Tuesday, March 29, 2011

40,000 jobs at Barisan career fair

More than 40,000 jobs are up for grabs at the three-day Barisan Nasional Youth career fair at the Putra World Trade Centre and feature 650 exhibitors.


Government backs down in Alkitab row ahead of Sarawak polls

The Najib administration relented today to demands from the Church not to attach serial numbers to impounded Malay-language Bibles as it prepares itself to face a Christian-majority electorate in Sarawak in the coming state polls.

It also promised that all future shipments of such holy books written in the national language would be released as long as they sported the words “For Christianity” in the Arial font, size 16, either printed at source or stamped at the receiving port.

For the consignment of 35,100 Alkitabs still held in Port Klang and Kuching Port, the administration said it was willing to provide “stickers” to cover the present stamps and serial numbers already marked on the books.

Anwar's ceramah disrupted by FRU

Two PKR Youth members were arrested and the crowd became unruly during a ceramah by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Gombak tonight.

About 10 policemen charged in to prevent the PKR de facto leader from speaking for more than the 15 minutes he was allocated.


Kuantan MCA breaks ranks with government over Lynas plant

Kuantan residents at a ceramah discussing the Lynas plant few weeks ago.The Lynas plant entrance, as construction continues.

Public pressure over the potential radiation hazard from a RM700 million Kuantan rare earth plant has forced local MCA divisions there to call for a project review.

All three divisions in the Kuantan district — Kuantan, Paya Besar and Indera Mahkota — will present a memorandum to Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Maximum Ongkili in Parliament this afternoon.

Nurul Izzah presses for probe on Dr M, A-G for power abuse

As pressure piles on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over his alleged sex video scandal, his daughter pushed today for the police to investigate two of the country’s most powerful men for corruption.

“I urge PDRM to investigate the four police reports lodged by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim between July 9, 1999 and August 20, 1999, concerning the abuse of power by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as mentioned in an open letter by Datuk Mat Zain [Ibrahim] to the Police Inspector-General yesterday,” Nurul Izzah Anwar (picture) said in a statement today

Can Bi-Anne have a say?

The court will make that decision on April 22.


By-elections cost RM318,000 to RM1.29m each

The government does not plan to review the laws on the need to have by-elections because it is provided for in the Federal Constitution and Elections Act 1958, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said.

In reply to a question from Datuk Md Sirat Abu (BN-Bukit Katil), he said the estimated cost of conducting each by-election is between RM318,000 and RM1.29 million, depending on the constituency involved.

“Of the 16 by-elections conducted after the 12th general elections, the highest amount was spent for Batu Sapi at RM1.29m, followed by Hulu Selangor (RM1.2m), Tenang (RM1.1m), Galas (RM1.047m) and Sibu RM1m.

“Others were Kerdau (RM915,000), Merlimau (RM755,000), Manek Urai (RM548,003), Penanti (RM514,600), Permatang Pasir (RM461,367.93), Bukit Gantang (RM460,971) and Bagan Pinang (RM449,485), Permatang Pauh (RM409,000).

A party for the environment

Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon says the party’s headquarters and branches throughout the country will turn off lights in support of Earth Hour.


Anwar Sex Tape Scandal Hishammuddin to sue Anwar

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has appointed a lawyer to institute legal action against PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for accusing him and the police of being behind a sex video recently exposed by three Datuks.

It is learnt that he has ­appointed Tan Sri Cecil Abraham of law firm Zul Rafique and Partners to undertake the case.

Hishammuddin’s press secretary Nik Ahmad Khusairi Nik Ibrahim, who confirmed the engagement of the lawyer, said the suit is expected to be filed tomorrow.

Asked whether the suit is on his own capacity or on behalf of the police, Nik Ahmad Khusairi said it has yet to be decided as the minister is awaiting the lawyer’s advice on this.

“But, most probably it is on his own capacity as home minister and as Hishammuddin ... most probably he is not going to involve the police force,” Nik Ahmad Khusairi said.

A week ago the sex video of a man said to resemble Anwar and a woman was shown to a selected group of editors and journalists at the Carcosa Seri Negara by a man who went by the name “Datuk T”.

Malaysian’s alleged bribery damaging to varsity, corruption inquiry told

Curtin University vice-chancellor Prof Jeanette Hacket said a corruption inquiry into an alleged test results scam had been damaging to the university's reputation, ABC News reports.

The Corruption and Crime Commission (CCC) has been investigating the fraud in which foreign students paid a Malaysian staffer Keith Low to have their English language test scores altered to assist with their visa applications.

