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Learning To Manage The China Threat

NEW YORK, U.S.--When US President Bill Clinton backed China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), he suggested that the move would spark profound changes “from the inside out”.

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Government Must Search Its Soul After Latest Sanctions By U.S.

IPOH, Malaysia--The latest sanctions on disposable gloves produced by Supermax Corporation Bhd units Maxter Glove Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, Maxwell Glove Manufacturing Bhd, and Supermax Glove Manufacturing are damning to the inaction by the Federal Government.
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Only ‘real equality’ can end vicious cycle of poverty

NEW YORK, U.S.--Although poverty and privilege “continue to reproduce themselves in vicious cycles”, it is possible to break the chain and shift the paradigm, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Wednesday.

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RCI into Pedra Branca an exercise in futility

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Foreign Affairs Bureau of Parti Pejuang Tanahair is concerned with the Federal Government’s request for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the Pedra Branca case, citing a possible charge of misfeasance towards the previous administration for not pursuing the case further.

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Why Palestinians Cannot Make Peace with Israel

NEW YORK, U.S.--The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas have again shown that peace with Israel is not only extremely ill-advised and most likely doomed from the start but critically dangerous as well. 

 

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Counterfeit Currency Fuels Organised Crime

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--According to Bank Negara Malaysia, ongoing efforts have contributed to Malaysia’s consistently low counterfeiting rates. 

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Malaysia should ratify treaties to protect our fisherfolk, oceans

GEORGETOWN, Malaysia--Yesterday, I participated in a Regional Webinar on the Ratification and Implementation of the Provisions of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement for Asia organised by the International Maritime Organization and PEW Research as the executive committee member of the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and as a Malaysian MP.

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'War is Real': Defend Taiwan Or Give It The Bomb

NEW YORK, U.S.--"The island's society must be warned that they better not believe the 'rock solid' promise of the U.S. because Washington will never fight to the death with the Chinese mainland for the island's secession," the Chinese Communist Party's Global Times proclaimed on October 14, referring to Taiwan.

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17864/defend-taiwan-nuclear-bomb


Source Gatestone Institute

NEW YORK, U.S.--"The island's society must be warned that they better not believe the 'rock solid' promise of the U.S. because Washington will never fight to the death with the Chinese mainland for the island's secession," the Chinese Communist Party's Global Times proclaimed on October 14, referring to Taiwan.

The words, contained in an editorial, reflects the Party's propaganda line, and that line almost certainly reflects the thinking of Chinese leaders.

There has in recent months been a dangerous erosion in deterrence. U.S. President Joe Biden can reestablish deterrence by offering Taiwan a mutual defense treaty. If he does not want to do that, he should either base American nuclear weapons in Taiwan or transfer such weapons to the island so it can defend itself.

It is clear Beijing no longer respects America, something especially evident in March when China's top two diplomats traveled to Anchorage to lecture, in derisive tones, America's secretary of state and national security advisor.

Moreover, in August, as Afghanistan was failing, Chinese propagandists went on the attack. On August 10, for instance, People's Daily, China's most authoritative publication, ran a piece titled "U.S. No Longer Has the Position of Strength for Its Arrogance and Impertinence."

At that time, Beijing propagated the notion that the U.S. could not hope to counter China because it could not deal with insurgents, the Taliban.

Moreover, Beijing wasted no time going after Taiwan's governing party, the Democratic Progressive Party. "The DPP authorities need to keep a sober head, and the secessionist forces should reserve the ability to wake up from their dreams," an editorial from Global Times, controlled by People's Daily, stated. "From what happened in Afghanistan, they should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island's defense will collapse in hours and the U.S. military won't come to help."

China, in short, apparently believes it can run over America to make Taiwan its 34th province. To disabuse Chinese aggressors at this late date, the U.S. should ditch the decades-old "strategic ambiguity," the policy of not telling either Beijing or Taipei what it would do when conflict is imminent, and publicly offer Taipei a mutual defense treaty.

A treaty would be, of course, a sure sign of American will. Washington, when it switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taipei in 1979, terminated the mutual defense treaty with Taiwan of 1954. The U.S. should admit the mistake and sign a new one, fast.

There is an alternative to a treaty: make sure Taiwan, one way or another, has nuclear weapons.

Such weapons are so fearsome that the mere possibility that a country has them is itself a deterrent. As RAND's Scott Harold told Gatestone, some believe Taiwan would not necessarily need many of these weapons. Just a few—and perhaps just one—could establish deterrence.

Some think the island already possesses an arsenal of such devices. Others, however, are not so sure. "Of course, you can't be completely certain, but most likely Taiwan does not have nuclear weapons after successive American efforts to end those programs," said Richard Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center to Gatestone. At least twice—in the mid-1970s and late 1980s—Washington forced Taiwan to stop secret atomic bomb programs.

How would Taiwan get its hands on the world's most destructive weaponry now? Taiwan could restart its nuclear weapons program, but even though it may be close to assembling a device—it is, after all, a so-called bomb-in-the-basement country—it would take time to build an arsenal.

While building one, China could accelerate plans to invade. Many believe Chinese leaders consider that Taiwan's imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons would be an additional casus belli. So as RAND's Harold perceptively points out, "How one gets from 'could Taiwan deter if it had nuclear weapons' to 'now Taiwan has them' could be a dangerous road to walk."

The U.S. could shorten the period of risk by giving Taiwan an off-the-shelf bomb, an instant deterrent, or basing American nukes on the island. In the 1980s, the U.S. beefed up deterrence of the Soviet Union by basing nuclear-tipped Pershing missiles in Europe.

Taiwan has always been critically important to America. The island makes advanced chips for U.S. products, anchors America's western defense perimeter, and is a beacon of democracy. After the fall of Kabul, Taiwan is seen as the test of U.S. resolve. The U.S. should, therefore, be willing to go to extraordinary lengths to protect the island.

Taiwan is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, so it has no obligation to remain nuke-free. The U.S., however, is a party to the treaty and has an obligation not to proliferate.

Yet it is high time to reconsider compliance with that treaty. Treaty-member China has proliferated nuclear weapons technology and materials to various regimes, and Beijing was behind the Pakistani nuclear black-market ring of A. Q. Khan, who transferred Chinese nuke tech to, among others, Iran and North Korea. Because China has armed aggressors with nukes, America, to maintain deterrence and keep the peace, should arm potential victims with them.

Would the proliferation of nukes to Taiwan be dangerous? After watching—and not stopping—Communist China from proliferating for more than a half century, there are no un-dangerous options for Washington.

Sha Zukang, the former Chinese ambassador for disarmament to the U.N. in Geneva, last month suggested that China create large exceptions to its announced no-first-use policy, the promise not to be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

In 1996, when he was China's top arms negotiator, Sha told Newsweek that his country's policy of no-first-use did not apply to Taiwan. The foreign ministry subsequently said Sha was speaking out-of-turn, but many thought he had in fact revealed official thinking on the subject.

In any event, Taiwan and the U.S. need to do something now to deter an extraordinarily aggressive China. On the 4th of this month, the Global Times issued an editorial with this title: "Time to Warn Taiwan Secessionists and their Fomenters: War Is Real."

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SPR Perlu Ambil Langkah Proaktif Untuk Pilihan Raya Selamat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-Gabungan Pilihanraya Bersih dan Adil (BERSIH 2.0) mengalu-alukan kenyataan daripada Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) yang mengumumkan tarikh bagi Pilihan Raya Umum Negeri (PRN) Melaka jatuh pada 20 November 2021 dan penamaan calon pada 8 November 2021. Kami juga mengalu-alukan keputusan SPR untuk tetap menjalankan pilihan raya dan Kerajaan Persekutuan yang tidak menggunakan Proklamasi Darurat bagi menghentikan proses demokrasi ini.
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Iskandar Ismail Continues To Lead As MyCC CEO

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--YB Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi, the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA), extended the term of Iskandar bin Ismail as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) for another three years, effective 16 October 2021.

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CIJ Urges The Government To Uphold Its Human Rights Obligations

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) notes that Malaysia has won the election to take one of the 18 seats in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, with 183 votes for the 2022 -2024 term.

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COVID-19 Caused Rise In TB Deaths For First Time In A Decade

NEW YORK, U.S.--Deaths from tuberculosis – one of the top infectious killers in the world - have increased for the first time in a decade, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine Is Now Available In Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR,Malaysia--Duopharma Biotech Berhad (“Duopharma Biotech” or “the Company”) is further strengthening COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Malaysia with the distribution of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.

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Red Flags: Rise of Financial Fraud in Digital Age

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Losing the money you work hard on is a harrowing experience, especially when it is the last bit of money that is left in your account.

