Deputy Speaker : Motion to appoint Zahid as PAC head coming Tuesday

(03-08-2018)

A motion to appoint Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman will be tabled this Tuesday in the Dewan Rakyat,Nga Kor Ming said today. According to the deputy speaker of the lower house that his fellow DAP leader, Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh, will also be proposed as deputy chairman. “This motion will be tabled by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong. This is the first step towards Parliamentary reform.”

“We have delivered on our promise,” the Deputy Speaker was quoted saying. The Teluk Intan MP said Pakatan Harapan will be emulating the practice in the United Kingdom and Australia of appointing the Opposition leader to head the PAC. Nga Kor Ming said the post would still be reserved for an Opposition MP. “Only if no Opposition MP takes it, then we might have to appoint someone from the backbench,” he reportedly said. The PAC is a powerful committee which can investigate ministries, GLCs and government agencies. Last week, Liew had said that Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was the sole nominee for the post. Meanwhile, a total of 51,217 voters will cast their ballots in the Sungai Kandis state by-election tomorrow. Altogether, 19 polling stations with 109 streams will be open from 8 am to 5.30 pm.

According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, rain is expected in the morning with the temperature hovering between 26 and 29 degrees Celsius while, in the evening, fine weather is forecast with the temperature of between 30 and 32 degrees Celsius. The Election Commission (EC) has made several improvements for the by-election, including setting up two polling streams for voters aged 60 and above and adding more polling streams at stations with a large number of voters. A total of 21 new streams have been established to avoid too many voters at a stream at any one lane, making it a total of 109 streams compared to 88 during the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9. The EC has also extended the polling hours by 30 minutes, from 8 am to 5.30 pm, instead of closing at 5 pm as usual.

Pakatan Harapan candidate Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, 48, of PKR is scheduled to cast his vote at Sekolah Kebangsaan Jalan Kebun at 9 am while his contenders, namely Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Lokman Noor Adam, 45, and Independent candidate K. Murthy, 60, are not registered as voters in the constituency. All ballot boxes will be taken to the official tallying centre at Dewan Besar Tanjung of the Shah Alam City Council in Section 19 here and the result is expected to be announced at the latest by 10 pm. The EC is targeting a voter turnout of 80 per cent for the by-election which is being held at a cost of RM1.4 million. The Sungai Kandis constituency has 51,230 registered voters comprising 51,217 ordinary voters and 13 absentee voters. Of the 51,230 registered voters, 24,998 are male (48.8 per cent) and 26, 232 female (51.2 per cent).

In terms of racial composition, 71.34 per cent of the voters are Malays, 15.69 per cent Indians and 11.75 per cent Chinese. The by-election is being held following the death of the assemblyman, Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei of PKR, due to lymphoma cancer on July 2. In the GE14, Mat Shuhaimi retained the Sungai Kandis (formerly Sri Muda) state seat for the third consecutive term with a majority of 12,480 votes in a four-cornered fight against Barisan Nasional, PAS and Parti Rakyat Malaysia candidates.

SPRM tahan Bekas CEO PEKA

(03-08-2018)

Seorang bekas Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Pusat Kerjaya Amanjaya (PEKA) ditahan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) semalam bagi membantu siasatan berhubung dakwaan penyelewengan yang berlaku di syarikat milik penuh kerajaan negeri Perak itu. Tangkapan itu susulan laporan yang dibuat Lembaga Pengarah PEKA, Datuk Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin, kelmarin berhubung penyelewengan membabitkan tuntutan palsu oleh sebuah syarikat perunding membabitkan kerugian yang dianggarkan jutaan ringgit.

Pengarah SPRM Perak, Datuk Zainul Darus, ketika dihubungi mengesahkan mengenai tangkapan berkenaan dan menurutnya satu sidang media mengenai kes terbabit akan diadakan di Ibu Pejabat SPRM Perak di sini jam 3 petang hari ini. Bekas Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif berkenaan juga dibawa ke Mahkamah Majistret di sini pagi ini untuk permohonan reman. Semalam, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Belia dan Sukan negeri, Howard Lee Chuan How mendedahkan siasatan audit dalaman yang dijalankan terhadap PEKA mendapati berlaku ketirisan dalam syarikat berkenaan dipercayai membabitkan tuntutan palsu oleh sebuah syarikat perunding. Tuntutan palsu dengan jumlah kerugian dianggarkan jutaan ringgit itu membabitkan nilai penyelewengan sebanyak RM133,000 sebulan untuk tempoh empat hingga lima tahun lalu. Antara penyelewengan yang dikesan adalah laporan menyatakan 6,000 pencari kerja berjaya ditempatkan di sektor pekerjaan setahun namun bilangan sebenar hanya 100 orang. Siasatan awal juga mendapati caruman Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) tidak dibayar syarikat perunding yang dilantik berkenaan, selain terdapat tunggakan bayaran bulanan Telekom Malaysia mencecah RM30,000 serta tunggakan bulanan sewa ruangan pejabat mencecah RM80,000.

Bekas Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Pusat Kerjaya Amanjaya (Peka) ini direman selama tujuh hari di Mahkamah Majistret di Ipoh hari ini. Majistret Siti Hafiza Jaafar membenarkan permohonan reman tersebut bermula hari ini sehingga 9 Ogos depan daripada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) bagi membantu siasatan lanjut terhadapnya.

Do not look at airline stewardess if you think attire is indecent, Minister tells PAS MP

(3-8-2018)

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said there are no plans thus far by the Government to amend policies related to the uniforms of air hostesses.Tumpat PAS lawmaker Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi had asked Loke to comment if the Minister felt that uniforms of Malaysian flight attendants were too revealing, compared to their international counterparts.”Do you find them too menjolok mata (revealing and indecent) compared to those in some international airlines like in the US and other places where they wear pants as uniforms,” asked Che Abdullah.

