Alarmed by the poor ranking for Malaysia in an international students’ test, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar urged a new bi-partisan approach to reform the country’s education system.
A bi-partisan parliamentary select committee should be tasked to look into improving Malaysia’s education system, Nurul Izzah said in a statement today.
At the same time, the Lembah Pantai MP added, a National Education Council comprising politicians, academicians and other stakeholders should also be formed to study this issue.
Pakatan Rakyat top leaders, (from left) PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang. The coalition’s stand on religious issues has been described as ‘smart’ by analysts. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 17, 2013.With the many religious controversies taking place in the country now, political analysts described the stand taken by Pakatan Rakyat in reacting, rather than taking pro-active measures, as “smart”.
They felt that by reacting to the issues, rather than coming out with a clear policy on religious issues, PR lawmakers have avoided walking into a Barisan Nasional trap. (more…)
Charles will become ‘Head’ of the Anglican Church, but he doesn’t write the sermons or run the government at the same time!
This weekend the government religious department, Jakim, which operates out of the Prime Minister’s own office, issued a sermon to be read in all mosques condemning “liberal forces” on the internet, which it alleged were plotting to undermine Islam.
Sarawak contributes a major proportion of the cost of this bloated Prime Minister’s Department and it has to be questioned how a supposedly democratic country could have reached such a totalitarian state of affairs that even religion has been hijacked by the politicians? (more…)
Sarawak’s senior minister today expressed concern that it is most unfortunate if Malaysia is akin to a sugar cane – sweet in the beginning, but less sweet towards the end.
Dr James Masing, who is Land Development Minister and President of Dayak-based Parti Rakyat Sarawak reminded federal leaders of the original understanding struck during the formation of Malaysia.
“There were four signatories (Sarawak, Sabah, Singapore and Malaya) and not 15 to the 20/18 Malaysia Agreement. (more…)
The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (pic), for a second time this year has called on non-Muslims in the state to not refer to God as Allah.
Selangor Royal Council secretary Hanafisah Jais issued a statement today on behalf of the Sultan, calling on his people to adhere to Section 9 of the Non Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation against Muslims) Enactment 1988, which classifies use of certain words and expressions of Islamic origin without the state’s authority as a religious offence in the state. (more…)
Today Padang Serai MP N Surendran will join an illustrious group comprising Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong), Anwar Ibrahim (Permatang Pauh), Azmin Ali (Gombak) and R Sivarasa (Subang) as MPs who have been suspended from Parliament for a period of six months.
Gobind, Anwar, Azmin and Sivarasa incurred this penalty in the course of the 12th Parliament. If Surendran is suspended today he will the 13th’s first such casualty.
A motion for Surendran’s suspension will be proposed today by a member of the cabal – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department – that has grown so corpulent it is draining a whopping RM7.2 billion since 2009, about which members of the House should properly be in high dudgeon rather than choose to divert their attention to secure the esteem of erstwhile speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia. (more…)
PKR’s See Chee How said there is a dispute between landowners and the two companies. 17 of the 18 villages have filed their case at the Kuching High Court.
One of the two logging companies in dispute with native customary rights (NCR) land owners over log extractions has been ordered by the Sarawak government to stop operations.
The company is alleged to have engaged thugs and gangsters to settle the disputes, but the suspension was for flouting the Forest Department’s guidelines and procedures on extracting timber. (more…)
The latest upsurge in speculation about the position of Khalid Ibrahim as Selangor’s Menteri Besar is owed more to the mischief of Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia than to rumblings in his own party about his conduct of his office.
Khalid’s handling has been the subject of criticism for some time from within PKR, and not just from his putative rival for the post, Azmin Ali, the deputy president of the party.
Although Azmin covets the post, he is not now pressing to replace Khalid but muckraking Utusan, always looking for a chance to foment discord in opposition parties, is keen to fan the embers of dissidence in PKR. (more…)
Lim Sue Goan
Our Prime Minister is known for his careful approach. But then why did he announce to abolish white sugar subsidies and the 6% GST from April 2015 in the 2014 Budget?
