PAS vice-president warns there will no longer be any need for discussions about joining forces with PPBM should PPBM join Pakatan Harapan.

Mohd-Amar-Nik-AbdullahPETALING JAYA: PAS has threatened to call off any cooperation with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) should the six-month-old party officially join forces with Pakatan Harapan.

“If that is PPBM’s official stance, then it is over. There is no need for any more discussions.

“We will go it alone,” the party’s vice-president Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah was quoted as saying by Berita Harian, possibly alluding to preparations for the 14th general election.

Amar, according to the Malay daily, also said the Islamist party would not allow PPBM to take part in any events organised by PAS, should they join the opposition coalition.

He said this in response to PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s revelation yesterday that party leaders had unanimously agreed to form a formal coalition with PH.

The former prime minister said the alliance would see the three PH component parties and PPBM participate in the next general election under one logo, one manifesto and one candidate for every seat.

Mahathir also said PAS was more than welcome to join the new coalition, although the two parties had yet to discuss the matter.

Since the formation of PH in 2015, PAS has been steadfast in refusing to join the coalition, largely due to the presence of DAP and Amanah.

PAS and DAP severed ties following a fall-out over hudud. PAS has vowed never to work again with DAP and PAS-splinter group, Amanah.

In December, PPBM signed an electoral pact with PKR, DAP and Amanah, but stopped short of joining PH.

In February, PAS and PPBM met to discuss a plan for an electoral pact, but instead decided to form a joint technical committee, comprising top leaders from both parties, expected to further study what they called a “framework of political understanding”.

 

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The role of the state and the legal system is to protect the smallest denominators in our society, and we should not let our girls be influenced into marrying their rapists.

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rapist-marriedBy Emellia Shariff

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who choked on coffee while reading this headline: “Marriage isn’t the worst thing for rape victims.”

Shariah lawyer Faiz Fadzil said at a forum on Islamic family law in Cheras that it was important for the shariah courts to balance the best interests of the victim as well as the unborn child in pregnancies resulting from cases of rape. Getting rape victims married to the rapist, he said, wasn’t always the worst option. However, he added, the condition should be that both parties wanted to get married.

I imagine this appears a brilliant solution to Faiz.

Well, sorry to break his belief but this certainly is not the case. In fact, it is quite the opposite, because encouraging young rape victims to marry their rapists is the absolute worst thing one can do.

We must accept, however, that common sense is not so common these days, so let’s just unpack the statement in question, and thoroughly examine how flawed this proposition really is.

Statutory rape is defined as sexual intercourse between a man of any age and a female who is under the age of 16, with or without her consent. In this case, the man is considered to have committed an offence even if the girl appears to agree to such sexual acts. The reason behind this is that the law acknowledges the fact that a grown man has an unequal amount of control over the underaged female. Even if such control is not exerted physically, a grown man would be much more persuasive in pressuring the underaged girl to agree to his desires, which include the performance of sexual acts, considering the age and experience gaps of both parties.

What we now need to acknowledge is that, this level of control or undue influence, as the law calls it, is not something that only a 16-year-old girl might be subjected to. It exists every time two individuals enter into any kind of relationship, where one party is more dominant than the other, thus having the capacity to influence the decisions and actions of both parties. This is exacerbated when the girl, 18-year-olds included, is extremely young, impressionable, and has probably never had any sexual knowledge beyond what she may have seen on television.

In fact, this kind of power play also exists in familial relationships, between parents and daughters, for example, where the parents would have the capacity to evoke feelings of guilt in their daughter or coerce her into making certain choices that may benefit the family, and have the daughter believe that this particular decision is also what’s best for her. Now, remember that degree your parents made you take in university although you had zero interest in the subjects? Yes, one of those decisions.

This brings me to my point: the concept of consent here is flawed. I’m not saying that our 18-year-olds are daft and incapable of agreeing to anything in their lives on their own terms. However, consider this: this same 18- year-old girl has spent her entire life being told that sex is taboo and that she would be committing the gravest sin by losing the most valuable part of herself by having sex with a man outside of wedlock; and she has probably never talked about sexual intercourse with an adult who can explain the emotional and psychological after effects of intimacy.

