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Sunday, September 24, 2017

SHOCK WARNING FROM EX-IGP: NAJIB WILL LOSE SABAH & SARAWAK IF HE KEEPS GIVING IN TO HADI’S DEMANDS ‘INCH BY INCH’

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SHOCK WARNING FROM EX-IGP: NAJIB WILL LOSE SABAH & SARAWAK IF HE KEEPS GIVING IN TO HADI’S DEMANDS ‘INCH BY INCH’
 

September 21, 2017 

 
KK : Federal Govt not only lose goodwill and support of Sabah and Sarawak 
both states may agitate to leave federation 
if Govt submits to PAS demands to implement Hudud 
to ensure Umno remains in power.
 
warning at “Malaysia in the Future” forum
former (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor said 
if Bornean states quit, entire country thrown into chaos.
(My comments : Because our oil money is from Sabah)
 
If Govt defend Umno by submitting to PAS inch by inch, this can happen. 
Where will Sabah stand? They don’t like this.
“It’s bye bye Sabah and Sarawak,” he said. 

Malaysia Agreement 1963 both states strongly disagreed Islam religion of  federation
 
“It was the main issue”.
 
clearly stated in Cobbold Commission Report,” he said 
 
hudud dangerous because it caused non-Muslims to feel uneasy.
 
I expressed concern over its impact on Sabah, Sarawak 
which has big non-Muslim Bumiputera population.
 
If religion gets heated up, Malaysia may be thrown into chaos.
 
"Sabah, Sarawak may think twice to continue in Malaysia or not,” he said.
 
Malaysia in next 50 years broken down barriers and restrictions, particularly religion.
 
Rahim prefers no one religion declared official religion for the country.
 
many Muslim majority countries do not make Islam official religion 
Egypt and Indonesia as examples.
 
“Personally, when it comes to God, I don’t deal with any middlemen,” he declared.
 
tendency among Malays to be more Arabic than Arabs.

Middle East home to not just Muslims, but other religions too,” he said.

frightening trend among ruling elites
bending over backwards submitting to religion to garner support
 
it could take a turn for the worse if not curbed by the authorities.

Religious conflicts would become too hot 
if Federal Govt continued to succumb to become too Islamic.
 
people in Sabah, Sarawak did not feel anything in common with West Malaysia.
 
West and East Malaysians are totally different, culturally and historically. 
We are still far away from creating a Malaysian race.
 
Throwing religion into equation will further complicate this quest,” he concluded.
 
-http://www.dailyexpress.com.my

My comments :  

If Sabah and Sarawak threaten to pull out of the BN, MO1 will send Jadi Bawang to jail.

And apppoint Syed Akbar Ali as Menteri Agama. 

HAAAAA HAAAA HAAA !!

  

Finding middle ground after beer festival furore

Two polarised camps seem to have emerged from the recent controversy surrounding the now-banned “Better Beer Festival 2017”, whereby one side says such an event is an affront to religious sensitivities while the other side believes banning it is an infringement of rights.
So how do we as a community and country move forward in a healthier manner so that similar situations in the future can be handled and defused in less incendiary ways?
How do Malaysians find a middle ground where we can co-exist peacefully without treading on each other’s toes too often?
The first thing Malaysians must do is move away from claiming something “offends sensitivities” in every argument, says Rakyat Penyelamat Negara (Rapera) founder and lawyer Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos.
“We should move away from casting everything as a Malay/non-Malay, Muslim/non-Muslim issue.

