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Sunday, January 31, 2010

UMNO Youth Members Involved In Church Attacks Says Azmin Ali

Petaling Jaya
Thursday, 27th January 2010


Mohd Azmin Ali, the Deputy President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) make a stunning revelation here last Thursday that UMNO youth members were  involved in series of church attacks in Selangor recently.
Azmin Ali made such reveletion this morning during his visit to  Taman Datuk Harun mosque in Petaling Jaya where the four wild boar heads were found in the mosque compound.
According to Azmin Ali, he was in the process of gathering information on the IC numbers and  the UMNO membership numbers for those involved in the church attack in Selangor recently.
"Based on the list of  people that have been charged  in the court last week, we found that most of them were members of UMNO Gombak and Ampang branches" said Azmin.
In the related case, Azmin Ali wants PM Najib to explain to Malaysian on the involvement of UMNO members in the church attacks.
Azmin further said , " Lately UMNO has been using the racial and religion matter in order to win back the Malay supports. I hope that UMNO stop playing with racial and religious sentiments".
He reminded UMNO stop from playing racial and religious matter as its very dangerous.

1Malaysia or 1Malay
 
When PM Najib first launch the 1Malaysia, most people knew that 1Malaysia is going to fail. The main reason why it will fail was because of UMNO. 1Malaysia is 100% in contrast with UMNO main objective which is fighting for Malay right such as the  special previlieges, social contract  and so forth.
Therefore for Bukittunggal.com, there is no 1Malaysia but only 1MALAY!
 
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Friday, January 29, 2010

JAKIM Condemn For Organising Forum That Did Not Promote Malaysian Unity

Surprisingly the  government of Malaysia allowed JAKIM to organise the forum that did not promote religious and ethnc unity!

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M Najib introduced 1Malaysia to unite Malaysian from various ethnics group and religions. Despite the nationwide campaign to promote 1Malaysia, surprisingly there are some government agencies that fail to understand the  1Malaysia concept. One of the government agency that fails to understand the meaning of 1Malaysia is Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM).
Last Wednesday, JAKIM organised a forum to discuss on the High Court decision that allowed Catholic Herald to use the word "Allah" for god in its publication. Among the government agencies that participated in the forum were Institut Latihan Islam Malaysia and Attorney-General’s office.
There were two main points raised by the participants during the forum. One was on the muslim  politician  failure to defend Islam but only concentrate on Malay rights, and second point was they blamed the christians for challenging  the decision to ban the use of word "Allah"  in court .
In blaming the politicians failure to protect Islam, one of the participant Zamihan Mat Zin from the Institut Latihan Islam Malaysia said :
“Some politicians are ever so vocal when it comes to defending Malay rights but when it comes to their religion, they are quiet. What is the use of defending Malay rights if our religion is not protected?”
Zamihan said deliberate attempts were being made to degrade Islam, citing as an example the Catholic Church’s legal challenge against the ban imposed on the Herald weekly for using “Allah” to describe the Christian God.
“Extremism can be found in any religion and this challenge is definitely one of them,” he said and stressed that references in Islam that “Allah” was exclusive to the Muslims are pervasive.
Deputy chief of Syariah Research Department of the Attorney-General’s office, Mahamad Nasir Disa, who spoke on the issue from a legal perspective, agreed with his fellow panellists that the issue was an act of provocation by Christians.

“Often the argument given by them is that to deny the usage is to deny their rights to practise their religion but our argument is that the word ‘Allah’ is not an integral part of their religion as compared to us.
“If that is the case, then we can talk about rights. If not, don’t talk about rights,” he said.
Mahamad, too, agreed that there is “a lack of real leadership” in dealing with the matter, saying that the government had the power to prevent non-Muslims from using “Allah”.
He said that preventing non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” would ease ethnic tensions.

1Malaysia Will Flourist Without These Agencies

If Najib is serious about 1Malaysia concept, he must first reform these extremist agencies that make a living on not just muslims zakat but also on the  tax payer monies.
These agencies and all its officers who probably had been trained in Pakistan or Afghanistan only know the right of the muslims but never look at the right of the others. They must be the first to attend the 1Malaysia concept training otherwise 1Malaysial remains as rethoric.
Personally I felt  that JAKIM should not hold such forum in Sarawak so as not to spread such Taliban like thinking to corrupt the thinking of Muslims in Sarawak! I Love Sarawak..

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Muslims Have No Monopoly over 'Allah'


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In the past, Bukittunggal.com had published many articles that argue on the usage of word "Allah" by christians in Malaysia but most of its were written by non-muslim writters. Today I am publishing the article written by Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim (DSAI) the Malaysian opposition leader and the ex-Deputy Prime Minister under Tun Dr Mahathir.
His opinion  shown that he agrees with the Hig Court decision in allowing Catholic Herald to use the term "Allah" for god. His opinion was based on thorough study of the issues and  the views from muslims worldwide and not just based on the opinion of religion scholars from Malaysia.
Let's read his article below:


Malaysia has once again resurfaced in international headlines for the wrong reasons. Over the last two weeks, arsonists and vandals attacked 10 places of worship, including Christian churches and Sikh temples. Though there were no injuries and the material damage is reparable, the same cannot be said about the emotional and psychological scars left behind. After numerous conflicting statements from government officials, the underlying causes of the violence are still unaddressed. Malaysia's reputation as a nation at peace with its ethnic and religious diversity is at stake.
Malaysia's poor handling of religious and sectarian issues is not unique. The ill treatment of minority groups in Muslim countries is often worse than the actions Muslims decry in the West. I have called attention to the broader need in the Muslim world for leadership that demonstrates consistency and credibility in our call for justice, fairness and pluralism. These values are embedded in the Islamic tradition as the higher objectives of Shariah expounded by the 12th-century jurist al-Shatibi.
We have seen Muslims around the world protest against discriminatory laws passed in supposedly liberal and progressive countries in the West. Yet just as France and Germany have their issues with the burqa and Switzerland with its minarets, so too does Malaysia frequently fail to offer a safe and secure environment that accommodates its minority communities.
The recent arson attacks exemplify what's wrong with the way Malaysia regards its non-Muslim citizens. The attacks were provoked by a controversy over the use of the word "Allah" by Malaysia's Christian community, which numbers over two million, or about 10% of the population. In late 2007, the Home Ministry banned the use of the word by the Herald, a Catholic newspaper, and later confiscated 15,000 copies of Malay-language Bibles imported from Indonesia in which the word for God is translated as "Allah." A Dec. 31, 2009 ruling by the Kuala Lumpur High Court overruled the earlier ban, asserting constitutional guarantees regarding the freedom of religion in Malaysia. Since then, an already tense situation boiled over, largely due to incitement by a few reckless politicians, the mainstream media and a handful of nongovernmental organizations linked by membership and leadership to the United Malays National Organization, the ruling party.
For example, Utusan Malaysia, the nation's largest Malay-language daily—which is also owned by UMNO—has inflamed Muslim religious sentiments by accusing non-Muslims of desecrating the name of the "Muslim" God and alleging a Christian conspiracy to overrun this predominantly Muslim nation through conversion. I have seen these incendiary propaganda techniques used before, when politicians and demagogues exploit public sentiment to garner support by fomenting fear. Such tactics are useful diversions from embarrassing scandals ranging from controversial court decisions, to allegations of exorbitant commissions extracted from military procurements, to the theft of two jet engines from the inventory of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. This behavior has been exacerbated since the ruling party lost its two-thirds majority in parliament last year. UMNO is now desperately struggling to regain public support.
Few Muslims around the world would endorse the claim that we have a monopoly on the word "Allah." It is accepted that the word was already in the lexicon of pre-Islamic Arabs. Arabic's sister Semitic languages also refer to God as "Allah": namely, "Elaha" in Aramaic, and "Elohim" in Hebrew. Historical manuscripts prove that Arabic-speaking Muslims, Christian and Jews have collectively prayed to God, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, as "Allah" for over 1,400 years. The history of Islam in Southeast Asia is known for its pluralistic and inclusive traditions, and amicable relations between Muslims and non-Muslims have been the norm for generations.
Muslim scholars outside of Malaysia thus find our "Allah" issue absurd and cannot fathom why it has sparked protest and outrage. Minority Muslim populations living in the West, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11, have diligently tried to remind the public that Muslims, Christians and Jews share common Abrahamic roots and ultimately worship the same God.
Local sensitivities have been aroused over this issue. They should be handled through dialogue and engagement. Instead of permeating a sense of insecurity or a siege mentality, Muslims must be encouraged to engage and present their concerns to the Christians in a constructive manner. The example of Muslim Spain is a moment in our history to which Malaysian Muslims should aspire. But efforts toward fostering a convivencia are not only found in the past. The ongoing "Common Word" initiative, a global effort launched in 2007 that captured the support of over 130 of the world's most prominent Muslim scholars, has made historic progress towards building goodwill among Muslims and Christians to find ways to live in sincere peace and harmony. It is ironic that noble efforts such as these are being undone by the actions of Muslims themselves.
Malaysia's international reputation has taken a beating since Prime Minister Najib Razak was sworn in last year. Despite his efforts to promote national unity, news about the caning of a young Muslim woman charged with drinking, the mutilation of a cow head in protest of the construction of a Hindu temple, ill treatment of Muslim converts who revert to their earlier faith and even the outlawing of the practice of yoga by Muslims have many at home and abroad wondering which direction Malaysia is headed under Mr. Najib's leadership. There are already misgivings about governance, human rights, the rule of law and rampant corruption; Malaysia dropped 10 spots on Transparency International's 2009 Corruption Perception Index, our worst showing in over 15 years. The vision of Malaysia as a peaceful and stable location for investment, tourism and migration is now in peril.
This matters most for Malaysians who have to contend with an increasingly polarized social and political landscape. Malaysia cannot afford to be held hostage by the vested interests of a few who manipulate faith and identity as a means to elicit fear for political and economic gain. This is old politics, and it has become clear that those who incite hatred are only doing so to prolong their monopoly on power. The majority of Malaysians reject this approach. They realize that overcoming the challenges we face—a stagnant economy, declining educational standards and rising crime—depends on our ability as a nation to internalize and make real the principles of fairness and justice to all.

By Datok Seri Anwar Ibrahim


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William Mawan Asked to Resign as SPDP President

Kuching
Thursday, 28th January 2010

The crisis in the Sarawah Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) deepened with some members calling for William Mawan to resign as president of the party, but Mawan dismissed the demand.

“I will not bow down to personal feelings of some members,” he said, pointing out that he would not abandon the responsibility and the trust placed upon him by those who had elected him.

Explaining his stand


This is Mawan...I will not run away from my responsibility!..SPDP President answers the press


“I am elected unopposed as president and I have a duty to those who elected me. I will not run away from my responsibility. This is Mawan,” he said yesterday when asked by Malaysian Mirror to comment on demands by Peter Gani for him to resign to solve the present crisis.
“I appreciate the feelings of my friend Gani, but resignation is not an option for me. I will not bow down to pressure. I have a long-term strategy and the interest of members and the party to think about.
Gani, an SPDP founding member, had called on Mawan to resign, saying the members had lost confidence in his leadership.

Grassroots, not aides, decide fate

In Sibu, Tamin branch chairman Engkail Bunyau said branch members want the president to listen to the wishes of the grassroots rather than to just close aides. He described Mawan’s decision to replace Sylvester Enteri as secretary-general with Nelson Balang Rining as “untimely”.
Colourful Iban/Dayak politic. It is normal in any Iban/Dayak organization. The subordinates never respect the leadership of the party. Look what happened to SNAP, PBDS, PRS and the latest crisis is SPDP. All of the crisis started by direspectful  of the president by party members!...Bukittunggal.  


Batu Danau state assemblyman Paulus Gumbang, who was one of those who had walked out during the supreme council meeting in support of Enteri, said he was shocked that the top leadership was engaging in underhanded politics.
He said the leadership should set a good example as such politics would only divide the party and weaken its powerbase.

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Dissent grows louder

Dr Rayong the Partyless State Assemblyman is Selling Himself

Kuching
Thursday, 28th January 2010


Dr Johnical Rayong-The Iban Desperado, Liar and Traitor in Engkelili

Sarawak State election is just around the corner. Judging from past history, the election should be held within this year.
Due to political crisis and betrayal , two assemblymen in sarawak cabinet have been partyless. One is Larry Sng and another is Dr Johnical Rayong. Between the two assemblymen, Dr Rayong is the most vulnerable in term of their chances to win back their seat in the coming election.
Larry Sng, historically and finacially he is more capable , and he can win the seat on any ticket whether on BN or on opposition . Whereas for Dr Johnical Rayong the only way how he could win back the seat is through BN. He will not be able to win the seat on independent ticket because if he has to stand on independent candidate he will be facing the BN and the opposition. This time he will not ge the support of the  Pakatan Rakyat (PR) as he had already betrayed them.
Based on the Boeneo Post report lately, Rayong has been actively lobbied himself to be the BN candidate by attending the functions organised by BN in Engkelili area. And the last effort by Dr Rayong was published in the Borneo Post today. According to the report, Dr Rayong urged BN leaders to accept him as a BN candidate in the coming state election. He gave two reasons why BN should accept him as BN candidate, as he said :-
(1) "The people want local candidate and I am from -Skrang , I am local".
(2) "The proof is enough. I've pledged my allegiance and I have handling out Minor Rural Project (MRP) funds to the people of this constituency ever since I was elected in 2006".
In refering to his reasons, I have no comment for item (1) as he is indeed from Skrang-under Engkelili. But for item (2) I am not convince with him. He is a liar or in Iban we call it "bula" (pronounce as bulak). Let's look back how this bula state assemblyman member won the seat during the election held in 2006.
As we all known, before the election in 2006, a group of ex-PBDS members who were partyless, wanted to form-up  the malaysian Dayak Congress, but due to objection from some dayak leaders (people speculated Jabu Numpang a self-proclaimed "Panglima Iban/Dayak"  ) the   registeration was not approved. While waiting for their appeal, some of those group used SNAP and other opposition parties to compete in the election....Dr Rayong was one of them. He stood the election using SNAP symbol, and his opponernt  was Krai Pillo from SUPP ( BN ). He garnered 3,442 votes compared to SUPP’s Johnathan Krai Pilo with 3,016 votes.
But after winning Engkilili on a SNAP ticket, Dr Johnical quit the party and declared himself a BN-friendly assemblyman. He has since been knocking on BN’s door with a lot of encouragement from Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP). But the question is whether the other BN members willing to accept him to the fold as it can become the precedent in the future. Judging from history (Remember Kebing Wan who defeated BN candidate in Baram never accepted back to BN fold ?).

