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Karpal: Better for PSM to be in Pakatan

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 05:21 PM PDT

The Star - It is better for Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) to be in Pakatan Rakyat instead of being 'on the outside' and creating three-cornered fights in the general election five years from now, said DAP national chairman Karpal Singh.

"I think it is better for the application to be reconsidered. Pakatan should be inclusive.

"If not it doesn't make sense. PSM stood on a PKR ticket and won the Sungai Siput MP seat.

"So I can't see any reason why PSM can't be accepted as a component party of Pakatan," Karpal Singh told a press conference in Air Itam Saturday.

The seat was PSM's only electoral victory, with PSM's parliamentary leader Dr Michael D Jeyakumar retaining his position as MP.

"No reason was given on why the PSM's application to join Pakatan Rakyat was rejected.

"PSM was not happy with PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's statement that members of PSM promote communism. They are not communist, they are socialist; and it is their right," he said.

Karpal added that PSM should be given the opportunity to be in Pakatan and at the same time have its own ideology.

"As long as there is no serious contradiction. PAS has its own Islamic and hudud aspiration, that is its right. DAP's right is to oppose such aspirations.

"But the bigger picture which is of public interest is that there should be a two-party system," he added.


Police arrest at least 13 people taking part in flashmob outside Sogo, Kuala Lumpur

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 04:51 PM PDT

ABN News - Police have moved in to arrest those taking part in a flashmob in front of Sogo shopping mall at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here at about 3pm. Tweets have reported the number as 13 to 16, but these numbers have not been officially confirmed.

Student activist Adam Adli tweeted that 16 people were detained and taken to the Dang Wangi police station. Unconfirmed reports have it that a woman and a child were among those picked up.

The flashmob is organised by Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) whose chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin told Star Online yesterday that the first flashmob would be held near Sogo at 2pm today while the next one would be held at Jalan Tun Perak at 6pm on Wednesday.

"The first flash mob is a curtain raiser towards the main event on June 22, and we expect it to last until about 5pm.

"We will also have a final countdown (to the Black 505 rally) at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on June 21," he said.

He said participants will gather at various points such as LRT stations and hand fliers to the public.

"The events will be peaceful," he added, Star Online reported.

Badrul Hisham said the activities were aimed at of people for the Blackout 505 rally at Padang Merbok on June 22 to protest the results of the 13th general election.


Take a break before it’s too late: Karpal to Dr M

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 04:45 PM PDT

The 73-year-old DAP leader advises the 87-year-old former premier to stop interfering in politics and to spend time with his grandchildren.

Athi Shankar, FMT

GEORGE TOWN: Senior parliamentarian Karpal Singh has advised Dr Mahathir Mohamad to spend more time with his family before it is too late.

Karpal criticised the former premier for continuing his political tirade against the country's opposition leaders and in trying to influence the current federal government to get tough on them.

The veteran DAP leader claimed that Mahathir continued to wield control over the Barisan Nasional government, undermining Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and his administration.

"Mahathir should stop controlling the government. It's an insult to Najib and his government.

"He should take a walk and rest at home, spend more time with his grandchildren before it's too late," Karpal, 73, told reporters here.

He suggested that Mahathir, 87, take a political break for good to build-up his status of a statesman.

He advised Mahathir to follow the footsteps of other retired political leaders around the world by staying away from active politics and not to influence the government.

He cited an example of how former US presidents stayed retired and stopped interfering in government affairs.

"He should show political maturity for his age. He should act like a former prime minister, like others who have retired. That's how the system works.

"He should go down in history as a statesman, not a politician," said Karpal.

He was referring to Mahathir's latest call on Najib to get tough and not give face to Pakatan Rakyat leaders for insulting the country's democratic system.

Karpal recalled that Mahathir initially played the "good guy politics" by releasing detainees, including opposition leaders under the now repealed Internal Security Act when he assumed the premiership in 1981.

Some detainees released were detained since 1974.

However, Karpal said Mahathir went back to his original position by detaining many opposition leaders and activists during the infamous Ops Lalang in October 1987.

After the 1999 general election, Karpal recalled that Mahathir had decided it was payback time by constituting various charges against opposition leaders, including charging him with sedition.

"Mahathir is renewing the same old tactic," he said.



