|Alarming Rise of Malaysian Religious Extremism
Asiasentinel, 20/03/15 -- Political analysts in Malaysia suspect that the United Malays National Organization has encouraged PAS behind the scenes to seek the implementation of hudud in Kelantan as a method of splitting the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition, composed of the moderate urban Malay Parti Keadilan Rakyat headed by the now-jailed Anwar Ibrahim and the Chinese dominated Democratic Action Party as well as PAS. The DAP is vehemently opposed to the law and is expected to meet on Monday to deliberate on whether to leave the coalition.
1Malaysia initiatives finally drowned in debts
19/3/2015 -- BN won due to gerrymandering and unfair delineation of electoral boundaries. After 2013 elections Datuk Seri Najib dumped 1Malaysia and made moves to win back Malay votes and strengthen his position in Umno. All his efforts failed and to top it Malaysians witness the MH370 disappearance, drop in oil prices and now the 1MDB.
Jho Low, Well Connected in Malaysia,
Has an Appetite for New York
The New York Times 08/02/15 -- Mr. Low’s lavish spending has raised eyebrows and questions from Kuala Lumpur to New York, where he has made a boldface name for himself as a “whale” at clubs like the Pink Elephant and 1Oak. The New York Post once called him “the mystery man of city club scene,” adding, “Speculation is brewing over where Low is getting his money from.”
Archaic law held sacred by Malaysian courts
12/2/2015 -- The Federal Court's guilty verdict for Anwar Ibrahim raises many doubts and questions. There is more than meets the eye. The plaintiff, Saiful, received the benefit of every doubt while defendant Anwar was denied reasonable justice. The BN government has shown little restraint, even after sacking him from the party in 1998.
Acrimonious Split Rattles Malaysian Premier’s Family
Asia Sentinel, 12/02/15 -- There is a growing, acrimonious rift in the Razak family, much of it over the deeply indebted government-backed investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd, and Najib’s siblings’ relationship with the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, partly because of her ostentatious flaunting of enormous wealth. Rosmah, in addition to concerns about her behavior, is believed to have convinced her husband to initiate the 1MDB fund, which is backed by the Ministry of Finance.
Malaysia’s Anwar Faces Sodomy Verdict Next Week
Asia Sentinel, 05/02/15 -- In Malaysia’s courts, political cases are rarely if ever decided on their merits. That has been glaringly true of the charges against Anwar. The case has been marred by a long series of procedural errors and a list of suspicious events and rulings. As with a previous sodomy case brought in 1998, the charges against Anwar have been condemned by human rights groups and governments across the world.
Man brutally murdered while having drinks
The Star, 22/01/15 -- “The victim’s arms were mutilated. His right limb was cut off and is missing while his left arm was left barely attached to his body. A K9 unit was sent to try and locate the victim’s missing arm but it could not be found,” he said.
Initial investigations led police to believe the motive for the murder could be revenge, with officers recording statements from the victim’s four friends.
Will Altantuya’s Murderer Talk in Australia?
John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel, 22/01/15 --
The detention in Brisbane, Australia, of Sirul Azhar Umar, one of the two condemned killers of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu, must be sending shock waves through Kuala Lumpur and the unknown parties who ordered her execution in October of 2006.
“This is going to be dynamite,” said a prominent Malaysian lawyer who preferred not to be identified. “There is lots of vibration going on in foot apparel,” a suggestion that top political figures in Kuala Lumpur might be shaking in their boots. Reporters and lawyers are feverishly trying to get Sirul to talk from his jail cell about who ordered the killing and why.
No Extradition for Mongolian Woman’s Killer: Australia
John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel, 15/01/15 --
Azilah, he said, "noticed movements in the Chinese woman's arm and ordered me to fire another shot but the gun did not fire. I then emptied the weapon and loaded the gun again and fired another shot at the same area which was the left side of the woman's head. I then took a black plastic garbage bag and with Azilah's help put the bag over the Chinese woman's head to prevent blood from spilling."
With Sirul holding her arms and Azilah holding her legs, they carried Altantuya into the woods. "Azilah then carried the bag containing the explosives and handed it to me. I took the explosives and attached them to the victim's head while Azilah attached the explosives on the victim's legs up to the abdomen." After attaching a wire to the explosives, they blew her up.
Return of the Samy-style era
The Star, 201/12/14 -- Samy Vellu’s son Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari and former youth leader Datuk T. Mohan led a group of about 500 youthful demonstrators to the MIC headquarters, where they were feted with food, loud music and songs.
Some MIC staff members also joined in Thursday’s chaos – some of them condemned Palanivel for the ill that had befallen the MIC, while others condemned the crowd’s rowdy behaviour.
MIC in a Mess
Crony Corruption undetected by Transparency International’s CPI
18/12/2014 -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was jubilant that the government initiatives to combat graft, the efforts of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (ISCD) in the police force and Performance Management Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has enabled Malaysia to moved up to 50th spot among 175 countries in the CPI 2014 ranking up from 53 last year
Moderate Malay Muslims Seek to Cool the Heat
Asia Sentinel, 14/12/14 -- "Given the impact of such vitriolic rhetoric on race relations and political stability of this country, we feel it is incumbent on us to take a public position," Noor Farida Ariffin, former Malaysian ambassador to the Netherlands, said in a statement issued on behalf of the 25 signatories.
Commission for pardon and not inquest
8/12/2014 -- This project IC was clearly done under the blessing of UMNO so that the political party of their choice will rule Sabah. UMNO wanted to neutralize and split Kadazanduzun and Chinese votes in Sabah so that they become politically weak, a game UMNO is good at.
Malaysia’s New Migrants
The New York Times, Dec 11, 2014 -- In the first four months of this year, 83 Nepali workers died in Malaysia from various causes, a rate of one a day, including a significant number of suicides. A recent study of the Malaysian electronics industry by the labor research organization Verité found that nearly a third of those surveyed — in a work force that includes about 200,000 foreign employees — had suffered conditions of forced labor. Most of them work in factories that produce components for many of the most recognizable brands on the international market (though Verité declined to specify which in its report, preferring to avoid a “name and shame” strategy).
Malaysia’s Investment Fund Disaster
Asia Sentinel, 09/12/14 -- In 2008, a boisterous young man by the name of Jho Low Taek, a Penang-born Wharton grad with a taste for Cristal champagne and Broadway blondes, approached Malaysia’s Terengganu state government with a proposal to use the state’s authority to sell RM10 billion (US$2.87 billion) in bonds to start a state-backed investment fund.
No political party ruled forever
5/12/2014 -- These fabrications show signs of desperations and fear that they are losing support of large sections within the Malay community. Umno general assembly has become a rattling and rhetoric ground for their delegates and leaders to let lose their belligerent noises and raise the insecurity and fear among of Malays. By doing so in every AGM, Umno leaders are able to divert the real economic and social issues in the Malay community to emotions and chest beating to keep the rural community ignorant and misinformed.
Myanmar businessman killed by Gang 21 member in revenge
The Star, 04/12/14 -- Angered by the abduction and murder of his brother, a Gang 21 member kidnapped and killed a 30-year-old businessman, in what police believe to be an act of revenge. On Nov 12, the Indian-Myanmar businessman was abducted in full view of his family by four men, armed with two pistols and two parang, at about 6.10pm in Pusat Bandar Sentul Utara. Eight days later, police arrested the 41-year-old Gang 21 member at Hospital Banting, Selangor, when he turned up to claim the remains of his brother, said Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy.