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Monday, April 9, 2012

Hindu Muslim riot in Hyderabad. Desecration of Hanuman Temple with alleged Beef throwing.

Hindus celebrating Hanuman Jayanti at Hyderabad on 06/04/2012 without creating any tension.
Riots erupt in Hyderabad after desecration of Hanuman Temple with Beef and Green colour.

Bhagyanagar (Hyderabad) | 9th April, 2012: An indefinite curfew was today imposed in the sensitive Madannapet and Saidabad areas of the walled city. A Hanuman temple at Kurmaguda, (in Saidabad) was found desecrated on the Sunday morning which was followed by incidents of stabbing and heavy stone-pelting, hence curfew has been imposed, police said.

A day after the Hanuman Jayanti (6th April, 20-12), in the early hours of Sunday, 8th April 2012, the devotees of the Hanuman temple at Kurmaguda, in Saidabad, were in for a shock to find green colour had been splashed on the walls of the temple and pieces of cow meat were thrown inside the temple from the grills.

The naturally agitated Hindu youth protested against this sacrilegious act. The Muslims who are a majority in that area launched an offensive on the Hindus and both sides engaged in a duel of stone fight. Sensing trouble, the police indulged in lathi charge and also fired tear gas hurting many of the protesters. At the same time, the Muslims grouped themselves into a larger group and more or less occupied the main road of Saidabad armed with stones and swords, eye witnesses told NewsBharati.

The incidents were reported from the Madannapet and Saidabad areas of the Old City here. Additional forces have been deployed there, a senior police official told.

Curfew has been clamped till further orders in the areas under Madannapet and Saidabad police station limits, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan said, adding police have picked up two persons for questioning.

“Miscreants pelted stones at buses and set at least two vehicles on fire. Two incidents of stabbing have also been reported,” the police official said.

“The situation is now under control. We have posted pickets and preventive measures are in place,” Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan added.

“We are keeping strict watch in the sensitive areas,” Khan told reporters, appealing to people to cooperate with police and not beMeanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed Director General of Police, Dinesh Reddy, and other senior officials to take stringent action against the miscreants responsible for Madannapet incidents.

Hindu groups are demanding security of the community and punishment to wrong doers. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the situation by talking to the top officials, official sources said. Source: HJS.

It is reported that the BJP corporator from Kurmaguda Sashi Yadav was leading the Hindu protest rally over the Hanuman Temple desecration, while a big police contingent were trying to arrest Hindu Leader Thakur Raja Singh to suppress the Hindu Protesting force in Hyderabad.

In the year 2010, the Muslim perpetrators of Hyderabad attacked some Temples attached with Goshala (Cow Shelter House) and burnt cows alive to hurt the hindu sentiments during Hanuman Jayanti.

Curfew in old City area of Hyderabad after clashes.

Hyderabad | Post Jagran | 08 Apr 2012 :: An indefinite curfew was on Sunday clamped in some parts of the walled city here following communal clashes over alleged desecration of a religious place.

At least five persons were injured in incidents of stabbing and stone-pelting involving members of two communities, police said.

Curfew was imposed in Madannapet and Saidabad in Old City and will continue till further orders, Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police V Dinesh Reddy said.

Tension erupted in the morning following reports of alleged desecration of a religious place in Kurmaguda, wherein some devotees complained that they found “meat” and green-coloured water near a place of worship.

Enraged members of the community took out rallies that culminated in stone-pelting. As the news spread, members of other community too assembled in large numbers and also indulged into heavy brickbatting against each other and at houses in Kurmaguda besides the communally sensitive areas of Madannapet and Saidabad, thus prompting police to cane charge and burst of teargas shells to disperse marauding mobs. Read details here….

Widening Kiran-Owaisi rift causes Hyderabad Tension?

April 7, 2012 | Deccan Chronicle | Hyderabad :: The gulf between the ruling Congress, in particular, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, and the Owaisi brothers of the MIM is widening. The recent broadside by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, against the state’s failure to contain communal violence, is said to be a reflection of the growing differences between the MIM and the CM.

The MIM is providing crucial support to the Congress government, which is in a precarious position in the numbers game in the Assembly. The government will slip into a minority if five of its members quit, and in such an event, a formal letter of support from the seven-member MIM becomes crucial for its survival.

Though both sides were ill at ease for some time, the recent communal violence in Sangareddy and the CM’s reaction to the complaints by a leaders of Muslim organisations, led by the MIM, came as a shock.

