- Inclusiveness gets a rethink as Umno struggles past GE13
- Terence Fernandez: Assessment hike – Did Tengku Adnan act alone?
- 'Cult followers may be out for more hits'
- Najib turns the sword on Anwar
- The next general elections will be all about Islam
- Let’s talk, Anwar tells Najib
- Dr Asri dan Ummi Hafilda setuju muzakarah Umno-PAS
- Jodoh Ustaz Kazim dengan Umno
- Umno Disaran Wujud Portfolio Sesuai Untuk Golongan Ulama
- Government, eight others stand in way of ‘Allah’ appeal
- Prominent PJ councillor dropped
- At Umno assembly, calls for ‘1 Melayu’ to replace ‘1 Malaysia’
- ‘Penang’s RM200m profits from selling govt lands’
- ‘Talks with PAS can start after Umno AGM’
- ‘Where’s the CAT in Penang govt?’
- RoS confirms Lee Guan Aik as Kedah DAP chief
Posted: 05 Dec 2013 11:24 AM PST
(TMI) - Despite the billions spent in special allocations from BN Selangor and all the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia handouts, Selangor voters gave Pakatan 44 state seats, eight more than the 12th general election.
In his speech at the party's first assembly after the 13th general election, Selangor Umno grass-roots leader Kamaruzzaman Johari summed up the conflicting feelings of his party.
More than one delegate used the Malay adage "mencurah air ke daun keladi" (giving aid to those who don't need it) when describing the BN's contributions to certain non-Bumiputera communities.
Posted: 05 Dec 2013 11:19 AM PST
Posted: 05 Dec 2013 11:15 AM PST
IN COLD BLOOD: Jaip official wasn't sole target, says top cop
(NST) - Police believe that in keeping the group intact, the remaining followers of Tuhan Harun are out to assassinate several individuals on their case.
MARANG: HARUN Mat Saat, the leader of the Tuhan Harun sect, may be in police custody, but investigators fear that his hardcore followers will go all out to ensure that the group lives on.
Posted: 05 Dec 2013 11:14 AM PST
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made a surprise 'appearance' in the middle of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's opening speech at the Umno general assembly.
The Opposition Leader was caught lying first about non-existent Bangladeshi voters and then lying that he never said it. The Opposition parties have used the new technology to great effect but it is a double-edged sword and, yesterday, Anwar fell on his own sword. But the most tragic thing is that so many Malaysians fell for the lie.
Joceline Tan, The Star
WHEN Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as Petronas adviser last week, some read it as a sign that he was upset with the Umno leadership.
He had resigned for health reasons but the timing of his resignation was too close to the Umno general assembly for comfort.
It is no secret that the elder statesman has been quite critical of Petronas' policies and a number of people even imagined that this would be the beginning of the end of his cordial ties with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
But there he was, bright and early, at the opening of the Umno general assembly, seated at the centre-front row several seats away from Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Dr Mahathir has not missed a single general assembly since Najib took over as Umno president and it does look like his relationship with Najib will endure even if he and Abdullah are still stuck in a civil cold war.
As usual, Dr Mahathir was mobbed the moment he stepped out of the hall. His voice was softer than usual, he sounded a trifle breathless and although he did not praise the speech, he had nothing negative to say about it either.
But he must have enjoyed the "multi-media show" of his old nemesis.
Midway through Najib's opening speech, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's image appeared on the giant screen.
The video opened with Anwar claiming he had never said anything about Bangladeshis being flown in to vote in the general election.
This was followed by more video clips showing him making these claims – not once but several times before and after the May 5 election.
The Opposition Leader was caught lying first about non-existent Bangladeshi voters and then lying that he never said it.
The Opposition parties have used the new technology to great effect but it is a double-edged sword and, yesterday, Anwar fell on his own sword.
But the most tragic thing is that so many Malaysians fell for the lie.
The video would have been a good laugh had it not been for the grave implications.
Many in the hall were clearly still angry about the issue and they jeered and booed as the Opposition Leader was exposed as a liar.
Later, when they cooled down, some of them joked that Anwar had made his "first appearance" at the general assembly 15 years after he was sacked.
"It shows that Najib is very confident of his place in the party to have 'invited' Anwar back to Dewan Merdeka," one of them joked.
Najib is indeed quite unassailable in the party at this point in time.
He is surrounded by loyalists who won in the party election while he himself won uncontested.
