Back-stabbing-strange-bedfellows

PAs has been playing into DAP's whims and fancies, but it is not actually working for them

PAS has been playing into DAP’s whims and fancies, but it is not actually working for them

In the turn of events lately, the loose coalition of backstabbing-strange-bedfellows-in-an-(un)holy-marriage of-covenience may crumble sooner than many expected and the true gluttony for power shall prevail.

It seems that in all the scheme of intra-internal-conflict between PAS-DAP-PKR on issues such as Hudud, ‘Kalimah Allah’ and now the attempt to dismiss Khalid Ibrahim as MB Selangor and appointment of PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, had been engineered by non other than the Chinese Chauvinist DAP.

The Mini Emperorissimo of Neo Middle Kingdom engineered all these with the machiavellian strategists within, to cause serious destabilisation of Pakatan Rakyat and eventually, the partnership would crack and done with.

It is clear that they got want they wanted, which Penang.

The objective of this strategic move engineered by Mini Emperorissimo of Middle Kingdom is to expel PAS from Pakatan Rakyat. DAP and PAS never saw anything eye to eye except to mutually want to grab power from BN, in the pretext of “Justice and fairness to all, combatting corruption and open economy and society” .

When push comes to shove, the majority of conservative Malays who are the backbone of politics in Semenanjung Malaysia, expressed their deep dissatisfaction with PAS for slowly relinquishing their struggle for Islam at the expense of political commonality with DAP and PKR. An example “Welfare State” Vs “Islamic State”.

Hence, PAS had to re-track and go back to their fundamental political ideology and struggle. This include the call for Hudud.

The Star story:

Published: Saturday April 26, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 26, 2014 MYT 7:24:37 AM

PAS to go ahead despite protests by DAP and PKR

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS is adamant about implementing hudud and tabling it in Parliament despite protests by its partners DAP and PKR.

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said the party would stay true to its stand over hudud.

“We also have an important role to play in explaining the concept and objectives behind its implementation to all Malaysians,” he told news portal Malaysian Times yesterday.

“It is also the responsibility of all Muslims to explain to all parties about hudud.”

Salahuddin, who is former Kubang Kerian MP, said Malaysians had the right to voice their opinions, regardless of whether these were positive or negative.

“We are not angry or disappointed with the action and words of those who opposed hudud,” he said.

“We will give our detractors the avenue to speak their minds as Malaysia is a democratic country.”

Fellow party vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan man said PAS would offer a special briefing to the DAP and PKR on Tuesday.

“We are ready to explain in detail … in complying with the requests of our Pakatan Rakyat coalition partners,” he said.

He denied talks that Pakatan had refused to hear PAS’ argument on hudud.

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Also the contentious issue about the raid of Bible Society of Malaysia and JAIS confiscated 231 bibles in Malay on 2 January 2014. Although some PAS leaders are trying to echo the strong calls by Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders but on a much softer tone, majority of the conservative Malays who are the backbone of PAS’s support is very uneasy on this.

The fact that they don’t really care about Selangor and strategically induced the destabilisation of the PR Leadership in Selangor because the state was wrestled from BN in 2008 and most strategic jobs within the Selangor State Government  are still being held by Malays (PKR and PAS).

Even after two GEs, UMNO still is an important adversary which could in time rally the ADUNs from PKR and PAS, to form a coalition government with excuses such as “For the sake of Islam and the Malay heritage”, probably with the strong endorsement of HRH the Constitutional Ruler.

Emperorissimo of 'Middle Malaysia' Lim Kit Siang would never allow any agenda PAS to be followed through

Emperorissimo of ‘Middle Malaysia’ Lim Kit Siang would never allow any agenda PAS to be followed through

Chinese Chauvinists DAP believed that the PKR would crack after Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim goes to jail sometime late this year, for sodomising political aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008. The reminiscence of the party which was created to champion the former abuse-0f-power-convict would rally around the Chinese Chauvinists, which now have 37 seats in Dewan Rakyat.

They also believe that on that strength, they might have a 50% odds for Perak in the next round.

If the exercise for  re-allienation of parliamentary areas is not careful, DAP could get Selangor within the next two GEs. Their strategic move to get more professional Malays as stooges in the Chinese Chauvinist party is still strong and well on the way.

After all, the Chinese Chauvinists within DAP never had serious dream about going to Putrajaya. It was Anwar Ibrahim, who all along managed to hoodwinked so many including PAS.

Mini Emperorissimo of Neo Middle Kingdom also fully understand the deep scar and distrust of PAS leaders towards UMNO and the over-extended psychological game of making PAS grass roots hate UMNO, which now has been deeply entrenched and almost irrevesible. Thus the likeliness of PAS and UMNO form a strategic coalition against DAP would not really materialise.

When PAS is out of the way, then their struggle for their socialistic Chinese Chauvinism of ‘Malaysian, Malaysia’ shall be on the play.

Published in: on July 29, 2014 at 14:00  Comments (1)  

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.

Published in: on July 15, 2014 at 23:30  Comments (10)  

Skewed for sinister satanic servants

Prof. Dato’ Dr Mohamad Redzuan Othman, Dean of Faculty of Arts who is supposed to retire mandatory in less than 6 months

The Opposition is making a very big toss about Prof Dr Redhuan Othman’s removal as Director as University Malaya Centre for Democracy Elections (UMCEDEL) is nothing but a cheap ploy for political mileage, by distorting facts, manipulating online media postings and perpetuating the lie further via Opposition Leaders’ social media accounts.

