- Strip Namewee of his citizenship, demands Perkasa
- Suaram being investigated under the Sedition Act
- Cult group tried to take over palace
- ‘Does the ROS DG think he’s the king?’
- Jakim gives MCMC nod to go after dog trainer
- DAP seditious for calling Muhyiddin seditious, says Malay group
- Hiew says some DAP colleagues 'playing games'
- DAP unable to accept ROS’s explanation – Karpal Singh
- Umno-BN hatched ‘author’ in new anti-DAP plot, says Kit Siang
- Use Syariah law to charge dog trainer, urges Perkasa
- MCMC questions Alvin’s mum on ‘bah kut teh’ greeting
- Soi Lek to fight to the end?
- Disqualified beauties warned against attending ‘finals’, says pageant organiser
- Guns for hire and bullets for cheap, says crime watchdog
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:49 AM PDT
Trinna Leong, TMI
Malay rights group Perkasa has demanded that rapper and filmmaker Namewee's (pic) citizenship be revoked over his criticisms against the government and for allegedly issuing racial comments.
Deputy president Datuk Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar said it had lodged countless police reports against Namewee but the Attorney-General had done nothing.
"We urge the authorities to stop being soft towards Namawee. He has insulted the national anthem, flag and yet nothing was done," he said today at a press conference to highlight Namewee's latest YouTube clip.
Wee Meng Chee, Namawee's legal name, uploaded the clip entitled Tokok: 017 Double Standard last week where he criticised the government for practising double standards against the Chinese.
The Muslim NGO now no longer wants an apology from the rapper.
"He has insulted our race, religion and culture. There is no sense of respect at all. If we let this slide and just settle for an apology, issues like this would repeat itself," said Abdul Rahman.
"We have given him too much leeway to do what he wants."
The right-wing group also urged the AG to be quick with charging non-Malays.
"When it comes to Malays, the AG is quick to take action but with non-Malays, they are just left alone," he said.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:45 AM PDT
Rita Jong, TMI
Suaram secretariat member Cynthia Gabriel (pic) was served a summons by the police to give a statement on Wednesday to facilitate investigations under the Sedition Act.
Cynthia told The Malaysian Insider today that Suaram is being investigated in connection with a fund-raising dinner it held two weeks ago.
The dinner, which was attended by 750 people, was held to raise funds for the on-going inquiry in France, where startling revelations about Malaysian's purchase of Scorpene submarines have emerged.
Cynthia was served with the summons this afternoon in Petaling Jaya. Her lawyers, Derek Fernandez and Jayaseelan Anthony, were also present.
"This is another round of harassment for Suaram," she said.
"They are taking action against the whistle blower (Suaram) who is calling out for transparency in the Scorpene deal.
"We are the complainant. We initiated the probe in France and because we had revealed information that Malaysians did not hear of before, we are now being investigated."
Cynthia said the police should be investigating the complaint and not the complainant.
Present at the dinner was Americk Singh, who was the lawyer for the late private investigator P. Balasubramaniam.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:39 AM PDT
Ten members of a cult group known as Kumpulan Panji Hitam gathered in front of the national palace early this morning.
Alfian ZM Tahir, FMT
Like a gang of ninjas, dressed in black, a group of 10 individuals tried to take over the national palace in Jalan Duta early this morning.
In the 4.10am incident, the cult group known as Kumpulan Panji Hitam dari Timur Empayar Langkasuka Nusantara gathered in front of the main entrance of the palace.
It was said that the group came to palace to replace the current kingdom as they claimed to be the rightful owner of the throne.
However, quick action from the police prevented the group from barging into the palace.
According to a police source, they apprehended all 10 members of the group, including three vehicles used during the incident.
"We arrested eight men and two women. However, we did not seize any weapons from them. Only black flags and a few 'official appointment letters' belonging to the leader of the group," the source said.
The source added, that all three vehicles had flags bearing 'Lailahaillalahmuhamadarasulullah' (There is no god except Allah and Muhammad is His messenger) written in Jawi.
Initial investigation showed that three out of seven men in the group had no legitimate documentation and everyone in the group came from different states such as Malacca, Perak, Kedah and Johor.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur CID chief Ku Chin Wah when contacted confirmed the incident.
He said all group members are being detained by the police for questioning.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:31 AM PDT
Athi Shankar, FMT
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today slammed the Registrar of Societies (ROS) director-general Abdul Rahman Othman of acting like a "king" by refusing to explain reasons to call for fresh party polls.
He also said that ROS must provide the reasons on why it was not satisfied with DAP's explanation on the alleged internal irregularities that took place in last December's party polls.