Sources told this newspaper that the CM had totally backed the local MLA, Jagga Reddy, whom the Muslim organisations had held responsible for attacks against their community. The party also objected to the inordinate delay sanctioning relief to victims of the Adoni communal violence in September 2011. Read the full story….

2 Tunisians Jailed for Posting Naked Prophet's Cartoons on Facebook

Two Tunisians have been jailed after they posted naked caricatures of the prophet Mohammad on their Facebook accounts.

The young Tunisians, Jabeur Mejri and Ghazi Beji, have been sentenced to seven years in prison. While Jabeur Mejri is in jail, Ghazi Bej has escaped to Algeria and the sentencing was given in his absence.

The two men had posted depictions of the prophet naked on the social networking site, the justice ministry said, inflaming sensitivities in a country where Muslim values have taken on a bigger role since a revolution last year, reported Reuters.

"They were sentenced for violation of morality, and disturbing public order," said Chokri Nefti, a justice ministry spokesman.

The verdict has created public outrage after bloggers posted the message on the internet. Some activists have criticised the verdict and condemned it as an attack on the freedom of expression.

"The sentences are very heavy and severe, even if these young people were at fault," one Tunisian blogger, Nebil Zagdoud, told Reuters.

"This decision is aimed at silencing freedom of expression even on the Internet. Prosecutions for offending morals are a proxy for this government to gag everyone," he said.

After the fall of the longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali during the Tunisian revolution last year, Moncef Marzouki, a noted human rights activist was elected president.

The Tunisian revolution brought tension between conservative Muslims who wanted the religious faith to play a bigger role in society and the secularists who wanted to preserve freedom of expression and the women's' rights.

While the government insists on defending the standards of public decency, the secularists have accused the government of clamping down on freedom of speech.

The president's spokesman Adnan Mancer told a news agency that "attacks on the sacred symbols of Muslims and Islam cannot be considered part of freedom of expression," reported AP.

"We are a Muslim country and so are against those who insult religions. It is a form of extremism which provokes more extremist reactions which we should avoid during this delicate period," he said.

The defence attorney of the Tunisian men, Ahmed Msallemi, said the two deserved punishment, but he found the verdict excessive.

The trial will now continue on 19 April after a citizen has filed a suit condemning the verdict as an attack on freedom of expression.

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Pakistani schoolbooks full of contempt and bigotry against Christians, Hindus and Sikhs

Pakistani curricula and textbooks promote extremism and violate minorities’ rights. An NCJP study notes distortions and requests a revision of the educational system, the first source of marginalization. Although minorities are guaranteed the possibility to deepen their own religion.

Lahore (AsiaNews) - School textbooks that promote religious fanaticism, discriminate against minorities and trigger religious conflicts: Pakistani schools are - once again - the object of attention and study of Catholic NCJP activists who, in a detailed report, have examined the basic elements of discrimination of sectarian origins. In the report titled " Fanatic Literacy or Education," the National Commission for Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Church invites a rethink of school curricula, so that even Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and those belonging to minorities in Pakistan can deepen the study of their religion. Currently they are obliged to learn the basics of Islam, as practiced in some areas of the country, including Punjab.

The report shows that thousands of non-Muslim students are "forced" to study Islam and elements of the Muslim religion, for fear of discrimination. Among these, the decision taken by the Parliament of Punjab - one of the provinces of Pakistan - and approved "unanimously" that makes the study of the Koran mandatory. And non-Muslims "are not offered a viable alternative." At the same time, even in subjects like social sciences and linguistics about 20% of the content is linked to Islam. Again: the non-Muslim students are given the extra bonus of 20 points, reserved to those who deepen Islamic studies.

AsiaNews has long stressed the importance of education as a factor of redemption and growth for Pakistan, and even devoted a thorough dossier to schooling and education (see, Education can stop the Taliban in Pakistan). Peter Jacob, NCJP executive secretary, explains that "education and educational policy in Pakistan" are among the sectors in which sectarian nature of discrimination and violations of basic human rights clearly emerge. In addition there is a chronic "lack of initiatives" and complications caused by "widespread corruption and inefficiency."

In the study prepared by Christian activists they recall article 20 of the Constitution, which guarantees religious freedom, and article 22 that states that " no person attending any educational institution shall be required to receive religious instruction, or take part in any religious ceremony, or attend religious worship, if such instruction, ceremony or worship relates to a religion other than his own". However, the school and education system in general seem to "forget" these two fundamental laws of the Charter of the State, while diligently applying Article 31, under which "shall be binding upon the study of Islam and the Koran" so that - add Christian activists - there are no substantial differences between public institutions and the madrassas, or Islamic schools.

