- PAS Youth Gives DAP Five Days To Wrangle Apology From Karpal
- Ex-Kedah DAP man hits out at party
- IGP: No problem arming religious guards
- Malaysia should prepare for a crisis
- Fate of PAS in Pakatan coalition at stake
- Utusan: ‘Allah’ row now a national security issue
- Zaid: Ignoring Sultan’s ‘Allah’ decree is not treason
- Taiwan abuzz over incident
- Pakatan moves to ensure hearing day for suit to nullify GE13 results
Posted: 17 Nov 2013 01:54 AM PST
(MM) - PAS Youth renewed today its call on Karpal Singh to apologise for allegedly suggesting the de-registration of PAS, even giving the DAP veteran a five-day deadline to respond to its demand.
In a media statement here, the wing's vice-chief Dr Raja Ahmad Iskandar Al-Hiss said the transcript of Karpal's remarks to the press on November 5 had proven that the senior politician had indeed lumped PAS in the category of "race-based" parties that should be dissolved.
"Operating along religious, racial lines, is a very dangerous thing in a multi-racial and a multi-religious society like ours. I think the time has come perhaps for all racial parties to be deregistered, that will include unfortunately even PAS.
Citing this, the PAS leader said Karpal should not only apologise but should also retract remarks he reportedly made yesterday in a media statement.
According to a copy of the statement provided today, Karpal had reportedly said:
"Any citizen in the country in his right mind would not disagree with me that there should be no place for political parties based on racial or religious considerations in a multi-racial and multi-religious society like Malaysia and that ultimately there should be complete eradication from its political turf of political parties based on racial or religious considerations."
In demanding the apology, Raja Ahmad said it was made with due consideration to the resolutions passed at two PAS muktamars - in Ipoh in 2008, and the 2010 session in Kelantan - whereby delegates supported the party's stand to uphold its Islamist ideology while establishing a relationship with its multiracial partners in Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
The resolutions had also included seeking cooperation from PAS's PR partners DAP and PKR to respect PAS's Islamic struggle and not to raise matters that could affect these sensitivities.
"Therefore we from PAS Youth request that the DAP leadership instruct Karpal Singh to apologise to PAS and retract his latest remarks," he said, before issuing a five-day deadline on the DAP leader.
The Islamist party's youth wing had first demanded the apology from Karpal on November 6, a day after his alleged de-register call, saying that the veteran politician should not equate PAS to other religious or race-based political or professional bodies.
"We, from Federal Territories PAS, hope that Karpal retracts his statement and makes a public apology, especially to PAS. We do not want to jeapordise our relations in Pakatan Rakyat," said its Youth chief Kamaruzaman Mohamad had reportedly said, according to The Star.
Karpal, in his remarks on November 5, had been responding to the warning from the Muslim Lawyers Association (MLA) to the Bar Council over the latter body's alleged support for the Christians in the "Allah" controversy.
But Karpal had refused to apologise, denying that he had ever called for PAS to be de-registered.
Posted: 16 Nov 2013 04:07 PM PST
(NST) - Former Kedah DAP vice-chairman Syed Araniri Syed Ahmad yesterday hit out at the party leadership for making the Registrar of Societies (RoS) a scapegoat over its own failure.
He cited Clause 4 Article 10 of the party's constitution, which states that every approved membership shall be issued an acknowledgment letter and a membership card.
"What is the point of having a constitution if they fail to follow it? This is a serious violation of DAP's constitution."
Syed Araniri claimed that instead of admitting its own mistake, DAP leadership was shifting all the blame on the RoS to cover its own weaknesses. On Nov 1, Syed Araniri tendered his resignation citing that he had lost faith in DAP leadership for failing to process his and 70 others membership applications after submitting the form more than a year.
The Taman Wira DAP branch chief said he was shocked to learn recently that his membership application form was never processed.
He also claimed that a DAP central executive committee (CEC) member had informed him that they forgot to process his application and also admitting its failure to register the Taman Wira Mergong branch with the RoS.
Syed Anariri had questioned the party's leadership credibility for appointing him as the Kedah DAP interim vice-chairman although his membership was not approved.
"I have had enough and the party should be more responsible towards its members. I decided to leave DAP as I was uncertain about my membership status and the status of those appointed as interim committee members."
Syed Araniri also alleged that DAP was now functioning to serve the interest of the elite in the party.