He said the party would not re-convene the party polls for 20-elected positions in central executive committee (CEC) until ROS rendered an official written reply explaining the reasons.
"Please don't tell us you (ROS) need not give us a reason.
"If they can do this now, what assurance is there that they would not do it again? This is not acceptable. This is against natural justice, democracy and due process of the law. We want a proper explanation.
"Abdul Rahman cannot wake up one morning and simply say he is not satisfied with our clarification.
"He cannot simply ask us to hold fresh elections without giving us a reason and the law for it.
"Who does he think he is? He thinks he is the king where one does not give any explanation.
"This establishes our concern that this is an abuse of power to victimise us politically," he told a press conference in Komtar here today.
Last week ROS had issued an official directive to the DAP to hold fresh polls following an investigation on complaints by party members that last December's election was marred by irregularities.
In its prompt reply, the DAP defied ROS orders, demanding reasons to do so.
DAP also claimed that ROS had no power to order for fresh polls.
Abdul Rahman said yesterday the ROS was not obliged to provide reasons for its directive.
"This is typical of ROS these days. It is making announcements before issuing any letter in reply to this matter," he said.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 08:24 PM PDT
(MM) - The country's Islamic authorities have set the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) on dog trainer Maznah Yusof, saying action against her online video would be a "lesson to society not to repeat such acts".
Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director Datuk Othman Mustapha said his department today submitted its investigations paper on Maznah, also known as Chetz Yusof, to the commission and may also call her up for counselling.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 08:21 PM PDT
(MM) - The DAP's claim that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was seditious for allegedly blaming non-Muslims for an increase in anti-Islam sentiments falls foul of the same law and threatens national harmony, the Malay Consultative Council (MPM) said today.
The coalition of Malay rights groups defended the deputy prime minister from what it called provocation aimed at dividing the Malays, adding that Muhyiddin, as a Muslim leader, had every right to speak up amid purported attempts by "certain quarters" to incite religious tension.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 07:00 PM PDT
WikiSabah) - Sabah DAP's Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Cheu is prepared to face disciplinary action for supporting PKR's Datuk Lajim Ukin as state opposition leader instead of DAP's choice, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing.
"There was no black and white order to support Bumburing.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 06:55 PM PDT
(Bernama) - DAP chairman Karpal Singh today reiterated the party's stand that it would not accept the explanation given by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) over the directive for its central executive committee (CEC) to hold fresh elections.
According to Bernama, he claimed that the ROS was unable to provide the DAP with the legal provision in the Societies Act 1966 which empowered the director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman in issuing such a directive.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 04:05 PM PDT
(MM) - Lim Kit Siang suggested today that a Father Augustus Chen, who is said to be the author of a booklet alleging irregularities in the DAP polls last year, is a fictitious character created by Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) as part of their anti-DAP campaign.
The DAP veteran said the 16-page booklet, released mid-June, was penned to provide "justification" for the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to invalidate his party's polls outcome and call for fresh election.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 03:52 PM PDT
Mohd Farhan Darwis, TMI
There is no letting up in the calls to prosecute dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, with Perkasa joining in the fray urging that Syariah laws be used against her.
The Malay rights group said Maznah's refusal to apologise for her actions in the controversial video "1 Hari di Hari Raya", where she is seen bathing her dogs in a manner similar to the Muslims performing ablution, is bound to be a bad example to young Muslims.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 03:42 PM PDT
Sex blogger Alvin Tan's mother was questioned for two hours today by the MCMC officials.
Alfian ZM Tahir, FMT
The mother of Alvin Tan, the sex blogger who caused a controversy with his "bak kut teh" Ramadan greeting, was questioned for two hours this morning at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) office.
Wearing dark blue shirt and pink hat, the mother was seen entering MCMC's office accompanied by a male friend.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 12:13 PM PDT
(The Malay Mail) - Despite a public announcement that he would not seek another term as the party chief, recent events in the MCA have indicated that Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek may seek re-election in the December party elections.
Sources close to Dr Chua have indicated that he was almost sure for go for it as the party president felt he still had the support to pull it off.
"Although he did say he will not contest, the personal attacks on him are just overwhelming. He may change his mind just to prove a point to his detractors," said a senior party leader yesterday.
"It looks like he wants to give a real fight to anyone who wants the position."
Following the party's dismal performance in the general election, Dr Chua issued a statement on May 6 that he would not seek another term in office as the party chief.
"I have decided that I will not seek re-election in the upcoming party elections," he had said then.
MCA only won seven out of 37 parliamentary seats it contested.
However the turn of events had not taken Dr Chua's rivals by surprise as many seemed to expect it.
