March 8th, 2011
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"Parlimen 50 Tahun" Simpang Dari Sejarah Sebenar!

Oleh Faisal Mustaffa

Usaha Parlimen Malaysia menerbitkan Parlimen 50 Tahun, buku yang memperingati ulang tahun Parlimen ke-50 pada 2010, amat disanjungi. Tetapi kandungannya mengelirukan fakta sejarah dan semangat demokrasi berparlimen. Cetakannya juga tidak kemas — untuk sesuatu yang sepatutnya menjadi dokumen rasmi yang bersejarah.

Buku ini (yang diedarkan kepada senator-senator dan wakil rakyat di Parlimen, serta agensi kerajaan) menghuraikan latar belakang sejarah penubuhan Dewan Rakyat dan Dewan Negara, di samping institusi perundangan (yang wujud lebih awal sebelumnya), sebagai pencapaian yang amat signifikan dalam evolusi sistem demokrasi berparlimen di negara kita — tetapi fakta-fakta biasa dan tidak rumit tidak dilampirkan.

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March 4th, 2011
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NEWSFEED: 4 Mar 2011

It’s the weekend! Woot! But, before we head there, the news:

  • Dr M rejects the notion that Malays are also immigrants — saying that people of Arab, Indian, or Indonesian origin become constitutional Malays through assimilation. Hang on. Hasn’t he just proved the idea that Malays are a people with a migrant ancestry? (The Malaysian Insider)
  • Deputy PM Muhyiddin Yassin: “Stop complaining, poor Sabahans! You’re not starving!” (“Also, yes, actually the BN government has done a poor job in Sabah.”) (Free Malaysia Today)
  • Interesting twist in the “religious conversion of minors” issue: the Penang Islamic Religious Department has reversed the conversion to Islam of a 17-year-old girl, saying that a guardian’s consent was necessary. (The Star)

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March 3rd, 2011
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NEWSFEED: 3 Mar 2011

Hello dear Malaysians (dan lain-lain):

  • Last year, the top 40 richest people in Malaysia increased their fortunes by 18%, to RM186.3bil. Meanwhile, a third of our households survive with under RM2,000 per month. (The Malaysian Insider)
  • Has your elected rep died? Awesome! This means there’ll be a by-election, and the BN ruling coalition will have many gifts for you! Surprising that people aren’t purposely causing their reps “accidents”. (Free Malaysia Today)
  • It’s cool to hate on Interlok! There National Interlok Action Team (NIAT) claims that Abdullah Hussain’s novel is against Islam — but doesn’t explain how. (Malaysiakini)

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March 1st, 2011
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NEWSFEED: 1 Mar 2011

It’s a new month!

  • Former Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy has been charged with cheating in the PKFZ scandal. He’s claimed trial. Justice is sooo slllooowwww … Hopefully, it won’t be denied. (The Star)
  • Opposition to the KL MRT megaproject continues, with Kajang residents saying that it’ll make their traffic jams worse. (The Malaysian Insider)
  • The treatment of the peaceful HINDRAF protest last Sunday, in which the police arrested 108 people, smacks of double standards. What were the authorities doing at the cow-head protest in 2009, for example? Also: MIC defends the cops. (Malaysiakini)

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February 25th, 2011
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Kenapa Kes Tembak Mati Polis Berterusan?

sehingga meragut nyawa. Modus operandinya sama: yakni, “bagi menyelamatkan diri”.

Tetapi, apabila dikaji mengenai satu-satu kes, mangsa yang ditembak mati rupanya remaja belasan tahun — contohnya, kes Aminulrasyid Amzah. Allahyarham adik Aminulrasyid, seorang remaja berusia 15 tahun, maut ditembak di bahagian kepala pada 26 April 2010 yang lepas.

Adakah logik bagi fikiran waras menerima alasan remaja seperti ini akan bertindak ganas dengan melawan, sehingga perlu ditembak di kepala?

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