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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sultan appoints Azmin as new MB

PETALING JAYA - The Selangor palace has sent out a letter appointing PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as the next mentri besar.

The official announcement will be made at 9am Tuesday, followed by the ssearing-in ceremony at 10am.

Azmin was among three candidates "interviewed" by Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah last week to assess their suitability for the top post.

Selangor MB crisis: Who commands majority support?

From all accounts, it appears that the Palace has shortlisted 3 potential candidates for the post of the next Selangor MB – to bring to a close the crisis that has been raging for these several weeks past.

The question on everyone’s lips is – will the crisis be finally resolved? More importantly, are we about to witness the reordering of the fundamental construct on which our Constitution is based?

These questions are raised in the context of the fact that none of the 3 candidates, on the face of it, have thus far been shown to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the legislative assembly.

Red alert in Sabah over Abu Sayyaf's open support for Isis?

KUALA LUMPUR - A red alert has been raised in Sabah following an open declaration of support for the Islamic State (IS) movement by Isnilon Hapilon - one of the most wanted terrorists with up to RM16mil (S$6.3 million) bounty on his head.

The 48-year-old Abu Sayyaf leader, along with masked men, posted a video of themselves on YouTube in July but intelligence sources said it gained momentum on social media last month.

Sources said pro-IS and jihadist websites in Bahasa Malaysia were being watched following this new development.

Jail for sedition excessive, failure to protect free speech, say lawyers

Courts have a duty to protect free speech but the recent trend of imposing jail for those convicted of sedition instead of fines has surprised lawyers who say it is only a political crime for expressing a different point of view.

They said the courts have a duty to protect and preserve the constitutional right of citizens to freedom of speech and expression, but expressed worry that the judiciary was not doing so.

The DO Should not play politics with excuses and lies, says Dr Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “It is a sad day for the civil service when the District Officer tried to play politics to justify his refusal to open up the Batu Sumpah monument on Malaysia with excuses and lies. It may be better that he ask to be transferred out of Keningau to protect the good name of the Sabah civil service” said Dr. Jeffrey in response to the so-called explanation of the District Officer that STAR Sabah applied to hold the Malaysia Day commemoration service.

“If the District Officer wish to recall, I applied for permission as the State Assemblyman for Bingkor and the request was not made under STAR Sabah party as alleged by the D.O.” stressed Dr. Jeffrey.

It is only right that the commemoration service be held on Malaysia Day itself even if it is a public holiday. The D.O.’s excuse that it was a public holiday and the event cannot be held as such is absurd.

Selangor MB crisis: Azmin expected to be named MB, says source

PETALING JAYA - A source close to PKR deputy president Azmin Ali has confirmed that he will be the new Selangor Mentri Besar.

“Inshaallah (God willing). An official announcement will be made soon,” the source said Monday when asked to provide further details about the appointment.

Azmin is expected to be sworn in at the Istana Alam Shah at 10am on Tuesday, and will hold his first press conference as mentri besar afterwards.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sabah Umno leaders need to speak up, don't be cowards

KOTA KINABALU - “Sabah BN Umno leaders need to come out of their cocoons and hiding places and put the facts correct to the federal government that Sabah and Sarawak (with Singapore then) formed Malaysia on 16 September, 1963. There should be no dispute and no ambiguity to this historical fact,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Chairman of STAR Sabah in supporting the call by a senior Sarawak BN leader cum Minister that those who distort history should be charged with sedition.

Sarawak BN leaders have been forthright and have articulated correctly the basis of the formation of Malaysia and the rights of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the Federation of Malaysia.

Police reports lodged over UPSR leaks in Tamil, Maths papers

Reports have been lodged over purported leaks in the Tamil and Maths papers for the UPSR examinations, days after the authorities confirmed that the Science and English tests papers have been compromised.

Some 500,000 students sat for the national primary six examinations. The English and Science examinations will now be held again with fresh test papers on September 30.

Cop seek three people on 'sedition' case

Sabah police are investigating the call for independence as a sedition case.

KOTA KINABALU: Police are seeking three individuals identified as being involved in the secession call of the Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia movement (SSKM).Their assistance is being sought to help with investigations.

CP says kidnapped cop made 68 calls to wife since July 12

KOTA KINABALU - Marine police Constable Zakiah Aleip has made a total of 68 telephone calls to his family since he was kidnapped by intruders at the Mabul Water Bungalow Resort in Semporna on July 12.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the last phone call made by the 26-year-old marine policeman to his family was on Friday afternoon informing that he was safe.

Jalaluddin said Zakiah also managed to speak to his wife and his father, and the constable’s wife had also spoken to the kidnappers.

“This group of kidnappers has been moving Zakiah from one place to another, sometimes in the forest or remote villages.