Validated by the ‘Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’

“Ahlan wa sahlan, Your Majesty” is probably what Foreign Minister Anifah Aman uttered whilst shaking King Salman’s hand to greet him

The visiting King of Saudi Arabia His Majesty King Salman Ibni Abdulaziz Al Said validates and backs Malaysia’s effort to  help and alleviate the position of other Muslims, especially downtrodden and dire need of assistance all over the world.

NST story:

Riyadh backs KL initiatives to help Muslims – King Salman Abdulaziz

BY BERNAMA – 26 FEBRUARY 2017 @ 11:29 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia said Riyadh is prepared to support the initiatives undertaken by Kuala Lumpur to help fellow Muslims.

“We want to stress that generally the Saudi Arabian government will always assist in whatever matter to benefit Muslims and help Muslims universally.

“We are ready to extend assistance and all resources that we have to help Malaysia realise its efforts to help other Muslims,” he said in his speech at a banquet at Istana Negara tonight in honour of his state visit to Malaysia.

The Custodian of Two Holy Mosques spoke in Arabic which was translated into Bahasa Malaysia at the banquet which was hosted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V.

The ceremony was part of programmes on the first day of the four-day state visit of King Salman Abdulaziz to Malaysia, his first visit to this country since ascending the throne on Jan 23, 2015.

Also present at the banquet were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Cabinet ministers.

Also present was former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Meanwhile, King Salman Abdulaziz said he was very happy and proud at the level of progress and cooperation achieved in all fields between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

“We hope the cooperation can be continued for the benefit of both countries.” King Salman Abdulaziz also expressed his highest appreciation and thanks to the Malaysian government and the people of Malaysia at the grand welcome and cordial treatment accorded to him. –BERNAMA

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/02/215699/riyadh-backs-kl-initiatives-help-muslims-king-salman-abdulaziz

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The tight and meaningful relationship between Saudi and Malaysia is reflected in the highest nation award bestowed by His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong IV Tuanku Sultan Muhamad V to His Majesty King Salman.

NST story:

His Majesty SPB YDP Along XV Tuanku Sultan Muhammad V bestowed nation's highest award DMN award to His Majesty King Salman Ibni Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

His Majesty SPB YDP Along XV Tuanku Sultan Muhammad V bestowed nation’s highest award DMN award to His Majesty King Salman Ibni Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

King Salman Abdulaziz bestowed nation’s highest award

BY BERNAMA – 26 FEBRUARY 2017 @ 11:19 PM KUALA LUMPUR:

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V today bestowed the nation’s highest award to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud at Istana Negara here.

The Saudi monarch was awarded the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara (D.M.N) at a special ceremony ahead of the state banquet in honour of the visiting King.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi were present.

King Salman Abdulaziz, who is also the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is on a four-day state visit to Malaysia starting today, at the invitation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. King Salman was accorded a state welcome at Parliament Square at the start of his visit earlier today. – BERNAMA

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/02/215697/king-salman-abdulaziz-bestowed-nations-highest-award

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Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak has been introducing the concept of ‘moderate Muslim’ or more aptly, taking everything in balance and moderation, ‘Wassatiyah’.

This centre liberal without sacrificing fundamental values and practices of the faith is a tool to progress Muslims to be more active in gaining the best in the fields and project tolerance in the dynamism of the global world.

The Validation and backing of this by King Salman, who also holds the revered title amongst the Muslims ‘Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ and willingness to make the rare journey to South East Asia where Malaysia is the first stop, a mark of very respect and recognition.

King Salman is also believed to be instrumental in Saudi State Petrol Giant Aramco to invest USD 27 bil in Petronas project RAPID in Penggeramg, South East of Johor is a testimony that His Majesty value the heightened investment and trade with Malaysia.

Reuters story:

BUSINESS NEWS | Wed Feb 22, 2017 | 3:03pm GMT

Exclusive – Malaysia’s Petronas, Saudi Aramco to sign deal on RAPID refinery project

February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo

By Emily Chow and Reem Shamseddine | KUALA LUMPUR
Malaysia’s state oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and Saudi Aramco are expected to sign an agreement to collaborate in Malaysia’s Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project, two industry sources said on Wednesday.

