- Noh Omar: Do you support homosexuality?
- Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing Act Will Be Amended, Says BNM
- Malaysia curbs on use of "Allah" hurting moderate Muslim image
- Husam explains recent outburst
- Pakatan puts pressure on Selangor Menteri Besar to spend more
- After son’s loss, time for Dr M to lay down arms, analysts say
- Nik Aziz calls Umno’s bluff in row over ‘Allah’
- Of course guns end up at sea... they get lost in toilets first!
- Human trafficking: M'sia may deteriorate to Level 3
- Malaysian GLCs snapping up London properties above market rates, say realtors
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 08:59 PM PDT
Parliamentarians today got entangled in a war of words over the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issue after Tanjong Karang MP Noh Omar insinuated that the opposition is in support of it.
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 08:52 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia will amend the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act to further strengthen the financial system.
Its Assistant Governor, Abu Hassan Alshari Yahaya, said amid the developing global trend, jurisdiction, resilience and capabilities needed to be continuously strengthened.
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 08:47 PM PDT
(Reuters) - Malaysia's self-styled image as a global leader of moderate Islam has been undermined by a court ruling that only Muslims can use the word "Allah" to refer to God, with a growing number of Muslim scholars and commentators condemning the decision.
A Malaysian court ruled last week that the word was "not an integral part of the faith in Christianity", overturning a previous ruling that allowed a Malay-language Roman Catholic newspaper to use the word.
Since then, confusion has reigned over the interpretation of the ruling, with government ministers, lawyers and Muslim authorities giving widely diverging views on its scope. Critics of the decision have said it casts a chill on religious rights in Muslim-majority Malaysia, which has substantial minorities of ethnic Chinese and Indians.
Commentators in some countries that practise Islam more strictly than Malaysia have condemned the ruling, arguing that the word Allah has been used by different faiths for centuries. Christians in Malaysia's eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak have used the word for generations, as have Christians in the Middle East.
Pakistan's Dawn newspaper said in a commentary that the decision was a "sad reflection on how an otherwise modern country, widely seen as a role model for the Muslim world, is succumbing to the current trend of insularity in matters of faith".
Reza Aslan, a prominent American Muslim theologian, called the ruling a political decision and said it had made Malaysia an international laughing stock.
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 04:46 PM PDT
(The Star) - Embattled former Kelantan government senior exco member Datuk Husam Musa appeared before top PAS leaders for two hours to explain his recent outburst against the state government.
The meeting, which was held at the Mentri Besar's residence at JKR 10 here yesterday, was chaired by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
It was also attended by Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, his deputy Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah, Kota Baru MP Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan and state executive committee members.
Two weeks ago, Husam had reportedly criticised the Kelantan government during the state assembly sitting on several administrative matters.
His outburst raised eyebrows among the party members, whom did not expect such a senior leader to openly criticise his own party.
Abdul Hadi, who emerged from the meeting later, tried to downplay the issue.
He said that no action would be taken against Husam and that the meeting was actually to discuss the direction of the party's administration.
"His spat was not on our agenda although it was discussed collectively.
"It is a norm for leaders to be vociferous within the party and it will be resolved amicably.
"But when one is dissatisfied with something, he must do it within the boundary of decorum and respect," he added.
Hadi said any form of dissatisfaction within the party would be addressed immediately and settled amicably.
"We (PAS) are open to Husam's criticisms towards the Kelantan government, and this meeting was held to get his explanation, although we have proper channels to address this matter," he added.
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 04:21 PM PDT
(TMI) - PAS, PKR and DAP have turned the screws on Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid by sending a memorandum urging him not to be stingy with the state's growing cash reserve.
The memorandum dated October 7 was handed over to Khalid last Friday and signed by three Selangor party chiefs. They are PAS's Dr Abdul Rani Othman, PKR's Mohamed Azmin Ali and DAP's Lau Weng Sang.
The memorandum noted that the state government planned to slash the development expenditure of RM600 million by RM100 million.
It suggested that money be spent on public housing, hill slope maintenance and stabilisation, upgrading of state-owned Universiti Selangor, scholarships, upgrading Wifi services in key areas, providing free bus services during peak hours and increasing the annual allocation for state assemblymen from RM500,000 to RM800,000.
"We are doing this so that the parties have a role to play in drawing up the state budget and not just rubber-stamp it," Rani told The Malaysian Insider.
Khalid is expected to present the 2014 Selangor state budget on November 19.
