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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Price of RON97 petrol up 14 sen, price of RON95 and diesel unchanged


PETALING JAYA: The price of premium RON97 petrol has gone up 14 sen to RM2.79 for the month of October.
However, the price of RON95 petrol and diesel are the same at RM2.20 and RM2.18 respectively.
The new price of RON97 petrol was announced on the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry's official Facebook account on Sunday (Sep 30) evening and took effect from 12.01am on Oct 1.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had previously said that the price of RON97 is based on market movements while RON95 and diesel prices will remain unchanged until the end of 2018.
He had said the government had allocated RM3bil in subsidies for both RON95 and diesel, to ensure the price of these fuels would not be floated in the market.
The level of subsidies to maintain the price of RON95 and diesel will increase as the world oil price rises.
Over the last week of September, the price of crude oil breached the crucial level of US$82 per barrel due to the tightening of the market and the reluctance of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) leaders to immediately boost production.
A report by Bloomberg over the week noted that with the US sanctions on Iran taking full effect in early November, oil prices could rise to US$100 per barrel before the end of 2018- Star

Soil Liquefaction During Earthquakes

Hi folks. There was a terrifying earthquake in Sulawesi recently. Over 70 people died. Damage has been extensive. I hope the people will be able to pick up their lives and move on as quickly as they can. I am sure there are those among you who can get together and organise some aid to the stricken folks. Rebuilding damaged homes will be a priority.

I received the following video, originating from Indonesia. It is believed to be Sulawesi.  This is known as soil liquefaction.

When the earth moves, there is extreme compression under the soil surface. Ground water can get squeezed out, lubricating layers of soil and causing mudslides and in this case movement of the soil surface - substantial movements. 

This is not a tsunami receding. A large stone house and an intact, vertically standing steel communications tower are seen travelling quite a distance across the land.




Here is a similar video from Fukushima, Japan although on a smaller scale.




Link :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJCidfj-x9M&feature=youtu.be

posted by Syed Akbar Ali

Hannah defends views after getting roasted in Sarawak


Hannah Yeoh was panned in Sarawak for criticising pro-Sarawak sentiments.
PETALING JAYA: Hannah Yeoh, the deputy minister for women’s affairs, has defended her criticism of the “Sarawak for Sarawakians” sentiments, saying Malaysians do not need to be divided by yet another factor.
“Malaysians have long been divided by race, religion and now region with sentiment such as Sarawak for Sarawakians only,” the DAP MP said today, responding to angry comments in the Sarawak media over her remarks at a forum in Kuching last week.
“We need a Malaysia Baru that focuses on us being one. The local media in Sarawak has attacked me for not respecting Sarawak. This is far from the truth,” she said.
“Sarawak for Sarawakians” is a slogan used by a vocal group of the same name, better known as S4S, which said the state had been shortchanged by the federal government.
Following Yeoh’s comments, S4S spokesman Eric Leong made several strong remarks against her, accusing her of looking down on the Sarawak people’s demand for more rights under the Malaysian federation.
“She despises and criticises the dignity of the people of Sarawak and asked the people of Sarawak to give up everything and to dedicate everything to Malaya.
“There is nothing left for Sarawakians,” Leong said as quoted by Dayak Daily.
Yeoh denied that she was disrespectful to Sarawakians, adding that the “new Malaysia” under Pakatan Harapan has been focused on empowering the state.
“For the first time, the federal government intends to recognize Sarawak and Sabah’s rightful position in Malaysia. I am in complete support of all efforts being made by the new Pakatan Harapan administration in recognising and enforcing the Malaysia Agreement of 1963,” she said.
She said all three regions under the federation – Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak – should be treated as one nation.
“Any sentiment or political rhetoric that seeks to isolate one region and exclude her people from the greater nation, be it Sarawak for Sarawakians, Sabah for Sabahans, or Peninsular Malaysia for others for that matter, cannot be healthy for nation building,” said Yeoh. - FMT

