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March 23, 2017

Minister: Upgrade of 424 telecommunication towers in Sarawak by year-end

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Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the upgrading works on 424 existing telecommunication towers covered all 438 community WiFi coverage areas in Sarawak. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengUpgrading works on 424 existing telecommunication towers in Sarawak to provide better 3G or LTE coverage are expected to be fully completed by year-end.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the upgrading process covered all 438 community WiFi coverage areas in the state.

“The government is studying a proposal to continue with community WiFi service by taking into consideration 3G service and coverage, as well as the other technical aspects.

“The government is implementing the upgrade of 3G broadband or LTE coverage which could give better speed compared to present community WiFi,” he said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks on the royal address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for his ministry at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. (more…)

3 opposition MPs in limbo over GE14 pending appeals

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rafizi-tian-chua-khalidThree opposition MPs will be unable to stand for election in the coming general election (GE14) if the appeals against their convictions are not heard on time.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad (Amanah), Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli (PKR) and Batu MP Tian Chua (PKR) are awaiting the dates of their appeals.

Unless their appeals are heard, they will not know if their sentences would be commuted for them to be eligible to stand for election.

Article 48 of the Federal Constitution disqualifies a person from being an MP for five years should the elected representative be convicted and sentenced to more than one year, or fined more than RM2,000. (more…)

Weekly petrol price announcements to start March 29

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The ceiling price for petrol will be announced weekly every Wednesday night starting March 29. — AFP picThe ceiling price for petrol will be announced weekly every Wednesday night starting March 29, Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said today.

He said the Cabinet had approved of the move after prior consultation with all stakeholders.

Speaking ‘live’ on RTM’s 5pm news broadcast, Hamzah said the Means of Platts Singapore (MOPS) system will translate to better indicate the prices for petrol and diesel according to the global market.

“After discussions with oil companies we agreed to announce the prices of petrol and diesel weekly on Wednesdays and the new price will take effect exactly at 0001 hours on Thursdays,” he added. (more…)

MCMC says it has blocked more than 10,000 phishing sites since 2008

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MCMC has blocked 10,962 websites found to be involved in online cheating or phishing from 2008 to January this year. — Reuters picThe Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has blocked 10,962 websites found to be involved in online cheating or phishing from 2008 to January this year.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry said MCMC was also involved in a special task force comprising Bank Negara Malaysia and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to tackle such cheating and protect the security of internet users.

“Several initiatives and actions have been taken encompassing awareness programmes for the public,” the ministry said in a written reply to Datuk Shabudin Yahaya (BN-Tasek Gelugor) in the Dewan Rakyat today.

The ministry said phishing referred to online cheating resulting in victims losing money, especially via Internet banking. (more…)

IGP faces off with Raja Bomoh

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When the inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar and ‘Raja Bomoh Sedunia’ finally meet, it will be as hilarious as any P Ramlee comedy. The IGP could perhaps become a comedy film star when he tires of catching cartoonists and sending tweets.

Raja Bomoh, whose real name is Ibrahim Mat Zin, has gone into hiding. Both the IGP and the Federal Territories Islamic Department (Jawi) are searching for the Teluk Intan octogenarian, for tarnishing the image of Islam.

This charge is denied by the bomoh, who claimed in an interview that for the past seventy years, he had been protecting Malaysia from harm. If he is the Malaysian equivalent of Captain America, it would seemingly be wrong for Jawi and the IGP to arrest him, with tensions running high between us and the North Koreans. Don’t we need all the protection against evil that we can get? (more…)

Racism rife in 2016, says human rights group

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racismDespite Putrajaya’s efforts to encourage racial harmony, discrimination in Malaysia remained rampant last year, a report has found.

The Malaysian Racial Discrimination Report 2016 compiled by Pusat Komas revealed that instances of racial discrimination were highest during the Sarawak state election last year.

“In 2016, racial discrimination reared its ugly head most prominently during the polls.

“For example, during the Sarawak state election, racial politics was used to garner votes. Political leaders who often claimed to be opponents of racial politics had also used the racial card to trump their political adversaries,” Pusat Komas programme coordinator Ryan Chua said. (more…)

March 22, 2017

Ahead of GE14, PMO denies issuing letter seeking ‘contributions, loyalty’

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Iskandar said the Prime Minister’s Office was informed that certain irresponsible parties had circulated the letter purportedly from Najib to get 'contributions and loyalty'. — Reuters picNajib Tun Razak has never issued any letter to ask for contributions and loyalty to him in lieu of the coming 14th General Election (GE14).

Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Datuk Iskandar Mohd Kaus said the action (of issuing the letter) was the work of certain parties out to belittle the position of the prime minister for their political ends.

He said the Prime Minister’s Office was informed that certain irresponsible parties had circulated the letter purportedly from Najib to get contributions and loyalty.

“The false letter which was distributed, used the government’s official stationery and supposedly signed by the prime minister himself, was sent to the chairmen and chief executive officers of private organisations and government companies,” added Iskandar in a statement here tonight.

He said the Prime Minister’s Office had lodged a police report on the circulation of the false letter.


Source : @ Bernama


Former minister says Malays most racially discriminated group in country

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Zaid said that while all ethnic groups in the country are prejudiced racially, none compare to the discrimination faced by Malays. — Picture by Saw Siow FengContrary to what some may believe, Malays are the most discriminated race in Malaysia, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said tonight.

The former law minister said that while all ethnic groups in the country are prejudiced racially, none compare to the discrimination faced by Malays, especially on issues like khalwat or close proximity among men and women who are not married to each other or have no family relations.

“Non-Malays are not only the victims. I think the Malays are discriminated too. You think khalwat laws are not discriminating against the Malays.

“Most of the victims of discrimination in this country are Malays. Malays however unfortunately have low grade leaders leading them. They are taught false teachings or understandings,” Zaid said during a forum on racial discrimination here. (more…)

PKR says Roland Engan will win Baram seat in GE14

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Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Baram has declared that its chief Roland Engan will win the Baram seat during the next parliamentary election.

According to PKR Baram secretary Dennis Along, the branch has conducted meetings and received feedback from members on the ground who want Roland to be PKR’s candidate for the seat.

“The people of Baram still want Roland to stand as the candidate representing PKR to wrest the seat from the BN candidate in the upcoming election,” Dennis told a press conference yesterday.

He pointed out that Roland only lost by 167 votes to Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau during last year’s state election, and by 194 votes to Baram Member of Parliament Anyi Ngau during the 2013 parliamentary election. (more…)

Count us in, Khairuddin and Ezam tell Pakatan Harapan

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khairuddin-ezam-1As the founding members, the first thing Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Ezam Mohd Nor will do when the Registrar of Societies (RoS) approves their party is to join Pakatan Harapan.

According to news reports, former Umno man Khairuddin and ex-senator Ezam hope to join the opposition coalition, which just yesterday welcomed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) into its fold.

PPBM is the fourth member of the coalition after PKR, DAP and Amanah

“With Allah’s permission, if our party’s registration is approved by RoS, then Ezam and I, as our first step, will apply for it to become a member of the coalition,” Khairuddin told the Malay daily Sinar Harian. (more…)

UN Security Council probing Malaysian firm for North Korean links

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un-mkp-1The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is investigating a Malaysian company involved with North Korean-linked projects for having interests in the nuclear-powered nation’s banks.

Star Online reported today that a UNSC report stated that Malaysia Korea Partners Holdings (MKP) was being probed for establishing the Inter­national Consortium Bank (ICB) in Pyongyang, via a joint venture.

Under UN sanctions, institutions are barred from establishing joint ventures and from taking ownership interest in North Korean banks, the report stated.

The news daily said MKP Group of Companies was listed as an international well-diversified group involved in construction, shipbuilding, technology, trading, manufacturing, banking, medical technology, eco-tourism and agriculture.

A company official contacted by the newspaper declined to comment on UNSC’s allegation.

The report said the company in Balakong was operating as usual. The building had the signage: “Pejabat Urusan MKP Capital LLC Berhad”.


Source : @ FMT Online


Setting of Pakatan Harapan Sarawak right move — Ling

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State DAP secretary Alan Ling says the official setting up of Pakatan Harapan Sarawak is the right move to overcome  three-cornered fights in the upcoming general election.

He said this was the best stretagy to contest in straight fights against BN candidates in the upcoming election.

“We cannot afford to fight among each other. There is lesson to be learnt from past experience,” Ling said yesterday, pointing to the May last year state election when DAP and PKR contested in six overlapped seats.

He said the ultimate mission of GE14 was to save the nation from the current predicament of weak economy and the internationally-known scandal involving 1MDB; there was a need to ‘overhaul’ the country’s administration. (more…)

Report: Racial discrimination in Malaysia growing despite Putrajaya’s efforts

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Pusat Komas recommended harsher punishments for individuals, especially politicians, who make racially inciting statements. — Picture by Saw Siow FengDiscrimination based on the colour of one’s skin seems to be on the rise in Malaysia despite the government’s efforts to promote moderation and racial harmony.

