Nazir Razak’s call for consultative council gets thumbs up

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Civil societies and politicians are in support of Datuk Seri Nazir Razak’s proposal for a national consultative council. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, October 6, 2015.

Banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak’s proposal for a national consultative council (NCC) to chart a new future for Malaysia has received support from members of civil societies and politicians from both sides of the divide.

The brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in a speech at the Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s megatrends 2015 forum yesterday, said social and economic re-engineering was needed so that Malaysia will not “lose the international economics game”.

The CIMB Group chairman’s proposal for NCC harks back to the time when Malaysia grappled with the aftermath of race riots in May 1969 by forming such a council to help steer the country back to normalcy.

NCC had been set up by Najib and Nazir’s father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who was then deputy prime minister.

Civil society leaders and politicians today gave the thumbs up to Nazir’s proposal, with some expressing optimism that this was what Malaysia needed. Read more

Raja-raja Melayu mahu siasatan 1MDB selesai secepat mungkin

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Raja-raja Melayu menggesa kerajaan segera menyelesaikan siasatan 1MDB dan mengambil tindakan tegas terhadap mereka yang berkaitan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 6 Oktober, 2015.

Raja-raja Melayu mahu kerajaan menyelesaikan secepat mungkin siasatan berkaitan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) dan mengambil tindakan tegas sewajarnya terhadap pihak-pihak yang terlibat.

Dalam satu kenyataan, baginda sekalian menegaskan semua pihak bertanggungjawab untuk memberi kerjasama yang sebenar dan jujur agar usaha serta maksud siasatan tersebut berjaya.

“Penemuan siasatan ini hendaklah dilaporkan secara lengkap dan telus supaya rakyat dapat diyakinkan akan keikhlasan kerajaan yang sama sekali tidak akan melindungkan fakta dan kebenaran,” menurut kenyataan itu.

Kenyataan dikeluarkan Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad berikutan mesyuarat Pra-Majlis Raja-raja yang diadakan di Istana Negara hari ini.

Ia berkata: “Kegagalan memberikan penjelasan dan jawapan yang meyakinkan, dikhuatiri mengakibatkan berlakunya krisis keyakinan. Read more

Malay rulers want 1MDB issue settled soonest

Source: The Malaysian Insider

he Malay rulers have released a statement urging the government to complete the probe into 1MDB and take the appropriate stern action against those found implicated. – Reuters filepic, October 6, 2015.

The Malay rulers want the government to complete the investigation related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) as soon as possible and take “the appropriate stern action” against all found to be implicated.

In a statement, they said that all concerned should extend “real and sincere” cooperation for the investigation to achieve its objectives.

“The findings of the investigation must be reported comprehensively and in a transparent manner so that the people will be convinced of the sincerity of the government which shall not at all conceal facts and the truth.”

The statement was released by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, after the pre-council meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara today. Read more

Tale of two Sarawak settlements a test of promise to natives

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Kampung Muk Ayun in Bengoh, Sarawak, surrounded by land belonging to the local Dayak community for many generations. – The Malaysian Insider pics by Seth Akmal, October 6, 2015.

About 45 minutes from Kuching are two Bidayuh settlements whose stories reflect how critical the growing land rights movement is towards securing a better future for Sarawak’s tribes.

The tale of how the villagers of Upper Bengoh stood up for their land rights is being repeated across Sarawak and could challenge a key promise made by new Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem as he tries to get his first electoral mandate in state elections due early next year.

Adenan has promised to do more to protect ancestral land claims, or Native Customary Rights (NCR) land, a key issue among the Dayak community who are the biggest bloc of voters in Sarawak.

But as seen in the story of two settlements – one that chose to stay put on their land and another that accepted the state government’s compensation – this promise is being tested. Read more

Malaysia hanya setuju, bukan sah sertai TPP – Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff

Sumber: Sinar Harian

Dr Mohammad Agus

SHAH ALAM – Pensyarah Sains Politik Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) , Profesor Madya Datuk Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff menjelaskan, Malaysia belum terkesan dengan tindakan kerajaan memuktamadkan Rundingan Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPP), semalam.

Agus berkata,  ini kerana kita baru memuktamadkan persetujuan dan kesediaan kita untuk menyertai TPP,  ujarnya, memuktamadkan persetujuan belum bererti Malaysia sah akan menyertai TPP dan terikat dengan persetujuan tersebut.

“Semalam TPP ini telah dimuktamadkan oleh kesemua 12 negara yang terlibat. Saya lihat ramai yang bimbang dengan hal ini. Dua faktor utama yang menyumbang kepada kebimbangan ini. Pertama, risau sekiranya kita akan berada di bawah telunjuk Amerika Syarikat. Kedua, risau kerana kandungan dokumen TPP tersebut tidak didedahkan kepada umum terlebih dahulu.

“Namun , sebelum TPP dikuatkuasakan, terdapat dua peringkat lagi yang perlu dilalui. Pertama, kerajaan perlu mendapatkan kelulusan kabinet atau parlimen. Dalam hal ini, kerajaan telah berjanji akan membawa hal ini untuk kelulusan parlimen.

“Kedua, sekiranya parlimen meluluskan persetujuan ini, maka kerajaan perlu meratifikasikannya. Selepas meratifikasikannya, barulah kita terikat dengan perjanjian ini. Jadi, sebelum sampai kepada proses kedua dan ketiga tersebut, sekaranglah masanya untuk kita menyatakan pandangan,” katanya dalam laman rasmi Facebooknya, hari ini. Read more

No use for TPPA debate in Parliament now – MTEM

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Malay Economic Action Council CEO Mohd Nizam Manshar says the group is unhappy over Putrajaya not debating the TPPA in Parliament before the conclusion of the trade talks. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 6, 2015.

