- ‘Al-Arqam cult yet to repent’
- Police permit required for assemblies, Appeal Court affirms
- A decade later, still no keys to houses
- Conservative Forces Now Sniping At @khairykj
- Activists Warn Malaysia Crackdown May Sweep Up Refugees
- New parties a BN ploy in Sarawak
- The numbers don’t tally, Mr Prime Minister
- Tanda Putera bombs at the box office, now playing in smaller cinema halls
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 03:58 PM PDT
(The Star) - HARDCORE followers of the defunct deviant Al-Arqam movement have yet to repent, claimed former Al-Arqam legal adviser Zabidi Mohamed.
"If they have sincerely repented, they would have closed down the movement's welfare home and sent the children back to their respective families," Sinar Harian quoted Zabidi as saying.
Zabidi said that it was questionable if Global Ikhwan Sdn Bhd director Hatijah Aam and her followers had really repented.
This was because former Al-Arqam members were still running Global Ikhwan.
The Saudi Arabian authorities recently deported Hatijah and her followers for allegedly spreading deviant teachings.
Zabidi said that their pledge of repentance before the local religious authorities was a mere survival gimmick.
"They just want to continue with their lives without any more disturbances and threats," said Zabidi.
Former Al-Arqam follower Zaidi Aziz also confirmed that they had to pretend to repent in order to protect the chain of companies under the Global Al-Ikhwan group.
"If the followers of the deviant group had really repented, why would only Ummu Jah (Hatijah) come forward to confess when they should all do it collectively?
"This sends a clear message that Ummu Jah only wants to control Global Ikhwan's finances.
"This is because many subsidiaries of the company are run by followers who still abide by Al-Arqam practices," he said.
> Sexy dangdut singer Zaskia Gotik said that she does not mind weighing 25kg heavier on her wedding day.
The extra weight, however, was attributed to her wedding gown, reported Sinar Harian.
The wedding gown's designer Ayok Dwipanca said that it would be studded with swarovski crystals.
Zaskia is set to marry businessman Vicky Prasetyo.
However, the exact date of the wedding has yet to be announced by the happy couple.
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 03:45 PM PDT
(TMI) - Public assemblies require police permits as a regulatory condition, the Court of Appeal affirmed today in a majority ruling when dismissing an appeal by five ex-university students arrested in an unlawful assembly in 2001.
Court of Appeal judges Datuk Seri Mohamad Apandi Ali (pic) and Datuk Linton Albert were in the majority. Apandi also said the Police Act was not unconstitutional.
"The restriction to participate in an assembly is regulatory and not prohibitory," he said at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya today.
Judge Datuk Hamid Sultan Abu Backer who dissented said the requirement to obtain a police permit was unreasonable.
All the five were fined RM3,900 in a magistrate's court in 2005 and they had paid the fine.
Apandi, in his 50-page judgment, said there was no merit to the appeal as the Police Act did not prohibit the right to a peaceful assembly and police were duty bound to maintain security and public order.
Hamid said the primary role of the court was to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and judges were guardians of the supreme law.
He said the constitution did not permit Parliament to arm the executive and a public authority with uncivilised power or discretion which may usurp the spirit and intention of the supreme law.
Hamid said in this case there was a requirement under Section 27 of the Police Act to obtain a licence but in that process the police could not refuse to grant the licence.
"They can only place terms to regulate the assembly and licence has to be issued to all without any form of subjective discrimination failing which it will violate article 8(1) of the Constitution (equality before the law)," he said in his 77-page written grounds.
He said freedom to assemble was a right recognised under the Constitution and did not permit any legislation to compromise on that right, except to regulate.
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 03:08 PM PDT
Homeowners in Taman Alam Perdana, Ijok, claim they have been deceived by the Selangor Menteri Besar, who took over the housing project in 2011
Anisah Shukry, FMT
At a glance, Taman Alam Perdana, Ijok, appears to be just another low-cost housing area in the city, constructed to meet the growing demands of those unable to afford typical Klang Valley homes.
Blocks of medium-density flats loom over rows of single-story houses and in the middle is a small playground for parents to let loose their children while they swap neighbourhood gossip.
But give it another glance, and one notices how deserted the roads are, how the playground facilities are unnaturally pristine, how not a squeak emanates from the flats nor the houses.
Much like a ghost town, the majority of Taman Alam Perdana, which boasts 1,116 houses and 2,500 units in 25 blocks of flats, have remained unoccupied since construction began in 2002.
Over a decade later, despite construction being complete, 733 terrace homeowners have allegedly neither received their keys nor a Certificate of Fitness (CF).
"The Selangor Menteri Besar and state government has deceived us," frustrated homeowner Isaac Nathan told FMT in a recent interview.
"Abdul Khalid Ibrahim swooped in like a white knight to take over the terrace houses development project in 2011 from private firm LBCN Development Sdn Bhd, when in fact 98% of the project was already complete.
"Now, he is claiming he spent millions of ringgit to rejuvenate the project. How could he have spent so much on an almost-complete project? And why, two years after the state took over, are we still not given the keys?" he asked.
