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Thursday, September 16, 2010

In Memoriam: Kg Buah Pala the last Indian traditional village in Penang demolished. Kapitan Lim Guan Eng not forgiven nor forgotten.

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 image One year has passed today since Kg Buah Pala, the last traditional Indian village in Penang was demolished, of all dates 16/9/09, ie Malaysia Day, but the promised double storey houses for all the villagers community hall and a Hindu temple by Towkay Kapitan Lim Guan Eng and who got his DCM II Indian mandore to repeat it over and over again, using the Tamil dailies, remains a false promise, as it was never intended to be fulfilled in the first place.
To add insult to injury this towkay a few months later even demolished the cattle sheds of the said Indian victims which was even outside the land in the Court Order. Lim Guan Eng obviously sided with the Chinese capitalist developer and the Malay Koperasi in the interest of his pocket and the DAP coffers. But never mind the poor Indians kena nyaya.
Kg Buah Pala is a unique case where a traditional Indian village was handed over to a Malay koperasi, who then handed it over to a Chinese developer for a share of profits arrangements.
DAP and Lim Guan Eng will be remembered in the 2012/2013 General Elections.
Every dog has it’s day. So too does Hindraf and the victims of Kg Buah Pala.
Rights not Mercy.
Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice
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Sosilawati murder: Case Of Two Missing Persons Linked To Suspect In Sosilawati's Murder

BANTING, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- Two missing persons reports lodged in Selangor are believed linked to the Datuk lawyer who is a suspect in the murder of cosmetic queen Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said.

He told reporters when met at a restaurant here that one of the person reported missing was an Indian national and the other a Malaysian Chinese.

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The 41-year-old lawyer was among eight suspects detained by the police in the brutal killings.

Sosilawati, her lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, CIMB bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38, and driver Kamaruddin Shansuddin, 44, were believed to have been murdered on Aug 30 and their remains burnt.

Their ashes and bones were taken to various streams and rivers in Sungai Gadung and scattered.

Earlier, Khalid was seen entering the crime scene at Ladang Gadong with Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop at about 10.30am and left about an hour later.

Abu Seman, when met by reporters, said he was at the farm to visit the policemen who had to work on Hari Raya.

He declined to comment on the murders of Sosilawati and the other three people and said the case was being handled by the Kuala Lumpur police.

However, he advised the media against making their own assumptions or speculations when reporting on the case.

Anwar renews call to restore federalism

Anwar accused the government of usurping the spirit of federalism by hoarding power all to itself. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sounded out a rallying cry today to restore the spirit of federalism, which he says has been abused by the ruling elite to remain in power to the detriment of the nation’s global progress.

“There is no longer any restraint on the centralisation of power to the federal government. The understanding of federalism, the rule of law and the spirit of federalism is being set aside for the sake of keeping the elite in power,” the opposition leader said in his Malaysia Day statement today.

He noted that the spirit of federalism — the system of sharing power between member states and a central administration — was one of the mainstays when Malaysia was formed in 1963 and was once upheld in the Federal Constitution, but stressed it was being eroded daily.

The Permatang Pauh MP pointed out that power had been channelled unchecked towards the federal government over the years, leading to discrimination in the development of the states, with some states remaining backward while others enjoy the fruits of their natural resources.

“It’s no wonder we see states like Kelantan, Sarawak and Sabah denied their rights even despite being endowed with natural resources,” the economist said.

“Sweet promises are being scattered throughout Sabah and Sarawak, for example, where they are regarded as a ‘deposit’ for victory in the elections,” the PKR advisor added in a thinly-veiled reference to the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) alliance.

Anwar’s concern over the matter was likely triggered by widespread speculation that the Najib administration will call for snap polls in the next six months.

The next general election is due only in 2013, but Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his political colleagues have been stepping up their interaction with the grassroots in a nationwide tour to drum up greater support for the BN, which lost its traditional two-thirds control in the Dewan Rakyat for the first time in 53 years during Election 2008.

Anwar noted the citizens of those “oppressed” states had become “indifferent and pessimistic to the desire to strengthen the federation” as a result of suffering unfair treatment over the years.

“Clearly we cannot blame them and should work harder to generate energy, thinking and aspire to eradicate discrimination.

“It would be unfortunate for the nation if its government acts to exclude and deny the rights of its own people because of differences in politics, race and culture,” said the 63-year-old whose ambitions to become the next prime minister are well known.

He vowed that his party and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will work hard to ensure justice to all the states in the federation, in bid to swing support, especially in the two East Malaysia states, to his side.

“On this day, September 16, 2010 let us together make a commitment to continue to aspire and fight to restore the spirit of federalism… to achieve the status of a sovereign and independent nation on a level position with other nations in the world,” he said. - themalaysianinsider

Key suspect in Sosilawati slaying linked to more cases

Khalid said the prime suspect in the case had been connected to other violent crimes. — Picture by Choo Choy May

BANTING, Sept 16 — The main suspect in the murder of cosmetics queen Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya is believed to be involved in a number of missing person, murder and commercial crime cases in the Kuala Langat district, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

He said the suspect, a lawyer, was being investigated over the disappearance of a male Indian national, missing since early this year. However, he added, a police report on the missing businessman was only lodged on September 8.

“So, how could we have known (about this case) if there was no police report made?” he said at a press conference after a police-community function at the Kuala Langat district police headquarters which was also attended by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and his deputy Datuk Hussin Ismail, here.

Khalid said the lawyer was also linked to the murder of a woman in Banting last year.

A newspaper report today said the 44-year-old woman, T. Selvi, who was the wife of an auto workshop owner, was believed to have been killed over a loan dispute involving the lawyer.

“Although the woman’s husband has made various statements on the case, I don’t wish to comment on it as the case is still under investigation,” said Khalid.

He said police had received new leads on this murder case following the investigation into the murder of Sosilawati; her driver Kamarudin Shansuddin, 44; lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32; and bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38.

“This case (Selvi’s murder) was never closed and we will investigate to obtain more information.”

