In a bid to push for the status of a registered political party, youth party Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA) has sued the home minister and Registrar of Societies (RoS) in the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
After months of waiting for approval, co-founders which includes Muar MP Syed Saddiq filed a lawsuit on January 12th and are seeking to reverse the home minister’s January 6th decision to refuse to register MUDA as a political party.
MUDA is also asking the court to issue a mandamus order to order the home minister and RoS to register it as a society under the political party category within seven days from the date of the court order.
As part of the lawsuit, it is also seeking compensation from both the home minister and RoS.
The thirteen who had filed the lawsuit are Syed Saddiq, Amir Hariri Abd Hadi, Dr Mathen Muniasupran, Dr Teo Lee Ken, Dr Thanussha Francis Xavier, Lim Wei Jiet, Luqman Long, Mohd Fakhruradzi Tajuddin, Mohd Saufy Nizar Abdul Rahman, Nur Afiqah M. Zulkifli, Shahrizal Denci, Siti Rahayu Baharin and Tarmizi Anuwar.
The hearing for Muda’s application for leave for judicial review is set to be heard through video-conferencing at 10am tomorrow before High Court judge Datuk Seri Mariana Yahya.
The second round of the Movement Control Order (MCO) is again in place to curb the ever-dreadful daily new cases which are surging at a worrying state.
Selangor who is the state with the highest total along with Penang, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan are all to go through this until January 26th; nobody is ensured that this would all end at that time as we continue to see cases coming in by the thousands, even seeing 4,000 at one point.
While majority of us continue to stay apart and work from home, cities and streets have been left empty; what was usually packed with cars and pedestrians are now similar to dead towns seen in movies. Here’s how those said states looked like during the first week of MCO 2.0.
Merely four days into MCO 2.0, the Putrajaya UMNO youth decided that they were to hand out free frozen chicken via a drive-through system.
However, the event which had also caused a standstill in Putrajaya from over 2,000 people who went nuts for the freebies, was later found out to be unapproved by proper authorities and had failed to comply with Covid-19 rules set in place.
According to Putrajaya Umno Youth vice-chief, Mohd Zushaidey Zulkifli, he claims to have had obtained the neccasary approvals from the National Security Council and the police. He also mentioned that Covid-19 protocols were followed when distributing the frozen chicken; however, officials said that checks by the police showed otherwise.
Putrajaya district police chief, Mohd Fadzli Ali said that the event should’ve not be held as the federal territory was currently under MCO since Wednesday and the event wasn’t even given the necessary approvals.
He also said it a statement that compound fines have been issued to the organizers under Section 22(B) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.
As reported by Sinar Harian, at least 2,000 birds were passed out outside an animal shelter in Presint 9.
While pictures of the said drive-through showing extremely long line of cars and crowds were trending on social media as it happened, netizens were quick to express their frustration towards this as it could lead to a surge in the already worsening Covid-19 daily cases; or in other words, a “chicken cluster”.
Fresh out of inciting a mob that ran rampant over the U.S. capitol building, Donald Trump, who is clearly making headlines for all the wrong reasons is currently facing an impeachment trial again and critics aren’t writing out the possibilities of him being impeached again after the U.S. House of Representatives had voted to do so.
Trump was always one to go out with a bang, this however, may not be the bang that he was hoping for as the final days of his presidency comes closer.
Incitement of Insurrection
Following hours of debating, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an article of impeachment that charges Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the deadly riot at the US Capitol. The mob had done so in a bid to overturn the “stolen” election but had failed as Joe Biden’ presidency was confirmed by the joint session of Congress.
On a 232 to 197 vote, the House’s impeachment article called on Vice President Mike Pence to remove the powers of presidency from Trump, but Pence later on wrote a letter to speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi that he would do so as it “would set a terrible precedent.”
With that option out of the window, the House has moved to impeach the president by holding him accountable for actions of sedition against the U.S. government.
Democrats and Republicans alike
Although the impeachment was a go to for most democrats, a number of republicans in the house were also vocal for Trump’s impeachment, such as Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kitzinger, Sens. Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski on the Senate side.
According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly leaning towards convicting Trump, believing the president offenses are impeachable.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Trump said, departing the White House for an event in Texas.
“For Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country and it’s causing tremendous anger.”
Other than that, Trump also defended his now deleted speech to the January 6th mob, calling it “totally appropriate”.
Requirements for an impeachment
A total of 216 are required from the House of Representatives; a trial is then heard in the Senate where two-thirds of the 100 senators must vote to convict.
A process that often takes months, the house intends to sped up the process and bring the articles of impeachment to a floor vote.
In short, the house votes, the article of impeachment is passed and presented to the senate where a trial must be held, the House prosecutes while the Senate sits as jury and Supreme Court Chief Justice presides, Trump is given the opportunity to defend himself.
According to a New York based Counter Extremism Project (CEP), Mahathir Mohammed, an inclusion of the 2019 TIME’s 100 list, has been listed among the “top 20 most dangerous extremists”.
