Thursday, September 18, 2014

PAS muktamar: Top PKR, DAP leaders fail to turn up

The absence of top PKR and DAP leaders at PAS’ inaugural annual general meeting (muktamar) in Johor has fuled speculation that the Pakata Rakyat coalition is close to breaking up.

The non-attendance of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah and DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang from the muktamar was noticeable as they had always attended previous PAS meetings.

Instead, the party’s partners sent second and third liners to represent them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DAP MP irks netizens after questioning need for playing Negaraku in cinemas

A DAP lawmaker has irked netizens after questioning the need for the national anthem, ‘Negaraku’, to be played in cinemas.

In a Facebook posting on Tuesday, Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen criticised having to stand up for the national anthem before watching a film, calling it a ‘disgrace and ridiculous’.

“I would not know how to tell my friends overseas that we are so patriotic that we play our national anthem before watching a movie.

“Is Malaysia heading towards the communist Mao era where everywhere you go you must shout out loud and show you are a patriot,” he said in the post Tuesday.

Chong, who is Sarawak DAP chief, also appeared to mock the playing of the national anthem, saying that fellow patrons had a look of amusement in their eyes while others ‘laughed out in disdain’.

He later deleted the post, but not before earning the ire of netizens and also several Cabinet Ministers, including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Urban Wellbeing, Housing, and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Khairy was one of the first to lash out at Chong for his insensitive remarks, labelling him the ‘disgrace and ridiculous’.

“Wow. I did not know the policy of playing Negaraku before a film starts was tedious and an absolute disgrace.

“Maybe it is you that are an ‘absolute disgrace and ridiculous, Mr Chong,” the Umno Youth chief said.
Abdul Rahman wrote on his Facebook page: “You are absolutely a disgrace. Standing up to honour the national anthem is not a play child. You think by apologising you can change your DNA? I doubt it!”

Ahmad Shabery shared Chong’s original status on his Facebook page and asked netizens to give responds to his actions.

“YB Chong Chieng Jen (DAP Kuching), in his Facebook account, criticised Negaraku being played in cinemas during the Independence Day and Malaysia day celebrations. What do you think?” he asked his followers.

Chong later posted an apology for his remarks, but still stood firm by his opinion that the national anthem should not be played at an entertainment outlet.

“Though I feel that it is inappropriate to play the national anthem in a place of entertainment like a cinema, but the words I used have been inappropriate.

“I hereby retract the posting and apologise for the comment made. I do not mean to demean our national anthem,” he said, adding that his family and him still stood up when the national anthem was played.
However, netizens were not so quick to forgive and continued to hound him for his insensitivity in the comments section.

Facebook user Chiang Choon Sern said the DAP MP’s apologetic status showed that he was not at all repentant for his actions.

“If that is the case, be a real man, and there is no need for you to delete that status. Typical politicians! Say something stupid and then retract it. Very convenient.”

Naz Ahmad said Chong had shown his true colours, and people would not be fooled by his ‘insincere apology’.

Another netizen, known as Kenneth Skelchy-Lim said there were more ‘politically correct’ ways to voice disagreement.

“You don’t have to be demeaning about it. Our national anthem is something to be proud of, not ridiculed.
“It is you who are embarrassed and to think you are an elected representative, no less. Shame on you,” he commented.

DAP’s Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, however, defended his colleague’s apology on Twitter, saying it was a ‘good and proper thing to do’.

Monday, September 15, 2014

First suspected Ebola case in Sarawak

A 24-year-old Zimbabwean student in Sarawak has been placed under observation for suspected Ebola virus infection.

State Assistant Public Health Minister Datuk Dr Jerip Susil  confirmed the patient reported himself to Kuching Specialist Centre on Saturday evening feeling feverish.

"He told the hospital that he had been in contact with students from Nigeria and the private hospital took all necessary precautions.

“Doctors there contacted the state Health Department, and the patient was then moved to the isolation ward at Sarawak General Hospital on Sunday," Dr Jerip told a hastily press conference arranged press conference after rumours ran wild online on Monday.

Dr Jerip stressed the patient had not developed Ebola symptoms and that the Nigerian students he came in contact with were totally fine.

"The patient under investigation is not vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea.

“Nonetheless, the state Health Department had activated "high precautionary measures".

"Medical personnel will be going to private university to carry out contact tracing," said Dr Jerip, urging for public to be calm.

He said it was untrue the university and private hospital had been sealed.

He added it was currently the flu season and that had it been a local who went to the hospital with fever, the precautionary measures would not have been applied.

Samples have been collected for testing, Dr Jerip said, with results expected this week.

He said the US's Centre for Disease Control had also been informed as a precaution.

UPSR leak: Four including headmaster remanded under OSA

Four people, including a headmaster have been remanded for four days in connection with the leaked Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) papers.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the suspects aged between 30 and 50, were remanded until Sept 18 to facilitate investigations into the leaked papers.

“Those arrested have been remanded to assist the police with the investigations.

“They are being investigated under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1972,” he said when contacted on Monday.

The others detained were two teachers and an insurance agent.

SAC Gan said police also recorded the statements of 12 people, including six Education Ministry’s Examinations Syndicate officers and five teachers.
“Investigations are still ongoing,” he said.

Kuala Lumpur police earlier arrested six people, of which two have been released on police bail.
They were detained in a series of raids in Penang, Parit Buntar, Perak, Kuala Ketil, Kedah and in Sentul here.

Bukit Aman CID chief Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said initial investigations pointed to their involvement in the case.

He said police were still recording statements from 10 others believed to be linked to the leak of the Science and English papers.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Truth behind 1MDB

