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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bukit Gelugor By Election - DAP Candidate Ramkarpal racing against dad in bid for record win



Saturday, 24th May 2014
Kuantan, Pahang


Ramkarpal the late Karpal Singh third son is expected to win Bukit Gelugor by-election but the big  question is whether he can win with bigger majority compare to his late father. Let's all wait for the result which is going to be known tomorrow, Sunday, 25th May 2014.

DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh greets voters at the Taman Tun Sardon food court in Penang, May 24, 2014. — Picture by K.E. OoiSince he was nominated on May 12 until today, DAP Bukit Gelugor candidate Ramkarpal Singh Deo’s daily schedule has been packed with programmes from dawn till long past midnight.
Today, the last day of campaigning before voters head to cast their ballots tomorrow, was no exception.
Despite the mega ceramah at Han Chiang High that went on well past the witching hour, the 38-year-old was up at the crack of dawn today to begin his final round of markets visits — popular haunts on the weekend — to meet and greet his potential future constituents.
“From Day One, I’ve not had a moment of rest due to the back-to-back programmes,” the lawyer told The Malay Mail Online during a rare break on his marathon campaign trail at the DAP Bukit Gelugor operations centre here.
The third son of the late Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh was kept on a fast-paced punishing schedule to make his presence felt almost everywhere. It worked. He was warmly received at all the events he attended.
Most of the constituents acted familiar with the political greenhorn, albeit as “Karpal’s son”.
Wherever he went, crowds flocked, curious and eager for an up-close-and-personal glimpse of the man who would inherit the mantle of the Tiger of Jelutong, as Karpal was known for decades.
Ramkarpal was frequently stopped on his walkabout with requests for group photos. Some even asked for his autograph on the DAP Bukit Gelugor pamphlets that were being handed.
In the absence of contest from the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in the Bukit Gelugor race, Ramkarpal believed he is likely to take the MP’s hat but played down his confidence, voicing his biggest fear that the number of voters may not be as many of the turnout in last year’s general election.
“Voters turnout is really a major concern as some, who are outstation, may not even come back to vote. We need to reach out to as many voters as possible to get them to come out to vote,” Ramkarpal said.
The Bukit Gelugor parliamentary seat, covering three state constituencies of Paya Terubong, Air Itam and Seri Delima, was triggered by Karpal’s sudden demise after a car crash last month.
The constituency, with 82,431 registered voters, is a DAP stronghold after Karpal wrested it from MCA in 2004. He had retained the seat in the last two general elections with bigger vote majorities each time, garnering 42,706 vote majority last year.
Certain of retaining the seat when MCA has bowed out from contesting in the by-election, DAP’s campaign had initially focused on securing an even bigger majority while introducing Ramkarpal as a capable lawyer who happens to be Karpal’s son.
By the second week, the party realised that many constituents, especially those in the low income group areas of Air Itam and Paya Terubong, were not aware that they are within the Bukit Gelugor constituency.
The party had started sending out postcards to all registered voters with information of their voting centres to encourage them to come out to vote.
At the DAP ceramah, held mostly twice a night at two different locations within residential areas, the party had been constantly reminding registered voters to turn up at the polling centres and cast their ballot tomorrow.
Karpal had garnered a total 56,303 votes last year while MCA’s Teh Beng Yeam got 13,597 votes.
The only real hurdle that may trip the party in its quest to secure a rousing victory would be the low numbers that often plague by-elections compared to a general elections.
The voters turnout last general election was 86.3 per cent, one of the highest in the country.
Ramkarpal is facing a four-corner fight against Parti Cinta Malaysia’s Datuk Huan Cheng Guan and independent candidates Mohd Nabi Bux Mohd Sathar and Abu Backer Sidek Mohammad Zan.

Let's All pray to god  for DAP to retain this parliamentary seat with bigger majority!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Penduduk Rumah Panjang Di Kapit Di Tipu Masuk Islam Oleh Sekumpulan Ustaz dan Ustazah



Tuesday, 20th May 2014
Kuantan, Pahang

Penduduk Malaysia yang beragama Kristian hendaklah menubuhkan satu pertubuhan yang dapat melindungi penduduk Malaysia terutamanya penduduk di kawasan pendalaman Sabah dan Sarawak daripada ditipu oleh NGO Muslim yang mengambil kesempatan di atas kelemahan golongan ini untuk ditipu dan masuk agama Islam. Kes terbaru yang berlaku kepada penduduk sebuah rumah panjang yang terletak di pedalaman Kapit hendaklah dijadikan ikhtibar.
Gambar Hiasan " Islamisasi di London".
Seperti yang dilaporkan di dalam Utusan Sarawak hari ini, pada bulan November 2013, sekumpulan ustaz dan ustazah seramai 20 orang datang ke rumah panjang Along Anak Asong di Nanga Majau, Sungai Mujong yang mempunyai 18 buah rumah yang terdiri daripada lebih kurang 150 penduduk. Menurut Tuai Rumah Asong, sekumpulan ustaz dan ustazah berkenaan yang berasal daripada Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching dan Kapit  datang ke rumah mereka serta memujuk mereka untuk masuk agama Islam.Setelah dpujuk masuk Islam, anggota rumah panjang merasa menyesal di atas perbuatan mereka.

“Kami diminta masuk Agama Islam pada  24 November 2013 apabila seramai 20 Ustaz dan Ustazah dari Johor ,Kuala Lumpur, Kuching serta Kapit melawat ke rumah panjang kami.

