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Support for Anwar set to split PAS polls

Posted: 10 Nov 2013 11:57 AM PST

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(The Malaysian Times) - Even if two of the three ulama challenging the party's deputy president and three vice-presidents secure a win, it could shake the cosy ties that the Islamic party has with the Pakatan opposition alliance, which in turn could change the landscape of Malaysian politics as it could mean that the PAS is turning back to its fundamentalist roots. 

The upcoming internal polls of Party Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) look set to be dominated by an internal tussle over support for opposition leader Datuk Seri  Anwar Ibrahim, whose leadership of the three-party alliance has drawn battle lines between the incumbents and challengers.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, 66, a cleric, is unchallenged and will retain his seat for a fifth term. But the incumbent deputy president and the three vice-presidents – all aligned with a party faction in PAS that supports Anwar and are dubbed "Anwarinas" by the media – are being challenged by the Islamic party's conservative ulama, or Muslim clerics.

The biennial elections will be held during the PAS annual assembly on Nov 22 to 24 in  Shah Alam.

Singapore daily, Straits Times, in a special report today said that even if two of the three ulama challenging the party's deputy president and three vice-presidents secure a win, it could shake the cosy ties that the Islamic party has with the Pakatan opposition alliance, which in turn could change the landscape of Malaysian politics as it could mean that the PAS is turning back to its fundamentalist roots.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR), which includes PAS, Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat and the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party (DAP), won the popular vote in the May general election and shrank the parliamentary strength of the ruling Barisan Nasional.

Before the 2008 general election that gave birth to the PR alliance, PAS was known as a fundamentalist Islamic party restricted to the rural Malay-belt states of Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis.

But now, as a member of the PR, PAS has become more acceptable to non-Muslim voters by embracing the alliance's largely multiracial outlook.

Still, there is no denying that the conservative section of PAS, led by several prominent clerics from the so-called Ulama group, is uncomfortable with the party playing a junior partner's role in PR. Some in PAS are unhappy with the alliance's plan to make Anwar prime minister, instead of Abdul Hadi, should PR win federal power.

Others complain about PAS being forced by its alliance partners to suppress its Islamic agenda, such as being stricter on alcohol sales.

Yet others are uncomfortable with what they see as  Anwar's personal problems, such as a criminal sodomy charge and sex video scandals allegedly involving him.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysiantimes.com.my/support-for-anwar-set-to-split-pas-polls-says-singapore-st/ 

Politicians play frog again

Posted: 10 Nov 2013 11:41 AM PST

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Luyang and Kadamaian assemblymen start the ball rolling by ditching their parties in Sabah, and more Yang Berhormat are expected to follow in their footsteps. 

Philip Golingai, The Star 

IT is the jumping frog season again in Sabah. So far, after the May 5 general election, there have been two confirmed jumps.

Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Cheu ditched the DAP on Sept 27 and Kadamaian assemblyman Jeremy Malajad @ Malazad ditched the PKR on Nov 4.

Hiew and Malajad declared themselves as Barisan Nasional-friendly assemblymen.

Then there's the strange case of PKR's Matunggong assemblyman Datuk Jelani Hamdan.

On Friday, he called for a 3pm press conference at his office in Kota Kinabalu. Many expected him to jump especially after he posted on Facebook that PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim "is not god".

That morning, the joke among journalists was Christmas had come early in Matunggong, the Rungus heartland about two hours north of Kota Kinabalu. It seems Santa Claus was spotted in the northern district.

Instead, Jelani did a Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin, who probably performed the longest political striptease in the history of Malaysia when the then Beaufort MP and a deputy minister, delayed for months his eventual jump from Umno to the PKR.

Jelani told journalists that he was quitting as Sabah PKR liaison committee vice-chief. He also said that he could not quit the PKR because he was never a member of the party.

In what must have been the quote of the day, he said: "How can I resign when I don't know if I am really a member?"

"But you should be a party member by virtue of you winning the Matunggong state seat under the PKR ticket in the 13th general election?" a journalist asked.

His situation, according to the politician who is a lawyer, was similar to that of Datuk Wilfred Bum­buring.

Bumburing, who as Tuaran MP, ditched Upko (a Barisan component party) to form a pro-Pakatan Rakyat NGO called Angkatan Perubahan Sabah, won the Tamparuli state seat on the PKR ticket without being its member.

The chicken has indeed come back to roost. Anwar's decision to field PKR Photocopy such as Jelani, Malajad and Bumburing at the expense of PKR Ori (Original) has backfired. These non-PKR assemblymen have no loyalty to the party.

The standard reasons the politicians gave for leaving the Opposition were: "Blah blah blah for the sake of the rakyat. Blah blah blah to develop my constituency. Blah blah blah the voters want me to jump."

Sometimes it is unfair to joke about why these politicians jump. Definitely, there is a lucrative pull factor for them to become political frogs. Allow me to subtly hint, "development funds".

Nevertheless, there is also an ugly push factor. There is something rotten happening in their party that compelled them to leave.

Take the example of Jelani. He said his dissatisfaction with the PKR leadership stemmed from Anwar's appointment of Lajim as the Sabah state assembly Opposition chief and state party leader.

