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July 22, 2014

No country for these children

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Children who obtained their birth certificates with the assistance of NGOs such as DHRAA MalaysiaRaphael Wong

Children who obtained their birth certificates with the assistance of NGOs such as DHRAA Malaysia

They live and walk among us, but yet, they do not belong here, or anywhere else. Their only fault? They do not have the necessary documentation to prove their identity, and by extension, their nationality.

These are the stateless people and by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) estimates, there are about 12 million of them around the world. Given that any effort to map out these people is virtually impossible, this figure is just our best guess. The UNHCR believes that almost half of them are children. (more…)

July 21, 2014

Legality of Marina Park project in Miri questioned

Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR today questioned the legality of the construction of a multi-billion ringgit Marina Park City project in Miri by Samling Group, which is closely linked to those in political power.

It also accused some Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) leaders of being involved in the project, which has become a very ‘hot’ issue in the city.

“Documents made available to our Miri MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng indicate that the original planning and engineering approvals will take away the existing approved car parks at Jalan Sri Dagang or the Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre,” state PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How said. (more…)

July 18, 2014

Radio stations take a beating in social media for giving road bully airtime

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Looks like the head honcho of Astro Radio networks has some explaining to do.

Not only explaining, but a lot of damage control measures will come in handy, as they have pissed off thousands of listeners and netizens in general by giving air time to a road bully aka Kiki Kamaruddin.

The woman was interviewed on both Era FM and English stations Hitz.FM for “her side of the story”. She became notorious and much hated after a video of her brandishing a steering lock and bullying an elderly motorist who had accidentally knocked into her Peugeot 208 went viral.

Both radio stations are run by local satellite provider Astro, under their radio wing. (more…)

New KL Archbishop has heavy cross to carry

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From left: Pakiam and JulianFrancis Paul Siah

On July 3, I joined my fellow Catholics in welcoming news of the appointment of Rev Father Julian Leow as the new Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.

The post has been vacant following the retirement of Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam eight months ago. Pakiam is required by canon law to step down as head of an archdiocese upon reaching 75.

Julian’s appointment by Pope Francis was announced by the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino. The embargoed July 3 press release carried a Vatican City dateline, attesting to its importance and supreme hierarchy of the Catholic Church. (more…)

July 17, 2014

Enough of warnings to armed militants, time to shoot to kill

Ng Kee Seng

To all the murderous armed militants and terrorists who have been raiding Sabah’s tourism eastern shores unabated for years, don’t say you have not been warned.

Now that the Malaysian navy has been given the shoot-on-sight Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Malaysians expect to see a significant drop in such raids that challenge the sovereignty of Malaysia.

Alas, Sabahans can heave a sigh of relief and possibly sleep more soundly now that the federal government is taking the armed intrusions seriously. (more…)

Time’s ripe for woman MB

wan_azizah_300Baradan Kuppusamy

And Wan Azizah is eminently qualified, despite what an Umno lawyer has said.

Menses or no menses, PKR President Dr.Wan Azizah Ismail is eminently qualified to become the next Menteri Besar of Selangor, provided the Pakatan Rakyat coalition is willing to change horses midway.

In giving his opinion that a woman, because she menstruates, could not do the job, Umno lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun was saying that Dr.Wan Azizah was automatically disqualified.

His statement was designed to embarrass her. (more…)

July 5, 2014

Do we really need more Malaysians?

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It was an ironic experience for me the other day in my car when I heard BFM radio’s evening show which focused on the incentives the government was considering to encourage people to have more babies.

Ironic because I was stuck in a major traffic jam and there were just too many cars, motorbikes, lorries, trucks, buses, etc – all caused by too many people in the city for comfort. With all that crush of humanity crowding into KL, do we really need to be concerned about the declining fertility rate? Or does the government have a secret agenda over this? Shouldn’t it be obvious that we have too many people, in KL at least? Let’s take a look. (more…)

Inappropriate transfer of teachers

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educationLim Mun Fah

Is there any prospect for a twist of fate in the issue of the transfer of Chinese language teachers from the Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI)?