“Masa itu mereka berjanji untuk memberi wang RM RM100, barang-barang makanan serta pakaian kalau kami masuk agama Islam. Kumpulan tersebut telah meminta nombor kad pengenalan penduduk-penduduk. Kumpualan tersebut juga turut memaklumkan bahawa setelah masuk Islam mereka tidak perlu mengubah cara hidup serta mereka juga tidak menghalang penduduk dari makan babi ” kata Tuai Rumah Along.

“Selesai tugas pengislaman orang-orang rumah panjang saya, kumpulan berkenaan meninggalkan rumah panjang kami pada 25 November 2013, dan semenjak daripada tarikh berkenaan mereka tidak pernah melawat kami. Oleh yang demikian kami menyedari telah melakukan kesalahan terutamanya setelah disedarkan oleh penduduk yang pulang daripada bandar yang memaklumkan bahawa kami telah melakukan kesilapan kerana masuk Islam.
Kumpulan 20 orang Ustaz enggau Ustazah yang terlibat di dalam proses pengislaman tersebut terdiri daripada Haji Mohd Chathazaman, Ustaz Osman Bujang, Haji Abdul Rahman, Hussein Mustaffa, Idris Ahmad,  Sulaiman,  Ahmad Zaki,  Nazan Wahad,  Wan Raifizan, Ivurul Safiyna, Johari Bujang, Awang Syamal, Syamal, Norehan, Dayang Norejaing, Samsuddin, Ezamuddin, Latiffah enggau Ismail Ibrahim.

“Bermula daripada hari itu, kami termasuk diri saya serta JKK berasa tidak senang hati dan selalu mencuba untuk berjumpa dengan Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing supaya dapat memberikan nasihat kepada kami. Kami juga ada mendapatkan nasihat daripada PRS Kapit berkenaan dengan perkara tersebut, ” kata Tuai Rumah Along

Menteri Pembangunan Tanah , Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing apabila diminta mengulas berkenaan dengan masalah yang dihadapi Tuai Rumah Along dan anak buahnya turut menasihati anak-anak buahnya serta lain-lain yang penduduk rumah panjang bahawa di Malaysia kita bebas mengamalkan agama tetapi apabila kita telah masuk Islam amat susah hendak berpatah balik. Oleh yang demikian sekiranya didatangi oleh kumpulan-kumpulan yang macam ini kita hendaklah lebih berhati-hati. Kali ini ia berlaku kepada Rumah Along, besok lusa ianya mungkin menimpa lain-lain kampong, kata Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing 

Saya secara peribadi amat bersetuju dengan pendapat Dr James Jemut Masing, di samping itu turut mencadangkan agar satu pertubuhan untuk melindungi penduduk dayak daripada proses Islamisasi yang dikebelakangan ini turut menjadikan penduduk yang tinggal di pedalaman sebagai sasaran. Saya juga ingin mencadangkan agar pertubuhan ini nanti turut mendidik serta menyediakan pesarana untuk bersembahyang seperti gereja serta kelas-kelas Hari Ahad (Sunday School) kepada anak-anak di kawasan pedalaman Sarawak. Pemimpin Iban-Dayak hendaklah berkempen untuk meninggikan taraf agama di kalangan penduduk yang beragama Kristian.

Sekali lagi saya ingin menyeru kepada penganut Kristian di Sarawak agar dapat menghindarkan penyebaran agama Islam di kalangan penduduk Iban-Dayak terutamanya yang tinggal di pedalaman. Perlu diingatkan bahawa musuh utama orang Kristian adalah Islamisasi, kerana Islamisasi akan mengubah hubungan sosial dan politik orang-orang Iban-Dayak.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Program Anak Angkat By NGO from Peninsular In Sarawak Schools Suspends



Thursday, 15th May 2014
 KUANTAN

Semenanjung NGO tries To Convert Christian Students In Sarawak

Sarawak's education department today suspended the controversial "Anak Angkat" (adoption) programme in schools in the state following protests from parents that the event was a covert attempt to convert Christian students to Islam.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman (pic), who ordered the suspension of the programme, however, said the entire issue was a misunderstanding.

He said it was a sanctioned motivational programme funded by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, aimed at students from poor families.

He said the programme was run by an NGO called the Organisation of Graduates and Educational Institutions Malaysia, or better known as Haluan, which is based in Bangi, Selangor.

Daud said all religious elements in the future module of the programme would be removed.

“There was no intention to convert non-Muslims to Islam in the programme,” Daud said.

Yesterday, Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing highlighted this issue after parents of students in SMK Balai Ringin complained about the programme.

The parents told Masing the programme, first held at SMK Serian, a school about 60km from Kuching, was attended by about 50 mostly non-Muslim students on March 8.

The second was held at SMK Balai Ringin, a school about 6km from SMK Serian, last Saturday but the number of students who attended was only 21.

The whole programme was supposed to be run for 10 weeks on every Saturdays.

Students told their parents two teachers picked who should attend the programme and said it was a co-curriculum activity, but added they were asked questions on Islam.

They also pointed out that the programme facilitators were all Muslims and the talks had religious elements.

Daud said the suspension would allow the education department to review the module of the programme to remove all suspicions about it being a covert religious conversion programme.

“What happened in SMK Balai Ringin is a very regrettable affair. Even though the intention of the motivational programme was good, it was misunderstood by the students and their parents,” Daud said.

He said if it is found that there was an attempt by the NGO, Haluan, to use the programme to convert students in Sarawak schools, action would be taken against them.

“We believe that conversion is up to the individual. Any attempt to covertly convert non-Muslims to Muslims is not right.”