Returning officer barred Streram from nomination centre, says IGP


Top cop Mohamad Fuzi Harun arrives to give evidence at the Election Court.
SEREMBAN: Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun told the Election Court today that the directive to stop PKR candidate Dr Streram Sinnasamy from entering the nomination centre on April 28 came from the returning officer.
The top cop said he was informed about the matter by his subordinate, the chief police officer (CPO) of Negeri Sembilan.
“The CPO briefed me and said the instruction to stop the candidate for the Rantau state seat came from the returning officer (Amino Agos Suyub),” he told the court.
Fuzi said he was also informed that Streram, his proposer and seconder were prevented from filing the nomination papers as they did not have the entry passes issued by the Election Commission (EC).
He said there was an understanding between the EC and the police that the latter was only to provide security during the nomination process.
He added that the decision to allow or bar a candidate, proposer or seconder from entering the nomination centre was the sole prerogative of the returning officer.
“If the returning officer says no, the policemen on duty will not allow any of them to enter the nomination centre.”
During the cross-examination by lawyer Mohamed Hafarizam Harum, Fuzi said he was also told that no other candidate for the Rembau parliamentary seat or any other state seat within the constituency was barred from entering the nomination centre.
Hafarizam is appearing for Mohamad Hasan, the former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar who won the Rantau seat unopposed.
When further cross-examined by Sathya Kumardas, the lawyer appearing for the EC and the returning officer, Fuzi said the police had attended a briefing before nomination day.
“We were told that only those with entry passes could go into the nomination centre,” he added.
He agreed with Sathya that he had no personal knowledge of what had happened outside the Dewan Sri Rembau nomination centre, and that his information was based on the briefing and report by the CPO.
He added that he had no knowledge about the investigation by the district police following a report by Streram.
Last Thursday, investigating officer Inspector Azizul Mohd Zakaria told the court that Agos and his assistant Daing Muhammad Rahimi Abdul Hamid knew that Streram had been at the nomination centre since early morning to file his papers.
Azizul said he came to that conclusion after recording statements from 27 people.
“They included policemen, EC staff, election agents as well as Pakatan Harapan candidates,” the seventh witness for Streram said.
The police officer also said there were no laws which barred a candidate or his agent from submitting nomination papers without a pass.
Streram filed his action on May 23, claiming the EC had denied him the right to contest the Rantau seat in the May 9 general election.
He sought a declaration by the Election Court that Mohamad’s victory was illegal, and that a by-election be held.
He said the EC breached provisions in the Election Offences Act 1954 and regulations when its officers did not order the police to allow him, his proposer and seconder into the nomination centre.
As a result, he said, although he was qualified, he was denied the constitutional right to contest in the election.
Agos is expected to testify before justice Azimah Omar tomorrow. -FMT

