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March 31, 2018

LRT project: DAP calls for greater accountability

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The state Democratic Action Party (DAP) is calling for greater accountability on the economic feasibility of the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) project for Sarawak.

Its candidate for Stampin in the coming election, Dr Kelvin Yii, said the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg should answer a few follow-up questions regarding the project.

“We are not against development in the state, but with every development, there must be greater accountability and transparency especially when it involves public funds,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Dr Yii, who is special assistant to Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen, opined that the estimated ridership of 70,451 daily for the Kota Samarahan-Damai Line; 63,000 daily for the Serian-Senari Line; and 11,009 daily for City Dispersal Line ‘seems rather generous and over-projected’. (more…)

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PKR man goes out to make presence felt in Puncak Borneo

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Image result for Willie MonginWillie Mongin – highly-tipped to contest in Puncak Borneo in the coming parliamentary election under Pakatan Harapan (PH) ticket – is making his presence felt in the constituency.

It is said that he has been going out to meet the constituents and inform them about the policies of PH.

Willie, who is Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Mambong branch chairman, is also seen attending various gatherings like birthdays and weddings across Mambong, as well as funerals at some villages.

“I have been moving around (Puncak Borneo constituency) and meeting with the people to tell about PH’s policies, and also to see how the constituency can be further developed should PH come into power,” he said when contacted yesterday. (more…)

‘Apa lagi rakyat mahu?’

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Image result for “Apa lagi Cina mahu”?The day after the 13th general election in 2013, in which Barisan Nasional (BN) lost the popular vote, Utusan Malaysia splashed on its front page: “Apa lagi Cina mahu”? (What more do the Chinese want?)

The article by a senior news editor at the Umno-owned newspaper accused the Chinese of ingratitude, claiming that the BN government had fulfilled almost all of the community’s demands. The racist outburst was, perhaps, understandable, given that BN had spent a lot of money on the 2013 election and yet, performed its worst ever by winning only 48 per cent of the votes cast and 133 seats in the 222-seat Parliament.

BN made it seem like it was the end of the world even though it still won the election; it has won 13 times consecutively since Independence. (more…)

March 30, 2018

CM: Sarawak LRT project to cost RM10.8b

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari (2nd left) announces the routes of the proposed Light Rail Transit at a press conference in Kuching March 29, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Sarawak will cost about RM10.8 billion, and it will be the largest single state-funded project, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg announced today.

He said the LRT project will be managed by state government-linked company Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd and funded through another state government-linked entity, Development of Sarawak (DBoS).

“When it is completed by 2024, the project will benefit four major population centres in the Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions,” he told reporters when announcing the LRT routes, adding that construction work commences next year.

He said these centres have an almost one-million-strong population, including about 700,000 living in Greater Kuching. (more…)

Agong consents to EC’s redelineation report, new voting boundaries take effect today

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The new voting boundaries can now be used for the 14th general election. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe Election Commission’s (EC) proposed new voting boundaries and renaming of seats will be implemented from today.

This is after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong gave his royal assent to the redelineation recommendations.

In an order gazetted today by the federal government, it was stated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had exercised his powers under the Federal Constitution’s Thirteenth Schedule’s Section 9 to make the order for the EC’s proposals to be implemented from today.

“This order comes into operation on March 29, 2018.

“The recommendations contained in the report of the Election Commission dated March 6, 2018 shall have effect from the date of the coming into operation of this Order,” the order dated March 28 said. (more…)

Court of Appeal rejects Selangor’s bid to review EC’s redelineation exercise

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The Selangor State Assembly meeting takes place in Shah Alam March 28, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Selangor government failed today its appeal for a judicial review of the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation exercise.

Despite agreeing that the Selangor government had the locus standi to challenge the EC and that its appeal was not academic even after the Dewan Rakyat approved the redelineation report yesterday, the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the courts have no jurisdiction to decide on the redelineation and the electoral roll.

The three-judge panel chaired by Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi explained that the Selangor government’s claim of gerrymandering and malapportionment was a non-justifiable matter that the courts could not decide on.

The appellate court said the proper avenues for resolution were at the local enquiries and in the Dewan Rakyat. (more…)

April 11 decision on Bersih-led voter objections over Selangor redelineation

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Ambiga expressed hope that the EC would respect the court, and not do anything to override its powers, since the decision has now been fixed for April 11. — Picture by Shafwan ZaidonThe High Court today fixed April 11 to deliver its verdict on the judicial review application filed by over 10,000 Selangor voters led by Bersih 2.0, objecting to the recent redelineation exercise in the state.

