- Indian shops to close on Tuesday in protest against trade fairs
- MP questions need for Islamic subject in private universities
- Church right to say Allah describes God, says Vatican’s first envoy to Malaysia
- 5 states allow unilateral conversions
- ‘Sulus will return better armed’
- Saudis target Iran and Israel at missile base
- How I sought police help first - by man suing Home Minister
- Can PPP be saved?
- Police still top list of complaints lodged with Suhakam
- Bersih probe: Hanif disappointed not many witnesses came forward
- Malaysian Stocks First From Worst on Lowest Volatility
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 06:09 PM PDT
The traders say the Indian trade fairs and shopping carnivals are robbing them of their business.
(Bernama) - Local Indian traders at major shopping spots nationwide are to close for business on July 16 in protest against Indian shopping carnivals and trade fairs in the country participated in by foreigners.
President of the Malaysian Indian Textiles and General Stores Association (MITA), R. Moorthy Ramasamy, said these trade fairs and shopping carnivals organised during the festive season were taking away the good business enjoyed by the local traders, particularly from the 'Little India' enclaves of shops run by the Indian community.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 03:05 PM PDT
Md Izwan TMI
An opposition MP today called on the education ministry to re-think its move to make Islamic Civilisation studies compulsory for local students in private universities.
DAP Kampar MP Dr Ko Chung Sen said the ministry will make the subject compulsory from Sept 1.
"We strongly urge the education ministry to reverse the ruling and let the individual universities decide on the needs of their courses," he said during a press conference today.
"If you look at the renowned universities in the world, there is no subject on religion that is made compulsory for its students."How will this subject help a student studying medicine, engineering or law?" he asked.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 03:01 PM PDT
Jennifer Gomez, TMI
In his first interview with the Malaysian media, the first resident diplomat sent by the Vatican to live and work in this country spoke on the controversial issue of the use of the Arabic word "Allah" to describe God in any religion.
Archbishop Joseph Marino said he supports the stand of the Catholic Church in Malaysia.
He applauded the arguments made by the Christian Federation of Malaysia to use "Allah" in its texts to refer to God as very well done.
Archbishop Marino is the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia. This position, also often known as a papal nuncio, is the Vatican equivalent to an ambassador.
This is the first time the Vatican has opened what is the equivalent to an embassy in Malaysia.
The diplomat said the only way to stop deterioration in race relations in Malaysia is through dialogue, saying it would work out if people sat down and talked.On his experience being the former nuncio in Bangladesh, Archbishop Marino said the people in that Muslim country have great respect for Christianity.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 02:51 PM PDT
DAP's Nga Kor Ming urges the AG Chambers to advise these states to amend their Islamic laws in line with the federal constitution.
Leven Woon, FMT
Although the government has withdrawn the controversial Federal Territories Islamic Bill which would have allowed for unilateral conversion of minors to Islam, this specific provision is still effective in five other states, a DAP lawmaker pointed out today.
The five states which allow for unilateral conversions of minors are Perak, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Sarawak and Malacca, Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming told a press conference in the Parliament.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 02:44 PM PDT
ESSCOM deputy commissioner Ahmad Nadzer believes that the numerous water villagers along the ESSCOM stretch are breeding growns for 'arriving' terrorists.
LAHAD DATU: If the Sulus return they will be eliminated at sea, even before they breach the security net in eastern Sabah, assured Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) Director of Intelligence, deputy commissioner Ahmad Nadzer Nordin (picture, right).
Ahmad Nadzer, who confessed that the February intrusion at Kampung Tanduo here was a result of a 'slip-up', believes the Sulus will return and this time it will be with vengeance on their mind.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 01:09 PM PDT
Image showing two circular launch pads, #1 pointing in direction of Israel, and #2 pointing in direction of Iran. A vehicle-mounted ballistic launcher drives to the launch pads and directs itself along thick dark line pointing at ten o'clock. At the bottom of the image an underground bunker built into the hillside with two entrances, one 12 metres wide and the other 15 metres wide, can be seen, where missiles and their warheads are stored. Administrative and residential buildings are shown at the centre of the image.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 01:04 PM PDT
(TMI) - Amir says the IGP refused to see him. "I was instead referred to the IGP's secretary. And even she did not want to see me."
A question surrounding the case of the businessman who was allegedly assaulted by Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is why did the police take no action.
That is the question that even led to a shouting match in Parliament two days ago between opposition member for Puchong, Gobind Singh Deo and the Home Minister.
Businessman Amir Bazli Abdullah, the man suing Ahmad Zahid, laid out his version of the events after the alleged assault in 2006, to The Malaysian Insider: "I first lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station the day after I was assaulted but was referred to Kajang police.
"I met a chief inspector where my statement was recorded over three days."
Amir said he was then admitted to a hospital in Cheras but was later transferred to a hospital in Kelantan upon his request as his family was there.
Three police officers, he said, went to see him in Kelantan and they obtained his medical report.
"Some three to four months later, the chief inspector informed me that my case was classified 'no further action'. I questioned him why this was happening as he had promised he would investigate fairly.
