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- Inchek Ibrahim dilantik sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah UITM?
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- Johor sultan has power to change rest day
- Ahead of MCA leadership battle, fresh claims of money politics
- Ex-EC chief’s arrogant pride in violating Constitution
- Declassify sale of Sabah’s Desa Cattle
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- Taib’s man to debate Malaysia Agreement
- After gerrymandering disclosure, Bersih demands EC stop boundary revision
- Anwar slams Putrajaya for tepid response to fresh spying leak
- Selangor BN seeking PAS support against Comango demands
- Massive salary hikes for Selangor MB, assemblymen
- 11 leaders in Sabah quit PKR
- More to quit Sabah PKR?
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:32 AM PST
VIDEO 'KANTOI' DI DALAM
Ini bukan kali pertama Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim KANTOI, dan bukan juga kali pertama kantoi tanpa ada rakaman video, cuma barangkali ini kali pertama Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh itu kantoi bersama rakaman video di Dewan Rakyat.
Ia berhubung isu pekerja Bangladesh, pada 19 November lalu, dan didedahkan oleh portal Majlis Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional, BNBBC.MY.
Dalam satu laporan eksekusif Khamis, BNBBC.MY melaporkan Anwar yang selalu dikecam kerana dikatakan kerap berbohong tidak mungkin berani berbuat demikian di Dewan Rakyat yang dianggap dewan mulia kepada ahli-ahli Yang Berhormat.
Bagaimanapun, jika sesiapa yang berada di Dewan Rakyat pada 19 November lalu atau meneliti hansard, jangan terperanjat dengar Ketua Pembangkang itu sanggup berbohong menafikan kenyataan hanya selepas beberapa minit perkara itu keluar mulutnya.
Insiden berlaku ketika Timbalan Menteri Luar Negeri Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin sedang menjawab perbahasan bajet kementeriannya apabila ahli parlimen Permatang Pauh mencelah mengenai cadangan kerajaan membawa 500 ribu pekerja Bangladesh.
Anwar yang bangun mencelah antara lain berkata, "…saya faham hubungan baik Malaysia-Bangladesh yang harus dipertahankan sehingga hendak bawa 500,000 pekerja Bangladesh dan mengenepikan kepentingan penganggur di Malaysia. Itu satu soal lain, mungkin akan didaftar oleh SPR kemudian……"
Hamzah ketika meneruskan penggulungan menjelaskan " Yang Berhormat Permatang Pauh kata hendak bawa 500,000 orang Bangladesh untuk ke Malaysia dan akhirnya akan diregisterkan sebagai pengundi. Itu seperti pembohongan yang dibuat dan yang dikatakan oleh Yang Berhormat tadi…"
Beliau bermaksud Anwar berbohong dengan menuduh 500,000 rakyat Bangladesh akan didaftar sebagai pengudi.
Anwar kemudiannya bangun menafikan secara berterusan sehingga mencetuskan pertikaman lidah antara beliau dengan Hamzah.
"Saya tidak check hansard, ada atau tidak saya akan akan daftar..saya kata jangan didaftarkan. Boleh bohong macam inikah?,"
"…Saya kata jangan, bukan saya kata didaftarkan. Semua ada dengar. Saya minta orang UMNO kalau berani, cakap yang benar…,"
"..Saya tidak kata 500,000 didaftarkan sebagai SPR, oleh SPR. Saya kata jangan ulang daftar," tegas Anwar.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:22 AM PST
(Borneo Insider) - Sabah PKR chairman Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin claimed that only eight PKR leaders had quit the party.
Three of them were divisional leaders, from Kinabatangan, Kota Marudu and Silam, while the rest comprised acting heads, vice-heads and ordinary members, he said.
It was uncertain whether there had been resignations from the Beluran division, he told a news conference at the PKR Building, here.
Lajim (photo) also said that PKR had yet to receive the resignation letters of the leaders who claimed to have quit the party and expressed their support for the BN.
