30 Jan 2015

26 Jan 2015

捍卫华教,华人有责 彭总挺中庸,抗极端 Chinese Press Articles (26-01-2015)

捍卫华教,华人有责
彭总挺中庸,抗极端

Chinese Press Articles (26-01-2015)


22 Jan 2015

Don’t fear the police, says Robert Phang

KUALA LUMPUR: The public should not hesitate to approach the police when assistance is needed, said Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission representative Tan Sri Robert Phang.

"They often have a perception that their reports will be ignored or that they will need to
wait for a long time before any action is taken.

"In addition to that, it is a common stereotype that police officers often speak in a rough manner by addressing the public with ' apa kamu mahu? '( what do you want?)" he said.

He added that the training for police officers should henceforth include public relations and human relations.

"The public should be able to feel that the Police department and its officers are there for them, to help them when needed," he said during the Safer Malaysia Conference at the National University of Defence (UNPM).

Robert added that the Police department is under a lot of strain and stress as the expectations on them varies, but it is important for all issues to be addressed by them.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin said the legal department also often has trouble in receiving cooperation from the public, especially as witnesses.

"First things first, we need to change their mindset and let them know that they are under no risk and will be protected.

Giving the Prevention of Crime Act ( PCA) as an example, he said that the people fear it
as they feel it is a varation of the Internal Security Act ( ISA).

"Unlike ISA, the public prosecutor has a say in the PCA and whether or not a person should be arrested under the act. We look into all the related evidence and evaluate it under section 9.3 of the Act to see what can be done next," he added.

Wan said that identified witnesses are often hesitant to come forward in fear of their life and explained that things are handled differently now.

"When the witnesses do not turn up, we put the case on hold and call in the witness on a private basis.

"They will then be placed under the witness protection program and given the opportunity to testify without a counsel present, after explaining why they did not turn up in court to testify," he said adding that lack of cooperation would interrupt the investigation and delay the conclusion.


Source : http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/01/22/Dont-fear-cops-says-Robert-Phang/

13 Jan 2015

7 Jan 2015

30 Dec 2014

New Year resolutions for all Malaysians

As we prepare to bid farewell to 2014 and to welcome 2015, we inevitably ponder over the past and hope and pray for a better year.

This year was highly eventful, with many triumphs and several tragedies. We enjoyed overall peace and stability, but we also had to face risks to our progress and sustainability as a united and progressive nation. Many of these risks were of our own making.

To succeed in 2015 and beyond, we need to resolve to firmly address some vital issues. I would therefore like to propose the following resolutions for our beloved country and people.

National unity has to be strengthened 

We have to re-dedicate ourselves to strengthening national harmony and cohesion. National unity has been seriously strained by racial and religious bigotry and extremism, especially from some irresponsible and un-Malaysian and under-qualified politicians. All true Malaysians must no longer condone extremism and bigotry by our silence.

We should also not tolerate the lack or absence of adequate counter measures and punishment of the disrupters of our peace, security and stability. Extremists must be resolutely restrained and restricted on a continuing basis, without bias . They must be isolated, ostracised and rejected now and at every future election.

Exclusiveness and supremacy must be phased out 

The growing focus since the 1980s on the exclusive development and progress for mostly the elite Malaysians, often based on privileges of birth, class, race, religion and political positions, must be phased out sooner rather than later. Otherwise, society will react.

29 Dec 2014