Hornbill Unleashed

October 6, 2013

Endless possibilities in auditing Putrajaya

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Auditor Report 2012Syahir Sulaiman

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home – Confucius

The Auditor-General’s Report revealed an annual series of endless possibilities of corruption and wastage, except that it depicts different projects for different years, albeit the need to strengthen fiscal prudence in Malaysia as the deficit gap and debt level heading towards single direction, skyward.

The report highlighted to the rakyat that behind the wall of bureaucracy in Putrajaya, the possibility for any projects or purchases by the government being ruined by mismanagement and fraudulent tender process is endless. (more…)

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October 3, 2013

Amendments to Prevention of Crime Act passed with 2-year detention without trial

EILEEN NG AND JENNIFER GOMEZ

Putrajaya rolled back on its reform agenda and reintroduced preventive detention through amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) which was passed by parliament at 12.50am on Thursday after the clock was “stopped” to enable the debates to go on.

This is the fourth time in Malaysian history that Parliament had to “stop” the clock to allow lawmakers to debate.

The opposition has, in the run-up to the passage of the bill, repeatedly said the changes were similar to the repealed Internal Security Act (ISA), which allowed for detention without trial. (more…)

September 17, 2013

Najib: We’ll never leave Sabah and Sarawak behind

Bernama

As Malaysia marks the 50th year since its formation, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today vowed that the development of Sabah and Sarawak, the first and third most poorest state in terms average household income, is the nation’s priority.

In his Malaysia Day message, he said that this, however, does not mean that the two Borneo states were ever sidelined by the federal administration.

“As prime minister, I have always strived to ensure that equal development for all states…. Our efforts to develop Sabah and Sarawak’s economy will always be the government’s priority. (more…)

May 17, 2013

‘Putrajaya-state disconnect problem for Orang Asal’

Tharshinaa Chandran

A disconnect between Putrajaya and state policies throws up obstacles to Orang Asal’s rights to forest and land management, a legal expert told a convention on Orang Asal rights yesterday.

Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Legal Pluralism and Indigenous Law head Azmi Sharom (left) said matters concerning Orang Asal rights are handled by the federal government, whereas land and forestry matters are under state jurisdiction.

“The difference makes it hard to solve the issues faced by the indigenous people, especially when the two parties have different kinds of power,” he said. (more…)

April 26, 2013

People or party? Wooing civil servants

Bridget Welsh

In caretaker Premier Najib Abdul Razak’s political targeting, one group has received special attention – civil servants. Why would those in the heart of government garner such special focus for an election? The reality is that in Malaysia’s close electoral races, civil servants can be decisive in shaping the final tallies. This is one of the groups that I will be highlighting as decisive in this campaign.

Over the past few years Najib’s administration has worked to stem the erosion of support from his traditional base of government employees with mixed results.

A decisive constituency (more…)

April 25, 2013

Vote for the right person

KJ John

I asked a niece, “Do you know the candidates who are standing in your constituency?” The real reason for my question was to know if they, the younger generation, was aware that in most locations, every citizen registered to vote had to make two choices? The only exceptions are in the Federal Territories and the state of Sarawak.

In Sarawak it is because they had their state elections about two years ago and in the Federal Territories because we are not democratic enough to offer a local issues concerns of residents a choice.

In the FT, I believe, they should be given a choice of who represents us in the City Hall governance based on the “number of precincts under the jurisdiction of the City Council in cases of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and some equitable criterion for the case of Labuan. But, alas, that may only happen when we can some have real change in the leadership of Putrajaya. (more…)

January 21, 2013

Malaysian voters abroad must submit 1B form to EC

 A. Azim Idris

Malaysian voters abroad must submit their 1B form to the Election Commission before the Parliament is dissolved for them to be eligible to cast their votes at Malaysian embassies and consulates when the time comes.

Otherwise, the EC would not be able to send the specific ballot papers of the voters’ constituencies, the commission’s deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar told the New Straits Times today.

He said the voters can get a copy of the form by down loading it from the EC’s website starting Monday. (more…)

November 2, 2012

Daydreaming or plain cocky?

Jeswan Kaur

Just why does BN/Umno find delight in playing the racism card when the issues beleaguering the rakyat are one too many?

The Barisan Nasional government is doing its worst to prevent the opposition alliance of Pakatan Rakyat from setting foot in Putrajaya and calling the shots.

Much castigation and accusations have been thrown upon Pakatan and its leaders by Umno, BN’s patronising arm.

Still, the rakyat seem eager to give Pakatan a chance to administer the nation, having had enough of ruling government BN’s domineering and rhetorics post-1957. (more…)

June 5, 2010

The Council of Najib

By Dreamweaver

Angry grey clouds scudded across the sky over the huge green onion dome rising above the magnificent mock Moghul splendour of the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya. Thunder boomed as the howling wind whipped up the fluttering flags bringing with it the promise of rain. A late afternoon thunderstorm was about to unleash its fury on the land below but deep in the bowels of the building insulated from the capricious weather, a secret high level meeting was in progress.

Its seven participants are among the most powerful people in this nation of 28 million people. (more…)

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