Finally, the report says that religions other than Islam are viewed "with contempt and prejudice." Faced with a situation that is becoming increasingly critical, Justice and Peace calls for a substantial change in the educational policy and the opportunity for Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and students of other religions to deepen the knowledge of their own faith or, alternatively, have access to ethics and civic education.

Samy Vellu says Dr M cost him seat in 2008

Samy Vellu said Dr Mahathir campaigned against him in 2008 as payback for blocking IPF’s entry into BN. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 — Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has blamed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed for his loss in Election 2008, and accused the former prime minister of sabotaging his political chances.

The former MIC president further alleged that Dr Mahathir had “instigated” Malay voters to vote against him back in the last general election.

He said this resulted in his loss of the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat to Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj by a 1,821-vote majority.

“He (Dr Mahathir) had a personal grudge against me. But I don’t hold a grudge against him; I always think of him as the greatest leader of this country... the greatest experience I had was working with Dr Mahathir for 22 years,” Samy Vellu was quoted by the New Sunday Times (NST) as saying.

“Dr Mahathir, prior to the (2008) election, told the people ‘Don’t vote for Samy Vellu.’ Where did the 1,001 spoilt votes come from? Because of his advice (to) Malay voters.

“He told Umno (members) ‘don’t vote for Samy Vellu,” said the former works minister.

Samy Vellu said that although he was “upset” when he found this out, he understood the reasons why Dr Mahathir did it.

“You see, there are reasons he (Dr Mahathir) felt hurt. He wanted to bring the IPF (Indian Progressive Front), (the late Tan Sri M.G) Pandithan’s party into Barisan Nasional. Everybody (other BN component party leaders) agreed (but), I said no.

“That is the reason why our friendship is gone. It’s because of the IPF. Nothing else,” said the longest-serving former MIC president.

Ku Li: Amanah ready to work with Bersih

He also said that he left it to his voters in Gua Musang to decide if he should be replaced for the next general election.

SUNGAI BULOH: Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah today said that his Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah) would cooperate with polls reform group Bersih if both shared similar objectives.

The Gua Musang MP and Amanah president said the movement – which had also been vocal in calls for poll reform – welcomed cooperation with Bersih but he remained silent on the prospect of joining Bersih’s planned mass protest on April 28.

“Yes on beliefs that we both share, we can cooperate with them. Amanah will cooperate with those who want to work together,” he told a press conference here after opening his group’s local chapter.

Razaleigh, affectionately known as Ku Li, found Amanah as a pressure group on Putrajaya and it has been critical towards the Najib administration on several issues, including demanding for poll reforms to be implemented before the 13th general election is held.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had recently said that it would look into the 22 point recommendations made by the parliamentary select committee (PSC) which he set up on the matter but failed to give assurance that the suggestions would be in place before he calls for elections.

While opposition lawmakers blasted the PSC as a failure, Bersih in an immediate reaction said it would launch Bersih 3.0 – a planned nationwide sit-in rally with the main event being held at the historic Dataran Merdeka.

Its predecessor, Bersih 2.0, which saw tens of thousands march in the city centre despite blockades and a harsh crackdown that received worldwide attention, forced Najib to concede on the need to clean up the election system.

The PSC was subsequently set up in a move aimed at mitigating a potential voter backlash. Bersih leaders hailed the rally a success.

Up to voters

Razaleigh had said in the past that Bersih’s rising popularity was the Najib government’s own doing, criticising the government’s failure to engage and heed the group’s demands for a free and fair election, demands which he deemed as legitimate.

His criticism on his own party, however, drew flak from Umno’s senior leaders and party members including the alleged call for the Kelantan prince not to defend his seat in the coming polls.

Speaking on this, the Gua Musang MP said although it was up to Najib to decide on the matter, his fate was still ultimately up to his constituents.

“It’s up to the voters. I respect various views so it is up to them,” he said in response to queries on the alleged calls for him to make way for others to stand as the ruling coalition’s new Gua Musang candidate.

Any move to replace Razaleigh as the Gua Musang MP would likely face stiff opposition given his popularity in the Malay-majority seat.

Disabled couple handicapped by broken lifts

Despite numeous complaints since Friday, lift company Dover Elevators (M) Sdn Bhd has yet to fix the lifts at Taman Wahyu 2 PPR flats.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malfunctioning lifts at Taman Wahyu 2 Public Housing Project (PPRT) in Selayang have a disabled couple living there helpless for the past three days.

