Et Tu Brute

ADVISERS AND SYCOPHANTS ARE LEAKY VESSELS “The only constant companions in politics are treachery, deceit, betrayal and opportunism (4 flavours of political friendship).” No one ever lost a winnable election without a great deal of support from each and all of these constant companions in politics, 4 flavours of political friendship. Blogger Gopal Raj Kumar elucidates…

Why United Was Legally Wrong to Deplane David Dao

This article first appeared on the Dorf on Law site. On Sunday, United Airlines passenger David Dao was forcibly removed from his United Airlines flight when he refused to relinquish his seat. The police officers who removed him from the seat, then dragged him down the aisle of the airplane. Videos of the incident show…

Lynching a Government (Updated)

One of the more intelligent bloggers around here on planet earth Gopal Raj Kumar has this piece that Malaysians ought to read to understand why the USA has adopted to take action in the 1MDB saga. A LYNCH MOB OF BLACKS DRUNK WITH POWER Loretta Lynch, a most unfortunate name for an African American in…

The Malaysian Bar: A Law Unto Itself

A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN The is the first installment in a five part series of articles, analysing the Malaysian Bar and the exclusive inner workings of this organization in the heat of the Shafee defamation suit currently being played out in the courts. Blogger Gopal Raj Kumar writes .. Tan Sri Mohamed…

A professional pharmacist’s view on nicotine

The popularity of vaping reached an all time high after the increase in cigarette prices. Yes, indeed nicotine is a controlled substance, controlled medicine. If, it is indeed medicine, it must be used to treat something, right? Lim Kah Poh explains .. A quick look at any medical book and you will see that nicotine…

Volkswagen: The scandal explained

What is Volkswagen accused of? It’s been dubbed the “diesel dupe”. The German car giant has admitted cheating emissions tests in the US. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve…

It’s smog, not haze

FOR starters let’s get our terminology straight … It’s not HAZE, it’s SMOG – thick smothering SMOG! Cecil Rajendra explains: According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), haze is a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere caused by particles of dust, etc. Smog, however, is defined as fog or haze intensified by smoke or other…

Middle class may need housing subsidies if property sector not reformed, say researchers

Middle-class Malaysians may end up needing government subsidies for housing if current property prices continue to increase, a report by the Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) said, calling for immediate intervention by all stakeholders to transform the housing sector in Malaysia. KRI research director Dr Suraya Ismail said the median price range for housing was “skewered”…

Don’t doubt PAC’s 1MDB investigations, Nur Jazlan tells critics

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has urged critics to refrain from making accusations and comments about its ongoing investigation into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), following a prominent blogger’s suggestion that the probe could fall victim to sabotage. PAC chairman, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that all parties, including bloggers, should not doubt the committee’s probe…

The trouble with our journalists, writes Lukman Sheriff

The Star reporter must be reprimanded for further inciting religious hatred. His job was to cover the event objectively. He may disagree with the protestors but he should report fairly and accurately. And he shouldn’t aggravate the situation to suit his grievance writes lawyer Lukman Sheriff Alias. There are four main ethical standards that all…

MACC can be overzealous to the extent of behaving unprofessionally, court told

Court grants ex-DPP Shamsul Sulaiman immunity from prosecution in lawyer’s suit against MACC. Stunning circumstances formed the basis on which former Deputy Public Prosecutor Shamsul Sulaiman gave evidence in court yesterday in the on-going trial of Rosli Dahlan’s suit against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) and the Government of Malaysia. Free Malaysia Today which is…

French government fighting online war against jihadist youth recruiting

There is overwhelming concern that our young are being misled into jihadist wars. Principal assistant director of the Counter Terrorism Division of the Special Branch in Bukit Aman SAC Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay said the cooperation of all government agencies, including the religious authorities are needed. In France, the French President Francois Hollande’s government started…

Do you know how much sugar there is in Coke?

Gong Xi Fa Cai. The gallons of Coca Cola that have been pouring out during the festive season prompts of how much sugar intake Malaysians generally consume. Once touted as the Real Thing and the trendiest of all sodas, Coca Cola has been the world’s favourite. Some would swear that their blood stream is all…

Shafee dialogue: Racy details spilled

For those of you who missed the Dialogue With Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Free Malaysia Today’s James Sivalingam offers a report on what was articulated by the eloquent private lawyer.  Shafee spares no racy details on the prosecution’s case against Anwar Ibrahim and defends the Sodomy law. The ad-hoc deputy public prosecutor for…

Malaysian Bar is now an Opposition political party, says Shafee

The Malaysian Bar Council is no longer independent and has evolved into a political party that belongs to the Opposition, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah claimed. This, he explained, was evident from the comment by former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan criticising the judiciary in saying that Barisan Nasional had made a “terrible mistake”…

Anwar would’ve fainted in dock

Those intent on continuing to politicise the Federal Court’s unanimous decision convicting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan will not have a leg to stand on if Anwar had been called to the stand. The grilling by the prosecution team, Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said, would…

Attorney-General clarifies why Saiful was not charged

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has denied that the provision 377B of the Penal Code, under which Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was charged, was a rarely used provision. — Bernama file pic KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13, 2015: Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has clarified that the perception of certain parties that…

RON95: Looking beyond cheaper teh tarik

Here is piece taken from Rocky Bru’s which would provide some confidence and cheer for those of us who have been prep’d to think otherwise by the prophets of doom. Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department tells Rocky: As Malaysians enjoy lower RON95 petrol price of RM1.70 per litre effective 1 February,…

Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators: AirAsia chief

Southeast Asia needs regional aviation regulators to streamline a fragmented safety framework and ensure common standards for aircrew training in the booming industry, AirAsia’s group chief executive officer said. The patchy airline safety record of Indonesia, the largest country in the region, has been in the spotlight after an Indonesia AirAsia Airbus A320 crashed into…

Overcrowded skies, risks high

The sheer volume of flights in the skies over Southeast Asia is putting pressure on outdated air traffic control and on pilots to take risky unilateral action in crises such as that possibly faced by AirAsia flight QZ8501. Pilots who have flown the Indonesia to Singapore route say it’s not unusual for delays to requests to increase altitude to avoid bad weather —…

Court of appeal dismisses Jawi’s appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi)’s appeal against the High Court’s decision to quash its raid and seizure of books by Canadian author Irshad Manji at Borders book store, Bernama reported. The Home Ministry banned the book ‘Allah, Liberty and Love’ on June 14, three weeks after Jawi…

1MDB sets the record straight

Statement by Tan Sri Dato Seri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1MDB As the Chairman of the Board of Directors of 1MDB, I have viewed with surprise recent statements, both in the media and by certain individuals, suggesting that the company has failed to respond to various questions that have been…