The True Net http://www.thetruenet.com True News That Matters Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:49:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Muhyiddin’s Slim Support http://www.thetruenet.com/opinion/perspective/muhyiddins-slim-support/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:49:28 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62739 Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki has questioned if the Perikatan Nasional government can be sustained.

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Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki has questioned if the Perikatan Nasional government can be sustained.

This is after it narrowly succeeded in removing Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof with 111 votes in favour and 109 votes against in Parliament today.

“The motion to remove the speaker was approved with a thin majority.

“Can the PN government last?” Asyraf asked in a Twitter post.

Yesterday, Asyraf suggested that the Parliament be dissolved if the motion, which was tabled by Muhyiddin Yassin, is defeated.

“If it fails, it means PN no longer has the legitimacy and majority to continue with governing.

“Therefore, the government has no choice but to seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve Parliament,” he had said.

Muhyiddin appears to have the support of 113 MPs in the 222-member Dewan Rakyat.

Apart from the 111 MPs who supported his motion today, Kota Marudu MP Maximum Ongkili, who is also aligned to Muhyiddin, was absent due to hospitalisation.

Batu Pahat MP Rashid Hasnon, who is also aligned to Muhyiddin, could not vote as he was presiding over the House as deputy speaker.

Muhyiddin will have to ensure full attendance of PN MPs during subsequent votes.

As Chang Lih Kang (Pakatan Harapan-Tanjung Malim) remarked to the House immediately after Rashid announced the results: “(111) is not the majority”.

Meanwhile, the seating arrangement for the Dewan Rakyat also indicated that Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) was definitively not siding with PN.

The party has two MPs – Baru Bian (Selangau) and Masir Kujat (Sri Aman).

The opposition bloc has 109 MPs.

The 109 MPs consist of 92 from Pakatan Harapan, Warisan and Upko (10), five independents led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and two from Parti Sarawak Bersatu.

 

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French Paedophile Suspect Believed to Have Committed Suicide http://www.thetruenet.com/news/french-paedophile-suspect-believed-to-have-committed-suicide/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:45:40 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62736 A Frenchman suspected of sexually abusing more than 300 children in Indonesia is believed to have committed suicide while in police custody in Jakarta.

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A Frenchman suspected of sexually abusing more than 300 children in Indonesia is believed to have committed suicide while in police custody in Jakarta.

Francois Abello Camille, 65, was arrested last month, and police had found hundreds of explicit videos of children aged 10 to 17 on his laptop.

EPA

Jakarta police public relations chief Yusri Yunus said the suspect was found hanging by a wire in the police lockup on Thursday.

“The suspect was then sent to the Kramat Jati Hospital in East Jakarta, and after a few days of treatment, the suspect was confirmed dead at 8pm yesterday,” he said today.

The suspect was arrested while he was with two minors in a hotel room in Jakarta last month.

The suspect was believed to have committed sexual crimes against 305 minors in Indonesia.


Earlier report: Jul 10, French Paedophile Faces Death by Firing Squad in Indonesia

 

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Judgement on Malaysiakini’s Contempt Case Deferred http://www.thetruenet.com/news/judgement-on-malaysiakinis-contempt-case-deferred/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:41:06 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62733 The Federal Court today deferred judgement on whether Malaysiakini and its editor-in chief are guilty of contempt over five readers' comments.

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The Federal Court today deferred judgement on whether Malaysiakini and its editor-in chief are guilty of contempt over five readers’ comments which appeared in the comments section of an article on the news portal that allegedly scandalised the judiciary.

After hearing submissions in the contempt proceedings, Court of Appeal president Datuk Rohana Yusuf, who chaired a seven-member panel, said the court needs time to deliberate the matter.

“We will inform parties on the date of the decision later,” she said before adjourning the proceeding.

The other judges on the bench were chief judge of Malaya Tan Sri Azahar Mohamed, chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, and Federal Court judges Datuk Seri Mohd Zawawi Salleh, Datuk P Nallini, Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat and Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli.

The contempt bid was initiated by Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Idrus Harun against Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd, the company which runs Malaysiakini and its editor-in chief Steven Gan, which he named as the respondents over five readers’ comments which the AG contended had undermined the country’s judiciary.

Earlier, senior federal counsel S Narkunavathy, who appeared for the AG, submitted that under Section 114A of the Evidence Act, the news portal had facilitated the publication of the comments.

She said by facilitating the publication of the comments, the respondents were presumed to have published the same.

“This presumption is pursuant to Section 114A,” she said.

Narkunavathy noted the list of existing measures that Malaysiakini said it had, including terms and conditions that subscribers must agree to before they can post comments, a caution statement on the terms and conditions, a software or filter that detects banned foul words or profanities in comments which would be automatically blocked from posting, a system that automatically detects “suspected words” in posted comments for Malaysiakini to review, a peer reporting process where other readers can flag and report offending comments for the editor to review and decide to remove the comments, and a takedown policy.