Speaking to FMT today, wheelchair-bound businessman A Thangarajoo, 40, said his ordeal began on Friday morning when two out of three lifts at Block C of the flat broke down.

“I immediately called up the elevator company which operates a 24 hours service. They promised to send their technicians and they came two hours later,” said Thangarajoo.

The company that does maintenance for the PPRT block is Dover Elevators (M) Sdn Bhd

Thangarajoo added that he told the technicians to fix the third elevator which does not stop at the 1st floor of the building where he lives, before leaving for work.

When he returned from work at night, Thangarajoo said he found the lifts working, only for them to break down again the following day.

“I called Dover six times since yesterday morning but so far no one has turned up to fix the lifts. Their operator keeps saying that they have informed the technicians,” claimed Thangarajoo.

Thangarajoo was also unable to raise the issue with the PPRT management office as it was closed for the weekend.

Due to the breakdown in the lift services, Thangraroo said he had not choice but to crawl down the staircase with his wheelchair to buy groceries.

“And yesterday, I had to crawl down six times as I need to get provisions for my business,” he said.

His wife, M Valli, who is also wheelchair bound, said she had no choice but to skip work yesterday as the broken lifts had rendered her immobile.

“I probably lost about RM300 yesterday. I can’t even go down to buy groceries,” said the 40-year old Valli who works at a call centre owned by a fast food outlet.

The couple however said this was the first time the elevator company dragged its feet in repairing the lifts.

Will be worse if not fixed on Monday

Thangarajoo urged Dover to fix up the lifts as soon as possible as he would need to work tomorrow and being self-employed, he depends on a daily income.

“At least fix the third lift so that it will stop at the 1st floor,” he said.

Another resident, R Kalaiselvan, who works as a driver, said he saw some technicians working on the lifts yesterday but they failed to fix the problem.

Suffering from heart ailment, the 53-year-old Kalaiselvan who lives at the 12th floor of the building said nothing gets done there if the residents did not make their own effort.

“I called Dover four times yesterday. They never think about us. If I’m suffering like this, can you imagine how the senior citizens are coping?” asked Kalaiselvan.

Chei Kuei Yong,42, said that he was worried that if the lifts do not get fixed by tomorrow, it would cause a lot of problem for the residents as many need to go to school and work.

“Only one lift is working. I can’t imagine how the people are going to move in and out in the morning and evening tomorrow,” said Chei.

Hindraf welcomes Bersih 3.0, but …

Bersih's electoral reform drive should move beyond mere procedural and structural matters, says Hindraf national advisor Ganesan.

GEORGE TOWN: Hindraf Makkal Sakti wants election watchdog, Bersih coalition to address the serious issue of minority disenfranchisement in their pursuit for electoral reforms.

Its national advisor N Ganesan said the Bersih’s electoral reform drive should move beyond mere procedural and structural matters.

He said a truly democratic political system must allow minorities a voice of their own to articulate their distinct concerns, seek redress and lay the basis for a deliberative democracy.

“Electoral reform drive should target such progressive goals because it’s not all about better procedures but very much about a better system,” he said.

Nonetheless he welcomed the Bersih 3.0 rally on Apr 28, saying that Bersih initiatives for electoral reforms were in line with Hindraf’s struggle for fundamental changes to correct the skewed and racist system that marginalises the minorities, especially ethnic Indian poor.

But he argued the current system centering on electoral process does not protect the rights and interests of minorities, and Bersih’s reform drive has overlooked the issue.

“The current system effectively excludes vital minorities’ interests from government policies,” Ganesan said in a statement here today.

As Malaysian politics was deeply rooted in the ethos of promoting communal interests, overtly and covertly, he is also unconvinced that interests of minorities can be served by majority representatives.

Acknowledging that some would disagree with him, Ganesan rightly noted that they would also fail to explain on why majority of all minority groups were lagging behind others in socio-economic terms.

He said some would argue that ethnic Indians were well represented by pointing to the number of Indian elected representatives.

“But adequate minority representation goes beyond minority members being included in legislatures.

“Minority rights are dependent on how legitimate these representatives are and on whether they have power and influence over policies affecting the minorities they purport to represent,” he argued.

He noted the 22 recommendations proposed by parliamentary select committee (PSC ) on electoral reforms and criticisms by Pakatan Rakyat MPs and Bersih coalition all centred on matters pertaining to machinery and procedures underlying the electoral process.