Khalid said police had received seven commercial crime reports against the lawyer including on criminal breach of trust and cheating in land transactions since 2005, involving losses amounting to RM7.1 million for the victims.

He said these cases would be investigated by the police Commercial Crime Department and that investigations into such cases would take some time as the police needed to examine various documents.

Asked whether the police in Kuala Langat had been “bought over” by the lawyer, Khalid said anyone with information on this should report directly to him, Bukit Aman or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

“We will not protect our people who accept bribes,” he said. — Bernama

Waiting for promises made three generations ago

Leon Donald, 36, wonders if he'll live to see piped water and electricity running in his Sri Aman longhouse promised since his grandfather's time.
SRI AMAN, Sept 16 — As we celebrate Malaysia Day, my thoughts roll back to my 95-year-old grandfather in Sri Aman.

He has shared many a story with me on how his grandmother brought him to Kuching to meet the Rajah in court, reminisce on the hardship during the Japanese occupation and then continue on the tragedies he had to go through during the early days of Malaysia during the Confrontation and Communist insurrection.

Then he would tell me about the hardship of campaigning with his cousin, the Paramount Chief of the Ibans, the late Tun Jugah anak Barieng, trying to convince the Ibans to agree to the formation of Malaysia.

He must be wondering the same as I, why only now, the government declares a public holiday on September 16?

Malaysia was formed 47 years ago, not 53 years mind you as Umno would lead us to believe, and only now there is an urgency to recognize the date.

For the past 47 years, we in Sarawak and Sabah have seen this auspicious date pass by without any fanfare.

Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Ghazali Shafie used to visit Sarawak frequently in the early ‘60s to convince the indigenous people to join and support the formation of the federation of Malaysia.

Strong were their convictions that by agreeing to join Malaysia, the indigenous people would be living a better life.

We — the indigenous people of Sarawak and Sabah are generally categorised as Bumiputera, clustered together with the Malays — however, nowadays I am sad that when leaders in the government, including the prime minister, address the various races in the country, only the Malays, Chinese and Indians are mentioned.


I am always upset when I have to fill forms at government offices. The official myopia regarding the
Leon: Is this what we the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak been reduced to: lain-lain and fourth class citizens?
indigenous races of Sarawak is also apparent in a number of forms where applicants have to tick one of the four boxes to identify the racial group they belong to: Malay, Chinese, Indian and Lain-lain.

Is this what we the indigenous people of Sabah and Sarawak been reduced to: lain-lain and fourth class citizens?

What hope do we from Sarawak and Sabah have in securing government employment if our ethnic identities and names have been omitted from the official records?

Is this present government going to do anything about this?

Will this current administration advocate some form of affirmative action that will help us, the minority in Sarawak and Sabah.

Back then, before the formation of Malaysia, promises were made and study trips were done for the leaders from Sarawak and Sabah, showing them the villages in the Peninsular that had piped water and electricity, promising these developments will all be done in the rural areas once we form Malaysia.

It was these promises that prompted our leaders to campaign vigorously to the people in Sarawak and Sabah to agree to support the formation of Malaysia to the Cobbold Commission and the United Nations Fact Finding Team.

Now we are going into the implementation of the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Many of the leaders that campaigned for the formation of Malaysia have died without seeing piped water, proper roads and electricity reaching their villages and longhouses.

My own longhouse here is without electricity and piped water. I hope I do not have to die first before these developments reach my longhouse.

* Leon Donald is a Sarawak DAP member and plans run for the Sri Aman seat in the upcoming state elections.  - themalaysianinsider

Mengapa saya ajak Perkasa berdebat?

By  Nurul Izzah Anwar
Semenjak tulisan saya menjemput Perkasa untuk berdebat tentang kedudukan istimewa orang Melayu pada 31 Ogos lalu diterbitkan, bermacam-macam tohmahan telah dikeluarkan terhadap saya.

Saya dipanggil pengkhianat, dituduh cuba mengelirukan rakyat, tidak matang, buta sejarah dan juga kini dilibatkan dalam siasatan polis kerana dituduh menghasut.

Hairan, kerana orang yang mencadangkan supaya pemilikan tanah Kampung Baru dibuka sebanyak 40 peratus kepada bukan Melayu tidak pula mengalami nasib yang sama seperti saya.

Saya sudah jelaskan bahawa bukanlah niat saya untuk meminda peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan tentang kedudukan orang Melayu, tetapi sekadar untuk mencari penjelasan tentang apa yang dilaung-laungkan oleh Perkasa tentang perjuangan mereka untuk melindungi orang Melayu.

Yang saya hujahkan dalam tulisan saya sebelum ini adalah bukan kedudukan istemewa orang Melayu dipersoalkan tetapi PELAKSANAAN dasar-dasar yang hanya menguntungkan segelintir orang Melayu dipersoalkan?

Sayangnya, jemputan saya itu ditolak mentah-mentah oleh pimpinan Perkasa dengan alasan soal kedudukan orang Melayu tidak boleh didebatkan, sedangkan yang saya mahu bincangkan hanyalah pelaksanaan dasar-dasar yang dikatakan dibuat atas peruntukan perlembagaan.

Kerana jemputan saya sudah ditolak, biarlah saya jelaskan sahaja di sini, apa sebenarnya menimbulkan kegusaran saya tentang perjuangan Perkasa dan soal kedudukan istimewa orang Melayu.

Pertama soal kuota dalam perkhidmatan awam. Mengikut statistik tahun 2009, 78.2 peratus daripada kakitangan awam adalah Melayu, dan Bumiputera lain membentuk 7.7 peratus. Selebihnya adalah bukan Melayu dan bukan Bumiputera.

Namun, kerajaan juga sedang berusaha untuk merekrut lebih ramai bukan Melayu dalam perkhidmatan awam, kerana keperluan menyampaikan perkhidmatan kepada warga pelbagai kaum.

Bagaimanakah dasar kuota ini selaras dengan keperluan untuk menunjukkan kepelbagaian dalam sektor awam?

