Profiteering from misconduct

The Instagram of the passenger onboard MH20 KUL-CDG which arrived on 4 August 2014, believed to be Laura Bushney

The Instagram of the passenger onboard MH20 KUL-CDG which arrived on 4 August 2014, believed to be Laura Bushney

The woman believed to be the passenger onboard of MH20 from Kuala Lumpur to Paris Charles De Gaulle on 4 August 2014 who made a complaint about “A Chief Steward attempted to rape her during flight”, is probably making financial demands to get her to shut up.

AFP story on the ‘Sexual assault onboard MH20′:

Malaysia Airlines steward ‘sexually assaulted’ passenger

Published: 14 Aug 2014 at 18.45 | Viewed: 922 | Comments: 0Online news: AsiaWriter: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR – A Malaysia Airlines cabin crew member has been detained in France over allegations that he sexually assaulted a passenger who was scared of flying with the disaster-prone airline.

File picture taken on May 14, 2014 shows a Malaysia Airlines staff member walking up to a flight prior to departure at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang

The case, involving the chief steward of a Paris-bound flight, is the latest setback for the struggling national carrier, which was struck by twin tragedies this year when one of its passenger jets went missing and another was shot down over conflict-torn east Ukraine.

The airline said in a statement Thursday that French police had detained a crew member for questioning following allegations by a passenger of “inappropriate sexual behaviour” on flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpur on August 4.

The Australian passenger complained to authorities about the incident after touchdown at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, saying she had told crew at the beginning of the flight about her apprehension of flying with the airline in the wake of the two disasters.

The steward sat beside her and sexually assaulted her under the pretext of “comforting” her, she said, according to a source close to the French probe.

Malaysia Airlines vowed to assist French authorities in their investigation, adding “the safety, comfort and well-being of our passengers is always our highest priority”.

“Malaysia Airlines expects and accepts nothing short of the highest standards of conduct from its crew and takes any such allegations very seriously,” it said.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared mysteriously in March with 239 people aboard, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No trace has been found and the airline was widely criticised for its handling of the crisis.

On July 17, MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, with 298 people killed.

The airline stands on the financial brink after the disasters.

State investment fund Khazanah Nasional, which has controlled the airline for years via a 70 percent ownership stake, said last week that it plans to buy all remaining shares and de-list the company before undertaking a “complete overhaul”.

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The Star report:

MAS crewman held over sexual assault

Friday, 15 August 2014
By: VICTORIA BROWN

KUALA LUMPUR: A cabin crew member of Malaysia Airlines has been detained for questioning by the French police for alleged inappropriate sexual behaviour towards a passenger.

The alleged incident occurred on Flight MH20 that was travelling from here to Paris on Aug 4.

MAS expects and accepts nothing short of the highest standards of conduct from its crew and takes any such allegations very seriously, the airline said in a statement yesterday.

“We will naturally assist the French authorities as they conduct their investigations and would stress that the safety, comfort and well-being of our passengers are always our highest priority,” the airline added, confirming a report by French news portal FranceTVInfo that a MAS crew member was being investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting an Australian passenger.

The incident purportedly happened when the passenger expressed nervousness about flying following the disappearance of Flight MH370 in March and the downing of Flight MH17 in July.

The report stated that the crew member sat next to the passenger under the pretext of comforting her before “sexually assaulting” her.

AFP reported that the passenger lodged a report with the French border police upon her arrival in Paris and the crew member was detained on Aug 7.

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The Chief Steward, believed to be a cabin crew by the name of Mohd. Rosli Abd. Karim, is now under custody in a Paris lock up pending investigations. Non relatives have been denied access to the accused.

It is believed that lawyers reprising the passenger, probably someone by the name of Laura Bushney and believed to be an Australian, was said to have demanded £300,000.00 from the accused for the case to cease from proceeding any further.

It is believed that Bushney would appear on Channel 7 Australia on the evening of Sunday 24 August 2014, to tell her story.

Sydney Morning Herald story:

Laura Bushney breaks silence over sexual assault on Malaysia Airlines flight

Date
August 22, 2014

Tom Decent
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Laura Bushney tells of her alleged sexual assault.

An aircraft steward believed he was comforting an Australian woman when he allegedly put his hands down her pants on a Malaysia Airlines flight, the female passenger has revealed.

Channel Seven’s Sunday Night will air a tell-all interview with 26-year-old Laura Bushney, who recorded the moment Mohd Rosli Bin Ab Karim, a married man with three children, put his hands under a blanket and down her pants while working.

Mr Rosli allegedly touched Bushney’s upper thigh before putting his hands under her clothing after being under the impression he was “comforting her”.

“He’s massaging my legs, I’m so scared I just want to get off this plane,” Bushney can be heard saying on the recording. “I don’t want to see you, go away, you give me the creeps you dirty old man.”

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Bushney was travelling by herself when the 54-year-old steward allegedly sexually assaulted her, causing her to “freeze in panic”. Bushney recorded the incident on her iPhone under a blanket as well as another face-to-face altercation after the incident when Rosli realised he had been in the wrong.

“I just keep saying, ‘Why didn’t I scream, why didn’t I shout?'” Bushney told Sunday Night reporter Ross Coulthart. “I am a strong person because I can do that, I know I can. But when I was in the moment, I couldn’t. I felt so scared and so petrified.”

After MH20 touched down on August 4, Mr Rosli was detained by police at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and remains in custody after making admissions relating to the sexual assault.

Given the disappearance of MH370 in March and the MH17 tragedy last month, Malaysia Airlines confirmed the allegations but has done very little to improve its tarnished image after making no attempt to offer compensation or counselling to the victim.

“Malaysia Airlines can confirm that the following allegations by a passenger travelling on flight MH20 from Kuala Lumpar to Paris of inappropriate sexual behaviour by a member of the cabin crew, the member of staff has been detained for questioning by the French police,” said the statement.

“Malaysia Airlines expects and accepts nothing short of the highest standards of conduct from its crew and takes any such allegations very seriously.”

Sunday Night airs 8.45pm Sunday, August 24 on Seven.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/laura-bushney-breaks-silence-over-sexual-assault-on-malaysia-airlines-flight-20140822-107f72.html#ixzz3BEcckE8B

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If the French Police and authorities is still investigating the case, then it is unsure why Bushney is going in front of Australian TV to bare all about her alleged rape cry against Chief Steward Rosli.

Unless she and Australian media have ulterior motives to paint the picture against  Chief Steward Rosli and/or Malaysia Airlines.

An Instagram account believed to be Laura Bushney

An Instagram account believed to be Laura Bushney

Searches shown that Bushney is a person of dubious morality. An Instagram believed to be hers, shows that she is someone who is willing to share her lewd photos in public domain.

