The Latest Malaysia – Singapore “Quarrel” (December 2018)…

9 December 2018

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Malaysia and Singapore have issued more comments on a territorial dispute between the two nations. Singapore claims Malaysian government vessels are intruding into its waters.

The statements signal a potential escalation in the war of words between the two Southeast Asian countries, a level of bickering not seen in years. The duo, which were once part of the same country, had a fractious relationship during Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s first stint in power from 1981 to 2003.

Mahathir Mohamad, speaking at a press conference near Kuala Lumpur on Saturday said:

“The important thing is that Singapore agreed to a negotiation. We cannot give a final answer” until the negotiations are resolved.

On why Malaysia decided to extend its Johor Bahru port, which Singapore alleges is an encroachment on Singapore waters, he said:

“Lots of people announce their borders off and on and that causes a lot of dispute. We will settle the dispute based on legal provision and our rights.”

Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, speaking to reporters Saturday, according to the Straits Times newspaper, said:

Malaysia must get its government vessels to leave Singapore territorial waters at once and return to the pre-Oct. 25 status quo, Chan said.

Singapore welcomes talks and hopes for a “swift and amicable resolution” of the matter. The Singapore government is also prepared for the dispute to be resolved “by recourse to an appropriate international third-party dispute settlement procedure.” But it was important, he said, to “calm down the ground situation first.”

“We know that some ships are armed. So the risk of escalation cannot be underestimated. Accidents can happen.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-09/malaysia-singapore-officials-comment-on-territorial-dispute

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Pulau Kukup: From National Park to Sultanate Land?

9 December 2018

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Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has criticised Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar for insisting that the status of Johor’s Pulau Kukup as a national park must be retained.

This was after the Johor government revealed that the previous government had degazetted Pulau Kukup as a national park and will classify it as sultanate land.

“I posted a letter from the Johor state government that was also signed by His Majesty that stated that it will fall under sultanate land, but it remains a national park.

“Its usage and protection does not change. What is it so hard to understand (sic)?” he said in a statement on Facebook today.

The move to degazette Pulau Kukup means that it loses its legal status as a national park. Its continued use as such will be at the pleasure of the Johor ruler who owns the sultanate land.

Xavier had issued the statement after the cabinet decided that Pulau Kukup should remain a national park.

However, Tunku Ismail said “outsiders” should not interfere in Johor’s affairs.

“First of all as an outsider, you don’t need to meddle on matters related to Johor,” he said.

“Secondly, no matter what statement or letter is issued, you have no jurisdiction to override the Johor state constitution.

“The only one who can change the constitution is the ruler. The letter Johor has issued is clear that Pulau Kukup will remain protected as a national park.”

Tunku Ismail also claimed that the Pulau Kukup issue was being turned into a “distraction.”

“Don’t use issues like this as a deception to divert attention because you are not performing. So that is why I have been saying from before, just focus on the progress of the nation.

“There is no need to be fighting here and there,” he said.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/455426

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As controversial as it may be, this move if done right might be a game changer for the betterment of our environment. The Johor Royal House, after all, did confirm that Pulau Kukup will remain and continue to be used as a state national park where it must be guarded and regulated to become a state tourist attraction.

Similarly, in the north, we have the Royal Belum State Park that was conferred the royal status by the late Sultan Azlan Shah back in 2003 as a form of appreciation and recognition of the importance of the park to the sultanate and its people.

The “royal” title is not a mere title or another form of lip service. It gives nuance to the importance and significance of the conferred entity. The closest example is our Royal Malaysia Police that was conferred the title “royal” on July 24, 1958, as a tribute and appreciation for their commitment against the communist insurgency.

One can only hope that the royal title will provide Pulau Kukup its due protection. Declaring national parks as sultanate land could finally provide us with a right check and balance mechanism where state governments can no longer degazette national parks, green lungs and forest reserves for development according to their whims and fancies.

The practice of developing forest and green lungs has been rampant and we have witnessed it many times before. The Selangor state government degazetted parts of Selangor State Park for the construction of the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE), Bukit Cerakah and Sungai Buloh forest reserve for the Damansara Shah Alam Highway (DASH) and Bukit Sungei Puteh forest in Hulu Langat for the Sungai Besi Ulu Kelang Highway (SUKE), regardless of public outcry.

And most recently, another exercise to degazette a part of the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve in Gombak for a housing development project is ongoing. Not to mention the DBKL’s plan to develop Bukit Kiara despite the area being intended as a green lung of Kuala Lumpur.

For far too long, sustainability and environmental conservation have been put on the back burner or seen as something ideal but not essential. If this is what it takes to save our environment from state governments’ arbitrary move to degazette the parks and forest reserves in the future, by all means, we should welcome this new form of check and balance.

After all, the Johor Royal House did play an active role in preserving the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park in Mersing. The area has vastly improved after the rebranding exercise and preservation efforts, making it one of the top attraction for scuba divers.

Preservation efforts include approval and quota for diving activities, coral restoration programme that was participated by the sultan himself and strict enforcement against the encroachment of illegal fishermen are designed to help protect the pristine waters and maintain the right ecological balance for flora and fauna to grow in their natural environment.

Soon, the marine park will also have its very own dugong sanctuary at Pulau Sibu.

Call me an idealist but for the love of the environment, I believe that this model is our best bet available to protect our environment against the state government’s monstrosity. And since there has been a success story with the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, I believe the best thing for Pulau Kukup is to be gazetted as a royal national park.

