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December 11, 2011

‘Wong forfeits right to contest if he boycotts TDC’

Joseph Tawie

Deputy secretary general and team cannot take their seats with them if they resign from SUPP, says outgoing president George Chan

Sarawak United People’s Party will remain with the State Barisan Nasional even if the six state assemblymen resign from the party, said presidential candidate Peter Chin.

Chin is posied to win the presidential race tomorrow if rival Wong Soon Koh, who is also the party’s deputy secretary general, sees through his threat to boycott the triennial delegates’ conference (TDC) today.

Wong and his team issued the threat over what they alleged were irregularities in branch level party polls. They have lodged several reports with the Registrar of Society (ROS) and want the TDC postponed until ROS completes its investigation. (more…)

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December 10, 2011

Najib should not protect a fallen woman

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Mariam Mokhtar

‘People First, Performance Now’ has been replaced by ‘Cover-ups in corruption’.

It is doubtful that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak believed a word of what he said, in the closing ceremony of Umno’s 2011 general assembly last week.

He claimed to have achieved his four objectives for the party conference: Umno was united, the party was geared up for the 13th general election, delegates fully supported the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Umno can be relied upon to provide a better future for the rakyat.

If Najib wants to earn the respect of the rakyat, he should assume leadership and address the financial irregularities which have embroiled members of his Cabinet. (more…)

December 9, 2011

Allow longhouse chiefs to disburse funds

Joseph Tawie

Inevitably the federal government always ‘unconsciously’ forgets Sabah and Sarawak when making national plans.

Why is the federal government asking rural hardcore poor Dayaks to fill up Internal Revenue Department (IRD) forms before collecting their gift of RM500?

Strange as it may sound this is one of the conditions listed for recipients of the government’s RM500 aid announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak recently.

In addition Sarawak’s poor must also contend with the cost of travel to the nearest IRD office to collect their gift. (more…)

November 22, 2011

War of words show Umno is badly in disarray

War of words show Umno is badly in disarray

Maclean Patrick

The prelude to the 13th General Election is clearly in full force as Umno gathers itself to hold its General Assembly in early December – seen as the final flag off for nationwide polls.

And one can bet the Umno assembly will be of torrid interest to all Malaysians, especially for the majority who are without physical access to the meeting. For the past 54 years, it is the Umno delegates attending the assembly who get to decide who will be the prime minister of Malaysia – with impunity.

By convention, the Umno president also becomes the prime minister of Malaysia and this is why the party has so fiercely fought off a two-party system, trying all ways and means to kill off the Pakatan Rakyat led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. (more…)

November 20, 2011

More Big Boobs By Taib!

Sarawak Report

How much ‘economic analysis’ does it take to produce stuff like this?

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and PM Najib Razak have been trumpeting their economic policies in the light of plaudits given by an outfit called the Oxford Business Group..

Explaining the significance of the praises lavished on Sarawak and Malaysia by the Oxford Busines Group, the Chief Minister’s ownwebsite claimed that the publication “provides in-depth detail on Sarawak’ current economic outlook and what the future holds for the state”.

However, the Editorial Director of these reports is none other than a former Editor of the UK’s most ridiculed porn rag, the Daily Sport, which closed earlier this year.

Peter Grimsditch was sacked 4 years after having launched the Sport for the UK ’Porn King’, David Sullivan in 1988. He was also sacked as Editor of another low-brow red top, the Daily Star, and is now based in the Middle East. (more…)

October 7, 2011

Noose Tightens in French Defense Scandal

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John Berthelsen

Asian dimension as French state-owned arms company faces murder, bribery allegations

After years of inaction and coverup, details are emerging in France of the sale of armaments by the French state-owned defense contractor DCNS to countries across the world including Pakistan, Malaysia, Chile, India, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia, with bribes and kickbacks built into DCNS’s budget, ensnaring politicians across the globe.

Allegations involving DCNS, formerly known as DCN, range from murder to bribery and corruption and go from defense procurement officials in each of those countries to some of the top politicians in France.

Under the French legal system, prosecutors under the control of the Ministry of Justice must make a preliminary enquiry, during which no one has access to the files, so that any information the police have obtained cannot be shared. The prosecutors have been stymied for years by the ministry. However, investigators appear to be losing their awe of politicians all the way up to President Nicholas Sarkozy. (more…)

October 5, 2011

‘Mr Cool’ Najib set to swelter in the heat of the French Scorpenes hearing

'Mr Cool' Najib set to swelter in the heat of the French Scorpenes hearingMaclean Patrick

Prime Minister Najib Razak, despite splurging several dozen millions of taxpayers’ money hiring Tony Blair’s former media team to remake his somewhat shady image into a ‘Mr Cool’, may soon find himself melting in the sweltering heat of the French open courts.

“The Ops Scorpene dinner talk at Holborn Uni went really well. Lawyer Joseph Breham announced that the instruction judge is on the verge of being appointed,” Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel said on Twitter at end of the Sept 30 fundraiser in London that was closely followed back home.

“Mr Cool is going to face the heat very soon! Ops Scorpene’s legal briefing in Holborn was told that the case will open very soon in France.” (more…)

October 4, 2011

Najib may be subpoenaed by Paris court

Susan Loone

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak could be subpoenaed to appear in a Paris court over the controversial Scorpene submarine deals involving millions of ringgit in commissions to both government and military officers.

Najib was defence minister when the RM7.3 billion deal to purchase two submarines was struck.

