holiday and urged the relevant authorities to speedily improve the road’s condition.
“Jalan Samarakan in Tatau has been badly damaged because of the heavy and overloaded trucks carrying logs and also overloaded lorries carrying sand from Kuala Kelebu in Tatau to Bintulu. (more…)
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg is seeking to sell the hornbill state’s lush environment as a “natural studio” to filmmakers.
Johari who is also in charge of state tourism, arts and culture said Sarawak’s unspoilt seafront, jungles and caves provide the perfect unique setting for movie makers, The Borneo Post reported today.
“Recently, I visited a Bollywood studio in India… it was small due to space constraints in Mumbai and we in Sarawak can offer a natural studio which is unique and beautiful. Apart from that, we have a lot of natural talent,” the state minister was quoted saying.
“Sarawak, and Miri in particular, is rich in culture and heritage such as that of the Chinese, Malay and the natives including the oriental. If we can converge these cultures or create cross cultural conversation, we can promote peace globally through films,” he added. (more…)
Frustrated at the lack of action, several local groups have complained to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly and Association about the fear and harassment that Sarawakian natives are routinely subject to in the defence of their property.
In a report submitted yesterday, Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA), Save Rivers Network (SRN) and Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia (JOAS) told of native landowners who have been threatened with arrest and even bodily harm by thugs while erecting blockades from encroaching plantation and logging companies.
“These blockades are routinely dispersed by the police or by gangsters employed by the resource extraction companies who act with impunity,” they said in the report sighted by Malay Mail Online.
SADIA was represented by Peter John Jaban and Karen Shepherd, JOAS by Thomas Jalong and Save Rivers by Mark Bujang in submitting the report to the UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)
SMK St Teresa and the Old Teresians’ Association (OTA) with the assistance of Revolution Run Borneo will be holding a charity run at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Building on Jan 8.
According to a press statement, the run themed ‘Save St Teresa Run’ is the first of a series of fundraising events planned for next year, proceeds to go towards rebuilding the school hall destroyed by fire on Oct 27 this year.
Organisers are hoping to attract at least 3,000 participants and raise RM50,000 from this charity run. So far, 670 runners have registered for the event to be graced by the Chief Minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu and Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education and Family Development Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.
There will be two categories in the run – the 3km and 8km – which are to be flagged off at 7am and 6.45am respectively. (more…)
A newly-formed Borneo-based opposition alliance believes it is not necessary to fall back on “constitutional documents on the Malaysia concept” to push for autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak.
“The struggle for autonomy must be waged within the context of the return of rule of law,” said SakSaMa communications secretary Sheila Fea in an interview.
She said any part of any country in the world could push for autonomy for any number of reasons.
Politics, she said, was about restructuring the distribution of political power and restructuring the allocation of resources.
“This approach is good enough to push for autonomy,” said Sheila. “Most of the revenue and resources of Sabah and Sarawak are going to Putrajaya.” (more…)
Najib Razak is scheduled to make a one-day visit to Kuching and Miri on Dec 18.
A statement issued today by the State Protocol and Public Relations Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department said Najib is expected to open the RM211-million Batang Sadong Bridge near here in the morning.
The 1.48-km-long bridge spanning the Sadong River is in the Batang Sadong parliamentary constituency of Datuk Nancy Shukri, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
Najib is also scheduled to go to Miri where he will launch eight more packages of the ongoing Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project at the Eastwood Valley Country Club.
The statement said the Prime Minister was also expected to witness the signing of 10 work packages by contractors and hand over to them contract documents, letters of award and letters of intent.
Najib will be accompanied by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof on the visits.
Source : The Borneo Post Online
1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) recipients will need to comply with a new requirement of submitting personal documents to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) when updating their personal particulars.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Women’s national vice-president Voon Shiak Ni said she discovered the new requirement when PKR members helped recipients to update their personal information for BR1M next year.
“The BR1M recipients are required to update their personal data yearly even though they have received it in previous years. For this year, the status of BR1M recipients must be supported with personal documents.