Everything looked set but with the Cabinet instructing Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and Minister in the PM’s department Datuk Wee Ka Siong to deliberate over this in hope of getting the best solution, it now appears that there is faint chance of seeing things around.

These teachers-to-be are compelled to accept their appointment letters out of no choice. Although I was not there to cover the event, from their facial expressions, it is not difficult to see the disappointment on their faces. (more…)

July 4, 2014

No true progress if we neglect literature and knowledge of our past

File picture of Syed Husin (second from left) explaining the establishment of the Usman Awang Foundation during a gathering with friends at Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka on Feb 16. In the centre is Haslina UsmanHazlan Zakaria

While the body of a civilisation is its monuments, constructions and achievements, the soul of its people is its philosophies, histories, literary works and body of collected knowledge.

Literature not only helps in understanding a people but is also the measuring stick and starting point for a civilisation to rise or fall, to go further into history or slide into oblivion.

As the saying goes, we must know from whence we came before we can figure out where we are going.

Which is why any country looking to achieve a bright and shining future must not only strive to develop new knowledge but also work to delve into and understand the literature and knowledge of its past. (more…)

BN has been bluffing us, says Baru Bian

Dukau Papau

Federal BN ministers have been bluffing the voters of Sarawak, especially during election times, with their promises of mega projects worth millions or even billions of ringgit to be implemented in the state.

This was to make Sarawak voters, who are their ‘fixed deposit’, happy, but the local people never realised that all these were mere bluffing, Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said today.

“A Sarawak state minister has given strong proof of BN’s bluffing, rhetoric and broken promises on development projects that are to be implemented in Sarawak,” Baru said. (more…)

‘Why exclude Opposition from Petronas talk’

cheehowJoe Fernandez

Sarawak opposition members should have been included in talks with Petronas to raise challenging questions and arguments.

The Opposition in Sarawak is disappointed that Chief Minister Adenan Satem excluded them from the meeting on Monday with top Petronas officials on increasing the oil royalty from 5% to 20%.

PKR assemblyman for Batu Lintang See Chee How said the motion in the Sarawak state assembly for an increase in oil royalty was a unanimous one and that the opposition members should have been included in the meeting. (more…)

Liow must not turn blind eye to Cabotage Policy

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Joe Leong

There is a long-standing thorny issue faced by the business community in Sabah that awaits the urgent attention of newly minted Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Instead of taking a joy ride on the Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, as his first official duty last Saturday, he should have been in Kota Kinabalu, listening to the plight of businessmen and industrialists in Sabah over the controversial Cabotage Policy that has been blamed for high costs of living in the state.

The latest demand for action on the matter comes from the Sabah United Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SUCCC) whose president Datuk Seri Gan Sau Wah has stated that the policy has been the main reason for higher freight charges and is directly causing the price of goods to rise steeply. (more…)

Idiocratic judges?


I have still not seen the written judgments of the seven judges; and yes, I think if you sit on the Federal Court bench, unless it is a unanimous judgment, there must be made available all their views, considerations, and judgments of each of the seven judges in writing. We need to develop this standard operating procedure (SOP); otherwise we can never become a developed country, if judges decide with mere feelings.

Otherwise also, we will never know who the real ‘idiocrats’ are; i.e. those who do not use the brains and knowledge endowed by the Creator but instead they use their emotions and feelings of fear to make their judgment. (more…)

PKR Sarawak sees ‘Allah’ decision as political

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It’s a troubling message to Malaysians, says Baru Bian

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian has taken the position that the recent Federal Court decision on the Allah issue was a “political decision”.

“My disappointment in the judges in the majority is beyond words,” he said here yesterday. “The judges chose a politically expedient path rather than the path of justice and fairness. So, we (Christians) need to find a political solution.”

