Khazanah, Petronas mostly ‘exempted’ from TPP, says minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Malaysian state fund Khazanah Nasional and state energy firm Petronas will be largely exempted from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regulations, as Malaysia is ready to allow some exceptions, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today.

Malaysia was one of 12 nations that finalised the trade pact with the United States. The TPP aims to liberalise commerce across nations accounting for 40 percent of the world’s economy but still needs ratification by each country.

It was not immediately clear how Khazanah and Petronas would be exempted, or what exceptions might be made, with discussions to be held with company boards in coming days. Parliament will debate the TPP after it reconvenes on October 19. Read more

38 NGO kecam penahanan Khairuddin bawah Sosma

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Presiden Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam) Datuk S Ambiga bercakap pada sidang media di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 7 Oktober, 2015.

Sebanyak 38 badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) hari ini mengecam tindakan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) menahan bekas naib ketua Umno bahagian Batu Kawan Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan mengikut Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-langkah Khas) 2012 (Sosma).

Presiden Persatuan Kebangsaan Hak Asasi Manusia (Hakam) Datuk S Ambiga yang mewakili NGO terbabit menyifatkan tindakan tersebut tidak wajar dan mendakwa penahanan Khairuddin melanggar peruntukan di bawah Sosma itu sendiri.

“Kami sangat bimbang dengan penyalahgunaan Sosma,” katanya pada satu sidang media di Dewan Himpunan Cina Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor, hari ini.

Katanya, ketika Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) digubal, ia dijanjikan hanya akan digunakan terhadap komunis.

“Tetapi berapa banyak kali janji itu dimungkiri.

“(Sekarang) Seksyen 4(3) Sosma ada menyebut tiada orang boleh ditahan semata-mata kerana kepercayaan atau aktiviti politiknya.

“Kita tak tahu kenapa Khairuddin ditahan. Itu satu penahanan yang salah,” kata Ambiga. Read more

Anti-terror law used to strike fear in Umno members, says Saifuddin

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah speaks during press conference protesting against the abuse of the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, October 7, 2015.

The detention of a former Umno man under an anti-terrorism law for speaking up against Datuk Seri Najib Razak and 1Malaysia Development Berhad is meant to strike fear in other members of the party, said Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Saifuddin, a former Umno Supreme Council member, said the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) was used against former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chairman Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan as he had been a politician from the ruling party.

Saifuddin also wondered if the preventive detention law would be used against Najib’s critic, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“I’m not saying that if he (Khairuddin) wasn’t from Umno, that he would not be subjected to Sosma.

“That he is from Umno and top leaders from Umno want to make sure he shuts his mouths to strike fear in Umno members. So that you guys better zip your mouth,” Saifuddin said today at a press conference organised by activists to condemn the abuse of Sosma. Read more

Putrajaya to sign TPPA only after Parliament approves, says Mustapa

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya has yet to sign the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today, adding that it must be endorsed by Parliament first.

Mustapa said he wants to present the government’s case on the trade pact to Members of Parliament when it reconvenes for its third meeting on October 19.

“We want to go to Parliament and debate. We will make a decision in Parliament – that means based on votes,” Mustapa said in a press conference on TPPA in Putrajaya today.

He said he had already met the minister in charge of parliamentary affairs Datuk Seri Azalina Othman to give him priority to present Malaysia’s position on the TPPA to the Dewan Rakyat at the coming meeting. Read more

Fate of TPPA may depend on the people

Source: The Star Online

Time for FeedbackREMEMBER the Employees Provident Fund’s proposal to raise the age for full withdrawal of a contributor’s savings from 55 to 60? As soon as that idea was floated in April this year, people were eager to give their views.

About 96,500 EPF members responded to an online survey ran by the fund over two weeks to gauge their receptiveness to this idea and other new measures.

More than half of this number was achieved within the first two days, prompting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to describe it at that point as “already the largest ever public consultation carried out”.

And the result? An overwhelming majority of the respondents (94.4%) want the withdrawal age to stay at 55. And so it remains that way.

Malaysians need to again speak up in big numbers. Actually, they should always be ready to do so, but this time, there is a particularly strong reason – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Read more