  It was reported by a business newspaper,The Edge Malaysia that the government under its 1MDB initiative has parked RM 18.1 billion of the country’s money overseas. The Edge Malaysia which is also a part of The Edge Media Group (the same company who bought the notorious political tabloid The Malaysian Insider) accused the government of appointing unnamed financial managers and institution to manage the said fund. Their lies is further elevated by their call for the public to urge the government to bring back all the money home.
It is one thing to critic the government in its ways of investing the nation’s money, but it’s another thing to fabricate facts in order to support your assumptions.
Some even as far fetch as stating that the 1MDB takes a big portion of our very own sovereign wealth fund (SWF) and use it for purely commercial purposes. This is untrue as the 1MDB never claimed it was or an agent for the SWF. The 1MDB body originates as the T.I.A. (Terengganu Investment Authority), after it has been federalized in 2009, the T.I.A or now known as 1MDB became a national entity. Basically, now the 1MDB is a development company wholly-owned by the Government of Malaysia.
Some say because of the 1MDB our national debt has never been higher. But the truth is all of 1MDB’s debts are backed by solid assets, with healthy cash flows and strong growth potential beyond their finite life. This means should there be a default, which is very unlikely at this point, 1MDB’s assets would have covered any fallout. The level of gearing for 1MDB is more than matched by the value of its assets. Total assets stood at RM46 billion at the financial year end of March 2013, compared to total debt of RM37 billion.
Thus 1MDB’s debt does not pose any significant risk to the sovereign’s rating and stability of Malaysia. As a private limited company, any exposure of its risks to the government is limited. The government guarantees only RM5.8 billion of 1MDB’s total loan, and 1MDB has proven to be a good paymaster. It has never missed any payment schedule.
As a public-private initiative aimed at catalysing critical industries the 1MDB has specific challenges making them difficult for the public or the private sector to tackle on their own. Thus it was give a small start-up fund from the Government of Malaysia for RM 1 Million and a Government guarantee of RM 5 billion worth of initial investment borrowings.
Regarding the IPP (Independent Power Producer) the government has done well in determining the outlook of our investments in the energy supply sector. After identifying and purchasing energy assets ripe for development, 1MDB has gone on leverage on these assets to win new power plant projects in gas, coal and renewable energy. The success of this business plan is due to bear fruition in the future listings of 1MDb’s energy arm, projected to be one of the largest in South East Asia, valued at a minimum of US$3billion (RM9.6billion). Even at this conservative valuation, it almost fully covers the cost of acquisition for all 3 plants 1MDB purchased. (Tanjong RM8.5b + KLPP RM2.3b + Jimah RM1.2 b = RM12b). This does not even include the revenue that these plants bring in yearly or the value of the new plant contracts 1MDB has won since. Project 3B alone is worth RM11 billion.
The 1MDB takes pride in its corporate social responsibility activities. As a responsible organisation, wholly-owned by the Government, 1MDB’s CSR is part of the overall philosophy, not an afterthought. 1MDB’s CSR activities are focused on three areas: education, quality of life, and youth development.
These areas elevate Malaysians in need from basic worries from but not limited to improving their homes and infrastructure to then be able to focus on talent development via education and supporting skills for youth, which 1MDB also offers. As of July 2014, 2,786,694 Malaysian have directly benefitted through programmes such as scholarships, school upgrades, entrepreneurial training, energy and water infrastructure building, and mobile healthcare for rural areas in Malaysia, sports and youth skills development.
Maybe next time The Edge or any other newspaper need to check their facts first before committing another false accusation that is intended to pit the people against the government. They are lucky that by the laws of this blessed country that criticising the government or a government related body is not a crime. Imagine if they did this to a company or any other corporate bodies. They would be “served” in a matter of hours.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Khalid finalises water agreement with Federal Govt

The 'Heads Of Agreement' deal on the water supply industry restructuring in Selangor has been signed between the state of Selangor and the Federal Government.

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim signed on behalf of the state, while Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili represented the federal government.

The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry here, although the media was not invited to the ceremony.
An official said a statement would be issued later.

On Aug 1, the federal government and Selangor state government signed the 'Heads Of Agreement' on restructuring the water supply industry and paved the way for a long term solution to the water issue in Selangor.

It was an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both sides on Feb 26 to build the Langat 2 Water Treatment Plant (LRAL2) and its distribution system.

UPSR leak: Three police reports lodged

Three police reports have been lodged over the leaked Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) papers. Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the reports were lodged in Putrajaya and another in Johor.

“We are investigating all the reports made.

“So far, we have recorded the statements of three persons of interest in the case,” he said when contacted on Friday.

Asked on the Education Ministry’s statement that hotspots and suspects involved in the leak has been identified, SAC Gan said police were still working on the location and the suspects involved.
“We are investigating the matter under Section 8 of the Official Secrets Act 1972.

“Rest assured that we will get the culprits behind this irresponsible act,” he said.
Under Section 8 of the OSA, anyone found guilty of leaking the documents can be jailed for not less than one year and not more than seven years.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission issued a statement saying that it was ready to assist if there was any element of corruption or bribery in the incident.

The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission said it was aware of the matter. The police report was lodged by a senior Malaysian Examinations Board official.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

UPSR English papers leaked.

The Education Ministry has confirmed that there was a leak in both the UPSR English papers. 
Pupils who sat for their UPSR English examination on Thursday will have to re-take their papers, according to Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh

He said the ministry confirmed on Thursday morning that the English 0141 and 0142 papers had been leaked.

Vernacular school pupils will not be affected as they sit for different English papers.

"We only confirmed it this morning at 11am; we will announce the new date for exams soon because we need to discuss and see how soon we can organise all the logistics involved.

"If possible, we're aiming to have the re-sit on Sept 30, the same day as the rescheduled Science papers.
"This is a serious matter, and we will make sure that the sternest action is taken against those responsible for the leak.

"I apologise to all the parents and pupils involved," he told reporters here on Thursday.
This is the second confirmed leak for the UPSR.

On Wednesday, the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate said that the Science papers had been postponed to Sept 30 as the questions were leaked on social media.

However, the syndicate was silent on claims that the UPSR papers for Bahasa Melayu and Mathematics were leaked as well.

When asked, Idris said that such claims were unsubstantiated.

"We cannot simply announce such leaks without investigating the matter, these (English and Science) are the only papers proven to have leaks.

"We have already lodged police reports over the confirmed leaks.

"We will also set up a committee on the matter, to look into the technology and security measures involved to make sure that this does not happen again," he said, adding that the committee would comprise "high profile" members.

Idris also said that such incidents proved that the current education system was too exam-oriented.

"This is why we introduced the school-based assessment system, to take this pressure off.

"Students have become too focused on just the examinations, that they're willing to cheat," he said.
A total of 473,175 pupils are sitting for the UPSR this year at 8,299 examination centres nationwide.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PAS allies wore out Hadi’s patience, says Nik Aziz’s son

The son of Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat said PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang was forced to make his own decisions to solve the Selangor mentri besar impasse due to the "betrayal" by some of PAS leaders and Pakatan Rakyat allies.

Defending the president, PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Aziz accused two Selangor PAS assemblyman of triggering the treachery when they declared support for PKR's sole mentri besar candidate, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

"When these two traitors sided with PKR, that's when PAS' stability started to crack. PKR has also betrayed our friendship when they accepted the support of these two assemblymen," said the Pasir Mas MP in a strongly-worded statement.

