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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Six more independent schools in East London 'probed over links to Islamic extremism' after CoE institution put in special measures

  • Pupils at school in Stepney, east London, 'exposed to Islamic extremism'
  • Inspectors discovered girls and boys were segregated in the playground
  • YouTube channel created by an Islamic society was not checked by staff
  • Leading state school will be put into special measures by Ofsted today

Six more independent Muslims schools are being probed after a Church of England institution was put in special measures - amid claims that pupils have been exposed to Islamic extremism.

Inspectors visiting Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Redcoat Church of England Secondary School in Stepney, east London, discovered girls and boys were being segregated in the playground.

They also found an Islamic society set up by sixth formers had posted links on its Facebook page to hardline Islamist preachers. A YouTube channel created by the society was not checked by staff.

Tomorrow, inspection reports into six other independent faith schools in Tower Hamlets - all reported to be linked to the Muslim faith - will also be published.

And the Sir John Cass school will be criticised in an inspection report by the watchdog for failing to safeguard pupils from extremism.

The full report, which was partly leaked to a newspaper, will be published by Ofsted tomorrow alongside an advisory note to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan detailing the inspectors’ concerns.

The school, which has failed its inspection, is the first institution outside Birmingham to fail on such a safeguarding issue since the so-called Trojan Horse plot was uncovered.

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Kenya police find explosives in mosque raids

More than 150 suspected of ties to al-Qaeda-affiliated-al-Shabab arrested as arms and bombs seized in Mombasa mosques.
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Kenyan police have found explosives after a series of raids on three mosques this week in Mombasa and arrested more than 150 people suspected of being supporters of al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab.

Richard Ngatia, a local police chief, said investigators on Wednesday found a grenade and three machetes at Mombasa's Mina mosque, while two 10-litre petrol bombs and a bomb detonator were uncovered at Swafaa mosque.

Police raided two mosques on Monday, seizing weapons and anti-government literature that they said was evidence of militant activity.

Police had arrested 376 people during the raids, which started on Sunday, but 91 were subsequently released for lack of evidence. Prosecutors said 158 would be charged with being members of al-Shabaab.

Police said they were still considering what to do with the other detainees.

"We have recovered a hand grenade, some petrol bombs, we recovered a bomb detonator, we recovered a booster, we also recovered paraphernalia associated with training in jihadism," Ngatia said.

Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said in a statement late on Tuesday that "houses of worship cannot and shall not be taken over by criminals or used for criminal activities, including terrorism".

He also said an al-Shabab flag had been found in one of the mosques.

Thirteen of those arrested on Monday have been charged with possession of explosive materials and pleaded not guilty. Others held in the mass arrests were still being questioned.

Kenya has boosted its crackdown on armed groups blamed for a series of attacks in the capital Nairobi as well as along its Indian Ocean coastline.

Al-Shabab fighters killed at least 67 people in a gun and grenade raid on a Nairobi shopping mall last September, saying it was revenge for attacks on its fighters by Kenyan troops in Somalia.

Insecurity plagues East Africa's biggest economy, and attacks in the past year on the coast and in the capital have prompted Western nations to issue travel warnings, hitting the tourism industry, which is a big source of hard currency.

Al Jazeera zooms in on alleged abuse of refugees in Malaysian detention centres

An exclusive report by Al Jazeera claims children are among refugees in detention centres in Malaysia. – Pic courtesy of Al Jazeera, November 20, 2014.
Malaysia's treatment of refugees has come under the spotlight again following an Al Jazeera news report which highlights the horrendous conditions and exploitation of refugees in prison as well as corrupt dealings by local United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) staff.

In a yet-to-be-aired 101 East programme, titled "Malaysia's Unwanted", senior presenter and reporter Steve Chao went undercover as a priest to gain access into the "notorious" detention centres where refugees who are arrested are placed.

According to UNHCR, there are some 150,000 refugees who have fled from their home countries to Malaysia, hoping to be relocated to a third country.

However, Malaysia, which has recently been elected as one of the UN Security Council non-permanent members, has refused to sign the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol to recognise the status of refugees.

Therefore, refugees are not allowed to work or even go to school, which has prompted them to set up their own community centres for their children's education.

They can also be detained at any time and placed into the already overcrowded detention centres where Chao found them living in squalid conditions.

The report showed Chao's encounters with dozens of refugees inside these facilities, many of whom are chained and handcuffed and others who have not eaten for days.

He also found women who were hauled in just hours after giving birth and children, which is a violation of the UN Convention on Child Rights.

Refugees are kept in their cramped cells all day long and some revealed to Chao that they had been forced to strip naked in front of others and are then beaten, slapped and kicked while one former detainee tells the Al Jazeera journalist that he had been subject to abuse with a steel pole.

Although Malaysian authorities have admitted that abuse cases do happen in the detention centres, Putrajaya has maintained that the conditions are better than in other countries.

Chao also unearthed an illegal trade in UNHCR registration cards, headed by a local representative.

"All the money from this activity goes into the pockets of some top guys in the UN. We have been doing this with him for a long time. We are thieves, and we look for thieves above us," a UN translator was quoted as saying.

The UNHCR mission in Malaysia have been overwhelmed with refugees seeking help as more than 1,000 refugees and asylum seekers come to their office every day.

“We’re like an accident and emergency hospital, not a general hospital. In an accident and emergency hospital you make tough decisions all the time about triaging and prioritising who is the neediest of the people in an already needy group of people," Richard Towle, who leads the UNHCR mission, said. – November 20, 2014.

* 101 East’s ‘Malaysia's Unwanted’ airs from Thursday 20 November at 2230 GMT (6.30am Friday, Kuala Kumpur).

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It’s all smiles for Dr M, Khairy at Le Tour de Langkawi event

Minister of Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin (left) and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana in Putrajaya, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, November 20, 2014.
All seems to be going well between former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin when both shared a stage in Putrajaya today.

Once thought to be bitter rivals, Dr Mahathir and Khairy also appeared to be on the same page and were spotted exchanging smiles when asked about the controversy surrounding Malaysia's sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Khairy appeared reluctant to be drawn into the hotly debated issue when reporters posed a question if 1MDB would be discussed in the upcoming Umno general assembly.

Both just looked at each other and smiled.

"Next question on Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL)..." he told the reporters today during the launch of a new LTdL logo at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

Dr Mahathir and Khairy were always seen to be frequently having different opinions when issues arose, which was said to have been ongoing since Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was prime minister.

Khairy is Abdullah's son-in-law.

In late September, Khairy said he disagreed with the former Umno president's opinion that the party needed to be open to criticism.

He said that Umno always accepted criticism and party president Datuk Seri Najib Razak also accepted dissenting views.

Dr Mahathir, in his blog post, stated that Umno was a party that practised self-censorship, where silencing opposing views and instilling fear of speaking out were accepted.

He added that the Najib’s administration and its policies reflected the “yes-man” culture.

In August, when Mahathir launched a scathing attack on Najib, Khairy then decided to remain tight-lipped on the matter.

"About the comments or criticism by Mahathir against our prime minister, I take the stance that is better for me not to comment as I do not want Mahathir to misunderstand.

"Because, from before, I have been public enemy number one for Mahathir," he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir today refused to comment on or name the ministers who sent their children to private schools.

"I have to have my views on this issue. I think there is no need to explain anymore."

Dr Mahathir yesterday, when writing about Putrajaya’s education policy and the gap between the rich and the poor, said some ministers sent their children to private and international schools which used English as the teaching medium. – November 20, 2014.

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Steer clear of sensitive issues, delegates warned

Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has warned delegates who will be attending the party annual general assembly not to play up sensitive issues related to race and religion.

He said even personal problems among members should not be debated during the assembly.

"We should not touch on personal problems, sensitive race issues and sensitive problems between Umno members.

"They can do what they want in accordance to the guidelines given by Hishammuddin Hussein, as the vice-president in charge of these matters," he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Umno would be holding its 65th annual general assembly from Nov 25-29.

