- Selangor MB dismisses ‘Azmin replacement’ as hearsay
- Gerakan at crossroads, weighs being a ‘third force’
- Seized copies of Herald released for distribution in Sabah
- Experts: GST Fair Taxation System
- Minister says Herald seizure a misunderstanding, pledges action
- Perkasa declares ‘war’ with Gerakan
- By-election: PAS targets Mukhriz instead
- MB’s job out of finance wizard Khalid’s league
- Utusan calls Chinese ungrateful, again
- Putrajaya must explain Herald ban in Sabah, say East Malaysian politicians
- Like us or not we helped BN win GE13, Perkasa tells Najib
Posted: 27 Oct 2013 05:29 AM PDT
(Bernama) - Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim dismissed as hearsay talks of being replaced as Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Describing such rumours as part and parcel of politics, he said: " It's alright. I'm not bothered by such rumours. I'm very real because I come from the corporate sector and the bottom line is to deliver."
He spoke to reporters after launching the "Our Environment Our Health" programme here today.
A Bahasa Melayu daily today reported that there were rumours of Mohamed Azmin replacing Abdul Khalid because several quarters in PKR were said to be dissatisfied with the MB's administration.
Abdul Khalid also accepted the recent criticism from opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who claimed that the MB had failed to utilise the state's resources well.
Commenting on the criticism, he said as a leader he had to be careful and disciplined in using the state's resources to ensure its administration was run smoothly."Whatever it is, I feel that people should criticise and we should allow them to do so, as we can learn and improve from it," he said.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 07:28 PM PDT
Becoming a third force is an option that is best complemented with the proportionate representation voting system, advised outgoing Gerakan vice-president Chia Kwang Chye.
Leven Woon, FMT
The closing of the 42nd Gerakan national delegates conference today saw a significant discussion on the party becoming a third force in Malaysian politics.
Gerakan has had two disastrous election outings, losing its fortress in Penang and its political credibility in the process.
In his farewell speech earlier today, outgoing Gerakan vice-president Chia Kwang Chye weighed in delegates views on the party becoming a third force.
It was one of five options which the party needed to seriously ponder on to stay relevant.
Chia said Gerakan is standing at a political crossroad.
"One of the options is to withdraw from BN but not to join Pakatan (Rakyat). This means we form the third force.
"To do this we must strengthen our party, so that the voter will see us despite we not being in BN or Pakatan.
"But this is best complemented with a proportionate representation voting system.
"So we don't need to worry that we lose in all seats we contest, as long as we secure enough votes nationally, we can get seats (in the Parliament)," he said.
Chia , who is the former Bukit Bendera MP, said the other options included staying with BN, joining Pakatan, dissolving Gerakan or sticking to its core principles and care less about political affiliation.
"But we need be mindful. If we leave BN, Pakatan does not necessarily want us. And normally those which leave BN fall into decline.
"Dissolving the party means we close shop, we go to death.
"But of course I am only saying this for fun, it should not be an option at all," he added.
He said by choosing to stick to its founding principles, Gerakan must strive for a fair and equitable society and serve the people best.
"If we can achieve that, we will be a respectable party no matter which coalition we are in, and other parties will also respect us," he said.
Not easy to be a third force
Yesterday, Selangor delegate Lee Hui Seng also urged Gerakan leaders to opt to become a "third force' in local politics.
He said this way Gerakan will have the freedom to contest as many seats as it wants and will possess a real bargaining power once it wins the seat.
"In the event there is a hung parliament, both BN and Pakatan would be forced to make a deal with Gerakan," he said.
He said Gerakan owns various assets such as the Menara PGRM and as such was self sustaining.
Responding to Lee, Gerakan acting president Chang Ko Youn said forming a third force was theoretically possible but hard to implement in the current first-past-the-post system.
"Look at the Liberal Democratic Party in Britain. It took them more than 100 years to make some achievement," he said, referring to the party which finally became a member of the governing coalition in 2010, and its leader Nick Clegg was appointed as deputy prime minister.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 07:24 PM PDT
Tarani Palani, fz.com
The 2,000 copies of the Catholic weekly Herald seized by Home Ministry officials in Sabah last Thursday have now been released for distribution.
Father Lawrence Andrew, the publication's editor, said the distribution ban imposed by the ministry on the latest edition of the weekly was lifted at around 11am today.
Dstribution of the edition to parishes in neighbouring Sarawk as well as peninsular Malaysia was not affected.
"This is happening for the first time so we want to know why it is happening," Andrew told fz.com when contacted.
"We are waiting for a report or some kind of information. You can't just take something which belongs to someone else," he said.
When asked if he will write to the Home Ministry seeking an explanation , he said that he will contemplate the option as the ministry may already be aware of the publication's stand on the matter through press releases and media interviews.
He said that the 2,000 copies were seized at the Kota KInabalu International Airport, with s the authorities refusing to release them unless instructed by Putrajaya.
"We tried calling them on Friday morning and evening and once again on Saturday but there was no reply. Normally the publication is distributed on Friday evening or Saturday.
"Then today we received a call saying that it can be distributed," Andrew said adding that the forwarding company was the party that dealt with Putrajaya on the matter.
Andrew lamented that the weekly only reached one church in Kota Kinabalu at noon today, and that too after Sunday mass.
The other copies will be distributed later today and tomorrow.
Andrew had earlier explained that the word "Allah" appeared in three articles in the affected issue of the Herald , but that it was only being used in the same context as any news agency would.
