Wednesday, October 29, 2008
PENANG, Oct 29 (Bernama) -- The National Fatwa Council will come out with a ruling relating to yoga exercise soon.
The announcement would be made by the council's chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin, said Deputy Director-General (Operations) of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) Othman Mustapha.
He told reporters this after opening the two-day seminar on Islamic Jurisprudence and Eternal Islamic Thinking at Universiti Sains Malaysia jointly organised by the Islamic Studies Division of the university's Human Knowledge Study Centre and Jakim here today.
Yesterday, lecturer Prof Zakaria Stapa of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Islamic Studies Centre advised Muslims who have taken up yoga to stop practising it for fear that it could deviate their belief.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 (Bernama) -- Languages used on signboards is under the jurisdiction of the state government and not the unity, culture, arts and heritage ministry, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Minister Teng Boon Soon said the ministry was not responsible for enforcing any language used at local authority or state government levels.
He was replying to Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) on talk that the Penang Government planned to use several languages on signboards in the state.
seals: I heard the minister of unity, culture, arts and heritage warned the Penang CM not to go against the agreed practice (I think he also said "by the Rulers") that Malay is the language that unites Malaysian.
But I have seen usage of JAWI in Selangor and Johor and many other places.
I am not questioning the usage of JAWI here but highlighting his contradicting statement. I am glad Jawi is used, but when someone else takes a step further to do more .... then they should keep quiet.
It is not only BN is allowed to do thing for people any good leader and party can do better for the people. When that happens the other should keep quiet.
Monday, October 27, 2008
By ROYCE CHEAH
KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia has finally conquered its “last frontier” with the Indian Government giving the low-cost carrier approval to fly to India.
AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes said the airline would start selling tickets to Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu at midnight on Wednesday with the first flight to take off on Dec 1 at 7.40am.
“It will be a daily flight and we are looking at even adding a second flight now as the initial response has been tremendous,” he told reporters Monday during a press conference here.
Special promotional prices for the flight will cost RM49 one-way while the normal ticket price will cost about RM200 one-way.
Fernandes said plans are now in the works for the next one and a half years to fly to many more destinations in India including Madras, Madurai and Kochi with AirAsia.
“AirAsia-X meanwhile will fly to places like New Dehli, Bombay, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Calcutta,” he added.
He said AirAsia would initially invest between RM5mil to RM7mil to set up infrastructure in India and he is confident that it will do well.
“This is an exciting period for us and I’m looking at a high load factor of at least 90% for our first flight,” he said.
Fernandes said it had taken the airline seven years to reach this stage and with India now in its pocket, his mission as CEO is complete.
“I had said then that India would be the last place we need to get to. It is now over to AirAsia-X to grow the business to Japan, South Korea, Europe and the United States.”
Fernandes said he expects a huge growth in Indian tourism in Malaysia and that he is not worried about the global economic slowdown.
“I believe that you have to be innovative. While other airlines are cutting back we are expanding and can take up their slack.
“Maybe some of the population in India cannot afford to fly with us, but there are many more who can and this is the market we are after,” he said.
Fernandes also said, in response to recent Malaysia Airlines (MAS) advertisements, that his battle with MAS is over and that it is time to move on.
seals: Cool AirAsia ...bye MAS ...
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Husna Yusop and Giam Say Khoon
KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 23, 2008) : Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh was suspended from the Dewan Rakyat for two days for uttering the words "kurang ajar" – an unparliamentary word - to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz today.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia made the decision after Karpal accused him of not being serious and "main-main" (fooling around) in carrying out his duties.
"I am suspending Bukit Gelugor because he has used the word kurang ajar. I am showing you that I am serious. I am not abusing my power. I am just exercising my power," he said while instructing the sergeant-at-arms to accompany the wheelchair-bound Karpal out of the House.
It all started with the disclosure by Nazri that the government had spent RM81,965.75 for a Bar Council dinner at JW Marriot Hotel in April, in reply to a question from Wee Choo Keong (PKR-Wangsa Maju).
Wee then asked why the government agreed to sponsor it, suggesting it was a form of corruption, but Nazri said the government was trying to make up with the Bar Council as their relationship had not been good before.
"When I was made the minister in charge of law before, it was general knowledge that the relationship between the council and the previous government was not quite good. I felt responsible to ensure the government and the judiciary have a good relationship, without any quarrels or severe differences in opinion," he said, suggesting Wee could be "blind" for not being able to see the nature of their relationship.
That was when Karpal raised a point of order, claiming Nazri was being "kurang ajar" for insulting the blind.
However, Pandikar Amin said Karpal should not simply use the standing order when it was on his favour as fellow Pakatan Rakyat member Wee had also accused Nazri of being corrupt and that was also offensive.
The two then had an exchange of words:
Karpal: Can the noble warrior (referring to Pandikar Amin) make sure that the blind is not insulted in the House by a kurang ajar minister?
Pandikar Amin: Enough, don’t prolong this.
Karpal: This is not prolonging matter. This is an insult to the disabled and I represent the disabled in this House. Can the minister retract his word?
Pandikar Amin: He was not insulting the disabled as a whole, he was just addressing Wee and this kind of practice (name-calling) has been a culture here.
Karpal: That was another matter.
Pandikar Amin: You must not interrupt anymore. In fact, you also uttered the word kurang ajar just now. Enough. Otherwise, I will use my power under Article 44.
Karpal: Don’t main-main. This is serious matter.
Pandikar Amin: I am serious.
Karpal: You are not serious.
Pandikar then announced the two-day suspension on Karpal.
The opposition stalwart however, refused to budge.
Both Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tried to get the Speaker to reconsider his decision.
Pandikar Amin said he would only agree to retract if Anwar could guarantee him that similar incidents would not happen in future.
To this, Anwar said he will discuss it with other opposition leaders to make sure there would not be a repeat and asked Nazri to do the same by talking to BN chief whip Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
"It is difficult for me to make a decision and then retract it. But if I could get the support from the MPs, (I can re-consider)," Pandikar Amin said.
However, Nazri said he could not tell Najib to guarantee the same thing, adding that Pandikar Amin was actually taking action against Karpal because he was challenging the chair.
Pandikar Amin then said since a consensus could not be reached, he maintained his decision.
seals: Biasalah BN/UMNO can say anything, no action will be taken or even call other beruk, its ok. But the law is only for non BN/UMNO.
PUTRAJAYA (Oct 23, 2008) : The wife, six-year-old daughter and 10 supporters of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leader P.Waythamoorthy who is in self exile in Britain, were detained by police when they tried to handover a memorandum at the Prime Minister's department in Putrajaya today.
The 12 supporters of the group which was recently outlawed by the government had gone to the PM's office at about 3.30pm to handover a memorandum seeking the release of all Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees.
Kuala Lumpur police chief DCP Datuk Mohammad Sabtu Osman said eight men, three women and a child were detained for representing or acting for an oulawed organisation or group under Section 48 of the Societies Act.
He said police will record a statement from them before deciding to either release of detain them further.
However, he said police will release Waythamoorthy's wife K Shanti and their daughter within the next few hours.
One of those detained S.Jayathas - who was contacted by theSun an hour after the incident, said the memorandum was being read out during the gathering when police detained and took them to Putrajaya police station.
N.Surendran, a lawyer for another Hindraf leader P.Uthayakumar who is currently being held under the ISA said the arrests were uncalled for and an abuse of power by police as the group were simply exercising their rights as Malaysians.