“For example, if a recipient has become a widow or widower, he or she needs to submit the death certificate of his or her deceased wife or husband to IRB. As for single parents or divorcees and those who have remarried, the BR1M recipients need to submit their divorce documents and marriage certificate to the IRB. All these need to be done within seven days after their data is updated online,” she told a press conference here yesterday. (more…)
Malaysia has been rated as “grave violators” of the rights and treatment of the non-religious in this year’s Freedom of Thought Report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU).
The country joins Muslim-majority neighbours Indonesia and Brunei, which were similarly ranked as the worst offenders in the Southeast Asian region.
“Malaysia rates very badly for freedom of thought and expression, with ethnic Malays subjected to strict state controls over an enforced, homogenous religious identity, including mandatory Shariah laws, and in two states hudud enactments mandating death for ‘apostasy’,” said the report published this week.
In March 2015, Kelantan passed the amendment to its so-called hudud law, the Syariah Criminal Code (II) Enactment (Kelantan) 1993 which prescribed jail for an apostate to repent, and execution if repentance is impossible. (more…)
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will know on Dec 14 whether the Federal Court will allow or dismiss his application for a review of its decision upholding his conviction and sentence by the Court of Appeal for sodomy.
Anwar is seeking to set aside his conviction, after having been found guilty of sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31, and the five-year sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal on March 7, 2014.
The Federal Court is set to deliver its decision on that day on Anwar’s application to review the decision of a previous panel of the Federal Court.
One of Anwar’s lawyers, Latheefa Koya, informed the media that the Deputy Registrar of the Federal Court, in a letter to Tetuan Daim & Gamany dated Dec 5, informed that the Federal Court would give its decision on Dec 14, at 9am. (more…)
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem has been urged to call for an independent inquiry to inquire and verify on the standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance of the 251 Occupational Ticket (OT) licences and Letter of Authority (LA) which were issued since he assumed the office of the Chief Minister and Resource Planning and Environment Minister.
In making the call, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said the dearth of a mechanism to check the abuse of authority and power to issue timber licences coupled with the failure to take action against those who had flouted the laws and breached their fiduciary duties as civil servants and community leaders were causing the state to lose its valuable timber resources and revenues.
“It appears that some senior officers in the ministry have been issuing timber licences (in OTs and LAs) without the knowledge of the ministers, in defiance of the ministerial directives or evading and sidestepping the directives,” See told a press conference here yesterday. (more…)
Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How welcomes the suggestion by Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum for local lawyers to earn credit hours from various advocacy seminars to get their practising certificate (PC) renewed.
“I agree (with Malanjum’s suggestion). It is a good thing and I think everybody will agree because we are learning all the time. There are a lot of new things that we (can) learn,” he said during a press conference here yesterday.
Malanjum said he hoped to make the ruling compulsory by 2018, adding he would have to deliberate the matter with both the attorney-generals (AGs) of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the Sabah Law Association and Advocates’ Association of Sarawak before arriving at a final decision. (more…)
Local lawyers may have to earn credit hours from various advocacy seminars to get their practising certificate (PC) renewed.
Chief Judge of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum said he hoped to make the ruling compulsory by 2018.
He said he would have to deliberate the matter with both the Attorney Generals (AGs) of Sabah and Sarawak as well as the Sabah Law Association and Advocates’ Association of Sarawak before arriving at a final decision.
“It is still in discussion stage. I need to speak to the state AGs first and the associations. After that we will formulate the rules. Maybe 2018, we can refine it. (more…)
Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian has reminded Barisan Nasional (BN) ministers not to put words into opposition members’ mouth by saying that they agreed with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s stand because nobody said anything during his winding-up address.
Baru, who is state PKR chairman, said he took exception, particularly to the statement by Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh that the opposition had agreed with the chief minister’s stand on reclaiming the state’s rights because nobody said anything during his winding-up address.
“A seasoned BN-man should not presume to know the minds of those who prefer independent and inquiring thinking to perpetually towing the BN line. Being quiet during the CM’s winding-up speech does not mean we agreed with everything he said. That is true of the other Ministers too. (more…)
Sarawak will again deliver a resounding victory to Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), especially if the federal government can fulfil the promises made during the May state election.
According to Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, fulfilling the promises would be crucial, he said in response to being asked to comment on political analysts’ view that BN will retain power in GE14.
