- ROS wants proof of vote counting mistake during DAP polls
- TMI staff leave to start new venture
- Federal Court blow to Kayveas, wife
- Dr M: The posts of president and deputy president in Umno should not be contested
- Indonesia’s SBY concerned about Malaysia’s alleged electoral fraud, says Anwar
- Anwar denies meeting Najib secretly
- New system for Umno polls
- Jeffrey rejects talk of ‘Razaleigh plan’
- ‘Fans are not cops’
- Haze situation expected to worsen
Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:06 AM PDT
(Bernama) - The Registrar of Societies (ROS) has asked DAP to present proof of mistake during vote counting at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) elections.
Registrar Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman said this was to determine whether it was due to a computer glitch or cheating.
"We are still investigating and one of the major issue is the votes received by candidates in the party elections," he said in a statement on Monday.
DAP reportedly admitted that a mistake was made during vote counting for CEC elections last December and blamed it on technical error.
Abdul Rahman said ROS had to issue a statement to inform the public on the progress of investigation to avoid manipulation of facts such as contents of the ROS letter dated April 17, 2013.
"This act is unethical. ROS must investigate more carefully to avoid the manipulation of facts," he added.
On April 18, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng claimed he received a letter from the ROS dated April 17 that DAP was not empowered to issue appointment letters to party candidates using the rocket symbol at the general election as the ROS decided not to recognise the election of CEC members.Abdul Rahman said all members interviewed wanted DAP to hold fresh elections, adding that the ROS had no intention of cancelling DAP's registration.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 10:25 PM PDT
(fz.com) - Nearly 26 staff, including managing editor Joan Lau and executive editor Leslie Lau have left The Malaysian Insider (TMI), Marketing-Interactive.com's Advertising and Marketing (A+M) portal reported today.
This confirmed a report by fz.com on June 12 that TMI staff were walking out on the five-year-old news website to start a company that will run the rival web portal of The Malay Mail newspaper.
Sources had told fz.com then that the move, was triggered by increasing differences between the TMI editorial team and its financiers on its editorial direction, especially during the run up to the May 5 general election.
This, combined with very persistent wooing by the people behind The Malay Mail group, finally led to the collective decision to leave. The news was first reported by www.fz.com on April 23.
When contacted by A+M, TMI editor and CEO Jahabar Sadiq confirmed the departures.
"They left to pursue better opportunities and TMI is in the process of finding replacements. The editorial direction however remains the same," he said.
Joan, who served her last day on June 14, told A+M: "We had different editorial opinions and direction. Rest assured we'll remain non-partisan in news reporting."
Leslie, commented about the departure on Twitter saying, "All the editors of @tm_insider had planned our departure but one decided to stay at the last moment. I wish him all the best."
Joan then explained about the company she has set up with her brother Leslie.
"Leslie and I set up an independent company called the Trinity Diligent and we secured an outsource contract to manage and provide editorial content for The Malay Mail online. My team (other 25 staff and three freelancers) will be working on that from now on," said Joan.
She also denied the speculation that the staff walked out on their last day.
"I wouldn't call it walking out as Friday was already our last day," added Joan, who started her career at TMI when the commenced operations in February 2008, just before the 12th Malaysian general election.
Joan said operations in The Malay Mail online would kick off June 17.
Meanwhile, TMI is left with one sales person and five staff in editorial.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 08:04 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Lawyers Datuk Seri M. Kayveas and his diplomat wife lost their appeal at the Federal Court in Putrajaya today to set aside an Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board's decision which found them guilty of misconduct and fined them RM5,000 each.
A five-member panel led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria unanimously dismissed their appeal and upheld the board's decision.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 07:12 PM PDT
(The Mole) - Former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Umno's top two posts should not be contested to avoid internal party squabbles.
Dr Mahathir, who is also the nation's fourth prime minister said even though the president and deputy president post should be contested in the spirit of democracy, Malaysians do not really understand democracy.
"If (they) lose, they will withdraw themselves and form another party which will break Umno. I support contests but if there is a contest, Umno will break into two," he was by Utusan Malaysia.
Dr Mahathir said currently there are three Malay-based parties and it may be four if Umno splits into two up, before it eventually breaks up.
"Other posts can be put up for contest but there is no need for the top posts to be so," he said after launching a book called The Prisoners' Diaries by Puan Sri Norma Hashim at Perdana Leadership Foundation on Monday.
Prior to this a blog post at Another Brick in The Wall have stated that having the top two posts not to be contested in Umno will only be seen as a cheap attempt at self preservation of power.
