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‘Let me be DAP’s first Malay chief’

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 04:57 PM PDT

Veteran party man Zulkifli Mohd Noor says he was ready to become the DAP chairman to replace Karpal Singh.

Athi Shankar, FMT

A division leader today offered himself to be the next DAP chairman to replace current chief Karpal Singh.

But Bayan Baru parliamentary liaison committee chairman Zulkifli Mohd Noor said he was prepared to take over the reins only if Karpal was willing to step aside to make way for others.

"I'm offering to be the first ethnic Malay DAP national chairman. I'm not asking Karpal to retire.

"But, if Karpal thinks his time was up to call it a day, I'm prepared to take over his position.

"Why not a Malay becomes the DAP boss? The party never had a Malay chairman.

"Only then it will truly reflect DAP's multi-racial politics," Zulkifli told a press conference here today.

The former party national vice-chairman and deputy secretary general is a candidate for the coming party re-election for central executive committee (CEC) in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday Sept 29.

Under the DAP system, office bearers are appointed from those who had been elected into the CEC. In order to become the chairman, Zulkifli would first have to win a slot in the CEC.

Zulkifli said he was offering himself for the top job because he relished the challenge to bring back the party to its original roots based on socialist-democratic ideals.

He said the party once was a pro-poor socialist-democratic outfit, in which its biggest support base comprised hawkers, retailers, blue collar workers and farmers.

But he said since gaining state powers in Penang after 2008 general election, the DAP had rapidly transformed into a pro-rich capitalist family cartel.

He said sacrifices and contributions of veterans and senior members have all been sidelined and ignored.

Negative reports on Guan Eng

He alleged that the party now had infested with infiltrators and traitors who betrayed their former parties to join the DAP to safeguard their own personal selfish interests.

"Now the DAP leaders rub shoulders with the rich and powerful elites, and these infiltrators and traitors only.

"DAP, which previously championed pro-poor policies, is now embarking on mega projects," he said.



Registrar of Societies disregarding the law, says DAP

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 04:52 PM PDT

Diyana Ibrahim, TMI

DAP has criticised the Registrar of Societies (RoS) for accusing the party of not conducting its central executive committee re-election according to party constitution.

DAP's legal head Gobind Singh Deo (pic) said RoS director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman Abdul Rahman had repeatedly accused the party of wrongdoings before hearing explanations given by party leaders.

"Abdul Rahman should know. If there are complaints, he needs to inform us and ask for an explanation before making a decision," DAP's legal head Gobind Singh Deo said in a statement today.

"This raises questions because I would like to know if he follows this procedure. If not, why? And what is his power to make decisions in such a manner?" he added.

According to Gobind, the latest accusation showed RoS's disrespect of the law.

"I would advise Abdul Rahman to be careful. As the head of a department, he must understand and respect the legal process. Whether or not the CEC re-election can be done through a Special Congress, this we will address in court tomorrow," he said.

Abdul Rahman said yesterday that the RoS was trying to ensure justice for all DAP members by urging it to hold the re-election.

"As regulators, we are working on the principle of the Societies Act and not to victimise any organisations," he was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama.



Malay group protests in front of Anwar's house

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 01:33 PM PDT

(MD) - Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) held a brief demonstration in front of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's residence yesterday, urging him to to sign a letter granting Bank Negara   permission to disclose details of his bank accounts.

JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah and other members of the Malay rights group congregated in front of the opposition leader's house with a copy of a letter prepared by Perkasa information chief Ruslan Kassim.

The letter, addressed to Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, listed the names of six international banks.

Ruslan, a former ally of Anwar, had challenged the PKR de facto leader of the existence of some 6,000 mystery letters that allegedly detailed his dealings with DAP chairman Karpal Singh.

It was reported that the mystery letters were mailed to former Barisan Nasional candidate for Permatang Pauh Dr Mazlan Ismail in Penang last month.

The author of the mystery letters claimed 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. However, Anwar and Karpal have denied the allegations.

A representative and three security officers eventually accepted the letter on Anwar's behalf, claiming that he was "not at home".

Azwanddin said his group would go to PKR's headquarters next week to pass Anwar another copy of the letter.

"After he signs it, I am willing to mail the letter to Bank Negara for him. A denial is not enough to convince the public that the allegations are untrue. He must disclose details of his bank accounts if he wants to prove his innocence once and for all."


Viral video of dog catchers' cruelty sparks anger

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 01:25 PM PDT

No need to be brutal: A MIAR volunteer (in blue jersey) trying to stop the dog-catchers from further hurting the stray dog in Bandar Sri Rinching, Kajang.

(The Star) - MALAYSIAN Independent Animal Rescue (MIAR), a non-governmental organisation that helps stray dogs, wants the local councils to stop cruelty against stray dogs at once.

This call was raised again following a video recorded by a MIAR member showing a stray dog being treated cruelly while being rounded up by a dog-catching contractor in Bandar Sri Rinching, Kajang.

The video went viral overnight on the Internet.

It showed dog catchers dragging the stray dog by its neck, causing the animal to choke and bleed from its mouth.

