Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tee Keat stands by 'Chinese marginalised' remarks

Former MCA president Ong Tee Keat today confirmed telling US diplomats that ethnic Chinese in the country were marginalised but reiterated that he was merely conveying the sentiments of the minority community.

"It is worth reiterating that the comments purportedly made by me was largely my observation and assessment of the Chinese community's sentiment and perception pursuant to the statement of marginalisation by (Minister Mentor) Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore," he said.

NONELee had in September 2006 told journalists at the sidelines of a World Bank-International Monetary Fund meeting in Singapore that ethnic Chinese in both Malaysia and Indonesia were marginalised - a provocative statement that resonated with a significant segment of the Chinese populace across the Causeway.

"Our neighbours both have problems with their Chinese. They are successful. They are hardworking and, therefore, they are systematically marginalised," Lee was quoted as saying.

US diplomats had then sought Ong's opinion on the comments, who remarked that the Chinese community in Malaysia were well aware that they were marginalised.

'Leftovers', 'crumbs' are metaphoric descriptions

In a statement to Malaysiakini today, Ong denied that his description of "leftovers" and "crumbs" referred to government projects, explaining that they were something that was expressed by the Chinese business community.

ong tee keat pandan mp supporters dinner 4"The metaphoric descriptions of 'leftovers' and 'crumbs' were the exact words I quoted from certain corporate personalities that were coincidentally shared by the petty traders in my own constituency over the issue in September 2006," he said.

His comments come after Malaysiakini reported a confidential cable between Washington and its embassy in Kuala Lumpur that was released by whistleblower site Wikileaks last week, detailing Ong's meeting with US embassy officials.

According to the cable, Ong was quoted as saying that "there was once a day in Malaysia when MCA would get the leftovers, but now we are just hoping to get some crumbs from the Umno table".

Ong was VP when he made the remarks

Standing by his statement to US diplomats, the Pandan MP conceded that he had kept his views private because he knew it would raise eyebrows within the MCA leadership.

"Throughout the conversation, the only view of mine expressed was the prior assessment of the Chinese support for BN/MCA in the 12th general election. I was not at all optimistic then.

"Unfortunately, what I described as 'plummeting Chinese support for the party' really came true as an enormous wave of political tsunami in the 2008 poll later."

In what appears to be a challenge to the current MCA president Chua Soi Lek, Ong said that it was up to MCA to decide if they share the sentiment of the Chinese community.

"As to whether MCA shares the (Chinese) community's perception of being marginalised or otherwise, the current party leadership should have the courage and wisdom to answer. After all, I have no role to play in it anymore," he said.

Ong was a MCA vice-president when he made the remarks in 2006 and later went on to helm the party's presidency before being ousted by Chua in 2010.


seals: So ot is not only Indians..... so what the Heck MCA and MIC doing in UMNO? (BN Never existed) Does Palanivel has the guts to challenge to quit BN if UMNO fails to deliver what is due to Indians, like what he said when he had the fear the other Indian parties will join BN?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Message is clear - it's okay to bash Christians

'When a newspaper Ramadan supplement featured non-halal outlets, certain people bay for blood, but it's perfectly okay to...'

Christian groups permit prostitution, says report

Dood: Amazing what one can get away with if one is promoting Umno-BN's agenda. When a newspaper publishes a dining supplement during Ramadan that featured non-halal outlets, certain people bay for blood.

But apparently it's perfectly okay to portray as "facts" things like Christianity permitting prostitution.

I challenge those who think Umno-BN is being "fair" in their treatment to try publishing the same report as in Sinar Harian or Utusan Malaysia by substituting "Kristian" with "Islam".

David Dass: Islam or Muslim bashing is unnecessary. The irresponsible and malicious writing and publishing of vicious and ridiculous nonsense is the work of a few. These few should be brought to book. Most Malays would not subscribe to such nonsense. It is for our leaders to distance themselves from such acts.

These acts are designed to set Malays against non-Malays, Muslims against non-Muslims. Do not rise to the bait and by your responses alienate all Malays and all Muslims. Christians are like everybody else. Christianity abhors sin. Sexual discipline is a Christian virtue as it is a virtue among people of all religions.

Prostitution for the most part occurs because of economic necessity. And occurs when the state fails to provide sufficient jobs and food and sustenance. Who in this case has committed the sin? The prostitute or the corrupt who steal from the state?

It is good that the article has been withdrawn and an apology issued. But the question must be asked - why was it written and why was it published in the first instance? It reveals such a distorted, perverted and ignorant view of Christians and Christianity.

Recent articles reek of xenophobia as they point out the dangers of Muslims interacting with non-Muslims. And in doing so, not only do they criticise and condemn non-Muslims as decadent and immoral but also suggest that there is something wrong with Indonesian society. These people have lost their bearings.

Anonymous_3dbe: Many Muslims have mistaken between Western culture and Christian culture. This is just like saying most Muslims are terrorists because some are involved in terrorism.

Tailek: I would recommend that Sinar Harian send an investigative reporter to all the karaoke joints, massage parlours and night clubs and see how many Malay GROs (guest relations officers) and massage girls work in such places.

There are many, I assure you, but that certainly does not mean Islam permits prostitution. For that matter, no religion permits or encourages prostitution.

The authorities should haul up the editor of this newspaper and retract their publishing permit for printing such a slanderous and seditious article. But we all know, that's not going to happen.

Silas Jugdip: This is not the first time such things have been said about Christians. In the early days, Christians were accused of cannibalism - eating human flesh and drinking human blood in their observance of the Holy Communion.

The western lifestyle is not Christian or the biblical lifestyle. For Sinar Harian to say such shows how ignorant they are - truly 'katak dibawah tempurung'.

Fairness for all: I am not a Christian but a Hindu. Still, I believe that one should not make false accusations against any religion. There are many Malay prostitutes around as well, so does it mean that Islam also permits prostitution?

Not Confused: Once again, Islam is being portrayed as a weak and defensive faith that needs continuous and robust propping up to stop it being pushed around by other religions.

I just do not understand the mentality of some of the so-called learned Islamists who constantly feel the need to protect a religion that is so obviously strong and not in need of the crutches it keeps being given.

Muslims are rarely, if ever, "confused" or really hurt. It's the "guardians" of Islam that bang on relentlessly about the confusion and hurt that Muslims feel, but are really being condescending and are insulting the intelligence of Muslims worldwide.