Speaking at the Putra World Trade Centre today, he added that although the results of the recent general election did not exactly favour the ruling coalition, all Umno delegates are advised to treat other races as “friends”.

Tengku Adnan, who is also the federal territories minister said while Umno is known as a party which champions the rights of the Malays, other races still consider it capable of ensuring peace and development for the country.

"Fundamentally, this party is about championing the rights of the Malays. We fight mainly for the interest, religion of the Malays, and (also) for the country.

"However, we were taught by our forefathers that we must live in harmony with other races in Malaysia. That is what we are emphasising.

"Umno members must realise, we understand the anxiety the Malays are facing when the results of the last election showed that other races no longer supported BN.

"And when you don’t support BN, they (Umno members) take it to mean the non-Malays do not support Umno," he said.

The minister stressed that there is no need to fret and be anxious as all the other races are considered as "friends".

"Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans...they are all Malaysian citizens," he added.

Bala's wife can't sue Najib, Rosmah, court told

The widow of late P Balasubramaniam has no locus standi to file a suit against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor without letter of administrative, Kuala Lumpur High Court was told today.

"There must be a seal order from the court before she filed the legal proceeding," said lawyer Hafarizam Harun (below), who represented both Najib and Rosmah.

There was no letter of administrative from the first plaintiff AS Selvi, who filed the RM1.9 million suit on both her personal capacity and as representative of the estate and lawful widow of Balasubramaniam, he said.

He said it was doubtful whether Selvi can act on behalf of Bala, or if she can do so in her personal capacity.

The plaintiff claimed that a conspiracy had forced her family into exile, he said, but, if such a conspiracy had existed, it would only involve Bala and not Selvi

"On the locus standi of personal capacity, if there is an agreement to conspire…it was not designed toward the plaintiff, and resulted damages to her," he said during a submission to strike out the trial.

The court fixed Dec 11 to deliver the decision.

According to Hafarizam, there is no reasonable cause of action given, as the plaintiff did not state how Najib and Rosmah were involved in the conspiracy, leading to Bala retracting his first statutory declaration (SD) and later forced to go into exile.

Special circumstances

Meanwhile, Americk Sidhu, the counsel for Bala’s family said Selvi is entitled to file the suit under the special circumstances, even if she does not have an administrative letter empowering her to represent Bala.

In this case, Americk said, the family has to file the suit before the expiry six years period from July 3, 2014, the date Bala revealed his first SD, he said.

The first SD revealed in July 3, 2008 linked then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to murdered Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.

However, Bala (left) abruptly disclaimed the SD on the next day through a second SD at a hastily convened press conference.

He was subsequently bundled out of the country together with his family and was never heard of again until the following year.

Selvi and her three children have filed the suit following the discovery of what had taken place on the night of July 3, and morning of July 4, 2008.

They also named two of Najib's brothers, Ahmad Johari and Nazim, senior lawyer Cecil Abraham and his son, Sunil Abraham, who is also a lawyer, as respondents.

Other respondents included businessman Deepak Jaikishan, commissioner of oaths Zainal Abidin Muhayat and lawyer M Arunampalam.

Other counsels included the plaintif's lawyer Manjeet Singh Dhillon, Najib's lawyer Nazeera Hanifa and Choo Shi Jin, Ahmad Johari's lawyer Dhinesh Bhaskaran and Denise Tan, Nazim's lawyer R Archana and B Thangaraj and Darryl Goon who represented Cecil and Sunil.

Deepak was represented by Gabriel Daniel, while Arulampalam was represented by Chong Lan Shin. Zainal Abiddin was represented by Satha Ruban.

Equally responsible

All the respondents also applied for a strike out, arguing that their clients did was nothing illegal in drafting the second SD, arranging for Bala to appear in the press conference and speaking on his behalf to the media.

They also took the ground that the statement of claim was based on hearsay and ought to be struck out as a trial is a waste of time and abuse of court procedure.

They tried to individually show that they are innocent and had no part in forcing Bala to go into exile.

However, Americk argued that each had played their roles and could be held equally responsible.

Americk (right) even went on to name few offenses which had took place, including criminal conspiracy, threatening, abetment, fabricating and using false evidence, wrongful confinement, wrongful confinement in secret, abducting, kidnapping to foreign country and expulsion.

This suit warranted a full trial to be heard, he said.

Meanwhile, Selvi denied that she was seeking publicity as claimed by Najib through his affidavit.

"I categorically deny this assertion," she said.

To prove her point, she said, she submitted a letter she wrote to the respondents offering to consent to a gag order if an early settlement is reached.

Vell Paari: Writing on the wall for MIC boss

MIC director of strategy Vell Paari has urged MIC president G Palanivel to step down following the Pahang sultan's angry rebuke reported today.

Vell, who is the son of former MIC president S Samy Vellu, said Palanivel is mentally unfit for duty as environment minister and also unleashed a deluge of accusations against the latter's failures as party chief.

"We in MIC have long suspected that Palanivel has been suffering from a medical condition that unfortunately renders him unable to discharge his duties effectively," said Vell (left) in a statement today.

"Even when the sultan visited Cameron Highlands yesterday and during the previous incident, the MP was not present. This a violation of protocol and respect accorded to the ruler.

"It is common knowledge that the MIC president is absent minded and experiences bouts of severe fatigue.

"His condition had given room to some people to influence as well as exploit the president and dictate the direction of the party.

"This must end. The writing is on the wall," he said in a strong statement.

Vell said the sultan's remarks today were "most disheartening".

"Perhaps the time has come for the MIC president to retire from politics.

"This is not a plot to oust him but a case of simply stating the facts. And I am certain that my view is shared by many in the party," he said.

Najib's intervention regretted

Vell said his party had wanted to elect its president previously when his father Samy Vellu stepped down, "but the prime minister had intervened and decided otherwise".

"The PM's intention of preserving stability was noble but it has now become a problem," he said.

Vell warned that the party was in "dire need of rejuvenation and a dynamic leadership" to keep the party "relevant" in the face of the challenge that the country's changing political landscape poses.

"Some are even claiming of another major swing in Indian votes in the next GE towards the opposition and this includes disgruntled MIC members themselves."

Umno-linked daily Berita Harian today published the sultan's scathing criticism of Palanivel's inaction in the face of repeated landslides in his constituency, admonishing him of showing up only during election time.

Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (Mipas) secretary general SBarathidasan however said it was unfair to solely blame Palanivel.

He pointed out that land issues are the state government's responsibility and that the Pahang menteri besar should be answerable.

The tragedy has however seen a fierce blame game among members of the BN state's administration, dragging in even the Pahang palace.

Police demand list of Zunar's online customers

In the sedition investigation against political cartoonist Zunar, the police have asked the online payment gateway that handles his book transactions to disclose the list of customers who have purchased his book.

In the email that was sent by MOLPay Sdn Bhd to the cartoonist, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anuar Ulhaque, it stated that they received a formal letter from Bukit Aman to disclose the list of customers.

“PDRM has sent a formal request for MOLPay Sdn Bhd to provide the online payment receipt of customers who have purchased the said book via your website in which MOLPay has no choice but to furnish them with the requested details,” the email from MOLPay stated.

The book in question is "Komplot Penjarakan Anwar" (Plot to jail Anwar) which the police alleged of containing seditious material.

However, Zunar’s lawyer Latheefa Koya (left) said that the police in their probe today told her client that his books did not contain anything incriminating.

The police are probing Zunar under Section 8(2) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948, and Section 500 of the Penal Code  after two separate police reports were made against him.

According to Zunar’s lawyer Latheefa, the police stated that the first report was regarding the confiscation of his books at Putrajaya during the recent opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial on November 6.

Latheefa also said that the second report which probes him for the Sedition Act 1948 was made later at the HS Lee police station and was lodged by a policeman.

The second report does not specify what he is being probed for, said Latheefa.

KAMLES KUMAR is a trainee reporter with Malaysiakini.

