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July 18, 2014

‘Invited tender’ process to enrich cronies, says DAP

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak DAP believes that  the ‘secret’ conversion of two road projects  between Kapit and Kanowit worth RM100 million each from the ‘open tender’ process to that of ‘invited tender’ process  by the Finance Ministry is to enrich the crony companies of certain Sarawakian politicians.

It is known to the public that 10 of the companies have been listed; and six of them are said to be closely related to PBB politicians.

In a letter to the Finance Ministry, Sarawak DAP chief and MP for Bandar Kuching Chong Chieng Jen demanded to know the names of those chosen or invited to tender for the two road projects, and the reasons they were so selected. (more…)


Wong and three ex-SUPP leaders form new party

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Former Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) deputy secretary-general and local government and community development minister Wong Soon Koh announced this afternoon that he and three other state assemblypersons have formed a new party – the United People’s Party (UPP).

The party was registered on July 14, 2014, and the three assemblypersons who teamed up with Wong are Jerip Susil (Bengoh), Ranum Mina (Opar) and Johnichal Rayong (Engkilili).

On May 15, 2014, Wong (left) and the three elected representatives announced that they were joining Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras). (more…)

Deplorable lives of those evicted for Sarawak dams

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Dukau Papau

Ethnic communities in Sarawak are hardening themselves to oppose the further construction of hydro-electric power (HEP) dams in the state after witnessing the miserable conditions that those moved out for the Bakun and Murum dams live in.Recently, 175 people from the Kenyah, Kayan, Penan and other ethnic communities visited the Bakum Dam resettlement area at Sungai Asap and the Murum Dam resettlement at Tegulang and were shocked by deplorable conditions there.

The broken promises made to the communities resettled there has further hardened their anti-dam fight, Save Rivers Network Sarawak (Save Rivers) chairperson Peter Kallang said today.

The two-day visit from July 13, organised by Save Rivers, was to enable those from the Baram Dam development area to see for themselves the resettlement areas and listen to the experiences of those forced to make way for the two HEP dams at Bakun and Murum, Peter said. (more…)

July 17, 2014

Petronas taken to task for not informing residents of clean-up

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Inset: Baru at the Petronas briefing in Lawas on 24 June 2014Anna Chidambar

The ongoing massive clean-up and repair by Petronas along the entire stretch of the 600km interstate Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline (SSGP) is giving folks on the Miri-Bintulu border the jitters after the fire incident over a month ago.

Many residents were worried when they witnessed huge plumes of whitish gas fumes shooting up into the air from several points of the pipeline project not far from Bintulu town on July 12.

Amateur video footage lasting 30 seconds showed a motorist filming a big column of gas shooting into the air some 500m from KM72 Bintulu-Miri portion of the Pan Borneo Highway. (more…)

Who really ‘scores’ in Sarawak’s industrialisation plans?

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The Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy, or SCORE, stretches from Tanjung Manis  in the south to Samalaju in the north of Sarawak.– Map courtesy www.recoda.com.my, July 17, 2014.DESMOND DAVIDSON AND SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

Carved out of what was once lush jungle on the north eastern shore of Sarawak, is a town that its politicians claim will transform Malaysia’s largest but poorer state’s economy, and place it on par with the country’s wealthiest states.

Called Samalaju, the town will have some of the biggest heavy industry factories and smelters Sarawak and the rest of Malaysia in what is the biggest draw so far for investors in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy (SCORE) – the master plan to industrialise Sarawak.

But the people this grand plan is supposed to help – native villagers miles from it and local businesses around Samalaju – seriously doubt the government’s narrative. (more…)

July 16, 2014

No, I’m not leaving PKR, says Khalid

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“At first I was photographed with (Prime Minister) Najib and then I was photographed with (PKR de facto leader) Anwar.

“And then I also took photos with (PAS president) Abdul Hadi. So based on the photos alone, I have joined many parties,” said Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim in rubbishing talk that he is defecting from PKR, according to a SelangorKini report today.

Previously, a photograph of Khalid with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was circulated online and this sparked speculation that he was defecting to Umno. (more…)

‘Najib short-changing Sabah, Sarawak’

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Joe FernandezSee Chee How

PKR has challenged Najib to reveal the allocations granted and received by Sarawak and Sabah, the BN’s ‘fixed deposit’ states, through federal ministries and agencies.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak has pointed out that based on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s statement in Kota Kinabalu on Saturday, he has conceded that the federal government has been short-changing Sabah and Sarawak.

