The draconian amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act are likely to be passed in Parliament tonight as MPs debate the changes.
Today is the International Day of Non-Violence, so I thought it would be appropriate to recall a couple of the greatest speeches by Martin Luther King. It comes on the day after the US government has gone broke, aggravated by its US$1 trillion annual spending on the military and security. That has forced Obama to cancel his trip to Malaysia. Meanwhile, our own government is trying to push through draconian amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act while the Auditor General’s report reveals a litany of corrupt practices and shoddy work. And that’s not even considering the billions of ringgit lost through the illicit outflow of funds and cronyism. All the while millions of Malaysians struggle to make ends meet as their household debt piles up. King’s “I have a dream” speech on 28 August 1963 in Washington DC, half a century ago:
Update: According to Forbes, Mokhzani was the 15th richest Malaysian as of February 2013, with a net worth of US$980m (RM3.2bn). “Mahathir Mokhzani reaped 43% gain in wealth after his Kencana Petroleum merged with Shahril and Shahriman Shamsuddin’s (No. 12) SapuraCrest. Serves as executive vice chairman of what is now Malaysia’s largest oil and gas service provider, SapuraKencana. Father is former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.” SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd, whose executive vice-chairman and part owner is Mokhzani Mahathir, has reportedly entered into a partnershp with Vestigo Petroleum Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Petronas, to bid for a second risk service contract to extract oil from a marginal oil field.
A group of Malaysians marched to Parliament to hand over a memoradum to the Home Minister and register their opposition to the Prevention of Crime Act that have been tabled.
See how Singapore created a 153-acre naturalised park between the housing estates of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio.