Monday, September 1, 2014

Rare earth plant protestor sees ugly side of Malaysia at KLIA

Sydney-based activist Natalie Lowrey (left) was detained in June for protesting against the Lynas plant in Kuantan. – File pic by Keow Wee Loong, September 2, 2014.Sydney-based activist Natalie Lowrey (left) was detained in June for protesting against the Lynas plant in Kuantan. – File pic by Keow Wee Loong, September 2, 2014.
It was not quite the warm welcome anyone would expect during Visit Malaysia Year 2014.
Sydney-based anti-rare earth plant campaigner Natalie Lowrey saw the ugly side of Malaysia yesterday when she was detained by the Immigration Department – she was not given food or water or allowed to book a flight back to Australia.
To top it all, despite the New Zealand citizen asking repeatedly, the Immigration Department could not give any reason why they were not allowing her into the country.
Speaking from Bali where she was forced to fly to, Lowrey related her experience to The Malaysian Insider on how she was treated by immigration officers and how that had only steeled her resolve to continue fighting for Lynas to stop its Malaysian operations.
She said that when she had asked the Immigration officers for water to drink, they had told her that "they did not have any water" and told her to get her own water and food.
"The problem with this is that where I was being kept, there was nothing. No drinks vending machine. I only got a bottle of water from Air Asia when I was handed over to them to get on the flight to Bali at 10.30am on Monday," she said of her overnight ordeal at the KLIA2, which lasted 14 hours.
From Bali, Lowrey took the flight back to Sydney last night.
Lowrey added that her requests to buy an air ticket directly back to Sydney from KLIA2 was also denied, as the immigration insisted she must return to Bali, simply because they did not believe her when she told the immigration officers that she is a permanent resident in Australia.
“How do we know that you really live in Sydney? I kept telling them I live in Sydney. But they refused to allow me to buy a ticket back to Australia and insisted I return to Bali which is where I had flown to Kuala Lumpur from,” said Lowrey who holds a New Zealand passport but is a permanent resident in Australia.
Australia and New Zealand citizens do not require visas as they are part of the Commonwealth, of which Malaysia is a member.
She said that she was surprised that she was blacklisted by the police and not the Immigration, adding that even the Immigration officers appeared "perplexed" about this but still refused to allow her in.
Lowrey said following her arrest and release in June over a peaceful protest demanding Lynas to close down its operations of the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (Lamp), in Kuantan, she had asked the police in Kuantan if she would be allowed back into the country.
"They told me there should be no problem but that was the Kuantan police," she said.
Lowrey said that when she was denied entry upon arrival on Sunday night, her lawyer Farhana Halim had come to KLIA2 but was not allowed to meet her and only managed to talk to her on her cell phone.
She said her visit this time was to show solidarity for the 15 other local activists who were detained with her in June and were being tried in the Kuantan court today.
She was also scheduled to travel to other parts of Malaysia, including Penang, to meet up with friends and other activists during her planned three-week stay here, adding that she "loved Malaysia, its people, food and culture".
Lowrey said however that this episode would not deter her from continuing her work, not only on the "Stop Lynas" campaign, but against the broader challenge in pressuring governments to stop their intimidation tactics in criminalising communities that speak out against environmental concerns in their neighborhoods.
She also hoped that Lynas Corporation Ltd  would not be given a permanent licence once its temporary operating licence (TOL) expires at midnight today.
The Australian mining company chose Malaysia for its operations following generous incentives including pioneer status and a 12-year tax holiday. It employs some 300 personnel in its Kuantan facility.
Lowrey added that while she was determined to appeal against her blacklisting, her immediate priority was to get back to Sydney and continue her activism work, especially on the current situation at the Lynas plant in Kuantan.
She is also fighting for the gag order on the 15 activists facing trial to be lifted.

Awas, kemungkinan ada kes culik di Rembau

Pagi tadi jam 6.55 pagi Selasa 2 Sept 2014 saya menerima panggilan telefon dari ibu saya. Katanya ketika anak lelaki saya yang tingkatan 2 sedang menunggu van kawan saya untuk ke sekolah di luar rumah, ada sebuah van muncul seakan-akan van yang biasa membawa dia ke sekolah.

