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Friday, July 6, 2012

Victory of ‘Tarun Hindu’ (Hindu Youth Force) over Jihadi Islamists in Jharkhand.


Hindu Warriors – The Picture is only for reference.

Fearless Hindu Warriors defeated Jihadi Islamist in Jharkhand.

Archana Das | Dhanbad| 4th July, 2012 :: In the first week of June, 2012 a jihad was committed on the Hindus of the village Keska (Govindpur Tehsil in Dhanbad District in Jharkhand State in Bharat – India) by the Muslims of the nearby village Sahar pura. The women of the village Keska take bath in the village pond. A group of Muslim youths were regularly coming and sitting on the bank of the pond and were taunting and teasing the women in the bathing time. Being informed by the girls a group of young Hindus entreated the Muslim boys not to come to the pond and tease the girls. The Muslims had jihad in their mind. Their motive was to show their own superiority and demean the Hindus. They said Hindus have never been able to protect their sisters and mothers. Muslims have always enjoyed them. We will come and sit here again in the evening. Protect your women if you can. The Muslims came in the evening in a big number prepared with lathis and swords. Hindu boys had no option but to take on them.

One Hindu boy told that I thought that I should rather die than tolerating such insult. I went there thinking that I will be killed. The number of the Hindus were less. They were not prepared nor organised. But they had a drive in their mind. They had a moral courage because they did no wrong to anybody but were defending the modesty of their women folk. They jumped on to them with Jay Shri Ram in their gallant voice.

There was a ruckus, a Muslim boy striked hard with a lathi to the hand of a Hindu boy. The Hindu boy fell on the ground. The Muslim boy was going to finish him to complete his jihad. But another Hindu boy came immediately to rescue the attacked Hindu boy. He snatched the lathi from the Muslim boy and striked back the Muslim boy thrice on his head while shouting Jay Shri Ram. The boy told me that I do not know who gave me that courage and strength at that time. The muslim boy fell in a pool of blood. Sensing the seriousness of the situation the Muslims intruders left the place carrying the injured with them. When the boy was in Ranchi Medical College, the Muslim perpetrators threatened the Hindus by saying that if the Muslim boy dies, we will finish the Keska village. The Muslim boy died after 7 days, but no Muslim turned out to take revenge. The matter did not end there as the real oppression upon the Hindus started thereafter. The police became paranoiac, fell behind the Hindu boys like rabid dog. The village Keska is now turned deserted as nearly all the Hindu youths compelled to flee for avoiding the police harassments. Seven boys have been arrested amongst whom four boys are minors. The four minor boys have got bail by now. Other three boys are behind the bars. The 10 sadhaks (devout practitioner for self sacrifice) of Tarun Hindu lead by President Dr N M Das visited the village for the second time on 4. 7. 2012 to boost morale into the hearts of the demoralized Hindus. It came to their knowledge that police is trying to extract money from the Hindus for protecting them from Muslims.

Most of the political parties visited the nearby Muslim village and assured them that none of them will be booked for the case. As a result no Muslim has been booked so far. The MP of the region belongs to BJP. He has not done anything for the protection of Hindus or arresting of the Muslims, the real perpetrators. In the meeting Dr N M Das said that the incidence is not a sporadic incident, but it is a part of planned jihad. These are the activities they perform in the state of Dar-ul-Harab. These are the ongoing steps for the Dar-ul-Islam. We should fight it out with the skin of our teeth. In the meeting it was decided that a mammoth Hindu rally will be held on 8th July Sunday in the Keska Village to expose the police and the netas (leaders) and to force the police to arrest the Muslims who created the violence at first.

There is no dearth of Hindu oppression in a Hindu majority country. Hindus have to fight out it themselves. Hindu Rashtra is the real solution to all these oppression.

Courtesy: Tarun Hindu.

Emirati father tortured Wudeema and Meera to exorcise jinn from their bodies

Dubai: An Emirati father brutally tortured his eight-year-old daughter to death and injured her seven-year-old sister because he wanted to exorcise jinn from their bodies, Gulf News learnt yesterday.