The Malays consume a lot of sugar, and for GST at a relatively high level of 6% instead of 3 or 4% will aggravate the financial burden of low to middle-income families. With the government having rejected the GST bill in 2009, why such a “bold” step this time?
I personally feel this could be attributed to three key factors:
1. The government has full confidence in the country’s unique “subsidy rationalization.” (more…)
- If Najib is serious about asking ordinary Malaysians to change their lifestyles to adapt to rising prices, he should also reduce expenditure in his own department.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak should walk the talk by shaving expenditure in his own backyard and not create new, expensive agencies.
Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming said in a statement that the PM who is also the Finance Minister announced in the budget the setting up of a new Green Foundation (Yayasan Hijau) and the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Center (MAGIC). (more…)
It is in Jakim’s best interest that it focuses on its ‘core’ business, that of ‘Islamic development’, instead of attempting to act smart on issues like human rights.
All religions are branches of one big tree – George Harrison
The Oct 4 court verdict that ‘Allah’ can no longer appear in the Herald weekly publication has revealed more than meets the eye. Not only was the ruling a gross abuse of the judiciary, the decision also exposed the deep-rooted hatred the Malay zealots have for the non-Malays.
Leading the ‘hate the non-Malays’ campaign is the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, better known as Jakim, which has taken to inciting the Malays against the other races through the most despicable of ways, through the Friday sermons. (more…)
The Court of Appeal’s unanimous decision to ban the use of ‘Allah’ by Catholic weekly The Herald is constitutionally flawed and factually unsustainable.
In overturning the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision, Justice Mohamed Apandi Ali has imputed extra meaning without basis to distort the interpretation of Article 3 of the federal constitution that grants freedom of religious practice.
There is also not an iota of evidence that could have supported the home minister’s order to prohibitThe Herald from using ‘Allah’ in its Malay edition. (more…)
An appellate court’s decision that “Allah” was exclusive to Muslims suggests that Malaysians’ only recourse for civil liberties and freedom was to seek these elsewhere, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said today.
The former de facto law minister said the Court of Appeal’s ruling that barred the Catholic Church from describing its god with the Arabic word “Allah” in its Herald weekly paper revealed a “hopeless” situation and showed that “we have become a nation we were not”.
“For those who are not happy with the decision; who want to live in a free country and who value freedom, we should make plans to migrate,” Zaid told The Malay Mail Online. (more…)
The Court of Appeal decision to uphold the ban by the government on the use of the word Allah in the Herald publication is a sad day in the history of the nation.
No, I am not going to touch on the merits of the judgment or why it is an injustice to Christians who use Bahasa Malaysia in their worship. There are many who have written (or writing) on both these issues right now.
What I want to do here is to look at the larger picture of this decision on the political health of our nation with the help of the J.S. Mill (the 19th century English philosopher) and George Orwell (the English writer). (more…)
“Allah” means God, unless you are a non-Muslim Malaysian, in which case you have to find another word.
After a recent court ruling in the country, Allah can now be used only to refer to the Muslim God, and non-Muslims (mainly the Malaysian Christian Catholic community and press) have been banned from using it.
It is a decision that has inflamed opinion among minority religions and disheartened Muslims.
Apart from all the practical implications of this (re-printing Bibles and so on), there are other intangible but more heartfelt grievances. (more…)
Having stolen another general election through gerrymandering electoral boundaries, stacking the rolls, buying votes and otherwise rigging the ballot, now the BN gang is more hell-bent than ever on giving its competitors in crime the bullet.
This BN band of thieves and killers has long employed its police as its security guards and enforcers in its bid to monopolise organised crime, of course, but current Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is as far as I know the first regime functionary to make the ‘shoot first’ policy openly official.
And in the process, going so far as attempting to justify blue murder of ‘suspects’ on ‘humanitarian’ grounds, and also to blasphemously blame it on the Almighty. (more…)
Mohd Izzudin Saedon
It is believed in Malaysia that ‘Tuhan’ is the general Malay word for the deity of any religion.
The recent Malaysian court ruling banning the word “Allah” from a Catholic newspaper denies religious freedom of the minority Christian community in Malaysia. How true is this?
