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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Seeing beyond race

By Zefry Dahalan - Free Malaysia Today

SENAWANG: As politicians indulge in endless squabbles over race and religion, now and then, a story emerges to remind Malaysians that there are still those who see beyond colour and creed.

This is one such story, and although the sum involved might be small, the gesture is rich in hope for this nation.

M Mithanraj, 12, suffers from a critical vision problem known as “cataract cornea” and this has affected his studies since reading has become a struggle.

His mother G Kalaiselvi, 36, could not raise the RM400 needed for a pair of special spectacles and turned to Paroi's PAS state assemblyman Mohamad Taufek Abdul Gani for help.

Taufek hilglighted the boy's plight in his blog, and within 24 hours, a Malay individual had contacted the rep, saying that he is willing to pay the amount.

Meanwhile Kalaiselvi told FMT that she is grateful for the help.

"When YB Taufek told me that a good samaritan has come forward to help my son, I never expected him to be a Malay. That really touched me,” said the mother of three, who was in tears.

Kalaiselvi urged all Malaysians to emulate the actions of the good samaritan and help the poor regardless of race and religion.

When approached, the man refused to identify himself, saying that he only wanted Mithanraj to do well in the upcoming UPSR examination.

Taufek has also appealed to the public to help Kalaiselvi, who is struggling to make ends meet with her low salary. She can be contacted at 016-6745644.

MIC blasts Utusan's preoccupation with Samy

By B Nantha Kumar - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC today slammed Utusan Malaysia for its incessant obsession with party president S Samy Vellu. In its latest report yesterday, the Malay daily, which has not let up on MIC since the controversial Hulu Selangor by-election, claimed that 95% of Indians wanted a change and blamed Samy Vellu for Indians leaving BN in favour of the opposition.

The report demanded Samy Vellu to step down and make room for others.

Commenting on the report, Selangor MIC information chief SS Sivasubramaniam said: “It’s ridiculous the way Utusan Malaysia is slamming Samy Vellu.

“The article is a veiled threat... I am very upset with it. The paper has no business meddling in our (MIC) matters.

“If it is so credible, it should be calling for Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud to resign. But it won’t dare. It is picking on Samy Vellu because he is a non-Muslim.”

Both MIC and Taib’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera are Barisan Nasional component members.

Taib faces several Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) reports over his alleged billions in assets abroad.

Countering GAS

Meanwhile, Sivasubramaniam also said that the move to establish MIC Supporters Club (MSC) was aimed at voter registration and countering attacks by Gerakan Anti-SamyVellu (GAS).

“It’s time we dealt with these (MIC) traitors. We will be making our rounds nationwide to undo the damage GAS has done.

“We will explain to our members. People must know that the GAS leaders are unreliable and dangerous. They twist words to their convenience,” he said.

Citing the recent GAS gathering, Sivasubramaniam said the group had deceived its members and the police about the intention of the gathering.

“They (GAS leaders) applied for a police permit on the pretext of holding a prayer gathering. They told the people that it was a gathering for Indian unity, but on the day of the event, they made scathing anti-Samy Vellu remarks.”

More deaths in Kashmir protests

Farooq called for an end to "killing of innocent
people" in Kashmir [AFP]
(Al Jazeera) Three more people have been killed in continuing unrest in  Indian-administered Kashmir after police opened fire on demonstrators venting their anger over a recent spate of killings in police firing.
The three, including a 16-year-old-boy, were shot dead on Tuesday after a large crowd took to the streets shouting "We want freedom" and hurled stones at the security forces in the city of Srinagar.
Mohammad Afzal, a police official, said, the fresh protests broke out after a body of a Kashmiri teenager was fished out from a rivulet.
Locals said the boy had jumped into the water in Srinagar and drowned while being chased by security forces during a demonstration on Monday evening.
Police said the teenager had pelted stones at security forces and and set fire to a police building.
Indian security forces have been accused of killing 15 people, mostly protesters, in less than a month in Kashmir, triggering the biggest anti-India demonstrations in the last two years.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a prominent separatist leader who led rallies on Tuesday, called for an end to the "killing of innocent people".
"Protests and civil disobedience will continue until India withdraws its security forces from all populated areas, and punish those found guilty," Farooq said.
"These killings will not deter us from pursuing our goal of independence."
Separatists in Kashmir have fought against Indian rule for 20 years, campaigning for independence or for the region to join neighbouring Pakistan.

Don’t appeal RM1.4 million award, gov’t urged

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The government has been urged not to file an appeal against the order by Kuala Lumpur High Court to grant RM1.4 million to a housewife, whose husband died in the police lock-up 11 years ago.
hindraf btn 151209 uthayakumarHuman Rights Party secretary-general P Uthayakumar (right), who has been representing Suzana Md Aris, the housewife, said she had been suffering for the past 11 years and a full stop is needed to this.
"I received a call from the Attorney-General’s Chambers yesterday, stating that the government will file for an appeal in one or two days," he said.
"Justice delayed is justice denied. On that principle, I believe the Attorney-General’s Chambers should drop the plan to file an appeal," added Uthayakumar.
He lamented that it will take another year or two for the appeal to come to court and prolong the suffering of Suzana.
Uthayakumar also said he would demand a bigger amount than the RM1.4 million, if the case goes to the Court of Appeal.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court, on June 30, ordered the government and police to pay RM1.4 million as negligence compensation to Suzana.
Lee Swee SengJudicial commissioner Lee Swee Seng (left) ordered former IGP Norian Mai, in his personal capacity, and the Malaysian government to pay RM200,000 each for Mohd Anuar Sharip’s two children, RM500,000 in aggravated damages and RM500,000 in exemplary damages.
Her husband Mohd Anuar, 31, was allegedly beaten to death while in detention at the Selayang police lock-up on Aug 18, 1999, after spending 10 days in remand.
According to the post-mortem report, the cause of death was due to inflammation of his lungs.

Suzana: Enough is enough

The 43-year-old, who was previously happy with the court order, pleaded for the Attorney-General’s Chambers not to file an appeal against the June 30 order.
"I have been suffering for the past 11 years. At least with the money, I could buy a comfortable house for my children," she added.
Suzana also lamented that her 17-year-old son, Mohd Shaifullah Anuar, could not further his studies after finishing his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).
"With the money, I would provide him with an opportunity to further his studies," she added.
The mother of two is also supporting 13-year-old Azrullah Anuar, who is still schooling.
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New party set to join fray against Taib Mahmud

KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 — A new political party is set to join a crowded field lining up against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in Sarawak amid a growing perception that voters have become weary of 29 years of rule under Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud.

The fledgling Parti Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Bersatu (PERS), which is yet to be registered, comprises former members of Taib's ruling Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB).

It says it is prepared to field candidates in all constituencies in state polls which are expected to be called soon in the state long considered BN's vote bank and a "safe deposit."

But a resurgent opposition under Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties DAP, PKR and PAS is expected to provide a stiff challenge to the state BN dominated by PBB.

PERS says it is willing to talk to PR parties to forge an alliance.

The leaders of PERS say they are currently conducting their activities through a business entity, Projek Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak Sdn Bhd.

PERS pro-tem secretary Mohammad Nor Bakri told The Malaysian Insider the party has identified candidates to contest in all 71 constituencies in the state.

“We formed this party to fight for the economic rights of the Sarawakians and also to fight for those who have had their land taken,” said Mohammad Nor.

“Some of our potential candidates were detained under the ISA before and one of them lost 99 acres of his land to an oil palm plantation,” he added.

The party will officially announce its list of candidates this Saturday in Kuching.

Mohammad Nor said most of the party’s potential candidates were formerly from PBB.

“Our strength is in the rural areas, in long houses. If you look at the chief minister’s campaign in those areas he only uses money so the poor villagers get excited with RM30,” he said.

“We are not going to do that because we believe in uplifting their economic status,” added Mohammad Nor who is also a former PBB member.

He said that all the 71 candidates would contest as independents if the party fails to be registered in time for the election.

The mandate for the current Sarawak state assembly expires in July next year.

In state elections in 2006, DAP fielded 12 candidates, PKR, 25, SNAP, 29 and PAS 1. Twenty independents also tried their luck.

The opposition collectively won nine seats, its best performance ever due to controversies over the increase in land premiums and the oil price hike, which took place just two months before the state assembly was dissolved.

On whether PERS will work with Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties, Mohammad Nor said the party is open to discussion with the coalition.

“We are open, but PR has not been able to penetrate the rural areas, they will have to follow our agenda,” he said.

