Saturday, September 06, 2014

Why Najib can't amend/abolish the Sedition Act, unilaterally



Will the Rulers agree?
Consent of the Malay Rulers needed. The prolific blogger SatD hasn't been less so even though his postings have been few and far between. Just read his first posting since June Sedition R Us: A word of caution to Ghar: 
"The thing is our Sedition Act is enacted from clause 10 (4), and any changes to it will require the "Consent of the Conference of Rulers" 
Article 159 (5)
(5) A law making an amendment to Clause (4) of Article 10, any law passed thereunder, the provisions of part iii, Article 38, Clause (4) of Article 63, Article 70, Clause (1) of Article 71, Clause (4) of Article 72, Article 152, or 153 or to this Clause shall not be passed without the consent of the Conference of Rulers."
As I understand it, it's SatD's word of caution not just meant for the 112 NGOs (mostly unregistered but of course) that are clamouring for the Sedition Act to be removed sans replacement BUT, more importantly, ALSO a reminder to the Prime Minister and his Attorney-General Gani Patail to observe the proper democratic process involved ...

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#WahaiMelayu




I wish I could attend this launch of Anas Zubedy's latest book by former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the author of The Malay Dilemma.
But I will be in Sabah (see pic, left). I've been planning to celebrate Malaysia Day in Sabah with the beautiful people of Sabah for years and at last this year, inshallah, I will be able to realise that dream. 
All the best to #WahaiMelayu. I am glad it is Anas Zubedy, one of The Star's "moderate voices" (and up there at the top of my list of Malaysia's most sober and sane, definitely), who's publishing this book; otherwise, those racist dogs will rip it apart ... 
I also like Anas Zubedy's #SaySomethingNice 2014 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Hai Melayu

"Apalah identiti kamu sbg orang Melayu kalau kamu tak tahu adat istiadat dan asal usulnya kamu sebagai orang Melayu?
Kamu boleh kata "saya Melayu progresif" ... kamu boleh kata "saya ulama" ... kamu kata kamu Melayu socialis ... kamu boleh kata kamu Melayu kominis ... Tapi jangan lupa sejarah kamu. Kamu hilang adat istiadat, kamu hilang asal usual, maka harus kamu lucutkan gelaran kamu orang Melayu, lucutkan keistimewaan Melayu."
It's that time of the year when racial awareness in this multiracial country of ours climbs to its zenith. Just read Just Read's last posting on Umno strongman Zahid Hamidi's statement and the general Melayu Umno sentiment in Increasingly Arrogant.   
But the quotes on Melayu at the start of this posting belong not to a Melayu but to Felicia Ling, a PKR member. The lawyer left MCA in 2008 to join PKR probably because of Anwar Ibrahim's promised "New Dawn". But judging by this furious clipping below captured by Jinggo the other day. the lawyer may have finally seen the light. 
Proof that when it comes to their Sultan, Malaysians regardless of race could still unite. 
As long as the Sultans behave themselves and are good to the Rakyat, that is.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

More than a decade after his first "restructuring" of MAS, what makes Azman Mokhtar so sure he can do it now?

Amok: MAS continues to elude his Midas touch
From Bina Fikir to Khazanah Nasional.  I've known of Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar since I was a reporter at Business Times and he a haversack-ed young analyst with Solomon. His rise, guided by Nor Mohamed Yakcop who then had the ears of the Prime Minister, was meteoric. In him the Government first placed the trust of restructuring a post-Tajudin Ramli MAS. 
On his way up, Azman was made Khazanah Nasional boss overseeing the government's strategic investments and GLCs, strategic and otherwise. 
Today, many years after Bina Fikir's failed restructuring of MAS, Azman Mokhtar announced drastic measures that WILL save the national carrier, including replacing AJ the CEO and cutting some 6,000 jobs.
 "The combination of measures announced today will enable our national airline to be revived." Azman Mokhtar in MAS to trim staff, routes in reform plan, AFP Friday 29/8/2014
You will excuse me if I have my reservations about Azman and Khazanah's latest plans. Don't get me wrong. I wish he would succeed because I want MAS to fly high again and make us all proud but I believe the time has come to take the airline away from the wizards at Khazanah and let a proven entrepreneur or a group of them save it.