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Ex-mufti: It’s okay to have dogs in Islam

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 08:23 PM PDT

Former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri nevertheless questions the motive of a Muslim woman for making a video celebrating Hari Raya with her dogs

Lisa J. Ariffin, FMT

Former Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said it was not wrong for Muslims to care for or even own a dog.

"In fact, it is rewardable in Islam to care for a dog. In a hadith, a prostitute was forgiven by Allah because she gave some water to a dog," he said.

"There is also a story of a bunch of youths who revolted against the government and were forced to flee to a cave, where they lived for a long time. These youths were joined by a dog.

"Therefore, the dog is not always a bad connotation. They are not our enemies," he added.

Mohd Asri was responding to a video showing a Muslim woman and her three dogs with 'takbir raya' playing in the background.

The video, made three years ago by Maznah Mohd Yusof, 38, also known as Chetz, surfaced recently on Facebook, and quickly provoked a firestorm of protests among Muslims groups.

The video, which lasts 1:44 seconds, portrays her in a black Baju Melayu performing ablutions before preparing kuih raya for her dogs.

It also broadcasts the words 'Raikanlah Aidilfitri bersama-sama, tanpa mengira spesis, warna, asal usul' (Celebrate Aidilfitri together regardless of species, colour, origin) while featuring the three dogs.



ROS orders DAP to hold fresh polls

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 06:32 PM PDT

The Registrar of Societies in its letter only says it is dissatisfied with the party explanation over the counting mistake they committed in the party polls, which Lim Guan Eng says is an act of double standard.

Leven Woon, FMT

The DAP has received a formal letter from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) yesterday demanding them to hold fresh party polls, a directive which is expected to anger the party.

In the one-paragraph letter dated yesterday, ROS says that they are dissatisfied with the explanation given by the party over the counting mistake they committed in the party polls last December, and instructed them to hold a fresh poll in accordance to its party constitution.

The letter was received by the party at 4.48pm yesterday, said party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

"ROS only stated that they were not satisfied with DAP's explanations, without stating the grounds and the reasons why," said Lim.

"DAP had provided a full explanations and co-operated fully with the RoS. All supporting documents were given to prove that the party elections in December last year was conducted properly, legally and democratically.
"Such a brief letter by R0S stating the directive but not the reasons why as well as not providing evidence that supports the R0S decision is most unprofessional, flagrant misuse of their exercise of power resulting in a great injustice to the DAP.

"Where is natural justice if an organisation or an individual is condemned or punished without knowing the reasons and what are the facts against him?" Lim said in a statement today.
DAP would announce its next course of action after an emergency central executive committee (CEC) meeting tonight.

The DAP election controversy first emerged when the party openly admitted early this year that a mistake had been committed by the party's returning officer when transferring the tabulated votes for several candidate using Microsoft Excel.

The amended results saw Lim's political secretary, Zairil Khir Johari, moving up from the 39th position to 20th – the last spot in the CEC.

However, since Zairil was already appointed to the CEC, both him and the person he replaced – Vincent Wu – were retained in the CEC.

"When this error was discovered, this was admitted to and rectified by the party voluntarily without being exposed by any outside parties. The party is now punished for refusing to cover-up mistakes, and for being both honest and truthful," Lim said today.



Raja Petra ordered to pay RM300,000 over defamation suit

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 02:37 PM PDT

(Bernama) - The High Court today ordered Malaysia-Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin to pay RM300,000 in damages to prominent lawyer Datuk Seri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for defamation.

Senior Assistant Registrar Farah Hana Hashim also ordered Raja Petra to pay five percent in interest per annum from the date of the assessment order, which was last year, until full settlement.

On Feb 10, 2011, Muhammad Shafee succeeded in getting a judgment in his suit against Raja Petra over three articles posted on his Malaysia-Today website in Aug 2008.

Muhammad Shafee made an application under Order 14A of the Rules of the High Court 1980 for the disposal of the suit based on a point of law without going for a full trial, claiming that there were defamatory words in the three articles posted on the website.

Justice Datuk John Louis O'Hara, who allowed Muhammad Shafee's application, held that Raja Petra was liable over the articles and ruled that they were defamatory of Muhammad Shafee.   

O'Hara ordered the quantum of damages to be assessed by the court's senior assistant registrar.

Farah Hana, in her written ruling, said the court awarded damages for a global sum of RM300,000 after considering Muhammad Shafee's position and standing as an Advocate and Solicitor with wide experience and the various positions he held.

She said Muhammad Shafee had never in any way provoked Raja Petra to make the defamatory statements and there was also no evidence that showed any bad conduct on the part of the lawyer.

Farah Hana held that the defamatory statements were very grave and serious in nature in which they gravely defamed Muhammad Shafee and destroyed his reputation, goodwill, honour, as well as a professional lawyer.

"The defendant's (Raja Petra) conduct in maliciously publishing the offending passages had failed to show repentance from what he did from the time of the libel to the moment of the verdict," she said.

