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Friday, November 30, 2018

MCA to decide on its position in BN tomorrow, says Mah

MCA will decide at its annual general assembly tomorrow whether the party will quit BN or push for the coalition's dissolution, MCA deputy president Dr Mah Hang Soon (above, left) said today.
"While the Chinese community opines that we should leave BN, it is undeniable that MCA, as a founding partner of BN, has forged a 'sink or swim' together relationship with Umno and MIC since Independence.
"At a time when BN is at its lowest point after an unprecedented heavy defeat, questions remain whether we should just walk away or invoke our position as a founder to request for the dissolution of BN," he said when officiating MCA Youth's annual general assembly today.
This is the choice MCA and its members will have to make for the future, he added.
Following the decision, he said, BN component parties will be free to re-establish themselves for self-survival and co-operate with other parties with a similar vision to form a new alliance.
BN, once a coalition of 13 parties is now left with Umno, MCA and the MIC after the other component parties quit the coalition following the 14th general election.
Following calls for the Chinese-based party to leave BN for good, MCA will allow its members to make the final decision at the party's AGM tomorrow.
Meanwhile, MCA Youth did not put up a resolution to urge the party to quit BN at the wing's AGM held today.
"We did not touch about this in our resolution but (I mentioned) it in my speech," said newly minted MCA Youth chief Nicole Wong.
The decision was for MCA's main body to make, she said.
There were no BN logos spotted at the venue at the MCA Youth AGM venue while the BN theme song was not sung during its opening.
BN Youth leaders from other parties were also not invited to attend the AGM.  - Mkini

KLIA is now a 'silent' airport

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) will be reducing the number of public announcements it will make at its terminals, in its efforts to join the global "silent airport" movement.
Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB), KLIA's management body said boarding call announcements and public paging for passengers will stop completely, effective Dec 1.
It added that its initiative was part of its efforts in joining the global "silent airport" movement.
"We advise all passengers to refer to the Flight Information Display Screens (FIDS) or speak to our Airport CARE Ambassadors for assistance," it said on its Facebook page on Saturday (Dec 1).
According to American broadcaster CNN, the "silent airport" movement aims to reduce noise pollution such as airport announcements.
The London City Airport, Helsinki Airport, Barcelona's El Prat Airport, Chennai Airport, Changi Airport and Cape Town International Airport have adopted the "silent airport" policy.-Star


SABAH Umno today has rubbished a Sabah media report that a large number of its elected representatives are planning abandon the party to become independents.
The party has 11 state assemblymen left after six left to join the ruling Parti Warisan Sabah and PKR, or become independent reps.
Sabah’s Daily Express quoted an Umno source as saying that state liaison chief Hajiji Noor, Salleh Said Keruak and Masidi Manjun as among those who will lead a group of 10 others to abandon Sabah Umno. 
The paper cited Umno’s growing unpopularity as the reason for the planned exodus.

“I am not going to respond to (the report), which was intended to hit Umno below the belt,” he told The Malaysian Insight. 
Talk of Sabah Umno leaders leaving the party have been going around after the mauling the party suffered in the May 9 general election.
Several party insiders point to Sabah Umno’s rejected request for autonomy in September as another reason for likely defections.
Hajiji is expected to address the matter later today.
-the malaysian insight


KUALA KANGSAR: Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Shah (pix)today reminded the people, especially leaders, not to mastermind provocation that could ignite hatred and hostility between the people of various races and religions in the country.
He expressed his sadness that the harmonious situation which had become a culture in the country was being jeopardised due to political competition.
“There are some political leaders who become vain after winning, while some who lost have become vengeful.
“Those who won should have humility and be humble, while those who lost, must accept what has been determined by the Almighty,“ he added.
Sultan Nazrin, who is also the Sultan of Perak, said this in his speech at Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah’s (Usas) 11th convocation ceremony here today which witnessed a total of 1,303 graduates receiving their degree and diploma scrolls.
He said the wisdom of the nation’s founders in developing the country and uniting the people should be continued so that a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous nation could be passed on to the future generation.
“There are countries in conflict, to an extent some are destroyed, due to disputes caused by differences in sects, religions, some are separated because of regional autonomy demands, and there are also those who kill because of differences in political ideology.
“Malaysia has all the components that can stir a conflict, but the past leaders chose not to be in conflict,“ he added.
His advice to the graduates was for them to use their knowledge to be rational-minded people, to not let their minds to be easily poisoned to stir disputes based on emotion and to avoid being used by people who are shallow-minded and not far-sighted.
The sultan congratulated the Usas graduates and expressed his appreciation to their family members who were behind their success, as well as the university’s chairman and board of directors, vice-chancellor and all its staff.
— Bernama

Former president George HW Bush dies at 94

George Herbert Walker Bush. (AFP pic)
WASHINGTON: Former president George Herbert Walker Bush has died at age 94.
His death was announced by his family Friday night on Twitter.
The president’s health had been in decline in recent months.
“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War 2 naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st president of the United States of America, died on Nov 30, 2018.
“He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two siblings,” the former president’s office said in a statement.
“He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline Robin Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or Bucky Bush.”
His son, George W Bush, who served as the country’s 43rd president, also announced the death in another statement.
News reports said Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital with a blood infection on April 22, two days after the funeral for his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.