He said Sabah PKR would recommend to PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to sack these leaders.
Lajim was also incensed with his party renegades who used the opportunity to attend the party's national congress over the weekend to defect to Barisan Nasional.
"They used air tickets bought by us to go Kuala Lumpur, stayed in hotels paid by us and collected RM15 meal money and then defected to Barisan.
"What kind of leaders are these. Anyway, we are thankful to Barisan for accepting them,'' said.
Lajim said that Sabah PKR was not "finished'' as claimed by Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and dismissed that there was a second wave of defections on the pipeline.
"We are still intact, we will replace those who left and division elections is scheduled for March next year,'' Lajim told reporters after chairing the Sabah PKR liaison committee meeting here.
Lajim also said that the remaining four state PKR assemblymen and one MP from Sabah were still intact.
PKR has confirmed that several of its Sabah members have resigned to join the Umno-BN coalition.
"We regret that they have chosen to take this step but the core of our activities in Sabah remain unaffected by their departure," PKR vice president Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
"All of those who left are not holding significant posts nor are they elected representatives. We cannot stop them as they have the right to freedom of association but they only harm their own reputation by joining such an unprincipled coalition as Umno-BN."
Tian was responding to a news report that 11 mid-level Sabah PKR members had quit, expressing support for the Umno-BN.
The news was announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak himself at a press conference in the peninsula.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:03 AM PST
Seorang penjengok blog Merah Tinta memaklumkan Ibrahim Ali dilantik menjadi ahli Lembaga Pengarah UITM yang baru dan perkara itu disifatkan sebagai sesuatu mengejutkan. Perkara ini disedari apabila ketika konvokesyen baru-baru ini di mana ada nama Ibrahim tercatat didalam buku cendera mata.
[And this is after The Ibrahim Ali Award]
"Beberapa ibubapa yang hadir ke majlis konvokesyen terkejut melihat nama Ibrahim itu," jelasnya penjengok berkenaan.
Penjengok itu bimbang dan ingin tahu apakah hal ini disedari oleh pihak kementerian atau pun tidak?
Dalam pemeriksaan sekejap tadi terhadap web UITM [http://www.uitm.edu.my/index.php/bm/kenali-uitm/canselor-procanselor-lembaga-pengarah-a-naib-canselor/lembaga-pengarah] memang nama Ibrahim Ali ada tercatat sebagai ahli lembaga pengarah di bahagian paling bawah.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 11:01 AM PST
Lim Kit Siang
In my media statements in the past three days, I have argued the case, backed with facts and figures, that the three Pakatan Rakyat parties of DAP, PKR and PAS achieved their best parliamentary and state assembly results during their tripartite co-operation in the 1999, 2008 and 2013 General Elections.
This is not only the case for the Pakatan Rakyat parties in Peninsular Malaysia (which was the focus of my statements in the past three days), the same effect applies also in Sabah and Sarawak underlining the benefits of such co-operation among the Pakatan Rakyat parties.
Pakatan Raykat faces two unique challenges in Sabah and Sarawak.
The first is the accusation that the component parties, DAP, PKR and PAS are not 'local' parties but are merely extensions of the 'main' parties which are based in Peninsular Malaysia and are guilty of being peninsular-centric. As such, they cannot adequately represent the interests of Sabah and Sarawak.
The second is the much shorter history of cooperation among opposition parties, including between DAP, PKR and PAS in both states.
While both these challenges have not be totally overcome, the strengthening of cooperation within the Pakatan Rakyat parties have addressed some of these concerns and have been reflected in the election results.
As recent as 2008, the opposition could not avoid three-cornered fights in Sabah and Sarawak.
In 2008, both DAP and PKR contested in the urban seats of Stampin and Sibu. Stampin was an especially costly three-cornered fight because the opposition could have won that seat in a straight fight.
