Friday, August 29, 2014


Muar, 28 Ogos - Ketua Polis Daerah Muar, ACP Azman bin Ayob dalam Sidang Medianya berkaitan video "Budak Kena Pukul Di Muar" yang telah dimuat di laman You tube tersebar berlaku di Muar. Polis bertindak menahan empat orang remaja lelaki untuk siasatan.
Siasatan mendapati kejadian sebenar berlaku pada 14 Ogos 2014 di tepi kebun sawit kawasan Air Hitam, Muar. Dalam video tersebut menunjukkan seorang remaja lelaki telah ditendang di kepala dan badan oleh dua orang remaja. Salah seorang remaja itu telah memukul mangsa dengan sebatang kayu tapi dapat ditepis oleh mangsa. Kejadian telah dirakam oleh rakan-rakan saspek dan telah kongsi dengan rakan yang lain.

Polis merampas senjata kayu yang disyaki digunakan dalam kejadian, sebagai bukti dan menangkap empat remaja berumur 14 hingga 15 tahun termasuk saspek utama kejadian. Siasatan dijalankan di bawah Kanun Keseksaan kerana kesalahan mendatangkan kecederaan.
ACP Azman bin Ayob berkata, 'Polis akan menjalankan siasatan terperinci dan mengenalpasti motif kejadian dan memastikan rakan-rakan sejenayah saspek yang lain dikesan bagi membantu siasatan yang dijalankan.' Orang ramai yang mempunyai maklumat mengenai kejadian ini diminta tampil menyalurkan maklumat ke Balai Polis berhampiran atau menghubungi Ketua Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Daerah Muar, DSP Azahar bin Muda di talian 06-9510020.

Post Hadi's 'offer for MB post in Umno-PAS unity govt', is Azmin now using his men to move his MB ambitions?

Post Hadi's 'offer for MB post in Umno-PAS unity govt', is Azmin now using his men to move his MB ambitions?
Internal strife in PKR over the Selangor menteri besar crisis surfaced today after the party's Sri Muda assemblyperson Shuhaimi Shafiei openly criticised vice-president Rafizi Ramli for "questioning" the loyalty of PKR representatives to the party.
Rafizi earlier today called on all party representatives in Selangor to declare that they are not interested to be nominated for the post of menteri besar so that Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail remains the sole choice.
But Shuhaimi, in a strongly-worded statement, said Rafizi's public statement was akin to "insulting" PKR assemblypersons in the state and also "questioning" their loyalty.
He also "warned" Rafizi to stop his "clumsy" way in issuing public statements.
"I think the time has come for the party president and our de facto leader to reprimand Rafizi's excessive methods," Shuhaimi said.
Shuhaimi Shafiei
Shuhaimi said all the assemblypersons had already signed statutory declarations (SD) supporting Wan Azizah.
There is no need to decline MB nominations as they have not been officially nominated for the post, he argued.
Earlier today, PKR youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad in a statement declined PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat's suggestion that he be nominated as a potential Selangor menteri besar.
Rafizi 'arrogant'
Shuhaimi, who is the state PKR information chief, said Rafizi was worsening the existing gaps within PKR.
He also said that it was wholly unbecoming of a party vice-president to challenge the state representatives publicly, and that too via the mass media.
"Who is Rafizi to ask me to do this and that? Rafizi's statements in the past couple of months have worsened ties in Pakatan Rakyat, and now he is further aggravating the divide within PKR," he said.
"His actions have given a bad perception towards Pakatan Rakyat. People see him as someone who is forcing his opinions on others."
Shuhaimi also said Rafizi's attitude was reflective of someone who is "arrogant".
"I want to tell him, stop all of this. The Kajang Move has ended. Khalid Ibrahim has quit (as menteri besar).
"Give space for the Selangor palace to do their job according to state laws," he said.
Previously, Shuhaimi and Batu Caves assemblyperson Amirudin Shaari claimed that a press conference held by Selangor PKR deputy chief Zuraida Kamaruddin at the height of the crisis was not accurate.
Shuhaimi and Amirudin said a statement signed to ask the central PKR leadership to consider Azmin as a possible MB candidate was agreed upon by the state PKR, but Zuraida read out a separate statement at the press conference endorsing Wan Azizah alone.
Shuhaimi is seen to be a close ally of deputy president Azmin Ali, who is also Selangor PKR chief.
Azmin had been named by PAS as a potential menteri besar candidate before, but he chose to stick to the SD he had signed when Pakatan decided to nominate Wan Azizah.-  Mkini