He is survived by his five children, including former president George W Bush and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. -FMT

PH must fulfil GE14 manifesto promises to Sabah, says Dompok

Former chief minister Bernard Dompok says all political parties must be represented in the committee set up to study the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). (Bernama pic)
KOTA KINABALU: The Pakatan Harapan-led federal government has the duty to fulfil its manifesto promises to Sabah, says former chief minister Bernard Dompok.
The United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) honorary president said the federal government must keep its promise to restore the rights of Sabah and Sarawak in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), as specified under its general election manifesto.
He hoped the current government would be fair and consider the participation of all political parties in the MA63 special committee set up earlier.
“This will ensure the committee is on the right track in restoring Sabah’s rights.
“The current government must take clearer action. All political parties must be represented in the committee,” he said at the UMS Kadazandusun Chair Lecture Series here yesterday.
Meanwhile, he reiterated his full support for Upko president Madius Tangau and the decision to leave Barisan Nasional (BN) and work together with the Warisan-PH coalition to form the Sabah government.
Tangau led Upko and four Upko assemblymen out of the BN coalition on May 11.
He has since been appointed the deputy chief minister and industrial development minister. Another Upko assemblyman, Ewon Benedick, was appointed rural development minister.
“I support Tangau’s decision to join hands with Shafie but it was never made to ensure I could stay on as ambassador to the Holy See,” he said.
Dompok was one of several Malaysian envoys who were recalled after the PH government took over the reins of the federal government in May and his position has not been filled yet. -FMT

Seafield temple: Indian community appreciates PDRM's professionalism

I wish to congratulate the inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun over the quick action by the police to bring normalcy to the vicinity of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ, Selangor.
I also welcome the assurance by the nation's top policeman that a thorough investigation will be conducted and that perpetrators of the affray would be brought to justice for the sake of Malaysians at large.
The Malaysian Indian community appreciates the presence of the police at the temple vicinity as this ensures law and order are followed by all parties in the temple dispute.
The police force has exhibited the highest level of professionalism in handling the issue and this is much appreciated by the Malaysian Indian community and Malaysians generally.
Once again, my sincere gratitude to the police and the inspector-general for the quick action in curbing any form of violence arising from the matter.
P WAYTHAMOORTHY is a senator and minister in charge of national unity at the Prime Minister's Department. -Mkini

DAP stakes claim on Cameron Highlands seat

DAP intends to contest in the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election as it is the party's traditional seat, said its secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng.
Lim, who is also Finance Minister, said he would inform Pakatan Harapan on the matter. 
"Yes, certainly DAP will contest (Cameron Highlands). We will inform Pakatan Harapan and since it is traditionally a DAP seat, it will be contested by a DAP candidate," he told reporters after launching the Smart Green Community programme in Air Itam here today.
Lim said this when asked whether DAP would fielding its candidate for Cameron Highlands following the Election Court's decision yesterday in declaring BN's victory in the last general election was null and void.
Judge Datuk Azizah Nawawi, in her judgment yesterday, held that corrupt practices had been committed with the knowledge and consent of Cameron Highlands MP C Sivarraajh in the election, namely giving of money to voters to induce them to vote for BN.
Lim said he had asked the DAP candidate for the seat in the last general election, M Manogaran, to mobilise the party’s election machinery for the by-election.
“But I’m made to understand that they (BN) will appeal against the court’s decision, so we will wait for the decision,” he added.
Manogaran, 59, filed the election petition last June 4 seeking a declaration that the GE14 results for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat was null and void as it violated the Election Offences Act 1954, claiming that Sivarraajh had allegedly bribed voters from the Orang Asli community to vote for him.
- Bernama

Don't tell me its president will join DAP - Loke ribs MCA on sole MP

No MCA leader will be seen to be joining DAP because they only have one lawmaker left who is a party leader, said DAP's Anthony Loke today.
"The MCA does not have any MPs any more, only one left.
"So who can we take? They only have one. Don't tell me even its president will join us," Loke quipped when met by the media after an event in KL Sentral this morning.
The DAP national organising secretary said this when asked why DAP was not taking in MCA leaders, unlike Bersatu which was accepting former Umno leaders.
[More to follow] - Mkini

