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"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

Why we should be against censorship: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Political realignment might have adverse effect on Pakatan's hold on Selangor

 
Graphics courtesy of Steven Lee in Facebook
 
DAP might be safe in Penang, but PKR's current position in Selangor is very dependent on PAS's support. Just by teaming up with Umno and Najib will be able to regain the coveted crown jewel. Perhaps, this has been the main reason for Umno's feigning support for PAS's Hudud in Kelantan. But it has also put Najib in a difficult position at the national level where he might lose his Fixed Deposits in East Malaysia.
  
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On Hudud: Has Hadi been taken for a ride by Najib?

Ex-Law Minister, Zaid Ibrahim and ex-DPM, Musa Hitam, were among the first to openly object to PAS's initiative and passing of the Bill on Hudud in the Kelantan State Assembly.

While we are waiting anxiously for PM and Umno President, Najib to open his golden mouth on the matter, more and more leaders from both sides of the political divide as well as NGOs and private individuals, have come out to state their objections to hudud. Leaders in Sabah and Sarawak are generally opposed to it. Their support (aka 'Fixed Deposits') had been vital to keeping BN's rule. We can understand the dilemma Najib is in and we can see through his objective of having hudud to cause a split in Pakatan Rakyat. This has almost been achieved with DAP announcing their opposition to Hadi as President of PAS, but not the political party.

So far, two ministers have openly stated their objections to any introduction of a Private Member's Bill on Hudud in parliament. Many people are of the opinion that these two statements are indication of what Najib's stand will be like. In other words, PAS President could have been taken for a ride for being given the false hope of seeing the success of hudud in Parliament.


Nazri Aziz on Hudud: Stupid to discuss something that won’t happen
Former de facto law minister Nazri Aziz has dismissed PAS’ high hopes to see the Islamic penal code implemented in Kelantan.

"No need to discuss something that will not happen. It’s stupid for anyone to even be discussing Hudud," Nazri, the present tourism minister and first Umno minister to dismiss Hudud openly, told reporters in the Parliament lobby, The Malaysian Insider reported.

According to him, the Hudud bill could only be passed by amending the Federal Constitution which required the support of two-thirds of the legislators in Parliament.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/03/24/hudud-stupid-to-discuss-something-that-wont-happen/


Nancy says nay to hudud
Now Nancy Shukri, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, is saying that hudud would be impossible to implement in Malaysia.

Nancy, the de-facto Law Minister, is the second Barisan Nasional minister after Umno’s Nazri Aziz to comment that PAS’ attempt to push through a Private Member’s Bill to amend hudud laws would fail.

Nancy, who is from the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, said punishment for offences under the Islamic penal code would clash with those provided for under civil criminal laws, reports The Malay Mail Online.

And implementing hudud might result in "double jeopardy", she added.

"I am in agreement with Datuk Nazri. It is just not possible… In Sarawak, I don’t think they will get the vote for hudud.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/03/24/nancy-says-nay-to-hudud/


Zairil: Muslim DAP MP rejects PAS’s hudud as ‘man-made’ law
'The DAP national assistant publicity secretary stressed that criticisms against the implementation of hudud come not just from non-Muslims and the public, but even from Islamic scholars.

"For example, renowned Islamic scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan has called for a moratorium on hudud because the world has changed and it’s no longer conducive for the implementation of hudud," said Zairil.'

'PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya said Friday that the hudud law that PAS is pushing for is not in line with Quranic teachings, noting four differences between the holy book’s teaching on hudud and Kelantan’s hudud enactment.'

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/muslim-dap-mp-rejects-pass-hudud-as-man-made-law#sthash.fNVEBbEi.dpuf


G25: Hudud law means abandoning moderation
The group of 25 prominent Malay civil servants has urged Putrajaya to uphold the Federal Constitution and prevent the implementation of hudud law.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/293129


Council of Rulers opposes amendments needed to enforce hudud
See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/council-of-malay-rulers-oppose-amendments-needed-to-enforce-hudud#sthash.Rc6dA5qO.dpuf


Lim Kit Siang: Najib should be given another 48 hours to make his statement on the stand of UMNO/BN MPs on Hadi’s private member’s bill on hudud implementation in Kelantan
'In fact, Najib’s failure to announce UMNO/BN’s opposition to Hadi’s private member’s bill would itself be a tectonic shift in the cardinal nation-building policies which the country’s first three Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein, the Barisan Nasional and before it, the Alliance, had previously espoused without any equivocation.