Keadaan tak berapa terang lagi, apabila anak saya menghampiri van tersebut, dia dapati van tersebut bukan van yang selalu ambil dia. Dia berpatah balik, sejurus kemudian van yang biasa ambil anak saya datang di belakang van misteri tadi.

Van misteri tadi terus memecut lari dari tempat tersebut. Saya mengesahkan dengan pemandu van yang mengambil anak saya, memang betul ada van bewarna gelap, seakan model Ford Econovan yang lama.

Saya tidak pasti samada ini adalah kemungkinan kes culik. InsyaAllah saya akan membuat laporan polis walaupun maklumat lengkap tidak dapat diperolehi kerana keadaan gelap.

Lepas ini saya akan suruh anak saya tunggu dalam pintu pagar bukan luar pintu pagar untuk menunggu van ke sekolah.

Harap semua ibu bapa dan pelajar berhati-hati. Kes culik sekarang tak mengenal mangsa, orang dewasa pun mereka boleh culik, inikan pula budak lelaki sekolah menengah.

Pesanan saya kepada Menteri Dalam Negeri, tolonglah jangan arahkan polis siasat Unit Amal atau Jabatan Amal, terlalu banyak kes jenayah sekeliling kita. Dato Menteri ada “body guard” , “body guard” kita hanya ALLAH.

“Saya Cuma Tukar Agama,Tidak Tukar Bangsa” - Sophea Ng, 佩琼

KAlhamdulillah.. bertambah seorang lagi saudara seagama kita. Admin tabik dan hormat pada beliau. Baca apa yg dia tulis tentang nama cina pada IC tapi agama islam. 

Assalammualaykum to my dearest readers
Ok today.. my blog is regarding my name
. last month I went to collect my identity card from JPN. Alhamdulillah , it was done after such a long process.
Then..suddenly I recall an incident that happened when I was attending a talk regarding Shalat. This talk was registered by my boss from my working place ( All Praise to Allah, my boss sayang me so much and she reserved this ceramah agama seat for me )

So I was searching my name on the attendance sheet…… and I found this :
Sophea Ng bt Abdullah
Hmm…. Since when my father become Abdullah?
Then I took my pen and draw a line on the name, and I wrote my name beside it — Ng Pooi Kheng.
And then there was a pretty lady ( the person incharged of the attendance ) looked at me with a very unusual eye sight and asked :
“ ni ke nama betul?”
“ya Cik , ni nama saya.” I answered.
“eh.. betul ke ?” she asked again.
“ ya Cik.” I answered again , with a big wide smile *wink* ,

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Hmmm….. lots people still dunno that it is not compulsory to change the name after someone embrace Islam.
I was once asked by someone :
XX :“ tahniah dah masuk Islam.. nama baru ?”
ME : “oh… saya takde nama baru.”
XX : “yang orang lain dok panggil Sophea tu?”
ME : “ooh tu nama panggilan. Dalam IC tak tukar.”
XX : “ekk apasal pulak? Kena lah tambah bt Abdullah kat belakang.”
ME : “yea boleh kalau nak tambah BT ABDULLAH.. tapi kalau x tambah pun takpe. Tak wajib.”
XX : “ ehhh kenalah tambah. Ng Pooi Kheng tu nama orang cina. Dah masuk Islam kena tukar nama , baru lar orang lain tau dah tukar agama.”
ME : “ Saya tukar agama , tapi saya tak tukar bangsa.”

Don’t worry , I answered it in a very nice way and smile of course… *ngeeee*

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Ng is my surname — 黄 (huang2)
Pooi Kheng is my name — 佩琼 (pei4 qiong2)
My name roughly means — fine , nice, good things and happiness.
For me…it might not be an Islamic name. but my name was given by my parents. It is just like the first gift they gave me when I was born. I appreciate my name so much.
And again.. embraced Islam doesn’t mean I turn myself into a Malay or Arabian. Not to be racist, but I am sure all of us are proud of our own blood. Same goes to me. I was a Chinese, and the only thing changed is… I am now a Chinese Muslim ( Allah is the Greatest)
Islam is a peaceful religion, that teach and guide us towards the right pathway.
The beauty of Islam should be seen through our attitude, personality, our life, our heart and our soul…. Not through our name.