Kedua, soalan yang sama juga boleh ditanya dalam hal kuota biasiswa kepada orang Melayu dan Bumiputera Sabah dan Sarawak. Saya mahu melihat lebih banyak biasiswa diberikan sebagai usaha memastikan kesaksamaan yang boleh tercapai dengan pendidikan yang menyeluruh.

Oleh itu, bukankah lebih baik sekiranya semua pinjaman Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) ditukarkan kepada biasiswa penuh sebagai memenuhi semangat Fasal 153 Perlembagaan persekutuan?

Saya juga percaya Perkasa sudah tentu akan bersetuju dengan saya kalau saya cadangkan sebahagian pendapatan Petronas, 30 peratus keuntungan tahunan misalnya, disalurkan kepada satu dana pendidikan untuk membiayai biasiswa anak-anak kita.

Perkara ini tidak mustahil kalau akaun Petronas didedahkan kepada umum melalui parlimen. Usaha melaksanakan tadbir urus yang cekap ini semestinya selaras dengan perjuangan mempertahankan hak-hak orang Melayu.

Ini sebenarnya lebih bermanfaat daripada melaung-laungkan meminta orang Melayu mendapat lebih banyak biasiswa daripada kaum lain. Dalam bahasa mudah, apa gunanya orang Melayu mendapat tujuh biasiswa, dan kumpulan lain mendapat tiga tempat sahaja. Yang saya perjuangkan adalah banyakkan biasiswa menjadi 100 tempat, contohnya, sudah pasti ramai orang Melayu mendapat manfaat.

Kuota kemasukan ke universiti juga sebenarnya sudah diubah pada zaman pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pada tahun 2003, supaya lebih bersemangat meritokrasi. Bukankah ini mencabuli hak keistimewaan orang Melayu, kalau mengikut apa yang telah dilaung-laungkan Perkasa?

Saya juga tertarik dengan usaha Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk meliberalisasikan 27 sub-sektor dalam sektor perkhidmatan.

Perkara 153 (1) Perlembagaan Persekutuan jelas menyatakan “Menjadi tanggungjawab Yang di-Pertuan Agong untuk melindungi kedudukan istimewa orang Melayu dan anak negeri mana-mana antara Negeri Sabah dan Sarawak dan kepentingan sah kaum-kaum lain mengikut peruntukan Perkara ini.”

Kepentingan ini termasuklah dalam keutamaan lesen-lesen perniagaan. Jadi adakah ini bermakna liberalisasi ini bertentangan dengan perlembagaan?

Tidakkah ini memberi kesan kepada “hak Melayu”?

Oleh kerana kedudukan Bahasa Melayu juga dijamin perlembagaan, bagaimana pula dengan usaha Dr Mahathir pada tahun 2003 memperkenalkan dasar Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Ingggeris (PPSMI), yang kini sudah dihapuskan? Soal Perlembagaan tidak dibangkitkan ketika itu. Jelas, peruntukan Perlembagaan itu bukanlah kaku, sebaliknya ia fleksibel dan boleh disesuaikan dengan tuntutan zaman.

Mahkamah Tinggi pada Mei lalu juga telah mengisytiharkan bahawa PPSMI tidak bertentangan dengan perlembagaan kerana sekolah-sekolah masih mengekalkan Bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa pengantar.

Dan perkara paling besar dalam soal kedudukan orang Melayu ini tentulah pegangan ekuiti Bumiputera yang ditetapkan pada kadar minimum 30 peratus.

Inilah dasar yang begitu kuat dipertahankan Perkasa dan sekutunya Umno.

Dasar ini pada saya cukup kabur sekali, kerana tidak jelas apa yang dipertahankan sebenarnya. Adakah memperuntukkan minimum 30 peratus itu akan mengayakan keseluruhan orang Melayu? Adakah ia akan menaikkan taraf hidup orang Melayu? Adakah ia dapat menyelesaikan masalah kemiskinan bandar, yang mangsanya kebanyakannya adalah orang Melayu?

Dan data-data berkenaan polisi ini juga sebenarnya terlalu kabur. Kajian terbitan Universiti Malaya pada 2002 mengatakan pegangan orang Melayu sebenarnya sudah mencapai 33.7 peratus, Institut Kepimpinan Strategik Asia (ASLI) pada 2006 pula meletakkan angka 45 peratus. Sementara pihak kerajaan pada 2006 juga mengatakan pegangan ekuiti Bumiputera hanya 18.9 peratus.

Perbezaan-perbezaan angka dikatakan berpunca daripada masalah metodologi. Namun yang pasti, walau apa angkanya, orang Melayu terbanyak tidak mendapat faedah daripada dasar ini.

Jika Perkasa bersungguh dan ikhlas, saya menjemput Perkasa untuk sama-sama mencadangkan satu dasar ‘Pengagihan Semula secara Adil Kekayan Ekuiti Bumiputera’ sediada didalam syarikat-syarikat tersenarai dan bukan tersenarai yang memperolehi projek kerajaan dan pengswastaan dari kerajaan, konsesi lebuhraya dan penjanaan elektrik, dan syarikat berkait dengan kerajaan (GLC) untuk dijualkan 30 peratus daripada saham milik individu atau syarikat bumiputera dengan menggunakan nilai saham ‘par-value’ yang menjadi metodologi penilaian saham rasmi kerajaan kepada seramai mana orang Melayu dimana 25 peratus saham tadi dimasukkan kedalam Tabung Biasiswa Pendidikan dan selebih 5 peratus kepada koperasi pekerja syarikat penyumbang tadi. Dan baki 70 peratus pegangan asal masih didalam tangan pemilik individu dan syarikat bumiputera tadi.

Untuk menguji keberkesanan dasar ini, saya cadangkan kita mulakan dengan syarikat Kenchana Petroleum, Scomi, CIMB, Perimekar, APCO dan sebuah syarikat pembinaan yang menerima kontrak membina sebuah jambatan di Pasir Mas satu ketika dahulu.

