Thursday, September 18, 2014

Slain manager's mum turns to Najib for justice

Tears flowed at an emotionally-charged press conference where the anguished mother of a murdered bank manager sought Najib Abdul Razak’s intervention.
Claiming that a miscarriage of justice had occurred, Law Boh Ing wanted the prime minister, chief justice and attorney-general to set things right.
"I hope our prime minister, chief justice and attorney-general hear our concerns and give us an answer," she said amid sobs, flanked by her daughter.
At one point, the deceased Wong Jing Kui's elder sister Hie Huong lost her composure when she and her mother were describing her brother’s injuries.
Unable to control her emotions, she had to leave the press conference room briefly.
Jing Kui was killed on June 14, 2012 and hired killer, Ling Hoe Ing, later pleaded guilty to charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment by the Sibu High Court last year.
Meanwhile, two others, who allegedly abetted the crime, walked free last week after the Sibu High Court discharged them but not amounting to an acquittal.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who organised the press conference, explained that Ling was charged with culpable homicide instead of murder as part of a plea bargain.
In exchange, he was expected to become the prosecution’s witness in trying Jing Kui’s wife Ling Hang Tsyr and her alleged lover Tiong King Guan for abetting the murder.
Murder and abetting murder both carry the mandatory death penalty.
Hoe Ing reportedly admitted in court that he was in debt, and was instigated by Tiong to commit the murder in exchange for settlement of the debt, while Hang Tsyr left the house’s back door and bedroom door open for him to enter.
Police later found Jing Kui, who was a manager at the HSBC Bank’s Sibu branch, dead in a pool of blood in his bedroom with multiple slash and stab wounds.
However, when the case against Hang Tsyr and Tiong was heard in February this year, the defence counsel successfully argued that there was no abatement to murder since Hoe Ing had only admitted to "culpable homicide not amounting to murder".
Charges reduced
The charges against the duo were then reduced to the same charges against Hoe Ing - culpable homicide not amounting to murder - and the case was sent from the High Court to the Sessions Court to be heard.
"When the charges were reduced, we had told the deputy public prosecutor (Musli Abd Hamid) to appeal. We even reminded him that this has to be be done in 14 days, because all the lawyers we have consulted said he should appeal.
"He wrote back and said he was instructed not to appeal. Instead the charges would be amended back to Section 302 of the Penal Code (murder) when the case is mentioned at the Sessions Court.
"As a result, we are in this mess today," said Hie Huong.
According to The Borneo Post last week, the Sibu Sessions Court judge Amernudin Ahmad slammed the application to amend the charges as abuse of the court process.
Subsequently, Hang Tsyr and Tiong, were discharged not amounting to acquittal.
Hie Huong said she was informed by the prosecution that it does not intend to appeal the case before the Sept 23 deadline, but instead apply to the High Court to revise the Session Court’s decision.
"This case has set a bad precedent. You could hire a killer to kill someone you dislike, and you get away with murder… The mastermind escapes with murder, and the scapegoat hired killer is sentenced to jail," said the family's lawyer Christina Teng.
She also complained that the deputy public prosecutor for the case has been changed five times over the past two years and were inexperienced.
In contrast, she said the defence counsel had a strong team of four persons, with a combined experience of about 150 years in total.
Lim also pointed out that in the murder of millionaire Sosilawati Lawiya, the hired killers and the mastermind were all convicted and sentenced, and questioned why Jing Kui’s murder was treated differently.
He added that the family has sent letters appealing to Najib and de facto law minister Nancy Shukri yesterday, and he would be following up on those letters tomorrow.
Related news: Family of slain Sarawak bank manager seeks PM’s help to pursue killers

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Is PAS for or against militancy, asks DAP lawmaker