The non-profit that combats the “growing threat” from extremist ideologies by “pressuring financial and material support networks, countering the narrative of extremists and their online recruitment, and advocating for smart laws, policies, and regulations”, had released to list over the week that also “highlights the last known location, deaths attributed to these harbingers of terror” and analyses “the influence these extremists have had over their group” and followers.
“CEP has considered extremists from across the spectrum of ideologies and beliefs, from ISIS to the Muslim Brotherhood, and the anti-Muslim Buddhist group in Myanmar to Generation Identity, all are considered a huge threat to international security,” the New York-based nonprofit said in its report.
The list also mentioned of the likes of Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, a designated a terrorist organisation, Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla, the current ISIS caliph, along with three women that includes Beate Zschäpe, a member of the neo-Nazi terrorist organization National Socialist Underground.
So why was Mahathir listed?
It all lies down to “controversial opinions” that led to “international condemnation” even though the he was not directly responsible for acts of violence.
“…his controversial opinions have led to international condemnation as it was alleged Mahathir supported extremist violence against the West,” CEP wrote.
Nice attacks and to “kill the French”
Back in October 2019, the 95 year old leader had sparked wide criticism after his infamous “Muslim have the rights to kill French” Twitter thread.
Mahathir’s statements came after three people were killed in Nice, France where he had also mentioned “angry people will kill regardless of the religion they profess”.
The former prime minister, however, did not make a direct reference to the attack in Nice and had addressed the beheading of a history teacher that happened in Paris instead.
He later issued a statement, saying that he was taken “out of context”.
If you haven’t start working from home yet and expect it to be a breeze when it comes about, think again as you just might be setting yourself up for disaster.
As work from home became a new norm for us throughout 2020 and perhaps even for the majority of 2021, let’s take a look at a few misconceptions of working remotely and how unrealistic expectations brings out the worst of working from home.
1) Work schedule
Expectation: “Who needs an alarm clock when I can start whenever I want to?”
Reality: You still have deadlines to meet and colleagues to communicate with. If you don’t have a set work schedule for yourself, don’t expect the same for others as work from home means more conference calls than usual now that everyone is not seeing each other in the office anymore.
2) Resting hours
Expectation: “Yeah I’ll stop working whenever I want, who’s here to stop me from taking a day off anyway”
Reality: You won’t be calling it a week on Thursday and give yourself an early weekend. In fact, you might find work hours overlap with your resting hours since work and rest are all in the same space. Tasks that aren’t done before the weekend might just roll on over and take up your resting days, get a solid understanding of how you can maximize productivity while you’re still in the week.
3) Work-life balance doesn’t exist at home
Expectation: “I feel more productive today, I think I might as well work throughout the night while at home”
Reality: Burnouts happen whether you’re overworking in the office or at home. Take time off occasionally to tend to your own well-being and life when you find yourself taking off more than can chew. While overworking can be a might convenience, it is far too easy to slip into the dark hole of overworking yourself to the extremes.
Expectation: “Home is so quiet, there should be lesser distractions for me when compared to the annoying co-workers I have in the office”
Reality: Even an everyday object such as a flowerpot is enough to stray your attention away from work. Don’t underestimate your senses as the teeniest tiniest bit is enough to break your focus, this reflects much more especially when you have pets that are constantly on the run or simply doing nothing, laying there in all that cuteness.
5) Alone time
Expectation: “Imagine all that I can get done with all this alone time! This is the ultimate work experience!”
Reality: Too much alone time may be the reality we are facing now, but it might just be the bit that breaks us as well during this whole pandemic situation. With long periods of time spent at home, face-to-face interaction is often taken for granted until one realizes of the overwhelming quietness of long periods without human interaction.
As the new year comes about, so does new politic feuds as seen recently with the alleged UMNO-DAP partnership to form a new government and several political leaders who have appeared on both sides of the feud.
Can UMNO and DAP really put aside their differences to unite though? Analysts interviewed by FMT have sme serious doubt about that and rightfully so based upon the history between the two.
After ousted BN- secretary-general, Annuar Musa had said that several supreme council members within UMNO had been in talks with DAP, prominent members Najib Razak and Lim Guan Eng had downplayed the statement, with Najib rejecting the idea completely while Guan Eng maintains that any cooperation should first be discussed by both the party leaders.
According to academic Azmi Hassan, “blood runs deep” between the two and it would take a mighty effort from the UMNO leaders that Musa had mentioned about to convince their colleagues of the partnership with DAP.
“The leadership of both parties might be able to work together, but the same can’t be said for the grassroots. It’s up to the leaders to articulate the importance of this kind of partnership.” said Hassan when interviewed by FMT.
“If the grassroots put out a big ‘NO’ towards working with PPBM, it’s an even bigger ‘NO’ when it comes to DAP.”
James Chin of the University of Tasmania’s Asia Institute on the other hand, had dismissed the possibility entirely, citing that the differences between the two play a major part as to why it would not work.
“Talks will not lead to any agreement, ideologically they are too far apart. I doubt very much they can come together and actually form a government.