Petronas and Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of Saudi Arabia, appear to be closer to agreeing to terms after sources told Reuters last month that Aramco was suspending a planned partnership in RAPID, a $27 billion (22 billion pounds) refining and petrochemical complex in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor.

An agreement is expected to be signed on Monday, said one of the sources who has knowledge of the matter and declined to be identified, during a visit by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to Malaysia. Neither of the sources had any firm details on the particulars of the agreement.

Saudi Aramco declined to comment and a Petronas spokesman said the company could not “offer any comment at this point in time.”

The Malaysian government said King Salman is expected to arrive in Malaysia on Sunday in the first leg of his tour to Asia. It is Saudi Arabia’s first official visit to Malaysia in over a decade. King Salman will be accompanied by ministers and business leaders.

A business forum is also being planned in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

The RAPID project is designed to process 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil and produce 7.7 million tonnes a year of petrochemicals. The facility is planned as part of Petronas’ Pengerang Integrated Complex that will include RAPID and oil storage facilities.

Petronas had said last month that RAPID is on track for start-up in 2019, and that its development had reached the 54 percent progress mark to date.
The Malaysian state oil firm has been struggling with the slump in global oil prices and has cut its expenditures in the past year. It has also slashed its dividend payouts to the government.

Petronas is expected to announce its fourth-quarter results on March 14.

(Reporting by Emily Chow and Reem Shamseddine; editing by Christian Schmollinger and David Evans)

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It is undoubtedly Prime Minister Najib managed to foster tight and meaningful relationship with King Salman even though His Majesty only ascended to the Saudi throne two years ago.

Unlike Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was the Malaysian Prime Minister for 22 years 3 months and 15 days and often dubbed as ‘Champion of the Islamic countries’ and Chaired the OIC Summit in 2003, never managed to get the Saudi King to come here.

What is interesting, he is still being treated as persona non grata as it is believed he is not invited in any of the ceremonies and events pertaining to King Salman’s historic visit to Malaysia.

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Prime Minister Najib posted a selfie with King Salman in the limousine they are riding together

Prime Minister Najib posted a selfie with King Salman in the limousine they are riding together

It is not a problem to explain the Saudi-Malaysia relationship is all time high.

NST story:

Malaysia-Saudi ties at ‘all-time high’

BY NST TEAM – 27 FEBRUARY 2017 @ 5:51 PM

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today described ties between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia as being at an “all time high”.

Najib also expressed confidence that Saudi Arabian ruler King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s visit to Malaysia will strengthen the bonds between both nations.

“I would say it (the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia) is an all-time high between our two countries.

“And I am confident that King Salman’s visit is not only historic, but will cement and put our relations on a very strong trajectory now as well as in the future.

“King Salman had used the terms ‘the highest ever’ or ‘best ever relations’ between the two countries (in describing the ties between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia),” he said.

Najib was addressing a press conference at Seri Perdana today after hosting an official luncheon for King Salman and Saudi delegates. Najib added that he felt honoured at hosting King Salman in the latter’s visit to Malaysia. He described the bilateral discussions with King Salman as “productive” and that they had covered various aspects, touching on ways to boost relations.

Earlier today, King Salman and Najib had witnessed the signing of four important memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the Malaysian and Saudi governments. The MoUs involve scientific, educational and economic cooperation, labour and human resources, and the exchange of news between Bernama and the Saudi Press Agency.

Universiti Malaya is scheduled to confer an honorary Doctor of Letters on King Salman this evening, while the International Islamic University of Malaysia will be awarding an honorary doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science tomorrow.

King Salman’s is on a historic four-day state visit to Malaysia. Malaysia is King Salman’s first country of visit in Southeast Asia since his ascension to the throne in 2015. The Saudi ruler’s visit is at the invitation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

The last state visit by a King of Saudi Arabia to Malaysia was in 2006 by the late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud. The late King Faisal Abdulaziz Al-Saud made a state visit to Malaysia in 1970. S

audi Arabia is Malaysia’s second largest trading partner in the Middle East. Nearly 60 per cent of Malaysia’s total exports to Saudi Arabia are related to palm oil and palm-based agricultural products, machinery, equipment and parts, processed food and electrical and electronic products.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2017/02/215883/malaysia-saudi-ties-all-time-high

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Published in: on February 27, 2017 at 03:00  Comments (15)  

One Cannot Teach Old Dogs New Tricks

The response of Former Minister of Information and recipient of MPI Tokoh Wartawan Negara 2006 Tan Sri Zainuddin “Zam” Maidin to our story is why there is an idiom, “One can’t teach an old dog new tricks”.