PKR has urged Barisan Nasional (BN) parties in the two states to take a firm stand towards Putrajaya on the matter. (more…)

Change polls system, not just processes

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At the lecture organised by Bersih 2.0, Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (Proham) and Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) last Sunday, University of Glasgow’s Prof Sarah Birch, an international leading expert on electoral malpractice, one common question struck many members of the audience – is it time now to change the electoral system and not just the electoral process?

The comparison in the electoral systems brought up by Prof Birch was interesting and one which has been of interest, too, for our Malaysian academicians. So how do we decide which system is appropriate for Malaysia? (more…)

What are Malaysia’s goals?

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87fec-poor9Hafidz Baharom

Of late, I’ve been feeling that we as a nation have become lethargic, and truth be told, Malaysia is in need of some introspection. This is plainly because we have no goals that anyone can see us achieving as a nation.

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg says that there needs to be a measure to everything, for us to know that we are headed in the right direction.

It is taught in Islam that if we do not grow better from one day to the next, then surely we have wasted our time. And mind you, Malaysia is wasting time and running out of it fast. (more…)

MACC officers in Teoh Beng Hock’s death cleared

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The three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers implicated in the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock by a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) have been cleared of any indiscipline.

“The MACC’s special investigation team comprising its disciplinary board and the complaints committee (one of the MACC independent oversight committees) also cleared the trio of any violation of the Civil Service Regulations (Behaviour and Disciplinary) 1993, the MACC Act 2009 and MACC’s internal rules and regulations,” the anti-corruption body told Malaysiakini in a statement yesterday. (more…)

S’gor sultan slams PAS MP for anti-Mais remarks

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In a rare public show of disapproval, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah today singled out PAS’ Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad for suggesting the powers of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) be curbed.

The sultan in a scathing criticism of Khalid, described his remarks as “insolent”, saying that it went against his power as the ruler of Selangor, who is also in charge of Islamic affairs, Utusan Online reported this evening.

“Khalid’s (right) statement clearly shows he is ignorant about the role of Mais, which is set up under the Selangor constitution to be my adviser and helper in executing my powers as the head of religion in Selangor,” the sultan is quoted as saying. (more…)

Let Pakatan Rakyat decide Selangor MB post, not Umno

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THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERKhalid is so strongly backed by Umno to remain as Selangor MB, it might be reason enough for Pakatan Rakyat to consider replacing him, says The Malaysian Insider. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 15, 2014.

Unlike Umno lawyer Datuk Hafarizam Harun, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin believes that women can be a menteri besar or even prime minister.

Despite that enlightened view, he firmly said today that PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is unsuitable for the top post in Selangor.

But why should he or for that matter any Umno politician have any say on who is the Selangor MB? Umno was soundly rejected by the electorate in Selangor.

Correction… an Umno team led by Datuk Seri Najib Razak was tossed into oblivion by the Selangor electorate in 2013. (more…)

July 15, 2014

Courts do not have the final say on the Allah issue, says academic

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The Federal Court last month dismissed the application for leave by the Catholic Church to appeal against the ban on its weekly publication Herald from using the word Allah. - The Malaysian Insider pic, July 14, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

The Federal Court last month dismissed the application for leave by the Catholic Church to appeal against the ban on its weekly publication Herald from using the word Allah.

The courts do not have the final word in the Allah case, this contest will go beyond the Federal Court, a law lecturer from the Australian National University said today.

Speaking in an academic seminar titled “The Name of God on Trial: Narratives of Law, Religion and State in Malaysia”, Joshua Neoh said that given this scenario, dissenting judgments were important because it appeals to the people and builds a counter-current of opinion. (more…)

Are you a moderate or extremist?

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Khoo Ying HooiHudud 2

I am not surprised by the political developments currently going on in the country.

After the failure of the Reformasi movement in 1998, one of the most significant developments of the past decade has been the resurgence of the social movements scenario. At a time when there is sprouting alienation from political parties, civil society is playing a growing and critically important role in Malaysian democratic development.

