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Alvivi apologise for offensive ‘buka puasa’ greeting calling it their “stupidest stunt”

Posted: 14 Jul 2013 04:26 AM PDT

(The Star) - Sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee have issued an apology over their offensive Selamat Berbuka Puasa 'greeting', calling it their "stupidest stunt".

In a 1:22 minute video uploaded on their youtube channel SexcussionsAlvivi, the couple apologised for the insensitive posting, saying it was done in humour.

"We are recording this video to ask for forgiveness for offending Muslims in this holy month of Ramadan," said Tan in the video.

"We sincerely regret offending religious beliefs and sensitivites in multi-cultural Malaysia," he added, speaking in Malay.

He said that they had no intent to insult or ridicule the Muslim faith, nor incite racial conflict.

He ended the video by saying "selamat Aidilfitri dan maaf zahir batin (happy Aidilfitri and apologies for all discretions)".

Though present, Lee did not speak during the video.

In a 9.10pm post on their twitter @AlviviSwingers, the couple tweeted "I think this "halal pork for Ramadhan" stunt was the stupidest one we ever pulled. Even I had to admit it. We, were, wrong."

On Thursday, the duo uploaded a picture earlier this week depicting them eating bak kut teh and describing it as 'wangi, enak, menyelerakan' (fragrant, delicious, appetising).

The picture also had a 'halal' logo in the corner.

They were panned online for their insensitivity and receiving a warning from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

They removed their offensive posting shortly after, replacing it with a picture of them eating ketupat, rendang and curry puffs.

However, their Facebook page had since been removed entirely.

According to their twitter, Facebook administrators had done so due to "strong negative feedback".


Couple who humiliated Ramadan to give statement at MACC today

Posted: 14 Jul 2013 04:00 AM PDT

(Bernama) - Two individuals who humiliated the Islamic month of Ramadan are expected to be at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) office today to give their statements.

MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, in a statement today, confirmed that Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee had been called by the commission to have their statements recorded to facilitate investigation.

Tan and Lee had uploaded in their Facebook website photographs of dishes with caption that touched the sensitivity of Islam in the country.

In another case, also involving the uploading in Facebook, of a photograph of a roast piglet which carried the halal logo, Mohamed Sharil said the owner of the Facebook account was neither a Malaysian nor residing in the country.

"We have reported the matter to Facebook to request them to block or delete the account," he added.

Mohamed Sharil advised the public to immediately report to the Facebook administrator if there were instances of people insulting the sanctity of Islam on the social website.

Meanwhile, following much protest from various quarters, Tan and Lee had apologised for their action through a video recording which was uploaded on YouTube this afternoon.

In the video recording, which was in Malay and with English subtitle, Tan said they had no intention of insulting, humiliating or making a mockery of Islam, as well as to create racial tension.

"We regret our action in not respecting the religious belief and sensitivity in Malaysia's multi-racial society," he said.  


Catholic Envoy in Malaysia Runs Into First Dustup

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 06:54 PM PDT

(The Wall Street Journal) - The Vatican's new envoy to Malaysia called for interfaith dialogue this week but instead found himself taking a tongue-lashing by two Muslim groups.

The dustup happened after Archbishop Joseph Marino gently weighed into a fire-hot court case in Muslim-majority Malaysia over whether non-Muslims should be able to use the word "Allah." The local Catholic Church's newspaper had used the word "Allah" — the word Muslims use for God — leading to a case that it won at a mid-level court in a ruling that is under appeal.

In an interview Thursday with a small group of reporters, including from The Wall Street Journal, the archbishop said he supported the arguments in a fact sheet put out by the Christian Federation of Malaysia on why  Christians should be allowed to use "Allah."

"In terms of how they presented the arguments in favor, it seems to be quite logical and acceptable," he said.

Two local online news outlets invited to the talk characterized his comments as supporting the use of "Allah."

That drew a strong response from the far right group Perkasa and  a newly formed Muslim NGO Jati. The groups demanded the envoy retract his statement or else they would ask for the government to close the embassy and ask the envoy to leave the country, according to The Malaysian Insider.

It's unclear whether the tussle will undermine the archbishop's stated goals of helping nurture interfaith harmony.

Muslims and Christians have largely lived in harmony in Malaysia, but tensions have grown in recent years. Of Malaysia's 28 million people, Christians make up about 9 percent of the population, while Muslims are 61% of the population.

