Malaysia PM YAB Datuk Sri Najib: “Abolish NEP”

Malaysia PM YAB Datuk Sri Najib said: “Abolish NEP”

On his maiden trip to Singapore yesterday, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was on a charm offensive, touching on his plan to dismantle the National Economic Policy (NEP), a sore contention point in Malaysia’s race-relations.

najib in pattaya thailand asean summit 10409In an interview with Singapore’s Straits Times, Najib (right) said that the ethnic quotas had damaged Malaysia’s competitiveness and ran counter to global trends.

He added that the long-term benefits of ending the scheme would outweigh the “pain”.


Launched in 1970, the NEP has remained one of the most divisive aspects of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic society. The affirmative action programme uniquely favours the Malay majority over the Chinese and Indian minorities.

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Deaths at construction site highlight plight of migrant workers

Gabrielle Chong


irene fernandez interview 251108 08The problems facing migrant workers have been brought to the forefront again following the gruesome death of two Bangladeshi workers at a construction site in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, last Sunday.


The two Bangladeshi workers were crushed to death by a ton of concrete bricks that fell from the 22nd floor of the almost-completed UOA Bangsar Tower after a crane cable snapped. The site is just a stone’s throw away from Malaysiakini office in Bangsar Utama.

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The Association of Religious Scholars (PUM) should acknowledge that at least Malaysiakini and Manjit Bhatia wrote one truth about Myanmar

The Association of Religious Scholars (PUM)

should acknowledge that at least 

Malaysiakini and Manjit Bhatia wrote one truth about Myanmar

It didn’t even dare condemn the Burmese military thugs who rule Burma, whose justice is meted out in the Stalinist/Maoist standard of the end of gun’s barrel.

Just look at how much braver Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines are when compare to M’sia at UNGA voting on 24-12-2008.

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Obama for Dobama Naypyidaw

Obama for Dobama Naypyidaw

Adapted and Burmanized from thw Malaysiakini’s article by Azly Rahman 

NOTE: DOBAMA is pronounced as Do’ Bama and means, we Burmans or our Burmese or we all as Burmese.

‘Do’ ‘ could mean we and has a possessive meaning.

This is not my invention but we Burmese already had a Do’ Bama association or Dobama Asiayone during the colonial period and was the first association that started the change of mindset of Burmese to start an  anti-British movement.

“…Haji Ramli Street was a dirt lane where Obama used to while away the hours kicking a soccer ball. In the long rainy season, it turned to thick, mucky soup; Obama and his friends wore plastic bags over their shoes to walk though it,” said Adi, who at 46 is the same age as Obama….

“Neighborhood Muslims worshiped in a nearby house, which has since been replaced by a larger mosque. Sometimes, when the muezzin sounded the call to prayer, Lolo and Barry would walk to the makeshift mosque together.

… “His mother often went to the church, but Barry was Muslim. He went to the mosque. I remember him wearing a sarong,” said Adi.

– reported by Paul Watson in The Baltimore Sun, March 16, 2007

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Human Rights of Burmese in Myanmar and Malaysia

Human Rights of Burmese

in Myanmar and Malaysia

Extracts from the Malaysiakini article by Josh Hong 

suhakam religion culture conference 090906 rais yatim speakEven with his years of political experience and decent academic credentials, asean meetingForeign Affairs Minister Rais Yatim (Malaysia) never seems to notice the speck in his eye when he suggests others have the beam in theirs. Yesterday at Parliament House, he told the press that he was mulling several options in regard to the human rights situation in Burma_

especially the problems confronting Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition figurehead and a Nobel laureate. 

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Anwar’s US policy ?

Anwar’s US policy ?

Extracts from Josh Hong


At a closed-door dialogue with Anwar Ibrahim a couple of years ago, a question was raised as to whether the wannabe prime minister’s US policy would be too friendly to be palatable to many, which had some pro-Washington attendants in the room nervous.

Always a smart player, Anwar referred to China, stating that the world’s most populous nation’s bilateral relations with the US were based on strong national principles, while not neglecting the sole superpower as an extremely important trading partner to many a developing country, including Malaysia.

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Modernisation of Islam is the only way to the victory for Muslims

Modernisation of Islam

is the only way to the victory for Muslims

Mustafa Akyol in Malaysiakini

MUSTAFA AKYOL, contributing author to, is a Turkish columnist based in Istanbul.

Not long ago I ran into a quote from Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian Muslim scholar and Al-Jazeera televangelist, in Turkey’s controversial Islamist daily . The 80-year-old cleric was saying, “Victory is only possible by returning to Islam.”

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Dear MPs Don’t learn this from Taiwan and Try At Home!

Taiwan legislators from the DPP and Kuomintang fight in Parliament in Taipei. Lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties failed to agree on how an independent National Communications Commission, set up to monitor the media, should be formed.

