- Isu Syiah: AJK PAS Pusat mengalukan tindakan terhadap Mat Sabu
- Talks with BN: ‘Anwar has own agenda?’
- Lim Guan Eng calls Penang opposition chief a “racist grandmother”
- Exco man declines comment on direct tender
- Shias have right to practise beliefs, says ex-Perlis mufti
- Zahid Hamidi stands firm on "PAS number two" Syiah statement
- Sudden ‘Sunni’ fixation likely a political ploy, Pak Samad says
- Sultan of Selangor firm in defending rights of the Malays, Bumiputeras and Islam
- Saari Sungib told to walk the talk
- Nga and Ngeh come close to being ousted
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 08:29 PM PST
(Astro Awani) - AJK PAS Pusat, Dr Riduan Mohd Nor hari ini mengalu-alukan supaya tindakan dikenakan terhadap Timbalan Presiden PAS, Mohamad Sabu sekiranya benar beliau adalah seorang penganut fahaman Syiah.
"Saya mengalu-alukan tindakan JAKIM, PDRM dan lain-lain agensi terhadap 'Mat Sabu' sekiranya benar beliau adalah penganut Syiah.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 08:15 PM PST
According to political analyst Prof Dr Mohamed Mustafa, Umno members know Anwar Ibrahim too well and will never allow for his return.
Vignesh Kumar, FMT
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim's offer to hold talks with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is being dissected by all quarters with the latest view coming Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak who said that it was part of a "plot" for the PKR leader's return to Umno.
Mohamed Mustafa, who is also National Council of Professors' head of the politics, security and international affairs cluster, said Anwar was "trying to get back into power through the back door".
"Anwar's sudden call for a dialogue with Najib looks very suspicious. Why call for a dialogue only now?
"I believe Anwar has his own agenda. If he talks about national issues then it is good but I don't think that is Anwar's real intention.
"It is Anwar's trick to gain support," Mohamed Mustafa asked.
The UUM academic was of the view that Anwar was trying to emulate Najib.
"He wants to show the rakyat that he is a good leader like Najib. But Umno members will never welcome him back. They know him too well," he told FMT.
Najib-Anwar must talk
Meanwhile, independent political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said Anwar and Najib should talk in the interest of the people.
Khoo said it was time for them to sit and discuss about national issues.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 08:03 PM PST
(TMI) - There was name-calling after the Penang state assembly today when Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) accused opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid of being a "racist grandmother" when she alleged there was selective prosecution of Malay hawkers in the state.
In debating the 2014 Budget, Jahara had questioned why no action was taken against Chinese hawkers who operated illegally at Pantai Bersih in Butterworth while action was always taken against Malay hawkers by the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).
Lim (DAP-Air Putih) accused Jahara (BN-Teluk Ayer Tawar) of taking a racist line and trying to "twist the issue" when she could have just questioned why the local councils were not acting against illegal hawkers.
"It is all right to criticise us for not taking action but why be racist and continue this racist propaganda?
"I always thought of Jahara as a typical grandmother but now she has become an unreasonable and racist grandmother," he said at a press conference in the state legislative assembly building.
He said Jahara did not mention that there were more than four Malay stalls along Pantai Bersih.
Phee Boon Poh (DAP-Sungai Puyu), who was present, said MPSP, during the rule of Barisan Nasional from 2004 to 2008, did not allow Malay traders to operate along Pantai Bersih.
He said former Seberang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah could verify that because he had visited the place himself.
"They (BN) have their own agenda. So who is being racist?" he asked.
Apart from the hawker issue, Jahara was criticised for making allegations that developers have to get the nod from MPs and assemblymen for their projects.
She also mentioned claims that Pulau Jerejak had been renamed "Mazu Island" and that the state had approved land to build a statue of a goddess in a temple on the island.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 07:51 PM PST
Penang government came under fire for allegedly awarding a flood-mitigation project to a company through direct negotiations.