The 60-year old Roman Catholic archbishop Marino arrived in Malaysia in mid-April as the first papal ambassador or apostolic nuncio to Malaysia. In the interview in his embassy's living room and a talk afterwards with The Wall Street Journal, he touched on topics ranging from the meaning of God to his love of mystery novels, and Dan Brown in particular. He also has yet to try durian, the stinky fruit that people tend to either love or hate.

He described his primary role as being "the constant link between Pope Francis and the local Catholic community, primarily to the bishops."

He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in January, two years after Malaysia established diplomatic ties with the Vatican.

Archbishop Marino  is no stranger to living in a Muslim majority country. Prior to his posting here, he was the Holy See's envoy to Bangladesh for five years.

"The first thing I came to learn was the beauty of Islam, and it is indeed a religion of peace and harmony," he said. "Its spiritual components of seeking God are profound. That was the joy that I have, if I may say, with my deep contact with Islam in a country that is predominantly Muslim."

Having served in Bangladesh for so many years, Archbishop Marino has developed a deep interest in inter-faith dialogue, he said, something which the small Christian community there was very active in.

In Malaysia, Archbishop Marino said he was eager to be a part of any inter-religious dialogue.

He said that inter-religious dialogue it is a gift to society because it assures society that religion will never be a source of discord.

"Religion cannot be a source of discord. It is against the very  nature of religion that we fight over religion. It is against the very nature of God. … So not only is inter-religious dialogue something among peoples of faith, it is also something that peoples of faith give to society – harmony , tolerance, living together, working together."


Read more here: http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/07/13/catholic-envoy-in-malaysia-runs-into-first-dustup/


Voters your masters, PAS tells Ahmad Said after ‘stingy’ rebuke

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 05:53 PM PDT


(The Malay Mail) - The BN administration in the east coast state is now clinging on by one seat in the 32-spot assembly, after it won just 17 seats to Pakatan Rakyat's (PR) 15 in Election 2013

The BN administration in the east coast state is now clinging on by one seat in the 32-spot assembly, after it won just 17 seats to Pakatan Rakyat's (PR) 15 in Election 2013 - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/voters-your-masters-pas-tells-ahmad-said-after-stingy-rebuke?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.cRY3J4vk.dpuf
Datuk Seri Ahmad Said was today reminded  that the government was subservient to voters rather than the opposite, a day after the Terengganu mentri besar chided the state's voters for being "stingy" in their support for Barisan Nasional (BN).

While launching a low-cost housing project yesterday, Ahmad Said had categorised Terengganu voters as ungrateful despite the aid that he said has been lavished upon them.

"Please look at your own performance before you blame the people ... It is not acceptable to blame the people in a democracy, since the people are the masters," PAS's Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad told reporters here today.

The PAS central working committee member said that BN's dismal performance in the 13th general election was an indicator of the people's disenchantment.

The BN administration in the east coast state is now clinging on by one seat in the 32-spot assembly, after it won just 17 seats to Pakatan Rakyat's (PR) 15 in Election 2013. One of its assemblymen died last month, triggering the July 24 by-election that will determine if the government stands or falls.

Today, PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub highlighted the fluid nature of Terengganu voters, pointing out that BN had previously managed to win the 2004 and 2008 general elections comfortably.

BN had wrested Terengganu back from PAS's short-lived rule in 2004 under the leadership of former mentri besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. BN won 28 seats compared to PR's four.

Despite keeping Terengganu in 2008, BN had won fewer seats, taking 24 to PR's eight.

This later fell to the precarious 17-seat win in 2013, for which Ahmad reprimanded Terengganu residents yesterday, blaming them for leaving his administration at risk of what could be Malaysia's first-ever hung assembly.

"The government has never tricked the people ... But the people are actually too 'kedekut' (stingy) to give their votes to BN," Ahmad said during the launch of a low-cost housing project here.

"Sometimes the Terengganu folks, I don't know, when you promise them the moon, the stars, the heavens, they forget the deeds of BN."

Kuala Besut is considered an Umno stronghold, as it has won there by over 2,000 votes in the previous two elections. But the party and the larger BN coalition are sparing no effort to ensure that it does not fall into PR's hands.

BN's Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman will face local boy from PAS, Azlan Yusof, for the Terengganu state seat in the July 24 by-election which was called following the death of Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar on June 26 from lung cancer.

In Election 2013, Dr Rahman had defeated PAS's Napisah Ismail with a comfortable 2,434-vote majority. The state seat has 17,679 registered voters, of which 98 per cent are Malays.