Vwaishhnnavi and mum freed, 10 in court
Oct 24, 08 9:09am
breaking news P Vwaishhnnavi, the six-year-old niece of detained Hindraf leader P Uthayakumar, and her mother K Shanti were released today after spending a night at the Putrajaya police station.
Fatwa on tomboys
KOTA BARU: The National Fatwa Council has ruled that tomboyism, where a girl behaves or dresses in a boyish manner, is forbidden in Islam.
Its chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Shukor Husin said the decision was prompted by recent developments as there had been cases of young women inclined to behave like men and indulging in homosexuality.
Parents must stop their children from indulging in disruptive activities that are against Islamic teachings, he told reporters here yesterday. €“ Bernama
seals: Question: is being a TOMBOY is because they like or because of creation? Creation here means, presence of testosterone in the females body naturally. (http://www.tgcrossroads.org/news/archive.asp?aid=526)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
On October 20, PKR Youth deputy chief, Mohd Fariz Musa lodged a police report regarding the latest exposé into the much questioned government purchase of 12 Cougars worth RM2.3 billion. In a press conference, he stated that such large discrepancies in the prices both Brazil and Malaysia were paying for the same model merit a in-depth investigation and of course, public scrutiny.
"Brazil have signed a contract to purchase 50 Cougars worth US$1.2 billion (RM4 billion). On the other hand, Malaysia have sealed the deal worth RM2 billion for just 12 units," he explained at the Dang Wangi police station in relation to his report. [Malaysiakini, 20/10/08]
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
By HAH FOONG LIAN and CHRISTINA KOH
IPOH: The Volkswagen once owned by Sungai Siput MP Dr D. Jeyakumar was torched outside the house of a fellow Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) member in Sungai Siput.
Sungai Siput OCPD Supt Azman Salim said PSM member V. Patrick had been inside his house at Taman Orkid when he heard his dog barking and the sound of a motorcycle at about 1am on Thursday.
On going outdoors, he found that the side window of his car had been shattered with the use of a brick and a there was a small fire in his car from a homemade pipe bomb.
According to Dr Jeyakumar, the Volkswagen had been his since 1981 but he had passed it on to Patrick a few months ago.
Neighbours, he said, had spotted four young men on two motorcycles at the scene.
Describing the attack as the work of political rivals, Dr Jeyakumar said this was not the first time that fellow PSM members had been targeted.
The police are investigating the case.
seals: I feel by police not taking action against things that happens to PR members, it promotes terrorism and more getting brave to attack PR members .... what the police has done so far .... being quiet on such cases ... ?
Friday, October 17, 2008
Policemen beat a retreat
KUALA LUMPUR: A police beat base located in the Chow Kit area of downtown Kuala Lumpur has been shut down because the “presence of criminals could make it unsafe” for police officers. (Well! The presence of criminals makes it unsafe for the rest of us too but guess we can't rely on the police?)
Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the beat base was located in a dirty area where police faced the possibility of being exposed to contagious diseases. (What diseases exactly?)
The presence of criminals also posed a threat to the safety of police officers. (No! Really?)
He said this in a written reply to Dr Lo’ Lo’ Mohamad Ghazali (PAS - Titiwangsa).
Dr Lo’ Lo’ had asked why the beat base along Jalan Haji Taib was closed considering that vice activities were high in the area.
She also wanted to know what kind of action had been taken by the police to curb vice activities in the Chow Kit area.
Syed Hamid said police were in the midst of finding a new location for the beat base.
In an immediate response, City Chief Police Officer Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Sabtu Osman said the beat base was not shut down but relocated to bigger premises near Jalan Raja Bot. (Funny, the CPO doesn't seem to have briefed Syed Hamid that they have found a place...)
“We moved there to provide better service as we have increased our manpower and need more space,” he said.
Dr Lo’ Lo’s question was the 30th in the Order Paper and hence did not get a mention in the House during the daily one-hour Question Time.
However, Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli (PAS - Kuala Krai) managed to raise the matter when he interjected during Azmin Ali’s (PKR - Gombak) speech during the debate on Budget 2009.
Dr Mohd Hatta said that if the police themselves felt unsafe in a beat base, it would be even worse for the public.
“Maybe it would be better to put the beat base in the army barracks.”
Dr Mohd Hatta then managed to raise the issue again during his own debate on Budget 2009 saying that Syed Hamid’s response was irrational and hoped he would clarify his written answer as this was not the kind of police the people wanted.
“The police are there to make a place safe. If they themselves are scared and run away, how can we hope for others to want to be there?” he asked.
Dr Mohd Hatta said if the place was dirty, it was up to the police to organise gotong-royong activities to clean it up.
He added the only kind of contagious disease in the area was sexually transmitted, adding that getting infected was a matter of choice. (Can we then give the denizens of Chow Kit a choice in NOT getting infected by giving them condoms?)
I can understand Syed Hamid not getting it right but even Dr Hatta, a medical doctor, seems to be confused between a contagious disease and an infectious one.
According to the freedictionary.com, a contagious disease is defined as: A disease communicable by contact with a patient suffering from it, or with some secretion of, or object touched by, such a patient. Most such diseases have already been proved to be germ diseases, and their communicability depends on the transmission of the living germs. Many germ diseases are not contagious, some special method of transmission or inoculation of the germs being required.
On the other hand, an infectious disease is defined as any disease caused by the entrance, growth, and multiplication of microorganisms in the body; a germ disease. It may not be contagious.
I would guess that the disease most feared by the police in the Chow Kit area is HIV/AIDS which is an infectious disease, not a contagious one. You can't get it just by hanging around people who have HIV.
Taken from : http://rantingsbymm.blogspot.com/2008/10/fleeing-beat.html
Text in purple was posted by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir in her blog : http://rantingsbymm.blogspot.com/2008/10/fleeing-beat.html
Pakatan leaders slam Hindraf ban
By ROYCE CHEAH
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat has slammed the banning of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) by the Home Ministry questioning why it is the only organisation being singled out by the Government.
PAS secretary-general and Tumpat MP Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar said there are many other active organisations that are not registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS), adding that the action seems to be a prelude to a crackdown on civil society.
“We are worried that this action to restrict civil rights will only anger the Indian community and add to more racial tension,” he told reporters at a press conference at the Parliament lobby here on Thursday. Kamaruddin urged the Government on behalf of the coalition to stop the crackdown on civil movements, release all Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees as well as abolish the Act.
DAP national publicity chief and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua questioned how the Government would be able to identify who were members of Hindraf.
“Would it mean I am a Hindraf supporter or linked to Hindraf just because I wear a shirt with the words Hindraf?” Pua asked, adding that it was completely possible for those currently aligned with Hindraf to form a new group with a different name immediately.
Pua said there are so many groups such as pro-ISA groups holding demonstrations. He asked why the Government has not taken action against them.
PKR vice-president and Subang MP R. Sivarasa said that the issue then was not whether the an organisation was registered or not but to deal with the situation properly if it is serious enough.
PKR information chief and Batu MP Tian Chua said the banning could also lead to arrests of Indian activists who could be classified as Hindraf supporters.
On Wednesday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar declared Hindraf illegal based on results of investigations by the ROS. He said it had found the organisation’s activities contravened the Societies Act 1966 and if left unchecked, the organisation could pose a threat to public order, peace, security and morality in Malaysia.
