- Muslim activists: Dr M’s daughter, Ambiga masterminds behind ‘anti-Islam’ NGO
- PKR rep: “How can I resign when I don’t know if I am really a member”
- I will not apologise – Karpal
- Karpal denies calling for PAS to be deregistered
- Zaid: Malays need Perkasa 2.0 to lead the way
- ‘Be careful with your statements, Karpal’
- ‘Lajim, not money, reason for defections’
- Bumiputera will steal if left unaided, says law minister
- What a joke? High-jumper Lajim asking ‘jumper’ to quit
- Malaysian police arrest tribespeople protesting dam
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 07:34 PM PST
(MM) - Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) accused today Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan of supporting a local human rights coalition called Comango, whose demands the Islamist group said were a threat to Islam.
Isma distributed 70,000 leaflets at mosques throughout the country after Friday prayers today that slammed Comango for calling for the freedom to renounce Islam; the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) rights; the removal of Malay privileges; the freedom to embrace Syiah teachings; and the right for Catholics to refer to God as "Allah", among other things.
"The NGOs involved are the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), Seksualiti Merdeka, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Sisters in Islam (SIS), Pusat KOMAS, Association of Kindergarten Teachers in Peninsular Malaysia, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Childline Malaysia, and many more," said Isma.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 07:26 PM PST
(The Star) - PKR's Matunggong assemblyman Datuk Jelani Hamdan (pic) has taken one-step further away from the opposition party by quitting as its Sabah liaison committee vice chief.
In a twist to an ongoing spat with the PKR leadership, Jelani said he had never been a member of the party that he had applied to join in July 7, 2010.
He said he never received an official reply from the PKR about his membership application nor was he ever given a membership number.
On whether there was a need for him to resign from PKR, Jelani said: "How can I resign when I don't know if I am really a member."
Asked whether he should be a party member by virtue of winning the Matunggong state seat under the PKR ticket in the 13th general election, Jelani said his situation was similar to that of Datuk Wilfred Bumburing.
Bumburing, a former Upko deputy president and the ad hoc Angkatan Perubahan Sabah (APS) chief, won the Tamparuli state seat on the PKR ticket without being its member.
On his appointment as Sabah PKR vice chief, Jelani said: "They offered me the post and I accepted. They must have presumed I am a member. Today I am resigning from the post."
He said his dissatisfaction with the PKR leadership stemmed from party advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's appointment of Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin as the Sabah state assembly opposition chief and state party leader.
"There was no consultation among the opposition assemblymen. Instead Lajim went around gathering signatures. This caused a lot of uneasiness among the opposition assemblymen until even the Assembly Speaker was initially confused about who the opposition chief was," Jelani added.
On Lajim's appointment as state PKR chief, Jelani said Anwar had called him to support the move on the basis of Lajim's seniority.
"What seniority? Lajim joined PKR two days after the election? Surely there were other more established party leaders who could have led Sabah PKR committee," he said.
Asked whether he was intending to join another political party, Jelani who was a founding member of Kota Marudu Umno, which he led as division and Youth chief in 2001, said he could not rule out the move.
He said a future option for him was also to form a new political party if he found this move to be necessary.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 04:06 PM PST
(TMT) - DAP national chairman Karpal Singh commented that he will not apologise to PAS on his race-based political parties statement.
Karpal said, "Demands for an apology by "so-called" PAS leaders will not be met. That much, I assure them."
Defending his statement, Karpal said, "True, I had stated that race-based political parties and professional bodies should open their doors to other races which, unfortunately, included PAS. But I did not ask for the de-registration of PAS at the press conference."
Karpal continued to deny calling for the de-registration of the party's ally PAS recently, describing it as a "vile allegation".
"I was quick to add that PAS acknowledged the necessity of multi-racialism by having a non-Muslim supporters' wing," he said in a statement Friday.
It was reported on Tuesday that Karpal, a veteran lawyer and politician, had called for the de-registration of all political or professional bodies that operated along racial and religious lines, including PAS, saying that the move would work in the interest of national unity.
He said this while hitting out at the Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) for threatening the Bar Council over its alleged support for Catholic weekly The Herald, saying that such associations should be de-registered.
His statement earned the wrath of PAS leaders, who said Karpal failed to understand the party's struggle. Some also called for his public apology on the matter.
