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Najib and Umno

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Judging Najib and Umno with the wisdom of Solomon
Just as the many at the Umno Assembly were yesterday 'fed' a history lesson on the May 13 incident, I, too, received the same, the day before. I was at the Jalan Duta court complex to await the commencement of my sedition trial ( which did not kick off. A story to be told on another day ). I was joined in the court canteen by a legal practitioner who is senior in age but relatively junior at the Bar. We started to talk about the recent slew of sedition charges and what might be the motivation behind them. After I had offered my two sen on the matter, he gave his. He told me that some 40 years ago, when Harun Idris was ordered to enter his defence in his corruption trial, Harun spilled the beans on the May 13 incident as he gave his evidence. Harun had apparently said in the witness box that, at the instigation of Tun Razak, Najib’s father, and upon the promise from the same that he would be appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Harun…

Malaysia's ill-treatment of refugees

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Born and jailed in Malaysia: A refugee's fear

NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Sin Sin, left, one of a number of asylum seekers detained after giving birth this year [Kate Mayberry/Al Jazeera] Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Still elated by the birth of their first child, the couple prepared to leave the maternity ward of Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. But when Sin Sin, 29, and her husband Za Tim, 32, stepped out of the hospital lift with their two-day-old son, immigration officers were waiting.
Forcibly separating them from Za Tim - a refugee from Myanmar registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia - the officers bundled the mother and child into a waiting vehicle and drove them to a barren lock-up, with limited access to water and no medical care.
"I can't express what was going through my mind," Sin Sin recalled in an interview with Al Jazeera, her now six-month old son, chubby …

Malaysian education system not good enough for Cabinet ministers' children

Are your kids abroad because our education system ‘sucks’? Kit Siang asks CabinetNOVEMBER 19, 2014 526 35Google +221 TOOLSINCREASE TEXT

Dirt turned to stone

NM man'sDdirt to stone, revolutionizes road repair worldwideCreated: 11/09/2014 9:45 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4
They're often rutted and dangerous, but a Santa Fe business owner has a new technology that could forever change how road crews repair and maintain dirt roads. Indeed, there's a certain beauty found in taking a road less traveled in New Mexico, but there's also a certain headache -- a teeth-ratting reminder why most dirt roads should be avoided. On the back roads of the Navajo Nation, that's almost always true. "There are a lot of struggles," Benjamin Bennett, the deputy director of the Navajo Nation Division of Transportation said in an interview with 4 Investigates. The Navajo Nation is almost entirely rural and sparsely populated.  Because of that, there are hundreds of miles of dirt roads.  Crews try to maintain them, but it's often difficult. After the snow melts every winter, it's especially tough. "[We] try to ma…