Archive for September, 2019

Parliamentary Caucus of Institutional Reform and Good Governance should pioneer new thinking on vital national issues – how to ensure affirmative measures are need-based and not race-based; how Malaysia can be a leading nation of integrity and a showcase to the world of the success of Alliance of Civilisations instead of a failure because of a Clash of Civilisations

I would like to congratulate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for organizing this seminar in his capacity as the chairman of parliamentary caucus on reform and governance. The formation of this caucus is part and parcel of the rigorous reform of parliamentary process since Pakatan Harapan formed the government after the historic 14th General Elections in 2018. In addition to this parliamentary caucus, six new parliamentary committees have been formed to allow for greater room for backbenchers to keep the front bench accountable to parliament.

The presence of these new accountability structures and processes in a newly invigorated parliament would not have been possible under the previous administration as parliament was seen as a rubber stamp that was used to bulldoze through undemocratic decisions such as the 2018 delimitation bill and the Anti-Fake News Act to whitewash the 1MDB scandal.
Today’s event is a concrete example of how Members of Parliament, through this parliamentary caucus comprising of MPs from all parties represented in parliament, can give inputs on important policy matters for the members of the executive to give serious consideration to.

The issue for discussion today – our understanding of how poverty is defined and addressed via government policy – has been in the news of late arising from the report made by the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, on the 23rd of August 2019, which states that Malaysia undercounts the number of its poor.

Many have called for the findings of this UN report to be taken seriously including the chairman of this caucus, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, many Members of Parliament, academics and researchers (both Malaysians and non-Malaysians) and members of civil society. Many of the sound reasons to take this report seriously have been raised.

I do not want to repeat these points. But I want to acknowledge that in this day and age of fake news and outright lies, any enhanced measure of poverty, which would inevitably increase the number of people among marginalized groups who are defined as poor, can and most probably will be ‘spun’ by irresponsible parties. If, for example, the percentage of households in poverty is calculated at 19% using more updated measures of multidimensional poverty, I am almost certain that the opposition and their cyber troopers will use this figure to say that the number of poor people has spiked up dramatically under the Pakatan Harapan government. And in all likelihood, the DAP, being the bogeyman for these cybertroopers, will be targeted as the cause of this so called ‘rise’ in poverty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mahathir would have been the first Malaysian to be charged under the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 if there had been no peaceful and democratic change of government on May 9, 2018

Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s antics of the fake news issue has made me think as to why the Anti-Fake News Act was rushed to become law before the 14th General Election, as it was bulldozed through the Dewan Rakyat on April 2, 2018, adopted by the Dewan Negara the next day on April 3, 2018, given the Royal Assent on April 9, and gazetted on April 11 – the four process of legislation completed in a matter of nine days, which must have made the Anti-Fake News Act 2018 one of the fastest legislation in the nation’s history.

The Anti-Fake News Act became law after the 13th Parliament was dissolved on April 7, 2018.

The Act provides a punishment of up to six years’ jail, a maximum RM500,000 fine, or both, for the publication of ‘fake news’.

The law also allows the government to seek an ex-parte order for articles to be removed, and if done on the grounds of national security, cannot be challenged in court.

Why did Najib rush through the Anti-Fake News Act as one of the last items of parliamentary business before the 14th General Election?

During the 14th General Election campaign, the Pakatan Harapan Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was probed by the police under the Anti-Fake News Act for saying that the jet he chartered to fly to Langkawi had been sabotaged.

After the 14th General Election, the police investigations against Mahathir were dropped. Read the rest of this entry »

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Special message to youths of Sarawak on their three-fold challenge – be pioneers of Malaysian youth movement of change to save the country from (i) racial and religious intolerance and extremism, (ii) corruption and (iii)to show the world that Malaysia is show-case of success of Alliance of Civilizations instead of a failure from Clash of Civilisations

Pesanan khas buat anak muda Sarawak berhubung tiga cabaran yang perlu ditempuhi mereka – menjadi perintis gerakan perubahan anak muda Malaysia bagi menyelamatkan Malaysia daripada (1) sikap tidak toleransi kaum dan agama serta ekstremisme (2) rasuah (3) untuk menunjukkan kepada dunia bahawa Malaysia adalah wadah kejayaan Perikatan Peradaban dan bukannya gagal dek kerana Konflik Peradaban

Saya ada pesanan khas buat anak muda Sarawak, khususnya buat anak muda yang berusia antara 16 hingga 25 tahun, berhubung tiga cabaran yang akan ditempuhi mereka, pada penghujung kunjungan saya ke Kapit dan Sibu.

Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) Sarawak ke-12 dijangka akan dilaksanakan tahun depan atau pada tahun 2021, dan PRN ini akan menjadi pilihan raya pertama yang akan terkesan dengan pindaan perlembagaan menurunkan umur mengundi dari 21 ke 18 tahun.

Presiden Indonesia, Sukarno pernah berkata: “Berikan aku 10 pemuda, maka akan kugoncang dunia”. Bolehkah anak muda Sarawak “menggoncang” Malaysia?

Benar, anak muda Sarawak, khususnya yang berusia 16 hingga 25 tahun yang layak untuk mengundi pada PRN Sarawak ke-12 nanti harus “mengoncang” Malaysia dengan menunjukkan jalan kepada seluruh anak muda di Malaysia — sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum ke-15 (PRU15) — sebuah daya positif yang mampu menyelamatkan Malaysia daripada terjerumus menjadi sebuah negara penyangak, kleptokratik dan gagal.

Mungkin akan timbul persoalan, bukankah Malaysia sudah diselamatkan daripada nasib sedemikian dalam PRU-14 yang penuh bersejarah dan menakjubkan pada 9 Mei tahun lalu? Mengapa perlu diselamatkan sebuah negara yang bernama Malaysia ini sekali lagi? Read the rest of this entry »

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DAP will fight 12th Sarawak state general election for the first time to be part new Pakatan Harapan Sarawak state government and not to be Opposition in Sarawak

The DAP will fight the 12th Sarawak state general election, whether next year or latest by 2021, for the first time not to be an Opposition in Sarawak but part of a new Pakatan Harapan Sarawak state government.

Sarawak is a rich state but the wealth of the country had not been distributed fairly, benefitting only a clique of people instead of all Sarawakians, regardless of race, religion of region.

Sarawak state government has the largest annual state budget for any state in Malaysia, reaching a high of RM11.9 billion for 2019, which is more than four times that of Selangor which was RM2.56 billion; about eight times that of Johor which had a state budget of RM1.55 billion for 2019; about 10 times more than Penang which had an annual budget RM1.2 billion and about 12 times that of Perak which had a budget of RM1.06 billion.

But Sarawak ranks as one of the three poorest states in Malaysia, in the company of Sabah and Kelantan.

In the latest report compiled by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Issues, Philip Alston, the percentage of low-income earners in Sarawak is higher than the national-level figure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Challenge to all political parties, whether in government or opposition, whether at the national or state level, to take an united and firm stand against fake news and hate speech calculated to incite inter-racial and inter-religious polarisation in Malaysia

I want to issue a challenge to all political parties, whether in government or opposition, whether at the national or the state level – to take an united and firm stand against fake news and hate speech calculated to incite inter-racial and inter-religious polarisation in Malaysia.

Fake news and hate speech calculated to incite inter-racial and inter-religious polarisation is the greatest threat to Malaysia becoming a united, successful and top world-class nation where Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, can feel proud as a Malaysian.

When DAP was in the Opposition – and we were in Opposition in the federal level for 52 years – DAP would have immediately responded positively to any such proposal by any government party to take an united and firm stand against fake news and hate speech calculated to incite inter-racial and inter-religious polarisation in the country – without any hesitation whatsoever.

