Thursday, April 2, 2015

'Kuang hajor!'

Sheer arrogant, 'kurang ajar!'.

That's best to describe Pakatan Rakyat state assemblymen in Perak when they came in all black during the opening ceremony of the Dewan Undangan Negeri by Sultan of Perak on Tuesday.

They did that for one reason - protesting the arrest of few friends under the Sedition Act 1948, and in solidarity with their jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim.

However, they offended His Majesty, who skipped the photography session with all ADUNs.
IPOH, April 1 (Bernama) -- Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, was offended by the antics of the opposition assemblymen who attended yesterday's opening of the Perak legislative assembly session in black attire.
He said that following the disrespectful behaviour of the opposition elected representatives, the sultan did not attend the photography session and reception after the opening.
"As a ruler, it is not easy for the sultan to express his unhappiness but we understood what the sultan implied and there is no need to ask if he was offended or not," he told a media conference at the state assembly today.
Zambry said that yesterday was a historic day for the sultan as it was his maiden appearance at the assembly as the 35th sultan of Perak, and he was in his official royal attire to have the event recorded for the national archives.
"The historic day for the ruler and leaders was marred by the antics of the opposition. Even though they pledged their undivided loyalty and apologised to the sultan, the damage has been done," he said.
Apart from that, Zambry said, the action of the opposition in wearing all black as a symbol of protest and solidarity for Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had angered the people as it had marginalised the real issues.
"I consider the incident as reflecting their true attitude and they did not show any remorse over their arrogant and ill-mannered behaviour.
How do Perakians say it? 'Kuang hajor!'.

Sentiments aside, they shouldn't had done that. It was an insult to their position and belittling the Sultan's presence.

However, this is what Pakatan Rakyat is made of!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

No royal pardon, by-election in Permatang Pauh

UPDATE: Anwar Ibrahim has been disqualified as Permatang Pauh MP and a notice of vacancy of the parliament seat has been issued to the Election Commission. In confirming this via a statement, Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said on Wednesday that he received a letter from the Pardons Board informing that the 'jail sentence for the applicant (Anwar) should continue'.
“A notice has been delivered to the EC in line with Article 54 of the Federal Constitution on the vacancy of the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat as soon as the disqualification of its MP takes effect,” he said.
So, its final, I guess.

No royal pardon for Anwar Ibrahim. Looks like he has to complete his 5-year jail sentence (pity him).

And effort by Pakatan Rakyat to find other avenues in securing his release, I believe will also end in despair.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 (Bernama) -- The Pardons Board has rejected the petition for a royal pardon sought by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy, senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh said today.
He said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong rejected Anwar's petition at a meeting of the board on March 16.
As such, Anwar is disqualified as a member of parliament based on Article 48(4)(c) of the Federal Constitution, he told reporters at the High Court (Appellate and Special Powers Division). Anwar is the MP for Permatang Pauh.
Amarjeet Singh said that by virtue of the Pardons Board decision, the court dismissed an application by Anwar for leave for a judicial review of the decision of the commissioner-general of prisons prohibiting him from attending Dewan Rakyat sittings.
Judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad made the decision in chambers in the presence of Amarjeet Singh and Anwar's lawyer, Latheefa Koya.
Next is to 'reconfirm' his position as Permatang Pauh MP.

Going by logic, such a status is 'automatically' dropped when one is found guilty and sent to prison, or fined up to RM5,000.

However, let them try...or cry!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Where's the GST-exempted list?

Come tomorrow, we will embrace the GST (goods and services tax) regime. Many welcome it but not few objected.

The government's propaganda machinery has been working over the past one year to explain what GST is, trying to get the rakyat understand its 'benefits'.

However, they failed. What appeared on TV, radio, newspapers and other media fell short of telling the rakyat what they should 'enjoy' when GST is fully implemented. The info is more on what the government would get - that any gains will be translated into projects for the peoples!

I visited a few marts and supermarkets on the weekend, making price comparison before and after GST comes into force. The 6 per cent hike is (to me) quite burdensome.

I just wonder why some government jokers had the chick to urge the rakyat to buy cars, TV, washing machines, refrigerators and motorbikes before GST because the prices are cheaper. Idiots, sorry to say.

People don't buy car, TV and refrigerators everyday, fools! Beside rice and cooking oil that will be GST-exempted, we 'makan' bread, sardines, biscuits and other things.

You are still leaving us in the dark. Where's the list if GST-exempted items? You think each and every house in Malaysia has computer and Internet access?

