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Saturday, October 25, 2014

DS Anwar Won't Be Cowed by UMNO Goons!

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October 25, 2014

Anwar: What right has UM to ban me?

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Whether banned or otherwise, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will still deliver his speech at Universiti Malaya (UM) on the eve of his sodomy charge appeal hearing.
And this is despite his alma mater claiming that it will never allow the programme to go on.
In an interview with Malaysiakini today, Anwar said he had not been told by the university that he was banned from delivering his speech on Monday.
“I will still go (even if I am banned). What right do they have to ban me? I was invited by the highest student body in UM. By 9pm, I’ll be at UM.”
Asked whether he was going to “gate crash” the university, Anwar simply said that he is “very familiar with the terrain”.
UM yesterday issued a show-cause letter to Universiti Malaya Students’ Association (PMUM) president and the event organiser, Fahmi Zainol.
The university’s student affairs deputy vice-chancellor Rohana Yusof said Fahmi could be suspended for one or two semesters as well as fined RM200 if he goes ahead with his plan.
The Oct 27 event, titled ‘Anwar Ibrahim: 40 years from UM to jail’, is scheduled to take place at 9pm at the Dewan Tunku Canselor square in the campus in Kuala Lumpur.
He is also expected to hold a rally the same night at the MPSJ stadium in Subang Jaya.
The gathering is one of several scheduled rallies since Wednesday by Anwar in a nationwide blitz to mobilise support ahead of his sodomy appeal on Tuesday.
Flashmobs to continue
Meanwhile at a major intersection just outside the campus today, a handful of PKR supporters, led by its youth wing Angkatan Muda Keadilan (AMK), organised a flashmob in the run-up to Anwar’s appeal.
“This flashmob is to raise awareness on grassroots issues, on oppression – whether in the form of rising fuel prices, rising price of goods – and the Sedition Act cases that have been slapped on so many politicians, academics, members of Parliament and reporter,” said AMK vice-chief Fahmi Fadzil.
Fahmi, who is also the PKR communications director, said the flashmobs will continue until Anwar’s hearing date at the Federal Court on Oct 28.
At the flashmob, about 25 persons chanted “Reduce fuel prices” while holding placards calling for lower fuel prices, an independent judiciary, and abolition of the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN).
Many motorists passing the group outside the Universiti LRT station greeted them with honks, and the group replied with cries of “reformasi”. Traffic remained smooth throughout the event.

DESIDERATA: FIRSTLY, three salutes to Sdr  Fahmi Zainol, the student leader who also won't be cowed by the university bodeker-leaders! Secondly and lustily, Let's all gather by the hundreds of thosand at Putrajaya next WedNURSEDday to support Sdr Anwar -- It's Now or Never! The Opposition Leader needs lots of nursing! YL, Desi

mGf KimQ has a take on Saudara Anwar Ibrahim's fate

--  I fully agree wit' fellow Reoformist writer's views here/hear! Dear ER, ENJOY! Maybe I see ye at Putrajaya cometh next Wednesday, InsyaAllah...YL, Desi


