- Now, Umno rep wants 67.9pc Bumiputera quota
- More Malay millionaires needed to safeguard Islam, says Umno delegate
- Utusan and TV3 file application to disqualify Surendran in Anwar defamation suit
- Ex-Teratai rep Jenice Lee sues DAP over expulsion from party
- PAS awaits official muzakarah invitation
- Inclusiveness gets a rethink as Umno struggles past GE13
- 'Cult followers may be out for more hits'
- Let’s talk, Anwar tells Najib
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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