Malaysia-Singapore Bilateral Issues

A number of bilateral issues have recently arisen between Malaysia and Singapore. These include the Seletar Airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) and ILS Approach Procedures as well as various outstanding maritime boundary delimitation issues.

Malaysia’s action in extending the Johor Bahru port limits is well within our rights as a sovereign nation and under international law.

Malaysia of course wants good relations with Singapore and everything must be done to ensure an amicable solution to these as well as other bilateral issues.

However, Singapore needs to respect Malaysia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in order for this to happen.

Cooler heads must prevail. At the same time, mutual trust and respect are essential for our two countries to be able to move forward together.


DPP’s Decision To Discontinue Black505 Case Appeal

I have been informed by my lawyers that the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) has decided to discontinue the appeal to increase the RM1500 fine imposed against me under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 due to the 2013 Black 505 rally.

The Court of Appeal had earlier dismissed the government’s appeal in January, which allowed me to contest in the 14th General Elections.

I am grateful that the DPP has agreed to do so as I have long believed that the time resources spent on prosecuting me over what was ultimately a peaceful rally could have been better used elsewhere.

Moreover, the Kuala Lumpur High Court also awarded me RM230,000 in damages for malfeasance in public office against the Attorney-General of the time and the government then. I was repeatedly charged after being acquitted by the Court of Appeal presided by Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md. Yusof (now Speaker of Dewan Rakyat), Datuk Mah Weng Kwai and Datuk Dr. Hamid Sultan Abu Backer that declared Section 9(5) PAA was unconstitutional.

I consider this matter closed and I hope the government will work together with Parliament as well as civil society to consider how the freedom of assembly can continue to be exercised peaceably and lawfully by all Malaysians.


The Launching Of My Book ‘9 May 2018: Notes from the Frontline’

Anwar Ibrahim launched my latest book, ‘9 May 2018: Notes from the Frontline’ yesterday at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara.

One Buck Short performed at the launch.

It is a book that tells about the journey from the fall of Pakatan Rakyat to the Pakatan Harapan victory in GE14.

This includes issues from the people on the ground as I campaigned in Setiawangsa and across the country as well as the compromises and tensions between different political parties and within KEADILAN towards the elections.

The book is published by Gerakbudaya Bookstore – SIRD and is available at major bookshops and online at

Government Must Prioritise Bread And Butter Issues, Says PKR Lawmaker

by Syahirah Syed Jaafar /
December 02, 2018 19:43 pm +08

PETALING JAYA (Dec 2): While institutional reform is needed in the country, the “basic bread and butter economic issues” must be prioritised to prevent backlash from the people, says Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

“It’s about solving the basic needs of the people. You can talk about institutional reform, but if the bread and butter issues such as wages are not solved, then we will get backlash and we are already seeing signs of that,” the Member of Parliament (MP) for Setiawangsa said at the launch of his book entitled “9 May 2018: Notes from the Frontline” by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today. The price of the book is at RM25.

Nik Nazmi said while the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition managed to secure the majority of parliamentary seats during the recent 14th general election (GE14), it did not, however, get support from certain quarters of the country and must therefore work harder to earn their trust.

“Even though we have won, we did not get a majority of support from the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, everyone knows that. We also did not get Malay support from Perlis, nor in most seats in Sabah and Sarawak. So these are the things that we need to realise and try to reach out to them,” he added.

For Nik Nazmi, GE14 was a personal milestone as he was contesting for the first time at federal level. He clinched the Parliamentary seat of Setiawangsa, the only seat in Kuala Lumpur that Barisan Nasional had never lost previously.

In his book, Nik Nazmi gave his behind-the-scenes take on the political developments in the opposition coalition from the disappointing loss of GE13 to the ecstacy win of GE14.

“I thought it was important that we document this experience and I wanted to contribute my account so that we can remind ourselves as we embark on a New Malaysia,” he said.

Recalling the fall of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and the founding of Pakatan Harapan, he also gave his first-hand account of the back room politics, the party conferences, the development of the non-profit organisation INVOKE Malaysia, working with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as well as insight into the campaigns he worked on in Selangor and Setiawangsa, and in marginal seats from Perlis to Sabah.

Meawhile, Anwar conceded that a lot more has to be done to address the bread and butter issues, especially the poor and marginalised groups.

“Now that I am MP for Port Dickson, I see that poverty remains an issue till today. While I advocate for dismantling the New Economic Policy to create more progressive ones, many Malays in the rural areas remain suspicious of our efforts because we are not seen as creating tough measures to elevate poverty.

“But I am mindful that to succeed, we must be clear that we will work on getting rid of corruption and show more compassion towards the marginalised,” he said in his speech at the book launch.

Nik Nazmi previously served as private secretary to Anwar from 2006 to 2008. Nik Nazmi also held the position of the first Pakatan Harapan Youth Leader from 2017 to 2018 and PKR youth chief from 2014 to 2018. He was a two-term Selangor state assemblyman until 2018.

Later after the launch, Anwar urged Umno and PAS leaders not to proceed with the rally linked to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) on Dec 8.

He said they should not deny that there was currently racial anxiety, in addition to Putrajaya having said that it had decided not to ratify the United Nations convention.

“I am asking for the wisdom of Umno and PAS leaders as we can’t deny there is racial anxiety now,” he added.

Anwar also called on leaders to show more courage to tackle racism in the country.

“The agenda of reform does not finish necessarily with a change in leadership. On May 9, Malaysians showed that they were willing to stand together to fight corruption, racism and bigotry.

“We may have won (GE14), but we must continue the fight especially with the rising racism in the West and other nations,” said Anwar.

“Yes, we have problems like with what happened (rioting) at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ25 recently. But I believe Malaysians can be better.

We should never be proud of these religious bigots, they are there waiting for the chance to screw up the nation. I believe if we remain steadfast in our conviction to our promise for reform, we can achieve justice for all,” he added.

Welcoming The Re-Opening Of Purchase Of Submarines

There have been media reports that the authorities have re-opened investigations into the controversial 2002 purchase of the two French Scorpene submarines.

This highly-welcome development vindicates years of work—not only by Pakatan Harapan figures—but also members of the media and civil society, who sought to expose the truth about the deals in the face of great adversity.

If the case has indeed been re-opened, the authorities must carry out the new investigations with all due dispatch and charge any party they believe is guilty of wrongdoing.

Moreover, the Pakatan Harapan government should recommit itself to ensuring greater transparency and accountability when it comes to defence and indeed, all forms of government procurement.

It should identify, publicise and implement measures to ensure that our taxpayer ringgits are not wasted and that our serving men and women are adequately equipped to defend our land.

The sorry, sordid saga of the Scorpene submarines should never be repeated again.