All I’m saying is, we cannot expect this 18-year-old person to fully understand the extent and consequences of this choice that her 12-year education system never bothered to teach. The only thing societal norms have taught her is to feel unchaste, guilty, and ashamed of herself – all of which would push her into believing that she has to redeem herself in the eyes of God (and/or her family) by marrying this man whom she has had sex with. In fact, some women in their early 20s still struggle with the same intimacy and sexual issues, all thanks to the lack of sex education in our schools.

This is why entrusting underaged girls (or even boys, for that matter) with such a complex and momentous decision is not the best way to deal with this problem. Think of it this way: we basically disallow or discourage our minors from making any major choices on their own, be it medical decisions, or even something as simple as deciding which school they should attend, without adult supervision. We don’t allow them to enter into contracts with any third party for fear that they would not understand the nature of the considerations and contractual obligations that may arise from such a covenant.

But somehow, when her own life – which might be ruined, completely manipulated and taken advantage of – is the consideration to this contract of marriage, we are ever so happy to wash our hands and let her make this choice. That doesn’t make sense, does it?

Maybe there are some genuine adult-underage child relationships out there, but the role of the state and the legal system is to protect the smallest denominators in our society, and we should err on the side of caution and not let our girls sign their lives off to the men who have probably spent the last few months of their “relationship” grooming them into sexual beings they felt they’d like to see in bed.

Since we’re on the topic, grooming is defined as the act of befriending and building a façade of emotional connection with a child for the purposes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking. This relationship usually exists in secrecy, and once the child is isolated from her surrounding, the offender will start to sexualise the relationship by a process of desensitisation which occurs through talking, sharing of naked pictures, as well as touching each other in inappropriate places. If you don’t already know, child sexual grooming is a serious issue in Malaysia, and there is an ongoing campaign to make child sexual grooming illegal after an undercover operation performed by a bunch of dedicated journalists exposed how rampant this issue really is.

So, can we trust that, when an underaged rape victim expresses her willingness to marry her rapist, she fully understands the consequences of her choice and is not pressured by any party into making that choice? That it isn’t just her guilt and her desperate attempt to appease her parents and save them from the embarrassment of having a pregnant underaged daughter under their roof? Or, that it is not her sense of pity towards this man whom she has been convinced to be sexually intimate with, to save him from jail time? This is especially so considering the fact that the rapist would get away scot-free with no punishment whatsoever if she marries him, and that she might be able to save what’s left of her family’s name and reputation if she just agrees to marry this man. That’s a lot of external pressure, isn’t it?

Faiz said, “If the man is found guilty and is then punished for his crime, it is more than likely that he would refuse to take responsibility for the child (resulting from the rape) in the future.”

Well, this is exactly my point. The fact that he might agree to marry this woman is not a declaration of his lifelong commitment to take responsibility for the child, but, rather, an easy way out of severe punishment. So, who will be left to take care of the child if the father flees in the near future? The mother, with her limited education and work experience (since she will most probably have to spend most of her time nursing and caring for the child), will be struggling to give the child a comfortable living. Well, she would very likely be struggling to even give herself a comfortable living in such a situation.

This is the same child which Faiz cares ever so deeply about. He remarked, “We must also remember that the unborn baby has a right to a good education as well, and this can be difficult if the baby is born out of wedlock.”

What we have here is a problem-solution mismatch. If you want to care for the child, then seek a better welfare system, which can provide for a good education system. Don’t coerce two individuals into a task which they might grow weary of, as they mature into adulthood and start to realise their dreams and aspirations. I understand that Faiz does not have the power to unilaterally change the law overnight, but settling for less is not doing justice to this child, either. Instead of encouraging two individuals into parenting a better future for the child, in the hopes that neither of them might screw up, maybe advocating for systemic changes to improve the rights of this child is a better thing to do.

If we allow this proposition that Faiz supports, it would mean that we might risk coercing a girl or young woman into marrying the man who had raped her against her will, or the man who had been grooming her into his sex toy for the most part, to live in the same house and sleep on the same bed.

It is extremely traumatising for a rape victim to live with the man who had stripped her of her dignity and bodily autonomy, as husband and wife in the same house. Even if the child has been pressured into agreeing to marry her rapist, as she grows up and learns from the wisdom of life, she might resent her rapist and her marriage for the rest of her life – that is if the man has not left her and her baby at that point in her life. So can we really bank on “choice” and “willingness” in this situation? No we simply cannot.