Narkunavathy also submitted that Malaysiakini had not installed a software system to prevent the publication of offensive comments.

She said the respondents were liable for failing to do so.

While noting that Malaysiakini had said more than 2,000 comments posted daily on its website, she argued that this could not be used by the portal to avoid assuming responsibility over the readers’ comments.

“By providing the platform, we say they exercised control over the platform, and they have to exercise responsibility by removing expeditiously any comments that are adverse.

“The filters they put into place, including peer reporting did not work in this case, because they did not know of these comments until they were notified by police.

“What they put into place did not work to pick up the contemptuous comments. They themselves recognised the comments are contemptuous, so what they put into place did not work.

“They cannot cite the volume, the sheer volume and the difficulty of resources, constraints to shirk the responsibility,” she said, adding however that the contempt of court proceedings against Malaysiakini was not intended to curb freedom of speech.

On the point of having to prove intention in a contempt case, Narkunavathy said it was unnecessary in the case of publication.

“We are saying that intention is not necessary for publication. They (respondents) provided the platform and they allowed it (the comments to be published),” she said.

She submitted that the ease and availability of access to ventilate grievances through social media has extended the avenue of freedom of speech, and with the extension of this freedom, comes the increase of responsibility.

“(This is) especially for parties which provide the platform in which such freedom is exercised,” she said.

Meanwhile, lawyer Datuk Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who represented Malaysiakini and Gan, argued that there was no intentional publication by the respondents.

He submitted that neither Malaysiakini nor Gan was involved in the publishing of the comments on the online news portal or authored the comments.

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Malik said Gan was merely the editor-in-chief and does not have control of the comments uploaded by users.

He added that Malaysiakini was unaware of the comments until 12.45pm on June 12 and that the comments were taken down 12 minutes later once it was made aware of them.

This, he said, showed that there was no intentional publication.

He also argued that actual intention to publish the alleged contemptuous comments must be proven to invite contempt.

But in this case, he said merely showing publication does not invite contempt.

Mere facility for posting comments is not enough to attract legal responsibility,” he said.

The comments appeared in the comment section of an article published on the news portal entitled “CJ orders all courts to be fully operational from July 1” on June 9.

He had, in his affidavit, contended that the comments “clearly meant that the judiciary committed wrongdoings, was involved in corruption, does not uphold justice and compromised its integrity.”

He said the news portal erred in facilitating the publication of the comments which were “unwarranted and demeaning” attacks on the judiciary.

On June 17, the court gave a green light to institute the proceedings after allowing Idrus’ ex-parte leave application on grounds that prima facie for contempt has been established to initiate the proceedings.

Malaysiakini and Gan had subsequently filed a bid to set aside the leave obtained by the AG, but it was rejected by the Federal Court on July 2.

If found guilty of contempt, the news portal and Gan could be fined, or the 58-year-old editor could be jailed.

“Basically, we have to wait for the decision. They haven’t set a decision for that yet. We’ll see,” Gan told reporters outside the courtroom, adding that he could not comment further as per court order.

Present at the court today were Malaysiakini CEO Premesh Chandran and several Malaysiakini staff members.

 

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Covid-19: 7 New Cases http://www.thetruenet.com/news/7-new-cases/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 13:02:12 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62727 Seven new positive cases of Covid-19, including six imported cases, were reported in Malaysia today.

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Seven new positive cases of Covid-19, including six imported cases, were reported in Malaysia today, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said this brings the cumulative figure for positive cases to 8,725, with 83 being active cases with infectivity.

“The six imported cases, who were infected overseas, comprise two Malaysians and four non-citizens (residents or those allowed to enter Malaysia for work purposes).

Bernama

“The sole case of local transmission involves a Malaysian, from the Novgorod PUI (patient under investigation) Cluster,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Noor Hisham said another case had recovered and was discharged today, bringing the cumulative figure for recoveries to 8,520, or 97.7% of the total number of cases.

Four patients are being treated in the ICU, with three of them requiring respiratory assistance.

There were no new deaths, with the toll remaining at 122 or 1.4% of all cases.

MMO

 

 

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Former Speaker Refutes Takiyuddin’s Remark That Motion to Remove Him Was “Flawless” http://www.thetruenet.com/news/former-speaker-refutes-takiyuddins-remark-that-motion-to-remove-him-was-flawless/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:57:35 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62723 Former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff has refuted Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan’s remarks over his apparent acceptance of the prime minister’s motion to remove him from the post.

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Former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof has refuted Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan’s remarks over his apparent acceptance of the prime minister’s motion to remove him from the post.

Takiyuddin, who was once Mohamad Ariff’s student as a law undergraduate, told Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo in the Lower House today that the said motion was accepted by Mohd Ariff because it was in order.

“There is no imperfection to this motion. Not at all, based on the Federal Constitution and the Standing Orders. It is clear. What more is there to question?” Takiyuddin told Gobind, who had opposed the motion as being illegitimate.