Pro Anwarista-funded online skewed portal story:

Another blow to academic freedom, say Pakatan MPs on UM professor’s removal

BY ANISAH SHUKRY

Published: 30 June 2014

The removal of renowned political scientist Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Redzuan Othman from Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel) is another blow to academic freedom and impartiality in public universities, opposition lawmakers said today.

They said the former UMcedel director was impartial in his research and had criticised both Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat, but added that his impartiality was apparently not enough for BN, which was said to be unhappy with Redzuan for purportedly being opposition-friendly.

“The action by the Minister of Education is a disgrace and proves that he is unfit to be leading the main policy body to train and equip our young leaders with critical thinking and analytical minds,” DAP publicity chief Tony Pua told The Malaysian Insider.

“What is the point of conducting empirical studies to obtain reliable statistics for in-depth analysis, if one gets the sack when the conclusions are not favourable to BN?” he asked.
Pua said it was no surprise that local academics find it difficult to get their research published in international journals for peer recognition, noting that this culminated in poor international rankings.

“If the Ministry of Education cannot grant academic freedom and political impartiality to our local professors, in this case the study of political science, UM might as well shut down the entire department,” said Pua.

Pua said the ministry’s directive to Redzuan was “hardly surprising”, as it was not the first time it interfered in a university’s academic freedom.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP noted that Professor P. Ramasamy and Dr Aziz Bari were both forcibly removed from University Kebangsaan Malaysia and International Islamic University Malaysia, respectively.

DAP’s Seremban MP Anthony Loke told The Malaysian Insider that the move showed there was no room for academic freedom in Malaysia.

“An independent academic cannot survive in our public universities. It has been proven again that any independent minded academic will face this kind of pressure, especially when their research is not in favour of the ruling party.”

He said Redzuan’s research on elections was always accurate, and anyone unhappy with the results could simply disagree with his findings, rather than prevent him from conducting future studies with UMcedel.

“Redzuan has done tremendous work in the past few years in this field of election research… even though anyone can argue or disagree with his findings, I think he should be given the freedom to conduct his research.”

Loke, who is also DAP national organising secretary, urged the government to confirm whether it had interfered in the public university.

“If it is, I call upon Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to immediately retract that order and reinstate Redzuan as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and chief of UMcedel.”

DAP’s Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, a former lecturer himself, urged education ministers Muhyiddin and Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh to give their full commitment towards upholding academic freedom in higher learning institutions.

“[They must] make it clear to all civil servants and vice-chancellors that this academic freedom is a crucial part of improving our academic standards and rankings.

“Academics should not be punished for pursuing legitimate academic research including in the field of politics and political science even if the results do not seem favourable to the ruling party.”

Ong added that rather than be punished, Redzuan should be applauded for his efforts to carry out surveys on elections, a field in its infancy in Malaysia.

He pointed out that academic freedom, especially in the social sciences, was an integral part of pushing the research agenda in any university.

“It should be noted that UMcedel was accurate in predicting a win in the popular vote for Pakatan Rakyat in GE13 but that the BN would win the majority of seats,” he noted.

Ong said Redzuan had also chaired a UMcedel forum post-GE13, and invited himself, Umno’s Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and PKR’s Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar.

“This kind of engagement with BN as well as PR politicians should be part and parcel of the research agenda of any institute or centre that examines and does research on elections in Malaysia,” said Ong.

Following The Malaysian Insider breaking the news of Redzuan’s removal this morning, Saifuddin, the former deputy higher education minister, announced that he was quitting as senior research fellow at UM’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in solidarity with Redzuan.

In a Facebook post today, he confirmed that “certain quarters” from the Education Ministry had pressured Redzuan to quit as UMcedel director.

“But he did not make a big fuss of it. Today, his tenure as dean was also discontinued, even though he was nominated by the lecturers of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,” wrote Saifuddin.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Redzuan’s work in UMcedel has sealed his fate at the university.

It was learnt that over the last few years, UMcedel had irked Putrajaya with its various survey findings showing the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in a bad light.

One survey which was said to have rattled the BN was conducted during the run-up to the 2013 general election, where its findings showed that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak trailed behind opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The UMcedel poll showed that more than 60% of voters surveyed favoured Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) manifesto, compared to just 50% for BN’s election pledges.

It also showed that 43% of respondents believed that Anwar was qualified to be prime minister, pipping Najib by four percentage points.

Najib had rubbished the findings and many BN supporters questioned the methodology used.

UMcedel in its reply noted that Najib had been pleased with earlier surveys after he had assumed office which painted a positive picture of him and the BN.

However, despite the projections, BN won the 13th general election but with a reduced majority, capturing 133 parliamentary seats. Pakatan, meanwhile, clinched 89 out of the 222 parliamentary seats.

Within the academic circles, it is common knowledge that Redzuan, a history professor, had often faced pressure‎ from the Education Ministry over the centre’s findings.

The Malaysian Insider learnt that Putrajaya was also unhappy with Redzuan for purportedly being opposition-friendly, although he had on many occasions explained it by saying, “where would I be without politicians”.

Apart from surveys on the BN and Najib’s popularity, UMcedel had also conducted a study on Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Umno elections.

Pressure against Redzuan included interference in his university programmes that involved PR leaders, which the academic had repeatedly resisted.

‎According to UM’s website, Redzuan was to serve as director from February 26, 2012 to December 31, 2014. It is understood that a ceremony will be held today to hand over his post to his deputy, Profesor Dr Md Sidin Ishak. – June 30, 2014.