The voters filed a lawsuit through 107 representatives, to ask the court to compel the Election Commission (EC) to hear their objections and to cancel the redelineation report that was submitted to the prime minister.

The redelineation report was however tabled in Dewan Rakyat yesterday, and approved with a simple majority.

“The arguments were heard by both parties, including the argument on whether it is academic, and the court has adjourned the matter to April 11 for a decision,” the group’s lawyer Datuk S. Ambiga said.

“I think we have been asked to advise (our clients), as to whether they (EC) can continue with the election, when there is a pending court decision. (more…)

March 29, 2018

‘S’wak set to be high income state by 2030’

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Sarawak will emerge as a high-income state by 2030 in terms of technology advancement and development.

But for the state to achieve this status, its people must be willing and know how to apply advanced technology in their daily lives, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“If not, we will not be able to achieve the status and also we will be left behind, especially in Industry 4.0 revolution,” he pointed out at the ‘Randau Petang’ with the Information Department, Broadcasting Department, National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (Finas), Department of Community Development (Kemas), Special Affairs Department (Jasa), Biro Tatanegara (BTN) and National Security Council (MKN) here on Tuesday night.

He added: “In order to achieve this, several technologies will be developed in the state such as digital technology and the use of new technologies; namely satellite macro, will be intensified to overcome the slowdown of the Internet.” (more…)

EC’s redelineation proposal passed by Dewan Rakyat

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabled the Election Commission (EC) redelineation report in Dewan Rakyat today. — Bernama picThe Election Commission (EC) redelineation report which proposes to change the electoral boundaries was passed by Dewan Rakyat, today.

Attempts by the opposition to delay the debate and passing of the report were unsuccessful when it was passed with 129 majority votes, compared to 80 votes against in a bloc voting.

In this case, a simple majority of 112 lawmakers was needed for the matter to be passed by the Dewan Rakyat.

Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabled the report, and seven Opposition and seven Barisan Nasional lawmakers debated on the report for 10 minutes each.

The report was presented to the Members of parliament on Thursday and was embargoed for a week.

Once passed, the EC would present the redelineation motion to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to obtain his royal consent.

The Parliament sits again tomorrow morning.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by IDA NADIRAH IBRAHIM


 

March 28, 2018

Sarawak lawmaker calls for united voice on rights over oil and gas resources

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See (right) said the state assembly should come up with a united voice with regards to the state’s rights over the resources. ― Picture by Sulok TawieAn Opposition lawmaker today called for a special sitting of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly to deliberate on the sovereign power and rights over oil and gas resources found within the state’s boundary.

PKR’s Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said the state assembly should come up with a united voice with regards to the state’s rights over the resources.

“Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg has done the right thing by taking a step further to pursue and assert the state’s autonomous rights over the valuable resources of oil and gas lying within the territorial boundary of Sarawak,” he told reporters.

However, See said such a pursuit is by no means easy as there are constraints and obstacles that need to be overcome. (more…)

EC urged to clarify status of voters over 95 years old

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Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak is seeking clarification from the Election Commission (EC) on the status of voters above 95 years old whose names are still in the electoral roll.

PKR Stampin branch deputy youth chief Jeffery Mok Hui Chung said if these voters are no longer alive, their names should be struck out immediately to ensure a clean and fair electoral roll.

He said that a few PKR members, including himself, have gone to the EC office here last week to get a copy of the latest fourth quarter 2017 electoral roll for Miri parliamentary seat. To their surprise, they found out that there are 146 eligible voters aged 95 years old and above, and 113 eligible voters aged 100 years old and above.

“The oldest voter we can find in Miri parliamentary seat is 116 years old and the question here is that what are the status of all these voters. Are they still alive?
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Are they alive or dead? Sarawak PKR questions status of Miri’s centenarian voters

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State PKR deputy Youth head Jeffery Mok speaking at a press conference in Kuching March 27, 2018. ― Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak PKR Youth today asked the Election Commission (EC) to clarify the status of 259 senior citizen voters in Miri.

Its deputy Youth chief Jeffery Mok said its checks on the electoral roll gazetted at the end of 2017 showed there were 146 voters in the parliamentary seat aged between 95 and 99 and another 113 who would be over 100 years, if they were still alive.

“Therefore, we seek clarification from EC as to the status of these voters, and if they are still alive or otherwise,” he told a news conference here.

Mok said that if the voters are dead, the EC should act immediately and delete their names form the electoral roll. (more…)

State PKR seeks clarification from EC on electoral roll

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Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak is seeking clarification from the Election Commission (EC) regarding the status of voters who are above 95 years-old whose names still exist in the electoral roll.

