Wednesday, March 3, 2010

On A Scale Of Justice (Or The Matter of I21(1A)

On A Scale Of Justice (Or The Matter of I21(1A)


On A Scale Of Justice (Or The Matter of I21(1A)

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 08:10 AM PST



Marina Mahathir- from rantingsbymm.blogspot.com


When we want to compete with anyone in any field, we seek those who are better than us. And we keep going until finally we are recognised as the best. For example, a tennis player starts at the unranked bottom and tries to play and win against better players until, finally, there is nobody to beat.

We do not, however, insist that everybody comes down to our level or to play badly in order for us to win. This is what puzzles me about the Shariah courts in our country.

In 1988, a clause was inserted into our Constitution that has been interpreted as having erected a "Berlin Wall" between the Shariah and the civil courts. Basically, Article 121(1A) said "the courts referred to in Clause (1) shall have no jurisdiction in respect of any matter within the jurisdiction of the Shariah courts." This has caused untold problems because real life sometimes dictates that some issues cross over both jurisdictions. But leave that aside for a moment.

Although the new clause did not say it, there are some people who are of the view that the Shariah court is superior to the civil courts simply because Shariah law is deemed of a higher order than civil laws.

This is because apparently God made Shariah laws while mere human beings made the civil laws. Never mind the fact that human beings have been changing Shariah laws over the years, for instance, by loosening laws that protected women from losing all their property to their divorced husbands.

Shariah Laws


Like other laws in this country, Shariah laws have to be drafted, tabled and passed through our various lawmaking bodies, whether at the State or Federal levels. This process leaves a lot of human fingerprints all over them.

Civil laws are drafted, tabled and passed through Parliament. The difference is that at the tabling stage, they have to be debated before they are passed. The quality of the debate may be sometimes wanting but debated they are. This process provides some sort of 'quality control' over the laws so that they are hopefully current, reflect realities and are just.

The same does not hold true of Shariah laws. When they get tabled at State Excos, non-Muslims do not participate because there is the notion that they cannot partake in any such debate.

That leaves only the Muslim Excos, few of whom are women. This means that if a bill affects women, the opinions of the female minority in the Exco can be ignored.

Furthermore, most people are ignorant about their religion and tend to leave these matters to those they believe know best. Thus if the State Mufti or religious adviser says it's a good law, they are unlikely to challenge him. Thus are religious laws passed without due scrutiny until something happens, such as when someone gets convicted of a Shariah crime and punishment is meted out.

Who knew that people could be caned for drinking, or for having a baby out of wedlock until the recent cases of Kartika who drank some beer and the three women who gave birth out of wedlock?

Not only were these laws not debated when they were being made, unlike civil laws they can't be debated afterwards either. According to some, to do so is akin to arguing with God. (There are, however, some who think that God welcomes such arguments just so that He can prove He is right).

Superior Laws

If one believes that Shariah laws are superior to civil laws, should they not be
held to higher standards? Should they not be subjected to more rigorous debate than civil laws out of fear that they may be unjust?

If Shariah courts are deemed superior to civil courts, should not their processes be more transparent and efficient? How is it that there are innumerable women having to suffer because Shariah court orders to their former husbands to pay child maintenance cannot be enforced?

How is it also that we suddenly hear about women being caned without any information about the processes they went through? Did they have the benefit of legal representation and heard in an open court? If they did, who were their lawyers and what defence did they mount? On whose behalf was justice served?

I have no problems with Shariah laws if their foundation is justice, equality and non-discrimination for all, even non-Muslims. But when their intent, processes and enforcement are unfair, they only give the impression that Islam is unjust and discriminatory. Surely to give such an image of Islam is a sin. –--
3 March 2010 rantingsbymm.blogspot.com/

* Marina Mahathir is a columnist with The Star.


TOP 10 Universities in SEA

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 06:06 AM PST

According to Webometric Ranking of World Universities,
Top 10 universities in South-East of Asia are:

1.       NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
2.       NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, SINGAPORE
3.       KASETSART UNIVERSITY, THAILAND
4.       CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY, THAILAND
5.       PRINCE OF SONGKLA UNIVERSITY, THAILAND
6.       ASIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY THAILAND
7.       CHIANG MAI UNIVERSITY, THAILAND
8.       THAMMASAT UNIVERSITY, THAILAND
9.       ASSUMPTION UNIVERSITY OF THAILAND
10.     KHON KAEN UNIVERSITY, THAILAND

 Out of the top 10 ranking South East Asia universities, 2 are from Singapore , and the balance 8 universities are from Thailand . Also, on the Top 100 list, Thailand has 41 universities, Myanmar 18, Indonesia 14, the Philippines 13, and Singapore 7.

 In Asia , the Top 10 universities are :
1.       UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO
2.       NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY
3.       KYOTO UNIVERSITY
4.       BEIJING UNIVERSITY
5.       KEIO UNIVERSITY
6.       NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
7.       UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
8.       CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
9.       NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY
10.     NAGOYA UNIVERSITY

 Out of the Top 10 ranking universities in ASIA, 4 are from Japan , 5 are from China , and the remaining 1 is from Singapore . We are also nowhere near the Top 100 universities in Asia . In terms of Global Ranking, None of Malaysia 's universities are anywhere near the TOP 1000 universities.

