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September 23, 2016

Ali Tinju arrested and freed on bail, says IGP

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igp-ali-tinjuMohd Ali Baharom, or Ali Tinju, has been arrested, and freed on bail following his threat against Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said there was no basis in claims that the police practised double standards in acting against the Gerakan Merah leader.

“That’s why I said, people should stop making statements if they don’t know a thing about it.

“We have arrested Ali Tinju and released him on bail. We took the same actions we did against (Jelutong MP) Jeff Ooi. There are no double standards,” he said, referring to Ooi who was recently probed over his “adios” tweet following the death of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din. (more…)

Get the one who defamed teachers

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While it comes as a relief that the recent video alleging that a principal and a teacher were caught kissing and fondling each other in a national school meeting room was not true, the Ministry of Education and the National Union of Teaching Profession must find out who is out to sully the noble profession.

Minister of Education Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid tweeted that investigations have shown that the two main actors in the viral video are not teachers and it did not take place in a school as reported.

The very video, first uploaded in mid September by a Jones Jangkat, when it was shared infuriated not only parents but disgusted students and so many questions raced our minds as we cursed the two, thinking that they were teachers.

Some commentators joked that these two may be husband and wife who are so bogged down with teaching and teachers’ work that they have had no time at home. Many other condemned these two and said they have stained teachers nationwide. (more…)

‘Too simplistic to say Malay votes will go to Umno’

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Awang Azman Awang PawiIt is flawed and condescending. A political analyst said this about the argument that the recent redelineation exercise will only benefit Umno.

Some political parties had claimed that a huge number of Malay voters had been shifted into traditional Umno seats.

Speaking to FMT, UM Political Analyst Associate Professor Awang Azman Awang Pawi said assumptions that the redelineation would only benefit Umno were too simplistic.

He said the voting patterns of the Malay community had evolved, and this was especially the case in urban areas. (more…)

PKR to gather voters nationwide to protest against redelineation

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azmin-ali-sprPKR will mobilise at least 100 voters in contentious constituencies outside Selangor and Penang, where it does not hold power, to protest against the “unfair” redelineation proposals by the Election Commission (EC).

Its deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said this would be done before the 30-day deadline that expires on Oct 14.

“We feel the EC has violated all principles provided in the Federal Constitution on the redrawing of boundaries,” he told reporters after opening the RM28.9 million flyover linking the LDP to Puchong Utama and Batu 14 here.

Selangor and Penang are under Pakatan Rakyat and both state governments and local authorities could file complaints to the EC. (more…)

Anwar called Mahathir ‘untrustworthy mamak’, court told

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Umno’s Lenggeng Assemblyman Ishak Ismail told the court that then deputy prime minister and finance minister Anwar Ibrahim had once helped him to “expedite” his loan approval for an Ayer Keroh development project.

“He (as Finance Minister) helped me to seek a loan from a finance company for my project worth millions of ringgit.”

“He told the company that I was his friend,” he said, responding to Anwar’s lawyer, Latheefa Koya.

She is representing Anwar, the former parliamentary opposition leader, in a RM100 million defamation lawsuit against Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. (more…)

September 22, 2016

Breakthrough student credits SJKC

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Two young Malaysians have done the country proud with their achievements, one for his service above self and another for a breakthrough discovery that could be a game changer for modern medicine.

Dr Mohd Lutfi Fadil Lokman, 28, was selected as a United Nation Young Leader from a list of 18,000 nominations from 186 countries around the world. He was among was among 17 young people named as advocates of change for the United Nations.

Shu Lam, a PhD student at Melbourne Uni’s School of Engineering, made a significant discovery which offers a potential alternative to destroying superbugs, without harming the body.

In an interview with Sin Chew Daily, she credits her early education at a Chinese medium primary school (SJKC) for her strong foundation in mathematics and science. This shaped her interest and gave her confidence to excel in chemistry and medical research. (more…)

Bersih Sarawak plans statewide convoy

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Image result for ann teo bersihBersih Sarawak plans to hold a statewide convoy this year, starting from Miri on October 1 and ending in Kuching on November 19.

A group representing various participating NGOs today went to the state police headquarters at Jalan Baharuddin here to present a letter seeking permission to hold the event.

Its spokesman Ahmad Awang Ali said around 5,000 people were expected to join the convoy which will pass through a number of towns along the Miri/Kuching trunk road.