The 29-year-old father, Hamad S., thought jinn possessed his daughters so he tortured them more because he was provoked every time the girls laughed when he beat them, said a police lieutenant during prosecution questioning. Prosecutors charged Hamad and his 27-year-old Emirati girlfriend, Al Onoud A., with illegally grounding the two daughters in a flat and torturing eight-year-old Wudeema to death and injuring seven-year-old Meera. The latter sustained 10 per cent permanent disability.

Gulf News obtained a copy of the charges, in which the lieutenant cited Hamad alleging that he used excessive beating and torturing to exorcise the jinn from his daughters’ bodies.

Hamad and Al Onoud entered their pleas before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Wednesday.

“I did not torture Wudeema to death. I took Meera to Rashid Hospital to treat her broken arm… I didn’t torture her. I did not confine them, but I used to take them out,” Hamad told Presiding Judge Maher Salama Al Mahdi yesterday.

Al Onoud surprised the crammed court when she contended: “Hamad did not do anything to the girls. I beat and tortured them with hot water, electric wire, an iron… I electrocuted them with the taser gun.”

Senior Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Ali Rustom, Head of Family and Juveniles Prosecution, asked the court to implement a capital punishment against the suspects. The couple was also accused of hiding Wudeema’s body by burying it without obtaining proper permission.

“I was present with Hamad when he buried Wudeema,” claimed Al Onoud, who is believed to be pregnant.

Hamad admitted that he buried his dead daughter in Al Badayer area in Sharjah.

Concerning the charge of torturing Meera and causing her a permanent disability, Hamad maintained: “The Taser gun was not working. I didn’t torture her.”

The father asked the court to get a copy of the medical report from Rashid Hospital to prove that he took Meera for treatment when her arm was fractured.

Following Wednesday’s hearing, the mother was heard shouting at Al Onoud: “You will go to hell and be tortured there.”

Two lawyers will be appointed to defend the suspects and prosecution witnesses will testify when the court reconvenes on Wednesday.

Umno's young ulama back hudud law for Johor

The young ulama secretariat of Umno has declared its support for the proposal to implement hudud law in Johor on all races.

NONEIts chairperson Fathul Bari Mat Jahaya, told Sinar Harian that the secretariat's working committee had decided in a meeting to send an official letter on this to the Johor Umno in two or three days.

The letter will express its unanimous support for Umno's Kemelah assemblyperson Ayub Rahmat (right) who raised the proposal during the Johor state assembly sitting on June 20, said Fathul.

It will also give views and suggestions on how hudud law can be implemented in the southern state.

"If all the resolutions, views and suggestions are accepted, we would be willing to involve ourselves to help facilitate the process of implementing hudud in Johor," he was quoted as saying.

However he stressed that the ulama secretariat has no power to make any decision on the matter.

Contacted by Malaysiakini last week, Ayub said he wanted to see Johor to be the first state to implement "true hudud", which he said differed from PAS' version of the religious law.

pas muktamar 130610 nik abdul aziz nik mat 1The critical difference with PAS's hudud that has been legislated in Kelantan, he said, was that there would be no discrimination as it would cover all races in Johor.

Following that, PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (left) welcomed the proposal and congratulated Umno.

However, Ayub's statement was immediately blasted by MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, who said Ayub was "out of his mind".

Ayub later took a step back, saying that the issue should be discussed behind closed doors as it would create confusion within Malaysian society.

Confusion over matriculation seats for Indian students

Two NGOs want a clarification on matriculation seat allocation for Indian students after promises of extra seats by the Prime Minister and his deputy.

PETALING JAYA: It is anybody’s guess just how many matriculation seats are reserved for Indians. The latest count says that they will be given an extra 1,555 seats in addition to last years’ allocation of 539 seats.

But two Indian NGOs – National Indian Action Team (Niat) and Malaysian Indian Education Transformation Association (Mieta) – said Indian students should not be treated like puppets on a string.