Daud made it clear that it was the policy of the state that Islamic religious agencies in Sarawak would never become involved in attempts to convert non-Muslims into Islam.

He also said to preserve the harmony and religious tolerance in the state, the Sarawak Majlis Islam kept tabs on all “dakwah” (missionary) activities in the state.

“Any missionary group coming into the state would be vetted and their programmes scrutinised.”

He said those that do attempt to break the state's "no-forced conversion" policy would be deported.

Haluan started its programme in 2009 with the aim to motivate poor students to perform better academically. 


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Mawan Ikom , Wong Soon Koh and The Gangs Form-Up TERAS

Thursday, 15th May 2014
Kuantan , Pahang

Dayak Political Crisis

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TERAS Members Line up!


Tan Sri William Mawan and Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh led eight other state Barisan Nasional 
(BN) lawmakers to quit their respective parties to join Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) . Among the members are four from Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) namely Datuk Peter Nansian, Datuk Sylvester Entri, Paulus Palu Gumbang, Rosey Yunus and Baram MP Anyi Ngau.
Mawan said the door was still open to other interested representatives including Anthony Nogeh and Wong Judat. He stressed, however, there was no room for SPDP deputy president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing. Mawan surprised the room when he announced Teras was also working to accommodate three Parti Keadilan Rakyat representatives if they were interested in joining the political entity.
From Sarawak United Peoples Party, Soon Koh is joined by Dr Johnical Rayong, Dr Jerip Susil and Ranum Mina. A surprise inclusion is Pelagus assemblyman George Lagong of Sarawak Workers Party (SWP). Nansian mentioned that Teras would soon submit its application to join BN. The party will also start working on its new protem committee lineup.
With this new lineup, Teras has two ministers and four assistant ministers.

Hope this is not another  "Dayak Political Destruction"


 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Najib Razak Announced Flight MH370 'crashed into south Indian Ocean

Kuantan
Thursday, 17 April 2014

 MH 370 Crashed at Indian Ocean. How Malaysia's Prime Minister Made a Stunning announcement!




Malaysia's prime minister has announced that missing flight MH370 crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.
Najib Razak said this was the conclusion of fresh analysis of satellite data tracking the flight.
Malaysia Airlines had told the families of the 239 people on board, he said.
The BBC has seen a text message sent to families by the airline saying it had to be assumed "beyond reasonable doubt" that the plane was lost and there were no survivors.
There were 227 passengers on flight MH370, many of them Chinese.
Relatives of those on board who watched the announcement at a Beijing hotel wept with grief, and some were taken away on stretchers by medical 

Grieving Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 console each other after being told of their deaths 24/03/2014


China has demanded that the Malaysian authorities make available the evidence on which they based their announcement about the jet's fate.
And some relatives of Chinese passengers expressed scepticism about their conclusion, as the plane has not been found yet.
Flight MH370 disappeared after taking off on 8 March from Kuala Lumpur.
A big international search operation has been taking place in the southern Indian Ocean, along the southern arc or corridor of the plane's possible route, more than 1,500 miles (2,500km) off the south-west coast of Australia.
However, the search had to be suspended on Tuesday due to bad weather, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) said. 
In the past day, both Australian and Chinese air force crews have reported spotting debris.
The unidentified objects have been seen in separate parts of the vast search area, in some of the world's most treacherous and remote waters.
Sad
The announcement by Prime Minister Najib Razak came at a late-night news conference in Kuala Lumpur.
It was based on new analysis by British satellite firm Inmarsat, which provided satellite data, and the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
The firms "have concluded that MH370 flew along the southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth," Mr Najib said.
"This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean."
Mr Najib appealed to the media to respect the privacy of the families of the passengers and crew, saying the wait for information had been heartbreaking and this latest news harder still.
Malaysia Airlines later said it informed the majority of the families in advance of the prime minister's statement in person and by telephone, and that text messages "were used only as an additional means of communicating with the families".

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It is with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean ”
Najib RazakMalaysian Prime Minister
The text messages read: "Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived... we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean."
Selamat Omar, the father of a 29-year-old aviation engineer who was on the flight, said some family members of other passengers broke down in tears at the news.
"We accept the news of the tragedy. It is fate," Selamat told the Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur.
Fresh analysis methods
Inmarsat had already revealed that it did indeed receive signals - automated "pings" - from the plane over its satellite network after the aircraft ceased radio and radar contact.
Sources  told the BBC that flight MH370 continued to ping for at least five hours after the aircraft left Malaysian airspace - which indicated the plane was intact and powered.
And initial analysis showed the location of the final "ping" was probably along one of two vast arcs running north and south
An RAAF AP-3C Orion makes final approach to Pearce airbase after an 11-hour search mission 24/03/2014
On Monday, the Malaysian prime minister said Inmarsat had been able to shed further light on the plane's flight path by performing further calculations on the MH370 data "using a type of analysis never before used in an investigation of this sort".
According to Inmarsat, this involved a totally new way of modelling,which was why it took time.
The company told the BBC the new calculation involved crunching far more data and that engineers spent all weekend looking back at previous Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flights.
They compared the satellite data from those flights with flight MH370 and were able to work out that it went south.
As far as the engineers could tell, the plane was flying at a cruising height above 30,000ft, but its final position could not be pinpointed more clearly, says BBC transport correspondent Richard Westcott.
Inmarsat gave the AAIB the new data on Sunday, it said, which had to be checked before it could be made public.
Map of search zone for flight MH370
(Credit to BBC News dated 24 March 2014 )
"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"

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Condolence To Karpal "The Tiger Of Jelutong" Family