However, Mohamad Ariff begged to differ, adding that as Speaker, he accepted motions which “on their face” are in order.

“Unfortunately, YB Takiyuddin is wrong. As Speaker, I accepted motions, which on their face, are in order. Whether or not a motion is constitutional, regular, irregular, unlawful or what have you, will have to be decided on the floor of the House. That is the convention which we all are supposed to adhere to in the Westminster system.

“So, I’m afraid I have to disagree with the minister. If I had not accepted the motion, the story would have been different.

“I made it a point to accept these motions, because they are regular on their face. If you read any of the books, they state the same principle, and I have been saying all this while we go by the book, we go by the rules. There is nothing very magical about it.

“I look at the motion and I say it looks regular, so I accept it. I cannot say no, this is not politically correct. I refuse. I have no such powers,” he added.

The Dewan Rakyat had today approved a motion to remove Mohamad Ariff as Speaker, with 111 yays to 109 nays.

Opposition MPs had earlier called for bloc voting to decide the motion tabled by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Malay Mail was informed that Kota Marudu MP Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili was absent for medical reasons, while another vote belonged to Deputy Speaker Datuk Rashid Hasnon, who was unable to cast his vote as he was presiding over the meeting.

Earlier, the debate over the motion had extended into lunch hour, as per de facto Parliamentary Affairs Minister Takiyuddin’s proposal under Standing Order 12 (1).

In his parting speech to the media today, Mohamad Ariff also expressed hope that his successor would carry on the parliamentary reforms that he had kick-started.

“The reforms we did weren’t done because we wanted to. Those reforms we felt were very necessary to preserve the system, to place the Parliament where the Parliament should really be. A place for people to respect, a place where there is dignity, there is decorum, and people have high regards for constitutional principles, for the rule of law and they will be paid accordingly,” he said, adding that the reform agenda is not yet fulfilled, but the committee system has been set in place which he says must be preserved to make the Malaysian Parliament an internationally respected one. – MMO

 

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Kevin Morais Murder: Pathologist, Five men File Appeal on Their Death Sentences http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/kevin-morais-murder-pathologist-five-men-file-appeal-on-their-death-sentences/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:53:08 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62720 Pathologist Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran and five men are appealing against their conviction and death sentence for murdering Kevin Morais.

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Pathologist Colonel Dr R Kunaseegaran and five men are appealing against their conviction and death sentence for murdering deputy public prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais, whose body was found in a barrel filled with concrete five years ago.

The six appellants filed a notice of appeal through their lawyers at the Criminal High Court Registry in Kuala Lumpur today.

They are Kunaseegaran, 57, money lender S Ravi Chandaran, 49, and four unemployed R Dinishwaran, 28; AK Thinesh Kumar, 27; M Vishwanath, 30; and S Nimalan, 27.

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Lawyer N Sivananthan represented Kunaseegaran while Sheelan Arjunan appeared for the five.

Based on the notice, they filed the appeal to the Court of Appeal after being dissatisfied with their conviction and death sentence imposed by High Court judge Azman Abdullah on July 10.

Sivananthan said the notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal on behalf of Kunaseegaran was filed in the High Court today and after the defence received the records of appeal, they will file the petition of appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Justice Azman found them guilty on the murder charge and held that all the six men had common intention to kill Morais, 55.

They were charged with murdering Morais somewhere along Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul and No 1, Jalan USJ 1/6D, Subang Jaya, between 7am and 8pm on Sept 4, 2015, under Section 302 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34 of the same law, which provides the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Morais was reported missing on Sept 4, 2015 and was last seen leaving his condominium at Menara Duta in Kuala Lumpur in his Proton Perdana, with the registration number WA6264Q, to go to his office at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Putrajaya.

A closed-circuit television camera footage showed that Morais was grabbed by several men when he came out of his car to inspect the damage following a fender bender along Jalan Dutamas Raya Sentul and taken to No 1 Jalan USJ1/6D, Subang Jaya, the same day.

On Sept 5, a Proton Perdana (rebadged as Honda Accord) was found burnt at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Sungai Samak, Hutan Melintang Perak, which was the same car that was driven by Morais that was reported missing.

Morais’ body was found in the concrete-filled drum at Persiaran Subang Mewah, Subang Jaya, on Sept 16, 2015.


Earlier report: Jul 10, Pathologist, 5 Others Sentenced to Death for Murdering Kevin Morais

 

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Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Samirah Never Claimed Life Insurance Following Nazrin’s Death http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/cradle-fund-ceo-murder-trial-samirah-never-claimed-life-insurance-following-nazrins-death/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:47:02 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62717 The widow of deceased Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan never filed any claims under the latter’s life insurance policy purchased by the company.

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The widow of deceased Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan never filed any claims under the latter’s life insurance policy purchased by the company, the High Court was told today.