Anwar’s final appeal: jail or free man?
By Kim Quek
25.10.2014
Few would doubt that the outcome of the final appeal of Anwar Ibrahim on Oct 28 & 29 against his sodomy conviction will be decided by politics, not by law.
More specifically, the court’s verdict will likely be determined by Umno’s political considerations on the impact of such final judgment.
Two main factors will decide Anwar’s fate.  The first is Umno’s answer to this question: Will the jailing of Anwar be a net gain for Umno’s political survival? The second is the outcome of the competitive influence on the judiciary between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the conservative faction led by former premier Mahathir Mohamad.
Imprisoning Anwar will save Umno?
Will Umno be safe after Anwar is put away to prison?
It is the popular believe that once Anwar is jailed, the alliance of Pakatan Rakyat will disintegrate. Many in Umno think that without the cementing factor of Anwar, DAP and PAS will part company due to their ideological differences over mainly religious issues.
Such common notion is strengthened by the errant conduct of PAS in the recent Selangor crisis.
However, a closer look into that event will reveal that the trouble created by PAS was mainly caused by PAS President Hadi Awang and the conservative ulama, who seemed bent to go on a loggerhead against PKR and DAP in the choice of MB for Selangor, despite being opposed by the party’s progressive and pro-Pakatan faction. Though Hadi had managed to overrule the progressives in that episode, the latter were clearly in the majority in the central committee which is the party’s highest body for political decision making and implementation.
It is plain to all that Hadi’s extremist and reactionary stance on religion and politics, which has alienated both PKR and DAP and rejected by all non-Muslims and the moderate Muslims, is sheer political suicide for his party.  Unless Hadi changes his stance or is removed from power, PAS will be heading for obliteration in coming elections.
For this reason, I think even the conservatives will realise this unpalatable reality, given time and persuasion to chew over the fatal consequences of so decisively alienating such large and important sectors of the electorate; and the progressives who fervently believe and support the common cause of good governance and social justice of Pakatan Rakyat will surely prevail in the current power tussle and gain clear power by the next party election  the latest.
When that happens, PAS will emerge stronger, so will Pakatan Rakyat, considering the excellent rapport existing between PAS’s progressive leaders and their counterparts in PKR and DAP.
The torch of Reformasi will be passed on
Anwar’s departure to prison will not leave a vacuum, as the Reformasi ideals are already firmly implanted into the leadership of all the component parties of Pakatan Rakyat. Neither would Anwar’s PKR party suffer a leadership deficit, as its youthful leaders are already groomed to carry on the torch of reforms without Anwar’s physical presence. If there is any difference, Anwar in prison will only inspire and strengthen their political conviction that, come what may, they must save the country from the seemingly unending crutches of an evil regime.
To those Umno hardliners gleefully looking forward to what they think is the political annihilation of Anwar, I advise them to take a trip down memory lane.
The last time Anwar was jailed on such sodomy charge in 1998, it caused such a torrential backlash that Umno, for the only time in history, lost the support of the majority of Malays.  And Barisan Nasional (BN) would have been defeated in that 1999 elections, if not for the massive and unprecedented swing of Chinese support to BN. That swing was a result of BN’s campaign of deception through a blitzkrieg on street violence against Chinese in Jakarta in the aftermath of the toppling of dictator Suharto, Mahathir’s constant warning of a May 13 style racial riot and the concocted imminence of an Islamic state under PAS.
Fifteen years on, the political scenario has much changed.  The sound and fury of the Malay masses that greeted the previous sodomy trial of Anwar is no more found in the current trial.  But, equally if not more important, is the virtual permanent alienation of Chinese electoral support for BN.
Taking the 2013 election as benchmark, where Pakatan’s 52% share of the popular votes is estimated to comprise 40% of Malays and 75% - 80% Chinese, and there were dozens of seats lost to BN on thin margins, BN can ill afford to lose even a small swath of Malay votes, keeping in mind that the massive swing of Chinese support to Pakatan in the last two general elections in 2013 and 2008 is virtually irreversible.
Is Umno so sure that the second-time jailing of Anwar on sodomy will not incur a backlash among Malays, though understandably less sweeping than the previous occasion?
The rapid advance of the social media has made our people much better informed now. If Umno couldn’t hide the injustice against Anwar fifteen years ago, it is even less able to do the same this time.  Take it that the majority know what is going on, and it is certainly not to the credit of Najib’s leadership and government to so savagely maul Anwar yet again, with a trial which is manifestly void of merits in fact and in law. 
Keeping silent does not mean ignorance or approval. Beneath the calm on the surface, hazardous undercurrents could be running that may cause fatal consequences to the perpetrators of such injustice. 
Umno is hence advised to look before it leaps.
Mahathir vs Najib
The other main factor that may impact the court verdict is the current power tussle between Najib and Mahathir.
For Mahathir, it is a relatively simple decision.  Eliminate what is to him Umno’s enemy No1 would safeguard Umno’s hegemony, as well as dodging the day of reckoning for him personally if Anwar were to become the prime minister. Besides, with Anwar removed from the scene, Mahathir would feel free to unleash his fury to unseat Najib without the worry of the dreaded Anwar to take advantage of Umno’s open rift.
However, Najib may have quite a different view.  Knowing that Mahathir sees Anwar as his most-feared enemy, the continued presence of Anwar in the political arena may serve as a counterweight to Mahathir’s reactionary influence to restrain him from all-out attacks against Najib’s premiership.
Another important consideration for Najib is his concern for his international image. For years, he has been painstakingly cultivating his image as a moderate leader in the international stage (at great costs to the public of course) and even launched his pet Global Movement of Moderates to buttress such credentials.
Now, what will the world make of Najib, if an internationally respected leader like Anwar is sent to prison in a notorious trial that has already been universally condemned as a great travesty of justice, transgression of human rights and democracy?  Where would Najib and his wife Rosmah (more so the latter) hide their faces at distinguished international gatherings during their frequent overseas trips?
Hence, it is not entirely impossible that Najib would prefer to see Anwar freed, or perhaps, as a compromise to Umno’s hardliners, penalised with a fine that would bar him from election or appointment to party post for many years to come.
To sum up, Anwar’s fate at his final appeal hinges on the outcome of cross currents of Umno’s party interests and conflicting personal interests of feuding leaders.
Will court rule according to law?
Perhaps at this point, questions may be asked about our judges, whether they may exercise their judicial judgment strictly according to law and constitution, free of political influences.
This is unlikely to happen, as the record of recent years has shown that the Federal Court has ruled in favour of the powers that be in every case where vital interest of  the latter is at stake, irrespective of whether the judgment is in conformity with the constitution and law.  Such pattern of judgment was most glaringly demonstrated in the series of Federal Court decisions where the constitution was thrown to the wind to ensure BN succeeded in it’s power grab in Perak.
Having said that, miracles do happen.  Who knows the majority of judges may at the end decide to allow their judicial conscience to overrule their personal political loyalty or political biddings of others.