Muslim group claims Vatican man broke ‘consensus’ on ‘Allah’

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 05:37 PM PDT


File picture of His Excellency Most Reverend Joseph Marino (Titular Archbishop of Natchitoches Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia)

(The Malay Mail) - Temperatures have once again risen as the government's appeal against the contentious 2009 High Court decision upholding the Catholic Church's constitutional right to use the word "Allah" is due to be heard after a four year hiatus.

The Vatican ambassador to Malaysia has come in for more tongue-lashing after broaching the "Allah" controversy, with the Malaysian Islamic NGO Consultative Council (MAPIM) accusing him of not respecting the local "consensus" granting Muslims exclusivity to the Arabic word.

On Thursday, Archbishop Joseph Marino, the first papal envoy to Malaysia, told the press at a gathering here that the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) has presented a "logical and acceptable" factsheet to counter the allegations by some hardline Muslims here that "Allah", a word of Middle Eastern origin, was exclusive to Islam.

For that, he has been criticised by far-right Muslim groups that are demanding a retraction or his expulsion from Malaysia.

"Broadly speaking, the word Allah is used non-Muslims in the Arab countries, but not in Malaysia. Malaysia has a 'limit' on the use of the word Allah," Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid, the president of MAPIM, was quoted as saying last night by Sinar Harian.

"The Vatican statement is contrary to the 'consensus' in Malaysia that 'Allah' is used specifically for Muslims in this country."

It is unclear what "consensus" Mohd Azmi was referring to.

In 2011 and just ahead of the Sarawak state election, the Najib administration issued a 10-point resolution for east Malaysia to end a Home Ministry blockade against shipments of Malay-language bibles into the country then.

In it, the Cabinet, through Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jala, said the considerable Bumiputera Christian population in Sabah and Sarawak could use their Holy Scriptures in the Malay and indigenous languages.

The 10-point resolution is held up by Christians in Malaysia as official affirmation of their right to use the word "Allah" in a non-Muslim context, in addition to the 2009 High Court ruling that sparked off the controversy.

Separately, the news portal reported the head of Muslim group Muafakat, Ismail Mina Ahmad, as demanding action against Marino over the remarks.

"He made a statement about the use of the word 'Allah' that is now before the courts here; he is in contempt of court. At the same time, the Vatican is promoting inter-faith dialogue," Ismail told the news portal.

"This shows double standards as his statements favour one side."

Temperatures have once again risen as the government's appeal against the contentious 2009 High Court decision upholding the Catholic Church's constitutional right to use the word "Allah" is due to be heard after a four year hiatus.

In 2009, the decision had shocked Muslims who considered the word to only refer to the Islamic God. It also led to Malaysia's worst religious strife, with houses of worship throughout the country coming under attack.

Putrajaya later decided to appeal the decision but the matter was left to fester until now, over four years later, allowing opposing sides to harden their stances.

Muslims are dominant religious group and represent over 60 per cent of Malaysia's population of 28 million, while Christians make up less than a tenth of the number.

Statistics: Muslim countries, the most protective of women’s "honor," have one of ...

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 05:16 PM PDT


The High Rape-Scale in Saudi Arabia

(Atlas Shrugs) - Bear in mind when considering these numbers that rape is not even considered a crime in many Muslim countries, so these numbers do not accurately reflect the true horror.

Bear in mind when considering these numbers that rape is not even considered a crime in many Muslim countries, so these numbers do not accurately reflect the true horror.

The silence and sanction of the left is a secondary human rights abuse.

"Muslim countries, the most protective of women's 'honour', have one of the highest rape scales in the world" The Muslim Issue, July 11, 2013 (thanks to Inex) 

Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most conservative countries in the world, especially in regard to the status of women. Saudi Arabia is an extreme Islamic country where its legal code is based on Shari'a Law. They therefore believe that there is no separation between church and state and the state's laws are heavily based on Islamic teachings. Because of this strict Islamic culture, women in Saudi Arabia are treated and acknowledged very differently than the women who live in the west. For example, in Saudi Arabia, there are laws that require women to wear a hijab, a head scarf, as well as dress in loose, long garments that do not show the shape of the woman's body. To do so would be shameful and secular. There are other laws such as this one that are meant to protect the virtue of women in Saudi Arabia.