If Chief Steward Rosli did commit the ‘sexual assault’ as alleged, the he should be charged and tried under the French law. He must be allowed to defend himself. After all, as a National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (NUFAM) Exco, the union should step up to assist him.

Search on Laura Bushney's Instagram

Search on Laura Bushney’s Instagram

Many wondered where exactly onboard the A380 aircraft that Chief Steward Rosli could progressed so far in ‘Sexual assault’ on Bushney, without the risk of someone ran into or saw them. Especially when she is an economy class passenger.

It is also funny if Bushney couldn’t cry for help when she was onboard, that she is courageous enough to appear on Australian national TV to tell her story.

A note from "Gran" to "Laura" in the Instagram

A note from “Gran” to “Laura” in the Instagram

Then again, there is a suspicion if not the possibility that Bushney through her lawyers is trying to profit from a case which has yet to be proven through the means of the legal system, including French.

That is immoral.

*Updated Monday 25 August 2014 1100hrs

Refresh on the Instagram account strongly believed to be Laura Bushney’s shown that all the photos, featured here as screenshots over 30 hours ago have been deleted.

The Instagram account strongly believed to be Laura Bushney's have been wiped clean after this blog's posting on her

The Instagram account strongly believed to be Laura Bushney’s have been wiped clean after this blog’s posting on her

That is a demonstration that Laura Bushney isn’t a credible person.

Published in: on August 24, 2014 at 00:30  Comments (329)  

Court Criticise Cameron’s Coulson

A London High Court Judge lashed against British Prime Minister David Cameron for his sub judicial statement against former co-editor controversial News of the World tabloid who later served Press Secretary to Prime Minister till January 2011, when the Conservative Party formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats in May 2010..

The Telegraph story:

 

Andy Coulson judge criticises David Cameron: full statement

Here is the full statement made by Mr Justice Saunders as he criticised the Prime Minister for commenting on the Andy Coulson case while the jury was still considering outstanding verdicts
6:55PM BST 25 Jun 2014

Application has been made to me to discharge this jury on the basis that it is no longer possible for Andrew Coulson and Clive Goodman to have a fair trial on the remaining two counts that the jury are considering. The application is based on the publicity last night and this morning following the verdicts delivered yesterday on count 1. Immediately after the verdict the PM issued a statement apologising for employing Mr. Coulson. That statement has been followed by pronouncements by a large number of politicians from all parties. I have not considered and will not consider anything that has been said in Parliament as that is covered by parliamentary privilege and is the sole prerogative of Parliament.
I asked for an explanation from the Prime Minister as to why he had issued his statement while the jury were still considering verdicts. I received a response from his principal private secretary which said ‘the Prime Minister was responding to the guilty verdict on hacking charges that had been delivered in open court. He did this in the light of the intense media coverage and understandable public interest. The Prime Minister was careful to make no further comment about any matters that might still be before the court.’
I accept that that was the Prime Minister’s intention but I am afraid that to an extent his explanation misses the point. He has now told the public and therefore the jury that he was given assurances by Mr. Coulson before he employed him which turned out to be untrue. The jury were not aware of that before and it is a matter which is capable of affecting Mr. Coulson’s credibility in their eyes. Mr. Coulson’s credibility is a matter which is in issue on the final two charges that the jury have to consider.
Other politicians have chosen to comment about Mr. Coulson and as a result the jury have heard of matters which were not admitted at the trial for legal reasons. I am certainly not seeking or intending to single out the Prime Minister. Politicians from across the political spectrum have seen fit to make strong comments about Mr. Coulson despite the fact that the jury are still deliberating. The Chairman of the parliamentary committee which investigated phone hacking has told the public that Mr. Coulson lied to them in the evidence that he gave.
Evidence of what Mr. Coulson said before the committee could not be given in court as it would amount to a breach of parliamentary privilege. That was the view of parliamentary counsel which was conveyed to the court and which I accepted. Again that information is capable of affecting the jury’s view of Mr. Coulson’s credibility.Mr. Langdale who made powerful and well argued submissions to me relies on the public importance of those who made the comments and the increased likelihood therefore of the jury being influenced by them. This was a significant factor in the court of appeal’s decision in the case of McCann and as he says, while the decision is an old one, the principle has not changed.
My sole concern is to ensure that justice is done. Politicians have other imperatives and I understand that. Whether the political imperative was such that statements could not await all the verdicts, I leave to others to judge. The issue for me now is to decide whether I am satisfied that Mr. Coulson will receive a fair trial on the other two counts or whether the prejudice is such that that is impossible.
I have been referred to the decision of the administrative court in contempt proceedings brought against parts of the media following the partial verdicts in the case of Levi Belfield. I am satisfied that the revelations in those reports were considerably more prejudicial to the fair trial of Belfield on the remaining counts than is the case here.
The decision in this application is entirely fact specific. Not merely is it fact specific but it is also specific to this jury who we all have been watching at work for eight months. First this jury have shown that they are entirely capable of putting out of their minds prejudicial material in reaching their decisions. At the start of this trial I heard two days of submissions on behalf of Rebekah Brooks to the effect that there was so much prejudicial material about her in the public domain that the jury would inevitably convict her and it was impossible for her to have a fair trial. She has been acquitted of all the charges against her. I trust that no one will maintain that complaint now. Everyone who has watched the jury have been impressed with their dedication and their ability to concentrate on the evidence and follow directions of law. Our legal system is based on the premise that juries comply with directions of law given by the Judge.
We should not forget the stage of the case that we have reached. The jury at the moment are deep into an analytical discussion of the evidence on counts 2 and 3 and have been for sometime. I am fortified in that belief by consideration of the notes that I have received from them. There is no reason to suppose that they will be diverted from that course. We underrate juries, and particularly this one, at our peril. It should also be born in mind that by virtue of the verdict that the jury have already returned, they are sure that Andrew Coulson has lied to them about his involvement in phone hacking. Therefore, while important public figures in defence of their own position or to attack another’s have revealed other lies told by Andrew Coulson, those revelations will have less effect on the jury.
I watched a fair amount of the news coverage last night in anticipation of this application. I have considered other material which has been referred to me. As I have made clear, I have also considered the cases of AG – v- Associated Newspapers and R – v- McCann.
I have decided that the jury should not be discharged as I am satisfied that the jury will continue to try Mr. Coulson and Mr. Goodman on the evidence that they have heard in court and solely on that evidence. That does not mean that I am not concerned about what has happened in this case. I consider that what has happened is unsatisfactory so far as justice and the rule of law are concerned. The press in court have been extremely responsible in their reporting of this case but when politicians regard it as open season, one cannot expect the press to remain silent. I accept that this case is very unusual if not unique, but the situation could occur again and I would urge that discussions take place to try and set up a better system of dealing with it.
I have considered whether, in the light of what has happened, I was correct to take partial verdicts. I am fortified in what I did by the fact that no counsel has suggested I was wrong even with the benefit of hindsight and by the fact that what I did accords entirely with the Practice Direction which lays down the procedure for taking verdicts and emphasises the necessity for the same procedure to be followed by all Judges. 