How many alternatives does he have?

As I see it, there are two available alternatives for Johnical Rayong. One is to stand the coming-election on BN ticket. In order to stand on BN ticket he must get closer to BN, unite all SUPP supportes in Engkelili and try to win their supports. And the most importantly he must be able to convince the SUPP leaders that he can be trusted.
Secondly, quit politic. Based on his past track record, this type of politician should not exist in Sarawak especially to the dayak/Iban. While the Ibans are far left behind compare to other races, with this type of leader/politician, we will not progress in the same pace with the others. In other to progress well with the other races in Malaysia, we need a dynamic and loyal leaders.
Today we can't found any dynamic and loyal leaders in BN but outside its such as in PAKATAN RAKYAT, we have a choice. We still have hopes there such as in a form of sdra Baru Bian.
For the dayak/Iban out there especially in Engkelili...One day Dr Johnical Rayong will betray you just like what he did to SNAP after he won the seat under SNAP in 2006.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Roles Of Malaysian Police As BN Agent!

From schooldays  until now our mind has been corrupted by Barisan Nasional propaganda that Malaysia is a an independent and democratic nation. Malaysians are free to do what the constituent permits  us to do, and the political parties are allowed to compete in a fair election.
GE in 2008 was consider the turning point for Malaysian politic. In the election , PAKATAN RAKYAT (PR) denied  BN it 2/3 majority. Not only denying BN it 2/3 majority, PR also managed to wrest BN from power in four states namely, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor , and successfully increased seat majority in Kelantan.
Since losing those four states to PR, BN has been actively using government agencies to take back the  states. The two agencies that actively sebotage the PR especially in those four states are Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission. So far MACC managed to topple Perak . Perak fell to BN in February 2010. After their successful attempt in Perak , they started their operation in Selangor. It was during this time that the controversy started. Teoh Beng Hock, 30, political aide to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16 on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam ,after having given a statement as a witness to the MACC over allegations of misuse of funds by Selangor state executive councillors.
Eventhough being  accused of wrongdoing, the MACC still  harassing PR government in Selangor. On 20th January 2010, the MACC team led by Supt Premraj Victor, went to Yaakob’s office located on the 14th floor of the state secretariat building and confiscated documents related to sand mining activities and overseas trips. Yakob political aide, Hussien Ahmad, 62, was taken to the Putrajaya MACC office for questioning . Yakob is a state Agriculture, Natural Resources and Entrepreneurial Development committee chairman.
Another government agency that has been used by BN to topple Selangor government is PDRM. PDRM siding the BN government is very obvious. In any "ceramah" or function organise by BN, they will help the organiser in controlling the crowd. But in any  function organised by PR, they will create public disturbence and stop the ceramah.
Last November, Tian Chua was stopped in the middle of his speech by OCPD Brickfield. And the the latest incident happened on 20th January 2010 when Dato Seri Anwar was stopped from continuing with his speech by the same OCPD. Surprisingly this officer did not bother to salute DSAI. Being the senior officer, he must give due respect to the member of parliament.
But I am not surprised...they are PM Najib DxGs....they worked for Najib. See the video below by yourself. Make your own judgement whether these officers work for the people or for BN and PM Najib..



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Plane Crash In sarawak Caused One Died and another In Critical Condition

KUCHING: Villagers watched in horror as a well-known doctor hung on precariously after his aircraft crashed into trees in a dense forest area in Simunjan, about 90km from here.
Dr James Ngu Siew Kong, a general surgeon here, was heard shouting for help as the drama unfolded after part of the two-seater Pelican aircraft got entangled in the branches.



In serious condition: Dr Ngu being wheeled into the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching Sunday. Part of the plane wreckage that he was in was entangled in the trees (picture below), and he was injured after it fell. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

Another part of the aircraft had earlier crashed to the ground with the pilot, Stanley Tiong, 61, who died from his injuries.
A Nuri helicopter with commandos tried to rescue Dr Ngu, 58, but the strong gusts created by the rotating blades shook the wreckage, causing it to plunge.
The injured doctor was flown out by to the RMAF base here before being taken to the Sarawak General Hospital at about 1.30pm, about four hours after the crash occurred.
Dr Ngu was later transferred to the Normah Medical Specialist Centre here, where he is based, in a critical condition.
The aircraft had taken off from Kuching at about 8.50am on a leisure flight to Sibu.


It is learnt that the duo decided to turn back after encountering bad weather. Villagers from the nearby Kampung Sungai Ladong said they heard two explosions in the air and saw the plane circling before crashing into the trees.
Monir Chi, 54, said he heard a third explosion when part of the plane crashed. He said he heard shouts for help from Dr Ngu, who was trapped in a section of the plane stuck in the braches.
"He was still in his seat and calling out for help when we arrived at the scene,” added the farmer, who alerted others to inform the police.


Total wreck: The search party with the wreckage of the aircraft found at Kg Ladong, Simunjan in Samarahan Division yesterday.
Monir said other villagers who made their way to the site on foot found Tiong on the ground seriously injured but still alive.
Simunjan OCPD Deputy Supt Choo Yin Kok confirmed that Kampung Sungai Ladong villagers were the first to alert police about the crash.
He said the crash site, which is near an oil palm plantation, was nearly an hour’s drive away from Simunjan town and a 4km walk through dense peat swamp forest.
He said 20 policemen and two officers were sent on a rescue mission.
Tiong’s friends, who were at the hospital, said his wife, who is in China on a holiday, and their three children who are overseas had been informed of the tragedy and were on their way back.
“He is an experienced pilot who has been flying light aircraft for about 10 years,” said one of his friends, who declined to be named.

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Malaysians will end up sleeping on the street too Unless Present BN Government Change

Indonesia is one of the world's richest countries in terms of natural resources.


God has blessed Indonesia with gold, uranium, copper, oil, timber, beaches, seas and other wealth. The land is fertile with abundant rain. Stick a twig into the ground and it grows into a tree.
Yet Indonesians sleep in the streets..

Food is expensive.. The average Indonesian eats some rice, tempe , tauhu and may be some vegetables for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. An average Nasi Padang meal for four persons in a single star Indonesian restaurant can cost RM60(160,000 Rupiah). This is way beyond the income of the average Joko or Ketut in Indonesia .
Why is this so ? The answer is because the ruling elites in Indonesia do not care about the people. They have pillaged the country. They craft policies that only serve to keep the elites in power and the wealthly. The same thing is happening in M'sia.
There are also millions of Indonesians who go to school and university but do not learn skills that can help them survive in the real world. They are very poor in European languages like English or Dutch. All their education is in Indonesian. So they cannot keep up with the latest developments and technologies. They cannot compete. They remain poor.


The children of the elite are sent overseas for their education.
Poverty In Indonesia:



Ø Poverty line : 130,499 rupiahs/month (urban) & 96,512 rupiahs/month (rural)
Ø Poverty rate : 18.2 % (38,4 millions people)
Ø Minimum wage : 631,554 rupiahs per month
Ø Unemployment rate : 9.06 %
Ø Foreign loan : US$ 176,5 billions (US$ 821 per capita)


An average Indonesian university graduate cannot bring world class skills to his employers. He or she therefore earns a pittance. This is happening in Malaysia . Bumiputra university graduates only strike it rich if they get Government jobs where they do not do much work but earn a good salary with a pension. In the private sector they may not get a job or earn only a pittance.