“I believe that is particularly (true) in Sarawak; I can’t comment on Semenanjung (Malaysia). As far as Sarawak is concerned, I am sure BN will have the majority particularly, if the federal government can honour, can deliver all the promises during our (last) state election.
“I hope the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and all the ministers who came to help with our state election, and who have promised the projects and programmes can fulfil them in time for the GE14 – that will help us a lot. If that is done – of course, I think Sarawak again will deliver a resounding victory to BN,” Wong, who is Bawang Assan assemblyman and UPP president said. (more…)
Former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim failed to transfer his case to the High Court to determine the constitutionality of a criminal charge.
Sessions Court judge Zaman Mohd Noor dismissed Zaid’s application to challenge the validity of section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA).
The court fixed Feb 21, 2017 for the trial to resume.
Zaid said he will appeal against the dismissal.
“The judge ruled in chambers on Tuesday that he does not have the power to determine my application,” said Zaid in updating the media. (more…)
Sarawak Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Abdullah Saidol has cautioned that Sarawak will not remain an electoral “fixed deposit” state if the ruling coalition’s promises are not fulfilled.
Putting the federal government on notice, Abdullah, who is also Semop assemblyman, said: “The federal government’s promises must be fullfilled.”
Speaking at the BNBBC dinner Abdullah said: “It should not assume that Sarawak will remain a ‘fixed deposit’ state even if it doesn’t keep its promises.”
The Borneo Post quoted him as saying that the the federal government should also give positive feedback on its negotiations with the state government, (more…)
Sarawak Reform Party (Reform) president Lina Soo has dismissed Lim Guan Eng’s offer of autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak as mere “lip service”, Borneo Post reported.
She called for the Penang chief minister to back his words with the right action by first pulling his party out from the state.
“If Lim Guan Eng is sincere, he should observe Sarawak and Sabah’s autonomous political rights by pulling his party out and let local parties fight Barisan Nasional in the two states,” Soo was quoted as saying by the Sarawak-based daily.
She was referring to the DAP secretary-general’s speech at the party’s national conference on Sunday, where Lim promised greater autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak, as well as proposed a new federalism.
The Sarawak government has clarified a newspaper report that said the state’s forest department has continued to issue logging licences despite a public directive by Chief Minister Adenan Satem that all such licences had been halted.
On Sunday, The Borneo Post reported that the Sarawak forest department continued to issue new logging permits, called the OT (Occupation Ticket) licences and LA (Letter Of Authority) despite an assurance by Chief Minister Adenan Satem at the state assembly in November 2014 that logging licences would no longer be issued to curb corruption and illegal logging.
The newspaper report, entitled “Directive on timber licences flouted?”, said that as of Jan 12, 2016, a total of 102 OT and LA licences had been issued in the state.
The report cited Sarawak Forest director Sapuan Ahmad as providing the figures during a departmental briefing. (more…)
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak was not surprised by Umno-led federal government’s move to take over tabling the Private Member’s Bill to propose to empower the Syariah Court in meting out criminal punishments from PAS.
Its chairman Baru Bian said it appeared that to Umno, the only way to push Sarawak BN over the edge is to adopt the Bill as their own, for Sarawak BN have always shown themselves to be compliant followers of Umno/BN.
He charged that Umno will definitely play the ‘duty/guilt’ mind games with the Muslim BN leaders to support the Bill in its new form.
“Let us be clear about it – Umno is desperate to latch on to PAS grassroots votes due to the eroding support from its vote bank. (more…)
New rules are complicating new applications for the government welfare payout Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), says PKR Wanita national vice-chief Voon Shiak Ni.
She said thousands of people were swarming its service centres to enquire about their applications this month and hoped BR1M will improve its services.
BR1M service centres are open for new applications from Dec 4 to 31. The money is to be paid from January.
Voon said the new rules had made the application process unnecessarily difficult.
“We are helping people to update their data for the BR1M aid and we observe there are new requirements that have not been announced. (more…)
Sarawak 4 Sarawakians (S4S) says the state should be given more rights to its resources as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
The group’s spokesperson, Fong Pau Teck, revealed S4S would be sending a memorandum asking the British government to ensure Putrajaya abides by the treaty.