In the last few years, Najib has used the Umno forum to speak to an audience that extended beyond the walls of the party's PWTC headquarters.
But yesterday, his speech was the most "Umno-ish" ever since he became the party president.
It was a speech aimed largely at the party members and he was not apologetic about it.
Najib's aristocratic background has often been a sore point among the Umno folk but his political instincts cannot be faulted.
The Malay rhetoric this year was quite deliberate.
The party has survived a bruising general election and it has also emerged from a successful party election.
Najib could sense that the members did not want any more reminders of how they must reach out to the other communities.
They have yet to recover from the feeling of being rejected, especially by the Chinese voters.
As such, a key message from his policy speech was that Umno has not and will not stray from its core values of defending the religion, the race and the nation. It was what the members wanted to hear.
"They need to hear it at the general assembly and from the president himself. Once they are reassured, he can move on to the national agenda," said the insider.
It was also a celebratory speech of sorts because his party had performed better than in the 2008 general election but was let down by its component parties.
He singled out Sarawak and Sabah for mention because the two states helped carry Barisan Nasional.
"Going back to our core values does not mean that we have abandoned our objective to be inclusive and just. Policies have to address the bumiputera needs because they will comprise 69% of Malaysians by 2020," said former Penang Umno strongman Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad.
But Malay rhetoric aside, Najib is very focused on what he wants out of his party from now till the next general election. His problem is whether the rest of the party can come along at the pace he has set.
For the second time in two days, he held his handphone up in the air as he stressed the need for the party to embrace new technology.
Barisan's survival will be determined by the six million new voters in the next general election.
The new generation is technology-savvy and their opinions will be shaped by what is streamed by social media and the internet.
Umno's own survival will depend on the Malay voters whose priorities will revolve around what Najib terms as surau dan masjid.
In fact, there was a roar of approval when Najib touched on the party's defence of the kalimah Allah issue.
The party has begun to attract young, progressive ulama into its ranks and the signs are there that Islam will also play a bigger role in Umno's future and survival.
Like many Malays, Najib loves his cup of tea which he now drinks without sugar. He has lost his paunch and his clothes look good on him these days.
He is looking lean and fit, which is a good thing because it is a tough race ahead.
Posted: 05 Dec 2013 10:59 AM PST
I was chatting with a senior PAS leader just before the party's annual congress, and he expressed his worry over the creeping skin-deep Islamisation that the country is going through. "The next general elections will be about who seems the most Islamic," he said, and despite his Islamist credentials, his concern was understandable.
Zurairi AR, MM
It is a relatively good time to be an Islamist in this country.
Posted: 05 Dec 2013 10:52 AM PST
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim says that Pakatan is always ready to engage the government on matters affecting national interests.
G Vinod, FMT
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today welcomed Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's willingness to talk to any party on matters pertaining to national interest.
In a brief statement, Anwar lauded the speech made by Najib yesterday at Umno annual general assembly, where he had said Umno would always extend a welcoming hand to any political parties.
"On Sept 19, the Pakatan Rakyat leadership had already announced that we are ready to engage with Barisan Nasional, which is in line with what Najib said yesterday," said Anwar.
Yesterday, Najib, who is also Umno president, said that his party will always welcome talks with any quarters pertaining matters of national interest, in his presidential speech.
But in the same speech, Najib mocked Anwar for making a fuss about winning the popular votes, saying that the former deputy prime minister should remember that Malaysia practised the 'first past the post system.'
On a related matter, Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin had also said that the party was willing to hold talks with PAS, to unite the Malays and Muslims in the country.
"Umno has never rejected any initiative or effort to help unite the Malays or Muslims and the people of Malaysia because unity has always been our vision," Muhyiddin had said, adding that the meeting with PAS could start as soon as the Umno AGM is over.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 08:51 PM PST
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 08:45 PM PST
Yusof Harun, Sinar Harian
Ustaz atau ulama yang hendak menyokong atau menyertai Umno mempunyai sebab untuk menukar ke gear reverse dalam konteks memikir semula tindakan mereka itu.
Jika keputusan drastik itu dibuat semata-mata kerana ALLAH atas kepercayaan perjuangan Umno sebenarnya jauh lebih Islamik dan ganjarannya di akhirat kelak.