Updated: Thursday October 16, 2008 MYT 8:42:50 PM
Probe initiated into Hindraf, cops monitoring members
By R.S.N. MURALI
KUALA TERENGGANU: Police have initiated investigations into Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) and are monitoring the movement of its members following Wednesday’s ban by the Government.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said members could face arrest if they remained defiant and proceeded to organise gatherings.
“They have been banned and deemed illegal, therefore cannot do anything.
“Hindraf’s status is akin to a secret society,” he said here on Thursday.
Musa did not elaborate on the type of action that would be taken against Hindraf members, saying this would be up to the Attorney-General.
Musa said police had also identified Hindraf members who had “gate-crashed” the Prime Minister’s Hari Raya open house at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 1, including the organiser.
He added that police would hand over the investigation papers to the A-G for further action.
seals: If you can't answer, just ban them or throw them in jail...Malaysia style.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hindraf declared illegal
KUALA LUMPUR: The Hindu Rights Actions Force (Hindraf) has been declared an illegal organisation from today, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.
In a statement issued here, Syed Hamid said the decision to declare Hindraf as an illegal organisation was made following the ministry being satisfied with facts and evidence that showed Hindraf had and was being used for unlawful purposes and posed a threat to public order and morality.
“Based on powers vested under Section 5(1) of the Societies Act, Hindraf from today is declared an illegal organisation,” he said.
He said the order was being made as a result of monitoring and investigation on the organisation’s activities by the Registrar of Societies (ROs) and Home Ministry, since Hindraf’s inception.
Syed Hamid said if left unchecked, Hindraf would continue to pose a threat to public order, the security and sovereignty of the country as well as the prevailing racial harmony.
“The decision to declare Hindraf an illegal organisation is not based on one or two of its activities that are in contravention of the law but covers all the actions it has taken since being formed,” he said.
Syed Hamid said Hindraf had all the criteria of an organised movement because it had filed for registration with the ROS on Oct 16 last year.
The application had yet to be approved but Hindraf had actively exploited the Indian community to organise illegal assemblies and street demonstrations without permits to the point of causing a segment of the community to rise up against the Government and also hatred among the Malays and Indians in the country, he said.
“Hindraf has also tried to secure support from foreign countries for the purpose of pressuring the Government to bow to its demands,” he added.
Syed Hamid advised the public to distance themselves from Hindraf and not participate in any way in any of its activities. - Bernama
seals: it is all because of UMNO who never listen to people made HINDRAF got such a large support.
And Samy ....you are part of it. All wanted political mileage and power.
And even after BN has failed they don't realise that their action is further damaging their image.
What will be wrong if they listen to the HINDRAF and address the real issue? Why? You fear that it will be proven BN has failed?
This is not the solution!!!
This just reflects the weakness on BN government and incapability of handling a community problem.
Just change name and restart the process....
Instead of reaching out to the Malaysian Indian community to resolve the root political, socio-economic, cultural and religious causes which have made Malaysian Indians an alienated and aggrieved community as the new underclass in the country, ham-fisted measures to ban Hindraf will only aggravate the disaffection among the Indian community. - Lim Kit Siang, DAP
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I noted two things from my reading of the offending article, which was published on 10th September.
First, it touches on two issues involving a DAP MP : the azan controversy and the road signages in Jawi language controversy. Teresa’s suit appears to only relate to the first.
Second, the author narrates in his writing that before publishing the article, he had called and checked with several people on the azan issue. He, however, does not narrate that he checked or attempted to check with one very important person.
The DAP MP involved.
On the face of the offending article, at least, it would seem that the same was published without affording the DAP MP ‘the right of reply’ that Rocky speaks of.
Some caselaw would categorise this sought of reporting as reckless.
This recklessness has, in law, been taken to be a specie of malicious reporting.
On 12th September, Teresa was detained under the ISA.
A Malaysiakini report the following day, 13th September, quoted Syed Hamid Albar saying the following of and concerning Teresa’s detention under the ISA.
“The bottom line is tension. Teresa Kok is the same. She started a very sensitive issue with the question of the azan and it should be stopped,”
The same day, another Malaysiakini report had it that one Abdul Rahman Nasir, head of the Bandar Kinrara mosque committee, the mosque involved in the azan controversy, confirmed that Teresa was not involved in the petition submitted to the mosque committee. The group involved in presenting the petition to the mosque committee confirmed that the petition did not relate to the azan but to ceramahs. The petition, reproduced below, will confirm that indeed it does not relate to the matter of the azan.
Malaysiakini also reports that on 15th September whilst still under ISA detention and through her lawyers, Teresa demanded that Utusan Malaysia for ‘accusing her of instigating the azan controversy’.
Rocky notes in his post that Karpal has also sued Utusan, despite the latter having issued an apology for ‘a mistake it did in a report affecting the politician’.
Yet, Rocky overlooked to note in his post that to-date Utusan has not issued any apology to Teresa.
In the early hours of 27th September, two molotov cocktails were thrown into the compound of the family home of Teresa in Jalan Ipoh, KL. A vulgar and malicious note was attached to one. The note is reproduced below.
Concerning this, Malaysiakini quotes Teresa as follows :
“I also attribute this despicable act to certain media groups and blogs that have deliberately demonised and portrayed me as chauvinistic, anti-Malay and anti-Islam”
Rocky’s post makes no mention of this most terrifying ordeal that Teresa’s family were put through.
Let’s be very clear about what Teresa’s court action is all about.
Teresa’s claim against Utusan and the author, in relation to the offending article, is in defamation. Implicitly, Teresa’s contention is that the ‘azan’ allegations against her published by Utusan are untrue.
The statements by the residents involved in the petition and the mosque committee head would appear to back her contention.
In her statement of claim she alleges that the offending article bear the following (taken verbatim from her blog) meanings of and concerning herself :
1. Plaintif ialah seorang bersifat perkauman;
2. Plaintif ialah seorang pentaksub agama dan kaum;
3. Plaintif ialah seorang yang tidak boleh dipercayai dan seorang ahli politik yang tidak boleh dipercayai dan jahat;
4. Plaintif ialah seorang yang tidak bertoleransi dan tidak berprinsip;
5. Plaintif ialah seorang ahli politik cauvinis yang anti-Islam dan anti-Melayu; dan
6. Plaintif telah melakukan kesalahan jenayah yang boleh dihukum dengan penjara.
Rocky says in his post that he hopes ‘Theresa would find it fit to withdraw her suit against Utusan Malaysia’.
Well, Rocky, if one of the Tamil dailies falsely accused you of calling for the demolition of Hindu temples, and that daily then refused to apologise despite your demands that they do so, and your home was then turned into a war zone where molotovs were tossed into, would you sue to clear your name and to prevent any further trauma for those near and dear to you?
Or would you, Rocky, champion the right of that daily, in the name of freedom of expression and opinion, to continue to lie about you, and therefore refrain from taking the matter to court?
Rocky also says in his post that he ‘must applaud Syed Ali Alhabshee’s initiative over the weekend to come to the defence of Utusan Malaysia’. Some will see it as a political gimmick, but I see the Umno Cheras’ inititiave for its simple message: if we believe in a freedom, we must defend that freedom at all times’.
Now, if the tabung is to defend Utusan, why call it ‘Tabung Azan’? Why not ‘Tabung Membela Utusan Malaysia’?
The senator’s statement in the course of announcing this initiative, which was carried on the UMNO Cheras website with an explanatory statment, both of which I now reproduce below, is most telling.
