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Friday, September 18, 2009

Quit 'liability' Samy: Dr M strikes again - Malaysiakini

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has once again lashed out at MIC president S Samy Vellu, describing him as a liability to the Barisan Nasional coalition.

In an interview with Bernama, the 84-year-old statesman showed little mercy in ripping apart his long-time friend, who only yesterday had reiterated his admiration for the former premier.

Mahathir said he was concerned that support for BN would decline in the coming elections because Samy Vellu continued to helm MIC.

mahathir 0980409The former premier said the 73-year-old MIC president should relinquish his post for his party's failure in the last elections, where Samy Vellu was also defeated in his parliamentary stronghold of Sungai Siput.

"In other countries, when a leader fails, he resigns voluntarily. In Japan, he would commit harakiri (suicide). We are not asking him (Samy Vellu) to commit harakiri.

"You have failed to lead MIC to the point that you lost yourself," he said.

Comparing Samy Vellu to his successor and former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Mahathir said Abdullah had resigned due to his poor performance.

"Samy's performance is worse than Pak Lah (Abdullah), but he still does not want to give up his post," he said, adding: "He should have resigned before things got to this stage."

Mahathir stressed that he had a right to criticise anyone for the sake of BN, and added: "I've criticised Pak Lah, who's Samy Vellu that I cannot criticise?"

The former premier said leaders must realise that the post they held was not for life. "This is not directed at Samy Vellu alone because there are others who are like him," he added.

As for himself, Mahathir said he had wanted to resign in 1998 but because of the economic crisis and the Anwar Ibrahim issue, he had to continue leading the nation until 2003.

"I resigned not when people criticised me. I resigned because I had stayed too long.

"Malaysian leaders still do not understand that when they fail they should resign of their own volition, no need for others to tell them. When you fail, your party fails. You are responsible," he said.

BN leaders should interfere

Asked what BN could do in view of its principle not to interfere in the affairs of component parties, he said when the matter became a problem for BN, the coalition would become the victim if it did not intervene.

He said BN leaders must admonish Samy Vellu because as BN leaders they were responsible not only for the performance of their own parties but also that of BN as a whole.

samy vellu exclusive on tamil schools 080708 06"If I know that a person will cause BN to lose, that is already a BN problem, no longer a MIC problem. We cannot keep saying don't interfere. This is a BN affair. Because of him, the BN lost.

"Previously there was no Hindraf. Now there are scores (of pressure groups from the Indian community.) It's him that the people don't want but he still wants to be president," he added.

He said leaders who resorted to money, pressure, abuse of power and threats could remain as party presidents but would not win elections.

On Samy Vellu's chosen leaders winning the party elections last week, Mahathir said they could win party elections but would lose in general elections because the people would not support them.

He also criticised Samy Vellu for not playing a role to stop the building of temples without approval despite having promised to do so.

According to Mahathir, Samy Vellu became popular because he (Mahathir) had helped him.

"He wanted to build a university, I persuaded the government to give a RM50 million allocation and I've helped in many more of his projects," he said.

Mahathir said he had to persuade the Malays to allow BN to place MIC candidates in Malay-majority areas because no constituency in the country had an Indian majority.

"Besides that, I also strove to get MIC candidates supported by the Malays. Without support from Umno members and the other Malays, MIC could not win. So that's is my service to MIC.

"But when the MIC does something that will cause it not to be supported by the Indians, Chinese and Malays, I have to criticise," he said.

Hindraf on why Mahathir dismisses MIC apology- Malaysiakini

Its understandable why former premier Mahathir Mohamad could not possibly be interested or concerned with any apology from MIC over a delegate's suggestion that he be "honoured with a garland of slippers",according exiled Hindraf chairman P Waythmoorthy.

The garland suggestion came from one M. Sukumaran at the recent MIC General Assembly.

In fact, said Waythamoorthy, he (Mahathir) can even understand the reasons behind the calculated insult.

NONE"Having observed Mahathir ever since I heard him speak at a student function in London in 1989, I know how the man thinks," said Waythamoorthy (right) in a telephone call to Malaysiakini from an undisclosed location outside London where he's based. "When Mahathir says he's not interested in something, I know he means it."

According to this school of thought, Mahathir did not do anything at all for the Indian community during his 22 years as Prime Minister.

Hence, he does not expect Indians to be grateful to him.

"So, if any Indian insults him, he knows that he has to just grin and take it," said Waythamoorthy.

"In fact, he's probably surprised deep down that he has not been insulted at all so far and Samy - MIC President -- instead gets all the blame, a situation he encourages."

'Covering up sins'

The Hindraf Chief notes that Samy has even come under all around fire including Mahathir and Umno for not doing enough for the Indian community "but this is just to cover up their own sins".

"The fact remains that Samy is not the prime minister of Malaysia. If he were, we can blame him for not doing enough or anything for the Indian community," said Waythamoorthy.

"It is Mahathir who should be blamed. He's trying to shift the blame on to Samy. Mahathir failed to be the Prime Minister for all Malaysians. He was more interested in his own petty racist agenda."

So, it's not surprising that someone in MIC suggested a 'garland of slippers' for him, he added.

Waythamoorthy called on the MIC president Samy to stop parroting about Mahathir being a great leader, a great man, a great statesman and a builder of the nation, among others, "since he (Mahathir) didn't do anything at all for the Indian community and in fact set out to hurt them and others as well".

"After all the prime minister is supposed to be the leader for all Malaysians, under the Federal Constitution, not just for some Malaysians."

On Umno's claims that the government had allocated considerable funds for the Indian community but Samy did not pass them to them, Wayathamoorthy wanted the claims to be backed up by facts and figures and other relevant evidence.

Down slippery slope

mahathir 0980409The first of Mahathir's (left) sins against the Indian community and Malaysians in general, stressed Waythamoorthy, was to distort and deviate from the New Economic Policy (NEP) and introduce racist elements which set the nation on a slippery slope and the Indians among the worst-hit victims.

As an example he cited the withdrawal of recognition for degrees from overseas medical institutions which had a large number of Malaysian Indian students.

He noted that the Special Privileges meant for the Malays, and by extension other natives, only covered four areas intake into the civil service, intake into institutions of higher learning, Government scholarships and opportunities in business.

"The special privileges were only meant to ensure that the Malays and other natives were not left out as the nation developed since there was this fear at independence," said Waythamoorthy. "It is not a carte blanc (blank cheque) to grab the whole pie in the four areas mentioned and other areas as well."

In any case, Waythamoorthy doesn't expect Mahathir to apologise to the Indian community for past hurts and sleights "although time is running out for him".

Similarly, he does not expect Mahathir to apologise to his former heir apparent, Anwar Ibrahim, for doing everything possible to destroy not only his political career but the man himself.

"Samy himself has labelled Mahathir as the destroyer of deputies," said Waythamoorthy. Even Anwar has said he cannot forget although he has forgiven."

Mahathir is more concerned about Umno leaders insulting or humiliating him and getting away with it.

In short, that's why Mahathir is using the "garland of slippers" insult as an excuse to name all those who had insulted or humiliated him in the past and are still walking around Scott-free.

His suggestion that he would not hesitate to drop them from the Federal Cabinet if he had his way, suggested Waythamoorthy, was a strong hint for Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak "to do what is necessary to avenge his hurt pride".

Ku Li: Tainted leaders will be the undoing of Umno

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 — Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah today warned against fielding “tainted candidates” in the Bagan Pinang by-election as it could undermine Umno, going against the tide that wants a convincing victory after a string of defeats to the Pakatan Rakyat since Election 2008.

“If Umno continues to field tainted candidates, the public might justly conclude that it would be better for the country that Umno lost,” the Gua Musang MP said in a statement received by The Malaysian Insider today.

His comments comes after the Teluk Kemang Umno proposed former Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the seat left vacant after the coalition's Azman Mohamad Noor died early this month. Isa was suspended as an Umno vice-president for six years in early 2005 for money politics but the penalty was later reduced to three years.

"In our now dangerously divided society, it is important not just that elections be won, but that they be won with honour and by honourable individuals; that is to say, in a way that inspires the public’s trust in our institutions and enlarges our common sense of justice.

"Only then can the results of elections unite rather than divide us. That is our larger challenge," said the former Umno vice-president who has lost three bids to be party president. He lost to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the 1987 party polls which led to Umno being deregistered later and did not qualify for two other bids against Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The Kelantan prince noted the BN was facing by-elections for the eighth time since the March 2008 polls, while sitting out the Penanti by-election.

"The opposition has now won seven by-elections in a row in Peninsular Malaysia. Umno has contested six and lost all six. By now no one can doubt that the public dissatisfaction with BN that led to the loss of five states and the loss of its two-thirds majority has not been reversed.

"A cornerstone of that dissatisfaction is the perception that those in power are corrupt, and arrogant in their corruption. Hence when our leaders fielded a disbarred lawyer with a proven record of financial dishonesty, and then went on to brush aside all objections to their choice, they confirmed that perception.

"They sent the message that Umno considers itself above common standards of decency," said the politician popularly known as Ku Li.

Without referring to Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin by name, Tengku Razaleigh noted that one young Umno leader was quoted as saying that the only criterion for the selection of candidates is that they can win.

"This is precisely the kind of short-term thinking that keeps Umno and BN on the wrong side of history, going in reverse while the Malaysian public presses ahead with demands for greater accountability and transparency," he added.

He called on the party leadership to be careful in selecting the candidate for Bagan Pinang.

