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Why now, sceptical Umno leaders question Anwar on offer to talk

Posted: 30 Aug 2013 06:52 AM PDT

Jennifer Gomez, TMI

Umno Supreme Council members have described Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's offer to open a dialogue with Putrajaya as an act of desperation.

"He wants to talk about this now, after losing in the elections and losing in court on election petitions. To me, he has no credibility to make this offer now. He should just bring this up in Parliament if he is really serious," Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said today.

He added that the BN government was conciliatory after the general election, but Anwar made all sort of accusations against it.

"But after losing in the election petitions, he is making this offer. We cannot accept this," Mukhriz, the Kedah Menteri Besar, said after the Umno Supreme Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

The opposition leader organised a series of rallies dubbed Black 505 following the election to protest the results of the general election.

The opposition parties' election petitions in court, meanwhile, have met with failure.

Anwar had signalled his readiness to meet Putrajaya over several issues for the sake of the nation's well-being and future.

"Notwithstanding our strong protests about the validity of the outcome of the last elections, we are prepared to put aside our differences for the sake of the nation," he said.

"We believe that it is imperative for the prime minister to convene without the slightest delay a round-table meeting between the BN government and Pakatan Rakyat in order to deliberate on the issues raised and formulate a comprehensive solution," he had said.

Anwar, in his Merdeka Day speech, also pushed for a quick meeting between both parties to solve various issues plaguing the country.

"The meeting between both sides must be held immediately to save Malaysia, especially in light of the country's 56th birthday tomorrow," he had said.



Islam before all else, Muslims told in crackdown on minority beliefs

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 04:57 PM PDT

Zurairi AR, MM

Seeing religious attacks in the freedom of expression by non-Muslims nationwide, Muslim Malaysians were called to put their faith above all other considerations, the country's paramount guardian of Islam warned in its Friday sermon.

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) also reminded Muslims of the sacrifice of heroes who had fought for the sake of the Malay race and Islam in the sermon, which is available on its website.

"Muslims these days seemed to have lost direction and guidance to differentiate what is right and what is wrong, what is fake and what is real. This is the result of the mind and perception games run by our enemies to confuse Muslims.

"Believe it, the moment Muslims lose their belief, their guidance brittle, and lose their sensitivity towards Islam, that will be the moment enemies of Islam have waited for," the sermon said, without elaborating on the identity of its "enemies".

The sermon accused these "enemies" of using "new innovations" such as the mass media, Internet, Facebook, emails, and text messages to spread lies, cultural pollution, and poison the faith of Muslims.

"The insults towards Muslims are continuous, like mocking the exclusive rights of the community such as the 'Allah' word, mosque and so on. Mocking Muslims' practices such as serving a dish made from a haram (forbidden) animal and, even worse, insults against the Prophet Muhammad," the sermon added.

The recent spotlight on Islamic decrees by Malaysian authorities on its followers as well as on non-Muslims has led to heated debate over their enforcement here, with some groups deeming certain provisions under religious law to be regressive while others have voiced concern over a worrying trend of overt Islamisation in a multicultural country.

Yesterday, a painting by artist Anurendra Jegadeva, popularly known as J. Anu, was denounced by some pro-Umno bloggers who accused it of "insulting Islam", resulting in a police report against him.

A surau in a Johor resort was demolished by its management yesterday after it was used by Buddhist visitors in a religious ceremony earlier this month.

The decision has been criticised by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who pointed out that Muslims have been allowed to pray in a church in Malacca's Terendak army camp during the British rule.

"This church has now, if I am not mistaken, become a mosque for Malay soldiers," the 88-year-old said in his chedet.cc blog yesterday.

Last week, the local Catholic Church had failed to strike out Putrajaya's appeal against the 2009 landmark High Court ruling that upheld Christians' right to refer to God as "Allah".

Muslim activists have since alleged a global Christian evangelical conspiracy behind the "Allah" row, as they described a clandestine agenda to colonise Islamic souls and countries.

An official sermon for the Aidilfitri celebration early this month had also warned Muslims nationwide against a conspiracy by "enemies of Islam" to manipulate them through ideas like secularism, pluralism, socialism, feminism and positivism.

The warning cames amid several controversial decisions by Jakim in the last few weeks against individuals which it deemed had "insulted Islam", including a non-Muslim blogger couple, four Muslim beauty pageant hopefuls and a Muslim dog trainer.

