The True Net https://www.thetruenet.com True News That Matters Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:02:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Zaid Ibrahim & Co Alleges Zaid Abused Position as Chairman, Disrupted Business https://www.thetruenet.com/news/zaid-ibrahim-co-alleges-zaid-abused-position-as-chairman-disrupted-business/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:02:41 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70907 Zaid Ibrahim & Co (Zico) has said its former chairman, Zaid Ibrahim, was fired from his position for “wholly unacceptable conduct”.

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Zaid Ibrahim & Co (Zico) has said its former chairman, Zaid Ibrahim, was fired from his position for “wholly unacceptable conduct”, in a filing to strike out a wrongful dismissal suit at Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Zico also said that Zaid – who is also suing to stop the firm from using his name – had breached his duties to the firm with conduct that broke mutual trust and confidence and had behaved in a manner unbecoming of a member of the legal profession.

According to the firm, his actions included unilaterally approving RM75,000 worth of renovations to his office without complying to the firm’s procurement policy, and similarly approving RM90,000 worth of drawings for himself and to pay off his car loan.

Zico also said Zaid had disrupted the firm’s administration by instructing staff to add his name as a cheque signatory of all the firm’s accounts, as well as attempting to terminate the firm’s long-standing contractual relations with the wrong company, exposing Zico to third party actions.

Zaid had also sown doubt about the character and integrity of the firm’s partners, while carrying out a “divide and rule” policy to pit some partners against others.

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On November 18, Zaid filed a suit to stop Zico from using his name in any form and style as the name of the firm, as well as a court order to hand over all materials such as letterhead, notepaper, invoices and brochures that carry his name.

He also alleged that his termination as an equity partner and chairman on November 9 was wrongful.

In response, Zico said Zaid’s appointment followed the end of his tenure as consultant to the firm from July 2018 to October 2020.

His appointment as chairman took effect on November 1, but the firm issued him a letter of termination on November 9.

Zico denied that equity had been offered to Zaid, and that his appointment was only as a partner without equity and as chairman.

The firm said Zaid had relinquished all interest and equity in the firm since March 2008, when he sold all his equity in the firm in two tranches, for almost RM36 million.

This sale price was “in consideration of the plaintiff’s equity in the firm being sold, which encompassed all the interest, rights and assets attached to the said equity”, Zico said.

The firm said the name “Zaid Ibrahim & Co” belonged to the company and not to the plaintiff or anyone else.

It said Zaid had never questioned this matter from his departure in 2008 until the suit he filed recently.

“His suit is therefore time-barred by doctrine of limitation pursuant to Section 6 of the Limitation Act 1953.

“We shall apply to have this action struck out by reason of limitation,” the firm said.

Zaid founded Zico in June 1987 and was its sole proprietor until June 28, 2004, when he sold the first tranche of units in the firm’s equity to nine lawyers.

He sold the remainder of all his equity in March 2008 to two lawyers in the firm, when he was appointed a minister in charge of legal affairs.

The appointment to government meant he had to cease employment as a practising lawyer.

He resigned from the cabinet in September 2008 over the government’s use of the now abolished Internal Security Act.

Zaid, who was Kota Baru MP for one term from 2004 to 2008, has been a member of several political parties: Umno, PKR, KITA and now DAP. – TMI

 

 

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Covid-19: 851 New Cases https://www.thetruenet.com/news/covid-19-851-new-cases/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:56:11 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70903 After five days of four-digit figures, the number of new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is back to three digits with 851 cases reported today.

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After five days of four-digit figures, the number of new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia is back to three digits with 851 cases reported today.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said of the total number of new cases, four were imported cases while 847 were locally transmitted, bringing the total number of active cases with infectivity to 10,686 cases.

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“To date the total number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia stands at 68,020,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 development today.

The Klang Valley recorded 334 cases or 39.2 percent of today’s total, while Selangor reported 249 cases or 74.6 percent. This is followed by Sabah with 229 cases or 26.9 percent, while Johor recorded 102 cases or 12 percent.

This is believed to be the first time Johor has reported new cases in the triple digits.