It is clear he completely unable to comprehend what the story is about.

It is us not upto us to teach him comprehension, nor how to read. Especially at this point of time. However, probably it is wise for Zam to be reminded that his gutter tweet about the tragedy in Mahmoodiah is very hurtful.

In his gutter cyber lash against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, Zam should also be seen as insinuating against HRH Sultan Johor Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

It is because this happened “In the era of Najib”. Coincidentally, it is also the era after HRH Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim ascended as the Sultan Johor.

It is tragedy which Zam tried to lowly capitalise for the notion of sowing hate politics towards Prime Minister Najib. That is utter gutter politics unbecoming of him, a man of that stature, despite his attempts to explain it is not.

zainuddin-maidin-tweet

Instead of lashing against Datuk Rocky and us, Zam should take the opportunity to apologise to the parents and families of the teenagers involved in the tragedy. Not forgetting the tragedy of Sultan Aminah Hospital, which Zam also used to swipe in his gutter politics using cybersphere.

He should also unreservedly apologise to HRH Sultan Johor, who was very quick in demonstrating his compassion as a Ruler. HRH Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim is very saddened for both tragedies and shared the pain of his subjects.

Even though Zam is old and probably unable to learn new tricks, it is never to late to show him proper ethics and moral values. More over, a recipient of ‘Tokoh Wartawan Negara 2006’.

May Allah SWT open his heart and accept what he did was wrong and hurting a nation  grieving for both tragedies, is worth all his effort to repent and beg for forgiveness.

Published in: on February 26, 2017 at 00:30  Comments (3)  

The Five Million Ringgit Anti-Murtad Fee

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Former Information Minister and the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) recipient of National Journo Personality award for 2006 Tan Sri Zainuddin “Zam” Maidin should really reflect hard on his recent tendency of gutter politics with anointment of the former for the blasphemy (murtad) Cardinal Principles of Journalism.

If memory serves us right, he received the MPI award in 2006 when he was still serving as the Cabinet Minister in charge of information, where media and press are answerable to him.

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It is irony for the statement he was quoted by Bernama then is against his gutter tweets, upon the tragedy for the teenagers cycling at Mahmoodiah, Johor Bahru a week ago.

It is also believed that the Information Ministry then provided the organisation which gave him the award, a substantial grant.

The fact that as a serving Minister, he was willing to receive an award for an industry he had power of supervision and control itself demonstrated his moral values.

If factor in what his call to bloggers in 2006, it is shocking to see what he is practicing in the cyberspace slightly more than a decade later.

Add his name calling, it is gobsmacking on how low the the seventy seven year old Tan Sri  the messages he was willing to post on his social media account.

It is utter shameful how once a Chief Editor of a respectable Malay daily had reduced himself, all for the notion of sowing hatred politics.

If that is not “Blasphemy to the Cardinal Principles of Journalism”, we don’t know what is in his mind.

Published in: on February 25, 2017 at 02:00  Comments (7)  

Putting Money Where The Mouth Is

Fourth Prime Minister and former Proton Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should put monies raised by him and his own family members to address issues not to his liking and bothering him at the national car corporation instead of making statements.

After all, it is believed that he induced DRB-Hicom to take over the controlling 42.7% of Proton from Khazanah for RM1.3 bil in cash in early 2012, which saw the national car corporation was delisted.

Dr Mahathir assumed the role of Adviser to Proton and is believed to be actively involved in the company.

Ever since the take over, Proton has never improved and continued to bled DRB-Hicom of profitability and liquidity. In May 2014, Dr Mahathir decided to play more active role in Proton by assuming the post of Chairman of the Board.

Proton market share performance

Proton market share performance

Proton’s financial and market share performance continued to slide on a downwards trend even after Dr Mahathir’s active involvement in the policies and decision making of the national car corporation.

He quit on 31 March 2016 after becoming a persona non grata with his voracious attacks against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and the Government.

The Thirteen MillionRinggit Plus Question is if Dr Mahathir felt very strongly about Proton, why didn’t he put his (and his family’s monies and access to fund) money where his mouth is?

