- Pak Lah in ‘Awakening’ anger at Dr M
- In new book, ‘sleeping’ Pak Lah says Dr M knew of condition
- Syiah practices allowed under Pak Lah
- Election Court rules by-election in Klias
- ‘Don’t be hasty in using Sedition Act’
- MPM calls for setting up of rehabilitation centre for those stirring up ‘sensitive issues’
- Bumiputera discount: A sensitive topic that must be addressed
- Opposition relying on court of public opinion to highlight electoral fraud
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 10:53 PM PDT
(MM) - After years of "elegant silence", Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is now firing back at his number one critic and former boss Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, accusing his predecessor of leading the "unwarranted attacks" that led to his eventual ouster.
Although handpicked by Dr Mahathir to be his successor, Abdullah later came under relentless attack from the nation's longest-serving prime minister and ultimately was forced to relinquish his presidency of Umno and position as prime minister to Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2009, after leading Barisan Nasional (BN) to its then-worst electoral showing in Election 2008.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 08:21 PM PDT
(MM) - In a soon-to-be-released book entitled "Awakening", former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi reveals that predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad knew of his sleep apnoea problem but still went on to accuse him of sleeping on the job.
"I did tell Mahathir of my condition so for him to say I doze off because I am not interested in the job is most unkind," read an excerpt of the book reproduced by new portal Malaysiakini today.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 04:31 PM PDT
Malaysia is a signatory of the Amman Messages, which gives recognition to Sunni, Syiah, Ibadi and Thahiri schools of jurisprudence.
K Pragalath, FMT
Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi allowed the Syiah minority to practice their religion in Malaysia by signing an agreement called the Amman Messages in November 2004 in Jordan.
He was one of 552 signatories representing 84 countries.
Other Malaysian leaders who endorsed the Amman Messages were opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, former minister in the prime minister's department Abdul Hamid Othman and current ministers Shahidan Kassim and Khairy Jamaluddin.
The first point in the Amman Messages gives recognition to schools of jurisprudence within the Sunni, Syiah, Ibadi and Thahiri sects.
"Whosoever is an adherent to one of the four Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Hanaﬁ, Maliki, Shaﬁ'i and Hanbali ), the two Shi'i schools of Islamic jurisprudence (Ja'fari and Zaydi), the Ibadi school of Islamic jurisprudence and the Thahiri school of Islamic jurisprudence, is a Muslim. Declaring that person an apostate is impossible and impermissible," the agreement stated.
Signatories to the agreement are also not allowed to declare practitioners of Sufism and Salafism as apostates.
This contradicts Minister in Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom's statement last week that any individual propagating the Syiah ideology could be prosecuted in a civil court under the Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions Enactment.
Action also can be taken under the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment on Contravening Fatwa.
"The country adopts the Ahli Sunnah Wal-Jamaah ideology and stern action will be taken against those propagating the Syiah ideology," Jamil Khir was reported as saying.
The third point pertains to the issuance and limitation of fatwas.
"No one may issue a fatwa without the requisite personal qualiﬁcations which each school of Islamic jurisprudence determines [for its own adherents]. No one may issue a fatwa without adhering to the methodology of the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
"No one may claim to do absolute Ijtihad (reasoning) and create a new school of Islamic jurisprudence or to issue unacceptable fatwas that take Muslims out of the principles and certainties of the Shariah law and what has been established in respect of its schools of jurisprudence."
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 03:55 PM PDT
(FMT) - KOTA KINABALU: The Klias state seat in Sabah will see a by-election, the Election Court decided today. The court's decision in allowing the first GE13 election petition, paves way for the by-election.
The decision is likely to court protest by the opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat, whose election petitions so far have been dismissed with high costs.
In the last polls, the Klias seat was won by Sabah opposition chief Lajim Ukin who beat Barisan Nasional's Isnin Aliasnih by a majority of 342 votes.
The decision is the first challenge allowed by the courts on the 13th general election, held on May 5.
The court, however, threw out Lajim's election petition challenging the result of the Beaufort parliamentary seat, which he lost to Barisan Nasionl.
The petition for the Klias seat, which Lajim won with a 342-vote majority, was filed by Barisan Nasional's Isnin.
Justice Yew Jen Kie, in making the decision however, struck out Isnin's petition against the Returning Officer (RO) and Election Commission (EC) and ordered Isnin to pay them RM10,000 each in costs.
He said Isnin did not plead how the RO and EC's actions had affected the outcome of the Klias seat.
Isnin was represented by counsel Japar Estaban, Saiful Aizat Moktar and Rizwandean Bukhari Borhan.
Justice Yew also struck out Lajim's petition challenging the validity of the Beaufort results. The seat was won by Barisan's Azizah Mohd Dun.
Justice Yew ordered Lajim, who was represented by counsel Chau Chin Tang and Lawrence Thien, to pay RM30,000 in costs to Azizah and RM10,000 each to RO Jupari@Jupri Etok and the EC.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 12:49 PM PDT
"Just because something happens and went viral through social media doesn't mean you have to charge a person for it."
Umno's Saifuddin Abdullah urges the authorities to be thorough in their investigation before using the Sedition Act.
"We are always rushing to use (certain) laws. I don't think developed nations think that way," he said.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 12:47 PM PDT
(Bernama) - The Malay Consultative Council (MPM) has suggested the setting up of a civic rehabilitation centre for individuals who play up sensitive issues in the country.
Its secretary-general, Dr Hasan Mad, said individuals like Maznah Mohd Yusof, Alvin Tan, Vivian Lee and Namewee, who had all caused a stir for playing up sensitive issues, should be sent to such a centre.
They should be sent to a civic rehabilitation centre, instead of a detention centre or a lock-up, he told a media conference here today.
Hasan said the civic rehabilitation centre served to guide and counsel them, as well as instill self-identity and spirit of patriotism.
"We need civic rehabilitation centre, because it is not all the time that legal consequences or punishment is the solution," he added.
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 12:44 PM PDT
Posted: 05 Aug 2013 12:14 PM PDT
The Bersih People's Tribunal panelists. The tribunal will be one of the avenues for Pakatan Rakyat to voice their electoral fraud claims.
(The Malaysian Insider) - The opposition coalition said this was the path it had to take since its petitions before the court were thrown out even before the merits were heard.
After failing in the court of law, Pakatan Rakyat is turning back to the court of public opinion to press its case on election fraud.
The opposition will present its evidence before two commissions of inquiry and the Bersih People's Tribunal to expose wrongdoings in the May 5 general election.
The opposition coalition said this was the path it had to take since its petitions before the court were thrown out even before the merits were heard.
Pakatan - comprising PKR, PAS and DAP - and the Barisan Nasional had filed 69 petitions an almost all were dismissed on preliminary objections
Parties were also slapped with heavy costs, an issue that drew concern from lawyers, political parties and interest groups.
An election court awarded RM150,000 after allowing a preliminary objection for the Kuala Berang state seat in Terengganu.
Similarly, the judge presiding over the Pasir Panjang state seat in Perak, ordered the petitioner to pay RM120,000 in costs to three respondents, including the Election Commission (EC).
For the election petition filed for the Balik Pulau federal seat in Penang, another court ordered payment of RM120,000.
PKR political bureau member Sivarasa Rasiah said appealing these case were pointless.
"Our petitions were knocked out on technical grounds and the costs were puniive. It will be a waste of time and money going to the apex court," he said.
Sivarasa said so far seven petitions filed by PKR were knocked out and the petitioners, whether candidates or voters, were ordered to pay a total of more than RM500,000.
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