‘In no man’s land, Najib talks but nobody listens’

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is not getting the support of extremists or moderates, said former minister Zaid Ibrahim.

“He is in political no man’s land, speaking to nowhere man and getting the attention of nobody. I feel sorry for him,” he added.

The former Umno lawmaker said that Najib has thus far been playing different tunes to different crowds.

“Often, he has chosen to remain characteristically silent on important issues so that he can continue to be blue, black, or yellow depending on whatever seems popular,” he added.

However, Zaid said Najib must have realised by now that trying to be “50 percent moderate” and “50 percent Ibrahim Ali” would not work.

“This time he must – to save his job – commit to a position: either agree with Perkasa and forget about those promises of reform, or be a real agent of change,” he added.

Zaid (right), whose comments come amid Umno’s general assembly, also took a swipe at the party’s slogan for this year’s meet, which is “Malays Unite”.

“Malays are not easily fooled by the false alarm, repeated over 40 years, that their problems stem primarily from their lack of unity and that the Chinese ‘threat’, whatever that is, can be overcome by nothing more than mere sloganeering.
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Gigolo loses wife and ‘lover’

AT home, Iskandar is the perfect husband and father but outside, he harbours a dark secret – he offers sexual services to rich and lonely widows.

Iskandar, 28, told Harian Metro he had to earn more money to support his wife and infant son, claiming that his salary as a clerk was inadequate.

Although his wife Anis offered to go to work to supplement the family’s income, Iskandar refused as he wanted his son to have the best care and attention.

Iskandar’s involvement with a rich woman, who is a Datuk, began six months ago when he went to borrow money from a friend.

Initially, Iskandar refused the Datuk’s offer but agreed when the entrepreneur, in her 40s, sought companionship. Her husband had died recently.

On his first encounter, Iskandar was paid RM5,000, an amount which encouraged him to meet her more often. Continue reading

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Son dies in custody, dad ‘threatened with gun’

A 25-year-old unemployed youth has died in police custody, and his father suspects foul play due to the bruises and ‘hole-like puncture marks’ on the body.

The 67-year-old farmer also claimed that when police questioned him in relation to his son’s arrest, they had used a gun and a pair of handcuffs to threaten him.

Earlier, Syed Mohamad Nur Ali said a group of policemen had kicked down the door of his house in Pengerang, Johor, in search of a firearm.

He related the ordeal during a press conference with the family’s lawyer, Gobind Singh Deo at the latter’s law firm in Kuala Lumpur.

The DAP lawmaker also showed photographs of the deceased Syed Mohd Azlan’s remains to the media.

“I don’t mind (his) death, but it’s how my son died that grieves me,” said Syed Mohamad Nur, who was unable to control his tears.

“My son was not sick, it would have been fine if he passed quickly, (but) the morning (before the arrest) he was having breakfast with me and his brothers,” he added, flanked by his wife.
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Read my lips, we want equality

By Jimmy Adit

OUTSPOKEN: There is no telling how many Sarawakians out there truly want to see the state leave Malaysia.

It could be many. Or it could be just a few. But what is certain is in this age of Information Technology, people get informed with so much ease and those with a common cause or goal to fight for, coordinate their actions and efforts better.

The Internet has indeed helped to amplify the voice of this group of Sarawakians to a level loud enough to attract attention and raise some concerns.

The Sarawak state government is rather circumspect about the matter, probably because it knows that independence is not what the majority of Sarawakians want. It probably feels that the call to pull out of Malaysia is made out of frustration at not being able to get from Putrajaya what people thought they deserved.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s administration probably think that it is not independence that the people really want but a Sarawak that is an equal partner in a Malaysia made up of Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya.

It is really not difficult to understand this line of thinking because there is no questioning Sarawakians’ pride for Malaysia and in being Malaysian. If it isn’t for this pride, Sarawakians, like the nation’s most decorated war hero Datuk Temenggong Kanang Langkau and George Cross Medal recipient Awang Raweng, would not have bothered to step on Malayan soil in defence of the country. Continue reading

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The giants are in cahoots with the ‘dwarfs’

READERS’ COMMENTS: It is an open secret that big timber giants have been buying logs from illegal log operators. If not how could these illegal logs disappear into thin air?

If you look into the methods of payments by these companies to their sub-contractors, you would notice that they are based on tonnage of timber abstracted.

These sub-contractors will encroach on forest reserves and other timber concession areas outside their own areas to earn more revenue from their operations.

The Forest Department has the exact number of logs derived from a block within a concession area. But, unfortunately these forestry officers have never compared the total output of timber produced from a given block or concession to that of the estimated output.

Most of these illegal logs are disposed of in this way with or without the knowledge of the big timber companies.

Some forestry officers are known to have even understated the amount of log output to beat the audit checkpoint. It is thus difficult to catch these culprits red-handed as I had experienced when I was a staff member of the Auditor-General’s Office. – Hugh Lawrence Zehnder
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Putrajaya mulls censoring YouTube, websites for unapproved content

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said it was vital for content on the Internet, including movies, to suit local culture and sensitivity. — Bernama picHome Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said it was vital for content on the Internet, including movies, to suit local culture and sensitivity. — Bernama pic

By Aizyl Azlee

PUTRAJAYA , Nov 24 — The Home Ministry is working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to set up a firewall on websites, including YouTube, to ensure content which does not adhere to guidelines set by the Film Censorship Board is not viewed by Malaysians.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said it was vital for content on the Internet, including movies, to suit local culture and sensitivity.

“We are working with MCMC on this matter and I urge the commission to implement the system soon,” he said after officiating the 60th anniversary of the censorship board here yesterday.

Ahmad Zahid said the public needed to understand that the censorship board had a social responsibility to ensure people were not influenced by negative elements which could be present in certain films.

“We want to create awareness among the public, specifically film goers, that the censorship board has a social and religious responsibility to ensure movies adhere to set guidelines,” he said. Continue reading

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Delegate raps Guan Eng at Penang DAP convention

A delegate at the Annual Penang DAP convention took everyone by surprise when he questioned Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on his decision to buy a car for official use when the previous car was still in good condition.

The  representative from Chai Leng Park, Seberang Perai, Shamsher Singh Thind, said Guan Eng who is also the secretary-general of the party had criticised the Terengganu state government when they bought a similar model in 2008 but Guan Eng was doing the same under his administration.

“Guan Eng had bought himself a Mercedes Benz. What has happened?” he asked at the convention’s debate in Bukit Mertajam today.

Shamsher’s courage to question issues related to the state government in the presence of Guan Eng caused a stir among the 309 delegates who were at the convention.
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