PAS should be steadfast with its principles, especially against violence, instead of sending out conflicting messages, a DAP lawmaker says today. 
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng ‎was referring to statements from several PAS leaders who had expressed their admiration for the late Lotfi Ariffin (pic), who had died fighting in the civil war in Syria.
Following reports of his death, PAS central committee member Nik Abduh Nik Aziz described Lotfi as a “martyr”, according to The Star.
Nik Abduh, the son of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, paid tribute to Lotfi on his Facebook page.
"When Lotfi revealed his involvement with the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq forces, PAS wasted no time in expelling him from the party," Lim said.
"Furthermore, the Islamic party issued a statement saying it did not condone its members getting involved in armed activities.
"But now that Lotfi is dead, it appears that several PAS leaders have made a U-turn and agree with the path of militancy.
"This has caused confusion over the party's stand on militancy and violence," Lim said.
He said the upheaval in the Middle East had given birth to various terror and militant groups, some of which had vague origins.
"PAS should be more careful before supporting any militant groups, or militant individuals."
Lim said the path chosen by Lotfi had been his own choice, but it did not mean that violence should be encouraged.
"The true path forward is with democracy and a struggle for justice and freedom without bloodshed."

Related news: Why praise M'sian killed in Syria, DAP asks PAS

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Monday, September 15, 2014

DAP: Printing exam papers abroad 'silly, wasteful'

The government's suggested solution to the fiasco of the leaked examination questions by printing the papers abroad is "silly and wasteful", said a parliamentarian.
"The case of the leak in UPSR examination questions has raised anger among many, especially the parents of this year's UPSR candidates.
"However, the suggestion to print the UPSR papers abroad, in this case in the UK, as reported in the media, is nothing but a silly and wasteful act," said DAP Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.
 "If such suggestions can be considered, it is not surprising how the simple task of maintaining secrecy of examination questions cannot be executed," he said in a statement this morning.
On Friday, Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the suspension of the top heads of the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate (LPM) for the leaks.
Key issue
However, Lim said the key issue of the leak was not a matter of where it was printed.
Instead, what needed to be addressed is how it was leaked, who were involved and what were the motives.
Lim warned against using the examination leak as a means of creating new projects at the expense of taxpayer's monies.
"The integrity of public servants is the key issue in this matter, not where the examination papers are printed.
"If there is endemic untrustworthiness among public servants, it does not matter where the examination papers are printed, there will still be leaks," he said.
Lim urged tough action against those responsible for the leaks including charging them for criminal offences.
He added that merely sacking or suspending those responsible was insufficient.
Printing UPSR papers in UK does not address the issue of leakage, says DAP

Thursday, September 11, 2014

DAP desak Ahmad Phesal jawab pemberian projek kepada kroni

Tindakan DBKL memberikan projek bernilai berbilion ringgit di pusat bandar Kuala Lumpur kepada sebuah syarikat milik bekas tentera tanpa melalui bidaan tender mengundang persepsi bahawa amalan korupsi diamalkan dalam organisasi ini.
PETALING JAYA: Ahli Parlimen Segambut, Lim Lip Eng menuntut supaya Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib segera memberi penjelasan dan membuka ruang soal jawab kepada pihak wartawan mengenai pemberian tender Plaza Rakyat.
Menurutnya, sekiranya gagal untuk menjelaskan perkara ini, ahli-ahli Parlimen Pakatan Rakyat di Kuala Lumpur akan membangkitkan hal ini pada sidang Parlimen bulan hadapan.
“Datuk Bandar mesti menjelaskan apa sebabnya projek ini dianugerahkan kepada syarikat yang mempunyai hubungan dengan ahli politik kerajaan Barisan Nasional tanpa sebarang tender,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.
Dua hari lalu, media arus perdana telah melaporkan bahawa Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) telah ‘memilih’ sebuah syarikat untuk menghidupkan kembali projek Plaza Rakyat, namun malangnya telah gagal melakukan penawaran secara terbuka kepada pihak-pihak lain yang berminat. Projek berkenaan diserahkan kepada Profit Consortium Sdn Bhd.
“Tindakan DBKL memberikan projek berbilion ringgit di pusat bandar Kuala Lumpur ini kepada sebuah syarikat milik bekas tentera tanpa melalui proses bidaan tender menyebabkan kita sangsi. DBKL perlu memberi penjelasan demi kepentingan rakyat, kenapa perkara sebegini boleh terjadi?” soalnya.
Sebelum ini, projek Plaza Rakyat telah terbengkalai ekoran kerja pembinaannya terhenti sewaktu krisis ekonomi 1998.
Ia terletak betul-betul bersebelahan Puduraya, dan kelihatan seperti pusat pembiakan nyamuk paling meriah di tengah-tengah ibu kota Kuala Lumpur.
“16 tahun kemudian, kita mendapat khabar bahawa ia kini bakal diberi nafas baru dan pemaju baru, yang dilaporkan menjanjikan sesuatu yang lebih lumayan kepada pihak berkuasa tempatan, DBKL,” katanya.
Jelasnya, pihak DBKL bertanggungjawab memberi penjelasan tentang ketidaktelusan ini sekiranya ia tidak mahu orang ramai mengesyaki wujud korupsi dalam perincian projek yang diberikan tanpa tender ini.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rakyat bukan ‘pak turut’ akar umbi Umno, mansuhkan Akta Hasutan segera