Strip citizenship of those not well-versed in Malay, Johor rep says

(The Star) – An assemblyman caused a stir in the Johor state assembly when he suggested that students who fail to master the national language be stripped of their citizenship.

Datuk Dr Shahruddin Salleh (BN-Jorak) (pic) said many students were not able to master the language and this was even prevalent among the Malays.

“Even my own neighbour whose father and mother are Malays but because their child goes to international school, the child is unable to converse in Malay,” he said adding that the situation was prevalent in the vernacular schools.

Dr Shahruddin added that students were now more interested in mastering English and do not take the learning of Malay seriously.

He said the use of the Mandarin and Tamil by teachers in vernacular schools was another reason for students being weak in Malay, adding that the teachers were also not well-versed in Malay.

Dr Shahruddin was interrupted by Tan Hong Pin (DAP-Mengkibol) who cited the standing orders but speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz managed to defuse the situation.

Assemblyman Ali Mazat Salleh (BN-Bukit Batu) later suggested that the state government use Jawi in all its government documents statewide.

Entrepreneur, Cooperative Development, Education and Information committee chairman Md Jais Sarday shot down the suggestions saying the government has no plan to implement them.

At a press conference, Dr Boo Cheng Hau (DAP-Skudai) said Pakatan Rakyat would meet to refer Dr Shahruddin to the privileges committee.

Ministry to probe school in tudung incident

The headmaster of the primary school has denied that a 12-year old student from Sabah at his school was forced to wear the tudung.


KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry, through the Negri Sembilan Education Department, will call up a primary school headmaster and others in the state who were allegedly party to an incident where a non-Muslim student from Sabah was forced to don the tudung and participate in a nasyid group and prayer sessions.

This assurance was given by Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan in Parliament in response to a question from Alor Star MP Gooi Hsiao-Leung. The Deputy Minister stressed that it was not the Education Ministry’s policy to force Islamic education or programmes on non-Muslims students.

“Based on what you raised earlier, I will take note and will conduct an indepth investigation into the case. I will investigate and give a report,” said Kamalanathan.

Gooi told the media at the Parliament lobby “the deputy minister said the matter will be investigated, and we will continue to press for answers.”

“The matter was serious and the Ministry should take appropriate action,” said Gooi. “Kamalanathan, during the question-and-answer session, was committed to investigate the matter.”

The headmaster of the primary school in Negri Sembilan, a Yunus Ismail, has since denied in a media update that a 12-year old student from Sabah at his school was forced to wear the tudung and participate in a nasyid group and also join a Muslim prayer session at a camp she had to attend.

Apparently, the school with an enrollment of nearly 500 students has only seven non-Muslims.

“She wore the tudung willingly. We do not force our non-Muslim students,” Yunus claimed. “The matter was settled two weeks ago.”

Yunus, who did not reveal how the matter was settled except for saying that he met with the parents of the girl at the centre of a growing storm, alleged that some teachers at the school were not happy with the tudung incident and were trying to make it into “a big issue”.

It was learnt that most parents of students at the school worked in nearby oil palm estates. Generally, they had very little education and were very poor.

People’s Petition on Sedition Act submitted to Speaker

“The 3005 signatures collected clearly shows where the people of Malaysia stand on this issue. The collection of signatures continues.”


KUALA LUMPUR: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia has received a People’s Petition on the Sedition Act, carrying more than the minimum 3,000 signatures, calling on Parliament to bring up the matter on Monday 24 November i.e. three days before it ends this session.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, representing Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH), disclosed the matter at a media conference at the Parliament lobby.

GHAH will also gather all petitioners at Padang Merbok in Kuala Lumpur at 10 am. Together, the petitioners will march to Parliament, and demand their right to enter the House as petitioners and to have the People’s Petition raised and debated in Parliament.

“The People’s Petition has been served, appealing to the august Dewan to urge the Federal government to repeal the Sedition Act of 1948 and to drop all charges made under the Act,” reiterated Khalid.

“The 3005 signatures collected clearly shows where the people of Malaysia stand on this issue. The collection of signatures continues.”

He stressed that the “pre-independence”, “draconian” Act was enacted by the “British colonialists to suppress the people’s voice”.

“The Act covers far and wide – limitless, which is why it is very easy to manipulate and abuse it,” said Khalid. “It is being misused in every possible way against those who voice out against the government, the nation’s leader, or governing party.”

“The Act is being used to criminalize those who simply offer a differing view to that of the government, including lawyers, academicians, and civilians”.

Subang MP R. Sivarasah chipped in: “The new colonists have taken over by continuing to use the same old law to suppress and control.”

Amnesty International, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Bersih, SUARAM, and Empower representatives were present during the media conference.

GHAH is a movement supported by 132 civil societies in Malaysia and spearheaded by SUARAM, Lawyers for Liberty, and IKRAM, among others. The objective of GHAH is to carry out a national campaign to bring to an end the Sedition Act 1948 which hangs over every Malaysian.

More than 40 individuals from different backgrounds and professions have been investigated and charged this year under the Sedition Act.

The crackdown was widely condemned by international and national institutions, including the United Nations Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Article 19, Malaysian Bar Council, and SUHAKAM, among others.

Man detained for burning Quran

Police say the man, whose personal details had not been ascertained, is being referred to the hospital for examination and treatment.


ALOR SETAR: Police detained a man over the discovery of several torn pages of the Quran believed to have been burned in a container at a food court near a market here, today.

Kedah acting police chief Zakaria Yusof said the man was arrested at a supermarket in Mergong here, at 3pm yesterday.

He said the man, whose personal details had not been ascertained, would be referred to the hospital for examination and treatment.

“According to traders at the market, the man was often seen wandering in the market area and was also always seen burning papers (near a food court),” he said in a statement.

Several torn pieces of pages from the Quran, which were burned, were found by a trader, after being informed by another individual, who then reported the matter to the police and the Kedah Islamic Religious Department.

Earlier, at a media conference this evening before the man was apprehended, Zakaria said police suspected the culprit who had burned the Quran could be a deranged man but investigation was still ongoing.

“It is hoped the public will not distort the issue for fear it will create communal misunderstanding.

“If it was done with malicious intention we will take action under Section 298A of the Penal Code, for committing an act that could lead to disintegration of harmony and unity, feeling of dissatisfaction, prejudice based on religion, which carries a prison sentence of two to five years,” he said.


MCA: Is BM to be strictly for Muslims?

MCA also asks if the Kedah state government is trying to thwart BM from becoming an international language.


KUALA LUMPUR: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the Kedah state government is mulling over increasing the number of Bahasa Malaysia words prohibited for use by non-Muslims from 24 to 55.

Speaking out against this proposed ban, MCA Central Committee member Chin Tung Leong said, “It is feared that the proposed ban will limit the usage of Bahasa Malaysia.”

He also said the proposed ban would “slowly but surely make Bahasa Malaysia a language for Muslims only” and widen the racial gap between Malaysians.

Saying that communications between Muslims and non-Muslims will be greatly restricted, Chin, who is also MCA Overseas Liaison Bureau Deputy Chairman added that this would go against the government’s efforts to make Bahasa Malaysia a language of international calibre.

Converting spouses adding to conflict between civil and Shariah courts, says AG

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — The bitter dispute over the religious status and custody rights to children in a marriage that turns sour after one of the spouses embraces Islam is creating new conflicts between the civil and Shariah courts, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has said.

The Attorney-General (AG) noted that such cases then become controversies as it involves the jurisdiction of two distinct court systems and could risk Malaysia's multicultural harmony as they have led to claims of “racial discrimination”, adding that law reforms meant to solve such problems have yet to be approved.

"Inter-racial marriages have given rise to a new conflict between civil law and Shariah law in relation to the unilateral conversion as well as custody issues of minor children where only one spouse converts to Islam.

“The increasing number of cases has also raised allegations of racial discrimination by the courts and authorities. The anguish to the families cannot be overstated and that is a fact.

