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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Najib’s 1st year: Least achievements, Chinese 'bashing' begins

Wong Choon Mei  

Prime Minister Najib Razak marked his first year in office by defending ultra Malay rights group Perkasa as not extreme, even as it went on a Chinese 'bashing' spree demanding apologies from two Chinese leaders and threatening to have them suspended or even sacked from the Barisan Nasional coalition.

Umno to blame for confusion in Syariah system

Wong Choon Mei  

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3: Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud has slammed the Umno-led government for lacking the political will to consolidate Malaysia's Islamic legal system and overhaul the messiness caused by the lack of standardization among the various state Syariah authorities.

Gerakan National Central Committee should convene emergency meeting to give ultimatum to Koh Tsu Koon to declare he is “Malaysian first and Chinese second” or be removed as Gerakan President

The Gerakan Youth Secretary-General Dominic Lau had rightly come out with a public position criticizing Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for his declaration that he is “a Malay first and then only a Malaysian”,

Friday, April 2, 2010

Muhyiddin mirrors Umno’s dilemma — Ooi Kee Beng

APRIL 2 — The shocking and defiant statement made recently by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that he identified himself more with his race than his nationality reveals the difficulties that the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) faces.

Why are Malays poor? Blame it on Umno! — P. Ramakrishnan

APRIL 2 — Of late, the pressure is building up to convey the impression that the Malays are poor because of the non-Malays. It is trumpeted that the non-Malays are enriching themselves at the expense of the Malays.

Mahfuz rubbishes claims of 'racial imbalance' in third vote


KUALA LUMPUR, April 2: Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar has rubbished a claim by a federal government minister that local council elections would cause 'racial imbalance', arguing if that was true then the nation should not carry out any general election or by-election whatsoever.

PAS women MPs slam Speaker for suspending DAP MP


KUALA LUMPUR, April 2: PAS women leaders have lashed out at BN Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee for throwing Bukit Mertajam MP Chong Eng out of the House and slapping on a one-day suspension for insisting that he take action against his BN colleague for misleading Parliament.

Apco: Najib, Umno defy Muslim sensitivities

Wong Choon Mei  

 KUALA LUMPUR, April 2: Pakatan Rakyat leaders warn the decision to take disciplinary action against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim will only deepen the suspicion already felt by the Muslim world towards Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Umno party for hiring an international communications firm with alleged Zionist links to advise on top strategic matters.

Answer first, Anwar tells Najib, UMNO


KUALA LUMPUR, April 1: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, reacting to the decision to refer him to the parliament's Rights and Privileges Committee, said there had been no explanations forthcoming over his revelation of the government's appointment of Apco Worldwide, a consultancy firm with close Zionist-Israeli links.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Zambry’s ‘revelation’ to hide Umno’s problems, says Nizar

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin has rubbished his successor’s claims of being offered the Perak Mentri Besar’s post first by the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) shortly after Election 2008, saying it was an attempt to hide problems in Umno.

PKR MPs ridicule Zambry

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — PKR lawmakers ridiculed Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir’s claim today that he was approached by the party’s “number one leader” to defect and was even offered the post of Mentri Besar after Election 2008.

Anwar denies approaching Zambry

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim denied today that he had approached Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir to become Perak’s Mentri Besar.

Nizar slams BN for denying Perakians forum for debate


IPOH, March 31: Deposed Mentri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin led a walkout of Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers from the Perak state assembly to protest the “incompetent and grossly unfair” conduct of BN Speaker R Ganesan, whom he accused of rushing to adjourn the sitting so as to deny the Pakatan and the Perak people any forum for debate.

Anwar denies Zambry's defection claim


IPOH, March 31: Perak Pakatan Rakyat leaders have dismissed as braggadocio the claims made by BN Mentri Besar Zambry Kadir that he was approached by PKR’s top leader to defect in the aftermath of the landmark 2008 general election.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


The Leap Malaysia Needs to Make

An UMNO stalwart takes on the system

Muhyiddin should resign as DPM if he is not prepared to declare that in accordance with 1Malaysia goal, he is Malaysian first and Malay second

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in Parliament yesterday in his reply as Education Minister that he supported the Prime Minister’s message of 1Malaysia and instead accused me of trying to drive a wedge between Datuk Seri Najib Razak and him.