Vignesh Kumar, FMT
Penang state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng has refused to comment on the awarding of a flood-mitigation project to a company through direct negotiations and not via open tender.
Lim said he would wait for the full report before commenting on the matter.
"I am not in a position to comment anything at the moment," he said.
Last week, popular blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin's Malaysia Today reported that the Penang state government had allegedly abused its power in awarding a contract worth almost RM7 million to build a flood-retention wall in Bukit Mertajam.
Malaysia Today said a Selangor-based company was turned down for the project on two grounds.
The company came under category G4, which disallowed the company from working on a project worth more than RM3 million and second is not Penang-based.
Another company's offer was RM6,913, 896, which was RM33,223 lower than the tender amount of RM7 million.
The company came under category G6, which allowed it to work on projects worth not more than RM10 million.
The article said the company received the project through direct negotiations.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 04:33 PM PST
Diyana Ibrahim, TMI
Shia Muslim followers have the right to practise their beliefs, says former Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin (pic) today.
He, however, qualified it by saying that he agreed with Putrajaya that its teaching could have adverse effects.
"It is true that countries which adopt Shia teachings, such as Pakistan and Iran, often descend into chaos and anarchy. We do not want to see that happening in Malaysia," he said.
Mohd Asri told The Malaysian Insider that Putrajaya had failed to explain the effect and impact of Shia teachings.
"Putrajaya is just saying Shia is dangerous and the movement should be blocked. But they have not said what is so dangerous about it.
"The Government's statements on Shia teachings are vague and confusing," Mohd Asri told The Malaysian Insider.
Referring to Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's allegations against PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, Mohd Asri said it should be backed up by evidence.
"The allegations against Mohamad Sabu or Mat Sabu are vague. Ahmad Zahid should provide a detailed explanation.
"What offences did Mat Sabu commit?
"The public might view the allegations against Mat Sabu as baseless if Ahmad Zahid cannot back up his claims with evidence."
On Saturday at the Umno general assembly, Ahmad Zahid said he had authorised the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia to take action against alleged Shia Muslim leaders in PAS.
Ahmad Zahid said it was perplexing how PAS, as an Islamist party, could have elected a Shia leader into the party's No. 2 post at its 59th muktamar last month.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 11:34 AM PST
(The Star) - Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will not budge from his statement that a "PAS number two" leader is a follower of the Syiah branch of Islam considered deviant in Malaysia.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said he has evidence of this and promised to reveal all at a press conference to be called by the ministry soon.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 11:15 AM PST
(MM) - Putrajaya's proposal to place a legal shackle on the spread of non-Sunni Islamic ideologies here has irked Malay literary icon Datuk A. Samad Said who believes the move is not for religious reasons but is politically motivated.
The white-bearded poet, a pious Muslim himself, said the government's motives were suspect as the plan to redefine Islam as "Sunni" in the Federal Constitution had come so suddenly after years without any fuss over the issue.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 09:02 AM PST
(MM) - Firm action by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, in defending the rights of the Malays, bumiputeras and the sanctity of Islam is eagerly awaited by the people.
Former inspector-general of police Tun Mohammed Haniff Omar said this is evident in his speeches and shows the royal institutions is still strong in defending the rights of the Malays, position of the Malay rulers and Islam.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 08:47 AM PST
(MM) - Hulu Klang assemblyman Saari Sungib (picture) should exhaust all avenues to resolve the Ulu Kelang Recreational Club (UKRC) land issue instead of "passing the buck" to the courts.
UKRC president Andrew Gopal claimed Saari had not done enough to settle the matter, which resulted in Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) seizing the land.
Posted: 08 Dec 2013 08:42 AM PST
(MM) - Two powerful cousins who virtually controlled Perak DAP yesterday came within a whisker of being voted out of a 15-man state committee at the 16th Perak DAP convention at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort near here.
Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, who is the Beruas MP and Sitiawan assemblyman, captured the last spot with 565 votes while cousin Nga Kor Ming, who is Taiping MP and Kepayang assemblyman, came in 14th with 571 votes.
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