Polls reform group Bersih 2.0 said it will hit the streets with yet another mammoth rally if the Election Commission does not heed demands on the redelineation process expected to be launched in Parliament next year.
Until then, Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah (left) said, the coalition’s Delineation Action and Research Team (Dart) will be spearhead objections at each constituency while the coalition will continue to pressure the EC via the media.
“If all this fails, and they (EC) really don’t want to listen to us because they have a different agenda, then (Bersih 4.0 rally) is inevitable,” she toldMalaysiakini after Dart’s national launch today. (more…)
For nearly 16 years now, Malaysian politics has been stuck in skullduggery just because one influential and popular individual by the name of Anwar Ibrahim was – and is – determined to challenge Umno’s hegemony embodied by Mahathir Mohamad’s autocracy.
The sodomy issue is like a sword of Damocles that hangs forever over Anwar’s head. When he was acquitted for the first time over Sodomy II back in January 2012, some were quick to attribute the verdict to a restoration of judicial integrity. How premature the conclusion was, I would say.
Although there have been cases where justice was seen to be done, including a series of decisions against Umno mouthpieces such as Utusan Malaysia and TV3, it would seem that the judiciary remains very much beholden to the powers-that-be whenever the latter’s ultimate authority is severely challenged. (more…)
Koon Yew Yin
Can the non-Malays be blamed for Mokhzani Mahathir’s low position in wealthiest Malaysians list?
Every few days or so, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, our former prime minister, comes out with a new story lamenting the loss of Malay and Muslim power and complaining how it is in fact the non-Malays or non-Muslims who are the ones that are really running the country.
There are many variants of this argument that he comes out with, such as that the DAP is running the show in Pakatan Rakyat; or that PKR and PAS leaders have sold out to the DAP; or that the Christians have an ulterior motive in raising the Allah issue, and are to be blamed for the rise in tension and resentment in the country. (more…)
PKR today announced party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as its new candidate for the Kajang by-election.
Wan Azizah will replace her husband Anwar Ibrahim, the PKR de facto leader, who was initially the party’s candidate for the by-election, but is now disqualified from contesting following his five-year jail sentence for sodomy handed on Friday.
This was announced by Anwar at a press conference in Kajang this afternoon, who temporarily remains a free man after being granted a stay of execution by the Court of Appeal.
The charge against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the manner in which his appeal was handled fuels the perception that the opposition leader was persecuted and not prosecuted, the Bar Council said.
Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong (pic) said that in the first place, the archaic provision under the Penal Code which criminalises sodomy and oral sex should never have been brought against Anwar.
“The case has unnecessarily taken up judicial time and public funds, and has muddied the waters of our justice system.
“We also have grave misgivings with respect to the manner and timing in which the appeal was handled, especially over the way in which mitigation and sentencing proceeded,” Leong said. (more…)
The transgression of justice with which the Court of Appeal had summarily convicted and jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the charge of sodomy on March 7 will go down as one of the most shameful episodes in Malaysia’s judicial history.
The court has not only regurgitated the falsehood spewed by the prosecutor lock, stock and barrel, but rushed through to overturn a solid High Court decision and passed a five-year jail sentence in lightning speed, against all established judicial norms and common decency.
In doing so, it has shown the entire world how hopelessly servile our judiciary is to its political masters.. (more…)
Thiru Jr Karasu
“Protests that start through non-violent persuasion should not be treated as illegal civil resistance campaigns. A high-handed approach to resolving protests is counter-productive and only strengthens the resolve to continue.”
Once upon a time, I underwent a compulsory 25-day survival course in Singapore’s Pulau Ubin as part of an airline cadetship programme. Unlike the wishy-washy survival packages today where participations get hot lunches and power showers, that one was exhausting and guaranteed to shed blood.
The most challenging part was a five-night solo stay in the jungle. There was no tent, no flashlight, no weapons, insect repellants or toilet tissue. Every man had to find his own water, forage his own food or make his own kill. (more…)
Not so long ago I read a book with the title ‘Crisis in the Muslim Mind’ by AbdulHamid AbuSulayman, who is rector at Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Petaling Jaya. He was writing about what he sees as the Muslim world facing some form of crisis. I am paraphrasing this title for this current writing as I, too, feel that the Malay-Muslim community is facing some form of crisis as I shall narrate below.
This crisis surfaced when former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad conducted a public forum by asking Kassim Ahmad to revive the latter’s views and opinions on the Quran and its link with the Hadith. (more…)
Ahmad Mustapha Hassan
Malaysia, after more than half a century as an independent and sovereign country, has now moved backwards into the dark ages. This is so because of the claim of superiority by a small group among the Malay/Muslim community. This misguided group feels that they are actually the masters in this country and wrongly believe that they are superior to all the other citizens.