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 SEPTEMBER: Kenyataan Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim jelas membuktikan beliau dan majoriti akar umbi Umno tidak pernah memahami mesej transformasi Perdana Menteri, kata Ahli Parlimen DAP Segambut Lim Lip Eng.
Menurutnya, kenyataan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri itu kelmarin bukan sahaja menggelikan hati, malah bertentangan dengan hasrat Najib sendiri untuk memansuhkan akta tersebut.
“Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak telah mengumumkan hasrat memansuhkan Akta Hasutan dua tahun lalu dan baru saja mengulangi hasrat itu setelah Shahidan mendakwa ia tidak pernah dibuat.
“Jelas di sini ahli-ahli Umno tidak memahami mesej transformasi Najib, yang bukan saja terbukti gagal disampaikan ke peringkat akar umbi, malah turut terbantut di peringkat pucuk pimpinan.
“Takkanlah rakyat negara ini sekadar perlu dengar kehendak akar umbi Umno? Takkanlah suara mereka sahaja yang dipedulikan Shahidan?
“Bagaimana dengan rakyat yang bukan ahli Umno? Apakah kehendak rakyat tidak penting di mata Shahidan?” soalnya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.
Shahidan semalam mendakwa tidak pernah berjanji memansuhkan akta kuno itu tetapi hanya mahu mengkajinya walaupun Najib dua tahun lalu mengatakan sebaliknya.
Kenyataan Shahidan bercanggah dengan janji Najib pada 11 Julai 2012 bahawa Akta Hasutan akan dimansuh dan diganti dengan Akta Keharmonian Nasional sebagai sebahagian daripada program transformasi kerajaan.
Sehubungan itu, Lip Eng mencadangkan Shahidan menggunakan peruntukan parlimen bagi mendapatkan khidmat bancian antarabangsa untuk mendapat maklumbalas di seluruh negara dan menentukan apakah rakyat mahu memansuhkan Akta Hasutan.
Beliau yang juga Setiausaha DAP Kuala Lumpur turut mencabar parti-parti komponen BN agar berani melakukan bancian maklumbalas di peringkat bahagian masing-masing.
“Takkanlah MCA dan MIC hanya perlu ikut saja kehendak akar umbi Umno, macam mana pula dengan kehendak ahli akar umbi parti-parti komponen lain?” katanya.
Beliau turut menggesa Najib menyegerakan janji itu termasuk menghentikan pendakwaan terhadap pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat dan organisasi masyarakat.
“Saya berharap supaya janji Najib bukanlah sekadar di mulut sahaja.
“Sewajarnya pendakwaan dihentikan dan ditarik balik sekiranya Najib benar-benar ikhlas mahu memansuhkan undang-undang tinggalan penjajah ini,” tegasnya.