Apa yang saya cuba bangkitkan ini sebenarnya bukanlah perkara baru. Kerana itu saya terkejut apabila bermacam-macam tohmahan ditujukan kepada saya.

Debat yang saya cadangkan ini sebenarnya adalah sesuatu yang telah dijangka oleh sesetengah pengasas negara kita.

Bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Ismail sendiri pernah mengatakan bahawa kedudukan istimewa adalah satu penghinaan kepada kemampuan orang-orang Melayu. Jangan lupa Allahyarham adalah juga anggota Kabinet pertama Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Maka Tun Dr Ismail mengatakan kedudukan orang Melayu ini akan ditentukan oleh orang Melayu sendiri. Beliau meramalkan dengan semakin ramai Melayu yang berpendidikan dan mendapat keyakinan diri, mereka sendiri akan menghapuskan kedudukan istimewa ini.

Walaupun bukanlah tujuan saya di sini untuk menghapuskan peruntukan perlembagaan itu, kerana yang saya persoalkan adalah dasar dan pelaksanaan.

Tapi apa yang hendak saya katakan adalah proses perubahan seperti yang diramalkan bekas timbalan presiden Umno itu hanya boleh bermula dengan muhasabah melalui perdebatan.

* Penulis adalah ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai. Beliau mengalu-alukan maklum balas di mp@nurulizzah.com

PEACE AND HARMONY…..A DREAM OR REALITY?

By Muralitharan Ramachandran- http://malaysianminorityindians.blogspot.com

September 16 marks another chronological mile stone to all Malaysian and the pledge given by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to protect Malaysians from the destructive acts of racism and extremism is really heartwarming. There were a series of scores from all levels of people on racism including the former premier Tun Mahathir Mohammad. The former premier’s statement which supported Perkasa the right wing of UMNO’s stance and the editorial column in UMNO’s Utusan Malaysia is rather seditious and provocative to other races in Malaysia.

Although the Prime Minister feels these people tend to be small in numbers but it is indeed an alarming situation. Keeping an eye alone is not enough and it should be ‘nipped in the bud’ to prevent it from growing any larger. There were a multitude of episodes on the crackdown of people and organizations which seemed to have sparked racial sentiments in the eyes of the government. Perkasa is still a legal body where else Hindraf an organization which raised the rights of Malaysian Indians were labeled as terrorist, illegal movement, the legal advisors were arrested using the draconian law and revoked citizenship of the chairperson. A few politicians from the opposition party and activist were also arrested using the same draconian law back in the 1980’s in the pretext of constructing racial tension. The chairman and the Patron of Perkasa is still out and crafting racial tension which could destroy the harmony of our beloved soil while the main stream media of UMNO, Utusan Malaysia writes supportive articles of the duo which is a hindrance to Malaysia.

Why is the double standard being practiced here? The law should be the same for everyone. Here again, Malaysians are against the draconian ISA act and it is called to be abolished. To show the commitment of Datuk Seri Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept the duo should be charged in an open court under the sedition act, Perkasa and Utusan Malaysia should be banned. These actions will be cheered by many peace and harmony loving Malaysians. To the question of security threat which of course will occur due to dissatisfaction by supporters, it will be definitely in a very tiny percentage which the peace keeping forces in our nation will be able to handle it amicably because majority of Malay ethnic group are also against the movement and also feels disturbed by the comments of Tun Mahathir and this proves that there will not be much of a threat to the nation.

For a start of this Memorial Day Datuk Seri Najib should show his seriousness in combating racial tension and working towards his 1 Malaysia concept.

Wishing all Malaysians A Happy Malaysia Day.

Investigation Into Sosilawati's Murder Not Racially Motivated - IGP

BANTING, Sept 16 (Bernama) -- Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the investigation into the murder of cosmetics queen Sosilawati Lawiya and three others was not racially motivated.

"This case is like any other criminal case as there are the criminals and the victims," he said at a dialogue with local community leaders at the Kuala Langat district police headquarters, here, today in conjunction with his visit to Selangor as the new IGP.

Ismail also said that investigations into cases which had racial elements like the arson on churches in Selangor and surau in Johor were carried out based on the law.

However, he said, the public should understand that the process of prosecution came under the jurisdiction of the Attorney-General and not the police.

Ismail said this after one of the community leaders present questioned why cases involving the throwing of paint and liquor bottles at surau were not brought to court unlike cases involving the torching of churches.

On another note, the IGP said he had ordered Selangor police including in the Kuala Langat district to monitor the rising involvement of the local youths in crime.

He said he would also look into the need to increase manpower and logistical support for the district police headquarters and to place an Assistant Commissioner of Police to head the police there instead of a Superintendent like now.

The matter was raised by Kuala Langat MCA division chief Datuk Eii Kim Hock who said the dictrict police needed to be beefed up due to rapid development in Kuala Langat, which is surrounded by such areas as Putrajaya and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, besides having a long coastline.

Eii said the Kuala Langat district now had a population of about 200,000 and hoped that more police cars would patrol the area so that the people there would feel safer with increased police presence.

While he thanked police for taking action against illegal gambling activities in the district, Eii also praised their swift investigation into the murder of Sosilawati and three others although the Raya celebration was on.

Ismail, meanwhile, said police managed to reduce the crime rate in the district by 14 per cent between January and August this year.

NGO: Changes to human trafficking law not good for victims

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PETALING JAYA: A human rights group has cautioned that recently-passed amendments to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act could hamper Malaysia’s efforts to curb human trafficking.

Internationally-based Human Rights Watch said the changes to the laws had a narrow legal definition of human trafficking.

The groups’s Asia deputy director Phil Robertson said the amendments reduced the protection for children and adults who were tricked into becoming victims of the trafficking trade.

“The amendments will harm victims of human trafficking by making it more likely that they will be treated as undocumented migrants subject to immediate deportation, undermining government efforts to counter trafficking,” he said in an open letter dated Sept 8 to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

International law and practices recognised that “people smuggling” and “human trafficking” were dissimilar and required different law enforcement strategies, he said.

