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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Muslims broken Durga Protima in Immersion Procession in Kolkata as a retaliation of Save Cow Movement.

Curfew clamped on Entally area after Muslims attacked Durga Puja Immersion as a retaliation of “Save Cow Movement”.

HE KOLKATA BUREAU | 25th Oct. 2012 :: BAD NEWS FROM KOLKATA. It is herd that a NIGHT CURFEW has been imposed in some parts of Entally Police Station jurisdiction after 10 pm on 25-10-2012. A moderate to severe Communal clash was out-broken when a Durga Protima (Durga Deity) was vandalized by some communal Muslim boys under brick-baiting on an Immersion ceremony of Bhratri Sangha. The immersion procession of Bhratri Sangha (opposite to Linton Post Office – Govt. Quarters) was attacked at Ananda Palit Road approach by some rowdy Muslim Groups at about 8-30 pm. Hindu residents of that area boldly protested the Islamic hooliganism with all means for which some Muslim persons got injury. They are being treated at nearby Chittaranjan National Medical College & Hospital. Hindu protesters blocked he adjacent roads and police dispersed the mob by throwing tear-gas.

It should be mentioned here that Hindus of this area protested cruelty upon animal on Saptami day (2nd day of Durga Puja) while some Muslim butchers ghastly pulled on a cow, which succumbed a severe fracture and bleeding from its leg. The fatigued cows took refuge in front of Charaktala Shiva Temple (near 2 no. bridge, Park Circus) incidentally and the blood splashed out to the inside of that temple, for which the Hindus reacted severely all on a sudden.

10000 Hindus spontaneously protested then without any banner. Youth of Arya Veer Dal had reached the spot and distributed the leaflet appealing Ban on Cow Slaughter. Two cows were recovered then from the Muslim butchers and sent to Haringhata and Belgachia Veterinary Hospital for treatment as per information so far available.

Moreover, the activists of Arya Veer Dal, Bengal Unit recovered more than 20 cows at Munshibazar area near Beliaghata on 25-10-2012 at 4-30 pm. Hindus of that area demanded arrest of illegal cattle traders and retaliated vehemently.

Perhaps, Muslims attacked the Dashami Durga Immersion Procession at the same Entally area as a retaliation of that ”Save Cow Protest” on Saptami and the cow recovery from Munshibazar. Three Muslims were arrested who pelted stones, riding a motorbike, two of them were released later . In an balancing act , three innocent Hindu boys were arrested too by the police. They are to be produced before the court.

So far one Muslim perpetrator has been formally arrested by the Police for vandalizing Durga Protima in the immersion procession at latest. But, three innocent Hindu boys were also booked by the Entally police authority to pacify the arrogant Muslim community. The Communal Officer-In-Charge of Entally P.S (033-22275892). Ajizul Mallick (mobile- 9830184102) is favouring the Muslim Community as reported. This Muslim officer recently forwarded 25 names of all Muslim boys for the selection of Civil Defence Volunteers without consulting the Local Councillor of 56 no Ward of CMC, Smt. Dipali Das.

The agitated local public is demanding the immediate transfer of communal Ajizul Mallick, the Officer-in-Charge of Entally Police Station.

It is heard that a dangerous underworld Muslim don, named Md. IQbal Ahamed, the brother of notorious Communal MP, Md. Sultan Ahamed is fomenting the communal disharmony of the Entally-Park Circus area.

However, Hindus of Kolkata, including Entally area, are being united against increasing Islamic Fundamentalism and the present trend of limit-less Muslim appeasement by the ruling Trinmool Congress and its frenzy Supremo Miss.(?) Mamtaz Banu Arjee.

The curfew is called off from 26th morning and the situation is silent.

Sheep Stolen Across Europe as Muslim Butchery Festival Approaches

As Muslims prepare to take twisted pleasure in the brutal slaughter of innocent animals, a spate of sheep thefts has been reported across Europe.

From Cornwall in Britain:

POLICE are warning livestock owners to be on their guard against sheep rustlers after 20 animals were stolen in Withiel.

