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Perkasa, Mamak group bring traffic to a standstill

Protesters accuse CM's political secretary Ng Wei Aik of humiliating Bangladeshi married to a local and call for his sacking.

 GEORGE TOWN: About 300 protesters from Perkasa and Suara Anak Anak Mamak Pulau Pinang caused a massive congestion when they marched against the flow of traffic at noon today.

Their target: Komtar assemblyman and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's political secretary Ng Wei Aik who has been accused of humiliating a Bangladeshi married to a local woman.

The protesters demanded that Ng quit immediately as Komtar assemblyman and also called on Lim to sack Ng as his political secretary.

Police detained 11 people including the protest leader, Perkasa's north-east district chief Mohd Rizuad Mohd Azudin, for the commotion.

All were released after having their statements recorded at the city police headquarters.
Anak-Anak Mamak leader Mohamed Ghani Abdul Jiman, who was his usual boisterous uncouth self, however, was not detained.

The protesters gathered outside Continental Hotel in upper Penang Road at 12 noon before marching against the flow of traffic in the direction of Komtar, a kilometer away.

Once they reached the Komtar in Lebuh Teck Soon, the protesters, with some sitting on the road, chanted anti-Pakatan Rakyat, anti-Ng and anti-Lim slogans for over an hour.

Ng denies allegation

About 100 police personnel, including two Light Strike Force (LSF) units, were at the scene. The demonstration caused massive traffic congestion all over the city at peak lunch hour.

Sarimah Packeer Mohamed, 43, lodged a police report last week alleging Ng humiliated her husband, a Bangladeshi national, in public during Ng's visit to a fire site in Jalan Gurdwara.

The fire razed three shophouses on Nov 22. Ng allegedly accused Sarimah and her husband of masterminding the fire which originated from a nearby unit owned by a senior citizen.

Ng denied Sarimah's allegations, claiming that he only demanded Sarimah and her husband to close their illegal goods recycling business.

Police recorded a statement from Ng to assist in the case investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code. This was not the first time Ng had been a target.

Earlier this year, Ng was accused of telling off a Nasi Kandar restaurant operator to "go back to India."
After the protest today, Rizuad, accompanied by colleagues, handed over a memorandum to Chief Minister's official representative Zuliana Aziz.

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Kit Siang says Muhyiddin inciting racism

Lim challenged Muhyiddin to show proof of his allegations against DAP. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — DAP's Lim Kit Siang condemned today political foe Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for irresponsibly inciting racism at the Umno general assembly last night by portraying the opposition party as anti-Islam and anti-Malay.

Suggesting that Muhyiddin was up to mischief, Lim dared the deputy prime minister to back up his allegation that the DAP wants to turn Malaysia, which is a constitutional monarchy, into a republic.

"Muhyiddin's accusations against the DAP as anti-Islam and anti-Malay are false, baseless and pure unadulterated lies," the DAP advisor said.

He was referring to the Umno deputy president's speech in front of Umno's Youth, Wanita and Puteri wings yesterday, and noted Muhyiddin had accused the DAP of suggesting the prime minister's position be chosen solely on the results of national polls and without taking into account the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong's input.

Labelling it "the mother of all lies, falsehoods and racism", Lim said the Umno leader's words were despicable, incendiary and seditious.

The Ipoh-Timur MP insisted his party was fully-committed to improving the lives of all Malaysians regardless of their racial or religious background.

The veteran lawmaker said he had declared in his maiden speech in Parliament on February 23, 1971 that the DAP was in full support of Malaysia's adoption of the constitutional monarchy system.

"We do not and have not questioned the sovereignty of Rulers," Lim stressed in his statement today.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin urged some 4,000 Umno delegates to defend the Malay race, culture and royal institutions from the three-party opposition Pakatan Rakyat pact, in particular the DAP.

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Myanmar sheds that hermit image

November 30, 2011

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Myanmar sheds that hermit image

Ceritalah
By KARIM RASLAN(11-29-11)

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is being brought back into the limelight by its military rulers led by President Thein Sein.

MYANMAR and Malaysia. It's highly unusual for the two countries to be mentioned in the same breath – all the more so given Myanmar's long-standing status as a "pariah" state. However, with the recent hotly-debated Peaceful Assembly Bill, it would appear that we Malaysians should be checking more closely with what's going on in Myanmar.

Consider Tuesday's closing ceremony of the SEA Games in Palembang and the extraordinary phrase emblazoned across the stadium: "See you in Myanmar."

President Thein Sein has been cautiously testing the waters, releasing political prisoners, relaxing media coverage and allowing veteran politician Aung San Suu Kyi increased freedom of movement.