Lastly, remember that marriage is not a universal good and is definitely not a solution to all the social issues we face today. In the context of a patriarchal society which naturally but unfairly grants more rights and privileges to the man in the family, I’d understand why individuals of a certain gender might think that getting married is not such a bad deal after all. They usually aren’t the ones who have to give up their careers and prioritise household issues as a consequence of being “born into these roles”. They are also not the ones who are expected to shoulder the responsibility of cooking, cleaning and nursing their child after a long day at work while the other spouse sits and watches television.

So there are things in a marriage that we need to objectively take into account. Consider this question: if a teenager is coerced into a marriage, with a new-born child, what is the real likelihood of her going back to school to pursue her ambition? We all know the answer to that.

Emellia Shariff is an FMT reader

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A MAC address, or a Media Access Control address, is a unique identifier that is assigned to the network interface of a machine. On your Mac, this is the unique hardware identifier for the WiFi or Ethernet card inside it. Every device has a unique MAC address, because if more than one device on the same network has the same MAC address, the network won’t be able to distinguish between the two devices, causing quite a lot of problems.

Since the MAC address is permanent, and hardware bound, it is most often used to prevent a particular device from accessing the network. For example, in your home WiFi, you can easily set up your router to allow only a specific list of MAC addresses to connect, so even if someone has your WiFi password, but are not added to the list of accepted addresses, they won’t be able to connect to your network. That’s one situation you’d want to change the MAC address of your Mac. So, if you’re trying to get around a router that has blocked your Mac’s MAC address, here is how to change MAC address on Mac:

NoteI’ve changed my MAC address on a MacBook Air running macOS Sierra 10.12.4. The method should be similar in other versions of macOS as well.

Find Your Current MAC Address

The first thing you need to do, is figure out the current MAC address of your Mac. You can do this by following the steps given below:

  • Go to System Preferences -> Network.

  • Here, click on “Advanced”

  • Switch over to the “Hardware” tab, and you’ll be able to see the MAC Address of your Mac. Note this down somewhere, just in case you need to switch back to it.

Change MAC Address in macOS

To change the MAC address on your Mac, you’ll have to use the Terminal. The commands are simple, and you can just follow the steps given below:

  • Press and hold the “option” key, and click on the WiFi icon in the menu bar. You will be able to see the “interface name” there. In my case, it’s “en0”.

  • Launch the Terminal, and type the following command:
    openssl rand -hex 6 | sed ‘s/(..)/1:/g; s/.$//’
    This will give you a new random hex number that you can use as a MAC address

  • Disconnect from your WiFi network, by holding down “option” and clicking on the WiFi icon in the menu bar, and clicking on “disconnect” under your WiFi name.

 

  • Now, type “sudo ifconfig en0 ether “.

  • You will now have successfully changed your MAC address on Mac.

You can reconnect to your WiFi network, and check your MAC address again to verify that it has changed.

SEE ALSO: How to Reset and Flush DNS Cache in macOS Sierra

Easily Change MAC Address in Mac

You can use this method to easily change your Mac’s MAC address, and get around any router that is blocking you by your MAC address. Do note that if the router is using a MAC address whitelist, instead of blocking particular MAC addresses, you will not be able to join the WiFi network, even though your MAC address will have changed. Changing MAC addresses on your Mac is not a very difficult task, even if it sounds like one. So, if you’ve been wanting to spoof your MAC address, go ahead and try this method out. Also, let me know how it worked out for you, and if you know of any other methods to change the MAC address on Mac, do let me know about them in the comments section below.

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If the Sarawak BN leader says we don’t support, then we won’t support the bill, says Wan Junaidi.

DEWAN RAKYAT

wan-junaidi-syariahcourtKUALA LUMPUR: A federal minister from Sarawak Wan Junaidi Wan Jaafar said Sarawak MPs will only support the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 355 if the new chief minister supports the bill.

“It depends. If the Sarawak BN leader says we don’t support the bill then we won’t support the bill.

“If the Sarawak BN leader says we support the bill then we (MPs) are all for the bill,” said the Santubong MP to reporters at the Dewan Rakyat lobby today.

He was asked if Sarawak MPs had made a stand on Act 355, especially after the previous chief minister Adenan Satem made a stand not to support the amended act.

Wan Junaidi said it now depends on the new chief minister to make a stand.

“Now the new CM, I am sure has had a discussion with the prime minister, I was told.

“We make a stand, based on the stand in Sarawak (BN leader).”

Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg replaced Adenan Satem, who died in January this year, as chief minister.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had tabled a motion on the last day of Parliament’s sitting in May 2016 after the government allowed it to take precedence over government bills.

However, the PAS president deferred debating the bill and retabled a revised version in November last year after it was moved up again on the Order Paper list.

Hadi’s bill is listed at No 7 on the present Order Paper list.

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Sesi petang Dewan Rakyat kecoh apabila Annuar Musa sindir Lim Kit Siang, mengatakan pemimpin DAP itu bertahan 50 tahun dalam politik dengan hanya “retorik”

DEWAN RAKYAT

annuarmusa-limkitsiangKUALA LUMPUR: Selepas pertelingkahan sesi pagi, sesi petang Dewan Rakyat hangat lagi apabila Tan Sri Annuar Musa (BN-Ketereh) menyerang tokoh veteran DAP Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah).

Kit Siang yang berbahas sebelum Annuar menumpukan ucapannya berhubung “Malaysian Official 1”, isu derma RM2.6 bilion dan tindakan undang-undang Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika (DoJ) berkaitan 1MDB.

Apabila tiba gilirannya, Annuar membuka ucapan dengan secara sinis mengucapkan tahniah kepada Kit Siang kerana bertahan lama dalam politik, setanding diktator Zimbabwe Presiden Robert Mugabe dan diktator Iraq Presiden Saddam Hussein.

“Gelang Patah 50 tahun dengan retorik politik, tahniah saya ucapkan,” katanya.

Tindakan Annuar menghalang Kit Siang mencelah menyebabkan Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) mengecamnya sebagai “pengecut” dan “pondan”.

Annuar memetik kata-kata bekas perdana menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pada era 1990-an, yang menyifatkan Kit Siang sebagai “rasis”.

Teo Kok Seong (DAP-Rasah) kemudian bangun dan mendesak Annuar menarik balik kenyataan itu.

“Tun Mahathir yang kata, bodoh punya Rasah,” jawab Datuk Othman Abdul (BN-Pendang) mencelah.

“Saya ulang kata-kata Dr Mahathir dan saya berpendapat dalam banyak perkara, masyarakat merasakan soal hal ehwal Islam tidak disokong Yang Berhormat (Lim Kit Siang),” kata Annuar lagi.

Meneruskan ucapannya, Annuar menempelak pembangkang yang tidak bersetuju dengan pelaburan China kerana tidak senang melihat negara menerima manfaat daripadanya.

“Apabila negara asing datang melabur, timbul cakap-cakap kita nak jual negara. Dahulu Malaysia antara penerima besar program Bantuan Pembangunan Rasmi (ODA) oleh Jepun, adakah kita dijajah mereka?”

Memetik laporan Bernama, Jepun antara negara pelabur utama di Malaysia sejak 1980an. Setakat 2015 sahaja, sejumlah 2,602 projek perusahaan dijalankan dengan penglibatan syarikat Jepun dengan nilai pelaburan RM85 bilion dan 342,837 peluang pekerjaan.

“Jika ekonomi dan perpaduan baik, ia tidak baik untuk pembangkang. Kerajaan stabil adalah berita buruk bagi mereka. Kita faham sangat.

“Tapi jangan risau, pilihan raya akan datang BN yang pro-rakyat akan bertemu sekali lagi dengan pakatan yang pro-DAP. Kita tidak gusar selagi Pakatan dikuasai DAP.

“Sehebat Nik Aziz gagal mendakwah DAP, tetapi DAP berjaya pecahkan PAS,” katanya lagi.

Kenyataan Annuar itu juga menyebabkan beberapa ahli Parlimen lain bangkit untuk mencelah, seperti Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) dan Jimmy Wong (DAP-Kota Kinabalu) namun dihalang Timbalan Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee.

Tags: Bahasa, FMT, KL, Malaysia, Dewan Rakyat, Annuar Musa, Lim Kit Siang, DAP



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Persatuan Wartawan Melaka mendakwa Lim Guan Eng tidak menghormati media dengan menuduh mereka memperbesarkan tindakan 182 ahli DAP Melaka keluar parti.

limguengeng-wartawanKUALA LUMPUR: DAP keliru dengan dakwaan Persatuan Wartawan Melaka (MJA) kecewa selepas dilabel “media Barisan Nasional (BN)” oleh Setiausaha Agungnya, Lim Guan Eng.

