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Najib proposes solving world problems via moderation

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 11:52 AM PDT 

(Bernama) - "You don't marginalise anyone…do not allow the voices of extremism, racism and bigotry drown your voice"

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak believes many of the world's current problems can be solved if society subscribed to the whole concept of moderation.


He said if the society and governments used moderation in their actions and policies, then the country would have a much more just, fair and inclusive society.


He said moderation was based on certain principles and sound values, like justice, sense of fairness, and choosing dialogue over confrontation, and negotiation over conflict.


"And, if you choose moderation and reject Nazism or militancy and extremist-thinking, there is every chance that we can work in a peaceful world," he said in his lecture, 'The New Meetings, Moderation: The New Modernity'.


The lecture was co-sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)'s Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative, at the Peter G. Peterson Hall, The Harold Pratt House in New York.


The session was hosted by CNN's Fareed Zakaria, who is Editor-at-Large, TIME Magazine and member, board of directors, CFR.


The CFR members in Washington, DC were participating in the meeting via videoconference, and the meeting was being streamed live on CFR's website (


Najib said what people in Malaysia and other parts of the world wanted to see was peace, prosperity and harmony, which could be achieved if society subscribed to the whole concept of moderation.


"You don't marginalise anyone…do not allow the voices of extremism, racism and bigotry drown your voice," he added.


Najib said he was promoting the Global Movement of the Moderations through his talks worldwide because he believed that the problem in the world today was not between the Christians, Muslims and Jews, but it was really between the extremists and moderates.


Najib said he was looking for an alliance which subscribed to the same belief and principles, including from the United States, to promote and strengthen the cause.


Asked on his perception of Muslim suicide bombers during the Q&A session, Najib said he had spoken about it in his last talk at Oxford University in the UK that Islam was against suicide bombings.


"Islam tells Muslims not to kill innocent people, even during war. That act does not have the consent of Islam, and they are done by people who 'hijacked' Islam with their narrow and selfish political objectives," he said.


As such, he urged the media, especially in the West, not to describe them as 'Islam terrorist' or 'jihadist' because they were merely extremist, regardless of their religious beliefs.


"There is a danger in fuelling the Islam-phobia in the West. It would be useful if the media in the West is more discerning…they are just terrorists belonging to a certain group," he said.


Asked to comment on the 9/11 terrorist bombings of the World Trade Center in New York in 2001, Najib said it was a combination of several factors. He said Islam was never associated with violence, and based on historical facts, the people in Southeast Asia embraced Islam from Hinduism in a very peaceful manner.


"After 9/11, there were incidents of suicide bombings in Indonesia, and the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia and to some extent, Singapore, had taken effective steps to fight against terrorism.


"But, do not call them terrorist, because the most important thing is the underlying reasons why they carried out such terrorist acts…that's how, we approach the whole challenge," he said.


Najib said it had to be explained that Islam's stand was for progress and its priority was in education and the economic gain of the people, and even the Prophet taught Muslims not just to pray in the mosque all the time, but to work to earn a living.


"But, many people misunderstood and misinterpreted Islam," he added.


Najib, who is on a visit to New York to speak at the High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament at the 68th United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, had a busy work schedule on Thursday.


He had several bilateral meetings with leaders of several countries, attended business luncheons with the US-Asean Business Council and the US Chamber of Commerce, visited the New York Academy of Sciences, and attended a private high-level dinner hosted by Asia Society.


Najib is scheduled to deliver Malaysia's statement during the General Debate on Sept 28.


Malaysian Politician Makes Crap Up, Says GTAV Is Banned in the U.S.

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 11:26 AM PDT


(Kotaku) - In Malaysia, a member of Parliament named Reezal Merican Bin Naina Merican is asking his government to ban Grand Theft Auto V due to violence. His rationale is that the United States and the United Kingdom have already banned the game. They have? Oh really?

Um, no. They have not. Courtesy of tipster Mohamad, below you can see the Malaysian TV news clip in which he apparently mentions the GTA V ban. He starts his rambly speech with Devil May Cry 3, a game that was released a million years ago, calling it anti-Islam. Yeah.  

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On YouTube, the politician is being criticized for being totally wrong. And a dummy. 

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Call to review ties with Pakatan Rakyat “ridiculous”, says PAS deputy president

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 10:27 AM PDT

(TMI) - PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, also known as Mat Sabu (pic), has dismissed calls for a review of ties between the Islamist party and its two partners in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, describing such talk as "ridiculous".

"It is not a good thing to divorce ourselves from the parties in Pakatan Rakyat. We have worked hard to build our relationship and now we want to tear it down?" the fiery leader said in an interview with The Malaysian Insider.

Besides PAS, the other two parties in Pakatan Rakyat are the multi-ethnic PKR and secular Chinese-dominated DAP.

Recently, PAS Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib called for a review of PAS's relationship with Pakatan Rakyat.

The Islamic party's dismal performance in the 13th general election has led to some members urging the party to review its position within Pakatan Rakyat, especially with PKR.