Four Muslim women were dropped as contestants in the Miss Malaysia World 2013 pageant last month and are now under investigation for allegedly breaching the National Fatwa Council's edict and allegedly insulting Islam.

Meanwhile, in a 105-second video reposted on YouTube, dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof is seen walking and bathing her three dogs as the "Takbir Raya", or Muslim call to prayer traditionally reserved for the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, plays in the background.

Maznah has since been arrested and was released from remand in Johor on a court bond.

Maznah's arrest comes after sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee were charged recently under the Penal Code and Sedition Act for posting a mock "Selamat Berbuka Puasa" (breaking of fast) greeting on their Facebook page that showed them eating "bak kut teh", a soupy pork dish. Muslims are prohibited from eating pork. 


Muslim group’s Merdeka video says Shia teachings, Christianity are threats

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 03:51 PM PDT

(TMI) - Islamic group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) has produced a video clip for the National Day celebrations tomorrow, criticising several other groups they say are attempting to alter policies that favour Malays and Bumiputeras.

The video also listed the four main threats faced by Malaysia – liberal ideology, chauvinism, Christianity and deviant Shia teachings – all of which, the group said affected the majority Malay population and their identity.

"If the Malay people want to rise and fight back, they will be unable to do so if they don't know what are their identities," ISMA chief Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman said in the video and a statement released in Kuala Lumpur today.

The activist who once studied at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt also touched on national issues such as the social contract and Islam's position as Malaysia's official religion.

In the statement, video producer Dr Kamil Azmi Tohiran said these issues had been highlighted as a sign to certain parties to respect the Federal Constitution, especially on matters relating to Islam and the Malays.

ISMA also named human rights group Suaram and Chinese education group Dong Zong for demands and controversies that they said conflicted with national policy.

For example, they criticised Suaram for demanding government university UiTM's policy of being open only to Malays and Bumiputeras be studied again.



Court Strikes Out Four Election Petitions In Johor

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 03:40 PM PDT


(Bernama) -- The Election Court on Friday struck out petitions to nullify the outcome of the 13th general election for two parliamentary and two state seats in Johor, thus maintaining the victory of the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the four constituencies.

Judge Datuk Hasnah Mohammed Hashim dismissed the petitions brought by PKR for the Ledang and Pasir Gudang parliamentary seats and by PAS for the Nusajaya and Gambir state seats.

She struck out the petitions with costs on the grounds that all the petitioners had failed to adhere to regulations under the Election Offences Act 1954, including not having sufficient facts or details to support the petitions.

Hasnah ordered each of the petitioners for the parliamentary seats to pay costs amounting to RM30,000 to Ledang MP Datuk Hamim Samuri and Pasir Gudang MP Normala Abd Samad as well as the returning officers and the Election Commission (EC).

For the state seats, she ordered each of the petitioners to pay costs amounting to RM25,000 to Nusajaya assemblyman Dr Zaini Abu Bakar and Gambir assemblyman M. Asojan as well as the returning officers and the EC.

The petitioners were represented by counsel Muhammad Yazid Mohamad Salim and Rohana Ramli while counsel Syed Faizal Syed Abdullah and Mohd Reza Abu Hassan appeared for the respondents.

Senior Federal Counsel S. Narkunavathy represented the returning officers and the EC.

Let’s talk, Anwar tells BN

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 03:39 PM PDT

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim signalled his readiness to hold unity talks between Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional when he said today that the opposition will accept the results of the 13th general election.

Leven Woon, FMT

PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim extended an olive branch to the ruling Barisan Nasional on Merdeka eve, asking for an open engagement between the two rival political coalitions to trash out national issues.

Speaking at a press conference at the PKR headquarters, Anwar said Pakatan Rakyat, the opposition pact made up of PAS, DAP and PKR, was willing to talk to BN despite its strong protest on the validity of the 13th general elections in May, this year.

"We are prepared to put aside our difference for the sake of the nation's well-being and future.

"In this regard, we believe that it is imperative for the prime minister to convene without the slightest delay a round-table meeting between the BN government and Pakatan Rakyat to deliberate issues and formulate a comprehensive solution," said the Permatang Pauh MP.

He, however, stressed that he was not proposing a unity government.

Anwar said at a time when the country is celebrating 56 years of Independence, it is witnessing greater polarisation of the communities and increasing divisiveness on religious matter.

"The tragedy in this is that not only is there a lack of leadership in ameliorating the situation but it appears that the government is allowing this phenomenon to worsen.