Since then, the subject of social movements has been linked to the rise and fall of hopes on the quality of Malaysian democracy. (more…)

MB Khalid’s days may be numbered, but would his removal solve anything?

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Cindi Loo

Judging by recent reports and comments in the media on Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, one would be tempted to think that his days are numbered.

In fact, some political pundits have started wondering when the PKR leader will jump ship given his cordial ties with Umno leaders.

Amidst this brouhaha, it is easy to get carried away with the notion that the removal of Khalid as MB would solve several key issues in the state, or at least make Selangorians’ lives more comfortable. (more…)

Is the Kajang Move still moving?

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Roslan Bistamam

Why is there any need for Khalid to deny he is joining Umno or PAS?

Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has apparently found it necessary to deny he is joining Umno or PAS. We know why he is denying he is joining Umno. This is because he attended an Umno Selangor buka puasa last Thursday, which was graced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, and this triggered the rumour that he is joining Umno.

Incidentally, Anwar Ibrahim also sat down to have tea with Najib and the pictures were all over the Internet, but neither Anwar nor Najib needed to issue any statement to deny that the former was joining Umno. (more…)

Muslim group says Negara-Ku in line with Quranic teachings

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(From left) Pak Samad, Zaid and Ambiga at the launch of the new NGO Negara-Ku last week. The movement has been criticised by some political and Muslim NGOs, including Perkasa and Isma. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, July 14, 2014.TMI

Negara-Ku has found an ally in a Muslim group, the Alumni of the Malaysian Islamic Study Group US and Canada (MISGUSC Alumni), amid a growing list of Muslim groups coming out to attack the new people’s movement.

As opposition from groups such as Perkasa, Isma and Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia mount, the alumni said Negara-Ku was a step in the right direction to promote harmony and unity among Malaysians. (more…)

Umno Baru protects the minority

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We were wrong! Umno Baru has not forsaken the minority groups. Umno Baru does actually protect the endangered minority; the Umno Baruputra elite and the royalty.

The endangered minority are very small in number but the percentage of wealth they hold is great. Ordinary civil or syariah laws do not apply to them. So, this minority spreads distrust throughout the entire population. The sedition laws help to protect their species.

Ordinary Umno Baru members do not belong to the endangered minority, although many aspire to be like them. (more…)

Major logging firms blamed for dredging failure

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Dukau Papau

Some of the mega timber companies which have close links to the family members of the former chief minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, and PBB leaders have been blamed for the disaster of the RM10 million Pulau Kerto dredging project, which was supposed to solve the perennial  flood problems in Sibu.

This is because these companies have been carrying out uncontrolled logging activities in the upper Rajang River and its tributaries over decades, causing serious soil erosion which in turn had caused heavy sedimentation on the river bed of the Rajang River.

“This has resulted in the failure of the RM10 million Pulau Kerto dredging project which was supposed to solve the flood problems in Sibu. (more…)

BN Sarawak has ‘Teras’ formula

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Joe Fernandez

It can be argued that the emerging scenario would not be against the BN Concept and BN Spirit.

Parti Rakyat Sarawak’s (PRS) President James Jemut Masing has been the shrillest voice in openly stating that there’s no place in the Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak for those who defected from the ruling coalition’s component parties to sign up with Teras, the new kid on the block.

The shrillness from PRS is strange considering it didn’t lose any legislators to Teras.

The party lost its Pelagus seat during the 2011 state election to George Lagong, an independent, who subsequently became Deputy President of the Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) before moving to Teras in mid-May this year. (more…)

The final days of an MB

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PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s latest comments on Saturday have made it clear that Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is walking his last days as Selangor menteri besar.

Anwar’s statement can be seen as an admission of sorts, as if seeking Khalid to vacate the seat on request of his party and Pakatan Rakyat.Khalid now appears to be alone in his corner, and can no longer reach out for support from PKR to remain in the post that he has held for six years.

A change of MB’s is not something strange in politics. Indeed in Terengganu, the MBs were changed as per normal procedure at the behest of top party leadership.

Those in PKR agitating for Khalid’s departure, however, say he must do so for the sake of accountability. Is this really the reason for Khalid to leave? (more…)

July 14, 2014

When moral education is taught by an immoral being

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Lokman Mustafa

When a moral education class in primary school becomes a place where a missile — in this case a shoe — is hurled, by none other than its teacher, you know something is horribly wrong.