“All religious adherents in this country, be they Muslims or Christians or Buddhists or Hindus, they should learn not to hide behind their religious sensitivities.
“We should be mature about (such things). We should stop this discourse that ‘this is against my religion’.
“It is not a valid argument to deny something to the majority or even the minority,” he said in a phone conversation with Malaysiakini.
Rapera describes itself as "a movement which encourages thinking and compassionate citizens".
While it may be true that something “offends sensitivities”, Jahaberdeen argued that such a perspective was childish and would stop the nation from growing and learning how to manage sensitivities.
As such, Jahaberdeen believed that the arguments surrounding the beer festival show that Malaysians still lack maturity on such issues.
Without inculcating the necessary maturity in Malaysians, he said it would not be possible to find a middle ground.
Not religious issue
Jahaberdeen also pointed out that it is possible to be against the beer festival for non-religious reasons.
“This beer festival is not a religious issue. I do not think Malaysians should look at it as a religious issue.
“To say it infringes (upon) non-Muslim rights is an affront and insult to non-Muslims’ intelligence and dignity because not all non-Muslims are in favour of alcohol.
“It is putting Muslims on a high pedestal. That is a superiority complex kind of thing, no good,” he explained.
He pointed to himself as an example; though he is personally against the beer festival, his reservations are not based on religious grounds.
He is against the event because he does not believe alcohol consumption is something that should be promoted or encouraged through a festival.
What the country needs, he said, is a national alcohol consumption policy which can provide better regulation.
Educate on sensitivities
Social activist Haris Ibrahim (photo) also expressed a similar sentiment about Malaysians needing to learn how to manage sensitivities better.

Malaysia, he said, lags behind some societies in terms of the ability to accommodate other faiths, and the way to combat this is a concerted effort to educate the public on sensitivities of different faiths.
“Essentially, to inculcate appropriate sensitivity, what you need is to better educate the public on sensitivity about each other,” he said.
In the UK, for example, he said, Muslims can walk into any place selling pork without getting bothered, whereas in Malaysia, it is still an issue.
“The question of sensitivities of Muslims - how far do you take that?
“Say for instance, would we entertain Hindus saying ‘we are sensitive to beef’ and therefore beef should not be served in restaurants?”
“Vegetarians saying, we do not appreciate meat consumption? The answer to all of this is that if you know it is a non-vegetarian restaurant and you are very particular, then you don’t go.
“So if Muslims know it is a pub serving alcohol, then don’t go in,” he explained.
Having a beer festival outside a mosque, for example, would be very insensitive, he said, but having one in a shopping mall should be fine.
Finding a middle ground, he pointed out, would mean respecting someone else’s rights to anything that does not break the law.
He also rued the police’s decision to stop the beer festival due to “extremist” elements, arguing that this would only encourage extremists to continue to threaten to encroach on private spaces.
“In a democratic, civilised society, you do not take away rights in order to placate extremists,” he said.

Previously, the inspector-general of police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun (photo) had said they put a stop to the beer festival because they had received information that “militants were planning to commit sabotage” at the festival.
Consult all stakeholders
For PKR senator Muhammad Nur Manuty, another step that can be taken to mitigate such unhealthy arguments in the future would be to have “consultation meetings” with all stakeholders.
“The government, they have the authority, (they) must call a series of (such) meetings in order to gain a sort of understanding and perhaps later on, consensus.
“It is not easy, because of many things involved but we do not want to see (such) issues cropping up from time to time without consensus from all groups involved,” he said.
For a long-term solution, all groups concerned must come together to work on these issues, with the authorities playing a more assertive role to nudge things in the right direction, he said.
The “Better Beer Festival”, which aims to promote smaller breweries, had been taking place in Kuala Lumpur since 2011 without much fanfare.

However, it landed in the spotlight this year after PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor (photo) complained that the event would lead to reprisals from extremists.

Subsequently, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall refused to greenlight the event, which was supposed to be held at the Publika shopping mall on Oct 6 and 7, citing political sensitivities.
MCA president Liow Tiong Lai later claimed the rejection of the event was due to security reasons, which the IGP’s statement supported.

-Mkini

Kit Siang tells Sarawak to walk the talk on Malaysia Agreement



The Sarawak government must uphold the Malaysia Agreement allowing citizens to enter the state for political activities, if the state hopes for its rights to be similarly upheld under the same agreement.
"It is very clearly set out that legitimate political activity is permissible, that there should not be any banning of any Malaysians from West Malaysia who come for legitimate political activities," said DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.

"To continue to ban Pakatan Harapan leaders would be a violation of Malaysia Agreement 1963, and the Sarawak government must set an example (so as) to get full respect and the restoration of the rights in the agreement."
The Gelang Patah MP was speaking to reporters after his arrival at Kuching International Airport this afternoon. Unlike several PKR leaders who were turned away yesterday, Lim was not barred from entering the state.
Yesterday, PKR MPs Zuraida Kamaruddin and Hee Loy Sian were barred from entering Sarawak upon arriving at Miri airport.

