Wisdom

In this hour of national mourning for the downing of Malaysia Airlines B777-200ER registration no 9M-MRD on a scheduled flight MH17 AMS-KUL with 298 souls onboard 17 July 2014, all Malaysians should come together.

The hostile fire which brought the 200 tons aircraft down should be regard not only attack against Malaysia’s sovereignty but also a hedious crime against humanity.

The importance of understanding what happened to the final hour of the doomed aircraft and who is directly or indirectly responsible by no means of lessen the priority of retrieving the remains of the 298 souls and sorting it out for the sake of grieving loved ones.

Of course, the diplomats and civil servants have to do what is expected from them. They are now busy sorting out all the internal laws and protocols necessary to present the case against this rare tragedy. Even the expertise of international legal professionals amongst Malaysians are sought, to build the case.

The fact is that there is an internal conflict in Ukraine for several months. There are many Eastern Ukrainians either want to go back with the Russian Federation or be independent away from the former Soviet Union republic.

The site where Mike Romeo Delta was shot down is an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

As such, rescue workers and investigators at this point of time have been barred to enter into the ground zero area, to do their work. Ukrainian forces do not have access to ensure safe passage and Russia is sluggish to admit they have direct access to this conflict area.

This shocking tragedy already sent ripples across Malaysia. Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak on Friday requested a special Dewan Rakyat sitting on Wednesday 23 July 2014 to debate a motion on the downing of MH17.

However there are some really half-baked imbeciles attempted to make a big fuss about the motion.

This is really sad. Even pro-Opposition news portal set the priority to stand up to be Malaysians, first.

Stop blaming Malaysia Airlines for downed MH17

BY JAHABAR SADIQ, EDITOR

Published: 19 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines shares its ‘MH stands for Malaysian Hospitality’ experience with all and sundry. It has every right to a safe flight over Europe or anywhere else in the world. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 19, 2014.
Malaysia Airlines shares its ‘MH stands for Malaysian Hospitality’ experience with all and sundry. It has every right to a safe flight over Europe or anywhere else in the world. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 19, 2014.
No words can take away the great pain that all of us feel for flight MH17. Nothing could have prepared us for what happened on July 17 as much as nothing had prepared us for flight MH370′s mysterious disappearance on March 8.
No country, no airline and no one deserves a single or double tragedy that has struck Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia and Malaysians. And those who died or vanished in either MH17 or MH370.

It goes without saying then that we should not add words to deepen the pain in our hearts for these two tragedies. Malaysia Airlines – one of the world’s safest carrier – lost 510 passengers, 27 crew member and two planes in the space of 131 days.

But no, some people want to speculate and assign blame immediately to our flag carrier and linking what happened to its lacklustre financial performance. Would any airline try to save fuel and fly over a conflict area?
Several journalists in international magazines and business websites are asking that question. Even the PAS Youth leader is asking why the Malaysia Airlines pilot took a risky route and that MH17 should have followed other commercial planes and flown around Ukraine.

Here’s the thing. The route was declared safe above 10,000 metres and MH17 was not operating in restricted airspace, according to a preliminary assessment from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The Flightglobal website said while eastern Ukraine has been the scene of armed conflict, including attacks on low-flying military transports, IATA stated that the airspace in which the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER was flying “was not subject to restrictions”.

Why this condescending attitude that it is Malaysia Airlines’ fault?

Would it be fine if the pro-Russian separatists’ boast that it shot down an AN-26 transport plane was correct? Would it be different if another commercial jet crashed?

“They were the wrong airline in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Vivian Lines, global vice-chairman and crisis-management expert at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Singapore, told the Wall Street Journal.

But is there ever a right airline, a right place and a right time? Any commercial jet that is brought down by a missile is wrong. It does not matter where.

No one here wants to state the obvious. That the 298 people on board MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17 had nothing to do with the conflict raging 10,000m below them.

Based on American intelligence that says a missile brought down MH17, it is logical to say that the person who ordered or who pulled the trigger to launch a missile had no business aiming it at any plane in the sky.

They don’t own the sky. The passengers and crew of MH17 were entitled to a safe flight over Europe or anywhere else in the world. Why blame Malaysia Airlines for using that route when others use it, too?

This is the typical mindset of people who also blame skimpy clothed women for rape cases. The only cause of rape is the rapist, not the victim. So it is with MH17.

Malaysia Airlines’ business is to fly people to their destinations. It has suffered so much over the years, due to mismanagement and lopsided deals, but it has given its “MH stands for Malaysian Hospitality” experience to all and sundry.

The flight and cabin crew have done exemplary work, so it is illogical that any of them would take such a risk if they were told of potential dangers flying over Ukraine.

It speaks so much for Malaysia Airlines that MH17 was packed and some had to take another flight to Malaysia and thus saved from the tragedy.

It also speaks much about those who question Malaysia Airlines or Malaysia, just because both performed badly in the MH370 disappearance.

Both events are separate. We still do not know what happened to MH370 but we know what happened to MH17. But in both cases, let us not assign blame to the Malaysia Airlines flight crew without any evidence.

The prime minister is right to say we are united by grief but you know what, we as a country should be united by purpose.