Brian Lee is an FMT reader.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2018/12/09/sultanate-land-may-be-our-best-hope-to-preserve-our-parks/

8 December 2018

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Tunku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim melahirkan rasa tidak puas hati baginda terhadap pihak tertentu yang didakwa cuba ‘menukar’ menteri besar Johor.

Menulis di laman Twitter, baginda mengingatkan bahawa Johor masih mempunyai seorang sultan yang memerintah.

“Kamu bukan perdana menteri. Apa yang membuatkan kamu berfikir dengan cuba melobi mempunyai menteri besar yang akan menjadi boneka, kamu boleh menguasai Johor?

“Kamu melobi seorang daripada exco kami untuk jadi MB (menteri besar). Kami tahu. Ini bukan lagi tahun 1992. Negeri Johor masih ada sultan yang memerintah,” ciapnya.

Meskipun tidak menyebut sebarang nama, Tunku Ismail jelas merujuk kepada anggota Majlis Tertinggi Bersatu, A Kadir Jasin yang mendesak Menteri Besar, Osman Sapian menjelaskan mengenai penukaran status Pulau Kukup sebagai sebuah taman negara.?
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Pada 5 Disember lalu, Tunku Ismail menjelaskan bahawa pembatalan pewartaan Pulau Kukup sebagai taman negara yang dilindungi adalah supaya membolehkan ia diklasifikasikan sebagai tanah kesultanan.

Titah baginda, tindakan itu supaya kawasan hutan bakau tersebut akan lebih terjaga dan dilindungi selepas statusnya diubah.

Namun, sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) semalam  meluluskan usul tergempar agar Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan (MMK) Negeri Johor mengkaji semula status Taman Negara Pulau Kukup.

Ini walau bagaimanapun dikritik oleh Tunku Mahkota Johor yang mendakwa ada pihak cuba mempolitikkan isu itu kerana hal-ehwal mengenai tanah adalah di bawah bidang kuasa kerajaan negeri.

Osman hari ini dipetik sebagai berkata, kerajaan negeri akan menyatakan pendiriannya berhubung kedudukan Pulau Kukup, Pontian sebagai Taman Negara pada sesi penggulungan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), Ahad ini.

Katanya, kesempatan sesi itu turut akan digunakan oleh beliau untuk menjawab segala persoalan yang dibangkitkan wakil rakyat dalam perbahasan mereka.

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JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor government will state its stand on the status of Pulau Kukup as a national park during the winding-up debate at the state assembly on Sunday.

Menteri Besar Osman Sapian said he would also use the sitting to answer all questions raised by assemblymen in their debate speeches.

“Two executive councillors have not given their winding-up speeches.

“I will speak after the two have spoken and answer whatever questions raised by the assemblymen,” he said after launching the Back to School and Baiti Jannati programmes organised by Tenaga Nasional Berhad here today.

Osman was commenting on the status of Pulau Kukup, which has become a hot subject among the people after the gazette on the cancellation of Pulau Kukup as a national park was disseminated via social media three days ago.

Earlier, State Islamic Religious Affairs and Education Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan claimed his committee was not aware of the cancellation of the reserve even though it was gazetted on Sept 24.

According to Aminolhuda, the approval for the cancellation was made at an executive council meeting by the previous government in March.

Yesterday, the Johor assembly passed an emergency motion for the Johor state government to review the status of the Pulau Kukup National Park.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/07/johor-govt-to-state-stand-on-pulau-kukup-status-on-sunday/

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TO politicians, civil servants and businessmen who are being investigated or are already in the docks, this is what I have to say to them. You harvest what you sowed.

If you sowed good seeds and you tended to your garden well you will harvest a good crop. But if you sowed bad seeds and you sold the subsidized fertilizers, your crop will wither and all that you have to harvest is weed.

And if you sow the wind and you must be prepared to harvest the storm and the roiling seas.

So much for being philosophical. Now for the hard stuff.

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I would like to ask the Menteri Besar of Johor, Datuk Osman Sapian, if he was telling me the truth when he told me before the start of the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Supreme Leadership Council meeting on November 28 that the Palace did not interfere with the administration of the state.

I asked him if there is truth to the rumours that the Palace was taking state lands – even those measuring as little as half an acre.

He said no. But said he wouldn’t know if such a thing happened during the last (Barisan Nasional) state government.

I reminded him that he was a member of the BN state government for three terms – from 1999 to 2013. It was only in the May 9 general elections that he contested as a candidate of Pakatan Harapan.

So I am surprised to read media reports that quoted the Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, as saying that the Kukup Island had been taken over and is now the sultanate land – tanah raja.

There is no need to beat around the bush. I would like to ask Osman and his PH colleagues if this is true and legal.

If the PH state government under Osman approved this deal then it is no better than the last BN government.

If Osman can’t explain to the satisfaction of the people who voted him and the PH in seven months ago then he should consider resigning.

-https://kadirjasin.blogspot.com/

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6 December 2018

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ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor state assembly has passed an emergency motion to discuss the degazetting of Pulau Kukup as a national park.

The motion was brought by Senggarang assemblyman Khairuddin A. Rahim during the state assembly at Bangunan Sultan Ismail here on Thursday (Dec 6).

State Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat approved the emergency motion, as it adheres to the house rules and received majority support from the assemblymen.