The Mahathirs should have raised the funds to pay off Khazanah and now DRB-Hicom and inject the necessary investment and working capital, to take the path on what Dr Mahathir thought it should be for Proton.

It is the only fair thing to do.

Then again, Dr Mahathir has been known to deployed his foul mouth for the wrong reasons, at the wrong place, during the worst times.

HRH Sultan of Johor cided Dr Mahathir in his titah for the third time. This time in Pagoh for the 67th remembrance of Bukit Kepong blood incident, is a more comprehensive telling off for the latter’s manipulation, lies and reversal of statements, policies and principles.

It is obvious Dr Mahathir did not get anywhere with his loud mouth. Probably his money would get him somewhere.

If he is still worth what so many talk about him, especially in the international arena particularly Japan, then with monies he and his family raised to take over Proton, management skill provided by his sons and his clout to Japan automotive industry, should turn upwards for Proton.

He and his sons should tie up the international partner and ensuring the control of Proton is at where he thought it should be and manage against the fears he raised if Proton were to be hived off to foreign parties.

Published in: on February 23, 2017 at 23:30  Comments (1)  

Secularism Emancipated As Muslims

Ladies in Turkish Armed Forces, emancipated

Ladies in Turkish Armed Forces, emancipated

The secular state of Muslims Republic of Turkey founded by modernist Mustafa Kemal Attaturk took almost a century to realise the emancipation of the  rights of Muslims do not impede the national interest, even in tightly regulated military.

BCC story:

Turkey reverses female army officers’ headscarf ban

5 hours ago
From the section Europe

A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government.
The military is the last Turkish institution to see the ban removed. It has long been seen as the guardian of Turkey’s secular constitution.
Wearing headscarves in public institutions was banned in the 1980s.
But Turkey’s Islamist-leaning President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, argues that the ban is an illiberal vestige of the past.
The issue has been controversial in Turkey for many years.
Secularists regard the headscarf as a symbol of religious conservatism and have accused President Erdogan of pushing an Islamist agenda, converting many public schools into religious ones as part of his pledge to raise “a pious generation”.
Pious versus secular in modern Turkey
Over the past decade the ban has been removed for schools, universities, the civil service and in August for the police.
The BBC’s Mark Lowen, in Istanbul, says the secular side of Turkey now feels largely ostracised, accusing Mr Erdogan of governing just for his conservative, religious support base.

Islamic groups have lobbied hard for wider acceptance of headscarves
Rows of policewomen in uniform including baseball caps, at a mass funeral in Ankara for a policeman who died in Turkey’s failed coup. 18 July 2016.Image copyrightAP
Image caption
Women in Turkey’s police and security forces are now able to wear headscarves
The conservatives respond that they were long seen as second-class citizens and the headscarf is an expression of individual liberties.
Our correspondent says that Turkey’s religious-secular divide is as old as the republic itself, but is now arguably deeper than ever.

Media captionHala Hindawi explains why she likes to wear a hijab. Sometimes
The fall and rise of the headscarf
In 2010, Turkey’s universities abandoned an official ban on Muslim headscarves
Three years later, women were allowed to wear headscarves in state institutions – with the exception of the judiciary, military and police. That year, four MPs wore headscarves in parliament
A ban on policewomen wearing the Islamic headscarf was lifted in 2016
Witness: Turkey’s headscarf row
Watch: Indonesian women talk about fashion and the hijab
The new rules apply to regular women military officers, non-commissioned officers and female cadets. They will be allowed to wear a headscarf under their caps or berets as long as they are the same colour as their uniforms and are not patterned, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The military’s opposition to the government’s move has been weakened after President Erdogan’s supporters increased their authority over the armed forces following the failed 15 July coup last year.
The changes will come into effect once they are published in the official gazette.
Turkey has had a secular constitution with no state religion since 1920.
Most people in Turkey are Sunni Muslims.

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This is a landmark progress achieved by Conservative Democrat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the dogmatic military, despite ascended to power sixteen years ago as the Turkish Prime Minister.

The Turkish Military, modelled by former career officer Kemal Attaturk after the fall of the Ottoman Empire post World War I and nationalists taking over the country and turn it into a republic in 1923, has been the custodian of the secularism ideology introduced by Attaturk.