MIAR president T. Puspa Rani said the dog catchers' method was inhumane and urged the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and other local councils to pay more attention to the matter.

"The dog catchers' actions are an example of how stray dogs are badly treated in this country. They do not deserve to be treated in such a manner.

"In the video, we can see how much a dog suffers when being caught.

"How long will this cruelty go on? There are solutions to handling strays but the authorities fail to look at it despite pressure from NGOs and the public," she said

Puspa said that prior to the incident, MIAR had met with MPKJ councillors to work on building a shelter for stray dogs caught in Kajang but that there was no update until they were told by MPKj councillor Lai Wai Chong at the press conference that the shelter was already completed and would begin operations in October.

"Besides the shelter MPKj should have proper guidelines as well as contractors trained in handling stray dogs to avoid more cases of animal cruelty," she added.

Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy Post Positive president and chairman of Canine Advisory Team for Petaling Jaya City Council Anthony Thanasyan said: "The workers should not have subjected the dog to so much pain. It is obvious that the workers are not trained and have no compassion for the dog.

"MPKj should apologise for the ill-treatment of the dog and take action against the contractor. It should also set up a special committee on dog-catching immediately," he said.

MPKj councillor Eddie Ng Tien Chee said he would raise the matter at the MPKj meeting immediately as well as bring it up at the state level.

However, he said he would need a written complaint from MIAR and other NGOs to make the move.


Najib: Don’t just criticise, be pro-active

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 12:55 PM PDT

The Prime Minister also urged Malaysians and students living, working and studying abroad to think in a critical and innovative manner.

(FMT) - SAN FRANCISCO: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has chided certain groups of Malaysians living abroad, who only know how to criticise the government, but do not contribute to the country.

The groups, he said, should not be making negative criticisms about the country by basing their criticisms on certain allegations spun by certain quarters for their own political reasons.

"These people will criticise the country, but they do not have any idea on how to contribute to the country," he told a dinner gathering attended by Malaysian citizens and students, at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco Hotel here on Sunday night.

"We don't mind the criticisms, but do not believe them," he said, adding that he believed they (the citizens and students) had the ability to think and decide for themselves whether the allegations were true or otherwise.

Najib said there were a lot more Malaysians living abroad who were economically active, having good strategies, very enterprising and they were usually doing well.

"I have met and talked to some of them, and they are very proud to be Malaysian," he said.

He said Malaysia had been very successful and come a long way in terms of development, from the small agriculture-based economy it used to be, to where it was now.

"We have set bold objectives and targets which are attainable and achievable, and these are important to nation building."

Najib said it was important for the multiracial, multicultural, multireligious society of Malaysia to strengthen the bonds between them to propel the country to greater heights.

"With an average of five to seven per cent yearly economic growth, we can even achieve the objectives of Vision 2020 (to become a developed and high-income nation) as early as 2018, or the latest by 2020. Our Vision 2020 is still on track," added the prime minister.

Shared equity

He said Malaysians were enjoying high per capita income as compared with citizens of other countries, and it was the duty of the government to ensure that the wealth of the nation was shared equitably among the society.

"If the wealth of the country is small, we should share it by a small percentage, so that it will not create political and social instability," he added.

He assured them that the government would give higher priority to education, and would spend more in educating the people in English, Mathematics and Science.

"It is important to realise that we have to create a conducive environment.

We have to toil and slog to get the security and the stability that we are enjoying in the country now, so that you can dare to dream big dreams," said Najib.

He asked them to show the spirit of '1 Malaysia' and that "we are all together", and not criticise the concept.

"Contribute to unity in a proactive manner…," he said.

Najib said he did not believe that Malaysians who were working, studying or residing abroad were less patriotic than those who remained in the country.

"We face challenges while working for a company overseas, but while you work, you can still help Malaysia, you can invite the company you are working for, to partner with other Malaysian companies and create innovations," he said.

Najib said Malaysia was a successful country, and was known in a positive way by other people who had good opinions about the country, but there were still people who spread allegations and lies about Malaysia.

"I have been accused of manipulating the votes by bringing 40,000 voters from Bangladesh for the 13th General Election (GE13)…that is totally untrue…they are not able to prove their allegations, not even one evidence."



‘Umno more democratic than DAP’

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 12:48 PM PDT

The struggles of DAP revolves around maintaining continuity of the Lim Dynasty, claims Semut. 

Athi Shankar, FMT

An NGO leader today claimed that Umno had been far more liberal and democratic than the DAP.

Sensible & Ethical Malaysian United Team (Semut) president Huan Cheng Guan said unlike the DAP, Umno has held direct elections with, for and by members for all positions in the party.

In the DAP however, he said office-bearers were chosen by a 20-member central executive committee (CEC), which had been elected by delegates.

"Technically, a CEC member who may have finished at 20th position, needed only 11 votes to hold a top position like chairman and secretary-general," he said in a press statement here today.

Compared to DAP, he said Umno does not sack any member without holding an internal inquiry, in which the affected person would be given all avenues to defend.

