I guess it was never cleaned for months....I guess the DBKL officers are more keen to observe which couples romancing, kissing, hugging and sitting close to each other
Nice outside ...But UGLY INSIDE ...does this reflect MALAYSIA TODAY?
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
“All you need is a good video camera. Malaysiakini (news portal) can do their Web TV for RM20,000, why do you need RM18mil?” he said.
Lim said he was also made to understand that the cost took into account 100 documentaries that would be produced about the country.
“Why do you need to produce so many? Do you think the tourists want to see so many?” he said.
On Tuesday, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said an initial RM6mil would be spent mostly on content and the ministry had initially requested for RM36mil for the project.
Lim criticised Malaysia’s drop in ranking on the Transparency Inter-national Malaysia’s Corruption Perceptions Index from 43 (out of 179 countries) in 2007 to 47 (180 countries) in 2008.
“It has worsened and is a slap in the face for anti-corruption efforts by the Prime Minister. He must admit that corruption is a serious problem in this country and not be in denial,” he said after introducing two new members of the DAP think tank, Teh Chi-Chang and Leong Joo Ti.
Teh was appointed Lim’s economic adviser, replacing PJ Utara MP Tony Pua, while Leong was appointed to assist Lim in strategy and implementation of policies.
Teh, 37, had previously worked in a string of corporate finance companies and brings with him 15 years of experience in investment appraisal, management and corporate finan-ce.
Pua has been promoted as the party’s national publicity secretary.
seals: another case of Faber Castell technical pens each set costing RM1,146.56 in actual same model costed at RM160 per set, where are you ACA?
By CHRISTINA TAN and CHRISTINA LOW
SHAH ALAM: Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) deputy president Hamid Hussain, who allegedly ordered that the Sri Mahakaliaman temple be demolished, has been suspended for a week effective today.
State Local Government, Research and Study committee chairman Ronnie Liu said Hamid was being suspended pending investigations.
The decision to suspend him was made yesterday.
He said the state three-man committee on non-Muslim religious affairs comprising Teresa Kok, Dr Xavier Jayakumar and himself has begun their investigations into the temple demolition.
“We are expecting the investigation results by Monday and we will look into the next course of action after that,” he said when contacted yesterday.
The 19-year-old temple near Kampung Tasek Tambahan, which was built on forest reserve land, was ordered to be destroyed by the MPAJ about two weeks ago.
Liu said the council president was on leave when the temple was demolished and Hamid, as the deputy, had reportedly decided on the matter.
He said the state government was dealing with the demolition of places of worship very seriously and would find a solution to the problem of the Sri Mahakaliaman temple soon.
Liu said so far 27 permits for places of worship, including churches, Hindu temples and Chinese temples on government land, had been given since the Pakatan Rakyat took over the state government.
This showed that the state government was very concerned and sensitive to religious matters, he said.
However, Liu said, the state government hoped not to see any new places of worship coming up on land designated as forest and river reserves.
He said the people should understand that these reserves should not be occupied for other than the intended use.
When contacted, Hamid, who is on leave in Langkawi, said he
did not know anything about the council’s decision to suspend
“I’m on Hari Raya leave now and I don’t know what is going on,” he said, adding that he had not received any notice from the state government or council.
When contacted, MPAJ president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said that he had been informed of Hamid’s suspension. “The suspension is the state exco’s decision,” he said.
“We will follow whatever decision the state exco makes as we are all here to serve the public.”
Mohammad declined further comment but said that he would wait for an interim report on the issue next week.
seals: Good job. Teach them think the PR way or move out.
SHAH ALAM: About 100 MIC members demonstrated here to protest the demolition of a Hindu temple by the Ampang Jaya Municipal council recently.
The crowd, which included Indian NGOs, protested at the main gate of the Selangor secretariat building yesterday morning.
Organiser T. Mohan, who is MIC Youth chief, said the PKR government had lied to the people that they would not tear down any places of worship.
“They said no temples would be destroyed, what happened now?” Mohan told reporters the MIC was unhappy with the state government’s action to demolish the Sri Mahakaliaman temple after he presented a memorandum to Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s political secretary, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
The 19-year-old temple was built on forest reserve. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times between 2002 and 2007.
Asked why the MIC did not solve the issue then, Mohan said the party had taken action and that was why the temple was rebuilt
seals: where was MIC when BN government was destroying temples almost 100 years old? It was done with the governments instruction. With police support and FRU, where were you MIC?
KLANG: Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam has threatened to quit as the Selangor Parti Keadilan Rakyat liaison committee deputy chairman if no action is taken against council officers involved in a Hindu temple demolition exercise in Ampang recently.
Manickavasagam, who is also a PKR supreme council member, said he might even quit the party if he was not satisfied with action taken by the state government.
He said action should be taken against the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president, its en-forcement chief and other officers involved as the matter was not referred to the state govern-
ment before the temple was demolished.
“The council president also did not inform the two Indian representatives in the council’s board of the action. I have recently learnt that MPAJ sent notices of demolition to 10 other temples in the municipality.
“I feel action must be taken especially against those directly involved as this is serious,” he said. Selangor Health, Estate Workers and Caring Government Committee chairman Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar said he was not satisfied with the council’s interim report.
“MPAJ is conducting an internal probe as the demolition took place without the knowledge of the state exco or MPAJ president, who was in Mecca when it happened,” he told reporters when he visited the temple on Sunday.
Dr Xavier said the temple committee should also take responsibility as they did not apply for permission from the state government to build the temple.
“The mistake is on both sides. The demolition without prior notice from the state government and the building of temple without the state’s approval,” he said.
Temple committee chairman S. Murugiah said they did not receive any notice for the demolition.
seals: I think action should be taken to set right the state governments direction right on all the council. As they lived with BN for last 51 years and they can act as "the enemy within".
This will create a bad name for PR as some BN members start to press on this issue when they had no voice when BN government was doing this.
Monday, September 29, 2008
By CHRISTINA CHIN and ANN TAN
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Barisan Nasional leaders want Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon to make a stand on the party’s position in the coalition.
Penang Umno liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Abdul Rashid Abdullah said the former chief minister must determine the direction of his party.
“As a leader, he must be responsible to the coalition. He needs to set the course for Gerakan and make his position clear. After all, a fish rots from the head down.
“I regret that we have parti perosak (party spoilers) within Barisan. These factions can leave if they want to,” he said.
On Sunday, Dr Koh said among the options being considered by the party was to join Pakatan Rakyat; to stay with the ruling coalition; or to leave Barisan and become independent.
He said based on party sentiment, more than 60% wanted to leave Barisan but the party was still assessing the situation.
State MCA deputy chief Datuk Lau Chiek Tuan said Dr Koh should disclose his personal stand.
“Don’t hide behind members’ opinions. Tell us what you want - you are the party’s acting president,” he said.
Penang Gerakan Youth chief Oh Tong Keong thinks the party should give Barisan “one or two years” before deciding.
Oh, who is gunning for the party’s number two post in the national Youth wing, said such an important decision cannot be made in a “hot political” climate.
“All Barisan component parties are going through trying times. Let’s wait for the Umno leadership transition to see if the relationship between coalition parties can improve.
“The next general election would probably be in 2012. We can always call for an emergency general meeting in one or two years time if we want to pull out of Barisan - it’s not too late,” he said, adding that party members should not be hasty.
seals: I suggest GERAKAN moves out
Saturday, September 27, 2008
By RASHITHA A. HAMID
KUALA LUMPUR: Two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the family home of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok in Taman Rainbow, Jalan Ipoh near here at 2.55am Saturday. No one was hurt in the incident.
A warning letter containing threatening words and vulgarities was also attached to one of the bottle’s which was left outside the house.