 Well, the fact speaks for itself ! Thailand , Myanmar , Indonesia , Philippines, and Singapore are way ahead of Malaysia . Despite all our constant shouting of Malaysia boleh this and that, and all the emotional rhetoric of shiok sendiri and self denials, we are already an academic backwaters nation in South East Asia , I shake my head...

  I have always personally railed against Man's dependency on numeric evidence as proof of superiority but before I get too ahead with this argument, let me explain.

'
Numeric evidence' means the use of numbers to represent one's status. If you have $500,000 and I have $100, you are wealthier and I or so the numeric evidence suggests. If you have a 5-litre engine motorcar, it is definitely a better car than my 1.6-litre car or so the numeric evidence suggests. If you have 10 titles bestowed on your life by the Sultan and the King, you are most assuredly a better person than most of us are. And so it goes that if a student scores an exemplary number of distinctions (A's in Malaysia ) in a public exam, he/she is considered the pinnacle of what the country's education system is capable of producing. He/she is expected to go through tertiary education anywhere in the world with flushing success. So what could possibly have happened if she fails abroad?

Malaysia's education system has always been a laughing stock.. Based purely on numeric superiority and mindless rote learning methods that even the British has long abandoned decades earlier, Malaysia continues to believe that the more A's a student attains, the better equipped he/she is. It doesn't matter how he/she gets the A's so long as the aim is to get them and get as many in the process. So if the student were to labour over numerous past year exam papers in the library, memorize the answers and focus only on what the teacher 'suggests' are likely to come out for the exam, that's alright by everyone. The education system doesn't teach the students to UNDERSTAND the material. It doesn't encourage proactive teaching methods that encourage students to discover knowledge but to merely be taught.

When a student with 17 Distinctions fail in the real world, it is not a surprise. Perhaps it is to many Malaysians, but it's a system that is waiting to reward its students with spectacular failure when they leave the shores and compete overseas or when they enter the workforce. Many organizations in the private sector have continued to be horrified at the performance of such students during interviews. Communication skills are absent. Standard ethics are absent. Common courtesy codes are absent. Presentation skills as well as personal grooming are absent. What has the education system taught them?

If Malaysia continue to embark on the road of plain numeric superiority instead of to challenge the students to think, provoke them to create their own opinions and to communicate expressively, to eloquently define their standing in the world, there can never be an international leader in any field or industry emanating from Malaysia. It never produced one in the last 20 years. It never will for the next 100 years.


FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

The Failure of Nur Amalina (who scored 17As)

I was really shocked and speechless to be informed about Nur Amalina Che Bakri.

Nur Amalina had held briefly the record of the most A's scored in the
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia. Upon the announcement of results of SPM 2004 on 26 March 2005, she received 17 1As - a record for number of A's received by a student in the history of Malaysian education back then. She was sponsored by Bank Negara Malaysia to study medicine in the United Kingdom, and did her A-levels at the Cheltenham Ladies College in the UK.

Now I am informed that she had failed her second year medical study at the University of Edinburgh . I really hope this is not true......if it is, what went wrong?

Could English language be the problem? We are going back to Malay medium again and that means trouble.

Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal


BFM-UNITY Series : Why Register As A Voter

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:57 AM PST

Feb 25, 2010



Help restore temple, Terengganu government urged

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:53 AM PST

A dejected observer cuts a forlorn figure at the Ho Ann Kiong temple which was ravaged in a fire recently. - Bernama pic


















The MCA today urged the Terengganu government to extend immediate assistance for the restoration of the 200-year-old Ho Ann Kiong temple here, which was ravaged in a fire on Feb 22.

MCA Religious Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho said Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said should take a leaf from the federal government's initiative in donating RM500,000 towards the reconstruction of the Metro Tabernacle church in Kuala Lumpur, which suffered extensive damage in its front portion after coming under an arson attack.

"MCA is of the view that the Terengganu government should accord the same type of generosity and compassion towards a temple which is now left unusable because of the blaze," he said in a statement, here.

He said this in response to Ahmad's statement on Monday as reported by The Star newspaper that the state government would not be making any monetary contribution towards the restoration of the Ho Ann Kiong Temple because it had received donations from businessman.

Tan, who is a MCA Central Committee CC) member, said it was not a wise move for a state government to ignore the welfare of houses of worship.

"This will debunk the sprit of 1Malaysia which calls for unity in diversity," he added. — Bernama


PKR loyalty pledge questionable, says Hishamuddin

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:50 AM PST

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the pledge of loyalty taken by 12 Members of Parliament from the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in Petaling Jaya, Selangor today raises a question about the party, especially when several (PKR) elected representatives left the party recently.

