Zahid: Accept Federal Court’s decision


MO,20/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: All parties should abide by he Federal Court’s latest ruling pertaining to the redelineation exercise by the Election Commission (EC). Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the home minister, said all quarters especially political parties should accept the decision which was reached based on the country’s law and constitution.

“We should abide by the ruling and follow-up measures should be taken by the EC. The government will abide by any ruling meted out by the court,” Zahid told a Press conference today after a soft-launch of the international exhibition on National Security for Asia. Also present was Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and deputy home ministers Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and Datuk Masir Kujat.

The Federal Court yesterday held that the EC recommendations for a redelineation exercise in parliamentary and state constituencies were not amendable to judicial review. Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif, who chaired a three-man bench, said the EC’s action in its redelineation exercise was actions that did not bind parties and as such was not amendable to judicial review.

He said this in his decision to dismiss two applications brought by two DAP members of Parliament from Perak and seven voters from Melaka to get leave of the Federal Court to appeal against the appellate court’s decisions which did not rule in favour of them in respect of their judicial review.

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Sabah Water Dept scandal: March 20 decision for revision applications of ex-deputy director


MO,20/2/2018,KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here has fixed March 20 for the decision on an application of review by former Sabah Water Department deputy director Teo Chee Kong, who was charged with money laundering. Judge Datuk Nurchaya Arshad set the date and instructed both prosecution and defence teams to file their submissions on March 6.

She also fixed Feb 27 for the prosecution team to submit their affidavit in reply after deputy public prosecutor Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman, who represented Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) requested for more time. Early this month, Teo applied for three criminal revision applications, through his counsels, to the court. The revisions were against the refusal of Session Court Judge (Abu Bakar Manat) to recuse himself from hearing the trial and Teo’s objection to the Session Court’s order for a joint trial with three other accused.

Teo also filed a notice of motion on the production of documents and CCTV footages, which were dismissed by the Session’s court judge. Speaking to reporters outside the court, Tengku Amir Zaki said Teo had requested for MACC to return the seized income tax return documents dated from 2004 and 2005. “We object to this and the court has fixed March 20 to decide whether session court judge (Abu Bakar) will be recused and trial will be conducted seperately,” he said.

Teo was represented by a team of counsels led by Roland Cheng and assisted by Ram Singh. Last month, the Sessions Court initially fixed Feb 21, 22, and 23 for joint trial dates for Teo, former SWD director Awang Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, Mohd Tahir’s wife Fauziah Piut and retired department deputy director Lim Lam Beng. The trial has since been postponed to an undetermined date.

Teo, on December 13 last year claimed trial to 146 charges of money laundering involving RM32.93 million. All charges were under Section 4(1)(a) and Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001. In October 2016, Teo and Mohd Tahir were remanded by MACC to assist probe on mishandling of funds for water infrastructure projects in this State before being released on bail. On Dec 29, 2016, Mohd Tahir and Fauziah pleaded not guilty to 31 money-laundering charges involving RM59.1 million, as well two counts of possessing 575 pieces of jewellery and 346 other valuable items, acquired through illegal means.


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‘Decision opens door for discussion of Clause 88A’


MO,30/1/208, PETALING JAYA: The Federal Court’s landmark decision on unilateral conversion of children could open the door for discussion of Clause 88A, which was removed from the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2017 (LRA). Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (pic) said the Cabinet will be briefed on the apex court’s decision soon. The Government had withdrawn an earlier version of the LRA Bill to remove the proposed new Clause 88A in August, following criticism from several groups.

The Bill was eventually passed with several amendments which, among others, allow either spouse in cases where one party has converted to Islam, to have the marriage dissolved in civil courts. Clause 88A stated that the religion of the child “shall remain as the religion of the parties to the marriage prior to the conversion” and that the child can, after turning 18 and with the consent of both parents, convert to Islam.