The states of Sarawak, Terengganu and Perlis, as well as the territories of Putrajaya and Labuan, did not report new cases.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 658 recoveries today, taking the tally to 56,969 recovered cases (83.8 percent) so far.

A total of 122 Covid-19 positive patients are being treated at intensive care units at hospitals, with 47 requiring breathing assistance.

“Two more Covid-19 deaths are recorded today, all in Sabah, bringing the tally of deaths nationwide to 365,” he added.

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The Health Ministry said there are 183 active clusters, of which 44 had new cases added today.

The three clusters with the most number of new cases are:

Batu Tujuh cluster (51 new cases), involving the Johor Bahru and Batu Pahat districts.

Beringin cluster (36), involving several districts across Penang.

Kaya cluster (33), which originated from a MASKargo staff at KLIA.

The ministry also reported five new clusters. The largest new cluster is the Baloi cluster, which has 30 cases so far. This cluster involved the Johor Bahru and Pontian districts in Johor.

 

 

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Minister: Zoo Negara Has “More Than Enough” Funds https://www.thetruenet.com/news/minister-zoo-negara-has-more-than-enough-funds/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:51:16 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70900 Energy and Natural Resources Minister believes that Zoo Negara possesses sufficient funds and has advised it to manage its finances “transparently”.

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Energy and Natural Resources Minister Shamsul Anuar Nasarah believes that Zoo Negara possesses sufficient funds and has advised it to manage its finances “transparently”.

The National Zoological Gardens previously said it could only hold on until February 2021 in its present financial situation.

It had particularly appealed for government funding to help cover the high electricity and food bills incurred by its Giant Panda Conservation Centre.

In a statement today, Shamsul shared that the zoo had collected RM10.6 million in donations in the first nine months of the year. The amount included both cash donations and animal feed contributions.

“Based on Zoo Negara’s spending records, this amount should be more than enough to cover the costs needed to feed the animals. Zoo Negara should therefore manage the donations it receives transparently and prudently,” he remarked.

The zoo previously revealed that its monthly operating costs amounted to RM930,000 – comprising RM400,000 in wages, RM350,000 in food, and RM180,000 in utility bills.

Shamsul said that the government had channelled RM1.3 million from the Wildlife Welfare Prihatin Fund to the zoo on April 10.

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Zoo Negara previously said it used this RM1.3 million to cover one month of operating expenses, insurance costs for its pandas as well as animal food and medical costs.

The minister added that Putrajaya had further given it a 15 percent discount on its monthly electricity bills for six months.

“The ministry has never stopped helping Zoo Negara even though it is owned by an NGO and operates as a business,” he said.

The zoo is owned by the Malaysian Zoological Society. Veterinarians who had worked at the zoo previously accused the management of alleged financial mismanagement, a claim the latter denied.

In today’s statement, Shamsul said he will be meeting with the zoo’s management tomorrow to discuss improvements.

“I will hold a meeting with the management of Zoo Negara on Thursday to discuss a mechanism to strengthen Zoo Negara’s operations, especially in terms of governance.

“This is so it will be more competitive and able to ensure that the welfare of wildlife is always protected,” he said.

Meanwhile, on a separate matter, the minister said that panda cub Yi Yi will be transported to China as soon as Beijing determines a date.

“Yi Yi turned two years old on Jan 14, 2020, and was supposed to be sent to China in April 2020 but this had to be postponed because the conservation centre in China was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he explained. – Malaysiakini

 

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MP Seeks to Refer Willie to Privileges Committee https://www.thetruenet.com/news/mp-seeks-to-refer-willie-to-privileges-committee/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:47:41 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70896 The Dewan Rakyat speaker's office has been notified that a motion will be filed to censure Willie Mongin.

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The Dewan Rakyat speaker’s office has been notified that a motion will be filed to censure Deputy Minister of Plantation and Commodities Willie Mongin (PN-Puncak Borneo).

According to the letter by Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong, the motion was designed to refer Willie to the rights and privileges committee for allegedly flashing his middle finger twice at other MPs yesterday.