Teresa’s parents and her siblings were in the house at the time.
The incident was witnessed by Teresa’s brother, Sow Kuen, 41, who was using the computer in the living room. He said he saw a man on a motorbike throw one of the bottles towards the house.
Teresa’s father, Kim Tong, 74, said that he was woken up by Sow Kuen and immediately alerted the police who arrived about 20 minutes later.
He said he was surprised as the family does not have any enemies.
“We don’t have any enemies. I’m not sure if this could have something to do with Teresa,” he said at a press conference in their house on Saturday afternoon.
He said he was happy with the police investigation and the officers who were very helpful.
Teresa told the media that her family members are shaken and now fear for their lives.
“I view this act as most despicable and criminal designed to instill fear and anxiety in me and to prevent me from performing my duties as an elected representative.
“I also attribute this despicable act to certain media and blogs that have deliberately demonised and portrayed me as chauvinistic, anti-Malay and anti-Islam,” she said.
Teresa urged the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and bring the culprits to justice as soon as possible.
Also present at the press conference were fellow MPs Lim Kit Siang, Lim Lip Eng, Tian Chua and lawyer Sankara Nair.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm Zakaria Pagan said Kim Tong officially lodged a report at the Sentul police headquarters at 4.40am.
He said police seized the bottles and nails sprawled around the house compound. “According to Sow Kuen, the suspect was small sized and was wearing a helmet,” he said, adding that the police would increase their patrols in the area to avoid such incidents in future.
seals: molotov cocktails? Is Malaysia becoming a terrorist country? This is one of many just this year....Bar Council Protest, Attack at Sharizat's house... and yet no arrest. Opps..ok ok ... only the reporters will be arrested for reporting.
Friday, September 26, 2008
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MPAJ officers tore down temple despite state govt saying no
By DHARMENDER SINGH, EDWARD RAJENDRA AND A. LETCHUMANAN
KLANG: The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) officers involved in tearing down a Hindu temple in Ampang acted against a state government directive not to destroy places of worship.
Ronnie Liu, who is chairman of the state’s local government, study and research committee, said the state had issued a directive to all local councils to halt action against places of worship when it came into power but the officers defied the order.
He said that in taking the action last month the officers also bypassed the committee on non-Muslim affairs headed by state executive councillors Teresa Kok, Dr Xavier Jayakumar and himself.
“I contacted the council president a day after the incident and asked him to investigate the matter and identify those involved,” he said.
“I was told that he has submitted a preliminary report to my office but I have not read it since I am away in China now so it would be unfair for me to comment further.”
Liu had said a day after the incident that he was upset with the council officers’ actions and threatened that they would face stiff action.
Meanwhile Human Resources Minister Datuk S. Subramaniam said the MIC was extremely disappointed with the state government and MPAJ for allowing the demolition to occur.
“If a temple needs to be relocated due to road expansion or some major development, it can be relocated with the agreement that a new place of worship be built,” he said.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has also condemned the demolition, saying that it went against the Opposition’s promise during the last general election not to demolish any temple.
“It is very uncaring of the local council to demolish the temple without first relocating it,” he said.
seals: MIC now you make noise when the state under PR, you had no guts to challenge when it was under BN. So you faced the ultimate defeat. And still had no guts to voice out, but making noise as it is a PR state.
I think action has to be taken against the MPAJ head who is responsible for this. Police report has to be made against him for the action that was made against the state government's directive. So that this will not repeat and all will be clear about the state government and PR's direction.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
By CHRISTINA TAN
KLANG: Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T. Murugiah has hit back at Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar for asking him not to “interfere” in his ministry.
Murugiah said he was surprised to hear such comments from a senior minister because he was merely doing his duty -- attending to complaints and solving problems.
“His statement asking me not to interfere in other people’s affairs is asking me and 270 staff in the Public Complaints Bureau to close shop.
“The bureau has received an average of 180 complaints about each ministry from January to August, and how can I do my job if I can’t ‘interfere’ in another ministry?” he said.
“The Public Complaints Bureau is above all ministries when it comes to handling complaints,” he said after visiting SJK (T) Batu Ampat in Jalan Kota Raja here on Thursday.
Syed Hamid was reported as saying that it was inappropriate for Murugiah to interfere in the affairs of another ministry.
He also said that Murugiah’s action in speaking on behalf of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok on complaints she was not served proper meals while in detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) was akin to being a “spokesman for the Opposition.”
Murugiah added that Syed Hamid should talk to him directly instead of making comments publicly.
“I’m trying to do something good for the general public, treating everyone fairly regardless whether the complaints are from the Government, the Opposition or members of the public.
“As a junior minister, I will always accept with a open heart if he (Syed Hamid) would like to guide me or show me the best way to do my job,” he said.
This is the second time Syed Hamid has hit out at his Barisan Nasional colleagues for “interfering” with his ministry.
Earlier this month, he slammed Barisan leaders for criticising his decision to detain three civilians -- including Kok -- under the ISA
seals: It is time for the juniors to teach the senior how to work and do things for the people. Not to dance to their own thoughts and wish. To follow law and listen to people.
Good job Murugiah....you have proven yourself to be a human who works on humanitarian grounds when it comes to your job.
PUTRAJAYA: It is inappropriate of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T. Murugiah to interfere in the affairs of another ministry.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Murugiah’s action in speaking on behalf of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok on complaints she was not served proper meals while in detention was akin to being a spokesman for the Opposition.
“What he has done is not right. I hope he knows how to look after his own turf. He should not interfere in other people’s affairs. That is not his work.
“If there is a problem, he should take the matter to the prime minister,” he told reporters after a breaking of fast with employees of the Immigration Department and orphans yesterday.
On Monday, Murugiah met Kok over her claims that while in detention, she was served meals which comprised just two boiled eggs, cucumber and gravy. - Bernama
IPOH: Perak Umno Youth wants the state Religious Department to act against Perak Tengah district councillor Zul Hassan and businessman Fairul Azrim Ismail after they admitted having accepted offers to have sex with Chinese nationals.
The department could take action against the two men based on their confessions contained in statements they made when lodging a complaint against one Mohamad Imran Abdullah, said Perak Umno Youth chief Zainol Fadzi Paharudin yesterday.
Zul, who is facing a corruption charge over a development project at Seri Iskandar in Perak Tengah, had lodged a complaint together with Fairul against Mohamad Imran on Tuesday.
Mohamad Imran is the complainant in a corruption case in which Zul and four others are the accused.
Zul had disclosed that an Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) officer claimed to have pictures of him having sex with a Chinese national.
He had been quoted as saying “what is important is we did not ask for the women. He supplied them to us. If people sedekah (donate), don’t you want to accept the sedekah?”
Fairul, who was picked up for questioning but later released on ACA bail, had admitted having had sex with a Chinese woman.
Fairul had also claimed that Mohamad Imran had organised and encouraged him into committing a sinful act by providing him with a woman from China at the Sri Sayang Apartment in Batu Feringghi in Penang on Aug 14.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
by Tan Yi Liang
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 23, 2008) : The High Court here today postponed to Nov 12 the habeas corpus application hearing of Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M.Manoharan to give him time to appeal to the Home Ministry to allow him to defend himself.
"He has been denied entry to this court as he has been declared a threat to national security by the Home Ministry. If Karpal Singh was allowed in 1987 to attend his detention hearings, why is it different now. For this reason, we ask for an adjournment because he has a right to appear," said Manoharan's lawyer S.R Sreedevi Naidu, who spoke to the press outside the courtroom.
"He should represent himself in this case. If Karpal was allowed to do so in 1987, we see no reason why he (Manoharan) shouldn't be allowed now. Karpal was also detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and declared a threat to national security," said Sreedevi.