Moreover, last week's summit in Bali resulted in the once hermit-like state being granted the chairmanship of the increasingly influential ASEAN grouping in 2014. What's more is that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be visiting in December – the highest-ranking American official to do so in decades.

All these would have been unthinkable back in 2007, when the military regime's vicious crackdown on the Buddhist monk-led "Saffron Revolution" all but confirmed Myanmar's pariah status.

At the same time, Myanmar's new Peaceful Gathering and Procession Bill somewhat loosens restrictions on public meetings. Thein Sein has been intervening more dramatically, halting an unpopular Chinese-funded dam in Myitsone last September after local protests.

Could this be the signs of a responsive government? The generals have also made overtures to end Myanmar's decade-old civil war with the country's ethnic groups, like the Karen, Shan and Wa.

What gives these initiatives credibility is that they appear to have the support of Suu Kyi as well as her National League of Democracy (NLD), which won the abrogated 1990 elections. Indeed, NLD has since announced that it will register as a political party and contest in upcoming by-elections.

A "Myanmar Spring"? There's every reason to be sceptical: Myanmar has tried to open up in the past, only to see a sharp conservative reaction. While the reforms are undoubtedly welcome, a lot more needs to be done before the country is truly re-integrated into the international community.

So what's next for Myanmar? Personally, I can think of no better introduction to its history and possible future than my friend Thant Myint-U's two books.

Grandson of the celebrated UN Secretary-General U Thant, Myint-U in 2007 published The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma, followed by this year's Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia.

In The River of Lost Footsteps, Myint-U weaves Myanmar's glorious but tragic history into his family narrative. It chronicles the many conflicts between the nation's ethnic groups as well as attempts by foreign powers to impose order.

It's hardly a cheerful read, but one is treated to the stoicism of Myanmar's heroes, including independence hero General Aung San and his daughter Syu Kyi, the colourful post-colonial Prime Minister U Nu as well as U Thant.

Myint-U was fortunate enough to know or interview many of his subjects personally and indeed the book's strength is its intimate feel.

Where China Meets India is a more geopolitical analysis. It traces China and India's long history in Myanmar, particularly via bordering regions like China's Yunnan province or India's restive northeast.

Myint-U argues that Myanmar will be the site of the world's next "great game", as China and India battle for influence and natural resources in Southeast Asia. This is persuasive in light of the ongoing US$ 2.5bil (RM7.99bil), 2,380km-long Sino-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline that will link the port of Sittwe to Yunnan's Kunming.

China hopes this pipeline will reduce its dependency on oil shipped through the Malacca Straits, which it fears India may be able to cut off with its burgeoning navy.

A recurring theme in Myint-U's two books is that foreign nations cannot keep on isolating Myanmar, as its rulers have often simply turned their backs on the world. Indeed, the country's current social policy may be conditional on the international community continuing to reward the regime for its good behaviour.

So while it's probably wise to welcome the latest developments, the patient engagement of Myanmar ought to continue. However, a free and open Myanmar – with a population of 47 million, natural resources and strategic location – will be a strong rival for investment and influence.

The "Myanmar Spring" may well herald a new rivalry between mainland and maritime Southeast Asia. Finally, we Malaysians must ask ourselves: "Do we wish to fall behind ASEAN's perennial human-rights laggard?"


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NFC scandal: PKR reveals more dirt

PKR wants Shahrizat Abdul Jalil to explain the RM534,000 Mercedes Benz and RM3 million land parcels in Putrajaya.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition PKR affronted by Umno women's wing chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil's lashings against its party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has comeback with more muck on the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal.

This time PKR has questioned the ownership and expenses involving Shahrizat's RM534,000 Mercedes Benz and two lots of land in Putrajaya worth RM3 million.

PKR strategic director, Rafizi Ramli who disclosed these details to reporters in parliament today said he was also seeking for Shahrizat to clarify monthly payments to a travel agency which ranged from RM1,000 to RM120,000.

"We were anticipating her response and hoped that she would be more humble but since that was not the case, we decided to add more misappropriations", said Rafizi alluding to to Shahrizat's tit-for-tat response to allegations of misappropriations of public funds by her family involving NFC.

This morning Shahrizat told Umno Wanita delegates that if she had to resign because of her husband, Wan Azizah should resign for Anwar's misdeeds.

Shahrizat has maintained that her husband is innocent of any misdeeds unlike Anwar who was found guilty of sodomy charges.

Shahrizat, also the women, family, community development minister, was commenting on PKR women wing's chief Zuraida Kamaruddin's call, last week, for her to resign.