But anyway…. You can still call me anyway u like.. depends on how close we are
Ng, Angie, Sophea, Sophy, ah kheng, pooi kheng, kheng kheng….et c. hehehe if we are close enough, no matter how u called me,
I will sure recognize you
that’s all I want to share.

Chinese is my root ; Islam is my way of life.
forgive me if my sentences offended anyone. Allah knows the Best.

Lots of love

Sophea Ng, 佩琼。


GETTING READY TO REPLACE 'WEAK' NAJIB? Non-Malays getting arrogant - Zahid

GETTING READY TO REPLACE 'WEAK' NAJIB? Non-Malays getting arrogant - Zahid
KUALA LUMPUR - Malays are paying the price for being kind to non-Malays, said Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said non-Malays are getting increasingly arrogant and are insulting the bumiputras, the royalty and Islam.
"We allowed them to be indebted to us without needing them to pay it back; they are now insulting Islam and the Malays under the pretence of democracy, freedom of speech, and globalisation," he said when launching the Umno Segambut divisional meeting today.
He attributed this to the perception that foreign cultural norms are inherently better than Malaysia's, and urged non-Malays to respect the bumiputras.
Ahmad Zahid, who is home minister, also urged Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to expedite high-profile sedition cases to protect the government's credibility and stave off accusations of selective prosecution.
He was responding to Umno Segambut division chief Kamaruddin Ambok's allegation that Malays are being selectively prosecuted while those who insulted Malays, royalty and Islam are escaping quick punishment.
For example, Kamaruddin said, the road rage incident involving Siti Fairrah Ashykin Kamaruddin, otherwise known as Kiki, saw her sentenced in court within eight days of the act while Seputeh MP Teresa Kok is still free.
He was referring to Kok's political satire video "Onederful Malaysia", which was posted on the internet during this year's Chinese New Year celebrations. Kok is facing a sedition charge over the video.
Kamaruddin cited many other cases where non-Malays posted inflammatory comments on the social media and said this is a sign that non-bumiputras in the country are getting increasingly "biadap" and "kurang ajar".
He said this is because the Malay community is divided and weak, and there are now even Malays joining DAP, a multi-racial but majority Chinese opposition party. -Sundaily

NO THIEVES & MURDERERS IN PDRM, RELA TOO? 11 PPS members have criminal records - CPO

NO THIEVES & MURDERERS IN PDRM, RELA TOO? 11 PPS members have criminal records - CPO
GEORGE TOWN - Eleven of the 156 members of the Penang Voluntary Patrol Unit (Pasukan Peronda Sukarela or PPS) arrested on Sunday were found to have criminal records, including one for being a member of a secret society, said Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi.
He said according to police records, the 11 had been involved in intimidation, robbery, theft, culpable homicide not amounting to murder, drugs or offences under the Customs Act.
"Our investigations found one of them, aged 50, to be a member of a secret society and was once detained under the Emergency Ordinance.
"Four of the 156 arrested were tested positive for drugs. The urine samples of the four men, aged between 26 and 64 years, will be sent to the Chemistry Department and police will wait for the report to see whether they were tested positive for drugs due to the medicines they took," he told a news conference, here, yesterday.
On Sunday , police arrested 156 PPS members including its chairman, Phee Boon Poh, who is also state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman, for ignoring warnings not to carry out any of its activities after it was discovered that PPS was an illegal body as it was not registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
Abdul Rahim said 21 of them including seven women were later released on Sunday on police bail while 135 were being remanded until tomorrow after police obtained the remand order.
"We will complete the investigation papers as soon as possible to be sent to the Prosecution Unit head. The investigation papers were opened under Section 43 of the Societies Act 1966."
He said the 156 PPS members arrested on Sunday were aged 18 to 67 years and some were public servants, traders, private sector workers and college students.
Abdul Rahim said following their detention, police seized 154 purple T-shirts and vests and berets worn by them, walkie talkies and their PPS membership cards.
"Police will also take action against all the other PPS members if they don't surrender themselves, and we will investigate. So far, we have the data of more than 30% of the nearly 10,000 PPS members," he noted.
He said police had never received the list of PPS members for security screening before they were recruited, as otherwise claimed by the state government.
Abdul Rahim also denied that the arrests of the PPS members were politically motivated as police had instead acted based on the law because PPS was not registered with ROS. – Bernama