"What seniority? Lajim joined the PKR two days after the election? Surely there were other more established party leaders who could have led Sabah PKR committee," he said.

There are also those especially from the SAPP, the Sabah-based Opposition party that didn't win any seat in GE13, who said the PKR and DAP were rather "careless" in fielding these politicians.

"Why did Anwar field Jelani who was a founding member of Kota Marudu Umno?" an SAPP leader asked me.

The same with the DAP, they already had their suspicion on Hiew when he was Kota Kinabalu MP, and yet the party fielded him in Luyang.

The reactions from leaders of the party they've ditched can be rather hypocritically comical.

The DAP launched a signature campaign to force Hiew to vacate the Luyang seat. DAP's Likas assemblyman Junz Wong said the campaign was to send a message to all elected politicians to put an end to the "political frog culture" that has existed in Sabah for the last 50 years.

The funny thing is that the DAP was silent when Lajim and Bumburing ditched Barisan. In fact, many were happy to be on the same stage as these political frogs.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua called Malajad's quit move as an act of betrayal.

"PKR vehemently condemns this unethical act," he said.

The question Tian Chua should ask himself is did he vehemently condemn Lajim and Bumburing's unethical act when they declared themselves Pakatan Rakyat-friendly MPs.

The condemnation you would have least expected came from Lajim.

The Klias assemblyman said Malajad's quit move was "an act of betrayal of the mandate given to him by the people in Kadamaian".

"He and other candidates in PKR, including me, who won the seats in the GE13, were given the trust by the party not for the purpose of forming a government but to serve the rakyat," he said.

Even thick-skinned politicians blushed when they read his statement.

Lajim has not jumped once but twice. In 1994, he brought about the collapse of the newly re-elected PBS government when he ditched it for Umno.

The next jumper would probably be Bumburing. He is set to ditch the PKR to lead a newly-registered Sabah-based Opposition party.

If he does, those grinning politicians who stood on the same stage as him when he quit Barisan should know that what comes around, goes around.

"Tukar baju bah (change shirt)," as they say it in Sabah. 

Questions arise over BN’s funding for heightened cyber war

Posted: 10 Nov 2013 11:34 AM PST

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(The Ant Daily) - Several government agencies have been using a public relations agency to wage psychological warfare via social media as early preparation for GE14. 

Having learnt its lessons in the 13th general election (GE13), the Barisan Nasional is making early preparations to take on the opposition in the cyber world in the next polls.

The general consensus is that BN lost out to Pakatan Rakyat in the battle for the hearts and minds of the people via the new media.

Now, BN is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to go one up on Pakatan.

Against this backdrop, there are concerns that taxpayers' money is being used to fund media campaigns solely for the benefit of the ruling BN.

According to sources, several government agencies have been using a public relations agency to wage psychological warfare via social media as early preparation for GE14.

The public relations company, which is based in Bandar Sri Damansara, Selangor, was hired by the government agencies soon after the May 5 general election, the sources said.

"The public relations agency administers various pages on Facebook, including for Friends of BN and The Rakyat Post. Their posts are in English, Malay as well as Chinese," said a source.

"In fact, web pages which seem to lend support to the opposition have also been created with the aim of misleading Pakatan supporters," the source told theantdaily.

"In the initial stages, they would appear to be criticising the government, but as the general election draws nearer, their true intention is to lead voters away from the opposition."

The Rakyat Post is the latest news portal in town, and it is believed to be financed by a businessman with close links to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The source declined to say how much the public relations agency is being paid for the job.

Read more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/news/2013/11/11/questions-arise-over-bns-funding-heightened-cyber-war 

Anjing dan Islam

Posted: 10 Nov 2013 11:08 AM PST

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Sabun khas untuk memudahkan orang Islam bersamak. 

Apabila saya cuba menerangkan bahawa orang Melayu tidak perlu takut pada anjing. Saya dikatakan cuba mengelirukan orang Melayu (Islam) dan bukan Melayu (bukan Islam) - dengan idea-idea yang bertentangan dengan amalan konvensional di negara ini. 

Uthaya Sankar SB, TMI 

Pertama kali saya mendapat tahu mengenai hakikat ada orang Melayu Islam memelihara anjing adalah sewaktu saya belajar di tingkatan satu di Sekolah Menengah Darul Ridwan, Taiping.

Sebagai seorang individu yang lahir dan membesar di kawasan perkampungan (bukan estet atau ladang) berpenduduk majoriti kaum India di Lorong B, Aulong Lama, saya sedikit terkejut.

Ini kerana pemahaman umum adalah bahawa orang Melayu tidak memelihara anjing. Malah, dalam kebanyakan keadaan, takut akan anjing. Demikian realiti yang wujud di depan mata.

Maka, apabila saya mendapat tahu bahawa ada keluarga rakan sekelas yang memelihara anjing, saya teruja untuk melakukan siasatan. Maksud saya, mengetahui hukum sebenar memelihara anjing menurut Islam.

Tambahan pula, selalu juga rakan-rakan bukan Melayu di sekolah dan kampung bertanya mengapa orang Melayu "takut akan anjing". Oleh kerana tidak mahu mengguriskan hati rakan Melayu, soalan yang dianggap sensitif itu tidak diajukan terus kepada mereka.