The majority of the Malays do not subscribe to the misguided notions of this small wayward group.
They are filled with hate and nothing else. They have nightmares during the day that they are being threatened by groups that want to annihilate their religion and their community. (more…)
Adenan echoes Taib warning that Malayan political parties are undesirable in Sarawak and their entry would be against the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement
Newly installed Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has reiterated his predecessor Taib Mahmud’s stand that Umno will never be welcome in the state.
“We cannot allow Umno to land in Sarawak because we don’t need the party to come,” he is said to have told Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) supreme council members as well as it youth and women’s wing leaders on Monday. (more…)
Senior corporate lawyer Tan Sri Cecil Abraham is being investigated by a three-man Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board (ASDB) committee for professional misconduct for allegedly preparing a statutory declaration (SD) for the late private investigator P. Balasubramaniam (pic), who was not his client.
The contentious SD was to counter Bala’s first sworn statement which had incriminated Datuk Seri Najib Razak and several other personalities in relation to the 2006 murder of Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Sources told The Malaysian Insider the ASDB decided to hold the proceedings after finding there was a sufficient prima facie case against the lawyer for professional misconduct. (more…)
Sarawak Sovereignty Movement said their group is apolitical, entirely pursuing civil movement to restore Sarawak’s rights
A Sarawak nationalists movement here has denied that it is a protégé of PBB and the “running dog” of former chief minister-turned governor Taib Mahmud.
The group, Sarawak Sovereignty Movement (SSM), reiterated that it was apolitical and focused on restoring the rights of Sarawak as a free and independent nation. (more…)
Sarawak Report can reveal that the turnover on the Taib family’s latest foreign property venture in the UK has been over half a billion ringgit (100 million pounds sterling) so far and it is still rising.
The Ridgeford Properties development in Bolsover Street, Central London, which comprises several flats, has now sold most of the units in its current 2nd stage of development for a price totalling £98,145,182 (RM537,000,000), according to research by the Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund into the UK property register.
Some of the most expensive penthouse flats are yet to have been sold, meaning that the final sum will go well over the hundred million pounds mark. (more…)
Still no way out for SUPP; deregistration looms as factions refuse to compromise on ways to save the party
Members of Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) led by their president Peter Chin are waiting nervously to see if their last ditch effort to save the party from collapse will bear fruit.
The Central Working Committee of the party met yesterday with the newly appointed Sarawak’s Chief Minister Adenan Satem Tuesday to get his help to stop the Registrar of Societies delisting the party for falling foul of the law. (more…)
Dr Wong Chin Huat
Many people don’t realise an important fact about Umno: they have many faithful supporters amongst the non-Malays.
No, I am not talking about their non-Malay cronies. I am talking about non-Malays who may themselves vote against Umno or BN, but for every anti-Umno or anti-BN vote they cast or mobilise, they over-compensate by delivering a few pro-Umno or pro-BN votes.
Confused? The logic is actually very simple, though counter-intuitive. (more…)
Sarawak PKR reminded Sarawakians today that it was during the chief ministership of Abdul Rahman Yakub that the rights of the state as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement were surrendered to the federal government.
“Do you know that Sarawak lost its rights during the chief ministership of Rahman (right in photo)? Seventeen of our rights in the 18-point agreement were given to the federal government on a silver plate.
“The only thing he did not give up was the control on immigration,” Sarawak PKR information chief Vernon Kedit said today. (more…)
Ahmad Fadli KC
Sarawak governor’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today escaped contempt of court proceedings brought by his former wife Shahnaz A Majid.
Syariah High Court judge Azzeman Omar delivered his verdict after hearing Bekir’s explanation.
This follows the court’s order for Bekir to pay more than RM900,000 as interim child maintenance for the couple’s only son.
“The court accepts the justification of the respondent and the committal application (for contempt of court) is rejected,” Justice Azzeman said. (more…)
The by-election for the Balingian state seat in Sarawak, which was vacated by former Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud on Feb 28 to enable him to become state governor the following day, has been set for March 29, one week after the Kajang by-election.
Nominations for the polls, which will be country’s fourth by-election since the last general elections in May 2013, will take place on March 17, providing a 12-day campaigning period, the Election Commission (EC) chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusoff announced today. (more…)
Marina Mahathir holds a placard during the ‘Flashmob for Peace’ gathering in Kuala Lumpur today.
A stark contrast from the scene 35 kilometres away, a small group of people held up placards today with messages such as “God is one” and “We are brothers and sisters” in the centre of a shopping mall, and handed out purple balloons and flowers. All smiles, with no shouting at all.