“On Aug 27, 1976, the Malaysian government unilaterally amended the federal constitution to regroup the Federation of Malaysia into 13 states as opposed to the original three territories of Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah as per the Malaysia Agreement.
“This reduced the political status of Sarawak and Sabah from being two of three equal component territories to two of thirteen components of the Federation. This is a clear breach of the agreement.” (more…)
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan must be commended for opting for diplomacy rather than confrontation to reclaim Sarawak’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Veteran politician Dato Peter Minos said confrontation is good only between adversaries but not among friends and partners, since confrontation often ended in bad feelings or even in bad blood.
“But of course nobody is stopped from barking and shouting, even posturing, for we have freedom and democracy.
But we cannot put much hope on that strategy of confrontation and adversarial politics, not least in a federation,” said Minos, a former deputy information chief of State Barisan Nasional lynchin Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB). (more…)
A Kedah Umno Youth leader demanded Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad apologise to all Muslims for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad at the recent DAP convention.
Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin also claimed that the former prime minister had previously insulted hudud and made fun of the Prophet’s beard.
“Dr Mahathir should not only apologise to all Muslims for this insolence, but should recite his ‘istighfar’ in addition to the ‘shahada’ because there might have been idolatry,” Shaiful Hazizy said in a statement.
“Istighfar” refers to the recitation to seek forgiveness from God, while “shahadah” is the proclamation of Muslims declaring belief in the oneness of God and accepting Muhammad as His prophet. (more…)
Welfare group Hope Place Kuching (Hope) has urged several physically challenged villagers from Long Lamam in Baram to seek assistance from the State Welfare Department with regards to their stateless status immediately.
Without a MyKad, they lose out on the many types of assistance offered by the government, said Hope founder Kelvin Wan.
On Friday, Hope visited Miri Welfare Department just to pursue the matter on behalf of the stateless villagers.
“The main reason of paying the officers the visit on Dec 2 is to help the disabled in Long Lamam to submit their application forms. (more…)
Lawyer Eric Paulsen is worried the Political Donations and Expenditure Act (PDEA), if it comes into effect, will be used to clamp down on civil societies.
Paulsen, who is also Lawyers for Liberty executive director, claimed it would be “extremely” difficult for civil societies that deal with “hard hitting” issues such as free and fair elections, deaths in custody, and freedom of the media to raise funds locally.
“If the PDEA draft were to come in, we could expect it to cause a lot of difficulties to NGOs that rely on funders,” he said.
He believed that there was nothing wrong in receiving funding but what mattered was how the money was used. (more…)
A PAS election agent has been fined RM5,000 for locking nine ballot boxes after an advance voting session at an army camp in Port Dickson in the last general election.
A three-man Court of Appeal bench, led by Wira Mohtarudin Baki, in allowing the Election Commission’s (EC) appeal, said there was merit in the case.
The bench also increased the fine imposed on Azahari Ismail after a cross appeal by the public prosecutor.
“I hope this type of things will not happen again,” Mohtarudin said.
Azahari was charged under Section 3 (1) (i) of the Election Offences Act 1954. (more…)
Issuing of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) card to Myanmar nationals needed to be reviewed, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
He said this was to ensure that the card was only issued to ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees in this country.
“I urge that the (National) Security Council look again at the card issued by the UNHCR which should be issued to the Rohingyas,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, here, today.
Shahidan said he was worried if some of the UNHCR card holders were also involved in committing atrocities against the ethnic Rohingyas in the Rakhine region of Myanmar.
He also said that the United Nations should investigate on Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing the carnage to go on in Rakhine State.
“She (Aung San Suu Kyi) should remember and see whether she qualified to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I did not expect that she who had purportedly fought for human rights, has allowed the killings and other atrocities to occur in her own backyard,” he added.
Source : Bernama Online
Very few stories about teenagers helping their community, are reported. So, who would have thought that a trip to Australia, and visiting the various attractions, would have inspired a teenager to be creative and think of a project to stimulate awareness of children with special needs?
This year, teenagers from the i-Innovative Gavel Club, decided to do something different to raise funds for a charity. Led by the president, 16-year-old Lea Ng Yong Ru, they decided to raise money for children with special needs, so that they would not be excluded from the experiences, which most other children enjoy.