Putrajaya must change its current approach of educating the public on the goods and services tax (GST) by publishing immediately a list of tax-exempted items in every newspaper in the country, said former MITI minister.

Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said a clear list would help consumers to be better prepared for the new tax which takes effect tomorrow.

She said Putrajaya’s reliance on the use of cartoons, billboards and technical jargon such as "zero-rated" for the past year to explain GST has left Malaysian consumers, including herself, more confused over the new tax system.
"I personally think that right now, we should have a complete list of the categories that are exempted, so the public will know which (items) won’t be taxed.
"It should be made available in all the newspapers, in all languages, and it should not be technical,” Rafidah told The Malaysian Insider.
"Our problem is that the explanation so far has not been clear. The government has been using different sources or different approaches, and most of them have been very technical.
"For instance, who understands what ‘zero-rated’ means? Why can’t they just use the phrase ‘tak kena GST’ or ‘no GST’. That’s much simpler and easier to remember.”

She said it was also important that Putrajaya first cleared the air over which items would not be taxed, so that consumers would not rush to stores and hoard goods unnecessarily in anticipation of the GST.
Rafidah said the newspaper pull-out would also help consumers identify traders who raise prices on items that were not affected by the GST.

"Let’s say on April 1, I read the newspaper and I see that soap will not be taxed. Then I go to the supermarket and see they are charging me 6% for it. Thanks to the pull-out, I know they are cheating me and I can report this.
"Forget about the various codes, the technical jargon and whatnot. All that is irrelevant,” said Rafidah.
She added that Putrajaya could pay for the newspaper pull-out as the cost involved would be far less than erecting large billboards across the country.

One of Putrajaya's efforts to educate the public on GST through a music video recently received heavy criticism from Malaysians after went viral on the internet.

The video, purportedly created by the Customs Department, hailed the virtues of implementing GST, but was panned by critics as "sad", "cheesy" and "reminiscent of the 1970s".

In the meantime, to ease the transition period, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has set up a round-the-clock operations room to monitor prices after the GST kicks off.

Located at Precinct 2 in Putrajaya, the operations room would also take complaints and reports from the public on GST matters. – TMI

Zahid's POTA and LKY...

Again, only the Opposition and their NGOs are against POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act), calling it oppressive and taking away the basic rights and liberties of those under arrest.

They also liken it to the repealed Internal Security Act (ISA).

What is this Pakatan Rakyat? Are they terrorist to feel the jitter of the new act? What are they so afraid of? And what 'basic rights and liberties' are they referring to?

Is it the rights of terrorists to run down the country, bomb KLCC and KLIA, kill hundreds of people and then to be served with VVIP treatment in police lock-ups and light sentences in courts? What about the rights of our people to live in peace, harmony and without fear?

O-oh... funny how a PR Member of Parliament has sought the police help after thieves broke into her house. Remember what the same MP said about the police some time ago? Read The Unspinners' blog post.
The new Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) tabled for its first reading in Parliament today was seen as not much different from the much-reviled and repealed Internal Security Act (ISA), said PKR MP Wong Chen and PAS MP Raja Bahrin.
In a press conference outside Parliament today, the MPs for Kelana Jaya and Kuala Terengganu respectively aired their misgivings over certain elements of the proposed law, which they argued rendered POTA a minor adjustment of the ISA and a “threat to the already very fragile fundamental liberties that we have in this country.”
The POTA bill was tabled today by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, together with five other related bills, namely the Special Measures against Terrorism in Foreign Countries Bill, and amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959, Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, the Penal Code, and the Prison Act 1995.
The proposed law will detain suspected terrorists without trial, at the same time disallowing judicial reviews on decisions made by the Prevention of Terrorism Board unless it concerned procedural requirements of the detention.
I believe PR leaders and members, especially those of DAP remember what the late Lee Kuan Yew said during the 80s about 'containing extremism' in his small republic.

Unless they are not aware of it, here it is:

By the way, police are reported to have arrested The Edge’s publisher Ho Kay Tat and The Malaysian Insider’s chief executive officer Jahabar Sadiq.
According to The Malaysian Insider, Jahabar and Ho were arrested Tuesday morning at the Dang Wangi station over an article published by the news portal last week.
On Monday, police detained The Malaysian Insider’s managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa Malaysia features and analysis editor Zulkifli Sulong and Bahasa Malaysia news editor Amin Iskandar.
The portal had uploaded an article stating that the Conference of Rulers had rejected proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 during a meeting on March 11.

Pakatan must be proud of them, and I guess their 'human rights' and 'freedom' lawyers will provide legal assistance to them. As a journalist, I hope they will get it through.