Justom: If this isn't the most confused set of lies, I don't know what else to call it. This is grossly provocative and totally uncalled for. It's like schoolchildren calling names when angry. This is a poor reflection of Islamic 'journalism' in Malaysia.

EugeneT: This is totally preposterous. Now the newspaper wants to paint Christianity as the bogeyman and perpetrators of social illness?

I'm dumbfounded to hear one of the stupidest things ever published. The newspaper and their chief editors should be hauled up and punished by the Home Ministry for publishing such ridiculous lies and malicious slander.

Disbeliever: Sinar Harian, Berita Harian, Utusan Malaysia and other pro-government media will say anything to run down other religions. If it had been the reverse, they would have made a big hue and cry about it.

My dear fellow Christians, let them say whatever they want to say. God is watching. Stay calm. "Forgive them for they know not what they are doing."

Rick Teo: No religion encourages the practice of vices like prostitution, but most do not enforce it rigorously. The religion allows the individual to make their own decision and if they sin, then they face punishment from God, not from men.

Neders: Are these fellas for real or what? It seems they would do or say anything to get Muslim votes to stay in power.

Christianity promoting decadent behaviour? What rubbish. Let them say whatever they like, because the more they say, the more stupid they sound.

People Power: It's amazing that the various government agencies can allow such incredible stories be printed and go unchallenged. Can anyone show one instance where in Christian scriptures such things are commanded?

I can understand Muslims being opposed by what is taught in Christianity. But to lie outright and write such false accusations, either the writer, editor and the press room of the paper is ignorant (jahil) or evil.

It is obvious they hold truth to be of no value, thereby rendering their own belief in Islam also to be tenuous, if not non-existent.

Lulu: The Ministry of Education, which has a monopoly on what our children learn, is the biggest propagator of encouraging free mingling between the sexes. All our schools are co-ed, whereas the 'Christian' schools of old were either all-girls or all-boys. Terrible, our MOE.

Ferdtan: Since Utusan Malaysia has lost creditability with its readers with their numerous unbridled untruths appearing in many of their articles, the baton is now conveniently passed to Sinar Harian to do an 'execution job' on controversial issue of apostasy of Muslims by so-called 'Christian apostasy movement'.

Sinar Harian, formed only in 2006, is owned by Kumpulan Karangkraf. The use of this up-and-coming tabloid could be because of its popularity in the Malay-dominated east coast of Kelantan,Trengganu and Pahang.

This article, including the one recently, are quite uncharacteristic of their claims as to its impartial and objective news content. Expect more articles of this sort to come out.

The bogeyman: read Christianity, appears to be the winning weapon of Umno in the war of perception in the hearts and minds of the Muslim, particularly in the rural corner of the country. Pakatan Rakyat would be well-advised to take heed of this before it gets out of hand.

Wira: Please introduce me to a church that encourages and permits prostitution. I've been a Christian all my life, and I've never gotten to experience one.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Why go to the Temple ???

A 'devotee' wrote a letter to the editor of an indian newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to the Temple . 'I've gone for 30 years now, he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 mantras.

But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the Gurus are wasting theirs by giving services at all.

This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.

But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the those meals. But I do know this... They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.

If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to the Temple for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!

When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mapping the brains activity after Kriya Yoga

Mapping the brains activity after Kriya Yoga

In the living brain, millions of nerve cells communicate with each other by emitting tiny electrical impulses. In this way, the brain is electrically active night and day throughout ones life. This activity can be registered as oscillations (popularly called brain waves) by placing electrodes on the scalp, amplifying the signals and displaying them on a computer monitor. This method of measuring is called electroencephalo-graphy (EEG). The brain oscillates at different rates (frequency) depending on the state of consciousness, just as the height of the waves (amplitude) can vary.
There is a direct correlation between a persons activity or level of attention and his brain wave frequency (see fig. 1). During unconscious states (e.g. deep sleep) the slow delta waves with high amplitudes appear in the EEG. In the half conscious state, between wakefulness and sleep, theta waves are often dominant, and during the wakeful, mentally relaxed state with closed eyes, alpha waves dominate in most people. Finally, the high frequency beta waves with small amplitude appear during conscious wakeful activity. Thus the EEG measurements can verify whether a person is conscious (alpha and beta waves) or unconscious (delta and theta waves). The lower the EEG frequency, the more unconscious the state (fig. 1).
The four types of brain waves
Beta waves (13-36 oscillations (or waves) per second (Hz)). This is the brain rhythm in the normal wakeful state associated with thinking, problem solving and active attention directed towards the outer world. Beta waves may be classified as beta 1 (13-20 Hz) and beta 2 (20-36 Hz). Mental tensions, excitement and anxiety can increase both amplitude and frequency of the beta rhythms. This can cause a shift from beta1 to beta2.
Alpha waves (8-13 Hz). Alpha is the most dominant of all brain rhythms. Most people have some alpha activity in their EEG, especially when they close their eyes, turn the attention inwards and relax. This increases the amplitude of the alpha waves. Alpha waves, which signify conscious awareness, are the "bridge" or "entrance ticket" to the unconscious, which is represented by even lower frequencies (theta and delta).
Theta waves (4-8 Hz). Theta is the dominant brain rhythm of small children. In adults, theta waves normally appear only during dreaming or drowsiness, as well as during strong emotions. Theta waves are formed deep in the brain and reflect unconscious activity associated with emotions and dreams. Both when one comes close to unconscious memories during deep meditation and close to repressed feelings in therapy the theta activity tends to increase.
In order to have conscious access to and remembrance of the unconscious content, alpha waves must be present in the EEG. Without alpha the unconscious content remains unconscious.
The presence of a certain amount of theta combined with alpha in the EEG recorded during rest may signify personal insight and creativity.
Delta waves (0,5-4 Hz). Delta is seen in new born babies and in adults during deep sleep. These slow rhythms are associated with basic survival functions deeply seated in the brain. During psychotherapy, where patients relive their own birth, the appearance of delta waves has been observed. Delta waves are associated with the deepest states of consciousness. Some consider that delta signifies contact with the collective unconscious. Delta rhythms combined with alpha can reflect an inner intuitive, empathetic radar, a kind of sixth sense.

Fig. 1. Brainwaves and states of consciousness
The meditative state builds a bridge between the conscious and unconscious. It is a drowsy/dreamy state observed by a clear, conscious awareness. The EEG pattern is a mixture of alpha and theta waves. Theta signifies subconscious activity, while alpha reflects the conscious awareness. 