Let us see whether the Opposition today, whether at national or state levels, would be equally forthcoming and patriotic to take an united and firm stand against fake news and hate speech calculated to incite inter-racial and inter-religious polarisation in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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Farid’s death – A promising political future cut short by heart attack

The sad and shocking news of the death of the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and the MP for Tanjong Piai, Mohamed Farid Md Rafik, came to me while DAP MP for Kepong Lim Lip Eng and I were visiting a long-house in Kapit, away from any telephonic access.

Mohamad’s sudden death is a promising political future cut short by heart attack, and I convey the deepest condolences to his bereaved family. The passing of Farid is a great loss to his family, Johor state and the nation.

Pondering on the unkind twist of fate, the poem by H.W. Longfellow which I had learnt in school in the fifties came back to me:

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, act in the living Present!
Heart within and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

RIP Farid.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Sibu on Sunday, 22nd September 2019)

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Call for a ten-year moratorium on fake news and hate speech to create racial and religious polarisation for Malaysians to concentrate on making the country a top world-class nation

The latest news is about Vietnam climbing in the ranking of best countries in which to invest this year, surpassing other Southeast Asian nations such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

A recent report by the US News and World Report ranked Vietnam eighth out of 29 economies, up from 23 last year.

Neighbouring nations of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, meanwhile stood in thirteenth, fourteenth and eighteenth positions respectively.

According to the report, Doi Moi (renewal) economic policy reforms beginning in 1986 have helped Vietnam’s transition to becoming a more modern, competitive nation.

Vietnam’s continued efforts to lessen international isolation are shown by joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2007 and participation in free trade negotiations with the Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2010.

It is also a member of the United Nations, the Asean Regional Forum and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, among other international organisations, stated the report.

The ranking of the best countries to invest in by the American media company draws from the results of a global perception-based survey and ranks countries based on the highest scores among nearly 7,000 business decision-makers on a compilation of eight equally weighted country attributes, including corruption, dynamics, economic stability, entrepreneurial, favourable tax environment, innovation, skilled labour force and technological expertise.

Neighboring nations of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, meanwhile stood in thirteenth, fourteenth and eighteenth positions respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAS-UMNO Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah (HPU) is not about Malays or Muslims but about saving UMNO from oblivion and keeping UMNO leaders out of jail and giving PAS the opportunity to be Big Brother in a PAS-UMNO alliance and for PAS President to have a shot to be Prime Minister of Malaysia

Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah (HPU) PAS-UMNO bukan tentang orang Melayu atau Islam, sebaliknya tentang menyelamatkan UMNO daripada dilupakan dan untuk mengelakkan pemimpin UMNO daripada meringkuk di dalam penjara dan memberikan PAS peluang untuk merasa menjadi Abang Besar dalam gabungan PAS-UMNO dan untuk Presiden PAS mencuba nasib untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia

Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah (HPU) PAS-UMNO di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra UMNO Sabtu lalu, bukanlah tentang Melayu, Islam atau Raja-raja Melayu tetapi untuk menyelamatkan UMNO daripada dilupakan, malah untuk mengelakkan pemimpin UMNO daripada meringkuk di dalam penjara sepanjang hayat mereka dek kerana amalan rasuah dan salah guna kuasa semasa mereka berada di dalam kerajaan, dan memberikan peluang untuk PAS merasa jadi “Abang Besar” dalam gabungan PAS-UMNO dan menjadi penyelamat kepada UMNO yang kleptokratik — inilah sebab mengapa ia digelar sebagai klepto-teokrasi — dan untuk memberikan peluang yang julung-julung kalinya buat Presiden PAS untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia setelah dinafikan peluang berkenaan semasa berada di dalam gabungan Pakatan Rakyat.