Khoo’s motion said that Willie’s behaviour had breached Standing Order 36(4) and 41(a) which governed the conduct of MPs in the House.

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Khoo urged Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun to view this as a serious matter and take action to maintain the integrity of the Dewan Rakyat.

Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat today, Khoo sought a ruling from Azhar to censure Willie. However, Azhar explained that he did not see the alleged act.

Moreover, Azhar said he had reviewed the video recording several times in slow motion but could not determine if the allegations were true. Azhar said he even quizzed Willie himself, who denied making the gesture.

After the sitting, Khoo led several other MPs to a meeting with Azhar, where the latter were shown photographs which allegedly contained incriminating evidence.

The alleged middle-finger salute from Willie was supposed to have taken place when the MPs were voting on the development expenditure for the Plantation and Commodities Ministry at the committee stage.

Willie, who conducted the winding-up speech on behalf of minister Khairuddin Aman Razali, was allegedly irked by chants of “pengkhianat” (traitor) coming from the opposition bench.

In Feb 2020, Willie was among 10 MPs who switched sides from PKR in a political manoeuvre known as the “Sheraton Move”, which caused the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan administration.

Willie is a first-time MP. – Malaysiakini

 

 

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P Ramakrishnan: MPs Don’t Represent Their Parties or Themselves – They Represent Their Voters https://www.thetruenet.com/opinion/perspective/p-ramakrishnan-mps-dont-represent-their-parties-or-themselves-they-represent-their-voters/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 09:15:03 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70891 P Ramakrishnan reminds Warisan MPs that their duty is to defeat the backdoor administration.

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Ramakrishnan reminds Warisan MPs that their duty is to defeat the backdoor administration and install a government of the people, by the people and for the people. He said, “This should be your resolve and responsibility.”
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The behaviour of the MPs from Warisan to be absent during bloc votes to pass budget allocations in Parliament is very upsetting. Some may even say that it is a conduct reflecting immaturity and irresponsibility.

Instead of joining forces in solidarity against the Pakatan Nasional, they are contributing to the disunity and possible disintegration of the Pakatan Harapan by boycotting.

The only thing they have achieved by their boycott is weakening the coalition partners and sadly even destroying the unity of Pakatan Harapan beyond repair.

This is definitely a time to strengthen the position of the opposition – certainly not weaken it by such irresponsible behaviour.

Further, is this a responsible conduct by a party that was supposed to represent their voters in Parliament? Shouldn’t their unwavering responsibility be to the voters who elected them?

To the Warisan MPs: “Shouldn’t your anger be directed against the traitors who nullified a democratically elected government and took over the governance of the country through the backdoor?

“They stole our government – your duty is to defeat them and install a government of the people, by the people and for the people. This should be your resolve and responsibility.”

The Warisan whip has made it clear that their bloc vote absence was “a deliberate move to display their frustration (and anger)” with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, whose last-minute change of strategy resulted in the Budget 2021 being passed.

Like many others, the Warisan MPs seem to hold the very unrealistic view that if a block vote had been forced on 26 November, 2021 at the policy stage, the budget would have been defeated.

If the numbers were indeed there last Thursday, how do we explain the humiliating defeat suffered by Pakatan Harapan the last two days – 30 November and 1 December – when their call for a block vote failed to favour them? On three occasions, they lost! On three occasions they only had 95 MPs siding them – and no more. This clearly establishes the fact that there was no majority with Pakatan Harapan to defeat the budget at the policy stage.

I’m not saying that Anwar should be beyond reproach; I’m not defending his last-minute instruction when the budget was put to vote – that was wrong by all counts. But why is the focus on Anwar when our total attention should be on Malaysia and its welfare?

May I appeal to all of you, Warisan MPs, this is not the time for pettiness; this is the time for consolidating for a larger responsibility.

“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have” – John Lewis

Don’t waste it – use it wisely. – Rebuilding Malaysia

The views expressed here are strictly those of P Ramakrishnan, the former president of Aliran.

 

 

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Parliament Approves Funding for 3 Ministries by Voice Vote https://www.thetruenet.com/news/parliament-approves-funding-for-3-ministries-by-voice-vote/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 09:08:26 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70888 Parliament approved funding for three more ministries today, without the opposition calling for a division vote.