Manoharan was elected a Selangor assemblyman in the March 8 general election while in detention in Kamunting. He was active in the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) and was detained last Dec 13.
DPP Abdul Wahab did not object to the request for postponement but pointed out that since the Home Ministry had already objected once to Manoharan's attendance, they saw no reason why he should appeal again.
Sreedevi then pointed out that Manoharan had also been denied his right to attend Selangor State Assembly sittings.
"There were sittings of the Selangor State Assembly on May 22, 23 and 26 as well as on Aug 20 and 22. He put in a letter to request that he be allowed to attend, but he was forced to put in the reason that he could not attend as 'he was on vacation'," said Sreedevi.
She said Manoharan risked losing his state seat as a result of his detention.
"If an assemblyman fails to attend State Assembly sessions for six months, the seat will be declared vacant, and a by-election will be called. This is why he was forced to say that he was on vacation," she said.
Manoharan's wife S.Pushpaneela said: "My husband is an elected representative. The detention is an insult to the voters."
Updated: 03:54PM Tue, 23 Sep 2008
by Maria J. Dass & Humayun Kabir
PETALING JAYA (Sept 23, 2008) : Holding inquiries into the misappropriation of funds and wrong doings in state governments is a waste of time and public funds, says People’s Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk M. Kayveas.
"While they may promote accountability and such, what have you seen achieved from inquiries held in the past?" he asked.
"Sure, it causes certain people some degree of public embarrassment, but that’s about it, because to reprimand them, one needs to go through the due process of a court of law," Kayveas said, citing recent inquiries which although drawing a great deal of attention, failed to bring the people named to book.
"What they are proposing is a toothless investigation and inquiry which will result only in exposing the wrongdoing but not bringing the culprits to book."
He was commenting on a report in theSun on Monday which quoted Selangor State Assembly Speaker Teng Chang Khim as saying the state government would draft legislation and amend the assembly’s Standing Orders to compel witnesses to testify where there is abuse of power.
Teng had said these were necessary in light of the difficulties faced in getting witnesses in the investigation into the operations of the Wives of Selangor State Assemblymen and MPs Charity and Welfare Organisation (Balkis), which had transferred out about RM10 million of its funds within days after the March 8 general election.
"There are proper legal procedures to follow if one feels there are elements of corruption and criminal breach of trust. One is more than welcome to report the matter to the police and the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA)," he said.
Abuse of power now takes place on a daily basis – in the form of sweets for MPs who cross over, free land for schools, free water, RM100 for (poor) families – the giver hoping to remain in power by being popular, Teng added.
In Ipoh, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said the state government is considering Selangor’s move to give its legislature more bite.
"The idea is good and we will discuss it in the weekly state executive council meeting on Wednesday. This will give more power to the state government to investigate allegations of misrule by any political party," he said.
Nizar told reporters this after handing out Hari Raya cakes to personnel of the state’s police, navy, air force and army at his residence yesterday.
Senior exco member Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, who was also present, said: "A comprehensive study of the legal implications must be conducted before such measures can be considered."
When contacted, Perak Health, Environment and Human Resources Committee chairman A. Sivanesan said Perak should adopt Selangor’s initiative because "we are also facing the same problem with Baiduri (the state association of Barisan Nasional assemblymen’s wives)".
In the last Perak State Assembly sitting in June, the Pakatan Rakyat government had raised questions on Baiduri’s activities and RM20,000 of state funds having been given to the association.
Nizar had also said that more funds could have been given to Baiduri, which has a fixed deposit of RM1 million and savings of RM300,000.
He had demanded Baiduri’s financial accounts, and state Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali had said the association would return only the sum given by the state government.
"The ACA or the police cannot investigate Baiduri as we have to prove corruption has occurred. Under the present system, we cannot force witnesses to come forward and testify on Baiduri’s affairs," Sivanesan said.
Newly-elected Selangor Gerakan chairman Kohilan Pillay described the state government’s initiative as moving towards greater transparency and accountability in the state’s administration.
"This will ensure accountability in decision-making and project implementation involving state funds," he said.
Kohilan, however, declined comment on investigations on Balkis, saying "the matter needs to be looked at thoroughly". -- theSun
Updated: 10:44PM Tue, 23 Sep 2008
seals: Till last PRU12 BN was too strong and no tough law was made to punish them by SACK, PRISON, SOCIAL SERVICE like SWEEP THE ROAD etc. It is time to change. Inquiries has to be done and followed with a police reports.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Health Ministry's list of safe milk products
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia, New Zealand, United States and Europe)
Enfalac Routine Infant Formula
Enfapro Routine Follow Up Formula
Enfagrow A+ Vanilla
Enfagrow A+ Original
Enfagrow A+ Honey
Enfakid A+ Original
Enfakid A+ Honey
Sustagen Junior Honey
Sustagen Junior Vanilla
Sustagen Junior Chocolate
Sustagen Kid Honey
Sustagen Kid Vanilla
Sustagen Kid Chocolate
Sustagen School Honey
Sustagen School Vanilla
Sustagen School Chocolate
Enfamama A+ Chocolate
Enfamama A+ Vanilla
Enfalac A+ AR
Enfalac A+ HA
Enfalac A+ Premature Powder
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia and New Zealand)
Mamex Gold Step 1
Dulac Infant Formula
Bebelac Step 1
Mamex Gold Step 2
Dupro Follow Up Formula
Bebelac Step 2
Mamil Gold Step 3
Mamil Gold Step 4
Dugro 1 Plus
Dugro 3 Plus
Dugro 6 Plus
Bebelac Kid Step 3
Bebelac Kid Step 4
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia, New Zealand, United States and Europe)
Nestle Yogurt Drinks
Nestle Bliss Zero Fat Yogurt Drink
Nestle Premium Fruit Yogurt
Nestle Natural Yogurt
Everyday Instant filled milk powder
Nestle Omega Acticol
Nesvita High Cal Non Fat
Nespray 1+ Original
Nespray 1+ Honey
Nespray 3+ Original
Nespray 3+ Honey
Neslac 1+ Original
Neslac 1+ Honey
Neslac 3+ Original
Neslac 3+ Honey
Milo range of products
Kit Kat range of products
Nestle Potong red bean
Nestle Milky Bar and Crunch
Mat Kool range of products
Nestle Tropicana Lime/Vanilla
Nestle Original Lime/Vanilla
Sundae cup KFC Vanilla
Nestle Sundae Cup Vanilla
KFC dessert orange sherbet
Nestle range of ice cream
Favorita range of products
Nestle Drumstick range of products
Maggi fixes and Maggi soup containing milk
Nestle Full Cream Milk, Low Fat Milk
Nesvita Hi Cal UHT
Nescafe 3 in 1
Nescafe Mocha Freeze
Nestle Prebio 1 (infant cereals with milk)
Nestle Teh Tarik
Nescafe Body Partners
Nestum Sarapan Berkhasiat
Nestum Cereals 3 in 1
Nesvita 3 in 1
Nestle Cereals (premium infant cereals)
Nescafe range of can drink products
Cap Junjung sweetened beverage creamer
Ideal Full Cream Evaporated Milk
Carnation Evaporated Creamer
(Milk ingredient sourced New Zealand)
Anlene Gold Milk Powder
Anlene Regular milk powder (plain/chocolate)
Fernleaf Kuat milk powder
Fernleaf Instant milk powder
Anmum Materna milk powder
Anmum Lacta milk powder
Anlene Concentrate UHT
Fernleaf Calciyum yogurt
Fernleaf full cream milk powder
Fernleaf growing up milk powder 1+
Fernleaf growing up milk powder 3+
Anmum growing up milk powder 1+
Anmum growing up milk powder 3+
Anmum Infacare infant formula
Anmum Infacare follow on formula
Chesdale slice cheese
Anchor cream cheese
Anchor mozzarella cheese
Anchor Colby Cheddar blend shred
Anchor processed cheddar cheese
Anchor whipping cream (UHT)
Anchor culinary cream (UHT)
Anchor full cream milk powder
Kilang Makanan Mamee
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia)
Nutrigen Cultured Milk
Nutrigen IQ3 Cultured Milk
Nutrigen Liteyo Yogurt Drink
Nutrigen Liteyo Stirred Yogurt
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Netherlands)
Frisolac 1 Gold
Frisolac 2 Gold
Dutch Lady UHT
Yes! Tutti Fruiti
Dutch Lady 2
Ace Canning Corporation
(Milk ingredient sourced from New Zealand)
Drinho Rose Bandung
Maestro Swiss Food Sdn Bhd
(Milk ingredient not sourced from China)
(Milk ingredient not sourced from China)
Malaysia Milk Sdn Bhd / Cotra Enterprise Sdn Bhd
(Milk ingredient sourced from Australia and New Zealand)
Vitagen cultured milk drink
Marigold HL Milk
Marigold Pasturised Milk
Marigold UHT Milk
Marigold Cream yogurt
Marigold Yogurt drink
Marigold sweetened condensed filled milk
Marigold sweetened creamer (from Singapore)
Vitagen Collagen cultured milk drink
Marigold sweetened creamer
Marigold evaporated filled milk
Marigold evaporated creamer
(Milk ingredient sourced from UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand)
Horlicks Malt Food Drink
Horlicks 3 in 1
Horlicks Instant cereal drink
By RASHITHA A. HAMID and DHARMENDER SINGH
KUALA LUMPUR: A Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department was shocked to learn that only RM4.50 per day is allocated for food to each detainee in the lock-up.
