- DAP lawmaker claims treated like a criminal by cops during Kg Hakka arrest
- DAP facing ideological transition
- High court dismisses Nik Nazmi's application
- Anwar cancels Sydney trip due to clashing court date over Sodomy II case
- Ambiga’s withdrawal from debate draws scorn
- Former CCID chief strikes back in RM 27 million suit
- COA upholds ruling against cartoonist
- Malaysia PM: Obama’s cancelled Asia trip a “missed opportunity”
- Najib: Stability the reason behind curb on Allah use
- In Spain, even toddlers learn Chinese for job hopes
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 08:28 PM PDT
(MM) - DAP MP Anthony Loke has complained over his treatment by the police during an arrest for protesting against the demolition of Kampung Hakka in Mantin, Negri Sembilan yesterday.
The Seremban MP claimed that although he was merely conducting his duties as a representative of his constituents, the police treated him like a criminal.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 08:15 PM PDT
Cindi Loo, The Ant Daily
The recent internal strife between DAP state leaders and the central leadership is a signal that the party is going through an adjustment period and is facing an ideological transition.
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said the party, which has been historically championing the blue-collar workers and labourers, now has young, educated professionals to fill the leadership ranks.
"The party has grown tremendously since the 2008 [general election] and it faces conflict between the old and new guards, many of whom are aligned to certain party leaders," he told theantdaily.
He said the recent spotlight on the young guns in the party has also given the impression that many old guards were being sidelined.
Khoo was commenting on recent developments in the DAP, especially in Johor where state chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau has formally announced he will not seek re-election in the upcoming state party election.
Boo reportedly cited growing factionalism and interference from the central leadership as reasons that compelled him to step down.
There were also grumblings from the Kedah and Malacca DAP about interference from the central leadership in their state matters.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 08:11 PM PDT
(MM) - The Shah Alam High Court today dismissed the application by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Nik Ahmad to drop the charge against him for organising a rally at Stadium Kelana Jaya on May 8.
Nik Nazmi, who was charged under Section 9(1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 of organising the rally without giving a 10-day prior notice to the police as required under the Act, faces a fine of not more than RM10,000, upon conviction.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 08:04 PM PDT
(MM) - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has cancelled a visit to Sydney next week due to a court hearing at the Federal Court over his bid to disqualify Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah as the lead prosecutor in his Sodomy II appeal case.
The visit would have included appearances at two forums and a debate on Islam, the Sydney Morning Herald website said today.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 06:05 PM PDT
Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga's excuse that she was not debating is unacceptable, says Senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor.
Anisah Shukry, FMT
Bersih co-chairperson S Ambiga's refusal to debate with Yuktes Vijay, a former aide in Anwar Ibrahim's legal team, on the People's Tribunal has drawn scorn from Senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor.
"The reluctance and hesitancy shown by Ambiga to debate clearly shows that the Tribunal Rakyat was a mere Barisan Nasional bashing exercise," Mohd Ezam said in a statement today, referring to the People's Tribunal by its Malay name.
Ambiga had originally agreed to a debate with Yuktes through micro-blogging site Twitter, but later called it off when she learned the topic was on the People's Tribunal.
"…Have explained. Disagreed with topic of findings of [People's Tribunal] when they are not out yet. Said I disagreed from Day1.." she tweeted on Wednesday.
But Ezam argued today that the debate, scheduled for Nov 16, was to focus on what was submitted during tribunal, and did not touch upon the judges' conclusions.
"Deciphering the excuse given by Ambiga for her withdrawal, it seems like she intends to use the findings of the Tribunal as a reference point to validate her vague and bias (sic) views.
"Perhaps (it is an) indication that she indeed lacks evidence to substantiate her views and allegations about the [general election] and the[election commission]," said Ezam.
He also pointed out that the tribunal was not recognised by law, and thus there was no question of contempt should the debate go on.
"Personally, I was surprised and astounded when Ambiga accepted the challenge of Yuktes Vijay for a debate. In fact, the founding father of Bersih, Anwar Ibrahim would not have been pleased at all with this decision of hers," claimed Ezam.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 05:56 PM PDT
Former IGP and current AG are among 12 defendants in a civil suit filed by Ramli Yusuff.
