Belanjawan 2015 yang dibentangkan Jumaat lalu memperuntukkan RM711 juta kepada Program Permata Negara (Permata) yang dinaungi isteri Perdana Menteri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Naib Ketua Wanita KEADILAN, Haniza Talha berkata tidak sepatutnya subsidi rakyat dipotong hanya semata-mata untuk disalurkan kepada program berkenaan.

“Dalam keadaan ekonomi negara yang agak sukar apabila subsidi dipotong dan rakyat menanggung beban, lebih baik duit yang diperuntukkan itu dibelanjakan pada benda yang lebih berguna,” katanya ketika dihubungi.

Kehadiran warga asing sebagai speaker untuk menggesa pemansuhan Akta Hasutan mengundang rasa tidak puas hati dalam kalangan Kumpulan Gabungan Pertubuhan Bukan Kerajaan (NGO) Islam Pulau Pinang hingga mencetuskan suasana tegang di Padang Kota Lama di sini, semalam.

Pada kejadian kira-kira jam 6.05 petang itu, suasana kecoh mula tercetus apabila warga asing yang mewakili sekumpulan 20 individu daripada Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) berucap memberikan sokongan dalam gerakan pemansuhan Akta Hasutan dan mengkritik kerajaan.

Saksi berkata, ucapan itu menaikkan kemarahan ahli kumpulan gabungan NGO Islam dan orang awam yang turut berada di lokasi sama.

Para pengguna di Selangor dan Lembah Klang tidak perlu khuatir tentang kemungkinan berlakunya catuan air berikutan insiden pencemaran Sungai Selangor yang berlaku kira-kira jam 8 malam tadi.

Menteri Besar, Mohamed Azmin Ali berkata kerja-kerja pengepaman air bersih terpaksa dihenti tugas serta merta berikutan insiden tumpahan hidrokarbon yang mengakibatkan tiga loji rawatan air Sungai Selangor dan Loji Rawatan Air Rantau Panjang terjejas, lapor Selangor Kini.

The Malaysian government has increasingly employed the Sedition Act, a British colonial era law, to intimidate and silence political opponents. The law criminalizes speech uttered “to excite disaffection” against the government and defines sedition so broadly that it is an invitation to authoritarian abuse.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had promised to repeal the act, but, since the general elections in May last year, his government has made full use of the law to hound his critics. While Mr. Najib’s ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, won 60 percent of the parliamentary seats in the election, for the first time since independence in 1957, the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, won a 51 percent majority of the popular vote.

Chinese education continued to be a hot topic during debate at the 61st MCA annual general assembly with several delegates expressing their concerns.

Tai Foo Soh, from the Tangga Batu division in Malacca, said he was saddened to find that the existence of Chinese schools remained an issue in a harmonious, multi-racial and multi-religious society.

Chinese education, he stressed, was not and would never become the stumbling block in national unity.