Deep sleep







Purpose of the Study
We wanted to study the effects of Kriya Yoga on the brains activity (EEG). In scientific literature there are often reports of an increase in alpha and theta waves during and after various forms of meditation. The ancient Tantric Kriya Yoga is a powerful method for awakening and expanding consciousness, as well as for strengthening the vital and psychic energy. We therefore anticipated that the EEG measurements before and after a single Kriya Yoga session would show significant changes. Furthermore, we wanted to chart the brains activity on coloured brain maps (see fig. 4 and 5) during the distinct changes in consciousness that occur in connection with Kriya Yoga.

Fig. 2. Increase of alpha and theta amplitudes after two hours Kriya Yoga

(Wilcoxon test: *p<.05, **p<.01, ***p<.001, ns=not signifikant)

Position of the electrodes on the head during recording.

Yoga teachers from the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School - all with many years experience of Kriya Yoga - participated in the research. EEG measurements were taken immediately before and after two hours of Kriya Yoga from eight electrodes, four over the left side of the brain and four over the right, placed on the scalp with the aid of elastic bands. The amplified EEG signals were transmitted to a computer, displayed on a screen and simultaneously stored on a hard disk. Subsequently the EEG data were analysed for distribution of delta, theta, alpha and beta rhythms in the EEG.
Following the meditation, a significant rise of alpha and theta rhythms in the brain was observed in ten out of eleven subjects. For some, the alpha waves more than doubled. The increase of these rhythms was greatest in the rear part of the brain (parietal regions), where both alpha and theta rhythms rose by an average of 40% (see fig. 2). There was a general tendency for these rhythms to spread from the rear part of the brain forwards. In ten of the eleven right handed people, the alpha increased more in the right than in the left side of the temporal regions (fig. 3).
The significance of these changes will be discussed below. All the above mentioned results are statistically significant and therefore cannot be ascribed to coincidence.

Fig. 3. Change in the temporal right/left (R/L) alpha ratio after two hours Kriya Yoga

With mentally healthy human beings, an ideal R/L ratio is 1,05 - 1,10 - a little higher (culturally determined?) activity in the left compared to the right side.
During deep relaxation, though, human beings come nearer to a balance of 1,00 between the brain halves.
On the other hand, with neurotic and psychiatric patients, a R/L ratio far below 1,00 is found. The greater the mental disturbance, the lower the ratio: People suffering from anxiety neurosis, for instance, show values from 0,93 to extremely low values from 0,50 to 0,60 where you find schizophrenic paranoiacs (Hoffmann,1982).

Better contact with emotions and the subconscious
The considerable increase in alpha and theta activity in most regions of the brain after meditation (fig. 4) indicates that the brain is deeply relaxed and focused following Kriya Yoga. It also shows that through the meditation the subjects have obtained a better contact with their subconscious and their emotions.
The great increase of alpha in the right temporal lobe is an interesting finding. Recent research in the US has shown that depressed, introvert people have more alpha in the left fronto-temporal region, while optimistic, extrovert people have more alpha in the right side. According to the American research, an increase of alpha in the right side, as found in this study of Kriya Yoga, counteracts stress and depression.
Several scientific studies have demonstrated that theta rhythms in the EEG (mixed with alpha) correlate with the appearance of previously unconscious feelings, images and memories. Brain researchers claim that a person in the high alpha/theta state is able to confront and integrate unconscious processes.
This knowledge from modern research supports the experience that yogis have had from Kriya Yoga over thousands of years, that the meditative state, characterised by high alpha/theta activity, can bring about a release or "cleansing" of unconscious material in a person. This study demonstrates that Kriya Yoga is an extremely effective technique for raising the alpha/theta activity in the EEG and therefore it also strengthens the associated positive effects.

Fig. 4 . Mapping the activity of the brain before and after Kriya Yoga

After two hours of practising Kriya Yoga, both the alpha and theta activity has risen considerably. This shows that the subject is more relaxed after the meditation and in better contact with his/her feelings and his/her subconscious.

Before Kriya Yoga

After Kriya Yoga

Fig. 5. Pictures of the brains electrical activity = brain maps

These brain maps are made on the basis of approximately 60 seconds recording of the brain waves from eight EEG channels during rest. Four electrodes are placed on the left side, four on the right side (and a reference electrode on the top of the head) (see fig. 2.). A brain map is constructed on the basis of a frequency analyser which shows the distribution in the brain of delta, theta, alpha and beta waves.

As shown in fig.5, a brain map is made up of seven oval pictures, which with various colours indicate the distribution in the brain of a specific EEG parameter. These pictures depict the brain as seen from above, where the small tip is the position of the nose. Most interesting are the five pictures to the right, which show the distribution of delta, theta, alpha, beta-1 and beta-2 waves. The individual pictures show, in accordance with the tall vertical colour scale, the brain waves of the mean amplitude beneath each of the eight electrodes. Thus, the dark blue colour indicates a very small amplitude, while the red and white colours indicate maximum amplitude. The two oval pictures to the left on the brain map display respectively the distribution of the mean alpha frequency and distribution of the total amplitude regardless of frequency (0,5 -36 Hz).

Comparing Kriya Yoga with other states
Four examples of brain maps which show an increasing degree of contact with the subconscious. The strongly repressed person (a) has poor contact, while the meditating person (d) has the best contact with his/her subconscious.
NB. These four brain maps come from various independent studies, fig. d. is from previous research done on some of the schools teachers where the measurements were taken during Kriya Yoga. Present research, however, measures the difference before and after Kriya Yoga meditation (see fig. 4.).

a. Repressed - Extremely low alpha and theta indicates emotional blocking and poor contact with the subconscious.

b. Normal - Moderate alpha together with some theta shows a good balance between conscious and unconscious activity with some degree of contact with the subconscious.

c. Hypnosis - High theta activity during deep hypnosis shows activation of the unconscious. Low to medium alpha shows that there is little or no conscious experience of what is happening in the subconscious.

d. Kriya Yoga - High theta activity during Kriya Yoga meditation shows activation of the unconscious at the same time as the very high alpha reflects a strong concentrated conscious awareness. There is optimal contact with feelings and the subconscious.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Four more ex-soldiers admit to postal vote fraud

Postal vote manipulation has been a common practice in the military for many years - so it seems - now that more retired military personnel are speaking up.

Now, four ex-military personnel have confessed to committing election fraud - the same way an ex-army man said he did so earlier this month.