“The participants include those who will attend our planned rallies and other activities in towns like Sri Aman, Lachau, Simunjan, Balai Ringin, Gedong, Serian, Kota Samarahan, Kota Padawan, Petrajaya, Matang, Demak Laut, Kota Sentosa and finally Tabuan,” he told the media here, today. (more…)

Christians pray for more religious freedom

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(From left) Cheong, Justin, Ng (third right) and other church leaders during the Benediction Session.The Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) prayed for greater religious freedom during the 53rd Malaysia Day celebration.

ACS chairman Reverend Datuk Dr Justin Wan said currently there was some flux to religious freedom in the country.

“Right now, we sense a little bit of instability, where freedom of religion may not be that firm,” he said, when met by The Borneo Post after attending the joint Malaysia Day Service on Sept 16, hosted by Anglican Church and St Columba Church Miri.

“In the last few years, there have been religious issues, like restricted use of the word Allah, conversion, and Hudud.”

Justin, who is also Borneo Evangelical Mission (SIB) president, rated religious freedom as among the big challenges facing the nation now. (more…)

Why pay more, PKR leader asks of EPF-DUKE deal

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The acquisition of 40 per cent of the DUKE highway concessionaire by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has come under fire by an opposition lawmaker for the premium amount paid for the purchase.

PKR’s Director of Strategy Sim Tze Tzin said the price tag of RM1.13 bilion paid by EPF to Ekovest Bhd’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Nuzen Corp Sdn Bhd, is more than three times what the equal amount of shares would have been worth just two years ago.

“When Ekovest purchased a 30 per cent stake in DUKE highway from Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) in 2014, they only paid RM228 million, which translated the value of DUKE highway as RM760 million at the time.

“That would translate to RM304 million for a 40 per cent stake. So, it is startling to learn EPF is paying RM1.13 billion for 40 per cent now,” Sim said in a statement today, demanding an explanation from EPF on the purchase. (more…)

Were Sidek, Ratu Naga’s rights violated?

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Were the rights of former journalist Sidek Kamiso and Ratu Naga or Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah disregarded when they were taken into police custody?

According to Section 23 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the police can make an arrest without warrant. It should be an arrest over a seizable offence. However, the line between a seizable office and non-seizable offence has been blurred.

For seizable offences, such as murder, robbery or theft, a police officer can arrest the suspect with or without warrant or order from the Public Prosecutor in the course of his investigation.

On the other hand, a “non-seizable offence” is an offence where police officers are only allowed to make an arrest with a warrant, according to the third column of the First Schedule to the CPC. (more…)

Polls in March? That’s PM’s prerogative, says Salleh

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Responding to a recent Bloomberg report that speculated that Najib may call for elections as early as next March, Salleh merely said that was Najib’s “prerogative”.

“In our system of democracy, it is the PM’s prerogative to dissolve Parliament.

“Our purpose of forming a government is not just to call for elections, it is to serve the people,” Salleh said.

He said the government still has much on its agenda to deal with before any thought is given to calling for elections.

“We’re waiting for our budget for 2017; the PM also has to address various issues with the people. When the time comes for the elections, we will be ready. (more…)

De Niro: Son sold US$55m NY properties to Jho Low

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robertHollywood A-lister, Robert De Niro said he is aware that his son had been involved in the sale of two New York properties worth a total of US$55 million (RM227 million) to Low Taek Jho.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), he acknowledged that his son Raphael was the agent who facilitated the deal for the controversial Malaysian businessman linked to the 1MDB scandal.

The Goodfellas actor said he was aware of the scandal involving the alleged embezzlement of funds from the state-owned investment firm, but denied having any links to it.

“I don’t care whether my name is associated with it. I didn’t do anything,” De Niro was quoted as saying by THR. (more…)

Conservative forces dominating Islam, says SIS

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Zainah-AnwarConservative and authoritarian forces have been given space to define, dominate and decide what Islam is and is not, an activist lamented yesterday.

Sisters in Islam (SIS) co-founder Zainah Anwar said it was clear that the issue was not so much about Islam and “living the divine will on earth” as about power, privilege and politics.

The Star reported that Zainah raised the question as to why she should have to choose between being a Muslim and a feminist, or between being a Muslim and a human rights activist.

She was speaking on ‘In Search Of Common Ground: Reconciling Islam And Human Rights’ at the 4th Raja Aziz Addruse Memorial Lecture here yesterday. (more…)

Govt legal aid scheme allows lawyers to hone their skills

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YBGKAlthough it has run into financial problems, the government-sponsored legal aid scheme is a good training ground in criminal law practice for young lawyers.

