#UndiRosak campaigners targeted by vicious cyber attacks

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Social activists propagating the #UndiRosak (spoilt votes) campaign are being attacked in cyberspace by those who disagree with the controversial campaign.

“Whore”, “slut” and “toilet paper” are just some of the sexist remarks disgruntled netizens on Facebook are hurling at activist Maryam Lee after she and several others spoke at a forum on the #UndiRosak campaign on Jan 25.

After the forum, a Pakatan Harapan supporter posted on Facebook and alleged that Maryam had been hired to promote the #UndiRosak campaign as a ploy to help Barisan Nasional win in the coming general elections.

His post started a flood of attacks on Maryam from angry Opposition supporters, with some even superimposing images of her face on lewd photos.

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DAP: New army camp being built in Hisham’s constituency

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP’s Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong today accused Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein of lying when he denied that an army camp was being built in his Sembrong constituency in Johor.

Liew said the camp was under construction in Paloh, a state seat within the Sembrong constituency.

“He is clearly lying because there is an army camp being built in his constituency,” he said in response to Hishammuddin’s denial that army camps were being built for political purposes.

Hishammuddin, who is also an Umno vice-president, was quoted yesterday as saying that if the allegation was true, he would have ordered an army camp to be built in Sembrong.

“As the defence minister, I would do a camp in my area first,” he told reporters at the opening of the refurbished Kompleks Mutiara Armada navy camp.  Read more

BN to consider upping quota for women senators if it wins big in GE14, says PM

Source: The Malaysian Insight

THE Barisan Nasional government will consider increasing the quota for women representatives in the Dewan Negara if it gets a strong mandate in the 14th general election, said Najib Razak.

Speaking at the Women in Politics Kuala Lumpur 2017 conference, the prime minister said the BN government must get the required vote majority if such changes were to be made.

“If we get the required majority in the next general election, we could impose a quota for the upper house, that it must comprise no less than 30% of women senators,” he said when officiating at the international conference, held in conjunction with this year’s Umno General Assembly. Read more

Sarawak will defend native customary land rights

Source: FMT News

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg - Pic taken from FMT News

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg – Pic taken from FMT News

LUNDU: Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has given his assurance that the state government will continue to defend native customary rights (NCR) land.

He said this when reading the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto for the Tanjong Datu state by-election at its launch here today.

At a media conference later, Abang Johari, who replaced the late Adenan Satem as the new chief minister 28 days ago, said the state government would study in depth the land issues related to pemakai menoa (territorial domain) and pulau galau (communal forest reserve).

Asked to comment on Ba’kelalan state assemblyman Baru Bian’s statement that the Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau Committee should also comprise representatives of NGOs, Abang Johari said he was open to views on the issue.

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Compulsory to support Syariah Bill

Source: Borneo Post

KUCHING: All MPs of Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties have to support the proposal by PAS to upgrade the Syariah courts when it became a government Bill as the federal government has taken it up.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had pledged at the Umno general assembly that the federal government would take up the Bill following discussions with the Islamist PAS.

The compulsory support of BN MPs for the Bill was stated by Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Ahmad Maslan   during the Umno Overseas Club annual general meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

In a report by Malaysiakini, the Pontian MP said several BN parties had opposed the private member’s Bill because it was tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

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Time for Malaysia’s Najib to Step Aside

Source: The Diplomat

The premier needs to give his country a much-needed respite.

Prime Minister Najib Razak insists he will cooperate with international authorities charged with investigating a massive misappropriation of funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), saying he is equally concerned about good governance.

But if he was serious – and believed his own sermons about the strength of Malaysia’s governance – then he would listen to pro-democracy advocates, like Bersih, and live up to the best of democratic traditions by standing aside until investigations are completed.

“We are equally concerned about good governance in Malaysia and the rule of law,” the prime minister recently told journalists. “So within the bounds of good governance and the rule of law, Malaysia will do its best to cooperate and to do whatever is necessary.”

Rarely has any regional leader come under attack for such a sustained period amid a raft of controversies linked to stolen money, murder, international finance, and military contracts. Read more