"Beyond winning and losing political battles, the party leadership should step back and think about how their choice of candidates reflects upon the party and ultimately upon their own integrity. Nothing says more about what we stand for and who we are than the kind of leaders we champion," Tengku Razaleigh said.

LGE said Court is right for Kg.Buah Pala, court also said Anwar Ibrahim is a SODOMISER and Perak should be run by UMNO.

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" Since you trust so much in the courts of law in Malaysia in the case of KBP, DAP and Pakatan Rakyat have no moral authority or right, now to speak about any judgement from the courts related to any of the Pakatan Rakyat Aduns, MP's and party"

With this logic, Anwar Ibrahim's Dream to be the Prime Minister is permanently set back now.

I think the pain of Kg.Buah Pala villagers is worse than the pain his driver went through when Anwar Sodomised him (we did not say it, The Court of Law did). Since kapitan lge stated that he can,t do anything since the Federal Court of Appeals order said that Kg.Buah Pala villagers are squatters! we also must believe what the courts have said about Anwar Ibrahim being a sodomiser. kapitan lge has done it to you DSAI - please thank kapitan lge for that.

Since kapitan lge trusts so much in the court of law in Malaysia in the case of KBP and his PR partners condoned it with their deafening silence, he and his Pakatan Rakyat coalition have no right to speak about any judgement in the courts related to any of the Pakatan Rakyat Aduns, MP's and party.

Because you trust that the court was justified in the case of Kg.Buah Pala as squatters, Anwar Ibrahim is a Gay who sodomised his Driver and now maybe Saiful! (we did not say it, the court said it) Lim Guan Eng, loves to spread rumors about a Minister and create National disunity and racial tensions, thats why he was in ISA (we did not say it, Kementerian Keselamatan Dalam Negeri said it!).PR should get the hell out of Perak.. the courts have ruled. You do not belong there any more ( we did not say it, the courts did)

Accept the Deal - what is good for Pete must be good for Paul? No double standards.

All of the oppressors of the KBP villagers all should now shut up about anything the courts have ruled on. This anyway was the unending refrain from you kapitan lge - what can we do, we did not say it, the courts said it, the court has ruled. What can we do the court has said it.

Yes, so from here onwards just shut up once the court has said it.

kapitan lge will never make it beyond this - just wait and see - he has just squandered a tremendous amount of goodwill from the people. Forget dreams of ever making it to Putrajaya. kapitan lge, KBP will haunt you for the rest of your political life. We assure you that. Not only did you damage your petty interests with this blunder, you have jeopardized all our desire for true change -you traitor of the people.

What’s in a choice of candidate

For the eighth time since the last General Elections, we face a by-election. The Opposition has now won seven by-elections in a row in peninsular Malaysia. Umno has contested six and lost all six. By now no one can doubt that the public dissatisfaction with BN that led to the loss of five states and the loss of its 2/3rds majority has not been reversed.

A cornerstone of that dissatisfaction is the perception that those in power are corrupt, and arrogant in their corruption. Hence when our leaders fielded a disbarred lawyer with a proven record of financial dishonesty, and then went on to brush aside all objections to their choice, they confirmed that perception. They sent the message that UMNO considers itself above common standards of decency.

Now one young Umno leader has been quoted as saying that the only criterion for the selection of candidates is that they can win. This is precisely the kind of short term thinking that keeps Umno and BN on the wrong side of history, going in reverse while the Malaysian public presses ahead with demands for greater accountability and transparency.

Mindful of the signal sent by the voters of Permatang Pasir and all the elections since March 8, the leadership should now be especially careful in selecting our candidate for Bagan Pinang. Beyond winning and losing political battles, the party leadership should step back and think about how their choice of candidate reflects upon the party and ultimately upon their own integrity. Nothing says more about what we stand for and who we are than the kinds of leaders we champion.

If Umno continues to field tainted candidates, the public might justly conclude that it would be better for the the country that Umno lost. In our now dangerously divided society, it is important not just that elections be won, but that they be won with honour and by honourable individuals; that is to say, in a way that inspires the public’s trust in our institutions and enlarges our common sense of justice. Only then can the results of elections unite rather than divide us. That is our larger challenge.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
Member of Parliament
Gua Musang

Press Statement issued on September 18, 2009

Were Umno’s Slippers Soleless, Mukhriz?

By G. Krishnan

Are you keeping track of the slippers being flung so far in the slipper spat that has ensued? I have to admit, a few more of these slippers and I might just lose track of who is partaking in it – not to mention the ‘quality’ of the slipper being flung, by whom, and in which direction!

Mahathir’s most recent confession that the hits he took to his image from the slippers hurled at him from several within Umno itself must surely be one of the unequivocal highlights of this slipper fight. I can only imagine the sheer embarrassment – not to mention utter shock – this must come to those Umno cronies after they apparently flexed their muscles and primed themselves to fling Sukumaran and the MIC with their own political slippers.

Of course this retort by Mahathir about Umno having done more to insult him than Sukumaran’s now famous ‘slipper garland’ comment triggered so many me images and phrases in my mind: Umno hypocrisy, the pot calling the kettle black, blowback, getting burnt, self-inflicted wound, and a stunt that backfired are but just some of the things that came to mind.

In case you’re wondering – yes, I was smiling as I read what Mahathir had to say about the insults by Umno’s lackeys against him. Of course, among other things, this raises the obvious question: where was Mukhriz and his cronies when his father was being insulted by his fellow Umno comrades? Was something else more of a priority to Mukhriz than defending his father when those Umno lackeys were belittling his father? Did he think that the slippers those Umno people were hurling at his daddy did not have soles? Well, according to daddy, sounds like those slippers not only had soles, they were made from some robust leather since they were much more painful for daddy. Perhaps something else was thicker than blood back then, eh Mukhriz? Hmm…. I wonder what it could have been?

Seems as if Mukhriz still has lots of growing up to do, and perhaps daddy can remind him that those who live in a glass house should not throw slippers. But then again, it may not be a bad idea if daddy also took this advise to heart.

Parenthetically, a strange thing happened – somehow I couldn’t find any big splash about Mahathir’s swipe at his Umno comrades’ insults against him in Utusan Malaysia. I wonder why that is. Hmm….

Trusting the police

By Jacqueline Ann Surin

person sweating while looking at police at the door

EARLIER this week, while I was in the office alone in the morning, two uniformed police officers appeared outside our glass office door. One peered in. I looked up and smiled but my fingers were ready to sign in to Twitter if the police rang the doorbell. The officer who was peering in smiled back, and following some discussion outside our office, moved downstairs. Phew, wrong office.

Was I startled to see police outside The Nut Graph's office? You bet. In a climate where the state is clearly going after independent media such as Malaysiakini for accurately reporting on violent protestors and an unconscionable home minister, it's hard not to feel a little tense when the authorities turn up. Imagine then what the Penan girls and women who were sexually violated by logging company employees feel towards the police?

According to at least one Star news report — and there have been many that try to explain why the police cannot apprehend the men who have been preying on the Penan — the rape survivors refuse to talk to the police. Well, guess what? I would have refused to open my office door to the police officers earlier this week. No prizes for guessing why — would you trust the police?

Whose side?

Penan woman, Mary Rahman (pic courtesy of Sofiyah Israa)

We shouldn't find it surprising at all that the Penan women and girls refuse to speak with the police. After all, it's these very same state-appointed officers who have consistently helped logging companies break up Penan blockades. And the same officers who locked up Penan men and women for trying to protect their land against logging companies could be the same ones who were trying to question the Penan women and girls.

Indeed, one of the findings of the Penan task force report was that the Penan have little trust of the authorities. And who can blame them. In fact, it's hard to trust the police when they have done little to earn the public's trust.

What did the police do when the cow-head protestors threatened violence on 28 Aug 2009 against the relocation of a Hindu temple? Nothing. What did the police do when a small group of peaceful Malaysians lit candles outside the Brickfields police station to show support for an arrested academic? Arrest them and their lawyers.

Mourners at A Kugan's funeral, 28 Jan 2009

What did the police do when A Kugan was found dead in custody? Deny they were responsible. What have they done since an autopsy report found Kugan was beaten to death? Nothing at all to prove that deaths in custody will no longer happen.

What did the police do when thousands of Malaysians marched peacefully against the Internal Security Act? Resort to violent tactics to disrupt the rally and arrest nearly 600 people, including children. What did the police do when the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor government requested for police presence during a 5 Sept 2009 town hall meeting to discuss the Hindu temple relocation that was likely to get rowdy? They didn't turn up.

So, there you have it. At least half a dozen reasons why people no longer trust the police or its ability to enforce the law justly and fairly.

Not just corrupt

The last time my partner and I were stopped by the police for a traffic offence, the officer wanted a bribe. We ignored his request. Ours, at least the first half of it, is a common story.

The last time my friend had her handbag snatched in her house compound in Section 14, PJ, she was told that the police know which areas are hotspots for snatch thefts. And yet, nothing had been done to address the problem.

Sivakumar being dragged out of the House (pic courtesy of Sinar Harian)

The last time the DAP tried to have a dinner in Klang, water cannon trucks and the FRU were also in attendance to dampen the event and prevent any speech-making. And on 7 May 2009, during the last highly dramatic event in the Perak state assembly, the police dragged Perak Speaker V Sivakumar out of his chair and unlawfully imprisoned him so that the Barisan Nasional could install its own speaker.

If we were at Nasa right now, I believe the right response to this troubling state of affairs in Malaysia would be, "Houston, we have a problem."

