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Despite disappointment, Singapore hoping to resolve maritime dispute with Malaysia amicably
A Malaysian government vessel was spotted in the waters off Tuas View Extension on Thursday, December 6, 2018. — TODAY pic KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 — Singapore today said it was disappointed that Malaysia did not reposition the latter’s ships back to before a maritime border dispute, but said it looked forward to finding a solution with Malaysia.In responding to the Malaysian government’s statement earlier today, Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Ministry highlighted that its repositioning proposal would not negatively affect either country’s stand.“Malaysia has acknowledged that Singapore’s proposal would have been without prejudice to both sides’ respective positions on the maritime boundary.“Singapore is hence disappointed that Malaysia is unable to accede to Singapore’s proposal to go back to the status quo ante prior to 25 October 2018,” it said in a statement today.Singapore said its officials had made the proposal to Malaysia’s Attorney-General Tommy Thomas during his December 7 meeting with Singapore’s Home Affairs Minister and Law Minister K. Shanmugam and Attorney-General Lucien Wong.Singapore noted that countries could make claims on maritime boundaries under international law according to established procedures, without needing to have ships face off against each other.But Singapore also said it was “encouraged” that the Malaysian government has undertaken to take all effective measures to de-escalate the situation on the ground and handle the situation in a calm and peaceful manner.“Singapore also welcomes the Malaysian Government’s agreement that officials meet in the second week of January 2019, to exchange views on resolving the Johor Bahru Port Limits issue,” the city-state’s foreign affairs ministry said.It went on to repeat its call for Malaysia to switch back Malaysian government vessels’ positions to the status quo before October 25, which it said would avoid misunderstandings.“Malaysia’s deployments in this area will not strengthen its legal claim and can only heighten tensions.“Malaysia will be responsible for any untoward situations on the ground that arise from continued deployment of its vessels into this area,” it said.“The Singapore Government hopes to work with the Malaysian Government to find an amicable resolution of issues between the two countries in accordance with international law, and in the spirit of preserving our important bilateral relationship,” it added.The maritime boundary dispute is said to have started when Malaysia declared on October 25 a change to the limits of the Johor Bahru Port, with Singapore claiming that Malaysian government vessels subsequently encroached into Singapore’s territorial waters off Tuas. [...]
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Lim, explain economy and Icerd
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA leaders are training their guns on Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, asking him to come clean on the state of the economy as well as the stance of DAP over the government’s decision not to ratify the International Con­vention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd). [...]
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Citing confidentiality, Singapore says only released relevant info on Seletar navigation system
Last Tuesday Malaysia sent a protest note to Singapore over the Seletar Airport’s proposed ILS, which would allegedly jeopardise development around Pasir Gudang in Johor. ― TODAY pic KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 — Singapore today said it had only released the relevant documents on an air navigation system for the Seletar Airport in Singapore, and did not release additional letters between Singapore and Malaysia in order to safeguard the confidentiality of the two nations’ discussions.Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) was responding to its Malaysian counterpart’s claim today that it had allegedly “selectively published” documents on the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures for the Seletar Airport.Singapore’s MOT said it had last Tuesday released the relevant correspondence to answer media queries on whether the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) had consulted its Malaysian counterpart back in December 2017 and to address Malaysia’s allegedly inaccurate claim of the matter only being brought to their attention in October 2018.“Singapore’s view is that it would be useful for negotiations to be kept confidential to facilitate frank and constructive exchanges. This is why we have not released any other correspondence between Singapore and Malaysia on this matter.“The Malaysia Minister for Transport, Anthony Loke, had expressed a similar view on 4 December 2018,” Singapore’s MOT said in a statement today.“Nonetheless, we have no objection if Malaysia feels the need to release correspondence on this matter. However, we observe that the Malaysia Ministry of Transport has only mentioned its letters from October and November 2018.“For transparency, Malaysia should ensure that all correspondence and records of discussions between Singapore and Malaysia be published, including the record of discussion of the latest meeting between the two countries on 29-30 November 2018,” it added.Earlier today, Malaysia’s Transport Ministry thanked its Singapore counterpart for releasing some documents last Tuesday on the ILS that is at the heart of the two nations’ airspace dispute, but claimed that the disclosure of documents was allegedly “only partial and selective with the primary aim of influencing public opinion”.Malaysia’s transport ministry said it would contact the aviation regulator directly for clarification if Singapore chooses not to publish the letters sent from October 9 to November 15.Last Tuesday Malaysia sent a protest note to Singapore over the Seletar Airport’s proposed ILS, which would allegedly jeopardise development around Pasir Gudang in Johor due to height restrictions that must be imposed to comply with the system. [...]