That is why 100,000 graduates remain unemployed in Malaysia .
Bumiputra university graduates are turning up for interviews as taxi drivers and shop assistants. What about those who flunk out after SPM ? They become Mat Rempits (Motorcycle Racers). Last Saturday I saw another Mat Rempit get killed at the road races in Shah Alam (near Section 7).
In Malaysia , just like in Indonesia , food is getting very expensive. But the wages and salaries of the people, especially the Malays, is not keeping up with the increase in prices.
Instead of developing the competitive ability of the people,the Government has been using the failed NEP to provide subsidies and dish out money on a plate.
Everything is subsidised, even cooking oil, flour, rice, sugar, fuel, etc.
The Government has been providing these subsidies so that the people will keep voting for the ruling party.
So it has never been to the Government's advantage to make the Malays independent. A Malay who is independent of the Government may not vote for the BN. It is therefore better to keep feeding with subsidies... So, for the past 50 years, everything has been subsidised.
But now with 27million people in the country of which more than half are Malays, subsidies are getting more expensive.
There is also much much more thievery and wastage by the BN elites in Malaysia . But there is no bottomless 'well' full of money.
Everything has its limits. The money will soon run out. Without the subsidies for cooking oil, sugar, flour and petrol, how are the people, especially the Malays, going to survive ? Already university graduates cannot find jobs or compete in the private sector. What happens when the oil money runs out ? What happens when (not if, but when) the Government cannot simply spend billions of oil money to sustain its voting base any longer? That is when we may see people sleeping in the streets, just like in Indonesia . If that happens this country will go up in flames. We will all be consumed.
In Indonesia , the Government has not mobilised its hundreds of millions of people (over 250 million Indonesians) with the competitive skills to grow enough food for themselves. Hence food is expensive. They do not even have simple survival skills like coming to work on time, organising themselves to do simple tasks, maintaining good hygiene and cleanliness and so on. They are poorly read and not informed about many things that are going on around the world. Their Government has failed in all these aspects. Hence the average Indonesian remains poor.
The same thing has happened in Malaysia . Our young people, especially the Malays, do not possess basic survival skills. We are not talking about competitive skills but just basic survival skills. The Government is not serious about giving them useful competitive skills either.
The Mat Rempits are being glorified by the politicians as saviours of the nation (Mat Cemerlang). Correction. they are drug users, gang rapists, snatch thieves and street fighters.
When an efficient Policewoman called Nooriyah Anvar was appointed Chief of Traffic Police she went after the Mat Rempits with a vengeance. Does anyone remember her? She confiscated their bikes on the spot. But soon the Mat Rempits called their political muscle and Nooriyah Anvar was kicked out. To date she holds the record of being the shortest serving Traffic Police Chief in Malaysia . She has been replaced by Senior Asst Comm (II) Datuk Hamza Taib.
So the Government is not serious about improving the position of the Malays.
It serves the Barisan Nasional Government to keep the Malays down and out. Then the Malays can go to the Government for crumbs. This way the ruling elites get to keep the whole loaf to themselves. Go and visit Indonesia . This is what is happening over there. It is happening over here too.
Does Malaysia have a problem ? Yes the Malays are not happy, the Chinese are not happy and the Indians are not happy.
They spoke out at the March 2008 polls and hope things will change for the better, now they have some oppositions who promised change.. The Malays are being duped by their corrupted leaders by using the religion, the Chinese and Indians are being marginalised by the ruling elites..
Let us all Malaysians wake up and fight the corrupt system for the benefit of everyone. Let us all unite and stand together and change the system for once and for all.
We are not Malays, Chinese or Indians, we are Malaysians. Malaysians May End Up Sleeping in the Street if no change is made to the present corrupt and very selfish system.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

PKR Youth Slams Kulim MP Zulkifli Noordin

PETALING JAYA,
Sunday, 24th January 2010


The PKR Youth have blasted party colleague and Kulim MP Zulkifli Noordin for his police report against Shah Alam PAS MP Khalid Samad over the “Allah” issue
Describing Zulkifli’s action as “very Umno-like”, Youth leader Syamsul Iskandar called on party leaders to take stern action.
He said the act of lodging a police report and calling for Khalid to be probed for sedition had violated the spirit of the Pakatan Rakyat common framework.
“We deeply regret and are infuriated by his action which, to me, transgresses the PR common framework,” he told a press conference at the party’s headquarters here, adding that he wants PKR’s top leadership to take “stern action” against the Kulim MP.
“We dare him to come and explain before the youth wing on his action and we will send out a formal letter to him soon,” added Shamsul.
Shamsul said PKR and the youth wing have been consistent in maintaining that Islam is the country’s official religion as stated in the Federal Constitution but insisted that Zulkifli’s action was against PR’s common stand on the “Allah” issue.
PKR is a multi racial party. It fight for the rights of all Malaysian irrespective of their religions or races. Nut the actions of this MP lately did not represent the real spirit of PKR. DSAI should consider expel this MP before it is became too late to mend....Bukittunggal.com
PR, including its Islamist component PAS which is widely perceived to be conservative when it comes to religious matters , have backed the High Court ruling that allowed Catholic weekly to use “Allah” to describe the Christian God in its Bahasa Malaysia edition.
Zulkifli, known for his hardline Islamic views, had lodged a police report against the PAS man’s statement that a Selangor enactment which prohibited non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” and other Islamic terms was “outdated”.
“What he did is against the principle of musyawarah (intellectual debate),” blasted Shamsul further.
The PKR youth leader, however, did not elaborate when asked to explain the sort of disciplinary action he suggested be taken against Zulkifli.
He was also non-committal in his reply when asked if he had confidence that the party’s disciplinary committee will take any action against the Kulim MP.
“I am sure that they will look into it,” he said.
The police report against Khalid is not Zulkifli’s first “renegade” act that has placed him at odds with his party and PR as a coalition.
The Kulim MP, who was formerly with PAS, have often put himself in controversies seen detrimental to the opposition pact in the past.
One of the many examples of this was when he played a role in the demonstration against the Bar Council outside the body’s headquarters.
The protest, held by far right Umno-affiliated groups and other conservative NGOs, was organised to disrupt the Bar Council’s seminar on the jurisdiction crisis between the Syariah and the civil courts.
Despite his involvement to which he confessed of his role, no action was taken against him.

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Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party Is Having Internal Crisis

KUCHING
Saturday, 23rd January 2010


Four state assemblymen, one Member of Parliament and three supreme council members of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party walked out of the party’s supreme council meeting this afternoon when party president William Mawan named Nelson Balang Rining, the state assemblyman for Ba’Kelalan as the new secretary-general.

Elected vice-president in December's triennial delegates assembly, Balang replaces Sylvester Enteri, the state assemblyman for Marudi.
The four assemblymen who walked out were Sylvester Enteri, Peter Nansian, state assemblyman for Tasik Biru, Rosey Yunus, state assemblywoman for Bekenu and Paulus Gumbang, state assemblyman for Batu Danau.
The MP who joined the walkout was Dr Tiki Lafe of Mas Gading.
The three supreme council members were George Garai, Peter Gani and Ida Iga.