Not only are our police corrupt, they are inefficient. Hence, the skyrocketing crime rate, and the inability to protect the Penan from being violated.

Not only are the police inefficient, they are partisan. The police, it seems, will do anything to support the BN even though it is public funds, not Umno's funds, which pay for the police force.

Not only are the police partisan, they use violence against peaceful Malaysians and against detainees, and watch and do nothing when other Malaysians threaten violence.


Seriously, it doesn't need a rocket scientist at Nasa to figure out that Malaysia has a problem.

Crowd holding up placards condemning the police and asking for the IPCMC to be formed, on the day of A Kugan's funeral

Question is, why won't the BN government do anything concrete about it? Attempts to address the root causes of the police force's corruption and inefficiencies have all been thwarted by the BN government itself. From rejecting the recommendations of the royal commission on reforming the police force to defending the police for acting out of line, the BN is clearly demonstrating what kind of police force it wants.

One has to wonder why. Perchance it's for the sake of eventual anarchy? If we can no longer trust the police to do what's right and to fulfil their functions, we can eventually expect citizens to take matters into their own hands.

Tantalising, isn't it, if you were someone like the cow-head protestors, the ones the home minister defended. Without rule of law and law enforcement, what would we have? A nation run by thugs? That's already happening in some instances. And I'll wager that we can expect more of such instances for so long as we have the same government and the same police force.

Press Release: Lack of political will to uphold rights of indigenous peoples

ImageThe Malaysian Bar is disappointed at the Government’s continuing lack of political will to promote and protect the welfare and rights of indigenous peoples throughout Malaysia. The Government’s inaction makes a mockery of its vote in favour of adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007 (“the UN Declaration”).

Most recently, the Government refused to make public the report of the National Task Force established to investigate the allegations of sexual abuse against Penan women and girls. This refusal flouts democratic principles of transparency and accountability. The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development finally made the report publicly available only after pressure from various interest groups.

We are further disappointed that despite the Inspector-General of Police’s pledge of full support for a joint police-NGO investigative mission, the Sarawak police have now reportedly stated that the funds allocated for the project are not sufficient to fund the participation of NGO representatives.

The sexual abuse faced by the Penans is but one of a multitude of human rights violations that indigenous communities face on an ongoing basis, and which are inextricably inter-linked. Most indigenous persons are not able to fully enjoy their fundamental human rights because their traditions, customs and values are being eroded and their needs have been long neglected.

A crucial first step for the Government, in fulfilling its state obligation, is to formally recognise, protect and guarantee the right of indigenous peoples to their ancestral lands throughout the country and to gazette such ancestral lands as reserved areas for them. If necessary, land laws must be amended to achieve this.

We are concerned that many indigenous communities still live without basic amenities and infrastructure. It is within the context of the deprivation of their rights to ancestral lands and access to basic services that indigenous peoples have become vulnerable to sexual abuse and other violations of human rights. We strongly urge the Government to perform its duty by taking concrete steps to improve the welfare of indigenous peoples.

Finally, we denounce the wholly unnecessary arrest of 15 Sarawakian indigenous leaders on 16 September, who were reportedly detained as they attempted to deliver a memorandum to the Chief Minister to protest the building of hydro-electric dams that would adversely affect their communities.

The manner in which our nation deals with the needs and rights of these communities is a reflection of our commitment to democracy and human rights. In this, our leaders have failed.

Change is possible. More can, and must, be done.

We therefore echo our earlier call, made in a resolution that was unanimously adopted at the Malaysian Bar’s 63rd Annual General Meeting on 15 March 2009, that the Federal and State Governments, as well as all public and private enterprises and individuals, respect and protect the rights of indigenous peoples pursuant to the UN Declaration, and not act in any manner inconsistent with those rights.

Ragunath Kesavan
Malaysian Bar

18 September 2009

Noordin's Death A Big Blow To JI, Says Aussie PM

MELBOURNE, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has praised the Indonesian authorities following the death of wanted terrorist Noordin Mohammed Top, declaring his killing by police a significant result.

Rudd said this would cause great damage to terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the group responsible for a series of attacks on Australians, including the 2002 Bali bombings.

He said Noordin had been responsible for numerous attacks on Australians in Indonesia.

"This is welcome news and I congratulate the Indonesian security authorities for their success," he told ABC Radio on Friday.

"This has been a very difficult operation over a long period of time and the credit goes to the Indonesians through their security agencies for doing this."

Noordin, regarded as the terrorist mastermind behind a string of attacks, died in a violent police raid on a militant hideout in Central Java Thursday.

Rudd said there was still no room for complacency as JI and al-Qaeda were still alive and well.

"But this is a very significant result. This man was a mass murderer," he said.

"He has been responsible for the murder of Australians and I congratulate the Indonesians on their success."

Rudd said Australia would continue to press Indonesian authorities to maintain the pressure.

"Our relationship with the Indonesian government on counter-terrorism is very strong," he said.

Drug Traffickers Using Bus Terminals As Meeting, Distribution Places - Police

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- Drug traffickers have resorted to using express buses and express bus terminals in the city and other towns as meeting and distribution places for drugs said the police.

Kuala Lumpur Narcotics Chief ACP Kang Chez Chiang said they would pretend to be passengers and place their bags in luggage compartments or inside the bus before a second party retrieved them at a specified destination.

"The bags will then be retrieved by another party when it reaches a specified destination and later distributed," he told Bernama.

Bus terminals in the city, especially Jalan Pudu, Hentian Putra, Jalan Duta, Gombak and Jalan Pekeliling have been identified as places for such activities, he said.

Kang added that in some cases, drug traffickers used unsuspecting express bus drivers as couriers by paying them to ferry the bags from one destination to another.

He reminded the public, especially passengers of express buses or drivers, to be careful of such activities and avoid becoming couriers for such bags when approached by unknown individuals since such bags may contain drugs.

Kang said such syndicates normally bought tickets to the East Coast, to the South or places bordering Thailand, for such purposes.

Police have succeeded in crippling a number of international syndicates that had used bus terminals as meeting places for drug traffickers and in most cases busted by police, drugs were found hidden among clothes, under garments and toiletry, he said.

281-U Lengkok Atas 11700 Bukit Gelugor Penang

by cryingvoices

281-U Lengkok Atas 11700 Bukit Gelugor Penang is the address of a house for rental adjacent to Kg.Buah Pala, The Owner of the house has accepted the Deposit and rental from one of the Villager in Kg.Buah Pala and they have shifted into the house 2days ago. Today, the house owner called the tenant and asked them to leave the house in the reason that they are from Kg.Buah Pala and the house will be noisy and their neighbors were not happy that a family from Kg.Buah Pala is staying there. What is going on in Penang? Kg.Buah Pala is not a virus quarantine site, It is not an epidemic site, No one has Aids or H1N1 there, yet why are they refusing to accept them? This is what the DAP and its partner company Nusmetro planned for the villagers! This is the outcome from the statements released by them earlier! This is the ill plans by the State Government to tarnish the reputation and good name of the Villagers! Lim Guan Eng has cheated the people, that they are offering a 2 storey house which worth RM500,000 and above(Where is the agreement?), he lied that he guarantee the villagers welfare is well taken care!(Where is your state EXCO minutes?) Now the poor indians are in the street, worse than the Bangladeshi and Indonesian workers in Malaysia! Is this why you LIM GUAN ENG, SANI RAYER THE LIAR AND PARAFESAR RAMASAMY begged for votes to take over the State Government? Is this how you safeguard the welfare of the Citizens? Anwar Ibrahim's Dream to be the Prime Minister is Handicapped now, just because one chinese and 2 indians who are in the State position to swindle money from the state Governments Projects and steal poor citizens properties and sell it to the rich has killed the Dream of Anwar, I think the pain of Kg.Buah Pala villagers is worse than the pain his driver went through when Anwar Sodomised him(I did not said it, The Court of Law did). Since many of the Anwar and Lim Guan Eng the Kapitan Cina from Malacca's supporter stated that LGE cant do much since the Federal Court Judgement said that Kg.Buah Pala villagers are squatter!, since you trust in the court of law in Malaysia, Pakatan Rakyat has no rights to speak about any judgement in the court related to any of the Pakatan Rakyat Aduns, MP's and party, because you are trusting that the court has justified the case of Kg.Buah Pala as squatters, Anwar Ibrahim is a Gay who sodomised his Driver and now maybe Saiful! (Not me, the court said) Lim Guan Eng, loves to spread rumors about a Minister and create National disunity and racial tensions, thats why he was in ISA, i did not say it, Kementerian Keselamatan Dalam Negeri said it! Since all you intelligent but stupid supporters of Lim Guan Eng said that Court is right in the case of Kg.Buah Pala, now I am saying yes! Buah Pala Villagers are squatters and Anwar Ibrahim is a SODOMISER and a GAY and LIM GUAN ENG is a threat to the NATIONAL SECURITY and UNITY! Deal? No double standard in my blog, i screw you, you screw me, as simple as that! Right? If Buah Pala is justified fairly then all other cases in Malaysia was justified fairly too. Today its Kg.Buah Pala, tommorow will be Tanjung Tokong and he will keep adding to the list until Penang becomes another Singapore, then you see what is his real motives are, his real Intention will emerge, I cant say much, just think on who dominates the Business in Penang? What is the role of Chinese Chamber of Commerce, who is Nusmetro? What they has to do with Lim Guan Eng? After Demolition, what will be the next project on that Land? How Much? Who can afford it? What will be the majority of the Residents? Who will they support? Every Village to be converted as Luxury Condos, Who can afford it? Malay Fisherman? Indian Farmers? I know your intentions Lim Guan Eng, You want to secure your votes to stay there with only one race support and domination. And I wont be suprise if you ask Penang to be discarded from Malaysia and run your own Independent state like Singapore if you win the next election, not much different with the techniques and tricks used, there PAP, here DAP, there Chinese dominates with an Indian President, here Chinese start dominating with one useless indian Chief Minister 2. Good Luck Lim Guan Eng, I think the milk that you drank from your mother to be a Good human is wasted! Many of them has cursed you and now at this moment the Kg.Buah Pala Villagers are sitting under the tent, crying in the cold nite and cursing you. You will never be a successful leader and please deny again and again that you are not the person that transferred the Land Title or Did not accept the payment, The truth is just about milimetres away! It will strike you one day! God Bless the people of Penang and Kg.Buah Pala and the victims of this Cruel State Government!