But, he said scores of DAP members had been expelled without even showcause letters.

Between 1968 until today, he pointed out that Umno had had six presidents, while the DAP only lived under a single dynastic rule.

During the same period, he said Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang had held a world record by commanding a party for 45 years, including the 27 years as its secretary-general.

Even though many leaders of his time have quit active politics, he said Kit Siang still has not called it a day, merely to safeguard his interests and hegemony in DAP.

Huan cited the political saga of Kerk Kim Hock, former DAP secretary-general, as a fine example of Lim Dynasty's hegemony.

He further said that Kit Siang wants to place his son, Guan Eng, in the strongest position possible to continue their family dynasty in the DAP.

"Others in DAP are there only to serve their dynasty," rebuked Huan.

Unlike the DAP, he said Umno and even other parties do not deploy schoolboy tactics in blaming the error in tabulations of votes as a technical glitch.

He cautioned the DAP that it was important for its re-election scheduled for this Sunday Sept 29 to be "free, fair and clean."

"The party can't ill-afford another botched electoral process. Then its political relevance will be gone forever.

"But then it will also end the unwanted dynastic hegemony," Huan said.


Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood

Posted: 23 Sep 2013 12:40 PM PDT

(Reuters) - An Egyptian court yesterday banned deposed President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its funds seized, a crippling strike in the campaign to crush the Islamist movement.

The case was brought by a lawyer from the leftist Tagammu party on the grounds of protecting Egyptians from violence.

It was not stated if he was acting at the instigation of the army-backed government, which is mounting one of the fiercest crackdowns against the group in decades.

"The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it," presiding Judge Mohammed al-Sayed said in a ruling.

He also ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood's funds and administer its frozen assets.

The ruling did not specifically mention the Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party.

But the state news agency quoted Freedom and Justice Party spokesman Hamza Zawbaa as saying the party rejected the ruling and would appeal.

"What is happening to the Brotherhood translates to a return of the police state after having removed it through the January 25 revolution," he said, describing the revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

In Washington, a US State Department spokeswoman said it was unclear how the decision would be implemented and the Obama administration was seeking more information.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki reiterated that the United States wanted to see an inclusive political process involving all Egyptians and leading to a return to democratic, civilian rule.

"All parties should avoid steps that would undermine this process," she said.

The Brotherhood has seen hundreds of its members killed and thousands arrested since the army overthrew Mursi in July.

The ruling may force the Brotherhood to go underground, especially as public support for it has dropped.

The court's decision also raises the possibility that some Brotherhood members will lose faith in peaceful resistance and take up arms against the government.

"How the Brotherhood responds to this verdict depends on the individual decisions of rank-and-file members, because the broader structure has largely ceased to function," said Eric Trager, an expert on the Muslim Brotherhood at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Mohamed Beshr, a senior Brotherhood official, said the ruling would not impede the search for a political solution to Egypt's crisis.

"We want a state based on laws and institutions and we seek judicial independence far from politics. But what took place in today's ruling is against what we seek," he told the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice online portal.

The authorities, meanwhile, kept up the pressure on the Brotherhood, arresting Ahmed Fahmy, the former head of the upper house of parliament under Mursi, according to state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

The Brotherhood emerged from the shadows to win parliamentary and presidential elections after Mubarak was overthrown. But many Egyptians became disillusioned with Mursi after he gave himself sweeping powers and mismanaged the economy, taking to the streets in protest and prompting the army move.

Following Mursi's overthrow, the Brotherhood organized rallies demanding his reinstatement, bringing on the fiercest campaign against it by security forces in decades.

The government accuses the Brotherhood of inciting violence and terrorism and has put forward its own plan for new elections. Egypt's state and private media now portray the Brotherhood as a terrorist group and an enemy of the state.


Security forces killed hundreds of its supporters in raids on their Cairo protest camps in August and rounded up thousands more, including many leaders, among them Mursi.

Brotherhood veterans said it is increasingly difficult to persuade young members, who are likely to be infuriated by the court decision, to resist using force against the state.

Human rights activist Gamal Eid questioned the wisdom of the court's decision, saying it could backfire.

"With an eye to the future, you will see the ruling is wrong. It will make them work in the darkness," he said on social media. "It will make the Brotherhood continue practicing violence and hate speeches."

The Brotherhood has proven resilient throughout its 85-year history.

Egypt's army rulers formally dissolved the Brotherhood in 1954 and its has survived repression under various strongmen, relying on its funds and social charity networks to become the country's biggest political party.

Operating those networks, which made the group popular over past decades, may prove to be impossible now given the court's ruling.

Attacks by militants have risen since the army overthrew Mursi. Most of the violence has taken place in the Sinai Peninsula near the border with Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The army has responded with air and ground attacks.

A failed suicide bombing against the interior minister on September 5 and attacks on police in Cairo have raised fears that militant violence is taking hold beyond the Sinai.

Last week, Egyptian security forces stormed the town of Kerdasa near Cairo to flush out armed Mursi supporters. 



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