Kebanyakan maklumat yang saya kumpulkan adalah menerusi pembacaan buku agama di perpustakaan sekolah. Ustaz dan ustazah turut menjadi sumber rujukan. Usaha menimba ilmu itu masih berterusan.

Sedikit demi sedikit, saya mula faham rasional sebenar di sebalik "ketakutan" rakan Melayu terhadap anjing. Saya juga faham rasional keluarga rakan sekelas saya (Melayu Islam) memelihara anjing.

Pada masa sama, sepanjang proses menimba ilmu dan maklumat berkaitan topik yang agak sensitif ini, timbul pula pelbagai dialog (perbincangan) dengan pelbagai pihak. Seperti biasa, saya dianggap pihak tertentu sebagai cuba mempersenda amalan orang Melayu.

Misalnya, apabila saya cuba menerangkan bahawa orang Melayu tidak perlu takut pada anjing. Saya dikatakan cuba mengelirukan orang Melayu (Islam) dan bukan Melayu (bukan Islam) - dengan idea-idea yang bertentangan dengan amalan konvensional di negara ini.

Berusaha mendapatkan maklumat sebenar dan tepat

Apatah lagi apabila timbul kontroversi tidak berasas berhubung klip video seorang individu Melayu bersama anjing-anjingnya pada Julai lalu. Insiden itu juga membantu saya kembali mendalami pelbagai hukum berkaitan pemeliharaan anjing oleh orang Islam. Sekurang-kurangnya saya tidak boleh "ditipu" mana-mana pihak yang pandai "kelentong".

Hasil perbualan saya dengan guru dan ustaz sejak kecil, tahulah saya bahawa anjing (dan babi) termasuk dalam kategori "najis mughallazah" - istilah yang sudah diketahui umum berikutan penyebaran klip video murid sekolah rendah bertanya soalan kepada Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Apa pun, tentulah ada beza antara "haram" dan "najis". Malah ada perbezaan nyata antara "najis" dan "hadas". Dalam konteks di Malaysia, daripada segi bahasa, tidak mustahil bahawa ramai - Melayu dan bukan Melayu - yang kurang teliti terhadap perbezaan antara ketiga-tiganya.

Saya pernah membaca bahawa Nabi Muhammad bersabda, jika seorang Muslim memelihara anjing, maka pahalanya akan ditolak (dikurangkan) setiap hari. Pengecualian diberikan jika anjing itu dipelihara bagi tujuan menjaga rumah, harta benda, ternakan dan tanaman atau memburu.

Ada juga Hadis sahih yang pernah saya baca bahawa seorang Muslim yang memegang anjing akan ditolak amalannya setiap hari. Pengecualian masih diberikan jika anjing itu dipelihara bagi tujuan menjaga ternakan atau kebun individu terbabit.

Berdasarkan kisah-kisah di atas, secara logik, saya menyimpulkan sejak dahulu bahawa hukum memelihara anjing menurut Islam adalah "makruh" iaitu tidak salah jika dilakukan tetapi pahala jika ditinggalkan.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/uthaya-sankar/article/anjing-dan-islam 

Helping the Indian Community

Posted: 10 Nov 2013 10:54 AM PST

During the Deepavali festival, there were gangs of Indians who solicited Chinese and Indian stalls for seafood and luxurious food. After dining, these gangs refused to pay on the grounds of being too poor, having no money to settle bills, and being in celebration, asking favors for meal sponsorship.

Karam Singh Patul 

1Malaysia ,

Najib  
 
Dear Beloved P.M.,

Good day, and Salam 1Malaysia.

I would like to bring to your attention an embarrassing and yet, true incidence that took place recently in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

During the Deepavali festival, there were gangs of Indians who solicited Chinese and Indian stalls for seafood and luxurious food. After dining, these gangs refused to pay on the grounds of being too poor, having no money to settle bills, and being in celebration, asking favors for meal sponsorship.
 
Quite a number of Chinese and Indian food stalls were victimized. Being an Indian, I understand it is embarrassing to bring up this issue. However, I would like to have the Government's attention on poverty faced by the Indian community in Kedah.

Regards,
Karam Singh Patul

My Saifuddin dilemma (2): Moderation – My view and the Foreigners’ view

Posted: 10 Nov 2013 10:49 AM PST

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Those who came to the meeting expressed their views in moderate fashion. They were unemotional; they didn't use words like 'hypocrisy.' However, they left listeners in no doubt that hypocrisy is what Malaysian moderation tastes like. Here are some examples. 

write2rest 

In Part 1, I sketched the history of moderation in Malaysia, a nation which much of the world considers 'Islamic.'

When the World Trade Centre was destroyed in September 2001, the world looked for "model" Islamic nations.

Many Western nations saw that Malaysia could serve as a 'model Islamic nation' – especially since Dr Mahathir, then Prime Minister, was eager to be a world figure.

Moderation in Malaysia had been engineered by Dr M to be Capitalism and Consumerism in Islamic garb. The name of the game was equitable distribution of the economic pie. Malays must get a fair share of the economic pie. Chinese control of the economy must be reduced (see Dr M's once-banned book, The Malay Dilemma; click to read Barry Wain's assessment of the book). Everything was about winning the game.

