Saturday, December 8, 2018

Anti-ICERD Rally in Kuala Lumpur - Dec 8, 2018

Today is a Saturday. On a normal Saturday, Kuala Lumpur would be bustling with activity, Saturday being a rest day for office workers and currently being the annual year-end school holiday. There are lots for the family to do in the city, places to take the children - for recreation, entertainment, food, the works.

But not today. KL is the venue to today's anti-ICERD rally.

The picture below, compliments of The Star, shows the road fronting Dataran Merdeka closed to vehicular traffic.


Many businesses in the vicinity have decided to close for business today in view of the crowd, estimated to be 500,000.

And the Prime Minister tells those attending anti-Icerd rally to celebrate democracy, not cause chaos.

The anti-Icerd rally will take place from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday (Dec 8) along Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur.

ICERD stands for International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination , It is a United Nations convention. The Convention commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races.

Malaysia is one of the nations that has yet to ratify it. The PM confirmed about a week ago that Malaysia will not ratify it. Despite that, the rally is still being called.


Ironically, a Suhakam-organised rally to celebrate Human Rights Day scheduled for today as well had been advised to be called off. It is later announced that it will take place tomorrow. Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on December 10.

Follow the rally LIVE..

Friday, August 31, 2018

Malaysia National Day, August 31

Today, Malaysia celebrates her 61st National Day.


This is the very first National Day celebration for the new government, Pakatan Harapan after a resounding victory on May 9 of the former Barisan National government who had been the single party running the country the past 60 years.

'Merdeka' is truly fitting this year. Merdeka is the local Malay word for independence.

Let's all have A Happy National Day!


Image source: MSN.com

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Former PM Najib to be charged in Court today

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was arrested yesterday and was detained at the MACC in Kuala Lumpur. He is to be charged in court today.


According to The Star, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to face several charges for committing offences under two Acts, sources said.

Chronology of events this morning:

Highly placed sources at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mission (MACC) said Attorney General Tommy Thomas is expected to lead the prosecution team and Najib will be brought to court about 8.30am.

8.25am: Najib arrives at Jalan Duta Courts complex

8.05am: More than a dozen police personnel are stationed outside the Sessions Court where Najib is expected to be charged. They instruct reporters to register a representative per publisher, due to limited seats in the courtroom.

6.55pm: Court gates open to allow a convoy of police vehicles to enter. Police officers from the canine unit are also seen inspecting the car park and courts complex, while officers use metal detectors on nearby plant pots and garbage bins.

You can follow updates on The Star.

The former prime minister would be represented by senior lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.


Source: The Star

Further updates:
Najib's arrest makes headlines around the world
Najib charged with criminal breach of trust
Najib charged with getting RM42mil bribe to approve RM4bil loan from pension fund to SRC (updated)
It's 7 vs 11 in Najib's trial
Najib pleads not guilty (Live Updates)
12.43pm: The court has fixed 19 days for trial between February and March next year (Feb 18 - 28; March 4 - 8, March 11 - 15, 2019) to hear Najib's case.

12.32pm: Aug 8 fixed for case management.

12.24pm: Court granted Shafee's request for an interim gag order against both digital and print media from discussing merits of the case.

11.53am: Bail for Najib fixed at RM1mil in cash and two sureties. He will also surrender both his normal and diplomatic passports. Najib's lawyer says bail payment of RM500,000 will be made today and the balance of RM500,000 be made before 3pm on Monday.




Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pakatan Wins, Forms the new Government after GE14

Source: Malaysiadreamnews.com

Malaysia is making her own history. A new era has begun.

After nearly 61 years of rule by the same party since independence in 1957, today, May 10, 2018, marks the first day of rule by the other party (the Opposition until yesterday), the day of the General Election (GE14).

The results show a shocking turnaround. Almost all west coast states of the peninsula with the exception of Perlis, switched to the Opposition.

On the east coast, Pahang remains a BN stronghold. PAS the Islamist Party has managed to retain Kelantan and has even managed to wrest Terengganu from BN. What a change it will be for Terengganu. By the way, Club Med is located in Terengganu, so is the popular tourist island resort of Perhentian.

Over in Borneo, Sabah saw a hung assembly with 29 seats to BN and 29 seats to the Opposition parties combined. This makes a third party Sabah STAR party the kingmaker garnering 2 seats. Sabah STAR decided to go with BN giving BN a simple majority to rule Sabah.

Kedah and Perak also face a similar fate - a hung assembly.

Sarawak remains under BN.

Bottomline..

- the Opposition has won in Penang (retained) Kedah, Perak, Selangor (retained), Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johore, the southernmost state neighbour to Singapore. And tied in Sabah.

- BN retains Perlis, the northernmost state, Pahang and Sarawak.

- PAS, the Islamist Party, added Terengganu to the retained Kelantan.

To give you a better picture of where the states are, here is a map of Malaysia.

Source: Ontheworldmap.com



For detail GE results..

Thursday and Friday declared public holiday.


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Malaysia Boleh! Malaysia can do it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

GE14 - Malaysian General Election

Malaysians go to the Polls today, May 9. Booths open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

Below depicts a typical polling station. Schools double as polling stations during General Elections which take place every five years.

Source: The Star

The Election Commission said voter turnout was at 55 percent out of the total 14,449,200 voters in GE14 as of 1pm.