We'll come up with better ideas than finance minister: MCA Youth

MCA Youth has vowed to formulate better economic policies than those put forward by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Towards this, newly minted MCA Youth chief Nicole Wong said she would set up a new committee to come out with such recommendations, which in turn will help the people make more money.
"To govern a country, it is important to let people make their fortunes… so, (strengthening) businesses is one of the ways," she said when delivering her speech at MCA Youth's annual general assembly today.
Wong said MCA, whose members largely comprise the middle class and those from the business community, is able to provide constructive views on the country's economy.
"The Malay and Indian communities acknowledge the Chinese community's ability to do business and make money. As a Chinese-based community, we have lots of talent.
"We believe that MCA has the ability to come up with better ideas than Lim. The people can make huge fortunes and (MCA) will again win the support (of the people)," she said.
"Isn't this another way for us to transform the party ?" she asked, adding that the new committee will place particular focus on youth.
[More to follow]  -Mkini


KUALA LUMPUR— A report detailed today how murdered US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been involved with alleged conspirators of the 1MDB scandal who arranged for him to interview Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2009.
According to local financial weekly The Edge, fugitive financier Low Taek Jho (Jho Low) and a shareholder of Petro Saudi International (PSI) that was implicated in the 1MDB scandal orchestrated the event in the year Najib became prime minister.
“The interview was arranged by Jho Low and Obaid three months after 1MDB poured US$1 billion into a joint venture with PSI,” The Edge wrote, referring to PSI shareholder and Saudi businessman Tarek Obaid.
“The interview was meant to promote Malaysia, Najib, and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to the people of Saudi Arabia,” the financial weekly wrote.

The Edge published a series of emails, including a November 25, 2009 email by Najib’s special officer Wan Ahmad Shihab Ismail to Khashoggi.
In the email also copied to Low, Wan Ahmad informed the journalist that the tycoon had given the latter’s email address to him to enable arrangements to be made for the interview.
In a December 2, 2009 email, Obaid instructed for US$100,000 (RM417,990) to be transferred to Khashoggi.
Obaid had in a separate December 8, 2009 email to Jho Low greeted the latter with “hey bro”, before listing out 16 questions that Khashoggi would ask Najib in the interview.
The questions included those touching on the topics of Malaysia’s importance to the Muslim world, the “centrality of Saudi Arabia and a new ‘beginning’ to a Saudi-Malaysian ‘strategic’ relationship, global themes shared by the two countries, Najib’s personal message to the Saudis ahead of his visit to Saudi Arabia, according to the email published by The Edge.
The Edge also showed a December 10, 2009 email by Obaid’s brother, Nawaf Obaid, to Khashoggi with the proposed media plan for the latter’s interview with Najib.
The published email showed Nawaf proposing a “major front-page interview” with Najib on the message and ideas that he wanted to tell the Saudi leadership and people and other matters to be addressed in line with “local Saudi domestic sensitivities and requirements”.
Nawaf also proposed “a smaller interview” with Rosmah “to highlight all her Islamic charitable works for the poor in Malaysia and beyond”, which he said will be very interesting for Saudi women involved in charitable works.
“Furthermore, demonstrating that the wife of the Malaysian PM is so involved in Muslim causes will only reinforce the bonds between our two respective countries,” he wrote, also proposing Khashoggi write several editorial pieces.
Khashoggi’s interview with Najib took place on December 12, 2009, with the two posing for a photo together after the interview, The Edge reported.
Najib was prime minister of Malaysia from March 2009 to May 2018.
According to The Edge, Obaid and the late Saudi ruler King Abdullah’s son Prince Turki Abdullah were shareholders of PSI, with the latter’s standing taking a hit after his father died in 2015.
Turki was removed as Riyadh governor via a royal decree in January 2015.
The Edge said 1MDB lost US$1.8 billion in its dealings with PSI, claiming that much of this sum has allegedly been traced back to the bank accounts of Obaid and Turki, as well as Low and PSI director Patrick Mahony.
On October 2, Khashoggi — who was a fierce critic of Saudi’s Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — was murdered within the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