The political bickering since election 2008 and election 2013 must be set aside and the government must run the country as much as some politicians should stop taking the opportunity to score cheap political points.

Perhaps it is true that Malaysian politicians from all sides have a unique ability to put their foot in when opening their mouths. That could explain the PAS Youth leader’s appalling and disgusting comments.

We need to nurse Malaysia Airlines back to good health because it carries our flag colours and our name. We need to heal this sick divisiveness in Malaysia and come together to mourn the 298 souls on MH17 and 239 on MH370.

Can we do that? Or are we way past caring and having any empathy? – July 19, 2014.

* Jahabar Sadiq runs The Malaysian Insider.

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There is another interesting fact. The constant critics of Malaysia Airlines who all along been taking pot shots against the losses accumulated by the national carrier despite increased in revenue and strong cash position must be surprised that all MH aircrafts bearing the 9M registration are even insured against “War and terrorism”.

It means that the financial losses from the downing of this aircraft and liability that is possibly incurred are covered.

At no accord, anyone would hoped for tragedy in any form. Never the less, the wisdom of the management and business and operational policies of an experienced full service airline is being implemented here, at this lowest point of crime against humanity of a commercial carrier in international airspace.

 

Published in: on July 20, 2014 at 19:00  Comments (9)  

Liow: This cannot go unpunished

Malaysian Minister of Transport Dato’ Seri Liow Tiong Lai issued a press statement today for the shooting down of MH17 at East Ukraine.

MH17 PRESS BRIEFING BY LIOW TIONG LAI, MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT

Today Malaysia Airlines have released the final list of nationalities on board flight MH17. Each of the numbers represents a life lost, and a family in anguish. After this press conference, Malaysia Airlines will release the full passenger manifest.

Malaysia mourns the loss of all 298 passengers and crew. We feel for their families. And we promise to do all we can to ensure that the investigation is completed, and that justice is done.

ON THE INVESTIGATION:

Malaysia is deeply concerned that the crash site has not been properly secured. The integrity of the site has been compromised, and there are indications that vital evidence has not been preserved in place.

Interfering with the scene of the crash risks undermining the investigation itself. Any actions that prevent us from learning the truth about what happened to MH17 cannot be tolerated. Failure to stop such interference would be a betrayal of the lives that were lost.

Malaysia calls for all parties to protect the integrity of the crash site, and to allow the investigation to proceed. We urge all those involved to respect the families, and the nations who have lost their sons and daughters in this attack.

Yes, MH17 has become a geopolitical issue. But we must not forget that it is a human tragedy. Days after the plane went down, the remains of 298 people lie uncovered.

Citizens of eleven nations – none of whom are involved in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine –cannot be laid to rest. Their lives were taken by violence; now violence stops them being accorded their final respect. This cannot continue.

ON DEPLOYMENT:

Earlier today, Malaysia’s special team arrived in Kiev. We ask for continued support from the Ukrainian government, and the other parties involved, as the team seeks to assist the Ukrainian authorities in recovering and identifying the remains of the passengers and crew, and with the wider investigation.

The world has a moral obligation to ensure that the remains of all victims are recovered and treated with respect. We will play our part in fulfilling this obligation. That is why, later today, I will join the Malaysian team in Kiev, where I will work with my counterpart in the Ukraine government, to support efforts to retrieve the remains, and to assist with the investigation.

I will be joined by the Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation, the Malaysian investigator in charge, and the Chairman of Malaysia Airlines. The CEO of Malaysia Airlines is already in Kiev.

ON THE FLIGHT PATH:

On the matter of MH17’s flight path, I would like to refer to recent reported comments by officials from Eurocontrol, the body which approves European flight paths under ICAO rules.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the officials stated that some 400 commercial flights, including 150 international flights crossed eastern Ukraine daily before the crash. Officials from Eurocontrol also stated that in the two days before the incident, 75 different airlines flew the same route as MH17.

MH17’s flight path was a busy major airway, like a highway in the sky. It followed a route which was set out by the international aviation authorities, approved by Eurocontrol, and used by hundreds of other aircraft. It flew at an altitude set, and deemed safe, by the local air traffic control. And it never strayed into restricted airspace.

The flight and its operators followed the rules. But on the ground, the rules of war were broken. In an unacceptable act of aggression, it appears that MH17 was shot down; its passengers and crew killed by a missile.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

This outrage cannot go unpunished. Once again, Malaysia condemns this brutal act of aggression, and calls for those responsible to be found, and to face the full force of justice without delay.

-ENDS-

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Let the professionals do what they are trained to do

The downing of MH17 AMS-KUL with 298 souls at 1415GMT yesterday brought unsurpassed shock through spine of hundreds of millions global television viewers, not just Malaysians. The fact that high on speculation is that the downing is believed to be caused by hostile fire, from unidentified forces on ground in the eastern most parts of Ukraine brought the complication another notch down.

Again from the experience of the missing MH370 on 8 March earlier this year, speculations are freely offered especially in the advancement of communication technology which include round-the-clock international news networks and social media.

Arm chair critics, experts and philosophers suddenly pop from the least expected corners, where Malaysians are part of them.

The fact is that, Malaysia Airlines as the commercial national carrier and Malaysian Government as the custodian and steward of Malaysian interests more over if it involve lives  and asset of GLCs, are working very hard to sort things out.