The Umno vice-president, who is also the Home Minister, said the loyalty pledge showed that the party actually had problems to the extent that it had to force its elected representatives to take the pledge.

"Why must they go to such an extent? Maybe the people themselves can gauge the severity of the problems in the party where the people who are loyal are asked to take a pledge. Does it mean that those who don't take the pledge are not loyal to the PKR?" he told reporters after chairing his ministry's post-cabinet meeting, here today.

Hishammuddin, who is also surprised by the move made by the PKR Member of Parliament (MP) who resigned from the party, said however that the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno could not rely on the weaknesses of the opposition parties to win the trust of the people.

"The public out there is going to judge us not by the weakness of the opposition but the strength of BN and Umno. So it is incumbent on us to continue to deliver to the public," he said.

The MP for Bagan Serai, Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri, 65, today announced that he was leaving the PKR and would become an independent MP with immediate effect.

Mohsin Fadzli is the third MP from the PKR to have left the party within a period of less than one month after the resignations by Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (Bayan Baru) and Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal).

Besides Mohsin Fadzli, Zahrain and Tan, former Penang deputy chief minister I, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, had also left the PKT. — Bernama


Independent MPs can ‘sting’, says Ibrahim

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:48 AM PST


Independent MP, Datuk Ibrahim Ali warns that independent MPs can 'sting'. - Picture by Jack OoiDatuk Ibrahim Ali who became sole independent Member of Parliament (MP) in March 2008 believes that independent members can 'sting' and decide the outcome in Dewan Rakyat.













The role played by independent members has caught the public attention with the addition of three from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) who quit to become independent MPs.

Ibrahim, the MP for Pasir Mas said as independent members, they could make decisions on their own without being tied to any political parties. "As such, we can voice more freely and speak from the heart for the good of the people and country," he told Bernama here today.

He was commenting on the resignation of PKR MPs Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim (Bayan Baru), Tan Tee Beng (Nibong Tebal) and Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri (Bagan Serai) to become independent MPs.

The important role of independent MPs surfaced when Ibrahim was blamed for not backing Dr Tan Seng Giaw's (DAP) failed bid for the post of Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker in April 2008.

Ibrahim's name also came up in June 2008 during the incident of block voting to approve the Supplementary Supply Bill (2007) 2008. Barisan Nasional (BN) prevailed with 92 votes against 60 for the opposition and one abstention, again all eyes were trained on Ibrahim.

Ibrahim said independent MPs could also decide on the party that should get a two third majority in parliament by throwing support behind the party of their choice. "BN is only short of seven seats (presuming that the four independents are for BN) and if 10 more PKR MPs quit, then there is possibility that BN will regain two third majority in Dewan Rakyat," he said.

"I will not be lonely anymore now that there are several independents," Ibrahim said when commenting a statement by Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim that a block of independent MPs would not become reality. "Anything can happen in politics," Ibrahim said.

He also slammed Khalid for saying that he would not be able to cooperate with Tan Tee Beng. "How does Khalid know what's in my heart? PKR likes to jump to conclusion. It should not be that way (non-cooperation with Tan). I have always been misunderstood."

Ibrahim refuted claims that independent MPs are easily swayed adding it is only a perception. "In making political decisions, independents and those from political parties are the same. All have their own interest in mind."

The vocal MP said although he is an independent, as a politician, he could not discount joining political parties in future. — Bernama


Celebrities at American Music Award

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:47 AM PST

Celebrities at American Music Award

 

 

Courtesy of Malaysian Scandal


Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud retains PBB presidency until 2013

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:41 AM PST


Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has been Sarawak chief minister for 28 years, retains the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) presidency for the 2010-2013 term when the post was uncontested.


He has helmed PBB since March 26, 1981, a period of almost three decades.

PBB election committee chairperson Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, when announcing the election results, said that at the 12th PBB convention this time, all the top posts in the PBB were not contested except for the 11 seats for the supreme executive council (MKT) for the bumiputera quota.

The election, which concluded this afternoon, saw the Sarawak Assistant Minister for Tourism and Heritage, Talib Zulpilip polling the highest votes of 830.

The MKT seats for the Pusaka quota were all won uncontested.

The following is the full list of the PBB supreme executive council for the 2010-2013 session:

President
Abdul Taib Mahmud

Deputy president I
Alfred Jabu Numpang

Deputy president II
Abang Johari Openg

Senior vice-president I
Awang Tengah Ali Hassan

Senior vice-president II
Douglas Uggah Embas

Vice-presidents
Dr Muhd Leo Toyad
Michael Manyin Jawong
Daud Abdul Rahman
Abdul Wahab Aziz
Lihan Jok
Empiang Jabu
Fadillah Yusof

news courtesy of Malaysiakini


Nor Mohamed gets new political secretary

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:31 AM PST


Pulau Betong assemblyperson Muhamad Farid Saad has been appointed the new political secretary for Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

Muhamad Farid is replacing Hasbie Satar, who was arrested by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for amassing millions of ringgit in properties including at least four luxury cars and four houses in the Klang Valley.

He was arrested last month and released on a RM50,000 bail.

