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Hu slams Karpal over call to deregister religion-based parties

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 03:33 PM PST

(The Star) - DAP chairman Karpal Singh continues to receive criticism over his call early this week for race and religion-based political organisations to be deregistered.

The latest criticism came from PAS Supporters Congress chairman Hu Pang Chaw who told the Bukit Gelugor MP to put his party in order first before trying to pick faults with others.

Hu said Karpal's view was outdated as although PAS was an Islamist party, it was in the process of changing to become more inclusive in allowing non-Muslims to join the party.

He said Karpal should not have questioned PAS' sincerity in trying to attract non-Muslims into its folds.

"Although for the past 56 years PAS has remained as a conservative Islamist party, it is now making drastic changes to its set up by allowing non-Muslims to join in their struggle, albeit not as full-fledged members yet.

"In comparison, the DAP, which has always claimed to be a multi-racial party since its inception, its non-Chinese members is still less than 10%," he said.

Hu said although the congress was only set up in 2009, PAS had decided to absorb it into the party despite its many detractors.

"This speaks volume for PAS' sincerity in reaching out to the multi-racial society," he added.

He said as a fellow leader in Pakatan Rakyat, Karpal should understand that it took time for PAS to make changes and the fact it had done so within the short span of three years showed that it was truly trying hard towards becoming a multi-racial party.

Meanwhile in George Town, Karpal said DAP was not worried that PAS might take up a "peace offering" to join forces with Umno for the sake of Malay unity.

"PAS is strong enough to resist any peace overtures from Umno.

"We in Pakatan remain focused in an effort to dethrone Barisan Nasional's rule in the country," he told a press conference yesterday.

Karpal was responding to a news report, which quoted Penang Umno Information head Shahbudin Yahya as calling for a special body to be formed to study the grassroots view on the possible merger between the party and PAS.

Shahbudin was reported as saying that it was important to gauge the grassroots' view on the matter before a more serious effort could be taken towards making it a reality.

Karpal said DAP did not feel threatened by Shahbuddin's proposal and considered it as Umno's strategy to divide Pakatan. 


Perkasa blames DAP, political parties for racial tension

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 03:18 PM PST

(MM) - Political parties such as the DAP are the cause of racial tension in Malaysia, claimed Malay rights group Perkasa in its bid to shift blame away from communal non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said that race-based and religious-based organisations would instead act as catalysts for national unity, Utusan Malaysia's weekend edition reported today.

"The racial tension was not started by non-governmental organisations (NGO) but by hardcore political parties that capitalised on racial issues especially after the 2008 general elections. This is clear with the sentiment played by the DAP on the Chinese community.

"We NGOs of various races work together in promoting national unity like today. We Perkasa, Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Amal India Baru (Perinbam) and Persatuan Cina 1 Malaysia (Percisama) make today's Deepavali event successful together," Ibrahim was quoted saying in a news conference yesterday.

Ibrahim explained that close co-operation between organisations that are based on race and religion could help create social balance.

The transparency of these organisations in upholding the spirit of unity and the Federal Constitution would be able to prevent any racial or religious tensions as well as misunderstandings within the multicultural community here, the Malay-language daily reported Ibrahim as saying.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan, Perinbam president U. Thamotharan and Percisama president Choy Chee Wai were reportedly spotted at the 2013 Deepavali celebration organised by Perinbam.

The Indian-based Perinbam, Chinese-based Percisama and Malay-based Perkasa had this July inked a pledge to work together.

Recently, DAP chairman Karpal Singh suggested that racial and religious-based political parties and professional bodies be deregistered, saying that they are "dangerous for a multi-racial society and a threat to unity".

Karpal had made that suggestion when attacking the Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) after it warned the Bar Council against backing Catholic weekly Herald's appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling that banned it from using the word "Allah".

MLA president Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar had cautioned the Bar Council against taking a partisan stand in the spat that is deepening a gulf in multi-religious Malaysia. 


Najib and Zahid, why the silence?

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 02:59 PM PST

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim says the silence of the duo on the allegations of wrongdoing by Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail only proves the lack of transparency.

K Pragalath, FMT

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim questioned the silence of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's following claims by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the Attorney-General's Chambers hired two CIA agents.