The court’s majority decision, according to Baru, sends a troubling message to Malaysians, especially those in Sabah and Sarawak. (more…)

July 3, 2014

Diplomat accused of sexual assault to be sent back to NZ, says Wisma Putra

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Putrajaya’s decision to extradite Muhammad Rizalman Ismail was conveyed today by Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman to his counterpart Murray McCully. – July 2, 2014.TMI

A former Malaysian defence staff assistant, who is wanted for sexual assault and burglary in New Zealand, will be sent there to assist in the investigation, Wisma Putra said today.

Second Warrant officer Muhammad Rizalman Ismail will be accompanied by a senior military officer from the Ministry of Defence.

Putrajaya’s decision to extradite Rizalman was conveyed by Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman to his counterpart Murray McCully.

“The Malaysian government is of the view that this decision will provide an opportunity for Rizalman to cooperate fully and assist the New Zealand authorities in the ongoing investigations on the allegations made against him. (more…)

Sacrificing principled men for political leaders and rent-seekers?

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LFrom left: Shamsul and Redzuanokman Mustafa

These are difficult times for people to remain steadfast in upholding their principles.

Last week, Petronas chief executive officer Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas was heavily criticised by various Malay rights NGOs over his statement that earnings from the country’s oil and gas sector do not “belong to the Bumiputera”.

On June 30, The Malaysian Insider (TMI) reported that renowned political scientist Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Redzuan Othman has been asked to quit as director of Universiti Malaya’s Center for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel) by the Education Ministry. (more…)

Police are supreme? Let’s have an elected IGP

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KhalidWong Chin Huat

The United Kingdom is quite different from most democracies in one way: its Parliament is sovereign. What it means is that nothing done by the Parliament can be considered wrong in the court of law.

This position may be somewhat questionable after the UK ratified the European Convention of Human Rights, making the British government obliged to abide by final decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Nevertheless, the UK supreme court ‘s official blog still holds the position that it has no power to “strike down” legislation passed by the Westminster Parliament. It makes clear that “it is not the court’s role to formulate public policy, but to interpret law and develop it where necessary, through well-established processes and methods of reasoning.” (more…)

Idris Jala, what growth without civilian rule now?


Senator Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and CEO of Malaysia’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), assured Malaysians and investors that Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) is on track.

The Gross National Income (GNI) per capita had grown by 50 percent, based on the yardstick that 1.3 million jobs were created within the last four years.

The senator is talking as if economic growth can happen in a political vacuum.

The truth is that successful economic growth programmes require rule of law – leaders and institutions have to obey and act within the law so that everyday and economic life can be predictable. (more…)

July 2, 2014

PM has failed his KPI

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Selena Tay

Najib has certainly failed in meeting his Key Performance Indicator (KPI) as racial and religious tension escalate in the nation.

Many have given him the thumbs-down due to the glut of race and religious issues cropping up daily.

The most recent events being an NGO leader issuing a May 13 threat and a cow head thrown in front of the house of DAP’s Seri Delima state assemblyman RSN Rayer in Penang.

The Prime Minister ought to chastise anyone who issues all manner of threats and reprimand the cow head thrower who even had the gall to do a silly jig after committing the dastardly deed. (more…)

July 1, 2014

Even the Quran says ‘Allah’ used by Christians and Jews, High Court told

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BSM representative Alfred Tais (left) with Jill Ireland's lawyers Annou Xavier and Datuk Kenny Ng, at the High Court today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by  Shafiq Safiee, June 30, 2014.JENNIFER GOMEZ

A lawyer, representing a Sarawakian Christian challenging the home ministry’s seizure of her religious compact discs for containing the word “Allah”, has questioned the ministry’s justification that the term was exclusive to Islam and Muslims.

Nizam Bashir told the High Court today that an officer from the ministry had clearly acted on an incorrect basis of fact.