The 27th prosecution witness, former Cradle Fund human resources manager Natasya Aziaton Abdul Aziz, 35, said as of the end of her tenure with the firm last year, Samirah Muzaffar, who is also the first accused in Nazrin’s murder trial, had yet to submit any documents for the purpose.

Bernama

“Until the middle of last year, no claim was made by Samirah. She also never asked how much compensation will be paid by the life insurance company following her husband’s death, and what percentage she will receive,” she said in response to a question from lawyer LS Leonard before Justice Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

Natasya Aziaton, who joined Cradle Fund in 2014, said during her time with Cradle Fund since 2014, only one life insurance claim had been disbursed, while Nazrin’s was the first case involving senior staff.

She added that the insurance compensation expected to be received by Nazrin’s beneficiaries was about RM1.08 million.

According to Natasya Aziaton, the payment includes life insurance compensation amounting to RM500,000, accident insurance of RM503,000 and other benefits.

“Cradle Fund as the insurance policyholder, however, has not received payment from the insurance company because the required documents are yet to be furnished,” she said in response to a question from DPP Ashyraf Ashy’ari Kamaruzaman.

Samirah, 45, a former senior executive at the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia, and two teenagers aged 17 and 14 have been charged with Nazrin’s murder along with Indonesian citizen Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large

They were alleged to have committed the offence at a house in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara between 11.30 pm on June 13, 2018, and 4 am on June 14, 2018.

The trial continues tomorrow.

Earlier reports: Jul 9, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Nazrin’s Body Had Heat-Induced Marks

Jul 9: Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Nazrin Suspected Ex-Wife Involved in Burglary at His House

Jul 6, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Wife Did Not Deem It Necessary to Inform Family Regarding Nazrin’s Death

Jul 3, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Nazrin’s Sister Disagrees Siblings Were Not Close

Jun 29, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Evidence Room Used Only for Nazrin Case Exhibits

Jun 26, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: No SOP, No Records Made at Temporary Evidence Room

Jun 12, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Death Cert Details Prompted Request for Exhumation

Jun 9, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Hole in CEO’s Head Aroused Sister’s Suspicions

May 22, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Blackberry Phone Did Not Explode

May 15, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Three Fire Origins Detected at Burnt Home

Feb 15, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Sibling Aware of Death Threat Against Nazrin

Dec 31, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Widow Refused to Allow Insurance to Pay Deceased’s Debts

Dec 28, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Brother Gets Info on Post-Mortem from Health DG

Dec 27, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Blog Allegedly Penned by Nazrin About Brother

Dec 24, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Witness Never Heard of Fire from Exploding BlackBerry

Dec 17, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Tense Atmosphere

Dec 3, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Fire Originated in Two Places

Nov 29, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Another Witness Accused of Lying

Nov 15, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Heated Exchange Between Witness and Lawyer Shafee

Nov 8, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Nazrin’s Body Not Typical of Fire Victim

Oct 3, Fireman: Cradle Fund CEO Had Holes on Head, Fireworks Found in Victim’s Room

Oct 3, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Samirah’s Son Filed Police Report of Cops Lying to Him

Oct 2, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Fireman Says Widow Didn’t Seem Sad at His Death

Sept 28, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Cop Saw Head and Face Injuries on Deceased

Sept 20, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Public Entered House After Fire

Sept 20, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Cop Who Received Call on Fire, Photographer Testify

Sept 13, Cradle Fund CEO Murder Trial: Guard Tried to Break Down Bedroom Door

Sept 6, Prosecution to Prove Widow. Stepsons Killed Cradle Fund CEO

 

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Rights Group: Unlawful to Revoke Work Permit of Migrant in Al Jazeera Documentary http://www.thetruenet.com/issues/rights-group-unlawful-to-revoke-work-permit-of-migrant-in-al-jazeera-documentary/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:06:26 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62713 Rights group LFL has criticised the enforcement authority for what it claimed as illegally revoking the work permit of a Bangladesh national who appeared in the Al Jazeera documentary.

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Rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has criticised the enforcement authority for what it claimed as illegally revoking the work permit of a Bangladesh national who appeared in the contentious Al Jazeera documentary on migrant workers.

The group demanded the authorities cease their manhunt and persecution against 25-year-old migrant worker Md Rayhan Kabir.

“We view with grave concern the revelation yesterday by Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador that the Immigration Department has revoked the work permit of the Bangladeshi man,” said LFL coordinator Zaid Malek in a statement today.

“The extent the authorities are willing to go to in order to hunt down one man for merely speaking up on his experience of injustice to the media is alarming.

“Through no fault of his own, the man has now been rendered undocumented by the authorities.

“The revocation of the Bangladeshi man’s permit is a blatant abuse of power and flouting of the law by the Immigration Department,” Zaid said.

Zaid also cited Section 9(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, which allows the director-general of the Immigration Department to cancel a permit if it is prejudicial to public order, public security, public health or morality in Malaysia.