Low has admitted to doctoring the scores of up to 20 applicants.

Floods: 218 flood victims evacuated in Terengganu


Heavy rain since Monday night has caused flooding in several areas in the state, forcing the evacuation of 218 people early Tuesday.

They comprise 200 people from Kampung Tok Jembal here and 18 from Kampung Kubu in Marang, near here, a spokesman of the National Security Council said when contacted.

He added that the flood victims were now placed at Sekolah Kebangsaan Tok Jembal, here, and in Sekolah Kebangsaan Marang and Kampung Kubu community hall in Marang.

School sessions were not affected.

Anwar Sex Tape scandal Eskay threatened to destroy Anwar

The late deputy home minister Megat Junid Megat Ayob's former bodyguard today told the press that it was in January when he first heard one of the 'Datuk T' trio Shazryl Eskay Abdullah's desire to bring opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim down.

According to Mohamad Mahti Abdul Rahim, 63, he was at a meeting with Eskay and three other friends in a Starbucks outlet in Midvalley Mall, Kuala Lumpur on Jan 19 when he heard Eskay make the threats.


RM700m deal for new firearms

FUTURE WEAPON...Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi handling the United States-made Colt M4 carbine at the Malaysian Industry Council for Defence, Enforcement and Security at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. A total 130,000 units will be bought by the Defence Ministry to replace aging weapons currently in use by the army and police.

The Defence Ministry has sealed a RM700 million deal with the United States to purchase 130,000 new weapons for the armed forces and police.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government had in 2006 approved the 5.56mm Colt M4 carbine, which can accommodate the M203 grenade launcher, to replace the Austrian-made Steyr AUG assault rifle.

SME Ordnance Sdn Bhd (SMEO), which began local production of the Steyr in 1991, had on Nov 19, 2007 undertaken the deal with American firm Colt Defence LLC to initially acquire 14,000 carbines, which were all delivered by June 2008.

Today In pictures - Rosman , Najib , Muhiyddin and Rapist

In Putrajaya today, Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor met with the visiting Aceh Governor's wife at her official residence Seri Perdana

Kindergarten director Ewe Peng Lip, 48, being led out of the courtroom after being sentenced to 20 years in jail and 10 strokes of the rotan for raping a 4-year-old girl at his kindergarten in George Town, Penang

A total of 300 traders from the Kota Baru Municipal Council (MPKB) market performing prayers at the premises yesterday. The traders have been ordered to move out by Thursday but hope they can stay put. A Kuala Lumpur-based businessman has offered to buy the market for RM5 million but no decision has been made yet.

The Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor signs the plaque for the launch of Pusat Kebajikan Kechara Soup Kitchen at Jalan Imbi in Kuala Lumpur today.

"You will become a catalyst for change in achieving continuous excellence," Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's Prime Minister, said when declaring open a seminar organised by the Women Council Members Association of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur today. Middle picture shows the association's secretary-general Lele Suzana Kudari exchanging the signed MoU with the Housing and Local Government Ministry's Deputy Secretary-General (Policy and Development) Datuk Yeo Heng Hau, as the association's president Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun and Rosmah look on

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin read copies of the Government Transformation Programme's maiden annual report which was launched at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, on Sunday night.


Two senior Customs officers nabbed for graft involving billions of ringgit

Two senior Customs officers have been arrested for alleged money laundering and corruption involving billions of ringgit in uncollected taxes.

The arrests came after a massive nationwide operation involving several government agencies.

A high-powered task force comprising officers from Bank Negara, the Inland Revenue Board, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Attorney-General's Chambers conducted simultaneous raids throughout the country over the last 48 hours.

More than 400 MACC officers were involved in the operation that saw hundreds of documents being seized, according to a statement from the MACC Tuesday.

The documents belonged to forwarding agents in several ports in Klang, Penang, Kuantan, Johor and Sabah.

Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat has agreed on allocations for two-thirds or 48 out of 71 state legislative assembly seats.

Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat has agreed on allocations for two-thirds or 48 out of 71 state legislative assembly seats.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim confirmed that DAP and PAS have been allocated 15 and 5 seats respectively.
Deputy president Azmin Ali confirmed that PKR will contest at least 24 seats while discussions on overlapping claims for 23 seats with Sarawak National Party (Snap) are currently underway.


SPM students’ expressions said it all

SPM results all across nation brought the students a blend of expressions that demonstrated both joy and sadness. SwitchUp.tv headed to SMK Bandar Sunway to capture the reactions of students and teachers.


