Umno sacks Muhyiddin, Mukhriz

Former Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been sacked by the party for breaching party regulations. — File pic

The Umno supreme council unanimously decided today to sack former deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir from the party.

Vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal, on the other hand, has been suspended.

Image result for Mukhriz MahathirAt a press conference held after the party’s supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur today, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said the decision was made after both Muhyiddin and Mukhriz appeared on the same stage with the opposition.

“They made speeches attacking the party leadership. That is a huge offence in terms of the party’s discipline,” Najib said.

“Therefore, the supreme council has unanimously decided to sack both of them, while Shafie’s membership will be suspended.”

Najib added that Shafie’s suspension was pending a report from the party’s disciplinary committee.

“The disciplinary committee has yet to submit a report to the management committee as well as to the supreme council,” he said. Continue reading

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Bill Kayong: A political assassination?

The 21 June assassination of Bill Kayong must not be allowed to become yet another unsolved case in Sarawak police files. .

We are extremely concerned at the level of violence that has crept into our society against politicians and social activists. To find the motive, the police must look at Bill’s activities as a member of PKR and Pedas, which have been widely shared on social media and reported in the press. Bill’s death may be linked to these two facets of his life.

Bill was a well-known politician and stood as a PKR candidate in Bekenu during the recent Sarawak election. He was also well known as Miri MP Dr Michael Teo’s political secretary.

As Pedas secretary, Bill was active in the defence of native land rights and often stood up for longhouse residents against encroachment by timber and plantation companies.

Threats against politicians, lawyers and activists are real, especially for those who speak up against land encroachment.

Last year, Dr Michael Teo was assaulted and seriously injured in front of his office by an assailant. But the case was never solved and no one was brought to justice for the crime.

A few years ago, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the compound of See Chee How’s house by an unknown thug.

Bill had reportedly received calls warning him not to get involved in land cases. Chee How, Abun Sui and I have also received such calls.

The police and the Sarawak government must not remain inactive over the violence related to NCR land cases. Continue reading

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Sarawakian Muslim opens up about sharing buka puasa meal with Christians under crucifix


KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 ― A Sarawakian Islamic group which recently organised an interfaith “buka puasa” event at a Christian centre that had a cross on the wall said there was nothing offensive about the religious symbol.

Zabariah Matali, CEO of the Islamic Information Centre based in Kuching, had also received a copy of the Bible from Archbishop Datuk John Ha who heads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching, while he was presented with the Quran in exchange at the breaking of fast attended by about 150 Muslims and Christians.

“The cross is part of the Christian centre. Why should I be offended or be opposed to it?” Zabariah told Malay Mail Online in an email interview.

“Let’s say I organised a buka puasa at our centre (like what we normally do every year) and I invited our Christian friends or friends from other faiths. If you have been to our centre, you will notice that we have verses from the Holy Quran and writings/ articles on Islam on our wall and in almost every corner of our centre.

The exchange of holy books between Archbishop Datuk John Ha and Islamic Information Centre CEO Zabariah Matali.The exchange of holy books between Archbishop Datuk John Ha and Islamic Information Centre CEO Zabariah Matali.

“Would my friends from other faiths be offended, considering it’s an Islamic centre? It is the same thing,” she added. Continue reading

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Bill Kayong’s killing fires up Sarawakians, many vow to continue fight for justice

Bill Kayong on the campaign trail in Bekenu town in the run-up to the May 7 Sarawak election. ― Picture taken from Bill Kayong's Facebook pageBill Kayong on the campaign trail in Bekenu town in the run-up to the May 7 Sarawak election. ― Picture taken from Bill Kayong’s Facebook page


KUCHING, June 21 ― The death of PKR’s Sarawak poll candidate Bill Kayong at the hands of an unknown shooter this morning sent a shockwave statewide, not just among his political colleagues.

Kayong was also the secretary of the Sarawak Dayak Association (Pedas) which is headquartered in Miri and his friends reacted to his murder by pouring their thoughts in a community chat group on text messaging platform WhatsApp called “Dayak News”.

“Blood  shed and will be shed when the governance failed to help the poor, but bent to side the rich [sic],” said Philip Teo, who expressed his sadness over Kayong’s death.

“Bill, you have fought your battle. It shall never stop here,” said lawyer Francis Tero.

Enjop Jelom wrote: “Though he is gone, but remember his deeds. Let’s continue his fight for justice.” Continue reading

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Photo of Muslims at church buka puasa goes viral


PETALING JAYA: A photo of a buka puasa function believed to have been held at a church in Kuching, Sarawak, is going viral with many applauding the harmonious nature of the event.

According to the Facebook page Sarawak Edition, the buka puasa gathering was held at St Joseph’s Christian Parish Centre in Kuching and was held for Muslims in the area.

The posting was generally well-received and has been shared about 6,000 times.

Another Facebook page S4S Ari Dayak, which shared the same photo, noted that the event was held yesterday.

“This is the spirit of harmony and unity of multicultural and multiracial Sarawak,” the post was captioned along with a picture of Muslims gathered at the church. Continue reading

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Outgoing CEO: Many MAS employees were doing nothing, some sleeping

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Outgoing Malaysian Airlines Bhd (MAS) CEO Christoph Mueller said he had to cut 6,000 jobs because many of the 20,000 employees were “doing nothing”.

He said he was not impressed with the state that MAS was in when he first took over the Malaysian flag carrier.

“Despite all the announcements by the government, a turnaround wasn’t initiated by the time I became CEO.

“Many of the 20,000 employees who worked for the airline had nothing to do. In fact, when I walked through the hangars, people were sleeping. That’s why I had to radically cut 6,000 jobs,” Muller told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) on its web portal.

He said MAS was in dire straits before he took over because of poor personnel management and a bloated workforce.

He said that was why he laid off 6,000 workers and streamlined the firm’s operations. Continue reading

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RM18m raised to release Malaysian hostages, says report


PETALING JAYA: Some RM18 million was paid to secure the release of four Malaysian hostages from the clutches of Abu Sayyaf militants in Southern Philippines last week.

According to a source who spoke to China Press, the RM12 mil raised by the families was placed in garbage bags by two policemen from the Sandakan Special Branch, which was then taken to the Sandakan police station, about 6pm on May 24.

However, the kidnappers were not happy with the amount, and a further RM6 mil was raised with the help of corporate figures, said the source.

However, the Sandakan SB and the Hong Leong Bank branch there refused to entertain queries by the daily on the matter.

China Press also spoke to one of the negotiators, who said Abu Sayyaf militants would never released hostages without being paid a ransom. Continue reading

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