- “Kalau mereka boleh boikot, saya juga akan boikot” – Pandikar Amin
- "Go ahead and boycott Dewan Rakyat"
- Adik Najib dikecam NGO Islam kerana menyokong CEO AirAsia X
- Bakri MP gets DAP show cause letter
- Now, the focus is on Umno party election
- Confusion over PSM's bid to join Pakatan
- BN to file 21 election petitions, says Tengku Adnan
- Bakri MP apologises for violating Pakatan boycott order
- Civil rights group not ruling out public protests to push for IPCMC
- Pakatan MPs boycott parliament briefing
- Er: It’s my personal decision
- Husam loses RM10mil suit
- Police force facing crisis after crisis
- DAP: Er breached party discipline
- Where are the show cause letters, MIC
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 10:44 PM PDT
(The Kuala Lumpur Post) - Niat pembangkang untuk boikot persidangan Parlimen kali ini boleh membawa padah kerana mereka berisiko untuk hilang kelayakan sebagai wakil rakyat.
Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia berkata ahli Parlimen yang tidak mengangkat sumpah dalam tempoh enam bulan selepas hari pertama persidangan Dewan Rakyat tanpa alasan akan gugur kelayakan sebagai ahli parlimen.
"Mengikut perlembagaan, artikel 59 (1) kalau ahli Yang Berhormat yang tidak mengangkat sumpah dalam tempoh enam bulan selepas persidangan pertama selepas pilihan raya, maka dia akan disqualified (sebagai ahli parlimen)," katanya.
Tegasnya, beliau sendiri tidak akan teragak-agak untuk memboikot ahli Parlimen pembangkang untuk upacara angkat sumpah di hari yang lain.
"Kalau mereka boleh boikot sistem demokrasi, saya juga akan memboikot mereka jika mereka mahu mengangkat sumpah pada hari lain.
"Ahli Parlimen yang tidak mengangkat sumpah tidak akan dibenar berada dalam Parlimen atau menjalankan fungsi sebagai wakil rakyat," katanya.
Katanya, perkara boikot seperti ini belum pernah berlaku sejak Merdeka.
"Kalau ada orang yang kata itu hak mereka atas nama demokrasi, kami pun boleh boikot, timbalan-timbalan saya pun boleh boikot.
"Jika ada alasan yang boleh terima, sakit atau sebagainya, tapi takkan 89 sakit secara serentak," katanya.
Ketika ditanya, apakah tindakan yang akan dikenakan kepada ahli Parlimen yang memboikot, Pandikar berkara, perkara tersebut belum diputuskan lagi.
"Ia belum boleh diputuskan kerana ia belum lagi berlaku.
"Saya berharap perkara ini (boikot) tidak akan berlaku dan persidangan akan berjalan seperti biasa," katanya.
Sebelum ini, PR dalam beberapa kenyataannya menyebut akan memboikot Dewan Rakyat berikutan tidak bersetuju dengan keputusan PRU13 yang dianggap berlaku banyak penipuan dan tiada ketelusan.
Terdahulu, Pandikar diminta mengulas saranan NGO tertentu agar wakil rakyat PR memulaukan majlis angkat sumpah di Parlimen.
Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim bertindak dengan tidak menghantar soalan untuk perbahasan sebagai tanda memulaukan sesi Parlimen kali ini.
Bagaimanapun Pas dan DAP memutuskan untuk tidak boikot majlis berkenaan dan akan hadir seperti biasa.
Pada hari ini, hanya seorang wakil dari DAP, Er Teck Hwa hadir pada Majlis Taklimat ahli-ahli Dewan Rakyat di Parlimen manakala 88 yang lain gagal berbuat demikian.Walaupun tiada kenyataan khusus, tindakan ini dipercayai susulan daripada hasrat pembangkang mahu memulaukan sesi Parlimen kali ini.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 10:32 PM PDT
GOOD IDEA: Parliament sessions without Anwar will probably be less troublesome for the government
Azmi Anshar, NST
IF Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his band of crony members of parliament are adamant that boycotting the opening day of the new Dewan Rakyat meeting reinforces his scandalous cause that the 13th General Election was rigged, the only thing left to say is: go ahead.