Officers say organised gangs are again targeting the area, after a spate of sheep thefts were committed last year within a ten-mile radius of Bodmin.

The latest farmer to lose livestock is David Harris, who keeps 300 sheep on land in the Withiel parish.

Thieves stole 20 of his sheep from two fields which he estimated to be worth £3,200 at market.

Mr Harris said: "We check the sheep twice a day, but it is impossible to count every one of them, but now we will certainly be improving security in the future.

"As well as losing these sheep, you have to take into account the 30 or 40 lambs they would have produced, so you are talking about quite a few thousand pounds – it's a big loss."

Mr Harris, 65, has kept sheep for more than 25 years, and says it is the first time any of his livestock have been stolen.

"I suspect they have been taken upcountry and slaughtered at a private abattoir because they were all tagged and a licensed slaughterhouse wouldn't have had anything to do with them."

Little India tiada keceriaan Deepavali

Samy Vellu leads Batu Caves protest to pressure Pakatan

Samy Vellu (standing in front, fifth from left) with the protestors at the Batu Caves demonstration on October 26, 2012. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Former MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu spearheaded today a demonstration at the Batu Caves Hindu temple, objecting to the construction of a 29-storey condominium project, in what is seen as a bid to pressure the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) administration ahead of the 13th general election.

The former works minister accused the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) of having approved the construction project without a proper study. He said legal action could be taken against the council.

“This project is not planned properly and without referring to any professional party," Samy Vellu told a 300-strong crowd of Hindus and non-governmental activists who had turned up at the famous temple complex this morning to protest the condominium construction, saying the work was an environmental risk and would jeopardise the temple grounds.

“And the developer and MPS did not meet the temple committee to discuss and give notice about the project they planned,” said the country’s special envoy to India and South Asia.

The Sri Maha Mariamman Devasathanam temple committee chairman, Datuk R. Nadarajah, who was among the frontliners in today’s “Save Batu Caves” rally, had criticised the state government for failing its duty to act responsibly and passing the buck over the approval of the condominium project to MPS.

The PR state government however has refuted it was responsible for approving the project, saying it was the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration led by Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo that had in 2007 awarded the approval to developer Dolomite Properties Sdn Bhd.

The Minerals and Geoscience Department (JMG) had also given its clearance for the condominium project to go ahead after having conducted a study of the land near the temple, PR state executive councillor (exco) Ronnie Liu was reported to have said recently after a meeting with the temple committee, the developer and MPS.

But Senator A. Kohillan Pillay, a former MPS councillor who was also present at today’s rally, denied the former state BN government had granted approval for development work.

The Gerakan politician admitted he had been aware of the project since 2007 but stressed that MPS had only given approval for a commercial development proposal on “Lot 622”.

“But it is not about the approval for ‘Development Planning’ to build the 29-storey building,” he said.

He backed calls for the PR state government to take responsibility.

The last rally organised to protect the temple complex from potential destruction due to development was in the 1970s and 1980s, when residents near Batu Caves had raged against two private companies, Dolomite Industries and Kenneison Brothers, who had used dynamite to quarry for marble and allegedly weakened the limestone hill’s structure.

The then Selangor BN government had issued a stop work order to the two companies in 1980 and relocated them to Sungai Long, in Cheras.

The current condominium project is by Dolomite Properties, and is to be built on one of the former quarry sites which is about 120m from the statue of Lord Murugan at the foot of the hill.

MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel was reported to have endorsed the rally, and urged Indians nationwide to join in the protest.

“The public and NGOs irrespective of political affiliation should show continuous displeasure over the project,” he was reported by The Star newspaper as saying yesterday.

Only 300 turn up for Bt Caves protest

Saying that a stop work order is not enough, they want the Selangor government to scrap the project permanently.

BATU CAVES: Falling way below the organiser’s grand 100,000 target, only some 300 people flocked to the Batu Caves temple to protest against a proposed high-rise development project.

