Wednesday, May 7, 2008

MTUC hands memorandum to government -

Around 200 union leaders from the Malaysian Trade Union Congress gathered outside Parliament to hand over a memorandum demanding for minimum wage and cost of living allowance on Wednesday.

Police Begin Investigations Into Football Bribery - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 (Bernama) -- Police have begun their own investigations into alleged fixing of match results in the local football league after statements were taken by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) from the players said to be involved.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Ismail Omar said the probe was necessary as allegations of graft in the game could affect football development as well as the quality of matches.

"Those involved will not escape police action. We do not want a repeat of what happened 10 years ago because it is not healthy for football development," he told reporters here Wednesday.

It is learnt that seven Sarawak players and five players from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have been called by the ACA in the probe over alleged match fixing in local football.


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Raja Petra refuses bail, stages hunger strike - The Sun

By Charles Ramendran and Maria J.Dass

PETALING JAYA (May 7, 2008): Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, the webmaster of who was charged with sedition yesterday for news content in his website has refused bail.

In an act of defiance against the charges, Raja Petra has gone on a hunger strike in the Sungai Buloh prison where he is being held and has refused to meet anyone, including his wife Marina Lee Abdullah.

"He won't listen to anyone of us and I am so worried for his health. Except for a drink of water just before being charged in court on Tuesday, he has not eaten or drank anything since. He has kidney problems and I don't think he can take this hunger strike if he goes on for days like this," said Marina when contacted by theSun today.

She said Raja Petra developed kidney ailments when he went on a five-day hunger strike during his detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in 2000.

"My husband's lawyers and I had tried to post bail early today (yesterday) to free Raja Petra but he had not just refused bail but also declined to see any of them.

"I believe my husband is doing this as he feels he has been unfairly judged and persecuted. He is angry, just as how everyone else is with what has happened and I know he will only stop this strike when they release him. I can only pray for his health for now, I hope everyone will do so too," said Marina.

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Raja Petra still declines visitors, gets specs - The Star

By M. Mageswari

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin remains adamant in his refusal to meet anyone, even his wife who twice tried to see him at Sungai Buloh prison on Wednesday.

After having failed to meet him at 10.30am, Marina Lee Abdullah, who was accompanied by their youngest daughter, Sarah, and lawyer Matthias Chang attempted again at noon.

Marina, 54, said she had insisted that she wanted to meet her spouse but Raja Petra refused to have any visitors.

However, she managed to deliver the spectacles he had requested earlier via a prison warden.

The housewife said she also believed that Raja Petra is declining meals in prison as he had also done so when he was detained under the Internal Security Act for three months in 2001.

"I will try again to see him Thursday. I already asked the prison official to convey a message to him that I will not stop visiting him daily until he sees me. This has only caused the official to smile at me," Marina said when contacted.

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Malaysia's Economy Strong And Flexible Enough To Face Global Slowdown - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, May 7 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's economic standing is strong and flexible enough to face an uncertain growth in the world economy following the subprime loan crisis in the US, a weakening dollar as well as inflationary pressure and increasing crude oil price, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said.

"Although the prospects of a slowdown in world economic growth will pose a risk to Malaysia's economic growth, its strong foundation is expected to contribute to its resilience and reduce the risks posed by the global challenges," he said during the Question and Answer session at the Parliament on Wednesday.

The minister was replying to a question from Alexander Nanta Linggi (BN-Kapit) who had asked on Malaysia's economic situation against the current world economy where the US dollar has depreciated, the price of crude oil has gone up and the Euro currency has appreciated.

Malaysia has projected a six percent economic growth for this year. Last year, the country's Gross Domestic Product grew by 6.3 percent.

Nor Mohamed said Malaysia's economic strength was in its flexibility.

"The manufacturing sector continued to show progress in increasing its value added chain, while the services sector has become an important contributor to the economic growth," he said, adding that the services sector had also expanded at a higher rate compared with the overall economic growth.

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Government to review film censorship guidelines - The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Film censorship guidelines drawn up 15 years ago will be reviewed before a decision is made whether they need to be changed with the times.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the Government wanted to strike a balance between liberal and conservative thinking.

It would seek the views of the Film Censorship Board members and the public, he said.

“There are already guidelines which were seen to be applicable during that period of time but may not be applicable now,” he told reporters yesterday after meeting members of the Film Censorship Board and Film Appeals Committee.

Asked whether the board was now too lenient or strict, he said while the majority of the board members were “old timers,” there were those who were seen to be too rigid while others were too lenient.

He said that in the era of globalisation there was no way to prevent films from being made and not being shown as there were alternative channels for viewing them.

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'What makes you think I don't have proof?' - NST

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin was a celebrity at the Jalan Duta court complex here yesterday.

The 58-year-old arrived at 9.06am, accompanied by his wife, Marina Lee Abdullah, a battery of lawyers and a throng of supporters.

His well-wishers read like a who's who of Pakatan Rakyat notables, including Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, Teluk Kemang MP Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Abbas, Batu MP Tian Chua, Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong, PAS Youth chief Salahudin Ayub and Pandamaran state assemblyman Ronnie Liu.