The Racial Discrimination Report 2016 by non-profit social outfit Pusat Komas released tonight found that strained ethnic relations are growing although the National Unity Consultative Council has been working to bolster ties.

“Recent incidents of racial discrimination, racism and stained ethnic relations within the Malaysian society have increasingly surfaced over the years despite the Prime Minister’s numerous assurances and claims at home and abroad that the government promotes moderation in the country,” the report presented by programme coordinator Ryan Chua read.

The report added that the growth of social media has also made the racial divide further with more room for such negative sentiments to be propagated. (more…)

Include Lawas in anti-gambling raids, Baru tells police

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The police are urged to include Lawas in their round of anti-gambling raids.

“The report in today’s The Borneo Post about the anti-gambling raids by the police is certainly welcome news.

“I note that Lawas was not included in this round of raids and I would urge the police to also focus their efforts there,” said Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian in a press statement received here yesterday.

Baru, who is state PKR chairman, said it was well known that besides drug abuse, cyber-gambling was also rife in Lawas and had been so for many years. (more…)

Baru to police: Wipe out illegal gambling in Lawas

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baru-bian_judi_polis_60Ba’Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian wants the police to come down hard on illegal cyber-gambling dens in Lawas.

The Sarawak PKR leader claimed many operators there applied for licences from the district council for legitimate businesses but later used their premises as cyber-gambling dens.

He welcomed a series of anti-gambling raids conducted by the police recently, but noted that Lawas – the state’s northernmost town – was not included in the raids.

“I urge the state CID Chief Dato Dev Kumar to spread the police efforts to Lawas so that the double menace of drug abuse and illegal gambling can be brought under control and eradicated eventually,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Police nod not needed for indoor debates, PKR MP says

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PKR MP N Surendran says police has no jurisdiction over proposed debate. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe police has no jurisdiction over a proposed debate between Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PKR MP N Surendran said today.

According to the lawyer, an indoor debate is not considered public assemblies that are covered under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA), and therefore the reasons given by the police in rejecting it was “absurd.”

“The rejection of the said notice is misconceived, unlawful and quite absurd. Since when do indoor debates require the sanction of the police?” he asked in a statement.

“An indoor debate is not a public assembly; it is merely a debate between two persons with an audience. Therefore the requirement of a 10 day notice under PAA does not apply.” (more…)

March 21, 2017

Baru concurs with Abg Jo on concerns over proposed amendment to Act 355

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PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian supports the concerns raised by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg on the discriminatory and unconstitutional elements in the proposed amendment to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355).

DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, on the other hand, opined that Abang Johari’s statement that he would leave it to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to tackle the concerns raised as being ‘a bit ambiguous’.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said Abang Johari was right to be concerned about the discriminatory and unconstitutional elements.

He also applauded the Chief Minister’s misgivings with the Prime Minister about the constitutionality issues with the Act 355 Bill with respect to equality for all under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution. (more…)

PAS lacks understanding, respect for Sarawak’s rights — Chong

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Chong Chieng Jen says PAS vice president Idris Ahmad’s statement against his call to stop the import of Peninsular Malaysian Islamic teachers into Sarawak shows PAS’ total lack of understanding and respect for the rights of Sarawak in the Federation of Malaysia.

Idris had also claimed that Chong’s stand would cause calamity to Pakatan Harapan (PH).

“For a start, I am surprised by the sudden show of concern by Idris Ahmad about the wellbeing of Pakatan Harapan. Has PAS leadership not been working together with Umno/BN of late to sabotage PH’s drive for a change of government?

“Wouldn’t it be the case that the alleged ‘calamity to Pakatan Harapan’ will fit into the agenda of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang?” Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP, asked in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

PKR: Sarawak CM right to question ‘equality’ of Hadi’s bill

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Baru-BianSarawak chief minister Abang Johari Openg is right to bring up the discriminatory and unconstitutional elements in the proposed amendment to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), says Baru Bian.

The Sarawak PKR chairman said he was also pleased with the chief minister for bringing up his misgivings with Prime Minister Najib Razak, especially with respect to equality for all under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, The Borneo Post reported today.

“We cannot accept shariah law, for Malaysia already has a supreme law, which is the Federal Constitution. Article 4 of the Constitution declares it simply: ‘This Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation’,” Baru was quoted as saying.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang proposed the bill to amend Act 355 last year, but it was later watered down, with the enhancements to punishments being increased to fines amounting to RM30,000, a maximum of 30 years imprisonment and caning up to a maximum of 100 times. (more…)

Pakatan Harapan agrees on GE14 seats for Sarawak

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sarawak-pakatan-1Sarawak Pakatan Harapan have agreed on the seat allocation for the next general election (GE14) for the parliamentary seats in the state.