T. Murugiah said this was ridiculous, especially with the increase in the price of rice, petrol and other items.
The RM4.50 covers breakfast (60 sen), lunch (RM2) and dinner (RM1.90).
Murugiah said the allocation should be raised so that detainees could get decent food.
“A normal human being living in the city spends at least RM10 on meals a day,” he said after visiting the Travers police station here yesterday.
He visited the police station following complaints by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok about the food she was served during her detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
“Detainees should be treated with respect and given proper food,” said Murugiah.
He said he would ask the Prime Minister and Home Minister to revise the amount allocated per detainee.
“It is high time we increase the amount as I believe that it has been some time since the Government revised it,” he said, adding that foreign and local detainees should be treated fairly.
Murugiah, who is also the Public Complaints Bureau head, said he had investigated the matter and would leave it to the higher authorities to remedy the situation.
Murugiah had earlier met Kok for about an hour in her office at the state secretariat building in Shah Alam.
The meeting was to discuss the type of food Kok was served during her week-long detention.
Kok pointed out that she was wrongly quoted about the food served. She said she was served food which was slightly better than dog food and not that she was served food that was like dog food as published in a Malay newspaper.
“I am happy to see the initiative taken by the Deputy Minister in looking into this matter and I hope that conditions will improve.”
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin was served with an order last night that would see him detained in Kamunting for two years under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
The detention order was signed by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar last night.
He will be held without trial under Section 8 of the ISA, reporters were told by his lawyers, who were at the High Court hear to argue their habeas corpus application on Tuesday.
He was detained under the ISA on Sept 12. Two others detained that day, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Choon Heng, have since been released.
Raja Petra had filed a notice of motion through Messrs Mathews Hun Kandiah last Tuesday citing the grounds that his detention was unlawful and contravened the Federal Constitution.
His lead counsel at Tuesday's proceedings was Malik Imtiaz Sarwar. The Deputy Public Prosecutor was Abdul Wahab Mohamad.
The Court set Oct 28 to hear further submissions.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
By DHARMENDER SINGH
KLANG: The government will conduct a serious investigation into claims by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok that she was served food that was “almost like dog food” while detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T. Murugiah said he would personally meet with Kok soon to gather her input, and also visit the police station where she was held.
He said he wanted to know who bought the food, where it was bought, how much it cost, what the allocations are for meals for detainees, and what type of food is supposed to be served.
“I am shocked with Kok’s comments on the food she was given while in detention and I will be handing in a report on my findings to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister,” he told reporters after launching a football tournament between Tamil vernacular schools from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur here on Saturday.
He said anyone arrested should be treated with respect and given proper food, and if Kok’s claims were true then what was done to her was patently unfair.
Murugiah, who is also the Public Complaints Bureau head, said the comments also put the Government and the police in a bad light.
“The Government’s credibility has been damaged and I want to solve the problem as well as ensure there is no such recurrence in the future,” he said, adding that he was upset with the entire episode.
By Opalyn Mok
GEORGE TOWN(Sept 19,2008): A group of 'concerned' Malaysians have lodged a police report against Parti Keadilan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for causing uneasiness amongst the people with his repeated statements on a change in government.
One of them, Wan Abidin Zain, 45, told reporters gathered outside the George Town police headquarters in Jalan Patani that Anwar's repeated actions and statements on a change in government have had the people worried.
"He is threatening the stability and peace of the country with his repeated allegations of a change in government," he said.
Wan Abidin, who is believed to be an Umno member, said the police report is not made because of political differences.
"We are all lodging this report against Anwar as concerned Malaysians who are worried for the stability and peace of the country."
He added that Anwar is being immoral and irresponsible for issuing such statements.
The group of about 25 men, believed to be Umno members, lodged the police report about 2.30pm on Friday.
Updated: 05:22PM Fri, 19 Sep 2008
PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry has yet to receive a reply from the Suara Keadilan newspaper to its show-cause letter issued last Friday for breaching publication guidelines.
The ministry’s secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said the two other newspapers, Sin Chew Daily and theSun, which were also issued with show-cause letters, had responded.
“Until this (Friday) afternoon, Suara Keadilan had still not replied to us. Perhaps their letter will reach us later, failing which, we will take the necessary action,” he told reporters after handing over charity contributions to 289 low-income staff of the ministry by its minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, here.
Last Friday, in issuing the show-cause letters to the three publications, the ministry gave them one week to respond.
Suara Keadilan received the letter over an article, quoting sources, which alleged that Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan had become paralysed after his bypass surgery.
Meanwhile theSun was issued a show-cause letter for allegedly manipulating and highlighting sensitive issues, and Sin Chew Daily for highlighting the controversy over the alleged racist statement by former Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail against the Chinese.
Under the law, the Home Minister has the discretion to suspend or cancel their publication permits if the newspapers fail to give a satisfactory explanation.
Meanwhile, Syed Hamid said he had not gone through the reply letters of two of the publications.
“But at the end of the day, I think the most important thing is for everyone to behave responsibly. All of us need to contribute to the well-being of our society in exercising our freedom,” he said. -- Bernama
seals: Show-cause letters for highlighting the controversy over the alleged racist statement by former Bukit Bendera Umno division chief, no action for the one who said it. Which one is more serious? What no police/ISA action against him?
Friday, September 19, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament Karpal Singh has filed an RM10mil suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Sdn Bhd over a defamatory article in its Malay daily Utusan Malaysia regarding his purported comments on Islam.
The writ of summons was filed at the Civil High Court registry in the Jalan Duta Court Complex today through his law firm, Karpal Singh & Co.
In his statement of claim, Karpal, who is also a lawyer, claimed the article entitled DAP diingat jangan bakar perasaan Melayu (DAP reminded not to inflame sentiments of Malays) published on Aug 25, had stated that he made the comments on Islam in his welcoming speech at the 15th DAP National Congress held on the previous day.