On why the party is using a private company to conduct its activities, Mohammad Nor said Projek Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak helps the party in achieving its objectives.

“Our aim is to eradicate poverty in the rural areas. Once we have addressed this problem, they cannot be bribed anymore,” he said.

“Projek Ekonomi Rakyat Sarawak has been assisting the rural villagers to plant jatropha and we buy back the produce,” said Mohammad Nor.

Jatropha plant produces edible oil, which can be processed to produce high quality biodiesel.

Mohammad Nor claimed that they have helped villagers in several long houses to plant some 500,000 acres of jatropha for the last two years.

He added that just last month the company opened its first jatropha processing plant in Sri Aman, which can produce up to three tonnes of jatropha oil per day.

Pulau Batu Puteh - a tale of miscalculated strategy

In the first of a two-part exclusive report, FMT looks at the history of the Pulau Batu Puteh dispute which Malaysia lost to Singapore. The two Singapore lawyers who were involved in the case give their views in a book they wrote.
By Stephanie Sta Maria
KUALA LUMPUR: Before Limbang and Tanjung Pagar, there was Pulau Batu Puteh (PBP).
The once innocuous island became a blemish on Malaysia's history in 2008 when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) awarded its sovereignty to Singapore and granted Malaysia sovereign right over another maritime feature, known as Middle Rocks.
The then Foreign Minister Rais Yatim called the verdict a “win-win” decision, which was hotly contested by many Malaysians who felt that they had received the shorter end of the stick.
Malaysia, nevertheless, swallowed the bitter loss and would have successfully banished it to the back of its mind if not for S Jayakumar and Tommy Koh.
Jayakumar is currently Singapore's Senior Minister in the Cabinet, while Koh is an international lawyer and Ambassador-at-Large for the Government of Singapore. Both were personally involved in the PBP case. And both collaborated on a book on the case.
'Pedra Branca: The Road to the World Court' (henceforth referred to as Pedra Branca) provides a compelling narrative of Singapore's preparations and presentation of its case before the ICJ. But it also provides a startling account of Malaysia's conduct during the court proceedings.
According to the authors, Malaysia displayed a “certain sense of desperation” that saw it resorting to questionable tactics.
These tactics involved deliberately mis-translating a text, suppressing parts of quotations used to support its arguments, as well as producing a distorted photograph of PBP that showed it nearer than it actually is to the coast of Johor.
It was precisely these stratagems that confirmed prominent lawyer Karpal Singh's suspicion that Malaysia only had itself to blame for losing the coveted island.
Back when the verdict was announced, Karpal had wondered whether the Malaysian government had received misguided legal advice. After reading Pedra Branca, he concluded that Malaysia's loss rested on two elements: a superior opponent and a badly miscalculated strategy.
A cut above
“Singapore had a clear edge over us in terms of both team and case,” Karpal said. “Its team comprised Singapore's Chief Justice, an outstanding Law of the Sea expert (Koh) and a former law minister (Jayakumar). It was a very impressive line-up!”
The Malaysian delegation included Malaysian agent Abdul Kadir Mohamad, Malaysia's Ambassador to the Netherlands Noor Farida Ariffin, Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar and Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail. The entire Malaysian team totalled 60 members, almost double the size of Singapore's team.
Karpal acknowledged Syed Hamid's presence but in the same breath added, “Not that he made much of a difference because I don't think he is renowned for anything. He was just there.”
“Singapore's preparations were also staggeringly extensive,” he said, referring to the book's report card of the team's groundwork. “Their meticulousness enabled them to craft arguments that were extremely attractive and which prevailed upon the ICJ. Malaysia, on the other hand, seemed to not have enough evidence to support its arguments. In fact, we're lucky that we even won Middle Rocks!”
Karpal also drew attention to the negotiations of the terms of a Special Agreement between both sides in order to refer the case to the ICJ. One of the terms that Malaysia proposed was that the ICJ also grant the “losing party” rights or interests.
Although the Singapore team interpreted this as Malaysia wanting a face-saving way for both sides, Karpal regarded it as a safety net.
“That particular term was a clear implication that we knew that we had a weak case,” he pointed out. “If we were confident that we had a strong one, then we wouldn't have tried to get a bargain out of the verdict.”
“From the little that I knew while following the case in the media, I could already see that we were sinking badly. The verdict just confirmed it.”
A terrible embarrassment
Karpal reserved his most scathing remarks, however, for Malaysia's dirty laundry which Pedra Branca explicitly washed in public.
The authors had described the tactics as that which “would not be tolerated in any domestic court of law” and expressed puzzlement and disappointment that Malaysia “resorted to such tactics before the highest court in the world'. Karpal fully acquiesced.
“The biggest insult to any professional is to be accused of misleading another party,” he asserted. “The authors used very strong words and this is terrible for us because whoever reads this book will have a very bad impression of Malaysia. I, myself, was shocked.”
Karpal slammed in particular the now infamous photograph and voiced his incredulity at the Malaysian team even attempting such a tactic.
The photograph showed the Johor mainland in the background of PBP and was claimed to be downloaded from a blog that was found to have only been created a month before the hearing. The photograph itself was only posted four days before the hearing. [see photo]
The Singapore delegation instructed its colleagues back home to snap photographs of the island at the same geographical coordinates. With these photographs, Singapore effectively proved that Malaysia's photograph was taken with a telephoto lens which drastically increased the height of the hill in the background to create the image distortion.
“How could they even think of pulling such a blatantly obvious stunt?” Karpal demanded. “And at the ICJ no less. It is deeply shameful. What is worse is that it appears that our team went out of its way to turn the ICJ judges against them.”
“Even in the domestic court, such tactics will have the judge prejudiced against you. Once judges discover that you have been misleading them, you are marked and the verdict will almost always not be in your favour.”
He also mused on the role of the five international members of Malaysia's delegation and the extent of their dependence on the local team supplying the case material.
“As foreigners they would no doubt rely on their Malaysian counterparts to conduct most of the research,” he said. “But surely they would have recognised the tactics for what they really were. How did they just play along and risk their own reputation?”
A sliver of hope
But all is not completely lost, according to Karpal, if only Malaysia can locate the missing 1844 letter written by the governor of the Straits Settlements requesting permission from the Sultan and the Temenggong of Johor to build the Horsburgh lighthouse on PBP.
During the hearing, Malaysia insinuated that Singapore had the letter in its possession and was concealing from Malaysia. Singapore denied the allegation.
“That letter must surely be somewhere,” Karpal said. “If Singapore really concealed it, then it would have probably destroyed it by now. But to accuse Singapore of that without solid evidence is plain wrong.”
Karpal added that if the letter was found, then Malaysia had a slim chance of requesting a review of the case by the ICJ. But he heavily emphasised that this possibility hinged on two factors.
“First, the fresh evidence must be fundamental to the case. Then Malaysia must prove that this evidence was not available at the time of the hearing and that every reasonable effort was made to obtain it. If Malaysia can fulfil these requirements, then it may have a chance of a case review.”
For now, Karpal's only counsel is for a member of the Malaysian delegation to write a book that would counter the “allegations” against it in Pedra Branca. Even so, he had misgivings whether that could be accomplished given the stellar reputation of both authors.
“Koh was my lecturer at the National University of Singapore while Jayakumar was my senior,” he said. “Both are known academicians of very high standing and credibility.”
“There is no doubt that whatever they have written in Pedra Branca is accurate. Embellishments are highly unlikely. The onus is now on the Malaysian team to present an equally objective and acceptable version of their account, which will hopefully explain the reasons behind their conduct.”

'Umno sets sand trap for three more PKR reps'

By FMT Staff

SHAH ALAM: Sri Muda state assemblyman Suhaimi Shafiei alleged that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe on him was linked to certain senior Umno-Barisan Nasional politicians.

He claimed that these politicians were part of a conspiracy to trap “at least three PKR assemblymen”.

Suhaimi said BN was increasingly rattled by the Pakatan Rakyat state government's determination to eradicate illegal sand-mining activities and related abuses which have persisted for over 20 years under former menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

“I was shocked to hear from MACC so quickly. They summoned me for questioning less than 48 hours after I had disclosed the (alleged) abuse of power and mismanagement by several key individuals in the former Umno-BN Selangor administration with regard to land applications around Shah Alam.

“This latest attempt to shake me comes after they had earlier speculated that I was one of the PKR assemblymen who would quit,” he said.

