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Is the Judiciary Unfair?

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When Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was charged by MACC, many Rocket leaders and supporters complained of unfair judiciary and law enforcement in our country. Is that really so? If we went back to court records, Lim won more cases in court and most of the time, he also won huge sum of compensations from the defence.

For example, on Dec 14, 2011, he sued Utusan Malaysia and won RM200,000; on March 26, 2015, he sued Perkasa and New Straits Times and won RM550,000 and RM200,000 respectively; on Dec 10, 2015, he sued Utusan Malaysia and won RM250,000. Thus, it is quite clear whether or not law enforcement and the judiciary had been fair in our country.

Does it mean it is only fair when he wins and it is being manipulated when he loses? What kind of rational is that? Furthermore, if our judiciary is being controlled by Barisan Nasional, former Selangor Menteri Besar Khir Toyo who belongs to UMNO and BN would not be jailed for corruption!

As a matter of fact, we also learn a lesson from Lim’s case as more common folks now understand what bail is. As a matter of fact, a bail is a bond and not a fine. It is a court order for a sum of money to be deposited into a bank account and subsequently, the deposit document is presented to the court as proof that the deposit has been made.

The court will take charge of the deposit during the trial and the accused person cannot withdraw the money which acts as a bind in exchange for his freedom of movement.

The bail is released after the trial, whether the accused is convicted or discharged, and the Government or court will not take a single cent from it. However, the court can forfeit the bail if the accused absconds. After understanding this, we should know there is no necessity for DAP to raise funds because eventually, the money would be returned to the accused. Continue reading

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Good Job, Tokong!

Penang transport infrastructure cost balloons from RM27bn to RM46bn

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Source: Anilnetto

When Halcrow first came up with its transport masterplan, the projected cost of implementing the Penang masterplan was reported to be RM27bn. This figure included the RM6bn-plus for the tunnel and three highways (under Zenith), which was the state government’s idea.

But then, enter project delivery partner, the Gamuda-led SRS Consortium, with its own proposals. The total cost has now ballooned to RM46bn (including the RM6bn-plus for the tunnel and three highways).

The SRS proposals have deviated significantly from the Halcrow masterplan. Whereas Halcrow proposed cheaper trams and bus rapid transit, SRS proposals now include more expensive elevated LRT (cost RM6bn) and monorail as well as a new north-south highway on the island (RM6bn).

At the first meeting of the enlarged Penang Transport Council the other day, a partner from audit firm KPMG revealed how project delivery partner SRS was chosen. The selection was through a request for proposals, under which six proposals were received with all sorts of different things in each proposal.

I pointed out that this was not the same as a strict open tender with definite criteria of what was expected from all bidders – in this case the implementation of the strategy that Halcrow had proposed. After all, the Penang state government and the NCIA had paid Halcrow RM3.2m for its masterplan strategy.

I asked why none of the firms that submitted proposals under the RFP had any experience in delivering trams and a bus rapid transit system – which is what Halcrow had recommended.

I didn’t receive satisfactory answers. So it is not a surprise that SRS is proposing something different – and at higher cost. Continue reading

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I Help You, You Help Me

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Netizens outraged over Nga’s American Raya post

The Raya message by the Taiping DAP MP features a picture of a lighthouse over an American flag flying in the background.

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Source: Free Malaysia Today

DAP lawmaker Nga Kor Ming has sparked outrage among Malaysian netizens with an oddly American-themed message posted on his Facebook for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

The image, which bears the Taiping MP’s official header, has the words “In God We Trust”, an emoticon of praying hands, a picture of a lighthouse with the American flag flying in the background, and the words “Lord, Guide Our Nation Back To You”.

The picture is captioned: “We serve to bless others, we are from the people, by the people & for the people. Selamat Hari Raya!”

The picture of the lighthouse seems to be taken from the website DrJamesDobson.org, which bears the name of the founder of the American Christian conservative organisation, Focus On The Family.

Malaysian netizens have lambasted him for using a picture featuring the American flag in a Raya message, labelling him “insensitive” and “stupid”.

“Go and learn how the Malaysian flag looks like. You wish to wish the Muslims Happy Aid (sic) Mubarak, but your stupidity is way over the roof. Don’t know whether you’re blind or plain dumb,” said Facebook user Rocky Tan.

“Nga Kor Ming dan Donald Trump berpisah tiada!” (“There is no difference between Nga Kor Ming and Donald Trump”), said Facebook user Wen Huey Kelly Fong,

“Aiyo yb, graphic designer punya la ramai (“There are many graphic designers out there”), at least edit and change the american flag to our own flag,” wrote Facebook user Faidhi Fahmi.

Muslim Facebook users have been particularly caustic.

“I pray for you so that u can live in the hell forever,” said Facebook user Mohd Nazri Ismail.

“What we have now in this world it’s just 1/70 portion of the hot from the hell fire. It is not because u are a Chinese, but due to your IGNORANCE.”

“Plain lazy. This is the biggest public holiday in Malaysia… And this what we get? This is just a plain lazy cut and paste job. No respect at all,” wrote user Man Syah.

Facebook user Yaqazah Umirta Al-Kisasi, however, was forgiving, praying for God to “guide Nga Kor Ming to Islam and clear up his corrupted mind”.

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Stop The Lies wishes all our readers Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

We will be back after the holidays!

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Tokong: I’m Ready !

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