MACC officials had also obtained an order to seize several of the former aide's properties and that his bank accounts were frozen.

New pol sec for Najib too

Two other political secretaries were sworn in at a ceremony in Prime Minister Najib Razak's office.

Umno Youth executive council member, who is also Kuantan Umno Youth chief, Mohamed Suffian Awang, 39, has been appointed political secretary to Najib.

Meanwhile, Jelebu Umno committee member Amrus Ibrahim, 51, will be political secretary for Information Communication and Culture Minister Dr Rais Yatim.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini


Ah Pek as the Prime Minister?

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 05:09 AM PST



I wonder why he even said this?

Does that means he actually thought he has a chance to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia? Or is it UMNO is trying to scare the Malays that a pretty ugly Ah Pek wanted to be their boss?

Actually, why not? But there is a condition: Beginning 2010, all Prime Minister must be sodomized by me, Mr. X, the Cyber Lunatic first ... Is that a deal?

Guan Eng: I do not want to be the Prime Minister
Written by Regina William, The Edge

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today said it has never been his ambition nor ever crossed his mind to become the prime minister of Malaysia.

Lim stressed that as far as the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) are concerned, there would only be one candidate for the post from PR, Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Lim was stunned and dumbfounded when he was asked to comment on a column written by constitutional expert Dr Abdul Aziz Bari in a Malay tabloid Monday which stated that even Lim could be Malaysia's prime minister.

The professor from Universiti Islam Antarabangsa was quoted saying that maybe a non-Malay or non-Muslim prime minister would be better than a Muslim Malay prime minister.

He went on to say that since Lim has made exceptional achievements in governing Penang, with the lot of Malays and Muslim being looked after, if the achievements could improve further, even Lim could become the prime minister.

Lim, who initially did not say much when asked for comment, later said he only wanted to perform his duties as Penang's chief minister.

"I already have a lot on my plate and being the chief minister is already so challenging and I am already becoming the centre of attraction including personal attacks so do not link me with such statements.

"My support is fully for Anwar to become the PR prime minister.

"All I wish to do is to make Penang a role model and the best governed state which can be emulated by other PR states," Lim said at a press conference at his office.

Meanwhile, Lim said later this year the state government would implement a penalty for those who used water excessively.

He said the proposal would be discussed at Penang Water Supply Corporation's board meeting sometime in March or early April for approval before being presented to the state executive council for approval.

Lim said since 2008, the state government has tried to gently remind Penangites to reduce water usage to no avail with Penangites now topping the national water usage with 285 liters per day each while the national average was 165 liters, with the recommended level by the United Nations at 157 liters.

He said the penalty would be imposed on those who used water excessively while those who conserved water would be rewarded but did not reveal how this would be implemented.

Penangites paid 31 sen for every 35 cubic meters while Singaporeans paid 10 times more at RM3.47 for their piped domestic water supply.

While many states in the country are facing acute water shortage, Penang has enough water supply to last for at least six months without any rain.

Lim said if the state government did not initiate any action now, the situation would only worsen in years to come with the water usage continuously increasing.

At the same press conference, local government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow announced the endorsement of the executive council for Patahiyah Ismail as the new Penang Island Municipal Council president from March 1 while engineer Ang Aing Thye, who has been with the council since 1978, also will be appointed council secretary from the same date.


Dr M: Proton Plans Exports ‘Cos Foreigners Like Them (Srsly!)

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 02:01 AM PST

Excerpts from Business Times 3 Mar 2010, with my snarks in between:

Proton eyes the world

GENEVA: Proton Holdings Bhd (5304) will shift its focus towards developing cars for the world market, a departure from its 25-year philosophy of serving mostly domestic buyers.

The bigger picture is to expand its exports as the Malaysian car market is considered small.

"Proton has been building cars to meet the needs of its customers in Malaysia and then trying to export them. This led to difficulties exporting Proton cars to foreign markets because our cars that are accepted here may not be accepted by markets like Europe (due to compliance differences)," former prime minister and Proton founder and adviser Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told a news conference here on Monday, ahead of the 80th Geneva Inter-national Motor Show.

Really? Only because of 'compliance differences'?

Thaaaaaaaaaat's not what these Mat Sallehs say, Dr.

  • Proton Satria-Neo – awful badge and ridiculous name make it a must-not-have for the youth it's aimed at… the fact that it's a Proton is still a seemingly insurmountable obstacle with regard to social status. The difficulty we foresee is that young people still aren't going to buy it, but old people might be put off now too… It's built with as much love and care as the rest of the range. By that I mean it feels like it's been welded together out of old beer cans and recycled bottle caps.
  • Proton Savvy – this is an ugly, ugly car… With uneven and unfinished edges as well as plastic sharp enough to cut your skin.
  • The infamous Jeremy Clarkson on Proton Savvy –

Gotta love the snarkiness of the reviewers. They seek out cars just to savage their lousiness for the amusement of readers!