Christians make up less than 10% of the Malaysian population. Although the percentage is higher than Hindus, the religion is a little uncommon among the native Malay Muslims, especially to those living in the peninsula. As the more familiar religions of Buddhism and Hinduism refer their deity in words alien to the native Malay Muslims, it is unofficially known that the word Allah denotes only the Muslim “Tuhan” or God in Malay. (more…)
Court decides only Muslims can use the term “Allah” in what critics say is an attempt to appease right-wing extremist supporters of embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak
“Allah” can no long be used by a Christian newspaper in Malaysia to refer to “god” after a landmark court ruling on Monday, reversing a decision made four years previously that maintained the term transcended different faiths.
“It is my judgment that the most possible and probable threat to Islam, in the context of this country, is the propagation of other religions to the followers of Islam,” said Chief Judge Mohamed Apandi Ali, announcing the change. (more…)
I had the greatest learning experience through my doctoral programme at the George Washington University’s (GWU) Faculty of Business and Government from 1987-1993. I was on formal study leave but without a Civil Services Department (JPA) scholarship because the Training Division of JPA lacked foresight and instituted the ‘1986 Budget cuts’ upon in-service scholarships with immediate effect.
I therefore lost my JPA scholarship which I had only obtained under very challenging circumstances, and by the grace of God and one exemplary public official who decried discrimination.
Nevertheless, the Good Lord still had great plans for me; and it was located exactly within the George Washington University’s faculty and campus experience, right there in the capital of the United States of America. There, slowly but surely, their experiential learning programme allowed, through its very design of their doctoral journey, the most excellent learning outcome uniquely designed for/by me. (more…)
JENNIFER GOMEZ AND DESMOND DAVIDSON
The state government is concerned over the impact of the Allah ruling on the locals in Sarawak, such as those seen here participating in a service at a Kuching church. The Malaysian Insider pic, October 14, 2013.Hours after the Court of Appeal banned the word Allah in Herald, Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers in Sabah and Sarawak began scrambling to assess the political impact of the court decision in the two Borneo states.
In Sarawak, attention is now on the Christian Dayak rural seats that shored up the ruling coalition in the May general election. (more…)
The Umno Baru politician is the envy of the world. He is at liberty to buy up multi-million ringgit properties in capitals around the world, convert mangrove estuaries into refineries or thumb through armaments catalogues to select the most expensive ‘toys’ to purchase on behalf of the Malaysian government.
He is found at the most swanky KL bars, breezing through the VVIP airport lounges, or crucially, every five years, making his presence felt in the villages in his constituency.
The Umno Baru politician is a part of the traditional Malaysian scene and is equally at home in Knightsbridge or Bayswater, where many have purchased apartments for their children who are studying at colleges in London. (more…)
In what appears to be an urgent response to allay growing unrest among Christians in Malaysia, Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi has clarified that a ban on the use of the Arabic word Allah only applied to Catholic magazine, the Herald. Other Christian publications including the Malay-language Al-Kitab, which is widely used in Sabah and Sarawak, would not be affected.
To effect this, Junaidi said Prime Minister Najib Razak could introduce a Bill in Parliament to exempt Sabah and Sarawak from the Allah ban. This way, the government would not be seen to be usurping the powers of the court and the legal system – (more…)
If it wasn’t so serious, what Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said would be seriously funny. Although others have said that Zahid was joking, he has not said he was but continues to defend parts of what he said and denies those parts that are more difficult to popularly justify.
There are three things that he said that particularly stand out:
1. He not only defended Tiga Line, a Malay gang outlawed by the police, but included himself and others as part of the gang. He further condoned their actions and asked them to carry on. So, is he a gangster? (more…)
If there is any threat to Allah, it comes from Umno because of the manner it does its politics, which is totally against what Islam professes.
Islam, according to Department of Islamic Development (Jakim), is under threat and Muslims are being denied of their rights as Muslims.
And if Islam and Muslims are under threat, then Allah too is under threat! So says Jakim, but which Allah and which Islam is Jakim talking about?