“What is happening now is proof that MACC is receiving orders from someone to pressure me into falling into their political trap. They have been tasked with buying over three more PKR reps by the end of this year and are beginning to panic,” he added.

'We are against corruption'

Suhaimi said he was summoned by MACC to record his statement over an allegation by an individual linking him to illegal sand-mining activities, which were carried out by a company called MNT Construction Enterprise.

“I have no idea what MNT Construction Enterprise is or who is behind this company. But I am aware that they (Umno-BN) are trying to trap me,” he said.

Suhaimi said he and other Pakatan assemblymen are against corrupt practices such as illegal sand- mining activities.

He said such activities were slowly being controlled and contained in Selangor under the Pakatan administration, but there was still room for improvement in terms of enforcement.

“They are beginning to feel the pressure of PKR's clampdown on such activities and are forced to look for alternative avenues. Setting up Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd is testimony to their greed.

“Illegal sand mining is not just limited to Selangor. It is extensively done in Negri Sembilan and Johor but unfortunately these states are under Umno-BN and cannot be investigated,” he said.

Citing an example in Shah Alam, Suhaimi claimed that an Umno-BN politician abused his power in the Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) by allowing lorries carrying illegal sand to pass through the village.

The transport company made a RM40,00 monthly contribution to the village, he alleged.

PKR's Tan reveals yet another BN 'fiasco'

By Patrick Lee - Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Even before diving with its Scorpenes, the federal government was already under fire for its questionable naval investments more than 10 years ago.

In yet another open letter to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, PKR leader Tan Kee Kwong accused the government of misusing several billion ringgit of public funds for the navy.

Tan said that former politician Daim Zainuddin took over as finance minister after Anwar Ibrahim was removed from public office in 1998.

He then revealed that after just one week, Daim awarded a RM5.2 billion contract to PSC Shipyards to build six offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the navy.

“I was only an ordinary MP at the time,” said Tan, a former Gerakan leader and ex-deputy minister of land and cooperatives. “But I still questioned the action to build these ships.

“It was during the 1998 financial crisis and surely many countries during that period were on their knees as a result of the meltdown,” Tan told FMT yesterday.

"No reasonable answers were forthcoming. It was all just shoved down our throats,” he added.

To this day, Tan said he isn't certain if the navy had taken delivery of all the six OPVs.

RM600 million was unaccounted

Tan said he was part of the the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that brought the issue to light in 2005.

According to him, PAC learnt that RM1 billion had been awarded by the finance ministry to PSC Shipyards before any work commenced in 1998.

The PAC then found out that another RM2.8 billion was paid by the ministry even though no OPV was delivered to the navy. Of that sum, RM600 million was unaccounted for.

Tan then said the secretary-geneal of the defence ministry told him that the RM600 million had been used to clear a series of debts unassociated with the construction of the OPVs.

“Even Umno members in the PAC were aghast,” Tan said. He also revealed that another RM2.3 billion was given to a “new company” to complete the OPVs.

“As far as I know, no one has been charged, fined or jailed (for the misuse of funds),” said Tan. “There seemed to be no questions asked when you're on the same side.”

Abandoned by BN, Pakatan and plantation owner

By G Vinod and B Nantha Kumar - Free Malaysia Today,

FMT FEATURE SUNGAI BULOH: Life is sheer “torture” for some 24 families staying in the Coalfield oil palm estate near here.
Comprising about 70 people, they are struggling without jobs, water and with only conditional access to the outside world.

They say they are being “tortured” because they cannot afford to buy into a housing scheme developed by the estate owners. And they refused to move out.

“We have lived and worked here for four generations and this is how we are being treated for our blood, sweat and tears...” said a tearful 42-year-old harvester Lobat Raju.

Lobat and the others are jobless after their services were terminated six months ago when they defied orders to immediately vacate their homes.

They were asked to leave because the management, Kuala Lumpur-Kepong Bhd, wanted to continue with its property development plans.

Lobat said the trouble started way back in 1991 when the company served the workers termination notices, saying that it had sold and transferred its ownership to KL-Kepong Country Homes Sdn Bhd.

“At the time, both parties agreed to continue to employ us in the estate without break in service.

“We consulted the National Union of Plantation Workers (NUPW) and it assured us that we can continue to work and live there. So we agreed to the deal,” said Lobat.

Then suddenly the equation changed in May 2009 and once again KL-Kepong Bhd became their employer and this time, they issued to the workers a notice of transfer.

“We were told to vacate our quarters by June 30, 2009.

“The developer then told us to buy townhouses which they had built in a nearby residential area for RM42,000 each. After much pleading, they offered the houses to us at RM35,000.

“I am earning RM20 a day in the estate as a palm oil harvester. How am I going to get a housing loan for a RM35,000 house? Some of the other workers also shared my concern.

“They (the developer) told us if we disagreed, we would be moved to work in another one of their estates, Tuan Mee, located five kilometres away. There was no indication of housing for us.

“We did not agree to the deal… but went to Tuan Mee as directed by the management. The Tuan Mee management did not provide us transport; we went on our own.

“But when we got there, Tuan Mee management told us there was no work. It also meant that we had no housing,” said Lobat. They continued to live in misery in Coalfield but they are determined not to quit.

No drinking water

Since December 2009, the families have been seemingly penalised. Their employment has been terminated without compensation, and they have no basic amenities like clean water.

“Two months ago, we dug a well and now use the water from here. It’s dirty and many of us fall sick often... before, we used to channel drinking water from a neighbouring kampung.

“We use to pay them RM1,000 to RM2,000 a month but we cannot afford it now,” said Lobat, adding that the developer had cut their water supply in the hope that they will vacate.

“When the developer found out that Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) had been supplying us with clean water via its mobile service, the management told them (Syabas) off and barred them from entering,” he said.

To make matters worse, the developer discovered that some of them were doing odd jobs outside the estate, like selling flowers, and earning some meagre income for their daily survival.

“They found out that we were working outside and closed off the only road in the estate linking us to the outside world. After 7pm we had no access into the estate and our homes.

“The estate has no hospital and if there is an emergency, we cannot get out and if we do manage to run out, we have to wait for public transport to go to hospital.

“They are torturing us…," said Lobat, who is also the chairman of the estate action committee.

Lies and more lies

Asked if they had sought help from the government, Lobat retorted bitterly: “Yes... and they are all the same.

“Twenty years ago, the Barisan Nasional government lied to us... now Pakatan Rakyat is cheating us…”

He said the estate workers had sought the help of Selangor state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

“In June 2008, we approached Xavier and explained our situation.

“He spoke to KL-Kepong Bhd and later told us that the developer had agreed to set aside 10 acres of land for us to build our own homes.

“The Tamil paper Nanban carried the story quoting him. I still have the report. We believed him and were very happy.

“Then in May 2009, the estate management told us to get out… we went back to Xavier. He arranged for us to meet with the developer at a nearby hall in December 2009.

“While we were waiting for the meeting, Xavier came out of another meeting with the NUPW and told us he had already met the developer.

“He scolded us and said he had never promised us any land.

“He told us to buy the houses proposed by the developer,” said Lobat, daring Xavier to deny his words and reminding him that the “next general election is very soon”.

Utusan dah start dah….

By Zaid Ibrahim,

UMNO telah mula siar gambar saya. Lazimnya mereka takkan memberi apa-apa laporan tentang diri saya, apatah lagi nak masuk gambar. Bila mereka berbuat demikian ertinya; sudah sampai masa saya akan di pukul dan dibelasah. Kerja akhbar Gestapo. Lagi besar gambar itu maknanya lagi teruk mereka akan belasah saya, secara besar-besaran. Hari ini ada gambar saya dengan Raja Petra dan mereka membuat kesimpulan bahawa kerana hubungan ini maka PKR-lah atau parti Keadilanlah yang sponsor atau bantu Raja Petra dari segi Kewangan. Menteri Nazri kata dia ada bukti PKR beri wang kepada Raja Petra. Mengapa Utusan tak tunjuk bukti itu? Kita pun nak tahu kerana setahu saya parti saya ini tak ada duit, kais pagi makan pagi. Tak usah nak guna andaian untuk membuktikan sesuatu yang memang sudah ada bukti jelas dan kukuh. Lainlah kalau mereka tak ada bukti, lalu perlulah mereka membuat tohmahan dan dakwaan palsu.

