- Rosmah centre of jet query
- Beware Umno’s offer to debate hudud
- Leave Selangor if unhappy with sultan’s ‘Allah’ decree, critics told
- PAS to debate rolling out hudud for Pakatan states at conference
- ‘Progressive PAS a threat to Umno’
- NEP to stay because…
Posted: 17 Nov 2013 08:24 PM PST
Minister in the Prime Minister (PM)'s department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim today was grilled over Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's use of VVIP jets reserved for the likes of the Yang Dipertuan Agong (YDPA).
The trip in question was to Qatar for the International Business Women Forum in Doha last week, which was brought up by PKR Vice-President Azmin Ali. The Gombak MP wanted to know specifically how much that trip with the jet cost the government.
This came up while Shahidan was winding up speech for the PM's department and answering queries brought up by MPs on the maintenance cost of the VVIP jets reserved for certain government and state personnel.
"The Cabinet decided that this (trip to Qatar) was an important and that Rosmah should attend (and can use the jet)...she was representing the country. This was in the interest of the country," he said.
What transpired next was a 20-minute long argument ranging from whether Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak left the meeting when the decision was made and if Rosmah had the powers to represent Malaysia's government sentiments and interest in the international platforms.
Azmin, Sepang MP Hanipa Maidin (PAS) and Pokok Sena MP and PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar were the vocal Opposition leaders who put Shahidan on the spot.
Azmin said since the Cabinet decided to allow Rosmah to use the jet, and her husband was the head of Cabinet there was clearly a conflict of interest.
Shahidan however persistently refused to answer the question and merely replied that he could not simply devulge details of a Cabinet meeting as he was "bound by oath when taking office not to reveal government information".
Hanipa then stood up and argued that there this information was not sensitive and demanded answers.
"Did he leave the meeting? We need to know. We`are merely asking what your PM and my PM did," he said.
Mahfuz then asked if there was a national law which stated that the PM's wife could represent the country in inter-government relationships. "This had not happened before," he said.
Azmin added that in any international events there will be events for the accompanying spouses of state leaders, which was fair for Rosmah to attend but he asked how Rosmah could attend events representing national interests.
The Qatar forum was organised by the Qatari Businesswomens Association and the Interactive Business Network.
In early October, the government, through a written reply had said RM20 million was spent on maintaining the VVIP jet ACJ319. An additional US$25.2 million (RM100 million) was spent from 2010-12 for leasing the jet.
Posted: 17 Nov 2013 07:11 PM PST
It's a ruse to destabilise Pakatan Rakyat, says DAP's Anthony Loke.
K Pragalath and Leven Woon, FMT
DAP rejected proposals to debate hudud implementation in parliament, citing it as a trap by Umno to divide Pakatan Rakyat component parties.
"It is a trap to destabilise Pakatan. Pakatan should be beware. Umno is not sincere in calling for the debate," said Seremban MP, Anthony Loke Siew Fook.
"Umno's motive is questionable. They are so many issues to be raised, which we have, but they simply shoot it down," added Loke.
Minister in Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim, yesterday, said that he was ready to debate the implementation of hudud with PAS.
"We are willing to hear the motion but the decision depends on the support of the MPs. PAS has the smallest number of seats in Pakatan Rakyat," he said.
PAS has long argued that the federal government is the stumbling block to implementing Syariah law and hudud in Kelantan.
PKR vice president Fuziah Salleh has already indicated her willingness to the debate issue.
It must be noted that Pakatan Rakyat has not had an agreement to implement hudud via its joint policy, the Buku Jingga.
Veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who is also Gua Musang MP, meanwhile said: "We want it but the (federal) constitution has to allow it," he said.
PAS MPs to meet Annuar soon
In an interesting twist, Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar of PAS and Ketereh MP Annuar Musa were non-committal when asked if Umno or PAS would file a motion in the Parliament to allow Kelantan to implement hudud laws.
Mahfuz said one crucial part to ensure the passage of the motion is that BN parliamentarians must agree to the implementation of hudud.