P.S. Anyone who needs the Video Clip of the Lies and promises made by Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng, Rayer and Ramasamy : please notify us from Cryingvoices! (Please state your intention and your links)


Indonesia's top terror suspect killed in raid

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Indonesian forces says they have killed the country's most-wanted terror suspect in an overnight raid, dealing a major blow to an al-Qaeda-linked network blamed for some of Southeast Asia's deadliest terror attacks.

A poster in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, has under "dicari," or"wanted," Noordin Top.

A poster in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, has under "dicari," or"wanted," Noordin Top.

The body of Noordin Mohamad Top, accused of masterminding attacks in Indonsia by the Jemaah Islamiyah extremist group, was identified by police.

"The fingerprint has been verified by the police hospital," said Indonesian police chief, Gen. Bambang Hendarso Danuri. "It's a blessing from God in this holy month (of Ramadan)."

The overnight raid in central Java comes two months to the day after suicide bombs ripped through two hotels in Jakarta, killing seven people and wounding dozens of others. Noordin Top claimed responsibility for the July 17 attacks.

His terror network is blamed for nearly every major terror attack in the southeast Asian nation over the past decade, which have claimed the lives of more than 200 people.

"This is a huge advance in Indonesia's fight against terror," said Sidney Jones, a senior Asia adviser for the International Crisis Group, a global nonpartisan advisory organization.

But she warned that Indonesia's terrorism fight does not end with Noordin's death.

"We still don't know the extent of the network and the funding source of Noordin's network," Jones said.

Noordin, 41, was reportedly an officer, recruiter, bomb-maker and trainer for a small splinter group of the militant organization Jemaah Islamiyah, which has ties to al Qaeda. The FBI in the United States added Noordin in February 2006 to its list of 10 suspected terrorists who have not been charged in the United States, but are wanted for questioning.

There were reports last month that the Malaysian-born terror leader was killed in a raid, but it turned out to be one of his associates. This time, Indonesian authorities say they are certain that they got their man.

"We matched the fingerprints on the victim, on Noordin, with the fingerprints we have from Malaysian police," presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal told CNN. "So by that alone we are able to establish with certainty that the body that we have is indeed of Noordin Top."

Police learned of Noordin's whereabouts after apprehending and interrogating two terror suspects on Wednesday. Anti-terror forces launched their raid in the Kepoksari neighborhood of Surakarta in central Java around midnight. It ended after a five-hour standoff capped by a firefight.

Also killed in the raid were Urwa and Aryo Sudarso, two of Noordin's key associates.

Urwa was convicted in the 2004 bombing of the Australian embassy, but was later released on probation.

Aryo Sudarso was an apprentice of Azahari bin Husin, believed to be one of the masterminds behind the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005. Husin died in a shootout with security forces four years ago in East Java.

The owner of the home where the standoff took place was also killed, and three others were arrested. Authorities found weapons and eight bags of explosive materials inside the home following the operation, according to a police spokesman.

Authorities have hunted for Noordin for years, accusing him of involvement in July's twin suicide bombings at the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta, the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing and attacks on the same Marriott hotel in Jakarta in 2003, as well as the Australian embassy in 2004.

A handful of suspects that authorities have linked to Noordin's network have been on the run since the July bombings.

"It's a great day for Indonesians and a great day for the international fight against terrorism worldwide," Djalal said.

He agreed that Noordin's death does not mean that the fight against terrorism is over in Indonesia.

"We are realistic enough to say that terrorism will never be 100 percent eliminated from Indonesia," Djalal said. "We cannot say that in any part of the world, in fact. But this has dealt a huge blow to their networking ...

"I think they are on the defensive now because of the raids that happened today."

Prince: Cops sitting idle on royal bashing

CPM leader: Umno has failed the people

A night without stars for seven years

Slipper jibe: Dr M says Umno leaders did worse - Malaysiakini

While many, including his son, rushed to Dr Mahathir Mohamad's defence over the 'slipper garland' remark, the former premier however had a different take.

Recalling how he was attacked by Umno leaders during the reign of Abullah Ahmad Badawi, Mahathir pointed out that nobody gave two hoots then.

The former Umno president then zeroed in on his chief critic in Umno, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.

parliament gobind singh ban over nazri mistake 251108 04"This is not the first time I have been insulted. People might have forgotten how Umno leaders insulted me. Nazri (left) and the previous menteri besar of Kedah (Mahadzir Khalid) wanted me expelled from Umno.

"However, then no one gave any reaction. No one dared to say anything," he told Bernama.

"Suddenly I have become popular. Everyone is defending me. As I said... previously when I was insulted, asked to be expelled from Umno, no one showed any reaction. Why the reaction now?"

"Then no one defended me. At least not openly. Some did on the quiet but the big names dared not," he said, adding that he was saddened that people from his own party and who sat with him in his cabinet had resorted to such action.

Mahathir was responding to the controversy surrounding MIC delegate M Sukumaran who drew flak when he said that the former premier's photograph should be garlanded with slippers.

Sukumaran, who has since been suspended by MIC president S Samy Vellu pending an inquiry into his outburst, had expressed regret and apologised to the former premier.

The delegate made the remark during the MIC annual general assembly over the weekend in response to Mahathir's criticism towards the party president.

'I am not angry'

However, Mahathir said he was not saddened or angered by the insult.

mahathir umno kubang pasu forum perdana 040906 stumpedIt was insults from Umno people, he stressed, that hurt him and this one from the MIC member was just like "pouring water on a duck's back."

"I have been with Umno since its formation (except for short spells when he was expelled and when he resigned as a member). The people who talked bad about me weren't even born yet," he said.

The 84-year-old statesman added that if he were back in power now, he would drop these people from the cabinet.

On Sukumaran's wish to apologise to him, Mahathir said: "Apologise also okay, don't want to apologise also don't matter. It's only when my own people hurl insults at me that I feel slighted."

He said Sukumaran now had become his own victim because of his action.

Samy: I'll tell him sorry

Meanwhile, Samy Vellu said he will personally apologise to Mahathir over the 'slipper garland' issue.

samy vellu exclusive on tamil schools 080708 06He said he will seek an appointment with the former prime minister to tender his apology.

"I will meet him personally to explain the whole episode and extend my apology," he said in a statement.

The MIC chief said he and the MIC regretted that the incident happened.

"I have always had the highest respect for Mahathir. He is a great leader and a statesman.

"He will always be respected by us and all Malaysians," he added.

The reason Temasek sold BII to Maybank: because it was a bad investment


Temasek said the lower returns reflected the generally weaker operating performances of its portfolio companies as a result of the global slowdown, as well as gains and losses from S$16bn of divestments. These included the sale of Bank Internasional Indonesia.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

Maybank should come clean and admit that the dilution in the RM 10.77 billion investments in PT Bank International Indonesia(BII) and Pakistan’s MCB Bank is RM 2.75 billion and not limited to the impairment losses of RM 1.97 billion. Maybank had reported that its 30 June 2009 fiscal year net profit plunged 76% to RM 692 million as a result of impairment losses of RM 1.62 billion for acquiring BII(in March 2008) and RM 353 million for acquiring MCB Bank.

This is not exactly true. If we consider other losses as revealed above due to exchange rate fluctuation and amortisation, Maybank lost not just RM 1.97 billion but RM 2.75 billion. This RM 780 million difference between RM 1.97 billion and RM 2.75 billion losses may not be big by banking standards but huge for Malaysian public interests.

Looking at the graph above (see at, Maybank bought BII for RM 7.9 billion which is worth only RM 5.77 billion now and paid RM 2.87 billion for MCB Bank which is worth only RM 2.25 billion now. In other words Maybank incurred RM 2.13 billion loss for BII and RM 620 million loss for MCB Bank for a total loss of RM 2.75 billion.

Even though Maybank was advised not to proceed with the acquisition, Maybank had stubbornly and irresponsibly pressed on to spend an incredible RM 10.8 billion to acquire banks in Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam, months before the global financial crisis erupted last year. Now Maybank conceded that it has lost RM 2.75 billion in these investments in over a year.

Lim Kit Siang



Temasek gains $30bn from market rally

By Kevin Brown in Singapore, The Financial Times

Published: September 17 2009

The global market rally had added S$42bn (US$29.7bn) to the market value of Temasek’s investment portfolio since the end of March, Singapore’s state investment company said on Thursday.