Way clear for MIC to contest Hulu Selangor

By Baradan Kuppusamy

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — It has been decided that an MIC candidate will be fielded as Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidate for the Hulu Selangor by-election, following discussions between Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu yesterday.

APCO: In Mercenary We Trust

Tian Chua  

In this dynamic and ever-changing world, APCO Worldwide stands tall as the giant of the lobbying industry.

PAS: Najib must stop all dealings with APCO

Wong Choon Mei
KUALA LUMPUR, March 31: PAS leaders have called on Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Umno party to cease all dealings with international communications firm APCO as it will tarnish Malaysia’s image as a Muslim nation and disappoint other member of the Organization of Islamic Conference. 

Speaker backpedals on APCO, up to BN MPs to go after Anwar

Wong Choon Mei  

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30: In the face of strong documentary proof tendered by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee has passed the buck to his fellow BN lawmakers to decide if Anwar should be referred to the parliamentary rights and privileges committee for disciplinary action.

Apco: Anwar produces documents, exposes shady clients


KUALA LUMPUR, March 30: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has produced two documents to show the link between former Israeli leader Ehud Barak's "One-Israel" slogan and prime minister Najib Razak's "1-Malaysia" concept.

APCO linked with government before 1 Malaysia, claims Anwar

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) caused a stir in Parliament today when he claimed that APCO’s links with the Najib administration started well before the 1 Malaysia concept.

No apologies, Teng tells Ahmad

GEORGE TOWN: The feud between Penang Gerakan and Datuk Ahmad Ismail, the former Bukit Bendera Umno division chief, is unlikely to end soon with Gerakan brushing off Ahmad's demands for an apology.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cigarettes may contain pig blood

(AAP) CIGARETTES may contain traces of pigs' blood, an Australian academic says with a warning that religious groups could find its undisclosed presence "very offensive".

Don't underestimate MCA

Selena Tay, Segambut

While Chua Soi Lek has emerged as the winner of the MCA fresh polls, this writer doubts that it is as plain or as simple as that.  This is because there seems to be an invisible hand that managed to sink Ong Tee Keat. Or rather his obstinacy in getting to the bottom of the PKFZ scandal sank him to defeat.

Growing rebellion among Umno warlords against Najib

Wong Choon Mei

In signs of growing rebellion by Umno warlords against their party president Prime Minister Najib Razak, the entire executive committee of a Penang division has quit to pave the way for the return of former leader Ahmad Ismail, who stirred a storm of racial controversy in 2008.

Mariah slams Malaysia's top ten booze status

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30: Malaysia's relatively small population of 26 million has not deterred it from being among the top ten nations in the world with the highest consumption of alcohol.

Changing the Malay mindset

By Farah Fahmy

MARCH 30 — As a Malaysian overseas, one of the ways in which I keep myself up-to-date with what’s going on in the Motherland is by reading various Malaysian newspapers online.

Sack public office holders supporting Perkasa, says PKR

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Dr Lee Boon Chye urged Najib Tun Razak to sack all public office holders who are supporting Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa), if the Prime Minister is sincere about promoting unity as an objective of 1Malaysia concept.



Hong Kong (August 10, 2009) – APCO Worldwide, continuing to broaden its activities in Asia, is opening a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Margery Kraus, president and chief executive officer, announced today.

Shocking revelation of Sabah’s healthcare conditions

By Queville To

KOTA KINABALU: Several issues rippled through Parliament last week but none more painful to hear than a serving medical officer’s shocking revelation of the deplorable conditions in Sabah Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and the ‘games’ ailing patients are made to play.

Dr M, the father of re-colonisation — Martin Jalleh

MARCH 30 — Recently, Dr Mahathir (Dr M) reminded the younger generation, who will one day lead the nation, not to be taken in by the subtle tactics of foreigners who want to bring about neo-colonialism in the country.

Perak Assembly begins today

By Clara Chooi
IPOH, March 30 —The first Perak Assembly sitting after Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir was declared the state’s rightful mentri besar commences today.

Anwar to zero in on Apco in Parliament today

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — The ongoing controversy involving Apco Worldwide, the US-based public relations consultancy hired by the Najib Administration, will be ramped up a notch when Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim addresses Parliament today.