Kim Quek
Author of banned book “The March to Putrajay” (www.themarchtoputrajaya.com).
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimquek.0?ref=hl

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aMORE from Sdr Kim Quek, belatedly...


Suspend sodomy hearing while Shafee is under probe
By Kim Quek
19.10.2014
The revelation of an on-going criminal investigation on lead prosecutor in the Anwar sodomy trial, Shafee Abdullah,  has cast serious doubt not only on the impending hearing of Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal against his sodomy conviction at the Federal Court on Oct 28, but also on the legal validity of Anwar’s earlier conviction by the Court of Appeal on Mar 7.
Malaysian Insider in an article on Oct 18 reported that the Attorney General’s Chambers issued an order as early as 3 Jan 2014 to investigate Shafee for having possibly made false affidavit in response to Anwar Ibrahim’s application to disqualify him, and that such investigation is still on-going.  
The accusation against Shafee was made by former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Abdullah who claimed in his statutory declaration that some of the contents of Shafee’s affidavits were false.
Mat Zain also told Malaysian Insider that he only knew of AG’s Jan 3 order to investigate Shafee, when the police approached him to record his statement on May 19.
This means that all this time, a criminal suspect under criminal investigation has led a prosecution team that resulted in Anwar’s conviction at the Court of Appeal, and he will continue to prosecute in the coming appeal hearing in the Federal Court.
These disturbing events call for urgent answers to the following questions:
1.      Why has Attorney General Gani Patail allowed Shafie to continue to act as prosecutor, when the latter is under criminal investigation for allegedly making false affidavit in order to stay on as prosecutor?
2.      Why didn’t AG Gani inform the Court of Appeal of such on-going investigation against prosecutor Shafee before and during the hearing that led to Anwar’s conviction on Mar 7?
3.      What is the legal implication to Anwar’s conviction on Mar 7, if Shafie is later found to be guilty of making false affidavit?  Would that not render the conviction of Anwar on Mar 7 null and void, since it is done by an unqualified prosecutor whose integrity has proven to be defective?
4.      Why did the police only begin to take statement from Mat Zain Ibrahim on May 19, well after Anwar’s conviction on Mar 7, and well after the order to investigate on Jan 3; and why is the investigation still not completed?  Is it not reasonable to assume that the delay is deliberate so as not to delay and jeopardise Anwar’s conviction on Mar 7 at the Court of Appeal and at the on-coming Federal Court hearing, since there is no conceivable reason for such inordinate delays?
The entire episode has given ground for strong suspicion of malicious intent on the part of the prosecution in the current sodomy trial of Anwar, and needless to say,  the integrity of both AG Gani and lead prosecutor Shafie is now called into serious question. 
To avert further injustice to Anwar, Prime Minister Najib Razak must now order for an immediate and independent inquiry on both Gani and Shafee for possible criminal misconduct. 
Meanwhile, hearing at the Federal Court must be held in abeyance, pending the conclusion of these investigations.