The mark-to-market value of the portfolio fell to S$130bn at the end of the financial year in March, but recovered to S$172bn by the end of July — just 7 per cent below its peak of S$185bn in March last year.

Temasek said the recovery reflected its efforts to “continue to reshape our portfolio mix actively”. However, it also said the recovery since March was “broadly in line with the markets”.

In its annual review, the group said net profit fell to S$6bn for the financial year, compared with S$18bn in the previous year. Its total shareholder returns for the year fell by 30 per cent, measured by market value, but remained at 16 per cent over the 35 years since the group was founded.

The sharp fall in profits means that some Temasek executives will suffer cuts in remuneration as bonuses are clawed back for the first time in the company’s history.

However, S. Dhanabalan, chairman, said the worst of the global crisis was over, thanks to extraordinary fiscal and monetary measures set in place by the US and other governments. “These moves have averted extreme meltdown risks, but added the risks of inflation and asset misallocations in the medium term,” he said.

Temasek said the lower returns reflected the generally weaker operating performances of its portfolio companies as a result of the global slowdown, as well as gains and losses from S$16bn of divestments.

These included the sale of stakes in Bank of America and Barclays, the UK bank, as well as positions in Bank Internasional Indonesia and China Minsheng Bank, but not the proposed sale of a 62 per cent stake in Singapore’s loss making Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, which has yet to be completed.

Temasek defended its sale of the 3.8 per cent holding in BofA, which is estimated by analysts to have incurred a loss of between US$2.3bn and US$4.6bn and attracted unusual public criticism in Singapore.

The group said it decided to sell in spite of incurring a loss because the risk-return profile of its initial US$5.9bn holding in Merrill Lynch “shifted substantially” after the investment bank was acquired by BofA in January.

It made no comment on the sale of a stake of almost 2 per cent in Barclays, which is also thought by analysts to have incurred a loss. Other divestments included two power generating companies in Singapore, completing a divestment programme involving three generators that raised more than S$11bn.

The improvement in the value of the portfolio includes the impact of investments of nearly S$5bn in the nine months to the end of July as the group took up its share of rights issues in companies including Standard Chartered, the UK bank, Singapore’s DBS banking group and CapitaLand, the Singapore property group.

Temasek said it had invested a total of S$9bn during the financial year, including about S$700m for a stake of less than 5 per cent in Hong Kong-based Li & Fung, one of the world’s biggest supply chain managers.

The group did not directly address claims by critics that its portfolio losses last year reflected over-investment in western assets, including holdings in financial groups acquired as the global financial crisis was beginning.

However, it said its underlying exposure to Singapore and the 30 developed economies of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development had been reduced from more than 80 per cent to just over 50 per cent. OECD exposure now accounts for about 20 per cent of investments, mostly in Australia.

The group also said that returns from investments made since March 2002, when it began to invest widely in Asia following the appointment of Ho Ching as chief executive, had been significantly greater than returns on earlier investments, which were mostly in Singapore.

It said the annualised return on investments for the past seven years was 19 per cent, compared to 9 per cent for those made before the change in strategy. “We have increased our exposure to Asia since 2002, riding with its deep and long wave of growth and transformation,” it said.

The group said it was “optimistic” about Asia’s long term potential and would target exposure to the region at about 40 per cent of investments, including 20 per cent in China, with Singapore remaining steady at about 30 per cent, OECD countries at 20 per cent and other regions at 10 per cent.

It made no comment on possible listings for major holdings such as Singapore Power and PSA, the Singapore ports operator, which were last month identified by Ms Ho as possible candidates for public offerings.

Officials have said that decisions on when and whether to list will be left to the operating companies’ boards. Bankers in Singapore say any listing of PSA is unlikely for two to three years.

Samy Vellu eats crow, will apologise to Dr M

Samy Vellu says he will apologise personally to Dr Mahathir. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — Just a week after his grandstanding against Umno interference in his party affairs, MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu was forced today to announce that he will personally apologise to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the “slipper garland” insult.

In a statement today, Samy Vellu said he would seek an appointment with the former prime minister to tender his apology over the incident.

“I will meet him personally to explain the whole episode and extend my apology,” he said.

“I have always had the highest respect for Tun Dr Mahathir. He is a great leader and a statesman,” he said.

The controversy started after Dr Mahathir had said last week in a newspaper interview that Samy Vellu should make way for younger leaders to take over his party, just days before a key party election.

Dr Mahathir’s remarks, and the suggestion by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the loss of Indian support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) was MIC’s responsibility, appeared to have upset the veteran.

Emboldened by his allies’ sweeping victory in the elections, Samy Vellu orchestrated attacks from the floor during the party assembly against Dr Mahathir.

One delegate said he wanted to give Dr Mahathir a garland of slippers.

In the past few days, Umno leaders and Malay organisations have slammed MIC over the remark and demanded a personal apology from Samy Vellu.

Samy Vellu tried to run damage control by suspending the delegate yesterday, hoping the storm would blow over.

But the pressure from Umno continued to mount, prompting his statement today, where the MIC president sung Dr Mahathir’s praises.

He said Dr Mahathir had brought tremendous development to the country and had united the people.

“He will always be respected by us and all Malaysians,” Samy Vellu said.

Earlier today, Dr Mahathir appeared unfazed and in an interview with Bernama, he was quoted as saying that he was neither angry nor sad over the “slipper” insult.

Negri prince claims Johor Raja Muda beat him up, wants justice

By Debra Chong - The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — It was his first night out on the town after being cooped up for cancer treatments. But for a Negri Sembilan prince, the happy event at a popular nightspot in the city centre here soon turned into a disaster.

Tunku Nadzimuddin Tunku Mudzaffar claims he and his friends were badly beaten up at gunpoint by the Raja Muda of Johor, Raja Muda Tunku Ismail Idris Abdul Majid, and his bodyguards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here in the wee hours of the morning on Oct 25 last year.

The eldest son of Tunku Dara Naquiah Tuanku Ja’afar – and grandson of the 10th King of Malaysia – went public today after a year of waiting for justice to be served.

He was accompanied by his parents, his uncle, his wife, Nur Azini Mohd Kamal, 32, a business development manager with Antah, his lawyer, M. Puravalen and the friend, Shamshuddhuha Ishak, 40, who also alleged assault at the hands of the Raja Muda of Johor, the second-in-line to the state throne.

Speaking at a press conference in upscale Damansara Heights office here today, the 37-year-old, who suffered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said he lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station the very next day.

“I was a victim of a brutal armed assault. I was attacked with a gun,” Tunku Nadzimuddin said, recounting how he was dragged into the hotel lift and taken into a hotel room and beaten up without reason with a gun aimed at his head all the while.

But, to date, no one has been charged, despite the Attorney General’s (AG) promise last December that investigations will be carried out fairly and action taken against the culprits.

“He said he will check on everything and get the details done first,” Tunku Nadzimuddin’s mother related.

“Police had assured that their probe would be caried out without fear or favour. I was further assured that no one was above the law and the assailants would be produced in court to face charges,” Tunku Nadzimuddin said.

“However, today I am left bewildered and shocked to learn otherwise,” he added, slamming the police for their “serious lack of affirmative action in the investigations”.

“We just want to see things moving,” said Tunku Dara Naquiah. “In any situation, in any society, you hold a gun, you go to prison straightaway, isn’t it?”

“In the spirit of Hari Raya, we want closure,” the Negri Sembilan princess said, and added: “I want justice to be done.”

The AG’s Chambers is said to have advised her to try and settle the royal row out of court.

Tunku Dara Naquiah, who called the media conference, dismissed hearsay that her family was suing the Johor Raja Muda for RM100 million.

Lawyer M. Puravalen, who is acting for the Negri Sembilan royals, stepped in and explained that a letter of demand for RM50 million in compensation and a full apology for the incident was sent to the Johor Raja Muda’s lawyer, Datuk Shafee Abdullah, on Dec 10.

No lawsuit has been filed yet, Puravalen said. They are still waiting for the AG’s reply.

“You can’t dictate to the AG. It’s not proper,” he added.

The incident is said to have started on Oct 24, 2008 when Tunku Nadzimuddin and some friends were partying at the Heritage Mansion.

A glass bottle – said to have contained whisky – was thrown in their direction and hit the prince’s friend, lawyer Shamshuddhuha, who fell unconscious as a result.

Tunku Nadzimuddin claimed he received a call on his mobile phone from a man who said he was acting on behalf of the Johor Raja Muda and invited him up to the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel to apologise for the earlier incident at the club.

They accepted. But instead of an apology, he was bashed on the head with the pistol butt and also suffered a broken nose and bruises.

He claimed he was not given a reason for the assault. There was no conversation between him and the Johor Raja Muda during the 45 minutes or so of the thrashing.

“I didn’t want to provoke him,” Tunku Nadzimuddin said when asked why he did not say a word.

He was later treated at the government-run Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).

His lawyer friend Shamshuddhuha, who was hit by the bottle, was repeatedly assaulted while still out cold.

Both Tunku Nadzimuddin and his mother denied that they knew the Johor Raja Muda, either personally or even socially.

“I don’t know him at all. Not even socially,” Tunku Nadzimuddin replied when asked about his relationship with the Johor Raja Muda.

Tunku Dara Naquiah said that even though they were royals, it did not mean they moved around in the same social circles.

But she said she received a phone call from the Raja Muda’s family after the incident.

“They called me to apologise. But not in so many ways. Only ‘Oh, I’m so sorry my son did this to your son’,” she recounted.

