Malaysian Citizenship bids need to wait almost forever

Malaysian Citizenship bids need to wait almost forever

  1. “Once the applications reach Putrajaya, virtually nothing is done,” disclosed former Sabah chief minister Chong Kah Kiat, citing his personal experience during his term in office.
  2. “I had to personally see (former premier Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad) to get approval for 300 applications for Permanent Residence in Sabah from foreigners.”
  3. “These applications were from people, mostly professionals like doctors, who had been in the state for up to 30 years.
  4. The state government had approved their applications but they were held up at the federal level for no rhyme or reason by ignorant civil servants. It’s a mindset problem in Putrajaya.”
  5. One fear among Sabahans and their political leaders alike is that the applications for citizenship dating back to 1963 may either be “missing in action” by now or “even thrown away after some time.”
  6.  In that case, the onus will be on the applicants to prove that they did indeed follow-up on their applications at regular intervals, according to a source in Sabah NRD.
  7. “Even acknowledgment slips of applications received by the NRD are not good enough for them to press their case. If you merely file an application and just back and wait, you may be waiting forever. Nothing will happen in most cases.”
  8. In many cases, the applicants apparently went to their graves with their citizenship applications still pending, or ironically, had them approved only after they had passed on.
  9. It is pointed out that the officers handling the citizenship applications lodged in 1963 at the NRD would have long retired from service and perhaps even passed on. Still, “hope springs eternal in the human breast” in Sabah, judging by the spectacle of 80-year-olds approaching their legislators for assistance in securing their citizenship papers.Cynics can’t help but wonder with wry humour why 80-year-olds, “with one foot already in the grave”, still need their Malaysian citizenship papers “since this definitely won’t be an issue where they are going.”

Obesity linked to H1N1 deaths

Obesity linked to H1N1 deaths

830_fatPARIS, Aug 30 — Obesity has emerged as a possible contributing factor in fatal swine flu cases, according to ground-breaking research looking at deaths caused by the pandemic in countries around the world.

The claim is made by a team from the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, which has studied the characteristics of 574 deaths associated with the pandemic H1N1 influenza up until the middle of July. According to the team’s findings, published in medical journal Eurosurveillance, underlying disease was found in at least half of all fatal cases.

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Secret documents uncover UK’s interest in Libyan oil

Secret documents uncover UK’s interest in Libyan oil

LONDON, Aug 30 — Libya has been courted by Prince Charles, government ministers and Foreign Office mandarins on a dozen or more occasions in pursuit of lucrative oil and gas contracts.

Documents obtained by the Observer show ministers and senior civil servants met Shell to discuss the company’s oil interests in Libya on at least 11 occasions and perhaps as many as 26 times in less than four years.

Foreign secretary David Miliband, the former Labour leader Lord Kinnock and even Prince Charles were involved in the meetings with Shell about its business in Libya or Egypt.

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Supreme court to revisit ‘Hillary’ documentary

Supreme court to revisit ‘Hillary’ documentary

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 — The Supreme Court will cut short its summer break in early September to hear a new argument in a momentous case that could transform the way political campaigns are conducted.

The case, which arises from a minor political documentary called “Hillary: The Movie,” seemed an oddity when it was first argued in March. Just six months later, it has turned into a juggernaut with the potential to shatter a century-long understanding about the government’s ability to bar corporations from spending money to support political candidates.

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NYT:For him, the Web was no safety net

SAN DIEGO, Aug 30 — There was a time in the late 1990s when Josh Harris was a king of sorts. A Silicon Alley pioneer, he was flush with millions of dollars made from his first Internet company, and he was spending it wildly on a series of legendary SoHo parties, businesses and social experiments.

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The Observer:Uranium wastes a whole generation of India’s children

NEW DELHI, Aug 30 — Gurpreet Sigh, 7, who has cerebral palsy and microcephaly, and is from Sirsar, 50km from the Punjabi town of Bathinda. He is being treated at the Baba Farid centre for Special Children in Bathinda.

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