Redesignate CM’s post in Sabah, S’wak as prime minister

By Francis Paul Siah

COMMENT | Somehow, I feel vindicated. Following the initial backlash I received on my article “Are Sabahans, Sarawakians, only good as No 2?” published in Malaysiakini recently, I am glad that many of my fellow Sarawakians also share my views.

Initially, there were negative remarks such as “Don’t dream, Sarawak will always be No 2. Be contented”, “Do you have the numbers to become PM?”, and “Sorry, you are not even No 2”.

As a writer, I do not expect readers to agree with everything I wrote nor share my thoughts or sentiments on certain issues because only a fool will agree with you all the time. I do appreciate serious and sincere rebuttals.

There is one Malaysiakini reader in particular whom I wish to thank. He goes by the pen-name “Prudent”. His was the most logical and sensible reaction, one which has become the subject of this article.

Prudent commented: “If Sabah and Sarawak are re-designated as ‘territories’ and not merely the 12th and 13th state in Malaysia, then their chief ministers can be re-designated as ‘premiers’ – same title as Lee Kuan Yew when Singapore was part of Malaysia.

Certain devolution of powers to Sabah and Sarawak as per the Malaysia Agreement can be enacted. Of course, there is no question of Sabahans and Sarawakians being only good for No 2 as alleged. If Parliament so willed, any MP can be No 1, including any MP from Sabah and Sarawak.”

I agree wholeheartedly. I have not thought of that option. It’s definitely better than the so-called Pakatan Harapan (Harapan) promise of creating a second deputy prime minister’s post for Sabah and Sarawak if it wins the forthcoming 14th general election. Continue reading

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MACC chief, who watches the watchmen?

YOURSAY | ‘The MACC chief, like Caesar’s wife, must be above suspicion.’

MACC chief says will not bow to dirty attacks amid extramarital affair claim

Kim Quek: MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad is obviously aping his political master who seems to have got away scot-free (so far) despite having been allegedly incriminated in the world’s largest theft of public funds.

Dzulkifli’s virtual admission to committing the offence through this statement, coupled with the woman having owned up to the extramarital affair, have left law enforcers with no alternative but to arrest him for breach of Section 498 of the Penal Code for “enticing or taking away” a married woman.

So, inspector-general of police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun, what are you waiting for? The heavy burden of upholding the rule of law now rests heavily on your shoulders, for a further relapse in nabbing the nation’s chief graft-buster after the world-renowned failure to bring the prime minister to book on the 1MDB scandal, will precipitate the collapse of public morals and deal a fatal blow to the rule of law in the country.

Vijay47: Dzulkifli, had you been an ordinary man-in-the-street, people may have chosen to view this as one of those mortal indiscretions that occasionally occur, ribbed you a bit about, and moved on. But that is not happening. On the contrary, everybody including me has taken out long knives to take a stab at you.

Your bigger crime is your arrogance where your stand is not of contrition but some mumbo-jumbo about combatting corruption. In your haughtiness, you seem to believe that denial of the allegation is not necessary since you are of a privileged class. Privileged, certainly, but class? Not at all.

That arrogance is also reflected in your pious defence that an attack on you is an attack on MACC. Who do you think you are, Augustus Caesar? Continue reading

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Chong Wei: I nearly wanted to retire on that day…

TO be frank, I could have been writing today’s column as a former national player.

I have to admit that I nearly decided to retire from badminton a month ago after my first round loss (to Brice Leverdez of France) at the World Championships in Scotland in August.

I felt empty and I could not accept my defeat at the time. I had worked hard to prepare for the tournament and I certainly did not expect to lose in the first round.

It was a bitter pill to swallow at the time. After the loss, the media asked if I was going to retire.

The thought of retiring did cross my mind at the time though I said that I had no answer to the question (from the media).

I asked to be given space and time to make a decision on my future. Continue reading

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I am a Sarawakian and I am ‘bodoh’

By Francis Paul Siah

COMMENT | “Orang Sarawak bukan bodoh, kata ketua menterinya” (The people of Sarawak are not fools, says Sarawak chief minister) was the header in many Bahasa Malaysia newspapers and news portals a week ago.

