Sabah excluded from EC’s redelineation report despite state amendment to increase seats

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The 14th general election is due in four months and the EC’s current redelineation proposal is largely expected to be gazetted and be used in time for the national polls. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 ― The Election Commission (EC)’s redelineation report tabled today in Parliament did not include any recommendations for electoral boundary changes in Sabah.

This is despite the Sabah state government amending the state constitution in August 2016 to increase the amount of state assembly seats there from 60 seats to 73 seats, around the same time the EC started their redelineation study nationwide. Read more

Let there be no coercion in religion — Joe Samad

Source: The Malaysian Insight


THE ugly incident at the Sarawak Federal Court hearing on the apostasy case where several Muslims heckled Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuching and shouted “Allahuakbar” was a wake-up call for Sarawakians.

There could have been ugly scenes if not for peaceful Muslims brothers and police who protected the Archbishop from harm.

The Federal Court ruled on February 27 that the Sarawak Shari’ah Court has jurisdiction over the bid by four Sarawakians to leave Islam and to be officially recognised as Christians. The four had named the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department, MAIS, the National Registration Department (NRD) and the state government as respondents.

The behaviour of the group who tried to intimidate the Archbishop shows an intolerant Islam has reared its ugly head in East Malaysia. Some Sarawakians I met said it was just a matter of time. Read more

Sabah police rubbish report on child warriors

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police commissioner Ramli Din has dismissed a report that stateless children born in Sabah had left and joined thousands of “child warriors” during the Marawi war in southern Philippines last year.

The report, by the Manila Times, had cited an unnamed source as saying that “some Sabah-born stateless Muslim children of Filipino descent returned to the Philippines through the porous borders of Mindanao” and fought in Marawi.

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Cry for change echoes in the Land Beneath the Wind

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Cry for change echoes in the Land Beneath the Wind

Many have become rich harvesting the low-lying jungles leading to the mighty Mount Trusmadi, the second highest peak in Borneo. – Pic from the writer, December 12, 2017.

IT was well past the usual dinner hour when two vanloads of travel-weary medical camp volunteers stumbled up the rocky gravel path into a two-storey, one-bathroom wooden house in Kampung Sinua.

The second half of the six-hour journey from the Kota Kinabalu airport, across the Crocker Range, passing by Keningau and Sook was uneventful except for the many unpredictable stops to negotiate around herds of village cows and buffaloes settling down for the night, which was cold, on the warm road surface.

Dinner was simple but good with loads of steamed rice, stir-fried vegetables and a melon-chicken soup shared among the many of us and the host family. Our kind hosts, including the children, had
waited many hours for us to arrive. In keeping with custom, they would only eat after the guests had done so.

The chilly night breeze carried tales of those who had made great fortunes harvesting the rich low-lying jungles leading to the mighty Mt Trusmadi, the second highest peak in Borneo.

The landscape, once clean and green, is now scarred by the crude, muddy tracks of timber-laden lorries and tractors. The once pristine streams of the lower slopes are now polluted and their water unfit for humans. Read more

Ahead of GE14, Zahid warns ‘Sabah for Sabahans’ seditious

Source: The Malaysian Insight

UMNO’S number two Ahmad Zahid Hamidi slammed rising regionalism in East Malaysia, saying that such sentiments were a serious crime that can be severely punished.

His warning comes as Umno, which holds 13 parliamentary seats in Sabah, faces a fierce local opposition that is dipping into a surge of regionalism expressed through the motto “Sabah for Sabahans”.

“The action of those who seditiously incite the people with slogans of ‘Sabah for Sabahans and Sarawak for Sarawakians’ is against the Federal Constitution.

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Mangsa banjir Kota Belud meningkat 1,729 orang

Source: FMT News

Sebanyak 24 kampung di Kota Belud terjejas banjir manakala 8 jalan raya masih tidak dapat dilalui semua jenis kenderaan kerana ditenggelami air.

KOTA KINABALU: Sebanyak 24 kampung di Kota Belud terjejas banjir manakala 8 jalan raya masih tidak dapat dilalui semua jenis kenderaan kerana ditenggelami air.

Keadaan tersebut menjadikan bilangan mangsa banjir di 6 pusat pemindahan banjir di Kota Belud setakat 7.45 pagi ini meningkat kepada 1,729 orang berbanding 1,503 malam tadi.

Menurut kenyataan Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM) Sabah, seramai 272 mangsa ditempatkan di Dewan Masyarakat Tun Said, Dewan SMK Agama Tun Said (332), SMK Taun Gusi 1 (365), Dewan Muhibah Tombol (232), SMK Taun Gusi 2 (492) dan Dewan Gopok Taginambur 36 mangsa.

Terdapat mangsa banjir yang ditempatkan di Dewan SMK Arshad namun jumlahnya masih belum diperolehi.

Over 10,000 Sabah natives get titles to customary land

Source: FMT News

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has issued 72 communal grants totalling 48,212ha of land in 213 villages benefiting 10,462 people since the introduction of the land ownership system for landless natives in 2012.

Of the number, 13 communal grants covering 34,426ha in 90 villages benefiting 3,993 people have been developed through joint ventures between the beneficiaries and state agencies or private companies.

Sabah chief minister Musa Aman disclosed this in replying to Wilfred Bumburing (PCS (-Tamparuli) in the state assembly today.

Communal grants are issued to protect the rights of Sabah natives to customary land. The land cannot be sold. Read more

Shariah caning in courtroom unlawful too,lawyer says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Datuk Kuthubul Zaman said the caning of Shariah offenders in a civil courtroom in Sabah last year contravened the Prisons Regulations 2000. Picture drawn from The Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 16 — The caning of Shariah offenders in a civil courtroom in Sabah last year contravened the Prisons Regulations 2000, a lawyer said amid a debate on the constitutionality of public whippings.

Datuk Kuthubul Zaman, who is the Bar Council’s Shariah law committee chair, highlighted Regulation 132 of the Prisons Regulations, which he said “clearly provides that whipping must be done in prison”.

Regulation 132 states that any punishment imposed on a prisoner “may be carried out in any prison, or partly in one prison and partly in another”.

“So even the civil courtroom is never used for whipping. My opinion is it is unlawful to conduct Shariah caning in civil courts,” Kuthubul told Malay Mail Online. Read more

Sabah Syariah Court records 3 open whipping sentences

Source: The Borneo Post Online

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Syariah Court recorded five cases involving whipping sentence since 2011.

The cases included three open whipping sentence for the offence of illegal sexual intercourse (zina).

State Syariah Chief Justice Datuk Jasri @ Nasip Matjakir said the three cases of open whipping sentence were from Tawau Syariah Court in 2014 and 2016 and were held in the courtroom.

“The 2014 case which involved a woman, was supposed to be held in Tawau prison. However, the offender was only punished with whippings, so it could not be done in the prison area. The whipping sentence is done at the request of the offender.

“Hence, the prison’s side recommended for the sentence to be exercised in the open court. Read more

Religious NGOs must respect each other

Source: Brunei Post

KOTA MARUDU: A senior Sabah politician yesterday issued a stern warning against religious non-governmental organisations which tried to destabilise the country by taking the law into their own hands.

“We treasure the existing religious peace and harmony that we enjoyed since the formation of Malaysia,” said acting Parti Bersatu Sabah President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He made the call following a provocative proposal by a coalition of Islamic NGOs to ban Christian evangelicalism in Malaysia.

“Today’s harmonious situation has been achieved through respect for the Federal Constitution and practice of moderation and tolerance towards each other’s religion,” the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister added. Read more