'Mawan did not keep his promise'

Garai said that they walked out in protest over the appointment of Balang as the new secretary-general and Paul Igai, political secretary to the chief minister as his deputy.
“The president promised status quo to the line-up before the party’s triennial delegates assembly, but now it appears that he has not kept his promise. He also failed to honour his promise to appoint an elected representative to be deputy secretary-general of the party,” charged Garai.
“We don’t agree with the president’s choice,” he said.
Speculation has been rife that Enteri would be replaced as the secretary-general after he was alleged to have supported Philip Ngo in challenging the incumbent deputy president Peter Nyarok in the party elections last month.
Ngo was soundly beaten in the contest.

The beginning of a split?

Although Paul Igai denied that the eight party leaders walked out in protest over Balang’s appointment as the new secretary-general, observers see the walkout as a signal of a major split in the seven-year old party.
Any split now, said a veteran politician, is sure to undermine SPDP’s chances in the coming state election. SPDP has eight seats, many of which were won on a borderline majority.
But Mawan, according to his aides, believes that Balang’s appointment is to thwart the growing influence of Baru Bian, PKR state chairman in the Ba’Kelalan constituency.
They said that the president has his own reasons in reorganizing the party, and one of them is to strengthen his own position.

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Baru Bian Advises Sarawak's natives To Stand Up For Their Rights

KUCHING
Thursday, 23rd January 2010


Sdra Baru Bian-Sarawak PKR Head

Baru Bian is a renowned Sarawak lawyer who has recently been appointed Sarawak chairman of the People's Justice party, PKR. His law office in Kuching, the state capital, is representing well over 100 land rights cases filed by native communities against the Sarawak State Government. Baru, who is a member of the native Lun Bawang community, grew up as the son of a pastor in Sarawak's interior. He studied law at the Mara Institute of Technology in West Malaysia and completed his studies in Melbourne, Australia. Baru is a father of three children and lives with his family in Kuching.
Recently, Sdra Baru Bian was interviewed by by Lukas Straumann / BMF. I would like to ask for apology from  Lukas Straumann / BMF for publishing the interview at Bukittunggal without their/his permission.
Here is the interview between Lukas Straumann / BMF ( BRUNO MANSER FUND ) and Sdra Baru Bian conducted in January 2010.


BRUNO MANSER FUND (BMF): Baru Bian, almost 50 years after independence, Sarawak's rural  inftructure in many ways remains underdeveloped, and a considerable part of the rural population is leading a life close to or even below the poverty line.What has gone wrong with Sarawak's rural development?

BARU BIAN: I think there are several reasons for this. Firstly, I believe that the federal government has neglected Sabah and Sarawak. After 47 years as part of Malaysia, Sarawak has a poverty rate comparable with some of the poorest countries in Africa. Sarawak and Sabah are the richest in natural resources within Malaysia, yet we rank among the four poorest states. It is obvious that the federal government has concentrated the country's development onWest Malaysia and has neglected Sarawak and Sabah, in spite of the fact that we are a state that produces petroleum and liquid natural gas and are rich in timber and land.We only receive five percent of the royalties from petroleum, and hence a huge share of our wealth is siphoned off toWest Malaysia. This had, in fact, been one  of the fears of the native leaders when they were asked to become part of Malaysia in 1963.
 
BMF: Does this mean the native leaders' worst fears have come true?


BARU BIAN: Yes, that has now become reality.We are living under another form of colonialism, whereby the colonial power is inWest Malaysia. This neglect by Kuala Lumpur constitutes the first point. The second point is that Kuala Lumpur considers Sabah and Sarawak to be separate states and not to be part of Malaysia. Thirdly, our local leaders are not bothered because they are under the dictate of Kuala Lumpur.

"Sarawak and Sabah are the richest in natural resources within Malaysia, yet we rank among the four poorest states. A huge share of our wealth is siphoned off to West Malaysia. We are living under another form of colonialism whereby the colonial power is in West Malaysia."
BMF: In the 1980s, industrial-scale logging was brought into the interior in the name of development. Today, Sarawak's formerly rich timber resources are almost depleted. The native communities have had little benefit from logging.Where did the profits end up?

BARU BIAN: It is public knowledge that most of the profits went to timber tycoons who are involved in the timber business and to certain individuals – the political leaders who issued the licences. The revenues of our timber resources are all being siphoned off overseas and are not being brought back to Sarawak.

BMF: Some political observers are suggesting that Taib Mahmud has made himself into one of the richest men of South-East Asia during his 28 years as Chief Minister of Sarawak. Do you think this is plausible?

BARU BIAN: Yes, I think it is public knowledge that he is extremely rich. I remember an article written by Doctor Andrew Areia from UNIMAS in the Aliran magazine in 2008, and he talks about billions of dollars.

"It is public knowledge that most of the profits from logging went to timber tycoons who are involved in the timber business and to certain individuals - the political leaders who issued the licences. The revenues of our timber resources are all being siphoned off overseas and are not being brought back to Sarawak."
BMF: Can you tell us what Taib's and his family's main routes to enrichment have been?

BARU BIAN: Basically, they are involved in various companies which are awarded contracts by the government. That is one route. And another route is through the issue of provisional leases and imber licences to companies with which they have links, and these leases and licences are then sold off to investors for huge sums.

BMF: Where has the money gone?We have heard rumours that Taib transferred large sums overseas and that he owns real estate in the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries.
 
BARU BIAN: I have nothing to add to that because I have no knowledge about it, but it appears that that is where the money went. A few months ago, there was a report that one of the daughters owns one of the most expensive homes in Canada.

BMF: Will there be calls for restitution in the post-Taib area? In Switzerland, we can look back to the case of former Philippines dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, whose assets in Swiss banks were restituted to the Philippine government.

BARU BIAN: Personally, I think we must look into a restitution process in the post-Taib era. If his wealth is found to have been obtained unlawfully and illegally, then the law must take its course, and I think this will require a very strong resolve on the part of those who take over. It is a matter of political will. The Philippines did it, Indonesia did it, and I see no reason why we shouldn't do it. The ordinary people have been suffering and have been short-changed by Taib Mahmud.

"Taib Mahmud acquired immense wealth and riches at the expense of the  ordinary people. I think we must look into a restitution process in the post-Taib era. If his wealth is found to have been obtained unlawfully and illegally, then the law must take its course. The Philippines did it, Indonesia did it, and I see no reason why we shouldn't do it in Sarawak."
BMF: Even though Taib Mahmud's grip on power in the state remains firm, his days as Chief Minister appear to be numbered.What will his legacy to the state of Sarawak be? How will history judge Taib Mahmud's years in power?

BARU BIAN: I am trying to look at it from an ordinary Sarawakian's point of view. To a certain extent, there are a number of development projects that have been carried out. The latest one is the huge state assembly building that cost us millions. The question here is really why did we need a new building if the old one is still OK, and this is the people's money? From the Dayak perspective, in particular, we think that we have been politically divided and this was intentionally engineered by Taib Mahmud in order to weaken us. Today, we have five parties which the Dayaks are divided over. That is how we perceive him at the end of the day. Thirdly, he acquired immense wealth and riches at the expense of the ordinary people.

"From the Dayak perspective, we think that we have been politically divided and this was intentionally engineered by Taib Mahmud in order to weaken us."
BMF: Moving on to another subject, the Bakun dam, which is close to completion.What, for you  personally, is the lesson learned from the Bakun experience?