Any changes to strengthen Malaysian law against people smuggling should be incorporated into the Immigration Act and other legislation focused on border control, not anti-trafficking legislation, he said.

“If Malaysia wants to end human trafficking, it needs to start treating trafficking victims as victims,” Robertson said.

He said that by imprisoning undocumented migrants for people smuggling would only drive them underground and kill co-operation between them and the authorities to combat human trafficking.

Malaysia, he added, must preserve the basic rights of undocumented migrants and refugees.

Middle East talks to continue

 

 Clinton arrives in Jerusalem to continue talks and meet Peres and other Israeli politicians   [Reuters]

At the end of the second day of direct Middle East talks, the US special envoy to the region has said that Israeli and Palestinian leaders are putting the tough issues up front in the current round of talks.

But George Mitchell did not give any details on Wednesday on what was achieved during the meetings held over two days in locations in Egypt and Israel. He said the US would continue to place a sustained role in the negotiations.

With US mediation, Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas will resume the talks next week in Jerusalem.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, will be looking to bridge the divide over Jewish settlement building when those the talks resume.

The Palestinians have warned that they will walk out of talks if a freeze on settlement construction, which is set to expire at the end of the month, is not extended. But Netanyahu had suggested that some building curbs will be lifted.javascript:void(0)

'Serious discussion'

Mitchell said on Tuesday that Israeli and Palestinian leaders "began a serious discussion on core issues".

These are Israel's security, the borders of a future Palestinian state, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the future of Jerusalem, but he did not identify the subjects discussed.

Al Jazeera's Nour Odeh, reporting from Ramallah, said that as far as the Americans are concerned, talks about peace were a must: "Many Palestinian officials tell us off the record that no American administration would allow these talks to fail so early in the process."

Tuesday's talks were also expected to tackle the agenda for the negotiations, with Netanyahu reportedly wanting first to address future security arrangements and secure Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

But the Palestinians want first to define the borders of a future Palestinian state, address the status of Jerusalem and discuss the right of return of refugees who were driven out of Palestine in 1948.

Besides the talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday with Netanyahu and Abbas, Clinton is due to meet Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, and Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister, as well as Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister.

Mitchell, meanwhile, is due to hold talks with Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, in Damascus on Thursday, the US embassy there confirmed. US officials attending the peace talks said Mitchell would then travel to Lebanon for talks with top officials.

Hamas missing

But the important regional player that is not being engaged in these series of talks is Hamas, the Palestinian movement that controls the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has opposed the talks and insists that Abbas does not have the right to negotiate on behalf of Palestinians. Ahmed Yousef, Hamas' deputy foreign minister, previously told Al Jazeera that the Palestinians were not behind Abbas.

"The negotiations that the Palestinian people have tried for over two decades are pointless negotiations, the Palestinian people never gained anything from them except the loss of their cause and their rights," Ismail Rudwan, a Hamas official, said earlier this month.

Larbi Sadiki, author and lecturer at the University of Exeter, argues that "sidelining Hamas in any process to craft genuine peace between Israelis and Palestinians is a glaring omission tantamount to ignoring an elephant in the room".

"Hamas has reached to willing interlocutors overseas from Moscow to Oslo," Sadiki wrote recently, hightlighting the willingness of the Palestinian movement to engage politically.

Prominent Israelis such as Efraim Halevy, the former director of Mossad, the Israeli secret service, and Giora Eiland, a former head of Israel's National Security Council, have called for negotiating with Hamas, according to the Washington DC based Brookings Institution.

Jimmy Carter, the former US president, has also said in the past that any future permanent Israeli-Palestinian agreement has to include Hamas.

"Hamas has got to be involved before peace can be concluded."

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

The last Indian Railway man

Complaint to U.N on 2, 237 top Indian students denied higher education in Malaysia


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Your Reference :
In Reply :
Date : 15/09/2010

Mr. Kamal Malhotra
UN Resident Coordinator
United Nations Malaysia
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Dear Sirs,

RE: HRP Memorandum ON:-

(1)      An estimated 2,237 top and high achieving Indian students have been segregated and denied JPA scholarships, PTPTN loans, Matriculation and University seats. 
(2) Indian students in Public Universities systematically reduced from 28% to 0.27% in 40 years.       
(3)   Request for United Nations fact finding mission to investigate the ‘a la apartheid’ denial of higher education for the top and high achieving ethnic minority Indian students in Malaysia.
(4)   Request for United Nations nominated official to head the Selection Committee together with three (3) others for JPA scholarships, Matriculation and University places in Malaysia for an interim five years.


We refer to the above matter and to our letter dated 27/07/2010.
We would appreciate the update on your forwarding of the aforesaid Memorandum to the
United Nations (U.N). High Commissioner for Human Rights Council’s special Rapporteur on Right to Education.
Thank You.


Your faithfully,
Mr. S. Jayathas
Information Chief
Human Rights Party Malaysia (HRP) & HINDRAF
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U.N to HRP: No Rights to Education (for minority Indians) in Malaysia (which is racist – by UMNO)
Memo on Top Indian students systematically denied JPA scholarships etc, University & Matriculation places to UN Secretary General accepted by UNICEF Head Malaysia Mr.Hans Olsen on 22/7/2010 
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Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General of the United Nations
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New York, NY10017 Fax: +41-22-917-9011

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
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Human Rights (OHCHR)
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Mr Vernon Munoz Villalobos
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education
United Nations Human Rights Council
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for Human Rights (OHCHR)
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of Racism,
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HRP welcomes and to meet new U.S Ambassador to K.L on Malaysian Indian Minority & Human Rights Violations Annual Report 2009.

