- MyWatch says cops linked to Sanjeevan's shooting
- Anwar's roundtable talks invite could be a plan, says DAP MP
- In N-Day message, Guan Eng paints picture of extremist Malaysia
- Aspirations of founding fathers still not achieved
- Honest dialogue needed before 'new social contract'- analysts
- ‘We respect Aug 31 but…’
- We won’t allow this election commission to change boundaries, vows Anwar
- Khairy Says No Preferred Running Mate
- A month later, tables turn on Seri Pristana students
- Razaleigh Wants To Call It A Day As Gua Musang Umno Chief
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 04:31 PM PDT
(WikiSabah) - A month after the attempted murder of MyWatch chief R. Sri Sanjeevan, the crime watchdog is now pointing the finger at police for the shooting.
It was revealed that before he was shot, Sanjeevan received a threatening call and that the telephone number allegedly belonged to a police station in Negri Sembilan.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 04:25 PM PDT
Sean Augustin, fz.com
Raub MP Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz said today both the Prime Minister and the opposition leader thought they were smarter than each other.
The duo, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, felt they could outwit each other, he claimed in his blog.
"Only Pak Pandir would rush to a place where even angels fear going," the DAP assemblyman said in reference to a character renowned for his foolishness.
In giving his two cents over the olive branch offered by Anwar to discuss policy issues with the government, Mohd Ariff, better known as blogger Sakmongkol AK47, suggested it was a plan to cut off former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
A peace pact between Najib and the de-facto PKR leader, he explained, is a final solution to the 'Mahathir problem' and would block those who are seeking the Umno presidency and premiership.
"If another person becomes the Umno president, the duo's future would be bleak," he wrote.
Earlier, Mohd Ariff said it was no loss if Anwar's offer was turned down and if Umno was reluctant, Anwar's camp should not be busybodies.
This is because, Mohd Ariff believes Umno will lose in the 14th general election.
Anwar had yesterday said the opposition is prepared to put aside its differences for the sake of the nation's well-being and called for Najib to convene a roundtable meeting between the Barisan Nasional government and Pakatan Rakyat.
The Permatang Pauh MP said crime, race relations and the nation's shaky economic prospects must remain the concern of both the government and the opposition.
Mohd Ariff, who is the former Pulau Manis assemblyman, also suggested that Najib may have given Anwar the green light to make such a statement and could have already struck a deal to cement their position.
"This way, Najib will know who is against such a project," he wrote.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 04:17 PM PDT
(MM) - Lim Guan Eng suggested today that Malaysia has strayed from the original ideals of independence achieved 56 years ago, becoming a nation more concerned with racism and extremism than the truth.
The Penang chief minister, in his National Day message, cited the controversial "Tanda Putera" movie as an example, insisting that the movie on the May 13, 1969 riots, contains lies.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 04:00 PM PDT
The man in the street thinks race relations were better 50 years ago.
Alyaa Azhar, FMT
After 56 years of independence, most are of the opinion that the aspirations of our founding fathers for a free, democratic, equal and independent Malaysia have not been achieved.
Mohamad Selan Nasution, 78, who used to work in the private sector, said race relations were good for a couple of years after independence but not any more now because of polarisation.
"Also, the concept of democracy has deviated. If I were to go against the government, that does not make me a traitor because governments change hands," he said.
He said the spirit of merdeka had not been achieved.
"When I went to Indonesia, speaking to a Chinese Indonesian, he was proud to identify himself as Indonesian and not Chinese.
"Do we have that here? Even the Chinese there speak fluent Indonesian," he said.
He added that the current society was not cohesive in nature.
"For example, when people witness a robbery, most of them do nothing about it," he said.
Mohamad Selan also admitted that there was no social justice in the country.
"That's the reason why the Chinese leave. When they apply for government jobs, they do not get it. So they start their own businesses.
"And then the Chinese ask, do we steal from the Malays? I do not think so, because they accumulated their wealth through their own efforts, so I do not see anything wrong with that," he said.
Former teacher Fatimah Yusop, 69, said in terms of equality, the nation was still far off.
"Even bumiputera rights benefit a portion of them and not all," she said.