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Federal government’s stand is Pulau Kukup in Johor should remain as forest reserve and cannot be developed – PM Mahathir
Federal government’s stand is Pulau Kukup in Johor should remain as forest reserve and cannot be developed – PM Mahathir var VUUKLE_EMOTE_SIZE = "90px"; VUUKLE_EMOTE_IFRAME = "180px" var EMOTE_TEXT = ["HAPPY","INDIFFERENT","AMUSED","EXCITED","ANGRY","SAD"]The post Federal government’s stand is Pulau Kukup in Johor should remain as forest reserve and cannot be developed – PM Mahathir appeared first on The Malaysian Reserve. [...]
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Indian opposition could get a boost as Modi looks set to lose state votes
NEW DELHI: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party won a landslide in India’s last general election, in 2014, it grabbed almost all the parliamentary seats in the heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.But his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could be about to lose power in the three states — results of recent state assembly elections will be announced from early today — which would raise huge questions over Modi’s bid for re-election in polls due by May.Analysts say a big loss for the BJP in the states would indicate rural dismay and could help unite opposition to Modi, whose personal popularity remains high despite criticism he has not been able to keep a promise of creating jobs for young people and improving the lot of farmers.Indian share markets and the rupee have already turned nervous, falling yesterday, the first trading day since exit polls said the BJP would lose Rajasthan, with the other two going down to the wire.Equity analysts said the surprise resignation of the Reserve Bank of India governor, Urjit Patel, late yesterday after a long tiff with the government could send the markets crashing.“As the three erstwhile BJP states have a large agrarian population, the BJP’s drubbing could be interpreted to mean that farm unrest is real, and the much vaunted increase in farm minimum support prices haven’t yielded material political dividends,” Nomura said in a research note.“A rout of the BJP on its home-ground states should encourage cohesion among the opposition parties to strengthen the non-BJP coalition for the general elections.”The central states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and the western state of Rajasthan, together account for 65 of the 543 seats for the lower house of parliament. Several research firms have said markets could fall sharply if the BJP loses all the three states currently held by them.Regional parties are likely to retain two other smaller sates, Telangana in the south and Mizoroma in the northeast, that also report results today, the polls show.The main opposition Congress party, led by Rahul Gandhi of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, has been trying to form a coalition of various regional groups, some headed by experienced firebrand, ambitious politicians.Congress has already said it would not name Gandhi, who is seen as lacking experience, as a prime ministerial candidate, keeping in mind the “aspirations” of other opposition parties.Opposition gatheringLeaders of 21 opposition parties, including Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also of the Congress, met in New Delhi on Monday as they sought to strengthen their stand against Modi.In a likely boost for the opposition, a federal minister, Upendra Kushwaha, said yesterday he would pull his small party out of the BJP-led coalition.Media has speculated he would join Modi’s opponents ahead of the general election.The BJP says the planned opposition alliance would be fractious, would struggle to find focus and would be riven by competing interests.The BJP has also cast doubt on the exit surveys, saying they have underestimated its performance in the three states.While analysts have been warning it would be a mistake to rule out BJP wins in all main Hindi-speaking states, they have also warned that the party has lost the narrative to an extent.Sriram Karri, a political strategist and author, said the BJP government was losing its sheen because it was afraid to take “big bold moves,” like including fuel in a unified goods and services tax and cutting income tax. — Reuters [...]