The two 29-storey condominium project, which was approved by the Barisan Nasional-led Selangor government in 2007, is slated to be built adjacent to the iconic temple.

The temple committee said construction of the project would cause instability to the temple structures and also the world’s tallest Lord Murugan statue.

The protesters held up banners that read “Stop” against the backdrop of the Lord Murugan statue this morning.

They also inked their support for a signature drive organised by the temple committee.

“The project was approved in 2007 by the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS).

“We must know who sat in the council that time. Who approved this?” said temple committee chairman R Nadarajah in his speech.

He said the same approach must also be used to determine the “culprit” who issued another building plan approval in June, 2008.

Nadarajah also accused the Pakatan Rakyat state government of threatening the temple committee.

Citing a press statement by exco Dr Xavier Jayakumar where the latter had said the state government should not give in to the temple committee’s demands, Nadarajah claimed that it seemed like the state government was indirectly pressuring the temple committee to withdraw the protest.

“However, we will not budge,” he said.

“It is our right and we will fight to save the temple at any cost,” he added.

‘I don’t know who to blame’

At a press conference later, Nadarajah said he would give the state government a month to cancel the project permanently, failing which he would bring the matter to court.

He said he would name MPS and the developer in the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, he also defended the low turnout, considering the hot weather and Hari Raya Haji holiday.

Asked who should be blamed for the saga, the temple chairman who sat beside ex-MIC president S Samy Vellu paused at answering, glaring at the journalist who asked the question.

“You ask me who should be blamed, I also don’t know I should blame who,” he said.

NGO Malaysia Nature Society representative Teckwyn Lim then chipped in, saying that the Selangor government now had the power to stop the project.

“If they don’t stop the project, then they should be blamed,” he added.

Deputy Foreign Minister A Kohilan Pillay, who was a MPS councillor in 2007, joined the fray by saying that the BN-led council was only responsible for the first planning approval.

“It was just an approval for them to carry out soil tests. It had not come to the stage when they announced it would be a 29-storey building,” he said.

He blamed the Pakatan state government for the subsequent building approval issued in 2008 and the project marketing approval issued in August this year.

Both Kohilan and Nadarajah said they were only informed about the launching of the project last week.

MIC president G Palanivel, who yesterday called on the Indian community to stage nationwide protests with regard to this issue, was himself not present at Batu Caves today. Also missing were MIC deputy president Dr S Subramaniam, vice president SK Devamany and numerous central working committee (CWC) members.

Mahathir, Saya Bukan Najib!

Change of government needed to undo all the adverse effects of 25-year Operation Lalang on democracy, human rights and national institutions

Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of Operation Lalang which brought about the darkest days for democracy and human rights in the nation’s history.

There was not only the arrest of 106 Malaysians, including opposition leaders – 16 of whom were from the DAP, including MPs and State Assemblymen – trade unionists, social activists, environmentalists, Chinese educationists and religious workers, there was also the wholesale attacks on press freedom with the closure of three newspapers, the merciless attacks on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law resulting in the sacking of the Lord President and two Supreme Court judges and the series of undemocratic legislation which caused a tectonic shift in the Malaysian political landscape, subordinating the legislative and judicial branches to the Executive or to be more exact to the fiat of one person, the Prime Minister of the day.

The Government Transformation Programme of Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has promised to make Malaysia “the best democracy of the world”, but after more than 42 months of his premiership, Malaysia falls far short of the conditions to be a “normal democracy” let alone the “world’s best democracy”, as illustrated by the refusal by the Prime Minister and the ruling UMNO/BN coalition to make a public commitment that they would fully accept the verdict of the voters in the 13th General Election and would peacefully and smoothly transfer Federal power to Pakatan Rakyat if this is the verdict of the Malaysian electorate in the ballot box.