The senator’s statement : “Apabila pemimpin DAP itu menyaman akhbar Utusan Malaysia hanya kerana isu laungan azan, maka tindakan Teresa itu seolah-olah mencabar dan menghiris seluruh perasaan umat Islam di negara ini,”
The explanatory statement : Beliau menjelaskan, akhbar Utusan Malaysia adalah milik orang Melayu dan sinonim dengan perjuangan UMNO, maka tindakan Teresa itu samalah seperti menggugat kepentingan seluruh umat Islam….UMNO Bahagian Cheras amat prihatin dengan peranan akhbar berkenaan dan setelah isu laungan azan didedahkan, maka ianya telah membuka mata kita semua betapa kesucian agama Islam sedang berhadapan dengan ancaman yang semakin serius’.
Turn a simple ‘newspaper lied’ defamation suit into a ‘bukan Islam mencabar Islam’ action, is it?
Is that the gameplan?
In fairness, though, I must note here that there is a further statement in the UMNO Cheras website that explains a further use that the funds collected will be put to.
Katanya, kutipan daripada tabung tersebut akan disalurkan kepada masjid-masjid dan surau untuk melengkapkan pelbagai kemudahan, seperti membeli peralatan pembesar suara untuk laungan azan dan menganjurkan kursus-kursus muaazim kepada golongan remaja.
“Kita mahu melahirkan seramai mungkin muaazim muda yang mampu melaungkan azan dengan baik dan tertib dalam usaha kita memperjuangkan syiar Islam di negara ini,”tegasnya.
So, Rocky, please tell us which aspect of the initiative were you applauding?
Finally, Rocky says in his post that ‘One can argue that ordinary people and organisations sue newspapers all the time. But Ms Kok is not an ordinary person and the DAP is not an ordinary body. As a people’s representative, we expect Ms Kok to fight for our basic freedoms, including assuring Malaysians of the all-important Press Freedom. If Ms Kok and the DAP really believe in the freedom of, say, the Rocket and Malaysia Today, they must also believe in the freedom of Utusan Malaysia’.
Rocky seems to have overlooked many things in this post.
Like, there is no press freedom in this country at the present.
The UMNO-led BN refuses to allow press freedom in this country.
Have you forgotten, Rocky?
Ms Kok and DAP have been harping on the absence of press freedom in this country for a long, long time!
In fact, Rocky seems to have overlooked that DAP and Ms Kok have been clamouring to free Utusan Malaysia so that Malaysians might hope to see honest, unbiased reporting from this paper.
Rocky’s post, read in toto, leaves one with the impression that he has turned the whole notion of freedom of the press on its head.
Well, in his head, at least!
Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Hindraf leaders to report to police station over Raya incident
By M. MAGESWARI
PETALING JAYA: Four Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders have been issued notices to turn up at the Dang Wangi district police station in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday over the Hari Raya open house “incident.”
Their lawyer N. Surendran said the four are Hindraf national information coordinator S. Jayathas; A. Nageswary, the wife of Hindraf national chairman P.Waythamoorthy; coordinator K. Selvam; and national event coordinator R. Kannan.
Surendran said the four were asked to be at the police station at 2.30pm. Their notices were signed by investigating officer ASP Sidney Clyde Jeremiah.
“In the notices, the police stated that they want to record statements from the four on what had happened at the Prime Minister’s Raya open house,” he said when contacted by The Star.
He said the notices stated that investigations would be carried out for two alleged offences.
“The first would be under Section 27(5) of the Police Act for illegal assembly, and the second for alleged trespassing under the Penal Code,” Surendran said.
The notices were issued under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code, he said.
“Failure to comply with the notice would only result in warrants of arrest being issued against them,” he said.
“The four will turn up at the police station as requested by the police,” he added.
On Oct 1, about 160 Hindraf supporters turned up at the Hari Raya open house hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Muslim Cabinet ministers.
They presented Abdullah with a teddy bear and a Hari Raya card with a message asking him to release the five Hindraf leaders detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA): M. Manoharan, P. Uthayakumar, V. Ganabatirau, R. Kenghadharan and K. Vasanthakumar.
seals: becareful people the next time you attend a UMNO open house, you can be arrested for illegal assembly & alleged trespassing. But people like UiTM can get permit is few hours....
Monday, October 13, 2008
It contains the newspaper clippings and police reports pertaining to the recent controversy of Azan which lead to the arrest of Teresa Kok under ISA. One newspaper clipping shows the statement of Datuk Khir Toyo from the Utusan Malaysia dated 09/09/2008 entitled "Ada Pihak Cuba Halang Laungan Azan".
To sum up the statement, basically Khir Toyo says that DAP has begun to take the upper hands with regards to limiting the practice of Islam in Selangor. He also says that PKR is not strong enough to resist DAP and PAS has chosen to remain silent. He cited the example protest to Azan in Puchong and Kota Damansara.
In another newspaper clipping contains statement from the “Nazir” of the Masjid of Kota Damansara. His name is Ustaz Hasan Basri. Hasan is quoted as saying that there has been no instructions coming from anyone to stop Masjid Kota Damansara to use their PA system. What has happened is that the new PA system was stuck by lightning and they had to operate for a few days without using a PA system.
There is also a copy of police report from Hasan Basri denying any form of interference from any party in the practice of Islam in Masjid Kota Damansara
Later after the prayer I ran into an old friend of mine. I came up to him and deliberately ask him:
“Why did the Masjid committee bowed to Teresa Kok’s demand and stopped using the PA system”
My friend, name M, grinned and said:
“It’s Khir Toyo that’s supposed to be arrested under ISA and not Teresa Kok. I am a member of the Masjid committee and I can assure u that Teresa is innocent”
M is an Islamist and he wears “kopiah” (skullcap) all the time. His wife wears “tudung” and he is one of those that is easily categorized as an Islamist.
If only the Non Muslims in this country can see M utter the words above, I can assure u that any fears against PAS will be wiped out.
On my way back home, I thought to myself, as long as it is UMNO, it’s always a lie. I recalled a former UMNO man telling me that:
“ Even if an UMNO man tells you that “God is one”, don’t believe him. Not because the statement is wrong, but because the person uttering it is an UMNO man”
Kicking off the fund with a RM20,000 contribution, division head Datuk Syed Ali Al Habshee said the Tabung Azan would also be used to assist mosques and suraus that needed money to buy loudspeakers for the purpose of the azan (call to prayer).
“Teresa has challenged the honour of Malays by suing Utusan Malaysia as it is a newspaper owned by the Malays.
“Challenging the Malays is similar to challenging Umno,” he said in urging other divisions to contribute to the fund.
On Thursday, Kok sued Utusan Melayu Sdn Bhd and the paper’s columnist Zaini Hassan over an article that allegedly defamed her.
Kok was said to have petitioned a mosque in Puchong to reduce the volume for the azan, something which she has strongly denied.
The mosque has also stated she was not involved in such a move.
Syed Ali said questioning the azan meant questioning the honour of Malays and Islam.
On another matter, Syed Ali said the scene that erupted at the division’s Wanita delegates meeting Saturday night lend more weight for the abolition of the quota system in nominating leaders.
“One of the delegates wanted to contest the post of vice-chief which requires 10% of the nominations. Since our division has 31 branches, that would mean 3.1 nominations.”
Syed Ali said the Umno headquarters then clarified that 3.1 nominations actually meant four nominations.
“All hell broke loose because the delegate already had three nominations. I just told them to go ahead and let her contest. It is a ridiculous ruling,” he said.