Untuk mencapai objektif-objektif berkenaan, gabungan PAS-UMNO perlu mencipta suasana yang dipenuhi rasa ketakutan, cemas dan kebencian yang tidak berasas dan diada-adakan di kalangan orang Melayu dan Islam, yang merupakan majoriti pengundi di Semenanjung Malaysia, dan untuk pertama kalinya setelah merdeka, kaum Melayu dan agama Islam kononnya berdepan krisis eksistensial, menepikan tiga fakta asas berikut:

Pertama, siapa yang berada di dalam kerajaan sejak enam dekad yang lalu dan bagaimana mungkin untuk kerajaan Pakatan Harapan memperbetulkan masalah yang diciptakan UMNO dalam tempoh masa satu, dua atau lima tahun sedangkan hegemoni UMNO dalam kerajaan telah bersarang selama enam dekad lamanya, yang agenda sebenarnya bukan untuk mengangkat taraf kehidupan bumiputera tetapi sebaliknya untuk mewujudkan UMNO-putra yang hari ini telah menciptakan kleptokrat global Malaysia pertama yang menjadi watak penting dalam skandal rasuah membabitkan 1MDB. Pakatan Harapan tidak akan menghapuskan apa yang baik untuk negara, tetapi akan melaksanakan pembaharuan terhadap apa yang buruk dan menjejaskan negara;

Kedua, fitnah terbesar bahawa DAP kononnya anti-Melayu, anti-Islam dan anti- Raja-raja Melayu, sedangkan DAP telah berulang kali menegaskan, di dalam Parlimen dan di dalam dokumen dasar sejak lima dekad lalu, dan di dalam pengumuman dasar asas gabungan politik DAP, sama ada Gagasan Rakyat, Barisan Alternatif, Pakatan Rakyat dan terbaharu Pakatan Harapan, menegaskan dan menegaskan semula sokongan dan komitmen DAP terhadap perkara asas dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan, terutamanya berhubung bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa rasmi, Islam sebagai agama rasmi dan sistem raja berpelembagaan di Malaysia.

Ketiga, realiti demografi di Malaysia yang memberi jaminan bahawa orang Melayu tidak akan kehilangan kuasa politik, tak kira apa jua yang akan berlaku terhadap UMNO atau PAS dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 42 DAP MPs will vote in support of a constitutional amendment to provide for equal rights for Malaysian women to confer citizenship on children born overseas

Kesemua 42 orang Ahli Parlimen DAP akan menyokong RUU Pindaan Perlembagaan bagi memberikan hak sama rata kepada wanita berbangsa Malaysia untuk menurunkan kerakyatan mereka kepada anak yang lahir di luar negara

Kesemua 42 orang Ahli Parlimen DAP akan menyokong satu Rang Undang-undang Pindaan Perlembagaan untuk memberikan hak sama rata kepada wanita yang berbangsa Malaysia untuk menurunkan kerakyatannya kepada anak kelahiran mereka yang lahir di luar negara.

Perkara 14 Perlembagaan Persekutuan membenarkan bapa berkerakyatan Malaysia untuk menurunkan kerakyatan mereka kepada anak mereka yang lahir di luar negara dengan kelulusan diberikan dalam tempoh beberapa bulan selepas permohonan.

Tetapi wanita berbangsa Malaysia yang mengahwini suami berbangsa asing perlu memohon kerakyatan bagi anak mereka di bawah peruntukan berbeza — Perkara 15(2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Sesetengah wanita ini telah menunggu lebih daripada dua tahun untuk mendapatkan kerakyatan bagi anak mereka, malah sesetengah permohonan mereka telah ditolak tanpa sebab.

Mereka yang memohon semula setelah ditolak buat kali pertama kebiasaannya ditolak sekali lagi tanpa diberikan sebarang sebab. Read the rest of this entry »

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The PAS-UMNO HPU and its Charter last Saturday have resulted in escalation of fake news and hate speech in the manipulation of issues of race and religion to polarise inter-racial and inter-religious relations in the country

The PAS-UMNO Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah (HPU) and its Charter last Saturday have resulted in the escalation of fake news and hate speech in the manipulation of issues of race and religion in the past five days to polarise inter-racial and inter-religious relations in the country.

First, UMNO Vice President and former Minister, Datuk Ismail Sabri perpetrated the fake news that Jakim and the halal certification process had been transferred to the Finance Ministry, and disseminated the hate speech to create alarm, fear and hate among Muslims that non-Muslims are now responsible for the halal certification process.

