Labuan’s poor economy due to waste, rampant corruption, says PKR

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

Labuan PKR chief Simsudin Sidek says official figures on poverty do not reflect real situation on ground.

KOTA KINABALU: The expanding rich-poor gap among the people in Labuan is due to the current government’s system that encourages resource leakage, wastage, corruption and unbridled cronyism, claims PKR.

Labuan PKR chief Simsudin Sidek said the situation worsened when the government decided to implement the goods and services tax (GST) which caused prices of consumer goods to rise suddenly.

Simsudin said it was maddening that the government continued to claim that the country was almost free of poverty when in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, the poverty rate was still high.

In truth, he said, the government had still failed to address inequality and poverty in these states.

He said Sabahans, Sarawakians and Labuanites were marginalised although the nation had rapidly developed and, by right, every citizen should be able to enjoy the country’s wealth.  Read more

After husband shot by cops, widow urges independent probe

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

PERAK 20-12-2017.An emotional R.Vaijentimala pleaded for justice, as Marimuthu’s shooting had placed her nine-month old daughter and herself in a desperate situation. MALAY MAIL/Farhan Najib

IPOH, Dec 20 — The widow of a man shot by Perak police in Air Kuning, Tapah last May urged today for an independent investigation into the shooting that killed her 41-year-old husband.

R. Vaijentimala, 41, wanted a murder investigation launched into what she believed to be the wrongful shooting of her husband M. Marimuthu on May 24 2017.

To this end, she lodged a police report at the Ipoh police district headquarters earlier today, accompanied by her family and her lawyers N.Surendran and Latheefa Koya.

Surendran said that the family’s questions were based around the trajectory of the bullets which entered Marimuthu’s body.

He claimed the official post-mortem report contradicted Perak police chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan’s account of the shooting.

“Hasnan was quoted in the press saying that the suspect exited his car and fired at police, who then retaliated by shooting him twice in the chest,” he told reporters outside police headquarters.

“However, the post mortem report states that one of the bullets entered his body at a downward 40 degrees angle.”  Read more

‘Separate law needed to protect foreign maids’

Source: The Star

The Star

Das: The current Employment Act does not fully apply to foreign workers.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaganita has called for a separate legislation to protect the rights of foreign ­workers, saying the current Employment Act does not have the provisions to do so.

Tenaganita director Glorene Das said incidences of abuse among domestic workers were on the rise due to existing loopholes in the Act.

“For example, a labour inspector cannot enter the private domains of a house to inspect how domestic workers are doing.

“That is why a separate legislation with proper terms and conditions are needed,” she told ­reporters at an event to mark International Migrants Day.

“After studying the current Employment Act, we realised that it does not apply fully to foreign ­workers,” she said.

Das praised the Government’s efforts to introduce the system to hire maids directly online, as it would eliminate middlemen in the process.

“Tenaganita supports direct ­hiring because domestic workers are better protected and there will be more accountability since the employer will be hiring directly from the Government,” Das said.  Read more

Klang MP calls for inquiry into custodial death case

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Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Klang MP Charles Santiago has called for an official inquiry into alleged police negligence following the death of a detainee while en route to hospital for medical treatment yesterday.

Ganeshwaran Gunasigeren, 29, had been arrested for allegedly breaking into a factory in Bukit Tinggi.

Santiago said he was calling for the inquiry given the contradictory statements by the South Klang police chief and Ganeshwaran’s mother, in the interest of public accountability and good governance.

He said Ganeshwaran’s mother had disputed the police statement which claimed there were no signs of discomfort when Ganeshwaran was transported to Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, and that he was “looking healthy and talking normally”.  Read more

30% Club makes progress in bid to have more women on corporate boards

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The Malaysian Insight

The 30% Club is intensifying efforts to have at least one woman director on all-male boards, particularly the top 100 companies out of the 923 listed on Bursa Malaysia, by next year. – EPA pic, December 19, 2017.

THE Malaysian chapter of the 30% Club, a group driving a business campaign to increase women’s representation on corporate boards, made good progress this year, said founding chairman Zarinah Anwar.

Since its launch in Malaysia in May 2015, the 30% Club’s initiatives, such as the Business Leaders’ Roundtable, mentoring programmes and the placement of women directors, had yielded positive results, she said in a statement today.

Zarinah said the 30% Club was intensifying efforts to have at least one woman director on all-male boards, particularly in large market capitalisation or the top 100 companies out of the 923 listed on Bursa Malaysia, by next year.