On July 10, a standard two schoolgirl in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, was taken to a clinic where she received three stitches on her forehead after being hit by a shoe thrown by a male teacher.

In the incident, M Sharmini was playing with a couple of friends at the back of her classroom when the teacher lost his temper and hurled his shoe at the girl. (more…)

‘Free media most crucial for free elections’

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Media freedom is the most integral component to ensure free and fair elections in any country, electoral studies expert from Britain, Professor Sarah Birch said today.

“The second most important one would be the judiciary,” she said.

Birch argued that free elections do not necessarily be dictated by the appointments made into the Election Commission and the administrators of the elections itself.

In fact, what is more crucial are the bodies put in place to actually hold electoral administrators accountable. (more…)

In dire need of strong political leadership

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Malaysians are growing rather accustomed to the never-ending cases and scandals that highlight the questionable decisions made by our elected leaders.

But this is by no means a sign that we have succumbed to our fate as citizens of a nation spiraling towards a failed state.

The recent debate on whether Malaysia is or is not a secular state occurs every once in a while when confusion and ignorance resurfaces. (more…)

From secularism to religious fanaticism and extremism!

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

It is simply unbelievable that Malaysia which at one time was a happy place for all regardless of their ethnic origins or religious denominations is moving towards religious intolerance and communal animosities. The country has lost its integrity as a democratic state and the situation is being eroded at unbelievable speed.

Malaysia is no more truly Asia but more truly an Asian catastrophe.

Malaysia was at one time full of music and merrymaking in celebrating events of significant nature. There would be music and joget dancing at Malay weddings and there would be “joget lambak” at events to celebrate “mandi safar” but alas, all these fun events had been termed un-Islamic and thus rooted out of the Malay culture. (more…)

Sarawak starts feeling the heat of Malay peninsula feud over religion

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There is growing concern that conservatism in the peninsula is creeping into Sarawak. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 13, 2014. SHERIDAN MAHAVERA

There is growing concern that conservatism in the peninsula is creeping into Sarawak.

Over the past few years, the non-Muslims in Sarawak – particularly the majority Christian community – have seen some disturbing trends among their youth.Christian schoolchildren were coming home and telling their parents that their Muslim classmates had started pressuring them to change their faith.

In universities in Kuching, there was a sudden bloom of girls wearing niqabs, the Arab-style head to toe dress that covered everything except the eyes. This is even though the Education Ministry has forbidden niqabs. (more…)

EC impartiality hinges on judiciary, media and civil society, says don

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Birch telling those at the 'Retaining power through elections: When democracy enables autocracy' forum that the 'first-past-the-post' system used in elections in Malaysia is the easiest to manipulate. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, July 13, 2014.ANISAH SHUKRY

The Election Commission’s (EC) appointment methods and membership are practically irrelevant when it comes to ensuring free and fair elections, a political scientist said today.

Professor Dr Sarah Birch from the University of Glasgow said what was more important was that the media, the judiciary and the civil society hold the EC to account.

“The qualification and mode of appointment of the EC are less important than the accountability measures. The formal mode (of appointment) doesn’t seem to matter much.

“The EC can even be run by a branch of the government. That’s fine,” said Birch, pointing to Sweden’s EC, which was once run by the tax board. (more…)

Malaysia, the best predictors of electoral outcomes

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Lynette Ong

With the availability of new electoral data, researchers have been able to conduct in-depth analysis of the 2013 General Election (GE13) results in Malaysia.

The incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN) was able to capture 59.9% of parliamentary seats even though they had only won 47.4% of popular votes.

To be sure, malapportionment (mismatch between vote and seat shares) is evident in many countries with the single-member district plurality system. (more…)

Yes, Negara-Ku has an agenda, Ambiga tells Utusan

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ANISAH SHUKRYNegara-Ku’s agenda is to promote unity, peace and harmony, say its founders. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, July 13, 2014.

Newly formed Negara-Ku’s agenda is to promote unity, peace and harmony, and those who criticise it are trying to deflect Malaysians from issues of racism and extremism, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

“Of course, Negara-Ku has an agenda. It is an agenda for unity, peace and harmony,” Ambiga told The Malaysian Insider in a text message.

