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KUALA LUMPUR: Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s proposal that a Malay-only version of Low Yat Plaza be opened in Kuala Lumpur is clearly a policy of racial segregation, said DAP’s Teresa Kok.

The Seputeh MP harshly condemned Ismail Sabri’s suggestion, saying that such a move showed him to be opposed to the prime minister’s concept of 1Malaysia.

“How could he have mooted such an idea which is clearly a policy of racial segregation? Where will the country be heading if such a policy is adopted?” she asked.

“Is he (then) going to set up Plaza 3 for Indians, Low Yat 4 for Ibans, Low Yat 5 for the KDMs (Kadazandusun Murut) and Low Yat 6 for the Orang Asli?”

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It is shocking and in fact unbelievable that Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has proposed that a Malays-only version of Low Yat Plaza be opened in Kuala Lumpur; nearly a month after a racial scuffle broke out at the popular computer and electronics mall.

He said that the proposed store, suggested to be located on the third floor of the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) Headquarters along Jalan Raja Laut, which he called Low Yat 2, would only allow Malay traders to set up shop.

How could he have mooted such an idea which is clearly a policy of racial segregation? Where will the country be heading if such a policy is adopted?

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I was invited to be the VIP to officiate the opening of the 40th anniversary Celebration Concert of Seremban Chung Hua High School Alumni Choir at MBPJ Auditorium on 9th August 2015.

Seremban Chung Hua High School is an independent school, and I completed my secondary education there.

In my speech, I expressed my appreciation to the conductor of the choir, Mr Chew Hock Ping (周扬平 ). He is the founder and the leader of the choir, he is the one who brought fame to Seremban Chung Hua High School and to the choir in Malaysia. Most of the ex-Chung Hua students are very proud of the choir and his contributions.

Recently he was awarded the “Longest performing choral conductor in Malaysia” by Malaysia Book of Records. Mr Chew deserves the award as he has been a choir conductor for 42 years.

The performance that night was very interesting. The programme included the performance of Jeju Chamber Chorale from Korea, as well as choir and guitar performance by the team from Tarrega Guitar House.

I enjoyed the performance of the night very much. I suggested to the alumni to do better publicity in the coming concert, so that more people can enjoy the excellent musical performance. Malaysia has talents!!


KUALA LUMPUR: DAP elder statesman Lim Kit Siang wonders why newly-minted Director of Strategic Communications, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, was out of the blue breathing panic and fear. “Is he afraid that the Najib government where he had swiftly ascended in power and influence may suddenly collapse like a house of cards?”

He was commenting on Abdul Rahman Dahlan, also Housing and Local Government Minister, virtually declaring on Tuesday that Sabah and Sarawak, as the backbone of Barisan Nasional (BN), must first be consulted before the Prime Minister can be changed.

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Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan says he will leave it to the MACC to determine why RM2.6 billion was deposited into the prime minister's bank account. – The Malaysian Insider pic byNajjua Zulkefli, August 11, 2015.

Sabah and Sarawak must be consulted before there is any move to change the prime minister, as both states are the backbone of Barisan Nasional (BN), Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said today.

The Sabah BN secretary warned that there would be dire consequences if Datuk Seri Najib Razak was unseated without taking into account the feelings of East Malaysia.

“I’m from Sabah. Changing the prime minister is not only the business of the people from the peninsula. Mind you, we are the backbone of BN. Has anyone asked the component parties?

“If you push this through without considering the feelings of the people of Sabah and Sarawak, there will be ramifications,” Rahman told a press conference after the pre-launch of the Malaysia Day Ride 2015 at PWTC in Kuala Lumpur.
Rahman added that no other prime minister had contributed to Sabah and Sarawak as much as Najib had.

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I attended the funeral service to pay last respect to Philip Mok (莫绍南), the founder and administrator of Rumah Victory (得胜之家)located at Bukit Kuchai, Puchong.

I know Philip Mok for quite some time as he has set up a few shelter homes for the orphans and old folks in Old Klang Road and Puchong areas. Besides, he has also founded a few Christian rehabilitation centers for the drug addicts in a few states.

Philip Mok was a drug addict when he was young. It was Christianity that changed his life, and motivated him to set up drug addict rehabilitation centers to help the drug addicts to lead a new life, and shelter homes for the poor and needy base on the teaching of Christianity.

I understand that he has set up 12 shelter homes throughout the country. He has told me once that he needs to spend minimum RM80,000 per month to pay for the expenses of all these centers. I got a shock to hear that as it is not easy to raise so much fund to maintain this social enterprise.

Philip Mok died of liver cancer. It was quite a shock for many of us when we received the news few days ago as he looked healthy.

Dear Philip Mok, you have fought a good fight in your life, you have touched and changed many lives. We thank you for your service for the community. I believe you will be rewarded greatly by the Maker and the Lord as you enter into His Kingdom.

RIP, Philip Mok.




Pengarah Bahagian Operasi Khas Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin (kanan) dan Pengarah Komunikasi Strategik SPRM Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob tidak dipindahkan ke Jabatan Perdana Menteri, lapor portal. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider, 10 Ogos, 2015.

Pengarah Bahagian Operasi Khas Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin dan Pengarah Komunikasi Strategik SPRM Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob tidak akan dipindahkan ke Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM).

Perkara itu disahkan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim kepada The Malaysian Insider.

Ketua Setiausaha Negara Tan Sri Ali Hamsa dalam satu kenyataan kemudiannya menjelaskan, keputusan itu dibuat selepas satu perjumpaan dengan kedua-dua pegawai itu yang turut dihadiri Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Tan Sri Zabidi Zainal.

“Kedua-duanya memberikan penjelasan mengenai tindakan mengeluarkan kenyataan media.

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Having been severely attacked over the 1 MDB scandal and the USD700 million deposits in the Prime Minister’s personal bank accounts, the government has resorted to desperate moves of blocking whistleblower site Sarawak Report, suspending The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily. The Police have applied for arrest warrant against the Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak has also tried to divert attention from the 1 MDB scandal by talking about political funding reform.

Yesterday, he has called for open warfare with the imaginary DAP’s Red Bean Army online, urging Umno members to flood the Internet in a war of words to counter what he viewed as “false views” about the party and himself.

This latest revival of the Umno-MCA grandfather’s story of Red Bean Army is just another desperate move by Najib to divert attention from the 1MDB woes that he, his cronies and 1MDB are facing.

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