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Opposition Leader Ed Milliband had a field day in the House of Commons taking pot shots against Prime Minister Cameron for “Bringing a criminal into No. 1o Downing street”.

The Guardian story:

Andy Coulson, the criminal who had David Cameron’s confidence

Former No 10 spin doctor is found guilty of hacking charge while Rebekah Brooks is cleared of all counts
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The Guardian, Tuesday 24 June 2014 21.32 BST

Andy Coulson, the former No 10 spin doctor, leaves the Old Bailey on Tuesday after being found guilty of conspiring to hack phones. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA
Seven years of deceit by David Cameron’s former director of communications were undone in the Old Bailey on Tuesday, when a jury found Andy Coulson guilty of conspiring to hack into phone messages.

The verdict came at the end of an extraordinary eight-month trial that also saw Coulson’s predecessor as editor of the News of the World, Rebekah Brooks, found not guilty of phone hacking and three other charges. Her husband, Charlie, her former PA and a security guard were also found not guilty of the single charges they faced, as was the paper’s former managing editor.

But the jury’s decision in Coulson’s case prompted Cameron to make a rapid and unreserved apology – while Ed Miliband countered that the verdict demonstrated that “a criminal” had been brought into “the heart of Downing Street”.

The prime minister said he regretted his decision to employ Coulson first as communications director at the Conservative party in 2007, shortly after he left the News of the World after one “rogue reporter” from the tabloid had been jailed over hacking, and take him with him to Downing Street from 2010.

In a statement, Cameron said: “I take full responsibility for employing Andy Coulson. I did so on the basis of undertakings I was given by him about phone hacking and those turned out not to be the case. I always said that if they turned out to be wrong, I would make a full and frank apology and I do that today. I am extremely sorry that I employed him. It was the wrong decision and I am very clear about that.”

Nevertheless, questions remain about the personal judgment of Cameron and whether he put his desire to be close to Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers before a dispassionate judgment of whether it was likely that Coulson as News of the World editor had no knowledge of phone hacking to gather sensational stories.

Miliband was fierce in his criticism of Cameron’s attitude and his refusal to heed multiple “monthly warnings” from 2009, when the Guardian first reported that phone hacking at the News of the World may have been widespread.

Miliband said: “David Cameron has very, very serious questions to answer … we now know he put his relationship with Rupert Murdoch ahead of doing the right thing when it came to Andy Coulson.

“This was not small or accidental mistake. He stuck with Andy Coulson for a long period of time – it was not as if there was not information out there to arouse his suspicions. He was warned by the deputy prime minister, he saw front page stories in newspapers, he was warned by newspaper editors and still he refused to act”

No 10 recognises Cameron faces a few difficult days but believes his error will cause little long-term political damage. The man who recommended hiring Coulson in the spring of 2007, the chancellor, George Osborne, added: “We gave him a second chance but, knowing what we now know, it’s clear that we made the wrong decision.”

There were dramatic scenes outside the court as Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband, Charlie, who was also cleared, left the dock. Coulson stood emotionless as he absorbed the news. Looking faint and close to tears, Brooks walked with the support of the court’s matron and her solicitor Angus McBride.

The Brookses made no comment on the verdicts and left the Old Bailey to be confronted by a phalanx of photographers, TV crews and members of the public as she was shepherded to a waiting taxi. Asked if she had a comment to make, Brooks’s solicitor Angus McBride said she couldn’t say anything because the trial was ongoing, with verdicts still to be reached in charges faced by Coulson and the News of the World’s former royal editor Clive Goodman relating to corrupting public officials.

Coulson’s conviction brings the number of people associated with the News of the World convicted of a hacking conspiracy to five.

Before the trial three former newsdesk executives, including Greg Miskiw and James Weatherup, pleaded guilty, as did the phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire and a former reporter, Dan Evans, who confessed to hacking Sienna Miller’s messages on Daniel Craig’s phone.

Neville Thurlbeck, the News of the World’s former chief reporter and news editor, pleaded guilty after the police found the tapes he had of Blunkett’s messages in a News International safe. Sentencing is expected early next week.

The eight-month trial involving seven defendants came about following revelations first reported in the Guardian in 2009 that News of the World had routinely used hacking to get exclusives on celebrities, sports stars, politicians and royals.

Coulson resigned as editor of the paper in January 2007 after the imprisonment of the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and the paper’s former royal editor Clive Goodman for hacking a limited number of celebrities and royal aides claiming he had to take “ultimate responsibility”. Months later, Cameron in search of a media professional with knowledge of the tabloid newspaper mind hired Coulson after he received assurances from Coulson that Goodman was a rogue.

It was not until Coulson entered the witness box that he dropped the bombshell that not only had he known about the hacking of Blunkett, but he had also listened to tape recordings of the intimate messages the cabinet minister had left on the phone of Kimberly Fortier, the then Spectator publisher. He also admitted lying to Blunkett when he failed to tell him how he knew about the affair when he confronted him at his Sheffield constituency office in August 2004.

Blunkett told the Guardian: “This is clearly not about me. This is about those who never asked to be in the public eye in the first place and who have been subject to the most grievous misreporting, personal misrepresentation and abuse, and now to further public scrutiny, simply because of the actions of people who acted illegally, brought the journalistic profession into disrepute, and put personal success before high standards.”

Born into a council estate in Essex, he became a star showbiz columnist on the Sun and went on to become editor of Britain’s largest selling Sunday newspaper from where he leapfrogged into Downing Street, becoming one of the prime minister’s closest aides.

Brooks’s acquittal will provide some relief for Rupert Murdoch, who once described the woman who rose to be chief executive of his London based News International operation as his “top priority” when the phone-hacking crisis hit the company in the summer of 2011.

Brooks was found not guilty of four charges including conspiring to hack phones when she was editor of the News of the World and making corrupt payments to public officials when she was editor of the Sun. She was also cleared of two charges that she conspired with her former secretary and her husband to conceal evidence from police investigating phone hacking in 2011.

A spokesman for News UK – the British newspaper publishing arm of Murdoch’s media empire – said that they had put in place measures to ensure that the wrongdoing at the News of the World could not happen again.

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Published in: on June 26, 2014 at 02:30  Comments (1)  

Cabinet Reshuffle: Chinese Comeback

PM Najib’s inclusion of the recently validated MCA leaders (from left): Chua Mei Fun, Chua Tee Yong, Wee Ka Siong, Liow Tiong Lai, Lee Chee Leong and Dr. Hou Kok Chung. Hou is the only one in the photo not in today’s Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announces a Cabinet reshuffle, about 13 months after forming his first Cabinet from the mandate of a general election which he led BN as the Chairman on 5 May 2013.