Parti itu berkata, mereka tidak faham reaksi kumpulan media itu dan menggesa “pihak tertentu” tidak membuat kesimpulan berhubung istilah digunakan ketua menteri Pulau Pinang itu.

“Beliau tidak kata semua media ialah ‘media Barisan Nasional’. Beliau dengan jelas merujuk kepada media dimiliki BN.

“Oleh itu, kami harap pihak tertentu tidak memandai-mandai membuat andaian seolah-olah itu silap mereka,” kata pejabat ketua menteri Pulau Pinang dalam kenyataan hari ini.

Maklum balas itu susulan MJA dilaporkan berkata, Lim tidak menghormati media dengan mendakwa mereka memperbesarkan jumlah melalui laporan 182 ahli DAP Melaka keluar parti.

Semalam, Pengerusi MJA, Choong Kion Sin dilaporkan berkata, Lim tidak menghormati tertib profesional dan kebebasan media.

“Jika Lim meragui jumlah sebenar mereka yang keluar parti, sebagai setiausaha agung sebuah parti, beliau patut mendapatkan pengesahan daripada jawatankuasa partinya untuk mengesahkan perkara itu, bukannya menyerang media yang membuat liputan sidang media mengenai peletakan jawatan beramai-ramai itu,” kata Choong.

Ahad lalu, sekumpulan ahli DAP di Melaka mengadakan sidang media untuk mengumumkan 182 orang keluar parti. Mereka diketuai bekas naib pengerusi DAP negeri, Liou Chen Kuang di pusat khidmat Kota Melaka di Kota Laksamana.

Sidang media itu dihadiri wartawan daripada pelbagai media.

Pengumuman itu dibuat selepas peletakan jawatan Ahli Parlimen Kota Melaka, Sim Tong Him dan Adun Duyong, Goh Leong San, Lim Jak Wong (Bachang) dan Chin Choong Seong (Kesidang) pada 12 Februari lalu.

Isnin lalu, Lim berkata, gambar ketika pengumuman itu dibuat hanya menunjukkan kira-kira 20 orang.

“Dua puluh boleh jadi 182 orang dalam media Barisan Nasional,” kata Lim di lobi Parlimen.

Pejabat ketua menteri Pulau Pinang itu berkata, rujukan itu adalah untuk syarikat yang dimiliki BN dan parti komponennya, seperti Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, The Star, Harian Metro dan Berita Harian.

Ahli MJA terdiri daripada wartawan dari media berbahasa Inggeris dan Cina.

Menurut pejabat Lim, ahli Parlimen Bagan itu mempunyai hubungan baik dengan media Cina dan wartawan sebelum beliau ke Pulau Pinang untuk Pilihan Raya Umum 2008.

“Sehubungan itu, DAP keliru dengan kenyataan Persatuan Wartawan Melaka.”

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Apology follows a settlement between Utusan Malaysia and the Penang chief minister on three mutually-agreed terms.

limguengeng-utusan-bribeGEORGE TOWN: Utusan Malaysia will publish an apology to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a news report that was deemed “factually distorted”.

The said report, which appeared in Utusan’s Aug 20, 2015 edition, was based on Lim’s defamation case against former Penang Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin.

Shaik Hussein had called Lim “corrupt” in 2012. When Shaik Hussein was sued by Lim, Shaik Hussein apologised to Lim in chambers. Lim then withdrew the suit against him.

However, when Utusan carried a report on the withdrawal titled “Guan Eng tarik balik saman Shaik Hussein” (“Guan Eng withdraws suit against Shaik Hussein”), it left out the fact that the withdrawal of the suit followed an apology.

Shaik Hussein is now Bagan Umno chief.

Today, a consent judgement was reached between Utusan and Lim at the High Court here on three mutually-agreed terms.

The terms were a public apology before the court, an apology to appear on page 2 of Utusan (which must match the size of the original report) in the next seven days and compensation to Lim.

Utusan’s legal executive Norzulaikah Ibrahim read an apology before Judicial Commissioner Azmi Abdullah this morning.