In Sabah, the situation was even worse. Of the 5 parliament seats which DAP contested in, 4 were three-cornered fights featuring PKR. Of the 10 state seats which DAP contested in, 9 were three-cornered fights featuring PKR.
The opposition was fortunate to win one parliament and one state seat despite these three-cornered fights but presumably, more seats could have been won with greater opposition cooperation.
After the formation of Pakatan Rakyat post GE2008, the situation improved and greater Pakatan cooperation bore fruit.
In the 2011 Sarawak state elections, Pakatan avoided three-cornered contests in all seats, with PKR contesting in 49, DAP in 15 and PAS in 5. Pakatan delivered 15 seats (DAP with 12 and PKR with 3) and swept nearly all of the urban seats.
The cooperation and performance of Pakatan Rakyat would pave the way for GE2013 where the opposition coalition in Sarawak bettered its performance of one parliament seat in GE2008 to 6 parliament seats (5 for DAP and 1 for PKR).
Although we were disappointed in not being able to capture non-urban seats, this was nonetheless a breakthrough performance in a state that had been dominated by the BN for such a long period of time.
In Sabah, Pakatan was able to avoid three-cornered fights in all seats but one (Labuan was contested by PKR and PAS).
At the parliamentary level, PKR contested in 20 seats, DAP in 4 and PAS in 3. At the state level, PKR contested in 43, DAP in 8 and PAS in 9.
Again, the results were encouraging. Pakatan won a total of 11 state seats, with PKR winning 7 and DAP winning 4, a marked improvement from the single state seat it won in 2008.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:56 AM PST
Elizabeth Zachariah, TMI
Keengganan Putrajaya menjalankan siasatan berhubung tuduhan terhadap Peguam Negara oleh bekas polis kanan dilihat sebagai konspirasi untuk "menutup" kesalahan yang dilakukan pegawai kanan kerajaan, kata Pakatan Rakyat.
Mereka berkata akuan bersumpah (SD) oleh bekas Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim terhadap Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (gambar) membawa merit kepada siasatan tetapi sikap berdiam diri Putrajaya menunjukkan ada unsur untuk menutup perkara itu.
Ahli Parlimen Padang Serai dari PKR, N Surendran, mendakwa ini adalah senario biasa apabila membabitkan rasuah dan salah laku oleh mereka di dalam kerajaan.
"Daripada peringkat tertinggi di Putrajaya hingga ke bawah, sudah jelas mereka mahu menutup tuduhan ini," katanya kepada The Malaysian Insider.
Surendran berkata demikian ketika mengulas kenyataan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi semalam bahawa polis tidak akan menyiasat tuduhan dalam SD Mat Zain berikutan tiada laporan polis dibuat.
Mat Zain berkata, dua hari lalu, beliau menyerahkan salinan SD kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan pegawai kanan Putrajaya, menuduh salah laku Gani berhubung kes pemilikan Pulau Batu Puteh.
Menerusi SD setebal 31 halaman itu, Mat Zain mendakwa, jutaan ringgit bertukar tangan dan didepositkan ke dalam akaun bank di Hong Kong berhubung kes Pulau batu Puteh, di mana keputusan Mahkamah Keadilan Antarabangsa (ICJ) berpihak kepada Singapura.
Mat Zain mendakwa, Abdul Gani dengan sengaja menyebabkan kes itu kalah sehingga membawa kepada keputusan ICJ berpihak kepada Singapura.
Beliau mendesak pihak berkuasa menyiasat sebab sebenar Malaysia kehilangan pulau itu kepada Singapura dengan menyatakan ia adalah perkara membabitkan kedaulatan negara.
Ahmad Zahid berkata, pihak berkuasa akan mempertimbangkan untuk menyiasat tuduhan itu jika laporan polis dibuat mengenainya dan pengisytiharan SD tidak membawa kepada laporan polis, maka tidak ada kertas siasatan yang dibuka.
