THE Housing and Local Government Ministry could table amendments to the Local Government Act 1976 next year to reinstate Local Government Elections. There is much expectation that local councillors will be elected again. Since 1965, Malaysians have been denied of their third vote to elect their local representatives. There are 154 local authorities in Malaysia and the effectiveness of these councils varies. But at some point they have all been open to abuse of power and mismanagement. It is likely that local elections will be introduced in stages. Problems with the local councils include the lack of action over draft amendments to the Petaling Jaya Local Plan’s land status despite findings by a Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency. The Kuala Lumpur Draft Plan was only gazetted last year after 10 years and cost RM30 million. The decision-making process in local governments need to be restructured to empower its officers to check and balance decisions in … [Read more...] about The third vote next year?
Risks of social media for youth
A Malaysian teenager who posted an Instagram poll asking if she should live or die took her life after a majority of respondents said yes, sparking calls for an investigation. The unidentified 16-year-old from Kuching in Sarawak died after posting the poll Monday on the Facebook-owned picture sharing platform. Police have classified the case as "sudden death". "Really Important, Help Me Choose D/L," she wrote, according to a report on the news portal Astro Awani, with the letters "D" and "L" apparently referring to "die" or "live" respectively. Sixty-nine percent of votes cast were in favour of her ending her life, with just 31 percent against, local media quoted police as saying. Lawmaker Ramkarpal Singh called for a probe into the circumstances of her death. "I urge the authorities... to investigate the social media accounts of the victim and the circumstances that led to her death to prevent further abuse of social media in similar circumstances in the future," he said. "It is … [Read more...] about Malaysian teen took own life after Instagram poll
PARIS: French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday (Apr 30) said more than 7,400 police and security forces would be deployed in Paris for Wednesday's May Day marches in case of violence by protesters.The government is bracing for a repeat of last year's May 1 violence, when the government was caught off guard by some 1,200 trouble-makers who ran amok in the capital, vandalising businesses and clashing with police.Castaner said the authorities had found several groups on social media urging protesters to turn Paris into "the capital of rioting" on Wednesday."Based on the information we have, 1,000 to 2,000 radical activists, potentially reinforced by individuals coming from abroad, could try to spread lawlessness and violence," he told a press conference.Nearly 200 motorcycle units will be deployed across the capital to respond quickly to flare-ups of violence, and drones will be used to track protesters' movements.Castaner said police would also avail themselves of a new … [Read more...] about Massive police deployment planned for Paris May Day marches
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - What a roller-coaster of a week it has been for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. For a while, it seemed like his career was once again on the line as he came under fire from his party over the controversial reshuffle of the Johor exco. The Bersatu president and his powerful party chairman were clearly not on the same page over it and Muhyiddin was criticised for going against the no-reshuffle decision made by no less than the Cabinet. But something intangible has happened along the way and Muhyiddin may have finally found his mojo in the midst of a crisis. The Chinese word for crisis is made up of two other words - danger and opportunity - and it looks like Muhyiddin may have survived the danger and turned it into an opportunity. He is now seen as the bridge across the troubled waters between the Johor Palace and Putrajaya. Some political watchers even credited Muhyiddin as being statesmanlike in handling this complicated issue between two powerful … [Read more...] about Calm before another storm in Johor?: The Star columnist