Today’s disclosure could reignite debate about the indiscretions of royalty here. In the 1990s former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad managed to push through amendments to the Constitution which removed the immunity of royalty from prosecution.

Under the Constitution, the country’s nine Sultans can be tried only by a special court. Other members of royal households are not immune from prosecution and can be charged for criminal offences.

AG treads carefully in royal assault case

Tunku Nadzimuddin shows photographs depicting the extent of his injuries after the alleged assault by the Johor Raja Muda. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — The Attorney-General said this evening that he needed to exercise caution before charging anyone over the alleged assault by the Johor Raja Muda and his bodyguards on a Negeri Sembilan prince last year.

Tan Sri Gani Patail said the police had recorded 41 statements from witnesses shortly after the incident last October.

He did not explain the delay in making a decision, and his remarks appeared to suggest the authorities had been hesitant in coming to a decision over the dispute between two royal households.

Earlier today, Tunku Nadzimuddin Tunku Mudzaffar blew the lid wide open on the incident, which has seen very little publicity because of the sensitivities surrounding royal households.

He claimed he and his friends were badly beaten up at gunpoint by the Raja Muda of Johor, Raja Muda Tunku Ismail Idris Abdul Majid, and his bodyguards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here in the wee hours of the morning on Oct 25 last year.

The eldest son of Tunku Dara Naquiah Tuanku Ja’afar — and grandson of the 10th Agong of Malaysia — went public today after a year of waiting for justice to be served.

He was accompanied by his parents; his uncle; his wife, Nur Azini Mohd Kamal, 32, a business development manager with Antah; his lawyer, M. Puravalen and the friend; Shamshuddhuha Ishak, 40, who also allegedly assaulted at the hands of the Raja Muda of Johor, the second-in-line to the state throne.

Speaking at a press conference in an upscale Damansara Heights office here today, the 37-year-old, who suffered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, said he lodged a report at the Dang Wangi police station the very next day after the beating.

“I was a victim of a brutal armed assault. I was attacked with a gun,” Tunku Nadzimuddin said, recounting how he was dragged into a hotel lift, taken into a hotel room and beaten up without reason, with a gun aimed at his head all the while.

But, to date, no one has been charged.

“The investigation paper has to be thoroughly studied and I will not hesitate to announce my decision once it is done,” the AG said in a statement here this evening.

The investigation paper was first submitted to the AG’s Chambers on Nov 18 last year and, after being studied by his officers, was returned to the police on Dec 1 for further investigations, he said.

It was subsequently re-submitted to the prosecution’s office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday and to him today, he said.

“Nevertheless, there has been ongoing advice and contact between the police and my officers,” he added.

He said he understood there were attempts to resolve the matter amicably between the royal houses but this did not in any way stop police from carrying out the investigation, and that the chambers “should and ought not to be used as a tool to facilitate any kind of settlement done privately.”

Tunku Nadzimuddin’s lawyer Puravalen said at the press conference earlier that a letter of demand for RM50 million in compensation and a full apology for the incident was sent to the Johor Raja Muda’s lawyer, Datuk Shafee Abdullah, on Dec 10.

No lawsuit has been filed yet, Puravalen said.

Today’s disclosure could reignite debate about the indiscretions of royalty here. In the 1990s, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad managed to push through amendments to the Constitution which removed the immunity of royalty from prosecution.

Under the Constitution, the country’s nine Sultans can be tried only by a special court. Other members of royal households are not immune from prosecution and can be charged for criminal offences.

High Chaparral: Uthaya warns of Indian backlash

Nadodi Mannan
Sep 17, 09

The Human Rights Party has warned Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his political allies to expect a strong Indian backlash in future polls due to the Kampung Buah Pala crisis in Penang.

HRP secretary-general P Uthaykumar said the action and inaction of Lim and allies paving way for the demolition of the Indian heritage village showed they have taken the community’s votes for granted.

He suggested that Lim, DAP PKR and PAS may have politically calculated that Indians would have no other alternative but to cast their ballots for Pakatan because they would not want to vote for Umno dominated Barisan Nasional.

“I want to say to them that it would be no longer tenable for Indians to vote blindly for DAP, PKR and PAS in future elections. Watch and learn,” he warned in his letter to Lim dated Sep 16, which was made available to Malaysiakini today.

The outspoken human rights activists did not mince his words in the letter when expressing his feelings to Lim over the destruction of Kampung Buah Pala.

The village is also known to locals Tamil High Chaparral due to its population of Indians, cowherds, cattles, goats, live stocks and lively Indian cultural features and festivities.

Uthayakumar accuses Lim’s government of raping, uprooting, desecrating and annihilating an Indian working class population in an Indian heritage village by using brutal force ala Umno.

“Given that victims of this traditional village were merely working class Indians, it did not matter to Lim, DAP, PKR and PAS.

“Thus the villagers were trampled with brute force using Umno’s police and DAP’s Chinese gangsters,” said the outspoken Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) legal advisor.

Uthayakumar said for now Lim, DAP, PKR, PAS and Umno may rejoice over the destruction of the last remaining Indian heritage village in George Town.

But, he said for the two million Indians in Malaysia, this would the last nail in the coffin because DAP, PKR and PAS were not different from the Umno/BN regime in so far as the working class Indians were concerned.

Uthayakumar paid tribute to the resilient and fighting spirit of the Kampung Buah Pala residents to withstand so much state-sponsored pressure to stake claim their legitimate rights over their village land.

“HRP and Hindraf salute Kampong Buah Pala villagers for having done everything possible to save their land,” he said.

He listed the villagers’ struggle included peaceful protests, traditional Indian bull fight, bullock cart protest, candlelight vigil and little girl presenting Lim a written appeal.

He cited the self-immolation attempt by a distraught elderly woman R Indiani, 62, who doused herself with kerosene and tried to torch herself, as a daring protest against the village destruction.

He said that the residents were still fighting on despite being beaten up by the Umno controlled riot police and DAP gangsters, constantly arrested and harassed by the police, and their homes being demolished.

He said the tears of powerless and working class Indians in Kampong Buah Pala would remain the most painful memory in the history of Malaysia vis a vis the DAP, PKR, PAS and UMNO axis.

The villagers now plan to file a RM4 million criminal damage suit against the developer for demolishing 12 houses on Monday, Sep 14.

“DAP, PKR and PAS are more blameworthy than Umno and BN because Pakatan leaders have always portrayed and championed themselves as the people’s saviour government upholding democracy (DAP) Justice (PKR) and fairness (PAS),” said Uthayakumar.

In the letter, he likened Pakatan leaders including Lim and PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim pre and post-election promises to save the village for the residents as “writings on running water.”

He accused Lim of deliberate inaction by not invoking Section 76 of the National Land Code read together with Section 3 of the Land Acquisition Act to acquire and save the last remaining Indian traditional village in George Town.

He said Lim also failed to exert his powers under Section 116 (1) (d) the National Land Code to stop the village demolishment.

“You would have done so had it been a Malay or Chinese traditional village, e.g Weld Quay, Khoo kongsi or Kampong Melayu,” Uthayakumar said in the letter, adding that Kampung Buah Pala could have been saved with mere stroke of Lim's pen

He also reminded the Chief Minister of his many alleged broken promises on the issue including promise not to give building permission for the project until the villagers’ issues had been settled and promise to apply for an urgent High Court order to stop the demolishment.

“You have personally called the previous state government as robbers but you had done nothing to undo their injustices especially when people’s power – the Hindraf’s Makkal Sakthi - had empowered you to do so,” Uthayakumar told Lim.

He accused Lim of procuring Indian mandores and cyber troopers to divert attention away from the real issues behind Kampong Buah Pala crisis, and instead embarked on a Hindraf bashing campaign.

Pakatan leaders Lim Kit Siang, Anwar and Abdul Hadi Awang were also not spared by Uthayakumar’s tongue-lashing.

He said the leaders just stood by and watched silently this “blood-letting” of the poor helpless and working class Indians of Kampong Buah Pala.

“You (Lim) are brutal too. What a wonderful game you played, Guan Eng?” said Uthayakumar in the letter.

Malaysia's 'Moderate' Islam Means Racism and Oppression

by Adrian Morgan

Once Inside Islam, No One Gets Out

In April last year, I wrote about the totalitarian aspects of Malaysia's society. Since that time, the situations described then have been repeated and appear to have worsened. General elections were officially due to take place in 2009, but last month, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi suggested he would be bringing these elections forward. The elections may take place as early as March this year.

Malaysia's population of 27 million is, according to the UK government, 55% Muslim. The U.S. State Department maintains that 60% of the population is Muslim. Ethnic Malays are automatically classed as Muslim on their identity cards (MyKad) which are issued to everyone at age 12. Any changes to religious status, as defined on the MyKad, must be approved by the National Registration Department (NRD).

The NRD will not accept anyone's conversion out of Islam unless this has been approved by a Syariah (Islamic) court. So far, no Syariah court has ever allowed a living person to convert out of Islam. Individuals are denied the right to appeal in the civil courts against any decision made by an Islamic court. In practice, anyone who wishes to officially leave Islam is denied that right.

The most famous Malaysian apostate from Islam is a woman called Lina Joy, who became a Christian in 1981. In 1998, she was allowed by the NRD to have her birth name – Azlina Jailani – changed to her current "Christian" name. All attempts to have herself declared a Christian on her MyKad have failed. She has taken her case to numerous courts, but the civil courts refused to hear her case, referring her back to the Islamic courts. In August 2006 she took her case to the Federal Court, the highest court in the nation. A judicial decision on her case was repeatedly delayed until May 30, 2007.

