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Moderate Malay Muslims Seek to Cool the Heat

Asia Sentinel, 14/12/14 -- "Given the impact of such vitriolic rhetoric on race relations and political stability of this country, we feel it is incumbent on us to take a public position," Noor Farida Ariffin, former Malaysian ambassador to the Netherlands, said in a statement issued on behalf of the 25 signatories.

Commission for pardon and not inquest

S.Ramakrishnan, 8/12/2014  -- This project IC was clearly done under the blessing of UMNO so that the political party of their choice will rule Sabah. UMNO wanted to neutralize and split Kadazanduzun and Chinese votes in Sabah so that they become politically weak, a game UMNO is good at.

Malaysia’s New Migrants

The New York Times, Dec 11, 2014 -- In the first four months of this year, 83 Nepali workers died in Malaysia from various causes, a rate of one a day, including a significant number of suicides. A recent study of the Malaysian electronics industry by the labor research organization Verité found that nearly a third of those surveyed — in a work force that includes about 200,000 foreign employees — had suffered conditions of forced labor. Most of them work in factories that produce components for many of the most recognizable brands on the international market (though Verité declined to specify which in its report, preferring to avoid a “name and shame” strategy).

Malaysia’s Investment Fund Disaster

Asia Sentinel, 09/12/14 -- In 2008, a boisterous young man by the name of Jho Low Taek, a Penang-born Wharton grad with a taste for Cristal champagne and Broadway blondes, approached Malaysia’s Terengganu state government with a proposal to use the state’s authority to sell RM10 billion (US$2.87 billion)  in bonds to start a state-backed investment fund. 

No political party ruled forever

S.Ramakrishnan, 5/12/2014 -- These fabrications show signs of desperations and fear that they are losing support of large sections within the Malay community. Umno general assembly has become a rattling and rhetoric ground for their delegates and leaders to let lose their belligerent noises and raise the insecurity and fear among of Malays. By doing so in every AGM, Umno leaders are able to divert the real economic and social issues in the Malay community to emotions and chest beating to keep the rural community ignorant and misinformed.

Myanmar businessman killed by Gang 21 member in revenge

The Star, 04/12/14 -- Angered by the abduction and murder of his brother, a Gang 21 member kidnapped and killed a 30-year-old businessman, in what police believe to be an act of revenge. On Nov 12, the Indian-Myanmar businessman was abducted in full view of his family by four men, armed with two pistols and two parang, at about 6.10pm in Pusat Bandar Sentul Utara. Eight days later, police arrested the 41-year-old Gang 21 member at Hospital Banting, Selangor, when he turned up to claim the remains of his brother, said Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy.

Puzzling Delay in Anwar Verdict

Asia Sentinel, 03/12/14 -- Fears are rising among allies of Anwar Ibrahim that the Malaysian opposition leader will be sent to prison on what appear to be trumped up sexual perversion charges, weeks after the country’s highest court heard final arguments.

Extremism, racism and indebtedness welcome to Malaysia

S.Ramakrishnan, 27/11/2014 -- Malaysia was once the land of honey and wealth called “swarnabumi” but now it has become a land of indebtedness. While the national debt, god know what percent, officially 55% and the household debt has risen to 87% of GDP which is one of the highest in the world. On top of the high indebtedness Malaysia is also confronted with rising inflation, weakening ringgit, capital flight out of the country, falling disposable income, low productivity, poor economic management and worst still is the rising extremism and narrow mindedness among Umno hardliners from the 57 year old ruling party.

The Yong Peng Tamil School Saga

S.Ramakrishnan, 25/11/2014 -- The India n community in Yong Peng is very upset with the 12 year delay in completing the construction of SRJK (T) Yong Peng building. After 12 years they still do not know when the school will be completed. Construction work was stopped around 10 months ago and still no sign of commencing building work.