“In this regard, the failure of the converting spouses to resolve the family arrangements prior to conversion and in fact, attempting to use the different jurisdictions of the civil and Shariah courts to their advantage, jeopardises not only family harmony but potentially national harmony,” the top government lawyer said according to his written speech from the ILKAP National Law Conference 2014 last week.

Abdul Gani said the problem of enforcing conflicting orders from the civil courts and Shariah courts in such disputes then calls into question the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the police’s integrity, adding that this would hamper their ability to effectively carry out their duties.

Abdul Gani did not name any examples of such court cases, but there are two high-profile cases that have hit national headlines — the cases of non-Muslim mothers Indira Gandhi and Deepa Subramaniam, where both women’s Muslim convert ex-husbands ran off with their children.

In both cases, the Muslim convert ex-husbands cited the Shariah court orders granting child custody to them when refusing to comply with the civil court’s child custody orders in favour of their former spouse.

Despite recovery orders from the Ipoh High Court and Seremban High Court directing the police to act to find and return the abducted children to the non-Muslim mothers, the police have declined to take action and are now seeking the courts’ clarification instead.

Both cases did not involve spouses from different races, but the line between race and religion can sometimes be blurred in Malaysia as a Malay is constitutionally defined as one who professes the religion of Islam, among other things.

Abdul Gani said proposed amendments to three laws were mooted in 2009 to ensure that matters such as child custody and child maintenance would be decided by the court where the marriage was registered.

“These amendments, however, remain pending,” he said, without elaborating further.

He listed down the three laws of Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976, the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 and the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993.

Lawyers have argued that child custody matters for a marriage that was initially between two non-Muslims should be decided by the civil courts even if a spouse later converts to Islam.

This is because a marriage that started out as a civil union should end or have any related issues ruled upon in the civil courts, instead of the Shariah courts for marriages between two Muslims, the lawyers said.

* NOTE: An earlier version of this article had inaccurately reported the Attorney-General as saying interracial marriages put national harmony at risk. The erroneous report was unintentional and has since been removed. Malay Mail Online apologises for the misreporting.

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Residents In Flood-Prone Areas Must Be Sensitive To Environment - Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has advised residents living in flood-prone areas to always be sensitive to and wary of the situation in their surroundings.

The Prime Minister said if necessary, residents living in risky areas should move out much earlier to avoid undesired incidents.

In his latest posting on Facebook, Najib called on the people to surf the government's official portal, namely, for the latest information on water levels in the rivers which were prone to flooding.

"I pray that everyone will be safe and receive protection from Allah SWT, insya-Allah," he added.

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Obama Responds to Jerusalem Synagogue Attack: 'Too Many Palestinians Have Died'

Obama Responds to Jerusalem Synagogue Attack: 'Too Many Palestinians Have Died'President Obama has responded to today’s terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem in which four Israeli Jews attending morning prayers condemning the attack, and stating that “the majority of Palestinians” want peace.

In a statement delivered to the White House press pool, President Obama responded to the attack by declaring that “too many Palestinians have died,” as well as Israelis, in the struggle between the state of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas and its affiliates, including the internationally active Muslim Brotherhood. “At this difficult time,” the President told reports, “I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence.”

“We have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace,” the statement concludes, before the President begins remarks on the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The President did not take questions.

The President’s remarks follow Secretary of State John Kerry’s response to the terrorist attack, in which he called “on Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms.” Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas, on his end, nominally condemned the attack while “stressing the need to end the causes of such attacks like tensions over what Jews call the Temple Mount and Palestinians call al-Aqsa Mosque.” Such a dismissal of the increasingly out-of-control terrorist activity by Palestinian extremists received the typical benefit of the doubt from mainstream media.

As previously mentioned, four were killed during the attack– three, the New York Post reports, were American citizens. Photos released by the IDF office show significant bloodshed, indicating that the axes were used in killing those praying in the synagogue. Those congregated there had assembled for morning prayers; the assailants were armed with both guns and axes. Both assailants were Arab Palestinians, and both were killed on sight.

This attack is the latest in a string in Jerusalem in recent months. Two such attacks perpetrated on Israeli Jewish residents of Jerusalem were done so using a car. In one incident, a Palestinian assailant drove his car into a group of Jewish Israelis, killing a three-month-old Chaya Zissel, a US citizen. In the aftermath of that attack, a senior Palestinian Authority aide called the killer a “heroic martyr,” and both Hamas and Fatah applauded the attack.

5/10 Brave mujehideens at work in Denmark: 97 year old lady badly hurt after being attacked by "Turkish-looking" "youths"

(The photo above is not from the incident with the 92 year old lady. The photo is from Sweden where a couple was visciously attacked with no apparent cause by "youths" in a Muslim dominated area in Nyköping)

"On Thursday afternoon a 97-year-old woman was victim of a serious assault in Nivå, when three young boys tried to steal her bag. ...
The assault took place at the Care and Activity center 15.00 Thursday. Here the 97-year-old came walking with her walker when three young boys began to run after her. The boys pushed the older lady, so she fell down and landed hard on her knees, while they tried to rip the 97-year-old bag out of her hands. ...
According to the police, the older lady was so badly hurt that she could not even stand up. Therefore an ambulance was called and the 97-year-old was taken to hospital."

Resolving the issues arising from inter-faith, inter-racial marriages

M.Indira Gandhi (left) and S.Deepa are two women who are suffering from the lack of enforcement on their Muslim-convert husbands to return their children after civil courts had handed custody to the mothers. - The Malaysian Insider pic, November 19, 2014.Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was blunt about the issue of inter-faith and inter-racial marriages that could risk national harmony, particularly the tussle over children in the different court systems in Malaysia.

It is not a new issue, but perhaps Malaysia's top federal lawyer was mistaken over the real problem from such unions. It really is not about two people from different races or religions marrying but more about a breakdown when one spouse converts to Islam and the other does not.

Because, anyone who marries a Muslim in Malaysia has to convert to Islam. No two ways about it.

But the issue of one spouse from a marriage between two non-Muslims, converting to Islam and then converting any children the couple had during their civil union, has become a nightmare for many.

“The increasing number of cases has also raised allegations of racial discrimination by the courts and authorities. The anguish to the families cannot be overstated and that is a fact.

“In this regard, the failure of the converting spouses to resolve the family arrangements prior to conversion and, in fact, attempting to use the different jurisdictions of the civil and Shariah courts to their advantage, jeopardises not only family harmony but potentially national harmony,” Gani said at the ILKAP National Law Conference 2014 last week.

He said the problem of enforcing conflicting orders from the civil courts and Shariah courts in such disputes then calls into question the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and police’s integrity, adding that this would hamper their ability to effectively carry out their duties.

According to him, proposed amendments to three laws were mooted in 2009 to ensure that matters such as child custody and child maintenance would be decided by the court where the marriage was registered.

The three laws are the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976, the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) Act 1984 and the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993.

But Gani said the amendments remain pending.

That is the pity, because the A-G is right that it risks national harmony and brings the issue of discrimination against one party in any court.

So what must be done? Simple, Putrajaya must ensure that the relevant laws that have loopholes or have too much grey areas must be amended to make them clearer and unambiguous.

After all, there was a Cabinet decision, during the Tun Abdullah Badawi administration, whereby it was stated that in disputes between a wife and husband over the religion of their children, the religion of the couple at the time of marriage should be the guiding principle.

In other words a man/woman cannot convert their children, who were born out of a civil union, to Islam without the consent of the spouse, who is a non-Muslim.

However, the problem is that a Cabinet decision cannot be enforced because it is not law. And the existing laws are too ambiguous or rather have loopholes that some are exploiting.

As is being done now, to the detriment of some spouses and the larger community and country.

At the heart of the matter is not the issue of inter-faith or inter-racial marriages that risk national harmony, but the decisions of those in the Shariah courts that ignore the laws of the land and decide based on faith. – November 19, 2014.