Kim Quek
Author of banned book “The March to Putrajay” (www.themarchtoputrajaya.com).
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kimquek.0?ref=hl


I touch a dog, I touch a book, LUSTILY I TOPUCH A SOUL!

I laud the latest initiative tagged " Touch a Book" as reported by mmail.online below. Every Sunday in Furong, I go to the Culural Walk at Jalan Utam Singh and touch many books. Yes, a flea market of sort under the label of culture has two stores sellling second-hand books, and I've picked a few detective novels for a mere RM3ecah. Anywan out hear wanna buy them off me for RM6? -- YL, DEsi, knottyaSsusual

After dogs, indie collective wants Malaysians to ‘touch books’

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Banking on the hype generated by a recent pet-a-dog event, an independent library collective plans to hold an “I Want to Touch a Book” event tomorrow to continue the conversation sparked by the controversy.
Buku Jalanan Titi, a chapter of the collective based in Titiwangsa Lake Garden, will hold a discussion on a book which has gone viral recently.
The cover of the book “Studies on Islam and Society in Southeast Asia” by William R. Roff shows a 1937 black-and-white photograph of a Singapore qadi, or Islamic judge, holding a dog.
“For this Sunday, we just want to share a space. Anybody can come, and share what they understand following the resurgence of the issue,” a volunteer with the collective, Mohd Hafizuddin Aziz, told Malay Mail Online.
Hafizuddin said the two-year-old group will discuss the events illustrated by the book cover which was sparked by a Dalmatian kept by Tengku Ibrahim, heir apparent and younger brother of the Kelantan Sultan in 1937.
“After that, everyone will share their opinions. It does not matter if you have different thoughts. At the end, we will learn how to accept differences,” said Hafizuddin of the event, which will run from 5pm to 7pm.
However, he was quick to point out that the event is not meant as a “parody” of “I Want to Touch a Dog”.
“Parodies or satires are a waste of time.”
According to Hafizuddin, Buku Jalanan is a “library without bureaucracy”, where the public can borrow books on trust by just leaving their names and contact numbers.
The collectives have several chapters including in Padang Kota, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu, and even overseas in Cardiff, Seoul and Dublin.
Its oldest and parent chapter in Shah Alam celebrated its third anniversary earlier this month.
According to Hafizuddin, the backlash against the pet-a-dog event organised by activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi reflected, in part, the inability to accept differing views.
However, he stopped short from saying that Malaysians generally shy away from books as suggested by the event’s title.
“We hope those of differing views can come this Sunday. Come with an open mind,” he added.

Friday, October 24, 2014

WHY more people are learning the Chinese language, WHILE...

in Malaysia some quarters are calling for the vernacular schools -- those using Chinese or Tamil as the main medium of instruction -- to be closed down! Here's from yahoo!news.com:~~