Karpal explained that at the press conference on Tuesday, he in fact threw PAS a life-line.
"I did not bring PAS into the net I had cast against political parties and professional bodies set up along racial lines. I have stated the truth," said the Bukit Gelugor MP.
However, he stood firm on his statement calling for the de-registration of the MLA.
"The president of the Muslim Lawyers Association threatened further action against the council. I stand firmly over my call for the de-registration of the MLA," he said.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 03:42 PM PST
(TMI) - DAP national chairman Karpal Singh (pic) has denied ever calling for the deregistration of PAS. Instead, the veteran leader clarified in a statement today that he had thrown PAS a lifeline when he had stated that the party realised the need for multiracialism by having the non-Muslim Supporters Congress.
"I had also said at the press conference on Tuesday that this was unlike Umno, MCA and MIC which were unadulterated racist parties which required to be deregistered."
He further stressed that he did not bring PAS into the net he had cast against race-based political parties and professional bodies when commenting on the Muslim Lawyers Association's threat to the Malaysian Bar over the use of the word "Allah" in the Catholic weekly, the Herald.
As such, he said he would not apologise to PAS.
Karpal said certain officials from the Islamist party had also joined others in criticising him over his alleged remarks.
"It is true that I had stated that race-based political parties and professional bodies should open its doors to other races which unfortunately included PAS but I was quick to add that PAS had acknowledged the necessity of multiracialism by having a non-Muslim supporters' wing."
Karpal pointed out that PAS had established the non-Muslim Pas Supporters Congress prior to the 2004 general election and also agreed to field non-Muslim candidates in the 2013 general election. The DAP veteran leader also pointed out that in GE 2008, PAS fielded an Indian candidate to contest the Tiram state seat in Johor.
Adding that he was appalled at the way he was attacked by certain political vultures, academicians and commentators, Karpal said that he had called for the deregistration of the Muslim Lawyers Association for its condemnation of the Bar Council.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 03:20 PM PST
(MM) - Successful Malays and politicians should work together to guide the Malay community with positive messages and act as a peaceful alternative to Malay rights group Perkasa, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim suggested today.
The Malays need to be shown a fresh approach on how to achieve success without being divisive, the former Umno minister said, adding that the community should be well-equipped to make full use of opportunities in the country.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 03:09 PM PST
The Bukit Gelugor MP should have been more circumspect with his views, especially since Islam is the country's official religion, says PAS
Alyaa Azhar, FMT
DAP's Karpal Singh should have been more careful in giving his views on politically contentious matters, said PAS Youth deputy chief Raja Ahmad Iskandar Al-Hiss.
He said while he appreciated the DAP national chairman's statement that he did not call for PAS' deregistration, he should have have been mindful of sensitivities regarding the matter.
"It's good if he did not say that but he should have been more careful in giving his views," said Raja Ahmad.
He said this was because when Karpal mentioned about religion-based parties, his statement had implicated PAS as it is an Islamist party.
"We agree that parties based on race should be deregistered. However, he should not have mentioned about Islam especially since it is the country's official religion," said Raja Ahmad.
Karpal today defended himself, stressing that he did not call for the deregistration of PAS.
He went on to explain that he had mentioned how PAS acknowledges the necessity of multiculturalism by having the non-Muslims PAS Supporters Congress (DHPP).
Karpal also remained steadfast on his views, saying that demands for an apology by "so-called PAS leaders" will not be met.
According to Bernama, Karpal had on Tuesday called for all race and religion-based political parties or associations to be deregistered or opened to all.
He was lashing out at Muslim Lawyers' Association president Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar for allegedly threatening the Bar Council if it supported The Herald in relation to use of the word Allah.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 02:57 PM PST
Anwar Ibrahim's hand in Sabah PKR is ruining existing relationships and kindling memories of Umno's 'ousting' of Usno.
(FMT) - Matunggong assemblyman Jelani Hamdan, who is widely speculated to quit Sabah PKR and declare his independence, has been spewing his angst against the party leadership for sometime now.
He is not the only one. In fact federal PKR's decision in August to appoint Lajim Ukin to spearhead Sabah has irked the grassroots in Sabah no end.
And the simmering discontent is coming to boil.