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The truth is far from these wild and baseless accusations.

Prof. Dr. Redzuan wasn’t removed from the UMCEDEL directorship recently. He left sometime earlier in the year.

What happened recently was his tenure as the Dean for the Faculty of Arts had expired and University Malaya (UM) did not renew it. The basis for the committee, which was chaired by the Vice Chancellor and comprises several Deputy Vice Chancellors and fellow professors to advise the university not to renew Prof. Dr. Redzuan is very simple and straight forward.

Prof. Dr. Redzuan’s mandatory retirement is less than six months.

It made better sense for UM to appoint someone who could serve the post as the Dean of Faculty Arts for more than six months. Otherwise, UM had to look for another chap to fill that post when Prof. Dr. Redzuan had to go by the end of the year.

One of the UM Research Fellows as usual. over reacted.

The Star story:

Published: Monday June 30, 2014 MYT 11:33:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 30, 2014 MYT 5:31:34 PM

Saifuddin quits as UM fellow in solidarity with dismissed Prof Redzuan

BY L. SUGANYA

 

PETALING JAYA: Former deputy education minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic) has announced that he is quitting his position as University Malaya (UM) senior research fellow following the controversial dismissal of a professor at the university.

“On the principal of academic freedom and solidarity, I quit as Senior Research Fellow UM today. This is in relation to Prof Redzuan’s case,” he tweeted on Monday morning.

According to reports, UM’s political science lecturer Professor Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman was asked to quit his position as director of Universiti Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (UMcedel) by the Education Ministry as the ministry was unhappy with independent surveys and polls on Malaysian politics conducted by the professor.

It was also reported that Professor Dr Redzuan’s position as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences department was not renewed.

The reports claimed that the professor’s termination was due to the dissatisfaction over the results of Professor Dr Redzuan’s surveys and polls, which allegedly showed Barisan Nasional in a bad light.

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Whether or not UM is happy with Prof. Dr. Redzuan’s performance as Dean of Faculty of the Arts and/or Director of UMCedel, the fact is that he days are numbered due to the mandatory retirement.

The usual practice is civil servants due for retirement serve their leave which they have  yet to utilise up to three months ahead of their last official day in service. Hence, if Prof. Dr. Redzuan has the same amount of unutilised leave, the change-over for a new Dean which is only 55 years old at this point of time is the right and logical choice.

It is sinister to suggest Ministry of Education usurp public institute of higher learning, especially UM which is the pioneer of all universities and alma mater of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, to propagate political lineage especially towards BN.

The Minister had always been professional in allowing the university office bearers to run their institution professionally.

Time has proven many academicians who were very critical of leadership like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the decisions he had eventually came to there senses saw through at it were about. later, the manifested their support forTun Dr Mahathir’s wisdom and visions. Personalities like Dr Chndra Muzaffar, Dr. Mohd Fairus Kharuddin, Ramlah Adam and even Jomo K Sundram.

 

*Updated 1600hrs

Media statement by UM Vice Chancellor

MEDIA STATEMENT

Professor Mohammad Redzuan’s tenure not extended due to election process

Referring to the current news reports, highlighting the issue of Professor Mohammad Redzuan’s  tenure as the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences not being extended, the management would like to state that this was a decision based on democratic and transparent election process.

The management would like to clarify that this election exercise is a normal process to decide the faculty deans for the upcoming term after their tenure expires on the 30th of June 2014.

The position of faculty dean is an administrative position, whereby the appointment is by the Vice-Chancellor for one term (2 or 3 years) and subject to the normal process of selection: application by academic staff, election by faculty members; followed by interview and a panel selection headed by the Vice-Chancellor.

In accordance with the University of Malaya constitution 2010, sub section 24(4) which provides the Vice-Chancellor the authority to appoint a Dean/Director for each faculty, school, centre, academy and institute, the Vice-Chancellor shall appoint the said Dean/Director from among three candidates who have received the highest scores.

From the list of the three candidates who received the highest scores from the elections held from the 10th to 12th June, an interview was conducted with each of the candidates from the 17th until 20th of June to decide on the appointment of the new Dean/Director for 2014.

Professor Mohammad Redzuan was shortlisted among two other candidates, Professor Dr Md Sidin Ahmad and Professor Dato’ Dr. Azizan Hj Abu Samah.

After lengthy deliberations, the management decided to appoint Professor Dr Md Sidin, 55, as the new Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, taking into account Professor Mohammad Redzuan’s, 59, expected retirement next year and the opportunity for Professor Dr Md Sidin to familiarize himself with his new role as Professor Mohammad Redzuan’s successor.

The management also took into consideration the the two terms served by Professor Mohammad Redzuan (3+2 years) with Professor Md Sidin’s appointment providing stability in line with the faculty’s succession plan.

The appointment of Professor Md Sidin, is timely as he was formerly the Deputy Dean (Postgraduate) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for 5 years and is seen as the perfect candidate to continue in the faculty’s  outstanding culture of excellence in research.

Regarding the allegations of outside interference in the removal of Professor Mohammad Redzuan as the Director of University of Malaya’s Centre for Democracy and Elections (Umcedel), the management would like to take this opportunity to clarify certain issues regarding this matter.

Firstly, the management would like to categorically state that this decision was taken in the interests of the university and not in any way linked to any form of pressure from outside parties.