Its deputy youth chief Jeffery Mok Hui Chung said if they are no longer alive their names should be struck out from the electoral role immediately to ensure a clean and fair election.

He said he went with a few PKR members to the EC office here last week to get a copy of the latest fourth quarter 2017 electoral role for Miri parliamentary seat.

To their surprise, he said they found out that the electoral role contained names of 146 persons aged 95 years and above and 113 persons aged 100 years and above. (more…)

See requests for urgent DUN sitting to deliberate Sarawak’s mining rights

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Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has requested the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to summon for an urgent session of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) to be held immediately.

See said the special sitting is to deliberate on Sarawak’s sovereign power and rights to the issuance of permits and licences for mines, mining leases and certificates under Item 2 (c) of the State list under the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, particularly the prospecting, mining and development of our petroleum resources, to make clear the collective stance of the DUN with regards the Territorial Sea Act 2012, the Petroleum Development Act 1974, and the Tripartite Agreement signed between the Federal Government, the Sarawak State Government and Petronas.

“The Right Honourable Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had evoked a lively debate with his unequivocal announcement that Sarawak will assume full regulatory authority over its oil and gas upstream and downstream industry by this July, at the launching of Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) on March 6. (more…)

March 27, 2018

Pakatan wants Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 withdrawn in Parliament

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) has urged the Barisan Nasional (BN) government to withdraw the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 which is expected to be tabled in Parliament this week.

Its national Women chief for Sarawak Affairs Voon Shiak Ni, who called for the withdrawal, wondered how the proposed regulation could serve public interest when it might harm freedom of speech in the country.

“Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said had said that the Cabinet had approved the draft of the proposed law against fake news, with the Bill to be tabled in Parliament this week for its first reading.

“What are the repercussions of this Anti-Fake News Bill on human rights and the right to the freedom of expression and speech by our fellow Malaysians especially when we are living in a nation which harboured 101 things that need to be righted,” she said in a media statement yesterday. (more…)

Pakatan: Anti-fake news Bill redundant, against freedom of speech

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Chua said the Bill imposed a form of psychological censorship and is draconian in nature. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaThe Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 is unnecessary as there are already existing laws in place to deal with the spread of fake news, Opposition MPs said today.

Pakatan Harapan MPs labelled the Bill as a threat to freedom of speech, claiming that it could be used to silence any criticism aimed towards the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).

“It is not about defamation or sedition because we have existing laws for those offences.

“We already have the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to anticipated attempts by irresponsible quarters to spread fake news, so why do we still need such law?,” PKR Batu MP Chua Tian Chang told Malay Mail when met outside the Parliament building. (more…)

GE14: Swing in Malay voters not enough for PH to take over

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Ilham Centre executive director Hisommudin Bakar said this was the finding from their six months’ of in-depth interviews in Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Perlis, Perak and Selangor.

He said the interviews were broken down into six groups, among them youths, Umno supporters, PH supporters and Wanita.

He said the sentiments were different according to the state.

“In Terengganu, Umno village heads are frustrated that they are unable to answer claims by the opposition on the cost of living. (more…)

Fake news bill proposes up to RM500,000 fine for offenders

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The controversial Anti-Fake News Bill 2018, which was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat today, proposed among others that an offender be fined up to RM500,000 with an additional RM3,000 every day if the offence is continued.

Under the proposed law, fake news is described as any news, information, data or report which is wholly or partly false, whether in the form of features, visuals, audio recordings or any other form capable of suggesting words or ideas.

The proposed law states that any person found guilty of creating, offering, publishing, distributing, circulating or disseminating any fake news is liable to a fine not exceeding RM500,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both.

A further fine not exceeding RM3,000 daily will be imposed for the duration the offence is continued, to be committed after conviction. (more…)

Najib, Ku Nan and the PRC are demolishing KL’s heritage

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Companies from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are destroying Malaysian heritage, with the collusion of Tengku Adnan Mansor (KuNan), the Federal Territories Minister, and the PM, Najib Abdul Razak.

Many MPs have questioned why Malaysia is being sold for a song, by these two men.

Forest City, in the south, Johor, and large tracts of land around Kuantan have been sold to the PRC. Malay reserve land in Lumut has been sold to The Vale, a Brazilian company.

Now, Kuala Lumpur’s own Golden Triangle is at risk. How much prime real estate, worth billions of ringgits, is under foreign control? (more…)

March 23, 2018

Eyebrows raised as Malaysia set to redraw electoral boundaries before polls

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Malaysia is gearing up for national elections that have to be called by August. — Picture by Saw Siow FengNajib Razak’s government will on Wednesday seek parliamentary approval to redraw electoral boundaries, a move critics say will benefit his ruling coalition in national polls.