By a decision of two against one, a panel of judges ruled that Lina Joy could not officially change her faith without approval from the Islamic courts. Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, one of the two judges who ruled against her, said: ""Civil courts cannot interfere. In short, she cannot, at her own whim, simply enter or leave her religion... She must follow rules. The appeal has been rejected with cause."

The judge who supported her appeal, Richard Malanjum, said the demands of the NRD for her to apply to an Islamic court to declare her apostasy were "discriminatory and unconstitutional." Islamic courts can jail apostates. Malanjum said that the NRD's decision for her to return to an Islamic court would cause Lina Joy to "self-incriminate" herself. Outside the court, a crowd of at least 200 Muslim fanatics welcomed the decision, shouting out "Allahu Ackbar" (God is Great).

Lina Joy is not allowed to marry her Christian boyfriend, as it is illegal in Islam for a "Muslim" woman to marry outside of her "faith." She has received death threats, and did not appear at the Federal Court to hear the ruling, as she feared for her safety.

Last April, I wrote of Kamariah Ali, a woman who abandoned Islam to join the colorful Sky Kingdom Sect, which was founded by Ayah Pin. This sect welcomed members of all faiths, and had erected in its compound fiberglass and concrete statues of a giant teapot and other items. The compound was raided on August 1, 2005, its statues demolished, and the sect's charismatic leader was forced to flee the country. Kamariah Ali maintained her faith in Ayah Pin's inclusive religion. In 1999, Kamariah Ali told an Islamic court in Kota Baru that she had renounced Islam. She was jailed in 2005 by a Syariah Court in Terengganu state for "insulting Islam."

Kamariah Ali's husband Mohammed Ya, also a member of the Sky Kingdom Sect, had been jailed at the same time. The strain was too much for him and he died shortly after being released. Though Islamic courts had refused to allow him the right to leave Islam, Mohammed Ya's body was forbidden from being buried in a Muslim graveyard. He was buried in the compound of the Sky Kingdom Sect in Terengganu state, shortly before the site was bulldozed.

In June 2006 Kamariah Ali was put on trial by the Terengganu state Syariah High Court, accused of only declaring her apostasy from Islam as a means to avoid punishment. On July 21, 2005, after being arrested with other members of the Sky Kingdom Sect, she was taken to Besut Lower Syariah Court, accused of non-compliance with a fatwa issued against the Sky Kingdom Sect by the Mufti of Terengganu. This fatwa declared that Ayah Pin was a deviant and any association with him or his sect was prohibited. Kamariah Ali had declared that she was no longer a Muslim, and thus beyond any Syariah court's jurisdiction. In 2006 at the Syariah High Court, prosecutor Mustafar Hamzah said: "The onus is on her to bear the burden of proof (of apostasy)."

Kamariah Ali's case has been prolonged and still has not reached any conclusion. The last time it featured in Malaysian news sources was in September, 2007. At that time, Islamic high court judge Muhammad Abdullah ruled that all parties should present their written submissions before October 21st. As a result of her apostasy, Kamariah is shunned by others, and has found it impossible to gain employment. If convicted, she could receive either a fine of 5,000 ringgit ($1,545) or a three year jail sentence, or both.

A similar case involved an ethnic Chinese woman from Nibong Tebal, Penang state, who was originally called Tan Ean Huang. She had married an Iranian man called Ferdoun Ashanian in 1999. Before she married him, she converted to Islam in July 1998, and her MyKad was changed by the NRD to acknowledge her conversion. She became known as Siti Fatimah. Only a few months after the marriage Ashanian deserted her, and his whereabouts are now unknown. In May 2006, she applied to Penang's Islamic Affairs Council to declare that she is not a Muslim. Siti Fatimah wanted her MyKad religious status to be officially changed to Buddhist.

She claimed that her conversion to Islam was only a means to get married, and after the failure of her marriage she had gone back to her Buddhist beliefs. She maintained reverence for Buddhist deities such as Kuan Yin and others. On August 11, 2007, Judge Othman Ibrahim Othman ruled at Penang's Syariah High Court that a decision would not be made until December 3rd. He ruled in the meantime that she should undergo Islamic counseling. As in other such cases, a decision has still not been made.

The case of Revathi Massosai of Malacca state would probably have gone unnoticed, but for the Democratic Action Party, the main opposition party, bringing it to media attention. Her parents were Muslim converts, but she was raised as a Hindu. In 2004, she married a Hindu and they had a daughter. In January 2007 she applied to court to have herself registered as a Hindu, as her MyKad stated she was a Muslim. Revathi was sent to an "Islamic rehabilitation center" by the court. She was forced to wear a Muslim headscarf and to say Muslim prayers. She endured six months of captivity, with a further six month term imposed on her. She says she was also forced to eat beef, which is forbidden for Hindus. She and her daughter were placed in the custody of her Muslim parents, forcibly separated from her husband.

On April 2, 2007 a Hindu rubber tapper was told by Islamic officials in Selangor state that his Hindu wife, to whom he had been married for 21 years, was technically a Muslim. The rubber tapper was told that unless he converted to Islam, he would be prosecuted for "Khalwat" the sin of being close to a woman to whom one was not related or married. Marimuthu, the rubber tapper, was forced to leave his wife and their six children. The woman and children were placed in an "Islamic rehabilitation center," even though all had been raised as Hindus.

In December 2007, a Hindu woman lost her fight to prevent her husband from divorcing her in an Islamic court. Subashini Rajasingam's husband had converted to Islam in 2006. He wanted to divorce her in a Syariah court, so that the court would rule on custody of the couple's two young sons. Fearing that she would lose custody of her son, she applied to a federal court to prevent the Islamic divorce hearing. She also failed to have a ruling made to prevent her husband from converting her four-year-old son to Islam.

Islam, politics and the constitution

Malaysia gained independence (Merdeka) from Britain on August 31, 1957. Formerly known as "Malaya," its constitution was written up with the assistance of the British authorities. This constitution is the source of most of the problems described above. The definition of all ethnic Malays as "Muslim" stems from Article 160, section 2. This states: " 'Malay' means a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay custom and (a) was before Merdeka Day born in the Federation or in Singapore or born of parents one of whom was born in the Federation or in Singapore, or is on that day domiciled in the Federation or in Singapore; or (b) is the issue of such a person."

Despite this automatic assumption that all people of Malay origin are Muslim, the constitution originally had some superficial semblance of religious freedom. Article 3, clause one, states: "Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practiced in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation."

Article 11, clause 1 states "Every person has the right to profess and practice his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it." Article 11, clause 4 reads: "State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Lubuan, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam."

Clause 4 of this article has been used to prevent anyone trying to lead a Muslim into another faith. Several states had adopted the Control and Restriction Bill. This gives a fine of 10,000 ringit ($3,090) or imprisonment for up to one year for "persuading, influencing a Muslim to leave Islam for another religion." In August 2006, a week before the 49th Merdeka celebrations, Mohamed Nazri Aziz, minister in the prime minister's office, who is responsible for parliamentary affairs, made a statement.

Aziz said that four out of Malaysia's thirteen federal states had not adopted the Control and Restriction Bill. He claimed the Bill was entirely constitutional, and urged these four states to implement it. He said: "Why (do we have) to interpret (the constitution) when it is clearly said that (non-Muslims) are not allowed to spread religions other than Islam to the Muslims?"

None of the individuals mentioned at the start of this article had been coerced by others into leaving Islam. What is preventing them from appealing to the civil courts is an amendment to the constitution – Article 121 (1A) – which was made in 1988. This states that civil courts have no jurisdiction over "any matter" which can be dealt with by the Syariah (Sharia) courts.

On August 26, 2006, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi officially announced that no one should discuss the controversial articles of the constitution. He said: "Discussing these articles again.... this will cause a storm if left unchecked. I have stated that there is no necessity to amend Article 121 ... there is no necessity to amend Article 11. These cause problems between one side and the other."

Last year, when Malaysia was celebrating its 50th Merdeka, alarming statements were made by the Chief Justice, Ahmad Fairuz. He told an Islamic conference in Kuala Lumpur, the capital, that half a century of independence had not freed the nation from the "clutches of colonialism." He added that common law should be replaced by Sharia law.

Prime Minister Badawi made an anodyne Merdeka speech which stressed the unity of Malaysia, with all races working together. This belies the fact that his UMNO (United Malays National Organization) party has been stoking the fires of racial tension in the nation. Since 1971, the UMNO party has espoused a policy called "ketuanan Melayu." This maintains that the Malays are the earliest migrants to Malaysia, and thus should have special privileges. As a result, Malays are given preferential treatment in areas of employment, loans, housing and government contracts. The discriminatory ketuanan Melayu policies have added to racial tension.

Officially, Badawi is head of a 12-party coalition known as the Barisan nasional or "national front." This UMNO-led coalition has governed Malaysia since independence. This includes two ethnic parties, the MCA or Malaysian Chinese Association and the MIC or Malaysia Indian Congress. Recently, however, Badawi appears to have alienated himself from the concerns of the Indian community. As they only comprise 8% of the electorate, it seems he feels he does not need their votes in the upcoming election.

In November of last year, thousands of Indian-origin Malaysians took part in rallies. On November 25th, 20,000 Indian protesters gathered at Batu Caves, eight miles north of Kuala Lumpur. The caves, as well as being a tourist attraction, are also considered sacred by Hindus. Anger was expressed about their second-class role in Malaysian society. The protesters were met with water cannon and tear gas.