LFL said it is not convinced that the migrant worker had violated the relevant law.

“It is inconceivable that the mere action of highlighting his plight to the media would fall under any of the categories listed under section 9(1)(c) of the Act.

“It seems as if the Immigration Department is trying to legitimise the witch hunt on this man for daring to speak out against it. This act only serves to strengthen the allegation that migrants are being unfairly treated and targeted by the authorities.

“The illegitimate manhunt and persecution of this innocent man must not be allowed to continue.

“We demand the authorities to immediately halt its unjustified and unlawful pursuit of this man and strongly urge the government to immediately step in and stop this clear abuse of power by the authorities,” Zaid added.

He said the illegitimate manhunt and persecution of this innocent man must not be allowed to continue.

The Immigration Department is searching for Rayhan and several others to assist with its probe under the Immigration Act 1959/63.

This came after police opened an investigation paper under several offences, including sedition, against Qatar-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera’s ‘101 East’ programme over its 25-minute documentary that was aired on July 3.

The documentary highlighted the government crackdown and handling of undocumented migrants during the movement control order (MCO) in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since its release, netizens have taken to social media to call out the alleged misrepresentation of facts in the report, with calls for the reporters and Rayhan to be deported.

Some have taken to doxing the latter, by revealing his purported known locations and place of work.

Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has denied accusations of racism against the government action and demanded the news agency apologises. – Malaysiakini

 

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Art Harun Says No Regrets on Accepting Speaker’s Role http://www.thetruenet.com/news/art-harun-says-no-regrets-on-accepting-speakers-role/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:01:57 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62710 Azhar Azizan Harun, better known as Art Harun, said he has no regrets over accepting his new role as the Dewan Rakyat Speaker despite criticism hurled at him by the opposition bloc.

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Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, better known as Art Harun, said he has no regrets over accepting his new role as the Dewan Rakyat Speaker despite criticism hurled at him by the opposition bloc.

He said this when asked if he regretted accepting the position following the intense arguments he had to preside over in the Lower House on what was his first day on the job.

“That’s not a zoo. That’s our Dewan. This was a good experience for me, and we learn from experience, so no (regrets).

Bernama

“I think this is an honour for my family and I. It is a challenge and I see this as a way for me to serve the nation,” he told a press conference at the Parliament building today after he accepted the motion to end today’s session early.

This marks the first full parliamentary sitting since Perikatan Nasional took over Putrajaya. The session will last for 25 days until Aug 27.

Asked if he was instructed to take over the Speaker job, Azhar replied in the negative, saying he had received an invitation by the government to take up the job.

He said he received the invitation before the Chini by-election nomination day (June 20), adding that he only resigned as the Election Commission chief upon deciding to accept the Speaker job.

He said that he would try his best to control the atmosphere in the Dewan Rakyat and its members.

“We will defend the Standing Order and it is my job together with my deputies to control the Dewan Rakyat.

“If they (MPs) want to continue to behave that way (in an unruly manner), let them because the public is watching. We will try our best to control the situation,” he said.

During the press conference, Azhar also voiced his gratitude to his predecessor, former Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff over the latter’s contributions to the Dewan Rakyat throughout his two-year tenure.

Azhar said Ariff was his lecturer back in university and also his partner in a law firm they both worked at before.

“The Parliament is indebted to Ariff for all his services and contributions towards the process of parliamentary reform.

“I will continue the reform agenda, repair what needs to be repaired and come up with a new agenda if there are any improvements that we can include in the current parliamentary reform agenda,” he said.

Azhar also said he has no authority to move up Langkawi Member of Parliament Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the Parliamentary Order Paper.

The motion, which was inserted as item 27 in the Order Paper, was submitted by Dr Mahathir weeks before today’s Dewan Rakyat sitting began.

“I don’t have the authority to move it up. The previous speaker inserted it as item number 27 and so we (the Speaker’s office) will deal with it when we come to it,” he said.

Azhar also explained that the process of appointing him as the Speaker was made in accordance with the Parliamentary Standing Order (SO).

“According to the SO, if there is only one name nominated, there is no need for voting by MPs. A simple voice vote is sufficient.

“The thing is, the opposition MPs didn’t nominate any other names,” he said.

Reporters then asked him to explain claims made by the opposition bloc who said that they were not informed about the nomination of a new speaker.

Opposition leaders had recently said this was the reason they didn’t submit a name as they were not given sufficient time to do so.

For the record, the SO states that a new name can be nominated as the new Speaker as long as the motion for the nomination is submitted 14 days before the Dewan Rakyat convenes.

Azhar said the opposition’s claims that they did not know of the development was questionable.

“The motion to nominate a new Speaker was reported in the media. It was already in the public domain, so how can they not know about it?

“Besides, according to the SO, there is no need to issue a notice and anyone can be nominated,” he said.