Outside the meeting hall yesterday, Sri Indah branch chief Nordin Pilus protested against the division’s action to suspend his branch for apparently not meeting the quorum when the branch convened.
seals: So UTUSAN can report all kind of false statements and no one should sue UTUSAN because sueing UTUSAN is like challenged the honour of Malays ?
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Oleh Amirullah Andi Nur
MELAKA: Artis Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, menerima anugerah Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) yang membawa gelaran Datuk sempena sambutan Hari Jadi ke-70 Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, hari ini.
Setiausaha Politik Ketua Menteri Melaka, Saadon Basirun, berkata penganugerahan itu sebagai menghargai sumbangan Shah Rukh Khan terhadap perkembangan pesat industri filem Hindustan di rantau ini, termasuk Malaysia.
"Bagaimanapun tarikh majlis penyampaian anugerah itu belum ditentukan lagi," katanya pada sidang media di Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh dekat sini, semalam.
seals: why not give one to Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Karpal Singh, Kula and so on...? They are the reason for Malaysia to be on the right track.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Police are taking things too far in initiating investigations against two groups over their presence at the Prime Minister-cum-Cabinet Hari Raya Open House last Wednesday – the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) members and “I’m with RPK” supporters who had turned up at the Open House with T-shirts bearing the theme of their cause.
Four Hindraf members, K Shanti, wife of Hindraf leader-in-exile P Waythamoorthy, Hindraf information chief S Jayathas, Selangor coordinator K Tamilselvam and national events coordinator R Kannan have been served with written notice under Section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code to report to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters on Tuesday to give their statements for illegal assembly under Section 27 (5) of the Police Act, as well as trespass under Section 447 of the Penal Code.
Three persons, lawyer-blogger Haris Ibrahim, lawyer Amarjit Sidhu and blogger P. Surind Raj are required to report to the police in connection with their “I’m with RPK” demonstration at the PWTC Hari Raya Open House.
Are the Umno leaders and Police seriously suggesting that the allegedly 200,000 people who visited the Prime Minister-cum-Cabinet Open House, particularly who went with more than five in number, could be investigated by the police for illegal assembly and trespass?
If so, Malaysians should think twice before they go to future Open Houses whether of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister or Cabinet Ministers – as they risk criminal sanctions!
The Police should stop harassing Hindraf and RPK supporters for visiting the Prime Minister-cum-Cabinet Hari Raya Open House as if they are common criminals and end their ridiculous investigations to concentrate on reducing crime.
Umno leaders and others are entitled to their view whether the peaceful and orderly presence of the two groups at the PWTC Hari Raya Open House should take the opportunity plead their cause for the release of the Hindraf Five and Raja Petra Kamaruddin, and they have done so – in many cases, gone to extremes in inciting racial and religious hatred – but it is completely unwarranted for the police to be dragooned into the intimidation process to create a culture of fear.
It is also utterly baseless for the Prime-Minister-in-waiting, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to go overboard in his remarks in Kuala Terengganu yesterday in suggesting that both groups were guilty of “unruly and indecent behaviour” which could even “undermine the country’s unity and security”.
It is such making a mountain out of a molehill which characterizes a tendency to abuse powers – which becomes very dangerous to the people and country if such a person is vested with huge powers as in the case of a Prime Minister-in-waiting.
seals: where else the man from Penang who made racial statement still free and no action to the police reports made. The key word here is, if you are not with UMNO then even if you fart at their events...it can be a criminal act.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Why do men take second wives?
A WRITER'S LIFE
By DINA ZAMAN
Polygamy has nothing to do with culture or religion. Men, and women too, cheat because they can.
WHEN a male friend told me he planned on taking a second wife, all I could do was try not to choke on dinner. Are you serious, I asked. He said yes, he had fallen in love with a single mother, but it was not his fate to marry her.
Thinking it was perhaps due her compassion, her earnest desire to bring up her sprogs in a Godly way and that life was indeed a struggle, I choked on my dessert when my friend told me the first thing he noticed about her was that she owned a great set of jugs.
Now, my friend takes his religious obligations very seriously. His first wife wears the hijab. So to hear him admit that it was his paramour’s cleavage that caught his heart was quite shocking.
It was due to women like me, whose so-called Western, secular and feminist ideas of polygamy that pushed it underground. I then asked him, whether his equally-pious wife agreed to him taking on another wife, and he said no. She gave him an earful.
But our friend was on a roll. Now that his journey into polygamy was thwarted, it was all our fault. We modern Malay women, be they religious or not, were forcing men like him to marry in Thailand or Iran, where they practised nikah Muta’ah.
He was emulating the steps of our good Prophet Mohamed, he argued.
“You have got your Islamic history upside down! Nabi married war widows, and his first wife was older than he. Aishah was the youngest. And I don’t think our Prophet married any woman because she had great breasts!”
“You don’t understand.”
“Okay then. Why don’t you sell your car and take a camel to work then?”
I’m realistic. I know men who adore their wives and love them to bits, but they can still love their mistresses and other wives. Am I condoning affairs and polygamy? No. But this happens. It has nothing to do with Islam or being Malay, though polygamy is part of the culture.
We’re Asians. We have a long history of concubinage. There are good men who are faithful, and there are good men who have other wives. There are also bad men who are faithful and also bad men who are unfaithful.
Just like our politics, love in Malaysia is a circus. Weeee!
I’m not going to bore you with what polygamy in Islam is about, as it has been written before and talked about to death. Women’s rights activists have long fought for this “crime” to be illegal, but we face a tough fight. Sometimes it’s not the men who are itching for it, but yes, our gender, too.
In the 80s, when I was young and clueless, meeting mistresses and second or third wives would be sinful and against my principles.
These days? “Oh, you’re a mistress?” “Oh, you’re a hidden wife?” Yawn. Wear tudung or mini skirt, got. Educated or stupid, got. Some of our mothers are The Other Women, and are good mothers. So how?
Is this phenomenon particular to our culture? Oh no. Read the British newspapers. Mistressing is talked about to death in feminist columns.
But I thought after that dinner with my friend, I’d revisit the issue again. Some of the findings from my five-sen survey:
> Theoretically ... polygamy is OK. But must ikut hukum Allah lah. There are conditions.
> Ya, but… actually, kan, for career women like us, it does work. Nak jaga laki 24 jam … gue tak larat la. Biar bini nombor satu jaga. After all, in Islam, polygamous wives are taken care of legally. Better a Muslim second wife than a common law wife.
> But really. Think about it. Convenient, what. You see him once a week, makan once a week, have sex once a week...
> Sex once a week?! Baik tak yah jadi bini nombor dua macam tu! Chit. Once a week mana cukup?!
Why do men cheat? Again, just an observation dwelled upon by friends and myself. For a lot of polygamous men, they marry good women who fit their criteria of holiness, wifeliness and motherhood.
Intimacy between the men and their wives are perfunctory. It’s make-the-baby-cover-the-face sex. With their girlfriends and second wives, it’s Penthouse all the way, baby. It’s the soul thing.
At least this is what I got from talking to quite a number of married men. It’s not because of the first wives’ lack of trying; they want to have healthy intimate lives, but the bees in their husbands’s bonnets keep reminding the men of the Madonna-Whore syndrome.
Malaysia is not a place for single women desiring Hollywood-movie type of marriages and love. KL especially is a city for marriages and affairs. And it has nothing to do with money. There are rich men who cheat, and I know of a despatch boy who has two wives!