Surendran yang menyelar kenyataan itu berkata, mengikut Akta Polis, tidak ada dinyatakan keperluan laporan polis untuk menjalankan siasatan.
"Bagaimana jika kes bunuh atau rompakan bersenjata? Adakah mereka tidak akan siasat kes seperti itu sehingga ada laporan dibuat?
"Sepatutnya, jika polis tahu atau dengar mengenai apa-apa salah laku, mereka bertanggungjawab untuk menyiasat walaupun tidak ada laporan," katanya yang juga seorang peguam.
Ahli parlimen Shah Alam, Khalid Samad, berkata "sangat pelik" apabila Putrajaya tidak mengambil tuduhan Mat Zain secara serius.
"Ia adalah jelas satu tuduhan yang serius. Ia membabitkan pengkhianatan dan rasuah yang mengancam kedaulatan negara.
"Dan siasatan tidak dilakukan hanya kerana tidak ada laporan polis dibuat," katanya.
Menggambarkan alasan Ahmad Zahid untuk tidak menyiasat tuduhan Mat Zain sebagai tidak kukuh langsung, Khalid berkata, kes itu perlu dibawa kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
"Ia kelihatan seperti kedaulatan negara kita dijual. Ini bukan perkara kecil," kata ahli politik PAS itu.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:45 AM PST
I urge the Prime Minister to answer my questions. Where does it state in the constitution that cow slaughtering in schools is permitted. If this can't be answered, please stop the cruelty. As per my knowledge, even moderate Turkey will not slaughter cows in schools. I have been to school for 13 years, I never heard of cow slaughtering in the schools which I have studied. Do not make schools into suraus. The Education Department should respect other races who are studying in the school.
If at all police are eager to investigate me, they should first investigate Perkasa's running boys, papagomo and the school HMs around Malaysia who agreed to animal cruelty in schools. Lately, Second Education Minister Idris Jusoh said that there is a circular issued in 1976 that states that religious programs can be held in schools. We would like to read the circular itself and my question in the video was very clear - with whom the school HM got permission and I asked him to send me the proof but till today the whole Malaysian education ministry has failed to show the letter.
Recently an Indian police officer went to my house for an investigation over cow slaughtering issue. I have told the headmaster clearly that I am living overseas so why are police looking for me? When the time comes, I will inform PDRM and let us meet each other. Till then, be patient.
The government should cancel the registration of Perkasa, ISMA and take action against UMNO ministers who stir racial sentiments in Malaysia regarding the cow slaughtering issue and other issues too. Last week, Minister Shahidan Kassim said no PSC for the Indian community because Indians are prominent as lawyers and doctors. This kind of minister should be arrested immediately for causing racial tension but due to double standards in Malaysia, the UMNO-led government will hide the issue under the carpet.
Racist UMNO-friendly NGOs are causing unwanted problems in Malaysia but the law is lenient for them. I urge the PM to throw out his racist ministers before I come back to face the police. The cow slaughtering issue is a simple issue where multi-racial schools are turned into slaughterhouses and the Education Department and their ministers should respect other races. Do not misuse the percentage of the large population. We Malaysians do not see the real meaning of PM Najib's 1Malaysia. Please explain the meaning to us.
The cow slaughtering act doesnt align with the education syllabus or school co-curriculum in any part of the world.
Celebrating cow slaughtering in the school will make kids psychologically traumatized. Even if the teachers and students were asked not to "see" the slaughter, fine, but one can always "hear" the slaughter being carried out.
In any country, any parliament in the world would never approve such an inhumane act of slaughtering animals in the schools. It is a great disgrace for the country. All schools should follow world educational guidelines, definitely animal slaughtering will not be part of the system. The Malaysian parliament should come to a decision to respect non-violence.
Cow slaughtering in schools can cause POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that was witnessed after a harmful event has happened to animals or humans. War soldiers and victims have faced the syndrome and this disorder also affects people who work in slaughter houses.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:44 AM PST
On Sunday Dr Wan Azizah, de jure (wakakaka) president of PKR upped the ante in/for her husband's attempt to secure political power in the next election.