FGV files another suit against Isa, Emir

PETALING JAYA: FGV Holdings Bhd has filed a suit against its former chairman, Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, and former group president and chief executive officer, Datuk Mohd Emir Mavani Abdullah, in relation to the purchase of two luxury condominiums near the KLCC.
The company said that the units were purchased at prices significantly above market value and without proper due diligence. It also contended the duo had unauthorised use and possession of the two condominiums.
The suit also pertains to the acquisition by the company of a number of cars and its misuse by Emir as well as the misuse of petrol benefit.
FGV is seeking a total of RM7.69 million from the duo contending that the company had suffered losses from their failure to discharge their respective fiduciary duty with reasonable care, skill and diligence.
This is the second civil suit filed against Isa and Emir.
Last Friday, FGV filed a suit against Isa, Emir and 12 others in relation to the acquisition of Asian Plantation Ltd for RM514mil in 2014.
The company contended the purchase caused it to suffer losses.- Star

Loke: No giving in to Grab drivers

KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry will not give in to e-hail drivers over the need for a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licence by July next year.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook (pic) said that those e-hail drivers who refuse to do so will be hauled up by the authorities.
"If you are earning a few thousands of ringgit a month, there is no excuse not to get a PSV. The taxi drivers are gunning me and I want to make this a level playing field. No extension of date," says Loke.
He was speaking to the media after the launch of an unlimited travel pass here on Saturday (Dec 1).
All e-hail drivers including Grab drivers must get a PSV by July 2019. Some e-hail drivers are saying that it is not necessary and say they will protest by quitting by June 2019, one month before the enforcement date.- Star

Amanah national convention to focus on strengthening party

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) will focus on efforts to strengthen and improve the party at its third national convention to be held from Dec 14 to 16 at Casuarina Hotel in Meru, Ipoh.
Its secretary-general Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir said some 1,000 delegates from 156 party divisions were scheduled to attend the convention.
It will be the first to be held after the party became a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) that forms the government.
He said the convention would serve as a platform for the party to improve its performance and delegates could use the opportunity to criticise the party leadership.
“This convention will be a post-mortem on the performance of Amanah leaders in the Cabinet,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
Amanah has nine members who are ministers or deputy ministers in the PH government led by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Almost all the leaders will be there and will answer questions openly. Since they are in the government the top leaders must also accept suggestions and criticisms for the sake and continuity of the party,’’ he added.
Mohd Anuar, who is also Temerloh MP, said the convention would begin with registration of delegates on Dec 14 and would be opened by party president Mohamad Sabu the following day.
“The president will deliver a speech which will then be debated by delegates before the annual report is tabled by the secretary-general and presentation of the financial statement by the party treasurer,” he added.
He said the winding-up session by the party leaders would be on Dec 16.
Mohd Anuar said the convention would also be attended by representatives from PH component parties as well as about 3,000 local and foreign observers. - FMT