"Inspite of protests from concerned citizens and NGOs, the government has sanctioned the nationwide screening of a movie that will only serve to incite animosity even as its artistic value remains questionable," he said.

He was making an obvious reference to Tanda Putera, a film which depicts the 1969 race riots toeing the government's account of events. It features a scene of a Chinese man urinating at the Selangor MB's residence.



Khairy Jamaluddin Suggests New Social Contract 'to Do A Hard Reboot' Of The Country

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 10:46 AM PDT


(BERNAMA) -  He said when the social contract was made in the 1950s, there was understanding between the Malays, Chinese and Indians but it had changed over time.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today suggested that a new social contract be drawn to allow Malaysians 'to do a hard reboot' of the country.

"Such a move will also allow Malaysians to reshape the basis of their union and better reflect the challenges of today's generation.

"I am not advocating constitutional amendments but for us to revisit and rewrite our social contract," he said when closing the Association of Voices of Peace, Conscience and Reason (PCORE) - Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) Forum 2013, entitled 'Unity and Multiculturalism: Building A Future Together', at the Institute of Integrity, here, Thursday.

He said when the social contract was made in the 1950s, there was understanding between the Malays, Chinese and Indians but it had changed over time.

"I suggest that we revisit the social contract not to throw out what we have but to find new understanding as there are too many sensitive issues involving religion and race."

He said a consultative council involving all races should be formed to discuss efforts to renew the spirit of the social contract .

"I am not saying that we forget the past but we need new commitment. How we can enhance unity by making radical changes to the education system to foster integration.

"The term social contract was due to compromise of the Malays, Chinese and Indians regarding collective and individual rights, the special position and the agreement between the Malay rulers and the British to create a monarchy with a democratic system, federated and not theocratic."

Khairy said the consultative council should involve all pertinent stakeholders to form the basis of a new agreement.

"Political parties will be invited but they will not be the focus of the social contract, unlike pre-Merdeka.

"If the consultative council can fashion consensus on education, for example, that agreement will be put up to the people for ratification.

"The referendum in this would be for the majority in each ethnic community to be in favour of it; one that would prevent the tyranny of the majority and secure the interest of the minority."

Authorities to go after gang assets

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 09:37 AM PDT


(The Star) -  The gazette which took effect on Wednesday was made under a provision of Section 5 of the Societies Act 1966 (Act 335) which gives the Home Minister the authority to declare a society unlawful.

PUTRAJAYA: The authorities are not just going after 49 organisations that the Home Ministry identified as secret societies. They will hit them where it hurts – by freezing and even seizing their assets.

The 49 groups have been gazetted as unlawful to enable the Insolvency Department to "wound up all their assets and properties and block all forms of transactions", according to the Home Ministry.

Its secretary-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi said the triad groups had 40,313 members nationwide and their activities range from drug trafficking to murder, extortion, vehicle repossession and gang warfare.

He told a press conference here yesterday that the majority of members were Indians (28,926) followed by Chinese (8,214), Malays (1,923), Sarawakians (921) and Sabahans (329).

The gazette which took effect on Wednesday was made under a provision of Section 5 of the Societies Act 1966 (Act 335) which gives the Home Minister the authority to declare a society unlawful.

"It provides for the arrest and prosecution of people who use the names, symbols and premises of the gangs or identify themselves as members," said Abdul Rahim.

Among the most active triad societies named is Gang 04, an Indian-majority group whose 5,440 members in Kedah, Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur are known to be involved in drug pushing, extortion, car repossession and crimes involving firearms or dangerous objects.

Abdul Rahim said the others included Gang 08, believed to be formed in the 1970s in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, and Double 7, set up in November 2005, which now has 1,053 members in 28 locations throughout the peninsula.

Abdul Rahim said that some of the recent shootings could be related to the gangs.

He said the police would investigate if there were foreigners, students or politicians supporting triad activity.

He said that some of the gangs used legitimate businesses to make and launder money.

"Double 7, for example, ran food premises and entertainment outlets and sold merchandise bearing their triad symbol ... they all want to make quick money," added Abdul Rahim.

Bukit Aman gambling, vice and secret societies division chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Jalil Hassan spoke on the hold that secret societies had on some people.

"A long time ago in Sarawak, they (triads) even controlled the prices of eggs and sugar in Miri and Sibu and caused a disturbance to public order there," he told reporters.

He also said the symbols of the 49 triad organisations would be unveiled by the Inspector-General of Police later.

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