After outburst, Pandikar outlines reform agenda

After lashing out at the government for allegedly interfering in parliamentary affairs, Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia today carried through with his promise for parliamentary reforms.

Malaysiakini learnt that Pandikar outlined four reform goals including the revival of the Parliamentary Service Act (PSA) and the introduction of an hour of ‘Minister’s Question Time’ every week where MPs can ask questions to ministers without prior notice.

He did so while chairing the House Committee meeting today.

The PSA allows Parliament to hire its own staff and handle its own finances to ensure its independence but the law was repealed in 1992.

The ‘Minister’s Question Time’ slot will address MPs’ complaint that they must submit question more than a month ahead, rendering the subsequent replies outdated or overtaken by events.

Another proposal is for the introduction of a second chamber where matters and motions, that do not need the House to decide on, can be raised.

The fourth proposal is for the creation of permanent select committees such as law reform committee and budget committee.

When contacted, DAP’s Seremban MP Anthony Loke (photo), a member of the House Committee, confirmed this to Malaysiakini.

He added the four reforms were personally outlined by Pandikar. Continue reading

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Malaysia’s most wanted

By Nurul Izzah Anwar

Five years ago my father, Anwar Ibrahim, delivered a speech right here on this very stage entitled ‘Half A Century of One Party Rule’.

He was talking about my country, Malaysia, which has been dominated by the same party for more than 50 years.

That same year here at the Oslo Freedom Forum my father spoke on the same stage as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who declared that: “When you meet Anwar, be careful.”

During his visit to Malaysia, Julian was detained by secret police just hours after speaking to my father.

My father—a popular and unifying figure in my country’s history—is seen as a very dangerous man by the Umno party regime.

When he served as deputy prime minister and Minister of Finance in the 1990s, he amended the anti-corruption law to further strengthen it – which displeased the political elites – and by September 1998 his anti-corruption campaign led to his sacking from government, arrest, his beating under custody whilst blindfolded and handcuffed, and his eventual sentence and imprisonment in trials that were condemned by rights organisations and governments worldwide.

Initially, it was announced that at least 20 charges would be brought against my father; including treachery, being an American and Israeli agent, corruption and sodomy. They did forget to throw in the kitchen sink. Continue reading

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Horrors unearthed at 28 sites used by human traffickers

epa04767157 A handout picture made available from Royal Malaysian Police shows an abandoned human trafficking camp where graves were found nearby, close to the border with Thailand at Wang Kelian, Perlis, Malaysia, 25 May 2015. Malaysian security forces discovered a total of 139 graves, most containing several sets of remains, at 28 human trafficking camps near the Thai border, the police chief said. The identifies of the victims was not yet known, whether they are Rohingyas or Bangladeshis, as exhumation works had just begun. The discovery of the mass graves comes amid international outcry over the thousands of Rohingya refugees thought to be adrift in South-East Asian waters. EPA/ROYAL MALAYSIAN POLICE/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

The camp sites (above and below pics) discovered by the Royal Malaysian Police where migrants were housed and forced to survive in the grimmest of circumstance by people smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah. —AFP

by oh chin eng, royce tan, AND hemananthani sivanandam

WANG KELIAN (Perlis): A decomposing corpse is on the ground, just bones and tattered skin. It used to be a human being, someone’s son or daughter, brother or sister, until about two weeks ago.

Now it’s part of the horrors unearthed at the 28 camps near this border town that were used by people smugglers who likely abandoned them after Thai police found similar graves and started a hunt for the traffickers.

In their rush to get away, the syndicate members appear to have left everything that could slow them down, including sick or dying migrants.

Their cruelty has been reported by migrants who witnessed how some were thrown into the sea from their boats if they got too sick or too troublesome.

At the camps, police personnel have counted 139 graves holding the remains of more than 150 people, believed to be Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.

Located within three kilometres of each other, the camps are in hilly jungle terrain.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who visited the sites, said they were found during the Ops Wawasan Khas operation that took place from May 11 to 23. Continue reading

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Nazir Razak slams 1MDB board on Instagram

by edward gomez AND johan hulaimi

PETALING JAYA: It is unacceptable that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)’s top executives are unable to attend the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inquiry, says Datuk Seri Nazir Razak (pic).