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UMNO directs its Melaka wing to prepare for state elections

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--UMNO Melaka has been directed by the party's central leadership to mobilise its election machinery to face expected state elections, taking into account the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Australia’s New ASEAN Farm Worker Visa Hits Snag from Malaysia

BANGKOK, Thailand--The Malaysian government has vetoed the possibility of Malaysians working on Australian farms. The long awaited ASEAN farm work visa to Australia to enable ASEAN skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled farm workers to be employed on Australian farms was ratified by the Governor General last week. Now workers from participating ASEAN countries are able to enter into employment agreements with Australian farmers.
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Sputnik Light Proves Highly Effective As Universal Booster in Argentina Trials

MOSCOW, Russia--The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) announces the interim results of the study in Argentina on heterogeneous regimens combining Sputnik Light (the first component of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus) and vaccines produced by AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Moderna and Cansino.
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MyCC Chairman Re-Appointed For Another Term

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 OCTOBER 2021 – The Government has re-appointed Dato' Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus as Chairman of Malaysia Competition Commission for a further term of three years, from Oct. 1, 2021 until Sept. 30, 2024.

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Single-Dose Sputnik Light 70 Percent Effective Against Delta Variant: Gamaleya Center

MOSCOW, Russia-- The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) and Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology today announced the results of an efficacy analysis of the one- shot Sputnik Light vaccine against infection from the Delta variant of coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Booster Shot Increases Immunity By 20 Times, Same Vaccine Recommended

SHAH ALAM,Malaysia--A booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will aid boost a waning immune response and induces a significant increase in neutralising antibodies against highly infectious Wuhan and other variants, and the same COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is highly recommended based on the evidence from boosting studies in adult and elderly population.

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Launching Of BUSINESSFWRD

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--BUSINESSFWRD is a business platform set to connect and build a long-term network among powerbrokers and experienced c-levels in effort to rebuild business in post-pandemic challenges. 

 

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How Antiviral Pill Molnupiravir Shot Ahead In The COVID-19 Drug Hunt

The pharmaceutical firm Merck announced last week that an antiviral pill it’s developing can cut hospitalizations and deaths among people with COVID-19 by half. The results haven’t yet been peer reviewed. But if the drug candidate, molnupiravir, is authorized by regulators, it would be the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19. By contrast, the other currently authorized drugs must be delivered intravenously or injected.

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Finding The Solution To The Uncertainty In Religion: Religious Seminar Opening

SEOUL, South Korea--Amid the rise of uncertainty about the present and future of humanity triggered by the pandemic, COVID-19 misinformation, including the lack of trust in the medical field and misunderstanding in the religious world, increases various concerns in daily life.

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The great political vacuum

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--There is a myth circulating among the high circles of Kuala Lumpur and beyond, that no matter what, UMNO will win handsomely in the next general election.
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Un-Locking Klang’s Potential

KLANG, Malaysia--The Royal town of Klang has seen better days, an economically depressed part of Selangor despite its strategic location and huge potential as a model port city that was once the civil capital of Selangor in an earlier era prior to the emergence of Kuala Lumpur and the current capital, Shah Alam.

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Inconvenient Truths In Western Demonisation Of China

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--To obfuscate China’s remarkable growth and accomplishments to date, the Western media continues to focus attention on a relentless barrage of narrow narratives about China despite the stark inconvenient truths evident even within the Western press itself. 
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Malaysia’s “No Maintenance” Culture

KUALA LUMPUR , Malaysia--We have all heard about it and we have all seen it. One project after another, millions or billions spent for construction, yet even the most grand of our buildings, parks and attractions quickly decay and look like some ancient ruin.

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Malaysia’s Money Laundering Problem

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal which blew up during Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration revealed that political corruption is a deep-seated, systemic problem in Malaysia. 

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CCC-ECRL Visits Karak Fire Victims With Donations

BENTONG, Malaysia--China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL), the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) Contractor of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, today handed over a donation of RM30,000, raised through donations from its management and staff, to help the fire victims at Kampung Baru Cina Karak.

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Government Should Use New National Poverty Line Income For Aid Distribution

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) expressed concern over the statement by the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff in Parliament on 6 October 2021 that welfare aid was deliberately distributed during the COVID-19 pandemic using an outdated metric for measuring poverty, namely the national poverty line income (PLI) with the excuse being that it would lessen the government’s financial burden. 
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Turkey's Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

NEW YORK, U.S.--Since the Taliban's violent takeover of Afghanistan on August 15, Turkey has increased its expansionist military activities in the Middle East in a way that is significantly impacting the lives of minorities.
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Transport Minister Must Stop Living In Denial Over Cabotage Policy

GEORGETOWN, Malaysia--Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong must not continue to live in denial and stubbornly hold on to his harmful and wrong decision to revoke cabotage policy exemption on undersea cable repairs causing Malaysia to be excluded from Apricot project by Facebook and Google, resulting us to lose upto RM15 billion in high tech investments
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Lucky Garden Hawker Stalls Leave Out Those Most In Need

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We have noticed that rebuilding works have commenced at the previous stalls site in Lorong Ara Kiri 3, Lucky Garden and soon, there will be opportunities for those who wish to earn a decent living, feed themselves and their families.
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Sivarraajh to face-off Saravanan at MIC polls?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The upcoming MIC polls are expected to be a fiery encounter with former Cameron Highlands MP to challenge Human Resources Minister M Saravanan for the party's number two spot in the upcoming November polls.


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China's Growing Maritime Empire

NEW YORK, U.S.--China, through investments in and ownership of ports, is expanding its global maritime reach, and its appetite for ports shows no signs of diminishing. As of July 2020, Chinese firms reportedly "(partly) owned or operated some ninety-five ports across the globe."

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No more palaces for our Prime Ministers (Part 2)

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--For me, it is quite disturbing for a young nation like Malaysia is turning reasonably well-functioning Prime Ministerial residences into museums after being in use for just 19 years for Seri Taman, and 16 years (Seri Perdana Kuala Lumpur).

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No more palaces for our Prime Ministers (Part I)

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--While PMs are important leaders, they are just politicians who come and go, and some at a very short notice such as Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his short-lived 17-month tenure.

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Malaysia introducing Harsh New Equity Restrictions

Malaysian prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced in parliament, while launching of the 12th Malaysia Plan (MP12), that measures will be put in place to restrict the sale of sales in Bumiputera companies only to Bumiputeras. 

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Islamist Terrorism Flourishing Under the Taliban

As seen this morning with the bombing of the Eidgah Mosque in Kabul, leaving a reported 8 people killed and 20 wounded, the prospects of Afghanistan once more becoming a safe haven that can be used by Islamist terrorist groups to launch deadly attacks against the West have risen dramatically in the wake of US President Joe Biden's disastrous decision to withdraw American forces from the country. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday through its Nasheer news agency on Telegram.
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Tak Masuk Akal DAP Bantah Cukai Keuntungan Modal

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Saya faham bahawa pemain saham dan mereka yang yang mempunyai modal tinggi pasti akan menentang pelaksanaan Cukai Keuntungan Modal (Capital Gain Tax). 

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Support Azalina Othman, Special Adviser for Law and Human Rights

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We congratulate Prime Minister Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob for creating the position of special adviser for Law and Human Rights and for appointing Dato’ Sri Azalina Othman Said to this position. 
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Sabah And Sarawak A Priority In Government's Transformation Agenda

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia--The government, with assistance from the Attorney General’s Chamber (AGC), will be looking at amending several critical legal provisions in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) to reinstate the rights of the people in Sabah and Sarawak as per the agreement upon joining Malaysia.

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Setting Sights on Money Laundering from Environmental Crimes

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--In July 2021, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a 66-page paper on Money Laundering from Environmental Crime. The report compiled case studies and best practices submitted by over 40 countries, as well as inputs from international organisations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and World Bank Group.

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Malaysia To Prosper Via Parliamentary, Legal Transformation

KUALA LUMUR, Malaysia--Parliamentary and legal transformation play significant roles towards enhancing governance and economic prosperity, which would consequently improve the people’s lives and overall happiness level.

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AUKUS Security Alliance Exposes EU's Fecklessness

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have announced a new tripartite strategic alliance aimed at countering China's growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. The AUKUS defense agreement, under which Australia will acquire American-designed nuclear-powered submarines, is a welcome paradigm shift intended to enhance the projection of Western military power in the region.

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AUKUS: Restoring the Regional Balance of Power

The recent announcement in Washington of a new tripartite alliance between Australia, the UK, and the US – the awkward acronym AUKUS) – aimed at containing China in the Pacific, is now causing Malaysia and some of its Southeast Asian neighbors to finally face some hard truths about the prevailing regional geopolitical situation.