In the interview below, Lea, who is also a keen musician, and plays trumpet in her school band and the Kinta wind orchestra, outlines the reasons for the club’s theme, which is society’s acceptance of body imperfections. She said that the people who offered to go bald, had their hair cut, at the Ipoh parade, on Sunday 20th November. (more…)
A United Nations (UN) representative “jumped the gun” when he said civil society should not be criminalised for receiving foreign funding, deputy home minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said.
Nur Jazlan asserted that the authorities have the right to investigate such foreign-funded groups if they carry out “political activities”, such as political rallies.
“The UN rapporteur is jumping the gun on allegations of criminalising NGOs,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted yesterday, noting that the government is merely carrying out investigations.
Yesterday, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to peaceful assembly and association Maina Kiai said Putrajaya should not criminalise civil society organisations for receiving foreign funding when businesses and governments also have such funding sources. (more…)
Malaysians students registered better scores in mathematics, science and reading according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Education Ministry announced today.
“For scientific knowledge, the score obtained is 443 points, an increase of 23 points compared to the 2012 PISA in which 420 points were obtained.
“For literary abilities, the score obtained is 431, which is an increase of 33 points compared to 398 in 2012.
“For mathematics, the score obtained is 446 points, which is an increase of 25 points, compared to the 2012 PISA whereby the score was 420,” deputy director-general, Datuk Dr Amin Senin told a special press conference here. (more…)
The Prisons Department did not allow former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to call a press conference while in court as claimed by a news portal, said Prisons Department deputy director-general (Security and Corrections) Hassan Sakimon.
He said an evaluation of the video clip carried by the portal found that Anwar spoke to the press while being escorted out after the end of proceedings at the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Syariah Appeals Court here yesterday.
Each time Anwar was escorted to court, he said the officers escorting him would often be blocked by pressmen and members of the public, which made it possible for oral interaction to happen. This was beyond the control of the department.
“The existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) are enlisted to ensure escorting of all convicts, including Anwar, are implemented with safety as the top priority,” he said in a statement here. (more…)
PKR has urged Putrajaya to wait for Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) to complete its electric train service (ETS) between Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru before going ahead with its high-speed rail project (HSR).
The party’s strategic director Sim Tze Tzin cautioned that rushing the HSR, which leads back and forth between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, could result in a waste of billions of ringgit.
“According to economists, the HSR requires 140 million trips a year to ‘break even’. This is equivalent to 384,000 trips per day.
“The population of Malaysia, Singapore and tourists are not sufficient to meet that demand,” he said in a statement today.
Sim claimed that though the HSR was faster than the ETS, the difference in travel time only translated to between 60 and 90 minutes. (more…)
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Faculty Programme has given opportunities for students to understand and have a better perspective on the guest speaker’s particular field, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.
He said the programme, which enables the CEOs to share their insights and experiences with students in lecture halls, could help give them a real-world life experience from a position of someone who has been in the industry.
“The major benefits of the programme is the enhancement of the students’ educational experience as they get a chance to understand the day-to-day operation of a major organisation.
“This is important because it will show the differences between the things the students learn from textbooks and in classes from the real industry,” he told reporters after Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s (UTM) Leadership Lecture Series here today. (more…)
About 100 people, including monks, participated in a protest rally against Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Mahabandoola Park in downtown Yangon yesterday, the Myanmar Times reported.
They had demanded that Myanmar’s foreign affairs ministry and the Asean grouping rebuke Najib for “not upholding Asean values”.
The protest was led by the Myanmar National Monk Union (Yangon), with its secretary U Thu Satetta saying that the group “cannot accept that they insult our nationality”.
“We will do everything we can, either protesting or sending out signed requests, because we do not want to give even an inch of our country.
“We cannot accept the fact that they insult our nationality, so even if we need to take up arms, we might do so,” he was quoted as saying by the Myanmar daily. (more…)
Barisan Nasional must clearly state whether shariah enforcement officers can arrest and detain non-Muslims during a raid before agreeing to amend Act 355 to strengthen the powers of shariah courts.
MCA spokesman Ti Lian Ker asked what would happen to a non-Muslim who sold alcohol to a Muslim.