The move comes after Khalid came under pressure from his party for the stingy manner in spending state funds.
Dr Rani said the memorandum was not meant to pressure Khalid but to ensure the Selangor state budget took into account the views of Pakatan Rakyat.
Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli turned up the heat on Abdul Khalid recently when he demanded an explanation from the state government on the reduction of allocation for his constituency.
In a letter dated October 22, 2013, Rafizi questioned why the Pandan constituency only received RM75,000 for an eight-month period, from May 2013 to end of the year.
He said the allocation was half of the amount set aside for the Kuala Selangor constituency.
Earlier, Oposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim criticised Abdul Khalid openly at a forum in Petaling Jaya.
Anwar said it was pointless to be parsimonious when there were many areas where money needed to be spent.
The PKR de-facto leader also praised Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for managing the state in a balanced manner.
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 04:14 PM PDT
(MM) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's silence so far in the aftermath of his son's loss during last weekend's Umno polls has not surprised many political observers here who believe that this time, the once all-powerful former prime minister should finally admit to his declining influence.
According to several analysts, it would have reflected poorly on the former Umno president if he chooses to kick up a storm now, especially after a majority of delegates voted to maintain the status quo in the party on Saturday, in support of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 04:08 PM PDT
(MM) - Umno's struggle to keep "Allah" exclusive to Muslims had merely been tailored for the polls, PAS's Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has suggested, noting how party leaders have appeared less keen on the topic now that the election has passed.
In moving to distinguish between Umno's and PAS's Islamic ideals, the PAS spiritual adviser accused his rivals of practising what he described as a "cosmetic" form of Islam, which he said neglects the actual spirit of Islam.
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 01:10 PM PDT
(fz.com) - The 44 missing guns highlighted in the Auditor-General's Report 2012 are not lost at sea as claimed by the police top brass but in toilets, among other places.
In a written reply today, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said instances resulting in missing guns were:
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 01:04 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi said that according to reports by the United States Department's US Trafficking in Persons (TIP), Malaysia might likely fall to level three - bottom level of TIPS - if no effort was undertaken by the country to curb human trafficking.
Malaysia remains at level two, or placed on the Tier 2 Watch List, for the fourth consecutive year in relation to human trafficking.
Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi said that according to reports by the United States Department's US Trafficking in Persons (TIP), Malaysia might likely fall to level three - bottom level of TIPS - if no effort was undertaken by the country to curb human trafficking.
"If Malaysia is on level three, it will reflect negatively on us and give a bad image to our country.
"Keep in mind, we have been at level three in 2007 and 2009, and we bounced back and improved our position to level two.
"Thus, this time, all efforts are underway towards achieving that goal," he said in his speech at the launch of the Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign and state level Anti-Smuggling of Migrants organised by the Council for Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants here today.
The speech was read out by the ministry's deputy secretary-general (operations) Datuk Wahab Mohd Yassin.
The campaign was organised with the cooperation of the Johor State Elected Representatives' Wives Association (Juita) and National Council of Women's Organisations Malaysia (NCWO).
The campaign, supported by various government agencies and non-governmental organisations, is being held for the ninth time after being launched in Perlis, Perak, Malacca, Sarawak, Sabah, Terengganu, Pahang and Penang.
Posted: 22 Oct 2013 12:34 PM PDT
(TMI) - State-linked Malaysian firms are buying up London properties at inflated prices in an otherwise stagnant United Kingdom property market, raising fears that a meltdown could wipe away millions in public funds.
Several realtors have pointed to Felda's £97.9 million (RM495 million) deal for the 198-unit Grand Plaza service apartments in Bayswater, London, as an example of an overpriced buy, saying that high-end real estate agents Savills and Knight Frank had only valued the property at £80 million (RM408 million) in the past few years.
"The UK property market is stagnant in most places but in London. But what Malaysian companies are paying is insane and could go very wrong," said a Malaysia-based realtor who declined to be named.
The Malaysian Insider had reported that the deal was being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and had been reported to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
The realtor said several other Malaysian government-linked companies (GLCs) and agencies such as the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Tabung Haji (Pilgrims Management Fund) had also bought commercial properties in the English capital.
"Some agencies are by-passing the real estate agents and going straight to the sellers to pay prices higher than what is on offer," said one real estate agent specialising in London properties.
"The real estate agents lose the commissions but more importantly, the prices are not justifiable. Who ends up losing in the end? Malaysians."
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