New faces are brought into the Cabinet, although most of them at one time served as Minister and mostly as Deputy Ministers and been hiatus after MCA under then President Dato’ Sri Chua Soi Lek decided stay out of Government due poor performance in 13GE:

Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport. Liow is MCA President.

Dato’ Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister in PM’s Department. Mah is Gerakan President

Dato’ Wee Kah Siong, Minister in PM’s Department. Wee is MCA Deputy President

Dato’ Lee Chee Liong, Deputy Minister MITI. Lee is MCA Vice President

Dato’ Chua Tee Yong, Deputy Minister of Finance. Chua is MCA Vice President

Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Deputy Minister of Women and Family Development. Chew is MCA Vice President.

Mah recently won the Teluk Intan Parliamentary by-election, defeating the DAP experimental candidate, which puts Gerakan back on BN’s map of elected representatives.

This Cabinet reshuffle means that Chinese in Semenanjung are back being represented in the Cabinet. In May 2013, only Paul Low was the sole Chinese member in Prime Minister Najib’s first Cabinet.

After the 2008 12GE, MCA was accorded with the traditional four Cabinet posts where as Gerakan is allocated one. At the time, MCA had still manage to have 15 MPs eventhough is dropped from 31 from the previous GE.

Mah Siew Keong, the new Minister in PM’s Department

In the current 13th Parliament, MCA has only seven elected representatives. On 5 May last year, Gerakan managed only to secure one. Mah as Teluk Intan MP, is Gerakan’s second seat in the Parliament.

The swearing in to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV would be held in Istana Negara on Friday. It is also speculated that Prime Minister Najib would be announcing the second bit of his Cabinet reshuffle soon and this time it is about Ministers and Deputy Ministers from UMNO.

*Updated 2200hrs

MCA expressed its gratification because its party leaders representing the Chinese community and UMNO’s oldest strategic political partner are back in the Cabinet and now part of the most strategic forum formulating macro and strategic policies.

NST story:

Liow thanks Najib for including MCA in Cabinet

25 JUNE 2014 @ 3:27 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the appointment of MCA’s representatives in his cabinet line-up in helping in nation-building.

Liow said the appointment proved that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government led by Najib always strive to practise power-sharing in ensuring a harmonious development of this multi-racial country.

“I thanked and appreciated the prime minister for this newly appointment of MCA ministers and deputy ministers. We will do our level best to perform and serve the nation and move the country forward,” he told Bernama here today.

Liow, who is Bentong Member of Parliament, said, after leaving the cabinet for over a year, there were a lot of things that must be done by MCA’s ministers and deputy ministers to help the prime minister.

“MCA needs to double up the effort to catch up with where we have left, there are many duties and, therefore, I urge all MCA new ministers and deputy ministers to give our level best to play out the role,” he added.

– BERNAMA

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The principle of ‘power-share’ which is the fundamental working relationship between the Malays and Non Malays, particularly the Chinese, has been normalised with this appointment of two MCA and one Gerakan leaders back into the Cabinet as Ministers.

Published in: on June 25, 2014 at 13:15  Comments (8)  

Dirgahayu, A Malay Ruler

HRH Raja Muda Perak Raja Nazrin Shah accompanying His Majesty Seri paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Al Muadzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah paying his last respect

HRH Raja Muda Perak Raja Nazrin Shah accompanying His Majesty Seri paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Al Muadzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah paying his last respect

HRH Raja Muda Perak Tuanku Raja Nazrin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibuddin Shah has been proclaimed 35th Paduka Seri Sultan Perak, assuming the name Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah a few moments before the remains if HRH Sultan Azlah Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzuddin Shah Gharafulullahu-Lah was taken for prayers at Ubudiah Mosque.

Soon after, HRH Almarhum laid to rest at the Royal Mausoleum.

58 years old HRH Sultan Nazrin is a Philosophy, Politics and Economics graduate from Oxford University and obtained MA and Ph.D from Kennedy School of Political Science, Harvard University, is probably the most academically learned Ruler. He is also honoured as a leading geo-political analysts, when appointed Royal Fellow at Institute of Strategic and International Studies.

He often speaks his mind about preserving Islam and Malay identity, tradition and values, in many opportunities to speak and address intellectual discourses. He has so far proven to have played his role as Constitutional Head very well and very firm about the Constitutional Monarchy democratic system.

As a Regent, his speeches about the development of Muslims are strong messages where the international community should take note.

The most remarkable was when Perak was in a deep political mess when DAP-puppet MB Ir. Nizar Jamaluddin and his DAP infested Perak State Government Excos were dismissed by HRH Paduka Seri Sultan on 9 February 2009, convinced that the Opposition lost the majority support in the State Assembly after 3 ADUNs left their respective parties and became pro-BN independent.

He also reminded that the Judiciary is not a platform for political dramas and stunts.

It is without doubt HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Shah thought process and impartiality provided the perfect example for a Ruler in the times of greatness Malay Sultanate.

Hence, he brought the glimmer of hope that the Constitutional Monarchy, Federal Constitution and separation of duties between the Crown, Executive and Judiciary should be preserved and uphold, to ensure stability, harmony, prosperity and progress for nation building process is followed through and the nation be brought to greater heights.

An intellectual. Articulate. Composed. Humble. Compassionate. An obedient son and a family man. A great Regent. Now, a model Ruler.

DAULAT TUANKU

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HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Tuanku Sultan Azlan Shah Ibni Sultan Yusuff Izzuddin Shah

Reliable sources told that HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Tuanku Sultan Azlan Muhibuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yusuff Izzuddin Shah just passed away in Kuala Lumpur. He was 86.

A barrister by profession, he was with the Malayan Judicial and Judiciary Service and appointed a High Court judge in 1965 at 37 years old, at the time the youngest in Commonwealth.In 1973, he was made a Federal Court judge and six years later in 1979, Chief Justice of Malaya, an office which he held until his appointment as the youngest-ever Lord President of the Federal Court of Malaysia on 12 November 1982.

Kissing the Cura SiMajna Kini Keris, which marks the installation of HRH Sultan Azlah Shah as Paduka Seri Sultan Perak

Kissing the Cura SiMajna Kini Keris, which marks the installation of HRH Sultan Azlah Shah as Paduka Seri Sultan Perak

Nine months later, he was made HRH Raja Muda Perak by his uncle HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Tuanku Sultan Idris Almutawakkil Al Lallahi. Another twist fate happened when slightly over seven months later, Tuanku Sultan Idris passed away and HRH Sultan Azlah Shah was appointed by Dewan Negara Perak as the Paduka Seri Sultan.

Five years later brethren HRH Rulers appointed him as His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong IX between 26 April 1989 to 25 April 1994. He hosted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain of United Kingdom and Eire and Commonwealth, and many Presidents and Head of Countries when Malaysia oganised the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 1989.

HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Perak Sultan Azlan Shah at the Lumut Naval base receiving Perdana Class Scorpene submarine KD Tun Razak, which sailed in with HRH Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idrs Shah, Deputy Defense Minister Dato’ Dr Latif Ahmad and Chief of Navy Laksamana Tan Sri Aziz Jaafar, July 2010

HRH Sultan Azlan was a keen sportsman and contributed immensely in the sporting of hockey, bicycle racing and golf. He also played his duty as the Constitutional Head for all military and diplomatic role very well.

He came into the political line of fire when he dismissed DAP-puppet Menteri Besar Ir Nizar Jamaluddin and the DAP led Perak Exco on 9 February 2009 after convinced that the Opposition coalition lost majority support in the Perak State Assembly, with the defection of two PKR and one DAP ADUNs. Instead, he appointed Pulau Pangkor ADUN Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as the 10th Perak Menteri Besar and invited him to form the Perak State Government.

His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong IX with HM Queen Elizabeth II on the state visit to United Kingdom

It became a point of contention from the Oppositions’ perspective where the appointment was challenged in High Court. The process went all the way upto Federal Court where it was ruled that HRH Paduka Seri Sultan lad constitutional powers to dismiss a Menteri Besar when one no longer enjoy majority support in the State Assembly.

*Updated 1545hrs

Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir just officially announced the passing of HRH Sultan Azlan Shah on national TV. His remains would be brought back to Kuala Kangsar and would lie-in-state in the Iskandariah Bukit Chandan Palace Throne Room for the public to pay last respect between 1100am to 200pm tomorrow. HRH Rulers and foreign dignitaries shall pay their respect between 200-300pm.

HRH Sultan Azlan Shah would laid to rest after Asar prayers tomorrow in the Royal Mausoleum

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HRH Tunku Bendahara Kedah Tunku Annuar awarding MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir with Darjah Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) on 20 Jan 2014

Deepest heartfelt condolences to His Majesty Sultan of Kedah and Kedahans for the sudden passing of Almarhum HRH Tunku Bendahara Kedah Tunku Tan Sri Annuar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Chairman of Kedah Royal Advisory Council and Regent of Kedah on very early hours of 21 May 2014.

On 12 December 2011, Almarhum was appointed Chairman of the Council of Regency after HRH Sultan Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badli Shah became Seri Paduka baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIV. Other members of the council include his brothers Tunku Sallehuddin, Tunku Abdul Hamid Thani, and Tuanku Abdul Halim’s daughter Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz.

HRH Almarhum Tunku Bendahara Kedah Tunku Annuar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah signing the instrument of appointment as the Chairman of the Kedah Royal Council and Regent of Kedah

May Allah S.W.T. bless his soul.

Al Fatihah.

The Kedah State Government has not announced the funeral plans for Almarhum. It is expected the State Secretariat would make the official announcement at the first order of the day.

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Striking the balance between journalism, patriotism and commercialisation of media reporting

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin reminded the journalism profession to stay true to their ethics and integrity of professional conduct, amidst mounting pressure to balance between journalism, patriotism and media being commercialised.

TEKS UCAPAN

Y.A.B. TAN SRI DATO’ HJ. MUHYIDDIN BIN HJ. MOHD YASSIN

TIMBALAN PERDANA MENTERI MALAYSIA

MALAM WARTAWAN MALAYSIA 2014

ANJURAN MALAYSIAN PRESS INSTITUTE (MPI)

JUMAAT, 18 APRIL 2014

DI HOTEL ONE WORLD, PETALING JAYA

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
Salam Sejahtera dan Salam 1Malaysia

Yang Berhormat Dato Sri Shabery Cheek,

Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia

Tuan Arif Mahmood

Naib Presiden Kanan, Perancangan Strategik Korporat Kumpulan Petronas

Yang Berbahagia Dato Chamil Wariya

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Institut Akhbar Malaysia

Tan Sri-Tan Sri, Puan Sri-puan sri, Dato-dato, Datin-datin, Dato-dato ketua-ketua pengarang dari pelbagai media, pengamal-pengamal media, tuan-tuan dan puan-puan sekelian

1. Alhamdulillah, pertama-tama marilah kita sama-sama memanjatkan rasa syukur ke hadrat Allah S.W.T kerana dengan limpah kurnia dan izin-Nya jua, dapat kita bertemu pada malam ini bagi menjayakan Malam Wartawan Malaysia 2014.

2. Saya juga ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Malaysian Press Institute (MPI), selaku penganjur majlis ini, kerana sudi mengundang saya sebagai tetamu kehormat dan seterusnya menyampaikan hadiah kepada para pemenang Hadiah Kewartawanan Malaysia 2013 tajaan PETRONAS sebentar lagi.

3. Bagi saya, penganjuran Hadiah Kewartawanan Malaysia (HKM) yang diperkenalkan pada 1980 dan mula ditaja oleh PETRONAS pada 1994 adalah satu usaha murni yang mempunyai matlamat tersurat dan tersirat yang tersendiri dalam mengangkat bidang kewartawanan di negara kita.

4. Secara tersurat, Malam Wartawan Malaysia bukan sahaja diadakan untuk mengiktiraf karya-karya terbaik para wartawan di Malaysia tetapi ia juga menjadi lambang semangat setiakawan yang tinggi dalam kalangan pengamal media di negara ini. Kehadiran para peneraju media dan para supremo editorial pada majlis tahunan ini adalah testimoni nyata hakikat itu.

5. Saya percaya masing-masing berkongsi matlamat yang sama iaitu mahu meraikan kejayaan para wartawan dan jurugambar merangkul anugerah serta membawa pulang hadiah, walaupun kejayaan itu belum tentu lagi milik organisasi mereka. Tetapi atas nama untuk mengangkat profesion wartawan dan meningkatkan mutu karya-karya mereka seperti yang diserlahkan pada malam ini, ternyata mereka nampaknya bersatu hati.

6. Hadiah Kewartawanan Malaysia juga adalah satu wahana untuk mencapai matlamat tersirat kewartawanan kita iaitu untuk memupuk kewartawanan yang bertanggungjawab atau responsible journalism berpaksikan acuan kita sendiri dalam kalangan pengamal media di negara ini.

7. Dalam perjalanan kita untuk membina sebuah negara bangsa Malaysia yang bersatu padu, stabil, aman, makmur dan berjaya, peranan kewartawanan yang bertanggungjawab ini adalah amat penting.

8. Namun saya harus akui bahawa mencapai matlamat tersirat ini adalah lebih payah berbanding memenuhi hasrat tersurat HKM. Barangkali analoginya adalah membina jauh lebih sukar berbanding menghancurkan.

9. Kewartawanan bertanggungjawab adalah untuk membina, menjaga dan memelihara apa yang telah kita bina sedangkan kewartawanan tidak bertanggungjawab adalah sebaliknya – memusnahkan.