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Najib pictured as Hindu priest, NGO files report

A photo of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak photoshopped so that he looks like a Hindu priest, has drawn the fury of Malay rights NGO Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM).

MJMM filed a police report yesterday against the Facebook page ‘Bolehland’, which posted the photo.

The photo showed Najib’s face superimposed to the body of a shirtless Hindu priest.

The accompanying caption urged Muslims to embrace Hinduism, which according to the picture, was the religion of Najib’s ancestors.

MJMM president Abdul Rani Kulup Abdullah said this was an act of insult against the leader of the nation and called on the police to take immediate action.

“It is strange and surprising that these kinds of pictures are getting more widespread on social media lately. Stern action should be taken,” Rani said.

He also urged the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to take action against the perpetrators, as issues such as this might cause religious unrest in the country.

Rais: Doctored Najib photo a crime against society

A former minister has admonished those responsible for doctoring a photograph, where Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was portrayed as a Hindu priest.

According to Rais Yatim, such actions reflect a "society which is sick in terms of its thinking".

To counter this, the former information, communications and culture minister said ethics must be taught in schools and other institutions of learning.

He also pointed out that all religions stressed on the importance of ethical behaviour.

Rais is currently president of Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) and special adviser to the government on socio-cultural matters, with ministerial status.

Terming the doctored photograph as a "crime against society", Rais said Najib could initiate legal action against those behind it in terms of filing a defamation suit.

However, the veteran politician is confident that the prime minister would not resort to such measures and would instead let the people judge it for themselves.

“But in the long term, we need to teach our society to respect others,” he said today.

Yesterday, the NGO Melayu Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM) lodged a police report against the Facebook page ‘Bolehland’ for publishing the edited picture of Najib.

The picture shows Najib’s face superimposed over that of a Hindu priest.

‘Little room for legal action’

Rais said that using Malaysia’s “backward” laws, there is little room for victims of such publications to take legal action, even within the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act.

Although legal avenues are still open, he said the authorities and the attorney-general would have to study the matter carefully before taking action.

On another matter, Rais said Section 3 and Section 4 of the Sedition Act should be retained. The two sections defines what is a seditious tendency, and spells out the penalty.

Critics of the draconian law had argued that the law defines sedition too vaguely and leaves it susceptible to abuse, while proponents of the law claimed that it is needed to maintain racial harmony and protect institutions such as the royalty, the judiciary and the special position of bumiputras.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had pledged to abolish the law and replace it with the National Harmony Bill, but is now under pressure from right-wing groups to change his stance.

Rais said although not all criticism towards the government is seditious, action should be taken against any incitement towards the Agong because he is a figurehead of the country and no mere individual.

“Likewise, action should be taken against incitement towards judges because they are the symbol of the judiciary,” he said.

As for critics who argue that the Sedition Act invalid as it was passed before Merdeka Day and is not an act of parliament, Rais replied, “They forget that under the constitution, there are transitional provisions from pre-merdeka laws to post-merdeka laws.”

Law lecturer Azmi Sharom’s legal defence team, which is fending off Azmi’s sedition charge, had raised issue with the law’s colonial origins and argued that it is unconstitutional, and hence invalid.

Non-Malays are supporting the ‘tuans’ in Pakatan

YOURSAY ‘Syed Ali is making a mockery of the 1Malaysia logo on his shirt.’ 
'Chinese can do business because 'tuan' tolerant'

Malaccan: The Chinese in general have decided to support Malay leadership in another form, i.e. PKR and PAS rather than Umno.

Umno does not have monopoly on Malay leadership. In fact, Umno has betrayed the Malays in their five decades of unrestrained greed.

There is in no foundational document nor stand made by any political party, other than Umno, which speaks of ‘Ketuanan Melayu’.

Umno is being propped up by lies and seditious statements and supported by their lackeys in MCA, Gerakan and MIC, all of which are slowly but surely rejected by thinking and peaceful Malaysians of all races and religions who just want to get along and progress together as a nation.

It is the rakyat's patience that Umno and its Cheras division chief Syed Ali Alhabshee are testing. And it is they and their policies which are being rejected at the polls.

Syed Ali's statement and those which will come at the Umno general assembly next week will be seen as the dying throes of a rotten, self-indulgent and decayed entity that no longer deserves our attention or forbearance.

Anonymous$&@?: This is part of the continuation of brainwashing the rakyat via (not in any order): biased history books in schools, hate speeches by politicians like this one and his ilk, use of religion to scare the Malays, racist stories in Utusan Malaysia, and indoctrination by BTN (Biro Tatanegara).

Psychologists have found that repeated lies will slowly change the perception of the people over time whereby lies will become truths. This tactic was used by the Nazis and is now being copied by Umno to create a new ‘ketuanan Melayu’ generation that will grow up to believe that they are the God-chosen 'tuans' in this country.

Don't believe me, just ask any secondary Malay school children.

Proarte: The constitutional 'special position' of the Malays was recognising their relative backwardness and was never intended to create a 'chosen people' in the mould of Zionism.

Provisions were made to uplift the Malays with the 'privileges' designed to have a limited time frame. However, this has not been the case.

Syed Ali must be made aware that Malays do not have any 'special rights'. 'Privileges' can be taken away but 'rights' cannot. This explains why the federal constitution in Article 8 guarantees equal rights for all citizens.

Let me also educate this half-caste Umno racist that the Orang Asal are the real 'tuans' and that it is the Malays who must accept this fact. Shockingly, Orang Asal have been exploited and abused by Umno and their cronies to the extent that these 'tuans' of Malaysia are now the poorest community.

Malay, Chinese and Indian 'foreigners' must be more sensitive towards the Orang Asal and recognise their 'special position'. The exploitation and abuse must stop.  

Swipenter: When the Umno Baru AGM is round the corner, the annual chest thumping and hollering contest by Umnoputras starts in earnest without fail.

They jump on the bandwagon to see who can say the most racist thing and who the most ardent defender of race and religion is. In this contest, the constitutional Malays are usually the most vociferous of them all.

Last year, we let the ‘God-chosen race’ to continue ruling Bolehland and now we have to bow to their Malay hegemony.

Dr Suresh Kumar: Take my advice folks, especially our right-thinking Chinese brethren - Syed Ali is another sore Umno Baru loser who is trying to seek cheap publicity before the Umno AGM.

Don't fall into his trap and curse the larger Malay community who may not have even heard of this man. If he wants to 'knight' himself, so be it, let him 'syiok sendiri'.

There is a Tamil saying which goes like this: “When a dog barks at the moon, it's only hurting its own mouth.”

Starwars: The Malays know very well that these are rhetorics of a Umno politician who lives in a big bungalow, drive expensive cars and dine out at expensive places.

The Malays have come to realise that whatever said by such politicians, at the end of the day they are solely responsible for their own survival in this world and no Umno politician is going to come and give them money, food or house simply because they are Malays.

The real threat Umno Malays are facing is not from the Chinese but the Malays themselves. So don’t confuse yourself and deviate from the real problem confronting Umno.

The ordinary Malay people are going about their daily life without any issues with the Chinese and the majority of them work for their Chinese bosses without any complain. Just go around some of the workplaces and see how the Malays and non-Malays interact.

RSOH: I agree that Malays should be the leaders. But visionary Malays leaders such as Pak Samad (A Samad Said), Rafizi Ramli, Nurul Izzah, Prof Azmi Sharom, etc, who place the interests of the nation over all else. Not these BN garbage that only know how to incite hatred and tell lies.

KSD: Syed Ali, you are making a mockery of the 1Malaysia logo on your shirt. I suggest that you start wearing the white robes of the Ku Klux Klan because you are exactly like them.

P Dev Anand Pillai: There is no use thumping our chests and calling ourselves the ‘lords’ when the ‘lords’ still depend on the ‘serfs’ to run the economy of the country.

If the blackman had accepted the theory that the whiteman is the "lord" and he is the "serf", we would not be seeing a black president of the United States today.

So please, we want equality for all, if you can't give us that, then please tell us so in plain words.