It is clear that a change of government at the national level, for the first time in 55 years, is needed to undo all the ravages and adverse effects of the 25-year Operation Lalang on democracy, human rights and the national institutions – whether it be the restoration of a truly independent judiciary and a just rule of law; the unshackling of Executive usurpation of powers of Parliament and the Judiciary; the flourishing of a free and responsible media and the fundamental rights of freedom of speech, expression and information; proper check-and-balance mechanisms to end corruption and abuses of power; and the restoration to all national institutions their impartiality, independence and professionalism.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Operation Lalang, let all Malaysians reaffirm their resolve to undo all the ravages of the Operation Lalang catastrophe in 1987 by a united effort to strengthen democracy, human rights and national institutions so that there could be no recurrence of a Operation Lalang in future by voting solidly for a national change of government in the coming general election.

Malaysian Bar gets UN award for promoting democracy and human rights

The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar has been awarded the United Nations Malaysia Award for its role in promoting democracy and human rights.

The Organisation of the Year Award was presented Wednesday in conjunction with the UN's 67th anniversary celebrations here.

The United Nations was founded on Oct 24, 1945.

UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia Kamal Malhotra said the tribute was a fitting one given its "significant and long-standing contribution to an environment that promotes the protection and effective fulfilment of democracy and human rights."

"The UN in Malaysia has no doubt that the Malaysian Bar will continue to uphold its democratic values and norms and its traditions, and indeed its duty, of speaking up against injustice and unjust laws and practices," he added.

The UN Person of the Year Award was also posthumously awarded to the late Prof Khoo Kay Jin in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding achievement, Kamal said.

Prof Khoo was the lead author of the 'Millennium Development Goals at 2010' report by the UN and Government and also worked on a joint UNDP and Economic Planning Unit initiative to identify strategies to eradicate poverty and improve employment and equity restructuring in Sabah and Sarawak until his passing in December last year from cancer.

"He was a brilliant social scientist, a leading public intellectual and an out-of-the-box thinker.

"Malaysia today is a much poorer place without the insights of a leading intellectual luminary such as Khoo Khay Jin," Kamal said when reading the citation.

The UN Malaysia Award has been awarded since 1998 in recognition of outstanding contributions by individuals and organisations in promoting human rights, social justice and equality.

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki Moon in his UN Day message said it was imperative to continue to combat intolerance, to save people in conflicts and establish lasting peace especially in this period of turmoil, transition and transformation.

"No single leader, country or institution can do everything. But each of us, in our own way, can do something.

"On this UN Day let us pledge to be one family to create a better world for all." The UN Day is celebrated in 189 countries around the world.

Muslims Nationwide Celebrate Aidiladha In Moderation

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- Muslims nationwide celebrated Aidiladha today on a moderate scale and in appreciation of sacrifice as required by Islamic teachings.

Aidiladha is of great significance for Muslims worldwide and is celebrated in memory of the sacrifice made by the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail in obeying Allah.

Fine weather in the morning enabled Muslims to perform their prayers comfortably, followed by the sacrificial offerings carried out at mosques, villages and housing estates.

The Meteorological Department has, however, forecast isolated rain and thunderstorms in several states later in the day.

This year, Aidiladha fell on the holy day of Friday and Muslims congregated again at mosques for the Friday prayers.

Roads in the capital were mostly deserted, with many people having left for their hometowns and villages for the celebration.

Major mosques around the Klang Valley saw crowds of Muslims performing the Aidiladha prayers.

About 10,000 people, including foreigners, thronged the National Mosque, They came to perform the Aidiladha prayers and listen to the sermon.

The Kampung Baru Mosque had about 4,000 people for the prayers this morning.

At the Al-Amaniah Mosque, Batu Caves, about 1,000 people started congregating in the compound as early as 7.30 am, leading to the car park being turned into a space for prayers as well.

Other mosques also carried out community sacrificial offerings of cows. These included the Khalid Al-Walid Mosque and Al-Iman Madrasah at the Defence Ministry, Jalan Semarak, and Taman Sri Gombak, Phase 7, respectively.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah joined millions of Muslims from around the world in performing the Haj this year.

In his Aidiladha message, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he hoped that the day would be celebrated in a peaceful, prosperous and blessed manner.