The court also held that Raja Petra had never made any attempt to apologise or retract the said passages, but had permitted to drag the matter to the court to the detriment of Muhammad Shafee.

Muhammad Shafee had filed the suit against Raja Petra in August 2008 for posting on Aug 6, 7 and 11 of that year the three articles, titled "Shafee Abdullah: Sodomologist Extraordinaire", "Money, Power and Sex: What Motivates Man" and "The Real Dalang Behind The Anwar Sodomy Allegation" on the website, which he claimed had defamed him.

In a statement of defence filed on Nov 25, 2008, Raja Petra denied that the three articles were false, malicious or defamatory of the lawyer.

Counsel S.Ravindran represented Muhammad Shafee, while Jadadish Chandra acted for Raja Petra.


‘I didn’t say Sanjeevan’s friends were involved’

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 02:21 PM PDT

Khalid Abu Bakar backpaddles on a statement he gave to FMT yesterday, where he said the MyWatch chairman's friends had masterminded his shooting on Saturday. 

G. Vinod, FMT

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar dismissed a FMT report which quoted him as saying that MyWatch chairman R Sri Sanjeevan's friends were behind an attempt to take his life on Saturday.


Khalid said that all he told reporters at a press conference yesterday was that the police are still investigating who was responsible for the attempt on the anti-crime NGO chief's life.

"I told reporters during a press conference yesterday to give us time to complete our probe into the matter. That was all," Khalid was reported saying in Malaysiakini.

Yesterday, FMT reported the IGP as saying that those who shot Sanjeevan over the weekend were not hired killers but the anti crime watchdog's friends.

"No, they are not hired killers. They are his friends," Khalid told FMT. His response was based on a question posed to him by a FMT journalist after his press conference.

The FMT report did not state that he said it during his press conference.

Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) public relations officer ACP Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf urged news portal to rectify the report, claiming it could be exploited to portray a negative impression on the conduct of police investigations.

"The title of this report is not only inaccurate but it could also mislead readers into believing that the IGP had indeed said that the police knew for certain that the shooters were friends of Sanjeevan.

"This in turn, might be misconstrued by interested parties who could exploit the report to portray a negative impression on the conduct of police investigations," said Ramli in a letter to FMT this morning.

Ramli added that he was present at the press conference, with 15 other reporters, and vouched for Khalid, saying the IGP never accused Sanjeevan's friends of being involved in the shooting.

"Several journalists have asked me if the FMT report reflected what the IGP said because they had not heard such a statement made by him. Simply put, it's not the truth," said Ramli.



DAP spurns BN rural area focus notion

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 02:14 PM PDT

DAP strategist says 70 percent of Malaysia's population are in semi- or fully-urbanised areas.

Hawkeye, FMT

A DAP leader has rubbished the notion that Umno should focus on rural areas in the view that Barisan Nasional (BN) continues to receive support from voters in such localities since the conclusion of the May 5 general election.

DAP strategist Liew Chin Tong said 70 percent of the country's growing population are already living in areas classified as semi- or fully-urbanise.

In an interview, he said 60% of the traditional Malay villagers are now also situated in urbanise areas based on the population census 2010.

Liew, who is also the Kluang MP, was responding to a call by former Kelantan Umno elections director Tuan Hashim Tuan Yaakob for Umno to shift its presence in urbanise areas to rural districts where voters have shown a strong support for BN despite the rise of Pakatan Rakyat in the last two elections.

The call was made after the conclusion of the Kuala Besut state by-election in Terengganu this month where BN retained the seat with a higher majority.

Among others, Thailand was cited as an example where former premier Thaksin Shinawatra continues to enjoy popular political support due to his devotion to help the rural community in most of the country's 76 provinces.

To this, Liew said Malaysia is certainty not Thailand because the former's rural areas are shrinking fast due to the rapid development rate.

It is believed that Malaysia is seeing record projects of land clearing as there is a demand for plantations, exploration for logging or mining prospects, and housing.

Liew said within the next five years, the urban community is expected to grow in tandem with the population growth and economic push for highly skilled workers.

"There might not be large tracts of rural land left in the next several years. The country's development push is naturally moving into our hinterland."

Umno should focus on what the voters are craving for, which is zero tolerance for corruption and advocating transparency to be underpinned by good governance standards instead of just settling on consolidating support in the rural areas, he said.

There is also a need to adopt equality standards at the expense of racialism as this is needed to drive the country forward, said Liew.



Jakim: Civil law needed to curb gay marriage

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 12:59 PM PDT


Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha. 

(The Star) - Othman said that what the LGBT community champions as basic human rights will act as a "cancer" to society.

The possible legalisation of same-sex marriages in neighbouring Thailand is worrying as it can indirectly impact Malaysia, says Malaysia Department of Islamic Development (Jakim).

In a written response, Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha told The Star Online that the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry should take stern action and share their views on curbing the problem by "creating a specific civil law" on the matter.

When asked about Jakim's stand on gay marriages among Malaysian homosexuals in other countries, he said such matters were difficult to control and detect.