The Battle for Hulu Selangor

Kenny Gan   
The untimely death of PKR’s Member of Parliament for Hulu Selangor, the well respected Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad, has triggered the 10th by-election in Malaysia since the 12th general election.

Sivarasa: It's not a matter of ethnicity for Hulu S'gor


KUALA LUMPUR, March 29: In a sign of how seriously his party is taking the Hulu Selangor by-election, PKR vice president Sivarasa Rasiah has clarified a recent news report that said he favored fielding a Malaysian Indian in the contest for the parliamentary seat.

MCA infighting to continue despite new lineup

Wong Choon Mei  

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29: As expected, Chua Soi Lek won the MCA party presidency, overcoming personal scandal and one of the bitterest and dirtiest campaigns ever, but political pundits say there is nothing much for him to celebrate and instead warn of a huge uphill battle ahead.

Help me realise Pakatan mission: Nik Aziz

KOTA BHARU, March 29: PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (pic), accepting his  reappointment to the top post, has called on the party leadership to give their full commitment in realising Pakatan Rakyat's mission. 

Nik Aziz, Haron Din reappointed to top posts


KUALA LUMPUR, March 29: Kelantan Menteri Besar Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz and Dr Haron Din have been reappointed as Murshidul Am and Deputy Murshidul Am respectively for the next five years.

Monday, March 29, 2010

APCO: Pakatan warns BN not to defend Najib blindly

Wong Choon Mei   
 KUALA LUMPUR, March 28: Pakatan Rakyat has lashed out at Barisan Nasional parliamentarians for blindly defending Prime Minister Najib Razak, even at the expense of national security and the high possibility of infiltration by secret forces aligned to countries such as Israel and Singapore.

TV3 chief thanks Nik Aziz, state govt


KOTA BHARU, March 28: Media Prima chief executive officer Farid Ridzuan has thanked Kelantan Menteri Besar Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat for his cooperation during the private station's just concluded carnival and concert 'Jom Heboh" in Kota Bharu.

Dr M and Perkasa, the antithesis of 1 Malaysia — The Malaysian Insider

MARCH 27 — Nice try by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad but who is it exactly who has accused the Malays of stealing the wealth of the nation and denying the rights of non-Malays.

The Labu-labi team of Najib-Muhyiddin — M. Bakri Musa

MARCH 29 —The dynamics between Prime Minister Najib Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin is one of rivalry.

Soi Lek wins, Liow is MCA No 2

By Clara Chooi and Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek was elected MCA president while Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai became the deputy in a hotly-contested party election today.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

APCO and Najib: Beneath the veil of public relations

Tian Chua  

Next Tuesday, 30 March, Barisan Nasional parliamentarians will be gearing up to crucify Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for his comments on APCO. The MPs might think that they are doing the BN government a favour by defending Najib and his high-flying consultancy company.

Kit Siang slams Perkasa’s May 13 jibe, labels Dr M ultra

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Lim Kit Siang today slammed Perkasa chief, Datuk Ibrahim Ali, for blaming DAP as a factor behind the May 13 riots, adding that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s patronage of the movement has pushed him back to being an ultra.

Kit Siang: Mahathir's full circle a 'tragedy'

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27: DAP's Lim Kit Siang (pic) today described former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's support for the newly launched ultra-Malay group Perkasa as a tragedy.

DAP-PAS team up to quell ‘chauvinist’ tag

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — The idea of real cooperation between PAS and the DAP seemed absurd just months ago given their ideological differences but they have been working to win popular support while ally PKR trips over sniping party rebels.

Where have MCA’s young gone?

By Neville Spykerman
KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — The MCA party elections tomorrow sees a crowded field of 101 candidates vying for 31 posts, with most of them aged over 40 and reflective of the 62-year-old party’s inability to attract new blood to its ranks.

Nik Aziz lends support to Hadi's call


KOTA BHARU, March 27: PAS Murshidul Am Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat(pic) is the latest among top PAS leaders who have backed a proposal by PAS president Tuan Guru Abdul Hadi Awang to replace the word 'Tuhan' (God) in Rukun Negara with 'Allah'.

MCA elections begin with 97pc turnout

By Clara Chooi and Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — The MCA extraordinary general meeting today drew a historic turnout of 2,316 from the party’s 2,377 central delegates, all eager to vote in a new leadership and see an end to the party’s prolonged crisis.
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