Already, Anwar's fib that GE13 was rigged has been denounced by Dr Chandra Muzaffar, among others. Rightly, Anwar's boycott proposal has been lambasted by government leaders but if the PKR de facto leader and probable house opposition leader insists on going ahead, then it is only right that he be buttressed with all the encouragement for his unprecedented, self-imposed proscription.
As a matter of fact, the government might just be comfortable with the idea of an absentee Anwar, plus a handful loyalist MPs who follow him around like he was the Pied Piper. Why not? Fewer troublesome sessions by virtue of less theatrics and stunts that Anwar is capable of remonstrating.
Here's what Anwar will be burdened with if he doesn't take his oath as MP: he obviously cannot sit inside the house let alone debate, submit questions, raise supplementary questions, lob big ticket issues, attack/counter-attack ministers or backbenchers or defend himself from all kinds of charges.
He may be allowed to loiter in the expanse of the Parliament lobby, giving one ludicrous press conference after another day after day on why he needs to debate his cause outside the house instead of inside it.
A boycott forces people's attention on Anwar's ponderous whining about not taking over Putrajaya and seeing his fantasy of becoming prime minister vanish. (Oops, it already has, but Anwar still doesn't get it.)
It might even earn him brownie points with his backers and put a disconcerting spotlight on Anwar's fantastical claim that 40,000 foreigners were flown into Malaysia - if it was at all logistically possible - to cast illegal votes.
Everyone now knows why Anwar has entered into this political black hole: there is no turning back for him because that would mean being sucked into oblivion, and that won't do for his political nihilism because he must be the centre of attention that all crises must start and end with.
It's true that Malaysian realpolitik has been on steroids since Anwar's 1998 sacking as deputy prime minister and that politicking went into unchartered territories, but at the expense of political stability and economic prosperity, the kind of positive environment countries like Spain and Greece will kill for.
Anwar turns to his real talent -- hyping his worth as a "leader" in times of bedlam and uncertainty, never mind his moral character that gets turned on by the bully pulpit in rallying or intoxicating people into executing the absurd.
His years as deputy prime minister were skewed towards building a nest of cronies and controlling mainstream media.
So, on the greater scheme of things, Anwar's big ticket rallies nationwide, including one in Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur on June 22, is designed to parade him on a moveable mosh pit that will be participated by those double-faced leaders from DAP and Pas, who have moved on and accepted the results but still unable to resist the spectacle of adoring crowds.
Anwar is playing a bluff in lathering a cause embarrassing to his ragtag opposition axis who have accepted that election fraud complaints must be addressed in the election courts, not grandstanding through mass rallies or a boycott.
However, Anwar knows all this, so he plays the bluff by not taking the oath on Dewan Rakyat's first day but will do so within six months, otherwise he forfeits his seat to force a by-election.
On the other hand, he might just love that by-election while taking advantage of its obvious loophole that gives an edge to the manipulator.
On the balance of advantages, Anwar will lose but damn if he cares for the implication or if his constituents suffer at being "unrepresented".
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 07:35 PM PDT
Md Izwan, TMI
Pertubuhan bukan kerajaan Gabungan NGO Islam hari ini menyelar adik perdana menteri, Datuk Seri Nazir Razak ekoran sokongannya terhadap Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia X Azran Osman Rani yang baru-baru ini dikritik akhbar milik Umno Utusan Malaysia dan kumpulan Melayu berhaluan kanan ekoran kenyataannya di laman Twitter.
Semalam, Nazir yang juga merupakan Eksekutif CIMB Bank Berhad memuji Azran dengan melabelnya sebagai "tanda sebagai pemimpin" kerana berani menyatakan pendiriannya walaupun tidak disukai ramai orang.
"Nazir dan Azran adalah dua contoh terbaik anak Melayu yang menepati maksud peribahasa 'Seperti kacang lupakan kulit'.
"Justeru kami ingin sarankan agar Nazir dan Azran bertukar-tukar jawatan atas dasar suka sama suka demi menguatkan lagi sikap anti Melayu mereka," kata Dzulkarnain Taib dalam satu kenyataan media mewakili gabungan pertubuhan tersebut.
Presiden Wartawan Muda Malaysia itu membidas Nazir (gambar) kerana tidak mementingkan sensitiviti kaum Melayu sendiri, disamping mendakwa adik kepada Datuk Seri Najib Razak tersebut tidak pernah memahami rasa susah payah kerana dibesarkan dalam keluarga bangsawan.