Former Selangor Bar Committee Legal Aid co-chairman K A Ramu said these young lawyers were able to represent clients during remand, bail applications, trials and appeals.

“These lawyers come in handy to represent poor and needy clients who otherwise have to pay hefty legal fees to engage counsel.

“If not for the scheme, the poor will not have access to justice when they are unrepresented in court,” Ramu told FMT.

He was responding to an FMT report last week that the government-funded scheme had hit a snag as lawyers were reluctant to represent clients. (more…)

Opposition MPs denied entry into EC office

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Tan Kok WaiOpposition lawmakers who went to meet with the Election Commission (EC) over the ongoing redelineation exercise today returned disappointed.

They were not even allowed to enter the Federal Territories’ (FT) EC office here, despite having given notice of their intention and visit, according to the DAP’s Tan Kok Wai.

“We are disappointed. We had notified them of our visit, which was meant to seek an explanation on the redelineation and to collect the new redelineation maps for the FT parliamentary constituencies.

“‎We were told initially that our visit wouldn’t be accepted officially, but that we would be allowed to visit (unofficially) to obtain the information,” he told reporters at a press conference at the TH Selborn Tower lobby here. (more…)

EPF pay premium for 40% of DUKE highway

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dukeEkovest Bhd has sold 40 per cent of its stake in the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) concessionaire to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for RM1.13 billion, The Edge Financial Daily reported today.

In filing the matter with Bursa Malaysia yesterday, Ekovest said that it had agreed, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Nuzen Corp Sdn Bhd, to sell the stake in concessionaire Konsortium Lebuhraya Utara-Timur (KL) Sdn Bhd (Kesturi) to the EPF.

The sale also puts the valuation of Kesthuri at RM2.83 billion, which is almost four times its value just two years ago, with analysts calling it “a good deal for Ekovest”, and “a little on the high side”, according to the business daily.

In 2014, Ekovest had purchased 30 per cent in Kesthuri from Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) for RM228 million cash. This had placed the valuation of the concessionaire at RM760 million at the time. (more…)

Nazir says Johor Sultan is right about education

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nazir-razakBanker Nazir Razak agrees with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar that a single-stream education system is good for national unity.

In an Instagram post today, the CIMB chairman says: “Agree with Tuanku. This is a critical but highly sensitive issue that needs to be considered.”

At a meeting with leaders of Chinese associations yesterday afternoon, Sultan Ibrahim had once again raised the importance of a single-stream education system in the country.

Saying that education is about both developing quality talent and uniting communities, the brother of Prime Minister Najib Razak added: (more…)

Explain basis for redelineation, EC told

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Ti-Lian-Ker_ivanpal-grewal-singh_spr_600MCA and Gerakan have called on the Election Commission (EC) to explain the basis for its proposed redelineation of electoral constituencies.

Speaking to FMT, MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman Ti Lian Ker said the redrawing of boundaries according to the proposal could “tear the nation apart” and it was essential that the EC explain it.

The proposal seemed to pit Umno’s tendency to harp on Malay supremacy against DAP’s politics of Chinese chauvinism, he added.

“This does not bode well for the politics of moderation practised by BN,” he said. (more…)

Poor students get their right to healthy meals

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Mary Anne K Baltazar, Pusat Beli2a, Alamesra Youth-PREP CentreSome students in Kota Kinabalu are so poor that it’s quite normal to hear of one who typically survives on only a bowl of instant noodles a day.

This is according to Mary Anne K Baltazar, the Manager of Pusat Belia’s Alamesra Youth-PREP Centre in the Sabah capital. She was explaining to FMT why the centre recently started a food programme called BAH Makan, which stands for “Belia Ada Hak (Youths Have Rights)”.

Baltazar asserted that youth rights included the right to regular and balanced meals.

BAH Makan was initiated in July and is aimed at helping out students at private colleges around the area where the Alamesra Centre has its offices.

“The lack of financial resources has been a key issue faced by youths, particularly students from rural communities who are studying at private institutions in KK,” Baltazar said. (more…)

Guan Eng: No snap polls for Penang, for now

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Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state believed it could consider snap polls as an option later as the redelineation issue takes more time. — Picture by K.E. OoiPenang is not considering early elections for now, state Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

Instead, he said the state government, the local council and 100 voters from each affected constituency will file objections against the Election Commission’s (EC) controversial proposed redelineation exercise, which he asserted to be in violation of the one man-one vote rule.