This proud and oft-repeated remark came from Chief Minister Abang Johari Abang Openg at a town hall session with some 5,000 Sarawakian diasporas in the peninsula, as he took a swipe at former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is now chairperson of the opposition Pakatan Harapan.

Oh really, Sarawakians are not fools? Well, maybe not most of the time. But I will be honest. As a Sarawakian, I have to admit, almost grudgingly, that I have been a fool at times – made some stupid decisions not beneficial to my home state and fellow Sarawakians and am now living in remorse and regret over them.

Of course, for Abang Jo (photo), who is in power and feeling on top of the world as the state’s chief executive, it would be pretty dumb of him to say that Sarawakians, the people whom he is supposed to lead, are fools.

Abang Jo is such a nice and decent guy, to the extent that many find him boringly nice. He does not beat around the bush and tells you as it is – you already know what his next sentence is even before he says it. In a nutshell – he is very plain. (Think nasi lemak, without the ikan bilis and sambal).

Sarawakians miss Adenan Satem. I do too. He was a breath of fresh air, after 33 years of the “White Hair”. Sadly, he came on board to helm Sarawak too late in his life and didn’t have the time to do more.

So, what did Abang Jo actually say when he met Sarawakians in Kuala Lumpur recently?

According to a Malaysiakini report, the chief minister reminded Mahathir that Sarawakians are not fools who can be lied to.

He cited the Pan Borneo Highway as one example of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s contributions to the state, a request which has been made since the time of Mahathir’s 22-year rule.

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IGP: Cops found syndicate bringing in foreign terrorists

The police have unearthed the existence of a syndicate bringing in foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) into the country.

Inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said this followed the arrests of 48 suspects linked to the foreign terrorists.

“We believe they used student passes based on our arrests prior to this, namely nine suspects from the Abu Sayyaf Group from the Southern Philippines.

“To date, some used fake documents to enter the country. They use this avenue to study at religious institutions in our country and were given student visas,” he told a media conference after a National Sports Day celebration in Parit, Perak today.

Yesterday, Fuzi, via a statement, said 45 suspected FTF terrorists were nabbed in an operation since Oct 6, followed by three more suspects three days ago.

In this regard, Fuzi said the police was cooperating with institutions of higher learning to ferret out terrorists using student visas.

According to him, the police viewed seriously the presence of foreign terrorists in the country as Malaysia was among the countries they (the terrorists) focused on.

He said the police had also co-operated with other local and foreign security agencies to ensure there was no foreign terrorist threat in the country.

“We will take a proactive measure from time to time. We believe they are using their contacts, especially involving Islamic State elements here and other countries.

“For example, we arrested 19 of them last month. We managed to detect them through our collaborations with the intelligence network of various countries,” said Fuzi.

– Bernama

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Johor Ruler wants ties with Jakim cut

BATU PAHAT: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pic) ordered the state Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ) to stop dealing with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

He also directed JAIJ to carry out checks on Muslim preachers in the state and revoke their credentials if something seemed out of place.

The Sultan also decreed that JAIJ should no longer waste their time dealing with Jakim and that the federal department should stop offering its views to Johor.

The Sultan said this in his speech at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia’s 17th convocation ceremony yesterday, where he also described former Jakim officer Zamihan Mat Zin who recently criticised him over the Muslims-only laundrette case, as an empty vessel. Continue reading

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Why do popes change their names?

 

By Billy Ryan

Within the Church, there is no strict doctrine or catechism that requires a newly elected Supreme Pontiff to take on a new name after their inauguration ceremony. In fact, for hundreds of years a new pope would simply continue to use their given birth name. Today, after the counting of ballots produces a consensus candidate, a papal conclave will ask of the new pope “By which name will you be known?” However, if taking on a papal name is not a requirement, why do they change their names?

The tradition first started in the year 533 with Pope John II taking on a new moniker. His birth name was Mercurius, his parents having named him after Mercury in the Roman mythology. Upon his election, he thought it would be inappropriate of the Holy See to have a supreme pontiff in office with the name of a pagan god. He took his papal name after Pope John I, who was martyred just seven years earlier. Continue reading

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