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The 12th Malaysia Plan: Where Is The "Game Changer"?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) announced by the ‘interim’ Prime Minister Ismail Sabri last Sept. 27 is being heavily debated by both Parliamentarians and civil society organizations throughout this week. 
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How Long Can Ismail Sabri Survive as PM? (Part 2)

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob can sometimes be out of his depth in some critical policy areas such as the economy and international relations. The PM’s lack of knowledge and depth in these areas will cause him grief and troubles at some point.


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JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob can sometimes be out of his depth in some critical policy areas such as the economy and international relations. The PM’s lack of knowledge and depth in these areas will cause him grief and troubles at some point.

Yet there is still some saving grace.

His strength perhaps lies in his easy-going and relaxed personality, compared to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s. Ismail is less prone to the psychological need to dominate and seems quite amenable to delegate work to his ministers.

There is now a Covid-19 Quartet Ministers Meeting involving Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein; Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin; Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, and Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz that has been given almost full powers to make calls on Covid-related issues.

But here is the catch, if the ministers, bureaucrats or advisors are lousy – and I would say half of the Cabinet seems to be in this category – when the going gets tough, the buck stops with the PM. So far, the Ismail government’s folly, inherited from Muhyiddin’s, is still felt by many people.

Out of the necessity not to accede to both Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali’s request to be deputy prime minister and Dato’s Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi & co’s proposed choices for ministers, Ismail reached out to Pakatan Harapan just as he was forming his cabinet.

After intense negotiations, an unprecedented memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked between him representing the federal government and Pakatan Harapan on 13 September 2021.

Perhaps Ismail may qualify as the first post-presidential premier who accepts that the powers of the prime minister is limited and thus he has to work in a more collegial manner with his ministers and coalition partners while also treating the opposition fairly and with respect.  

However, the MoU does not guarantee Ismail’s survival. He will have to balance between satisfying the demands from the opposition and the blackmails and sabotages from his own rank, especially those from among UMNO.

The UMNO quandary

UMNO’s election was postponed for 18 months from 30 June this year. Ismail will definitely attempt to win the presidency of UMNO. In the meantime, he needs to convince some of the 14 UMNO MPs who are still with Zahid & co. to support him.

Despite heavy court charges, there is no guarantee that Zahid will go to jail soon enough to make things easier for Ismail, especially when Zahid as UMNO President is baiting his time for Ismail to make disastrous mistakes.

Without removing Zahid as president, leaders like Ismail, Hishammuddin, Khairy and other UMNO ministers who are not aligned with the leadership may not be fielded as party candidates.

Before the fall of Muhyiddin, there were talks that the UMNO renegades led by Ismail, with the support of MCA and MIC, wanted to sack UMNO from Barisan Nasional. The plan was for these leaders to contest as BN’s direct candidates.

However, there is a fundamental difference among those within UMNO. While Ismail, Hishammuddin, Annuar Musa, etc. were willing to contest GE15 alongside Bersatu and PAS, many in the UMNO core leadership are determined to contest against at least Bersatu, if not PAS.

The problem for Ismail is that even if he is able to contest as BN’s direct candidate – by ejecting UMNO from BN in the event he fails to take over UMNO in the coming party polls - most of UMNO state leadership, especially those that control state governments such as Johor, Perak and Pahang, want to wipe out Bersatu altogether.

Even the UMNO leadership in Terengganu, Kelantan and Kedah are not prepared to concede seats to their old rival PAS who are now in charge of government in these states.

PAS, knowing it has no hope of expanding into the peninsula’s west coast, wants to have a larger share of seats in the Malay-belt states.

The Ismail quagmire

Ismail knows that UMNO grassroots machinery is usually controlled by the division chiefs with guidance from the state leadership. There is a limit to what the central leadership could do during election campaigns even if Ismail takes charge of the UMNO brand.

If the state leadership, especially those that control state governments, are decidedly belligerent against Bersatu and PAS, there is very little the PM could do to prevent them from sabotaging.

Further, there will be up to 7.8 million new voters via Undi18 and automatic registration, if it is implemented soon. They will change the entire political landscape.

UMNO and PAS are mass-based parties that organise their membership strategically as voting blocs in critical constituencies while suppressing the votes of non-partisan. This won’t work anymore.

As the “one-party state” was defeated in 2018, voters are no longer afraid of  the powers-that-be. The Malays in general especially have begun to believe that they are the “boss” to politicians now.

Herein lies the challenges which confront Ismail.

The next general election could be a free-for-all contest with no party having an upper hand. Welcome to multi-party democracy.

The MOU stipulates that the government would not seek dissolution of parliament before 31 July 2022. I have since been asked many times about the possible dates for the next general election.

As a matter of fact, the parliament is due for dissolution on 16 July 2023 and election must be held before or by 16 September 2023.

As something less serious, I would say that Malaysia’s accidental PM Ismail’s current life goal is to serve at least a day more than his predecessor.

Muhyiddin was in office for 534 days. Surely Ismail wants to avoid being “the shortest serving PM ever”. So, this could probably take us up to at least February 2023 for the next general election to be held.

A week is a long time in politics, said British Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the 1960s. For us, it means no one can predict too much and too far into the future.

So far so good for the post-presidential PM. Though, unless the old-style BN politics of “government knows best” is changed with more consultation with the opposition, and done in a more transparent way, things won’t be so rosy for Ismail soon.

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How Long Can Ismail Sabri Survive as PM? (Part 1)

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--From Tun Razak Hussein who became prime minister in 1970, all previous PMs had served a considerable time as deputy prime minister and deemed potential heirs to the throne for an extended period.

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Malaysia Must Strengthen ASEAN Cooperation To Counter Outside Encroachment In South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The International Affairs Bureau of Parti Pejuang Tanahair wishes to seek clarification from the Minister of Defense, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, on his reply to the Pakatan Harapan Security Committee where he stated "… proposal to get China's views on the AUKUS issue so that Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries can take proactive action.”

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CME Proposes The Pillars For A Balanced Tax Reform

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz announced that the government is considering a windfall tax and a capital gain tax to support federal revenues in a moment of difficulty.

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Jobs Should Be Priority In 12th Malaysia Plan

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--As Ismail Sabri Yaakob was forming his cabinet in August, I suggested for the presentation of the 12th Malaysia Plan to be postponed to a slightly later date to accommodate views from all stakeholders, including the opposition.
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Reform Asset Declaration System To Combat Corruption

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Corruption in Malaysia is at a worrying level although the situation has yet to become a pandemic, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Azam Baki said during an interview with TVAlhijrah on April 14.
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Turkey: NATO's Pro-Russian, Taliban-Friendly Ally

The Taliban, since its founding in 1994, has been using the most notorious shariah-based law enforcement, including beheadings, stoning women to death, forcing burqas on women, killing girls who are students, gang-raping, locking women in their homes and various other medieval practices. 
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Become What You Fear In Magic’s New Set Midnight Hunt

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Wizards of the Coast will be releasing Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the newest set for the world’s oldest and best trading card game, Magic: The Gathering (MTG). Revelling in Gothic horror and the introduction of powerful new Werewolves, Midnight Hunt releases on tabletop on 24 September 2021.
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Bumiputera equity rule highlights catastrophe in public policy

BANGKOK, Thailand--A Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders (FMFF) letter to the minister of international trade and industry Azmin Ali has highlighted the 51% Bumiputera equity requirement in many types of businesses.
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We May Have Left Afghanistan, Mr. President, But We Are Still at War

On Tuesday, Joe Biden presented his first United Nations General Assembly speech as president. I labored through almost 32 minutes of the speech when a most profound announcement was proclaimed: "I stand here today for the first time in 20 years with the United States not at war."
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COVID-19 situation in Penang: More ICU and Covid-19 beds, more quarantine and isolation facilities, more hands on the deck, faster response time

GEORGETOWN, Malaysia--In the past one week, Penang embarked on an aggressive campaign to increase the capacity of our healthcare system through creating more ICUs and COVID-19 hospital beds, more quarantine and isolation facilities, getting more hands on the deck to support our frontliners and providing faster response time especially to COVID-19 patients in Penang.