Next, on Malaysia Day on Monday, PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang perpetrated the vile and divisive fake news at a Malaysia Day function in Bintulu that DAP wanted to give control of the state and its wealth to the Chinese and disseminated the equally vile and divisive hate speech to create alarm, fear and hate among Malays and Muslims that the DAP was “the biggest leader” in the Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya to ensure “the wealth for Chinese only, not for all people; other people are left behind”!

Third, since the PAS-UMNO HPU and its Charter, there had been an upsurge of vile and divisive fake news and hate speech on the social media exploiting the 3Rs to depict a false picture of DAP as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty.

Fourth, the PAS Deputy President, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man yesterday ramped up the attack on DAP alleging that it was pursuing a “Christianisation agenda”, citing as example the speech by the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister and DAP MP for Bukit Mertajam, Steven Sim, at a “New Malaysia Narrative” forum on “Anak Malaysia? Our Story of Past, Present and Future Malaysia” at Mega Chinese Methodist Church in Kota Damansara.

I was shocked by Tuan Ibrahim’s allegation when I first read it in the media, but Steven Sim has since explained that he was speaking to Christians in a church and had discussed their responsibilities as Malaysians. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Hadi taking his revenge and falsely accuse DAP as anti-Malay and anti-Islam because DAP did not support his ambition to become Prime Minister-designate under Pakatan Rakyat in 2013?

Adakah Hadi sedang cuba membalas dendam dan menfitnah DAP sebagai anti-Islam dan anti-Melayu kerana DAP tidak menyokong cita-citanya untuk menjadi calon perdana menteri Pakatan Rakyat pada tahun 2013?

Penyertaan Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Hadi Awang ke dalam arena politik Sarawak dimotivasikan oleh kebencian dan kegagalan beliau untuk menerima hakikat kehidupan.

Apakah perkara yang berjaya mengubah seorang individu yang pernah menyatakan kesyukurannya kepada DAP kerana bersolidariti dengan PAS semasa kejatuhan kerajaan negeri Kelantan pada tahun 1977 kepada seorang individu yang penuh kebencian yang gemar mengeluarkan berita palsu dan ucapan kebencian seperti yang dikatakan beliau di Bintulu pada Hari Malaysia?

Di Bintulu, Hadi telah membuat berita palsu dengan mengatakan DAP berhasrat untuk memberikan kuasa dan kekayaan negeri kepada orang Cina dan ucapan kebencian ini bertujuan untuk menyebarkan ketakutan, kerisauan, dan kebencian di kalangan orang Melayu dan Islam terhadap DAP, kononnya DAP merupakan pemimpin terbesar dalam Pakatan Harapan untuk memastikan “kekayaan hanya untuk orang Cina, bukan untuk semua; orang lain ditinggalkan di belakang” apabila tuduhan ini hanyalah penipuan semata-mata.

Adakah Hadi sedang cuba membalas dendam dan menfitnah DAP sebagai anti-Melayu dan anti-Islam kerana DAP tidak menyokong cita-citanya untuk menjadi calon perdana menteri Pakatan Rakyat dalam tahun 2013?

Seperti yang saya dedahkan pada bulan Januari tahun ini, cubaan menjadikan Hadi sebagai calon perdana menteri Pakatan Rakyat adalah satu operasi yang sangat licik tanpa menyebut mana-mana nama langsung.
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Third proof that HPU National Co-operation Charter is Charter for Fake News and Hate Speech – upsurge of fake news and hate speech on social media exploiting 3Rs to depict a false picture of DAP as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty within 48 hours of the Charter

The third proof that the so-called National Co-operation Charter signed by PAS and UMNO at the Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah (HPU) at the UMNO headquarters at PWTC on Saturday was actually a Charter for Fake New and Hate Speech was the upsurge of fake news and hate speech on the social media exploiting the 3Rs to depict a false picture of DAP as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty within 48 hours of the signing of the Charter.