10. Bagaimanapun, apa yang melegakan dan membanggakan saya adalah komuniti wartawan di negara ini, terutama dalam kalangan media arus perdana, mempunyai komitmen yang bersungguh-sungguh untuk menjadikan prinsip kewartawanan yang bertanggungjawab sebagai pegangan mereka.

11. Hal ini dapat kita saksikan dalam laporan mereka sewaktu kita menghadapi tragedi kehilangan pesawat MH370 yang sehingga sekarang masih kekal misteri, walaupun sudah memasuki hari yang ke-42 hari ini.

Saudara-saudari sekalian

12. Tragedi MH370 itu telah menarik perhatian media seluruh dunia pada tahap yang belum pernah kita saksikan sebelum ini. Boleh dikatakan sejak 8 Mac 2014 sehinggalah ke hari ini, kehilangan MH370 serta usaha kita mencari dan menyelamat serta cara kita menguruskan krisis itu menjadi makanan ruji liputan media global.

13. Boleh saya katakan laporan mengenai MH370 pada era moden ini lebih mendalam, lebih intrik, lebih misteri, lebih sofistikated, dan jauh lebih komprehensif berbanding dengan laporan media dalam tragedi-tragedi bersejarah lain dan sebanding dengan kisah tenggelamnya kapal RMS Titanic di utara Lautan Atlantik pada 15 April 1912.

14. Ketika tragedi itu berlaku kira-kira 102 tahun lalu, Titanic yang dalam pelayaran dari Southampton, United Kingdom ke New York, Amerika Syarikat membawa 2,224 penumpang dan anak kapal. Dalam tragedi itu, lebih 1,500 orang terkorban. Kisahnya menjadi berita besar di seluruh dunia pada era ketika dunia hanya dihubungkan dengan telegraf dan telefon berwayar.

15. Misteri kehilangan pesawat MH370 bersama 239 penumpang dan anak kapal ketika dalam penerbangan dari Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ke Beijing, China pula telah menarik perhatian komuniti jurnalisme global, daripada akhbar-akhbar, stesen televisyen dan radio serta portal berita di seluruh dunia.

16. Apabila kita meneliti kembali pendekatan kewartawanan dalam pelaporan MH370, kita akan dapati bahawa apa yang dipanggil standard antarabangsa dalam jurnalisme adalah sesuatu yang abstrak, tidak seragam dan tidak konkrit. Sebenarnya, tiada satu panduan yang jelas tentang standard tersebut.

17. Yang tergambar dalam laporan wartawan dan pengamal media mengenai tragedi MH370 ialah elemen patriotisme kumpulan wartawan dari negara-negara yang terlibat dalam pencarian MH370.

18. Wartawan Amerika Syarikat dengan caranya, China dengan pendekatannya, Australia dengan gayanya, tetapi semua wartawan daripada organisasi media yang berbeza itu diikat dengan suatu unsur psikologi yang sama. Mereka bersaing memaparkan kebenaran dengan objektif untuk mengekalkan rating bisnes media, tetapi pada masa yang sama menyerlahkan aspirasi nasional masing-masing.

19. Berdasarkan tingkah laku yang ditunjukkan oleh media-media dari pelbagai negara dalam melaporkan kehilangan MH370, kita harus sedar bahawa kepelbagaian itu adalah sesuatu yang bersifat global. Jadi, janganlah kita terikut-ikut dengan momokan kononnya wujud keseragaman atau standard tertentu kewartawanan. Kononnya set nilai antarabangsa perlu dipatuhi dan dilaksanakan oleh wartawan tempatan di mana-mana negara termasuk di Malaysia.

20. Saya harus menggunakan kesempatan pada Malam Wartawan Malaysia ini untuk memberi pujian dan mengucapkan jutaan terima kasih kepada semua wartawan dan media Malaysia yang terlibat dalam laporan tragedi antarabangsa kehilangan MH370.

21. Anda semua telah memainkan peranan masing-masing dan menjadi penyumbang kepada pembinaan negara bangsa. Adalah jelas bahawa kita bergerak melaksanakan tanggungjawab kepada audiens – dalam bentuk menyampaikan maklumat serta berjuang memaparkan kebenaran -dengan suatu kesedaran nasional.

Saudara-saudari yang dihormati,

22. Saya berharap wartawan di Malaysia sentiasa mempertahankan kepentingan nasional dan bumi yang kita pijak.

23. Akan ada usaha-usaha untuk mendominasi perdebatan mengenai isu-isu yang berlaku dengan sudut pandangan negatif oleh pihak-pihak tertentu dari dalam negara dan juga dari seberang laut, tetapi saya yakin media dan wartawan di Malaysia telah cukup matang untuk menanganinya.

24. Saya yakin komuniti media di Malaysia bersatu hati dalam tugas-tugas memperjuangkan kewartawanan yang kompeten, memiliki jati diri dan progresif.

25. Wartawan Malaysia tidak boleh lagi berasa apologetik apabila mempertahankan kepentingan nasional, kerana seperti yang telah diperlihatkan, media di negara lain juga mempertahankan kepentingan nasional negara masing-masing.

26. Menjadi responsif kepada kepentingan nasional dan memajukannya adalah sebahagian daripada karakter media global.

27. Apatah lagi dengan peledakan perkembangan teknologi informasi komunikasi maklumat, dunia jurnalisme yang menyaksikan kemunculan akhbar-akhbar dalam talian, penyebaran berita melalui twitter juga facebook, maka cabaran mempertahankan agenda nasional sesungguhnya menjadi amat besar. Portal-portal berita dan juga sosial media mengemaskini berita mereka hampir setiap minit. Aliran maklumat menjadi terlalu pantas, informasi samada yang sahih atau tidak disebar kepada orang awam dengan sekelip mata sehingga ada kalanya tidak memberi ruang kepada otak pembaca untuk mencerna intipati yang disampaikan.

28. Saya percaya biar secanggih mana pun teknologi yang digunakan dalam dunia kewartawan baik di media cetak, elektronik mahu pun portal-portal berita, etika serta tanggungjawab anda sebagai wartawan tidak pernah berubah. Arus pemodenan tidak boleh menyanggah prinsip asas pemberitaan yang hakikatnya bersifat universal dan terpakai dahulu, kini dan selama-lamanya. Berita yang ditulis tidak boleh semberono, mesti berpaksikan fakta dan paling penting adil kepada subjek yang ditulis. Kesungguhan untuk memartabatkan profesion kewartawanan dalam menyampaikan maklumat yang adil, tepat, jujur dan sahih harus diberi tumpuan dan penekanan yang jitu.