He claimed the defamatory words were understood to mean, among others, that Karpal was a politician bent on creating ill-will among the different communities in the country, was absolutely false and malicious and were intended to destroy his professional and political careers.
The DAP national chairman said he had consistently maintained in his public speeches and during his membership of Parliament in the Dewan Rakyat for the last 26 years that Islam was the official religion of the country as provided under Article 3 (1) of the Federal Constitution.
Karpal said he gave notice to Utusan for retraction and apology without prejudice to his right to commence legal proceedings against the Bahasa Malaysia daily newspaper.
He stated that it would be in Utusan’s best interests to comply with his demand for mitigation purposes on damages which could ultimately be ordered against the newspaper by the court.
He said Utusan complied with his demand and had published an article entitled Ralat on Aug 26, retracting and giving its unconditional apology to him and accepted that the words complained of, had no basis.
Karpal noted that the publication of the defamatory words by Utusan on the eve of the polling day of the Permatang Pauh by-election parliamentary seat was to defame him in his capacity as a Pakatan Rakyat coalition leader, with a view to ensure that de facto Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lost in the by-election.
He sought RM10mil in general damages, aggravated damages, exemplary damages, interest, costs and any relief deemed proper by the court. -- Bernama
seals: Teach then a lesson Tiger
KUALA LUMPUR: Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was released from detention under the Internal Security Act at about 1pm on Friday.
Her father Kok Kim Tong and mother Poh Seh Kwon were at the Jalan Travers police station here when she was released.
“I am happy that I have been released and I’m okay,” she told reporters gathered at the police station.
“I do not know why I was released today, just as I do not know why I was detained,” she added.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said that Kok had been released at 1.30pm after investigations showed there was no reason to detain her any further.
"She has released unconditionally," he added.
Kok, 44, later Friday told a press conference at the DAP headquarters in Petaling Jaya that she would sue Utusan Malaysia and its columnist Zaini Hassan over articles written about her.
She also said she would sue former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo over his statements about her.
Kok said that throughout her detention, she was repeatedly asked three questions:
1. Whether she had mobilised a group of residents at Bandar Kinrara to present a petition to oppose the Azan at the Bandar Kinrara mosque;
2. Whether she had made a statement that 30% of the allocation for the Selangor Religious Department should be given to other non-religious bodies;
3. whether she was opposed to Jawi wordings in road signages in Kuala Lumpur.
Kok also said that the police never explained to her why she had been detained.
"I kept asking why I had been detained but the police never told me why,” she added, saying that she gave her full co-operation to the police during her eight-day detention.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and DAP leaders showed up in full force for the press confenrence.
The Kinrara assemblyman and senior Selangor state executive councillor was detained one week ago, together with Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng.
Tan was released after 18 hours.
Kok was detained because she was considered a potential threat to national security for "racial incitement" after she was accused of petitioning a mosque to reduce the volume for azan (the call to prayer), something which she had vehemently denied.
The accusation surfaced in a Sept 10 article in Utusan Malaysia quoting former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.
The accusation was refuted by the Kinrara mosque committee chairman and Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah had lodged a police report against Dr Mohd Khir on this issue.
Kok also lodged a police report against the Malay daily, its columnist Zaini Hassan and Dr Mohd Khir.
“I believe one of the excuses for my ISA detention is in relation to that article and I place Utusan Malaysia, Zaini Hassan and Dr Mohd Khir Toyo responsible for my arrest,” she had stated in her police report.
On Monday, Kok filed a habeas corpus application in the High Court for her release citing that her arrest and detention under the Internal Security Act was unlawful.
Sankara said then that the court had fixed Sept 23 for hearing but said they would apply for Sept 22 instead as he had another case and Karpal Singh would be in East Malaysia on that date.
seals: I don't the questions to be relating to INTERNAL SECURITY. Another blunder? There are many other Acts that can be used, as Zaid said.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claims he sent a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday requesting him to call an emergency Parliament session no later that Sept 23 to deliberate on a vote of no-confidence against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s leadership.
The letter was jointly signed by him as the PKR leader, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, he said at a press conference at the PKR headquarters here Thursday afternoon.
“We will convene an emergency meeting if there is no response from the Prime Minister.
“And we won’t reveal the 31 names (of the MPs crossing over) unless the Prime Minister categorically assures that MPs are given their chance to appear (in Parliament) next Tuesday (Sept 23) to give their vote in the motion of ‘no-confidence’ against the PM,” he added.
Anwar also did not discount the possibility of seeking an audience with the King as one of the options Pakatan would take if Abdullah fails to convene an emergency Parliament session.
He added he found the Prime Minister’s comment that he was a threat to national and economic security as “reckless and irresponsible in light of the disastrous outcome of last Friday’s ISA raids.”
When asked if he was concerned about being arrested under the ISA, Anwar said there was no reason why he should be arrested.
“Furthermore, the PM and Home Minister have assured there would be no more arrests,” he said.
The Opposition leader and Permatang Pauh MP also told reporters that he has been in touch with SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
The Sabah party announced on Wednesday that it was pulling out of Barisan Nasional but would not be joining Pakatan Rakyat.
Yong had said SAPP would remain independent in the Opposition bench until a time came when the party was ready to be back in government.
On Tuesday, Anwar claimed that he had enough lawmakers to form a new government but has officially delayed the takeover deadline.
He said he was prepared to delay the deadline in the interest of a smooth transition of power.
He said he was also ready to show Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the list of Barisan Nasional MPs defecting over to Pakatan Rakyat should Abdullah grant him a meeting.
“The numbers are increasing by the hour, but as of now, it is in excess of 31 MPs, This is not empty talk. I am fully responsible for my statement but we have choose to be patient and use the conciliatory way,” Anwar had told a packed press conference at the PKR headquarters.
The Opposition Leader said he would even give Abdullah the list of names of Barisan MPs wanting to defect at their meeting.
“I am appealing in the name of political stability and smooth transition. It will be preposterous for the Prime Minister to deny me this meeting. He has no choice but to negotiate since we have the numbers,” said Anwar.
Asked why he still refused to give the exact number of defecting MPs, or their names, Anwar replied there was fear the MPs would be detained or harassed.
Pressed for a deadline for the meeting, Anwar said he did not like to give any ultimatum but it should be within these few days or other options would be considered.
Asked if he would seek an audience with the King and present himself as commanding majority in Parliament, or would he seek a no-confidence motion against Abdullah at the next Parliament sitting in October, Anwar was non-committal and said such options would be discussed at the highest leadership level in Pakatan.
Full statement by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim:
Today Pakatan Rakyat leaders have submitted a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to call an emergency session of Parliament to deliberate a motion of censure against the leadership of YAB Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi no later than Tuesday 23 September 2008.
This is in accordance with Order 11(3) of the Standing Orders of Parliament and warrants an immediate response given the gravity of today’s political impasse. A delay in his response would be interpreted as nothing short of a further sabotage of the democratic process and abuse of Executive Power.
The Prime Minister’s haggling on the syntax of our first letter is puerile at best. The intent of our meeting as described in that letter was clearly to discuss the future course of the nation’s leadership – though in deference to his position and in accordance with acceptable norms we remain considerate and polite in our approach.
I find the Prime Minister’s comment about me in his press conference yesterday to be reckless and irresponsible in light of the disastrous outcome of last Friday’s ISA raids.
He has conflated what is essentially an issue of democracy, freedom and the rule of law with national security. The use of the ISA to harass and detain duly elected political opponents is a grave transgression of the law and its continued use would further erode confidence in the current government and exacerbate political instability.
As the incumbent Prime Minister actively holding office and exercising all Executive powers, and as the outgoing Finance Minister, we hold him fully accountable for the current political turmoil and mismanagement of the nation’s economy. His accusation that I have had an adverse impact on the nation’s economy is entirely without basis.
