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Strip Namewee of his citizenship, demands Perkasa

Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:49 AM PDT

Trinna Leong, TMI

Malay rights group Perkasa has demanded that rapper and filmmaker Namewee's (pic) citizenship be revoked over his criticisms against the government and for allegedly issuing racial comments.

Deputy president Datuk Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar said it had lodged countless police reports against Namewee but the Attorney-General had done nothing.

"We urge the authorities to stop being soft towards Namawee. He has insulted the national anthem, flag and yet nothing was done," he said today at a press conference to highlight Namewee's latest YouTube clip.

Wee Meng Chee, Namawee's legal name, uploaded the clip entitled Tokok: 017 Double Standard last week where he criticised the government for practising double standards against the Chinese.

The Muslim NGO now no longer wants an apology from the rapper.

"He has insulted our race, religion and culture. There is no sense of respect at all. If we let this slide and just settle for an apology, issues like this would repeat itself," said Abdul Rahman.

"We have given him too much leeway to do what he wants."

The right-wing group also urged the AG to be quick with charging non-Malays.

"When it comes to Malays, the AG is quick to take action but with non-Malays, they are just left alone," he said.



Suaram being investigated under the Sedition Act

Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:45 AM PDT

Rita Jong, TMI

Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel (pic) was served a summons by the police to give a statement on Wednesday to facilitate investigations under the Sedition Act.

Cynthia told The Malaysian Insider today that Suaram is being investigated in connection with a fund-raising dinner it held two weeks ago.

The dinner, which was attended by 750 people, was held to raise funds for the on-going inquiry in France, where startling revelations about Malaysian's purchase of Scorpene submarines have emerged.

Cynthia was served with the summons this afternoon in Petaling Jaya. Her lawyers, Derek Fernandez and Jayaseelan Anthony, were also present.

"This is another round of harassment for Suaram," she said.

"They are taking action against the whistle blower (Suaram) who is calling out for transparency in the Scorpene deal.

"We are the complainant. We initiated the probe in France and because we had revealed information that Malaysians did not hear of before, we are now being investigated."

Cynthia said the police should be investigating the complaint and not the complainant.

Present at the dinner was Americk Singh, who was the lawyer for the late private investigator P. Balasubramaniam.



Cult group tried to take over palace

Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:39 AM PDT

Ten members of a cult group known as Kumpulan Panji Hitam gathered in front of the national palace early this morning. 

Alfian ZM Tahir, FMT

Like a gang of ninjas, dressed in black, a group of 10 individuals tried to take over the national palace in Jalan Duta early this morning.

In the 4.10am incident, the cult group known as Kumpulan Panji Hitam dari Timur Empayar Langkasuka Nusantara gathered in front of the main entrance of the palace.

It was said that the group came to palace to replace the current kingdom as they claimed to be the rightful owner of the throne.

However, quick action from the police prevented the group from barging into the palace.

According to a police source, they apprehended all 10 members of the group, including three vehicles used during the incident.

"We arrested eight men and two women. However, we did not seize any weapons from them. Only black flags and a few 'official appointment letters' belonging to the leader of the group," the source said.

The source added, that all three vehicles had flags bearing 'Lailahaillalahmuhamadarasulullah' (There is no god except Allah and Muhammad is His messenger) written in Jawi.

Initial investigation showed that three out of seven men in the group had no legitimate documentation and everyone in the group came from different states such as Malacca, Perak, Kedah and Johor.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur CID chief Ku Chin Wah when contacted confirmed the incident.

He said all group members are being detained by the police for questioning.


‘Does the ROS DG think he’s the king?’

Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:31 AM PDT

Athi Shankar, FMT

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today slammed the Registrar of Societies (ROS) director-general Abdul Rahman Othman of acting like a "king" by refusing to explain reasons to call for fresh party polls.

He also said that ROS must provide the reasons on why it was not satisfied with DAP's explanation on the alleged internal irregularities that took place in last December's party polls.

He said the party would not re-convene the party polls for 20-elected positions in central executive committee (CEC) until ROS rendered an official written reply explaining the reasons.