"This wall of silence that has been surrounding the PM and his Home Minister is symptomatic of a larger problem that is afflicting the government of Najib Razak where demands for transparency and accountability continue to fall on deaf ears." Anwar said in a statement.

Three days ago, a news portal reported former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad pressuring Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail by calling for a meeting with Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

During the meeting, Mahathir claimed that the Attorney-General's Chambers hired two CIA agents and Ahmad Zahid had agreed to launch an investigation into the matter.

Prior to that, Dr Mahathir met ex-Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim, and prominent lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

Also present in the meeting were Dr Mahathir's former political secretary Matthias Chang and former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Datuk Ramli Yusoff.

The five met up to discuss on Abdul Gani's supposed involvement in the alleged fabrication of evidence in Anwar Ibrahim's "black eye" case in 1998.

Gani has also been receiving heavy criticism for his manner in handling the Altantuya Shaariibbuu murder case, and PKFZ fiasco involving former transport minister Ling Liong Sik.



City Hall resumes demolition of temple in Jalan P Ramlee

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 11:54 AM PST


(The Star) - The Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple off Jalan P Ramlee was demolished this morning despite a meeting pending with the deputy minister of the Federal Territories Ministry later this month.

Temple president R.A. Balasubramaniam said the officers from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) along with several policemen came to the temple as early as 7.30am.

"They made those inside leave without any explanation and proceeded to demolish the temple," he said.

"Nobody will talk to us and they have not allowed us to go inside to salvage what we can. No notice has been served," he said.

A building at the temple site on the verge of being demolished

By 11am, parts of the temple building had been torn down. A bystander, identified as Mohan said he was unsure if the main temple would be demolished today.

By 11.15am, several tractors were seen tearing down the main temple building, including the roof.

On Sept 1, part of the 101-year-old temple was demolished by City Hall after the temple authorities and DBKL reached an impasse in their year-long negotiations to remove the temple from DBKL's reserve land.

Police had said only the wall of the temple at the back adjacent to a new office highrise was being demolished to make way for an 8-feet walkway.

Several political leaders, who were at the temple, failed to get any explanation from the City Hall officers as to the latest action to demolish the temple.


Some of them were heard shouting at the officers.

City Hall vans and policemen were seen checking all vehicles entering the area, with scores of people watching by the roadside. 

The Sri Muniswarar Kaliamman temple is the only temple for Hindus within Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle business hub.

The temple was built in 1911 is now deemed to be on DBKL's reserve land for road expansion, pedestrian paths or drainage.

Hap Seng Land is putting up a 30-storey office building in an adjacent plot and can only get a Certificate of Fitness if it builds a walkway in line with DBKL requirements.

However, the temple is on the land that would be needed for the walkway and the developer offered some land in Sepang for the temple to be relocated to but the temple authorities rejected that offer as the place of worship had historical significance.

When the two could not come to an amicable settlement, Hap Seng sued City Hall which, in turn, sent an eviction notice to the temple.  

AG Gani should be suspended over alleged misdeeds, says Anwar

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 10:30 AM PST


(TMI) - Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail should be suspended immediately in the wake of allegations purportedly made by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the AG's Chambers had employed two American agents.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the allegations were shocking and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should give an immediate response on the issue to either clarify the allegations or deny them.

"The recent revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden which exposed a global espionage network by the United States, Australia and other countries conducted on Malaysian soil has been nothing short of alarming," Anwar said in a statement today.

"However, Najib has remained silent about the issue and the latest allegations are shameful and scandalous. As the country's leader, Najib should step forward and clear the air," he urged.

"The wall of silence surrounding Najib and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is symptomatic of a larger problem which is affecting Putrajaya. Demands for transparency and accountability continue to be made in vain as it falls on deaf ears."

Anwar said Gani also owed the public an explanation on the allegations surrounding him and his office. Anwar added that there were also other allegations of Gani's illegal and conspiratorial activities linked to his office.

Former city Criminal Investigation Department head Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim had lodged numerous reports which contained damning allegations against Gani, Anwar said. The AG's failure to deny these allegations means he is culpable of the alleged wrongdoings and he should be suspended from office immediately. 


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