“For now, we have not discussed the possibility of calling for snap polls,” he said when asked if the state will consider calling for snap polls in Penang before the EC completes its redelineation exercise.

The Penang lawmaker said the state believed it could consider snap polls as an option later as the redelineation issue takes more time. (more…)

Opposition MPs denied entry at EC office

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Pakatan Harapan leaders (Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, second from right) demands an explanation from the police after being refused entry at the Election Commission office in Kuala Lumpur on September 22, 2016. ― Picture by Yiswaree PalansamyOpposition lawmakers who arrived to submit their objections to the proposed electoral redelineation were blocked from entering the Election Commission (EC) office here today.

Police personnel stationed at the lobby of Menara TH Selborn here refused entry to Pakatan Harapan leaders despite several attempts to seek clarification on the order for the block.

“I just want to find out, what the exact order was? Just Pakatan Harapan or the public too?” Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai questioned one of the policemen here.

“If you ask us to go through the objection process but you don’t want to see us, then how?” Wangsa Maju MP Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong asked.

The police officer on duty reiterated that he was following orders, but declined to elaborate. (more…)

Tian Chua: PKR in talks with Shafie’s new party

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tian-chua-darellFormer Umno leader Shafie Apdal’s new party will work alongside the Federal Opposition pact Pakatan Harapan in Sabah, PKR Vice-President Tian Chua said today.

Tian Chua told this to reporters in explaining that the resignation of Penampang MP Darell Leiking from PKR is not a sign that the party is losing its base in Sabah.

“It (Shafie’s new party) is also our friendly party. We have also discussed this with Shafie.

“In the current situation, Sabahans need a stronger local voice and he (Darell) wanted to concentrate on state politics rather than national politics,” Chua said. (more…)

Now everyone will have to pay extra to fly

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The airport tax or Passenger Service Charge (PSC) is to be increased in all airports in the country soon, reported The Sun today.

The report said the new PSC rates would affect domestic and international categories, as well as a new “Asean” category.

According to aviation sources, the new PSC charges will be – RM11 for domestic flights (an increase of RM2 from the current RM9), RM73 for international flights – up from the current RM65 out of KLIA, and RM32 from klia 2. The charges for Asean countries will be RM35.

Those flying to international destinations out of klia2 are the most affected as they have to fork out RM41 more, said the report. (more…)

Hidden hand trying to stop Bersih?

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Bersih 2.0 has claimed that a hidden hand is using all state resources to stop Bersih 5 even before the rally has begun. Its treasurer, Thomas Fann was denied entry into Sarawak this morning and was put on the same plane back to Kuala Lumpur.

Fann was scheduled to attend a series of meetings with local groups in Miri, Bintulu and Sibu in preparation for the Bersih 5 rally which was announced last week to call for free and fair elections and institutional reforms in the wake of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) actions against those linked to the 1MDB scandal.

“The Immigration Department is now acting against the spirit of the Federal Constitution which allows for freedom of movement and guarantees the right to dissent through peaceful protests,” Bersih said in a statement issued today.

“Several days ago, top cop Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar displayed intent to investigate Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah for trying to topple the government. (more…)

September 21, 2016

Headless Sarawak non-Islamic affairs unit sparks anxiety among Christians

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Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) secretary general Ambrose Linang says he does not know when the appointment of head of the Non-Islamic Affairs Unit will he announced, September 21, 2016. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Christians expressed unease today over the pile-up of unresolved religious cases affecting them three months after the state announced the set-up of a non-Islamic affairs unit.

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS Baru) president Cobbold John Lusoi urged Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas not to delay naming the head of the Non-Islamic Affairs Unit.

“It has been quite a long while since we heard of any progress with regards to the announcement by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem on the setting up  of the unit last June,” he told Malay Mail Online.

He said there were many issues affecting non-Muslims that needed to be resolved, and cited the usage of the word “Allah” by Christians as an example. (more…)

Najib & Rosmah now ‘international pariahs’: UNESCO withdrawal the start of global boycott against scandalous duo?

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Unesco has postponed an award it planned to give to Rosmah Mansor, the Malaysian prime minister’s wife, at the last minute in a sign of the growing international fallout from a corruption scandal engulfing the country’s leaders.

Irina Bokova, the Unesco director-general, wrote to Ms Rosmah this month saying Malaysia’s first lady was to receive the award at an event in New York this Thursday, according to the Malaysian government.