There are many single-again women like my friends and I, who still believe in marriage and love. But I can tell you, should we walk down that path again one day, we’re going down it with our eyes open and keep a part of our hearts to ourselves. Because you never know.
Perhaps my friend, an activist who makes a living entering and staying in war zones, is right.
“We have women like you, me, your mother, your aunt and friend who fight so hard for women and children and yet face a brick wall, simply because we ‘understand’ so much, and forgive all the time, which is why cheating, affairs and polygamy are rampant, to the detriment or contribution (depends how you look at it) of our well-being,” says my friend.
Another friend, Sharizal Sharaani, put it succinctly: “Men (and, yes, women too) cheat because they can. Full stop.”
The writer still believes in love and marriage and wants to move to Corfu.
seals: How about the man who takes a Virgin, young, pretty 2nd or 3rd wife? Islamic?
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
By ANDREA FILMER
GEORGE TOWN: DAP leaders expressed their disappointment in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s decision not to defend his Umno presidency, saying the leader was “chased out of office.”
DAP chairman Karpal Singh said the move was against the mandate of the people.
“It is most unfortunate that Abdullah has virtually been hounded and harassed out of office. He headed Barisan in the March 8 election and, at some level, won with a comfortable majority despite the anti-Barisan sentiment among the people. “He received the mandate of the people and that must be respected,” Karpal Singh said when contacted.
“It’s obvious that he is not stepping down voluntarily and I think it is not right for the Barisan supreme council to have treated him in this manner,” he said.
In a statement, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Abdullah was always seen as a man with good intentions.
“Ironically, the public respected Abdullah more than his party because he was seen as a well-intentioned man who is probably one of the few clean leaders left in Umno.
“Unlike his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah was forced to retire against his will at a time not of his choosing.
“The abrupt and undignified nature of his departure is a sad reflection of his weakened political position,” Lim said.
Lim also urged Abdullah to make the best out of his last few months in office.
“Abdullah should leave a legacy of fighting corruption by having open tender and taking action against the leaders in Barisan Nasional and UMNO who abuse the power,” he said.
The call was echoed by his father, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, who said in a press statement that Abdullah should still leave a legacy of change and make an honourable exit as the fifth Prime Minister.
“It will be Abdullah’s tryst with destiny. It can still be done, if Abdullah is prepared to ‘do the impossible’ and use his last five months as Prime Minister to honour all the unfulfilled pledges and promises of the past five years,” said the elder Lim.
seals: looks more like it....
PM will not defend Umno post
Umno transition of power
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will not defend his Umno presidency in the party polls next March, paving the way for his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"I will not contest in the Umno elections," he told reporters after a Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre here on Wednesday.
"I do not want a divided party, or a divided government," he said.
Abdullah also told reporters that he would "stay on as Prime Minister" till March.
He also outlined several initiatives he wanted to see implemented before he leaves. These will be tabled in Parliament by the end of the year, he said.
They involve his on-going commitment to reforming the judiciary; an anti-corruption Bill to give more clout to combat corruption; and the special complaints commission to revamp the police force.
By tradition, the Umno president and deputy president become the prime minister and deputy prime minister respectively. Najib is expected to run for president, and if he wins, would become the nation’s sixth prime minister.
Abdullah also said he would discuss handing over the prime minister's post to Najib after the Umno elections.
"I know I've not been doing well; it's time for someone else to take over," he said, adding that Barisan leaders have received the news well.
He said that he believes that other Barisan leaders would accept Najib as his successor and that the latter would win the Umno polls.
He added that he would not pick a deputy for his successor Najib.
Abdullah had said after a special Umno supreme council meeting on Sept 26 that he would decide by Oct 9 whether he would defend his party presidency.
At the meeting, it was also decided that the Umno general assembly and supreme council elections, scheduled for Dec 16 to 20, will be postponed to March next year to facilitate an early transition of power from Abdullah to Najib.
Abdullah had also said then that the original June 2010 plan to hand over power as Prime Minister and Umno president was now off.
"We are talking about an earlier transition, so the 2010 plan does not arise any more," he had said.
Earlier on Wednesday, groups of supporters gathered outside the Umno headquarters here ahead of Abdullah’s meeting with the supreme council.
The supporters claimed to be from Umno divisions in Perak and Johor, as well as various non-governmental organisations.
Abdullah arrived at about 3.36pm to shouts of “Hidup Pak Lah” (Long live, Pak Lah).
Supporters were also heard shouting for Abdullah to follow the transition plan instead of stepping down now.
The supporters gathered outside the Umno building were holding banners which read “Hidup Pak Lah”, “Hormati Pengalihan Kuasa” (Respect the transition of power) and “Elak Perpecahan party” (Avoid splitting the party).
Secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said as Hindraf was not a registered organisation, the ministry's legal unit would look at the technicality of disbanding the group.
He said Hindraf had on many occasions created unrest within the community, citing the recent gate-crashing of the prime minister and cabinet's Hari Raya open house as an example.
Abdul Aziz said Hindraf's insolence could not be tolerated as it had angered many, especially Muslims who felt Hindraf had marred the spirit of the Hari Raya.
He also said the police were looking into who were behind the incident. Speaking to the New Straits Times from Singapore, Abdul Aziz was also bemused at reports that Hindraf had lodged a police report against Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar and Malay daily Utusan Malaysia, for allegedly hurting the feelings of Hindraf members in a news report.
He said if the report had been made under Hindraf's name, it would be ridiculous as the group was not even a formal entity.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had on Monday said he was irked by Hindraf's attitude during the incident.
Having allowed the group who came in colour-coordinated T-shirts to join the celebrations, Abdullah said he regretted their unruly behaviour of chanting for the abolition of the Internal Security Act and the release of their leaders detained under the Act.
Abdullah said the group was also arrogant as they did not even bother to shake the extended hands of the hosts and country's leaders who stood in a line to greet visitors to the open house.
Hindraf coordinator R. Thanenthiran had claimed that the Utusan Malaysia front page report on Oct 4, titled "Hindraf diberi amaran" (Hindraf warned), quoting Syed Hamid, was unfair and smacked of racial undertones.
He also demanded that Syed Hamid apologise openly as his statement had hurt the feelings of Hindraf members.
seals: How can it be a GATE CRASH whe it is an OPEN HOUSE? Will a OPEN HOUSE will have the gate closed?
Is there are law that all visitors to a OPEN HOUSE must shake hands with the host? Was the OPEN HOUSE paid by TAX PAYERS or out of his own pocket money?
I think only in Malaysia a PM will ignore a community and when the community reacts the HOME MINISTRY will react by taking action against them and later say "YOU SHOULD HAVE USED THE PROPER CHANNEL".
And yet when they used the 'PROPER CHANNEL" they were ignored.
And yet the Police can give permit to hold protest to UTiM students (http://selians.blogspot.com/2008/08/students-rally-had-police-permit.html) when they are governed by the University and College Act, that said the students should stay out of politics and such rallies.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
S'gor Umno Youth seeks action against Hindraf supporters
BY WANI MUTHIAH
SHAH ALAM: Selangor Umno Youth wants the Home Ministry to take action against Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) supporters for “barging” into the open house hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Muslim cabinet ministers at the Putra World Trade Centre recently.
“I hope the Home Ministry will not be frightened to take action against them,” said its chief, Abdul Shukor Idrus.
Hindraf supporters went to the open house to present a teddy bear and card to Abdullah, asking for the release of their leaders M. Manoharan, P. Uthayakumar, V. Ganabatirau, R. Kenghadharan and K. Vasanthakumar.