Harun had blamed the party's over-tolerant stance to the demands from non-Muslims for eroding its support among Muslims.

Mohamad pointed out PAS has worked hard for a long time to win the support of non-Muslims as it needs their votes to win in the general election.

In explaining the party's modus operandi pre-2008, he said the party had a headache at every election over allocation of seats.

"We rejected seats with more than 20% non-Malay voters because we knew we would not be able to win," he said.

However, in the run-up to the 2008 general election, in which the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition eventually lost its two-thirds majority, Mohamad said the mood had changed. The Chinese and Indian voters were no longer afraid to support PAS due to its collaboration with PKR and DAP.

"To me, this is a blessing. We were exhausted before this trying to get their support, and suddenly we have them," he said.

He added that despite the best efforts of MCA and Umno to get the Chinese and Indian voters to stay away from PAS, the attempts failed.



‘So much for Najib’s reforms’, The Economist says of Bumi agenda

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 09:30 AM PDT

Clara Chooi, MM

Datuk Seri Najib Razak sacrificed his political principles to launch the Bumiputera agenda and though the manoeuvre saved his job as Umno president, a leadership putsch may still be lying in wait for the prime minister, The Economist has said.

The international current affairs magazine pointed out that despite surviving the presidency polls without any contest, many among Umno's conservatives have placed bids on the party's second and lower echelons.

One candidate in particular stands out as a more significant threat, The Economist said, pointing to Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, the youngest son of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who many say still holds sway among the party's right-wingers.

Dr Mahathir still remains a "hero" to many Malays, the magazine wrote, and influence is likely to rub off on his son, who in his own right had earned himself the post of Kedah Mentri Besar after the last general election.

"Should Mr Mukhriz win, the anti-Najib forces could coalesce around him as a proxy for his father," The Economist wrote.

"A weakened prime minister," it added, "could then be ousted in an internal putsch, a fate that befell Mr Najib's predecessor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who also failed to deliver at the polls."

The magazine was weighing in on Najib's latest move to unveil the new Bumiputera empowerment agenda, an initiative worth over RM31 billion in economic aid, loans and programmes for the dominant community, of which the Malays form a huge chunk.

As the announcement had come just a week before nominations for the Umno polls, observers were quick to analyse the manoeuvre as a strategy by the leader to secure his seat as Umno president, an ultimately, his throne as prime minister.

The announcement had also come after a barrage of criticism and demands from pro-Umno blogs and organisations over the preceding weeks, urging the 60-year-old son of second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein to reward the Malays and Bumiputeras for their support in the recent national polls.

In the May 5 polls, Najib had led Barisan Nasional (BN) to a disappointing victory when the ruling pact failed, again, to win the coveted parliamentary super-majority and lost further ground to the nascent three-party Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact, when it took 133 seats to the opposition pact's 89.

But Najib and BN's saving grace had been Umno's performance and support from the Malay community, who helped the ruling party increase its federal representation by a sizeable nine parliamentary seats.

"However cynical, these moves seem to have saved Mr Najib's skin, at least for the moment," The Economist agreed of the Bumiputera agenda plan.

"He will not face a leadership challenge in the Umno elections. The prime minister has been helped by the fact that, in the end, Umno hardliners could find no sufficiently weighty figure to take him on."

When nominations closed for the Umno polls last Saturday, there was no challenger named for the Umno presidency and for the party's number two spot, allowing Najib's deputy — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin — to stay as deputy for another term.

But The Economist said this would not matter to Umno hardliners.

"They have forced Mr Najib to shift direction," the magazine said.

"There is no denying the damage to Mr Najib's credibility," it added.

"To many Malaysians, even ethnic Malays, Mr Najib has sacrificed political principles to save his job. His campaigning slogan of '1 Malaysia', emphasising racial harmony, now rings hollow."

In keeping with the new Bumiputera plan, the "stuttering" Malaysian economy would now have to raise enough money for the programme.

The Chinese and Indian communities here would likely continue leaving the country, "disgusted" by the "overt racism of it all".

"And the country's stated goal of becoming a prosperous economy by 2020 will recede further," The Economist wrote.

"So much for Mr Najib's great reforms."


Read the letter again, Guan Eng

Posted: 27 Sep 2013 09:17 AM PDT

(Bernama) - Registrar of Societies (ROS) director-general Abdul Rahman Othman has once again told DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to read and understand its statement on the party's central executive committee (CEC) re-election.

He said the ROS had never said that DAP could not hold a Special Congress but had instead just reminded the party to comply with its own constitution during the election.

"They must comply with the sending of notice for election to members within ten weeks as stated in the party constitution," he said in a statement here yesterday.

He noted that the court action against DAP over its disorganised CEC election was taken by its own members and not linked to ROS in any way.

"Its not fair to link ROS to this matter as the legal action was taken by their own people," he said.

Abdul Rahman further pointed out that although Section 18C of the Societies Act 1966 stated that a party's affairs were final, conclusive and not actionable in court, it did not mean that ROS was not authorised to uphold the truth, especially when party members were affected. 



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