BARU BIAN: Our people, the natives, should not be easily hoodwinked by the government when the government says that a project is good for them. They must examine it properly, obtaining an expert opinion on whether it is really good for them. If the project is viable and good for the people, we have no objection. At the same time, the people's interests and future must be better taken care of by the government. So they must not be in a worse position than before. Although the project was carried out in the name of development, a lot of the natives in the region are now in a worse position than previously.
 
BMF: Transparency International has labelled the Bakun dam a 'monument of corruption'.Would you agree with such a statement?

BARU BIAN: From what we know, I definitely agree with it. It is very obvious that the cost of the project cannot be justified by comparison to the benefits we might get from it.

"From what we know, I definitely agree with labelling the Bakun dam a 'monument of corruption'. It is very obvious that the cost of the project cannot be justified by comparison to the benefits we might get."

BMF: Last year, the state government's plan for another twelve new dams in Sarawak became public.What is the rationale behind these dam plans?

BARU BIAN: The government says we need the power and talks of selling the power to Brunei. But I doubt this. I am quite suspicious and don't think we need so many dams in Sarawak. I really question the value of these projects and whether it is possible to send the power that is produced to West Malaysia, as we have been reading about.What I am afraid of is that they may use this as an occasion to invoke a provision of the land code and extinguish native rights in the courts for public purposes. Once that is done, the native peoples will not be able to challenge the legality of the extinguishment of their rights. The only remaining issue will then be how much compensation they are to receive. So, once the area is gazetted, the contractor or the company in charge of the project would start clearing the land and felling the timber. The contractor could get a few millions for the timber alone. That is what happened in the Bakun area.

BMF: So, basically you are saying the dam projects are a pretext for taking away the native lands. 

BARU BIAN: Yes, that is the bottom line, because there is no need for these dams. Even years later, they can forget about the dam and use the land for other purposes, without the natives having any opportunity to object.

"The state government's plan for twelve new dams is a pretext for extinguishing native land rights in the watersheds of our main rivers, in the name of a public purpose. There is no real need for these dams as we
have enough power in Sarawak."
BMF: A number of native communities are troubled by the dam plans and with the way they are apparently being kept in the dark about the progress on the projects.What will these dams mean for the native communities?

BARU BIAN: To dam their rivers marks a real disruption of their traditional way of life. It is the destruction of their land and their history. It would eventually be the destruction of their whole source of livelihood. Their very existence and livelihood is being threatened.

BMF: Why is the Sarawak government seeking such a close partnership with China for the construction of these dams?
 
BARU BIAN: Perhaps one of the reasons is that the Chinese have experience of building some of the biggest dams in the world, such as the three gorges project.

BMF: Do you see a geopolitical interest on the Chinese government's side?

BARU BIAN: I have no idea about that, apart from the fact that the Chinese contractors and the people who are involved in this locally may have some connection with the Chinese government. I have no proof of political motives.

BMF: Will the dams be funded with loans from China?

BARU BIAN: The funding for these projects is not being publicly disclosed. This is the way things are being done here.

BMF: Do you see a danger of Sarawak having a long-term state debt to China with the realization  of such economically questionable mega-projects?

BARU BIAN: If the dams are funded with Chinese loans, we will have obligations for quite some time paying these loans back to the Chinese government. In the meantime, the people involved in these projects will already have been paid with the commission for the dam.

"If the twelve new dams are funded with Chinese loans, we will have obligations for quite some time paying these loans back to the Chinese government. In the meantime, the people involved in these projects will already have been paid with the commission for the dam."

BMF: After much criticism, let us turn to the future. If the opposition wins the next state election, what is your alternative development model for the state of Sarawak?

BARU BIAN: If our opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, were to win and beat the government, we pledge to correct all these things that are not right. Top of the agenda comes the transformation of the land policies – not only the native land rights but also land questions affecting all the people of Sarawak, because the Chinese population is also affected by the renewal of leases. There are Chinese non-natives who need land too. Land is a necessity for people to survive.

"If our opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, were to win and beat the government, we pledge to correct all these things that are not right in our state. Top of the agenda comes the transformation of the land policies –  only the native land rights but also land questions affecting all the people of Sarawak, including the Chinese population."
BMF: What role will the native communities play in this development?

BARU BIAN: Opening up the rural sector for development is the next step. The main idea is to empower the rural population, with its vast tract of land, which constitutes our assets.We want to empower the rural population to engage in true development, based on agriculture. For this to happen, we would open up the way to rural development by building roads. Amenities must be provided. To achieve this for the people, we are prepared to fight for the oil and gas royalties.With that money alone, we could do plenty of things for Sarawak.

"We want to empower the rural population to engage in true development, based on agriculture. For this to happen, we need to improve the rural infrastructure, in particular by building access roads to the remote rural
areas."
BMF: Justice party leader Anwar Ibrahim has displayed his willingness to renegotiate Sarawak's  share of the oil revenues.Will you remind him of this promise if he comes to power in the next general elections?

BARU BIAN: Yes, we will most certainly remind our Pakatan leaders of their undertaking and the promise made to Sabah and Sarawak to channel a minimum of 20 percent of the oil and gas royalties to Sarawak, which the present federal government is refusing to give.

BMF: How will a new government deal with the complex issue of native customary rights?

BARU BIAN:We propose that a land commission be set up, headed by a native with knowledge of the adat, the native rights system, which will investigate and confirm rights and then issue titles.We will use the Philippines' model for resolving the native land issue

"We propose that a land commission be set up, headed by a native with knowledge of the adat, the native rights system, which will investigate and confirm rights and then issue titles. We will use the Philippines' model for resolving the native land issue."

BMF: The Malaysian indigenous peoples' coalition, JOAS, has called for a moratorium on new plantations in Malaysia. How will you deal with the valid plantation and logging licences issued for the native communities' customary lands?

BARU BIAN: This is very simple. I will look at the terms and conditions of the licences and leases. I believe that all the licences and leases have clear provisions expressly stating that they are issued subject to native customary rights: notwithstanding that, land may be categorized as state land and native customary rights may still exist. The problem is really that the government, the licensees and the leaseholders are not willing, or courageous enough, to implement this provision. It's contained in the terms of the licence already. So there are ways and means of dealing with this. In fact, the land commission, like in the Philippines, would be in a position to do that. They would not nullify the licences and leases immediately.

BMF: What are your infrastructure development plans for the rural areas?

BARU BIAN: The main thing for me is the roads, the communication aspect of development. If you look at Sarawak, most of the rural areas are only accessible by air, river or jungle trekking. So creating road access is the most important issue. Secondly, the needs of the people must be placed in the foreground. For example, gravity water systems and flush toilets must be introduced in the villages. Power must come in as well. Many villages are still using generators, which is too expensive because they are run by diesel. In place of that, I am thinking in terms of hydropower, small mini-hydropower plants close to the villages, which are very cost effective and reliable. These are the main things that can empower the rural people to change their whole living environment. And, from there, new farming techniques can be introduced.

"We must place the peoples' needs in the foreground, improve the road network and move over to a decentralized rural power supply based on mini-hydropower plants which are very cost effective and reliable."

BMF: Does this mean you are championing decentralized development and are recommending a move away from mega projects in favour of being close to community needs?

BARU BIAN: Yes, for that to work, the roads must be in place. From there, the road continues on to education. Improving the education system and creating access to education and knowledge in the rural areas is extremely important. School libraries and internet access etc. must be made available to all rural people. I tend to think that Taib Mahmud's government deliberately left out our people so as to keep the natives dependent and to weaken us economically and politically. This then ensured that we stayed on the receiving side without having independence.