The award was to recognise efforts to counter extremism through the education system and honour the work of Permata, a Malaysian organisation that works with children and teenagers. Permata was founded by Ms Rosmah.

However, Malaysia’s ambassador to the UN was told in an email that it would be deferred to 2017 because of questions about Permata’s funding, according to a Malaysian government statement on Tuesday. (more…)

Petronas to cut more jobs

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petronas Petronas is planning to cut several hundred more jobs, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Petronas said Tuesday that it continually reviews its business strategies and staffing levels as it adjusts to changes in demand.

“This transformation exercise cuts across the entire Petronas group, including at subsidiary levels,” the company said in a statement. “More information will be disclosed as and when appropriate.”

The report said Petronas had in March said it was cutting 1,000 jobs. (more…)

WSJ: Hundreds of Petronas employees may lose jobs

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Hundreds of Petronas employees may have to look for new jobs soon, as the national oil and gas firm is reported to be downsizing.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) cited sources as saying that Petronas “is looking to cut several hundred more jobs as it continues to grapple with weak oil prices”.

It also cited a Petronas statement on Tuesday as saying the firm will “continually review its business strategies and staffing levels as it adjusts to changes in demand.

“This transformation exercise cuts across the entire Petronas group, including at subsidiary levels. (more…)

Of one man, one vote in Malaysia

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The recent proposal in regards to the delimitation of constituencies has raised many eyebrows. It seems that the principle of ‘one man, one vote’ is just words or is it so?

The one man, one vote principle is one in which the value of each vote is equal to each other and it is one of the core principles that ensures voting rights of a citizen in a democratic country is not diminished. The equal value of each vote can be maintained by preventing malapportionment through the equality in size of each constituency.

This principle has been acknowledged internationally as one of the core human rights of a democratic society and can be found in Article 25 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Article 21 of the United Nations Human Rights Committee General Comment 25.

Malaysia has yet to accede to UN’s ICCPR but it has been decided by the case of Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad vs Public Prosecutor, a 2014 Court of Appeal case which states that any principles contained in an international convention which don’t contradict with the provisions in the Federal Constitution can be accepted and be used to further interpret the rights enshrined in the constitution. (more…)

Former Sarawak DAP rep says not jumping to another party

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At a press conference with Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen (right) in Kuching, September 21, 2016, former Dudong assemblyman Yap Hoi Liong said he had discussed with his family members before making a decision to quit the DAP. — Picture by Sulok TawieFormer Dudong assemblyman Yap Hoi Liong has denied that he is leaving DAP for a rival party.

Instead, he told reporters that he made his decision after considering his son’s welfare and other family matters.

“It is not that I wanted to jump to another party or being bought over. I have no intention to join any other party,” the single-term lawmaker said, after meeting Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen here today.

“Chong is very much aware of the predicament I am in now,” he said, declining to elaborate.

He said he had discussed the matter with his family members, but not with party leaders, before making a decision to leave DAP. (more…)

Will DAP really ‘benefit’ from EC redelineation exercise?

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Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong has made one of the most outlandish statements of our time that the DAP ‘benefited’ from the lastest redelineation exercise of the Election Commission (EC).

At the same time, MCA president Liow Tiong Lai is also making a similar case to paint MCA as the victim of the re-delineation exercise and tried very hard to imply that MCA’s supposed losses in the exercise are DAP’s gains.

There are even media opinion pieces in the Chinese media implying that, through the re-delineation exercise, Umno intends to favour DAP at the expense of MCA and Gerakan.

Such statements are malicious falsehoods and nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is that Umno is in trouble and it is worried about whether it can continue to hold on to power. The sole purpose of the 2016 re-delineation exercise is to help Umno win by default, with or without MCA and Gerakan, as these parties have been dependent on Umno votes to win seats. (more…)

Dr M Is Right – Sirul Is Too Scared To Reveal All

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How do you tell a man, detained for almost two years in Australia for entering the country for not telling the authorities that he is a convicted murderer, that in Australia, the individual can decide his own fate by the things he does in mitigating the circumstance of the crime he had committed?

How do you tell Sirul Azhar Umar that in Australia there are laws that a Minister or the Prime Minister cannot circumvent without putting his public office in jeopardy?

