- 'DAP should eradicate unhealthy culture or face downturn'
- Bumiputera Christians in East Malaysia willing to run foul of the law over “Allah” issue
- Using ‘Allah’ in Bible ‘nullifies’ Trinity, Jakim suggests
- Putrajaya orders Sabah mufti to apologise for ‘Malaynisation’ call
- DAP tells members to stop complaining in public, use proper channels instead
- Contest for PAS top post?
- ‘Why appoint Samy, Ong as special envoys?’
- Cries of police officers baffling activists
- Poor police force
- Mat Sabu: Ulamas in politics must stop rhetoric of theology
- Google Malaysia Site DNS Hacked, Credit Claimed By ‘Team Madleets’ Hacker 1337
- The Ten Most Expensive Places To Buy A Car
- Cars in Malaysia are cheaper than in other countries
- As ‘Allah’ appeal nears, Borneo churches say ban violates Malaysia Agreement
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 07:49 PM PDT
A central executive committee re-election later, the worse is still not over for DAP as its Melaka chapter is riddled with infighting.
In the midst of it all, Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau (pic) has jumped in to urge the party to eradicate unhealthy cultures.
In an exclusive interview with Sin Chew Daily, the Skudai state assemblyman indicated that the party was troubled with power centralisation and meritocracy, making it intolerable to internal and external criticism.
This also made it inefficient for grassroot views to be channelled to the top, in addition to the existence of unlawful practices in the party.
Boo also pointed out that following DAP's rapid expansion, it was at the risk of facing a downturn in performance in the 1995 and 1999 general elections (GE) if it failed to eradicate the unhealthy practices before the next GE.
"I don't mind playing the bad cop in the party. I think one must raise an issue immediately once he or she finds it to be detrimental to the party."
"This is the culture a democratic party should nurture," he added.
Boo was responding to the explosion of DAP's internal issues of late. He was of the view that the central DAP leadership should foster a culture of facing public criticism to have a better understanding of its position, as well as its future direction.
On the problem of power centralisation, Boo conceded that there is a force penetrating all state committees, citing Johor's experience in which the central leadership announced the line-up before the state committee could submit its proposed candidate list.
Boo said the Melaka tussle also rooted from the same problem.
Goh urges DAP to probe car purchase case
Melaka DAP chief Goh Leong San who resigned as the state opposition leader on Tuesday, has urged the DAP central leadership to probe an allegation that two DAP leaders – who are a couple – purchased a car with people's donation, Sin Chew Daily reported.
The Duyong state assemblyman who has a feud with DAP central leadership claimed that the car was registered under the name of a party leader's wife, adding that the couple had signed a contract dated June 15, 2011 for the car purchase purpose.
The contract states that DAP Melaka woman wing had unanimously passed a resolution to allocate RM40,000 for a car purchase in its annual meeting held on Sept 4, 2011.
It was also decided in the meeting that the car would be registered under the name of one of the attendees – who is also the wife of a Melaka DAP leader.
"I wish to let the public understand that their donation cannot be spent for personal use. Hence I hope the DAP central leadership will make a clear judgement on this case."
Goh quit as the state oppostion leader on Tuesday after his two comrades slammed him for praising Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron.
Goh's Johor counterpart Boo had also indicated unlawful purchase occurs in DAP in his interview with Sin Chew – in a clear sign of backing Goh.
Boo said he also found that DAP central leadership had been lenient with some unlawful purchase cases, involving some grassroot leaders. These could be a property or a car, he said.
Boo urged the leadership to act in accordance with the law and separate public and personal matters, and never cover up unlawful practises.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 05:24 PM PDT
Jennifer Gomez, TMI
If the 1.6 million Bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak are not allowed to use the word "Allah" to refer to God, they would still do so, said two Christian church associations today.
In a joint statement, the Sabah Council of Churches and the Association of Churches Sarawak called on the powers-that-be not to allow religious bigotry, racism and extremism to be perpetuated and poison the nation.
The appeal comes just days before the Court of Appeal rules on Monday whether the Catholic weekly newspaper, the Herald, can use the word "Allah" in its Bahasa Malaysia section.
In the statement, the churches stated that Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, who make up two thirds of the Malaysian Christian community, worship in Bahasa Malaysia and have been referring to God as "Allah" for hundreds of years.