He also urged Muslims to appreciate the concept of sacrifice taught by Islam, to be willing to sacrifice time, money and one's self to attain the acceptance of Allah.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin called on Muslims in the country to renew their spirit and strengthen their determination to build true unity among the 'ummah'.

In PERLIS, Aidiladha was celebrated in fair weather with hundreds of cows slaughtered as sacrificial offering after the morning prayers.

The state government donated 130 cows to the people while hundreds of additional livestock were sacrificed by individuals.

In KEDAH, the Zahir Mosque in Alor Setar was the main venue for most local leaders who came to pray together, regardless of their political inclinations.

They then proceeded to their constituencies for the sacrificial offering after the prayers.

In KELANTAN, Sultan Muhammad V performed prayers with about 5,000 people at the Muhammadi Mosque in Kota Baharu, led by the Grand Imam, Mohamad Hanafizi Abdullah, of the Kelantan Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council.

In TERENGGANU, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin performed prayers with more than a 1,000 people at the Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Mosque in Ladang, Kuala Terengganu.

He was accompanied by other members of the royal family and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.

In PERAK, the Regent of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir joined about 1,000 people for the prayers at the Abu Bakar As-Siddiq Mosque at the General Operations Force Camp in Ulu Kinta.

Raja Dr Nazrin Shah is also scheduled to officially open the Hidayatul Ummah Mosque in Kota Lama Kiri, Kuala Kangsar, and join the congregation there for the Friday prayers.

The state government organised annual sacrificial offering programme 'Korban Perdana' managed to collect RM1.17 million from various state agencies and statutory bodies. The funds were used to buy livestock for sacrifice at state and district level.

In PAHANG, the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, and the Tengku Puan of Pahang, Tengku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Sultan Iskandar, joined about 2,000 people who congregated at the Sultan Haji Ahmad 1 State Mosque.

Also present were Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, state executive councillors and government officers. The prayers were led by Pahang Mufti Datuk Abdul Rahman Osman.

In SELANGOR, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah performed prayers with about 20,000 people at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque. Also present was Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

The mosque's Grand Imam, Ustaz Ahmad Mustafa Mohd Sidin Al-Muqri, led the prayers.

The congregation also included foreign Muslim students from the Al-Madinah International University and foreign workers.

In NEGERI SEMBILAN, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir, joined about 500 people for prayers at the Tuanku Munawir Royal Mosque in Seri Menanti.

He was accompanied by the Tunku Ampuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Aishah Rohani Binti Tengku Besar Mahmud and several other members of the royal family.

Their Majesties then attended a 'tahlil' ceremony at the Seri Menanti Royal Mausoleum. Tuanku Muhriz also attended the sacrificial offering ceremony at the mosque.

In MELAKA, Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob joined a congregation of about 7,000 for prayers at the Al-Azim Mosque in Melaka city. Also present was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

The state-sponsored sacrificial offering of 19 cows would be held at the mosque tomorrow.

In SABAH, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin joined about 5,000 people for prayers at the State Mosque in Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu.

Also present were community leaders and heads of state and federal government departments.

In Kuching, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng andf wife, Toh Puah Rokiah Abdullah performed the Aidiladha prayers at the Masjid Jamek Kuching.

Also present were Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife, Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, and other Sarawak cabinet ministers.

200 Bukit Kiara Long House Residents Receive Deepavali Contributions

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- Two hundred residents of the Bukit Kiara Long House from the needy and disabled groups received contributions in cash and daily necessities as well as wheelchairs to ease their burden and to make Deepavali a meaningful occasion for them.

The contributions presented at a ceremony in the compound of the long house was donated by Segambut MIC.

Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M.Saravanan, who gave away the contributions said the programme was to assist the poor in the Federal Territory in conjunction with Deepavali celebration on Nov 13.

"This is the second programme carried out so that the poor do not feel left out of the festival," he told Bernama here.

He said the programme was also to bring senior MIC leaders closer to the people in line with its community caring outlook.