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Jakim should rehabilitate dog trainer who produced video, suggests Jailani

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 10:59 PM PDT

(The Star) - The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) should guide and rehabilitate Maznah Yusof, 38, also known as Chetz, who has been criticised for producing a video of herself celebrating Hari Raya with three dogs, suggested Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari.

He said a programme should be carried out to guide and rehabilitate the woman.

He told this to reporters at a Ramadan programme at the Sultan Mahmud Mosque, Kuala Berang here Saturday.

Jailani said Jakim regarded the woman's action as an insult to Islam and had informed the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on the matter.


Zaid: Malaysia no different from Taliban rule

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 10:33 PM PDT

(MM) - Beneath its veneer of modernity, Malaysia is no different from a country governed by Taliban radicals, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said today in his latest tirade against the country's religious authorities.

Triggered off by an editorial published in Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia today that lauded fast action by Islamic powers-that-be on alleged insults to Islam, the former Cabinet minister questioned whether the same indignation would have existed if it had been any other religion under attack.

"Don't be smug, Malaysia with skyscrapers and monorail, and wealthy trappings. Deep inside, no different from Taliban country," Zaid tweeted through his @zaidibrahim Twitter account today.

The Taliban is a fundamentalist Islamist movement that formed the Afghanistan government in 1996 before it was overthrown by the US-backed Northern Alliance in 2001.

Under Taliban rule, women had to wear a head-to-toe burqa in public and were barred from working or studying. Taliban gunmen also shot 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai - who is now considered a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize - in Pakistan last year for publicly opposing a ban on girls' education.

Zaid also said yesterday that the arrest of dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof over an Aidilfitri video featuring her dogs was a result of paranoia.

Maznah, popularly known as Chetz Yusof, is being investigated under the Sedition Act and Section 298A of the Penal Code that includes offences of causing disunity on religious grounds. The 38-year-old Muslim woman was released from remand in Johor yesterday on a court bond.

Weighing in on the ongoing action against Shi'ites in the country, Zaid also said that books he has read by Iranian scholars of the school are "far more profound" than what is taught here, which he pinned as the cause of the recent crackdown on followers of the school in Malaysia.

Last Thursday, Zaid posted a series of tweets lashing out against the authorities over what he perceived to be a trigger-happy reaction to issues concerning Muslims and Islam.

The former de facto law minister during the Abdullah administration said that Muslims doing anything outside the norm, like keeping dogs as pets or buying lottery tickets, are not tolerated.

"They are treated like criminals; remanded; become subject of speeches by top leaders. Muslims are protected species," he tweeted.

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said yesterday that the video made by Maznah three years ago was an insult to Islam.

In the 105-second video reposted on YouTube on Tuesday, Maznah 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.

The juxtaposition appeared to be a reference to the wudhu, or ablution performed by Muslims before prayer; dogs are also considered unclean by adherents of the predominant faith in Malaysia.

In another controversial incident, the religious authorities recently barred four Muslim girls from participating in the Miss Malaysia World 2013 beauty pageant.

Before that, two bloggers were charged under the Sedition Act, the Film Censorship Act and the Penal Code after posting a mock "Buka Puasa" (fast-breaking) greeting that featured a pork dish; pork is "haram" (forbidden) to Muslims. 


Lay off, lawyers for Muslim dog handler warn Jakim

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 10:24 PM PDT

Latheefa (left) and Surendran say Jakim has acted beyond its authority.

Elizabeth Zachariah, TMI

Lawyers for the Muslim dog handler have expressed shock at what Jakim had to say about the controversy, calling it "unlawful".

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom announced that Jakim has found that the YouTube clip of Maznah Mohd Yusof and her three dogs which went viral online was insulting to Muslims.

He had directed the Muslim authority to relay its findings to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for further action.

Maznah's lawyers, Latheefa Koya and N. Surendran, responded that Jakim had no authority to issue such a statement, noting that it had brazenly and unlawfully interfered with the judiciary system.

They criticised Jamil Khir for supporting Jakim's stand on the issue and for threatening to go to the MCMC with their declaration, saying that his actions showed that he was "ignorant and indifferent" to the roles of Jakim.

"Jakim has acted beyond its authority and in excess of its jurisdiction," they said in a statement today.

They pointed out that Jakim's declaration is equivalent to finding Maznah guilty for posting the video.

"In this country only the judiciary has the power to pronounce the guilt or innocence of a citizen," they said, adding that Jakim was merely an administrative body with no powers to make such a statement.



Police calls on Suaram director over Scorpene “lies”

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 10:15 PM PDT

Cynthia Gabriel to give a statement to the police after reports were lodged against Suaram for allegedly spreading false information on the Scorpene deal.

Leven Woon, FMT

The director of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) Cynthia Gabriel has been called by the police to give a statement after reports were lodged against the NGO for allegedly spreading lies about the RM6.7 billion Scorpene submarine deal.