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MAECC calls for diversified approach to COVID-19

 
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysian Alliance for Effective COVID-19 Control (MAECC) welcomes the current position of our government in not making the vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory. We will continue to defend this non-compulsion stand that has scientific basis and support from current world data.  
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Stop Privatisation Of Slope Management Before More People Die

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--There had been a series of landslides causing loss of life, homes and public infrastructure, the most recent being at Jalan Simpang Pulai-Blue Valley heading toward Cameron Highlands on the 18th September 2021.
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Uphold transparency in the management of the Ombudsman

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri on the progress of the Ombudsman Bill.
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Radii Defence collaborates with Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah to reduce viral transmission

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Radii Defence Sdn Bhd is honoured and privileged to be invited by Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah (Alor Setar) Kedah to collaborate in the roll out mitigation strategy to help reduce viral particle concentration and transmission, namely the COVD-19; a highly infectious airborne transmissible disease, in their hospital wards and ambulances.
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Australia to Go Nuclear

In a major departure from 50 years of non-nuclear policy, Australia is changing direction to power its submarine fleet with nuclear power in a new partnership with the United States and the UK. 
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In Defense Of The Defense White Paper

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--Today 16 September we celebrate not only the 58th Malaysia Day but also the 88th Malaysian Armed Forces’ Day.
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The United Nations chief's apocalyptic discourse

 

The world’s nations have lost their way and are speeding toward a “pivotal moment” that will bring on a breakdown of global order. The planet is squeezed in the jaws of “enormous stress” as the nations are in a state of enmity and “paralysis.”
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Chinese Vaccines Are Welcomed by Its Neighbors

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--On August 28, the Sinopharm vaccine landed in Singapore. Vaccination appointments of the Chinese vaccine in many clinics were fully booked on the very first day. Some clinics even received more than 400 registrations of interest while they still had half a month to wait until receiving the vaccines. 
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A Call For Solidarity And Unity To Defend Democracy

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The year 2021 has thus proven to be not only a difficult year socially and economically with the continuation of the pandemic, but also very challenging for democracy and human rights in Asia.

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Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peer reviewed by medical experts that included three U.S. government senior scientists and published in the American Journal of Therapeutics (Jul/Aug 2021 Edition), the research is the most comprehensive review of the available data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies. Led by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a group of medical and scientific experts reviewed published peer-reviewed studies, manuscripts, expert meta-analyses, and epidemiological analyses of regions with ivermectin distribution efforts all showing that ivermectin is an effective prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19 .
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Keep out the ‘court cluster’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia is facing a major ongoing leadership crisis. Underlying it is the fact that those who pretend to be our leaders seem to have no moral compass at all. They deliberately confuse right from wrong and want us to believe them.
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More than 150,000 Malaysians opposed decision to Degazette KLNFR

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia--More than 150,000 Malaysians have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling for the Selangor State Government to withdraw their decision to degazette the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR).
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MoU Between Government and PH a Necessary and Important Step Forward But It Must Be Inclusive

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) welcomes the joint announcement by the representatives of the Government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) that they will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Transformation and Political Stability today at 5pm in the Banquet Hall of Parliament House.
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Ex-Lim Kok Wing students demand RM5 after degree MQA accreditation revoked

Ten former international students at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) are seeking RM5 million in damages after the institution’s Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) in Cloud Computing Technology (BCCT) saw its Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) accreditation revoked.
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A New Deal For Malaysia-Socialists Launch Progressive Recovery Plan

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--In the last 18 months, we have been fighting Covid 19 and the pandemic induced economic crisis that followed due to business shutdowns and movement control restrictions. As of November 2020, around 100,000 people have lost their jobs and many more in the informal sector would have lost their income.
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Designate Kuala Langat Forest as a National Park

KUALA LUMUR, Malaysia--On 7 Sep, I wrote  “another day, we lose another part of our precious natural heritage”. On 8 Sep, the Selangor exco announced that the de-gazetted Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) will be re-gazetted. Indeed, what a huge difference a day makes. A timely vindication of organized people’s power against the tyranny of the powers-that-be. We can move mountains, and change the course of maladministration of the country, if we unite across all divides.
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Lazada Unveils New Exclusive Midnight Deals for 9.9 Biggest Brands Sale and LazMall Offers Throughout September

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--With less than 12 hours left to Lazada’s 9.9 Biggest Brands Sale, which begins on 9 September 2021 at 12AM, Lazada Malaysia reveals its September LazMall calendar to guide local online shoppers on how to take advantage of the best deals throughout the month – beginning with the highly anticipated LazMall Crazy Brand Mega Offers and the new Exclusive Midnight Deals, both of which will be available from 12AM to 2AM on 9 September.

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Key Agenda For Parliamentary Reform

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--It was my great pleasure to be invited to speak at this forum with former Speaker of Parliament Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia who presided over the Dewan Rakyat during my two terms as Member of Parliament, first for Bukit Bendera (2008-2013) and later Kluang (2013-2018). The other panellist was youth activist Atiqah Syairah Shaharuddin.

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UPKO Urges Government To Stop Stoking Racial Disharmony And Confusion

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia--UPKO urges the government to stop stoking racial disharmony and confusion in the country. Instead, the government should focus on ensuring that there is food on the table for each and every family throughout the country.
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ECRL Project Personnel 100% Vaccinated to ensure steadfast progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL), the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) Contractor of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, announced today that it has successfully vaccinated 100 percent of its management and staff including local subcontractors and suppliers working on the ECRL project.

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Parliamentary Reforms, MA63 among top priority

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia--Transformation in the government sector, transformation in parliament as well as looking into the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) would be the top three priorities for the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department’s (Parliament and Law) in setting its 100 days KPI.

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MYR, RMB face weakening trend vs. USD

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We expect that the USD/RMB pairs will weaken, hovering around 6.45 -6.55 with the upside at 6.65 -6.80 by end 2021 while reiterating our MYR outlook to the USD at 4.15-4.20 with the upside at 4.30 by end 2021.

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Kuala Langat Forest: Seek court injunction now!

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--I am making this call solely to uphold the rule of law. This is necessary in view of possible breach of not only the Forestry Act, but other related environment and development laws in the process of degazettement of the Kuala Langat (North) Forest Reserve (KLNFR), as explained below.

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Perhaps What We Need Is A Vote Of Confidence Of The Speaker And Resignation Of the AG

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Perhaps the sanity of the House will be better off if we have a speaker which will be received and respected by both the blocks in Parliament. In that sense, if the parties are unable to have a Unity Government, perhaps they can start having a speaker which can be received and fair to both blocks which are almost equal in numbers of strength in parliament. So before we actually talk about a vote of confidence for the Prime Minister, we need to have a vote of confidence of the speaker first. Only then can the speaker act in a fair manner to proceed with the delicate issues like a vote of confidence.
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5-Year Plan

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul, just like his predecessors, has invited the public to provide input in the preparation of the 12th 5-Year Plan. Good PR work. Malaysia modelled its economic planning on the Chinese and Russian model, and they called it the 5-Year Plan .
 
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CME: Raising The Statutory Debt Limit Is Not A Good Idea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz announced that he will propose to raise the statutory debt limit to 65 per cent from the current 60 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

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MACC: Accused had returned money before investigation, hence acquittal

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) explained that former Felda board of directors’ member Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid had returned the money before its investigations began over 29 alleged bribery charges and was acquitted because of that.

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Selangor Government Agency Destroys Part of Replacement Forest Reserve Linked to De-gazettement of Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia--The Coalition for the Protection of Selangor Forests (CPSF) calls for urgent action to revoke the degazettement of Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) and take action against the Selangor State Agriculture Corporation (PKPS) for the illegal clearance of part of the 308-ha peat swamp forest recently gazetted to partly “replace” KLNFR.

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AG Idrus Harun, Tun Hussein And Legitimacy Of PM Ismail Sabri

Our 8th Prime Minister’s admission that he lacked the confidence of the majority of the House has triggered a season of political vagrancy. At this time, good citizenship requires that we defend the Federal Constitution from abuse and rightly value functions and offices of national importance.
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MACC Must Remedy Investigative failings in latest FELDA Case

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysian prosecutors on Wednesday dropped 29 corruption charges against a former Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) board of directors’ member, the first high-profile graft case to be dismissed since the new government took over in August.

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There Is No Better Time Than Now For Parliamentary Reform

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--I would like to first congratulate Idzuafi Hadi Kamilan, Executive Director of Institute for Political Reform and Democracy (REFORM), for his excellent 93-page report examining the establishment of the parliamentary service commission.

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New Government Must Enact Parliamentary Service Laws in Parliamentary Reform Agenda

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) and the Institute for Political Reform and Democracy (REFORM) urge the new government led by Dato 'Sri Ismail Sabri to enact a Parliamentary Services Bill as one of the commitments to the agreement with the Opposition leaders to strengthen the function of Parliament and institutional reforms, as well as a continuation of the former Prime Minister's offer to reform the Parliament as an effective checks and balances mechanism to the Government. The bill should give institutional, administrative and financial autonomy to Parliament and strengthen the role of the Parliament institution.
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Report On Parliament Transformation To Be Submitted To Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--I have had a discussion with Yang di-Pertua Dewan Negara YB Senator Tan Sri Dato' Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim and Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat YB Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, yesterday, on my appointment as the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law).