He claimed the president had chosen to save the relationship between the parties instead of taking a drastic action by pulling the Islamist party from the pact despite facing betrayal from its own men and allies.

The son of the spiritual leader said Hadi had to compromise as the Syura Council's original decision was contradictory to the stand taken by the central committee during its meeting on Aug 17.

At the meeting, it was decided that the party would withdraw support for Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and named two new candidates for the post including Dr Wan Azizah. 

"This shows that our president is a man with a big heart. He could influence the Syura council to accept that Pakatan needs saving. 

"Unfortunately, the significant decision only lasted four five hours because the Pakatan leadership later met in Hadi's absence and decided that only Dr Wan Azizah's name would be submitted following Azmin's decision to decline the nomination," said Nik Abduh, adding that this led to PAS being labelled as a 'U-turn' party.

Pakatan's weak decision has left Hadi facing internal conflict including possible friction with the palace, which had already indicated that it was not favourable to Dr Wan Azizah, he said.

He further questioned PAS' allies PKR and DAP for not being grateful for Hadi's numerous attempts to repair the tension.

"Did PKR not see the tolerant attitude displayed by the president? Did DAP give him any breathing room to preserve Pakatan's stability? No, right? 

"So who started the treachery and who is continuing it?" Nik Abduh questioned.

PAS has been blamed for defying Pakatan's consensus when Hadi personally chose to submit his own list of MB candidates to the Selangor palace.

The list was said to include at least one candidate from PAS, reportedly that of PAS state commissioner Iskandar Samad, who is also Chempaka assemblyman.

Hadi clarified in a speech that he was not backing Dr Wan Azizah for the MB post because she was not qualified and not because she was a woman. 

Nik Abduh also warned that the present MB conflict could force the president's hand in no longer seeking consultation with PKR and DAP and would deliberate on internal issues on his own.

"If yesterday, you saw how united some PAS leaders were with their PKR and DAP counterparts in trying to sabotage their own president, today you are seeing how the ulama factions in the party are fully behind the president's new action.

"Selamat bertarung di 'KuborMove', Jumpa di sana. (Good luck with KuborMove. See you there)", Nik Abduh added in obvious reference to PKR's Kajang move that had begun the lengthy crisis with Pakatan.

PAS is contesting the Pengkalan Kubor by-election on Sept 25, in a seat that was formerly contested by PKR.

Nik Aziz's son declares war on PKR and DAP

The son of PAS' spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has declared war on PKR and DAP, lambasting their leaders for betraying the Islamist party.

Nik Mohamad Abduh, who is a PAS central committee member, warned that his party would take stern action if DAP and PKR refused to reciprocate the high level of tolerance displayed by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

"The president has decided that DAP and PKR no longer need to be consulted… no more.
"Let us launch a 'Kubor Move'… see you there," he said Wednesday in his Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Govt to offer rent-to-own schemes for PR1MA housebuyers without bank loans

The Government will offer rent-to-own schemes to potential PR1MA housebuyers who are unable to secure loans from financial institutions, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said the RTO scheme was designed to allow potential PR1MA buyers who could not afford the units, or had been turned away by banks.

"Under the RTO scheme, the buyers will have to pay rent for say 20 to 30 years and they will eventually own these units.

"On our part, we will work something out with the banks and get them to help out in its implementation," he said at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Seremban Sentral PR1MA project here.

Najib said the Government had to intervene as there were cases where genuine buyers could not come up with proper documents to support their applications.

"We had to intervene because we know that owning a house is a priority for most Malaysians," he said. 

Najib also approved the construction of an additional 2,000 such units under the Seremban Sentral PR1MA project.

"I support the Mentri Besar's (Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan) noble idea for PR1MA to build an additional 2,000 units since there was additional space and it benefits the rakyat," he said.
Najib said although the price range for these units had not been determined, it would be at least 20% cheaper than the prevailing market rate.

He also thanked conglomerate Sime Darby for agreeing to build 1,000 PR1MA units in Labu near here.

"I am glad that Sime Darby has joined the Government to help build affordable homes for the rakyat," he added.

PR1MA has more than 700,000 interested buyers listed on its national registration system.

As of last year, PR1MA had approved the construction of 80,494 affordable units as mandated by the Government.

MH17: Plane hit by "high-energy objects," says Dutch report

The first report into the crash of MH17 suggests a large number of high-energy objects penetrated the aircraft.

The report said no evidence of technical fault, emergency or pilot error were found, according to Dutch investigators.

UPSR won't abolished, says Muhyiddin

The Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) will remain an important public examination, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, said the ministry had no intention of abolishing the UPSR as it assessed pupils' achievement in core subjects.

"Whatever their (pupils') results are, they will go on to Form One.

"But parents and teachers will want to know (how pupils are faring academically), so we would know how to guide them better in secondary school," he told reporters during his visit to SK Presint 16(2) here for the first day of UPSR on Tuesday.

Muhyiddin was responding to a question on whether the examination will ever be abolished in the future.

Azmin and Iskandar look to be frontrunners for MB post now

The game changer resulting from the Sultan of Selangor’s no-nonsense stand on the mentri besar issue has opened the door to dark horse candidates Azmin Ali from PKR and Iskandar Samad of PAS to be considered for the top job.

The Sultan, deeply disappointed and upset over PKR and DAP’s non-compliance with his request for more than two names, has indicated that he may select a qualified name from either the list of proposed names or anyone outside the list.

Iskandar, a state executive council member and state PAS commissioner, was one of three names proposed by PAS while PKR deputy president Azmin is the alternative candidate from his party.

In a strongly worded statement expressing Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s disappointment over the two parties for only submitting Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s name, the palace said the Ruler would now screen the names of other eligible assemblymen from Pakatan.

It also described the defiance of PKR and DAP as an “act of disloyalty”.
“The Sultan of Selangor is confident that there are many other candidates in Pakatan Rakyat parties who possess strong leadership qualities to lead the state government,” read the statement issued by the Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani.

In the 56-seat state assembly, PAS and DAP each have 15 members, PKR has 13, Barisan Nasional has 12 while Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is an Independent after being sacked from PKR.

There are 25 state assemblymen who are eligible, according to the state constitution.
Article 51 of the constitution states that the mentri besar must be a Malay and a Muslim.
Article 53(2) states that the Sultan shall appoint a mentri besar who is a member of the legislative assembly and who, in his judgment, is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the House.

Article 53(4) states that in appointing a mentri besar, the Sultan may at his discretion dispense with any provision in the state constitution restricting his choice of candidate if in his opinion it was necessary to comply with the provisions of the Article.
Apart from Khalid who resigned his position, there are 15 Malay-Muslim assemblyman from PAS and 10 from PKR.