Here’s Why Mark Zuckerberg Studies Chinese Every Day

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is learning Mandarin Chinese.
Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday.
To the delight and amazement of the crowd, he spoke in Mandarin Chinese.
“I’m very glad to be in Beijing,” he said to the group. “I love this city. My Chinese is really a mess, but I study using Chinese every day.”
Students and faculty cheered, the New York Times reports.
The Facebook CEO was holding court in Beijing because he just signed onto the advisory board of Tsinghua University, which is basically the Yale of China.
In a half hour talk — which you can watch in the video below — Zuckerberg talked about what Facebook is doing in China, his view of Chinese innovation, and why he is studying Chinese.
First off, his wife Priscilla Chan’s family speaks Chinese. Evidently her grandma was “very shocked” when he told her in Chinese that the two of them were getting married.
On the business end, he says that studying Chinese helps him to understand the culture.
Facebook has long sought to break into China and get to its 1.3 billion citizens, 45.8% of whom are currently internet users, a number that’s going to continue increasing. But China keeps Facebook, Twitter, and their peers out of the country for fear of how social networks might spur unrest.
The Times reports that when Zuckerberg was asked what Facebook’s plans for China were, he took two big gulps of water before providing a response.
“We’re already in China,” he said, cracking up the room. “We help Chinese companies increase foreign customers; they use Facebook ads to find more customers.” 
Rick Wilking/Reuters
Zuckerberg says he’s learning Chinese to connect with the family of his wife, Priscilla Chan.
There is one last reason he’s studying Mandarin.
“I like challenges,” he said.
Considering the achievements of the 30-year-old billionaire, this isn’t too surprising and may reflect the psychology behind his success. The fact that Zuckerberg is studying Chinese — a notoriously difficult language to pick up in adulthood — may be an outgrowth of his mindset.
By studying the language every day, he knows that with effort he can improve. That growth mindsetwhere you take effort, rather than talent, to be the driver of your progress — has been identified by developmental psychologist Carol Dweck as a predictor of success in relationships, academics, and business
Here’s the video. 

Read more stories on Business Insider, Malaysian edition of the world’s fastest-growing business and technology news website.

REFERENCE to malaymail.nline report:)~~~~


October 7, 2014


Ti Lian Ker
(Malay Mail Online) – An Umno leader targeted by MCA after calling for the Umno general assembly to discuss abolishing the Chinese vernacular school system, has warned the Chinese party to “mind its own business”.
Petaling Jaya Utara Umno division deputy chief Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad said that MCA should work to win back Chinese voters, instead of interfering in Barisan Nasional (BN) lynchpin party’s affairs.
“(Ti) Lian Ker (pic) needs to shut his mouth as MCA candidates only win the elections because of Malay voters, not Chinese voters. Lian Ker has no locus standi as the Chinese have rejected MCA,” Mohamed Azli was quoted saying in media reports today.
“There is no need to teach us in Umno as to what can and cannot be debated. No need to be nosy around Umno’s affairs, go and do that with the DAP instead,” he added.
Mohamad Azli then reiterated his claim that Chinese vernacular education was a hotbed of discontent against the establishment that was tapped by opposition parties.
The Umno leader’s remark previously drew rebuke from the MCA religious harmony bureau chairman as well as Ti’s party colleagues.
An MCA leader also lodged a police report accusing Mohamed Azli of sedition.
Ti had previously said that Mohamad Azli’s proposal violated the Federal Constitution and contradicted BN’s policy of allowing Malaysians to study in their mother tongue.
He also reminded Mohamad Azli that the late Sabah Umno MP Datuk Mark Koding was charged with sedition in 1978 for calling for the closure of Chinese and Tamil schools. He was convicted four years later.
On October 5, Mohamad Azli was reported by dailies Mingguan Malaysia and New Sunday Times (NST) as saying that the upcoming annual Umno meeting in November should discuss abolishing the Chinese vernacular school system as it purportedly promotes racism and anti-establishment sentiments.
In the same report, Mohamad Azli was quoted saying that the government should also mull raising the intake of Malay and Indian students and teachers in Chinese schools to 60 per cent.
Vernacular schools continue to grow in popularity here in Malaysia, with an increasing number of non-Malay parents preferring to send their children to Mandarin- and Tamil-language schools over the Malay-language national schools.
Defenders of Bumiputera special privileges regularly target vernacular schools to deflect demands for equal treatment of the country’s races after decades of race-based affirmative

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Malaysian Nightmare Continues for Potential Woman PM...

Just weeks after failing the final hurdle to becoming the first woman Menteri Besar in Malaysia (The Selangor Rule did not accepot her as PKR's sole nominee...), the president of 15-year-old Parti Keadialn Rakyat, was slammed with another hammer.

Bloggers sell their souls. Newshounds too.

I have writ much about the coward and liar hydeing out in London or (woe)Manchester supported by his lovely admirers and legions of fans, so I won't write about this blogger guy who I once believed was pro-Reformasi and PKR. Anyway, he's NO LONGER relevant to the Malaysian scene, so I won't waste precious space on he who thinks he knows best of new and old media.