Posted: 16 Nov 2013 03:40 PM PST
(MM) - The police has no problems with issuing firearm licenses to Islamic enforcement officers, provided they are frequently faced with life-threatening risks, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Malay-language daily Berita Harian quoted the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) as saying that the police are currently studying the applications for firearm licenses by Islamic enforcement officers in each state, whose lives are often at danger.
Posted: 16 Nov 2013 03:26 PM PST
DAP MP Liew Chin Tong urges the government to come up with ideas to weather an economic storm, expected in two years time.
The government should prepare the people for a possibility of a financial crisis that could affect Malaysia come 2015.
Stressing that he is not trying to create a panic nor to gain politically mileage, DAP MP Liew Chin Tong urged stakeholders to come up with ideas on how Malaysia could weather such an eventuality.
"We should not mask ourselves with the goodwill our economy brings today. We must be prepared for future challenges," he said.
For starters, Liew said that the soon to be adopted Goods and Services Tax (GST) would burn holes in the pockets of the lower and the middle income earners in the country, which would hurt domestic demand, the main driver of the nation's economy.
Liew warned with GST, cost of living would skyrocket, which in turn would increase inflationary pressure on consumers.
"Malaysia may go the way of Europe and US by falling into a recession due to higher costing of goods and services, which will spike our inflation rate," he said.
The DAP leader also said that the government should take into consideration the possibility of fuel prices going down in the global market, which would affect Petronas' profits.
"Petronas in the main contributor the nation's coffers. If it's profits dwindle, it means that the country will have lesser money to contribute for government expenditure," said Liew.
He added that the rising household debt ratio to the gross domestic product (GDP) and the recent downgrade by Fitch Ratings would affect the nation's borrowings in the future.
"And will the property bubble in Malaysia implode anytime soon? he asked, as it seems to be running out of control speculations.
Liew added that the political impasse and the racial polarisation in Malaysia would also have an effect on the nation's economic growth.
Posted: 16 Nov 2013 01:12 PM PST
(The Ant Daily) - If the conservatives triumph, then it is highly likely that they will want to forge a unity government with BN.
The outcome of the PAS election on Nov 22 will decide not only the fate of the conservatives or progressives but also whether the party itself will leave Pakatan Rakyat and work with Barisan Nasional under a unity government.
If the conservatives triumph, then it is highly likely that they will want to forge a unity government with BN.
But if the progressives or Erdogans prevail, the party will remain in Pakatan and together with its two partners – PKR and DAP – keep alive the coalition's dream of capturing Putrajaya in the next general election.
The election may be a PAS affair, but party insiders said the outcome will create a new political landscape in Malay politics that will affect Umno and the Malays.
Observers said this is why Umno is closely watching the PAS election, and Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia is seen to be rooting for the conservative faction in PAS.
While the progressives are riding on a wave of optimism, the conservatives of late are equally confident that they can be victors in the contest for the deputy presidency, vice-presidency and the central committee posts.
Said a party insider: "The fundamentalists are very confident they can capture most of the top posts. They believe they can unseat Mohamad Sabu for the number two spot."
Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, is defending his post against Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah.
Party insiders said that was the reason PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man opted out of the deputy president's race to contest for one of the three vice-president seats.
"Earlier, Tuan Ibrahim wanted to go for the number two post, but the fundamentalists advised him to go for the vice-presidency since Amar stands a better chance against Mat Sabu," said an insider.
"For vice-president, Tuan Ibrahim is seen as winnable, acceptable candidate. As information chief, he has been meeting party grassroots members all over the country for the past several years," said the insider.
Among the three incumbent vice-presidents, all from the liberal faction, an insider said Sallehuddin Ayub is the most vulnerable.
"The other two – Datuk Husam Musa and Datuk Mahfuz Omar – may retain their posts," he said.
Besides Tuan Ibrahim, the other candidate is ulama council member Abu Bakar Chik.
"Thus, the fundamentalists may come in strongly as Amar is considered a better candidate than Mat Sabu, with Tuan Ibrahim likely to get a vice-president seat," said the insider.
If Amar romps home to victory, then the top two posts will be controlled by the fundamentalists.
Posted: 16 Nov 2013 12:06 PM PST
(MM) - Umno-owned daily Mingguan Malaysia urged the authorities today to take action against those who questioned the Court of Appeal ruling on the "Allah" case, saying it has now become an issue of national security.