 Read more at http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/07/statistics-.html

Anifah Completes Tour To Promote 'Global Movement Of The Moderates'

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 05:03 PM PDT


(Bernama) - The 'Global Movement of the Moderates' is an initiative of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that calls for combating the scourge of extremism in five broad areas - peaceful co-existence, democracy and rule of law, finance, education and conflict resolution.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has completed a three-nation European tour to promote Malaysia's 'Global Movement of the Moderates' initiative and strengthen bilateral relations.

He concluded the seven-day tour in Warsaw after a two-day visit to Poland from July 11, following visits to Latvia and Russia.

Wisma Putra said in a statement Sunday that in Warsaw, Anifah had a meeting with Poland's Foreign Affairs Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and the two leaders reaffirmed their countries' commitment to strengthen relations.

They concurred that both countries should encourage more frequent exchange visits and undertake greater efforts to enhance cooperation in various fields, including trade and investment, education, tourism, defence, green technology and 'halal' certification, it said.

Anifah also hosted a Ramadan breaking-of-the-fast for the Malaysian community, including students and staff of the Malaysian embassy, in Warsaw, it added.

The 'Global Movement of the Moderates' is an initiative of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that calls for combating the scourge of extremism in five broad areas - peaceful co-existence, democracy and rule of law, finance, education and conflict resolution.


Kelantan Umno grooming ulama as leaders for next elections

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 03:18 PM PDT

(Bernama) - Kelantan Umno is nurturing a second echelon of leaders from among ulama (religious scholars) in preparation for the 14th general election five years from now.

Kelantan liaison committee chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said it was identifying potential leaders to take up positions in the party's divisions.

"We want to bring up as many of these leaders as possible," he told reporters after breaking fast and handing over contributions at the Bukit Nangka Umno Complex in Jeli last night.

He added that the 2,204 Umno branches in Kelantan will hold their delegates meetings between July 16 and August 31 while the 14 Umno divisions are to do so after Hari Raya, which is likely to fall on August 8.


Across the causeway, Singapore’s top cop expresses sorrow to murder victim’s family

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 12:37 PM PDT


Iskandar Rahmat (second from right) arrives at the Police Cantonment Complex yesterday after being brought back to Singapore from Johor, where he was arrested on Friday night.  

(TMI) - The fact that the suspect is a police officer gave my investigators even greater resolve and determination to solve this case. I commend them for going about their duties in a thoroughly professional manner, and for being ultimately successful in capturing their target.

Too defensive. Too slow to say sorry. These are the criticisms levelled at the Royal Malaysia Police when the issue of custodial deaths or corruption among the men in blue is discussed. Across the causeway, a Singapore police officer was arrested for the heinous murder of a father and son. The Malaysian Insider reproduces the heartfelt sentiments from Singapore's top cop who pledges firm action to rebuild trust.

Today is a sad day for the police. Today, we have arrested a murder suspect who is also a policeman. The police have brought into custody Iskandar Rahmat, 34, a Singaporean male, a police officer attached to Bedok Police Division. He will be charged for the brutal murders of Tan Boon Sin and his son Tan Chee Heong at Hillside Drive.

I cannot remember the last time a murder suspect was also a police officer. You may have seen this kind of thing depicted in the movies and on TV, but when it happens for real, it hits you like a freight train.

After the shocking events of Wednesday afternoon, police investigators worked tirelessly around the clock to, first, identify the perpetrator, and then, to hunt him down.

When I was first told that the murder suspect could be one of our own, my initial reaction was disbelief, swiftly followed by anger and anguish. This was the same gamut of emotions police investigators had to deal with in the last few days as they pursued the suspect.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/in-singapore-disbelief-turns-to-anger-anguish/ 

After Perkasa, now Christian group wants PM’s backing on ‘Allah’

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 12:14 PM PDT


(The Malay Mail) - A Christian group has pressed Datuk Seri Najib Razak to state his support for their right to use the word "Allah", a day after far-right group Perkasa made an opposing call for Muslims.

While the urgings may appear superficial, they expose the schism between two of the country's main religions that formed in 2009 when the High Court ruled in favour of the Catholic Church and said the Middle Eastern word "Allah" was not the exclusive right of Muslims — and which deepened when the government's appeal was left to linger.

Yesterday, Perkasa told Najib (picture) to display "some firmness as prime minister of Umno and someone who is a Muslim" following reports that the Vatican's first ambassador to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino, had described as "logical and acceptable" the arguments made by the local Catholic Church regarding its legal claim to use the word "Allah".