“Everyone who loves this country should support this agenda. Those who criticise it are merely trying to deflect from the pressing issues of racism and extremism that threaten the fabric of our nation. What is their agenda, I wonder?” (more…)

Prof: Elections often get worse before improving

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Elections in countries where its transparency is in question often need to “get worse” before it finally improves, a British professor who specialises in political ethics and electoral institutions said today.

In an hour long lecture at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Prof Sarah Birch, from the University of Glasgow, said that people’s movement leading to electoral reform comes due to the “episodic” grievances of the people.

“Normally, electoral rights are guaranteed on paper. But episodically these rights can be taken away through implementation of the election process, to increase grievances. This creates a huge potential for mobilisation,” she said. (more…)

July 12, 2014

Can Adenan’s firm stand against extremists keep Sarawak Barisan in power?

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Tan Sri Adenan Satem has been saying and doing the right things so far but analyst wonder if this will be enough to stop Sarawak BN from losing more support. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 12, 2014.

Tan Sri Adenan Satem has yet to get his first mandate as Sarawak Chief Minister but his firm decision to ban religious and racial extremists, such as Datuk Ibrahim Ali, could be key in Barisan Nasional (BN) keeping power in their self-described vote bank.

Civil servant Richard is among many who are ecstatic that Adenan has taken a stand against such people in Malaysia’s largest state.

As a member of Sarawak’s majority Christian community, it galls him that Malay supremacist groups, like Ibrahim’s Perkasa, want to ban non-Muslims from using the term Allah. (more…)

Is a racial divide breaking out in Sarawak after GE13?

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Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian says the Bumiputera do not mind PKR taking the lead, but they do not want the DAP to do so. SHERIDAN MAHAVERA AND DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian says the Bumiputera do not mind PKR taking the lead, but they do not want the DAP to do so.

On the eve of the April 2011 Sarawak state election, Zainal, a Kuching resident, looked at a DAP rally that was taking place across the road from his restaurant and shook his head.

“We Malays are afraid, if we vote for the opposition, the Chinese will take over and the Malays will be finished,” said the Kuching resident in his 50s.

This sentiment was shared by many in the Malay community. (more…)

Leave denied in Herald seizure case

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Malaysia Allah BanJoe Fernandez

The lawyers argued that they should have been granted leave so that the merits of their case can be heard.

The High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in Kota Kinabalu this morning denied leave to two plaintiffs, an activist and a lawyer, to apply for leave for Judicial Review against the seizure of 2,000 copies of the Herald, the Catholic weekly, on 26 October last year at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Daniel John Jambun, the President of the UK-based human rights NGO, Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BoPIM) and senior Sabah lawyer Marcel Jude Joseph applied for leave to file the Judicial Review. (more…)

Pak Samad, Ambiga form new NGO to fight racism

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Radzi Razak

National laureate A Samad Said and former Malaysian Bar president Ambiga Sreenevasan have formed a new NGO to battle racism and extremism in the nation.
The outfit is called, “A people’s movement to reclaim our nation (Negara-Ku)”.

Speaking at the launch today, Ambiga ( right) said following the last general election, there has been an increase in racial and religious rhetoric in the country, as if certain quarters have a “hidden agenda” to create chaos.

These, she said, included “statements from certain leaders” about the May 13 racial riots of 1969. (more…)

Negara-Ku just another anti-Islam, anti-Malay body, says Isma

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A controversial Muslim rights group has criticised newly-launched civil movement Negara-Ku, accusing it of being “just a new face on the block but with the same agenda of going against Islam”.

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman (pic) said in a posting on its website that the movement was merely a new front promoting religious pluralism, liberalism and humanism.

“Their agenda and focus are the same, to go against Islam as the religion of the Federation and the rights of Malays in this Malay heartland. (more…)

Get rid of Sedition Act before it causes more harm to nation

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Viktor Wong

The Sedition Act should be abolished as soon as possible before it is manipulated further to the detriment of the nation. It is very clear that the Sedition Act has been abused for mostly political reasons by those in power.