Hence, they would need time to do all the necessary in the standard operating procedure already prepared for crisis such as this. This include contacting all the families and kins of the 298 souls who are believed to have died instantly when the B777-200 mysteriously exploded at 10% short of the speed of sound, six miles above the ground almost twenty nautical miles to the Russian Federation border.

Let them sort out what they need to do first, high on the priority list. When they are ready, they would come and face the world media.

Yes, the world demand minimal answers to this shocking story. However the world should owe it to the grieving families, kins and loved ones of the 298 souls onboard before they want to satisfy their curiosity.

As for now, all the conspiracy theory about the pro-Russian Federation separatists versus the Ukranian hardliners could just wait. Remains of the 298 souls got to be sorted out first and the bereavement of the affected families and loved ones must be the priority.

This include the 22 Malaysian passengers and 15 Malaysia Airlines crew onboard.

Published in: on July 18, 2014 at 13:30  Comments (5)  

Mike Romeo Delta “MH 17″ downed in East Ukraine

A 17 years old Malaysia Airlines B777-200 with 280 passengers and 15 crew was believed to be shot down in East Ukraine. The aircraft 9M-MRD departed Amsterdam Schipol at 1215pm (local time) on 17 July 2014, was downed just after two hours in flight towards KLIA.

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s statement:

18 July 2014

Statement by Prime Minister Najib Razak:

Malaysian Airlines flight 17

Yesterday evening, I was informed of the terrible and deeply shocking news that a Malaysia Airlines jet went down in eastern Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the jet was Malaysia Airlines flight 17, which was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The flight departed Amsterdam at 12.15pm, local time. It was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 6.10 am, local, Malaysian time.
The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200.
The aircraft’s flight route was declared safe by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
And International Air Transportation Association has stated that the airspace the aircraft was traversing was not subject to restrictions.
Malaysia Airlines has confirmed that the aircraft did not make a distress call.
The flight was carrying a total number of 295 people – comprising 280 passengers and 15 crew members.
Malaysia Airlines is in the process of notifying the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew. All possible care will be provided to the next-of-kin.
The Government of Malaysia is dispatching a special flight to Kiev, carrying a Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team, as well as a medical team.
According to information provided by Kiev Air Traffic Control, the location of the plane’s emergency locator beacon is 48 degrees 7 minutes and 23 seconds North; and 38 degrees 31 minutes and 33 seconds East.
The Ukrainian authorities believe that the plane was shot down.
At this early stage, however, Malaysia is unable to verify the cause of this tragedy.
But we must – and we will – find out precisely what happened to this flight.
No stone can be left unturned.
If it transpires that the plane was indeed shot down, we insist that the perpetrators must swiftly be brought to justice.
Emergency operations centres have been established. In the last few hours, Malaysian officials have been in constant contact with their counterparts in Ukraine and elsewhere.
And I will be speaking to a number of world leaders over the coming hours.
I have had several conversations with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
I have also spoken to the President of Ukraine. He has pledged that there will be a full, thorough and independent investigation, and Malaysian officials will be invited to take part.
The Ukrainian president also confirmed that his government will negotiate with rebels in the east of the country, in order to establish a humanitarian corridor to the crash site.
Just now, I received a call from President Obama.
He and I both agreed that the investigation must not be hindered in anyway.
An international team must have full access to the crash site.
And no one should interfere with the area, or move any debris, including the black box.
This is a tragic day, in what has already been a tragic year, for Malaysia.
As we work to understand what happened, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those onboard the flight.
I cannot imagine what they must be going through at this painful time.
The flight’s passengers and crew came from many different countries.
But today, regardless of nationality, we are all united in grief.
ENDS

Published in: on July 18, 2014 at 06:00  Leave a Comment  

MP, Murka

HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah expressed his gross displeasure (Murka) to MP for Shah Alam Khalid A Samad for rude critiques against Majlis Agama Islam Selangor’s (MAIS) role as advisory agency to HRH Sultan Selangor and authority in matters pertaining Islam.

The Star story:

Published: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 8:38:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 15, 2014 MYT 10:20:54 PM

Selangor Sultan raps Khalid Samad for questioning Mais’ executive powers

BY A. RUBAN
SEPANG: Selangor Sultan, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has rapped Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad for questioning the powers of the Selangor State Islamic Council (Mais).

“It is rude to make such a statement by questioning the powers of Mais, as it is also like questioning my powers as head of the religion.

“This is not the first time Khalid Samad has questioned issues pertaining to the executive powers of the council and the State Islamic Enactment which he thinks is obsolete,” Sultan Sharafuddin said in his address before launching the Sepang town mosque Tuesday.

Labelling Khalid as “ignorant towards state Islamic laws and Mais’ role”, Sultan Sharafuddin urged him to study the history of the state and its laws before making any comments that could cause a stir among Muslims.

“I hope he is more careful when issuing statements that touches on the roles of the Sultan and Mais,” he said.

The Sultan also stressed that Mais had guaranteed the rights and freedom of non-Muslims.

“Mais respects the non-Muslims as stated in the Federal Constitution.

“Any action by Jais (State Islamic Religious Department) and Mais is to champion the rights of the Muslims without disturbing the non-Muslims,” he said.