This was even before Malaysia was formed in 1963, where the foundation of its formation was on the basis that there would be no restrictions placed on other religions even though Islam was named the official religion of the country.
Describing it as a tragedy that this foundation was progressively being undermined and eroded, they cautioned that any attempt to hinder the use of the word Allah would instantly turn "native Bumiputeras into law-breakers in the very land where they are sons of the soil".
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 05:20 PM PDT
(MM) - Malaysia's foremost Islamic authority has again questioned local Christans' use of the word "Allah" today, suggesting it nullifies their religion's concept of the Trinity.
In its weekly Friday sermon today, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) also warned Muslims against supporting "freedom without borders" and human rights causes, which it said are backed by "enemies of Islam" in the country, whom it failed to identify.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 05:17 PM PDT
(MM) - Putrajaya has decided that Sabah mufti Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar must retract his controversial statements against Sabah's indigenous community and issue an open apology, a Cabinet minister has said.
According to Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Ewon Ebin, the Federal Cabinet had decided on the action after a meeting on Wednesday.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 04:55 PM PDT
Jennifer Gomez, TMI
DAP leaders have been ordered to stop airing their grievances in public and instead use internal channels to raise their complaints.
Its national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook (pic), said recent incidents where party leaders in several states had complained publicly about the party had created a negative impression among the public.
"We have been getting many calls from the public expressing their displeasure over the bickering by our own elected representatives," Loke said.
He said the central leadership was prepared to meet the state committees and listen to their complaints and find solutions to them.
"We must all be fully aware that we have been entrusted by the people in the recent general election to continue to serve the country for a better Malaysia.
"We all carry the responsibility to strengthen the party internally and to manage our public image," Loke stressed.
The highlight of the past week was the saga of Duyong assemblyman Goh Leong San and his deputy Lim Jak Wong (Bachang assemblyman), who resigned as opposition leader and opposition whip of the Malacca state assembly respectively on Tuesday.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 04:45 PM PDT
K Pragalath, FMT
PAS which would hold its party polls next month along with its 59th muktamar (annual general meeting) is likely to see the first contest for its presidency, in recent times.
Incumbent Hadi Awang has been party chief for a decade following the death of his predecessor, Fadzil Noor in 2003.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 04:37 PM PDT
Leven Woon, FMT
DAP's Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng questioned the need for Putrajaya to appoint BN politicians as second ambassadors to foreign countries that is costing taxpayers RM20,000 to RM27,000 per individual per month.
He said it is redundant to appoint former MIC president S Samy Vellu, former MCA president Ong Ka Ting and Rompin MP Jamaluddin Mohd Jarjis as special envoys to South Asia and India, China and the US respectively.
Lim asked why the government is flip-flopping on Shahrizat, having accepted her resignation as women minister last year after NFC scandal but only to re-appoint her to the same portfolio again.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 04:33 PM PDT
Alfian ZM Tahir, FMT
The vice chairman and the executive council member of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation have expressed disbelief towards the plight of police officers in the country.
The issue was highlighted in a story FMT carried yesterday upon interviewing some personnel from the force.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 01:04 PM PDT
(FMT) - Despite millions for the force, its officers have been coughing up funds from their own pockets for fuel, repairs bills, office equipment and other essentials
Another officer from different police station said that he prefers to use his own money to repair the patrol car. He added that it would take three to four months for the patrol car to be repaired if he sends it to the district police workshop.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:52 PM PDT
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:45 PM PDT
(Tech Crunch) - Security is just an illusion. It does not exist. We have no political intentions whatsoever.
Google's Malaysian site has been hacked and replaced with a splash screen giving credit to a group called "Team Madleets." The normal site has been offline for several hours as of late Thursday afternoon and the page lists a series of handles that are ostensibly part of the team responsible. Updated with brief statement from the hackers below.
The attack appears to have been of the DNS poisoning variety, in which a hacker gained access to the Malaysia Network Information Center and changed the DNS records of Google's site to Madleets-controlled servers. So no information appears to have been changed on Google's servers at this time, as this is a redirect attack of sorts.
The stamp at the top says '[!] Struck by 1337′, which is apparently a reference to an individual hacker within the group called 1337, who has recently (allegedly) performed hacks on domain registrars of several countries. A message on 1337′s Facebook page says "Google Malaysia Stamped By 1337″ and references the google.com.my and google.my domains. The only other indicator about who the group could be is a reference to them being Pakistani in origin.