To keep Umno and Dr M in power, Parliament enacted laws which severely handicapped the spread of religions other than state-sponsored Islam. These were implemented at the state (not Federal) level by often apoplectic Islamic authorities and their Rulers.

To attract foreign investment, Malaysia had to counter fears that it would go the way of other 'Islamic' countries. So, Malaysia presented itself to the world as a beacon of 'progressive Islam.' The presentation was embroidered by well-funded "International Islamic" Federal institutions and scholars, and a woman Trade Minister (Rafidah Aziz).

To-date, moderation in Malaysia means Islamic moderation: we don't amputate, lash or stone. We don't put out fatwas against 'naughty' authors. We don't condone suicide bombings. We have our own special version of human rights: Malay-Muslims are more equal than others.

Now, back to the GMMF (Global Movement of Moderates Foundation) roundtable which I introduced in Part 1.

American Blessing.
 
I think the best assessment of what moderation has meant to-date in Malaysia was given by one of the invited speakers, Datuk Nicholas Zefferys, a former president of the Malaysian American Chamber of Commerce.

This American who has settled in Malaysia seemed to espouse this view: any policy or act which has as its goal peace, jobs and prosperity, is an expression of moderation.

He amplified his point by urging other countries to emulate "two outstanding documents" which Malaysia created: (1) Vision 2020 and (2) the New Economic Model. Enough said.

Read more at: http://write2rest.blogspot.com/2013/11/my-saifuddin-dilemma-2-moderation-my.html 

Is this the beginning of Malaysia’s Sunni-Shia conflict?

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 07:04 PM PST

Religion is supposed to be good. Religion is supposed to save your soul. However, it appears like religion has condemned more souls than it has saved. Is this not ironical? And it becomes worse when everyone thinks that he or she is right and all the others are wrong. That is when the killing starts.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

I wrote this article -- One man's deviant is another man's truth -- earlier this week. In this article I touched on the Sunni-Shia divide since the year 632 and explained what caused it. This article was in response to the government's warning about deviant teachings, which more or less meant Shia teachings.

Of late, the Malaysian government has been clamping down on Shia teachings and supporters. It was just a matter of time before this conflict would explode into an open conflict like it has in so many other Muslim countries for more than a thousand years.

Of course, we do not yet know the reason why the head of the enforcement division of the Pahang Islamic Religious Department, Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malek, was assassinated today. But already there is speculation that it involves the clampdown on the Shias.

I have always said that religious conflict is more dangerous than racial conflict. The Crusades in Europe of 1,000 years ago plus the Partition of India that saw one million deaths is proof of this. We must also not forget what happened in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Bosnia, Iraq, and many other places, the last 100 years or so. It is all about the same race fighting each other over differences in religious doctrine.

Anyway, the police are yet to tell us what happened. Nevertheless, whatever the police may announce, that will still not stop people from speculating that this is about the differences in religious doctrine. If it is not about that, then the police will need to come out with some very convincing evidence.

Religion is supposed to be good. Religion is supposed to save your soul. However, it appears like religion has condemned more souls than it has saved. Is this not ironical? And it becomes worse when everyone thinks that he or she is right and all the others are wrong. That is when the killing starts.

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(Bernama) - The head of the enforcement division of the Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) was shot dead in his house in Indera Mahkota 2 near here today.

According to a police source, Raflie Ab Malik was shot thrice and died instantly in the 2pm incident.

"Three suspects are believed to be involved in the shooting," the source told Bernama.

He said the trio made their getaway in a white Proton Wira Aeroback car.  "The suspects were all wearing black coloured clothes and donned "kopiahs" (skullcaps)," he said.

Pahang CID chief SAC Mohd Zakaria Ahmad confirmed the shooting and said investigations were underway.

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(TMI) - The enforcement head of the Pahang Islamic Religious Department, Ahmad Rafli Abdul Malek, was shot dead at his house in Indera Mahkota 2 in Pahang this afternoon.

In the 2.30pm incident, 49-year-old Ahmad Rafli was in front of his house when three men in a Proton Wira pulled up.

One of the men whipped out a pistol and fired three shots at Ahmad Rafli, two of which hit him. The suspect then fled with his accomplices.

Ahmad Rafli was hit in his chest and died at the scene. A police forensic team recovered several 9mm bullet casings from the scene.

His body has been sent to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital where police are waiting for the pathologist's report.

Pahang Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad confirmed the incident saying police had yet to ascertain the motive for the murder.

Police are attempting to ascertain whether Ahmad Rafli's murder is connected with the recent gazetting of anti-Shia laws in Pahang.

In July, it was reported that state religious authorities were planning to gazette a fatwa or edict to curb the spread of Shia teachings for fear it could confuse Muslims.

As the state religious department enforcement head, Ahmad Rafli was involved in carrying out operations to ensure that Shia teachings were not spread in Pahang.

Besides Pahang, Kedah, Negri Sembilan and Malacca have issued bans on Shia teachings.

However, sources familiar with Ahmad Rafli's recent cases, said apart from handling matters relating to Shia issues in the state, he had also been involved in the arrest of the deviant Tuhan Haron muslim group.

Aside from being charged in the Syariah court for deviant teachings and for claiming to be god, Tuhan Haron leader, Harun Mat Saad was also charged at a Sessions court in Kota Baru for taking RM40 million in deposit from several companies and his followers.

