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Now, Umno rep wants 67.9pc Bumiputera quota

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 07:57 PM PST

(MM) - An Umno delegate today asked for the 30 per cent quota for Bumiputera equity in business to be more than doubled to reflect the country's population breakdown and deal with what he described as "disturbing emerging issues" in the economy.

Malacca delegate Datuk Akhbar Ali told the Umno general assembly that it is only fair to revise the quota upwards, since the Bumiputera community account for 67.9 per cent of the country's population of 28 million.

"We need to translate that into a new benchmark for our future planning and targets. If we take that 67.9 per cent as the new benchmark, imagine where we will be," he said during the economy debate.

The current 30 per cent quota was implemented under the New Economic Policy (NEP) in 1970 to narrow the gap in business equity ownership between the Malay and Chinese communities.

The NEP was created as a response to the deadly racial riots that rocked the nation's capital on May 13, 1969, and was supposed to run for 20 years ending in 1990.

The government has, however, continued to retain elements of the NEP, amidst growing discontent among non-Bumiputera communities over what they described as a free ride for well-connected Malays into big business.

Akhbar today argued that despite all the policies put in place by the government to empower the Bumiputera community economically, they still lagged behind the non-Bumiputera.

Taking the example of land ownership, he said the Bumiputera community collectively own just 42.5 per cent of the total land area available in the country.

Citing the Wasiat Raja-Raja Melayu or Will of the Malay Rulers — which was issued at the same time Malaya declared independence — Akhbar said 50 per cent of the land sans mountains and lakes was to be Malay reserve land, while the remaining half would be up for grabs by all communities.

"Based on this, the Bumiputera should own over 50 per cent of the land, but the figures show that Bumiputera land ownership is not even at 50 per cent," he said, while asking party President and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to provide a detailed racial breakdown of land ownership in every state.

Akhbar also highlighted the widening gap in household income between Bumiputera and Chinese households, claiming that the average Chinese family earns RM1.45 for every RM1 brought home by a Malay household.

He said the Umno-led federal government must channel as much help as possible for Bumiputera wage earners, who make up the bulk of the Bumiputera economic pie.

The Malacca Umno liaison committee secretary said wage earners comprise 69 per cent of the entire Bumiputera community, with nearly three quarters of that figure falling in the country's bottom 40 per cent of the economic strata.

He acknowledged that the onus falls on the Bumiputera community to take advantage of all the opportunities provided by the government to uplift themselves, but stressed that the policymakers must also work doubly hard to give the Bumiputera economic empowerment.

"We must bear in mind that growth without equity will only widen the (economic) gap, while equity without growth will only breed poverty," he said. 


More Malay millionaires needed to safeguard Islam, says Umno delegate

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 07:54 PM PST

Md Izwan, TMI

An Umno Pandan delegate said today that more Malay millionaires are needed to protect the dignity of Islam.

Urging  the government to produce more millionaires, Datuk Mohd Haniff Koslan also said  the number of Malay millionaires was smaller than those from other races with only nine Malays among the top 50 millionaires in the country.

"Malay millionaires are important as Malays are Muslim. When Malays are rich, Islam will be protected," he said when debating the party president's speech at the Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Mohd Haniff urged that government-linked companies (GLCs) play a primary role in producing more Malay millionaires.

"If it is possible, I would like to suggest that GLCs produce more Malay millionaires," he said.

He also said the failure to produce more millionaires should not be blamed on the government or the laziness of the Malay community.

"Failures are not due to the laziness of Malays. The Malays are expected to be farmers, therefore starting a business is difficult," he added.

Mohd Haniff had recently urged the government to audit private companies that were not Malay-owned as the opportunities given to the Bumiputeras in this sector were still very few.

His statement echoed the argument by Minister in Prime Minister's office Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar (pic) who had blamed the private sector for discriminating against Bumiputeras.

However, critics have denied this contention, saying the private sector prioritised meritocracy and took quality into account when employing staff.