This decision was solely taken by University of Malaya in light of Professor Mohammad Redzuan’s impending retirement next year and to provide his deputy, Dr. Amir Saifude Ghazali an opportunity to familiarize himself with the responsibilities as a the survey body’s director.

Nevertheless, Professor Mohammad Redzuan will still be contributing his expertise as a member of UMCEDEL’s research group and as a professor in the History Department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

His invaluable knowledge and wisdom will certainly be asset in grooming the upcoming political researchers in maintaning UMCEDEL’s position as the premier political research body in the country.

Vice-Chancellor,

Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Amin Jalaludin

Published in: on June 30, 2014 at 23:45  Comments (11)  

Treacherous YBs

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Several elected Johor Opposition leaders were behaving like traitors and rubbishing a national EPP project, at the expense of the strategic interests of Malaysians and future economic benefits and development opportunity of Malaysia in a foreign country.

Chinese Chauvinist DAP ADUN Tangkak Ee Chin Li, ADUN Mengkibol Tan Hong Ping and ADUN Bentayan Chua Wee Beng were demonstrating infront of President of Taiwan, along with PAS Central Committee member Mazlan Aliman on 18 July 2013.

Story about true protest and demonstration in Taiwanese paper

Story about true protest and demonstration in Taiwanese paper

They also submitted a memorandum to the Taiwanese President and demanded that Taiwan’s Kaokuang Petrochemical Co. stop investing in the RAPID project. Petronas is developing the RM60 billion EPP project in South East Johor.

This is should be seen as nothing but an economic sabotage by persons who are legislators and elected representative of the rakyat.

Published in: on June 27, 2014 at 14:30  Comments (20)  

Articles 3(1) and 11(4) still prevail

Federal Court decided against The Herald Weekly highly controversial and politicised appeal to allow them to use ‘kalimah Allah’ in the publication and upheld the Court of Appeal judgment against the Christian Federation of Malaysia’s weekly.

Herald Weekly fails to get leave to appeal “Allah” ban

BY HIDIR REDUAN SHARANPAL SINGH RANDHAWARAHMAT KHAIRULRIJAL – 23 JUNE 2014 @ 10:14 AM

PUTRAJAYA: The Herald Weekly today failed to get leave from the Federal Court to challenge the Home Ministry’s ban on its use of the word “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia edition.

A seven-man panel led by Chief Justice Ariffin Zakaria delivered a majority 4-3 judgment on the matter, here, today.

Also on the panel are Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Federal Court judge Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Datuk Jefrrey Tan Kok Wha and Datuk Zainun Ali.

Earlier, Perkasa vice-president Syed Osman Mansor said the non-governmental organisation will not go against any decision made by the apex court.

“Whatever the decision is, we will abide to it. We will not take it to the streets if the ruling is to allow an appeal.

“Of course, we would be disappointed if the appeal is allowed but as I said we will abide to the decision,” he said.

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said that disappointed or not the people will have to accept the decision.

“We had on various occasions discussed this matter in our Supreme Council meetings and there will not be any sort of demonstration.

Some 500 Perkasa members, men, women and children, clad in black T-Shirt written “Allah just for Muslim” had gathered at the Palace of Justice as early as 5.30am to show support.

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The four versus three majority at the Federal Court decision upheld that the definitive provision in the Federal Constitution 3(1) where it states ‘Islam is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia’ and 11(4) prohibiton to profess the faith of Non Islamic religion to Muslims, still stand.

Article 3.1 & 3.2 of the Federal Constitution

Article 3.1 & 3.2 of the Federal Constitution

Despite this judgment is on the case brought forth by CFM to take to court Home Ministry for banning the ‘kalimah Allah’ in the Malay edition of the Herald, this should be the precedent and an end  on the controversy, once and for all.

Any interpretations about using “Allah” to replace “God” in Christian publications should fall back to this ruling.

This include in the case of Malay bibles, confiscated from the Bible Society of Malaysia on 2 January 2014 in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya. Majlis Islam Selangor (MAIS), which is the state religious council and answerable directly to HRH Sultan Selangor already proclaimed that the seized bibles would not be returned.

The score on Apex Court's landmark ruling, which comes against pockets of minority's fancy

The score on Apex Court’s landmark ruling, which comes against pockets of minority’s fancy

This is consistent to the titah of HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah that “Allah is exclusive to Muslims and other faiths are prohibited to use it”.

However, it is clear many pockets of minority who claims to be Malaysians and swore by the Federal Constitution including legal practitioners, are not able to respect the decision of the Apex Court. The 4-3 majority rule that translate to the interpretation of the existing laws in the context of upholding the Court of Appeal ruling to disallow the use of ‘kalimah Allah’ by CFM The Herald is sublime.

The Malay Mail online:

Bar VP: Federal Court should have allowed ‘Allah’ appeal

BY BOO SU-LYN
JUNE 23, 2014

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Muslim supporters gather in front of the Federal Court as they wait for the seven-member bench to decide on the appeal by the Catholic church against a lower court’s decision forbidding it to use the word ‘Allah’ in its publication, on June 23, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 — The Federal Court should have permitted the Catholic Church to challenge a court decision upholding a ban on its use of “Allah” in its newsletter as the application met the criteria for appeal, said vice president of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru.

Steven said the questions posed in the case had fulfilled the requirements of Section 96(a) of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964, which involved the questions of public importance, as well as Section 96(b) on constitutional issues.

“It is regrettable that the Federal Court refused leave,” Steven told The Malay Mail Online today.