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WHY NOT AZIZAH - an issue of Malay pettiness that PAS and the Palace must rise above

WHY NOT AZIZAH - an issue of Malay pettiness that PAS and the Palace must rise above
The King of Selangor is guided by the state constitution in appointing the MB. There must be an article that says the Sultan appoints a person who in his knowledge commands support from the majority. A lawyer will know about this. It’s in the article 53(2)(a).
I think knowledge is a better term- because that would mean HRH the Sultan can also has indirect knowledge- reading news, being told by others that Wan Azizah had the support of 30 ADUNs. There was a press conference announcing support from 30 aduns who signed a statutory declaration.
Assuming the rest of the aduns, 13 from PAS, 12 from UMNO and Khalid himself opposed Wan Azizah’s nomination- Wan Azizah still commands the support of the majority.
If HRH Sultan has freedom, it is in determining whether the MB is a Malay and a Muslim. He must endorse the person whom he has knowledge can command the majority support in the Dewan. Such a person is Wan Azizah . She is Malay and a Muslim. The freedom of the Sultan does not extend I think to question about the gender or birthplace of the person.
Why is it the Malay is so caught up in such pettiness? The MB must be Selangorian by birth, must be male and Muslim. Why not put up another qualification- the MB designate must have the ability to urinate into a bottle? Wan Azizah certainly would have extreme difficulty in doing that.
People are already thinking about building a new civilization, new culture, we the Malays are still caught up in such pettiness. While I am on this point, might as well say something along these lines.
Take the case of granting land titles. It is the state’s right. Let us assume any state. The Kelantanese have settled in the state for more than 40 years. So do the people from Terengganu and from elsewhere other than the host state. Petty minded officers supported later by petty minded politicians insist these people cannot get land titles because they are not from the state.
Malay officers and Malay politicians nit-pick when it comes to Malays.
I am not being racist here- but the Indians and Chinese came from India and China, yet the state governments don’t have problems in giving them titles?
So why is the Malay so petty on his fellow Malay?
Why should it be only a Selangorian( and by Selangorian , one who was actually born in Selangor) be MB or even ADUN? On the other hand the Malays can accept an MCA ADUN who isn’t born in the state. When it comes to the Malay, the Malays suddenly become so strict.
Let us take another example. All previous MCA MPs of Raub were never from the state. Yen Yen (she loves the name Yen so much, she must have it twice) is from Kelantan, Tan Koon Swan, the previous MCA wanita Chief- can’t remember her name, also not from Pahang. Luckily I a Malay am from Pahang, but if the had insisted that the MP must be born in Raub, I am disqualified. But the Chinese- that’s ok ma.
I think Malays should not be caught up with such pettiness. Most important- the MB is Malay and Muslim. Born where- don’t care.
In my opinion then, the constitution which gives overriding effect of representative democracy compels the Sultan to endorse Wan Azizah.
So, why the delay? The outgoing MB suddenly plays the dumb and foolish not to take the opportunity to advise the Sultan that Wan Azziah has the majority. He would not because he was filled with vengeance. Also he wanted to stay on as MB.
Now, this is a mystery- why does he want to stay on? He wants to finish some unfinished business with people from Ecoworld, tidy things up with Tropicana, I–world and so forth? He knows he hasn’t got the mandate. He wants to resign. He can refuse the Sultan’s request to stay on because staying on would rob the people of Selangor of political stability and normalcy.
Since Pakatan has not been registered as a single entity, each associate party of PR must submit names to the Sultan for consideration. Why is it, when asking a party constituting the majority in the House, Pakatan is considered a single entity. But they must submit as individual parties. And there is none among these who command a single biggest majority.
If the qualification is the party with more seats were to be applied- then only DAP and PAS can. Even PKR with now 13 seats cannot. If that be the case, why not extend the invitation to UMNO that has 12 seats? See whether their nominee can command a majority support.
My point here is this- PKR, DAP and PAS are entitled to submit names because they are from the same faction. The whole is recognised but when it comes to nominations, they must come from the parts. Why not un-complicate matters by asking Pakatan as a whole to submit a name or names instead of from each?
Because by asking each individual party within Pakatan to submit names, it would appear that the names nominated by PAS would eventually prevail. In that case, the most plausible next MB is Azmin.
DAP has decided that it will nominate only one name- Wan Azizah. PKR too will nominate one name. Ony PAS will submit more than one name- which includes Azmin Ali’s. By next week, there will be at least 4 names being nominated- Wan Azizah’s from PKR and DAP and Wan Azizah and Azmin’s from PAS. 1+1+2.
There is a new twist here. The question turns on how we see the concept of a royal decree as. Is it law- defiance of it, invites some form of punishment? Since there is only common law, we can treat a royal command or decree as having not the force of law. Therefore if PKR and DAP submit only one name, they have not broken any law. They have not followed the decree. After all we are not an absolute monarchy.
But the Sultan is only human. He would likely look at PAS more favourably because it is the party that is culturally attuned to the culture of the Monarchy. In doing so, HRH Sultan will also look at PAS’s nominations more favourably than from the others. -http://sakmongkol.blogspot.com/