Copies of the planned redelineation exercise were handed to members of Parliament today.

Malaysia is gearing up for national elections that have to be called by August, with sources telling Reuters that polls may be held as early as April. Najib’s coalition is widely expected to retain power.

The motion to redraw electoral boundaries will likely be approved by parliament, as it only requires a simple majority vote. Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition currently holds 132 out of the 222 seats in parliament. (more…)

Dr Sim: Sarawak BN supreme council to discuss SUPP-UPP agreement

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Dr Sim said that SUPP will contest in its seven usual seats in GE14. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe state Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting tomorrow will discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and its breakaway United People’s Party (UPP), said SUPP president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian today.

He said its central working committee (CWC) had discussed the draft MoU at length before deciding to present it to the BN supreme council for further deliberation and endorsement.

When asked to share the gist of the draft MoU, Dr Sim, who is also the local government and housing minister, said that UPP members must rejoin SUPP in the interest of the Chinese community. (more…)

Ruling if Christians can use ‘Allah’ in publications deferred

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The High Court here has deferred its ruling on whether Christians can use the word “Allah” in publications for the purpose of religious education among their own community.

Lawyer Annou Xavier, who is a counsel appearing for Sarawakian Jill Ireland, said the court notified last week that the judgment scheduled for tomorrow had been vacated to another date.

“No reason was given why the judgment is rescheduled to another date,” he told FMT.

Justice Nor Bee Ariffin reserved judgment last November after hearing submissions from Ireland’s lead counsel Lim Heng Seng and government lawyer Shamsul Bolhassan. (more…)

State territorial waters still at 12 nautical miles, says Sarawak CM

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Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has reiterated that the state’s territorial waters are indeed 12 nautical miles and not three nautical miles as specified under a law passed by Parliament in 2012, The Borneo Post reported.

He described the Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA) as not valid because Sarawak had never consented to the amendment to the boundary of its territorial waters in Parliament.

“Sarawak has the right to the established boundaries of water of 12 nautical miles.

“Nobody can change that as in Article 2 of the State List, you can’t change the boundary unless the state consents in legislation. (more…)

Zahid proposes RM3,500 minimum wage for skilled workers

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Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today proposed that the minimum wage for Malaysian skilled workers be set at RM3,500, an increase from the current RM1,200.

He said this was to match the minimum wage of migrant skilled workers in the country and to encourage more young Malaysians to take up technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

“We must raise the minimum wage of Malaysian skilled workers to at least match that offered to skilled workers from abroad,” he said to reporters after opening the inaugural TVET Expo at the Putra World Trade Centre here.

He also estimated that the minimum wage would rise to RM5,000 by 2030. (more…)

‘Say it to my face’: Dr M shows up at forum discussing his age

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A screenshot of Dr M speaking after he was asked how he kept sharp well into his 90s.In a surprise appearance, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today showed up at a forum discussing the issue of his age and ability to become prime minister for a second time.

The forum was organised by local Malay daily Sinar Harian entitled “Apakah Tun M Terlalu Tua Untuk Jadi PM”.

Panellists at the forum included Universiti Utara Malaysia Malaysian Politics Research Institute Director Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, psychology expert Prof Datuk Mat Saat Mohd Baki, along with fitness guru Kevin Zahri Abdul Ghaffar.

The former prime minister posted his arrival on his official Facebook page along with a rear-angle photograph of him seated in the front row at the forum. (more…)

Bersih: Court decision on Segamat army voters a blow to democracy

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Bersih 2.0 is unhappy with the decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court to dismiss the leave application for judicial review by 48 voters from Segamat against the inclusion of 949 army voters and their spouses in the supplementary electoral roll.

Bersih acting chairman Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari regretted that all the democratic checks available, including the courts, have allowed the misuse of Election Commission (EC) powers.

It was clear, he said in a statement, that the transfer of the 949 voters was an attempt to” derail clean and fair elections in order to keep the Barisan Nasional in power”. (more…)

March 21, 2018

Sarawak mulls introducing visa on arrival to lure tourists from Brunei

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State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah (seated, 2nd right) speaks to reporters in Kuching March 20, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak government said it will discuss with the state Immigration Department the possibility of issuing visa on arrival for foreign tourists entering Miri via Brunei.

“This will be discussed with the Immigration Department in a dialogue in Miri tomorrow because we want to make it easier for foreign tourists going to Brunei to also come over to Miri,” state Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah told reporters today after chairing the state tourism steering committee meeting here.