The opposition coalition, comprising DAP, PKR and Amanah, said it will maintain status quo by contesting the same seats it did in the last general election (GE13) on May 5, 2013.

Sarawak, which will only see parliamentary elections during GE14 as state elections were conducted last May, has 31 federal seats up for grabs. Currently, DAP and PKR control only six seats, while the remainder are under Barisan Nasional.

With the agreement, Amanah, which participated in its first election in Sarawak last May, will run in the five seats previously contested by PAS. (more…)

PPBM officially part of Pakatan Harapan

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Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (left) and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad during the Kongress Rakyat 2016 forum organised by the Save Malaysia movement in Shah Alam March 27, 2016. — Reuters pic Pakatan Harapan officially accepted today Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) as its fourth component party.

The federal Opposition coalition’s presidential council meeting, which was held at the Opposition Leader’s office at Parliament today, also decided to register Pakatan as a coalition.

PPBM, a Bumiputera-centric party, is led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, in their joint statement, also said that a new manifesto will be created for the coalition. (more…)

MIC chief: PM to meet BN components over Shariah Bill this week

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Subramaniam said that his Indian-centric party, like its Chinese ally MCA, will only state their stand on the matter after the meeting. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaNajib Razak will meet Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties over the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) amendment Bill this week, MIC president Datuk Seri S Subramaniam said today.

Dr Subramaniam added that his Indian-centric party, like its Chinese ally MCA, will only state their stand on the matter after the meeting.

“This matter was not informed to us. The PM has said he will meet BN component parties again.

“We will wait for the meeting and we will know what is being suggested,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby. (more…)

Racism has no place in 21st century, says PKR leader

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Azmin said that he hoped that people could one day see each other as fellow human beings with a common future instead of as 'competitors, interlopers, or threats'. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali called on Malaysians today to cast aside racial fears that has been holding back nation-building efforts in the 21st century.

Azmin said the country has suffered from the politics of the 20th century that highlighted racial and other superficial differences and were not conducive to nation-building efforts.

“By playing up fears of destructive competition and urging mutual suspicion, the politics of racial scaremongering has cast a shadow over our nation-building efforts.

“We are now at a point in our national history where the appeal of racist populism is slowly but surely giving way to a politics of inclusiveness where justice, democracy and integrity are paramount,” he said in a statement to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination tomorrow. (more…)

Bankrupt taxpayers still qualify for BR1M, Putrajaya says

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Malaysian taxpayers who have been declared bankrupt can still qualify for government aid such as BR1M. — Reuters picMalaysian taxpayers who have been declared bankrupt can still qualify for government aid such as 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), the federal government said today.

“For whoever individual taxpayers who have been declared bankrupt and are registered with the Insolvency Department, they can still receive aid from the government such as BR1M,” said a parliamentary written reply from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also finance minister.

The reply was in response to Putatan MP Datuk Marcus Mojigoh who asked the finance minister to state the Inland Revenue Board’s tax collection sum for last year and the amount yet to be collected.

He had also asked if Putrajaya intends to declare those who fail to pay their taxes as bankrupt, the number of those already declared so, as well as the type of government aid they are receiving. (more…)

Azmin: Up to PAS to decide direction of cooperation with PKR

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Azmin reiterated that PKR had never severed ties and cooperation with any opposition party but in fact, had always been open and would continue to discuss the issue with PAS. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaIt is up to PAS to decide the direction of political cooperation with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) following a proposal by a state PAS division to sever ties with PKR.

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said PKR’s stand that all opposition parties including PAS focused on the mission to win the 14th general election (GE14) had never wavered.

“We will discuss this issue and we see later what will be said at their (PAS) assembly.

“PKR’s stand remains the same (to maintain ties with PAS) and continue the one-on-one mission in GE14,” he told reporters, here, today. (more…)

Minister: Compulsory for all development projects to submit social, environmental assessment reports

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Noh Omar (third form right) said previously, developers only needed to prepare the EIA report. — Picture by Marcus PheongIt is compulsory for all development projects after Jan 16, this year to prepare and submit the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports as a condition for approval of the projects.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, Tan Sri Noh Omar said previously, the developers only needed to prepare the EIA report where the SIA aspect was part of the report.