NONEThe four, who had served at army and air force bases across the country, say they marked thousands of postal votes in three separate general elections between 1978 and 1999.

The four - Major (Rtd) Risman Mastor (right), Kamarulzaman Ibrahim, Mohamed Nasir Ahmad and Mohd Kamil Omar - said they were ordered by their commanding officers to mark postal votes for the hundreds and thousands of personnel who were out in the field.

Their expose today is the second after an ex-army man came forward earlier this month, making a similar claim that he was ordered to mark postal votes for other personnel.
Kamarulzaman, who was a clerk working at the Terendak army camp in Malacca, said he was ordered to spend three days marking thousands of ballot papers during the 1986 general election.
The 53-year-old said he was given three pens of different colours, which he used alternately to sign the postal votes in the absence of the army personnel who were on their tour of duty.
“For example, I would use a blue pen to sign for one serviceman and a black pen to sign for his wife. I was also ordered to mark votes for the opposition,” he said at a press conference hosted at the PAS headquarters by the party's youth wing.
When asked how many postal votes he signed, Kamarulzaman said he could not remember the exact number but was sure that it ran into the thousands.
“If you want to say how many, let's just say my hand went numb (from signing the ballot papers). I basically voted for soldiers from all over the country.”
'It was the wrong thing to do'
Kamil, a retired Air Force commando based at the Butterworth Air Force base, claimed he was offered a “reward” if he complied with the order to mark a box full of postal votes during the 1999 general election.
The 21-year veteran however refused to carry out the order, saying that he realised it was not right for him to mark ballots for his colleagues.
“They gave me a box, and expected me to mark all the ballots in 30 minutes. I realised it was wrong,” said the 49-year-old, adding that he has no idea what the “reward” was since he did not carry out the order.
Nasir, 50, who was a clerk based in Sandakan during the 1986 general election, said he and another colleague were told to split over 900 postal votes between them to be marked on behalf of their fellow soldiers.
He pointed out that being in the military, orders are orders and that soldiers were “not too bothered” about politics.
“Even after retirement, we didn't care so much about politics. But when Bersih came about, we started to realise that what we did was not right,” he said.
Risman stressed that this practice went as far back as the 1978 general election, when he and nine others were ordered to go through around 200 sacks - each containing 10 postal votes - during his time at the Kampung Sawah army camp in Port Dickson.
“I did it just that one time... I don't remember the figures but I believe there were about 10 (ballots) in each sack. In effect there were just 10 of us actually voting,” he said.

VIDEO | 7.22 mins
'Implement Suhakam's suggestions on polls reform'


And now - voters with non-existent MyKad code

Even as the BN and Pakatan Rakyat trade barbs over the proposed parliamentary select committee on electoral reform, more flaws are being exposed in the electoral rolls by political parties and members of public.

NONEThe latest discovery by a PAS supporter shows several registered voters in Kedah having MyKad numbers that do not exist.

This information is posted on a Facebook page registered to a Pengundi PAS Kedah (Kedah PAS voter) and is accompanied by screen-capture images (left) of the search result from the Election Commission's (EC) website.

It shows the seventh and eighth digits of the MyKad numbers of three voters are listed as '00'. These two digits are used to indicate the place of birth of the MyKad holder.

According to the National Registration Department (NRD) website, which lists the codes for states in Malaysia and foreign nations, the code '00' does not exist.

When contacted, an NRD customer service officer confirmed that there is no such code and requested this reporter to lodge an official report with the department.

A check with the NRD portal - which allows people to check the status of identification documents - showed that there is no record of the three MyKad.

When accessed this morning, the EC online verification system confirmed the voting details of the trio:

1. Hasrullizam bin Halim
MyKad no: 800604002563
Voting constituencies: Bukit Pinang (state), Pokok Sena (Parliament)

2. Rosmadi bin Chik
MyKad no: 801111002544
Voting constituencies: Kota Siputeh (state), Jerlun (Parliament)

3. Shapiza binti Ghazali

MyKad no: 811020002568
Voting constituencies: Bukit Lada (state), Pokok Sena (Parliament)

NONEEC chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof (left) has repeatedly explained that every voter registration will be checked with the NRD database through the Agency Link-up System.

Therefore, it is not known how the three voters were registered in the electoral roll despite their MyKad numbers being invalid.

"If they had been checked, the NRD would not have verified the existence of MyKad number with code '00'.
"If it was the fault of clerks, why are there so many people with the code '00' unless it was (a deliberate mistake)," Pengundi PAS Kedah says on the Facebook page.

"I hope that there will be a concrete explanation from the EC and NRD. A check with NRD shows that there is no record (of such MyKad), so where do these people come from? Born on the planet of Pluto?"

32 entries 'cleaned out'?

The Facebook page also posted screen-capture images of 32 Kedah voters who allegedly have a double identity in the electoral roll.

However, the double identity no longer exist when Malaysiakini checked with the EC online verification system this morning.

According to Abdul Aziz, the EC is 'cleaning' the electoral roll, including the removal of double registrations, on a daily basis based on NRD information.

Over the last two weeks, Malaysiakini has highlighted flaws in the electoral roll, including 'permanent resident voters' whose status in the NRD database had been 'upgraded' to 'citizen' within hours, and 'clone' voters who have two entries in the electoral roll or two different MyKad.

Under pressure from the opposition and electoral reform coalition Bersih 2.0, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced on Monday that a bi-partisan parliamentary select committee on electoral reform would be formed.



'No guarantee of reforms before next election' - Nazri

Should Malaysian and Malaysians agree or accept an elections without a BERSIH (clean) ELECTORAL ROLL? The elections for sure has to be postponed or the clean up is done ASAP. We still have almost 2 years to do this!!!

Attempting to have an early elections without cleaning up this ER is just an indication of ruling party goal to make use of the "BLUNDER" that was made to cheat the RAKYAT (PEOPLE) to win the next elections. That will buy time for them another 5 years to plan another strategy for the 14th GE.

Last rally was a clear message from the people demanding to clean up the ELECTORAL ROLL before calling for an elections.

Question to the expert lawyers on constitution, calling for an election when it is clear there are 1000's of such "blunders" is it not insulting the constitution and the rakyat ?

PAS reveals another 'phantom voter centre'

PAS says it has more evidence of the government covertly issuing MyKad to foreigners and relocating locals, who are then inserted as BN Trojan horses in the Pakatan-held constituencies.