In fact, all the previous five Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein, Tun Mahathir and Tun Abdullah when they were Prime Ministers would have no hesitation to declare that hudud law is against the Malaysian Constitution and unsuitable for a multi-racial and multi-religious nation like Malaysia.

If Najib is not prepared to declare what the previous five Prime Ministers would have no hesitation in doing during their premiership, it means that the UMNO/Barisan Nasional under Najib has deviated from previous UMNO/BN policies.'

http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2015/03/25/najib-should-be-given-another-48-hours-to-make-his-statement-on-the-stand-of-umnobn-mps-on-hadis-private-members-bill-on-hudud-implementation-in-kelantan/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+limkitsiang%2Frss+%28Lim+Kit+Siang%29

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

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An icon of different things to different people, either you love him or hate him, he was without doubt, instrumental in developing Singapore from almost nothing since kicked out of Malaysia (again depending on interpretation), to a first world country to be emulated by developing countries.
 
Just imagine a small country (often referred to with disdain, as a 'little red dot') without any natural resources, other than human, could be transformed into a developed country ranking high in terms of per capita income. Nothing is perfect, the excellent results come with a price - that of personal freedom. Singapore is also known as a 'fine city' as in people are likely to get fined for numerous offences unknown to other countries, with the best example being 'no chewing gum is allowed'. No smoking in most places, no graffiti and so on.
 
The main reason for its success seems to be meritocracy, one of the best criteria for choosing personnel to fill different positions regardless of race or origin. This has the effect of attracting top talents in different fields from all over the world to Singapore to help make it what it is today.
 
The passing of Lee Kuan Yew will not see the end of his name being used for comparison with other world leaders. May his soul rest in peace.
 
 


'This was Lee Kuan Yew's actual living room. I think most HDB flats have better furnishings and decor than his. It speaks volumes of the priorities of the man. He was not ensnared by the trappings of wealth and hence was not greedy for the dollar. Greed will inevitably result in compromising principles and ideals, which may put him on the path of making "wrong decisions". Someone who lives in this room ... I'd trust him whole-heartedly with public finances and the country's resources, don't you! Hence the room is not so much a reflection of his frugality but a showcase for his definitive values in life.' - Malaysia-Finance Blogspot.

Lee Kuan Yew once uncovered a CIA plot, turned down a $3.3m bribe and embarrassed the US

'Apparently, a CIA agent had been caught trying to purchase information from Singapore intelligence officials. He then offered Lee $3.3 million for personal and political use if the failed affair was kept under wraps.

Thinking more about the future of his country, Lee refused, and asked instead for $33 million in formal economic-development aid for Singapore.'


More:

http://singapore.coconuts.co/2015/03/24/lee-kuan-yew-once-uncovered-cia-plot-turned-down-33m-bribe-and-embarassed-us

PAS + UMNO - PKR may still have the numbers... as it depends on those present on the day of voting in Parliament

From The Malaysian Insider: Without PKR, PAS can still push through hudud bill

'Dr Wong Chin Huat of the Penang Institute said the bill required only a simple majority of all MPs present in the Dewan Rakyat at the time of voting. This means PAS can get it through if all Umno MPs also say yes to it.

It is not a case whereby PAS and Umno need 112 votes, a simple majority, in the house in order to get the bill through, said Wong, referring to a common misconception about passing legislation or amendments. If there are enough MPs who support it in the Dewan Rakyat at the time of voting versus those who don't support it or those who abstain from voting, then the bill passes.

Parliament has 222 members. PAS has 21 MPs and Umno 88 and if the latter said they will support it, then it would bring the number of MPs who support the bill at 109. In order to defeat the bill, there must be at least 110 votes against it. The only way the bill can be defeated is if almost all PKR, DAP and the other Barisan Nasional MPs who opposed the bill, come out to vote against it in the house.'

See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/without-pkr-pas-can-still-push-through-hudud-bill#sthash.4Q2R1Vwn.dpuf

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