He also urged politicians not to use Islam for their own political mileage, adding that they should instead issue statements that would ensure the purity of the religion in the country.

Last month, following the refusal by Jais and Mais to return the seized bibles to the Bible Society of Malaysia, Khalid had suggested for the executive powers of Mais to be reviewed.

He said Mais, being the religious advisory council to the Sultan, must be “studied” again to ensure it did not taint the Malay Rulers institution.

Separately, Sultan Sharafuddin called for all Muslims to practise moderateness during the Ramadan, advising them not to fight and slander each other.

“If these continue to happen, the Malays will be extinct and do we want this to happen in our own country? Imagine who is going benefit and who is going to lose from this,” he added.

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Khalid Samad, who is PAS Commisisoner for Selangor, attacked MAIS on the decision of not returning the 231 bibles in Malay confiscated by Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) after an inspection of Bible Soceity of Malaysia office in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya on 2 January 2014.

In the same breadth, he inadvertently asked for MAIS’s authority be curbed.

The Malay Mail online story:

Defang Mais, PAS MPs urge Selangor after bible row

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIIDJUNE 17, 2014
PAS MP Khalid Samad called for Mais to be ‘defanged’ in order to prevent the council from acting independently of the Pakatan-led state government.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — Selangor should consider amending the enactment that allows the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) to directly control the state’s religious authorities, PAS lawmakers said today.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said the move would ensure that Mais follows the policies of the Pakatan Rakyat state government and prevent the council from acting independently, following its refusal to return the hundreds of bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM).

“We want the state government to study the enactment that gives executive power to Mais where it can order Jais (Selangor Islamic Affairs Department) and such and if necessary, amend the enactment.

“As we know it Mais is an institution close to the institution of the Selangor Sultan. And their actions can tarnish the Sultan’s image,” he told a press conference in Parliament here.

He added that PR has the two-thirds majority in the state legislature assembly needed to make the amendments.

Khalid said the move was necessary to preserve interfaith harmony in the state.

“The state must study how to rectify this problem and the Islamic affairs exco (executive councillors) must look into this problem to preserve relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in the state and to protect the image of the Sultan,” he said.

The Shah Alam MP added that the state PAS chapter should spearhead the initiative.

The view echoes that of former president of the BSM who yesterday called on the Selangor government to strip the state Islamic authorities of their enforcement powers, arguing that the religious council and its officers were overstepping the scope of their powers to police other faiths.

Lee Min Choo claimed there was now a “crisis of confidence” in Selangor after Mais and Jais refused to return the hundreds of bibles seized from the BSM’s office in Petaling Jaya earlier this year despite orders from the state government and advice from federal authorities.

Khalid said today Mais and Jais’s defiance had tarnished Islam’s image as a religion that stresses respect for other faiths.

“They have damaged Islam’s image because Islam demands its followers respect the faiths of others and their holy books,” he said.

The Islamic authorities are now seeking a court ruling, which will enable them to dispose the Malay-, and Iban-language bibles they had seized on January 2.

Mais has consistently said they will not return the bibles, claiming the AG erred by deciding not to pursue charges in the case.

Mais reiterated that Jais, which comes under the council’s purview, will not adhere to the directive issued by the Selangor government because the state had “no power” in the matter.

Mais insisted that there are grounds to “prosecute” BSM under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/defang-mais-pas-mps-urge-selangor-after-bible-row#sthash.gmmieg9s.dpuf

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Tuanku Sultan Selangor was firm about JAIS acting based on the Federal and State Constitution in the subsequent actions after the raid and seizure, which was a point of contentious especially by Opposition, which include PAS Selangor.

Published: Thursday June 19, 2014 MYT 4:02:00 PM
Updated: Thursday June 19, 2014 MYT 6:48:20 PM

Bible seizure: Selangor Sultan orders Jais to act in accordance with the law

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PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Selangor has ordered the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) to refer the matter of the bibles seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) to the public prosecutor, so the courts can determine if they should be returned or disposed of.

“The current law procedures provide that in disposing any case items which was seized during raids or investigation can be referred by the public prosecutor to the Court by either obtaining a disposal or return order.

“This decree is in line with the minutes issued by the Attorney-General’s Chambers that ‘Jais has to act in accordance to the law on the issue of the seized bibles’,” according to a statement issued by the Selangor Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, on behalf of the palace.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said the move was necessary to protect the sanctity of the law and the sensitivities of the sides involved in the issue.

The ruler also called for the politicians to “stop confusing and distressing the public with solutions that do not follow the course of the law and proposals that were unreasonable.”

The Sultan expressed his hope that politicians do not use the issue for their self-interest or the interests of their groups and political parties.

“Let the matter be settled by parties that are directly involved in the matter and those given the powers to solve it.

“Religious matters are sensitive issues. Therefore, the Sultan advises those who are not directly involved in the matter to refrain from issuing irresponsible statements and to refrain from interfering in the issue that can worsen the situation,” he said.

He stressed that every action and decree made by the Sultan of Selangor in all issues either the religion or the state, had never disregarded the law nor acted above it.

It was reported that the fate of the 321 Malay and Iban language Bibles seized by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Authority (Jais) from the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) on Jan 2 will only be known on Monday.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has set Monday as a target date to settle the matter.

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This is actually the third time Tuanku Sultan Selangor expressed his displeasure (Murka) about matters relating to the ‘kalimah Allah’ issue. The first time was in January 2013.

The Star story:

Published: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 5:06:38 PM

Non-Muslims can’t use ‘Allah’

SHAH ALAM: The Sultan of Selangor has decreed that non-Muslims in the state have been barred from using “Allah”, saying it is a sacred word exclusive to Muslims.

A statement yesterday from Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais) secretary Datuk Mohd Misri Idris said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had expressed shock and regret over DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s recent statement urging the Government to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of the Bible.

Lim, who is the Penang Chief Minister, had stated this in his New Year message.

The Ruler had called for an emergency meeting with officials of Mais, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) and the Selangor mufti on Sunday.

“The Sultan made a decision and decreed that the word Allah’ is a sacred word specific to Muslims and it is prohibited to be used by any non-Muslim in Selangor, as stated in a fatwa and gazetted on Feb 18, 2010,” Mohd Misri said.

“Tuanku is disappointed that the decree had been taken lightly by some parties until the issue was brought up again,” he said, adding that the Sultan also stated that Mais and Jais could take stern action against anyone who questions the fatwa that was issued according to state laws.

To know in detail these state laws and fatwa over the word “Allah”, visit http://www.mais.gov.my.

The Ruler’s decree came ahead of a Pakatan Rakyat meeting at which the word “Allah” had been allowed to be used by even non-Muslims.

PAS ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib expressed shock that Pakatan leaders, including party chief Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, had reached that consensus.

He said the matter was never discussed, not even in the Syura council – the party’s supreme body.

“As far as I can remember, we never reached a decision on the matter,” he said, adding that it was wrong to misuse the kalimah “Allah” for any politically-motivated agenda.

In SEREMBAN, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Sultan Sharafuddin had every right, as head of the state’s Islamic affairs, to issue the decree.

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Then HRH Tuanku Sultan Selangor reaffirmed his earlier titah for the second time, without reducing the message nor the tone.

Published by then Riong Kali dot com story:

Sultan Selangor gesa Herald, Bible Melayu henti guna kalimah Allah

OLEH MOHD FARHAN DARWIS
Published: 14 November 2013
Akhbar mingguan Katolik, Herald dan Bible versi bahasa Melayu perlu menghentikan penggunaan Allah dalam akhbar mingguan dan kitab berkenaan kerana kalimah itu adalah perkataan yang khusus untuk umat Islam, kata Sultan Selangor.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah selepas persidangan di Dewan di-Raja Selangor pada 11 November lalu, berkata rakyat negeri Selangor tanpa mengira kaum dan agama perlu akur dan patuh kepada larangan menggunakan kalimah berkenaan.

“Baginda juga menasihatkan mana-mana pihak tidak mengambil kesempatan menjadikan kalimah Allah ini sebagai agenda politik mereka kerana kalimah Allah ini ialah satu kalimah suci dan melibatkan akidah umat Islam,” kata kenyataan berkenaan yang dikeluarkan Setiausaha Dewan di-Raja Selangor, Hanafisah Jais, di Shah Alam.
Baginda turut bertitah bahawa isu yang berkaitan dengan agama tidak seharusnya dipandang ringan kerana ia boleh membawa implikasi buruk kepada keselamatan negara dan boleh menimbulkan ketegangan antara kaum di negara ini.

Ini adalah kali kedua baginda mengeluarkan arahan seumpama itu berhubung isu penggunaan kalimah Allah di Selangor.

“Umat Islam digesa supaya merapatkan barisan dan bersatu padu dalam mempertahankan kesucian kalimah Allah dan menghalang segala usaha mana-mana anasir yang tidak bertanggungjawab untuk menyalahgunakan dan menghina kalimah Allah yang suci ini,” kata baginda.

Tegas baginda, rakyat negeri Selangor perlu patuh terhadap keputusan Muzakarah Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Selangor yang telah membincangkan isu berkaitan tuntutan penganut agama Kristian terhadap penggunaan kalimah Allah.

“Muzakarah tersebut telah memutuskan bahawa kalimah Allah adalah kalimah suci yang khusus bagi agama dan umat Islam dan ia tidak boleh digunakan untuk merujuk kepada tuhan dalam agama-agama lain.

“Kedudukan agama Islam di Malaysia telah didaulatkan dalam Artikel 3 Perlembagaan Persekutuan sebagai agama bagi Persekutuan dan mempunyai kedudukan istimewa,” titah baginda lagi. – 14 November, 2013.

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On 23 June 2014, Federal Court decided on a landmark case of Non Muslims attempting to use ‘Allah” to depict ‘God’, by upholding the authority that Home Ministry was right in denying the Christian Federation of Malaysia’s Herald to use ‘kalimah Allah’ in their Malay publication.

In all, this landmark Federal Court decision is demonstrating that Articles 3(1) and 11(4) of the Federal Constitution still prevail and in the Tuanku Sultan Selangor’s strong titah on the subject matter within the span on 18 months  is clear demonstration that the Non Muslims are in direct confrontation against HRH Malay Rulers and their role and absolute authority of Islam.