"Tidak ramai orang Melayu bernasib baik seperti Nazir yang dilahirkan di dalam keluarga bangsawan.
"Kami sangat kesal dengan kenyataan Nazir kerana walaupun menerajui sebuah konglomerat bank yang terkemuka di rantau ASEAN, malangnya beliau terperangkap dalam kerangka pemikiran dan minda yang membelakangkan sentimen dan sensitiviti bangsa Melayunya sendiri," katanya lagi.
Semalam The Malaysian Insider melaporkan Nazir yang merupakan pembiaya utama AirAsia X memuji Azran kerana meluahkan isi hatinya dengan mempercayai ia adalah perkara yang benar.
"Itulah tanda seorang pemimpin," kata Nazir semalam semasa pelancaran prospektus AirAsia X.
Adik bongsu kepada Najib itu menambah disebabkan kualiti seperti itu pasukan syarikat penerbangan berkenaan telah menunjukkan 70 peratus peningkatan tahunan keuntungan sejak dilancarkan pada November 2007.
Azran dikritik bulan lalu selepas beliau melalui akaun twitternya, @azranosmanrani, mengatakan melihat serangan perkauman selepas pilihan raya.
Beliau turut dilaporkan menerima kritikan daripada Perkasa, kumpulan pendesak Melayu atas kenyataan kerasnya itu.
Sebagai balasan, akhbar berkenaan menyiarkan pandangan pemimpin Perkasa, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia dan aktivis pro Umno menyelar Azran dan menggelarnya "sombong" dan Melayu yang lupa daratan.
Pengerusi AirAsia X Tan Sri Rafizah Aziz dan pengarahnya, Datuk Seri Kalimullah Hassan juga turut diserang daripada pelbagai kumpulan selepas kedua-duanya mempertahankan kenyataan Azran.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 07:04 PM PDT
Clara Chooi, TMI
The DAP has issued a show cause letter on Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa for violating a party directive to boycott this morning's parliamentary briefing.
DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke told The Malaysian Insider that Er, a second-term federal lawmaker, would have seven days to respond to the letter before he is referred to the party's disciplinary committee.
"He has to explain. We are giving him a chance to explain," he said when contacted here.
Er was the only MP of the DAP's 38 federal lawmakers and Pakatan Rakyat's (PR) collective 89 representatives who turned up for the briefing at the Parliament House this morning.
The PR leadership council had decide to boycott the sitting in its last meeting to signify its protest against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) government for its alleged refusal to adhere to demands for electoral reform.
When approached by reporters this morning, Er said he felt the briefing was important and the decision to attend it was his own.
"Briefing day is important, we want to see if there are new rules and so on," said Er, an MP well-known among Parliament circles for his halting Bahasa Malaysia and persistence in the Dewan Rakyat.
Asked if Er may have not been informed of the boycott directive, Loke said this was not likely as all representatives were given ample notice.
"We have an internal email group so all MPs were informed something like 10 days ago," the Seremban MP said.
"It is the basic responsibility of all our representatives to check their emails. And furthermore, the whole thing was reported in the press.
"There is no reason for him not to know our position on the matter," he added.
When confirming the boycott last week, Loke had told The Malaysian Insider that the move comes on the back of the string of rallies held nationwide to protest against BN's alleged use of fraud to win the just-concluded Election 2013.
He pointed out that the pact was also planning another mammoth protest in Padang Merbok and attending the briefing would appear to contradict the purpose of the rally.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 06:52 PM PDT
The conclusion of the general election has shifted the spotlight to Umno, the largest political party in the country
Following the conclusion of the 13th general election recently, attention has been focused on the coming political party elections including that of Umno, the biggest Malay-based party in the country.
The Umno election which will be using a new system following amendments to the party constitution in October 2009, will determine Umno's direction henceforth in facing the next general election.
Under the amended party constitution, the nomination quota for the top posts – from Surpreme Council member post right up to president – were abolished, hence providing the biggest opportunity for any party member to contest with the minimum condition of having been a member of the Supreme Council or divisional committee for at least one term.
However, the question is whether the coming election of a political party with some 3.2 million members can provide leaders capable of meeting the needs and aspirations of its grassroot members and the people at large.
Some political analysts and party leaders feel that for Umno to remain relevant, fresh and mature in tandem with the political transformation agenda, the party election this time should make room for new faces to contest, hence creating echelon leaders capable of facing future challenges.
Acording to Assoc Prof Dr Samsul Adabi Mamat of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), the Umno election this time is crucial, considering that Umno is the pillar of Barisan Nasional (BN) and heading the national leadership.
He said that unlike the elections of the other BN component parties, the Umno election inveterably determined that the individuals winning the party president and deputy president posts would be appointed as prime minister and deputy prime minister respectively.
For the first time in the party's history, Umno will see 146,500 delegates from 191 divisions directly electing its top leadership. Before this, only 2,500 delegates had been making the choice at the party's general assembly.
"The abolition of the quota and increase in the number of delegates who will be voting is a transformation process in an effort to improve the quality of the Umno leadership.
"This huge democratic space provided by Umno should be taken advantage of by the party members to choose leaders who are really qualified and acceptable to the people to helm the party, hence strengthening Umno," added Samsul Adabi,from the university's Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, when contacted.
However, there are those who feel that to get leaders capable of meeting the aspirations of the grassroots and acceptable to the general public, all the top party posts including the president, should be contested.
Supporting this view, Samsul Adabi said to people outside the party, having contests for important party posts would show real democracy in Umno.
"What the people actually want to see are contests for these posts. After the party election had been put on hold for a few years, there are however those clamouring for the president and deputy president posts to be uncontested. This does not reflect what is desired as contained in the party's new constitution.
"Having contests for the main party posts will also determine that the leadership chosen is acceptable to the party grassroots and the 'rakyat' (people)," he said.
Will the Umno election this time also able to attract more people from outside the party, especially the young generation, to support Umno?
Samsul Adabi opined that if there were contests for all the top posts, the party would be able to win back the support of the middle-class voters who were said to have rejected Umno, besides giving the message that the party was really serious about transformation.
However, there have been calls of late coming from some party leaders for the party president post, currently held by Najib Tun Razak, and the deputy president post, held by Muhyiddin Yassin, not to be contested this time.
This is because the two leaders had managed to increase the number of parliamentary seats won by Umno from 79 in the 2008 general election to 88 in the recent 13th general election.
The question of whether the two top posts should be contested has received mixed reaction from Umno leaders as there are also those who want the quota system be re-introduced.
Samsul Adabi said the coming Umno election should indeed be the best platform towards empowering and strengthening Umno before facing the next general election.
Umno Youth deputy chief, Razali Ibrahim said a party election showed healthy democratic practice in Umno and the maturity of its members in choosing leaders to steer the party.
"What is important is for Umno to reflect maturity and real democracy. I hope the election this time will go on well no matter what, as we want to show transparency, integrity and democracy," he said.
Puteri Umno head, Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the abolition of the quota system which was unanimously supported by the party members, gave the message to the general public that Umno was serious about change, besides giving the members total freedom to choose the party's top leaders.
"The outcome of the Umno election will reflect that the party's leadership is the grassroots' choice," she said.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 06:37 PM PDT
PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said PSM's application to join the Opposition coalition was rejected before the general election
(The Star) - Parti Sosialis Malaysia's (PSM) bid to join Pakatan Rakyat appears to be mired in confusion, with conflicting statements being made on the matter.
In the latest turn of events, PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali said PSM's application to join the Opposition coalition was rejected before the general election, concurring with PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution's statement on the matter last week.
Mustafa said the rejection was over the party's clenched fist logo, with which some were uncomfortable.
"It was decided in a meeting before GE13 that we'd remain friendly, but PSM was rejected as a full member of Pakatan," he told The Star Online, adding that he supposed the party had been "informed verbally" about its rejection
However, Pakatan executive secretary Ahmad Shabrimi Sidek insisted that the coalition "had yet to decide" on PSM's application to join.
"Maybe they will discuss it at the presidential meeting next month, but Datuk Saifuddin Nasution was mistaken. Maybe he misunderstood, there were many meetings before elections," Ahmad Shabrimi added.
Saifuddin told The Star Online last Friday that PSM's application to join Pakatan had been rejected before GE13.