Shahrizat's husband Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail is the NFC chairman. Shahrizat's family has been accused of misusing a RM250 million government soft loan given for the NFC project.

The NFC was first highlighted as a failure by the Auditor General's Report late last month.

PKR subsequently revealed that the centre had purchased two luxury condominium units in Bangsar and that the executive director and a fellow director had performed umrah using the company's finances. The directors are Shahrizat's husband and son. Shahrizat maintained her husband's innocence in the controversy.

Money from subsidiary company

Rafizi in a press conference today said that the luxury car and the two plots of land were purchased from money transferred to the National Meat Livestocks Corporation Sdn Bhd (NMLC)'s account. NMLC is a subsidiary company which is owned by Shahrizat's family.

Rafizi said that on Dec 9, 2009, Shahrizat's family had purchased a Mercedes Benz CLS 350 CGI worth almost RM534,000. He claimed that the money came directly from the RM250 million soft loan allocated for the NFC program.

He also claimed that the maintenance for the car came up to almost RM20,000, which was also allegedly taken directly from the NFC bank account.

When asked if Rafizi was sure that Shahrizat's family actually owned the said luxury vehicle, Rafizi answered in the affirmative. He added: "I am sure the cattle farmers in Gemas will not drive such a luxurious car. I am sure that the directors use the car and the directors are her family members".

Rafizi also said that the two plots of land were purchased in Precinct 10 in Putrajaya at the price of RM3,363,507.

"I am sure the land was not bought to bred cattle… I don't know how you can bred them in Putrajaya," he said.

Rafizi also sought clarification over monthly transfers of funds worth RM455,423 over a span of seven months to a travel agency.

He ! said tha t 15 cheques issued from NFC's CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad account showed that the money was transferred to Impian Global Network Services (IGNS) which offered holiday packages to Phuket, Kuching, Bandung and others.

"We have previously revealed that RM800,000 was allocated as entertainment allowances for the directors (which also includes overseas trips). But they said that the trips may be related to cattle business.

"But why is there a need for a cattle business to have such monthly expenditure to a travel agency? Who is (doing the) traveling," asked Rafizi.

Questions over the tender process

He also raised doubts over the half million ringgit transferred to Meatworks (Singapore) Pte Ltd in July 2010. Meatworks is a company owned by one of Shahrizat's children.

"As (Umno Youth chief) Khairy Jamaluddin had said earlier (in defending Shahrizat) that one cannot export raw meat to Singapore as it is not allowed by the country's law, then why was RM588,585 transferred to Meatworks account," he asked.

He added: "I have just highlighted one such transaction. I am too tired to highlight the many more transactions to Meatworks".

He said that Shahrizat must now explain each and every of the allegations made against her to the public, or at least to the Umno delegates.

"If she is really responsible, then she wouldn't drag Umno and its women's wing into the fray which is essentially a private scandal," he said.

Meanwhile PKR secretary general Saifuddin Nasution said that the tender process to award the NFC process was not truly open.

He said that the NFC was the brainchild of an undisclosed bumiputera entrepreneur way back in 2003.

"The company had approached Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) and Negeri Sembilan state government,

"The initial plans did not require any funds from the government but only required loans from the government. The company merely requested the state government to lease a land in the Gemas farm," he said.

However he said that company was overlooked – and was not even invited to put in a tender, – and the project was given to Shahrizat's family.

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Umno Youth takes credit for PM’s reforms

Najib's recently announced reforms came from Umno Youth's efforts, said Khairy. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — Umno Youth was the catalyst behind the government's recent civil rights reforms, its chief Khairy Jamaluddin said today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently announced plans to repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA) as well as separate legal provisions barring students over 21 from becoming members of political parties.

He also tabled the controversial Public Assembly Bill, which was passed by the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. The new law, which regulates public assembly and bars street protests, has been criticised as more repressive than current laws regarding the freedom of assembly.

The Bill was pushed through solely on Barisan Nasional votes, after opposition lawmakers walked out en masse.

"Umno Youth has led the movement towards the development of civil liberties, something that is now a government policy. Think ISA, University and University Colleges Act (UUCA), Restricted Residence (Act), press freedom and, most recently, freedom of assembly," he said during his speech at his party's youth wing assembly here.

He said that he wanted to shed the perception that Umno was just a "village hero," and proposed a Bank Belia (Youth Bank) to help youths overcome debt problems.

"Umno Youth is more progressive under my leadership. For the last three years, we focus on less rhetoric, and more on specific problem-solving," Khairy told reporters later.

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Myanmar sheds that hermit image

November 30, 2011

www.thestar.com.my

Myanmar sheds that hermit image

Ceritalah
By KARIM RASLAN(11-29-11)

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is being brought back into the limelight by its military rulers led by President Thein Sein.