“This is subjective, if you think it is revealing then don’t look at the stewardesses,” said Loke in his ministry’s winding up address on Wednesday (Aug 1).Earlier, Loke said that airline companies need to adhere to safety standards including emergency evacuations within the set period as drawn up by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).He said in order to receive the safety certificate, airline companies need to ensure that the uniforms worn by the flight crew will enable them to carry out safety procedures in a set period.

“As such, airline companies are free to pick the attire of their crew, as long as it fulfils the set criteria,” he said.Among the criteria include uniforms that enable the crew to carry out an emergency evacuation and the airline company’s commercial decision based on their corporate image.In line with the “Malaysian hospitality” theme practised by Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), the kebaya uniforms worn by their air stewardesses reflect local culture.”The Ministry has no restriction if Muslim air stewardesses choose to wear attire that are Syariah compliant as long as it fulfils the criteria set by CAAM,” he said.

Speaker baru: Jangan bandingkan saya dengan Pandikar

(3-8-2018)

Speaker Dewan Rakyat yang baru Datuk Mohamad Ariff Yusof menolak dirinya dibandingkan dengan speaker sebelum ini, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.”Saya tidak mahu ungkit apa yang speaker sebelum saya buat, boleh jadi betul boleh jadi salah. Saya lebih pentingkan masa sekarang, berbanding semalam.”Tidak baik untuk sentiasa bercakap tentang masa lalu, saya lebih cenderung untuk melihat ke masa depan,” kata Mohamad Ariff kepada Malaysiakini dalam wawancara di pejabatnya di Parlimen.Ketika menjadi speaker, Pandikar sering dikritik kerana keputusan yang dibuatnya termasuklah apabila memutuskan bahawa membawa isu 1MDB di dalam Dewan Rakyat sebagai prejudis terhadap siasatan skandal itu.

Ditanya sama ada beliau akan membenarkan sebarang topik dibahaskan, bekas hakim itu berkata beliau tidak boleh memberi jaminan namun berkata kedaulatan undang-undang akan dimartabatkan.”Saya tidak boleh bercakap untuk speaker sebelum ini, saya hanya boleh kata kerajaan ketika ini komited dengan kedaulatan undang-undang.”Kami sudah kata beberapa kali bahawa di dalam parlimen, semua orang perlu diberi peluang untuk menyuarakan pendapat.”Anda mungkin tidak suka, tapi kita perlu dengar, kemudian bahaskan, dan kita berbahas secara intelektual,” katanya.

Perkara itu, katanya, adalah antara budaya parlimen yang ingin disemainya.Berhubung perbahasan yang menyentuh tentang kes yang sedang disiasat, Mohamad Ariff berkata pihaknya akan membuat keputusan berdasarkan pemahaman terhadap istilah itu dan yang dianggap persidangan yang tertib sekiranya isu seumpamanya timbul.Sebagai Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi sebelum ini, beliau menolak dakwaan menghina prosiding yang dikemukakan oleh Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) terhadap peguam Fahda Nur Ahmad Kamar yang bercakap kepada umum tentang pengambilalihan industri air ketika mewakili kerajaan negeri Selangor.

Memetik kata-kata hakim Britain, Tom Denning yang terkenal, Mohamad Ariff berkata “kenyataan yang adil tidak akan prejudis terhadap perbicaraan” dan mengingatkan bahawa mahkamah perlu cermat dalam mengkategorikan sesuatu kenyataan sebagai menghina perbicaraan kes bagi menjamin kebebasan bersuara.Pada 2015, Mohamad Ariff dilaporkan tidak bersetuju dakwaan bahawa mempersoalkan wang RM2.6 bilion dalam akaun peribadi Datuk Seri Najib Razak yang dikaitkan dengan 1MDB di parlimen sebagai prejudis.Katanya, isu prejudis tidak timbul kerana isu berkenaan ketika itu belum dibicarakan di mahkamah.

Speaker allows MPs to raise civil matters on 1MDB

(3-8-2018)

MPs are now allowed to raise matters on state fund 1MDB, but only in respect to civil matters.Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said this was based on several international practices in Australia and the UK.Ariff’s predecessor, Pandikar Amin Mulia, had banned issues linked to the US Department of Justice (DoJ) civil action on 1MDB from being brought up in Parliament.However, Ariff, a former Court of Appeal judge, did not lift the interim gag order by the High Court against discussing the issues of the case which were previously raised by Pekan MP Najib Razak’s lawyers.

Ariff said the ruling was out of respect for the High Court’s decision to respect the separation of powers.However, he added that the principle of sub judice should not curb the freedom and rights of MPs to raise the matter as it was of public concern, as long as it did not involve criminal charges relating to 1MDB.“The interim gag order by YB Pekan on the (merits) of the case should be respected,” he said.Ariff made the ruling after Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau) sought his advice over Pandikar’s ruling.

In 2016, Pandikar told the Dewan Rakyat that ministers need not answer questions related to the ongoing lawsuit by the DoJ to seize assets linked to 1MDB.The move was met with uproar by opposition MPs, who filed counter-motions challenging his ruling. They argued that the gag order made little sense as the proceedings were taking place in foreign courts.Pandikar defended his ruling, claiming that his decision was backed by the standing orders.“If that thing (misappropriation of funds from 1MDB) happened in America, why do the people’s representatives here in Malaysia want to debate it in Malaysia’s Parliament?“If my sub judice rule is not applicable in America because it is a foreign land, why do Malaysian MPs want to debate it in the Dewan Rakyat?” Pandikar had said.