"Please don't tell us you (ROS) need not give us a reason.

"If they can do this now, what assurance is there that they would not do it again? This is not acceptable. This is against natural justice, democracy and due process of the law. We want a proper explanation.

"Abdul Rahman cannot wake up one morning and simply say he is not satisfied with our clarification.

"He cannot simply ask us to hold fresh elections without giving us a reason and the law for it.

"Who does he think he is? He thinks he is the king where one does not give any explanation.

"This establishes our concern that this is an abuse of power to victimise us politically," he told a press conference in Komtar here today.

Last week ROS had issued an official directive to the DAP to hold fresh polls following an investigation on complaints by party members that last December's election was marred by irregularities.

In its prompt reply, the DAP defied ROS orders, demanding reasons to do so.

DAP also claimed that ROS had no power to order for fresh polls.

Abdul Rahman said yesterday the ROS was not obliged to provide reasons for its directive.

BN lies

Referring to a statement by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on ROS dissatisfaction on July 29, Lim chided ROS for allegedly issuing media statements on the issue before even conveying its messages to the DAP through official letters.

"This is typical of ROS these days. It is making announcements before issuing any letter in reply to this matter," he said.



Jakim gives MCMC nod to go after dog trainer

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 08:24 PM PDT

(MM) - The country's Islamic authorities have set the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on dog trainer Maznah Yusof, saying action against her online video would be a "lesson to society not to repeat such acts".

Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director Datuk Othman Mustapha said his department today submitted its investigations paper on Maznah, also known as Chetz Yusof, to the commission and may also call her up for counselling.

"If authorities take action against her (Maznah) it will be seen as a lesson to her specifically and society at large not to repeat such acts," Othman was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama today.

On Tuesday, a 105-second video reposted on YouTube showed Maznah walking and bathing her three dogs as the "Takbir Raya", or Muslim call to prayer traditionally reserved for the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, plays in the background.

The juxtaposition appeared to be a reference to the wudhu, or ablution performed by Muslims before prayer; dogs are also considered ritually unclean by adherents of the predominant faith in Malaysia.

Three days later, Jakim adjudged a video to be an insult to Islam and resulted in the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) pursuing investigations against her.

Today, Othman said the video was deemed offensive to Islam because it touched on aspects of Muslim worship and the ritually unclean.

"Jakim feels the issue was uncalled for, given the situation in Malaysia that places Islam as the religion of the Federation and which has a multicultural society that is largely Muslim,

"All citizens are called to respect one another in terms of religion, culture, and race," Othman added.

On Saturday, Muslim women's group Sisters in Islam (SIS) warned that Jakim risked the sin of "shirik" (idolatry) after seemingly speaking for God in judging the online video as offensive to Islam.

"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 Kempe, SIS's programme manager.

"To us, the video simply shows somebody who loves her dogs, and respects dogs as one of Allah's creations, and who emphasises cleanliness," she added.

Following the uproar over the 2010 video, Maznah was arrested and subsequently released from remand in Johor on Friday on a court bond.

The 38-year-old dog trainer is being investigated under the Sedition Act and Section 298A of the Penal Code that includes offences of causing disunity on religious grounds. 


DAP seditious for calling Muhyiddin seditious, says Malay group

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 08:21 PM PDT

(MM) - The DAP's claim that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was seditious for allegedly blaming non-Muslims for an increase in anti-Islam sentiments falls foul of the same law and threatens national harmony, the Malay Consultative Council (MPM) said today.

The coalition of Malay rights groups defended the deputy prime minister from what it called provocation aimed at dividing the Malays, adding that Muhyiddin, as a Muslim leader, had every right to speak up amid purported attempts by "certain quarters" to incite religious tension.

"In a situation where Islam is constantly insulted and threatened, not only in Malaysia, of course a Muslim leader like the (deputy prime minister) to express his concern over a trend that should not be allowed to spread, especially in the country.

"He has the right to criticise," the group said in a statement.