Is it the Islam that began when Prophet Muhammad started to preach the revelation from Allah in the year 610 AD? The Islam that had it’s tentative beginning from Medina in 622 AD where Muhammad first established his political and religious authority in accordance with Islamic jurisprudence? (more…)
I like the saying “Don’t get mad, get organised”.
I find repetition and predictability extremely boring, but I cannot help but belabour this point (this will unlikely be my last article to do so) because its relevance to an extremely influential part of Malaysian society screams at me daily.
One of the main reasons I like the saying is because it replaces the better known “Don’t get mad, get even.” Such a sentiment is certainly understandable among people who feel like they have been wronged. Nonetheless, it is a sentiment that if practised universally, can only lead to the Gandhi-esque conclusion of leaving the whole world blind. (more…)
Another chapter in a long history between the government and the country’s Christians
A Malaysia appellate court’s decision to ban the use of the word “Allah” to mean “God” by a Roman Catholic newspaper, which is now pushing the country’s Christians and Muslims farther apart, stems from a political decision that reaches back as far as 1981, when former premier Mahathir Mohamad came into office.
However, unless it is viewed in its political context, it is a controversy that is difficult for non-Malaysians to understand, since the word Allah has been used everywhere by Christians and Jews in the Middle East since centuries before the Prophet Mohamad founded Islam in about 600 AD. It is also used in Malay-language Bibles without controversy just across the Strait of Malacca in Indonesia. (more…)
Administration remains cautious, refusing to comment on the banning of Christians from using ‘Allah’ in their prayers until it sees the written judgment
KUCHING: Christian BN leaders here have rebelled and declared that they will continue to mouth the term “Allah” in their worship irrespective of the latest ruling by the Court of Appeal barring its use.
Whilst BN leaders in Sabah have kept mum, in Sarawak the affront has been widely reported.
The majority of Sarawak’s population are Christians while in Sabah although on record Christians are a minority, in reality many of the outwardly Muslims are closet practitioners. (more…)
The Malaysian Bar expressed deep concern over the Court of Appeal’s ban on the word Allah in the Catholic weekly, Herald, notably in the way the court interpreted the provisions on the status of Islam and other religions in the Federal Constitution.
The Bar also questioned the court’s quick research on the Internet in coming to the conclusion that the word was not integral to the Christian faith.
In a strongly-worded statement, Bar president Christopher Leong (pic) highlighted among others the “unnatural” way in which the three-man bench interpreted Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution on the status of Islam and other religions. (more…)
Like the history of most religions, the history of Islam is complex and much debated. But there are a few elements that are not in dispute, chief among them that the God of the Quran is the same as the God of the Bible and of the Torah before it.
The mission of Islam, as expressed in the Quran, is not to bring a new faith, but to update the messages of the monotheistic faiths before it.
It is therefore surprising to see, as The National reports , that a Malaysian court has ruled that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God. (more…)
I propose we look at the coming Budget from a different angle, let’s get not trapped into discussing the budget type – whether surplus or deficit. It will be deficit anyway.
Because of that, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has sensitises himself to Fitch Rating – why respond if international ratings are irrelevant to Malaysia’s credit standing?
Because from now on, it will become costlier for Malaysia to borrow money from external lenders who will be followed by internal lenders. Imagine the amount of debt servicing quantum which are absorbed into non-productive activity. It will drag down economic growth. (more…)
The Umno party elections last weekend and this Saturday will decide the leaders for the country, well at least until GE14. Umno party elections have traditionally been the venue to set the course for Malaysia’s future and the decisions this month are equally significance.
The two leadership positions – president and deputy president – have been decided as a result of months of deal-making and accommodation on the part of Prime Minister Najib Razak. He effectively avoided a challenge and sweetened the deal by offering the Bumiputera Economic Empowerment (BEE), an Umno contract-oriented affirmative action policy. (more…)
Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? It is never hard to find to devout followers of either faith who answer that question with a resounding negative.
Evangelical Christians were dismayed when former United States president George W. Bush welcomed a group of Muslims to the White House with the words: “We see in Islam a religion that traces its origins back to God’s call on Abraham. We share your belief in God’s justice…”
Actually, the “same God” question is not one that a monotheist can meaningfully ask.