Let's move onto the fraternity I also belong to called JOURNALISTS. As with any profession, you have the Good, The Bad and the Ugly. If I were Terence Hill or Clint Eastwoood with a damning aim, I would gun down all the bad and ugly with a sex-shooter. But then who am I, just a bloody journo-blogger listed among rockybru's RH Top column of a privileged dirty dozen?

When I read*** a few days ago about PKR prez Dr DS Wan Azizah Wan Ismail being found guilty of "defamation" in a suit against and a few others, for two articles published by Suara Keadialn not favourable to Felda and its subsidiary Felda Global Ventures  Sdn Bhd, what surprised me most was not the guilty verdict. It was that the former editor Zulkarnain Taib who first apologised to the suitors -- the ones who filed the suit OK! - and then, apparently thinking he's free of responsibility of the alleged offence!), stated the two articles were indeed false. Hey, you approved the publication of the alleged false reports, no? WHAT A SELLOUT against his former employer and comrades-in-in-arms.


DESI: ***I won't reproduce the press reports, just my esteemedReaders, google the subject lah! add Malaysian Insider, OK, my staple diet nowadys, as good as Vit C, and if you are lucky,Vit M (lack of)!:(


Felda wins suit against Wan Azizah, writer over defamatory articles – Bernama

The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiary, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd, today won their suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others over the publication of two defamatory articles in the PKR newspaper, Suara Keadilan.
This followed the admission of liability for the two defamatory articles by the defendants, namely Wan Azizah, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, who was then PKR vice-president, and the writer of the said articles, Rusnizam Mahat.
The articles cited are "Felda Bangkrap" (Felda Bankrupt), published on June 22, 2010, and "Kontroversi" (Controversy) and "Bina Bangunan RM662 juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu" (Building RM662 million building only involves three individuals), which were both published in the June 29, 2010 edition.

High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said, in his ruling, said the court was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal which held that Felda, as a statutory body, had the right to initiate legal proceeding. He said only Parliament, and not the court, could take away the right of Felda to sue, as provided under Section 15(1) of the Land Development Act 1956.
Kamaludin made the ruling after dismissing the preliminary issue raised by the defendants that Felda, being a statutory body registered under the Land Development Act, did not have the locus standi to file the suit.
He also said Felda was entitled to enter judgment on liability and ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the Senior Assistant of Registrar of the High Court.
On August 16, 2010, Felda and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd filed a RM200 million suit against the three defendants claiming that the articles affected their image.
The plaintiffs contended that the defendants had intentionally published the articles to destroy the trust and confidence of Felda settlers with the agency.
Felda is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing such words in the print media or the Internet.
The agency also wants a written apology from the defendants to be published in newspapers and magazines to be identified by the plaintiffs and other costs and relief deemed by the court.
On September 30, former editor of Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib, who was one of the defendants, had apologised to Felda and its subsidiary over the publication of the two articles, saying that they were false and were published by Suara Keadilan with the intention to disparage the plaintiffs and damage their reputation. – Bernama, October 17, 2014.
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I am not surprised with the decision by a Malaysian Court
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/felda-wins-suit-against-wan-azizah-writer-over-defamatory-articles-bernama#sthash.jxKbrScM.dpuf

Felda wins suit against Wan Azizah, writer over defamatory articles – Bernama

The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiary, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd, today won their suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others over the publication of two defamatory articles in the PKR newspaper, Suara Keadilan.
This followed the admission of liability for the two defamatory articles by the defendants, namely Wan Azizah, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, who was then PKR vice-president, and the writer of the said articles, Rusnizam Mahat.
The articles cited are "Felda Bangkrap" (Felda Bankrupt), published on June 22, 2010, and "Kontroversi" (Controversy) and "Bina Bangunan RM662 juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu" (Building RM662 million building only involves three individuals), which were both published in the June 29, 2010 edition.