Ahmad Rafli was also said to have led raids on several night clubs in Kuantan recently.

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The historic background of the Sunni–Shia split lies in the schism that occurred when the Islamic prophet Muhammad died in the year 632, leading to a dispute over succession to Muhammad as a caliph of the Islamic community spread across various parts of the world which led to the Battle of Siffin.

The dispute intensified greatly after the Battle of Karbala, in which Hussein ibn Ali and his household were killed by the ruling Umayyad Caliph Yazid I, and the outcry for his revenge divided the early Islamic community.

Today there are differences in religious practice, traditions and customs, often related to jurisprudence. Although all Muslim groups consider the Quran to be divine, Sunni and Shia have different opinions on hadith.

READ MORE HERE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shia%E2%80%93Sunni_relations

 

The snake oil merchant

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 05:36 PM PST

So there you have it. That is the solution. First of all employ only Chinese police personnel -- especially opposition supporters who are squeaky clean. Don't employ any Malays -- especially government supporters who are all corrupt. Secondly, pay them not less than RM3,000 per month for the lower ranks and RM7,000 per month for Inspectors and RM10,000 per month for ASPs, just like in Singapore.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

You are wrong, change would have come with a change of government....without any doubt. You are either a traitor to your own original cause or a coward.

Benjamin Ng, November 09, 2013 20:59:23

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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."

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So there you have it. The solutions are actually extremely simple. It is just that we never bother to give it a thought.

If we face problems in the country, change the government. If we suffer a high crime rate, make the Bumiputeras rich. Eureka! Problem solved.

If the government figures are to be believed, about 5% of Malaysia's 28 million citizens can be considered poor. That comes to 1.4 million people, mainly Bumiputeras, say the government. Hindraf says that the Indians are equally poor and that is why the crime rate amongst the Indians is very high.

Okay, so let us pay each poor person a welfare cheque of RM1,000 per month. That comes to RM1.4 billion a month or RM16.8 trillion a year.

End of problem! No more poor people, so no more crime.

In fact, we can now even save some money. There are about 120,000 people employed by the Malaysian police force. Since crime has now been eliminated we can retrench 20,000 of those police personnel and save in excess of a quarter billion Ringgit a year. And if these retrenched police personnel become poor because they are now unemployed we can put them on welfare and pay them each RM1,000 a month.

What are the two major problems facing Malaysia? I suppose number one would be racism and number two would be crime. Crime here would include organised crime, petty crimes, and corruption (also a crime).

Iran actually faced that same problem back in the 1960s and 1970s -- a high crime rate, in particular corruption by those who walk in the corridors of power. So, in 1979, they changed the government. Then they rounded up tens of thousands of corrupt officials and lined them up against the wall and shot them all dead.

Today, Iran is absolutely crime-free. There is also no longer any corruption in Iran. The people are happy. No one wants to leave the country to migrate to western countries. And this is all because they changed the government in 1979 and shot dead all the bad people. So now only good people exist in Iran.

Or is that not so?

Everyone says that the Malaysian police is corrupt. And it is corrupt because they earn an average of RM1,000 a month. So they need to earn 'side money' since the cost of living requires a salary of at least RM3,000 or so a month, especially if you have a family to support.

Everyone says that the Singapore police is squeaky clean. And it is squeaky clean because of two reasons, according to the argument that I always hear. First is because they are paid an average of RM3,000 a month. Second is because most of them are not Malays but Chinese.

So there you have it. That is the solution. First of all employ only Chinese police personnel -- especially opposition supporters who are squeaky clean. Don't employ any Malays -- especially government supporters who are all corrupt. Secondly, pay them not less than RM3,000 per month for the lower ranks and RM7,000 per month for Inspectors and RM10,000 per month for ASPs, just like in Singapore.

Now Malaysia's police force will be as squeaky clean as Singapore's police force.

In fact, Hong Kong's police force is the cleanest police force in the whole world because there are no Malays in the Hong Kong police force. There are only Chinese police personnel in Hong Kong. That is why there is no corruption in Hong Kong.

Or is that not so?

Then we need to get to the root of the corruption in the Malaysian police force. One source of corruption is the Chinese underworld. Even the ex-IGP has publicly said so. So we get rid of the Chinese and that will end the problem of the underworld corrupting the police force.

The second source of corruption is traffic offenders who bribe police personnel to escape paying a fine. And many of these people are the rich because poor people do not have enough money to bribe the police personnel. In fact, the police do not even bother with poor people because there is no profit in harassing poor people. It is the rich people who they harass since these people are rich enough to pay bribes. 

So what do we do? Simple! Get rid of the rich people. When there are no rich people there will be no one left to corrupt the police. But most of these rich people are Chinese. Only some are Malays and Indians. Well, then get rid of the Chinese. No Chinese, so no rich people, so no people to corrupt the police, so no corrupt police any more.

Actually, the solutions are so simple. Why do people not ponder on these very simple solutions?

There are many brothels and massage parlours in Selangor. In fact, this has become worse since Pakatan Rakyat took over that state in 2008. This is what many, Chinese included, are complaining about.