"I tend to think that Taib Mahmud's government deliberately left out our people in order to keep the natives dependent and to weaken us economically and politically. This then ensured that we stayed on the receiving side without having independence."
BMF: How will you deal with the growing call of the international community for the conservation of Sarawak's tropical rainforests?

BARU BIAN: I am strongly in favour of that, and it is still possible. I think, if a government is free from corruption and focuses on the needs of the people and the need to protect the environment, a government must have a policy and a stand on this issue. This is a global concern, and we must take it on. I look forward to proper management of the forests, and we must achieve clean rivers and sustainably managed forests again. This is what I experienced in my childhood in the interior. I have seen this transformation in South Korea and Japan, and it has been done there successfully. Because the government has taken a firm stance on forest and timber policies.

"I am strongly in favour of the conservation of Sarawak's tropical forests, and this is still possible. This is a global concern, and we must take it on. I look forward to proper management of the forests, and we must achieve clean rivers and sustainably managed forests again. I have seen this transformation in South Korea and Japan, and it has been done there successfully.
BMF: After over twenty years, the Penan communities in the Baram are still struggling for their rights and against logging.What does the Penan struggle mean to you?

BARU BIAN:We should really look at the Penan's claims and grievances and resolve them respectfully. From the legal angle, on the basis of the principle of common law, they do clearly have rights over the land, and I want to agree with them. The Penan's land claims are only a problem if you look at them from a company perspective, because the companies think in terms of profits and business, and perhaps the government had the misconceived idea that the Penan have no rights.

BMF: Do you see a chance of reconciling the Penan's land claims with a sustainable management of the natural resources?

BARU BIAN: I think that, if we can avoid greed, this is not a big issue because that is in line with the conservation of the environment and the land, which is good for everyone.We can log the forests and have a timber industry but we must do so with all these issues in mind. Other countries have successfully managed these industries, so we can do it too.

"This current government must be changed. Give us, the opposition, the opportunity to be the state government for one term, and I can assure you that the entire policies currently in place will be changed. All the problems the native communities are facing are linked to the present policies of the government."

BMF: What is your personal message to the Penan?

BARU BIAN: My personal message to the Penan is: hang on there, stand up for your rights and fight for them. Of course, this is my message not only to the Penan but to all natives. The fastest and easiest way of achieving a result is through political transformation. This current government must be changed. Give us, the opposition, the opportunity to be the state government for one term, and I can assure you that the entire policies currently in place will be changed. All these problems they are facing are linked to the present policies of the government.

BMF: Baru Bian, thank you very much for this interview.
 
You can read the interview in pdf format at Bruno Manser Fonds
 
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sultan Of Johore Dies

JOHOR BAHARU
Saturday, 23th January 2010


The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, has passed away. He died at the Puteri Specialist Hospital here at 7.08pm on Friday. He was 77.
He was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day due to an unspecified illness. The ruler's death was announced by Mentri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman over national TV and radio at 11pm.
The sultan will be buried at the Royal Mausoleum at 2pm on Saturday. The public can pay their respects at the Istana Besar from 9am to 10.30am, while dignitaries can do so from 11am to noon.
Sultan Iskandar was born on April 8, 1932 in Johor Baru and became ruler of the state on May 11, 1981. In his younger days, his hobbies included horse-riding, fast cars, go-carts, race boats, hunting, tennis, golf, boxing, swimming and polo.
He is survived by his consort Sultanah Zanariah Almarhum Tunku Ahmad and 10 children, including the Tengku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ibrahim Ismail and the Tengku Bendahara, Tunku Majid Idris.

News of illness surfaced on Thursday

Two hours before the sultan's death, Tunku Ibrahim Ismail was appointed the Regent. Head of the Johor Council of the Royal Court, Tunku Osman Tunku Temenggong Ahmad, who proclaimed the appointment of the crown prince, said the court made the decision after receiving the medical report on the sultan from three medical specialists.
Tunku Osman declared that Tunku Ibrahim will perform the duties of the Sultan of Johor as required under Section 9(1)(b) and 9(2) of the Johor State Constitution 1895.
News about the sultan being ill had surfaced Thursday night. Ghani cut short his trip to India with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to return here by 6pm Friday. The first to visit the Sultan in the morning was the Sultan and Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, who arrived by helicopter. Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi visited him at about 3.40pm.

Second time for Tunku Ibrahim

For Tunku Ibrahim, this is the second time he has been appointed the Regent.
The first time was on April 25, 1984 when Sultan Iskandar was appointed the eighth Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, ruling as King for five years.
On Friday, as he took his oath as the acting ruler, Tunklu Ibrahim said he would rule all his subjects fairly.
“I also swear to guard and respect Islam as well as the Malay tradition under the state constitution,” he said.
In attendance were Tunku Majid and the Raja Muda of Johor, Tunku Ismail Ibrahim.
Present were also state dignitaries, including state assembly speaker Ali Hassan, state Mufti Tahrir Shamsuddin, Johor Islamic Council adviser Nooh Gadut, several state executive council members and state police chief Deputy Comm Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff.

Studied at home and abroad

Tunku Ibrahim, 51, was installed as the Tunku Mahkota of Johor on July 3, 1981 at the age of 22.He is married to Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah and they have five sons and two daughters.
The late Sultan Iskandar received his early education at the Ngee Heng Primary School here before furthering his studies at the English College, now known as Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar.
He continued his studies at the Trinity Grammar School in Australia and then in Britain, where he completed his studies. On retutning to Johor in 1956, the sultan served as a cadet officer with the Johor Civil Service.
He also received basic military training with the Johor Military Forces, founded by his great-grandfather Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar in 1885 and who was the JMF commander before he passed away.
Sultan Iskandar was formally appointed the Tengku Mahkota on April 29, 1981. On May 11, 1981, he was proclaimed the fourth Sultan of Johor following his father’s death

Sultan Iskandar laid to rest at royal mausoleum


The late Sultan Iskandar ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail was laid to rest today next to his father’s grave at the Bukit Mahmoodiah Royal Mausoleum here.
Present were the newly-proclaimed Sultan of Johor Tunku Ibrahim Ismail, Sultanah Zarith Sofiah, Sultanah Zanariah and other members of the royal household.
Also present were Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah, Sultan of Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlah Shah, Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tunku Muhriz and Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong were also present.Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Khalil Yaakob, Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng, Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah and Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri were also at the burial ceremony.
Among leaders who attended the burial were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Earlier, Sultan Iskandar’s body was taken in a 3km procession from Istana Besar to the Royal Mausoleum, with thousands of people lining up both sides of the road.
A 77-gun salute were fired by the 41st Ceremonial Battery of Sungai Buloh Camp to mark Sultan Iskandar’s age during his death.

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Four Nab Over Mosque Arson In Muar

Kuala Lumpur
Saturday, 23 January 2010


Four men, one of whom is a son of a police officer, were arrested today over the arson attempts at two suraus in Muar, Johor on Jan 21, according to the Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
In the attacks on Thursday, the Sirratulrahim Surau in Kampung Sabak Awor, Jalan Ismail suffered burns to a window and some curtains, while another surau in Parit Beting was also badly damaged, with scorch marks found on a door, a window, and carpet.
A police forensics team which took evidence at the first surau discovered traces of splashed kerosense at the site, leading to suspicions that the fires were intentionally set.