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Kuala Langat North Forest: De-gazettement opens up can of worms

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--On 30th August the Selangor Executive Council (Selangor exco) announced that the government has de-gazetted half of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR). This shocked not only the public who were vehemently against this proposal, but its own majority State Assembly and the governing party coalition Pakatan Harapan.

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PSM Condemns Threats Against Environmental Activist Shakila Zen

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) is outraged at the vicious attacks directed against environmental activist Shakila Zen. Threats made against Shakila Zen are unacceptable. Authorities must investigate this matter urgently and hold those responsible for the threats accountable.
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PSM Condemns Selangor Government’s Decision to Degazette Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve

Parti Sosialis Malaysia condemns the Selangor Pakatan Harapan state government’s decision to degazette more than half of the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve. There are many reasons why this degazettement is a terrible idea. As outlined in this statement by the Pertahankan HSKLU coalition, this degazettement decision lacks transparency and accountability, worsens the climate crisis, and violates indigenous peoples’ cultural, and land rights. Degazetting the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve brings no benefit to the people of Selangor, except a few well-connected individuals. It also goes against a unanimous resolution in the Selangor State Assembly in November 2020 to protect the forest reserve.
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Resetting the Security Sector in Malaysia

Given the pressing domestic and external challenges that Malaysia is facing, it is high time for a refreshed National Security Council that will be able to coordinate policy at the highest level.

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Government Urged To Review New MM2H Conditions


JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia--HM The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar says the new “Malaysia My Second Home” (MM2H) conditions announced recently are too restrictive and should be revised immediately.
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Malaysia Needs to Intensify Fight Against Delta Variant

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Slower exports growth in July by 5 percent year on year (y/y) was due to softer manufacturing shipments which were affected by the contraction of the E&E segment from MCO 3.0.

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Vietnam breaks new ground in ASEAN health

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The launch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi, is the latest recognition in the strides forward Vietnam has made in the field of healthcare, especially public healthcare.

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Where Is The Malaysian Economy Heading?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-- The American economist Thomas Sowell used to repeat that, in policy making, there are no solutions but only trade-offs. In a newly published policy paper, Inflation, Unemployment and COVID-19 Policies:

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Formalize Confidence and Supply Agreement Between Government and Opposition Now

KUALA LUMPUR,Malaysia--The Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (BERSIH 2.0) welcomes the joint statement between the Prime Minister and Opposition Leaders to calm the country's political temperature as well as finding common ground to bring the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Indonesia becomes the 70th country to authorize Sputnik V

MOSCOW, Russia--The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) announces the approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus in the Republic of Indonesia.
 
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Orang Asli see spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--In an earlier post, we reported that as of 21 July 2021, there were 287 positive Covid cases. 13 Orang Asli villages were in EMCO lockdown. And the total Orang Asli deaths due to Covid was 19. These are official figures.
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Nobody But Anwar?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--'Nobody but Anwar' (NBA) and 'Anybody but Anwar' (ABA) are two Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCDs) amongst opposition supporters, including many politicians and opinion leaders who are level headed in most other matters.
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Who Is Accountable For Malaysia’s COVID-19 Deaths?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--While I loathe to point the finger at any one party or individual for the over 13,000 COVID-9 deaths in Malaysia to date, last night’s heavy handed response by the police has left me with no choice.

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The War On Whistle-Blowers

If the 20th Century was the age of the victory of democracy and freedom over tyranny, the 21st century is showing up to be the era where our rights are slowly being taken away. It appears we are on the verge of another ‘war’ of sorts.

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Appoint an FT Minister from Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--While the whole country has its eyes on who will be named as the new Prime Minister, replacing the failed attempt at a government led by the previous bunch, it is important that we do not lose sight of who will lead the Federal Territories Ministry.

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Appoint an FT Minister from Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--While the whole country has its eyes on who will be named as the new Prime Minister, replacing the failed attempt at a government led by the previous bunch, it is important that we do not lose sight of who will lead the Federal Territories Ministry.

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CME Supports A Government of Peace To Face The War

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--With the fall of the Perikatan Nasional government, the Center for Market Education (CME) supports the idea of a new government characterized by political peace in order to fight the healthcare and economic crises which Malaysia is facing. CME believes that the main features of the new executive should be:
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A Better Malaysia Assembly, Not just a New PM Please

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--In the next few days Malaysia will see the swearing in of its 9th Prime Minister and a few days or maybe weeks later a whole new cabinet of ministers will be sworn-in too. 
 
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Protect the Rakyat’s Health Beyond Political Transitions

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The highest priority of a government is to protect the health and safety of our citizens. Therefore, the Malaysian Health Coalition urges all political leaders to keep the Rakyat’s health and welfare at the very top of their priorities. Political transitions must not affect our COVID-19 response, vaccination program and routine healthcare services.

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The Collective Suicide Machine and the Fall of Kabul

The debacle in Afghanistan, which will unravel into chaos with lightning speed over the next few weeks and ensure the return of the Taliban to power, is one more signpost of the end of the American empire. The two decades of combat, the one trillion dollars we spent, the 100,000 troops deployed to subdue Afghanistan, the high-tech gadgets, artificial intelligence, cyberwarfare, Reaper drones armed with Hellfire missiles and GBU-30 bombs and the Global Hawk drones with high-resolution cameras, Special Operations Command composed of elite rangers, SEALs and air commandos, black sites, torture, electronic surveillance, satellites, attack aircraft, mercenary armies, infusions of millions of dollars to buy off and bribe the local elites and train an Afghan army of 350,000 that has never exhibited the will to fight, failed to defeat a guerrilla army of 60,000 that funded itself through opium production and extortion in one of the poorest countries on earth.

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Form unity government to deal with COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The reality is that no one political coalition has a simple majority of seats and no one is in favour of calling a general election at the present time. As a result, there appears to be no obvious prime ministerial candidate.

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Who does UMNO have to offer as PM material?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia's on-going political crisis caused by a political coup that seized power undemocratically will come to an end sooner or later, but who will emerge as the Prime Minister (PM) once the dust settles?
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ECRL Project to Inoculate 6,500 Personnel At Base Camp PPVINs

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project has taken proactive steps in the Public-Private Partnership COVID-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) by utilising three (3) ECRL base camps in the East Coast states as industry vaccination centres (PPVINs). The implementation of this initiative will facilitate the exclusive vaccination of about 6,500 personnel and field workers, a bid that will further accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination process involving the construction and transportation sectors.

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Persaingan Dalam Reformasi Institusi Adalah Baik Tetapi Undi Percaya Perlu Dibuat Bulan Ogos

 
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Gabungan untuk Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil (BERSIH 2.0) menganggap tawaran Perdana Menteri (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin untuk beberapa pembaharuan institusi sebagai balasan sokongan daripada Pembangkang dalam usul Undi Percaya di Dewan Rakyat adalah langkah yang baik untuk kestabilan politik dan demokrasi berparlimen negara kita. 
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Competition In Institutional Reform Is Good But Confidence Vote Must Happen In August

KUALA LUMUR, Malaysia--The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) considers PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's offer of a range of important institutional reforms in exchange for support from the Opposition in an upcoming Vote of Confidence (VoC) in the Dewan Rakyat, a step in the right direction for political stability and parliamentary democracy in our country.

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Racism is destroying Malaysian society

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--In the last year, I have become more active in trying to assist my home country Malaysia, which is sadly in turmoil and decline.

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Best Time To Negotiate with "Weak & Desperate" PN

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Muhyiddin govt put forth a litany of offers, which have surprised many. What wasn’t surprising was the overwhelmingly negative response to the offer, whether by my fellow colleagues or the Twittersphere.

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The Numbers In Parliament? Here Are Other Numbers That Also Matter

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We have witnessed so much political drama over the last couple of weeks – from the abrupt suspension of the special sitting of Parliament in late July to Umno’s withdrawal of support for the Perikatan National (PN) government.

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The slow decay of the Malay political establishment

As Malaysia stumbles through another political crisis that could bring down the government any day, Professor James Chin argues the country faces a deeper challenge – the decay of the Malay political establishment. The only way out is power sharing that recognises Malaysia’s reality as a multi-racial, multi-religious society. 


As you read this, Malaysia is undergoing a political crisis that few would have predicted just a year ago. To recap, in February 2020, a “backdoor government” was established under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

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Warehouse Cartel in Port Klang Busted and Fined

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) imposes financial penalties ranging from RM26,363.03 to as high as RM336,369.13 against seven (7) warehouse operators.
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Who is Anwar Ibrahim?

