CAP urges gov’t not to join UPOV

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) strongly urges the Malaysian government not to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991 (UPOV 1991).
  SM Mohamed Idris

Should sex offenders be monitored?

The question before us is - should a sex offender convicted and who had served his sentence overseas be monitored upon return to Malaysia? This question has received mixed responses. Some felt that he has paid for his crime and that he is a free man. Others felt that taking into account the nature of the offence committed, he should be monitored.
  James Nayagam

MTUC demands justice for workers by declaring 6.4pct EPF dividend

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) invited the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) working committee on Feb 17, 2017 to announce the pre-decided EPF dividend of 5.7 percent for 2016.
  J Solomon, MTUC

UMS and UM should stop disciplinary proceedings

The Malaysia Youth & Students Democratic Movement (Dema) is concerned with the disciplinary actions taken against the students by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Malaya (UM).
  Malaysia Youth & Students Movement (Dema)

When they go low, do we go high?

Like it or not, Donald Trump’s campaign was wildly successful. As Malaysia trudges into election season, there is a thing or two that we need to learn - lest we also be ensnared in demagoguery and fall into the lure of a strongman leader.
  Lim Li Ann

Much ado over a preamble

I use below the same numbering that Dr Chandra Muzaffar does in his letter dated Feb 18, 2017.

‘Abducted’ pastor’s family pleads for his return

My name is Susanna Liew Sow Yoke. I am 61 years old and a housewife.
  Susanna Liew Sow Yoke

Following custodial deaths, cabinet should immediately set up IPCMC

On Jan15, a detainee named Soh Kai Chiok died at the lock-up of the Bera district police headquarters.
  M Kulasegaran

A rejoinder to OMG!

‘Reducing leakages in the delivery of affirmative action’ (Feb 15, 2017) contains some gross errors and inaccuracies which is why I am forced to write a rejoinder.
  Chandra Muzaffar

The explanation on FGV’s performance is perplexing

I find the performance of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) most perplexing as explained by its chairperson, Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (read, ‘FGV’s success not limited to financial performance, says Isa').
  TK Chua

Debunking MMA allegations

We suspect the housemen imbroglio has been a sizzling hot topic of conversation in the many coffee rooms or chat groups of doctors. We can attest that the exchanges in our doctors’ WhatsApp group has been very volatile, even diametrically opposite but undoubtedly soul-searching.
  Musa Mohd Nordin

Mara must stop holding bumiputeras back

Mara is one of the most important and respected institutions in Malaysia. Since its formation in 1966, it has helped countless thousands of bumiputeras succeed in business and industry. But has Mara adapted enough to remain relevant and effective today? Sadly, I don’t think so.
  Syukri Tahir

Taking down of elephant hunting syndicate hailed

The Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (Mycat) congratulates the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (DWNP) and the Malaysian Armed Forces for taking down one of Malaysia’s most wanted elephant hunting syndicates.
  Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (Mycat)

Is motorbike safety the real reason for banning Dego?

The reason cited by Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai for banning Dego - motorcycle safety - is irresponsibly misleading, as he cannot prove Dego riders are more at risk that the average motorcyclist. Instead, the opposite is likely true. The minister must instead tackle the real problem with motorcycle safety, not play political double-standard games with Dego.
  Rajiv Rishyakaran

Bigger vessels needed for safe ferry services

The Royal Malaysian Navy had to deploy KD Terengganu to ferry tourists from Pulau Tioman to Mersing, as the sea was too rough for boats running ferry services.
  CY Ming

Reducing leakages in the delivery of affirmative action

I confess I must be quite obtuse, being simply still unable to understand why making the Rukunegara the preamble to the constitution would change anything. Dr Chandra Muzaffar also kindly confirms that he, Dr Tan Chee Khoon and others have “pushed for a greater emphasis on need”, that it has been espoused by a number of individuals and groups since the 1950s and that such an approach also resonates with Islam.

Willing to destroy mangrove forests for the sake of development?

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with the statement by YB Phee Boon Poh, Penang state exco member for Welfare, Caring Society and Environment quoted in a Malay Daily implying that the state is willing to destroy the mangroves in Bagan Jermal to make way for the implementation of a reclamation project here.
  SM Mohamed Idris

Judges should decide on bail, not the public prosecutor

Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet) is shocked that the public prosecutor may be considering a proposal to deny bail for repeat offenders of small drug-related crimes that carry the penalty of five years’ imprisonment or less.
  Charles Hector

Pragmatic, consultative and inclusive approach on consumers’ right to know

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) urges the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs Ministry to have a more pragmatic, consultative and inclusive approach in promoting consumers’ right to be informed and right to choose. It also urges the return of the 2,003 paint brushes made from pig bristles worth RM10,988.94 confiscated in the raids early this month.
  Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

Hold an RCI into prison ‘brutalities and abuses’

With reference to the latest reported beating up of M Chandran (The Sun, Feb 13, 2017) at the Jawi Prison rendering him unconscious and warranting admission into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and the The Star Online quoting South Seberang Prai police chief Supt Shafee Abdul Samad as saying he “had fallen in the toilet, injuring his head, while his “missing” toenails were because they were removed in the prison clinic due to a skin disease”.
  P Uthayakumar, Hindraf-Human Rights Party Malaysia

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