 

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Tony Pua’s Questions on 1MDB, MPs on Trial Rejected by Dewan Speaker http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/tony-puas-questions-on-1mdb-mps-on-trial-rejected-by-dewan-speaker/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:58:16 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62707 Two questions by Damansara MP Tony Pua on former prime minister Najib Razak and other Barisan Nasional MPs on trial for corruption have been rejected by the Dewan Rakyat speaker.

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Two questions by Damansara MP Tony Pua on former prime minister Najib Razak and other Barisan Nasional MPs on trial for corruption have been rejected by the Dewan Rakyat speaker.

Pua said he was informed that his questions submitted for the sitting were rejected in a letter from the Dewan Rakyat secretariat dated today.

The first was to ask the prime minister to state the stand of the attorney-general on the on-going 1Malaysia Development Berhad and SRC International Sdn Bhd corruption cases against Najib.

The second question was on the Perikatan Nasional government’s stand on the six MPs who are being charged for corruption, especially if they are found guilty.

TMI

“These questions should never have been rejected. They should have been the perfect opportunity for (Prime Minister) Muhyiddin Yassin to put to rest the questions over his commitment to fight corruption,” the DAP lawmaker said in a statement.

The questions were rejected based on Standing Order 23, in particular the sections that state questions posed should not be sub judice; should not be asked for the purpose of obtaining an expression of opinion to a legal case or a hypothetical proposition; and should not contain imputations or misleading expressions.

Pua said his questions were important because Muhyiddin’s answers would indicate whether he had the resolve to fight corruption.

He said the issue of “sub judice should not apply” because he was not asking about the merits of legal arguments in Najib’s case.

“All I’m asking is the position of the attorney-general. It is extremely worrying for Malaysians that the prime minister has refused to answer.” – TMI

 

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Shafee: Sri Ram’s Appointment as DPP to Get Najib Charged, Convicted http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/shafee-sri-rams-appointment-as-dpp-to-get-najib-charged-convicted/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:54:25 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62703 The appointment of Gopal Sri Ram as the DPP in the 1MDB-linked cases was to get Najib charged and convicted.

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The appointment of Gopal Sri Ram as the deputy public prosecutor in the 1MDB-linked cases was to get the former premier Najib Abdul Razak charged and convicted, said lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Shafee, who represented Najib, said this in his submission to the High Court in Kuala Lumpur in a bid to disqualify Sri Ram in the money laundering amounting to RM2.28 billion and 1MDB audit report tampering cases.

“The appointment of Sri Ram was particularly navigated with the purpose to get Najib charged and convicted,” Shafee said before the judge, Mariana Yahaya.

He cited how a disclosure made by former A-G Apandi in an affidavit submitted to court had noted that Sri Ram allegedly said that the mere fact that monies are in Najib’s account by itself was sufficient to charge the former prime minister.

Shafee argued that it’s not important for Sri Ram whether Najib knows the source of the money, either it was from SRC International or 1MDB, as Sri Ram only wanted Najib to be charged first.

“Did he know whether the money came from SRC or 1MDB? All of this did not matter to him. What’s important is to get Najib charged,” he said.

For the record, Sri Ram also acted as the lead prosecutor for Shafee’s money laundering case involving RM9.5 million.

Azman Ghani/The Star

Mariana is also hearing Shafee’s own separate judicial review application to disqualify Sri Ram from the lawyer’s own criminal case.

Referring to Sri Ram, Najib’s another counsel Harvinderjit Singh argued that the public prosecutor does not have the power to appoint a lawyer as a part-time deputy public prosecutor and a practising lawyer at the same time.

“The exercise of the power under section 376 (of the Criminal Procedure Code) (to appoint Sri Ram) is wrong. It’s unreasonable, irrational, and considerably improper,” Harvinderjit said.

He said the appointment of Sri Ram as the DPP was also to fulfil Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto to haul Najib to court in relation to 1MDB.

Meanwhile, senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, in his submission, said that the appointment of Sri Ram, who’s also a former Federal Court judge, is in accordance with the law.

“It is respectfully submitted that the language of Section 376 (3) (of CPC) is broad and permissive of the appointment of Sri Ram as a senior deputy public prosecutor.

“Section 376(3) CPC does not expressly limit the potential senior deputy public prosecutor from only among the legal officers serving under the judicial and legal service.”

Shamsul added, “The government, like any private party, can choose and appoint or authorise any advocate to appear on their behalf in any court of law.

“[…] It is respectfully submitted that it is a sheer intellectual waste to engage in a hair-splitting argument on the legality of Sri Ram’s appointment under Section 376(3) CPC.”

Mariana fixed July 29 for further submission.

 

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Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 15 http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/rosmahs-bribe-trial-day-15/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 11:50:17 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62699 Nothing wrong playing golf with businessman, ex-ministry official tells court.

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Nothing wrong playing golf with businessman, ex-ministry official tells court.

