- Denounce Perkasa, remember the German Nazis, Zaid tells PM
- Former top cop Musa says sorry to ex-CID chief, suit withdrawn
- We have not been spared
- Why do banks fail to implement two-guard rule?
- Government unions want salaries to equal contract staff in Putrajaya agencies
- Brunei a throwback to an age of absolute monarchy
- Cameron praises Najib's approach on moderation against extremism
Posted: 29 Oct 2013 08:58 PM PDT
(MMO) - Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has called on Datuk Seri Najib Razak to openly denounce Perkasa, reminding the prime minister of Europe's "mistake" in the German Nazi era which had taken a world war to correct.
In a blog posting here, former Cabinet minister picked apart the Malay rights group's "lunatic" and "toxic ideas" and called them a "threat to security", saying the government needs to stop allowing the Malay rights group to run amok.
"The issues this group champions are just plain ridiculous, and there is nothing in Perkasa's struggle that merits serious consideration," wrote the former de facto law minister.
"It has continued to cause consternation and fear among both Malaysians and also potential investors, and the Prime Minister should categorically denounce Perkasa and its allies for its disruptive politics and warmongering."
Zaid also urged Putrajaya to not gift the group leeway in furthering their causes, even if it has a renowned patron, referring to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"The Government cannot maintain a cavalier attitude towards Perkasa, hoping that its toxic ideas will disappear and have no effect. Europe made the same mistake in the Nazi era and it took a World War to correct it," he said.
Warning that religious bigotry will affect Malaysia's international trade and tourism, Zaid has called on "progressive" Umno leaders to bring politics of moderation back, and stand up to Perkasa either in the Parliament or outside.
He gave the recent example of the Islamic animal slaughtering rituals—called "korban"—done in some school compounds in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, which have caused complaints from Hindu parents but were defended by Malay groups such as Perkasa.
"The Government allowed an MIC Deputy Minister to face down these racists on his own despite the fact that we have two Malay-Muslim Ministers-in-charge of Education," he said, referring to Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan.
"I still do not understand why our top leaders are so terrified of Datuk Ibrahim Ali and Datuk Zulkifli Noordin. I really don't," he added, naming Perkasa's two most prominent leaders.
Posted: 29 Oct 2013 05:56 PM PDT
By Jennifer Gomez, The Malaysian Insider
Former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Datuk Ramli Yusoff (pic) withdrew his suit against former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan after the latter tendered an apology in chambers today.
Shah Alam High Court judge Dr Prasad Sandosham Abraham ordered Musa to pay RM10,000 in costs to Ramli.
According to Ramli's lawyer Harvinderjit Singh, the case was initially fixed for pre-trial today.
"The plaintiff has withdrawn the suit," said Harvinderjit, without elaborating further.
In the statement of claim filed earlier this year, Ramli alleged that Musa tarnished his reputation publicly with statements made at a news conference last year.
On December 10, 2012, Musa suggested that unnamed political figures were backing Ramli in the war of words between the two.
According to Musa, Ramli had been given the platform to criticise him while painting a positive image of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).
"It seems like he's the white knight, saviour of PDRM ... while I'm the black knight who is destroying PDRM," Musa had said at a press conference held by anti-crime organisation MyWatch, whose patron was Musa.
Musa was represented today by lawyers Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman and Sharuddin Ali.
Both he and Ramli smiled when they emerged from chambers, but did not reveal the terms of the settlement.
A source indicated, however, that Musa had apologised to Ramli in the judge's chambers.
Posted: 29 Oct 2013 12:18 PM PDT
(Borneo Post) - Deputy Home Minister outraged by reports revealing US National Security Agency spying on Malaysia through surveillance facilities at American embassy in Kuala Lumpur
Posted: 29 Oct 2013 11:40 AM PDT
Posted: 29 Oct 2013 11:36 AM PDT
(TMI) - Stung by news that contract officials are getting high pay, the main union body representing 1.4 million civil servants now wants Putrajaya to give them better salaries.
The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) said it was unfair that qualified civil servants are paid less than those on short-term contracts.
"Cuepacs views the current arrangement as unfair whereby contract workers in agencies are getting higher wages than their civil service counterparts," Cuepacs deputy president Azih Muda told The Malaysian Insider in Kuala Lumpur.
He was commenting on Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming's expose yesterday that the pay package of a head of a government agency could be as high as RM69,000 a month.
Ong revealed that Malaysia's top civil servant, the Chief Secretary, was only paid RM23,577 – a far cry from what was earned by the heads of agencies such as TalentCorp, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, and Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu).
Azih questioned the qualifications and talent of these agency employees that warrant higher salaries than civil servants doing the same job in government.
He said Cuepacs had raised the disparity in salaries between those in service and contract work on numerous occasions but Putrajaya had done little to address it.
"Civil servants are just as qualified as those employed in these agencies," he said noting that many of them could be deployed to work in these agencies.
Azih said Cuepacs supported the government initiative to trim the budget deficit but urged it to start by looking at the exorbitant salaries paid to those working in its agencies.
Posted: 29 Oct 2013 11:33 AM PDT
(The Telegraph) - The impending adoption of Sharia has led to calls for Britain, Brunei's closest ally, to re-assess its relationship with a former Protectorate which won independence as recently as 1984.
With a swing of his powerful arm, a prison guard landed a wicked-looking cane on the back of a dummy dressed in the white uniform of convicts in Brunei.
"It doesn't hurt as much as you think," he said.
Earlier this month, the International Convention Centre in Brunei's capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, was hosting a regional summit with the likes of John Kerry, the US secretary of state, and President Xi Jinping of China.
Last week, however, it was the venue for a three-day event designed to showcase the Sultan of Brunei's decision to adopt Sharia for his country's Muslim population. Robes worn by judges were put on display and Islamic scholars gave speeches.
But the caning demonstration brought home the harsh reality of a penal code which punishes adultery with death by stoning, theft with amputation by sword - and drunkeness with 40 lashes from a rattan cane.
From next April, the Muslims who are 70 per cent of Brunei's 400,000-strong population will risk all these punishments. And despite the guard's assertion, just three or four strokes of his cane will break the skin and leave most victims scarred for life.
The impending adoption of Sharia has led to calls for Britain, Brunei's closest ally, to re-assess its relationship with a former Protectorate which won independence as recently as 1984.
David Cameron was already facing criticism for agreeing to attend next month's Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, where human rights abuses are common. The Prime Minister is now being pressed to condemn Brunei's embrace of laws widely regarded as barbaric and draconian.
"London has a very important role in trying to get the Sultan to re-consider this drastic move to a criminal Sharia system," said Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch. "There needs to be a major international outcry to stop this law and Great Britain should take the lead, starting by raising public concerns at the upcoming Commonwealth meeting."
Posted: 29 Oct 2013 11:31 AM PDT
(Bernama) - The United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, has praised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak on his approach to moderation against extremism.
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