However, Abdullah was reported as saying on Monday that he was told only one person from the group had wished him Selamat Hari Raya.
Abdul Shukor said the Hindraf supporters’ action at the open house went against the principles of a multiracial country and society.
“What they did was akin to insulting Islam and stern action must be taken against them.”
Hindraf national co-ordinator Kannan Ramasamy, when contacted, said the movement’s supporters attended the open house in the spirit of forgiving and forgetting what had happened in recent months.
“We went there in peace and there are no photographs or video footage showing us being unruly,” said Kannan.
He said he knew many Hindraf supporters attending the open house had extended Raya greetings to Abdullah.
“I am surprised the Prime Minister was not aware of this.”
seals: “What they did was akin to insulting Islam and stern action must be taken against them.” ...errrr can someone clarify ...where how this is Insulting ISLAM? Politicising Religion?
KUALA LUMPUR: The Hindraf supporters who turned up at the Hari Raya open house at Putra World Trade Centre last week did not extend festive greetings to the hosts, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
He said they were only interested in calling for the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the release of the group’s five members held under the Act.
Abdullah said he was gracious enough to allow them in as he thought they wanted to wish him and the other ministers but was disappointed that their intention was not so.
At the open house last Wednesday, more than a hundred Hindraf supporters turned up while another group came in support of detained blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin.
Relating the incident to reporters, he said the police and security personnel who initially denied the Hindraf group access, sought clearance from him.
“I discussed it with (Deputy Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the other ministers. In that spirit I told the security team to allow them in.
“They came in and there was a lot of noise, I don’t know why,” said Abdullah, who was at the time welcoming visitors to the open house with his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, Najib and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
“I heard very clearly ‘Hapuskan ISA, Lepaskan Hindraf’ (Repeal the ISA, Release the Hindraf detainees),” he said, adding that he did not know if another group of 70 people who arrived later had wished anyone as he had left for prayers by then.
Meanwhile, Hindraf filed reports against Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar and Utusan Malaysia at various police stations nationwide for issuing and printing seditious statements about the movement.
Its national coordinator R.S. Tha-nenthiran said they were unhappy with the minister’s comments and the Malay daily’s biased reporting which painted the movement in a negative light.
Syed Hamid Albar was reported in Utusan Malaysia as saying that Hindraf’s action was a form of provocation and intimidation.
seals: If you have delivered your promises and listen to the RAKYAT, then you would not have faced this situation. Everyone would have loved you. The situation "asking for 3 months extension" itself an evidence what you are facing from within UMNO.
They just want justice, and you are upset with it, UMNO wants you OUT and you are not upset with it.
Which is worse situation to face?
Selangor govt decides to lift limits on temple gate towers
Other News & Views
Compiled by SIM LEOI LEOI, TAN SIN CHOW AND A. RAMAN
THE Selangor government had decided to lift the earlier 7.3m limit for the construction of gopurams (entrance towers) for temples set by the previous government, Makkal Osai reported.
State Executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar said that the current government had recently given approval for the construction of a temple gopuram for more than 12.8m.
He added that the previous state government had approved 929 sq metres of land, next to a sewerage reclamation pond, for the building of a temple and did not allow any extension or renovation.
He further said that the current state government had ordered that a piece of land must be allocated for the building of an Indian temple in each housing estate.
He was speaking to reporters after visiting the Tasik Kaliamman Temple in Ampang yesterday. He briefed the 300 people who were present on the state government’s plans for the Indian temples in Selangor.
He urged all Hindu temples in Selangor to register with the relevant municipal councils within a month so that the government would have a record of all temples in the state and also ensure that no temple would be demolished in the future.
He said committees fighting for ownership of land for their temples in Selangor could meet him to submit their applications.
seals: GOOD Job PR Government .. we are with you.
Monday, October 06, 2008
ON a sunny Sunday morning last year, 16-year-old Cynthia (not her real name) boarded a four-wheel drive dispatched by logging company Samling to ferry students to SMK Long Lama from her longhouse in Long Kawi, middle Baram, Sarawak.
However, the driver did not send the passengers €“ two boys and three girls €“ to the school directly. He dropped by a logging camp and told the students that they had to spend the night there.
“It was around 4pm. Although the school is not far from the camp, the driver didn’t want to continue the journey. The boys and girls were separated into two rooms. I was with my younger sister and another girl. When night fell, the men in the camp were drinking. In the middle of the night, several men came into our room. One of them dragged me from the room and took me to the bushes behind the camp,” Cynthia recalls her ordeal. The other two girls were not harmed.
The Form 3 student became pregnant and delivered a baby girl a few months ago. Cynthia, who harbours hopes of being a nurse, is now unsure of her future as she has been absent from school due to her pregnancy.
The fair-skinned, soft-spoken girl had previously been harassed by workers from a Samling camp but managed to elude them.
Samling, when contacted, says the camp implicated in the incident may not have belonged to the company and urged those making the allegations to contact the police and provide accurate information to enable criminal investigations.
Samling’s head of corporate communications Cheryl Yong says: “We are very concerned over the latest allegations even though we do not operate in the Temela Camp (where the alleged sexual assault took place). We do not condone any criminal acts within our premises or by employees.”
Yong explains that Samling has a zero-tolerance policy towards alcohol consumption during work hours. Furthermore, alcohol sale is unavailable on its premises and anyone found consuming alcohol while working will be dismissed.
At Long Belok, Rina (not her real name) who was raped in her house and delivered a baby girl in May 2005, is fearful of timber camp workers. “If I see them in the village, I will run and hide in the forest.”
She is glad that she did not have to marry the man who raped her despite persuasion from her parents and neighbours’ unkind remarks.
The youngest in a family of two boys and two girls, Rina, 20, says life is difficult with an extra mouth to feed. At times, she confesses that she feels like running away.
Mindy (not her real name) of Long Item, recounts the intimidation, deceit and harassment of a 40-something man who works for Interhill.
“We know him as Ah Heng. My parents and I got a ride in his vehicle from Ba Abang sometime in 2005. Shortly after that, he came looking for me in the village. He offered to take care of me but I declined. He then said I should give in or he would hurt me and my family,” says the 21-year-old woman who eventually acceded to his demands and has since borne him two girls, one in 2006 and another in February.
Ah Heng now rarely visits nor provides maintenance for the family after his wife found out about his activities and accused Mindy of seducing her husband.
“I don’t want him to come here anymore; I will raise the kids myself. I don’t even love him,” says Mindy.
other related reports:
Violated by loggers
Penan girls claim abuse
A neglected people
Sunday, October 05, 2008
By THO XIN YI
A BANNER put up by Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok for Hari Raya was found cut up on Sunday morning.
The banner had a picture of her and Puchong MP Gobind Singh. Her picture was cut out but Gobind’s was left intact.
It was put up in Jalan Puchong, near the entrance of Kampung Pasir Baru Puchong.
Vandalised: The banner with Teresa’s picture cut out.
“My friend, who was on his way to the mosque for prayers saw it and informed me. I rushed over to the scene and called Teresa’s assistant Balakrishnan Debarajan immediately,” said Gobind’s political assistant Shamsudin Yusof.
Balakrishnan then made a police report at the Bukit Puchong police station.
Teresa is away in Sarawak on a business trip.
Later, Gobind, at a press conference, condemned the act of vandalism.
“This is disheartening. The act of putting up this banner to wish our Muslim community Selamat Hari Raya is sincere,” he said.