The stature of Islam has been a defining element of this nation and is also the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.

Any persons, citizens or aliens, who dare to attempt against all these exhaled and democratically in acted role and position of persons, agencies and roles and authorities to administer matters pertaining Islam, as provided in Articles 3(1) and 11(4) of the Federal Constitution.

Make no mistake about that. Challenging these laws are outright, seditious and those continue to commit offence against it is treacherous.

The irony of this episode is that HRH Sultan Selangor expressed his gross displeasure (Murka) at an event to launch a mosque in Sepang and today is public holiday for Nuzul Quran.

Lessons to be learned by this is that there a small bunch sinister worshippers having a demented agenda on matters already been decided by the Parliament as part of the formation of this nation. Not only that, they tone the issue up with political connotation and used political means through manipulation to get the matter across using international media..

Hence, NGOs sympathetic to their cause by being “Oppressed minorities” a loudly echo the message to the world as they lie about Federal Government decisions against these errand protagonist.

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Manisnya senyuman mu

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Happy? Yes, Minister

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Quod erat demonstratum

Tony “F1 Fucker” Fernandes

F1 wannabe-owner Tony Fernandes sold off his Caterham Formula 1 Team to a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern owners, who are led by former Midland and HRT F1 principal Colin Kolles.

BBC story:

 

F1: Caterham team is sold by Tony Fernandes

By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer
The Caterham F1 team has been sold by owner Tony Fernandes to a Swiss and Middle Eastern consortium.
The new owners will be advised by former Midland and HRT team principal Colin Kolles, and they will continue to race under the Caterham name.
Caterham in F1
Best race finish: 11th – Vitaly Petrov at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix
Best team finish: 10th (2010, 2011, 2012)
Former Dutch F1 driver, Christijan Albers, will take over the running of the team, assisted by Manfredi Ravetto.
“We are aware of the huge challenge ahead given the fight at the bottom end of the championship,” said Albers.
“Our target now is to aim for 10th place in the 2014 championship.
“We are very committed to the future of the team and will ensure it has the necessary resources to develop, grow and achieve everything it is capable of.”
Both Caterham drivers, Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson, and Kamui Kobayashi of Japan, have failed to collect a point from eight races and the team are last in the Constructors’ Championship.
Malaysian businessman Fernandes, who is also the chairman of Premier League club Queens Park Rangers, entered F1 four years ago with what was then called Lotus Racing.
The Oxfordshire-based team’s name was changed to Caterham in 2012 after Fernandes bought the manufacturer of lightweight sports cars. Caterham F1 will now have no links with the rest of the Caterham Group, which is still owned by Fernandes and comprises two technology companies as well as the car manufacturing arm.
Frenchman Cyril Abiteboul, who Fernandes had employed as team principal, has left the team and is reportedly returning to work for Renault Sport.
Lotus/Caterham finished 10th in the championship for their first three seasons but finished 11th last year.

Tony Fernandes also owns Premier League club Queens Park Rangers
If they fail to finish in the top 10 again this season, it will cost them millions of pounds in prize money.
Fernandes’ decision to sell Caterham F1 was based on their failure to improve their performance.
On Friday, Fernandes wrote on his Twitter account, which has now been closed: “F1 hasn’t worked, but love Caterham Cars.”

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This decision self-proven that Fernandes and partners neither had the cut, intention nor strategic to own, manage and develop an F1 team right from the start.

Instead, the former music executive started the team and was gambling on the bit where deep-pocketed sponsors Petronas and Proton were to jump in and support the financial conundrum  of a low caste F1 team. By the he packaged his team as ’1Malaysia Team’.

When that failed too, he had to scrooge what ever pittance he has left over from his low-of-the-rung Queen’s Park Rangers football team, which did very poorly to remain in the premier league and eventually was relegated to barclays premier.

Fernandes singularly in a very short time manage to bastardise the ‘Caterham’ brand in several single strokes. The tried to prostitute the brand for a regional charter jet business, which did not take off despite the idea mooted back in 2010.

In short, pretentious-accented Fernandes proven himself in a very short time he cocked things up. Why? He over-sold, he had no substance, his ideas are deffective, he entered into the ill-intent to milk Petronas and Proton for money and fund his project.

It was about getting someone paying for Fernandes to promote his brand at international level, in big time.

So that he could create some controversial about this team, the competition  and the industry. And eventually cash out for a premium.

Quod erat demonstratum.

Published in: on July 3, 2014 at 05:30  Comments (4)  

Kiwi conundrum over Malaysian diplomat

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully apologises to Prime Minister John Key over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s handling of Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman Ismail for alleged burglary and assault of a 21 years old Kiwi woman.

The New Zealand Herald story:

McCully says sorry to Key over diplomat sex case

2:04 PM Wednesday Jul 2, 2014

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NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully, left, and Prime Minister John Key.

Murray McCully, left, and John Key.
Foreign Affairs chief executive John Allen has acknowledged his ministry bungled the case of the Malaysian diplomat accused of sexual assault.

Mr Allen said his apology to the Government was for both the shortcomings in the advice given to the Government by the ministry and its management of a serious incident.

“The ministry has fallen well short of its obligations to the Government on this occasion and we take this failure very seriously.