"The officer was apologetic and said his hands were tied as the instructions came from above."
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 12:55 PM PDT
(The Star) - "PPP is ready to sacrifice its existence as should other parties if it's for the progress of the country. Because of current political reality a merger seems to be inevitable. The question is when."
The 13th General Election saw some big winners and losers, with both coalitions claiming triumphs, but for a number of smaller political parties the message was clear ... adapt or die!The People's Progressive Party (PPP) has a history that is glittering and turbulent in equal measure, but the party is now at a crossroads and the thumping defeats it experienced on May 5 make its very survival and relevance an issue of concern.
"The struggle for all Malaysians could well be under the umbrella of a single party."
In late June, party president Datuk Seri M. Kayveas announced that Sabapathy was to head a special committee to look at reforms within the party to ensure it continues to remain relevant and progressive.
The issue is twofold. Firstly internal restructuring within the party and secondly greater co-operation with its Barisan Nasional counterparts.
Sabapathy said there would be a brainstorming session with all Barisan component parties on the direction and future of BN.
"We will push for a merger to make ourselves more relevant collectively," he said. "It will be painful to abolish a party that has existed since 1953 but we are ready to make that sacrifice for the good of the nation.
PPP is ready to sacrifice its existence as should other parties if it's for the progress of the country. Because of current political reality a merger seems to be inevitable. The question is when."
Sabapathy dismissed the notion that PPP were not relevant because the party lost all five seats (one parliamentary and four state seats) it contested in the recent elections.
He said that all those seats contested by PPP were tough seats in the first place and that any Barisan component party would have lost them as well.
"It's not fair to say that we did badly because any Barisan party would have lost. It's not a reflection of PPP's strength but rather Barisan's weakness," he said.
At the same time Sabapathy did not think it likely that PPP would pull out of BN. "It will be tough to step out of BN because of sustainability as the party does not have much funding."
He said that BN should not have individual parties taking care of individual groups and that they should share their resources for the good of the people.
"We should move beyond this race-based mindset. If there is a Malay student who is doing well but is financially deprived, it should not be an Umno problem, but a Malaysian problem," he said.
He however acknowledged that it would be an uphill task because those in power would not want to relinquish their positions and posts easily.
The PPP was found in April 1953 by celebrated brothers D.R. and S.P. Seenivasagam.
The party was particularly strong in Perak, almost helming the state government following the May 1969 general election.
However, after joining BN in 1973, it went into decline and was only revived under the helm of Kayveas in the 1990s.
Over the past decade both Kayveas and Datuk T. Murugiah served in the cabinet as Deputy Ministers although the latter left the party after losing a power struggle.
PPP claims an impressive membership of 775,000 people with 43% Indians, 28% Chinese and other races.
Unfortunately, these numbers have not translated into electoral strength.
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng believes that there is very little to suggest that PPP is still relevant.
He said the party was not active in the national political discourse and were probably given token seats in the election to contest by BN just to show they were still alive.
"As a political party, winning elections are very important. If not, there is not much legitimacy to it. They are a small party in a matured coalition. This might not be to their advantage," he said.
He believes it would be quite difficult for BN to become a single component party.
Khoo said that given the current scenario, PPP and other like-minded smaller parties could merge and play a bigger role in the next elections.
"I believe there are always opportunities for a third force to emerge and PPP could work with parties on a common cause," he said.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 12:09 PM PDT
(The Star) - The police have once again topped the list of complaints lodged at Suhakam against law enforcement agencies for violations of human rights.
After the report was released on Tuesday, vice-chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee reiterated Suhakam's recommendations to fit every interrogation room with a CCTV, a doctor to examine the suspect before and after interrogation, and for every report against an officer to be investigated by Bukit Aman or the state police headquarters.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 11:57 AM PDT
Zahid (left) shaking hands with Tun Hanif. Also present is Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Alwi Ibrahim.
(fz.com) - "The main actors refused to cooperate because they doubted the credibility of the panel," he said, alluding to the apprehension directed at the panel as he, a former Inspector-General of Police, headed it.
Chairman of the Independent Advisory Panel on Bersih 3.0 Tun Hanif Omar today expressed disappointment that not many members of the public came forward as witnesses during its investigation into disturbances sparked by the Bersih 3.0 rally in April last year.
The panel handed its report on the rally held last year to the government today.
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 11:46 AM PDT
(Bloomberg) - At a time when slowing economic growth and political protests from Brazil to Turkey are spurring capital flight from emerging markets, Malaysia has turned into a refuge for equity investors.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index (KLCI) was the biggest loser in Asia just four months ago as the closest elections in 55 years threatened the ruling coalition's plans to spend $444 billion on infrastructure. Now the $478 billion stock market is the region's best performer, after Prime Minister Najib Razak's May 5 poll victory sparked a 4.2 percent rally in the KLCI index.
"We have been adding" to Malaysia stocks, Gerald Ambrose, who oversees the equivalent of $1.7 billion as managing director at Aberdeen Asset Management Sdn., said by phone from Kuala Lumpur on June 28. "When the market falls, low volatility is a good thing."
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