A former education ministry official told the High Court in Rosmah Mansor’s corruption trial that there was nothing wrong with him playing golf with a Sarawakian businessman involved in the government’s solar supply project.

Alias Ahmad, who was the ministry’s secretary-general from September 2016 to May 2018, said their social meetings only took place after the ministry signed the RM1.25 billion contract with Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Saidi Abang Samsudin.

Besides golf, Alias said, Saidi also attended his daughter’s wedding.

“The government’s policy does not allow us to have engagement with the project contractor before the contract is signed.

Ahmad Zamzahuri

“After the contract was signed, Jepak was considered as the government’s partner,” he said when questioned by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib.

Alias said he and Saidi met for golf at Tropicana Golf Club in Petaling Jaya. “I chose the place because I am a member there. I don’t have to pay, and he didn’t pay for me, too,” he said.

Earlier, Rosmah’s lawyer Akberdin Abdul Kader asked Alias about Saidi’s presence at his daughter’s wedding. The lawyer also showed him two pictures taken that day.

“Saidi came uninvited. I only invited the minister (Mahdzir Khalid),” Alias said, despite being challenged by Akberdin that he invited Saidi.

Alias also said the ministry did not lodge any report with the authorities after it discovered that Jepak Holdings had allegedly tampered with the solar project contract.

He said the ministry’s legal adviser came out with three options at a meeting on March 14, 2018 – to call a domestic inquiry into the alleged tampering, to make amendments to the contract, or to lodge a police report.

“I was told none of these options was taken even after I retired. MACC also took some files from the office,” Alias said, referring to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Akberdin asked Alias whether he played a part in stopping his officers from lodging a police report, claiming that he and Mahdzir were “accomplices” in the solar project.

“I do not agree. This is a serious allegation against me,” Alias said.

Another witness, CIMB Bintulu Sentral branch manager Wong Ping, told the court that Jepak Holdings had two accounts with the bank.

She said Saidi withdrew RM6 million from one of the accounts on Dec 20, 2016 and deposited the sum into his Maybank account.

“However, we do not have details on why the transfer was made,” she said.

Wong also said Jepak Holdings received more than RM64 million from the education ministry on Aug 4, 2017.

She said that on Aug 10, a sum of RM10 million was transferred to another account belonging to Saidi.

MACC assistant investigating officer Muhammad Na’im Mahmod told the court he and his colleagues went to Rosmah’s house at Langgak Duta on Nov 2, 2018 with Saidi and two other witnesses, Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah and Shamsul Rizal Sharbini.

“My colleague Rekhraj Singh instructed me to prepare the house layout where Shamsul had put two backpacks with cash.

“He also told me to prepare the layout of the living room where Saidi, Rayyan and Rosmah met,” he said.

Rosmah faces three counts of soliciting RM187.5 million from Saidi as an inducement to help the company secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Solar System Integrated Project and Maintenance and Operation of Genset/Diesel for 369 rural schools in Sarawak, worth a total of RM1.25 billion, through direct negotiation with the education ministry.

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She is also accused of receiving bribes amounting RM6.5 million from Saidi between 2016 and 2017.

The hearing before High Court judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues tomorrow, with Saidi expected to take the witness stand. – FMT


Earlier reports:

Mar 12, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 14

Mar 11, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 13

Mar 10, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 12

Mar 9, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day 11

Mar 9, Rosmah’s Ex-Aide Rizal Mansor Now in Witness Protection

Feb 20, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Ten

Feb 20, Witness Tells Rosmah’s Trial Jepak MD Gave RM5 Million to “RM”

Feb 19, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Nine

Feb 18, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Eight

Feb 18, Rosmah’s Lawyer Tears into Madinah’s Testimony

Feb 17, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Seven

Feb 17, Ex-Education Ministry Sec-Gen: Business Partners Fought over RM1.2B Solar Project

Feb 13, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Six

Feb 13, Mahdzir Denies Hiring Lawyer to Broker Deal with AGC

Feb 12, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Five

Feb 12, Rosmah’s Refusal to Leave Accused Dock During Lunch Break Prompts Early Adjournment

Feb 11, Rosmah’s Defence Alleges Mahdzir Private Jets to Macau, Spore, Perth to Gamble

Feb 11, Rosmah’s Defence Lawyer Paints Ex-Minister Mahdzir as Corrupt

Feb 10, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Three

Feb 10, Ex-Minister Tells Rosmah’s Trial: I Wasn’t Bribed, Simply Followed Najib’s Orders

Feb 6, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day Two

Feb 6, Driver Delivered Bags of Cash to Rosmah’s House

Feb 6, Rosmah Allegedly Pressured Ex-Minister to Award Project to Jepak

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Bribe Trial: Day One

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Lawyer Cries Intimidation over MACC’s Probe of Doctor Who Issued MC

Feb 5, RM6M Bribe in RM100 Bills

Feb 5, Rosmah’s Controversial FLOM Division Rebranded After Public Criticism

Feb 5, DPP: Overbearing Rosmah Wielded Considerable Influence

 

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Ariff: My Removal as Dewan Rakyat Speaker Set a World Precedent http://www.thetruenet.com/news/ariff-my-removal-as-dewan-rakyat-speaker-set-a-world-precedent/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:38:17 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62695 Never once, in the 800-year-history of the United Kingdom's House of Commons, was a House Speaker removed before a parliamentary term ended.

