- Why now, sceptical Umno leaders question Anwar on offer to talk
- Islam before all else, Muslims told in crackdown on minority beliefs
- Muslim group’s Merdeka video says Shia teachings, Christianity are threats
- Court Strikes Out Four Election Petitions In Johor
- Let’s talk, Anwar tells BN
- Khairy Jamaluddin Suggests New Social Contract 'to Do A Hard Reboot' Of The Country
- Authorities to go after gang assets
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: 29 Aug 2013 09:37 AM PDT
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