Don’t use education as a political weapon, says Tee Yong

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 04:17 PM PDT

(The Star) - The call by Malay NGOs to the Government to shut down vernacular schools is racist, says MCA Young Professionals bureau chief Datuk Chua Tee Yong.

He urged the police to investigate the comments by the NGOs in order to safeguard national unity.

"I urge all the NGOs and parties to stop making accusations and snide remarks. All of us should work together with the Government in its efforts to enhance nation-building and reconciliation plans.

"Education should not be used as a weapon for one's political interests."

He was responding to reports that 120 NGOs had issued statements urging the Government to close down all vernacular schools to achieve racial unity.

Chua said these groups should listen to the advice by Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who had called on all parties to focus on uniting the people and stop racial politics.

Chua said Najib and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had emphasised that vernacular schools and mother-tongue education played a vital role in national development, including nurturing talented people in the country.

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) said the call by the Malay-Muslim Consumer Association for a single stream education system is "a new height of the post GE13 blame game".

GBM said it was disheartening that the process of reconciliation post GE13 was being jeopardised by calls from certain quarters to abolish Chinese and Tamil school systems.


Deputy IGP: Police will take action if Black 505 proceeds without proper permit

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 04:14 PM PDT

(The Star) - Police will take action accordingly if the Black 505 rally organisers proceed with the event without proper permits, said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin.

"We already have laws and will enforce those laws. We will take action according to those laws.

"We will look at the situation. If there is a need, we will take action," he told a press conference during the Putra Intelek International College (PIIC) convocation ceremony held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre on Saturday.

It was reported that the opposition would go ahead with its Black 505 rally at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur on June 22 even if it did not get the go-ahead from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said Pakatan Rakyat had insisted on holding the rally at Padang Merbok despite DBKL wanting them to hold it in a stadium.

Meanwhile, at the same press conference, PIIC president and chief executive officer Dr Barathan Muniyandy announced a RM200,000 fund that will provide partial scholarships for members and family of the police force.

"We also want to work with the police force as PICC focuses in courses such as Forensic Computing and Digital Security.

"We are happy to work with the PDRM to produce more graduates in the industry and hopefully more graduates that can join the police force as officers," he said.


Najib, Anwar in Jakarta, speculation mounts of possible meeting

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 04:06 PM PDT

Jahabar Sadiq, TMI

Datuk Seri Najib Razak and political arch-rival Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim are in Jakarta today, fueling talk of a meeting that could help the prime minister face down possible rivals in parliament and his own party after poor results in Election 2013.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the meeting has been in the works for at least a week, just as Najib is facing a likely challenge in the Umno elections this year end and a possible motion of no confidence after parliament convenes on June 24.

It is learnt that Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is close to both leaders, has been tasked to facilitate the meeting. He is in Jakarta for a bilateral visit.

"A meeting has been set up with Najib before Anwar meets Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Satuday," a source told The Malaysian Insider.

Aides to both leaders are tightlipped about the meeting but sources say the duo have a common interest in preventing other challengers for the prime minister's post.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has been meeting disgruntled Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers this past week to discuss his leadership bid in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat while Najib's deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, has been coy about a possible challenge in Umno polls this year end.

Most political analysts say Najib is too popular, even more than his party, to lose his government and party posts.

"But Najib is facing twin strikes against him, so he needs to find some allies," another source told The Malaysian Insider, noting the irony that Anwar himself wanted the country's top post.

It is not known if the Indonesian president is aware of the talks in his capital city but former Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla mediated between both leaders before the May 5 general elections for a peaceful electoral campaign.

But Kalla had said the deal broke after Anwar began a nationwide campaign to protest the Election 2013 results. The PKR leader said Najib never signed the pact despite a verbal agreement.

Malaysian leaders, especially Umno, have been known to hold private meetings in Jakarta, which is about two hours flight from Kuala Lumpur, to avoid publicity and gossip.

Najib and Anwar are known to have close ties with Indonesian leaders, who are keen to see stability in neighbouring Malaysia which employs some two million Indonesian professionals, workers and housemaids.



Court dismisses bid to nullify polls results

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 03:31 PM PDT

Judge Ravinthran Paramaguru held that the judicial review action sought by lawyer activist Marcel Jude Joseph had no prima facie case. 