The 30% Club also aims to help Malaysia achieve 30% women’s representation on public-listed corporate boards by 2020, as more qualified women make themselves available for board appointments.

“We are seeing more boards acknowledging that gender diversity makes good business sense,” said Zarinah.  Read more

Bar: Non-binding Asean consensus on migrant workers a concern

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar says it is concerned that an agreement among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for its 10 member states to uphold foreign workers’ rights in their respective countries is not legally binding.

In a statement in conjunction with International Migrants Day today, its president George Varughese said the Bar welcomed the adoption of the Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers on Nov 14.

“However, we are concerned that the Asean Consensus is non-binding, and implementation of the articles is subject to national laws, policy and regulations of Asean members states, which are, as they stand at present, inadequate to protect the rights of migrant workers in the region,” he said.  Read more

Foreign workers to be eligible for private healthcare insurance

Source: The Star

IPOH: Foreign workers will be eligible for private healthcare insurance from next year onwards under the Government’s non-profit health insurance scheme, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said.

He said it would be the first target group to have the healthcare insu­rance, and therefore they would be the target group first.

Dr Subramaniam said for the next phase, the ministry would go for other groups.

“We will grow at a pace that we are comfortable with to ensure the success of the initiative.

In May this year, Dr Subrama­niam said that the scheme was aimed at ensuring the cost of private medical treatment in the country remained reasonable and affor­dable.

He said that the Cabinet had approved the scheme and preparations were ongoing, as the ministry would need initial funds to launch it.

Dr Subramaniam said the ministry was also looking at a mechanism under the scheme, where purchase of healthcare services from the private medical sectors could be at a reasonable cost.  Read more

Youth can be a political force without relying on parties, claims movement

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Wan Hamidi Hamid (second right) moderating a forum titled ‘Dear Political Dinosaurs, Why You Still Around? Kthxbai’ with panellists (from left) Dr Teo Lee Ken, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and Izzah Dejavu at Petaling Jaya, Selangor, last night. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, December 17, 2017.

MALAYSIA’S youth can be a viable political force without relying on political parties in spite of their historically low turnout at the polling booth.

A youth movement made this claim amid concerns that young adults are either not registered to vote or will opt not to cast their ballots in the 14th general election.

“Politicians on both sides fail to provide a narrative. Youth feel we need to create a new Malaysia that is just. We want marginalised voices to be heard,” Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, a 34-year-old lawyer told a forum in Petaling Jaya last night.

“Nobody cares when we talk about voting, for example. Voting can be a means to change something but we cannot (limit) our humanity to the voting status,” she said at the forum, entitled ‘Dear Political Dinosaurs, Why You Still Around?’ which was organised by Malaysia Muda.

Fadiah spoke of disillusionment with leaders from both sides of the political aisle.  Read more

Employers must allow female staff 90 days maternity leave

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Private sector employers could be prosecuted if they dismiss female staff who took 90 days maternity leave, warned the deputy minister of human resources. — AFP file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — Private sector employers can be investigated and prosecuted if they dismiss female staff who take 90 days maternity leave.

Deputy Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib said such action was in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Constitution that everyone had equal rights including employment.

“Although there is no specific clause stating that private sector employers cannot terminate the service of a female worker for taking 90 days maternity leave, we have to uphold the principle law which is the Federal Constitution.

“Employers cannot terminate the service of female workers when they become pregnant; these women have contributed much to help their companies to thrive.  Read more

Moderate Muslims should sue Jakim for defamation, says G25

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

G25 member Noor Farida Ariffin takes Jakim to task for using public funds to sow discord among Muslims and Malaysians of other faiths, in her keynote address at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall’s civil society awards ceremony tonight. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, December 12, 2017.

RISING intolerance and extremism in Malaysia’s Islamic bureaucracy are threatening the peace and harmony of the country, said G25’s Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin.

Citing the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) as an example, Noor Farida said the religious department has shown intolerance of moderate Islamic NGOs such as G25, the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), Ikram, and Sisters in Islam, while political party Amanah has been accused of being “liberal” and a “threat” to Islam and the country’s sovereignty in a booklet produced by Jakim’s research arm.

She said the booklet titled “Martabatkan Islam di Malaysia”, published by the Malaysia Islamic Strategic Research Institute (Iksim), also accused DAP leader Hannah Yeoh of being an evangelist out to make Malaysia a Christian state. Read more