Attacks failed to break Mkini resolve, says Gan

The many attacks faced by Malaysiakini over the past 15 years have failed to break the resolve of the independent news portal, said its co-founder Steven Gan.

Speaking to over 1,000 supporters at Malaysiakini’s 15th anniversary bash, Gan vowed the country’s first news website will continue its mission to tell the “truth to power”.

He likened Malaysiakini to “pesky schoolkids” who keep poking the bully in the eye and refuse to go away.

“And we don’t plan to go away. Not now, not ever. With your support, we intend to be around for a long time to come – to continue our task to hold the people that you have elected accountable.”
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Did hospital negligence cause 14-year-old’s death?

Tinasha Ganesan Rao is declared brain dead by a private hospital within eight hours of admission for a fever.

 by Amanda Charmaine

Tinasha Ganesan RaoPETALING JAYA: From fever to fits, then death. That was how 14-year-old Tinasha Ganesan Rao spent the last few days of her life when her parents took her to Assunta Hospital to treat her fever.

The members of her family, who are completely distraught, are demanding answers from hospital personnel as to how their daughter ended up brain dead within eight hours of admission after suffering fits.

Speaking to reporters, her parents also expressed their frustration as to why they are not getting any specific answers to questions asked.

Tinasha’s mother, Uthayabavani Inthirarasa, 46, who was with her daughter throughout the ordeal, said the family lodged a police report this morning and were currently awaiting the hospital’s response as to how and why their daughter died.

She explained, ”We had three meetings with the hospital, posing many questions only to have the standard ‘I’ll get back to you on that’ answers.”

Saying they may have lost their “angel who was young and full of life” because of incompetence, Uthayabavani added, “We want to bring up the issue and get justice on this matter to help others who may face this situation, especially young children like Tinasha.”

The Petaling Jaya Assunta Secondary School student passed away at 11:40am this morning, shortly after several of her family members gave a press conference accusing the hospital of negligence. Continue reading

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Chinese firm paid US$100,000 per datukship

Chinese firm_300By Lim KayKay

KUALA LUMPUR: A Chinese mining firm, which claims to have paid US$100,000 per datukship for ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians, has been singing like a bird to the New York Times on an issue which apparently caught the attention of the newspaper.

The payout for the datukships, according to Li Yang the chief executive of CAA Resources, was meant to facilitate operations at its iron ore mine in Bukit Besi, Terengganu.

The newspaper reported that the BN politicians had “indirect stakes” in the mine.

Li, the 27-year-old son of a wealthy iron magnate in China, told the newspaper that he was “simply following common practices in Malaysia” and did so to “build ties” with politicians and the royalty.

“If you have got these two to support you, then you can do anything you want, because the natural resources are all controlled by them,” Li told the newspaper in a reference to politicians and the royalty.

It was not immediately clear why Li spoke to the newspaper on the matter if his objectives, as stated, were to build ties with politicians and the royalty and to ease operations at his mine. Continue reading

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Muslim NGOs must help stop legalised paedophilia

It’s a cause more worthwhile than protesting against the building of churches, the distorting of the PM’s picture and what not.

paedophilia2By Mariam Mokhtar

COMMENT: Muslim NGOs have been busy protesting and making police reports about the building of churches, Najib Razak’s picture being photo-shopped and Halloween events. If these NGOs want a worthwhile cause, why not have a demonstration to urge the government to ban child marriages in Malaysia?

Last month, the MP for Tasek Gelugor, Shabudin Yahya, voiced his objections to the banning of child marriages. He said he would challenge any attempt to stop Muslim girls, some as young as nine, from being married. The exchanges in Parliament took place when the MP for Kulai, Teo Nie Ching, had demanded that the government show its commitment to banning all underaged marriages.

According to Shabudin, the ban would victimise and jeopardise the people who were below the legal age of marriage. He said that people whom he considered the victims of “unforeseen circumstances” should be allowed to marry. He said, “Consent is given by the Shariah Court for children aged nine and above to get married, but it is not as easy as it seems. Even under the civil laws they need to get consent.” Continue reading

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Check misconduct, CBT, says Kelantan sultan

sultan kelantan_corrupcion_300CYBERJAYA: The Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V, has urged all parties to find a a more effective approach to curb misconduct and criminal breach of trust (CBT).

“The shirking of responsibility and committing criminal breach of trust is related to abuse of power, corruption, misuse of funds, integrity, transparency and honesty,” he said at the Integrity Convention of the Inland Revenue Board in Cyberjaya, yesterday.

Sultan Muhammad said as Malaysia moved towards becoming a developed nation, the leadership should show excellent work which is directly related to trust.

“The country’s leadership should become a role model in line with the slogan ‘leadership by example’ if they are to be seen as credible leaders,” he said. Continue reading

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Cop loses RM1,550 after “steamy session”, calls for backup

By Hariz Mohd

KUALA LUMPUR: A police inspector who engaged a prostitute’s service at a spa, here, landed himself in trouble after lodging a report that he lost RM1,550 during the act.

The officer, attached to the city police headquarters’ Internal Security and Public Order Department, had called the Dang Wangi headquarters’ operations room about 3am to request for assistance to find the money, which he alleged had been stolen by the prostitute.

A source said upon the arrival of two patrol policemen at the spa in a shopping complex, the officer immediately identified himself as a police inspector before ordering the two to search the premises.

“The policemen, with the permission of the premises’ owner, then searched for the cash but could not find the money. The officer was not satisfied, and requested for a policewoman, who later conducted a body search on the 40-year-old prostitute inside a toilet there,” said the source.

The source said the officer then requested for the case to be reported officially.
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Kit Siang asks ministers: Are your kids abroad because our education system ‘sucks’?

Lim Kit Siang asked incumbent Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak if he would tell all ministers in his Cabinet to resign if they send their children to private or international schools, whether local or foreign. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — In continuing his tirade against federal government leaders for lacking faith in the national education system, Lim Kit Siang questioned today their rationale for enrolling their children in international schools.

The DAP veteran asked if it was because “Malaysia’s education system sucks” and that Malaysian schools have continued to trail behind in the bottom third of countries surveyed in a number of international assessments.

“I have been informed that one of the first things a minister of the Najib Cabinet did on his appointment was to transfer one of his children to an international school,” Lim claimed in a statement.

“Why?” the Gelang Patah MP asked, before continuing, “Is this because Malaysia’s education system sucks?”

Yesterday, Lim demanded that all federal ministers and their deputies come clean on whether they send their children and grandchildren to public schools, claiming that there is no evidence to show that top BN leaders actually support the national education system.

The senior DAP leader said it was quite a boast for deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to claim that the Malaysian education system was better than that of the United States, Britain and Germany, when he has not even asked the Umno General Assembly to endorse his claim.

Citing his old rival and former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Lim said it was an open secret that Cabinet ministers have for a long time sent their children to private and international schools where English is the teaching medium. Continue reading

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