And that in Australia “due process” means just that! That there is a way of doing things that allows an individual the opportunity to plead his case through the Department that now detains him. If that fails there is then a tribunal to hear your case….if that too fails there is eventually the High Court where you can stand in open Court and explain to the Court that what you did was upon the instructions of your superior whose instructions you are required to obey and do without question?

Sirul Azhar Umar has applied for a Protection Visa to be given permission to stay in Australia as he does not want to return to Malaysia. (more…)

Sultan repeats call for one school system at meet with Chinese leaders

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Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, at a meeting with leaders of Chinese associations this afternoon in the state capital, once again stressed the importance of a single-stream education system.

Commenting on racial unity in the country which has not been fully realised, the Johor sultan believes this is due to schools being separated according to race.

Citing a Malay proverb “melentur buluh biarlah dari rebung” (start cultivating values at a young age), the sultan is therefore of the opinion that the young should be mixed in a unified education system.

This, in turn, would produce a united new generation.

“They cannot be separated according to race or religion. This basic education is very important to inculcate values and cultures in a multiracial society,” he said in his speech. (more…)

Assistant minister: Children need to be educated about sexual crimes

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Children from as early as five years old need to be educated about the dangers of sexual crimes committed by paedophiles.

Sabah Assistant Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology, Hamisa Samat said many sexual crime cases went unreported due to lack of knowledge about sexual harassment against children.

“I believe this can be prevented if children are exposed and taught skills to protect themselves and how to prevent such acts,: she said when launching the Community Human Capital Welfare Organisation, Tawau district, in Tawau last night.

A paedophile case relates to tendency of an adult, either a man or a woman, to have sexual relations with children.

Hamisah said the government must also check the spread of militant activities among university students.

“Students must be told of the dangers of militant groups before going abroad while students in the country must attend a special briefing session.”

Bernama Online

Malaysian Bar to receive ‘Rule of Law’ award for promoting human rights

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Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru delivers his welcoming address at the International Malaysia Law Conference 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, September 21, 2016. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Malaysian Bar will be the first recipient of the inaugural Rule of Law Award by the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) that will be presented during UIA’s 60th Congress in Budapest next month.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru today read out the letter from UIA, which is based in Paris, to the Malaysian Bar announcing the latter as the winner of the award, which is being held in cooperation with Lexis Nexis, the global pioneer of electronic accessibility of legal documents.

The letter, read at the Bar’s International Law Conference, commended the Malaysian Bar for its “strong and unfailing commitment to the defence and promotion of human rights and the rule of law.”

UIA said that with the award, it intends to “support and encourage” the Malaysian Bar. (more…)

#KitaLawan Rally: Two Perak assemblymen, four others ordered to enter defence

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File picture shows thousands of demonstrators marching during the #KitaLawan rally in Kuala Lumpur March 7, 2015. — Picture by Saw Siow FengTwo Perak assemblymen and four others were ordered by the Magistrate’s Court here today to enter their defence to a charge of obstructing a Kuala Lumpur City Hall officer from carrying out his duties during the ‘#KitaLawan’ illegal rally last year.

Magistrate Nur A’minahtul Mardiah Md Nor made the decision after finding that the prosecution had proven a prima facie case against the accused.

“Throughout the hearing, all the evidence given was not distorted, and therefore the court views that the charge should not be amended, as it is not misleading,” she said.

The six are Parti Keadilan Rakyat assemblymen Chang Lih Kang, 35, (Teja) and Tan Kar Hing, 33, (Simpang Pulai); Gombak District Villages Liaison Officer Chee Chu San, 40, his assistant, Yong Ming Chong, 48; former Subang Jaya municipal councillor N. Tamilarason, 53; and activist Gan Zhi Mou, 24. (more…)

Nowhere For Najib To Run To: Tony Blair Shuts Down Controversial PR Consultancy Business

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Tony Blair is giving up most of the consultancy work that made him millions after he stood down as U.K. leader.

In a statement on Tuesday, the former British prime minister said he had decided to close Tony Blair Associates and two related companies, Windrush Ventures and Firerush Ventures.

“I will retain a small number of personal consultancies for my income, but 80% of my time will be pro bono on the Not For Profit side,” Blair said.

The “substantial reserves” that Tony Blair Associates had accumulated would be given to his non profit ventures, he added. They include his Africa Governance Initiative and Faith Foundation. (more…)

Jail over comments on Internet?

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A 69-year-old businessman has been remanded for three days from Tuesday for allegedly insulting Islam in connection with the death of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din. The 69-year-old suspect was said to have made the comments on Facebook under the name Ong TK.