While dear Wan Azizah is the de jure president of her political party, her hubby, Anwar Ibrahim, is the de facto leader.
Also, the student would have learned:
... wakakaka, and of course the colloquial 'hubby'.
Now, why have I brought in a term used in the card game of poker, to wit, 'up (or) raise the ante'?
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:42 AM PST
(fz.com) - The sad truth is nobody will answer this question as it appears that the Malaysian football fraternity does not care anymore.
IT WAS almost like at the Grammys for me, tucked into a suit at the 2013 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Annual Awards at the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:41 AM PST
(The Ant Daily) - The defection of 11 Sabah PKR leaders to the Barisan Nasional (BN) is aimed at diluting positive vibes emanating from the PKR Special Congress held last weekend.
Political analyst Professor Jayum Jawan said the 11 leaders are "small fries" in the larger scale of things, and the timing of their announcement showed that it was done in response to amendments made to the PKR party constitution.
"The division leaders are not important . What concerns me the most are the elected representatives who had jumped ship (to join BN) as this raises the issue of their integrity," Jayum told the antdaily in referring to Matunggong assemblyman Datuk Jelani Hamdan and Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad.
The duo, along with the 11 state leaders, had on Nov 26 held a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at the Umno headquarters here to announce their decision.
"With this (resignations), PKR is almost paralysed while Barisan will become even stronger in Sabah, allowing us to better serve the people of the state," Najib reportedly said.
PKR through the amendments has included a clause stating that it will uphold the spirit of cooperation and power sharing between Sabah, Sarawak and the Peninsula according to the 1963 Malaysia Agreement -- a promise which was recorded in Pakatan Rakyat's "Kuching Declaration" signed on Sept 16, 2012.
The party also agreed that at least one of the four appointed vice-president seats must be allocated to a Sabah or Sarawak leader -- ensuring a better representation to champion their issues.
Jayum, however, said that PKR is also "playing politics" in making the promises as they are not in a position to offer Sabah and Sarawak greater autonomy.
"What do they (PKR) mean by autonomy? There is no autonomy to offer because the matter is already spelled out in the Malaysia Agreement 1963," he stressed, citing as example enforcement of its own immigration laws.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 10:28 AM PST
(TMT) - Pergerakan Pemuda Umno berkata Pemuda menerima secara terbuka usul PAS yang dilapor ingin bermuzakarah dengan Umno, namun ia perlu diadakan tanpa sebarang prasyarat yang membebankan kedua-dua pihak.
Ketua Pemuda Umno Khairy Jamaluddin menarik perhatian bahawa usaha ke arah muzakarah itu telah diusulkan beberapa kali, termasuk oleh Umno sendiri, namun tergendala disebabkan prasyarat yang dikenakan.
Katanya, agenda muzakarah itu perlu lebih luas dengan tidak hanya tertumpu kepada umat Islam, lapor Bernama.
Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, dalam ucapan penangguhan Muktamar PAS ke-59 di Shah Alam Ahad lepas, menyatakan kesediaan bermuzakarah dengan Umno namun terbatas kepada hal ehwal Islam.
Sementara itu, Pemuda Umno akan terus membawa isu berkaitan generasi muda dan menjadi suara golongan itu di Perhimpunan Agung Umno 2013 pada Disember ini selain memfokus kepada isu berkaitan perumahan, ekonomi dan kos sara hidup.
Khairy berkata isu asas termasuk agama dan bangsa akan turut dibangkit.
"Pada masa yang sama, kita akan sentiasa pastikan pendekatan kita nanti konsisten dengan semangat Barisan Nasional(BN)," katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat pertama barisan Exco Pemuda Umno susulan pemilihan sayap parti itu Oktober lepas.