Perkasa Youth chief quits

Perkasa Youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah confirmed today he is quitting his post with immediate effect, in a development suggesting a split in the Malay rights group.

His announcement confirmed a report in The Malaysian Insider this morning that he was resigning amid speculation about serious infighting because of disagreement among the top leaders over the way the group is being managed.

He said, however, that he would remain a member of Perkasa.

Perkasa could face a serious split with Arman’s (picture) resignation.

Perkasa was formed by Datuk Ibrahim Ali after 2008 to address and champion what the Pasir Mas MP claimed was a gradual erosion of Malay rights after the last general election.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Anwar sex tape and sodomy - 'Datuk T', wants RCI on sex tape


Nazri Aziz said MCA is like wife who complains all day long that she was being abused, raped and not given enough food, but yet does not want to divorce her husband.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has called on colleague Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz to correct or apologise for his remarks belittling Umno’s component partners in Barisan Nasional (BN).

The Gerakan president also urged the BN supreme council to take disciplinary action against Umno leader.

“He must say if he has been misquoted. If he is misquoted then he should ask whoever is responsible to apologise, but if he is not misquoted then it is up to him (to make a public apology). He is a grown man, he should know what to do,” he told reporters in parliament here.

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s comments, which were published yesterday in the Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau, had painted MCA as a aggrieved woman” or a “wife who complains all day long that she was being abused, raped and not given enough food, but yet does not want to divorce her husband.”

2010 SPM results best in four years

Education director-general Datuk Abd Ghafar Mahmud says he attributed this to the move last year allowing students to only sit for 10 subjects.


Today in Picture : Lat Najib and Datuk T in Anwar Sex tape scandal.

'WE ARE DATUK T': Former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik (top, with sunglasses) and businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah beside him held a press conference today to clarify that the mysterious Datuk T who was behind the recent 'Anwar sex video' is actually three people comprising themselves and Perkasa treasurer Datuk Shuib Lazim.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak chats with Datuk Lat before the start of 'Lat The Kampung Boy The Musical' at Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur earlier tonight. Also present was the prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. The musical is based on the successful Kampung Boy graphic novel by cartoonist Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid a.k.a Lat, chronicling his life from childhood to his career as a cartoonist. The musical is produced by Malaysian National Institute of Translation and Tall Order Productions in collaboration with the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak receives a souvenir from Datuk Lat after watching 'Lat The Kampung Boy The Musical' at Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur. The musical is based on the successful Kampung Boy graphic novel by cartoonist Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid a.k.a. Lat, chronicling his life from childhood to his career as a cartoonist.


Anwar Sex tape and scandal - ‘Porn star’ more sinful than ‘Datuk T’, says Perkasa

Arman said the trio may be redeemed for having exposed the greater sin.

Perkasa defended today the trio known as “Datuk T” for screening a video allegedly showing a senior opposition politician having sex with a Chinese prostitute, saying the move was to expose a more sinful act.

“They are trying to expose the truth. The man in the video has committed a bigger sin. It is immoral. He is a porn star,” said Perkasa Youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah of the threesome that includes Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim.

He told reporters that Shuib, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay should not be condemned before establishing how the video was obtained and recorded.

“Which is more sinful, the murderer or the one that accuses of murder?” he added at a press conference with Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali.

Sodomy II: Defence may call Najib and Rosmah as witnesses

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's lawyers want to call Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor as witnesses should defence be called in the Opposition leader's sodomy trial.

Karpal Singh told reporters after the trial was adjourned Thursday that calling Najib and Rosmah to testify in court could be necessary if Anwar was ordered to present his defence.

Earlier, Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden, in wrapping up the prosecution's case, told the court they had called 27 witnesses and were offering 73 witnesses - including Najib and Rosmah - to the defence.

Anwar sex tape Datuk ‘T’ unveiled

Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik indentifies Datuk T as an alias for Datuk Trio. They are businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, Perkasa treasurer Datuk Shuib Lazim and himself.


Anwar Sex Tape scandal - Wan Azizah denies she asked for sex video

Dr Wan Azizah (right) and Anwar (centre) smile before a press conference at the PKR HQ, March 21, 2011

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has denied that she asked for the sex video implicating her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

She said she has no intention of watching the video nor had she send a mediator to ask for the tape from Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah.

"I know it is a fake, so why should I?. It is forbidden in Islam and it is haram," she told reporters.