“The Federal Court has missed the opportunity to decide on important points of constitutional and administrative law that affect minorities’ rights and the protection of minority rights under our constitutional scheme,” he added.

Earlier today, the Federal Court rejected the Catholic Church’s application to appeal against the Home Ministry’s ban on the Arabic word “Allah” in its weekly paper, the Herald, in a 4-3 decision by the seven-member bench.

Steven said the case of the Herald had raised important constitutional questions involving Article 3 (Islam is the religion of the federation), Article 8 (equality before the law), Article 11 (the right to profess and practise one’s religion) and Article 12 (the prohibition of religious discrimination) of the Federal Constitution.

The lawyer added that the Federal Court’s refusal to grant leave to the Catholic Church meant that the Court of Appeal’s ruling last year stood.

As part of its judgment, the appellate court said that “Allah” was not integral to the Christian faith and that the home minister was justified in banning the Herald from describing God with the Arabic word on grounds of national security and public order.

“It could be used as binding precedent on the lower courts unless it can be distinguished on the facts (if the other cases are on very different facts) or is shown to be ‘per incuriam’ (if it is shown that the Court of Appeal’s decision is contrary to established principles of law),” said Steven.

Already, its effects have been felt beyond the Herald, despite Putrajaya’s continued insistence that the ruling was limited to the Catholic paper.

Last month, the Kuala Lumpur High Court struck out Sabah Sidang Injil Borneo’s (SIB) 2007 lawsuit against the Home Ministry for confiscating three boxes of Malay-language Christian publications that contained the word “Allah”, citing the Court of Appeal’s decision.

It may also have repercussions on the lawsuit brought by Sarawakian Christian Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill against the Home Ministry for seizing in 2008 her personal compact discs (CD) containing the word “Allah” that is pending.

When asked if the Federal Court’s decision nullified the Cabinet’s 10-point solution that allowed the distribution of Christian holy scriptures in the Malay, Indonesian and indigenous languages, Steven said: “This could well be the upshot of the decision if the Court of Appeal’s judgment is construed as being applicable beyond the Herald case”.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia, an umbrella body representing churches nationwide, said today that it would hold Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and Putrajaya to a statement by the top lawyer on October 20, 2013, that the Court of Appeal’s decision was confined to the Herald.

Steven also said that nothing in the Federal Court’s judgment, as read out in court today, would allow Selangor’s Islamic authorities to dispose of the Malay and Iban-language bibles that they had seized from the Bible Society of Malaysia in January.

Last year, the Court of Appeal ruled that “Allah” was not integral to the Christian faith and that the home minister was justified in banning the Herald from using the Arabic word on grounds of national security and public order.

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Bar Council office bearers are demonstrating their attitude and arrogance no different to Chinese Chauvinists DAP. They neither respect the stance of Rulers as Constitutional Head for all religious matters nor the Federal Constitution and/nor State Constitution.

The fact is that protecting the interests of minority by challenging against what clearly provided in the Federal Constitution, which is the document  enacted by Parliament by representatives of the rakyat of upholding the sovereignty of this nation as an independent state.

 

Published in: on June 23, 2014 at 12:30  Comments (17)  

Should Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah go to jail for Anwar?

Opposition Leader Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim wants nationalist political party UMNO to pay up for Wan Muhamad Azri Wan Deris aka Papagomo, for Kuala Lumpur Session Court’s decision of awarding the suit case to the former and plaintiff to the amount of RM850,000.00.

Former Riong Kali dot com’s story:

Anwar wants Umno to settle Papa Gomo’s case

BY JAMILAH KAMARUDIN

Published: 21 June 2014 | Updated: 21 June 2014 9:10 PM
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) today dismissed controversial blogger Papa Gomo’s request that he pay Anwar RM850,000 in cost and damages through RM100 monthly instalments.

Refusing to comment further, the PKR de facto chief told reporters to refer the matter to Umno.

“Don’t ask me, ask the Umno leaders who are sponsoring him,” he said after delivering a speech on the Asian Renaissance in Puchong today.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday dismissed with cost an application by Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris to defer the payment, awarded to Anwar in a defamation suit against the blogger over statements and images posted on his blog implicating Anwar with another man.
Wan Muhammad Azri, when met by reporters outside the court yesterday said he was trying to get the court’s permission to pay RM100 a month to Anwar because he is now a fisherman. – June 21, 2014.

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Earlier this year Kuala Lumpur High Court awarded Anwar, who sued Papagomo, the case.

The Star story:

Published: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 10:14:00 AM
Updated: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 12:16:54 PM

Anwar wins defamation suit against Papagomo, awarded RM850,000

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won his suit against Papagomo Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris over postings of defamatory words and images of Anwar with another man.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Rosilah Yop awarded RM800,000 in damages to Anwar and RM50,000 in costs.

In his suit filed on March 21 last year, Anwar said the defendant had wrongly posted four defamatory statements on the blog between March 16 and 20.

In his defence,Wan Muhammad Azri said he had never published words, images videos or created any web link which was slanderous of Anwar.

JC Rosilah found that the defendant was actually Papagomo.

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The fact is that, this call by former abuse-of-power-convict Anwar Ibrahim for UMNO to pay on behalf of Papagomo is not only inappropriate but ridiculously lame cheap stunt.

Despite being an UMNO member, Wan Muhammad Azri or his nom d’plume Papagomo did not act on behalf of UMNO nor had undertaken the party instruction to slander and defame Anwar. This is something Anwar yet to prove.