Kuantan
17th April 2014

 Just finished reading the bibliography book about Karpal Singh entitled "Karpal Singh Tiger Of Jelutong" last week,and this morning the whole Malaysians were stunned by the sudden demised of  Mr Karpal Singh due to traffic accident. 
As Tim Donoghue put it in the bibliography, Karpal Singh was one of Malaysia's most prominent lawyers and a controversial figure both in the law and politics. Ever since I heard about Karpal Singh while I was still serving in the Armed Forces, he was always an outspoken advocate of human right in Malaysia for more than 40 years, both as lawyer and politicians. His sudden demised is a  big lose to Malaysia.  If I were asked to choose, I prefer those useless and racist Malaysians liked Zulkifli Nordin, Ibrahim Katak or Dr Mahathir to die first. But now we have to accept the fact that Malaysia had just lost its  most valuable son. Hopefully all of his children will be able to continue his struggle.

How Did He Pass Away.

May Your Soul Rest In Peace Karpal Singh Tiger of Jelutong


KAMPAR: Bukit Gelugor MP and veteran DAP leader Karpal Singh was killed when the car he was travelling in collided with a five-tonne lorry near Gua Tempurung on the North South Expressway here early Thursday.

The impact of the crash at about 1am killed the prominent lawyer and his assistant, C Michael, on the spot. Karpal's son, Ramkarpal, and the car's driver, C Selvam, were injured.

Karpal's Indonesian domestic helper was also injured and is in critical condition.

He was on his way to Penang to attend a court case later in the day.

In 2005, Karpal was involved in an accident which left him paralysed and wheelchair-bound. He was returning to his home in Penang when a car hit his taxi at the rear.


Karpal graduated from University of Singapore and started his law practice before becoming a DAP politician in 1978.

He recently stepped down as DAP chairman pending his appeal against a sedition charge of uttering seditious words against the Sultan of Perak in 2009.





Earlier report:
DAP leader Karpal Singh died after the vehicle he was travelling in was involved in a crash near Gopeng, Perak on the North-South highway at 1.30am.
It was believed that 74-year-old Bukit Gelugor MP was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang to attend a court hearing later in the morning when the accident occurred. 
The Toyota Alphard, he was in along with three passengers including his son Ramkarpal, was believed to have collided with a lorry before going out of control.


His son Gobind Singh Deo, when contacted, confirmed that Karpal had died on the spot in the accident.
"His assistant Michael (Selvam) was also killed in the accident while the driver is critically injured.
"My brother Ram is slightly injured but we are trying to get through to him," he said when contacted at 3.30am.
Gobind, who is Puchong MP, added that he was in Kuala Lumpur at the time of incident and will be heading to the accident site.
In 2005, Karpal was involved in an accident which left him paralysed and wheelchair-bound. He was returning to his home in Penang when a car hit his taxi at the rear.

Karpal graduated from University of Singapore and started his law practice before becoming a DAP politician in 1978.


He recently stepped down as DAP chairman pending his appeal against a sedition charge of uttering seditious words against the Sultan of Perak in 2009.
"R.I.P to Karpal Singh : Tiger of Jelutong". May his soul rests in peace
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Anak Taib Mahmud dapat kontrak tenaga RM600 juta dedah Pertubuhan Switzerland

Semenanjung Malaysia
1 Nov 2013

 Pendedahan Demi Pendedahan dibuat tetapi SPRM masih takut untuk bertindak terhadap Taib Mahmud.


Ketua Menteri Sarawak Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (gambar) sekali lagi mencuri perhatian apabila satu lagi tuduhan yang dibawakan oleh Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) mendedahkan keluarganya mendapat faedah daripada projek kerajaan.
Syarikat yang mempunyai hubung kait dengan keluarga Abdul Taib telah dianugerahkan sebuah kontrak bernilai RM618.6 juta bagi membangunkan saluran empangan Sarawak Energy dimiliki kerajaan negeri mendapat kritikan kumpulan alam sekitar yang berpengkalan di Switzerland.

BMF sebelum ini lantang dalam kritikan terhadap polisi etnik di Sarawak berkata anak sulung Abdul Taib, Mahmud Abu Bekir adalah pengerusi Sarawak Cable Berhad (SCB) yang merupakan anak syarikat memperoleh kontrak tersebut.
"Menurut dokumen milik syarikat, Mahmud merupakan pengerusi SCB dan pemegang saham kedua terbesar dengan 33% (21% secara langsung dan 12% tidak langsung)," kata BMF.
Media semalam melaporkan, anak syarikat SCB, Trenergy Infrastructure Sdn Bhd telah menerima surat pelantikan dua projek pembekalan elektrik 500kV yang melintasi Mapai ke Lachau dan Lachau ke Tondong.
"Dua projek itu dijangka menyumbang kepada pendapatan bersih Kumpulan Sarawak Cable bagi tahun berakhir 31 Disember 2014 dan 2015," seperti dilaporkan SCB.
Empangan yang merupakan satu daripada 11 empangan yang dirancang pembinaannya oleh kerajaan negeri bakal menyaksikan 20,000 etnik Kenyah, Kayan dan Penan akan dipindahkan.
Penduduk kampung telah menjalankan bantahan dan sekatan di sekitar kawasan Empangan Baram bagi menghalang pekerja Sarawak Energy memasuki kawasan tersebut.
"Penduduk kampung berjaya menghalang pekerja Sarawak Energy dari melakukan kerja tinjauan di Empangan Baram," menurut Straumann.
Media turut memetik Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Telang Usan, Dennis Ngau berkata keadaan di sana semakin tegang dan tiada sebarang petanda melihatkan penduduk kampung untuk beralah.
Beliau melahirkan kebimbangan masalah itu akan bertukar kepada konfrontasi dan menggesa tindakan segera perlu dilakukan.
"Hentikan kerja pembinaan sehingga notis lanjut dikeluarkan. Jangan menentang penduduk kampung. Biarkan kami yang menyelesaikan masalah ini," katanya yang merujuk kerja menebuk batu di antara Long Naah dan Long Kesseh kira-kira 200 kilometer dari bandar Miri.
Beliau turut meminta Sarawak Energy, kakitangan pejabat tanah dan Jabatan Ukur Tanah meninggalkan kawasan itu dengan kadar segera. – 31 Oktober, 2013.