Utusan and TV3 file application to disqualify Surendran in Anwar defamation suit

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 07:25 PM PST

(The Star) - Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd and Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Bhd (TV3) will file an application to disqualify counsel N. Surendran in a defamation suit by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against them over the Lahad Datu intrusion.

High Court judicial commissioner Rosilah Yop fixed Feb 25 to hear the application to disqualify Surendran as one of the counsels who acted for Anwar.

JC Rosilah set the date after meeting counsel Latheefa Koya who acted for Anwar and counsel Choo Shi Jin for Utusan Melayu and Lim Qi Si for TV3 in chambers yesterday.

Latheefa told reporters that the defendants would file an application to disqualify Surendran on grounds that the latter was PKR vice-president.

She said JC Rosilah also fixed the new trial dates between Apr 14 and 15 and from Apr 21 and 22.

On March 8, Anwar had sued Utusan Melayu and TV3 for RM100mil for allegedly linking him to the intrusion in Lahad Datu.

The PKR leader had named Utusan Melayu, its group editor-in-chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Ishak, TV3, its group managing editor Datuk Shahruddin Abdul Latif and its Buletin Utama news editor Ing Boon Seng as defendants.

In its statement of defence filed on April 12, Utusan Melayu contended that Anwar had not observed Order 18 Rule 12 (1A) of Rules of Court which stated that no party shall quantify any claim for general damages.

Asking the court to dismiss the suit with costs as it was "wrong in law", Utusan Melayu argued that it had also taken reasonable care in the publication of an article in its newspaper Utusan Malaysia on March 2 and that this was not defamatory of Anwar.

Alternatively, it claimed that it was justified in publishing the article and would rely on qualified privilege and fair comment on a matter of public interest.

In TV3's statement of defence, it denied that the Buletin Utama programme on March 2 constituted any libel against Anwar, adding that it had exercised responsible journalism.

The programme, said TV3, contained a fair, accurate and contemporaneous report of the issue in Lahad Datu at the material time and was based on reports already available in the public domain.


Ex-Teratai rep Jenice Lee sues DAP over expulsion from party

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 03:02 PM PST

(The Star) - Former Teratai state assemblyman Jenice Lee Ying Ha has filed a civil suit against DAP to declare that she is still a member of the party.

Lee, 33, filed the suit in the High Court Regiatry through Messrs Harjit Sandu Friday.

In her statement of claim, she named the party via secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the defendant.

She claimed to know from the media on April 20 that her membership had been terminated by the party's central executive council (CEC) and the Registrar of Societies (ROS) discovered that the CEC election on December last year, was not in accordance with the party's constitution.

The plaintiff said thus, her expulsion as the party's member was invalid.

Lee said on Oct 7, she received a letter from the defendant signed by the disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai, who gave her 14 days to explain in writing the allegation that she had breached Clause VII para 4 of the party's constitution.

She said the letter was not valid as Tan was in Korea on Oct 6 and he could not have signed the letter.

Lee claimed that she replied Tan's letter on Oct 15 and handed it to him on Oct 21 where she replied to the allegation.

The former Selangor DAP publicity secretary, however, said the defendant, via a letter dated Oct 30, had terminated her membership once again.

Lee claimed that her second expulsion as a member was not valid for reasons, among others, that Tan was not in the country to sign the letter; her letter dated on Oct 15 was not replied by the defendant; and she only received a "show cause letter" dated Oct 30 and not a "termination letter".

She claimed that the ROS had yet to confirm the CEC re-election held on Sept 29 and therefore all processes to expel her membership were not valid and were premature.

Lee is seeking a declaration that her membership be maintained; an injunction to prevent the defendant from terminating her membership; costs and other reliefs that the court thinks suitable and beneficial.

On Oct 29, Lee had withdrawn her suit over the alleged expulsion by the DAP, filed on June 5, after she received a letter from the DAP dated Oct 7 which had asked her to show cause why her membership could not be withdrawn.

Following the letter received, she considered that she was still a member of the DAP.


