Khamis, 3 November 2011



Lim Lip Eng

Posted: 03 Nov 2011 08:12 AM PDT

Lim Lip Eng

Ex-ISA detainees now being probed for money laundering

Posted: 03 Nov 2011 01:12 AM PDT

Source: (3.11.2011)
Eight Immigration Department officers suspected of being involved in a human smuggling syndicate are now being investigated under the Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.
However, the Home Ministry offered no explanation as to why the officers, freed after being detained for more than a year under the Internal Security Act (ISA), were not being probed under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 for the crime they were originally accused of.
Also, no reason was given as to why these officers were now being investigated under the terrorism financing law in the written reply to Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) who asked for the rationale in freeing the officers and the legal action taken under the anti-trafficking law.
"The eight Immigration Department officers were released based on the evaluation and the reports from the police as well as the prison authorities that they are no longer a threat to national security," Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.
"As of now, they are being probed under the Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 and once investigations are concluded, the investigation papers will be presented to the Attorney-General's Chambers for follow-up action," he said.
The eight officers were released in August and the reason, Hishammuddin said, was because they "had shown awareness and remorse over their mistake, and had promised never to repeat it".

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Posted: 03 Nov 2011 03:27 AM PDT

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Posted: 02 Nov 2011 05:49 PM PDT

Charles Santiago

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 11:44 PM PDT

Charles Santiago

No to Obama’s pharma in Asia

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 02:57 AM PDT

Source: Bangkok Post

There is trouble on the horizon for all hopeful members and would-be joiners of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The TPP is a US-led initiative, started by President Barack Obama at the end of 2009. Its rather lofty aim is to bring free trade to the entire Asia-Pacific region, in stages. A Pacific free-trade zone is the almost mythical goal of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group. The theory is that if the United States and eight other disparate countries can agree on free trade, then all the other nations will quickly join.

That is a good theory, but after two long years and nine high-level negotiating sessions, the TPP is far closer to falling apart than coming together. The basic reason is simple: free trade pacts depend upon excruciatingly detailed contracts, appendices, exceptions and side agreements. In the last two negotiating sessions, the US delegation has almost entirely reversed its liberal policies on intellectual property protection, specifically on medical drugs and pharmaceutical products. That is bad news for the TPP, terrible news for Thailand. This very likely will derail the TPP talks or even cause them to fail entirely.

Free trade agreements always are sold by their promoters as win-win propositions. This is misleading at best. There are many winners in free trade, and in general consumers and businesses gain. The public gets generally lower prices and companies get opportunities to expand trade abroad. Free-trade advocates are correct that opening up borders to commerce produces far more winners than losers. But that is a stark admission that free trade also produces losers. This is why negotiating FTAs must be meticulous.

President Obama launched the TPP talks as a repudiation of sorts against his predecessor. The Obama administration vowed that “We are back” in Asia, after what it claimed was years of neglect by the Bush government. But George W Bush had taken the US into a far more liberal stance on copyrights, trademarks and patents. Mr Obama is now rolling back the Bush-era stance on medical patents. Mr Bush basically acceded to demands from developing countries, led by Thailand, for access to affordable medicines. It was Mr Bush who backed down when challenged by the Ministry of Public Health over drugs for Aids and heart disease. He accepted that the right to affordable medicine trumped strict patent enforcement. The new policy under Mr Obama specifically returns the right of “big pharma” to retain and expand its patent rights. That means a monopoly on any “new” drug and on all marketing. US negotiators at the past two TPP sessions threw these proposals on the table nonchalantly, as if they meant nothing. Civil society groups leapt on the issue, putting the entire TPP proposal at risk.

Of course, pharmaceutical firms have the legal right to protect their massive investments in developing helpful new drugs. Under Mr Bush, the US did not completely back the drug firms, meaning they were subject to public pressure. Mr Obama has fundamentally reversed that. Any country trying to challenge drug firms will find themselves doing battle with US diplomacy and trade sanctions.

Opposition abroad and among NGOs is near-unanimous. Medicins Sans Frontieres calls the US policy reversal “a dangerous new standard” that will deny drugs to millions. Peter Maybarduk of Public Citizen says the Obama administration is forcing developing countries to trade away their access to medicines. This is a bad decision by the US and Mr Obama should drop that requirement immediately.

Khairy Jamaluddin & Muhyiddin Yassin-Minta maaf kepada keluarga Lim Guan Eng

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 02:29 AM PDT

Source: Nan Yang San Pau


Lim Kit Siang

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 11:39 PM PDT

Lim Kit Siang

Alas! They are sinking!

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 11:38 PM PDT

Opinion By LIM MUN FAH Translated by Soong Phui Jee Sin Chew Daily 2011-11-03 Ploys are inevitable in politics but it is a different matter whether the ploys are brilliant. The recent political ploy of accusing Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s teenage son of molesting a girl, who was later identified as 21-year-old chess [...]

Poetic justice for Guan Eng

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 11:15 PM PDT

by Jeswan Kaur Free Malaysia Today November 3, 2011 The glowing words of praise heaped by the auditor-general in his latest report stand as proof that DAP is no fluke and has what it takes to turn Penang around. COMMENT The recently released Auditor-General's Report comes as poetic justice for Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan [...]

Rahim Noor should crawl back into the woodwork

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 08:31 PM PDT

by P. Ramakrishnan 1 November 2011 A man who infamously trampled upon the rights of others has no right to speak on human rights. He is the least qualified to speak on this subject. Yet, the former Inspector–General of Police, Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor, emerging as it were from the dead, expressed some startling views [...]

Prurience and piety: that recent Malaysian case

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 07:52 PM PDT

— by Clive Kessler The Malaysian Insider Nov 03, 2011 NOV 3 — Dina Zaman, in her commentary entitled "Let's talk about (halal) sex" (The Malaysian Insider, October 26) has already commented that: "Like many Malaysians, I was flabbergasted and speechless when I read online accounts of the launch of the [now-banned] book titled, 'Seks [...]

Sinking deeper and deeper

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 02:26 AM PDT

By S JAYASANKARAN, KL CORRESPONDENT | 31 Oct 2011 Business Times MALAYSIA should take heed of the problems – the public anger, the social unrest – posed by the solutions offered to tackle rising sovereign debt in Europe. God forbid that we head that way! The Auditor-General’s recent report pointed out that Malaysia’s national debt [...]


Posted: 02 Nov 2011 09:08 PM PDT


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Let's move Penang Forward

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 03:47 PM PDT

Let's move Penang Forward

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