MACC nabs five Felda senior execs

Source: The Star Online

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

The Felda logo is seen at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, December 28, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has nabbed five high-level personnel from Felda under its Ops Caviar over alleged corruption.

The five were detained by MACC between 11.30am and 1.30pm in several locations around the Klang Valley on Tuesday.

All five are believed to have abused their positions in the company for personal gain since 2014.

It is learnt all five are being investigated in relation to a sturgeon fish rearing project worth about USD$10mil (RM47.6mil).

They will be remanded in a Putrajaya court on Wednesday to assist investigations into the case.

MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the arrests and seizures of documents in relation to the probe.

The 2015 Auditor-General’s Report (Series 2) stated that no feasibility study and due diligence was undertaken by Felda prior to a sturgeon-rearing and two other projects, costing the agency millions in losses.

 

Stop bulldozing Orang Asli rights, respect court verdict

Source: FMT News

C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel slams Kelantan forestry department for ignoring court ruling denying bid to dismantle blockade.

C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel slams Kelantan forestry department for ignoring court ruling denying bid to dismantle blockade.

PETALING JAYA: The Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4) has called into question the Kelantan government’s understanding of a recent court verdict that the Orang Asli are rightful owners of their land.

Condemning the state forestry department’s move yesterday morning to break down blockades set up by the native occupants in the interiors of Gua Musang, and arresting 5 Orang Asli leaders, C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel accused state authorities of being confused over what the court ruling meant.

“Wasn’t it just last week that the courts ruled clearly that the Orang Asli are the rightful occupiers of the land their blockades are set up on, and thus have control of the area? Read more

Most kids can already speak Malay, Chinese groups say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

DAP vice-chairman Teresa Kok said UUM professor Datuk Zainal Kling’s proposal violated the Federal Constitution, as fluency in the national language was not stated as part of the requirements for citizenship. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

DAP vice-chairman Teresa Kok said UUM professor Datuk Zainal Kling’s proposal violated the Federal Constitution, as fluency in the national language was not stated as part of the requirements for citizenship. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — Ethnic Chinese groups and political parties have criticised a proposal to deny identity cards to children who do not understand Malay, saying that the current generation already knows how to speak the national language.

Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazong) deputy secretary-general Datuk Chin Yew Sin said, however, that it was not easy to make it mandatory for Malaysians to be fluent in Bahasa Malaysia as mastery of the language depended on whether one frequently interacted with those who speak it.

“These days, children in primary schools can speak Bahasa Malaysia. I don’t think it’s a problem,” Chin told Malay Mail Online.

Fluency in the language, however, could be difficult, he said.

Chin said even though Bahasa Malaysia is taught in all schools, including Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools, students in the latter two would generally speak to each other and with their families at home in their mother tongue. Read more

PAS meets church reps over Hadi’s Bill

Source: The Star Online

Pic from the Star Online.

Pic from the Star Online.

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Several PAS leaders held a meeting with representatives of the Catholic church and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) here to discuss the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355).

PAS interfaith coordinator Abdul Rahman Kassim said those present were PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, Roman Catholic Bishop of Penang Datuk Rev Sebastian Francis and social activist Anil Netto.

He added that the meeting was a courtesy call by Tuan Ibrahim to show respect to the other religions and to foster better ties.

“We discussed a bit on PAS’ proposed amendments to Act 355 and explained the reasons we wish to push it forward.

“The church expressed concern over the amendment, we answered their questions and assured them that there was no need for non-Muslims to be worried,” Abdul Rahman said after the one-hour meeting at the St Anne’s Church here on Sunday. Read more

Lawyer: EC breached constitutional duty by breaking up Selangor’s multiracial communities

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Picture shows a map of redelineated constituencies on display at the Selangor EC office September 15, 2016. — Picture by Kamles Kumar for the MMO.

Picture shows a map of redelineated constituencies on display at the Selangor EC office September 15, 2016. — Picture by Kamles Kumar for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — The Election Commission (EC) failed its constitutional duty by not considering the breaking up of multiracial communities in Selangor as a result of its proposed bid to redraw voting boundaries, the High Court here was told.

Derek Fernandez, a lawyer representing the Selangor state government, pointed out the EC’s obligations under the Federal Constitution to consider the “maintenance of local ties” when carrying out redelineation exercises.

“I would submit if it’s accepted or found that voters have been moved on the basis of their race and political affiliations and the communities are broken up, multiracial communities are no longer the same as before…it’s a matter that ought to have been considered by the EC,” he said. Read more

Selangor redelineation defective as EC ignored latest voter list, court told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — The Election Commission’s (EC) failure to use the latest available electoral roll for its proposed redrawing of voting boundaries in Selangor has made its entire redelineation bid unconstitutional, the High Court here was told today.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had in a court document said that the entire redelineation exercise is “defective as it is not based on the current electoral roll”, pointing out that the EC would have used inaccurate information for its proposal to redraw voting boundaries within Selangor. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had in a court document said that the entire redelineation exercise is “defective as it is not based on the current electoral roll”, pointing out that the EC would have used inaccurate information for its proposal to redraw voting boundaries within Selangor. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the MMO.

Lawyer Datuk Cyrus Das noted that the Federal Constitution required the EC to use the “current electoral roll” for its proposed redelineation exercise in Selangor, arguing that this would be the most recent record of registered voters in the state.

With the electoral roll updated on a quarterly basis every year, he noted that the EC chose to only use the “principal electoral roll” which ended on the last quarter of 2015, instead of also including the “supplementary electoral roll” of the newly-registered voters for the first quarter of 2016.

This is despite the most updated version — the additional electoral roll of voters that were registered by the end of the first quarter of 2016 — was already gazetted in July 2016, he said.

He pointed out that this list of additional voters was published two months before the EC announced its proposed redelineation exercise for Selangor on September 15, 2016.

“What EC has done is they have used principal electoral roll for the year 2015 for purposes of redrawing boundaries in 2016, ignoring the supplementary electoral roll and so that is the basis on which defeats at first glance the use of the phrase ‘current electoral roll’.

“It’s our submission that therefore the Election Commission has acted ultra vires of the 13th Schedule (of the Federal Constitution),” he said when arguing the EC had acted beyond the boundaries in the Constitution. Read more