The arms deal, which also included similar sales to Pakistan and Taiwan, has scandalised France where its officials were alleged to have received multi-million dollar ‘commissions’ from French submarine-maker DCN.

If Najib is indeed subpoenaed, he may have to travel to Paris in a month or two when the case is heard in open court, which can prove very unpleasant for the premier. (more…)

June 6, 2010

Malay Nationalists Trash Najib’s Economic Plan

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak gets a cold reception

Just how difficult it will be to modify Malaysia’s affirmative action program for its majority ethnic Malays came clear over the weekend when some 1,500 members of the Malay Consultative Council summarily rejected Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s plans to replace it with what the premier calls the New Economic Model.

Najib was due to unveil his NEM, as he calls it, on June 10 in conjunction with the publication of the 10th Malaysia Plan. But so far no details have been released, with less than two weeks to go before its publication, and it is questionable what will be in it. The consultative council turned it down without bothering with the details. (more…)

May 19, 2010

Najib: You help me, I help you

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September 15, 2009

MIC and Samy Vellu: a truly dying breed

20090812180935_samyvelluBy Sim Kwang Yang

I have not been following the MIC party election that closely, because I know the outcome is predictable.

The outcome of the MIC party election is predictable, because, despite their humiliating thrashing in the last general election, this grand old party is still mired in the fossilised outdated and dying mode of strongman politics.

Strongman politics has died out in the old dictatorships in the Philippines, Indonesia, and elsewhere.  It is that brand of politics where the entire political organisation or country is controlled by one domineering charismatic personality.  The retirement of Dr. M marked the end of strongman politics in Malaysia.  Whether it has ended in UMNO or not is yet to be seen. (more…)

August 25, 2009

“We are all immigrants” — says a thoughtful Malay citizen


”  I received in my email the following English translation of an article by Syed Imran entitled “Antara Pendatang dan Penumpang” in the original Bahasa Malaysia version.  I know it has been doing the rounds on the Internet for some time.  But it is still worthy of reproduction on our blog, so that faithful HU readers will have a chance to see an alternative view to the whole emotive debate on race.  ——  SKY  “

All immigrants

racism“Syed Imran, an Arab-Malaysian born in Penang, Malaysia, an ex-Bernama journalist (1971-1998) and former press secretary to the Minister in PM’s Department, posted a great blog days ago, which was translated into English.”

To begin with, I was quite reluctant to comment on the mess created by the statement made by Ahmad bin Ismail, the head of the Bukit Bendera, Pulau Pinang UMNO Division.. Whether he made the statement in reference to Chinese Malaysians is no longer the question, as the issue has spread and has been hotly debated. (more…)

May 12, 2009

So Nizar is Perak MB, again. What next?

By Sim Kwang Yang

nizar at cthWhat has given me hope for Malaysia always is that, just when you think the night is darkest, a silver lining always appears at the edge of the dark clouds.

Whenever politically sensitive and highly-controversial cases are brought before the Malaysian courts, I tend to expect the worst. There must be many Malaysians who share my pessimism in the integrity of our judges at all levels.

Then, a judge here and a judge there would come out and make a judgement that completely takes me by surprise. The judge who freed RPK from his ISA detention was one. The judge who ruled that Mohd Nizar was still the legitimate menteri Besar of Perak on May11 is another. (more…)

May 11, 2009

Najib Taking Malaysia Global

By HU @ hueditor@gmail.com

In 1976, Najib Tun Abdul Razak was elected an MP at a tender age of 23, holding the recordwindowslivewriternajibtellscivilservantstoincreaseproduct-aa73najib-wearing-3d-glasses1 of being the youngest MP in the Malaysian Parliament. “So what?” I know many of you would sneer at it: “His father put him there”.

The father’s boy grew up in the last 33 years. Or has he?

He definitely has acquired quite a reputation within the 33 years.

I first got to be familiar with the name ‘Najib Tun Razak’ when I was in secondary school.

Being a Lasallian, we are expected to be conversant in the English language. One of my English teacher, long retired, reminded us of the importance to master this language: “Don’t shame your class, your school and your Country by speaking like Najib Tun Razak. The whole world laughs at us!”

Back then, we don’t have a television set in the house. Curiosity drove me to my grandmother’s house next door at news time to seek the truth.

After a week, I was convinced of the truth of my teacher’s statement. I have never seen a politician speaking such poor English on the international stage. I verily believe that the world must have been laughing at us then.

Since then, Najib has improved his English. (more…)

April 29, 2009

Why do we blog?

By Sim Kwang Yang 

A piece posted by a writer by the name of “a pensioner” in Dayak Baru has this to say about why people blog.

“Blogging is nothing, other than a hobby & perhaps therapy for some. Blogs are meant for pensioners who have nowhere to spend their remaining valuable time. In short bloggers are those who have nothing better to do. They hope (only hope) to help shape public opinion, but as proven in Batang Ai…voters has no respect for bloggers. Not only the voters shy away, they don’t trust bloggers for they tell only half-baked truth.

“Misperception…bloggers seemed to think too highly of themselves, not knowing they are disgruntle lots.”

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I am quite sure there are many bloggers who do blog as a hobby, for nothing better to do, in their young or old age. But the constrictive view expressed above is a little unfair to all bloggers in Malaysia.

In his latest posting on Malaysia Today entitled Sun Tze and the art of war, Raja Petra Kamarudin wrote this about the power of the internet:

“Yes, in 1998, when we first started using the Internet to fight Barisan Nasional, there were only 280,000 (more…)

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