This rally was attended by up to 20,000 people, and was organized to protest discrimination, and also the widespread destruction of Hindu temples. 66 members of Hindraf were arrested and later indicted on charges including "unlawful assembly" and "displaying a show of criminal force to instill fear in police." 25 of these individuals were also accused of criminal damage.

In December 2007, five leading members of the Hindu rights group Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) were arrested for organizing the November 25th demonstration. Their group had been founded in January, 2006 to combat the discrimination experienced under Malaysia's racist regime. What had triggered their anxieties had been the burial of a national hero, an ethnic Hindu, as a Muslim on December 28, 2005. Lance Corporal M. Moorthy had been paralyzed in an army training exercise, and was confined to a wheelchair. When he fell from his wheelchair and was in a coma, the Islamic authorities claimed that he had secretly converted to Islam. After his death they ruled that he should be buried as a Muslim. His widow Kaliamantal had tried to appeal the case in the High Court, but the judge ruled that because of Article 121 (1A) he was powerless to intervene.

The five Hindraf leaders were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA), an act which has been on Malaysia's statute books since the time when Malaya was a British colony. This law allows for detention without trial for an indefinite period. Prime Minister Badawi ordered their detention under this law.

The five leaders of Hindraf, M. Manoharan, P. Uthayakumar, V. Ganabatirau, R. Kengadharan, and K. Vasantha Kumar, had challenged their detention under the ISA rules, but on January 26, 2008 the Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail ruled that their incarceration was lawful. The International Federation for Human Rights has called for the Internal Security Act to be abolished.

Islamization of The Body-Snatchers

Many individuals within Malaysia have expressed concern at the manner in which Malaysia has been influenced by creeping Islamization. A. Vaithilinga, a Hindu community leader, said: "We can't depend on the judiciary. Every case where a Muslim is involved in a dispute, the outcome isn't favorable for us." Bridget Welsh of Johns Hopkins University stated: "What you're seeing is a serious deterioration of race relations."

Jawhar Hassan, head of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur said: "There used to be more mixing among the races but increased urbanization has brought more competition for jobs and ethnic identities have become more important as a result."

Christians have also been singled out to have their churches destroyed. It is virtually impossible for any Christian community to get planning permission to construct a church building. Despite UMNO's claims, the Malays are not the original people of Malaysia. The original habitants are known as the Orang Asli or "original population." These tend to have animist/shamanistic faiths, but many are also Christian. They are the smallest minority in Malaysia, with their 18 tribes comprising less than 1% of the population.

In Kelantan state, which is governed by the Islamist PAS party (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia), the Orang Asli have been targeted for conversion to Islam. The bribes and inducements for the tribal peoples to become Muslim are paid from state funds.

In June 2007, members of a Christian Orang Asli tribe known as the Temiar tribe were shocked when Kelantan state authorities tore down their church. This was constructed on their ancestral land shortly before its demolition. Kelantan state maintained that there was no planning permission given, an excuse used throughout Malaysia to destroy Hindu temples and Christian churches. The Temiar tribe sued Kelantan state. Their case had been scheduled to be heard on Tuesday January 15, 2008. Like many cases that challenge the Islamist status quo, the hearing was adjourned. Parties must now send written submissions for a hearing in May.

The PAS party desires to see all of Malaysia governed by Sharia law. It also wants apostates from Islam to be punished with the death penalty. Kota Baru, Kelantan's main city, has been governed by PAS since 1996. Here queues in supermarkets are strictly gender-segregated, lest opposite sexes mingle and commit the Islamic "crime" of khalwat. Women are also subjected to strict Islamist dress codes.

Last month, PAS leaders called on non-Muslims to support its election campaign. It is mounting a platform based on implementation of strict Sharia law, where Muslims who have committed adultery would be stoned to death, and thieves would have their hands severed.

The process of enforcing Islamization may have started in the 1980s, but it seems to have been accelerating since 2005. It is possible that Malaysia is keen to impress the OIC with its Islamic credentials, and the push for Islamization may be encouraged by OIC nations.

The OIC or Organization of Islamic Conference, which now has 57 member nations, was originally formed in 1969. In 1990, Malaysia was among the OIC member nations to sign the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam. This declaration maintains that Sharia should be the basis of all Muslim countries' laws. In 2005 it was agreed that the OIC's World Islamic Economic Forum would have its permanent secretariat based in Kuala Lumpur.

As the UMNO-led government has moved towards a position of preparing the nation for elections, it has made no effort to make the non-Muslim communities feel like valued members of the electorate. Before Christmas 2007, the government announced that a Christian newspaper could not use the term "Allah" when referring to God.

The government warned the Kuala Lumpur-based Herald – the Catholic Weekly that if it continued to use the name Allah, it would not be allowed to keep its publishing permit. On December 30, 2007 it was announced that the government had reversed the decision. Father Andrew Lawrence, the paper's editor was sent a fax. This stated that the 2008 publishing permit would be renewed, with no conditions attached. Father Andrew's delight was short-lived.

Less than a week after sending its fax, the government reversed its decision. The Herald – the Catholic Weekly was once again forbidden from using the term "Allah." Abdullah Mohamad Zin, a religious affairs minister, claimed that Father Andrew Lawrence had misinterpreted the fax message.

After imposing restrictions on Christians hijacking the name of the Islamic deity, the government then decided it had proprietary rights over the "Islamic" prophets depicted in Christian schoolbooks. In January last month, in Johor Bahru, Senawang and Ipoh, Christian books for children containing illustrations of the prophets Abraham and Moses were seized by the Publications and Koran Texts Control Department. This department is a division of the Internal Security Ministry, which is under the purview of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi.

The government appears to either be appealing to the hardline Islamists in the UMNO party or trying to persuade potential PAS voters that it has strong Islamist credentials. In January last month, the Publications and Koran Texts Control Department of the Internal Security Ministry decided to ban eleven books on Islam. The department claimed that these books distorted Islam. Most of the books are produced in the United States. Eight of these are English language books.

These include The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and its Role in Terrorism by Stephen Schwartz, who has written for Family Security Matters. Another banned book is Secrets of the Koran: Revealing Insights into Islam's Holy Book by Don Richardson. This is published by Gospel Light, a Christian company. Another banned book is entitled Women in Islam.

In December 2005, when the body of Hindu mountaineering hero Maniam Moorthy was snatched from his widow by Islamic authorities and buried with Muslim ceremonies in a Muslim graveyard, a grim precedent was set.

The undignified spectacle of Islamic officials snatching bodies away from relatives, despite their protestations, continued. 71-year-old Rayappan Anthony, a Christian, died in Kuala Lumpur Hospital on November 29, 2006. Selangor state's Islamic Religious Department refused to let his family bury him. From 1990 until 1998, he had been a Muslim. The Islamic authorities claimed that he had not been given permission to return to Christianity.

A. Sivenesan, lawyer for Anthony's family said of Selangor Islamic Religious Department's actions: "It's known as corpse-snatching. You don't bother about the man when he is alive. When he dies you come and snatch the body." The family was successful in its battle with the Syariah Court when they threatened to sue the government. The Attorney General was clearly embarrassed, saying he could only give advice. On December 8, 2006, the Islamic officials dropped their claim, and Mr. Anthony was buried according to Christian custom the following day.

A year later, Islamic officials embroiled themselves in another body-snatching case. Wong Sau Lan was a Chinese Christian woman who died on December 30, 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, aged 53. The Federal Territory Islamic Council claimed that six days before her death, Ms. Lan had converted to Islam, and wanted to bury her as a Muslim. Her husband successfully sought an injunction from Kuala Lumpur High Court to prevent the Islamic authorities taking control of her body. He said she was a Christian at death, and there were no legal documents to state otherwise. A ruling was not made until Friday January 18, 2008, when the Kuala Lumpur High Court gave permission for Wong Sau Lan to be buried as a Christian.

A week after Wong Sau Lan's interment, it was revealed by Associated Press and AFP that another Malaysian had been buried as a Muslim, against the wishes of relatives. 74-year-old Chinese Buddhist Mr. Gan Eng Gor died on January 18, 2008. His eldest son, a convert to Islam, claimed that Mr. Gor had converted to Islam in July 2007, a claim denied by the other members of his family.

Mr Gor had suffered a stroke, and was unable to talk for two years before his death. One of Mr. Gor's eight children said: "We have been practising Buddhists all our lives. How is it that none of us, including my mother who has been looking after my sick father for the past two years, has no knowledge of this?"

A Syariah High Court in Negeri Sembilan state insisted that Mr. Gor had converted to Islam on July 3, 2007. As the other members of the family did not attend the Islamic court, judge Mohamad Nadzri Abdul Rahman ruled in favor of the eldest son. Mr. Gor was buried as a Muslim.

Muslims make up no more than 60% of the population of Malaysia. The "ketuanan Melayu" policies of UMNO are divisive and discriminatory. In December 2007, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) finally voiced concerns about the treatment of non-Muslims in Malaysia, particularly the poor treatment of Hindus.

40% of the nation is not Muslim, yet these have diminished rights. Malaysia prides itself on being a moderate Muslim country. It upholds a principle known as "civilizational Islam" or "Islam Hadhari". Racial and religious discrimination is openly practiced by this "moderate" country. It is small wonder that of the eleven countries on USCIRF's list of countries that are of serious concern, seven of these are Muslim countries that make little claim to be "moderate."