There has been no other politician in Malaysia who is as polarizing as Anwar Ibrahim. People will usually strongly support him, or strongly dislike him. He has been accused of being a chameleon, telling different audiences, different things, an opportunist, seeking the prime ministerial position, and ‘the boy who cried wolf’, with his aspersions about having a parliamentary majority to takeover government, on a number of occasions.
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Urgent need to end politicking

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--I wish to clarify my tweet that was questioned by friends and critics on why did I say PH should make a deal with PN to stop politicking and focus on pandemic relieve measures for the rakyat. I am afraid the brief tweet failed to capture fully what I wanted to express in relation to Tony Pua’s comment .
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MPs Held Hostage

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Unless you are familiar with the odd rituals of the United Kingdom Parliament, this little piece of information may be new to you. 
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Nathaniel Tan is terrified and calls us to act

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Nathaniel Tan is fasting to get our attention. He’s fasting from food, alone. He’s fasting in a tent he’s set up on a five-foot way outside a shop in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, KL. He began fasting on Wednesday, 4th of August.

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Mahathir’s Shattered Legacy


After nearly 75 years in public life, the political career of Mahathir Mohamed appears to be drawing to a close at age 96. As he becomes less relevant amid the country’s current fevered political manoeuvring, it is time to look at what the last four years, with 20 months as prime minister once again, did for his legacy.

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South China Sea must be a basis for prosperity, not conflict

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The South China Sea is among the world’s most dangerous flash points. The escalation of disputes in the area could cause major problems to international trades and stability of coastal states in the region.
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Do away with obsolete laws against public assembly

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Yesterday, police announced that they plan to call 29 participants of #Kita Lawan rally held on 31 July 2021. It is believed that eleven of them have been summoned to the Dang Wangi Police Station today. I am sure after today’s MPs gathering at Dataran Merdeka, another list will be out and more work for the police.
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The future of the country is hanging in a balance

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The future of the country is hanging in a balance. What happens in the next few weeks could have massive ramifications for years to come. Time to think long and hard.

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The future of Malaysia: Policies and politics

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—It is indeed a pleasure and an honour to be invited to this conference and given the opportunity to share some thoughts on where I think Malaysia is heading and what are the policies that will help shape its future.
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𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘀

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--It would be ideal if Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin decided to resign honorably. Or at the very least take a less confrontational approach towards the palace by apologising and offering the heads of the Law Minister and the Attorney-General. Then, Malaysia could have avoided a constitutional crisis.  
 
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ABIM urges all members of the cabinet to take collective responsibility


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) offers thanks to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah on the firm statement issued by Istana Negara regarding the violation of the provisions of the Law, the Federal Constitution and the Institutions of the Palace by the Perikatan Nasional government in handling the Emergency Ordinance.

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CME proposes modern tax framework for Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Center for Market Education released a new Policy Brief titled Developing a Modern Tax Framework from Malaysia, authored by Dr Veerinderjeet Singh, a prominent tax advocate and Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Malaysia.
 
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P-hailing service issues comes under MyCC scrutiny

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Following the recent public outcry on issues relating to the services of food delivery platform companies, the imposition of exorbitant commission fees by such companies and the price of food and beverages on these platforms, the Malaysia Competition Commission (“MyCC”) has actively engaged with relevant stakeholders to obtain further information on the matter. MyCC is also closely monitoring and assessing the situation as to whether the conduct(s) of certain food delivery platform companies is in contravention of the Competition Act 2010 or not.
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Patriot calls for the recognition of community patriotism

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The National Patriot Association (PATRIOT), an NGO of retired Military and Police personnel and civilians is calling upon the government, professional bodies and business enterprises to bank on and give credence to the role and sacrifices being made by ‘community patriots’ as we battle on with a new enemy of the people and nation – Covid-19.
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The Arab Spring 2011: Revolusi dan Sekuriti Makanan

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Kebangkitan Dunia Arab atau ‘The Arab Spring’ pernah menghiasi berita utama yang sensasi oleh ribuan pengamal media sekitar tahun 2011. Hingga sekarang masih ada segelintir negara-negara Arab yang tidak menemui pengakhirannya.
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Russia's Secret New Fighter Jet Is Officially Out in the Open

After a week of entertaining hype, Russia officially revealed its second fifth-generation fighter jet. The “Checkmate” fighter is designed to go head to head with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, both in the skies and the export market. The plane’s fire sale price and rapid development schedule, however, seem almost too good to be true.
 
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Think tanks support the adoption of the Health Emergency Action Plan (HEAP)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We welcome the comprehensive efforts that have accelerated vaccination, which has made Malaysia among the top countries in the world for COVID-19 vaccination rate. However, our nation is still fighting an uphill battle driven by the emergence of new, more contagious variants. With a continuous rise in active cases, our public healthcare system is on the brink of collapse, especially in the Klang Valley. Our overworked health frontliners and limited health resources are at a breaking point.
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Forming the Pelan Bertindak Rakyat (TINDAK!) coalition

KUALA LUMPUR--Given the worsening Covid-19 situation in Malaysia, especially in the Klang Valley, we have decided to form a civil society coalition called Pelan Bertindak Rakyat (TINDAK!).
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Banking is no Fund. Beds to Bank on.

The Finance Minister recently proposed that the Lembaga Tabung Haji be placed under the purview of Bank Negara Malaysia because of the effect its RM82 billion funds has on Islamic financing (10% of total is it) and its sway on the Malaysian stock market.
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Development of Peace in Mindanao, Philippines

 SEOUL, South Korea-On 24 January 2014, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) offered local representatives including political and religious leaders to sign a peace agreement for the 40-year conflict in Mindanao. Currently, the civilian group-led peace agreement is at the implementation and has contributed to creating an atmosphere of peace for a peace agreement between the government of the Philippines and the Moro people.

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COVID19 Crisis : Questions and Motives

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The significant increase in Covid 19 infections in our country in the last one week has  prompted concerned Malaysians to ask the authorities to re-strategize their approach  towards the fight against the spread of the virus. A total lockdown, some feel, where most  movements are severely curbed is not the solution. 
 
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Alternative solutions on efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia--Former Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman proposed that the government should form three main committees which are a Medical Committee, Economic Committee and Security Committee with each Committee must be headed by experts in their respective fields. The leader must be given a free hand to nominate their members which should be comprised of government administrators, academicians, and mar-ket players to formulate health, social and political responses to better at combatting the COVID-19 situation in the country.
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Open or close.

Two different debates have arisen over the past few days.  Both are questions on authority.

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𝗪𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲

As my senatorship expires this Friday 16 July, I am bidding a temporary farewell to the Malaysian parliament, both the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, the august institution that I have been honoured to serve since I was first elected a Member of Parliament in 2008.
 
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Malaysians, our brothers’ keepers in this pandemic

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--A recent video released by Projek Bangsa Malaysia about the plight of front-liners in Malaysia highlighted the heart-breaking condition of a nation ravaged by the pandemic and riddled by the failures of the government.

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Vaccination Blues: Catching Covid-19 at the PPV?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Some 204 out of 453 staff at IDCC PPV tested positive for Covid-19. That is a whopping 45 percent. And how many of them had not received their vaccine? 53 of them!

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Fly that flu

By Your Friendly Neighbourhood EnvironMentalist 
 
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CME presents a real plan to fight COVID-19 in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Center for Market Education (CME) published a new policy paper titled Fighting COVID-19 in Malaysia: Mass Testing and Other Reasonable Proposals, co-authored by Dr Carmelo Ferlito (CEO, Center for Market Education, Malaysia), Dr Salvatore Chirumbolo (Clinic Biochemical Scientist, Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy), Dr Consilz Tan (Senior Lecturer in Economics, School of Economics and Management, Xiamen University (XMUM), Malaysia), Dr Veerinderjeet Singh (President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants & the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Malaysia), Jochen Fries (Entrepreneur, Malaysia), Steven Sieff (Greenbandredband, United Kingdom), Carmine Iavazzo (Entrepreneur, Malaysia), Yow Chuan Lee (Entrepreneur, Malaysia) and Sergio Maria Calzolari (Business Advisor, ASEAN).

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UNCLOS: Key to safeguarding rights of ASEAN in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The recent intrusion into Malaysian airspace by 16 strategic transport aircraft over the Luconia Shoals in the South China Sea (SCS), on June 1 followed by another by a Chinese Coast Guard ship on June 4, is a serious reminder on the importance of international conventions in regulating maritime borders.

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Decriminalisation of suicide - The government must act now

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Suicides and attempted suicides appear to be yet another critical global public health issue. Many countries the world over has seen a climb in the number of suicides and attempted suicides over the last 2 years.
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Telling a good Communist story

Ever since President Xi Jinping came into power in 2012 he has set about telling “a good story about China”, and what better story to tell than the rise and success of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?  
 