Saya baru bertemu dan makan ais kacang dengan Petra dan Bala. Saya tanya mereka mengapa tidak mahu balik ke Malaysia. Mengapa mereka berada di luar negara. UMNO telah menuduh mereka buat kesalahan dan lari kerana takut kepada tindakan Mahkamah. Mereka menjawab serentak. Mereka akan balik ka Malaysia kalau mereka tidak akan kena ISA. Siapa boleh beri jaminan? Mereka takut mereka kena tahan dan diseksa sampai mati. Mereka takut kena bom C4. Mereka adalah dua insan kerdil yang takut kepada kerajaan yang ada sekarang. Saya amat faham ketakutan mereka. Saya sendiri berasa takut, entah apa pula yang boleh dilakukan oleh pihak berkuasa. Tetapi apa yang rakyat mesti ingat ialah: kedua-duanya, Petra dan Bala, tidak disabitkan dengan apa-apa kesalahan. Polis tidak pernah mengambil apa-apa tindakan untuk membawa mereka pulang. Jadi, jelas bagi saya mereka tidak bersalah. Jadi mengapa Utusan cuba mengelirukan Rakyat dan menimbulkan persoalan yang tidak relevan, mengenai hubungan saya dan mereka. Yang relevan dan perlu dipersoalkan ialah kenyataan mereka bahawa kes Altantuya itu ada kaitan dengan orang lain yang Maha Berkuasa dan perlu disiasat. Jadi usahlah kita kata Petra itu tidak boleh dipercayai, atau boleh percaya tetapi 40% sahaja. Sanggupkah Kerajaan mengadakan Siasatan Terbuka untuk menentukan betul atau salah Petra dan Bala ini? Dan sanggupkah Kerajaan memberi jaminan keselamatan ke atas mereka supaya mereka dapat pulang? Inilah yang sepatutnya menjadi persoalan dan perbincangan. Bukan mengapa saya jumpa Petra dan mengapa saya makan ais kacang dengan beliau.

Lagipun PM Najib kena ingat, pilihan raya akan datang akan berkisar kepada soalan mengenai watak dan sifat pemimpin yang macam mana yang rakyat perlukan. Cara PM Najib cuba menutup Bala dan Petra tidak akan menguntungkan dia. Rakyat mahu pembangunan, itu betul. Rakyat mahu kemudahan asas, betul. Tetapi Rakyat juga mahu pemimpin yang tidak terlibat dengan kekejaman, yang tidak memperlihatkan ciri menyalahgunakan kuasa, dan yang tidak mentadbir negara ala gestapo. Rakyat mahu Kerajaan dan pemimpin yang telus dan sederhana, dan yang tidak menakutkan mereka. Menteri Hishamuddin, cukuplah bermain wayang. Janganlah pula hendak menyalahkan Kerajaan Britain mengatakan ia tidak mahu bekerjasama. Di England ni, tangkapan hanya boleh dibuat kalau orang itu buat salah, bukan macam Malaysia. Kalau Britain tidak mahu extradite seperti yang Menteri kata, itu ertinya Raja Petra tidak melakukan apa-apa kesalahan. Janganlah pula kata Britain tidak memberi kerjasama.

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The Agony of Pakistan's Ahmadiyya

Image(Asia Sentinel) Fundamentalist terrorism shows its ugly face at a pacifist sect

Just a month ago, at least 95 members of the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect were killed and nearly 100 injured in attacks on their places of worship in Lahore, Pakistan’s Punjab province. The attack was part of a campaign against Ahmadis by Islamist groups openly sympathetic to terrorist groups including the Taliban.

Ironically, most of the politicians were very careful to condemn the attacks on Ahmadis. Punjab’s chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League, has not shown his face at either Ahmadi mosque despite living down the road from them. Mohammed Hanif, a journalist, wrote: “When the funerals of the massacred Ahmadis took place there were no officials, no politicians present.” This is a common practice otherwise.

Several days after the attack, former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League leader Nawaz Sharif said the members of the Ahmadi sect are his brothers and sisters and that militants should be flushed out wherever they are active. His comments drew sharp criticism from religious parties like the Khatm-e-Nabuwat Movement, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and Jamaat-e-Islami. Maulana Ilyas Chinioti, the head of KNM, a member of the PML-N and the Punjab provincial assembly, also condemned Sharif’s statement.  Maulana seems to be openly preaching that non-Muslims are lesser humans despite the fact that Ahmadis profess that they are Muslims. Those who dare to defend the rights of religious minorities are usually labeled as being ‘anti-Islam’.

Ahmadis have been under widespread attack by increasingly violent Islamic fundamentalists across the planet.  The movement was founded in India by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who died in 1908 and who claimed to have succeeded the prophet Mohammed as leader of the religion and who would bring about the final triumph of Islam as per Islamic prophecy. They are a relatively small minority in Pakistan, making up somewhere between 0.25 percent and 2.5 percent of the population. A year ago 90 Ahmadis at a rally were injured in an attack by Islamic fundamentalists in Indonesia.

According to a June 4 story in The News a surviving attacker of the Lahore carnage, Abdullah alias Muhammad, said he was misled into believing that Ahmadis were involved in drawing blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet, so their bloodshed was a great service to Islam. The attacker belongs to a militant group affiliated with al-Qaeda. He was trained in Miramshah in North Waziristan, a lawless tribal area.

Right after the Lahore carnage, a mysterious SMS campaign was launched against the Ahmadiyya community, making them even more fearful, Minorities Concern of Pakistan has learned. Moreover, the Islamists issued statements in which they asked Ahmadis to cease from hurting the feelings of the majority population.

Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawwar Hasan on June 18 warned of fresh Khatm-i-Nubuwwat action if the “Ahmadis did not accept their minority status” in Pakistan. At the same time, many blame "foreign hands." Some openly say the Indian intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was involved in the Lahore attacks. However, Interior Minister Rehman Malik declared on June 18 that the RAW was not involved in the killings.

The campaign against the sect began a decade ago in Pakistan. Before the partition of Pakistan and India, anti-Ahmadiyya agitation was instigated by the Majlis-i-Ahrar, a lower-middle-class party. In 1934, Ahrar arranged an anti-Ahmadi movement called the Tahafuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat Conference, held at Qadian. Ahrar was angry with the Ahmadia community’s support of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for the demand of Pakistan. In 1953, six Ahmadis lost their lives when an anti-Ahmadiyya wave swept the newly-founded country.

The state constituted an inquiry commission over the incident. The commission’s report, also called the Munir Report, carried an analysis of the Ulema's concept of the Islamic State and of a Muslim. The report concluded that the concept of a Muslim differed for different sects and if the fatwas of the Ulema were relied upon to determine whether an individual is Muslim or kafir, no sect could be called Muslim because of the lack of a single, coherent and unanimous definition of a Muslim and an Islamic state.

According to Waqar Gilani, in 1973 the then president of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Abdul Qayyum, declared Ahmadis to be non-Muslims. In the same year, a Saudi Arabian conference also agreed to oust Ahmadis from the circle of Islam. The unfortunate beating of students of Nishtar Medical College, Multan in 1974 infuriated the anti-Ahmadi movement. The students, on a train, started shouting against Ahmadis in Rabwah, the headquarters city of the sect, resulting in a strong reaction from the Ahmadis. That geared up the violent Khatm-e-Nabuwat protest.

Later in 1974, a minor incident sparked other anti-Ahmadiyya riots, 24 members the community dead. In the same year, they were declared non-Muslims by the Pakistani parliament.  In 1984, General Zia-ul-Haq promulgated a martial law ordinance containing blasphemy laws which undercut the activities of religious minorities generally, but struck at Ahmadis in particular. Since then, they have been arrested frequently for greeting someone with the traditional Assalam-o-Alaikum, reciting Muslim prayers or reading the Holy Quran.

In the period 1984-2009, 105 Ahmadis were killed, according to two authors writing in Viewpoint, a Pakistani online magazine. “During the same period, 22 Ahmadiyya mosques were demolished, 28 were sealed by authorities, 11 were set on fire, and 14 were occupied while construction of 41 was banned. In at least 47 cases, burials were denied in common grave yards while 28 bodies were exhumed,” the two wrote.

Since 2000, an estimated 400 Ahmadis have been formally charged in criminal cases, including blasphemy. According to one report, in 2009 at least 37 Ahmadis were charged under the general provisions of the blasphemy laws and more than 50 were charged under specific provisions of the law applying to Ahmadis.  Many remain imprisoned.