She, however, admitted that people were freely expressing their views now.
"This is due to the influence of the internet because people cannot speak so freely in the mainstream media.
"In terms of democracy, we are almost there because the number of opposition representatives in Parliament has increased," she said.
Do away with vernacular schools
She, however, criticised the attempts to muzzle the independence of these groups through the use of government machinery.
"We can only call ourselves a true democracy once the opposition forms the government at least once.
"Also, we should have truly national schools. How can we reach the aspirations of our founding fathers when we still have vernacular schools? she asked.
She added that although the United States was a big melting pot it only had one type of school.
Joseph Yeow, 73, said there was still a lot that needed to be done in achieving the aspirations of our founding fathers.
"Before independence, we were united. However, after 50 years, it is sad because everything has gone on racial lines.
"We should not be divided. Because back then, we went to each other's houses and eating together was fine," said Yeow, who used to work in the mining and rubber sector.
He, however, admitted that the country had made progress economically.
"After 50 years if there is no progress, then something is wrong somewhere. Also, our unemployment rate is low compared with the US. So we are not doing badly," he said.
But Yeow lamented on the lack of equality among the races.
"Everyone should get equal rights and things should be based on merit. If someone is hardworking, then he should get what he deserves.
"I am a sixth generation Chinese, why can't I get equal rights?" he asked, citing the bumiputera special rights.
He added that Malaysia should progress as one nation.
"It is my aspiration and it would be the happiest day for me to have a Malaysia for Malaysians, and one Malaysian race.
"I hope that one day, we can have one happy Malaysian nation. I would like to see that before I die," he said.
Yeow also was of the opinion that it was up to the country's leaders for that to happen.
"It is up to the top people if they want a peaceful nation. We are normal citizens, there is not much that we can do," he said, although admitting that the Prime Minister (Najib Tun Razak) has been trying his best.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 11:57 AM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR: Analysts are split over whether the call by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to draw up a new social contract is a good idea.
However, two analysts Astro AWANI spoke to agreed that what is needed is honest dialogue before the country can move forward.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 11:31 AM PDT
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 10:59 AM PDT
(TMI) - Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will not endorse any delineation of electoral boundaries by the Election Commission (EC) with its current leadership still calling the shots, said Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Electoral laws allow redelineation exercises every eight years subject to approval by a two-thirds super majority in Parliament. The last redelineation exercise was in 2003 before Barisan Nasional (BN) last won such a majority in 2004.
"We firmly oppose this because the EC, with its tarnished track record and history, cannot be entrusted to carry out such an important task."It doesn't make sense and we will fiercely oppose this," Anwar told The Malaysian Insider in Kuala Lumpur.
As BN currently has a simple majority in Parliament, it would be difficult for the EC to get the changes endorsed without opposition support.
The opposition has in the past inferred that the boundary realignment is skewered towards BN's interests.
And each time the boundaries are redrawn, historically at least, Umno and BN always enjoy sweeping victories.
When the last delineation exercise was carried out was in 2003, PAS had just won big in the 1999 polls, mainly due to the support of the Malays who sympathised with Anwar following his sacking from government.
In the 2003 delineation exercise, the opposition said some constituencies were tampered with, whereby a large number of Chinese and Indian voters were assimilated into areas which were largely Malay-dominated.
Glaring examples include the Kuala Kedah constituency, which was won by Mohamad Sabu in 1999, and Pokok Sena, which was won by Mahfuz Omar.
During the delineation, the states where Umno enjoyed strong support saw more constituencies created. Johor saw its number of constituencies increase to 26.
Due to this, in 2004, BN won by a big margin with a large portion of the victory due to the delineation exercise in 2003.
However, the 2003 exercise was successful due to the fact that at that time BN had two-thirds majority in Dewan Rakyat.
In 2011, the delineation exercise was not carried out due to the fact that BN only had a simple majority, despite EC deputy chair Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar's excuse that it had to be postponed due to the 13th general election.
Opposition leaders described the excuse in 2011 as hypocritical because in 2003 the delineation exercise was carried out a year before the general polls.
For Anwar, the delineation exercise was not a question of two-thirds majority but a question of the EC's credibility, which must be resolved.