Nizam quoted from affidavits of experts submitted in the case, stressing that the Quran contains references to Christians and Jews using the word “Allah” as a reference to God in affirmative and in encouraging terms. (more…)

June 30, 2014

Dayaks cold shouldered again in cabinet reshuffle

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Dukau Papau

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has once again neglected the Dayak community represented by Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party and Parti Rakyat Sarawak of  a ministerial appointment last Wednesday’s cabinet reshuffle even though the two parties between them have nine members of parliament.Najib appointed MCA President Liow Tiong Lai Transport Minister, MCA deputy president Wee Ka Sion as well Gerakan president Mah Siew Kiong as ministers in the prime ministers’s department.

He also named three MCA vice-presidents as deputy ministers namely Lee Chee Leong  as deputy minister of international trade and industry, Chua Tee Yong  as deputy minister of minister of finance and Chew Mei Fun as deputy minister of women, family and community development. (more…)

Civil courts take precedence over shariah courts, says former judge

Civil courts, including the Federal Court, were established under the Constitution and have precedence over shariah courts, says a former Federal Court judge. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 29, 2014.V. ANBALAGAN

Civil courts take precedence over shariah courts by virtue of their creation under the Federal Constitution unlike the shariah court, which was established out of state law, a retired senior judge said, refuting the inspector-general of police’s contention that both courts were of equal status in his refusal to execute recovery orders from civil court in two interfaith child custody cases.

Former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram (pic, left) said shariah courts were subordinate to civil courts because they were enacted under state laws.

He said in the Malaysian legal system, the Constitution was the supreme law and laws passed by Parliament and state assemblies were subordinate to it. (more…)

June 27, 2014

A leap into antiquity

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The Federal Court has missed an opportunity to clarify and correct some disturbing rulings.

OLIVER Wendell Holmes Jr., the famous American judge and jurist, once remarked to a lawyer appearing before him: “This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice”. This appears to be the message of the Federal Court on Monday when it refused leave to the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur on the Herald (Kalimah Allah) issue.

Some of us were hoping fervently that our apex court would seize this opportunity to clarify the ambit of the Court of Appeal’s broadly worded decision and correct some regressive and gravely disturbing rulings of the Court of Appeal on issues of constitutional and administrative law. (more…)

June 26, 2014

Young Malays liberating themselves from Umno, slowly but surely!

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Ahmad Mustapha Hassan

Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud is one of the many young Malays who have liberated themselves from being close-minded and enveloped in the fear mentality. They are outspoken and they believe in fighting for all Malaysians. They are no longer shackled by race and religion. They have shown that the young can determine the future destiny of Malaysia. Bravo!

For over fifty years, Umno and then Umno Baru had treated the Malays as being inferior and a people that can be easily manipulated. They took advantage of this situation to tighten their grip on power. To ensure that this power remained in their hands, they devised ways and means, in the name of saving the Malays, by instituting schemes to make the Malay mind servile to their machinations. (more…)

Najib’s lawsuit raises serious questions about private and public morality

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NajibMariam Mokhtar

The lawsuit initiated by Datuk Seri Najib Razak against Malaysiakini raises many fascinating questions about the prime minister and his ego, but it also highlights the distinction between private and public morality.

A few people feel that the trial should never be allowed to take place because litigation would distract Najib from his prime ministerial duties. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Many people already know he spends an excessive amount of time overseas instead of dealing with matters at home. Even when he is in Malaysia, he keeps silent on many serious issues. Serving himself is more important than serving the nation. (more…)

Is Umno taking Malaysia towards terrorism?

Theantdaily team

They say that imitation is the best form of flattery and if that is the case, then Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak urging the Malay party’s members to become brave like militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) smacks of his adoration of the Al-Qaeda splinter terrorist group and its daring drive in taking over huge chunks of Iraqi territory.