Among the possible candidates from PAS are executive council members Iskandar Abdul Samad, Sallehin Mukhyi and Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi.

In PKR, the potential aspirants include Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali a
nd Ijok representative Dr Idris Ahmad.

While DAP and PKR have been insistent on Dr Wan Azizah as their sole candidate, in a front-page report on Aug 29 The Star quoted a palace source saying that the Sultan wants the new mentri besar to be able to manage the state without being manipulated by anyone.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Where have all the REAL UMNO Youths gone?

I don’t know how to start this article; I sure don’t know how to end it. Basically it’s about a guy who were the son of a diplomat, who went to one of the most prestigious university in the world and later came back to his parents homeland, married the PM’s daughter, won a parliamentary seat twice in a row and becomes the Minister of Youth and Sports of our country.

A lot of people criticised his methods and ways of thinking. But it seems that he managed to secure a minister post in the government and is on his way to the top.

He may lack the intelligence to work in the corporate world or in the civil service (as he never worked in either sector) but then again he managed to gain the support of the youth wing in the most influential political party in Malaysia’s history.

Yup boys and girls, he made it! 

Maybe one day he’ll become the Prime Minister of this country. Who knows? 

But what we do know is that he is leaving a lot of youth behind. Most of them are the Malay youths who don’t stand a chance in the wave economical & political globalization of this country. I’m talking about the Mat Rempit and many other Malay youths from the lower income sector of the Malaysian community.

Before he was the youth chief, he did play an active part in helping these people. Although they are considered as scums of the nation, he endured it all just to make sure that these boys & girls were given the proper help that they need. 

He was the one who tried to transform the Mat Rempit to Mat Cemerlang. But that was a long time ago. He has forsaken his nightly activities trying to get these forgotten youth to follow a better path. Now he loves to join another crowd. A crowd that hangs out at expensive coffee shops, wearing designers’ clothes and are well educated with liberal ideologies. 

No more trying to educate the Rempits. No more nights patrolling the streets of major cities in Malaysia trying to show these Rempits a better way of life. No more programs to attract the side-lined youth of Malaysia and to tell them that the country loves them even though they don’t have anything yet to offer. 

That is just the Mat Rempit scenario we are talking, what about the Malay youth from other lower income groups? Are they going to be left behind too?

What happened to you? Or it is just a plan for you to climb up to the top of the ladder?

And now you are dancing your heart out on stage? You carry the name of those who fought the independence of this country, and now you are making a fool of yourself.

As the leader of UMNO youth, you should LEAD! Not follow everything that the world dictates you.

It’s a sad day for UMNO. A very sad day indeed. 

--Hatake Kakashi--

Sultan extremely disappointed with DAP and PKR

The Sultan of Selangor has reprimanded DAP and PKR for submitting only one name for the position of Selangor Mentri Besar.

Despite the decree by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on August 27 for the three parties to submit more than two names for the post, a statement from the Sultan's private secretary Datuk Mohd Munir Bani confirmed that only PAS had submitted three names.

"The Sultan is extremely disappointed with DAP and PKR for not abiding to his royal highness' decree and naming only (PKR president) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

"The act of DAP and PKR showed arrogance to the royal institution and also treason to the Sultan of Selangor," Munir said.

Munir added that the decree by the Sultan, asking the three parties to nominate more than two names for the position, was a convention practiced by the palace.

"This is so the Sultan can choose a suitable candidate who does not only have the majority support of the assemblymen but also in terms skills, experiences, integrity and capabilities.

"These aspects are important to guarantee a smooth administration of the state government for the purpose of looking after the harmonious aspect of the people of Selangor," he said, adding that Sultan felt there were many in the coalition that posed such leadership qualities.

Munir said the Sultan would now scrutinise each names before making a decision.

"The power of appointing a Mentri Besar rests in the hands of the Sultan and hence the Tuanku will also go through all other assemblymen in Pakatan Rakyat which the Sultan feels is qualified and has the majority support of the House," he said.

PAS' Dewan Ulama joins Syura council in backing Hadi

The PAS central committee stands alone in supporting Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the post of Selangor Mentri Besar after the Dewan Ulama decided to stand with the Syura council in backing party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who rejected Dr Wan Azizah.

On Sunday, the PAS central committee, after a five-hour meeting chaired by deputy president Mohamad Sabu, announced that the party would reject any appointment of a PAS mentri besar by the Selangor Palace.
The committee had decided to stick with its original decision made on Aug 17 to nominate Dr Wan Azizah and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali for the post.

On Sept 3, Hadi submitted three different names, all believed to be PAS state exco members, to the Palace.
Dewan Ulama acting chief Datuk Ahmad Yakob said that in accordance with clause 26 (1) of the party constitution, the president has the prerogative to make the final decision.

“We are also made aware that the Syura council, which possesses the power to translate and interpret the party’s constitution, has also stated their support for the president, and therefore we call for all party members to abide by it.

“It is best for all members to respect and trust his decision,” he said in a statement on Monday.
The Syura council on Sunday had said it was the responsibility of the central committee to carry out its duties and uphold the directives of the president.

The council’s deputy chief Harun Din said the central committee had no authority and could not overrule Hadi’s decision.

Harun also clarified that Azizah’s gender had nothing to do with her not being nominated as the party believes there are others better qualified for the post.

Friday, September 5, 2014

PAS breakaway party about to be launched

This was a long time coming. The ulama’ faction in PAS and what is referred to as the Erdogan group a.k.a. the liberals a.k.a. the Anwarinas were already heading for a split many party conventions ago. So it was a matter of time before the marriage that was on the rocks finally ends.

The problem is PAS is split between the pro-Anwar faction and the anti-Anwar faction. This was basically what happened to Umno in 1997-1998. The pro-Anwar faction in Umno clashed with the pro-Mahathir faction and thereafter PKR (then called PKN) and Barisan Alternatif (the alternative to Barisan Nasional) were born.

In 1997-1998, Anwar was the catalyst to the problems in Umno. Today, Anwar is also the catalyst to the problems in PAS. And we may soon see what happened to Umno in 1997-1998 happening again, but this time to PAS.

There is going to be an exodus from PAS and the Erdogan group a.k.a. the liberals a.k.a. the Anwarinas are going to form a new party called PASMA, or ‘Pas Baru’ if you wish. They have already started meeting and are about to launch a road show to recruit converts.