Selangor MB crisis shows that yes, she can

COMMENT Ask anyone on the street if women here should be allowed to go to the polls and vote, and the answer to this is likely to be 'yes'. In fact, the question could possibly be greeted with astonished looks, as few will remember a time when women did not have the right to vote.

Granted, in Malaysia we skipped this stage as by the time we gained Independence and universal enfranchisement from the British, suffrage movements in other parts of the world had already established this precedent for women.

Most people here will therefore be relatively oblivious to the fact that there was a time when the right to vote did not come easily for women, even in what some consider as advanced nations today.

The suffragettes - as those involved in this campaign were then known - engaged all kinds of means to achieve their goal. Fierce battles were fought and many women ended up fined or incarcerated. When large numbers of those in the UK landed in jail and protested by refusing to eat, they were force-fed.

Fast forward to Selangor and its menteri besar crisis today. At a glance, the questions around the appropriateness of Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's nomination for this post by Pakatan Rakyat appear far removed from what took place at the turn of the last century.

However, if we tease out all the political conniving - which is not unique to this case - we may come to see how the quest to win women the right to vote and the quest for Wan Azizah to become head of the Selangor state government, are not so dissimilar.

Both have to do with ensuring that women can freely participate at all levels of political and public life. Understood this way, the question 'why do we allow women to pick governments through the ballot box but deny them the right to be heads of states?' may bear greater meaning.

Numerous reasons have been given as to why Wan Azizah is not suitable MB material. And some have adopted the posture that this has nothing to do with her being a woman.

Even so, evidence will show that in this country, a woman's path to political leadership is littered with obstacles. Statistics clearly bring home this point.

After over 50 years as a nation, and despite their consistent and critical role in canvassing votes and helping their parties to win elections, women form only 10.4 percent of the Dewan Rakyat (Lower House of Parliament). In cabinet - the body that essentially decides on national matters - only two out of 35 ministers (i.e. 5.7 percent) are women.

'Remote-controlled' MB

In short, even if we are told that there is no bias against Wan Azizah because of her gender, the reality tells us otherwise - that the way the political system is currently organised itself does not encourage women to become political leaders, what more heads of governments.