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Temple Refurbishment In Kelang : Go to Hell With Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma)



West Malaysia
 1 Nov 2013

Just wonder why ISMA bothered about the house of worship of other Religions?

The Sri Sundararaja Perumal temple in Klang has come under attack from Muslim NGO Isma for refurbishment work. - The Malaysian Insider pic file, October 31, 2013."Let them make all the noise they want, it is getting quite common here in Malaysia." This was the response from the president of the 130-year-old Sri Sundararaja Perumal temple in Klang which has now come under attack from a Muslim non-governmental organisation protesting the refurbishment work.
Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) had said that the refurbishment of the temple in the centre of Klang town would create a negative impression among Muslim tourists who visit Malaysia.
The group was also concerned with a report that the temple was poised to become a landmark and tourist attraction in Klang.
But temple president S. Anandakrishnan was unperturbed by Isma's concerns, adding he was "not bothered with what certain groups had to say".
"Who are they to comment anyway? We got our own funding, we did not take any money from the government. Freedom of religion is enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
"And by the way, the structure was completed two weeks ago. All that is left is the statues and the dome which will be ready in 12 months," said Anandakrishnan, adding that the decorative granite stones from India had also been assembled two weeks ago.
According to him, the Sri Sundararaja Perumal temple was being refurbished with funding from prominent and wealthy Indians. Even judges worship at this temple, he said.
"We also received support from multi-national companies, so we are not bothered about what they (Isma) say," he said.
Anandakrishnan said the consecration of the temple is slated for June 2015, and that workers from India will be arriving in a week's time to work on the dome.
Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman had called on the government to take the necessary steps to ensure harmony and to protect Malaysia's image in the eyes of the international Muslim community.
Klang MP Charles Santiago labelled Isma as an extension of Perkasa, saying that the Muslim NGO wanted to act like it was the custodian of Islam.
Santiago said Isma should reserve their comments as the rebuilding of the temple was privately funded.
"Muslim religious bodies should make a stand against groups like Isma who do not appreciate the concept of freedom of religion," he said, adding that Malaysia stood to gain if the temple was promoted as a tourist attraction.
"What could possibly be wrong with that? Isma is just being ridiculous.
"They want to show they are the custodians of the religion. They are essentially an extension of Perkasa," Santiago said.
Abdullah also said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had pledged to uphold the teachings of Islam and, as such, plans to rebuild certain houses of worship for tourism purposes went against this pledge.
This was Isma's second outburst against Hindus in the past one week.
They also came on strongly on the issue of cows being slaughtered in schools when they warned Hindu parents to back off with their demands that schools not be used for such rituals.
"Why should we bow to pressure from them (Hindus)? It is as if we do not have our own identity. This is our country and it is an Islamic country," Isma's deputy president Aminuddin Yahaya was quoted as saying.
"We want to slaughter cows, who cares? What is the percentage of the Indian community in Malaysia? Only 1% or 2%. The Malays were over 60% of the population."
Aminuddin was referring to Hindu parents who were among others who were against school grounds being used to slaughter cows, considered sacred to Hindus, during the recent Hari Raya Haji celebrations.
Isma had also criticised the recent construction of the Calvary Church Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur that is touted as the largest church building in Southeast Asia.
The Pentecostal church is 600,000sq ft in area and has a 5,000 seat auditorium, as well as a multi-purpose hall, a nursery, lecture halls, and classrooms. – October 31, 2013.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