The first proof was the speech by the UMNO Vice President Datuk Ismail Sabri at the HPU on Saturday perpetrating the fake news that Jakim and the halal certification process had been transferred to the Finance Ministry, and the hate speech to create alarm, fear and hate among Muslims that non-Muslims are now responsible for the halal certification process.

The second proof was the speech by the PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang in Bintulu at a Malaysia Day event where he perpetrated the fake news that DAP wanted to give control of the state and its wealth to the Chinese and the hate speech to create alarm, fear and hate among Malays and Muslims that the DAP was “the biggest leader” in the Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya to ensure that “the wealth for Chinese only, not for all people; other people are left behind”!

The third proof was that within 48 hours of the signing of the so-called National Co-operation Charter by PAS and UMNO leaders, there was an upsurge of fake news and hate speech on the social media exploiting the 3Rs to depict a false picture of DAP as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hadi has shown his true colours with his fake news and hate speech about DAP and Sarawak politics providing second proof within 48 hours that the National Co-operation Charter signed at PAS-UMNO Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah on Saturday was really a Charter for Fake News and Hate Speech

Hadi telah menunjukkan belang sebenarnya dengan berita palsu dan ucapan kebencian beliau mengenai DAP dan politik Sarawak, memberikan kita bukti kedua dalam tempoh 48 jam yang Piagam Muafakat Nasional yang baru ditandatangani di Perhimpunan Perpaduan Ummah Sabtu lepas adalah satu Piagam Berita Palsu dan Ucapan Kebencian

Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang telah menunjukkan belang beliau dengan menyebarkan berita palsu dan ucapan kebencian berkenaan DAP dan politik di Sarawak, memberikan kita semua bukti kedua bahawa Piagam yang ditandatangani Sabtu lepas hanyalah satu Piagam Berita Palsu dan Ucapan Kebencian.

Sebelum ini saya fikirkan kejadian Naib Presiden UMNO Datuk Ismail Sabri yang menyebarkan berita palsu dan ucapan kebencian apabila beliau menyatakan yang proses persijilan halal telah dipindahkan daripada Jakim kepada Kementerian Kewangan dalam acara Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah PAS-UMNO adalah satu kesilapan yang besar yang terpencil.

Jakim telah menafikan tuduhan Ismail Sabri dalam satu kenyataan daripada Unit Komunikasi Korporatnya yang berbunyi: “Jakim menafikan kenyataan ini dan mengesahkan sehingga hari ini, Jakim dan jabatan agama Islam negeri masih bertanggungjawab dalam proses persijilan halal.

Akhbar The Star telah memetik ucapan Ismail Sabri di HPU yang mengatakan “Walaupun kerajaan baru ini kelihatan seperti dipimpin oleh orang Melayu, ia dipimpin secara tidak langsung oleh DAP”, seterusnya mendakwa proses persijilan halal yang dikelola oleh Jakim kini terletak di bawah Kementerian Kewangan. Read the rest of this entry »

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PAS-UMNO promoters of Himpunan Peyatuan Ummah should demand an unqualified apology from Ismail Sabri for his fake news and hate speech at HPU had contaminated the National Co-operation Charter into a Charter for Fake News and Hate Speech

DAP MP for Kepong, Lim Lip Eng, has given UMNO Vice President and former Najib Minister, Datuk Ismail Sabri 24 hours to retract and apologise for the latter’s fake news and hate speech that the halal certification process was transferred from Jakim to the Finance Ministry.

Should Ismail fail to do so within 24 hours, Lim intends to lodge reports with the police, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and Islamic authorities over the matter.

Ismail Sabri made the statement during the Himpunan Penyatuan Ummah 2019 gathering in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Jakim had countered Ismail Sabri’s claims, saying in a statement by its Corporate Communications Unit: “Jakim denies this statement and confirms that up to now, Jakim and the Islamic religious authorities in the relative states are still responsible for halal certification.”