“Will he be fined?
“What happens when a Muslim man is nabbed in bed with a non-Muslim woman?What happens to her then?”
Ti, who is the party’s religious harmony bureau chairman, pointed out that the prime minister had repeatedly assured non-Muslims that the proposed amendments to Act 355 — or the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 — would not affect them and they would not be applied to non-Muslims. (more…)
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is confident of commanding 80 per cent of the people’s trust and confidence as early as next year by effectively fighting corruption.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (Prevention), Datuk Shamsun Baharin Mohd Jamil said, this was expected to be achieved earlier than the previous target following the commission’s ongoing efforts to combat corruption, regardless of rank and position.
“Public confidence in the MACC continued to increase from 65.8 per cent last year to 73 per cent this year.
“This is a good improvement and we are confident of surpassing the 80 per cent international standard level.
“We hope to achieve this as soon as possible, perhaps in a year,” he told reporters after the launch of the Eastern Zone-level Anti-Corruption Awareness Campaign at the Temerloh Rest and Recreation area (eastbound), here, today.
It was launched by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.
Source : Bernama Online
Umno President Najib Razak mocked the opposition today, claiming they had a tendency to link him to high profile murders, including that of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu.
Najib said opposition parties were fond of spreading lies about him, not because of who he was, but because of the position he held.
“Every time there is a murder, I must be involved in it.
“Even when it concerns someone I don’t know. I have never met Altantuya, but I was accused of her murder. (more…)
After electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 and the Bar Council, the police are now investigating Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) to ascertain if it also received funds from US billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF).
Eric Paulsen of LFL and three others from Bersih 2.0 were summoned to the Bukit Aman to give their statements over the matter today.
According to lawyer R. Sivarasa, the police did not specify the purpose of questioning LFL.
“The police just said it was in relation with the recent raid at the Bersih’s office and maybe they are trying to connect the dots to see if LFL is trying to overthrow the government in undemocratic ways,” he told reporters outside the police headquarters. (more…)
State PKR chairman Baru Bian maintains that the amendment of the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction Act 1965) (Act 355) is introduction of Hudud law in essence no matter how it is called.
He said Sarawakian politicians should not just accept that the amendment of Act 355 was not Hudud just because Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said it was not.
“Whatever names you call it, it is Hudud in all forms and in essence. They are now trying to say that it is not Hudud to get the support from the component parties,” Baru told The Borneo Post yesterday.
The Ba Kelalan state assemblyman said state PKR’s stance remained the same and there was no wavering. (more…)
THE Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (MIDT) is proposing construction of Sarawak Expressway or the Second Trunk Road which runs from Sibu to Kuching, between current coastal road and the Pan Borneo Highway.
According to its minister, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing who brought up the proposal at the State Legislative Assembly sitting yesterday, the road which is expected to cost RM5 billion would reduce travelling distance from Sibu to Kuching by 200km.
“It means you and I can save our travelling from Kuching to Sibu or vice-versa by at least two to two-and-a-half hours,” said Masing when delivering his winding-up speech. (more…)
Sarawak Energy Bhd remains committed to supporting the education of the Penans in Belaga and those affected by the Murum HEP by contributing to the Bakun Charitable Trust for the second year.
Its chief executive officer (CEO) Sharbini Suhaili presented a cheque for RM200,000 to the chairman of Bakun Charitable Trust who is also Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing at his office in the State Legislative Assembly building here yesterday.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between SEB and Bakun Charitable Trust last year to provide further education support for the Penans in Belaga District, especially those directly affected by the newly-completed Murum HEP.
The MoU defines how a special education fund worth RM200,000 annually, parked under the Bakun Charitable Trust, will be utilised to support the education needs of the Penans. (more…)
The future of 531 families staying in the oldest low-cost housing flats here is not assured despite the state vesting the land in the care of the Kuching South Municipal Council (MBKS).
Padungan DAP assemblyman Wong King Wei said families staying on the 14-acre land in the city’s Golden Triangle still risked being evicted in the future as ownership of the land remained in a technical limbo.
He said the current state government’s guarantee for the residents to stay on may not preclude future city development.
“This is the worrying part. This land is a legacy left behind by the British government for the poor here. (more…)