So if by 'compliance differences' Dr. M means 'Proton cars did not comply with the non-suck standards of foreign buyers, I can totally concur.

Asked why Proton had waited for 25 years to refocus and restrategise, Dr Mahathir said: "We were not too ambitious at that time. We thought that for a small developing country, it was good enough that we could build a car from Malaysia. But later, we discovered that there was demand for our cars both in the US and the UK. People came to see us (to export our cars), but we had to make modifications to our cars first."

Modifications like 'not sucking'?

Proton chairman Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Mohd Salleh said the small domestic car market makes it necessary for the company to look abroad to be able to reap economies of scale in production.

"Domestic sales of passenger cars are some 400,000 a year. This leaves us with no choice but to go abroad," he said.

Blame rival Perodua for that one. Perodua beat Proton again in sales last year, despite the fact that…

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PROTON loses top spot to PERODUA, EPF ownership of shares and Billions poured into PROTON

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70% tariff on imports and Wikipedia on Malaysia's killer car tariffs, duties and taxes

Above from Malaysian Politics Motivational Posters

So do they really think that in a free market full of competition from car-makers who didn't have the crutch of protectionism and massive bailouts, Proton will actually do better?

(For that matter, do they really think state-coddled and institution-pampered Malaysians stand an ice-cube's chance in heck out there in the quota-less, merit-based world?)

Then again, maybe Dr. M expects to enlist the reality-altering expertise of James Cameron or something.



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More defections?

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 04:55 AM PST

Pakatan Keadilan Rakyat is being hit with a spate of defections. Rumors that another 10 MPs will leave the party to join the Independents are rife amid the 'declaration' by its 12 Members of Parliament today to continue supporting the party and its leadership.

Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Rais Yatim was convinced that PKR will just 'fold up' in a matter of time. And that will leave to archrivals DAP and Pas in Pakatan Rakyat - an odd partnership. If that happens, they will have to go back to status quo.

The PKR today lost another elected representative when the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bagan Serai, Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri, announced that he was leaving the party (read h e r e), citing his lost of confidence in the struggles and political objective of the PKR and the Opposition Pact.

He was following the footsteps of the Bayan Baru MP, Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, and the MP for Nibong Tebal, Tan Tee Beng, as well as former Penang deputy chief minister I, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who had left the party.

The burning question here - how long will PKR survive... and what will happen to the PR pact?


Marina Mahathir rants over syariah laws

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 04:19 AM PST

Laws on Islam are often passed unscrutinised, unlike in civil laws, blogger and newspaper columnist Marina Mahathir said.

Referring to Article 121 (1A) of the Constitution, which states that civil courts have no say with matters within the jurisdiction of the syariah courts, she added:

"Civil laws are drafted, tabled and passed through Parliament. The difference is that, at the tabling stage, they have to be debated before they are passed.

"The quality of the debate may be sometimes wanting but debated they are. This process provides some sort of 'quality control' over the laws so that they are, hopefully, current, reflect realities and are just."

However, she alleged, the same does not hold true of syariah laws.

Minority opinion ignored

marina-mahathir-1"When they get tabled at state exco meetings, non-Muslims do not participate because there is the notion that they cannot partake in any such debate.

"That leaves only the Muslim excos, few of whom are women.

"This means that if a bill affects women, the opinions of the female minority in the exco can be
ignored.

"Furthermore, most people are ignorant about their religion and tend to leave these matters to those they believe know best. Thus, if the State Mufti or religious adviser says it's a good law, they are unlikely to challenge him.

"Thus, are religious laws passed unscrutinised," she said in her rantingsbymm.blogspot.com website.

Regarding the caning sentence meted out on three Muslim women recently for indluging in illicit sex, she alleged there was no information about the processes they went through.

"Did they have the benefit of legal representation and heard in an open court? If
they did, who were their lawyers and what defence did they mount?" she asked.

'Sensitive' articles and printing permits

Marina said the punishment, a first for women, did not sit well with rights groups, saying it was at odds with the moderate Islamic nation that the government wants to project to the world.

She saidThe Star had declined to carry her commentary on the syariah laws in her 'Musings' column as the paper "don't want any 'sensitive' articles that may jeopardise their permit."

This followed the show-cause letter from the Home Ministry to the paper over an article by its managing editor, P Gunasegaran, that touched on the caning of the the women.

"Of course the problem is the Publishing and Printing Presses Act , which requires every single publication to apply for a permit every year.

"And no media which wants to survive can afford to get shut down," she added.

MCA blogger and political observer Ti Lian Ker said the fear of closure had probably led to the decision by The Star to not publish Marina's article.

Visitors to the blog of DAP slawart Lim Kit Siang said legacies of the Publishing and Printing Presses Act and the separation of the judiciary could be attributed to Marina's father, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

One reader asked Marina: "Why don't you get your father to let you post your article in
his blog ? " - Malaysian Mirror


A 'cry baby' goes to school (MCA's Wee Ka Siong & philanthropist Robert Phang)

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 04:15 AM PST


It appears that Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong has got himself in trouble again with philanthropist Robert Phang.