Karim said he is confident that the issue can be addressed at the dialogue that major players in the tourism industry are also expected to attend. (more…)

March 20, 2018

PBDS Baru and Sabah partner eyeing 20 seats in Sarawak for GE14

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PBDS Baru president Cobbold John Lusoi (centre) with the party's youth chief Rapelson Richard Hamit and protem women chief Sylvia anak John Gemok, March 19, 2018. ― Picture by Sulok TawieParti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS Baru) and its Sabah-based partner Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) are eyeing 20 Parliamentary seats in Sarawak in the 14th general elections (GE14), the former’s president Cobbold John Lusoi said today.

He said details of the seats and names of the candidates will be announced at the launch of a joint election manifesto here at the end of this month.

“PBDS Baru will put up candidates in 10 Dayak-majority seats while STAR will field candidates in 10 urban and semi-urban constituencies,” Lusoi told reporters at the launch of PBDS Baru’s quarterly bulletin here. (more…)

No BN direct candidates in GE14 – CM

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There will be no fielding of Barisan Nasional (BN) direct candidates to contest in the 14th General Election (GE14).

This was revealed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when asked to comment if BN direct candidates would be fielded in the looming polls emulating the formula which has proven to be effective in the last State Election.

He said the reason behind this was in view that the upcoming election involved all states in Malaysia and not just Sarawak alone.

“This is a parliamentary election and all (contesting) candidates are from each component party unlike the State Election. In Peninsular Malaysia, they also don’t have any BN direct candidates,” he told reporters when met after officiating the Muara Sungai Kudei Bridge at Kampung Kudei here today. (more…)

Sarawak wants additional RM1b for schools

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Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin (seated, left) at the Sarawak Headmasters’ Conference in Kuching March 19, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak will be asking for at least another RM1 billion from the federal government to repair dilapidated schools and to build new ones, a state minister said today ahead of the 14th general elections (GE14).

Sarawak Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin said he came to the conclusion after making assessments of schools, which have been categorised as dilapidated and critically dilapidated, during his recent statewide tour.

“The RM1 billion sum announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his Budget 2018 speech last year is certainly not enough to repair dilapidated schools or build new ones,” he said at the opening of a three-day Sarawak headmasters’ conference here.

He believed that the bad conditions of schools, especially those in the rural areas, was one of the factors contributing to students’ poor performance in public examinations. (more…)

Uggah: Amendment to Land Code to be tabled at DUN meeting in July

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Image result for land code sarawakThe process of amending the Land Code relating to ‘pemakai menoa’ and ‘pulau galau’ is now at its final stage before the amendment is tabled at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) meeting in July.

In revealing this, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the state cabinet had decided that the amendment would be tabled in July after taking into account all relevant matters and requirements.

“We will present the amendment of the Land Code in July and now we are in the final stage of finalising the amendment.

“We are confident it can be tabled in July. This is our commitment,” Uggah told The Borneo Post when met at the ‘Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat – Segulai & Sejalai’ programme at Rh Benang Pilang of Sg Bakas, Bakong yesterday. (more…)

Ex-Sarawak minister reveals PBB membership, hopes to contest GE14

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Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom holds a press conference to announce the formation of BN-friendly party Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly building in Kuching May 15, 2014. — Picture by Nigel EdgarTan Sri William Mawan Ikom said today he hopes that Barisan Nasional (BN) will nominate him to defend his Saratok seat in GE14, as he is actually a Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) member.

The former Sarawak minister revealed that that he has been a PBB member since 2016 after resigning as president of the pro-Barisan Nasional Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras), but only revealed his membership today after his political affiliation was questioned.

Prior to joining Teras, he was president of Progressive Democratic Party, a component of the state BN.

“On my status as a prospective candidate in GE14, the decision lies entirely with the BN and PBB leadership. I respect their decision,” he said in response to speculation that he would not be asked to defend his Saratok seat since he was not a member of any component party of the BN. (more…)

Chong’s motion in Parliament to amend PDA ‘hot air’ – CM

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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has described the action by state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen in moving a motion in Parliament to amend the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974 as ‘hot air’.

“He didn’t expect me to do this (to exercise the state rights on mining ordinance under the Malaysia Agreement 1963). To implement the law which has been stated in the institution and they didn’t expect my move,” Abang Johari told reporters after officiating the Sungai Bintangor riverfront bridge here today.

“We got the rights, and the regulated control is with us as stated in the (Federal) constitution,” he added.