Okay, Selangor may be under Pakatan Rakyat, but this is not Pakatan Rakyat's fault. Then whose fault is it?

There are many prostitutes and, as Wanita MCA said, many 'China Dolls' operating in Selangor. This is because they are being allowed to operate and the operators bribe the town hall or city hall officers plus the police personnel to turn a blind eye.

But then prostitution works on the law of supply and demand. If there were a demand then there would be a supply. Hence to eliminate the supply you must first eliminate the demand. So, instead of arresting the Malay officials who take bribes to turn a blind eye, or arrest the prostitutes who are offering a service, you arrest all those clients who visit the massage parlours and brothels.

Once you jail hundreds of thousands of people who visit massage parlours and brothels, all these places would close down because there would be no more clients -- and corruption will also be eliminated since there are no longer any massage parlours and brothels that need to bribe government/police personnel to turn a blind eye.

Oh, and according to the reports, most of these massage parlours and brothels are Chinese-owned while the majority of the clients are also Chinese -- while those corrupt officials who receive bribes to turn a blind eye are Malays. Hence, by taking action against the Chinese, the Malays would be forced to become honest since there are no longer any Chinese who can bribe the Malays.

So, no, I am neither a traitor to my original cause nor a coward. I still believe in the Iranian solution and am brave enough to admit so. That was why in 1982, soon after the Iranian Islamic Revolution, I joined an Iranian-organised demonstration in Mekah, which I have written about a few times in the past.

I am also no coward and brave enough to suggest that to get rid of corruption we need to eliminate the source of this corruption. And since the Chinese are corrupting the Malays, then we get rid of the Chinese. No more Chinese to corrupt the Malays, no more corrupt Malays.

Simple! Right? And is this not better than just changing the government (although I am not saying we should not change the government)? Selangor is now under Pakatan Rakyat for a second term. But has that solved the problem of illegal gambling, loan sharking, prostitution, drugs, corruption, and so on? In fact, many are saying it has become worse over the last five years or so since Pakatan Rakyat took over.

But how can it have become worse when we have changed the Selangor government? Ah, many will argue, that is because we still have many poor people in Selangor plus we still have many corrupt Malay civil servants and corrupt Malay police personnel.

So does that mean changing the government alone is not enough? Does that mean we also need to eliminate the reason and source of this corruption? And is this reason and source of corruption the unemployed and poor Bumiputeras plus the rich people who bribe underpaid Malay civil servants and police personnel?

So there you have it. That is the simple solution to solving the problem. Tackle the reason and the source and the problem will go away.

Oh, and let us not forget the second major problem facing Malaysia, which is racism. To eliminate racism we need to eliminate the racists (just like to eliminate plague we need to eliminate the rats). There are many Malay racists. And I am sure you believe that these Malay racists exist in Umno and Perkasa. So we just get rid of them. That will solve the Malay racists problem.

But hold on, there are also many Malay racists in PAS and PKR. In fact, Anwar Ibrahim himself is a racist. Of course, publicly you will never hear how racist he can be. But if you were to engage Anwar in a private or closed-door meeting then you will know that he is one mother of a racist.

So we need to not only eliminate the Umno and Perkasa Malay racists but also the Malay racists in PAS and PKR, plus the biggest racist of them all, Anwar Ibrahim.

Then we need to eliminate the Indian racists in Hindraf, plus eliminate the Chinese racists -- those who think that the Chinese are a superior race and that everything wrong with the country is because Malaysia has a Malay Umno government, a Malay civil service, and a Malay police force, and that Singapore and Hong Kong do not face these same problems because in those countries the people are Chinese and not Malays.

 

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.

READ MORE HERE

 

The Malay rulers: To be feared or respected?

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 11:55 AM PST

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That kind of behaviour coupled with the continued insistence of a court language that is demeaning and the customs of sembah (to pay obeisance), have put the Malay rulers out of touch with a citizenry more aware of their democratic rights.

Sheridan Mahavera, The Malaysian Insider

Dr Syed Husin Ali has a few revolutionary ideas on how to turn the Malay rulers, who have faced a rash of criticism and venom over the past few years, into a respected institution of national and communal unity.

Not only would they be respected, says the Senator from Selangor, the monarchy could one day be looked upon as an impartial referee to the political rivalry that's turning Malaysia into a boiler room of ethnic and religious tensions.

But for this to happen, says Syed Husin, a former sociology professor, the nine Malay rulers must be willing to give up some of the privileges that make them royals in the first place.

This is the kernel of his new book "The Malay Rulers: Regression or Reform?"

The slim 83-page work is an update to his earlier book written in Bahasa Malaysia slightly more than 20 years ago titled "Isu Raja dan Pindaan Perlembagaan" (The Royalty Issue and Constitutional Amendments).

Immune no more

The update is no coincidence. In December 1992, the Parliament during the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed administration, passed a constitutional amendment that was to have a huge effect on the power of the Malay rulers.

The amendment effectively stripped them of immunity from prosecution in a court of law – a privilege they once had and which till the early '90s, some of them abused.

A little more than 10 years before that, the Dewan Rakyat also amended the Constitution to take away the power of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to block new laws by not giving his consent to parliamentary bills.

It was during the heady days of what is called "the 1993 constitutional crisis" that Syed Husin penned the original book in order to understand what was going on and what effect it would have on society.

