- Johor DAP reps to resolve Malaysian Dream ‘misunderstanding’ in tonight’s meet
- PAS chief repeats push to implement Islamic laws ahead of polls
- Muslims can’t stop others from using the word Allah, says PAS president
- Association calls for the use of ‘Allah’ in church
- Karpal Singh urges King not to agree to PCA
- Forum against Bersih’s People’s Tribunal draws PKR scorn
- Ex-ministers, MP hold duplicated posts in PM's office
- MIC division polls marred by allegations of manipulation
- Indonesia's Corruption Battle Gets Serious
- WEF: KL policies behind brain drain
- 230,000 Delegates To Determine Leadership Of UMNO Wings
- In junior Umno polls, hints of country’s future?
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 06:42 PM PDT
(MM) - The DAP national leadership has called for an adhoc meeting of all its Johor leaders tonight, following its state chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau's (pic) unexpected criticism against the party's "Malaysian Dream".
In a statement here, DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua said he was shocked at Dr Boo's disapproval at the campaign, which was started by party veteran Lim Kit Siang during the latter's campaign for the Gelang Patah seat earlier this year.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 05:20 PM PDT
(MM) - Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang repeated today PAS's old push for the implementation of Islamic laws in Malaysia, a remark likely to please the party's conservatives - the faction that is expected to return to the fore when internal polls are held this November.
The embattled PAS president insisted that the push had always been a part of the Islamist party's agenda, and has "not been a problem" among its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) allies, including the non-Muslims.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 05:13 PM PDT
Eileen Ng, TMI
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pic) today weighed in on the controversial "Allah" row, saying there is nothing wrong with non-Muslims using the term in their faiths provided it is not misused or misinterpreted.
"There is no law that does not allow other people to use the word 'Allah', but if they interpret it wrongly to Muslims, they need to answer because Allah means He is the only God to be worshiped," Hadi said after launching a seminar on Shariah at the Universiti Selangor in Shah Alam, today.
Hadi's statement comes as the Court of Appeal prepares to give its decision on the appeal by Catholic weekly newspaper Herald to be allowed to use the word.
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur had ruled on December 31, 2009 that the weekly newspaper could use the word.
Following Putrajaya's appeal against that decision, a three-man bench led by Datuk Seri Mohamad Apandi Ali heard submissions on September 10 from lawyers representing Putrajaya, the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church and Islamic religious councils.
Hadi said it was not for Muslims to stop others from using the word "Allah", pointing out that unlike the word "God", "Allah" is an Arabic word which cannot be translated into another language.
This, he added, makes the term sacred.
His comments contrast the recent call by the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) on Muslims to unite against any attempt to misuse the word "Allah".
The Council, in the prepared text of the Friday sermon, has questioned the use of the word "Allah" in the Bible, saying the action was contradictory to Christians' belief in the concept of Trinity.
But Jakim added that use of the term in Christian bibles could cause confusion among Muslims, saying they might be mistaken about the identity of "Allah" and ultimately destroy their faith.
Jakim's call prompted a defiant statement from church leaders in Sabah and Sarawak which said Christians would continue using "Allah" regardless of court outcome.
"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," they said in a strongly-worded statement last night.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 04:50 PM PDT
Priscilla Prasena, FMT
The Association of Churches in Sarawak said the Bumiputera churches in Sarawak would continue to use the Bahasa Malaysia bible with the word "Allah" as it was their fundamental right.
Its chairman Rev Bolly Lapok reiterated in a press statement today that the churches expected the federal government strictly abide by the Federal Constitution, which guaranteed religious freedom.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 03:56 PM PDT
(The Star) - DAP national chairman Karpal Singh has urged the King not to give his assent to the Prevention Of Crime Bill which was passed in Parliament.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 03:52 PM PDT
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 12:07 PM PDT
(fz.com) - Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng questioned the necessity for duplications of officers and advisers in the Prime Minister's office. Among them includes former work minister and ex-MP for Sungai Siput, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu who is special envoy to India, receiving a monthly allowance of RM27,227.20.
Does Malaysia need two envoys in China and in India?
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 12:05 PM PDT
(fz.com) - With just two weeks to elect MIC delegates for the national congress in November, the party is hit by a slew of allegations of manipulation and the emergence of phantom branches.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 11:53 AM PDT
(Asia Sentinel) - The legislation setting up the organization gave it draconian powers loosely modeled on Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption, with the power to authorize warrantless wiretaps, confiscate passports, subpoena financial information about suspects, freeze bank accounts and other financial transactions and detain suspects. Despite its limited annual budget of only US$57 million, its record has been spectacular, with a 100 percent conviction rate against 86 suspects in its own anti-corruption court.
The KPK is changing the rules of the game
In 2002, in the first flush of Indonesia's post-Suharto era, then-President Megawati Sukarnoputri pushed a law through the legislature establishing the Corruption Eradication Commission. The agency, a decade later, may actually be altering the political landscape of the country.
"Given the steady drip-drip-drip of cases [brought by the KPK] I think these guys are on a campaign that is making them the most important political force in this country," said a veteran political observer in Jakarta. "It has basically destroyed Yudhoyono and his political party. You could argue that it is not just Jokowi's [Jakarta Gov. Joko Widowo's] popularity and clean image but public anger with the corruption exposed by the KPK that is redrawing the political map for 2014."
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 11:50 AM PDT
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 09:57 AM PDT
(Bernama) - About 230,000 delegates from the three UMNO wings - Wanita, Youth and Puteri - will choose their leadership at the divisional and national levels when the delegates' meeting and election of the respective wings are held simultaneously at 191 divisions Saturday.
The meetings-cum-elections will definitely be keenly watched by party members and political observers as for the first time, it will involve a large number of party grassroots members who are given the right to chooose who to lead them for the next three years.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 09:41 AM PDT
Besides Khairy and Akhramsyah, three other contenders — Syed Rosli Syed Harman, Irwan Ambak Khalid Izhar, and Abd Karim Ali — are also in the running to head Umno Youth.
Syed Jaymal Zahiid, The Malay Mail
A shock defeat for Khairy would not only be seen as the party snubbing the progressive and centrist wave for which he is the poster boy, but would effectively derail the youth and sports minister's purported ambitions of one day helming the country.
It could also see Umno further embrace calls for it to focus efforts on the Malays, to the detriment of already testy ties with the other communities in the country.
For Wanita Umno, the winner could have even more important repercussions.
Although often in the background of events, the women in the signature red headscarves are considered the backbone of the party and the foundation of its formidable election machinery.
In this year's contest, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil faces two challengers, including a viable contender in the form of former deputy minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan.
"In the case of Shahrizat, although support is strong, there were certain problems that confronted Wanita, and since the ones voting now are the grassroots, it was the grassroots that had the most problem," associate professor Shaharuddin Baddarudin from Mara Technology University (UiTM) told The Malay Mail Online.
Shahrizat is said to remain popular with the delegates, but her family's link to the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal remains the proverbial monkey on her back. Although the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) cleared her of any wrongdoing in the award of the RM250 million contract to the firm operated by her family, her husband Datuk Seri Mohamed Salleh Ismail was charged with criminal breach of trust and violating the Companies Act over RM49 million in federal funds from the project.
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