The editors of Mingguan Malaysia, the weekend edition of Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia, also called for the Selangor Sultan's recent decree - which banned the Arabic word for God to all non-Muslims in the country's richest state, including in the Malay-language bible, the Al-Kitab, and in the Catholic weekly, the Herald - to be respected.
"Awang hopes that the authorities will take stern and more pre-emptive action because it is now a national security issue," said Awang Selamat, a pseudonym used to relay the paper's collective editorial voice.
"Awang is very disturbed by the reaction of certain non-Muslims who have challenged the ban, even though it has already been decided by the Court of Appeal on October 14.
"This provocation is expected to continue in various forms. How long must the Muslims be patient? Their patience has its limits," they added.
Posted: 16 Nov 2013 11:52 AM PST
(MM) - He added that Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's blanket ban on the use of "Allah" in the state may not apply to non-Muslims as Islamic laws or religious edicts are only legally binding on Muslims.
Muslim hardliners here have insisted it would be treasonous to ignore the Selangor Sultan's "Allah" decree but a former Umno law minister believes otherwise, and even doubts that the ruler's order is legally binding on non-Muslims.
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, a known critic of groups like Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) and Perkasa, said an act of treason typically means leading a rebellion against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or any state ruler, for whatever reason.
"There is a specific definition under the Penal Code for treason: if you lead an armed rebellion against the King or Sultan, then that's treason.
"Not following the decree is not treason," Zaid told The Malay Mail Online.
He added that Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's blanket ban on the use of "Allah" in the state may not apply to non-Muslims as Islamic laws or religious edicts are only legally binding on Muslims.
Zaid also questioned if a royal decree is considered a law and argued that even if this was the case, the order contravenes the Federal Constitution, which states that non-Muslims cannot be bound by any Islamic laws.
ISMA yesterday claimed that non-Muslims would be committing treason if they dared to disobey the Selangor Sultan's decree banning their use of "Allah", in apparent warning against attempts to challenge the exclusive right of Muslims to use the Arabic term for God.
ISMA deputy president Aminuddin Yahaya said the blanket ban by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah must be respected by all Selangor folk in light of his position as the state's ruler and highest religious authority.
But Zaid said it must first be established if the decree is binding.
"Is the decree law? Even if it is law, it cannot be applicable on non-Muslims. How can you make an Islamic law and apply it on non-Muslims?" he said.
Posted: 16 Nov 2013 11:50 AM PST
(NST) - News of murder-cum-kidnap of its citizens in Sabah goes viral in print and social media
Posted: 16 Nov 2013 11:49 AM PST
(TMI) - Pakatan Rakyat is going all out to ensure the High Court hears the merit of its suit to nullify the results of all 222 parliamentary seats in the May 5 general election.
It has asked for more time to file additional affidavits to rebut the Election Commission's application to throw out the suit.
Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Datuk Rosnaini Saub has fixed January 27 to hear the striking out application.
On July 15, PR asked the court to set aside results of all 222 parliamentary seats, as well as to disband the current EC leadership and conduct fresh polls.
In its statement of claim, PR said the unprecedented move was necessary due to the indelible ink fiasco which it said caused massive cheating in the polls.
On August 29, the EC filed an application to strike out the suit, saying that it was wrong for the opposition and several defeated candidates to challenge the election results in a civil court.
The EC said any move to question polls results should be made through election petitions in the election court.
In the striking out application, the EC said that aggrieved parties could only file petitions to challenge election results once the outcome was gazetted under the Federal Constitution and the Election Offences Act.
It said PR's suit was frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the court process.
In its statement of claim, PR, which is seeking exemplary and general damages, said it lost some 30 parliamentary seats by fewer than 10% of the votes.
The coalition further claimed that even if the percentage of those who voted twice was small, it was sufficient to affect the results in a significant number of seats.
In addition to the indelible ink fiasco, where it was discovered on voting day that the ink applied on voters' fingers could be easily washed away, the plaintiffs - PKR, DAP and PAS - also trained their guns on seven members of the EC.
The other plaintiffs in this action are opposition candidates Dzulkefly Ahmad, M. Manogaran, Saifuddin Nasution, Arifin Rahman and R. Rajoo, all of whom narrowly lost in the polls.
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