It was reported that Pulau Kukup, one of the few remaining pristine wetlands in South-East Asia, may lose its status as a fully protected national park, as the state government is said to be degazetting the law that gives it that status.

Concerns were sparked on Oct 25 on social media that the state authorities will cancel the whole area as a national park under subsection 3(3) of the National Park Environment Enactment (Johor) 1989.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/06/johor-passes-emergency-motion-to-discuss-loss-of-pulau-kukup-national-park/

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The Pakatan Harapan-controlled Johor state assembly has passed an urgent motion for the state government to review the de-gazetting of Pulau Kukup’s national park status.

Khairudin A Rahim (Senggarang-Amanah) had moved the motion this morning. More than 10 assemblypersons stood up in support for the matter to be debated.

Following the debate, the House approved and passed the motion.

The motion argued that since Pulau Kukup contained the world’s second-biggest mangrove forest island and was ratified as a Wetlands of Importance International site (RAMSAR), it should not be de-gazetted.

Yesterday, Johor exco member Aminolhuda Hassan said the de-gazetting of Pulau Kukup’s national park status was done by the previous BN state government.

A circular sighted by Malaysiakini stated it was to facilitate the land to be registered under the name of Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar circular.

This has been confirmed by Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who assured that Pulau Kukup would continue to function as a park.

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Lawyers for Liberty advisor N Surendran has called on Pakatan Harapan to cease shirking its responsibilities over the de-gazetting of Pulau Kukup’s national park status.

He said that while the initial decision was that of the former BN government’s, the actual de-gazetting order was only issued by Pakatan Harapan in September.

“This transparent bid to shift the blame to the BN is unacceptable.

“While it is true that the BN state government made the decision to de-gazette Pulau Kukus (sic) in March 2018, they are not responsible for the actual de-gazetting. The de-gazetting order was made by the Harapan state authority on September 24, 2018, through Gazette No.3808.

“This was done more than four months after the fall of the BN state government.

“Hence, de-gazetting was the act of the PH state government, and not BN,” the former PKR lawmaker claimed in a statement today.

Surendran questioned why steps were not taken to reverse the decision.

Hence, he said, it was now the duty of the current state government to revoke or reverse the de-gazetting, and restore the status of the Johor island as a national park.

He also called on the federal government to “waste no time” in stepping in to preserve the island, by invoking the National Heritage Act 2005.

He said: “Under the Act, any site which has ‘natural heritage’ may be declared a ‘heritage site’ by the Commissioner of Heritage.

“Natural heritage under the Act includes any ‘natural sites of outstanding value’; Pulau Kukup clearly qualifies to be a heritage site.

“The Act can be invoked irrespective of who owns the land now.”

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Lawyers for Liberty advisor N Surendran has called on Pakatan Harapan to cease shirking its responsibilities over the de-gazetting of Pulau Kukup’s national park status.

He said that while the initial decision was that of the former BN government’s, the actual de-gazetting order was only issued by Pakatan Harapan in September.

“This transparent bid to shift the blame to the BN is unacceptable.

“While it is true that the BN state government made the decision to de-gazette Pulau Kukus (sic) in March 2018, they are not responsible for the actual de-gazetting. The de-gazetting order was made by the Harapan state authority on September 24, 2018, through Gazette No.3808.

“This was done more than four months after the fall of the BN state government.

“Hence, de-gazetting was the act of the PH state government, and not BN,” the former PKR lawmaker claimed in a statement today.

Surendran questioned why steps were not taken to reverse the decision.

Hence, he said, it was now the duty of the current state government to revoke or reverse the de-gazetting, and restore the status of the Johor island as a national park.

He also called on the federal government to “waste no time” in stepping in to preserve the island, by invoking the National Heritage Act 2005.

He said: “Under the Act, any site which has ‘natural heritage’ may be declared a ‘heritage site’ by the Commissioner of Heritage.

“Natural heritage under the Act includes any ‘natural sites of outstanding value’; Pulau Kukup clearly qualifies to be a heritage site.

“The Act can be invoked irrespective of who owns the land now.”

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/454937

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Johor Crown Prince Tengku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has chastised those who politicise the de-gazetting of Pulau Kukup’s national park status, which he said will now be sultanate land.

“I don’t understand why this issue is being played up and politicised.

“Land matters are the exclusive right of the state government,” Tengku Ismail said on Twitter last night.

He added that whatever Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and the Johor government decide is in the state’s best interests.

Tengku Ismail also said that Pulau Kukup would remain as a national park.

The crown prince said this in response to a social media user who chided him for claiming to be behind the current success of Malaysian football.

“Claim it Tuanku. Just as you have claimed Pulau Kukup,” social media user Duke of KL said in reply to Tengku Ismail’s tweet on football.

Meanwhile, a different social media user going by the name Musulman tweeted to Tengku Ismail seeking an audience for nature lovers with Sultan Ibrahim to get assurance that Pulau Kukup’s ecosystem will be protected.

He replied, saying: “Yes. His Majesty and myself will be more than happy to meet them. Anytime.”

Malaysiakini reported on Tuesday that Pulau Kukup had been de-gazetted as a national park.

In response to this, Tunku Ismail said the park would be converted to sultanate land and protected, similar to the crown parks in the United Kingdom.

It has since been revealed that the de-gazetting of Pulau Kukup was decided in March, when BN was still in control of Johor.