Both printed and electronic Pakistani media have played a scandalous role in spreading hatred against the community. Recently, the Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) blamed major media outlets in Pakistan for inflaming rhetoric against Ahmadiyya, Ismaili and Shia Muslims. In particular, the MCC pointed out that GEO Television has become the voice of al-Qaeda and the Taliban and spreads hate against these communities as well as against non-Muslims.

According to one report, “After the attacks some newspapers ran op-ed articles creating an impression as if these attacks were a violent consequence of the ongoing polemic between certain Muslim sects and the Ahmadiyyas.”    

The religious minorities in general and Ahmadis in particular are not treated by the state as equal citizens. They are routinely intimidated and persecuted because of their faith. Unless the state changes its mindset about minorities, they will live under constant threat, which is against international human rights laws and the constitution of Pakistan.

Aftab Alexander Mughal is editor for a Pakistan-based non-governmental organization, Minorities Concern of Pakistan

More Penans claim rape

The Star 


KUALA LUMPUR: More Penan women have come forward with claims of being sexually abused and the police have promised to investigate the latest allegations.

The Penan Support Group, made up of 36 non-governmental organisations, has released its latest report that reveals the testimony of seven more Penan females who have claimed they were raped or sexually abused.

“We were motivated to document new evidence in the light of repeated refusals by Sarawak government leaders to acknowledge that Penan girls were sexually abused by timber workers,” Suara Rakyat Malaysia documentation and monitoring coordinator John Liu said.

He said the report titled “A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram, Sarawak” was the outcome of a fact-finding mission by the NGOs in November last year.

CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said they would investigate the latest allegation.

“Up to now, Sarawak police have not received any official police report. We call on all those in the know to assist the investigations,” he said.

Comm Mohd Bakri added that previous rape allegations were also investigated, with two out of three investigation papers returned by the Attorney-General’s Chambers with a directive for no further action to be taken.

He also said one more investigation paper was still with the A-G’s Chambers pending further instructions.

In KUCHING, Baram MP Datuk Jacob Sagan said authorities must ensure that no further Penan teenagers and women were raped.

He said the Penans, who live in the interior areas, sometimes had to rely for a lift from others.

“We do not know what may go on during these journeys. We’re not accusing anyone in particular but this matter must be fully investigated,” he said.

Earlier, speaking at the launch of the report attended by some 50 Opposition MPs, NGO representatives, the Malaysian Bar and embassies in Parliament House yesterday, Liu said the fact-finding mission visited one Kenyah and three Penan communities.

“Their cases revealed patterns of violence and harassment, abduction, rape, physical assault, emotional abuse, coercion into marriage and desertion upon pregnancy,” Liu said.

PKR MP Zuraida Kamaruddin said she would raise an emergency motion on Monday, seeking for a Royal Commission to be set up to look into the cases and other issues related to sexual exploitation.

Women, Family and Community Develop­ment Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil told Parliament in October last year that a committee set up by the ministry to investigate the claims had concluded that abuses did take place, although the number of victims was not known.

Victims of severe abuse: children, Penans, migrants

I think both the Sun and the Star headlined today with an article on concerning migrants.
I am rather suspicious of the lip service the government often pays to this issue, which might explain why after years of abuse, these things still go on.
Well done to YB Gobind Singh and colleagues who have been consistently calling attention to these issues. Some highlights:
The report, compiled during a two-week visit by the UN working group, also covered the situation of undocumented migrants.
The working group said it recorded complaints that some detainees had been beaten up with weapons or tools or were punched, kicked or had dirty water thrown on them.
Some were held in small rooms without access to food, and were not informed of their right to consult a lawyer or to contact their family, it said.
As Malaysia has yet to ratify the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention, refugees and asylum-seekers are also among those detained, convicted and jailed.
Amnesty International (AI) had, on June 17, said that Malaysia is a “dangerous” place for refugees who are often abused, arrested and “treated like criminals”.
There are nearly 90,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in the country, but AI estimates that the number of unregistered refugees lies at more than twice the official figure.
Gobind also leapt to the defense of young Danial, who was allegedly hit by a van driven by an auxilliary policeman who fled the scene. The policeman has not been arrested.
In other news of abuse, seven more Penan rape survivors come forward.
I doubt there’s anything I could write to lend any more weight to their stories :( -
J’s story
According to the PSG report, J is a 23-year-old Penan. As the only daughter in her family, sometimes she would be left alone at home while other family members went out hunting. According to J, many loggers would often visit her village, and sometimes they would be drunk and “create chaos”.
J was raped when she was 14 by a logger. The logger, in his 30s, had proposed marriage but she had refused him. One night he returned to J’s house and raped her. J did not tell her family about the rape because she was afraid the logger might kill her family.
He persisted in his proposals even after the alleged rape, telling her that “you have already slept with me, it’s better for you if you marry me.” Eventually she gave in to his demands for her to marry him, as she was worried for her family’s safety.
J says the logger abused her physically and psychologically. If she refused him sex, he would beat her, sometimes with a stick. When she fell pregnant in 2003, he sent her back to her village and then he disappeared.
J did not want to return to the camp to look for him because, she said, “I don’t know how to get there and I don’t want to see him again.” She is looking after her child, now seven. She feels the logger has ruined her life and does not want to re-marry, because she does not trust men.
She wants to focus her energy on her child. She hopes the child will go to school and then help protect the Penan community from exploitation by outsiders.
C’s story
C, now 24, was tricked into marrying a logger when she was 17. The logger told her he was single, and persuaded her to allow her village headman to conduct a ceremonial, unregistered, marriage.
The logger’s fellow workers later told C he was already married and had four children. He denied this, but disappeared later when C was three months pregnant.
C remains angry with the man because he cheated her. She married a Penan man in 2007, and has a two-year-old daughter with him. Her husband treats her well, though she remains worried about money to educate her children.
C says camp workers often come to her village in groups of three or four, looking to “main perempuan” (harass girls).
Under Section 375 (c) of the Criminal Procedure Code, procuring a sexual relationship under the pretense of promising to marry a person, when in fact the perpetrator is already married, falls under “misconception of fact” – a criminal offence of rape, even if consent is obtained.
A’s story
A was abducted, together with her sister, after two logging employees broke into their house in 2001. The sisters were forced into a vehicle and taken to a logging camp.
A was separated from her sister in the camp. She was beaten and raped almost daily for a week. Someone in authority at the camp discovered her plight and sent her back to her village. She was pregnant by then.
Currently, A’s elder sister has been caring for A’s child, since A gave birth. A is ill and cannot work. She has not seen the logger since escaping from the camp and has remained single. She considered making a police report but could not, because she simply did not know how, and did not have the money to travel to the police station.
The headman and villagers went to the camp following A’s escape home, but were unable to find A’s sister, or the loggers who had abducted them.
A’s sister, who had been taken to the logging camp together with her, is still missing. A is uncertain, but thinks her missing sister might still be in the camp.
E’s story
E was abducted on a motorcycle and raped by two men in a logging camp in 1996. Following her abduction and rape, her fellow villagers found her in the camp.
They took the two loggers to the village and locked them in a house there, but the foreman and a group of loggers came and broke the lock and freed the two captives.
Most of the villagers were angry, but they felt they could do nothing because the logging company was “too powerful” and the police would always take their side.
The other three cases all involved loggers – Iban, Chinese or Indonesian, from outside the survivors’ area.
The other survivors also recounted common features of violence, abduction, cheating, exploitation or abandonment once the Penan woman became pregnant.

French parliament debates burqa ban

The French bill could mean a possible prison sentence for people who force women to wear full face veils.
The French bill could mean a possible prison sentence for people who force women to wear full face veils
 
Paris, France (CNN) -- The French parliament begins debate Tuesday on a bill that would ban women from wearing Islamic veils, such as the burqa, that fully cover the face and body.

A vote is not expected until next week, after which the measure, if passed, will go to the French Senate for a vote likely in the fall.

The French Council of Ministers approved the measure in May, saying veils that cover the face "cannot be tolerated in any public place." Their approval sent the bill to parliament.

The parliamentary debate starting Tuesday is the latest step in France's efforts to ban the burqa, niqab and other Muslim garments that cover a woman's face.

A panel of French lawmakers recommended a ban last year, and lawmakers unanimously passed a non-binding resolution in May calling the full-face veil contrary to the laws of the nation.

"Given the damage it produces on those rules which allow the life in community, ensure the dignity of the person and equality between sexes, this practice, even if it is voluntary, cannot be tolerated in any public place," the French government said when it sent the measure to parliament in May.

The bill envisions a fine of 150 euros ($190) and/or a citizenship course as punishment for wearing a face-covering veil.