"A resort in Cherating, Kuantan, is being used as a processing centre as well as to distribute the MyKad.

NONE"The centre is used for two purposes, one to hold and then coach foreigners who are then given Malaysian identity cards," PAS secretary-general Mustafa Ali (right) told a press conference at the party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

"The other purpose is to process locals, who are then transferred to other voting districts."

The opposition has long been accusing the BN of such covert activities, allegedly using phantom voters who are inserted to swell the votes for the ruling coalition in areas it lacks popular support.

It has claimed that foreigners who are issued MyKad and the relocated locals will then vote for BN as coached and instructed during their induction at the 'processing centres'.

"I disclosed this yesterday at a press conference outside Kuala Lumpur, but it was not reported," lamented Mustafa.
'I can't trust EC deputy chairperson'

Asked if he has hard evidence to back his claim, he said he had what he needed to state his case.

"I shall report the matter to the Election Commission (EC), but I will hand over the evidence only to chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof.

NONE"I will not hand it over to the deputy chairperson, Wan Ahmad Wan Omar (left). I don't trust him. Abdul Aziz, I can still trust a little bit," sniped the PAS official.

However, Mustafa declined to disclose when he would hand over his evidence.

"Soon," was all that he was prepared to say to reporters, adding that PAS would first have to see how the EC responded to its earlier complaints.

The party had earlier revealed similar cases in Salak Tinggi and Paya Jaras in Selangor, both of which it claimed involved 'processing centres' for BN phantom voters and Trojan horses.

'MyKad issued to foreigners'

On Aug 5, the Islamic party announced at a press conference that it had raided two houses in Paya Jaras, Subang, to catch a group it believes was distributing MyKad to foreigners.

The "house owners", who escaped before police arrived after a police report was lodged by party members, were distributing MyKad to people suspected to be Indonesians and Cambodians.

During the raid, which took place in February, a collection of MyKad and scanning equipment, as well as card readers used to authenticate the identity cards, were also found.

In Salak Tinggi, the party organ Harakah Daily reported in March, National Registration Department personnel were found to be conducting briefing sessions and issuing MyKad outside of office hours.

The matter, said PAS, was suspicious and hinted at abuses in the run-up to the 13th general election.


Seals: Selling Malaysia to win GE?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Polls committee a ploy 'to deflect heat from EC'

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has accused Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of deflecting the heat from the Election Commission (EC) by announcing the formation of a parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms last night.

NONEAnwar said Pakatan Rakyat agrees in principle with the formation of the committee, but claimed that the government has more insidious reasons for the move.

“What is important is that we want action now. Why is the EC given a reprieve? Why is fraud being condoned?” he said in a scathing attack on Najib.

Last night, Najib announced the government's plan to form the committee to discuss all electoral reforms needed to find a “bipartisan agreement without any suspicion that there is manipulation by the government”.

azlanAnwar stressed that the announcement amounts to an admission that Pakatan and Bersih 2.0 were right on the money in claiming there are serious flaws in the electoral system.
“... (Najib) has admitted (Bersih 2.0 was right), and the people have paid a price for that, getting beaten up and all that,” he said when contacted.

He said the issue now is for the government to work on making the EC truly independent so that the commission can start to fulfil its responsibilities.

“Notwithstanding the fact that even our parliamentary system also needs reform, the government must show good faith by getting the EC to act now.

“What is stopping the EC from cleaning up the rolls or reforming postal votes, registering overseas Malaysians as voters, and stopping (the registration of) foreigners as voters? Nobody in this country would feel that the EC is independent of Umno.”
Najib will 'drag' out issue
Anwar posited that the proposed select committee itself will pose a problem in implementation, as the government is not known for taking the role of Parliament seriously.
azlanHe stressed that Najib had not indicated the government's plans to hold an emergency sitting - which is necessary to form the special committee - and raised questions as to how far the premier and his administration are committed towards electoral reform.
“Look at Parliament in England - when the riots broke out they called an emergency sitting, when the News of the World exposé made the news they called an emergency sitting... in our case, Parliament is completely relegated to being a rubber stamp of the government.
“There was nothing in Najib's statement (last night) to suggest that action will be taken by the EC now. He will delay the matter in the committee.”

Seals: The elections should not be called till the reforms are done in the Database

Monday, August 15, 2011

Selangor records best financial result in 28 years

Selangor state assembly was told that the state government's revenue increased by RM200 million during the first six months of this year.
To a question by Sekinchan state assemblyman Ng Swee Lim, Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (left) said that the state's cash reserve stood at RM918 million at the end of 2010, RM1,100 million at June 30, 2001.
“The investment has increased by RM557 million as at June 30, 2011 compared to RM668 million at December 31, 2010. With the two sources combined it will be RM1,760 million compared to RM1,580 million for the same period in 2010.
"In six months, the state government has managed to increase the state revenue by RM200 million and this is the best financial record over the last 28 years,” he said.
Khalid stressed that the state not only achieved revenue increase but also good financial management which has been Pakatan Rakyat's battlecry before it wrested the state from Barisan Nasional in March 2008.
He said the state Micro Credit programme had distributed RM50 million to the people with sources generated from debt collection and the amount could be grouped under the Menteri Besar Consolidated Account.
Khalid thanked the state civil service for efficient management of the state revenue, including digitally documenting details of debtors.
“The state government does not give up ‘brooms’ to those who fail to perform, instead the Pakatan Rakyat state government gives gift in the form of technology to its officers," added Khalid, referring to his predecessor Mohammad Khir Toyo whose public handing out of brooms as symbol of failure of municipal council officers in collecting debts had invited condemnation from the civil servants.
Khalid said the state government had now digitalised its filing system.
"Almost 2 million records have been digitized and the cost came from the debt collection,” he said.

- Harakahdaily


seals:  We will never see this in the main stream media ......

Friday, August 12, 2011

Voter Mismah found, denies fast-track citizenship

Mismah, who had her permanent resident status allegedly upgraded to citizenship in just four hours, was finally found by the media.
She denied any irregularity in the granting of her Malaysian citizenship.
"I follow the rules, not like what others have alleged," she was quoted by Malay daily Sinar Harian as saying.
NONEMismah, who hailed from Bawaen, Indonesia, was upset over the accusation that her citizenship was obtained through the “back door”.
Last week, Mismah was found to have been categorised as a permanent resident on the National Registration Department (NRD) website, and yet she was listed in the Election Commission's electoral roll.
Hours after a report on the matter was published, Mismah was subseqeuntly 'upgraded' by the NRD to Malaysian citizen.
The NRD later clarified that Mismah was granted citizenship in January this year after having been a permanent resident for 29 years, but the agency did not explain the discrepancy on its website.
Pakatan Rakyat has claimed to have detected 1,597 such cases nationwide and demanded that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak call an emergency parliamentary sitting this month to debate the issue.
Granted PR status within months
NONE"No, this is not true. I had been applying for Malaysian citizenship for years - not four hours, not four days and not four weeks," the soft-spoken woman told Sinar Harian when met at an undisclosed location in Kuala Lumpur.