“It is the long-standing policy of the New Zealand government to formally request the waiver of diplomatic immunity in such cases.”

He said the ministry initiate a review of its processes for handling such cases, and said it would likely appoint an independent reviewer.

The review would focus on two areas: the informal communication with the Malaysian High Commission which left open the possibility of a different course of action to that expected by the Government and the fact that the Minister of Foreign Affairs was not sufficiently informed of events.
Earlier today, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully apologised to Prime Minister John Key for not fully informing him about the Malaysian diplomat before Mr Key spoke publicly on the matter.

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Mr McCully revealed late last night that Malaysia may have received mixed messages from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) about whether New Zealand wanted the country to waive diplomatic immunity for Muhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail, who is facing sexual assault charges.

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The minister told a press conference this morning that the MFAT had fallen short of expectations. He said a “considered process” was underway over the misunderstanding and he could not rule out job losses.

In official talks between New Zealand and Malaysian officials, MFAT clearly stated that it wanted Malaysia to waive immunity for Ismail so he could face the charges in New Zealand.

Government released the official correspondence yesterday to confirm this.

But MFAT also engaged in a series of unofficial discussions, which led to this stance becoming more “ambiguous” for Malaysian officials.

Read more: Malaysian diplomat could still be extradited

Malaysia appeared to conclude from the informal talks that New Zealand was happy for the diplomat to return home and be court martialled instead of facing the charges in New Zealand – contrary to Mr Key’s public statement.

Mr McCully said: “I told the Prime Minister that he had not been given all of the information he should have been given. And I have taken responsibility for that and apologised to him.

“The third-person note was clear and unambiguous, but some of the discussions that occurred because of the complexity of the case would have given the Malaysian officials room to draw the conclusions they did.”

This development would fuel Opposition speculation that New Zealand had done a deal with Malaysia behind closed doors.

The minister would not reveal any further detail about the informal talks, saying it could prejudice the investigation in Malaysia.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a discussion with New Zealand officials on May 12, “the New Zealand side had offered an alternative for the accused to be brought back to Malaysia”.

Asked about this, Mr McCully said: “I wouldn’t use those words. But I can understand having gone and looked at the material why his officials might have told him that.”

He had asked MFAT chief executive John Allen to look at MFAT’s actions and whether they were appropriate.

Mr Allen had been asked to investigate why Mr McCully and Mr Key were not given “more timely” information about the informal discussions.

He added: “The unseemly situation you saw yesterday when the Malaysian Foreign Minister and I were talking at odds with each other is something that should not have occurred? My own view is that it falls short of it falls short of the standards we should expect.”

Mr McCully said the victim and her family were also entitled to “a better standard of performance”.

The 21-year-old woman was not consulted by officials before the diplomat left New Zealand.

Ismail followed her home on May 9, where the assault took place. Police arrested him that night and he was charged the next day with burglary and assault with intent to rape.

Mr Key said the flow of information to ministers was “disappointing”.

But he said he would be “very surprised” if any officials found New Zealand’s stance to be “ambiguous”.

“In so much that there’s a degree of ambiguity in the correspondence, it’s correspondence attached to the issuing of a third party notice.

“And the third party notice is formal declaration that we’re asking the country to waive diplomatic immunity. So it’s a very clear statement of intent.”

Read the NZ Government’s letter to Malaysia here:

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On 10 May 2014, MFAT had written to the High Commissioner of Malaysia not to invoke the personal immunity status on Rizalman so that the New Zealand authorities could continue investigations.

On 21 May 2014 the Malaysian High Commissioner to New Zealand replied that the Malaysian Government would not waive the personal immunity of Rizalman.

It is obvious that New Zealand authorities did not have enough evidence on Rizalman. And as a diplomat with immunity, Rizalman should not have been remanded as the investigation had been carried on for the past 7 weeks.

It was the right thing to do, to bring Rizalman back and place him under jurisdiction of the Armed Forces where they have the full legal authority to conduct a court martial under the Malaysian Armed Forces Act against one of their own officers, if the allegations are proven. Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman assured that the matter would not be ‘Swept under the carpet’ and gave full commitment that the case would be dealt accordingly.

As for now, the trust and tight working relationship between Wisma Putra and New Zealand MFAT is the key to resolve this matter without compromising the  diplomatic immunity  privileges.

*Updated 1530hrs

The Cabinet decided this morning that WOII Rizalman Ismail would be sent back to Wellington, to face the authorities and the process to sought justice.

Press statement of Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FORMER MALAYSIAN DEFENCE STAFF ASSISTANT TO BE SENT BACK TO NEW ZEALAND TO ASSIST INVESTIGATION

The Government of Malaysia has decided to send back to New Zealand, Second Warrant Officer Muhammad Rizalman Ismail, former Defence Staff Assistant at the High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington, to assist in the investigation for the charges of burglary and assault with intent to commit rape. Mr. Muhammad Rizalman will be accompanied by a Senior Military Officer from the Ministry of Defence.

This decision was conveyed by YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs to his counterpart, the Hon. Murray McCully, Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand this afternoon.

