- Sarawak MP: Why can’t I talk about Malaysia agreements?
- 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?
- Netizens slam ‘traitor’ Junaidi’s treason threat
- The Lone Ranger rides again, sans Tonto
- Lawyer sues AG, former IGP and eight others
- UK governments blocked investigations into Malaysian massacre cover-up
- Thailand protesters back on the streets
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."
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 11:28 AM PST
(FMT) - Sarawak netizens voice anger and disbelief over the deputy home minister's recent warning, calling him a Malaya lackey
"As an educated minister, please do not make statements like an uneducated person."
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 10:32 AM PST
(fz.com) - So why then is he throwing his hat into the ring when the odds seem harder than 2010, where he garnered 578 votes to Dr Chua's 901 and Ka Ting's 833 votes.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 10:29 AM PST
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 10:11 AM PST
Relatives of Batang Kali massacre victims outside the high court in 2008. The court of appeal has heard how two UK governments tried to cover up Scotland Yard investigations into the killings of 24 civilians. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
(The Guardian) - Appeal court hears of Tory interventions in 1970 and 1990s over police probe into troops killing 24 civilians at Batang Kali in 1948
The government's refusal to hold an inquiry places it in breach of Article 2 of the European convention on human rights convention enshrining the right to life, and of "customary international law," Fordham said.
Posted: 26 Nov 2013 10:06 AM PST
(BBC) - So the government has invoked the Internal Security Act. It is considering emergency rule, which would permit the deployment of the army. It has got an arrest warrant for the protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban. None of these measures will do much to restore its authority, though, without a willing army or police force.
In almost any other country, the scenes I have witnessed in Thailand the past couple of days would have been unthinkable.
An unarmed crowd of demonstrators, some of them elderly and most decidedly unthreatening, stormed and then occupied the finance ministry in Bangkok.
Later they surrounded the interior ministry. Most of the staff left in a hurry, leaving a few rows of nervous-looking volunteer guards and rolls of razor-wire to prevent it suffering the same fate as the finance ministry.
A protest movement armed with little more than whistles and plastic hand-clappers has been able to mount what comes close to an insurrection against the government, in a middle-income country and economic hub for the South East Asian region.
But then, they did something very similar before, in 2008.In that year the main government office, including that of the prime minister, was occupied for months, followed by a raid on Bangkok International airport that stranded tens of thousands of tourists.'Bags of cash'
Thailand seems stuck on a merry-go-round of political conflict, replaying chaotic episodes that were scarcely believable the first time round. Why?
Ask the protesters and the answer is simple. One name. Thaksin Shinawatra.
They are a mix of middle-class city-dwellers and provincial folk from the south, the stronghold of the opposition Democrat party, and they all repeat the same mantras we heard during the last round of "yellow" protests in 2008.
That the former prime minister elevated corruption, always a pernicious problem here, to new heights; that he tried to control everything, and is still doing so from self-imposed exile, through his sister Yingluck, the current prime minister.
No-one doubts the hold Mr Thaksin still has over his party, and his sway over important government decisions. He is, after all, his party's biggest vote-winner, despite living abroad for five years.
There is a continuous shuttle of ministers and officials to consult with him in Hong Kong, Dubai, or wherever else he happens to be.
There are also dark rumours of bags of cash leaving the country, though these are impossible to confirm.
But the common assumption has always been in Thailand that government projects allow "funds" to be siphoned off for well-connected people.
This government has embarked on an unprecedented spending spree, including a rice subsidy scheme costing many billions of dollars a year, a massive water management plan following the floods of 2011, and planned infrastructure investments totalling more than $600bn (£370bn).
Mr Thaksin's opponents fear these projects will generate so much slush money that the Shinawatras will be able to buy enough influence to dominate the country for many years to come, at a time when Thailand is quietly bracing itself for the end of the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the monarch seen as the spiritual and moral core of the nation.
Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25109420
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