A task force has been set up to study the contents of some of the speeches made by the DAP leaders that the coalition deemed seditious, added MPM.

"We are taking this action because there are signs that the provocations are premeditated and there is a continuous attempt to divide the Muslims and Islam in Malaysia".

The group, however, gave no evidence to support its allegations.

The DAP recently reported Muhyiddin for alleged sedition, claiming the deputy prime minister had hurt non-Muslims when he allegedly accused them of insulting Islam.

"This shows that there is no deep understanding within society. Muslims do not insult the religion of non-Muslims such as Christianity and Hinduism.

"But non-Muslims are insulting our religion," news agency Bernama and state-linked English daily New Straits Time quoted him as saying.

DAP leaders claimed the statement was made in reference to a recent controversy of an online video featuring a Muslim dog trainer.

The three-year old clip, showing the Muslim woman bathing her three dogs at the back of a Hari Raya prayer, sparked an uproar among Muslim conservatives and drew accusation that it was intended to insult Islam. The dog owner denied the allegation.

But two days ago, Muhyiddin denied he had referred to non-Muslims or to the video as reported by the two media outfits.

Bernama subsequently corrected the quote attributed to Muhyiddin to now say: "Certain parties have belittled and mocked our religion lately and hopefully it will not persist as to cause tension, as what is happening in other Islamic countries."

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng then called on the government to act sternly on Bernama and New Straits Time for publishing false news. 


Hiew says some DAP colleagues 'playing games'

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 07:00 PM PDT

WikiSabah) - Sabah DAP's Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Cheu is prepared to face disciplinary action for supporting PKR's Datuk Lajim Ukin as state opposition leader instead of DAP's choice, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing.

"There was no black and white order to support Bumburing.

I followed my conscience and supported Lajim as he held the majority support from among the 12 opposition with PKR having seven assemblymen," Hiew said. Hiew said he replied to a show cause letter by party's disciplinary board last week for allegedly going against the party's choice of candidate.

Hiew explained that Bumburing, who had stood on a PKR ticket, was not a member of PKR.

Hiew said the DAP, with four assemblymen, could not change the outcome for Lajim to lead the opposition in the state assembly even with the support of Sabah Star chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, the Bingkor Assemblyman.

However, he said, when he signed the letter supporting Lajim as opposition leader, there was no directive as to who the DAP should support.

He said it was only during the sitting that he was told that he should support Bumburing, the Tamparuli assemblyman.

"For me this is a small matter, I don't know why some people here are playing these small games," he said of moves by certain local DAP leaders to frustrate him.

The complaint was sent up by four of his Sabah DAP colleagues, including a few of his party's elected representatives. 


DAP unable to accept ROS’s explanation – Karpal Singh

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 06:55 PM PDT

(Bernama) - DAP chairman Karpal Singh today reiterated the party's stand that it would not accept the explanation given by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) over the directive for its central executive committee (CEC) to hold fresh elections.

According to Bernama, he claimed that the ROS was unable to provide the DAP with the legal provision in the Societies Act 1966 which empowered the director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman in issuing such a directive. 

"The ROS does not have the power or jurisdiction to issue such a directive and the DAP is therefore unable to comply with the directive," he said in a statement here.

Karpal Singh said the DAP would not comply with the directive since the party did not receive any written directive on the matter from Abdul Rahman and he should officially inform the party in writing rather than make a public statement.

Yesterday, Abdul Rahman was quoted as saying that the DAP should hold fresh elections for its CEC immediately as this was what the party grassroots wanted.

He said all matters related to any body was handled in accordance with the Societies Act 1966 and the ROS made the decision on the CEC election issue based on the statements given by the parties involved.

In GEORGE TOWN, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng reiterated that the DAP would not hold fresh elections for the CEC so long as the ROS did not reply to the party's request for an explanation why it should do so.

He said the DAP would not comply with the ROS directive without being given a valid explanation.  Lim told reporters the ROS had opted not to give an explanation and had made an announcement before writing to the DAP.