He stressed that the Herald had not gone against the court ruling.
On Oct 14, the Court of Appeal upheld the Home Ministry's ban on the use of "Allah" in the publication.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 05:19 PM PDT
(Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a fair taxation system that distributes the burden of taxation among a larger section of the population based on consumption as it states the type and quantum of taxes consumers will be paying for goods or services, an expert says.
Currently, the country depends too much on income tax from both individuals and corporate bodies. Out of the approximately 28 million population of Malaysia currently, less than two million people are paying income tax.
"Therefore, taxes are for those who can afford to spend. This is because it is the more well-to-do and the wealthy who will consume more, the GST automatically taxes them most, not the lower income group," he told Bernama.
"Tax reforms, such as introducing GST, may receive much criticism at first, but economically, it is the right decision," said the dean of the School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia.
He said consumers must realise that with the implementation of the GST, the prices of goods and services were lower compared to the existing tax as it avoided double taxation.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 04:51 PM PDT
(MM) - The controversial confiscation of Catholic paper Herald by the Home Ministry yesterday was likely caused by "miscommunication" on the part of the government, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said today.
The Minister in The Prime Minister's Department admitted that he was in the dark over the issue but promised to look into the matter for necessary action.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 04:47 PM PDT
(MM) - Malay rights group Perkasa declared an open war today with Gerakan, warning the Barisan Nasional (BN) party that its members would not hesitate to campaign against its candidates if they insist on branding the NGO as an enemy of multi-racial Malaysia.
Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said it was ridiculous for Gerakan to blame them for BN's diminishing support from the non-Malays in the last two general elections, stressing that the problem had already existed even before Perkasa was formed.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 04:43 PM PDT
Kedah MB Mukhriz Mahathir's people-friendly style has got PAS worried, according to analysts.
(Bernama) - As the Sungai Limau by-election campaign enters its third day, the PAS machinery is seen as being more focused on efforts to erode the credibility of Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir.
Generally, analysts thought PAS had started to plan strategies to reduce Mukhriz's political influence, despite the by-election on Nov 4 being a straight fight between Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim and PAS candidate Mohamad Azam Abd Samat.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 01:12 PM PDT
(fz.com) - Which is worse, someone who, whether corrupt or not, you can keep on his toes, or someone who is clean but does not know or refuses to take necessary action on his officers who are corrupt?
Frustration and disappointment is reigning among Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state representatives in Selangor under the administration of Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
The frustration and disappointment culminated in the submission of a memorandum by the PR backbenchers club (BBC) to Abdul Khalid after word that the Selangor government would slash expenditure for development purposes.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 01:03 PM PDT
(TMI) - Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia has again played the race card by calling the Chinese in Malaysia ungrateful despite being given citizenship here, the privileges in the economic sector and the leeway to develop Chinese schools.
This time the paper justified its argument by drawing heavily on a book published by Ye Lin-Shing from China, The Chinese Dilemma, in 2003.
"Ye-Lin is a businessman in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Britain and United States. His book captures his experience involving the Chinese in these countries. He criticised many parties including the Malaysian Chinese," said Awang Selamat, the pseudonym for its collective editorial team, in the weekend edition, Mingguan Malaysia.
"He had concluded that the Chinese here were lucky compared to other countries, yet were still ungrateful. He had also stressed how generous the Malays were in the social contract prior to independence in allowing the Chinese citizenship.
"Yet when Utusan Malaysia published a front page article title 'Apa Lagi Cina Mahu?' two days after the 13th general elections, some DAP and Chinese non-governmental organisations were upset even though it was a realistic and rational question.
"Despite controlling the country's economy, the development of Chinese schools and the implementation of government policies which allows the Chinese to continue to prosper, the Chinese still wants to topple Malay political leadership from power."
It is a clear message that the Chinese do not like to be criticised and that the racial approach to politics is becoming dangerous, Awang Selamat said.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 01:00 PM PDT
(TMI) - Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must explain the new restriction, especially after Putrajaya had said the Court of Appeal ruling would not apply in Sabah and Sarawak.
East Malaysian politicians want Putrajaya to explain why 2,000 copies of this week's edition of the Herald cannot be distributed in Sabah, 10 days after the Catholic weekly's right to use the word Allah was overturned by the Court of Appeal.
Putrajaya had assured East Malaysians that they can continue using Allah, in an effort to ensure it keeps its key vote bank in both Sabah and Sarawak where there are many Christians who worship in Bahasa Malaysia.
But the forwarding company bringing the weekly into Sabah on Friday was told by the Home Ministry that the copies were not to be distributed.
The Catholic Church prints 14,000 copies of the Herald weekly for the about one million Catholics in the country and Herald editor Reverend Father Lawrence Andrew said Allah was used in inverted commas in the latest edition when referring to the Court of Appeal ruling on October 14.
"Why can't the Herald be read in Sabah when the Prime Minister has announced the ban on the use of the word Allah only applies to the Herald in the peninsula?" Sabah State Reform Party (STAR) chief Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan (pic) asked in reaction to the latest move by Putrajaya.
"How come they are applying it (the ban) to Sabah as well? Why is the government inconsistent in its actions? They say one thing and do another," Kitingan told The Malaysian Insider.
Posted: 26 Oct 2013 10:34 AM PDT
Whether or not Datuk Seri Najib Razak agrees with Perkasa's views, he must admit it had helped keep his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power, the Malay rights group has claimed, while accusing Chinese voters of betraying the prime minister.
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