The two groups, though with very different agendas, were expecting the Federal Court’s decision on whether the Catholic Church has grounds to appeal the Court of Appeal’s ruling, which overturned a High Court ruling from 2009 allowing the Catholic paper, Herald, to use the word “Allah” as a constitutional right. (more…)
The High Court’s advice to Sarawak Governor Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to relinquish all his commercial interests is seen as an indirect acknowledgement of his involvement in commercial enterprise and thus a small victory for those opposing his appointment.
This advice was made by Sabah High Court judge Chew Soo Ho when dismissing an ex-parte application on Feb 27 by Padungan state assemblyman Wong King Wei for an injunction to stop Taib from accepting his appointment as the governor. (more…)
Small-holders in Sarawak earn RM227 per hectare a month and it is “grossly unfair and unreasonable” to deny them market access, says Malaysian Palm Oil Council.
The Malaysian oil palm industry has denied that it contributes to deforestation, saying that “it is the least” to be worried about.
Blaming international NGO campaigns with western vested interests, Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) chief executive officer Yusof Basiron said the industry was more and more focused on sustainability.
“It (sustainability) is to be perceived as a challenge faced by the Malaysian oil palm industry today. (more…)
A leading Sabah politician has warned Putrajaya to fulfil the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 or allow Sabah and Sarawak to go their separate ways from the Malay peninsula.
STAR Sabah chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic) said Sabah and Sarawak are among the poorest states in the country and marginalised in development allocations.
“The downgrading of Sabah and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th states in Malaysia is contrary to what was intended in 1963 as equal partners. (more…)
Malaysian universities have failed yet again to feature in the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings released today, a sign that local varsities are losing ground to not only top universities in the world, but to those within Southeast Asia.
Malaysia had never been featured on the list, which was into its fourth year, despite Putrajaya’s goals to make Malaysia an education hub for the region and attract some 200,000 students to local universities by 2020.
Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin previously said that Malaysia has one of the best education systems in the world – better than United States, Britain and Germany. (more…)
Francis Paul Siah
In 1982, the late Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min appealed to his colleagues in the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) to allow him to serve one term as party president.
Wong, Sarawak’s first deputy chief minister, had been SNAP deputy president for 17 years at that time. When then party president Datuk Amar Dunstan Endawie resigned abruptly to become Malaysian Ambassador to New Zealand, SNAP was left with a leadership crisis – there was no provision in the party constitution for an acting president. (more…)
Governance and Transparency Minister Paul Low said today that he saw no reason to stop Abdul Taib Mahmud from becoming state governor after 33 years as chief minister, despite allegations against him for corruption and abuse of power.
In the week before he resigned as Sarawak’s chief minister, two NGOs and a news weekly alleged that he had used his position to enrich his family. Taib has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
Low also said that he sided with the GE13 voters, who found no fault with Taib. (more…)
With one single bold announcement Taib Mahmud turned Malaysian politics on its head and broke the hidden agenda to “isolate” Sabah from Sarawak.
Taib Mahmud set the “benchmark”, to paraphrase Sabah’s Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, for his brave rejection of Umno from Sarawak and to uphold the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Within days of his bold announcement at the PBB Supreme Council meeting last month, political players, observers and analysts knew a historic moment had occured in Borneo. (more…)
Hafiz Yatim & Ahmad Fadli KC
While thousands of Christians in Malaysia pray and fast in the holy season of Lent which begins today, Ash Wednesday, they also wait with bated breath for the Federal Court hearing of the Catholic Church’s appeal over the use of the word ‘Allah’.
Likewise, Malay Muslim pressure groups such as Perkasa, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) and Jalur Tiga (Jati) are expected to converge at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya – the home of the country’s highest court – to call on the judges to uphold the appellate court decision.
Lawyers for the archbishop of the Catholic Church are hoping to gain leave (permission) to appeal the Court of Appeal’s controversialdecision last October barring the church from using ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its The Herald weekly. (more…)
The Federal Court today heard that the home minister has to enforce the ban on Catholic weekly The Herald in order not to bypass the powers of the rulers.
The argument was put forth by lawyer Mubashir Mansor, who was representing the Selangor, Johor, Malacca, Federal Territory and Kedah religious councils.
He said this in explaining that the home minister cannot go against the Malay rulers, as some of the states have legislation barring use of the word ‘Allah’ among non-Muslims. (more…)
Baru (left) being briefed by the teachers about the flood problem at SK Siang-Siang.
The construction of SK Long Sukang new building is abandoned due to the contractor’s financial problem.
The Education Ministry is urged to seriously look into all the problems faced by rural schools in the state, especially with the RM1 billion allocated by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin recently.
Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian said The Borneo Post’s revelation yesterday on the lack of clean water supply and poorly built teachers’ quarters at SMK Tinjar in Lapok, was proof that many rural schools in the state were in ‘pathetic’ condition and in need of urgent action from the ministry. (more…)
The PBB Supreme Council is expected to meet soon to decide on the candidate for Balingian.
Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s is not short on wit and humour. When announcing his state line up to the media yesterday he was like a gleeful fisherman reeling in his catch.
He started by telling an expectant media that he had dropped a minister from the line-up.
Having caught their attention he reeled the group in with a casual: “I would like to tell you that I have dropped one minister…and he is (Tan Sri Datuk Amar) Adenan Satem. (more…)
In communication theory, ‘noise’ is defined as anything that causes disturbance to a message sent out from a messenger to a targeted listener.
I want to reflect on this rhetorical question about when the azan is no more the Muslim call to prayer, but instead may be considered ‘noise’.
Three years ago, in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, some legal-minded person conscious of such ‘noise’ made a formal complaint about the loud-speaker at a mosque being too loud. (more…)
The Malaysian Bar welcomes the recent urging by the prime minister for all Malaysians not to pay heed to the extremist elements in Malaysia.
The prime minister has succinctly identified the dangers, for Malaysia and Malaysians, of pandering to these elements, describing their actions as wrong and tending to destroy the trust between races.
He has warned that we must not let these instigators overpower us. (more…)
Never in the history of Malaysia has a head of a state acknowledged that Umno is NOT as good as it advertises itself to be.
Taib Mahmud stepped down as the Chief Minister of Sarawak after holding the reign for 33 long years. He outlasted Mahathir Mohammad, as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, by more than a decade.
His length as CM speaks volumes of the politician who stayed in office longer than any other leaders in Malaysia and his insight into Umno’s character. (more…)
Pakatan must rejuvenate after losing momentum, direction, focus and purpose post-GE13.
Is something amiss in Pakatan Rakyat? Perhaps so, due to recent events. This article is therefore an attempt to diagnose the problem by reading the warning signs.
As everyone knows, the key to solving a problem is first of all to acknowledge that there is a problem. Once that is clear, then everyone can work together towards solving the problem before it becomes unsolvable.
Now the reason why this columnist senses that there is a problem is because Pakatan seems to lack direction and purpose after the GE13 defeat. (more…)
The Catholic church in Malaysia has received overwhelming support from Christian groups around the world, with regards to the right to use ‘Allah’ in its weekly publication, Herald.
Support for the Catholic church continues to pour in from all over the world as it faces the highest court in the country to ask for leave to appeal the ban of the word Allah in its weekly publication, Herald.
Several international groups of different church denominations have come together to express their solidarity and support for the Catholic Church as it prepares to continue its seven-year tussle over the Arabic word for God. (more…)
The Sarawak state opposition has urged Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to go on a tour of some of the state’s rural primary schools to see for himself how the children are coping without water supply to the schools.
“It’s a really stinking situation,” state PKR chief Baru Bian (pic) said after returning from a weekend visit to his rural constituency of Ba Kelalan where he said some of the schools in the Lawas–Tinjar areas have had no piped water “for years”.
He said what he knew could probably be only the “tip of the iceberg” with more schools experiencing the same fate. (more…)
It was meant to be a congratulatory message to Abdul Taib Mahmud on being appointed Sarawak governor on March 1.
Unfortunately, a typo in the full-page advertisement in Sarawak daily Utusan Sarawak has put paid to that notion.
Instead of saying ’Tahniah’ (congratulations), the advertisement had the word ’Tahinah’ alongside a photo of Taib being sworn into his new post. (more…)
Lok Wing Kong
English is today entrenched as a global language. Research shows that 1 in 4 of the world’s population speaks English (25% of 7 billion or 1.75 billion). About 380 million people speak it as their first language and more than 1.35 billion people speak it as their second language.
English has official status in at least 75 countries with a more than 2 billion population. China alone has about 500 million people who speak English fluently as their second language. Its widespread use in practically all aspects of life and the work place is unquestionable. The use of English as the main international language in business communications, IT, academic conferences, advertising, travel, airports, air traffic control, education, science and technology, journalism, pop music, diplomacy, sports and as an “official” language in international events equates it as a sine qua non of progress, power and modernity. (more…)
The Federal Court will hear the Catholic Church’s application for leave to appeal tomorrow.
It could be all over for Malaysia’s Catholic Church tomorrow in its fight over the right to use the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its weekly publication, Herald.
The Federal Court will hear whether the church’s application for leave to appeal ought to be given, five months after the Court of Appeal had ruled that the home minister was right in prohibiting the use of the word in the Herald. (more…)
The Borneo Post
Poor command of the English language, inability to communicate and lack of self confidence are among factors why local graduates are unemployable.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abd Wahid Omar said a solution must be found to tackle the problem to ensure graduates do not remain jobless in the future.
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan had said poor command of the language among fresh graduates lists as one of the top grouses of employers. (more…)