However, he declined to provide a reason why. The PKR leader could not be reached for further comment.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh had later expressed surprise that PSM's application was rejected, saying he felt it should be considered favourably.
However, a source confirmed that Karpal had not been at the meeting when the decision was made.
DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang has refused to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, PSM secretary-general S. Arutchelvan said he hoped Pakatan would issue an official letter clearly stating its position.
During GE13, PSM and Pakatan had a number of clashes over seat allocations, resulting in multi-corner fights in three state seats.
Arutchelvan told the press last month that the party would be re-evaluating its ties with Pakatan after losing the supposedly "safe" seat of Kota Damansara, and not winning Semenyih or Jelapang.
PSM's only electoral victory was in Sungai Siput, with Dr Michael Jeyakumar retaining his position as MP.
In Kota Damansara, PSM president Nasir Hashim had to face off not only an Umno candidate and three independents, but also PAS' Ridzuan Ismail, despite Nasir running on a PKR ticket.
In Semenyih, Arutchelvan used PSM's clenched fist logo and ran against Umno's Johan Abdul Aziz and PKR's Hamidi Hassan.
In Jepalang, PSM's M. Sarasvathy faced down an MIC candidate and an opponent from DAP.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 06:33 PM PDT
(Bernama) - The Barisan Nasional has decided to file 21 election petitions on the results of the 13th general election, said its secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
He said the Barisan had initially planned to file 50 petitions, but reduced the number to 21 save the court's time and avoid unreasonable costs.
"After considering the advice from the special legal task force, Barisan decided to file 21 election petitions," he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Tengku Adnan said Barisan did not want to raise petty issues in court and was convinced that the petitions filed had concrete reasons for consideration.
PKR, PAS and DAP filed 25 petitions from Monday until Wednesday for the parliamentary seats and 10 petitions for the state constituency seats in the general election.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 06:27 PM PDT
Clara Chooi, TMI
DAP's Bakri MP Er Teck Hwa has apologised to his party for mistakenly attending today's parliamentary briefing despite an order to boycott the meet as a symbolic gesture in Pakatan Rakyat's (PR) reforms protest.
The second-term parliamentarian said he had missed the email instruction sent to all 38 DAP lawmakers last week as he had not gone through all correspondence in his email inbox.
"This is my mistake for not thoroughly going through all the messages and email for this specific order to boycott today's briefing and stirring up more controversy on [the] current political scenario," he said in a statement here.
"I would like to express my most sincere apologies for my inappropriate actions and humbly accept any disciplinary action that might be taken against me."
Er raised eyebrows in Parliament today when he was the sole MP from the 89-member opposition bloc to attend a scheduled briefing.
When approached by reporters, Er said he felt the briefing was important and the decision to attend it was of his own initiative.
"Briefing day is important, we want to see if there are new rules and so on," said Er, an MP well-known among Parliament circles for his halting Bahasa Malaysia and persistence in the Dewan Rakyat.
Hours later in his press statement, however, Er admitted that despite not seeing the official email from his party, he had been well informed about the boycott as it was reported in the media.
But he pointed out that it was standard procedure for the party leadership to convey orders via text messages or emails.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 06:20 PM PDT
Ida Lim, TMI
A civil rights movement is not ruling out street gatherings to push for the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) following a string of deaths in custody.
The Stop State Violence Movement (SSVM), an umbrella body of 30 rights groups including Tenaganita, pointed out that nine cases of custodial deaths had occurred in the first half of this year compared to 2012's nine deaths.
Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez (picture) said the movement will get MPs to sign a pledge to support the passing of the IPCMC Bill in Parliament.
Fernandez said the movement will step up the pressure on the government from the people for an independent oversight body for the police force.
"If need be, yes, if that's the way the voice is heard, then so be it," Fernandez said at a press conference here when asked if the movement would be taking to the streets.
"We are going through different processes right now but if the government of the day does not want to listen, then what else is left?
"And you create a situation and the rakyat has to express through freedom of assembly," she added.
She later said the people will decide if they will be doing it in the form of a protest or a gathering.
The SSVM also slammed the idea of revamping the existing Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) — which oversees the police and 18 other agencies — as an alternative to establishing the IPCMC.
The movement highlighted various differences between the two commissions, saying that the EAIC has no powers to prosecute and could not initiate probes without complaints being made.
