- Johor DAP chairman backs down, says shares Kit Siang’s Malaysian Dream vision
- Tony Pua called RoS “running dogs” because it’s a Malay organisation, says Utusan
- Islam under threat if Putrajaya buckles at Geneva review, Muslim NGO warns
- Archbishop prays for ‘enlightened’ decision in ‘Allah’ appeal
- Umno is mightier than Allah, says PKR’s Chua
- 6 corner fight for PAS vice presidency?
- What’s your next move Nasrudin?
- Will that flickering flame ever shine more brightly?
- KJ, Shahrizat, Mas Ermieyati confirmed as UMNO wings leaders
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 07:22 PM PDT
Eileen Ng, TMI
Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau appears to have backed down from his earlier remarks on the Malaysian Dream Movement after coming under fire from party comrades.
Stressing that he shared party adviser Lim Kit Siang's vision of the movement, which is to stamp out racism and bigotry, Dr Boo said he was under the impression that Malaysian Dream was a form of declaration.
However, when it was later translated into various forms of activity, he felt the execution needed more input and coordination at various party levels to make it a bigger success.
He said since the movement is meant to focus on rural folks in the context of West Malaysia, cultural sensitivity is important to endear the Malaysian Dream to them.
"I believe cultural sensitivity should be cultivated among youngsters, including DAP members, and more deliberations and discussions should be encouraged in order to promote the Malaysian Dream Movement effectively at all levels of the party," he said in a statement today. He added that cultural traits should not be ignored and feedback should be gathered from the grassroots to attract more voters.
DAP publicity chief Tony Pua had slammed Dr Boo for his earlier comments on the movement, describing it as "irresponsible" and "unfounded'.
Dr Boo had reportedly said on Friday the Malaysian Dream Movement did not have the approval of DAP's central executive committee.
He also allegedly said certain figures had been given unchecked authority to raise funds using DAP resources and carry out activities which usurped the powers of other party organs.
Pua had said the Malaysian Dream was not mere rhetoric, as it spawned the "Impian Sarawak" campaign which was launched to urge all Malaysians to be agents of change and to bridge the divide between east and west Malaysia.
In defending his remarks on Impian Sarawak, Dr Boo said he did not raise any objections to the campaign due to the uncertainty of the party's central executive committee position when the Registrar of Societies directed the party to hold fresh internal polls.
He also said he did not give any opinion as Impian Sarawak is under the jurisdiction of the Sarawak DAP committee.
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 04:57 PM PDT
(TMI) - Malay daily Utusan Malaysia continued its attack on DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua today for calling the Registrar of Societies (RoS) Umno's running dog.
In its attack on Pua, the paper's columnist Awang Selamat took a racial approach, describing the RoS as comprising of mainly Malay staff.
Awang Selamat, the pseudonym for Utusan's editorial team, referred to a statement by Kedah PAS member Wan Johari Wan Omar chiding Pua.
"Wan Johari told Pua to stop calling the RoS, which comprised mainly of Malay workers, dog because it was only carrying out its duties," the column said in its weekend edition, Mingguan Malaysia.
"The message is clear, Pua's words are disgusting and racist. It is up to the Malays to decipher Pua's message and read between the lines," said Awang Selamat.
The column suggested that Pua thought it was more satisfying to call a "Malay organisation" as "dogs", and asked if he would have done the same to a Chinese-majority organisation.
"For Awang, it is no longer a question of moral inferiority but a very extreme racial symptom.
"The provocation and insults towards Malays are not something new among the leaders of this party. They are ungrateful.
"Awang recalls the May 13 racial riots, which everyone knows were caused by provocation towards the Malays. Is Pua trying to sow the seeds for a repeat?" said the column.
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 04:53 PM PDT
(MM) - Islam will come under the threat of apostasy and secularism if Putrajaya caves to pressures from civil rights groups during its human rights review in Geneva this month, the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association warned today.
In a statement here, association president Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar urged the government to ignore the demands of Comango or the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR (Universal Periodic Review), which had recently issued its list of recommendations ahead of the October 24 review by the Human Rights Council.
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 04:45 PM PDT
(MM) - After meeting thousands of Catholics at a mammoth rally here, Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam offered today a prayer of "enlightenment" for the decision-makers in tomorrow's highly-anticipated "Allah" case, a long drawn out dispute that has sullied religious ties between Christians and Muslims in Malaysia.
The Catholic Church head, when met on the sidelines of the country's maiden Marian Rally at the Kelana Jaya stadium, would not expound further on his prayer but only said he hoped for a "wise" decision from the court.
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 04:31 PM PDT
Chua said that even the Prophet knew that the term 'Allah' predates the arrival of Islam
K Pragalath, FMT
Johor PKR chief Chua Jui Meng last night blamed Umno for the controversy over the use of 'Allah' because they considered themselves as being greater than the Quran, Allah and Prophet Muhammad.
"Almighty Umnoputra Muslims consider themselves greater than the Quran and its Prophet, and even God by banning Christians from using 'Allah',"said Chua via micro-blogging site, Twitter. Chua is a Christian by faith.
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 04:27 PM PDT
Speculations are rife that there may be 6 possible candidates vying for the vice presidency seats during party polls in November
K Pragalath, FMT
Three new personalities within PAS have been speculated to be making bids for the vice presidents' posts. However the trio are not known to have made a pact to unseat the incumbents.
The current vice presidents are Salahuddin Ayub, Husam Musa and Mahfuz Omar. Of the three, Salahuddin lost both the Pulai parliamentary and Nusajaya state seats in Johor during the 13th general election.
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 04:21 PM PDT
Will the newly minted Temerloh MP defend his current position or move on to contest the vice-president's position; is still left to be seen
K Pragalath, FMT
Currently there is uncertainty on whether PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hasan Tantawi would defend his position or eye for one of the three vice president's post in PAS.
Nasrudin, from the ulama faction, is also the newly minted Temerloh MP who won during the 13th general election in May this year. He won the PAS Youth chief post uncontested in 2011.
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 10:44 AM PDT
Posted: 12 Oct 2013 10:40 AM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR: UMNO election committee announced the victory of UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Wanita UMNO Chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil who will continue to lead the wings for a second term. While Mas Ermieyati Samsudin emerged as the new Puteri Umno chief.
The committee chairman, Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali announced the results at a media briefing early this morning after each contestant obtained an easy majority vote of more than 96 divisions.
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