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Q&A: Saiful didn’t tell me it was Anwar

Q&A: Saiful didn’t tell me it was Anwar

Malaysiakini interview by Beh Lih Yi | Sep 5, 08

dr mohamed osman abdul hamid pusrawi hospital saiful bukhari azlan anwar ibrahim sodomy 2 interview 040908 06Dr Mohd Osman Abdul Hamid, the Pusrawi Hospital doctor who first examined Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan over a sodomy complaint, denied that he advised the latter to lodge a police report.

In an interview with Malaysiakini yesterday, the doctor said contrary to certain media reports, he merely asked Saiful to go to a government hospital.

He also said that Saiful did not mention the name of the person who allegedly sodomised him.

The 23-year-old former aide of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has accused the 61-year-old politician of sodomising him.

On June 28, Osman had examined Saiful hours before he filed a police report against Anwar after undergoing another examination at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Osman’s medical report, which found no evidence of sodomy, was later leaked to the media and the doctor has stood by his findings.

Below is the transcript of the interview:

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Doc defends his sodomy examination

Doc defends his sodomy examination

Malaysiakini news and interview, Beh Lih Yi | Sep 5, 08

Contrary to what his employer Pusrawi Hospital has claimed, Dr Mohd Osman Abdul Hamid insisted that he performed a sodomy-related examination on Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan on June 28.


dr mohamed osman abdul hamid pusrawi hospital saiful bukhari azlan anwar ibrahim sodomy 2 interview 040908 05In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini yesterday, the Burmese physician said the procedure known as the ‘per-rectal examination’ is a ‘must know’ for doctors.

“Every doctor knows how to do it, that is a normal practice. (One doesn’t) need to be a specialist for that examination,” added the father of three, explaining in detail how the test is done.

The doctor made his first public appearance yesterday after ‘missing’ for more than a month since his medical report, which ruled out that Saiful was sodomised, was leaked to the media.

Following this, Pusrawi Hospital stated that Osman did not conduct a sodomy-related check on the patient

Saiful, 23, had accused his former employer Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomising him and the matter is being heard in court.

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Obama, please borrow your dream for Old Burma

Burmanized part of the article ‘I have a dream’ by Sim Kwang Yang | Aug 30, 08 from Malaysiakini

In the past week, numerous orators in the American Democratic Convention have made reference to the fact that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech made by Martin Luther King. Meanwhile, they proceeded to nominate an African-American to be a presidential candidate for the first time in their history. 

bill hilarry clinton campaign 061007 obamaIt must be noted that King’s dream is

  • not a dream only for Afro-American dream;
  • it was meant to be the reformulation of the American dream.

Barrack Osama’s (Correction : should be Obama) campaign is run entirely on

  • an appeal towards reviving
  • and reinventing this American dream,
  • rather than succumbing again to Bush’s past campaign of xenophobic fear.

Back in Burma, we have Burmese dreams, Burmese Muslims’ dreams, Burmese Chinese dreams, Shan, Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Rohingya and Ethnic Minorities’ dreams. We have as many dreams as there are ethnic communities, thanks to the 60 years of race based politics. So where is the one Myanmar / Burma dream to unite and define our polyglot citizens into one proud people.

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The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has slammed the blocking of the Malaysian popular blog site

  The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has slammed

the blocking of the Malaysian popular blog site

Malaysiakini news
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders ranks Malaysia 124 out of 169 on its worldwide press freedom index, and says the main media are “often compelled to ignore or to play down the many events organised by the opposition”.

The government has previously threatened that bloggers could be punished under draconian internal security laws which provide for detention without trial.

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has slammed the blocking of the popular blog site.

“The commission (MCMC) is going against the national commitments spelt out under the Bill of Guarantee of the Multimedia Super Corridor, which promises no censorship of the Internet,” said CIJ executive director V Gayathry.

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Malaysiakini: Malaysia Today blocked! Order from MCMC

Malaysiakini: Malaysia Today blocked! Order from MCMC

Controversial online portal Malaysia Today had its access blocked by the country’s largest internet service provider (ISP) TMnet. 

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief operating officer Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi confirmed that the block was ordered by the commission. 

The domain name – – has been unaccessible to TMnet subscribers since yesterday evening as a result of the blockage – known technically as ‘DNS blackhole list’.

TMnet subscribers however can still access the website by typing in Malaysia Today‘s IP address or an alternative web address in their web browsers.

Read all and update after contributing to Malaysiakini:

Renaissance of DSAI, the Teflon man

Renaissance of DSAI, the Teflon man 

DSAI’s enemies ‘pressured’ the ‘Permatang Pau doctors’ to issue a ‘doctored political death certificate’, attempting to bury him alive (politically) although he was never politically died.

Bravo PP voters, congratulations for the successful resuscitation of our beloved hero, your prided proverbial son.

Now virtually resurrected, (politically) Teflon man DSAI is, Insya Allah, on the way to concur Putra Jaya.

 Read Malaysiakini news here at, Anwar to be sworn in tomorrow.”

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