They want the Education Ministry to clear the air on how many matriculation seats are available for Indian students

“We want the ministry’s clarification. Don’t play with children’s education. Politicians from across the divide aren’t supposed to be knocking around children’s education.

“Let educationists deal with it professionally,” said Niat president Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim at a press conference in Putrajaya after handing over a memorandum to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister’s office.

The uncertainty on the number of seats first surfaced when Najib Tun Razak announced an additional 1,000 seats for Indian students at a Ponggal festival in February.

Last year only 539 matriculation seats were offered to Indians students.

Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Senator G Palanivel announced that 1,500 matriculation seats would be filled by Indian students.

And to add more confusion, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, made a one-off offer of 557 seats on Monday.

In the memorandum, Niat and Mieta raised several issues. The two NGOs wanted to know whether 1,555 seats would also be offered in the future.

They also wanted a clarification on the one-off offer made by Muhyiddin. The two NGOs also wanted to know the government’s policy on matriculation.

“What are the total number of seats?What is the government’s policy for Indian students’ matriculation enrolment?”, the NGOs queried in the memorandum.

The matriculation intake starts in May, June and July.

‘War grade barbed wire used at Bersih rally’

An army veteran tells Suhakam it is not the kind that should be used to keep the general public at bay.
UPDATED

KUALA LUMPUR: Some of the barbed wire used to cordon off Dataran Merdeka during the April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally is normally only used in instances of high conflict and not against the general public, according to an army veteran.

Khairul Anuar Pawanchik, who is retired from the armed forces, said the barbed wire, known as razor blade barbed concertina wire, should not have been used at Dataran Merdeka.

He was testifying at the Suhakam public inquiry into human rights abuses during the rally.

“The army usually uses them for defence against the enemy,” he said. “It is used to delay or slow down the enemy. It is not supposed to be used against the public or on the road.

“It is usually used in war zones and at prison walls. I think it should not have been used at all.”

Khairul, 60, said he saw a Chinese man with a bleeding ear during the rally at about 6pm during the rally, where he was a Red Crescent volunteer.

He said he passed by Dataran Merdeka after the rally had ended and verified that war zone barbed wire was used.

According to him, the wire looks deceptively soft but is actually hard and is made of substance similar to the kind used to make equipment for minor surgeries.

Khairul said he believed that the Chinese man’s injury was caused by the barbed wire because of the manner in which the ear was wounded.

He added that he observed that normal barbed wires were used as well on April 28, particularly at the junction of Jalan Raja Laut.

“Usually if you do use barbed wire, you widen the base and increase the height of the barrier so that it does not injure the people and at the same time it protects the people on the other side. That is better. That is safe.

“The razor concertina wire and the normal barbed wire are two different things.”

Concerned over public safety

Khairul, who serves as a communication and reserve officer in the Red Crescent Society, said he was not against the police but was concerned over public safety.

Even an experienced officer would have to wear two layers of gloves to handle the wires, he added.

Khairul, who retired from the army in 1999, said his point of view was speaking from the point of view of a soldier, not a policeman’s, adding that he had no knowledge of the police’s standard operation procedures.

Khairul also told the hearing that the procedure of using tear gas should be re-examined.

“I have read accounts of people being hit in the face and chest by the tear gas,” he said. “One should pay attention to the velocity. It should be fired at a 45-degree angle from the hip.

“I am not saying that the police fired straight into the crowd on purpose. It may be by accident. That even happens in the army. When you are in a rush, you don’t quite pay attention to the angle.”

He added that a proper procedure on how the police should disperse a riot should be included in the Majis Keselamatan Malaysia’s handbook.

Khairul also described his experience with a rowdy crowd at about 4pm at Medan Mara. It was rumoured during the rally that an injured policeman was being treated in the building.

He said the crowd of around 200 people gathered there chanting “Bunuh polis! Polis jahat (Kill the police! They are evil)” and he said a few words to calm them down. The crowd finally dispersed, and one participant hugged him as a gesture of thanks, he added.