She told FMT that the police will, on Monday, serve the notice for her to do so.

Alleging that the purchase of the two French-made submarines in 2002 is tainted with corruption and tying it to the slaying of the Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, Suaram initiated a legal action in the French court in a bid to seek justice.

They also claimed that the defense ministry, which was helmed by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak then, has sold Malaysia navy documents to the shipmaker DCNS to aid the entity in its bid for the contract.

However, the case took a twist when a middle man in the deal who has a fallout with Najib's aide and thought to be turning his back against the government, told the the New Straits Times recently that there is no wrongdoing in the deal.

The middle man, Jasbir Singh Chahl, also denied that the Altantuya was part of the negotiating team.

Altantunya was alleged to have been the French translator for the government.

Cynthia said following the news report, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has instigated the people to lodge police report against Suaram.



Documents debunk claims

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 03:14 PM PDT

(The Star) - Official documents have surfaced that debunk long-standing allegations that Altantuya Shaariibuu became the lover of a close aide of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak through her involvement in the Scorpene submarine deal.

One document is a contract signed on June 5, 2002, between the Malaysian government and French supplier DCN International S.A., Spanish supplier Izzar Cons­trucciones Navales, and Malaysian service provider Perimekar Sdn Bhd.

This was two years before Abdul Razak Baginda met Altantuya in 2004, as stated by him in his sworn affidavit.

It is also consistent with the statement in recent news reports by Jasbir Singh Chahl, who was a middleman in the submarine deal, that the Mongolian woman, said to be an interpreter, was never part of the negotiation team as the Malaysian team used English in its dealings with the French company.

What's more, Jasbir's revelation tallied with the confessions made by fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin three years ago.

Raja Petra had admitted in his blog that he wrote the 2008 statutory declaration (SD) pertaining to Altantuya's death based on information fed to him by certain personalities aligned with an opposition leader.

In his blog entry on April 14, 2011, Raja Petra revealed that a former student of the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) fraternity, had prodded him to write about an SD alleging the presence of Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor at the site where the remains of Altantuya were found at the time she was murdered.

"The whole objective of this exercise was to block Najib from taking over as Prime Minister," he said, adding that then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was under pressure to resign.

Altantuya was killed in 2006. Two policemen were charged with her murder and Razak with abetting them. The two were found guilty in April 2009 and sentenced to death. Razak was acquitted.


Former Vice-cop charged with raping and sodomising 13-year-old

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 02:45 PM PDT

A Penang Federal Reserve Unit deputy chief was charged with raping a minor in Kota Kinabalu when he was a vice-cop there in 2012.

Deputy Supt Rohaizat Abd Ani, 54, is accused of raping and sodomising the girl in a hotel room in February and May last year and was released on a RM40,000 bail pending trial in December.

The police officer, still on active duty, pleaded not guilty to all four charges.

He is charged with three counts of rape and one count of sodomy.

The Star reported that deputy public prosecutor Jamil Aripin asked for bail of RM20,000 for each of the charges, saying that they were serious.

However, the accused lawyer, Ram Singh told the court that Rohaizat would not abscond since he holds a senior position in the police force.

Ram also asked for a lower bail.

Rohaizat covered his face with newspapers when he arrived at the courthouse with his wife, avoiding photographers and reporters.


Putrajaya exposes ignorance with anti-Syiah campaign, says Hadi

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 02:40 PM PDT

(TMI) - Putrajaya's campaign against Syiah Islam has only exposed its deep ignorance about tolerable age-old differences within Islam, says PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pic).

In his first public comments about the anti-Syiah campaign, Abdul Hadi warned against politicising the issue or branding Syiah as deviant Muslims.

"Discussions on the Syiah issue should be the realm of the academia, and the government must act based on knowledge and not politicise the issue," he was quoted as saying in the PAS organ Harakah Daily today.

There have been allegations that several top PAS leaders are secretly Syiah but the Islamist party has denied it. Malaysian Muslims follow the Sunni branch of Islam.

Harakah said Hadi's comments came after a campaign led by Islamic bureacrats and several Wahhabi-influenced Muslim spokesmen from Umno, using Malay-language dailies to vilify Syiah Muslims.

The seasoned Islamic scholar, with close ties to both Sunni and Syiah authorities worldwide, reminded that any approach to tackle differences among the various schools of thought in Islam must be done in an environment of scholarship and knowledge, the report said.

Agreeing that Syiah Islam may not be suitable to be followed by local Muslims who have long subscribed to the Shafi'i school of thought, Hadi warned against quickly branding Syiah as being outside the fold of Islam.

He reminded Muslims against falling into the trap of sectarian war set by their enemies, adding that big powers were currently involved in setting the stage for action against Iran, a predominantly Syiah Muslim nation, whose alleged nuclear weapons project have worried both Israel and US-backed Arab monarchies.

Hadi pointed out that just as within the Sunni school, there are various denominations within Syiah Islam, adding that Muslim scholars have long recognised the Imamites - the principal sect of Syiah Islam - which are followed in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.