‘Allah’ issue about Malayisation and Islamisation of Malaysia

West Malaysia Tuesday,
29 Oct 2013

Religious Supression in Malaysia


Nesrine Malik of The Guardian hit the nail on the head when she said the Allah ban “is less about religion than about putting the non-Malay minorities in their place . . .”
It’s about Umno-Malays domination and their claim to the exclusive right to set the country’s agenda, riding roughshod over the concerns of the minorities.
Religion is used as a convenient tool because Islam and Malay identity are inseparable. Rather than use the ethnic dichotomy to pit the Malays against the non-Malays, which has lost its punch as more and more Malays (especially the urban Malays) have grown wise to Umno Baru-BN’s trick of pitting the races against each other (GE13 is proof enough), Umno now exploits the Muslim/non-Muslim dichotomy. Umno has decided that this is an even better tool as it gives it an air of Divine Will, an act sanctioned by Allah.
The Allah issue is a guise to hide Umno Baru’s agenda which is the Malayisation of the country. This is not the first time that Umno has tried to turn Malaysia’s multicultural identity into a Malay identity.
It’s about Ketuanan Melayu. It’s about institutional racism. It’s about putting the ‘pendatangs’ in their place; people who should be grateful with what they are given, ‘guests’ who should know their place. And for those who don’t (know their place) they are shown the exit – they have been reminded enough times lately by ministers, politicians and Malay NGOs.
We do not have to dig too deep into our past to see the many attempts Umno has made to remodel our multicultural national identity, and as religion and race are tied with regard to the Malays, Islam is part and parcel of this identity.
Let us look at the Umno-BN government’s track record to see this pattern of Malayisation and Islamisation of the country.
(I say the Umno-BN government, because the non-Malay component parties – MCA, MIC, Gerakan – are complicit to the plot if only by their acquiescence).
Islamisation and suppression of other religions
Even before the introduction of its Islamisation programme in 1982, the government has been promoting Islamic values as the country’s values while ignoring the values or contributions of others in this multiracial country. It was as if there was only one set of values – the Islamic one.
“It is important that we prove that the Islamic system can fulfill the needs of not only the Muslims but other communities as well” said Dr Mahathir Mohamad (New Straits Times, 18 March 1985)
To leave nothing in doubt, Mahathir went on to say: “I hope we will not waste any effort shouting slogans which sound nice to the ears but empty in content. Instead we should go gradually forward in implementing Islamic principles.” (The Star, 2 August 1985).
Hence the process of Islamisation took hold and was fast paced in government, administration, and education. This has caused great anxiety among the non-Muslims not because they were anti-Islam but because this undermines the basic foundation of Malaysia as a secular nation where there is religious freedom with Islam as the official religion.
The Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code were amended in 1982 ostensibly to deal with ‘deviant’ Islamic teachings (anything that is not in keeping with the government’s version of Islam). However it also allows for “state interference in the practice, profession and propagation of non-Muslim religions”. (Lim Kit Siang – Malaysia Crisis of Identity, page 39). This was another nail in the coffin of religious freedom in Malaysia.
In education, ‘Islamic Civilisation’ was made a compulsory subject in universities. While the non-Muslims accepted that it was good that they come to understand Muslims better through this subject, their proposal that, for the same reason the study of other major religions’ civilisations can help Muslims understand the non-Muslims, was ignored.
The process of Islamisation was also felt in schools. There was an increase in government control of schools, especially of the mission schools. Before long, the principals of mission schools – who were traditionally Christians – were replaced by Muslim principals and principals of other faiths.
In the early 1980s, Moral Education as a compulsory examination subject was introduced for non-Muslim pupils while Muslim pupils were taught the Koran. The suggestion by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) that it was only fair that “Pupils Own Religion” (POR) be taught was rejected. (It should be noted that in Indonesia POR is provided for all pupils and no religion has advantage over the other yet Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation with an overwhelming Muslim majority).
What further alienated non-Muslim parents was that the majority of the Moral Education teachers were Muslims and as such there would be a natural bias towards Islam.
Other acts of Islamisation in schools included instructing mission schools to remove crucifixes from the building and the removal of the cross or any other Christian symbols from their school badge and replace it with a star or a crescent.
In Sabah the authorities banned the teaching of Christianity on the school premises even after school hours. Because of strong protests this ban was lifted.
The doa is now recited in all school assemblies something which even the missionary schools did not do in my time.
The Islamisation of the education system has been going on for years. The Deputy Prime Minister at that time, Anwar Ibrahim, said in a press statement that the changes brought about by the government in the education system were in line with Islam. (New Straits Times, 26 March 1994).
I wonder what is Anwar’s present position on this today?
Places of worship
The discrimination and suppression of other religions took many forms.
Regarding places of worship, it was recommended that Muslims be given an allocation ratio of 1:800 population with a spatial requirement of 0.4 hectare for a mosque. For a surau, it is 1:250 and 0.1 hectare. For non-Muslims the ratio was 1:4000 with a spatial requirement of “suitable standards” for a church or temple.
MCCCBHST request that they be treated equally was rejected. However the “suitable standards” was made more specific. Non-Muslims were now allocated 0.2 hectare – half that of the Muslims’. In fact, it is less when considering the ratio remained 1:4000 which is five times the number of people required for a mosque.
Another form of discrimination and suppression was by refusing or making it extremely difficult for non-Muslims to get planning approval for their places of worship. Land was not allocated for places of worship for non-Muslims and burial grounds not provided for in the master plans of some of the new towns.
The Sultan of Selangor commented in 1984 that while he was happy to see many suraus and mosques in the state, he aired his unhappiness that there was not a single place of worship for non-Muslims in Shah Alam. He wondered aloud, tongue-in-cheek no doubt, if non-Muslims ever prayed. He further observed that although land for places of worship for non-Muslims had been identified, its conversion had been stopped, “. . . perhaps by the state government or the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS)” (The Star, 17 January 1984).
