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November 6, 2013

‘Govt should restudy its financial policy’


  • Former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in an interview with Inside Investor opined that the weak results of the last election was due to past policies that were reversed or changed.

Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, although retired is still a critical observer of Malaysian politics.

In a recent interview with online business portal Inside Investor, Mahathir spoke on a range of issues and reminded his detractors of his promise that he would not interfere in politics and that the current government had “every right” to change directions and policies. (more…)

October 31, 2013

KL among US embassies in ASEAN where Washington TAPS PHONES & SPIES ON ASIA

KL among US embassies in ASEAN where Washington TAPS PHONES & SPIES ON ASIASydney Morning Herald

The United States is tapping telephones and monitoring communications networks from electronic surveillance facilities in US embassies and consulates across east and south-east Asia, according to information disclosed by intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden.

A top secret map lists 90 surveillance facilities worldwide, including communications intelligence facilities at embassies in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Yangon. Dated August 13, 2010, the map shows no such facilities are located in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Japan and Singapore – the US’s closest allies. (more…)

October 7, 2013

Spotlight On Murum……

Sarawak Report

At the weekend Taib Mahmud bemoaned that the recent ‘spotlight of publicity’ on Sarawak has created negative perceptions of his government of the state.

So, clearly he wants no further light shone on the disgraceful treatment of the Penan at the Murum Dam site.

The tribe are still holding out in protest against his authoritarian command to start filling the dam before compensation has been agreed or even the government’s own promises fulfilled.

However, one team of observers has just made the tortuous 9 hour journey to see the beleaguered community, who are maintaining their blockade at the site, despite a heavy and menacing armed police presence and the arrest of one of their leaders last week. (more…)

April 25, 2013

BN must be destroyed VIII

Dean Johns

In little more than a week from now, Najib Abdul Razak will be faced with the fact that he and his phoney 1Malaysia have finally lost Malaysia, and the vast majority of Malaysians will be congratulating themselves on having won their beloved country back.

Because even if BN manages to steal back into power by hook or its customary crook, it will be living on borrowed – or rather bought – time, and surviving only in fear and dread of how even more urgently than ever the people will want to see it destroyed. (more…)

December 27, 2012

The smartphone rebate just got stupider

A. Asohan

  • Only eligible for pre-approved devices costing under RM500; other qualifying criteria just as bad
  • Smartphone rebate still stinks of an election ploy, with possible ‘crony play’ now added in as well

ONE of the most flabbergasting initiatives unveiled by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic), Malaysia’s Prime Minister and Finance Minister, in his proposed national budget, was a rebate of RM200 (US$65) for youths to purchase a 3G smartphone.

As my colleague Karamjit Singh noted in his commentary, Budget 2013 smartphone rebate: A stupid thing to do, the RM300 million (US$98 million) could have been put to better use on other initiatives to develop the ICT ecosystem in the country. (more…)

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