I have met with the key fund managers in the region, representing over US$1 trillion in assets, and on multiple occasions they were unanimously in support of comprehensive reforms in Malaysia including judicial independence, a free media, a more professional police force and anti-corruption agency, investor friendly laws and assurances on the non-interference of politicians in the governance of Bank Negara. These are policies Pakatan Rakyat has promised to implement– and initiatives that the current administration has done virtually nothing to advance since March 8th.
PUTRAJAYA: PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is a threat to national security and the economy due to his lies, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
He said the Opposition Leader had spread false information overseas about the country’s economic stability to the extent of investors reporting that Malaysia was not a good country to invest in due to political instability.
“The country still receives foreign direct investments and is one of the countries which foreigners want to invest in. Even our competitiveness ranking improved from 23rd to 19th position.
“So what is he saying? He is exploiting the trust the people have in him by saying all these, which is not helpful,” he said, adding that although there was no tremendous economic development, the country still had made significant progress.
Speaking to reporters at his office with his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak seated beside him, Abdullah said Anwar ignored positive developments in the country.
Asked how the Government would act, Abdullah said he could not say yet but gave an assurance that any action would be in the best interest of the people and country.
On Anwar’s letter to him, Abdullah said it only touched on national security, the leadership and problems on morality and politics and did not mentioned anything about the transfer of power to the Opposition.
“He had stated that his letter mentioned about the transfer of power and asked that emergency rule not be invoked but these were not mentioned in the letter that I received,” he said, adding that Anwar was confusing the public.
Abdullah reiterated that he would not meet Anwar because his letter had not stated the issues he wanted to discuss.
Najib, who also chairs the Cabinet Committee on Investment, said the investment rate this year was higher than last year and revealed that the Government had approved two big investment projects yesterday.
“We know that Anwar is not able to deliver a lot of his promises and will continue to lie to the people on the contents of his letter to the PM, so please don’t hold to his promise too much,” he said, hoping that the people would not be victims of his “game”.
On the drop in oil prices in the world market, Abdullah said it was good but added that Petronas’ revenue would also drop.
seals: does this means ..........
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has claimed that more than 31 Barisan MPs have agreed to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat.
He, however, refused to reveal the names of the 31 MPs.
Anwar told a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya on Tuesday that he would give the list of the names to the Prime Minister, when he meets him.
The Permatang Pauh MP also claimed that the transition to the new Government has been delayed a few days pending the meeting with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition.
He said it was up to Abdullah to agree to the meeting and its date.
Anwar said that in a letter submitted to Abdullah on Monday, Pakatan had made four demands to ensure a smooth transition:
1) That Barisan does not hinder or prevent the MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independentjudgement;
2) That the Barisan government should not invoke the Internal Security Act to detain the MPs or any other current Pakatan MPs;
3) That the Barisan government does not invoke emergency laws or police powers or suspend the Constitution or dissolve Parliament; and
4) That the Barisan government shall not impose roadblocks or impede MPs from going to Parliament or any institution of government.
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is sticking to his decision to resign as de facto Law Minister despite the Prime Minister rejecting his resignation.
He told a press conference here Tuesday morning that he was disappointed.
Zaid says he is disappointed.
The Senator also said he has not made a decision on leaving Umno and joining PKR. He, however, said he would keep an “open mind”.
Zaid submitted his resignation letter to the Prime Minister on Monday but it was rejected.
In his letter, Zaid enumerated his frustrations in achieving the reforms he had been tasked with doing; the straw that broke his back was the arrest of three civilians under the Internal Security Act on Friday. Zaid — who was unsuccessful in meeting Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi earlier — tendered his letter of resignation as minister to the Prime Minister’s office before 2pm.
However, he was later called to a meeting at Seri Perdana with Abdullah from 3pm to 5pm.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister rejected his letter and told him to take two weeks’ leave instead.
Later in Kuala Terengganu, Abdullah confirmed receiving Zaid’s letter but declined to give further details as he had yet to see the letter.
He also claimed that PR leaders have written to the prime minister to "seek peaceful and orderly power transition".
Speaking to about 15,000 people at the PR Malaysia Day celebration at Kelana Jaya Stadium, Anwar declared: “We confirm that we have the numbers for 916 (Sept 16) tonight, and tomorrow it is d-day. We are ready to form the government.
“We want the transition to be done peacefully, and the PR leaders have written a joint letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi seeking an immediate meeting and asking to address two urgent matters -- to release all political detainees and to discuss the smooth transition of power."
Anwar said "this is a change the Malaysian people have been pushing for".
He criticised the recent detentions under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and praised de facto law minister Datuk Zaid brahim for "taking a stand against the detentions by stepping down from his position".
Anwar also asked all Malaysians to fly the Malaysian flag today and wear red arm bands to show their solidarity.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar told the rally: “We hope that after 51 years of independence and the 45 years after the formation of Malaysia, there will be changes with the formation of the new government.”
DAP veteran and Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang said Malaysia Day should reflect the freedom of the country but this was not so with the detention of the three people under the ISA -- Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, and Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng, who was released a day later.
Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohammad said the rally went on smoothly and there was no untoward incident, except for cases of vehicles obstructing traffic, which were issued with summonses.
Present at the rally were Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Keadilan president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, Selangor executive councillors Elizabeth Wong, Dr Halimah Ali, Rodziah Ismail, Ronnie Liu and Dr Xavier Jayakumar, and representatives from several NGOs.
By SHAILA KOSHY
KUALA LUMPUR: Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who submitted a letter resigning as Minister, did not want to be a liability to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Umno.
He expressed this concern Monday in his letter of resignation, saying his views were often at odds with the those of the administration.
Abdullah confirmed in Terengganu last night that he had received the letter, rejected it and told Zaid to take off work for two weeks.
In his letter, Zaid expressed his concerns with how some of his more important recommendations had been received in Cabinet and with certain government actions, the latest being the arrests under the Internal Security Act last Friday.
On Sunday, Zaid had called for a press conference in his home state of Kelantan and railed against the use of the ISA against civilians, adding he was willing to resign for his views.
The maverick lawyer and outspoken former Kota Baru MP had not been fielded as a Barisan Nasional candidate in the March general election.
When Abdullah appointed Zaid as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department responsible for judicial and legal reform on March 18 the public took it as a sign the Prime Minister was committed to rebuilding public confidence in a judiciary that has had its integrity seriously questioned following the 1988 judicial crisis.
It was just last Tuesday that the de facto law minister announced he might soon become a full-blown Law Minister with the requisite authority and responsibility to help him effect legal reform.
“In fact, my own position will be reviewed to Minister of Law to give me more authority but that will take time.”
Zaid has had a bumpy six months in achieving his goals, not from want of passion or trying though.
The following were some of his recommendations for reform and their status:
*APOLOGY and restitution for the judges sacked or suspended in the 1988 judicial crisis - no apology from Government but awarded ex-gratia payments to the judges involved;
*SETTING up a Judicial Appointments Commission - although it was announced by Abdullah at a public dinner in April the proposal has been delayed following objections from certain Cabinet members; and
*RESTORATION of Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution relating to civil and syariah jurisdiction to its original wording - rejected because of objections from some Cabinet members and the Attorney General’s Chambers although the Chief Justice said the judiciary was in favour of such an amendment.
After he was sworn in as Senator, Zaid had told reporters he believed Abdullah’s confidence in him “was based on his will to have a transparent judiciary that will not give the people any doubt.”
“The prime minister spoke to me and he told me there is a need for justice, a reform of judiciary and to make sure that the rule of law stays. I understood that and I promised him that I will do that.”