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Parliament approved funding for three more ministries today, without the opposition calling for a division vote.

A total of RM4.79 billion is provided for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries, RM10.2 billion for the Ministry of Rural Development, while the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources will receive RM2.1 billion.

It was the first day, since the house started debating Budget 2021 at committee level, that the opposition did not call for a bloc vote.

Funding has now been approved for eight ministries, which will form part of the budget, with finances for 19 more ministries yet to be approved before the Budget 2021 is put to the vote for the third time.

At 2.35pm, Deputy Speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon called for a vote on the RM2.1 billion allocation for the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, with the majority of MPs supporting.

Minister Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah provided a winding-up speech for the ministry that was free of yesterday’s theatrics.

The government backbenchers’ chief whip Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) also reminded the Opposition repeatedly of his side’s numerical superiority.

“Today, we have 112 people (MPs) but the situation is calm,” he said casually during the start of his debate on the ministry.

When Shahidan repeated the same statement after the ministry’s allocation was passed, Mohamad Sabu (PH-Kota Raja) was heard responding just before the Parliament sitting was postponed until tomorrow morning.

“Arau, don’t provoke us,” Mohamad was heard saying.

Since Monday, the Opposition has consistently topped out at 95 MPs for each of the divisions.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim (Harapan-Port Dickson) and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Independent-Langkawi) were present in Parliament today and participated in the debate.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong gloated over the agriculture ministry vote victory.

He noted that other opposition leaders such as Amanah president Mohamad Sabu (Harapan-Kota Raja), DAP chairperson Tan Kok Wai (Harapan-Cheras) and Mukhriz Mahathir (Independent-Jerlun) were also in the Lower House when the allocation was passed.

“Right after it was passed and there was no bloc vote, Mahathir and Mukhriz immediately left the House. I was confused about seeing it.

“Maybe it is a coincidence? Oh yes, Abang Mat (Sabu) is also quiet today, not shouting at all,” he posted on Facebook, together with two laughing emojis.

 

 

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DAP MP Tells Govt: Act Against Zawawi over “US Terrorists” Remark https://www.thetruenet.com/news/dap-mp-tells-govt-act-against-zawawi-over-us-terrorists-remark/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 09:05:14 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70884 DAP’s Teo Nie Ching has urged the foreign ministry to reprimand Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh over his remark that the US is a terrorist country.

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DAP’s Teo Nie Ching has urged the foreign ministry to reprimand Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh over his remark that the US is a terrorist country.

Describing Nik Zawawi’s remark as another “emotional outburst” in Parliament, the DAP’s international secretary warned that it could cause irreparable damage to Malaysia’s relationship with the US and the local economy.

In a statement, she said the ministry should “repudiate his (Nik Zawawi) foreign policy views towards our second-largest trading partner”.

“By labelling the US a terrorist country, is Pasir Puteh suggesting that we cut off diplomatic ties? Does he understand what this means not only for our economy, but for the thousands of Malaysians living or having families in the US?

“Pasir Puteh needs to be aware that his instigating words, as an MP and as the PAS Dewan Ulama chief, can have detrimental effects on the country,” she said.

In the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Nik Zawawi called the US “terrorists” and urged the government to get tougher with the country.

“Actually, they are the terrorists. Sometimes, these big powers like America act like the kings of the world. Whatever they want to do, they will do. If they want to attack Sudan, Libya and any other countries, they can,” he said.

He called for the government to stand firm against the US, claiming Washington would “make threats against countries that aren’t aligned with them”. – FMT

 

 

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Amanah Denies Giving Anwar 7 Days to Oust Muhyiddin https://www.thetruenet.com/news/amanah-denies-giving-anwar-7-days-to-oust-muhyiddin/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 09:01:10 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70881 Amanah has denied a recent news report claiming the party has given Anwar Ibrahim a week to oust Muhyiddin Yassin, calling it untrue.

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Parti Amanah Negara has denied a recent news report claiming the party has given Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a week to oust Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, calling it untrue.

