- DAP grassroots want CEC re-election, say ROS
- 'DAP Trying To Rewrite History'
- Cops holding Sanjeevan’s friend, but not for the murder attempt
- ‘Stop attacking Chua Soi Lek’
- Karpal dares BN man to show proof
- Authorities may be allowed to tap phone lines
- When fairness and justice isn’t seen, trouble starts to fester
- SIS warns Jakim against claiming to be voice of God
- Now, Utusan goes after Namewee for supporting The New Village film
- Eight shootings in as many days
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 10:50 PM PDT
(Bernama) - DAP should hold its central executive committee (CEC) re-election immediately as this is what the party grassroots want, said Registrar of Societies (ROS) director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman.
Lim was also reported to have said that DAP would not abide by the directive given by ROS issued via a notice for the CEC election be reconvened as long as the order was not fully explained.
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 07:28 PM PDT
(MD) - A "sacked" DAP branch leader yesterday alleged that the party's national leaders were willing to allow it to be de-registered to erase the fact that the party was founded by an Indian.
Ladang Paroi branch vice-chairman A. David Dass (pic), whose membership was terminated by the party but has yet to receive a formal letter on the matter, claimed the leaders wanted to turn the party into a Chinese-dominated one.
This, he said, was the reason why they had refused to heed the Registrar of Societies' instructions to hold fresh elections for the party's central executive committee (CEC).
He claimed the leaders wanted to "rewrite history" as the party was founded by former Singapore president Devan Nair.
"Nair at that time decided to (start up a party), and the party was registered formally as the Democratic Socialist Party on March 18, 1966.
"To establish the party, they needed at least seven people as sponsors and Dr Chen was one."
Dass said by de-registering the party, the leaders could also sustain their power by covering up their flaws in the CEC polls held in December.
"What they have engaged themselves in now adds only to the people's uncertainty over whether there really was fraud in the CEC election. They overlooked the rights of party members to vocalise their dissatisfaction with the CEC results and terminated the membership of those who have been vocal in the matter."
Dass commented on the double standards practised by party leaders, citing his membership termination.
"Terminating my membership without talking to me is a sterling example of the double standards in the party. Ironically, when it comes to the RoS, they (DAP leaders) insist RoS gave concrete reasons on why the party's CEC is not recognised."
Nilai Perdana DAP deputy chairman S. Rajashegher, whose membership was also terminated on June 28 without any issuance of official letters, said it was unbecoming to terminate anyone's membership without notice.
"The obvious thing is DAP only 'sacked' Indian members without any valid reasons. This is clear evidence of marginalisation of Indians in the party."
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 07:20 PM PDT
Musliza Mustafa, TMI
The man who was in a car with MyWatch chairman S. Sanjeevan when the latter was shot last weekend is police custody on suspicion of drug trafficking.
Federal Narcotics department director Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pic) said he has been detained under the Drug Preventive Act which allows police to hold him for 60 days pending further investigation.
He told The Malaysian Insider that police had been looking for the 35-year-old but he was off the police radar for quite a while.
"His arrest is in relation to drug trafficking and has nothing to do with the shooting of Sanjeevan," said Noor Rashid.
The man was detained last Saturday, hours after Sanjeevan was shot at a junction near Taman Awana Indah in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan.
He was in Sanjeevan's BMW when two men on a motorcycle rode up and the pillion rider fired a shot. Sanjeevan was hit in the rib cage but managed to speed away. The friend took over the wheel soon after and drove him to the Jempol Hospital where he first received treatment.
Sanjeevan is currently in an induced coma at Serdang Hospital. He will be operated on to remove the bullet once his condition improves.
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 03:55 PM PDT
Sixteen MCA divisions want Dr Chua to continue to hold his post as MCA president and Penang Port chairman.
Alfian ZM Tahir, FMT
Sixteen MCA divisions in Selangor today urged all loyal leaders and members within the party to stop attacking its president and calling for his resignation from the Penang Port chairman post.
Klang MCA division chairman, Teh Kim Poo also appealed to the president's supporters to stop all counter attacks as their action would worsen the party internal condition.
"On behalf of 16 divisions in Selangor, I wish to appeal all loyal leaders and members from attacking our president.
"The president should continue to hold his contractual post until the term expires… the supporters should also spurn from making any counter arguments," Teh said in a press conference this morning.
On Thursday, eight MCA division chairmen have announced that they would urge the party presidential council to refer its president Dr Chua Soi Lek to the disciplinary committee for not resigning from his Penang Port chairman position.
The movement, known as Save Party Committee 3.0, also said they would resolve to get one third of the central committee members to impeach Chua should the first move fails.
Teh then questioned the motive of certain leaders and members of MCA who repeatedly call for Chua's resignation. He added that the move was uncalled for as the party will soon hold its election.
"MCA is currently undergoing its election at the branch levels today and all divisions will be holding their elections on Sept 22, and national level election on Dec 22.
"Why certain leaders and members are calling for the president to resign? We have only four months left, why can't we wait? These leaders and members if do not have any personal agenda should then use the democratic process to elect the new leadership," Teh said.
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 03:52 PM PDT
Denying the allegations made against him and Anwar, the DAP national chairman challenges BN's Mazlan Ismail to also reveal the identity of the person who has made the allegations.
Alya Azhar, FMT
DAP national chairman Karpal Singh and PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim today challenged former Permatang Pauh Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Mazlan Ismail to produce bank account details and cheque numbers which had allegedly implicated the duo of bribing judges and prosecutors.
"We vehemently deny the allegations as they are ridiculous, frivolous and made recklessly.
"I challenge Mazlan to produce the bank accounts and cheque numbers, as well as to reveal the identity of the person who has made the allegations," said Karpal after lodging a police report with Anwar at the Tropicana police station today.