Abang Johari pointed out that he did his homework and looked through all aspects before making any announcements, unlike the opposition who simply ‘shoot’ when they were cornered, as the government made progress and positive changes. (more…)

Putrajaya seeks additional RM7b in supplementary supply Bill

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The Bill was tabled for first reading by Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani at Dewan Rakyat today. — Picture by Azneal IshakPutrajaya today sought an additional RM7.122 billion for its expenditure under Budget 2017, in a supplementary supply Bill tabled in Parliament.

The Supplementary Supply Bill 2018 is aimed at covering the extra expenditure under the RM 260.8 billion federal budget.

The Bill was tabled for first reading by Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani at Dewan Rakyat today.

The biggest expenditure from the supply Bill is for contributions to statutory funds, which stands at RM2.7 billion.

The Home Ministry and the Education Ministry are also seeking additional RM804 million and RM891 million respectively.

In comparison, last year Putrajaya sought an additional RM3 billion for expenditures under Budget 2016.


Source : The Malay Mail Online bys RAM ANAND


 

In historic first, senate sitting to run concurrently with Dewan Rakyat next week

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The upper House will sit at the same time as the lower House for the first time in Malaysian history. — AFP picThe Dewan Negara sitting has been brought forward by three weeks and will be held concurrently with the Dewan Rakyat beginning next week.

The Parliament today issued a circular to senators on the new dates, which means the upper House will sit at the same time as the lower House for the first time in Malaysian history.

The senate was originally scheduled to sit between April 16 to April 30, but will now sit from March 26 to April 5, for eight days.

The Dewan Rakyat is also scheduled to end on April 5, meaning that the federal government is likely to pass any pending Bills in both houses in this Parliament sitting as the 14th general election draws closer. (more…)

March 18, 2018

Amending the PDA to reclaim ownership petroleum rights

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Image result for petroleum rightsIN an apparent reaction to my Analysis entitled ‘Reclaiming the state’s oil and gas rights’ published in The Borneo Post on March 10, Pakatan Harapan state chief and Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen proposed in Parliament on March 13 what he called a “small amendment” to Section 2 of the Petroleum Development Act, 1974 (PDA).

The amendment he proposed was to add two words ‘excluding Sarawak’, after word ‘Malaysia’ in line 2 of that Section. According to Chong, with his amendment, the vesting of ownership rights over oil and gas under Section 2 on Petronas would not apply to Sarawak. His explanation is that if his amendment is approved by Parliament, Sarawak would have ownership of the oil and gas found onshore and offshore of Sarawak.

Fallacy of the amendment

Let us analyse critically Chong’s proposed amendment. (more…)

Sarawak BN confident of wresting seats from Opposition

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PBB Sarawak youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu said BN’s optimism stemmed from its anticipation that GE14 would be held any time and therefore had been preparing itself much early. — Bernama pic
Sarawak Barisan Nasional is confident of wresting the parliamentary seats held by the opposition, in the 14th general elections (GE14).

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Sarawak youth chief Gerald Rentap Jabu said BN’s optimism stemmed from its anticipation that GE14 would be held any time and therefore had been preparing itself much early.

“We can win. I believe we can do it. Our objective is to win because the Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg)’s initiative to fight for Sarawak’s rights need a strong voice,” he told reporters after a PBB youth gathering at Taman Tasik Permai last night.

Among those present at the function were PBB vice president Dr Annuar Rapa’ee, who is also Sarawak Education and Technological Research Assistant Minister, Machan assemblyman Allan Siden Gramong, and Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Ijang.

In GE13, six parliamentary seats in Sarawak were won by the Opposition, namely, Bandar Kuching (DAP), Stampin (DAP), Sarikei (DAP), Sibu (DAP), Lanang (DAP) and Miri (PKR).

Gerald, who is also Layar state assemblyman expected GE14 to be held in May.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by Bernama


 

Motion to ban alcohol at Bar events struck out

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Malaysian Bar president George Varughese used his power today to strike out a motion to ban alcoholic drinks at its events on technical grounds. ― Picture by Choo Choy MayMalaysian Bar president George Varughese used his power today to strike out a motion to ban alcoholic drinks at its events on technical grounds.

Varughese said the Bar did not have jurisdiction to discuss the motion, but would not elaborate, instead citing the legal profession’s secrecy oath against revealing any deliberation during its annual general assembly.

“The motion was not discussed… simply because the form and content was not something that can be discussed by the Malaysian Bar,” Varughese told reporters.

“It’s not that we do not allow it… in fact there was a similar motion that was debated last year and discussed at length. (more…)

Driving licence, passport or receipt of lost MyKad can be used for voting

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Image result for Driving licence, passport or receipt of lost MyKad can be used for votingVoters who happen to lose their MyKad before the polling day can still cast their votes using their driving licence, passport or an official receipt of replacement of MyKad issued by the National Registration Department (JPN).

