Browsing All Posts filed under »Right to know«

Why I am looking forward to the decision in the contempt proceedings against Mkini

June 21, 2020

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Lord Denning, a famous judge of the English courts, had this to say about the law of contempt in the context of public criticism of the judiciary : “…those who criticise us will remember that, from the nature of our office, we cannot reply to the criticisms. We cannot enter into public controversy. Still less […]

Sorry, Sri Ram, the Riza Aziz DNAA controversy isn’t over. Far from it!

May 17, 2020

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The controversy surrounding the decision to discharge film producer Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz over money laundering charges should end with the Attorney General’s statement, says the case’s lead prosecutor, reports The Star “Once (the) AG has made a statement, that is the end of the matter”, Gopal Sri Ram  (GSR) is reported to have said. […]

Muhyiddin cannot dictate the whole order of business of the Dewan Rakyat on 18th May

May 14, 2020

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Just after 4pm yesterday, The Malay Mail reported this most bizarre news : the 18th May Dewan Rakyat sitting, the first since the collapse of the PH government and Muhyiddin’s ascension to the position of prime minister had only one order of business : the Agong’s royal address. The nation is facing a pandemic such […]

This 2-in-1 may well prove the undoing of efforts to flatten the curve

May 1, 2020

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Late March, Ismail Sabri urged members of the migrant workforce in the country to come forward and be tested for Covid-19, assuring those who were undocumented that they need not fear any reprisals from immigration authorities. I thought this was a step in the right direction. Media reports today have it that the immigration authorities, […]

Dear Muhyiddin

April 28, 2020

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God’s peace be with you. “This government may not be the government that you voted for”. Your own words. We got rid of UMNO and BN. You brought them back! And with that, has the old practice of huge chunks of allocations intended to uplift the lives of the most marginalised Malaysians through the DEB […]

Deep state thwarted, perchance?

January 10, 2020

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Deep state : an alleged secret network of especially nonelected government officials and sometimes private entities (as in the financial services and defense industries) operating extralegally to influence and enact government policy – online Merriam-Webster dictionary MACC’s expose of the wire-tapped recordings on Wednesday has had many people training their guns on the Chief Commissioner. […]

Asalamu’alaikum, Jakim

October 15, 2019

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Umat Islam di Malaysia sudah lama dilanda dengan berbagai pandangan berkenaan isu ketuanan Melayu dari golongan para politik, khususnya yang sendiri mengaku diri mereka sebagai menganuti agama Islam. Saya sendiri merujuk serta memegang kepada khutbah terakhir Baginda Nabi SAW di Arafah yang telah bersabda, antara lain, bahawa semua manusia berasal dari Adam dan Hawa, tidak […]

Will the real “Malay” of Article 153(1) please stand?

October 12, 2019

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It shall be the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to safeguard the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the States of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of this Article – Article 153 (1) of the Federal Constitution. Note that the […]

The rakyat are not ready to be equals?

September 18, 2019

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Some years back, when Bernard Dompok was helming the National Unity Ministry, I attended his talk at the Assumption Church in PJ. During Q&A, I put this to Bernard : I could not find the word Bumiputra in the Federal Constitution. And the Reid Commission Report clearly envisaged that the “special position” of the Malays […]

Why I am for the abolition of the death penalty

October 30, 2018

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I have written on this previously, and my views remain the same, so I am just going to reproduce excerpts here of what I wrote before. I want to share my thoughts on why I think the death penalty is wrong, but allow me to first digress for a moment. Irene is in her 70’s. […]