The Sedition Act does not serve its original purpose anymore but is a mere political tool for those in power to maintain their grip, protecting their personal interests and covering up whatever wrongdoings they have committed.

In 1993, the then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad initiated an amendment to the Federal Constitution to curb the powers of the Malay rulers and to subject their actions to the relevant laws via a Special Court. (more…)

Syed Hamid! You’re the root cause of the Allah row!

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Syed HamidNg Kee Seng

It seems Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar suddenly realised that continued debate on the Allah issue is detrimental to interethnic harmony in the country.

Has he been hit by a sharp pang of guilt?

After all, it was Syed Hamid who, as the then Home Minister, laid the “foundation” for the current religious row. Syed Hamid is the man responsible for barring Catholic weekly, the Herald, from using the word in 2009.

And the Allah row has since been exploited to the hilt by religious bigots and zealots out to disunite peace-loving Malaysians. (more…)

Altantuya Comes Back to Haunt Malaysia

John Berthelsen

Altantuya continues to haunt them

A spectacular murder covered up by the government comes alive again

Nearly eight years after her gruesome murder in a jungle clearing near Kuala Lumpur, Mongolian translator and party girl Altantuya Shaariibuu is coming back to haunt Malaysian Prime Minister Najib, his wife, Rosmah Mansor, and other members of Najib’s family.

The action is taking place in a Malaysian Bar Council three-person Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board committee that is seeking to determine whether one of the country’s top lawyers acted improperly in helping to force a now-dead private investigator, Perumal Balasubramaniam, known as Bala, to recant a sworn statement tying Najib to the murdered woman. (more…)

July 11, 2014

New CM makes no dam difference


The long-reigning former chief minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, and his successor, Adenan Satem, have both shrugged off the angry protests of native communal landowners and insisted that there is “no stopping” the construction of giant hydroelectric dams. Baram Dam, the next in line to be built, will dispossess 20,000 people.

Adenan, Taib’s former brother-in-law, has initiated chats over tea with the state opposition – a welcome gesture, after the decades of Taib’s regal conceit. Adenan has also adopted Pakatan Rakyat’s urging for Sarawak to retain 20 percent of her oil royalties, instead of the current 5 percent. (more…)

July 7, 2014

Little Napoleons’s arrogance of power

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Lim Sue Goan

The government’s decision to send back Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, defence staff assistant at Malaysia’s High Commission in New Zealand, to assist in the investigation of burglary and attempted rape, has allowed the country to evade yet another round of impact on our reputation.

That said, to salvage the country’s bruised reputation is more than just this.As a matter of fact, the country’s reputation has been marred by the actions of little Napoleons in the public sector. Because of these people, the government’s resolutions have not been effectively put into implementation.


‘Sarawak Foundation a racist organisation’

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Dukau Papau

The Sarawak Foundation (Yayasan Sarawak), which is chaired by Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem, appears to be a “racist organisation”, as its top management positions are monopolised by people from one ethnic group and religion.

It is very dangerous for the foundation to have one particular ethnic group and religion to monopolise the management positions as this will create ill feelings and unhappiness among the other ethnic groups, the Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) warned the state government. (more…)

Who is insulting Islam?

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Bible and KoranRavinder Singh

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is reported by Utusan Malaysia to have said that Malaysia could see another bloody incident if no efforts were made to preserve inter-ethnic harmony.

He also expressed “fears over the insults hurled towards the Malays and Muslims of late”, saying that as deputy prime minister, every night before he sleeps, he thinks about “how to manage the country”.

To illustrate his “worries”, he said “someone sent me a text message (asking) what will happen to the Malays, why is Islam being insulted and other similar issues”.

Expressing his “worries”, he said, “These things are definitely happening and it is worrying. We must all return to the right path. Let religion as well as our culture and customs be our strength.” (more…)

Thousands may be hit by Murum dam leakage

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Save Rivers Network Sarawak (Save Rivers) is fearful that hundreds of thousands of lives, buildings and properties, and even the Bakun Dam downstream, may be in danger due to the faults on the turbines installed at Murum Dam.

“Save Rivers is very concerned and demands appropriate and immediate action to stop the impoundment of the Murum Dam,” Save Rivers chairperson Peter Kallang said when contacted by Malaysiakini.