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Date : 15TH September 2010
To : Your Execellency Mr.Paul W Jones
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Re: Welcome to Malaysia
Appointment to pay courtesy call on your goodself.
Your Excellency,
We, of the Human Rights Party Malaysia wish to extend your goodself a very warm welcome on your being appointed the Ambassador of the United States of America to Malaysia here in Kuala Lumpur.
It is heartening to read in The Star daily 15/9/10 that quoted your goodself as saying President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton have encouraged you “to harmonize the relations by having conversations and engagements with all parties”. We are extremely happy that you are starting on this note. This openness on your part will certainly contribute to strengthening democracy, human rights, minority rights, the rule of law and in upholding the Malaysian Constitution.
As you probably are aware, there has been, in recent years a significant weakening of the various institutions of governance in Malaysia. One of the major effects of this has been a noticeable erosion of fundamental human rights and minority rights. We, of the Human Rights Party of Malaysia represent a significant section of the population who have been adversely affected by all of this. Central to our political thrust are two major initiatives. One is to bring the marginalized minority even up to the sixth generation Malaysian born merely 8% ethnic minority Indians into the mainstream of national development of the country, who have been marginalized and segregated by the slanted policies of the current ruling coalition. The second of our thrusts is to eliminate all forms of state sponsored racist, supremacist and segregationist polices.
In the United States of America a first generation and son of an immigrant can become the President of the country, while here in Malaysia even the fifth and sixth generation non-Malay muslim citizens cannot aspire to be even the head of a small department within the government, for example even a Post Master, not to mention all the other innumerable deprivation, that is allowed to take place with impunity in the name of Article 153 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. Segregation, unfair allocation of resources, inequal treatment in almost all facets of life continue to occur in Malaysia in the name of this Article 153 in subtle but sure ways.
Most of the segregation of this Malaysian Indian community is as is reported on a daily basis in our website www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com .
We hope that with the openness that you will offer, you will be able to get a better understanding of all of this. This will require that you give groups of all persuausion appropriate hearing and to convey to your government a balanced picture of the Malaysian situation. This will hopefully result in the provision of the appropriate motivation to the ruling political party here in Malaysia, to move on with the process of complete democratisation and a consolidation of human and minority rights in the country.
In this regard we would like to request an appointment with Your Excellency to present the Malaysian Indian Minority & Human Rights Violations Annual Report 2009 and to share our perspective on all of that with you. We hope you to be able to meet you soon.
We welcome you once again to Malaysia and we look forward to working with you.
Thank You.
P.Uthayakumar
(Sec. General pro tem)
Human Rights Party of Malaysia

US Ambassador

IGP says Sosilawati probe considered solved


Policemen leading one of those arresteed in the murder case.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 — The police and the Attorney-General’s Chambers have begun preparing charges against the seven suspects detained for the murder of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and her three companions.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Ismail Omar said today he considered the case solved and commended CID Director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin, his deputy Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah and police detectives involved in apprehending the suspects, The Star reported in its online edition.

However, he cautioned the press not to speculate that something was wrong if charges are not brought against the suspects soon as the police wanted to first make sure that the case was airtight.

A Datuk and his brother — both believed to be lawyers — and five others have been arrested in connection with the case following the discovery of four charred bodies at a poultry farm in Tanjung Sepat, Morib.

The bodies are believed to be Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsudin, 44, CIMB Kampung Baru officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, who were reported missing since August 30 after going to Banting, Selangor, for a land purchase matter.

Bakri said over the weekend that police were still trying to obtain forensic confirmation to identify the dead, revealing that the four were set ablaze and their ashes scattered into a river near Ladang Gadong in Tanjung Sepat near here.

The suspects, aged between 19 and 41, are being held at the Bukit Jalil police lockup in Kuala Lumpur, Bakri revealed. It was learnt that police have obtained seven-day remand orders to facilitate investigations into the case.

Ismail also said that the police had formed a task force to investigate all missing persons linked to the lawyers, said to number between four and 17, based on statements given by the suspects.

He added that all missing person reports must be investigated immediately and thoroughly to avoid similar incidents in future, and admitted that Sosilawati’s death could have been prevented if fast action had been taken.

“I have already instructed my men that there should be no more slacking. Those caught slacking or ignoring missing persons reports will be severely reprimanded,” he said.  - The Malaysian Insider

Sosilawati case: New findings in Sungai Panchau

BANTING, Sept 15 — The police forensic team today found more objects in Sungai Panchau, here, which could shed more light on the murders of cosmetics queen Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and three others.

The police team who began their investigation today at 3.30pm was seen holding some objects believed to include a bundle of bone pieces.

Media members covering the case were not allowed to get close to the investigation site but about 100 metres away until the operation ended at 5.30pm.

The police have also put up a canvas screen at the investigation site, making it difficult for the media members to see what was going on and the objects brought out of the stream.

However, they could see some policemen scouring the stream which was almost knee-high.

Also seen at the investigation site was the police Forensic Department director Datuk Abdul Malek Harun.

Prior to the latest find, the forensic team had recovered pieces of bones from the river on Sunday.

Besides Sosilawati, the others who were reported murdered and burned to ashes were her personal driver Kamarudin Shansudin, 44, lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, and bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38. — Bernama

Najib gives radicals a M'sia Day whipping

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid - Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Amid the ongoing row between Umno and Perkasa, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has lashed out at extremists, deeming them a threat to the nation's peace and economy.

"They treat anyone who is different as an enemy and engineer fear in people who don’t conform to their thoughts or ideologies and in some cases in people who simply look different," he said in his official address posted on his official blog for the Malaysia Day celebration tomorrow.

"I am strongly opposed to these types of behaviour. It saddens me that despite living in an independent multi-cultural nation for over 50 years, there are still those who cannot tolerate, much less accept the benefits of a diverse society.

“It saddens me because by rejecting our diverse way of life, they reject 1Malaysia," said the Umno president, adding that such radical groups wield great influence.

Although Najib did not name Perkasa, his comments, however, mirrored the views expressed by numerous Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders regarding the Malay right-wing movement.

"While these groups are often small in number, their presence is amplified through their extreme sentiments and acts," said the prime minister.