The secularism ideology has been jealously upheld by the Turkish Military, which is the fundamental philosophy and principle of modern Turkey introduced by Kemal Attarturk in 1923.

Globalsecurity.org

Islam and Secularism in Turkish Politics

Mustafa Kemal established the Turkish Republic in 1923 and was later given the name “Atatürk” meaning “Father of the Turks”. His intention was to create a society where there is a separation that allows private life and political life to exist independently. Politics and private life are thus free from religion or free from the tsendency of Islam to seek an all-encompassing role in society. This is in stark contrast to the Ottoman Empire that did, in fact, intertwine religion with society, politics, judicial and military affairs.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk wanted a modern, secular Turkish Republic to replace the failed, theocratic Ottoman Empire. Although most Turks are Sunni Muslims, he believed that the achievement of a modern Turkey required that the conservative restraints of the Ottoman Caliphate and Islamic law be abolished, the role of religion in the state be limited, and ?anachronistic? religious practices ended. Secularism was one of his fundamental principles and is a constitutionally-defined characteristic of the Republic. The institutionalization of secularism has produced tensions between Kemalists and conservative Sunni Muslims, often called Islamists, that continue to resonate in Turkish politics today. The secularists accuse the Islamists of seeking to resurrect a state governed by Islamic law. The Islamists deny the charge, claiming they only want a state based on moral principles. They have formed political parties to advance their ideas, but most have been banned. As Ataturk’s heirs, the Turkish military is the constitutionally-mandated guarantor of the state and it has energetically defended the secular character of the state in recent years.

Prior to the 18th century, the Ottoman Empire was a dominant presence in northern Africa, southeastern Europe, and western Asia that held Islam at its roots. The Empire spread Islamic culture and influence across the eastern hemisphere that still exists today. After the 18th century, the Ottoman Empire began to faulter against the European military and captive nations seeking to regain lost independence. They attempted to modernize their military, but to no avail, and many in the Ottoman empire resisted this attempt at modernizations. Following the disasterous participation of the Ottoman Empire in WWI, Turkish nationalist were brought together by Mustafa Kemal, a member of the nationalist reform organization known as the Young Turks, who created the Republic of Turkey and abolished the temporal and religious ruling institutions of the old Ottoman empire.

In 1922 the new nationalist regime abolished the Ottoman sultanate. The sultan once acted in political, military, judicial, social, and religious capacities, under a variety of titles. He was theoretically responsible only to God and God’s law. In 1924, the regime abolished the caliphate, the religious office that Ottoman sultans had held for four centuries. Thus, for the first time in Islamic history, no ruler claimed spiritual leadership of Islam. Religion had been separated not only from politics, but from public life as well. The withdrawal of Turkey, heir to the Ottoman Empire, as the presumptive leader of the world Muslim community was symbolic of the change in the government’s relationship to Islam. Indeed, secularism became one of the “Six Arrows” (republicanism, populism, secularism, reformism, nationalism, statism) of Atatürk’s program for remaking Turkey. Whereas Islam had formed the identity of Muslims within the Ottoman Empire, secularism was seen as molding the new Turkish nation and its citizens.

Atatürk and his associates not only abolished certain religious practices and institutions but also questioned the value of religion, preferring to place their trust in science. They regarded organized religion as an anachronism and contrasted it unfavorably with “civilization,” which to them meant a rationalist, secular culture. Establishment of secularism in Turkey was not, as it had been in the West, a gradual process of separation of church and state. In the Ottoman Empire, all spheres of life, at least theoretically, had been subject to religious law, and Sunni religious organizations had been part of the state structure. When the reformers of the early 1920s opted for a secular state, they removed religion from the sphere of public policy and restricted it exclusively to that of personal morals, behavior, and faith. Although private observance of religious rituals could continue, religion and religious organization were excluded from public life.

The policies directly affecting religion were numerous and sweeping. In addition to the abolition of the caliphate, new laws mandated abolition of the office of seyhülislam (the ultimate judicial power of Turkey); abolition of the religious hierarchy; the closing and confiscation of Sufi lodges (a spiritual meeting palce), meeting places, and monasteries and the outlawing of their rituals and meetings; establishment of government control over the evkaf (the Muslim institution that regulates religious activity for Turkish Cypriots),which had been inalienable under seriat (Islamic law); replacement of seriat with adapted European legal codes; the closing of religious schools; abandonment of the Islamic calendar in favor of the Gregorian calendar used in the West; restrictions on public attire that had religious associations, with the fez outlawed for men and the veil discouraged for women; and the outlawing of the traditional garb of local religious leaders.