The Shah Alam Church of Divine Mercy (often dubbed “the-on-and-off church) is probably the most famous example of how the authorities try to thwart attempts by non-Muslims to build places of worship.
The Catholic Church had applied for a piece of land to build a church in 1977. A 1.116 acre was allocated by the state and sold to the church in 1985 after the Sultan of Selangor’s much publicised comments.
Formal approval to build a church was given in May 1993. Work started on the church in Section 24 of Shah Alam in June the same year.
Almost immediately Muslim NGOs and politicians protested claiming that the church would challenge the sanctity of Islam as the country’s official religion and the position of Muslims. The Menteri Besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib instructed the municipal council to withdraw the approval.
It would be too tedious to go through the details of this saga. Suffice to say the government gave in to the Muslim extremists and offered the church a new site at Lot 172, Jalan Pemaju amongst the factories in the Industrial Park.
The Church of Divine Mercy opened its doors 28 years later in September 2005 after navigating every obstacle the government could throw in its way.
The continued reluctance by local authorities and state governments to cater to the needs of non-Muslims is probably the cause of the sprouting up of ‘shophouse churches’ and temples.
Administrative roadblocks on non-Muslims
Other examples of the State’s actions vis-a-vis non-Muslims include: lack of burial ground, the propagation of Islam to non-Muslim minors despite strong parental objections. The conversion of 17-year-old Susie Teoh is a case in point. Her conversion to Islam was challenged by her father Teoh Eng Huat who appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the verdict of the Kota Bharu High Court that parents have no right to determine the religion of their children. Apparently this is contrary to reading of the law by Tun Mohammed Suffian Hashim (the late Lord President) that the religion of a minor under the age of 18 is decided by his/her parent or guardian.
Cases of dubious conversions persists to this day including cases of alleged ‘body snatching’ – when the state religious department take corpses for Muslim burial despite the protests of family members and evidence that they were practising other religions – Hinduism in most cases.
The import of Al-kitab, the Bible in the Indonesian language, was banned under the ISA in 2 Dec 1981. This was lifted after the churches protested.
The prohibition of the use of certain words deemed exclusive to Islam is not something new. State governments in Perak, Selangor, Kelantan and Terengganu in the 1980s issued a list of 36 words, including ‘Allah’ that non-Muslims were forbidden to use. After the MCCBCHST protested the list was pruned down to four words (Allah, solat, Kaabah and Baitullah). The Christian leaders refused even this list on the principle that no government has the right to forbid anyone to use any word of any language on earth.
So the banning of the use of ‘Allah’ is not something new. It is worth noting that the non-Muslims have consistently refused to accept this ban.
The Immigration Department also did its part in suppressing other religions by making it difficult for priests to enter the country. This affected the Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus greatly as they needed the priests to conduct religious ceremonies and there were not enough local priests.
Sabah and Sarawak are not exempt
If those in Sabah and Sarawak think that it’s only about the ‘A’ word, that they are free from this suppression they should look back on the government’s track record in their states.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kota Kinabalu is the most famous case.
Some Muslims in Sabah had objected to the rebuilding the Sacred Heart Cathedral that would have been the biggest Roman Catholic church in the Sabah when completed. The old church had been demolished so that a new one could be built in the same design as the St Joseph’s Cathedral in Kuching and able to accommodate a congregation of some 1,380 in a single sitting.
In Sandakan, Sabahan Muslims objected to the building of a Buddhist temple in Kampung Tanah Merah. The then Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Chong Kah Kiat resigned over the issue of Maru, a Goddess of the Sea statue in Kudat, Sabah, for which approval was granted but later withdrawn when Muslim extremists protested.
In Sarawak, the Sikhs were attacked for building a gurdwara in Kuching.
The letting in of Muslim immigrants into Sabah is as much a political issue as it is a religious issue. It is to change the ethnic and religious balance in the state – to create a Muslim majority which can in turn impose restrictions on other religions just like in West Malaysia.
East Malaysians accept the government’s assurance on the use of Allah at their own peril. The problem goes beyond the use of one word. It is a problem of Malayisation and Islamisation.
While all religions are affected by the government’s ban on the use of ‘Allah’ and other restrictions and discrimination, it is the Christians who are the main target of Umno’s politics. This was made clear by the Minister for Tourism and Culture Nazri Abdul Aziz who told other religions to butt out of this controversy. “I hope non-Christian groups won’t get involved in this matter. It is between us Muslims and the Christians. This is very sensitive.” ( Malaysiakini, 21 Oct 2013)
Malayisation
It’s not just religion but also other issues that the Umno-led government has shown its intolerance to diversity.
In 1971, a Congress on National Culture was held at the University of Malaya. On the face of it there is nothing wrong with trying to forge a national identity, especially if every culture in the country is included.
“Malaysia’s multi-cultural society cannot be forgotten in deciding the country’s culture…” (Straits Times, 18 Aug 1971).
Two days later, the Straits Times editorial while opining that establishing a national culture is laudable, asked “how the component parts can be welded into a whole as an integral part of national identity. It is easier said than done. Culture does not lend itself easily to guidance or legislation” (Straits Times, 18 Aug 1971)
Home Affairs Minister Ghazali Shafie later gave us a glimpse of the government’s idea of the ‘national culture’ when he said “. . . attempts by the immigrant races to defend and promote some of their cultural elements which were already extinct in their countries of origin were futile and a waste of time…” (Straits Times, 20 May 1979), and he gave the example of the Lion Dance. (The lion dance extinct in China? That’s news).
In tune with government policy, the police in 1982 refused permission for lion dances to be performed in public, saying that under government directives they were only allowed during Chinese New Year even though that particular directive had been lifted. Ghazali later as Foreign Minister said that only characteristics of art which are based on the Malay identity and Islam could be accepted as elements of the national culture: “In this respect there should be no give-and-take” (Straits Times, 9 Oct 1982). The Umno-led government’s position on this was non-negotiable.