It is worrying that as Umno and the Malay and Islamic NGOs it sponsors are given tacit support to continue to act more aggressively and without clear thought in “defending” Islam and the Malay race, our prime minister is telling his party to emulate a terror organisation. (more…)

‘Fear ban will extend to Sabah, Sarawak’

simon+masingWinston Way

Sarawak senior minister James Masing says there are no winners in the Allah ruling, only losers

There are fears that Christians in Sabah and Sarawak will be penalised, in the wake of the Federal Court’s judgment against the Catholic Church yesterday.

Sarawak senior minister James Masing, who expressed this fear, also said that the nation would be at the losing end following the Federal Court’s dismissal of the Catholic Church’s application for leave to appeal against the ban on the use of the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, Herald. (more…)

June 24, 2014

Christians to continue using Allah in services and Bibles, says Christian Federation of Malaysia

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The Christian community will continue to use the word Allah in Bibles, church services and gatherings as the Federal Court ruling today was only confined to the Catholic weekly, Herald, said the Christian Federation of Malaysia.

Its chairman Reverend Dr Eu Hong Seng said that given the court’s refusal to grant the Catholic church leave to appeal, it will treat the decision of the Court of Appeal as being confined to that particular case.

“We maintain that the Christian community continues to have the right to use the word ‘Allah’ in our Bibles, church services and Christian gatherings in our ongoing ministry to our Bahasa Malaysia-speaking congregation, as we have done all this while,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Still controversy over Allah’s decision

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Bible and KoranBob Teoh

The Federal Court was wrong for not allowing the Catholic Herald to appeal to the highest court in the land to plead its case that it has a fundamental and constitutional right to use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in the Bahasa edition of its weekly newspaper.

There is no avenue for further appeals as this is already an apex court decision. However, lawyers for the Herald have indicated that they may take a rare action to ask the Federal Court itself to review its own decision.

The Federal Court’s decision this morning was wrong on two counts alone simply because there was no evidence before it came to this decision. There was certainly no consensus on such a controversial issue as it was a 4-3 decision by the seven-person bench at best. (more…)

Christians ‘extremely disappointed’

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The Christian Federation of Malaysia says the ruling was ‘critically flawed’.

Christians are “extremely disappointed” with the ruling of the Federal Court in dismissing the Catholic Church’s application for leave to appeal the ban on the use of the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, The Herald.

A Christian group, the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), said the reasoning behind the decision was “critically flawed” in so many respects.

“We are extremely disappointed. Simple justice would have mandated an appeal, to rectify the many incorrect and inaccurate statements and observations of the Court of Appeal that led to its (Federal Court’s) decision,” said CFM chairman Reverend Eu Hong Seng. (more…)

Federal Court decision on Allah only for Herald, says Putrajaya

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Putrajaya has reassured Christians nationwide that the ban on the use of the word Allah is only limited to the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, Herald. - June 23, 2014.TMI

Putrajaya said that today’s Federal Court ruling on the Allah issue applied only to the Catholic weekly, Herald.

Malaysian Christians can still use the word Allah in church and the government remains committed to the 10-point solution, a statement from Putrajaya said.

“Malaysia is a multi-faith country and it is important that differences are managed peacefully in accordance with the rule of law and through dialogue, mutual respect and compromise,” it said.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala had previously insisted that Putrajaya confirmed the validity of the 10-point solution, which was announced in April 2011. (more…)

June 23, 2014

Cops in Altantuya case face death or freedom, as apex court decides on acquittal


Federal Court will determine which judgment from two separate courts is more credible when it hears Putrajaya’s appeal tomorrow against the acquittal of two policemen.

Criminal lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad said prosecutors will defend the judgment of the High Court which found Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azahar Umar guilty of the crime and sentenced them to death.

Lawyers for the policemen, on the other hand, would impress upon the court that the three-man Court of Appeal bench was correct to free them after allowing their appeal a (more…)

June 19, 2014

Ministry defends UiTM’s forum on Christians

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Ram Anand

The public should take a forum organised by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) on the usage of the word Allah by Christians ‘positively’ it was to promote ‘intellectual discussion’.