Its communications director Khalid Abdul Samad said the article is intended to worsen Amanah’s ties with Anwar.

“For the party, the position of Opposition Leader and retaking the government from Perikatan Nasional (PN) are two separate issues,” he said in a statement.

Khalid said the position of the Opposition Leader is decided through discussions between Pakatan Harapan (PH) component parties and is not the sole right or responsibility of Amanah.

“Amanah’s national committee meeting recently decided that the party appreciates Anwar’s readiness in taking responsibility for what occurred on Thursday (November 26) in the Dewan Rakyat.

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“However, we have also agreed to discuss with our coalition colleagues about what should be done following the incident,” he said.

Khalid added it is not in Amanah’s culture to give ultimatums to its coalition partners.

 

 

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Dr Mahathir Offers to Be Court Witness in Gombak Voters’ Lawsuit Against Azmin https://www.thetruenet.com/news/dr-mahathir-offers-to-be-court-witness-in-gombak-voters-lawsuit-against-azmin/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 08:56:31 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70878 Dr Mahathir has offered to be called as a witness, if needed, for a case involving a group of Gombak constituents who are suing their MP, Azmin Ali.

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Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has offered to be called as a witness, if needed, for a case involving a group of Gombak constituents who are suing their MP, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

This was in response to the suit filed by the 10 constituents against Azmin for allegedly going against his parliamentarian oath to put the people’s interests first, and for dishonouring promises he made while on the GE14 campaign trail.

Dr Mahathir, who through a statement today lauded the suit against Azmin, added how the courts as prompted by the constituents are the best available forum to establish the validity of accusations and claims presented by plaintiffs.

“I am ready to offer myself as a witness in court if my statements are needed.

“I am ready to help,” he wrote in a statement today.

The nonagenarian also pointed out how the suit being initiated by the voters was indicative of how local politics and constituents have matured.

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“I see the courage shown by the people in questioning the credibility and integrity of members of Parliament such as Datuk Seri Azmin as a process of the country’s maturing democracy,” he wrote.

It was reported yesterday that the suit had been filed in the High Court here, where the voters claimed they were deceived by Azmin during the GE14 campaign in order to gain their votes.

The group then accused Azmin of subsequently breaching his fiduciary obligations and duties towards them after they had entrusted him to be their elected representative.

Among the demands contained within their statement of claim, include demanding a declaration that Azmin as an MP owes a fiduciary duty or is a trustee due to his relationship with the Gombak voters, as well as declarations that he has breached his representations to Gombak voters and that he has breached his fiduciary obligations and duties owed to the 10 voters.

In elaborating on the contents of the suit, Dr Mahathir wrote how the series of events which led to the collapse of Pakatan Harapan, as narrated through the court documents, seemed accurate to him.

Among the incidents, he said that were correctly narrated, included his absence from the now-infamous meeting at the Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel on February 23, a day before he resigned as prime minister, and how Azmin was always in cahoots with Barisan Nasional lawmakers, those still facing and those already charged for the crimes.

“All of the supposed incidents described within this filed suit are topics which I myself have repeated many times,” he wrote.

“An elected representative must understand that the people elected us as their representatives to stand up and speak in the Parliament and lead them, and not for their own benefit in hopes of getting prominent powerful positions,” he added. – MMO

 

 

 

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Speaker: I Did Not See Willie Flash Middle Finger https://www.thetruenet.com/news/speaker-i-did-not-see-willie-flash-middle-finger/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 08:50:46 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70872 Speaker Azhar has declined to make a ruling on Willie Mongin’s alleged obscene gesture in the Dewan Rakyat as he says he did not witness it.

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Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun has declined to make a ruling on Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Willie Mongin’s alleged obscene gesture in the Dewan Rakyat as he says he did not witness it.

Opposition MPs accused Mongin of flashing his middle finger in the august House during a session presided by Azhar yesterday.

Mongin has denied making the gesture.

Asked by Khoo Poay Tiong (Harapan-Kota Melaka) this morning if he intended to make a ruling on it, Azhar declined.