Assistant director of Election Academy Amar Soufwan Morazuki reminded voters that the Election Commission (EC) would not accept a police report to prove their identity at polling centres.

“By right, voters should come to the polling centres with their MyKad. But if they lose their MyKad right before polling, they can use their driving licence or passport or the receipt issued by JPN,” he said during a media briefing held at the RTM building here on Thursday.

On another note, Amar said polling officers would massage the fingers of voters before applying the indelible ink. (more…)

Govt welcomes proposal to raise travel restriction tax arrears limit

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government welcomes the proposal by the PAC to raise the tax arrears limit of RM2,000 to RM10,000. — Picture by Shafwan ZaidonThe government welcomes the proposal by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to raise the tax arrears limit of RM2,000, which restrict individual taxpayers from travelling abroad, to RM10,000.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the limit would allow more individuals to go overseas compared to the current ruling set by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

He explained that the move would at least mitigate the burden of the people, especially those who needed to go abroad for worship or other important affairs.

“The PAC’s proposal is highly welcomed and I will monitor its implementation if it is agreed to be adopted anytime soon. (more…)

March 14, 2018

Sarawak, Singapore to collaborate on agriculture, tourism, CM says

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Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg speaking to reporters in Kuching, January 13, 2018. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak and Singapore have agreed to work together in the fields of agriculture and tourism, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced.

Abang Johari said he and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had discussed on the possible collaborations during their recent meeting in Singapore.

According to Abang Johari, Lee had also acknowledged Sarawak’s potential and its digital economy initiatives.

Thus, he said Sarawak government would set up an office in Singapore latest by January next year to assist Sarawak entrepreneurs wishing to do business with their Singaporean counterparts. (more…)

EC denies claims GE14 will be rigged

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Mohd Hashim said all the systems — registration of voters, the conduct of elections and the redelineation of electoral boundaries — were transparent and fair. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe Election Commission today dismissed allegations that the election system and the redelineation of electoral boundaries are designed to favour certain political parties in the next general election.

EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said all the systems — registration of voters, the conduct of elections and the redelineation of electoral boundaries — were transparent and fair.

He said the allegations referred to in an article in The Economist were baseless claims intended to confuse the people.

The EC would not be cowed by these criticisms in its commitment to conduct the 14th General Election in a transparent and fair manner and by complying with all the legislative processes relating to elections, he said in a statement here. (more…)

March 13, 2018

MP slammed for bad views on announcement of state’s power over O&G resources

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Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen has been slammed for exhibiting a very negative attitude against Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s recent announcement regarding the state’s rights over its oil and gas (O&G) resources.

According to Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang, the way Chong commented on the announcement is like he (Chong) is not from Sarawak.

He also likens Chong’s action to ‘pouring cold water over’ Abang Johari’s sincere and positive effort in regaining the state’s rights.

“At least the chief minister is making the effort in gaining Sarawak’s rights back as best as he could – we can also question Chong, what has he done for Sarawak? Instead of standing by Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari, he (Chong) is doing the opposite,” he said in a press statement yesterday. (more…)

Statelessness in Malaysia on the rise, claims Lawyers for Liberty

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Surendran said the number of families from his constituency seeking help from the civil rights group is on the rise despite the government's denial of statelessness in the country. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaWith an increase in claims of child statelessness in Malaysia, Lawyers of Liberty’s N. Surendran urged the government to take prompt measures to remedy the situation.

Surendran, who is the MP for Padang Serai, said the number of families from his constituency seeking help from the civil rights group is on the rise despite the government’s denial of statelessness in the country.

“We have come across a large number of cases on a weekly and daily basis. Years back, I had suggested there were 300,000 cases in the country but there are more now coming to us for assistance,” said Surendran at a press conference today.

“We want an explanation as to why this is happening, how many cases there are, and why the government is not able to resolve the problem.” (more…)

Wait for GE14, Anwar says after court upholds sodomy conviction

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today he would wait for the 14th general election, after he failed to reverse his second sodomy conviction. — Picture by Choo Choy MayDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today he would wait for the 14th general election, after he failed to reverse his second sodomy conviction.

“Of course I shouldn’t say I’m surprised. But I’m disappointed. I’m just hoping for one avenue, where there is one judge with that courage and conviction, that ‘I respect the law and justice’.

“Otherwise wait for GE14,” he told reporters, referring to the 14th general election.

