Anwar : Ignoring education will lead to a catastrophe

(Yusuf Muhammad contributed to this report – Samah Ali)

Anwar : Ignoring education will lead to a catastrophe

Arab News – Madinah: Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim yesterday called on Muslim countries to remove obstacles in the way of investments in the development of a knowledge-driven economy. Anwar was speaking on the second day of the three-day Knowledge Economy Forum here.”We urge the development of science because that is what our religion encourages us to do. No society can develop unless it marches forward while keeping pace with global economic and technological advances,” Anwar said, while presenting his paper.

Anwar said he hoped Madinah would once more become a world center for knowledge and culture where students could flock.

The former deputy prime minister added that impartial application of law and bureaucratic transparency are the factors that attract huge international investments.

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Good governance and accountability in the rapidly emerging world of Knowledge Economies

Good governance and accountability in the rapidly emerging world of Knowledge Economies

From Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s blog

Remarks by Anwar Ibrahim at the SAGIA Noor 2008 Forum, Madinah, 23rd June, 2008

Ladies and Gentleman.

While it would be superfluous to harp on the importance of research and development in knowledge based industries (KBIs), the issues of focus cannot be overstated. We know that the market is indeed hungry for the entire spectrum of knowledge based products ranging from aerospace and ICT products to precision and scientific tools. The more intensive the use of high technology, the greater reliance will be placed on R&D advances. We would imagine that from the vantage point of strategic policy the state’s focus will be on sustainable development.

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Mahathir: I’m glad to have a blog

Mahathir: I’m glad to have a blog

Malaysiakini news Andrew Ong | Jun 26, 08

Sorry I edited and cut it short.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has no regrets setting a blog as it allows him to bypass the gatekeepers in news organisations and criticise the government.

Former premier turned active blogger Dr Mahathir Mohamad today revealed that he was glad to have turned to cyberspace to air his views.

chedet mahathir blog 210508“Now I’m glad I have my blog. At least I can say something,” Mahathir told reporters during a press conference at his office in the Petronas Twin Towers today.

Mahathir said this when he repeated his now familiar complaint about how the present governments and leadership around the world are silencing dissent.

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M’sian envoy: Treat Indon workers with dignity. Myanmars ?

M’sian envoy: Treat Indon workers with dignity

Malaysiakini Sep 10, 07

Malaysians must treat menial Indonesian labourers better or risk damaging relations between the two countries, Malaysia’s ambassador to Indonesia has warned.


“It’s only fair we change our perception towards Indonesians. Even if many of them are maids and contract labourers, they are human beings and should be treated with fairness and dignity,” Zainal Abidin Mohd Zin told the New Straits Times.

Zainal said Malaysians should realise many Indonesian professionals work in Malaysia and that millions more visit as tourists, adding the treatment of Indonesians aroused strong emotions and could affect bilateral relations.

The ambassador, speaking during Malaysian Deputy Premier Najib Razak’s trip to Indonesia’s Sulawesi province, said that bad treatment meted out to Indonesians had given Malaysians a reputation for arrogance.

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No greener pastures for migrant workers

No greener pastures for migrant workers

Malaysiakini Sabrina Chan and Su Hui Hsing | Jul 11, 07

Locked up for more than a month, fed only twice a day and physically abused. This is the plight of two Bangladeshi workers who had come to Malaysia in search of a better future.


The workers, identified only as AH and MR, related their sufferings at the hands of a labour outsourcing company to the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) yesterday.

“We want help. Please help us,” the two workers told Suhakam comissioner Chew Siew Kioh at the commission’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

It is said that former deputy home minister Megat Junid Megat Ayob is a shareholder of the company.

“I was kept there for one month and 11 days and I was locked up, I could not communicate with anybody. Some of us had mobile (phones) but the agent took them away mobile,” said MR.

“They locked us up from the outside and didn’t allow us to come out. After one month and 11 days, they gave us jobs. They didn’t give us proper food, they only fed us twice a day,” he added.

AH pointed to his bruised ear and with the help of a translator said he was slapped repeatedly. He then pointed to his leg and said he was kicked as well.

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See the difference: while coward SPDC keep quiet, Jakarta complaints

See the difference: while coward SPDC keep quiet, Jakarta complaints

Jakarta concerned over crackdown on illegals

Malaysiakini news Jun 26, 08

illegal immigrants roundup 010305 patiently waitingIndonesia has expressed concerned over Malaysia’s plan to carry out a mass deportation of illegal immigrants from Sabah.


Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday announced a plan to clear out illegal immigrants, mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines, who have settled in Sabah.

“It is a concern when you deport hundreds of thousands of Indonesians back home,” said Eka Suripto, a counsellor with the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Politicians in Sabah have pushed the national government to expel the illegals, saying they were a burden on the economy and pose a security threat by engaging in crime and the drugs trade.

“If you deport thousands of illegals, the local industries will not have workers. The demand for workers will only fuel the return of the illegals,” Eka said.

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Migrant workers contributed RM1.9 bil

Yoges Palaniappan | Nov 1, 07 6:13pm

The government has collected RM1.9 billion in levy and other fees from immigrant workers last year, Parliament was told today. Home Ministry parliamentary secretary Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said that the amount was collected in forms of levy, temporary working pass, and visa. Abdul Rahman (BN-Pokok Sena) was replying a query from Mohd Zaid Ibrahim (BN-Kota Baru) who asked the Home Ministry to state the amount of levy and other fees collected from immigrant workers yearly. Abdul Rahman said that in 2005, the government collected RM1.7 billion, whereas, as of August this year, the amount collected is RM1.5 billion.

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