There is no point in debating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Parliament, a Malay business group said today, as criticism poured in over the huge United States-sponsored trade deal which includes Malaysia and 11 other countries.

The Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM) said the terms of the pact can no longer be changed after the contents of the TPPA were agreed to yesterday by the 12 nations after a round of marathon talks in the US.

MTEM chief executive officer Mohd Nizam Mahshar said Putrajaya’s promise to the public that the TPPA could be debated in Parliament now rang hollow after Putrajaya agreed to its terms.

“It has not been signed yet but the negotiations and content have been concluded.

“This means there can be no more changes to the agreement, whether Parliament agrees to it or not,” said Nizam.

What was left, he said, was whether Malaysia would sign on to the agreement or reject it in total without signing it.

But there was a catch: “No country has ever walked out – not to sign an agreement after negotiations (are) concluded…” Read more

Nik Nazmi didakwa bawah akta sama untuk kali ketiga

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Adun Seri Setia Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad didakwa buat kali ketiga mengikut pertuduhan sama di Mahkamah Sesyen Petaling Jaya, hari ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Afif Abd Halim, 6 Oktober, 2015.

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Seri Setia Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad didakwa buat kali ketiga mengikut pertuduhan yang sama kerana pelanggaran Akta Perhimpunan Aman (PAA) 2012 di Mahkamah Seksyen Petaling Jaya, hari ini.

Exco pendidikan Selangor itu didakwa semula mengikut Seksyen 9(5) PAA kerana gagal memberi notis kepada polis daerah dalam tempoh 10 hari yang diperlukan bagi penganjuran perhimpunan ‘Black 505’ di Stadium Kelana Jaya pada 8 Mei, 2013.

Ia susulan keputusan dramatik Mahkamah Rayuan mendenda Setiausaha PKR Johor R Yuneswaran sebanyak RM6,000 kerana gagal memberi notis dalam tempoh 10 hari bagi penganjuran Black 505 tersebut.

Peguam Shahredzan Johan yang mewakilinya mempersoalkan dakwaan kali ketiga anak guamnya itu yang menurutnya tidak mengikut perlembagaan.

“Mengikut Artikel 7(2) suspek yang didakwa tidak boleh disabitkan semula untuk pertuduhan sama.

“Ia seperti ‘double jeopardy’ atau pendakwaan berulang kali,” katanya kepada pemberita di luar bilik Mahkamah Seksyen Petaling Jaya. Read more

Federal Court rules Sedition Act constitutional, UM’s Azmi Sharom to stand trial

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 6 — Universiti Malaya law lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom lost today his constitutional challenge against the Sedition Act 1948 and will have to stand trial for issuing an allegedly seditious remark.

In dismissing Azmi’s bid, the Federal Court ruled this morning that the British-enacted law remains a constitutional and valid piece of legislation.

It also ruled that Section 4 of the Sedition Act under which Azmi was charged is constitutional.

“In short, we hold that Section 4(1) does not run counter to Article 10(2) of the Federal Constitution,” Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said when reading out the judgment.

The five-man panel headed by Arifin includes Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Tan Sri Abdull Hamid Embong and Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar. Read more

Nazir Razak calls for new platform to map a new future for Malaysia

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Speaking at the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak says the country needs to urgently address issues affecting the socio-economy of the country. – Pic courtesy of Khanazah Nasional, October 6, 2015.

Banker Datuk Seri Nazir Razak has called for the formation of a national consultative council (NCC) to draw up a much needed social and economic re-engineering plan to chart a new future for the country.

“To borrow a leaf from history, let us once again bring together the best and brightest of Malaysians to huddle and deliberate our options,” he said referring to the NCC that was formed after the 1969 race riots.

Nazir said this when delivering a luncheon address at a closed door session at Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s megatrends 2015 forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He said the NCC should be inclusive, its deliberations wide ranging and it must be led by someone or a group with the moral authority “to bring the good and the great to the table for the sake of the nation’s new future”. Read more

Amerika Syarikat, 11 negara Asia Pasifik meterai TPPA

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Biarpun terdapat bantahan terhadap Perjanjian Kerjasama Trans-Pasifik (TPPA), namun 12 negara yang diketuai Amerika Syarikat bersetuju untuk memeterai perjanjian perdagangan itu hari ini. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 5 Oktober, 2015.

Amerika Syarikat, Jepun dan 10 negara lain di rantau Asia Pasifik hari ini mencipta sejarah apabila memeterai perjanjian bagi mengurangkan halangan perdagangan barangan dan perkhidmatan serta menetapkan peraturan komersial dua per lima daripada ekonomi global, kata pegawai, menurut laporan.

Menurut akhbar The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), pegawai kanan negara yang terlibat dijangka mengumumkan perkara itu pada sidang media di Atlanta, hari ini.

Bagi Amerika Syarikat, Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPPA) membuka pasaran pertanian di Jepun dan Kanada, mengetatkan peraturan harta intelek bagi memberi manfaat kepada syarikat teknologi dan mewujudkan 1 blok ekonomi yang padu untuk menyaingi pengaruh China di rantau ini.

Perjanjian itu adalah satu kejayaan bermakna buat Presiden Amerika Syarikat Barack Obama yang melihatnya sebagai perangsang kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi, meningkatkan industri berdaya saing dan menyatukan negara Pasifik yang dengan aliran pemikiran yang sama ketika China – bukan sebahagian daripada blok ekonomi itu – mengamalkan postur ekonomi dan ketenteraan yang lebih menonjol di rantau ini. Read more