01 May 2014

Hari Pekerja, bantah GST dan MP Teluk Intan meninggal dunia...


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DAP's Teluk Intan MP dies...

DAP's Teluk Intan MP Seah Leong Peng died this morning due to cancer. The 48-year-old's politician’s death was announced by the party on its official Twitter account.

This paves the way for a sixth by-election since the May 5, 2013 general election.

In the 2013 general election, Seah defeated Gerakan's Mah Siew Keong and independent K Moralingam with 7,313 majority in the last general election. Mah is currently Gerakan president.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Seah passed away at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre at about 7.30 am

Ipoh Timur Member of Parliament Thomas Su said Seah was found to be suffering from cancer in February.

"Since then, his condition worsened and he received treatement in Kuala Lumpur," he said.

He said Seah's remains was expected to arrive at his residence in Teluk Intan this afternoon.

The late Seah was also Pasir Bedamar state assemblyman for three terms since 1999. 

Seah also served as the Pasir Bedamar assemblyman in Perak for three terms and was an executive councillor in the short-lived Pakatan Rakyat state government in 2008.

His death is the latest blow to DAP, which lost its Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh in a road accident at KM306.1 of the North South highway near Gua Tempurung on April 17.

The by-election to fill Karpal’s seat has been fixed for May 25 while nomination is set for May 12.mk



Penganjur demonstrasi 1 Mei tidak rancang ‘rempuh’ Dataran Merdeka...

Penganjur Demonstrasi Bantah Kenaikan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) 1 Mei esok memutuskan untuk tidak menjadikan padang Dataran Merdeka sebagai lokasi terakhir himpunan.

Sebaliknya, mereka merancang untuk berkumpul di depan Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad di Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur.

Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu, berkata berdasarkan pertemuan dengan Ketua Polis Daerah Dang Wangi, Zainuddin Ahmad semalam, polis akan memberikan kerjasama dengan menutup Jalan Raja sepanjang perhimpunan itu berlangsung berlangsung.

“Perhimpunan akan bermula pada jam 2 petang esok dan kita tidak akan masuk padang,” katanya pada sidang media di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini.

Mohamad berkata, tiada perarakan akan diadakan sebaliknya peserta perhimpunan akan berjalan secara aman dari empat lokasi utama iaitu tempat berkumpul di Masjid Negara, kompleks beli-belah Sogo, Dataran Maybank dan KLCC menuju ke Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad.

Bertemakan warna merah, beberapa pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat dijangka hadir termasuk Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“Beberapa ucapan akan diadakan dengan membawa beberapa sepanduk berkaitan dengan GST, soal ketirisan dan lain-lain,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Naib Presiden PKR, Tian Chua berkata pihaknya memberi jaminan perhimpunan esok akan berlangsung mengikut lunas undang-undang.

“Kita harap seramai mungkin akan keluar dan menyatakan pendirian tentang GST dan dasar ekonomi yang membebankan rakyat.

“Kita juga ingin menyampaikan penghargaan kepada polis yang mengikut arus sedar tugas utama polis ialah menyediakan kemudahan dan sentiasa bersedia membantu orang awam melaksanakan aktiviti mengikut undang-undang dan hak perlembagaan,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Setiausaha Agung Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), S Arutchelvan, berkata pihaknya dimaklumkan wakil Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (Suhakam) akan memantau perjalanan perhimpunan itu esok.

Katanya, sempena Hari Pekerja, PSM juga akan mewakili 95 NGO berkumpul di KLCC esok untuk menuntut agar GST dibatalkan.

“Ini mesej kepada kerajaan rakyat sudah muak dengan janji menangani isu kos sara hidup tetapi setelah genap setahun kerajaan cuma melaksanakan dasar yang menindas rakyat,” katanya. – mk


"Golongan India pula profesional, peguam dan doktor,” katanya kepada pemberita.

“Sesiapa yang tidak datang ke Malaysia sungguhlah tidak bernasib baik,” tambahnya.

Mahathir juga berkata beliau bersetuju penuh dengan pandangan ahli ekonomi AS Joseph Stiglitz bahawa terhadap jurang ketidaksamarataan di negara kuasa dunia itu.