This is not something that has not happened before. PAS itself is a splinter of Umno when the ulama’ faction left Umno just before Merdeka to form a new Islamic party (five years after Umno was formed). Then, later on, the more liberal, disgruntled group in PAS, led by Mohamad Nasir, left the party to form Berjasa in 1977. In 1983, another more liberal, disgruntled group in PAS, led by Asri Muda, left the party to form Hamim.

So you see, every time PAS becomes a bit too Islamic, the liberals leave the party to form a new party. First it was Berjasa, then Hamim, and now PASMA. Maybe some of you have never heard of PAS-breakaway Berjasa (formed in 1977) or PAS-breakaway Hamim (formed in 1983). Well, probably by 2050 many Malaysians will have never heard of PAS-breakaway PASMA as well (registered just three weeks ago).
Currently, PASMA is registered as an association, like ADIL was in 1999. But in just a few months ADIL the NGO became Parti Keadilan Nasional the political party. And that is the same route PASMA will be taking.

What is Anwar Ibrahim’s greatest achievement? How will Anwar be remembered? He will be remembered as the person who broke up and weakened the largest and strongest Malay party, Umno, and then broke up and weakened the largest and strongest Muslim party, PAS.

And with that PKR will emerge as the largest and strongest multi-racial party where race, religion and feudalism (royalty), the 3Rs of Malaysian politics, will no longer be the culture of Malaysian politics.
I suppose we should hail this as the new dawn of Malaysian politics where Malays, Chinese, Indians, ‘others’, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and so on will no longer exist and what will replace all that will be Malaysians not identified by race and who are free to believe that God does not exist and the so-called holy books are works of fiction.

I suppose in the pursuit of progress and modernisation we need to abandon the shackles of race, religion and feudalism and, for that to happen, race-based, religion-based and feudalism-based politics has to end. Hence political parties such as Umno, MCA, MIC, PAS, etc., need to be exterminated and replaced with non-race-based and non-religion-based parties.

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Selangor MB crisis: Naming of three PAS excos not the party stand, says Mat Sabu

PAS deputy president Mohamed Sabu said the nomination of three PAS exco members for the Selangor Mentri Besar post is not the party stand.

"The committee, on Aug 17, unanimously agreed to nominate Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ibrahim and Azmin Ali for the position. I was not informed of their names being excluded from the list.

"Media reports also mentioned that secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali acknowledged the listing of a PAS Exco member for candidate.

"We, however, are not aware of this as it was not decided in the meetings," he said in a statement on Friday.
Mat Sabu stressed that in the party Executive Committee meeting on Aug 25, everyone agreed that the names decided on in the Aug 17 meeting would be submitted to the Selangor Sultan.

On Sept 4, Mustafa Ali confirmed that party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had sent three names for the MB post.

Mustafa said that were three nominations as the palace had instructed all parties to submit more than two names.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Proton Preve rated safer than Altis,Civic

The Proton Preve, which has previously garnered 5-star ratings in the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) and Asean NCAP, has now added another award to its list of achievements : “Winner in the Medium Family Adult Occupant Protection category”.
In so doing, the Preve beat fellow C-segment nominees Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla Altis, Proton Holdings Bhd said in a statement today.
“The announcement of the award was made at the Asean NCAP Grand Prix Awards in Kuching, Sarawak on Aug 27.
“This award is a strong testimony of how much Proton has grown throughout the years,” said chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah.
“Proton has invested a lot in technology and enhancing our talents to perform beyond our comfort zone.

“It isn’t easy to come to this stage especially with the perception that Malaysian-made products are of inferior quality.

“Winning this award from Asean NCAP puts us in a better position in changing the mindset of the public.”

Besides its high standard of safety, he said the Preve is one of the global cars of Proton that offers the most well-equipped and advanced technological features in terms of performance, styling, driving dynamics and sophistication.

“As we have always mentioned, Proton continuously work on improving our R&D and testing, to ensure that our cars are not only of good quality but to also have safety features of international standards.
“We mean what we say and we shall keep doing better."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

'Taib Mahmud is not Malaysia's richest man', son tells Syariah Court

Malaysia's richest person is not Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, his son Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir told the Syariah High Court here Tuesday.

"These accusations are based in anger and are false - to the extent that she claimed my father is the richest man in Malaysia," he said.

Mahmud was testifying in the trial over a RM100mil mutaah (conciliatory gift) divorce settlement claim filed by his ex-wife Shahnaz A. Majid, 51.

He added that he did not understand Shahnaz's claim for "hundreds of millions of Ringgit".
"That does not make sense," said Mahmud during examination-in-chief by his counsel Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar.

Mahmud also disputed Shahnaz's claim that he was involved in businesses worth billions of Ringgit, and was the executive chairman of Cahya Mata Sarawak, when he was actually its deputy chairman.

"She said we have oil palm on our land which was generating revenue. We have bushes and shrubs on it and if you want to value them as oil palm ... then she is lying," said Mahmud, referring to a plot of land he owned which was valued by Shahnaz's accountant.

He explained that the land received by his companies from the Sarawak government was payment-in-kind for government projects such as bridges.

"The state government did not have the money to pay me, so it was payment-in-kind," said Mahmud.
He also disputed Shahnaz's claim that he had assets worth billions of Ringgit as well as offshore bank accounts.

"There are no accounts in Switzerland, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and the Caribbean. What was supposed to be a private matter in divorce maintenance claims has been turned into an attack to change the political landscape of Sarawak," said Mahmud.

Mahmud accused several parties - including his wife, her legal team and Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim - of working together to tarnish the name of his father and his family.

"This Court has become a means for Opposition politicians to tarnish me and my family's name, and for NGOs to tarnish Sarawak's name with false allegations. They wish to say my father is corrupt, when he has served his country and his state with honesty," said Mahmud.

Earlier, Mahmud denied punching and strangling Shahnaz.

He, however, admitted to pushing Shahnaz once when she tried to scratch his face.
"There was an incident where she wanted to scratch my face, but I pushed her hand away and she fell to the floor.

"She was not injured when she fell as she landed on a carpet and did not hit any chairs, walls or the floor," said Mahmud.

Mahmud added Shahnaz had displayed violent behaviour towards him on more than one occasion.
"She tried to scratch my face as she thought I was cheating on her. When she said I hit her, she lied. There is no proof and there are no witnesses," he said.

The hearing continues before Syarie judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab on Sept 9.

Selangor MB crisis: PAS women wing's chief denies supporting Wan Azizah

PAS Dewan Muslimat chief Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof has denied signing a statement in support of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new Selangor Mentri Besar.