MYANMAR and Malaysia. It's highly unusual for the two countries to be mentioned in the same breath – all the more so given Myanmar's long-standing status as a "pariah" state. However, with the recent hotly-debated Peaceful Assembly Bill, it would appear that we Malaysians should be checking more closely with what's going on in Myanmar.

Consider Tuesday's closing ceremony of the SEA Games in Palembang and the extraordinary phrase emblazoned across the stadium: "See you in Myanmar."

President Thein Sein has been cautiously testing the waters, releasing political prisoners, relaxing media coverage and allowing veteran politician Aung San Suu Kyi increased freedom of movement.

Moreover, last week's summit in Bali resulted in the once hermit-like state being granted the chairmanship of the increasingly influential ASEAN grouping in 2014. What's more is that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be visiting in December – the highest-ranking American official to do so in decades.

All these would have been unthinkable back in 2007, when the military regime's vicious crackdown on the Buddhist monk-led "Saffron Revolution" all but confirmed Myanmar's pariah status.

At the same time, Myanmar's new Peaceful Gathering and Procession Bill somewhat loosens restrictions on public meetings. Thein Sein has been intervening more dramatically, halting an unpopular Chinese-funded dam in Myitsone last September after local protests.

Could this be the signs of a responsive government? The generals have also made overtures to end Myanmar's decade-old civil war with the country's ethnic groups, like the Karen, Shan and Wa.

What gives these initiatives credibility is that they appear to have the support of Suu Kyi as well as her National League of Democracy (NLD), which won the abrogated 1990 elections. Indeed, NLD has since announced that it will register as a political party and contest in upcoming by-elections.

A "Myanmar Spring"? There's every reason to be sceptical: Myanmar has tried to open up in the past, only to see a sharp conservative reaction. While the reforms are undoubtedly welcome, a lot more needs to be done before the country is truly re-integrated into the international community.

So what's next for Myanmar? Personally, I can think of no better introduction to its history and possible future than my friend Thant Myint-U's two books.

Grandson of the celebrated UN Secretary-General U Thant, Myint-U in 2007 published The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma, followed by this year's Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia.

In The River of Lost Footsteps, Myint-U weaves Myanmar's glorious but tragic history into his family narrative. It chronicles the many conflicts between the nation's ethnic groups as well as attempts by foreign powers to impose order.

It's hardly a cheerful read, but one is treated to the stoicism of Myanmar's heroes, including independence hero General Aung San and his daughter Syu Kyi, the colourful post-colonial Prime Minister U Nu as well as U Thant.

Myint-U was fortunate enough to know or interview many of his subjects personally and indeed the book's strength is its intimate feel.

Where China Meets India is a more geopolitical analysis. It traces China and India's long history in Myanmar, particularly via bordering regions like China's Yunnan province or India's restive northeast.

Myint-U argues that Myanmar will be the site of the world's next "great game", as China and India battle for influence and natural resources in Southeast Asia. This is persuasive in light of the ongoing US$ 2.5bil (RM7.99bil), 2,380km-long Sino-Myanmar oil and gas pipeline that will link the port of Sittwe to Yunnan's Kunming.

China hopes this pipeline will reduce its dependency on oil shipped through the Malacca Straits, which it fears India may be able to cut off with its burgeoning navy.

A recurring theme in Myint-U's two books is that foreign nations cannot keep on isolating Myanmar, as its rulers have often simply turned their backs on the world. Indeed, the country's current social policy may be conditional on the international community continuing to reward the regime for its good behaviour.

So while it's probably wise to welcome the latest developments, the patient engagement of Myanmar ought to continue. However, a free and open Myanmar – with a population of 47 million, natural resources and strategic location – will be a strong rival for investment and influence.

The "Myanmar Spring" may well herald a new rivalry between mainland and maritime Southeast Asia. Finally, we Malaysians must ask ourselves: "Do we wish to fall behind ASEAN's perennial human-rights laggard?"

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Perak MB Haji Zambry wins suit again Suara Keadilan

(Bernama) - The Kuala Lumpur High Court today ruled that nine words in an article published by Suara Keadilan, a PKR newspaper, on Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir were libellous.

Judge Hue Siew Kheng made the decision in chambers in the presence of lawyer Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin representing Zambry as the plaintiff and lawyer Jamie Wong representing PKR, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Is! mail and three others as the defendants.

On Nov 22 last year, the High Court ruled that three other words in the same article were libellous after the defendants admitted that the words were false and unfounded.