He said he did not see the injured police officer himself.

Khairul suggested that police include the Red Cresent Society in planning for crowd-control in future as they could provide valuable insights.

Today was the first day of the hearing. It is conducted by commissioners Mahmood Zuhdi Majid, Khaw Lake Tee and Detta Samen (photo, above). The same panel recently concluded an inquiry into the Bersih 2 rally, which happened on July 7 last year.

Bersih, the Bar Council and the Royal Malaysian Police Force are observers at the hearing. The panel heard from three witnesses during the five-hour session. Its next hearing is on July 11.

Curious observer harassed

Another witness, Baharuddin Hashim, 53, told the panel the police harassed him even though he was just a

curious observer.

“I was hiding at Masjid Jamek and saw the police chasing some protesters after 6pm,” he said. “The protesters managed to run away and then the police caught me and some others instead.

“I was walking from Sogo to Masjid Jamek around 2 to 3pm and the situation was almost carnival like.”

He also said police should have given the protesters more time to obey their instruction to disperse.

“They told us to disperse but they did not give us enough time to disperse. At Masjid Jamek, many people were trapped because the station was shut. People could not move so easily.”

He added: “To me, both the organisers and the police learnt nothing from the previous rally.”

Uncle Seekers nabbed over comments on royalty


(The Star) - Paranormal practitioner Syed Abdullah Hussein Al-Attas or better known as Uncle Seekers was arrested at the Senawang Tol Plaza at around 9.45pm on Wednesday.
It is believed that Syed Abdullah was arrested following his provocative, instigative and spiteful comments relating to the Johor royalty on his blog uncleseekers.blogspot.com.
Several reports have been lodged against Syed Abdullah relating to the comments.
State deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim when contacted said that police would make a statement soon.

Siasatan OSA Oleh PDRM: Keselamatan Rakyat Lebih Utama Dari Kekuasaan UMNO/BN


Saya memandang berat tingkah laku pimpinan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) yang nampaknya lebih mementingkan kekuasaan UMNO/BN berbanding keselamatan rakyat.

Tindakan PDRM yang menolak mentah-mentah dari menyiasat campur tangan Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak dalam anugerah kontrak kerja-kerja pembinaan tambahan LRT laluan Ampang (LRT) tetapi cepat-cepat menubuhkan pasukan khas kononnya menyiasat kebocoran maklumat sulit negara apabila dokumen tender mula diketahui umum, mengesahkan persepsi kebanyakan rakyat bahawa pimpinan PDRM meletakkan kepentingan UMNO/BN mengatasi segala-galanya.

Kenyataan Dato’ Seri Bakri Zinin semalam mengesahkan dua perkara:

1. Bahawa dokumen-dokumen Kementerian Kewangan termasuk minit yang ditandatangani oleh Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak dan dokumen lain berkaitan tender tersebut adalah benar dan asli;

2. Bahawa Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak bimbang skandal ini bakal menggugat kedudukan beliau apabila maklumat mengenainya tersebar luas.

Saya kesal dengan kenyataan Dato’ Seri Bakri Zinin kononnya kebocoran maklumat sebegini menjejaskan keselamatan dan kepentingan negara.

Apakah beliau tidak memahami bahaya kepada jutaan orang awam yang sedang dan bakal menggunakan sistem LRT laluan Ampang sekiranya sebuah syarikat yang langsung tidak ada pengalaman di dalam sistem LRT dianugerahkan kontrak ini?

Adakah beliau sendiri berani menaiki LRT sistem laluan Ampang saban hari ke tempat kerja sekiranya beliau sedar bahawa seluruh kerja-kerja pembinaan dikendalikan oleh sebuah syarikat yang hanya berpengalaman mengilang meter air?

Paling dikesali, pimpinan PDRM tidak pula bergegas mahu menyiasat kebocoran maklumat pertahanan negara apabila dokumen sulit mengenai strategi dan kekuatan pertahanan negara dijual kepada syarikat asing, seperti yang didedahkan di Mahkamah Perancis baru-baru ini.