Others have been quick to point out that she has only been nominated because she is opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's wife. Worse, they assume that she will become a 'remote-controlled' MB. There are no legitimate reasons given to justify these accusations, only condescending assumptions that as a 'wife', she has lost any capacity for agency and independent decision-making, and can only function if controlled by someone else.

These detractors forget that this is a woman who was elected as a state assemblyperson, and not someone her constituents would have imagined to be so easily manipulable when they voted her in to represent their interests. They also forget that she is the same person who led PKR for many years while Anwar was imprisoned. Few complained then that she was incapable and that the party would fall apart under her stewardship.

There are many lessons to be drawn from the Selangor crisis. But the one message that supporters of gender equality need to take home is this: after more than a hundred years, the same ideas which made it so hard for women to have the right to vote, continue to persist today. These insist that women's place is at home, not out in public, and worse, perpetuates the belief that women are inferior to and worth much less than men.

Perhaps we only need to wait a little longer for this situation to rectify itself. After all, if tertiary qualifications count, more and more Malaysian women are better qualified than men today. Eventually, they will have to take over jobs now reserved for the boys.

Meanwhile, the political playing field for women remains far from level and to say otherwise would be dishonest. More importantly, if Wan Azizah is denied this historic opportunity - because of 'politics' and its many (in)visible hands - it would set a bad precedent, one whose repercussions may take a long time to undo and further entrench the values that keep women out of political office.

TAN BENG HUI is an academic at a public university in Malaysia.

Selangor crisis today

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli lauds PKR’s Seri Setia rep Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad for declining PAS Youth’s proposal of Nik Nazmi as MB, and urges PKR reps other than Wan Azizah to do so

 11.41am: Selangor PAS denies an Utusan Malaysia report that it had proposed four of its assemblypersons to the PAS central leadership as MB nominees

11.42am: The Star, quoting palace sources, says the sultan is not keen on Wan Azizah as she would be a ‘remote controlled’ by others

4.29pm: PKR’s Sri Muda rep Shuhaimi Shafie flays Rafizi forquestioning PKR Selangor assemblyperson’s loyalty

PM Najib doesn't rule out meeting Dr M over row

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today did not rule out the possibility of meeting former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the latter's severe criticism of Najib.

Breaking his silence over Mahathir's open rebuke, he said that "any possibility could happen".

"We hope this will be resolved in a manner which is good for Umno as a whole," he said after the Umno supreme council meeting.

This comes after top Umno office bearers and cabinet members took turns to throw support behind Najib, who is also Umno president.

"Umno supports the present leadership while respecting Tun as an elder statesman.

"So I consider this as an internal Umno matter. We hope this can be resolved in the best way," he said.

Mahathir (above) had in a blog posting said he was withdrawing support from Najib, as he is disappointed with the lack of leadership.

He then told reporters this is as Najib is "too soft" and often silent on critical matters.

Mahathir also said that Najib is worse than fifth prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, whom Mahathir campaigned hard to unseat.

No Pengkalan Kubor candidate yet

Meanwhile, the PM said no one has been shortlisted to be BN's Pengkalan Kubor candidate in the by-election to be held on Sep 25.

"For the time being we don't want (to say) this person's on the list and this person isn't.

"It wouldn't be fair and we would announce who makes the cut later," he said.

RM6bil for MAS not bailout, says Najib

The RM6 billion which Malaysia Airlines (MAS) owner Khazanah Nasional is injecting to turn around the airline is "not a bailout" but an "investment", the government said.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said that this is as the national sovereign wealth fund is expecting to get its money back.

"No, it's not a bailout. It's a bailout if we use public money to buy over from somebody else, for example... but in this case the money is injected to make MAS a viable organisation...

"A bailout is not recoverable. In other words, Khazanah intends to recover every single sen of the RM6 billion amount.

"So this is an investment, not a bailout. It's an investment by Khazanah," he said.

Khazanah today unveiled a RM6 billion restructuring plan for MAS, which is expected to turn the airline around by 2017.