PKR's Kuala Sepetang assemblyperson Chua Yee Ling, who managed to enter via Miri for a PKR dinner last night, was also evicted from the state after Immigration and police officers gatecrashed the event.
Many top Harapan leaders are in Sarawak for its ceramah centered around its manifesto for the state.
Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Lim are among those expected to speak in Kuching tonight.
‘Uncivilised and unprofessional’
Meanwhile, in a statement today, Chua said she does not blame the Immigration officers over her eviction as they were only carrying out their duties.
"Instead, I reserve my condemnation for the abuse of power by the Sarawak government.

"I fully respect Sarawak’s autonomy and power, but this responsibility must not be abused in this undemocratic, uncivilised and unprofessional manner."
Chua explained that she was scheduled to attend events such as a visit to an old folks' home, among others.
"I don't understand how any of this a threat to national security, and I demand an answer from the chief minister," she said.
Meanwhile, Lim addressed former inspector-general of police Rahim Noor's reminder that an Islamic state was not envisaged when Malaysia was formed.

"It was stated in the Cobbold Commission report. I call upon the Sabah and Sarawak chief ministers to fully endorse what Rahim said.
"To declare that as far as Malaysia is concerned, the fundamental liberties and nation-building principles (was to include that) Malaysia is a secular state. Let the Sabah and Sarawak chief ministers uphold what Rahim said."

Rahim (photo) was reported last week as reminding the government that people in both Sabah and Sarawak had strongly disagreed that Islam should be the religion of the new federation during discussions that had led to the Malaysia Agreement

-Mkini

Rafizi claims bankruptcy advert a 'cheap ploy' to humiliate him


PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli was served with a bankruptcy notice following his failure to pay National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) and its executive chairperson Mohamad Salleh Ismail RM306,999.17 in costs and damages from a defamation suit.
However, the Pandan MP claimed that the notice, which was published in Berita Harian's classified section yesterday, was a "cheap ploy" to humiliate him.
He accused Salleh of half-heartedly trying to serve the notice on him
Rafizi said when he was unable to receive the notice, Salleh then obtained the court's consent to advertise the notice.
"By obtaining the notice from the court, this is to give the impression that I am dishonest because I had received public donations to settle his claims but had kept the money instead of paying him.
"In addition, this has become fodder for Umno cyber troopers' cheap politicking by accusing me of being bankrupt," he said in a statement today.
According to a report by the New Straits Times last night, the notice was dated July 13 and came into effect by an order dated Sept 12.

It was reportedly obtained by Salleh and NFC at the Shah Alam High Court and states that Rafizi had seven days to object to the bankruptcy proceedings that they had initiated against him.
The daily also quoted Salleh as saying that he and NFC's legal team had contacted Rafizi three times, but they did not receive any response. Hence, the bankruptcy proceedings were initiated.
In a ruling last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court had found Rafizi liable of making defamatory statements regarding Salleh and NFC.
The court ordered him to pay RM150,000 to Salleh and RM50,000 to NFC for damages. In addition, the court awarded RM100,000 for the cost. An appeal to overturn the decision is still pending in court.
Following a public appeal, Rafizi had managed to raise RM1.5 million in ten days to pay the damages.
However, Rafizi he had been waiting for the notice from Salleh and NFC to find out the final amount that he would have to pay, which would include the interests incurred each day.
He pointed out that Order 10 (1) of the Rules of High Court 2012 requires that such notices be served upon him personally or by registered post.
He claimed that this means Salleh's lawyers would need to make an appointment with him to serve the notice to him personally, so he could sign off as an acknowledgement of receipt.
It is only when the court deems this method of serving a notice to him impractical that Order 62 (5) applies, whereby a substituted service such as by advertising the notice in a national newspaper is allowed.
Rafizi claimed that he was advised by friends who are lawyers that invoking Order 62 (5) entails showing to the court that Rafizi could not be traced for reasons that such as his address no longer existed or that there is no knowledge of where he lived.
Rafizi noted that advertising in a newspaper also incurs a high cost.