Firoz Hussein when met by reporters said the court ruled that the assessment of compensation be made before the deputy registrar but no date had been fixed.

On Feb 25 last year, Zambry filed a RM100 million suit, naming Dr Wan Azizah as an office-bearer of PKR, deputy president Syed Husin Ali who was also the chief editor of Suara Keadilan, the newspaper publisher Pelita Koridor Sdn Bhd and the printer Percetakan NPK Sdn Bhd as defendants.

In his statement of claim, Zambry said the article published in the Dec 29, 2009-Jan 5, 2010 edition of Suara Keadilan titled 'Zambry Disyaki Pengganas - Gagal masuk ke Amerika Syarikat' (Zambry Suspected of Being Terrorist - Fails to Enter the United States of America) contained false, libellous and unfounded words and were published with malicious intent.

He stressed that he was not denied entry into the US but was in fact, allowed to enter the country and was accorded recognition that was appropriate with hi! s positi on as the menteri besar of Perak.

Zambry said his visit to the US received wide coverage and the defendants had deliberately published the words with the intention to defame him.

The Perak menteri besar said the libellous words had hurt him deeply, badly damaged his public, private and political reputation as well as brought about public scandal, and odium and contempt against him.

He is claiming RM100 million in compensation for aggravated and exemplary damages at an annual interest rate of eight per cent as well as an injunction to prevent the defendants from publishing the malicious words or any other similar words against him.

The defendants in their statement of defence, said that an apology entitled 'mohon maaf Dr Zambry' (Sorry Dr Zambry) and the withdrawal of the article was published in Suara Keadilan's March 30-April 6, 2010 edition.

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Come clean on JCorp's RM4bil liabilities, demands DAP's Boo

Come clean on JCorp's RM4bil liabilities, demands DAP's Boo

In the latest 2010 Johor Corporation Financial Report, it is reported that Johor Corporation Gro! up had t otal liabilities of RM 9.3 billion in 2010 and net assets of RM 5.0 billion. Johor Corporation itself has a total liabilities of 4.3 billion and net assets of only RM 870 million.

In 2010 Johor Corporation and its Group had total debts of RM 6.659 billion of which RM 2.769 billion Islamic Bonds is due for full settlement in 2012. The Johor State Government and Johor Corporation so far has not announced as to how sources of funds could be pooled to settle the RM 2.769 Islamic bond that is due next year.

In August this year Kulim Bhd acquired over 33,800 acres of estate land in Johor from Johor Corp's Subsidiary Sindora for RM700mil cash to settle part of its debts. At an average the estate land was sold for RM 21,000 per acre or 51,000 per hectare which was believed to be lower than market price.

In order to gain public confidence in GLCs management, Johor Corp should present a detailed valuation report on the deal during the upcoming Johor State Assembly sitting between Dec 8 and 19 to convince the elected members of the House that Johor Corp sold the estate land at the best market price.

Johor Corp is urged to be more transparent about its restructuring efforts, prudent in its management in order to help attract more substantial foreign investment to Iskandar Malaysia. Bold steps in liberalising Iskandar Malaysia's development should be considered including open tenders for takeovers of ailing GLCs by both local and foreign companies.

Boo Cheng Hau is the DAP Johor State Chairman and Skudai State Assemblyman

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Is Najib in a tail-spin?

NOV 30 — Najib Razak must be trembling. Nothing could be more terrifying to a premier than the prospect of losing a general election. For Najib, that is an understatement.

Worse still, he will go down in history as the "appointed" prime minister of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional government that eventually lost its uninterrupted power to the opposition. That is indeed extremely scary. Losing is, thus, not an option for Najib.

But Najib's penchant for flip-flopping is almost ingrained in his demeanour and style of leadership. Blaming it on "nature" is contrary to the "consistency" of the second prime minister of this nation.

Beyond just flip-flopping, this writer would now have to believe that Najib hasn't got what it takes to bring this ailing nation out of its unending doldrums and despondency.

Najib doesn't quite understand, or at least doesn't exude understanding of the "change process", much less a passion and a commitment to see it through. That is even more distressing, to say the least.

Indeed, Najib has actually failed grasp the fact that, without "reformation", the hope for "transformation" is a merely an illusion.

His revulsion for the word "Reformasi" could very well be his greatest "blind-spot" for the need to undertake genuine fundamental and structural reforms before he could ever hope to see a "Transformation", both in the economics and political sphere.

In the same vein, without the "real reform" in the New Economic Model, Najib's Economic Transformation Programme and Entry Point Programmes are in fact a large-scale, anti-cyclical Keynesian pump-priming from Dr Mahathir Mohamad's "Mahathirnomics".