"The electoral rolls issue hasn't been resolved until now. Sort that out first," he said, referring to dubious voters in the rolls.
Anwar was also not convinced of changes in the EC despite new secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh being picked to replace Datuk Kamarudin Mohd Baria who retired.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 10:17 AM PDT
(Bernama) -- Incumbent Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said he has no preferred running mate in defending the post at Umno's polls in October.
Khairy, who is also Youth and Sports Minister, said he would be neutral in the matter.
"All four vying for the post (vice head) have their own strengths. They are all my friends.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 10:07 AM PDT
(MMO) - Some parents claim there are those in the school now out to learn the identities of those involved in triggering the public storm over headmaster Mohd Nasir Mohd Noor's decision to use a bathroom as a canteen during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — A month ago, parts of the nation seethed at the sight of students made to eat in the bathroom of a Sungai Buloh school.
But now that the controversy has waned, parents allege the children are facing a backlash from those blaming them for damaging the reputation of SK Seri Pristana.
Some parents claim there are those in the school now out to learn the identities of those involved in triggering the public storm over headmaster Mohd Nasir Mohd Noor's decision to use a bathroom as a canteen during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
"Kamu budak jahat, pasal kamu semua, name sekolah terjejas (You are naughty children, because of you all, the school's name is jeopardised)," a parent, who wished to be known only as Raj, recounted a teacher's alleged words to his daughter following the controversy.
He told The Malay Mail Online that the first of many such alleged incidents took place after a morning assembly, when the "Penyelia Petang" (afternoon supervisor) singled out the children.
Raj said this may be because only the non-Muslim students in the afternoon session ― those in Standards Two, Three and Four ― ate in the shower room; he said the older non-Muslim students in the morning session had opted to eat elsewhere, such as at staircases instead of the "smelly and dirty" bathroom.
Another parent, who asked to be known only as Devi, 45, said that while her son has not been harassed, she is seriously considering transferring him elsewhere after the end of this school year, fearing that he would be targeted next.
"But we don't know what about the future, it seems to be that there is no solution to this problem, it will just go on and on," she told The Malay Mail Online over the phone.
"I don't know how the headmaster and the teachers are going to behave with the kids, (there is) no guarantee the teachers are going to be okay with them."
There are fewer than 30 non-Muslim students in the primary school of about 1,300. Some parents have already opted to withdraw their children after one father was arrested for allegedly intimidating Mohd Nasir, fearing they are next in line.
Devi said, ideally, she would transfer her son to a more racially-integrated school, although she has yet to identify the right one.
Meanwhile, Raj said the school has disputed the allegations of harassment, and alleged that students were told to transfer out of SK Seri Pristana if they did not like the school.
He further said the students were told to furnish evidence of the alleged persecution.
This was enough to drive his daughter to a teary bid over two days to convince Raj and his wife to move her to a different school.
She did not return to the school since the Hari Raya holidays and started attending a new school last Monday.
He insists that the reports of students being targeted by school figures were "not lies".
"The education blueprint says it wants to create 1 Malaysia unity among all races, that must start from schools," he said.
For Devi, she only hopes that her son will make it through the rest of the school year undisturbed.
"Just a few months, we don't want any problems, just finish [the year] off and we're moving out," she said.
A firestorm erupted late last month after images of primary schoolchildren eating in a bathroom were shared on social media sites.
School authorities explained that the move was because the canteen had been under renovation. Government figures including Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan accepted the clarification and declared the issue closed following an apology from the school head.
But the matter has continued to simmer since with police reports and threats against various parties.
On Monday, one parent was arrested for allegedly threatening Mohd Nasir, but his arrest led to outcry from others who say 18 police reports had been made against the headmaster with no result.
Posted: 30 Aug 2013 10:03 AM PDT
(Bernama) -- Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said on Friday the time has come for him to hand over to a new leader the post of Gua Musang Umno division chief that he has held for almost 50 years.
He also said that he had decided to forgo contesting in the next general election to enable a younger leader to take over.
The 13th general election last May was the last general election for him, he said, adding that he would continue to serve his constituents until a successor was found.
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