"Therefore, I'm not surprised that Salleh (photo) and NFC had picked a strange and costly method whereas the usual method is to simply contact me or come to my office.
"To me, they intended to humiliate and insinuate that I could not be trusted because I had raised funds but did not settle their claims [...]
"Unfortunately, Salleh never tried the easy way of contacting me for an appointment to serve the notice stating how much I had to pay.
"His party merely left a letter at my house purporting that they had come but I was not at home. Then they left another letter demanding that I be at home at a date and time they had set for me to receive the notice they were trying to deliver," he said.
Rafizi said he had only seen the notice - the same one published in newspapers - on Sept 19 when he reached home at about 1 am. The court order was dated Sept 14 and gave him until Sept 21 to respond.
However, he said the notice was only posted at his door on Sept 18 and he did not see it until the next morning.
In the night of Sept 20 and had court cases to attend to on Sept 21 while Sept 22 is the Awal Muharam holiday when the court was closed.

He made no mention of his activities during the business hours of Sept 19 and Sept 20 in his statement.
Meanwhile, Rafizi said his lawyer is calculating the new sum that he needs to pay including the latest interests incurred.
A cheque will be issued to Salleh and NFC tomorrow, and the issue of bankruptcy should no longer arise, he said - Mkini

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Is Islamophobia slowly creeping into Malaysian society?

The writer says there is a concerning trend among certain members of society that any view or issue which centres around general morality or common good of the society, is alarmingly responded to as if it is due to over emphasis of Islamic values 'forced' unto the general members of our society.
FMT LETTERS
Haniff-KhatriBy Haniff Khatri
While going through the reports published by the alternative media yesterday, my attention was drawn to a report published by FMT (Sept 23, 2017) titled “Flora Damansara man must be investigated, says lawyer”, in which a previous FMT report (Sept 23) titled “Problems abound at Flora Damansara, says residents’ rep”, which also contained an uploaded video of the related issue, was the subject matter of the comment by Sankara Nair, a fellow member of the Malaysian Bar.
It is never my intention in any way to unnecessarily render a differing view to a fellow member of the Malaysian Bar. However, I am compelled to do so on this issue, simply because, of late, I find that there has emerged a concerning trend among certain members of our society that any view or issue which centres around general morality or common good of the society, is alarmingly responded to as if it is due to over emphasis of Islamic values “forced” unto the general members of our society.
In simple language, something like the frightening Islamophobia among the Western countries post-9/11.
Now, before I go further into the issue at hand with regard to the video, I would firstly like to correct the constitutional and legal error in the statement, as reported by the earlier FMT report, in which, it was suggested that our nation is a “secular” nation. Actually, in my humble opinion, there was no necessity to bring up the issue of secularism or otherwise of our nation, or constitution, to the discussion of the actual issue at hand.
However, since that has been raised, allow me to state the following. English Oxford Living Dictionary defines “secular” as “not connected with religious or spiritual matters; not subject to or bound by religious rule; not belonging to or living in a monastic or other order”.
On the other hand, a close perusal of our Federal Constitution will show that the drafters intentionally have not written our constitution devoid of any reference to any religion. In many parts of the constitution, direct as well as indirect, reference has been made to religions, Islam as well as other religions. Surely, going by the English definition of “secular” stated above, our Federal Constitution and, by extension, our nation, cannot be categorised as a secular constitution or nation. However, it does not also mean that, as a consequence, our constitution is an Islamic constitution per se. Peculiar as it may sound, our constitution in a way is best described as a hybrid constitution, a constitution which is not completely detached from religion.
This proposition surely cannot be denied by the majority of the constitutionalists, when, in fact, as early as Article 3(1) was placed in our constitution, it has been pronounced loud and clear that “Islam is the religion of the federation, but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation”.
So much for the topic of “secular” or “Islamic” nation.
Now coming back to the issue at hand, it is not denied that the gentleman in the video is a local, having his residence in Flora Damansara, and that he was addressing certain foreign residents believed to be residing in the same neighbourhood. Surely, one cannot deny that the content of his statement (as per the video) is to call upon his neighbourhood to stay away or refrain from activities involving drugs, drinking liquor in public, prostitution, and lastly, to be properly attired, if possible.
Surely, drugs, liquor consumption in public and prostitution are issues which affect integral values of any society, regardless of religion. Drugs and prostitution activities are not only unacceptable in Islam. In fact, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, or followers of any other faith, as well as atheists too, would agree to oppose those issues. Those issues cut through religion and race, regardless of whether one is a Malay, Chinese, Indian, Sabahan or Sarawakian, or even a foreigner, for that matter.
I honestly believe that the majority of right-thinking members of our society would actually be applauding this gentleman and his friends who have taken the trouble to do what they did in order to “nip in the bud” the problem of lack of interaction between foreigners, or expatriates, and locals, as well as to disseminate local values (including the harmless suggestion to be dressed appropriately, if possible).
Do we not remember what happened in June 1995 to four tourists from England, Canada and Holland, who broke the culture of the locals in Sabah and were charged for obscenity after they stripped in a public place – on the peak of Mount Kinabalu – and for their lack of “appropriate dressing”.
Have we forgotten the case of the nine Australian tourists who wore “Malaysian flag underpants” at the Sepang Formula 1 race in October 2016, and were also charged, and pleaded guilty, for obscenity due to their lack of “appropriate dressing”.
Come on Malaysians, let us not oppose a noble and proper cause to integrate the locals with foreigners for the good of their own neighbourhood, just because of our own prejudicial, negative and unwarranted judgment caused by the wrongful fear of Islam or Islamophobia!
With all the above, I really do not find it necessary to respond to the unnecessary call for that gentleman in the video to be investigated for any alleged crime under our law.
In fact, it may certainly not be out of place for me to propose that instead of criminal investigation, the man should be awarded with a Certificate of Appreciation for the marvellous work that he and his friends are doing for their local community.
“Demi agama dan negara tercinta”.
Haniff Khatri is a lawyer and an FMT reader.