Sekiranya ganjaran yang dibayangkan berbentuk material – jawatan tertentu, projek atau kewangan – maka terpaksa juga mereka berfikir masak-masak sama ada ia berbaloi berbanding dengan maki hamun, cacian dan fitnah yang mengiringi keputusan untuk berpaling tadah.
Sebenarnya puak tertentu yang buat fitnah bukannya tak faham hukum-hakam. Mereka berpegang pada hukum kalau si polan atau sesuatu kumpulan tidak bersama mereka bererti orang itu adalah musuh harus diperangi. Contohnya pendakwah tersohor Ustaz Kazim Elyas tampil menyertai Umno.
Mereka terlupa dakwah Islamiyyah boleh dibuat melalui pelbagai kaedah. Nabi Muhammad SAW pernah bersabda, "Sampaikan dariku walaupun sepotong ayat, dan tidak mengapa mengambil (sesuatu contoh baik) daripada Bani Israel, (akan tetapi) sesiapa yang berdusta di atas namaku secara sengaja, maka tersedialah tempat duduknya daripada neraka."
Pendekatan Ustaz Kazim jauh berbeza. Baru-baru ini dia ditawarkan jawatan dalam MT Umno tetapi pada saat-saat akhir, beliau memilih menolaknya.
Ustaz Kazim tak macam ustaz lain yang sekadar bercakap mendaulatkan lslam. Contohnya beliau secara sendirian menubuhkan Pusat Pendidikan AlBarakkah — pusat pendidikan lslam tersohor di Perak.
Ustaz Kazim macam orang lain meminati politik tetapi bermula dengan langkah menyertai Pas. Tetapi jodoh dengan parti itu tak lama apabila pada 14 Mei, 2011 dipecat kerana didakwa menjadi duri dalam daging.
Sama ada disengaja ataupun tidak Pas menyembunyikan soal pemecatan sehinggalah disahkan oleh Naib Presidennya, Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, baru-baru ini.
Sindiran Ustaz Kazim ketika berceramah tidak menyebut nama atau organisasi tertentu. Pendek kata ceramahnya tidak menyebut pun nama Pas. Kiasan yang dibuat lebih pedas dari sebiji cili padi kadangkala turut terkena tempias pada para pemimpin Umno sendiri.
Kebijaksanaannya ialah tidak pernah ungkit kisah lama dalam Pas dan tidak menyanjung Umno dan pemimpinnya secara over walaupun ceramah kerap diadakan di pekarangan kediaman rasmi MB Perak Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
Fenomena yang dilalui rakyat Malaysia hari ini dengan kemunculan Ustaz Kazim yang dibayangi ulama pro Pas meresahkan puak-puak ini. Mereka walau ramai dan sering dengan jubah labuh dan serban besar tetapi seorang ustaz macam Ustaz Kazim, kadangkala sekadar bersongkok, ibarat 100 yang menyokong Pas.
Usahlah cemburu jika Ustaz Kazim jauh lebih popular daripada mana-mana penceramah agama mereka yang berstatus selebriti yang menyokong puak sebelah sana. Ustaz Kazim tidak mengutip dana untuk tabung poket melainkan dana yang diterima untuk kegunaan pusat pendidikannya.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 08:41 PM PST
(Bernama) - Ulama dan cendekiawan agama yang menyertai Umno perlu diberi portfolio bersesuaian agar golongan itu tidak dilihat sekadar memenuhi kerusi di dalam parti.
Mencadangkan perkara itu, Exco Pergerakan Pemuda Umno Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya berkata kewujudan portfolio tertentu akan membantu ulama memahami dengan jelas peranan mereka dalam usaha bersama Umno memartabat agama, bangsa dan negara.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 08:38 PM PST
(MMO) - The Home Ministry and eight others are seeking to block the Catholic Church's application to contest an appellate court ruling in October that barred it from using the word "Allah" in its weekly paper the Herald.
S. Selvarajah, the Catholic Church's lawyer, confirmed this while saying that the Federal Court will hear arguments from both sides on February 24 before deciding if the appeal can proceed.
"The case is now fixed for hearing of application or of leave on February 24," he told The Malay Mail Online today.
"It will be opposed by all nine respondents," he said of the Catholic Church's application, referring to the Home Ministry, the government, the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association and the Islamic councils of six states.
According to Selvarajah, the Federal Court gave the respondents two weeks to file their affidavits of opposition and fixed February 10 as the deadline for submissions.