LAWYERS CONCUR: ‘No legal need to give more than one name' to Sultan

LAWYERS CONCUR: ‘No legal need to give more than one name' to Sultan
PETALING JAYA: There is no legal requirement for Pakatan Rakyat component parties to submit more than one nominee for the appointment of the mentri besar post, say legal experts.
Constitutional expert Syahredzan Johan said it is within the legal rights of the respective political parties to submit only one name even though the Sultan had requested for more than one name from each party.
"The request by His Royal Highness should be seen as just that – a request (by him). It is within the legal rights of the parties to submit just one name. They should not be penalised or in any way disadvantaged by their decision to submit just one name.
"If there is one name with the support of the majority, then it is that person who should be appointed as the MB," he added.
Lawyers for Liberty co-founder Eric Paulssen echoed this sentiment, saying that based on convention, it is up to the political parties to decide who they wish to hold the top post "as the individual commands the confidence of the DUN (state assembly)" as per the state's constitution.
Bar Council president Christopher Leong said given the constitutional and legal provisions in appointing an MB, there are no legal consequences or sanctions for the two political parties to face action should they put forward only one name for the Sultan's consideration.
"However, if there are good grounds for the Sultan to doubt or (if he) is not convinced that the single nominee enjoys the confidence of the majority of the state assembly, he would reject the said nomination and request for another," he said. -Sundaily

OMG, THE EXTENT OF HIS TWO-FACEDNESS! Nothing political, says Zahid on PPS

OMG, THE EXTENT OF HIS TWO-FACEDNESS! Nothing political, says Zahid on PPS
KUALA LUMPUR - There is nothing political about the action taken by police against the Penang Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) yesterday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.
"The Inspector-General of Police (Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar) was acting based on the Registrar of Societies' (ROS) declaration that it is an unregistered organisation.
"PPS is not a registered body," said Ahmad Zahid, adding that the home ministry supports the police action against the PPS.
Police herded 154 PPS members off to detention just after they took part in the state-level Independence Day parade at the Esplanade in Penang yesterday, and subsequently arrested State Welfare and Caring Society chairman Phee Boon Poh, who is the PPS coordinator. (Phee was released on police bail today.)
Speaking to reporters after launching Umno Segambut's divisional meeting, Ahmad Zahid said the police had advised PPS about its illegality "many times" since it was formed by the state government in 2011, but it paid no heed to the authorities.
He said that law enforcement and security are the federal government's sole prerogative and state governments have no jurisdiction in these areas.
The home minister added that some PPS members have been acting outside the boundaries of law and intimidating people as if they have police powers.

He advised people who are keen to volunteer and work for the safety of the community to join the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) or RakanCop instead.

Asked by newsmen if the police had overreacted by arresting more than 150 PPS members, Ahmad Zahid retorted: "So how many arrests are acceptable then?"
On Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's intention to challenge Khalid in court, he said: "We will leave it to the court to decide if PPS is legal."
Asked to comment on DAP national adviser Lim Kit Siang and de facto Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's claims that the recent string of sedition charges are the prelude to Ops Lalang 2, Ahmad Zahid dismissed it as mere speculation.
"These are just speculations; you know how they (opposition leaders) like to speculate. People have too much freedom to talk about sensitive issues such as race and religion these days; it is like they are adding fuel to fire," he said when commenting on the charges.
Guan Eng, who condemned the arrests of Phee and the PPS members, believes that the move is the beginning of a major crackdown to threaten the state government.
"If he (Khalid) thinks he's right, then I challenge him to an open debate on the legality of the PPS," said Lim.
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar voiced support for the action taken by police against PPS as its members have uniforms and ranks despite being an unregistered body.
Speaking to reporters at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa after he joined a Zumba session with the people as part of the #FitMalaysia campaign, Khairy said that it is wrong for an unregistered organisation to have uniforms and ranks, and perform such functions as security patrols and controlling traffic.
He added that police had also taken action against a group which operated in Pantai Dalam here, that was similar to PPS as its members also had uniforms and ranks.
"But there is no action taken against PAS' Unit Amal, for instance, because it is registered under PAS. It carries out safety patrols during by-elections but there is no action because it is legitimate.
"This (PPS) is different... it is taking over the duties of the police," he added. -Sundaily