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it's a Super Liberal


The mask belonging to the prime-minister-in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim, has slipped. It did not take long for him to display his ugly side. Anwar the reformer, who championed other people's causes has gone.
Last week, after being stung by accusations that he was "power hungry", a narcissist, an impatient man with a super ego which needs constant massaging, he launched a tirade against an unnamed group of people, whom he termed the "Super Liberals".
He accused the Super Liberals of having strong demands, who denounced people whose views opposed theirs. He said, "When we criticise them, we are attacked, as if this country belongs to them."
Anwar is being disingenuous. During a nationwide tour, after his release from prison, he told everyone that the premiership belonged to him.
He added, "They think that we must accept their views. If I touch a little on Islam and the Malays, they will raise an argument."
Anwar is again wrong. He is playing to the Malay crowd and their insecurities, with his Malay and Muslim agenda. Of course, he played a principal role in the fostering of insecurities in the Malays, while he was in Umno.
Instead of allowing the PM, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and his team to return stability (financial, economic and social) to the nation, Anwar must act as the prima donna and take centre stage. Add one more adjective to describe Anwar - attention seeker.
The more people criticised him, the more he digs in his heels. He is a perfect example of Melayu mudah lupa. When he was released, he said he was in no hurry to be an MP and thence, the PM. He said that he would lecture, at prestigious universities overseas, for two years. Did these invitations dry up?
A by-election was arranged especially for him. The elected MP, Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, voluntarily vacated his seat, to the consternation of his electorate.
Anwar's arrogance damaged both the party and his family. Danyal showed that his loyalty to Anwar was greater than his loyalty to the rakyat.
Former military men expressed their disgust with Danyal. One said, "We once served together, and we are disappointed with him. Those of us who helped fund his campaign in GE14 want our money back."
Another former Royal Malaysian Navy officer said, "If I had known he (Danyal) was doing this, I would not have made a contribution. He has squandered goodwill and lost many friends."
So, what does Anwar mean by a Super Liberal?
The Oxford dictionary defines a liberal as one who is: "Willing to understand and respect other people’s behaviour, opinions, etc, especially when they are different from their own."
The definition of a liberal in politics is: "Wanting or allowing a lot of political and economic freedom and supporting gradual social, political or religious change."
There is no definition of a Super-Liberal, but the Oxford dictionary's definition of super is: "Very good or pleasant. Excellent."
Presumably, a Super Liberal is a person who is extremely good at understanding and respecting other people's opinions.
So, it appears that Anwar's understanding of a Super Liberal is flawed. He wrongly claimed that Super Liberals dismissed other people's opinions and demanded that everyone accepted only their views.
More like a politician from PAS
Anwar is beginning to sound more like a politician from PAS or a member of Ikatan Muslimim Malaysia (Isma). In their view, Malaysians who criticised the arrest of people celebrating Valentine's Day and the violence against the LGBT community were termed "liberals". Isma went further and accused liberals of promoting free sex.
Is Anwar laying the groundwork for a pact with PAS, or Umno-Baru?
Anwar forgot that the liberals, or rather the Super Liberals, fought tirelessly against the mockery of the court proceedings, before he was imprisoned for gross indecency.
The Super Liberals marched to have him freed. When he was denied medical treatment and visits from his family, the Super Liberals protested, wrote about his plight and held candlelight vigils outside Sungei Buloh Prison.
The Super Liberals are not the enemy. They marched for democracy in Bersih. They marched for Orang Asli issues. They fought for marginalised communities and exposed attempts to trample on the rights of both women and children. Anwar's memory is failing him.
The ungrateful Anwar may regret his vendetta against those he termed Super Liberals. They may be reluctant to stick their necks out for him, again.
At the Bersih rally of 2007, the rakyat spurred him on when he rode pillion on the back of a kap cai, carrying the rakyat's demands to the palace of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. In 2013, they roared with approval when, on the back of another kap cai, he weaved in and out of the gridlock, to speak at the Blackout 505 rally. Today, Anwar's preferred mode of transport is a private jet.
On trips overseas, he acts like Najib and talks about democracy in 'Malaysia Baru'. At home, just like Najib, he focuses on the Malay and Muslim agenda. The rest of the population is conveniently ignored.
The Super Liberals who fought for him have outlived their usefulness.
Older Malaysians remember Anwar's role in betraying Ghafar Baba. He Islamicised our schools, universities and civil service. He launched the country on the slippery slope to the polarised Malaysia, of today.
A bad judge of character
Anwar is his own worst enemy. He is a bad judge of character and his timing is bad. On Sept 16, 2008, he declared that 30 BN politicians would defect, to join him and trigger a crisis in Abdullah Badawi's government. That failed to happen.
Today, Anwar sounds like a bore. One businessperson who has followed Anwar's career said, "He is a show-off, public orator who keeps reminding us that he was a political martyr. Everyone has moved up one gear, but Anwar is still stuck in neutral."
The Port Dickson farce wastes time and money. It is a major distraction for Pakatan Harapan politicians.
Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail looked silly when she boasted that her husband was the best finance minister Malaysia ever had. Cries of nepotism are bad enough, but did she need to gloat?
Like a teenager, Wan Azizah tweeted about an historic first for "Women Power" when she chaired a cabinet meeting. Sadly, "Women Power" was forgotten when she failed to address the child marriages and the scandals of the women on the East Coast who were whipped.
Anwar's arrogance harms his family, especially those with political leanings. His inner circle insists that a deal was struck with Mahathir for Anwar to be PM. Have they forgotten? The final say belongs to the rakyat.
Malaysians mudah lupa (forget easily). Those chosen by Mahathir to become the prime minister have all been dismal failures.

MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO). BlogTwitter. - Mkini

10 questions for Khairy, starting with 'Malay wisdom'

“I'm sorry, did I break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that. Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions.”
– Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction
Dear Khairy Jamaluddin,
I do not normally write open letters. The last one I wrote was to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, and he didn’t reply. This made me, as Donald Trump would put it, sad. Now, I know I have publicly declared you as my bête noire. But really, this was when Umno was winning, and as you can tell I was pretty pissed. So don’t take it to heart.
Anyway, since you are the only one from Umno who speaks “sense,” as Hannah Yeoh claims, I thought I would address these question to you. I had attempted to address these question to some of my other Umno friends, but they demurred.
Truth is, I also asked some of these question to Pakatan Harapan operatives. Same reaction. So, I thought, why not Khairy, who really has nothing to lose. Sorry, didn’t mean to bring up losing.
Anyway, the last article I wrote was about the eventual sublimation of Umno into Harapan. I received a lot of hate mail from my Umno friends, who said that I should give the opposition a chance, like I did when Harapan was not the establishment.
Now, I don’t know if all these people are your friends, but most of them said that you are the future of Malay politics, even though most of them could not stand your guts. I really couldn’t tell if this was because of what you say, or because they had nothing new to say.
But don’t worry. I won’t hold your political baggage against you because, well, I voted Harapan in and those guys have baggage up the wazoo. I’ll ask the question and give a little context in italics.
1. What is Malay wisdom?
I addressed this question to a few political operatives from Harapan and they said, whatever Dr Mahathir Mohamad says. Ok, I’m kidding. They told me that by asking this question, I was spooking the Malays.
All jokes aside, one of them said, it was Khalid Samad’s explanation of the move to compel tahfiz centres to register with Jawi. I thought that this was a pretty good answer.
And of course, this same political operative said, “What the hell is Malay wisdom?” This political operative is Malay, and even she has not heard of Malay wisdom.
I tried asking some of my friends from Umno, and they said Malay wisdom, is listening to Mahathir when he told them to dump Najib Abdul Razak. So I guess there is something to listening to the old maverick, but I digress.
2. Since the majority of Malays voted for Umno and PAS, do you really think that they want a progressive Umno?
See, when you talk about progressive values or ideas, this appeals to a specific base. I wonder if the Malays who voted for Umno and PAS – even if they knew Najib was a kleptocrat – really want the kind of ‘new Malaysia’ that some folks keep babbling on about?
I spoke to a few Malay Harapan operatives, and they attempted to avoid the question. But you made some pretty interesting choices in your manifesto, like appealing to the woman vote by creating a woman's seat for the Umno vice-president post.
That’s pretty progressive, but since you lost, do you think that progressive is the way to go, especially since Harapan also struggles with this issue?
3. The talk among Umno potentates is how they will pay for things now they aren’t in government. How exactly do you think that Umno is going to keep the base intact when the usual modes of enticements have been cut off?
I mean Harapan talks about an austerity budget, but I am thinking that Umno must be really scrambling for funds to keep the base happy. Some folks have told me that they’re wondering if they’ll be targeted by the Harapan state next. I mean all that looting was not solely done by Najib, right?
4. You mooted the idea that Umno should or could be multiracial. How exactly would this work, when someone like Mahathir says the reality of Malaysia is that the majority needs a race-based party?
Is conventional Malay thinking wrong? If so, then why stick with Umno or even attempt to reform it? If conventional Malay politics is wrong, does this mean without an infusion of talent from Umno, Bersatu is doomed to fail?
5. Do you think lesbians should be caned?
Corollary to that, do you think that watching lesbian S&M porn is worse than watching a livestream of two lesbians caned by a woman officer? I only ask because some people are worried that the Communications and Multimedia Commission are monitoring them when they watch porn, which is not really true – I think – but who knows with this country.
6. Do you think that Umno should cut ties with Najib?
Some Harapan supporters have said that Umno is complicit in what Najib did. Just recently, Lim Kit Siang said that Umno should cut ties with its former president. What is your stand on this issue? From interviews, I know you say that Umno drank the Kool-Aid, but do you think that having Najib around does anything for Umno?
7. If Umno somehow manages to make a deal with Harapan, what would be your response?
Do you think that Umno should make deals with Harapan to form the government? If not, why not? Many of the Umno folk I have spoken to seem to think this is a good idea. Some of your public comments seem to imply you do not.
8. Which is worse, a kleptocracy or a theocracy?
I have said the latter. Some folks think the former. As someone who has been part of the former, what do you think? This also goes for working under – sorry, with – PAS. Do you think this political copulation unnatural?
9. Do you think that Umno should punish defectors, or do you think that maybe you should seriously consider abandoning Umno?
I only ask because I find the current crop of young Harapan political operatives pretty boring. It’s all about kowtowing to the old maverick, or fretting if Anwar will become the next prime minister. I think that you want to be the next prime minister.
10. What recent event do you think that Harapan handled badly, and what would be your response if you were a Harapan political operative?
Well, these are the ten questions. Hope you reply, unlike Hadi, which again, I was extremely sad about.

