Semua ahli PAS wajib ke perhimpunan menentang ISA esok, 1 Ogos

PAS wants all members at anti-ISA rally
Jul 31, 09 1:09pm

PAS has made it compulsory for all of its members to participate in an anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) rally in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, said its vice-president Salahuddin Ayub.

He added that the party’s spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat and president Abdul Hadi Awang have given a nod for the rally, adding that the duo had decreed that the rally was not haram (forbidden in Islam).

Salahuddin urged all party members – reportedly numbering at 1 million – not to be affected by threats to clampdown on the rally.

It is expected that some 50,000 PAS members will be taking part in the gathering tomorrow.

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By-election in Permatang Pasir (updated)

Adun Permatang Pasir (PAS) telah meninggal dunia awal pagi tadi.

Permatang Pasir adalah Dun dalam Parlimen Permatang Pauh.

Oleh itu dalam masa 60 hari, SPR dikehendaki menetapkan tarikh pilihanraya kecil Peramatang Pasir.

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Permatang Pasir state rep dies
Jul 31, 09 9:02am

Permatang Pasir state assemblyperson Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman from PAS has passed away at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur from heart failure at about 6.30am.

Mohd Hamdan had been an elected representative of Permatang Pasir for three terms since 1999. He was also a former state PAS chief for 14 years.

His remains are expected to be brought to his home in Permatang Pasir from Kuala Lumpur at about 2pm and later buried at the Permatang Pasir Muslim cemetery after evening prayers.

He leaves behind wife Siti Khariah Ismail and six children.

With the seat vacant, the Election Commission will have to call for another by-election within 60 days – the eight of such polls since March 2008 general election.

Permatang Pasir, which is one of three state seats in PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim’s Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency, is the sole PAS seat in Penang.

In the last general election Mohd Hamdan, who bagged 11,004 votes, defeated Ahmad Sahar Shuib from Umno (5,571) by a majority of 5,433 votes.

His younger brother Mohd Shukran told Bernama that Mohd Hamdan was admitted at the IJN after complaining of chest pains.

The PAS representative had undergone a heart surgery a few years ago, added Mohd Shukran.

Mohd Hamdan was born in Kedah and had just three weeks ago received ‘Datukship’ from the Penang government.

He was a former language teacher at the Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Kedah and had serviced the Kedah state government as an administrative officer from 1966 to 1977.

He went on to join the Customs Department in 1977 and remained there until 1983.

Only two months ago, Penanti – a state seat next to Permatang Pasir – had a by-election following the resignation of then PKR state representative Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.

The by-election, which was won by PKR’s Dr Mansor Othman, saw one of the lowest voter turnout when rival Umno opted not to contest the polls.

The upcoming by-election will be the third by-election in the Permatang Puah constituency in less than one year – the first being Anwar’s victory in August last year after his wife, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, quit the seat.

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Sesi Mesyuarat Perundingan

Sejauh manakah penerapan deklarasi pendidikan antarabangsa dalam Dasar Pendidikan Nasional?

Beberapa Ahli Parlimen dan wakil-wakil NGO yang hadir:

EPF to loan RM5bn to Prokhas


KUALA LUMPUR, July 28, 2009 — A government agency which is administrating two schemes under the first economic stimulus package is in talks with the employees’ pension fund for a RM5 billion, a business daily said.

The Malaysian Reserve, citing an unidentifed source today, said the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) was ready to fund the loan at an undisclosed rate to Prokhas, the government-owned special purpose vehicle.

The source added that Prokhas was also looking at other financing options including government bonds, private debt securities or a term loan that may give more competitive rates.

Malaysia announced its first stimulus package of RM60 billion in March to shore up the export-reliant economy against the global economic crisis.

Prokhas manages two schemes under the package and was allocated 5 billion ringgit each, known as Working Capital Guarantee Scheme and the Industry Restructuring Loan Scheme, which is under the Ministry of Finance.

EPF’s talks with Prokhas may draw some criticism, as loans to government agencies and corporations have in the past been called bailouts for poorly performing local companies by critics and the resurgent opposition.

In 2008, the government said it would transfer RM5 billion from the EPF to state owned fundmanager Valuecap to be invested in undervalued Malaysian stocks. — Reuters

Ambassador of Conscience Award to Aung San Suu Kyi

Published: Tuesday July 28, 2009 MYT 8:38:00 AM

Myanmar democracy leader wins top Amnesty honor

DUBLIN (AP): Myanmar’s long-detained democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is receiving Amnesty International’s highest honor, U2‘s Bono publicly announced before 80,000 cheering fans.

The human rights watchdog earlier Monday said it hoped the Ambassador of Conscience Award would help protect her as she faces a potential prison sentence.

“Her crime is that, if she was free to participate in elections, she would win.

