- PKR MP Surendran says will not be cowed ahead of motion on his suspension tomorrow
- Anwar objects to judge line-up, hearing delayed to Dec 2
- The PAS dilemma – to embrace Umno or to stick with Pakatan
- As debate rages, Terengganu arms religious guards
- Christian leaders harden stand on Allah, say Putrajaya misleading East Malaysians on court ruling
- Billions of ringgit and 20 years needed to replace pipes
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 08:19 PM PST
(TMI) - Putrajaya is moving a motion to suspend vocal PKR Padang Serai MP N. Surendran for six months for insulting Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, the first since the Parliament convened after the 13th general election.
Surendran said it was an attempt by BN to intimidate him.
"I will not buckle or hesitate despite this outrageous attempt. This is a ridiculous and extreme motion," said the PKR vice-president.
"I want to ask, is the Speaker above criticism?"
Surendran said he had not committed any offence except to criticise the Speaker.
"This is an attempt to stifle my voice and I will defend myself," he said.
The motion, to be moved by one of the Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department this evening, was placed on all the 222 MPs' tables in the Dewan Rakyat.
It said Surendran accused Pandikar of being "biased" and telling "complete and utter lies" during a press conference at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
"The accusation is an insult to the Speaker who has carried out his duties as the chairman of the House and this has also soiled the name and prestige of the Dewan Rakyat," read the motion.
Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee said the motion will be debated tomorrow. Due to its bigger presence, Barisan Nasional, with 133 MPs, is expected to be able to pass the motion.
Yesterday, Surendran was thrown out of Parliament for the second time for trying to push through an emergency motion over the demolition of the 101-year-old Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman Hindu temple in the city centre.
Pandikar rejected the motion on technical grounds. When Surendran tried to argue his decision, he was ejected from the Chambers.
Earlier, Surendran was ejected from the Parliament for attempting to bring an emergency motion about a custodial death case involving P. Karuna Nithi.
Three years ago, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh, Subang MP R. Sivarasa and Gombak MP Azmin Ali were suspended for six months for a charge of misleading members in a row over a national unity slogan.
The motion was passed without debate as the opposition bloc boycotted proceedings.
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 02:31 PM PST
(MM) - The Federal Court today put off hearing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's attempt to remove a homosexual reference in his Sodomy I acquittal, after the opposition leader objected to judge Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali's presence on the Bench.
It is understood that Anwar's lawyer, Sulaiman Abdullah, had approached the deputy registrar of the Federal Court before proceedings started, to register their objection.
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 11:07 AM PST
(The Ant Daily) - Former Kelantan menteri besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat was the only top PAS leader who was truly committed to the Pakatan cause but he is no longer around.
Ever since its poor performance in the 13th general election (GE13), PAS has been beset by uncertainty. It appears like a party being pulled apart by two opposing forces – the conservatives and the progressives.
Nominations for the party elections next month confirm this and raise fears among PAS' Pakatan Rakyat partners that the outcome of the party's polls would have an impact on the three-party coalition.
PKR supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim himself was said to be concerned about the direction that PAS would take after its muktamar on Nov 22.
So, what has brought PAS to this state of affairs?
After all, in the run-up to GE13, the Islamist party was touted as the lynchpin of Pakatan, tasked with wresting seats from Umno under the slogan "PAS Ganti Umno" (PAS to replace Umno).
Observers said although PAS members did not seem concerned about the state the party is in now, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang could not escape responsibility.
"I think the problem with PAS is that despite being the oldest party in Pakatan it has been going downhill. And this happened during Hadi's tenure as president," said an observer.
"Part of the reason for this lies with the leadership. They are either still entertaining the thought of joining Umno or rethinking their future in Pakatan," the observer added.
Former Kelantan menteri besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat was the only top PAS leader who was truly committed to the Pakatan cause but he is no longer around.
Hadi's conduct before GE13 was questionable although he was in an upbeat mood about Pakatan's attempt to gain federal power.
Sources said he even had the audacity to usurp the PAS secretary-general's role in issuing letters of appointment to the party's candidates for GE13, resulting in overlapping of seats with PKR and Pakatan ally Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).
But alas PAS performed way below expectations and dashed Pakatan's ambition to capture Putrajaya.
PAS was the "big brother" in Pakatan and yet it won the least number of seats among the coalition partners.
DAP achieved its best ever showing with 38 parliamentary seats, followed by PKR with 30 and PAS with 21. In contrast, Umno, PAS's main rival, increased its share of parliamentary seats from 79 in 2008 to 88 in 2013.
But instead of clamouring for Hadi's head, party members endorsed his leadership, as evident from his re-election as PAS president without contest recently.
Observers said this was ironic as Hadi pales in comparison with Datuk Fadzil Noor, whom he succeeded as president in 2002.
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 11:06 AM PST
(MM) - Terengganu has stepped ahead of the country and armed its Islamic enforcement officers, urging other states to follow in its footsteps even as a federal minister sparked a furore yesterday when he proposed the security measure in the wake of the killing of a Pahang religious official.
The east coast state's executive councillor Ghazali Taib said it is important that officers who are exposed to life-threatening risks be protected.
"Terengganu enforcement officers are supplied with firearms for safety reasons.
"I hope all other states will follow suit so that they have to tools to defend themselves," he was quoted as saying today by Malay daily Sinar Harian.
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 11:04 AM PST
(TMI) - Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak have vowed to carry on using the word Allah even if it meant being prosecuted under a Home Ministry directive allowed by a court ruling.
They also accused Putrajaya of trying to mislead Christians from East Malaysia into believing that the Court of Appeal ruling was only applicable to the Catholic weekly, Herald.
They said they will speak up on this issue as this is what their respective congregations expected them to do.
In Sarawak today, the Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) will hold a public forum to address the use of the word Allah as it "relates to religious freedom". The forum will address the legal implications of the Court of Appeal ruling, on whether the decision only affects the use of the word in the Herald in Peninsular Malaysia.
Catholic Bishop for the Keningau diocese in Sabah Datuk Cornelius Piong said Sabahans, especially the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut natives, have been using the word for generations and will continue doing so.
"Who is going to stop us? Even God allows us to use the word," he said, calling the move to restrict the use of the word illogical.
His conviction was supported by the Bishop for the Sandakan diocese, Datuk Julius Dusin Gitom, who said that whatever views the church leaders expressed reflected the congregation's feelings.
"We will continue to use the word until they prosecute us," he said.
Gitom also took to task government leaders for "hiding" the real extent of the ruling by saying that the Court of Appeal ruling was limited to the Herald.
"It is not the case and the people know that. It is a blanket ban which affects everyone."
He also accused political parties Umno and PAS of trying to outdo each other in being more Islamic, which he added was a contributor to the Allah problem.
Posted: 12 Nov 2013 11:03 AM PST
(The Star) - It might take Malaysia 20 years to replace all of its ageing pipes with better ones.
It is estimated that water operators nationwide lost at least RM618mil in revenue last year alone due to NRW.
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