He also confirmed that Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) — the country's leading authority on the Malay language — has indicated that it intends to apply to be an intervener or to be a party to the court proceedings.
"I don't think they will be able to intervene at this late stage," Selvarajah said, saying that DBP was not represented by any lawyers today but had expressed its intention through one of the lawyers representing the state councils.
Although he expressed doubt on the likelihood of DBP's success in applying to be an intervener, Selvarajah said they would respond after the application is filed.
The case had come up for case management before the Federal Court's deputy registrar Nor Aziati Jaafar today, following the Catholic Church's application on November 11 for leave to appeal against a Court of Appeal ruling.
In the Federal Court filing on November 11, the Catholic Church submitted a list of 26 questions — which revolved around the Federal Constitution, administrative law and the general conduct of the courts in deciding on the dispute — as debate on the word "Allah" continues five years after the Home Ministry's ban on the Arabic word in the Herald's Bahasa Malaysia section.
Among the key questions the Catholic Church asked was whether the home minister has absolute discretion to impose such a prohibition, as well as whether claims of potential threats to public order and national security are sufficient grounds to impose restrictions without being subject to a legal challenge.
On the constitutionality of the decision, the Church is asking the apex court whether the government can impose restrictions on the choice of words used in religious books, materials or publications on the grounds that "some persons of another religious group may be confused".
The Church is seeking an answer as to whether the government's argument of a potential confusion provides a strong enough reason to deny another religious group its constitutional rights as enshrined under the Federal Constitution.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 07:19 PM PST
(From right) Fernandez, Khairul Anuar, Chan, Cynthia and Anthony who are a pain to the state leaders expected to be dropped from MBPJ tomorrow.
Terence Fernandez, fz.com
Prominent local councillor Derek Fernandez is expected to be dropped from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), when the new board of councillors is announced tomorrow.
Sources said Fernandez, a vocal advocate of good governance and an expert on local government and planning laws will be making way as part of a new state policy to limit the term of councillors to two terms.
Fernandez, when contacted confirmed that he had not received any reappointment letter but declined to comment on his exit from MPBJ, which he has served since Pakatan Rakyat took over the administration of Selangor in 2008.
Fernandez however is not alone. It is believed that another "noisy" councillor Cynthia Gabriel has also been given the boot, along with sole OKU (special needs persons) representative Anthony Thanasayan.
Other councillors said to be dropped are Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin and Chan Chee Keong.
The new policy, while praised so as to allow deadwood to be removed has also been criticised as a tool to remove councillors who are a pain to state leaders.
MBPJ, for instance is notorious for "blocking" development orders and applications that do not follow the law, causing much grief to politicians who want to reward supporters and donors for helping them win their state or parliamentary seats.
Fernandez, for instance was responsible in helping to draft the state's new billboard policy which basically threw sand into the rice bowls of politicians, civil servants and businessmen who were reaping the benefits of a highly corrupt system that relied on kickbacks and led to indiscriminate mushrooming of billboards.
Due to his legal background, he was also the bell-weather of the council's legal affairs and was among those who raised the alarm when a senior council staff illegally entered a consent order on behalf of the council, with a billboard company. (LINK http://www.fz.com/content/billboard-firm-takes-contempt-action-against-m...)
It is understood that Mayor Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad who had rated Fernandez the highest among all the 24 councillors is upset at losing some of the full board members.
"But it is a state policy and political matter, so she has no say," said a state source.
However the source tells fz.com that those dropped seem to only affect PKR representatives.
There seems to be some truth to this, as all those said to be removed from MBPJ are PKR appointees representing NGOs and professionals.
"Change is good but if good councillors are replaced with clowns and 'Yes' men, then we know why," said the source.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 06:46 PM PST
(MM) - Putrajaya should use "1 Melayu" in place of its all-inclusive "1 Malaysia" slogan since efforts to reach out to Chinese voters were snubbed in Election 2013, a Penang Umno delegate told the 64th Umno annual general assembly today.
Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir also accused the Chinese community of "betraying" the government, saying they were not appreciative despite the amount of money used to woo them in the run-up to the 13th general election.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 06:42 PM PST
But the Penang CM hits back at Chua Tee Yong by saying that the previous BN administration sold more land in the state.
Anisah Shukry, FMT
MCA has hit out at the Penang government for resorting to selling land to amass hundreds of millions of ringgit last year, saying that it was a short-term solution that came at the expense of the state's citizens.