“Otherwise it is going to be major safety hazard that can result in a massive destructive catastrophe, killing lives, destroying buildings on its path and even the Bakun Dam, which is downstream, will be affected. (more…)

July 5, 2014

‘PBB jittery as PRS, SUPP and SPDP join forces’

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Dukau Papau

Political observers are asking why Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) is so worried over the ‘merger of minds’ mooted by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) to strengthen the three parties in facing the coming state election.

The recent outbursts of senior PBB leader Abdul Karim Hamzah (left) seems to indicate that PBB is not only worried, but feels its authority is under threat.

PBB has been the senior partner of the state BN for more than 44 years and has been accused of having ‘mistreated’ the smaller parties in the coalition. (more…)

Sarawak DAP urges end to rice subsidy

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak DAP today urged the abolishment of the subsidy on rice, arguing that it contributes to a high level corruption, all in the name of the people.

“The subsidy enriches some Umno divisional chiefs, who may have earned as much as RM40,000 a month by selling one kilogramme of rice at 40 sen to a vendor,” state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said.

“If an Umno leader is given 100 tonnes a month, he can easily earn RM40,000 a month,” he said. “The subsidy does not benefit  consumers at all.” (more…)

July 4, 2014

‘Why exclude Opposition from Petronas talk’

cheehowJoe Fernandez

Sarawak opposition members should have been included in talks with Petronas to raise challenging questions and arguments.

The Opposition in Sarawak is disappointed that Chief Minister Adenan Satem excluded them from the meeting on Monday with top Petronas officials on increasing the oil royalty from 5% to 20%.

PKR assemblyman for Batu Lintang See Chee How said the motion in the Sarawak state assembly for an increase in oil royalty was a unanimous one and that the opposition members should have been included in the meeting. (more…)

Sarawak opposition left out of Petronas briefing

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Dukau Papau

Opposition members of the Sarawak State Assembly are unhappy with being deliberately left out of a Petronas briefing on its operations and revenue on Monday, held in response to the state’s call for its oil royalty payment to be raised to 20 percent.

The briefing was attended by Chief Minister Adenan Satem and his state cabinet ministers.

The state opposition leaders are furious about not being allowed into the meeting since they have been in the forefront in the push for the oil royalty increase, which was also in the state Pakatan Rakyat manifesto for the last general election. (more…)

July 1, 2014

Najib ticked off for making senators as ministers

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Dukau Papau

The Youth wing of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) has indirectly ticked-off Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for appointing senators and making them ministers, rather than Members of Parliament who are responsible to the rakyat.

In a statement yesterday, its vice-chief Jesi Bintoh said that under the Malaysian electoral system, the government is selected based on the party or coalition that has the majority of elected representatives in Parliament. (more…)

Adenan, if your anti-nepotism crusade is for real, it’s your legacy

Francis Paul Siah

Tan Sri Adenan Satem has scored again!

There is no doubt that he is the most-watched man in Sarawak today. Since taking over as Sarawak’s fifth chief minister on Feb 28 this year, it seems that every move he made has been closely scrutinised.

As a concerned Sarawakian, I must also say that I’m watching my new CM with a hawk’s eye, albeit from a distance. I will applaud and criticise when there is the necessity to do so and this is one such occasion.

Adenan started off very well, in the eyes of many Sarawakians, with very strong anti-Malaya statements such as “there is no need for Umno to come to Sarawak”, “Sarawak is different from Malaya, we don’t quarrel over race and religion” and “as long as I am CM, Christians can use Allah in Sarawak”. (more…)

June 30, 2014

State ignoring safety of Miri folk, charges DAP

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Dukau Papau

DAP Piasau state assemblyperson Alan Ling has accused Infrastructure Development and Communications Minister Michael Manyin of not taking seriously the safety of hundreds of residents living under the threat of landslides, especially those at the foot and atop Canada Hill in Miri.

The accusation is born out a number of landslides and soil erosions during heavy rains early this year that hit Canada Hill, threatening the safety of the residents of Kampung Haji Wahid and Kampung Lereng Bukit.

Five years ago a landslide at the same area killed two petrol station workers, two weeks later another one at the Canada Hill destroyed eight houses in nearby Kampung Lereng where 108 people had to be evacuated and moved to the Miri Red Crescent building. (more…)

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