High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said, in his ruling, said the court was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal which held that Felda, as a statutory body, had the right to initiate legal proceeding. He said only Parliament, and not the court, could take away the right of Felda to sue, as provided under Section 15(1) of the Land Development Act 1956.
Kamaludin made the ruling after dismissing the preliminary issue raised by the defendants that Felda, being a statutory body registered under the Land Development Act, did not have the locus standi to file the suit.
He also said Felda was entitled to enter judgment on liability and ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the Senior Assistant of Registrar of the High Court.
On August 16, 2010, Felda and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd filed a RM200 million suit against the three defendants claiming that the articles affected their image.
The plaintiffs contended that the defendants had intentionally published the articles to destroy the trust and confidence of Felda settlers with the agency.
Felda is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing such words in the print media or the Internet.
The agency also wants a written apology from the defendants to be published in newspapers and magazines to be identified by the plaintiffs and other costs and relief deemed by the court.
On September 30, former editor of Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib, who was one of the defendants, had apologised to Felda and its subsidiary over the publication of the two articles, saying that they were false and were published by Suara Keadilan with the intention to disparage the plaintiffs and damage their reputation. – Bernama, October 17, 2014.
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I am not surprised with the decision by a Malaysian Court
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/felda-wins-suit-against-wan-azizah-writer-over-defamatory-articles-bernama#sthash.jxKbrScM.dpuf


Felda wins suit against Wan Azizah, writer over defamatory articles – Bernama


The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiary, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd, today won their suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others over the publication of two defamatory articles in the PKR newspaper, Suara Keadilan.
This followed the admission of liability for the two defamatory articles by the defendants, namely Wan Azizah, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, who was then PKR vice-president, and the writer of the said articles, Rusnizam Mahat.
The articles cited are "Felda Bangkrap" (Felda Bankrupt), published on June 22, 2010, and "Kontroversi" (Controversy) and "Bina Bangunan RM662 juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu" (Building RM662 million building only involves three individuals), which were both published in the June 29, 2010 edition.

High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said, in his ruling, said the court was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal which held that Felda, as a statutory body, had the right to initiate legal proceeding. He said only Parliament, and not the court, could take away the right of Felda to sue, as provided under Section 15(1) of the Land Development Act 1956.
Kamaludin made the ruling after dismissing the preliminary issue raised by the defendants that Felda, being a statutory body registered under the Land Development Act, did not have the locus standi to file the suit.
He also said Felda was entitled to enter judgment on liability and ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the Senior Assistant of Registrar of the High Court.
On August 16, 2010, Felda and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd filed a RM200 million suit against the three defendants claiming that the articles affected their image.
The plaintiffs contended that the defendants had intentionally published the articles to destroy the trust and confidence of Felda settlers with the agency.
Felda is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing such words in the print media or the Internet.
The agency also wants a written apology from the defendants to be published in newspapers and magazines to be identified by the plaintiffs and other costs and relief deemed by the court.
On September 30, former editor of Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib, who was one of the defendants, had apologised to Felda and its subsidiary over the publication of the two articles, saying that they were false and were published by Suara Keadilan with the intention to disparage the plaintiffs and damage their reputation. – Bernama, October 17, 2014.
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Felda wins suit against Wan Azizah, writer over defamatory articles – Bernama


The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its subsidiary, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd, today won their suit against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and two others over the publication of two defamatory articles in the PKR newspaper, Suara Keadilan.
This followed the admission of liability for the two defamatory articles by the defendants, namely Wan Azizah, Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali, who was then PKR vice-president, and the writer of the said articles, Rusnizam Mahat.
The articles cited are "Felda Bangkrap" (Felda Bankrupt), published on June 22, 2010, and "Kontroversi" (Controversy) and "Bina Bangunan RM662 juta Hanya Libatkan Tiga Individu" (Building RM662 million building only involves three individuals), which were both published in the June 29, 2010 edition.