According to the report, she was not aware of the controversy until she was informed by one of her children a few days ago.

Forty-seven-year-old Mismah said she came to Malaysia legally to work as a construction worker in 1982.

She first stayed at her grandmother's house in Keramat, Kuala Lumpur for two months before moving to a squatter area in Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya, after getting married.

Mismah then proceeded to apply for permanent residency and was surprised to be granted the status a few months later.

"At that time, the process was simple, not like now," said Mismah in local Malay accent.

Citizenship approved 4 months after second application

But the application for citizenship took her 17 years - Mismah said she decided to make the application after 12 years residing in Malaysia but it was ignored by the Petaling Jaya NRD.
She made the second attempt in October last year to Putrajaya NRD and it was approved after four months.

Her four children and 70-year-old mother are all holders of blue MyKad, indicating that they are Malaysian citizens. Three of her children are civil servants while another has just completed his studies.

NONEMismah, who is currently working as a janitor in a direct sales company, had since moved out of Kayu Ara and now owns a terrace house.

Sinar Harian
said it tried looking for Mismah over the past one week and finally managed to do so after being tipped off by a reader.

However, the Malay-language tabloid did not say where Mismah is now living, but according to the Election Commission, she is a registered voter in Ijok, Kuala Selangor.

seals: I know some who have been trying to get the citizenship for last 20 years and still denied ... but here fast track ? 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

'Cloned voters' vanish in 24 hrs, but questions remain

One day after the existence of 'cloned voters' - voters who have more than one entry in the electoral roll - was discovered, the Election Commission (EC) has removed the 'clones' from the roll.

NONEHowever, at least one 'clone' (left) remains in the electoral roll, and there are still questions yet to be answered by both the EC and National Registration Department (NRD).

Yesterday Malaysiakini reported that at least seven voters have been found to have a 'clone' each in the electoral roll, having been registered under the same name and old identity card (IC) number, but with different MyKad numbers for the clones.

At that time, the EC online verification system showed that those names appear twice in the electoral roll, raising the question of whether they could vote twice in an election.

However, a check on the EC site this morning revealed that their 'clones' have disappeared from the same online system.
When contacted today, EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof said that his commission is 'cleaning' the electoral roll on a daily basis.

“Based on daily official information from NRD through Agency Link-up System (Alis), the EC will amend or delete content on the electoral roll,” he said in a text message.

“In the case of double registration, EC will delete the not active ones subject to NRD confirmation, and the process will continue.”

The latest status of the seven voters are:

1. Shodah binti Abdul Rahman

Old IC: 4802777

First entry: MyKad 550620055800 valid in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 560620055412 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

2. Mohamad bin Ismail

Old IC: 8370614

First entry: MyKad 540405025757 valid in NRD website, registered in Setiawangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 540405025095 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

3. Anderson a/l P Arputhanathan

Old IC: A0831847

First entry: MyKad 671117106499 valid in NRD website, registered in Setiawangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 671117105963 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

4. Chellamah a/p Murugesu

Old IC: 7877951

First entry: MyKad 491006045672 valid in NRD website, registered in Setiawangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 491006015094 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

5. Sa'ad bin Samsudin

Old IC: 1479323

First entry: MyKad 380913105681 valid in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, still remains in electoral roll.

NONESecond entry: MyKad 510913105553 has no record in NRD website, registered in Titiwangsa, deleted from electoral roll.

6. Mohd Rashid bin Ismail

Old IC: 6397062

First entry: MyKad 620108086991 valid in NRD website, registered in Taiping, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 620108086713 valid in NRD website, registered in Bukit Gantang, deleted from electoral roll.

7. Sulong bin Jalil

Old IC: 6290844

First entry: MyKad 611110115371 valid in NRD website, registered in Hulu Terengganu, still remains in electoral roll.

Second entry: MyKad 611110015143 valid in NRD website, registered in Hulu Terengganu, deleted from electoral roll.

NONEHowever, for Mohd Rashid and Sulong, although their 'clones' have been removed from the electoral roll, both of them still have two different MyKad numbers as shown in the NRD website, which allows the people to check the status of identification documents.

According to NRD website, both MyKad belong to Sulong have been collected while Mohd Rashid still has one of his MyKad waiting to be collected at the Kuala Lumpur NRD office.

Besides these two cases, a blogger also found another voter, named Isacc Yovan a/l K Pitchay, with two MyKad, numbered 630124035077 and 630124107421, in the NRD website.

The blogger claims that Isacc, who is registered in the Lembah Pantai parliamentary constituency, previously also had a double identity in the electoral roll, which was removed by the EC today after being exposed.

This reporter has been seeking explanations from the NRD on the double MyKad issue, but the department has yet to reply.

Malaysiakini also discovered that a 'cloned voter' exposed by Indera Mahkota MP Azan Ismail of the PKR last month still remains intact in the electoral roll.

The voter, named Tham Chow Hoong (old IC: 7124612) has two entries registered in the parliamentary seat of Tanjong and Bukit Gelugor respectively, but with different MyKad numbers - 630925075968 and 630925076968.

A check with NRD website showed that the first MyKad (630925075968) is valid but there is no record for the second (630925076968).

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

SPR daftar Kg Baru pula sebagai pengundi

Lagi kepincangan dalam daftar pemilih Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) didedahkan.

NONEKali ini, menurut ketua Pemuda PAS Johor Suhaizan Kaiat, SPR berjaya mencipta sejarah apabila mendaftarkan sebuah kampung bernama Kg Baru sebagai pengundi.

Menurut Suhaizan (kanan) yang juga pengerusi Pemulihan Demokrasi dan Mobilisasi Pemuda PAS, - Kg Baru mempunyai kad pengenalan bernombor 830527115422 dan dia dilahirkan pada 27 Mei 1983.