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Contest at Kasawari: Another Malaysian gas project faces Chinese pressure

Since early June, China Coast Guard (CCG) vessels have been contesting new Malaysian oil and gas development off the coast of Sarawak. The activity coincides with a patrol by Chinese military planes near Malaysia, which prompted scrambles by Malaysian aircraft and recriminations from Kuala Lumpur.  This is at least the third time since last spring that the CCG has harassed Malaysian energy exploration. It demonstrates again Beijing’s persistence in challenging its neighbors’ oil and gas activities within their own exclusive economic zones. And the air patrol, which was likely not a coincidence, suggests Beijing’s willingness to engage in parallel escalation to pressure other claimants to back down.
 
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The Government Should Take Heed of the Recommendations in the US Trafficking in Persons Report 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Malaysian Bar is concerned with Malaysia’s recent downgrade to Tier 3 in the United States Trafficking in Persons (“USTIP”) Report 2021.1  We also note that the report also highlights the inaction of the Malaysian Government in addressing allegations of human trafficking, namely, in the palm oil sector and rubber industry, as well as alleged corruption among its enforcement officials.

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Immediate Steps Needed to Forestall Collapse of Health Care Services in the Klang Valley

KUALA LUMUR, Malaysia--The government hospitals in the Klang Valley are at breaking point. The acute care wards for seriously ill Covid-19 cases are packed to capacity and the emergency units are overflowing with patients who have difficulty in breathing. The intensive care wards are full. The system is no longer able to provide adequate care to the 20 – 25% of Covid-19 patients who require high quality and timely treatment with oxygen, steroids and anticoagulants to pull through and survive their ordeal.

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𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰, 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Each time I look at the raids and other punitive actions such as hefty compound by the government’s enforcement agencies on helpless ordinary people for violation of SOP and other minor offences, I imagine something terrible. The image of Tunisia’s Mohamed Bouazizi setting himself on fire on 17 December 2010, which set off the Arab Spring uprising, came to mind.
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White Flag: It's Time For #RakyatJagaRakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) refers to the waving of the white flag that comes from the initiative of Malaysians to alleviate the misery of life at this time. ABIM stressed, this #BenderaPutih is a manifestation of the voice of the people beyond the political interests of the party.
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Crackdowns on freedom of expression is symptomatic of a failing democracy

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) views with grave concern in the last two days various crackdowns by the Malaysian police (PDRM) on social activists who raised issues of public concerns and ordinary Malaysians who expressed their desperation during this health and economic crisis.
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Roti Yang Menghancurkan Kerajaan Dan Pemerintahan Rom

Kejatuhan Empayar Rom Barat pada tahun 476 AD berlaku kesan daripada akibat ketidakstabilan pengagihan makanan kepada rakyatnya di antara kerajaan Rom yang berpusat di Itali dan jajahannya yang berada di bahagian benua Eropah yang lain. Pemberontakan oleh rakyat golongan bawahan telah bermula dari German dan merebak sehingga ke Itali. Yang terselamat hanyalah Empayar Rom Timur yang berpusat di Konstantinopel sehingga ia jatuh kepada Turki seribu tahun kemudian.
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Kabinet dan pentadbiran PN hentilah melumur arang ke muka Baginda dan Istana!

"Sidang Parlimen Khas" seperti yang dicadangkan oleh Yang Dipertua Dewan Negara, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Rais Yatim dan Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, adalah sangat berbeza dengan apa yang telah dititahkan oleh KDYMM Tuanku Agong bersama kenyataan Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu (MRRM) pada 16 Jun 2021 yang lepas.
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As desperate Malaysians organise, should Muhyiddin worry?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has seen some remarkable community level organising by the Malaysian public who are independently working together to help the hardest hit among them to weather the storm.

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The national recovery plan

The Government has announced a National Recovery Plan. Unfortunately it is more of a time table for recovery based on the number of new cases and the dates the lockdown would be loosened. How the reduction is to be achieved during the stipulated period is not explained. The virus may not oblige and continue to plague the nation despite the time table.
 
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Muhyiddin’s new tool to shore up power: University Boards

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s continuing effort to stay in power has resulted in the appointment of 35-odd politicians and ex-politicians to the boards of directors of the country’s 20 public universities, a position that carries basic financial reward and allowances but plenty of prestige.
 
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Statement by Andy Hall regarding letter acknowledging US CBP has started an investigation into alleged forced labour in IOI Corporation’s operations

I take note of today’s statement in which IOI Corporation (IOI) has made reference to a letter addressed to me by the US Customs and Border Protection Department (US CBP). It is stated in this public release by IOI that this aforementioned letter acknowledges CBP has started an investigation into alleged forced labour in IOI ‘s operations in Malaysia.

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"If you want to go fast, you pay lah!"

Selepas gagal memastikan bekalan vaksin untuk rakyat Malaysia, Menteri bertanggungjawab sebagai Penyelaras Program Imunisasi Covid-19 Kebangsaan (PICK), Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar nampaknya belum bosan untuk menuding jari kepada semua pihak selain daripada melihat kelemahan dan kegagalan diri dan pasukannya sendiri.
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How the US could give its “Pivot to Asia” teeth and claws

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Middle East observers are looking at the latest move by the US to pull air defense systems out of the region with keen interest, with some saying this would change the balance of power in the region.

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Negative pressure ambulances DO NOT IMPROVE OUTCOME nor help improve the Covid-19 situation with large monetary consequences.

The College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia; the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists and the Malaysian Society of Intensive Care would like to respond on the press statement by the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, as reported by the Bernama News Agency on 20th June 2021 with regards to the purchase of 500 negative pressure ambulances to transport Covid-19 patients.

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MyCC WELCOMES PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON ITS MARKET REVIEW FOR SELECTED TRANSPORTATION SECTORS IN MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is inviting the public, including relevant stakeholders, to take part in a public consultation on the ‘Market Review under the Competition Act 2010 for Selected Transportation Sectors in Malaysia (Port Logistics Ecosystem and Motor Vehicle Warranty)’ by contributing opinions, inputs, and feedback on the said market review.
 
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Sexual harassment is rampant in Malaysian universities

With more allegations of sexual harassment, university authorities around Malaysia appear to be turning a blind eye towards what appears to be a growing incidence of sexual harassment throughout their respective institutions. This appears to be a growing problem, however very few statistics exist, and most cases are not reported.

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Virtual Conference to Introduce Peace Activities Led by Global Citizens in the Pandemic Era

On May 25, 2021, HWPL's 8th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace was held online and attended by around 3,000 people from 150 countries around the world. This event is held annually by an international peace NGO named Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in association with its affiliated groups, International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG).
 
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Tamat darurat, buka parlimen dan jangan derhaka ada titah Tuanku

1. Angkatan Wanita Amanah Negara (AWAN) menjunjung kasih titah Ke Bawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong dan Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu atas kenyataan-kenyataan yang telah dikeluarkan kelmarin. Adalah  jelas dan tuntas disebut betapa  kerajaan PN yang ada pada hari ini telah gagal untuk mengawal bukan sahaja pandemik Covid-19 tetapi juga gagal mengurus ekonomi negara dan perpaduan sosial rakyat keseluruhan.

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Alleged Financial and operational Irregularities at MUIS

While MUIS officer Munir Hussein is still under investigation by the Corrupt Practices Investigation bureau (CPIB) and Singapore police commercial affairs department (CAD) relating to issues arising from the ministerial inquiry into foreign halal certification irregularities, another financial scandal is coming to light.

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End the emergency, open Parliament and restore the country together

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations from various backgrounds are deeply concerned and concerned about the Covid-19 health crisis which has led to various negative implications on the economy and social of the masses.

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Forget politics, focus on what needs to be done

OVER the last week, political pundits have been reporting the events and rumours around the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah calling up all political leaders one by one for meetings. With each meeting, there have been various proposals made for how Malaysia should be governed in the short-term, and stories of who will step aside for who, although some of these stories are deliberately misleading to confuse.
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‘Tawhidic-Singularity’ as a New Philosophy of Islam

One of the realties about Islam as it is represented today is that very few understand its meaning in a contemporary social context, let alone be able to apply it to the world that is organic, emotionally unstable, and constantly evolving as patterned by organised chaos and complexity.
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MANUSIA DI MASA DEPAN

Pejam celik pejam celik, antara sedar atau tidak, kita sudah pun berada di tahun 2020. Pelbagai perubahan dapat dirasakan. Antaranya seperti kepesatan pembangunan penempatan penduduk setempat, pertambahan bilangan penduduk di sesebuah kawasan atau daerah, peningkatan jumlah kenderaan secara mendadak, kepesatan teknologi yang begitu drastik dan pelbagai lagi senario.

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Why Malaysian university research still has a long way to go

Malaysia is spending about 5.9% of GDP on education and 1.13% of GDP on research and development. However as at 2014, no Malaysian universities have made the top 100 of the THES global or Asian university rankings, or QS World University Rankings. This is in great contrast to universities with a similar start-up time frame in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, and even Saudi Arabia, making the top 100 in the Asian rankings over the last few years.