Realising that social issues arose from development, he said the SIA report was important to ensure that the social aspect was taken into account in planning and development carried out by the government and private sector.

Noh said that under the Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Act 2017 (Act  A1522) gazetted on Jan 16 this year, developers needed to appoint two consultants to prepare the SIA report (for the Malaysia Town Planning Board) and  and EIA report (for the Department of Environment). (more…)

March 19, 2017

Legal aid shrinking due to delayed payments, Malaysian Bar report says

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Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru had raised the issue of delayed payments with the Attorney-General who chairs the YBGK Board and the minister in charge of legal affairs, who is also YBGK's patron. — Picture by Saw Siow FengFewer people are getting free legal aid and fewer lawyers are providing such services due to delays in payments in a government-backed scheme, the Malaysian Bar’s annual report said.

In the report presented at the Malaysian Bar’s 71st annual general meeting today, it acknowledged the National Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK) —which is jointly coordinated by the Bar Council and government — was facing issues in making timely payments to lawyers providing counsel under the scheme.

“For a variety of reasons, payments to YBGK lawyers began to slow down from November 2015,” the Bar Council’s National Legal Aid Committee said in its report that was sighted by Malay Mail Online.

“The delay in payments to YBGK lawyers caused immense difficulties for the lawyers, and led to great dissatisfaction and a decrease in the number of lawyers prepared to take on new YBGK work.” (more…)

Discriminatory and unconstitutional

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The state government is concerned about discriminatory and unconstitutional elements in the proposed amendment to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said he met all 25 Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) members of parliament in Kuala Lumpur recently and they came up with their position on the matter.

Abang Johari said he has also communicated Sarawak BN’s position to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He pointed out there should not be discrimination in imposing penalties as Article 8 of the Federal Constitution clearly emphasised equality in the eyes of the law.

“Let the Prime Minister tackle it. No need for me to tell you. What we suggest is to look at it (Act 355) judiciously. We fear there is an element that is discriminatory. This is syariah law, nothing to do with hudud, but the only thing we are concerned about is the penalty,” he told a press conference after launching the 1Malaysia Civil Servants Housing Programme (PPA1M) at Muara Tuang yesterday. (more…)

Shariah amendments: CM relays Sarawak’s stand to Najib

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abang-johari-law-act355The Sarawak government has stated its stand on the Private Member’s Bill seeking to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said their stand was conveyed to Najib after a meeting with Sarawak members of Parliament on the matter.

“I have met with them (Sarawak parliamentarians), we (Sarawak) have our own position and I have communicated it to the prime minister, and he will announce it (Sarawak’s stand).

“This is not a decision by the Sarawak members of Parliament, but it is Sarawak’s position,” he said at a press conference after launching the 1Malaysia Public Servants Housing Project (PPA1M) at Muara Tuang, here, today.

Asked about details of the information conveyed to Najib, Abang Johari said they had suggested looking at the matter judiciously for fear of discriminatory penalties.

“This is because Article 8(1) states that all persons are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law. So, there must be no discriminatory penalties because we are equal,” he said.


Source : @ Bernama


New Bar president hopes to keep cordial ties with AG, says lawsuit just business

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Malaysian Bar President George Varughese speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Malaysian Bar will maintain its good ties with the Attorney-General despite its existing lawsuit against him, incoming president George Varughese said today.

George explained that the Malaysian Bar had an obligation to initiate the legal action and to continue with it.

“Even before this we have already had a good working relationship with the Attorney-General; yes, we have instituted a judicial review action in respect of one of his decisions, but that is purely professional,” he told reporters here after the chairing the Bar Council’s first meeting in its new term of 2017/2018.

“We’ve had, even subsequent to that (lawsuit), many meetings with the Attorney-General and we have had a cordial relationship, and I hope to continue with that cordial relationship, if not make it better as the time goes by,” he added. (more…)

Malaysian Bar: Delayed payment for legal aid scheme not due to funding issues

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Malaysian Bar President George Varughese speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow FengLate payments to lawyers that resulted in fewer people getting free legal aid from a government-funded scheme were not caused by lack of funding, the Malaysian Bar said today.

The Malaysian Bar’s newly-elected president George Varughese said that the backlog in payments by the National Legal Aid Foundation (YBGK) to the lawyers providing the free legal aid service to the public was merely due to “administrative” issues that are being tackled.

“Definitely the reason was not lack of funding, there is sufficient funding at least for the moment, there is sufficient funding to run and carry out the programme.