Monday, March 30, 2015

3 Malaysian Insider editors arrested

The police have arrested three The Malaysian Insider editors to assist investigations over an article published last week.

The three are managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa Malaysia features and analysis editor Zulkifli Sulong and Bahasa Malaysia news editor Amin Iskandar.

On Thursday, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar tweeted on his @KBAB51 account that the police would be calling in the editor-in-chief of The Malaysian Insider over articles published by the portal.

The portal had uploaded an article saying that the Conference of Rulers had rejected proposed amendments to the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 during a meeting on March 11.

The article, which quoted sources had said that the rejection of the amendments to the federal Act were made at a meeting which was attended by all Malay rulers or their representatives.

However on Thursday, it was reported that the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad had denied issuing any statement on hudud in Kelantan and had lodged a police report to seek a police investigation into the matter.

NOTE: 'Berani buat, berani tanggung'

Communication breakdown?

How do we define 'communication breakdown'?

Did Federal and Kelantan state officers play 'ignorant' to situations and the plight of flood victims?  Or political differences led to such an immunicado?

Politics? Could be...because I was there on a few occasions, noticing how some of them refused to cooperate because of 'PAS-Umno' and 'BN-PR' factors. It was such stupidity that also led to such a setback.
KUALA LUMPUR: A communication breakdown between the Federal and Kelantan governments contributed to the poor management of the massive floods in the state last December.
The Public Accounts Committee said Monday that the National Security Council (NSC) had admitted to certain weaknesses in managing the disaster, including a lack of cooperation from the state government in pre-flood planning.
"In previous years, there was no problem of cooperation between NSC and the state authorities.
"But last year, somehow the coordination was broken, maybe because of human factors," PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said following a meeting with NSC officials in Parliament.
He said the council and other relevant authorities were "unprepared" to deal with the unexpected scale of the floods in the East Coast.

"NSC has explained to us that they intend to improve their existing SOP to prepare for future floods.

"We were told they plan to use scientific methods to zero in on areas that could be prone to floods," he said.

Nur Jazlan said the committee was also briefed on the NSC's use of the RM785mil Finance Ministry allocation for flood relief efforts.
A total of RM138mil was paid out in compensation to some 276,000 families affected by the disaster while RM214mil was spent cumulatively on rebuilding broken homes and new homes for the victims.
"Based on the explanation given to us, there is no issue of misappropriation of funds in the handling of the crisis," Nur Jazlan added.
So, there wasn't any misappropriation of fund. Sounds good and convincing.

However, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is still 'studying' the case, right?

So what? Arrest 'em all!

So much brouhaha about our police detaining, remanding and questioning those involved in 'Kita Lawan' rally.

They blame they government, PM Najib Razak, Home Minister Zahid Hamidi, IGP Khalid Abu Bakar and Umno for trying to 'shut up' the dissents by using the Sedition Act 1948.

Hey! Without the Sedition Act, what will become of Malaysia? Each and every one of us will be free to incite disharmony and unrest by insulting race and religion in public, in the social media, newspapers and television.

So, you want the government and the police to just go around catching thieves, rapists and murderers while letting others enter brawls and riots? The you must be mad, real mad!

We don't nab those who criticise PM, his wife Rosmah, Barisan Nasional and Umno. If your points and argument contain tangible basis and fact, go on. I also criticise the government and my party (Umno).

But we cannot accept lies, especially political ones meant to demonise each other. So, when Najib sued Mkini and Harakah, he got valid reason.

By the way, its a different story in Singapore. Those who think the republic is far better than Malaysia, you should read this:

SINGAPORE: Amos Yee - the teenager who posted a video on YouTube in which he criticised the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, as well as made disparaging remarks about Christianity - has been arrested, Channel NewsAsia understands.

The Police on Monday (Mar 30) confirmed the arrest of a 17-year-old male Singaporean.

At least 15 police reports have been lodged against Yee since the video was uploaded on Friday. The video, which spanned 8 minutes 38 seconds, has since been taken down from YouTube.

Channel NewsAsia understands that Yee also subsequently posted obscene drawn graphics to his Wordpress blog and Facebook page, which were later taken down. His Wordpress blog has since been made private.

You are not allowed to criticise Singaporean leaders. Remember PM Lee Hsien Loong sued a blogger for defaming him?

That was 'defaming' but this one is criticising, two different categories.

If Lee Kuan Yew is still alive, you people should listen why he retained the Internal Security Act (ISA).

And you still think Singapore offers more freedom!