The party elders had also conveyed their opinion on the matter, saying they were sure Dr Chua would stand for re-election as they believed he still had some unfinished business in the party.
Possibly as a prelude for Dr Chua's expected announcement that he will re-contest, MCA divisions in Kedah and Selangor have built up the momentum for it.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 12:03 PM PDT
(The Malay Mail) - Jawi director Datuk Che Mat Che Ali was quoted by Bernama on Saturday as saying the religious authority had mounted enforcement operations around the venue of the finals.
One of the four Muslim beauty contestants recently disqualified from the Miss Malaysia World was warned not to attend the finals in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.
Insiders revealed Sara Amelia Bernard was cautioned by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) that she would be "arrested on sight" if she attended the event.
"I don't want to talk much about it except that they (Jawi) told me not to go for the event," she said.
Sara Amelia was among four contestants dropped from the beauty pageant. The others were Wafa Johanna de Kote, Miera Sheikh and Kathrina Ridzuan.
Wafa Johanna said she was also "advised" not to go for the finals.
"We got the same warnings from the religious institute as it is not right for us to be there even though we're there to show support," she said.
Miera, however, was unaware of such a warning.
"I didn't even know we were not supposed to go for the event. I received the invite (for the finals) but declined due to a prior engagement in Johor," she said.
Efforts to contact Kathrina were not successful.
Official pageant licensee and Miss Malaysia World organiser Datuk Anna Lim was informed by the girls they would not be attending the finals as to not "create any further problems".
Jawi director Datuk Che Mat Che Ali was quoted by Bernama on Saturday as saying the religious authority had mounted enforcement operations around the venue of the finals.
If they competed in the event, the four would be fined not more than RM3,000 each or jailed not more than two years or both, if convicted.
Posted: 04 Aug 2013 12:01 PM PDT
(The Malay Mail) - Guns are rented out for less than a night's stay at a local five-star hotel while bullets are sold cheaper than a bottle of water, crime watchdog MyWatch co-founder S. Gobi Krishnan alleged yesterday as the nation continues to be stunned by the proliferation of shootings.
Yesterday, a 44-year-old businessman was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Kota Kinabalu, bringing the number of gun-related incidents to eight in as many days — including a brazen attempt on Gobi's partner in MyWatch, R. Sri Sanjeevan.
"It started as a favour of borrowing guns among friendly groups, then it became rental," Gobi told The Malay Mail Online.
This rental "service" began last year, Gobi said, with guns hired out to assassins for as little as RM300 for three hours, with bullets costing just 80 sen each.
"It seems to be a new trend, copying what's happening in other countries," added the MyWatch adviser, referring to powerful drug cartels terrorising Mexico and South Africa.
He said that the trend of gun rentals started out small, but spiked this year as more people came to know about it.
Shootings and gun murders exploded into the nation's consciousness last Monday when Arab-Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi was assassinated in broad daylight by a gunman in Kuala Lumpur, just days after Sanjeevan survived an attempted hit in Negri Sembilan on July 27.
According to Gobi, the most commonly available gun for rent is the Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Popular with law enforcement agencies worldwide, the Glock is also issued to members of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Customs Department enforcers, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and authorised RELA personnel.
"In the past few years, if you want to shoot somebody, you have to spend RM5,000 to RM6,000 for a gun," he said. "Now, it's just available."
"If you buy a gun, you have to be worried as the police might catch you. But here, you just rent, execute the job where you shoot somebody, and then return the gun," added the anti-crime activist.
Gobi stressed that there was no surge in the smuggling of firearms into the country, but said corruption in Malaysia's Anti-Smuggling Unit guarding the border between Thailand and Malaysia has enabled the entry of some firearms.
"Definitely there're corrupt officers there. Otherwise guns cannot be brought into the country," Gobi asserted.
Malaysia has strict gun control laws that allow people to own firearms only if they have a licence from the police, and last week, the authorities were urged to publish the names of licensed firearm owners in the country.
The police and Home Ministry have blamed the rash of shootings and violent crimes on the release of detainees once held without trial under the now-repealed Emergency Ordinance, and are angling for the return of such powers.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has also vowed to provide the police "anything" it needs to fight serious crime, including extra powers under a new law that is expected to be tabled in Parliament in September.
On Thursday, the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) announced the government's decision to introduce new interim measures that allow law enforcers to tap into public communications, as well as to snap electronic tracking bracelets on criminal suspects to arrest the rising crime rate.
Opposition lawmakers, however, have criticised Putrajaya's plan to intercept communications for intelligence gathering, calling the move "overkill".
They further contend that Malaysia did not need new laws to combat the growing menace, but only for the police to devote more than just 9 per cent of the force it currently does to crime fighting.
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