Encouraged by the federal government’s position, state governments began to remove signboards with Chinese characters until reminded that other languages were permitted as long as the Malay translation was featured prominently. Despite the federal government’s rule on signage, in 1987 municipal workers were directed to black out Chinese characters on signboards at the Johor Seafood Carnival. This caused an uproar.
In line with Umno’s agenda for Malay-centric national culture, the Director-General of Education Murad Mohammed Noor issued a circular to all principals detailing what was permissible in school cultural shows (8 Aug 1984). Such activities had to reflect the National Cultural Policy.
The activities that were allowed:
(1) dances like the inang, zapin, joget, kuda kepang, ballet (so, ballet is indigenous to Malay culture),
(2) musical instruments like the gamelan and kompang,
(3) traditional games like gasing, congkak and wau, and 4. traditional theatre such as makyong, bangsawan and boria.
Other activities which highlighted ‘foreign’ cultures or do not reflect the national culture were not allowed.
Another act by the government to suppress non-Malay cultures and heritage include the attempt to acquire Bukit Cina cemetery in Malacca together with the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple which is the oldest in Malaysia (1704). The ostensible purpose of this state acquisition was to level it for development. But it would also get rid of a non-Malay non-Islam heritage.
The temple trustees resisted. Before long, this became a national controversy as Chinese throughout the country supported the stand of the temple.
Rehman Rashid, a columnist for the New Straits Times had asked ‘So what’s another hill’ (5 Oct 1984), displaying his insensitivity to the significance of the hill to the Chinese as representing the link to their ancestors’ arrival in this country (certainly earlier than the arrival of many ‘Malays’).
And more significantly, a symbol of the friendship between the Chinese and the Malays when the Emperor of China gave his daughter Hang Li Po to Sultan Mansur Shah in marriage.
The controversy raged on for some time before the government relented in the face of nationwide protest.
It’s ironic that the Chinese who are noted for their materialistic and pragmatic attitude had rallied round a symbol. On the other hand the Malays who were thought to be unmaterialistic wanted to enrich themselves from a prime piece of real estate which just happened to be the ancestral graves of the earliest Chinese to Malaya.
East Malaysians took note of what was happening in West Malaysia.
The then Chief Minister of Sabah Joseph Pairin Kitingan warned against cultural assimilation and the domination of one race over others ( New Straits Times, 11 Aug 1986). Edward Jeli, the Sarawak State Minister for Land Development, said that to lose one’s culture would be tantamount to losing one’s identity. (Sarawak Tribune, 16 Oct 1986).
The fight for cultural identity did not involve only the Chinese, In April 1984, ten Indian associations sent a collective memorandum to the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports making clear their unhappiness that there are
“ politicians, government servants, academicians and religious leaders who have already decided for themselves the future status of Malaysia as an Islamic State. Consequently their concept of national culture is one of Islamic Culture alone. In their concept the cultural values of the other communities have little or no relevance. They are prepared to ride roughshod over the sentiments and sensitivities of the other communities. The influence of this group is by no means small. It is being felt in a number of ways”.
The memorandum went on to the following areas of concern:
1. Pressuring non-Muslims to wear Malay/Muslim attire
2. Showing little or no concern about the cultural practices of others
3. Creating obstacles for others to develop their cultures, religions and languages
4. Discriminating on the basis of religion
5. Condoning Islamic extremism
6. Ridiculing other religions
7. Laying down standards of personal behaviour and morality for others
8. Pushing Islamic indoctrination
9. Propagating the slogan of one language, one religion, one race
10. Supporting cultural assimilation rather than integration
One should ask if indeed a ‘national culture’ that is politically determined and legislated is desirable, and if that is possible even. Should not a national culture in a multiracial nation spring from the mingling of the different communities and take on aspects of the different cultures? Are we only ‘truly Asia’ on billboards and TV commercials?
A commentary in the New Straits Times of 1 July 1992 by journalist-writer Salleh ben Joned summed it up nicely when he said “Rojak is good for nation building.”
Conclusion
From the preceding paragraphs it is obvious what Umno’s real goal is. It’s not 1Malaysia unless One Malaysia means one race, one culture, one religion.
Umno has never repudiated its agenda of cultural assimilation, Islamisation or Ketuanan Melayu. It has never stopped trying to “put the non-Malays in their place”. It desists temporarily in the face of strong opposition by the non-Malays only to try again and again. This latest controversy about the use of ‘Allah’ is just another episode in Umno’s quest to Islamise and Malayise the country.
Prime Minister Najib Razak’s allowance for Sabah and Sarawak to use ‘Allah’ is only because his government depends on both these states to survive. East Malaysians should not lull themselves into thinking that there is a change of heart. It’s just a change of tactic. What Umno tried to do in the 1970s and 1980s it will try to do again . . . and again.
The fact that the Umno-led government has veered so far to the right, pandering to extremist groups like Perkasa, religious extremist groups like Ikatan Muslimim Malaysia (ISMA) and economic opportunists (including non-Malays) is most disconcerting. What happened to the multiracial, multicultural, tolerant and inclusive nation that was Malaya and later Malaysia? While Malay dominance is a fact of life, it must not be to the detriment of the other races. There must be no institutional racism disguised as affirmative action or Malayisation in the guise of a fabricated national culture.
A Malaysia where the non-Malays are not allowed to play their full part as equal citizens will be a poorer Malaysia – economically and culturally.
To paraphrase the late opposition leader Dr Tan Chee Koon, we (the 51.7% of Malaysians) must not throw up our hands and ask “Apa Boleh Buat”, taking what is dished out to us by Umno lying down. We must be positive, stand on our principles and not move from our position of what is fair. The majority of Malaysians (going by GE13) want a multiracial, tolerant and fair Malaysia as envisioned by the founding fathers of our nation.
There was a time when Malays, Chinese and Indians mixed freely. We sat in coffee shops together, called at each other’s house (not just on ‘open house days’), our children played together. I remember Malays classmates without tudungs (that did not make them any less decent). A uniquely Malaysian culture would have evolved in time given the chance. Indeed “rojak is good for nation building”
Malaysians must not allow the racial and religious extremists to call the tune.
Mupok Aku

 
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