As Lip Eng rightly said, as a senior politician and former cabinet minister, Ismail Sabri must be held accountable. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysians should dedicate the 15 days between Hari Merdeka on August 31st and Malaysia Day on September 16 every year as Malaysian Unity Season to emphasise and promote unity of diverse races, languages, regions, cultures and civilizations in Malaysia and avoid division and disunity

Malaysians of diverse races, religions and cultures are here tonight to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

This year’s Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival is special, as for the first time, the Yang di Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah have conveyed Mid-Autumn Festival greetings to the Chinese community in the country.

This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival fell on last Friday on Sept. 13, and I was at Wisma Sambanthan in Kuala Lumpur to launch a Tamil book of short stories by my old friend and comrade, K. Siladass.

I do not understand Tamil, but before the function, I was privileged to be given a copy of Thirukkural with translation in Malay and English by Dr. Singaravelu Sachithananthan, former head and professor of Indian Studies, University of Malaya – which must the first book of its kind in the world.

The very fact that on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, I was launching a Tamil book was highly symbolic that Malaysia is a confluence of four great civilisations in the world – Malay/Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Western – and Malaysia must strive to become an example to the world of the success of the Alliance of Civilisations instead of being a failure because of the Clash of Civilisations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib would have fully approved of the PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy as his global kleptocracy has continued to make waves – paving the way to make PAS and UMNO “one family”

Barisan Nasional Adviser, Datuk Seri Najib Razak would have fully approved of the PAS-UMNO Alliance as his global kleptocracy is continuing to make waves – paving the way to make PAS and UMNO “one family”.

Imagine getting an Islamist party to virtually accept kleptocracy as a major plank of the alliance, which must be a “first” in the world – a founder of the Global Movement of Moderates moving on to be a founder of the Global Movement of Kleptocrats!

And even more “satisfying”, MCA and MIC are again playing ball and giving their blessing for the PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy, despite the earlier MCA threat to “kick” UMNO out of Barisan Nasional if it “coddles up with PAS” to form an unholy pact with PAS.

A wag would have said that in celebrating the PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy, PAS has become “kafir” which UMNO had accused it of, and UMNO become “deviant” as it had been denounced by PAS, with both endorsing the global kleptocrat as their leader, open or covert. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let the best in Thirukkural and Confucianism on how to be a good human being be part of the Malaysian heritage for Malaysia to be example to the world of the success of Alliance of Civilisations

I am like a fish out of water, launching this new book in Tamil by my friend and comrade of over fifty years, K. Siladass, which is a collection of his short stories in Tamil.

I do not understand Tamil, but before the function, I was privileged to be given a copy of Thirukkural with translation in Malay and English by Dr. Singaravelu Sachithananthan, former head and professor of Indian Studies, University of Malaya – which must the first book of its kind in the world.

This highlights the powerful symbolism of this occasion, that Malaysia is a confluence of four great civilisations in the world – Malay/Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Western – and Malaysia must strive to become an example to the world of the success of the Alliance of Civilisations instead of being a failure because of the Clash of Civilisations.

I browsed through the Thirukkural couplets, which is some 2,300 years old, dealing with everyday virtues, ethics and morality, which had influenced scholars across the ethical, social, political, economic, religious, philosophical and spiritual spheres like Tolstoy, Gandhi and Albert Schweitzer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free all arrested under Sedition Act as Pakatan Harapan government has promised to revoke it under Promise 27 of the 14th General Election Manifesto

Bebaskan semua tahanan di bawah Akta Hasutan kerana kerajaan Pakatan Harapan sememangnya telah berjanji untuk menghapuskan Akta tersebut menerusi Janji 27 dalam Manifesto Pilihanraya Umum ke-14

Pihak polis harus membebaskan semua tahanan di bawah Akta Hasutan kerana kerajaan Pakatan Harapan sememangnya telah berjanji untuk menghapuskan Akta tersebut menerusi Janji 27 dalam Manifesto Pilihanraya Umum ke-14.

Penahanan bekas ketua pemuda PSM Khalid Ismath dan individu-individu lain di bawah Akta Hasutan 1948 adalah satu perbuatan yang tidak boleh dipertahankan memandangkan ianya bertentangan dengan apa yang telah dijanjikan oleh Pakatan Harapan.