Alfian ZM Tahir, FMT
Former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief (CCID) Ramli Yusuff today filed in a civil suit against 12 individuals, including former Inspector General of Police Musa Hassan and Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail at the Jalan Duta High Court over charges wrongfully brought against him in 2007.
On this day six years ago, Ramli was charged under the Anti Corruption Act for allegedly acquiring substantial assets amounting to RM27 million and claims of abuse of power.
Speaking to reporters after filing his suit, Ramli said that today was a significant day as he was brought to court on malicious accusation exactly six years ago, before praising the judicial system for clearing his name, and described the legal system as fair.
"On this day 2007 I was brought to court and today six years after I am here to seek justice," he said.
"I am not doing this because of Ramli Yusuff but I am doing this for the men in blue (police personnel).
"I think the police force was demoralised at one stage because the moment the three star general (IGP) (referring to Musa Hassan) was appointed everyone was sacred," he said.
Ramli, also former Sabah police commissioner, claimed exemplary damages amounting to RM27 million against the defendants.
When asked on why he chose RM27 million for damages, Ramli said it was to signify the wrongful charges brought against him in 2007.
"Both dates and figures are so significant to me. The same day when I was charged and the amount they accused me of having…so I claim RM27 million as damages," he said.
Acquitted of all charges
Ramli, in his statement of claim furnished by his lawyers to the media, said the whole things started in September 2006 when Musa was appointed the Inspector General of Police and Ramli became the CCID director.
Ramli claimed that in order to thwart his candidacy as Deputy IGP, Musa with other defendants either combined jointly or individually subjected Ramli to a series of action in a manner to implicate him for abuse of power, corruption and other crimes resulting him being sacked from the police force.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 05:29 PM PDT
(Bernama) - The Court of Appeal here today upheld a High Court's ruling that the arrest and detention of political cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, by police in 2010 was lawful.
A three-member panel led by Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim also upheld the decision of the High Court which had held that the seizure of 66 of the cartoonist's books and a painting was unlawful and had ordered that damages be given to him (Zulkiflee), with the quantum to be assessed by the High Court.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 10:40 AM PDT
"We do cater as well, in a very inclusive way, for the small minorities," he said. "We are not racist at all."
Read more and watch the interview at: http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/31/malaysia-pm-obamas-cancelled-asia-trip-a-missed-opportunity/
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 10:32 AM PDT
(MM) - Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak defended a court ruling banning a Christian newspaper from using the word "Allah" to refer to God, saying yesterday it would help ensure stability.
The court decision this month fanned religious tensions and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.
Christians there have used the word for centuries, but the three Muslim judges ruled The Herald's usage of it in its Malay edition would "cause confusion in the community".
"People must understand that there are sensitivities in Malaysia, but what is important is public security and national harmony," Najib told Reuters Insider in an interview.
He sought to clarify confusion over the scope of the ruling, saying it only covered the newspaper and would not stop people using the word in predominantly Christian areas.
"With respect to the court ruling it only applies to The Herald paper, which has got wide circulation, and doesn't apply to the situation in Sabah and Sarawak. So what we're trying to do objectively above all is to ensure stability and national harmony," he said on the sidelines of the World Islamic Economic Forum in London.
Najib has in recent months sought to solidify his support among majority ethnic Malays, who are Muslim by law.
His government has toughened security laws and strengthened a decades-old affirmative action policy for ethnic Malays, reversing liberal reforms that were aimed at a broader section of multi-ethnic Malaysia.
Najib said he did not expect such moves to hit investor sentiment, saying that the government was strengthening its relationships with foreign and domestic investors.
Posted: 31 Oct 2013 10:21 AM PDT
(The Sun Daily) - Numerous schools and language centres here have started holding such lessons as Spaniards look to China's fast-growing economy for opportunities after five years of on-off recession in Spain.
"Banana!" she yells. "Xiang jiao!"
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