The question does make perfect sense for an atheist (who thinks that all gods are human constructs), for a polytheist, and indeed for a henotheist—a member of a tribe that worships one deity but accepts there may be others. (more…)
The Court of Appeal was wrong in its decision banning Christian weekly Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in Bahasa Malaysia, said a constitutional law expert.
“By linking religious rights under the chapter on fundamental liberties with Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution which effectively makes Islam the benchmark for everybody, this runs counter to the general meaning of Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution itself,” Dr Abdul Aziz Bari told Malaysiakini today.
“The plain meaning of Article 3(1) is simply this: that despite the fact that Islam has been made official religion, non-Muslims may go on practising their religions freely without restriction,” said the former Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) law lecturer. (more…)
Malaysia’s strident opposition could delay Putrajaya’s move to cut subsidies and put in a consumption tax to cut a yawning fiscal deficit that is already growing due to lower economic growth, say analysts.
RHB Research said an unscheduled meeting called by Putrajaya’s economic czar Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar (pic) last Friday also revealed that the government will go ahead with several pricey projects that could impact its contingent liabilities.
But the research house said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department was confident that the 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) budget deficit target for 2013 “will likely be achievable”. (more…)
Christians are not confused. Some Muslims, not all, are.
In delivering his verdict yesterday, Justice Zawawi Salleh stated that there would be confusion among Muslims and Christians if Catholic publication The Herald continues to translate God as Allah.
“If the word Allah is to be employed in the Malay versions of The Herald to refer to God, there will be a risk of misrepresentation of God within Christianity.
“This is because the Christian concept of God as symbolised by the Trinity is absolutely and completely dissimilar to the concept of Allah in Islam. (more…)
The ban on the word Allah is seen as ruling party Umno’s efforts to boost its Islamic credentials and win back votes, said BBC News in a commentary yesterday.
Its Malaysian correspondent Jennifer Pak observed that yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling which banned the use of the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, the Herald, had not surprised Christians in the country who make up about 9% of the population.
“Many of them believe that the case stems from a tight race between the governing Malay-Muslim party, UMNO, and the opposition Islamic party, PAS,” she offered.
“It’s an issue that crops up in the government-linked media ahead of an election and promptly dwindles after the vote.” (more…)
An opposition lawmaker believes that the three Court of Appeal judges were influenced by right-wing Muslim groups when they unanimously banned the word Allah from being used in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, the Herald.
PAS’s Parit Buntar MP, Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pic), an advocate of interfaith dialogue, said the decision was a setback to interfaith relations and that right-wing forces were responsible for the current predicament.
Malay rights groups Perkasa, Jalur Tiga and Pertubuhan Pembela Islam have been at the forefront of protests against the use of the word Allah in this issue. (more…)
Jagir Singh stresses the word Allah has been used by Sikhs for more than 6 centuries. The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 16, 2013.Sikhs will continue to use the word Allah in their religious practices as the word appeared numerous times in their holy scriptures, said the Malaysian Gurdwara Council president Jagir Singh.
“There is no way the word can be excluded since it is found in the Guru Granth Sahib, just like in the holy Quran for Muslims,” he said, adding that Sikhs throughout the world has used the word in the past six centuries.
He said the 350,000 faithful in Malaysia can continue to use the word found in the holy scriptures despite the Court of Appeal decision on Monday when it banned the word Allah from being used in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, Herald. (more…)
The various religious faiths in Malaysia have lived side-by-side for hundreds of years without anyone being confused by the teachings of a religion other than their own. So why all the confusion today?
History, it is said is important. Let’s go back to the pre-Merdeka (Independence) days and see the Islam of that era in Malaysia. Malay-Muslim parents who wanted their children to get an English education sent their children to English medium schools.
Almost all government English medium schools were in the big towns. These towns also had missionary schools like the convents, La Salle Brothers’ schools and Methodist schools. The mission schools were also found in semi-rural and rural areas. (more…)
A senior lawyer and Sarawak PKR chairman claims the Court of Appeal had ignored historical facts which pre-date Malaysia and religious freedom enshrined in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement.
The Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn a High Court ruling allowing Christians to use the term ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia version of The Herald publication has left a “bitter taste” among the Christians in Sarawak.
Describing the decision as a “betrayal” against the 1963 Malaysia Agreement and the spirit of their forefathers, Baru Bian, a senior lawyer here, said the verdict was “an illogical and preposterous decision”. (more…)
Ng Kam Weng
The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya on yesterday over-ruled the earlier decision by Justice Lau Bee Lan in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to allow Christians (Herald) to use the word Allah.
The wide ramifications of the Appeal Court decision calls for careful analysis to ascertain whether it is based on accurate facts which are foundational for a coherently argued and impartial judgment.
I shall focus on the judgment delivered by one of the three judges, Justice Mohd Nawawi bin Salleh, since it ostensibly examines the facts pertaining to the legitimacy of Christians (the Herald) using the word Allah.
An United Arab Emirates (UAE) newspaper has expressed its astonishment with the Court of Appeal’s decision yesterday to ban the Catholic weekly Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, emphasising that the word was “not exclusive to Islam”.
The National, an government-owned UAE newspaper which is based in Abu Dhabi, said that yesterday’s court decision appears to be “wrong”.
“In a fellow Muslim country with substantial Christian and Hindu populations, this feels like the wrong decision,” said the editorial. (more…)
The government must stop listening to the “stupid people” and instead educate Muslims regarding verses in the Quran which mentions non-Muslims discussing about Allah with the Prophet Muhammad.
The Court of Appeal’s decision to ban the word ‘Allah’ in Christian publication The Herald does not change the fact that Islam allows non-Muslims to use the word in the first place, PAS said today.
But both PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar and PAS central committee member Khalid Samad said that this morning’s ruling – a culmination of years of interfaith struggle between the country’s two major religions – must be respected. (more…)
UPKO party president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 15, 2013.The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) could lose its solid vote bank in both Sabah and Sarawak with yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling which banned the use of the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, the Herald.
Sabahans and Sarawakians, who form most of Malaysia’s 2.8 million Christians, have continued to support BN despite the coalition continuing to lose ground heavily in the past two general elections. But they are spooked with the interpretation of the ruling which suggested there is a blanket ban on the use of the word Allah in Bahasa Malaysia or native language Christian publications. Other minorities such as the Sikhs have also expressed concern about the decision. (more…)
For Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa, yesterday’s Court of Appeal decision indicated that interfaith relations are moving backwards and he blamed right-wing forces for the woeful situation.
Mujahid, who is also PAS central committee member, said while he respects the appellate court’s decision which banned Catholic weekly The Herald from using ‘Allah’, he disagreed with the way the issue was handled by the government.
“There has been a lot of media coverage by the government media, representing the extreme right-wing views. These are people who are not able to understand the need for interfaith relationships. They were given attention as if they represent the whole (Muslim) society, which is not the case,” he told Malaysiakini. (more…)
The Borneo Post
Simo (seated, second left) and the villagers protesting against the government’s plan to gazette Bengoh Dam as a national park. See is seated third right.
KUCHING: The 90 families from Kpg Bojong Sting, Kpg Rejoi Nyegol and Kpg Sait Muk Ayun in Bengoh are strongly against the government’s decision to gazette Bengoh Dam as a national park.
Under the plan, the Bengoh Dam with an area of about 5,022 hectares and Bungo Range (Extension 1) with an area of about 3,572 hectares will be turned into a national park.
According to the villagers’ representative, Simo Sekam from Kpg Rejoi Nyegol, they held a discussion over the weekend, where they decided not to relocate and would continue staying in their current settlement. (more…)
In deference to the maxim that discretion is the better part of valour, the titular head of the Catholic Church in the archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur should not appeal the appellate court’s decision to restrict the use of the term ‘Allah’ to Muslims.
To appeal would likely invite another panel (coram) of Muslim judges, this time from the Federal Court, to engage in the legal and literary gymnastics that masqueraded as reasoned judgment of the three Court of Appeal judges who handed down their rulings yesterday.
The Archbishop of KL, the respondent in this case, might want to spare a hypothetical panel of the apex court the indignity of another display of contorted semantics. (more…)