The apology read:

“Behubung berita bertajuk ‘Guan Eng tarik balik saman terhadap bekas Ketua Pemuda Umno Negeri’ yang disiarkan oleh akhbar ini pada 20 Ogos 2015, artikel tersebut sepatutnya dibawa dengan fakta bahawa:

“Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng menarik balik saman yang difailkan tiga tahun lalu terhadap bekas Ketua Pemuda Umno Negeri Datuk Dr Shaik Hussein Mydin setelah Shaik Hussein menarik balik tanpa sebarang syarat dan dengan penuh kerelaan hati dakwaan rasuah yang dibuat olehnya terhadap Lim Guan Eng pada 5 Oktober 2012.

“Kami memohon maaf kepada YAB Lim Guan Eng atas kesulitan yang dialami beliau ekoran daripada kekeliruan dan kesilapan fakta di pihak kami dalam penyiaran berita asal tersebut.”

The parties involved refused to reveal the settlement amount.

Lim then withdrew the defamation suit he took against Utusan over the story.

Lim had also sued Berita Harian (BH) for the “inaccurate court” story and won RM300,000 in damages. The BH story had also left out the fact that Shaik Hussein had apologised to Lim.

Guan Eng wins RM300,000 in defamation suit against BH

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Federal Court allows appeal by state government and four timber companies.

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PUTRAJAYA: It was another setback for Sarawak natives over their native customary rights (NCR) land.

The Federal Court today allowed an appeal by the state government and four timber companies that six natives from the Kelabit, Lun Bawang and Penan tribes were not entitled to damages for encroachment.

Justice Balia Yusof Wahi, who delivered the judgment of the five-man bench, said the defendants had lost the right over the land as they had been resettled.

“They have abandoned their NCR land and the suit was filed after the resettlement.”

He said the claimants were resettled in villages about 40 years ago and they no longer possessed the land where the companies had started logging activities some 20 years ago.

“It is also conceivable that the plaintiffs do not know the presence of the defendants (the timber companies).”

Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria led the bench and the other judges were Hasan Lah, Abu Samah Nordin and Azahar Mohamed.

The bench in ruling in favour of the companies and the state relied on another apex court ruling of Bisi Jinggut, which held that whatever NCR land that is created or acquired would have been lost once abandoned.

This appeal originated from a case filed by the natives, led by Peter Racha Urud, who had been resettled by the government to Long Napir and Kampung Bahagia, Limbang, from their previous settlements in Upper Limbang.

After their resettlement, the government issued a forest logging licence in 1985 to Ravenscourt Sdn Bhd, Billion Venture Sdn Bhd and Limba Jaya Timber Sdn Bhd in 2002.

The High Court found the claimants were no longer residing at the previous settlements and were not in possession of the land.

Based on native customary law, the High Court ruled they had abandoned their former NCR land.

There was also undisputed evidence that the claimants knew that logging activities had been taking place at their former settlements before they initiated their case at the High Court in Limbang.

The High Court then struck out the suit on grounds it was filed out of time.

However, the Court of Appeal disagreed and set aside the High Court decision.

Last December, the Federal Court also quashed a bid by the Dayaks of Sarawak to apply native customary rights (NCR) on virgin forests.

Justice Raus Sharif, who delivered the majority judgment, said there was no legislation in Sarawak that gave the force of law to the Dayaks to claim customary rights over virgin forests around their longhouses.

He said the Sarawak Land Code, Tusun Tunggu (Codified Customary Laws), Iban Adat 1993 and a number of Rajah Orders recognised only cultivated land called “temuda” as NCR land.

“Temuda” refers to land left fallow, on which there is secondary growth.

The judges ruled that the customs of pemakai menoa and pulau galau did not fall within the definition of law under Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution.

The bench held that only the custom of temuda was recognised by statute.

Justice Zainun Ali, in dissenting, said customs and practice were part of the law under the Federal Constitution.

The landowners sued a timber company and the state government for encroaching into what they said was their territorial domain, and hence their NCR.

The natives have filed a review of the case on grounds that the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak should have been included to hear the appeal.

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Acer has finally announced the arrival of the Acer Swift 5 Ultrabook in Malaysia. The mid-range productivity machine will be available in two storage options at very competitive prices.

The spiritual successor to the popular Aspire S13 notebook, the Acer Swift 5 retains the classy design but is updated with the latest hardware. It runs on a 7th-gen Intel Core i5-7200U processor with 8GB of RAM. Its 14-inch Full HD IPS display has narrow bezels, allowing it to be fitted into a 13.3″ metal chassis.