Lim Chong Leong: “This clearly shows that the Chinese support the opposition, this attitude must change and Chinese voters should be on the side of the government,” said Syed Ali.

He forgot that there are ‘tuans’ in the Pakatan that the Chinese supported and not the ‘tuans’ in Umno. Not supporting Umno is not anti-Malay but only anti-Umno.

'Muslim MPs must back Federal Syariah Court'

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) ulama council has urged Muslim leaders – especially the lawmakers – to support the formation of the Federal Syariah Court.

The council chairperson Prof Aznan Hasan said today it is compulsory for all Muslim MPs to support the motion if it is tabled at the Dewan Rakyat.

Aznan said Muslim leaders should support the issue in the interest of Islam and Muslims, and not based on their political interest.

“For the non-Muslims, the Isma council urges them to respect that Islam is the religion of the Federation as stated in the Federal Constitution. Islam has a special position and this has to be respected by all.

“Hence, efforts to question the religion's standing in Malaysia is an attempt to disrupt the peace which we have today,” Aznan said in a statement today.

He was commenting on a proposal by the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Jamil Khir Baharom on having a five-tiered syariah court system compared to the present three, which includes the formation of a Federal Syariah Court.

Support for 'equal jurisdiction'

Jamil was quoted to have said the government is waiting for a decision from the various state Islamic councils on establishing these courts to strengthen the syariah judiciary.

Presently, courts within the syariah system include the Lower Syariah Court, Syariah High Court, and the Syariah Court of Appeal which operate in the various states.

Each state has jurisdiction over Islam, which falls within the state’s powers.

Jamil says the Federal Syariah Court will have the same jurisdiction as the civil Federal Court.

DAP and MIC, among other political parties, are said to oppose such formation.

Aznan said Isma supports its formation and efforts to strengthen the syariah judiciary in an attempt to improve the Syariah Court in the country.

He also reiterated the NGO's support of any effort for the syariah system to have equal jurisdiction as the civil courts.

"For me, the effort is one way to uplift Islam from the legal aspect, and also to avoid any conflict in decisions made by the syariah courts which are challenged in the civil courts," he said.

Umno MP calls DAP lawmaker 'pondan'

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An Umno lawmaker today called Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua "pondan" in the Dewan Rakyat after the latter refused to allow the former to interrupt his speech.

Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim called the DAP leader a "coward" and used the word "pondan", but was asked by deputy speaker Ismail Mohamed Said to calm down and sit down.

No further action was taken against Abdul Azeez (right), as Pua left the House soon after.

The altercation happened when Pua was debating the budget at committee stage for the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, asking the ministry to clarify on the status of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) subsidiaries which have not submitted their financial statements.

Abdul Azeez had asked Pua to give him space to interrupt during the speech, but Pua chose to give way for Khalid Samad (PAS-Shah Alam) instead.

This riled Abdul Azeez, who started shouting and interrupting Khalid’s speech.

"You are a coward, you are pondan! I asked you to give me space, I asked nicely, but you didn’t want to give, you are a coward!" Abdul Azeez ranted.

"You are not qualified to sit in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). You should be ashamed!" he said.

"Shah Alam (Khalid) and Petaling Jaya Utara (Pua) should go play badminton with each other.

"Why not give way to Baling (Abdul Azeez)?" he asked.

Abdul Azeez continued standing up after Khalid's speech, and started ranting when Pua concluded his speech without giving room for Abdul Azeez.

Khalid called out Abdul Azeez for trying to interrupt the debate, but no MPs or speakers called out on Abdul Azeez's use of the word.

'Can't charge Ibrahim under Penal Code since no intent'

Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, who has come under fire for not hauling Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali to court over his threat to burn the Bible, today further explained his reason for not doing so under the Penal Code.

Responding to queries on the matter at the recent Judicial and Legal Training Institute (Ilkap) national law conference, he said Ibrahim could not be charged under Section 505 (b) and (c) of the Penal Code because the “intent” element was not qualified.

"Therefore, how could Ibrahim be considered to have a committed a crime in that context?

"It should also be realised that with the ‘intent’ requirement under Section 505, it would be more difficult to prove a case under Section 505 than under the Sedition Act 1948,” he added.

According to Abdul Gani (right), the Perkasa chief explained that his remark was not aimed at creating racial disharmony.

He then quoted Ibrahim as saying, “This is not a statement to cause any religious conflict but to defend the purity of Islam as stated in the laws.”

Reasonable suspicion propogation

Abdul Gani also said Ibrahim (below) was not calling for copies of the Bible to be torched but was urging to “stop the propagation of a religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam”.

“The intention element would not be satisfied for an offence under either Section 505(b) and (c).

“Further, if there were reasonable grounds for believing that there was an attempt to propagate a religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam contrary to Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution, the action would fall within the exception as well,” he added.  

Section 505 concerned “statements conducing to public mischief”.

Section 505 (b) states: With intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby  any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against public tranquility;

Whereas Section 505 (c) states: With intent to incite or which is likely to incite any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community of persons.

Previously, Abdul Gani also issued a similar explanation as to why Ibrahim could not be charged under the Sedition Act.

He had said that an in-depth examination found that the Perkasa chief had carefully laid out his statement.

Right to defend religion

Abdul Gani also said that each person was entitled to defend his own religion, so long as it was not against the law.

“It is not easy to charge someone in court, without complete facts, information and report.

“It is better if the department takes one case to court and win, rather than bringing 10 cases to court and win only five,” he added.

Last January, a slew of police reports were lodged against Ibrahim for urging Muslims to seize and burn copies of the Bible which contained the word ‘Allah’ or other Arabic and Jawi religious words at a media conference after a Perkasa convention in Penang.

Harmony laws will protect royals and Malays’ special position, says A-G

Gani said new harmony laws would ensure that nothing would be said against the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong or any Ruler. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 19, 2014.New National Harmony laws may end up further tightening Putrajaya's grip on free speech on the topics of race, special privileges and the royal institution, judging from a recent speech by Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail.

The country's top prosecutor said that among the principles set down by the prime minister for the new laws, there must be nothing that "would incite hatred and contempt or disloyalty to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong or any Ruler".

All provisions regarding the different ethnic groups in Malaysia under Articles 152, 153 and 181 of the Federal Constitution would also be protected, Gani said.

"The new law would also proscribe promotion of ill will and enmity among races or different groups of peoples in Malaysia, and would prohibit the questioning of any rights, position, privileges, sovereignty and prerogatives as prescribed or protected under the provisions (of the Federal Constitution)," the text of his speech at the recent Ilkap National Law Conference 2014 said.

Gani was talking about the current debate over the Sedition Act 1948 and whether it should be repealed or amended and retained alongside National Harmony laws to regulate race relations.

The A-G likened the current debate as a "nationalistic struggle" about the future of the colonial-era law, enacted by the British and broad in its definition of what can be deemed seditious as well as loose in requiring proof of seditious intent.

"Those that advocate its wholesale repeal and substitution with a 'national harmony', 'race relations' or 'hate-crime' type legislation modeled on the laws in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States of America say that (the Sedition Act) is archaic.

"However, those that fear its repeal will lead to social disorder, anarchy or compromise of the special position of the Malay Rulers, which in turn would jeopardise the Malay Rulers ability to uphold Islam and safeguard Malay/Bumiputra rights, now argue for its retention," the A-G said.

He reiterated that the government was still in talks with various groups about the new national harmony laws, and it was still undecided if there would be new legislation, or if the Sedition Act would merely be amended.

Gani said the government "refused to be hurried" despite pressure from civil society on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to uphold his promise, which was first made in July 2012, to repeal the Sedition Act.

The A-G indicated, however, that he was open to having separate laws to deal with contempt of court and criticism of the government if there was "consensus" that such criticism should no longer be treated as having seditious tendencies.

He said he was personally of the view that contempt of court should come under a separate law, but that issues related to the Malays' and Bumiputeras' special position, the Malay Rulers and the position of Islam should remain in the Sedition Act.

