Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 31

Fuel Prices Further Reduced From Jan 1

The retail prices of RON95 and RON97 petrol will be reduced by 35 sen per litre to RM1.91 per litre and RM2.11 per litre, respectively, effective midnight tonight. Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said the retail price of diesel would also be reduced by 30 sen to RM1.93 per litre. […]

December 30

Going mega in Makkah

The world’s biggest concrete building and tallest hotel, the imposing Makkah Clock Royal Tower, rises 577m into the air and overlooks Masjid Al-Haram and the holy Kaaba. The Arabs can be quite giganormous. For those of us unaware, Kee Hua Chee from The Star has the story – Pilgrims to the recent Haj must have […]

December 24

EPF Says Action Filed Against Perwaja Steel Over Unpaid Contributions

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) today clarified that it had taken legal action, which includes both prosecution and civil suit, against Perwaja Steel (Kemaman) Sdn Bhd (PSSB), and personally against the company directors, for defaulting on their monthly EPF contributions amounting to RM9.17 million for the period between August 2013 and September 2014. In a […]

December 21

Power blackout whistleblower Ani dies

Tenaga man who fell from grace for standing up against govt collusion with power producers. Free Malaysia Today has the story .. KUALA LUMPUR: Power blackout whistleblower Tan Sri Ani Arope, former executive chairman of Tenaga Nasional, died early morning of 20 December from prostate cancer. He was 83. Family, friends and members of the […]

December 19

Foreign activists with an agenda against Sarawak

In the last few years, the Sarawak government of Abdul Taib Mahmud has been defined by two issues – the ambitious plans for industrial and agricultural development, with the rather ugly name SCORE, and the powerful, almost manic voices of the opposition. Taib has been the target of an extraordinary, focused attack, notable for being […]

December 17

UMNO revolt rises against Malaysia PM

Asia Sentinel reports – Mahathir attempt to overthrow Najib may be gaining traction With the filing of a police report late last week by a member of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s own political party, the long knives have appeared in Malaysia, seeking the premier’s scalp over the scandal-ridden state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. […]

December 16

Defaulting employers fined more than RM200,000

A total of RM232,100 in fines had been imposed by the courts against 144 errant employers between July and September 2014, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) said today in its third quarter 2014 (Q3 2014) report. The employers, who defaulted in remitting their employees’ monthly EPF contributions within the stipulated time, were fined under Section […]

More than 25 eminent Malays likely

Twenty-five eminent Malays stood up and spoke. MyMalayBlogger believes there are more. In fact, surely more from the social conversations among the wider thinking among us. BUT here are the thoughts of the 25 recently published. Here is what they have said – WE, a group of concerned citizens of Malaysia, would like to express […]

December 15

Keeping silent not an option for 1MDB

1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s second sovereign wealth fund after Khazanah Nasional Bhd, has been at the centre of a major controversy in respect to the fund’s massive debts, dubious asset deals, and clandestineness over its transactions. It seemed strange why its experienced chairman, board and management, held a cloak of secrecy on its activities. […]

December 13

UMNO Batu Kawan leader lodges police report against 1MDB

While the UMNO assembly can be considered an internal party affair, in reality, the nation considers it more than just an UMNO matter but a matter that affects the entire nation. In short, issues raised are not just the concern of the Malays but Malaysians as a whole. Apart from the opposition, which has described […]

December 10

WHAT! Price of Money Logging book up by 126%

Money Logging, the notorious book by Bruno Manser Fund director Lukas Straumann, has shot up more than twice fold. The book which was originally retailed at Kinokuniya for RM50-00 (see below) is now RM113-34 (see above), up by a whopping 126.68%. Like WHAT!! This is outrageously outrageous. The book is not cast in gold. But […]

December 08

Public Bank employees pried into Salleh’s bank accounts

KUALA LUMPUR — The High Court at Kuala Lumpur before Justice Datuk John Louis O’Hara today heard that aside from a bank clerk from the Jinjang branch, four other bank employees from unrelated divisions at Public Bank Berhad had at about the same time snooped into the private bank accounts of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn […]

December 07

Forged evidence linked to NGO

So, as the reader may already guess, we are unimpressed with the antics of Sarawak Report, Bruno Manser Fund and Global Witness. This is not because we want to deflate the debate on the future of Sarawak, because this debate has huge implications for Malaysia, and the choices are not straightforward. And it is hard […]

December 06

Marks & Spencer is anti palm oil

In the winter of 2010 on a visit to London, this tall standee greeted me as I walked into the food hall of British giant retailer Marks & Spencer. The copy on the standee was clear evidence that this establishment of Jewish heritage had joined the ranks of the American anti palm oil champions to […]

December 06

Not sold here, not sold there

A recent visit to the leading bookstores in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya reveal that the book Money Logging by Lukas Straumann is not readily available. Borders and MPH are not carrying the book. Neither is the largest book store Kinokuniya which had some copies. Last week, it no longer displayed it on the shelves. […]

December 05

Where is Sarawak Report going with Lindsay Lohan? And Paris Hilton?

The most recent article published by Sarawak Report (Lindsay Lohan – The Latest Hollywood Link To 1MDB!) is, apparently, about 1MDB. Certainly, Sarawak Report has written about 1MDB before and, as a website dedicated to political activism, it is understandable that they would take an interest in an important Federal Government initiative. Much is said […]

December 03

An expensive mistake

The interesting dimension to the Bruno Manser Fund’s rant and rage against Amazon for not distributing their book is in the legal detail.  First, one needs to understand that under defamation law, the burden is on the writer/publisher/distributor to prove a statement.  And nobody is going to want to risk their money and reputation in […]

December 03

Amazon withholding delivery

Amazon, the American online retailer, is being criticized for withholding deliveries of a book on Taib Mahmud, the governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Taib, as you will appreciate, is using British law on defamation where he has no advantage. He has no political power to halt the book on the global turf. The […]

December 02

Money Blogging

The media hype for this book was annoying. In the lead-up to its launch in Yokohama, the publishers had stirred the interest of many. It got this reviewer scouring Melbourne book stores for a copy, only to discover that the exclusive mail order company operated out of Canberra and would take some days to ship. […]