Forcing a woman to wear a niqab or a burqa would be punishable by a year in prison or a 15,000-euro ($19,000) fine, the government said, calling it "a new form of enslavement that the republic cannot accept on its soil."

The measure would take effect six months after passage, giving authorities time to try to persuade women who veil themselves voluntarily to stop.

The French Council of State has warned that the ban could be incompatible with international human rights law and the country's own constitution. The council advises on laws, but the government is not required to follow its recommendations.

Amnesty International urged French lawmakers in May not to approve the ban.

"A complete ban on the covering of the face would violate the rights to freedom of expression and religion of those women who wear the burqa or the niqab in public as an expression of their identity or beliefs," said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's expert on discrimination in Europe.

Belgium's lower house of parliament passed a similar ban in April.

If that bill is approved by the upper house and signed into law, it will be the first national ban in Europe on the burqa, a full-body cover that includes a mesh over the face, and the niqab, a full-face veil that leaves an opening only for the eyes.

The hijab, which tightly covers the hair and neck but not the face, and the chador, which covers the body but not the face, apparently would not be banned by either law.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life estimates that France has about 3.5 million Muslims, or about 6 percent of the population.

France does not keep its own statistics on religious affiliation of the population, in keeping with its laws requiring the state to be strictly secular.

Anwar: Umno threatened by Pakatan's popularity

The HINDRAF litigation in UK

By: Robert K Chelliah
6ee9297979cc0e8ede76146007cba1cc The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a Jewish Nazi-hunting organisation is an active organisation based in the USA that leaves no stone unturned to  identify the offenders of German atrocities against the Jews about 70 years ago. For this centre and many Governments lapse of time is no barrier to assist this organisation to seek redress for the atrocities committed Germans under Hitler. Some call it revenge of the Jews as the latest case involves a 80 year Australian citizen of Hungarian birth who was charged for an offence against one, yes one,  Jewish person during the in the 1940s. See http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/1080158/zentai-ruling-needs-scrutiny-says-smith. The Australian court granted the appeal against extradition and this Simon W Centre want the Australian government to appeal against the acquittal.
I cite this case as a comparison  to what HINDRAF, under the Chairmanship of Waythamoorthy  has initiated in 2007. Waytha has filed claim for multi trillion dollar damages against the British government for the discriminated and atrocities the British had exposed the ethnic Indians with the complicity of the Malay  UMNO dominated Malaysian government over the decades. The British failed to ensure that the Indians during the post independence period did not suffer social deprivation and  discrimination to the point of social entropy and placed in abject poverty, denied of life opportunities. The 610x Indians; inalienable human rights to equitable treatment and life chances under the universally endowed provisions under the various UN charter has been consistently and brutally denied to the Malaysia Indians by the Malay UMNO government over the decades with the compliance of co-opted MIC leaders .  I am not talking about the Ananda Krishnans or Nallakaruppans of this world.   They are the individual benefactors of the Malay patronage. I am talking about the rubber tappers, the PWD road workers, the orphans and widows of those Indian workers brought by the British to build Malaysia  to its present state. Some Indian children have no choice but to eat raw earth for want of what is their basic right and which has been denied to them by the discriminatory policies of the UMNO government. I hold the British and the Malaysian government of present day accountable to this state of entropy the working class Malaysian Indians find themselves in.   I too am a product of such historical process when my grandparents were shipped from Southern India to Andaman Island to de fleece them of body bugs and disease and fed to be distributed to various rubber estates to in the northern part of Malaya and  my late widowed mother was product of such process, having to work in Kammuning estate for a few cents a day to support three of her children at time when rubber was sold for  exorbitant price during the Korean war. 30621-waytha-fights-back-e1268911306947
Hence, the British and the present Malaysian government has lot to account for in the international arena when the claim comes up before the British courts in the very near future. Even if the litigation does  not win a single cent, HINDRAF would achieve  moral victory on behalf of the thousand of poverty ridden working class Malaysian Indians, when their plight would be exposed  to the attention of the International Court of Public Opinion  on the plight of the discriminated Malaysian Indians.
We wish  HINDRAF  all the best in their undertaking in London.

Samy Vellu sued: MIED member files RM100m suit against 9 trustees

NST
KUALA LUMPUR: The Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) has filed
a whopping RM100 million suit against its chairman Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu for misappropriation. The sum includes special and general damages.

A source told the New Straits Times that eight others have also been named as defendants in the suit, touted as unprecedented in the history of civil action in Malaysian courts.

It was filed at the High Court here after 3pm yesterday.

Seven of the nine defendants are Tan Sri M. Mahalingam, Datuk Dr T. Marimuthu, Tan Sri K.S. Nijhar, Tan Sri Dr K. Ampikaipakan, Tan Sri K. Kumaran, Datuk G. Palanivel and Tan Sri G. Vadiveloo. The source, however, refused to name the ninth defendant.

Apart from misappropriation, MIED is claiming damages for breach of fiduciary duties, breach of statutory duties, negligence and other damages deemed fit by the court.

MIED member S. Vigneswaran, represented by Vas and Co, filed the suit on behalf of MIED. He is the former MIC Youth chief and former Youth and Sports Ministry parliamentary secretary.

Last month, MIED got the green light from the High Court to initiate a suit against its trustees.

“MIED is worth RM1 billion and its beneficiary is the Indian community,” said the source.

It is learnt that the action taken by Vigneswaran is to prevent another Maika Holdings Berhad fiasco.

Maika, established in 1982 to enable Indians to participate in the country’s economic growth, is alleged to be plagued by problems including mismanagement, corruption and abuse of funds.

Karpal points out constitutional glitch by top judges

 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Veteran lawyer Karpal Singh said today three Federal Court judges had unwittingly acted unconstitutionally by “collectively” allowing two Muslims to challenge the laws of a state.

The DAP national chairman said the Federal Constitution states that the decision for leave should have been made by single judge.

“What is singular cannot be made plural,” Karpal (picture) said in a statement.

Yesterday, the panel of three judges granted leave for cleric Fathul Bari Mat Jahya, 30, and architect Nik Amirul Faiz Nik Md Yusof, 25, to challenge Negri Sembilan state laws requiring them to have tauliah or accreditation to teach Islam.

The duo are seeking a declaration that section 53 (1) of the Syariah Criminal Enactment (Negri Sembilan) 1992 as amended by section 3 of the same law is null and void because it contradicts the Federal Constitution.

But Karpal pointed out that Article 4(4) of the Federal Constitution states that proceedings for declaration that a law is invalid have to be granted by a judge of the Federal Court.

“Not a three-member panel of the Federal Court,” said Karpal.

It was reported that Court of Appeal president Alaudin Mohd Sherif, along with Federal Court judges Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and James Foong, had granted leave to the men.

Karpal said he was surprised by the oversight by lawyers representing the men and pointed out that the Attorney-General’s Chambers should have objected.

“But the judges themselves should have known,” he said.

However, he described the oversight as a “genuine mistake” because most applications for leave are decided by a panel of three judges.

Karpal cited a previous case, Ah Thian vs Government of Malaysia, to illustrate his point.

In the 1978 case, he had sought leave to declare section 5 of the Firearms (Increase Penalties) Act 1971 ultra vires of Article 8(1) of the Federal Constitution.

He said former Lord President Tun Mohamed Suffian Hashim heard the application alone as a judge of the Federal Court.

“In the public interest, the Federal Court should review its decision,” said Karpal.

He pointed out it would be a waste of public funds to have the matter proceed further in breach of Article 4(4) of the Federal Constitution.

Explain why govt extended Apco's contract, Najib told

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution today dared Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to reveal the details of the government's decision to extend, by another year, the contract of a contentious public relations company, Apco Worldwide.

Describing the extension as surprising, in light of the uproar following Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s explosive disclosure of Apco’s Jewish links, Saifuddin said Najib must reveal the rationale behind the extension.

“This is important, especially since the nation’s information and security are under threat,” he said..

Citing a recent online report quoting government sources, Saifuddin said the article revealed that the extension of the contract was inked a few weeks ago.

The report also noted that the renewed confidential contract was worth less than the RM77 million paid out previously to Apco for its services. The report noted that this time round, more local consultants had been hired to boost the nation's domestic and international image.

"I dare Najib to disclose the information and facts on the contract renewal.

“I know it’s his (Najib’s) prerogative whether or not to reveal the contract’s worth and Apco’s job specifications and description under the new deal, but the government owes the people an explanation.