“But disenfranchisement of minorities did not receive any attention,” he chided.

He called on Bersih to take cognizance of such serious systemic weaknesses and address them with urgency and compulsion in its reform drive.

Last week Hindraf’s P Uthayakumar ruled out the movement’s support for the April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally unless Pakatan Rakyat’s PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang agreed to outline their plans for Indian poor in the first 100 days if Pakatan forms the next federal government.

A couple of days later Hindraf said that Uthayakumar was no longer its spokesman.

PTPTN: Najib Baik Berundur Kerana Gagal Sedia Kos RM43b Untuk Hutang Pelajar


Ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menggesa Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak meletak jawatan sekiranya tidak mampu menyedia kos RM43 bilion untuk hutang pelajar.

Anwar berkata hutang melalui Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) itu boleh diselesaikan jika kerajaan mengelak daripada menanggung ketirisan perbelanjaan dan menolak perbuatan rasuah.

Berucap dalam satu ceramah sempena sambutan Jubli Perak PAS Shah Alam malam tadi, Anwar turut menempelak Najib kerana menimbulkan kos sebanyak RM43 bilion untuk langkah tersebut.

Anwar mempertikaikan kos berkenaan memandangkan kerajaan didakwa mampu menanggung kerugian seperti dalam isu pembelian saham MAS dan dalam projek National Feedlot Corporation.

“Hei Najib, RM43 bilion hang (kamu) tak reti (pandai) cari? Hang tak reti cari tak apa. Hang berhenti.

“Kalau tak berhenti, kami tolak hang jadi ketua pembangkang parlimen Malaysia selepas ini. (Sampai) tak tahu nak cari duit,” sindir Anwar yang diiringi dengan tepukan hadirin.

Bekas menteri kewangan itu menegaskan bahawa Pakatan Rakyat akan menyelesaikan hutang PTPTN tersebut sekiranya gabungan itu membentuk kerajaan selepas ini.

Anwar mengulas kenyataan Najib semalam yang turut menjelaskan bahawa tindakan itu akan membebankan rakyat kerana kerajaan perlu mengenakan cukai yang tinggi sekiranya langkah itu dilaksanakan.

Keadaan itu boleh dilihat seperti di Norway yang menanggung pengajian tinggi rakyat negara itu sepenuhnya, kata Najib.

Najib juga berkata, kerajaan pada masa ini juga menanggung kira-kira 90 peratus daripada kos pengajian tinggi rakyat manakala PTPTN hanya digunakan untuk membayar yuran pengajian pelajar.

Keghairahan Anwar dan Najib dalam menjuarai isu hutang tersebut dilihat semakin memuncak ekoran rancangan sekumpulan pelajar untuk mengadakan perhimpunan anti-PTPTN pada 14 April.

Perhimpunan yang mensasarkan penyertaan 5,000 pelajar itu dirancang bagi menuntut kerajaan memansuhkan pinjaman tersebut dan menyediakan pendidikan percuma.

Perhimpunan anjuran Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia itu juga dirancang sebagai “pemanas badan” sebelum perhimpunan BERSIH 3.0 pada 28 April di lokasi yang sama.

Just who are the traitors?

Spencer Gan - The Malaysian Insider

APRIL 7 — I note that Perkasa today called Bersih’s Ambiga Sreenevasan a traitor. I am afraid that the tables have been turned on its head in this country and the despicable and corrupt are now dishing out labels liberally.

But I do wonder whether the majority of us would consider a law-abiding activist a traitor or would they consider her a TRAITOR?

1. Someone who allegedly received kickbacks totalling RM144 million from a French defence company for agreeing to purchase two submarines. It is a fair assumption that the person/persons who received the money were not influenced by the utility of the purchase.

Asia Sentinel quoting French legal sources said that a Hong Kong company headed by Razak Baginda and his father received RM144 million from the French defence company. There is some evidence that the money was funnelled to Najib Razak who was the defence minister then. Is this a treacherous act? I wonder.

2. Individuals in the Prime Minister’s Department and senior government officials who have been giving foreigners documentation to allow them to vote in the coming elections. Citizenship is a privilege and it is the height of treachery for this privilege to be given away as if it were a Barisan Nasional T-shirt.

3. Traitors steal from their fellow citizens and don’t respect the rule of law. In this category is the Malaysian Cabinet. I am being generous but I don’t believe that even one minister is living on his Cabinet salary.