Flood-affected students can wear regular clothing to school

The Perlis Education Department has advised parents to ensure their children do not miss classes and attend school as usual.
banjir-sekolah-perlisKANGAR: Students in flood-affected areas in Perlis are allowed to wear regular clothing to school tomorrow.
The Perlis Education Department, in a statement today, advised parents to ensure their children do not miss classes and attend school as usual.
“They do not have to worry about damaged books and stationery. It is more important that the students attend school as usual tomorrow,” it said.
Meanwhile, the State Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) advised the public, especially children, not to play near river banks, especially at Sungai Korok, Sungai Abi, Sungai Santan, Sungai Perlis and also the Lencongan Utara channel, due to the high water-level and strong currents.
The department said heavy rain in the state caused the water level at the Timah Tasoh Dam in Beseri, near here, to rise to the danger level of 29.91 metres last night.
Following that, the department had to release water from the dam into the rivers to bring the dam water level back to normal. - FMT

Najib laughs at Harapan's marriage of convenience, 'differing dreams'



Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has ridiculed the opposition pact as one that is "laughable", whose relationship among component parties is nothing but a "marriage of convenience".
"It's almost laughable what they do - it's a marriage of convenience. If we want to be kind to them, we say that," he told MIC delegates at the party's annual general meeting today.
"But in reality, it's Machiavellian politics, where the enemy of your enemy is my friend.
Machiavellianism, which comes from Italian political thinker Niccolo Machiavelli, often describes those who manipulate others for personal advantage.
Meanwhile, citing top opposition leaders Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Lim Kit Siang and Anwar Ibrahim, Najib believes the three dream differently.
"If we look into their their minds, I'm sure they have different dreams."
Malaysia, he stressed, cannot have a country whose leaders have different ideologies and personal agendas.
"We cannot risk this country," he said.
The country cannot be led by a coalition such as Pakatan Harapan whose leaders have different ideologies, as this would only lead to instability in the country, he added.

Najib has often accused the opposition parties' struggle for being motivated by individual political interests, and not for the future of the people and nation.
Leaders from each component party, he had said, have different views.
Harapan’s top leadership comprises Mahathir, who serves as chairperson, and Anwar as de facto leader. Anwar's wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the coalition president.
This has caused critics to questioned who really has the power to call the shots in the coalition.- Mkini