Bukit Mertajam in spotlight – for the wrong reasons

A few news items caught my attention recently.

The first one is datelined Bukit Mertajam, the link for which I put up recently:

Trafficking abuse of Myanmar Rohingya spreads to Malaysia

The United States recently downgraded Malaysia and three other countries to Tier 3 – the lowest possible ranking – in its annual Trafficking of Persons (TIP) Report due to insufficient action taken to prevent human trafficking and forced labour. We are in the same group as Zimbabwe, North Korea and Saudi Arabia! See this Guardian report: ‘US penalises Malaysia for shameful human trafficking record’.

And the second revelation is about dead bodies, some of them reportedly foreigners, found dumped in and around the Bukit Mertajam area:

Penang fast becoming a state where there is no peace for the dead! (more…)


Mahathir withdraws support for Najib – but how valid are his grounds?

Uh-oh, the news that an incumbent Umno prime minister dreads – Mahathir is withdrawing support. Deja vu.

Let’s look at some of the reasons he gave (in bold), with my comments next to them.

Mahathir didn’t like it when:

Najib repealed the ISA – Of course, Mahathir wouldn’t be happy with this. But other oppressive laws such as the Sedition Act (which Najib had pledged to repeal) remain in place, and this really should keep Mahathir contented – though not many of the rakyat. (more…)