"Although Malaysia does not recognise same-sex marriages, we are unable to stop it from spreading, especially when there is no specific law inclusive of all races and religions to address this," he said.

In Thailand, a draft law seeking to offer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples is reportedly being readied.

"In other countries such as Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia, this issue has gained a footing. These communities have made efforts and provocations to obtain recognition under the banner of 'basic human rights' and their movements are very detailed," he claimed.

Although Malaysia cannot interfere in the affairs of foreign countries, Othman said that what the LGBT community champions as basic human rights will act as a "cancer" to society.

"Malaysia does not recognise LGBT. Its practitioners are committing a serious offence as stated in the Syariah Law in various states," he said.

He said Jakim had made many efforts since 2011 to bring religion to these groups, including mukhayyam (camping trips), iftar (breaking of fast), religious classes, and counselling."These people are also looking for a way out, so we have non-governmental organisations conducting therapy and counselling for their troubles. The solution is to return to the teachings of Islam," he added.   

Insulting Islam will create tension in the country: DPM

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 11:43 AM PDT


(Bernama) - "This shows that there is no deep understanding within society. Muslims do not insult the religion of non-Muslims such as Christianity and Hinduism."

Action that touch Muslim sensitivities must stop or else it will create tension just like what is happening in other Muslim countries.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the action by certain quarters should not happen in a country that is enjoying the peace.

"This shows that there is no deep understanding within society. Muslims do not insult the religion of non-Muslims such as Christianity and Hinduism.

"But non-Muslims are insulting our religion," he said at the breaking of fast with orphans of Rumah Amal Kasih Bestari here yesterday.

The Deputy Prime Minister called for stern action to be taken against the culprits for tarnishing the image and sanctity of Islam.

"The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the Home Ministry must act fast to prevent a recurrence."

At the function organised by Eden Inc Berhad, Muhyiddin presented donation to 70 orphans. Also present was his wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman. 

Cops gun down ex-EO detainee

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 11:40 AM PDT


Santhana was shot while driving in Bukit Mertajam. 

(The Malay Mail) - When a policeman asked him for his identity card, the hardcore criminal whipped out a semi-automatic gun and fired three shots at the policeman. "Luckily, none of the shots hit the policeman," Mohmad said. 

At the age of eight, he was hauled up by police and given counselling for juvenile misdemeanours.

Soon, he led a life of a gangster and got involved in petty crimes such as motorcycle thefts.

Seven years later, at the age of 15, he was spending time in lock-up for petty crimes.

By the time he turned 30, he had been in and out of the Simpang Rengam detention centre five times under the Emergency Ordinance.

Yesterday morning, the career criminal was involved in the 15th shooting incident in recent weeks and ended up being shot dead by the police.

City police chief Datuk Mohmad Salleh said the man, aged 35, was stopped at a roadblock at 2am near Desa Kepong while driving a stolen Toyota Vios.

When a policeman asked him for his identity card, the hardcore criminal whipped out a semi-automatic gun and fired three shots at the policeman.

"Luckily, none of the shots hit the policeman," Mohmad said. 

The man sped off for at least 50 metres before he stopped and attempted to hijack a parked van.

"The driver of the van, a contractor, was taking a nap by the roadside. The other police officers, who were manning the roadblock, chased and opened fire at the man three times, hitting him in his leg, shoulder and stomach," Mohmad said.

He collapsed to the ground and was taken to Selayang Hospital where he died at 2.45pm.

Mohmad said the man had 15 criminal records for offences such as robberies, use of firearms, theft and drug-related cases.

The vehicle used by him bore a fake registration number. Checks later revealed the car was stolen in Bukit Mertajam earlier this year.

Police also recovered six ski-masks and a fake pistol in the vehicle.

"Initial investigations reveal  he could have been involved in several house robberies where the victims were tied up while the suspect and his accomplice ransacked the house," Mohmad said. 

Police are tracking down the man's accomplices.  


Rafidah says Utusan Malaysia was out of line with, “Apa lagi Cina mahu”

Posted: 30 Jul 2013 11:37 AM PDT


(The Malaysian Insider) - Former Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz yesterday revealed that she too was offended by the editorial direction taken by Umno-backed newspaper Utusan Malaysia, which has been stridently critical of the Chinese community for strongly backing the opposition.

She told The Malaysian Insider that she disapproved of the provocative front page headline published after the general election, "Apa lagi Cina mahu?" (What more do the Chinese want?)

"That was very wrong... it was totally not right to put it that way. I was shocked.

"It is not a 'healthy' remark, to be put simply," the former Kuala Kangsar MP said while recounting her own experience canvassing votes for the Barisan Nasional (BN) in a multiracial setting.

Rafidah said she had always enjoyed the company of all, regardless of whether they were Malays, Indians or Chinese, adding that she was well received by non-Malays.

"We have to be welcoming first and the rest will see and realise it. We have to open up our arms and treat everyone equally ... you cannot just utter something like 'apa lagi Cina mahu' and be done with it."

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/rafidah-says-utusan-malaysia-was-out-of-line-with-apa-lagi-cina-mahu 

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