High Court judge Datuk Wira Kamaludin Md Said, in his ruling, said the court was bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal which held that Felda, as a statutory body, had the right to initiate legal proceeding. He said only Parliament, and not the court, could take away the right of Felda to sue, as provided under Section 15(1) of the Land Development Act 1956.
Kamaludin made the ruling after dismissing the preliminary issue raised by the defendants that Felda, being a statutory body registered under the Land Development Act, did not have the locus standi to file the suit.
He also said Felda was entitled to enter judgment on liability and ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the Senior Assistant of Registrar of the High Court.
On August 16, 2010, Felda and Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn Bhd filed a RM200 million suit against the three defendants claiming that the articles affected their image.
The plaintiffs contended that the defendants had intentionally published the articles to destroy the trust and confidence of Felda settlers with the agency.
Felda is also applying for an injunction to restrain the defendants from further publishing such words in the print media or the Internet.
The agency also wants a written apology from the defendants to be published in newspapers and magazines to be identified by the plaintiffs and other costs and relief deemed by the court.
On September 30, former editor of Suara Keadilan, Dzulkarnain Taib, who was one of the defendants, had apologised to Felda and its subsidiary over the publication of the two articles, saying that they were false and were published by Suara Keadilan with the intention to disparage the plaintiffs and damage their reputation. – Bernama, October 17, 2014.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Najib is the Emperor Who Wore New/Nude/No (pick one!) Clothes at the U.N.

From my fave news portal online, The MI:

Walk the talk, social media users tell Najib over his UN speech

Barely hours after Datuk Seri Najib Razak condemned the Islamic State militants (Isis) and religious extremism at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, social media users were quick to remind the prime minister to practise what he preached at home.
Twitter user Nash, using the handle @nash_71, did not mince his words when he posted: "@NajibRazak such a pity your words and deeds dont (sic) match where it matters most... at HOME... Malaysia... cld hv (could have) been known a great statesman."
Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen also hit out at the PM's remarks at the UN assembly, by tweeting: "@NajibRazak says the right thing at UN but fails miserably back in Msia – Umno, Isma, Perkasa, Utusan, Jakim, Jais extremism for all to see."
He further posted: "At UN @NajibRazak calls for peace & moderation but no such consideration in Msia – everything is dealt with by the Sedition Act."
This prompted a response from a follower, Peoples Power, using the handle @peoplespowerr, who posted: "He is jaguh dunia BUT not jaguh kampung."
Another Twitter user, Hafiz Noor Shams, using the handle @__earth, appeared to issue a reminder to the PM's earlier presumed admiration for the terror group: "Najib at the UN: WE'RE ANTI ISIS. Najib in an UMNO pow-wow: We should emulate ISIS's courage."
Najib had in June at a dinner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cheras Umno branch, called on party members to emulate the exploits of the group, which was then known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as its members were able to defeat an Iraqi force despite being outnumbered.
Many criticised him and questioned him for voicing his support for a militant group.
However, the prime minister's office later claimed that his words had been taken out of context and, instead, said that the militants' actions ran counter to the Islamic faith and culture and humanity.
Human rights lawyer Latheefa Koya also took to Twitter today to say: "Najib urges global community to defeat violent extremism & religious intolerance – hello? ada kenal Isma & perkasa?  (heard of Isma and Perkasa?)", in reference to the two Muslim and Malay rights groups in Malaysia.
Former BN de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim also tweeted using the handle @zaidibrahim: "PM snazzy dresser; spoke well about dangerous ideas permeating Islamic world in New York. When back home will he repeat them in Pekan?"
Najib had earlier told the UN General Assembly that Isis militants had destroyed lives and communities and destabilised fragile nations and threatened regional security.
“We reject this so-called Islamic State. We reject this state defined by extremism. And we condemn the violence being committed in the name of Islam.
“We know that the threat to world peace and security is not Islam, but extremism: intolerant, violent and militant extremism. The actions of these militants are beyond conscience and belief. They violate the teachings of Islam, the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, and the principles of Islamic law.”
Najib also said in his speech that there were key things that the world must do to defeat violent extremism and religious intolerance in Iraq and Syria.
“First, security and statehood must be returned to the people of Syria and Iraq.
“Secondly, we must pursue a different kind of politics... We must break the cycle where one group gains power only to wield it against the other... So we should commit to more inclusive politics." – September 27, 2014.

DESIDERATA: When some people become Chameleons overseas, it's time they stay in the zoo...overseas! Helps promote international toursim. Maybe Home Minister Zahid Hamidi should gather the heads of Izma and  Perkasa to head the Moderates Movement in BullehLand?