“The delay in payments was purely due to administrative delays, not due to lack of funds,” he told reporters here after the Malaysian Bar’s 71st Annual General Meeting (AGM). (more…)

GST shouldn’t be imposed on research grants, government told

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A Google screenshot of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia entrance.A tax expert and a National Council of Professors (MPN) member urged the government to avoid applying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to research grants.

Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia former president Thanneermalai SP SM Somasundaram said large research institutions could apply to the Finance Ministry for a relief order, if Putrajaya did not want to zero-rate research grants under the consumption tax.

“That’s not too difficult. It’s a matter of putting forward the case of being beneficial to the country. If there is a benefit, the Finance Ministry will consider it favourably,” he said when contacted.

Malay Mail Online reported last Friday that most research grants ― whether they were from the government, universities, private companies or statutory bodies ― were subject to the GST. (more…)

Parts of civil laws based on Christian morality, argues lawyer

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Parts of civil laws in this country were indirectly based on Christian principles of morality and Muslims in Malaysia have not complained about these, a lawyer contended.

Lawyer Aidil Khalid said that civil laws in Malaysia, particularly the Penal Code, were laws imported from India, which in turn were adopted from the British legal system.

“In turn, some (of these laws) are based on the principles of morality from Christian principles.

“Muslims in this country have been subjected to the civil laws, we do not complain,” Aidil said in a debate at Petaling Jaya last night about the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) proposed amendments. (more…)

GST shouldn’t be imposed on research grants, government told

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A Google screenshot of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia entrance.A tax expert and a National Council of Professors (MPN) member urged the government to avoid applying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to research grants.

Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia former president Thanneermalai SP SM Somasundaram said large research institutions could apply to the Finance Ministry for a relief order, if Putrajaya did not want to zero-rate research grants under the consumption tax.

“That’s not too difficult. It’s a matter of putting forward the case of being beneficial to the country. If there is a benefit, the Finance Ministry will consider it favourably,” he said when contacted.

Malay Mail Online reported last Friday that most research grants ― whether they were from the government, universities, private companies or statutory bodies ― were subject to the GST. (more…)

Chief Justice says quality of some high court judgments unsatisfactory

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Chief Justice of Malaysia Tun Arifin Zakaria said he monitored the high court judgements that were appealed against. ― Picture by Saw Siow FengChief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said today that he was not satisfied with the quality of judgments delivered by certain High Court judges.

Nevertheless, said the nation’s top judge, courses had been designed for the judges concerned to improve their quality of judgment.

“The fact that we have these courses all the time, shows that we are not really 100 per cent satisfied, but the level has improved. The quality has improved as we go along,” he said.

He said he monitored the high court judgments that were appealed against at the Court of Appeal. (more…)

Malaysian Bar to persuade universities on common qualification for law grads

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Malaysian Bar President George Varughese speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Malaysian Bar today said it will seek to win over universities that disagreed with a proposed common qualification for those seeking to become lawyers in Malaysia.

George Varughese, who became the Malaysian Bar president today, said the professional body previously submitted its proposals for a Common Bar Course for all law graduates.

“These proposals are already there, the Bar has already submitted our proposals, but we will proceed to push forward these proposals and try to convince these public universities to see the benefits of having this Common Bar Course,” he told reporters here.

He said the Malaysian Bar felt the Common Bar Course is necessary to maintain high standards in the legal profession, adding that it still wishes to pursue the proposal that was also backed by the judiciary and the Attorney-General’s Chambers. (more…)

Malaysian Bar reserves comment on Putrajaya’s plan for Shariah Bill

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Malaysian Bar President George Varughese speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow FengIncoming Malaysian Bar president George Varughese said today it was premature to judge the government’s proposal on enhancing the powers of the Shariah courts.

George, who was elected Malaysian Bar president this afternoon, noted that the contents of the proposal mentioned by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi were not yet known.

“I think it’s a little premature at this stage to comment on that because we really don’t know what is going to be presented,” he told reporters here.

“Yes, the DPM did say it will be presented, but we are not sure whether it will be presented.”

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reportedly said the federal government will table a Bill soon to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355.

The Act currently restricts the Shariah courts’ sentencing powers to a maximum of three years’ jail, RM5,000 fine and six lashes.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has proposed to raise these via a private member’s Bill, the latest version of which seeks to increase the limits to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the cane. Hadi’s Bill is currently in the Dewan Rakyat’s Order Paper, which is also its appearance in its fifth parliamentary meeting to date.