MCA Young Professionals Bureau Chairman Chua Tee Yong said the move not only created unsustainable income for the government, but had also deprived Penangites of affordable homes.
"In long term, the state government will be richer but the people will be poorer. This is because state government earns their income from selling land but the people [grow] poorer as they need to pay a higher price for home ownership," said Chua in a statement today.
He said developers would raise housing prices to cushion the hefty sum they paid for the government land, and this would ultimately force home-seekers in Penang to shoulder the extra cost.
"The trading of land in Penang is definitely causing land prices in Penang to increase. Hence, housing prices in Penang will fly as well. This will only harm the rights of Penangites, as they need to bear the hike in prices for land and house," said Chua, who is Labis MP.
He pointed out that rather than selling off the land, the government could have developed it and reaped the profit from the ensuing commercial activities.
"The most important (thing) is the government still possesses the land title and they could allocate the land to build more affordable homes for the rakyat."
He said the third quarter of the Auditor-General Report 2012 revealed the state government had earned RM51.09 million more than what it had earned in 2011. RM200 million of its profits came from selling government land, said Chua.
"A government that relies on selling land to earn profit is a government that does not know how to draft a plan for long term economic growth, nor knows how to upgrade economic growth or enhance the income liquidity of the rakyat.
"DAP always (says) they that they are performing better [than] BN. Is that the best they can do?" he asked.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 06:39 PM PST
Umno had never rejected any effort to help unite the Malays, says Muhyiddin Yassin, referring to calls for muzakarah between Umno and PAS.
Lisa J. Ariffin, FMT
Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin welcomed a muzakarah between the party and PAS to strengthen ties and reduce misunderstanding with the opposition party.
"Umno has never rejected any initiative or effort to help unite the Malays or Muslims and the people of Malaysia because unity has always been our vision," Muhyiddin told a press conference here today.
"We place great emphasis on unity and we will always welcome an initiative to strengthen ties such as a muzakarah to find a common ground or reduce misunderstanding," he added.
Muhyiddin said Umno had never rejected unity initiatives as "our intention is good and sincere".
"If there is any party that shows interest, we will always be open and welcome their good efforts," he said.
Muhyiddin then said prior arrangement was needed as the suggestion for a muzakarah was from PAS president Hadi Awang during the 59th PAS annual general meeting last month.
"A lot of people have asked us what we mean by discussion. What is the scope, when, and who will be attending the meetings?," he said.
"That will be set in detail later including the issues to be discussed," he said.
"If it can be arranged, then I am of opinion that a discussion after the Umno AGM will be appropriate."
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 06:36 PM PST
An article in RPK's Malaysia Today alleges that the Penang government has awarded a flood mitigation project to a company via direct negotiations, breaching its policy of Competency, Accountability and Transparency.
P Ramani, FMT
The Penang state government has been accused of abusing its own tender process in awarding a contract worth almost RM7 million to build a flood retention wall in Bukit Mertajam.
The state government which advocates Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT), is accused of awarding the project, which include renovating the drainage system in Jalan Kampung Baru, in a guided and open tender process.
In an article posted in blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin's Malaysia Today portal, it is claimed that in the open tender process introduced by the state government, an in-house consultant will be appointed before the tender is implemented.
Malaysia Today also posted documents pertaining to the contract, saying there was a Selangor-based company which initially tendered for the project but was rejected on two grounds.
The first was that the company came under category G4, which disallowed the company from working on a project worth more than RM3 million. Second reason was that the company was not a local Penang-based firm.
On that note, another company tendered for the project. The tender amount offered by the firm stood at RM6,913, 896, which is RM33,223 lower than the price tag given by the state authorities.
The company came under category G6, which allowed it to work on projects worth not more than RM10 million. However, the article claimed that the second company received the project via direct negotiations.
Posted: 04 Dec 2013 01:10 PM PST
(The Star) - The Registrar of Societies has confirmed Lee Guan Aik (pic) as Kedah DAP chairman.Lee, the former Kota Darulaman assemblyman, told a press conference Thursday that the RoS, in a letter dated Dec 4, stated that the party's central executive committee (CEC) had no right to appoint Zairil Khir Johari as state DAP interim chairman since the RoS had yet to recognise the CEC formed in September.
Lee urged all state DAP members not to abide by the directive made by the state interim committee following the RoS' decision.
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