Mazlan had alleged that he had received more than 6,000 letters sent to his house containing allegations involving Anwar and Karpal.
Saying that he did not know the identity of the sender(s), Mazlan said each letter was eight pages long and contained allegations as well as copies of savings account numbers of various banks and amounts belonging to Anwar.
"I believe the individual wants me to be the go-between to expose Anwar's dealings with Karpal. The person wants to expose that Anwar had paid more than RM50 million via cheques to Karpal since 2008.
"The person had claimed that besides settling legal fees, the amount was also to allegedly bribe judges and prosecutors," said Mazlan.
Karpal said Mazlan should have gone to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police to lodge reports rather than make his allegations public.
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 11:40 AM PDT
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 11:26 AM PDT
Mohamed Bouazizi, a vegetable seller, set himself alight on December 17, 2010
(The Malaysian Insider) - The danger is when all avenues seem to be shut and the system is rigged of those in power and their supporters, Malaysia's young may grow disillusioned and end up believing that working within the system cannot deliver the cleaner and more equitable country they want.
Less than three years ago, Tunisian fruit vendor Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest the corruption and abuse of power in the Mediterranean town of Sidi Bouzid.That flame would spark the Arab Spring that began in north Africa - Tunisia and Egypt - before going to the Arab world.
In Malaysia, the government has been warning against those who would like to start an Arab Spring, pointing out that the country has no high unemployment, business is thriving with many federal projects and cash aid is at hand.
But is that enough? People become radicals or choose to go outside the system to vent their anger and frustration when they lose hope in the ability of that system to provide fairness and justice.
They lose hope - in elections, the court system, the Attorney-General and ultimately, they believe that the rules are stacked up against any hope of meaningful change.
The people feel the leadership's moral compass is warped, that there is no sense of what is right or wrong. The feeling of being let down simmers and could explode in a flash as the Tunisian fruit vendor did in December 2010.
So while the powers that be in the country's administrative capital of Putrajaya may be thrilled that the courts are dismissing election petitions without hearing the merits of the case and levying world record costs, for others it is another failure of the system to deliver fairness and justice.
Similarly, when there is a blatant disregard for fair play and a level playing field in meting out punishment, this also becomes another example of where the system fails to meet the aspiration of the average Malaysian.
The authorities act against young bloggers and a Muslim dog trainer for their actions in the social media but not against politicians whose threats rent the country's fabric of harmony and unity.
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 11:24 AM PDT
(The Malay Mail) - Malaysia's religious authorities risk the sin of "shirik" (idolatry) after seemingly speaking for God in judging an online video deemed offensive to Islam, Muslim women's group Sisters in Islam (SIS) warned yesterday.
On Friday, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) adjudged a video made by dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, which shows her walking and bathing her dogs, to be an insult to Islam and resulted in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) pursuing investigations against her.
"What differentiates Jakim's opinion from that of the lay person is that Jakim's views are backed up by enforcement powers of the state," SIS programme manager Suri Kempe told The Malay Mail Online via email yesterday.
"Anybody who questions and challenges the injustice of these views and actions is accused of being against Islam and God," she said. "This is tantamount to claiming to be the embodiment of God, and Jakim should be very careful as it could be a form of shirik."
Shirik, which means setting up rivals or peers with God, is one of the gravest sins in Islam.
Suri pointed out that understandings of Islam and the Quran are "partial, limited and humble" and cannot be considered "perfect or free from error".
"The great ulama (clerics) of the classical period were very humble and conscious of this," said Suri.
"Imam Shafie is reported to have said, 'I believe my opinion is right with the possibility that it is wrong and I believe the opinion of those who disagree with me is wrong with the possibility of that being correct.' And only God knows best," she added. Imam Shafie is regarded as the founder of Islamic jurispudence.
The Muslim women's rights activist also said that SIS did not find Maznah's video insulting.
"We do, however, find it troubling that Jakim claims to ― and is recognised by other actors within government (such as MCMC) ― speak for Islam and for God," said Suri.
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 11:21 AM PDT
(The Malaysian Insider) - The Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia has found a new target, or rather an old punching bag – Malaysian rapper Namewee (pic).
"Every Malaysian must be patriotic. National aspirations should be the utmost. If he does not understand that, then what does it mean to him to be a Malaysian?"Its Mingguan Malaysia weekly's columnist Awang Selamat today called Namewee racist, childish and a person who did not know his history - saying he was being an extremist for voicing out against the decision to halt the screening of the film "The New Village", which some said had glorified communism.
Awang said even non-governmental organisations and the Umno Youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin, had questioned the movie and this was a clear sign that the government needed to be firm in avoiding history from being re-written.
"Although there were objections and provocation especially from extreme groups, let them be. Don't budge. Among those who had rudely voiced their objections was Namewee or Wee Meng Chee," wrote Awang, a pseudonym used by Utusan's editors in the weekly edition.
"He (Namewee) had several times caused a controversy including insulting the 'Negara Ku'. Not long ago, Namewee, (after apologising for his rudeness), had support from political leaders including Mohamed Nazri Aziz, but not this time."
Awang said Nazri, who is now the Tourism and Culture Minister, too reacted against Namewee.
"I understand why Nazri would be so angry and no longer sympathises with him. This was because Namewee is racist, had gone overboard and took lightly the government's decisions," he wrote.
"Apa lagi dia mahu? (What else does he want?)
Posted: 03 Aug 2013 11:17 AM PDT
(The Star) - The country has seen a worrying increase in the number of shootings recently. Here is a list of the most recent shooting incidents that have happened around the country.
April 12: Seremban: James John, 45, was shot dead in his car at traffic lights around Taman Sri Labu by two men on a motorcycle.
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