As far as it shows, Papagomo acted on his own initiative. Anwar also did not provide any evidence that Papagomo was promised or rewarded any remuneration for his slander against the ‘Dear Leader’ of PKR.

If UMNO is made to pay up for or on behalf of Papagomo, then should Wan Azizah as PKR President and Nurul Izzah as PKR Vice President serve Anwar’s five years jail sentence for guilty of sodomising political aide Mohd. Saiful Bukari Azlan six years ago?

Bernama story:

Anwar gets five years’ jail for sodomising Mohd Saiful

07 MAR 2014 08:20PM
PUTRAJAYA, March 7– Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today was sentenced to five years’ jail by the Court of Appeal here after the court found him guilty of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, five years ago.

Justice Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi, who led a three-man panel in hearing the prosecution’s appeal in the case, however, granted Anwar’s application for a stay of the sentence pending appeal with bail of RM10,000.

Justice Balia ordered Anwar to pay the bail this Monday before 11 am.

During the proceedings, the court was disturbed by Anwar’s supporters who made noise and shouted in court resulting Justice Balia warning them to stop it.

In overturning the High Court’s decision in acquitting Anwar, Justice Balia said the panel unanimously held that the trial judge had erred in his findings that the integrity of DNA samples used in the case had been compromised.

Anwar was charged with sodomising Mohd Saiful, 23 (then), at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara between 3.10 pm and 4.30 pm on June 26, 2008.

Anwar’s counsel Karpal Singh, speaking to reporters later, said that with this ruling, Anwar could not file his nomination papers for the Kajang state seat by-election this Tuesday.

– BERNAMA

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The same principles should apply for Anwar Ibrahim’s jail sentence, which was determined by three different Court of Appeal judges.

Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah as PKR top officials stood their neck for Anwar too many times in their capacity as office bearers of the political party, trying to convince the Malaysian public and international community that the charge brought against the one time sacked Deputy Prime Minister was a sinister political ploy.

After all, Anwar is a 67 years old man and younger persons should be allowed to serve his sentence for him.

The truth is that Saiful made the complaint about Anwar buggering him at least eight times as a private citizen to the Police on his own accord. The Police investigated and after forensics, it was found the case had its merits and the charge was brought against the latter by His Majesty’s Public Prosecutor, acting on behalf of the Crown in the name of justice.

Then again, its pointless to point out these principles to a man proven to be without any shred of principles, dignity, credibility, integrity and humanly worthy.

Needless to say, that is time and again proven traits about a psychologically sick man whom Wan Azizah as PKR President proclaimed as “God’s gift” (Anugerah Tuhan) at PKR’s 7th national congress in November 2010.

Published in: on June 22, 2014 at 02:00  Comments (2)  

Violating the Federal Constitution

Just like the 1960s Cold War strategy  ‘Salami Tactics’. First the got Selangor. Now, they are taking the rights of the Malays, bit by bit. The Selangor State Government SELCAT have to really explain the Auditor General’s Report about 24.08ha Malay Reserve Land be given to Non Malays.

The Star story:

Published: Monday June 16, 2014 MYT 10:44:00 PM
Updated: Monday June 16, 2014 MYT 10:49:06 PM

A-G’s Report: Probe how non-Malays given Malay reserve land

SHAH ALAM: The Auditor-General has suggested that Selangor Land and Mines Department and district and land offices carry out an investigation to identify the causes behind the giving of ownership of Malay reserve land to non-Malays.

They should also look at how to prevent the transfer of ownerships of Malay-held land to non-Malays from further taking place and make appropriate cancellations and replacements of Malay Reserve lands, the Second Series of the 2013 Auditor-General’s Report said.

The report revealed that 24.08ha of Malay Reserve land in Selangor were now owned by non-Malays.

A review on 129 official search of the ownership documents found it involved 18 (13.9%) land ownerships in the Klang, Kuala Selangor and Sabak Bernam districts.
This adversely affected the interests of Malays and the size of Malay reserve land which could be given ownership to the Malays was reduced, it said.

Based on a feedback, dated April 7, 2014, the Kuala Selangor District and Land Office (PDT) stated the owners of the land were non-Malays.

According to the Klang PDT, this took place because the land was involved in a demarcation process with the endorsement of Malay reserve land not included when new ownership rights were registered, resulting in transfer of ownership to non-Malays.

However, Klang PDT did not furnish proof to support the dealings in ownership transfer, according to the report.

The report also revealed that Malay reserve land in Ampar Tenang, Sepang and Sungai Lang, Sabak Bernam were occupied and worked on by non-Malays.

They opened food stalls, car workshops and constructed buildings on the Malay reserve land.

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This is already ‘Thinning of the wedge’. The ‘Writings on the wall’ was apparent when the 3 Aug 2011 JAIS raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) in Section 13 happened.

Chinese Chauvinist DAP’s mouth piece charged that Majlis Agama Islam Selangor backing of Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor’s (JAIS) raid on Bible Society of Malaysia earlier this year and confiscated a few hundred bibles, is unconstitutional.

The fact is that BSM violated Article 3(1) and  11(4) of the Federal Constitution and the Propagation of Non Islamic Religion to Musilms Enactment 1988.

The Chinese Chauvinist DAP have been for years wanted to take control of Selangor. To be exact, 45 years last month. Now that they have got Selangor, they want to strip the Malays of every bit from what is rightfully theirs. More over, provided in the Federal Constitution.