He insisted that the DAP would only comply with the directive if the ROS gave an explanation why it was dissatisfied with the party's explanation of the CEC elections held on Dec 15 last year.

Lim, who is the chief minister of Penang, claimed that the ROS directive for the DAP to hold fresh elections of its CEC amounted to victimisation and political revenge.

"The DAP will comply with the directive if the ROS explains under which provision of the law the directive for fresh CEC elections was made," he said.

He said that though there was a mistake, the DAP had admitted to the mistake and the CEC elections last December were clean. He also said that he would file defamation suits against several local media organisations which he claimed had published false reports about the DAP.

On July 30, the ROS ordered the DAP to hold fresh elections of the CEC and informed that he was not satisfied with the explanation given by the party on the alleged manipulation of votes during the CEC elections last December. 


Umno-BN hatched ‘author’ in new anti-DAP plot, says Kit Siang

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 04:05 PM PDT

(MM) - Lim Kit Siang suggested today that a Father Augustus Chen, who is said to be the author of a booklet alleging irregularities in the DAP polls last year, is a fictitious character created by Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) as part of their anti-DAP campaign.

The DAP veteran said the 16-page booklet, released mid-June, was penned to provide "justification" for the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to invalidate his party's polls outcome and call for fresh election.

"I was at first perplexed why the booklet of lies by the fictitious 'Father Augustus Chen' appeared last month as the 13th general election is over, but now I understand its appearance — to provide a semblance of justification for Umno/BN and the RoS to act against the DAP," Lim (picture) said in a statement.

The Gelang Patah MP pointed out that it was Umno minister Datuk Hasan Malek who had cited the alleged irregularities as purportedly revealed in Chen's booklet in justifying the RoS's decision last week.

Hasan, the Kuala Pilah MP, was quoted as saying in a New Sunday Times report yesterday that instead of lashing out at detractors, Lim should blame Chen for exposing the alleged presence of 547 "illegal delegates" who were present during polling for the party's central executive committee (CEC) polls.

But Lim said that Hasan's move to cite Chen's booklet as an authority for the RoS's decision showed that the alleged anti-DAP conspiracy by Umno and BN has now been taken to an "absolutely bizarre" level.

He labelled Chen a "total figment of imagination" of Umno and BN's anti-DAP campaign and insisted that the allegations made in the June booklet were merely more of the same lies that had already been published since January in some 400 mainstream media reports.

"However, the fact that this booklet by a fictitious character was given such a high profile in the Umno/BN-controlled media, published in four languages in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese and Tamil, and distributed in huge quantities for free and general distribution, point to a high-powered and well-funded source — Umno/BN 'war-room psy-war' campaign to demonise and destroy the DAP," he said.

Questions over the DAP's status have been dragging on for nearly half a year following party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng's disclosure on January 4 that an internal audit had showed errors in the tabulation of votes in the December 15, 2012 party elections.

He said the counting error was caused by a technical glitch when the results were transferred to a computer using the Microsoft Excel programme.

The amendments resulted in the Penang chief minister's political secretary, Zairil Khir Johari, moving up from 39th position to 20th ― taking the last elected position in the party's CEC.

Following complaints by some members, the RoS began investigations that at one point led to fears that the party would be unable to use its logo in Election 2013.

But the RoS later confirmed the validity of the DAP CEC's appointment letters to candidates, which enabled the party to field its candidates in the general election under its rocket symbol.

In a letter dated July 30, the RoS said it found the DAP's explanation on the "tabulation error" of its CEC elections unsatisfactory.

The brief contents of the letter, however, heightened suspicions of bias within the party, which was already bristling at the government's reaction following Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's early remarks on the matter.

Zahid was reported by Sin Chew Daily as saying that the RoS was dissatisfied with the DAP's explanation for the counting mistake and the party would be directed to hold its internal polls again.

According to the Chinese-language paper, Ahmad Zahid, who is also an Umno vice-president, said he would not interfere in RoS matters.

This led the DAP to suggest that the RoS was being used to manipulate the opposition party's internal affairs at the behest of the ruling BN.