The plan involves forming a new company to take over the loss-making business’s assets, and slashing 30 percent of the staff or 6,000 workers.

The rakyat wants MAS to stay

'Whatever steps we take in the restructuring, including right-sizing, will be done in a humane and compassionate manner," he said.

He said that this could include presenting options of alternate employment, up-skilling or unrolling a voluntary separation scheme.

Najib, who is also Khazanah chairperson, said the restructuring is important as “the rakyat want MAS as to remain as a national carrier to be proud of”.

He added that the move is also underlined by "commercial viability".

"God-willing, the plan is viable as Khazanah has experience in restructuring UEM, which is now a company with a largest market cap," he said.

Selangor Palace has to be fair, negative publicity over MB crisis may be a result of its own actions

S'gor Palace has to be fair, negative publicity over MB crisis may be a result of its own actions
The disquiet expressed by the palace over remarks regarding the Selangor menteri besar (MB) crisis is perfectly understandable, and to some extent, even justified.
The limits of a monarch’s discretionary powers in a functioning democracy has exercised the minds of many a constitutional lawyer the world over. The debate always intensifies and burnishes when there is intense political contestation; and a party feels that its mandate, so painstakingly won through elections, may be at stake.
Our own courts have several times adjudicated on the legality and propriety of a ruler’s exercise of discretionary power. Malaysian law reports attest to the abundant legal jurisprudence in this regard.
Indeed as recently as 2010, our highest Federal Court in the case of the two MBs – Nizar v Zambry – solemnly pronounced on the limits of a monarch’s discretion; and when and how the royal prerogative in the choice of MB should be properly exercised.
This is the precise question that is presented in the present episode. Not surprisingly then, this has ignited a rather animated debate; in the course of which, no doubt, considerable heat has been generated.
And this is how it should be. As the palace statement, with respect, correctly points out: "The sultan wants someone who will take care of the rakyat's needs and develop Selangor to higher levels".
And what better way to gauge the “rakyat’s needs” than have the rakyat itself provide its feedback – through the media and other recognised channels.
The rakyat chose the party that must govern. And their expectations as to who must helm the government to develop the state “to higher levels” must rank at par with that of the ruler’s.
That’s why an orderly and smooth transition – consonant with respect for the "constitution and established conventions", which is how the Federal Court phrased it in the Nizar case, is vital. And that, precisely, is what is being advanced.
In this context, it may be felt by some that the extension of the tenure of an MB who tendered his resignation on the basis that he had lost the support of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly – may be at odds with conventional practice and our judicial pronouncements.
Our Federal Court said that once this loss of majority confidence is made clear, then resignation must follow; indeed the Chief Judge said if the MB refuses to tender his resignation (as happened in the Perak case) “... the fact remains that the executive council is dissolved (which include the Menteri Besar) on account of the MB losing the confidence of the majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly”.
The Court went on to say: “Therefore, it is not necessary for the DYMM Sultan of Perak to remove Nizar and other members of the executive council”. In short the MB and his exco lose all legitimacy to continue to govern.
The challenging constitutional poser then is: in the light of this clear statement of the law, can the power to govern be extended? Indeed an intriguingly novel question.
Perhaps we can refer then to constitutional conventions established by the country on which our Westminster model of the constitution was crafted.
An authoritative constitutional authority says this, of the practice in England: “In the event of... resignation of the Prime Minister, the governing party would doubtless expedite its election procedures. If there were still to be substantial delay before a successor could be chosen, the Cabinet could be expected to bring forward a minister who would assume temporary leadership of the government, the Queen being invited to confirm his or her authority to act. Otherwise the Queen might call on the deputy Prime Minister or, if there were none, the Minister ranking highest in precedence to take this responsibility”.
Practically, this convention seems to suggest that it may not be quite appropriate to appoint in the interim a person who has lost majority support of the members of the assembly.
For then in whose name does the person rejected by majority of the assembly and the exco, rule ? -TMI