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Malaysian Political Garbage

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Selangor polls

Some say it’ll be good for Selangor to have separate (state and parliamentary) elections, while some are for simultaneous elections. Our discussions have been based on speculation (on the date of the general election) and the strategies in facing it.
Khalid Ibrahim, Selangor MB, on whether to dissolve the state assembly together with Parliament dissolution

Taib Mahmud

But what the Najib-Taib ‘love fest’ in Bintulu camouflaged was the clear victory hands-down by Taib in the political tug-of-war with Najib. The reason is also very simple and straightforward – the tables have been turned, with Taib now having more political leverage vis-à-vis Najib instead of the other way round 18 months ago before the state election.
Lim Kit Siang, DAP advisor, on Sarawak chief minister Taib Mahmud

National security

The immigration officers informed me that a restriction has been imposed on me by the Immigration Department director-general and the inspector-general of police. The reason given from both sides is that I am a threat to national security.
P Waythamoorthy, Hindraf leader, after being barred from leaving the country

JAWI

Seizure can be done by JAWI under the applicable laws, without any prohibition order from the ministry.
Hishamuddin Hussein, Home minister, on Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department’s power to seize controversial books on Islam

Suaram and Scorpene

The action will have no bearing on our case in France.
Cynthia Gabriel, Suaram secretariat member, stressing its French probe into alleged kickbacks in the Malaysian government’s procurement of Scorpene submarines will continue despite crackdown

Freedom of speech

It would seem that the liberal West believes that free speech is licence to curse and insult other people without limit. I think Western values have gone crazy.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, on US secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that hateful speech is part of freedom

Evidence Act

This is because, as we know, people’s names can be used. There are many Abdul Ganis in Malaysia, and possibly, there are people who use the name.
Abdul Gani Patail, Attorney General, on how the amended Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950 works

– Harakah