Najib's failure to incorporate "real reform" in the NEM is the stifling factor has disabled the nation to propel into a higher performing economy with a concomitant higher income per capita.

Perkasa, contracted by Najib's party, continues their vitriolic racial slurs. Never has religious understanding taken a worse beating. The major-ethnic-and-religion-under-siege narrative is evidently "laughable".

He could talk in London, New York and Washington of opening up the public space and moderation in Islam when in fact the hollowness of his pronouncements is what we as Malaysians have to live with.

On the back of his oft-repeated mantra of "Government Transformation", the colossal losses as evident by the Auditor-General's report remained unabated, to the disgust of many a tax-payer. The endemic leakages remain agonising.

Critical examples of fiscal mismanagement such as Shahrizat Jalil's National Feedlot Corp's meltdown stood as a testimony. The impunity with which cronies live off government funds whilst BN ministers, Najib included, call for austerity and a "rationalisation" on subsidy, is a cardinal sin.

Millions have been spent on international consulting firms that went on an orgy of image building rampage. Fresh in the minds of many is the shocking revelation that RM55 million of tax-payers' money was used for expensive propaganda to glorify Najib, his government and his policies, screened on international channels like CNN, CNBC and BBC.

Najib must stop his fervour for "window-dressing" — the illusion something is being done when nothing of consequence is being accomplished. Never mind the bicycle-ride, on the bus, breakfast with the new social media Facebook-Twitter friends, etc. But beyond those, nothing much were achieved.

He has almost perfected the art but failed miserably on the "real reforms". With genuine "reforms" constantly side-stepped, "transformation" is a far-cry. That's deplorable.

Has Najib's grandstanding of September 15 come to naught? The much-hyped political reforms, promised by Najib to bring us into a new era of the "best democracy', have exploded in the face of the rakyat as a sham to democratisation.

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Hindraf report to Washington: Institutional Racism in Malaysia

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Written by Human Rights Foundation Malaysia Wednesday, 30 November 2011 13:06

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Below is the executive summary made by P. Waytha Moorthy, the founder of Hindraf and leader of the Human Rights Foundation Malaysia.

Also uploaded is the paper presented before the US House Committee on foreign affairs and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

According to its brief, Hindraf is "Human Rights Foundation Malaysia is an organisation dedicated to the protection and promotion of Human Rights for the marginalised  in Malaysia. We document and report all forms of violations, give voice to the oppressed and hold the Government accountable for its Human Rights violations. We lobby International support for the marginalised community and submit Independent reports and evidence to International bodies."

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Institutional Racism and Religious freedom in Malaysia

 Executive summary
  • Institutional racism is the process by which people from ethnic minorities are systematically discriminated against by a range of public and private bodies. If the result or outcome of established laws, customs or practices is racially discriminatory, then institutional racism can be said to have occurred.

Dr.Benjamin Bowling

(Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice and Director of Criminological studies in the School of Law, King's College London.)

a) The Federal Constitution entrenched with a racist provision vide Article 153 ( Malaysian brand of apartheid)

b) The State sanctions racist and religious extreme laws and policies

c) State control of Government Administration by 1 race/religious group

d) State channel of most funds for economic/education/development programs and licenses, permits ect to 1 race

e) State control of Religious freedom to disadvantage of non-Muslims, imposition of Muslim religious laws and compelling jurisdiction of Syaria Courts on non-Muslims.

f) State sponsored violence/threat of violence both directly and outsource to other groups on objections by citizens

g) State sanction of draconian, punitive laws and the blank cheque given to Police to make arbitrary arrests on dissent.

h) State declaration that the Malays are the masters (Malay Supremacy) and sons of soil.

  • Ethnic groups in Malaysia : Malay 53.3%, Chinese 26.0%, indigenous 11.8%, Indian 7.7%, others 1.2%.

  • Religions: Islam (60.4%), Buddhism (19.2%), Christianity (9.1%), Hinduism (6.3%), other/none (5.0%). - US Department of State 2011

  • Malaysia is a country based on a subtle, pervasive and increasingly aggressive form of racism. The conflict that lies just below this artificial calm state, is so well concealed, that to someone with just a cursory knowledge Malaysia would find it hard to believe and this is part of the problem.

  • Malay supremacy or Malay dominance is the claim that the Malay Muslims are the tuan (masters) of Malaysia. The Chinese and Indians, who form a significant minority in Malaysia, are considered beholden to the Malays for granting them citizenship in return for special privileges as set out in Article 153 of the Malaysian Constitution.