The current Pakatan Harapan state government has claimed to be in the dark over the matter.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/454924

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Who sent our Armed Forces to he Yemeni Civil War?

6 December 2018

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| The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had advised against Malaysia’s involvement in the Saudi-led intervention in the Yemeni civil war in 2015, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

In addition, it had said at the time that there is no need to evacuate the 198 Malaysians still in Yemen then.

This was revealed by Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong today when he read out in Parliament parts of two letters written by the Ministry of Defence’s Policy and Strategic Planning Division.

The first letter – dated May 6, 2015 and addressed to the Malaysian Armed Forces Headquarters – outlined the procedural requirements for deploying troops to participate in the Saudi-led “Operation Renewal of Hope”, as well as Wisma Putra’s official views on the matter.

“The following are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs views: firstly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is of the view that the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) should not participate in any military mission in the Middle East led by Saudi Arabia or any military or security mission related to the Yemen issue except under the UN or Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) banner.

“Secondly, any humanitarian aid mission involving MAF troops in relation to the security crisis in Yemen should come only after a security resolution has been passed by the UN Security Council or the OIC, and not put under Saudi control.

“Thirdly, at this time, there is no need for an evacuation for the 198 remaining Malaysian citizens in Yemen. Moreover, they have clearly stated that they don’t want to leave Yemen,” Liew said, reading from the letter.

The letter goes on to quote Wisma Putra saying that if Malaysia were to join the Saudi-led intervention, it would relegate the then prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s Global Movement of Moderates to irrelevance.

It said it is also appropriate for Malaysia to maintain a neutral stance towards the internal affairs of any country since Malaysia is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Apart from the outlining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ views, the division also said in the letter that the operation and its financial implications need to be debated in both houses of Parliament or at least in a cabinet meeting.

In its second letter dated May 26, 2015, the division said the international media had reported on Malaysia’s military presence in Saudi Arabia and this was detrimental to Malaysia’s image in the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council.

It also said that, at the time, no military assets had been used to evacuate Malaysians.

“The division wishes to stress that the Committee for the Evacuation of Malaysians from Yemen that is chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and joined by various agencies such as the National Security Council and the Ministry of Defence has never made any request to deploy MAF personnel or assets to Saudi Arabia.

“To date, the mission to evacuate Malaysians from Yemen had only used commercial assets managed by the Prime Minister’s Department’s research division,” Liew read from the letter.

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We raised our suspicions two years ago in 2016 when Saudi Arabia bragged about their massive military exercise – Northern Thunder – which involved 350,000 troops from 20 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, Jordan, Pakistan, Djibouti, Mauritania, Senegal, Sudan, Chad, Tunisia, Morocco, Comoros, Mauritius, Egypt, Maldives and Malaysia.

Saudi news media boasted that the force included 2,540 aircraft, 460 helicopters and 20,000 armoured vehicles, arguably the largest military operation in the region since the liberation of Kuwait in 1990’s Operation Desert Storm. But it raised the red flag, simply because Malaysia was the only country in the Southeast Asia involved in the military exercise (from February 16 until March 4, 2016).

The funniest thing was when the “Operation Northern Thunder” was exposed, the then-Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he was clueless, or pretended to be clueless, about the country’s involvement. According to Bernama, the official Malaysian government mouthpiece, Mr. Hishammuddin was reduced to seeking clarification from the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) on the matter.
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The Operation Northern Thunder was nothing but a “face-saving” exercise by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to hide the humiliating failure of its war in Yemen. Started a year earlier in March 2015 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian-led 10-nation of Arab states could not defeat – until today – the Iranian-backed Houthis in the Yemeni Civil War.

It was no coincidence that the military exercise was conducted in a place called Hafar Al-Batin, located in the North of Saudi Arabia. The city is located just 94.2 km from the Kuwait border, and about 74.3 from the Iraq border, not to mention its nearest point to Iran. The exercise was to send a warning messageto Iran that Saudi and its allies, including Malaysia, could mobilize a massive army.

Now that the previous Najib regime had collapsed the past abuse of power has emerged to haunt both scumbags cousin brothers. On Monday (Dec 3), Deputy Defense Minister Liew Chin Tong revealed that since June 11, 2015, about 27 officers and 62 rank-and-file troops were deployed to Saudi for “Ops Yemen 2” – without approval from the Cabinet.

Mr. Liew’s claim has since received confirmation from Khairy Jamaluddin, former Youth and Sports Minister who served the previous Najib regime. With the confirmation from Mr. Khairy that the military was deployed without proper approval, the new government has yet again exposed another mini scandalinvolving the previous administration.

Apparently, there were two operations – “Ops Yemen 1” and “Ops Yemen 2″. The first operation involved the deployment of 26 officers, 16 rank-and-file troops and two C130 aircraft in Riyadh on April 6, 2015. The mission was to evacuate Malaysians from war-torn Yemen. About 763 Malaysian students were reportedly evacuated under Ops Yemen 1.

While everything seemed to be in order for Ops Yemen 1, the same cannot be said about the second operation. The new government reveals that Ops Yemen 2 was not to evacuate Malaysians from the conflict zone, but instead to assist the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition in the Yemen war. This means Hishammuddin had literally lied when he said the soldiers were not involved in the Yemeni Civil War at all.