Suaram co-ordinator Thevarajan R., who was also present at the press conference, commented on former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan's comment that the proposed IPCMC should include an avenue for police officers to exercise their right to appeal.
Musa had last week said the IPCMC proposed by a 2005 Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) had not included such a clause to permit convicted officers to appeal decisions in court.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 05:35 PM PDT
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia,however, was unperturbed saying it was their right to boycott the session.
G Vinod, FMT
Eighty eight out of the 89 Pakatan Rakyat MPs boycotted the briefing session at the Parliament today.
The only parliamentarian from the opposition present today was Bakri MP, Er Teck Hwa.
However, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia was unfazed by the boycott.
"As far as I'm concerned, they have their reasons. We practice democracy.
"Those who come, come and those who don't come, don't come," said Pandikar at a press conference.
However, the Speaker cautioned Pakatan MPs from boycotting the swearing in ceremony.
Pandikar said that those who boycott the swearing in session scheduled on June 24 would render themselves unable to perform their duties as MPs.
"And your appointment will lapse if you don't swear in within six months time," he said.
Recently, Pakatan leaders announced that it would boycott the parliamentary briefing session to protest against the electoral irregularities in the recent polls.
Lawyer-activist Haris Ibrahim even suggested Pakatan MPs to boycott the swearing in ceremony but PAS and DAP had rejected the notion.
While Pandikar was lenient in his comment against Pakatan for its boycott, several Umno MPs were more vocal on the matter.
Kubang Pasu MP Johari Baharum said that Pakatan leaders were nothing short of disrespecting voters by their boycott.
"People have made their choice. They should respect the rakyat's mandate," he said.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 05:31 PM PDT
Despite Pakatan's boycott, DAP MP Er Teck Hwa says he attended the briefing session in parliament to familiarise himself with the new rules
G. Vinod, FMT
DAP MP Er Teck Hwa said that it was his personal decision to attend the briefing session at Parliament today despite a boycott announced by Pakatan Rakyat.
"It's my personal decision. As an MP, I just feel that I should know the guidelines for the new parliamentary session," said Er.
Recently, Pakatan leaders have announced that they would boycott the parliamentary briefing session in protest against electoral irregularities the recent general election.
Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia activist Haris Ibrahim even urged Pakatan MPs to boycott the swearing in ceremony scheduled for June 24 but PAS and DAP have shot down the idea.
Although Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia said that it was their right to boycott the briefing session, he cautioned Pakatan against boycotting the swearing in ceremony.
Er, who is a second term backbencher, said he was aware of the boycott announced but chose to attend today's session anyway.
Asked if he would attend the swearing in ceremony, Er said that he would attend it pending instructions from the DAP leadership.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 05:26 PM PDT
PAS vice president fails in his suit against NSTP group
(Bernama) - PAS vice-president Husam Musa today lost his RM10-million defamation suit against the New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd (NSTP) and four others over an article in relation to his posts in the party and government.
Husam's counsel Zulqarnain Lukman told reporters that High Court Judicial Commissioner Lee Heng Cheong ruled in chambers that the article was not defamatory.
Zulqarnain said Lee also held that if the article was defamatory, the court found that the defendants' defence of qualified privilege and responsible journalism was applicable in the case.
He said the court also found that Husam had failed to establish his case against the defendants and ordered him to pay RM20,000 in costs to the defendants.
The court made the decision after hearing the testimony of three witnesses for Husam and two for the defendants.
In 2010, Husam filed the suit against NSTP, its two reporters Shuhada Elis and Nik Imran Abdullah, former NST group editor Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun and the then NSTP group managing editor Zainul Arifin Mohammed Isa.
In his statement of claim, Husam said the defendants had written and published with malice an article on Nov 23, 2009, over his posts to injure his reputation.
He had sought RM10 million in damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.
The defendants, in their statement of defence, denied that the words published were defamatory and that the article was published on an occasion of qualified privilege.
Counsel Lim Qi Si and Wee Jason represented the defendants.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 05:15 PM PDT
Since IGP Khalid Abu Bakar took over, Malaysians have not seen any new or real initiatives, breakthrough or success "in the most important challenge" of the police which is to make safety and security the top police priority, says DAP.