The Mole had previously reported political analysts have described that the proposals by some Umno leaders that the posts of the president and its deputy are not contested, is not reflecting the party's spirit of democracy.
Several Umno leaders have said that the position of president and his deputy, currently held by Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin respectively, should not be contested.
They argued that it would bring disunity among members.
Kedah Umno had also reportedly supporting the proposal that the top two posts in the party should not be contested in the elections this year.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 06:42 PM PDT
(MSN News) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed concern about the alleged fraud in the Malaysian general elections and the impact of Saturday's Black 505 rally on the country, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said last night.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed concern about the alleged fraud in the Malaysian general elections and the impact of Saturday's Black 505 rally on the country, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said last night.
The PKR leader told the Black 505 rally in Batu Pahat, Johor, that Yudhoyono (commonly referred to as SBY) had invited him for a briefing and confirmed he did not meet Datuk Seri Najib Razak who was also in Jakarta this past weekend. "There was no previous communication between me and President SBY and I took care to watch the Malaysian government's 'face'. I know TV3 and Utusan will spin a story about me being a foreign stooge," Anwar told the crowd that packed the rally.
"But what is important is that President SBY wanted to know what was happening in Malaysia and issued the invitation due to the increased coverage by the Indonesian media. The feeling there is that the electoral fraud committed was excessive and if it had happened in Indonesia, there would have been a revolt," he added.
The opposition leader also pointed out that other international groups were also concerned about the results of the May 5 general elections where Najib's Barisan Nasional won 133 seats, seven less than in Election 2008. Anwar's Pakatan Rakyat took 89 seats in the 222- seat Dewan Rakyat.
"The European Parliament has passed a resolution to put off signing a Free Trade Agreement with the Malaysian government until all the fraud allegations have been investigated. "Turkey fails to understand why Pakatan which won 51 per cent of total votes cannot form the federal government."
"And President SBY, wants to know how did the fraud take place. Where can our leaders hide their faces," Anwar said.
He also said the Indonesians also wanted to know what would happen on June 22 when the Black 505 rally takes place in Padang Merbok in the heart of the capital city, Kuala Lumpur. "June 22 is very critical. Everyone, from orang kampong (village folk), to fishermen, farmers and most important of all young Malaysians must come.
"The world, just like Indonesia, is watching.
"Is there going to be a protest. Is it true the people want to clean up the electoral system. Is it true they want to plug up all the weaknesses?
"If we succeed, then God willing, I am sure June 22 will mark a turning point in Malaysia's cruel political landscape," the 64-year-old former deputy prime minister said.
Anwar also told the Malaysia Chronicle portal that he did not meet Najib or had communicated through "messengers". The Malaysian Insider reported that both leaders were in Jakarta for the weekend after plans were made for a possible meeting for national reconciliation.
Anwar insisted there could be no reconciliation until concrete steps were taken by Najib to clean up the system.
"I told President SBY we are not virgins, we know the importance of stability to national security and to the economy but to wait until the next general election to push for change... we might as well wait till Judgment Day as there is no way for any party to mount a fair challenge and win, not with the current Election Commission (chiefs), who are not deserving of their high office," Anwar added.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 03:45 PM PDT
(The Edge) - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has denied that he is in Indonesia for a secret meeting with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Sinar Harian reported.
The PKR de facto leader confirmed, however, that he met with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss several matters including the May 5 Malaysian polls, the daily said.
The Malaysian Insider news portal had reported that a Najib-Anwar meeting had been in the pipeline over the past week, apparently as Najib was certain that his position as Umno president would be challenged in the party polls set to be held by year's end.
According to the report, Anwar's meeting with the prime minister was to have been arranged by Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is seen as close to leaders from both sides of the political divide.
But Anwar denied that any such meeting had been arranged although Najib was also reportedly in Indonesia yesterday.
There have been reports of political manoeuverings against Najib with a few MPs from Sabah and Sarawak as well as others having approached veteran politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, complaining that they were unhappy with Najib's cabinet appointments and the administration's future.
Razaleigh, popularly known as Ku Li, was said to be trying to get enough numbers to be elected the prime minister when parliament commences on June 24.
Sinar Harian quoted Ibrahim Suffian, executive director of pollster Merdeka Centre, as saying that Najib's position as prime minister is secure, especially after leading BN to victory in the May 5 election.
"With the people's trust in him, his position is difficult to be shaken," he said.
He added that it was unclear if Najib's popularity increased or decreased after the election. That however has marginal impact on his standing with the Malaysian public, he added.
The daily also quoted UKM political science professor Shamsul Abadi Mamat as saying that Najib (in comparison to Razaleigh) might be hard to push aside and has influence to be reckoned with.