Source : Ida Lim @ Malay Mail Online


Malaysian Bar unveils new president, line-up

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(From left) Malaysian Bar treasurer Ravi Nekoo, Vice President Abdul Fareed Gafoor, President George Varughese and Honorary Secretary Roger Chan Weng Keng holding a press conference in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2017. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Malaysian Bar today introduced its line-up of four office-bearers including a new president for the term starting this year.

George Varughese, who was the vice-president for the previous term that ended today, took over as president from the outgoing Steven Thiru.

George told reporters that the four office-bearers of the Malaysian Bar including himself were elected at the first meeting today of the Bar Council for the 2017/2018 term.

Outgoing treasurer Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor was elected as vice-president, while Ravi Nekoo and Roger Chan Weng Keng were respectively elected as the new treasurer and honorary secretary, he said.


Source : Ida Lim @ Malay Mail Online


Bakun and A Lover’s Complaint

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Image result for the sad dayak girls from indonesiaFrom off a hill whose concave womb reworded,

A plaintful story from a sistering vale,

My spirits to attend this double voice accorded,

And down I laid to list the sad-tuned tale …

A young woman was weeping at the edge of a river, into the water she threw sheds of torn-up letters, pieces of broken lover’s rings and poured her sorrow to the wind and rain. A former lover had pursued and seduced her, but finally abandoned her. (more…)

March 18, 2017

Department asked to re-evaluate Pan Borneo compensation

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The Land and Survey Department has been asked to re-evaluate compensation payments for land owners affected by the Pan Borneo Highway project.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said this is to ensure they receive fair compensation.

“This is in line with the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s aspirations to ensure that the welfare and prosperity of the people are being taken care of,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“They are our people and our voters. Therefore, I hope the department could play a more proactive role in understanding the needs of the people. (more…)

‘To marry girl to rapist is to disregard statutory rape law’

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Joint-Action-Group-for-Gender-EqualityTo say it is in the best interests of an underage girl who is pregnant out of wedlock to marry the person who impregnated her is to disregard the law on statutory rape, says Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG).

Statutory rape in the Penal Code in Malaysia is defined as sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16 as she is unable to understand the nature and consequence of giving consent.

JAG said society should not underplay the enormity of the crime of statutory rape by allowing or encouraging marriage to the perpetrator.

“This is a grave abuse of the law, which was put in place to protect children,” it said in a statement today. (more…)

Hunt is on for overstaying North Koreans in Sarawak

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A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the North Korean embassy in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur March 7, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaMalaysian authorities are tracing 87 North Korean workers with expired work permits in Sarawak for eventual deportation, according to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Masir Kujat.

In a Borneo Post Online report, he said that both police and the state’s Immigration Department have made this their current priority.

“We are all out to locate them to send them back home,” Masir was quoted saying in The Borneo Post.

The crackdown will not affect North Koreans with valid social and working passes. (more…)

94pc of Malaysian companies support diversity and inclusion, survey finds

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Malaysian companies ranked gender (47 per cent) as the top focus in their 2017 D&I programmes, followed by age (40 per cent) and minority ethnic groups at 25 per cent. — Reuters picNinety-four per cent of companies in Malaysia are supportive of diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts, according to the findings of the ‘Michael Page 2017 Asia Salary & Employment Outlook’ survey.

It also revealed that the Malaysian government’s support for the advancement of women in the workplace had created a conducive environment to address work-life balance challenges for females.

Malaysian companies ranked gender (47 per cent) as the top focus in their 2017 D&I programmes, followed by age (40 per cent) and minority ethnic groups at 25 per cent.

Michael Page Malaysia Director May Wah Chan said international firms were typically the key drivers of D&I, due to the mandate from regional or head offices. (more…)

GST shouldn’t be imposed on research grants, government told

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A Google screenshot of the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia entrance.A tax expert and a National Council of Professors (MPN) member urged the government to avoid applying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to research grants.

Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia president Thanneermalai SP SM Somasundaram said large research institutions could apply to the Finance Ministry for a relief order, if Putrajaya did not want to zero-rate research grants under the consumption tax.

“That’s not too difficult. It’s a matter of putting forward the case of being beneficial to the country. If there is a benefit, the Finance Ministry will consider it favourably,” he said when contacted.

Malay Mail Online reported last Friday that most research grants ― whether they were from the government, universities, private companies or statutory bodies ― were subject to the GST. (more…)

MoF Inc not taking over 1MDB debts, second finance minister says

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Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani said while MoF Inc would not be taking over 1MDB debts, the substance of the letter of support and guarantee from the government remained intact, as described in the PAC Report. — Bernama picThe Minister of Finance Incorporated (MoF Inc) will not be taking over 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) debts, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.