Tindakan Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah yang menyatakan rasa kedukacitaan baginda terhadap tindakan penahanan oleh pihak polis ini adalah satu tindakan yang amat terpuji.

Semua penjawat awam dan pihak polis seharusnya membiasakan diri mereka dengan manifesto PRU ke-14 Pakatan Harapan untuk memahami semangat, falsafah serta hala tuju kerajaan Pakatan Harapan sungguhpun undang-undang dan dasar-dasar negara masih belum lagi diubah supaya mereka mengambil tindakan yang bertentangan dengan manifesto kerajaan semasa dalam usaha membina sebuah Malaysia baru.
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Who will be the Prime Minister if PAS-UMNO alliance of klepto-theocracy wins the 15th General Election – Najib again or Hadi or Zahid Hamidi?

Siapa yang akan jadi Perdana Menteri jika gabungan klepto-teokrasi PAS-UMNO menang Pilihan Raya Umum ke-15 – Najib lagi? Atau Hadi? Atau Zahid Hamidi?

Siapa yang akan jadi Perdana Menteri jika gabungan klepto-teokrasi PAS-UMNO, yang akan diputuskan esok, menang Pilihan Raya Umum ke-15 pada 2023?

Adakah Datuk Seri Najib Razak? Yang kini berdepan 43 tuduhan rasuah dan digelar sebagai kleptokrat global — sekaligus menyelematkan dirinya daripada dipenjara seumur hidup di penjara Sungai Buloh?

Adakah rakyat Malaysia akan terpaksa sekali lagi menerima “Malu Apa Bossku” sebagai PM?

Adakah PRU15 akan menyelamatkan Najib daripada skandal 1MDB, membuka jalan untuk Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali kembali sebagai Peguam Negara untuk mempertahankan skandal 2MDB, 3MDB dan skandal-skandal seterusnya?

Yang lebih “menarik”, adakah negara ini akan kembali dikawal oleh penjenayah dalam buruan yang kini cuba mengelak perbicaraan; Jho Low yang “pro-Melayu, pro-Islam”, yang mana akan membawa Malaysia ke arah kegemilangan – seorang Cina yang akan mengawal Malaysia menerusi proksinya “Malu Apa Bossku”! Read the rest of this entry »

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Great urgency to address the issue of poverty with formulation of 12th Malaysia Five Year Plan

Tindakan segera diperlukan untuk menangani isu kemiskinan dalam merangka Rancangan Malaysia ke-12

Banyak kenyataan yang dikeluarkan kebelakangan ini telah mempersoalkan kadar 0.4% isi rumah yang hidup di bawah garis pendapatan kemiskinan (GPK) yang diterjemahkan kepada 27,000 daripada sejumlah 6.7 juta isi rumah dalam negara.

Anggaran ini telah dipersoalkan oleh ramai pihak yang memerhatikan realiti di kehidupan yang sangat berbeza; sama ada di kelompok kemiskinan bandar, komuniti luar bandar, ataupun di dalam kumpulan sosial di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Dalam kenyataan saya yang dikeluarkan pada 4 September yang lepas, saya telah mencadangkan supaya satu Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat isu kemiskinan di dalam negara. Saya juga telah cadangkan nama beberapa individu yang terkenal dalam bidang ini sebagai ahli Suruhanjaya ini dan supaya Suruhanjaya ini diberikan terma rujukan yang luas.

Saya telah menerima beberapa maklumbalas mengenai cadangan saya. Walaupun terdapat pelbagai pandangan mengenai kesesuaian penubuhan RCI untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini, hampir semua maklumbalas bersetuju yang garis pendapatan kemiskinan memerlukan semakan semula sebelum Rancangan Malaysia ke-12 dirangka dan dibentangkan.

Semakan ini perlulah mengambil kira semua pandangan dan komen yang telah diberikan, yang pada masa yang sama menjadi peringatan kepada semua terhadap komitmen yang telah dibuat oleh Pakatan Harapan mengenai isu ketelusan dan akauntabiliti. Read the rest of this entry »

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