The call was contained in a written answer by the Education Ministry to Darell Leiking (PKR-Penampang) delivered during today’s Parliament sitting.

The MP wanted to know if the ministry was going to act against UiTM for organising the forum (left) which had been described by some quarters as a ‘Christian-bashing’ exercise.

“The facts and discussion during this seminar should be seen positively as a form of cultivating the mind and intellect,” the ministry said. (more…)

Ali Baba makes way for a more lucrative Ali-type practice

Mariam Mokhtar

What have butter, HP sauce, Tabasco, McDonald’s and chocolates in common? They are or have been in the media spotlight for having their halal status revoked.

Cadbury experienced the wrath of some Muslim NGOs which were having a field day demanding jihad, compensation, blood transfusions and the burning of the Cadbury’s factory because their flesh has been contaminated, and they cannot face God with their tainted blood. Two Cadbury chocolates recently tested positive for porcine DNA.

You’ve heard of the “Ali Baba” business practice in Malaysia, and you are probably familiar with the rise of political Islam. Perhaps, we should prepare for the heady rise of the “Ali Babi” business model. (more…)

June 17, 2014

Sarawak urged to ban Jais and Mais bigots from entering state

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Branding Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) officials as “religious bigots”, a Sarawak PKR leader said they should be banned from entering his state.

Batu Lintang state assemblyperson See Chew How condemned Mais and Jais over their controversial decision not to return the 321 copies of Bahasa Malaysia and Iban language bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia.

See said Mais and Jais officials were clearly religious bigots and should not be allowed to come to Sarawak as this will affect the prevailing religious harmony in the state. (more…)

June 15, 2014

Mais has no legal basis to hold on to Bibles, say lawyers

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Gobind and other lawyers have come out strongly against the statement from Mais over the return of Bibles seized by Jais in January. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Wan Amirul, June 14, 2014.ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

The Islamic religious authorities in Selangor have no legal basis to hold on to the 321 Bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) six months ago, following the Attorney-General’s decision to close the case, lawyers said today.

They said that the decision to prosecute lies solely with the AG, who has decided that the state Islamic Religious Department (Jais) had erred in seizing the Bibles and that the copies of the AlKitab (Bahasa Malaysia Bible) and Bup Kudus (Iban Bible) were not a threat to national security.

“The Bibles were seized for the purpose of investigation. The moment the AG decides not to prosecute, it means no wrong has been committed,” said lawyer and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo (pic). (more…)

S’gor MB to meet sultan over Mais’ recalcitrance

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Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim will meet the sultan following the Selangor Islamic Council’s (Mais) refusal to return 300 copies of the Bible it confiscated from a church despite the Attorney-General Chamber’s decision to close the case.

“The state government will try to come to an agreement before seeking an audience with the Selangor sultan for the final word (on the matter),” Khalid said in a statement this evening.

Khalid said he will first meet with state mufti Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahid, exco in charge of Islamic affairs Sallehen Sukhyi, state legal advisor Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman and representatives from Mais and Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais). (more…)

June 14, 2014

Putrajaya mulls GST exemption for petrol, diesel

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Putrajaya is mulling over the possibility to exempt the people from paying fuel taxes on RON95 and diesel when the goods and services tax (GST) is implemented in April next year.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (pic) said this was because right now, RON95 and diesel were exempted from sales tax at the rate of 58.62 sen per litre and 40 sen per litre, respectively.

He said the subsidy and exemption of sales tax on the two commodities meant quite a large liability for the government.

“However, the government has yet to decide whether or not to impose GST on petrol and diesel. (more…)

No ban on anti-Christian book, it’s just ‘research’, says Zahid Hamidi

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The book titled 'Pendedahan Agenda Kristian' or ‘Exposing the Christian Agenda’ warns Muslims to watch out for tricks by Christians to sway them from their faith. – The Malaysian Insider pic, June 13, 2014.EILEEN NG

The controversial book which was distributed at a varsity-held seminar critical of Christianity was not banned as it did not contravene the law, the Home Minister said today.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said the book, “Exposing the Christian Agenda” by Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais), was just research.

