- Reverse ‘Allah’ decision as it leads to ‘severe oppression’, says Harun Yahya
- DAP’s Zul quits posts
- Experts laud Brunei for introducing Syariah law
- Ex-minister Dr Ling acquitted of cheating Putrajaya in PKFZ land deal
- Najib’s men screwing Borneo’s BN support
- MCMC grills BFM producer duo over Reza Aslan interview
- Malaysia curbs on use of word "Allah" seen hurting Muslim image
- Ambiga calls on government to put Penal Code, Sosma amendments on hold
Posted: 24 Oct 2013 05:31 PM PDT
(MM) - Prolific Turkish writer Harun Yahya urged Putrajaya today to reverse its ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims here, saying the decision was "based on illogical and theologically unacceptable reasoning".
The writer — whose real name is Adnan Oktar — said such a ban would inevitably lead to an environment of severe oppression, despite Putrajaya's repeated claim that it only applies to local Catholic newspaper the Herald.
Posted: 24 Oct 2013 04:44 PM PDT
DAP's Zulkifli Mohd Noor has resigned from all positions in the party and GLC's to show that he has lost confidence in the party's leadership.
Athi Shankar, FMT
Zukifli Mohd Noor, who offered himself as a DAP national chairman candidate during the party's recent central executive committee (CEC) re-election, has resigned three party and government-link company (GLC) positions, effective yesterday.
In his press statement here today, Zulkifli said he decided to relinquish his posts due to loss of confidence in the current party leadership, which he claimed as being too self-centred and embarking on selfish political goals.
"I believe the current DAP leaders have swayed far away from the party original struggle based on socialist-democrat ideals.
"This can be seen from their leadership style and policies in both party and state government," said Zulkifli, who joined the party some 26 years ago.
He has quit his party positions as Bayan Baru parliamentary liaison committee head and state DAP committee member, and as director of GLC, Penang Global Tourism, a subsidiary of Penang Development Corporation (PDC).
Earlier this year, Zulkifli also resigned as a councillor in the Penang island municipality (MPPP).
Zulkifli submitted his resignation letters dated Oct 24 to the various related bodies.
He said that the Penang government leadership led by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has and never will favour lay public, especially people from lower income group.
He pointed out that the unscrupulous and speculative property price hike in Penang is beyond the reach of ordinary layman and was a fine example to prove that the DAP was not a people-orientated organisation.
He stated that the party has transformed into a dictatorial outfit favouring only the rich, elite and powerful.
"DAP's original democrat struggle has transformed to a capitalist-dictator regime," said Zulkifli, a former party national and state vice-chairman.
Referring to Saidina Umar Abdul Aziz's famous quote of "Aamal Maaruf Nahi Mungkar", he said the words were blatantly misused as a rhetoric propaganda used by Guan Eng, to hoodwink the people.
He pointed out that the current party and Penang government leadership style was in contrast to the famous phrase.
Despite his frustrations, Zulkifli said he will remain as a party member.
Posted: 24 Oct 2013 01:32 PM PDT
(Borneo Post) - Malaysian experts yesterday praised Brunei's move to introduce Syariah Law with political will coming from the highest authority in the Sultanate as this would give more blessings. They hoped that other Muslim countries would follow suit, Borneo Bulletin reported.
Posted: 24 Oct 2013 01:22 PM PDT
(TMI) - The Najib administration was left red-faced today after former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik was acquitted of charges that he had cheated Putrajaya in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) land deal.
The government made the headline-grabbing charge against the former MCA president hoping to bolster its anti-corruption credentials, but like a litany of other high profile cases brought against so-called big fish, this too ended in a humiliating defeat.
High Court Judge Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi, in acquitting the former transport minister and MCA president, said the defence had created a reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case.
In a packed courtroom, the judge said he was not reading the 42-page judgment but will only deliver the verdict.
"The accused is cleared of all charges as the defence has created a reasonable doubt in the prosecution's case," Ahmadi said.
His supporters clapped while a cool and composed Dr Ling, the first person with the honorific title "Tun" to be charged with a criminal offence, walked out of the dock and was swarmed by those present to shake his hand.
He, however, declined to speak to the media.
"No comment", he said while placing his finger to his lips, gesturing that he would not say anything.
Counsel Wong Kian Kheong appeared for Dr Ling while the prosecution team was led by deputy solicitor-general III Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah.
Abdul Majid was not present as he is away to perform his Haj.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Manoj Kurup, who assisted Abdul Majid, said the prosecution will study the judgment before deciding whether to appeal. It has 10 days from today to file the notice of appeal.
Nine witnesses, including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, gave evidence for Dr Ling.
Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister for 22 years, was also the finance minister between 2000 and 2003, when Dr Ling was alleged to have committed the offences.
The judgment showed that Dr Mahathir's evidence rebutted the prosecution's case which led to Dr Ling's acquittal.
Posted: 24 Oct 2013 01:15 PM PDT
(FMT) - Sarawak Workers Party claims Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's flip-flopping has made "some people more equal than others".
"Now it sounds like; since East Malaysia is a power 'deposit', therefore the court ruling can be discounted.
Posted: 24 Oct 2013 08:52 AM PDT
(MM) - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) questioned two BFM radio producers today over a recent interview they conducted with American religious scholar Dr Reza Aslan over the "Allah" controversy.
Ezra Zaid said that the country's communications and Internet regulator called him and his colleague, Umapagan Ampikaipakan, up for a statement this afternoon over their interview with Aslan.
"Umapagan and myself were called in today to give a statement," Ezra told The Malay Mail Online today.
In the interview with the business station last Monday, Aslan criticised the recent Court of Appeal ruling that found that the word "Allah" belonged exclusively to Muslims, pointing out that the word was just an Arabic term for God.
"Allah is a construction of the word al-Ilah...Al-Ilah means 'The God'. Allah is not the name of God.
"Frankly, anyone who thinks that Allah is the name of God, is not just incorrect, but is going against the Quran itself. It is almost a blasphemous thought to think that Allah has a name," Aslan had said.
Part of the interview with Aslan, which featured his remarks on the "Allah" issue, did not air, but was uploaded in a podcast on BFM's website www.bfm.my instead.
Posted: 24 Oct 2013 08:50 AM PDT
(Al Arabiya) - 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 practice 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."
Posted: 23 Oct 2013 09:50 PM PDT
Viswaree Palansamy, TMI
Bersih co-chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan (pic) wants Putrajaya to put on hold the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2013, and to agree not to gazette it until further discussions are held with concerned stakeholders.
She described Section 203A of the Penal Code as a "muzzling provision", referring to the contentious provision that restricts civil servants from disseminating any information gathered during one's tenure of duty or the exercise of one's functions.
"Amendments always warrant further scrutiny," she told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
The Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2013 was passed by the Lower House on Tuesday, while the Security Offences (Special Measures)(Amendment) Act 2012 was passed today without changes.
Ambiga said that even lawmakers did not have enough time to pour over the amendments as they only received the copies of the relevant Bills a day before the tabling of its first reading.
"The Bar Council has been asking for Bills in advance for many years and I don't think that is unreasonable if we want to be the so-called 'best democracy in the world'," she said.
Opposition lawmakers had objected strongly to the amendments and warned that the inclusion of two ordinary criminal offences - organised crime and anti-human trafficking - contradicted the government's stand that Sosma was created to curb terrorism activities. Under this law, bail is not allowed and the remand period is 28 days.
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