“To be honest, I did not make any rulings yesterday because I am unsure over what happened. Honestly, I did not see what happened because I have problems with my eyesight this week.

“After hearing his (Mongin’s) explanation and asking him again for more explanation, the deputy minister denied doing it (flashing his middle finger).

“I watched videos of it many times, even on slow motion, but I could not determine if the incident happened or not,” he said.

The speaker thus requested lawmakers, who were upset over Mongin’s alleged gesture, to file a motion to allow the latter to explain himself before a parliamentary committee.

“I have watched the close circuit television footage myself, but I did not see it, I really did not see it,” Azhar stressed as more MPs arose to question him on the matter.

Khoo then offered to show the speaker a video of yesterday’s incident, to which the speaker accepted but said it would need to happen after today’s sitting.

The DAP lawmaker later shared photographs of his meeting with Azhar.

Also at the meeting were several other opposition MPs, including Tan Yee Kew (Harapan-Wangsa Maju), Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (Harapan-Ledang), Maszlee Malik (Ind-Simpang Renggam) and Kelvin Yii (Harapan-Bandar Kuching).

Other Opposition MPs have suggested that Azhar allow the closed-circuit television (CCTV) recording to be played in Parliament as well as call for witnesses to come forward in light of his inability to verify the incident on his own.

Some also urged Azhar to seek clarification from Umno’s Parit Sulong MP Datuk Noraini Ahmad who was seated near Willie and could be seen trying to defuse the situation yesterday.

Motion against Shabudin

Meanwhile, Fahmi Fadzil (Harapan-Lembah Pantai) informed the House this morning that he had filed a motion to refer Shabudin Yahaya (BN-Tasek Gelugor) to the Rights and Privileges Committee over Monday’s bloc vote miscount.

Azhar said he received the motion and will seek legal advice before deciding on the matter.

Shabudin had mistakenly marked a supporting vote from Nazri Abdul Aziz (BN-Padang Rengas) during a bloc vote on Budget 2021 allocations for the Finance Ministry when Nazri was in fact absent.

 

 

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Facebook Oversight Board Makes Dr M’s Statement on France Attacks Its First Case https://www.thetruenet.com/news/facebook-oversight-board-makes-dr-ms-statement-on-france-attacks-its-first-case/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 08:39:35 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70869 A controversial post by Dr Mahathir was the first case selected by Facebook's independent oversight board.

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A controversial post by ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad following the terrorist killings in France was the first case selected by Facebook’s independent oversight board under which the social media company’s decisions to remove certain pieces of content from its platforms are being evaluated.

“A user posted a screenshot of two tweets by former Malaysian prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in which the former prime minister stated that ‘Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past’ and ‘but, by and large, the Muslims have not applied the ‘eye for an eye’ law. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead, the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings’.

“The user did not add a caption alongside the screenshots. Facebook removed the post for violating its policy on hate speech. The user indicated in their appeal to the oversight board that they wanted to raise awareness of the former prime minister’s ‘horrible words’,” said the oversight board in making its announcement today.

Facebook created the board in response to criticism of its handling of inappropriate content. The board said it had received 20,000 cases since it opened its doors in October.

Mahathir’s posts are among three of six cases involving content that Facebook removed for breaking hate speech rules.

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Mahathir himself claimed that his views were misrepresented to portray him as encouraging violence.

This came after widespread criticism, including from foreign dignitaries, and after Twitter and Facebook deleted the nonagenarian’s posts, which came in the wake of a knife attacker who killed at least three people and wounded several others at a church in the French city of Nice.

Another case involved a post of a deceased child lying fully clothed on a beach at the water’s edge with an accompanying text (in Burmese) asking why there is no retaliation against China for its treatment of Uyghur Muslims, in contrast to the recent killings in France relating to cartoons.

The third hate speech case involved that of a user posting alleged historical photos showing churches in Baku, Azerbaijan, with accompanying text stating that Baku was built by Armenians and asking where the churches have gone, before going on to imply that they were destroyed by Azerbaijani “aggression” and “vandalism”.

An oversight board spokesperson said hate speech cases had been “the most significant proportion” of appeals received.