S THAYAPARAN is Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy. -Mkini

'You were still in your mother's belly, kid'

A critical tweet by Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim earlier today has raised questions about who he was aiming his jab at.
“Perfectionist? It’s either you’re delusional or obsessed. You were still in your mother’s belly, kid. Do some research,” wrote Tunku Ismail.
While the prince did not mention names, it was aimed at Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, reported news portal Free Malaysia Today
The young minister had dubbed Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a "perfectionist', in regards to the latter's recent speech at the United Nations (UN) meet.
Tunku Ismail’s seeming reaction to Syed Saddiq’s Twitter post may appear unprovoked, but Syed Saddiq has had a run-in with the Johor palace before.
In 2016, Syed Saddiq wrote an open letter on the Johor ruler’s decree banning street protests in his state.
At the time, Syed Saddiq was a budding opposition politician and it earned him much criticism for challenging the palace.
The matter was resolved after Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar granted Syed Saddiq an audience.

Jais reaches out to Chinese community in Pulau Ketam




The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) has its own way of carrying out "dakwah" (missionary) activities, among them was organising the Lantern Festival in Pulau Ketam, Port Klang recently.
About 200 of the island’s Chinese majority residents participated in the festival, which was co-organised by the Muslim Welfare Organisation of Malaysia (Perkim) and Pulau Ketam Residents Association (PPPK).
Jais senior assistant director Muhammad Sujak Dasuki said the programme was aimed at uniting the people of all races in the area, as well as promoting the tradition and culture of the Chinese community.
"I deeply appreciate the involvement of the residents regardless of age in the festival. The festival has nothing to do with religion, so it can be celebrated by various races. It also carries a unique message in which the people in Malaysia can live harmoniously and peacefully," he told reporters here.
Meanwhile, Perkim vice-chairman Hushim Salleh said the “street dakwah” programme was the first being held with the Chinese community.
"The people here welcome our visit and this is a good sign. We also distribute leaflets about Islam and give them the opportunity to wear headscarves,” he said.

PPPK assistant secretary Johnson Cha said the programme received an encouraging response from the residents.
Among the activities were lantern competition, archery, lantern parade, lucky draw and “nasyid” performances by the Pulau Ketam Akademi Tahfiz Mandarin students.
- Bernama

Don't damage investor confidence with Lynas review - MABC


Any review into Lynas Corporation's operations in Gebeng should be public, transparent, objective and evidence-based, says the Malaysia-Australia Business Council (MABC).
According to MABC, the rare earths processing company should also be provided with the opportunity to publicly defend its regulatory and environmental record in the interest of maintaining investor confidence in Malaysia. 
"Australian businesses have invested almost RM30 billion in Malaysia as at the end of 2017, across a range of productive economic sectors, including manufacturing, services, agribusiness, resources and the digital economy.
"This investment has created thousands of jobs for Malaysians and helped boost Malaysia’s economic development, intellectual property and skills base," it said in a statement today.
Last month, it was reported that the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry would be establishing a committee to review Lynas' operations.
Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, who has been a vocal critic of Lynas since the project was first mooted in 2008, was appointed to chair the committee.
"While the government’s right to conduct a review of the operations is not questioned, it is important that such a review should be to assess any breaches of its licence or for not meeting acceptable international standards.
"The credibility of the review, which includes the composition of the review team and the terms of reference, is critical to ensure that it does not damage Malaysia’s reputation as a stable and open investment destination," said MABC. 
Last week, Lynas CEO Amanda Lacaze (photo) called for a fair review of the company's operations.
"Our expectation is that any review of our operations should be fair, scientific and adhere to the proper process, in keeping with other recent initiatives of the new government," it said.
In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, Lynas had also noted that Fuziah's appointment would "raise concerns".
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak had also come to Lynas' defence, saying that in the six years since the mining company began operations in his home state of Pahang, no "Wolverines or Professor Xs are wandering the streets of Kuantan and its surroundings." - Mkini