Umno leaders like Minister in the Prime Minister Department Nazri Abdul Aziz, Higher Education Minister Khaled Nordin, party secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin have lambasted Perkasa.

They have also urged Umno to distance itself from Perkasa, describing the latter as a stumbling block to efforts to regain non-Malay support.

However, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, along with Umno's own mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia, have come out in support of Perkasa.

They warned Umno could lose Malay support if it sidelined Perkasa.

Last week, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said that his organisation did not need Umno or its leaders.

Najib's Perkasa dilemma

After its electoral debacle in 2008, Najib is attempting to chart a different course for Umno under his 1Malaysia banner.

But Mahathir warned that it was Umno's inability to protect the Malays from Chinese extremists which led to the mushrooming of groups like Perkasa.

Najib's reforms also extended into the economic sphere where capital outflows, the brain drain crisis, flagging investments and a high budget deficit forced him to unveil the New Economic Model (NEM) which recognises the need to end race-based policies to spur domestic growth.

However, this was met with stiff resistance from Perkasa, which expressed concern that the NEM could erode the special position of the Malays.

Perkasa's ultra-nationalist stand has appealed to the mainly conservative Malays who form the majority of the electorate. The movement claims to have 300,000 members.

PKR in need of reformasi

By Stanley Koh - Free Malaysia Today

COMMENT If public sentiment is everything then nothing can succeed or fail without it. Abraham Lincoln believed that those who have public sentiment on their side go deeper than those who enact statutes.
And Mark Twain said that public opinion settles everything, with some thinking it is the voice of God.

In explaining the weaknesses of a party, Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky had said: “In inner-party politics, the party organisation substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organisation; and finally, a dictator substitutes himself for the central committee.”

In PKR's case, it's larger-than-life supreme leader Anwar Ibrahim should loosen his grip a little.

He must not campaign for his favourite candidates and should abide by democratic principles to ensure a free and fair party polls in line with his “Reformasi” clarion call.

Instead of playing cheerleader, Anwar should put down his pom-poms and focus on getting the party's act together, starting with fulfilling the promises and pledges made during the last general election. He must also work on strengthening PKR's hold in Selangor, which is slipping.

The sad truth is that there is little time left.

Glory or suicide?

With the intense underlying power play leading up to this November's party elections, many are wondering if the PKR leadership is on the road to glory or in the process of committing hara kiri.

Unless the leadership gets its act together, attempts to undermine candidates and engineer factionalism will only sound the death knell for PKR when the next general election comes.

This is common sense, and PKR leaders, who seem a little oblivious to this, must also wake up to the reality that their party is the weakest link in Pakatan Rakyat.

In the past, political pundits showered Anwar with accolades, calling him the Asian Renaissance Man and Mr Indefatigable among others. But that was during his heydays in Umno, when he was dubbed the new bridesmaid of Malaysian politics and successor to the premiership.

But his fate took a sharp turn in September 1998, and now as opposition leader and PKR's de facto leader, he is not in an enviable position.

For the past two years, Anwar’s leadership in PKR is regarded as being less sure-footed and with few achievements.

On the positive side, he has been credited with cementing the Pakatan coalition and creating closer ties between parties operating on different ideologies.

But on the homefront, PKR is saddled with accusations of little Napoleons running riot, character assassinations and dictatorial favouritism.

This has led the public to ask what is the difference between PKR and Barisan Nasional parties.

In a nutshell, if the PKR leadership continues sailing along this course then it is bound for an iceberg and the party can forget about capturing Putrajaya in the next election.

Some party insiders have accused the PKR leadership of having trouble casting aside its Umno-BN like mindset.

Its power-struggle fatigued leaders have not convinced Malaysians that PKR is capable of charting a roadmap which is better than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak's 1Malaysia.

Instead of vague sloganeering, the PKR leadership should articulate a clear set of policies or give a convincing account of its plan to build a new nation. It must find the momentum for the long build up to the next polls.

The clock is ticking

However, PKR has not been able to display a strong sense of conviction to groom talented leaders, the second and third echeleons within its rank and file.

With most predicting that Anwar will land in jail again, the party's sucession issue continues to be submerged in murky waters.

New entrants with leadership talent should be given the chance to prove their worth and those with potential should be groomed.

PKR should be a reservoir of talented, if not the best, leaders. A mixture of old and new blood must flow through its veins. Party elections should never be a case of winner takes all, loser gets none. But in a party at war with itself, all are losers.

The PKR leadership, which is gripped by the “Anwar factor”, is facing a “zero sum” game unlike its coalition partners PAS and DAP.

Precious time is being wasted, the clock is ticking and accusations of Anwar being a weak leader is piling up. Even during his Umno days, certain quarters had criticised him for being soft on some issues and skirting around hard decisions.

Now until the next general election will be the last mile for PKR and Pakatan to realise its dream of forming federal government.

But one thing is certain, PKR is in need of reformation.


Stanley Koh is a former head of MCA's research unit.

What extremism means



So you see, my dear Najib, if we really want to be non-extremist then there is much we need to change. To shed extremism there is much we need to shed. And the first would be to shed the attitude that we have a right to decide how someone lives his/her life and what he/she has to believe in and follow.

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Raja Petra Kamarudin

Bernama reported today that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak wants Malaysians to fight extremism and to accept his 1Malaysia. Before we can fight extremism we must first understand what the word means.

Extremist (noun): a person zealous about a belief (Synonyms: agitator, die-hard, fanatic, radical, revolutionary, revolutionist, ultra, ultraist, zealot, illiberal, immoderate, stubborn, obsessive, single-minded, biased, unreasonable, bigot, intolerant, prejudiced, passionate, etc.)

Going by the above, almost 100% of Malaysians can be described as extremists. After all, who amongst us could tolerate/allow what we would regard as an insult to our race, religion or nation? Would we not passionately defend what we would consider our rights, dignity, freedom or whatever?

That would make us extremists.