Mr. Liew exposed that not only the Ops Yemen 2 had cost RM14.6 million of taxpayers’ money, the secretive operation also involved 12 missions to bring in explosives, spare parts, bullets and other equipment that belonged to the Arab Alliance. Thanks to Hishammuddin, the Malaysian Armed Forces were treated like errand boys by the Saudi Arabia in its little game of war in Yemen.

The Ops Yemen 2 involved 27 officers and 62 rank-and-file troops being deployed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since June 11, 2015. Fortunately, the troops were withdrawn following the new Pakatan Harapan government’s decision on Sept 4 this year, after the historic victory in the May 9 polls which saw the previous Barisan Nasional lost its power for the first time in 61 years since independence in 1957.
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Caught with his pants down, the disgraced Hishammuddin now claims that the Ops Yemen 2 did not go through the standard operating procedure of obtaining Cabinet approval because the matter was handled by the National Security Council (NSC). He also argued that there were still over 700 Malaysians left in Yemen, obviously trying to justify his “abuse of power” and infringement of the law.

Ops Yemen 2 was never about evacuating the so-called 700 Malaysians because the Deputy Defense Minister Liew Chin Tong has clarified that they did not want to be evacuated but had chosen to remain behind. Hishammuddin tried to hide behind the NSC, but in reality, the National Security Council was not formed to send military overseas, let alone for combat operations.

Although the NSC report directly to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, its core functions are to defend national sovereignty, manage crisis and disaster and border management of land, maritime and air. In a nutshell, NSC is to defend the country from domestic and international threats. Clearly, the country wasn’t under any threat whatsoever during the period of Ops Yemen 1 and Ops Yemen 2.

Instead, the ex-PM Najib Razak, who chaired the NSC, along with his cousin’s ex-Defence Minister Hishammuddin as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs (Anifah Aman) and the Minister of Communications and Multimedia (Salleh Said Keruak), had chosen to interfere with foreign conflicts – Yemeni Civil War – and sanctioned the army’s provision of logistical support for the Arab military pact.

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The burning question is – did the Chief Secretary to the Government (Ali Hamsa), Chief of Defense Forces (CDF General Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor) and the Inspector-General of Police (IGP Khalid Abu Bakar) was being complicit in risking the lives of innocent soldiers? All of them were part of NSC executive members, and were supporters of crooked Najib Razak, therefore, should be grilled.

More importantly, Najib Razak and cousin Hishammuddin Hussein may have committed an act of treason of the highest order for unlawfully used NSC to operate the Ops Yemen 2 with the intention of sucking up to the Saudi Arabia royal family in exchange for the infamous RM2.6 billion donation (which turned out to be corruption and money laundering scheme).

It’s also safe to presume that the “Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King)”, who is the Supreme Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, was not consulted at all before the deployment of the military to the Middle East. It is certainly a betrayal and an insult to the Commander-in-Chief if he wasn’t consulted on the military operations despite being the highest-ranking officer in the military chain of command.

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PETALING JAYA: A veterans group today questioned Hishammuddin Hussein’s response to the deployment of troops in support of the Saudi-led Arab coalition offensive in Yemen, saying the former defence minister’s referral to the National Security Council (NSC) raises more questions than answers.

“Is he implying that the NSC is the authority to sanction the deployment of Armed Forces troops overseas?” the National Patriots Association (Patriot) said in a statement.

“Is he saying that the Cabinet or Parliament has no role in sanctioning troop deployments overseas? Is he saying that the Armed Forces chief’s committee need not be consulted and can be bypassed?”
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Patriot president Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji urged Hishammuddin to explain where it is stipulated in the NSC Act that the council is empowered to deploy forces overseas and be part of a force engaged in war with another country.

“Hishamuddin must also explain what he meant by saying the information (relating to the deployment) must be declassified as it is of national importance.

“Is deploying troops to fight alongside another country that is at war deemed to be of national importance? Was there some form of a defence arrangement or an agreement between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia wherein Malaysia was obligated to assist Saudi Arabia in its war against Yemen?”

Arshad added that the people had been told the troops in Saudi Arabia were on standby to extricate Malaysians in Yemen back to Malaysia.

“If true, why were the troops there for more than three years? The mission for such an operation could have been accomplished in less than a month.”

He also maintained that the deployment of troops to assist Saudi Arabia in Yemen was illegal as it had not been authorised by the Cabinet or Parliament.

“The war in Yemen has been repeatedly accused by human rights groups of unlawful airstrikes on civilian targets, which amount to war crimes,” he said.

“It is also seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which Malaysia has no business in.”

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/06/why-refer-to-nsc-on-yemens-op-ex-servicemen-ask-hisham/

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Perak: Mentri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) under the spotlight…

5 December 2018

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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/05/peraks-mb-inc-under-bn-splashed-out-on-bonuses-retreats-luxury-cars-despite-rm40mil-losses/

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Mahathir and Anwar will NOT launch the “Stand Up 4 Human Rights” Rally on Dec 8: Suhakam has postponed it to Dec 9…

7 December 2018

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Police have advised Suhakam to postpone its event to celebrate the International Human Rights Day tomorrow, according to government sources.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was supposed to be the chief guest at the event, which was to be held in Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya.

“We are waiting for the cabinet meeting later and a final decision on this matter. We may have to postpone it,” a source told Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile, a police source confirmed that approval for the Suhakam event has been retracted.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/455112

The “Stand Up 4 Human Rights” Rally is organised by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

Time: 9.00am – 3.00pm
Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya

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Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to launch the Human Rights Commission’s (Suhakam) Human Rights Day 2018 event this Saturday morning in Petaling Jaya.