In a report by PAS' organ, Harakahdaily, the Rantau Panjang MP said the statement was distributed before she could scrutinise the content and get the approval from the Women's wing.

"The statement was distributed without my signature and scrutiny. The Muslimat (Women) wing also decided to postpone the release of the statement as the content brings a different meaning," Siti Zailah was quoted as saying.

A joint statement by all Pakatan Rakyat Women chiefs - Chong Eng (DAP), Zuraida Kamaruddin (PKR) and supposedly PAS' Siti Zailah, was distributed on Sunday, stated their "unconditional support" for Dr Wan Azizah as the mentri besar.

They also questioned the apparent objection against Dr Wan Azizah, which they claimed was due to her gender although she was endorsed by 30 assemblymen to take over the office.

"If Dr Wan Azizah was a man, would she be subjected to this treatment? Why is there such disturbing opposition to woman as mentri besar?

"Today, the Pakatan Rakyat Wanita stand united in stating our unconditional support for Dr Wan Azizah as the Mentri Besar of Selangor.

"We have come together to validate and reinforce our stand that Dr Wan Azizah should be installed as the Mentri Besar of Selangor," they said.

They added when the state constitution itself supports no gender discrimination, then it is clear than a women can lead the state.

They further went on to say that Dr Wan Azizah has all the capabilities to lead the government based on her academic backgrounds and her track record as a a politician.

Although Siti Zailah admitted that she once stated her support for Dr Wan Azizah, she however said that this was based on PAS' initial decision to nominate two names - Dr Wan Azizah and her deputy, Azmin Ali.

She also expressed her disappointment over the distribution of the statement, reprimanding her counterparts for releasing the statement without her approval.

"I do not want to point fingers. Only God knows how I feel. Our wala' (loyalty) is for PAS' leadership only," she said.

Both Zuraida and Chong Eng could not be contacted for comments.

MH17: Remains of nine victims arrive at KLIA

The remains of seven Malaysians and two Dutch victims of the MH17 crash arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 8.33am from Amsterdam.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were at the Bunga Raya Complex, KLIA, to join the next-of-kin in receiving the remains which were flown to Malaysia in five caskets and four urns.

Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 people on board, including 43 Malaysians.

According Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, another 587 body parts have been recovered and identified where all of the remains needed  to be cleared with five documents before they could be repatriated.

The names of the nine victims are:

 1) Wan Amran Wan Hussin - Shah Alam
2) Subashni J. Retnam - Sungai Besi
3) Eugene Choo Jin Leong - Nilai
4) Sanjid Singh Sadhu - Penang
5) Muhamad Firdaus Abdul Rahim - Teluk Intan
6) Loh Yan Hwa - Penang
7) Fun Shun Po - Penang
8) Kaelamayajay Goes - Sungai Besi
9) Paul Goes - Sungai Besi

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gaza: How Can There be a Winner When There was No War?

Media around the world have been reporting some very conflicting stories on Gaza’s cease fire. Some referred to it as the winning of Hamas. Some say that it is the Israelis that have won. By right, there is no winner, just a temporary cease fire. 

The Economist had the story almost right for calling it as ‘A War Without Winners’. The only problem with their story is that it was never a war. It was murder - a massacre. There was no soldier involved, only terrorists and innocent people. Even in real war, there is never a real winner.

For 50 days, the Israelis had killed a total of 2,168 people of which 76.6% of them were civilians. From the number, almost 50% of them are women and children. 10,895 more were wounded, of which 30% are children and 19.3% women. 

On the last day of the Israeli offensive and few hours before ceasefire: 11 Palestinians, 5 of whom are civilians, including 2 children, killed and 55 others, including 14 children and 12 women, wounded.

The Israelis had spent millions of their budget on the most sophisticated weapons, just to kill women and children. 

Today, as the Palestinians claim victory over the cease fire decision, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu is facing a bout of political turbulence and public skepticism. 

Despite his cabinet’s announcement of ‘a great military accomplishment and great diplomatic achievement’ as well as the claim of having destroyed the Hamas’ tunnel system, the people of Israel are not convinced. 

A survey by Israel’s Channel Two found that 59% of those questioned did not agree that Israel had won against Hamas, while the poll for Haaretz found that 54% of people thought there was no winner, around a quarter said Israel had won, and 16% thought Hamas had won. 

The Haaretz also reported as follows: “A former director of Israel's Shin Bet security service, Yuval Diskin, said the war's results "were disappointing and were accompanied by what some have described as a sense of sourness". Writing in Yedioth Ahronoth, he added: "The ceasefire that was achieved with Hamas has left the Israeli public frustrated."”

It seems that the Israelis are frustrated that Netanyahu did not go through with the wiping out of the Palestinians down to the very last blood. It never at all bothered them that they are killing the innocent civilians. 

Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also agreed to a largely symbolic gesture, expanding a fishing zone for Gaza fishermen from three to six nautical miles into the Mediterranean. 
However, with the political pressure now mounting, Netanyahu might just need to play ‘tough’ and break the deal. After all, that’s what the Israelis are known for - they think they are not subjected to any moral values set by humans. 

The ceasefire does not end the conflict and the world must not forget Palestine just because the bombing has stopped. The conflict will never end as long as the Israelis are occupying the Palestinian land.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Khazanah unveils 12-point plan for MAS

Khazanah Nasional Bhd has unveiled a 12-point plan to enable Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to achieve sustained profitability within three years of de-listing, by the end of 2017.

Its managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar said the plan involved a comprehensive overhaul of the airline.
“At its core, the plan involves the creation of a new company, (NewCo) which will house the ‘new MAS’ and the migration of the right-sized workforce and work practices and contracts into NewCo,” he told reporters at a special briefing at Khazanah headquarters on Friday.

The plan, entitled “Rebuilding A National Icon – The MAS Recovery Plan”, has four categories which are governance and financial framework, operating business model, leadership and human capital, and regulatory and enabling environment.

Azman said this plan followed a review of all relevant aspects of MAS’ operations and operating environment that commenced in February this year.

He said current MAS chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya would continue to lead the old company during the transition period over the next 10 months to July 1, 2015.

“Khazanah has commenced the search process for the CEO of NewCo and we envisage that the conclusion of this search will be announced in due course, expected to be before the end of 2014,” he said.

Azman said it was estimated that NewCo would require a workforce of approximately 14,000, representing a net reduction of 6,000 or 30% from the approximately 20,000 current staff.