Even America is an extremist nation. It opposes Communism and would go out of its way to fight Communism and defend ‘the American way of life’. It supported Saddam Hussein in Iraq’s war against ‘extremist Islamic’ Iran and the US closed its eyes to the atrocities Saddam committed against his own people -- all in the interest of ‘democracy’ although Iraq is not the best example of a democracy.

The US also supported the Taliban in its opposition to the Communist Russian occupation of Afghanistan. The US built and nurtured the Taliban to what it is today. Basically the US created a monster to fight en even bigger monster because it is paranoid about Communism and is so intolerant to another system that does not meet ‘US standards’.

That would make the US an extremist.

The entire world, not just Malaysians, is extreme. And the only way to fight extremism would be to be the opposite of that word. And what is the opposite of extremism?

The words opposite to extremist are: conservative, moderate, humanitarian, liberal, disinterested, impartial, unenthusiastic, limited, mild, tolerant, etc.

Now, for Malaysians to shed the extremist label and become the opposite of extremist they have to make a lot of sacrifices and offer a lot of concessions. Are Malaysians prepared to do that? Are the political, community and religious leaders prepared to do that? Are Umno and the 20 or so other political parties prepared to do that? Are the Malays prepared to do that? Are Muslims prepared to do that? More importantly, is Najib prepared to do that?

For example, many of our laws are extremely outdated and are inherited from the days when the world was an extremely intolerant, biased, superstitious and narrow-minded place. Is the government (with Najib at the helm) prepared to abolish all these laws?

Let us look at a few examples.

Can Malaysia shed its extremism and allow gay marriages? The right of gays should be respected. Anything two consenting adults do is their business. Why are we being extremists by deciding what two consenting adults can and cannot do?

You may argue that religion does not allow gay relationships. So what? That is between that person and his God. Why is the government deciding everything on behalf of God? Did God appoint Umno or Barisan Nasional or PAS or Pakatan Rakyat as His representative here on earth?

The government is becoming an extremist by deciding what humankind can and cannot do. You may say that gay marriages or relationships are immoral. Well, some may say the same about a man marrying more than one wife. Why is it a man with more than one wife is tolerated but not gay marriages?

You may argue that Islam allows a man to marry four wives but does not allow gay marriages or relationships. Well and fine but why are Islamic laws imposed on those who are not Muslims? And even if that person is a Muslim should that not be between that person and God? Why is the government becoming an extremist by doing God’s work? Did God appoint the government as His agent or is God not capable of handling His own affairs?

What about the right to decide and choose your own religion? Isn’t religion between you and God? Who gave the government the right to decide what religion we can and cannot follow? What if we refuse to follow any religion altogether or even believe in the existence of God?

The government is becoming an extremist by deciding what religion we must follow and by preventing us from choosing our own religion or even from rejecting religion altogether.

The above are only two examples meant to demonstrate my point. There are of course many more examples I can offer.

Can I be allowed to register a new party called the Communist Party of Malaysia? If not, why? Isn’t the government being an extremist by deciding what party I can form? And what is wrong with Communism?

Can I become a Shia Muslim? And can I establish my own Shia mosque so that those who follow and believe in Shia Islam can have their own place of worship?

Better still, can I start a new ‘religion’ called Abrahamism, which would unite all Jews, Christians and Muslims under one banner, the religion of Abraham -- which the Quran says is the only true religion. If the answer is no and if this new religion is banned and the followers arrested and jailed (and sent for religious rehabilitation) then the government is being an extremist.

So you see, my dear Najib, if we really want to be non-extremist then there is much we need to change. To shed extremism there is much we need to shed. And the first would be to shed the attitude that we have a right to decide how someone lives his/her life and what he/she has to believe in and follow.

So let’s not talk about fighting extremism unless we are prepared to go all the way. As I said, almost 100% of Malaysians are extremists. And I don’t see this changing until I can choose to not believe in God and enter into a gay marriage or relationship. And until that changes keep your thoughts about eradicating extremism to yourself.

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Fight extremism, says PM

(Bernama) - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today expressed strong opposition to the actions of extremist groups or individuals who believe in their radical views and actions against others.

“It saddens me that despite living in an independent multi-cultural nation for over 50 years, there are still those among us who cannot tolerate, much less accept the benefits of a [peaceful] society,” he said.

He said this in his latest entry entitled “Our Fight Against Extremism” in his blog, www.1malaysia.com.my here.

Najib said he was sad because by rejecting Malaysians’ way of life, these groups were rejecting the 1 Malaysia concept.

He said as Malaysia celebrated a landmark in its history tomorrow, there was much to be proud of because Malaysia was a developing nation that had excelled in many sectors such as tourism, banking and finance, halal sector, medicine and many more.

“We are blessed to be able to experience different cultures, food and religions without travelling far and abroad.”

“While we have achieved so much, it troubles me to see a rise in issues rooted in extremism in the nation.”

“This is not limited to racism. Extremists are groups or individuals who subscribe to radical views and actions against others.”

“They treat anyone who is different as an enemy and engineer fear in people who don’t conform to their thoughts or ideologies and, in some cases in people who simply look different,” Najib said.

Hence, extremism here applied to a gamut of factors, including racism, arts, culture, way of life, and more, the prime minister said.

While these groups were often small in number, their presence was amplified through their extreme sentiments and acts.

Nonetheless, the government continued to keep a watchful eye on such groups.

“We have dealt effectively with a number of extreme cases in Malaysia, such as militant groups that have instigated conflicts and posed a genuine threat to national security.”

“We will continue to protect the Rakyat and the nation from threats from outside or within, through land, sea, air or cyberspace.”

“We have been exposed to examples of extremist behaviour, regionally and globally. I am glad that we have abstained from such acts, and instead displayed maturity as a people, as 1 Malaysia.”

“I urge all Malaysians to be calm and rational in the face of such extremism. To respond like with like only serves to escalate tensions between our countries and becomes a hindrance to our own progress.”

“Economies have faltered because of acts of extremism, and the road to recovery is often long and hard,” Najib added.