"I believe it would be a problem to take these out of the realm of sedition and the Sedition Act 1948. I would like to make it clear that this is because these matters are embodied in the Federal Constitution.

Therefore, they will have to be protected under the Sedition Act 1948 unless those provisions themselves are first amended.

The position of Islam and the citizenship rights of the non-Malays must also be similarly protected," Gani said.

But he also said the rights of non-Malays under Part III of the constitution on citizenship requirements, should be similarly protected as these were "part of the social contract".

The proposed National Harmony laws are being drafted by the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC), a government committee under the purview of the National Unity and Integration Department.

The council, which comprises senior civil servants, academicians, civil society representatives and even an opposition MP from PAS, recently drew flak from ruling government MPs who said that it had jumped the gun in releasing its draft to the public, giving the impression that Putrajaya had endorsed the draft.

The NUCC's work appears to be in doubt, based on Gani's speech in which he said that the A-G's Chambers would be "taking up the gauntlet to prepare this new era legislation for Malaysia". – November 19, 2014.

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Fiesty girl fights back as road bully slaps her

Young woman slaps road bully back and pinches his chest after he manhandles her for refusing to reverse her car.


KUALA LUMPUR: Although this article comes with a strong recommendation to refrain from ever doing as this young woman did, it nevertheless does serve to show that road bullies are a growing menace in our country and come in all shapes and sizes.

This recent case of road bullying occurred on November 17 behind a hotel in Jalan Raja Chulan, this time involving a young girl and a much older taxi driver.
Relating the incident, the victim said a taxi driver, who looked around 60 years old, lost his cool when she refused to reverse her car after he deliberately blocked her path in a busy back street in the city.

The victim remarked there was no reason for the taxi driver to stop his car right in front of hers in that manner since it was a two-way lane and the “uncle” could have easily moved aside so she could pass.

Clearly annoyed at her refusal to reverse although according to the victim, “There was no space for me to reverse,” the taxi driver began shouting at her using foul language and even banged her car slightly.

Alighting from her vehicle to take a photo of the taxi driver and his car, the man then yanked open her car door and made as if to drive off with her car.

At this point, the young woman asked him loudly why he hit her car at which he told her to remove her car immediately. He then slapped her on the left side of her face.

Not to be cowered by a road bully, she slapped him back at which point he slapped her again, this time on the right of her face and grabbed her face in his hands.

She said that to defend herself, she pinched his chest until he let her go. Posting a picture of herself with a bleeding lip, she wrote, “The slap caused a cut on my lips”.

With the licence plate of the car clearly visible in the photo that was uploaded, it is hoped that police will do the necessary to ensure road-bullies who slap women around, are banned from driving on our streets.

Navaratnam threatened for criticising MACC

Police are probing threats made in 'harsh and vulgar' text messages.


KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating threats made against prominent public figure Ramon Navaratnam over his criticism of MACC proposals aimed at curbing illegal land clearing in Cameron Highlands.

Navaratnam lodged a police report after receiving four text messages that he described as “harsh and vulgar”. He said they threatened to harm him and his family.

“They have vilified me for stating in the Malay Mail last week that the points provided by MACC to prevent slope slides in Cameron Highlands won’t win public confidence because they are merely administrative proposals,” he told FMT.

Last July, at a Pahang meeting of the National Security Council, MACC submitted 12 recommendations to overcome illegal and excessive land clearing in Cameron Highlands. The recommendations called for a joint effort by all authorities to prevent any space for corruption and abuse of power and overcome administrative weaknesses in the enforcement and management of land in the area.

Navaratnam said the recommendations were not sufficient to solve “major lapses of, inter alia, poor laws, soft enforcement and a weak political will to seriously address the huge problems of bad slope management in Cameron Highlands and all over our beautiful hilly country”.

Navaratnam is adviser to SlopeWatch, a community-based organisation which monitors slopes for signs of landslides and conducts simple maintenance such as clearing of overgrowth in drains.

He called for better government policies and an improvement in the attitudes of local governments, saying these were necessary “if we are to effectively tackle bad slope management and reduce deaths from landslides.”

Referring to his police report, he said he hoped the culprits would be caught soon.

“Some people cannot accept honest criticism as it might break their rice bowls,” he said. “They try to stifle constructive criticism and public discussion in order to continue their rape of our environment and pursue their corrupt practices.

“The same tactic is perpetuated by extremists against the silent majority. Moderate Malaysians must therefore stand up for justice and resist and reject the corrupt and the bigots in our country.

“The government should go all out to warn hate and fear mongers that they will be hunted down and punished for attacking honest critics who want to protect public interests and the nation’s future against unscrupulous and greedy Malaysians.

“The fundamental freedoms of the press and the public must be protected. Constructive critics should not be put off by these minority fringe bigots and zealots who can undermine our democratic way of life and our progress.”

Perkasa forces Islamic seminar to be put off

Putrajaya only recognizes the Sunni denomination and the Shafi’i school of jurisprudence.


SEREMBAN: A seminar on denominational differences and variety of beliefs in Islam, organised by the newly set up NGO Projek Pluralisme Malaysia in Seremban, has been postponed after Perkasa lodged a police report against it.

The seminar was to have taken place on Thursday and Friday at a state government-owned hotel in the Negri Sembilan capital. The hotel has since reportedly said that it would not allow the event to go ahead at its place.

“I had to cancel it. I can’t afford confrontations. The hotel had rejected the event anyway, it even refunded our payment,” said organizer Khalid Mohd Ismath, who heads Projek Pluralisme Malaysia, in a media update via text message.

“I got a call from them on Monday. It said orders from above. The hotel did not want to be involved in problematic programmes.”

Dr Mohd Faizal Musa, a lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia who is also an award-winning novelist popularly known as Faisal Tehrani, was scheduled to be one of the three guest speakers.

The others are co-ordinator of charity group Religion of Love, Hussain Sajjad; and a vocal writer and activist known as Benz Ali.

Muslims make up 61.3 per cent of the Malaysian population, followed by Buddhists at 19.8 per cent, and Christians at 9.2 per cent, according to the latest census data from 2010.

There’s freedom of worship in the Federal Constitution.

However, Putrajaya only recognizes only the Sunni denomination.

Shi’ism, Islam’s second-largest branch and practised by an estimated 15 per cent of the 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, is regarded as deviant by Malaysia, which strictly adheres to Sunni teachings.

Malays make up 50.4 per cent of the country’s population, according to the Department of Statistics figures for 2010, but Muslims form 61.3 per cent.

Azmin played out Azizah, says Chegubard

He says the PKR Deputy President coaxed five Selangor assemblymen to withdraw their support.


KUALA LUMPUR: While the popular perception has been that it was PAS that blocked PKR President Wan Azizah Ismail’s bid to take the Selangor Menteri Besar post, it now appears that she was played out by elements in her own party.

At the height of the Selangor crisis, 30 Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen signed statutory declarations in support of Wan Azizah.

However, according to former PKR supreme councillor Badrul Hisham Shaharin, five of the 30 subsequently withdrew their support.

They signed their second SDs at the behest of Azmin Ali, he told a press conference today.

To prove his point, Badrul Hisham, also known as Chegubard, produced a photocopy of an SD allegedly signed by PKR vice-president Xavier Jayakumar, who is the assemblyman for Sri Andalas.

He said he would name the other four assemblymen after reporting the matter to the PKR leadership.

The allegation against Xavier has surfaced before, although he denied signing the second SD and claimed he had made a police report that his signature was forged. However, Badrul Hisham said he had made a search for the police report and found none.

“If the SD is genuine,” Badrul Hisham said, “then Xavier can be sacked from the party. Let’s see whether PKR adheres to the rule of law.”

Badrul Hisham’s membership in PKR has been suspended indefinitely because he criticised the party’s election process.