Perhimpunan agung Umno dijadual berlangsung 2 hingga 7 Disember di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra di sini.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 08:53 AM PST
(National Express) - As the head of Islam in the state, the Johor sultan has powers to unilaterally revert the rest day from Sunday to Friday, constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari said.
"The sultan, in my view, can do that as Friday is a holy day for Muslims and (he) has some practical reasons; so that Muslims can spend more time in the mosque as in pre-1993 (days)," he said in an email to Malaysiakini.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 08:50 AM PST
(MM) - The MCA leadership battle is getting intense, with fresh allegations of money-politics and vote-buying.
Claims have emerged that some 120 party division chairmen have been receiving "allowances" to ensure the division delegates' allegiance.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 08:31 AM PST
Ravinder Singh, Malay Mail
Former EC chief Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman's bold admission that he had ensured that the three re-delineation exercises he did were done in such a way to ensure Malays retained political power, and that he did so "in a proper way, not illegally" is not a surprise. He is proud of what he did, despite the fact that he had breached the 13th Federal Constitution, which states that the number of voters in state and parliamentary seats must be approximately equal.
He questions how Barisan Nasional could have lost to the opposition in Kelantan, Penang and Selangor if the re-delineation was done to favour the BN. This is a cheap question. Either he must be a fool not to realise why the BN lost these states, or he is trying to make a fool of those who question gerrymandering.
Posted: 27 Nov 2013 08:21 AM PST
Former Sabah CM Salleh Said Keruak and ex-state minister Lajim Ukin were in the centre of another swept-under-the-carpet blunder involving the cattle farms in Sabah and Australia.
Selvaraja Somiah, FMT
The latest update on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) debacle is an ugly reminder of Sabah's own blunders and the absolute need to be free from the present breed of politicians who run politics as business.
Sabah has had its own controversial acquisitions.
Desa Cattle, a brainchild of former Chief Minister Harris Salleh was a brilliant idea to see Sabah become self-sufficient in dairy and meat. But within 15 years of its inception, politicians having their own agenda destroyed it.
In the centre of this blunder is Salleh Said Keruak and Lajim Ukin.
At the time of the 'sale', Salleh was then Sabah CM and Lajim the State Agriculture Minister.
The project was a cattle farm and dairy industry. It was in the 1990s and Sabah was become the flagship in cattle and diary industry.
The Sabah government ran a cattle farm in Darwin Australia and the state had actually reached 100% self-sufficiency in the production of such meats in 1998.
At that time, the commercial cattle farm was owned by Desa Cattle Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Village Development Corporation (KPD) that was operating in Mesilau, Sook in Sabah and in Darwin, Australia.
Then Salleh and Lajim Ukin decided to sell the farm in Darwin Australia.
They also sold the remaining thousands of acres of Desa Cattle land in Sabah to Kim Loong a West Malaysia group.
Salleh Said Keruak
Lajim has of course denied any direct involvement. His contention is that the sale went through the state Cabinet and that he should not be the one to answer for it.
Anyway as a result of this sale, Desa Cattle's land bank in Keningau and Kundasang shrunk to a measly thousand acres.
Kim Loong the West Malaysian group, made huge profits from the land over the years by converting it to oil palm cultivation.
Because of this silly decision, Sabah is now no longer self-sufficient in beef, mutton and buffalo meat production. These days the state imports frozen beef from Australia and New Zealand, and buffalo meat from India.
This controversial deal between KPD Holdings, the state government and the Desa Cattle management group calls for declassifying the documents on these deals that lead to massive losses.
Losses, which incidentally is far greater than the ongoing case of National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), another "lembu" business.
Auditor-General's report for 2011 reported a gross mismanagement of the NFC project worth RM250 million which involved the family of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 07:27 PM PST
(Bernama) - Operasi PKR cabang Roban di Saratok, Sarawak, lumpuh selepas pengerusi dan setiausahanya keluar parti dan membawa bersama-sama mereka 108 anggota serta penyokong untuk menyertai Parti Demokratik Progresif Sarawak (SPDP).