The DAP has since refused to accept the RoS's decision and formally submitted a letter demanding that it justify its reason for directing it to call for fresh polls.


Use Syariah law to charge dog trainer, urges Perkasa

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 03:52 PM PDT

Mohd Farhan Darwis, TMI

There is no letting up in the calls to prosecute dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, with Perkasa joining in the fray urging that Syariah laws be used against her.

The Malay rights group said Maznah's refusal to apologise for her actions in the controversial video "1 Hari di Hari Raya", where she is seen bathing her dogs in a manner similar to the Muslims performing ablution, is bound to be a bad example to young Muslims.

"She has to be checked for her flawed view of  Islam," said Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali (pic).

"She has held on to the belief that she did not commit a crime for washing her dogs and intentionally touching the wet dogs," said Syed Hassan.

Maznah, otherwise known as Chetz, was remanded for two days at the Segamat police station last week to facilitate investigations for causing disharmony among religions through her video. She was later released on bond.

Perkasa said they would not accept an apology from Maznah nor would they forgive her even if she did apologise.

"Jakim needs to clarify the issue of Muslims touching, cuddling and bathing dogs," Syed Hassan said in reference to the Department of Islamic Development.

"Perkasa is worried that if this is not explained, more young Muslims would go about taking their dogs for a walk in the park, cuddling and kissing these pet dogs," he told The Malaysian Insider.



MCMC questions Alvin’s mum on ‘bah kut teh’ greeting

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 03:42 PM PDT

Sex blogger Alvin Tan's mother was questioned for two hours today by the MCMC officials.

Alfian ZM Tahir, FMT

The mother of Alvin Tan, the sex blogger who caused a controversy with his "bak kut teh" Ramadan greeting, was questioned for two hours this morning at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) office.

Wearing dark blue shirt and pink hat, the mother was seen entering MCMC's office accompanied by a male friend.

The lawyer representing the mother, Choong Joo Tian, said the questioning was related to the "bak kut teh" Ramadan greeting posted by Alvin Tan on his Facebook.

"We were cooperative and they were pleasant to us," Choong said.

However, Choong added that MCMC failed to give a good reason why the mother had to be questioned.

"The mother has nothing to do with the video and why is she being questioned?

"They did not give us an answer," he said. The mother declined to talk to reporters.



Soi Lek to fight to the end?

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 12:13 PM PDT 

(The Malay Mail) - Despite a public announcement that he would not seek another term as the party chief, recent events in the MCA have indicated that Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek may seek re-election in the December party elections.

Sources close to Dr Chua have indicated that he was almost sure for go for it as the party president felt he still had the support to pull it off.

"Although he did say he will not contest, the personal attacks on him are just overwhelming. He may change his mind just to prove a point to his detractors," said a senior party leader yesterday.

"It looks like he wants to give a real fight to anyone who wants the position."

Following the party's dismal performance in the general election, Dr Chua issued a statement on May 6 that he would not seek another term in office as the party chief.

"I have decided that I will not seek re-election in the upcoming party elections," he had said then.

MCA only won seven out of 37 parliamentary seats it contested.

However the turn of events had not taken Dr Chua's rivals by surprise as many seemed to expect it.

The party elders had also conveyed their opinion on the matter, saying they were sure Dr Chua would stand for re-election as they believed he still had some unfinished business in the party.

Possibly as a prelude for Dr Chua's expected announcement that he will re-contest, MCA divisions in Kedah and Selangor have built up the momentum for it.

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Disqualified beauties warned against attending ‘finals’, says pageant organiser

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 12:03 PM PDT 

(The Malay Mail) - Jawi director Datuk Che Mat Che Ali was quoted by Bernama on Saturday as saying the religious authority had mounted enforcement operations around the venue of the finals.

One of the four Muslim beauty contestants recently disqualified from the Miss Malaysia World was warned not to attend the finals in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

Insiders revealed Sara Amelia Bernard was cautioned by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) that she would be "arrested on sight" if she attended the event.