Jelas sekali, kepimpinan PDRM berbeza pendapat dengan rakyat Malaysia mengenai makna sebenar “kepentingan awam”.

Saya sedar tanggungjawab yang perlu kami galas dan risiko yang perlu dihadapi. Nyawa jutaan rakyat Malaysia yang menggunakan sistem LRT laluan Ampang adalah terlalu berharga dan perlu dipertahankan sehinggalah kontraktor yang layak dan berkemahiran dilantik bagi projek ini.

Sebarang usaha untuk menakut-nakutkan saya dan rakan-rakan dari terus membongkar skandal ini adalah sia-sia.

Saya akan meneruskan siri pendedahan seterusnya pada hari Isnin 9 Julai 2012 seperti biasa. Malah, mulai minggu depan kami akan mula turun ke stesen-stesen LRT untuk mengedarkan risalah maklumat dan melancarkan kempen “Utamakan Keselamatan Rakyat” di seluruh LRT laluan Ampang.

MOHD RAFIZI RAMLI
PENGARAH STRATEGI KEADILAN

Dr M, you are wrong


Azrul Mohd Khalib - The Malaysian Insider


I was quite disappointed to read of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s prediction that the upcoming general election would be more focussed on race and ethnic issues than ever before.

I think you are wrong, Dr M. Speaking as a product of your policies and far-sightedness in the creation of a Vision 2020 generation, I am happy to inform you, Dr M, that you have actually wildly succeeded in pushing us towards the formation of a more united, integrated and mature democratic Malaysian society (remember the Vision 2020 concept document?).

Through the programmes put in place under your leadership, the opportunities for education and learning provided by your administration, and through the shared experiences, heartache and pain that we have had over the past three decades, you have much to be responsible for the current state of affairs which resulted in the evolution of our people.

And the evolution is a good one. When you look at the young people today below the age of 35, there is much to be proud of. We used to gripe about how apathetic Malaysians in general were about the state of the country, how they often took for granted that which they are able to benefit from, and did not really want to participate in the political process. Well, things, as you well know, certainly have changed.

Though we are not quite there yet, we are getting ready to leave racial identity politics behind. We see the possibility of a new Malaysia. One that concentrates on addressing the real issues affecting Malaysians such as alleviating poverty and economic hardship, reducing unemployment, addressing corruption, improving livelihoods and preventing crime. Whether you are Melayu, Cina, India or lain-lain, it just doesn’t mean much to people any more. Everyone is in the same boat and we need to work together.

We should be wary and turn away from these guys who scream, shout abuse, and threaten violence in order to get their way. These are the people who claim to be the champions of speaking out and defending the rights and privileges of their race yet are the same ones who are still robbing these same communities and the rakyat blind for themselves and their families.

They do this while securing sweetheart deals and line their pockets with public funds. They distract us from the bread-and-butter issues by abusing and misusing religion to promote bigoted and racist agendas against those of other ethnicities and religions.

These are the ones who are obsessed in continuously speaking about race and are racist themselves, who jump at shadows, yell “traitor” and point to others at every single turn, offer luxury cars to encourage the intimidation of others, threaten physical harm and insist on maintaining the status quo for the benefit of the privileged few.

Look around you, Dr M. Does it sound familiar to you? If all you hear is race, it is because you surround yourself or are surrounded by people who are terrified of positive change and are only looking out for their own selfish interests. Maybe it’s time to find a new group of friends.

Meanwhile, we are moving on.

There has never been a more proud moment for Malaysians to be Malaysian. We have progressed far from my parents’ generation of “siapalah kita” to the current one who answer back “kita adalah rakyat Malaysia.” We are experiencing an empowered sense of shared destiny and a common vision.

If you had been at the rally on July 9 last year and the many rallies organised around the nation this year, particularly the one on April 28 at Dataran Merdeka, you would realise that this generation is neither an apathetic one nor are they troublemakers.