Political leaders have been quick in condemning the attacks in Johor.

Via a statement, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng slammed “the destructive behaviour of the perpetrator of such irresponsible attacks, who clearly intended to provoke suspicions among our multi-racial and multi-religious communities”.
Whoever these culprits are they must be punished. Their irresponsible acts can cause racial/religious unrest in this nation. ..Bukittunggal.com
The latest attacks come on the back of a lull in tempers following a Dec 31, 2009 High Court ruling that allowed Catholic weekly Herald to use the term “Allah” to describe the Christian God in their Bahasa Malaysia section.
The ruling sparked Muslim outrage across the country, as some Muslims claim that the term “Allah” is exclusive to Islam and must not be used by anyone else.
In the wake of the on-going controversy and prior to Thursday’s attacks, nine churches, a mosque, a surau, a Sikh temple and a convent school have been damaged by fire, paint or stones since Jan 8.
The government has appealed against the decision and obtained a stay of execution.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

‘Allah’ Row in Malaysia: Why Christians Have Greater Rights to Use ‘Allah’

Article By M. A. Khan
Publish On Friday, 15th January 2010


In Malaysia, Muslims are waging a raging, and potentially dangerous, campaign to own exclusive copyright to use the word 'Allah'.
The controversy has been brewing since 2007, when Muslim fanatics protested against the use of ‘Allah’ to denote ‘God’ in Christian literature and publications. The Malaysian government, to appease the fanatics, banned the Catholic Herald, a Malaysian Catholic weekly, for using the word ‘Allah’. Dr. Mahathir Muhammad, the longest-serving Malaysian ex-premier, under whom Malaysia underwent progressive Islamization, supported the ban. To him, the word ‘Allah’ belongs to Muslims alone.
It’s worthy noting that Christians in Malaysia have been using the word ‘Allah’ in Malay-language Bibles since the 1800s.
The Catholic Herald initiated a legal battle not only against the ban on its publication, but also on its age-old right to use the term ‘Allah’.
Authorities in Malaysia confiscated 15,000 copies of the Bible from Christians in late 2009 for containing the word ‘Allah’.
And, as of latest, Malaysian High Court overturned the ban on Catholic Herald on December 31, 2009. It also ruled that it was the constitutional right for the Herald to use the word “Allah”.
The ruling that literally allows non-Muslims to use ‘Allah’ enraged Muslims and the ruling party activists.Dr. Mahathir, leading a backlash against the court ruling, wrote: “The solution to the controversy will not be achieved by making an appeal to the court. Such a sensitive issue cannot be solved through law.”
He added that non-Muslims “may use it on banners or write something that might not reflect Islam”, thereby, potentially inflaming Muslims’ anger.
Such statements—some inflammatory, others mixed—by the ruling party politicians and ministers, including the current Prime Minister and Home Minister, unraveled days of protests setting the stage for a huge demonstration on Friday, January 8, 2010. Surprisingly, the Home Ministry, on the one hand, overruled the High Court ruling on Wednesday, January 6, while also approved Friday’s mass demonstration on the ruling.
And, at the end of the demonstration, as generally occurs all over the Muslim world, fanatic Muslim mobs burned down three churches. On Saturday another church was attacked, while two more on Sunday, bringing the total number of churches to six. It’s probably just the beginning unless the Christians relent on their demand.
Similar to Muslims’ claim of exclusivity to use ‘Allah’, ever since I left Islam and started writing critically of Islam, I have been told, too often, by angry Muslims to give up my Islamic name.

The question is: What exactly constitutes an Islamic name?

Being born and raised as a Muslim, my first name is of Persian, middle name of Arabic and last name of Mongolian/Turkic origin. Which of these languages was an invention of Islam—that is, invented by Allah, Muhammad or a Muslim? The answer, irrefutably, is “none”.
None of the languages we humans speak today were invented by Islam. Instead, they have Pagan roots. We, the ex-Muslim and humanists, who believe in complete equality of all humans with their diversity in ethnicity, language and culture, have a greater right to inheritance to secular human innovations, such as any modern-day language, than do Muslims.
It is not for us ex-Muslims to give up our names, given by our parents; instead, Muslims, who believe in exclusivity, should invent a new language or naming system and use them than shamelessly demanding copyright on something, to whose creation and evolution, they, their prophet, Muhammad, or their God, Allah, have made little or no contribution.The same goes to Muslims’ claim of exclusivity to the right of using the term ‘Allah’.
The term ‘Allah’ was not created by the Islamic God, or Muhammad or any Muslim. The Pagans of Arabia had been using ‘Allah’ to denote ‘God’ for hundreds, probably for thousands, of years before Islam’s birth.
Muhammad’s father’s name was Abdullah (Abd-Allah), meaning ‘slave of Allah’, while his greatest opponent in Medina—repeated labeled as “hypocrite” by Islamic Allah in the Quran, although he was a great humanist—was also named Abdullah (Abdullah ibn Obayi). This proves beyond doubt that it is from pre-Islamic Pagan usage did Muhammad incorporate the term ‘Allah’ into Islam.
What is important to realize is that it is Christians, now being barred from using the term ‘Allah’ in Malaysia, who have greater rights to its use than do Muslims. It is because Christians, who had penetrated into Arabia centuries before Islam, had adopted the term ‘Allah’. In other words, Christians of the Middle East have been using ‘Allah’ to denote ‘God’ since centuries before the coming of Islam. Middle Eastern Christians continue to use ‘Allah’ as well as Arabic names today.
Given that Christians adopted the term ‘Allah’ before Islam’s birth, they onviously hold greater legal rights to its use than do Muslims, definitely much greater than Malaysian Muslims, who were forced into Islam very late (16th century onward). If anything, it is Muslims, who must relinquish the use of ‘Allah’, or Arabic name. Instead, they have or are, absolutely shamelessly and illegitimately, putting an ‘Islamic seal’ of copyright on them.
And here lies Islam’s debilitating impact on human beings, who turn Muslims. When a people do not create a thing, but demand copyright over it—that too, with violence—it kills their urge to creativity. Such people can never be creative and contributory to society. And this fact is so glaringly in display in the Muslim world by its backwardness in every sphere of human development and progress.
Here also lies the fact as to why the Islamic world is turning to humanity’s worst nightmare. Muhammad usurped innovations of others into his creed, and, at the same time, violently coerced those people into Islam, or exterminated them.
It affects humanity in two ways: first, forcing the otherwise creative people (non-Muslims) into Islam through coercion turns uncreative, while exterminating them straightaway reduces the world’s creative pool of brains. Humanity, and its progress and development, thus, become stunted, a victim.
We have seen, in the post-colonial Islamic world, as a continuation of Muhammad’s legacy, the pool of creative non-Muslim peoples are being reduced through coercive conversion or migration, thus, turning Islamic world into a barren desert in terms of creativity and contribution to civilization.
And Muhammad’s violent legacy is also turning the world’s Muslims into an increasing violent lot.
When we see violence by Muslims over their illegitimate claim to use ‘Allah’ to the exclusion of others occur in a country like Malaysia, the ‘alleged’ beacon of Islamic moderation, modernity and progressiveness, writing is clearly on the wall as to where humanity is heading to.
We are heading into an Age of Barbarism. Much of the Islamic world is already there with worsening trends, while the rest is heading there through rapid Islamization.

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