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Dewan Rakyat passes three bills to give university students political freedom
The amendments on all three Acts which were aimed ending a ban on students of higher education institutions to be involved in political parties in campus, were unanimously passed after the third reading by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 — After almost five decades, university students are getting closer to achieve freedom to be involved in politics in campus after amendments on three related Acts including the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) 1971 were passed at Dewan Rakyat tonight.Apart from UUCA, two other Acts are the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 and the Educational Institutions (Discipline) Act 1976.The amendments on all three Acts which were aimed ending a ban on students of higher education institutions to be involved in political parties in campus, were unanimously passed after the third reading by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.When winding up debate on the UUCA (Amendment) Bill 2018, Maszlee pointed out that the amendment was the initial move to abolish UUCA totally by 2020.“If we look at the amendments tonight, even though it was only one section but it is very significant as it would eliminate the siege mentality and culture of fear which have shackling university students.“The amendments tonight will send a clear sign to university students that they are released from the chains shackling them, now they are freed,” he stressed that freedom however comes with responsibility and accountability.He also said it is not a form of anarchism when they are free from the laws.“In their own universities too, there are laws and regulations, similarly university students are also bound by laws outside of their own universities,” he said.On the reservations of several members of Parliament that the freedom to be involved in politics will affect the academic achievement of students, Maszlee said he would ensure a holistic ecosystem is setup in universities so that they become intellectual fields.He also pointed out that with the approval tonight, university students are free to take active part in party politics, among them inviting political representatives to campus as well as setting up political party clubs subject to the approval of their respective vice-chancellors.“However I am confident of vice-chancellors and university administrators under the new Malaysia spirit... the requests will considered and will not be objected,” he said.With the passing of the amendment acts, all charges still pending in court or conviction under the act will ceased as soon as they come into force.He added a technical committee comprising academic and legal experts would be appointed by the ministry to look into abolishing UUCA completely.   Dewan Rakyat will sit again tomorrow. — Bernama [...]
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Oops, our Santa made a mistake
GEORGE TOWN: Festive cheer and artificial snow filled the air at Berjaya Penang Hotel here when a group of 40 orphans were treated to a Christmas celebration. [...]
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Uggah names Xavier as the federal minister who wanted uniform land code
KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said he was referring to Water, Land and Mineral Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar when indicating that a federal minister wanted a uniform land code for the nation instead of three land codes each covering Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. Uggah, who is Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, said Xavier made the remark following the Majlis Tanah Negara (National Land Council) meeting in Putrajaya last week, that it was unfair for the country to have three laws governing its land administration. “Dr Xavier had remarked that it was unfair that the country should be governed by three laws in its land administration. “He (Xavier) said it had the Kanun Tanah Negara. Then Sabah had its own Land Code. Sarawak too had its own Land Code,” said Uggah who attended the meeting representing the Sarawak government. Uggah said he immediately interrupted Xavier from speaking and asked him to withdraw his statement. “By his own very word, it seems Dr Xavier is insinuating that the country should have just one national Land Code covering all. If there is no such intention, why in the first place, did he brought it up in his remark?” “That was why I immediately interrupted his speech and although it was rather rude of me to do, I had to stand up for Sarawak,” he said. Uggah issued the statement in response to a PKR social media post challenging him to name the minister concerned to prove that he was not “creating something out of nothing”. [...]
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I am a poor man with no assets to declare, tourism minister says
Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Mohamaddin Ketapi speaks to reporters in Putrajaya July 4, 2018. ― Picture by Miera Zulyana KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 — Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi today reiterated that he has no assets to declare to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). He said that he is a poor man without any assets and that his only income was his monthly salary as a minister.  “What is there for me to declare if I don’t have any assets. I don’t even own a car or a house. I am a poor man.“If in the future, I have one (asset), I will declare, but as it is now, no, I got nothing to declare,” he told reporters when met at Parliament’s lobby here today. He was commenting on the list of MPs posted on the MACC’s asset declaration website. He is one of 13 MPs on the list who have yet to declare their assets. Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P. Waytha Moorthy also told reporters at the Parliament lobby that he did not have any assets to declare to the MACC. He said that as an activist before, all his income as a lawyer was spent on championing the people’s welfare which left him without any savings. — Bernama [...]
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