Menurut daftar pemilih SPR yang telah disahkan - Kg Baru layak mengundi di DUN Hulu Besut dan kerusi parlimen Besut.

Apabila semakan dibuat di laman web Jabatan Pendaftaran Negera (JPN) nombor kad pengenalan bagi pemilih yang bernama Kg Baru sebenarnya adalah milik Noraini Binti Abdullah.

NONENONE“Persoalannya bagaimana SPR boleh melakukan kesilapan yang begitu memalukan? Bagaimana kecuaian ini boleh berlaku?

“Apakah (Timbalan Pengerusi SPR) Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar masih menganggap isu ini hanyak layak dijawab oleh kerani SPR sahaja?” soal Suhaizan dalam satu kenyataan media.

Selain itu, beliau juga mendakwa Pemuda PAS telah menjumpai pemilih dari kalangan 'pengundi hantu' di mana nama mereka tidak terdapat dalam rekod JPN.
Tidak sah

Beliau memberikan contoh seseorang yang kononnya bernama Farhana Binti Abdul Rashid, no kad pengenalan 840505715012 dan dikatakan pengundi di DUN Wakaf Mempelam dan kerusi parlimen Kuala Terengganu di daftar pemilih SPR yang telah disahkan.

Namun semakan di laman web JPN menunjukkan nombor yang dimasukkan tidak sah ataupun tiada permohonan mengikut nombor yang diberikan itu.

NONENONE“Persoalannya bagaimana SPR boleh mendaftarkan pengundi hantu sedangkan SPR mempunyai sistem pendaftaran pemilih sepanjang tahun (e-SPPST) yang telah dihubungkan dengan JPN melalui sistem ALIS (Agency, link-Up System)?

“Berdasarkan kepada peristiwa pada 2 Ogos lalu di mana JPN mengubah status warganegara dalam tempoh satu jam setengah maka mungkin maklumat Farhana Binti Abdul Rashid akan berubah selepas media menyiarkan maklumat pengundi hantu ini,” katanya.
Minggu lalu, SPR menyenaraikan seorang penduduk berstatus penduduk tetap (PR) yang bernama Mismah sebagai pengundi pada daftar pemilihnya.

Walau bagaimanapun semakan dalam sistem pengesahan dalam talian JPN menunjukkan Mismah adalah pemegang MyPR kad No 640704715238.

NONENamun kira-kira empat jam selepas laporan itu disiarkan, status Mismah dalam sistemJPN, telah 'dinaik taraf' kepada warganegara.
Ketua pengarah JPN, Datin Jariah Mohd Said kemudiannya menjelaskan perkara itu tidak benar dan rekod JPN menunjukkan dalam kes Mismah, individu itu sebenarnya telah mendapat taraf penduduk tetap pada 17 Julai 1982.

Sehubungan itu, Suhaizan berkata tempoh bantahan yang lebih lama diperlukan bagi menyemak daftar pemilih SPR bagi membuktikan ia benar-benar bebas daripada 'pengundi hantu'.
Terlalu singkat

Beliau berkata tempoh bantahan sekarang yang hanya selama lima hari termasuk dua hari bercuti adalah terlalu singkat dan tidak munasabah.

voter registration campaign 110707 registration“Contohnya dalam rang suku ke-2 tahun 2011, SPR hanya membenarkan bantahan pada 29 Julai hingga 2 Ogos. Iaitu 5 hari bermula hari Jumaat hingga Selasa.

“Tempoh ini terlalu singkat dan merumitkan. Tempoh yang terlalu singkat ini seolah-olah SPR mempunyai agenda tersembunyi bagi menyukarkan pembantah untuk membuat bantahan,” katanya.

Menurut Suhaizan, Pemuda PAS juga mendesak SPR agar mengugurkan bayaran RM10 bagi setiap bantahan dan RM200 bagi setiap bantahan yang ditolak.

“Bantahan ini merupakan salah satu kaedah mengesan kesilapan manusia. Bantahan ini dibenarkan semasa SPR mempamerkan rang daftar pemilih. Apabila bayaran yang dikenakan terlalu mahal maka ia akan membebankan mereka yang mahu membuat bantahan sedangkan bantahan ini bertujuan untuk membersihkan daftar pemilih SPR.

azlan“Ini bermaksud pembantah mahu membantu SPR membersihkan data mereka. Membersihkan daftar pemilih adalah tugas hakiki SPR. Malangnya SPR mengenakan bayaran yang tinggi untuk membantunya membersihkan daftar pemilih.

“Bayaran yang dikenakan oleh SPR kepada pembantah adalah termasuk perkara-perkara yang pelik dalam negara kita. Sepatutnya SPR memberi bayaran tanda penghargaan kepada mereka yang membuat bantahan bukannya mengenakan bayaran kepada mereka yang mahu membantu SPR,” katanya lagi.

Seals: for the others who dont understand Malaysian Language ..

EC registers voter named 'Kg Baru'   (Kg Baru means New Village)

The Election Commission (EC) has been found to have registered a female voter named 'Kg Baru'.

At the same time, a new search has turned up more names in the electoral roll without a record in the National Registration Department (NRD) online database.

NONEAccording to the EC online verification system, 'Kg Baru' (MyKad: 830527115422) is a voter registered in the state constituency of Hulu Besut and parliamentary constituency of Besut, Terengganu.

However, a check with NRD online system revealed that the MyKad number is assigned to one Noraini binti Abdullah (left).

"The question is, how can the EC make such a shameful mistake? How did it happen?” asked Johor PAS Youth chief Suhaizan Kaiat, who discovered the flaw.

“Does (EC deputy chairperson) Wan Ahmad Wan Omar still think this is an issue that should only be answered by the EC clerk?"
Responding this afternoon, EC chairperson Abdul Aziz Yusof admitted to Malaysiakini that it was a mistake and correction has been made.

"The record has been amended - (the individual's) name is Noraini binti Abdullah," he said.

Suhaizan also said he had detected a 'phantom voter' with no record in the NRD online database.

NONEDuring a verification check this morning, the EC online system (right) showed that Farhana binti Abdul Rashid (MyKad: 840505715012) is a voter registered in the state constituency of Wakaf Mempelam and parliamentary constituency of Kuala Terengganu.

No result in the NRD database

However, the same identification number returned no result in the NRD online database, which stated 'no application/the number entered is not valid'.

"How can the EC register phantom voters when its registration system is linked with the NRD database through the Agency Link-Up System (Alis)?" Suhaizan asked in a statement.