Two other suspects arrested for similar reasons were released after the police’s request to remand them was denied. The two suspects, a 62-year-old and 50-year-old strategic communications consultant, were arrested in Bandar Utama and Shah Alam over their tweets.

All of them were investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik was fined RM 1,900 by the Sessions Court in Shah Alam over a Facebook posting alleging that Selangor prince Raja Muda Tengku Amir Shah was an apostate. (more…)

Suhakam: Independent judiciary will protect human rights

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Razali-Ismail.The government must ensure there is an independent judiciary to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) chairman Razali Ismail said.

“This is by implementing adequate strategies and measures to maintain the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, and to ensure the moral integrity and accountability of the members of the judiciary,” he said in his key note address at the International Malaysia Law Conference here today.

The former diplomat said the rule of law needs an independent judiciary to provide proper checks and balances on the effectiveness of the government in protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Razali recalled that prior to 1988, the Malaysian judiciary was considered as one of the most independent internationally. (more…)

‘Stupid to have elections later’ – S’gor DAP wants snap polls

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Selangor DAP has called for state elections to be held ahead of the Election Commission’s completion of its ongoing redelineation exercise.

Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua said the decision was made during its emergency meeting held yesterday.

“If you ask anybody on the street, they would also say the same thing.

“You would be stupid to say we should only have an election after the redelineation is completed,” Pua told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

The decision, he said, was made based on Selangor DAP’s analysis of projected outcomes after the redelineation exercise is completed. (more…)

Be eagle-eyed on real issues

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In all likelihood, the story by the Perak deputy mufti, Zamri Hashim, that a municipal council, from an undisclosed location in Perak, asked the mufti’s advice about building an eagle statue, is just that – a self-created, cynical story with a personal or political agenda.

In which municipal council in Perak would an eagle statue be relevant like it is in Langkawi? If there is truth in the story, why not state it forthrightly, state openly which Local Authority?

When Rayani Air started its syariah-compliant service with hostesses wearing head scarves, a similar cynical story made the news. A Mufti from up North, having taken a MAS flight, told the media that an air hostess had approached him and cried (not on his shoulder) as she was not allowed to wear a head scarf. So he advised that MAS should follow the example of Rayani Air.

More is needed than story telling. Can any Mufti worth his salt please explain the growth and spread of any or all of the following common Malaysian societal diseases that have reached epidemic levels? (more…)

Bar gets global award for defending human rights, rule of law

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steven-uia-1The Malaysian Bar, which is fighting attempts to erode its independence, is the first recipient of an award by the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), its president Steven Thirun announced today.

He said the award was in recognition of the Bar’s strong and unfailing commitment to the defence and promotion of human rights and the rule of law in Malaysia.

“The Bar is truly humbled and honoured by this generous recognition by the UIA, particularly at this critical time for us.

“It will certainly serve to further strengthen our resolve and galvanise us in our efforts to repulse the attempts to interfere with our independence,” he said at the opening of the International Malaysia Law Conference. (more…)

Malaysians want a ‘Malay Muslim Male PM’

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pmMalaysians still strongly favour a Malay Muslim male prime minister (MMM-PM), revealed a survey by non-governmental organisation Kuasa.

In a statement, Kuasa revealed its findings and added that based on the survey, it expected Opposition parties to struggle in Perak and Selangor – where the survey was conducted – due to the absence of PAS.

The survey took stock of the priorities of Malaysians.

Kuasa noted that nearly half of the 1,286 respondents listed MMM-PM as one of the top three priorities — out of the 10 priorities listed in the survey.

Two out of five Malay respondents listed this as their first priority. For the Chinese, MMM-PM came in as a close second priority after “defending Malaysia’s sovereignty”. (more…)

People of S’gor not stupid, PKR leader tells Pua

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The people of Selangor are not stupid. On the contrary, they are the most enlightened with regard to national politics and the economy, said PKR vice-president Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.

He was responding to Selangor DAP chief Tony Pua, who said only the “stupid” would want to hold an election in the state after the redelineation exercise is carried out by the Election Commission.

Training his guns on the EC, Shamsul said the commission should be objective in the process or redrawing electoral boundaries.

“It should be based on logical factors towards the direction of levelling the playing field as opposed to making the situation worse.