“Hate speech is an especially difficult area,” said Jamal Greene, one of the board’s co-chairs and a professor at Columbia Law School, in an interview with Reuters. “It’s not that easy…for an algorithm to get the context of such speech.”

Facebook’s board members have lived in 27 countries and speak at least 29 languages, though a quarter of the group and two of the four co-chairs are from the United States, where the company is headquartered.

Aside from Greene, the co-chairs, who selected the other members jointly with Facebook, are former US federal circuit judge and religious freedom expert Michael McConnell, Colombian attorney Catalina Botero-Marino, and former Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Among the initial cohort are: former European Court of Human Rights judge András Sajó, Internet Sans Frontières executive director Julie Owono, Yemeni activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman, former editor-in-chief of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger, and Pakistani digital rights advocate Nighat Dad. – Malaysiakini

 

 

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Sheila Majid: Wait for Investigation to Be Completed https://www.thetruenet.com/lifestyle/entertainment/sheila-majid-wait-for-investigation-to-be-completed/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:52:13 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70865 Sheila Majid says she will only come out with a statement once the investigation has been completed.

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“I will only come out with a statement once the investigation has been completed.”

This was the reaction of Recording Performers Malaysia (RPM) chairman Datuk Sheila Majid following the controversy calling for her resignation over allegations of failing to solve the issue of distribution of royalties to members.

Sheila, who has been heading RPM since 2012, said that she would be “keeping mum” for the time being as she did not want to interfere with the probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which began a few days ago.

“I have given my full cooperation to the MACC already. There is nothing to hide since all of the relevant details and documents that they’ve requested for have been handed over.

“If there are any follow-up matters that require further explanation, they will contact me.

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“Right now, I’m only waiting for their further action. Only after the investigation is completed will I be ready to elaborate on this crisis,” she said in a news report yesterday.

Recently, the local music industry was in a flurry after Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia (Karyawan) president Datuk Freddie Fernandez accused Sheila of failing in her duties with regards to the distribution of royalties to members of RPM.

The crisis intensified when the MACC began an investigation on the bodies tasked with collecting music royalties, namely Music Authors Copyright Protection (MACP) Berhad, Public Performance Malaysia (PPM) Sdn Bhd and RPM.

The operation was initiated based on a report presented by Freddie, who is also a member on the MACC’s advisory panel, during a meeting with MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki, last month.

 

 

 

 

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Covid-19: 1,472 New Cases https://www.thetruenet.com/news/covid-19-1472-new-cases/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:49:10 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70861 Malaysia recorded 1,472 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the tally of infections to 67,169 – 10,495 of which are active cases.

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Malaysia recorded 1,472 new Covid-19 cases today, bringing the tally of infections to 67,169 – 10,495 of which are active cases.

More than half of the cases are from the Teratai cluster involving Top Glove workers’ hostels in Meru, Klang, Selangor.

According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham, of the new cases, five are imported, while the remaining 1,467 are local transmissions.

However, he noted that the number of infections is stabilising nationwide, and the majority were detected at workplaces.

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“Overall, for the past one week, all states showed a more stable daily tally of Covid-19 cases.”

Malaysia recorded 1,552 recoveries today, bringing the tally of recovered cases in the country to 56,311.

At the moment, he said 120 Covid-19 positive patients are being treated in intensive care, with 44 requiring breathing assistance.

“There were three more Covid-19 deaths recorded today, all in Sabah, bringing the tally of deaths nationwide to 363,” he added.

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Two of the deceased, a man, 51, and a woman, 64, had a history of diabetes.

Meanwhile, the third victim was a 24-year-old man with no medical history of note.

 

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Deputy Minister Willie Mongin Accused of Flipping Middle Finger in Dewan Rakyat https://www.thetruenet.com/news/deputy-minister-willie-mongin-accused-of-flipping-middle-finger-in-dewan-rakyat/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:45:24 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70854 Willie Mongin was accused by opposition MPs of raising his middle finger.