"I strongly feel that the PM should make a clear stand that non-Muslims have the right to use Allah," Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) general secretary Rev Dr Hermen Shastri told The Malay Mail Online in a text message yesterday.

"Nowhere in the world are Christians denied this right and, more so, the PM himself has allowed Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to use the word," added the representative of the umbrella body of Protestant churches.

In 2011 and just ahead of the Sarawak state election, the Najib administration issued a 10-point resolution for east Malaysia to end a Home Ministry blockade against shipments of Malay-language bibles into the country then.

In it, the Cabinet, through Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jala, said the considerable Bumiputera Christian population in Sabah and Sarawak could use their Holy Scriptures in the Malay and indigenous languages.

Despite the resolution, the matter remains a thorny issue in the peninsula, where the dominant Malay-Muslim community is fiercely protective of the word "Allah" that they say was solely theirs to use.

This was again apparent on Friday, when Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali told Najib to be "firm when defending the sanctity of Islam".

Read more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/after-perkasa-now-christian-group-wants-pms-backing-on-allah 

Nations Buying as Hackers Sell Computer Flaws

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 12:11 PM PDT


Luigi Auriemma looks for flaws in computer codes that his customers can exploit. 

(The Telegraph) - Malaysia and Singapore, are buying, too, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

On the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, two Italian hackers have been searching for bugs — not the island's many beetle varieties, but secret flaws in computer code that governments pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to learn about and exploit.

The hackers, Luigi Auriemma, 32, and Donato Ferrante, 28, sell technical details of such vulnerabilities to countries that want to break into the computer systems of foreign adversaries. The two will not reveal the clients of their company, ReVuln, but big buyers of services like theirs include the National Security Agency — which seeks the flaws for America's growing arsenal of cyberweapons — and American adversaries like the Revolutionary Guards of Iran.

All over the world, from South Africa to South Korea, business is booming in what hackers call "zero days," the coding flaws in software like Microsoft Windows that can give a buyer unfettered access to a computer and any business, agency or individual dependent on one.

Just a few years ago, hackers like Mr. Auriemma and Mr. Ferrante would have sold the knowledge of coding flaws to companies like Microsoft and Apple, which would fix them. Last month, Microsoft sharply increased the amount it was willing to pay for such flaws, raising its top offer to $150,000.

But increasingly the businesses are being outbid by countries with the goal of exploiting the flaws in pursuit of the kind of success, albeit temporary, that the United States and Israel achieved three summers ago when they attacked Iran's nuclear enrichment program with a computer worm that became known as "Stuxnet."

Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/world/europe/nations-buying-as-hackers-sell-computer-flaws.html 

TPPA protest reflects Malaysia’s fall from grace

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 12:09 PM PDT


(TMI) - Do we still want to be known as a low-cost producing nation when the government is pushing for a high-income economy by 2020? Will we do it at the expense of weakening our ringgit and by looking for low-cost labour and exempting them from minimum wage policies?

The mounting protest against Malaysia agreeing to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has one thing right - that Putrajaya should reveal all details of the trade pact that could be sealed as early as October 2013.

And explain what are the real benefits of the pact against the possible losses when having a free trade group among 12 nations rather than remain silent and say it would be good for Malaysia as it wants more market access under the TPPA.

But the critics - ranging from business groups, political parties to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad - are wrong about still protecting uncompetitive industries, guaranteed government procurement and the fear of rising prices for drugs and other goods.

The most eloquent tirade has been by Dr Mahathir (pic), reflecting the opaqueness by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry in releasing details of the TPPA mooted at the sidelines of APEC 2011.

The country's longest-serving prime minister's arguments reflect how far Malaysia has fallen among its neighbours with uncompetitive businessmen still hankering for  protection in an age of open markets and a rising cost of living due to a weak currency.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/tppa-protest-reflects-malaysias-fall-from-grace 

Iraq: 21 dead as bomb blasts strike Sunni mosques in Baghdad

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 12:07 PM PDT


(The Telegraph) - Bombs have exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Baghda, killing at least 21 people leaving prayers and extending a wave of daily violence rippling across Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

A separate attack at a funeral northeast of the capital killed at least three others.

Police said the first Baghdad blast went off around 10pm near the gate of the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in the capital's southern Dora neighbourhood, a largely Sunni Muslim area. It struck just after the end of special late-evening prayers held during Ramadan.