Atatürk and his colleagues also attempted to Turkify Islam through official encouragement of such practices as using Turkish rather than Arabic at devotions, substituting the Turkish word Tanri for the Arabic word Allah, and introducing Turkish for the daily calls to prayer. These changes in devotional practices deeply disturbed faithful Muslims and caused widespread resentment, which led in 1933 to a return to the Arabic version of the call to prayer. Of longer-lasting effect were the regime’s measures prohibiting religious education, restricting the building of new mosques, and transferring existing mosques to secular purposes. Most notably, the Hagia Sophia (Justinian’s sixth-century Christian basilica, which had been converted into a mosque by Mehmet II) was made a museum in 1935. The effect of these changes was to make religion, or more correctly Sunni Islam, subject to the control of a hostile state. Muftis and imams (prayer leaders) were appointed by the government, and religious instruction was taken over by the Ministry of National Education.

A more direct manifestation of the growing reaction against secularism was the revival of the Sufi brotherhoods. Not only did suppressed Sufi lodges such as the Kadiri, Mevlevi, and Naksibend, (three of the 12 branches of the basic dervish orders of Islam) reemerge, but new orders were formed, including the Nurcular, Süleymançi, and Ticani. The Ticani became especially militant in confronting the state. For example, Ticani damaged monuments to Atatürk to symbolize their opposition to his policy of secularization. Throughout the 1950s, there were numerous trials of Ticani(a specific order of Sufi Islam) and other Sufi leaders for antistate activities. Simultaneously, however, some tarikatlar, notably the Süleymançi and Nurcular, cooperated with those politicians perceived as supportive of pro-Islamic policies. The Nurcular eventually advocated support for Turkey’s multiparty political system, and one of its offshoots, the Isikçilar, has openly supported the Motherland Party since the mid-1980s.

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Turkey under Ottoman Empire Sultan Mehmet II managed to defeat the Byzantines’ ‘gateway to the East’ after the fall of Constantinople on 23 May 1453. There onwards, the Sufi Ottoman Empire started to be the master of the Balkans, North Mediterranean, Egypt, Asia Minor all the way to Persia.

It was a new phase of the spread and meteoric growth of modern trade with Europe and the Far East and India. That also provided progress in science, mathematics, technology, astronomy, navigation, arts, technology and the philosophy of religion.

Despite being powerful and more modern against other races such as Germanic, Roman, Viking, Goths, Normans, Gauls, Anglo, Saxons and Huns, Khazars and Mongolian in the east, the rights for women is very limited,

The growing demands of Muslims to be allowed in their faith practices even in official Turkish establishments such as Government, academias and now the military is progressive and getting more popular.

Turkey has been the model ‘moderate Muslims’ amongst the West and this stature earned them political clout to be part of Western Europe private club such as NATO. This is where the confidence on the Turks to uphold national interest over demands of the faith even the Muslim brotherhood is paramount.

In not so many words, Erdogan managed to get the Turkish Military to withdraw their dogmatism against basic rights of Muslims serving the Armed Forces, which is big step towards the interpretation and provisions on human rights from Muslims even in a nation which adopted secularism.

This landmark milestones for the Muslims in Turkish Government, Academia and Military is actually incomparable of what Malaysian muslims trying to achieve to strike the balance between the demand to uphold syariah and the challenges in a multiracial/multifaith country.

At the moment Islamist Opposition party PAS is attempting to introduce a private Bill in the Parliament to empower the shariah courts for higher penalties on felnies convicted against the shariah criminal law, under Enactments of each state of the Federation.

Published in: on February 22, 2017 at 23:59  Comments (3)  

Cermin

Presiden ke Empat Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu dan pengasas Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu (Baru) Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad wajar mencermin diri sebelum mengeluarkan pandangan mengenai ‘Mengkhianati Bangsa’.

Hakikatnya, beliau merupakan pengkhianat teragung Bangsa Melayu dan pengkhianatan ini bertimpa-timpa.