“The government must reveal the success of Apco's performance under the previous contract and how its service was in any way beneficial to the voters," said Saifuddin.

Apco the chink in Najib's armour

Apco was first thrust into the limelight in April when Anwar revealed details of the federal government’s appointment of the Israeli-linked company.

As a result of the disclosure, the Barisan Nasional government was compelled to reveal that it had paid Apco RM77 million for a year’s service.

Apco’s appointment was campaign fodder for Pakatan Rakyat and Anwar, whose character the BN has incessantly tried to discredit through escalated attacks on his close ties with US-Jewish leaders, especially former World Bank leader Paul Wolfowitz.

Anwar, however, turned the tables on BN by linking Najib’s administration to Zionism -- an extremely sensitive issue to the Malaysian Muslim majority. He accused Apco of being closely linked to Zionist leaders.

Anwar also went so far as to say that Apco was behind former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's 1Israel campaign, which incidentally was similar to Najib’s 1Malaysia campaign.

The campaign in Israel had allegedly been put in place for the Jewish state’s general elections in the 1990s.

But Najib has repeatedly dismissed the allegations.

Suara Keadilan may be shut down physically

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid - Free Malaysia Today

FULL REPORT KUALA LUMPUR: PKR's party organ Suara Keadilan may face physical shutdown if it continues to defy the Home Ministry's decision to discontinue its publication's permit.

"Yes, it is possible," said Minister Hishammuddin Hussein when asked by reporters at Parliament House here if a physical shutdown was in his ministry's pipeline in light of Suara Keadilan's defiance.

Hishammuddin, however, said he is still waiting for legal advice from his men in the ministry for the next course of action.

"The (legal) division will advise me. We must study the next course of action and the jurisdiction of the ministry in the context of legal action.”

Suara Keadilan's permit, which expired on June 30, was not renewed following an article that claimed that the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) was bankrupt.

The ministry said it did not receive "satisfactory" replies to the showcause letter demanding the organ explain its article.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister Department Ahmad Maslan denied the allegation, saying that while Felda's cash reserve has dropped, its net assets worth has multiplied.

While Felda has threatened PKR with a RM200 million suit, its leaders have vehemently maintained the veracity of their article and Suara Keadilan said it will continue to publish its newspaper.

PKR's arrogance

Hishammuddin said this reflected the party's arrogance and its action is against the law.

He also shrugged off criticism of partiality levelled against his ministry, insisting that it has been fair to all parties regardless of their ideological differences.

"In this case, regardless of whether it's Suara Keadilan or Suara Perkasa or other media, they must follow the existing rules and regulations.

"In the case of Suara Keadilan, its licence has already expired... but it's being arrogant by wanting to continue with its publication.

"This is a direct violation of the laws," said Hishammuddin.

Home Ministry's Publication Control and Quranic Text Division Zaitun Ab Samad said earlier today that Suara Keadilan may face stern legal action if it continues with its publication.

The statement was made in response to PKR chief strategist Chua Tian Chang's contention that the organ had yet to receive any updates on its permit renewal application.

Theatre of nonsense

By Stanley Koh - Free Malaysia Today,

COMMENT Verbal garbage seems to be piling up everywhere lately, polluting the political environment with perverse logic and stupid rhetoric.

Politicians talk as if they are oblivious of the reality that Malaysian voters are becoming more politically mature and can sniff the rubbish coming out of their mouths.

To win public trust and respect, politicians not only have to keep their grabbing hands away from the till, but also refrain from massaging or manipulating public perception. They should critically re-assess the misguided mantra that “politics is perception.”

When the man holding the reins of power publicly and unthinkingly accuses the opposition of lying, is he saying that the record of the ruling establishment is as clean as a white sheet of paper? Or is he saying that those in power are incapable of lying?

When the ruling regime publicly urges voters to continue supporting the establishment simply because the “party in power has been tested numerous times,” is it addressing idiots or Malaysians of average intelligence?

There are all kinds of lies—bluffs, white lies, contextual lies, emergency lies, exaggerations, fabrications, barefaced lies, vicious lies—and our politicians from both sides of the divide are guilty of all of them.

When a politician deliberately leaves his listener or reader with a misconception by not providing all the relevant facts, he is lying by omission.

When a ruling regime wants to protect powerful warlords despite serious allegations and documentary proof of their ownership of properties worth billions of ringgit, it can do so only by hiding the facts that are not yet public knowledge and ignoring the accusations, no matter how plausible.

By flaunting their perverse logic and idiotic claims in the press and on TV, our politicians only affirm the truth of the saying that stupidity is not a handicap in politics.

Could the problem be that there is a growing gulf of intelligence between political leaders and the Malaysian public?

Take for instance the accusation against certain media players that they were undermining the institution of Malay rulers in highlighting the plight of workers who received their salaries late. The royal families had nothing to do with it.

The responsibility of paying salaries lies with the ruling government.You cannot fault Malaysians for wondering why politicians are so keen to display their stupidity.

Blatant display of stupidity

Malaysians generally do not expect their leaders to be extra intelligent, but they do deserve to be spared the embarrassment of having those they voted for display their stupidity so generously in public.

The least they expect of their representatives is honesty in highlighting legitimate grouses that are pertinent to national interest, not superficiality or deception in making accusations against their political rivals.

How about the minister who warned against the dangers of twittering? Does one have to be a moron to be in the federal Cabinet?

And then there was the official who declared his support for sports betting, arguing that it would generate revenue and ignoring the social implications.

There seems to be no end to the blatant display of stupidity and sheer ignorance in public utterances. Talk is cheap, but it can be costly to political careers in these days of a politically wiser electorate.

When the opposition coalition is made to look as though it is ridden with problems, does it mean that the BN is trouble-free despite the theatrical infighting in MCA and MIC?

If an opposition leader can be publicly chastised for being friends with a fugitive, shouldn’t it be pertinent for Malaysians to ask what the relationship between Perkasa and Umno is?

Our political language is increasingly becoming contradictory, deceptive and hollow.

The 20-year rule

The ruling regime rebukes the opposition for wanting to take over the government, as if this is a bad thing. What, then, should be the objective of an opposition party or coalition?

On the other side of the coin, the opposition parties should ask themselves whether they are indeed fighting for the wellbeing of Malaysians or merely trying to fulfil their dream of power.

A ruling party or its opposition can change public perception only when it is willing to deal with the truth with honestly, integrity and credibility.

In these times, when citizens mature in their thinking more quickly than their political leaders, it is imperative that conscientious voters unmask the intentions hidden behind open utterances.

When politicians believe winning is all that matters and try to justify unjustifiable means to self-vested ends, or when truth is sacrificed to political expediency, voters must beware.

Some historians say it takes 20 years after an event has occurred to perceive it correctly.

So we should know better now. Both Mahathirism and BN rule have gone on for more than 20 years.

Stanley Koh is the former head of MCA research unit.

Raja Petra: Bala to speak to reporters tomorrow


(Harakahdaily) - Fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin said private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, whose explosive statutory declaration alleged that prime minister Najib Razak had an affair with murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, would be giving a media conference in London tomorrow (11.00am at the Holiday Villa).

"He and his lawyers will be giving a press conference in London to talk about the two Statutory Declarations that he signed and his role in the Altantuya matter," Petra told Harakahdaily today.

On his own statutory declaration in April 2008, Petra explained that it was not an allegation but merely quoted his sources who had made damning claims.

Among others, Petra said he had been informed by "the number two in the Military Intelligence" that the prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor was present at the murder scene where Altantuya was killed and her body exploded.

"When I was detained under the Internal Security Act in September 2008, I told the Special Branch how I obtained that information and who gave me that information that I had signed in my Statutory Declaration in April 2008."

"The Special Branch admitted that they know that person in question. However, he was never hauled up or questioned about what he told me," he said.

Petra said while Najib's involvement was not proven, there had been no attempt to clear his name.

"Nevertheless, the Prime Minister must be above suspicion. And in Najib’s case this is not so."

Emergency motion to debate P. Balasubramaniam's response proclaiming the involvement of Rosmah Mansor

 

 Pemberitahuan Usul Di Bawah Peraturan Mesyuarat 18 Peraturan-Peraturan Majlis Mesyuarat Dewan Rakyat

Dengan segala hortmanya, saya ingin memberi notis pemberitahuan di bawah P.18 mengemukakan usul yang berbunyi seperti berikut :-

Bahawa Americk Sidhu, peguam kepada P. Balasubramaniam, telah mengeluarkan satu kenyataan di laman blog “Malaysia Today” pada 30hb Jun 2010, iaitu segala kos sara hidup pelanggannya, P. Balasubramaniam di London adalah dibayar oleh Deepak Jaikishan, seorang peniaga karpet atas suruhan isteri YAB Perdana Menteri, Rosmah Mansor.