According to a 2011 letter from state firm Permodalan Selangor Negeri Berhad (PSNB), the state government had seized the land consisting of the terrace houses from LBCN to revive the abandoned project and "protect the interests of the homeowners".
But instead of speeding up the development, homeowners found their problems exacerbated as they were unable to view the ongoing construction, pressed for more payment from PSNB, and found themselves in a legal bind with the bank and the former developer.
They were also confused as to why the state government had not consulted them before appointing PSNB to oversee the project.
Meanwhile, the flats development project was taken over by federal government-owned firm SPNB (Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad).
Unlike the terrace homeowners, under SPNB's management, the flat owners received the CF and their keys – coincidentally handed to them by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak days before Election 2013 – but were now awaiting for their water and electricity supply to be reconnected.
A SPNB spokesman had told the media last week the flat units should have electricity supply by Sept 2, while Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) had started to install the water meters on Aug 28.
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 02:14 PM PDT
(KL Chronicle) - Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pix) may face an uphill task in defending the Umno Youth chief post in October as conservative forces within the party are seen to be undermining him.Umno sources said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's latest statement on the admission of youths into the party was yet another subtle attempt to discredit Khairy.
"Mahathir's statement was directed towards Khairy, who is seen by certain quarters as being too liberal in his views concerning Malay rights," said a source.
Mahathir warned the ruling party against youths who may have absorbed "western liberal ideas from abroad" on issues such as equality, human rights and the Western concept of justice.
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 10:42 AM PDT
Malaysia's Home Minister has promised that the crackdown on illegal immigration will be sensitive, and that immigrants who qualify for legal papers will be processed. He is encouraging immigrants to work directly with government officials and not with middlemen who could exploit them.
Kate Woodsome, VOA
Labor and human rights activists are warning that asylum seekers and refugees may get swept up in Malaysia's crackdown on undocumented immigrants and that the country is not equipped to handle them properly.
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 10:28 AM PDT
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 09:55 AM PDT
(Harakah Daily) - As the finance minister, does Najib realise that giving BR1M actually cost more than what it can save from hiking the fuel prices?
Prime Minister Najib Razak has claimed that the 20 sen hike on RON95 and diesel would help the country to reduce its fiscal deficit.
He further claimed that the move would save the government RM1.1 billion in the remainder of 2013 and RM3.3 billion annually on the subsequent years.
Ok. He may be right.
But wait a minute.
To cushion the impact due to fuel price hike, Najib also announced that the cash payout for 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) would be increased in the Budget 2014.
However, he did not state how much it would be.
According to the figure provided by deputy Finance minister Ahmad Maslan last July in parliament, the government had spent a whopping RM2.9 billion for BR1M 2.0.
A total of 6.8 million recipients had received the cash aid, with 4.8 million receiving RM500 were those with household income of less than RM3,000 and another 2 million receiving
RM250 were from the bachelors group earning less than RM2,000.
As the finance minister, does Najib realise that giving BR1M actually cost more than what it can save from hiking the fuel prices?
At the old rate, BR1M would cost RM1.8 billion more than what it could save this year at RM1.1 billion.
Najib had promised to increase the cash payout.
Let's assume the government would pay RM600 for household earning less than RM3,000 and RM300 for bachelors; BR1M 3.0 would cost the government a whopping RM3.48 billion, slightly more than the RM3.3 billion saved from fuel subsidies.
Mathematically, this has expunged Najib's claim that the fuel price hike would help to reduce country's fiscal deficit.
Now, how will the government recover the deep financial hole impact from their BR1M exercise?
Goods and services tax, electricity tariffs or new taxes? You name it. It seems like a people-unfriendly Budget 2014 is coming our way.
Posted: 03 Sep 2013 09:49 AM PDT
(TMI) - "Its detractors label it an Umno film. So why was it that it was not filled with Umno's three million members in the first four days of screening? This would have smashed the box office with earnings of millions of ringgit!" Shuhaimi said.
The controversial movie Tanda Putera has bombed at the box office in the first week and has been reduced to being screened in cinemas with smaller seating capacity, officials said.
The film that contained questionable scenes of the May 13 race riots opened nationwide last Thursday and only collected RM500,000 from ticket sales from opening day until Monday.
"This is shameful and sad," said Finas Compulsory Screening Scheme (CSS) chairman Datuk Mustapha Maarof, pointing out that the film production cost was RM4.8 million.
The CSS sets out the rules for Malaysian cinema houses to give prominence to local productions.
Mustapha told The Malaysian Insider the box office takings from Tanda Putera was "very poor" when compared to another local production, KL Zombie, which racked in RM3 million over the same period.
"Tanda Putera is a good film but the taste of viewers vary. The film now has to be shown in smaller cinemas because of the poor response.
"And this is not due to the controversy it has attracted, but to the genre which is not up to viewers' interests," he told The Malaysian Insider.
When asked about the losses the government incurred due to the poor response, Mustapha said historical films cannot be viewed only in terms of profit and loss. Instead, he said, every country needs an identity.
He said Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba had directed the film well but added that she may have injected more fiction into it as she did not personally experience the May 13 riots in 1969.
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