Promised homes in 1982, longhouse residents continue to wait… and wait

For the last 36 years, settlers of the Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) longhouses have been waiting in anticipation for the government to build them permanent homes. (Youtube screengrab)
KUALA LUMPUR: For 36 years, descendants of rubber tappers have been waiting for the government to fulfill its promise of finding them permanent homes.
What they have gotten instead are dilapidated wooden houses, uncertainty and the risk of having to vacate even their current “temporary” homes due to proposed developments on the Taman Rimba Kiara land.
Third generation settler Sivakumar Muniandy, 49, said for the last 36 years, settlers of the Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) longhouses have been waiting in anticipation for the government to build them permanent homes.
Sivakumar Muniandy.
In 1982, Sivakumar recounted that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) then “temporarily” relocated families from the Bukit Kiara Estate to the longhouses after the government acquired the rubber estate that is now known as Bukit Kiara.
“Then, the government said we only had to stay here temporarily. It has been 36 years now, And now we are facing another hurdle – being forced to shift into a 29-storey-condominium – something which the older generation cannot afford to maintain,” Sivakumar told FMT in an interview.
The proposed development in question is a joint-venture between Memang Perkasa and Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (YWO), where the project comprises eight blocks of luxury serviced apartments, and includes a 29-storey block featuring 350 affordable apartments, 200 units of which are reserved for the relocation of the longhouses families.
“But we don’t want serviced apartments to be our future home. How do you expect an 80-year-old lady to afford maintenance fees?
“Most of them who live here are not very well-to-do as it is. They cannot even afford repair works to their wooden houses. How do you expect for them to fork out maintenance fees?” asked Sivakumar.
Sivakumar recalled how the previous state administration had promised repeatedly each general election that it would build permanent homes for the settlers.
“The estate workers have contributed much to the development of the country. They deserve to be appreciated.
“We have waited for so long, and the idea of serviced apartments is just not suitable for the residents’ lifestyle here.
“Our question is, why can’t the government just fulfill its promise to us and build new houses for us on this 4.4 acres, instead of approving a mega project, which would destroy the surrounding peace?” asked Sivakumar.
Several other reasons why the longhouses residents have been opposing the idea of settling in a high-rise building include the fear of losing their heritage and cultural practises, and the inconveniences faced by the older generation.
“Each year during festivities, it is a very grand affair for us to celebrate as a neighbourhood and community who are all very closely knitted here.
“A lot of the celebrations are done together as a community and we will not have the same environment when we live in separate units on different floors in a high-rise building.
“Just like many other neighbourhoods which were dispersed in the past, we too will lose our community lifestyle should we be forced to shift into a high-rise building,” said Sivakumar.
Sivakumar also pointed out that the developer had only promised 100 free units for the longhouses settlers, while a second unit could be bought at RM175,000, which is 50% of the original price per unit.
“Do you really think that the elderly people here have that kind of money to spend on a housing loan?
“One hundred units will not be sufficient, as there are about 200 families who live here now. Currently, some families are sharing one unit here in the longhouses. The living condition is unacceptable.
“Imagine three generations living under one roof?” he said.
(From left) Selvaraju Selanthiran, Mookaiyee Thiruvengadam, Vasuky Karuppiah, Letchumy Nallayah and Punitha Suppiah are former estate workers from the Bukit Kiara estate.
When met at the longhouses, Sumathi Kuppan, 49, who works at the temple located in the compound, said she was grateful for a peaceful neighbourhood and hoped that all the longhouses residents would not be forced to vacate their current homes.
“We don’t want to live in a high-rise building. Most of the former estate workers here, including my parents, they are not young and they will not know how to move about a serviced apartment.
“Who is going to pay for maintenance fees? For a serviced apartment like what they have proposed, it would cost easily RM200 and above. We cannot afford it.
“What if the elderly people fall sick? Who is going to bring them down from their apartments and send them to the hospital? It is not a conducive environment for elderly people no matter how you look at it,” said Sumathi, indicating that all they could now was to pray for the best.
Another resident, Punitha Suppiah, 48, also agreed that moving into a high-rise building would mean losing the “community heritage”.
“We would end up in a very anti-social environment, where everyone will keep to themselves. Unlike now, if anything happens to my neighbour, I can always run next door to keep an eye on their parents who are in their 80s.
“There will be no space for us to carry out festivity activities. Gradually, all these will be forgotten when we cannot celebrate these festivities in an elaborate manner due to lack of space,” she said.
Letchumy Nallayah, 80 and Mookaiyee Thiruvengadam, 68, both former estate workers, said they had been waiting for so long for a proper home.
“The government promised us, but until today, they have not fulfilled it. We are still waiting, and hoping. We are not asking for much, but just want what was promised to us,” they said in Tamil.
Meanwhile, the Save Taman Rimba Kiara (STRK) group has since produced a draft plan, which proposes that up to 200 units of townhouses be built on the 1.78ha (4.4 acre) longhouses land.
Its working group coordinator Leon Koay said STRK had last year engaged with architects and engineers to come up with a plan which had proven that 200 units of townhouses could be built on the longhouse land instead of having to take up parts of the Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) land.
“We showed this to the longehouse residents, and they are very happy with it. Now, our question is: why won’t the Federal Territories ministry take a look at this plan and consider building new homes for these settlers?
“For us, it is simple. It does not make sense to say that, in order to build houses for these settlers they have to bring in a mega project. Here, we have proven that, if they are really sincere in helping the setters (FT ministry and developer), they can build on the 4.4 acres of land where the longhouse currently sits,” said Koay.
He added that the argument presented by the government that there would be additional costs incurred should it build houses for the settlers was not valid.
“Back in the day, the previous administration had promised these settlers that it would build homes for them, but it never did. This is what the government owes the settlers. If this promise was fulfilled then, it would not cost as much as it will today,” he said.
Sivakumar, who has viewed the proposed townhouse units plan, said the residents were very pleased and hoped that the government would be able to adopt this plan.
“The proposed plan by STRK caters for the next generation even, and this is something Memang Perkasa is not able to do for free.
“The townhouse concept is something that is able to keep this community close together and it is our wish that the neighbourhood stays this way.
“We have stayed here for so long already, we are really hoping that the government will recognise us as a housing area and allow us to preserve this heritage – a heritage made of estate workers who once helped boost the country’s development and economy,” he said.
On Wednesday, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) residents’ bid to overturn the conditional planning permission and development order by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for the controversial high-rise residential project in TRK was denied by the High Court.

However, longhouse residents and TTDI Residents’ Association along with STRK have not given up and are planning to appeal the decision. -FMT