Tuesday, 16 July 2013

CIMB Political News - 16 July 2013

The DAP wants the Prime Minister to make his stand on several recent controversial issues instead of asking his cabinet ministers to deal with them. DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua said that Datuk Seri Najib Razak also has to deliver the reforms he promised in May's general election.

  • "The nation is like a rudderless ship crying out for a leader to put his foot down and yet what Malaysians are getting are feuding first officers in the absence of their captain," he said. Pua said the government, instead of seizing the initiative and giving directions to the country, is stumbling and fumbling from one controversy to another. 
  • Pua said since then Najib had failed to put his own house in order because, for example, even cabinet ministers have been split into two factions over the promised repeal of the Sedition Act, Pua said. 
  • "The Barisan Nasional (BN) ministers were also publicly squabbling over the tabling of the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Amendment Bill 2013 which allowed for the unilateral conversion of a minor to a Muslim by a single parent.
  • He said Najib publicly called for a national reconciliation after the general election but failed to condemn the extremist elements in Umno and BN. Pua singled out Najib's failure to condemn Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia for continuing to spew racist insults against the minorities and inflammatory comments to incite hatred. 
  • He added that Najib also let the debate over the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) as well as his repeal of the Emergency Ordinance (EO) rage on unchecked.
  • Pua said there was not a word from Najib when Transparency International released the latest Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) report which showed an even greater number of Malaysians believed that corruption was prevalent in the country. (Malaysian Insider)
In an unparalleled and extraordinary move, Pakatan Rakyat has sought to nullify the results of all 222 parliamentary seats in the general election on May 5. The opposition coalition and five individuals filed the action at the High Court yesterday. In their 56-page statement of claim filed by Messrs Tommy Thomas, the plaintiffs said the indelible ink fiasco caused massive cheating, destroyed the integrity of GE13 and deprived the opposition pact of a legitimate opportunity to form the federal government. (Sun)

DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua wants to know why the award of the RM1bn rail project for Iskandar Malaysia was not conducted through an open tender process. Instead, he revealed that the project was awarded through direct negotiations to a company called Metropolitan Commuter Network, which is a joint venture outfit owned by Masteel Bhd (60%) and KUB Bhd (40%).Pua said at the parliament lobby that Umno has an interest in KUB Bhd.
  • He wanted to know why the government made the award through direct negotiations. "Why not through an open tender for a project of this scale?" 
  • Pua said Masteel's main business was not in the rail sector but in the manufacturing of steel. The rail service will encompass 20 stations at Kulai, Gelang Patah, Nusajaya, Johor Baru and Masai, among others. (Malaysian Insider)

Source: CIMB Daybreak - 16 July 2013

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