"It is fine that (Shahidan) said he is ready to hear out the motion, but they must agree to that, only then it is worth filing a motion," he said.
Posted: 17 Nov 2013 02:51 PM PST
(MM) - Selangorians who dispute their state Ruler's decree reserving the use of "Allah" for Muslims only, are free to move out, an Islamic academic has said as the religious row continues to gather speed.
Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Mahmood Zuhdi Abd Majid, who specialises in Islamic law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), said that residents in the country's most developed state are duty-bound to obey Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah's recent reminder on "Allah", pointing out that the Ruler is also the head of Islam in Selangor.
Posted: 17 Nov 2013 02:47 PM PST
(MM) - PAS will debate on pressing the Pakatan Rakyat (PR)-led state governments to impose the controversial hudud laws in their respective states at the Islamist party's muktamar (conference) this week, PAS's Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has said.
Amid renewed debate on the possibility of implementation of the Islamic criminal law in Kelantan, Tuan Ibrahim said hudud was part of the four motions on Islamic laws that will come up for debate in the Islamist party's upcoming 59th muktamar this Friday.
Posted: 17 Nov 2013 02:09 PM PST
Knowing this, Umno is planning co-opt PAS into Barisan Nasional in order to turn it into another mosquito party, says Raub MP Ariff Sabri
G Vinod, FMT
A progressive dominated PAS would spell doom for Umno, said DAP MP Ariff Sabri today.
In a blog posting at Sakmongkol AK47, Ariff opined that a progressive PAS could replace Umno anytime and lead the Malay community.
"A sick party like Umno controls the minds of Malays with sick policies and agenda. There must be something wrong with this arrangement.
"The reason being is that because PAS limits its own potential. If PAS becomes a progressive party, Umno is finished," said Ariff.
PAS will be conducting its party polls on Nov 20, and several mainstream newspapers have declared support for the ulama team to take leadership posts in the party.
While the ulama faction is said to be cosy with the idea of teaming up with Umno to form a unity government, the progressive team, led by PAS spiritual adviser Nik Aziz, is opposed to it.
Ariff reminded those keen to work with Umno to remember how the latter was unceremoniously booted out from the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, back in the 70s.
He also said that the only reason Umno wanted the ulama faction to run PAS was because the former knew how to work around the coreligionists to further its own agenda.
"Umno is just furthering its own agenda, which is to stay in power. It wants to add another party under its wings, just as it treats MIC, MCA and the 12 other BN janitor boys.
"Should PAS team up with Umno, all Najib (Tun Razak) will do is give PAS two Cabinet posts and that's the end of PAS," said Ariff.
He added that if PAS members sincerely revered Nik Aziz, they would ensure that the party would never team up with Umno.
"Besides, what is the use in teaming up with Umno? So that the right wingers in both parties can stay under one roof and become racists?"asked the DAP leader.
Posted: 17 Nov 2013 02:05 PM PST
Senator Abdul Wahid Omar claims that top management positions in Malaysia are still Chinese dominated and the government will not compromise NEP objectives.
K Pragalath, FMT
Minister in Prime Minister's Department, Senator Abdul Wahid Omar denied that the New Economic Policy (NEP) was a factor contributing to many Malaysians leaving the country.
His denial came in reply to Selayang MP William Leong Jee Kern who questioned whether the NEP would be amended in light of the World Bank report stating that the NEP was among factors listed for Malaysians leaving the country.
"You shouldn't just look at a single point stated in the report. The World Bank report is much more comprehensive.
"It cites lack of career development and pay scale differences as reasons too," said Wahid.
The NEP, implemented in 1970, continued its two pronged objective of poverty eradication and to end the domination of certain races in certain sectors of the economy, until 1999.
Wahid added that the government would not want to compromise on the NEP's objective, specifically the objective encompassing the dominance of a single race in certain business sectors.
"We want to increase the bumiputera economic level without taking away the rights of the other communities."
He added that currently the bumiputera community only hold 20% of top management positions of business corporations in the country.
"There are 70% Chinese in the top management brass and 5–10% from the Indian community," he added to reiterate the reason why implementation of the NEP had to be retained.
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