Defiant as ever, Raja Petra challenged the government to repeal the Official Secrets Act (OSA) so that he could reveal what he claimed was evidence against his charge of sedition.

"What makes you think I don't have proof? What makes you think I don't have documents?

"If I do submit the proof behind my writing, they will arrest me under the OSA. You think I'm stupid?" he asked the assembled journalists.

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DEWAN RAKYAT: Unhappy with PM's reply on money politics - NST

SEVERAL MPs are unhappy with the written reply by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on money politics on Monday.

Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) and R. Sivarasa (PKR-Subang) were upset that Abdullah said the Anti-Corruption Agency did not receive any official complaint on money being given by Barisan Nasional to Kelantanese residing in Kuala Lumpur to return to their hometown and cast their ballots for the BN in the March 8 election.

"I'm surprised by his answer. I have pictorial evidence to show that Kelantanese voters residing in the city were given RM200 each at Bukit Jalil to go back and vote," said Kok while showing two photos of voters queuing up and receiving the payments on her laptop.

Sivarasa said Bersih, a coalition which campaigned for a free and fair election, had a Press conference on March 17 on the matter and the statement and pictures were not only reported in the mass media, but also uploaded on blogs as well.

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Read this doc on Scribd: The Sun Malaysia Cover (7 May 2008)

The nation’s FREE newspaper 30 sen for delivery to your doorstep MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS (MALAYSIA) 275,000 COPIES DAILY Award winning newspaper for public service reporting and opinion writing. No. 4507 PP 2644/12/2008 (020369) Wednesday May 7, 2008 TELLING IT AS IT IS » Dewan Rakyat proceedings pg5 SHARIL AMIN/THESUN » Kickboxer’s secret weapon pg24 Entertainment Writers charged with sedition by Tan Yi Liang ETALING JAYA: Police yesterday slapped sedition charges on a blogger and an author, setting the stage for sensational trials later in the year. Malaysia Today webmaster Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin and businessman and writer Syed Akbar Ali pleaded not guilty to posting seditious remarks on the former’s website. Raja Petra was charged under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948 with publishing a seditious article entitled “Let’s Send the P Altantuya Murderers to Hell” in his blog on April 25. He allegedly committed the offence at his house in Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh. The 58-year-old charismatic blogger caused a stir when he rejected sessions judge Nurmala Salim’s bail offer of RM5,000, choosing instead to go to Sungai Buloh prison, until the trial fixed for Oct 6-10. If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to three years and/or fined up to RM5,000. Syed Akbar was also charged under the same section in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court Raja Petra in the court holding cell. He refused to post bail and was taken to Sungai Buloh Prison; Syed Akbar (right) was freed on bail. with publishing seditious remarks in a comment posted in Malaysia Today. He allegedly committed the offence at Zeenath Begum Jewellers Sdn Bhd, Jalan Mesjid India, on June 5 last year. The comment headlined “It is easy to impress the Malays” was made in an article entitled “Malaysia’s Organised Crime Syndicate: All Roads Lead to Putrajaya” published by Raja Petra on the popular website. Raja Petra was represented by a legal team comprising Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh, K. Balaguru, Selayang MP William Leong, J. Chandra, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and Jeswinderjit Singh. His prosecution was a media event at the court, with blogger friends and Pakatan Rakyat politicians showing support. Among those who turned up were Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Lim Kit Siang and MP for Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar. Raja Petra had hours earlier turned up at the Duta Court Complex, where police had told him to be. However, after waiting for more than an hour, he received a call on his handphone from the police telling him to go to the PJ sessions court instead. Raja Petra was vocal in condemning the sedition charge, saying that there was nothing to be worried about. “I have been asked if this sedition charge is part of a war on bloggers. We bloggers declared war on the government four years ago. So it is not the government who has declared war on us. We want to change the government,” he said, adding that he had expected to be charged. Raja Petra was detained under the Internal Security Act in 2001, and freed the same year. His departure to Sungai Buloh prison was met with shouts of “Makkal Sakthi”, “Reformasi” and “Suara Petra, Suara Malaysia.” Raja Petra’s website issued a call for donation of RM1 per person to his legal aid fund. At 6.45pm, RM24,500 had been credited to his CIMB bank account and the fund had collected an additional US$3,283.61 through a Paypal account. It has been closed since. Syed Akbar, a former banker who now runs a business with his wife on Jalan Mesjid India, was represented by Ashok Kandiah, Haris Ibrahim and Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, Bernama reported. Deputy Public Prosecutor Ishak Yusof, assisted by Hanafiah Zakaria, recommended to the court for him be allowed bail of RM5,000 but Ashok pleaded for a lower amount. Judge S. M. Komathy Suppiah set bail at RM3,000 with one surety and fixed June 10 to hear submissions by both parties on a preliminary objection raised by the defence which had claimed at the start of proceedings that the charge was groundless. Syed Akbar’s wife posted bail.