"I don't want to talk much about it except that they (Jawi) told me not to go for the event," she said.

Sara Amelia was among four contestants dropped from the beauty pageant. The others were Wafa Johanna de Kote, Miera Sheikh and Kathrina Ridzuan.

Wafa Johanna said she was also "advised" not to go for the finals.

"We got the same warnings from the religious institute as it is not right for us to be there even though we're there to show support," she said.

Miera, however, was unaware of such a warning.

"I didn't even know we were not supposed to go for the event. I received the invite (for the finals) but declined due to a prior engagement in Johor," she said.

Efforts to contact Kathrina were not successful.

Official pageant licensee and Miss Malaysia World organiser Datuk Anna Lim was informed by the girls they would not be attending the finals as to not "create any further problems".

Jawi director Datuk Che Mat Che Ali was quoted by Bernama on Saturday as saying the religious authority had mounted enforcement operations around the venue of the finals.

If they competed in the event, the four would be fined not more than RM3,000 each or jailed not more than two years or both, if convicted. 

Guns for hire and bullets for cheap, says crime watchdog

Posted: 04 Aug 2013 12:01 PM PDT 

(The Malay Mail) - Guns are rented out for less than a night's stay at a local five-star hotel while bullets are sold cheaper than a bottle of water, crime watchdog MyWatch co-founder S. Gobi Krishnan alleged yesterday as the nation continues to be stunned by the proliferation of shootings.

Yesterday, a 44-year-old businessman was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Kota Kinabalu, bringing the number of gun-related incidents to eight in as many days — including a brazen attempt on Gobi's partner in MyWatch, R. Sri Sanjeevan.

"It started as a favour of borrowing guns among friendly groups, then it became rental," Gobi told The Malay Mail Online.

This rental "service" began last year, Gobi said, with guns hired out to assassins for as little as RM300 for three hours, with bullets costing just 80 sen each.

"It seems to be a new trend, copying what's happening in other countries," added the MyWatch adviser, referring to powerful drug cartels terrorising Mexico and South Africa.

He said that the trend of gun rentals started out small, but spiked this year as more people came to know about it.

Shootings and gun murders exploded into the nation's consciousness last Monday when Arab-Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi was assassinated in broad daylight by a gunman in Kuala Lumpur, just days after Sanjeevan survived an attempted hit in Negri Sembilan on July 27.

According to Gobi, the most commonly available gun for rent is the Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Popular with law enforcement agencies worldwide, the Glock is also issued to members of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Customs Department enforcers, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and authorised RELA personnel.

"In the past few years, if you want to shoot somebody, you have to spend RM5,000 to RM6,000 for a gun," he said. "Now, it's just available."

"If you buy a gun, you have to be worried as the police might catch you. But here, you just rent, execute the job where you shoot somebody, and then return the gun," added the anti-crime activist.

Gobi stressed that there was no surge in the smuggling of firearms into the country, but said corruption in Malaysia's Anti-Smuggling Unit guarding the border between Thailand and Malaysia has enabled the entry of some firearms.

"Definitely there're corrupt officers there. Otherwise guns cannot be brought into the country," Gobi asserted.

Malaysia has strict gun control laws that allow people to own firearms only if they have a licence from the police, and last week, the authorities were urged to publish the names of licensed firearm owners in the country.

The police and Home Ministry have blamed the rash of shootings and violent crimes on the release of detainees once held without trial under the now-repealed Emergency Ordinance, and are angling for the return of such powers.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has also vowed to provide the police "anything" it needs to fight serious crime, including extra powers under a new law that is expected to be tabled in Parliament in September.

On Thursday, the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) announced the government's decision to introduce new interim measures that allow law enforcers to tap into public communications, as well as to snap electronic tracking bracelets on criminal suspects to arrest the rising crime rate.

Opposition lawmakers, however, have criticised Putrajaya's plan to intercept communications for intelligence gathering, calling the move "overkill".

They further contend that Malaysia did not need new laws to combat the growing menace, but only for the police to devote more than just 9 per cent of the force it currently does to crime fighting. 


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