PAS awaits official muzakarah invitation

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 02:56 PM PST

PAS wants Umno to provide an official letter first before discussing among its leaders on the next step.

Anisah Shukry, FMT

Despite Umno's willingness to hold a muzakarah (discussion) with PAS, leaders of the opposition Islamist party were wary over the invite, pointing out that they had yet to receive an official letter from Umno over the matter.

"For the time being, it is all merely speculation through the media. We have not even discussed any of this in our meetings," PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu told FMT.

He added that PAS members "may" bring up the issue during their Dec 17 meeting, but even that is not yet confirmed.

"That meeting will focus on appointing committee members from our various bureaus in PAS. We are also going to talk about our opposition towards the goods and services tax (GST), fighting corruption and so on."

When asked how he felt about Umno's openness to have such talks, Mohamad Sabu was tight-lipped, and repeated that PAS leaders had yet to discuss the matter among themselves.

Similarly, PAS vice president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the party would not make a move until Umno sent an official letter inviting them to the muzakarah.

"If we receive a letter, then we will discuss this in the coming meeting. For now, any information we receive has been through the media."

Should the muzakarah take place, Tuan Ibrahim said it would touch upon implementing an Islamic administration system; mechanisms of the state and federal government; as well as issues afflicting Muslim Malaysians such as LGBT, unemployment and faith.

But he denied that such discussions were a betrayal to the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, as the muzakarah would not touch politics.

PAS reignited a muzakarah possibility

Last month, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had reignited talks of holding a muzakarah after he said the party was willing to cooperate with Umno for the sake of the rakyat.

"PAS is ready to hold a muzakarah with Umno on issues of implementing Islam. We must prioritise Islamic law," the president had said in his speech at the 59th annual PAS Muktamar in Stadium Melawati.

In response, Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday he welcomed the muzakarah to strengthen ties and reduce misunderstanding between the two parties.

"We place great emphasis on unity and we will always welcome an initiative to strengthen ties such as a muzakarah to find a common ground or reduce misunderstanding," Muhyiddin had told a press conference at the Umno annual general meeting (AGM).



Inclusiveness gets a rethink as Umno struggles past GE13

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 11:24 AM PST


(TMI) - Despite the billions spent in special allocations from BN Selangor and all the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia handouts, Selangor voters gave Pakatan 44 state seats, eight more than the 12th general election. 

In his speech at the party's first assembly after the 13th general election, Selangor Umno grass-roots leader Kamaruzzaman Johari summed up the conflicting feelings of his party.

His speech reflected how the party as a whole appears to be clutching at straws as it tries to figure out the way forward as the prime mover of Barisan Nasional (BN) in post-GE13 Malaysia.

"No matter what we did, no matter how much we spent, no matter how many programmes we held, the aid that we gave out, all of that at the end of the day was useless," said Kamaruzzaman from the Kota Raja Umno division.

Instead of returning the BN and Umno to power in Selangor, Kamaruzzaman said Selangor voters gave the thumbs up to the Pakatan Rakyat to helm the state for one more term. 

Despite the billions spent in special allocations from BN Selangor and all the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia handouts, Selangor voters gave Pakatan 44 state seats, eight more than the 12th general election.

PAS candidates won those eight seats by defeating their Umno opponents.

His frustration was shared by other grassroots delegates from other states who spoke at the assembly.

Despite Umno increasing its share of parliamentary seats in the last election, the party does not seem to be boasting.

Instead, the party's grassroots appear to be obsessed about the ruling Barisan Nasional's poor performance in the election. 

Unlike Pakatan Rakyat, where the three parties demand an equal standing, Umno has always prided itself as the prime mover of the BN. It sets the tone and narrative of all of the coalition's parties.

In his speech Umno president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak spent much time talking about how Umno did better than any of three Pakatan parties in terms of parliamentary seats and the popular vote.

He also paid tribute to Sabah and Sarawak Barisan Nasional, which together gave BN 47 seats.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Najib wanted to stress to grass-roots leaders that the party was still strong and that the country was still on the right track.