This is the first time that a prime minister will be attending a Human Rights Day event held by Suhakam. Mahathir’s first administration had set up the commission in 1999.

Suhakam’s event will be held at the Padang Timur field from 8am to 3pm. This is the first time Suhakam will be organising such an event in an open space.

Events include a play by Suhakam titled “Perjuangan yang belum selesai” (The unfinished struggle), traditional performances and a short video competition, among others.

About 10km north, thousands are expected to gather in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, during the afternoon on the same day for a rally against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd).
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When contacted, Suhakam commissioner Jerald Joseph said apart from Mahathir, invitations have been sent out to many policymakers.

“We have a new government with Mahathir at the helm and they are trying to recalibrate Malaysia with admissions that there were many gaps and failures in terms of human rights in the past,” he said.
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He expressed regret that the group organising the anti-Icerd rally was closed to such discussions.

“The two gatherings on the same day juxtaposes the position Malaysia is in. One side is rights-based while the other is saying human rights do not apply to Malaysia, which is a strange concept.

“For Suhakam, we need to keep pushing and opening up spaces for conversations on human rights,” Joseph told Malaysiakini.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/454762

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PETALING JAYA: A pro-human rights rally is set to be launched by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday, the same day as the anti-ICERD rally.

Organised by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), the rally will be held from 9am to 3pm at Padang Timur here.

Themed “Stand Up 4 Human Rights”, it is being held in conjunction with International Human Rights Day which falls on Dec 10.

It will be Suhakam’s first pro-human rights rally.

Mahathir and Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar are scheduled to speak during the rally.

The rally will be advocating Right to life, Right to Education and Sustainable Development goals.

Events during the rally include performances by Kumpulan Wayang Kulit Warisan Seni Performance, Nana the Poet, Tarian Sewang by orang asli from Pulau Carey and Genjy Buskers.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on Dec 10 – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

https://www.thesundaily.my/local/tun-m-to-launch-pro-human-rights-rally-on-same-day-as-anti-icerd-rally-AD216673

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Was this Penang pervert in 2017 ever caught?

20 September 2017

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Woman, kids horrified as man masturbates in front of them

September 20, 2017

He tells the woman, ‘Thank you, I love you,’ after the incident at pizzeria in George Town.
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GEORGE TOWN: A mother has claimed a man masturbated in front of her and her two young children at a restaurant on China Street Ghaut here on Sunday.

Vevelyn Tan, 33, an expatriate from the Philippines, described in detail her ordeal when she, her husband, 42, and two children, aged six and three, arrived at the restaurant for a pizza.

The restaurant is inside the Penang Science Cafe, a state government-backed public space for all to cultivate interest among Penangites about science, technology, engineering and maths. It also has a playing area for children.

Tan said at 11.25am, a man wearing a black singlet, white pants and a beanie cap came into the restaurant and began loitering nearby.

While her husband was away from the table ordering food at the counter, the man came behind her chair with his pants down.

“I was so focused playing with my son that I was startled when the guy came close to me.

“I moved a bit and that’s when I noticed that his pants were down and he was masturbating in view of four children!

“When he saw me looking, he said: ‘Thank you, I love you.’
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Tan said the cafe’s owners were kind enough to help her contact the police and helped her view the CCTV footage of the man.

She said, unfortunately, most of the footage of the man was blurred, with the view obstructed by walls and other objects.

“We stayed at the cafe until about 1pm, waiting for the police to come.

“But, unfortunately, it was a Sunday and the policeman told the cafe manager and the science cluster (on the phone) that since the criminal was not in the premises, they will not pursue the matter,” Tan told FMT.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/09/20/woman-kids-horrified-as-man-masturbates-in-front-of-them/

 

 

 

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Police detains an 24-year-old Human Resources undergraduate for being a ‘Bapa Ayam’ (pimp). Where? In Kota Bharu, Pahang…

5 December 2018

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KOTA BARU: A 24-year-old human resources undergraduate who acted as a ‘manager’ for three prostitutes was arrested during police raids on apartments Lorong Minyak Gas and Jalan Post Office Lama, here, on Tuesday.

In the 7.30pm raid, the second year student at a private university was arrested in front of an elevator at an apartment block at Lorong Minyak by a team from Kelantan police headquarters’ Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Division (D7).

Kelantan D7 staff officer Assistant Superintendent Mat Zol Ismail said the student from Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, acted as a pimp to deal with the customers.

“During the operation, police seized Iphone 5, apartment keys and a bag containing RM1,900 from the man,” he said when contacted today.

He said following that, the police arrested a 36-year-old woman from Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang while entertaining a male customer.

He said the police also arrested two women, aged 27 and 40; from Sarawak and Melaka at an apartment in Jalan Post Office Lama.

“The group’s modus operandi is to offer sex service through social media app WeChat before meeting customers at houses around Kota Baru.

“Investigations revealed the three women were freelancing and moved from a state to another, offering sex service for RM300 per session.

“Customers are required to pay a deposit after the negotiation process,” he said.

He said the illegal activity was exposed during an undercover operation conducted by policemen.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2018/12/437521/hr-undergrad-pimp-caught-police-raid-kelantan

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Polis menahan seorang mahasiswa yang dipercayai menjadi bapa ayam.

