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Karpal says would sue if RoS rejects new DAP poll results

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 04:24 PM PDT

(Bernama) - DAP chairman Karpal Singh has threaten to take the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to court if the latter fails to recognise the re-election of DAP's Central Executive Committee (CEC) conducted last month.

Karpal Singh, who is also a Member of Parliament for Bukit Gelugor, said the party had conducted the re-election of the CEC according to the ROS' order and they should recognise it this time.

"If they (ROS) persist to continue hounding the party after the re-election of CEC, then we will not hesitate to take ROS to court," he told reporters here today.

The DAP conducted its re-election for CEC posts at a Special Congress of the party on September 29 in Kuala Lumpur after ordered to do so by ROS.

Karpal said the fresh elections should also be accepted by the ROS as even Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had praised DAP for holding it, which he claimed could be seen as a signal that the party had done the right thing. 


Special Report: Malaysia’s annual procurement costs higher than other nations’

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:47 AM PDT 

(The Edge) - Malaysia spends more on its annual procurement of goods, works and services -- which comes to about one-fourth of its nominal GDP -- than most other Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries whose annual procurements work out to about 12% of their GDP.

In a paper entitled Key failings in the Malaysian public procurement system and how they can be addressed by greater transparency, Prof David Seth Jones said while the government has established an official system of procurement which conforms to a certain extent to international standards, the problems may be caused by inadequate planning and poor drafting.

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Mufti must pay for calling Kadazans ‘invented race’, says Sabah MP

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:18 AM PDT

(MMO) - Sabah Mufti Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar should be tried in the state's Native Court and be made to pay for calling Kadazans an "invented race", Penampang MP Darell Leiking has demanded for the perceived slur.

The senior Islamic cleric must also apologise to Sabahans for pushing a personal agenda to make Malay the state's Bumiputera Muslims, the opposition lawmaker told The Malay Mail Online.

"The state mufti should apologise now especially since the chief minister and government made it clear that this is the state mufti's personal view.

"He has insulted the Kadazans when he mentioned that the Kadazan is an invented term, he said it very happily and looked so convinced by it," Leiking said when contacted over the phone yesterday.

He noted that Bungsu's "Malaynisation" plan had failed to gain traction with state leaders, including Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (picture).

Yesterday, Musa confirmed the Sabah government has no plans to convert ethnic groups there into Malays, calming fears over the alleged "Malaynisation" ploy suggested recently by the state's mufti.

Instead, Musa said the controversial proposal was merely a "personal view" of the mufti and stressed that the state would always continue to respect the diversity of the many native groups in Sabah.

Leiking said that he is glad the chief minister had implied that he agreed with their campaign, which celebrates the different ethnicities of Sabahans. "I'm glad the chief minister supports our campaign, supports the stance that all Sabahans of all ages that our ethnicity is our pride and no religion should determine the ethnicity of the person and likewise no ethnicity should determine the religion of the person," he told The Malay Mail Online.

Hundreds of Sabahans had flooded Leiking's Facebook account with photographs of themselves proudly proclaiming their respective ethnicity in response to the PKR deputy seretary-general's call to protest the mufti's proposal to convert the north Borneo state's natives into Malays — a move they saw as akin to stripping their very identities.

"For him to say that we are an invented race, I say to this man, even the chief minister has abandoned him, so he better apologise now.

"He has no other way but to apologise to the people especially to the Kadazans and all ethnic groups in Sabah, for imposing even a personal view on us, by simply associating ethnicity and religion as one, nobody should ever mix the two together," Leiking said.

A Kadazan himself, Leiking said Bungsu should be marched to the state's Native Court and face justice there.

The Federal Constitution provides for disputes among the Sabah's indigenous peoples to be settled by tribal laws, which are decided by a native chief or district chief appointed by the government to assume the role of the judge in the Native Court.

Among the penalties meted out is "sogit", or compensation, to the injured party.

"We have a punitive sentence called 'sogit'. It is a punishment of a sort with a very tribal belief that if someone insulted you or community or done wrong to the kampung, he must pay a sogit and it comes in many form, in this case, it will probably a buffalo," Leiking said. 

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iKad for migrant workers

Posted: 04 Oct 2013 10:14 AM PDT

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) viewing samples of i-Pass issued to foreign workers with PNMB managing director Izham Yusoff (centre) and PNMB graphic security designer Razlan Abdullah at PNMB headquarters in Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

(NST) - The Immigration Department will introduce an improved iKad with enhanced security features for all 2.5 million foreign workers in the country from Nov 15.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the iKad would include a barcode, cardholder's biometric information and would be colour-coded according to sector for easier identification.

"It will replace the need for foreign workers to carry passports to prove they are legal labourers.

"With the improved security features, it will ensure that enforcement is effective and strengthened."

He said this after launching the Tafsir Al-Quran Ar-Rahman at Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Bhd (PNMB) headquarters here yesterday.

The sophisticated card can store more data compared to previous identification documents and can be easily examined by security authorities, Zahid said.

"Authorities will continue to haul up illegal foreign workers, even after issuing the iKad."

The card will be issued in stages to the first batch of 646,000 foreign workers.

"The iKad will also be issued to firearm licensees, Rela and Civil Defence Department members, foreign students, Rakan Muda and Rakan Cop members."

He said the cards would be produced by PNMB and the cost of the card would be borne by the applicants.

Commenting on the RM1.3 million loss of Royal Malaysian Police assets, Zahid said a surcharge would be levied to the personnel responsible for the missing items.

"I agree with the Auditor-General's Report. We do not want this to be repeated and the police must remember not to be negligent."

He said the loss of assets were not because of a breach of trust, misappropriation or graft.

Also at the launch event were Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and PNMB chairman Tan Sri Dr Zulkifli A. Hassan.



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