The MCA Youth chief had allegedly used his position to get a primary school headmaster to tell him (Wee) about the whereabouts of Phang and his family.

And this has got Phang so mad that he has lodged a police report against Wee.

"There is no reason for him to do a secret enquiry about me and members of my family, when he can always contact me directly," Phang said in his report, lodged at the Jalan Tun Razak police station here in January.

Details of the report, lodged at midnight on Jan 23, were revealed in the weekasiong.blogspot.com website.

The alleged incident occurred a week earlier at the the school in Jalan Davidson, where Phang's son is studying.

Wee asked about a 'secret hideout'

Phang alleged that Wee had gone to the school to ask headmaster Pan Chung Ling about his (Phang's) and his family's movements.

"He asked where my family is staying and also asked where my secret hideout in the city was," alleged Phang.

"This type of inquiry is mala fide intrusion.

wee-ka-siong-robert-phang-sjkc-davidsonIf anything haappens to me and members of my family, I will totally hold him as the first suspect," added Phang.

"This type of act he is posing and causing looks like an intrusion of my privacy," he said, accusing Wee of abusing his power as a deputy Education minister by contacting and asking the headmaster about his (Phang's) movements.

Phang , who is a panel advisor of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) stressed that he was making the police report because it had caused fear in him and his family.

He appealed to the authorities concerned to investigate Wee and his intention.

"My family and I need protection for our safety," he added.

'Why does he need the info?'

Commenting on the matter, the anti-Wee blogger described the MCA Youth leader as a 'cry baby.'

"School bullies threaten to beat up those weaker then them. A cry baby bullies by threatening parents through school headmasters," he said.

"When he cannot tahan MACC commissioner Phang, he called the headmaster of the school where Phang's son is studying," adding that not everyone has a secret hideout like Wee.

The blogger said it did not make sense for Wee to ask about the movements of Phang and his family.

On a more sarcastic note the blogger asked Wee: "For what do you need the info? To plan for the construction of more Chinese schools? Or to make Malaysian students score better grades in Science and Maths?"

"Why must you call the headmaster direct? Education ministy officials cannot do their background check, is it? Must show your power, is it? Want to scare people, is it?"— Malaysian Mirror


Pantu News: Even Titled NCR lands and and Temuda outside boundary areas Robbed (Lanun) by Pelita Tetangga akrab (Kim Loong Berhad)

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 03:35 AM PST

Two Police reports PT/RPT/507/2010, Patu/000508/10 were made against Tetangga Akrab Pelita Pantu (Kim Loong Berhad) yesterday for encroachment into surveyed Titled Lands and Temuda at Bilal, Ubah Pantu. These areas were outside Pelita development area. These Public Listed west Malaysian company Kim Loong Berhad  kept on bulldosing dayak land and created lots of problems to the landowners there. No social responsiblility at all towards the plight of Dayak Land owners. This encroachment towards Titled Native Land should be stopped immediately. They also made use of ex Dayak captain Robert Ason to harrass the indigenous  people there.


Government woos conservative base with canings

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 04:01 AM PST

Datuk Seri Najib is committed to economic reforms, and at the same time is desperate to win over the conservative Muslim group. - Picture by Jack Ooi






















The caning of three women under Islamic law is the latest move by the government to woo conservative Muslims, a risky tactic that could cause a backlash by ethnic minorities and damage economic reforms.

The first ever canings of women in traditionally moderate Malaysia were carried out in February after syariah court sentencing for adultery. Another woman faces caning for drinking beer.

The canings came hot on the heels of a row over the use of the word "Allah" by Malay-speaking Christians that triggered attacks on churches and mosques and ahead of another court case this week over Christians' right to use the word.

The punishments have been endorsed by officials from the United Malays National Organisation (Umno), the party of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, which dominates the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that has ruled for 52 years.

It stumbled to its worst ever results in national and state polls in 2008, leading to the ousting of its then premier and Najib's appointment in April 2009 to turn round its fortunes.

Najib says he is committed to economic reforms to roll back preferential treatment for ethnic Malays, but he is desperate not to alienate the 55 per cent of the population that is Malay and Muslim and is the cornerstone of support for the BN after ethnic Chinese and Indian voters deserted it.

"There is an overt thinking by many in Umno that it is going to be difficult to regain lost support especially among the Chinese," said Ibrahim Suffian, director of the Merdeka Center, an independent polling organisation.

The controversies have registered with fund managers who last year asked Najib in New York about the beer drinking case during a roadshow to promote reforms and win investment that has increasingly chosen Indonesia and Thailand.

One Malay opposition legislator announced today he was quitting to sit as an independent, saying the opposition had "insulted" Islam by supporting the right of Christians to use the word "Allah".

A Merdeka poll showed about two-thirds of Malays find Islamic punishments for immoral behaviour appealing and Umno now finds itself battling a resurgent Islamic party for those votes.

Malaysia's economy leaked a net US$2.5 billion (RM8.5 billion) of portfolio investment in the first three quarters of 2009, according to the latest available government data, while neighbouring Indonesia saw US$10 billion inflows for all of 2009.