K Pragalath, FMT
The police force is up against three crisses – rising crime rate, political bootlicking and custodial deaths – claims DAP's national publicity secretary Tony Pua.
The public, he said, no longer had confidence in the police force which it saw as being more concerned about hunting down opposition supporters than criminals and the lackof political will to establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
Detailing the triple crisis, Pua cited as an example the recent robbery in a steamboat restaurant involving 70 patrons who lost more than RM20,000 on Saturday to 10 men armed with machetes and iron rods.
"The rise in crime and its aggressiveness has proven the police's failure in their most important task, that is to ensure that the man-on-the-street do not live in fear for their lives and property.
"The second crisis of confidence faced by the police is because the police force appear to be more interested in politics than combating crime by using the laws on political dissidents instead of focusing on public safety.
"To quote the Gelang Patah Member of Parliament Lim Kit Siang, we now have the "most political IGP" in the nation's history (through IGP Khalid Abu Bakar)."
Pua said since Khalid's appointment, Malaysians had not seen any new or real initiatives, breakthrough or success" in the most important challenge of the police to make safety and security the top police priority.
"Instead, we see the police under the IGP coming down hard on Pakatan Rakyat leaders and social activists, although public peace and order had not been undermined in any manner.
"The IGP has instructed the police force to use and abuse the Peaceful Assembly Act and the Sedition Act to intimidate and clamp down on all political dissent," he said.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 04:34 PM PDT
The Bakri MP will be asked to explain on why he attended the briefing session at the Parliament despite a boycott, said DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke.
G Vinod, FMT
DAP MP Er Teck Hwa had breached party discipline by attending today's briefing session at the Parliament, said party national organising secretary Anthony Loke.
"We have informed all our MPs (on the boycott). This is the decision.
"In Er's case, he had breached party discipline by not following our directive," said Loke.
Pakatan Rakyat decided to boycott the briefing session at the Parliament to protest against irregularities in the general election.
However, Er was seen present at the briefing session today despite the boycott.
Asked on the matter, Er said that it was his personal decision to attend the briefing as he wanted to know the guidelines for the new parliamentary session.
Loke, who is also DAP whip chief, said that the party would ask Er to explain the matter in writing soon.
"If his answer is not satisfactory, Er will be referred to the disciplinary committee," said the Rasah MP.
Posted: 10 Jun 2013 04:27 PM PDT
MIC leaders who were supposedly slapped with show cause letters claim that they have not received any despite announcements from the disciplinary board
K Pragalath, FMT
Six MIC grassroot leaders who were supposedly issued show cause letters by the party disciplinary board have yet to receive the letters although it has been reported in the media.
"The party disciplinary board chairman (KS Nijhar) said show cause letters have been issued to the six leaders but they claim they have no clue about the letters.
"They only know of the offences they supposedly committed through the newspapers. Is this how the MIC leadership runs the party…they should not make any media statement until after the letters had been sent out. Nijhar goes to the media without even checking if the leaders had received the letters," a party leader told FMT.
The six are RS Maniam (Kota Rajah division), G Jeyakumar (Gombak division) and M Veloo (Teluk Kemang division), and TH Subra (deputy chairman of Sungai Petani), S Kalimuthu (Tasek Permai Baru branch chairman) and S Ramesh Kumar (an ordinary member from Mersing Kiri branch).
Declining to be named, he also said the latest to be "issued" a show cause letter was Johor state secretary M Asojan, who was hauled up for wanting the party to hold its internal elections immediately not wait until end of the year.
Asojan, when contacted, declined comment on the matter.
However, sources in the party headquarters say no letter had been issued to Asojan although media reports claim that he has been issued a letter asking him why he made the statement on the party elections.
"It is the same with Asojan…he did not know about the letter until he read about it in the newspapers. He has not received any letters.
"This is worse then (former president) Samy Vellu's era. He sacked people and that's it. Here we have a leadership which wants to flex its muscles by sending show cause and explanation letters to leaders so that others would shut-up," said another national leader who did not want to be named.
Although the party leadership, headed by G Palanivel, is going after grassroot leaders, it is still unclear what it would do against former secretary generals and veterans G Vadiveloo and DP Vijandran, who had both asked the party to conduct its internal elections soon or risk deregistration by the Registrar of Societies.
Party sources claim, Palanivel was now training his guns on Vadiveloo.
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