Gani Eli, yang mempengerusikan cabang itu sejak 2011, mengetuai kumpulan yang keluar PKR itu untuk menyerahkan borang permohonan mereka kepada Presiden SPDP Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom di sini hari ini.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 07:22 PM PST
(TMI) - Penampang MP Darell Leiking said today he will continue to raise the issue of the 18- and 20-point agreements for Sabah and Sarawak despite warnings from the Home Ministry.
Expressing disgust with Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar for warning any individual or politician who raised the issue, Darell said: "Why is he giving warning relating to the safeguards which were created in the first place to protect the interests of Sabahans and Sarawakians?"
Wan Junaidi had earlier this week reminded individuals, including lawmakers, not to question matters relating to the agreements, saying it was a warning to any politician who tried to play with fire regarding the issue of national unity and the formation of Malaysia.
Darell pointed out that the these safeguards were agreed to by the Federal government back then and incorporated into the Malaysian Agreement 1963.
He asked how Putrajaya could say it was illegal for anyone to speak about an agreement which had been agreed upon decades ago.
"If Putrajaya starts to 'gag' these safeguards, then the people of Sabah and Sarawak will be thrown back into the realms of inferiority, in comparison with their counterparts in the peninsula, " he said in a statement.
Darell, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy secretary-general, said without the 18- and 20-point agreements, Malaysia would not exist.
Darell is one of the most vocal MPs on the issue. Other Sarawakian lawmakers have also reacted angrily to Wan Junaidi's warning, saying there was nothing seditious about asking the Malaysia Agreement committee to review the agreements for Sabah and Sarawak.
Darell said a review was due as the agreement was more than 50 years old, and several incidents merited such a motion.
He cited three issues - the recent Allah ruling by the appellate court which saw conflicting views by cabinet ministers, the transfer of judges from East Malaysia that affected the judicial autonomy of the Borneo states and matters concerning oil royalties.
"I understand why the Sabah and Sarawak BN MPs opted to remain quiet when I tabled the motion for the review as they have to protect their interests within Barisan Nasional," Darell said.
"However, people in Sabah and Sarawak have begun to voice their disappointment and anger on social media which has put the BN MPs in a spot."
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 07:20 PM PST
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 07:17 PM PST
(MM) - Elections watchdog Bersih 2.0 today urged the Election Commission to call off its re-delineation exercise as it cast further doubt on the looming revision that has been stained by allegations of gerrymandering.
Bersih 2.0 also repeated its call for the EC clean the electoral rolls and renew its members, claiming the current members of partisan, unethical, and non-independent.
"The EC is bound by principles set down in the Federal Constitution and international standards in conducting its duties, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union's 1994 Declaration on Criteria for Free and Election.
"The measure of the EC's success is not the victory of any particular political party, but whether their actions can meet these standards," the watchdog's steering committee said in a statement here.
Bersih's comments came in the wake of an admission by Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman that the three redelineation exercises during his term had ensured the continued political dominance of the Malays, even as the retired election chief insisted the redrawing of electoral boundaries were carried out in the "proper way".
Rashid was reported to have made the comments after joining Malay rights group Perkasa, during the group's Federal Territory annual general meeting earlier this week.
"Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman's statements lend credence to Bersih 2.0's long-running contention that the Malaysian EC is not an independent, non-partisan election management body," Bersih added.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 05:19 PM PST
(MM) - Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today blasted Putrajaya for what he saw as a cowardly response to allegations that Singapore had helped the United States spy on Malaysia.
He said despite the latest revelation, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had not reprimanded Washington and Singapore but instead, remained muted in the face of the alleged violation of Malaysia's sovereignty.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 05:10 PM PST
(The Star) - Selangor's Barisan Nasional assemblymen want the state PAS leadership to support them in their stance against Coalition of Malaysian NGOs' (Comango) demands.