“The proses must also reflect the multiracial Malaysian society and not worsen race problems in Malaysia,” he added in a statement. (more…)

Cheer our paralympian champions’ return

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Our Golden Paralympians will soon be home, and what a welcome the government is planning for them, asking the public to come out in droves and welcome them as they first meet the PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife and then get paraded through town.

The New Straits Times reported that come Thursday, Malaysians will get the chance to demonstrate their love and appreciation for our Paralympians, up close and personal, upon their return from Rio de Janeiro.

“Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today announced that the Malaysian Paralympic contingent will be given a heroes’ welcome when they return home. “They have surpassed all our expectations and will be given a golden heroes welcome,” he said.

“Upon their arrival at Terminal C of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 3,05pm, they will be taken to the Kompleks Bunga Raya where they will receive a grand welcome celebration by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. (more…)

Ali Tinju says misquoted on ‘threat’ against Maria Chin

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Gerakan Merah leader Mohd Ali Baharom denied he issued threats against Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.

Mohd Ali, better known as Ali Tinju, is under police investigation for criminal intimidation after he was quoted as saying Maria “may no longer walk on this earth”, following her announcement of the Nov 19 Bersih 5 rally.

“I am innocent. I did not finish my sentence (and the media) does not possess any recording or video which quoted me issuing such (threats),” he told The Sun.

“My comments were not a criminal threat… I will not retract my statement and there is no need for me to apologise,” he added. (more…)

Sabah party to study electoral discrepancies in 13 seats

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wilfred-bumburingThe Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) was studying the 13 new state seats proposed by the Election Commission (EC) in Sabah, said its President Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing in a statement.

He added the party wants to help determine if the additional state seats qualify under Section 2, Part I, of the Thirteenth Schedule of the Federal Constitution.

He also stressed the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) applies on the current exercise to increase the state seats.

He disclosed the party would be writing officially to the EC on the constitutional issues involved. “We are currently compiling our findings.”

The EC may have to re-examine the methodology used to carry out the re-delineation exercise, said the PCS Chief. “PCS has strong reasons to believe that discrepancies exist.”

Bumburing said the content of the advertisements, published by the EC to notify the public of the re-delineation exercise, indicates that there may be clear discrepancies.

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Suhakam: Police must not be ‘face of intimidation’

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Suhakam chief Tan Sri Razali Ismail said police should be defenders of civil liberties rather than a force that represses human rights. — File picPolice should be defenders of civil liberties in Malaysia rather than a force that represses the exercise of human rights, said Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) chief Tan Sri Razali Ismail today.

He stressed that security personnel must understand that upholding human rights in the country would help improve its security and mitigate the draw of militancy and extremism.

“In essence, the police should be the face of human rights, and not a face of intimidation, even as the police needs to be the bulwark of the country’s security,” Razali said during his speech at the Malaysian Bar’s International Law Conference here today.

“Regulations are being promulgated in a sweeping fashion that will have the effect of threatening democratic practice and undermine the fundamental liberties enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” he said.

The Suhakam chief also described his commission’s programme to train the country’s law enforcement on human rights as a “mammoth task”, and expressed concern that it would be for nought unless the lessons taught are reinforced and put into practice.

Police action against public opinions are again under the spotlight after at least five people were arrested over social media posts on late PAS spiritual leader Datuk Haron Din, which authorities deemed to be insulting to Islam.


Adenan: Extremism will lead us to self-destruction

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William Mawan IkomModeration and not extremism in all aspects, including in politics, should be the country’s political culture to propel it to greater unity, stability and success.

Chief Minister Adenan Satem said extremism would lead it nowhere except on the path to self-destruction, brought about by enmity and distrust among the people and leaders.

He said this when launching a book written by a former senior state Cabinet member, William Mawan Ikom, here today.

The 126-page book, “Reflection: A Journey Of Hope, Aspiration and Perseverance”, is a collection of excerpts from selected speeches and statements on leadership, politics, rural development, social issues, multi-ethnicity, culture and tradition and a host of other subjects that are unique to the state. (more…)

Analysis: BN can win GE14 if polls held early

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Straits TimesThe biggest challenge facing Prime Minister Najib Razak in his effort to win the next general election is not the fallout of the 1MDB scandal or funding or the Opposition.

According to an analysis in the Straits Times (ST), it is how Najib handles the selection of candidates to contest on the Umno ticket.

It notes that candidate selection is a frequent source of internal crisis in Umno.

The ST analysis quotes senior Umno leaders as acknowledging that the candidate selection process could bring to the open the simmering rivalry between Umno’s second echelon leaders.

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