He said Khazanah would invest in a Corporate Reskilling Centre to address the reskilling of the appropriate MAS staff who did not migrate to NewCo.

“MAS and Khazanah are committed to helping each exiting employee minimise the negative impact to their livelihoods and quality of life,” he said.

On Aug 8, Khazanah announced it would undertake a selective capital reduction and repayment exercise at an offer price of RM0.27 per MAS ordinary share, representing a 29.2% premium to the 3-month volume weighted average market price at the time of announcement.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has snubbed PAS in pursuing their aim to have Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail as Selangor Menteri Besar.

Yesterday, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) stated their commitment to nominate only the PKR president as replacement for sitting Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim without PAS agreement.

The statement issued to the media contained only two signatories – DAP publicity chief Tony Pua and PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail – no signatory from PAS.

And fearing the Islamist party might nominate its own member since the Sultan had decreed that each of the party in PR nominate at least two names, PKR de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reiterated that PAS should concede to the pact’s consensus that Selangor Menteri Besar was PKR’s seat.

But PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustapha Ali said the party would still name two people as had been decided and also following the decree of Selangor Sultan.

The Selangor Menteri Besar saga has affected relationship within the PR where PAS is being singled out as ‘defiant’ by DAP and PKR for allegedly not complying to the pact’s consensus.

Sultan Sarafuddin Idris Shah’s decree in solving the eight-month saga has put distrust between PKR and PAS as both the parties have Malay assemblymen while the DAP has none.

The decree is considered as an open invitation to all the three parties to nominate their respective assemblymen and DAP and PKR insisted, through their statements yesterday that they still nominate only one name.

For PAS, the party leaders have reiterated their commitment to follow the consensus but in the case of Selangor, the Islamist party is actually in a dilemma.

The Islamist party has never defied any ruler’s decree which explained the good relationship PAS Menteris Besar had when the party ruled Terengganu, Kedah and still at present Kelantan.

Now the party is in a fixed – to defy the ruler’s decree in naming at least two from PAS is considered ‘derhaka’ or treacherous and to follow the course of DAP and PKR by naming only one assemblyman is also considered the same.

Under such circumtances, PAS has yet to meet to take its next course of action ebcause the party has never agreed to Wan Azizah to become Menteri Besar and DAP and PKR are sticking to it.

PAS leaders know Sultan Sarafuddin Idris Shah is not comfortable with Wan Azizah and they had expressed it to partners in PR but this was ignored.

The Islamist party had try to safe the situation by putting along PKR deputy president Azmin Ali’s name and this was also rejected, citing Azmin did not want the nomination.

And the party had also received calls from the party Selangor leaders and grassroots advising the national leaders to ‘walk the line very carefully’ following the many uncalled criticisms from DAP and PKR during the crisis.

Considering all the circuamstances and with PKR trying to claim Pengkalan Kubur state seat in Kelantan which is going for a by-election, the party leaders may opt to name its own people to the Sultan.

After all, the Sultan’s decree seemed to signal that a PAS assemblyman would be more appropriate to replace Khalid given the criteria according to the convention – a Selangorian, experience in administration and people oriented, enjoys support of half or more in the assembly and someone who the Sultan can trust and comfortable with.

Selangor MB crisis: Palace sets Sept 3 deadline for submission of names

Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has given Pakatan Rakyat until Sept 3 to submit more names for the mentri besar post.

In a letter from the palace issued on Wednesday to PAS, PKR and DAP, the pact was instructed to give more names by Sept 3, despite the insistence by PKR and DAP to stick to just the PKR president’s name.

The letters addressed to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng request for the three parties to nominate more than two names each for the post of mentri besar.

“We have received the letter today and I have informed party president about it,” said PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Saifuddin said the letter requsted the party to submit the names by Sept 3, adding that he would wait for further instructions from Wan Azizah.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Selangor MB crisis: Khalid says he was not the only candidate

Other names besides his own have been forwarded to the Selangor Palace for the mentri besar post after the 2008 and 2013 general election, says Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

The Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid told a press conference, after chairing the weekly exco meeting, that other names for the top post had been sent through individual letters.

Khalid was responding to claims by PKR and DAP that only one name was submitted for Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's perusal after the 2008 and 2013 general election.

PKR and DAP have refused to abide by the Sultan's decree to submit more names as potential mentri besar candidates to replace Khalid.

Both parties insist on only nominating PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Their excuse was that only one name had been submitted in the past.

When asked to comment on the matter, Selangor PAS commissioner Iskandar Samad, who was also in the press conference, said his party would be meeting tonight to discuss it.

Semi-nude Ipoh wedding models fined RM400

The two models involved in the semi-nude photo shoot here have been fined RM400 each in default of a months’ jail.

Magistrate Haslinda A Raof made the judgment on Wednesday after both freelance models Low Kah Wai, 27, and How Jo Yee, 21, pleaded guilty of causing nuisance in public at a traffic light in front of a bank along Jalan Sultan Yussuf here on Aug 25.

Both were charged under Under Section 268 of the Penal Code and sentenced under Section 290 of the same code, which was also read together with Section 34 of the same code.

Deputy public prosecutor Harris Ong Mohd Jeffery Ong said Low was only wearing black pants and shoes without wearing any shirt, while How was wearing white undergarments.

KLCI surges with banks, Petronas stocks taking the lead

The FBM KLCI surged nearly 13 points in early Wednesday, powered by gains in Petronas stocks and banks after a month-long lacklustre trade as investors picked up riskier assets in line with the firm key Asian markets.

At 9.29am, the KLCI was up 12.92 points or 0.69% to 1,874.74. Turnover was 449.15 million shares valued at RM238.29mil. There were 253 gainers, 149 losers and 250 counters unchanged.

Wire reports said Asian stocks traded higher early trade, underpinned by US data on durable goods and consumer confidence boosted optimism in the strength of the world’s largest economy.

At Bursa Malaysia, Petronas Gas rose 22 sen to RM22.44 and Petronas Dagangan added 20 sen to Rm21.
BAT was the top gainer, up RM1.54 to RM72.94 while Carlsberg rose 14 sen to RM12.38.

Plantations were among the top gainers, with PPB Group up 32 sen to RM15.06 and KL Kepong 22 sen higher at RM22.44.

Hong Leong Bank rose 16 sen to RM14.16 and Maybank 12  sen higher at RM10.16.

CCM Duopharma Biotech fell 13  sen to RM3.24 on profit taking after weaker earnings while Supermax shed seven sen to RM2.17.

In-flight caterer Brahims’ fell seven sen to RM1.41 on weaker earnings.  Brahims’ results were below expectations as the profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 missed estimates, says Alliance DBS Research.

