KUALA LUMPUR: The rule of the Umno-led Barisan Nasional looks set to be extended for many years to come if the Umno-PAS alignment works, according to an editorial in the East Asia Forum.
However, this portends ill for the non-Malay minorities and liberal Muslims, as Umno, increasingly dependent on PAS, dances to the latter’s tunes, it says.
The editorial of the East Asia Forum, which is based in the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, says Najib Razak will almost certainly survive the 1MDB scandal unscathed if Umno’s understanding with PAS holds and its manoeuvring to drive a wedge between the opposition parties continues to succeed.
“Decades of institutional degeneration under Umno rule, and the concentration of power in the office of the prime minister, has seen Najib able to swat away any domestic attempts to hold him to account for his role in the 1MDB affair. The unfortunate importance of identity politics in shaping voter behaviour also helps insulate him from much of the electoral backlash.” Read more →
Taylor’s University had explained that it cancelled LGBT awareness event at its campus because the organisers did not obtain its approval. — AFP pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 ― PAS Youth asked today whether its former ally DAP supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement, pointing to one of its members’ involvement in a now-cancelled public awareness campaign.
The Islamist party wing also urged Muslims to question whether Opposition pact Pakatan Harapan can ensure the “strength and sanctity” of Islam.
“PAS Youth questions if DAP too approve of the LGBT considering the involvement of Subang DAP Socialist Youth’s organising secretary in Pelangi Campaign? Read more →
DAP’s Lim Guan Eng says his party’s lawmakers will reject the Bill if it comes up for voting. — Picture by KE Ooi for the MMO.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 – DAP today accused Barisan Nasional (BN) of deceiving its member parties after the government deferred its matters in Parliament, letting PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang table his Bill to raise Shariah punishments.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng expressed surprise over the development, despite BN leaders saying the Bill would be tabled in the current session.
“We can see that whatever promises made by BN to MCA, MIC, and Gerakan are false promises,” Lim said.
Lim did not elaborate on these “promises”.
BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak previously said the coalition was no longer taking over Hadi’s Bill as there was no consensus among its components to do so. Read more →
DAP MP says inquests have not been able to resolve the problem as deaths in lockups have continued to take place this year. Pic from FMT News.
KUALA LUMPUR: Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo has taken the Home Ministry to task for failing to fulfil its promise to ensure that no new deaths in custody take place.
He said the ministry had assured that it would ensure such incidents do not recur, but they have been continuing this year.
“From the point of view of law every death in custody should have an inquest. But when inquests are held, they do not resolve the problem,” he said.
“There were assurances that close-circuit television cameras would be installed (in lockups), but the deaths still occur and inquests do not change anything,” he added when debating the Royal Address in the Dewan Rakyat today.
“The ministry has failed because it had promised that this issue will not happen again.”
Gobind added that people are unconvinced when the police conduct investigations on deaths allegedly perpetrated by their own officers.
He said to address this issue, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) should be given the power to lay charges and prosecute. Read more →
Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching regrets that the opposition has been kept in the dark about the bill to address sexual crimes against children despite requests by the opposition to be included in preparing the bill. Pic from FMT News.
PETALING JAYA: A new bill to address sexual crimes against children must include a ban on child marriages, DAP said today.
In a statement, DAP assistant national publicity secretary Teo Nie Ching applauded Prime Minister Najib Razak’s announcement of the bill, which will be tabled in the current session of Parliament.
However, she said, the party was in the dark over whether the bill would also address the issue of child marriage.
Last October she had requested Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said to include opposition MPs in the preparation of the bill but this was not done.
Teo said many opposition lawmakers had been campaigning for a more stringent and comprehensive law to address crimes against children. She said the war against sexual grooming was apolitical, and that opposition MPs should be included in consultations over the bill. Read more →
KUALA LUMPUR: The fact that the former second finance minister had to ask parliament 1MDB-related questions suggests that only the prime minister has all the answers on the state investment firm.
Commenting on Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah’s 1MDB-related queries in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, DAP lawmaker Tony Pua said he found it strange that the former minister had to raise the matter in parliament.
“Wouldn’t he have known all the facts as he was the second finance minister during the time? Does this mean that he was never even briefed about 1MDB?
“1MDB seems to be a top secret operation that only one person in the cabinet knows, the prime minister, who is also the finance minister,” the Petaling Jaya Utara member of parliament told reporters at the Parliament lobby here today. Read more →
DAP’s Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud advised Gerakan leaders to discard their outdated, sexist and misogynistic mindset and treat women with equal respect. Pic taken from the Malay Mail Online
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Gerakan leader Baljit Singh’s remarks on fielding young, sexy women in elections reinforce chauvinism and misogyny in politics, DAP’s Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud said today.
The DAP Socialist Youth executive committee member, who had contested the 2014 Teluk Intan by-election, said such comments that objectify women are among the reasons why talented young women avoid politics.
“I hope Gerakan takes Baljit’s idea seriously and allow more young women participation in politics.
“However, I also suggest that they discard their outdated, sexist and misogynistic mindset and treat women with equal respect if they are truly sincere in empowering women in Malaysian politics,” Dyana Sofya said in a statement. Read more →
NGO’s executive director says it is imperative for DAP to spell out in detail how the funds will be utilised or returned to donors.
PETALING JAYA: As a state government that advocates Competency, Accountability, and Transparency (CAT), it is important that the DAP be accountable for the funds it collected from members of the public to make up the total bail needed for Lim Guan Eng, says the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).
Its executive director Cynthia Gabriel said, “It’s not uncommon to raise bail money especially if the amount is very excessive like in the case of Lim.
“However, as a CAT government, it becomes imperative for DAP to spell out in detail how the funds will be utilised, or returned,” she told FMT when contacted.
Yesterday, Penang DAP Chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the party had received RM1,009,000 by 2pm through a donation drive. He also thanked members of the public for their generous cash contributions. Read more →