Greater Malay participation likely for Bersih 5


PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 today claimed that the backing it has received from the Malay community, who were largely absent in last year’s Bersih 4 rally, is encouraging.

Its treasurer Thomas Fann also hoped that the support the group has witnessed in the convoys leading up to Bersih 5, scheduled to be held on Nov 19, will lead to a good turnout.

“When we drove by villages and honked, many recognised us and showed their support by waving back and honking. The support is there,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.

Fann was asked to comment on whether the Malay community would turn up for the rally next month after PAS said it would sit this one out again, like they did last year.

In the first three Bersih rallies, PAS had mobilised the majority of the Malay participation.

PAS Secretary-General Takiyuddin Hassan had previously said the party would not participate in the rally as Bersih currently had other objectives which were not in line with PAS’ stand. Continue reading

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Pandikar Amin: If I’m a disgrace, so are all MPs

Pandikar Amin chairing a sitting in Parliament

Pandikar Amin chairing a sitting in Parliament 

KUALA LUMPUR: Parliament Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia hit out at Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng for calling him a disgrace, saying MPs can disagree with his decisions via the proper channel.

“Come on man, am I really a disgrace to parliament? Does my action to reprimand a parliamentarian who disobeyed the standing order make me a disgrace?” he said.

On Tuesday, Pandikar Amin ordered Lim to be removed from the special chambers after they got into an argument.

Lim later held a press conference and called Pandikar Amin a disgrace and for his resignation.

Pandikar Amin stressed that it was his duty to prioritise the standing order.

“If anyone hates Pandikar don’t hate the position of the Speaker because that is the head of the House. Continue reading

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When a Datuk dishonours his title

By Mariam Mokhtar

When a Datuk is found to have committed a crime, he should be stripped of the title. Perhaps Parliament should debate a motion seeking a law to provide for this.

We are told that the title is awarded to people who have been involved in charitable causes or given excellent services to the nation. It is conceivable that a selection committee vets a person’s character as soon as he is nominated.

So what happens to the Datuk who is involved in corruption? He shames the Datuk fraternity, embarrasses his family, dishonours the sultan who gave him the title and brings into disrepute his profession or the government department he works for if he is a civil servant.

It is known that a Datukship opens many doors to the person who is given the title. Some Datuks know how to milk the title for all it is worth.

Many Datuks are implicated in the recent spate of MACC arrests of senior civil servants and bank officials. Continue reading

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Money politics pervasive, admits minister


KUALA LUMPUR: Money politics is quite pervasive in Malaysia, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low said.

Low, the chairman of the National Consultative Committee on Political Financing, said: “Because it’s unregulated, money politics becomes quite pervasive, both in terms of election as well as party politics and you hear of so many abuses.

“When money becomes the pervasive factor in determining who gets elected and who (will) not get elected, then you might not get the right candidate.”

That was the reason, he told Bloomberg in an interview, the government had set up a committee to recommend regulations to govern political funding.

He said: “The laws that are in existence in governing political activities in the area of expenditure and financing are very lax.” Continue reading

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Monster snatch thief biker nabbed

In this grab from the video that has gone viral, the suspect is seen ramming his motorcycle into the victim’s face.© Provided by Malay Mail Online In this grab from the video that has gone viral, the suspect is seen ramming his motorcycle into the victim’s face.

KLANG, Oct 26 — Justice has prevailed as the monster involved in an act of cruelty against a 56-year-old woman was nabbed yesterday.

In a minute-long video, which has gone viral since Thursday, the suspect is seen pushing the woman down from behind after failing to snatch her handbag. He then makes a U-turn and rams his motorcycle front tyre into her face.

Klang Utara police chief ACP Mohd Yusoff Mamat said two brothers, aged 28 and 32, were arrested at Rantau Panjang in Klang early yesterday.

“The 32-year-old, who tested positive for morphine, was identified as the main suspect in the video,” he said. Continue reading

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Motion to reclaim Sarawak rights to be tabled next month – Adenan

Motion to reclaim Sarawak rights to be tabled next month - Adenan

ADENAN: The motion will be tabled by one of the (state) ministers.

BINTULU: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said today that the state government will table a motion at the State Legislative Assembly sitting next month on reclaiming Sarawak’s rights.

Adenan said the motion would specifically focus on the need for the federal government to observe Sarawak rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), The Inter-Government Committee Report (IGC) 1963 and the Cobbold Commission Report 1962.

“The motion will be tabled by one of the (state) ministers,” he told reporters after opening Parti Rakyat Sarawak’s (PRS) 4th Triennial Delegates Conference (TDC) here today.

The State Legislative Assembly sitting will be from Nov 21 to 30.

Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya formed the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. Singapore left the federation in 1965.

On other matters, Adenan announced that the state goverment was looking into building coastal highways to accelerate growth in coastal areas in the state. Continue reading

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Muslims too, are against Hadi’s Bill, says Siti Kasim

siti-kassim KUALA LUMPUR: Activist lawyer Siti Kasim today said there was a lack of constitutional protection for Muslims in the country, especially after amendments in the Federal Constitution placing Shariah laws on par with civil law.

The outspoken lawyer said while Muslims are protected under the constitution, they could not seek redress over Islamic issues through civil laws due to the “judiciary’s lack of courage”.

“No judge would look at the case from the legal perspective. Instead they ask for the cases to be heard in Shariah courts,” she told reporters at a gathering to protest the private member’s Bill tabled by PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, to allow heavier penalties on Shariah offenders.

Siti led about a dozen protesters who gathered as early as 9 am outside the Parliament building, carrying placards with messages of “Islam is beautiful”, “Malays are not lackeys”, and “#RejectAct355 I’m a Muslim and I don’t support it”.

The Bill, slated for debate in the Dewan Rakyat today, has drawn criticism from civil society groups and Barisan Nasional component parties, who say it is part of PAS’ efforts to eventually introduce hudud in Kelantan.

Several Muslim groups including muftis have on the other hand urged Muslim lawmakers to support the Bill when it is put to vote. Continue reading

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