  • Article 153 is a deep-rooted racist provision in the Constitution which sanctions implementation of all racist policies in Malaysia to the disadvantage of the minority non-Malay/Muslim population. Questioning any matter, rights, status, privilege ect of Article 153 is considered a challenge to the Malay Supremacy, insulting the Royal Institution and Islam. It is also deemed a threat to National Security, an offence under the Internal Security Act which gives powers of arrest for unlimited period without trial and under the Sedition Act which provides for imprisonment between 3-5 years.

  • Since the Democratic uprising of Hindraf in 2007 and the subsequent loss of its 2/3 Parliamentary mandate in the March 2008 elections, Government has outsourced its overt racist agenda to NGO's in particular PERKASA. This is an NGO led by a Pro Government Parliamentarian who promotes the Malay Muslim supremacy agenda and has the explicit support of top Government leadership including the former Prime Ministers, ex Army officials and ex Inspector General of Police.

  1. All Government projects are primarily given to Malay Muslim Bumiputra individuals and organizations.

  2. All Government contractors have to be licensed by the Finance Ministry before being given any Government projects.

  3. Malays have been promoted in the Civil service to assure that the highest policy-making positions will be filled by Malays regardless of objective performance standards.

  • The FELDA Scheme – Federal Land development Authority

  • There is a systematic and wholesale exclusion of Non-Malays from this program. Indian plantation workers who were being actively displaced at the time of the growth of this FELDA scheme in the 1970s and 1980s were not considered part of the target group, because they were not categorized as being from the rural community. This was convenient way to exclude. An estimated 800,000 Indian plantation workers have been displaced from plantations without any alternative programs/compensation.

  • FELDA, FELCRA, PERDA, KEDA, KETENGAH, KESEDAR, KEJORA and a host of other development agencies use procedural techniques of one form or another such as this to entirely exclude the deserving non-Malays.

  • FELDA show a total turnover of RM 11.8 Billion. The profits before tax alone are RM804 million5.

  • A RM 120 million residential school for FELDA children - a Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) in Trolak, Perak. Compare this with the recent promise of an allocation of RM100 million by the Prime Minister for 523 Tamil schools in the country, for which there is no evidence of disbursement anyway. There are 42 MRSM schools like the one above in the country.

  • In 1980, the World Bank raised concerns over the ethnic bias in FELDA settler selection by pointing out that if the government was serious "about increasing the non-Malay share in agriculture, some increase in the non-Malay share of settlers was warranted

  • The Tekun Nasional scheme is a scheme to provide micro credit and to develop majority Malay Muslim entrepreneurs.

  • For the year 2008 alone TEKUN Nasional has provided RM 182 million as loans to 19,000 entrepreneurs.

  • That is close to RM1 Billion -not to mention almost all those loans went to Malay Muslim entrepreneurs. Participation in the Tekun program of Indians is miniscule - a total of 93 Indian entrepreneurs received loans amounting to RM761,000 on July 24, 2009 in a ceremony.8 That is less than 0.1% of that disbursed to the Malay Muslim entrepreneurs.

  • The collusion of the various arms of the Government to keep dissent in check

Some of the key ones are :

1. Government Linked Companies

2. Government Investment Companies

3. Economic Planning Unit

4. The Federal Cabinet of Ministers

5. The various Ministries

6. The Royal Malaysian Police

7. The Attorney general's Office

8. The Judiciary

9. The Government Administrative Services

10. The Government owned Banks

11. The Government controlled media

  • The Government has used suppressive laws like the Internal Security Act, the Official Secrets Act, Printing Presses and Publications Act, the Seditions Act during this period to implement these terribly racially lopsided development plans while allowing the racist system to grow

  • Given the need to maintain a racist regime, the Police have become a primary instrument of control for the majority Malay Muslim party in Government –UMNO. Police violence, abuse of power and human rights abuses occur very regularly. Cases of death in custody, partial handling of criminal disturbances, violent dispersal of peaceful protestors and other form of human rights violation continue. This has created a climate of impunity and normalization of violence, abuse of power and violation of human rights in Malaysia.

  • More than 77% of the Government administration members are of Malay Muslim ethnicity. About 20% the Indian members and about 60% of the Chinese members of the Government administration are teachers in the Government Vernacular schools. If they are excluded from the numbers employed by the Government administration, the picture that emerges is about an overall participation of 85% Malays in the administration

  • The Malay Muslim employees of the administration go through special programs of training called National Civics Bureau where they are all educated on how to keep "the wealth of the family within the family" in short how to operationalize the racist policies of the Government. This is a much criticized activity, but the Government continues with impunity as it is a key approach in recreating that racist bureaucracy.