29. Tuntutan itu sejajar dengan peranan wartawan sebagai cerdik pandai yang tahu apa sebenarnya yang mereka ingin sampaikan. Terlalu ghairah menulis berita tanpa ada usaha untuk memastikan kesahihan fakta dan membiarkan maklumat tersebut sampai kepada pembaca adalah menyalahi etika dan boleh merosakkan profesion sebagai wartawan. Jangan jadi wartawan kering minda atau pun wartawan yang popular kerana menulis berita-berita tidak benar, mengejar sensasi dan didorong oleh agenda tertentu yang kemudiannya tanpa ada rasa bersalah menyebarkan pula kepada pembaca.

30. Peranan media bukan sekadar menyampaikan maklumat terkini kepada masyarakat, malah media juga melibatkan diri dalam pendidikan, perkembangan ekonomi negara, politik semasa, kebudayaan dan hiburan. Tanggungjawab media dalam menyampaikan informasi, mendidik, membentuk jati diri masyarakat dan seterusnya menjadi agen transformasi minda dalam kalangan masyarakat sehingga membentuk sesebuah masyarakat itu yang lebih bermoral, bermaruah dan berdaya saing merupakan prinsip yang harus dipegang teguh oleh pengamal media.

Saudara-saudari yang dihormati,

31. Berada bersama rakan-rakan wartawan pada majlis ini memberikan saya kegembiraan kerana saya dapat merakamkan sendiri penghargaan kepada wartawan dan pengamal media yang begitu banyak membantu pembangunan negara serta menjadi pengkritik yang membina selama ini.

32. Saya sekali lagi mengucapkan tahniah kepada MPI kerana berjaya menganjurkan Malam Wartawan Malaysia 2014.

33. Saya juga ingin mengambil kesempatan ini mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi tahniah kepada semua pemenang yang telah berjaya menghasilkan karya-karya cemerlang dalam pelbagai genre penulisan. Semoga pengiktirafan malam ini dapat meningkatkan lagi kualiti kewartawanan tanah air. Sekian, Wabillahitaufik Walhidayah Wassalamu’alaikum wbt. Terima kasih.

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This message came in the episode over-zestful reporting by media, especially foreign, in the globally shocking yet highly mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines B777-200 scheduled flight to Beijing MH370 on the early hours of 8 March 2014.

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MH 370 missing

Malaysia Airlines B777-200 with Rolls Royce Trent 892 engines, acquired from 1997

Malaysia Airlines B777-200 with Rolls Royce Trent 892 engines, acquired from 1997

Malaysia Airlines B777-200 MH 370 bound for Beijing from KLIA is believed to be missing after two hours flight. The flight is carrying 2 flight crew, 10 cabin crew and 227 passengers went off the radar screen without any distress call.

Exact location has not been determined but  the aircraft is believed to be off the coast of Semenanjung Malaysia and somewhere over the South China Sea closer to Vietnam.

It took off from KUL at 0041hrs and was expected to land in PEK at 0630hrs, which is an hour ago. All communications to contact MH370 failed. HKG air traffic controllers confirmed at 0530hrs that MH370 did not enter Hong Kong airspace. The air traffic controller in Subang delacred code red at 0530hrs. Search and rescue has been activated, to locate the missing aircraft believed in the South China Sea.

The commander of the missing aircraft with tail number 9M-MRO  is believed to be Captain Zahari Ahmad Shah, 53. He is an experienced aviator.

*Updated 0900hrs

NST story:

08 March 2014| last updated at 08:54AM

Malaysia Airlines ‘lost contact’ with plane carrying 239 people: carrier

By HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN | shamira@nst.com.my
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KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today.

The plane was carrying a total number of 227 passengers including two infants and twelve crew members.

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that the B777-200 aircraft had departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41am today and was expected to land in Beijing at 6.30am the same day.

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft,” the statement said.

The airline said they will provide regular updates on the situation.

Meanwhile, the public may contact +603 7884 1234 for more information

Read more: Malaysia Airlines ‘lost contact’ with plane carrying 239 people: carrier – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/malaysia-airlines-lost-contact-with-plane-carrying-239-people-carrier-1.502231?cache=03%2F7.230513%3Fkey%3DMalaysia%2F7.325431%2F7.478238%2F7.478238%2F7.478238%2F7.502513%2F7.502513%2F7.502513%2F7.502513#ixzz2vKT9wHug

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*Updated 1130hrs

Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya’s media conference

This was AJ’s PC 40 mins ago;

MH370 Incident

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are deeply saddened this morning with the news on MH370.

Malaysia Airlines confirms that flight MH370 had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2.40am, today.

There has been speculation that the aircraft has landed at Nanming.

We are working to verify the authenticity of the report and others.

Flight MH370 was operated on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

It departed Kuala Lumpur at 12.41 amearlier this morning bound for Beijing.

The aircraft was scheduled to land at Beijing International Airport at 6.30am local Beijing time.

The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members.

The passengers were of 14 different nationalities – citizens from:-

1. China – 152 plus 1 infant
2. Malaysia – 38
3. Indonesia – 12
4. Australia – 7
5. France – 3
6. United States of America – 3 pax plus 1 infant
7. New Zealand – 2
8. Ukraine – 2
9. Canada – 2
10. Russia – 1
11. Italy – 1
12. Taiwan – 1
13. Netherlands – 1
14. Austria – 1

This flight was a code share with China Southern Airlines.

We are working with authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft.

Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.

The flight was piloted by Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, a Malaysian aged 53. He has a total flying hours of 18,365hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 1981.

First officer, Fariq Ab.Hamid, a Malaysian, is aged 27. He has a total flying hours of 2,763 hours. He joined Malaysia Airlines in 2007.

Our focus now is to work with the emergency responders and authorities and mobilize its full support.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected passengers and crew and their family members.

The airline will provide regular updates on the situation.

The public may contact +603 7884 1234.

For media queries, kindly contact +603 8777 5698/ +603 8787 1276.

Please also log on towww.malaysiaairlines.com for updates.

Next-of-kin may head to the Support Facility Building at KLIA’s South Support Zone. For directions, call 03 8787 1269

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*Updated 1430hrs

Transport Minister Dato' Seri Hishamuddin Hussein giving a media conference at the  media centre in Sama Sama

Transport Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein giving a media conference at the media centre in Sama Sama. Together with him are Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, DG DCA Dato’ Azaharuddin Abdul Rahman and Security of National Security Council Dato’ Mohd. Thajudden Abdul Wahab

In his media conference at 1430hrs Minister of Transport Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed these points:

1. After consulting Chief of Defense Forces, Chief of the Navy and Chief of the Air Force this morning, Malaysian Armed Forces would be deployed in the area where the aircraft at the last known position which is 065515N, 103443E
2. Operation Command Centre headed by DCA Chief Dato Azharuddin Abdul Rahman would co-ordinate all search and rescue operations. OCC would update the media every two hourly.
3. The OCC and all Malaysian Government agencies involved in the operation are working very closely with relevant agencies and governments of Vietnam, The Phillipines and China, through their embassies and foreign offices on the operation to locate, search and rescue of the missing aircraft and if there are any survivors
4. Confirmed that the earlier stories about the ‘Landing at Nanming’ and ‘Debris at an island off the coast of Vietnam’ are not true and cannot be validated

The Minister also added the since the DCA and National Security Council denied the report about debris seen nearer to the Vietnam coast, he has asked the Chief of Navy to work closely with the Vietnamese Navy of the search and rescue.