And in an interview in Sunday Star on April 20 Zaid had emphasised he would not become a “minister who has abandoned his principles.”
On whether he believed he could effect change from within the Cabinet when even the Prime Minister was struggling to change the “third world” mentality in the Government hampering his plans for greater transparency and accountability, Zaid had replied:
“I believe the Prime Minister wants to bring change and so I believe I will be successful. Change takes time. Minds take time to change. Things are not as bad as they were. We just need more commitment.”
Yea and nay
Zaid should be applauded for holding on to his principles and resigning following his criticisms against the recent use of the ISA, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said in KUALA LUMPUR.
“We welcome his resignation. He is the first minister who resigned not because of corruption or private scandals, but for holding on to the principles of Rukun Negara -- which is respecting the rule of law, human rights and upholding the Federal Constitution.
“We hope Barisan Nasional under Abdullah learns from this,” he said, FLORENCE A. SAMY reports.
Lim urged the public to stand by Zaid who “is willing to give up his position because of his principles.”
“We also call on other Ministers and Barisan leaders who criticised the ISA to emulate Zaid’s move and resign as a matter of principle,” he added.
The call for others to resign was echoed by independent MP Datuk Paduka Ibrahim Ali in KOTA BARU, who said that others who disagreed with the use of the ISA should follow Zaid’s footsteps.
The Government cannot function effectively if some members do not toe the line, Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim, the Pasir Mas MP and a former ISA detainee, also proposed that to prevent the ISA from becoming politicised, an impartial committee should be formed to determine if the Act should be invoked.
The committee can be co-chaired by the Inspector-General of Police and the Chief Justice, while its members should also include representatives from the National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam).
Monday, September 15, 2008
Open Letter to the Minister for Internal Security and Home Affairs – YB Datuk Syed Hamid Albar
September 15, 2008
YB Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar
Kementerian Hal Ehwal Dalam Negeri, Malaysia
Blok D2, Parcel D
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
YB Datuk Seri,
Administrative detentions without trial of:
Raja Petra Kamaruddin – blogger
Tan Hoon Cheng – journalist
Teresa Kok – Member of Parliament and State Legislative Councilor
The arrests and detentions without trial and the circumstances leading to the same of the abovenamed three under the Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA) on Sept. 12, 2008 are a source of grave concern for the rule of law and democratic values in Malaysia. All three are reported to have been detained under Section 73 (1) of the Act for purposes for police inquiry on grounds that there were reasonable cause to believe that they were acting in a manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia. Under the same Act they can be detained for 60 days thereafter you as Minister could sign a detention order for further detention up to 2 years which could further be renewed. All such detentions are without trial and without any form of judicial supervision.
A further cause for concern is over the show cause letters sent to three newspapers by your Ministry to explain within one week for manipulation of sensitive issues, reporting a racially sensitive statement made by a politician belonging to the dominant political party currently in control of the government and for reporting that the present Inspector General of Police had been "paralysed" after undergoing a bypass surgery. Those notices were served on the newspapers under the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984, a legislation for annual licensing of newspapers by the Executive.
Obviously if their explanations are not found satisfactory by you the annual licenses issued for these newspapers would be revoked. The decision to revoke is final and under the Act cannot be questioned "by any court or any ground whatsoever". Service of such notices leaves a chilling effect on freedom of the press.
With regard to the arrests and detentions in the case of Raja Petra Kamaruddin, there are two charges for sedition and criminal defamation pending against him for the very news items posted in his blog. Without awaiting the trials on these charges detaining him administratively would be seen as interfering into the due process of the court and prejudging the criminal charges and could amount to contempt of court. Such detention could also be seen as preventing him from adequately preparing his defences to the two criminal charges.
In the case of journalist, Tan Hoon Cheng, though it is a relieve that she has since been released after 18 hours of detention yet to subject her to such arrest and detention under the ISA for having recorded and reported accurately in the newspaper what is now alleged to be sensitive is beyond belief. What is of serious concern was the person who uttered the alleged sensitive remark, Datuk Ahmad Ismail, is currently under investigation for sedition. To date, it is reported that the police had not completed their investigations. Yet how in the interim the journalist who reported could be a threat to the security of the State is most puzzling. How did the police come to believe that she could be a threat to State security when the investigations were incomplete? Your clarification at your press conference on Sept. 13 that she was detained partly because of "alleged threats on her personal safety" is untenable. A country where the government has been resisting legislation to provide whistle blowers protection could resort to arbitrary detention under such a draconian legislation to provide such protection is shocking indeed.
Why the journalist who merely recorded and reported the statement was subjected to such detention when the person who uttered the statement is still not charged under the Sedition Act is yet to be explained. Your contention is that Datuk Ahmad has been suspended for three years from his political party meant that action has been taken against him. This is most unsatisfactory. The suspension from his political party was an internal party procedure. No action as yet has been taken against Datuk Ahmad by the State for an offence against the State. In any event the fact that UMNO (the political party) suspended him must necessarily mean that what she reported was true and correct.
In the case of Member of Parliament, Teresa Kok’s detention, you were reported to have said in the press conference that "She started a very sensitive issue with the question of the ‘azan’ and it should be stopped". She vehemently denied these allegations from the beginning and from media reports of various persons including the mosques concerned there appears abundance of evidence to support her denial. Yet todate no action seems to have been taken against the former Chief Minister of the State of Selangor, Khir Toyo, who lost his seat and his government in the March 8, general elections. It was he who made the allegations against her which were reported in a vernacular newspaper. Should he not be investigated for the offence of false news under Section 8(A) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 if not detained under the ISA?
The newspaper which originally published the news too may have committed the same offence. It is learnt that a police report has been lodged against Khir Toyo. What is the state of the investigations? Why detain Teresa Kok in the interim?
These latest developments are reminiscent of what happened in Malaysia in 1987 when 106 were detained under this draconian legislation and four newspapers banned. Those detentions led in the following year to the government’s assault on the independent judiciary. It is also reminiscent of how internal dissensions within the dominant political party in power spilled over to violations of human rights and fundamental liberties and rule of law in the nation with the guardian of these values namely the judiciary severely damaged and still not recovered.
There is something most unsettling over the conduct of the police on the investigations of the police reports lodged and the selectivism applied in the actions taken thus far.
As I mentioned in my earlier letter addressed to you on March 24, 2008 regarding the continued detention of the five Hindraf leaders under the ISA detention without trial offend the first principle of the rule of law.
I urge you to without delay take appropriate action to release Raja Petra and Teresa Kok from detention. I also urge you to withdraw the three show cause notices served on the newspapers
I am copying this letter to the Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth in which bodies Malaysia is much involved. It is to bring to their attention the fragility of the rule of law in Malaysia and how it is deteriorating. With these developments Malaysia’s role in these bodies is tenuous. I hope Malaysia is called upon to account for the violation of the rule of law, human rights and democratic values before these bodies. The Malaysian government must be ashamed of itself. The developments must be a source of embarrassment to YB Dato Seri Mohd Shafie Aqbal who only in August was elected Chair of the EXCO of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy
(former UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges & Lawyers)
Updated: 06:32PM Mon, 15 Sep 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, (Sept 15 , 2008): Seputeh Member of Parliament Teresa Kok Suh Sim filed a habeas corpus application at the High Court here today seeking her release from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
A notice of motion was filed at the High Court criminal registry at about 12.40pm via Messrs S. N. Nair.
Her lead counsel, Karpal Singh, told reporters that a certificate of urgency was also filed to get an early date for the hearing of the application.
Among the grounds given were that Teresa's arrest and detention were unlawful and had violated the provisions of Section 73 (1) of the ISA and Article 5(3) of the Federal Constitution.