He added that the book’s contents were explanations by the Selangor religious authorities on the agenda, the Christianisation movement and efforts to proselytise Muslims in the country.

“The book discusses ways to spread the Christian faith which Muslims should be aware of. It was not found to have any content that goes against the provisions in the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984,” he told Darell Leiking (PKR – Penampang) in a written reply. (more…)

Religious raids in Pakatan states carefully calculated?

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Sometimes I feel silly repeating things. Other times, it feels like some things bear repeating; or at least, perhaps it is worthwhile noting how current developments keep reinforcing certain theories about what is going on.

In the last few weeks, we have seen the state religious authorities of both Selangor and Penang interrupt sacred rites, in the name of religious policing. In both cases, the chief participant of a wedding and a funeral were said to be Muslims, to the surprise and shock of everyone around them.

I am still personally perplexed as to why religious authorities would want to claim as their own individuals who have very obviously never practiced said religion, but the central point of this article is that all that is besides the point. I think there has been no shortage of people decrying the injustice of this and so on. (more…)

DSP not called as witness non-fatal to Altantuya case

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With the prosecution’s final appeal against the acquittal of two elite police Special Action unit members in the highly charged Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial scheduled for June 23, the prosecution has argued that the non-calling of DSP Musa Safri as a witness was non-fatal as he was not involved in giving instructions on what to do.

Musa, who was then Najib Abdul Razak’s aide de camp when the latter was deputy prime minister in 2006, was not called as a witness , resulting in the Court of Appeal ruling under Section 114 (g) of the Evidence Act that the court could presume the evidence which is not produced, would be unfavourable to the person or party withholding it, if produced. (more…)

June 13, 2014

Barisan seeks new faces for GE14 to overcome divisive component parties

It remains to be seen whether Barisan Nasional's plan for direct membership will work in their favour in the next general election. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 11, 2014.THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

It remains to be seen whether Barisan Nasional’s plan for direct membership will work in their favour in the next general election.

The Najib administration believes that it has found a way to win over Malaysia’s young electorate and its chattering class: by recruiting a clutch of young, professional Malaysians to join Barisan Nasional (BN) directly and provide a more moderate and intelligent face of the bruised, battered, and frankly, discredited coalition.

For a start, it is targeting up to 10 individuals and wants them to be at the forefront of speaking up on issues such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and other hot-button topics on which the BN government is on the defensive. (more…)

Gaudy weddings of elite Malay families

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Najib (left) at the wedding of Ahmad's daughter in Teluk Kalong, Kemaman on May 17Mariam Mokhtar

Malay weddings are not the family affairs they used to be. Today, the solemnity and celebration of the union of two people has for many, descended into a vulgar display of wealth. A display designed to show the disparity between the nouveau riche and hoi polloi, arranged for business networking to facilitate further material acquisition.

To be fair, the commercialisation of weddings is not strictly a Malay phenomenon; but last month, the wedding of the daughter of an Umno Baru politician created headlines. So how did Malay weddings gain such notoriety? (more…)

June 12, 2014

Former Bible Society president urge Christians to forgive Jais for ‘terrible mistake’

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LEE SHI-IANFormer Bible Society of Malaysia President, Lee Min Choon decided not to sue Jais despite the iron clad case the society now has against it, saying that the Attorney General's statement was enough to vindicate them. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 11, 2014.

Former Bible Society of Malaysia President, Lee Min Choon today said he felt vindicated after the Attorney-General announced that the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) had erred when they raided the premises and seized more than 300 copies of Malay and Iban Bibles six months ago.

Lee, in a statement on his Facebook account, however, urged Christians to forgive Jais for what he described as a “terrible mistake”.

“I always believed that A-G Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail would come to this conclusion,” Lee said.