Earlier today, the High Court dismissed Anwar’s bid to reverse his second sodomy conviction, calling it a backdoor attempt to secure his release from prison. (more…)

Court rejects Anwar’s Sodomy 2 conviction challenge, calls it ‘backdoor attempt’

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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lost his legal bid to scrub a second sodomy conviction from his records. — Picture by Choo Choy MayDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lost his legal bid to scrub a second sodomy conviction from his records.

High Court judge Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad dismissed the PKR leader’s legal challenge against the 2015 conviction and sentence, calling it a “backdoor attempt” to secure his release from prison.

“To me, this is a backdoor attempt. Sorry I have to say it. If it’s not backdoor attempt, it is a veiled attempt,” she said, adding that the Federal Court had previously affirmed the conviction in February 2015 and sentenced him to five years imprisonment.

Anwar was also ordered to pay RM5,000 in cost. (more…)

Failure to legalise ‘Dayak’ part of government’s isolation process — PBDS Baru

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PImage result for Anthony Naisarti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDS Baru) believes that the failure to legalise the word ‘Dayak’ is part of the process of isolation by the government of the day.

PBDS Baru secretary-general Anthony Nais made these remarks in response to the recent statement from Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, who viewed that giving the term ‘Dayak’ the force of law was ‘important but not urgent’ and that its inclusion in the Malaysian Constitution ‘does not ensure anything’.

Anthony said he was not surprised by Entulu’s reaction as he knew him well when he was a Youth executive committee member and the publicity chief under Entulu during the era of the now-defunct PBDS.

He said he was upset with Entulu for saying that should he remain as Selangau MP after the next parliamentary election, and also if the Barisan Nasional (BN) managed to get two-thirds majority in Parliament, it would be highly possible that he could talk to the Prime Minister on having a Bill to legalise the term ‘Dayak’ tabled in Parliament. (more…)

Sarawak oil and gas rights pure political rhetoric, says Jeffrey

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Jeffrey-Kitingan-Sarawak-oil-and-gas-rights-1While the Sarawak government should be lauded for re-asserting statutory regulatory control over its oil and gas resources, Sarawakians ought to be wary and fully understand the implications of the recent announcement, says Jeffrey Kitingan.

The president of Sabah opposition party, Star, said in a statement today that he agreed with Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg on the constitutional right of the Borneo states over its natural resources, including oil and gas, as per the State List in the 9th Schedule of the federal constitution.

“Land is clearly a state matter and the development of these resources by the federation under item 8(j) of the Federal List is subject to Item 2(c) of the State List.

“Under Section 24 of the Sabah Land Ordinance (Cap. 68), all minerals, precious stones and mineral oils which includes petroleum and gas belongs to the Sabah government,” the Bingkor assemblyman said. (more…)

March 12, 2018

The need for a Sexual Harassment Act in Malaysia

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Image result for Sexual Harassment Act in MalaysiaIn recent weeks, we have read news about allegations of sexual harassment involving a former employee of a renowned NGO by her then supervisor. The former employee had described in detail about how her then supervisor made inappropriate remarks and advances to her. After which, more allegations were made by former employees of the renowned NGO pertaining to occurrences of sexual harassment while they were at work.

This evening, one of my friends who is a Dato’ informed me that there were allegations made to one of his foreign male workers who had allegedly committed sexual harassment to one of his female staff. My friend took immediate action after conducting an investigation and consequently the foreign male worker was terminated and sent back to his home country. This example should be emulated and I salute him for having zero-tolerance for unlawful harassment and inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace.

While there is no Sexual Harassment Act per se in Malaysia at the moment, there are legislation and guidelines such as the Penal Code Act 574, Employment Act 1955, the Code Of Practice On The Prevention And Eradication Of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace and most recently, the Federal Court decision which assist the victims in their legal recourse. (more…)

Pakatan Harapan S’wak launches first phase of manifesto

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak launched the first phase of its manifesto here yesterday.

State Democratic Action Party chairman Chong Chieng Jen, state Parti Keadilan Rakyat chairman Baru Bian, and state Parti Amanah Negara Sarawak chairman Fidzuan Zaidi jointly launched the manifesto.

Seven points were highlighted to try to capture the votes of Sarawakians during the upcoming general election.

They include to abolish the goods and services tax (GST), and maintain the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M); stabilise the price of petrol and restore petrol subsidies; return 20 per cent oil and gas royalty as well as 50 per cent tax revenue collected in Sarawak to the state; restore decision rights over education and health to Sarawak; build infrastructure to all longhouses and villages, as well as supply basic amenities such as treated water and electricity to all areas in Sarawak; and provide 100,000 jobs for Sarawak’s unemployed youths. (more…)

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