“DAP doesn’t believe in separating the country into bumiputera and non-bumiputera, but for Umno that is their minimum requirement for the country, to practice Malay supremacy,” he said.
Chin also added that UMNO would be abandoning their whole principle and ideology of Malay supremacy if they had chosen to partner with DAP.
Although bad blood, Azmi said that prior working relationship between PAS and DAP is reasons why the UMNO-DAP partnership shouldn’t be out of the question, but he ponders on the legality of the move by UMNO.
“Maybe Umno is trying to weaken Pakatan Harapan (PH). Maybe they have no intention of working with DAP. They just want to rattle PH and raise doubts about their cohesion. The possibility is there.
“Annuar’s bombshell will no doubt rattle Umno too, especially the president. In my opinion, Umno will face the most negative effects.”
Nonetheless, Azmi believes that such partnerships can be “momentous” and could be the key to patching up the often shaky relationship between Chinese and Malay communities.
As rain continues to pour down on major parts of Peninsular Malaysia, states such as Pahang and Johor have seen flooding for almost days now.
At just the beginning of the year, many are rushing to start of their year with work and to get on with their lives after the year end break, even if it means driving dangerously through flooded roads.
If you’re thinking about doing so the next time you come across a flooded road, perhaps think again, as motorists are advised to no take the risk of driving their vehicle throough flooded roads.
According to Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Datuk Azisman Alias, the public must emphasize their safety since many major highways and small-town roads were flooded and the strong flood currents are a danger to all road users.
“Road users need to be careful and do not take the risk of continuing with their journey if the roads they are travelling on are under water.
“Be careful during this flood season. If there is no need to go out, just stay at home,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
As reported by Bernama, a man was believed to have been swept away with his vehicle at Batu 18 Jalan Kluang Kahang after helping his wife to get out of a flooding car as they cointnued driving down a flooded road.
On top of that, several videos on social media showed how various drivers brave the waters in their trucks and Myvi-sized cars; it is important to mention that more than half of these videos resulted in the vehicles being swept away by the flood’s current as well.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s isn’t like any other days, whether you call it “Betwixtmas,” “Crimbo Limbo,” or “The Merrineum, it is in fact a weird one as you aren’t sure if you should be carrying on with your days as usual or be ready to reel in the new year.
It is a strange period in exceptionally strange times as well, so it’s all normal if you feel somewhat uneasy and don’t have a proper direction to go in.
If you find this period way too uneasy to go by, here are seven tweets that would perhaps help brighten the situation and also to help you in defining your whatever you would call this period.
Whatever you plan to do, remember to do it with some positivity. It still took you a long way to finally reach this point, didn’t it?
If one of us would be looking for a way to define this year, look no further as we’ve practically been living like this since the start of the pandemic.
No, you shouldn’t be drinking at 10am; but I guess we surely can’t stop you with your decisions.
If my boss is seeing this, we’re sorry but not sorry at the same time.
Like we said, nobody’s stopping you from doing anything.
Yeah, we only have one day on our minds and it doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out.
We don’t know a lot of things, but one thing we know for sure is Christmas cookies.
With the electric vehicle becoming much more of a reality than fiction these days, it is only fitting to see tech companies following suit in which what Tesla has successfully done so with its range of electric self driving cars; however, another tech giant may be giving the Tesla a run for its money though, as Apple is rumored to be releasing their version of self driving electric cars as early as in 2024.
Said to be boasting a breakthrough in battery technology as well, the iPhone makers initiative for electric self driving cars is known as Project Titan, which has seen uneven its progress since 2014.
At one point, it was also rumored to be drawn back and reassessed as a whole. According to CNBC, Doug Field, an Apple veteran and former Tesla employee, had returned to managed the project in 2018 and had laid off 190 people from the team in 2019.
Apple has had steady results since and aims to build a vehicle for many of its customers in the Apple ecosystem, according to two anonymous sources familiar with the matter.
Central to all these is also a rumored ground breaking battery design that could reduce the cost of batteries and increase the car’s range, according to a third person who has seen the battery design by Apple.
Apple of course, has declined to comment on its plans and future products
One significant challenge would be looking for a supply chain as even with the amount of dollar signs the company holds onto, it has never assembled a car ever. Did we mention that it even took Elon Musk 17 years before he found sustained profit from making cars?
“If there is one company on the planet that has the resources to do that, it’s probably Apple. But at the same time, it’s not a cellphone,” said a person who worked on Project Titan.
Two people with knowledge of these plans also added that the pandemic may have pushed the start of production in 2025 or beyond.
Apple may also be utilizing technology from previous devices such as the lidar sensors in order to scan different distances. Reuters had previously reported that Apple had talked with potential lidar suppliers but doesn’t rule out the fact that Apple may even as well develop its own sensor.
The batteries would also be built upon plans of a unique “monocell” where individuals battery cells are bulked up and frees up space in the battery pack. This would mean that more active material can be packed in the battery, which means potentially a longer range. Thee are also talks of a chemistry for the battery called lithium iron phosphate to help with the overheating.
It’s next level,” the person said of Apple’s battery technology. “Like the first time you saw the iPhone.”