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Never once, in the 800-year-history of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, was a House Speaker removed before a parliamentary term ended, said former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff.

He was referring to the Westminster system of Parliament which Malaysia follows, in commenting on his removal as the Lower House of Parliament’s Speaker today, following a motion tabled by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said as per the normal practice of countries which follow the Westminster system, a new Speaker is nominated only when a new parliamentary term starts.

“Which means, after a general election, and so what’s happening today is something extraordinary, because I don’t know of any other country that had replaced their Speaker – except for Trinidad and Tobago.

“In Trinidad, back in the 1990’s, the Speaker was removed because he was involved in corruption.

“Other than that, there aren’t any other examples,” he told a press conference at the Parliament building today.

Asked if he thinks Malaysia is setting a world precedent with his removal, Ariff agreed, but said he was unsure if it is a good precedent for other countries to follow.

“In a way, yes, Malaysia is setting the precedent for the world, but I don’t know if it is a good precedent. It is definitely an extraordinary one.

“They (the government) should’ve waited (for a new parliamentary term). It all goes back to principles.

Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali

“A speaker is appointed by the House, and so he doesn’t speak for the government. If he becomes a Speaker for the government, then he is not a proper speaker,” he said.

However, he said his termination from the post was in accordance with the constitution.

“I do not have a problem, the decision was adhered to and it was made by the Members of Parliament, not the Prime Minister or Cabinet.

“This is our Constitutional system, and on principle, it is something which should be adhered to,” he said.

Hari Anggara

Ariff’s deputy, Nga Kor Ming, at the same media conference, said he decided to step down in solidarity with Ariff.

 

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Chaos Marks End to First Day of Parliament Sitting, Just an Hour After Art Harun Took Charge http://www.thetruenet.com/news/chaos-marks-end-to-first-day-of-parliament-sitting-just-an-hour-after-art-harun-took-charge/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:26:24 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62692 The Dewan Rakyat sitting today has been adjourned amid continuous ruckus throughout ongoing debate session.

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The Dewan Rakyat sitting today has been adjourned amid continuous ruckus throughout ongoing debate session.
Hari Anggara

The motion to adjourn today’s sitting was made by Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan after he proposed to replace several Parliament Select Committee members which had also sparked an uproar.

“Shame on you, shame on you! Bad performance on your first day,” were words shouted by the Opposition bloc MPs in reference to newly appointed Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, as they made their way out of the House.

Although Azhar had just opened the floor for debate, he adjourned the sitting anyway, despite Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto demanding to speak as it was her turn to debate.

“Point of order, point of order!” she shouted as she was demanding to be heard.

Today’s Parliament sitting, the first full sitting of the year, lasted shorter than usual with discontent expressed by the Opposition bloc as Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof was removed as Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Teluk Intan MP Nga Kor Ming as the Deputy Speaker.

The Opposition bloc maintained that the replacements were done unreasonably and not done in accordance to the Standing Order.

The sitting was adjourned until tomorrow after MPs on both sides refused to calm down.

 

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Art Harun Says No More Sexist Remarks in Dewan Rakyat Under His Watch http://www.thetruenet.com/news/art-harun-says-no-more-sexist-remarks-in-dewan-rakyat-under-his-watch/ Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:16:39 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=62687 Newly minted Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Harun today advised lawmakers to refrain from making sexist remarks.

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Newly minted Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun today advised lawmakers to refrain from making sexist remarks, after an earlier pandemonium in the Lower House involving Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim and Batu Kawan MP Kasthurirani Patto.
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Kasthuri had accused Abdul Azeez of calling her “gelap tak nampak” and then telling her to apply powder to look more visible, after she questioned the lack of women representatives in the list of the Parliamentary Selection Committee members announced today.

Azeez, himself of Indian Muslim descent, was heard making the remark in apparent reference to the ethnic Indian politician.

The comment caused Jelutong MP RSN Rayer to stand up and demand that Azeez retract what he had just said, which then devolved into a shouting match.

“I think we are all against sexist remarks. We are all against sexist acts. Of course, we do not condone any sexist acts, but whether that remark was sexist or not is open to interpretation at that time.

Hari Anggara

“But you know, things were a bit rowdy. In any event, I think the MP who did it quickly apologised, and he withdrew the remark. So that was it basically, but of course, in the future, I hope no sexist remarks will be uttered again in the Dewan Rakyat,” Azhar said. – MMO

 

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