Dalam serbuan pertama pada pukul 7.30 malam, penuntut berusia 24 tahun jurusan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Sumber Manusia itu ditahan di hadapan lif tingkat satu apartment di Lorong Minyak Gas di sini.

Ekoran daripada itu pihak polis menyerbu sebuah unit di tingkat 11 apartment sama dan menahan seorang wanita berusia 36 tahun dari Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang yang sedang leka melayan seorang pelanggan.

Susulan itu, polis melakukan serbuan ketiga di Apartment Pelangi Mall, Jalan Post Office Lama di sini dan menahan dua wanita berusia 27 dan 40 tahun masing-masing berasal dari Sarawak serta Melaka.

Pegawai Turus D7 negeri, Asisten Superintendan Mat Zol Ismail berkata, lelaki yang berasal dari Cheras, Kuala Lumpur itu bertindak sebagai bapa ayam yang menguruskan pelanggan yang hendak melanggan pelacur dalam jagaannya.

Mat Zol berkata, kumpulan ini telah menawarkan perkhidmatan seks melalui aplikasi WeChat di rumah-rumah tumpangan serta hotel di sekitar bandar ini.

“Siasatan juga mendedahkan tiga wanita ini menjalankan aktiviti pelacuran secara bebas atau ‘freelance’. Mereka akan bergerak dari satu negeri ke negeri yang lain bergantung kepada permintaan.

“Mereka akan meminta wang RM300 bagi sekali perkhidmatan. Selepas tawar-menawar melalui WeChat, pelanggan yang bersetuju perlu membayar deposit dahulu sebelum diberikan lokasi pertemuan untuk hubungan seks,” ujarnya. – UTUSAN ONLINE

http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/jenayah/video-mahasiswa-jadi-bapa-ayam-ditahan-bersama-tiga-pelacur-1.799405

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IGP: P Waytha Moorthy to be investigated for sedition over his statements after the Sri Maha Mariamman incident…

4 December 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy will be investigated for sedition over statements that he made following the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ25 recently, says Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

Fuzi said the minister, who is in charge of unity and social wellbeing, would also be investigated for another offence but he did not elaborate further.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who was present at the press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters, confirmed that Waytha would be called to give a statement.

Waytha is expected to give a statement to the police this evening.

Waytha had been among four Cabinet members who had initially denounced the statement by the Subang Jaya police, on the early morning scuffle at the temple as “false and irresponsible”.

The others were M Kulasegaran, Xavier Jayakumar, Gobind Singh Deo and deputy minister R Sivarasa.

They said it was regrettable that the Subang Jaya police had described the incident as a fight between two Indian groups.

Waytha also noted questions over why only a single patrol car from the police force arrived at the scene at 4.15am while the Federal Reserve Unit only arrived at 6am.

However, he later lauded the police for exhibiting the highest level of professionalism in handling the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple issue.

He also congratulated Fuzi over the quick action by police in bringing normalcy at the vicinity of the temple.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/04/waytha-to-be-investigated-for-sedition-says-igp/

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KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy is now in Bukit Aman to give a statement to police here.

He entered the police headquarters in a white Toyota Camry and waved at reporters camped outside before heading in.

Waytha is expected to give a statement over comments made in the wake of the riots at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple.

Bukit Aman CID will record his statement.

Waytha Moorthy is among nine individuals required by police to have their statements recorded over recent comments that are said to have sparked racial tensions.
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Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/04/waytha-moorthy-at-bukit-aman-to-record-statement/#U56tGh2C7fazV4dv.99

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Gas explosion at CityOne Megamall eatery NeNe Chicken, Kuching: 3 dead, 41 injured…

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“NeNe” means “Yes Yes” in Korean and our network of stores have been serving authentic Korean fried chicken since 1999. With over 1,200 outlets across South Korea; the nature of our business lies a sense of excitement that translates in the combination of quality produce and memorable service to fellow Malaysians. At NeNe Chicken our customers get to experience deliciously marinated, moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside pieces of chicken served with their choice of authentic Korean sauces that represents the culture’s tastebuds. Stay tuned as we are working behind the scene to bring you the exciting NeNe experience!

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6 December 2018

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KUCHING: NeNe Chicken Malaysia is making every effort to obtain more information on the gas explosion which occurred at CityOne Megamall on Tuesday.

NeNe Chicken Malaysia managing director Raymond Wong said the latest information from the authorities is that the investigation is still ongoing.

“We must begin by offering our condolences to the victims who were injured and the families of the three men who have tragically lost their lives,” said Wong to a press conference at a hotel here today

He added that in light of the seriousness of the horrific incident in which three lives have been lost and dozens injured, NeNe Chicken Malaysia is also joining the public in urging the authorities to expedite their investigations and to make its findings public as soon as possible.

“NeNe Chicken Malaysia’s role in East Malaysia, as far as the CityONE Outlet is concerned, is confined to providing our CityONE MegaMall Outlet Licensee the concept of the restaurant and other related plans and manuals,” he said.

He said the appointment of the contractors and other persons involved with the fitting-out of the restaurant, in particular the kitchen was wholly arranged by the CityONE Licensee, and not within their jurisdiction or scope.

“Of course, the subject of safety is always our top priority. However, because we were not involved in the fitting-out or renovation of the kitchen, we have not been included by the authorities in the investigations,” he added.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/12/06/cityone-blast-authorities-urged-to-expedite-investigations-make-findings-public/?platform=hootsuite

5 December 2018

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KUCHING (Dec 5): Police have identified the three victims who died in the gas explosion incident at the CityONE Megamall here, comprising two men from Kuching and a woman from Penang.