Eskay had alleged in a press conference on Wednesday that he received an SMS that Dr Wan Azizah wanted to see the video.

Anwar Sex tape and Sodomy 2 - Anwar: Sex tape Rahim’s vendetta

Rahim yesterday confessed to his role in the sex tape implicating Anwar.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today claimed revenge had motivated Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik towards orchestrating a sex tape scandal implicating the opposition leader

“The involvement of Rahim Tamby Chik reminds me of his old case and old grudge... of his rape accusations and case where the prosecution papers were signed by (Attorney General Tan Sri) Gani Patail that he was involved with a bribery issue.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Centre for Independent Journalism regrets Home Ministry reprimand

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has expressed regret over the reprimand issued by the Home Ministry to The Star over an article on the impounding of 5,000 copies of Bahasa Malaysia Bible.

The CIJ also called on the ministry to retract its reprimand and to cease issuing directives which interfere with the media’s public interest role.

PBB president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud promise more young blood for Sarawak Election

PBB president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud says new faces will make up a quarter of PBB candidates.


Parties to nominate incumbents to defend seats in Sarawak Election

Election fever is catching on in Sarawak. In Kampung Salak, 60km from Kuching, some villagers have put up flags proclaiming their support for Barisan Nasional.


All incumbents from Sarawak United people's Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) would be nominated to defend their seats in the coming state election.

SPDP president Datuk Sri William Mawan Ikom said none of the party's eight incumbents had voiced their intention not to defend their seats.

"I am recommending that all the incumbents be retained.

"However, the decision on whether to retain them or not lies with the Barisan Nasional national chairman (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) and state BN chairman (Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud).

The eight SPDP incumbents are Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru), Wong Judat (Meluan), Datuk Peter Nyarok (Krian), Paulus Palu Ngumbang (Batu Danau), Sylvester Entrie, Nelson Balang Rining (Ba'Kelalan), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu) and Mawan (Pakan) himself.

Mawan said all the incumbents would be re-nominated as they were winnable candidates.

Teoh inquiry: MACC officer stuns all by bursting into tear

The Commission of Inquiry into the death of Teoh Beng Hock was momentarily stunned when a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer burst into tears while testifying.

Mohd Anuar Ismail, who headed the investigations revolving around the alleged fraudulent disbursement of state funds by Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah and Kg Tunku assemblyman Ng Weng San, was narrating the emotional trauma and fear he experienced on hearing about the political aide’s death.

“I was very shocked. He was our witness and was with me the previous night.

PAS and DAP stand by Anwar

PAS and DAP are standing by PKR and Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, following the release of a sex video implicating a high-ranking Opposition leader.

Leaders from both PAS and DAP also believe that the airing of the sex video was politically motivated and condemned it as a “dirty tactic”.

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said there was no question of PAS severing ties with PKR or leaving the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

“Everything is wrong about the whole scandal. The way the video was revealed was wrong and watching it is wrong. Islam does not accept this,” he said when approached at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday.

Police not involved in alleged Anwar sex tape.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein says so far there has been no police report made in connection with a sex video involving a politician.


Sarawak polls on April 16?

Attention has shifted to the likely dates for polling and nomination in the 10th Sarawak election following yesterday’s dissolution of the state assembly.

A favourite date among pundits and politicians is April 16, a Saturday, preceded by the nomination process speculated for either April 6 or 9.

Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof will chair a special meeting here tomorrow to discuss matters pertaining to the state election, including the nomination and polling dates.

Of particular interest would be the duration of the campaign period.

The April 6 and 16 combination gives a 10-day campaign period while the April 9 nomination would reduce this to seven days.

The Election Commission had in the 2006 state polls decided on a 11-day campaign period.

Datuk Seri Idris Jala on the Bibles issue

The following is the media statement issued by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk Seri Idris Jala on the bibles issue:

"The Government wish to reiterate that since March 15, it had given the directive to release all Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia, which are impounded in Port Klang and Kuching. However, to date the Christian groups who imported the Bibles have not yet collected them because they did not accept the stamps and the serialisation of these Bibles.

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, the Minister of Home Affairs mentioned that the act of stamping and serialisation is standard protocol; for example, Qurans which are imported into the country are also checked as authorised copies and are stamped with serial numbers before they are released. Qurans which are not authorised are impounded and destroyed. The act of stamping and serialisation of the Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia and the Qurans should not be perceived as desecration of Holy scriptures. Attached is a copy of the stamp and the serialisation as they appear of the Quran.

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