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‘Tiram Sasi’: Another slain gang leader with ties to MIC?

theantdaily, 12/09/14 -- Thirty-three year old Sasitharen Manicam, or better known as “Tiram Sasi”, who led the state’s “04” gang, was shot dead while sitting in his parked Honda City in front of a three-storey building in Taman Desa Cemerlang in Johor Baru on Tuesday night.

The late Sasi also headed the Johor wing of New Affirmative Action Movement (NAAM) – a MIC friendly NGO.

If you can’t beat them, charge them

The Economist, 5/9/14 -- Yet Malaysia’s sedition law is almost comically broad. It defines seditious statements as any that “excite[s] disaffection…against any Government” or “against the administration of justice in Malaysia” or “promote[s] feelings of ill will and hostility between different races or classes of the population in Malaysia”. 

Mahathir’s Case Against Najib Detailed

by John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel, 21/08/14 -- The demands listed in the letter included one that Najib reform the controversial 1MDB sovereign fund, which is deeply in debt after having funded a long string of controversial projects. It is said to be a major scandal sizzling out of sight and involving controversial Chinese playboy Taek Jho Low and Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Turns on Najib

by John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel, 19/08/14 -- Najib is due to return to Malaysia on Aug. 22 for a day of national remembrance for the victims.  However, he has delayed requests to have the bodies of the victims sent back so that they can arrive when he does, according to well-placed source in Kuala Lumpur.  That has reportedly infuriated Mahathir.

Malaysian Prime Minister’s Mystery Holiday

Asia Sentinel, 13/08/14 -- “He has never flown on either MAS or AsiaAir in seven years,” a political observer in KL said. “Mahathir did, Abdullah Badawi did. But Najib has never once flown on either one.”

Requests by email, telephone and text the prime minister’s personal aide and press secretary, Azlin Alias, asking for the prime minister’s holiday itinerary also went unanswered.

Najib Waffles Over MH17 Disaster

Asia Sentinel, 22/07/2014 -- In fact, Malaysia’s involvement in behind-the-scenes bargaining with the rebels was very much second fiddle to the Dutch, who not only suffered the most deaths in the crash but were also better equipped to examine the evidence. Yet the Dutch showed no signs of letting their desire to negotiate the return of bodies get in the way of strong backing for European Union sanctions against Russia, predicated on the belief by all the EU members that Russia was ultimately responsible via its surrogates in eastern Ukraine, and perhaps more directly.

Harsh Islamic Law Loses Momentum in Malaysia

Asia Sentinel, July 11, 2014 -- Mahathir has been perhaps the strongest voice opposing any such law, ironically despite the fact that he has been a moving force behind the strident Malay nationalists who have been calling for its passage. It has once again shone a spotlight on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who has once again backed away from taking a strong stance.

The tragedy of the Arabs

Jul 5th 2014, The Economist -- Why Arab countries have so miserably failed to create democracy, happiness or (aside from the windfall of oil) wealth for their 350m people is one of the great questions of our time. What makes Arab society susceptible to vile regimes and fanatics bent on destroying them (and their perceived allies in the West)? No one suggests that the Arabs as a people lack talent or suffer from some pathological antipathy to democracy. But for the Arabs to wake from their nightmare, and for the world to feel safe, a great deal needs to change.

Indonesia’s Prabowo Shows his Hand

Asia Sentinel, 01/07/14 -- The country only emerged into a true – if sometimes raucous – democracy a little over 15 years ago with the fall of Prabowo’s former father-in-law, the strongman Suharto, who had run the country for 31 years before his fall from power in 1998. Suharto’s family accrued corruption on a scale experienced almost nowhere else in the world. The family was accused of amassing a fortune estimated by Transparency International to be between US$15 billion and US$35 billion through KKN, the Indonesian acronym for corruption, collusion and nepotism.

Heaven can wait, but not JAIS or JAIPP

S.Ramakrishnan,16/6/2014 -- A strange phenomenon is being played out suddenly at weddings and funerals of late. Islamic religious authorities seem to be adamant on snatching dead bodies during funerals while grieving spouses and close relatives beg and appeal that deceased was not a Muslim when alive.

 

 
 
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