At least 16 people were killed and 31 were wounded, police said. A hospital official confirmed the casualty toll.

Soon after, a car bomb exploded at another Sunni worship center, the Mullah Huwaish mosque, in the Hay al-Jami'a area in western Baghdad. That blast killed five and wounded 19, according to police and health officials.

Iraq is weathering its worst eruption of violence in half a decade, raising fears the country is heading back toward the widespread sectarian fighting that peaked in 2006 and 2007. More than 2,600 people have been killed since the start of April.

The pace of the bloodshed has picked up since Ramadan began on Wednesday, including a suicide bombing at a coffee shop in the northern city of Kirkuk late Friday that killed dozens.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the recent wave of attacks.

Sunni extremists, including al-Qaeda's Iraq branch, frequently target Shias, security forces and civil servants in an effort to undermine the Shia-led government in Baghdad. They also could be behind Saturday's attack on the Sunni mosques, hoping that the bombings will spark a sectarian backlash against Shias.

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10178358/Iraq-21-dead-as-bomb-blasts-strike-Sunni-mosques-in-Baghdad.html 


The Red Bean Army witch-hunt

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 11:58 AM PDT


(FMT) - The BN government is all riled up with the RBA alleging that it has demeaned the police profession. But what does the rakyat make of cops who do everything wrong by the book?

If BN thinks it can mislead the rakyat by tricking them into believing the Red Bean Army is the real threat back home, it is mistaken.

The federal government seems to be in a disarray, going by its classic sense of missing the woods for the trees.

Instead of tackling the hard-pressed issues beleaguring the rakyat, the Barisan Nasional government has decided it has a bigger battle to fight – that too against an entity called the Red Bean Army, whom BN claims is opposition DAP funded and supported.

So much so that BN is accusing DAP of spending RM100 million since 2008 to fund the Red Bean Army – a claim that remains unsubstantiated and has been refuted several times by DAP's national advisor, Lim Kit Siang.

Still, BN refuses to pay any heed to the fact that DAP has no hand in sponsoring anything called the 'Red Bean Army' (RBA).

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has gone on to say that the government will come down hard on the RBA, including using the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998; the Penal Code; and Facebook to counter it and others who use the Internet to defame the police force.

"There are two ways to take action against cases of defamation. One, criminal action, two, civil action," the Home Minister told the Dewan Rakyat today during a question session on Wednesday.

The BN government is sore that the RBA, an alleged group of opposition-funded cyber troopers and its ilk have been continuously spreading lies about the police on the Internet. 

Read more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/07/14/the-red-bean-army-witch-hunt/ 

Panties and skimpy dress talk in Parlliament

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 11:57 AM PDT


(FMT) - Instead of debating on bills, our distinguished lawmakers are more interested in frivolous matters.

After three weeks of the new parliament session the debates on bills was not the talking point but, rather it was on panties and scantily dressed women.

Even though it was the start of the fasting month, the sexist remarks did not let up. It started on the very first day of the fasting month when Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan, Rantau Panjang MP Siti Zailah Mohd Yusof and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh telling us how life would be better without "shit-stirrers", "short pants" and "men who ask women to flash panties".

Ku Nan got the ball rolling in the morning by calling the opposition "shit-stirrers", as he slammed them for allegedly inciting chaos in his bid to justify the need for Sedition Act 1948. He said: "We have shit-stirrers now, the shit-stirrers are the opposition. They try to stir things up until there is a chaotic situation in our country." 

Read more at: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/07/13/panties-and-skimpy-dress-talking-point-in-parlliament/ 

MCA wants TITAS to include other faiths

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 11:55 AM PDT


(The Malay Mail) - Making the Islamic and Asian Civilisation Studies (TITAS) subject compulsory for all Malaysian tertiary students will foment religious tension as it focuses on just one creed, MCA said today.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) component party called for the TITAS subject to be expanded instead to include other major religious civilisations, after the Education Ministry announced recently that the controversial subject would be mandatory for all local students at private institutions of higher learning (IPTS), regardless of their religion, starting in September.

"By making it compulsory for students to study only on one religion, it will aggravate racial and religious relations and create prejudice and narrow-thinking people," MCA publicity bureau chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie said in a statement today.

"If our students are only limited to studying Islamic civilisation, this will prevent students of other races from learning more about the other major religions and civilisations of the world," she added. "This is not good in the long run as not only will it harm our racial harmony, but it will also reduce Malaysia's competitiveness."