The certificate also stated that the arrest was done in a cavalier and irresponsible manner and was made mala fide.
It added that her detention was done with political intent, was arbitrary and without grounds.
In the notice of motion, she named the arresting officer, DSP E Kim Tien, as the first respondent and the Inspector-General of Police as the second.
Teresa was arrested in front of her apartment at OUG Heights, Old Klang Road, at about 11.20pm last Friday while returning home after attending a function.
In an afidavit affirmed by her father, Kok Kim Tong, 74, he said the arrest was made without basis, was illegal and unlawful.
He alleged that there was no proper preliminary investigation with regard to the acts as alleged in the grounds of arrest, where the arresting officer acted in a casual and cavalier fashion without due regard to the truth of the allegations againts the applicant.
Kim Tong said Teresa denied all the allegations made against her and the authorities of the respective mosques had also denied that she was involved in the said allegation.
He said there is no factual matrix for his daughter's arrest and detention under the ISA.
In a related development, another counsel, S. N. Nair, told reporters that he had sent a letter of demand to the Malay daily, Utusan Malaysia, for an apology for the libellous article published by the daily on Sept 10 over the azan issue.
He said Teresa directed him to take legal action against the daily last Tuesday. He sent the letter today and would file the suit if the daily failed to respond within 24 hours.
Nair said the allegations against Teresa in the said article were absolutely untrue and malicious.
On the issue of access to Teresa, Nair said he received a letter from Royal Malaysia Police secretary Datuk Azian Yahya today stating that Teresa's counsel could meet her on Wednesday.
He said the letter, which was faxed to his office, did not mention the time and only stated that he was to contact ACP Tan Kim Bong for further information. -- BERNAMA
By SHAILA KOSHY
KUALA LUMPUR: De facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim has submitted his resignation letter to the Prime Minister.
However, it is known yet whether Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has accepted Zaid's resignation.
According to sources, the senator tendered his letter of resignation to the Prime Minister's office just before 2pm on Monday.
Zaid could not be reached for confirmation.
The former Kota Baru MP was not fielded to stand in the March 8 general election.
Following the general election, however, Abdullah appointed him a Senator and a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
In announcing his new Cabinet on March 18, Abdullah said that Zaid would be responsible for legal matters and take on the role to reform the judiciary.
It was only last Tuesday that Zaid said he might soon become a full-blown Law Minister with the requisite authority and responsibility to help him effect legal reform.
“In fact, my own position will be reviewed to Minister of Law to give me more authority but that will take time. You can’t have responsibility without authority,” he had said then.
However on Sunday, Zaid broke from rank to say that the use of the Internal Security Act against civilians was wrong, adding that he was prepared to resign over the issue.
seals: What is the message when the De facto Law Minister who was appointed to clean up and reform the judiciary resigns?
Monday September 15, 2008
PETALING JAYA: Ministers and party leaders within Barisan Nasional have lashed out at Friday’s ISA arrests.
Some have gone as far as to call for the Act to be comprehensively reviewed, while others maintained that the draconian law is still relevant but should never be abused or used against civilians.
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said MCA felt that if the ISA was really necessary, it must only be invoked in the most extreme cases.
Otherwise, he said, the Act would be a threat to the rule of law and the fundamental liberties as enshrined in the Constitution.
“In fact, even the drafter of the ISA, the late Prof R.H. Hickling, had said the Act was only intended against communist insurgents and those bent on armed struggle.
“If at all national security is threatened, there must be strong evidence to show that. Otherwise, such detainees should be charged in an ordinary court of law and there are sufficient laws for this purpose,” he said.
MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Tee Keat said he felt that the Act should be “comprehensively reviewed”.
“We need to review this Act comprehensively to see its relevance today,” he said.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Samad said it was necessary to retain the Act but it should be used wisely.
He said he had never asked for it to be abolished or reviewed as it was still needed here.
“It is still necessary but it should be used with care.”
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the arrests of reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin had put the Government in a bad light.
“For any arrest there must be a reason and it must be clearly explained to the public,” he said.
MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn criticised Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar’s explanation on the detention of Tan, who has since been released.
He said Syed Hamid’s explanation — that her arrest under the ISA was because her life was under threat — was “totally unacceptable.”
“It was a feeble attempt to justify the use of the ISA on Tan. By detaining her under the ISA, police have turned her into a victim of circumstances,” Dr Fong wrote in his blog www.fongchanonn.com.my yesterday.
Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai called for the ISA to be reviewed so that it would not be abused by any quarters to undermine national unity, security and stability.
Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said Gerakan had called for the amendment of the ISA but not its abolition.
He said the Act should be used only when dealing with national security and not against journalists carrying out their duties.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the Government should be sensitive to the feelings of the people and not be blind to the fact that a significant proportion of the rakyat abhor the ISA and would prefer it not to be used.
“Every time somebody is arrested under the ISA, it gives rise to a perception that the Government is doing it because it is not able to charge and convict the person under existing laws,” he said.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said some aspects of the ISA ought to be subjected to intermittent review but its function to prevent occurrences that divide the community should be respected.
seals: I think the use of ISA should be signed by a committee who has no political influence
I have just read and signed the online petition: "Free Teresa, Abolish ISA!"
To: All Malaysians & Friends
The Barisan Nasional Government has on the 12 September detained Member of Parliament for Seputeh, state assemblywoman for Kinrara as well the senior state executive councillor for Selangor, without trial under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA).
She has been accused of stirring up racial sentiments by instigating residents to petition against mosques in Kinrara and Kota Damansara to lower the volume of their speakers. Teresa has denied these allegations and both mosques have already come out to deny these accusations. She has already threatened to sue Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, the former Selangor Menteri Besar and Utusan Malaysia for making and publishing these unfounded allegations.
The arrest of Sdri Teresa Kok, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the Hindraf 5 as well as others is hence arbitrary, high-handed and a mockery of democracy. By labelling Teresa and others as threats to national security without any shred of evidence is a travesty of justice and a gross violation of human rights.
The petitioners hence resolves that the BN government should not use draconian powers under the ISA to cling on to power and demands the immediate and unconditional release of Teresa, Raja Petra, the Hindraf 5 and other detainees. In addition, we the petitioners demand the immediate repeal of the ISA to prevent abuses that oppresses the fundamental liberties of each and every Malaysian.
I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you mightagree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and considersigning yourself.
The SUN Reported: Khir, journalist, have seven days to apologise to Kok
SHAH ALAM (Sept 10 2008) : Former Selangor mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and an Utusan Malaysia journalist have been given seven days to retract accusations against Kinrara state assemblywoman Teresa Kok and to apologise to her.
(part of the news)
Taking questions from an Utusan Malaysia reporter on whether she had problems with a mosque near her home, Kok said: "My home is near the masjid and I have no problems with this.
"State executive councilor for health, estate, workers, poverty and caring government Dr Xavier Jayakumar said: "We take these allegations seriously."As far as Selangor is concerned, we expect a retraction and apology in writing to us within seven days.
If not, the state government will initiate legal action against Utusan Malaysia and the writer over this article, which is without credit and not factual," he said.
In a statement to the media, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s political secretary, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, said Kota Damasara mosque committee member Ustaz Hassan Basri had confirmed that the matter was a non-issue.
With above it is clear that :
1. Arrest was based on the bloggers posting and Utusan.
2. There was no report made against her at that time
3. She has cleared her standing and demanded apology
4. The state government has said "If not, the state government will initiate legal action against Utusan Malaysia and the writer "
5. Kota Damasara mosque committee member Ustaz Hassan Basri had confirmed that the matter was a non-issue
6. I saw news paper reported that says "Police Reports made aginst her" on Sept 14. That means Arrest first then make police report?
Hope police comes with a clear clarification.