Azalina, who is in charge of law, said in a statement: “In line with the development following the judgment, that has overtaken previous decisions (on unilateral conversion), I will bring the matter to the Cabinet’s attention.” She urged all parties to respect the decision. “I believe the decision had taken into account the harmony of our multicultural society and that parents have equal rights as stated under the Guardianship of Infants Act 1961.”


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Leaders: Decision on HSR will be transparent


MO,17/1/2018. The decision on who will win the bid for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project will be made in an open and transparent manner and based on many conditions, including reliability and the track record of bidders. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a systematic evaluation process was necessary.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak after their retreat here, Lee said it was not unusual to evaluate a range of factors in a complex project. “It is not just the price but the reliability, the condition of financing, the track record and your confidence in the company over what they have done elsewhere.

“There is a process. In the end, there is a judgment which we will do rapidly but the process is transparent and open. “I think people will have confidence that this is a judgment made in good faith and without prejudice to any party and without intending to favour any side,” he said. “When you have a competition, you must have a winner and a non-winner,” he said.

The leaders were asked on the criteria to decide on the company for the project following Nikkei Asean Review report saying the Japanese government would help a Japanese corporate consortium win a bid for the HSR project. The report said there were plans to provide financial support through a public-private fund. The Malaysian and Singaporean governments started a bidding process last month for the project, which sets out to build a 350km rail line to cut travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes.

Najib said the assessment would be comprehensive and not just a matter of technicalities and cost. “It will also take into account the longevity of the project, maintenance cost and especially local content. “It is important to maximise local content so that people will see that the project will have tangible benefits even during the construction period,” he added.

Both leaders expressed happiness that the good relations in the last few years had resulted in productive results and would look at new areas of cooperation to move the agenda forward. On water, both leaders agreed that it was becoming critical for Johor and Singapore with increasing demand and new development areas like Iskandar. “Malaysia will look into Singapore’s proposal on a joint hydrometric modelling study of the Johor River to examine measures to conserve Linggiu Reservoir stock,” he said.

The leaders, in their joint statement, reaffirmed the importance of undertaking the necessary measures to ensure reliable and adequate water supply from the Johor River as provided for in the 1962 Water Agreement. Both countries also affirmed the terms of the 1962 Water Agreement, under which Singapore is given the full and exclusive right to draw up to a maximum of 250 million gallons of water per day from the Johor River.


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North Korea denounces Trump Jerusalem decision

PYONGYANG: North Korea’s Foreign Ministry denounced US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision on Saturday (December 9), the state-run television KRT reported.

The North Korean foreign ministry statement said Trump’s decision was and insult to the international legitimacy and the global consensus on the issue and that the US should take full responsibility over the consequences of the decision.

Trump’s announcement on Wednesday (December 6) has infuriated the Arab world and upset Western allies. The status of Jerusalem has been one of the biggest obstacles to a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians for generations.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital. Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future independent state of their own.

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Jerusalem as Israels capital Malaysia wants US to reconsider its decision


Malaysia is extremely concerned at reports that the United States has announced its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Such a decision would put to an end all efforts made towards a resolution of Palestinian question. It would have grave repercussions not only towards the security and stability of the region, but would inflame sentiments, making efforts to combat terrorism all the more difficult. 

Malaysia reaffirms that the issue of Jerusalem is at the core of the Palestinian cause and request that all Member States of the United Nations not to recognise any changes in the pre-1967 borders, including in connection with Jerusalem.

Any attempts to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, establishing or transferring any diplomatic mission to the city, are considered aggression not only against the Arab and Islamic Ummah, but are also infringements on the rights of Muslims and Christians alike.

It is also an infringement on the Palestinian people’s national rights, including their right to self-determination, and a grave breach of the international law along with the Security Council’s relevant resolutions: namely Resolutions No. 252 (1968), 267 (1969), 465, 476 and 478 (1980), including the recent Resolution 2334 (2016).

Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not a recognition of the reality on the ground; it is an expression of support for Israeli policies, much of which is in contravention of the international law. Might cannot be right.

The United States must reconsider its decision.


7 December 2017

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