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Why there is no academic freedom in Malaysia

The Malaysian Government is trying to develop the country into an education hub. Most universities seek awards of excellence and to get their institutions into the rankings.
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We urgently need a 21-day total mobilisation campaign against Covid-19

In fighting this Covid-19 pandemic, we must first accept that we are at war. It is not something we can afford to take lightly. We must mobilise all resources to fight this war, and not to be distracted by anything else. If the response is not greater than the spread of the virus, Covid-19 wins and Malaysia loses.
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Malaysia’s Border Problems

If land and sea borders are the nation’s doors, Malaysia’s doors seem wide open. Terrorism, piracy, smuggling, narcotics trade, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants are all major problems that need to be tackled at the country’s boundaries.
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Reject reclamation, save our seas

Penang Forum has repeatedly called for the cancellation of the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) and we are heartened to hear a chorus of voices in support. Penang Forum is a broad coalition of non-governmental organisations working towards local democracy and sustainable development in Penang. 
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The COVID antibody test might help us reach herd immunity faster

The authorities screened 188,000 migrant workers staying at 43 workers’ hostels in Singapore in the second quarter of 2020. The RT-PCR test was used to detect Covid-19 virus RNA in nasal-pharyngeal swabs and a blood test was done to screen for antibodies to Covid-19. 
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Will the IGP address overuse of lockups?

On 31 May, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Acryl Sani, held a press conference about the MCO. He also spoke briefly about lockup deaths.

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Penang reclamation project will cause permanent environmental damage, must be scrapped

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- The Penang South Reclamation Project (Projek Tambakan Laut Selatan Pulau Pinang) -PSR which will take up the size of almost 17 sq km, involves the development of three artificial islands with a land mass of 1,700 hectares in the waters of Permatang Damar Laut near Bayan Lepas in Penang.

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Diana, Dodi and investigating deaths in custody

Some are mad with me because in my last post (link) I wrote that in Malaysia, it's the police who must investigate deaths in custody. They say the responsibility lies with coroners.

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Govt has wide powers to compel banks to impose moratorium

The statement by the finance minister, as reported in the media, stating that the government does not have the legal power to dictate to banks to impose a moratorium on loan repayments needs clarification.

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What Has Befallen Our Foreign Policy

Earlier today, FMT reported that the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) was deployed to intercept 16 of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force planes which had strayed into Malaysian waters just slightly north of Borneo.

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Who should investigate the deaths of Ganapathy and Sivabalan?

I’m in a state of shock. Not over the recent deaths of the two, seemingly due to custodial actions taken by police in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur. But over the responses of politicians and activists whom I hold in high regard.

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Fighting Corruption Requires a Pandemic-like Response

What do corruption and the COVID-19 pandemic have in common? They both have deep and wide-spread repercussions for development in all countries. If appropriate curtailment measures are not taken on time, the pandemic will rage across the entire population with its impact felt by future generations. 
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One fatal mistake DAP keeps making over and over again

The DAP is so close to regaining power. The rakyat is extremely frustrated with disappointment after disappointment from the Perikatan Nasional government. But as they did in 2018, 2013 and even before the 2008 tsunami, they keep repeating the same mistake.

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Serve the flag not the regime

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--It is an open secret that the Malaysian civil service has been used and abused by successive governments over the past few decades, being a means for many a politician to advance his career, enrich himself or to strengthen the grip on power.

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THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Whatever may be the cause of the present flare-up of the pandemic, what must be accepted is that dealing with it, attempting to reduce the number of new cases will cost a lot of money.

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IDEAS calls for predictability and better coordination in government pandemic management in light of new MCO

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) has called for more predictability and better coordination in the Malaysian government’s current pandemic response to ensure Malaysia’s recovery from the pandemic, in light of the announcement made Monday by the Prime Minister expanding the current Movement Control Order (MCO) to the whole of the country from May 12th to June 7th.

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Anger, frustration as Malaysia expected to begin 3rd lockdown

KUALA LUMPUR (May 2)--The looming possibility of another movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia’s parts of Malaysia has caused many to vent their frustrations over what they called poor planning and last minute announcements that are taking a toll on the economy.

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𝐓𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐧 𝐆𝐄𝟏𝟓 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧

Sdri Gan Peck Cheng shared with us earlier that the state committee to be elected in this upcoming state convention would be Johor DAP’s 20th. Johor DAP has braved the political ups and downs for the past 50 over years and we are confident that it will continue to flourish under a strong leadership, even in the current flux.

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Vietnam’s economy to keep growing solidly with new leaders

KUALA LUMPUR (April 13)--As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, Vietnam has emerged as Asia’s shining star, turning in one of the best economic performances in 2020 even as economies worldwide are struggling with sluggish growth and uncertainty.

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DAP’s identity crisis

Those of us who are old enough remember a time when the DAP was a very different party; Chinese centric grumpy old men dominated. Barely anybody spoke English and Malay, outside Karpal’s little Penang gang.

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As of today, less than 3 percent of Malaysians have been vaccinated against Covid-19

While the Coordinating Minister has blamed rich countries for cornering the market and thus limiting Malaysia's access to vaccine supply, I have been informed that several state governments, private businesses and foundations, responding to the government's incompetence in handling the pandemic, have sought to procure their own supply of NPRA approved vaccines.

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City planning expert urges government to save historical school

KUALA LUMPUR (April 19)--City planning expert Derek Fernandez has urged the government  to intervene in the Convent Bukit Nanas issue ahead of a hearing for the school’s judicial review application to challenge the Department of Lands and Mines decision not to extend its land lease.

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Government Contract Cartel: Civil Servants Betrayal

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) commends and lauds the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission’s impartial and meticulous efforts in uncovering and busting the government contract cartel reportedly headed by a wealthy and powerful Datuk.

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G25: Religious bills put Malaysia’s religious harmony in jeopardy

G25 is concerned over reports that the Perikata Nasional government's plans to table in Parliament a bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) and a bill on the Control and Restriction on the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions.

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Where are Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh?

Two years ago, on 3 April 2019, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) concluded that the alleged Shiite activist Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh were disappeared by the Special Branch of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

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Rakyat Malaysia tolak keganasan pemerintah tentera Myanmar

KUALA LUMPUR – 31 MAC 2021: Masyarakat sivil di Malaysia menyatakan bantahan mereka dengan jelas terhadap keganasan yang dilakukan oleh pemerintah tentera Myanmar ke atas rakyat Myanmar yang berprotes secara aman untuk menuntut demokrasi.

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When any Tom, Dick and Harry is appointed Mayor

KUALA LUMPUR (March 11)--This is 2021 and the expectations and aspirations of the Rakyat are far, far more developed than the way things were in Kuala Lumpur achieved city status on 1 February 1972.

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Local authorities must not deny "meaningful participation"

KUALA LUMPUR (March 8)--Residents seeking to object to development projects impacting them and their quality of life must be given full disclosure in order for them to participate in the public objection process in a meaningful way.

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“Rakyat’s money used against the Rakyat!”

KUALA LUMPUR (March 2)--Recent news that Kuala Lumpur Mayor Mahadi Che Ngah is seeking to reverse the Court of Appeal’s decision quashing City Hall’s development order in Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK), has drawn the ire of the Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur or Save KL Coalition.

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Jasa PDRM sentiasa dikenang rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR (Mac 2)--CAGED percaya bahawa badan penguatkuasaan polis yang baik adalah penting untuk menjamin ketenteraman masyarakat. Namun begitu, CAGED turut sedar bahawa tangunggjawab ini bukan mudah.

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Malaysians have a right to have the vaccine of their choice

By Frank Auger

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 26)--The vaccines are coming right into Malaysia with more and more getting their shots starting the Pfizer vaccine, and soon China’s Sinovac vaccine will be delivered to Malaysians.

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Does Warisan have staying power?

By Jocelyn Nya

KOTA KINABALU (Feb 26)--Warisan saw another defection on Thursday, thinning down its 21 seats in the Sabah state legislative assembly by one after Sebatik assemblyman Hassan A Gani Pg Amir today announced he has quit Warisan and declared himself an independent who backs the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) ruling coalition.

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Muhyiddin throws ultimatum at Umno

UMNO leaders have been rather secretive about what went on at their supreme council meeting in Janda Baik last Friday (Feb 19).

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Sugarbook: Treating the symptoms not the cause will only fail

KUALA LUMPUR(Feb 22)--The recent controversy surrounding the "Sugarbook" dating platform is yet another example of how government overreach in Malaysia fails to address the core issue and instead gets caught up in biased sentiments.

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