She stressed that studying about Islam solely was not conducive to Malaysia's multi-cultural society, which includes other religious minorities like Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and more.

"Thus, the government should focus on creating a harmonious, stable and united country instead," said Heng.

Read more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mca-wants-titas-to-include-other-faiths 

Greenpeace links Sime unit to Riau fires, slams palm oil group

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 11:53 AM PDT


(The Malay Mail) - Environmental activist movement Greenpeace has released data purportedly showing the presence of hotspots within the land of a Sime Darby subsidiary in Indonesia that was previously given the all-clear by a palm-oil industry group.

At the height of the haze crisis last month, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) told five member firms to provide satellite maps to be used to judge their role in the haze crisis choking the region.

Malaysia's Tabung Haji Plantations, Kuala Lumpur Kepong and Sime Darby along with Indonesia's PT Sinar Mas were later given a clean bill of health. Jatim Jaya Perkasa was initially cleared but this was later retracted after it  was found that the data it provided was unusable.

But with Indonesia announcing on Friday plans to charge a KL Kepong subsidiary for illegal burning and Greenpeace now providing maps allegedly showing burning in the Sime Darby unit's compound, the RSPO's actions in "clearing" its member firms accused of contributing to the deadly haze choking region has come under fire.

"[The RSPO] has failed to tackle its members' role in creating the conditions that led to such a disaster, nor has it held companies accountable for the impact of their operations," Bustar Maitar, head of Greenpeace's Indonesia forest campaign, was quoted as saying by The Guardian in the UK.

According to the report, Greenpeace said its data indicated the presence of almost 100 hotspots on Jatim Jaya Perkasa property, and over 20 in the estate operated by Sime unit Bumireksa Nusasejati.

Sime previously said its data only showed three such spots in its subsidiary's compound, adding that these were inside the concession areas but located outside the company's operating area as the areas were local communities, who occupied and planted both cash crops such as corn, sugarcane and pineapple as well as perennial crops such as coconut and areca nuts.

The activist group took further aim at the RSPO for only hauling up firms when these were publicly implicated, instead of auditing all its members located within the affected region.

Read more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/greenpeace-links-sime-unit-to-riau-fires-slams-palm-oil-group 

'BN policies in line with Islam'

Posted: 13 Jul 2013 11:48 AM PDT

(NST) - Govt fulfils duties, based on teachings of Islam, says Muhyiddin

BESUT:  DEPUTY Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday said Muslims who opposed the Barisan Nasional government should acknowledge that what had been done to develop the country was done in accordance with  Islamic principles.

He said it was baseless to accuse the government of not fulfilling its duties according to the religion.

He said the government strove to uplift the poor and safeguard their welfare while pursuing policies that promoted social development.

"The policy of the Barisan Nasional government is to defend the rights of the people based on religious obligation.

"If there are individuals or political parties who say the BN government's policies are not in accordance with Islam, I want to challenge them because the government has pioneered many initiatives based on Islam," said Muhyiddin before performing the groundbreaking for a housing project for the poor at Kampung Tok Saboh in Kuala Besut.

The Terengganu government is spending more than RM10 million to build 72 houses for the poor, who live in Kampung Kepala Atap and nearby areas.

The coastal village is under threat from erosion of the coastline.

The 42 families there often incur damages when their homes are hit by huge waves. They will be relocated to the new units upon its completion.

Muhyiddin praised the Terengganu government for providing public housing for the poor.

"Housing projects delivered by the government are kerja amal (charity), as are the other aid initiatives, such as the 1Malaysia People's Aid."

Muhyiddin said it was everyone's right to own proper housing as improvements in the standard of living had led increased demand for homes.

He said the government was aware that those in the low-income bracket could not afford suitable homes, and so issues of affordable housing and its location were something the government would not ignore.

He added that based on the BN election manifesto, the ruling coalition had pledged to build one million homes in five years, and this would be fulfilled.

Present were BN candidate for the Kuala Besut by-election, Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abd Rahman, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan and BN by-election deputy director Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Muhyiddin later joined villagers to perform Asar prayers at Beris Lampu Mosque, before visiting the family of the late Kuala Besut assemblyman, Dr A. Rahman Mohktar, at Jalan Semarak, Kuala Besut.

At night he broke his fast with villagers at Pengkalan Sentol Mosque, before performing Terawih prayers with the congregation at Kampung Baharu Mosque, Kuala Besut.

Kredit: www.malaysia-today.net

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