Analysts say the religions issue could cause economic damage.

"The unanticipated backlash, both domestically and internationally, could distract Najib from tackling some of the larger economic problems," political analyst Ong Kian Ming said.

Malaysia's political system mirrors the ethnic makeup of this country of 28 million people and that has left Umno battling the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a party that advocates Islamic laws and an Islamic state, for Malay votes.

As Najib has unveiled economic reforms that have started to scratch away at a decades-old New Economic Policy (NEP) that gave preferences to Malays, groups have started to sprout up to defend Malay rights, seen as synonymous with Islam, leading to a ratcheting up of ethnic and religious tensions.

It is predominantly poorer Malays who will be hit by a new goods and services tax and the removal of fuel and food subsidies to shrink a budget deficit that hit a more than 20-year high of 7.4 per cent of gross domestic product in 2008.

"With a large number of Malays relatively low income and more dependent on government assistance and services, any cutbacks might pose to be a challenge (for the government)," said Ibrahim.

Some Malays have set up an organisation called "Perkasa" (Strength) to defend their rights including privileges under the NEP. They endorse the canings and Islamic punishments.

"Many Malays support the canings and even PAS has been left behind on this as I was expecting that canings would first take place in Kelantan and Kedah (two PAS-ruled states)," said Perkasa leader Datuk Ibrahim Ali, an independent MP and former deputy minister.

While the canings may appeal to "conservatives" and to rural Malays, PAS only broke out of its rural strongholds when it successfully allied with a mainly ethnic Chinese party and reformists in a grouping led by former deputy premier Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, himself a former Islamist student leader.

PAS proved astute in handling the attacks on churches, by showing solidarity with Christians while Najib bridled at suggestions that the government had fostered an atmosphere of hatred that had lead to the attacks.

PAS officials say Umno's approach on the canings was a political ploy to win over the 15 per cent of Malays who remain undecided as well as to split PAS from its ethnic Chinese allies.

"The caning issue is just political bait," said Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad, a senior PAS official.

"Because if you take them on their own argument, then the question they need to answer is do they really want to take it all the way and have full implementation of Islamic law?" — Reuters


The Marina Mahathir's article which The Star refused to publish!

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 03:55 AM PST

Marina Mahathir wrote an exceptional article for her regular column in the Star but alas, the newspaper refused to publish it.

Fortunately for us, The Malaysian Insider has published it as: The column that wasn't, obviously a jab at The Star for denying the publishing of Marina's latest article in her Star column.

I won't say much about it here so you need to read it yourself. However I venture to post here some selected extracts of her writing:

… most people are ignorant about their religion and tend to leave these matters to those they believe know best. Thus if the State Mufti or religious adviser says it's a good law, they are unlikely to challenge him. Thus are religious laws passed unscrutinised.

Until, that is, something happens, such as when someone gets convicted of a syariah crime and punishment is meted out. Who knew that people could get caned for drinking, or for having a baby out of wedlock until the recent cases of Kartika and the three women?

Not only are these laws not debated when they are being made, they can't be debated afterwards either, unlike civil laws. To do so, according to some people, is akin to arguing with God …

If one believes that syariah laws are superior to civil laws, should they not be held to higher standards? Should they not be subjected to more rigorous debate than civil laws out of fear that they may be unjust? If syariah courts are deemed superior to civil courts, should not their processes be more transparent and efficient? How is it that there are innumerable women having to undergo tremendous suffering because syariah court orders to their divorced husbands to pay child maintenance cannot be enforced?

How is it also that we suddenly hear about women being caned without any information about the processes they went through? Did they have the benefit of legal representation and heard in an open court? If they did, who were their lawyers and what defence did they mount?

Surely the best court of law is one that strives for justice, which shows it is fair to all parties. In this case, on whose behalf was justice served?

I have no problems with syariah laws if their foundation is justice, equality and non-discrimination for all, even non-Muslims. But when their intent, processes and enforcement are unfair, they only give the impression that Islam is unjust and discriminatory.
Surely to give such an image of Islam is a sin.

As I mentioned, I won't comment on the questions she poses. I merely want to put the above extracts in juxtaposition with another article (below), also by The Malaysian Insider titled:
Government woos conservative base with canings - extracts follow:

The caning of three women under Islamic law is the latest move by the government to woo conservative Muslims, a risky tactic that could cause a backlash by ethnic minorities and damage economic reforms.

The first ever canings of women in traditionally moderate Malaysia were carried out in February after syariah court sentencing for adultery. Another woman faces caning for drinking beer.

The canings came hot on the heels of a row over the use of the word 'Allah' by Malay-speaking Christians that triggered attacks on churches and mosques and ahead of another court case this week over Christians' right to use the word.

PAS officials say Umno's approach on the canings was a political ploy to win over the 15 per cent of Malays who remain undecided as well as to split PAS from its ethnic Chinese allies.

"The caning issue is just political bait," said Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad, a senior PAS official.