Gobind urged the Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar to take a personal interest and speed up the investigations.
“We don’t want more tension. No matter what your political belief is, there must be tolerance when it comes to celebrations,” he said.
For this festive season, Teresa and Gobind have put up 46 banners and buntings with two different designs in Puchong. So far only one has been vandalised.
“I sincerely hope that this will not happen again,” Gobind said
seals: we forgot to do the same with the person who blogged the lie..hmmm naaa we wait for the legal action, lets not behave so low like these fellows....
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who resigned from his job as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department last month, is considering leaving Umno.
His reason is that he does not see a future for him in the party.
"I have given 20 years of my political life (to Umno) and I have got into a lot of difficulties because of my views and not that I was disloyal. I have always have different views in many things previously and today."
"I have been suspended from the party for nothing and the latest, disqualified from running for (the Kota Baru) division election."
"So what do you want me to do if you are in my position," Zaid said in an interview at his house in Pasir Hor here today.
The de facto law minister tendered his resignation in mid-September over the government's use of the Internal Security Act, which allows detention without trial, against three individuals including DAP stalwart Teresa Kok and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.
Zaid, however, said he had not make any final decision on his position in Umno.
Friday, October 03, 2008
By STEVEN DANIEL
KUALA LUMPUR: A couple who went to a relative’s house for Hari Raya and agreed to an “alternative treatment” to rid them of their problems, ended up dead after being battered with helmets and broomsticks during the cleansing ritual.
Five others who also participated in the ritual, including the couple’s children and relatives, suffered head injuries and were being treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital here.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Ku Chin Wah identified the dead as Mohd Ibrahim Kader Mydin, 47, a cellular phone dealer, and his wife Rosina S.M. Mydin Pillay, 41.
It is learnt that the couple and their three children - two boys aged 19 and 14 and daughter, 21 - had gone to the relative’s flat unit on Jalan San Peng here on Wednesday morning.
There, they were greeted by the victims’ brother, wife and four children, aged between eight and 23.
Both families were believed to have recently joined a cult.
The victim was said to have been impressed by a nephew’s claim that he (the nephew) was told in a dream that he had the power to rid people of their illness and problems.
It was believed both families agreed to participate in the “ritual” treatment that involved the beating of each other with helmets and broomsticks.
During the ritual, the couple passed out and never regained consciousness.
At 3pm, the nephew assured the rest of the family they had nothing to worry and to have faith in him as the couple would wake up soon.
“But at around 9pm, they realised that the motionless couple had died and immediately called for an ambulance.
“Medical personnel who arrived at the scene pronounced the couple dead and police, who were also present, detained eight people including four family members on the spot,” SAC Ku said.
However, four of them were released after questioning.
The post-mortem results showed that the couple had died from serious head injuries. At 8pm Thursday, their bodies had not been claimed.
Police believe the nephew to be the main suspect and are investigating claims that he suffered from a mental illness.
SAC Ku said police seized two bloodied helmets and several broomsticks believed to have been used in the ritual.
He said police obtained a seven-day remand order for the four to assist in investigations under Section 302 and 304 of the Penal Code.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
From all of us.
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S.Samy Vellu wants the Selangor government to openly apologise for the demolition of the Hindu temple in Ampang.
He said the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) was under the jurisdiction of the state government and therefore it should be responsible for the demolition.
“We want the state government to give the assurance that it will not demolish any more temples,” Samy Vellu said.
The Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) has also called on state executive councillor Xavier Jeyakumar to be careful when making press statements.
Its president Datuk A. Vaithilingam said Jeyakumar had described the Sri Maha Kaliamman Temple in Kampung Baru Taman Tasek, Ampang Jaya as a shrine.
“Jeyakumar then went on to say that the breaking of temples was a ‘small’ issue compared to the bigger issues Indians faced, not realising that for Indians, the breaking of a place of worship is definitely a serious issue,” said Vaithilingam.
Selangor Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun condemned the PKR-led Selangor government saying the party’s promise to protect houses of worship was merely a ploy to fish for votes.
“The Indian voters supported Pakatan Rakyat during the General Elections because they did not expect such treatment.”
MCA Youth secretary-general Dr Wee Ka Siong also expressed disappointment over the demolition and questioned PKR’s promise in their election manifesto.
Dr Wee urged the Selangor government especially the state’s three-men committee overseeing the matters concerning non-Muslims comprising Selangor exco members Ronnie Liu, Teresa Kok and Jayakumar to give a satisfactory reply to the demolition of the temple.
On Monday, Liu said MPAJ deputy president Hamid Hussain had been suspended pending investigations on whether he (Hamid) ordered the demolition of the temple.
seals: Did ever BN government apologise for the open and instructed temple breaking? Datuk Samy, please ask then do do so first.
This breaking was done not by state government but by the "ENEMY WITHIN" who could be working for another.
If the state government is to be blamed for every ones action then the PM should have resigned long ago for the for the statement of many UMNO fellows and Ministers and even the members of the government.
And you should have resigned for not making the same statement when BN was going around breaking the temples and for letting the Indians down so low that thy had to resort to have a rally and you should be responsible for the arrest for the HINDRAF 5, can you?
By SHAILA KOSHY
KUALA LUMPUR: The continued arbitrary use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in the face of public sentiment gives the impression that the Government is oppressive, and the ISA an instrument of oppression.
“Its continued use does not bode well for a society that is struggling to find its place in the global arena. It does not bode well for the democracy that is so vital for us to develop sustainably,” said Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim yesterday in an open letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
“Mr Prime Minister, I remember clearly what you once said; that if one has the opportunity to do what is good and right for the country, then one must take on the task.”
Recording his respect for Abdullah, Zaid said he would have remained on his team if he were confident he would have been able to do some good for Malaysia.
“Sir, you are still the Prime Minister and you still have the opportunity to leave your footprint in Malaysian history. I urge you to do so by repealing the ISA once and for all.
“Let us attempt to fulfil that solemn promise made by our beloved first Prime Minister to the people of this country.”
Reviewing the use of the ISA in the last three weeks, Zaid said it led to the conclusion the Government had time and time again failed Malaysians in repeatedly reneging on that solemn promise made by Tunku Abdul Rahman.
“Regrettably, Tunku Abdul Rahman himself reneged on his promise. In 1965, his administration detained Burhanuddin Helmi, the truly towering Malay intellectual, a nationalist who happened to be a PAS leader. He was kept in detention until his death in 1969,” Zaid added.
“The only thing that is certain about that period was that Umno was facing a leadership crisis. Isn’t it coincidental that the recent spate of ISA arrests occurred when Umno is again having a leadership crisis?”
Noting there were those who advocated a carte-blanche reading of the ISA, he cautioned: “They will seek to persuade you that the interests of the country demand that such power be retained, that Malaysians owe their peace and stability to laws such as the ISA.
“This overlooks the simple truth that Malaysians of all races cherish peace. We lived together harmoniously in the last 400 years, not because of these laws but in spite of them.”
He said Malaysians today wanted a Govern?ment committed to the court process to determine guilt or innocence.
He said the public were less willing to believe today that the Home Affairs Minister knows best about national security.
“Any doubts as to the continued relevance of the ISA in its present form should have been put to rest by the recommendation by national human rights commission Suhakam that the ISA be repealed and an anti-terror legislation suited to the times enacted in its place.”
»We lived together harmoniously in the last 400 years not because of these laws but in spite of them« DATUK ZAID IBRAHIM