"They are allowed to perform the Haj to Mecca because scholars recognise them as Muslims. They pray and perform pilgrimage, though many of their rituals may be at odds with the Sunni jurisprudence," he was quoted as saying in the report.



Chetz insulted, mocked Islam, says Jakim

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 02:22 PM PDT

(Bernama) - The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has decided that the "1 Hari di Hari Raya" video clip suggesting that Muslims could celebrate Aidilfitri with dogs has insulted Islam and an irresponsible act.

Its director-general Othman Mustapha said the video recording owner had clearly insulted the faith and provoked the sensitivities of Muslims in Malaysia who belonged to the Shafie mazhab (sect), which prohibited Muslims from holding or touching dogs and if they did, they must cleanse themselves.

He said the "takbir raya" which sang praises for the greatness of Allah but played in the background in the video recording while its owner was doing something unIslamic, had also provoked the sensitivities of Muslims.

"Such a video recording should not be made by a Muslim as he or she should respect the feelings of other Muslims.
"The action of the video recording owner appears to have mocked and challenged the Islamic faith of Muslims.

"Such a provocation is usually committed by a few non-Muslim individuals," he added in a statement, here.

Othman said a police report had been lodged on the controversial video on Wednesday and Jakim was now preparing a report to be submitted to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for further action.

A 38-year-old woman, known as Chetz, has come under public condemnation after a video clip featuring herself with three dogs celebrating Raya three years ago was uploaded to YouTube recently.

The woman was remanded at the Segamat district police headquarters in Johor for two days until today after her statement was recorded by Bukit Aman police yesterday.


Disciplinary action against Chua vetoed

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 02:20 PM PDT

Two MCA presidential council members reject calls for Chua to be referred to the disciplinary committee over his Penang port chairman position.

Leven Woon, FMT

The ambitious plan of MCA's Save Party Committee 3.0 to topple Dr Chua Soi Lek by referring him to the party disciplinary committee was hit by a rough start with two presidential council members saying that Chua has not erred.

The anti-Chua movement announced on Thursday that they would urge the party presidential council to refer Chua to the disciplinary committee for not resigning from his Penang Port chairman position.

This, they said, has violated the party's "no government post" stance, which the party pledged if it fared worst in the 13th general election.

The movement, which comprised eight MCA division chairmen, also said they would resolve to get one third of the central committee members to impeach Chua should the first move fails.

Responding to this, MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu said there is no basis for hauling Chua to the disciplinary committee because the presidential council has already decided in June that the party members are barred from only four government positions.

The four are village heads, local councillor, state executive councillor and ministerial posts.

"Besides the four, a party member who holds a contractual post can continue until the tenure expires. The rest of the posts are not affected," he told FMT through a phone interview.

"That's why (MCA vice president) Ng Yen Yen can continue to be the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board chairman," he added.

MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok also mirrored the sentiment, saying that the presidential council has also resolved to allow members to hold government positions which are shunned by the party.

"Penang Port Chairman is a position appointed by the Prime Minister and not one identified by the party to avoid.

"(The Save Party Committee) is uttering nonsense when it said it would ask the disciplinary committee to take action against Chua," he said in a statement.

"It is obvious that this irrelevant issue is raised now because party election is coming," he added.



Mazlan gets 6,000 letters about Anwar

Posted: 02 Aug 2013 11:16 AM PDT!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_454/image.jpg 

(NST) - ANONYMOUS SENDER: Opposition leader alleged to have paid RM50m to Karpal

BUKIT MERTAJAM: FORMER Barisan Nasional candidate for Permatang Pauh in the last general election, Dr Mazlan Ismail, revealed yesterday he had received more than 6,000 letters sent to his house containing allegations involving opposition figures Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Karpal Singh.

He told a news conference that the letters had almost similar content outlining the allegations.

"I received over 6,000 letters on the matter over the past week addressed to my house in Penanti."

Mazlan, who is also former Penang Pas deputy commissioner, said he did not know the identity of the sender or senders.

He said each letter was eight pages long and contained allegations as well as copies of savings account numbers of various banks and amounts belonging to Anwar.

"I believe the individual wants me to be the go-between to expose Anwar's dealings with Karpal.

"The person wants to expose that Anwar had paid more than RM50 million via cheques to Karpal since 2008.

"He had claimed that besides settling legal fees, the amount was also to allegedly bribe judges and prosecutors.

"I believe similar letters containing the same allegations against Anwar and Karpal must have already been in circulation in Permatang Pauh."

He said he would send copies of the letters to Karpal's office next week.

"I believe Karpal and Anwar will want to clarify the matter.

Karpal said Mazlan's allegation were baseless.

"The allegations are not true at all. No such incident has taken place.

"Mazlan should prepare for the consequences," Karpal said.

Efforts to reach Anwar or his aides were unsuccessful.



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