In closing, I beg Marina Mahathir's permission to quote once again her final sentence in her article, namely:
Surely to give such an image of Islam is a sin.


Perkasa to have own publication - Suara Perkasa

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 03:43 AM PST

Malay NGO Perkasa is soon to have a voice of its own when its fortnightly newspaper Suara Perkasa (Voice of Perkasa) makes the rounds into the hands of its members.

The organisation today received an letter of approval from the Home Ministry for its printing permit.

However a formal announcement and launch will only be organised when Suara Perkasa is in print,NONE said Perkasa president and Pasir Mas parliamentarian Ibrahim Ali (right) who appeared excited over the prospect of the NGO's own paper.

In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini, Ibrahim also revealed that Perkasa now has upwards of 5000 fully registered members while another 50,000 new applications are being processed, with more joining the NGO at a rate of 200 a day.

If all goes according to plan, each will soon have a Suara Perkasa in their hands.

Ibrahim, who also criticised alternative media including Malaysiakini for 'selective facts' and 'touching on sensitive issues' in the same interview, will soon have his own avenue to express his views unfettered from any alleged 'interference', at least to Perkasa members.

"We might expand further," he said, adding that if conditions allowed they might even print on a daily basis instead of just fortnightly, hinting perhaps at a bigger audience and role for Suara Perkasa.

news courtesy of Malaysiakini


Report on stadium roof collapse revealed next week

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 03:40 AM PST


A report on the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium (SSMZA) roof collapse on June 2 last year may be announced next week.

Menteri Besar Ahmad Said said the state government had received the report via the state legal officer and the ministry concerned.

"The report will be discussed at the state exco meeting next week and will be announced after approval is given," he said after chairing the weekly state exco meeting in Kuala Terengganu today.

SSMZA was built for the Sukma Games in 2008. The damaged roof of the stadium costing RM292 million was still not repaired.

Ahmad said the government need to get views from the state legal officer and those involved before making the report public.

On the demolition of squatter houses on state land at Kampung Paya Bunga yesterday, Ahmad said the 12 families involved did not make any protest.

"Six families have moved to the public housing project at Kampung Mengabang Lekor, Batu Rakit near Kuala Terengganu.

"Only one or two people wanted to become heroes by obstructing public servants from doing their job," he added.

- Bernama


TRoJan Horses OuT

Posted: 03 Mar 2010 02:44 AM PST

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KeAdilan Stampin and Kuching leaders: Full support for Anwar and party.

2nd.March, 2010.

The resignation of the ex-secretary of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat, Datuk Salehudin, has drawn a prompt response from party leaders in Kuching. Others whom the Datuk led in resignation from the party are YB Tan Tee Beng and YB Ahmad Fairus, the ex-Deputy CM of Penang.

Hj. Jemali, Vice Chairman of Cabang Stampin (Division), also on behalf of other leaders of Bandar Kuching and Kota Samarahan Cabang leaders present, issued a statement pledging full support for the leader of KeAdilan, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. In full solidarity with Anwar, they will continue to relentlessly advance the cause of a just multi-cultural Malaysian society which Anwar first advocated in 1998.

Hj. Jemali and other leaders, are indeed happy that with the exposure of the "Chief Trojan Horse" in the party, and with further "house clearing", the party will be more united and focused in the struggle for social justice.

The statement stated that the current events have vindicated an earlier allegation made by YB Dominique Ng, the ADUN for Padungan, that "Trojan Horses" have been planted within the party. The statement further pointed to Datuk Salehuddin as the chief strategist from KL who plotted covertly to split and destroy Parti KeAdilan Rakyat in Sarawak.

"Now that the Chief Trojan Horse has shown his dirty hands, other Trojan Horses in his service in the party in Sarawak, should also be man-enough to leave the party immediately. The leaders and loyal members of the party in Sarawak are determined not to let the remaining rotten apples create more damage!' the statement vehemently declared.

In addition, Hj. Jemali called on certain other leaders and members of the party who may have been misled by the Trojan Horses in divisive activities to serve the vested interests of other external party enemies, to now see their mistakes clearly in the light of the latest developments. "They should return soonest to the correct path of the struggle for justice and democracy led by our beloved leader Anwar."

The statement called on all Cabang(Division) and Ranting(Branch) leaders in Sarawak in the next few days to similarly declare their strong support for the Central leadership of the party led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and President Datuk Wan Azizah, in the face of current challenges.

Hj. Jemali says, "This is not the first time the party has faced trials of this nature. Before this, there were (the resignations) of Chandra Muzzafar, Ezam Mohd. Nor, Marina Yusof, 2 turncoat Perak YBs, and of course YB Gabriel Adit of Sarawak.. Yet the party has grown from strength to greater strength nationwide. So shall the dark clouds pass this time round, to welcome the brightness of a better day!"

The statement finally calls on leaders, members and supporters of the party to be resolutely united in the glorious march of the Rakyat to bring about a New Dawn for Malaysia and Sarawak.


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