If you had been there standing and sitting with us and seen the peoples of Malaysia from all walks of life reflected in the faces of those gathered there that day in solidarity, you would realise that this is a group of people who care and love their country and who want to see a better Malaysia. You would have been proud of us.

When you see people standing in solidarity and unified together for no other reason than that they care about an issue of mutual and common concern which affects all Malaysians, are you not proud that we have looked beyond race?

Isn’t this what we sought to be and do? Are we forever going to be chained by the divisions created and cast by our former colonial masters? We cannot afford to be forever mired in racial identity politics

Today, to talk about race is to be selfish, narrow minded and to lack vision. A leader of today’s Malaysia must rise above race and communal politics. To remain relevant, the ruling coalition must learn to adapt and to accept the dawning reality that the old rules are increasingly fading into obscurity. It must reinvent itself or risk being obsolete, as some political parties are already finding out the hard way.

We need to move beyond the dinosaurs of the past who are fossilised and only know of the importance of race and their own selfish concerns.

We are moving on.

This will be Malaysia’s proudest moment when we take the first tentative and courageous steps towards a future where the divisive race-based politics will be increasingly less of a factor.

Perhaps the coming elections will be about race. It will be the beginning of how race ceases to become the unifying factor for people of this country. It will be the starting point when Malaysians saw something greater themselves and reached deep down and found courage in striking out into the undiscovered country and leaving the baggage of race in the dustbin of history.

Lawyers cry foul over 'guilty until proven innocent'

Malay Mail
by T.K. Letchumy Tamboo


LAWYERS are crying foul over the recent amendments to the Evidence Act particularly a provision which allows owners of Wi-Fi accounts to be held liable if a derogatory statement is published through their network.

Lawyer Art Harun told The Malay Mail that the provision, provided through the insertion of Section 114A into the Act which was recently bulldozed through both houses of Parliament in its last meeting without debate, is unfair.

He also said the biggest losers following the amendments are coffee shop and restaurant owners who provide free Wi-Fi in their outlets to attract more customers.

"If you are a restaurant owner who provides free Wi-Fi and a person walks into your restaurant and uses the Wi-Fi services to post a comment that is deemed illegal, you would be held responsible for the act. That is unfair.

"If these coffee shop owners were to understand the law better, they would stop providing free Wi-Fi altogether."

Section 114A, which explains presumption of fact in publication, states that a person whose name, photograph or pseudonym appears on any publication depicting himself as the owner, host, administrator, editor or sub-editor, or who in any manner facilitates to publish or re-publish the publication is presumed to have published or republished the contents of the publication unless the contrary is proved.

It also states that a person who is registered with a network service provider as a subscriber of a network service on which any publication originates from, is presumed to be the person who published or re-published the publication unless the contrary is proved.

Furthermore, it states that any person who has in his custody or control any computer on which any publication originates from is presumed to have published or re-published the content of the publication unless the contrary is proved.

Art Harun said the amendments had also shifted the burden of proof from the prosecution to the accused in that the accused has to prove that he is not guilty.

"With the amendments to the Evidence Act, it reverses the burden. For example if someone posted a wrongful comment in my blog, I will have the burden to prove that I am not guilty of it because the presumption under the new law is that I was the maker of the statement."

Another lawyer Datuk Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos said the amendments to the Evidence Act is bound to be a failure because it appears as if little thought was put into it.

"The amendment goes against the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

"It places an unfair presumption on account holders forgetting that technology is so complex and things like hacking can happen easily. Even the Pentagon was hacked, what more an online account," he said.

Criminal lawyer Salim Bashir also said the amendments contradict the principle that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

"With the amendment, it is now guilty until proven innocent.

"The burden of truth always rests with the prosecution. The lawmakers should have consulted all stakeholders such as the Bar Council, Attorney General and the police before amending it because it affects the public at large."

Form Six To Be Rebranded To Raise Image, Says Muhyiddin

By Ahmad Fuad Yahya

YOGYAKARTA, July 5 (Bernama) -- Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Form Six education would undergo rebranding to raise its image by being in tune with pre-university education like at the matriculation colleges and science foundation centres.