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:35 PM PDT
(Jalopnik) - Some of you think Americans have it bad when it comes to buying a car. With low car prices, cheap gas and a great road network, I say you're one of the lucky ones. Don't believe me? Just check out how much it costs to buy a Prius or FR-S in one of these countries.
9) North Korea
Kim Jong-un must really like you to get a car, and you better keep it that way, because it's not only your ride that's always on the edge.
North Korea! If you're really, really lucky and reach a good position in the party hierarchy you might be able to get something like this:
That's not a real Merc. It's the glorious Pyongyang 4.10, from a factory that used to make GAZ-51 clones (a prewar Soviet light truck). They might share the same engine, so there may well be some running on the same wood-gas conversion that's popular in North Korean trucks because supplies of conventional fuel are patchy. Build quality is abysmal, but it's better than trying to buy some old imported Volga since nobody's been able to import spare parts in the last twenty years.
Most people can't actually buy a car. And the car market is pretty much subject to government whims - good luck with fuel rationing and travel permits. One day Kim Jong-Il got so irritated by having to wait behind a Japanese car (in what must be the only traffic congestion ever experienced in the gloriously smooth-running republic) that heordered all Japanese cars confiscated.
I want a Pyongyang 4.10 2.5 Evo 2, now!
Posted: 10 Oct 2013 12:30 PM PDT
(Astro Awani) - The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) has rubbished a report by popular car news portal,Jalopnik, that ranked Malaysia as the second most expensive place in the world to buy a car.
MAI CEO, Mohamad Madani Sahari said the report was unfair as it was based on only one car model, the Scion Fr-S.
"It is not fair to make a comparison solely based on a single model, and this model is a high-end sports car not meant for the masses," he told Astro AWANI.
He defended the prices of locally-made cars, saying that some local cars were among the cheapest in Asia.
"MAI has conducted an overall car price comparison in Asia. Car prices in Singapore and Vietnam are generally higher than in Malaysia.
"Models like Proton Saga SV is sold at RM33,438 in Malaysia while the same model is sold at RM40,581 in Thailand, RM40,246 in Indonesia and RM81,823 in Singapore.
"Malaysia has the cheapest car price among other countries that are selling the Perodua Viva 660 BX.
Posted: 09 Oct 2013 10:17 PM PDT
Boo Su-Lyn, The Malay Mail
With the courts just days from deciding on the "Allah" appeal, the churches of Sabah and Sarawak banded together today to insist that prohibiting Christians from calling their god "Allah" violates the 1963 Malaysia Agreement upon which the country was founded
Ahead of the Monday ruling by the Court of Appeal on whether the Christian Church can use the Arabic word, the East Malaysian churches stressed that it was "completely unacceptable" to bar such usage that has been their common practice for centuries.
"This is abhorrent, wholly unacceptable and a flagrant betrayal of the Malaysia Agreement which guarantees the inalienable rights of non-Muslims in Sarawak and Sabah to religious freedom," Datuk Bolly Lapok, chairman of the Association of Churches in Sarawak, said in a statement today.
"The Bumiputera church will continue to use the Bahasa Malaysia Alkitab, together with the word 'Allah', both of which are fundamental to all aspects of the profession and practice of the Christian faith," he added.
Bishop Datuk Dr Thomas Tsen, president of the Sabah Council of Churches, pointed out in an accompanying statement that two-thirds of Christians in Malaysia are Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak, numbering at 1.6 million, who use Bahasa Malaysia and indigenous languages in their prayer services.
"With the greatest respect to the governing authorities, whether they are the legislative, executive or judicial arms of government, we ask that religious bigotry, racism and extremism should not be perpetuated and allowed to fester and poison our Malaysian nation," said Tsen.
"Specifically with regard to the use of the word 'Allah', proscribing the use of the word 'Allah' would instantly turn these native Bumiputera into law-breakers in the very land of which they are the sons of the soil," he added.
The appellate court in August ruled in favour of allowing the government's appeal against the 2009 High Court decision, which has been at the centre of frosty interfaith ties in the country over the last three years.
The 2009 High Court decision, which upheld the Catholic Church's constitutional right to use the word "Allah" in its weekly publication The Herald, had shocked Malaysian Muslims who considered the word to be exclusive to Islam.
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