Joseph Pairin’s greatest act of patriotism is to put an immediate end to the 40-year “merry-go-rounds” on the Sabah illegal immigrants problem and not to be a party or to give his blessing to another “merry-go-round” by heading a committee to review the RCIIIS Report

By Lim Kit Siang Blog

Kudos to the PBS President, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan for being hailed as a “true Malaysian patriot” by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Sunday.

I do not know whether this implied that Joseph Pairin’s brother is not a “true Malaysian patriot”, but in keeping with his responsibility as a “true Malaysian patriot”, Joseph Pairin’s final and greatest responsibility is to end the 40-year “merry-go-rounds” to resolve the long-standing problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah which had mushroomed from the 140,000 figure which I cited in 1978 to some 1.5 million to 1.9 million today, completely changing the political demography and socio-economic circumstances in Sabah.

Pairin said his party had called for the formation of the RCI since it was established in 1985.

When I spoke in Parliament in March 1986 on the Fifth Malaysia Plan, where I devoted the bulk of my speech on Sabah and the problem of illegal refugees in the state, I estimated that there were about 300,000 Filipino illegal immigrants in Sabah.

I called on the Federal Government to take firm action to uphold the law, honour the Rukunegara, liberate Sabahans from the menace posed by the illegal immigrants by sending increased reinforcements of police and security forces, in particular marine police, to protect Sabahans from internal unrest and external threat fomented by the illegal immigrants.

I proposed in Parliament (in 1986) that the illegal immigrants should repatriated to their own country, warning that there was a conspiracy to illegally enfranchise the illegal immigrants and give them voting rights to change the political map of Sabah as it was an “open secret” that the illegal immigrants had been given blue identity cards and been registered on the electoral register.

I calculated at the time, i.e. 28 years ago in 1986, that out of 48 Sabah State Assembly seats, 21 were Kadazan majority seats, 8 Chinese majority seats and 19 Malay majority seats. If the illegal enfranchisement of illegal immigrants were allowed to take place unimpeded for another just three years, it was feared that the electoral complexion could be changed to 16 Kadazan majority seats, 2 Chinese majority seats, and 30 Malay/Filipino/Indonesian seats.

All these concerns which I had expressed in Parliament in 1986 had come to pass, with fundamental changes in the political demography and socio-economic circumstances in Sabah as a result of the illegal enfranchisement of illegal immigrants, which is the subject of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Illegal Immigrants in Sabah (RCIIIS).

Are we, at the end of 2014, at the end-stage of this 40-year betrayal of the native Sabahans or at the beginning of another sickening “merry-go-round” which will see no solution or conclusion to the problem, but instead see a greater influx of illegal immigrants following the announcement by the Prime Minister of a review committee into the report of the RCIIIS headed by Joseph Pairin?

Joseph Pairin’s greatest act of patriotism and even statesmanship is to put an immediate end to the 40-year “merry-go-rounds” on the Sabah illegal immigrants problem and not to be a party and give his blessing to another “merry-go-round” by heading a committee to review the RCIIIS Report.

What is needed is not to further review, but to immediately implement, the recommendations of the RCIIIS.

Friday’s Cabinet meeting cannot be more critical and crucial for the resolution once-and-for all of the 40-year illegal immigrants problem in Sabah. It is in fact the D-Day whether there is going to be a solution or another “merry-go-round” procrastination for the problem.
Joseph Pairin, together with the three Sabah Ministers, as well as all Sabah MPs, should convince the Prime Minister and the Cabinet that Sabah does not need another “merry-go-round” to the 40-year problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah, as what was needed now is action to resolve the problem in the form of an Implementation Committee for the RCIIIS Report.

Is the Prime Minister and the Cabinet prepared to give Joseph Pairin the full powers to implement the RCIIIS Report recommendations, and in areas where it is not possible to implement the recommendations, to give the Implementation Committee two months to report to Parliament and to seek guidance?

It is no use for Joseph Pairin to be praised as a “truly Malaysian patriot” if the Prime Minister is not prepared to vest in the PBS President the full powers to implement, wherever possible, the recommendations of the RCIIIS report to resolve once-and-for all the 40-year problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

Would Najib ask all the 34 UMNO/BN Ministers who send their children to private or international schools, whether local or foreign, to resign for their lack of confidence in the Umno/BN national education policy and system?

By Lim Kit Siang Blog

Malaysians must thank the former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad for highlighting the scandal of more and more Umno/BN Ministers and leaders sending their children to private or international schools, whether local or foreign, as it has been a standing example in the past decades of the hypocrisy of UMNO/BN leaders who preach one thing for ordinary Malaysians but do the exact opposite for themselves and their family.

Would the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak ask all the 34 Umno/BN Ministers who send their children to private or international schools, whether local or foreign, to resign for their lack of confidence in the Umno/BN national education policy and system?

I have been informed that one of the first things a Minister of the Najib Cabinet did on his appointment was to transfer one of his children to an international school.


Is this because Malaysia’s education system sucks, stuck in the bottom third of the countries surveyed in international assessments and not making any significant moves towards the upper tier of the top one-third of the countries with 15-year-olds in Shanghai, Singapore and South Korea performing as though they had four or even five more years of schooling than 15-years-olds in Malaysia in mathematics, science and reading?

Recent world university rankings show a power shift from the West, in particular the United States and United Kingdom, to the East, with for example 24 Asian Universities listed in the top 200 universities in the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings compared with 20 a year earlier – led by Tokyo University and National University of Singapore in the top 25.

But this seismic shift in the continuing erosion of United States and United Kingdom domination of global higher education and the inexorable rise of Asian universities seemed to have completely by-passed Malaysia, despite our annual massive expenditures on education.

This trend was confirmed in the release of the US News and World Report’s 500 Best Global Universities Ranking 2015 last month, where the country’s premier university, the University of Malaya is the only university listed in the very lowly position of No. 423.

Even more serious, Malaysia is only placed in two of the 2,100 slots for 100 Best Global Universities for 21 subjects, i.e. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) placed in the 54th rank in the 100 Best Global Universities for agricultural science, and University Sains Malaysia (USM) ranked No. 87 in the 100 Best Global Universities for engineering.

It is scandalous and shameful that out of the 2,100 slots for 100 Best Global Universities for 21 subjects, Malaysia’s 21 public universities which have a total of over 200 schools for different disciplines, could only manage to be placed in the 100 Best Global University slots for two subjects – agricultural science for UPM and engineering for USM.

Malaysians would have expected the University of Malaya, as the premier university of the country which have 12 faculties, two academies, five institutes and five centres, to be ranked among the 100 Best Global Universities in at least half a dozen subject areas since it got ranked as No. 423 in the 500 Best Global Universities Rankings 2015.

This is because universities which were on par with UM in terms of academic excellence and standards half a century ago, like University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, University of Melbourne and University of Sydney are ranked in the 100 Best Global Universities in more than a dozen subject areas.

National University of Singapore is 100 Best Global Universities for 15 subjects, University of Hong Kong in 13 subjects, University of Melbourne for 16 subjects and University of Sydney in 13 subjects.

Singapore, with three universities, wins 20 of the 2,100 slot for the 100 Best Global Universities for 21 subjects, i.e. National University of Singapore (15), Nanyang Technological University (4) and Singapore Management University (1).
Even Mahidol University of Thailand, which is below University of Malaya, being ranked No. 453 in the 500 Best Global Universities Rankings 2015, is rated as the 100 Best Global Universities for two subject areas – immunology and microbiology.

But Umno/BN Ministers and leaders are not really concerned about the deteriorating standards of education and higher education in Malaysia because they have themselves no confidence in the Umno/BN education system and policy and have long ago ensured that their children opted out of the system altogether.
How many Umno/BN Ministers and leaders dare to declare that they do not send their children to private or international schools, local or foreign?

Will UMNO delegates next week demand that all the 18 UMNO Ministers and 17 UMNO Deputy Ministers should each make a public declaration whether their children and grandchildren are educated under the national education system or whether they have been educated in private or international schools, local or foreign?