He said the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Report had made clear that the debts that would remain on the balance sheet of 1MDB were RM5 billion sukuk, US$3.0 billion bond and US$3.5 billion International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) bond.

These debts would be serviced from matching cash flows, as described in the PAC Report, he said in a statement today in response to Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament Tony Pua’s remarks on 1MDB.

Speaking to reporters at Parliament lobby yesterday, Pua allegedly said that Putrajaya indeed had bailed out 1MDB by taking over RM3.2 billion worth of debts. (more…)

March 17, 2017

PKR women all for tabling of Child Sexual Offences Bill, 2017

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The government has taken a great step to strengthen the laws and legal protection for children against sexual crimes and abuses through the introduction of Child Sexual Offences Bill, 2017.

PKR women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni said although there were still limited details provided on the proposed Bill that would be tabled in the current parliament sitting, she was given to understand that the definition of rape (in the proposed Bill) would now be broadened to include penetration of ‘other body parts and objects’.

Currently, the nation’s law narrowly defines rape as the penetration of penis into the vagina of a woman without her consent. Sex with or without the consent of a girl below 16 is considered statutory rape. Voon said the weaknesses in the nation’s criminal justice system and weak child protection laws had led to low conviction of child sexual abuse offenders and deterred victims to come forward to report the cases.

To prove her point, she said there were over 12,000 rape cases reported nationwide from 2011 to 2016, but only a quarter of the cases were charged while the conviction rate was only about one per cent. (more…)

PKR seeks clarification on how BR1M applications are processed

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Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has received numerous complaints from people that their applications for 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) were rejected on the ground that their monthly household earning was more than RM4,000.

But as told by the complainants to party workers, they were no longer working and did not have any monthly income, said PKR Stampin Youth deputy chief Jeffery Mok.

“The contradiction of facts here shows that it is either the date of application is not updated which is a flaw in our system or there is a discrepancy in the approval of the application,” Mok, who is the personal assistant to Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said in a press conference here yesterday.

Mok pointed out that BR1M applicants would only be given a simple explanation online that their household earning was more than RM4,000 if their applications were rejected. (more…)

Immigration officers in Sarawak nabbed for ‘protecting’ illegals

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The Malaysian-Anti Corruption Commission rounded up six female immigration officers in Sarawak for allowing undocumented foreigners to enter and work in the state. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaSix female immigration officers in Sarawak were rounded up by graftbusters after they allowed undocumented foreigners to enter and work in the state.

The women were arrested along with four male immigration officers during an afternoon swoop by the Malaysian-Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday.

The suspects, aged between 33 and 53, were picked up at the Sarawak Immigration Headquarters, Kuching International Airport, Pending Department Immigration Office and Semuja Deportation depot centre in Serian.

It was learnt they received bribes of between RM200 and RM5,000 in exchange for “protecting” foreigners who did not have valid travel documents or work permits.

Anti-graft officers seized RM10,000 from one of the suspects.

MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the arrests and did not rule out the possibility that there were more officers involved.

“The smuggling of illegal foreign workers not only threatens public order and national security, but also contributes to the increase in crime,” he said.


Source : JASMINE ANDRIA @ Malay Mail Online


Stateless boy always prays for IC before attending court

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Lee Ah Moi said her grandchild is “deprived of all the benefits” granted to Malaysian citizens, noting that he has to pay for public schooling and healthcare — which would otherwise be provided for free or at minimal cost. — File picA stateless six-year-old boy born here is well aware that he is not recognised as a Malaysian citizen and fervently prays for an identification card each time he comes to court, his grandmother said today.

Lee Ah Moi said her grandchild had not been able to sleep last night ahead of the Court of Appeal’s decision today on his bid for citizenship.

“Always when we come to court, he says ‘please lah let me have the IC’.

“Everytime we want to come to court, he will say, ‘I pray, pray, pray that I’ll get my IC’. Whole night also cannot sleep. He knows,” she told reporters when met at court here with the child. (more…)

Suhakam wants end to mandatory death penalty

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The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has urged the government to review the use of mandatory capital punishment and for a halt on all scheduled executions, in light of concerns over the rushed execution of two brothers.

“Suhakam… urges the government to review the relevance and effectiveness of capital punishment and recommends that a moratorium on the use of the death penalty be put into effect,” said its chairperson Razali Ismail in a statement.

This, it noted was after the executions of brothers Rames and Suthar Batumalai who were convicted of murder, which courted controversy after their execution was expedited.

This was despite an appeal for clemency which was still being deliberated by the Pardons Board. (more…)

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