"Ku Li is an Umno veteran but Najib has his own influence and he is young. Therefore, maybe he has better ideas for Umno," he said when elaborating about the possibility of Ku Li challenging Najib.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 02:39 PM PDT
This is to ensure only eligible Umno members can elect grassroot committee and supreme council members.
(Bernama) - Umno will be using a card scanner system to determine the eligibility of party members in the election process this year.
Umno executive secretary Abdul Rauf Yusoh said the system will be introduced at branch and divisional elections.
The system, he said was initially confined to the supreme council election during the Umno annual general assembly later this year but it would now be introduced at the grassroot level.
"This is the first time that the system will include the divisional and branch level following the amendment to the Umno constitution on the party election process.
"The system is to ensure that only members who are eligible can attend the meetings to elect the grassroots committee and supreme council members," he told reporters here yesterday.
According to him, the party would go on a roadshow to all the states to explain to members how the new system works.
Earlier, Abdul Rauf and Umno election committee chairman Tajol Rosli Ghazali gave a closed-door briefing on the new system to more than 5,000 Perak Umno members at Dewan Jubli Perak here.
Meanwhile, Perak Umno liaison chairman Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the encouraging turnout by members from 1,700 Umno branches was a good sign in preparation for the party's annual general assembly and branch and divisional elections.
The Umno supreme council had earlier fixed July 15 until Aug 31 for the meetings at branch level while the dates for divisional meetings and the annual general assembly would be based on feedback received by the roadshow team.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 11:55 AM PDT
(FMT) - Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak 's promise to make further changes in his cabinet later this year to accommodate unhappy BN MPs from Borneo shows how influential the two states are.
"With due respect to Tengku Razaleigh or better known as Ku Li who is not only eminently qualified and experienced to lead Malaysia and probably will do a better job as Prime Minister than many from Umno, he is in the wrong party and the wrong coalition.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 11:41 AM PDT
(The Malay Mail) - FAM's RM1k reward to nab misbehaving supporters gets flak
"It is for the police to play their part in controlling the crowd. How can you ask the fans to police the fans and reward them for it?" said Song.
Posted: 16 Jun 2013 11:40 AM PDT
(The Star) - The haze, which is affecting several parts of the country, is set to worsen with hotter and drier weather expected over the next few months.
The air quality in six towns in the peninsula dropped to unhealthy levels, based on the Air Pollutant Index (API), compared with just three on Saturday.
The Department of Environment (DOE) detected unhealthy API readings of 100 and above in Malacca (161), Bukit Rambai (135), Port Klang (104), Port Dickson (120), Muar (125) and Kemaman (108).
However, the quality of air at most other places in the country was between good and moderate.
Under the air quality index, readings of between 0 and 50 are classified as Good, 51 to 100 as Moderate, 101 to 200 as Unhealthy, 201 to 300 as Very Unhealthy and 300 and above as Hazardous.
In Malacca, the haze caused the API reading to increase from 68 to 161 over the past three days, the highest recorded in the country.
DOE director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan said the number of hot spots detected by the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre in Sumatra, Indonesia, had increased from 46 on Friday to 101 on Saturday.
She attributed the haze to smoke from the hot spots in Sumatra being carried here by westerly monsoon winds, which began in early June.
"If the hot spots continue to increase and the direction of winds remains as it is, the situation could worsen," she said.
She said the haze was a trans-border issue that required joint efforts by Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia through the Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution.
"The ministers are scheduled to meet in Kuala Lumpur sometime in August to discuss action plans to tackle the problem," she said.
A Malaysian Meteorological Department spokesman said the westerly monsoon, forecast to last until September, was expected to bring drier and hotter days with occasional thunderstorms in the evenings.
The temperature is expected to rise to between 34°C and 36°C during the period with the urban areas feeling more of the heat because of buildings and the lack of surrounding greenery.
"During the hot and dry spell, people are advised to drink more water and avoid exposure to direct sunlight," the spokesman said.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam advised Malaysians to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities.
"We are monitoring the situation and will issue appropriate advisories based on the air quality levels.
"For now, members of the public, especially those with respiratory problems, should keep away from prolonged outdoor activities," he said.
Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan said his ministry was monitoring the situation closely.
"We will make the appropriate announcement when deterioration of the air quality becomes a health risk to students," he said.
Medical officer Dr Norlen Mohamed, who specialises in community medicine, said the effects of haze on health were associated with the severity of air quality status and health conditions of individuals.
She said possible health effects include irritation in the eyes, skin and throat, breathing difficulties, upper respiratory tract infections and even heart attacks.
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