In a post on Instagram on Tuesday, Nazir, the younger brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, slammed 1MDB’s president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy as well as its former CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi for not being able to attend the PAC inquiry.

The CIMB group chairman had posted a picture of the front page of a financial news daily with the comment: “Your company has triggered a national crisis and you can be too busy to face Parliament? Unacceptable.”

On Monday, the PAC set a new date for Arul and Shahrol to appear. Continue reading

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Priority purchase for Sarawak Government? Taib gets a RM3,7 mil Rolls Royce present

Sarawak Report

23 May 2015

Clearly illustrious Taib needs no number plate - a flag and emblem will do ...

This sleek black Phantom Rolls Royce is sitting virtually unused in Kuala Lumpur.

It was purchased late last year for the use of Sarawak’s new Governor, when he is in town.

There is not much evidence that Taib Mahmud has much use for it, but clearly only one of the world’s most expensive brand new vehicles could match the dignity of Sarawak’s new ‘head of state’ when he visits the capital.

And of course the public should pay for one for his own personal use only.

This Rolls Royce Phantom Saloon, part of their Series II Ghost range launched in 2012, is sold in the UK for at least £365,000, which is around RM2 million.

However, the importation of foreign cars is notoriously highly taxed, as everyone knows, which has bumped the cost of this already fantastically expensive vehicle considerably higher.

Second hand Phantoms in KL  (according to SR’s exhaustive research) appear to leap off the shelves for well over three and a half million ringgit.  And Taib does not buy second hand.

RM3,700,000 - nearly new!

The Ghost car range is promoted under a telling message, designed to appeal to its most likely buyers:

“To drive Ghost is to command. Uncompromising, never ordinary, every detail is precisely engineered to give complete control of the road. But power is nothing without intelligence”

This is how Rolls Royce flatter their clients – and it clearly worked on Taib.

The car is awash with ‘bespoke’ options for choice interiors and its purchase is a clear indication of the Sarawak Government’s priorities at a time when NCR landowners are receiving almost zero ‘dividends’ from the funds they were forced to invest in when their land was requisitioned by the state. Continue reading

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Dr M: Najib’s ‘lie’ on 1MDB a criminal act

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad today accused Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of lying about the whereabouts of 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s US$1.103 billion (RM3.97 billion) in funds, stating that there could be possible criminal wrongdoing.

He added that such an offence is punishable by up to three years in jail under the Penal Code.

“It is saddening that I can no longer avoid from saying that the prime minister lied,” he said in a blog posting today.

He was referring to Najib’s parliamentary reply on March 10 where he said the amount had been fully redeemed in the form of cash and is now kept at BSI Bank Limited Singapore.

However, Last Thursday, Najib, who is also Finance Minister, changed his answer on the matter, stating there is no cash in BSI Singapore, but merely “assets in US dollars”.

This became even more baffling when Finance Minister II Husni Hanadzlah clarified the assets were in fact in the form of “units” but refused to explain what he meant by that.

Mahathir (photo) described this as a “cover up” of government matters and said it was an offence under Section 218 of the Penal Code. Continue reading

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I will leave Malaysia if hudud implemented – Marina Mahathir

– Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir says she will leave Malaysia if hudud law is implemented in the country.

“I cannot live in a country where people want to cut off hands, I’m sorry, or stone people to death,” Marina told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview here.

“I would never live in Saudi Arabia. I don’t want to live in a country where this is official policy,” the prominent social activist added.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has submitted a private member’s bill to Parliament in a bid to remove the legal obstacles that prevent the implementation of the Islamic penal code in Kelantan.

Hadi said Tuesday that the Kelantan state government run by the Islamist opposition party will meet with the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government to discuss plans to implement hudud in the state. BN has yet to state its official stand on hudud.

Critics of hudud have lambasted the strict Islamic criminal law, which punishes theft with amputation of limbs, as well as apostasy and adultery with death by stoning, as unconstitutional in secular Malaysia.

Marina, who is the eldest child of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, related an incident where she attended the United Nations women’s conference in Beijing in 1995 and Iranian women living in exile in the US had opposed a session about including religion in feminism. Continue reading

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