Sepanjang dua tahun ini, beliau tergamak memanipulasi fakta dan cerita, berohong, memfitnah dan mengeluarkan kenyataan menghasut hanya kerana kekecewaan peribadi apabila agenda tergendala dan gagal.

Ini senata-mata Persana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak enggan menuriyi sepenuhnya permintaan beliau.

Dr. Mahathir secara angkuhnya bertindak unilateral sebagai ‘Penguasa’ untuk menentukan apa dasar, perancangan, keputusan, tindakan dan kerjasama yang patut, baik dan wajar dibuat oleh Kerajaan.

Oleh demikian, sekiranya Kerajaan melakukan apa-apa yang tidak secocok dan sehaluan dengan pendapat dan selera beliau dan kritikan terbuka beliau tidak diakur serta merta, maka Dr Mahathir akan memutuskan bahawa Kerajaan salah.

Maka keputusan dan tindakan Kerajaan akan membawa kesan buruk pada rakyat.

Beliau sebagai politikus machiavellian yang licik akan menggunakan pelbagai sudut dan helah politik, agar agenda beliau disaduri sebagai ‘teguran’, ‘menyelamatkan parti’, ‘menjaga kepentingan akar umbi dan rakyat’ dan sebagainya.

Contohnya, diperingkat awal Dr Mahathir rancak berkempen seluruh negara mengkritik 1MDB tanpa bukti kukuh dan fakta sebenar atas helah ‘Bicara Negarawan’, ianya dibuat “Untuk menyelamatkan UMNO”.

Dr Mahathir juga memfitnah Perdana Menteri Najib akan ditangkap dan dakwa apabila melgar negara, akibat skandal 1MDB.

Apabila gerakan bawah tanah beliau untuk Perwakilan Perhimpunan Agung UMNO 2015 untuk secara terbuka mengkritik Presiden UMNO dan Kepimpinan dan ianya akan berguling semakin besar akibat tekanan massa (terutama warga UMNO) gagal, maka beliau cuba menggunakan Parlimen pula.

Objektif pada Disember 2015 ialah untuk sebilangan besar MP BN bersama Pembangkang untuk mengundi “Hilang Kepercayaan” keatas Perdana Menteri Najib. Ianya gagal juga.

Apabila SPRM menghantar laboran siasatan berkenaan 1MDB pada 31 Dis 2015, Dr. Mahathir dengan cepat mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa siasatan SPRM tidak akan dilayan Peguam Negara, sebagai ‘pembuka tirai’. Setelah meneliti kertas siasatan, Peguam Negara memutuskan “Tiada kes”.

Kemudian SPRM mengakui bahawa siasatan mereka sebenarnya tidak lengkap.

Lantas Dr Mahathir mengambil tindakan keluar parti, dengan harapan menjadi titik permulaan agar ahli UMNO untuk memulakan revolusi mendesak Presiden UMNO berundur. Namun, ianya menerima reaksi sepi oleh UMNO.

Pada 4 Mac 2016, Dr. Mahathir mengumumkan kerjasama bersama musuh tradisi Bangsa Melayu sepanjang setengah abad iaitu Lim Kit Siang dan parti Chauvinis Cina DAP. ‘Dekalarasi Rakyat’, yang turut didukung Pembangkang dan actives NGO anti-UMNO juga dilancarkan.

Dalam keghairahan mendapatkan sokongan rakyat, beliau telah berbohong mengenai petisyen ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ akan dipersembahkan kepada SPB YDP Agong dan Raja-Raja Melayu untuk menyingkirkan Perdana Menteri Najib.

Beliau juga mengeluarkan kenyataan bahawa “SPB YDP Agong dibawah tahanan rumah” kerana permintaan untuk mengadap Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim tidak dijawab.

Dr. Mahathir berbohong mengatakan Kerajaan membelanjakan habis duit untuk membeli sokongan. Hakikatnya perbelanjaan 80% duit Kerajaan adalah untuk operasi seperti pendidikan dan kesihatan. Emolumen untuk menampung kakitangan Kerajaan merupakan 38% dari bajet tahunan.

Tulisan blog terbaru mengenai Perana Menteri Najib takut untuk ke PBB merupakan fitnah yang sama, seperti pernah diungkap Dr. Mahathir. Hakikatnya, kes kunun-kunun yang diumumkan Peguam Negara AS Loretta Lynch mewakili DOJ pada Julai 2016 mengenai 1MDB tiada pun tindakan susulan.