“From the moment Jais raided the BSM offices in January, arresting me and my colleague, and seizing 321 Alkitab and Bap Kudus, we always knew Jais made a terrible mistake.” (more…)

Oil royalty: ‘Adenan Move’ receives accolades from Sabah’s Jeffrey

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Joe Leong

There is no doubt that Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s official request to the federal government to increase oil and gas royalty from five to 20 per cent has resonated well with many.

Since the Sarawak Legislative Assembly carried a special motion on the matter, Adenan has won praise from many quarters including his detractors. It must be noted that opposition members of the state assembly also voted in unison with the government to approve the motion.

Adenan received his latest accolades from an outspoken Sabah politician. While praising Adenan, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Sabah chief of Sarawak-based State Reform Party (Star), also took Sabah BN leaders to task for back-tracking on their stand on the proposed hike on oil royalties. (more…)

Religious authorities stripping basic libertie


The excuses have to stop. The glaring fact is that, with a hat trick of distasteful “raids” in three separate states within the space of two weeks, our religious authorities seem to be good at only one thing these days – rejecting the human being’s fundamental liberties in this civilised nation.

I’m not even going into the discourse about secularism, the position of Islam, or on the rights of certain communities. Because, for these authorities - weddings or deaths do not matter – they assume the absolute right to walk into any temple or place to conduct raids in order to exercise their power.

It has long been said that in Malaysia, the authorities perceive anybody who is anti-establishment to be in the wrong. But now, it is just plain wrong to be, well, yourself. You can mind your own business, but can still run foul of these men who hunt down people who supposedly make mistakes. (more…)

Baru claims cops involved in drug activities in Lawas

Dukau Papau

Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson Baru Bian has expressed deep concern over the drug abuse problem in the district of Lawas that is getting worse as some police personnel are allegedly involved in supplying drugs to addicts.

“I was told that some police personnel have been involved in supplying drugs to addicts, resulting in the district becoming a haunt for them.

“I want the police authorities not only to carry out an investigation, but also to monitor their personnel,” said Baru (left), who is also the Sarawak PKR chief.

The drugs, he said, came from Miri and Kota Kinabalu. (more…)

June 10, 2014

How GST Will Impact Home Prices & The Property Market

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With the coming implementation of Goods & Service Tax (GST) in April 2015, many Malaysians are concerned with what this bodes for prices in general. It is inevitable that home prices will also be affected. In this article, we explain how home and property prices will be affected moving forward.

To properly appreciate how GST will affect home prices, it is necessary to first understand how GST works. (Click here for a detailed but simple-to-understand explanation of how GST in Malaysia works).

Aside from GST, one must also have an understanding of the Sales Tax, which is the existing tax scheme affecting the property sector. GST will supplant the Sales Tax come April 2015. (more…)

June 7, 2014

Looking beyond the oil royalty issue

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Arnold Puyok

As stated in my previous article, it is not wrong for Sabah to ask for an increase in oil royalty if it can prove that the billions of ringgit distributed by the federal government through various grants are insufficient to develop the resource-rich state.

Since 2008, Sabah has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the federal financial allocation. It is also important for state leaders to convince Petronas and the federal government that the increase in oil royalty from 5% to 20% will not adversely affect the sustainability of oil production in Malaysia. While most leaders are continuously harping on the issue, none so far has been able to provide a viable solution to put an end to it. (more…)

Forsaking their country of birth


“Sometimes, it’s like loving someone who doesn’t love you back.” – Orked describing Malaysia, in Yasmin Ahmad’s ‘Gubra’ (2006).

The late Yasmin Ahmad hit the nail on its head when she eloquently described how some Malaysians view their country of birth. All her films and commercials spoke about the need to break racial boundaries in Malaysia.

At home, we have Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (left) saying to Malaysians, “those who are not confident of the current political system to ‘berhijrah’ to countries with political systems that suited them”. With statements like that, who can blame Malaysians for leaving in droves. (more…)

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