This is not the first case of voters without a NRD record. This was also the case with two eligible voters, who appeared on the EC online verification system as being registered in the Hulu Langat parliamentary constituency.
However, Abdul Aziz rebutted this, arguing that the NRD database used by the EC contains details of the three voters.

He said he has no idea why the NRD website shows a different result.

NONESuhaizan (left) said such mistakes could have been due to human negligence, but that this showed the EC's voter verification system had failed to detect errors when the details were keyed in.

For this reason, he urged the EC to abolish the RM10 fee levied on each objection raised by the public, as well as the RM200 penalty for every objection that is rejected.

"One way to detect human negligence is through objections... But when the fee is too high, it burdens those who want to raise objections, when the purpose of objections is to clean up the electoral rolls," said Suhaizan.

"The objection fee is one of many weird matters in Malaysia. In fact, the EC should pay those who make objections as a token of appreciation, rather than charge them," he added.

Objection period 'too short'

Suhaizan also complained that the five-day objection period (July 29 - Aug 2), including a weekend, for the second quarter supplementary electoral roll draft was too short and unreasonable.

"The charges and short period make it seem that the EC has a hidden agenda to make it difficult for people to raise objections."

azlanUnder the election law, the EC updates the electoral rolls every three months with a quarterly supplementary electoral roll draft.

The names of all newly-registered voters, voters who have changed their residing addresses and voters who have been removed from the electoral roll, are compiled in the supplementary electoral roll draft.

The roll is then displayed, usually for one week, for public scrutiny, before it is gazetted and used in the next election.

During the display period, members of the public can raise objections to the names listed in the supplementary electoral roll, but must pay the related fees.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Bishop Paul tells Jais - prove it or apologise

Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing today called on Jais to “quickly furnish proof of their claim that there has been proselytisation of Muslims by Christians as they have claimed.”

“I implore them not to procrastinate on this matter like the authorities are doing with respect to an alleged Christian plot in Penang recently to dethrone Islam,” said the titular head of the diocese of Melaka-Johor, who is concurrently president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia.

NONE“Please quickly furnish proof of this claim so that Christians can take the appropriate corrective action and tender the requisite apologies, or do the obverse which is demand that an apology be issued for false accusation,” said Bishop Paul Tan (left) said in remarks made to Malaysiakini.

“This campaign of innuendo and insinuation against Christians' subscription to a cardinal tenet of our constitutional structure, which is the respect for Islam as the federation's official religion has gone on long enough,” he asserted.

“It's high time these claims be proven to be substantive in which case Christians can take the necessary corrective and contrite action, or demand that Christian bashing be condemned and stopped,” said the Jesuit-trained prelate.

He noted with “great distress that that person who has preferred these accusations is from PAS - a party that these days is inclined to unify the Malaysian people rather than divide along them along sectarian lines.”

“Although a former president of this party (Mohd Asri Muda) was responsible in the early 1970s for the base canard that Christians were a greater threat to Malaysia than the communists, the party has since markedly altered its perspective and stand on national questions,” said the bishop.

“Like many Malaysians, I wholeheartedly welcome this liberating development, which is why I am greatly distressed that the latest round of accusations against Christians emanates from their quarter.”

Is it true or false?

Bishop Paul Tan further noted that PAS is a party that upholds morality in public and private conduct.

“No Christian worth his or her salt would ever be against this principle in life. Too often in politics, we are faced with people who make a pretense of public virtue while being squalid in private morals,” he continued.

hasan ali umno pas selangor talk quality hotel 300708 05“That this is not the case with PAS is something that their spiritual leader has sought by word and deed to transmit to the Malaysian people. We are greatly edified by his endeavour.

“This is why, ironically, the fact that the accusation stems from their quarter raises hope of its decisive and final adjudication: Is it true or is it false?” he said referring to Selangor exco Hasan Ali (left), who yesterday backed the Jais raid on the Damansara Utama Methodist Church.

“This uncertainty has been going on for too long now it has furnished grounds for agent provocateurs to foist their poisons on the body politic.

“This must stop either by Christians desisting from unconstitutional conduct or by their accusers being made to account for the falsity of their claims. There are no two ways about this.

“However, I must emphasise it is the right of a person to believe in whatever he or she chooses to. Religion can be proposed but never imposed. That is respect for the sanctity of individual conscience.”


Thursday, August 04, 2011

Multi-racial dinner at church disrupted by Jais

Officers from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) last night trespassed into a church compound in Petaling Jaya and disrupted a multiracial thanksgiving dinner.

According to Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) senior pastor Daniel Ho, a group of between 20 to 30 Jais and police officers, uniformed and plainclothes, entered the premises without a warrant.

"They entered the hall where the dinner was taking place, and started taking videos and photographs," said Ho in a statement today.

"When asked by the organisers why they were there, a Jais (official) replied that they received a complaint, but was unable to produce a copy (of the complaint) when asked," he added.

NONEHo claimed that Jais officers took down details of the Muslim guests before leaving the premises with the police.

According to him, the dinner was held by non-profit organisation Harapan Komuniti at the Dream Centre, an activity complex within the DUMC compound.

The occasion was to commemorate the NGO's efforts on numerous community projects, including with women and children, and victims of HIV/AIDS and natural disasters.

"Harapan Komuniti is a community-based NGO that brings love, hope and peace to the poor, needy and marginalised, regardless of race, language, religion or status.

"The dinner was a multiracial celebratory gathering of volunteers, leaders, supporters and members of the community who have benefited from the NGO's work," Ho explained.

DUMC and Community Excel Services, which had rented Dream Center, said they were highly disappointed with the actions of Jais and police officers who had entered and searched a private property without a warrant.

"They have subjected all guests at the Thanksgiving Dinner to undue harassment," said Ho, stressing the dinner's aim of appreciating and commemorating Harapan Komuniti's efforts to help Malaysians of all walks of life."

Ho called on all Malaysians not to condone this breach of freedom of assembly and association as provided by Article 10 of the federal constitution, "but to live in mutual trust and love, to promote peace, harmony and unity in the true spirit of 1Malaysia".

According to DUMC members who posted about the incident on micro-blogging website Twitter, Jais officers ransacked the garbage bins of the church.

Last Friday, Dream Centre hosted an electoral reform forum organised by the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham), featuring Bersih 2.0 chief Ambiga Sreenevasan and Election Commission deputy chairperson Wan Ahmad Wan Omar.