"He spent time telling members that Malaysia has received many accolades from international bodies and foreign leaders like (United States President) Barack Obama.

"So the country is not as bad as how the 'other side' says it is," said Abdul Rahman, of Kota Belud Umno, to The Malaysian Insider.

Yet that appeared to be cold comfort for the party's grassroots who spent a considerable amount of time expressing how they felt the non-Malay community abandoned Umno and BN, despite all the coalition "has done for them".

More than one delegate used the Malay adage "mencurah air ke daun keladi" (giving aid to those who don't need it) when describing the BN's contributions to certain non-Bumiputera communities.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/inclusiveness-gets-a-rethink-as-umno-struggles-past-ge13 

'Cult followers may be out for more hits'

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 11:15 AM PST


IN COLD BLOOD: Jaip official wasn't sole target, says top cop 

(NST) - Police believe that in keeping the group intact, the remaining followers of Tuhan Harun are out to assassinate several individuals on their case.

MARANG: HARUN Mat Saat, the leader of the Tuhan Harun sect, may be in police custody, but investigators fear that his hardcore followers will go all out to ensure that the group lives on.

Police believe that in keeping the group intact, the remaining followers of Tuhan Harun are out to assassinate several individuals on their case.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said investigations revealed that the cult members were not only responsible for planning and carrying out the assassination of Pahang Islamic Religious Department (Jaip) enforcement director Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malek last month, but were also planning other hits.

"It is fortunate that we caught the leader and some of the followers, as they were planning to assassinate others. We have caught two of the 10 wanted followers. We are looking for eight more," he said yesterday in Wakaf Tapai, Marang, where he declared that the Federal Reserve Unit had been upgraded to Brigade class to improve efficiency and management of the Royal Malaysian Police.

A source told the New Straits Times that while Rafli was at the forefront in the probe into the sect, religious personnel in other states were also on the case, as well.

"The fear is that they could be targets, too. Tuhan Harun operates and has a significant number of followers in several states. Among its major bases are Selangor and Johor. Investigators are looking into obsessed followers who are loyal to their leader and willing to carry out orders."

Harun was arrested in Tangkak, Johor, last month, with a man believed to be one of his most trusted followers and his third wife. Another 13 followers were also picked up.

The source told NST that it was during a raid in the Klang Valley that police picked up an individual, believed to be one of the three men at Rafli's house, where he was shot dead. It is learnt that the murder weapon was found during the raid.

The source revealed that the trigger man in the shooting was among those on the police's wanted list and still at large. In the latest arrest of wanted members on Monday, police picked up two men, aged 29 and 37, in Semporna, Sabah.

Meanwhile, Khalid said under "Op Warta" that started on Sept 25, more than 3,000 traffic offenders settled their summonses, adding that their arrest warrants were cancelled as soon as they did so.


Let’s talk, Anwar tells Najib

Posted: 05 Dec 2013 10:52 AM PST

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim says that Pakatan is always ready to engage the government on matters affecting national interests.

G Vinod, FMT

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today welcomed Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's willingness to talk to any party on matters pertaining to national interest.

In a brief statement, Anwar lauded the speech made by Najib yesterday at Umno annual general assembly, where he had said Umno would always extend a welcoming hand to any political parties.

"On Sept 19, the Pakatan Rakyat leadership had already announced that we are ready to engage with Barisan Nasional, which is in line with what Najib said yesterday," said Anwar.

Yesterday, Najib, who is also Umno president, said that his party will always welcome talks with any quarters pertaining matters of national interest, in his presidential speech.

But in the same speech, Najib mocked Anwar for making a fuss about winning the popular votes, saying that the former deputy prime minister should remember that Malaysia practised the 'first past the post system.'

On a related matter, Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin had also said that the party was willing to hold talks with PAS, to unite the Malays and Muslims in the country.

"Umno has never rejected any initiative or effort to help unite the Malays or Muslims and the people of Malaysia because unity has always been our vision," Muhyiddin had said, adding that the meeting with PAS could start as soon as the Umno AGM is over.


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