P. Balasubramaniam sebagai salah seorang saksi dalam kes pembicaraan pembunuhan Altantuya telah lari ke London dengan sebab-sebab yang tidak diketahui dan masih dikehendaki oleh SPRM untuk soal-siasat. Manakala Raja Petra Kamarudin yang didakwa telah melanggar Akta Hasutan selepas mendedahkan artikel “Let's send the Altantuya murders to hell” turut lari ke san juga. Artikel tersebut telah menghuraikan hubungan YAB Perdana Menteri dengan Altantuya sehingga kes pembunuhan tersebut berlaku yang kononya Altantuya tahu sangat kes-kes skandal yang melibatkan YAB Perdana Menteri.


Kes Altantuya ini telah dijadikan satu isu yang hangat dibincangkan dan bahan kelakar di media dunia sehingga menjejaskan imej negara kita. Sungguhpun kes ini telah selesai dibicarakan di mahkamah, tetapi susulannya ialah kerajaan Mongolia telah menawarkan tajaan sepenuhnya kepada bapa Altantuya, Shaariibuu supaya mengemukakan dakwaan ke atas kerajaan Malaysia yang dikatakan bertangguhjawab atas kematian anaknya. Lebih-lebih lagi pihak media luar negara seperti TVB, Hong Kong telah merancang dan akan menyiarkan satu cerita bersiri berkaitan kes pembunuhan Altantunya ini di seluruh saluran TV dunia yang turut memalukan kita.

Jadi, nama isteri YAB Perdana Menteri sebagai dalang dalam kes pelarian P. Balasubramaniam yang bersangkutan dengan kes Altantuya diungkitkan dalam kenyataan “Malaysia Today” ini akan dibaca di laman web seluruh dunia yang akan memberikan sesuatu impak yang negatif kepada imej negara nanti. Saya minta dewan membahaskan isu ini untuk menjelaskan kesahihan kenyataan tersebut yang bertujuan untuk mengembalikan kewibawaan negara kita.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Yang benar,


Er Teck Hwa

Ahli Parlimen

Kawasan Bakri

There are lies, there are damn lies, and there is Umno


RPK can’t be believed, says Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who swore in God’s name that he has never met ‘that Mongolian woman’. 40% of what RPK writes is true, the balance 60% are lies, says the son of Malaysia’s longest ruling Prime Minister who invented the word spin-doctoring. Let us try to figure out which of the following are the 40% truths and which are the 60% lies.

NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin


1.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants his ‘Crooked Bridge’ to Singapore continued while Najib Tun Razak wants it aborted. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had actually aborted it soon after he became Prime Minister in 2003 -- much to Dr Mahathir’s annoyance who complained that the cost to abort the bridge is higher than the cost to build it.

2.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad alleges that Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been implicated in the ‘Oil for Food’ scandal, according to the United Nations investigation. Dr Mahathir said that action should be taken against Abdullah Badawi -- as what happened to India’s Finance Minister who had also been implicated in the same scandal and was forced to resign from his post.

3.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad alleges that Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi spent RM200 million of the taxpayers’ money to buy a new luxury jet whereas when he (Dr Mahathir) was Prime Minister he did not buy a new plane but used the old, small one to move around.

4.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad alleges that Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was not running the country and that the country was actually being run by the ‘fourth floor boys’ led by his son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, who is close to Singapore and allows ‘that little red dot in the south’ to decide how the country is run.

5.A Mongolian national by the name of Altantuya Shaariibuu entered the country and was subsequently murdered but there are no immigration records to show she has entered the country and two police officers have been found guilty of murdering her although there is no evidence she ever entered Malaysia since there are no immigration records of her ever having entered the country.

6.One of those initially charged for Altantuya’s murder, Abdul Razak Baginda, is close to Najib Tun Razak but he was later acquitted of the murder without his defence being called.

7.When Razak Baginda was first charged for murder he was allowed bail although bail is not provided for in cases that attract capital punishment, such as murder -- while the co-accused, the two police officers, were not allowed bail.

8.When Razak Baginda’s bail was revoked he applied for bail and supported the bail application with an Affidavit that alleged he had never met the two police officers before until they were sent to him by Najib Tun Razak’s police officer ADC called Musa Safri but Musa was never called to testify in the murder trial to confirm or deny Razak’s allegation.

9.The judge in the murder trial at first refused to accept Razak Baginda’s Affidavit and advised the lawyer to withdraw it as it may be damaging to his client’s case. The lawyer, however, insisted that they submit the Affidavit and the judge had no choice but to accept it and after reading it actually made adverse comments and said that after reading the Affidavit he is even more convinced that Razak should not be granted bail. The senior judge was subsequently removed from the case and replaced with a junior judicial commissioner.

10.Razak Baginda’s wife, a lawyer and ex-magistrate, went berserk during the trial and shouted that it is not her husband who wishes to become the Prime Minister. There was also an incident outside court when Razak Baginda’s wife kicked Altantuya’s father and her lawyer complained to the court and asked the court to instruct her from further accosting the father.

11.After Razak Baginda and the two police officers were charged for Altantuya’s murder, the Attorney General made an unprecedented announcement to the media that only three people and no others are involved in the murder although the trial had not even started yet and no one knows what the witnesses would be saying during the trial.

12.After Razak Baginda was acquitted of the charge of murder the Attorney General announced that the government would not be filing an appeal like it would normally do, while at the same time, as soon as the court ruled that my Internal Security Act detention was illegal and ordered my release, the government filed an appeal.

13.The judge who acquitted Razak Baginda of murder ruled that he believed Razak is not guilty based on the Affidavit he filed to support his bail application although the Affidavit was never tendered as evidence during the trial. Therefore, while the Affidavit is not strong enough to convince the court that Razak deserves bail it is, however, strong enough to convince the court that he is innocent of the charge of murder.
14.

The Petroleum Development Act was passed by Parliament in 1974 whereby the state’s oil and gas activities would be nationalised and a national agency called Petronas would be set up to manage these oil and gas activities while the state’s would be entitled to 5% of the revenue and which would be called ‘royalty’. Agreements were subsequently signed between Petronas and all the states in Malaysia to legalise this arrangement.

15.Under the Petroleum Development Act 1974, Petronas is to report only to the Prime Minister and to no one else and not even Parliament can question Petronas about its affairs, activities and financial matters.

16.In 2000, the federal government withdrew the 5% oil royalty due to the state of Terengganu and the management of the money was handed over to Umno. Furthermore, how the money is to be spent lay in the hands of the Prime Minister’s Department so that the state no longer had control of the money or could decide what happens to the money.

17.It is estimated that at least RM1,000 billion or probably even as high as RM2,000 billion has been earned through the oil and gas activities over more than 35 years since 1975 but only a few people know what the real figure is and what happened to all that money.

18.It is estimated that at least 6,000 people or probably even as high as 10,000 have been detained without trial over 50 years since 1960 but no official figures have been released and neither has the full list of names been released nor information about what the alleged crimes of these detainees are.

19.It is estimated that thousands of Malaysians have died under extrajudicial circumstances either for ‘resisting arrest’, while being interrogated, or during remand awaiting trial and human rights groups have protested these killings and have expressed anxiety that many died under suspicious circumstances.

20.Umno is of the opinion that Malaysia’s economy is controlled by the non-Malays and that the Malays are being left behind. Umno is further of the opinion that the Malays are also losing political power and would one day become second-class citizens in their own country unless the Malays all unite under the banner of just one political party rather than be split under so many political parties.

21.Umno is of the opinion that while it appears like some states are headed by multi-racial governments in truth it is the Chinese who are the power in those states and the Malays are merely the running dogs of the Chinese.

22.Umno is of the opinion that it is the largest Islamist political party in the world and that Malaysia is already an Islamic country so here is no need for another Islamist party like PAS -- who after all, being the opposition, can only talk without being able to do anything whereas Umno is in power and can do what PAS can only talk about.

So there you are. The above are only 22 items in a list that can run into 100 items. However, 40% of the above are supposed to be true while 60% are lies. Since I am not able to figure out which falls into the 40% category and which falls into the 60% maybe you can help me out here.