"Some of the demands are not reasonable and can adversely effect the special status of Islam in the Federal Constitution and the religious reality of Malaysian society," Opposition chief Datuk Shamsudin Lias told a press conference at the sidelines of the state legislative assembly Wednesday.
He said since the PAS leadership was also against same-gender relationships and unnatural sex, both parties could collaborate on the matter.
Shamsudin and his BN counterparts held the press conference after Speaker Hannah Yeoh rejected the Opposition's motion to condemn the coalition.
Comango has been criticised for making several claims at the United Nations Human Rights Council periodical review of the country's human rights.
Shamsudin said the Speaker had opined that there were more important issues to be discussed although the matter was of public interest, adding the Opposition respected the decision.
Meanwhile, Yeoh told another press conference later that the Opposition had submitted the motion on Tuesday under Standing Order 17 which encompassed urgent matters revolving around public interest.
Yeoh added she rejected the motion because it was not an emergency motion.
She said that her move was not wrong as a similar motion was rejected by Parliament.
"We are still debating the budget. I urge all elected representatives to discuss matter which are of more importance for the people," she said.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 05:04 PM PST
(The Star) - Selangor's Mentri Besar, elected representatives, executive council members, Speaker and deputy Speaker will receive massive pay hikes effective Jan 1, 2014.
The amendments to existing laws were made and passed at the Selangor legislative assembly Wednesday to allow the hike.
Monthly salaries for assemblymen have been increased from RM6,000 to RM11,250, an increase of 87%.
The Speaker, who receives RM6,109, will receive RM22,500 and the deputy Speaker whose current salary is RM3,327 will receive RM15,750.
The Mentri Besar's wages has increased by 106% from the present RM14,175 to RM29,250.
The salary for exco members have been given a 231% hike from RM6,109 to RM20,250.
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim also announced half-a-month's bonus of for the state's 15,643 employees, which will be made in mid Jan.
He said the raise was timely given the increase in responsibilities in the state.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 01:31 PM PST
(Borneo Post) - Eleven Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leaders in Sabah quit the party yesterday and expressed support for the Barisan Nasional (BN).
They comprise division heads, division deputy heads and division information chiefs from Kudat, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, Sepanggar, Pensiangan, Beluran, Kinabatangan, Batu Sapi, Silam, Kalabakan and Semporna.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 01:07 PM PST
(Bernama) - Matunggong assemblyman Jelani Hamdan claims that at least 20 to 25 Sabah PKR leaders from their respective divisions are expected to quit the party in a second wave of resignation.
Sabah PKR is simmering with widespread dissatisfaction following the 13th general election.
Jelani, together with 11 Sabah PKR divisional have thrown their support behind Barisan Nasional, claiming too much interference from national PKR leaders.
"We've lost confidence in the PKR leadership at the federal and state levels. Although Sabah PKR was given the autonomy, ironically, the authority comes from an individual," he told reporters after their resignation from the PKR was announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak here yesterday.
Among those who quit were 10 division chiefs and one division information chief.
Jelani, who was their spokesman, said the autonomy proclaimed by the PKR leadership was never practised, including in the appointment of opposition chief and State Leadership Council members.
Jelani claimed that PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim meddled in the party's state administration.
Jelani and Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad left the party earlier on Nov 4.
Jelani also dismissed Anwar's claim that Malajad and him were bought over by the BN as the coalition had won a two-thirds majority in Sabah in the last general election.
Asked about this, Jelani said, "From his (Anwar's) text message, he's disappointed. It's normal. He says we've got a better offer from another side."
Jelani pledged the group's support for the BN, but was still undecided whether to join any BN component party or form a new party.
On the proposed amendment to the PKR Constitution that one of the three PKR vice-presidents must come from either Sabah or Sarawak, Jelani said:
"You can make amendments, but whether they are implemented is another matter.
"Maybe just on paper. This is happening at the state level."
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