"I was even invited by Utusan Malaysia (which was already an Umno mouthpiece) to write several articles on the issue. My writings were seen as a way to strengthen the reasoning for introducing those amendments", he said during a recent interview.

As he outlines in the book, although the 1993 amendment was sparked by several brutal beatings of ordinary citizens by members of the Johor royal family, the Barisan Nasional administration was unsure how it would be accepted by the people.

So it ran a media campaign through organs such as Utusan Malaysia and television stations which highlighted the excesses of the royals.

Besides the assault case of the Johor royal, cases of Sultans demanding choice logging concessions were also dredged up and publicised.

The argument then, as Dr Mahathir said during his speech to Parliament when tabling the amendment, was not "to remove the institution of Malay rulers, but to strengthen their position".

Slightly 20 years later, that position has been questioned and criticised again as the Malay rulers get caught up in the seismic shifts that rocked society after the 2008 general election.

20 years later

Though they have had some of their powers clipped, the Malay rulers have leveraged the influence, power and position they have as heads of state to take advantage of the new power dynamics between BN and Pakatan Rakyat.

This is seen, Syed Husin said, in how the Rulers of Perak and Selangor have acted in ways which seem detrimental to their respective Pakatan governments.

"After 2008, when Umno lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament, they tried to get the support of the Malay rulers in their campaign against Pakatan.

"But they also had problems dealing with some of the royalty," said Syed Husin.

The Rulers of Perlis and Terengganu had rejected the Menteri Besar's candidates from the BN Federal government when they were forming the state administrations.

This landscape of intense political feuding, Syed Husin said, has emboldened the Malay rulers as they realise that their support is coveted by the two political coalitions and their civil society supporters.

"The Malay rulers themselves have become instruments to solidify power."

This has not gone down well with the public. While many have taken to Facebook and the internet to criticise the royals' behaviour and actions, others have been less civil.

Some of the Rulers have had crude caricatures of them posted on the web. Even worse are pictures, purportedly of their close relatives in compromising situations, being widely spread on Facebook.

Read more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/the-malay-rulers-to-be-feared-or-respected 

 

It's an Erdogan vs ulama showdown

Posted: 09 Nov 2013 10:34 AM PST

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The power struggle between the ulama and Erdogans in PAS will be played out in the contest for the No 2 post between Mohamad Sabu and Datuk Nik Amar Nik Abdullah. 

Mat Sabu enjoys a national reputation in the party whereas Nik Amar is known largely in Kelantan. Nik Amar comes from a well-known ulama family but he has not ventured far beyond the pond, unlike Mat Sabu who has taken the bullets for his party and is known from north to south for his oratory skills.

Joceline Tan, The Star 

DATUK Nik Aziz Nik Mat's son Nik Abduh is known for having political opinions that are quite independent of his father's politics. But as many people would know by now, Nik Abduh is, at heart, a filial and respectful son.

Last Friday, the 82-year-old PAS mursyidul am was unwell and could not make it for his weekly Friday morning lecture at the PAS headquarters in Kota Baru. He asked Nik Abduh to stand in for him.

Nik Abduh, who is a splitting image of his father, was the right man for the job – he is the Pasir Mas MP, the deputy PAS Youth chief and a religious scholar in his own right.

But there was more to it than just giving a lecture on behalf of his father – Nik Aziz also asked his son to deliver a "special message" which is now the talk of PAS circles in Kelantan.

 
Nik Abduh: Forced to deliver a difficult message from his father.

Nik Abduh told his audience that he had a message from his father which he was reluctant to voice out. But he said that if he did not deliver the message, he would have to answer to his father.

His father wanted him to convey that anyone, whether ulama or non-ulama, could contest for the leadership of PAS in the party election taking place in two weeks' time.

There were gasps of surprise from the audience.

Last month, Nik Aziz caused ripples when he said that the two top posts in PAS should be filled by the ulama or religious scholars. A few days later, he pulled back from his earlier stand and said there is an ulama in every Muslim.

The latest flip-flop was basically an attempt to level the playing field between the ulama and the non-ulama in the party election.

But it was his choice of mouthpiece which showed what a consummate political animal that this revered preacher is. Nik Aziz's son is known as an Islamic hardliner and part of the group that believes that the president and deputy president posts must be held by the ulama.

Nik Abduh was put in a spot having to deliver a message that he did not agree with. But he could not possibly disobey his own father who is the head of the Syura Council, the party's most powerful body.

 
Tuan Ibrahim: An ulama who hails from old school of thought.

Ulama or Erdogan? That is the big question hanging over PAS as it prepares to elect a new leadership line-up. The stage is set for a showdown between the ulama group and the Erdogan camp.

And this could not be more apparent than in the contest for the deputy president post between incumbent Mohamed Sabu and Datuk Nik Amar Nik Abdullah who is Kelantan deputy Mentri Besar. Mohamad or Mat Sabu, as he known, is with the Erdogans whereas Nik Amar is an ulama.

The ulama comprise the Islamic scholars, preferably those who come from the most prestigious Sunni seat of learning in Al-Azhar and who have a conservative view of politics.