Mudajaya fell seven sen to RM2.37 after its earnings plunged but this could be cushioned by news that it  secured a RM375mil contract for the offshore equipment procurement works for 62MW wind energy farm in the Philippines.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Selangor MB Crisis: Sultan defers Khalid's resignation, wants two names for MB

Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has requested the Pakatan Rakyat component parties to submit at least two names for the post of the mentri besar.

Speaking to reporters here Tuesday, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the Sultan had informed him as such after seeking an audience with him at the Palace.

He also said that he had submitted his resignation letter but the Sultan had deferred acceptance of it until a suitable replacement could be named.

“To ensure political stability in Selangor, I have indicated my intention to resign to the Sultan. However, the Sultan has delayed the acceptance of my letter until the next mentri besar is named,” he said.

Khalid had met with the Sultan earlier Tuesday to seek advice about the next step forward in the mentri besar crisis.

PKR sacked Khalid on Aug 9 after he failed to show up at a disciplinary committee hearing over allegations directed at him.

PAS, which had initially supported Khalid as mentri besar, retracted its backing and instead, went along with its Pakatan Rakyat allies in proposing Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The party also nominated Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as the second candidate for the mentri besar post.

Sultan Sharafuddin, who had left for an overseas trip on Aug 15, had requested that Khalid refrain from making any statements on his position until after the Ruler returned on Aug 27.

However, the Sultan cut short his trip and returned last Saturday.


Today the Sultan of Selangor will meet sitting Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and the Sultan will decide whether to solve the Selangor state assembly or to choose a new Mentri Besar.

This has to be done because Khalid has lost support in the assembly and he has to vacate the post regardless if the Sultan likes him.

But until then, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is in a fixed – PAS has declared its stand that the party would not commit on supporting Datin Seri Wan Azizah Ismail as Mentri Besar and it would leave the matter to the sole prerogative of the Sultan.

PAS’ stand has put Anwar’s Kajang Move to a halt and hanging - as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) cannot get the Sultan’s blessing without a convincing reason for the change in Mentri Besar post.

Despite the claims that the party has 30 assemblymen behind Wan Azizah, PAS Hulu Klang assemblyman Shaari Sungib had already said he supported the removal of sitting Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim but he did not support Wan Azizah to replace him.

This means Wan Azizah has 29 assemblymen supporting her, if PAS Morib assemblyman Hasnul Baharuddin had truly signed the statutory declaration (SD).

With PAS non-committal stand on Wan Azizah, Anwar’s plan may not see the ‘daylight’ as the Sultan may just decide to disolve the assembly to end the Mentri Besar saga.

The Sultan is not expected to make dcision based on a two seats majority which is considered doubtful given that PAS is non-committal even with two of its 15 assemblymen are said to be backing Anwar’s plan.

As the Sultan’s decision will only be known soon after Khalid has an audience with him in the afternoon, the sitting Mentri Besar has the chance to explain about the SDs and the situation as he sees it.

Unlike PAS, Khalid’s advantage is that he has the opportunity to present to the Sultan the scenario and then leave the decision to the Sultan.

Even then, PAS’ non-committal stand is an indication to the Sultan of the real situation and what kind of action he should take.

PAS felt it got ‘played out’ when it decided that two names (Wan Azizah and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali) should be submitted to the Sultan but the leaders of the pact had instead decided to submit only Wan Azizah’s name.

Anwar gave the reason that Azmin did not want to be nominated and did not want the nomination.
But the ‘cold war’ between PAS veteran fundamentalists and Anwar is an open secret as reflected in several occasions and the latest at PKR’s annual convention where PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang and secretary-general Datuk Mustapha Ali were absent.

PAS was represented by the party deputy president Mohamed Sabu instead while DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang was present.

In fact, for the coming Pengkalan Kubor state seat by-election in Kelantan, PAS and PKR are already locking horns as both parties claim to have better chance of winning.

Whatever the outcome is, Anwar’s anxiety wil end after the Sultan makes his decision.

Khalid Ibrahim settles suit with MACC and Government

A suit filed by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim against Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and the Government was settled out of court, here, on Tuesday. 

Khalid had sued the two parties for allegedly implying that he had misused his position in his personal capacity and public office.  

High Court judge Justice Hue Siew Kheng recorded the settlement in chambers in the presence of counsel K. Muralidharan who appeared for Khalid and Senior Federal Counsel Zureen Elina Mohd Dom for the two defendants. 

"MACC had published an explanation on the alleged video interview in its portal," SFC Zureen Elina said.
"Therefore, Khalid discontinued the suit," she said.

She added that Justice Hue did not make any order as to costs. 

In a statement dated Aug 22, MACC said it deeply regretted posting the video on its official website, adding that the action was not meant to damage the credibility of Khalid as a leader. 

On Dec 24, 2013, Khalid filed the suit claiming that the defendants had on April 4 last year interviewed one Airos Shahidin Manaf, and then uploaded the video interview on MACC's official web portal and YouTube.   
Khalid claimed that the interview was later downloaded, transcribed, printed and published in the local and foreign newspapers.   

Khalid contended that the words in the article had implied that he was guilty of corrupt practice, untrustworthy and not fit to be a politician. 

He further said that the defendants had failed to verify the truth of the allegations, adding that the article lowered his dignity as Bandar Tun Razak Member of Parliament and Port Klang state assemblyman. 

He is seeking compensation and/or general damages as well as aggravated and exemplary damages from Abu Kassim and the Government

Cops investigating ‘half-naked’ incident in Ipoh

Police are investigating reports of a “half-naked” couple who were spotted walking about near a bank here in broad daylight along Jalan Sultan Yussuf here.

Ipoh District Acting Police Chief Supt Ahmad Termizi Abdul Haq said a police team was sent to the area on Monday after the department received photographs of the couple through the mobile messaging WhatsApp.
However, when they arrived at the location, the couple, believed to be models, had already left.

"An order has been issued to the station police chief and members that if they come across any immoral and indecent behaviour, they should advise or take action to stop it," Supt Ahmad Termizi said, here.

However, he said to date, police had not received any reports lodged over the incident, adding that it was being investigated under Section 41 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for indecent behaviour.

Supt Ahmad Termizi reminded the public not to behave indecently in public places as it was an offence.

The couple drew public attention and their photographs caused a stir on social media.

The female model was reportedly wearing a white bikini and a veil while the man was clad in long black pants without a shirt.

The models were with a crew and believed to be on a wedding photography session at the location.