This week the brutal force that has her incarcerated will decide if she spends the next five years in prison,” Bono said. He added his wish that Suu Kyi’s latest international honor “will help keep her safe.”

Amnesty International leaders said the award was timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Suu Kyi’s initial arrest on July 20, 1989, as she led a campaign to oust Myanmar’s military dictators.

Suu Kyi’s opposition party, the National League for Democracy, won national elections in 1990 but the military refused to relinquish power. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 but has been under house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years.

Suu Kyi, 64, is on trial for allegedly harboring an American who swam out to her residence uninvited. The offense of violating house-arrest rules carries a potential five-year prison sentence, and foreign diplomats have been barred from key parts of her trial. Suu Kyi’s supporters accuse Myanmar’s junta of seeking to put her behind bars until after elections planned for 2010.

Former Czech President Vaclav Havel, a fellow Nobel recipient and the first winner of the Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2003, said foreign recognition probably has deterred Myanmar’s rulers from imposing even harsher punishments on Suu Kyi.

“I know from my own experience that international attention can, to a certain extent, protect the unjustly persecuted from punishments that would otherwise be imposed. … Goodness knows what would have happened if her fate had not been highlighted as it is again today,” Havel said in a statement.

U2 – which won the top Amnesty honor in 2005 in recognition of Bono’s humanitarian campaigning – has been honoring Suu Kyi at each performance of the band’s ongoing European tour.

More than 100 people walked on stage Monday night, holding Suu Kyi masks over their faces, as U2 performed its 2000 song honoring Suu Kyi, “Walk On.”

An Amnesty International official who attended the concert, Donna Jean Guest, said the London-based organization hoped one day to be able to present Suu Kyi the award in person. Amnesty officials were permitted to visit her most recently in 2003.

“She should never have been arrested in the first place,” said Guest, Amnesty’s deputy director for the Asia-Pacific region. “We have been very concerned from the start that the authorities would use any pretext to lock her up until after the elections.”

Ketua Polis Baru untuk Malaysia Lebih Selamat

The police of the country is not a colonial police force or an occupational one but one to protect the citizens of the country.

Confidence in the police and MACC has gone down.

The rakyat wants a new IGP who is sensitive to the human rights of the citizens of the country.

The Pakatan Rakyat demands the police have a new chief, although it may not be the solution to the incredulous behaviour of the police.   There is a question of the underworld connection that is a factor in the perpetuation of corruption and abuse of police power.   The Umno-BN government clearly has failed in instilling the feel of being safe within the citizens’ hearts.

The police needs total revamption.

Maika Holdings Chief to meet Pakatan Rakyat led shareholders

Maika issue: CEO ready to meet Pakatan leaders
/ K Kabilan
Jul 26, 09
3:45pm

Maika Holdings chief executive officer S Vell Paari today said he was ready to meet a group of shareholders led by Pakatan Rakyat leaders on July 30.

“They can come to my office and I will give them a briefing on my proposed solution for the Maika problem,” he told Malaysiakini.

He was responding to a proposed visit undertaken by several Pakatan leaders and some shareholders to Maika’s office in Kuala Lumpur to find out the status of the MIC investment arm’s financial situation.

Shareholders are angry with the lack of any returns from Maika even after almost 30 years of investments.

The visit will be led by Pakatan leaders such as Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy, DAP leaders M Kulasegaran, M Manoharan, V Sivakumar and PKR leader S Manikavasagam.

Vell Paari said he was not worried about the visit, adding that the delegation knows why there was a delay in paying off the shareholders.

“They know that in 2007 I had obtained the approval of the shareholders to sell off our insurance company to pay off the shareholders.

“They also know that it is the injunction by Nesa Cooperative which is stopping us,” he said.

“I will nevertheless explain to them the situation and tell them my proposals to pay off the shareholders. I hope they will accept my explanation,” he added.

Nesa Cooperative is linked to former MIC deputy president S Subramaniam, a long-time political adversary of Vell Paari’s father and MIC president S Samy Vellu.

Diversion tactic

On the same note, Vell Paari also felt that the visit could be a diversion tactic to cool things in relation to the Kampung Buah Pala issue in Penang.

“On that day I will have with me some residents from Buah Pala and I hope Ramasamy will be kind enough to explain to them what he has done for the villagers.

“It’s only fair that he give an explanation as well, just like how he wants one from me,” he added.

Vell Paari also said he would invite some other Maika shareholders on that day so that “we can march towards Nesa’s office (in Kuala Lumpur) to protest their decision to keep the shareholders unpaid.”

He invited the Pakatan leaders to join in the protest march as well.

“They must know that it is not me or the Maika board which has stopped the sale. The blame must go to Nesa,” he said.

Nesa’s injunction was filed to compel Maika to fulfill certain conditions pertaining to the sale. The case has not come up for hearing yet.