Kuching District Police Chief, ACP Ng Ah Lek said they were identified as O Kui Lim, 49, and Tchee Kiom Joong, 24, who were both from Kuching.

“While the other victim, Chin Hsien Loong, 29, was from Butterworth, Penang,” he said when contacted here today.

The two dead men were believed to be workers of Nene Chicken, a restaurant in the City One Megamall.

https://www.edgeprop.my/content/1451521/police-identify-three-killed-kuching-megamall-explosion

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3 dead, 29 injured in Kuching mall explosion (Updated)

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KUCHING: Three people were killed and 29 others injured when a gas explosion rocked an eatery in CityOne Megamall in Jalan Song here today.

The blast is believed to have been due to a gas explosion triggered by renovation works at one of the mall’s commercial outlets.

According to state Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman, one of the deceased was from Penang while another two were Sarawakians.

Fire and rescue personnel discovered the three bodies amidst debris in the badly-damaged outlet following the 3.30pm blast.

Khirudin said they were alerted to the explosion at 3.37pm.

He said the victims succumbed to their injuries after they were hit by the collapsed wall debris following the explosion.

Out of those who were injured, four were classified as seriously injured.

It is learnt that two of the deceased were employees of the same eatery, a fast food restaurant, which was undergoing final preparations for its opening day today.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, who was at the scene, urged the public not to make unnecessary speculations.

“We must be responsible and not spread unnecessary speculations on social media,“ he told reporters, referring to Facebook posts that the explosion was related to racial conflict.

He also appealed to the people to let the police and the Fire Department conduct their investigation.

The mall, the largest in Kuching, is located near a busy intersection between the residential area of Tabuan Jaya and the Kuching International Airport some five minutes away.

With 1.5 million sq ft of gross space spread across four storeys, the mall has some 400 retail outlets.

Following the explosion, the mall’s management said on its Facebook page that the mall will be closed with immediate effect until further notice.

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https://www.thesundaily.my/local/3-dead-29-injured-in-kuching-mall-explosion-updated-AD207714

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4 December 2018

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KUCHING: A gas explosion at an eatery in CityOne Megamall in Jalan Song here today, killed three men and injured 29 others.

According to state Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman, two of the deceased were from Penang while another one was a local contractor worker carrying out the renovation works at the said eatery.

He said the the victims succumbed from their injuries after they were crushed by the collapse wall debris following the explosion.

Khirudin said out of those who were injured, four were classified as seriously injured.

Meanwhile, CityOne Megamall management, in a notice stated: “Due to a sudden explosion just now in one of the unit at CityONE Megamall notice is hereby given that CityONE Megamall will be closed to public with immediate effect until further notice.”

http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/12/04/gas-explosion-at-mall-3-dead-18-injured/?platform=hootsuite

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Umno sends a clear message to Wee Ka Siong and the MCA: Just go!

3 December 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has advised MCA to take stock of its position in the country if it wants to remain relevant, following its decision at the annual general meeting last night to pass a resolution for the dissolution of Barisan Nasional (BN).

“We respect the decision, and I am sure they know what needs to be done to strengthen their party,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

“They have only one parliamentary seat, and what’s more, it is a Malay-majority seat.

“So they must know their actual position if they want to stay relevant in the country’s political landscape.”

The resolution passed by MCA last night was to make way for the formation of a more effective coalition.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong said only one delegate had disagreed with the move.

Zahid said the party leadership had proposed the dissolution of BN to him last week.

He added that he would discuss the matter with the other BN component parties.

“MCA must know that it has no right to propose the dissolution of BN, even though it was just a suggestion.

“They must know that any decision must be made with the consent of other parties, too.”

Meanwhile, Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa said it would in fact be easier if MCA left the coalition.

He added that MCA was not part of the decision-making process.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/03/consider-your-position-before-any-talk-on-dissolving-bn-zahid-tells-mca/

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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 3): MCA’s proposal for Barisan Nasional to be dissolved has put other coalition members in an ‘awkward’ position, said Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

This, Annuar said, is because MCA has remained a senior member in the now-opposition coalition, and has not formally exited BN.

“It will be easier if MCA exits [BN]. We can make a decision [on BN’s future direction] without consulting MCA. I am sure we have many other options [aside from dissolution].

“But if we want to continue as we are, knowing very well that one of our senior partners (MCA) does not agree… That puts everyone in an awkward position,” Annuar said.

He was commenting on a statement by MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong proposing that BN be dissolved, and that the Chinese-based party intends to leave the coalition.

Annuar said the dissolution of BN is “not an urgent matter” presently, as the process will not bring back the public’s votes to member parties.

“Umno’s priority right now is to strengthen the party itself, then only think about the coalition. Individual parties have to reinvent themselves [as well],” he said. “It is not the dissolution that is important. Where are we going? Dissolution will not solve the question of how do we move forward. You are not going to win the [next] election just by dissolving [BN].”

BN has been struggling to stay united, following its surprise defeat in the 14th general election in May — its first electoral loss at the national level since it was first formed. MCA and Umno, alongside MIC, are the three founding members of BN, which was previously named Alliance during the pre-independence days.

http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/it-will-be-easier-if-mca-exits-bn-says-umno-secgen-annuar-musa

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