Obama dalam lawatannya ke Malaysia baru-baru ini berkata, Malaysia tidak akan berjaya jika golongan bukan Islam tidak diberikan peluang sama rata.



Disagreeing with US President Barack Obama, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Chinese and Indians are wealthy and successful in Malaysia.

"In Malaysia, despite our policies, Do you see the Chinese poor? The Indians are professionals, they are lawyers and doctors," he told reporters.

"Those who didn't come to Malaysia are not so fortunate," Mahathir added.

The former prime minister also said that he agreed with American economist Joseph Stiglitz that there is huge inequality in the US.

Obama had ruffled the feathers of certain quarters, when he said that Malaysia would not succeed if non-Muslims are not given equal opportunities.

"I would like you to read Joseph Stiglitz’s book ('The Price to Pay for Inequality').

"He points out that there is no equality in the US at all. One percent owns all the wealth and the rest are poor. That is why there is a group calling themselves the '99' who wants to occupy Wall Street," Mahathir said.


Stiglitz spoke more truth than Obama' 

He reiterated that Stiglitz spoke more truth than Obama, who was the first American president to visit Malaysia in nearly 50 years.

Obama was welcomed with much fanfare when he came to Malaysia last weekend and met the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the prime minister and cabinet ministers.

He also had a town hall dialogue to rally Southeast Asian youth leaders and the civil society movement.

Despite rebuking Obama's recommendations on how to treat minorities, Mahathir did say it was good that a US president had, at least, touched down in Malaysia.

"Obama's visit can only help expose him to Malaysia. I am confident that he has heard much before this but had no clue about what Malaysia is," he said.

To a question on Obama's visit to the National Mosque and royal tombs, he said that he applauded the "very diplomatic" move.

"He's good at winning hearts, that's why he won (the US elections)," Mahathir said. - mk




Police agree to allow May Day rally, with conditions

After several discussions with authorities, the organisers of the anti-goods and services tax (GST) rally scheduled for tomorrow claimed they have been given permission to gather at Jalan Raja, the main road facing Dataran Merdeka.

Organising committee member PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said the participants will don red colour, as a symbol of the struggles of the labour force, while the Jalan Raja road will be closed for the rally scheduled to start at 2pm.

Mohamad Sabu, who is widely known as Mat Sabu, said this was agreed to in his discussions with the Dang Wangi district police chief Zainuddin Ahmad yesterday.

The organisers have also agreed to the police request not to enter Dataran Merdeka and they expect the huge number of participants to flood into to the adjacent Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Raja Laut.

However, Mat Sabu said, the police will not allow the participants to march. They must instead "walk" to Jalan Raja from the four determined gathering locations - Masjid Negara, Sogo departmental store, Dataran Maybank and KLCC.


Meanwhile police will ensure cooperation on their part for a smooth anti-GST rally tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur chief police officer Mohmad Salleh said today.

"Personally, I feel this rally will start and end well," Mohmad said, after four engagement sessions with the rally organisers over the past couple of weeks.

"We have told them that Dataran Merdeka is out of bounds because it is under renovation," he added.

He said that while people are allowed to walk in huge groups from the four gathering points for the rally, they are not allowed to use loudspeakers or chant while proceeding to the rally point.

He estimated there will be 10,000 to 15,000 people participating in the rally tomorrow.

However, Mohmad refused to elaborate if the police still consider the rally illegal.

“Our duty is to enforce the law. We have reached an agreement with the organisers to facilitate the rally,” he said during a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters.

“But whether it is illegal, you can look at the (Peaceful Assembly) Act and make your own interpretations. We are not going to interpret the law,” he said.

He advised the public to “try to avoid” rally converging locations such as KLCC, Sogo, Puduraya, Central Market, and KL Sentral tomorrow so that they do not get caught in crawling traffic.

“The roads will still be open, there is no closure, but then the traffic movement will be slow,” he said.

He urged rally participants not to provoke the police.

“We both (police and participants) have our responsibilities,” he said.

Mohmad said that he has “enough manpower” to deal with the rally tomorrow, without giving away numbers.-mk


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