Joseph Bingkasan, FMT

KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here has dismissed with cost an application by a defeated candidate in the last month's general election for a judicial review of Sabah's electoral roll.

Judge Ravinthran Paramaguru in his decision yesterday held that the judicial review action sought by Marcel Jude Joseph should be dismissed because there was no prima facie case.

He then awarded cost RM5,000 to the respondent, the Elections Commission.

The applicant Joseph, who is a lawyer, represented himself while the commission was represented by Senior Federal Counsel Mohd Rahazlan.

Joseph contested and lost as an independent candidate in the Api Api state constituency.

He was also seeking a refund of the sum of RM8,000 paid by him to the respondent to participate as a candidate in the general election which he lost as he failed to capture the benchmark of 12.5% of the votes cast.

Joseph only managed to polled 44 votes.

The seat was won by PKR's Christina Liew Chin Jin who polled 5,853 votes wresting the constituency Barisan Nasional's Dr Yee Moh Chai of Parti Bersatu Sabah (5,058).

Two others also forfeited their deposits – Wong Yit Ming of Sabah Progressive Party (713) and State Reform Party's Felix Chong Kat Fah (152 votes).

Joseph, who is also an activist, was also claiming damages for negligence by the respondent in issuing the Writ of Election and the Notice of Election without the removal of 60,673 dubious entries, or the disclosure by the respondent of 60,673 dubious entries to him prior to his registration as a candidate in Api Api constituency.



Two flash mobs before Black 505 rally

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 11:20 AM PDT 

(The Star) - The organisers of the "Black 505" rally will hold two gatherings of flash mobs in Kuala Lumpur, says Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) chief Badrul Hisham Shaharin.

He said the first flash mob would be held along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman near the Sogo shopping mall at 2pm today while the next one would be held at Jalan Tun Perak at 6pm on Wednesday.

"The first flash mob is a curtain raiser towards the main event on June 22, and we expect it to last until about 5pm.

"We will also have a final countdown (to the Black 505 rally) at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on June 21," he said yesterday.

He said the participants would gather at various points and hand fliers to the public.

"The events will be peaceful," he added.

Badrul Hisham said the activities were aimed at ensuring the biggest mobilisation of people for the Black 505 rally to protest the results of the 13th general election.

Among other activities planned are debates in Ipoh, Perak on Monday, Sungai Besar, Selangor on Tuesday and Temerloh, Pahang, on Thursday.

City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said policemen would be on stand-by today as well as Wednesday to ensure the safety and security of the public are maintained.

It was reported that the Opposition would go ahead with its Black 505 rally at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur on June 22 even if it did not get the go-ahead from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli said the Pakatan had insisted on holding the rally at Padang Merbok despite DBKL wanting them to hold it in a stadium.

"If we give in, it means we cannot hold rallies in open public spaces. So, it's a deadlock between us and DBKL," he said after meeting DBKL officials yesterday.

DBKL had suggested Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Titiwangsa as alternate venues.

Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, who is also an unofficial member of the Pakatan security advisory council, said holding rallies would only disrupt peace and stability.

Tan Twan Eng beats Hilary Mantel to win £25,000 prize for historical fiction

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 10:40 AM PDT 

(The Telegraph) - The 2013 Walter Scott prize has been won by the Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng for his second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.

The Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his second novel The Garden of Evening Mists.

He beat off competition from a strong shortlist, which included Hilary Mantel's Bring up the Bodies, Rose Tremain's Merivel and Pat Barker'sToby's Room.

The Garden of Evening Mists, shortlisted by for the 2012 Man Booker prize, is the first novel by an overseas writer to win the four year-old prize. Last year, books by authors from the Commonwealth were eligible for the first time.

Tan travelled from his home in South Africa to receive his prize this evening from the Duke of Buccleuch, a distant relative of Sir Walter Scott, at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland. The award ceremony was presented by the BBC's James Naughtie. 

Commenting on the prize, the judges said: "All the authors on this year's shortlist have written wonderful books, illuminating times and breathing life into personalities in a way that is enlightening and which brings lasting pleasure to the reader. However The Garden of Evening Mists is the book that left the deepest imprint on us.

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