They have funnelled contracts, APs to family members, nominees. Some of them are being “kept” on monthly retainers by big business and in return, they influence decision-making so that their business partners win contracts, most often through direct negotiation.

4. Are the people behind Bersih traitors or the editors of mainstream media who have sold not only their profession down the drain but have sold their soul for cash and a Datukship?

5. Traitors are politicians who were voted in under one banner but who jump ship at the sight of money being flashed at them.

6. Traitors are law enforcement officials and government leaders who refuse to set up an independent tribunal against the catalogue of serious charges against the Attorney-General.

Yes, there are many “traitors” amongst us. Just don’t think the people from Bersih qualify.

MACC trio cleared of wrongdoing

Malay Mail 
by T.K. Letchumy Tamboo

KUALA LUMPUR: Three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers implicated by the Teoh Beng Hock's Royal Commission of Inquiry have been cleared of wrongdoing.

In a written reply, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the trio have been cleared by the Attorney-General's Chambers, reports Malaysiakini.

"Thus, no action will be taken against the three officers," he said.

Nazri was responding to a question by Gopeng MP Dr Lee Boon Chye, who asked the government to specify what kind of action was taken against the trio.

The three-member RCI, led by former Court of Appeals judge Steve Shim, found the three MACC officers' aggressive interrogation tactics contributed to Teoh's suicide on July 16, 2009.

The trio were the then-Selangor MACC deputy director Hishammuddin Hashim, assistant enforcement officer Arman Alies and assistant superintendent Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.

They were suspended last July pending investigations. Hishamuddin has since been promoted to Negri Sembilan MACC director but the status of Arman and Mohd Ashraf is unknown.

The final RCI report recommended MACC take action against the trio, whom they described as Arman "the bully", Mohd Ashraf "the abuser" and Hishammuddin "the arrogant leader".

Nazri said the Attorney-General's Chambers examined statements presented by police who investigated the trio based on evidence adduced during the inquest and RCI.

Following this, the Attorney-General's Chambers found the trio did not commit a crime based on Penal Code or the MACC Act 2009.

He said the MACC's special investigation team had also cleared the trio of violating the Civil Service Regulations (Behaviour and Disciplinary) 1993, MACC Act 2009 and the commission's internal rules.

"Based on this investigation, it was concluded that only one disciplinary charge can be made against (the trio) - a charge of failing to supervise the witness being investigated," he said.

Later at the Parliament lobby, Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching who was surprised by the decision, claimed she received two different answers from Nazri over the government's decision regarding the trio.

"The RCI report clearly pointed out the three officers guilty of excessive use of violence on Teoh.

"Therefore the police have more than enough reason to commence investigations against them for possible offences under Section 304 and 304A of the Penal Code, namely for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and for causing the death of Teoh by negligence, respectively.

"However, a written reply from Nazri on March 29 stated that no legal action could be taken against the trio. In another written reply on Wednesday he said police were conducting investigations to gather statements and evidence over the report. He also said the papers were submitted to the state prosecution head and Attorney-General's office for research and advice," said Teo.

Claiming the two answers as conflicting, Teo demanded Nazri to reveal which one was accurate.

"These are conflicting. Nazri must clarify which answer is accurate and reflected the stand of the governement.

"If his answer on March 29 is accurate, I must say the A-G has made a complete mockery of the entire RCI proceedings.

"A life was lost and we spent RM1 million to set up the RCI," she said, adding the ten MACC officers who gave false testimonies during the RCI should be investigated under Sections 191 and 192 of the Penal Code for giving false evidence and fabricating evidence to protect certain parties from being held responsible for Teoh's death.

Anwar Should Debate With Nallakaruppan, Says Perkasa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should take on United India Malaysia Party president Datuk S.Nallakaruppan in a debate over his (Nallakaruppan's) remarks that there was no provision in the constitution allowing a bisexual to be the prime minister.

Perkasa, a Malay right wing group, information chief Ruslan Kasim said Anwar, who was known to be a great orator, should be able to deliberate at length on the matter, instead of suing Nallakaruppan.

"I wonder why Anwar, who is also known as a spin master and an expert at thwarting issues, seemed to be in disarray and panicky over Datuk Nalla's remarks," said Ruslan in a statement.

He said normally the opposition leader was calm when he reacted to allegations hurled against him.

"I think it is better for Anwar to seek help from PAS and the DAP, instead of issuing a writ demanding RM100 million in damages from Datuk Nalla as this will enable him (Anwar) to explain to the people why he was so angry over the remarks," said Ruslan.