The Erdogans are mainly those who went to secular schools and have a more worldly view of politics. Many of them are also activists like Mat Sabu. Many of the leading Erdogans were driven to join PAS after the sacking of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and have become influential in the party.

For several months now, the pro-ulama group has been working quietly behind the scenes to reassert its dominance in the party election.

The leading figure behind this group is the tall, handsome and ultra-conservative Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Harun Taib. Harun suffered a stroke several years ago and everyone thought his political career was over. But his supporters said God had other plans for him. He recovered and is now the leading conservative voice in PAS.

Harun and his ulama group worked out to ensure that there would be only one ulama candidate in the contest for deputy president. They wanted to avoid a repeat of the 2011 party polls where two of the three candidates were ulama. This split the pro-ulama vote and Mat Sabu ended up as the victor.

Mat Sabu is seen as a threat to their policy of "kepimpinan ulama" or leadership of the ulama. The ulama have nightmares at the thought that Mat Sabu could by some unforeseen circumstances end up as president of PAS.

 
Salahuddin: Fadzil's death sparked off contests for No 2 post.

"If something were to happen to Ustaz Hadi, who will take over? What will happen?" said Pendang chief Datuk Taulan Mat Rasul.

The religious elite admit that Mat Sabu is an asset to the party, but mainly as an orator, entertainer and rabble-rouser. They cannot accept him in a post that will put him in line for the presidency.

The ulama had initially wanted Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man to contest against Mat Sabu. In fact, Tuan Ibrahim is widely seen as a potential future president of PAS.

He is a religious scholar from the old school of thought that regards excessive political ambition as part of nafsu or lust. The quest for power and posts is often equated with ego and pride, something that pious Muslims aspire to overcome. Hence, they are always somewhat reluctant to fight for a post.

Tuan Ibrahim has a sweet smile and gentle manners but there is an uncompromising man beneath all that.

He believes that the "Allah" word must be exclusive to Muslims. He has slammed the Catholic church for going to court on the "Allah" issue, calling it a "hostile act". He also described the Christians' insistence on using the "Allah" word as a "ridiculous demand".

That is why the ulama group wanted him up there. He speaks what is in their hearts.

Tuan Ibrahim had contested the No 2 post in 2011 only because Nik Aziz had personally coaxed him to do it. He lost and, this time, he wants to go for something lower, namely the vice-president post.

As a result, Nik Amar is now the torch bearer for the ulama group.

Mat Sabu was said to have heaved a sigh of relief when Tuan Ibrahim pulled out. He knew he would not stand a chance against Tuan Ibrahim but has a fighting chance against Nik Amar.

Mat Sabu enjoys a national reputation in the party whereas Nik Amar is known largely in Kelantan. Nik Amar comes from a well-known ulama family but he has not ventured far beyond the pond, unlike Mat Sabu who has taken the bullets for his party and is known from north to south for his oratory skills.

Whether Nik Amar succeeds or fails will depend on how fervently the party wants to have an ulama on the reserve bench below their big star Hadi.

However, PAS insiders said that Mat Sabu's biggest hurdle now is the way the pro-ulama group has poisoned the minds of members about him. El Haraki, an anti-Erdogan fan page on Facebook has accused him of having Syiah leanings among other things.

He said this campaign has been the "most horrible" in his 35 years in PAS.

El-Haraki which means social movement is said to be initiated by the young Turks among the ulama group and their attacks have been aimed at the leading Erdogans in PAS, namely Datuk Husam Musa, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Khalid Samad, Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Dr Hatta Ramli.

The Erdogans have been labelled parasites in PAS. But supporters of the Erdogan group have slammed those behind El-Haraki of being a tool of Umno, of dividing the party and of fitnah or slander.

A lot is at stake for both camps in the contest for the No 2 post.

As the popular vice-president Salahuddin Ayub put it, the No 2 post has been controversial ever since the death of their beloved president Datuk Fadzil Mohd Noor.

Back then, Fadzil was the president and his deputy was Hadi. The two top posts were incredibly stable because members respected the men sitting there. But when Hadi moved up to the top post, the scramble to fill the deputy post began and is still going on.

A PAS insider in Selangor said the ulama are quite dominant if the mood in the Youth wing is any indication. The young ulama have swept the posts in the Youth wing.

For instance, 90% of the new Dewan Pemuda line-up in Selangor is dominated by ulama figures. In Perak, young ulama candidates won in all the posts and only the Perak Youth chief is not an ulama.

"But don't underestimate Mat Sabu's chances, he is a fighter," said Kota Baru division chief Datuk Wan Rahim Wan Abdullah.

The fact that the party lost ground to Umno in the general election is being used as proof that the party's political approach and alliances need to be reviewed. The party's long term aim is to replace Umno as the party for the Muslim and Malays.

The ulama think that the party must revert to its original path whereas the Erdogans think the party must change to appeal to a broader spectrum of voters. Their dilemma is not different from the contestation of ideas and opinions taking place in Umno between those who long for the good old days and those who want to push forward.

"Ulama or non-ulama, we are all in PAS. It is like husband and wife having quarrels. At the end of the day, we are still in the same house," said Wan Rahim.

But the power struggle between the ulama and the Erdogans has been brewing for sometime and this muktamar will determine who will hold the upper hand.

 

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