First they lied. Even though the damnest evidence has prevailed. Like the rampant prosetylsation of Malay-Muslims in Selangor, proven in the 3 Aug DUMC raid. Now, its time to steal from the Malays.

A famous Malay rhyme goes

‘Siakap, senohong, gelama, ikan duri

Bercakap bohong, lama lama mencuri’

Soon, they would just grab what ever they want, right under the nose. They would have little conscience about taking what doesn’t belong to them, nor does it violate the rights of the majority. And they would be combative about it.

Make no mistake about that.

Published in: on June 17, 2014 at 11:00  Comments (14)  

Defective and Deficient DAP Dogsbody

Dumb, Arrogant & Puerile MP Liew Chin Tong

The Chinese Chauvinist DAP’s Political Education Director Liew Chin Tong is a really an incurable imbecile. His arguments for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to consider for reshuffling his 2013 Cabinet is really moronic.

The Riong Kali dot com story:

Three-point advice to Najib on cabinet reshuffle – Liew Chin Tong

Published: 3 June 2014 | Updated: 3 June 2014 5:37 PM

As Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak returns from his overseas trip and as the Bukit Gelugor and Teluk Intan by-elections concluded, it is reasonable to believe that a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards, either before Parliament sits on June 9 or immediately after Parliament rises on June 19.

In the interest of the nation, I would like to offer my three-point advice to the prime minister on what the people of Malaysia expects of the reshuffle:

1. Reduce size of the cabinet.

Najib should take a leaf off new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s playbook to reduce the size of his cabinet although with the re-entry of MCA and Gerakan into the cabinet, it is quite likely that the cabinet will be further bloated.
Modi reduced the size of the frontbench from 79 members to 45. India has a population of 1.2 billion. Malaysia has 32 full ministers and 25 deputy ministers, i.e., 57 frontbenchers. It’s time for Najib to name a more professional, efficient and lean cabinet.

2. Appoint a full-time finance minister

Since Tun Daim Zainuddin completed his second tour as finance minister in 2001, the portfolio has been held by successive prime ministers from Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Abdullah Badawi and now Najib, with a brief exception between September 2008 and April 2009 when Najib snatched the coveted post from Abdullah.

With mounting economic challenges from inflation to high-indebtedness and the inability of the Malaysian economy to transform from labour-intensive to skill and technology-based, there is a need for a safe pair of hands to steer the economy.

The jolt to the economy from the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) next year further requires someone who understands the economy at helm. Internal accountability of our cabinet system requires a collegial check-and-balance relationship between the prime minister and the finance minister.

It is a great disservice to the nation if Najib continues to hold the portfolio of finance concurrently just for the sake of controlling the financial largesse this portfolio afforded.

If I am forced to name a relatively reputable candidate for finance post from within Umno’s limited pool of talent, I would choose Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamad.

3. Appoint a new foreign minister

So many things disappear from Malaysia, including her foreign minister. While the foreign portfolio is highly sought after in cabinets of other countries, no serious Umno leader is interested in the post because there is very little contracts the minister can award from this ministry.

Hence the post is given to Anifah Aman who allegedly has very little interest in foreign affairs.

The diplomatic corps in Kuala Lumpur complain of the disappearance of the foreign minister to the extent that ambassadors have to engage Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamad as if he is the acting foreign minister.

The mishandling of public communication with the world during the height of the MH370 incident highlighted the need for a new foreign minister to speak for the nation, chart a new path, set priorities and formulate clear policies.

Again, if I have to choose from Umno’s limited pool, Tourism Minister Nazri Aziz is a far better choice as foreign minister than Anifah Aman.

I will offer more advice in the days to come to shape the discussion on cabinet reshuffle. – June 3, 2014.

* Liew Chin Tong is the DAP MP for Kluang.

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There is nothing wrong of the existing 32 members Cabinet . In fact, it should be bigger. There are 14 BN component parties. If the ratio is average to three per party, then the Cabinet should be at least 42 members.

The current 32 Cabinet members are also providing policy and leadership to over 1.2 million civil servants. That is an average of 40,000 civil servants per Cabinet member. The ratio should be smaller, so that better leadership and policy supervision is enabled for improved of deliver.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s Cabinet, formed after the 13GE in May 2013

That is for the betterment of the rakyat.

The Federal Government is very consistent in the formulation policies for socio-economic development as well as strategic and tactical macro economic plans designed for growth, which are implemented simultaneous. The priority to ensure that development and amenities are being provided to all, in every nooks and crannies across this nation as important as maintaining above 5% economic growth and even steeper trade curve

There is nothing defective with the current Ministry of Finance (MOF) structure and political formula. When Tun Daim Zainuddin left the MOF job for the second time in 2001, the Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad provided strong and sound leadership by having a Second Minister Dato’ Dr. Jamaluddin Jarjis  to ensure the policy is being translated and implemented.

Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and Second Finance Minister Dato’ Sri Ahmad Husni Hanadzalah

The damage of the 1997-8 Asian Financial Crisis was fully restored and capital and financial markets were brought back into more formidable position where the consolidation of banks and financial institution and later capital market firms were completed.

Market confidence became better so much so that in 11GE April 2004, BN had a thumping landslide win with 90% control of the Dewan Rakyat.

Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman is a brilliant Foreign Minister. In fact, Anifah filled the post of previously illustrious FMs such as Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Mohamad Ghazali “King Ghaz” Shafiee. The Foreign policy of Malaysia under Anifah, positioned the nation in great importance in the intricate, delicate and complicated game of international diplomacy.