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Deputy Plantations Industry and Commodities Minister Willie Mongin was accused by opposition Members of Parliament of raising his middle finger after he finished delivering his winding-up speech on the allocation proposed for the ministry under the 2021 Budget.

RSN Rayer (Pakatan Harapan-Jelutong) made the accusation after the bloc voting session on the allocation had concluded. He asked Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun to make a ruling under Parliament’s Standing Orders, saying it should not be dismissed as a joke as done earlier with another government lawmaker.

Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman had earlier called Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman a “small boy” in mockery. No ruling was made then either.

“After he finished delivering his winding-up speech, Puncak Borneo (Willie Mongin) flashed an obscene gesture to this side (opposition lawmakers).

“The gesture was witnessed by all… about 10 people (MPs) who are seated on this side of the house. He showed his middle finger.

“This is an insult to the MPs. This is serious. Please ask him to apologise,” Rayer said.

Willie, after being asked to explain by Azhar, denied doing so.

“I would like to stress that this accusation is not true. However, if they (the opposition MPs) assume I had committed such an act, I am ready to apologise,” he said.

His explanation did not go down well among the opposition MPs.

His reply only incensed the Opposition further and sparked another round of shouting.

“The deputy minister is a liar”, “you did it, just admit it” were some of the remarks heard.

At this juncture, Kasthuri Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) rose and claimed that Noraini Ahmad (Barisan Nasional-Parit Sulong) also saw what Willie did.

“Parit Sulong… You saw it when you asked him to calm down. Don’t lie. And you shouted it (asked Willie to calm down) twice. What a mockery to this august house,” she claimed.

Amid the shouts by opposition MPs for Azhar to re-examine the CCTV footage, the speaker decided to adjourn the proceedings without taking any further action.

A video of the incident has been uploaded on Twitter.

Willie was caught on camera making the gesture twice after delivering his ministry’s winding-up speech, which drew an outcry from Opposition MPs who called him “traitor” in Malay while thumping their hands on their tables in objection.

Willie is among 10 MPs who defected from PKR to Bersatu in February, causing Pakatan Harapan to lose its majority in Parliament.

This is not the first time Willie has courted trouble in Parliament.

In Aug 2018, he, while with PH, had accused Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) of visiting casinos, prompting the latter to challenge him to a fistfight.

Bung, who is now Sabah deputy chief minister, had also shouted back “Fxxx you!” at Willie.

 

 

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Speaker: Pasir Salak MP Calling Syed Saddiq a “Budak” Just a Joke https://www.thetruenet.com/news/speaker-pasir-salak-mp-calling-syed-saddiq-a-budak-just-a-joke/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 14:39:49 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=70848 An outcry by Opposition MPs in Parliament was triggered after Speaker Azhar ruled a remark against Syed Saddiq being called a "child" was a joke.

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An outcry by Opposition MPs in Parliament was triggered after Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun ruled a remark against Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Independent-Muar) being called a “child” was a joke with no bad intentions.

“I feel that it is a joke. There is no mala fide,” said Azhar after the alleged remark by Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) against Syed Saddiq.

The Speaker said this in response to Hannah Yeoh (PH-Segambut), Lim Guan Eng (PH-Bagan) and Ramkarpal Singh (PH-Bukit Gelugor) who demanded a ruling from Azhar over Tajuddin’s remark.

The issue began when Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities minister Willie Mongin was delivering his winding-up speech at the committee stage in Parliament on Tuesday (Dec 1).

Tajuddin had interjected Mongin’s speech, asking whether the government had plans to produce more local rubber product manufacturers in a market dominated by big corporations.

Before Tajuddin began his question, he ordered Syed Saddiq to sit down.

“Budak-budak (children) should sit first,” said Tajuddin.

Yeoh then raised Standing Order 36(4), to which Tajuddin stood up and interjected.

“I’m 72-years-old. How old is she? How old is he?” questioned Tajuddin.

Yeoh, however, remained defiant, as she demanded for a ruling from Azhar over the issue.

“This is not the first time Syed Saddiq was called a ‘budak’ and this is bullying. Other children are watching our proceedings,” she said.

Later, Azhar ruled Tajuddin’s remark as a joke. – The Star

 

 

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