“Our C130s and EC725s already started the search and rescue operations. All RMN vessels  in the vicinity have also joined the operation”.

He also reminded that public shouldn’t be reckless and over-eager in spreading unconfirmed reports or stories as it would complicate the situation further.

“We will be transparent with this operation. Please liaise with the OCC, which would update the media every two hourly”.

Malaysia Airlines GCEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Head of Engineering Azahari Mohd. Dahlan, DG of DCA Dato’ Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, National Security Council Secretary Dato’ Mohd. Thajuddeen Abdul Wahab and Malaysia Airports Bhd. Director of Operations for KL Dato’ Azmi Murad were present at the Transport Minister’s Press Conference.

“Our sympathies are with the families of passengers and crew of the missing MH370. We would do our best to help them”.

Ahmad Jauhari said an emergency respond team has been activated and the moment are engaging all the family members. Most affected families have been contacted and they have started to come to Main Terminal Building KLIA.

“We would send an aircraft with some of these team very soon, to faciliate all necessary efforts in the operations”.

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Agong: Allah is exclusively for Muslims only

His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badli Shah made it clear that kalimah “Allah” is exclusively for Muslims only.

Agong says ‘Allah’ exclusive to Muslims, cites 1986 fatwa

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong today said several words including “Allah” were the exclusive rights of Muslims, citing a 1986 decree by the National Fatwa Council on their use.

Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, who is also the Sultan of Kedah, said that religious sensitivity must be observed and the status of Islam as the country’s official religion must be respected.

“Confusion and controversy can be avoided if all parties abide by the law and judicial decisions,” he was quoted by the New Straits Times as saying in his speech during an investiture ceremony at Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Setar, today.

The ceremony was in conjunction with the Sultan of Kedah’s 86th birthday.

The Sultan’s speech was read out by the Sultan of Kedah Council of Regency chairman, Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah.

The Sultan, who is presently the head of Islam in Malaysia, said the public should respect religious and social sensitivities, including on the “Allah” issue, to preserve peace and stability in Malaysia.

“Mutual respect of religion and race in Malaysia’s multiracial society has long been the pillar of stability and peace in the country.”

“Without stability, the state and country would descend into a state of chaos. It is also feared that enemies from within would seize the opportunity to implement their agenda.”

He also urged Muslims to reject all other Islamic schools of thought other than Sunni to preserve the interests of the ummah.

“This is of paramount importance to avoid civil war breaking out among Muslims, like what is happening in other Muslim countries,” the Agong said in his speech.

The Sultan’s speech comes against a backdrop of rising religious tension between Muslim and Christian groups in the country over the use of the word “Allah” by Malay-speaking Christians.

Yesterday, Minister the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Nancy Shukri insisted that Putrajaya remained committed to the 10-point solution signed with Sabah and Sarawak, allowing Christians to use “Allah” in the Bahasa Malaysia Bible.

The 10-point solution was announced in April 2011 to resolve the issue on the use of the word “Allah” in Bahasa Malaysia Bible used by majority of Christians in East Malaysia.

Among others, the agreement, drawn up by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala, allows Bible of all languages to be printed locally or imported into the country.

The controversy boiled over again early this month following a raid by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) at the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM), seizing some 300 copies of Malay- and Iban-language Bible and detaining two BSM officials.

Christian and Muslim groups have been at loggerheads after the October 14 ruling by the Court of Appeal, barring “Allah” to the Catholic Church.

The “Allah” row dates back to a 2009 High Court ruling upholding the Catholic Church’s constitutional right to use the word in the Bahasa Malaysia section of its weekly Herald, and has its roots in laws prohibitng non-Muslims from using the Arabic term.

The legal dispute between the government and the Catholic Church is still pending before the Federal Court, which will hear the case on February 24 to decide on whether it would hear an appeal by the Catholic Church. – January 19, 2014.

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His Majesty said this is his titah commemorating his 89th birthday, which was read by Chairman of Kedah Regency Council HRH Tunku Tan Sri Annuar Sultan Badlishah at Istana Anak Bukit, Alor Setar, Kedah.

This is reference to the 1986 National Fatwa Council definition. In 1988, almost all states rectified the Enactment for Propagation of Non Muslim Religions. This is direct reference to existing provisions to safeguard the interest of Malay-Muslim majority as per enshrined by the Federal Constitution Articles 3(1) and 11(4).

This is the highest level titah for HRH Rulers on the definition of kalimah “Allah” exclusively for Muslims only after HRH Sultan of Selangor’s titah on the same matter 6 January 2013.

In his 2012 Christmas Day message, Chinese Chauvinist DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng demanded that Christians be allowed to use kalimah “Allah” in place of God.

The matter of Catholic Church Malay publication Herald to challenge in court Minister of Home Affairs decision to ban the use of kalimah “Allah” in 1986 has been used as a matter of contention to provoke the sentiments of the Malay-Muslim majority. In the same stroke, the matter is used to systematically challenge the sanctity of Islam as the Religion of Federation and position and role of HRH Rulers as Constitutional Heads of Islam.

This had been part of the ‘politics of hatred’ strategy to demonise the authority, which is mainly under the watch of Malay-Muslim power base, to portray the example of ‘The majority oppressing the minority’ when decisions or actions are taken against them. It doesn’t matter is these decisions or actions are within provisions enshrined by the Federal Constitution.

This decree by His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong should provide some bearing on how interpretations of the kalimah “Allah” contention should be made, once and for all.

Published in: on January 19, 2014 at 13:00  Comments (9)  

Strengthening the basics

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UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin in his closure speech at the 64th UMNO General Assembly focused on issues pertaining to education and Islam, as a take away for this year’s meet.

1. All education bureau at division level is to participate in National Education Blueprint. Their role is to get the local community in understanding and roll out of the policy
2. “Lifelong Learning for Islam” introduced in the opening speech of the Wanita, Pemuda and Puteri UMNO general assembly on Tuesday is to use existing community colleges as the platform and special programs instituted
3. Learning of Al Quran in all schools would be intensified and ensure all school leavers khatam the Holy Book by the time they leave school
4. More schemes to convert PTPTN as scholarship would be introduced, based on merit

5. The roll out for school-based evaluation system instead of examination-based evaluation system for the education system

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in his closure speech announced that Maybank would temporarily suspend all commitments affected by home and property owners affected by the flood. A special RM500.00 relief fund would be issued to all affected families.

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