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Anifah provided the leadership in the rally of Malaysia’s nomination as the Non Permament Member of the UN Security Council 2015-6 to a point where the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is happy with the progress.

NST story:

24 May 2014| last updated at 11:45AM

Ban Ki-Moon happy over Malaysia’s nomination for UN seat

NEW YORK: United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has expressed his happiness over Malaysia’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council, here Friday.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said this was conveyed to him during his courtesy call on the secretary-general at his office in the UN.

“He was very pleased that Malaysia is vying for the non-permanent seat of the Security Council,” he told a press conference after the meeting.

Also present was Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Datuk Hussein Haniff.

Anifah said various issues were discussed during the meeting including the situation in Thailand, Syria and Ukraine.

“He also had a high regard for our peacekeepers and requested further assistance and contribution when possible,” Anifah said.

According to him, Ban also expressed his sympathy over the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 tragedy and wanted him to personally convey this to Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Malaysian plane with 239 people aboard vanished while over the South China Sea about an hour into its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight in the early hours of March 8.

A serach operation is underway in the southern Indian Ocean, in waters off western Australia.

“Alhamdulillah, I am generally happy with the working visit which I feel has met its objective,” Anifah said about his five-day working visit.

He was also optimistic that there would be more support especially from members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) during the meeting of foreign ministers of the movement in Algeria next week.

Anifah is expected to leave for Algeria tomorrow. — BERNAMA
Read more: Ban Ki-Moon happy over Malaysia’s nomination for UN seat – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/ban-ki-moon-happy-over-malaysia-s-nomination-for-un-seat-1.604093#ixzz33gV0JT3a

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Malaysia’s role amongst ASEAN, Commonwealth, OIC and NAM is also taking more prominent stage.

Anifah is playing role which paved the way ahead before Prime Minister Najib engages world leaders such as President Xi Jinping of China, President Barack H Obama of United States, Prime Minister David Cameron of United Kingdom, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia and more.

This not withstanding in various international forums where Malaysia’s stance and voice is heard.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato' Sri Anifah Aman, in Whitehall

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, in Whitehall

Probably Liew’s mental capacity and intellectual inability is unable to fathom that simple logical notion. The fact that the MP for Kimanis to play this role and translate Malaysia’s foreign policy and international stance and position effectively, the he had to physically present himself with his counterparts or even world leaders ahead or preceding Prime Minister Najib’s visit, speeches and/or requests.

Liew should start to politically educate himself to think before he shoots his mouth. Then probably Chinese Chauvinist DAP could present itself as a worthy member of the Oppositions’ coalition as the Federal Government if and when Malaysians could be hoodwink to give them power to rule.

 

Published in: on June 4, 2014 at 20:45  Comments (5)  

DAP Dyana the Liar

DAP candidate for P76 Teluk Intan by-election Dyana Sofya Mohd. Daud, who is effectively Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang’s political concubine, clearly lied about her mother Kak Yammy Samad’s involvement in Right Wing Malay NGO PERKASA.

Unequivocally, she lied about her involvement too not too long ago.

DAP candidate for Teluk Intan Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud and mother Kak Yammy Daud, in a PERKASA membership counter at the launch of the Malay NGO website

DAP candidate for Teluk Intan Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud and mother Kak Yammy Daud, on duty in a PERKASA membership drive counter at the launch of the Malay NGO website, 21 Oct 2008

This is the true colours of Dyana and Kak Yammy. Opportunists, political failures and now being manipulated as a tool by the Chinese Chauvinist DAP to break the Malay ‘inherent taboo’ towards the party and at the same time, project the ‘New Malay’.

In reality, Chinese Chauvinist DAP stalwarts would not provide room and space of Malay leaders, except to front for specific purposes. The experience of Tunku Aziz who was once idealistic about democracy and brought in as Vice Chairman in DAP and Penang based Zulkifli Mohd. Noor, who was brought in as the front when Tunku Aziz left.

*Video and photo courtesy of bloggo-photo-journo Minaq Jinggo

 

Published in: on May 25, 2014 at 14:30  Comments (18)  

Aimless, Oppositionotopia

Malaysians have been hoodwinked by the Opposition in their alternative-media-charged systematic and continuous ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy which is nothing more than repackaged dramatisation of victimisation perspective, manipulated for several intents of malice.

The hard facts of Malaysian politics point that the loose coalition of Opposition in the unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bed-fellows got nothing substantial at all to offer but hatred towards BN’s uninterrupted success of nation building since almost 60 years ago.

They cry against malpractice and abuse of the democracy and democratic process but they themselves, clearly proven in the DAP CWC election 2012 and PKR CWC elections, twice, are marred with deception, manipulation and denial of rights.

They acuse BN of controlling and abusing the Judiciary but in reality, they are the ones who demonstrated blatant disrespect which some tantamount to contempt of court.

They can’t agree amongst themselves with issues fundamental and principle in nature. For instance is Hudud.

In the run up to the last GE, they cannot even come up with a ‘Shadow Cabinet’ where demonstrates clearly how each party distrust each other and do not have a formula to govern, if and when they can form a Federal Government.

In the ongoing Bukit Gelugor Parliamentary by-election, DAP dont really have a substantial campaign except “I am Karpal Singh” because BN refused to contest. It is the damning proof that DAP has nothing progressive to offer.

The truth is that, without doubt Karpal Singh was a very famous lawyer, did not do much for the people of Bukit Gelugor.

Published in: on May 24, 2014 at 18:00  Comments (6)  
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