  • The Mainstream media blocks out, demonizes and distorts information of any organization that speaks out against this racist system in a coordinated fashion. The Government uses the Printing Presses and Publications Act and limiting ownership to known allies to control the Media to do this.

  • There are an estimated 150,000 – 200,000 Indian children who are stateless due to the States' reluctance to recognize them as Malaysians. This is operationalized by the racist state bureaucracy. As result they are not admitted in Schools, enjoy health care and other benefits a child enjoys.

  • There are 42 fully residential elite Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) (Mara junior Science College) (NST 5/4/08) with 12,440 places also in the fully residential schools (BH 21/11/09 at page 7). These schools have been almost exclusively for Malay Muslim students

  • Non-Malays are also almost 100% excluded in other elite schools like the Royal Military College, Aminuddin Baki Institution, Matriculation courses and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.

  • Admissions into public Universities is more than 80% reserved for the Malays Muslims. One university with a student population of 170,000 in 2011(UiTM) is for Malay Muslims only. The other 19 public Universities with about 170,000 enrolments in all have a 60% Malay Muslim students making it 80% for Malay Muslims in all Public Universities. This does not even talk about the composition in the various courses offered.

  • There are 62,000 diploma places and 60,000 degree places for 2010 at 27 Polytechnics in Malaysia. These are exclusively for the Malay Muslim students.

There are 163,779 students studying at the 19 other Public Universities nationwide at an annual expenditure cost of RM 2.6 Billion15. Our estimate is a mere 5 % of this expenditure will accrue to non-Malay students.

  • RM 2.8 Billion is allocated for the 2010 National Budget for student's assistance scholarships. Most of the funds go for scholarships to Malay Muslim Students.

  • 1,266,671 students (estimated 90% Malay Muslims) have benefited from the government PTPTN (Government Higher Education Loan Fund) study loans till 2009. 147,441 such loans were approved at RM 17.0 Billion (UM 25/3/08 at page 31).

  • The constitution provides for freedom of religion; however, the constitution and the government placed restrictions on this right. The constitution defines all ethnic Malays as Muslims at birth and stipulates that Islam is the "religion of the Federation."

  • Civil courts continued to concede jurisdiction to Sharia courts on cases concerning conversion from Islam and certain areas of family law involving disputes between Muslims and non-Muslims.

  • Forced religious conversions and religious intolerance are evidence of creeping Islamization in Malaysia. Whenever there is a conflict between Muslim and non-Muslims, the tendency is for Muslim Laws to prevail over the non-Muslim issues regardless of the merits of the case.

  • The decision of the Court of Appeal on 21st August 2010 in the case of Maniam Moorthy is a disturbing trend in the role of the Judiciary which has abdicated its powers to the inferior Sharia Courts which was meant to serve the Muslims only on matters (personal) pertaining to marriage, divorce, property distribution ect.

  • Lina Joy, 42, who was born to a Malay Muslim couple, became a Christian when she was 26.

  • She lost her final round of appeal when the Federal Court dismissed her appeal on 30th May 2007 against a ruling that the National Registration Department was right not to allow her to remove the word "Islam" from her identity card.

  • In August 2010 The newspaper of the Catholic Church in Malaysia, The Herald, filed a legal suit at following warnings that its permit could be revoked if it did not cease use of the word "Allah" in the Malay language section of its newspaper.

  • Several Malaysian churches have been attacked and fire bombed, leaving at least one badly damaged, in an escalating dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by Christians.

  • In August 2011 The Selangor Religious Department raided a Church dinner function organised by an NGO on allegation of Christian proselytizing campaign.

  • According to the government, it allocated 428 million ringgit (approximately $ 125.9 million) to build Islamic places of worship and 8.1 million ringgit ($ 2.4 million) to build Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and other minority religions' places of worship between 2005 and the end of 2008. (in answer to a Parliamentary question)

  • Throughout the years since Malaysian independence in 1957, the government has been disregardful of the systematic destruction of Hindu places of worship, which previously stood on estates and state owned estates and land. An estimate of about 10,000 Hindu places of worship have been demolished.

Conclusion

Promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights around the world is central to U.S. foreign policy and consistent with the values upon which the United States was founded. The Malaysian minorities long to live with dignity and freedom but are denied dignity and freedom by a racist regime that has developed over the last 50 years in the name of affirmative action for the majority. The endless extensions of the affirmative action policies have now led to serious Human Rights violations of the minorities in the country. This is inconsistent with developments around the world and with the aspirations of the minorities of Malaysia. It is time for the international community to hold the Malaysian government accountable for this performance. The world has to wake up to these developments in Malaysia, for the future of this trajectory is being told many times over, in what is happening around the world today.

 

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