The Malaysian Government is of the view that this decision will provide an opportunity for Mr. Muhammad Rizalman to cooperate fully and assist the New Zealand authorities in the on-going investigations on the allegations made against him. In this regard, the legal principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty should apply to Mr. Muhammad Rizalman. The Government of Malaysia will provide legal assistance to Mr. Muhammad Rizalman if necessary.

Malaysia has complete faith in the New Zealand legal system and has full confidence that Mr. Muhammad Rizalman will be given fair treatment with dignity as provided under the law.

The Government of Malaysia’s decision is a clear testament of the excellent bilateral relations between Malaysia and New Zealand.

PUTRAJAYA
2 July 2014

Published in: on July 2, 2014 at 11:15  Comments (7)  

No sweep under the carpet

The case involving a diplomat with the Malaysian High Commission to New Zealand Muhammad Rizalman Ismail for burglary and assault with the intent to commit rape which caused a public outcry in Kiwiland, would be treated accordingly and the Malaysian Government has no intention ‘to sweep the matter under the carpet’.

The Star story:

Published: Tuesday July 1, 2014 MYT 6:19:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday July 1, 2014 MYT 11:30:49 PM

Malaysia not sweeping NZ sexual assault case ‘under the carpet’

BY T. AVINESHWARAN

 

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Government has ensured a transparent investigation into the incident involving a defence staff assistant who was allegedly accused of sexual assault in New Zealand.

According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry in a statement on Tuesday, the Government said that it is “not sweeping the matter under the carpet”.

It said the Government acknowledged that the incident does not reflect the exemplary conduct and integrity of Malaysians serving abroad.

“The Malaysian Government is committed in ensuring the transparency of the investigation of the case. The Ministry of Defence will not hesitate to take stern action against the accused person under the Armed Forces Act 1972, if it is proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is responsible for his alleged misconduct,” the statement said.

In earlier reports, New Zealand was asked to drop all charges against the alleged accused, according to correspondence released by the New Zealand Government on Tuesday.

This came after its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mofat) had requested that diplomatic immunity be waived for Muhammed Rizalman Ismail, 38, a defence staff assistant with the Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand.

However, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, they were prepared to waive diplomatic immunity of the alleged accused to enable prosecution under New Zealand law.

It said that the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington had a meeting with Mofat’s Deputy Chief of Protocol and New Zealand police officers to discuss the matter.

“During the discussion on May 12, the New Zealand side offered an alternative for the accused to be brought back to Malaysia. It was never our intention to treat the matter lightly.

“With the agreement of the New Zealand side, the accused person and his family returned to Malaysia on May 22,” said the statement.

Muhammed Rizalman was allegedly accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman at her home in Wellington.

He reportedly followed the young woman back to her home in Brooklyn on the night of May 9 and is alleged to have assaulted her with the intent to rape.

He was brought to court on May 10 for the charges of burglary and assault with intent to commit rape but has since returned to Malaysia.

The incident has created a public outcry in New Zealand, with Prime Minister John Key saying his “preference” was for the alleged accused to be tried under NZ law.

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Rizalman, who is a career soldier would be dealt under the provisions of the Armed Forces Act (1972). The ATM Inspector General is expected to conduct their own investigation and sort the matter, under laws governing members of His Majesty’s Armed Forces personnel.

In his media conference Malaysian Foreign Malaysia Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman stated that New Zealand offered the diplomat to be brought back to Malaysia, and be dealt with by Malaysian authorities.

This matter was brought into discussion between the Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully. The two members of the Commonwealth share common laws for criminal and conduct under military establishments.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s statement after consulting his Malaysian counterpart Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman:

Murray McCully1 JULY, 2014

McCully receives Malaysian assurances

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has tonight spoken to Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah to clarify any misunderstanding relating to the diplomat who was accused of an attack on a woman and the circumstance involving his return home.

“The Malaysian Foreign Minister is absolutely committed to the alleged offender facing a proper judicial process,” Mr McCully says.

“The individual concerned is a military person and the Malaysian Chief of Defence Force has established a Board of Inquiry process. Minister Anifah assured me that any material provided by New Zealand Police will be placed before the Board of Inquiry.

“The Minister made it clear that he would not allow the actions of one individual to tarnish the reputations of all Malaysian diplomats.

“It is clear to me from my conversation with Minister Anifah that his Government’s decision to decline New Zealand’s request for immunity to be lifted was driven by his Chief of Defence’s desire to put in place a robust judicial process to deal with this matter and his officials’ belief that this would be an outcome acceptable to New Zealand.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has this evening provided me with the correspondence between New Zealand and Malaysian officials on this matter. While the formal request is absolutely unambiguous in seeking the lifting of immunity, it is now clear to me that officials engaged in informal communications over what is a complex case, in a manner that would have been ambiguous to the Malaysian Government.

“Due to the nature of the proceedings that lie ahead, I am unable to be more forthcoming on the matter at this stage. However, I can say that the Malaysian side have acted entirely in good faith.

“I have emphasised to my Malaysian counterpart the New Zealand Government’s commitment to justice for the victim in this case, and my colleague assures me that the Malaysian Government shares this view,” Mr McCully says.

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This is a demonstration of very good understanding, trust and diplomatic relationship between the two Commonwealth cousins.

Published in: on July 1, 2014 at 23:30  Comments (3)  
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