It’s also got 2 USB 3.0 ports, and one USB Type C port (though it does not charge the laptop). There’s also a HDMI port, headphone jack, and a fingerprint reader that works with Windows Hello.

Finally, the Acer Swift 5 will come in two storage options in Malaysia. The 256GB SSD will retail for RM3,499, while the larger 512GB option will be sold at RM4,499 – one of the lowest we’ve seen in Malaysia so far. Both variants of the Swift 5 will be available in two colours: Obsidian Black and Pearl White.

The Acer Swift 5 is the latest of the family of Swift and Spin notebooks announced late last year. The Swift 7, Spin 5, and Swift 3 all made their debuts in Malaysia over the past few months.

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Ezam mahu peluang bertanding melawan Najib Razak di Pekan manakala Khairuddin mahu melawan Johari Ghani di Titiwangsa.

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PETALING JAYA: Sebuah parti politik baharu sedang dirancang, dan dipelopori bekas pemimpin Umno Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan dan Datuk Ezam Mohd Nor.

Bercakap kepada FMT, Khairuddin berkata parti yang belum diberi nama itu akan tertumpu kepada anak muda, terutamanya Generasi Y, membentuk mereka menjadi ahli politik masa depan, yang pertama sekali, menolak sebarang amalan rasuah.

“Kami sebuah parti dengan objektif tunggal memerangi rasuah,” kata bekas naib ketua Umno Bahagian Batu Kawan itu.

Beliau menambah Generasi Y (lahir 1980an hingga awal 1990an) pada masa ini nampaknya dipinggirkan dan diabaikan, tetapi parti yang akan ditubuhkan ini akan menjadikan Gen Y tumpuan mereka.

Khairuddin memberitahu FMT partinya tidak akan bersaing melawan pakatan pembangkang terbesar, Pakatan Harapan.

Sebaliknya, mereka mahu melengkapkan PH dan sekutu baharu, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) yang diasaskan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Apa sahaja kelemahan PH, kami akan ambil tanggungjawab menutup kekurangan itu. Untuk pilihan raya umum ke-14 nanti, kami hanya minta diberi 2 kerusi,” katanya.

Dua kerusi itu adalah kerusi Parlimen Pekan, iaitu kawasan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak, dan kerusi Titiwangsa, iaitu kawasan Menteri Kewangan II Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani. Ezam menyasarkan Najib sementara Khairuddin mahu mencabar Johari.

“Jika Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan Malaysia meluluskan parti ini, kami akan buat permohonan rasmi kepada PH dan tanya bolehkah kami menjadi parti komponen.

“Kami juga memilih Pekan dan Titiwangsa kerana ahli Parlimen di situ mengetuai kementerian kewangan, yang menjadi lubuk kepada masalah kewangan negara.

“Kami mahu baiki masalah itu, kami mahu hentikan sebarang bentuk rasuah dalam kementerian itu.”

Khairuddin berkata beliau dan Ezam belum memaklumkan pimpinan PH dan Dr Mahathir tentang rancangan mereka, tetapi akan berbuat demikian dalam masa terdekat.

Ini kerana beliau rasa terhutang budi kepada mereka kerana membantu beliau dan aktivis lain menjayakan gerakan Deklarasi Rakyat.

“Kami tidak mahu pemimpin pembangkang yang lain salah faham objektif kami.

“Jadi kami akan bertemu mereka tidak lama lagi untuk menjelaskan perkara ini kepada mereka dan kami harap mereka akan bantu kita dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang.”

Menurut Khairuddin, sejak Ezam mengumumkan rancangan untuk membentuk parti baharu semalam, mereka menerima “ribuan panggilan” daripada anak muda dan aktivisi yang berminat menyertai mereka.

Walaupun anak muda tidak cukup pengalaman untuk bertanding pilihan raya umum akan datang, mereka boleh menjadi sebahagian daripada jentera pilihan raya PH dan belajar mengenai bagaimana dunia politik berfungsi.

Pada pilihan raya umum ke-15 nanti, mereka akan bersedia mengambil peranan sebagai pemimpin negara masa depan, tambah Khairuddin.

“Ini bukan lagi mengenai kami. Kami hanya mahu membentuk mereka menjadi pemimpin berwibawa yang akan mengambil tempat kita suatu hari nanti.

“Sebab itu kami tidak terburu-buru menjadi sebuah parti yang besar. Itu cerita kemudian hari, mungkin pada PRU-15.”

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