One Sabah source contacted today said that dissatisfaction among traditional PKR followers in Sabah has been festering for sometime and money was not the main issue.
"This whole situation is Anwar (Ibrahim)'s fault. He has forced Lajim on us. He knew the local opinion on Lajim and ignored it. He took him and promised him Sabah.
"Lajim got his way and put his people in. The original PKR members are overtaken by these people…same like when Umno came and killed off Usno," said the source.
Jelani recently fumed that he and his Kadamaian colleague Jeremmy Malajad, who defected earlier this week, can no longer work with Lajim.
"We cannot work with Lajim anymore…," he said, adding that he had opposed Lajim's appointment as Sabah PKR chief from the onset.
Lajim, Jelani had claimed, was biased against the KadazandusunMurut communities, an allegation that Lajim, a Bisaya, has denied.
But Jelani pointed out that Lajim's state PKR liasion committee lacked representations from the KDM and Rungus communities.
He claimed he had in the past raised the issues with Anwar and Lajim but "as always a decision taken is different when implemented." – a view shared by another PKR member here in Kuala Lumpur.
According to this member-observer, it was typical of Anwar's 'bulldozing' style.
"Anwar says one thing and does another…if you take him seriously, mati la," he added.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 11:33 AM PST
(MM) - Poor Bumiputera will resort to theft, minister Nancy Shukri said today in her defence of the government's recent move to reintroduce a race-preferential economic policy that has drawn the ire of Malaysia's minority Chinese and Indian communities.
The de facto law minister told a public forum on international covenants organised by the Malaysian Bar here that the Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Policy was needed to help fix the unequal wealth distribution among the races that remains prevalent half a century after the country was formed, and which she claimed could lead to a potential spurt in social ills and crime.
"As a politician now, I understand why there is a Bumiputera new economic policy... The Bumiputera, they are very marginalised in terms of economy. They're very much lower than other groups.
"If there is no such policy to balance the economic distribution within Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera, there could be a difficult situation as well," Nancy said.
A former civil society activist, the Sarawakian MP for Batang Sadong said the public at large was unable to understand the necessity for such policy to reverse the imbalance in distributing wealth.
"If you don't help... social ills will be happening. Because they will left very far behind, there will be social problems. That's the situation, if they don't have money, what will they do? They will start stealing."
Even so, the minister admitted that the Bumiputera cannot forever depend on help from Putrajaya, and the New Economic Model (NEM) itself does not just simply gift the ethnic group cash handouts.
In September, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had detailed the far-reaching NEM that is set to offer the dominant Malay community access to tens of billions in aid and contracts.
In a high-profile announcement, Najib trotted off a list of over RM31 billion in various loans, contracts and programmes that will be made available to the group, with the stated aim of strengthening Bumiputera economic participation and boost their ownership of commercial property.
The commitment towards uplifting the lot of the Malay community — which Najib described as integral in charting the country's fortunes — follows recent criticism against the Umno president for failing to fully acknowledge the support the group had extended to the ruling Barisan Nasional during the recent general election.
The move had received heavy criticism from opposition Pakatan Rakyat, with DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang claiming that the NEM will only result in greater benefits for Umno's upper echelon.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had also said that Bumiputera special privileges cannot justify Putrajaya's decision to lavish billions on the community without care for the rest of Malaysia.
Najib however received support from Malay rights group Perkasa which urged the prime minister to not be apologetic over the NEM as it is the government's obligation to repay the Bumiputera for their support in the recent general election.
The group also thanked Putrajaya for listening to its recommendations while forming the NEM, claiming now that empowering the Bumiputera is a "national agenda" instead of a racial one.
The Malays and Bumiputera make up the majority of Malaysia's population at an estimated 67.4 per cent of the 28.3 million population, followed by the Chinese at 24.6 per cent, according to the most recent census at 2010.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 10:56 AM PST
"Lajim should acknowledge his and the opposition's weaknesses and shortcomings instead of blindly blaming BN," said Mositun.
Posted: 07 Nov 2013 10:54 AM PST
(Bangkok Post) - Malaysian police on Thursday arrested eight tribespeople blocking access to a dam which they say will displace them from their lands, amid increasing protests on Borneo island.
The dam is expected to flood 245 square kilometres (95 square miles) and cause 1,500 Penan and 80 Kenyah natives to lose their homes.
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