Sebagai pemimpin tertinggi UMNO, parti keramat nasionalis Melayu itu terkubur pada 4 Feb 1988. Perpecahan politikus Melayu memuncak dan memberi kesan kepada masyarakat Melayu.

Ini cukup bukti untuk membuktikan Dr Mahathir mengkhianati Bangsa Melayu.

Dr Mahathir melacurkan status Negarawan dengan tindakan fitnah yang berterusan dan bertimpa-timpa. Kedegilan orang yang obessif diluar pertimbangan ini sebenarnya pengkhianatan kepada Bangsa Melayu.

Sultan Johor bertitah murka mengenai Dr. Mahathir juga merupakan pengkhianatkan kepada Bangsa Melayu. Seorang pemimpin wajar beradab dalam berpolitik dan mengelakkan melanggari jajaran seorang Raja Melayu.

Bagi pemimpin Melayu yang beradab dan sepatutnya menunjukkan teladan yang baik dan mulia, insiden dimana Istana Negara menarik balik jemputan majlis pengisytiharan Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV Disember lepas cukup untuk memberi kesan.

Published in: on February 11, 2017 at 03:45  Comments (4)  

The Cost of Manja

The civil service bill

The civil service bill

In moving Malaysia forward not only into the newly developed nation status but a high middle income nation, the rakyat must do their bit together with enthusiasm and not leave everything to the Government to realise, execute and bear the cost.

The Malaysian Government under Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak laid out a target to be a high economy nation with the people able to obtain high income, which should be realised with one of many strategies is the rationalisation of subsidies.

The fundamental philosophy of a ‘Government’ is ‘To provide the things and services that people cannot provide for themselves’.

Let us Malaysians take a close look at that. Do we provide and do things ourselves and minimise the burden to the Government?

As  a general rule, Malaysians don’t. They prefer other people to do these things for them. Conveniently, the Government. Anything and everything, even the petty of things in their daily life, they blame and put the responsibility on Government.

Example like the power consumerism. If there are errant traders who do profiteering, can the consumers do anything about it if they feel they have been bullied or treated unjustly?

Oh yes they can! They can boycott such traders. Even the cartel, if the community which felt unjust.

But do they do that? No. Usually they do nothing but complain. They conveniently  put the burden on Government, to act for them.

“Government should……” is one the most widely used phrase amongst Malaysians all walk of life.

Many of rulings and directives have to be ‘enforced’, which means enforcement officers have to assigned. A quick example is ‘meter maid’ by municipalities and local authorities, to enforce parking rules are observed.

This cost could otherwise be minimised if the people in their earnestness abide by rules without much supervision.

Taken that some essential services involving security such as like military, police, prisons, immigration, coast guard etc. have to be provided and manned by civil servants. However, sort which could be automated with the advancement of technology such as administrative is actually growing.

The work demand partly created by service required or expected to be delivered by the Malaysian public actually saw the civil service growth, both horizontally and vertically. Some ministries even provide three Deputy Secretary General positions, with corresponding Divisional Secretaries and Directors.

This is why the civil service is so enormous. 1.6mil people are employed on behalf of the Government to serve cogs and gears of the nation. Inadvertently, this is why to pay for the civil service cost the Malaysian taxpayers RM93 bil or 35.8% of annual Federal Government budget.

That alone is 78.8% chunk off the revenue collected by Inland Revenue Board of RM118 bil.

This is up and above bills that the Federal Government are already paying (at almost 100%) for the comfort of the rakyat, which is health and education.

The left over from direct taxes collected by IRB in the form of income tax and other taxes is RM25 bil, which is supposed to pay for other expenditures.

High operating expenditures such as paying emoluments and pensions for the civil service also means that lesser could be invested in socio-economic development capital expenditures.

The present ratio of 1 civil servant to less than 20 Malaysians is a little too high. This is even higher ratio than pre-corporatisation and privatisation of services like electricity, water, telecommunications, postal and other services.

Realistically, high civil service bill in annual budget is not a good indicator that the nation had moved forward as a newly developed nation. The economy may qualify to be in the cohort.

However, the attitude of the people is pointing towards that they are not quite independently developed.

Published in: on February 1, 2017 at 22:00  Comments (14)