The deputy prime minister said among the measures to be taken would be to separate the Sixth Form students from the normal schools and placing them in special studies centres.

"We are thinking of bringing together the Form Six students but wearing a different uniform, and having a different time-table for lessons and different teachers in a slightly different category (from the normal schools)," he told Malaysian journalists, here, Thursday.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, is here since yesterday to attend the Asean Education Ministers Meeting and related meetings which ended today.

He said in realising the proposal, Form Six students needed to be placed together in special centres as they were now scattered about throughout the country, studying in one or two classrooms in certain schools.

This year, there are 83,000 Form Six students and 26,000 matriculation students nationwide.

He said the move to separate Form Six students from the other students of normal day schools was also in line with their position as pre-university students.

Currently, the general view of Form Six is that it is a continuation from Form Five, whereas Form Six students are in a different category and more mature in their thinking.

Muhyiddin said rebranding was needed to show that Form Six was actually pre-university education that was comparative to the ministry's matriculation colleges and science foundation centres of the local public universities.

Public perception today is that matriculation college education is better than Form Six while the entry qualifications into public universities are the same for Form Six students.

Muhyiddin said the public should not see matriculation as being better than Form Six as there had been times when Form Six students performed more brilliantly than matriculation students.

Therefore, those who passed the SPM exam should also view Form Six as one of the best choices for pre-university education, he said.

Muhyiddin also said that changes to Form Six education started this year by introducing a three-semester system but comparatively, matriculation students finished their studies six months earlier.

Asked whether Form Six would be shortened by six months to make the study duration the same with matriculation, he said the ministry would study it.

Muhyiddin today left for Bali to continue his six-day visit to Indonesia since July 3 in enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields between Malaysia and Indonesia.

The deputy prime minister also took the opportunity to hold a discussion with Indonesia's Vice-President Boediono on bilateral issues between the two countries, especially on labour, maritime border problems and culture.

-- BERNAMA

Largest Big Pharma fraud in US history

Why isn’t this headline news? GlaxoSmithKline will have to cough up US$3bn to settle misdemeanour criminal charges in the largest case of healthcare fraud in US history.
The Guardian reported:
GSK targeted the antidepressant Paxil at patients under age 18 when it was approved only for adults, and promoted the drug Wellbutrin for uses it was not approved for, including weight loss and treatment of sexual dysfunction, according to a US justice department investigation.
and in a yet another case:
In a third case, GSK failed to give the US Food and Drug Administration safety data about its diabetes drug Avandia, in violation of US law, prosecutors said.

One law for BN, another for the rest

By P Dev Anand Pillai

Many have come to the defence of S Ambiga the former president of the Malaysian Bar and the current co-chair of Bersih but the core issue still remains unanswered.

Is Ambiga getting the brickbats and the question raised in Parliament by a BN backbencher that shouldn't she be hanged for committing "treason" against the King because she is an Indian Malaysian?

The BN backbencher who has been a veteran of sorts seems to show the world the real side of what Umno politics is all about.

When push comes to shove, Umno can't debate its way to victory, it instead uses threats to subdue the enemy and continue to keep the people in a state of denial.

This state of denial will then be passed on from generation to generation making each generation much more dependent than the one previous.

When they can't debate and convince an enlightened society, they change the law.

Now it is incumbent on the author of the email or comment in the net to say that he is innocent as opposed to being innocent until proven guilty.

Changing the law is a breeze for these people because they command a majority in Parliament.

The question now will be, who allowed such a situation to arise in the first place? The answer is very clear, it is us, the people of this nation.

We just voted, voted and voted in the BN till they got so bold and big in head that only they can rule this country.

Laws are consistently changed to suit the needs of a desperate regime whose cover is now totally blown away for all to see.

They talk about hanging Ambiga but never open their mouths about the PAS leadership who were by her side leading the coalition for free and elections.

Hanif panel visits Bersih 3.0 rally site